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Date: Nov 29 2007

Themes: Health, Music

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I’m a Y member and there are definitely Ys that I know and remember…The San Francisco Y is really good. The pick-up noon ballgames there are really good. Nice people.”

- Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch on getting exercise on tour. (Seattle Sound)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

YMCA; Young Men’s Christian Association, a world-wide health organization that offers excercise and social programs as well as lodging in some places

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

You’ve undboutedly heard the song by the Village People that goes, “It’s fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A.” You’ve probably done the dance that goes with it where you spell out the letters with your hands. Haven’t you? Admit it.

The song is about how the YMCA used to be a place where men could get an inexpensive, safe place to stay for a short period of time. It’s also about how gay men liked to meet each other at the Y, but that’s another story.

Though most Ys in the US no longer offer a place to stay, they still offer a lot of other things. The goal of the YMCA is to provide health in the body, mind and spirit. Though “Christian” is part of the organization’s name, in recent decades many of its activities have become non-religious.

For instance, Doug Martsch isn’t a particularly religious guy. But when his band is on tour, he makes sure to find the Y in whatever town they’re in so he can get some exercise. He particularly likes the casual basketball games at noon.

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“I’m going to go swimming at the Y on my lunch break.”

“I was only Detroit for a few days in 1960 and I stayed at the Y.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Tusik Y means some Christian organization
by Tusik
its an abbreviation for (christians youth association) it may consist the both men and women
by omar_beyaty
I think, it's a kind of hotel for young people. Regards Pat
by patriciaoo
Youth-club????????????I can't think of anything else.......
by simonaputinelu
i guess it means youth club or something.
by samuelchou
snello Y=YMCA= the Young Men's Christian Association :)
by snello
the YMCA - young men's cristian association.
by krotov
I dont know, but maybe it's about YMCA... And an Y is a member of YMCA.
by husky
"Y"="YMCA"
by Andres26
It's the YMCA.
by foulds
ymca member
by thesujith
I guess that it's a kind of place provided for people to play in.Maybe it's a specil park.
by ML.Honey
Lolya Perhaps, YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association)
by Lolya
Y.M.C.A.???
by Austinpowers

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jinlejuan

jinlejuan

China

Thank you for the information.Broaden
my eyesight.

05:56 AM Dec 04 2007 |

darfur

darfur

United States

thank you very much

11:04 AM Dec 03 2007 |

C-Note

C-Note

Lithuania

If this organization helps for you to inprove your skills, health etc it’s good, but … I don’t I have nothing more to say. ^.~

09:04 PM Dec 02 2007 |

cyfict

cyfict

Indonesia

well, this is a new thing for me. Maybe because I’m not a Christian. A very useful info, thanks.

05:12 PM Dec 02 2007 |

jieying

jieying

China

i come here at the first time.so i have many think unknown.how to stard to learn english lang?

02:15 AM Dec 02 2007 |

xghufran

xghufran

Pakistan

per haps ymca (yougret milk chocolate assence)

12:31 PM Dec 01 2007 |

kristina-juan

China

very useful! Thanks!

05:36 AM Dec 01 2007 |

Pink Angel

Pink Angel

Saudi Arabia

???????????????????

02:15 AM Nov 30 2007 |

GavinZheng

GavinZheng

China

i’d like X rather than Y.

01:29 AM Nov 30 2007 |

puppys2black

Philippines

Y it means YOUNG, and some people to add thier groups like YMCA.

12:11 AM Nov 30 2007 |

Barbosage

Barbosage

Brazil

That my first time than i come to english lesson and i thing is very fantastic i will back every day of week, for learn more and more.

04:43 PM Nov 29 2007 |

lilia972

Martinique

i think it’s ymca

04:36 PM Nov 29 2007 |

Flowerdog

China

It is very useful thankyou

12:50 PM Nov 29 2007 |

jacqy

jacqy

Philippines

y I am still thinking og this?

11:13 AM Nov 29 2007 |

ladoi

ladoi

Australia

I am interesting about the ‘Y’,but how could I know their program or activities.

11:11 AM Nov 29 2007 |

kaushalyats

Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka we have Young Men’s Bhudists Association where I believe we can call as “Y”

10:55 AM Nov 29 2007 |

hayem

Egypt

Y? ha

09:53 AM Nov 29 2007 |

irenkeman

irenkeman

Chile

oh i used to practise volleyball in the YMCA in santiago
i missed that a lot!

02:23 AM Nov 29 2007 |

Yenne

Yenne

Philippines

these days, the Y is so non existent. where i come from, nobody wants to be caught dead in the Y place.

01:30 AM Nov 29 2007 |

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