Podcast #137 Conversation on a Plane

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

Podcast #137_EXERCISES Last week I was on a plane to Los Angeles. The man sitting next to me was Asian. He was from China. We started to talk. His English name was Edward. He had studied English for over twenty years. This was his first time in the United States. His wife was travelling with [...] Read More

Podcast #136 NEXT and LAST in Time Expressions

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Indefinite Words, Other

Welcome to Podcast #136 of ESL Aloud. In the previous lesson you learned how to express indefinite duration in expressions like for a few hours and for several months. You learned not to use the word some in this type of expression. In this lesson you will learn how to avoid another common type of [...] Read More

Podcast #135 Avoiding SOME in Time Expressions

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Indefinite Words

Welcome to Podcast #135 of ESL Aloud. This lesson concerns the incorrect use of the word some in expressions of time. Many learners of English, even pretty advanced speakers, will say something like I stayed at the beach for some weeks when what they should have said is I stayed at the beach for a [...] Read More

Podcast #134 Older Drivers

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor, Life in the USA

Podcast134 EXERCISES Some things get better as you grow older. Driving a car does not. You don’t see as well as you used to. Headlights are hard on your eyes. Your reaction time is slower. Traffic noise gets on your nerves. It’s easier to get drowsy. Long drives exhaust you. You drive too slowly. Other [...] Read More

Podcast #133 A Birthday Dilemma

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor

Podcast133 EXERCISES Two guys were talking at work. “I’ve got a problem,” said the first one. “What is it?” said his friend. “My wife has done it to me again. It’s my mother-in-law’s birthday tomorrow. I’m supposed to buy her a present. I am totally out of ideas. It isn’t fair. It’s her mother, not [...] Read More

Podcast #132 Negative Prefixes

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

He sounds like a native speaker of French. His speech is completely unaccented.   You’d better start behaving better. Your attitude is unacceptable.   Could you go over that again?   Your reasoning was unclear.   She’s an interesting artist.  She uses materials in uncommon ways.   The situation was serious in the city square. [...] Read More

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

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