Podcast #47 Disagreeing

 Published in the category Communicating, General Practice

I can’t really agree with that. I can’t go along with that. I don’t see quite eye-to-eye with you on this. I have a slightly different take on this issue. I have to disagree with you on that. I have to disagree with you. That’s not how I see it. That’s a good idea, but […] Read More

Podcast #46 Visit to Costa Rica

 Published in the category General Practice, Travel

My wife and I recently made a trip to Costa Rica. We traveled in a group for the first time in 40 years. Luckily everyone in the group got along with one another. We spent a good deal of time in the rain forests. Parts of Costa Rica get 20 or more feet of rain […] Read More

Podcast #45 Prepositions Used with Adjectives (2)

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Prepositions with Adjectives

ashamed of I was ashamed of my behavior last night. Aren’t you ashamed of what you did? Don’t be ashamed of who you are. She was ashamed of her family. He has nothing to be ashamed of. ashamed for can replace ashamed of when it is followed by the -ing form of a verb. You […] Read More

Podcast #44 Prepositions with Adjectives

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Prepositions with Adjectives

accustomed to My mother was accustomed to eating in fine restaurants. His eyes slowly became accustomed to the dark. In war you become accustomed to the smell of death. afraid of Some people are afraid of thunder and lightning. I am afraid of swimming in deep water. What are you afraid of? She is afraid […] Read More

Podcast #43 Looking for a Job

 Published in the category Employment, General Practice

Conversation between William and Andrew. W: Hey, Andrew, how have you been? A: To tell the truth, not great. I lost my job four months ago and I’m looking for work. W: I’m sorry to hear that. What happened? A: My company laid off about 20% of its employees. W: How are you doing with […] Read More

Podcast #42 Two-part (Phrasal) Verbs with BRING

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

bring about He did a lot to bring about change in his school. He did a lot to bring change about in his school. bring along I brought along a friend to the party. I brought a friend along to the party. My weekend guest brought along some work. My weekend guest brought some work […] Read More

Podcast #41 A Family

 Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

My family is pretty much average sized. I’ve got one brother and one sister. They are both married and I am single. My brother Frank is the eldest and I am the youngest. He has had a fairly successful life. He’s an executive in a solid company and makes a good living. His wife has […] Read More

Podcast #40 The 2008 Olympics

 Published in the category General Practice, Special Activities

China was the host country for the 2008 Olympics. The effort made to prepare Beijing for the Olympics was massive. The cost was close to $50 billion. One big issue was air quality. Some factories had to stop operating. Automobile traffic came under strict controls. The efforts seem to have succeeded. The training for Olympic […] Read More

Podcast #39 Global Warming and Automobiles

 Published in the category Big Issues, General Practice

There is no doubt that the earth is getting warmer. It is beyond question that the earth is becoming warmer. The reasons for this are complex. The causes of this are complicated. Magnetic energy and geothermal energy play a part. Magnetic and geothermal energy figure into the equation. The earth went through climate changes before […] Read More

Podcast #38 Two-part (Phrasal) Verbs with TAKE

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

take after Her behavior is like her mother’s. She takes after her mother. take apart The mechanic disassembled the motor. The mechanic took apart the motor. The mechanic took the motor apart take back I retract what I said about Mr. Foster. I take back what I said about Mr. Foster. Did you return the […] Read More

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