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INTRODUCTION
Daniel: Hi everyone, Daniel here.
Chihiro: Chihiro here. Catching Up with a Friend.
Daniel: So, what are we talking about today?
Chihiro: In this lesson, you will learn how to catch up with a person you haven't seen in a while.
Daniel: This conversation takes place in a diner.
Chihiro: The conversation is between two friends, Mike and Joey.
Daniel: Let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Mike: Hey. Thanks for waiting, Joey.
Joey: No problem, man.
Mike: Long time no see, buddy. How've you been?
Joey: Not bad. Same job, same apartment, nothing's changed really, man.
Mike: Oh. Well, that's good to hear.
Joey: Hey, so you got married! Congrats dude! Tell me about Susan, the lucky girl.
Mike: Well, what can I say? She's awesome! She's funny, down-to-earth, easygoing.
Joey: Wow, she sounds nothing like Michelle.
Mike: Exactly! Michelle was too high-maintenance for me. She was so pretentious and superficial!
Joey: Yeah, but she was really sexy.
Mike: I know. Anyway, uhh, Susan's great. You'll like her.
Joey: How did you two meet anyway?
Mike: Well, it's a long story. I bumped into her and spilled coffee on her boyfriend. I offered to pay the cleaning
bill and we exchanged phone numbers. The rest is history.
Joey: What do you mean, “The rest is history, man?"
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Daniel: Sounds like these two have a lot of catching up to do!
Chihiro: Yup, looks like they might need to meet up again soon to finish the story!
Daniel: Well, you know when people catch up after a while of not seeing one another, it's important to ask about the main things in their lives.
Chihiro: True, this usually includes their job, living arrangement, and relationships. And in the dialogue Joey sums this up in just one sentence...
Daniel: Which in other words means that nothing much has changed since the last two had met.
Chihiro: Mike on the other hand has a story to tell, which is what the conversation mainly turns towards.
Daniel: And it sounds like he has a lot more to tell! So Chihiro, you do any catching up at all these days?
Chihiro: Actually yes! This weekend I saw a friend I haven't seen for a few months. I must admit though, it always feels kind of funny at first you know, but once you get into the conversation, the time gap definitely lessens! Did you Daniel?
Daniel: I did over Christmas Break. I went back to my hometown and saw some people I haven’t seen in a long time.
Chihiro: Sounds good.
VOCAB LIST
Chihiro: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. The first word is…
Daniel: apartment [natural native speed]
Chihiro: building typically divided into separate dwellings that is equipped with housekeeping facilities and usually rented as a residence
Daniel: apartment [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: apartment [natural native speed]
Chihiro: Next.
Daniel: congrats [natural native speed]
Chihiro: short for congratulations, which is an expression of pleasure for someone's success
Daniel: congrats [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: congrats [natural native speed]
Chihiro: Next.
Daniel: lucky [natural native speed]
Chihiro: having good chance or fortune
Daniel: lucky [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: lucky [natural native speed]
Chihiro: Next.
Daniel: pretentious [natural native speed]
Chihiro: pretending to be more successful, important, or impressive than reality
Daniel: pretentious [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: pretentious [natural native speed]
Chihiro: Next.
Daniel: superficial [natural native speed]
Chihiro: concerned with what is on the surface and not being thorough
Daniel: superficial [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: superficial [natural native speed]
Chihiro: Next.
Daniel: to bump [natural native speed]
Chihiro: to hit against something with force
Daniel: to bump [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: to bump [natural native speed]
Chihiro: Next.
Daniel: to spill [natural native speed]
Chihiro: to cause something to fall over the edge of a container
Daniel: to spill [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: to spill [natural native speed]
Chihiro: Next.
Daniel: to exchange [natural native speed]
Chihiro: to give something and receive something in return
Daniel: to exchange [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: to exchange [natural native speed]
Chihiro: Next.
Daniel: awesome [natural native speed]
Chihiro: something that inspires awe, dread, and wonder
Daniel: awesome [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: awesome [natural native speed]
Chihiro: Next.
Daniel: down-to-earth [natural native speed]
Chihiro: easy going, easy to talk to
Daniel: down-to-earth [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: down-to-earth [natural native speed]
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Daniel: Let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Chihiro: The first phrase we’ll look at is,
Daniel: “High-maintenance.” This phrase, which is used as an adjective, is used to describe an emotional person who needs a lot of attention and seeks it by over dramatizing situations.
Chihiro: In the dialogue, Michelle was this kind of person, which is what Mike means when he says that she was too high maintenance. Another meaning for this phrase is if a person requires many material things for their outward appearance. In the sentence,
Daniel: “The princess was so high maintenance that even the prince couldn't afford her.”
Chihiro: Means that the princess required many material things to keep her happy.
Daniel: The second phrase we'll look at is, “The rest is history.” This phrase is used when the speaker leaves out the end of a story because it's obvious to the listener what has happened. In the dialogue, Mike assumes that Joey knows what happened, therefore he uses this phrase.
Chihiro: Right, but by his reaction we know that Joey does not know. Here's another example,
Daniel: “The band's hit record came out in the early nineties, and the rest is history.”
Chihiro: Which means that people know how the band is doing today without having to be informed after their first hit record.
Daniel: Okay, let's take a look at the grammar point for this lesson.

Lesson focus

Chihiro: We will take a look at the present perfect tense. We use the present perfect tense to talk about past events that have a connection with the present. For example,
Daniel: “I have made dinner. Let's eat!”
Chihiro: We also often use the present perfect to give news, as in this sentence,
Daniel: “The leader has arrived.”
Chihiro: In addition, we use the present perfect to talk about how much has been done up to now, like,
Daniel: “I've been to that store five times this year.”
Chihiro: Or how long something has continued up to now with the verbs “be,” “have,” and “know,” as in
Daniel: “We've been here since Tuesday.”
Chihiro: We also often use the question form to ask about someone's experience. For example,
Daniel: “Have you ever been to Rome?” Okay, now, if you want to make a statement using the present perfect like in those examples, the structure is, subject + “have/has” + past participle.
Chihiro: And as Daniel mentioned, the first four examples were all in this form.
Daniel: Now, for negative statements, the structure is, subject + “have/has” + “not” + past participle. Give us an example, Chihiro.
Chihiro: “She hasn't finished the report.”
Daniel: Now, if you want to form a question, then the structure is, “have/has” + subject + past participle. Here's an example from the dialogue.
Chihiro: “How've you been?”
Daniel: Which in this case, the question has the adverb “how” before it.
Chihiro: Note that contractions are commonly used when speaking like the example from the dialogue, so it's a good idea to get used to it by using it yourself.
Daniel: Right. Also remember that regular verbs in the past participle have “-ed,” and irregular verbs need to be remembered.
Chihiro: Okay listeners, good luck practicing and don't forget that the lesson notes in the PDF will help you.

Outro

Chihiro: That just about does it for today. Okay, see you next time!
Daniel: Take care.
REPETITION OF DIALOGUE
Mike: Hey. Thanks for waiting, Joey.
Joey: No problem, man.
Mike: Long time no see, buddy. How've you been?
Joey: Not bad. Same job, same apartment, nothing's changed really, man.
Mike: Oh. Well, that's good to hear.
Joey: Hey, so you got married! Congrats dude! Tell me about Susan, the lucky girl.
Mike: Well, what can I say? She's awesome! She's funny, down-to-earth, easygoing.
Joey: Wow, she sounds nothing like Michelle.
Mike: Exactly! Michelle was too high-maintenance for me. She was so pretentious and superficial!
Joey: Yeah, but she was really sexy.
Mike: I know. Anyway, uhh, Susan's great. You'll like her.
Joey: How did you two meet anyway?
Mike: Well, it's a long story. I bumped into her and spilled coffee on her boyfriend. I offered to pay the cleaning bill and we exchanged phone numbers. The rest is history.
Joey: What do you mean "the rest is history, man?"

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Tuesday at 02:49 PM
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There's just couple of corrections here: "I've been learning English for 10 years" and "I hope I don't find a pretentious and superficial girlfriend."


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Monday at 05:31 PM
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The cases of present perfect:

1. I have finished my homework, let's play! (a past event have a connection with the present)

2. The stock has plummeted dramatically this morning. (to give new)

3. I have been learned English for 10 years. (how long something has continued for now)

4. I haven't been to a foreign country. (to describle an experience)

Some words and phrase:

1. I wish I won't find a pretentious and superfacial girlfriend.

2. Some of my classmates are too high-maintenance, they have bought a lot of luxurious bags.

3. Lastly, he was crazy about video games in university, and the rest is history.

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Good mornings


All topics are very well, I just have a question about listening, why are they always de same accent, the same character? I would like to listen to different accents. It is just a commentary. Everything is good!!👍

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Lesson transcript can't display when I'm learning using my phone.

It appears nothing.😞