O Ganso Está Engordando [Phrasal Verb: Cut Down On (Something)]

O Ganso Está Engordando [Phrasal Verb: Cut Down On (Something)]

In today’s video, Tim is thinking of what to cut down on as he prepares for the end-of-the-year festivities.

No video de hoje, o Tim está pensando sobre o que poderia cortar na sua comida enquanto se prepara para as festividades do fim do ano.

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Hello, it’s Tim Barrett from www.domineingles.com.br. Well, Christmas is __________ , the goose is getting fat. That’s a song in English; I’ll play it for you.

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny, then a ha'penny will do
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!

And I’m afraid I’m going to get fat, too, if I’m not __________ . I was thinking about all the things I want to eat during Christmas time. We’re going to have the traditional Christmas dinner with __________ , stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and lots of other __________ . Plus the ladies will be making Christmas cookies, and we’ll have a lot of panetones here in Brazil; so it’s a time where, if we’re not careful, we can ________ a lot of weight.

So I was thinking that I’d better start __________ down _____ a few things before the Holidays are here. Do you know what the phrasal verb “cut down on” means? It means to reduce the amount or quantity of something you spend, or in this case, eat.

So I was trying to think: What could I ______ down on these days? I guess I could cut ______ on popcorn; I love to eat popcorn at night after classes. I could cut down on ___________ , and not eat desserts and chocolates for a few days. I just want to make ______ that I have enough space for all the Christmas goodies that are coming up.

So tell me about you(rself). Are you going to cut down on anything these days, before the Holiday festivities? What are you going to cut down on? Write about it in our comments section on our site; ok? I’ll see you there. Bye bye.


SCRIPT WITH TRANSLATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS

Hello, it’s Tim Barrett from www.domineingles.com.br. Well, Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat. That’s a song in English; I’ll play it for you.

  • Christmas is coming = o natal está chegando
  • the goose is getting fat = o ganso está engordando
  • I’ll play it for you = vou tocá-la para você

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny, then a ha'penny will do
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!

  • put a penny in the old man’s hat = coloque um centavo no chapéu do velhinho
  • if you haven’t got a penny = se você não tiver um centavo
  • a ha’penny will do = um “meio-centavo” [moeda antiga na Inglaterra] serve
  • then God bless you = então Deus lhe abençoe (ou “Deus lhe pague” no Brasil :))

And I’m afraid I’m going to get fat, too, if I’m not careful. I was thinking about all the things I want to eat during Christmas time. We’re going to have the traditional Christmas dinner with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and lots of other goodies. Plus the ladies will be making Christmas cookies, and we’ll have a lot of panetones here in Brazil; so it’s a time where, if we’re not careful, we can gain a lot of weight.

  • I’m afraid I’m going to get fat, too = eu temo que vou engordar, também
  • if I’m not careful = se não tomar cuidado
  • during Christmas time = durante a época de natal
  • turkey = peru
  • stuffing = “farofa” americana, um tipo de recheio que é colocada dentro do peru e servido como acompanhamento.
  • mash potatoes = purê de batata
  • gravy = molho para por em cima da batata e peru
  • pumpkin pie = torta de abobora
  • lots of other goodies = muitas outras guloseimas
  • plus = além disso
  • will be making = estarão fazendo [gerundismo é comum em inglês 🙂 ]; farão
  • Christmas cookies = biscoitos de natal
  • we can gain a lot of weight = podemos ganhar muito peso

So I was thinking that I’d better start cutting down on a few things before the Holidays are here. Do you know what the phrasal verb “cut down on” means? It means to reduce the amount or quantity of something you spend, or in this case, eat.

O que significa o phrasal verb ‘cut down on (something)’ Como se diz “cut down on (something)" em português? Qual é a tradução de " cut down on (something) "? What does " cut down on (something) " mean? What is the meaning of " cut down on (something) "?

  • cut down on (something) = reduzir, diminuir, cortar (os custos, a comida, etc.), usar menos, economizar

  • the holidays = as festas do fim do ano
  • reduce the amount = reduzir a quantia
  • of something you spend or eat = de algo que você gasta ou come

So I was trying to think: What could I cut down on these days? I guess I could cut down on popcorn; I love to eat popcorn at night after classes. I could cut down on desserts, and not eat desserts and chocolates for a few days. I just want to make sure that I have enough space for all the Christmas goodies that are coming up.

  • I just want to make sure I have enough space = só quero ter certeza de que terei espaço suficiente
  • Christmas goodies = gulozeimas de natal
  • That are coming up = que estão chegando

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So tell me about you(rself). Are you going to cut down on anything these days, before the Holiday festivities? What are you going to cut down on? Write about it in our comments section on our site; ok? I’ll see you there. Bye bye.

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20 comments “O Ganso Está Engordando [Phrasal Verb: Cut Down On (Something)]”

I think that I could cut down on soda, it has a lot sugar..

That’s definitely something to cut down on! I don’t think soda is good for our health.

I will certainly eat French toast. I love it. Fortunately I don’t need to cut down anyrhing. I don’t eat much sugar. 

That’s great, Alexandre. Unfortunately, I like to eat, and have a tendency to gain some weight. But I am always careful to watch my weight and not get too carried away. 🙂

I don’t need to cut down on anything. I don’t eat a lot of goodies and stuffs like that1
CONGRATULATIONS,TIM. YOUR WEBSITE IS FANTASTIC!!

Thanks, Amanda! Good for you! I wish I had your willpower. 😉

Hi Tim.

Just out of curiosity about American culture. Is there any differences between the Thanksgiving Day dinner and Xmas dinner? Or they have the same items (Turkey, pumpkin pie, …)?

Regards

Hello, Djan! Each family has their own Christmas tradition. Oftentimes, the meal is very similar to Thanksgiving (a Turkey Dinner), but it can vary. Check out this article about Christmas Dinners in the U.S.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_dinner#United_States

I have been done a vegetarian for two years ago and I’m very happy , because I don’t need eat food with goose or turkey , etc , and I think I don’t cut down many things.

Hey! Bread fattens too, you know! 🙂

I should cut down on candy and stuff as my glucose level may increase

That’s more important than just losing weight, Leandro. I hope you can control your glucose level all right during the Holidays.

Hi!
I don’t understand (fattens too). What’s the meaning ?Could you explain for me?

“Fattens” is translated as “engorda” in Portuguese. I was saying that bread (which you probably eat) “engordas”, too. I was just pulling your leg. 🙂

Hi Tim!

How are you doing? Thank you for explanation. Now I understand! In the end of the year festivities I will to take care.

All the best!

🙂

If I cut down something, I won’t eat nothing because lately I’m not eating so much.

Why is that, Vera? Are you trying to lose weight, or are you not feeling very well?

Dear Tim, I’m not cutting down on anything, ’cause this year I’m not gonna “encher a pança”!! 🙂 . And, when you said “gain weight”, that reminded me another phrasal verb: “put on” weight! Merry Christmas!

Good for you, Patricia! I’m trying to go easy on my Holidays eating, too. Yes, that’s another common phrasal verb – “put on weight”. That’s what I’m trying to avoid during the end of the year. 🙂


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