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🇺🇸 Uly 🐝добавил заметку a year ago

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This real-life story packs a lot of life lessons. You may reflect on and recall how many times you yourself have jumped to rash conclusions while reading it, and, hopefully, draw your own moral from it.

The phone rings.

“Hello, doctor?” Please come immediately. A young man has been in an accident and is in extremely critical condition.”

“Very well, I’m on my way!”

A half hour later, his car pulls up to the hospital, and the surgeon steps out. The father of the injured young man, now lying in the intensive care unit, rushes up to him.

“What took you so long?! Do you not realize a life is hanging by a thread?! If it were YOUR son, I’m sure you would’ve been here in a flash!”

Mustering an odd smile, the doctor puts on his scrubs and heads for the operating room. After a long, arduous surgery, the tired doctor emerges, walks past the frantic father without as much as a word and just leaves. In his wake, an assistant appears with happy news.

“Everything is fine, don’t worry, your son’s going to live. The operation was a success.”

But the man is indignant. “He’s some miserable character, your doctor. He walked right past me without saying a word!”

“Our doctor is an amazing human being,” says the assistant. “It’s just that his son died in a car accident two days ago. The funeral was today, and he left everything to come help your child.”

AUDIO: https://voca.ro/14dBtwL4aZ0Q


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🇺🇸 Uly 🐝добавил комментарий a year ago

mustering: when you weakly manage do so something you don’t really feel like doing.

Рафаэль Замалеевдобавил комментарий a year ago

Ok, thanks. Это что-то типа "выдавил из себя улыбку"- muster something (up) to find as much support, courage, etc. as you can (Oxford dictionary).
What about "pack a lesson"? Why not teach? Does it add some additional meaning? It's very interesting, never seen that expression before.)

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝добавил комментарий a year ago

pack: to contain a lot of something like a “packed” suitcase))

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝добавил комментарий a year ago

I’m glad my little stories are actually teaching!))) We used PACK when we want to say FULL OF: “Vegetarians depend of foods like eggs and beans because they pack a lot of vitamins and nutrients.” We also have an idiom: to pack a punch to hit you hard when you least expect it; to be deceivingly strong. “These Thai chilies are small, but they pack a punch. When you first bite into one, you just taste pepper, but after 20 seconds, your whole mouth is on fire.”

Рафаэль Замалеевдобавил комментарий a year ago

They certainly are, for sure)) And in my opinion you're a great teacher, cause hardly anyone can go in such details and explain them in such a simple and understandable way)) Wonder if you had any teaching experience, as I noticed in your profile info you're a professional interpreter)
As for 'pack', I did come across it, but in the passive form. E.g., The bus was packed...

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