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(Article English level A2+)
A Little Bit About Me
Hi. My name is Emily. I cofounded Gramméro in 2019, and I would like to tell you a little bit about myself.
When I was eighteen, I tried to start my first "company". At that time, I was a student at Hunter College (pictured above), and I needed a (second) part-time job.
My other part-time job was at an athletic club. I worked early mornings at the reception desk. It was a fancy place, where I met a lot of interesting people. One morning, I decided to make a flyer and hand it out to the gym members. Across the flyer was written in big letters: BAT OUT OF HELL DELIVERIES.
Surprisingly, my flyer got some responses. I got hired by a small group of journalists. They hired me to deliver their recorded interviews to their editors/transcribers. I didn't drive, so when I made my deliveries, I put my headphones and sneakers on and walked everywhere.
A typical day at BAT OUT OF HELL DELIVERIES went like this: I picked up a tape recording from a journalist and dropped it off at their editor’s office. Because I made all of the deliveries on foot, I usually picked up a cassette recording on the Upper West Side and walked forty blocks (two miles) to midtown, where I delivered the interview to an editor. Next, the editor transcribed and edited the content of the recording. Finally, they emailed the document back to the journalist.
That is how I first came in contact with the publishing world.
What about you? Can you write 250 words about yourself? (see exercise below)
Check out: inform oneself about someone or something
Hand out: give something to people; distribute
Put on: to wear something
Pick up: go somewhere to collect someone/something
Drop off: act of taking people, goods, mail, etc. to a place
Come in contact with: to see and begin communicating with (someone)
On foot: when you walk somewhere, you go on foot. Otherwise we use: by car, by train, by plane, by bus, etc.
(Like a) Bat Out of Hell: The expression "like a bat out of hell" means moving extremely fast, as in: She ran down the street like a bat out of hell. This expression presumably alludes to the rapid darting movement of bats.
Got: According to the 1989 Oxford English Dictionary, get/got has 289 definitions (!), to be exact. In this article, however, it means to receive as a return for something. So, I received work in return for my flyer.
English Level of Article: A2+
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Challenge: Try to add in phrasal verbs, prepositional phrases, and the word get/got.
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