Podcast #57 A Day in Los Angeles

 Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

I got up at seven thirty. Something woke me, maybe a helicopter. God knows, there are enough of them. I made some hot cereal. Had that with a cup of decaffeinated coffee. I’m not supposed to have caffeine. I ate watching the news on TV. There was nothing really new. Terror attacks. Climate change. The […] Read More

Podcast #56 Prepositions Used with Adjectives (3)

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Prepositions with Adjectives

I am delighted with the progress we have made. I am delighted by the progress we have made. The senator was delighted with the outcome of the election. The senator was delighted by the outcome of the election. The coach is delighted with his team’s performance. The coach is delighted by his team’s performance. I […] Read More

Podcast #55 Picking Olives

 Published in the category General Practice, Special Activities

Recently my wife and I went olive picking. The olive farm belongs to a colleague of my wife. We drove up on a Friday night from Los Angeles to the town of Paso Robles. The next morning we had a big breakfast. We knew we would need lots of energy. The olive farm was ten […] Read More

Podcast #54 Tag Questions

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Questions

Mr. Grace is coming tomorrow, isn’t he? Mr. Grace isn’t coming tomorrow, is he? Mrs. Grace is coming tomorrow, isn’t she? You are coming tomorrow, aren’t you? His sister loves chocolate, doesn’t she? Your friends all play tennis, don’t they? They came here from Mexico, didn’t they? You are over 21, aren’t you? You aren’t […] Read More

Podcast #53 A Camping Trip

 Published in the category General Practice, Travel

My wife and I just came back from a camping trip. We traveled over 2500 miles. We bought a new tent for the trip. We had reservations for most of the campsites. Our trip took us through the Pacific Northwest and into Canada. More specifically, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Mount Ranier was our favorite […] Read More

Podcast #52 Phrasal Verbs with GET

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

Powerpoint slides help me to get across my ideas. Powerpoint slides help me to get my ideas across. She got ahead by working long hours. A business will never get ahead if it doesn’t please its customers. My brother and his father-in-law get along very well. Paul doesn’t get along with his supervisor. My friend […] Read More

Podcast #51 Fear of Flying

 Published in the category General Practice, Travel

Yesterday an Air France airplane disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean. It was flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. There were severe storms along the flight path. Automated messages reported damage to the electrical system. Today they spotted debris and jet fuel off the coast of Brazil. The 228 people aboard are presumed to have […] Read More

Podcast #50 University Lectures and Classrooms

 Published in the category Education, General Practice

Does it make sense to have students attend lectures? A lecturer can make his presentation before a camera. The lecture can be distributed live via the Internet. It can also be made available on demand. Thousands can view the lecture around the world. What is the advantage of having a live audience? Let’s take this […] Read More

Podcast #49 Spelling Clearly

 Published in the category Communicating, General Practice

C as in cat H as in happy U as in uncle N as in Nebraska G as in George E as in every S as in Samuel L as in long A as in after L as in long O as in other U as in under D as in David A as in […] Read More

Podcast #48 Two-part (Phrasal) Verbs with BLOW

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

The wind blew away the leaves. The wind blew the leaves away. The leaves blew away. This new model DVD player will blow away the competition. This new model DVD player will blow the competition away. That video on YouTube will blow you away. The song she sang at the audition just blew them away. […] Read More

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