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Released: 2021.03.19





【Nate】Are you a procrastinator?

【Marina】Yes. (laughs)

【Nate】Oh, you are!


【Nate】But you still get the work done. At the end of the day, you’ll get it all done and do well.

【Marina】It’s like, “well” is subjective. (laughs)


【Marina】And getting it…like, “getting it done by the end of the day” is also subjective. But…I should, like realize, like I’m a procrastinator because I’m a perfectionist…


【Marina】…because I—if I—if the—if I can’t imagine doing the task perfectly, or if I can’t figure out how to do it perfectly, it stresses me out so much that I won’t even start.

【Nate】Mm, I see what you’re saying.

【Marina】Yes. I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection in quarantine in case you haven’t noticed. (laughs)

【Nate】What—what about, like health, right? ‘Cause (because) laziness kind of works with health. Working-aholics is like, you know, how much energy you devote to things. That’s why, kind of, I would say I’m “lazy,” because in general, right, like I would say Americans are kind of more overweight than the…I guess, other countries.
And so that—that contributes to being lazy and not a workaholic, right? Would you agree to that? Or what do you think about that?

【Marina】Well, like I think that also, like being lazy is not necessarily a bad thing. I think we always think of, like if you’re lazy, then you’re like…then you’re not…you’re…then you’re bad, or like, you can’t put in the effort when the effort is needed.


【Marina】I think it’s, like important to have time when you are lazy and that’s basically just, like when you’re relaxing and taking care of yourself, because you do need to take…find time to step away from work. And everyone’s like…

【Nate】That’s true.

【Marina】“Well, if you’re not working 24/7, then you’re being lazy.” It’s like, “No. I’m…I’m finding time for myself so I can then come back and work harder.” I mean, this is why we have breaks from school, because you need to have time to just shut down—like kind of regroup a bit. And then you’re able to come back a little bit better than before.

【Nate】Yeah, there’s a balance. You can definitely be overworked and you can also be underworked and be lazy. So, there has to be a middle ground of where you’re willing to get the work done when you need to. And you’re willing to, you know, put work aside and prioritize other things. Yeah, that’s definitely true.

Questions of the day(今日の質問)

  1. Why does Marina consider herself a procrastinator?
  2. What reason does Nate give for thinking Americans are more likely to be lazy than citizens of other countries?
  3. What balance does Nate feel needs to be struck regarding a person’s workload?



  1. She feels that because she’s a perfectionist, she often stresses over how she will approach a task so much that she avoids starting it altogether.
  2. He thinks that since many Americans are overweight, that contributes to an overall lazy disposition among Americans.
  3. Nate feels that people should be willing to do the work they have to do when needed but also take time away from work to avoid overworking.



Marina and Nate continue their discussion of work culture in the United States. This time, they share their thoughts on “laziness” and whether or not Americans are prone to it.

Marina describes herself as a procrastinator. She feels that because she’s often a perfectionist about things, she stresses so much over how she will get a job done that she avoids doing it for some time.

Nate feels that Americans on average are lazier than people from other countries. He believes that since Americans on average are more overweight than many of their counterparts in other countries, that contributes to a certain lazy disposition among them.

Marina doesn’t necessarily think being lazy is a bad thing and feels that taking time away from work is often necessary and healthy. Nate agrees and suggests that a balance needs to be struck in which a person is willing to get their work done when it is needed but can also take time off for themselves.


Phrases of the day(今日のフレーズ)

1) Procrastinate(先延ばしにする)


  • I need to stop procrastinating and work on my project.
  • I’m a bit of a procrastinator. It’s a bad habit I need to break.
  • I know it’s not good to procrastinate but I work better under pressure.

2) Not necessarily(必ずしも〜とは限らない)

not necessarilyは「必ずしも〜とは限らない」を意味します。例えば、「ハーフはみんな英語が話せるからいいよね」と呟いた友達に「That’s not necessarily true.」と返答すると、「必ずしもそうとは限らないよ」を意味します。

  • Being fat doesn’t necessarily mean you are out of shape.
  • That’s not necessarily true. I know a lot of hapas who can’t speak English.
  • It’s not necessarily a bad thing to have an accent. I think it’s actually charming.

3) Regroup(気を取り直す)


  • Let’s regroup and start over.
  • I played a terrible game today. I need to regroup and play better tomorrow.
  • She’ll be fine. Let’s just give her some time to regroup.

4) Middle ground(妥協点)

middle groundは「妥協点」を意味する表現で、compromiseのより口語的な言い回しです。「妥協点を見つける/見出す」はfind a middle ground、reach a middle ground、またはcome to a middle groundと表現するのが一般的です。

  • We need to find a middle ground.
  • We negotiated for hours but we couldn’t reach a middle ground.
  • I’m going to talk to him today and see if we can find a middle ground.

5) Put aside(〜を取っておく)

put asideは時間やお金をある目的のために確保する際に使われる表現です。勉強や運動のために時間を確保したり、将来何かを購入するため、または何かの支払いのためにお金を貯めたりするような状況で使われます。

  • I put aside 30 minutes every day to study English.
  • How much money do you put aside every month for retirement?
  • I’m putting aside a few hundred bucks a month so I can travel to the U.S. next year.



  • Subjective・・・主観的
  • Self-reflection・・・自分自身を振り返る
  • Devote・・・注ぐ
  • Breaks・・・休暇
  • Willing to・・・~を厭わない


  • At the end of the day・・・最終的には
  • Contributes to・・・〜の要因
  • Step away from・・・から離れる
  • 24/7・・・四六時中



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