Learn English – Podcast: I’d like to report a problem with my internet connection.

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Today’s sentence Hi. How are you today? Here’s the follow-up to yesterday’s question. I’d like to report a problem with my internet connection. Notes Yesterday we asked, “Hello, could you put me through to customer services, please?” Now, someone has just said,” Hello, customer services, how may I help you?” What do you say? It’s usually some kind of a problem, or you wouldn’t be calling, so… “I’d like to report a problem…” = “I am going to tell you about a problem I have.” OK, tomorrow we’re going to practise phoning the doctor’s surgery. 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: To begin with, I’d like to welcome you all here today.

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Today’s sentence Hi, welcome back. Today we’re starting a new theme. We’ll be looking at ways of sequencing a formal speech. To begin with, I’d like to welcome you all here today. Notes Imagine you have to give a speech in, for example, a business meeting. The first thing you might wish to do is to welcome the people. To begin with is a good expression when you are starting a speech (or, indeed, a written argument.) Obviously, it shows your audience that this is the first thing you are going to say. You might want to say, for example, “To begin with, I’d like to outline the main points of what I’ll be speaking about today.” OK, we’ll look at another possible way of structuring a speech 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 could do with a haircut

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I could do with a haircut. Artwork by Lorrie McClanahan/flickr In today’s podcast we meet the English expression “I could do with…” “I could do with…” is an indirect way of saying “I need…” If I say “I could do with” something, it means “I need” something. So, if I say to my teenage son, “You could do with a haircut“, I mean “Your hair is too long and you need to get it cut”. One more thing before we start. The expression always uses the conditional “could” form of the verb. We always say “I could do with..”, and never “I can do with..” OK? It is the weekend. Kevin’s plans include an afternoon in front of the television watching football. Joanne however has other ideas. “The house could do with cleaning“, she says. “I will start on the kitchen now, but this afternoon I could do with some help.” Kevin protests that he wants to watch the football. “United could do with a win today,” he adds. Joanne says that United will win even if he does not watch them play. “We could do with some more floor cleaner,” she says. “Please could you go to the shops and buy some.” So Kevin walks to the shops while Joanne sets to work, cleaning the kitchen. Kevin returns about twenty minutes later, a little out of breath. “I could do with a rest,” he says. And he sits down on a chair and watches Joanne cleaning the floor. “Kevin, you are out of breath because you are too fat,” says Joanne. “You could do with losing some weight.” “What?” says Kevin, horrified. “Yes. You could do with going swimming twice a week, or going to the gym.” An idea comes into Kevin’s mind. At the gym, they have a cafe with a TV set. He could go to the gym, and watch the football on television instead of exercising. “You’re right,” says Kevin, “I could do with some exercise. I’ll go to the gym this afternoon.” “Nice try, Kevin,” says Joanne. “You can stay here and do some exercise at home. The carpet could do with vacuuming, and the lawn could do with being mowed.” Three hours later, Kevin and Joanne are sitting on the sofa. They are exhausted, but the house is clean and tidy for the first time in weeks. “I could do with a drink,” says Joanne, “and I could do with something to eat.” “I’m tired,” says Kevin. “I could do with a shower and an early night.” And as for me, I could do with a holiday. So I am going to Germany next week, but I will be back with a new Listen to English podcast on about 5 June. File Download (3:42 min / 2 MB) Less

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