Apart from fighting fires…

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Apart from fighting fires…

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

Source

No Such Thing as a Fish (episode 199), a brilliant and very funny podcast full of interesting facts.

Topic

These extracts are about the problem of UK firefighters having to spend a lot of time on jobs which do not involve fighting fires.

Accent

Other (Dan was born in Hong Kong, moved to Australia when he was 12 and then to the UK when he was 19!).

Extract 1

But so, , I thought firefighting , it's not.

But so, really amazed me about , I thought that firefighting was largely about fighting fires , that it's not.

Language notes

"...and it turns out that it's not"

We use this phrasal verb to introduce a development or a result, especially an unexpected one. e.g. I was really worried about meeting my parents-in-law, but they turned out to be really friendly.

Common ways of using this phrasal verb include:

to turn out well/badly, e.g. The risotto turned out really badly. Maybe I used the wrong type of rice

to turn out + infinitive, e.g. The woman I was rude to in the lift turned out to be my new boss

to turn out that + sentence, e.g.  I turns out that the application deadline is actually next week, so I have more time than I thought.

Extract 2

time that firefighters the public ...

that most time that firefighters tasks that the public to do...

Extract 3

...and report UK that said, "We that we're getting, because, that, we time".

...and there was a report from the UK that said, "We need to stop weird calls that we're getting, because, that, we time".

Extract 4

Between stats. , where firefighters in...

Between 2009 and 2011 stats. incidents where people , where firefighters let them back in...

Language notes

"...where people were locked out..."

to be/get locked out = to be stuck outside of a locked room or a building without the key. e.g. I got locked out of my hotel room last night. The reception was closed so I wasn't let back in until morning.

Extract 5

...um, firefighters toilets. cupboards.

...um, firefighters out because toilets. in cupboards.

Extract 6

fridge. freezer, and recycling bin.
1 woman fridge. 1 man freezer, and recycling bin.

Language notes

"...on a day to day basis..."

The structure on a ____ basis is a useful way of describing the frequency of something. We can also use on a daily basis, on a weekly basis, on a monthly basis etc.

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Apart from fighting fires…

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

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

Source

No Such Thing as a Fish (episode 199), a brilliant and very funny podcast full of interesting facts.

Topic

These extracts are about the problem of UK firefighters having to spend a lot of time on jobs which do not involve fighting fires.

Accent

Other (Dan was born in Hong Kong, moved to Australia when he was 12 and then to the UK when he was 19!).

Extract 1

But so, , I thought firefighting , it's not.

But so, really amazed me about , I thought that firefighting was largely about fighting fires , that it's not.

Language notes

"...and it turns out that it's not"

We use this phrasal verb to introduce a development or a result, especially an unexpected one. e.g. I was really worried about meeting my parents-in-law, but they turned out to be really friendly.

Common ways of using this phrasal verb include:

to turn out well/badly, e.g. The risotto turned out really badly. Maybe I used the wrong type of rice

to turn out + infinitive, e.g. The woman I was rude to in the lift turned out to be my new boss

to turn out that + sentence, e.g.  I turns out that the application deadline is actually next week, so I have more time than I thought.

Extract 2

time that firefighters the public ...

that most time that firefighters tasks that the public to do...

Extract 3

...and report UK that said, "We that we're getting, because, that, we time".

...and there was a report from the UK that said, "We need to stop weird calls that we're getting, because, that, we time".

Extract 4

Between stats. , where firefighters in...

Between 2009 and 2011 stats. incidents where people , where firefighters let them back in...

Language notes

"...where people were locked out..."

to be/get locked out = to be stuck outside of a locked room or a building without the key. e.g. I got locked out of my hotel room last night. The reception was closed so I wasn't let back in until morning.

Extract 5

...um, firefighters toilets. cupboards.

...um, firefighters out because toilets. in cupboards.

Extract 6

fridge. freezer, and recycling bin.
1 woman fridge. 1 man freezer, and recycling bin.

Language notes

"...on a day to day basis..."

The structure on a ____ basis is a useful way of describing the frequency of something. We can also use on a daily basis, on a weekly basis, on a monthly basis etc.

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