Podcast #67 The First Joke

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor

A tourist walks into a small inn. The innkeeper is standing at the reception counter. There is a little dog in front of the counter. The innkeeper greets the tourist. The tourist checks into the inn. He looks down at the dog. He says to the innkeeper: “Does your dog bite?” The innkeeper replies: “Absolutely […] Read More

Podcast #66 Wordnet for MANAGE

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

He manages a large restaurant. I used to manage a dentist’s office. She manages the city’s water supply. Managing a McDonalds can be quite stressful. Have you ever managed a bakery? He managed a soccer team for five years. She manages a database of two million subscribers. They completely mismanaged the budget. He felt they […] Read More

Podcast #65 Insomnia

 Published in the category General Practice, Health

You spend about one-third of your life sleeping. Both mind and body require sleep. The inability to sleep is called insomnia. Some people with insomnia have trouble falling asleep. Others have difficulty staying asleep. Either way it can be a serious issue. My sleep problems are sporadic. I can have a month of perfect sleep. […] Read More

Podcast #64 Wordnet for PRACTICE

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

He practices piano every day. The tennis player was practicing his serve. The choir will not be practicing this week. You need to practice parallel parking. You’re studying the flute? How often do you practice? I love playing the violin but I hate to practice. How can I make my flute practice more effective? Soccer […] Read More

Podcast #63 Traveling Inexpensively

 Published in the category General Practice, Travel

My wife and I like to travel. Traveling can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. We have a car that runs on gasoline and batteries. It gets about 45 miles per gallon. We have started camping again. A camp site is about 80% less expensive than a hotel. We can cook our own […] Read More

Podcast #62 American Long o-Sound

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Pronunciation

hope folks joke o o o wrote stove close toad I told him to go. told go Don’t call me at home. don’t home Does he know how to row a boat? know row boat November can be quite cold. November cold Stay close to Tony. close Tony I’m broke, so I need a loan. […] Read More

Podcast #61 Phrasal Verbs with LOOK

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

look after He looks after the children while his wife works. I will look after your garden when you are on vacation. Her husband died and she has no one to look after her. We should all look after our own mental and physical health. look around She looked around the store but did not […] Read More

Podcast #60 Planning a Trip

 Published in the category General Practice, Travel

Planning a trip used to be fairly simple. First you would decide where you wanted to visit. Then you would go to a travel agency. The travel agent would suggest hotels. He would also look into airline routes and schedules. You could even book an all-inclusive tour. This would include transportation, hotels and sightseeing. Most […] Read More

Podcast #59 Asking for an Opinion using a Question Word

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Questions

How do you think the story will end? When do you think the teacher will arrive? How do you think the economy got so bad? Where do you think we should rent a car? Why do you think the earth is getting warmer? When do you think the teacher will arrive? Where do you think […] Read More

Podcast #58 American Short a-Sound

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Pronunciation

rag back ask dam man bag hat snack pal lamb damp branch bank chance map pass cash has have am racket candy Can you help me? The dancer danced with a black fan. The cats ran into the alley. I ordered a hamburger and a glass of apple juice. He trained to become an astronaut. […] Read More

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