high performance at our workplace. However, thanks to those hard t
been through together, we became closer and our conversations would last
endlessly ranging from family, career, happiness to setbacks in life. As a
usually offers me valuable advice and emotional support whenever I confine in hi
m. No lecturing. No “I told you so”. Just pure
compassion. He always tries to bring out the best in people instead of being Mr. Know-it-all and patronizing, which is one of million things I admire about him.
Even though we are no longer working together and hanging out more often than
we should, our strong bond has never got loose. We keep each other in the loop about everything significant happening around us and provide mutual support if needed. Once in a while, we would meet over coffee or dinner to catch
up if our schedules allow and still, I truly, deeply treasure every moment together.
Vocabulary & Useful expression - a large circle of friends: a number of friends who usually do things together
- take something/ someone for granted: fail to appreciate the value of
Ex: He has always taken her for granted, which is the main reason why they split
- make effort to do something: do something even though you find it hard to do
Ex: Her parents made effort to reconcile their relationship but it didn't work out.
- keep/remain/stay in touch with: maintain communications with
- come naturally: to be naturally easy to someone
Ex: Josh's ability to play guitar came naturally when he was young.
- roughly: approximately
- achieve high performance: do an excellent job
Ex: They spend hours practicing everyday to achieve high performance in a play-
- hard time: difficulty that can be overcome with effort
Ex: 2017 is going to be a hard time for real estate market.
- offer (valuable/ practical/ useful...) advice - (offer/ provide...) emotional support - confide in someone: to trust someone with one's secret or personal problem
Ex: Jack always has difficulty confining in anyone but his twin.
- bring out the best/ the worst in someone: cause someone to behave in the
best/ worst manner
Ex: Susan is a bad influence. She always brings out the worst in me.
- Mr. Know-it-all (informal) (disapproving): someone who acts as if he/ she
Ex:We can't get along with Steve, who plays Mr. Know-it-all every time someone
raises a question as if we asked for his opinion.
- no longer = not anymore:
Ex: Tom no longer smoked since his wife was pregnant.
- keep someone in the loop: keep someone informed about something
Ex:We keep you in the loop if we have any update about the contract.