Lecture (Level 1) – Try Something New for 30 Days

by Matt Cutts

head of the Webspam team at Google, a company he joined as a software engineer in 2000.  He wrote the first version of SafeSearch, Google’s parental control program.


First preview the vocabulary below.  Then do the exercise by first reading a single question and then listening for the answer.  When you hear the answer, pause the video and answer the question.  Then read the next question and do the same thing.  If you get the answer wrong, then go back to where the answer is given and listen again.

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in a rut:  doing the same things day after day (idiom)
follow in the footsteps:  do the same thing as another person (idiom)
it turns out:  the result is (idiom)
habit:  an activity that you do without thinking
subtract:  stop doing
challenges:  difficult actions
(time) flying by:  (time) passing quickly (idiom)
memorable:  easy to remember
self-confidence:  feeling of being able to do things
computer nerd:  a person who knows computers really well
adventurous:  willing to do new things
novel:  a book created by someone’s imagination
from scratch:  from nothing (idiom)
sleep deprived:  not getting enough sleep
awful:  terrible
sustainable:  lasting for a long time
stick:  continue forever
guarantee:  promise
give it a shot:  try it, do it (idiom)
© 2014 Ambien Malecot


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