Aprender ingles with Reza and Craig
English lessons to improve your grammar, vocabulary and listening skills. We'll help you take your English to the next level! Lecciones para aprender y mejorar tú inglés.

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What's the difference between GOOD and WELL? (Mara from Valencia)

He's a good footballer (adjective)

There are meny goods produced in Valencia (noun)

Would you like some more coffee? - No thank you, I'm good (Am. English), No thank you, I'm fine (Br. English)

Well (adjective) How are you? - I'm well. / Do you feel well?

Well (adverb) - He runs well. She works well

He's a good swimmer. He swims well.

Well (noun) = un pozo It has that meaning as well (también)


Juan Carlos (Barcelona) asks: "Vale la pena tener el IELTS?"

IELTS tests your level of English. You cannot pass or fail IELTS. It is used as an acceptance requirement in many universities. 

It can also be needed if you apply for a visa to certain countries or if you wish to emigrate to certain countries.

IELTS is only valid for 2 years.

Learn more about IELTS here: https://www.ielts.org/


Gramática:  More gerunds and infinitives

decide (decidir) - Reza decided to go out for the day

avoid (evitar) - I avoided studying for the IELTS exam

finish (terminar) - Reza finished eating and left the restaurant.

feel like (tener ganas hacer algo) - Reza feels like sleeping

forget (olvidarse) - If you have forgotten 'forget', listen again to episode 14.

promise (prometer) - I promise to help you

agree (estar de acuerdo) - We agreed to stop fighting and become friends. (¡OJO! - We agreed ON doing something)

enjoy (disfrutar) - Reza enjoys doing these podcasts. - I enjoyed myself at the party.

fancy (apetecer) - What do you fancy doing tonight? Reza fancies having a gin and tonic.

refuse (rechazar) - I refuse to give you the money.

offer (ofrecer) - He offered to help me.

hope / expect (esperar) - I hope to pass my exams (you want it to happen) - I expect to pass my exams (you think it is going to happen)

mind (importar) - Do you mind waiting? - I mind waiting for someone to come. - Do you mind if I smoke? - Would you mind if I sat here?

miss (echar de menos) - I miss seeing my friends. - Reza misses drinking Guinness.

suggest (proponer/sugerir) - I suggest seeing your doctor. - I suggest you see the doctor.

seem (parecer) - He seems to be happy.

Puedes estudiar más gerundios y infinitivos aquí: http://www.mansioningles.com/cursointer/cursointer03_5.htm


Vocabulary Corner: Valentines Day

to meet / to know / to get to know someone = conocer a alguien

I've known John for a long time. I met him five years ago. Tonight I'm going to meet him at the pub.

to go out with someone = salir con alguien

I'm going out with a girl/boy.

to fall in love = enamorarse - to love someone, to be in love with someone, to fall out of love with someone.

to be crazy/mad about someone = estar chiflado por alguien - to be head over heels on love.

to have a row = reñir(se) I had a row with my neighbour 

to get on well = llevarse bien

to fancy someone = sentirse atraído por alguien (to find someone atractive)

to have an affair (with) = tener una aventura

to kiss = besar(se) 

Estudiar más vocabularo aquí: http://www.mansioningles.com/cursointer/cursointer03_1.htm


Phrasal verb: to look after (cuidarse ó cuidar a alguien)

Los phrasal verbs, o 'multi-word verbs' (verbos de dos o más palabras) están formados por un verbo y pequeñas palabras (preposiciónes o partículas adverbiales). 

A veces el significado del verbo cambia a un significado completamente diferente "Look(mirar) + after(después) = cuidarse"!!!

Los phrasal verbs se usan mucho en el inglés informal.

Algunos phrasal verbs tienen más de un significado. (take off - Aprender inglés con Reza y Craig - 14)

En algunos phrasal verbs podemos insertar el complemento entre el verbo y la partícula, o ponerlo después. 

Pero cuando el complemento es un pronombre, siempre va entre el verbo y la partícula.

I took my clothes off. (I took them off)   X I took off them X

... o bien

"I took off my clothes."

Normalmente un phrasal verb se corresponde a un solo verbo en español. "go away" "go in" "go out" "go back" 

El uso de los 'phrasal verbs' es más frecuente en el lenguaje común. En el lenguaje escrito, suelen emplearse verbos equivalentes cuando es posible.

"Take the cover off and put the key in"  "Remove the cover and insert the key"

Study phrasal verbs with the CD "Get ahead with Phrasal Verbs" by Mike Hardinge : http://www.mansioningles.com/otrosproductos/phrasal/phrasal_verbs.htm


Send us an email, or a sound file (mensaje de voz en mp3) with a comment or question to craig@inglespodast.com or contact Reza at: belfastreza@gmail.com.

Puedes darnos estrellas y una reseña en iTunes.


The music in this podcast is by Pitx. The track is called See You Later - licensed by creative commons under a by-nc license at ccmixter.org.



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Gerunds / infinitives, film vocabulary, pronunciation: /dj/, 'to take off' – AIRC14

Feedback/News: Reza and Craig are back into the routine of teaching after the Christmas break.

A question from Silvio: After verbs like love, start, stop...the following verbs have to go with a

gerund, I think. However,I have read : "It started to rain."

Why not: "It starting raining."?


Gramática: Gerunds and infinitives

"It started to rain" and "it started raining" are both correct.

Reza stopped smoking years ago. (he stopped the activity of smoking)

Reza was walking down the road when he stopped to pick up a coin (una moneda). (He stopped doing one thing - walking down the road - to do another thing - pick up a coin)

Reza and Craig stopped podcasting to have a cup of tea.

MAKE (obligar/forzer) - to make someone do something

My teacher made me do my homework again.

Reza made me sing the Mickey Mouse song.

LET (dejar/dar permiso) - Craig lets Reza say many silly things in the podcast.

ALLOW - Allow me to ask a question.

PERMIT - Craig permits Reza to say silly things.

LOVE - "Craig loves/likes to drink coffee" or "Craig loves/likes drinking coffee."

FORGET - I forgot to close the door. (think about something BEFORE it happens)

I forgot giving John the money. (I have no memory of something that ALREADY happpened.

REMEMBER - I remember turning off the gas.

Reza remembers growing up in Belfast. (PAST)

Remember to phone me tomorrow. (FUTURE)

Remember to buy milk on your way home from work.

Study more gerunds and infinitives in our intermediate course: http://www.mansioningles.com/cursointer/cursointer03_5.htm 


Miiguelitoo Goonzaleez (Facebook)

Hello, I have a question : "When should I use this word "awesome"?"

The Roman Empire was an awesome force.

This podcast is awesome! (cool, great, wonderful, amazing, incredible)


Pronunciación: /dj/ 


June. July, January, jazz, jolly good!


Phrasal verb: To take off

Take your books off the table (literal - to remove)

What time did your plane take off? (idiomatic - despegar)

Some comics are good at taking off politicians (impersonar, hacer el ridiculo)

Reza has taken off his trousers! (quitar la ropa)

Our podcast has really taken off. (Idiomatic)  - Nuestro podcast ha tenido mucho éxito.

A business can also "take off"


Vocabulary Corner: films/movies

film (UK)

movie (US) - motion picture

dubbed - doblado

subtitled - subtiulado

review (crítica) - a film review, a book review, a review of a play etc. / critic (the person who writes the review)

screenplay / script (guión) Script is a more general word, screenplay is for films,

'teleplay' is a script for television.


Practise cinema vocabulary in our intermediate course:



Send us an email, or a sound file (mensaje de voz en mp3) with a comment or question to mansionteachers@yahoo.es or belfastreza@gmail.com.


Puedes darnos estrellas y una crítica en iTunes.


The music in this podcast is by Pitx. The track is called See You Later - licensed by creative commons under a by-nc license at ccmixter.org.


Direct download: AIRC_014_final_cut.mp3
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