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

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

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