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Part 1

This episode's vocabulary

  • Go out of your way - to try very hard to do something, especially for someone else.
  • Snap (noun) - an informal photograph that is not very skillful or artistic.
  • Ruin the flow -  to kill the vibe/mood.
  • Scenic (adj.) - having or allowing you to see beautiful natural features.
  • Keepsake (noun) - something that helps you remember a person, place, or occasion.
  • Bulky (adj.) - too big and taking up too much space.
  • Theme (noun) - the main subject of a talk, book, film, etc..
  • Redundant (adj.) - more than what is usual or necessary, esp. using extra words that mean the same thing.


Questions and Answers

M: Rory, do you like to take photographs?

R: Well, I wouldn't mind taking them. But I wouldn't go and haven't gone out of my way to do either. I really tried to live in the moment these days and stopping to take a few snaps even for a moment tends to ruin the flow of that.

M: Which kind of photos do you like to take?

R: Well, I suppose there are two kinds. Ones that other people will definitely find interesting, or ones that can help me remember things without having to take up much space. So that would be things like scenic views of my home for my friends who live abroad, or ones of keepsakes that are a bit too bulky to carry with me. But once that I like to remember anyway, I think those kinds of photographs are quite practical.

M: How did you become interested in photos?

R: I haven't, though, when I do feel the need to take them, it's because the occasion calls for it or the situation demands it.

M: How do you keep your photos?

R: I have a few albums on my computer and drives, and they're organized by year. We also have some physical albums around the house that are organized by certain events or themes, but usually, they're just organized by the times they were taken.

M: Do you ever delete or throw away photos if they are on paper?

R: Well, if they're, I don't know, redundant or ruined, then there's no point keeping them. Otherwise, I prefer to hang on to them.

M: Will you take more photos in the future, do you think?

R: Well, I'll take photos. I don't know if I'll take a larger number than I have on average before. It's a bit of a strange thing to think about.



M: Thank you, Rory, for your photogenic answers.

R: I hope they were well developed.

M: Developed. Oh, dear listener, do you get the joke? Because we say develop a photo. And if you have this film, you know, this old fashioned film. We call it like not a film like a movie. But film. How can you explain it? Film?

R: Well, a film is like a really thin layer. And that's what it is. That's why it's called that, because it's like the thin layer of material that the image gets impressed on.

M: Yeah. And then you take this film, and you develop a photo, a picture, a photograph from this film. And we say like develop a new hobby, well-developed answers. Ha-ha-ha. It's a joke, come on, let's laugh.

R: Do you know what? If you don't like our puns, there are much better ones on the premium version of the podcast. So...

M: Oh, gosh, yeah. We have speaking part two and three premium episodes, and we're using fresh IELTS topics. So the link is where? In the description!

R: But most importantly, the jokes are better. At least I think the jokes are better.

M: Premium jokes.

R: Although admittedly, like anything is better than what we're doing right now.

M: So taking photographs. And photography, taking pictures is a topic again in IELTS speaking part one, because IELTS people again, they are reusing topics, you know, so it's not a new topic.

R: They've just changed the format slightly and the questions.

M: Yeah, they can change the questions also. Yeah, the questions, but the topic like photos, taking photos, photography is here again with us. And Rory is not this Instagram photographer. Right? Rory, you don't take photos of your food before you eat it. No?

R: I hate taking photographs. It really ruins, well, like I said, it ruins the flow of the moment. Like you're there trying to live your life. And you know, that happens.

M: Yeah, you live your life through taking photos, like a proper Instagram person.

R: No, like, I don't get people who do that. Like, it bothers me so much. Because it's like, you constantly have other people's thoughts, or what other people think of you in the back of your mind. What a way to live. How, how awful.

M: Oh, well.

R: However, here we are talking about photographs. So...

M: Yeah, dear listener, if you're a blogger listening to what nonsense Rory is talking about, it's okay. It's okay. It's fine. Just bear with him.

R: It's okay to be totally self-centred. But nonetheless, we found ourselves talking about this subject. And as you can tell, I'm not really into it. So I didn't really use vocabulary for photographs. I used vocabulary for talking about something I don't know much about or something that annoys me. So I said, I don't mind taking them, but I wouldn't go out of my way. So if you don't mind something, then it means you're not bothered by it, or you aren't emotionally affected by it. But if you go out of your way to do something, that means like you do something on purpose.

M: Yeah, so I'm okay taking photos. I don't mind taking them and we take photos. Can we say make photos?

R: Maybe if you're like in charge of the industrial process of creating them, but most of the time it's taking.

M: Yeah, take photos, take pictures. And then yeah, if you go out of your way, taking photos, you kind of you try hard, you do your best. Yeah, so Rory doesn't do this. So all the photos he has on his Instagram and Facebook were taken by somebody else. We paid for those photos. Right, Rory? We had a photoshoot.

R: We did have a photoshoot. I found the photographer. Oh, that's the person that takes the photographs. And actually, we should talk about that in a bit more detail. So photographs, photography, photographer. So it's important to remember the stress placement here. You develop photographs. photographs that haven't been developed, or just the black and white ones are called negatives, aren't they?

M: Negatives? Oh, wow. In Russian, yeah. Hmm. I thought they're kind of like film.

R: Yeah, the negatives. So it could be like, I don't know much about developing negatives. Positives and negatives. Yes. Or no, well, you have negatives, and then you have developed photographs. You don't really have positives, I think, unless you're a photographer, and maybe you do.

M: It was a joke.

R: Oh, sorry. See what I mean about the non-premium jokes.

M: Oh, God. You also said to take a few snaps.

R: Yes. So that's like a... What's the word? A slang term for photographs. You take snaps or you snap a picture. It's like a very quick picture.

M: Snap a picture.

R: Yeah.

M: I sometimes snap a picture of my food before I eat it.

R: Why?

M: I do that.

R: Why do you do it?

M: Because it's beautiful. Because I have a blog. I have an Instagram account about food.

R: No, you don't.

M: Yes, I do.

R: No, you don't. How do I not know that?

M: Yes, I do. Ah, because your kids never watch. You never look at my Instagram accounts.

R: Yeah, I'm busy having a life, like everyone else should be.

M: It's called @foodme.please

R: Are you serious?

M: I'm serious.

R: Oh, wow. Get away.

M: And there I have my beautiful Instagram food photos.

R: You need to get a life.

M: Okay. So then you mentioned scenic views. That's a nice word. Scenic views.

R: Yes. So a scenic view is just a view of a place that's very nice. Oh, back to specialists vocabulary for like photography. You can also talk about where you keep your photos. So you might keep them in an album. Which is just another way of saying like a file where you keep photos but it's always a photo album.

M: Yeah, photo albums. Also, we keep them in our phones. Yeah? Or on our phones?

R: On your phone. But you take the photo with your phone.

M: Yeah.

R: Oh, prepositions.

M: Ooh. So like on the internet, I keep my photos on my phone, on my laptop, in an album, in a photo album. But I don't know. Usually we just have photos on our phones.

R: Nowadays. Yeah.

M: Photo albums could be a bit bulky. Right?

R: Especially if they are physical.

M: Physical albums. Yeah. So bulky, meaning like huge, like inconvenient to carry.

R: Yes. And nowadays, if you are, especially if you're a more modern, you could say that physical photo albums are bulky and redundant. You don't need them anymore. So this is important, even for digital photographs. Because you might take like five pictures of the same thing. Because you're worried if you take one it won't turn out well. But if it does, or if one of them does, then the other four are redundant.

M: Yeah. And then you can delete your photos. Or you throw away paper photos, right? But do we have any paper photos these days?

R: I do.

M: Oh, you do? Okay. Okay, cool.

R: Well, I have a paper photo that I like. Actually, no, I have more. My entire room has them. So...

M: No, that's nice. So like photos of you and of your friends and family? Do you have a photo of me there?

R: No.

M: Of course not. Of course not. Surely not.

R: I have photos of you on my Instagram.

M: Right. Why would you, you know? Yeah. So we can have for example, family photo albums or wedding albums. So people usually do that. So if your photos are redundant, you don't need them or they're ruined, so damaged. You just don't keep them and Rory said, I prefer to hang on to them.

R: Yes, you keep your photos are you hang on to them. So, to recap, when we're talking about photography, we need to be thinking about negatives, developed photographs, developing photographs, photographs, photographer, photography, keeping your photographs in an album, a digital one or a physical one, and organizing them by year or organizing them by theme.

M: And everybody's a photographer these days. We take selfies, we take dangerous selfies, you know, you go to Ireland to admire the Cliffs of Moher, and then you go right to the edge to take a dangerous selfie. You know what I mean?

R: No, I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Why do people do this to themselves?

M: No, they do that. Yeah. Especially in Great Britain.

R: Not everybody's life is like, needs to be ridiculously exciting.

M: Yep. Yeah. And then we have all these drives. Flash drives, right. So memory sticks. What do you call this? The thingies. Hard drives, where we keep all our photos.

R: Yes.

M: Or we just lose them.

R: However, we haven't lost anyone here. So shall we leave it there?

M: Thank you very much for listening. And we'll see you in the next episode.

R: Bye!

M: Bye!


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