How can you improve your fluency in English?
What’s the negative of ‘had better’?
What’s the best place in Belfast to have a coffee?
We answer all these questions that we’ve received from you, and more!
Voice message from Jose from Sevilla, Spain
Porque si, porque no = Because I said so! / Because that’s the way it is!
Thank you to Paola from Colombia who kindly brought us some Colombian coffee and Chocolate. We met her and Viviana in Valencia for a coffee and a chat and it was wonderful to meet you both.
Voice message from Luis from Mexico City
I want to ask you an adviceX (un consejo)
I want to ask for your advice.
I want to ask you for some/a piece of advice.
Even o took some classes…X I EVEN took some classes…
The tacos, beers and mescales are on me!
Hi to another Luis from Mexico, from Queretaro, 2 hours from Mexico City. Luis is an English teacher who sent us a lovely email thanking us for the podcast and telling us that he is now teaching Spanish in Belfast!
He says, “When it came time to look at the map, the moment I saw Northern Ireland there I thought of Reza and the good comments he’s made about his hometown, so I thought that would be the perfect place for me. I must say that I was born in a small city in Mexico, Colima, and so I thought Belfast would suit me as it is not as hectic as London or other major cities around – I also tend to think that people from small places are more welcoming, but I might be biased.
Now I’m living in Belfast. I’ve been here for almost 20 days and is a lovely and walkable city. I live on Delhi Street a few meters away from the Botanic Garden. Sometimes when I walk down the street, I get excited to think that I’m seeing the same scenery as Reza during his childhood and his last vacation.”
Here’s my question for you Reza, what’s the best place to eat or have a coffee here in Belfast? ”
Nice cafés in Belfast
Sinnamon, Stranmillis Road.
Avoca, Arthur Street.
Ground, branch in Waterstone’s bookstore, Fountain Street, though it’s a local chain.
Clements, local chain in various locations.
Café Nero, national chain in various locations.
Some restaurants Reza likes in Belfast
The Barking Dog, Malone Road.
Coco, Linenhall Street.
Mourne Seafood Bar, Bank Street.
The Ginger Bistro, Great Victoria Street.
Zen, Asian cuisine, Adelaide Street.
Ox, Oxford Street.
The Merchant Hotel, Skipper Street.
Luis says, “If you ever happen to come to Belfast, please let me know I would be more than happy to meet you.”
Voice message from Valeria from Argentina
The Titanic, The Queen and Belfast
An email question from Facundo
I want you to know that you are my heroes, and I want to say “Thank you a lot”.
I really appreciate your work very much. I think you are the best in the world !!!
The “best” in every possible way.
Well, I write to you to ask a little doubt I have.It’s related to your last episode, the Had better – AIRC434,
Well, in the show notes on the webpage http://www.inglespodcast.com/434/
You’ve written, “Hadn’t you better follow this podcast on your app?” / “Had you better not follow this podcast on your app? You don’t want to miss any episodes!”
So, here, my doubt; in the phrase: “Had you better not follow this podcast on your app?
No corremos el riesgo que esto se entienda como lo contrario.
(We do not run the risk of changing the meaning in the opposite direction)
En español yo estaría entendiendo algo así:
¿Será mejor que no sigas este podcast en tu app?
Siguiendo la línea de los otros ejemplos, me hubiese resultado más fácil de entender como los otros ejemplos de preguntas en negativo.
(Following the idea of the other examples, I would have written something like this:
“Had you not better follow this podcast on your app?
Voice message from Alexander from Ukraine who is now living in the Segovia province, near Madrid
mashed potatoes and stewed meat.
Burping is bad manners.
Cheese helps regain the acid balance in your mouth after eating something sweet. Cheese and quince (membrillo)
Podcast episode about table manners: https://www.inglespodcast.com/429
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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