If you were rich and successful, would you be willing to give it all up to live a simple but happy life with few possessions? If so, you may be interested in watching this short documentary about a wealthy doctor who did exactly that (Slomo: The Man Who Skated Right Off the Grid). He gave up his highly-paid career as a surgeon to follow his passion and he now spends his days rollerskating along the beach! The documentary about his life is a real eye-opener!
Watch Dara’s video below for more examples of this idiom in use.
An eye-opener? That sounds like a device for torture! Ugh!
No! An eye-opener is an experience or thing that gives you a new, sudden, deeper understanding about something.
Let’s make this clearer by looking at a few examples:
- I had always thought I was quite poor, but then I visited Cambodia, and I learned what real poverty is like. It was a real eye-opener for me.
- These statistics are an eye-opener. The world has lost 30% of its arable land in the last 40 years. We need to make the environment our number one priority.
- The movie “Supersize Me” was a real eye-opener for me. After watching it, I cut down on the amount of fast food I ate.
So, there we have it. I hope this video has been an eye-opener for you!
Can you write your own sentences using today’s idiom? Use the prompts below to help you.
- Have you ever watched a movie or read a history book that taught you something surprising about the past? What did you learn?
- On your last vacation, did you find out something interesting about the local culture or country you visited?
- Were you shocked by any statistics or figures shared by experts on the news recently? Explain.
- Have you ever visited a place to learn how a product was made? For example, you may have taken a tour of a craft workshop, a brewery, a farm, or a factory. How did you feel about the experience?
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