I love stories – hey, who doesn’t?
When National story telling day came around we thoughts we’d make an English Show about the difference between the words ‘story’ and ‘history’, tell a story and create a rap with Fluency MC with a story about a giant, witch and dragon.
In today’s English show with Fluency MC, we were joined by Craig Wealand of the award winning podcast Aprender Ingles con Reza y Craig. Craig is a materials writer at www.mansioningles.com and a fantastic source of knowledge on how to improve your listening with podcasts.
The English Show is designed for #ESL English learners, packed with conversation and language practice, games, puzzles, raps and great tips to help you learn faster. Ask questions, get fluent and make friends in the live chat every Sunday. There’s no other show like it.
How many English tenses are there? Well, technically speaking, there are just two: the past and the present. When we talk about the future we often use a present tense or a modal verb (like could, will or might) or expressions like ‘going to‘, ‘about to‘ and ‘bound to‘. And we have verbs we might use as well like ‘hope‘ or ‘expect‘. Find out more in this week’s English Show where we practice lots of these words and phrases, play a game and rap with FluencyMC as well.
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When President Trump’s press secretary gave his first press briefing, he made statements about the crowd size at the inauguration that were false. When questioned about it later, another Trump spokesperson, Kellyanne Conway, claimed he wasn’t lying. Rather he was presenting ‘alternative facts’. Her interviewer objected and said ‘Alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods’. Falsehoods is a slightly more gentle way to say ‘lies’.
Calling someone a liar is a hostile act in English (and in any language). Admitting you lied is difficult too, so people will often look for ways to soften how they say ‘I lied’ or ‘He/she lied’.
Can you match these statements to their meanings?
1. They made a misstatement. They misspoke.
2. They hyped it a little. It was a slight exaggeration.
3. They were economical with the truth.
4. They were fibbing
5. They falsified the figures
a. They changed the data so it was no longer true.
b. They deliberately withheld important information.
c. They said something in a way that was not clear or accurate.
d. They told a small harmless lie.
e. They made it seem better or more important than it was.
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The English Show is designed for #ESL English learners and it’s packed with conversation and language practice, games, puzzles, raps and great tips to help you learn faster. Ask questions, get fluent and make friends in the live chat every Sunday. There’s no other show like it.
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