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Get to know and learn English with Isi & Mitch; a bi-national couple in the UK. We talk all things British including pubs, small talk, music, food, the stiff upper lip and the bloody weather! We love to hear from our listeners and answer your questions on the English language or British life and culture. This is the authentic way to learn the language with day-to-day conversations and getting to know Isi & Mitch a little bit better. Become a member and we’ll give you interactive transcripts and bonus content for each episode at www.easyenglish.fm/membership! read less
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41: Eurovision Recap
6d ago
41: Eurovision Recap
Mitch and Isi recap their past weeks as Easy English had their first ever meetup, Mitch got nervous, Isi brought the whole family and Nola became the selfie-queen. They then discuss last weekends Eurovision results as Switzerland cleaned up, the UK felt zero (points) love and Germany finally did quite well. They then also describe their excitement at seeing the Northern Lights for the first time, but at the seaside in Brighton... WTF!? Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Transcript Intro Mitch: [0:22] Okay, welcome to episode 41 of the Easy English Podcast. Isi: [0:28] Do you have a sweet in your mouth during a podcast? That's not cool. Mitch: [0:33] No. Isi: [0:35] People will hate this. Okay, he puts it out. Don't worry. Now it's on your laptop. Mitch: [0:42] Save it for later. We're back in Britain. Isi: [0:46] We're back in Britain. Mitch: [0:47] How are you all? yet again more grinding of building materials . Isi: [0:53] Yeah, do you remember when we told you our building work is coming to an end our building work started again. Mitch: [0:58] They've started again from day one they do it all over again. Isi: [1:03] Wait, we already said they started again didn't we and now they started again again. Mitch: [1:06] Again again they're working backwards. They're gonna take it back to how it was and then do it all over again but a bit better. Isi: [1:12] There's drilling in the background now yay. Mitch: [1:14] Um today we have three topics for you. Let's do topic number one. Isi: [1:21] Topic number one. Mitch: [1:22] Easy English Updates. Unknown: [1:28] Easy English Updates. Mitch: [1:30] When was it? Last week? Yeah, last week. Isi: [1:34] Yeah, it was, it's only a week ago. Well, a week and two days. (We had) our first ever Easy English meetup together with Easy German so we did an Easy German and Easy English meetup to meet viewers listeners maybe some some people of you that are listening now. (Oh yeah, can you write if you were there.) Yeah write us a message. (It was in Münster so it was more German-based,obviously.) In my home-town and we met for like three hours i think it's in the end it was much longer than three hours. Mitch: [2:12] cool venue right called Gasolin. An old gas station or petrol station sorry. Isi: [2:17] A bar that I've known for many many years in my life and we met there it was much fun um... (I was nervous.) yeah? Mitch: [2:28] Yeah, I didn't want to tell you because I don't want to give empathy nerves. I had to drink maybe two beers to feel a bit more like I drank Radler which is like a shandy in English. (Yeah.) Which is a mixture of lemonade and beer and the sugar just made me feel more nervous. Isi: [2:46] Oh yeah it's a bit nerve-wracking isn't it because we are just always behind our microphones behind the camera or in front of the camera but on our own doing our stuff. Mitch: [2:57] Yeah, we're kind of faceless in a way. Isi: [2:59] Yeah, and it's really nice to get direct feedback. But we are lacking this really in like our...job. I know you you give sometimes comments on YouTube or here on the podcast or as a member on Patreon. But it would be great to actually have more of a feedback even so actually now I can directly tell you it would be great if you on your podcast app where you're listening um give us a feedback um on most apps you can give rating or even a comment with it um like on Spotify for example you can give a rating and you can also ask questions or give us comments on specific episodes and we would be really really happy to get that because you know when you're doing something and you don't really know what people think of it so it does help us a lot if you give us a feedback so if you could now now now quickly quickly it takes a second go on I mean you are on the app now but see on the app that you can um whatever app you're using, um that you can review and rate our podcast that would really mean a lot a lot thank you very much so now going on with the meetup. Mitch in the meantime had his sweet again in his mouth and again out of it you're like a kid. But it was it was much um it was much fun to meet people. (Yeah, it was. Everyone was so nice.) Yeah everyone was so nice and we had a lot of fun the weather was in the end really good it was not too hot not too cold sun was shining we could sit outside as well it's a good mix wasn't it we had an outside terrace an indoor room that was really cool. Mitch: [4:37] Yeah, there were there are photos from it as well on uh both our Instagram and Easy German's Instagram if you want to see what a meetup looks like because I would be inclined to do it again. Isi: [4:46] Yeah. Mitch: [4:47] Was quite... was quite nice is the weird thing is is people were there for Easy German mainly. And the thing I felt nervous about was I didn't know who was there for us. Isi: [4:58] Yeah we didn't ask that in the registry process So we didn't really know I think a lot of people know us from both because we both I mean I obviously I'm part of the Easy German team as well um but we also both together produce episodes for Easy German sometimes so even Mitch is in the videos of Easy German so I guess people came maybe for both as well. Mitch: [5:21] Yeah, you should go and watch them because we we sometimes make the videos for the Slow Easy German. Isi: [5:26] Or Super Easy German as well yeah. Mitch: [5:29] Oh, Super Easy German, sorry. Not Slow, Easy German. Isi: [5:31] Hasn't been now for a longer time. I think autumn, last autumn was our last episode. But the script for the next one is ready. So also there. But anyway, you might not learn German, but people actually maybe knew us from Both. Did you just put the sweet back in your mouth? Can you not just leave it outside? Mitch: [5:50] It's made like a weird stain on my laptop. To be honest, actually, people... What was quite nice is Nola was our buffer and people actually... were more interested in meeting Nola from my point of view to be honest. I think Nola had multiple selfies taken with her. Isi: [6:06] For her it was actually quite fun as well wasn't it? It was not too loud she could chill outside we had also my dad, I mean both my parents were there um my mum also is part of the Easy German team. Mitch: [6:22] It was a real family event. Isi: [6:23] My dad came well he is also in some videos of Easy German. So we are basically all part of it. Mitch: [6:30] We've all been dragged in. Isi: [6:31] My dad's major role at the meetup was dog sitting. He just walked around with Nola. Mitch: [6:36] The dog handler. (Yeah.) It was really nice. And actually, I find these things often quite awkward because I hate icebreakers and I hate organised fun. But that people were there for one purpose and were discussing their level, because I'm also learning German. It was quite nice to get inspiration and also find out what people are looking for. I was surprised. A lot of the Germans that were there, their level of English... Isi: [7:03] The German learners, you mean? Mitch: [7:04] There were Germans there who watch Easy German. And they're just like fans of watching it. (Yeah, yeah.) From what I saw. But their level of English surprised me because I always consider that Germans don't need English really. But they were like, it was good to pick up on certain things that I realised that Germans sort of maybe make mistakes on quite commonly. Or, you know, there was a lot of like people saying that their writing skills aren't very good which is something. Isi: [7:27] saying Germans can't speak English? (Oh God.) No think every native speaker of a certain language for if you're a German native speaker does specific mistakes in a specific language that you learn that sounds very complicated what I mean is German native speakers make different mistakes in English than Spanish native speakers for example so I think that is actually actually we began a list about that months ago um with the mistakes that I still do and things that I notice or that you notice on how I speak. So um we definitely want to do a video about this like mistakes that German, native speakers do in English. Mitch: [8:12] Yeah, to be fair... oh actually just remembered Manuel asked... has a question for us. Isi: [8:18] Oh yeah. Mitch: [8:20] That he sent to us at the meetup but we'll do it next next time. Isi: [8:22] Okay, Manuel, next time. Mitch: [8:23] Next time, you'll have to wait. (You'll have to wait.) And to be fair, English speakers also make so many mistakes. And in a fun way, this is what our project is all about because they're not going to change for you, to be honest. So you have to sort of figure out, the common mistakes English people make in order to understand them which is where we come in and if you're not aware we run a membership for Easy English not only for our videos where you can get transcripts and worksheets but also for the podcast, we offer something called an Interactive Transcript and the way it's interactive is; you will press the play button on your phone, on your laptop whether you're at home, or on the train or wherever you are wherever you listen to the podcast and it will follow along with what we're saying on the transcript with this little yellow highlighter box... what are you smiling about? Isi: [9:18] You do a lot of gestures that people can't see you know? Mitch: [9:22] I know but it's helping me actually now I sort of understand why politicians use their hands a lot, and as it's following along with our what we're saying on the trend on the Interactive Transcript you can press a button... oh God. I'm dying slowly... and you can press a button and it will ask you if you'd like to have the transcript translated into, hopefully your native language there's a whole array of languages offered now and so not only are you following along on the Interactive Transcript you're also having it translated next to each paragraph that we're talking about and if you still have no idea what I'm describing even with my invisible hand gestures you can go to easyenglish.fm and on our trailer; episode zero there is a free example of that transcript working so go give it a go and if you like it and if it's helping you or will help you to improve your English then become an Easy English member by going to easyenglish.video/membership sweetie going back in. Mitch: [10:33] There was a big event. Isi: [10:35] Cultural event. Mitch: [10:36] A big cultural event on the weekend that we watched, right? Or we watched a bit of. We missed a few. Isi: [10:43] We missed the beginning because of time zones, which shouldn't be a problem for us any more, but it sometimes is when we travel very spontaneously to places. So we missed the beginning... Mitch: [10:54] Sorry. (Of the Eurovision.) Song Contest in. Isi: [11:00] We said it like we were advertising it. Mitch: [11:02] It was a very bad advertisement. Yeah, it was the Eurovision in Sweden this time. Isi: [11:07] In Malmö. Mitch: [11:08] In Malmö. And it had a big cultural relevance to where we are because Brighton was the birthplace of ABBA, basically. ABBA got big from winning the Eurovision and they won it in Brighton in the Dome. Isi: [11:25] Why was this year such a big topic anyway? It was 50 years of ABBA also? Mitch: [11:30] It was 50 years since ABBA won it. Isi: [11:31] And then ABBA got big. Mitch: [11:33] I think they got big through Eurovision. Most Eurovision bands don't tend to get very big. (No, no.) They're the biggest of the bunch, you'd think, no? And then this Maneskin, money skin. But even they're not big in England. ABBA, huge. Oh, my God. So it was not only the 50th anniversary, it was also in Sweden. Did Sweden win it last year? Isi: [11:59] I guess so. (In Liverpool.) don't normally the winner then also. Mitch: [12:05] Then host it. Isi: [12:06] No not host it but like have a gig. Mitch: [12:10] It'll be in... so Switzerland won it this year and actually wasn't that bad not something I would listen to. Isi: [12:16] No but, he will probably next year then when it's in Switzerland present the song again no? is that not a thing? God we missed everything, we were also not prepared at all I think it was very well earned they had definitely, the best biggest talent I would say maybe not the biggest but um well maybe the biggest I mean the French guy was also really, really talented but Nemo they were good in singing rapping and like opera singing even like so talented and then also great obviously that's the first non-binary winner ever of the Eurovision Song Contest so that's amazing. The song was cool um probably not something I... I would have caught on the radio to listen at home myself. But I think it was really one of the best songs, yeah. So amazing, yeah. Congratulations. Mitch: [13:08] Yeah, the French one was actually like a normal song. Do you know what I mean? That's when you... Isi: [13:13] Yeah, like a ballad. Quite, yeah, quite big though. Quite a big like... how do you call those ballads that are like, yeah, but like, mega ballad or so whatever. I think it was actually actually really good. Mitch: [13:26] Yeah but to win Eurovision you have to do something a bit special don't you? Isi: [13:31] Bit like, unique Mitch: [13:32] Yeah. They were doing Matrix moves while spinning on this disc. Isi: [13:36] yeah, and then singing that amazingly with it. (Yeah.) While really like bending over it's good. Mitch: [13:42] Sometimes I watch it generally because it's always a bit of a fun joke like it's always fun to have a drink because it's all a bit silly and a bit over the top and a bit extravagant a bit eccentric. Isi: [13:55] Yeah, very much theatre. Mitch: [13:57] And it goes on for ever. Isi: [14:01] Oh my god and again it was like 1am to go to bed and for people in like europe mainland it was like 2 or 2:30 it's not my time... (People in Switzerland!) I don't like to go to bed that late. Mitch: [14:17] The performance bit is actually quite well done. As I used to work in technical theatre, you see how quick they're able to change between acts, right? Like the person finishes singing, they cut to the announcers, and they only speak for about 30 seconds. And in that time, the act's off, new act's on, prop on, props off, lights off, new lights on, and everything's rearranged. back to zero and they do that like 30 odd times throughout the whole day but then the ironically the longest thing is that when they're just counting numbers when they're going okay and now we're going over to Moldova hello Moldova big break because there's a gap in audio hello Eurovision and then they always do something quirky to stand out. Isi: [15:06] God yeah. Anyway it was a really, interesting night good entertainment I was actually into this time into it more than other times I've watched it. I haven't watched it that often as a kid more than last year we watched it together and now it's the second time in a long long long time but this year was actually a lot more exciting than last year for sure so yeah thanks Eurovision. Mitch: [15:32] And Germany did quite well. Isi: [15:34] Oh yeah, they... I'm sorry I just wanted to end the topic without telling that you got zero Mitch: [15:41] Zero from the public. Isi: [15:42] Zero point Mitch: [15:45] Not one member of the public enjoyed our performance. Isi: [15:48] Yeah zero and Germany did not so bad yeah 12th place I think but. Mitch: [15:54] We never heard the song. Isi: [15:55] We never heard the song not even later every time that they showed the recap or how do you call that of like all the songs, every time I did something else, looked somewhere else, and then only switched in with my brain, like looking at it, when it was anyway at the point where we started late watching the show. So I did not once hear the German song, really. (And what was your favourite of all of them?) I liked... Mitch: [16:25] Ireland's was just a spectacle, right? Isi: [16:29] My favourite... hmm... (Switzerland!) Maybe Switzerland I liked a few of them though I must say like it wasn't as like there were some some shows when I watched it and there wasn't really like no song that I liked. There were a few that were quite good.I Mitch: [16:45] I always... I always look out for Finland are always the one to look out for in my opinion they always do the maddest stuff like just bonkers s*t last time they had the guy in the green um shoulder pad like luminous green outfit and uh he had this like bowl haircut but then this year they had a guy with a mullet and a trucker hat and he was running around pretending to be naked his penis out and then finally some hot pants were delivered from up in the gantries and once he put them on sparklers came out or from his hot pants, just bananas yeah I'm looking forward to next year already. Isi: [17:24] And then we have one more third topic, which is a little topic just to tell you how lucky we were We saw the northern lights in Brighton. (In Brighton!) By the sea in south England and um. Mitch: [17:42] That wasn't during Eurovision was it? Isi: [17:45] No it was the night before. (The night before, wow!) The night before. (Two spectacles.) I, by accident saw it somewhere that um that northern lights that the possibility is there to see them and we went on the balcony and we saw it and we were like what the f*k! What the beep and then what the f (At first thought it was light pollution.) WTF. we were (WTF.) And it was the first what? We thought it was light from the city first it was really really dark and then yeah it got green and pink and then we made photos obviously through photos it even looked better and it was very very exciting. Mitch: [18:26] Yeah, and it was like slightly pulsing which was like the most exciting thing for me. Because I always, have in my mind how it would look and it kind of was exactly like this sort of like wavy pulsing... Isi: [18:39] It wasn't moving so much. Mitch: [18:40] It was very vague yeah it's very subtle but you could if once you're outside for a bit you could really pick it out right? Isi: [18:47] Yeah, it was really really nice so maybe you saw it too it was visible over a lot of European places. Mitch: [18:53] I wanna know if any of our listeners are more north than we were and if... (That must have looked amazing.) If you were in In Finland or somewhere, it must have been crazy. Isi: [19:04] Even in Scotland. Mitch: [19:05] I saw it had 100% visibility in some places. If you have a good picture of it, that's hashtag no filter and not a long exposure, which is how your naked eye saw it. I want to see it because it must have looked mad. Isi: [19:21] Mad. Mitch: [19:23] Wow. Once in a lifetime, we can cross Finland off our to-do list, our bucket list. Been there, done that. don't have to stay in an igloo in an ice hotel to do it. Okay! Isi: [19:37] Coolio. I would say te-ra te-ra. Mitch: [19:40] Te-ra, te-ra. See you next time. 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40: Oh, So Very British!
Apr 30 2024
40: Oh, So Very British!
Isi brings a new section to the podcast, asking Mitch about cultural seaside traditions. All with a slightly cheap but iconic postcard theme they discuss the food, people, entertainment and wildlife of the British coastline. Afterwards, Mitch recommends one of his top five favourite films 'No Country for Old Men'. Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Transcript Intro Mitch: [0:22] Are you ready? Isi: [0:26] I am ready. I have the feeling we only record tired podcasts now. We change from having a cocktail sometimes with our podcast to coffee and tiredness. Mitch: [0:40] Have we begun? (Yes.) Okay. Isi: [0:42] But I'm super motivated because of a great topic. Mitch: [0:45] Oh yeah? Isi: [0:46] Yes. Mitch: [0:46] Okay, firstly, welcome to the Easy English Podcast. Isi: [0:48] Welcome. Mitch: [0:50] We hope you're all well and not as sleepy as us but also as motivated as us. Isi: [0:56] I'm not even sleepy the coffee does help. Okay... Mitch: [1:00] I think it's because the shutter that sort of works for the... on the window that for the room that we're in is broken. I broke that and we seem to be breaking a lot of things at the moment where... you said it last night we're a bad omen, at the moment. Isi: [1:16] I think so. Mitch: [1:17] We also... don't tell your parents broke their fridge Isi: [1:21] We didn't. (Someone did.) Well I think the fridge was broken we were just being the unlucky ones to be there when the last hit. Mitch: [1:33] Here's a good idiom for you. Isi: [1:34] Yes? Mitch: [1:35] We have been the straw that broke the camel's back. Isi: [1:39] I know that one, I don't have to use my buzzer. I know it. Mitch: [1:45] Okay good, what is it that you want to bring to the Easy English Podcast today? Is it a new section? Isi: [1:50] Yes it is. So I know we discuss culture a lot of times and we have the Culture Club where we recommend British things or British series or anything cultural but last time we spoke about Brits on Germans and obviously we want to talk here about um Brits and the British way of life and I thought we could have a new section which is called Very British where we talk about anything that is actually considered to be British which could be like characteristics or like how people behave cultural behaviour but also the way that Brits or people in Britain do things. Mitch: [2:41] Okay, and what's the name of this called? Very British? Isi: [2:43] Very British. Mitch: [2:44] Okay, we... I make a... Isi: [2:45] We can also call it So Very British. Mitch: [2:50] Okay, I make a section which is coming in now! Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
39: Brits on Germans
Apr 15 2024
39: Brits on Germans
This week, Mitch and Isi discuss Brits' perception of Germans. They discuss typical stereotypes, true or false. The difference between Bavaria and the rest of Germany. Germany's current culture and history. Their obsession with coastal England and of course, Germany's current representative in the UK; Jürgen Klopp. Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Transcript Intro Isi: [0:23] Good morning. Mitch: [0:24] Good morning from... (Morning.) ...overcast Germany. Isi: [0:30] It's actually sunny at the moment. Mitch: [0:31] Is it? Isi: [0:32] Yes. I get neck problems again if I always turn around to you like this now. Mitch: [0:37] Just face... Isi: [0:37] I will not face... Mitch: [0:38] Just don't look at me. Isi: [0:39] I will not look at you. Mitch: [0:40] I can't take the pressure. Isi: [0:42] It's sunny right now. We had a really sunny weekend. I mean, we only arrived Saturday. But we had a really sunny weekend in Germany.Very much summer feeling. And now it's going back to winter. You hear my voice my voice is still bad. Mitch: [0:56] I can't tell if you're speaking to the listeners or me now. Because you're just facing the wall . Isi: [1:01] Do you see my eye always trying to get over to you. Mitch: [1:04] you look like Nola when she thinks we're talking about her. Isi: [1:08] And she's naughty. so yeah we are in Germany. How fitting because I have a little topic for you for today Mitch . Mitch: [1:15] Is it our topic of the week? Isi: [1:17] It is the topic of the week.So what i would like to know, well I have my own experiences with this topic but I would like to know from you growing up in the UK how do British people perceive Germans and German culture and the the German language? Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
37: Royal Family in the UK
Mar 18 2024
37: Royal Family in the UK
After a question last time round from listener Georgia, Mitch and Isi discuss the influence of modern day influencers; the Royal Family. From backing British made products, influencing the EU referendum and championing mental health and environmental awareness. They also discuss the controversial topics surrounding the armed forces and the love/hate relationship they have with tabloid media. Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Transcript Intro Mitch: [0:23] Hello, welcome to episode... what is it? Oh God. Isi: [0:27] 30... Mitch: [0:29] 30, what would you think? 31? No, don't be silly. Isi: [0:34] Oh God. Mitch: [0:36] Episode 37. (Wow!) Of the Easy English Podcast. Isi: [0:41] Hello. Mitch: [0:41] I planned for us to do an episode about Georgia's question from the last episode, asking; how much the royal family affects our day-to-day life, in the UK. Isi: [0:52] Didn't we talk about the royals before? We did a video episode about the queen's jubilee with Cari from Easy German who's a big 'Crown' 'The Crown' fan and Netflix series. Mitch: [1:04] Yeah I mean that is already one way in which the royal family affects, their part of (The world.) Yeah, they're like... they're back they're back again into common culture. There was a period I think between Diana and now, where they're kind of had a bit of a dip. But now they're kind of like, influencers. They live a life of influencers, in a way, don't they? Isi: [1:26] I guess they're representatives of the monarchy. But in a way, I think they see themselves also as representatives of Britain, of the Commonwealth. Mitch: [1:37] They have some power, in the sense of they don't have any... Isi: [1:41] They're influential. Mitch: [1:42] Yeah, exactly. Isi: [1:42] To a lot of people still. Mitch: [1:44] If they mention a brand or something, then they can have... or talk badly about a brand. Isi: [1:49] But they don't do that, on purpose, they don't they don't want to be political and they are actually they shouldn't be, right? From the legal stand. Mitch: [1:59] They shouldn't be, but obviously like, if you think of Harry and Meghan they had a Spotify and did Kate and William also have a Spotify. (No, I don't think so.) Harry and Meghan had a Spotify podcast right, exclusive. Isi: [2:09] Do they still have that. Mitch: [2:10] No. (I've never listened to it.) It got dropped. (Okay.) Because they're so boring. (Are they?) But Spotify obviously has like... Isi: [2:18] I actually like their Netflix series. I found it quite entertaining. Mitch: [2:22] That was good. (Yeah.) But if you think they have these brands... that they promote, they put their stamp on things that they agree with, principally, things that are British-made. Isi: [2:33] Ah, true, yeah. Like very old, traditional products, like brown sauce. Mitch: [2:39] Twining's tea? Isi: [2:40] I love Twining's tea. Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
36: UK vs DE - Childhood
Mar 4 2024
36: UK vs DE - Childhood
Mitch and Isi discuss a topic recommended by Easy English Member, Marketa; childhood. Isi explains how her street was a construction area for skate parks, igloos and prison cells. Whilst Mitch tells of crossbows, conker fights and... offensive language. Did any of it happen, or are these just tall tales, recollected from hear-say and distant memories? They also answer Georgia's question about the Royals, in their regular section of Unhelpful Advice. Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Show Notes Opinions on the Royal Family: What Do English People Think of the Royal Family? (https://youtu.be/6pP-caxrr6Y?si=E5lz8gRfPrNmsk3T) (Easy English 98) Reacting to the Queens Jubilee: The Queen's Platinum Jubilee (https://youtu.be/zpn6SxwLe7M?si=Y3HoWWbrby6-Pf0a) (Easy English 123) Transcript Intro Mitch: [0:23] Welcome to the Easy English Podcast. Today, we are doing, we're sort of catching up with some requests of things that you've sent us in. We wanted to cover a topic, which one of our members of Easy English; Marketa, one of our longest standing, dearest members, requested us to do a topic, comparing our childhoods from the perspective of growing up in the UK to growing up in Germany. Isi: [0:51] That's a good topic. Mitch: [0:51] Which is interesting. And they mentioned school and birthday parties, specifically. Isi: [0:58] Perfect. I mean, obviously, the kindergarten school system is different. I think that should not be part of it, though. That could be an own topic. What is the difference? I would say in general, the upbringing in both our countries are similar. There's definitely countries where we would find bigger differences. Mitch: [1:18] It's hard to compare a little bit, because you grew up in a a 300,000 city and I grew up in a 30,000 town. Isi: [1:24] Yeah you're the village boy Mitch: [1:27] I'm the cauliflower-eared, village boy. Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
34: British Etiquette
Feb 5 2024
34: British Etiquette
Today, the duo talk about the strange cultural rhetorical greeting "y'alright?" How to be the giver... and receiver of it, before going into the Topic of the Week, discussing typical British etiquette around queuing for buses, cashier desks and buying rounds of drinks. Long-time member James also asks us a question about teaching English in our regular segment of Unhelpful Advice. If you would also like to ask us a question, go to easyenglish.fm. Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Show Notes British Etiquette video: WHAT is Considered RUDE In the UK? (https://youtu.be/hvBHUZsX9n8) (Easy English 172) Transcript Intro Mitch: [0:22] Good evening. Isi: [0:23] Good evening Mitch, how are you doing? Mitch: [0:27] Very well, thank you. Yeah, how would it be done... I'm thinking of 1930s/40s Britain. Hello welcome to the Easy English Podcast. Isi: [0:35] Alright. (Alright?) Alright (Are you alright?) Are you alright? Mitch: [0:40] And always the answer; yeah you? But never really meaning it. Isi: [0:43] Yeah me to, thanks, thanks, bye. Such a stupid conversation, really. Mitch: [0:52] Yeah you? Welcome to the Easy English Podcast... I said that already. Isi: [0:55] By the way, I always walk on when people ask me that, I always say like; yeah... and then I just go and I make the 'yeah' so long that I don't have to ask 'and you', because then I think in my German manners, that I have to wait for the answer that nobody wants to give me anyway, so always I'm like; oh yeah, yeah, yeah. Thank you, yeah. And then I just make a chewing gum and I'm already around the corner. (Oh really?) I did it yesterday, in the hallway, with one of the builders. Mitch: [1:22] Oh yeah, he said; "hey, yeah, you alright?" Isi: [1:24] Yeah, and I was just like; oh yeah, thank you. Yeah, yeah. And I just went on. Mitch: [1:29] You don't even need to respond. Isi: [1:31] Yeah, you should say; yeah, how are you? But then nothing comes back. And that is for me, a weird end of a conversation, right? Mitch: [1:39] Yeah, I find it weird. It happened also to me we were in the park and two school girls got jumped on by Nola, in a loving way. Isi: [1:46] Well, they provoked her to jump on her. They were running at her like... While running at her they were like; is she friendly? And we were like; yeah. So basically, they jumped on her. Mitch: [1:57] And then I said... because I was actually asking; are they all right? I was like; are you all right? And she went; "yeah you?" And then I realised; oh she thinks I'm asking like; are you alright? Like, how are you? Isi: [2:12] That is really... we had another podcast I think in the very beginning where we talked about this and it's still a big topic for me. I find it weird, because it's also about the intonation. Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
33: British Buses
Jan 22 2024
33: British Buses
This week, we answer Arthur's question on improving one's English when nervous to speak. But the main topic is about Britain's transport network, notably it's iconic buses. We talk double-deckers, Megabuses, thanking the driver, tapping on, cashless buses, USB buses, plus dog, bikes, prams drinking on buses. Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Transcript Intro Mitch: 0:23 (Hey!) Hello Easy English peeps, welcome to the Easy English Podcast, how are you doing? Isi [0:30] That sounds so radio show-ish. Are you not into our podcast Mitch? My voice is a bit weird today isn't it? Mitch: [0:37] It's the second coffee podcast we've ever done. It's always a bit of a weird feeling. Uh, before we start with today's topic, I want to do a quick Unhelpful Advice / Your Messages section. Sound good? (Go for it.) Unhelpful Advice Mitch: [0:59] We have, yeah this isn't a question, it's just a statement; "Easy English Podcast". There you go. (That was it?) Yeah that was it. Isi [1:09] Oh hello, then. That was hello wasn't it? Mitch: [1:12] Yeah. Isi [1:12] That was a greeting, maybe. Mitch: [1:14] Thank you for calling in. Uh yeah, that's us, that's our name, don't wear it out. Thank you for calling in. Our next one is um actually a question from uh someone who left us an audio message, who goes by the name of Arthur? I'd say Arthur, but i don't... that's very um... it's a very British sort of pronunciation. Isi [1:40] Think it's a name that is used in a lot of different languages. But maybe in a different way. Arthur, Arthur. Mitch: [1:46] Did you have a cartoon show called Arthur. And it's called yeah 'Hey Arthur'? (Yeah, yeah, yeah.) Did you? (I think I know that yeah, is that Nickelodeon?) Yeah! (Yeah, I know it yeah.) What a wonderful time to play, hey! And he had a sister called DW. (That is weird.) and his Neighbors were rhinoceroses and he was like a weird... Isi [2:06] His name was rhinoceros Mitch: [2:07] The neighbours were rhinoceroses and he had a crush on an elephant and he... but he was like a weasel or something. (Cute.) With glasses on. This isn't from a weasel with glasses on. This is from a normal person called Arthur. Here we go; "Hi, everyone. I am Arthur. I want to learn English, because I think, when I try to talk, to speak, it's very basic, because my vocabulary is minimal than the others. When I try to talk, with other person, maybe the other person might understand me, but I think so, that I need to speak very well, to have more vocabulary, I try to express it, maybe it sometimes it's very difficult to me, but I never... I think so that I'm nervous about speaking English. Thank you very much". Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
31: A Very Merry Christmas
Dec 25 2023
31: A Very Merry Christmas
Mitch and Isi discuss the differences between a German and a British Christmas in their festive cabin. What do you eat? Who delivers your presents... and on what day? They discuss Mrs Claus, raclette, Zulu, zuzhing and of course... booze, booze, booze. Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Transcript Mitch: [0:00] For those who are listening and have children in earsight, we may approach subject of Santa, Weihnachtsmann, of the Christkind. So there might be some spoiler alerts for little ears. Christmas song? Bing bong, bing bong, bing bong, bing bong. Isi: [0:23] Oh, my singing is fantastic. No one has Christmasy mood now. Intro Mitch: [0:58] Okay no, let's have a relaxing one. Okay. Let's imagine we're in a little log cabin. Isi: [1:03] Ooh. Mitch: [1:04] It's snowing outside. Isi: [1:06] Mm-hmm. Mitch: [1:07] We've just opened a bottle of whiskey or red wine. What would you like? Isi: [1:11] Red wine. Bottle of whiskey! Mitch: [1:14] Or Prosecco. Isi: [1:16] Prosecco. Mitch: [1:17] Okay. And the fire's on. I'm just going to open up and throw a log on the fire. All the sparks go up in the fire and it's Christmas day for our listeners. Isi: [1:29] And we're alone in a cabin in the woods or what? (Yeah, this isn't another survival episode.( And we are live, let's be authentic here it's the 20th, not far away from the 25th. So we are recording this five days before for Christmas day. (But for you guys.) For you guys, it's a Christmas day today, if you listen on Christmas but it's the 25st of December and this podcast will be a short one, a short hello for Christmas because we didn't want to go on a break. We wanted to produce a little something, something podcast. (A snippet.) A snippet um... to talk about Christmas and say hello and wish you a merry Christmas obviously only if you celebrate and otherwise a good end of the year a good start out into 2024 because it will be our last podcast of the year. Mitch: [2:21] Isi, what does Christmas Day look like for you as a German? And then we can compare notes. (Yeah.) Isi: [2:28] So in Germany, we start celebrating Christmas on the 24th, on Christmas Eve. That is like the big day. Mitch: [2:36] We do 25th in England. Isi: [2:37] Yep. We celebrate in the night. Mitch: [2:41] Day. Isi: [2:42] And that's, yeah, Christmas Day is like morning through the whole day, isn't it? Mitch: [2:46] In England, the whole day is dedicated to... Isi: [2:49] In Germany, we have the 24th, 25th and 26th for Christmas. Mitch: [2:53] Hmm. We just have 25th. Isi: [2:55] No, you don't. Mitch: [2:56] Yeah. Isi: [2:57] Boxing Day. Mitch: [2:57] Oh, 25th and 26th. (Yeah.) Yeah, yeah. Sorry. But 24th, I even worked one day on the 24th. Isi: [3:04] Hmm. Mitch: [3:04] And I was driving home for Christmas. Isi: [3:09] What else? We do have gifts. (But are you open on the 24th?) On the 24th. I mean, not everybody does the same,we do it we we do gifts first and gifts and drinks and then dinner. (Gifts, drinks, dinner. And in England we go; drink, drink drinks, drinks, gifts, drinks, drinks, drinks, drinks, little sleep, then dinner, then another little sleep whilst watching the film Zulu, or the great escape and then...) What is Zulu? Mitch: [3:40] It's like an old Michael Caine movie. (Okay.) And then After Eight / Bailey's session and then pass out on the sofa again. Isi: [3:48] Okay. On the 25th, we usually in our family rest. Because our Christmases usually, are very long into the night. Mitch: [4:00] Hibernating like some grizzly bears. Isi: [4:03] And we also have like some good food or so. but it's like, it's a day of not doing much. We also have a small family so um there was no one else to visit on that day so we just chilled, long walks, good food. But um... (Is that normally the day you do a visit the old and wrinkly people?) Hey! (Sorry.) No, other families go either yeah, grandparents, aunts, uncles somewhere or you go visit your friends or so. But it's the day where you change places to celebrate with someone else. And then, Boxing Day for us, is not called Boxing Day, obviously. Mitch: [4:39] I don't know why it's called Boxing Day. I'd have to look that up. Isi: [4:42] Then people meet again. My parents always meet friends on that day. Have a little Christmas. We always, my sister and I, have been meeting friends for the past, nearly 20 years. And do like a Friendsmas, or however you call that. Friends Christmas. And in some countryside regions, people go to pubs and they keep a stone with them and if you forget a stone you have to buy a round or so, I never understood it, I don't know. (And who is Santa Claus for you? He has many names he goes by, like the devil.) we don't have Santa... well, it depends if you... if you celebrate Christmas, in the religious way, then it's the Christkind coming on the 24th, bringing the gifts, which is basically, I don't really know. It has the looks of an angel. Mitch: [5:31] The Christ child in English, I guess. Isi: [5:34] It's the Christ child. So basically it's Jesus. But it looks like an angel and it comes, I think, with a sledge as well. It's a bit, yeah, that's how I know the pictures. It sits in a sledge. Mitch: [5:47] Like a cherub? You know cherubs that fire little love arrows? Isi: [5:50] Yeah, it's like the typical angel thing. But yeah, I don't really know. It has like a white dress on. Mitch: [5:56] Floaty dress. And they bring the presents? Isi: [6:01] They bring the presents. Um... and then there's also Nicolaus who looks a bit like Santa Claus, but more religious. (Yeah.) And he comes on the 6th of December and brings gifts then already. (Ah, you have Nicolaus Day or something, no?) Well it really depends what you teach your children, really. So you can also obviously just have Christmas for the traditional way and not for the religious way and then you would maybe also say Santa Claus comes. But I don't know. Oh yeah, the Weihnachtsmann. Mitch: [6:35] Do you think? Isi: [6:36] Oh yeah, we actually do have Santa Claus. Mitch: [6:38] Okay. When he comes on the 5th. Isi: [6:40] The Weihnachtsmann. Christmas Man Mitch: [6:41] Christmas Man. (Weihnachtsmann.) Isi: [6:43] He comes also on the 24th. Mitch: [6:47] After or before the lady Jesus? Isi: [6:48] Either Christkind or Weihnachtsmann. Or baby. Baby? Did I say baby? Mitch: [6:52] The baby? Isi: [6:53] You said baby. Mitch: [6:54] I didn't. Isi: [6:55] Maybe Jesus, you said. Mitch: [6:56] I said after or before the lady Jesus. Isi: [6:57] Lady Jesus. I don't know if it's a lady. Let's say it's a baby. Mitch: [7:02] Baby Jesus. Who delivers the gifts? Weihnachtsmann or Baby Jesus lady? Isi: [7:07] I think they can both deliver the gifts. I'm not well prepared for this. Mitch: [7:10] Should we make a disclaimer at the beginning of this, warning parents that your children may lose all faith? Isi: [7:16] So, yeah, one of those come. Or maybe... maybe for some they come together. I guess it's like how you define your own Christmas story. Mitch: [7:25] It's very confusing. We just have one man and he comes through the chimney, through keyholes. He has a magic key. He has magic reindeers, that can fly. He has a sleigh and in that sleigh, holds enough presents for... how many people are there in the world? 6 billion people? Isi: [7:44] A lot more. Mitch: [7:45] But he has enough presents for everyone around the world. He has a naughty list. He has a wife. He lives in the North Pole. (He has a wife?) Mrs. Claus. She looks after the elves, who they make the presents. They make the fur... Isi: [7:57] She looks after them? What does that mean? She cooks for them? She gives them the salary? She does the accounting? Mitch: [8:03] I don't know the details. Yeah, maybe. Isi: [8:04] Company management? Is she an HR? Mitch: [8:07] HMRC should make sure she's, you know... the elves make the skateboards, the rollerblades, PlayStation 4s. They make all that stuff, that goes on the back of the sleigh. He comes, when he comes on the 24th night, you're supposed to be in bed and not see him. He has big black boots and you're supposed to leave out a mince pie for him to eat; a glass of sherry or whiskey depending on what he... your grandad likes to drink. And a carrot for his reindeer. One of the reindeers has a red nose called Rudolph. There's a weird song in British culture of a kid coming downstairs to see his mum making out with Santa Claus, yeah. I saw Mummy kissing Santa Claus, underneath the mistletoe that night. (But it's not a real Christmas song, right?) And it's sung by Michael Jackson, so the morals are all over the place. Isi: [9:00] Let's stop it right here. Kids sing that? Mitch: [9:03] Yeah. Isi: [9:06] Isn't Christmas so confusing anyway? Such a confusing thing. And the elves, they make all the gifts. Mitch: [9:13] In the North Pole. Isi: [9:14] Whatever you want? They know how to do it all Mitch: [9:16] And he and you... sometimes... (If i want a new laptop, are they building it?) Yeah exactly, they make... they work with Apple to build laptops they work with Sony to make Playstations they work with Hitachi to make TVs. (We need to put a disclaimer in here as well, laptops you can also get by other companies.) Yeah, yeah, laptops available outside of the north pole. Isi: [9:42] So, what is the dinner? I think we've talked about this before on the podcast. So, what will you consume, eat, drink over the day? Give us a quick round up here. Mitch: [9:51] It's a roast dinner, but zhuzhed. Isi: [9:53] What? Mitch: [9:54] Zhuzh, is a really good kind of, phrase of the week to go into, but let's not do the theme tune. You can zhuzh something up. So, let's say… Isi: [10:04] Where does it come from, zhuzh? Mitch: [10:07] Zhuzh. It could be like a... it sounds Yiddish doesn't it? Let's say, you have a Christmas tree, just a Christmas tree, like a pine tree on its own. You would zhuzh it up by adding lights and decorations, to make it look prettier. (Yeah. )You can zhuzh yourself up a little bit. Oh, I just need to zhuzh myself. Isi: [10:25] Lipstick? Mitch: [10:26] Lipstick, whatever. A bit of cologne. Yeah, but it's nice to say, isn't it? (Wait, let's look that up. How do you write that?) It's a verb. Zhuh. Uh. Zhuh. Isi: [10:39] UK informal. To make something more interesting, more attractive by changing it slightly or adding something into it. The stylist says he would zhoosh up the outfit with a hat. Zhoosh. Mitch: [10:50] Zhoosh. Isi: [10:50] Zhoosh. It's like that H, U, Z, H. Ah, and it's Yiddish. Mitch: [10:56] Is it? Isi: [10:57] Yeah. Interesting. That's a nice, nice phrase. Mitch: [11:00] And how... (Ah, zhoosh me up. )It's a zhooshed up roast dinner. Isi: [11:04] Give me a minute. I need to zhoosh me up. Mitch: [11:06] I need to zhuzh up my face, zhuzh my life up. And so, yeah, it's a zhuzhed up roast dinner, basically. Isi: [11:14] What does that mean? What is different? Mitch: [11:15] This is the time we'd crack out the turkey, because usually roast dinners you'd have either lamb, beef, pork or chicken. For Christmas dinner, it's usually turkey. Don't know why, because turkeys are Christmas animals, apparently. And you'd really just fill it with more stuff. These things called pigs in blankets, which is sausage, wrapped up in a bacon blanket and then, you know, fried or oven-baked. What else would you have? Isi: [11:41] Oh, yeah, I remember when we had English Christmas in your family, your mum did vegan or vegetarian picks and blankets. Do you remember? Mitch: [11:50] I do remember. Or as Boris Johnson says, vegan. (Yeah, does he?) Vegan. (Very German.) Isi: [11:57] Okay, go on. Mitch: [11:59] Yeah, yeah, that's kind of, to be simple, that's what it is. (What do you drink?) Yes. Uh... so but um... specifically, I mean this might not be every family but in the mornings it's nice to have something called a Buck's Fizz or in the U.S you'd say a Mimosa. Buck's Fizz is an orange juice mixed with a fizzy wine, and then you'd work your way up slowly throughout the day, until you basically cannot stand. You'd usually end with like a Baileys or an Amarula. Something creamy. Isi: [12:31] Mm-hmm. Very nice. Mitch: [12:32] I'm also someone who likes this thing called a Snowball, which is eggnog, basically. Vodka and egg. And then you make a shot of that and then you fill the rest of your glass with lemonade. It's like a good pick-me-up drink when you're hitting that kind of, slump hour. Just after you've watched Zulu and it's like a three and a half hour film and you're like, oh God, I'm dying here. Then you have a quick Snowball and you're back in the game, ready to play charades with the family. And what do you do in Germany? Isi: [13:08] Oh, everybody does it differently, really. Some people have... Mitch: [13:13] A zhuzhed up something. Isi: [13:15] We do raclettes often. um often some other people do fondue, which is putting meat into hot water basically, or into oil, or both, then... (You can have a cheese fondue.) That as well, some people do like a traditional thing more like, the English dinner like, duck with like a gravy and like potatoes and like red cabbages that kind of stuff, which is a bit like a roast. Um... some people and I don't really know where it's coming from, but there's something that it's traditional to have a potato salad and a Wiener sausage, Wiener Würstchen with it. (Really?) Which is like super, super, super easy, simple food. And I don't know where it comes from and probably has a, has a story. So some people even do that. And then on the 21st do like a big dinner. So it's very mixed up. Like it's in England it's always the same, right? (Yeah.) Mitch: [14:09] But I feel like there's something we have in common, which is typically for a typical Christmas dinner is mum just completely overworked, sweating, because she's having to cook for like 10 people. And then your dad, getting really annoyed because he has to find where the raclette is somewhere in the loft. And he's all covered in dust. And he's fallen over a couple of times, because he's had a few too many drinks beforehand. And then, not doing anything from about 4pm onwards, because he's too busy trying to fix the... DVD player or whatever, so everyone can watch Home Alone. Isi: [14:40] Yeah, that's true. Mitch: [14:43] I'd like to hear, well... we'd both like to hear how Christmas looks for you guys. So feel free to send us a message, write to us, speak to us, go to easyenglish.fm or write to us at podcast@easyenglish.video. Isi: [14:57] And if you don't celebrate Christmas and have another celebration, another holiday that you celebrate, please tell us about that too. That's it, we do a quick one this this year we would like to remind you of our 30 Day Challenge, our first ever 30 Day Challenge starting on January 2nd, 30 days until January 31st, you can practice your English with us, every day, for continuous 30 days we give you little challenges it will be fun it will be about different topics about speaking writing understanding English. And it's all happening on our Discord server, where we anyway are every day chatting with our members. And you only have to do one thing. Become a member, join our community, and go to easyenglish.video/membership And yeah, join us. We are so much looking forward to this. We hope you all come there and spend a month of learning English with us. Yeah. Please, please join. That will be fun. Mitch: [15:57] Yeah, we have a nice community on Discord, don't we? )Yeah.) you'll get to meet and chat with and yeah, we'll be there to chat with you as well and to get to know you. (Yes yes.) all right, that's it. (That's it, end of the year, we want to thank you all, thanks for listening, thanks for it's it's incredible still to me, to you probably too, that people actually listen to this. Yeah, have a good and... and hopeful end of the year. We hope you can all relax, you're healthy and next year will be a brilliant year. Te-ra!) Merry Christmas. Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
30: Desert Island Dilemma
Dec 12 2023
30: Desert Island Dilemma
Join Mitch and Isi as they explain how to use the word 'grim' whilst trying to survive a ChatGPT ispired survival challege, armed with only their wits and useless YouTuber gear. But before that, there is an exciting update for all Easy English members at the start of the new year, in the form of the 30 Day Challenge. Become a member now to take part and improve your English in 2024! Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Transcript Intro Mitch: [0:19] Welcome to the Easy English Podcast, episode number... wait. Isi: [0:23] Are we on 30? Mitch: [0:24] Wait. Isi: [0:25] Are we 30? Mitch: [0:26] Wait, don't get so excited yet. (30!) Episode number 30. Isi: [0:32] I mean, it does sound like nothing. Mitch: [0:34] The big three zero. Isi: [0:36] When will we be on 100? Mitch: [0:37] Dirty 30. Isi: [0:39] Wait. Mitch: [0:40] What? Isi: [0:40] We do, every two weeks a podcast? Mitch: [0:42] Yeah. Yeah. 15 months, podcast, we missed our year anniversary. Isi: [0:50] I know, I know, we started on October, okay, I accept it. Mitch: [0:53] Okay, 30th birthday. Isi: [0:54] So 100 will still take. Mitch: [0:57] Yeah. Isi: [0:58] Three years. Mitch: [0:59] And when will we? Isi: [1:00] Well, who knows? Maybe one day we'll do, every week, a podcast. Mitch: [1:03] Yeah, and at what podcast number will we become professional and not speak over each other? Isi: [1:08] Hey, we don't. Mitch: [1:09] What? Isi: [1:10] You interrupt me. (What?) I don't, (What?) I don't, (What?) I don't. Okay, we have to start this episode with an Easy English update because we have a really good one. Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
29: Christmas Movies
Nov 27 2023
29: Christmas Movies
It's the end of November which can only mean one thing... Christmas is coming! Mitch and Isi have a gift for you in the form of the first episode from their new series 'Slow Easy English'; a way for beginners to intermediates to improve their everyday English. Later on, Mitch and Isi bring three films each to the table to decide which is the best Christmas film of all time! Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Show Notes Slow Easy English Episode One! : RESTAURANT CONVERSATION in SLOW ENGLISH (https://youtu.be/LLLJwE6vr2k) (Super Easy English 24) Transcript Mitch: [0:01] Bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah, Intro Mitch: [0:50] We're there. We're trying to get in there before everyone else. Isi: [0:54] We are in Christmas mood! Mitch: [0:56] We are in Christmas mood. (Wait.) Isi: [0:59] This is Amarula on ice, which is very much, probably only for us, I don't know if other people also do that for Christmas. It's a Christmassy drink for us. I think other people, for that, choose Baileys, but Baileys for me is too creamy. Mitch: [1:16] What is Amarula? Isi: [1:18] Amarula is a liquor made out of the marula fruit. I know it from Namibia, but I think it's originally from South Africa and it's a fruit that elephants eat from the trees. That's why there's a big elephant on it. Did you know it before me? Mitch: [1:34] I'd always seen it. I'd always seen it. I always thought, oh, that looks a bit like Baileys. But whereas Baileys... Baileys is kind of... it's almost a dessert rather than a liqueur. Isi: [1:46] Amarula is also creamy. Mitch: [1:48] Yeah, it looks almost identical to Baileys, right? What is the alcohol? Because Baileys is whiskey. Isi: [1:53] Ah, good... I don't know. Maybe it's just the fruit, maybe it's like fermented fruit or something. Mitch: [2:01] Oh maybe, Amarula alcohol. Isi: [2:04] It's a bit more boozy than Bailey's. Mitch: [2:07] Ah, yeah it is actually the marula fruit, which has started to ferment. (Ha!) So it's almost like a vodka of... where is marula fruit like native to? Isi: [2:19] Well, definitely the southern part of the African continent. Mitch: [2:26] South Africa and also in parts of West Africa. Isi: [2:30] Yeah. Mitch: [2:31] It's nice though, and it is Christmasy, which is... the theme of this week's podcast, hate us or not, you're going to have to listen. Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
28: The Peak District
Nov 15 2023
28: The Peak District
Isi and Mitch recount their trip up north to The Peak District National Park. They talk about the friendliness of the people, precarious drone flying, mountains, caves and ginger shots. Easy English member James leaves us a belated Halloween tale of terror and we answer YOUR questions in our Unhelpful Advice section. Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Show Notes The Peak District video: UK Travel VLOG (https://youtu.be/ADxTBfGq_r8) (Easy English 170) Transcript Intro Mitch: [0:23] Good morning, Isi! Isi: [0:25] Good morning! So here we are. Mitch: [0:27] We're back. Isi: [0:28] A bit tired. Mitch: [0:30] What did you pick up, from our trip from the north? Have you brought anything back? Isi: [0:35] It rains a lot. Mitch: [0:36] No, I meant have you brought back any characteristics or personality traits from the north? Isi: [0:43] They're very friendly. Mitch: [0:44] And you've adopted that now? You've become more friendly yourself? Isi: [0:47] I hope I was already. They call you love even more than down here. Mitch: [0:53] Tell me the times you were called love and who called you love. Isi: [0:57] How many times I was called love? I don't know, not so many times. Mitch: [1:01] Supermarket? Isi: [1:01] Yeah, mostly in supermarkets, little stores, little pubs, and from different people, all older than me, but not much older, some. But in a very loving, caring way, not in a weird way. Mitch: [1:17] So for people who don't know what's happened. We recently made a week-long trip, which ended up in us visiting the Peak District, which is an area, between Manchester and Sheffield. And it's a national park. If you're interested in seeing what the Peak District looks like, it's a really beautiful area, it's crazy dramatic; rocks and cliffs and fields and heaths and caves. We didn't go in any caves but we made a road trip video getting there and driving around some of like the best things to see in the Peak District. We didn't cover it all, but if you wanted to see a video where you can join someone on a road trip, getting there and speaking absolute nonsense for a while. But there's also some really beautiful things that you captured on your phone. Isi: [2:09] Yeah, I think it was like, well, first, I think the best thing about this is the drone footage. If you enjoy big pictures of great nature, then that's for you. But also, we did observe and comment on everything, I guess. And that, yeah, it's like you're with us in the car, basically, seeing the difference between the South and the North. Or, as someone wrote in our comments, it's not the North yet. Mitch: [2:38] But we were in Derbyshire, and Derbyshire is a Midlands county, but the peaks are so big, they span across into... Isi: [2:46] We were directly next to Manchester. So I would say we were in the North. Mitch: [2:51] Yeah, we're not going to be too specific about it. We are coming from Brighton, which is the absolute South. Isi: [2:59] Yeah, more South, you fall in the sea. Mitch: [3:03] We definitely... going back to the whole lovely people thing, we definitely witnessed some Northern character traits, right? Isi: [3:13] Yeah, the general thing was really just that people just approached me and I didn't even have a talk with them. That was really nice. So there was a lady that just basically just said hello to me, just because we met at the bananas and then the fruit section. And she was like smiling at me, like she knew me. So it was a bit like, I was like, that's nice. So I said, hello. We said, hello. But that was it. Mitch: [3:40] Wow. She'd have hated me if she saw the banana choice I would have gone for, they're so green! What are you doing? Isi: [3:47] Yeah. It was really nice. I asked someone for, like someone working there for something and they were so determined to help me. It was really nice. Are people in the North friendlier and then in the South? I think down here in Brighton, but Brighton might be a little bubble itself. People are super friendly, but that person was really determined to help me. I think she was really happy that I approached her actually. I asked actually, for ginger shots, because at home we, every day, prepare turmeric ginger shots for ourselves, for health, which it's not alcohol. It's a shot of a lot of healthy things. And because we couldn't do that on tour, I asked, because in supermarkets sometimes they sell those super overpriced, little shots. But as I was getting ill, I was like, we need those. I think for a long time while she was discussing it with me where to find it, she thought it's alcohol. I think she presumed, because I asked for it that it's something really cool that you have to have. Like everybody knows it, because I so normally ask for it. And so she was like, yeah, yeah, ginger shots. Mm, where could we have them? Yeah, and then she was like, oh, you know what? I don't think we have them. And then, wait, she then said, do you mean? She said a random alcohol, like completely something weird, like rum or so. I mean, ginger, rum works. And then I was like, oh no, it's not alcohol. She was like, oh, you said shot. That was really nice. So nice encounters, yeah. Mitch: [5:21] Oh, cute. Isi: [5:22] She heard my German accent and was like, of course they want their schnapps, their shots. Mitch: [5:27] Oh, yeah. The German is here. I was trying to think if I had an encounter, but... Isi: [5:32] You didn't talk to people, did you? Mitch: [5:34] I didn't, I avoided people, there was actually one time when we bumped into this woman and we basically just asked her where the dog park is. And she... she did that thing that people do who forget that Google Maps exists, so was like; right what you do, right, is you go straight up this road and you look for the left, you come to a roundabout There's five exits, take the third one, third exit past the church on your right and when you come to an old dustbin, make sure you go before the dustbin, not after. Isi: [6:01] She even, already told us everything we could see which would be the wrong way. It's like, you cannot even remember that. If you see the field with the five horses... she actually said something, this is no joke, on the right, then you did, you did take the wrong turn and then it's wrong. (If you see an old willow tree, you're f**ked.) Then she said... she asked, if we are from there, is that a compliment? Mitch: [6:26] Are you local? Isi: [6:27] Why would we then ask? Anyway, then she asked how long we stay. It's a lot of questions. And we had it also another time, we asked for, one morning, no coffee was open in that village. And she was like, yeah, Monday, Tuesday, everything is closed. And we're like, okay. But then she told us about all the cafes in the villages nearby. So, long talk about that as well. But it's actually, is that an English thing though? You had a very funny call at the weekend, trying to get our internet back. And the person on the phone, you were just telling your problem and she was searching for something and she was like; so any plans for the weekend? And you were so confused, I heard you from the other room. And you were like, what do you mean, you want to know my plans for the weekend? And she was like, yes. And you were like, fixing my internet. Very German, by the way. Mitch: [7:21] That's never happened before. She was, as I was trying to again fix the internet, while she's sort of waiting to find a result, yeah, she was like, so what are you up to this weekend, any nice plans? I was like, what?! I didn't know you, who are you?! Fixing my internet, it was quite a dry response. And then what was your favourite thing you saw from the Peak District? What was the best sight? What was your favourite thing that we did? Isi: [7:49] Snake Pass, for sure. Mitch: [7:51] Yeah. Isi: [7:52] Yeah. Although Winnat's Pass is also really impressive, but it's such a small area. Snake Pass, being up there, on that road, that takes quite some time. And it's just, I love those... I love nature that is a bit like a moon area. There's like no tree, no bushes, no nothing, just like vast land. It was high. Mitch: [8:15] Yeah, your ears are popping and the clouds are... Isi: [8:17] You're basically in the clouds. We had bad weather when we were filming up there, but it was in the end, I think, really good, because it was so atmospheric, so melancholic, really, really nice. For the drone, I mean, it wasn't easy to operate the drone, I guess? Because it was, I mean, you did it, but it was really, really windy and rain, but the pictures are gorgeous. Mitch: [8:39] Yeah, the drone was... I kept getting a message saying the wind is too high, and you could see the drone was struggling to... Isi: [8:49] Don't worry, there was no one, so it's not... Mitch: [8:52] Yeah, no sheep were harmed in the filming. Isi: [8:54] No, but it was not in that sense and we didn't go over streets or so, so in that sense it was not dangerous for anyone, it was just dangerous for our drone, to not come back, ever. Mitch: [9:05] You have to remember before you fly the drone you can set a 'home point' and I always forget to do it I would say automatically assigns one. (Oh god.) And so, every so often I'd lose connection to the drone, 'cos it was so windy and then the drone automatically goes to a homing point And a lot of the one of them was in the lake. (No.) yeah, that's when I started running away. I didn't want to say Isi: [9:31] Can I drone swim? (Can our drone swim?) Yeah. (It can only do breaststroke.) Can it get a little like swimming... Mitch: [9:38] Imagine, little flippers. Isi: [9:41] Flippers. Like, oh, now I'm swimming. Mitch: [9:43] That'd be cool actually, if it'd go underwater. Isi: [9:45] What was your favourite? Mitch: [9:47] To be honest, mine is a bit of a cheat, but kind of not, because I actually like Winnat's Pass. Winnat's Pass is this... you have to watch the video, which we'll tag in the description to this podcast. A pass is like, a way through a mountain, that people have sort of carved out, or it's a natural development where a river maybe was once running through it, and now they've run a road through this incredibly, cascading, mountainous area, and there's like, bare rocks that I think are just constantly falling, at points. And, this is beautiful, but then the amazing thing is, at one point in history, they built up a town called Castleton, Castle Town, I guess it used to be called. That's a really beautiful area and it sits at the base of Winnat's Pass. In that one area there's loads to see like there's Winnat's Pass in the background you can drive up but then in Castleton there's like loads of old little pubs, we've been there once before and then also, near that there's a couple of caves you can go into. One of which I know is called the Devil's Arse, which I went in once and it's really cool. Also, right... just next to the Devil's Arse there's one called Speedwell Cavern, where you can actually get in a boat, in this old mining cave and you get taken along in this little boat and you have to wear a helmet, because you'll keep banging your head on the ceiling. Isi: [11:14] That sounds amazing. Mitch: [11:16] Yeah, it's not for the faint of hearted. You might need a Scottish whiskey before you attempt it. But yeah, definitely watch the video because, it's a bit of a different format that we're used to and that you're probably used to if you're an Easy English peep. Isi: [11:31] We really enjoyed filming it. Mitch: [11:33] Yeah. Isi: [11:33] We're very happy about it and we would love to know what you think about it. Mitch: [11:37] Yeah, there's something quite... if you're into it, please let us know in any comments you can leave, or give this podcast a review, to let us know that you like those kind of videos, because we'd like to make more of them because it's nice to kind of do a bit of... you know, we know you guys are coming to learn some English, but also you probably want to see some cultural things and that was I hope a good mixture of us chit -chatting in the car and then, you know, showing the sights of an amazing part of England. 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Another benefit of becoming an Easy English Podcast Member is you'll be able to get your hands on the Aftershow which is where the podcast for the public ends, the podcast for our members begins and you'll get to hear some Easy English insights, some gossip, latest news and some updates on what myself and Isi will be getting up to with Easy English in the future. If you want to become an Easy English member then go to easyenglish.video/membership and become either a podcast member or check out some of our other perks you can get your hands on. Back to the episode! Unhelpful Advice Isi: [13:36] Now we actually have to go back a bit to Halloween, I think, because we got a message. Mitch: [13:42] We asked you on the last podcast if you have any tales of terror. Isi: [13:49] Scary stories. Mitch: [13:50] One of our members of Easy English; James, has left us an audio message. If you also want to leave us an audio message, we do a section called Unhelpful Advice, where people can just ask us a random question. I always say it, do you want us to name your pet? Do you have any DIY problems? Are you looking to move to England? Are you struggling with as part of the English language? Is there something in the podcast you're hearing which you'd like us to explain? Then you can just drop us a message by going to easyenglish.fm, and you can leave us a voice message there. Ask us anything, and we will be as unhelpful as possible. So anyway, here is an audio message from James; "Hey guys, I have a very scary true story for you. I don't know if you're already familiar with it, but it's about Elisa Lam, who was this Canadian-Chinese tourist who went missing back in 2013 in Los Angeles. She was in the Cecil Hotel, a hotel that was well known for very spooky going on, spooky goings-on and I believe Ricardo Ramirez, the night staff, is still there. But yeah, she went missing there. Nine days later, her body turned up, which is where things get really weird. There's CCTV footage you can watch of her in the lift, freaking out, gesticulating wildly at this unknown thing, unseen thing, because of the way camera is positioned, so she's really freaking out and you don't know what she's freaking out is, but she's getting very distressed, panicking loads. And like, nine days later and I think yeah I think that's the last time anybody ever saw her and nine days later, the residents of the hotel kept complaining that the water, was black and it tasted bad and the water pressure was funny. And, when they went to investigate, they found Elisa Lam's naked body in the water cooler, at the top of the hotel. She had drowned." Isi: [16:00] Ugh. Mitch: [16:02] Can we play that message? Isi: [16:04] Oh god, that's horrible. Mitch: [16:05] Is that real? Isi: [16:06] I hope no kids are listening to this. Mitch: [16:08] Jesus. Isi: [16:10] Oh wait, there was no one ever found, so she was just panicking, is that right what I understood there? She was panicking in the lift. Mitch: [16:16] In the lift. Should we watch the CCTV footage? Isi: [16:19] No. Mitch: [16:20] No? Isi: [16:21] No. Mitch: [16:21] Can I watch it? Should I describe what's going on? Isi: [16:25] Do you see it now? Mitch: [16:26] Oh, it's already creepy. It's grainy footage. She's pressing all the - she literally pressed all the buttons in the lift. Is this real? The lift isn't moving. She's now getting out of the lift.Oh, she's like looking at someone like - oh wow. She like, quickly jolted forward and looked left and right. Now she's hiding behind the door of the lift, like someone's coming. The lift door still hasn't closed because she's pressed all the buttons. Oh this is creepy. She keeps on sort of going backwards and forwards in and out of the lift door. She's sort of like strafed out of sight of the lift. Now she's going back in again. She's pressing all the buttons again. Now she's leaving and she's like stroking something, in the air and doing like, hand gestures. (Okay.) And that's it. Isi: [17:21] I guess it's a crime scene and not a Halloween story. Maybe she saw a murder happening in the hallway. Mitch: [17:30] Oh, maybe. Isi: [17:30] And she wanted to get back into it, and then she was killed because she saw it. That's my interpretation of the whole thing. Mitch: [17:38] Ever since Netflix started making these crime documentaries, all these things creep the hell out of me. People are a little bit too used to seeing these weird things. Isi: [17:47] This is my... I don't know how we edit this later, but this is my... this is my thing. If we, if we don't put your story in James, and I say it now, this was too much for the podcast. Thank you for the story, but we can't play this. We don't want to scare people, completely. Your piano story was definitely milder. Okay. Thank you, James, for sharing. So we asked on Instagram in the story for podcast questions and we got some and one would like us to answer today. Mitch: [18:18] We have one from someone called David, and David wanted to know; what do Brits know of neighbour languages, Welsh, Gaelic, Cornish, etc? Isi: [18:32] That's for you to answer. Mitch: [18:34] It's a simple answer. We know nothing about them. Isi: [18:40] That's not true. Well, I think it... I mean, I would say it depends on if you live in that region, right? Mitch: [18:47] Yeah, I mean, obviously Welsh people are British, Cornish people are also British, Gaelic; yeah, here and there. Isi: [18:59] Where's Gaelic? There's different Gaelic's, right? Mitch: [19:03] If you type in Gaelic, here we go, is Gaelic Scottish or Irish? The term Gaelic as a language applies only to the language of Scotland. Isi: [19:12] Oh, okay. Really? Mitch: [19:14] If you're not in Ireland, it's permissible to refer to the language as Irish Gaelic, to differentiate it from Scottish Gaelic. Isi: [19:23] So you can call it Irish Gaelic? Mitch: [19:25] Depending on where you are, I think. If you're in Scotland, you'd call it Irish Gaelic. If you're in Ireland, you'd call it Scottish Gaelic. Isi: [19:31] I once started learning Irish Gaelic. Mitch: [19:33] Okay, that's what I'm aware of more than Scottish Gaelic, I think. Isi: [19:38] And, what is Welsh then? Mitch: [19:40] Welsh is just craziness. It's just... Isi: [19:42] No, is it Gaelic though as well? No, then? Mitch: [19:45] Welsh is just consonants and no vowels. Do you want me to tell you how to say good morning in Scottish Gaelic? Isi: [19:51] Yes, please. Mitch: [19:53] Madyn maith. Madyn maith. Isi: [19:58] Sounds good, doesn't it? Mitch: [20:00] It does. Hello is hello in Welsh. Isi: [20:07] Is it in Wales as well? I haven't been to Wales. Are there street signs in Welsh? Probably. Mitch: [20:12] Yeah, yeah, in Wales also they do English and Welsh. Here's a nice one in Welsh. Yaki da. Isi: [20:18] What does that mean? Mitch: [20:20] It's like saying cheers. Yaki da. I'm sure if you go on YouTube you'll find ways to hear all these different dialects and languages, but luckily for you, Easy Languages has such an expansive network, that we even have an Easy Welsh team (We have Easy Welsh.) who don't produce very frequently, but it's definitely worth checking out their content. So give them a search. Isi: [20:42] If you are listening and you know Scottish Gaelic or Irish Gaelic, that would be really, really nice, that we could talk to you. Maybe we have you as a guest on the podcast, if you have some recording equipment, just write to us. We want to know. Mitch: [20:58] That's a great idea. Isi: [20:59] At podcast@easyenglish.video. Mitch: [21:01] Fantastic. Isi: [21:01] Please send us an email and that would be really, really cool to talk to you. Maybe even if we are around at one point, make a video. I think that's it for today. Thanks for the question. Very interesting. Mitch: [21:12] Yeah, check out the video from the Peak District and let us know what you think. And other than that, we'll see you in a couple of weeks. (Te-ra.) Te-ra. Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
27: The Halloween Spookcast
Oct 30 2023
27: The Halloween Spookcast
Easy English has started a Discord channel for you to chat with the duo and all other Easy English members to help improve YOUR English. Mitch and Isi then talk about the upcoming Easy English tour up t'north! The two then move to spooky season and discuss how the Brits and US citizens celebrate Halloween. Isi becomes a trick'or'treat hostess while Mitch becomes a Jedi. He then brings you a spooky tale of a haunted piano in a Basement, ft. Sir Elton John. Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Show Notes South vs North: What SOUTHERNERS Think of NORTHERNERS 🇬🇧 (https://youtu.be/AnNuM2C0HXY) (Easy English 169) Transcript Intro Isi: [0:46] Oh! IS there's a typical sentence a English witch would say? Mitch: [0:51] Fly, my pretties! Isi: [0:56] It's actually not yet Halloween. When this comes out, it's Halloween tomorrow. But maybe you listen to it on Halloween. Mitch: [1:02] Maybe. And you're having a spooky day. (Okay, enough of that.) Isi: [1:11] So here we are. Mitch: [1:12] Welcome. We do actually have a Halloween themed episode today, but... Isi: [1:18] But, we have an Easy English update before. Easy English Updates Mitch: [1:27] Easy English is going on tour! Yeah? (Yeah.) Ah yeah. Easy English has a Discord channel! Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
26: The Great Fruit Show
Oct 19 2023
26: The Great Fruit Show
Today, Mitch and Isi discuss all things fruit; the horrors of hairy fruits and mushy apples, Mitch's preference for a cold and crunchy banana, watermelon life-hacks, surviving on coconuts, the versatilities of apples and question; what the hell a lemon posset is and if Halle Berry is actually a fruit? Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Transcript Mitch: [0:00] 12345678. Isi: [0:05] 12645678 What? 1264567. Mitch: [0:12] Easy English! Intro Mitch: 0:34 (Hello!) Hiya, welcome to the new episode of the Easy English Podcast. That is so formal. Isi: [0:39] I don't like to look at you while we record it. I have to laugh. Mitch: [0:44] We're so far away again. Isi: [0:46] Hello, down there, in the hallway. Mitch: [0:49] Yeah, it feels like we're in a hallway. Isi: [0:51] I will just directly say it. Mitch, We had The Big Veg Show (The Veg Cast. ) The Veg Cast. I hope people enjoyed it because I said it already, what comes this week. And it's The Big, Big Fruit Show. Mitch: [1:05] The Fruit Show, The Veg Cast and The Fruit Show. Isi: [1:07] Yeah, we couldn't do it both last time, so we need to talk about fruits. Mitch: [1:11] It wouldn't have been fair, though, to have thrown fruits on the ends of veg, because fruits don't... shouldn't be disrespected like that. Isi: [1:17] But fruits have a better life. Most of them are very sugary, so people usually like them more than veg. I would say. Mitch: [1:25] But we're savoury people. No, that sounds like... (We are savoury people.) That's actually a compliment. Because you can be a very unsavoury. Isi: [1:33] Will you make us a drink? Because I wanna ask our listeners for something, in between. Mitch: [1:37] Okay, feels like you're booting me out of the room, to say something private. Isi: [1:41] No, I just want a drink. Mitch: [1:42] If you'd like to listen to this podcast, without Mitch, give us a thumbs up. Isi: [1:46] What I wanted to ask, today is a little bit of a favour. You might know that, in podcast apps, where you listen to us. Um, there are several of podcast apps. It does help, if you give us a review of our podcast, on some apps you can leave a comment about our podcast. And this interaction, if you give like, a response to our podcast, will help others to find our podcast. So, if you could just today, if you like our podcast, take a second out of your day and see in your app where you can leave us a review, a comment, a rating That will be fantastic. It's weird to ask for things, but I think it would be really, really, really nice if you could help us with this. Anyway, and also, if you have questions for our podcast or for us, write us an email to podcast@english.video or on easyenglish.fm. You can also leave us an audio message. We have a section called 'Unhelpful Advice' and we are still waiting for your problems and issues to solve. Okay, now Mitch is back and we can go on with fruits. (Is margarita a fruit?) Topic of the Week Isi: [3:09] I have a few questions first, and then I would guide you through the world of fruits. Um, what is... (Come with me.) What is your favourite fruit? Mitch: [3:14] Off the top of my head, I'm thinking strawberries, but it probably isn't. But strawberries are just like, a solid fruit. Isi: [3:21] So I wanted to say peach, I really like a really good peach, but peach can be really shit as well. Mitch: [3:32] I know what yours is and it's my like, curveball, because when you... when you think of fruits, you think of sweetness. But I think, actually, if we were to really go into it, what fruit we eat the most, especially you, It would be a sour fruit. Isi: [3:48] Lemon. Yeah, lemon is probably my favourite fruit because I eat it most. Mitch: [3:53] It's my favourite pudding. Anything with lemon? Isi: [3:54] I love citrus fruits. Anyway, I love lime, love oranges... favourite pudding. Mitch: [3:59] Yeah. Anything with a lemon on it. (Lemon cake.) Lemon drizzle, for shizzle, ma nizzle, Lemon cheesecake. Isi: [4:05] Lemon posset. (Lemon posset.) Posset. Posset. Such a thing I've learned in England. Um, with watching 'Come Dine With Me'. Everybody does a lemon posset. It sounds so posh. I don't even know really what it is. It's a lemon cream or something. A lemon posset And they're always like; "for dessert, I have a lemon posset". And then you hear the other people talking in the off later in the car, and they're like; "a lemon posset, everybody's doing a lemon lemon posset and hers was not particularly good". Mitch: [4:38] I don't know what it is either. We should make one, just to sound fancy. Isi: [4:42] Lemon posset. Mitch: [4:43] Last night we had a lemon posset. Wasn't it just absolutely delightful, lemon posset. Isi: [4:47] I'll look it up now. Mitch: [4:48] I'm always very disappointed by nectarines. Isi: [4:53] Yeah! (Yeah.) Good nectarines are good. Mitch: [4:55] Yeah, but that's the... that's my I've never had a fully ripe one. I think ever. Isi: [5:01] I just looked up my least favourite fruit, and it's not in my list. So, we we have to do the list together. Um, a gooseberry Mitch: [5:10] You don't like gooseberries? Isi: [5:11] No, they're hairy. They're a weird mix of sweet and sour. And you know what they are... mushy. Mitch: [5:18] Er... mushy. Isi: [5:20] Don't like mushy foods at all. Mushy apples; urgh! Mushy bananas; urgh! Mitch: [5:26] Yeah. Oh, yeah! That That's my pet peeve. I love bananas, but they have to be kind of, not quite ripe. Isi: [5:37] No, yours are the least ripe I've ever seen. Mitch: [5:40] And in the fridge. Cold and crunchy. And probably my least favourite fruit is like a warm, mushy banana. Urgh! Urgh! Oh, I feel sick. Yours is gooseberry, because they're a bit hairy. Isi: [5:57] Yeah, gooseberry and my favourite. I don't know if my favourite would be lemon, but it has to be, because that's what I eat most. Mitch: [6:02] Uh, when you say a hairy fruit is a bit gross, isn't it? Like, have you ever eaten a kiwi? And you've forgotten to take off a little bit of the skin? And you're like, Ugh, what is that? And it's a bit of a hairy skin. Isi: [6:11] Actually, I recently learned that a lot of people eat it with the skin. You can eat the skin. You just eat it like that. Mitch: [6:16] That's disgusting. Isi: [6:17] OK, my favourites are strawberry, peach, mango, lemon. Mitch: [6:21] Yeah. Oh, I have one as well. Sorry. Do we have time for this last one? (No, we do.) I really want to use it more, but I don't know how to use it. And maybe, if anyone has a good recipe or a good way to like, cook it or prepare it. I really, really like rhubarb. Isi: [6:38] I love rhubarb. (I love the taste of rhubarb.) Rhubarb season is at the same time as strawberry. Mitch: [6:44] Oh, really? (I think so.) But I don't really know how to do it, but maybe someone who's listening can send us either a voice message to easyenglish.fm or write to us at podcast@easyenglish.video. Isi: [6:57] Yeah. Um... how do you? Yeah, how do you eat rhubarb in England? I've only seen it in cakes in... in Germany, I can just say we cook it, with a hell lot of sugar. (Where? In the oven or in a pan?) in a in a pot. (In a pot?) Yeah, you cook it and it kind of gets like this soupy, slimy mass. Sounds disgusting. It's quite good. And you can eat it with strawberries or with like, a vanilla sauce or something like this. Let's go now, through the berries. Strawberry, we already talked about. (Good berry.) Blueberry. Mitch: [7:28] I really like blueberries. Isi: [7:32] You like it more than me. We eat it basically every day. I still eat them. They're nice. Mitch: [7:36] Blueberry muffin. Isi: [7:38] Yeah, but you know what I don't like? And you often do it. Blueberry smoothies. Mitch: [7:43] Oh, I love the blueberry smoothy. Isi: [7:44] Too much blueberry. Then it is overbearing, isn't it? I like blueberries, I like them... I actually like both parts of them. Some are like, really big and not so sour, but really like, fresh. And then there're the little ones, that are super sour, both are good. Mitch: [7:58] Blueberries are... is a not safe for work fruit because, the skin always manages to sort of, somehow wrap itself around your teeth. Isi: [8:05] Mm, Yeah. And what is very English and maybe you can say how it's used here, is blackcurrant. Mitch: [8:15] Just someone saying blackcurrant makes you think of being like three years old with a glass of blackcurrant squash. I'm sure many other kids from the who grew up in the nineties, might think of that. Isi: [8:25] Which are the ones that we often see on our walks. Just recently, we saw a lot of them. They look like raspberries, but black. Mitch: [8:32] Oh, isn't that a gooseberry (No.) Blackberry? Yeah. Must be. Isi: [8:36] Like you don't know what a gooseberry is. Google Gooseberry now, so that you understand my. Mitch: [8:42] Goose... berry. They're not hairy. Isi: [8:47] They are hairy. Mitch: [8:49] Yeah? In this, they're not. Wait, it looks a bit like a grape. Which ones are hairy, though? Hairy fruits. Google is suggesting; "Are you thinking of Halle Berry?" Isi: [9:09] We stop with the berries, I'm not educated enough on berries. So citrus fruits, love citrus fruits. Mitch: [9:13] Yeah, absolutely. I have an issue, though. That I've never figured out, is that I don't know the difference between an orange, a tangerine and a clementine. I couldn't tell you what was what, or are they all types of oranges? Are clementines also oranges? And... is that what it is? Isi: [9:32] Clementines are the ones that you eat around like... (But is it an orange?) in winter and around Christmas and you peel them, right? That's clementines. Well yeah, I guess they're part of an orange. Then you have. Do you know kumquats? Mitch: [9:43] Yeah. Is that an orange? (Yeah. Blood oranges.) Oh, nice in a cocktail. Isi: [9:49] Valencia oranges. Best for juicing. Tangerines, juice for sweeter take on orange juice. Okay. Mitch: [9:56] Really, Tangerine? Isi: [9:58] Navel. Navel oranges, most common variety. And Seville/Seville Oranges. Perfect for marmalades. There you go. But these are the... that was the ultimate guide to winter oranges and tangerines. So there must be others as well. Mitch: [10:14] Right. Oranges is like the franchise. And then inside the franchise, there's different types. (Businesses of oranges.) Isi: [10:24] Ok, lime; amazing. (Love limes.) Ah, lime on... in drinks, on food. Basically, you can... you can put a bit of lime juice on nearly every food and it's good. Mitch: [10:35] Yeah. Really. Isi: [10:36] Melons. What's your favourite melon? Mitch: [10:41] Oh, I only know water and just like the yellow... what are the yellow melons called? (It says your honey dew.) Honey melon? Isi: [10:49] I like most, honey. (Really?) And then watermelon. Mitch: [10:51] More than... really. Isi: [10:54] Yeah, because I... I came to terms with watermelon, because you like it a lot. And we often have it in summer. And it's nice. It has to be good. We learnt how they have to look, but cannot explain it now, because I already forgot. Mitch: [11:06] Life hack. Not what you expect. It's the opposite of what you're expecting. Isi: [11:10] Yeah. Look it up. Google it. (The less round) How should the watermelon look? Mitch: [11:12] The less circular, the better, right? I think it was. Isi: [11:16] I think, yeah. And it should even be a bit yellow and weird. Mitch: [11:18] Yeah, circle and green is just not good. It has to be sort of like oblong and a bit brown and a bit yellow, I think. Isi: [11:25] Well, look it up yourself, please. I hope you don't have guarantees on that. So watermelon is nice. I like watermelon a lot, in a combination with, like, um, savoury, um, like feta, for example. Mitch: [11:36] Oh, yeah. Good shout Isi: [11:37] Um, feta cheese, watermelon, some balsamic... (Glaze.) glaze. And, um, some mint leafs. So, that's really good. Mitch: [11:50] I love the glaze. We should get that on Asda. Isi: [11:53] I'm getting hungry again. We always do this before food. Um, and but honey is also good. Also good with cheese. (Honey's not fruit!) Uh, honey melon, sorry. That also works very well. People that eat meat often eat it with, uh, in Germany, at least with ham. (Really?) That works very well, yeah. Mitch: [12:12] Oh yeah, we have ham and pineapple. Isi: [12:14] See. Stone fruits, Mitch. Cherries. Mitch: [12:19] I like cherries. (Like, or love?) Just like, 'cos you... It's a lot of. Is that when you're eating, there's a lot of this noise, like this. Not for say, for work, either. Just like the... blueberry. Isi: [12:41] Yeah, I'm not a big fan of cherries. I have to say I eat them, but I don't buy them, ever. Mitch: [12:47] I don't know what you do with it. They're selfish veg... like, fruits right? They don't really go with anything else, do they? What have you ever had a cherry with? Isi: [12:54] Yeah. And also like, cherry juice or so. It's too intense. Um, OK, we go in the world of tropical fruits. Bananas, we already talked about. (Yeah!) Coconuts, we had coconut yoghurt today. Mitch: [13:05] Coconut milk, I like. Coconut milk in any Asian dish. Isi: [13:11] Yeah, coconut milk is good. Do you like coconut meat or flesh? Or how do you call that? Mitch: [13:18] Doesn't it give you diarrhoea? (No! you've never eaten coconut?) I played a survival game once on the PlayStation. And if you... If you eat too many, you have diarrhoea for two days. Isi: [13:28] Oh dear, Oh! You know, Amarula is from the marula fruit. Mitch: [13:34] Oh, I love Amarula. Isi: [13:36] And I think the fruit is eaten by elephants. And that's why the big elephant is on it. Mitch: [13:40] Ah, that makes sense. Amarula fruit. Isi: [13:44] What do we forget? Oh, well, we forgot the big, I think the, the fruits of both our nations, probably. (Go on.) What is the... the fruit, that exactly now you get. Mitch: [14:00] Potatoes aren't fruit. The fruit of our nation? Both our nations? Isi: [14:08] Apples. Mitch: [14:09] Oh yeah, how did I not think about that. Isi: [14:12] Apples are eaten all day, every day. Apple juice, apple sauce. Apple sauce is a very English thing. Oh no, actually very German, too. With Reibekuchen. Mitch: [14:19] I tell you what is a very English thing with apples. (Apple mint sauce.) Cider. Isi: [14:26] Cider. Yeah, you see, it is a fruit of your nation. Mitch: [14:28] Have you ever had a proper cider? Isi: [14:32] Uh, I have... I have had cider... (Not Strongbow.) recently, at at our friends in London. I had cider. Mitch: [14:38] Did you? Oh, yeah, you did. Isi: [14:39] Yeah, a tiny glass, a cute little, tiny glass to try it. But it was too sweet for my liking. Mitch: [14:45] Oh God. Doesn't it make you realise that western... northwestern fruits are so boring, in comparison? Do you know what I mean? Do you think there are Mexican people saying; "Oh, do you know what I really love? Apples." Isi: [14:58] Maybe. Yeah, for sure. (No.) Yes. Mitch: [14:59] No. Not when you've got limes. I'm jealous. Let's go live in Mexico and just drink margaritas and mojitos all day. (Maybe we should do that. You know.) Caipirinhas. Isi: [15:10] We had apples today in our big yoghurt, with different fruits. Then it's OK. Um, the apples that I had were really small apples and like, red and green. And they were like, I only like apples when they are sour and hard. No mushy, no sweet, no nothing. Mitch: [15:25] Oh, really? Uh, we never talked about this. How have we never spoken about our favourite type of apple. Isi: [15:32] I know. I like Blackburn. (Blackburn?) Braeburn. Sorry. (Blackburn!) Blackburn is a place here. Bra. Braeburn, Braeburn, Braeburn. Mitch: [15:42] And what's your least favourite? Oh, there's actually way more than I ever heard. Isi: [15:45] I don't know what the mushy ones are called. Mitch: [15:48] I hate a pink lady. Isi: [15:50] Aren't they not mushy. Mitch: [15:52] They can get pretty mushy. That and a jazz. (Mashy, or mushy?) Mushy. That and a jazz apple. I like a Granny Smith. Isi: [16:01] Are those the green ones. (The green hard sour, more sour ones. ) Mm. Yeah, that's better. I also don't really like, uh, apple juice. Apple sauce, yes. Apple sauce was a good Reibekuchen. Which is like a... basically like a... hash browns. It's a bit like a big hash brown, isn't it? With apples. Mitch: [16:16] Yeah, that's right. Deep fried eggy, soaked, potato. (Grated potato.) Grated potato with egg and... Isi: [16:24] Made into like a dough with egg and... Mitch: [16:24] Did you know there's so many... one, two... there's Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, Envy, Gala, Pazazz, Jazz, Red Delicious, Braeburn, Cameo, Holston, Golden Delicious, Lady Alice, Hidden Rose Ambrosia... there's so many apples. Isi: [16:44] Oh, yeah. Jazz apple. I just see it here. Mitch: [16:45] 25 types of apples. Incredible. Isi: [16:48] Probably even more. Mitch: [16:49] Can I tell you one you've not mentioned yet, which I really like. I love plantain. Isi: [16:55] Ooh, I love plantain, too. Is that a fruit or a veg? Mitch: [16:58] Isn't it just a savoury banana? Isi: [17:01] Yeah, it is, but, uh, it's not the same as a... it's not... it's not the same as a banana. Mitch: [17:05] Mm. In, uh, England, because of Jamaican, uh, connections. Empiric connections, I might... might add. uh, it's quite often you can find plantain. And specifically, one thing I love. I'm not in ages. Plantain crisps. Salted plantain crisps. Isi: [17:22] Hm. So good. I love plantain. Absolutely love it. Plantain, you can also have sweet, by the way, if you wait long enough, you can also bake them. Mitch: [17:31] Oh right, maybe that's what I should get instead of bananas. Isi: [17:35] Hm... you cannot have them in your yoghurt. Um, do you... do you, uh, know a pomelo? I don't know if it if this is in English the same. It's written the same as I would say it in German. It's pomelo. (You know it?) Yeah. ( What is that?) Pomelo. Um, Google it. Mitch: [17:54] Po... pomelo, pomelo? Isi: [17:55] I mean, yeah, it looks a bit like a melon from outside. It is more like an orange. (Oh, yeah, it does.) Or like a grapefruit. Look from inside. It looks more. Mitch: [18:03] It has segments as well. Isi: [18:04] It has segments like oranges or grapefruits, and it is very dry. You can really break off the segments, sometimes. It's not that all the juice... like, it's not messy. Um, I like it, it's super, super healthy. I think. Mitch: [18:19] It has anti-aging properties. (You see!) Fights cancer. Isi: [18:22] Better get to know about it. Yeah. No, it's really healthy. It's really good. I mean, this list is long. I could now just, go up and down with it. Sweet Dakota rose watermelon. Mitch: [18:35] People gonna ask; what... what did you do on your Friday night? Isi: [18:38] Tawa tawa, tawa tawa. I don't know. Uh, what do we do? Mitch: [18:43] You'll never guess what. We had a wild night. (What is a Thornberry?) We spoke about fruit. Isi: [18:44] I've heard of a thornberry. I think we have to stop The Big Fruit Cast now. Mitch: [18:54] Fruit Show? Isi: [18:54] Um, OK, we have to stop this now. The fruits are taking over my mind. Um, it was nice to talk to you about fruits. Mitch: [19:04] Yeah, I feel like I know you better now that I know that you like a Granny Smith. Isi: [19:07] I... I don't even know a Granny Smith. (Oh, you said you like the green ones.) Ah so, yeah. Ah so. Mitch: [19:09] Ah so. Sour fruits, are the best kind of fruits. Isi: [19:16] Sour foods in general, yeah. Yeah, everything has to be sour, not bananas, though. Mitch: [19:21] Cheers to that, on your margarita. Isi: [19:24] And, um yeah, hope you like fruits. It's healthy. Eat them. Five a day. Bye. (And I hope all your dreams come true.) Te-ra! (Te-ra!)
25: The Big Vegcast
Oct 2 2023
25: The Big Vegcast
Stolen from an Easy German Podcast episode, Mitch and Isi talk vegetables. They decide what is an A-lister vegetable and an SAS vegetable. They ponder if can you do anything with sprouts and why celery taste between horseradish and toothpaste. They talk about the infamous seasonal greens, the best type of potatoes, how to cook without meat... and onions and Mitch reveals his deep, deep, resentful hatred for parsnips. Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Transcript Intro Mitch: 0:24 (Morning.) Good morning. Wow, it's the first Easy English podcast with a coffee. Isi: [0:29] Yeah, do you think our voice, my voice is weird? Mitch: [0:31] Yeah. Isi: [0:32] This is me, Isi. It's a bit harsh, isn't it? Okay, morning, morning podcast, with a coffee. Mitch: [0:42] And a blues, a blues voice. Isi: [0:44] A blues voice. I have a really good topic. Which I really wanted to do. And you maybe, don't believe that it's a good topic. It's actually stolen. I have heard it on the Easy German Podcast before. And I was a big fan of it, because I was so amazed of how much this topic gives you. I think it could even be two episodes, Mitch. Mitch: [1:09] Yeah, I'm a believer. Isi: [1:12] So this will be about veg and fruits. We are talking about different fruits and veg, we're obviously telling you how they're called in English, we will see if we like them, what we do with them, if we hate them. We're vegetarians, so we do eat a lot of veg and fruits, which doesn't mean that, if you're not a vegetarian you don't eat a lot of veg and fruits. But we love it, so we will go through all of them, not through all of them, there are lot of... I have some lists in front of me. There are a lot of veg and fruit that I've never heard of. Mitch: [1:50] There are fruits and veg from England and Germany that we wouldn't know? Isi: [1:54] Well, I just have lists that, I think, include everything, of the world. Should I do only fruits and veg of England? No. Mitch: [2:01] I think England and Germany probably have something similar. Before we start, can we play a game? How many vegetables do you think you can name in 30 seconds? Isi: [2:13] Vegetables? Mitch: [2:13] Just vegetables. (Six) i can name seven. (Eight.) You sure? (Yeah.) in 30 seconds? Nine. Isi: [2:26] Let me go through them again. Mitch: [2:28] No, that's not the point. Isi: [2:29] Of course we know much more. Mitch: [2:31] Yeah, but saying it, making it come to your mind in 30 seconds is stressful. (10.) Okay, bet. Liar. (Okay.) Are you ready? I get a timer. (Yeah.) Okay, lining up 30 seconds. Stop thinking of vegetables. Oh no, and fruits. Isi: [2:46] I'm a blackout. (Ready?) Fruits as well? That's too easy. We said veg. Mitch: [2:51] Okay, vegetables. Are you ready? (Oh yeah.) Three, two, one. Isi: [2:55] Tomato, pepper, courgette, aubergine, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, bean sprouts, rocket, carrots. Did I do carrots already? I did carrots already. (You've already done more than nine.) No, it wasn't. No, ten I have to say. Mitch: [3:09] Is it ten? One more vegetable. One more veg! Eight seconds, seven seconds. One more vegetable, there's so many! Five, four, three. (Beetroot.) Yeah! Oh, it's stressful, isn't it? Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
24: The Great British Chazza
Sep 18 2023
24: The Great British Chazza
We begin with a cocktail based ASMR session before Mitch and Isi discuss their love of charity shops... or, how Mitch "coined it" a chazza! They discuss Isi's mass donations, how you can't donate panties, what makes them different to vintage/thrift shops, militant chazza ideologists and how tender loving care has nothing to do with the 90's girl-power group, TLC. The duo then discuss their latest YouTube video on pub culture in the Past Week's Video section as Mitch gives tips on finding and drinking the best English ales... for FREE!? Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Show Notes Easy English's pub culture video: Why do BRITISH People LOVE the PUB? (https://youtu.be/nvhcPK_IsIQ) (Easy English 166) Transcript Intro Isi: [0:24] Let's start. (ASMR) I do it wrong. My ice cubes are not really... They're just banging against each other. It should be... the glass is not so easy to swing though, like a wine, you know? Ah there, oh god. It's a shared, isn't it? Mitch: [0:56] It's supposed to be healing bowls from... Isi: [1:02] I have it better. Stop yours, mine is good. (Yeah?) It's like, how do they call it? Glass music or so. (No, there's like...) You use your fingers. Mitch: [1:13] There's monks... Isi: [1:15] Yeah. Mitch: [1:15] Healing bowls. Isi: [1:17] No, they do this with glasses too. Now my glass is super cold. Mitch: [1:26] And now you're asleep. Isi: [1:28] I feel a bit sleepy now. Okay, let's go. Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
23: The Rick Astley Crisis
Sep 4 2023
23: The Rick Astley Crisis
Isi tests Mitch's resolve as she puts the British politeness on trial. She tests him with some awkward real-world scenarios. Afterwards, the duo discuss words that don't translate into German and which language Isi, a German native feels more comfortable with, in this week's Unhelpful Advice... to improve your English, become a Podcast Member to get the Interactive Transcript and help support Mitch & Isi... ta. Interactive Transcript Open the Interactive Transcript (https://play.easyenglish.fm/episodes/mgphbnfs1arfdnzi2aijz) Download transcript as HTML (https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/mgphbnfs1arfdnzi2aijz/easyenglishpodcast23_transcript.html?rlkey=1u8hbni3l3lh43gkpqkmb930j&dl=1) Download transcript as PDF (https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/spehfmeiqy6s7p3a1lk0d/easyenglishpodcast23_transcript.pdf?rlkey=1nizchvvktjw9r0hrui8i6fnd&dl=1) Subscribe using your private RSS feed to listen to our bonus content and find the interactive transcript right in your podcast app. Transcript Intro Mitch: 0:25 (Hello Mitch!) Hello! (Hello!) What did someone say to us recently? Oh no, we were watching Sex and City and they tried to make it out like, her and Samantha were friends. Ta! Ta! Isi: [0:38] Oh because she lives in London now, or so. She was in London. Ta's not American, is it? Mitch: [0:42] Yeah, it's English, but no one says ta to say goodbye. They were looking for te-ra! Isi: [0:46] It was really odd. Mitch: [0:47] They both said ta back to each other, both in a very bad, fake English way. Isi: [0:52] By the way, that was, And Just Like That, not Sex and the City. Did anyone watch this? What are your thoughts? So you got topics, I got a topic. What do we do first, Mitch? Mitch: [1:02] I think we should do your topic. (Yeah!?) Your Topic of the Week. Isi: [1:07] Mine is the main topic, yeah. (Okay.) Topic of the Week Isi: [1:17] We have talked about this a few times, but we recently, also talked about it in our conversation call with our Conversation Members. We had a conversation call about do's and don'ts in British culture, but also in the culture of our members' home countries. So we talked about a lot of things that you should do or not do in daily life, in restaurants, in just like, social life, basically. And we came up again, with, I think, even my, because Germany and England are not so far away culturally, but there are some distinct differences. What? Why am I going to? And there's one that I have mentioned a few times, which is the only one I think that sometimes gets a bit on my nerves, is that people are so beating around the bush and so not... Mitch: [2:17] Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. Beating around the bush. Isi: [2:20] Yeah, please explain. Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership
22: Madeira Cake Munchies
Aug 21 2023
22: Madeira Cake Munchies
Isi and Mitch are sleepy. But using the power of a Madeira cake they just bought, the duo talk about the highlights from their most recent holiday, reflecting on the culture shocks their friends experienced whilst riding double-decker buses and shopping in the UK. For this week's Topic of the Week, they talk about the benefits and negatives of shopping in the real and digitalised world. Interactive Transcript Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership Transcript Intro Mitch: [0:28] Can I tell the... we're in a bit of a sleepy mood today, because we didn't sleep much last night and we're just in this like super stupid mood. So much so that, I don't know how it came about, but you... you... you wanted to go to a supermarket, we drove 15 minutes so you could buy black nail polish and when you... first of all... (We didn't go for that there, we wanted to go to a home store, like to a DIY store.) Yeah, also just to buy a light switch, a little pulley light switch. Isi: [0:55] I think we just needed to have like, a good job to do. Mitch: [0:57] Yeah, we needed some fresh air. And you, not only came out only with nail polish, but you actually when you left you went to take a picture of a seagull, which took forever, because you had to delete data off your phone. But when you came back with your nail polish, you'd randomly just bought a lemon Madeira cake. (I did. I saw it and I was thought this is what we need today.) Yeah but, you thought good to have today after we've eaten our dinner at home. But then what happened? Isi: [1:27] Then we decided... we went to a dog park then and parked our car there, which is also like a football park and to run Nola... to run Nola? To walk Nola or to let her run, and then we decided both, we want a bite of this cake, which is not so it's not a cake like like a round cake. It is a long cake. Mitch: [1:49] But it's massive, still. Isi: [1:51] Not so massive. It's easy to unpack. And we both tried to bite off that cake. Mitch: [1:58] In this grotty football pitch car park. Isi: [2:01] Like bloody idiots. And then we both were like; ah, this is... we cannot really do this. We were just so tired and I think we just needed sugar. We were both a bit like, shaky and like... Mitch: [2:12] I'm going back that way now, I feel it. Isi: [2:14] Yeah, and then I looked to the right and there was someone just sitting next to me, in the car watching us trying to eat that cake. And then we had a complete laugh, how do you call that in English? A complete laugh attack. (A fit. We were in fits of laughter.) Oh God, we couldn't stop it. We were just crying of laughter. Mitch: [2:32] We could just see it from his perspective. He was obviously just like, probably texting his wife like, oh, you know, just at the football practice with son, look over, and he's like, there's just two idiots, basically, just sat in a car, looking knackered and their dog's desperate for a pee and they're just stuffing their faces with Madeira cake. Support Easy English and get interactive transcripts and bonus content for all our episodes: easyenglish.fm/membership