This episode's vocabulary
- Instance (noun) - a particular situation, event, or fact, especially an example of something that happens generally.
- Move house - to leave your home in order to live in a new one.
- Move (noun) - an act of moving.
- In succession - happening one after another.
- Accommodation (noun) - a place to live, work, stay, etc. in.
- To demolish (verb) - to completely destroy a building, especially in order to use the land for something else.
- On your toes - someone or something that keeps you on your toes forces you to continue directing all your attention and energy to what you are doing.
- Suburbs (plural noun) - the outer area of a town, rather than the shopping and business centre in the middle.
- Neighborhood (noun) - the area of a town that surrounds someone's home, or the people who live in this area.
- Regardless of sth (phrase) - without being influenced by any other events or conditions.
- To boot - in addition.
- To lay sth out (phrasal verb) - to arrange something on a flat surface.
Questions and Answers
M: Rory is going to describe a time when he moved to a new home or school. You move to a new school. He's going to say when he moved, where he moved, why he moved and how he felt about it. Rory, are you all ready?
M: Excellent. Bring it on,
R: It's actually quite difficult to pick a specific instance, since I've moved home quite often over the past 10 years, actually. But if I had to choose one time, I suppose it would be when I moved to my last apartment in Moscow in the autumn of 2020. This was actually the second move I'd done in quite quick succession. Because I left my old company's accommodation into the new one, when I discovered it was going to be demolished within only a few months. So it was like very quickly move to this new place, and then have to move to a new place even faster than the old. But that kept me on my toes, so I'm not overly worried about it. Anyway, it didn't take long for the accommodation manager to find this new place. It was and still is, in one of the suburbs of the north of the city. It's a place called Strogino. It was actually quite far from the old place, but thanks to the metro system and the good roads, it didn't actually take that long to move. And it doesn't actually take that long to go between this place, and the places that I used to frequent before I moved. Despite that, at first, I wasn't too keen on it, because I thought I would have to wake up ridiculously early to get to work. But it turned out it was only an extra 30 minutes away. And this was. well, was easy to compensate for. Well, like I said, the roads, or the infrastructure, in general is actually quite good in Moscow in this area, so it's okay. It also turned out to be quite a wonderful neighborhood, regardless of the season. Though, I think I always prefer to in summer because it was nicer to go for walks in the forest. Or actually, there was a lake nearby as well. And I even managed to get the biggest room in the apartment to boot. It wasn't originally a bedroom. It was originally a living room, but because of the way that apartments are laid out and rented in Moscow, they turned the living room into a bedroom. So I got this massive room and I was very pleased about that.
M: Do you think you're gonna move again soon?
R: I hope no, I've done a lot of moving to be honest. And I'm kind of tired of it.
M: Right, so dear listener, our Rory is the mover of the movers. He moves. And he's moved. Right, the card asks you to describe a time when you moved to a new home or a school. It's interesting that you can move to a school usually you say like I changed schools. But also you can say I moved to a new school? Really?
R: Well, It was like I moved companies or I'd moved job positions. I moved house.
M: Yeah, I've moved schools 10 times. Have you ever moved schools? Well, did you move schools?
R: When I was younger, yeah.
M: You moved houses, you moved schools.
R: You can change schools as well, if you don't want to say moved.
M: Yeah, but can you say I changed house?
M: Yeah. So you see, you always move house, or you move into a new place, or you move into a new house. So you started this with "it's quite difficult to pick a specific instance". To pick an instance or to pick one time when I moved home.
R: Yeah, an instance is like a period of time.
M: And then you say like, oh, because I've moved home quite often.
R: Yes. Except I said since. I'm trying to move away from saying because as it's not really something that we should repeat too often, we should vary our conjunctions.
M: Is it a conjunction?
R: Is it a conjunction or is a connector here?
M: Let's move on. Doesn't matter.
R: It's something that you use for coherence and cohesion.
M: True. Yeah, to connect your ideas. So you can say oh, it's difficult for me to pick a specific moment or instance, since I've moved home quite often. So Rory has moved home quite often. So you see, in the task we have moved to a new home. And we say I've moved home, or I've moved house. So slight paraphrasing here. And then our favorite "if I had to choose". If I had to choose, it would be when I moved to blah, blah, blah.
R: What conditional is that?
M: The second conditional.
R: Again, the second conditional. Wow. If I had to x i would y. But you can use the word move as a verb. On the subject of for, you can use the word move as a verb, or you can use it as a noun because I said this was actually the second move.
R: And then I said I'd had. I had had. Oh, complex structure in terms of grammar and pronunciation. I'd had.
M: Past Perfect. Yeah. Because we say it was, it was the second move, so Past. I had had before.
R: Or I'd had. I think it's easier to say I touch because you don't have to say had had.
M: Yeah. But just like, for our listener to understand. Yeah, I had had, I'd - its had had. Yeah, Past Perfect. Yeah, so it was my first move, or my second move, or my fourth move. Or you can start this talk by saying, I'm going to tell you about my second move to Moscow. And then you can talk about your accommodation manager. So a person who arranges everything for you in terms of accommodation. So accommodation manager
R: Back to things that you use to connect ideas together. I left my old company's accommodation and moved into the new one, when I discovered it was going to be demolished. And it was going to be. Is that future in the past?
M: Oh, no, future in the past would be would. It would be, but I think was going to be just like going to structure.
R: What? No, was going to be.
M: Yeah, it's just a future construction used in the past.
M: So yeah, because in the English language, we don't have any future. We have future structures to talk about the future.
R: Yeah, it's a bit dismal, isn't it?
M: You've done a course on Advanced Grammar.
R: I did it twice.
M: Oh, twice. Still nothing? And nothing sticks? Right?
R: Yeah. Let's draw attention away from that and move on to something else with the phrase. Anyway, comma. And that's what I did there. I said, anyway, it didn't take long, so...
M: Yeah, that's a good one.
R: That's a way of switching over from one thing to the next.
M: And when you look at your card, and you talked about the first bullet point, so when you moved, and you start talking about like the next bullet point, the next topic, why you moved, you go like anyway, and then you continue talking about something else.
R: You can do that in real life too, you could just be like, anyway, moving on.
M: Yeah. Is it true that in the English language, if they say, anyway, it just means like, okay, shut up, I want to talk about something else.
R: Basically, yes.
M: Just one of these, you know, words. So, dear listener, if you're talking to an English speaker, and you hear this anyway, it means just shut up, let's talk about something else. Yeah. But anyway, is officially accepted.
R: But because I was the one talking, I was telling myself to shut up and talk about something else.
M: Yeah, exactly. Cool. You said that the place, a new place was in the suburbs of Moscow.
R: Yes. So you talked about moving to a new place where you've never been before. We talked about new places in part one. Yay. The suburbs are not the center of a city. And they're not in the rural areas in the countryside. They are outside the center. Speaking of ways to change topic, you don't just have to talk about anyway, you could also say, at first, and then this will switch to the next part, which is how I felt about it. And then I was like, at first I wasn't too keen on it, because... I said because, I'm trying to move away from it. But I've run out of different ways to say because.
M: Synonyms, you call them synonyms.
R: Different ways to explain.
M: You can say like, I wasn't keen on it as I thought I'd have to wake up ridiculously early.
M: At an ungodly hour. Yeah. So I was keen on the place. I wasn't too keen on it. But it turned out okay. So in the end, it was okay. And then you can use some topic specific vocabulary, for example, a wonderful neighborhood.
R: Regardless of the season.
M: So it doesn't matter what season it was. The neighborhood was lovely. And when you describe this new place, you can say that it's far from the metro. It's quite far from some shops, or it's really close to the metro, to the major shops, for example.You've used one expression about like, it kept me on my toes, I think.
R: Yes. I can't remember what I said it for though.
M: You said something like I was very busy moving and, well, it kept me on my toes.
R: Yeah. If something keeps you on your toes, then it keeps you alert and aware of things.
M: So instead of doing nothing, Rory was on his toes moving around Moscow being busy.
R: No, that would mean I was like on my feet moving around Moscow. So if you're on your feet, then you're moving. But if you kept on your toes, then it means you're kept alert by something. So for example, constantly asking me questions keeps me on my toes because I'm constantly engaged with a subject.
M: So you're kind of, you're on, instead of like, just not listening or yeah, alert. Excellent. So when you talk about how you felt about it, how you felt about the move, what else can we say? I was happy to move places? I was ecstatic?
R: Well, I wasn't ecstatic though. I wasn't overly keen on it. But I was pleased to find out that it wasn't as bad as I thought it was.
M: Yeah, yeah, I was pleased, or I wasn't pleased, right? Or I wasn't really happy. I was anxious, anxious, like before an exam. Or you can say I was a bit nervous, because and then explain why. So I was pleased, nervous, anxious, I wasn't too keen on it, and then you explain why.
R: However, that's enough of our explanations, we'll see you in part three, where we continue to talk about new places and moving to them.
M: Yes, we're gonna move to a new episode. We're gonna move episodes, and IELTS speaking parts.
R: We're gonna move episodes, but we're not gonna move subjects we're just keeping it like, we're just gonna keep doing this one on this coincidental podcast.
M: So we'll see you in the next episode speaking part three.
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