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In this episode we're going to help you revise and practise prepositions that are commonly found after some popular verbs.

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Listener Feedback: Maria from Barcelona

VERBS and PREPOSITIONS

A dependent preposition is a preposition that always follows the same expression; for example, we say 'interested in' (and NOT X 'interested on' or 'interested about'X).

for
Apologise for - He apologised for being late. You can also ‘apologise to someone’
Apply for - I applied for the job but I didn’t get it.
Ask for - How do you ask for a coffee in French?
Pay for (something consumed/something you shouldn’t have done) - Who’s paying for the beers?
I’ll pay for you. = I’ll pay for what you’ve consumed. (NB. “I’ll pay you” has a different meaning. My boss pays me 800 euros a month)
You’ve insulted me in public - you’ll pay for that! ( = I’ll make you pay for what you shouldn’t have done).
Wait for - I’ll wait for you outside the cinema. When was the last time you waited for someone?

about
Worry about - Don’t worry about it! - Don’t worry, be happy! Are you worrying about anything?
Complain about - Have you complained about anything recently?
Argue about something - When was the last time you argued about something? (to argue with someone)
Know about - Craig knows a lot about Mickey Mouse! (But he doesn’t know Mickey Mouse personally. He hasn’t met him, though it is his dream...) Reza knows a lot about music and English grammar.

from
Protect from - This spray should protect you from mosquitoes. Do you use anything to protect your skin from the sun?
Recovered from - To recover from an illness / a hangover / a shock (to get over = to recover from)
Suffer from - I suffer from a bad back. My brother-in-law suffers from a sticky mattress.

in
Get in - It’s hard to get in the local golf club. They don’t accept many new members.
Believe in - Do you believe in life after death?
Specialise in - Reza and Craig specialise in creating podcasts
Succeed in - You have to work hard if you want to succeed in life.

VERBS AFTER PREPOSITIONS ARE ALWAYS GERUNDS (verb + ing - "I apolgide for BEING late.")

of
Approve of - My parents didn’t used to approve of my friends
Smell of - This T-shirt smells of sweat. What does the beach smell of? What does Rusafa smell of? Answer - it smells of hipsters, bohemians, tourists (and gunpowder in Fallas!)
Think of - I’m thinking of the good times we had in London. (think about - what are you thinking about?)

on
Base on (often passive) - Can you think of any films that were based on the book?
Concentrate on - If I have music playing in the background, I can’t concentrate on any work.
Agree on/about - What don’t we agree on/about?
Congratulate someone on - I’d like to congratulate you on your promotion
Decide on - Have you decided on what you’re doing for Christmas?

to
Listen to + object - She listens to pop music. What kind of music do you like to listen to?
Introduce someone to - I’d like to introduce you to my wife. Craig's going to introduce Reza to Rap music.

with
Agree with - I agree with everything you’ve said. (NB.- NOT XI’m agreeX)
Argue with someone - I often argue with my sister.

at
Laugh at - What was the last thing you laughed at?
Look at - What are you looking at? Are you looking at me? I’m looking at you!
Smile at - Try smiling at people in the street next time you go out.

Combining prepositions with one verb -
Reza apologised to Craig for arriving late again.
She didn’t agree with her friends on/about the choice of restaurant.
I complained about the faulty product to Customer Services.
They argued with their friends about where to go on holiday.
The student apologised to the teacher for not doing the homework.

Using more than one verb + dependent preposition -
I know about Tom congratulating Dick on getting the job.
She listened to me asking for forgiveness and said nothing.
Bill didn’t approve of us listening to our workmates’ private phone conversations.


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On next week's episode: Dependent prepositions (2) – Adjectives followed by a preposition

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Direct download: AIRC114_FinalCut.mp3
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Hello and welcome to Mansion Interviews, a podcast that gives me an excuse to talk to interesting people and gives you an opportunity to improve your English and listening skills.

Remember, you can improve your listening with comprehension questions and find some help with difficult vocabulary from this interview on the website at http://www.inglespodcast.com/ 

 

1. Whose idea was it to move to Spain?

Sheila's
Pete's 
Both of them


2. In the UK, Sheila worked

as a teacher
in finance 
as a travel agent

 

3. Which of the following does Pete NOT give as a reason for liking Spanish life

the friendliness of Spanish people
the way of life
the food 
the weather
the relaxed atmosphere

4. What was the problem with Sheila and Pete's inflatable bed?

It had a puncture
It was very uncomfortable
It was too expensive

 

5. If you've 'got a bee in your bonnet'

you have been stung by an insect
you are preoccupied or obsessed with an idea
you appreciate nature and beautiful scenery


6. Which of the following is NOT part of Sheila's day?

looking after her plants
studying finance
creating home-made greeting cards
eating correctly
exercising

 

7. One of Pete's hobbies is

surfing
stamp collecting
fishing
golf


8. What annoys Sheila?

North Americans
people who don't use their common sense
drunk, loud British people

How did Sheila feel after writing her 'reverse bucket list'?

very fortunate
Very sad
very old
very organized


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The Bucket List - Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0825232/ 

Vocabulary
to be 'up for it' = to want to do something
to set foot in = to visit or go to a place
blue chip company - compañías de primera línea, de primer orden
copious - copioso/a, abundante
infuriating - exasperante, irritante
season ticket holder - abonado
blessed - afortunado/a, bendecido
to be done and dusted = be completely finished or ready
to envisage - imaginar, concebir
laid back - despreocupado/a, tranquilo/a
itchy, twitchy - impaciente, ansioso/a
to give it a go - probarlo, intentarlo
to be down to - ser cuestión de, ser esencialmente, depender de
to be full of oneself - egotistical, believing oneself to be superior to others
to cringe - avergonzarse, encogerse de miedo
unscathed - ileso/a
gravestone - lápida
to overflow - rebosar, desbordarse


I really enjoy talking to Sheila and Pete, two lovely people who are really enjoying life in Spain and also really appreciate everything they have here.

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In this episode: Causative verbs Make, Let, Get, Help and Have

Causative verbs Make, Let, Get, Help and Have

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Causative verbs cause something else to happen


MAKE: to force someone to do something. - forzar
Make + someone + verb

Did someone make you wear that shirt?
All British schools make their pupils wear a uniform.
My dad made me apologize to the neighbour.
The policeman made me pay a fine.
Craig says he didn’t want to eat the chocolate; a little voice in his head made him eat it.
My mum always made me eat up all my greens (greens = vegetables)

LET: to allow someone to do something. - dar permiso
let + someone + verb

Reza let me play his violin.
Craig let Reza use his new microphone.
Craig wouldn’t let anyone share his bar of dark chocolate.
My boss won't let me have a day off.
My parents never let me stay out late when I was a kid.
Craig won’t let you say anything bad about Mickey Mouse!

GET: to convince someone to do something - convencer
get + someone + to + verb

I got my students to do the homework by giving them chocolate.
What's a good way to get students to read more?
The government are spending more money on TV ads to get people to vote.
People have tried to get Craig to give up chocolate....in vain.
Craig has tried to get Reza to shut up at times...in vain.
The naughty children got another child to steal biscuits for them.

HELP: to help someone do something - ayudar
help + someone + verb / help + someone + to + verb

Reza helps me (to) produce this podcast.
What helps you (to) unwind? (to unwind - relajarse)
Does chocolate help you (to) forget your problems?
Will you help us (to) spread the word by recommending us to your friends?
Do you think this podcast helps our listeners (to) improve their English?
Reza and Craig will help you (to) improve your English and take it to the next level!

HAVE: to give someone the responsibility to do something - dar alguien la responsibilidad
have + someone + verb (see AIRC112 for the causative use of have)

I'll have my lawyer send you the contract.
I had my secretary book the hotel.
Please have the waiter bring the wine list.
We had the porter carry our bags up to the room.
We’re having our son organise our anniversary celebration for us.
Could you have the doorman hail a taxi for me, please?

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On next week's episode: Dependent prepositions – verbs followed by a preposition

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Direct download: AIRC113_FinalCut.mp3
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In this episode we're going to help you with the causative passive.

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Listener Feedback: email from Jaime from Alicante - Hi Reza and Craig. Thank you for the podcast. I listen every week. Please speak about the causative in English. I don’t understand when (I) have to use ‘get’ and when ‘have’?

We spoke about the passive in general in episode 17 

When did you get your hair cut?

Reza didn’t cut his hair. Someone cut it for him.

Causative - have/get + object + past participle

He had/got his hair (object) cut (past participle)

Change to the causative:
She didn’t pierce her nose herself, she had her nose pierced.
He didn’t paint his flat (himself)…he had his flat painted.
We won’t cook our meals...We'll have our meals cooked
They didn’t repair their washing machine….They had their washing machine repaired
I didn’t alter my suit...…. (to take up the trousers/sleeves) - I had my suit altered.
She didn’t clean her flat….She had her flat cleaned.
He doesn’t service his car…He has his car serviced.
I didn’t fix my computer….I had my computer fixed.
You aren’t taking your own blood pressure...You're having your blood pressure taken.
He didn’t frame that picture himself….he got that picture framed.
He didn’t fill his tooth himself….He got his tooth filled.
She wasn’t cleaning that rug…..She was having that rug cleaned.
We ourselves hadn’t checked the gas installation…We'd had the gas installation checked.
I haven’t revoked my own driving licence…I've had my driving licence revoked.
I wouldn’t examine my injury...I'd have my injury examined.

When was the last time you had your photo taken?
Can you have your blood pressure taken in a pharmacy in your country?
Would you ever consider having a tattoo done?
What are the advantages of having your head completely shaved?
Should we have our bags searched on all public transport for security reasons?
How often do you get your hair cut?
Did you have your tonsils (=amígdalas) taken out (when you were a child)?
Have you ever thought about getting your ear pierced?
Have you ever had your wallet/purse stolen?
Have you ever had your inside leg measured?
Have you ever had your palm read/fortune told?

Will Reza ever finally get his flat done up (to do up - reformar)?


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On next week's episode: Causative verbs Make, Let, Get, Help and Have

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

 

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Direct download: AIRC112_FinalCut.mp3
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In this episode we're going to help you ask for, give and understand directions

 

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Feedback: Valentina - Valentina is taking the CAE Exam

Do you use Google maps?

Questions you may hear
How do I get to the beach?
Excuse me, Where is the nearest supermarket?
Can you tell me where the train station is?

We practised indirect questions with Nicola in episode 50 ( http://www.inglespodcast.com/2015/05/11/indirect-questions-and-travel-in-morocco-with-special-guest-nicola-airc50/ )

Do you know where the nearest petrol station is?

Can you tell me how to get to the post office, please?
Could you tell me where the town hall is, please?
Do you know where the nearest petrol station is?
Do you know where I might find a cash machine/an ATM?
Excuse me, I’m looking for a bank.
Are you from around here? Do you live here?
Would you mind telling me the way to the police station?
Do/Would you happen to know where the nearest book shop is?
Can you direct me to the hospital, please?
Do you know anywhere around/near here that sells batteries?
Is this the way to the city centre?
Excuse me, is there a bus stop nearby?

Giving directions
The easiest way is to…
The quickest way is to…
The best way is to…
If I were you, I’d…
It depends on whether you’re going by car/driving or on foot/walking

You’ll probably hear:
Turn left/right (take a left/right) = girar/torcer/doblar a la izquierda/derecha
Go straight ahead = sigue hacía adelante/recto/todo seguido (drive straight ahead, walk straight ahead)
Go straight, go left, go right, go through
go up, go down, go along this street = ir por ésta calle
It’s on your left/right (on your left/right hand side) = está a su derecha/izquierda
It’s on the corner = está en la esquina
It’s opposite the station = está en frente de la estación
Stay on + road/street name for + distance or time
Go over the lights/bridge = pase el semáforo/la puente
Go past the park = pase el parque
Take the first/second on the right/left = tome la primera/segunda a la derecha/izquierda
Keep going = continúe, sigua

Use connecting words:
after that
before that
then
next
when you get to…go…
finally, at the end

Other useful expressions:
It’s just around the corner
It’s not far.
It’s a bit of a way. / It’s quite far
It’s about a 10-minute walk.
It’s about 20 minutes on the bus - It's a 20-minute bus ride.

You’ll see a big tree/red building/petrol station on the left.
You’ll go past a police station.
It’s opposite the post office.

It’s on + street name (eg. It’s on Oxford Street)
It’s next to
It’s opposite
It’s near
It’s around the corner from (the supermarket)

Turn right at the next street
Get in the left lane
Go one more block (block - manzana), then turn right
At the next traffic lights turn
It’s going to be on your right

Make sure that the other person understood your directions. Say: “Did you get all that?”
And repeat the directions a second time.

If you don’t know the way
I’m sorry, I’m not from here
I’m afraid I can’t help you
Sorry, I don’t know my way around here

You could ask in the shop
Ask the bus driver.
Follow me. I’ll show you the way.
Do you want me to draw you a map?

The Argentinian cafe Dulce de Leche in Reza's area is 'a victim of its own success'


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On next week's episode: The Causative Passive ‘have’ and ‘get’ something done

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

Direct download: AIRC111_FinalCut.mp3
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Customer Service - AIRC110


In this episode we're going to help you improve the way you attend customers and clients in English

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Feedback from Sonia Nieves
Hola,
soy usuaria y seguidora de su pagina web que me es muy util.
Pero ultimamente estoy teniendo problemas con mi inglés.
Trabajo en atención al cliente dentro del sector del fitness y no sé como
comunicarme bien con los clientes. Ejemplos: hacer un alta, darse de baja, dejar dinero en deposito

We have an audio podcast about gym and fitness vocabulary. You can find it here: http://www.inglespodcast.com/2015/11/01/gym-and-exercise-vocabulary-proverbs-airc75/

to register - hacer un alta
to cancel (your) registration - darse de baja
account number - numero de cuenta
to put down a deposit / to pay a deposit - dejar dinero en deposito
How can I help you? - ¿Cómo puedo ayudarle?
What seems to be the problem? - ¿Qué problema está teniendo?
What happened exactly? - ¿Qué sucedió exactamente?
I can solve that problem. - Puedo resolver ese problema.
I don’t know, but I will find out. - No sé, pero lo averiguaré.
How would you like to pay? - ¿Cómo le gustaría pagar?
Will you be paying by credit card? - Va a pagar con tarjeta de crédito?
May I see some identification? - ¿Puedo ver alguna identificación?
I'm sorry, do you have another card? - ¿Tiene otra tarjeta?
I'm afraid it hasn't been accepted - Me temo que no ha sido aceptada


You may hear:
May I speak to your supervisor? -¿Podría hablar con su supervisor/a?
I'd like to speak to the person in charge, please. - Me gustaría hablar con la persona a cargo.
I'd like to make a complaint. I'd like to complain.
Is there anything else I can help you with.

(Use polite rising and falling intonation, smile and use eye contact and positive body language!)


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Daniel Contreras Aladro
Manuel Tarazona

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On next week's episode: Asking For, Giving and Understanding Directions

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

Direct download: AIRC110_FinalCut.mp3
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