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Date: Nov 08 2007


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“It’s an ongoing dialogue about what living means. It’s not like a one-on-one dialogue. It’s more what you feel back from them.”

Musician Bruce Springsteen on the 30-year relationship between him and his fans. (Rolling Stone)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

one person speaking to or playing against another

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

If you want to talk to someone alone, you say you’d like to speak him or her one-on-one. Or if a teacher gives you some special help after class you can say you got some one-on-one advice. When you’re talking about talking, one-on-one means a conversation between two people with no one else around.

Bruce Springsteen views his career as a convertsation with his fans. But the conversation is not one-on-one. Springsteen is one, but his fans are many and they do not speak with one voice. Springsteen gets a general feeling from his fans and responds to them based on that. It’s a lot less direct than a one-on-one conversation.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“You think you’re good at basketball? Let’s see. Let’s have a game of one on one.”

“I need to talk to you one-on-one about some serious issues.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

it's something private and individual....only two persons can be involved in such a process or dialogue tete-a-tete, face-to-face, hand-to-hand
by Ol'ka
interaction between two persons. One-one-one coaching or one-on-one training are the opposite of coaching a group or training a class. One-on-one training is a customized training for one person.In this case we have just the trainer and one trainee
by demsy
Whisky_Dut i guess the means is only two person--one and another together!
by Whisky_Dut
babyxiao one person face to face confronting another person.
by babyxiao
Red-Onyx one-on-one dialogue means between only you and one other person
by Red-Onyx
two persons talking
by anna1
Adi Putra a Conversation between two person personally
by Adi Putra
between 2 persons
by pauldorsa
m@nuelm@d i guess dat "one-on-one" means, in this particular case, a conversation between only 2 people, u telling me ur ideas and i telling u mine
by m@nuelm@d
rascal22 one person to one person.
by rascal22
nostsaber one person opposite other person
by nostsaber
one-on-one is when two persons talk....just them two,without anyone else to add anything.
by swedishbabe
between two people,involving only two of them.
by Hyrma
It mean being direct communication or exchange between two people or when someone works with only one other person
by fullmooninthenight
kiojohn 1 to 1, a person with another
by kiojohn
directly between two people
by smilekhj
ammarfd it means it is between two people only
by ammarfd
between only two people

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Hyeon Ju Bang

South Korea

so, is it same as man to man ? One-on-one is very understandable:)

06:34 AM Nov 08 2007 |

Blue ocean


One-to-one,how cool it is!

06:18 AM Nov 08 2007 |




i see it means something don’t wanna the third one knows

05:00 AM Nov 08 2007 |




next time when i have a secret to tell my friend ,i should say “let’s talk with one on one!haha

03:20 AM Nov 08 2007 |



haha, i will have a meeting with my boss one on one this afternoon~~

02:36 AM Nov 08 2007 |




next time when i play starcraft i will say: let’s play the game one on one.just like 1v1

01:49 AM Nov 08 2007 |




We can contact each other one-on-one!! (-)

01:21 AM Nov 08 2007 |

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