Intermediate Podcast 3: London vs. Boston

Hello: Please read the following page to warm up

comparative-and-superlative-adjective

 

Now, listen and answer the following questions:

 

Am I more familiar with Boston or London?

_____ is bigger than ______.

Name some places I say that are in Boston:

_____ is rainier than ______.

_____ is colder than ______.

Describe the wind on new years eve:

Now, read the transcript and check your answers Londonvs.Boston

 

 

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Advanced 2: Colombia 2015!

Hello! Today I will talk about my plans for the upcoming year as it was the new year 2015 when I recorded this podcast. I will talk about my goals and hopes for my upcoming move to Colombia as well as my language learning, guitar playing, and work-out objectives for the new year. Happy New Year!

 

Complete the sentences and identify the tense:

 

But next year, next year                                      Colombia.

Yeah I’m looking forward to it.                                    today.

And I’m taking a plane from Boston to Panama and then Panama City to Bogotá.                                          one day.

Anyway my flight will be that day and                                            directly.

some of the English teaching positions.                                me.

So by December                                              teaching.

I don’t really have any goals with that,                                        year.

 

Match the phrase in bold with its meaning:

figurative

literal

in transit

post secondary education

trades

traveling from one place to another

a particular business or industry

words used with an imaginative meaning

the exact meaning of a word

education after high school

 

 

Transcript and answer key: Colombia 2015

Advanced 1: English for All!

Hello, and welcome to the first advanced podcast! Please listen to the podcasts before you read the transcript below. In this podcast I talk a little bit about myself, my work and my hobbies. I talk about my experience learning Spanish and French as well as my experience studying music at University. Below are two questions on the listening; one on grammar and one on vocabulary. The grammar focus is one of general tense review and the vocabulary focuses on useful colocations.

 

Enjoy!

Complete the sentences and then identify the tense:

 

I’m 25 now. And                    here.

last year I was living in Argentina, and now I’m back in New Hampshire,                                 summer…

oh, and so next year                                 Latin America.

and he actually lives in Buenos Aires but yeah we have… well he’s French and                                 English.

…over 15 years at least. And,                                                  5 to 6 years.

you work with one person for a year or more and then… I                          piano as well.

where I’m a right now I’m trying this new thing,                            blog.

 

Match the phrase in bold with it’s meaning:

spare time

yields the most results

delay gratification

these plateaus

undertake [tasks]

worthwhile

to wait for something good to happen

useful, important to be a suitable reward

free time

to do or begin to do something

places where progress has stalled

show the most progress

 

[audio https://ia902705.us.archive.org/8/items/EnglishForAll/English%20for%20all%21.mp3]

 

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Intermediate Podcast 2: Tom’s yankee family (possessive nouns)

Hello everyone! Try the exercises below to warm up:

Remember:

  • A passive noun uses an apostrophe (‘) to show that someone owns something.

•  When there is one owner, use ‘s.           Mark’s shirt is green.  Ellie’s eyes are blue.

•  When there is more that one owner, usually use s’.         Doctors’ uniform are white.       Firefighters’ uniform is red.

the-simpsons-possessive-case-and-members-of-family

 

Now, listen and answer the questions about my family:

  1. Make a family tree of my family, similar to the Simpsons’ family tree.
  2. Match the family member to their occupation:
Sam                         consulting
Virginia                  nanny/actress
Tom                        mechanic
Paula                      airline pilot
Bill                          social worker
Meagan                  server/waitress
Annie                      newscaster
After you listen, read the transcript to check your answers:MyFamilyintermediate2. Remember to repeat the words exactly as I say them in the pronunciation practice.

 

 

Intermediate Podcast 1: My daily routine (Present simple, frequency adverbs)

Hello! A quick exercise to warm up:

present-simple-daily-routines-frequency-adverbs

Next, listen and answer the questions:

  1. What is my state called? My town?
  2. Am I living with my parents permanently?
  3. What’s my main job?
  4. What’s the name of my company?
  5. What’s my other job?
  6. Which activities are NOT in my daily routine:
  • wake up
  • take a shower
  • brush my teeth
  • comb my hair
  • put on makeup
  • eat breakfast
  • go to work
  • have lunch
  • go home
  • watch TV
  • work out
  • read
  • go to bed
[audio https://ia902608.us.archive.org/10/items/MyDailyRoutinepresentSimplefrequencyAdverbs/My%20daily%20routine%20%28present%20simple%3afrequency%20adverbs%29.mp3]

After you listen, read the transcript to check your answers: DailyRoutineintermediate1. Remember to repeat the words exactly how I pronounce them in the pronunciation practice.

Beginner Podcast 4: Places in my town (prepositions of place in on at)

Hi everyone! Please complete these exercises to warm up:

places-in-town-descriptions

prepositions place on in at

 

Next, listen and answer the questions:

  1. What street is the Loaf and Ladle on?
  2. What is the movie theater called?
  3. Who works at the school?
  4. What is the bank called?
  5. What street is the library on?
  6. What street is the bookshop on?
[audio https://ia902205.us.archive.org/35/items/PlacesInMyTown/Places%20in%20my%20Town.mp3]

Now, read the audio script to check your answers:Places in my town (prep of place in on at). In the pronunciation practice, repeat the words exactly how I pronounce them.

Beginner Podcast 3: My friends and their occupations (articles)

Hello! Please complete these exercises to warm up:

voc_jobs

articles-2

 

Next, listen and answer the questions:

  1. What’s my occupation?
  2. What’s Greg’s occupation?
  3. What’s my cousin’s restaurant called?
  4. Does my brother fix garbage trucks?
  5. What’s Alex’s occupation?
  6. What’s Rob’s occupation?
[audio https://ia902607.us.archive.org/24/items/MyFriendsAndTheirOccupations/My%20friends%20and%20their%20occupations.mp3]

Now, read the audio script to check your answers:My friends and their occupations

Beginner Podcast 2: My Family (possessive nouns and adjectives)

Hello! First, complete these exercises to warm up:

possessive nouns

possessive-adjectives

family-members

 

Listen and answer these questions:

  1. What’s my father’s name?
  2. What’s my mother’s occupation?
  3. What’s my dog’s name?
  4. What are my cousins’ names?
  5. What’s my uncle’s name?
  6. What’s his dog’s name?
[audio https://ia902305.us.archive.org/25/items/MyFamilypossessiveNounsAndAdjectives/My%20family%20%28possessive%20nouns%20and%20adjectives%29.mp3]

Now, read the audio script to check your answers: My family. In the pronunciation practice, repeat the words exactly how I pronounce them.

Beginner Podcast 1: Hi, I’m Tom (to be)

Hello! First, complete this grammar exercise to warm up: verb-to-be-present

 

Now, listen and answer these questions:

  1. What’s my occupation?
  2. Am I tall?
  3. Am I mean?
  4.  How old is my brother?
  5. What’s his occupation?
  6. Is he tall?
  7. Are we both nice?
  8. Is he older?
[audio https://ia902307.us.archive.org/0/items/HiImTomtoBe_201409/Hi%2C%20I%27m%20Tom%20%28to%20be%29.mp3]

 

Now read the audio script to check your answers:Hi I’m Tom (to be) Audio script. In the pronunciation practice, repeat the words exactly how I pronounce them.