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    terms that people can relate to

    I'd like any of you to help me with the following in bold.

    As a personal trainer I like to put things in terms that people can relate to. An occasional bag of M&M's probably won't kill you. You may just have to exercise a little longer to maintain your ideal weight.

    In the above, the "terms" means "words or expressions," doesn't it? I am confused about the meaning of "relate to" in the context. Does it just mean "understand?" So could I rewrite like "I like to say things in words that people can easily understand"?

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    Re: terms that people can relate to

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    I'd like any of you to help me with the following in bold.

    As a personal trainer I like to put things in terms that people can relate to. An occasional bag of M&M's probably won't kill you. You may just have to exercise a little longer to maintain your ideal weight.

    In the above, the "terms" means "words or expressions," doesn't it? I am confused about the meaning of "relate to" in the context. Does it just mean "understand?" So could I rewrite like "I like to say things in words that people can easily understand"?

    Thank you.
    I think it may be changed to I like to put things in a way that makes it interesting for trainees.
    I don't think terms necessary means "words or expressions". It is quite a common expression, although a bit formal, and it has a broader meaning. In a way is the only translation which comes to my mind at the moment.
    Relate to doesn't really mean "understand" but it has a very similar meaning. I'm afraid I'm unable to give you an explanation about this. You'll have to wait for a teacher.
    P.s: I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: terms that people can relate to

    You seem to know English as well as a native speaker.

    Thank you for the help.


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    Re: terms that people can relate to

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    You seem to know English as well as a native speaker.

    Thank you for the help.
    You're welcome..
    Thank you for your compliment...but unfortunately I still have many things to learn (especially vocabulary...) before my English can achieve the level of a native speaker.

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