We’re talking about DIY and home improvement vocabulary on this episode of Aprender Ingles con Reza Y Craig
An email question about prepositions from nasi.saba
Hi Reza, I hope your doing well.
I have a question. Is this sentence correct?
“Thank you because you put a lot of time and energy for the group.”
Is the use of the the preposition of correct there?
I know this one is correct:
“Thank you because you put a lot of time and energy into the group.”
Is there a difference in meaning?
Thank you for your wonderful podcast.
Voice message from Bahel about body language
We spoke about this in http://www.inglespodcast.com/162.
Email from Vicente from Alicante
Hello everybody around the world. I am Vicente from Alicante (Spain).
I wish I had known about this different, funny way to learn English decades before (ago).
My comprehension is going to improve a lot and listening to the messages of our friends from Paraguay, México, Perú.. we can understand that problems in our fluency with the British language are the same for everyone, you were from you were (wherever you’re from/regardless of where you’re from).I want to ask your opinion about the current situation in Cataluña and if you if you find there are circumstances coincidence (similarities) in the question of independence in Scotland.or Quebec, Canada.
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DIY and Home Improvement
a/to hammer – martillo/ar
a/to nail – clavo/ar
screwdriver – destornillador
a/to screw – tornillo/desatornillar
allen keys – llave Allen
nut and bolts – tuercas y tornillos (‘I can show you all the nuts and bolts of podcasting.’ – principios, elementos básicos)
pliers – pinza, alicate
spanner (UK)/wrench (US) – llave de tuercas, llave inglesa
tape measure – cinta métrica
(an/to electric) drill – taladro/ar
drill bits – brocas
ladder – escalera
to/a saw – sierra/serrar
Spirit level – nivel – for measuring that things are flat
a toolbox – caja de herramientas
change a lightbulb – bombilla / change a plug – enchufe
fit a cooker
fix/mend/repair a computer / car / engine / a leaking toilet (to leak – gotear, chorrear)
tighten a screw – apretar un tornillo
paint/decorate/redecorate/refurbish/remodel/renovate/do up a flat – reformar
put up shelves
repair a leaky tap/faucet
rewire the house – renovar la instalación eléctrica
tile a shower / bathroom (a tile – azulejo)
unblock a toilet/drain – desbloquear (drain – desague)
a flat pack – furniture sold in pieces in a flat pack
self-assembly – what you do with a flat pack
to measure something – measure size, length, width, height, flatness, straightness, etc.
a plank (long and thin) of wood/a piece of wood
“a spanner in the works” – something that ruins/disrupts everything else (eg. All my holidays plans were ruined by a French air traffic control strike -what a spanner in the works!)
“a good workman never blames his tools” – a professional accepts when he could do better
to be good with your hands – manitas
Do you enjoy DIY?
Which tools should any house or flat not be without?
Which DIY project are you most proud of? Which has been the most disastrous?
fork-lift truck – carretilla elevadora
Did Reza ever do up his flat? NO – it’s a long story!!! He procrastinated so much that he has lost the will to do it.
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Are you good with your hands? Do you have any funny or disastrous DIY stories to tell us? We’d love to hear them.
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Capa duro – Tapa dura
a new decodifier for my television – a new decoder for my television
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