Mon, 19 September 2011
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Hello everyone! Hello again. It’s good to be back with you again, and thank you for downloading this Mansión Inglés podcast, recorded for August 2011.
En el nivel básico este mes, hemos practicado el vocabulario
salon - living-room
baño - bathroom
aseo - toilet
dormitorio - bedroom
habitación de invitados - spare room
cocina - kitchen
Is there a computer in your house? computer = ordenador. Repite: Is there a computer in your house?
Are there any pictures on the wall? pictures son cuadros y wall = pared - Repeat: Are there any pictures on the wall?
How many bedrooms are there? Repeat: How many bedrooms are there?
Are there any good restaurants? Repeat: Are there any good restaurants?
Is there air-conditioning? air-conditioning significa aire acondicionado Repeat: Is there air-conditioning?
Is there a television? Repeat: Is there a television? Is there a TV?
How many chairs are there? Chairs = sillas - Repeat: How many chairs are there?
Are there any plants? Plants of course are plantas Repeat: Are there any plants?
Is there a microwave? Microwave in Spanish is microondas Repeat: Is there a microwave?
Is there a window? What’s window in Spanish? Yes, it’s una ventana. You know that! ¡Sabías esto! Repeat: Is there a window?
Is there a mirror? A mirror es un espejo Repeat: Is there a mirror?
Is there central heating? central heating = califacción central Repeat: Is there central heating?
Very good! - ¡Muy bien!
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In the intermediate section we continued practising the wonderfully exciting gerunds and infinitives. This month we looked at some expressions in English that are followed by gerunds. For example, expressions like There’s no point in… – There’s no point in taking the car. – There’s no point - no tiene sentido repeat: There’s no point in taking the car. You may remember that after prepositions (in, at, on, about, for etc) we put a gerund. Well, in is a preposition, so ….gerund – Repeat: There’s no point in taking the car.
I can’t help… – I can’t help thinking I made a mistake. – I can’t help thinking… - No puedo evitar pensar… – I couldn’t help laughing. – no podia evitar reirme. Repeat: I can’t help thinking I made a mistake. I couldn’t help laughing when he told me.
I can’t stand… – I can’t stand waiting for people. Can’t stand means no soporta or no aguanta it means to dislike strongly. Repeat: I can’t stand queueing. – I can’t stand driving in big cities.
Next was the expression to have a problem or have (some) problems or to have no problem… For example, I’m afraid I’m having problems understanding your accent. Repeat: I’m having problems learning English. She had a problem using the software program. We had no problems finding the hotel.
It’s no use… – It’s no use asking me to give you a lift. It’s no use means it’s pointless, es inútil, - no serve de nada – it’s a waste of time. Repeat: It’s no use - It’s no use flying, the pilots are on strike. It’s no use shouting at him - It's no use crying over spilt milk - "De nada sirve llorar sobre la leche derramada" - "A lo hecho, pecho" / " Lo hecho, hecho está" - It's no use crying over spilt milk
It’s a waste of time/money… – It’s a waste of time – es una pérdida de tiempo. It’s a waste of money – Es tirar el dinero – Repeat: It’s a waste of money buying mobile phone applications. It’s a waste of time learning phrasal verbs.
Remember, you can learn more about gerunds and infinitives in our grammar section, and in our intermediate course, both free at mansioningles.com.
In the advanced section this month we revised some verb tenses. I’m going to read the example sentences from the newsletter and I’d like you to tell me which verb tenses you hear. Ready? So, identify the verb tenses.
First were three sentences with the verb to have
- “Don’t worry darling, give me the receipt and I’ll take it back for you.”
(future simple with will – I will take it back for you – I’ll take it back.)
In the vocabulary section at advanced level, there were some phrasal nouns to practise. For example, standby. You can be on standby if you’re waiting for a place to become available at the airport. British Airways have no tickets available on any flight to
You check in at the airport and a hotel when you arrive. Check-in is a verb and a noun. “Excuse me, where’s the check-in?”
The next word, downfall, sort of translates as caída or perdición or ruína. We speak about the downfall of a dictator or a king, for example. Alcohol was his downfall. Drugs were her downfall. That’s what brought her down.
Takeover was the next word. Toma de poder. You can have a military takeover. A company can takeover another company. A strong collocation is a takeover bid – B-I-D - Samsung has made a takeover bid for Nokia.
A comeback is a return a revival – una vuelta, retorno – The fashions of the 1960’s are making a comeback.
If a concert is a sell-out there are no more tickets left. They’ve sold out. It was a sell-out tour.
Lastly, a check-up is revisión in Spanish. You should go to the dentists every six months so that he can check your teeth, or give you a check up (actually, I only go once a year). You can go to the doctor’s for a check-up too, but not for your car. Revisión
And finally, in the Business English section this month we practised some business collocations with the word price. I’ll read the definition and you try to remember the collocations containing the word price. Ready?
When prices go down, decrease, fall, drop, it’s called a price….cut.
When prices go up or rise we say it is a price….increase.
When the government try to limit price increases, we say that they put price……. controls.
When companies fight with each other to get more of the market, and prices fall as a result, we say that there is a price…..war.
And finally, when there is a good period for sellers and prices rise quickly we say there is a price….boom.
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The music in this month’s podcast was by Revolution Void, the album was The Politics of Desire and the track was Outer Orbit.