We celebrate 400 episodes of the podcast today and we’re really happy that you’re here with us.
Where have we been, where are we now and where are we going? We’ll help you revise some verb tenses today as we talk about podcasts past, podcasts present and podcasts in the future.
We have an announcement; we’ve received a pledge of up to 100 euros from an anonymous donor and fan of the show (an AIRCoholic).
Every voice message (or email) from a listener who forgets the ‘to’ with listening ‘to’ we lose 5 euros. Every person that remembers the ‘to’ we get 5 euros back. At the end of the year we can spend the money on a meal. Will it be a super fancy restaurant at 50 euros per person or a hamburger at McDonalds? That depends on YOU!
How many verb tenses can you identify in the following song?
When we podcast, yeah we know we’re gonna be
We’re gonna be the guys who are podcasting for you.
And when you’re speaking
And sending messages to us, we know your English is much better than before.
‘Cos we have done 400 shows
And we will do 400 more
Just to be the English podcasters for you the students we adore!
I’m gonna be (500 miles) by the Proclaimers
How many verb tenses did you notice? How are these verb tenses used?
When we podcast – present simple
We’re gonna be – ‘going to’ future
Who are podcasting for you – present continuous
‘Cos we have done 400 shows – present perfect
And we will do 400 more – future simple
How far have we come?
(When we speak about the past, tell stories, etc, we often use the past simple, past continuous, past perfect and present perfect tenses)
We started podcasting together in September, 2013. (past simple) Do you remember our first episode?
I had been podcasting before Reza and I launched Aprender Inglés con Reza y Craig. (past perfect) Had you been on a podcast before that Reza?
Have you heard my first podcasts?
What did I sound like in 2008? (a Mansion Inglés podcast from October 2008)
We have podcast/podcasted many times together over the years.
Recently we’ve been receiving more and more feedback from listeners.
We’ve recorded 399 podcasts together since 2013. We’ve been podcasting for more than 8 years
We’ve recorded 399 podcasts together since 2013. (present perfect simple)
We’ve been podcasting for more than 8 years (present perfect continuous)
We’ve podcasted/podcast (created podcasts/made podcasts) about a wide range of topics and we’re always open to new ideas.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing – Here’s a collection of outtakes and pieces of past podcasts that have been left (until now) on the cutting room floor.
Where are we now?
More than 12,000 monthly downloads per episode and over 11 million all time downloads.
We owe our success to our listeners.
We’re having fun / We have fun every time we meet up.
Where do we want to go? Where do you want us to go?
More or less grammar?
More focus on pronunciation?
More country-focused and topic-focused episodes for general listening?
More topic-based vocabulary?
More general expressions for everyday use?
More practical or more academic material?
More advice and tips about exams?
More feedback from listeners?
Please get in touch and let us know.
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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