Letters versus Conversations (part 2)

by | Feb 17, 2019 | Intensive Listenings | 0 comments

Letters versus Conversations (part 2)

by | Feb 17, 2019 | Intensive Listenings | 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 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. This is the second part of the conversation - you can fine the first part here.

Accent

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

Extract 5

 

NIGEL: It's that notion reveal - slow reveal.
NIGEL: It's pretty old fashioned that notion the slow reveal - about the slow reveal.

Extract 6

 

HELEN: And quality read new.
HELEN: And yet also it timeless quality read that years later still feel new.

Extract 7

 

HELEN: And , saying, , letter night say company.
HELEN: And I guess also, what you were saying, you can't phone , but you could read the letter the night say if you company.

Language notes

"...going back to what you were saying..."

This is a great phrase to use in conversation to connect something you want to say with something that the other person said before. It shows that you have been listening and are interested in what they said!

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Letters versus Conversations (part 2)

by | Feb 17, 2019 | Intensive Listenings | 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 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. This is the second part of the conversation - you can fine the first part here.

Accent

English (RP).

Extract 5

NIGEL: It's that notion reveal - slow reveal.
NIGEL: It's pretty old fashioned that notion the slow reveal - about the slow reveal.

Extract 6

HELEN: And quality read new.
HELEN: And yet also it timeless quality read that years later still feel new.

Extract 7

HELEN: And , saying, , letter night say company.
HELEN: And I guess also, what you were saying, you can't phone , but you could read the letter the night say if you company.

Language notes

"...going back to what you were saying..."

This is a great phrase to use in conversation to connect something you want to say with something that the other person said before. It shows that you have been listening and are interested in what they said!

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