Category General Practice

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

 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 #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 #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

Podcast #121 Who’s to Blame – Part 1

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor

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 that Trader Joe’s does not. The two stores have one thing in common. [...] Read More

Podcast #118 Conversation Helpers – School Meeting

 Published in the category Communicating, General Practice

Excuse me. This is my first time at a school meeting. Have you been to these meetings before? What grade is your child in? How does he like the school? How do you like the school? What do you think about the school? Are you happy with the school? Are you satisfied with the school? [...] Read More

Podcast #116 My Case of the Flu

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

Lesson Exercises My case of the flu started with a cough. I thought it was just a cold. I had had a flu shot, so I thought I was safe. I got some cough medicine. The next morning I felt achy all over. I had a fever. I also had a bad headache. My wife [...] Read More

Podcast #112 Being Old in the USA

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

Lesson Exercises Getting old is no fun. You used to walk six miles. Now walking three miles is an effort. You used to eat just about anything. Now you study the nutrition labels. You used to sleep through the night. Now you are up at least once. You used to see a doctor annually. Now [...] Read More

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