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English Audio Request

466 Words / 2 Recordings / 1 Comments
Note to recorder:

American and Natural speed please!

Teacher: Good morning class.
Students: Good morning.

Teacher: How are you today?
Students: Fine. How about you?

Teacher: I'm fine, thanks. Where is Hans?
Student 1: He's late. I think he missed the bus.

Teacher: OK. Thank you for letting me know. Let's get started.
Hans (arriving late): Sorry I'm late.

Teacher: That's OK. I'm glad you're here!
Hans: Thank you. May I ask a question?

Teacher: Certainly!
Hans: How do you spell "complicated"?

Teacher: Complicated is complicated! C - O - M - P - L - I - C - A - T - E - D
Hans: Could you repeat that, please?

Teacher: Of course. C - O - M - P - L - I - C - A - T - E - D
Hans: Thank you.

Teacher: ... please complete page 35 as follow-up to this lesson.
Student: Could you say that again, please?

Teacher: Sure. Please do page 35 to make sure you understand.
Student: Excuse me, please. What does "follow-up" mean?

Teacher: "Follow-up" is something you do to repeat or continue something you're working on.
Student: Is "follow-up" an idiom?

Teacher: No, it's an expression. An idiom is a full sentence expressing an idea.
Student: Can you give me an example of an idiom?

Teacher: Certainly. "It's raining cats and dogs" is an idiom.
Student: Oh, I understand now.

Teacher: Great! Are there any other questions?
Student 2: Yes. Could you use "follow-up" in a sentence?

Teacher: Good question. Let me think ... I'd like to do some follow-up to our discussion last week. Does that make sense?
Student 2: Yes, I think I understand. Thank you.

Teacher: My pleasure.

Teacher: Let's talk about the weekend. What did you do this weekend?
Student: I went to a concert.

Teacher: Oh, interesting! What kind of music did they play?
Student: I'm not sure. It was in a bar. It wasn't pop, but it was nice.

Teacher: Maybe it was hip-hop?
Student: No, I don't think so. There was a piano, drums and a saxophone.

Teacher: Oh, was it jazz?
Student: Yes, that's it!

Teacher: What's your opinion of jazz?
Student: I like it, but it's kind of crazy.

Teacher: Why do you think that?
Student: It didn't have a song.

Teacher: I'm not sure what you mean by 'song'. Do you mean that no one was singing?
Student: No, but it was crazy, you know, up and down.

Teacher: Maybe it didn't have a melody?
Student: Yes, I think that's it. What's "melody" mean?

Teacher: That's hard. It's the main tune. You can think of the melody as the song you would sing along with the radio.
Student: I understand. Where's the stress in "melody"?

Teacher: It's on the first syllable. ME - lo - dy.
Student: Thank you.



April 12, 2018

Was it Jazz?

My instinct was to say "Yeah" instead of "Yes". When you're speaking excitedly, and responding "yes", you'd normally say "yeah" instead.

Oh! Was it Jazz?
Yeah! That's it!


Teacher: I'm not sure what you mean by 'song'. Do you mean that no one was singing?

I would have said

Teacher: I'm not sure what you mean by 'song'. Did it have words?

Again, that's just my instinct. I still understood what you meant.

Best of luck to you!!


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