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The sky’s the limit


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오늘의 표현은 The sky’s the limit입니다.

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

The sky’s the limit
Jen: Hey, do you think you could do this?
Alice: You know, for me, the sky’s the limit. I could accomplish anything once I put my mind to it.
Jen: Awesome! Then I’ll let you work on this project.

오늘 본문에서 제가 Alice에게 “Hey, do you think you could do this? 너 정말 이거 할 수 있다고 생각하니?”라고 묻자 Alice는 “You know, for me, the sky’s the limit. 너도 알다시피, 내가 못 할 일은 없어. 마음만 먹으면 뭐든지 할 수 있다고.”라고 합니다. 저도 “Awesome! Then I’ll let you work on this project. 좋아! 그럼 너한테 이 프로젝트를 맡겨볼게.”라고 대답합니다.

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

The sky’s the limit
Jen: Hey, do you think you could do this?
Alice: You know, for me, the sky’s the limit. I could accomplish anything once I put my mind to it.
Jen: Awesome! Then I’ll let you work on this project.

Today’s expression is the sky is the limit. The sky’s the limit is something that you say which means the potential is limitless. It simply means that there is a lot of hope and opportunity for someone or something. The sky’s the limit을 직역하면, 오직 하늘 끝 만이 한계라는 말이 되죠. 즉 '하지 못할 일이 없다' '무한한 가능성이 있다'는 뜻으로 이 표현을 씁니다.

In our today’s example, Alice tells me that the sky’s the limit for her. 오늘 본문에서 Alice가 자신은 못 할 일이 없다고 했습니다. “You know, for me, the sky’s the limit. I could accomplish anything once I put my mind to it.”이라고 말이죠. 이렇게 못할 것이 없고, 가능성이 무궁무진 할 때 쓸 수 있는 표현이 the sky’s the limit입니다.

그럼 예문을 통해 오늘 표현을 좀 더 자세히 알아보겠습니다. “I think the sky’s the limit for you because you have a good education and you work hard.”는 “넌 가능성이 무궁무진 해. 좋은 교육을 받았고 열심히 노력하잖아.”라는 뜻입니다. Here is another example. “Be encouraged and remember the sky’s the limit for you.” 이 문장에도 오늘 배운 표현이 들어있는데요. “용기를 내고, 넌 무한한 가능성이 있다는 걸 꼭 기억해.”라는 말이죠. Now that you know what today’s expression means, let’s listen to the conversation for the last time.

The sky’s the limit
Jen: Hey, do you think you could do this?
Alice: You know, for me, the sky’s the limit. I could accomplish anything once I put my mind to it.
Jen: Awesome! Then I’ll let you work on this project.

Let’s review what we have learned today. The sky’s the limit is something that you say which means the potential is limitless. THE SKY’S THE LIMIT. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO에 Jennifer Yoo입니다. Until next time, bye bye!

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