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INTRODUCTION
Chihiro: Hey everyone, I'm Chihiro.
Ryan: Hey, everyone, Ryan here. Useful Phrases for Learning English.
Chihiro: You're halfway through our Basic Bootcamp series, good job!
Ryan: Keep it up! For today, we hope that you can either brush up on some commonly used phrases in class, or learn them from scratch.
Chihiro: Okay, so let's begin.
Ryan: In this lesson, you'll will learn some phrases that are common in class.
Chihiro: These phrases take place in a classroom, but can be used in other situations, too.
Ryan: Some can be said by the teacher and some by the student.
Chihiro: All the phrases are polite.

Lesson conversation

A: Excuse me./Pardon me.
B: How do you say this in English?
A: What does this mean?
B: I'm not sure what you mean.
A: Could you repeat that?
B: Could you speak more slowly?
English Host: Letโ€™s hear the conversation one time slowly.
A: Excuse me./Pardon me.
B: How do you say this in English?
A: What does this mean?
B: I'm not sure what you mean.
A: Could you repeat that?
B: Could you speak more slowly?
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Chihiro: So, all of those phrases are very useful to know when sitting in a classroom.
Ryan: And if you have a question, it's okay to interrupt the teacher, well at least English teachers.
Chihiro: Right, interrupting is common in English. If you have a question in class or at work, you can jump in when another person is speaking.
Ryan: But with that said, it's a good idea to jump in at the end of a sentence or idea so that you don't stop the speaker mid-sentence.
Chihiro: And when you do it, make sure to speak loudly and clearly as well; otherwise, you may not be heard. Don't be surprised if the person you interrupt interrupts you back as well.
Vocab list
Ryan: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. The first phrase is:
Chihiro: excuse me [natural native speed]
Ryan: phrase to apologize or get someone's attention
Chihiro: excuse me [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: excuse me [natural native speed]
: Next:
Chihiro: to say [natural native speed]
Ryan: to voice something
Chihiro: to say [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: to say [natural native speed]
: Next:
Chihiro: to mean [natural native speed]
Ryan: to signify, to indicate
Chihiro: to mean [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: to mean [natural native speed]
: Next:
Chihiro: sure [natural native speed]
Ryan: having no doubt about something
Chihiro: sure [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: sure [natural native speed]
: Next:
Chihiro: could [natural native speed]
Ryan: used to make a polite request
Chihiro: could [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: could [natural native speed]
: Next:
Chihiro: to repeat [natural native speed]
Ryan: to do or to say something again
Chihiro: to repeat [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: to repeat [natural native speed]
: Next:
Chihiro: to speak [natural native speed]
Ryan: to talk
Chihiro: to speak [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: to speak [natural native speed]
: Next:
Chihiro: slowly [natural native speed]
Ryan: at a reduced speed
Chihiro: slowly [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: slowly [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Ryan: Let's have a closer look at the phrases from this lesson.
Chihiro: This is the core of our lesson, so we hope you're ready! The first phrase is
Ryan: "Excuse me." or "Pardon me."
Chihiro: These two basically mean the same things, as bothare very handy phrases to know because you can use them in different ways. You use them when you need to interrupt somebody or when you are trying to get by somebody. You can also use it to say "sorry" as well. And our next phrase is, "How do you say ______ in English?"
Ryan: You use this phrase to ask for a word in English from your own language. The word in your own language replaces the blank. Don't forget the auxiliary or helping verb "do" because the question would be grammatically incorrect without it. Okay, the next phrase is "What does ______ mean?"
Chihiro: Ask what a certain English word means by using this phrase. As with the last phrase, don't forget the auxiliary verb "do" and the blank is replaced by the word you're asking. Now, the next phrase is very handy, it's "I'm not sure what you mean."
Ryan: Many times, students remain silent when they don't understand something in class. Why not speak up? Use this phrase to tell another person that you are confused. It usually stops the speaker and asks the speaker to restate what he or she has just said. And here's another one that can be used more often, "could you repeat that?"
Chihiro: If you need clarification, don't be afraid to speak up. Just say this phrase when you need a person to say something again. And if you use that one, you might like this one "could you speak more slowly?"
Ryan: If the speaker is speaking too quickly, tell him or her to slow down by saying this phrase. Usually native speakers don't realize how fast they're speaking, so you can tell them to slow down. For the last two phrases just mentioned, you can add the word "please" if you want to be more polite.
Chihiro: Okay, great, how about we go on to some grammar now?

Lesson focus

Ryan: In this lesson, you heard some essential phrases in English. You can use these phrases with your English-speaking friends, and your English teacher.
Chihiro: These phrases are made of grammar structures that may be a little complex to learn all at once, so let's just take a look at the word "could".
Ryan: You can use this word in place of "can" in questions, so that the question sounds polite. Therefore instead of saying, "can you repeat that?" by saying "could you repeat that" the request sounds slightly more polite.
Chihiro: There are many different other ways you can use the word could, but just remember this one for now and you'll have a head start in you English grammar. And here's the other phrase with "could" from the lesson.
Ryan: Could you speak more slowly?
Chihirp: It sounds just a little bit more polite than "Can you speak more slowly?"

Outro

Ryan: That just about does it for today.
Chihiro: See you all next time!
Ryan: Bye for now.

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Wednesday at 10:52 AM
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Hello Lex,


Thanks for taking the time to post and share. ๐Ÿ‘


If you are in a virtual meeting and you need to politely interrupt to have some input, you would say "Excuse me..."


In English you would say "cutlery" for the Spanish word "cubiertos."


I hope this helps. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘


Sincerely,

ร‰va

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Lex
Monday at 10:51 AM
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Hello,


Nowadays, in the business environment, is more and more common to have virtual meetings. How could I get the word (interrupt) to say something? what is the polite way?


How do you say "cubiertos" in American English? What is the common word to refer to that?

"cubiertos" are tools/set to eat, like knives, spoons, forks. AFAIK "cutlery" is not very common in American English and silverware means objects made of silver.


Thanks in advance

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Monday at 11:45 AM
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Hi Glen,


Thanks for your comment!


I'm glad that you're finding the material useful, and your suggestion is interesting. I don't know if it is practical or possible to record each podcast into several different languages, but it is worth looking into to see if it is.


Thanks!

Kellie

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Glen
Friday at 01:36 PM
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I'm an English teacher looking for good material for a beginner Chinese student. It's great that this material is being put together, and it's nice that it is targeting teachers, because it's easy to find. HOWEVER, the instructions being spoken are all in a MUCH higher level English than the actual learners would be. Phrases like "brush up" go WAY over students heads. I know it's a lot of work, but EnglishClass101 should think about catering each of there lower level audio lessons to specific languages. You could still use the same dialogues and pronunciation practices, just get a speaker of the 1st language to MC the podcast. IE: a Chinese speaker to give the instructions.