[Listening] India’s Latest Initiative On Divorcing

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Let’s look at the answer to the last [Listening] episode first.

….few lines with much regret to inform you…

….my pen cannot express the grief I feel …

I guess many of you got the correct answers!

Anyway, congratulations to Anmol who gave the correct spelling ahead of anyone else!

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Here comes the practice for today. It‘s a piece of news about India‘s latest initiative on divorcing from BBC.

Please LISTEN PATIENTLY. And the question goes to three words I have blanked in the script below.


[Script]

India‘s Latest Initiative On Divorcing

The Indian Cabinet has approved an ???(one word missing) order to make instant divorce among muslims, known as the “triple talaq” a punishable offense.

The move came after complaints that the practice persisted despite the Supreme Court banning it last August.

The Indian Law Minister RaviShankar Prasad said the Cabinet passed the decree. Because there had been two hundred cases of muslim men divorcing their wives by simply speaking the word ‘talaq’ three times ???(one word missing) the court decision.

The Indian government has been trying to pass a legislation in Parliament which ???(one word missing) jail terms of up to three years for violators.

But the opposition want amendments to the proposed law so that it cannot be misused.


Don’t forget to comment with your answers below and try to be the lucky first three.🙂

See you next time! 😀

[Phrases] Get some Drinks!

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Today we are gonna look at a few interesting expressions related to drinks!

1. Juice Up

= to improve something by making it more interesting, attractive, or powerful.

For example, expressions you learn from [Phrases] will juice up your sentences when you talk to others in English.

Another example, They tried to juice up the party by playing loud music.

2.  There’s No Good Crying Over Spilt Milk.

Imagine this: if you accidentally spilt some milk, crying over that won’t help, right?

So this expression means that it does no good to get upset over a bad decision or unfortunate event that cannot be changed.

3. It’s Not My Cup Of Tea.

Not something one prefers, desires, enjoys, or cares about.

Look at this:

Reading is just not my cup of tea. (I don’t like reading)

See? If you want to say “I don’t like reading”, you have another option now.

BTW, what’s your favorite drink in summer?

Share with me!

[Talk] Congratulations To The Award Winner

 

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女底色 Hey, Sheldon. I was up in the administration office,and I happened to overhear the name of the winner of this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Science.

男底色 And you want to rub my nose in the fact that my contributions are being overlooked again?

女底色 I am the William Shatner of theoretical physics.

男底色 All right, I’ll play.What selfimportant, preening fraud are they honoring this year?

女底色 Oh, I’m so glad you asked it like that. You.

男底色 I won?

女底色 You won.

男底色 I won!

男底色 This is astonishingNot that I won the awardno one deserves it moreActually, I guess I misspoke. It’s not astonishing; more like inevitable.

男底色 I’m not sure what to do first. Maybe I should call my mother.Wait! I knowI’m going to conduct an interview with myself and post it online.

女底色 Well, good for him. the one thing the William Shatner of theoretical physics needed was an ego boost.

[Listening] Husband Until Death

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Let’s look at the answer to the last [Listening] episode first.

….nationals who exploited our lax immigration laws…

….defrauded our immigration system in order to murder…

….visa fraud, illegal overstay, illegal entry and…

I guess many of you got the correct answers!

Here comes the practice for today. It’s a letter from Abream Scriven to Dinah Jones. In 1858, having recently been sold down the river and parted from his family, Abream Scriven wrote the following heartbreaking letter to his wife. Her subsequent attempts to have her husband bought back by another slave owner failed. They never saw each other again.

Please LISTEN PATIENTLY. And the question goes to two words I have blanked in the script below.


[Script]

Husband until death

Sept the 19. 1858

Dinah Jones, my dear wife, I take the pleasure of writing you these few lines with much ???(one word missing) to inform you that I am sold to a man by the name of Peterson ,a trader and stays in new orleans. I am here yet but I expect to go before long ,but when I get there I will write and let you know where I am.

My dear,I want to send you some things but I do not know who to send them by .But I will try to get them to you and my children. Give my love to my father and mother and tell them good bye for me. And if we shall not meet in this world I hope to meet in heaven. My dear wife for you and my children ,my pen cannot ???(one word missing) the grief I feel to be parted from you all.

I remain yours truly.

husband until death.

Abream Scriven


Don’t forget to comment with your answers below and try to be the lucky first three.🙂

See you next time! 😀

[Phrases] Express Your Feelings②

Hi, there! How’s it going? Today we are going to learn more phrases to express and describe feelings.

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1. Cut Someone To The Quick

=If you cut someone to the quick, you hurt their feelings or offend them deeply.

Alan was cut to the quick when Joe expressed doubt about his sincerity.

2. Deep Down

=If you talk about how someone is, or feels, deep down, you are describing what they are like or what they really feel deep inside, behind the outward appearance.

He appears to be indifferent to his success, but deep down he’s very happy.

3. Fish Out Of Water

= If you feel like a fish out of water, you feel uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.

As a non-golfer, I felt like a fish out of water at the clubhouse.

4. Fit Of Pique

=Someone who reacts by showing their resentment or annoyance when their pride has been wounded, or they feel insulted, is said to have a fit of pique.

She left the table in a fit of pique.

5. Get Something Out Of Your System

=You get rid of a strong emotion or desire by expressing it openly or trying to fulfill it.

Tell you parents how you feel – it’s better to get it out of your system.

6. Freudian Slip

=A mistake made by a speaker which is considered to reveal their true thoughts or feelings.

We may have one point in our lives been caught speaking a Freudian slip, or slip of the tongue.

7. Get A Grip On Oneself

=If you get a grip on yourself, you try to control your feelings so as to be able to deal with a situation.

After the initial shock, Lisa got a grip on herself and called an ambulance.

8. Get Worked up

=Become upset, annoyed or excited, often unnecessarily.

It’s his first day at school tomorrow and he’s all worked up about it.

9. Go Bananas

=If someone becomes very emotional and starts behaving in a crazy way, they go bananas.

If you announce that you are going to drop out of school, your parents will go bananas!

10. Go Off The Deep End

=If a person goes off the deep end, they become so angry or upset that they cannot control their emotions.

Eva will go off the deep end if her kids leave the kitchen in a mess again.

11. Go To Pieces

=If you go to pieces, for example after a terrible shock, you are so upset or distressed that you cannot lead a normal life.

Jack nearly went to pieces when his son died in a car crash.

12. Guilty Pleasure

=Enjoying something which is not generally held in high regard, while at the same time feeling a bit guilty about it, is called a guilty pleasure.

Reading gossip magazines is a guilty pleasure for many women… and some men too!


That’s all for today! If you come across any phrases that have been puzzling you, please let me know with your comments. Have a nice day! 🙂

[Fun Time] Let’s Brainstorm

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You are born with two names tattooed on your body somewhere, one of your soulmate and one of the people that will eventually kill you. There is no way to tell who is who.

There are many interesting themes of discussion on Reddit. One of them is called WritingPrompts. The short passage above is one of the top clips on WritingPrompts.

On this page, users share their wild imaginations and everyone can expand them freely in the ways they like. Even novels have been composed of some of the ideas on it.

Let’s have a look at some creative and thought-provoking clips:

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Some of the imaginations are really amazing, but also a little bit horrifying. Do you have any good ideas? Or do you want to continue these clips above? Share with us!

That’s all for today. 🙂

[Story] Please Continue The Story 2018-09-22

Hey guys! There are so many outstanding stories in the comment of the last [Story]. Let’s have a look first.e956fd65124875d402dbcf945261ae2

I hope you dream about your father a lot.

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It reminds me of my childhood! But my friend will never tap my shoulder at the back.


Anyway, here begins today’s story.

I was sleeping that night when I was woken up by a scratching of the door. Dragging my sleepy body, I opened the door and found nothing there. Suddenly I looked down…

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Guys, what do you think will happen next? Write it down and share with us in your comment!

[Listening] U.S. President Trump’s Weekly Address

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Let’s look at the answer to the last [Listening] episode first.

….who plays the title character

….The series follows a housewife in 1958 New York City…

….she has a knack for stand-up comedy

Congratulations to Syah Javier who gave the correct spelling ahead of anyone else!

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And here comes the practice for today. Please LISTEN PATIENTLY. And the question goes to words I have blanked in the script below.


[Script]

President Trump’s Weekly Address

On Sept. 11,2001, America suffered the worst terrorist attacks in our history.

The attacks were carried out by foreign nationals who ???(one word missing) our lax immigration laws
and defrauded our ???(two word missing) in order to murder nearly 3,000 innocent people.
Following the attacks, Congress placed most immigration enforcement functions within a new agency
known as the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, meaning ICE.
One of the critical lessons of 9/11 is that immigration enforcement saves lives.
We must enforce the rules against visa fraud, ???(two word missing), illegal entry and other immigration violations and crimes
and crimes they are, believe me, crimes they are.

Don’t forget to comment with your answers below and try to be the lucky first three.🙂

See you next time! 😀

[Phrases] Express Your Feelings①

Hi, there! How’s this week going? Anything special happened? Are you happy, or sad? Here are some phrases to express and describe feelings.

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1. Bare Your Heart\Soul To Someone

=If you bare your heart (or soul) to someone, you reveal your innermost thoughts and feelings to them.

Mike couldn’t keep things to himself any longer. He decided to bare his soul to his best friend.

2. Bear The Brunt

=A person who bears the brunt of something is the one who suffers the most when something bad or unpleasant happens.

When things go wrong, his assistant always has to bear the brunt of his anger.

3. Bent Out Of Shape

=If you get bent out of shape, you become annoyed or upset about something that is usually not that important or cannot be avoided.

Don’t get bent out of shape if you’re delayed. We’ll wait for you.

4. Beside Yourself  With 

=If you are beside yourself (with an emotion), you lose your self-control because of the intensity of the emotion you are feeling.

He was beside himself with grief when he lost his son.

5. Bored To Tears

=If you find something so dull and uninteresting that it makes you sad enough to cry, you are bored to tears.

I could see that my son was bored to tears by the historical documentary.

6. Carry The Torch For Someone

=If you carry the torch, you have strong feelings for someone with whom you do not or cannot have a relationship.

He’s been carrying the torch for Julie since their college days, before she married Ted.

7. Wouldn’t Be Caught/Seen Dead

=If someone says that they wouldn’t be caught or seen dead in a particular place or doing something, they mean that they would be too ashamed or embarrassed.

My seven-year-old son thinks he’s a big boy; he wouldn’t be caught dead holding my hand in front of his friends!

8. Cheesed Off

=If someone is cheesed off with something, they are annoyed, bored or frustrated.

Jenny is absolutely cheesed off with her job.

9. Have A Chip On Your Shoulder

=If someone has a chip on their shoulder, they feel resentful because they feel they are being treated unfairly, especially because of their background, their sex or their colour.

He’s got a chip on his shoulder because he’s from a working-class family.

10. Close To Home

=If a remark or comment is close to home, it is so true, or it affects you so directly, that you feel uncomfortable.

Alan looks embarrassed. Bob’s comment must have been close to home.

11. Come Apart At The Seams

=To say that someone is coming apart at the seams means that they are extremely upset or under severe mental stress.

Bob has had so many problems lately, he’s coming apart at the seams.

12. Cork Up Something

=If you cork up your feelings or emotions, you fail to show or express them.

It would be better if she showed her grief and didn’t cork up her feelings.


So when someone asks you, ‘how do you feel today’, what is your answer? Comment and share with us.

That’s all for today! If you come across any phrases that have been puzzling you, please let me know with your comments. Have a nice day! 🙂

[Talk] I Passed The Written Test.

Sandy is trying to get a driver’s license. Here is the conversation between her and her friend Peter.

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女底色 I passed the written test.

男底色  That’s great. I’m glad you passed it.

女底色  Now, I need to learn how to drive.

男底色  I know how to drive. I can teach you.

女底色  You can teach me how to drive?

男底色  Yes, I can. It isn’t difficult.


That’s all for today. 🙂

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Bye for now!