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Hello, hello, hello! A big "thank you" to all of you for downloading this Mansión Inglés podcast. This is podcast number 55 recorded for November 2012.

Este mes, en el nivel básico, hemos practicado las colacaciones de los verbos y habia un listening para practicar los sonidos vocales.

In the intermediate section there was a translation exercise and an exercise to practise any, some, either, neither etc. which can be confusing. More idioms and a gap fill text in the advanced section. There's business vocabulary as usual, and many more ideas and resources to help you improve your English and take it to the next level.

En los podcasts mensuales hablamos de los temas, vocabulario y ejercicios que salen en nuestro cuaderno mensual. Así podáis practicar la pronunciación y repasar el material del cuaderno. Si quieres recibir gratis el cuaderno cada mes, ver la trascripción de este podcast o leer los anteriores, vete a mansioningles.com y sigue los enlaces en la página principal.

 

Ok so, let's begin then as usual with el nivel básico. Escucha y repite las siguientes colocaciónes:

Get dressed - I get dressed after my shower. - Repite: shower - after my shower - I get dressed -  I get dressed after my shower.

Take the dog for a walk - I take the dog for a walk every day. - Repite: every day - walk - fora - fora walk - the dog for a walk - I take - I take the dog for a walk - I take the dog for a walk every day.

Have a shower - I have a shower after breakfast. ¡OJO! - Se dice "have a shower" no se dice X"Chave a shower"X. Repite: have - have a shower - breakfast - after breakfast - have a - have a shower - I have a shower after breakfast.

Do your homework - Do your homework every day. - Please help me with my homework! Repite: homework -¡OJO! - homework. No se dice X"chomework"X -  my homework - with my homework - please help me - please help me with my homework!

Go shopping - I go shopping with my wife. Repite: my wife - with my wife - shopping with my wife - go shopping with my wife - I go shopping with my wife - husband - I go shopping with my husband - Children - I go shopping with my children - We go shopping together - hacemos la compra juntos. Repite: We go - We go shopping - We go shopping together.

¡Muy bien! - Very good!

En el segundo ejercicio del nivel básico, hemos practicado un 'listening' con los vocales y los sonidos débiles en inglés.

Por ejemplo la diferencia entre angry - enfadado/a y hungry - hambriento. Repite: /ӕ / angry I'm angry -  /˄/ hungry - I'm hungry

Where were you born? - Where were you born? es un poco difícil también. Escucha: Were -  Where were - Repite: Were - Where were - Where were you - Where were you born? - La intonación sube y baja - Escucha: Where were you born? - Repite: Where were you born?- I was born in London. Where were you born?

What time is it? - It's a quarter to twelve. - Repite: /ә/ - It's a - quarter - It's a quarter - to - It's a quarter to - It's a quarter to twelve. - It's a quarter to twelve. - It's a quarter to one. - It's a quarter to two. - It's a quarter to three. - It's a quarter to eleven.

Escucha: It costs seventeen pounds -  It costs seventy pounds - los números 13 hasta 19 llevan el estres en la segunda silaba: 13, 14, 15, 16 etc. y los números 20, 30, 40, 50 etc. tiene el estrés en la primera silaba.

Repite: 13 - 30. 14 - 40, 15 - 50, 16 - 60, 17 - 70, 18 - 80, 19 - 90

Repite: It costs seventeen pounds -  It costs seventy pounds

She gets home at seven - to get home significa llegar a casa. Es más común en el inglés hablado decir 'get home' que 'arrive home'. Repite: seven - at seven - home at seven - gets home at seven. No olvides la 's' de la tercera persona - She gets home. Repite: She gets home - she gets home at seven - She gets home at seven.

Escucha: The first of December - Repite: first - The first of December - second - The second of December - third - The third of December - forth - The forth of December - fifth - The fifth of December - sixth - The sixth of December - seventh - The seventh of December - eighth - The eighth of December - ninth - The ninth of December - tenth - The tenth of December.

El último ejemplo de este ejercicio fue la diferencia entre el sonido /˄/ como en la palabra uncle - tío, y el sonido /ӕ / como en la palabra ankle - tobillo. Repite: /ӕ/ - ankle - My ankle hurts - me duele el tobillo Repite: My ankle hurts - I hurt my ankle. Repite: /˄/ - uncle - I love my uncle - Yo amo a mi tío - My uncle is wonderful.

Good!

 

In the intermediate section this month, we translated some sentences from Spanish into English. I'm going to say the Spanish sentences with my terrible pronunciation, so please don't laugh! I want you to try to say the English sentence before I do. You can also pause this podcast if you need more time to think. Are you ready? Here's the first sentence for you to translate:

En verano me gusta acostarme tarde. - I like going to bed late in summer. - I like going to bed late in summer.

2. No nos gusta jugar a las cartas.    - We don’t like playing cards. - We don’t like playing cards.

3. Odian ir de compras.    - They hate going shopping. - They hate going shopping.

4. ¿Os gusta ver peliculas en version original?     - Do you like watching films in original version? - Do you like watching films in original version?

5. Le encanta (a ella) desayunar en la cama.  She loves having breakfast in bed. - She loves having breakfast in bed.

6. Odia (el) trabajar con el ordenador. - He hates working with the computer. - He hates working with the computer.

7. No sé nadar muy bien pero me gusta.   - I can’t swim very well but I like it. - I can’t swim very well but I like it.

8. ¿Que le gusta hacer a tu hermana?  - What does your sister like doing? - What does your sister like doing?

9. Odio oir a los politicos!  - I hate listening to politicians! - I hate listening to politicians!

10. Les encanta navegar por internet.  - They love surfing the net. - They love surfing the net.

11. Odio probar me ropa.  - I hate trying on clothes. - I hate trying on clothes.

12. ¿Les gusta viajar en avión?    - Do they like travelling by plane? Do they like travelling by plane?

Good! Ok, moving on then to the next exercise we practised confusing words like any, some, either and neither.

So, listen and repeat the following sentences.

Would you like some cake?

I'll have some cheese.

Is there any beer?

I like some classical music, but not all.

I'll listen to any hip hop music. I love it.

We have Irish whisky and Scotch Whisky. Which would you prefer?

I've got some money. Not much though.

How much wine is there?

All of you helped me.

None of you complained.

I don't know anyone who speaks German.

There's someone at the door.

No there isn't! There's no one there!

Very good! - ¡Muy bien!

 

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There were more idioms this month in the advanced section. Let's see if you can remember the idioms if I say the Spanish equivalent.

For example, De lo perdido saca lo que puedas. - in English it's Make the best of it. - Make the best of a bad situation. - Make the best of it. You can also say, "Make the most of it" - Repeat: make the most of it.

The next idiom is: Poderoso caballero es don Dinero. - Money talks bullsh*t walks - It's common to hear only the first part. Money talks.

Next was De Guatemala a Guatepeor - In English we say "Out of the frying pan, into the fire" - To go from a bad situation to a worse one.

I know that our friends in Guatemala don't like this expression, but I don't know any other translation. So if you can help me and tell me another way to say 'Out of the frying pan and into the fire', please send me an email at mansionteachers@yahoo.com or send me a message on our Facebook page 'La Mansion del Ingles'

The next idiom was: En los nidos de antaño, no hay pajaros hogaño. -  Time doesn't stand still. - Time stands still for no man.

Desgraciado en el juego, afortunado en amores - is a direct translation to English. It's 'Unlucky in cards, lucky in love'. Unfortunately, I have always been both unlucky at cards and in love!

The last one is A perro flaco, todo son pulgas. - Misery loves company. This is something that you say which means that people who are feeling sad usually want the people they are with to also feel sad, for example:  "On a bad day, she isn't satisfied till the entire family is in tears. Misery loves company."

Also in the advanced section this month there was a gap-fill text. I'm going to read the text twice. The first time, just listen. The second time I'll stop in different places. When I stop, try to say the next word before I do. Even if you can't remember, you can guess what the next word might be.


Children and Convenience Foods

Nowadays, parents often feel guilty if they don't give their children healthy food for every single meal. Packaged food is frequently known as 'junk food' but in many instances that simply isn't so. Of course children should eat well, but meals should also be relaxed, enthusiastic and compatible with family life today.

And it's essential to remember that most parents of young children are by definition, extremely busy people. Convenience foods are here to stay and they can be a valuable aid to the pursuit of happiness.

Parents must seek out the best and aim for a balance between real food and practicality. With all these convenience foods, you can balance out the meal by adding something fresh and home-made. When your children beg for ice-cream give them frozen yoghurt with fresh fruit. Indeed, a home where the fruit bowl needs refilling regularly is a home where people eat well. The crucial point is balance. What is at stake is your child's gastronomic happiness.

Ok I'll read the test again. Remember, when I stop try to say the next word before I do. Even if you can't remember, you can guess what the next word might be.

Children and Convenience Foods

Nowadays, parents often feel....... guilty if they don't give their children healthy........ food for every single......... meal. Packaged food is frequently known as......... 'junk food' but in many instances that simply isn't so. Of course children should eat......... well, but meals should also be relaxed, enthusiastic and compatible with family......... life today.

And it's essential to......... remember that most parents of young........ children are by definition, extremely......... busy people. Convenience foods are here to....... stay and they can be a valuable aid to the pursuit of...... happiness.

Parents must seek out the best and aim for a balance between real........ food and practicality. With all these convenience foods, you can balance out the......... meal by adding something........ fresh and........ home-made. When your children beg for........ ice-cream give them frozen ........yoghurt with fresh........ fruit. Indeed, a home where the fruit........ bowl needs refilling regularly is a home where people eat........ well. The crucial point is......... balance. What is at stake is your child's gastronomic .........happiness.

Very good! Well done!

Moving on to Business English, let's practise some business vocabulary.

Be careful of the difference between convenient and comfortable. A chair is comfortable, a bed is comfortable. You can be in a comfortable, or an uncomfortable, situation. Shoes and clothes are comfortable or uncomfortable. However, if something is convenient for you it suits you. For example. Let's meet tomorrow. Is 3 o'clock convenient? Is 3 o'clock a good time for you? I can't meet you before 3 o'clock, because I have to work. It's not convenient for me to meet you before 3. I would not use 'comfortable' in this context.

If you pay money upfront, you pay before, at the beginning. When you pay someone to paint your flat, for example, the painter has to buy the paint before he or she starts. So when you agree a price, you might pay some money upfront so that the painter can buy the materials.

Remember that you apply for a job and you apply to a company or a person. I'm applying to Microsoft for the position of software developer. I'm applying for a job at Microsoft.

To switch means to make a change. We have recently switched from the telephone company to cable for out internet connection. I've switched to a different brand of tomato sauce because it's cheaper.

If something sees the light of day, it means to be made available or to be known about. For example. The company agreed the ad was an embarrassment and promised it would never again see the light of day.

Don't confuse remind with remember. Remind is hacerle acordar a alguien and remember is acordarse. Remind usually has a direct object. Remind me to buy fruit. Repeat: Remind me to buy fruit. Remind us to send a birthday card. Repeat: Remind us to send a birthday card. Did you remind her about the doctor's appointment? Repeat: Did you remind her about the doctor's appointment.

Hmmm, that reminds me, I need to get back to working on the 4th eBook in our series for teachers on Teaching Conversation, but don't worry, we'll be back with you next month with another podcast from our monthly newsletter, our cuaderno de inglés mensual. Remember you can listen to all our previous podcasts at mansioningles.com and on iTunes.

Si te gusta este podcast, puedes hacernos un gran favor y escribe una corta critíca en iTunes. ¿Como se dice crítica o reseña en inglés? - Review - to write a review. If you write a review on iTunes (si escibes una crítica en iTunes) más personas pueden escucharnos porque subimos en el 'ranking' de iTunes.


Thank you very much for listening to this podcast, and for being part of the community of La Mansión del Inglés.

Remember, If you want to contact us you can find us on Facebook. Just search Facebook for La Mansión del Inglés and join our growing community of fans. Or send an email to: mansionteachers@yahoo.es. You can also follow us on Twitter. Our Twitter name is MansionTwit.

Puedes ver el cuaderno mensual de este mes, y todos los cuadernos anteriores en www.cuadernodeingles.com/

Until next month then, take care, keep practising and taking your English to the next level! Bye for now!

 

The music in this month’s podcast is by Revolution Void, the album is The Politics of Desire and the track is called Outer Orbit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello again. Welcome, and thank you for downloading this Mansión Inglés podcast. This is podcast number 54 recorded for October 2012.

Este mes, en el nivel básico, hemos hablado de la runtina diaria y también como hacer las preguntas. In the intermediate section gerunds and infinitives and opposites and more idioms and words with multiple meanings in the advanced section. There's business vocabulary as usual this month, and many more ideas and resources to help you improve your English and take it to the next level.

En los podcasts mensuales hablamos de los temas, vocabulario y ejercicios que salen en nuestro cuaderno mensual. Así podáis practicar la pronunciación y repasar el material del cuaderno. Si quieres recibir gratis el cuaderno cada mes, ver la trascripción de este podcast o leer los anteriores, vete a mansioningles.com y sigue los enlaces en la página principal.

So let's get started con el nivel básico y algunas expresiones de la rutina diaria. Voy a decir las expresiones en español y tu dices la tradución en inglés antes que lo digo yo. Ready? - ¿Listo?

¿Cómo se dice "comer" en inglés? - to have lunch - Repite: to have lunch

ir de compras - to go shopping Repite: to go shopping - We go shopping on Saturdays.

ir en coche al trabajo - to go to work by car Repite: to go to work by car - I go to work by car every day.

ir a clase - to go to class Repite: to go to class - What time do you go to class?

ir a casa - to go home Repite: to go home - I go home after work.

llegar a casa - to get home Repite:  to get home  - I get home at 7.30

hacer la cena - to make dinner Repite: to make dinner - My girlfriend usually makes dinner.

cenar - to have dinner Repite: to have dinner - We have dinner at home.

ir a la cama/acostarse - to go to bed Repite: to go to bed - I go to bed at about 12 o'clock.

También hemos practicado las preguntas. Escucha y repite algunas preguntas conmigo. Fijarte en la entonación.

What time do you get up?

What time do you have dinner?

What do you do after lunch?

Who do you have lunch with?

What time do you go to bed?

What time do you get home after work?

Very good! - ¡Muy bien!

 

In the intermediate section this month, we looked at some gerunds and infinitives. I'm going to say some pairs of sentences with different grammar and I want you to say which is correct.

Por ejemplo, ¿Qué es correcto? - I used to be good at playing the piano or I used to be good at play the piano? El correcto es: I used to be good at playing the piano. - Gerund -  Repeat: I used to be good at playing the piano.

I have difficulty to make myself understood. or I have difficulty making myself understood? - I have difficulty making myself understood. Repeat: I have difficulty making myself understood.

She’s only interested in taking drugs or She’s only interested to take drugs? - She’s only interested in taking drugs. Repeat: She’s only interested in taking drugs.

I don't know what do with her. or I don't know what to do with her? - I don't know what to do with her. Repeat: I don't know what to do with her.

We had a fantastic time to travel around Spain. or We had a fantastic time travelling around Spain´- We had a fantastic time travelling around Spain. Repeat: We had a fantastic time travelling around Spain.

I'm too tired for going out tonight. or I'm too tired to go out tonight? - I'm too tired to go out tonight. Repeat: I'm too tired to go out tonight.

He’s unlikely to pass the exam. or He’s unlikely pass the exam? - He's unlikely to pass the exam. Repeat: He's unlikely to pass the exam.

She was arrested for not to pay her taxes. or She was arrested for not paying her taxes? - She was arrested for not paying her taxes. Repeat: She was arrested for not paying her taxes.

She’s quite likely for to lose her temper. or She’s quite likely to lose her temper. - She’s quite likely to lose her temper. Repeat: She’s quite likely to lose her temper.

Moving on to vocabulary and opposites. Try to say the opposites of the following words before I do, then repeat them to practise pronunciation. Ready?

success - failure

valuable - worthless

fresh - stale

victory - defeat

profit - loss

calm - rough

brave - coward

well-paid - badly-paid

Good. Now repeat the following example sentences.

It wasn’t a SUCCESS. It was a total FAILURE.

I thought it was VALUABLE but it was WORTHLESS.

The bread isn’t FRESH,  it’s STALE.

We expected an easy VICTORY but we suffered a terrible DEFEAT.

We didn't make a PROFIT, we made a LOSS.

The sea was CALM in the morning, but ROUGH in the afternoon.

He thinks he's really BRAVE but he's a COWARD.

He's not WELL-PAID, he's very BADLY-PAID.

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There were more idioms this month in the advanced section. Let's see if you can remember the idioms if I say the Spanish equivalent.

For example,

Como quien oye llover. Think of water and duck. We say “It's like water off a duck's back.” - “It's like water off a duck's back.”

Tanto monta, monta tanto, (Isabel como Fernando). - “It's as broad as it is long.” which means it's as wide as it is long the length is the same as the width. - “It's as broad as it is long.”

Lo que se pierde en una casa se gana en otra. - swings and roundabouts - a roundabout in a park is tiovivo I think. and a swing I think is columpio. “It's (a question of) swings and roundabouts.”  - “It's (a question of) swings and roundabouts.”

En tierra de ciegos, el tuerto es rey. This is another direct translation - "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed is king."  

No tiene raices en ningun sitio. - This idiom has the words 'hat' and 'home' in it. It's...“Home is where he hangs his hat.” He hangs up his hat and that's enough for him to call the place home - He's a drifter. Va dando tumbos por la vida . He's a drifter. Wherever he hangs his  hat, that's his home.

Our last idiom this month is "Llueve sobre mojado" o "Al que no quiere caldo, se le dan dos tazas."  - In English we say “It never rains, but it pours.” Do you know the expression "it's pouring"? - It's pouring (with rain), Está lloviendo a cántaros - It never rains, but it pours - I've had so much bad luck this week. I lost my wallet, someone scratched my car and I got a parking fine..... It never rains, but it pours.

Now listen and repeat the idioms after me:

“It's like water off a duck's back.”

“It's as broad as it is long.”

“It's (a question of) swings and roundabouts.”

"In the land of the blind, the one-eyed is king."

“Home is where he hangs his hat.”

“It never rains, but it pours.”

Also in the advanced section we looked at some words with multiple meanings like the word odd - O-D-D. Odd means extraño, raro. the odd thing is that...Lo raro o lo curioso es que.....It also means impar when we talk about numbers. Odd numbers and even number. We also have the expression "The odd man out" - el bicho raro, la excepción. Odd can also me something that is left over - I have a few odd bits of wood in the garage. If you've got the odd moment to spare, come round for a chat. It cost me 30 pounds odd - Me costó 30 y tantas libras or 30 y pico libras.

Stock was the next word. One meaning of stock is reserva - We're out of stock - Están agotadas. - We don't have your size in stock. - If you have stock in a company tienes algunas acciones. Stocks and shares - acciones.

Stock is also caldo - Chicken stock. One thing I've learned during my time living in Spain is that you need a good fish or chicken stock to make a good paella.       

Hail as a noun means granizo - hailstones - frozen rain. A strong collocation with hail is a hail of bullets. As the armed robbers left the bank, they were cut down in a hail of bullets.

As a verb, hail can mean llamar - you hail a cab. In New York, in New York city,  it's not easy to hail a cab in the rush hour.

Figure can mean cifra - What's the unemployment figure for Spain these days? Is it still in double figures?

And figure for a person is figura. She's got a great figure. I know she's nearly 40, but she's got the figure of an eighteen-year-old.

In American English, it's quite common to hear figure as a verb meaning to make sense. "It just doesn't figure" - No me lo explico. How do you figure that? In British English I would say reckon. What do you reckon? What do you figure?

Our last word was plot. A plot of land is terreno or solar. I'm thinking of buying a small plot and building a house on it.

Plot is also complot, conjura: they foiled the assassination plot -  frustaron el intento de asesinato.

And of course we talk about the plot of a film or a book (el argumento). I loved the new George Clooney film, but the plot was a bit complicated.

How do you say "Las cosas se complican" using the word plot? - The plot thickens - Repeat: The plot thickens.

 

In the Business English section this month, we looked at some more business English vocabulary. To develop means desarrollar in Spanish. That's a word that's really difficult for me to say and to remember - desarrollar - double rr and double ll - desarrollar or elaborar - to develop. You can develop ideas, you can develop a method, develop a character, a plot or story in a film or a book. You can develop skills and abilities and develop land - urbanizar - In technology, it's very common to hear about software development, application development for mobile phones and tablets - mobile devices. We're developing a new application for La Mansión del Inglés.

To sign up means inscribirse. You can also say enroll or register for a course. I'm signing up for a computer course.

Sign up is a phrasal verb, and so is go about. To go about means emprender - How do I go about voting? - ¿Qué tengo que hacer para votar? How do I go about signing up? Go about can also mean correr or circular. For example, "there's a lot of flu going about", or "Have you heard that horrible rumour going about that Jimmy's having an affair?"

If you work full-time, you work standard hours. How do you say jornada partial in English? - part-time . I'm working part-time. It's a part-time job.

Doubt in Spanish is duda, pero muchas veces para decir tengo duda, mis alumnos dicen I have a doubt, but it sounds better in English to say "I'm not sure." For example, I'm not sure how to pronounce this word" sounds better than "I have a doubt how to pronounce this word."

But doubt is used in many expressions, for example. Without a doubt or no doubt  - Sin duda. Repeat: Doubt - No doubt I'll see you tomorrow. I'll be there at 6, without a doubt. This is, without a doubt, the best brownie I've ever tasted. - I very much doubt it - Lo dudo mucho. Repeat: I very much doubt it. - If in doubt, don't go - Si estás en duda, no vayas. - If in doubt, don't go

And finally, to get back means to return or go back to something or someone. Repeat: I have to get back to my work now. - I'll get back to later - Can I get back to you in the morning?

Well, I have to get back to working on our new audio course, but don't worry, we'll be back with you next month with another podcast from our monthly newsletter, our cuaderno de inglés mensual. Remember you can listen to all our previous podcasts at mansioningles.com and on iTunes. Thank you very much for listening to this podcast, and for being part of the community of La Mansión del Inglés.

Remember, If you want to contact us you can find us on Facebook. Just search Facebook for La Mansión del Inglés and join our growing community of fans. Or send an email to: mansionteachers@yahoo.es. You can also follow us on Twitter. Our Twitter name is MansionTwit.

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Until next month then, take care, keep practising and taking your English to the next level! Bye for now!


The music in this month’s podcast is by Revolution Void, the album is The Politics of Desire and the track is called Outer Orbit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aprender ingles gratis con La Mansion del Ingles. Un podcast para mejorar la gramatica, el vocabulario y la pronunciacion del ingles. Una leccion del ingles con ejemplos y ejercicios.

Learn English free with podcasts from La Mansion del Ingles. Improve your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. This English lesson contains examples and exercises.


Hello again. Welcome, and thank you for downloading this Mansión Inglés podcast. This is podcast number 53 recorded for September 2012.

Este mes, en el nivel básico un poco de gramática con el presente y la formación de las preguntas. En el nivel intermedio los superlativos - superlatives and also some expresiones with GET. There are some idioms and words with multiple meanings in the advanced section and, as always, some useful business English vocabulary.

En los podcasts mensuales hablamos de los temas, vocabulario y ejercicios que salen en nuestro cuaderno mensual. Así podáis practicar la pronunciación y repasar el material del cuaderno. Si quieres recibir gratis el cuaderno cada mes, ver la trascripción de este podcast o leer los anteriores, vete a mansioningles.com y sigue los enlaces en la página principal.


So let's get started con el nivel básico en lo que hemos practicado un poco de la gramática básica. Escucha y repite las frases.

The film finishes at 1am. Escucha la pronunciación del verbo to finish en la tercera persona - finishes - Repite: finishes - it finishes - the film finishes at 1am.

He usually works on Saturdays - Repite: Saturdays - on Saturdays - works on Saturdays - He works on Saturdays - He usually works on Saturdays.

His parents live near the shopping centre. - shopping centre es el centro comercial - Repeat - shopping centre - near the shopping centre - His parents live - His parents live neat the shopping centre.

We go to the gym three times a week. - tres veces a la semana - three times a week - Repite: three times a week - to the gym - we go to the gym - we go to the gym three times a week.

My dad doesn't work now. He’s retired. - retired significa jubilado -Repite: retired - My dad's retired - He doesn't work. He's retired

That restaurant doesn't open on Mondays. Repite: doesn't open - it doesn't open - It doesn't open on Mondays - The restaurant doesn't open on Mondays.

My friends play football every Saturday. Repite: play football - every Saturday - They play football every Saturday - My friends play football every Saturday.

Sandra does her homework in the evenings. Repite: does her homework - She does her homework - in the evenings - She does her homework in the evenings

My mum doesn't cook very well. To cook es cocinar - Repite: cook - doesn't cook - she doesn't cook - she doesn't cook very well - my mum doesn't cook very well - my wife doesn't cook very well.

My brother wears a suit for work. Suit es traje y to wear significa llevar puesto - Repite: suit - I wear a suit - he wears a suit - He wears a suit for work - my brother wears a suit for work.

Very good! - ¡Muy bien!


También hemos practicado la formación de las preguntas en el nivel básico.

Escucha algunas respuestas y intenta decir las preguntas antes que las digo yo. Luego, repítelas para practicar la pronunciación. Habla despues del tono. Are you ready? - Listo?

I get up at 7 o'clock - What time.......... do you get up?

He's is from Germany - Where ...........is he from?

The shops open at 9am - What time ..........do the shops open?

His address is 79 Harris Avenue - What's........ his address?

He plays football on Saturday mornings - What does..........he do on Saturday mornings?

My husband is an architect - What does.......... your husband do? / What does........... your husband do for a living?

My doctor's appointment is on Tuesday 2nd.  - When is (When's) your doctor's appointment?

 

In the intermediate section this month, we looked at some superlatives. Remember to always use the with superlatives - The greatest - the best - the least expensive - the most beautiful etc.

Listen: It's the most exciting thing I've ever done. Repeat: the most exciting thing - It's the most exciting thing - I've ever done - It's the most exciting thing I've ever done. What's the most exciting thing you've ever done? What's the most exciting place you've ever been to?

Listen: My worst subject at school was maths. Repeat: It's the worst - Maths is the worst. It's the worst subject - It's the most boring - No, physics is the most boring. English is the most interesting.

Listen: I like it the most. Repeat: I like it the most - I like it the least -  The thing I like the least - The thing I like the least is the weather - It's the weather I like the least - I like the food the most. - The thing I like the most is the food. What do you like the most?

Listen: It's the most difficult thing. Repeat: the most difficult - the most difficult thing - It's the most difficult thing. Pronunciation is the most difficult thing - The most difficult thing is pronunciation. What's the most difficult thing for you?

Listen: She meanest person in the company. Repeat: the meanest person - She's the meanest person - She's the meanest person in the company.

Listen: He's funniest person I know Repeat: the funniest - the funniest person I know - He's the funniest person I know.

Good, now also in the intermediate section of the cuaderno, we studied some expression using the word GET. There are many expressions and phrasal verbs with get, and we looked at 8 of them: to get a present        to get lost, to get divorced, to get angry, to get home, to  get on with, to  get up, and to get drunk

Listen and repeat the following questions:

What time did you get home?

Did you ever get lost when you were a child?

What time did you get up this morning?

When did you last get a present?

When did you last get drunk?

When was the last time you got angry?

Do you know anybody who has got divorced?

Is there anybody you don’t get on with?


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There were more idioms this month in the advanced section. Let's see if you can remember the idioms if I say the Spanish equivalent.

For example, meter la pata - ¿Qué es meter la pata in English? - the English translation has the words 'foot' and 'mouth' in it - Put your foot in your mouth. - I'm always putting my foot in my mouth.

Quien roba una vez roba diez. is "Once a thief, always a thief.” or "a leopard doesn't change its spots."

Persevera y triunfaras. - “Never say die”

No dejar piedra por mover - "(To) leave no stone unturned." - “We’ll leave no stone unturned until we find the thief.”

Poner las cartas sobre la mesa. - “Put your cards on the table” - “I’m going to put my cards on the table.” - I think you should put your cards on the table and tell me what's happening.

Borron y cuenta nueva. / Lo pasado, pasado esta. - “Let bygones be bygones.” -

Now listen and repeat the idioms:

Put your foot in your mouth.

Once a thief, always a thief.

Never say die

Leave no stone unturned.

Put your cards on the table.

Let bygones be bygones.

Also in the advanced section we looked at some words with multiple meanings like account, for example. To account for means to explain. How do you account for the fact that their shares have fallen - There's no accounting for taste. - Sobre gustos no hay nada escrito. - There's no accounting for taste.

On account of means debido a - Repeat: on account of - On account of his being too old - Debido a que es demasiado mayor - On account of his being too old - We left early on account of the weather.

On no account, or not on any account means De ningún modo, de ninguna manera, or bajo ningún concepto - On no account borrow money from that guy. - Don't do it, not on any account.

the word score is often used in sport. How do you say ¿Cómo van? in a game football, for example? What's the score? - How do you say El resultado final? - the final score - What was the final score?

If you have a score to settle tienes una cuenta pendiente. - Repeat: to settle a score. - To settle old scores means ajustar or saldar las cuentas pendientes.

A score is 20 - una veintena - there were scores of people there - había muchísima gente o había montones de gente - Repeat: scores of people.

The verb to score means marcar - to score a goal, for example.

Moving on...Delivery is una entrega o un reparto, but when a baby is delivered it's parto in Spanish. The delivery room in a hospital or clinic is salon de parto. You can also deliver a presentation or a speech. If you deliver it well it's interesting and entertaining. If your delivery is bad, people could fall asleep.

A pool es una charca, and a pool of blood is a strong collection. The woman was on the floor in a pool of blood. You can have a pool of water and a pool of light - un foco de luz - pool of light. A car pool es una flota de automóviles and you can also have a pool of resources - una fuente de recursos. We can get the job done more effectively if we pool our resources and work together.

And finally, the noun issue can mean tema, cuestión or asunto. - to face the issue is enfrentarse al or afrontar el problema - Let's not cloud the issue, Let's not confuse the issue - no nos vayamos por la tangente, no desviemos la atención del verdadero problema - You can also make an issue of something -  I don't want to make an issue of it but … no quiero insistir demasiado sobre el tema pero …, no quiero exagerar la importancia del asunto pero …..-  I don't want to make an issue of it but … The verb to issue can mean expedir, in the case of a visa, driving licence or a passport. And hacer público in the case of a statement or a report. "The police have issued a statement."

         

In the Business English section, we looked at some more business English vocabulary.

If you make money in business, you make a profit. What's the opposite of make a profit? - make a loss. The adjective is profitable. so if you make a profit, then your business is profitable. You have a profitable business.

¿Cómo se dice con respecto a in English? With regard to Repeat: with regard to - With regard to the new website design....

How do you say tratar con in English? - to deal with. Repeat: to deal with - I usually deal with the manager. Can we deal with this tomorrow? - And the past of deal is....dealt - Repeat: Dealt - I dealt with that yesterday. Have you dealt with it yet?

to go over means to review - repasar - I need to go over my presentation before the meeting.

The adjective outstanding can mean destacado, in a good way - He's an outstanding singer - Es un cantante exepcional. And in business it can also mean pendiente if we are talking about a problem or a debt (una deuda) -

Repeat: outstanding - an outstanding balance - un saldo pendiente - There is an outstanding balance on your account.

Misleading translates as engañoso - something is misleading if it gives you the wrong idea. Repeat: misleading - The figures are very misleading.

There are many expressions to describe trends in business English. Hacer caer is bring down. It's a phrasal verb - to bring down - Repeat: The recession has brought down profits. Derribar un gobierno is to bring down a government. And prices can also be brought down - Repeat: they've brought their prices down.

And finally, leave from work is permiso o licencia - One year's leave of absence - un año de permiso. To be on leave - estar o salir de permiso - She's on leave - She's on maternity leave.

Well, we'll be on leave until next month's cuaderno de inglés. Remember you can listen to all our previous podcasts at mansioningles.com and on iTunes. Thank you very much for listening to this podcast, and for being part of the community of La Mansión del Inglés.

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Aprender ingles gratis con La Mansion del Ingles. Un podcast para mejorar la gramatica, el vocabulario y la pronunciacion del ingles. Una leccion del ingles con ejemplos y ejercicios.

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Hello again. Welcome, and thank you for downloading this Mansión Inglés podcast. This is podcast number 52 recorded for August 2012.

Este mes, en el nivel básico practicamos hablando sobre la rutina diaria - Our daily routine

And in the intermediate section, some gerunds and infinitives, and opposites.

In the advanced section, some more idioms and more words which have multiple meanings.

As usual there's a business English exercise and many more ways to improve your English and take it to the next level. 

En los podcasts mensuales hablamos de los temas, vocabulario y ejercicios que salen en nuestro cuaderno mensual. Así podáis practicar la pronunciación y repasar el material del cuaderno. Si quieres recibir gratis el cuaderno cada mes, ver la trascripción de este podcast o leer los anteriores, vete a mansioningles.com y sigue los enlaces en la página principal.

So come on! - ¡Vamos alla! - let's get started con el nivel básico y la rutina diaria - Daily Routine. Voy a decir algunas expresiones relacionado con la rutina diaria y tu tienes que decir la traducción en inglés antes que la digo yo. Luego, repitela para practicar la pronunciación. Are you ready? ¿Estas listo?

despertarse  - to wake up   Repite: to wake up  

levantarse - to get up Repite: to get up

desayunar - to have breakfast Repite: to have breakfast

ducharse - to have a shower Repite: to have a shower        

vestirse - to get dressed Repite: to get dressed

ir al trabajo - to go to work Repite: to go to work

llegar al trabajo - to get to work Repite: to get to work

empezar el trabajo - to start work Repite: to start work

tomar un café - to have a coffee Repite: to have a coffee

Repite: I wake up at 6.30. - I get up at 6.35!

I get up late on Sundays.

I have coffee and toast for breakfast.

I have a shower before breakfast.      

I get dressed quickly (rápido) - I get dressed quickly.

I go to work by bus.

I get to work at 7.45.

I start work at 8 o'clock.

I have a coffee at 10.30.

Very good!  - ¡Muy bien!

 

In the intermediate section this month, we looked at some gerunds and infinitives.

After the verb surprise is it a gerund or an infinitive? - It's an infinitive. I was surprised to see or I was surprised to discover or I was surprised to hear etc.

What about the adjective busy? Is busy followed by a gerund or infinitive? I was busy....doing the report (gerund) - Repeat: I was busy doing the report  - She was busy answering her emails - They were busy getting ready for the party.

What about 'Thank you for....' - It's the preposition 'for' you should focus on because you always put a gerund after any preposition. Thank you for helping me. Repeat: Thank you for helping me. - Thanks for giving me a lift. I can't thank you enough for letting me stay for the weekend.

After the expression 'to be worth' (vale la pena) - What do you think, gerund or infinitive? It's worth.....+gerund - It's worth visiting the Louvre if you're in Paris. It might be worth trying different software - Are you sure it's worth going by car?

After 'be used to' which has the meaning of estar acostumbrado/a a is it gerund or infinitive? - 'be used to' - It's gerund - I'm not used to driving on the right. Repeat: I'm not used to driving on the right. - Are you used to eating so late? ¡OJO! -  It's the used to that means soler, tener el hábito de that takes the infinitive - For example, I used to live in London. I used to drive on the left. I used to have dinner at 6 o'clock.

What about after the expression to be happy? - I'm happy......to see you. - Repeat: I'm happy to see you - - I'm happy to see you again - I was happy to learn that you're coming to visit.

And after finish? - put a gerund. I've finished washing the car. I'll help you when I finish doing my homework.

Listen and repeat some examples:

He was surprised to discover the truth.

She’s busy doing the housework.

Thank you for giving me a hand.

It might be worth taking it back to the shop.

She’s not used to working late.

I’ll be happy to help you.

Have you finished doing the dishes?

Don’t forget to send us a message on Facebook.

We also looked at some opposites in the intermediate section. Listen and try to say the opposites before I do.

The opposite of sharp is.......blunt. This knife isn't sharp, it's blunt.

The opposite of tender meat is........ tough meat. Tender is soft and tough is hard. Be careful of the spelling of tough, it's really strange.T-O-U-G-H repeat. tough. - tough meat - this steak's really tough - How's the meat? It's a bit tough. - It's a bit tough.

The opposite of to take off for a plane is to........land. Repeat: We take off at 7 and we land around 9.30. - What time does the flight take off?

The opposite of agree is .........refuse. Well, it can also be to disagree. You agree with someone or you disagree with someone. But you can agree to do something or you can refuse to do something. Repeat: I agreed to take her to the station. She refused to lend me any money.

The opposite of catch a train is........to.... miss a train, or a bus or a plane. In Spanish you say to lose (perder). That always makes me smile when my students make that mistake. "I'm sorry I'm late, I lost the bus." You lost the bus? Where did you put it? It must be here somewhere. It was in my pocket five minutes ago, then it disappeared! - What's the past of catch? - Caught. Repeat: caught. We caught the last train. We nearly missed it.

The opposite of useful is.......useless. Repeat: useful - this new application is really useful. - useless - It's totally useless!

Speaking about the weather, the opposite of severe weather is mild weather. Repeat: severe - Canada has some severe weather. - Valencia has mild winters.

And finally, the opposite of to admit is......to deny (admitir y negar - admit and deny Repeat: He admitted stealing the money. - I denied eating the chocolate.

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There were more idioms this month in the advanced section. Let's see if you can remember the idioms if I say the Spanish equivalent.

For example, what's the English idiom for Sobre gustos no hay nada

escrito? gusto is taste and the idiom is - "There's no accounting for taste."

What about No se oia ni (el vuelo de) una mosca? - "There wasn't a sound to be heard."

The next one is Mas puede la pluma que la espada. This is a direct translation to English - “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

What about, Hierba mala nunca muere. or is it, Mala hierba nunca muere?

Think of good people for this translation not bad grass or bad weeds - “Only the good die young.” -

Next: Nada mejor que un ladron para atrapar a otro ladron.  translates to - “Set a thief to catch a thief.”

And finally, En una hora ne se gano Zamora  has the word Rome in it -         "Rome wasn't built in a day."

Now listen and repeat the idioms:

 “There's no accounting for taste.”

“There wasn't a sound to be heard.”

“The pen is mightier than the sword.”

“Only the good die young.”

“Set a thief to catch a thief.”

"Rome wasn't built in a day."   

Also in the advanced section of this month's newsletter we looked at some more words with multiple meanings. For example, you probably know that drill means taladro you drill holes in the wall. The dentist uses a drill on your teeth - erghhhh! I hate that. And also we can have a fire drill at work. A practice, in case of a fire. A drill bit es una broca and in the army, un unstructor militar is a drill instructor.

Bust was the next word. To go bust means ir(se) a la bancarrota, quebrar - during this recession many companies are going bust. And bust is also a ladies bosom or chest. What bust size are you? You may be asked ladies when you go to buy a bra in Marks and Spencers. In colloquial English to bust something means to break it. Who busted the remote control? Don't play with that, you'll bust it!

The word file is carpeta - a paper file or a digital file - and it's also a tool (una lima) - you file your nails with a file - a nailfile and you may need a file in carpentry or metalwork. You can also file a news report (presentar un reportaje), and you can file a law suit which means presentar or entablar una demanda - You can file for a divorce, although lets hope you never have to! As a verb it can mean to walk in line - to file past something. So, how would you translate " la multitud desfiló ante la tumba."? - the crowd filed past the tomb.

Iron is hierro and we can say that something is as hard as iron. The ground is as hard as iron. It's also una plancha. And I try to see and use my iron as infrequently as possible. I hate ironing, God I hate ironing! the verb is to iron and there's a phrasal verb to iron out which means to resolve, (poner en orden, limar diferencias). We need to iron out a few minor differences before we begin. In English, to "strike while the iron is hot" means to take advantage of something while the moment is most appropriate. We shouldn't wait, we should strike while the iron is hot. Take action now!

Bound as a verb means saltar - El perro iba dando saltos detrás de la bicicleta - The dog bounded along behind the bicycle. If you are bound (the adjective) you are tied up - literally, not figuratively - My hands were bound -  tenía las manos atadas - bounds also means limits - Su generosidad no tiene límites - Her generosity knows no bounds -  

Another popular expression is "Within the bounds of possibility" -  dentro de lo posible - Yes, of course we will do it if it's in the bounds of possibility.


In the Business English section, we looked at some more business English vocabulary.

Don't forget that we do business not make business, and we make money, not do money. So, we do business with people in order to make money. Repeat: do business, make money.

Trendy means moderno - A trendy item of clothing or a trendy hairstyle.

Iba vestida muy moderna or a la última moda.- She was wearing a very trendy outfit.

Este barrio se está poniendo de moda - This part of town is getting very trendy.

Repeat: trendy - a trendy shop - That's a very trendy shirt you're wearing. - It's a really trendy restaurant.

Make often translates as hacer - it can also mean 'manage to attend'. Listen:

I'm afraid I can't make Saturday - Me temo que el sábado no puedo.

We just made the 3 o'clock train - llegamos justo a tiempo para el tren de las tres.

Repeat: I can't make it - I'm sorry, I can't make it - Can you make it tomorrow? - Can you make it on Friday?

If you have a hard time doing something, it's difficult for you to do it. It was a difficult experience - mal trago o mal rato - I had a hard time getting over my divorce. - They gave me a hard time at the interview.

A great deal means a lot. - a great deal of money, a lot of money - Repeat: A great deal - We spent a great deal - We spent a great deal of money on the flat.

The learning curve is la curva de aprendizaje. Repeat: the learning curve - What's the learning curve like on this software? Is it easy to use? Can I learn quickly?

You can learn quickly with La Mansión del Inglés. Go to our website at mansioningles.com and improve your English.

Well, that's just about all we have time for now. Remember you can listen to all our previous podcasts at mansioningles.com and on iTunes. Thank you very much for listening to this podcast, and for being part of the community of La Mansión del Inglés.

Remember, If you want to contact us you can find us on Facebook. Just search Facebook for La Mansión del Inglés and join our growing community of fans. Or send an email to: mansionteachers@yahoo.es. You can also follow us on Twitter. Our Twitter name is MansionTwit.

Puedes ver el cuaderno mensual de este mes, y todos los cuadernos anteriores en www.cuadernodeingles.com/

También tenemos dos aplicaciones para el nivel principiante y el nivel básico a la venta en la tienda de iTunes. Para encontrarlas, busca imansionauto. El precio de cada aplicación es de 2,39 euros.

Until next month then, take care, keep practising and taking your English to the next level! Bye for now!

The music in this month’s podcast is by Revolution Void, the album is The Politics of Desire and the track is called Outer Orbit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Learn English free with podcasts from La Mansion del Ingles. Improve your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. This English lesson contains examples and exercises.

Hello again. Welcome,  and thank you for downloading this Mansión Inglés podcast. This is podcast number 51 recorded for July 2012.

Este mes, en el nivel básico practicamos las formas básicas de los verbos y la formación de las preguntas en inglés.

In the intermediate section, the superlative (el superlativo) y expresiones con GET.

In the advanced section, some more idioms and some words which have multiple meanings.

As usual there's a business English exercise and many more ways to improve your English and take it to the next level. 

En los podcasts mensuales hablamos de los temas, vocabulario y ejercicios que salen en nuestro cuaderno mensual. Así podáis practicar la pronunciación y repasar el material del cuaderno. Si quieres recibir gratis el cuaderno cada mes, ver la trascripción de este podcast o leer los anteriores, vete a mansioningles.com y sigue los enlaces en la página principal.

So, let's get started - vamos a empezar con el nivel básico.     

Escucha y repite las frases correctas conmigo.

Escucha: My sister wears glasses. - Mi hermana lleva gafas - No olvides la 's' de la tercera persona. - she wears - I wear, you wear,  she wears - repite: she wears - she wears glasses.

Alejandro studies law. -  he studies - repite: he studies - he studies law. (derecho) law - he's a lawyer - he studies law.

My brother has two children. Mi hermano tiene 2 hijos - I have. you have, he has, she has -  Repite: My brother has two children.

The shops close at 5.30. - las tiendas cierran a las cinco y media - Repite: five thirty - close - close at five thirty - The shops - The shops close at five thirty - They close at five thirty. ¿Es pronto no? En ingleterra, the shops close at five thirty. When do they close in Spain. At 8 o'clock? More or less - más o menos - more or less. In Spain, the shops close at 8 o'clock.

I don't do the housework. No hago yo la tareas domésticas - the housework (work es trabajo, house es casa - the housework - Las tareas domésticas) I Repite: housework - do the housework - I don't - I don't do the housework.

She loves computers. - Repite: computers - She loves - She loves computers.

In Spain people drive on the right. - Conducen a la derecha - ¡A la derecha! ¿Por que? Why? Why do you drive on the right in Spain? Why? In the UK we drive on the left. Repite: left - on the left - they drive on the left. In the UK they drive on the left - on the right - we drive on the right. In Spain, we drive on the right.

Pepito doesn't have coffee for breakfast.  Es el negativo del presente - se forma con doesn't en la tercera persona. He doesn't - He doesn't have - repite: He doesn't have - he doesn't have coffee - He doesn't have coffee for breakfast - He doesn't have coffee, he has tea.

Martin and Maria study with La Mansión del Inglés. - They study - Ellos estudian. Repite; they study - they study with us - they study with La Mansión del Inglés.

Good! - ¡Bien!

También en el nivel básico hemos praticado la formación de las preguntas.

Escucha y repite: 

What time do you get up?

When do they do the shopping?

When does the film start?

Where does she work?

How many hours does hework?

What food does she like?

How do you go to work?

Very good!  - ¡Muy bien!

In the intermediate section this month, we looked at some superlatives.

Listen and repeat:

It's the most expensive car in the world.

It's the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited.

It's the season I like the least.

It's the best website on the internet.

It's the longest distance I’ve ever travelled.

She's the most intelligent person I know.

It's the worst day of the week.

We studied vocabulary this month by focusing on expressions with GET. For example; get fit, get married, get dressed etc.

One use of GET is to become. If you get fit you become fit - en forma - I'm going to the gym because I want to get fit. I want to be fit, to become fit. I'm not fit now, but I want to get fit. to get in shape. Repeat: I want to get fit - I want to get in shape.

When the sun goes down it gets dark - it becomes dark. Repeat - to get dark - I turned the lights off and it suddenly got dark - Well yes......er...of course. If you turn off the lights of course it's going to get dark.

Get rich quick with this fantastic new system. Send me $20 euros and I'll tell you all about it. Get rich quick.

GET can also mean to obtain - obtener, conseguir o comprar. - I'm going into town to get a new dvd. I need to get a new credit card. Can you get some milk on your way home. Repeat: get some milk - get a new phone - I need to get anew office chair.

to get worse means empeorar - to deteriorate - the weather's getting worse. Repeat: the weather's getting worse. How's your dad? Is he still in hospital? - Yes, he's getting worse. What's the opposite of get worse? - get better. Repeat:  I'm getting better - I'm getting better at English. My English is getting better. How's your leg? - It's getting better thanks.

You can GET MARRIED and you can GET DIVORCED - you can use the verbs to marry and to divorce, but in spoken English, it's more common to use GET - Repeat: I'm getting married - When are you getting married? She got married last week. - Are they getting divorced? - They got divorced last year. ¡OJO! Remember that you get married TO someone (not 'with') and divorced FROM someone.

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There were more idioms this month in the advanced section. Let's see if you can remember the idioms if I say the Spanish equivalent.

For example, what's the English idiom for El infierno esta llenado de buenos propositos, y el cielo de buenas obras? - Something to do with hell and good intentions...The road to hell is paved with good intentions. - The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

What about: Donde hay humo, hay calor. - There's no smoke without fire. - There's no smoke without fire.

and Mas sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo. - There's nothing about the devil in the English translation, but there is the word experience - There's no substitute for experience. (That's true!) There's no substitute for experience.

The next idiom is Hay mucho más peces en el mar - That's an easy direct translation - There are plenty more fish in the sea. Repeat: There are plenty more fish in the sea.

El tiempo pasa inexorablemente. - You can't stop the passage of time. In the words of Pink Floyd on their Dark Side of the Moon album - "You run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking. - In English the idiom is - Time and tide wait for no man. - tide is la marea. Time and tide wait for no man.

And finally, Cada quien tiene su manera de matar pulgas. - The translation isn't about fleas (pulgas) but about taking the skin off of a cat. There's more than one way to skin a cat. - There's more than one way to skin a cat.

Now listen and repeat the idioms:

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

“There's no smoke without fire.”

“There's no substitute for experience.”

“There are plenty more fish in the sea.”

“Time and tide wait for no man.”

“There's more than one way to skin a cat.”

Also in the advanced section of this month's newsletter we looked at some words with multiple meanings. For example fine can translate as fino and a common collocation is a fine line. For example, there's a fine line between love and hate. But fine can also be bien. Ok. Parking fine - has aparcado muy bien. And also una multa. the verb multar is to fine. I was fined for parking on a zebra crossing, and that explains my bad joke. If you have parking fine on the windscreen (parabrisas) of your car is it a multa or a compliment?

The weather can also be fine. It was a fine day. It rained in the morning, but the afternoon turned out fine.

Our second word was pinch - a pinch of salt - a pinch of salt is a small quantity of salt. I think you say pizca in Spanish. If you feel the pinch you notice the difference in a negative way. At the moment we're feeling the pinch of the recession.

In British English slang to pinch something means to steal it. Steal is a strong word with very negative connotations. "You stole the money!" To pinch makes it sound softer, not such a crime. Another slang verb for steal is to nick - N-I-C-K- We nicked a car when we were drunk. There was a wallet inside, so we pinched that too!

You've probably heard of a baseball bat and a cricket bat, but what about to bat an eyelid. Eyelids are párpados and to bat an eyelid is not to react in response to something surprising or shocking - Nobody even batted an eyelid = Nadie siquiera se inmuta - When I told her I was thinking of having a sex change operation she didn't even bat an eyelid.

A bat is of course un murciélago which is on the flag of Valencia, where I live.

A tip is una propina - you leave a tip in a restaurant if the service was good. TIP is an abbreviation of To Insure Promptness - T-I-P. To make sure you are served well and in good time. Repeat: How much tip should I leave? A tip is also un consejo. If you want some tips on how to improve your English, watch the latest videos on our YouTube channel. There are some very good tips there.

Do you know what it's like to know something, but you just can't quite say it. You know it, an actor's name or someone you met at a party or a place you visited during your last holiday. You KNOW it but you just can't remember it. So it's on the tip of your tongue. - Repeat: It's on the tip of my tongue.

A spell is un encanto - Witches (las brujas) cast spells - She'll cast a spell on you.

Spell can also be a period of time. Repeat:  I'm going out for a spell. We also typically use spell to talk about the weather. Repeat: We're having a cold spell at the moment. It's a spell of bad weather.

The verb to spell is deletrear - Repeat: Can you spell it for me, please? - Can you spell it for me, please?

In the Business English section, we looked at some more business English vocabulary.

to be late - Repeat: I'm late - he's late - Why are you late? - He was 15 minutes late.

The verb to handle, when you're speaking about a situation means manejar. If it refers to people it means tratar. Repeat: She can handle the situation. He can't handle so much work. How are you handling the project? He's a difficult person to handle.

to turn around means darse la vuelta, but if a situation turns around it usually improves. Things are not looking good, but if we all work hard I'm sure we can turn things around. Repeat: to turn around. We can turn this situation around.

Another phrasal verb with turn is to turn down which means to refuse rechazar. Repeat: I turned the job down - I turned it down. He made me a good offer, but I turned it down.

Continuing with phrasal verbs, if you get behind something you support it. We need more people to get behind our proposal. Repeat: get behind. If you get behind me on this, I'm sure we can make it work.

The minimum wage is the lest amount of money an employer can legally pay an employee. The minimum wage in Spain is 633 euros per month, but in Chile it's the equivalent of 267 euros per month. That's the minimum wage in Chile. Unfortunately, many employers pay workers less than the minimum wage.

If you outsource work you pay someone outside your company or business to do the work instead of doing it inside the company. source is fuente and out=fuera - outsource - un fuente de fuera. Outsourcing work and services is often a better option and can save companies a lot of money. Repeat: outsource - We outsourced the web design.

A dispute is polémica in Spanish, controversia. - The matter is still in or under dispute -  aún no se ha llegado a un acuerdo sobre el asunto

The verb to dispute means discutir o cuestionar. - I don't dispute the fact that we need to cut back on expenditure. Repeat: to dispute - I dispute the fact. It's under dispute - the decision is under dispute.

Well, that's just about all we have time for, for now. Remember you can listen to all our previous podcasts at mansioningles.com and on iTunes. Thank you very much for listening to this podcast, and for being part of the community of La Mansión del Inglés.

 

Remember, If you want to contact us you can find us on Facebook. Just search Facebook for La Mansión del Inglés and join our growing community of fans. Or send us an email at: mansionteachers@yahoo.es. You can also follow us on Twitter. Our Twitter name is MansionTwit.

Puedes ver el cuaderno mensual de este mes, y todos los cuadernos anteriores en cuadernodeingles.com

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Until next month then, take care, keep practising and taking your English to the next level! Bye for now!

 

The music in this month’s podcast is by Revolution Void, the album is The Politics of Desire and the track is called Outer Orbit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello again. Welcome,  and thank you for downloading this Mansión Inglés podcast. This is podcast number 50 (wow! I can't believe we've done 50 podcasts already). This one is recorded for June 2012.

Este mes, en el nivel básico practicamos el past continuous y también te cuento sobre un día diaria de un prof del inglés.

In the intermediate section, phrasal verbs with TAKE and some grammar revision on The Passive.

In the advanced section, some more idioms and some advanced collocations.

As usual there's a business English exercise and many more ways to improve your English and take it to the next level. 

En los podcasts mensuales hablamos de los temas, vocabulario y ejercicios que salen en nuestro cuaderno mensual. Así podáis practicar la pronunciación y repasar el material del cuaderno. Si quieres recibir gratis el cuaderno cada mes, ver la trascripción de este podcast o leer los anteriores, vete a mansioningles.com y sigue los enlaces en la página principal.

So, let's get started - vamos a empezar con el nivel básico.     

El 'past continuous' o 'past progressive' se emplea para acciones pasadas en proceso de realización. Es decir, lo que ocurría o estaba ocurriendo en el pasado.

Por ejemplo: I was having lunch at 2 o’clock. - Estaba comiendo a las 2.

What were you doing when I phoned? - ¿Qué estabas haciendo cuando llamé?

They weren’t sitting in the restaurant when we arrived. - No estaban sentado en el restaurante cuando llegamos.

Se forma con el pasado del verbo auxiliar to be + el verbo+ing

Escucha, I was having lunch - I was (was=el pasado del verbo to be) having (el verbo 'have' + ing) lunch. Repite: lunch - having lunch - I was - I was having lunch. El verbo auxiliar was se dice debilmente. Escucha I was - I was having - I was having lunch. Repite: I was - I was having - I was having lunch.

Se puede emplear el past continuous y el past simple juntos. En este caso, el past continuous se usa para la accion más larga y el past simple para la accion más corta.

She sent (past simple) me a text message while I was waiting (past continuous) for her.

I was having a shower when she arrived. - Estaba duchando cuando ella llegó.

Escucha y repite algunos ejemplos del past continuous.

I was driving to work.

They were talking about football.

She was eating a hamburger.

The sun was shining.

The birds were singing.

He was drinking whisky.

They were shopping.

I was waiting for the bus.

Very good! ¡Muy bien!

También en el nivel básico este mes hemos estudiado un día en la vida de un profesor del inglés. Tal vez sería más interesante leer sobre un día de un futbolista, un cantante famoso o un actor de Hollywood, pero dicen que hay que escribir sobre lo que sabes, lo que conoces, entonces aquí es un día de mi vida. Escucha.

 

            A Day in the Life of an English Teacher

I get up at 7.30 or 8 o'clock and I have breakfast. I usually have cereal for breakfast and a strong cup of coffee.

While (mientras) I have breakfast I look at the news and the weather on my phone.

At 8.30 I sit down at my desk and start working.

I check (revisar, mirar) my email and write messages on Facebook and Twitter.

Then I work on my lessons and correct my student's homework.

At 11 o'clock I have a coffee break and at 12 I go to the gym for an hour to do some exercise.

I have lunch at 2pm and I usually have a short siesta for 15 minutes.

I usually have class in the afternoon and I teach until 9.30 or 10 o'clock at night. I always drive to work. My school is only (solo) about 15 or 20 minutes from my flat.

I have something to eat when I get home and I watch TV to relax for an hour before I go to bed. Sometimes I read in bed until I fall asleep.

Escucha y repite los siguientes frases:

I get up at 7.30

I have cereal for breakfast.

I look at the news - I look at the weather - I look at the news on my phone.

I sit down at my desk. - I sit down - I sit down at my desk

I check my email

I have a coffee break - have a - have a break - have a coffee break - I have a coffee break

I go to the gym

I do some exercise - do exercise - do some exercise - I do some exercise

I have lunch at 2 - have lunch - I have lunch at 2

I have a siesta

I always drive to work

I get home at 9 o'clock

I have something to eat

I watch TV

I relax - foranhour - for an hour - foranhour - repeat: foran - foranhour - I relax for an hour

I go to bed - goto - go to bed - I go to bed

I read in bed

I fall asleep

¡Estupendo! - Fantastic!

 

In the intermediate section this month, we looked at some phrasal verbs with take. For example: take out, take after, take up etc.

If you take out a DVD, you rent a DVD. Repeat: Take out a DVD. Shall we take our a dvd? Do you fancy taking out a film tonight?

If something takes up your time it occupies your time. What takes up your time? Work takes up a lot of my time. If you have a family, maybe most of your free time is taken up by your children. Repeat: What takes up your time? My children take up my free time.

If you are similar to your mum or dad in character, personality or appearance, you can use the phrasal verb to take after. I take after my dad in looks, but I take after my mum in character. I take after her. Repeat: I take after my mum - you take after your dad!

To take off means to remove - Repeat: Please take off your shoes. Would you like to take off your coat.

To take up means to begin a new pastime or hobby. Repeat: take up -  take up photography. I've taken up photography. When did you take up the piano?

If you take something back you return it. I'm taking this back to the shop. Repeat: to take it back - Why don't you take it back? It doesn't work - no funciona. Repeat: It doesn't work, take it back - take it back to the shop and ask for a refund. - Que devuelven el dinero - ask for a refund.

Cuidarse a alguien to take care of someone. My sister takes care of my mum. She looks after her - Repeat: to look after - to take of - Can you take care of my dog this weekend?

Will you take care of me when I get old?

If you don't go to work one day you can say that you took the day off. Repeat: to take the day off - If you're not well, if you're sick you can say I'm off sick - I was off sick last week. Repeat: Can I take the day off tomorrow? - Why don't you take a day off? - I need to take tomorrow afternoon off.

To take up can mean to begin a new hobby. It can also mean to make clothes shorter. If your trousers are too long, you take them up. If you a buy a dress that's too long, you can take it up. You can take up sleeves on a jacket (las mangas) repeat: take up the sleeves. Can you take up the sleeves please? - You can get the trousers taken up.

If a company takes on more staff it employs more workers. That's not happening much in Europe these days unfortunately, but sometimes companies do take on new people. Repeat: take on more staff. We took on 4 new web designers last month.

And finally, if you take to someone you like them. To take to someone - I met a friendly woman yesterday and I took to her immediately. I felt comfortable with her

Repeat: I took to him straight away. I took to her immediately.

Ok good. Now, we also revised some passive grammar in the form of FCE transformation exercises.

So, I'll say the active sentence and I want you to say the same sentence, in the passive, before I do. Then repeat the sentence to practise the pronunciation. Ok? Ready? Here we go.

A friend of mine showed us a great new shop.

We were shown a great new shop by a friend of mine.

They won't allow you to take photos inside.

You won't be allowed to take photos inside.

They should look into privacy on the Internet.

Privacy needs looking into/to be looked into on the Internet.

They grow a lot of rice in China.

A lot of rice is grown in China.

The government took over another bank.

Another bank was taken over/has been taken over by the government.

My neighbour took care of my plants.

My plants were taken care of my neighbour.

They say children are becoming more hyperactive.

Children are said to be becoming more hyperactive

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There were more idioms this month in the advanced section. Let's see if you can remember the idioms if I say the Spanish equivalent.

For example, what's the English idiom for Nunca llueve a gusto de todos. - I'll give you a clue. It has the word meat in it. And the word poison. Any idea? No? One man's.....meat is another man's poison.

What about, Un loco hace cien. Some thing to do with apples.......in a barrel -  “One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel” - “One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel”

What was the translation of “Penny wise, pound foolish.” - Lo barato sale caro. My grandmother used to say that a lot. Penny wise (wise es sabio), pound foolish (a fool es un tonto/a and foolish is the adjective). - “Penny wise, pound foolish.”

Hablando del rey de Roma...y éste que se asoma. - We don't use the King od Rome in this idiom, we use the devil. "Speak of the Devil - Speak of the Devil (and he's sure to appear)." - Actually, I probably wouldn't say the last bit, just "speak of the devil". Imagine you're speaking about someone (behind their back, perhaps) and suddenly they're right there in front of you. Ah look who it is! Speak of the devil!

Nadie esta contento con su suerte. - Do you remember this one? Something about grass being green - “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” - That's one of my favourite idioms actually. I think many of us take the things we have  for granted. to take for granted - dar por sentado - Yes we take things for granted. we take our health for granted we take our family and our friends for granted sometimes, we don't really value and appreciate the things we have and the grass often looks greener on the other side of the fence. Out neighbour's car is better than ours. His job is better paid,  and it must be better to live in the US than in Spain.....not necessarily!

Our final idiom is No se sabe si algo es bueno hasta que se lo pone a prueba - the English love their desserts, cakes, biscuits and sweets. This idiom had a pudding in it “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” To prove the pudding is good you have to eat it - to taste it - "The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” - In the business world that would be something like "Try before you buy".

Now listen and repeat the idioms:

One man's meat is another man's poison.

One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel

Penny wise, pound foolish.

Speak of the Devil (and he's sure to appear).

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Also in the advanced section of this months newsletter we looked at some vocabulary collocation.

To bring up to date means actualizar algo. Have you brought the new manager up to date? Can you bring me up to date on what you've been doing? up to date - al día - to keep up to date is mantenerse al día o mantenerse actualizado - repeat: Please keep me up to date - keep the data base up to date.

pay someone a compliment sounds strange because pay means pagar - pay with money? no (it's a strong collocation) - the words pay and compliment like to go together - to pay a compliment means give a compliment. She paid me a lovely compliment the other day.

If you give something priority you prioritize it (priorizar) - Repeat: priority - give this priority - give this top priority. We need to give this project top priority.

To be able to put people at their ease is a wonderful quality to have. If you put someone at their ease, maybe they're nervous or tense and you calm them down. you make them feel comfortable. The dentist put me at my ease as soon as I sat in the chair. I was nervous before the interview, but the director cracked a few bad jokes and put me at my ease.

If you put something down to experience you decide that instead of being angry or upset about something bad that you have done or that has happened, you will learn from it.  'I'm so ashamed. I let him take advantage of me.' 'Don't be so hard on yourself. Just put it down to experience.'

In the Business English section, we looked at some business English vocabulary.

To make a fortune means to make a lot of money - una fortuna Repeat: to make a fortune. He make a fortune on the stock market.

Another way of saying "he was fired" is "he was shown the door." Do you remember the expression "We're letting you go" That's a soft, gentle way of giving bad news - "We're firing you" or "You've got the sack" - are both direct and maybe brutal ways of breaking the news. To be shown the door is a not very nice way to say the same thing. He was a really bad salesman and eventually they showed him the door. This is the door - use it!

A company that is quite new is often called a start-up, or a start-up company, and it's very common in the hi tech world of the internet, web design, mobile devices, social media and new media. - a start-up.

If a person stands in for someone, they do that person's job on a temporary basis until that person comes back to work. For example. your secretary is pregnant and goes on maternity leave for 6 months. Maybe you bring a temporary secretary from a different department to stand in for her. Repeat: to stand in - to stand in for someone - She's standing in for Maria who is on holiday at the moment.

I have to stand in for my wife and make lunch today, so we'll stop there for now. Remeber you can listen to all our previous podcasts at mansioningles.com and on iTunes. Thank you very much for listening to this podcast, and for being part of the community of La Mansión del Inglés.

Remember, If you want to contact us you can find us on Facebook. Just search Facebook for La Mansión del Inglés and join our growing community of fans. Or send an email to: mansionteachers@yahoo.es. You can also follow us on Twitter. Our Twitter name is MansionTwit.


Puedes ver el cuaderno mensual de este mes, y todos los cuadernos anteriores en www.cuadernodeingles.com/

También tenemos dos aplicaciones para el nivel principiante y el nivel básico a la venta en la tienda de iTunes. Para encontrarlas, busca imansionauto. El precio de cada aplicación es de 2,39 euros.

Until next month then, take care, keep practising and taking your English to the next level! Bye for now!

 

The music in this month’s podcast is by Revolution Void, the album is The Politics of Desire and the track is called Outer Orbit.

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello again. Welcome,  and thank you for downloading this Mansión Inglés podcast. This is podcast number 49 recorded for May 2012.

Este mes, en el nivel básico practicamos vocabulario y colocaciones de los verbos. In the intermediate section holiday vocabulary and question words and in the advanced section, some more idioms for you and advanced vocabulary. There's business English as usual this month and, of course, an activity for you to do with your kids and many more ways to improve your English and take it to the next level. 

En los podcasts mensuales hablamos de los temas, vocabulario y ejercicios que salen en nuestro cuaderno mensual. Así podáis practicar la pronunciación y repasar el material del cuaderno. Si quieres recibir gratis el cuaderno cada mes, ver la trascripción de este podcast o leer los anteriores, vete a mansioningles.com y sigue los enlaces en la página principal.

So, let's get started - vamos a empezar con el nivel básico y el repaso de gramática.

She can't speak English - Ella no puede hablar inglés. Repite: English - speak English - She can't - she can't speak English. - she can't speak English

Do you like shopping? - ¿Te gusta ir de compras? - Yes, I love it - Si, me encanta. No olvides el it - el objeto. Escucha: I love it - I lovit. - Repite: I love it - I hate it - I like it - I like it very much - very much - mucho - repite: very much - I like it very much.

Is that Juan and Cristina's car? - No, theirs is the Ford Fiesta. - theirs - suya - repite: theirs - it's their car - it's theirs - theirs is the Ford Fiesta - Repite: theirs is the blue car - theirs is the Ford Fiesta

Sarah didn’t work yesterday - Sarah no trabajó ayer Escucha: Sarah didn’t work yesterday. Repite: yesterday - work yesterday - didn't work - Sarah didn't work yesterday.

How many people were there at the meeting yesterday? - yesterday - ayer - people - gente (one person - two people - three people - how many people?) - How many people were there - were there - pasado plural - repite: How many - how many people were there? - How many people were there at the meeting?

Pepito usually walks to work - He usually walks - Repite: He usually walks - He usually walks to work - He sometimes takes the train - He usually walks - He occasionally drives to work - He never takes the bus

Good! También hemos practicado cambiando algunas frases al negativo. Escucha: Emma is a teacher (afirmativo) - Emma isn't a teacher (negativo)

Escucha y repite las siguientes frases:

I like Japanese food. - I don’t like Japanese food.

She's married. - She's not married.                  

I like vegetables. - I don’t like vegetables.                  

He likes video games. - He doesn’t like video games. 

They live near the beach. - They don’t live near the beach. 

My parents smoke. - My parents don't smoke. 

Today is Tuesday. - Today isn’t Tuesday.                    

I like horror films. - I don’t like horror films.           

He swims very well. - He doesn't swim very well. 

She's a doctor. - She isn't a doctor.   

            

In the intermediate section this month, we looked at some common collocations with the verbs have, make, take and do. Listen and repeat: 

to make a mistake - Try not to make any mistakes.

hacer una foto - To take a photo - Would you mind taking a photo of us? - Could you take a photo of me and my wife?

To make progress is to advance, to go forward - We're making progress - We're making progress on the web site design.

hacer un descanso - To have a rest - you look tired. Why don't you have a rest? - Repeat: Have a - have a rest - Have a rest for a few minutes.

tener sentido - To make sense - It doesn't make sense - no tiene sentido. Repeat: It doesn't make sense - This doesn't make any sense.

hacer la compra/las compras - To do the shopping. Repeat: do the shopping - Did you do the shopping today? - Who's going to do the do the shopping?

to have a talk with someone means to speak with them seriously. - to have a talk - I need to have a talk with you about the sales promotion.

fregar/lavar los platos - To do the washing-up - I usually do the washing up in the evening. - I usually do the washing up in our house. My wife does the cooking and I do the washing up.

reprender  - To have words - To have words with someone is to tell them off or to argue with them. Repeat: to have words - to have words with - My boss had words with me. - I'm going to have words with my secretary about her negative attitude.

Do homework/housework ('work' usually collocates with ‘do’, so you do homework (deberes) and you do housework (trabajo de la casa). Most things in the house you do (do the washing, do the washing-up, do the cleaning, do the ironing, do the shopping etc. The bed is an exception. You make the bed! - Did you make the bed?)

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There were more idioms this month in the advanced section. Let's see if you can remember the idioms if I say the Spanish equivalent.

For example, what's the English idiom for Amor a primera vista? - Love.. at first sight. Repeat: Love at first sight. When I saw her it was love at first sight.

The Spanish idiom "No solo de pan vive el hombre" in English is.... Man cannot live by bread alone. - Repeat: Man cannot live by bread alone.

Do you remember the translation of " El trabajo compartido es más llevadero."? - Many hands make light work. Repeat: Many hands make light work. - Come on, let's do it together. Many hands make light work.

Vístanme despacio que estoy de afán. (I'm sorry about my Spanish pronounciation.) Vístanme despacio que estoy de afán. In English it is.... More haste, less speed - Do it faster but do it well. Repeat: More haste, less speed

La necesidad hace maestros. in English is... Do you remember this one? - Necessity is the mother of invention. - Repeat: Necessity is the mother of invention.

And finally, No hay miel sin hiel. translates to.... No pain, no gain. - Repeat: No pain, no gain.”

We also looked at some vocabulary connected to lying and deception this month.

We all tell lies occasionally, some of us more than others, but it sounds better, we feel better, if we call a lie a fib - a fib is a small lie - a white lie. This word is used often with children. Are you telling fibs? Repeat: fib -  to tell fibs - Are you telling fibs?

He lied so convincingly that I was completely taken in and believed everything he said. If you are taken in you are deceived by someone or something. Repeat: I was taken in. I was completely taken in by the email and sent 10,000 euros to Nigeria. I was completely taken in by her sweet smile.

A hoax is an act intended to deceive or trick someone. - Un engaño - Repeat: The whole situation turned out to be a hoax. In the end, it was all a hoax.

A conman is estafador o timador in Spanish. Repeat: conman - A number of conmen are known to be operating in the area. I'm sure her boyfriend is a conman.

A fabrication es una invención o una mentira. Repeat: fabrication - to fabricate is the verb. She was accused of fabricating information. Repeat: She was accused of fabricating information. The story was fabricated to sell magazines.

The phrasal verb to put on can mean to fake or affect. The player wasn't injured but he was putting it on to get a free kick. - I don't think he's really sick. He's just putting it on because he doesn't want to go to school.


In the Business English section, we looked at some business English vocabulary.

If you expand your business you increase the size of it. You take on more staff or move into a bigger office or factory. Repeat: to expand - we expanded our business - we're growing and we need to expand.

If you are on first name terms with someone you use their first name and not their family name. If you are introduced to someone in a formal business situation, you should use their family name until they tell you to use their first name. So for a man you say "Mr." Would you like to take a seat Mr. Smith? For a woman use Mrs. (if she's married) - Repeat: Mrs. - Can I take your coat Mrs. Jones? and use Miss if she is single - Repeat: Miss - Would you like some water Miss Harvey?

If you don't know if she's married or not (or if she doesn't want you to know!) the term is Ms. Repeat: Ms. - "May I introduce Ms. Jenkins."

Very often they will invite you to use their first name. "Please, call me Steven" - "Please, call me Juan." Repeat: "Please call me Juan." "Please, call me Julia."

North Americans, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders are usually more informal in business, and will prefer to be on first name terms immediately. Many British people however, especially the older generation, may prefer the more formal Mr. and Mrs.

He is the head of the accounting department means that he's in charge of the accounting department. Repeat: the head of - He's the head of accounting - She's the head of personnel - In charge of -  I'm in charge of security - She's in charge of marketing

If someone tells you that they are tied up, it doesn't mean that someone physically tied them up with rope (una cuerda), although to tie up does mean atar in Spanish, but it also means to be occupied - estar ocupado - Repeat: I'm tied up - I'm sorry, I'm tied up - I'm tied up right now. - She's tied up with a client at the moment.

Would it be convenient for you if we met on Friday morning? - No confundas comfortable and convenient. Los dos se puede traducir como cómodo. Pero convienient es conveniente o oportuno/a. Listen: This sofa is lovely and soft. It's really comfortable. I'm sorry, but 3 o'clock isn't a very convenient time for me. Can we meet at 5.30? Repeat: It's a comfortable sofa - It's a comfortable bed. - It's not convenient for me. Is it convenient for you to come in the morning?

I'm a very positive and optimistic person. I always look on the bright side. - Always look on the bright side of life (said Monty Python) Always look on the bright side of life - el lado bueno de la vida. Repeat: on the bright side - Look on the bright side.

Unfortunately, we have to finish there for this episode. We hope you are looking on the bright side and we wish you all the best. Thank you very much for listening to this podcast, and for being part of the community of La Mansión del Inglés.

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Hello again. Welcome,  and thank you for downloading this Mansión Inglés podcast. This is podcast number 48 recorded for April 2012.

Este mes, en el nivel básico practicamos vocabulario y colocaciones de los verbos. In the intermediate section holiday vocabulary and question words and in the advanced section, some more idioms for you and advanced vocabulary. There's business English as usual this month and, of course, an activity for you to do with your kids and many more ways to improve your English and take it to the next level. 

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So, let's get started - vamos a empezar con el nivel básico y los grupos de palabras. Primero los verbos irregulares. ¿Qué es el pasado del verbo make? - made, y el pasado del verbo speak? - spoke - y el pasado del verbo buy? - bought. Muy bien!Repite: make - made - speak - spoke - buy - bought

A person who teaches is called a teacher - That's me! I'm a teacher - a person who works in science is called a scientist, and a person who acts is called an actor (for a man) or an actress (for a woman, pero he dado cuanta que muchas actizes hoy prefieren que las llaman actor aunque son mujeres.) - Repite: teacher, scientist, actor, actress.

oranges are fruit - Fruit es un sustantivo incontable. Decimos some fruit.  - tennis is a  sport - and tables are furniture. Furniture también es un sustantivo incontable. Decimos some furniture o a piece of furniture. No se dice X a furniture X. Repite: oranges - oranges, apples, bananas and pears are fruit. - Would you like some fruit? - I'd like an orange. - tennis - Do you do any sport? - Yes, I play tennis - I like your furniture. - furniture - That's a nice piece of furniture - You've got some nice furniture.

Forty - sixty - eighty - Repite: Forty - sixty - eighty - 14 - 16 - 18 nota como cambia el estrés de la primera sílaba al segunda:  - 40 - 14 - 60 - 16 - 80 - 18 - Repite: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90

¡Muy bien!

Spain es un sustantivo,  Spanish es el adjetivo. Repite: Spain, I live in Spain - Spanish . I'm Spanish - I like Spanish music - It's Spanish food - ¿Qué es el adjectivo de France? - French ¿y Italy? - Italian - Repite: French - French food is wonderful - Italian - Do you like Italian cars?

¿Sabes como decir las siguientes palabras en inglés? Si las sabes, di las antes que yo:

padre - father

hijo - son              

madre - mother

hija - daughter

padres - parents             

abuelo - grandfather

nieto - grandson

Good!

first - second and third son números ordenales - repite: first - second - third - The first floor - la primera planta - the first floor, the second floor. I live on the second floor - It's on the second floor. - It's on the third floor.

¿Qué es el contrario de old (viejo)? - new (nuevo) o young (joven) - contrario en inglés es opposite - repite: opposite? What's the opposite? - What's the opposite of old? - young or new

What's the opposite of cheap? - expensive - What's the opposite of easy? - difficult - Repite: difficult - The opposite of easy is difficult.

January, February, August, September, May and June are all months of the year - Repite: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

Intenta aprender las colocaciones en inglés - las palabras que van juntas muy a menudo - por ejemplo Football and play - to play football - We play many sports - We play tennis, play rugby, play basketball and play baseball - love (el amor) ¿Qué verbo va con love?- make - to make love - make war - make peace (la paz) - make mistakes - make friends and make coffee - exercise we do - Repite: to do exercise - If you play tennis you're doing exercise - You also do English exercises - If you do homework, you do exercises. - But don't make mistakes!

En el segundo ejercicio - In the second exercise there were more collocations - habían más colocaciones con los verbos. Escucha y repite: make a noise - hacer un ruido - to make a noise - Shhhhhh! Don't make a noise - Why are you making a noise?

stay in a hotel - Which hotel did you stay in? - Are you going to stay in a hotel? - We stayed in a nice hotel.

¿Cómo se dice hacer fotos en inglés? - take photos - Repite: take photos - Do you like taking photos?

Reservar en inglés es to reserve - repite: to reserve - reserve a room - reserve a table - reserve a hotel room, reserve a table in a restaurant - Reserve es un verbo - ¿Qué es el sustantivo? - reservation - Repite: reservation - decimos make a reservation - repite: make a reservation. I'd like to make a reservation. - Excuse me, I'd like to make a reservation please.

Send an e-mail - send es mandar - Repite: send an email - send me an email -  Please send me an email - Can you send me an email? - send es irregular - el pasado es sent -con 't' - repite: I sent the email - I sent you an email. - Did you send me an email?

¿Cómo se dice montar en inglés - montar una bicicleta? - to ride a bike - repite: ride a bike - I can ride a bike - Can you ride a bike? - ride a horse - Ride a motorbike. Ride también es un verbo irregular - el pasado es rode - repite: rode - I rode a horse - I rode a motorbike.

to put on glasses - poner gafas - put on es un phrasal verb - put + on - /puton/ - Repite: put on - put on your glasses - put on a jacket - It's cold, put on a jacket - put on my jeans.

to say goodbye - decir adios - Repite: say goodbye - say something in French - say my name - say it again - repitelo - say it again. - el pasado de say es said - He said goodbye - He said no - What did he say? - What did you say? - Say it in English!

In the intermediate section this month, we looked at some holiday vocabulary. Well, it's nearly time for holidays isn't it? No holiday for me this Easter - Well , maybe I'll have a holiday in August, I'll see.

Remember, before we go on holiday we make reservations - We reserve a hotel, we reserve a flight and sometimes we reserve a tour or an excursion - We make reservations. It's especially important to make reservations when you go on holiday during high season or peak season - When it's really busy and expensive. August, Christmas and Easter time are typically peak season.

How do you say tienda de campaña en inglés? - a tent. I don't like tents very much - I don't often go camping - I've been camping a few times in the past, but I haven't been camping for years. When you go camping, what's the name of the place where you put the tent? It's a camp site - not X a camping X - camping in English is the activity - to go camping. Another useful word is caravan - caravana - Hmm..caravans - I don't like those very much either. I prefer a nice comfortable hotel.

¿Cómo se dice tomar el sol en ingés? - No, it's not X take the sun X - se traduce de otra manera. It's to sunbathe - Repeat: sunbathe - to sunbathe on the beach - to sunbathe next to the pool - the swimming pool - Do you like sunbathing? - I don't mind if I've got a book to read or some good music to listen to, but I usually get bored after a couple of hours. and sunbathing can be dangerous if you do it for too long. It's not good for your skin.

To cool off after sunbathing for a while, go for a swim in the sea. To go for a swim or go for a dip D-I-P dip significa mojar - mojarte en el mar - go for a dip in the sea. Go for a swim. no se dice X have a bath in the sea X - If you have a bath, you're probably in your hotel room, in your bathroom. It's a false friend for bañarse.

When you stay in a hotel and you pay for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you have full-board - notice the pronunciation, it's /bord/ not board - repeat: board - full board. If you only pay for breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner, it's half-board. And if you only have breakfast. it's bed and breakfast.

To go sightseeing means to see the sights in a place. What are the sights in London? Well, there's Buckingham Palace, where the Queen lives. There's Beckingham Palace, where David Beckham lives. There's St Paul's Cathedral, The Houses of Parliament, The London Eye and don't forget Harrods, of course. The sights of London - to go sightseeing - Repeat: sightseeing - to go sightseeing - We're going sightseeing in Paris.

Travel is often used as a verb - I travel, you travel - Do you travel often? But as a noun we prefer the word trip - Repeat: trip - to go on a trip - I'm going on a trip next week - Is it a business trip? - We went on a trip to Milan.

Pasar is another false friend - Pasar - to pass - How did you spend your holiday? No se dice, XHow did you pass your holidayX.  Time passes, yes. You can say the time passed really quickly - Our holiday passed so quickly. We spent most of the time on the beach.

To fly is the verb (volar) - What is the noun? Do you know? - It's flight - Repeat: flight. How was the flight? - When does your flight leave? - Was the flight expensive? - How much is the flight? - Did you have a good flight? - A great question that when you meet someone at the airport. - I always ask it - Hi! How are you? Did you have a good flight? How was the flight?

Also in the intermediate section, we practised some question words. Listen and repeat the following questions.

What was the hotel like?

How was the flight?

Where's the swimming pool?

Are you hungry?

Do you feel hungry?

How about going out? - How about going out for a drink?

How do you like your room?

Where's the nearest supermarket?

How do we get to the centre?

When does the bank open?

Are you having a good time?

Are you enjoying yourself?

Have you finished that book yet?

Why don't you try the fish?

What time does it close?

When are we going to the beach?

Are you doing anything tonight?

What are you listening to?

When are you getting up?

Is it expensive?

How much is it?

How much does it cost?

Would you like to have dinner with me?

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There were more idioms this month in the advanced section. Let's see if you can remember the idioms if I say the translation in my bad Spanish accent.

For example, what's the English idiom for Mejor es no menearlo. or Mejor no revolver el asunto. - It has something to do with dogs - Let sleeping dogs lie.

What about the English idiom for - No hay tempestad que mucho dure. - Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

The next one is El hijo de la gato, ratones mata. - Like father like son -

Hay de todo en la vina del Señor - Live and let live.

A quien cuida la peseta nunca le falta un duro. - Look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves.

And finally, Antes que te cases mira lo que haces. - Look before you leap (to leap is saltar) - Look before you leap.

OK, listen to the idioms again and repeat them after me:

Let sleeping dogs lie.

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

Like father like son.

Live and let live.

Look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves.

Look before you leap.

In the Business English section, we looked at some business English vocabulary.

To take time off means to not go to work. You can take time off for personal reasons, or take time off for medical reasons. Repeat: to take time off . I need to take a couple of days off - I'm taking next Wednesday off. How many days have you taken off this year?

To get in touch means contactar. I'll get in touch with you next week - I'll contact you next week. - Did you get in touch with him?

When you get in touch with people face to face, it's important to exchange business cards. Especially when you meet someone for the first time.

The amount of work you have to do is your workload. Repeat: workload - I've got a heavy workload.

Take pride in doing your job well - pride is orgullo - the expression to take pride in something - Repeat: take pride in your work. - do a good job - do you job well.

If you want to invest in the company, you'll have to come up with 300,000 euros. - To come up with in this context means to deliver or produce, in Spanish conseguir - Can you come up with the money? - You can also come up with an idea, a plan or a suggestion -  in a meeting, for example. Repeat: to come up with - He came up with a wonderful suggestion - Can you try to come up with something for the sales promotion? Think of something good - come up with something.

If you are punctual you are always on time. Repeat: He's very punctual, he's always on time. What's the noun of punctual? - Punctuality - Repeat: Punctuality. He's known for his puntuality. You should be on time.

Well, we are out of time for this month I'm afraid, so thank you very much for your time, and thank you for being part of the community of La Mansión del Inglés.

Remember, If you want to contact us you can find us on Facebook. Just search Facebook for La Mansión del Inglés and join our growing community of fans. Or send an email to: mansionteachers@yahoo.es. You can also follow us on Twitter. Our Twitter name is MansionTwit.

También tenemos dos aplicaciones para el nivel principiante y el nivel básico a la venta en la tienda de iTunes. Para encontrarlas, busca imansionauto. El precio de cada aplicación es de 2,39 euros.

Until next month then, take care, keep practising and taking your English to the next level! Bye for now!

The music in this month’s podcast is by Revolution Void, the album is The Politics of Desire and the track is called Outer Orbit.


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Hello again. Welcome,  and thank you for downloading this Mansión Inglés podcast. This is podcast number 47 recorded for March 2012.

Este mes, en el nivel básico un pequeño repaso de gramática. Verb collocations and two-word vocabulary expressions at intermediate level. And at advanced level, some more idioms and key-word transformations from the Cambridge CAE exam. There's telephone vocabulary in business English this month, and there's also a dictation, an activity for your children and many more ways to improve your English and take it to the next level. 

En los podcasts mensuales hablamos de los temas, vocabulario y ejercicios que salen en nuestro cuaderno mensual. Así podáis practicar la pronunciación y repasar el material del cuaderno. Si quieres recibir gratis el cuaderno cada mes, ver la trascripción de este podcast o leer los anteriores, vete a mansioningles.com y sigue los enlaces en la página principal.

So, let's get started - vamos a empezar con el nivel básico y las frases básicas en el repaso de gramática. Escucha y repite las frases conmigo:

Where is he from? Te acuerdas la contración? - Where is - where's - repite: where's - where's he from? - intenta copiar la intonación: Where's he from? - Where's she from?

- What’s that? - ¿Qué es esto? - repite: What's that? - Intonación - What's that? - It’s an iPod.

We go to the cinema every Saturday. Repite: We go to the cinema every Saturday - go to = /gote/ - /We gote/ - We go to the cinema every Saturday.

Was your dad born in Madrid? Escucha: /wez/ - /ye/ - /wezye/ - Was your dad born in Madrid? Repite: Was your dad born in Madrid?

Is Juan Maria’s husband? Repite: Is Juan Maria’s husband?

Today's hotter than yesterday. - Today's hotter than yesterday. Repite: hotter - hotter than - hotter than yesterday - Today's hotter than yesterday.

- What do they do? - cuatro palabras: What - do - they - do: Escucha: What do they do? - What do they do? - What's their job? - They’re office workers. What do they do?  Repite: What do they do?  

I really like reggae music - Repite: I really like - I really like reggae - I really like jazz - I really like rock music.

I’m always late - I am = I'm - I'm always. Las dos palabras se juntan. No se dice: I'm always, se dice I'malways. Repite: I'm always - I'm always late - I'm never early, I'm always late.

- How much coffee do you drink?    

- quite a lot (mucho) - /kwaita/ - Quite a = /kwaita/ - Quite a lot. I drink quite a lot of coffee - I drink quite a lot of beer - I drink quite a lot of wine.

Very good! - ¡Muy bien!

Vamos a continuar con más frases:

Do your parents drive? - ¿Tus padres conducen? - Acuerdate que padres en inglés es parents y no fathers - Repite: Do your parents drive? Do they drive?

Who's that boy over there? - Who's - who is - ¿Quién es? _ Who's that boy over there? - over there - allá - Repite: Who's that boy over there?

Whose is this phone? - Whose - de quién - Whose is this phone?. ¡Ojo! la pronunciación de la contracción who's (who is) y el pronombre whose W-H-O-S-E es lo mismo Who's y whose - suena igual. Solo el contexto te ayuda distinguir entre los dos. Repite: Whose is this phone? - It's mine! (es mio) Repite: It's mine!

I don't want any cake - I don't want any cake - any se utiliza muchas veces en las frases negativas. Repite: I don't want any cake - There isn't any beer - I don't have any money.

My dad's 65 years old - ¡Ojo! - no dicemos XMy dad has 65 years.X El verbo en español para hablar de las edades es tener - I have - pero no en inglés. En inglés se emplea el verbo to be. I am - I'm 34 or I'm 34 years old. He's 65 or he's 65 years old. Repite: He's 65 - I'm 34. My sister's 28.

I'm hardly ever ill - Te acuerdas el adverbio de frecuencia hardly ever? Hemos practicado los adverbios de frecuencia en el cuaderno del mes pasado. Si los quieres repasarlos o ver todos los cuadernos anteriores, vete a mansioningles.com y pulse en Consulta nuestros cuadernos de inglés en la página principal. hardly ever - casi nunca - Repite: I´m hardly ever ill - I´m hardly ever ill - I hardly ever watch TV - We hardly ever speak English - I hardly ever see you!

What would you like to drink? - What would you like? ¿Qué quería? - ¿Qué quería usted para beber? - What would you like to drink? Repite: What would you like? What would you like to drink?

Paris is more expensive than Lisbon. more expensive than es un comparativo. Repite: more expensive than - It's more expensive than I thought. Paris is more expensive than Lisbon. New York is more expensive than Valencia. Rome is more expensive than Cairo.

What did you do? - ¿Qué hiciste? - What did you do last Saturday? Repite: What did you do last Saturday? What did you do yesterday? What did you do last night? What did you do this morning?

In the intermediate section this month, we practised some verb collocations. I'll read the nouns and the noun phrases and you try to say the verb that goes with them. For example, I say money, energy and someone's life. Which verb collocates or goes together with those three? money, energy and someone's life? - save. You save money, you save energy and you save someone's life.

Ok then, what about a trip, a diet and strike? - to go on. Repeat: go on strike - The workers went on strike, go on a trip - He's gone on a business trip, go on a diet - I must go on a diet next year.

What about; your way, your temper and your wallet? - lose. Repeat: lose your temper - I lost my temper with my bloody computer, lose your wallet - I lost my wallet last night, lose your way - Try not to lose your way.

Ok, next is; a mistake, a mess, the bed - make. Repeat: make a mistake - I made a big mistake, make a mess - don't make a mess, make the bed - Did you make the bed?

Ok, 3 more; a business, a marathon, away - to run Repeat:  run away - He ran away from the police, run a marathon - I'm training to run a marathon - run a business - it's not easy to run a business.

Then we had; the TV, your jacket and a lot on weight - put on. Repeat: Can you put the TV on please? - Put on your jacket, it's cold outside - She's put on a lot of weight you know.

Finally, vegetables, a beard and old - to grow - Repeat: to grow old - He's grown old these last few years. - grow a beard - I think I'll grow a beard - grow vegetables - We used to grow our own vegetables.

Also in the intermediate section we had an exercise with pairs of words that have a fixed order in English. It's interesting that in Spanish you say blanco y negro, for example, but in English we say black and white. It's not very common to hear white and black!

Fish and chips is another example. It sounds strange to say "I think I'll have some chips and fish".

Neat and tidy. In the last exercise we had the expression to make a mess - hacer un lio. If you make a mess you are not being tidy. You are being very untidy, very messy. I like things to be neat and tidy. A place for everything and everything in its place. Repeat: neat and tidy. My flat is neat and tidy. My desk is neat and tidy, my wardrobe is neat and tidy, my drawers (mis cajónes) - my drawers are neat and tidy. God, it must be a nightmare to live with me. I'm so neat and tidy.

Pros and cons - the advantages and disadvantages - Repeat: pros and cons - the positive things and the negative things. We speak about the pros and cons of a situation. Repeat: What are the pros and cons?

Gin and tonic - that's and easy one. In fact, the spirit is said first in mixed drinks the same as in Spanish. So you ask for a vodka and orange juice, a Bacardi and coke, a whisky and dry ginger etc.

Trial and error - try something, make a mistake and learn from the mistake. Repeat: trial and error - I learnt by trial and error.

Peace and quiet - I go to the countryside for some peace and quiet. Repeat: peace and quiet. I go to the beach for some peace and quiet.

Stocks and shares - acciones - Repeat: stocks and shares - We're going to invest in some stocks and shares.

Thunder and lightening. Which is truenos? - thunder. Lightening in Spanish is un rayo, I think. Repeat: thunder and lightening.

Ladies and gentlemen is a good way to begin a speech - but we don't usually say 'gentlemen and ladies' we put the ladies first, as you should of course! Repeat: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming today.

It's a matter of life and death. It's really important - It's a really important thing. Repeat: It's a matter of life and death.

And finally, right and wrong. Do you know the difference between right and wrong? I'm sure you do! The right thing to do is to listen to this short advertisement.

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There were more idioms this month in the advanced section. Let's see if you can remember the idioms if I say the translation in Spanish.

For example, what's the English idiom for matar dos pájaros de un tiro  - Kill two birds with one stone.

What about, La risa es el mejor remedio. - Laughter is the best medicine.

Da lo mismo (una cosa que otra). - It's six of one and half a dozen of the other. A dozen in English is 12, and half a dozen is 6. So, it's six of one and half a dozen of the other. - Da lo mismo.

El que tiene tejado de vidrio no tira piedras al de su vecino. - Well, you can translate this literally and say "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.", but there's another idiom that means something similar, and It's one of my favourites. It's "the pot calling the kettle black". Think of a kitchen and years ago on the stove where your grandmother or great grandmother used to cook there would be a black pot (una olla) for cooking and a black kettle (una tetera) for boiling water. Black, probably because of the soot (hollín) from the fire. If the pot calls the kettle black or says that the kettle is black it's a bit silly because they are both equally black and in the same position. El que tiene tejado de vidrio no tira piedras al de su vecino. - It's the pot calling the kettle black.

A lo hecho, pecho -Do you remember that in English? Something to do with milk being spilled (to spill is derramar, verter o volcar) -  It's no use crying over spilled milk. If the milk has already been spilled, there's no sense in crying. - no tiene sentido - That makes sense to me. It's no use crying over spilled milk.

And finally, Mas se perdio en Cuba - Which sounds very strange to me - More was lost in Cuba? Why? If anyone knows the origin or has an explanation for Más se perdio in Cuba, please send me a note on Facebook - anyway, the translation is - It's not the end of the world. - Don't worry, it's not the worst thing that can happen. - It's not the end the world. You can also say "Worse things happen at sea."

Let's look at some of the expressions in the key word transformation exercise in the advanced section. If something is someone's fault, you can say put it down to that person. The disaster was put down to pilot error, for example - it was the pilot's fault. You can use 'put down to' in a question; Repeat: What was it (put) down to? What was the reason for it?

To be under the impression means to believe that something is true. Repeat: I was under the impression I had to pay for these fantastic podcasts. No sir, you were under the wrong impression. They're free!

Don't hesitate to get in contact with me if you have any questions. Repeat: Be my guest - Feel free - Don't hesitate to send me an email.

If there is little chance that something will happen, it is very unlikely. There's a very small possibility. Repeat: There's little chance I'll be having a holiday this year. There's little chance I'll be going away anywhere.

The expression to break down in tears means to cry a lot, or to cry uncontrollably. To cry your eyes out. Tears are lagrimas, of course, and to break down means to lose to control. Repeat: She broke down in tears when I told her. She cried her eyes out.

It makes no difference me da igual, me da lo mismo - Repeat:It makes no difference to me. I really don't care. - I don't care one way or the other. It makes absolutely no difference. - It's all the same to me.

Little did we know Repeat: Little did we know - We would never have guessed - We had no idea - It came as a complete surprise to us - Little did we know.

In the Business English section, we revised and  practised some telephone expressions.

Listen and repeat the expressions:

I’ll get back to you - I’ll phone again - I'll call you back - I'll phone back tomorrow - Can you call me back? - When can you call me back? - I'll give you a ring

To call es más común en el inglés americano y to phone o phone me, I'll phone you o I'll give you a ring es más común en el inglés británico. Pero ambos sirven y todos se entienden.

Repeat: Could I have your name? – Who’s calling please?

I’m putting you through – I’m connecting you - Just a moment, I'm putting you through

Would you like to hold? –  Do you mind waiting? - Please hold the line, I'm putting you through - Can you hold on please?

The line’s engaged – I’m afraid it’s busy - I'm sorry, the line's engaged. English people like to apologise and they are always saying I'm sorry, I'm afraid, please and thank you. - Repeat: I'm afraid he's out of the office. - I'm sorry would you like to hold. -

How can I help you? –  What can I do for you? - Good morning, La Mansión del Inglés, How can I help you?

¿Cómo se dice marcar un número en ingles? - to dial a number. Repeat: to dial a number.

If you dial a number and there’s no reply, you can sometimes leave a message on voicemail.

If you can't hear someone, if they're speaking too softly, ask them to speak up. Repeat: Can you speak up please? - I'm sorry, could you speak up? - I'm afraid I can't hear you, would you mind speaking up? ¡Ojo!, despues de would you mind el verbo es gerundio. Repeat: Would you mind speaking up? Would you mind taking a message? Would you mind phoning me back? Would you mind holding?

If you get back to someone you return their call or send them an answer by email. You return the communication. Repeat: I'll get back to you tomorrow - I'll get back to you as soon as possible - Can you get back to me today? - When can you get back to me on that?

When a phone rings you pick it up. To pick up the phone means to answer the call. Repeat: The phones ringing. Can you pick it up? The opposite is to hang up. Telephones used to be on the wall many years ago and you used to hang up the phone in a similar way as you hang up your jacket or hang up your coat. Now you just press a button, but we still say hang up. The verb to hang - colgar - is irregular. It's hang - hung - hung. Repeat: He hung up on me! I was speaking and he hung up the phone!

If you get cut off on the phone the line goes dead. To cut is cortar, so the line is cut and you have to phone back, or wait for the other person to phone you back. Repeat: We were cut off. - I'm sorry, i think we were cut off. - I'm afraid we were cut off.

Of course, with VoIP - Voice over the Internet calls using Skype and similar software, communication is changing rapidly. Skype is a verb now. I'll Skype you tomorrow. Let's Skype at the weekend. Skype me when you can.

Well, that’s it for this month, so thank you very much for your time, and thank you for being part of the community of La Mansión del Inglés.

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Hello again and thank you for downloading this Mansión Inglés podcast. This is podcast number 46 recorded for February 2012.

 Este mes, en el nivel, básico los adverbios y las expresiones de frecuencia. At intermediate level some more common collocations, and at advanced level idioms and advanced collocations. There's business vocabulary, dictation and many more activities to improve your English and take it to the next level. 

 En los podcasts mensuales hablamos de los temas, vocabulario y ejercicios que salen en nuestro cuaderno mensual. Así podáis practicar la pronunciación y repasar el material del cuaderno. Si quieres recibir gratis el cuaderno cada mes, ver la trascripción de este podcast o leer los anteriores, vete a mansioningles.com y sigue los enlaces en la página principal.

 Ok, en el nivel básico este mes, hemos estudiado los adverbios de frecuencia - Adverbs of frequency, y hemos dicho que los adverbios de frecuencia indican la frecuencia con que se realiza la acción.

Vamos a ver si te acuerdas los adverbios de frecuencia en inglés. Primero voy a decirlos en español y quiero que los dices en inglés antes que los digo yo. Luego, repítelos para practicar la pronunciación. ¿Listo? Are you ready? OK.

      siempre - always

casi siempre - almost always

normalmente - usually, normally

a menudo - often

a veces - sometimes

raremente - rarely

casi nunca - hardly ever

nunca - never

¡Muy bien! Very good. Now, Remember - acuerdate que  los adverbios estos generalmente, se colocan los adverbios de frecuencia antes del verbo principal:

¿Cómo se dice en inglés "Usualmente me levanto a las 8."? - I usually get up at 8. - repite: I usually get up at 8.

¿Cómo se dice en inglés "Siempre me levanto temprano."? - I always get up early. - repite: I always get up early.

¿Cómo se dice en inglés "Nunca me levanto tarde."? - I never get up late. - repite: I never get up late.

Nota que  los adverbios de frecuencia se ponen después del verbo "to be":

I am never late - nunca llego tarde. Con la contracción; I am cambia a I'm I'm never late. Repíte: I'm never late. I'm always late. I'm sometimes late.

También se puede encontrar en posición final o inicial:

Normally, I get up at 8. Repíte: Normally, I get up at 8.

I get up at 8, normally. Repíte: I get up at 8, normally.

I'm late sometimes. Repíte: I'm late sometimes.

Sometimes I'm early. Repíte: Sometimes I'm early.

Good. OK. Ahora vamos a repasar algunas  expresiones de frecuencia - y como antes, voy a decirlos en español y quiero que los dices en inglés antes que los digo yo. Luego, repítelos para practicar la pronunciación. OK. Ready? - ¿Listo?

una vez a la semana - once a week - once a week

dos veces al día - twice a day  - twice a day 

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

todos los viernes - every Friday - every Friday

cada dos horas - every two hours - every two hours

todos los días - every day - every day

Muchas veces utilizamos los adverbios y las expresiones de frecuencia para contestar a la pregunta "How often........?" - ¿Con qué frecuencia.....?

Por ejemplo: How often do you see her? - ¿Con qué frecuencia la ves? / ¿cada cuánto la ves? - How often do you see her?

Para contestar se puede decir:

        - I see her three or four times a month.

        - I see her every day.

        - I often see her.

        - I hardly ever see her.

Escucha y repite algunos ejemplos con estas expresiones en un contexto:

I always have toast for breakfast

I never drink beer.

Do you usually go by bus?

She doesn’t often go to discos.

I rarely listen to music.

She hardly ever watches TV.

How often do you go out?

I rarely buy clothes.

They’re sometimes late.

He's never happy.

I’m always late for work.

I never have breakfast in bed.

I almost always use public transport.

We hardly ever go out.

What time do you usually finish work?

I’m never hungry in the morning.

I don’t often read the newspaper.

The food here is usually very good.

I always take sugar in my coffee.

Very good. Well done! - ¡Bien hecho!

In the intermediate section this month we looked at some common collocations in English. Let's see - vamos a ver - let's see what you remember.

A party. Do we say take, do or have a party? - Have a party. Repeat: I'm having a party next Saturday.

So, do we make an example of somebody, take an example of somebody or do an example of some one? - The collocation is make an example of somebody or some one. The judge made an example of the graffiti artist and sent him to prison for three months.

What about a favour - un favor? Is it do a favour, make a favour, take a favour or have a favour? - Do a favour. Repeat: Can you do me a favour? Hey, do me a favour and hold this for me.

Now, do we say have friends, do friends or make friends with someone? - we say make friends with. Repeat: I made a lot of friends in London.

What about investment? do an investment, take an investment or make an investment? - It's to make an investment. Repeat: That's a good investment to make.

¿y las listas? Do we do lists or make lists? Make lists. Repeat. I need to make a shopping list. Make a list of things to do tomorrow. Make a list of new vocabulary.

A mistake - do or make or take? Make. We make mistakes. We do our best not to make mistakes. Repeat: Do your best - Don't make mistakes. What's the worst mistake you've ever made?

Money? do we make or do money? Make money. We do business to make money.

And finally, a noise - un ruido - do, make, take, have a noise? We say make a noise. Shhhhh! Don't make a noise. You're dad's asleep. Repeat: He makes a lot of noise. - He's very noisy. Why are you making so much noise?

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There were more idioms this month in the advanced section. Let's see if you can remember the idioms if I say the translation in Spanish.

For example, what's the English idiom for Lo que fácil viene, fácil se va. - Easy come, easy go. - Repeat: Easy come, easy go.

What about, No hay mas de temer que una mujer despechada - It's quite difficult this one, and it has the words hell and the verb to scorn, which means desdeñar o despreciar. Do you remember?   Hell has no fury like a woman scorned. Fury is ira or furia. - Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.

What about this one, Procura lo mejor, espera lo peor y toma lo que viniere. - Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Now that's what I call bloody good advice; Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Next is an idiom that my dad uses very often: Si vale la pena hacerlo, vale la pena hacerlo bien. - But my Dad is English of course and he says; Son, If a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well. Repeat: If a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well.

This next idiom is quite common, it's El que la sigue la consigue. Do you remember? If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Repeat: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Ya que estamos en el baile, bailemos. - The English equivalent has the words penny and pound in it. - In for a penny, in for a pound. Repeat: In for a penny, in for a pound.

El mundo es un panuelo. - No! we don't say the world is a handkerchief. Yes, I know panuelo is handkerchief in English, but the idiom translates as "It's a small world!" or "What a small world!" I met my next door neighbour when I was on holiday in Kenya. What a small world! - It's a small world, isn't it?

And finally we have the idiom that my mum always used when she asked me to tidy up my bedroom, put my clothes away and my games in the cupboard. Of course I didn't do it and she said; Es como hablar a la pared.- Which in English is; It's like talking to a brick wall. Repeat: It's like talking to a brick wall.

Listen and repeat the idioms again:

Easy come, easy go.

Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

In for a penny, in for a pound.

It's a small world! 

It's like talking to a brick wall.

Also in the advanced section we had some common collocations. For example to take someone hostage. To take someone hostage means to keep, or retain a person or group of people until a specific demand is met (hostage in Spanish is rehén). Repeat: They robbed the bank and took 23 people hostage.

To a have a grudge against someone means tenerle/guardarle rencilla/rencor a algn. We also say to bear a grudge or hold a grudge against someone. Repeat: Why are you holding a grudge against her. You should forgive her.

If you make a mockery of something you ridiculizar algo

He made a mockery of the meeting by dressing up as a clown.

Do you remember how to say hacer daño in English? To do harm. Repeat: Those spiders won't do you any harm. They are completely harmless.

To make a stop means to have a break in the middle of a journey.

Repeat: Can we make a stop soon I'm dying to go to the toilet.

How do we say hacer una fortuna en ingés? To make a fortune. So we make money and if we make a lot of money we can make a fortune. Repeat: He made a fortune out of re-selling old coat hangers.

To take the lead means llevar/tomar la delantera

Repeat: Alonso has taken the lead in the last lap of the race.

We need to take the lead in the software market.

To do well means tener éxito (opposite = to do badly). Repeat: He's doing very well in New York, you know.

I'm so sorry to hear your company's doing badly.

¿Como se dice hacer un modelo? - to make a model. Repeat: Can you make me a plastic model of the project?

What about research - investigar, hacer investigaciones. Do we say do research or make research? - do research. Repeat: I'm doing scientific research for my degree. - Which web sites do you use when you do research?

In the Business English section this month we looked at some business English vocabulary.

Do you remember what you have to fill out or complete when you apply for a job or a course? It's a special kind of form - an application form. Repeat: Application form. To fill out an application form. The phrasal verb to fill out means rellenar. Sometimes you hear fill in. Fill in a form or fill out a form. You usually send your CV with an application form.

How do you say 'puesto de trabajo' in English? - a post or a position. You apply for a post or a position in a company. Repeat. I'm applying for the post of office manager.

Another word for company (empresa) is firm - F-I-R-M. The Firm was a good film starring Tom Cruise in which he was a young lawyer. Tom Cruise joined a successful law firm and Gene Hackman was his boss. It was a good film. The Firm - The company. Repeat: How much is your firm paying you? What's the name of your firm? What does your firm do? What firm do you work for? Do you work for a large firm?

If your application is successful. If your CV is impressive, you may be asked to attend an interview - una entrevista - Repeat: to attend an interview. Can you attend an interview next Thursday? When can you come in for an interview?

Another way to say “Why did you hand in your notice?” is  “Why did you resign?” When you hand in your notice or give notice you formally tell your company that you intend to leave. Some firms ask you to give 2 weeks notice, some firms require you to tell them one month before you leave. They require one months notice.

Job candidates are often asked to provide references from previous teachers or employers. A reference is written by a person who can write about the skills and qualifications that you have for the job you are applying for.

A person who lives outside a city and travels into the centre to work every day is called a commuter. It's sometimes quite expensive to live in the city centre, so many people live in the suburbs outside the city and travel in to work. They commute to work on a daily basis. When I lived in London, I had a 45-minute commute into the city where my office was.

Regular annual increases in your salary are called increments - increments. and another way to say “What’s your job?” is "What do you do for a living?” or just "What do you do?" Repeat: What do you do? - What do you do for a living?” If an American asks you "What do you make?" He or she is asking about your salary - How much do you earn? What do you make? but this question is not very polite unless you know someone quite well.

The extra things you receive in addition to your salary, such as a company car, health benefits and travel expenses, are called fringe benefits or perks. Repeat: What perks do you get with your job? What are the fringe benefits? Some companies offer such perks as a company car, dental treatment, travel costs and they pay for you to stay in the best 5 star hotels. As a teacher, my perks include a free pen!

Well, that’s it for this month, so thank you very much for your time, and thank you for being part of the community of La Mansión del Inglés.

Remember, If you want to contact us you can find us on Facebook. Just search Facebook for La Mansión del Inglés and join our growing community of fans. Or send an email to: mansionteachers@yahoo.es. You can also follow us on Twitter. Our Twitter name is MansionTwit.

También tenemos dos aplicaciones para el nivel principiante y el nivel básico a la venta en la tienda de iTunes. Para encontrarlas, busca imansionauto. El precio de cada aplicación es de 2,39 euros.

Until next month then, take care, keep practising and taking your English to the next level! Bye for now!

The music in this month’s podcast was by Revolution Void, the album was The Politics of Desire and the track was Outer Orbit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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