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Whip Into Shape
Whip Into Shape English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn English meaning of ‘whip into shape’

Date: Dec 01 2015

Themes: Tech, Work

Grammar: Verbs with "-ing"

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Sometimes, you might not exercise for a long time. You might begin to feel unhealthy. Maybe you will feel tired, or you might feel weak. A simple solution is to begin to exercise every day with a coach. An exercise coach can whip you into shape. They can supervise your exercise and give you specific expectations. When someone whips something into shape, they make it better. You can whip your body into shape with exercise.

You can whip many other things into shape, too. For example, when a company hires a new employee, they need to teach this person many things. They need to whip her into shape, so she can do a good job. She will need to learn many key things. If the company can’t whip this employee into shape, they might need to replace her.

Brian and Sara are going to whip Sara’s website into shape, but first Sara wants to talk about her difficult employee. Find out more in today’s English lesson about making things better.

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Brian

Brian

Sara_R

Sara_R

Brian:  So, are you ready to start making changes to your website?

Sara_R:  Absolutely. Let’s whip it into shape!

Brian:  It’s not going to start making money right away, though. It’ll take some time.

Sara_R:  I understand. I’m patient! Well, about almost everything.

Brian:  That doesn’t sound good. What’s wrong?

Sara_R:  It’s my employee, Stuart. I hired him to help me out for a few hours a week, but he’s not very reliable.

Brian:  You just need to whip him into shape.

Sara_R:  I know, I know. But I don’t have a lot of experience supervising people.

Brian:  What’s key is that he understands your expectations.

Sara_R:  It sounds like you’ve done this before.

Brian:  Yup. Stuart needs to know exactly what you expect him to do, and when you expect him to do it. And let’s be honest, you can easily replace him. He should probably know that, too.

Sara_R:  But that sounds so harsh, Brian!

Brian:  You can find a way to say it that doesn’t sound mean. But you should be direct. It’s important to be direct. People respect that.

Sara_R:  You are right about that. Thanks. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Brian:  You can do it. Now, about this website…

Sara_R:  Stuart!

 

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Discussion

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Brian and Sara meet in order to whip her website into shape. Before they work on the website, Sara begins to talk about her employee, Stuart. She hired him to help her, but he is not reliable. Brian says that she should whip him into shape, but Sara is worried because she hasn’t supervised many people.

Brian gives Sara some ideas to help her supervise Stuart. He says that she should be direct and tell Stuart her expectations. If Stuart doesn’t do better, Sara can always replace him. Sara thinks that this is harsh, but Brian says it’s important to be direct. Sara thanks him for his help.

Will Sara be able to whip Stuart into shape? What do you need to whip into shape?

 

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laafri3

laafri3

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Everyone needs to get whipped into shape once in a while 



       I’m getting married in a few months and I need some shape whipping so I don’t outgrow my wedding dress!





09:17 PM Dec 01 2015 |

tjyuan

tjyuan

China

I think Sara will whip Stuart into shape. My working have giant challeng, so I need whip myself into shape. To exercise how to supervise employee. I think manager’s most important working is that design a rule to run company or team effective.

03:10 PM Dec 01 2015 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think she will be able to whip Stuart into shape because Brian helps her.i need to whip my employee into shape too.

12:31 PM Dec 01 2015 |

MehmetKaragul

Turkey

I need to whip my body into shape :)

11:43 AM Dec 01 2015 |

maher20000

maher20000Super Member!

Canada

You will Princess. Good luck.

11:35 AM Dec 01 2015 |

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

I think Sara will be able to whip Stuart into shape. 


What I need to whip into shape is my studies. It’s almost final exams.

11:17 AM Dec 01 2015 |

Wuthering

United States

Whip into shape is easier said than done . Whip into shap requires patient ; time ; knowledge and money too . What is in your wallet ?  I like this commercial . lol 

07:16 AM Dec 01 2015 |

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hermitlady

China

NO.Sara cann’t to whip stuart into shape because she have no such experises.


I want to whip my english into shape. So I can express myself freely with english.

11:57 PM Nov 30 2015 |

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