Category General Practice

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 #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 #141 Driving under the Influence

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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 #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 #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 #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 #129 Help is on the Way

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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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