Wadjasay? American English Pronunciation Practice

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Job Scams
Jan 25 2024
Job Scams
The full text of this podcast along with additional information about job scams can be found on the US Federal Trade Commission website.Here are some sentences to use for pronunciation practice. They are at the end of the podcast.1- Scammers advertise jobs the same way honest employers do — online (in ads, on job sites, and social media), in newspapers, and sometimes on TV and radio. 2- They promise you a job, but what they want is your money and your personal information. 3- Here are some examples of jobs scams and advice on how to avoid them.4- Scammers place ads, often online, claiming that they have jobs where you can make thousands of dollars a month working from home with little time and effort.5 - Sometimes the scammers try to get you interested by saying that you can be your own boss, start your own business, or set your own schedule.6 - But instead of making money, you end up paying for starter kits, so-called training, or certifications that are useless. 7 - You might also find that your credit card is charged without your permission.8 -  Or you get caught up in a fake check scam, where you deposit a check from your new employer.9 - The employer then asks you to send some money back due to “overpayment,” but the check will ultimately bounce, and the bank will want you to repay the full amount of the fake check, while the scammers keep the real money you sent them.Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the showYou can now support my podcasts and classes:Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--thank you!
What's in a word? - Pain
Jan 20 2024
What's in a word? - Pain
There are many collocations in English using the word “pain”. Here are a few to practice with.1) He immersed himself in the music and for a little while forgot the pain of losing his father.2) She took medications for a few days to ease the pain in her leg.3) It took me a long time to get over the pain of getting divorced.4) We shared both the joy and pain of raising our children.5) Her husband is a soldier. She knows the pain of separation. 6) Her addiction to drugs caused her family a lot of pain.7) I would like to spare you the pain of getting fired.8) He tried to conceal the pain in his foot.9) My boss is a huge pain in the neck. And HIS boss is a pain in the ass.10) Dr. Jones specializes in medications to manage pain. 11)  I have a high tolerance for pain.12) On a scale of one to ten, what is the level of your pain?13) A sharp pain shot up my arm.14) The pain increases when I try to lift something heavy.15) The pain goes away after I take a hot shower.16) She groaned with pain and pushed the baby out.17) I ignore the pain in my knees when I go for a walk.18) She wants to learn guitar so she puts up with sore fingers.19) My father was rushed to the hospital suffering from severe pains in his lower abdomen. 20) Sitting all day makes the pain in my back worse. 21) He stayed in bed all day with back pain.22)  The bee stings caused my sister extreme pain.23)  The soldier feels phantom pain in his missing leg.24) I have read that snow blindness can cause excruciating pain.25) The cause of my mother’s intermittent pain is a mystery.[I like DeepL for translations.]And a thank you to my supporters who help me pay the costs of running this podcast. Every penny helps! Buy me a coffee for a one-time donation or use the support link below:Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the showYou can now support my podcasts and classes:Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--thank you!
Arthur the Rat - listening practice
Nov 30 2023
Arthur the Rat - listening practice
There was once a young rat named Arthur, who could never take the trouble to make up his mind. Whenever his friends asked him if he would like to go out with them, he would only answer, ‘I don’t know.’ He wouldn’t say ‘yes’ and he wouldn’t say ‘no’ either. He could never learn to make a choice. His aunt Helen said to him, ‘No one will ever care for you if you carry on like this. You have no more mind than a blade of grass.’ Arthur looked wise, but stupidly said nothing. One rainy day, the rats heard a great noise in the loft where they lived. The pine rafters were all rotten in the middle, and at last one of the joists had given way and fallen to the ground. The walls shook and all the rats’ hair stood on end with fear and horror. ‘This won’t do,’ said the old rat who was chief, ‘I’ll send out scouts to search for a new home.’ Three hours later the seven tired scouts came back and said, ‘We have found a stone house, which is just what we wanted; there is room and good food for us all. There is a kindly horse named Nelly, a cow, a calf, and a garden with flowers and an elm tree.’ Just then the old rat caught sight of young Arthur. ‘Are you coming with us?’ he asked. ‘I don’t know.’ Arthur sighed. ‘The roof may not come down just yet.’ ‘Well,’ said the old rat angrily, ‘we can’t wait all day for you to make up your mind; right about face! March!’ And they went straight off. Arthur stood and watched the other little rats hurry away. The idea of an immediate decision was too much for him. ‘I’m going back to my hole for a bit,’ he said to himself dreamily, ‘just to make up my mind.’ That Tuesday night there was a great crash that shook the earth and down came the whole roof. Next day some men rode up and looked at the ruins. One of them moved a board and hidden under it they saw a young rat lying on his side, quite dead, half in and half out of his hole. Notes: This story was written a long time ago and contains most--perhaps all--of the phonemes (sounds) of English.  For this podcast, please use it to practice your listening. I'll also upload it as an mp3 file to my Telegram channel so you can play it as an endless loop. Hope you enjoy it.And thank you to my supporters who donate to help cover the costs of the podcast! Every donation helps.Intro & Outro Music: La Pompe Du Trompe by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Support the showYou can now support my podcasts and classes:Help Barry pay for podcast expenses--thank you!