Justin: Hi Taro. Are you OK?
You: I was here all weekend. I’m feeling pretty run-down.
Hello everyone. Justin here and welcome
to another Bizmates for Beginners video
lesson where every week we introduce a
new idiom, phrase, or expression that you
can use in your daily business
conversation. This week everyone we are
going to learn: "run-down." Alright so when
something or someone is run-down, what
does it mean? Well to find out
please stay tuned
but first, let's begin with a quick
review of last week's class. Alright
everyone, so imagine I ask you: How was
your trip to Italy? Was the flight
expensive? And imagine you flew to Italy
during peak season - the busiest time of
the year - so the flight tickets were very
expensive. So, how do you say that using
the expression from last week? I'll give
you five seconds to think about it.
Are you ready?
Alright and time is up. If you said:
Yes. It cost an arm and a leg
then that's exactly right.
Well done and thank you for remembering
last week's class. Alright everyone
let's move on to: run-down. Now this is
what I sometimes hear... alright, so I come
to the office and I see Taro sitting
there, but he doesn't look very good.
So, I say: Taro, are you OK?
Taro says: You know, I was here all
weekend. I'm feeling pretty tired. OK,
I can understand if you were here all
weekend - no rest, no break - yes of course,
you must feel very tired.
Now although this is OK, you might hear a
native English speaker say this:
I was here all weekend.
I'm feeling pretty run-down. Alright so
whenever you're feeling physically
exhausted, you're very tired, you're
feeling very run-down, OK? Now you can also
use this expression to describe a
physical location or place that isn't in
good condition. So for example imagine
you are in a very, very old kind of dirty
hotel room, okay, the carpet isn't clean
maybe there's a big hole in the wall,
you can say "yeah, this room is
pretty run-down" OK? Or maybe you can say
"yeah, the train is pretty run-down."
It's very old, the physical condition is not
so good, okay, or the roads are very
run-down or this car is pretty
run-down, my keyboard, or my mouse is
pretty run-down, alright?
So anything that isn't in good
physical condition is something that is
run-down, okay? Alright so please
remember this for next time, but our
pronunciation here is pretty simple this
week so please repeat after me:
I'm feeling pretty run-down. Your turn.
Good all right now after my question:
Hey, you look pretty tired. Are you okay?
That's right. Yeah, I was here all week
and I'm pretty run-down. Okay? Alright so
please remember this for the review for
our next class. Okay our bonus question
this week everyone is another way to say:
something is "very easy." Okay if
you know what the answer is, you can
leave it in the comments below and for
the answer to our previous bonus
questions, we're gonna start leaving them
in the comments okay, so when you go to
YouTube there's a little description
so you click the description and
then it drops down and then we'll leave
the answer to our bonus questions there
in case you decided you wanted to find
out what that was, okay?
Alright so if you know what this answer
is though, you can always leave it in the
comments below and I'll be happy to get
back to you. Alright everyone, so that is
it for us this week. Thank you always for
watching. Have a great weekend, everyone
and I will see you next time. Thank you.