Have you always wanted to learn to dance the tango, do a magic trick, or skydive? If so, perhaps you need a bucket list – a list of all the things you want to do before you die. A list might sound great but they’ve also been accused of limiting the imagination by encouraging people to follow someone else’s idea of the perfect life. Neil and Sam discuss the subject and teach you some useful vocabulary.

Which of the following things is the most popular activity on a bucket list? Is it:

a) Swimming with dolphins
b) Getting a tattoo
c) Seeing the northern lights

[The answer is at the end of the video]

bucket list
a list of all the things you want to do before you die

comfort zone
a situation where you feel safe and comfortable and where your ability is not being tested

process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling your life

fooling yourself
trying to make yourself believe something that you know is not really true; deceiving yourself

‘kick the bucket’
an informal way to say, ‘die’

doing something in a natural, impulsive or sudden way based without any planning or premeditation

To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200416

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