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Solitude
Solitude

Learn English with this solitude English lesson

Date: Jun 22 2018

Themes: Health, Time, Work

Grammar: Be Able To

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Most of the time, we put everyone into two groups: either you’re a people person or you’re not. It’s usually easy to tell which group you’re in. If you like spending time with people, you’re the first. If you need to take a step back and be by yourself, you’re likely introverted.

It’s definitely not bad to spend time alone, though. While it may take discipline for social people to get away from the crowd, spending time creating calmness and awareness is not only healthy, it’s also important. We need time to relax, to meditate, and to think about what is important in life. When you’re always around other people, it can be hard to figure out life.

Why is Jessica feeling stressed? Discover what advice Rafael gives her in this English lesson about being alone.

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Jessica

Jessica

Rafael

Rafael

Jessica:  So, Rafael, I am a people person.

Rafael:  You are?

Jessica:  Yes. And I work alone. And lately, I’ve been really lonely and just stressed with work. So I’ve been trying to get my priorities straight and take a step back from all of my stressful work and really just try to find that peace and quiet again.

Rafael:  Yeah, if you do things like that, if you meditate, you find your peace and quiet, it gives you a lot of calmness. It gives you a lot of focus, helps you get your priorities straight, that sense of awareness. Helps you step back from it all. Do you know what I’m saying?

Jessica:  Yeah. Don’t you think it takes a lot of discipline, though, to be able to take a step back from all of the busy, daily life?

Rafael:  It depends on who you are. I mean, me, for example. I’m super, super introverted.

Jessica:  Are you?

Rafael:  I wouldn’t say it takes me discipline. I would say it’s just a little more natural for me to be introspective all the time.

Jessica:  All right. Well, I will try to focus on meditating and relaxing more.

 

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Discussion

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Jessica is a people person. She likes to be around other people all the time. Since she works by herself at home, though, she’s been feeling lonely and is starting to get stressed.

Rafael encourages Jessica to take a step back and focus on what’s important. He says that meditating, along with finding peace and quiet, can be good for clearing one’s mind.

Jessica agrees with Rafael, but it isn’t so easy for her. It takes hard work for her to spend time alone, thinking about her priorities, and managing her thoughts. It’s not natural for her, like it is for Rafael, but she’s willing to try.

Are you introverted or do you like spending time with people? What helps you create peace and quiet?

 

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Jullieta

Jullieta

Russian Federation

50/50 introvert-extravert))))

08:02 AM Jul 12 2018 |

fcf515

fcf515

Taiwan

I think I am introverted because I enjoy me-time more than being around with people.

04:09 AM Jun 29 2018 |

Press1

Press1

Aruba

People person, people person, that’s what I am!! What can I do?!


The only time I need solitude is in the bathtub :-)

02:40 PM Jun 28 2018 |

Mirell_Nova

Ukraine

Well, I think I’m people person, I like to spend time with people and be active mostly my time. But sometimes for sure I need to be with myself, so I like to spend my lonlyness with books

03:08 AM Jun 25 2018 |

abdullah201933

Saudi Arabia

Its good thing to be alone sometimes however you need to be with ur friends to relize the stress


i always from time 2 time i change my rutine otherwise ur killing ur life


for me i can spend the time in walking on beach or watching movies


Do something U love it that can let u to feel free even if ur alone.

04:07 PM Jun 24 2018 |

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

I’m super introverted, which absolutely means that my peace and quiet come with being alone and introspective.

03:11 PM Jun 23 2018 |

hermitlady

China

I am introverted. I like stay with myself. Only when my best friends come out, I can spend time with them.


Many things can make me peace and quiet such as walking, reading, writing and even playing table tennis with strangers.


Sometimes I could chat with some friends who could understand me online.



Yes, I agree to Rafael. Spending time alone is benefit for health, helping someone to meditate and think about one’s meaning of life. 

04:23 AM Jun 22 2018 |

Djana

Djana

Algeria

I enjoy spending time with people and especially with my friends,but i also might be an introverted person! i mean from time to time i need to stay alone to meditate,and get my priorities straight,it’s sth important.




10:20 PM Jun 26 2015 |

nehalmohfouz

Egypt

I’am a introverted person i really like take a step back and meditateing to feel calmness but some people saying to me that’s because i don’t have a true friends ;  friends how i trusted them but i’am really not a people person  

07:04 AM Jun 15 2014 |

faisal abdo

Sudan

also im between introverted and spending time with people

06:17 AM Jun 15 2014 |

selpie

selpie

Indonesia

I like spending my time with my friends and active during the day, but i’ll become introverted during the night.. 

04:02 AM Jun 05 2014 |

sunny_ling88

China

Sometimes I am introverted, I like to think and do things alone, but when I was stay with my friends i was so happy, I also like to make some friends, I want to become people person.

01:49 AM Jun 05 2014 |

Hiva Sh

Hiva Sh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think I’m introverted…Because I like to be alone


Although, I have a great family and unique friends, but sometimes I  can’t stand people around me and I need to be alone and take a step back

07:30 PM May 30 2014 |

Jasonlongo

Jasonlongo

Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

It’s sometimes good to be alone

11:33 AM May 29 2014 |

veronica_mourad

Egypt

Im not introverted I like spending time with people cause its hard to live in solitude but when I feel stress I take a step back and prefer to be alone to get my priorities straight.

11:24 PM May 28 2014 |

tompordin

tompordin

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

live is hard for solitude lovers

08:33 PM May 28 2014 |

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stanley_22

stanley_22

Haiti

Everytime i try to succes in music,there always a barrier and then i should take a step back to be introverted so i can find a solution.

07:48 PM May 28 2014 |

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Mr. Learner

Peru

I can say that I am in the middle … I am niether a people person nor an introverter. I have both senses and I use them both. 

07:41 PM May 28 2014 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

there are time to everithing , i mean , there are time to be alone , around people , to meditate , so on.


is not healthy just focus on one thing. 1 humble opinion to not get stressed , try to do exercice and sex !!

07:03 PM May 28 2014 |

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Sojin

Sojin

United States

I think I am in between. It all depends on the situation. I like to balance between spending time with people and being alone. I am a music composer and definitely need my own space and quiet time to be creative. At the same time, I enjoy being around with people who got good positive energy. Everyday, I try to be well-balanced person as a human who can not exist all alone. 

05:03 PM May 28 2014 |

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