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[English with Yoo] Stay on top of it


Hi everyone! This is Jennifer Yoo with ENGLISH WITH YOO! 안녕하세요 English with Yoo!의 Jennifer Yoo입니다.

오늘의 표현은 Stay on top of it 입니다.

So what does it mean to stay on top of it? Let’s find out, but first we will listen to today’s conversation. Listen carefully. 그럼 오늘의 대화를 들어보면서 ‘stay on top of it’이 무슨 뜻인지 알아보겠습니다. 잘 들어보세요.

Stay on top of it
Jason: I’m gonna need help organizing all these packages coming in. If I don’t stay on top of it, I’m going to lose track of which packages came from who.
Alice: Sure. I will help you stay on top of it.

Jason이 Alice에게 도움을 요청합니다. “I’m gonna need help organizing all these packages coming in. 이 모든 소포들을 들어오는 대로 정리해야 하는데, 좀 도와줘. If I don’t stay on top of it, I’m going to lose track of which packages came from who. 제대로 파악하고 있지 않으면, 어떤 소포를 누가 보냈는지 모르게 될 거야.”라고 했습니다. Alice도 “Sure. I will help you to stay on top of it. 그럼, 네가 잘 파악할 수 있도록 도와줄게.”라고 대답했습니다.

Now keep today’s expression ‘stay on top of it’ in mind and let’s hear the conversation again. 그럼 다시 한번 대화를 들어볼까요?

Stay on top of it
Jason: I’m gonna need help organizing all these packages coming in. If I don’t stay on top of it, I’m going to lose track of which packages came from who.
Alice: Sure. I will help you stay on top of it.

Today’s expression is stay on top of something. If you stay on top of it you keep well informed about someone or something. Stay on top of something은 어떤 일이나 상황을 잘 파악하거나 혹은 관리, 통제하고 있다는 뜻입니다. 어떤 상황을 완전히 장악하고 있다는 의미로도 쓰입니다.

In today’s conversation, Jason needs help tracking all the packages coming in. He says that if he doesn’t stay on top of it, he will loose track and not be organized. This basically means that Jason needs to know and control what’s happening in that situation. 오늘 본문에서 Jason은 소포가 들어오는 대로 기록을 해서, 잘 파악하고 있어야 한다고 말했습니다. 그렇지 않으면 정리가 안 된다는 거죠. 영어로 “I’m gonna need help organizing all these packages coming in. If I don’t stay on top of it I’m going to lose track of which packages came from who.”라고요. 이렇게 무엇에 대해 잘 알고 있어야 할 때, 또는 상황을 잘 통제해야 할 때 쓸 수 있는 표현이 바로 ‘stay on top on something’입니다.

Now let me give you some example sentences using today’s expression. “You need to stay on top of it if you are working and going to school.” 라는 문장을 해석하면 “네가 학교에 다니면서 일 까지 하려면, 상황을 잘 관리해야 한다.”라는 뜻입니다. Here is another example sentence. “I will stay on top of my son’s education.” 라는 문장을 해석하면 “나는 아들의 교육에 대해선 잘 파악하고 있을 거야”로 해석할 수 있습니다. Now that you know what today’s expression means, let’s listen to the conversation for the last time.

Stay on top of it
Jason: I’m gonna need help organizing all these packages coming in. If I don’t stay on top of it, I’m going to lose track of which packages came from who.
Alice: Sure. I will help you stay on top of it.

Let’s review what we have learned today. If you stay on top of it you keep well informed about someone or something. STAY ON TOP OF IT. Keep this expression in mind and try using it on your own. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO에 Jennifer Yoo입니다. Until next time, bye bye!

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