Hello, this is AJ. Welcome to the mini-story for “Taoism.”
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There was a girl, a very happy girl…a very beautiful girl, an amazing girl. She had a big smile. There was an amazing, beautiful, intelligent, wonderful girl. Her name was Tomoe and she wanted to fight a gorilla.
What was her name?
Her name was Tomoe.
She was Japanese.
What did Tomoe want to do?
Tomoe wanted to fight a gorilla.
What did she want to fight?
A gorilla, Tomoe wanted to fight a gorilla.
So first she contemplated her goal.
What did she do?
She contemplated her goal. She thought about her goal calmly and slowly.
What did she contemplate?
Her goal, she contemplated her goal.
What was her goal?
Her goal was to fight a gorilla.
Did she want to be nice to a gorilla?

contemplated/ˈkɑntəmˌpleɪtɪd/chiêm nghiệm

 

Oh no, not Tomoe. Tomoe wanted to fight a gorilla. Tomoe was a very sweet, nice, beautiful person but she wanted to fight a gorilla. She contemplated her goal.
Who contemplated fighting a gorilla?
Tomoe, Tomoe thought about fighting a gorilla very calmly, very slowly. She contemplated fighting a gorilla.
What did she contemplate fighting?
A gorilla, Tomoe contemplated fighting a gorilla.
When she contemplated fighting a gorilla, she realized that gorillas have a lot of brute strength.
What kind of strength do gorillas have…very careful, subtle strength or super strong animal brute strength?
Well, they have brute strength. Gorillas have brute strength.
Did Tomoe have brute strength?
No, she didn’t. She didn’t have brute strength. She was a small Japanese girl.
So who had brute strength? Well, actually, who has brute strength?
All gorillas, all adult gorillas have brute strength. Animal super strong strength, gorillas have brute strength. So she contemplated, she realized gorillas have brute strength.
She realized, “Whoa, gorillas are gonna be hard to fight. It’s gonna be hard to fight a gorilla.”
Would it be easy or hard to fight a gorilla?
It would be hard for Tomoe to fight a gorilla.
Why would it be hard for her to fight a gorilla?
Well, it would be hard for her to fight a gorilla because gorillas have brute strength. They have brute strength. So it would be very, very hard for her to fight a gorilla. She realized this. She understood.
So of course she decided to go to the gym. She needed to become strong. She went to the gym every day. She strained…arrrghhh…to lift weights.
Was she relaxed when she lifted weights?

brute strength/brut strɛŋkθ/sức mạnh vũ phu

subtle strength/ˈsʌtəl strɛŋkθ /sức mạnh tinh tế

adult/əˈdʌlt /người lớn

decided/ˌdɪˈsaɪdɪd /quyết định strained/streɪnd /căng

lift weights/lɪft weɪts /cử tạ

great living/greɪt ˈlɪvɪŋ/cuộc sống tuyệt vời

No, she was not relaxed. She tried very hard. She strained…arrrghhh…1… arrghhh… 2…arrghhh…3. Every day she strained her muscles. Every day she strained hard to lift weights.
What did she strain to do?
She strained to lift weights. She tried very hard to lift weights.
Who strained when she lifted weights?
Tomoe, Tomoe strained when she lifted weights.
How often did she strain when she lifted weights?
Well, every day actually. Every day she went to the gym. Every day she strained and strained to lift weights.
She got stronger and stronger and stronger. Finally she was ready. She proceeded with her plan.
Did she continue or did she stop?
She continued. She continued to follow her plan. She proceeded to follow her plan.
What did she proceed to do?
She proceeded to follow her plan.
Who proceeded to follow her plan?
Tomoe, Tomoe proceeded to follow her plan.
And what was her plan?
Her plan was to fight a gorilla. Her plan was to fight a gorilla and she proceeded with her plan. She continued with her plan.
She flew to Africa.
Where did she fly to?
To Africa, she flew to Africa.
In Africa she saw a gorilla. She saw a huge, big, strong gorilla. Tomoe was ready to fight.

proceeded/prəˈsidəd/tiến hành

 

What did Tomoe see?
She saw a huge, strong, brute gorilla.
But there was a problem. The gorilla had a baby, a baby gorilla. It was a big, strong gorilla mom with a little, tiny, cute gorilla baby. Tomoe stopped. She visualized fighting the gorilla. And then she visualized the poor baby gorilla crying, “Oh, my mommy’s fighting.”
Did she imagine the gorilla baby crying?
Yes, Tomoe visualized. She saw, she imagined the little baby gorilla crying if she fought the big gorilla mom.
What did Tomoe visualize?
She visualized the baby gorilla crying.
Did she imagine, did she visualize the big gorilla crying or the baby gorilla crying?
She visualized the baby gorilla crying…oh no.
Who visualized the little baby gorilla crying?
Tomoe, Tomoe visualized the baby gorilla crying.
Who did she visualize crying, or whom?
She visualized the baby gorilla crying.
And so Tomoe took this into consideration.
Did Tomoe think about the baby?
Yes, she took the baby into consideration. She thought about the baby. She took the baby into consideration. She thought about the baby.
What did Tomoe take into consideration?
The baby gorilla, Tomoe took the baby gorilla into consideration. She thought about it.
Who took the baby gorilla into consideration?

tiny/nhỏ bé

take into consideration/cân nhắc /

Tomoe, Tomoe took the baby gorilla into consideration. She thought about the poor little baby gorilla. Tomoe wanted to fight the big one, but she took the baby into consideration.
Tomoe decided not to fight the gorilla. Instead, Tomoe decided to play basketball with the gorillas (because she brought a basketball, of course). Tomoe always brings a basketball every time she travels. Everywhere she goes Tomoe brings a basketball, obviously. So Tomoe decided not to fight. Instead she played basketball with the gorilla and the baby. Everyone was happy.
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And that is the end of our mini-story this time. I hope you’re smiling. I hope you’re standing strong. Deep breath, if you’re not, do it now. Move your body. Get strong. Get some energy.
See you next time.