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If you are a new listener to this podcast, welcome! I'm Craig. This is Reza, and we are going to help you grow your grammar, vocalize your vocabulary and perfect your pronunciation. 

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

Hello Mamen. This lesson's for you. 

In this episode: Adjectives of Character

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Vocabulary: Adjectives of Character

How would you describe Mamen? - cool, laid-back, generous and kind and friendly.

Use 'a bit...' to moderate a negative adjective. "She's a bit unfriendly."

'Quite' before an adjective can mean 'very' or 'a little', depending on the stress adn intonation.

"Reza's QUITE friendly." - He's very friendly.

"Reza's QUITE friendly." (rising intonation) - He's a bit friendly, but not very.

 

despistado - forgetful, absent-minded 

ambicioso - ambitious

pesado - annoying, irritating, boring, tiresome(a pain in the neck!)

discutidor - argumentative

malhumorado- bad-tempered

creído - big-headed

de mala leche, venenoso - bitchy

valiente - brave

descuidado, poco cuidadoso - careless

prudente - cautious

presumido - conceited, full of oneself

cobarde - cowardly

encantador - charming

alegre, jovial - cheerful

soso, aburrido - dull, boring

coqueta - flirtatious

amigable, simpático, agradable - friendly, amiable (formal)

amable - kind

tranquilo, relajado - laid-back

perezoso, vago - lazy

fiel - loyal

tacaño - mean, tight, stingy

de humor cambiante - moody

ingenuo, inocentón - naive

malo, travieso (niños) - naughty (children)

de actitud abierta, sin prejuicios - open-minded, broad-minded

de mentalidad cerrada, intolerante - narrow-minded

cortés, educado - polite

orgulloso - proud

fiable, confiable - reliable, trustworthy

seguro de sí mismo - self-confident

egoísta - selfish

sensato - sensible

sensible - sensitive

tímido, vergonzoso - shy

estricto, severo, riguroso - strict

terco, testarudo, tozudo - stubborn, obstinate ("as stuborn as a donkey")

comprensivo - sympathetic (understanding)

conversador, hablador - talkative, chatty

digno de confianza - trustworthy

raro, extraño - weird, strange, odd

 

Prefixes: 

ambitious - un - unambitious

Careless - careful

cheerful - cheerless

friendly - unfriendly

kind - unkind

polite - impolite

loyal - disloyal

reliable - unreliable

sensitive - insensitive

selfish - unselfish, selfless

sympathetic - unsympathetic

talkative - shy, untalkative

trustworthy - untrustworthy

 

Choose 3 positive and 3 negative that describe Reza and Craig. 

Reza thinks that Craig is friendly, kind and trustworthy. Craig thinks that he's laid-back, polite and kind.

Reza thinks that Craig is also overgenerous and fanatical about Mickey Mouse.

Reza thinks that he is also trustworthy, talkative and sensitive. Craig thinks that Reza is trustworthy, kind and cheerful.

Reza thinks that he is annoying, selfish and unambitious. Craig doesn't think that Reza is lazy and stubborn, but he thinks that of himself. He thinks Reza can sometimes be naive, but in a good way.

What's Craig's least favourite trait/characteristic in:

a) a friend - untrustworthiness, dishonesty

b) a lover - untrustworthiness, dishonesty

c) a work colleague - selfishness, dishonesty

 

What's Reza's least favourite trait/characteristic in:

a) a friend - untrustworthiness

b) a lover - unfaithfulness

c) a work colleague - reliablity

What charateristics does Craig lack: consistency

Reza would like to be irresistible to women

What are the main characteristics of Martin Luther King - perserverance

James Bond - irresistible, cool. cold-blooded

Mickey Mouse - big-eared, humourous, funny, entertaining, magnetic, charming, friendly, laid-back

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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 we're speaking to Jason Keiles from busuu.com to find out how busuu can help you improve your English and take it to the next level.

You can improve your listening with comprehension questions and find some help with difficult words from this interview at inglespodcast.com/Jason 

1.What does Jason say makes busuu different from other language learning websites

2. What is the average number of subscribers to busuu on a daily basis?

3. When you first sign up with busuu to learn a language you

4. If you pay 5 euros per month for a one-year subscription, you get

5. The main difference between the mobile apps and the busuu desktop software is

a) the course content and exercises

b) the navigation

c) the price

6. What's the youngest age a child can study a language on the busuu iPad app?

7. What is the GSET test?

8. What does Jason say he misses about the US

 

Vocabulary

to register = inscribir, registrar

subscribers = suscriptores

to set up (a profile) = montar

unlock = liberar, abrirse

to sign up = inscribir, registrar

feature = aplicación, característica

to log in = iniciar sesión, acceder al sistema

a game changer = punto de inflexión, algo revolucionario, algo que cambia las reglas del juego

growth = crecimiento 

uptake = aceptación, consumo

in the pipeline = en proyecto 

resources = recursos

to enhance = mejorar

engaging = atractivo, interesante, cautivador

to launch / roll out = lanzar, introducir

emerging markets = mercados emergentes

vast = grande, amplio, enorme

melting pot = crisol 

a pint of lager = una pinta de cerveza rubia

 

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If you are a new listener to this podcast, welcome! I'm Craig. This is Reza, and we are going to help you grow your grammar, vocalize your vocabulary and perfect your pronunciation. 

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

 

In this episode: The ‘-ed’ ending on past regular verbs 

 

Listener Feedback: Anonymous (audio feedback) Hola. Mucho gusto estar normalmente en el aire.

We are the champions. We...Come on baby. Yes. Goodnight!

 

Franz Jhonny Jallasi 

 

Hello Craig and Reza. I would like to ask something. How can I pronounce these words in the past tense?

 

to change, to follow, to play, to kidnap (secuestrar, raptar) , to murder, to peek (to look quickly - dar un vistazo, a peek=ojeada, vistazo - echar una ojeada or miradita) 

 

"The baby was sleeping so we just peeked in the window." 

"No peeking!" - ¡Sin mirar!

 

I live in Bolivia, La Paz Ive been working like (as) a locksmith and studing English for two years and a half (two and a half years)

I always follow you in your podcasts, I would like it very much if you never stop your grammar explanations.

Please go on with your help (it) is very kind of you. 

Good bye and please continue with your podcasts.

 

 

Pronunciation – The ‘-ed’ endings on past regular verbs

 

The –ed ending is added to regular verbs in the simple past and the past participle. 

 

It can be difficult to pronounce correctly, even at advanced level. 

 

Luckily, there are some guidelines to help you pronounce this correctly.

 

There are three different ways to pronounce the –ed ending. However, the majority of endings have the 'e' as silent. It is not often pronounced.

 

Two words in which the 'e' is pronounced are 'started' and 'collided'.

 

If the final sound of the infinitive is a /t/ or a /d/ sound, the 'e' is pronounced. For example, want - wanTED. Need - neeDED.

 

 

1./t/ after voiceless sounds (you can identify a voiceless sound by putting your hand on your head or your throat and checking for vibration. If there’s no vibration, it’s a voiceless sound). 

 

Examples of voiceless sounds are: 

 

/p/ - play

/s/ - say

/th/ - three

/ch/ - chips

/h/ - hello

/sh/ - wash

 

Here are some verbs that end with the /t/ sound after a voiceless sound:

 

helped

boxed

asked

impressed

pushed

laughed

 

2./d/ after a voiced sound (voiced sounds can be identified by feeling vibration when you place your hand on your head or your throat). 

 

Here are some examples:

 

/j/ - July

/d/ - dad

/g/ - give

/b/ - baby

/th/ - these

/n/ - nine

 

Here are some verbs that end with the /d/ sound after a voiced sound:

 

poured

explained

tried

robbed

required

stayed

 

3./Id/ after the sounds /d/ and /t/:

added

wanted

needed

ended

confided

inflated

acted

 

Listen and repeat the 3 groups with Reza and I.

 

Now choose the correct –ed sound for the words that Franz suggested: 

 

to change - changed

to follow - followed

to peek - peek

to play - pleyed

to kidnap - kidnapped

to murder - murdered

 

try some more:

 

start - started

live - lived

watch - watched

kiss - kissed

visit - visited

laugh - laughed

end - ended

edit - edited

love - loved

park - parked

record - recorded

 

 

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Send any comments or questions about this show to craig@inglespodcast.com or belfastreza@gmail.com. Or, better still, send us a voice message at inglespodcast.com

 

In next week's episode we'll be talking about common mistakes made by Spanish speakers.

 

 

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I'm Craig. This is Reza. If you are a new listener, If this is your first time here, welcome! 

We are going to help you improve your English, grow your grammar, vocalize your vocabulary and perfect your pronunciation!

In this episode: Adverbs of frequency and strong collocations

 

Listener Feedback: 

Hello my friends, I am from Argentina and, of course, you are my friends because you travel in my car every day when I go to my work, 15 minutes each time (each way / there and back)), 4 times a day. 

I really like you and I enjoy your podcasts. I listen (TO) them again and again. 

I have got them in my mp3 player and I laugh with your laughings (with your laughter/I laugh when you laugh/I laugh aloud with you). 

I am trying to listen and listen because it is very difficult to me to understand conversations, I read English good enough (quite well/well enough) and my interest is for traveling to other countries. 

Please correct this and I send a big hug to both of you.

 

A question from Pau (the question king!)

You look very much happier today, David! (is it correct?), I am telling you that (asking you this) because I have found that it is possible to use "very much" with the comparative, 

but I don't see the particle "than" anywhere, so I'm a bit confused...

 

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Grammar: Adverbs of Frequency

siempre - always 

casi siempre - almost always 

normalmente - usually, normally 

a menudo - often 

a veces - sometimes 

raramente - rarely 

casi nunca - hardly ever 

nunca - never

We usually put adverbs of frequency BEFORE the main verb (antes del verbo principal): "I usually get up at 8." - Usualmente me levanto a las 8.

 

This is also true if there is an auxiliary verb: "I have often thought of emigrating." - He pensado muchas veces en emigrar.

But, we put adverbs of frequency AFTER the verb TO BE: (después del verbo "to be"): "Reza is never late" - Reza nunca llega tarde. (Reza is occasionally late - occasionally = ocasionalmente)

Sometimes, adverbs of frequency can be put at the beginning or at the end (en posición final o inicial): "Normally, I get up at 8." - "I get up at 8, normally."

 

Expressions of frequency:

una vez a la semana - once a week 

dos veces al día - twice a day 

tres o cuatro veces al mes - three or four times a month 

todos los viernes - every Friday 

cada dos horas - every two hours

todos los días - every day

 

How often do you.....

go back to Belfast? - 3 or 4 times a year

How often do you visit your family in Moraira? - about twice a month / every 2 weeks

have a fried English breakfast? - I hardly ever have on these days

drink Guinness? - I often drink Guinness when I'm in Ireland, but I almost never drink Guinness when I'm in Spain

speak Valencian? - rarely, 3 times a year

Watch football - very rarely

go to bed before 11pm - not often, about once a week

wear socks with sandles - now, never!

swear (decir palabrotas, soltar tacos) - once or twice a day

record a podcast - about once a fortnight, once overy 2 or 3 weeks

get your haircut - about once every 2 or 3 months

 

Vocabulary: Strong collocations

Sometimes in English you might come across two words joined together with "and".

The order of these words is a very strong collocation and it's usually fixed. For example,

fish and chips (no se dice Xchips and fishX).

Here are some more examples:

neat and tidy

pros and cons (advantages and disadvantages)

gin and tonic

rock and roll

trial and error

peace and quiet

toast and marmalade

stocks and shares

black and white

thunder and lightening

Ladies and gentlemen 

boys and girls

life and death

right and wrong

black and blue 

thick and thin

in sickness and in health

for better and for worse

 

Craig and Reza's Weekly wind-ups (to wind up = annoy, irritate, bother: fastidiar, disgustar, molestar)

Reza: People who ask a question and then don't listen to what you say

Craig: The number of messages, alerts or "things you have to deal with" on apps - Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, always that small number, in a circle, on your phone (more than your PC) it signifies "there's something I haven't done." 

 

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