Learn English – Podcast: Do you think I’m made of money?

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Today’s sentence Hi. How’s life? Here’s the latest in the series on money expressions. Do you think I’m made of money? Notes This is best explained through an example. Son: Dad, will you buy me a new computer game? Father: I bought you one last week. Do you think I’m made of money? Basically, it means: “do you think I have a lot of money? I don’t have much money.” It’s a common expression. OK, that’s all for today. We’ll look at another, similar expression tomorrow. Bye for now! Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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Learn English – Podcast: I’m afraid I won’t be able to make that. Do you have anything available later on?

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Today’s sentence Hi, welcome back. This is a reply to yesterday’s question. I’m afraid I won’t be able to make that. Do you have anything available later on? Notes You can’t go to the doctor’s at 10.30 but you can go later in the day. I’m afraid = I’m sorry. It’s a strange expression. What are you afraid of? Nothing. I won’t be able = the future of I can’t. You can say, “I’m afraid I can’t make that,” too. Make that. = arrive at that time. E.g. I made it to the airport just in time = I arrived at the airport… Anything available – another time I can go / is the doctor free at another time. Later on = later. Later on means the same thing. People say it a lot but it’s not necessary. Another doctor / dentist / bank manager telephone sentence tomorrow. Bye! Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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Learn English – Podcast: So, what shall we do?

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Today’s sentence Hi! How’s it going? Today is the first day of a new series. We’re going to look at ways of making democratic, group decisions. So, what shall we do? Notes What do I mean by making democratic, group decisions? Well, imagine that you are part of a group of people trying to make a group decision about what to do. It could be in an informal situation or maybe in a business situation. We’re going to look at sentences which will help you arrive at that friendly group decision! I know that you have seen this type of sentence before on Linguagum, but that’s OK! Here it is again! There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of revision, is there? What shall we do? “Shall” is used for making suggestions. E.g. Shall we go out to dinner? “What shall we do” is asking for other people to make a suggestion. E.g. Why don’t we…? / Shall we…? etc. Can you think of any other ways of making suggestions? OK, that’s all for now. We’ll look at a possible answer to this question tomorrow. See you then! Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Do you want to put some toast on?

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Today’s sentence Hello again. Here’s the latest in the theme on cooking. Do you want to put some toast on? Notes Do you remember “put the kettle on” ? It meant “boil some water in the kettle / fill the kettle with water and switch it on.” Put some toast on means toast some bread. Put the bread into the toaster and switch it on. Or, simply, “make some toast.” That’s all for now. We’ll continue with this tomorrow. Bye! Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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Learn English – Podcast: How do you want your eggs?

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Today’s sentence Hi – we’re still studying language you can use in the kitchen. How do you want your eggs? Notes Eggs can be cooked in many ways. They can be scrambled, poached, fried or boiled. You can make an omelette out of them. So, today’s question means: “how shall I cook your eggs? Which cooking method do you prefer?” Another question might be: “how do you want your tea?” (Black / with milk / with sugar / no sugar / with lemon etc.) Hope you found that useful. We’ll look at another sentence tomorrow. See you! Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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Learn English – Podcast: What do you reckon?

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Today’s sentence Hi! How are you doing? Here’s another sentence in the theme on group decision-making. What do you reckon? Notes To reckon means to think. What do you think? What is your opinion on the last suggestion? It’s very common and slightly informal, but would be OK in a business context, for example. If you wanted to be more formal you might ask, “what is your opinion on that?” This word (reckon) is perfectly OK in Britain or Ireland (and Australia, New Zealand etc.) However, if you say it in the USA then people often smile a bit, although they understand it. I think they think that only cowboys say, “I reckon,” and that it’s old fashioned. Hope you found that useful – we’ll take another look at this theme tomorrow. See you! Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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Learn English – Podcast: OK, let’s do that, then.

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Today’s sentence Hi! How are you today? This is the last in the current series on group decision making. OK, let’s do that, then. Notes Right, you have all decided what to do. You have discussed options and come to a group decision. “Let’s do that, then,” is the final decision. It means, “let’s (go to the cinema) then,” or whatever it is you’ve all decided. Of course, now you have to decide what film you all want to watch… Well, I hope you found that useful and have lost any despotic tendencies you may have once had… (joke). As ever, please contact me on Let’s Chew if you have any questions, and remember: feel free to answer any questions sent in by other students. See you tomorrow with a new theme! Search Linguagum for more English tips, check out our very useful links and our shop! And please, tell us what you think of us! Text and audio © linguagum.com 2006-2008 Less

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