Podcast #131 Getting Ready for The Big One

Lesson Exercises The last significant earthquake here was in 1994. That one killed 33 people immediately. More than 8700 people were injured.  Three weeks ago we had an earthquake. I was home and just felt one jolt. Two nights ago we also had a minor earthquake.  The house shook for about twenty seconds. The 1994 [...] Read More

Podcast #130 Prepositions with Adjectives (9)

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Prepositions with Adjectives

satisfied with When you are satisfied with something, that means it meets your standards or expectations. It is sufficiently good. It is acceptable He was satisfied with his daughter’s grades. Are you satisfied with this hotel?   scared of/by/for To be scared means to experience fear. Scared of means about the same as afraid of. [...] Read More

Podcast #129 Help is on the Way

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor

Lesson Exercises Kim heard the phone ring. She sprang to answer it. “Darling, How are you?” “Oh, Mother,” Kim said crying, “I’m having a bad day. The baby won’t eat. The washing machine won’t work. I’ve sprained my ankle and I’m limping around. On top of all this, the house is a mess and I’m [...] Read More

Podcast #128 Conversation Helpers – At a Social Gathering

 Published in the category Communicating, General Practice

Hi, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Jang. I’m from Shanghai, China. I’m from a town near Shanghai, China. I’ve only been in Boston two months. I’ve been here in Boston just two months. Where are you from? I’m not familiar with that city. Oh, that’s a long way from here. You’re a [...] Read More

Podcast #127 SO and SUCH – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Other, Word Study

The music is so loud. The music is so loud that I have a headache. The music is so loud I have a headache.   She spoke so slowly! She spoke so slowly that I fell asleep. She spoke so slowly I fell asleep.   We planned so carefully! We planned so carefully that nothing [...] Read More

Podcast #126 SO and SUCH – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Other, Word Study

It is hot today! It is very very hot today! It is so hot today! It is such a hot day!   My teacher is so strict. She is such a strict teacher.   That cake is so delicious. That is such a delicious cake.   The lecture was so long. It was such a [...] Read More

Podcast #125 Police Story

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor

Lesson Exercises George was going to bed. His wife told him the light was still on in the shed. When George opened the kitchen door he saw there were people in the shed. They were in the process of stealing things. George immediately phoned the police. The policeman asked, “Is someone in your house?” George [...] Read More

Podcast #124 A Day at the Ballpark

 Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

I went to a baseball game a few days ago. One of my grandsons came with me. Also a cousin of my wife’s. I had purchased the tickets on the Internet. I made sure the seats would be in the shade. Traffic was light. We arrived at the stadium an hour early. I like to [...] Read More

Podcast #123 Animal Names

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

The girl’s hair was mouse brown. He’s a real mouse. Eat a little slower. It’s not healthy to wolf down your food. It is not polite to wolf your food down. He can’t let a pretty woman pass without saying something to her. He is such a wolf. Don’t trust that man. He is just [...] Read More

Podcast #122 Who’s to Blame? – Part 2

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor

Lesson Exercises My wife and I went shopping for groceries. We always go to two stores. One store is Trader Joe’s. They have a good selection of food. And their prices are quite reasonable. The other store is called Von’s They carry some things Trader Joe’s does not. The two stores have one thing in [...] Read More

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