24: Exercise - Free English Conversation Podcast Episode

July 21, 2015
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This English Podcast Episode - Exercise Habits

We are talking all about exercise in this conversation and some of the reasons why we think people either love or hate it. Also hear about our experiences in gym class growing up.

Real English Conversation Tip:

We thought we would talk about some of the common expressions that people use to talk about being muscular or needing to loose weight.

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Curtis:  Hi everybody. It's Curtis and Amy here from Real English Conversations. And today we're going to talk all about exercise.

Amy:  Yeah. So I think that there's definitely two different types of people. And I guess the mindset1 when we talk about exercise. There's people that really enjoy doing exercise, and they do it for almost like entertainment at the same time.  And then there's another group of people that, um, maybe they're a little bit lazier, or they don't like to do exercise.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  Or they just have a hard time getting going on it2. So... What are we like?

Curtis:  uh, we are kind of like the people that have a hard time getting going on it.  Like we like exercise, and we'll go out for bike rides and stuff like that and, uh, but it's the getting going part that's a little bit difficult for us.

Amy:  Okay, so what are some of the things that we tell ourselves that, you know...you know, like...I guess it depends if you're really focused on...on exercise, and it's a big priority to you in...in your life, you're going to make time for exercise. So what are some of the reasons why we don't get around to exercising every single day?

Curtis:  We tend to make excuses, like, uh, we've really got to work, or I've...I've really got to study Spanish.

Amy:  Um-hum. Like we either have our responsibilities at our other job, which is a delivery driving job. Or we're working on the project, or we're studying.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  And it seems that exercise doesn't have as high of a priority as these other responsibilities in our life.

Curtis:  Right.

Amy:  However, that has an effect on your health. What can happen if you don't exercise? Or maybe what are some of the...the physical benefits to your body of exercising on a regular basis?

Curtis:  Exercising on a regular basis can help you lose weight.

Amy:  Um-hum. If you have weight to lose.

Curtis:  If you have weight to lose, it can improve your blood flow.

Amy:  Your circulation.

Curtis:  Your circulation.

Amy:  Prevent heart attacks.

Curtis:  Yes.

Amy:  And strokes.

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21: Surgery - Free English Conversations Episode

June 30, 2015
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English Podcast Episode Summary:

Surgery is something that nearly everyone has to go through but it is not often talked about. We wanted to give you an interesting conversation to listen to about the different reasons why people have surgery and what experiences we have had.

Real English Conversation Tip:

In this English Tip we give you a few normal expressions that you would say and use if someone is sick or recovering after an accident to wish them well.

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Curtis:  Hey everybody, it's Curtis from Real English Conversations. And today we're going to talk all about different types of surgeries. And for the Real English tip we're going to give you some useful expressions on what to say when you're visiting somebody in the hospital or who is sick.

Amy:  Hey guys, it's Amy and I'm here with Curtis from Real English Conversations. And today we're going to be talking about the different types of surgery that people have.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  So there's two different types of reasons why people have surgery.

Curtis:  Yes. There's people who require it.

Amy:  Like it's medical related.

Curtis:  Yeah. Let's say for example...

Amy:  Like you have to have it.

Curtis:  Yeah, in...in an accident situation, say you have to get surgery on your leg because you slipped and fell and mangled1 up your leg.

Amy:  You have to get it put back together and it needs to be done by surgery. Yeah.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  Versus something that is cosmetic, a cosmetic surgery or something that is done for vanity2.

Curtis:  Yes. Yeah, so you...maybe you want to, um, looking younger.

Amy:  Or just change your appearance in some way. But it's not necessary.

Curtis:  No. Maybe you don't like your nose.

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18: Camping - Free English Conversation Podcast Episode

June 9, 2015
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English Podcast Episode Summary:

In this English conversation podcast we talk about one of our favorite seasonal activities: camping. Find out about traditional food that you cook while camping, the wild animals that lurk in the woods and what style of camping we like to do.

Real English Conversation Tip:

The English tip talks about the expression ¨to be on track¨ or ¨to stick to the plan¨. These can be used to talk about when you are doing what you intended to do.

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Curtis:  Hi everybody, it's Curtis and Amy here from RealEnglishConversations.com. Today we're going to be talking about a really fun activity that we like to do at this time of year, and that's camping. Right?

Amy:  Yeah, it's one of our favorite activities. We definitely enjoy it a lot. And when did people normally go camping?

Curtis:  Usually when the weather starts to get a little bit nicer and warmer.

Amy:  Yeah, kind of right now, right? This year...

Curtis:  In the spring.

Amy:  Yeah, spring has been a little bit early this year. I would say in our region, we call it the May long weekend1. That's the traditional weekend that everybody's, “ah, it's camping season.” And they get all excited about it. So what types of campers are there? There's different types of campers, right?

Curtis:  Yeah. I can think of one right off the top of my head right now, and that's kind of like a person that goes into the bush2 with a backpack, with all they can carry.

Amy:  Into the bush is like into the forest, the great outdoors2. Into the wilderness2, right?

Curtis:  So they take whatever they can carry into an area where they can set up a tent, and maybe there's a lake nearby that they, you know, want to spend some time fishing at. So they can pack in a fishing rod, and carry...

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15: Learning Languages Part 2 - Free English Conversation Podcast Episode

May 19, 2015
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English Podcast Episode Summary:

In this English Podcast Conversation we continue talking about learning languages. This is part 2 of the audio. We discuss the challenges of learning a language on your own, language acquisition in general, as well as some techniques we use in our own language studying experiences.

Real English Conversation Tip:

In this English conversational tip we talk about common ways to say you are late. You will hear: I am running behind and I'm behind schedule.

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Curtis: Hi everybody it’s Curtis from real English conversations and today Amy and I are continuing our discussion on learning languages be sure to listen to the end of the episode for the real English tip which we’ll give you an example on what to say when you’re late.

Amy: Alright. Welcome back to part two of our episode about learning languages from real English conversations. My name is Amy and I’m here with Curtis. And what’s the next topic that we’re going to be discussing?

Curtis: Well, last time we were talking about learning in the classroom, learning through a textbook. I just want to describe how we learn and that is through studying on our own and some of the techniques that we use.

Amy: Yeah so in our case, we don’t really have a text book or a classroom or a teacher telling us what to study next.

Curtis: right.

Amy: And I know for me at times, it’s still overwhelming and I have a fairly high level in, in the language that I’m learning. But for you what was it like when you decided to start studying Spanish without a classroom, without any guidance what was it like for you initially?

Curtis:  Initially, it was kind of nerve racking1 or frustrating I didn’t know where to begin. And I thought well the internet, of course, is, you know, a place where you can go to try and find things to help you out. But it’s so full, jam-packed2, of information and resources I didn’t know which one to pick. So, luckily, I have you, and you kind of guided me into a number of different resources that I can use and select from that were maybe the most useful.

Amy: So, for me, I definitely have different resources that I’ve found the over the course of time3

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12: Niagara Falls - Free English Conversation Podcast Episode

May 5, 2015
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Episode Summary:

This is a really interesting conversation about the world famous Niagara Falls. We discuss how they were created, why people are attracted to it and how it changes it's appearance dramatically during the winter months.

Links: 

Drone Video.

Article about the semi-frozen waterfall.

Real English Tip:
For the tip in this episode we give you some polite ways to leave a situation when you would like to go. These are the most common ways that we let the people we are visiting with know that we are ready to part ways with them.

Transcription Preview:

Amy: Hey this is Amy from Real English Conversations and today our conversation is going to be about the world’s largest waterfall which happens to be located in Canada and the U.S. And for the English tip were going to give you some easy ways to get out of a conversation or a situation while sounding polite.

Amy: Hey everybody and welcome to another episode from realenglishconversations.com my name’s Amy and I’m here with Curtis and what are we going to be talking about today?

Curtis: Today we’re going to be talking about how we’ve been experiencing above normal temperatures here in the west coast and comparing it to the below normal temperatures on the other side of the country.

Amy: And what sort of effect has it had for the east Coast?

Curtis:  I was really surprised. There’s something called the Niagara Falls….

Amy: I’m sure you guys have heard about it it’s the largest waterfall in the world.

Curtis: I saw some footage1 recently.

Amy: Someone recorded something on a video camera, you mean right?

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9: Jobs & Work Experience - Free English Conversation Podcast Episode

April 7, 2015
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Episode Summary:

When you think back through all the different jobs that you have had in your life, it can be a surprising variety. Curtis and Amy talk about all the different types of jobs they have had during the years they have been working in the is episode. This theme of jobs will be continued in the next episode where we talk specifically about working in restaurants.

Real English Tip:

The English tip that we talk about a different way you can respond to the typical question: What's new? Sometimes we don't have anything new or exciting that has happened and we need to express that. You can say, "Same old, same old".

Transcription Preview:

Amy: Hey guys this is Amy from realenglishconversations.com and today we’re going to be talking a little bit about some of the jobs that we’ve had and work experience. Make sure you stay tuned until the end of the episode because we’ve got a really cool English tip for you.

Curtis: Hello everybody and welcome to another edition of Real English Conversations. My name is Curtis and alongside me is Amy. What are we going to talk about today?

Amy: Well, we thought we would tell you a little bit about some of the past jobs that we’ve had and some of the work experience we’ve had. So what was your first job Curtis?

Curtis: My first job. It’s kind of like the typical job of, of a young person. I think I was 16 years old and I got a job at a fast food restaurant flipping hamburgers.

Amy: Oh, flipping burgers1.

Curtis: I didn’t like it Amy

Amy: No.

Curtis: No didn’t like it at all. I ended up promising myself that I wouldn’t work in a, a restaurant ever again.

Amy: And you almost kept that promise but…

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6: Avalanches & Slow Slides - Free English Conversation Podcast Episode

March 26, 2015
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Episode Summary:

Living in a region with big, steep mountains and a lot of snow can cause snow slides. We thought it would be interesting to share some information about avalanches with you guys because it is probably not something you are familiar with where you live.

Real English Tip:

In this tip we talk about the an expression that we use to express something is unbelievable. The expression is: Insane.

Transcription Preview:

Curtis: Hi everybody it’s Curtis from realenglishconversations.com today Amy and I are talking about avalanches, what they are and how they affect driving conditions in the winter seasons in North America. We’re also going to give you an interesting tip to make you sound more natural while speaking in conversational English so stay tuned for that.

Curtis: Hello everybody and welcome to another episode of Real English conversations. My name is Curtis and with me is my partner in conversation Amy. How are you?

Amy: Oh I’m doing pretty good. So far so good, how about you?

Curtis: Cool, you know same old, same old1.

Amy: Nice.

Curtis: What are we going to talk about today?

Amy: Well we’re going to carry on with our conversation about winter storms and snow and certain hazards that exist within our country as a result of the snow. And an interesting topic that we didn’t have time to get to last time, was talking about avalanches2 in mountainous areas. And also a highway that is called the Coquihalla highway.

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3: Mexico Vacation and Travelling - Free English Conversation Podcast Episode

March 10, 2015
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Curtis and Amy just got back from a vacation in Mexico and they are going to tell you about their trip and about their travel experience from Canada to Mexico. As usually, these Canadians are always talking about the weather.

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Amy: Hey this is Amy from realenglishconversations.com today Curtis and I are going to be talking about a recent trip that we took to Mexico and we also have a cool English expression that you’re going to be able to start using in your own conversations right away.

Amy: Hello everybody and welcome to another episode of real English conversations.    My name is Amy as usual I have my sidekick Curtis with me…

Curtis: Hello everybody.

Amy: How are you doing today Curtis?

Curtis: I’m doing excellent how are you today?

Amy: I’m doing pretty good.

Curtis: Sweet

Amy: In our house appreciating how warm it is in here compared to how cold it is outside

Curtis: Staying in, staying warm1.

Amy: We’ve been going through a little bit of arctic cold front that’s come into our province and made some pretty chilly2 temperatures.

Curtis: I had to put a few layers on a hoodie3, a wool sweater, a jacket.

& gloves, toque4.

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