Michael and Lori discuss how native speakers use fillers such as “umm” and “uh” and “mmm hmm” in conversations, and how these fillers are not always the same in different cultures. This is the first part of a series of three: in parts two and three they go on to discuss some rather amusing pronunciation and vocabulary differences between British and American English.
Michael and Lori discuss a disturbing video that Lori saw on Youtube, in which a teenage boy inserts a firework rocket into his rear end and burns himself. Sensitive listeners may find this podcast offensive, so use caution when listening.
Lori talks about an interesting podcast about the art of business management, where you can listen and learn not only about how to be a great manager, but you can pick up tons of relevant vocabulary about management and human resources.
Lori asks Michael a rather saucy question: do men prefer real or fake breasts on their women? The answer might surprise you…
Michael and Lori discuss the game (sport?) Rock Paper Scissors, and debate whether it involves skill or luck.
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Some grammar mistakes are surprisingly frequent even among educated native speakers of English. When it comes to written English, a lot of these mistakes involve words or phrases that sound the same but are spelled differently…One of the most notorious of these grammatical pet peeves is when people write the wrong form of its/it’s. That’s what I will try to help you with today. This may be a bit difficult to follow if you are just listening, so I suggest you go to the betteratenglish.com and have a look at the transcript.
Today’s conversation is between me and my friend Michael. We discuss my annoying neighbor and his habit of playing a very irritating song at very high volume, usually on Friday and Saturday evenings. I’m pretty sure it’s a live version, too, so it’s much longer than the original, thus extending my torture.
My best guess is that he plays it to get himself in the party mood. Here in Sweden, people usually “party” at home, that is,…