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With over 40 years of teaching between us, Reza and Craig will help you improve your English and take it to the next level.
Grow your grammar, vocalize your vocabulary and perfect your pronunciation

In this episode: politics and government vocabulary

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Listener Feedback: Gabriela (Peru - living in Australia)

Hi, Reza and Craig. I am from Peru, but at the moment I am living in Australia.
My native language is Spanish and now I am learning English and it's interesting.
Thank you for your help, I listen to your podcasts very often and I like how you explain all of the subjects.
Sorry for my mistakes in this message.
Can you speak about verb tenses? How do I know if I'm using the correct tenses in my speaking or writing? Thank you so much for your answer.

It's very difficult to speak about ALL of the verb tenses in English in one podcast episode, Gabriela. We suggest you go to inglespodcast.com and type in the verb tenses into the search box.
Listen to all the past episodes in which we have spoken about verb tenses.

False friend: estar constipado - to have a cold / to be constipated - estar estreñido


Politics and Government

Vocabulary:

politics - política (don't forget that the word 'politics' has an 's' in English)
politician - político
political - político
policy - política, plan de acción
government - gobierno (coalition - coalición - a temporary alliance for combined action, especially of political parties forming a government.
"a coalition between Liberals and Conservatives")
to govern - gobernar
party - partido
Conservative Party - partido conservador - right-wing - de derecha
(very right-wing = fascist - fascista
Labour Party - partido laborista - left-wing - de izquierda
very left-wing = communist
liberal (líberal) - liberal
Republican Party - partido republicano
Democratic Party - partido demócrata
to run for president (to run for office) - ser candidato a presidente
democracy (n) - democracia
democrat - demócrata
democratic (adj.) - democrático
to elect - elegir
to vote - votar
(a general) election - elección (local/regional elections)
ballot - votación
campaign - campaña
candidate - candidato
electorate - electorado
(a government) minister - ministro
ministry - ministerio
opposition - oposición
parliament - parlamento
poll - encuesta, votación
poling station - the place where you vote in an election
referendum - referendum
socialist - socialista
capitalist - capitalista
nationalist - nacionalista
monarchist - monárquico
regionalist - regionalista

 

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Questions:

How old were you when you first voted? - Reza was in his early 20s. Craig has never voted. (to abstain - abstenerse)

What characteristics should a good politician have? - Craig: honesty, motivating, idealistic, believe in the common good, serve the public
Reza: honesty, to keep their word.

Have your political views changed much during your lifetime? Reza: No, but he is more understanding these days. He would never let his political views get in the way of friendship.
Craig used to be very left wing. In recent years he's moved a little bit more to the right.
to strike - hacer huelga

Should voting be compulsory? Reza used to think so, but now he thinks people shouldn't be made to vote.

(Voting is compulsory in 22 states worldwide - 12 Latin American countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Congo, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Honduras, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nauru (the smallest state in the South Pacific), Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay)

Would you vote for an actor or actress who campaigns for a government position? Reza would (if they were politically aware)

Do most people really care who runs the country as long as they have a high standard of living?

I'm going to lay my cards on the table - voy a mojarme (to lay your cards on the table - poner las cartas sobre la mesa)
Reza feels strongly that 65 people should not own half of the world's wealth. He thinks something should be done about that.

Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? - Neither Reza nor Craig will be hoping that Donald Trump wins the US election.


...and now it's your turn to practise your English. We want you to tell us your opinion on politics and answer some of the questions that we asked in this podcast......Send us a voice message and tell us what you think. inglespodcast.com - speakpipe

Send us an email with a comment or question to craig@inglespodcast.com or belfastreza@gmail.com.

On next week's episode: How to NOT answer personal questions!

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Hello and welcome to Mansion Interviews, a podcast which gives me an excuse to talk to interesting people while at the same time improving your English.

Now today we're going to listen to a chat I had with the wonderfully interesting Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat who is an English teacher based in London, but I met her in Sitges, near Barcelona.

Shanthi has a wonderful blog and obviously we speak about that, and many other things besides, so let's not waste any time, let me introduce you to Shanthi from englishwithatwist.com.


You can improve your listening with comprehension questions and find some help with difficult words from this interview at inglespodcast.com/shanthi . I suggest you go to the webpage, look at the show notes because this episode with Shanthi is particularly rich in vocabulary.

 

Puedes contestar las preguntas de comprensión y obtener ayuda con el vocabulario difícil en esta entrevista en inglespodcast.com  

You can answer listening comprehension questions and get help with difficult vocabulary in this interview at inglespodcast.com 

 

Vocabulary

to backtrack - retroceder, volver atrás
awkward - incómodo, torpe
vivacious - vivaz, animado
to frown upon - no ver con buenos ojos, estar mal visto
rusty - oxidado (my Italian is pretty rusty - me falta práctica en italiano, tengo el italiano muy olvidado)
to end up - terminar, acabar
from scratch - desde cero
to be thrown into the deep end - to be made to do something difficult without being prepared for it or being given any help
carefree - sin preocupaciones
to merge - fusionarse, unirse
to make redundant - despedir / to be made redundant - ser despedido (por reducción de plantilla), quedar sin trabajo
human resources - recursos humanos
handkerchief - pañuelo
to regurgitate - repetir mecánicamente
buzzword - palabra de moda
to come across - encontrarse con
patterns - pautas
to trigger an idea - desencadenar una idea
to come up with - inventarse
to embark (on) - embarcarse en, lanzarse
boost - levantar, alzar, incrementar
I can't stand - No puedo soportar
to waffle - decir chorradas, dar vueltas / to waffle on - enrollarse
how on earth...? - como demonios....?

 


Shanthi's blog post on setting language-learning goals:

http://englishwithatwist.com/2015/12/29/5-tips-on-how-to-make-and-keep-your-news-year-resolution-to-improve-your-english/

 


It was so much fun talking with Shanthi. Don't forget you can find her website, her blog and the services she offers at: englishwithatwist.com


Thank you to you for listening to this Mansion Interview. You can find more podcasts to improve your English at inglespodcast.com and you can study English free at mansioningles.com

If you enjoyed this podcast, please go to iTunes and give us some stars and maybe a short review so that more people can find our podcasts.

 

Puedes contestar las preguntas de comprensión y obtener ayuda con el vocabulario difícil en esta entrevista en inglespodcast.com  

You can answer listening comprehension questions and get help with difficult vocabulary in this interview at inglespodcast.com 

 

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Grow your grammar, vocalize your vocabulary and perfect your pronunciation.

Reza is 'blowing his own trumpet'!


In this episode: The Past Continuous

 

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Listener Feedback: Javier from Burgos

This is Javier from Burgos. I am a lecturer of environmental chemistry at the University of Burgos.
I would like to congratulate you on your podcasts. I have found them very useful to improve my listening skills.
I am quite used to reading and writing in English due to my job (mostly scientific papers writen in an academic and formal style)
but my oral and listening skills are not at the same level.

The other day, my eldest son got the "Play Station" as a Christmas present.
He was playing a game where the characters were speaking in American English.
They talked so fast and probably used a lot of slang that I could hardly understand a thing. It was so frustrating!
I know that your podcasts have an educational purpose and you make an effort to speak clearly and more or less slowly.
I understand you reasonably well when you speak but the event regarding my son's game left me shattered (destrozado, destruido).

Well, I guess that it is all a matter of time (spending time listening and listening) and never giving up.

Finally, I would like to tell you that your podcasts are a good fun and you are funny too.
I have seen your photos on your podcast webpage and you "have a face of good people"
(I am afraid that I have not translated properly the Spanish sentence: "tenéis cara de buenas personas" - you look/seem nice).
But, who is Reza and who is Craig in the picture?. Who is the one wearing glasses and who is the one holding a cup (of tea, I guess)?
(Reza's the one wearing glasses and Craig is drinking tea)

If only one of you were eating biscuits, I would know who it is, ja, ja. Sorry for the joke!

Kind regards from Burgos,

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When do we use the past continuous?

At the beginning of a story:
This morning, when I went out to get some milk, the sun was shining, the birds we singing, people were driving to work and walking to school...


To talk about something which happened at a particular moment in the past, often starting before that moment and continuing after it.

Example: What were you doing at 10 o'clock this morning?
At 10 o'clock this morning Craig was working on his computer.
Reza was having a shower.

I was making tea when Reza rang the bell. (compare with:”Reza rang the bell, he came in, I made tea, I took out the biscuits.”)

Use the present continuous when two actions are happening parallel to one onother in the past:

As I was making tea, Reza was telling me about his weekend.

While Reza was preparing the dinner, his girlfriend was watching TV.

I was dreaming about this beautiful girl when suddenly my alarm clock rang.

What were you doing at 9 o’clock last night?
Where were you at 11 am yesterday morning?


¡OJO! Not all long actions in the past are expressed with the past continuous tense. ("Reza lived in Salamanca for two years." - Past simple)


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We also use the past continuous:

for something that was happening again and again:

I was practising Spanish every day for at least an hour.
He was having an affair with his secretary.
They were always eating in expensive restaurants.

with verbs which show change or growth:

My two daughters were growing up quickly.
My Spanish was improving.
My hair was going grey.

How do you form the past continuous? - Use the past of the verb TO BE (was/were) + ing - Examples: “I was editing a podcast when my mum rang.” / “Reza and I were having a beer when we saw a student walk past.”

The question form: "What were you doing yeasterday at 11am?"

The negative form: "I was NOT watching TV this morning." - "We were not drinking beer." - Contractions: "I wasn't watching TV, I was working on my computer." - "We weren't drinking beer, we were having a conversation."

"I was wondering if you'd like to come out to dinner tonight."

...and now it's your turn to practise your English. We want you to give us some personal examples of past continuous and present perfect continuous. Answer the question: "What were you doing when you were listening to this podcast?"

Send us a voice message. speakpipe.com/inglespodcast (90 seconds - need an app for mobile)

Send us an email with a comment or question to craig@inglespodcast.com or belfastreza@gmail.com.

On next week's episode: Politics and Government

 

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With over 40 years of teaching between us, we'll help you improve your English and take it to the next level.
(Grow your grammar, vocalize your vocabulary and perfect your pronunciation)

In this episode: Academic English

 

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Thank you to JUAN LEYVA GALERA who has become a Patron of this show. If you would like to support us and help us to our goal of $100 per month to give you transcriptions
of Aprender Ingles con Reza y Craig, go to patreon.com/inglespodcast

Elisa from Finland sent us a message for the Christmas episode inglespodcast/82. ( http://www.inglespodcast.com/2015/12/20/reza-and-craigs-christmas-special-airc82/ )

She said "you guys sang surprisingly well" - She also gave some inside information on Santa's sleigh and recommends people visit the website santapark.com. Elisa said, "Santa Claus lives here in the Santa Park with Mrs Claus and Elves!"
(I thought it was "Elvis"!)

We also have a voice message from our good friend Mamen from Biescas. She listened to episode 81 about British and American English pronunciation differences : inglespodcast.com/81

( http://www.inglespodcast.com/2015/12/13/british-and-american-english-pronunciation-differences-airc81/ ).

Here is Mamen practising the different pronunciation of US and UK English……

There are reasons why Mamen is improving her English:
-She’s engaging with the language.
-She’s taking the time to practise speaking, record her voice, coming on Blab. (inglespodcast.com/blab)
-She’s enthusiastic about learning.

Listener Feedback: Jesús Vélez
Hi Craig and Reza! Thanks for your podcast, I think it's fantastic. It's a huge help for "travelers" (commuters): my journey from my home to job (work) is about 120 km (1 hour...).
I use your podcast to take my English to the next level. Currently, I'm preparing my C1. Would you mind to speak (speaking) about academic English?
For example keywords I must use in the university with some colleagues, research concepts (paper, article, stay, fellowship...)
I think there's a lot of material on the internet, but it's a disaster... There's no order at all.

Thanks in advance (excuse me for my poor English) and continue with the programs!
Kind regards, Jesús Vélez

 

ACADEMIC ENGLISH

Academic English style is generally evident in a:
Journal (like a technical/academic magazine); Text book; Essay; Academic article; Report; Dissertation; Thesis; etc. WRITTEN
Lecture; Talk; Workshop; Presentation; Tutorial; Seminar; Conference; etc. SPOKEN


Different style of language compared to General English. Key features include:

More abstract, more impersonal, more structured, more organised, usually formal (written), often more technical, often more complex, avoids ambiguity, may include references to other sources.

-Avoid personal pronouns, eg. I, me, you, us, etc.

-Use the Passive (to be impersonal):
eg. the liquid was heated to 20 degrees C; it can be seen that the species evolved.

-Avoid contractions in written academic Eng., but usually OK spoken:
eg. It will not be resolved (not “won’t”); the conclusions are not definitive (not “aren’t”)


-Nominalisation = using nouns rather than verbs. This sounds more academic:
eg. “...the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066, provoking a huge linguistic change.” is better than “...when the Normans invaded Britain in 1066 and it provoked a huge change.”

-Use plenty of linking words or signpost your discourse:

eg. Firstly; Secondly; Next; A further point; Finally; Lastly - LISTING

Moreover; In addition (to); Additionally; Furthermore; What is more - ADDING INFO.

However; Nevertheless; Nonetheless; Despite; In spite of; Whereas; Whilst; Although; Albeit; Notwithstanding; Be that as it may; On the other hand - CONTRAST/CONCESSION

For example/instance; As an/one example; As exemplified by___; To illustrate - EXAMPLE

According to Smith (1987); As Smith (1987) said; Smith (1987) wrote/stated - REFERENCE

In conclusion; To conclude; To sum up; In brief; All in all; In short - CONCLUSION

 

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Common university campus terms:

There are usually several departments in one faculty eg. the Department of Physics in the Science Faculty

bachelor’s degree; master’s degree - comes after or is longer than a bachelor’s degree

eg. She has a BA (Bachelor of Arts) in History; He’s doing an MSc in Mathematics (Master of Science) at Oxford.

a doctorate or PhD - the highest post-graduate uni. qualification, requiring a few years of study, research and a doctoral thesis

an undergraduate - a student studying on a bachelor’s (first) degree course

a graduate - a person who has completed a bachelor’s degree course

a post-graduate - a person who is studying on a higher course after passing their first degree

a fellow - someone who (temporarily) teaches/researches (and perhaps still studies on a post-graduate course) at a university, but not a full lecturer

a fellowship - the job given to a fellow

a lecturer - a person who gives lectures at a university

a professor - an experienced, distinguished, more senior lecturer (NOT the same as teacher)

a grant - money given by the govt. to help support students throughout the year, depending on their financial situation

a scholarship - money given by a university/college/school/company to a student because they won it or are poor but talented.

halls of residence - official university accommodation on campus, usually a large block

vice-chancellor (VC)- the top person in charge of a university (the dean in a North American college)

pro-vice-chancellor (PVC)/deputy-vice-chancellor (DVC) - second in command, under the vice-chancellor

higher education (HE) - tertiary-level education, ie. higher than primary and secondary education

eg. university, college, medical school, etc.


For the most common vocabulary used to study at HE level, the Academic Word List:
http://ksngo.org/images/download/LDOCE_AWL.pdf

Reza has taught Academic English at Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Ulster. Here are a few well known books he has used:
http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Academic-English-Edition-Longman/dp/0131523597

http://www.amazon.com/Presenting-English-Successful-Presentations-Updated/dp/1111832277

http://www.cambridge.org/us/cambridgeenglish/catalog/english-academic-purposes/academic-vocabulary-use/academic-vocabulary-use-answers
An example unit from the book:
http://assets.cambridge.org/97805216/89397/excerpt/9780521689397_excerpt.pdf

A great place to listen to talks and lectures on just about any (academic) topic:
https://www.ted.com/talks

...and now it's your turn to practise your English. We want you to tell us if you have had experience of academic English. Have you been to university? Do you have a degree? Send us a voice message and tell us what you think. speakpipe.com/inglespodcast (90 seconds - need an app for mobile)

Send us an email with a comment or question to craig@inglespodcast.com or belfastreza@gmail.com.
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On next week's episode: The Past Continuous

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Hello and welcome to Mansion Interviews, a podcast which gives me an excuse to talk to interesting people while at the same time improving your English.

Today I'm speaking to a good friend of mine, Danny. I've known Danny for many years and he happens to be North American which is good news for you because many listeners have been asking me about the differences between American and British English. So Danny jumped on Skype and we compared vocabulary differences between US and UK English. Acually, I tested him to see how much British English vocabulary he knows. So what do you think? Did he pass the test? More importantly, do you know these vocabulary differences? Let's see. There are no comprehension questions becuase this isn't an interview listening practice,

but you will find a complete list of the vocabulary we talk about at http://www.inglespodcast.com/danny/  

 

Where do you live and where is your accent from?

Danny has a mid-western accent from Detroit, Michegan. He now lives in Ann Arbor, Michegan.

Test your British-American English vocabulary. Do you know the American word for the following common British English vocabulary?

We'll start off easy to warm you up. I say the British English word, you say the American English word

lift - elevator (asensor)
flat - apartment (piso, apartamento)
holiday - vacation (vacaciones)
autumn - fall (otoño)
a queue / to queue up - a line / to stand in line (cola / hacer cola) - to stand/wait 'on line' on the East Coast of the USA.
bill - check (cuenta)
quid - buck (50 quid - 50 bucks / a 50-pound note - a 50 dollar bill - billete)
shopping centre - shopping mall (centro comercial)


CLOTHES
trainers - gym shoes/sneakers (zapatillas de deporte)
tights - panty hose (medias)
knickers - panties (bragas)
vest - undershirt/T-shirt (chaleco)

ALCOHOL
barman / barmaid - bartender (barman)
stag night / hen night - bachelor/bachelorette party (despedida de soltero/a)
pub crawl - bar hop (ir de chateo, ir de copas, recorrido por bares)
beer mat - coaster (posavasos)

BABIES
nappy - diaper (pañales)
dummy - pacifier (chupete)
pram - baby buggy / baby carriage (cochecito de niño)

FOOD
crisps - (potato) chips (papas)
take-away (food) - carry-out (food) (comida para llevar)

IN THE HOUSE
cooker - range, stove (cocina (los fuegos)
tap - faucet (grifo)
rubbish bin / dustbin - garbage can / trash can (cubo / contenedor de basura)
estate agent - real estate agent / realtor (inmobilario/a)
post code - zip code (codigo postal)
torch - flashlight (linterna)

IN THE STREET
pavement - sidewalk (acera)
zebra crossing - pedestrian crossing / pedestrian crosswalk (paso de cebra)
roundabout - roundabout / traffic circle (rotonda)
car park - parking lot (parking)
petrol station - gas station (gasolinera)
motorway - highway, freeway, expressway (autopista)
flyover - overpass (paso elevado)
busker - street performer (músico callejero)
skip - dumpster (contenedor)
lorry - truck (camión)
cash point (machine) - ATM (cajero automático)

WORK
CV - resumé (curriculum)
to sack - to fire (despedir)
redundancy - layoff (desempleo / to make (s.o.) redundant - to lay (s.o.) off
public limited company (plc) - LLC / incorporated company (inc.) (sociedad anónima (s.a.)

Feeling confident? Now they get harder!

anorak - raincoat / windbreaker (anorak)
rubber - condom or eraser (goma)
wellies (wellingtons) - rubber boots (botas de goma)
wally - jerk, idiot (tonto)
off licence - liquor store (bodega)
fish slice - spatula (paleta)

SLANG
brolly - umbrella (paraguas)
loo, bog - john (lavabo, water)
toilet - restroom
knackered - tired, whipped, exhausted (agotado)
mate - friend, buddy, pal (amigo)


Many thanks to to my good friend, my old mate, my long-time pal, buddy and all round good guy Danny from Detroit, Michegan. Thanks, man!

And thank you for listening. If you have any comments or questions, or if you just want to say 'hi' you can send an email to craig@inglespodcast.com or send me a voice

message at speakpipe.com/inglespodcast .

There's a detailed list of American and British English Vocabulary with Spànish translations at mansioningles.com and there is a link to this on the website at inglespodcast.com/danny

http://www.mansioningles.com/vocabulario63.htm 

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If you are a new listener, welcome! 


With over 40 years of teaching between us, we'll help you improve your English and take it to the next level.
Grow your grammar, vocalize your vocabulary and perfect your pronunciation.

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In this episode: Pronunciation | Silent Letters

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We practised the pronunciation of some words that have silent letters in episode 38
( http://www.inglespodcast.com/2014/12/21/must-ought-to-and-should-vocabulary-in-the-home-the-kitchen-and-pronunciation-of-difficult-words-airc38/ )

Today we're going to give you a longer list and focus on groups of words that have the same silent letter.

Silent letters (I say the Spanish word, you say the English word before you hear it)

/t/
listen - escuchar
soften - ablandarse, suaveizarse
whistle - silbar (chiflar in Mexico)
fasten - atar, abrochar
Christmas - Navidad
castle - castillo


/k/
knife - cuchillo
knee - rodilla
knowledge - knowledge
knit - tejer, hacer punto
knob - pomo, picaporte (a knob of butter)
know - conocer, saber
knot - nudo


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/p/
receipt - recibo
pseudonym - seudónimo
psychic - psíquico/a
psychology - psicología
psychiatry - psiquiatría
pneumatic - neumático


/b/
climb - subir, ascender, escalar
debt - deuda
subtle - sutil
comb - peinilla, peine, peineta
numb - entumecido/a, adormecido, insensible
dumb - tonto/a, estúpido/a
doubt - dudar, duda
womb - útero
lamb - cordero
tomb - tumba, sepulcro


/h/
hour - hora
hourly - una vez por hora
honest - honesto/a
heir / heiress - heredero / heredera
honour - honor
honourable - honorable (dishonourable)

/e/
site
language
ride
note
care
curve

/t/
gourmet
debut

/ed/
stopped
kissed
helped
travelled


...and now it's your turn to practise your English. If you have a comment or question, please record a voice message and send it to us. www.speakpipe.com/inglespodcast

We'll be happy to speak about your message and answer your questions in future episodes.

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On next week's episode: Academic English

The music in this podcast is by Pitx. The track is called 'See You Later'

Direct download: AIRC86_FinalCut.mp3
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With over 40 years of teaching between us, we'll help you improve your English (vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation) and take it to the next level.

 


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In this episode: News and current affairs Vocabulary

The News (news is an uncountable noun - some news, a piece of news, I have good/bad news)

a newspaper (a paper): National/local paper, Daily paper
What's the difference between a tabloid and a broadsheet?
the gutter press - gutter = alcantarilla, canaleta - newspapers that focus on sensational journalism, usually about the lives of famous people.
phone tapping - pinchazo telefónico
reporter - periodista
headlines - titular, cabecera
foreign correspondent - corresponsal extranjero, corresponsal en el extranjero
anchorman - presentador
foreign, international news / home, national news
editor / editorial
to write a column / to write a piece (blog post)
researcher - investigador, investigadora
journalism - journalist, photo-journalist
articles - artículo
supplements
circulation (readership) - tirada
proof reader - a person who checks for errors
fact checker - a person who makes sure the facts are correct
deadline - fecha límite, fecha tope
to bury the lead -
to cover a story - to report on an event or development
in-depth coverage of something - a thorough analysis of something
to verify - to check that something is correct
eyewitness reports - descriptions of what happened by people who actually saw an event take place
breaking news - news which is just coming in - noticia de última hora
link-bait (wordreference.com: Enlace de Internet "cebo", "anzuelo", destinado a atraer la atención del internauta)
hot off the press - very recent news. It's just happened or it's happening now!

· newsagent (UK) = vendedor/a de periódicos / newsagent's, news-stand = quiosco de prensa
· newsreader (UK) / newscaster (USA) = presentador de noticias
· news item = noticia
· news report / newscast (USA) = programa informativo
newsflash

Recommended resources:

Vocabulary from Lessons 17 and 18 of the Mansion Ingles Intermediate course:
( http://www.mansioningles.com/cursointer/cursointer17_1.htm )
( http://www.mansioningles.com/cursointer/cursointer18_6.htm )

YouTube: bbclearningenglish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOz6GCqXtt0 (striving, offset, revolutionary advances, ambassadors)
The vocabulary seems difficult at first, but Words repeat frequently in news stories.

VOA Learning English: ( https://www.youtube.com/user/VOALearningEnglish )

Listen to the BBC news: ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldserviceradio ) The latest five minute news bulletin from BBC World Service. (On iPlayer)
How many separate news stories do you hear? What are they about? COuntry? City? Problem? Names of people?

The news is a good subject for small talk:

Isn't it terrible what's happening in Syria?
Have you heard how bad the weather is in the UK?
What about Valencia last week? Did you see the game?
Who do you think will win the election?


Where do you tend to get your news from? Blogs? Twitter? TV? Radio? Newspapers? Other people? Mobile phone apps? (BBC, Reuters)
Do you read magazines? Time? Newsweek? The Economist?

What's your opinion on citizen journalism?
citizen journalism - a new expression describing the kind of journalism based on images,
audio and reports sent in to news groups by ordinary members of the public who witnessed events.


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...and now it's your turn to practise your English. How do you get your news? Have you heard any good news lately?
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On next week's episode: Pronunciation | Silent Letters

 


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Getting Married and Wedding vocabulary - AIRC84

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In this episode: Weddings, getting married and what to say on the Big Day!


Listener Feedback: Rafel
A very interesting episode, but here in Spain we have lost the custom of sending letters or cards. I dont remenber if I've ever sent or received one.
I only find letters from the bank in the letter box with a receipt (bank statement) inside.
But nowadays with the internet people congratulate one another much more with applications such as WHAT'S APP.

(Episode 79 - What to write in greeting cards ( http://www.inglespodcast.com/2015/11/29/what-to-write-in-greeting-cards-airc79/ )
Rafel, there were some mistakes in your email which I have corrected and you can see the correct version in the shownotes at inglespodcast.com/84

Weddings - The Big Day!

to get married TO someone / to marry someone / to get divorced FROM someone
a priest marries you
to be engaged, an engagement party/ring (fiancée - the woman / financé - the man), to pop the question, to get down on one knee (to propose), to make wedding vows (vow = strong promise - juramento)
church / registry offoce (Registro Civil)

People:

priest/minister/justice of the peace: person who legally marries the couple
bride: woman getting married (novia)
groom: man getting married (novio)
best man: groom’s best friend or closest family member (witness to the marriage and person responsible for the ring and stag night (UK) bachelor party (US) (despedida de soltero) - despedida de soltera = hen night
maid of honour: bride’s best friend or closest family member (witness to the marriage)
bridesmaids: other female friends or family members who accompaby the bride
guests /gests)
caterers / barstaff
Newlywed(s) - People who have just married are referred to as "newlyweds."

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Other vocabulary:

reception
to make a speech (not very common at Spanish weddings)
tuxedo - esmoquin
a wedding dress with a veil
honeymoon
carry/throw a bouquet (of flowers)
to walk down the aisle
to get cold feet


How to make small talk at a wedding:

Where should I sit?
How do you know the bride and groom?
Have you tried the caviar? It's delicious!
Which one is the best man?
Would you like some more wine?
Can I get you another glass of champagne?
Pay a compliment: I like your dress, shirt, jacket, necklace. Where did you get it?
Would you mind taking a photo?
What do you think of the music?
I thought the soup was very interesting/different/unusual.
Do you like DANCING? / Would you like TO DANCE?


What to say to the bride and/or groom after the wedding:

Congratulations!
You look stunning. (very beautiful)
You look handsome. (very good looking; say to males)
Your dress is gorgeous/amazing/brathtaking (it takes my breath away).
The food was delicious.
Thank you for inviting us.
We really enjoyed ourselves. / We had a wonderful time.
The wedding was beautiful.
When’s the honeymoon? / Where are you going? (Not XWhere will you goX)


...and now it's your turn to practise your English. We want you to tell us about the last wedding you went to. Who got married? What was it like? Did you enjoy it?
If you are already married, what was your wedding like? What do you remember? If you're planning a wedding, what would be your dream wedding? What's your opinion of wedding? Are they
a waste of money, or the best day of your life?

......Send us a voice message and tell us what you think. www.speakpipe/inglespodcast (maximum of 90 seconds)

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On next week's episode: Listening to The News - News and currect affairs vocabulary

The music in this podcast is by Pitx. The track is called 'See You Later'

Direct download: AIRC84_FinalCut.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm CET

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In this episode: Speaking about Future Plans


Listener Feedback: Antonio: Hello Reza and Craig, I would like to convey you (tell you) that this is, in my humble opinion, one of the best podcasts ever on your site.
I really appreciate your help and having said that, I'm not underestimating the rest of your podcasts at all, they are all awesome too.
I wish you staying with us your listener much longer (I hope to be listening to you more in the future).
Thank you.
Antonio

Episode 80 - Confusing words ( http://www.inglespodcast.com/2015/12/06/confusing-verbs-like-say-tell-remember-remind-win-earn-etc-airc80/ )


Speaking about the Future

We spoke about the future: present continuous / going to / will in episode 21
( http://www.inglespodcast.com/2014/04/28/craigs-going-to-have-steak-rezall-have-the-fish-airc21/ )

to recap = to summarize (resumir) / a recap = un resumen

PRESENT SIMPLE:

We use the present simple for something scheduled or arranged (bus, train and plane timetables, school and college timetables, shop opening times etc):

The train to Barcelona leaves tomorrow at 9 o'clock.

What time does the bank open tomorrow? - It opens at 9.

When do you study French? My class starts at 2 o'clock.

What time does your plane leave when you go to Belfast? - It leaves at about half past five.

When's your birthday?

PRESENT CONTINUOUS:

We can use the present continuous for future plans or arrangements:

We're having a podcaster's Meetup tomorrow. Are you going?

I'm going away for Christmas this year.

What are you doing for Christmas? (Not: XWhat will you doX) - Reza is visiting his mother in Ireland.


We can use "(be) going to" to talk about our future plans and intentions:

"We're going to have a podcaster's Meetup tomorrow." / "We're going to go away for Christmas this year." /

"Reza's going to visit his family." / "What are you going to do?"

 

"Bob is a medical student. He's going to be a doctor." (You CANNOT say X"He's being a doctor."X) - It's a future INTENTION which hasn't been arranged yet).


We also use "(be) going to" When we can see that something is likely to happen:

Look at those clouds in the sky. I think it's going to rain.

Look at that idiot on the bike. He's going to fall off in a minute!

Be careful! You are going to spill your coffee. (to spill = derramar, verter)

PRESENT PERFECT:

You can also use the present perfect tense to speak about your plans:

We've decided to go to Taiwan for Christmas.
We've settled on Taiwan, after all. (to settle on = decidirse por)
We've opted for a holiday in Taiwan. (to opt for = optar por )
We've booked a trip to Taiwan.


WILL:

We use will to talk about the future in specific situations:

When we make predictions:
Do you think it will rain next week?
It will (It'll) be a nice day tomorrow. (It'll be sunny)
Next week it'll be windy.
I’m sure you will enjoy the film.

To make offers and promises:
I promise I'll help you later.
I'll see you tomorrow. (I promise to see you tomorrow)

Use will to express facts and talk about things that are true.
In a few days it'll be 2016.
If you don't drink water, you will die.

We can use will to mean 'want to' or 'be willing to' (willing to = dispuesto a):
I hope you'll come to the Meeting tomorrow night. (Meetup.com - http://www.meetup.com/Valencia-Podcasting-Meetup/events/226862315/ )
Martin said he will help us record a future podcast.

Use will to talk about decisions made at the time of speaking:
I'll have the fish.

 

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We often use verbs like "would like", "plan", "want", "intend", "mean", "hope", "expect" to talk about the future:

I’d like to go to a conference in Birmingham next year.
Is there anything you hope to do this year? - Reza hopes to lose some weight. Craig plans to lose weight also.
Do you expect anything to change regarding your flat this year?
Is there anything that you intend to buy this year?.


We use modals "may", "might", and "could" when we are not sure about the future:

Reza might change many things in his flat.
He could re-wire the flat.
He might meet his friends at the cinema tomorrow.
Craig may get more organised next year. He might continue the same way as this year.


We can use "should" if we think something is likely to happen:

We should have finished recording these podcasts by lunchtime.
We should be home before midnight tomorrow.


Clauses with time words:
CAREFUL!!!In clauses with words like "when", "after", "before" and "until" we often use a present tense to talk about the future:

I’ll phone you when I get home. (not Xwill getX)
I won't order the product until I know the price.
They are signing the contract after they have spoken with their lawyer.
Remember to clean behind your ears before you visit your grandmother tomorrow.

We can use the future continuous instead of the present continuous or going to for emphasis when we are talking about plans, arrangements and intentions:

We’ll be eating at 2 o'clock.
What do you think you'll be doing this time next year? Craig will be recording another Christmas podcast?


How to ask people about their plans:

What are your plans for next year?

Have you decided what you're doing for Easter or Fallas?

What are you up to next weekend?

Are you going to carry on podcasting with me next year, Reza?


...and now it's your turn to practise your English. We want you to tell us about your future plans and goals. What do you intend to do in 2016?

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On next week's episode: Getting Married and Wedding vocabulary

The music in this podcast is by Pitx. The track is called 'See You Later'

Direct download: AIRC83_FinalCut.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm CET

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With over 40 years of teaching between us, we'll help you improve your English and take it to the next level.
Grow your grammar, vocalize your vocabulary and perfect your pronunciation

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In this episode: It's Christmas time!!

Feedback:
From Gustavo (email)
Hi Craig and Reza, it has been an amazing discovering for me your podcasts. I listen to them when I go and come to work by car - almost everyday- and they have the perfect length for my route.
(A question: can I use the pronoun "they" with the noun "podcasts"? Is it correct?).
On the other hand, (Another thing is, also, By the way) the content of the programs is very interesting and useful, your pronunciation is clear and your sense of humour quite funny.
Congratulations on the program and thank you for your educational work.
A big hug for the both of you.

Feedback from Mr. S. Claus (letter down the chimney)
Mr. Claus says: Ho Ho Ho Ho! Thank you for your podcasts.
My reindeers really like listening to Reza and Craig as they pull the sleigh through the snow here in Lapland. Rudolph would like to ask
if you can sing one verse of the song 'Rudoph the red nose reindeer'. It would make his Christmas very happy and full of good cheer.
Keep up the good work in 2016.
Un abrazo. Your red-nosed friend Santa Claus.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games."


Christmas vocabulary in Episodes 10 and Christmas customs in episode 39
( http://www.inglespodcast.com/2014/01/31/aprender-ingles-con-reza-y-craig-10/ )
( http://www.inglespodcast.com/2014/12/25/it-seems-to-be-the-verb-to-get-and-merry-christmas-airc39/ )


Vocabulary Review:

December 24th – Christmas Eve
December 25th – Christmas Day
Boxing Day = el 26 de diciembre, día festivo en Gran Bretaña
January 1st – New Year’s Day
December 31st – New Year’s Eve
January 6th – The day of the (three) Kings, or “Epiphany”
wrapping paper = papel de envolver/papel de regalo
¡Feliz Navidad! – Happy Christmas! / Merry Christmas! - "We wish you a merry Chrismas and a happy New Year."
¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo! – "All the best for the coming year."
¡Felices fiestas! – Season’s greetings! Happy holidays!
Salud! – Cheers! (“Slancha” in Ireland)


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More vocabulary:

Father Christmas (Santa Claus)
Christmas card (list) - We spoke about sending Christmas cards in episode 79 ( http://www.inglespodcast.com/2015/11/29/what-to-write-in-greeting-cards-airc79/ )
Christmas collocations: Christmas tree, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, Christmas presents, Christmas carols, Christmas stocking, Christmas lights, Christmas ornaments, Christmas crackers
Christmas candle (Vela de navidad). Candle = vela (la vela de un barco se llama "sail")
tinsel (oropel, espumillón)
mistletoe - muérdago
holly - acebo
manger - pesebre, comedero
sleigh - trineo
shepherd (a keeper of sheep) - pastor, pastora

A Christmas Poem

Christmas comes only once a year,
And before you know it it’s already here.
Family fights and Christmas Eve stress,
Leaves me exhausted and praying for rest.
Thinking what presents to buy is quite hard,
But worse is the damage to my credit card.
I’m not complaining, I like wrapping presents,
But let’s forget turkey and start stuffing pheasants.
Turkey is dry and not very nice,
Why not paella at a much better price?
Tradition is fine, if it give satisfaction,
But the best thing about Christmas is human interaction.


Chistmas Riddles – Adivinanzas de Navidad
• Whats the best thing to put into a Christmas cake ?
- Your teeth

• What comes at the end of Christmas Day?
- The letter "Y"!

• What sort of ball doesn't bounce?
- A snowball!

• How do you know when there is a snowman in your bed?
- You wake up wet!

• How do snowmen greet each other?
- Ice to meet you!

What do you call a deer with one eye?
No idea (no eye deer)

What do you call a dead deer with no eyes?
Still no idea (still no eye deer)

What's your favourite CHristmas song?

I'll put links to some popular Christmas songs with lyrics in the shownotes to this episode on the website at inglespodcast/82

Idina Menzel Ft. & Michael Buble - Baby It's Cold Outside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnH_RGyzbSU

8 Days of Christmas - Destiny's Child http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_YXAe3_Ie8

The Pogues - Fairytale of New York http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv0hlbWpa1w

Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_04WT87e8s

Christmas Day - Dido http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=numk7Aa8o7o

All I want for Christmas is You - Maria Carey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL6f6HqrHZY

Happy Christmas (War is Over) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4u489MkaV4

Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AcD7hho9fs

We Are The World - USA for Africa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2W4-0qUdHY&feature=related

Christmas is All Around - Billy Mack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUFqlozV4zU

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsh_Hk_D6z8

Thank God It's Christmas - Queen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMpg8vNRZHg

It's Christmas Time Again - Backstreet Boys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XUZyWKeh_Y

Jingle Bells (to be sung when drunk!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2EZrsB5a2I

We Wish You A Merry Christmas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVKRVM1guP0

Nat King Cole- The Christmas Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucYNMkjxSto

 

...and now it's your turn to practise your English.

Tell us about your Christmas and practise your speaking. What's your favourite Christmas song? Does it hold any special memories for you?
Go to https://www.speakpipe.com/inglespodcast and record your voice (only 90 seconds)

Send us an email with a comment or question to craig@inglespodcast.com or belfastreza@gmail.com.

We'll put a collection of Christmas pop songs with lyrics in English on our website at inglespodcast.com/82
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On next week's episode: Speaking about the future and future plans

 

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