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[English with Yoo] Act up


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오늘의 표현은 act up입니다.

So what does it mean when something acts up? Let’s find out, but first we will listen to today’s conversation. 그럼 오늘의 대화를 들어보면서 ‘act up’이 무슨 뜻인지 알아보겠습니다. 잘 들어보세요. Listen carefully.

Act up
Jason: I can’t believe it!
Jen: What’s wrong?
Jason: My cell phone suddenly began to act up and somehow all my contacts got deleted.
Jen: Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that.

본문을 들어보면 Jason 의 휴대전화에 무슨 일이 생긴 모양입니다. Jason이 “I can’t believe it! 믿을 수가 없어!“라고 하자, 제가 “What’s wrong? 무슨일이야?”라고 묻습니다. Jason이 “My cell phone suddenly began to act up and somehow all my contacts got deleted. 내 휴대전화가 갑자기 오작동 하더니 모든 연락처가 지워졌어.”라고 하는데요, 저는 “Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. 저런! 안됐다.”라고 했습니다.

Now keep today’s phrase ‘act up’ in mind and let’s hear the conversation again. 그럼 다시 한번 대화를 들어볼까요?

Act up
Jason: I can’t believe it!
Jen: What’s wrong?
Jason: My cell phone suddenly began to act up and somehow all my contacts got deleted.
Jen: Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that.

Today’s expression is act up. If something is acting up, it could mean that it’s malfunctioning or misbehaving. Act up은 제멋대로 행동 하거나 '말을 안 듣다'는 뜻인데요. 기계나 신체의 일부 등이 ‘제대로 작동하지 않다’라는 의미도 있습니다.

In today’s conversation Jason tells me that all his contacts got deleted because his cell phone acted up. It basically means that his phone was not working properly. 오늘 본문에서 Jason은 핸드폰이 갑자기 오작동 하면서 연락처들이 모두 지워졌다고 했습니다. 영어로 “My cell phone suddenly began to act up and somehow all my contacts got deleted.”라고요. 이렇게 평소에 잘 작동하던 물건이 제대로 작동하지 않을 때 쓸수 있는 표현이 ‘act up’입니다.
Now let me give you some example sentences using today’s phrase. “Jessica’s computer is acting up.” 라는 문장을 해석하면 “Jessica의 컴퓨터가 제대로 작동하지 않는다.”라는 뜻입니다. Here is another example sentence. “Don’t be surprised if that kid acts up again.”는 “그 아이가 또 제멋대로 행동하더라도 놀라지마."로 해석할 수 있습니다. ‘Act up’, 이 표현 잘 기억하시고요. 오늘의 대화를 마지막으로 들어보겠습니다. Now that you know what today’s expression means, let’s listen to the conversation for the last time.

Act up
Jason: I can’t believe it!
Jen: What’s wrong?
Jason: My cell phone suddenly began to act up and somehow all my contacts got deleted.
Jen: Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that.

Let’s review what we have learned today. If something is acting up, it could mean that it’s malfunctioning or misbehaving. ACT UP. Now try using this expression on your own. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO에 Jennifer Yoo입니다. Until next time, bye bye!

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