Honesty is the best policy.
Let’s change that.
Honesty is the best policy when there’re always options.
Well, we always want to avoid different things that we don’t like.
For example, sometimes we like to avoid
some people. OK?
Some people want to avoid the truth.
Maybe you want to avoid your math homework.
Or maybe you want to avoid taking your dog
for a walk when it’s raining.
Or maybe for you’re too tired,
you want to avoid taking out the trash.
Or maybe your aunt Massa who’s called you for a date.
You don’t wanna spend the time with her.
So how will you avoid her?
Well, how you’re going to avoid her is your problem.
But how you’re going to talk about avoiding something is my problem.
Cuz in this lesson today, I am going to give you
about 10 alternatives to the word Avoid.
How can you replace the word Avoid
with some other interesting useful words
that can be used in a lot of situations?
This lesson is gonna be a lot of fun.
Keep watching it with me.
My name is Michelle, and you’re watching me on Let’s Talk.
我叫Michelle 你正在Let’s Talk观看我的课程
So here we are, guys,
where we have a lot of alternatives to the word Avoid.
So let’s look at the first word.
Well, this word has nothing to do with different,
and it is not the opposite to the different as you might think
when you read this word.
Indifferent basically means when you don’t care about something.
Think of a person who does not care about
which party wins the votes.
The maximum votes.
So when this person goes to vote,
what he does is, he flips the coin,
and then gives the vote.
If, you know, he gets the other side, then he
would vote for one party.
And if he gets the other side,
he would vote for another party.
So do you think he really cares about who wins? Well no.
So this person is indifferent about who wins.
Which means he does not care.
So an indifferent person
does not care.
If you don’t care about what other people
think of you, you could say
I’m almost indifferent about how other people think of me.
Great. Now with this, let’s look at the next one.
很好 现在 让我们来看下一个
And that is Evade.
So Evade is
when you escape something. OK?
When you escape a situation very cleverly,
When you evade trickfully
escaping a situation.
A person who cleverly escapes a situation.
you having had all the cookies in the jar
which were at your home.
And then your mom comes and asks you
“Hey, where are cookies missing?”
And then you try to evade her question.
Which means you escape her question
by quickly switching to another topic.
So that’s what Evading means.
If you want to use it in a sentence
you could say that
“He skillfully evaded all my questions”.
Or you can say that
“He evades his responsibilities very cleverly”.
For example, whenever somebody comes home,
this guy just… this guy just goes out,
so that he does not need to
host in the guest or help at work.
That’s called Evading.
Alright. Now let’s talk about the next verb which is Eluding.
好的 现在让我们来说说下一个动词 Eluding
Eluding is very similar to Evading in the pronunciation,
so do not get confused.
So it also means escaping.
But… But Eluding has a very… slippery feeling.
So if you got oily hands,
and if you want to hold the glass,
obviously, the glass will slip out of your hand.
So in that case, the glass is eluding you. OK?
所以在这种情况下 玻璃杯在脱离你 能明白吗？
Let me explain it in a much better way.
Eluding could be
if you don’t like math,
maybe you don’t like math at all,
so you could say that “math eludes me”.
Which means it’s very hard for me to understand. OK?
Something that is hard for you to grasp or understand is Eluding.
Alright. Something is just hard to grasp.
As an example, you could say
“I have been working so hard to understand chemistry,
but it just eludes me.”
Which means I’m just not able to understand it.
It’s so hard to understand it. OK?
And this is how… yeah, this is how you could use Elude.
Now with this, let’s look at the next verb that we have.
And this is Misdirect.
So this word has something to do with direct. OK?
It has something to do basically with directions.
Directions mean to guide someone. OK?
But when you guide a person wrongly,
that’s when you misdirect them. OK?
也就是说 你误导了他们 能明白吗？
Which means to wrongly guide someone.
To wrongly guide someone to words or places,
or maybe to give them wrong suggestions.
So you could be physical as well as mental.
Physical would be to misguide on the directions,
and mental would be to misguide with giving wrong suggestions.
So this is something similar to misunderstanding.
Which means to understand someone wrongly.
The same way misdirect means to guide someone or something wrongly.
To use it in a sentence, you could say that
“The post office misdirected the package to the wrong address.”
Well, in that case I hope you have the tracking number
好吧 在这种情况下 我希望你有快递单号
to get the package back.
Alright. Now let’s look at the next one. Skirting.
好吧 现在让我们来看下一个单词 回避
So does this have to do something with skirt?
Well, skirt is a type of clothes that’s worn
on the bottom by females.
But this one has not anything to do with skirting.
Skirting purely means avoiding.
And you will often hear this word in the news.
We often see politicians avoiding some questions.
Right? So you could say that
“The politician was skirting questions about the latest scam.”
Which means he was avoiding questions about the latest scam.
and you could use it, of course, in a more formal situation,
然后你可以用它 当然啦 在更正式的场合
like in an essay or something like that. OK.
With this we move forward and look at the next option.
That’s almost how it’s pronounced.
Ah-Choo. This is Eschew.
And this word is not so common
for the reason that it’s very hard to pronounce,
and it’s almost like we are sneezing.
So Eschew means, again, to avoid something.
再说一次 Eschew的意思是 避免某物
Here it means to avoid something
intentionally. OK? Or deliberately.
Basically it means to abstain from something.
So think of vegetarians.
Vegetarians do not eat meat.
So this means they do not eat meat by their own will.
They decide not to eat it, so they abstain from it.
Taking another example. What about people who are dieting.
They eschew chocolates.
Which means they avoid having chocolates,
because they think it would make them very fat.
So that is Eschewing.
When you not do something,
because when you don’t do something intentionally.
So Eschewing is abstaining from something.
So we could say that vegetarians eschew all kinds of meat.
Alright. Now with this let’s look at the next one, Circumvent.
好的 现在让我们看看下一个单词 Circumvent
Alright. So now like we had this one, Evade.
Which is to cleverly escape a problem.
Circumvent means to smartly escape a problem.
So there’s something similar to Evade.
But not completely similar.
So, to smartly escape a problem.
So Circumvent is usually used in work situations.
When you’re working
So you could say that “if you don’t circumvent this problem,
we will not be able to find the solution”.
So basically it means to smartly, carefully escape a problem
by finding solutions.
Wonderful. Now with this let’s go forward,
and look at some more verbs
which could be used to replace Avoid.
Have you seen dodgeball?
What happens in dodgeball?
So in dodge ball a player tries to avoid the ball.
Which means if the ball is coming at them,
they have to avoid it.
They have to stop the ball from coming towards them.
And to do that either they do it like this,
or they move. Alright?
So Dodge means to quickly move in order to avoid something.
Alright. To quickly move, to avoid something.
So, well uh, if you’re standing somewhere,
那么 好的 如果你站在某处
and there’s a flat pot which is falling on you
from a ledge or from a shelf,
then you will have to quickly hop to the other side.
That’s when you’re dodging the flat pot.
Which means you’re avoiding the flat pot by suddenly moving. OK?
也就是说 你是突然移动开来躲避它的 对吧？
And to used in a sentence,
if you’re talking to somebody,
and they are trying to jump to different topics
to escape and avoid your questions, you could say that
“Don’t try to dodge my questions. I want my answers right now”.
Well, that’s a very serious way of asking someone to answer you.
So Dodge here this for you.
To move quickly or to jump to a different topic quickly
in order to escape or avoid questions.
OK, now the next one is, obviously, a phrasal verb, alright,
很好 现在让我们来看看下一个 这非常明显是一个动词词组 好吧
where we have a verb and a preposition. Fake Out.
这里我们有一个动词和一个介词 Fake Out
So Fake Out means to fool someone.
Yes, Fake Out means to fool someone with your fancy ideas.
对的 Fake Out的意思是用你花哨的想法来愚弄某人
Let me help you.
Do you remember that guy from school
who suddenly became your friend when the final exam was coming closer?
Yes, and what he did was copy your chemistry papers?
Well, that’s all he wanted.
And after that, he didn’t speak to you.
So basically you were faked out.
Which means you were fooled by that person. OK?
也就是说 你被那个人给愚弄了 能明白吗？
Now Fake Out could be used
when you’re talking to someone, you could say
“I’m not going to faked out by your fancy ideas.
I’m not joining you for this party”.
So Fake Out means to fool someone and to avoid them.
所以Fake Out的意思是 愚弄某人并且避开他们
Alright? Not with that we move to the last verb for today,
which is a very formal verb, which means to divert.
So divert, alright.
You would have heard this word in the news
and even on the radio.
What happens when there’s an accident on the road?
There’s a road block and suddenly there’s a jam. Traffic jam.
会放一个路障 接着会突然堵车 交通堵塞
So what does the police do?
Police diverts the traffic.
Which means they ask the traffic to go through a different direction.
So when the police asks the traffic
to go to a different direction,
what they’re basically doing is
they are diverting the direction.
Which means to change the direction,
or to change the route of something.
To change the route.
You know you can divert someone’s attention also.
Right, this is like mental diverting.
For example, if you’re having your plan
to give a surprise party to your best friend,
the best thing would be to divert their attention.
Which means to distract them. OK?
也就是说 让他们分心 能明白吗？
By bringing their focus to something else. OK?
So that’s what you mean by diverting somebody.
Have you ever seen a magic show?
Right, so when the magician tries to put
a rabbit in the cap,
and then later he tries to put out
What he does is he distracts you at the time when he’s
trying to put the rabbit in the cap
So that you’re not able to see.
So that is diverting.
Which means to change a person’s direction,
or to change a person’s attention.
Alright, so diverting could be used
in the sentence while you could say that
“The police diverted the traffic,
so that the accident block could be handled”.
So this is how you can use all these words
to talk about diverting.
Sorry, yeah, to talk about avoiding.
啊 抱歉 是去谈论avoiding
Which means that you could use them all
in different situations at different places.
And these are verbs.
I hope that your knowledge about avoiding has been increased today.
Well, all the best avoiding all the people,
and all the best talking about avoiding people.
Thank you so much for staying with me,
and see you guys very soon.
Take care of yourself.
Honesty is the best policy.