This episode's vocabulary
- Decade (noun) - a period of ten years, especially a period such as 2010 to 2019.
- Identical (adj.) - exactly the same, or very similar.
- Appreciation (noun) - the act of recognizing or understanding that something is valuable, important, or as described.
- Pronounced (adj.) - very noticeable or certain.
- Forthright (adj.) - (too) honest or direct in behaviour.
- Outspoken (adj.) - expressing strong opinions very directly without worrying if other people are offended.
- To relive (verb) - to remember clearly an experience that happened in the past.
- Non-judgmental (adj.) - if a person or thing is non-judgmental, they do not judge or criticize.
Questions and Answers
M: Rory, are you ready?
M: Bring it on.
R: Well, I could talk about one of my friends. But I suppose one I haven't spoken about yet in any great detail is my friend Rob. He's quite close friend. And we've known each other for well over a decade now I come to think of it. We should have met sooner, actually, since as it turned out, we have a lot of mutual friends. And we'd spoken online before. But for whatever reason, that just never happened. Anyway, we met on a night out when I was speaking to one of my other friends at the time, who said that his friend Rob was coming. And I realized that we were speaking about the same person or we were thinking about the same person. I mean, were talking. And then when we were introduced, it was actually like meeting an old friend. Even though it was the first time we met in person. We've got rather similar senses of humor and values, though I wouldn't say they're identical, because if they were exactly the same, then what would be the point on, well, having any kind of conversation. We also have a shared appreciation for the work of Kylie Minogue. Although his is much more pronounced than mine, because, like his entire apartment is a shrine to Kylie Minogue. Conversely, I am much more forthright and outspoken just in general. Whenever we meet up, we share stories for our life since well, the last time we saw each other. And sometimes tell the same stories we've heard before to sort of relive the old times. Once the alcohol gets flowing, though, there's a lot of singing as well. Usually very bad in my case, because I can't hold a tune, but he can. I really value his friendship for the same reasons that anyone likes having a friend, it's nice to having someone to share things with in a sort of non-judgmental way, or at least have a meeting of minds on key issues. And almost have a language of our own, in terms of like the vocabulary involved. I think most close friendships share those features. So I'm glad to have a person like him in my life.
M: And do you often see this person?
R: As often as I can. Yeah.
M: Oh, that was so sweet. So Rob is Scottish. He's in Scotland now.
M: Okay. Yes. So, describe someone you'd like to spend time with. This could be a friend of yours. And you can use this person for other topics. For example, describe your close friend, or describe somebody you admire. You see, so you just choose one person, and you talk about this person, if you get different IELTS card. So this is a helpful strategy for you to remember the story. Okay. So Rory, you said, Rob is quite a close friend. So we have just a friend, a close friend.
R: So a friend that you, well, a friend you're quite close with. And then you could talk about the length of time that you've known each other for present perfect. So we've known each other.
M: Yeah, we've known each other for a decade. A decade - 10 years.
R: Or here well over a decade, so more than decade.
M: So we've known each other for well over a decade.
R: And to talk about how you know this person, we should have met sooner, because we have mutual friends. So you can say you met through a mutual friend or we met online or we had spoken online.
M: Or for example, Vanya, our producer, so he's our mutual friend. So I know Vanya. Rory knows Vanya. Surprise, surprise. He's our mutual friend. And can can we call him a colleague?
R: Yeah, we work together.
M: Colleague it okay. Vanya. You are a colleague, our colleague. So we have a lot of mutual friends. And then you said, like we met, and then when. So on a night out, we met at a party. Yeah, if you don't remember how you met, you could just make it up. And then you used the past continuous. So we met on a night out. And then Rob was coming. So somebody said that Rob was coming. Coming to kind of to a club or to a restaurant. Was it a club or a pub?
R: Well, like I think it was like both. It's like a....
R: Or it starts as a pub, then becomes a club later.
M: So a Scottish night out. Everything altogether. It's a mishmash of clubs and pubs. And then we were introduced. So like hello, this is Rory. Rob, this is Rory. Rory, this is Bob. We were introduced. And then you should talk about how you have similar interests. So Rory, you said that you have similar senses of humor.
R: Yes, a shared sense of humor, as well.
M: A shared sense of humor. So they are both caustic. They enjoy dark humor and dad jokes. And Rory usually tells a joke with a stone face. So it makes it even funnier. And then you can say we have a shared appreciation for somebody or something. So we have a shared appreciation for the work of... And then name the person.
R: Although you can share something, but if someone does it more than it's more pronounced.
M: And then you said that you are much more forthright? What does it mean forthright?
R: Just well, more willing to share my opinion and more, well, likely to have a strong one in this case.
M: And outspoken. So Rory is a podcaster, a famous podcaster from Scotland. It's great to use a phrasal verb and to say, we met up, we meet up. When we meet up, we do something. So we meet.
R: Or whenever.
M: Or when we meet up, whenever we meet up, we share stories, we drink whiskey. And the last time we met, we went somewhere. Once the alcohol gets flowing, there is a lot of singing. Nice. Very nice.
R: And then to talk about why, like why we like spending time together, I value the friendship. So all of this paraphrasing who this person is, like I didn't say I want to talk about I could talk about any of my friends. But the one I haven't spoken about is, and then we talk about how you know this person. It's not I know this person because it's we should have met sooner. But when we did, and then talk about it there. What you usually do together. Not we usually do together. It will be like whenever we meet up.
M: And then you should talk about activities that you do together because the topic is, well, you spend time with this person. So what do you actually do with this person?
M: Yeah, I value their friendship, then you explain why this particular person. So again, like we it's nice having someone to share things with.
R: It is nice having someone to share things with.
M: Yeah. Again, like I value our close friendship. And then it was so nice. I'm glad to have a person like him in my life. Beautiful. Once alcohol gets flowing, I like this person even more. Right. Yeah, dear listener, now, could you please choose a person you like to spend time with. Again, you can imagine this person, right, but give him or her a name. And if you have a card with a task, describe your best friend, describe a close friend. Describe a person you admire. So describe someone you like to spend time with. You can talk about the same person, real or imaginary. Right. Cool.
R: But until next time, oh, join us in part three, actually, where we're gonna speak about.
M: Leisure, spending time and different types of leisure activities. So free time activities. Thank you very much for listening!
M: Bye! Bye-bye-bye!
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