Micro-listening #21

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Dictation | 2 comments

Micro-listening #21

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Dictation | 2 comments

Micro-listenings are quick dictations and drills to help you develop your listening skills.

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This clip is from an episode the Invisibilia podcast, which looks at everyday things in new and interesting ways. This episode focusses on emotions. Photo by Lacie Slezak on Unsplash


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The speaker is discusses how she deals with her daughter's tantrums.

Like couldn't , I , " Michaela, ".
Like if she something or if and she couldn't got angry, I would her and , " Michaela, it's ok ".
Like if she was about something or if she something and she couldn't it and she got angry, I would get with her and , "you know Michaela, it's ok to be ".

About the extract

...I would get down with her...

One of the many uses of the modal verb would is to talk about past habits or repeated actions. Often (but not always), this adds some emotion or a feeling of nostalgia to what we are saying, e.g. When I was young I would play in the garden until the sun went down.

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what is the meaning of “get down with her”? is it like trying to talk to someone in the same level/hierarchy, like in a way of being empathetic?

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