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Vocabulary: winning or losing
In our present society, it's common and considered as normal to watch your neighbours, to gauge and assess them, compare them... Very young, our kids start competing in every field... and consider it important to WIN, to be the FIRST ONE, the WINNER, the ACE, the "CHAMPION", whatever methods people are using, for that matter...
In class, teachers have a hard time recommending group work and explaining the difference between "exams" (which our students have to take ) and "competitive exams" which will take place much later ...)
I) Win... ???=> a victory.
|To win, I won, won *||To earn money|
|to win hands down||the winner|
|to win in an armchair||to beat someone|
|to win by a neck/ by a nose||a win-win situation|
|to beat someone 5-3 **||to defeat someone|
* to win, I won, won.
** to beat, I beat, beaten.
II) ... or lose?=> a defeat.
|To lose, I lost, lost ***||the loser|
|to beat the pants off||to thrash someone|
|to beat someone hollow (BE)||to be a good/ bad loser|
*** Be careful: to lose= has a single O.
|a point||the score|
|the score was 3 to 2||the score was 4 all|
|to be in the lead||to have a lead over someone|
|to come in first/ second||the runner-up|
|to tie with sb for first place||there's a tie for the second place|
|"deuce"||a draw/ a tie|
|A record||the world record|
|to break a record||to hold the record|
|a champion/ championship||a record holder|
|to mount the podium||a gold/ silver/ bronze medal|
|to be disqualified||to withdraw => a withdrawal (a forfeit)|
IV) ... and breaking records?
* to hold, I held, held
* to withdraw, I withdrew, withdrawn
The "recipe", if there's one..., to be a WINNER, is to work, and train, and work again!
In the long race of learning a foreign language, you're your sole opponent... (tempting you to yield to "the easy way", "intellectual laziness"). Intellectual curiosity, pleasure, and the possibility to communicate easily with a lot of people are your allies and... your reward! Let's go! Here's your training! You have the FORCE! Never give up!
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