Letters versus Conversations (part 1)

by | Feb 8, 2019 | Intensive Listenings | 3 comments

Letters versus Conversations (part 1)

by | Feb 8, 2019 | Intensive Listenings | 3 comments

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

Source

The Allusionist - Open me (part 1). The Allusionist is a fantastic podcast made by Helen Zaltzman which explores all aspects of words, language and communication. As well as being extremely interesting, it is very funny.

Topic

In this extract, Helen and her guest Nigel compare letters and conversations.

Accent

English RP (Helen), North American (Nigel).

Extract 1

 

HELEN: I guess quicker on what's what , letter dance .
HELEN: I guess you can little bit quicker on what's other person and about, but in a letter dance to pick up.

Language notes

"...you can pick up a little bit quicker on what's interesting..."

To pick up on something (phrasal verb): to notice or to become aware of something. Did you pick up on the tension between Alice and Sarah? They must have had an argument.

Extract 2

 

NIGEL: Absolutely; mail communicate…
NIGEL: Absolutely; and I back to what I said mail was the way to communicate…

Extract 3

 

NIGEL:...it get somewhere. And, you know, , courtships, whatever
NIGEL:...it a long time to get somewhere. And, you know, imagine , courtships, whatever started that way...

Extract 4

 

NIGEL:...it somebody and really, you know, that.
NIGEL: ...It and years know somebody and I think there's something really, you know, that.

Language notes

"...it took months and years to get to know somebody..."

To get to know somebody/something: this expression is used to describe the process of gradually learning about a person or a place. I spent the weekend with Michael - it was nice to get to know him a bit better. I got to know Barcelona quite well while I was working there last year.

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Hi, I think this is a great approach to dictations, I’d like to have smth like this but in a more academic environment, maybe a ted talk or something like that, thanks!

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Letters versus Conversations (part 1)

by | Feb 8, 2019 | Intensive Listenings | 3 comments

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

Source

The Allusionist - Open me (part 1). The Allusionist is a fantastic podcast made by Helen Zaltzman which explores all aspects of words, language and communication. As well as being extremely interesting, it is very funny.

Topic

These extracts are taken from an episode about letters - why they are important, why people write them, and what it is like to receive them.

Accent

English (RP).

Extract 1

 

HELEN: I guess quicker on what's what , letter dance .
HELEN: I guess you can little bit quicker on what's other person and about, but in a letter dance to pick up.

Language notes

"...you can pick up a little bit quicker on what's interesting..."

To pick up on something (phrasal verb): to notice or to become aware of something. Did you pick up on the tension between Alice and Sarah? They must have had an argument.

Extract 2

NIGEL: Absolutely; mail communicate…
NIGEL: Absolutely; and I back to what I said mail was the way to communicate…

Extract 3

NIGEL:...it get somewhere. And, you know, , courtships, whatever
NIGEL:...it a long time to get somewhere. And, you know, imagine , courtships, whatever started that way...

Extract 4

NIGEL:...it somebody and really, you know, that.
NIGEL: ...It and years know somebody and I think there's something really, you know, that.

Language notes

"...it took months and years to get to know somebody..."

To get to know somebody/something: this expression is used to describe the process of gradually learning about a person or a place. I spent the weekend with Michael - it was nice to get to know him a bit better. I got to know Barcelona quite well while I was working there last year.

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Hi, I think this is a great approach to dictations, I’d like to have smth like this but in a more academic environment, maybe a ted talk or something like that, thanks!

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