Hello and welcome to Mansion Interviews, a podcast which gives me an excuse to talk to interesting people while at the same time improving your English.
Today we’re going to listen to a chat I had with the wonderfully interesting Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat who is an English teacher based in London. I met her in Sitges, near Barcelona.
Shanthi has a wonderful blog and obviously we speak about that, and many other things besides. Let’s not waste any time, allow me to introduce you to Shanthi from englishwithatwist.com.
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How old was Shanthi when she left Malasia?Correct
When Shanthi first moved to Italy who did she live with?Correct
What advice does Shanthi give to non-native speakers of English who go for a job interview in English?Correct
How often does Shanthi currently post on her blog?Correct
During the coming year, Shanthi plans toCorrect
Why are Shanthi’s intensive homestay courses particularly effective for business students?Correct
Shanthi’s experience with Spanish students has been thatCorrect
Which of the following places in Spain has Shanthi NOT yet visited?Correct
to backtrack – retroceder, volver atrás
awkward – incómodo, torpe
vivacious – vivaz, animado
to frown upon – no ver con buenos ojos, estar mal visto
rusty – oxidado (my Italian is pretty rusty – me falta práctica en italiano, tengo el italiano muy olvidado)
to end up – terminar, acabar
from scratch – desde cero
to be thrown into the deep end – to be made to do something difficult without being prepared for it or being given any help
carefree – sin preocupaciones
to merge – fusionarse, unirse
to make redundant – despedir / to be made redundant – ser despedido (por reducción de plantilla), quedar sin trabajo
human resources – recursos humanos
handkerchief – pañuelo
to regurgitate – repetir mecánicamente
buzzword – palabra de moda
to come across – encontrarse con
patterns – pautas
to trigger an idea – desencadenar una idea
to come up with – inventarse
to embark (on) – embarcarse en, lanzarse
boost – levantar, alzar, incrementar
I can’t stand – No puedo soportar
to waffle – decir chorradas, dar vueltas / to waffle on – enrollarse
how on earth…? – como demonios….?
Shanthi’s blog post on setting language-learning goals:
It was so much fun talking with Shanthi. Don’t forget you can find her website, her blog and the services she offers at: englishwithatwist.com
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