Learn English – Podcast: Maybe it’s not like that.

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Today’s sentence Greetings! Here’s today’s sentence in the series on expressing doubts. Maybe it’s not like that. Notes Again, here’s an expression which says that you are not totally convinced by an argument / sure that something is true. E.g. Someone says the following: “I think that Jim stole the thousand pounds because he was found with £1000 in his pocket and we know that he owes a lot of money to the bank.” And you say: “Maybe it’s not like that: maybe he won £1000 gambling on horses…” It’s very much like yesterday’s “we don’t know that for sure and certain.” And that, as they say, is that. More 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: I’ve just bought a new CD burner but I’ve not hooked it up yet.

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Today’s sentence Hello. How are you? Today we’re continuing with our mini-series on technology. I’ve just bought a new CD burner but I’ve not hooked it up yet. Notes I’ve just bought… = I have bought veryrecently – probably today. CD burner = equipment (hardware) which you can use to record music / speech etc onto a CD (compact disc.) I’ve not hooked it up yet. This is an expression meaning that I haven’t yet connected it to my computer and installed the software. “To hook something up” is an expression. A more technical way of saying this is “I’ve not installed it yet.” You can “hook up” to the internet, too. For example, “I’ve just moved house and I’m not hooked up to the internet yet.” To hook up means to connect. In another context, it is also an expression to mean to meet / see / visit someone. “Do you still see your friends from university?” “Yes, we hook up once or twice a year.” Think of the little metal thing people use to catch fish (a fish hook) and you will see where this idea for connection comes from. There’ll be another technology-related sentence tomorrow, so, 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: That’s not such a bad idea!

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Today’s sentence Hi! Welcome back to the series on group decision-making. That’s not such a bad idea! Notes That’s not such a bad idea / that’s not a bad idea. (If you don’t use such it still means the same thing.) It means, “I think that’s (quite) a good idea.” Why not say, “I think that’s a good idea,” then? I don’t know, really! I just know that it’s really common to say things like this. How about this, for example: “How are you?” “Not bad, thanks!” (Which means, “very well, thanks!”) Strange, isn’t it? Tune in tomorrow for the next instalment in the theme. 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: I’m not so sure that’s a good idea.

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Today’s sentence Greetings! How’s it going? Here’s yet another sentence in the series on group decision-making. I’m not so sure that’s a good idea. Notes I’m not so sure that’s a good idea. This is a tentative, unassertive, tactful way of saying, “I disagree entirely. That’s a terrible idea.” However, imagine you are with a group of friends, for example. If you tell someone that their idea is total rubbish, they are going to get annoyed or be offended. It’s more diplomatic to say that you don’t think that something is a good idea! Right, that’s all for today – as usual we’ll look at another one 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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