IELTS Speaking Band 9 Sample Test

Hi, I’m Stephanie. Welcome to Oxford Online English! In this lesson, you can see a model IELTS speaking exam with band 9 language. You’ll see each section of the IELTS speaking test, and after each section we’ll highlight the features that could help you to improve your IELTS speaking score. If you’re watching on YouTube, you should check out the full lesson on our website. There’s a link underneath the video. The full lesson includes a transcript, so you can study the answers in your own time. Let’s start with part one, where I’ll be the examiner. Hello, my name is Stephanie. This is the IELTS speaking test.

Can you tell me your full name, please? My name’s Olivier Guiberteau. And can you tell me where you’re from? I’m from a small town near Northampton, in the UK. Can I see your identification, please? Yes, of course. Here you are. Okay, thank you very much. Now, in this first part I’d like to know something about you. First of all, can you tell me about the kind of music you like? Sure, well, I’m a big fan of what you might call alternative electronica.

It’s hard to classify, because when you say ‘electronica’, people think of dance music, but I wouldn’t call it that. Basically, I listen to a lot of stuff with hip-hop, funk or disco influences, but most of my friends think my taste in music is a bit weird. I see. And, where do you like to listen to music? I listen to music pretty much any time that I’m at home. So, if I’m doing housework, or cooking, or anything like that, I’ll put some music on. Sometimes I also listen to music on the bus. Especially if I’m going to play sport or to the gym, I’ll listen to some high-energy tunes on the way to get myself pumped up. Yeah, okay. Why do you think music is so important in many people’s lives? Hmm… That’s a big question… Well, first of all music has always been part of human culture, so in that sense obviously it’s an important part of our lives.

I guess that’s because music can have such a powerful effect on our emotions. Music can lift you up, or inspire you, or make you feel sad. I’d certainly find it hard to live without it! Uh-huh. I’d like to move on and talk about transport. What’s the best way to get around your city? I live in quite a small town, so it’s very easy to get around. You can walk or cycle to a lot of places, although some roads are a bit dangerous for bikes. There are buses which are fairly reliable, but they’re not the fastest way to get around.

Finally, you can take a taxi or an Uber if you want to get somewhere fast and you don’t mind paying a bit extra. Alright. And, have you ever learned to drive? Yes, I learned in the UK as soon as I was old enough, although I have to say I haven’t driven for several years! I’m not sure if you’d want to get in a car with me, but I guess I’d pick it up again quite quickly. There’s just not much point in having a car where I am now, because I can walk or ride my bike around town, and take public transport if I want to go somewhere else, for the weekend or whatever. I see. Do you think everybody should learn to drive? Er… That’s a strange idea. I think it’s up to each person to decide. It can be very useful in some places.

For example, where I grew up in the UK… It’s a rural area, and if you don’t have a car you’re pretty isolated. If you live somewhere like that, you should probably learn to drive. But, it’s still a choice, right? Let’s look at some key points from this part of the speaking exam. First, to get a high score in IELTS speaking—band seven or above—you need to speak fluently, without hesitation. That doesn’t mean you can never pause or hesitate, but your hesitations should not be language-related. So, if you’re pausing or stopping because you can’t remember vocabulary, or because you can’t build a sentence fast enough, that will make it difficult to get a high score. Secondly, Oli’s answers were all relevant and appropriately developed. He gave full answers to every question and added extra detail, but he never went off-topic.

This is also essential: you need to do both of these things to get a high score in your IELTS speaking test. He also used linking words and connecting devices well. Let’s look at one answer as an example: Notice that I didn’t use a lot of linking words here. IELTS students often overuse linking words, and they end up getting a lower score because they make errors or sound unnatural. You need to connect your ideas, but you don’t get a higher score for using more linking words.

It’s more important to use linking words accurately and naturally. Looking at vocabulary, Oli used a wide range of words and phrases in his answers, including some good collocations like alternative electronica, disco influences, or a powerful effect on our emotions. He also used some idiomatic language in a correct, natural way. For example, I’m a big fan of…, get myself pumped up, lift you up, or I’d pick it up again quite quickly. Finally, I got a question at the end which was harder to answer: Do you think everybody should learn to drive? You might have to answer some strange questions in your IELTS speaking exam, or talk about something you haven’t thought about before.

The examiner follows a script, and has no choice about what to ask you. Many IELTS candidates have problems because they try to answer questions they have no idea about. In this situation, it’s better to react naturally. For example, you could say: that’s a weird question; hmm… that’s a tricky one, or something like that. Then, if you have no idea what to say, say so! So long as you explain why, this is fine, and it won’t affect your score. Your score depends on your ability to communicate, not on your ideas and knowledge. Let’s look at the next part of the test. We’re going to swap roles here, so I’ll be the candidate. Now, I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about it for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish. Are you ready? Yes. Okay, please tell me about something difficult you learned to do. So, I’m going to tell you about learning to drive a car with manual transmission.

I’m from the States, and almost no one drives a manual there; most cars are automatic. When I came to Europe, I found it was totally the opposite here; driving a manual is the norm, and automatics are rare. I guess here they’re associated with very expensive, luxury cars. Anyway, I had to learn to drive stick, and it was so difficult! It was doubly hard because I already knew how to drive, so it felt extra frustrating to be behind the wheel but unable to do the things I would normally do.

Maybe it wasn’t a good idea but I didn’t get any help; I could have gone to a driving school but I didn’t. I just practiced and tried to learn by myself, by driving around car parks and open spaces and things like that. That was okay, but when I went out and drove properly, on the streets with traffic, it was super stressful. I just couldn’t get the clutch right, and then I’d stall and I’d be stressing out while everyone was honking at me. I can’t say that I’m glad that I learned it.

I mean, I just learned to do it because I had to, and I didn’t enjoy the experience! If it were up to me, I’d rather just have an automatic car. Thank you. So, what do you use your car for? Mostly for getting to work. I live quite far from the nearest metro station and the bus lines aren’t good, so it’s much easier to drive. Sometimes we go out of town for the weekends, too. Next, let’s look at some of the positive points which Stephanie showed in this section. First, she chose a very specific topic. This meant she needed a lot of specialised vocabulary to talk about it, like transmission, drive stick, clutch, stall, honking and so on. If you’re aiming for a high score, you need to choose a topic which lets you go into more depth and use some more varied language.

If you choose a very simple topic, it’ll be difficult to get top scores for language. You can also see that I covered all of the points from the cue card in detail, and didn’t add any irrelevant information or go off topic. Oli already mentioned the specialised vocabulary, but I also used some idiomatic language, like I guess, doubly hard, extra frustrating, super stressful, or get the clutch right. You need to use idiomatic language naturally and accurately to get a top score in IELTS speaking. Idiomatic language doesn’t just mean idioms like “raining cats and dogs”; it also includes conversational words and phrases that are common in native English speech. Don’t forget about the follow-up questions in part two. After you finish speaking, the examiner will ask one or two simple follow-up questions about what you said. You don’t need long answers here, but you should give focused, well-developed answers, like with every IELTS question! Finally, let’s look at part three of the IELTS speaking test. Right, I’d like to ask some questions related to this topic. First, let’s talk about learning new things.

What motivates people to learn new things? Wow… that’s a big question! Well, there are lots of reasons. The main one I guess is just necessity. For example, if you want to work in a particular field, you’ll need some specific training, skills, qualifications… Then, when you start a new job, you generally have to adapt and learn a lot of new things, even if you came in with a lot of theoretical knowledge. What else? I think also interest is important… I mean, people learn to do new things because they’re interested in them or they find something enjoyable.

For example, no one needs to learn to play a musical instrument, but a lot of people do so because it brings them pleasure. Do you think the way that people learn new things has changed compared to the past? Absolutely. Of course, the Internet and the development of smartphones and other new technologies have had a huge influence. We all have easy access to so much information now, which wasn’t the case in the past at all. Before, people would need to dedicate a lot of time and effort to finding an expert, or doing research in order to learn about something new. Now, you can find tutorials online, ask people for help in discussion forums, and things like that. So, it’s a big difference, but I think it’s mostly for the better. How do you think technology will change the way people learn new things in the future? Hmm… I’m not sure. I think we’ll see the same trends developing… What I mean is: the big changes have already happened, but I don’t think they’ve run their course yet.

So, a lot of people still have the idea that you learn something by going to a class, reading books, and so on, and they haven’t realised that you just have more options nowadays. To tie all this together, I think that in the future, education and learning will be more globalised and democratic, in that everybody will have similar opportunities to learn. I suppose that might mean that formal education diminishes in significance, but I’m not sure that will actually happen. Okay, let’s move on to talk about school and education.

How can parents or students choose the best school or university? In my experience, the only way to know what a school or university is really like is to talk to people who already study there and see what they say. Of course, you can go and look around, but I don’t think you can learn very much just by walking around a school. If you talk to some of the staff and students, you can get a feel of what kind of establishment it is, and whether it’s a good fit for you, or your child, whoever you’re talking about. Mm-hmm. How do people in your country feel about private education? Huh… I really don’t know. I went to a public school, and so did everyone I know. It’s not really a topic which comes up that much, you know? Personally, I don’t have strong opinions; if someone wants to pay to send their child to a private school, then why not? Given that there aren’t that many private schools, it’s just not something that people are so aware of.

I see. Do you think that university education should be free? Definitely, yes. In the USA, university is insanely expensive; parents have to start saving up from the moment their child is born. I think this leads to elitist outcomes… I mean that the richest kids go to the best universities, and if you don’t have a lot of money behind you, your options are more limited. That said, I realize that graduates tend to earn more, so it might be fairer to have some kind of graduate tax, so that the people who erm… benefit from higher education also help to fund it. That seems to me to be the fairest solution. Thank you. That’s the end of the speaking test. So, let’s look at these answers more closely, and see what made them effective. Many things here you’ve already heard. Stephanie’s answers were fluent, relevant, well-developed and clear. She used a wide range of grammar and vocabulary accurately, including idiomatic language. She also used linking phrases and fillers to keep her answers fluent, even when she was dealing with more difficult answers.

For example: At the start, she used fillers to give herself thinking time without leaving an unnatural pause. She also used linking phrases, like what I mean is and to tie this all together to focus her answer when she wasn’t sure how to finish a sentence or an idea. Remember that you can read the full script of this video on our website: Oxford Online English dot com. You can read the answers and see exactly what words, phrases and structures I used to answer these questions. Have you taken the IELTS speaking exam recently? Please share your experiences in the comments: what went well, and what did you find difficult? Good luck if you have an IELTS test coming up soon! Thanks for watching! See you next time!

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Connect 2 English for Teachers: Features of Connected Speech

{“en”:”Hey teachers! Ready for another lesson? It’s normal to get confused with the notes and coins of a foreign country. Remember? Notes in the UK. Bills in North America. It can get a bit messy. But Jatobu00e1’s main problem, really, was listening. His ability to understand what was being said. So I couldn’t understand why the note was not accepted The situation would have been very different if he had understood the driver. Comprehension can be difficult, sometimes. ‘Cause when we speak, we do not enunciate word for word We – do – not – accept – notes. In English, sometimes there are small omissions of a sound, called ‘elision’. Or a joining of sounds called ‘assimilation’. They change the way we pronounce words, phrases or sentences.

These are two features of ‘Connected Speech’. What – are – you – going – to – do – next – weekend? What’r you going t’do nex’weekend? Did you get the difference? What’r you? T’do Nex’weekend To practice listening with your students, repeat the sentences in parts. What What’r you What’r you going What’r you going t’do What’r you going t’do next What’r you going t’do nex’weekend? After that, do it from the end of the sentence to the beginning. Weekend. Nex’weekend going t’do nex’weekend. What’r you going t’do nex’weekend? By repeating to the end to the beginning, and saying it faster and faster, your students will get a better understanding of how the sounds work together.

It will be much easier to understand spoken English and to speak more fluently. “Oh, you only take coins?” “No problem! Here it is!” “Have a good day, sir.” Did you enjoy this lesson? So go to our website and download some cool materials for the classroom.. “}

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Neuro Linguistic Programming in Brighton

Study English – Series 2, Episode 17: Naturopathic Medicine

{“en”:”Hello. I’m Margot Politis. Welcome to Study English, IELTS preparation. Today on Study English, you’ll have the chance to practice your reading comprehension skills. These are important skills, not just for the IELTS reading test, but for general academic studies as well. Today, we’ll focus on the skills you need to answer the range of question types in the IELTS reading test. Let’s begin by taking a look at the text. So there’s our comprehension piece. It seems quite long. But let’s start at the beginning. Read the title. We know that the passage is about naturopathic medicine. Do you know anything about the subject? You know the word medicine, but maybe not naturopathic.

It’s OK if you don’t. You don’t need to understand every word. We can probably figure out the meaning by paying attention to the context the word is used in, or by looking closely at the parts of the word. We know that naturopathic is an adjective, because it qualifies medicine. Now, let’s break naturopathic down. The first part naturo- sounds like nature.

The ending is the suffix -ic. Do you know other words that end in -ic? How about photographic or historic? The suffix -ic means relating to or of. So we could guess that naturopathic means something like relating to nature. Then we can guess that the meaning of naturopathic medicine is something like medicine that heals in a natural way. Can you think of any words you know that might belong to this subject? How about: herbs plants health healing or disease Let’s look at the text again. After you’ve looked at the heading, look for some other clues as to what it is about.

Are there any illustrations or diagrams? What’s the layout like? All these things will help your understanding of the subject. What kind of text do you think this is? It doesn’t look like a newspaper article or an instruction manual. It’s not an advertisement or a timetable. It’s probably an article from a journal. We can tell by the style, the subject and the way it looks. Did you notice the asterisk near the end of the text? When an asterisk is used like this, extra information or explanation is given at the bottom of the page. What we’ve just done is to use the skills of previewing and predicting. We put together all the information we could about the text we are reading.

We looked for a title, a diagram or any other information set apart – like the asterisk at the end of the text. We also made some educated guesses about what is in the article, by predicting some common words we might expect to see. Previewing and predicting before you start reading can help you process information quickly, because you know what to expect. It can also help you to follow the author’s ideas better, because you’ve prepared yourself for the text before reading it. Let’s get back to the text. How is it organised? It’s divided into paragraphs. Here, we have 2 paragraphs: paragraph A and paragraph B. Usually, a reading passage would have an introductory paragraph, several body paragraphs and a conclusion. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence. The topic sentence will give the main idea or subject of a paragraph. The skill of skimming involves reading over a paragraph very quickly to get a general sense of what it is about.

When you skim a text, you just want to get a general idea of the content. You’re not trying to read every word. If you just read the first and last sentences, you can often get a good idea of the main subject of the paragraph. Let’s try with paragraph A. Naturopathic Medicine Since the earliest beginnings, every known culture has been treating disease with natural therapies. So what is the main subject of paragraph A? Well we read about: the early beginnings of cultures types of natural therapies and cultures and natural therapies Can you choose which one of these things tells us what the text is about most accurately? Number one talks about beginnings of cultures. The text is probably not about that. It’s a bit too broad to be the topic sentence. So you might think it’s number 2 – types of natural therapies. This choice is too narrow. The text is about more than just natural therapies.

It’s number 3 that covers the idea of the whole paragraph. It is about cultures and natural therapies. This is what the topic sentence is expressing. You will be tested on your understanding of main ideas, so it’s a good idea to practice matching headings to paragraphs. When you need to look for specific information, like a name, date or place, you can scan a text. When you scan, your eyes move across the page very quickly looking for specific information. You can then skip over less important words. Let’s try to scan over the text to find answers to some short answer questions. Here’s our question: The early books of which countries mention natural healing methods? We’re going to scan the text, looking for the key words. The first known medical books of China, India and Greece all mention formulas used in healing. So we can answer by writing: China, India and Greece Let’s try another short answer question. Who was the father of Western Medicine? Here are the key words. Let’s scan the text. Hippocrates is the father of Western Medicine.

You can also use these skills when you need to answer multiple-choice questions, label a diagram or complete a table. Let’s take a quick look back over the skills we’ve used today: We looked at using previewing skills to predict what the text was going to be about. We talked about looking at the title, diagrams and style of the layout for clues to what the text might be about. We practised predicting the topic and guessing vocabulary that might be in the text. Next, we practiced skimming to find the topic sentence of the paragraph. Finally, we talked about scanning for keywords. And that’s all for today, but you can try out these skills and more on the Study English website. I’ll see you next time. Bye bye.. “}

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English Speaking Practice Part 1 (Improve Your English Conversations With Understanding And Practice

{“en”:”Here’s how to practice listen a minute record yourself apartment and listen apartment apartment apartment an apartment is a rented room or set of rooms meat meat meat means to see and speak to someone for the first time new new new means not known before recently bought or rented nice nice nice means good and enjoyable Street Street a street is a road in a city town or village try-try try means to make an effort to do something welcome welcome welcome is used as a friendly greeting to someone who arrives at a place here’s how to practice listen apartment record yourself apartment and listen apartment cook cook cook means to prepare food for eating especially by using heat dinner dinner is the main meal of the day excuse excuse excuse means to forgive someone for making a mistake or doing something wrong find find find means to get or discover something or someone that you are looking for here-here-here means in this place or at this location live live live means to have a home in a specified place near near near means close to something or someone sorry sorry-sorry means feeling sorrow or regret supermarket supermarket the supermarket is a store where customers can buy a variety of foods and household items there there there means in that place or at that location want want want means to desire or wish for something wrong wrong means not suitable or appropriate for a particular purpose situation or person at work we answer with our name hello this is John hello is Ana there now you try it with your name ask for a person like this if it is a wrong number we say I’m sorry you have the wrong number now you try it egg bag a bag is a soft container used to hold money and other small things big big big means large in size book book a book is a set of printed sheets of paper that are held together inside a cover or a long written work coffee coffee coffee is a dark-brown drink made from ground coffee beans and boiled water lamp lamp a lamp is a device that produces light little little little means small in size map map a map is a picture or chart that shows the rivers mountains streets etc in the particular area not-not-not makes a word or phrase negative or gives an opposite meaning pen pen a pen is a writing instrument that uses ink pillow pillow a pillow is a bag filled with soft material that is used as a cushion usually for the head of a person who is lying down toy toy a toy is something a child plays with world world the world is the earth and all the people and things on it it is a map now you try it it is a big book now you try it it is not a pen now you try it I have a pen now you try it you do you have a bag yes I have a bag now you try it bathroom bathroom a bathroom is a room with a sink and toilet and usually a bathtub or shower beautiful beautiful beautiful is very good or pleasing having beauty bedroom bedroom a bedroom is a room used for sleeping eat eat eat means to take food into your mouth and swallow it house house a house is a building in which a family lives to kitchen a kitchen is a room in which food is cooked living room living room a living room is a room in a house for general family use relax relax relax means to spend time resting or doing something enjoyable sleep sleep sleep means to rest your mind and body by closing your eyes upstairs upstairs upstairs means on or to a higher floor of a building wash wash wash means to clean something with water and usually soap where are you now you try it we usually use a preposition like in with a location some locations like upstairs have no preposition I am upstairs I am in the kitchen now you try it you across from across from across from means on the opposite side from someone or something behind behind behind means in or to a place at the back of or to the rear of someone or something elevator elevator an elevator is a machine used for carrying people and things to different levels in a building every every every is used to describe how often some repeated activity or event happens or is done jim-jim a gym is a room or building that has equipment for sports activities or exercise lobby lobby a lobby is a large open area inside and near the entrance of a public building such as a hotel or theater lounge lounge a lounge is a room with comfortable furniture for relaxing mail room mail room a mail room is a room in which mail is processed and sorted next to next to next to means at the side of someone or something parking garage parking garage a parking garage is a building in which people usually pay to park their cars trucks etc rooftop roof top a rooftop is the cover or top of a building or vehicle work out work out work out means to perform athletic exercises in order to improve your health or physical fitness across from where is the gym the gym is across from the lounge now you try it where is the gym the gym is across from the lounge next to where is the gym it’s next to the mailroom now ask about the mailroom where is the mailroom it’s next to the gym behind where is the gym the gym is across from the lounge it is behind the lobby now you try it the gym is behind the lobby boss boss a boss is the person whose job is to tell other workers what to do bothering bothering bother means to annoy someone or to cause someone to feel annoyed busy busy busy means actively doing something excited excited excited means very enthusiastic and eager about something nervous nervous nervous means having or showing feelings of being worried and afraid about what might happen News News News is information that is reported in a newspaper magazine television news program or website office office an office is a building or room in which people work at desks doing business or professional activities reading reading read means to look at and understand the meaning of letters words symbols etc recording recording record means to store something such as sounds music images etc on tape or on a disk so that it can be heard or seen later show show a show is a television or radio program working working work means to do things as part of your job writing writing write means to create a book poem story etc by writing words on paper or on a computer what are you doing I am writing now you try it what are you doing now you try it answer with working I am working are you writing yes I am writing now it’s your turn are you recording answer yes I am recording are you reading the news yes I am reading the news are you doing your show answer yes I am doing my show after noon after noon afternoon is the middle part of the day the part of the day between noon and evening apologize apologize apologize means to express regret for doing or saying something wrong before before before means at an earlier time evening evening evening is the last part of the day and early part of the night job job a job is the work that a person does regularly in order to earn money later later later means happening near the end of a process activity series life etc light light a light is a source of light such as an electric lamp morning morning morning is the early part of the day the time of day from sunrise until noon now-now-now means at the present time studio studio a studio is the building or room where an artist works surprise surprise a surprise is an unexpected event or piece of information yesterday yesterday yesterday means the day before today times of day today is a new day let’s not talk about yesterday now you try it today is a new day let’s not talk about yesterday every day I do my morning show now you try it every day I do my morning show come by this afternoon now you try it come by this afternoon I am recording my evening show now you try it I am recording my evening show Celsius Celsius Celsius means relating to or having a scale for measuring temperature on which the boiling point of water is at 100 degrees and the freezing point of water is at zero degrees change change change means to become different Chak Chak Chak means to get information by looking at something asking about something etc cold cold cold means having a very low temperature degree degree a degree is a unit for measuring temperature Fahrenheit Fahrenheit Fahrenheit means relating to or having a scale for measuring temperature on which the boiling point of water is at 212 degrees above zero and the freezing point is at 32 degrees above zero forecast forecasts a forecast is a statement about what you think is going to happen in the future phone phone a phone is a device that is connected to a telephone system and that you use to listen or speak to someone who is somewhere else snowy snowy snowy means having falling snow or covered with snow sunny sunny sunny means having plenty of bright sunlight temperature temperature a temperature is a measurement that indicates how hot or cold something is warm warm warm means somewhat hot not cool or cold whether weather weather is the temperature and other outside conditions such as rain cloudiness etc at a particular time and place windy windy windy means having a lot of wind Americans often make sounds also called interjections that have many meanings interjections can convey different feelings depending on the intonation of the speaker’s voice one example is Oh in the video you hear honest a Oh twice the first time she says Oh is at the beginning of the video oh hi everyone in this case all means that Ana is surprised by something notice her voice goes up when she says oh oh hi everyone the second time you hear Ana use Oh is at the end of the video when she says oh I see Mexico in this case all means that Ana understands a statement and that she does not like it notice that her voice goes down this time oh I see Mexico here are two examples listen oh hello now you try it make your voice go up you listen oh the weather is bad today now make your voice go down ahead ahead ahead means to or toward the place where someone is going bus bus a bus is a large vehicle that is used for carrying passengers especially along a particular route at particular times coffee shop coffee shop a coffee shop is a small restaurant that serves coffee and other drinks as well as simple foods department store department store a department store is a large store that has separate areas in which different kinds of products are sold exit exit exit means to go out of a place left left left means located on the same side of your body as your heart Metro Metro a metro is an underground railway system in some cities also called subway right right right means located on the side of your body that is away from your heart station station a station is a place where buses trains etc regularly stop so that passengers can get on and off straight straight straight means in a straight or direct way then then then is used to indicate what happened or happens next turn turn turn means to cause your body or a part of your body to face a different direction wawk wawk wawk means to move with your legs at a speed that is slower than running when we tell someone how to find a place we say we are giving them directions listen to Ana giving Ashley directions exit the Metro in turn right then at the bus station turn left then walk straight ahead now you try it exit the Metro and turn right now you try it then at the bus station turn left now you try it then walk straight ahead you Bank Bank a bank is a business where people keep their money borrow money etc or the building where such a business operates bye-bye-bye means to get something by paying money for it cash cash cash is money in the form of coins and bills Corner corner a corner is the place where two streets or roads meet errand errand an errand is a short journey that you take to do or get something fast fast fast means moving or able to move quickly get-get-get means to obtain something ice cream ice cream ice cream is a frozen food containing sweetened and flavoured cream library library a library is a place where books magazines and other materials such as videos and musical recordings are available for people to use or borrow mailbox mailbox a mailbox is a public box in which letters and packages are placed to be collected and sent out post office post office a post office is a building where the mail for a local area is sent and received return return return means to bring give send or take something to the place that it came from or the place where it should go sell sell sell means to exchange something for money send send send means to cause a letter an email a package etc to go or to be carried from one place or person to another stamp stamp a stamp is a small piece of paper that you buy and then stick to an envelope or package to pay the cost of mailing it store store a store is a building or room where things are sold when someone helps us we often say thank you listen to Anna thank Marsha for helping her find things in their neighborhood thanks Marcia you know our neighborhood so well now you try it Thank You Ana for helping me learn English clown clown a clown is someone who often does funny things to make people laugh different different different means not ordinary or common unusual feel feel feel is used to describe or ask about someone’s physical or mental state gardening gardening garden means to work in a garden to take care of the plants in a garden guitar guitar a guitar is a musical instrument that is held against the front of your body and that has usually six strings which are played with your fingers or with a pick homesick homesick homesick means sad because you are away from your family and home joke joke a joke is something said or done to cause laughter laughs laughs laughs is to show that you are happy or that you think something is funny by smiling and making a sound from your throat ha ha make make make means to build create or produce something by work or effort Park Park a park is a piece of public land in or near a city that is kept free of houses and other buildings and can be used for pleasure and exercise photo photo a photo or photograph is a picture made by a camera raise raise raise means to keep and take care of animals or crops remind remind remind means to cause someone to remember something rodeo rodeo a rodeo is an event in which people compete at riding horses and bulls catching animals with ropes etc sheep sheep a sheep is an animal with a thick woolly coat that is often raised for meat or for its wool and skin spoon spoon a spoon is an eating or cooking tool that has a small shallow bowl attached to a handle sweater sweater a sweater is a warm usually knitted piece of clothing for the upper part of your body when we see a friend who is sad we can ask what’s wrong listen to Marsha ask Anna what’s wrong I’m thinking about my family I am feeling homesick you want to talk about it now you try it what’s wrong do you want to talk about it band band a band is a usually small group of musicians who play popular music together because because because means for the reason that birthday birthday a birthday is the day when someone was born or the anniversary of that day bored bored bored means tired and annoyed by too much of the same thing or not interested drum drum a drum is a musical instrument that is played by hitting a layer of skin or plastic with sticks or with your hands exercise exercise exercise means physical activity that is done in order to become stronger and healthier fight fight fight means to use weapons or physical force to try to hurt someone party party a party is a social event in which entertainment food and drinks are provided politician politician a politician is someone who is active in government usually as an elected official president president a president is the head of the government in some countries pop it pop it a puppet is a doll that is moved by putting your hand inside it or by pulling strings or wires that are attached to it queen queen a queen is a woman who rules a country and who usually inherits her position and rules for life shop shop shop means to visit places where goods are sold in order to look at and buy things sword sword a sword is a weapon with a long metal blade that has a sharp point and edge unusual unusual unusual means different or strange in a way that attracts attention usual usual usual means done found or used most of the time or in most cases or normal or regular watch watch watch means to look at someone or something for an amount of time and pay attention to what is happening in the video anna says that what she is doing today is different listen to honor telling why she is doing different things this is a drum band I never listened to a drum band but today I am listening to a drum band because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday this is sword fighting I never sword fight but today I am sore sighting because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday look there are many things to do in Washington DC some usual some unusual today I am not bored because it is William Shakespeare’s birthday these sentences show a cause and effect the cause is William Shakespeare’s birthday party the effects are listening to a drum band sword fighting and not being bored now you try it tell about a reason you are studying English why are you study in English”}

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#FIXChallenge: Learn English, Bitch! | EPS. 2 – Sabrina vs. Eqy

{“en”:”Hi Mothafixers! Today we have Eqyu2026 Versus Sabrina Dan guysu2026 Selamat dating kembali Mike Udah lama ya Mike ngga disini Am I right? Who missed Mike? No oneu2026 Who the hell is Mike And as you guys can see Kita semua pakai Fix merchandise Pre sales nya ada di website ya Bisa pesan di Do you think itu2019s gonna be there? The other day, Nicole did these but nothing came up u201cHere and hereu2026u201d wtf? Untuk episode kedua ini We have local drinks, as usual We have Kolesom Who drank it already? And alsou2026 we have Anggur Putih Our most favourite is of course Anggur Merah This one doesn’t have the newest logo of Orang Tua The new one is more dynamic The new one has sunglasses on it Jadi kan kalian udah tau peraturannya Jadi ada 10 kata Bahasa Inggris di dalam sini Eqy dan Sabrina bakal ambil asal aja Dan ini adalah kata kata yang sedikit susah untuk diucapkan If you guys get it right…

Mike and I have to drink And then if you get it right and want to make a sentence out of that word Weu2019ll take a shot Only if the sentence is right And if you pronounce it wrong Then you guys gotta drink Tapi pada intinya, kalian akan melawan satu sama lain Weu2019re against each otheru2026 That seems weird… Before we start the first round Weu2019re gonna take a shot Buat ngelenturin aja Tos buat episode kedua, Learn English, Bitch! Kata pertama Wowu2026 Thatu2019s easy Wrong! Thatu2019s what a girl usually says to a boyu2026 Terlalu kerasu2026 Mike jijik ih What the hell, Mike?! Lo punya satu kesempatan Thatu2019s right Wait, you have to repeat it correctly Two shots! Lo mau buat kalimat ngga? Kamu harus baca buku panduannya dengan teliti Bagus sekali Gw kan cemerlang banget tau gak sih gw tuh pinter ! Thoroughly itu artinyau2026 How do you say it in Bahasau2026 In detailu2026 Carefully Like when youu2019re reading Aku membaca dengan seksama Untuk Sabrinia di ronde pertama! Her comment is a bit fucked up and I hate it Me too I wonder what itu2019s like to be Nicoleu2019s boyfriend I bet he has hearing problem Sheu2019s so loud ! Imagine waking on a Sunday and likeu2026 Selamat pagi sayang ! Yang penting kan gw punya pacar Gw ngga mau pacar karna persetan dengan laki-laki Gw maunya cewek! Bercanda! Jangan dimasukin ya Itu cuma bercandau2026 gw suka titit Itu2019s getting hot you know Ok silahkan Thatu2019s right What did I say?! Gw kan bilang jangan kasih dia kata yang gampang Dia bisa Bahasa Inggris! I donu2019t give a fuck! That was easy Wrong! What is it then? Jadi L nya itu tidak disebutkan Gw boleh bikin kalimat ngga? Supaya kalian mabok Apa? Ngga lah! Emang itu ya peraturannya? Gampang banget dong Lo lebih parah daripada Putra Gw mau sushi salmon Bagus sekali Ronde keduau2026 Sabrina yang dapet point nya Please let me have the easy one We donu2019t have these kinda words in Ambon I know that Did you went to school in Ambon? Wait say that againu2026 Itu sebenarnya benar Weu2019ll give it to Eqy causeu2026 We feel bad for him The first try was right actually It wonu2019t come out, dammit Be more gentleu2026 I bet it will Iu2019m gettingu2026 Sweaty? — Yes But I donu2019t know Coba buat kalimat Coba gw coba ya Iya bentar nyet! Wrong Chivalry itu adalah cara cowok memperlakukan perempuan Dan jaman sekarang itu orang bilang kalauu2026 Chivalry itu sudah tidak ada When men donu2019t open the door for woman Or you donu2019t pay for their meal What? Is he like a bell boy or something? That’s exactly what I’m talking about In your mindu2026 Udah kayak di taro kalau kesopaan terhadap perumpuan itu ngga ada di negara ini Thatu2019s how your mind trained But actually…

To be more like a gentleman Exactly Thank god I am still one of those people So youu2019re a bell boy huh? I think I can do this one Wrong. That’s right Sabrina was right L nya itu tidak diucapkan I can give you guys examples however I canu2019t do definition For examples.. Letu2019s say, I just broke up with Mike And Iu2019m all alone Then I call Eqy Eqy comes to my place while Iu2019m all vulnerable Thatu2019s what vulnerable means Iu2019m weak Helpless Alright… Jadi kali ini Sabrina yang menang lagi Eqy lo harus minum shot This is so easy! I may be wrong… Wrong ! Mike, apa-apaan?! I’m so mad! Gini nih jadinya kalau dia keseringan berlibur Dia kembali trus gini deh…

Bajingan! If she can’t do it, I don’t think I can You don’t have to drink if you get it wrong He is right ! You have to drink again, so embarrassing ! Do you want me to mix it? No actually, she doesn’t have to drink Endeavour itu lebih buat bisnis sih Oh ya? Lo seharusnya serius disini! Endeavour itu lebih kayak pada saat lo mencoba sesuatu iya gak sih? Yaampun ada suara yang akhirnya keluar Itukah Kau? Jadi tadi yang dapet point nya itu Eqy It seems hard Itu mah gampang Itu bener sih Itu bagus sih Do you know what that means? I don’t So you can’t make a sentence? I can’t Okay fine It’s good right? Fabbergasted itu artinya…

You’re surprised Sabrina kaget saat ia membuka celana nya Celananya? Celananya orang lain… Kenapa gw kaget sama barang gw sendiri? So we have 3 left… I got more and more dumb Dia bernyanyi di paduan suara Kalian minum dua kali, nyet! I can also read that What did I say? Gw kan udah bilang jangan kasih dia kata yang gampang Dia bisa Bahasa Inggris ! I don’t give a fuck Mike didn’t you just go on a detox? Tadi Sabrina yang dapat point nya Why didn’t you finish that? I have just poured it Just so you’re prepared Damn right It’s getting wild in here Wrong! What was that? Most Indonesians say this word… Dan itu salah… Yang tadi Sabrina bilang itu benar That’s what I was going to say That’s good! Pour more, I want more This is crazy ! Gw aja ngga tau ini artinya apa The intonation is difference Mothafixers, ini sepertinya yang paling susah ya Cara kalian mengucapkannya adalah… Apa itu artinya? Itu artinya, waktu sebuah kata terdengar sama dengan ejaannya For example…

Garing In Bahasa, a lot of like… Banyak kata dalam Bahasa Indonesia yang kayak… Terdengar seperti seharusnya Jadi ingat ya… I wanna ask our editor Irun to put it up right here… Tolong lah Irun, tolong ya Masukanlah sesuatu disini… Jangan Buat kita terlihat seperti orang bodoh I say he did it on purpose Setiap minggu gw kayak orang bego, nunjuk nunjuk gini We don’t really need to count right… The winner is Sabrina My victory is also his… Pemenang di episode kedua dari Learn English, Bitch kali ini… Adalah Sabrina ! Ini akan menjadi pembuka dari show kita selanjutnya…

Yang bakal ada Eqy dan Sabrina Bukan, bukan bayi kok… Kita ngga mau nikah Equ dan Sabrin a sudah resmi menjadi bagian dari Fix Productions Tunggu ya di bulan Juni untuk show terbaru kita… Yang bakal kita kasih judul… Gw gatau deh apa Eqy dan Sabrina akan review hotel hotel di Jakarta… Kalau kalian mau lihat episode ketiga daari Learn English, Bitch… Siapa yang kalian mau kita tantang selanjutnya? Komen di bawah kalau kalian punya kata-kata yang ingin kita masukan juga… Kasih tau kita di komen di bawah Terima kasih, Mothafixers!. “}

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Learn English Tenses: 4 ways to talk about the FUTURE

{“en”:”Hello. My name is Emma, and in today’s lesson, I’m going to teach you the four futures. Okay? A lot of you know two futures, I think. A lot of you probably know “will” and “going to”. I’m going to teach you two more futures today, and teach you how they’re different from one another. Okay? So let’s get started with the present continuous future. So the present continuous is when you have “be” verb, so “I am”, “you are”, “he is”, “she is”, “they are”, I don’t know if I said “we are”, “we are” plus the verb and “ing”. Okay? So we have “am”, the verb, “ing”. This is known as the present continuous. It’s usually one of the first things you will learn when you’re learning English.

So a lot of you know the present continuous, and you think: “Oh, present continuous, it’s taking place now.” You’re right, but we can also use it to talk about the future. We use the present continuous to talk about future that is going to happen very, very soon. So, for example, if you ask me: “Emma, what are you doing this weekend?” Well: “I’m hanging out with my friend, Josh, this weekend.” Okay? Or I might say: “I’m shopping this weekend.”, “I’m studying this weekend.” If you ask me: “What are you doing tonight?” Well, you know, I want to be a good student, so: -“I’m studying tonight. I’m studying tonight.” -“What are you doing next week?” -“Well, next week… I’m working next week.” Okay? So present continuous is very, very common for when we’re talking about the future that’s going to happen soon. Not future that’s going to happen 2,000 years from now or 50 years from now – no, no, that’s far future.

We’re talking about the future that’s going to happen in the next couple of days. Okay? So very, very soon future. We can also use the simple present to talk about the future. So, the simple present is when you take a verb and, you know, it’s in the basic form, usually you add an “s”. If it’s third-person singular, for example: “I leave”, “you leave”, “he leaves”, “she leaves”, “they leave”, “we leave”. So this is all simple present. In your classes, you probably learned we use the simple present when we talk about routine. We can also use the simple present when we’re talking about routines in the future. Okay? So, for example… And by this I mean timetables. We use this when we’re talking about a schedule event; something that is scheduled to happen in the future. So, this usually has to do with when we’re talking about transportation; trains, airplanes, we can use this tense. We can use it when we’re talking about TV shows. We can use it when we’re talking about restaurants opening and closing, or stores, when they open and close.

So we use this when we’re thinking about a schedule or a timetable. So here are some examples: “The last train leaves at 6pm today.” So 6pm hasn’t happened yet. It’s in the future, but because this is a schedule event, it’s a timetable event, it’s a schedule, we can use the simple present. Here’s another example: “The restaurant opens at 5pm today.” So this hasn’t happened yet. Right now, it is 2pm. This is going to happen in the future.

But still, I use the simple present because this is a schedule. Okay? Every day the restaurant opens at 5pm. Here’s a third example, I like watching TV, imagine I like The Big Bang Theory: “My TV show, The Big Bang Theory, starts at 4pm.” So again, it’s a routine, it’s a schedule that takes place in the future, but it’s still a schedule so we can use the simple present here. All right, so these two, even though they’re present tenses, they can be used for the future. Now let’s look at the two verbs we commonly use for the future or we commonly think of as future verbs. “Be going to” + a verb and “will”. So, “be going to” + verb: “I’m going to study.”, “I’m going to sleep.”, “You are going to watch a video.” Okay? These are examples of the “be going to” + verb future. So we use this when we’re talking about the near future. Similar to this… So it’s not a future that’s very, very far away; it’s soon, but it’s a future where we think something is going to happen, and we have evidence that something is going to happen. So, for example: “I’m going to study English next month in Canada.” This means you probably have your ticket already bought, you’re pretty sure about this.

There’s not a lot of confusion. This is almost going to happen almost certainly. So you’re pretty sure about this. “I’m going to study English next month.” Another example, imagine I watch the weather station. Okay? And the meteorologist has predicted the weather, but it’s a very good prediction because we see these clouds in the sky, there’s a lot of evidence it’s going to rain. Because there’s evidence, we could use this tense and we could say: “It’s going to rain all week.” So this is based… It’s in the near future, but it’s based on some sort of evidence. This is likely to happen, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to happen.

We have some evidence that makes us think it’s going to happen. So this is a bit different from “will”, which is one of the maybe easier futures to think about. We use “will” + a verb. For example: “I will always love you.”, “I will study hard.”, “I will do my taxes on time.” Okay? So we use “will” + a verb when we’re talking, first of all, in the far future. So this is all soon. This is very soon; whereas this, is very far. So for example: “In 50 years, everyone will speak Chinese.” We use this also when we’re not so sure about something.

This is my prediction, but I don’t have much evidence of this. I’m not very, very sure, so I will use “will” because I’m not sure; whereas if I’m very sure, there’s a lot of evidence, I know it’s going to happen, I do “be going to”. So this one, there’s not a lot of evidence, and it’s a prediction we don’t have evidence for. Another example: “Aliens will invade Earth.” Okay? In 25 years, aliens are coming, they will invade the Earth. I don’t mean to scare you. Luckily, I’m using “will”, which means I’m not really sure. If I said to you: “This week, aliens are invading the Earth”, you’d be very scared. If I said: “Aliens are going to invade the Earth. I know this. I have secret government documents.” I’d be using this, and you’d be scared, too. But with “will”, it’s “will” so you don’t have to be scared.

It might not happen. We also use “will” when we’re making promises. Okay? So if somebody ever gets down on their knee, and says: -“Emma, will you marry me?” -“I will marry you.” It means I’m promising to marry you. Okay? Or maybe I don’t really like the person, I might say: “I won’t marry you.” “Won’t” is the negative form of “will”. So I promise not to marry you. I don’t know in your culture, but in Canadian culture and many Western cultures, for New Years, we always make these resolutions. We think: “Oh…” When it’s New Years, when it’s January 1st, we make some sort of promise to our self that we’re never going to do something again, or we’re going to start doing something. We normally use “will” for these. So, for example, maybe you have had too many beers, and you’re thinking: “I don’t want to ever drink again”, you might make a promise to yourself: “I won’t drink again. I will never drink again.” Okay? Or maybe you want to stop smoking: “I will never smoke again.

I will never do this again.” Okay? Maybe your parents are angry at you because, you know, you did really bad on a test: “I promise I will work harder, I will study harder.” So these are promises. We use “will” for promise. Finally, we also use “will” for volunteering. Okay? When we want to volunteer for something, we want to offer our help. We want to help someone, we can use “will”. So, for example: -“Emma, can you clean the dishes?” -“I’ll do it.” -“Emma, can you vacuum the floor?” -“Sure. I’ll vacuum.”, “I’ll get the telephone.”, “I’ll help you with your homework.”, “I’ll help you learn English.” I’m volunteering, and so I use “I will”.

Okay? So just to recap, just to quickly go over everything: there are four futures I’m teaching you today. Present continuous can be used as the future if it’s very soon. Simple present can be used for the future if it’s a routine or schedule, something that’s like… If you look at a schedule in the future, we can use the simple present. We can use “be going to” if we’re talking about the near future and some kind of plan that… Or prediction we have evidence for. We are pretty certain it’s going to happen. And then we can use “will” and a verb for the far future for a promise or when we want to volunteer for something. Okay? So, there you have it, four futures. I invite you to come visit our website at There, you can actually practice these on our quiz. I hope you will do it soon. I hope, actually… I hope you’re doing it today or tomorrow. Okay? So until next time, take care.

I wish you the best of luck. And good day, sir.. “}

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Terrible High School Teacher | Lele Pons & Anwar Jibawi

{“en”:”At every school, There’s the jocks. Yeah, yeah, whatever, The cheerleaders. Go Spartins! (Chanin) the kid that skipped all the grades. I’m the smartest! The class president.As your class president I would not let you. The mean girls. Did you get the answers from the nerds, whatever. The class clown. Very nice!! The nerds. I just got my acceptance letter to MIT. Well I’m designing a rocket for NASA.The artist. No I know Man shut up! The bully. Give me all your money You don’t even look like a bully! The class photographer, and then there’s me. I love my job.

Wait not him. This is me, the teacher The classroom You know sometimes I wonder why the hell am I a teacher? I don’t even like these kids. [oh] [fuck] [it] I like the cheerleader. We only date athletes. yo yo yo yo, party at my house tonight, and I wish I could go to the parties like the jocks, but I can’t Let me my God if you’re gonna keep cheat well Ladies and! and my least favourite student, as your class president! Fire I’m your class president, Ms. Applebob. I don’t care! Now, my favorite part about being a teacher is giving F’s I love giving F’s. I hate giving A. Oh, come on. Hey, detention The only time the class is productive is when the principal comes.

What does this mean,Guys? Dymon. Pie. Correct Besides the classroom. There’s the teacher’s lounge. Alone at last I love my kids! Their amazing! 20 pushups in 10 seconds. Their just so energetic! How was your day? Oh my gosh. You wanna go first, my day was divine Okay, so I taught them about India in 1648. Maybe with capital from Agra – Valiant built oh my God Borring next go Sports Sports very important well during water polo today [Patricia]. [I] dribbled the ball from one into the other and scored four touchdowns [at] three different sports, what do you know about Sports? We’re talking about everybody now. Are you eat your fruit and give me 20 push-ups? What kind of position is that Seven eight and [a] half That’s not a postion.

Good job high five yes? oh loved it [why] don’t just talk about the kids? Oh? Yeah? Let’s talk about the kid, okay? Oh, well, the kids are so smart [all] they do is fart. Oh, and we just have a ball I’m going to hate them all hi. I can’t wait for the next class. It can kiss my ass teaching is so fun Are you done? oh wow go teacher go teacher go teacher go. Go she should go Go teacher go Oh, and my favorite out school Teacher should stop this But when I’m not in school.

I’m not a teacher got it covered I Try my [best] you Will believe with you go to China do return achieving the face of the bully fighting back the air to calm them down Okay whoever wins get the name So you guys are probably wondering why of that teacher like me still has a job just tell me what happened if you have to Get [creative] with apple [pump], not a teacher I understand your passion about a party scooby where it is tough She lays glass before the students know [it] since I just got engaged activates. It’s not a [privacy].

Okay. [I] would be late I can’t be late hard to know you’re great. Come on Yeah, I’m not firing her. Well. This is why?. “}

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How To Study English In Australia | Go Study Australia Interview | Study English Abroad

{“en”:”G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. I’ve got a bit of a special episode for you guys today, where we’re going to listen to an interview that I did this morning. Recently, Lorena from Go Study contacted me, and go study is a wonderful company in Australia that represents people typically coming from European countries like France, Spain, Italy, etc. and wanting to come to Australia, they’re wanting to come here as students, and Go Study is a free service where these guys act as student counsellors. So, whether you want help working out where to live, how to get a job, which school to pick, these guys have connections with over 500 schools in Australia, Lorena was telling me today. If you need advice on how to make a ru00e9sumu00e9, how to find and meet other people learning English or other Australians, how to file a tax return, all of this kind of information, if you’ve signed up to become a student already and you’re planning on studying in Australia, Go Study Australia is a free service, it’s 100 percent free for you guys to get assistance if you need help with anything, if you have any kind of worries.

Lorena herself was from Spain. She had a French colleague in there, two other Italian colleagues, and I believe another Spanish speaking colleague as well working in Melbourne. These guys are found all over Australia, in Sydney, in Brisbane in Perth, and Melbourne, and they’re also found in Europe. So, whether you’re in Australia currently studying somewhere and you need assistance or some kind of help or just a student adviser, you know, you want advice with regards to any of these things in English or in your native language Italian, Spanish, or French, Go Study Australia is for you.

And if you’re over in Europe at the moment hoping to come to Australia contacting these guys is definitely the way to go, because again it’s 100 percent free. So, anyway, Lorena sent me an email, and in the spirit of full disclosure to guys she told me everything about Go Study Australia, what they’re passionate about, which is helping people from Europe come to Australia to get settled, and to help them live their dream in Australia while they’re studying here or potentially to move and eventually live here permanently. But she told me that the schools are the ones that fund Go Study Australia. Right? So, you guys sign up to study. You have to pay your fees to the school, and the school hires services like Go Study Australia to obviously take care of its students, to help with all of the other things outside of the schools as well as the schools themselves. And so, they have a program set up where they get ambassadors on board to be a part of this program, which is something that Lorena has asked me to become a part of. And for every student that signs up that says, “Hey, I heard about you through Aussie English and I’m coming because of Aussie English.” I’ll get 100 dollars.

So, I’m just telling you that in the spirit of full disclosure. If you guys want to come to Australia or if you’re already in Australia and you want a really good service that is 100 percent free for you guys, I really recommend Go Study Australia. I went down there today to hang out with her and her team, and I also interviewed her so that she could give you guys the information first hand. So, you can hear it from the horse’s mouth, straight from the horse’s mouth. And yeah, if you want to give a little bit of support to Aussie English and you’re looking for some kind of assistance while studying Down Under signing up to be a part of Go Study Australia and letting them know that you came from being suggested by Aussie English will send a hundred dollars my way to help me keep doing what I’m doing. And to put a little bit of icing on the cake, guys, I’m going to offer anyone who ends up signing up with Go Study Australia a half an hour free lesson with me via Skype. So, all you have to do is obviously sign up through Go Study Australia send me an email at TheAussieEnglishpodcast(at) com, and then we’ll set up a time to do a free lesson where we can talk about anything related to your English, your pronunciation, about coming to Australia, maybe you just want to chat to me in general, but you’ll get a free half an hour lesson with me as well.

Anyway, let’s get into today’s episode, guys. There’s so much great information in here. Lorena tells us all about what to expect when moving to Australia. She gives us tips on how to learn English faster and what the best thing for students is to do with regards to finding a job, finding somewhere to live, all of this really good staff. And yeah, let’s get into it. Alright guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. I am down to go study Australia with Lorena. Thank you for inviting me down. Yeah, no worries. Thanks for having me.

So, she sent me an e-mail recently, told me about what they did. And I thought it would be the best opportunity to come down, interview her, find out a bit about her, what her experiences have been in Australia, and give you guys obviously the down low. A little bit of information. Yeah, so, here at Go Study Australia we we’re a student agency. So, what we do is students who have just arrived to Australia to sort of settle in. We sort of do a couple stages, right.

So, we help students who have just arrived in Australia and just landed, opened their TFNs (Tax File Numbers), activate their health insurances, and do a little bit of the first steps in Australia, right? And then we help throughout the entire process while they’re here. That’s basically what we do. We open our doors to any students, you know, that they need a little bit of help and a little bit of guidance throughout their Aussie experience. So, what are the biggest issues they sort of come in in contact with? When they when they come here they tend to sort of need specific help with straight off the bat? I guess, the main thing would be looking for jobs and having some of their first experience in Australia. What they first want to do is, you know, come here and try to find a job super super quick.

So, that’s sort of the main thing that we help. And we actually do job sessions with students, and we help them review their CV (curriculum vitae), and do everything that they need in order to get you going. The other thing is English, obviously, and that’s sort of where you come in. (We) try to. I try to. To try to teach students and give them a little bit of insight.

One of the one of the things that students actually tell us all the time is, “Oh, the Australian accent, you know. It’s so different from what we learn in Spain or what we learn in Italy.” The accent or certain terminology, you guys tend to abbreviate everything. Right, that’s sort of, you know. We can’t make it too easy for you. And most of the students are studying English here anyway. So they sort of get that extra push from the school. But it’s good to have a little bit of extra tips of, you know, what things mean here in Australia. So, if they ever hit you up with specific questions with regards to like the accent or specific words you hear again and again and again. Well, one thing that a lot of students are baffled by is “ta”. People just land here, and you’ve always been sort of told that, you know, “Thank you” is what people say, or “Thanks” is the maximum, but people then start hearing “Ta”. And people come here and they’re like, “What? Lorena, what is “Ta”? Why are people telling me “Ta” all the time?” Yeah, that’s sort of the main one.

That’s so funny, because that was one of those ones where I didn’t even think about it until I had someone asking me. And I only… now I notice it everywhere. Every time I go… I’m working at the restaurant as a waiter. I take anything at any table, and instantly I know someone’s Australian if they’re like, “Oh, ta!”. Yeah. I didn’t notice. I mean, I grew up learning, you know, English, and I’ve always sort of had… I have no problem, you know, with understanding English.

And I didn’t notice it until my partner said, “Oh, I learned to be in school that “Ta” means, “Thank you”.” And then I started hearing it everywhere. It’s like, “What do you mean…?”. And now everybody is like “Ta”. And we also use it with kids. Weu2019ll say, “Ah, ta, ta!”, as in, like, “Give me it”, “Ta”, like, “Hand it over. Yeah, so it’s very… you’ve got to learn it from very little yeah. I think it probably comes from that where it’s a lot easier to say even “Thank you” as a small child. So, we just learnt “Ta”. Well, you guys like to abbreviate everything. I think that’s what I’ve learned about my experience here in Australia. So, how long did that take to get your head around? All of the abbreviations, the slang, I don’t know…

Well, the funny thing, because actually, you know, when you come to Australia you start sort of researching, and I was working in your study in the Madrid office for three years, so I sort of had my head around, you know, Australian culture and everything, and every once in a while, you get videos on YouTube and stuff like that of how Australian people see this thing, right? All those accent comparison ones. Exactly. So, it’s nice, you know, like, you start, sort of, you know about what they are. But when you come here you truly start… So, was it a shock for you? And do you find that other students have…

Like, I’ve heard that from people who had no exposure to the Australian accent before getting here. But for someone who did have somewhat of a previous exposure, was it still a shock when you got and surrounded by it. Well, not so much as a shock, right. I think it’s more of, “Oh that’s true. They actually do it.” Right? So, they actually are as weird as they appear. So, a lot of times you think, oh, you know, when you think about stereotypes of any nationality, “Oh Spanish do this” or “Italian people do this”, then sometimes it’s an exaggeration. So, you assume that Australians, you know, the portrayal of Australians is an exaggeration, but then it’s not. People are, like, actually talking like that. So, what were some examples? Did you have anywhere you go and you’re like, “Oh my gosh! Crocodile Dundee is in every other store.u201d u201cIt’s there.u201d I think the word “Arvo” is something that I thought people just said it online that, “Oh yeah the Australians say “arvo” all the time”, and then when you come.

As a joke? Yeah. And then you come here and they’re like, “Oh, I’ll see you this arvo!”. What do you mean? What’s “arvo”? Are you saying that ironically? Are you making fun of me? But I think that a lot of students come here with the expectation that it’s going to be a little bit tough at the beginning. But then when they come here they’re like, “Oh actually, Aussie Englishu2026u201d That’s what I’ve found, like, it’s not… it doesn’t take too long for them to get used to it. They have that sort of fear of, “Oh, I’ve only ever watched, you know, British TV or American TV, and what am I going to do?”. And then I get here and you’re like, “Look, it’s kind of hard, but you’ll get it within like a month or two.” Yeah, I mean after a while you sort of pick up on it.

And once you’ve heard “Arvo” one time, maybe you get weirded out the first time, right? You’re like, “Oh, arvo!?”. But then you know what it is. So people just keep on, you know, using it. So… So, how long have you been learning English then? ‘Cause you obviously, you know, reached a very very high level. So, actually I’ve… I cheated, right? So, I have learnt English when I was very little. I grew up in Italy, in Rome, and then I went to an American school there and then I did my bachelor degree in the US in a small town called Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Pennsylvania. Very tiny. And then, I’ve been here in Australia for two years. I wish I could pick up the Australian accent, which I love. I think it’s so much fun. Why is that the case? Why would you like to speak like us? I don’t know. I don’t know.

It sounds, you know, like funky and… I think of all of the English accents, (the) Australian accent is my favourite one. It seems to either be the favourite or the most hated. I know. But the American… I’ll apologise for American accent. I shouldn’t say that, but I do not like my American accent. I guess it’s just inevitable. So, did you pick that up at school or did you pick that up once you got to America? I think it’s just, you know, I’ve learned English since very little, and it’s always been very intentional, because it wasn’t…

You know, I didn’t learn English in America, right? I learned English in a small school, in a small international school surrounded by Italian people, Spanish people, French. So, it was very international. So, we also had sort of a neutral sort of accent so to speak. But then, all of the shows that you see are American. And then, obviously, I did my bacheloru2019s degree for four years in the US. So, I think, I guess it just sort of sticks to you. I always found that aspect to that weird. Like, I watch so much American TV and films that it’s almost stranger when you see an Australian on one of these things. They stick out like a sore thumb. You’re just like, “Ohhhh”. I remember watching Lost and that blonde girl appearing on it, and you just being like, “oh what’s that accent!?”, and then you realise she’s Australian. Oh, that’s my accent. And it’s funny how goes both ways where we understand everything… I can even tell you, you know, you’ll hear accents and you’ll be like “Oh they’re from south (of America) or they’re from, you know, New York or, oh they’re from California.”, and yet Americans will hear our accent and be like, “We didn’t understand any of that.”, ’cause they just get no exposure.

Yeah. Yeah true. And it’s weird with accents, yeah? So, I guess you see that a lot. People pick up different accents. My partner has been studying English here in Australia, and when he came he didn’t have a lot of English. And now he’s picked up words, you know, and say things in Australian, which… it’s weird to me, sometimes. You know, a Spanish accent with Australian. I love that mix though. That’s really good. But bringing it back to Go Study. So, what would you recommend for people who are wanting to come to Australia, how can we make that transition as effortless as possible? Yeah, well, we always recommend students to feel free to always ask for help.

Our doors are always open. We have offices here in Melbourne. We have offices Sydney, and Brisbane, and in Perth, as well, obviously, in Spain, Italy, and France. And what I would recommend is, you know, just ask for help whenever you need it. Sometimes it’s hard when you come in to a new culture or a new country and you’re by yourself, and sometimes having a little niche of your own home is nice to have. And so, we always recommend, you know, if you’re in need just to come here and get some help. We do offer all kinds of help with jobs, with CVs, with their experience here. We also do a lot of events. So, we gather of people, and it’s also good for them to sort of mingle with other cultures and especially with other English-speaking people to practice. That’s the difficult part, the experience in Australia. A lot of students come and they’re sort of going to school, surrounded by international people, inevitably, as soon as you hear your own language it’s easy to sort of, you know, stick to that.

What we push students to do is get out of their comfort zone, and meet people don’t speak your same language. That’s the only way that you’re really going to get… and I’m sure you’ve seen it. A lot of people maybe might know how to read it, how to write it, they might listen (to) it super well, but then in the moment that comes to speaking it’s the part where they struggle the most. I think it’s like a muscle. Any time you practice reading and writing, you can do as passive things incredibly easily, but as soon as you want to do something active, a lot of the time, I think, especially Asian speakers, have trouble with this.

And I don’t know if they have a culture where it’s not encouraged to make mistakes and to sort of go out of your way to speak as much as possible. Whereas, I think, on the other end of that, I’ve met… I think Brazilians are probably some of the most sort of active “I don’t give a shit. I’ll speak. I don’t care about making mistakes” I’ll just do it! And yeah, so it’s almost like you just have to practice, you know, just getting out there and speaking as much as possible in order to work that muscle and strength, but… Yeah, it’s the most important part, right? So, we create a lot of environments for the students in which they’re sort of obligated, right, to step outside of their comfort zone, and meet new people, and being in a room even if you’re in a room with other people you stick your same language, if there’s people in the room then inevitably even with the people that you can speak the same language you will try your best to speak in English just as a, you know.

I’ve been so impressed with that. I’ve had… my housemate is Turkish, and she always brings over Turkish people, Turkish friends that she has, and they’ll all been speaking Turkish, and the moment I enter the room it just switches to English. And, I’ll just be like, “Do you guys actively… are focusing on that?”. And they’re like, “Yeah, somewhat.”. And I’m like isn’t it harder thought, like, if you always… I feel almost bad now, ’cause every time I walk in and five of them have to switch the language they’re using, I’m like, “Eh, just hang out. It’s fine. I’m leaving.” Well, I think it’s a matter of, you know, sort of respect. We’ve all been at the other end in which you in a room and everybody is speaking Dutch and you’re like, “oh what are they saying. Yeah that’s it.

I’m going to go stand outside in the rain. Yeah, you sort of feel more… especially, with Europeans, we do a lot of European students, and that notion, you understand immediately. It’s like oh there’s like one person in the room that doesn’t speak Spanish everybody else does, but just make that person feel welcome in the group we’re going to all speak English. And it’s easier. It’s easier when you are sort of in contact with people that don’t they don’t speak your mind. What are the biggest mistakes that people can make when they get here with regards to friendship groups, getting a job, writing a CV? Do you have any quick and dirty tips? Yeah stay away from your own nationalities.

Yeah, that’s a biggest mistake. Sou2026 And if you’re Colombian that doesn’t mean you can just go and hang out with Chileans. Exactly that. Stay away from people that speak the same language as you do. I think that the… I think it’s neat, you know, human nature really. Well it’s a path of least resistance, right? Yeah, exactly. What is the most comfortable thing? As soon as you can be comfortable you’ll sort of go into that mode. We always push students to, you know, meet people from other nationalities.

Go out there. Try to… when you hear, for example for Spanish speaks, when you hear Spanish, leave the room, go (to) another place. If you’re French, if you hear French, just go to another place. (It) doesn’t mean that you… Because everyone… now and then it’s nice to sort of have that, the idea of saying, “OK. Well look, I’ve been speaking English since nine o’clock in the morning.

Especially, I guess, if you’re at that still beginning/intermediate level… It can be tiring. It can be such hard work. Yeah, where you’ve got to be working it constantly. And then you’re just like, “I just want to be able to… almost just breath properly. Have a proper conversation.”. Yeah, sometimes it’s good. And actually, this is also sort of the philosophy that we have here in Go Study Australia, it’s a little bubble of home. So, we have people here who speak French, who speak Italian, who speak Spanish. So, also speaking of things related to jobs, to your friends, are tax returns. Sometimes speaking it an English, which is not your first language, might be a little bit hard.

So, it’s good that you have that bubble sometimes that you can come in. But, the most important thing to remember is that you came to Australia to learn English, and to sort of immerse yourself in the culture. And if you automatically only make friends in your own nationality group or sort of speaking group it defeats the purpose. Then you could’ve just… yeah… It’s pretty crazy, isn’t it? I’ve met people who’ve moved here and instantly found other French people to move in with. And that was… it’s good in one sense that you have a home straight away, you potentially have a job if you know them. But they’ve been six months and still don’t speak a lick of English. They can barely, you know, put a sentence together. And then, I’ve met other people who start from the very beginning with nothing, and within five or six months they’re fluent, and it’s just crazy. Yeah. I think that yeah, the people…

We see it here all the time. Students that… or the students that are the ones that really are successful at their experience in Australia are the ones that have tried their best to go around their comfort zone. Again, everybody likes to be comfortable and being in a situation where you don’t have to struggle, but. But growth doesn’t come until you start looking for the edges. Exactly. It’s that struggle that will push you to be better, that will push you to sort of adapt to the situation. And especially, and I noticed this with my partner as well, in the moment that he’s outside of sort of the comfort zone is when his brain really starts to think in English, and, “Ok, I have to think about this word”.

If he’s in a situation where he’s automatically speaking English, even if it’s very easy, it’s not challenging so it won’t push him to get. It’s like going to the gym. You don’t go there and lift everything once. Exactly. Yeah. Oh, that’s really cool. That’s really cool. So, what else would you say with regards to finding a job, can you do that too early? Do you need a certain level? Are there certain kinds of jobs that lend themselves better to specific levels in English? Or, just give everything a go and see what happens? Well, one thing that we tell students always is never say no.

Yeah. I’m trying to tell myself that all of the time at the moment as well. It’s sort of the best advice that you can give anyone. Don’t say no, just say yes to everything. Be open to any possibilities. Obviously, there’s certain things that your English will sort of have an impact on their relationship or the things that you’re going to do. If you have 0 level of English, the idea is, OK well find a place where you are not obviously in front of the public. So, a lot of students that come and don’t have a lot of English, they’ll look for jobs in hospitality, but like being a runner or dishwasher. You’re still going to have the surrounding in which you’re in the kitchen. People are going to speak English, and you’re still going to have that immersion of English, but obviously you know how, you know, how to speak you can speak to the public. And then, eventually you’ll start sort of moving forward. And the way to look at that, I feel too, is that a lot of the time once you get to that point if you’re getting paid, you know, even if it’s only 15, 17, 20 bucks an hour to be a waiter, you’re getting paid to learn English whilst also just take food to tables, and you just get repeated conversations.

They tend to be pretty easy and basic as well, ’cause you don’t really get into anything too existential, but it’s good practice. No, but it’s good, because you’re… Yeah, it’s very good practice. And a lot of the students come here and they’ll be in school either in the morning or the afternoon, and the English that you learn in school is not the same English that you’ll get in the street or at work. So, having that complement. We see it all the time with students who just do English course, but then they never work or they never have a life outside. They’ll sort of reach… So, at the beginning they’ll start learning a lot of English and then they reach a plateau. But they’re not using it. Right? And then they see they’re like, “Oh! I’m so frustrated. Why am I not learning more? Why am I stuck here?”.

Right? At the beginning, you see it because you… Two, three months that you’re here you just go *up* supper fast, yeah? And then, you see it and you’re super glad that you’re doing it. And then, you reach a plateau and you’re like, “Oh, dammit! I want to do more!”, and that more it comes from being outside, from you finding a job, finding people that don’t speak your language, and get that sort of motivation outside of the comfort zone, and yeah. So, what’s the best combination of all of that, friendship, work, and school? A bit of everything? As opposed to focusing on any single one. Yeah. I think that it’s an important balance of all three. We are very keen and we see the importance obviously of students actually having an education. So, going and doing an English course, or doing avocational course, and once they have a little bit more of their level of English to keep that sort of brain going, right? ‘Cause you need that stimulation to go. You obviously then need to sort of put it together with work and with social life. So, the most important…

I don’t think there’s one more important than the other. You’re going to learn different aspects of different things in all three, right? So, the conversation that you have a work will not be the same conversation that you have in school, and will not be the same conversation that you have with your friends while you’re having a beer, right? So, that sort of combination of all, 33-33-33% each, yeah? Yeah, but it’s synergistic, right? Where they may all be at 33%, but it ends up being 110% as opposed to if you spend 100% working on just one of them.

You end up getting a lot. Yeah. Yeah exactly. And so, it’s more rotund, right, if you just get that experience of the entire three little pieces. And so how can students find the best school? Obviously, this is where you guys come in as well. You just recommend just coming to you guys, and then you’re the problem solvers making this as easy as possible. Yeah, basically, we do see ourselves as problem solvers. Our role is to guide the student through the entire process. So, we’re experts at education in Australia. So, that’s where sort of our expertise comes in. We will help the student sort of be guided, and we’ll sit with the student, talk about what his goals are, what he wants to get out of the experience in Australia. And, we work with more than 500 schools all around Australia.

That’s brilliant. So, I mean in the end we’re… in those 500 options, there has to be something for everyone, right? Yeah, definitely. We will guide them, we’ll sit down, we’ll talk about, you know, “what do you want to do?”, and then we’ll all try to obviously find something that will meet all of their requirements. So, we do a lot of English courses, and we do a lot of vocational as well. A lot of students prefer to go into the vocational once they’ve been sort of… they come here, they do six months or eight months of English, and then they want to extend their stay, and say, “look, I want to stay”. (The) student visa’s the sort of easiest way to be able to expend the knowledge in order to stay in Australia. And vocational courses is a good way of keep doing English, but a little bit more focussed in your sort of area of expertise. So, there’s a lot of different options, and we always invite students to just come in, and we’ll just sit down and have a conversation in English, if you want, or in your own language with one of our experienced counsellors, and sort of guide though the entire process to get their studies going.

Oh, brilliant. And so, before we finish up if you recommend any city in Australia to come, if you’re coming straight from overseas, which is a going to be? And you’re allowed to say, “Not, Melbourne. Actually, I would say Melbourne. Yeah! Oh yeah! I would say Melbourne, because for me Melbourne has it all, except for the weather. Well, we have that as well it just tends to be in a single day. Yeah. I think Melbourne has the entire experience of what a student might want. It has the Australian experience, it has social life. it has a lot of work opportunities. I think it offers a lot of things to students.

It has, you know, it has been voted most liveable city for seven years in a row. So, (that) has to count for something. I still keep like… Why?? You’re still like, “Why. Surely, there must be better places somewhere else. But, I think that Melbourne, of all the cities in Australia, sort of gives you… obviously, all cities will give you a little bit of… It depends on what you’re looking for, right? But, Melbourne, if you want the whole experience, the whole package, I think Melbourne is the best place to be. And what’s been the best thing that you’ve seen whether in Melbourne, or just Victoria, or Australia as a whole since you got here? Well, I haven’t travelled too much around Australia, ’cause I’m always in the office. But, actually, I think the best thing that I’ve seen so far… Well there’s two things. Something… you’ll be like, “that’s really not that great”, which is the penguins in St.

Kilda. That’s pretty cute. Did you see the water rats there as well? Yes, I did. They’re pretty cute, too. I have a PhD in water rats, or not water rats, but Australian rats. And so, that’s why I’m like, “Yeah. I think that’s… My colleague Matap brought me there the first week that I was here. And, I was just amazed. Little penguins. Yeah, they’re pretty cute and the sounds they’re making out there. And then, the other thing that I really loved was Wilson’s Prom(ontory). Yeah. That for me was the best thing that I’ve seen in Australia so far. Did you go to Squeaky Beach and do the *stamps feet*? Yes. And go like this *stamps feet* all the time. And, yeah, I think those are the two favourite things. Obviously, I still have to see a lot of Australian.

Australia’s very big. Oh, man, I have to see a lot of Australian. There’s plenty of things I haven’t seen. Yeah. It’s very big, yeah? It’s huge. I don’t think I’ve… I haven’t Uluru, I haven’t been to Perth, (I) haven’t been to Darwin. Yeah, sort of when you have it close to you sometimes you’re like, “Ah, I’ll go. At some point, I’ll go.”. Exactly, and then it just never happens. So, I guess wrapping up, what’s the best way that students can get in touch with you, or listeners, viewers can get in touch with you? So, well we can… just walk in, obviously. You can write an e-mail to Melbourne(at), go to our website.

It depends on the city that you sort of want to explore. If you’re in Melbourne, obviously, we’ll be able to help you, but we have offices elsewhere. But yeah, our website, our Facebook page. Same for students overseas as well? For students overseas, it’s better that they contact their local office, whether they be Spain or Italy or France. But, I mean, we… if I get an email or if I get a contact from any student who’s elsewhere, who’s not here, I’ll direct them to the right direction. Ah brilliant. Yeah, anyone who needs a little bit of help or needs sort of a little bit of extra push inside of Australia, feel free to contact Go Study Australia. Awesome. Thanks Lorena! Thank you Pete! So, I hope you enjoyed that episode of Aussie English, guys. I hope you enjoyed that interview. Remember, if you want to sign up to use the free service that is Go Study Australia, to make your life a lot easier once you get here, whether you want to find a job, whether you need help filling out your tax return, finding somewhere to live, paying your rent, meeting other people, socialising.

Any of that stuff once you get here in Australia, you can do so go to And remember, if you sign up and you say that you’ve come from Aussie English, not only are you sending $100 my way to help me support myself and continue to make content for you guys, but if you email me at TheAussieEnglishPodcast(at) and let me know that you’ve told them that Aussie English referred you, we can organise a free half an hour lesson on Skype where we can work together to take your English to the next level. So that’s it for today guys. I’ll chat to you soon. All the best.. “}

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{“en”:”Welcome to English Conversation channel (Tony Carney) Hello Hello How are you? I’m fine. Thank you. And you? I’m fine. Thank you. Where are you from? I come from England. You come from England. Do you like Manchester United? Mm. I don’t like football. Oh. You don’t like football. I see. Why did you come here? I came for vacation. You came for vacation Are you having fun? Yes. I’m having a great time. What do you like the best about here? What do I like the best? Well, the people are very kind.

Yes. The people here are kind. Do you like the food? Yes. The food is great. Is the food too spicy for you? No. I love spicy food. I can eat spicy food everyday. How much longer will you stay here? I will stay 2 more days. Oh Then you will go home? Yes. Then I will go home. Where do you work? I work for a big company. What kind of company do you work for? I work for an import company. And what about you? I work at the bank. Are you a bank teller? No.

Iu2019m the owner. Oh. Hey. How was your vacation? It was very fun. Where did you go? I went to the beach. Who did you go with? I went with my father, mother and older sister. Do you have house at the beach? No. We stayed at a hotel. Which hotel did you stay at? Itu2019s call the Imperial. Have you stayed there before? Yes. Weu2019ve been going there for years. Itu2019s must be very nice. Yes. Itu2019s very nice and not too expensive. Did you play in the water? Yes.

I went swimming and rowed the banana boat. How about your older sister? She does not like the water. She likes to sit on the beach and read a book. What do your mother and father like to do? They like to eat in the restaurant. How long was your vacation? Three or four days. And will you go there again next year? Of course. Hey. Is that Bill? Ahu2026yeah…Ah…

Do you remember me? From school. Iu2019m sorry. I donu2019t remember you. Did we study together? Yes. And we lived in the same dorm, too. Really? What floor did you live on? I lived on the 9th floor. You lived on the 7th floor. Thatu2019s right. How did you know? I would see you in the elevator sometimes. Iu2019m sorry I donu2019t remember you. Itu2019s alright. It was several years ago. Well, anyway. Itu2019s nice to meet you againu2026 Monica Monica Sales, Right? Yes, see.. so you do remember me. Ok. So where do you live now? I live in an apartment. Oh. Do you live with your parents? No. My parents moved to the country. Oh. They must be very happy there. Yes. They enjoyed it very much. So do you live alone? No. I share the apartment with an old friend. Really? A friend? Is it a boyfriend? No. sheu2019s an old friend from school. Weu2019ve known each other for many years. How about you Bill? Where do you live? Oh, I rent an apartment.

I am by myself. Do you like it there? Yeah. But itu2019s kind of noisy. Oh. Maybe you should complain with your neighbors. Oh. no no no. Iu2019m the one who makes the noise. Hey, I like your shirt. Thanks. Itu2019s new. I got it last week. Hah, Did you get anything else? No, just the shirt. Where did you get it? I got from the weekend market. How much did it cost? It cost about $12. Really? That did not cost too much at all. Yeah, Itu2019s a good price. Hah.. Do you like to wear hats? Yeah, I like to wear hats but only in the winter time when it is cold. Hmm.. Do you like to wear jewelry? I just have the necklace that my girlfriend gave to me. Oh What do you think about fashion? I think it isnu2019t imporatant to be in fashion. Do you have pierced ear? No, I do not have a pierced ear. Do you have tattoo? Yes, I do.

What is the tattoo of? Itu2019s a big blue scary monster. Oh, really? Yes. Wow, can I see it? Are you sure? Yes, I am sure. Ok. Hereu2019s my tatoo. Do you have any bothers and sisters? I have one sister. Who is older? You or your sister? My sister is older than me. Do you get along with your sister? Yes. We get along ok. How about your parents? My father died many years ago. Iu2019m sorry to hear about that. My mother is fine. She is very strong and likes to work. What does your mother do? She teaches at a university. Thatu2019s great! What does she teach? She teaches Psych. Pardon me? I do not understand. She teaches Psychology. Psychology. I understand now. How about you? Are you married? I not married yet. I had a girlfriend for many years. But we broken up. Iu2019m sad to hear that.

Can I retun this? What is this? Itu2019s a shirt. Whatu2019s wrong with it? Nothingu2019s wrong with it. It just doesnu2019t fit. Is the color wrong? No. The color is fine. But the size is much too small. Do you remember when you bought it? I didnu2019t. You didnu2019t buy the shirt. Who bought it? My friend bought it. Do you remember when your friend bought it? She bought it last week. Ok. Good. Do you have the receipt? As a matter of fact. I do. Let me have the shirt and your receipt, please.

Would you like to exchange it for a larger size? Can I get cash back instead? No. But I can give you store credit. What is that? Well, the shirt was $19 and 99 cents, right? Yeah, thatu2019s right. Well, I can give you a store coupon, good for $19 and 99 cents. Or you can exchange the shirt for a larger size. Ok. Iu2019ll take the coupon. Ok. Thank you. Do you have a pet? Yes. I do. What kind of pet do you have? Can you guess? Can I guess? Ok. Do you have pet dog? No. I do not have a pet dog Ok. You do not have a pet dog. Do you have a pet cat? No. I do not have a pet cat. You do not have a pet cat. Do you have a pet fish? No. I do not have pet fish. You donu2019t have a pet fish. You cannot guess? Do you want me to tell you? No. Wait a minute. Iu2019m thinking. Give me one more guess. Ok.

Iu2019ll give you one more guess. I know. You have a pet monkey. What? A pet monkey? Why would I have a pet monkey? Beacause you look like a monkey. I donu2019t like look a monkey. You look like a monkey. Ok. I cannot guess. What kind of pet do you have? I have a pet iguana. An iguana? How unusual Where did you get it? From the pet shop. How long have you had it? Uh… About four years. Wow. What is your iguanau2019s name? Ah. His name is Winnie. Winnie. What does Winnie do? Winnie doesnu2019t do very much. Heu2019s quite lazy. Oh. What does Winnie eat? Winnie is a vegetarian. Winnie eats vegetables. Thatu2019s quite interesting. What kind food do you like? I like all kind foods. Really? Can you eat spicy food? I love spicy food. The hotter the better. You are so lucky. Why I am lucky? Itu2019s terrible when I eat a hot pepper. Can you eat Thai or Mexican food? Yes, I can but only if itu2019s really bland. Do you eat out very often? Sometimes.

Do you have a favourite restaurant? I do have a favourite vegetarian restaurant. Are you a vegetarian? Yes. I am. So you donu2019t eat chicken or pork? No chicken. No pork. But I do eat fish. Are you a vegetarian for health reasons or religious reasons? Most for health reasons. Huh. All the talk about food has made me hungry. Are you hungry? Yes. I am. Would you like to go to my favourite vegetarian restaurant? What is good there? Well, of course. The fresh vegetables are outstanding. Sounds delicious. Letu2019s go. Do you study? Yes. I study at the university. What subject do you study? Iu2019m study marketing. Ok. And… When will you graduate? I will graduate next semester. Ok. Will you continue to study your masteru2019s degree? No.

Not yet. What will you do after you graduate? Iu2019m not sure yet. It depends. Depends on what? It depends on what kinds of job offers I get. What do you mean? Well, if I get a job that provides opportunity. I will take it. What other jobs have you applied for? Oh, Iu2019ve made many applications to all kinds of companies. Ok. What kinds of companies did you apply to? Hotels, factories, import companies. What if you get a job far away from home? I would rather stay close to my family What will you do if you cannot find a job? I cannot find a job. I will stay in school and study for a masteru2019s degree. A masteru2019s degree in what faculty? Iu2019m not sure yet.

I have to think about it. Letu2019s get out of the city this weekend. Mm. Thatu2019s good idea. Iu2019m getting sick of being here. Do you want to go to the beach? We always go to the beach. Letu2019s do something different. How about camping? Hm. Camping… That sounds terrific. All my idea are terrific. Do you have a tent? No. Do you? No. But I can borrow a large one from my friend. How about the sleeping bag? Yes. I have sleeping bag. Do you have one? No. I donu2019t. Do you want to share with me? No, thanks. Iu2019ll buy a new sleeping bag. Do you think we should go far, far away? How much time do you have? I can leave Friday after work. I can leave Friday, too.

When will we have to be back? Iu2019ll have to be back by Sunday. Ok. Weu2019ll back by Sunday. What should we do while weu2019re there? Do you want to go hiking? Hiking… Ok. But we shouldnu2019t go far from the camp ground. If we stay out in the camp ground. Will we bring the barbeque? Of course. What is a camping without a barbeque? Will you make your famous hamburgers? Sure thing. Iu2019ll make hamburgers. Should we invite some friends? Great idea.

Letu2019s invite all of our friends. This is going to be fun. I canu2019t wait. Do you have any hobbies? Yes. I have several. Really? Please tell me more about your hobbies? Well, I do like to collect things. Really? What do you like to collect? I like to collect stamps. Really? Where do you collect stamps from? I collect stamps from all over the world. Why do you do that? Because eventually, I hope to have stamps from every country? Why do you want all of those stamps? I think itu2019s because I wonu2019t be able to go to those countries myself. Oh. What is another hobby of yours? I collect beer.

Pardon me? You collect beer? Well, actually I collect beer cans. Ok. Where do you get the cans from? From every place that I travel to. Do you drink the beer? No. Iu2019m not a beer drinker. Oh. I see. What about you? What are your hobbies? Well, I like to read a lot. Really? What do you read about? I like to read about best sellers and I like to read a lot about science, too. What kind of science do you read about? Variety of topics but I specially like to read about the nature and about electronics. Fascinating Why do you like to read so much? Oh, I think it helps me exercise my brain. Thatu2019s a good reason. If it doesnu2019t make you too tired. Alex! Hey. Hey. This is my friend, Bob. He from England. Hey. Excuse me. Ok. Sit down, please. What city in England do you come from? I come from London. Have ever been there? No, Iu2019ve never been.

I hope to go someday. You can, If you have true desire. Have been here a long time? Iu2019ve been here for about seven years. How about you? Oh. Iu2019ve been here all my life. Why have you stayed here such a long time? Iu2019ve stayed here for many reasons. Are you married? Yes. I am. Is your wife beautiful? Would you like to see a picture of my wife? That would be nice. Iu2019m bored. Letu2019s do something. What do you want to do? I donu2019t know Anything is fine. Letu2019s go see a movie. No I went to see 3 movies this week. Three Wow. Why so many? Because I was bored all week. Well, do you want to play some sports? No, I donu2019t want to play any sports. Why not? Sports are fun. Well, I donu2019t want to run around and get all hot.

Yes Itu2019s kind of hot. How about shopping? You want to go shopping? I like shopping. But have to watch my money until the end of the month. Well, we can go eat dinner. Dinner is a good idea. Where would you like to eat? I heard about this new Japanese restaurant down at the mall. Is it expensive? Itu2019s not too expensive But itu2019s not cheap. Ok Well, that sounds good. When weu2019re finished We can go window shopping. That sounds like fun. Oh. And if we want we can play some indoor, air conditioned sports Really? Which sports has air conditioning? Bowling Bowling Right? Great. Letu2019s go. Ok. Excuse me! Yes Would you like some coffee or tea while youu2019re waiting? Yes. That would be lovely. Thank you. Would you prefer, coffee or tea? Coffee, please.

And how would you like your coffee? Two sugars and some milk. Ok. Iu2019m sorry But we donu2019t have any milk. Is coffeemate alright? Coffeemate is fine. Ok. Itu2019s one coffee. Iu2019ll be right back. Oh. Excuse me. Yes. Do you use fresh ground coffee? No. We donu2019t. We use instant coffee. Nescafeu2019, I think. I see. On second thought Can I have some tea, please? Yes. What kind of tea would you like? What kind of tea do you have? We have Earl Grey, Green Tea or Lipton Green tea is Chinese, is it not? Yes. Iu2019ll try green tea. Ok Would you like that iced or hot? Iced sounds nice. Ok. – Not too sweet – One iced green tea Would you like a cookie? Cookie? No.

Thank you Ok How about an apple? Yes. Iu2019d like an apple. Ok. One iced green tea and one apple Iu2019ll be right back. Have you ever traveled abroad? Yes, I have. In fact, I was born abroad. You were born abroad. Where were you born? I was born in Japan. Youu2019re joking. No, Iu2019m not joking. Itu2019s true. I was made in Japan. Do you speak Japanese? No, I donu2019t. I left when I was young. How old were you? I was nine. You were nine years old. And you do not speak Japanese? No. I was 9 months old. Oh What other countries have you been to? I went to Mexico. How was that? I was great. What did you like the best? Well, the ruins were interesting. Anything else you liked? The beaches were nice. Where else have you been? I lived in London for one year.

Really? How was that? I was only 8 years old. You were 8 years old What were you doing there? I went there with my mother. She was working there. Of all the countries you have been to which is your favorite country? Thailand. Why do you like Thailand? I love Thailand because the food is delicious and the people are very friendly.

Hi. Can I help you? Yes. Iu2019d like to buy a washing machine. Ok. Which brand would you like? I donu2019t care so much about brand. So, Whatu2019s are you looking for? Iu2019m looking for good price and good functions. Ok. Functions and price important to you. Thatu2019s right. Ok. First, May I ask you? What size of washer do you need? What do you mean by u201cwhat size washeru201d? Well, like a small size is 4 kilos, a large size is 8 kilos. Do you have a medium size? Sure. Medium size is six kilos.

Ok. I think I want a medium size. Alright. And do you want a one bin or a two-bin washer. Whatu2019s the difference between one-bin and two-bin? Well, with a two-bin washer. You have to move the clothes to the spinner yourself. And the one-bin? It does it automatically. Itu2019s a two-in-one spin bin. Oh. I understand. Which one cleans better? They clean the same. Really? And do the washers cost the same? Well, the one-bin washer is more expensive but itu2019s simple to use. Simple is important. Well, I think Iu2019d like the one-bin washer. You know? If you like things simple and easy. May I suggest to you the fuzzy logic function? What is the fuzzy logic? Fuzzy logic is a special function It makes using the washer easier. How does the function work? Well, You put in your clothes You put in the soap and the washer does the rest. Sounds perfect! This is exactly the kind of washing machine, Iu2019ve been looking for.

Hey! Did you have a good weekend? No. Not really. Oh, Iu2019m sorry to hear that. What happened? During weekend, my house was robbed. (Tony Carney) Your house was robbed? What do you mean? I mean I was not there and someone came and took everything from my house. Someone took everything form your house? Thatu2019s terrible. Terrible. Yes. I think so. Wow… Did they break anything? Yes. They broke a window to get in. Did they take your television? Yes. They took the television. Oh. Did they take the DVD player? Yes. They took the DVD player Did they take your laptop? Yes. They took the laptop. Did they take your clothes? Yes, theyu2026 No. They did not take my clothes. Oh! Thatu2019s because your clothes are old and out of fashion.

Do you really think my clothes are old-fashioned? Yes. I do. Theyu2019re very old. Oh. this is terrible! Fist, my house gets robbed, and my clothes are old-fashioned. Did you tell the police that your house was robbed? Yes. I told the police. What… did they say? They didnu2019t say much They just took a report. Hello Hi! Is this Tina. Yes. It is. Whou2019s this? This is Alex Do you remember me? Iu2019m sorry.

I do not remember you Did you come into the CS computer shop today? I went to many shops today. Where is yours? Our shop is located at the Galaxy Mall. Which floor is your shop on? CS computer is on the third floor. Oh. Yes I think I remember now. What is your name again? My name is Alex Willis of CS computer. Oh. I remember you now. You are the tall person, very handsome? Yes. Thatu2019s right. You have a good memory, Tina. So what can I do for you, Mr Willis? Do you remember coming into our shop and asking about a catalog for computer games? Yes. I remember asking for the catalog. You could not find it. Right I couldnu2019t find it But you have it now? Yes. I have the catalog. Great. Would you like me to keep it here at the shop for you? No Iu2019m not free to go down there anytime soon.

Well, since you cannot come to the shop. Can I send you the catalog? That would be wonderful! Ok May I have your address, please? 2307 T street, Sacramento, California 95610. Ok Was that 2307 T Street? No. That was 2307 T street. Ok. I have your address. And Iu2019ll send it to you today. Great! Thanks. My pleasure. Mr Willis? Yes? I often have questions about computers and games. You can ask me anything It my business. Thanks for that May I have your phone number? Sure. Itu2019s 018675309. Call me anytime if you have a question. Thanks a lot. My pleasure Good bye! Bye Bye! Honey. Iu2019m home. How are you? Iu2019m terrible.

I have a headache. Iu2019m so sad to hear that. What give you a headache? There are so many reasons. Maybe youu2019ll feel better if you tell me. Well, Work is my biggest headache. What is wrong at work? Itu2019s my boss. He always scolds me. Why does your boss scold you? He says Iu2019m lazy and I take too many breaks. Well, do you take too many breaks? I donu2019t think so. Why donu2019t you ignore your boss? I canu2019t ignore him. He is my boss. Thatu2019s too bad. What else gives you a headache? What else gives me a headache? My co-workers! My co-workers give me a headache. Why do your co-workers give you a headache? Because theyu2019re always gossiping. Do they gossip about you? Probably but not to my face. Thatu2019s too bad. What else gives you a headache? Driving! Driving gives me a headache? Why does driving give you a headache? Well, thereu2019re always traffic jams and thereu2019s no place to park.

Why donu2019t you take a bus to work? Take a bus to work? Itu2019s too crowed and thereu2019s never a seat. Thatu2019s too bad. What can you do to get rid of your headache? Easy. I come home and I see you! Are you excited to go to the party? Yes. Iu2019m very excited about the party. Do you think we should bring something with us? Yes. I think we should bring a gift or something. What would be good to bring? What about bringing flowers? But the flower shop is so far away.

Can you think of something else? What if we bring some chips. Uhu2026Someone else will be bringing chips. Can you think of something else? What about bringing food? Well, we donu2019t have to bring food because thereu2019s going to be a buffer at the party. What about bringing my CD collection? Bringing your music CD collection is a good idea but theyu2019re going to have a DJ at the party. What about bringing some playing-cards? You donu2019t have to bring playing cards. Because thereu2019s going to be a mini casino at the party. Really? Thereu2019re going to be a mini casino at the party? Really! Itu2019s true. Iu2019m not kidding. Can you think of something else? Thereu2019s only one thing the party does not have. Whatu2019s that? The party does not have us. Letu2019s just bring ourselves. Yeah…!. “}

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{“en”:”At five o’clock on a September afternoon Ronald Torbay was making preparations for his third murder. He was being very careful. He realized that murdering people becomes more dangerous if you do it often. He was in the bathroom of the house that he had recently rented. For a moment he paused to look in the mirror. The face that looked back at him was thin, middle-aged and pale. Dark hair, a high forehead and well-shaped blue eyes. Only the mouth was unusual – narrow and quite straight. Even Ronald Torbay did not like his own mouth. A sound in the kitchen below worried him. Was Edyth coming up to have her bath before he had prepared it for her? No, it was all right; she was going out of the back door. From the window he saw her disappearing round the side of the house into the small square garden. It was exactly like all the other gardens in the long street. He didn’t like her to be alone there. She was a shy person, but now new people had moved into the house next door, and there was a danger of some silly woman making friends with her.

He didn’t want that just now. *** Each of his three marriages had followed the same pattern. Using a false name, he had gone on holiday to a place where no one knew him. There he had found a middle-aged, unattractive woman, with some money of her own and no family. He had talked her into marrying him, and she had then agreed to make a will which left him all her money. Both his other wives had been shy, too. He was very careful to choose the right type of woman: someone who would not make friends quickly in a new place. Mary, the first of them, had had her deadly ‘accident’ almost unnoticed, in the bathroom of the house he had rented – a house very like this one, but in the north of England instead of the south. The police had not found anything wrong. The only person who was interested was a young reporter on the local newspaper. He had written something about death in the middle of happiness, and had printed photographs of Mary’s wedding and her funeral, which took place only three weeks after the wedding.

Dorothy had given him a little more trouble. It was not true that she was completely alone in the world, as she had told him. Her brother had appeared at the funeral, and asked difficult questions about her money. There had been a court case, but Ronald had won it, and the insurance company had paid him the money. All that was four years ago. Now, with a new name, a newly invented background, and a different area to work in, he felt quite safe. From the moment he saw Edyth, sitting alone at a little table in the restaurant of a seaside hotel, he knew she was his next ‘subject’. He could see from her face that she was not happy. And he could also see that she was wearing a valuable ring. After dinner he spoke to her. She did not want to talk at first, but in the end he managed to start a conversation.

After that, everything went as he expected. His methods were old-fashioned and romantic, and by the end of a week she was in love with him. Her background was very suitable for Ronald’s purpose. After teaching at a girls’ school for ten years, she had gone home to look after her sick father and had stayed with him until he died. Now, aged forty-three, she was alone, with a lot of money, and she didn’t know what to do with herself. Five weeks after they met, Ronald married her, in the town where they were both strangers. The same afternoon they both made a will leaving all their property to each other. Then they moved into the house which he had rented cheaply because the holiday season was at an end. It was the most pleasant of his marriages. He found Edyth a cheerful person, and even quite sensible – except that it was stupid of her to believe that a man would fall in love with her at first sight. Ronald knew he must not make the mistake of feeling sorry for her. He began to make plans for ‘her future’, as he called it.

*** Two things made him do this earlier than he intended. One was the way she refused to talk about her money. She kept all her business papers locked in a desk drawer, and refused to discuss them. His other worry was her unnecessary interest in his job. Ronald had told Edyth that he was a partner in an engineering company, which was giving him a long period of absence. Edyth accepted the story, but she asked a lot of questions and wanted to visit his office and the factory. So Ronald had decided that it was time to act. He turned from the window, and began to run water into the bath.

His heart was beating loudly, he noticed. He didn’t like that. He needed to keep very calm. The bathroom was the only room they had painted. He had done it himself soon after they arrived. He had also put up the little shelf over the bath which held their bottles and creams and a small electric heater. It was a cheap one, with two bars, and it was white, like the walls, and not too noticeable. There was no electric point in the bathroom, but he was able to connect the heater to a point just outside the door. He turned on the heater now, and watched the bars become red and hot. Then he went out of the room. The controls for all the electricity in the house were inside a cupboard at the top of the stairs. Ronald opened the door carefully and pulled up the handle which turned off the electricity. (He had a cloth over his hand, so that he would not leave fingerprints.) Back in the bathroom the bars of the heater were turning black again. Still using the cloth, he lifted the heater from the shelf and put it into the bath water, at the bottom end of the bath.

Of course, you could still see it. It looked as if it had fallen off the shelf by accident. Edyth was coming back from the garden: he could hear her moving something outside the kitchen door. He pulled a small plastic bottle out of his pocket and began to read again the directions on the back. A small sound behind him made him turn suddenly. There was Edyth’s head, only two metres away, appearing above the flat roof of the kitchen which was below the bathroom window. She was clearing the dead leaves from the edge of the roof. She must be standing on the ladder which was kept outside the kitchen door. He stayed calm. ‘What are you doing there, dear?’ Edyth was so surprised that she nearly fell oft the ladder. ‘Oh, you frightened me! I thought I’d just do this little job before I came to get ready.’ ‘But I’m preparing your beauty bath tor you.’ ‘It’s kind of you to take all this trouble, Ronald.’ ‘Not at all.

I’m taking you out tonight and I want you to look as nice as – er – possible. Hurry up, dear. The bubbles don’t last very long, and like all these beauty treatments, this one’s expensive. Go and undress now, and come straight here.’ ‘Very well, dear.’ She began to climb down the ladder. Ronald opened the little bottle, and poured the liquid into the bath. He turned on the water again, and in a moment the bath was lull of bubbles, smelling strongly of roses. They covered the little heater completely; they even covered the sides of the bath. Edyth was at the door. ‘Oh Ronald! Its all over everything – even on the floor!’ ‘That doesn’t matter. You get in quickly, before it loses its strength. I’ll go and change now. Get straight in and lie down. It will give your skin a bit of colour!’ He went out and paused, listening. She locked the door, as he expected.

He walked slowly to the electricity box, and forced himself to wait another minute. ‘How is it?’ he shouted. ‘I don’t know yet. I’ve only just got into the bath. It smells nice.’ His hand, covered with the cloth, was on the controls. ‘One, two … three,’ he said, and pulled the handle down. A small explosion from the electric point behind him told him that the electricity had gone off. Then everything was silent. After a time he went and knocked on the bathroom door. ‘Edyth?’ There was no answer, no sound, nothing. Now he had to prepare the second stage. As he knew well, this was the difficult bit. The discovery of the body must be made, but not too soon. He had made that mistake with Dorothy’s ‘accident’, and the police had asked him why he had got worried so soon. This time he decided to wait half an hour before he began to knock loudly on the bathroom door, then to shout for a neighbour and finally to force the lock.

There was something he wanted to do now. Edyth’s leather writing-case, which contained all her private papers, was in the drawer where she kept her blouses. He had discovered it some time ago, but he had not forced the lock open because that would frighten her. Now there was nothing to stop him. He went softly into the bedroom and opened the drawer.

The case was there. The lock was more difficult than he expected, but he finally managed to open the case. Inside there were some financial documents, one or two thick envelopes and, on top of these, her Post Office Savings book. He opened it with shaking fingers, and began reading the figures – 17,000 … 18,600 … 21,940 … He turned over a page, and his heart jumped wildly. On 4th September she had taken almost all the money out of her savings account! Perhaps it was here, in these thick envelopes? He opened one of them; papers, letters, documents fell on the floor.

Suddenly he saw an envelope with his own name on it, in Edyth’s writing. He pulled it open, and saw in surprise that the date on the letter was only two days ago. Dear Ronald, If you ever read this, I am afraid it will he a terrible shock to you. I hoped it would not he necessary to write it, but now your behaviour has forced me to face some very unpleasant possibilities. Did you not realize, Ronald, that any middle-aged woman who has been rushed into marriage to a stranger will ask herself about her husband’s reason for marrying her? At first I thought I was in love with you, but when you asked me to make my will on our wedding day, I began to worry. And then, when you started making changes to the bathroom in this house, I decided to act quickly.

So I went to the police. Have you noticed that the people who have moved into the house next door have never spoken to you? Well, they are not a husband and wife, but a police inspector and a policewoman. The policewoman showed me two pieces from old newspapers, both about women who had died from accidents in their baths soon after their marriages. Both pieces included a photograph of the husband at the funeral. They were not very clear, but I was able to recognize you. So I realized that it was my duty to agree to do what the inspector asked me to do. (The police have been looking for the man since the photographs were given to them by your second wife’s brother.) The inspector said the police needed to be sure that you were guilty: you must be given the opportunity to try the crime again. That’s why I am forcing myself to be brave, and to play my part.

I want to tell you something, Ronald. If one day you lose me, out of the bathroom, I mean, you will find that I have gone out over the kitchen roof, and am sitting in the kitchen next door. I was stupid to marry you, but not quite as stupid as you thought. Yours, Edyth Ronald’s mouth was uglier than ever when he finished reading the letter. The house was still quiet. But in the silence he heard the back door open suddenly, and heavy footsteps rushed up the stairs towards him.. “}

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