Views #865 | Intermediate 5

Accidental Feelings

Shibika shares her feelings about how she felt after her accident.
Fred: So, after this horrible accident, how did life your change? What are... What could you say are your after thoughts of after surviving such an experience?

Shibika: Right. Like, to be completely honest, in the beginning I was really upset and I was like, you know, "Why does this have to happen to me?" you know. That is like immediately what you feel, what anybody would feel. But then when after, you know, recovering and after... while I was going through the whole thing, I basically realized that these things, they don't happen for a reason. My friend, he did not want to bang the car, you know, he didn't have anything against me. He really regretted it.

Fred: Yeah, it wasn't his fault.

Shibika: Exactly. It's nobodies fault, so it happens. It happens to teach you something, I guess, so basically I learned that such things happen. It made me a stronger person, you know, I was like, no more scared of car accidents or stuff like that because I'm like, OK, they're a part of your life and they go on, so. Yeah, and then I was taken care of. I had all the time, these people, surrounded by people, yeah, who used to come: my relatives, my friends, they came to visit me. All of them got really worried so you feel kind of special. You feel that, OK, you know, like it really matters for other people when something happens to you.

Fred: Wow, that's really nice to hear. So yeah, so when something like this happens, you always have people around you to help you.

Shibika: True, yeah.

Fred: So that must be a really good feeling.

Shibika: Exactly, and like, out of all the people, my mom had helped me the most, like because I couldn't even move because of the plaster. I couldn't move my hand. I couldn't do anything on my own. I couldn't eat by myself, so she had to feed me. She had to and I felt like a kid again, and she had to do everything. for me.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

to be completely honest


To be completely honest, I was upset.

We use the phrase 'to be completely honest' when we share some information that we don't want others people to know.  Notice the following:

  1. To be completely honest, I don't like your friend very much.
  2. To be completely honest, I was really scared.

what anybody would feel


That is what anybody would feel.

We use the phrase 'what anybody would feel' to talk about how most people would feel in a similar situation.  Notice the following:

  1. It's difficult to guess what anybody would feel.
  2. That's what anybody would feel after a World Cup loss.

It's nobody's fault


It's nobody's fault, it happens to teach you something.

We say 'it's nobody's fault' when bad things happen naturally or for no good reason.  Notice the following:

  1. It's nobody's fault. It just happened.
  2. It's nobody's fault. The roads were icy.

I couldn't even move


I couldn't even move because of the plaster.

We add the word 'even' to another word or phrase to make the meaning stronger.  Notice the following:

  1. I was so scared that I couldn't even move.
  2. The traffic was so bad that we couldn't even move.

I felt like a kid again


I felt like a kid again and she had to do everything.

Sometimes when we are older, situations cause us to remember our childhood and make us feel like a kid again.  Notice the following:

  1. Watching cartoons makes me feel like a kid again.
  2. While visiting my old high school, I felt like a kid again.

Vocabulary Quiz

honest • would feel • fault
couldn't move • like a kid
  1. I was so cold that I .
  2. It's Tommy's .  He broke the lamp.
  3. I always want you to be completely. with me.
  4. That's how anybody after a divorce.
  5. Going to the fair makes me feel again.
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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