In this episode, you’ll learn how to ask for technical help and complain politely in an email.
Voice message from Melina from Argentina – book recommendation (B2?)
She’s already read Harry Potter.
The Magicians – Lev Grossman
1st book of a trilogy
– An American boy from New York finds a magical land
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Post-apocalyptic world children fight to the death until there’s only one left. A way for the government to control the public.
Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
Most people know the story. Nice book to read to your children
-Peter loses his shadow. He goes back to Wendy’s house to get it.
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
A memoir by an Irish-American who spent his childhood in poverty with an alcoholic father.
Animal Farm – George Orwell
-A satire related to the Russian Revolution and the Stalin era.
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
An English woman who is tired of being single.
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
A Tamil man writes about his childhood experience of being in the sea on a boat for months with a Bengal tiger.
Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Stories of a brilliant London detective as told by his friend and colleague Dr. Watson.
Voice message from Marcelo Fernandez from Argentina on the Argentinian flag
Marcelo asked about his pronunciation of ‘separated’ – perfect!
“The sun is called the Sun of May because it is a replica of an engraving on the first Argentine coin, approved in 1813, whose value was eight escudos (one Spanish dollar)”
Thanks to Marcos Forgiarini who also answered the question and mentioned that the flag of Uruguay also has a sun for the same reason.
Voice message from Mamen (you’re not a pain in the neck!)
We spoke about emails in general in episode 93 http://www.inglespodcast.com/93 – How to start and finish emails. We spoke about indirect questions in episode 50 with Nicola. http://www.inglespodcast.com/50
To purchase – comprar (pronunciation /PURchase/
Template – plantilla
Unfortunately, I was disappointed to discover that…,
The issue I’m having is…., (issue – problema, asunto) The challenge I’m facing is…..
I’m sorry to say that…..,
There appears/seems to be a problem here.
I’m afraid I’m not happy with…
I’m having problems with…
I’m afraid to say (that)…
Asking for help
Could you please…,
I was wondering if you could…
Would it be possible for you to…
Would you mind explaining…
I’m a bit confused about…
Could you please clarify…
I’m not sure how to…
I would appreciate your help with…
I’m having difficulty in…(gerund)
I can’t seem to…/I can’t manage to…/I’m not able to…
I would (I’d) be grateful for…
Other tech vocabulary
A step by step guide
An instructional video
Some hand holding
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Do you have a question for us or an idea for a future episode?
Do you need to write emails in English for your job? What challenges are you having?
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Jose Luis Arregui
We want to thank Arminda from Madrid, Alberto from Granada and Angélica Bello from Madrid for continuing to transcribe full transcriptions. We now have full transcriptions for episodes 131 to 142, and episodes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 thanks to Angélica.
On next week’s episode: The Difference Between AS and SINCE (a question from Nacho from Elche – and a surprise giveaway from Nacho)
The music in this podcast is by Pitx. The track is called ‘See You Later’