213.- Take something to heart. Profesor

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Take_something_to_heart_download.mp3   Take something to heart   Summary Are you ruled by your head or your heart? If you get upset by someone’s feedback or advice, it’s probably your heart that’s in control! We teach an English phrase that describes this feeling which Rob’s about to experience. Find out more in this episode. Transcript Feifei Welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Rob … and I’m Rob. Feifei Rob, why are you sounding so fed up? Rob...

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212.- On the table. Profesor

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/On_the_table_download.mp3       On the table https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2023/ep-230703     Introduction In this programme, we talk about an idiom that’s often used in business. It describes someone showing a plan or offer for others to consider and negotiate. Find about ‘on the table’, and see if you can use it in your English conversation.     Transcript   Jiaying Welcome to...

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213.- Take something to heart

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212.- On the Table

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211.- No ifs or buts. Profesor.

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/No-ifs-or-buts.mp3       No ifs or buts https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2023/ep-230320   Summary Sometimes it’s important to communicate that something must be done, without question or delay. In today’s episode, our presenters engage more with the use, meaning and context of this expression. Transcript Feifei This is The English We Speak with me Feifei… Rob …and I’m Rob. Hey Feifei, you know...

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211.- No ifs or buts

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210.- Know the score.

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210.- Know the score. Profesor.

volver a Dictados BBC2 Profesor       https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Know_the_score.mp3       Know the score https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2023/ep-230206 Introduction Sometimes you understand the reality of a situation and how it might affect you. There’s a phrase to describe this and Rob’s about to hear it – that’s if he can stay to the end of the programme! Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. You...

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209.- Hang in there. Profesor.

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209.- Hang in there

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208.- Change for the better

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208.- Change for the better. Profesor.

volver a Dictados BBC2 profesor     https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Change_for_the_better_.mp3     Change for the better Summary Feifei is cooking something and Neil thinks it looks and smells delicious! But why does Neil think it might be unhealthy? Learn a new phrase and find out what Feifei is cooking! Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Neil …and I’m Neil. Wow! That food smells amazing! What is it? Feifei It’s part of my new diet! I’ve...

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207.- Off the top of my head. Profesor.

volver a Dictados BBC2 profesor       https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Off_the_top_of_my_head_download.mp3       Off the top of my head https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-230102   Summary When you don’t have the facts and figures at hand, you have to make a quick guess. Where does this information come from? We can tell you as we explain this English phrase. Transcript Feifei Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak with me,...

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207.- Off the top of my head

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206.- Bite your tongue

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206.- Bite your tongue. Profesor.

volver a dictados BBC2 Profesor     https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Bite_your_tongue_.mp3     Bite your tongue https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-221128 Summary  You may think something but it’s best not to say it out loud. This phrase tells you what to do in this situation. Jiaying advises Rob to do it before she does it to him. Find out more in this episode of The English We Speak. Transcript Jiaying Hello and welcome to The English We...

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205.- Smash it.

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205.- Smash it. Profesor

volver a dictados BBC2 Profesor     https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Smash_it-.mp3       Smash it   https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-220808   Introduction Rob’s entering his pot into a pottery competition. When Feifei tells him to ‘smash it’, she doesn’t actually want him to break it! So, what does she mean? Learn another English phrase that you can use in this episode of The English We Speak. Transcript Feifei Hello and...

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204.- Say no more

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204.- Say no more. Profesor

volver a dictados BBC2 Profesor       https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Say_no_more_.mp3         Say no more https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-220103   Summary When you understand something that someone’s suggesting or trying to explain, there’s a way to tell them you understand! Learn that expression with us! Transcript Jiaying Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Jiaying… Neil …and I’m Neil. Jiaying Have...

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203.- Willy-nilly

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203.- Willy-nilly. Profesor

volver a dictados BBC2 Profesor           https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Willy_nilly_.mp3         Willy-nilly https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-220822   Introduction Sometimes we do things without planning them and they end up being a bit haphazard! Learn a phrase to describe this! Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei. Roy And me, Roy. Feifei, you look really angry. What’s...

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202.- Get your act together

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202.- Get your act together. Profesor

volver a dictados BBC2 Profesor       https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Get_your_act_together_download.mp3         Get your act together     https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-221031     Introduction If your life is a bit chaotic and needs organising, we have the perfect English phrase that gives you advice on what to do. Listen to this programme to find if it helps Rob! Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English...

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201.- Sitting pretty

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201.- Sitting pretty. Profesor

volver a dictados BBC2 Profesor         https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Sitting_pretty_.mp3 Sitting pretty   https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-221017   Summary Neil’s won the lottery – but Feifei’s not sure how much money he got. At least Neil can pay off some of his debts and Feifei has a phrase to describe his good financial situation which won’t cost him a penny. Learn more about sitting pretty in this episode of The English...

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200.- There’s nothing to it. Profesor.

volver a Dictados BBC2 Profesor       https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Theres-nothing-to-it.mp3       There’s nothing to it https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-220124 Summary Doing certain things may seem easy or simple so how we can describe this? We have an English phrase you can use but will it apply to Neil’s ability to operate the radio studio? Find out in this episode of The English We Speak. Transcript Jiaying This is The...

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200.- There’s nothing to it

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199.- Double down. Profesor.

volver a Dictados BBC2 Profesor       https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Double-down.mp3       Double down https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-220711   Summary Sometimes, trying to complete something needs extra effort and determination. Neil needs it to finish his heavy workload but luckily Feifei is about to offer some useful words. Will they work? Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Neil … and...

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199.-Double down

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198.- Put the brakes on.

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198.- Put the brakes on. Profesor.

volver a Dictados BBC2 Profesor       https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Put-the-brakes-on.mp3       Put the brakes on https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-2201003   Summary Neil’s spending is getting out of control and Feifei advises him to stop. Learn how she does this by using a term often connected with driving a car. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Neil …and hello, I am...

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197.- It escapes me. Profesor

volver a Dictados BBC2 Profesor     https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/It_escapes_me_.mp3       It escapes me https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-220620 Summary  Roy’s got a dog, but what’s her name? Feifei has trouble recalling it and uses a phrase that makes Neil think that the dog has escaped. You won’t want to forget this episode of The English We Speak. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak from BBC Learning...

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197.- It escapes me

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196.- Second-guess

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196.- Second-guess. Profesor.

volver a Dictados BBC2 Profesor       https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Second-guess.mp3     Second-guess https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-220926 Summary If you don’t know what’s going to happen next, you have to guess. And Feifei has to guess what the English phrase is in this programme but luckily, it’s all about guessing – twice! Can you guess what it is? Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak, I’m...

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195.- Ins and outs. Profesor.

volver a Dictados BBC2 Profesor     https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Ins-and-outs.mp3 Ins and outs   https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-220919 Introduction Neil is going shopping, and Feifei doesn’t think much of his taste in clothes. Learn about a new expression and why Feifei gets a shock! Transcript Feifei Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Neil …and hello, I am Neil. Feifei You look busy. What are you doing...

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195.- Ins and outs.

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194.- Eat your words

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194.- Eat your words. Profesor

Volver a Dictados BBC2 Profesor   https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/eat_your_words_.mp3   Eat your words https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak_2022/ep-220905 Summary Feifei baked a cake, much to Rob’s delight. But when he hears what the ingredients are, he’s already made his mind up about how it’ll taste. Feifei has some advice about what he should eat next – and you can learn it too in this episode of The English We Speak. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome...

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193.- Down / up for something. Profesor

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Down_up_for_something_download.mp3     Down / up for something   Summary What do you enjoy doing? Well, if you there is something you are interested in doing now, we have an expression you can use. Neil and Jiaying get to explain in The English We Speak. Transcript Jiaying Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Jiaying… Neil … and me, Neil. Hey Jiaying, would you like to play some games online with me? Jiaying Sure thing – I’m down for...

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193.- Down / up for something

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192.- Don’t mind me. Profesor

    https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Dont_mind_me_download.mp3     Don’t mind me Summary Neil’s got things to do while he presents this programme but because he doesn’t want Jiaying to be distracted, he has a phrase to use – and we’re here to explain what it is and how to use it. Transcript Jiaying Hello. Welcome to The English We Speak, with me Jiaying… Neil … and me… Neil… Jiaying Neil, what are you doing? Neil Oh, don’t mind me – I’m just doing some...

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192.- Don’t mind me.

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191.- Easier said than done

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191.- Easier said than done. Profesor.

    https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Easier_said_than_done_download.mp3     Easier said than done Summary We all like to talk about the things we’d like to do it, but in reality they turn out to be a bit more complicated. As Neil finds out, this even applies to making this programme! Luckily, Jiaying has the perfect phrase to describe the situation. Transcript Jiaying Hello and welcome to The English We Speak, I’m Jiaying… Rob And I’m Rob. Hey, Jiaying, I wonder if you can help me with...

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190.- That’ll be the day. Profesor.

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Thatll-be-the-day.mp3     That’ll be the day Summary Rumours of a plate of biscuits have a hungry Neil excited. However, in this episode we learn a new phrase to help us talk about the chances that Rob hasn’t eaten them all! Transcript Jiaying Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Jiaying… Neil … and I’m Neil. Hi, Jiaying. Have you seen any biscuits around here? I’m really hungry! Jiaying No, sorry. There aren’t any biscuits here....

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190.- That’ll be the day.

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189.- Bug someone.

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189. Bug someone. Profesor.

      https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/bug_someone_download.mp3     Introduction Sometimes people or things just annoy you. Find out about an expression that describes those things. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei. Roy And me, Roy. Who’s the person in the grey suit speaking to Neil? Feifei I’m not sure, but he looks very elegant. He looks really familiar. Roy Is it Brad Pitt? Feifei No, it’s not. But I’m sure I recognise his face. It’s...

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188.- Thereby hangs a tale.

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188.- Thereby hangs a tale. Profesor.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/thereby_hangs_a_tale_download.mp3     Thereby hangs a tale   Summary Something unexpected happened to Feifei on her way to the studio. Neil wants an explanation and they both teach you a phrase for when there is a story behind what you see. It’s an expression used by Shakespeare! Transcript Feifei Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Neil … and hello, I’m Neil. Err, sorry to mention it, Feifei, but why is there a big coffee stain on your...

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187.- YOLO

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187.- YOLO. Profesor.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/yolo.mp3     Do you like taking risks or living in the present? Well, if you want to justify your plans, we have an expression you can use. Transcript   Jiaying Welcome to The English We Speak with me, Jiaying… Roy … and me, Roy. Did you just eat my entire bucket of popcorn? Jiaying Yes, I did! YOLO! Roy I can’t believe you ate my popcorn! I was going to share that with you while we watched a film! And what on earth does YOLO mean? Jiaying You only live...

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186.- All that jazz.

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186.- All that jazz. PROFESOR.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/171226_tews_all_that_jazz_download.mp3   Summary What does Neil mean when he says his band had “long hair, loud guitars, even louder drums, leather… all that jazz!” Feifei and Neil teach you a musical phrase that’s not about music! Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei. Neil And I’m Neil. Feifei And Neil –we have a musical expression… Do you like rock music? Neil Rock. Yeah I love it. Feifei Really? Neil When...

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185.- Throw shade. PROFESOR.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/200713_tews_throw_shade_download.mp3 Summary Has anyone you know been ‘throwing shade’ recently? Learn what this English expression means and how we use it. Also, you can find out why Feifei has been throwing shade at Roy in the English We Speak! Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Roy …and me, Roy. Feifei We may sound a little different – that’s because we are not able to record in our normal studios during the coronavirus...

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185.- Throw shade

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184.- Down / up for something. PROFESOR.

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/210719_tews_down_up_for_something_download.mp3 Summary What do you enjoy doing? Well, if you there is something you are interested in doing now, we have an expression you can use. Neil and Jiaying get to explain in The English We Speak. Transcript Jiaying Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Jiaying… Neil … and me, Neil. Hey Jiaying, would you like to play some games online with me? Jiaying Sure thing – I’m down for that! Neil I’m sorry to hear that...

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184.- Down / up for something

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183.- Nothingburger

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183.- Nothingburger. PROFESOR.

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/210315_tews_nothingburger_download.mp3 Summary Rob’s luxury burger turns out to be a disappointment but it’s a good excuse to learn a new word to describe more important situations that turn out to be insignificant. Find out more about it with Feifei and Rob. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei.  Rob And I’m Rob. Feifei You’re looking a bit angry Rob, are you OK? Rob Not really. I was feeling hungry earlier so I thought I would...

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182.- Bite the bullet. PROFESOR.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/200706_tews_bite_the_bullet_download-1.mp3       Summary Learn an English expression that involves bullets but isn’t dangerous. This phrase describes situations where you have to do something unpleasant but can’t be avoided, and Rob is about to do just that to illustrate this for you!   Transcript Feifei Hello! This is The English We Speak, I’m Feifei… Rob …and I’m Rob. Feifei We may sound a little different. That’s because we are not able to...

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182.- Bite the bullet.

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181.- Vibe. PROFESOR.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/210614_tews_vibe_download.mp3 Summary Do you like feeling chilled? Or hanging out with people who are relaxed? Well, if you want to say something has a good aura, we have an expression you can use. Transcript Jiaying Welcome to The English We Speak with me, Jiaying… Roy … and me, Roy. What are you doing? You look really relaxed! Shouldn’t you be working? Jiaying I am working! I’m just enjoying the chilled vibe of working from home! Roy Chilled vibe? Is that some kind of...

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181.- Vibe.

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180.- A wild card. PROFESOR.

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/A-Wild-Card.mp3     Rob Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Rob and joining me today is Feifei. Feifei Hello everyone. Hey, what about that new guy who’s started in the office? Rob Brian? Feifei Yes, he’s very funny – always telling jokes – and yesterday he started juggling with three oranges – he was very good. Rob Hmm, he might be funny but I haven’t seen him do much work – I think he’s a bit of a wild card. Feifei A...

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180.- A wild card

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179.- A close shave. PROFESOR.

    https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/A-Close-Shave.mp3       Summary Rob is nearly knocked off his bike but he describes his near miss with an expression that confuses Feifei. What has shaving got to do with it? Find out in the programme. Transcript Note: This is not a word-for-word transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me Feifei… Rob …and me Rob. Hello. Feifei Erm, Rob, are you OK? You’ve got some cuts on your face. Rob Oh well, yes, I’ve...

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179.- A close shave.

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178.- Smombie.

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178.- Smombie. Profesor.

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Smombie.mp3     Summary You know those people who walk around staring at their smartphones – even if it puts them and others in danger? Well, there’s a word for them – it comes from German, but people are now starting to use it in English. Join Neil and Feifei as she walks into a door to teach you this cutting-edge word. Transcript Neil Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Neil and joining me today is…  Feifei Argh!...

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177.- You do you. Profesor.

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/201221_tews_you_do_you_download.mp3   Summary Do you know someone who thinks they know how things are done and won’t change? Rob’s about to find out that Feifei knows best when it comes to presenting this programme but it’s a good excuse to learn a new phrase about knowing your own mind! Transcript Feifei Hello, this is The English We Speak with me Feifei and joining me is Rob. Hello Rob! Rob Hello. Now, I was thinking – you always start the programme – it’s...

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177.- You do you.

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176.- Push back.

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176.- Push back. Profesor.

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/210517_tews_push_back_download.mp3 Summary Not everything goes to plan and sometimes we need to delay things until later. This is true for Jiaying, who’s had to postpone her party, but at least it means we can learn a new English phrase to describe this situation. Transcript Jiaying Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Jiaying… Rob … and hello it’s me, Rob. Hey, Jiaying, I’m so looking forward to your party! Jiaying Well, errr… Rob You know –...

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175.- Zip it! Profesor.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/210503_tews_zip_it_download.mp3 Summary We all like to talk, but some people don’t know when to stop. We have an expression to teach you that tells someone when to stop. It is a bit rude, so use it carefully. Jiaying is about to find it could be useful when Rob talks a lot about his amazing weekend. Listen to The English We Speak to hear it being used. Transcript Jiaying Welcome to The English We Speak with me, Jiaying… Rob … and me, Rob. Hey, Jiaying, have I told you about my...

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175.- Zip it!

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174.- Botch job. Profesor.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/210426_tews_botch_job_download.mp3   Summary Neil’s been trying to put up some bookshelves but it hasn’t gone well. Luckily, Jiaying can help with an English phrase to describe what he’s done – but it won’t help stop his leaking water pipe! Find out more about a ‘botch job’ and when it’s a good time to use it! Transcript Jiaying Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Jiaying but there’s no Neil. I’m waiting for him to arrive… Neil Sorry...

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174.- Botch job.

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173.- It slaps!

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173.- It slaps! Profesor.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/210419_tews_it_slaps_download.mp3 Summary What do you think is absolutely amazing? A song, film or TV series? Well, if you want to describe how brilliant it is, we have an expression you can use. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Roy … and me, Roy. Have you heard that new song by your favourite band ‘The Spinning Lizards of Doom’? Feifei Yes, it slaps! Roy What do you mean – the song slapped you? Are you OK? Feifei Yes, I’m...

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172.- Have a lot of plates spinning. Profesor.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/210412_tews_spinning_plates_download.mp3 Summary Have you ever had so many things to do at the same time that it felt a bit overwhelming? It can be tricky when you want to focus on just one task. We have an expression to describe this situation. Transcript Feifei Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Roy And me, Roy. Rob sounds very stressed today. I think he’s worried about his magic trick! Feifei What magic trick? I know he has a lot of work on this...

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172.- Have a lot of plates spinning.

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171.- The CEO of.

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171. The CEO of. Profesor

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/210510_tews_the_ceo_of_download-1.mp3 Summary What do you think you are the best at? Dancing, art or taking photos? Well, if you want to say you’re the best at something, you could use this expression Jiaying and Roy talk about. Transcript Jiaying Welcome to The English We Speak with me, Jiaying… Roy … and me, Roy. Hey Jiaying! I saw your latest photo on social media – it’s great! Jiaying Yes, I’m the CEO of social media! Roy Oh wow – I knew you were important, but I...

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170.- Pizzazz. Profesor.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/210405_tews_pizzazz_download.mp3   Summary Do you know someone who is very glamorous and full of vitality? Roy and Feifei teach you an expression you can use to describe this person. Transcript Feifei Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Roy … and me, Roy. I am so hungry! I haven’t had anything to eat all day! Where are the pizzas? Feifei What are you talking about? Roy You sent me a message saying you had lots of pizzas, so I’m ready to...

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170.- Pizzazz

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169.- One step at a time.

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169.- One step at a time. Profesor.

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/TheEnglishWeSpeak-20201013-OneStepAtATime.mp3   Summary When you’re trying something new, it’s best not to rush. Feifei’s about to give Rob some advice on the best approach to take for his plans to get fit, using a familiar English expression. Find out more in The English We Speak. Transcript Feifei Hello, this is The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Rob …and hello, it’s me, Rob. Feifei Hey, Rob. How are your plans going to get fit? Rob Oh, Feifei, they are a...

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168.- The bee’s knees.

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168.- The bee’s knees. Profesor.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/bbc_tews_130_bees_knees_130702_tews_130_bees_knees_audio_au_bb.mp3   Li: Oh, it’s a really great day for a picnic, Finn. Thank you for inviting me. Finn: Yes, Li. I thought we could enjoy this rare sunny day in London and I wanted you to try some of my new recipes. Li: You’re a real Heston Blumenthal! I never thought I would enjoy an olive and white chocolate salad! Finn: And what about the beetroot loaf? Li: Oh, yes. It was unusual but very tasty. I might want...

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167.- Cut to the chase.

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167.- Cut to the chase. Profesor.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/TheEnglishWeSpeakPodcast-20130923-CutToTheChase.mp3   (Finn and Feifei are in the car going to work) Finn: Thank you for driving me to work today, Feifei. It’s a nice car. Feifei: Yeah, it’s brand new. Finn: It must have cost a lot of money. By the way, I noticed you had a meeting with the boss yesterday… and you look very happy today. Good news? Feifei: Yes, very good news. First the boss offered me … Finn: A pay rise? Feifei: Tea. And then he offered me...

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166.- Butter up. Profesor.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/bbc_tews_butter_up_audio_140923_tews_194_butter_up_audio_au_bb.mp3   (Feifei and Finn bump into each other at the supermarket) Finn: Hello Feifei. I didn’t know you shopped at this supermarket too. Feifei: Hi Finn. Usually I don’t. But it’s close to the office and I have to rush home to welcome an important guest. Finn: Who is it? Someone I know? Feifei: No, it’s my landlady. She’s coming to collect some of her post and… well, I want to make...

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166.- Butter up

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165.- Funny ha-ha or funny peculiar

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/bbc_tews_178_funny_140603_tews_178_funny_audio_au_bb.mp3     A little reminder… fun vs funny   FUN FUNNY To describe something we enjoy doing. To describe something which makes us laugh. Ice-skating is fun. John’s very funny, he should be a...

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165.- Funny ha-ha or funny peculiar. Profesor

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/bbc_tews_178_funny_140603_tews_178_funny_audio_au_bb.mp3   Neil: Hi there, Helen. Now, something really funny happened to me on my way here this morning. Helen: Oh, really? Do tell me. I love a funny story! Neil: Right. A man got on my bus wearing his shoes on the wrong feet. Helen: OK. And what happened next? Neil: Then he started speaking to me. He asked if I liked Shakespeare. Helen: Oh, right. Neil: And then he started reading one of Hamlet’s famous...

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164.- Call it a day

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164.- Call it a day (Profesor)

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163.- LOL!

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163.- LOL! Profesor.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Lol-.mp3   Jennifer: Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. I’m Jennifer, and with me in the studio today is Rob. Rob: Hi there! Jennifer: In this programme, we teach you about English words or phrases that you might find a little confusing. (Phone text message sound) Jennifer: Rob! You shouldn’t have your phone switched on in the studio! It’s not professional! Rob: Sorry Jen, it’s just a text message… It’s...

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162.- `A´game

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162.- `A´game. Profesor.

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/210104_tews_A_game_download.mp3   Summary Sometimes people need to be on top form and do their best work. It could be during a meeting, or a conference or even a quiz with your friends. These are just some of times people may need to bring their A game. That’s what Feifei and Roy talk about in The English We Speak. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei.  Roy And I’m Roy! I’m so excited! You made me so happy when you...

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161. Goat. Profesor.

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/210222_tews_goat_download.mp3   Summary Who’s your favourite film star, musician or sports star? Are they great, or are they the greatest ever? That’s what Feifei and Roy talk about in The English We Speak. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei.  Roy And I’m Roy! I’m glad you’re here, Feifei – I’m really upset! Rob just sent me an email saying ‘thanks for all my hard work and that I was a...

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161.- Goat

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160.- Clout

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160. Clout

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/210301_tews_clout_download.mp3   Summary Do you know someone who has a lot of followers on social media? Do they often use their influence and power? That’s what Feifei and Roy talk about. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei.  Roy And I’m Roy! Feifei I’m really impressed, Roy. Neil said you have real clout!  Roy What?! You mean that Neil wants to hit me? Is he angry with me? Feifei No, Roy. ‘Clout’ can mean to hit someone...

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159. Moonshot (profesor)

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/210208_tews_moonshot_download.mp3   Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei. Roy And I’m Roy! 10, 9, 8, 7… Feifei What are you doing? And why are you dressed like an astronaut? Roy I’m practising my countdown for when we head to the Moon. 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. We have lift off! Feifei Please, stop! In this programme we’re teaching the expression ‘moonshot’, which refers to an ambitious project carried out without any...

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159.- Moonshot

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158.- Key worker (profesor)

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/201130_tews_key_worker_download.mp3 Summary Do you know any doctors, nurses, teachers, fire service professionals or ambulance drivers? These are just some examples of key workers – people who provide an essential service, and have become even more important than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. That’s what Feifei and Roy talk about in The English We Speak. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei.  Roy And I’m Roy! Feifei What...

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157.- Awesomesauce (profesor)

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/210308_tews_awesomesauce_download.mp3 Summary There are many ways to talk about something amazing, but this new informal word is incredible. You can use it to describe almost anything – but Feifei finds it useful in complimenting Rob’s homemade ice cream! Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Rob And I’m Rob. Feifei Hey Rob, thanks for this ice cream – I love ice cream – but why are we eating it now? Rob As a treat, Feifei!...

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158.- Key worker

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157.- Awesomesauce

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156. Dictado: Sticking point (profesor)

157.-Sticking point Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Roy …and me, Roy. Feifei Roy, please will you sit down! It’s really annoying with you always just standing there! Roy No, I refuse to sit down! I haven’t sat down for the whole week. I heard you talking about ‘a sticking point’ the other day, and after you played a joke on me and glued me to the chair – I will not sit down ever again! Feifei No, Roy! ‘A sticking point’ refers to a problem or issue that...

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155.- Running on fumes

156.-Running on fumes   Transcript   Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Roy..and me, Roy. FeifeiIn this programme, we have an expression to describe when someone is very tired and has used all their energy. It can also be used for things when they’re out of battery or fuel. Speaking of which, Roy – you look exhausted! Roy Thanks, Feifei (sarcastic)! Do I look that bad? I do feel tired, though! FeifeiRoy, you look like you’re running on fumes. RoyYou mean my car has run out...

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154.- Fire

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153.- Bang on about something. Profesor.

154.-Bang on about something Summary What phrase can you use to describe when a person talks and talks about something to the point where it gets a bit annoying? Do you know someone who does that? Find out how to use an interesting expression that native speakers use to describe this episode of The English We Speak. FeifeiHello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Roy…and me, Roy. FeifeiWe may sound a little different – that’s because we are not able to record in our normal studios during the coronavirus outbreak. In...

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152.- Cabin fever

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151.-Live for something

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150.-Lowkey

151.-Lowkey Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Roy …and me, Roy. Feifei We may sound a little different – that’s because we are not able to record in our normal studios during the coronavirus outbreak. Now Roy, stop using your phone! We’re trying to talk! Ahhh I know what game you’re playing! You’re probably too embarrassed to tell people which game it is – and in this programme we have a word to use when you want to be discreet, or not let people know something. Roy Well, I...

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149.- Skeleton crew

150.-Skeleton crew   Transcript   FeifeiHello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei…   Roy…and me, Roy.  FeifeiWe may sound a little different – that’s because we are not able to record in our normal studios during the coronavirus outbreak. In this programme, we have an expression that is used to describe the minimum number of people that are required to run a business. Speaking of which, there are not many people working in the train stations today.  RoyNo, you’re right. It’s because of the strikes on...

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148.- Salty

149.-Salty Transcript   FeifeiHello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei…  Roy…and me, Roy.  FeifeiWe may sound a little different – that’s because we are not able to record in our normal studios during the coronavirus outbreak. In this programme, we have a word that is used to say when someone is upset over something minor or trivial. Speaking of which, you got really upset when the vending machine didn’t have any of those sweets you like this morning!  RoyI really like ‘unicorn truffles’ – you have no...

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147.- Flexing

148.-Flexing transcript   FeifeiHello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei…  Roy …and me, Roy.  Feifei                                                                                            We may sound a little different – that’s because we are not able to record in our normal studios during the coronavirus outbreak. Roy! I saw the photo you sent to the text group this morning! I didn’t know you had a fancy sports...

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146.- Spill the tea

147.-Spill the tea Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Roy …and me, Roy. Feifei We may sound a little different. That’s because we are not able to record in our normal studios during the coronavirus outbreak. Roy, have you heard about Rob? Roy No, what about Rob? Feifei Well, you know that Rob’s been wearing a long t-shirt recently. It’s because the other night he went out with some friends. Well, he lost a dare and now he’s got a tattoo of panda on a skateboard on his...

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145.- Furlough

146.-Furlough   Transcript   FeifeiHello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei…   Roy…and me, Roy.  FeifeiWe may sound a little different – that’s because we are not able to record in our normal studios during the coronavirus outbreak. Roy, why have you shaved off your beard? I don’t think I’ve seen your chin before.  RoyWell, I got your message – you told me to trim my beard. You said it’s sad, but necessary to keep my fur low during the coronavirus. I thought it was a bit weird as my beard is made...

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144.- Peacocking

145.-Peacocking Rob’s showing off (again), but this time he’s decided to dress up and impress Feifei. Is this an example of ‘peacocking’, and what does that really mean? Watch The English We Speak to see Feifei’s reaction, and find out the true meaning of this animal-related phrase. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Rob …and me, Rob. Hey, Feifei. I have a little challenge for you. Feifei Oh good, I like a challenge. Rob Right. Well. Can you name a bird that has bright...

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143.-Don´t get me wrong ( profesor)

144.-Dont Get Me Wrong Don´t get me wrong Li: Hello I’m Li! And joining me today is Neil – hello Neil! (miaow) Neil: Hello! (miaow) Li: Is that a cat in the basket you’re holding? Neil: It’s my adorable cat, Spencer. Li: Oh Spencer, can I see him? Neil: Of course… (basket opening) Li: Ahhhh-urgh! Neil: What do you mean, urgh? Li: That’s not a cat, it’s a kind of frog-chicken! (offended miaow) Li: It doesn’t have any fur! Neil: Spencer certainly is a cat. He’s a sphinx cat; they don’t...

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142.-Couch Surfing (profesor)

143.-couch surfing Transcript Feifei Welcome to The English We Speak, I’m Feifei. Rob And I’m Rob! Feifei A very messy and scruffy Rob, if I may say so. Did you not have time to brush your hair today? Rob Feifei, things are a bit difficult at the moment. I’m having some work done on my house. Feifei And has your hairbrush gone missing? Rob No, no. I’m not living at home at the moment – I’m sleeping where anyone has a spare sofa. It was Neil’s house on Monday, Paul’s on Tuesday, Sam’s on Wednesday… Feifei I get it. You...

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141.-Vanish into thin air (profesor)

142.-vanish into thin air Transcript Feifei This is The English We Speak. I’m Feifei. Rob And hello, I’m Rob. Feifei Rob, would you mind wiping those crumbs from your mouth? Rob Ooops, sorry! Feifei Do you know, it’s very strange – I made a cake a last night and brought it to work today to share with you. Rob That’s very kind! Feifei Yes, but it seems to have vanished into thin air. Rob Wow! You’re a magician! You’ve made a cake disappear! Feifei No, Rob. The phrase ‘to vanish into thin air’ means ‘to...

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140.- Tews talk the talk. Profesor

141.-Tews talk the talk Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Neil …and me, Neil. Feifei In this programme, we have an expression you can use to describe someone who talks confidently about a topic, but might not actually know that much about it. Neil Which reminds me, Feifei. Did I tell you that I’ve started a new evening course? Feifei No. What’s it in? Neil Well, see if you can guess… My lords, ladies and gentlemen. It is indeed an immense honour and privilege to stand here before you on...

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139.-Mind your Ps and Qs

140.-mind your ps and qs Mind your Ps and Qs Transcript Feifei So, tonight’s the night, Neil. How do you feel? Neil A bit nervous, but mostly excited. I’ve been practising my speech all morning. Feifei Just go out there, smile, and don’t forget: mind your Ps and Qs! Neil Eh? I know how to spell, Feifei. Feifei You know what I mean! Neil Don’t worry! I won’t offend anyone. Feifei Mind your Ps and Qs is our phrase in The English We Speak. If someone tells you to mind your Ps and Qs, they’re telling you to be polite in a social...

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138.-Fib

139.-fib Fib Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… and, not for the first time, it looks like Rob is late… Rob Here I am! Yes, really sorry. The bus was really slow. Feifei Hmmm… Bad on the roads today, huh? Rob Terrible traffic. Feifei That’s funny, because I took the train in this morning and I saw you at the other end of the carriage. Rob Err, OK. Sorry. Yes. I took the train, not the bus. Little fib there. Feifei Why would you want to fib about that? Well, not to worry, it gives us the...

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137.- Across

138.-across Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Rob …and I’m Rob. And today, we’re going to use a common word in a slightly different way. It’s a preposition you’ve no doubt known for a long time. Feifei Yes, our word is across. Of course, you can say things like: Rob is sitting across from me. Rob Or: This food is popular across China. Feifei But what about this: Rob, are you across the plan for tonight’s event? Rob You’re not asking me if I’m sitting...

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136.-Fat chance

137.-fat chance Fat chance Feifei Hello and welcome back to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei. Rob And I’m Rob. Have I told you about the competition that I’ve entered, Feifei? Feifei No, Rob. What is it? Rob It’s a singing competition! You have to perform a popular song from your favourite band – and I’m going to win! Feifei You? Are going to win? No offence, Rob, but I’ve heard your singing voice, and, well, I’m not sure… Rob What are you trying to say, Feifei? Feifei All I’m saying is that there is fat chance of you...

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135.- Milk it

136.-milk it Milk it Transcript Feifei Hello, this The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Rob …and don’t you know who I am?! I am Rob. Feifei Yes, we all know that, Rob. Rob But I am THE Rob – Rob of The English We Speak. There is nobody else like me. Feifei Yeah, yeah, yeah – don’t milk it! Rob Eh? Come on, show me some respect. Ouch, I seem to have pulled a muscle – ooo, that hurts. Feifei Come on, Rob. You hardly moved. Rob Ouch, it’s in my lower back. It’s so painful, I don’t know if I can carry on. Feifei You are...

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134.- Cherry pick

135.-cherry pick Cherry-pick Feifei Hello, this The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Rob …and hello, I’m Rob. Feifei Why have you brought a bowl of fruit into the studio? Rob I’m not feeling great – and you know fruit is packed with vitamin C, so I though eating some would do me good. Feifei Hmm I see. Well, I’m sorry you’re not feeling great, but we have got a programme to do and an English phrase to teach. Rob If you don’t mind, I might just read a few lines from the script today – to save my voice. Perhaps I could just...

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133.- To fight tooth and nail

134.-fighting tooth and nail To fight tooth and nail Transcript Feifei Hello, this The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Rob …and hello, I’m Rob. Feifei You’re looking a bit angry, Rob. Rob Yes, I am. I’m really angry. I’ve just heard some bad news. Feifei Oh no. What’s happened? Rob It’s the cafe I go to. They’ve decided to become a vegan cafe – no more meat. Where am I going to buy my bacon sandwich from now?! Feifei There could be worse things to get angry about. Rob Really? I don’t think so. I’m going to fight...

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132.It’s a small world

133.-it is a small world It’s a small world Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome back to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei. Rob And I’m Rob. Now, Feifei, do I have a story for you! Feifei Oh? Do tell! Rob Well, I was out shopping at the weekend when I ran into Neil! Feifei OK… Rob Well, we decided to get some lunch together, when who should we run into but Dan! Feifei Dan from the office? No way! Rob It gets weirder! Dan joined us for a bite to eat and then we saw Sam and Sian getting lunch together as well! It was a big,...

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131.- Slow TV (profesor)

131.-slow tv Slow TV Transcript Feifei Hi Neil. Good weekend? Do anything nice? Neil Hi Feifei! Actually, I stayed in and watched TV. Feifei Football? Neil No, I watched this marvellous programme from Norway. Feifei Oh, one of those police dramas? They’re great! Neil Actually, believe it or not, the entire film was just the view from the front of a train, all the way from one city to another. It was seven hours long. Feifei Seven hours?! And that’s all that happened? No people? No police? No nothing? Neil Just the view from the train....

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130.- Ghosting (profesor)

130.-ghosting Ghosting Transcript Neil Feifei, why are you cutting holes in that bed sheet? Feifei Oh, just getting my costume ready for tonight, Neil. I’m coming as a ghost. What about you? Neil I don’t really feel like it, Feifei. Feifei I thought you were bringing your new girlfriend? Neil Sadly not. She hasn’t replied to any of my messages for a whole week. Feifei Oh, sorry Neil. Looks like she’s ghosting you. Neil No. Like I said, she’s not coming tonight. You’ll be the only ghost at the party, I’m afraid! Feifei Neil,...

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129.- Tiger mother (profesor)

129.-tiger mother Tiger mother Transcript Feifei Hi Neil. Good holiday? Neil Lovely, thanks. You know I adore the beach. Feifei Your kids must have loved it too? Neil Ah, they didn’t come. They were at summer music camp. Feifei That’s very dedicated! Neil Well, they have piano exams to pass, Feifei. And then there’s a French test when term starts again, so they’ve been having intensive French lessons every evening. Feifei Wow, you really are tiger parents! Neil Tiger what? Feifei I mean you push your kids to achieve success at...

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128.- Buzzkill (profesor)

128.-buzzkill Buzzkill Transcript Neil Almost there, Feifei. Feifei Can’t wait. What a climb it has been, Neil! Neil And… there we are. Wow, it is beautiful! Feifei I can see for miles… Neil I could just sit on this mountain all day. Ahh… What? I thought I had turned it off. Oh, it’s my dentist. Oh, man. Hello? OK. Yeah, yeah, that’s fine. Bye. Feifei What did she say? Neil She said it’s time for my annual check-up. Feifei That’s good, isn’t it? Neil No, I hate going to the dentist. Sorry, I can’t enjoy this view any...

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127.- Buyer’s remorse (profesor)

127.-buyers remorse Buyer’s remorse Transcript Feifei Hi Neil. Nice shoes! Neil Really, Feifei? I’m not sure about them. Feifei They look cool. Orange is very… original! Neil You’re just being nice. I’ve decided buying orange shoes was a bad move. I look stupid. Feifei Were they expensive? Neil Very expensive. Feifei You know what? I think you’re suffering from buyer’s remorse! Neil I suppose I do regret buying them. Feifei ‘Buyer’s remorse’ is our phrase in this The English We Speak. It’s a particular kind of...

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126.-Freecycle(profesor)

126.-freecycle Freecycle Transcript Feifei Are you OK, Neil? Neil Just clearing out this cupboard, Feifei. It’s full of old junk. Feifei Ooh, what a lot of stuff. Is that a… gorilla arm? Neil Yes, that was a fun project. Feifei Interesting. Neil Ooh, this is the microphone I recorded my first masterpiece with. Bit dusty. I wonder if it still works? Or maybe I should sell it? Who would buy it? Feifei Neil. Neil Yes? Feifei I have the perfect solution for you. Why don’t you freecycle it? Neil That’s a good idea. I exchange a...

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125.-Cough up (profesor)

125.-cough Cough up Transcript Feifei Good to be back at work, Neil? Neil Yes, Feifei. I feel a bit better now. Just got a… just a little… just a bit of a cough. Feifei Anyway, it’s good to have you here because you can finally pay me. Neil Oh. Right. Why’s that? Feifei Well, remember you said you didn’t believe I could stand on my head? Neil I do. I said I would give you £10 if you can do it. Feifei Yes. Well… Neil No way! Feifei There we are. On my head. £10 please. Time to cough up, Neil. Neil OK, OK! You can come down...

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124.- Brain fade (profesor)

124.-brain_fade Brain fade Transcript Feifei Hi! Err, Neil. Neil Yes? Feifei What are you doing? Neil Oh, I’m just standing here, I’m… Actually, I can’t remember why I came in here. Feifei You seem miles away! We’re in the studio, and we’re about to record an episode of The English We Speak. Neil Of course we are, sorry. I had a brain fade there. Feifei Anyway – let’s get on with the programme. And the phrase we’re going to teach is… ‘brain fade’! Imagine that. Neil Haha, well – let’s explain it....

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123.-Hot under the collar (profesor)

122.-hot under the collar Hot under the collar Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei. Rob And I’m Rob. Phew, Feifei, is the air conditioning on? Feifei Let me check. Looks like it’s broken. Rob Again? The company fixed it just this week. Feifei Yeah. Rob And that’s three times this month! Feifei I know… Rob I honestly can’t face calling the company one more time. I’ve wasted hours on the phone to them! Seriously. Feifei OK, OK, Rob. No need to get so hot under the collar! Rob But… OK....

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122. Eat your heart out (profesor)

122.-Eat your heart out Eat your heart out Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Rob …and I’m Rob. Hello! In this programme, as you know, we like to add a little humour while teaching our phrases. Feifei Yes, usually it involves a misunderstanding. For example, we often pretend that one of the presenters doesn’t understand the phrase. Rob Yes, they take it too literally: they only understand its word-for-word meaning. Feifei But with this phrase, that would just be too horrible. Rob And...

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121.-To take the rough with the smooth (profesor)

121.-To take the rough with the smooth   Transcript Feifei Hello, this is The English We Speak and I’m Feifei. Neil And hello, I’m Neil. Feifei Hey great news, Neil! Neil Oh yes, what’s that? Feifei I got a promotion. Neil Oh well done. Congratulations and all that. Feifei Come on, Neil – you were never going to get one. And anyway, it’s not all good news. Neil A promotion – a pay rise, more power – how is that not all good news? Feifei Well, it means longer hours, harder work, having to work with you...

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120.- Big deal ( profesor)

120.-big deal Summary Rob’s very excited about a discount he got on some packets of biscuits but Feifei’s not impressed. She reckons it’s a big deal – but can a big deal not be impressive? Find out the different meanings of this phrase in this episode of The English We Speak. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Rob And hello, I’m Rob! Feifei You’re looking pleased with yourself today, Rob. Rob I am. Look – biscuits! Feifei Hmm, are biscuits really that exciting? Rob Well, it’s not...

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119.- Carbon footprint (profesor)

119.-Carbon footprint Transcript Neil Welcome back, Feifei! Good holiday? Feifei The best, Neil! We flew to Mexico, then up to California, and then drove all the way across the States from LA to New York. Neil Incredible. All in one week? Feifei Yes. It’s just that… Neil What? Feifei I can’t help thinking… all that travelling can’t be great for the environment. Neil I know. You must have a pretty big carbon footprint right now. Feifei Enormous. Neil Let’s take a moment to explain this phrase ‘carbon footprint’....

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118.-goldilocks (profesor)

118.-goldilocks Feifei So this is it, Neil – the cafe I wanted to try for breakfast. Neil Looks lovely, Feifei! Let’s get a table. Feifei How about this one by the window? Neil Great. Feifei Nah, bit too bright. How about this one in the corner? Neil Looks good. Feifei Bit too dark. And this one is close to the coffee machine… No, too noisy. Erm, what about…? Neil Feifei. Are you going to keep Goldilocksing all day? Or can we actually order some breakfast?! Feifei Goldilocksing? You mean like Goldilocks? Oh, I see what...

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117.- It takes two to tango (profesor)

It takes two to tango   http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-161018   Summary Neil’s doing a partner dance on his own in the studio to help you learn English. Learn an expression which means two people need to accept the blame for a bad situation. Transcript Neil (Tango music playing) Hello and welcome to The English We Speak, I’m Neil and joining me is Feifei… Feifei Hi there. In this programme we’ve got an expression that means two people are involved in a tricky...

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116.-Like riding a bike (profesor)

116.-Like riding a bike Summary Neil says rock climbing is like riding a bike. Feifei’s confused – does that mean he carries a bike up the mountain?! All will be explained in The English We Speak. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome back to The English We Speak – I’m Feifei. Neil And I’m Neil – hello everybody. Feifei So Neil, word round the office is that you had quite an exciting weekend! Neil That I did! I went away this weekend to do some rock climbing! Feifei How exciting! I didn’t think that would be your kind of...

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115.-To have a soft spot (profesor)

115.-To have a soft spot Transcript Feifei Hello, this is The English We Speak and I’m Feifei. Rob And hello, I’m Rob. Feifei Rob, didn’t you know it’s very rude to eat while talking? Rob Sorry! It’s just… somebody left these doughnuts here and I had to eat them – I have a soft spot for doughnuts. Feifei Couldn’t you wait? Rob No, sorry I can’t – ooo, is that chocolate I can see in your bag – you couldn’t spare a few chunks could you? I have a soft spot for chocolate as well. Feifei No...

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114.-Throw in the towel (profesor)

114.-Throw in the towel Transcript Feifei Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei. Neil And I’m Neil. Hey, do you know what, Feifei? I’ve had enough! Feifei You’ve had enough? Enough of what? Neil Trying to do all my washing. Feifei Really? Is it that hard? Neil It is. I just can’t keep up with all the clothes I have to wash, dry and iron. It doesn’t matter how much washing I do, I keep running out of clean clothes. Feifei Yes I can see! Haven’t you been wearing that shirt all week? So, what...

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113.-From pillar to post (profesor)

112.-From-pillar-to-post From pillar to post. De la Ceca a la Meca…. A matacaballos…. Summary The office is being refurbished and things are a bit chaotic. Rob doesn’t know where he should be but luckily his confusion provides a great opportunity to learn a new authentic English phrase and Feifei is on hand with a few wise words. Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei but where is Rob? Rob Sorry, Feifei. I didn’t know we were in this studio today. Feifei Yes. Studio 62D. It says it on...

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112.-Nothing to shout about (profesor)

112.-Nothing to shout about Transcript Feifei Hello, this is The English We Speak and I’m Feifei. And joining me is Neil. Neil Hello. Feifei Hey Neil, how was your night out at that new restaurant last night? Neil Oh, it was… OK. Feifei Just ‘OK’? Neil The food was average. The service was standard. Feifei Neil, there is no pleasing you! Neil Keep your voice down Feifei. It was nothing to shout about. Feifei It was nothing to shout about? Would you normally shout about a good restaurant? Neil Of course not. But when...

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111.-Catch-22 (profesor)

Catch-22 Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. It’s Feifei here… Rob …and hello, it’s Rob here too. Oh Feifei, why the glum face? Feifei I didn’t get it. Rob Get it? Feifei I didn’t get the job. Rob Oh yes yes, the job – you went for a new job – one you really really wanted. One that you said would be perfect for. Feifei Clearly I am not. Look at this rejection letter – it says I did not have enough experience – how dare they! But if I don’t do the job, how do I get the...

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110.-Small Change (Profesor)

Small Change Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. You are Neil… Neil …and hello, you are Feifei. Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. You are Neil… Neil …and hello, you are Feifei. Feifei Neil, a question – if you looked into my purse, what would you find? Neil Not much! Probably lots of small coins that aren’t worth much. Feifei Well I’m not rich, Neil – but yes, you would find small change. A collection of coins with little value. Neil OK – is this the phrase for this...

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109.-That’ll teach you! (profesor)

That’ll teach you! Summary Feifei is suffering after a late night out. She had a great time but will she learn from her suffering? Neil has some words of wisdom, but does it mean she’ll have to go back to the classroom? All will be revealed in this programme. Transcript Neil Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Neil and errr… where’s Feifei? Feifei …sorry I’m late. Hello! Neil Goodness, it’s not like you to be late. You’re always so punctual and… smartly dressed. But today you look...

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108.-Dictado: An old hand (profesor)

An old hand Summary What has presenting this programme got to do with Feifei’s hands? When Neil says she’s ‘an old hand’ at doing it, is he insulting her – or is he paying her a compliment? Listen and find out if she gets to present the programme standing on her head! Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei. Neil And I’m Neil. Hey Feifei, shouldn’t we be celebrating? Feifei Why? Neil Haven’t we presented a hundred of these The English We Speak programmes...

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107.-Dictado: If the cap fits (profesores)

If the cap fits Summary Feifei’s angry – Neil’s been commenting on her fashion sense and she’s not getting any sympathy from Rob. Watch The English We Speak to learn a clothing-related phrase about accepting criticism. Transcript Feifei Welcome to The English We Speak. Hello I’m Feifei… Rob …and hello, I’m Rob. Feifei, why the sad face? Feifei It’s not a sad face, it’s an angry face. Rob Oh no, has someone upset you? Feifei They sure have. I’ve just overheard Neil saying I have no...

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106.-Dictado:A necessary evil (profesores)

A necessary evil Summary Rob’s excited about going on holiday, especially as he got really cheap flights – or so he thought. Feifei’s about to spoil his fun when she spots a hidden cost that he can’t avoid. At least it’s a good excuse to learn a new piece of authentic English. Transcript Feifei Hello I’m Feifei and welcome to The English We Speak. Rob And hello, I’m Rob. Feifei You’re looking pleased with yourself, Rob. Rob I am. I’ve just booked these dirt cheap – I mean really cheap –...

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105.-Dictado:Have a pop (profesores)

In black and white Have a pop Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei…  Rob …and hello, I’m Rob.  Feifei Rob, I’m having a bit of trouble with my computer…  Rob What, again! What’s the problem this time?  Feifei Well, I’ve written the script for this programme, but it won’t save. And I can’t print it out – this computer just does not work. Can you fix it? Rob Let me have a pop at it.  Feifei A pop? Are you going to make it explode? That’s a bit...

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101.- Rub it in (profesor)

https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/TheEnglishWeSpeak-20180410-RubItIn.mp3     Summary Some people seem to enjoy reminding you of your bad fortune. In this programme Neil tries to make Feifei feel bad about being stuck in the office on a beautiful day, but he’s the one who ends up in pain. Find out why and learn a new expression in this episode of The English We Speak. Transcript Neil Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Neil and joining me in this programme is...

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79.-A Taste Of Your Own Medicine

79.-A Taste Of Your Own Medicine Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei… Neil … and I’m Neil. Hey Feifei, it sounds like you might have a cold? Feifei I think I have – sore throat, blocked nose. I feel terrible. That’s why I’m taking this medicine. Neil That’s probably a good idea. Medicine is usually good for making you feel better but how does it taste? Feifei Well, it’s supposed to taste of strawberries but to be honest it’s just...

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76.-Bone idle ( profesor)

76.-Bone Idle Transcript Feifei Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei and… excuse me please… Rob, can we have your attention please! Rob Err, oh right… hello, I’m Rob. Feifei Rob, could you take your feet off the table please! Rob Oh, alright then. Feifei, do I have to present this programme today? Feifei Why, what’s wrong? Rob Well, I’ve done so much work already and according to my watch, I should be having a coffee break now. Feifei Really! Rob’s being lazy because he was out late last...

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74.- To cut a long story short (profesor)

  https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/180129_tews_cut_a_long_story_short_download-1.mp3 Summary Rob’s had a late night but we’re not sure why. He’s not giving Feifei all the details to save time – but is there another reason why he’s cutting his long story short? Learn a new English phrase and find out his reasons in this episode of The English We Speak. Transcript Rob Hello and welcome to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. I’m Rob… Feifei And hello,...

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72.-Do A Runner (profesor)

72.-Do A Runner Transcript Feifei Welcome to The English We Speak, I’m Feifei… Rob And I’m Rob. Quick Feifei, shut that door. Feifei OK, calm down Rob, what’s the problem? Rob Well there’s something going on in the office – everyone’s shouting and arguing about who broke the computer – you know, the new one with all that fancy software on it. Feifei Oh yes, that really expensive one. So you’ve run away from the situation – that makes you look very guilty. Rob That’s true – but the...

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68.-No great shakes.

No great shakes   https://madrid-berlin-idiomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/No-great-shakes.mp3   Rob’s not impressed with a new cafe that’s opened near the office. Feifei thinks he’s just not happy with the quality of the milkshakes but as you’ll hear, there’s something else about the place he’s not happy with. Learn a great new expression in The English We Speak. Transcript Rob Hello, I’m Rob… Feifei … and I’m Feifei and this is The English We Speak. Rob Now Feifei, did you try...

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28.-Dictado: I´m Game (profesor)

28.-I´m Game I’m game Summary Neil is dying for a game of squash after work and he is going to ask Li if she is up for it. Do you think Li is game? Listen and find out. Transcript Li
Welcome to The English We Speak, I’m Li. With me here is Neil. Neil
Hello everybody. Li Hi Neil, you look very sporty today! Going to the gym? Neil
Not exactly, but I’m dying for a game of squash after work. I’ve brought all my gear, I’ve booked the court, but I have no one to play against. Are you game, Li? Li
Am I game?...

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