Bucket List

Bucket List

Aug 23 2017

Intro

Life is short. This is something we hear often. Life is short, so live in the moment! Have goals! Do things you love! YOLO! There are so many wonderful places to go and things to see in this world. How do you know where to start? You could start with a bucket list. Make a list of everything you want to do before you kick the bucket. Kick the bucket is an English idiom that means to die.

If you have always wanted to float down the Amazon River, that should go on your bucket list. Or maybe, you want to ride your bike across Europe? Learn English? Learn how to play the guitar? Anything that puts you outside your comfort zone is a great thing to add to your bucket list. Once you have accomplished these things, you get to enjoy the feeling of success!

Listen as Jordin tells Dominique about starting her bucket list.

Dialogue

Jordin: Hey, Dominique. I’ve been working on my bucket list. I’m trying to think of other things I want to add. Things I want to do!
Dominique: A bucket list? You’re so young! Why?
Jordin: Well, because I feel like it’s a nice way to catalog all the different things that I want to do in my life. And then, have a way to check things off and feel like I’ve accomplished something.
Dominique: OK, this is silly.
Jordin: What?
Dominique: You need to live in the moment. YOLO!
Jordin: Well, I live in the moment, but I also like to set goals.
Dominique: Can’t you set goals and not be on the bucket… I mean that’s… you’re basically saying that you’re looking forward to dying. I’m going to die soon….
Jordin: No!
Dominique: So, I need to do…
Jordin: No, no, no!
Dominique: … all this stuff.
Jordin: Well, it’s not really about that. It’s just about, like, doing things that are outside of your normal comfort zone. I think it’s similar to what you’re talking about. Like, OK. So, there’s, like, the YOLO attitude where you, like, do crazy stuff. But you could also sit down and be like, “OK, what crazy things do I want to do in my life?” And then, do them!
Dominique: So, it’s basically, like, a big life to-do list!
Jordin: Yeah!
Dominique: How about call it a to-do list, not a bucket list? Because when I hear bucket list, I hear death.
Jordin: OK. I guess you could call it that. It’s just the normal colloquialism is bucket list.
Dominique: I mean, it’s kind of sad. And depressing.
Jordin: OK. It’s sad for you. It’s fun for me.
Dominique: Are you OK?
Jordin: What? Yes! I’m OK! I’m not dying, Dominique.
Dominique: Bucket… list?
Jordin: OK. My to-do list.
Dominique: Thank you.

Discussion

Jordin tells Dominique that she is starting her bucket list. She wants to make a list of all the different things she wants to do with her life. Dominique thinks this is silly because you should just live in the moment. If you make a bucket list, then you are just looking forward to dying.

Jordin tells her that she really wants to have goals, and do things outside of her comfort zone. A bucket list isn’t about getting ready to die. It’s about making sure that you do all the crazy things you want to do. Dominique asks Jordin if she is OK. Jordin tells her that she is fine. She is not dying! They agree to call Jordin’s list a to-do list instead.

Do you have a bucket list? What are some things that you want to do before you die?

Grammar Point

Adjectives

Jordin is trying to explain to Dominique why she wants to make a bucket list. She says, “OK, what crazy things do I want to do in my life?” She is using adjectives.

Adjectives are words that describe nouns and pronouns, for example, pretty, happy, ugly, or smart. Adjectives usually come before the noun, as in, “That is a long bucket list!”

Sometimes, adjectives follow a verb, like in the sentence, “Your life goals are huge.” But in this case, the adjective still modifies the subject of the sentence (your life goals), not the verb (are).

Remember, unlike in some other languages, adjectives have only one form in English. They don’t have a singular and plural form or a masculine and feminine form. For instance, you wouldn’t say, “Those goals are crazies.” Even though there is more than one goal, you’d still say, “Those goals are crazy.” Adjectives look the same no matter what noun they describe.

Adjectives are also used to describe how someone feels. These adjectives often end in “ed,” like excited and pleased. Adjectives of emotion often follow the verb “to be.” For example, “Robert is excited to ride his bike across Europe.”

Which is correct, “Dominique is depressed about Jordin’s bucket list,” or “Dominique is depress about Jordin’s bucket list’?

Quiz

  1. Jordan wants to make a __.

  2. Which sentence is false?

  3. Which word means something one wants to do?

  4. Which of the following is not an adjective?


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