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English Listening Mp3 Designed To Improve Your Spoken English
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As you know, we (and 100,000 other English students every month) believe listening to English conversation is the best place to start when learning to speak English fluently. Each of our podcasts provides you with great listening English practice.
We are really careful to make sure every English listening exercises is interesting enough for you to listen to it over and over. We pick topical words and interesting contemporary English stories which are actively in use in everyday English in the UK.
Hi, there I’m Hilary and welcome to this, the short podcast from Adept English, which goes out on a Thursday. There are lots of other websites which help you learn English, but many of them don’t publish something every week, and they don’t provide you with a free transcript. They also don’t cover the breadth of topics which we do. And, especially on YouTube – quite a lot of them contain grammar mistakes. Ouch! Rest assured, my first degree was in Latin, and I’m what you call ‘a stickler’ for correct grammar.
A ‘stickler’ is a word that we use for someone who is pedantic, who doesn’t like to make mistakes. I still communicate from time to time, with my old Latin teacher from school. I wouldn’t like to think of him listening to my podcasts or checking my transcripts and finding any errors, any mistakes! It’s probably highly unlikely, but that thought alone means I check everything thoroughly before it’s released, which means you can have confidence that it’s all correct!
You can treat each of our podcasts as an English listening lesson
Anyway, today’s short podcast. Let’s go for another English word which is a piece of slang, but which you’ll hear commonly in English. Do you know what the word ‘splurge’ means? Well a splurge, S-P-L-U-R-G-E can be a noun or a verb. And take a moment to appreciate what a lovely English word that is ‘Splurge’. Say it to yourself. ‘Splurge’. You can really put some effort behind that one.
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It takes a lot of listening skill exercises before your brain can automatically recognise spoken English
So here are some example sentences where you might use this. I’ll pause after each one of these, then you can have a go at pronouncing them too – rather like we do on our courses.
- Many football clubs splurge on expensive players, before the start of the new football season.
- We went to an expensive restaurant last week and we splurged on a four-course dinner. It was lovely.
- In the UK, there’s a splurge in spending in the run-up to the Christmas period.
- The splurge in lending led to many of the problems with banks in 2008.
- Last month I had a bit of a splurge and bought some new clothes and new shoes.
OK, I hope that helps anchor the word ‘splurge’ in your mind. And remember to ‘have a splurge’ doesn’t mean that you have to spend an enormous amount of money. It’s just you do something that you don’t do all the time. So you could splurge by going to get an ice cream. I hope you manage to have a splurge this coming weekend.
Anyway enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this listening English conversation audio, as much as we at Adept English did putting it together. We have lots of other English listening practice audio podcasts ready for you to listen to right now.
Each of our English listening podcasts is available to download as an mp3 and as always we provide a full script. We put out a longer podcast on Mondays and on Thursday we put out a shorter listening English story both are excellent listening activities for students and will improve your English listening skills.
We have lots of other tips on learning to speak English here.
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