Podcast #117 Expressing Duration with SINCE and FOR

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Other

I have taught French since 1990. He has been mayor since 2005. I have been waiting here since five o’clock. She had been a problem since the day she was born. It has not rained since Monday. He has been unemployed since February. She has been fighting cancer since last summer.   I studied Arabic […] 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 #115 Phrasal Verbs with KEEP – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

KEEP FROM When you keep someone from doing something you prevent that person from performing an action. He had a very good lawyer. She kept him from going to jail. I can’t keep myself from eating candy. Oh, I see it is 6:30 already. I don’t want to keep you from dinner.   KEEP IN […] Read More

Podcast #114 Phrasal Verbs with KEEP – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

KEEP AROUND To keep something or someone around means to have the thing or person nearby.   I always keep around some nuts when I’m working. I always keep some nuts around when I’m working.   My brother had geckos, iguanas, and snakes as pets. He also kept around several mice. He also kept several […] Read More

Podcast #113 Avoiding the Overuse of VERY

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

I was absolutely certain it was a good plan. This is the absolutely worst day of my life. The two brothers are completely different. Why are you so completely heartless? You are entirely correct. The workers are entirely satisfied with the new contract. His wife was utterly charming. I am utterly incapable of learning how […] 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

Podcast #111 Coincidences

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

Lesson Exercises A man comes into a bar. He is slightly drunk. He walks up to the only other patron. He asks if he could buy him a drink. “Why of course,” comes the reply. The first man then asks: “Where are you from?” “I’m from Ireland,” replies the second man. The first man responds: […] Read More

Podcast #110 Phrasal Verbs with THINK (Sentences Only)

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

  Do you ever think about life after death? He was thinking about a new product idea. She thinks only about herself.   They thought about opening a toy store. I’m thinking about eating out tonight. Have you thought about studying Turkish?   He thought of calling his brother, but didn’t. I thought of you […] Read More

Podcast #109 Phrasal Verbs with THINK

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

THINK ABOUT When you think about something you have a thought in your head concerning that thing. For example, suppose I say “I am thinking about how much fun it is to go kayaking.” This means I might have a picture in my head of a kayaking trip I once took. Do you ever think […] Read More

Podcast #108 Welcome to the Family

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

Lesson Exercises PDF A businessman met with his new son-in-law. He said, “I love my daughter, and now I welcome you into the family. We care for you very much. I am going to show you how much. I’m making you a 50% partner in my business. Just go to the factory every day and […] Read More

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