Marian – Hi! Although I can´t understand anything your guests are saying here, I enjoy myself listening (TO) this podcast. It´s an extraordinary listening exercise.
Very happy for listening about George Orwell, the writer I admire a lot. In the Spanish Civil War, he came to my village (Monzón) to have his injuries cured in the hospital, an ancient building of the 13th century.
I am very proud for that.
In the future we will have fewer ‘special guest’ podcasts. Many people have said that they are difficult to understand.
Hi, I’m Marian. I’m from Monzón, a small town in the north east of Spain. I am a primary teacher and I want to improve my English. I especially need to improve my listening, so your podcasts are an excellent way
to do it. Both of you are very friendly. I completely agree with a girl who said that your voices are nice. Thanks for staying there. Bye bye!
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Jose: Hello Reza and Craig, I’m improving my English day by day, this podcast is very interesting, as all the others. The previous of this one was a bit hard to understand, but the extensive shownotes were very useful.
one correction, (if I can). El refrán correcto es…“de perdidos al rio”. (“In for a penny, in for a pound”)
una pregunta ¿como puede Bea hablar ese inglés tan correcto?
Did she lived in England many years? Yes, she did.
You can see an interview with Bea on YouTube – Coffee with Craig and Bea
Gramática: 3rd conditional
“If you listen to these podcasts, your level will improve.” (First conditional) You can revise the conditional sentences in Episode 11.
“Albert Einstein said, ‘If bees disappeared, the human race would die out also.'” (Second conditional)
“If Craig had not come to Spain, he thinks he would have gone to New Zealand.” (Third Conditional)
“If you HAD DECIDED to emigrate to a different country, where WOULD YOU HAVE GONE?” (Third Conditional)
If + past perfect / would + have + past participle.
the third conditional is used to speculate about the past.
You can use ‘might’ and ‘could’ for UNCERTAINTY in the past: “Craig might have gone to New Zealand, or he might have gone to Australia.”
“Reza’s parents would have called him Victoria if he had been born a girl.”
Remember the contractions: Would have = would’ve / I had = I’d / they would = they’d etc.
“If Argentina hadn’t beaten Holland in the semi-final, Holland might have (might’ve) won the World Cup.”
“If I had studied more, I would have got a better job.”
Vocabulary Corner: Conversation expressions.
How could you reply to the following questions?
How are you? – Not too bad / I’m good / So so / Can’t complain / I’ve been better / A bit under the weather / Awesome!
Where are you from? – I’m from Belfast / Belfast, and you? / I’m Irish, Spanish, English etc /
Would you like some more pizza? – No, I’m fine thanks / Oh yes, thanks very much / That’s very kind of you / Don’t mind if I do /
How was your flight? – There were no delays / It ran on time / Fine / It was very nice / It was very pleaseant /
Did you like the film? – Yes, it was terrific! / No, it was a load of rubbish! / No, it was lousy / It wasn’t bad / Yes, I did / No, I didn’t /
Is anyone sitting here? – No, it’s free / Yes, it’s taken / Someone’s sitting here /
“Food for thought” – That’s food for thought (dar para pensar)
“A change is as good as a rest.” – (Con un cambio de actividad se renuevan las energias). Ex. If I always teach the same class and I start teaching a different level, I feel refreshed.
“Reza’s got a bee in his bonnet.”
“The bee’s knees.” – (Lo mejor de lo mejor / El más guay) – the best of the best – “It’s the business!” – “The dog’s bo*@#cks!”
“Buzz off!” – go away! (¡largarse!)
“A leopard can’t change its spots.” (you cannot change who you are) – Quien nace burro muere rebuznando (rebuznar = to bray ,like a donkey). My dad is, has always been and will always be very stubborn.
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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.