Sometimes the world seems a lot smaller than it actually is and coincidences seem very unlikely and surprising. Spanish speakers say ‘the world is a handkerchief’ – el mundo es un pañuelo.
In English we say, ‘It’s a small world!’ We’ve got some examples of how small the world can be in this podcast.
Voice message from Esteban from Argentina (do you know Carla who’s working in a plant nursery?)
TV Series to improve your English: https://www.inglespodcast.com/382
What’s the difference between TV seasons and TV series?
What is a coincidence? It’s an occasion when two or more similar things happen at the same time, especially in a way that is unlikely and surprising.
Reza and Craig are both wearing the same T-shirt. What a coincidence!
Voice message from Jose who has sent us some lovely stories in the past.
Nice vocabulary and expressions: a cute apartment, once she was settled in Guadalajara
“….that I had sent an audio recording to La Mansión del Inglés some weeks ago and eventually they had released it “
The podcasts of La Mansión del Inglés are being listened to more and more all around the world. (good use of passive and remembering the ‘to’ after ‘listen’.
Pronunciation: currently, terrace
“I spent my English time telling her about the story of this audio recording which X
itX was about a street seller”
“When we finished our chat, Kerry went out to see a Mexican friend called Estela X
for hanging outX to hang out.”
“but both are very nice, lively, X
charmX (charming) and beautiful women.”
We connected again when both were there.”X – …when we were both there.
Kerry’s website: https://www.ventanasmexico.com/
Jose’s story: Listening Comprehension – The Street Seller https://www.inglespodcast.com/351
Craig’s coincidence storis: Mérida, Venezuela in 2008. – a tour guide who recognised his voice, and had learned English, from La Mansión del Inglés-
and La Serena, Chile in 2002. – A driver and tour guide who had used La Mansión del Inglés website as a study for part of his thesis on learning English online.
Reza’s coincidence story: the two Rezas from Belfast that my friend Gloria knows.
Reza had never met another person called Reza in his hometown, Belfast, and neither had anyone else in the world, probably!
About 25 years ago, Gloria, his friend from a village in Badajoz, Spain, came to live in Belfast.
She knew only two people there before arriving: Reza and his friend Julian – her future husband. One of the very first new people she met after arriving was her boss in the pizza takeaway where she got a job – also called Reza!
Of the half a dozen people she got to know in Belfast, before going to live in England, two were called Reza!
The chances of that are miniscule.
Neither she nor Reza the podcaster, nor anyone else we know has since met another Reza in Belfast in the last 25 years since then!
That includes contacts who live permanently in Belfast.
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Do you have a coincidence that you would like to share with us? If so, we would love to hear it.
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