Today we answer a question from Alan in China.
I'm wondering about the difference between “try” or “do one's best.” My English teacher told me they are same. But I believe every word has a difference. Can you help me? - Alan, China
Thank you for writing, and yes, we can help!
Your teacher is right that the two expressions can mean about the same thing. But you are right that there is small but important difference between “try” and “do one’s best.”
“Try” means to make an effort, to attempt to accomplish or complete something. But the effort may or may not be successful.
I tried to do my school work, but it was so hard I had to give up!
The person was trying, but did not finish the job.
Now, let’s look at “do one’s best.” The word “do” means to perform an action or an activity. It suggests that the work is happening. “One’s best” means to put your maximum effort or attention into the job. Here’s how the expression sounds in a sentence:
My school work was hard, but I did my best to get it right. I even stayed after class to ask my teacher to explain it to me.
This person made an extra effort to get the work done. He figured out how to get help. He was not just trying, he was doing his best!
However, sometimes people say they are trying, but they are not putting in much effort. That means they are not doing their best. This is where you can really see the difference between “trying” and “doing your best.” It can depend on effort.
As a wise person once told me, “Trying is not always doing.” Those are words I try to live by…
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Words in This Story
accomplish – v. to succeed in doing (something)
maximum – adj. greatest possible in amount or degree
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6 Minute English
EPISODE 181101 / 01 NOV 2018
Impossibly attractive and implausibly perfect models in adverts and in movies and on TV you are much more likely to see naked or half-naked women than men. But there seems to be a trend to objectify men too. Are there any positive points to it or is it creating self-absorbed people? Listen to the discussion.
This week's question
On British TV, in which decade was a completely naked man first seen? Was it…
a) the 1940s
b) the 1950s
c) the 1960s
Listen to the programme to find out the answer.
the noun for when we reduce a human being to an object, we don't think of them as a real person anymore
someone whose behaviour is a good example that others want to copy
aim to be, hope to achieve
an adjective for something that is bad for you, something that has a negative effect
the term for someone who is so obsessed with their own body and life that they don't care about anyone else
self-conscious (about their body)
someone embarrassed about their body losing confidence in themselves as a result
Note: This is not a word for word transcript
Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English, I'm Neil.
And I'm Sam.
And in this programme we're looking at the word objectification.
Objectification is when we reduce people to objects.
An example of this is advertising and the media and in particular the way women have been shown. Impossibly attractive and implausibly perfect models in adverts and in movies and on TV you are much more likely to see naked or half-naked women than men.
Objectification can lead to issues in societysuch as inequality and discrimination. Objectification of women is a problem but what about the objectification of men?
Before we hear more, it's time for a question. Today's question is: on British TV in which decade was a completely naked man first seen? Was it…
a) the 1940s
b) the 1950s
c) the 1960s
What do you think Sam?
I'm going for the 60s.
I'll give the answer later in the programme. Now Sam, do you know the TV programme Love Island?
Yes, it's a kind of a dating show and all the contestants - men and women - spend a lot of time in their swimming costumes and they've all got perfect bodies.
Yes, that's right. It's a programme that seems equally to objectify men and women equally. But is that a bad thing? Dr Peter Lucas is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Central Lancashire. He spoke on this topic on the BBC's Woman's Hour programme. What does he suggest might be the advantage of featuring men with 'perfect' bodies?
Dr Peter Lucas
If you look at the impact of TV series like Love Island for instance, the producers of that programme present that as, have described that as being aspirational for their audience. It's presenting role models, its presenting models that people are supposed to aspire to. Now many women, thinking about the male bodies that are on display there might think well, if it means that more men get off to the gym, look after themselves physically, surely that's a good thing.
So what might be an advantage of these highly fit athletic bodies on show?
Dr Lucas suggests that seeing those bodies might encourage men to go to the gym and work hard to improve their fitness and health and that could be a good thing.
Yes, the people in the programme are described as role models. A role model is someone whose behaviour is seen as a good example for others to copy.
I'm not sure the behaviour of the people in Love Island makes them good role models, but perhaps from the point of view of their physical fitness they give us something to aspire to. If you aspire to something, it's something you can aim for, something you want to achieve. Dr Lucas also used a related word, aspirational. The TV series Love Island was described as being aspirational. It shows a lifestyle that people would like to have, something they might aim to achieve.
But there are also dangers to encouraging people to get to the gym. Here's Dr Lucas again.
Dr Peter Lucas
But also it's likely to generate higher levels of narcissism, self-consciousness, becoming obsessive about your appearance. It's not particularly an attractive feature either in men or in women and I suspect that's impacting on men's behaviour in a way which is detrimental in the same sort of way that's been detrimental for women really, for decades.
He talks about behaviour that is detrimental, this means behaviour that has a negative impact. What behaviours does he say are detrimental?
If people become obsessed by their appearance it could lead to narcissism. This is a condition where you spend so much time focussing on yourself, your own looks, your own body that you stop caring about anyone else.
And because it's very very hard to get that kind of body it can also lead to people being very self-conscious. They might become embarrassed about their bodies and lose confidence in themselves as a result.
Right. It's almost time to review this week's vocabulary, but before that let's have the answer to the quiz. In what decade was the first naked man seen on British TV? Was it…
a) the 1940s
b) the 1950s
c) the 1960s
What did you say, Sam?
I said c) the 60s.
I'm afraid the revolution had come earlier than that. The correct answer is the 1950s. It was a 1957 documentary called Out of Step, part of which was filmed at a nudist colony. Now, time for our vocabulary.
Our first word was objectification. This is the noun for when we reduce a human being to an object. We don't think of them as a real person anymore. The verb is to objectify.
Someone whose behaviour is a good example that others want to copy is a role model.
When it comes to presenting 6 Minute English, you are my role model, Neil.
You're too kind, and I aspire to your level of professionalism, Sam. To aspire to - to aim to be, to hope to achieve.
That is related to the next word, aspirational. This adjective is used to describe the desire to improve parts of you life - for example, getting a better job or a better body. Aspirational TV programmes or adverts show lifestyles that people might want to be theirs.
Our next word is an adjective for something that is bad for you, something that has a negative effect. The adjective is detrimental.
We heard that aspiring to the perfect body can be detrimental because it might lead to narcissism. Narcissism is the term for someone who is so obsessed with their own body and life that they don't care about anyone else.
Achieving that perfect body is incredibly hard and impossible for most real people and not achieving it can make people overly self-conscious - which in this situation means that they can lose confidence in themselves.
That's all we have time for today. Do join us next time and remember you can find us on the website bbclearningenglish.com. Bye bye.
By The Nation
Thai Mart Bahrain will have around 200 shops as well as leisure areas and a medical centre where Bahrainis can make arrangements for hospital treatment in Thailand.
Mobile applications in use there such as Shopee have agreed to host sections only for Thai products to make access easier.
Akavut Tangsilikusonwong, the founder and chief executive of Thai Mart Bahrain, said it presents Thais a great opportunity to invest while the baht remains strong against most foreign currencies.
Bahrainis and Saudis have significant purchasing power, he said, and they appreciate Thai products for their high quality and low value-added tax.
He recommended investing in franchises so that Bahrainis can buy into a business that’s ready to go.
Suphat Chitranukroh, a Thai former ambassador to Bahrain, said improving relations between our countries will further enhance trade and investment.
They have no free-trade agreement, but Bahrain is open to Thai investment in its medical and renewable-power endeavours, he said.
Bahraini Ambassador Ahmed Abdulla Al-Hajeri said the kingdom is strengthening its position as a hub for international business in the Middle East by spending US$32 billion on interconnecting transport and logistics infrastructure over the next three to five years.
Thai investors will find policies and incentives already in place for the private sector, along with cost competitiveness and economic freedom, he said.
Bahrain allows for 100 per cent foreign ownership of companies, so foreign entrepreneurs can manage all income under the general exchange rate.
He said imports from Thailand increased 52 per cent in 2018 year on year, with a value of more than $285 million, while exports to Thailand increased 18 per cent, valued $70 million.
Thailand ranks 15th among Bahrain’s trading partners and 16th among importers of Bahraini products.
Al-Hajeri also remarked that Thai halal food has become quite popular there and could also catch on across the Middle East.