Monday, 28 December 2009

Podcast 41 {Quote~Fact~Fun} - 'Dreams Are Renewable'

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Hello, and welcome to the...
Hotch Potch English ~ Mega Minute Podcast No.41!

Today's Quote

(from Dr. Dale Turner)

"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born."

Today's Facts


We forget 90% of our dreams.

Frankenstein and Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde came from vivid dreams.
Your body is virtually paralyzed when you dream.

Today's Joke

After she woke up, a woman told her husband, "I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for our anniversary. What do you think it means?"
"You'll know tonight," he said.
That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife.
Delighted, she opened it to find a book entitled "The Meaning of Dreams."

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Podcast 41 {Quote~Fact~Fun} ~ "Dreams Are Renewable"
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Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Vidcast 14 {The Mistake} 'My Happy Birthday'

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Hotch Potch English - The Mega-Minute Vidcast - No.14

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Intro: Hotch Potch English: The Mega Minute! One minute, one mistake explained from Hotch Potch English (dot com).

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Hello! Today is... my birthday - look!

And it's raining - look!

'Happy birthday to me,
Happy birthday to me,
Happy birthday to meeee,
Happy birthday to me!'

BIG MISTAKE 1:
'Today is my happy birthday?' (NO!)

GOOD English -->
'Today is my birthday!' (YES!)

BIG MISTAKE 2:
'I have 44?' (NO, NO, NO!)

GOOD English -->
'Ahh - I am 44!' (YES!)

BIG MISTAKE 3:
'OK, I am 44 years. I am 44 years? No?' (NO!)

GOOD English -->
'Ah, I am 44.' (YES!)

Or 'I am 44 years old.'

Happy birthday... to me!
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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Vidcast 13 {The Mistake} 'Pepper and salt?'

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Hotch Potch English - The Mega-Minute Vidcast - No.13

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Intro: Hotch Potch English: The Mega Minute! One minute, one mistake explained from Hotch Potch English (dot com).

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(The English are really very strange... look!)

THE BIG MISTAKE:
'Could you pass me the pepper and salt, please?'

'Ahhh, I'm sorry?'

'Yes... the pepper and salt...'

THE BEST ENGLISH:

'Could you pass me the salt and pepper please?'

'Ahhhhh, the salt and pepper! Yes, of course. Here you are.'

'When I go to Britain, my favourite food is chips and fish!'

'Chips and fish... hmm...'

'Chips and fish - no?'

'I'm afraid I don't understand...'

'When I go to Britain, my favourite food is... fish and chips!'

'Ahh, fish and chips - of course! Me too!'

'You know I'm a photographer, and my favourite type of photography is... white and black!.

'White and black...'

'Yes, white and black photography, you know...?'

'Err, no, I don't know.'

'My favourite type of photography is... black and white!'

'Ahh, black and white photography. Now I understand!'

(I told you the English were very strange!)
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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Vidcast 12 {The Mistake} 'I live here since...'

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Hotch Potch English - The Mega-Minute Vidcast - No.12

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Intro: Hotch Potch English: The Mega Minute! One minute, one mistake explained from Hotch Potch English (dot com).

One minute, one mistake to correct: the choice is yours!

THE BIG MISTAKE:
'I live in Paris since 16 years.' (No no no no no no no no!!!)

'Oh. Ahh! I live in Paris since 17 years!' (grrrr...)

'OK OK OK. I live in Paris for 16 years.

THE BEST ENGLISH:
'OK... I have lived in Paris for 16 years - Yeah!'

Another example:

'I work for Barclays since 3 years?' (No!)

'I work for Barclays for 3 years?' (mm-mm)

'I have worked for Barclays for 3 years!' (clapping)

(Have you watched ALL my videos yet?)

Outro: Hotch Potch English dot com: The Mega Minute!

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Monday, 3 August 2009

Vidcast 11 {The Mistake} 'I like very much...'

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Hotch Potch English - The Mega-Minute Vidcast - No.11

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Intro: Hotch Potch English: The Mega Minute! One minute, one mistake explained from Hotch Potch English (dot com).

One minute, one mistake to correct: the choice is yours!

'I like very much playing tennis.' (NO!!!)

'I like playing tennis very much.' (better...)

But it's still not English! What we say is:

'I love playing Tennis!'

Let's try another:

'We like very much speaking English.' (Nooo)

'We like speaking English very much.' (better...)

But what we really say is:

'We love speaking English!'

Outro: Hotch Potch English dot com: The Mega Minute!

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Sunday, 2 August 2009

Podcast 40 {Quote~Fact~Fun} - 'The World Belongs To You'

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Hello, and welcome to the...

Hotch Potch English ~ Mega Minute Podcast No.40!


Today's Quote
(from Lao Tzu)

"Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."


Today's Facts

The Earth travels through space at 66,700 miles per hour.

About one third of our planet's land is desert.

Oceans cover approximately 70% of the Earth's surface.


Today's Fun

Why was the thirsty alien hanging around the computer? - He was looking for the space bar!

Living on Earth may be expensive, but it does include a free trip around the Sun every year.

After his first meal on the moon, the astronaut reported, "The food was good, but the place really lacked atmosphere!"


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Friday, 24 July 2009

Vidcast 10 {The Interview} 'Erwin from TEFL Barcelona'

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Hotch Potch English - The Mega-Minute Vidcast - No.10

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Erwin: Hi, I'm Erwin Ebens, I'm the director of TEFL Barcelona, which is a teacher's training course.

Sab: Could you show us a bit of the school?

Erwin: Yes, of course. Here we have the reception area... So, come with me... Photocopier!

Sab: Yes! This is the photocopier!

Erwin: Teachers preparing to teach.

Sab: Teachers preparing to teach! Hello!

Teacher 1: Hi... nervous!

Erwin: Geoff laughing...

Sab: Hi Geoff.

Geoff: Hi! (nothing more to say...)

Sab: Who are you preparing to teach - what level?

Teacher 1: Upper-intermediates.

Sab: And how are they?

Teacher 1: They're great. They're very fluent and the like to participate.

Sab: Great. Where are you from?

Teacher 1: Seattle, Washington, USA.

Sab: Great! And you're training to be a teacher.

Teacher 1: Yes.

Sab: And how are you finding the course so far?

Teacher 1: It's a lot of information, but it's great.

Erwin: Well here we have a typical classroom, ready for the students.

Sab: OK, this is where they do their training?

Erwin: Yes, yes, in this room we have a printer, a computer, and a shelf full of books.

Sab: And a fan, for when it gets hot!

Erwin: And a fan, yes. It gets very hot in Spain.

Sab: And the good old phonetic chart.

Erwin: Oh yes! Every classroom has a phonetic chart.
.....
Erwin: This is the coffee machine. And cold drinks and snacks. And here we have the library, with a lot of English teaching books. There are videos over there, and computers.

Sab: How many computers are there?

Erwin: There are one, two, three, four, five, six, seven computers...

Sab: And here we have some future teachers studying hard... hello there!

Teacher 2: Hello.

Sab: Are you studying to be future teachers?

Teacher 2: Yes.

Sab: Yes, where are you from?

Teacher 2: From England.

Sab: OK, and how are you finding the course?

Teacher 2: It's, it's tough - it's a lot of information in a short time period - but I'm also having fun.

Sab: OK.

Student: I'm not studying to be a teacher!

Sab: What are you doing here?!

Student: I take Spanish classes here.

Sab: Oh, you're learning Spanish. And how's it going?

Student: It's going well!

Sab: Great, thank you!

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Sunday, 19 July 2009

Podcast 39 {The Interview} - 'Sea, sun and...'

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Hotch Potch English - The Mega-Minute Podcast - No.39

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Hello, and welcome to the...
Hotch Potch English~ Mega Minute!

And today I'm interviewing...

Geoff: Geoff Harwood!

Sab: Geoff, where are you from?

Geoff: I'm from the United States - Baltimore, Maryland.

Sab: And where are you working now?

Geoff: I'm working at TEFL Barcelona, in Barcelona, in the neighbourhood of Gracia.

Sab: And why did you choose Barcelona to work?

Geoff: I love Barcelona. I love the sun, sea, mountains, and it's a lovely multicultural atmosphere.

Sab: And how do you find the weather? Isn't it a bit hot?

Geoff: At the moment it's really hot and humid, yeah, I'm not crazy about humidity. The sun's nice...

Sab: And what are the students like on your course?

Geoff: Lovely people! We've got a nice mixed group: Irish, American, English, and one from Belgium.

Sab: OK, thanks very much for talking to us Geoff.

Geoff: OK, bye, see you later!

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Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Podcast 38 {Quote~Fact~Fun} - 'The Same Today'

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Hotch Potch English~ Mega Minute Podcast No.38
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Today's Quote
(Charlie 'Tremendous' Jones)

"You are the same today as you'll be in five years except for two things, the books you read and the people you meet."

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Today's Facts
The Great Wall of China
The Wall was started more than 2700 years ago.

It is about 6700 km long.

People say the Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure you can see from space!

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Today's Fun

A panda goes into a restaurant and orders a big meal.

When the waiter gives him the bill he takes out a gun and shoots him.

As the panda's going out the door he turns and says: 'You should have looked up panda in the dictionary: it says 'eats shoots and leaves'!

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Monday, 6 July 2009

Podcast 37 {Quote~Fact~Fun} - 'Never Found Out'

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Hotch Potch English~ Mega Minute Podcast No.37

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Today's Quote
(from Macaulay)

"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out."

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Today's Facts

Amazing Feats:

The greatest distance walked by a person with a milk bottle on his head is 130.3 km by Ashrita Furman of New York. It took him 23 hours 35 minutes to complete the walk.

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Today's Fun

Amazing Stupidity:

Ken Edwards of Glossop, England ate 36 cockroaches in one minute on The Big Breakfast programme on March 5, 2001.
"It's like having an anaesthetic in your mouth," says Ken. This is due to a scent they give off to stop being eaten! Yum yum!
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Monday, 4 May 2009

Podcast 36 {Quote~Fact~Fun} - 'The First Step'

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Hello, and welcome to the...

Hotch Potch English ~ Mega Minute Podcast No.36!


Today's Quote
(from Tom Venuto)

" There's no secret to getting started. You simply decide and then take your first step. With each subsequent step, the next one becomes easier..."


Today's Facts

About pigs:

Pigs are actually very clean animals. But they can't sweat, so they stay cool using water or mud.

Pigs may be more intelligent than dogs and cats.

A female pig is called a sow, a male pig is called a boar, and a baby pig is called a piglet.


Today's Fun

What should you say to a pig on rollerskates?

Nothing - just get out of the way!

That's all for today.

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Monday, 27 April 2009

Podcast 35 {Quote~Fact~Fun} - 'True Conservationist'

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Hotch Potch English~ Mega Minute Podcast No.35

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Today's Quote
(from John James Audubon)

"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children."

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Today's Facts

About Mexico:

At the beginning of the 21st century, Mexico's population was more than 100 million.

Mexico has the largest population of Spanish speakers in the world.

Mexicans comprise the largest group of legal immigrants in the United States.

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Today's Fun

They said it:

Bill Clinton: “If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.”

Al Gore: “It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”

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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Podcast 34 {Quote~Fact~Fun} - 'You Choose'

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Hotch Potch English~ Mega Minute Podcast No.34

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Today's Quote
(from Richard Bach)

"Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you."

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Today's Amazing Facts

Nobody knows what the future of the universe will be. But the various theories have some great names:


The Big Freeze, The Big Rip, The Big Crunch and The Big Bounce are just some of them.

Whatever happens, you and I really don't need to worry about it too much!


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Today's Fun

Very wrong preditions:

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

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