Podcast #17 Answering questions that begin with IS, ARE, DO or DOES

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Questions

Is he working very hard? Yes he is. Is he working very hard? No, he isn’t. Is he working very hard? No, he’s not. Are the police going to close off the road? Yes, they are. Are the police going to close off the road? No, they aren’t. Are the police going to close off […] Read More

Podcast #16 Maggie the Complainer

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor

Some people are never satisfied. They just have to find fault. Here is a little story about a person like that. Her name is Maggie. Maggie is always complaining. If she sits near a window in a restaurant, it’s too cold. If she is in the center of the restaurant, it’s too noisy. Close to […] Read More

Podcast #15 Lesson 1 on Two-Part Verbs (Phrasal Verbs)

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

She put on her coat. She put her coat on. She put on her coat after she paid the bill. Don’t put me on. She didn’t feel like putting out a lot of effort. She placed the coat on her body. She put on her coat. She put her coat on. He added the numbers […] Read More

Podcast #14 Movies Through the Mail

 Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

I have a subscription with a company called Netflix. They send me movies on DVD through the mail. I can have three movies out at one time. As soon as Netflix receives a movie back from me, they send out another one. Netflix has a catalog with about 50,000 films and TV shows. At their […] Read More

Podcast #13 Eating in a Restaurant

 Published in the category General Practice, Special Activities

I like to eat in a restaurant once a week. It gives me a chance to try different types of foods. Also it gives me a break from cooking. Last Friday I went with a friend to an Italian restaurant. We didn’t have to make a reservation. We were seated immediately. There were many choices […] Read More

Podcast #12 Working Out at the Gym

 Published in the category General Practice, Health

I went to the gym for a workout today. I try to go there at least three times a week. The best time to hit the gym is mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Most people are working at those times, so the gym is pretty empty. People go to the gym for different reasons. Some people want […] Read More

Podcast #11 Not Just a Simple Question!

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Questions

Can you help me clean the house? Can’t you help me clean the house? Is $40 a high price for a belt? Isn’t $40 a high price for a belt? Shouldn’t we call and make a reservation? Wouldn’t you like to come in the house for a while? Won’t you be coming to the family […] Read More

Podcast #10 Asking Questions

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Questions

Question words: Who, What, Why, When, Where, How Patterns: Question word + is/are/am/was/were Question word + helping verb (do-does-did, have-has-had, may-must-might, can-could, will-would, shall-should) Examples: When can you come over for dinner? Why does he talk so loudly? Who is that man over there? Where should I plan to meet you? How will he pay […] Read More

Podcast #9 Retirement

 Published in the category Employment, General Practice

In the old days, you were employed by one company your whole working life. In return for your loyalty, the company paid you a pension when you retired at age 65. The combination of the company pension, social security payments from the government, and personal savings enabled many to have a reasonably comfortable retirement. Those […] Read More

Podcast #8 A Bad Trip Home

 Published in the category General Practice, Travel

Last week my wife and I flew from Los Angeles to New York City for a wedding. Everything went well except for the flight home. We got to the airport in plenty of time. We got boarding passes and checked our bags with no trouble. The security lines weren’t bad. We had enough time for […] Read More

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