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Biggest Fear
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Biggest Fear
最大的恐惧

Learn about Verbs with "ing"

Date: Dec 16 2011

Themes: Work

Grammar: Verbs with "-ing"

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Sometimes it’s fun to feel scared. Why else would scary movies be so popular? We like to feel our heart race and our palms sweat.

But there’s nothing fun about your biggest fear. Your biggest fear is that one thing that you hate to even think about, it’s so frightening.

Our biggest fears sometimes aren’t actual things, like spiders or tornadoes, but ideas. For instance, someone’s biggest fear might be the fear of being alone. Another person’s biggest fear might be losing a loved one, or never finding true love. Hear Mason and Jeff describe their biggest fears.

有时,感觉害怕是一件有趣的事情。否则,为什么恐怖电影如此受欢迎?我们喜欢心跳加速和掌心冒汗的感觉。
但是最大的恐惧一点也不有趣。最大的恐惧是指你非常害怕的一件事情,甚至讨厌去想。
我们最大的恐惧有时不是实际事物,如蜘蛛或龙卷风,而是想法。例如,某人最大的恐惧可能是害怕孤独。而另一个人最大的恐惧可能是失去心爱的人,或永远找不到真爱。听听梅森和杰夫讲述他们最大的恐惧。

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Mason

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Jeff

Jeff

Mason:  I haven’t been sleeping well lately, because I…you know, a lot’s been going on at work, and I find I get really freaked out when work stuff’s happening. And I think it’s weird, like, that’s kind of become my biggest fear, where it’s like, I will fail, and I will get fired, and I will lose my job. And that’s what keeps me up at night these days.

Jeff:  Oh yeah. Almost every single job I’ve ever had, I have that fear. The fear of getting fired, and then also, the fear of getting fired because I am late for work.

Mason:  It seems so stupid and stereotypical, like the male problem of “It’s all work.” And I totally fell into that. I’m the breadwinner, so if I lose my job that’s a big deal for, like, me and my wife. So I feel I’m at least justified.

Jeff:  It’s a lot of weight to carry. I, on the other hand, have quite a few fairly irrational fears that I’ve had for a while. Getting hit by a car. Maybe dying in a car accident in general.

Mason:  Getting hit by a car is a good fear to have, though. That’s a self-preservational fear.

Jeff:  That’s true. It’s almost happened a few times.

 

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Mason tells Jeff about his biggest fear. He’s afraid of failing at his job and getting fired. He is the breadwinner for himself and his wife, so if he lost his job, it would be bad for his family. Mason thinks that a lot of men have a similar fear.

But not Jeff. His biggest fear is getting hit by a car or being in a car accident. Jeff says this might not be the most rational fear. But Mason thinks it’s a good fear to have. It may make Jeff more careful when he’s driving or crossing the street.

What is your biggest fear?

 

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Learner of Life

Indonesia

My biggest fear is Allah’s punisments in the hereafter….

12:59 AM Dec 17 2011 |

jr stiward

jr stiward

Peru

i thinks that my biggest fear could be get married Tongue out

11:54 PM Dec 16 2011 |

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resulgunay

resulgunay

Turkey

my biggest fear is to speak english.:))

09:54 PM Dec 16 2011 |

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Kropeczka

Kropeczka

Poland

My biggest fear is the moment when I have to realize that I’m going to die. When you think that it’s nothing else you can do with your life.


I think that having fears is a really good thing, because it makes us human.

09:34 PM Dec 16 2011 |

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selvgali

selvgaliSuper Member!

Honduras

My biggest fear always has been dying young and leave my children and my wife without any support, but that has raised in me a very good sense of self preservation avoiding dangerous places, being carefull while I drive, eating healthy and making exercises and not making deals with gangsters.

09:08 PM Dec 16 2011 |

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manu_wj

manu_wj

Italy

fear is part of life, just needs to keep it low but it’s wrong to try to fight it. If we want to live calm we have to put it out

05:05 PM Dec 16 2011 |

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diva87

diva87

Morocco

no fear no life that’s it ^^

03:53 PM Dec 16 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Siaf .   I agree with you.  We  must plan our life and exercise our best ability to achieve our goals, which would not be  way far from our possibilities,I mean ,we must be realistic ,better to focus on those things  that with effort and commitment  are achievable. Let us roll the ball out  and pray for the best. 

03:24 PM Dec 16 2011 |

julio massingue

Mozambique

is what i feel now being far away from my soul mate.

02:25 PM Dec 16 2011 |

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snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

HeHe!@ Huyingjun … wouldn’t it be scary if there were no more English,Baby. So you can Focus on your tests more?

02:02 PM Dec 16 2011 |

huyingjun

huyingjun

China

my biggest fear is tomorrow’s english text CET4…...god bless me!!!!


 

01:59 PM Dec 16 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Kotleysa . The fear that you  have mentioned, in many cases  is only our own imagination ,and about events that it may or may not come to happen. I think that we all have subsconscious fears rooted in our minds and the soonest  we get rid of them the happier we will be. We should not be worried about  imaginary futures  and try to live  to the fullest our present moment. 

01:49 PM Dec 16 2011 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

My biggest fear is to wake up and find a moose spooning me.Tongue out


My biggest fear is letting myself down. By that I mean, turning myself into someone that I’m not. Giving up on my goals and embracing negativity of all sorts. I have a set of standards that I live by and discarding them would be hard for me to swallow.  Of course, no one knows what the future holds, but I also would hate to see any of my kin or close acquaintance in harm’s way and not being able to remedy their situations or help out.


(I have read very fantastic comments, deep and inspiring they prompted me to reflect and realized that I indeed had fears- I’m not talking about Boogeyman- in- the- closet, or tarantula-in-the-bath-tub kind of fears, no; real fears, the ones we are bound to face; Thanks all)

01:47 PM Dec 16 2011 |

Rockyy01

Rockyy01

Pakistan

Well…
‘My Biggest & Only Fear…’ is knowing that I’ll lose ‘Each & Everything I have…’
Family… Love… Friends… Even Myself…
That’s what makes my heart race…

01:30 PM Dec 16 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Buttafly,  Yes, that fear  will be  with the mother  thoroughout  her life and starts  at the maternity ward  the moment that the obstetrician  hands the baby  to the mother.  

10:47 AM Dec 16 2011 |

bonniewang99

China

my biggest fear is there nothing can do.

07:41 AM Dec 16 2011 |

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i love life

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

we have some of the fears it,s depend on our courage as the same time how we can facing the problems 


I dont like stereotypical in the life we should to find a new ways in order to improve our lives 


In the past since thirty years ago we didnt have to right choose what did we want or what we like because the life was very difficult now we are living with globalization we can decide and we can think about our comfortable 


unfortunately  now there are many people  deprive from the normal life becuase of the wars and difficult life we have some weird stuff now 


we can destroy the fears if we face it with courage 


I have some fears because we have the occupation here in palestine 




06:40 AM Dec 16 2011 |

vijay raj

vijay raj

India

Nice…......

06:18 AM Dec 16 2011 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

The subconscious fear among all of us  is a fear of the terrible things ( including the serious illness), that could happen with our family and with our relatives.

05:00 AM Dec 16 2011 |

memovagon

memovagon

Mexico

Something that really makes me feel freak out are the gaga’s videos. :s jo jo

03:36 AM Dec 16 2011 |

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