Season 4

Being in a hurry (S04E12)

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This episode’s vocabulary

  • To be in a hurry/rush (phrase) - to move or act with speed or haste.
  • To plan out (phrasal verb) - to plan carefully and in detail something that you are going to do in the future.
  • Scramble (noun) - a hurried attempt to get something.
  • Thorough (adj.) - detailed and careful.
  • To breeze through (idiom) - to achieve something very easily.
  • To get smth out of the road (phrase) - to get smth out of the way.
  • To paint very broad strokes (idiom) - if you describe or show something in broad strokes or in broad brushstrokes, you describe or show only the main or general points or features of it and not the fine or exact details.

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Questions and Answers

Maria: Rory, how often are you in a hurry?

Rory: Um, actually, I'm not usually in a rush. I usually have everything planned out quite clearly in my head, and I have everything prepared and ready to go. So I can afford to take life at a slower pace! Maybe once or twice a year I'll be in like a real, sort of, scramble to get things organized. But it's not often.

Maria: Do you like doing things quickly?

Rory: Well, if at all possible, yes. Although, some things require a more thorough approach like, oh, doing the dishes, for example, you know. You want to do that quickly, but if you do it too quickly, then you might make a mistake and then your dishes are disgusting. So some things are more important to do more slowly than others. But generally, I like to be quick.

Maria: What do you often do in a hurry?

Rory: I think... things that are boring or things that are overly easy, like filing reports, for example. I just breeze through it just to get it out of the road. And if anyone has any questions about anything in the reports, then they can ask questions and I'll clarify there and then after the fact.

Maria: When was the last time you did something in a hurry?

Rory: I think a few days ago I was in a bit of a rush to get ready for work, actually, because I'd stayed in bed too long and I kind of lost track of the time. So I didn't have long to get the bus. And actually, if I'd missed the bus, then it would have been a very expensive taxi ride to work.

Maria: Do you like to finish things quickly?

Rory: If I have better things to be getting on with, then yes! I suppose, like... Well, if we go back to the idea of filing reports, for example, you know, it's not super important to file reports, but it has to be done. And then once that's done, then there's always something more important to be done, like getting ready for the podcast, for example!

Maria: What kind of things do you never do in a hurry?

Rory: Anything where I'm paid to give high quality work or produce high quality work, I should say. So anything like teaching, for example, or giving feedback, I mean, people pay a lot of money for this. So it's important that I spend a bit of time on it.

Maria: Is it good to be always in a hurry?

Rory: No, not at all! People need to chill out and remember that life isn't a race and they should stress a lot less. It's not worth it.

Maria: Why do people make mistakes when they're in a hurry?

Rory: Well, probably because they're not paying attention and they paint very broad strokes with whatever is their doing. So they get 90 percent of what they want done just fine. But then they've ignored 10 percent of it and sometimes that 10 percent can be quite important. So that's not good.


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