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Go the extra mile


Welcome to ENGLISH WITH YOO! 안녕하세요 English with Yoo!의 Jennifer Yoo입니다.

오늘의 표현은 go the extra mile입니다.


Today we are going to learn what it means to go the extra mile. But before we find out what it means, let’s listen to today’s conversation. 그럼 오늘의 대화를 들어보면서 ‘go the extra mile’가 무슨 뜻인지 알아 보겠습니다. 잘 들어보세요.

Go the extra mile
Alice: How did you get your computer fixed right away? Doesn’t it take usually a week or so to get it fixed?
Jason: I took it to a local computer store near my neighborhood. You’re right. It usually takes a week or so but not at this computer store. They always go the extra mile to make sure their customers’ computers get fixed within the same day.
Alice: Wow! They really go the extra mile.

본문에서Alice가 Jason에게 “How did you get your computer fixed right away? Doesn’t it take usually a week or so to get it fixed? 네 컴퓨터를 어떻게 그렇게 바로 고쳤니? 컴퓨터 고치는데 보통 일주일 정도는 걸리잖아?” 라고 묻습니다. 그러자 Jason이 “I took it to a local computer store near my neighborhood. 우리 동네에 있는 컴퓨터 가게에 가지고 갔어. You’re right. It usually takes a week or so but not at this computer store. They always go the extra mile to make sure their customers’ computers get fixed within the same day. 네 말이 맞아. 보통 다른 곳에서는 일주일 정도 걸리지. 하지만 이 가게는 항상 고객이 컴퓨터를 가져오면, 그 날 바로 고치려고 특별히 애를 써.”라고 합니다. 이어서 Alice가 “Wow! They really go the extra mile. 와! 정말 기대 이상으로 해주는구나.”라고 감탄합니다.

Now keep today’s expression, ‘go the extra mile’ in mind and let’s hear the conversation again. 그럼 다시 한 번 대화를 들어볼까요?

Go the extra mile
Alice: How did you get your computer fixed right away? Doesn’t it take usually a week or so to get it fixed?
Jason: I took it to a local computer store near my neighborhood. You’re right. It usually takes a week or so but not at this computer store. They always go the extra mile to make sure their customers’ computers get fixed within the same day.
Alice: Wow! They really go the extra mile.

Today’s expression is go the extra mile. If you go the extra mile for someone or something, it means that you do more than you are required to do to reach a goal. It simply means that you try harder to please someone or to get something done. 참고로 미국에서는 거리를 잴 때 mile이라는 단위를 사용하는데요. 1 mile 는 1.6 kilometer쯤 됩니다. 어려운 목표를 이루려면 남 보다 더 노력해야 하죠? Go the extra mile을 그대로 번역하면 1마일 더 갔다는 뜻인데요, 실제로는 ‘어떤 목표를 달성하기 위해 더 많이 애를 썼다'거나, '기대 이상의 특별한 노력을 기울였다'는 뜻입니다. 오늘 본문에서 Alice가 Jason에게 어떻게 컴퓨터를 바로 고쳤냐고 묻자, Jason이 동네 컴퓨터 가게에 갔고, 그 가게는 고객들의 컴퓨터를 하루 만에 고치기 위해서 특별히 애를 쓴다고 했죠. “They always go the extra mile to make sure their customers’ computers get fixed within the same day.”라고요. 이렇게 어떤 목표를 위해 더 많은 노력을 기울일 때 쓸 수 있는 표현이 바로 go the extra mile입니다.

그럼 예문을 통해 오늘 표현을 좀 더 자세히 알아보겠습니다. “I am very thankful for my teacher. She always goes the extra mile to teach us.”는 “저는 선생님께 정말 감사합니다. 저희들을 가르치시려고 항상 특별히 애를 쓰십니다.”라는 뜻입니다. Here is another example. “I think we could stop here. We don’t have to go the extra mile to.”, 이 문장에도 오늘 배운 표현이 들어있는데요. “우리 이제 여기서 그만해도 될 것 같아. 더 이상 노력할 필요는 없어."로 해석할 수 있습니다. ‘go the extra mile’ 이 표현 잘 기억하시고요. 마지막으로 오늘의 대화를 다시 한 번 들어보겠습니다. Now that you know what today’s expression means, let’s listen to the conversation for the last time.

Go the extra mile
Alice: How did you get your computer fixed right away? Doesn’t it take usually a week or so to get it fixed?
Jason: I took it to a local computer store near my neighborhood. You’re right. It usually takes a week or so but not at this computer store. They always go the extra mile to make sure their customers’ computers get fixed within the same day.
Alice: Wow! They really go the extra mile.

Let’s review what we have learned today. If you go the extra mile for someone or something, it means that you put extra effort for someone or to get something done properly. GO THE EXTRA MILE. Now try using this expression on your own. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO에 Jennifer Yoo입니다. Until next time, bye bye!

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