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In this episode: Gym Vocabulary
Ricardo Fica (from Chile)
Well, I want to tell you a funny story about myself and it’s about my level of English.
As I told you in previous emails, I’m a SAP consultant and I started a new project with a new client “Samsonite” two months ago (here in Chile).
When I started the project I had to test my English as I had to interact with a Chinese girl who came from Hong Kong.
The first 3 days with her were terrible! I could not understand most of the words she spoke.
Her pronunciation was like a mix between Chinese and English and she did not pronounce the “R” and the “L”.
I had to sharpen my ear, I had to make an effort to understand her and you can imagine we had to speak about business with particular business words.
So, I had to ask her all the definitions by email to manage to understand what she was talking about.
Once I could read it I started to understand her, and every day a little clearer. All of this, occured the first week.
In the second week, a British man came to Chile. So I thought, It will be much easier now because he should speak as clear as you guys speak!
But I was terribly wrong! This British man, who came from London, spoke very very weird and I couldn’t understand most of his words – the same again!
Guys, I thought EVERYONE in the UK spoke like you, but they don’t! Maybe because you are teachers.
The more the British man talked, the more I could understand the Chinese girl!
Well, after 2 weeks speaking and listening to them I think I can say I’ve improved my English very much.
This was the best way and the best opportunity to do it. Now they have gone back to their countries and we are communicating by email all the time, as I’m still involved in the project.
Now I feel I can speak more fluidly and with greater confidence.
I hope you could understand my writing…I’m still learning English with you. (corrected email in inglespodcast.com/75)
Thanks guys again, you do an excellent job and you deserve all awards.
Listener Feedback: Voice message from Arturo (great accent!) Engage in culture and in everything English.
Gym Vocabulary (for Ramón)
to workout – to go for a good workout
to get fit / to be fit
to get/keep in shape
to have a spare tyre – michelines, flotadores / double chin – una papada
chin – barbilla
to lift (do) weights (to pump iron) – to do yoga, aerobics, step, judo,
to do push-ups/press-ups, to do chin-ups/pull-ups, to do sit-ups
to do reps (repetitions – repeticiones)
to build muscles – to get a six pack – tableta de chocolate
to stretch – estirarse
to warm up – calentarse
tendons – tendones
a mat – colchoneta, esterilla
(an exercise) bench – banco
a treadmill – cinta de correr
dumbbells / kettlebells
abs = abdominal muscles
to work up a sweat
to sweat – sudar / sweaty (adjective) – sudoroso/a
perspiration – transpiración, sudoración (to perspire)
glow – brillar, irradiar
“No pain, no gain” – Sin dolor no hay ganancia
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PROVERBS – What is a proverb? – A simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or the practical experience of humanity.
A proverbs are often metaphorical (metaphor – metáfora).
“People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.”
Don’t criticize other people if you’re not perfect yourself.
“Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”
Bad things might happen, so be prepared.
“Better late than never.”
It’s best to do something on time. But if you can’t do it on time, do it late.
“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
Things that are offered for free always have a hidden cost. (many things that seem free often have ‘strings attached’.)
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Send us a voice message and try to use as many gym words in their different forms and practise a few proverbs.
inglespodcast.com – speakpipe or Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. What’s your favourite proverb?
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On next week’s episode: Strong adjectives
The music in this podcast is by Pitx. The track is called ‘See You Later’