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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ecubed #49: KICK IT UP A NOTCH

Welcome to E-cubed!!! Chúng ta hãy cùng khám phá một EXPRESSION mới trong bài học hôm nay nhé. Expression đó là KICK IT UP A NOTCH.


TRANSCRIPT (by Quoc Viet Ha)

Hey everybody, Welcome back to E3. Today's expression is pretty cool. It is to kick it up a notch. Now, this has a phrasal verb to kick up and to kick up, to kick up uh...uh… Here's my foot. To kick up, OK? So what does to kick up means? Of course it means to kick up... uh... But also, it means to increase, to increase the intensity, to increase the heat, to increase the volume, to increase the energy. So, if I'm teaching a class and I'm teaching like this, I might need to kick it up, I might need to kick up the energy, kick up the enthusiasm, kick up the power, kick up the passion. To kick something up is to increase. Do you understand? So it can refer to many difference things.

Now, a notch actually refers to one space. So, think about an audio stereo. OK. On the stereo, you have a volume, and this is like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Correct? And the volume is at right here, the volume is at 2. Is this loud? No, it's not too loud. So we kick it up a notch, it means kick it up to 3. So this would be 1 notch. And if you feel the volume, sometimes you can feel tup, you can feel like it goes into a notch. A notch is actually a hole. Tup. To kick it up a notch, so ruh pup to 3, ruh pup to 4, ruh pup to 5. So Kick it up a notch kick it up a little. That's the idea. Listen to the dialog and hopefully you can understand.

Oh it's pretty cool in here.
The thermostat's at 24.
Can we kick it up a notch?
Okay. Ooh! That's my favorite song!
Me, too! Let's kick that up a notch, too.

Isn't that a great song? And who is that singer? We need listen again and kick it up 3 notches. Kick it up all the way. Maximum volume. Maybe not. It's not that good.

That's today expression E3. And we will back again tomorrow. See ya.

GHI CHÚ BÀI HỌC

To kick it up a notch = tăng âm lượng lên một nấc

Từ "notch" ở đây có nghĩa là vết khía, khấc, ngấn chúng ta thường thấy trên núm điều chỉnh âm lượng ở các máy stereo, đài phát thanh,... ngày trước. Khi vặn núm điều chỉnh đó, ta có thể nghe thấy âm thanh túc túc tương ứng với từng mức âm lượng khác nhau.

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