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Being Shy
Being Shy

Learn Gerunds and Infinitives

Date: Apr 30 2012

Themes: Friend

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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Shyness can be misleading. A shy person might seem unfriendly. In class, teachers sometimes think that the shy students have nothing to say. But even though outgoing people spend more time in the spotlight than shy people, that doesn’t mean shy people aren’t just as interesting and fun. It might just take some time before a shy person can feel comfortable and come out of her shell.

Jason is not shy at all. Amy used to be shy, but she has learned to be more outgoing. Hear them discuss the pros and cons of being shy.



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Amy:  Are you shy at all, Jason?

Jason:  No.

Amy:  So you’ll just go up to anyone and start a conversation.

Jason:  Pretty much. I know I’m not shy, because I’ve been trying to give people advice about things at times, and I’ll say, “Why don’t you just call that person up and say this?” And they’ll go, “Oh my gosh, I could never do that.”

Amy:  Right.

Jason:  Are you shy?

Amy:  I don’t think I’m shy anymore, most of the time, but when I was a kid, I was really shy. And I kind of had to force myself to get over my shyness.

Jason:  Wow. How did you do that?

Amy:  I think just by doing the kinds of things that you’re talking about, like just forcing myself to do something that would maybe make me uncomfortable, and then just seeing, like, it’s not that bad. Like, you get through it, and it’s fine, and you can kind of fake it ‘til you make it, you know?

Jason:  Yeah, that makes sense. I mean, shyness for the most part is just fear, I guess, and it’s not really fear of anything worth being afraid of, so if you can just force yourself to do it anyway…

Amy:  I think so, and I think when you see what you can kind of gain sometimes by not being shy, then that can kind of help you overcome it if you want to. But there are advantages to being shy too, and to holding back a little bit and waiting until you kind of get to know somebody better before really coming all the way out of your shell.

Jason:  That’s true, especially in our age of social networking and everyone sort of being a performer and a brand. Someone who’s shy can come off as more genuine.

Amy:  Yeah.


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Jason says he is not shy at all. He isn’t afraid to do things or say things that other people are too shy to do. Sometimes he even surprises people by how outgoing he is.

Unlike Jason, Amy was shy when she was younger. She had to force herself to be more outgoing by doing things that made her uncomfortable, like talking to people she didn’t know.

Even though she is happy that she isn’t as shy anymore, Amy thinks that there are advantages to being shy. Jason agrees that shy people sometimes seem more genuine and serious.

Are you shy? Do you know any shy people? Do you think it is better to be shy or outgoing?



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iron guy

iron guy

Hong Kong

me too, i was shy when i was a kid as well, but now ’’sometime’‘not much shy..why sometime? actually i really dont know, it’s a kinda weird feelingYell, what i mean is that it’s all depend on my emotion,mood, sometime im a shy person, sometime im good talker, i dont know how to explain that~just wanna find a good way to figure out how to control my shyness, i think some people have the same problem^^

07:08 PM May 27 2012 |

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I completely agree with Luis Cardozo.year,shy maybe just a personality trait.shy not means indifferent and uneducated.A  shy person can be more genuine.

in my oppion,shy people makes me more relaxed when we are chartting.

02:44 PM May 24 2012 |

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Luis Cardozo


shy, I was shy when I were a teen
being shy is not no big deal, is a personality trait. But if the conduct is widespread, we must try to improve. That expresses insecurity, fear and low self-esteem.
To the extent that the human being matures and achieves successes, their behavior improves.

02:14 PM May 24 2012 |



i was very shy when i was a kid as well.but i’M not much shy anymore.i’d get over this problem.but sometimes i’m beign shy ,sometimes i’M not.it depends on my daily mood.furthermore i sometimes pretend to be outgoing .).it makes more social person

09:25 PM May 16 2012 |



shy  it isn’t always mean the weakness

03:40 PM May 16 2012 |

halcyon yang


I’m quite shy actually, but I always pretend I’m not…:P

12:30 AM May 16 2012 |


Russian Federation

I am not shy with adults but with some people of my age.. oh, and I’m a very shy person with boys. I always revile myself

07:18 PM May 14 2012 |




where is the problem?

01:39 PM May 06 2012 |


Hong Kong

just want make some friends


01:36 PM May 06 2012 |




i’m shy & anti sociol , i hate hanging out with people

09:01 AM May 06 2012 |

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ice -cream1995


yeah,i am shy.

01:26 PM May 05 2012 |

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I can say that Im a shy person, but it’s weird I mean Im shy when I meet people whom I know for a long time and have never met them in ages but Im not shy when I meet new people lol, I have been being a new student twice, and I can get a new friend as easy as 123 lol so weird :/ sometimes a shy person can gone to a wimpy person :P 

11:36 AM May 05 2012 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of


02:52 PM May 03 2012 |

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It’s better to be yourself.

01:12 PM May 03 2012 |



Saudi Arabia

I can say that i was extremely shy , especially when i was child and teenager ,after some years i realized being shy has many disadvantages,for example people were very overcareful in their relation with me and by time i started to be ungergarious so i faked it ’ till i made it in order to build self-confident , but i cant deny that i hardly cope with others..

07:46 AM May 03 2012 |




CHEERMANAL .   As the saying goes:  You can lead a horse to water ,but you cannot make him drink. Cry

12:23 AM May 03 2012 |

cheer manal


Julito thanks you are a warmhearted person and always there when someone need advice. you know i tried a couple of times but yet she still can´t cope with the situation…life and experiences will teach her someday!

Rocky  i appreciate your sincerity and thanks for the advice.

10:13 PM May 02 2012 |




My Dear Cheermanal…
I got what you meant but I pointed out that saying…
I’m sorry if I did it in a wrong way…

& About your friend I wanna say that it’s too bad that others take advantage of her skills…

But she should make one thing very clear that if she can invent new ideas…
then she can perform them as well…
But if she can’t perform them then maybe it’s lack of confidence or she’s scared of being unsuccessful…
If she’s scared of being unsuccessful & if you could convey my message to her then I’d like to say that…
Being unsuccessful after ‘DOING SOMETHING…’
is better than repenting on it later for ‘NOT DOING THAT…’
or if she’s scared what people would think if she doesn’t succeed in that then she should also think that what if she succeeds…???
& I’m sure she will… as you told she’s such a skillful lady…
Wish her good luck… you as well… :)

Take Care…
Stay Blessed…

02:52 PM May 02 2012 |




Being shy is different from being quiet. There are people who just prefer a serene place, but they’re not really shy. I mean they’re not afraid to talk to people, it’s just that they choose to be with people whom they’re more comfortable with.   

09:17 AM May 02 2012 |

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i’m Shy usually when i do someting unconfident or unprepared.

expressly, I like a girl,but i was extremly shy to present me. I hate this.

but usually i can not break it. so when i talk with her, i feel like no words to say, just like a fool. lol ,,, but normally i can talk to everyone confidently.


06:19 AM May 02 2012 |

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