Learn English – Podcast: Podcast #2 Talking About Movies

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The action is non-stop. That movie is action from beginning to end. The action never lets up. The special effects are very well done. The special effects are out of this world. The special effects blew my mind. The movie really has something to say.The movie gives you something to think about. The movie really opens your eyes. It was hysterically funny. It was a riot. It was one laugh after the other. It didn’t appeal to me at all. It didn’t speak to me at all. It didn’t grab me at all. I just could’t get into it. It’s not worth seeing. Don’t waste your time seeing it. I wouldn’t bother with it. I can recommend it. It’s worth seeing. I think you’ll find it entertaining. I went to the movies last night. I saw a film called Fists of Gold. It’s a martial arts movie from Hong Kong. The action is non-stop. The special effects are outstanding. Some of the scenes are hysterically funny. I think you’ll find it entertaining. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Podcast #34 The Verb TO FALL

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I love to see the autumn leaves coming down from the trees. I love to see the autumn leaves falling from the trees. She spoke more softly when she described the accident. Her voice fell when she described the accident. Last week the value of my stocks went down quite a bit. Last week my stocks fell sharply. Has the baby gone to sleep yet? Has the baby fallen asleep yet? As the airplane climbed, I could feel a decrease in the air pressure. As the plane climbed, I could feel the air pressure fall. Over 3,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in that battle. Over 3,000 soldiers fell in that battle. I was attracted to her the moment I saw her. I fell for her the moment I saw her. I’m surprised you were tricked by that e-mail scam. I’m surprised you fell for that e-mail scam. At the last minute, the contract did not get signed. The contract fell through at the last minute. Fewer people went to the movies when television became popular. Movie attendance fell off when television became popular. After his wife died, he could hardly function. After his wife died, he fell apart. When he lost his job, he started using his savings. When he lost his job, he fell back on his savings. Karen had a quarrel with her supervisor. Karen fell out with her supervisor. He was very lucky and found a great job. He fell into a great job. She was not getting her work done on time. She fell behind in her work. Several countries now have better health care than the U.S. The U.S. has fallen behind several countries in health care. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Podcast #4 My Sad Friend

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I dropped in on my friend Gregory. He was feeling pretty down. I asked him,” What is it that’s bothering you?” He said, “It’s hard to describe. I can’t seem to get anything done.” I said, “Do you think you should see someone about this?” He answered, “I’ll give it some thought.” I dropped in on my friend Gregory. I paid a visit to my friend Gregory. I went over to my friend Gregory’s. He was feeling pretty down. He was quite downcast. He was pretty depressed. What is it that’s bothering you? What’s bothering you? What’s troubling you? What’s going on with you? It’s hard to describe. I can’t put my finger on it. It’s difficult to put it into words. I can’t seem to get anything done. I can’t get my act together. I can’t get myself organized. Do you think you should see someone about this? Do you think you should seek professional help? Do you think you could use some counseling? I’ll give it some thought. I’ll have to think about that. I’ll consider that idea. I paid a visit to my friend Gregory. He was pretty depressed. I asked him, “What’s troubling you?” He said, “It’s difficult to put into words. I can’t get my act together.” I said, “Do you think you could use some counseling?” He answered, “I’ll have to think about that.” Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Podcast #14 Movies Through the Mail

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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 Internet site you have several ways of finding films. You can search by the title of a film, by director or by actor. In fact, you can put in any name. If that person had a part in making a film, the film will come up. Netflix also has categories of films that you can browse and choose from. The films you select go onto your personal list. They are sent to you in the order of the list. You can go into the list and delete a film. Or you can change the order of priority. The DVDs are delivered by regular mail. Each one comes in an envelope that you also use to return it. The cost to have three DVDs out at a time is $20 per month. A ticket to a movie theater is 7 dollars to 9 dollars. So for about the cost of two seats in a movie theater you can watch, say, 20 films a month. That is one heck of a savings. Of course, watching a film at home is not the same experience as going to a movie theater. For one thing, there are fewer germs. Also, you don’t have to listen to other people talking away. Finally, you don’t have to go out in bad weather. Of course, I am joking here. In a theater you have a shared experience with other people. And the screen is much bigger than anything you see in a home. But the convenience and price of movie DVDs by mail can’t be beat. I am hooked on Netflix. There are worse habits. I have a subscription with a company called Netflix. I have a subscription with a company whose name is Netflix. They send me movies on DVD through the mail. They provide me movies on DVD by mail. I can have three movies out at one time. I can have three movies out at any given time. As soon as Netflix receives a movie back from me, they send out another one. The minute they get a video back, out goes another one. Netflix has a catalog with about 50,000 films and TV shows. Their catalog has upwards of 50,000 films and TV shows. At their Internet site you have several ways of finding films. There are a few ways to look up films at their Internet site. You can search by the title of a film, by director or by actor. You can use title, director, or actor as a search term. In fact, you can put in any name. Actually you can put in any name. If that person had a part in making a film, the film will come up. If the name is associated with a film in any way, the film will get listed. Netflix also has categories of films that you can browse and choose from. Netflix also has categories of films you can look through and pick from. The films you select go onto your personal list. The films you choose go onto your personal film queue. They are sent to you in the order of the list. They go out to you in the order of the queue. You can go into the list and delete a film. You can access the list and delete a film. Or you can change the order of priority. Or you can promote or demote a film in the list. The DVDs are delivered by regular mail. The DVDs come to you via regular mail. Each one comes in an envelope that you also use to return it. You use the envelope a DVD comes in to return it. The cost to have three DVDs out at a time is $20 per month. The cost of having three DVDs at one time is $20 a month. A ticket to a movie theater is seven to nine dollars. A movie ticket runs seven to nine dollars. So for about the cost of two seats in a movie theater you can watch, say, 20 films a month. For the cost for two seats in a movie theater you’re seeing, maybe, 20 movies a month. That is one heck of a savings. That is some savings. Of course, watching a film at home is not the same as going to a movie theater. Now, watching a film from your couch isnÃ?ÃÂ??t the same as seeing it in a theater. For one thing, there are fewer germs. To begin with, there are fewer germs. Also, you don’t have to listen to other people talking away. Also, you don’t have to hear other people yakking. Finally, you don’t have to go out in bad weather. Finally, you don’t have to venture out when the weather stinks. Of course, I am joking here. Naturally, I’m just trying to be funny. In a theater you have a shared experience with other people. In a theater you share the movie experience with others. And the screen is much bigger than anything you see in a home. Also the screen is way bigger than what you have at home. But the convenience and price of movies by mail can’t be beat. But in terms of convenience and price, movies by mail is unbeatable. I am hooked on Netflix. Netflix has become a habit. There are worse habits. There are worse addictions. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Podcast #37 Theme Parks

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My house is less than two hours from several theme parks. Where I live is no more than two hours from several theme parks. The most famous of these is Disneyland. Disneyland is the best known of these. I have to admit I’ve never gone there. I hate to say it, but I’ve never been there. It strikes me as being one big ad for the Disney corporation. To my mind, it is a massive ad for the Disney organization. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Disney films. Don’t misunderstand me, Iâve got no problem with Disney films. But I find the intensity of the marketing by Disney to be offensive. But I am put off by the intensity of Disney’s marketing. Especially because it is aimed at children. Particularly because children are the target audience. Also, I have heard that the lines for rides are endless. Also, people say that the wait times for rides are not to be believed. The one theme park I have been to is Legoland. Legoland is the one theme park I have been to. The park features exquisite constructions made with Lego blocks. A main feature of the park is beautiful Lego block constructions. Sometimes they have a cityscape like that of New York or Las Vegas. Sometimes they have the model of a city like New York or Las Vegas. My visit there was seven years ago. My visit there was seven years back. Now rides and entertainment are the big attraction. These days it’s rides and entertainment that are the big draw. Tickets for theme parks are not inexpensive. Theme park tickets don’t come cheap. You can expect to pay $40 to $60 per person for an all-day admission. An all-day admission goes for upwards of $40 to $60. Plus the cost of food, drinks, and souvenirs. Add to that the outlay for food, drinks, and souvenirs. Many of the parks have annual tickets. A good number of the parks offer yearly tickets. I think theme parks will suffer if the economy goes bad. My guess is the parks will not do well in a down economy. People will look for cheaper family entertainment. People will seek out less expensive family entertainment. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Podcast #6 Could’ve Would’ve Should’ve

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I could’ve run another mile. I would’ve given my friend a ride home. I should’ve listened to my father. Last Saturday my friend called and asked me to help him cut down a tree. I should’ve told him I wasn’t feeling well. He would’ve understood. He could’ve called someone else to help. I should’ve told him I wasn’t feeling well. I should’ve said I was feeling a little sick. I should’ve said I was under the weather. He would’ve understood. He would’ve been understanding. He would’ve accepted that. He could’ve called someone else. He could’ve called up someone else. He could’ve phoned someone else. You should’ve told me what you and Dad had in mind for Saturday. I could’ve told you what my plans were. We could’ve figured out a good schedule for everyone. I would’ve changed my date with Frank to Sunday night. I’m sure he would’ve agreed. You should’ve told me what you and Dad had in mind for Saturday. You should’ve informed me what you and Dad had in mind for Saturday. You should’ve let me know what you and Dad had planned for Saturday. I could’ve told you what my plans were. I could’ve told you what I had planned. I could’ve told you how I had the weekend blocked out. We could’ve figured out a good schedule for everyone. We could’ve worked out an acceptable schedule for everyone. We could’ve worked out a schedule to suit everyone involved. I would’ve changed my date with Frank to Sunday night. I would’ve moved my date with Frank to Sunday night. I would’ve shifted my date with Frank to Sunday night. I’m sure he would’ve agreed. I’m sure he would’ve been OK with that. I’m sure he would’ve gone along with that. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Podcast #42 Two-part verbs with BRING

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Learn English – Podcast: Podcast #12 Working Out at the Gym

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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 to lose weight. Other people want to build up their muscles. Most people who go want to improve their health. I’m in that category. I spend half my time on a treadmill. The idea is get my heart working hard. The other half of the time I work out with weights. There are about 10 to 12 exercises I do with weights. On days I feel strong I do a higher number of repetitions. Some days I don’t feel like going to the gym. But I go anyway. I always feel better after a session in the gym. I went to the gym for a workout today. I got to the gym for a workout today. I try to go there at least three times a week. I try to make it there a minimum of three times a week. The best time to hit the gym is mid-morning or mid-afternoon. The best time to visit the gym is mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Most people are working at those times, so the gym is pretty empty. That’s when most people are at work, so the gym is quite empty. People go to the gym for different reasons. There are different reasons why people go to the gym. Some people want to lose weight. Some people want to get their weight down. Other people want to build up their muscles. Others go for strength training. Most people who go want to maintain their health. Most are concerned with staying healthy. I spend half my time on a treadmill. The treadmill takes up half my time. The idea is to get my heart working hard. The goal is to get my heart rate up. The other half of the time I work out with weights. The other half of the time I do weights. On days I feel strong I do a higher number of repetitions. On days I feel strong I increase the number of reps. Some days I don’t feel like going to the gym. Some days I don’t feel up to going to the gym. But I go anyway. But I go in any case. I always feel better after a session in the gym. A session in the gym always leaves me feeling better. Focus on Vocabulary I don’t get it. I don’t get what the movie is all about. I get mail every day. I get that magazine every two weeks. I got to the gym today. I got to do some shopping. I get tired around 4 o’clock. I get depressed when I read the news. What are you getting at? What is she getting at with that remark? Get out of here! Let’s get out of here. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Podcast #22 The indefinite use of THEY

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I talked with my parents last night. They are not very happy. She bought three chairs. They were very expensive. Look at those mountains. They are so beautiful. They say it’s going to rain tonight. They eat a lot of fish in Japan. They don’t let you bring food into the theater. There was a fire at the university. They had a fire at the university. Smoking is not allowed in that restaurant. They don’t allow smoking in that restaurant. I have heard that airfares are going up. They say that airfares are going up. The staff in that store are not very pleasant. They are not very pleasant in that store. People eat dinner very late in Spain. They eat dinner very late in Spain. The road was closed because of the storm. They closed the road because of the storm. Outdoor fires are going to be banned. They are going to ban outdoor fires. Will this bridge ever be repaired? Will they ever repair this bridge? Someone from the bank will call you. They will call you from the bank. A terrorist was arrested in Rome. They arrested a terrorist in Rome. The prices in that store are low. They have low prices in that store. My car was recalled because of a steering problem. They recalled my car because of a steering problem. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Podcast #24 Sarah is Number One

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This lesson is a kind of experiment. You should do this lesson before and/or after watching the May 1 video podcast of a program called The Daily English Lesson. The video podcast is the creation of Sarah. Sarah is from New Zealand. She lives and works in Japan, where she teaches English. Here is the link to the May 1 edition of The Daily English Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfzPshMpF1Y Sarah achieved her dream. Sarah reached one of her highest goals. She was voted the number one video podcast. Her video podcast was voted number one. She voted for herself. She cast a vote for herself. Thank you very much. That’s very cool. I can’t thank you enough. That’s really nice. Sarah printed out the list. Sarah made a printout of the list. Some people left some very nice comments. Some people wrote very nice comments. A woman emailed to ask if she could get broadband service. A woman emailed to see about getting broadband service. The word gay has several uses. The word gay has a number of different meanings. The word gay can mean a homosexual person. The word gay can be used to mean a homosexual person. A woman named Gay received an automated reply email. A woman named Gay got back an automated reply email. The company apologized. [missing in audio] The company made an apology. You heard that Gay received an automated reply email. The prefix AUTO- in the word automated means “by oneself” or “by itself” or “self acting.”An automated email reply program studies the words in the email you write. It matches your words against a list of words and uses those matches to decide what message you should receive back. In the case Sarah describes, the filter saw the word GAY and decided that it was an inappropriate word for a business email, because it can mean homosexual. Now here are some sentences to help practice words that have the prefix AUTO ATM stands for Automated Teller Machine. I took out 50 dollars from an ATM. I got 50 bucks at an automated teller machine. Can you tell me where the nearest ATM is? Can you point me to the nearest ATM? Some restaurants automatically add a tip to the bill. If you are born in the USA you are automatically a citizen. If someone writes the story of your life, it is called a biography. If you write your own life story it is called an autobiography. I wonder if anyone would read my autobiography? Have your read any good biographies lately? I read the autobiography of Charles Darwin. Reading biographies is a good way to study history. Less

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