My first tattoo is the worst (part 2)

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My first tattoo is the worst (part 2)

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Intensive Listening | 0 comments

Intensive listenings are advanced exercises based on popular podcasts. They are a great way to practise listening to natural, conversational English.

Source

The Adam Buxton Podcast, in which British comedian Adam Buxton has relaxed and meanderingwithout a clear aim or direction chats with his guests about their lives and careers. It is a very entertaining podcast, and is fantastic if you want to practise listening to natural conversation.

Topic

This exercise is taken from Adam's chat with comedian Mae Martin, as she tells him about her tattoos. You can find the first part of this exercise here.

Accent

North American (Mae), English RP (Adam).

Extract 5

MAE: I because everyone really meaningful thought, "I'll just get, oh it'll " and then uh...

ADAM: I mean ...

MAE: I just thought because everyone was getting really meaningful thought, "I'll just get, oh it'll random" and then uh...

ADAM: I mean pretty random...

Extract 6

MAE: It's funny every I look...

MAE: It's been less funny every though and now I look...

Extract 7

ADAM: Literally , just, you just air?

ADAM: Literally , just, you just plucked it the air?

Language notes

"...you just plucked it out of the air?"

to pluck something out of the air = to say or produce something randomly, without thinking about it first. e.g. I hadn't expected him to ask about last year's financial results, so I just plucked some numbers out of the air.

Extract 8

MAE: Well, if I'm , I crush drew as a joke...

MAE: Well, if I'm being honest, I crush on kind of drew as a joke...

Language notes

"...this person I had a crush on..."

to have a crush on somebody = to be attracted to somebody

Extract 9

and would be hilarious if tattooed the person...
and then would be hilarious if tattooed and the person...

Extract 10

MAE:...and , . I , creepy stalker . But...

ADAM: That psycho!

MAE:...and like, horrified. I mean, creepy stalker move. But...

ADAM: That is psycho!

Language notes

...they were like, horrified..."

to be horrified = to be shocked in a very negative way. This is an extreme or non-gradable adjective - this means that if you want to emphasise the meaning, you should use absolutely, not very. e.g. I was absolutely horrified when I found outdiscovered that the children had been arrested for shopliftingstealing from a shop.

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My first tattoo is the worst (part 2)

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Intensive Listening | 0 comments

Intensive listenings are advanced exercises based on popular podcasts. They are a great way to practice listening to natural, conversational English.

Source

The Adam Buxton Podcast, in which British comedian Adam Buxton has relaxed and meanderingwithout a clear aim or direction chats with his guests about their lives and careers. It is a very entertaining podcast, and is fantastic if you want to practise listening to natural conversation.

Topic

This exercise is taken from Adam's chat with comedian Mae Martin, as she tells him about her tattoos. You can find the first part of this exercise here.

Accent

North American (Mae), English RP (Adam).

Extract 5

 

MAE: I because everyone really meaningful thought, "I'll just get, oh it'll " and then uh...

ADAM: I mean ...

MAE: I just thought because everyone was getting really meaningful thought, "I'll just get, oh it'll random" and then uh...

ADAM: I mean pretty random...

Extract 6

 

MAE: It's funny every I look...

MAE: It's been less funny every though and now I look...

Extract 7

 

ADAM: Literally , just, you just air?

ADAM: Literally , just, you just plucked it the air?

Language notes

"...you just plucked it out of the air?"

to pluck something out of the air = to say or produce something randomly, without thinking about it first. e.g. I hadn't expected him to ask about last year's financial results, so I just plucked some numbers out of the air.

Extract 8

 

MAE: Well, if I'm , I crush drew as a joke...

MAE: Well, if I'm being honest, I crush on kind of drew as a joke...

Language notes

"...this person I had a crush on..."

to have a crush on somebody = to be attracted to somebody

Extract 9

 

and would be hilarious if tattooed the person...
and then would be hilarious if tattooed and the person...

Extract 10

 

MAE:...and , . I , creepy stalker . But...

ADAM: That psycho!

MAE:...and like, horrified. I mean, creepy stalker move. But...

ADAM: That is psycho!

Language notes

...they were like, horrified..."

to be horrified = to be shocked in a very negative way. This is an extreme or non-gradable adjective - this means that if you want to emphasise the meaning, you should use absolutely, not very. e.g. I was absolutely horrified when I found outdiscovered that the children had been arrested for shopliftingstealing from a shop.

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