How important is personal space and body language when you are communicating? What’s the difference between alone, by myself and on my own? All this and more in this week’s episode of…..Aprender Inglés con Reza y Craig.
Email from Alberto from Granada who is transcribing episodes for us.
I saw recently a British TV drama called “The Fall”, starring Gillian Anderson, which is set in Northern Ireland. Don’t know if you’ve seen it, but I totally recommend it. I really loved the Northern Irish accent, you know, like every sentence is a question and the tone rises at the end. I found it very funny. Could you please ask Reza to do some Northern Irish accent for me, pleaseeee? I would really enjoy it!
Voice message from Jesus from Valencia about subtitles when watching films and TV series
(Jesus is another AIRCoholic)
“I’ve been studying English my whole life” / “I’ve been taking it seriously since…./for the last year and a half.”
Pronunciation of ‘searched’ only ‘t’ and ‘d’ sounds for the ‘ed’ ending (started, landed, farted, painted, needed, decided, waited)
I watch A BUNCH of movies
aboutX – ON
Mamen from Biescas
On my own / by myself / alone / lonely
‘On my own’ – when you do stuff without help – “I painted the flat on my own”, “I fixed my bike on my own.”
‘By myself’ usually describes a situation, not when you do something.
Improve your speaking with an italki teacher
Voice message from Miguel (Michael) who doesn’t have a dog. He has a baby and a cat.
English people are very ‘close moved’ or ‘separative’ (stand-offish, aloof, distant, remote, detached, impersonal, withdrawn, reserved, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, unapproachable, unfriendly, unsociable, cool, chilly, cold, haughty, disdainful, uninvolved, unresponsive, indifferent, unconcerned, introverted)
They guard their personal space.
Would you sit at a table that was already taken in a crowded bar or cafe if there were empty seats?
Which cultures need a lot of personal space?
Which nationalities don’t necessarily need a lot of personal space?
How important is body language when you are communicating?
Should you kiss an English woman when you are introduced to her for the first time?
How important is a handshake? – Should you get the upper hand?
TED Talk by Allan Pease:
Documentary on body language:
Do you kiss and hug men that you are close to?
What other cultural differences can you think of between the Spanish and the English?
– meal times and business hours
– eating & drinking habits
– Christmas and New Year
– politeness & directness
– tutting (to say no) and hissing (to get someone’s attention)
– customer service
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Do you have an opinion on personal space, or anything we’ve spoken about in this podcast?
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We want to thank Arminda from Madrid and Alberto from Granada for continuing to transcribe full transcriptions. Alberto has transcribed episodes 132 and 133, so we now have full transcriptions for episodes 131 to 142.
On next week’s episode: Academic terms and vocabulary
The music in this podcast is by Pitx. The track is called ‘See You Later’