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Ups and Downs
Ups and Downs English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn English meaning of ‘ups and downs’

Date: Sep 12 2017

Themes: Soap Opera

Grammar: Prepositions


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Have you ever had a stressful vacation? Maybe you got lost when you tried taking a shortcut? Or you weren’t very lucky and your wallet was stolen? Or you were stuck in a traffic jam on the way to the airport and you missed your flight? Even though you had plenty of things go wrong, though, it’s possible you still had fun. You got to visit awesome museums and eat delicious food. You met new people, and got to visit a wonderful new city. Your vacation definitely had its ups and downs!

When you have your ups and downs, that means you have good experiences and some bad experiences. Lots of things in life have ups and downs. Relationships have their ups and downs. Working at a job you enjoy will have its ups and downs. We are not exaggerating when we say that all of life will have its ups and downs. And that’s completely normal and totally OK!

Dominique and Kelsey had quite an adventure getting to the park. One might say it had its up and downs. Listen as they tell Jordin about their experiences.

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Dominique:  OK, the relatively short walk did have its ups and downs, but Kelsey is certainly exaggerating.

Kelsey:  Exaggerating?! When have I ever exaggerated?!

Dominique:  Anyways… So, we parked in the far parking lot so that way, when we leave, we wouldn’t get stuck in a traffic jam. And then, we took a shortcut through some trees. And then, we got to the reservoir and had to go around to get to Andy. So, yes, the journey did have its ups and downs for each of us!

Kelsey:  It’s lucky that we made it.

Dominique:  Well, we had plenty of time.

Jordin:  We should wake up Andy. He made us get here so early!

Dominique:  That’s true, but…

Jordin:  Andy, it’s starting!


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Dominique admits that her and Kelsey’s walk to the park did have its ups and downs. But, it wasn’t as bad as Kelsey described. Dominique says that Kelsey is exaggerating. Kelsey, of course, denies this. She never exaggerates. It doesn’t look like Jordin believes her.

Dominique says they did park in the far parking lot in order to avoid a traffic jam later. On the walk to meet Andy, Kelsey enjoyed a soda pop, relaxed on a bench in the forest, and then went down a slide. She even had time to pick some flowers. So, the journey had its ups and downs for both girls.

What are some ups and downs that you have recently experienced? Are you able to take the good with the bad?



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My life has its ups and downs, there is no choice of life, if you choose to do something, there must be ups and downs in it.

01:25 PM Oct 19 2017 |



Speak english wasn’t easy. you need a lot of sacrificies to achieve your purpose.  Even though is better to learn it to  communicate with foreign people. this language definetly had its ups and downs.

12:54 AM Sep 13 2017 |

La Princesse de la vie


My current work has ups and downs, but I try to focus on the ups more than the downs. Nothing is perfect after all!

06:59 PM Sep 12 2017 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I had experienced some ups and downs in my job. I got hired 3 month ago in a startup team. I was think all the things would be great. but now i am experiencing ups and downs in this journey.

03:46 PM Sep 12 2017 |

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Relationships have their ups and downs. Working at a job you enjoy will have its ups and downs. We are not exaggerating when we say that all of life will have its ups and downs. And that’s completely normal and totally OK! 

11:09 AM Sep 12 2017 |


Saudi Arabia

Last trip for me was ups and downs when i decided to travel to UAE through bahrain airport

i was depending on the GPS to guide me to the airport unfortunately it took me to a wrong way oops that time i was ups and downs

the bad thing is  i should not depend 100 % on the GPS i should follow the directions of airport. the Good thing is i left from home early even avoid some cases such thses

anyhow life has ups and downs cases we must learn from bad things to stay forever on the right way to increase our experiences

07:58 AM Sep 12 2017 |

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Recently I changed a kindergarten for my daughter. Before she went to the kindergarten , she was very glad. But after three days she was at kindergarten, she began to unhappy.  She said she had no good friends as previous kindergarten . my feeling was happy and unhappy as hers as a mother.  Even there was a moment if it was a wrong that I changed her kindergarten. I felt depressed when she was unhappy although I knew this need a process to adapt a new environment for a child.

Yesterday she went out the school she told me she loved this school when I picked up her. She said she had several new good friends and had given each other the gifts. I felt some surprised and then happy. I knew she began to adapt the new school .

My emotions was ups and downs .

Sometimes I could be able to take good with the bad. But sometimes I couldn’t. 

05:40 AM Sep 12 2017 |

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