Talking about Prices ( Describing Expensive & Inexpensive items)

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2016年9月20日
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1. It cost a fortune –
Meaning : cost a pretty penny (loads of money)
Example: It cost me a fortune to get my car fixed/repaired.

2. It cost an arm and a leg.
Meaning: to be very expensive.
Example: These concert tickets/ this painting cost us an arm and a leg!

3. That’s a rip off.
Meaning: overpriced, far more expensive than it should be.
Example: When I took a taxi from the airport, it was a rip-off. The driver overcharged me.

4. That’s bit pricey.
Meaning: means a little bit over expensive.
Example: I think you can buy another jacket because this one’s a bit too pricey.

5. I can’t afford it.
Meaning: I don’t have enough money to buy it.
Example: “I can’t afford this car, right now it will cost me a fortune. Maybe we can buy it in the future.”

6. That’s quite reasonable
Meaning: it’s priced correctly.
I went to a really popular mall in Dubai and I was expecting it to be a bit pricey however to my surprise it turned out to be quite reasonable.

7. That’s a good deal
Meaning: a situation where you get a large amount of something (some profit)
Situation: Telling your friend that you bought a new phone which you didn’t expect to be so great and while your exploring it’s really awesome features you could tell her that it’s a good deal for money.

8. It’s 20 off.
Meaning: 20 % discount.
Telling somebody: I availed 20 % off on the overall purchase.

9. It was a real bargain
Meaning: a thing bought or offered for sale much cheaply than is usual or expected
Example: These beach T-shirts were a real bargain at the local bazaar and if I got them from the mall they would have cost me a fortune.

10. It was dirt cheap.
Meaning: extremely inexpensive
Example: Let’s buy some more of those plums. They're dirt cheap.

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source: VOA Learning English    2016年9月15日
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THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE | English Subtitle

source: Daily Listening    2016年9月6日
Rob and Finn talk about an extraordinary event on Christmas Day which happened one hundred years ago. English and German soldiers fighting each other during World War One left their positions to sing together and play football. Listen to the conversation and learn some new vocabulary.
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0:07 Merry Christmas!
0:08 Today we're talking about this celebration.
0:11 It's a Christian festival but its message of peace among people is universal.
0:16 It's a pity that today we are far from that - from a moment of absolute peace and goodwill.
0:23 Now, goodwill means a cooperative attitude.
0:26 But there was once a brief moment in history when the human spirit rose above wars.
0:32 Ah, you must be talking about the Christmas Truce which happened in World War One, in
0:39 1914!
0:40 It's the perfect occasion to talk about it, because this year marks the centenary - the
0:45 100 year anniversary - of the start of Britain's involvement in this European conflict.
0:51 And we'll look at some related vocabulary during the programme.
0:53 But, before we go into this extraordinary event, a question about the First World War,
0:59 Finn.
1:00 For me... well...
1:01 I'm not an expert on the First World War so... we'll let's see how I do...
1:05 I'm sure you'll know the answer to this one.
1:08 It's about letters.
1:10 People didn't have email in the early 20th century so they wrote lots of letters.
1:14 But do you know how many letters were delivered to the front - the place where the fighting
1:19 happened - every week?
1:21 Were there: a) one million
1:23 b) five million or c) an incredible twelve million letters?
1:27 Right.
1:28 Well, I know there were a lot of people at the front but I'm going to say a) one million.
1:33 OK.
1:34 Well, as usual, you'll have the answer to that question at the end of the programme.
1:37 Right, now, let's talk about this unofficial truce which happened 100 years ago in the
1:43 Western Front of the First World War.
1:46 Yes, so a truce is an agreement between people to stop fighting, with no winner or loser.
1:53 Now, it's unofficial - which means it's not authorised by people in a position of authority,
1:59 in this case, the governments involved in the war.
2:02 So the soldiers just decided to simply stop fighting.
2:07 How was this possible, Rob?
2:09 How did this happen?
2:10 Well, soldiers from both trenches, all of a sudden, started to fraternise - which means
2:16 they began to meet each other socially.
2:18 And the trenches were big holes dug by soldiers from which they attacked the enemy.
2:25 Living conditions were terrible in these holes.
2:28 This truce might have had something to do with the bad conditions in these trenches.
2:33 Let's hear what German historian Michael Jurgs has to say about the event.
2:37 Which expression does he use to describe how the soldiers felt about the war?
2:41 I think it happened because they were all fed up with the war.
2:46 They were promised they would be at home again, Christmas 1914 and after five months of the
2:50 World War One, there were already a million dead young people, eighteen, nineteen, twenty
2:55 years old.
2:57 And at Christmas night the muddy weather became frosty and cold and then from the German trenches,
3:02 from the German trenches - that sounds unbelievable because always Germans started wars, or joined
3:09 wars - began the song, 'Silent Night, Holy Night'.
3:12 That was the beginning.
3:15 The German historian said the soldiers were fed up with the war - which is an informal
3:20 way of saying they were bored, or annoyed with it.
3:24 The war was continuing and they wished they were home with their families.
3:28 One night, it was cold and the German soldiers started to sing a song... a carol...
3:33 Yes.
3:34 A carol is a happy song with a religious element - usually a Christmas song.
3:40 And the carol they sang was (sings a bit of Silent Night).
3:47 (Joins in the singing) Yes.
3:51 That's the carol 'Silent Night, Holy Night' and it broke the ice between the soldiers.
3:55 That means it made these men, who didn't know each other personally, more relaxed.
4:00 And you know Rob?
4:01 I really find it fascinating how spontaneous all of this was!
4:06 It was indeed.
4:08 So how did the authorities respond to this?
4:11 They didn't like it at all.
4:13 They banned this sort of fraternising and it didn't happen again.
4:17 But not before the soldiers from opposing armies played some football together.
4:21 Football?!
4:22 Yes.
4:23 They played a match in no-man's-land!
4:25 That's a strip of land between enemy sides over which nobody has control.
4:30 It was the area between the English trench and the German trench.
4:33 You know, it's a really nice story, isn't it?
4:35 It's quite a touching story, Rob.
4:37 Yes, and very inspiring.
4:38 Well, our time is almost up so let's get the right answer to the quiz question.
4:43 I asked you how many letters were delivered to the front every week.
4:48 The options were: one million, five million or twelve million.
4:51 And I said one million, Rob.
4:54 And you were a long way off.
4:55 Oh, really?
4:56 Yes.
4:57 The correct answer is (c) twelve million letters.
4:59 Twelve million a week?!
5:01 Yes, a week.
5:02 By the end of the war, two billion letters and 114 million parcels had been delivered
5:07 to the front.
5:08 According to statistics, 65 million people around the world fought in this war, which
5:13 ended in 1918.
5:15 That's really quite incredible Rob!
5:17 Some incredible figures there.
5:19 OK.
5:20 Let's remember some of the words we explained today.
5:23 They were: goodwill
5:26 centenary, truce
5:30 unofficial, trenches
5:32 fraternise, fed up with
5:37 carol, broke the ice
5:40 no-man's-land. Thank you, Finn.
5:44 That's it for today.

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Common Mistakes: SHADE or SHADOW?

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Learn Real English - SHOPPING

source: EnglishLessons4U     2014年10月27日 When you are in an English-speaking country, you will have to go to a store. You will have to shop. Maybe you LIKE to shop! But people at shops and stores are very busy. They speak very quickly. They speak so quickly that it can be really hard to understand what they are saying. In this practical English lesson, I will teach you some of the common expressions and phrases you will hear when you are shopping. Most importantly, you will learn how these phrases are actually said by native speakers, so that you will understand when you hear them. Watch, then go to the supermarket or mall and finally understand what the cashiers are saying to you!
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English Vocabulary - Winter Clothing

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Job Interviews in English Language

source: Twominute English   2013年11月25日
Job interviews are always stressful, especially for job seekers who have attended countless interviews. The best way to reduce the stress is to be prepared.
In this lesson we will learn to how to face job interviews in English. Practice at the end to build your fluency and comprehension.
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0:20 Good morning, Ms. Karen.
0:22 Good morning, Mr. Barry.
0:24 You are applying for the position of Public Relations Officer, aren’t you?
0:28 Yes, Sir.
0:29 Could you tell me a little about your educational background?
0:33 I have a degree in Public Relations from Christ College.
0:37 Can you tell me about your last job?
0:39 Right now I am working as a receptionist in a startup.
0:43 Could you tell me what your duties are?
0:45 I receive guests and incoming phone calls.
0:49 Do you think you have the right qualifications for a Public Relations Officer?
0:53 Of course. I am good at handling people, and I have training in media relations. I am sure I will be an excellent PR Officer.
1:08 According to your resumé, you left your last job three months ago. What have you been doing since then?
1:14 Mainly taking care of my baby, she just turned three months old, but now I'm ready to go back to work.
1:21 What brought you to Denver?
1:23 My husband’s company transferred him here last month.
1:27 One final question. Why did you apply here? Denver has three daily newspapers to choose from.
1:33 I believe that this paper matches my political thinking, my writing style, and well, I heard you have an open spot for a political writer.
1:43 Well, thank you for your time. We'll be making a selection in a couple of days and I will give you a call.
1:49 Thank you for seeing me. Have a pleasant day.
1:59 Mr Samuel, what’s your expected pay package?
2:03 I had a pay package of $42,000 in my last job.
2:07 What do you say to a 10% increase over that?
2:12 Well, frankly I was expecting at least a 20% hike. I have the experience and the skills to deserve that.
2:20 I don’t know about that, Samuel. The market’s down these days. I think 10% is a fair
2:25 offer, but just to make it worthwhile for you, I can make it 15%. Does that suit you?
2:31 Okay, I think we can get started at that.
2:40 Okay, Jenny, it’s confirmed. We’re hiring you as our staff accountant.
2:46 That’s great! I am sure it’ll be great working here.
2:50 When can you start?
2:52 I can start from next week, Monday.
2:55 Okay. Monday’s fine. See you at 9.
2:59 See you!
3:03 Could you tell me a little about your educational background?
3:10 I have a degree in Public Relations from Christ College.
3:18 Can you tell me about your last job?
3:24 I am good at handling people, and I have training in media relations.
3:34 Why did you apply here?
3:38 I have the experience and the skills to deserve that.
3:46 Thank you for seeing me. Have a pleasant day.
3:53 I can start from next week, Monday.

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source: Learn English with Rebecca    2013年5月13日 Want to express a strong, negative opinion in English? Watch this lesson and learn how to use the expression "at all" to strengthen your point when making negative comments. An easy way to start sounding more natural in English. Take the quiz on this lesson here: