Useful Language. Giving contact information

This episode contains sentences you can use while speaking or in writing to give contact information.
Read the sentences.

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Poems. Autobiography in 5 short chapters, by Portia Nelson

Portia NelsonRead the poem and learn more about its author. There are some language notes in the Word version you’ll find.
Hope you enjoy it!

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Elementary. Modals. Invitations. Would you like…?

This episode for Elementary (Básico) students includes some oral drilling so you can listen and repeat, and learn useful sentences, and then an explanation of the difference between “Would you like …?” and “Do you like…?” There is no transcript of this episode but if you need it, post your request at the Talking People Podcast!

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Useful Language. Suggestions, Proposals, Recommendations

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Read those sentences at the TP Website.

 

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Poems. Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

Mary OliverRead this poem and find more info/activities.

Tell yourself this poem when you are waiting to enter an examination room! It’ll lull you a bit, soothe you down, and you’ll be able to concentrate and focus better! 🙂

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Useful Language. Communicative Strategies Part 3

This episode is devoted to communicative strategies, fluency and correction in conversations. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 (below).

 

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Useful Language. Communicative Strategies Part 2

This episode is devoted to communicative strategies, fluency and correction in conversations. Check out Part 1 (below) and Part 3 (above).
Read Part 2. Agreeing, Sitting on the Fence, Showing You Follow and Making Comments to “accompany” the person who is speaking, Inviting People to Speak

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Useful Language. Communicative Strategies Part 1

This episode is devoted to communicative strategies, fluency and correction in conversations. Sentences are taken from the TP section called “Useful Language – Conversations”. We will deal with all of this parting from the different language functions we need to perform while communicating, such as clarifying and the like. This episode is divided into 3 parts.
Read Part 1. Asking for Clarification and Getting More Information, Checking for Comprehension
If you’re interested in improving your ability to discuss ideas with people who do not think like you do, please check out this TP website section: Speaking – Discussions. It is true we cannot do much when people refuse to listen or insist in interpreting we’re hurting them with our words, especially when these are critical thinking. We cannot do much in what does not depend on us. But we can try to develop a constructive attitude and approach to discussions, and also some useful skills. These notes are based on workshops on problem-solving, negotiation and nonviolent communication, and on the application of their contents in communicative language lessons.
Post your questions and comments here. Have a nice day!

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Stories. Coyote Kills a Giant, by the Navajo People

Welcome to the TP Podcast! Today, a Coyote story, by the Navajo/Diné Nation.
Read the story
Comment the story
More on AmericanIndians

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Useful Language. -ed ending in context 1

Transcript of the sentences read /red/ aloud in this episode.
You will also find an explanation you can also print.

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Poems. Strange Fruit, by Joy Harjo

Welcome to our poetry segment!
Read this poem, watch videos where Joy Harjo reads other poems or plays music…

More on American Indians
More on Billie Holiday“Strange Fruit” and more

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Useful Language. Indirect Questions 1

Listen and repeat the following sentences to improve your fluency and accuracy. Notice that the subject comes first in the indirect question. Post your questions on the thread of this episode at http://www.talkingpeople.net/tppodcast/

Transcript at Talking People

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Stories. A Perfect Day for Bananafish, by JD Salinger

JD Salinger, happyIf you don’t know J.D. Salinger, listen to this story.
It’s a good way to start – it records a key moment in his life and to understand his work. If you already know him, and enjoy his literature, you’ll love this story. It’s lifelike – daily, undaily, warm and softly funny, very sweet, endlessly sad and tragic.

Check out the Talking People webpage for Salinger.

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Useful Language. Banks & Money 1

Sorry for taking so long to post again.
We’ll be posting new episodes and sometimes the old episodes again, to get them to this new site. We haven’t found a better way!
Transcript of this episode

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