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When we take our dogs out for some exercise, we call that "walking the dog." The part that goes around the dog's neck is called a "collar" and the part that the dog's owner holds is called a "leash." Here's an example sentence: "Don't forget to walk the dog tonight." Or you could also say, "I'm out walking the dog." Sometimes, people walk other people's dogs to make a living. We call those people "dog walkers." Does anyone have a pet dog? When I was young, I raised all kinds of animals. At one time, I had more than 10 pets. Luckily, we had a big yard that could accommodate them.
When we give in to the desire to eat or drink something that we know is bad for us, we call that "indulging." Today, I indulged in a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks! When you're on a diet and you know you shouldn't have fast food, but you really want to eat a burger anyway, you can say, "I'm going to indulge!" This expression can be used in the following ways: "indulge oneself," "indulge in a desert", "It was an indulgence." Another way of saying this is "guilty pleasure." So, you could say, "Peppermint Mochas are my guilty pleasure." What kind of Christmas treats do you indulge in?
I guess this means the persimmon season is almost over for this year. Just like in Korean, you can put the word "season" after just about any fruit or vegetable name. Also, when it's the perfect time to eat a certain fruit, we say that it is "in season." So, next fall, you can tell your English-speaking friends, "Persimmons are in season!"
When we talk about Christmas decorations and Christmas lights, the verb is usually not "install," but "put up." For example, wives often ask their husbands, "When are you going to put up the Christmas decorations?" You could also ask, "Aren't you going to put up any Christmas lights this year?" Take a look at the twinkling Christmas lights I saw today at the mall. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
In Korea, people call this kind of jacket "padding," right? In the US, this style of jacket is usually called a "ski jacket" or a "parka." We may use the word "padding" to describe the material that goes into the coat, but not the coat itself. Sometimes, we also call this type of jacket a "down jacket," if it contains goose down (soft goose feathers). It's parka season!
We had some strange weather today, didn't we? One minute, I was in the midst of a blizzard and the next, I found myself under the most beautiful azure sky. When the wind is blowing the snow around before it hits the ground, we call that a "blizzard." Interestingly, when native speakers talk about the weather, they often use the verb "have." So, "We've been having great weather recently" is a commonly heard expression. When the weather is unseasonable or strange, people often say "We've been having crazy weather recently."
I just started reading this book tonight! I'd been wanting to read it for a long time, but never got around to it. Most people think the word "read" is only a verb, but it is also used as a noun in some cases. Americans often call an interesting book, "a good read." We also call books that are difficult or hard to get through "a hard read." If a book is so enthralling that it is hard to put down, we call it a "page-turner," because readers keep turning the pages and can't stop reading. ^^