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Thumb through something


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오늘의 표현은 thumb through something입니다.


Before we find out what today’s expression means, let’s listen to today’s conversation. Listen carefully. 그럼 오늘의 대화를 들어보면서 ‘thumb through something’이 무슨 뜻인지 알아 보겠습니다. 잘 들어보세요.

Thumb through something
Jen: Have you read all of my report yet?
Jason: Well, not carefully. I just thumbed through it quickly while I was eating lunch.
Jen: Oh I see. Let me know once you have read it completely.
Jason: Will do.

오늘 본문은 저와 Jason의 대화인데요. 제가 “Have you read all of my report yet? 네 보고서 다 읽어 봤니?” 라고 묻자, Jason은 “Well, not carefully. I just thumbed through it quickly while I was eating lunch. 글쎄, 자세히는 안 읽었어. 점심 먹으면서 대충 훑어보기만 했어.”라고 답합니다. 이어서 제가 “Oh I see. Let me know once you have read it completely. 그렇구나. 다 읽고 나면 알려줘.”라고 하자, Jason도 “Will do. 응 그럴게.”라고 답합니다.

Now keep today’s expression, ‘thumb through something’ in mind and let’s hear the conversation again. 그럼 다시 한번 대화를 들어볼까요?

Thumb through something
Jen: Have you read all of my report yet?
Jason: Well, not carefully. I just thumbed through it quickly while I was eating lunch.
Jen: Oh I see. Let me know once you have read it completely.
Jason: Will do.

Today’s expression is thumb through something. When you thumb through something, you are quickly turning the pages of a book, magazine, or a document quickly and only read few parts of it. Thumb through something은 ‘무언가를 휙휙 넘겨보다’, '급히 대충 훑어보다'라는 뜻입니다. 책, 잡지, 신문, 또는 서류 등을 대충 휙휙 넘겨보는 행동을 묘사하는 표현이죠.

In today’s conversation, it looks like Jason didn’t read my report carefully. He only thumbed through it quickly. 오늘 본문에서 Jason은 저의 리포트를 아직 자세히 읽지 않고 그냥 대충 훑어보기만 했다고 합니다. “Well, not carefully. I just thumbed through it quickly while I was eating lunch.”라고요. 이렇게 무엇을 급하게 휙휙 넘겨볼 때 쓸 수 있는 표현이 바로 ‘thumb through something’입니다.

그럼 예문을 통해 오늘 표현을 좀 더 자세히 알아보겠습니다. “Please don’t thumb through the book. Read it carefully.”는 “책을 대충 살펴보지 말고, 신중하게 읽으세요.”라는 뜻입니다. Here is another example. “I like to just thumb through the articles in business magazines.”, 이 문장에도 오늘 배운 표현이 들어있는데요. “나는 경제잡지 기사는 그냥 대강 넘겨보는 걸 좋아한다."라는 말이죠. Now that you know what today’s expression means, let’s listen to the conversation for the last time.

Thumb through something
Jen: Have you read all of my report yet?
Jason: Well, not carefully. I just thumbed through it quickly while I was eating lunch.
Jen: Oh I see. Let me know once you have read it completely.
Jason: Will do.

Let’s review what we have learned today. To thumb through something means to quickly look over something. THUMB THROUGH SOMETHING. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO에 Jennifer Yoo입니다. Until next time, bye bye!

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