Podcast #147 A Restaurant Story

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor, Lesson Exercises PDF

Podcast #147_EXERCISES A couple was having dinner in a fine restaurant. Their waitress was at another table. She noticed something strange. The man was sliding down his chair. He was slipping under the table. The woman acted unconcerned. The waitress kept watching. The man slid all the way down his chair. He disappeared under the […] Read More

Podcast #146 Phrasal Verbs with UP – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

BRUSH UP / BRUSH UP ON The phrasal verbs brush up and brush up on both mean to re-study something in order to bring your skills closer to a level you had earlier. We are planning a trip to Spain. I’d better brush up my Spanish. I’d better brush up on my Spanish.   BURN […] Read More

Podcast #145 A Sea Story

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor, Lesson Exercises PDF

Podcast #145_EXERCISES A pirate walks into a bar and the bartender says, “Hey, I haven’t seen you in three years. What happened? You look terrible!” “What do you mean?” the pirate replies, “I’m fine.” The bartender says, “But what about that wooden leg? Three years ago you didn’t have that.” “Well,” says the pirate, “We […] Read More

Podcast #144 Phrasal Verbs with UP – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

This link to a web page in Desktop English contains a very helpful explanation about the various meanings of up in phrasal verbs: http://desktopenglish.net/up-phrasal-verbs-and-preposition/   ACT UP One meaning of act up is to behave badly, to misbehave, especially in public. I made sure my little son had a nap before we went shopping. He […] Read More

Podcast #143 A Lousy Hotel

 Published in the category General Practice, Lesson Exercises PDF, Travel

Podcast143 EXERCISES The three of us stayed in one room. The room was extremely small. There was almost no space for suitcases. The bathroom was tiny. It was like being in a cardboard box. There was black mold around the tub. There were no racks for wet towels. The soap was the size of a […] Read More

Podcast #142 Phrasal Verbs with COME – Part 3

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

COME OFF The phrasal verb come off can mean to become unstuck or separated. I don’t know how much this shirt costs. The price tag has come off. Come off can also have the meaning of happen, especially for something that has been planned. Did the trip to Las Vegas ever come off? Another use […] Read More

Podcast #141 Driving under the Influence

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor, Lesson Exercises PDF

Podcast141 EXERCISES Jim’s car is swerving all over the road.  A cop pulls him over. “Step out of the car” says the cop, “You need to take a breathalyzer test.” “I can’t”, Jim responds. “You see, I have very bad asthma. The test can set off an attack.” “Alright,” says the cop, “then you have […] Read More

Podcast #140 Phrasal Verbs with COME – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

COME AT The phrasal verb come at means to attack. Whatever Julia said, it made the young man furious. He came at her with a knife.   COME BACK The phrasal verb come back can mean to return to a place. She lived in Tunisia for five years. Then she came back to her native […] Read More

Podcast #139 Phrasal Verbs with COME – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

COME ABOUT The phrasal verb come about can have the same meaning as the verb happen. You became the assistant to the mayor? How did that come about?   Another meaning of come about is come into being. How did the universe come about?   COME ACROSS/UPON The phrasal verbs come across and come upon […] Read More

Podcast #138 Teenage Question

 Published in the category General Practice, Lesson Exercises PDF, Life in the USA

Podcast #138_EXERCISES There’s this girl at my school. We are in almost all of the same classes. We sit next to each other in one class. She laughs a lot at my jokes. We always say “Hi” when we see each other. We talk on Snapchat about random things. Last night we both went to […] Read More

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