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no pain, no gain

no pain, no gain English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Apr 01 2019

Themes: School, Sports, Time, Work


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

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“I’ve been working on this essay on my laptop for about three hours now. But if I want a good grade, you know what they say… no pain, no gain.”

—Ebaby!’s Kat, speaking about working very hard for a good grade

2. Video - Watch the video before learning the definition.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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one will not get something valuable without sacrifice

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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It’s getting late, but Kat is still working on an essay for class. She really wants a good grade, so she is working extra hard. After all, no pain, no gain. If she pushes herself, she might feel really tired, but she might also get a great grade.

The expression no pain, no gain suggests that a person must feel some pain, or make some sacrifice, in order to get what they want. People often say this when they are training for a sport, working toward a degree, or trying to get something they really want. Do you believe in the idea of no pain, no gain? When was the last time to worked extra for something?

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1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Running five miles every day is tiring, but no pain, no gain!”

“I need to study until I pass the TOEFL. No pain, no gain!”

“No pain, no gain, my friend! You need to work harder if you want to get a promotion.”


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

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