Pessimism vs Optimism - 6 Minute English

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Improve your English vocabulary and listening in just six minutes! In this programme. We discuss the topic and teach you vocabulary. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Which one your are may be linked more to your birthplace and age than attitude. Neil and Sam talk about optimists and pessimists.

This week's question
What proportion of the British population, do you think, describe themselves as optimistic? Is it:

a) 20 percent?

b) 50 percent? or,

c) 80 percent?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary
glass-half-full person
someone with an optimistic attitude who tends to focus on the positive side of life

Debbie Downer
(US slang) someone who makes others feel bad by focussing on the bad or depressing side of things

sugarcoat
to make something seem better than it really is

hyper-
(prefix) having too much of a quality eg. hyperactive, hypersensitive

rock bottom
lowest possible level

grumpy old man
describes someone who complains a lot, is moody and intolerant, and gets easily annoyed

To download the audio and a transcript, go to:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-220331

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Grumpy old person. I wanna be a optimistic person always. I think It's good for everyone to be practice a optimism. I love this lesson and thanks bbc to give us a a little bit great vucabulary. Thanks.

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Birthplace, age and the difficulties faced in life condition being optimistic or pessimistic. some people life is quite hard!

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07.04.22 в 00:47

To my view, things happen to us always carry the meaning. In addition to that, We have choice to decide our observations of things, so why not instead of looking on the negative side of the problems, we remind ourselfves of just a tiny positive aspect. Perhaps, it doesn't change anything for a little, yet I believe that When you see it in different light, we can be more at ease. So, be glass- half- full person, not glass- half- empty one. Also, don't be a Debbie Downer Who tend to be a wet blanket, like a grumpy old man. Suggarcoating things sometimes isn't a bad thing. It seems like we are humiliating ourselves also don't let the situation put us off.

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05.04.22 в 11:24

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05.04.22 в 10:48

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Lili Guo

04.04.22 в 00:37

Thanks a lot Neil and Sam. I just know the Debbie Downer after listing your programme.

WHERE DOES DEBBIE DOWNER COME FROM?

While a downer has been used to refer to a “depressing person” since at least the 1970s, the name Debbie Downer was popularized by a hit Saturday Night Live sketch starring Rachel Dratch, who played a character named Debbie Downer. This character consistently ruins a group’s fun by sharing unsolicited sad remarks.

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03.04.22 в 21:56

Hello from Japan. Thank you for sharing this video. I think Japanese people are good at planning pessimistically and acting optimistically. I will do my best to focus on positive side.

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03.04.22 в 20:11

I’m kind of a half-empty-glass person :)

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01.04.22 в 10:43

optimistic people always live happy life

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01.04.22 в 08:16

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01.04.22 в 08:16

I am a glass-half-full boy who are hyper-optimistic. That is because in all bad situations in life, I always sugarcoat everything and overcome all of them. Optimism is good for human, just not being like the grumpy old man called Debbie Downer-a pessimistic person who can reach the rock bottom of many problems. Just for fun!!!

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01.04.22 в 06:50

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01.04.22 в 06:48

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01.04.22 в 02:40

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01.04.22 в 01:36

Optimist needs to listen to pessimists. Pessimists need the encouragement of optimists.

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01.04.22 в 00:56

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31.03.22 в 19:45

Topic about pessimism and no word about Polish people? I am dissapointed :P

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31.03.22 в 19:00

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31.03.22 в 19:00

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BRUCE YANG

31.03.22 в 18:43

Mostly I’m swaying between both. I don’t know why, can anyone tell me the truth? Thx a lot . LoL

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31.03.22 в 16:53

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31.03.22 в 16:45

50%

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31.03.22 в 16:27

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31.03.22 в 16:06

Quality content,as always.I need this.I've been literally reaching near the rock bottom of despair.Having listened to this, I'm going to focus on the sunny side of my life.

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31.03.22 в 15:54

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31.03.22 в 15:44

Our birthplace and age can really affect if we are an optimist or a pessimist. That´s interesting!

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