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Spoken English Course Day 13

Spoken English Course Day 13

Date: Mar 08 2011

Topic: Speaking

Author: andylu2


Today I'm talking about a great term to describe someone with a certain psychological condition.  A lot of people have this but don't know it.  It is really helpful to describe people who act this way and is becoming more and more common in daily English. 

The word is "Bi Polar"

Bi means 2.  Like Bicycle is 2 wheels.

Polar means 2 ends.  2 extremes.  

Someone who has "Bi polar" disorder is a person who has huge mood swings.  They are very happy for a while and think everything is perfect.  Then for no reason, they are sad and depressed for a while.  

It is a pretty extreme disease.  Some people can actually kill themselves when they are on a "low". 

When they are on a "high" they might gamble, stay up all night, and act crazy.  They are emotionally unstable.

I'm sure you know people who act this way.  Now you know how to express it.

You can say, "She has bi polar disorder" or more commonly in spoken English "he is bi polar".

I hope you enjoyed this lesson again and learned from it.  I always love reading your comments and I really feel thankful for the "likes".  

Hope to hear from you.

Also, here is Day 1 of my online spoken English program.

As always, for anyone super serious about improving their English to a native speaking level, try this online English program



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faruk karakuş




06:31 AM Mar 10 2011 |




Oh, also like your Movie Slang Ebook, very helpful!!

06:05 AM Mar 10 2011 |




GREAT! Love all your courses! 

Wish you have a RSS

05:59 AM Mar 10 2011 |




Hi Jossef.

Those are actually 2 totally separate conditions 

04:58 PM Mar 09 2011 |

jossef 002010


Hi Andy..hi guys

   can i consider someone who has "bi polar" that he has "Schizophrenia "  or just disorder in moral side..? thanks

03:51 PM Mar 09 2011 |



South Korea

Hi Andy,

I think a lot of Koreans have this for sure.  I checked in the dictionary and we use this word too.  Thanks again for another useful lesson.

10:14 AM Mar 09 2011 |


United States

@Murad Ali

 Bi Polar = Person who can be happy and sad in the next 5 minutes.

09:36 AM Mar 09 2011 |




Hey Dinoraptor,

Here is something you might find funny.  I actually have the same thing and I don't really think it's a disorder either.  I have a similar experience, except I don't write poetry.  I am creative during "depressed states".  I can totally accept criticism too.  I'm glad to hear real opinions.  I just wanted to teach this term simply for people to understand the general idea.  

I know that a lot of "gifted" people had this all throughout history as well.  It makes life more interesting but I'd say the "disorder" part is that it can make it a bit of a struggle too dealing with "normal" people on a day to day basis. 

09:30 AM Mar 09 2011 |

murad ali

murad ali


ok i will


09:29 AM Mar 09 2011 |


United States

I have Bi polar but I don't believe it's a disorder, more of a mental diagnose of gifted people. In deep depression I can write poems novels, and very awesome things I can later not believe it was me who wrote them..

 and in my very happy mood, I tend to invent stuff, study sleeplessly, or make everyone around me happy..


To be frank I hate people who diagnose mental states as diseases. being a pervert,  bored, or lazy.. those are serious diseases.. that people call Normal..


I hope you also except criticizing comments lol

09:19 AM Mar 09 2011 |

murad ali

murad ali


so thank you criz for the clarification

it is so helpful  ....


08:34 AM Mar 09 2011 |




Hi Criz,

I guess this word is used internationally because it's a professional term.  It is crazy, but a very specific type of craziness.

08:20 AM Mar 09 2011 |

afzaal malik


read daily news paper 

07:49 AM Mar 09 2011 |




very usefule phrase for our daily life

 Thanks again andy! 

06:46 AM Mar 09 2011 |

murad ali

murad ali


i still  not get this phrase sir

06:45 AM Mar 09 2011 |

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