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slowly but surely

slowly but surely

Date: Aug 15 2013


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

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“I’m slowly but surely, as my career goes on, figuring out who I am.”

- Singer Demi Lovato on the progress of her career (Parade)


— 歌手黛米·洛瓦托 (Demi Lovato) 谈论她事业的进展情况(巡游表演)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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not quickly, but with confidence

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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There are many reasons that you might move slowly when you have something important to do. It might be because you don’t want to do the important task, and so you are wasting time. For example, you might drive very slowly to a dentist’s appointment, even if you are going to be late, because you are scared of having the dentist look at your teeth.

But you can also move slowly but with confidence. You might move slowly but surely when you want to take your time with something, because you think you will be better at the task if you don’t rush it. If you are walking across a dangerous hiking trail, you might move slowly but surely to make sure that you don’t fall. Or, if you’re in a new relationship, you might want to take it slowly but surely to make sure that you act with care and responsibility towards your loved one.

Singer Demi Lovato realizes that she can’t figure out who she wants to be as a performer overnight. She needs to take her time, and really think about it. She needs to take things slowly but surely to figure out who she wants to be.

Do you tend to take things slowly but surely, or to rush things? What is the value in being patient?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“My boyfriend cheated on me but, slowly but surely, I’m learning to trust him again.”

“I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was 30, so I took it slowly but surely to make sure I felt safe and confident.”

“She worked on her dissertation slowly but surely, to make sure that she did a good job. “


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

Manu4 To go for a goal step by step but sure that it'll be achieved.
by Manu4
samaneh64 slow but unstoppable
by samaneh64
oksana08 to do something with slow speed, but confidently
by oksana08
achieving the result you want gradually but reliably.
by zhaleh hoor
Doing things slowly but continuously.
by Mr. Learner

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

with no rush but with concentration and confedently

07:31 AM May 28 2014 |



to do something slowly and find out what you really need and your final destination, hold on and believe you can do that .

09:04 AM Sep 09 2013 |



To handle sth/an activity witth less speed, in addition with confidence.

09:07 AM Sep 08 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I like learn english very  speed and i try .but there arent anyboddy that i speak with them

11:42 AM Aug 18 2013 |




 there is a idiom in china “look before you leap”, i agree with it.   think more bebefore you take action will make you catch you goal. 

08:16 AM Aug 17 2013 |

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If I am to confess, I can be impatient. whenever I rashly act, works can come to a pretty pass. but, I also have seen benefits. :)

08:47 PM Aug 15 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

yep  for example when ever i have exams i decide to study well and slowly  instead  of rushing.the valu of being patient is that u can get good result though it  takes long time but the result  is better every time

08:14 PM Aug 15 2013 |



a person who goes slowly but surely he will be succeed in his life  because once start your work slowly than your basic things will be clear and once your basic things will be clear u will enjoy your work than you will get easily each and every thing

07:43 PM Aug 15 2013 |




I have been patient lately. So I’m taking it slowly but surely in my relatioship. On the other hand, I do prefer rush things like learn a new language for instance. The more you study in short time, the better and the faster you will learn.

04:02 PM Aug 15 2013 |


Viet Nam

Starting a new restaurant is not simple, you don’t need to be rushed. Slowly but surely, i recommend you to begin with the small business first and then expand it larger if your first trial is successful. 

02:48 PM Aug 15 2013 |

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I´m rushing a lot with things and I see that´s bad because it doesn´t do any good, instead u just need to relax!

Rushing things can even slow them down because you are thinking less. It´s an inverse, you rush and at the end you want to go back in time

02:42 PM Aug 15 2013 |




an example sentence from lesson ,

“My boyfriend cheated on me but, slowly but surely, I’m learning to trust him again.”

( dont worry ,he will cheat you again,slowly but surely :)

01:03 PM Aug 15 2013 |



Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

When I started learning English, I went slowly but surely so that I can reach my goal and now I’m really satisfied with my level in English. When I try to understand it, doing something slowly but surely’s fine in life, ‘cause if you try to go fastly in life u can just limit yourself in the midst of going fastly. I really enjoyed the lesson !!!

11:46 AM Aug 15 2013 |

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my husband is slowly,sometimes I’m very worry,how can he step with me.but one good thing is go to shopping is very suit,hehe.

09:50 AM Aug 15 2013 |




I just get divorced. I am so hurted by my ex-wife. I was heart-broken.But now I am much better now. I come out from the pain slowly but surely. I know one day I will be all by myself again.

06:45 AM Aug 15 2013 |



this article help me a lot . i just a freshman in the society and doing a sales job . this job exist much pressure and i  may not get a order in three monthes  so i should do my work slowly but surely to make a good foundation of my career.

05:55 AM Aug 15 2013 |

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Hong Kong

Striving for a goal in which doing things slowly and continously.

03:07 AM Aug 15 2013 |

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Ngubo Sixtus

South Africa

i do my work slowly but surely at work so that what i can produce should be in good quality.

01:35 AM Aug 15 2013 |

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I totally agree with the point.Good things takes patience.

there is a Chinese saying’eat hot tufo slowly’,which expresses the exact meaning of ‘slowly but surely’.

I guess that it’s hard for one to do things slowly but surely.The world is speeding up because of the upgrading tech.such as internet,new tech,etc.Everyone hope and try to mkae things out of none.It’s weird.

I made the mistake too.I went a bit too fast with my girfriend,so right now we are seperating.too bad.but I still love her.what could I do?take it slowly but surely.

12:45 AM Aug 15 2013 |

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