8 Mean English Phrases You Should Never Say!

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It's good to learn all kinds of English phrases. It's good to learn nice English phrases so that you can use them to say nice things. It's good to learn mean English phrases so that you can recognize and understand them when you read them or hear them. You should, however, never say these phrases. I'm sure you're just too nice of a person to do that. In this English lesson we'll look at phrases like: You'll never amount to anything! You suck! You're just like your father! We'll also look at mean questions like: Why can't you be more like your brother? or Why can't you be more like your cousin? All in all, these are great phrases to learn but not great phrases to use. I'm happy to help you learn them anyways! I hope you enjoyed this English lesson about phrases you should never use! βŒ› Remember: Always watch the video three times. Twice today with English subtitles on, and once tomorrow with the English subtitles off. This will reinforce the English you have learned! -- βœ… This video was edited by Ember Productions: https://audreyember.com Thanks Audrey! -- βœ… Support Me and Get These Members Only Perks: πŸ˜€πŸ’² If you would like to become a member of my channel here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join Becoming a member at every level has these benefits and perks: 1) For 10 minutes during each live stream you will be able to participate in the "Members Only" chat. 2) A cool crown beside your name during live streams and when making comments on videos. 3) Your name in green during live stream lesson chat. 4) You will have access to a members only video each Wednesday called, "Wednesdays with Bob". These are behind the scenes bonus videos with full English transcripts for your listening practice. 5) A full transcript for every Tuesday video. βœ… Join now to receive these perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join I really appreciate those you that have chosen to thank me in this way! Please only support me if you can afford it! If you prefer to support me via Patreon, here is a link to that page: https://www.patreon.com/bobthecanadian Thank you for your generosity! -- βœ…SEND ME A POSTCARD: Bob the Canadian P.O. Box 419 Smithville, Ontario Canada L0R2A0 -- TAKE YOUR ENGLISH CONVERSATIONS TO THE NEXT LEVEL: βœ…Talk to a real English tutor / teacher at preply: http://tracking.preply.com/SH2X (This is an affiliate, signing up for this service helps support my channel). -- FOLLOW ME: βœ… I have a second Youtube channel right here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmW5tmKIBrryNf5n-_A6Fmw βœ… P.S. If you are interested I have created a podcast of my shorter English lessons. It is right here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1310116 -- #englishlesson #learnenglish #bobthecanadian **Note: All images used under: CC0 License βœ“ Free for personal and commercial use βœ“ No attribution required From pexels.com or pixabay.com

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So you saw the title for this English lesson
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and you clicked on it.
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And you might be wondering if the title is about mean things
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that you should never say in English.
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"Why is Bob doing an English lesson about this?"
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Well, these are things you should never say,
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but I think it's important as you read things in English,
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and as you watch things in English,
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and as you listen to things in English,
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I think it's important for you to know these phrases.
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They are really mean.
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I'm sure, you're curious to find out what the phrases are.
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So we'll take a look at them in this English lesson.
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Well, are you ready?
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Are you ready to learn some really mean English phrases?
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Here's the first one.
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The first phrase is, "You'll never amount to anything."
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This is something that maybe a parent will say to a child
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or maybe a teacher will say to someone.
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And when you say to someone you'll never amount to anything,
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what it means is that you don't think
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they will ever be successful.
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You don't think that they'll ever have a good job
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or a good life.
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You think that they'll never amount to anything.
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Definitely a mean thing to say.
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And usually, it's something that is said
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by someone in authority-a grandparent,
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or a parent, or a teacher.
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Those are the kinds of people that come to mind
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when I think about this phrase.
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It's definitely mean and you should definitely never say it.
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The next mean phrase is the phrase,
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"You're just like your mother."
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Or, "You're just like your father."
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This is not a nice thing to say to someone,
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even though people's moms and dads have good qualities.
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When we use this phrase, we're usually referring
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to something about the person's mother or father
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that isn't very pleasant.
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Sometimes when two people are fighting in a relationship,
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the husband might say to the wife
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or the wife might say to the husband
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one of these two phrases, the husband might say,
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"You're just like your mother."
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And the wife might say, "You're just like your father."
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Not a nice thing to say.
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And it's usually, not used in a positive way.
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There are small scenarios where you can use it
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in a positive way.
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But most of the time, if you say to someone,
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"Ah, you're just like your mother."
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It's usually not a nice thing to say.
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The next mean phrase is the phrase,
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"Don't quit your day job."
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This is something you might hear someone yell.
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If you're watching someone who's singing,
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or doing karaoke, or playing a guitar,
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and maybe they're doing it for the first time,
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someone might think that their singing isn't very good.
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And so they might yell from the audience.
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"Don't quit your day job."
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Not a very nice thing to say.
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And obviously, what it means is this.
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The person thinks that you're not very good at singing,
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or playing guitar, or whatever you're doing.
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And that if you have a job that you go to every day
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and that's where you make money, you should keep doing that.
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Don't quit your day job.
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I'm happy to say that no one has ever written that
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in the comments below my English lessons,
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even way back when I was just getting started,
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no one said, "Hey, Bob, English lessons, aren't very good.
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Don't quit your day job."
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And I'm glad no one did,
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'cause that would've been very discouraging.
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The next mean phrase is actually a question.
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And it's another mean phrase where you compare someone
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to someone else.
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If someone said to you,
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"Why can't you be more like your brother?"
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"Why can't you be more like your cousin?"
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When someone asks you this question,
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what they're saying is that your brother
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or cousin is amazing.
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They've done something remarkable
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and incredible in their life.
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And then they're asking you that question.
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"Why can't you be more like your brother?"
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"Why can't you be more like your cousin?"
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Not a nice question to have.
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Again, this is a question that would usually be asked
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by maybe a parent or a grandparent.
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Someone that knows you well and obviously knows someone
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that they can compare you to.
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"So why can't you be more like your brother?"
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"Why can't you be more like your sister?"
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"Why can't you be more like your cousin?"
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You know what I think though, you should just be you.
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That's usually the best person that you can be.
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The next mean English phrase is the phrase,
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"Is that the best you've got?"
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This is a phrase that someone like a coach might say
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after you try really hard to do something
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in a game or a practice.
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Maybe you're on a soccer or football team,
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and you kick the ball as hard as you can.
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And it goes further than it's ever gone before.
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If the coach was then to ask you
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"Is that the best you've got?"
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That would be very discouraging,
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because what they're saying is that whatever you did
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that you thought was really good,
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they didn't think it was very good at all.
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So, that's the next phrase.
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The next mean phrase, "Is that the best you've got?"
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The next mean English phrase is the phrase,
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"Move over, let me do it."
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This is a phrase that someone might say to you
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in the kitchen, maybe if you're cooking or baking something.
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And if they don't think you're doing a very good job,
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if they think that you're messing up the recipe,
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they might say, "Move over, let me do it."
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It means they don't have confidence in you.
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It means they don't trust you.
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It means they think that you're just not doing
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a very good job.
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So that's the next mean phrase, "Move over, let me do it.'
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The next mean English phrase
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is I think the meanest one of all,
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and it's the phrase, "You suck."
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Maybe you've gone to a sports game
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and maybe a player on the field has made a lot of mistakes
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and you might hear one of the fans yell.
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"You suck."
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It's not a nice thing to say at all.
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It means that the person thinks not only
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are you doing a bad job, but they don't like you at all.
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They don't like you.
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They don't like what you're doing.
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They think that you're failing at what you're doing
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and they're just yelling, "You suck."
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This can happen as well at a concert.
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I was at a concert once where the band that was opening
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for the other band wasn't very good.
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And someone in the audience actually yelled, "You suck!"
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And then they started throwing stuff
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at the people on the stage, not a nice thing to do.
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And definitely, when you yell, "You suck,"
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it's not a nice thing to say.
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The next mean English phrase is the phrase,
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'You're a disappointment."
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Again, this is something that would probably be said
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by a mean parent, or a mean grandparent,
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or a mean coach, or a mean teacher.
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When someone says you're a disappointment,
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it means that they thought you were going to do better.
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And then they were disappointed
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when you did whatever you did.
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It is not a very nice thing to say to someone,
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especially if that person is trying their best.
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Think about yourself for instance.
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Let's say, you studied English for six months,
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and you took an English test, and you failed.
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'Cause that kind of happens sometimes.
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If someone you know really well
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like a spouse or a parent said to you,
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"You're a disappointment."
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That would be extremely mean.
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And it would make you feel really, really bad.
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Instead, I think it would be better
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if they gave you a little bit of encouragement.
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They could say something like,
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"I'm sure you'll do better next time."
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So if you hear someone say to someone,
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"You're a disappointment,"
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maybe walk up to that person later and say,
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"Hey, I heard that someone was mean to you,
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but I think you'll be better next time."
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Well, hey, thanks for watching this English lesson
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about mean English phrases
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that you should never say to anyone,
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but I think it's important for you
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to be able to recognize them,
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if you read them or hear them someday.
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