Image credit: Mark Wilding
There’s still time to donate to Mental Health Friendly to help them set up classes for people suffering and recovering from mental health problems:
Episode 9 of the podcast is all about travelling, do you like to travel light? Have you got the travel bug? We spoke to two people who definitely have, Jon and Ania from hitchhikershandbook.com; they came on the show to tell us about their various adventures. We also spoke to people about their weird and wonderful travel experiences as well as our vocabulary section “5 Ways to Say.” Below you’ll find the timings of the episode in case you want to skip ahead or use specific parts in class:
Tim and Katy travel stories – 0 -13.30
Main Interview – John and Ania – 13.30 – 30.00
5 Ways to say – travel vocab – 30.10 – 35.00
Vox pops – Shay – 35.20 – 40.30
Outro – 40.35 – End
Enjoy! We appreciate any comments or feedback, let us know in the comments here or on Twitter or Facebook.
Check out Jon and Ania’s blog below:
The fifth episode of our new podcast for B2+ English students and teachers alike is now live! In this episode we’re talking about our pet hates or things that really annoy us. Go to our SoundCloud page and download the teacher’s notes below:
2Ts in a Pod – Teacher’s Notes Episode 5: Pet Hates
- Intro convo 00:00-7:40
- Vox pop – Nicole – 07:46-09:55
- Vox pops – Abbi – 10:00-12:30
- Be like you – Berenece – 12:45 – 16:38
- 5 Ways to say – 16:50 – 21:00
- Knock knock jokes 21:13 – 25:49
5 Ways to Say
Pet hates/Annoying things
- People get on my nerves when they walk down the street really slowly. (annoys me)
- People who sit on the outside seat on the bus when the inside seat is free drive me insane/drive me up the wall! (annoys me)
- Annoying people get on my tits. (annoys me *informal/rude*)
- Inconsiderate people really piss me off. (annoys me *informal/rude*)
- My pet hate/bugbear is inconsiderate people. (a thing that annoys me specifically)
Making polite requests
- Would you mind turning the volume down? (remember to use …ing!)
- I wish you wouldn’t leave your socks on the floor. (use wish + would to express annoyance)
- I’d rather you didn’t smoke in here. (use past simple when changing subject)
- What’s your pet hate/bugbear?
- What things really get on your nerves when you’re on public transport?
- What things really get on your nerves at work?
- What things really get on your nerves at home?
- What things really drive you up the wall in the street?
- What things do you wish your parents/partner/kids/siblings wouldn’t do?
- Role-play: one person is smoking on the metro, the other wants them to stop.
- Role-play: Parent and teenager arguing about the things each one does that annoys the other.
Image credit: Mark Wilding
Episode 4 of the podcast is now live on our Soundcloud page! Click the link below to listen, you can also download the teacher’s notes.
On this episode we were talking about crimes like pick pocketing and mugging as well as other types of scam. We interviewed several people about their experiences being the victims of crime in Barcelona and other parts of the world. Hope you enjoy the show!
2Ts in a Pod – Teacher’s Notes Episode 4: Scams
- 00:00 – 03:14 – Intro chat
- 03:14 – 06:56 – Tim’s pickpocketing story
- 06:56 – 09:20 – Vox-pop with Vicky: Scams in Barcelona vs in Argentina
- 09:20 – 13:48 – Katy’s mugging story
- 13:48 – 17:06 – Five ways to say: Crime/scam expressions
- 17:06 – 20:54 – Vox-pop with Beranice: Barcelona robbery story
- 21:00 – 26:52 – I wanna be like you with Vicky
- 26:52 – 29:00 – Vox-pop with Lisa: Scam stories
- 29:00 – end – Thanks, credits, comment
Five Ways to Say…
- I totally fell for the scam. (I believed it, I was tricked)
- I was taken in by the con man. (he convinced/tricked me)
- This sandwich cost me €8! What a rip-off! (overpriced/too expensive)
- I got ripped off by the mechanic when I took my car in for a service.
- I felt like a right idiot/plonker/tit after they stole my bag. (feel stupid)
- Have you ever been pickpocketed? Or even mugged?
- What happened?
- What advice would you give someone to help them avoid something similar happening to them?
- Can you think of any other types of scam? Email scams? Phone scams? etc.
- What do you think the punishment for these crimes should be?
- Have you ever been ripped off when you bought something?
- Where were you?
- What did you buy?
- When was the last time you felt like a right idiot/plonker/tit?
Episode 3 of 2Ts in a Pod is live! We’re talking about food, glorious food! We interviewed Nicole Hooks and Abbi Nelliug about US Southern soul food and traditional Dominican food respectively. Nicole speaks about her southern food pop-up supper club Sarah Juliette’s Southern Kitchen. Click the link below to find out more, she’s got an event coming up this weekend. Also, check out the recipe for the delicious gumbo that we taste on the show.
https://www.facebook.com/SarahJuliettesSouthernKitchen/ – Check out Nicole’s page
https://goo.gl/EGJ1U7 – Gumbo recipe
Teacher’s notes coming soon!
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The first two episodes of our brand-spanking new podcast are ready!
Listen from our Sound Cloud page:
The show will be released every two weeks more or less. It is aimed at B2 level students and up, although we do have plans to make specific features for lower levels in the future.
For each episode we choose a different theme; the show is then divided into short features so that they can be listened to as one whole show or as more manageable chunks. We also believe this will make it a useful classroom resources for teachers.
The typical features you might find are:
• Interviews with special guests.
• Vox-pops: Short interviews with people out and about.
• Five ways to say: A feature designed to help boost listeners vocabulary related to the topic of the episode.
• Challenges or experiences: These will include Katy and Tim trying new foods, drinks and activities.
• Pronunciation focus: Here we’ll examine features of English pronunciation such as connected speech and intonation.
• Stop! Grammar time: An irreverent look at specific English grammar points.
• And many many more as we think of them!
This is our first podcast so we’re open to any and all constructive cricitism and feedback! We hope you enjoy the show!
Download our mission statement below:
Love from Katy, Tim and Ben
- Producer & General Sound Wizard: Ben Ward
- Presenters: Katy Wright & Tim Warre
- Logos & Artwork: Mark Wilding
- Jingles: Members of the Barcelona English Choir
Here’s the teacher’s notes for the first episode:
- 00:00 – 04:25 – Intro.
- 04:25 – 08:46 – Guess the top 10 New Year’s resolutions & discussion.
- 08:46 – 10:46 – Vox pop: Vicky on New Year’s resolutions.
- 10:46 – 16:36 – Tim & Katy discuss their New Year’s resolutions.
- 16:36 – 20:58 – 5 Ways to Say: Language of quitting, reducing and addiction.
- 20:58 – 24:09 – I wanna be like you who who – Interview with Ania.
- 24:09 – 28:00 – Vox pop: Ania on New Year’s resolutions.
- 28:00 – END – Interview with Sergi the lifestyle coach.
New Year’s Resolution Lesson Plan
The information and top 10 that Tim reads can be found in the lesson plan below:
Jugo de la Vida – Sergi’s website
Click the link below to check out Sergi the lifestyle coach’s website:
Five Ways to Say…
- I want to give up/quit – Stop doing an activity.
- I’m trying to cut down on – Reduce the quantity I consume.
- I have cut out fruit juice completely. – To eliminate one thing from your diet.
- I’m hooked on – To be addicted to something.
- When my mum was pregnant, she got cravings for – to have a strong need or desire for something, usually related to addictions.
- Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution?
- How successful was it?
- What do you think of the idea of New Year’s resolutions in general?
- Have you ever tried to give up a bad habit?
- How successful were you?
- What tips or advice would you give to someone trying to do the same?
- What things do you think you need to cut down on?
- Are you hooked on anything at the moment?
- Do you ever get cravings for anything? If so, what?