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Level 3: Intermediate English Audio Lessons


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Here is a sample week of Level 3 Lessons:

Here is your DailyStep on Monday, 21 April 2014

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Man: Hi, I’m David Harper.

Woman: I’m Melanie Cooper. Nice to meet you.

Man: You too. Are you enjoying the party?

Woman: Yes, I am. Are you?

Man: Yes, it’s great. And how do you know Peter and Kate?

Woman: Well, I was at school with Kate. We have known each other for years. How about you?

Man: I work with Peter.

Woman: Oh really? How long have you two worked together?

Man: Oh, it must be about seven years now.

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Situation: David and Melanie meet at a party and make conversation.

Style: friendly and quite informal
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Notes:

  1. I’m David Harper = My name is David Harper.
  2. Nice to meet you. = It is nice to meet you / it is a pleasure to meet you (more formal)
  3. Yes, I am. Are you? (using only the auxiliary) = yes, I am enjoying it. Are you enjoying it?
  4. it’s great (stronger) = it’s very good
  5. how do you know Peter and Kate? = How did you first meet Peter and Kate, the hosts of the party?
  6. I was at school with Kate = Kate and I went to the same school / Kate and I were at school together
  7. for years = for many years
  8. I work with Peter. = Peter and I work at the same company
  9. you two = you and Peter
  10. it must be = I think it is / I believe that it is
  11. about seven years now = approximately seven years now (more formal) / roughly seven years now

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Here is your DailyStep on Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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Man: Do you live locally?

Woman: No, I don’t. I live about ten (10) miles away.

Man: Whereabouts do you live?

Woman: I live in a place called Finchley.

Man: Oh, I know Finchley. My sister used to live there about five years ago. It’s a lovely part of town, not too close to the centre, but not too far away either.

Woman: Yes, I love living there. It’s an easy commute to work.

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Situation: David and Melanie make conversation after meeting at a party.

Style: friendly and quite informal

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Notes:

  1. Do you live locally = Do you live near here? / Do you live nearby?
  2. I don’t. (using only the auxiliary) = I don’t live locally
  3. about ten (10) miles away = approximately ten miles from here (more formal)
  4. Whereabouts…? = Where exactly…?
  5. in a place called Finchley = a place that is called Finchley
  6. I know Finchley = I am familiar with Finchley
  7. My sister used to live there = My sister lived there in the past
  8. about five years ago = approximately five years ago
  9. It’s a lovely part of town = it is a very nice area of this town / It is a lovely part of London (note: we sometimes say ‘a nice part of town’ or ‘in the centre of town’, without the article ‘the’ before ‘town’, when we know which town we are talking about. But we do not say ‘in the centre of city’ or ‘in the centre of village’ – for these phrases, we always need to use the definite article (the) or demonstrative adjective (this/that) , so we say ‘ in the centre of the city’ or ‘a lovely part of this village’.)
  10. not too close to the centre = it is not too near to the centre of town
  11. not too far away either = not too far from the centre either
  12. I love living there = I enjoy living in that place
  13. It’s an easy commute to work (note: here ‘commute’ is a noun.) = it is easy for me to commute to work (note: here ‘commute’ is a verb.) / commuting to work is easy from there (note: here ‘commuting’ is a gerund.)
  14. to work = to the place where I work / to the office (if Melanie works in an office!)

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Here is your DailyStep on Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Woman: I think we’ve met before. Didn’t we meet at Celia’s party last year?

Man: Yes, you are right, we did. Nice to see you again. How are you?

Woman: I’m very well, thank you. How about you?

Man: Yes, I’m fine thanks. I seem to remember you are a teacher, am I right?

Woman: Yes, you do have a very good memory!

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Situation: David and Melanie realise that this is not the first time that they have met each other.

Style: friendly and quite informal

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Notes:

  1. I think we’ve met before. – I don’t think this is the first time that we have met / I think we have met on a previous occasion (much more formal)
  2. Didn’t we meet at Celia’s party…? = We met at Celia’s party, didn’t we?
  3. you are right, = You are correct (much more formal)
  4. we did (using only the auxiliary) = we met there
  5. Nice to see you again. = It is a pleasure to see you again (more formal)
  6. I’m fine thanks = I am very well, thank you
  7. I seem to remember... = As far as I remember,…
  8. am I right? = am I correct? (more formal)
  9. you do have a very good memory! (more emphatic) = you have a very good memory!

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Here is your DailyStep on Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Woman: Who did you come here with?

Man: I came here with my colleague, Sam. I’m not sure if you know him. He’s over there wearing the red shirt.

Woman: Oh Sam! I used to work with him.

Man: What a coincidence! It is a small world, isn’t it?

Woman: Yes, it is! I haven’t seen Sam for years. We got on really well when we worked together. I must go and say hello in a moment.

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Situation: David and Melanie realise that they have an acquaintance in common – in other words, that they both know the same person.

Style: friendly and quite informal

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Notes:

  1. Who did you come here with? = With whom did you come here? (much more formal – we never say it like this!)
  2. did you come here = did you come to this place
  3. with my colleague, Sam. = with someone who I work with, who is called Sam / with someone from my workplace, and his name is Sam
  4. I’m not sure if you know him = I don’t know whether you know him
  5. He’s over there = He is there, some distance from us
  6. wearing the red shirt = in the red shirt
  7. I used to work with him. = I worked with him in the past
  8. What a coincidence! = That is such a coincidence!
  9. a coincidence = an occasion when two or more similar things happen at the same time, especially in a way that is unlikely and surprising
  10. It is a small world (idiom), isn’t it? (note: we say ‘it’s a small world’ when we want to show your surprise that people or events in different places are connected.)
  11. I haven’t seen Sam for years = The last time I saw Sam was many years ago
  12. I must go and say hello = I strongly intend to go and say hello to him (note: we never actually say it like this!)
  13. in a moment = very soon / in a minute

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Audio file name: DailyStep-3_social-party-009_04

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Here is your DailyStep on Friday, 25 April 2014

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Woman: What do you do for a living?

Man: I am an English teacher. I work for a school in Covent Garden.

Woman: Have you worked there long?

Man: Not really. I’ve worked there for about six (6) months. Most of my students are taking exams at the moment so it’s a busy time for me. I’m looking forward to when the exams are over! How about you? What do you do?

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Situation: David and Melanie make conversation at a party.

Style: friendly and quite informal

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Notes:

  1. What do you do for a living? = What is your job?
  2. I am an English teacher = I work as an English teacher
  3. I work for a school = I am employed by a school (much more formal – we never say it like this!)
  4. in Covent Garden = in an area of London called Covent Garden
  5. Have you worked there long? = Have you worked there for a long time? / Have you worked there for long?
  6. Not really = No, I have not worked there for long
  7. I’ve worked there for about six (6) months = I started working there about 6 months ago
  8. about six (6) months = approximately 6 months ago (more formal) / roughly 6 months ago
  9. Most of my students = The majority of my students (more formal) / Most students of mine
  10. are taking exams = are sitting exams (note: there is a difference between ‘passing an exam’ and ‘taking an exam’. If you ‘pass an exam’, you are successful in it, and you get a good enough grade not to fail it. If you ‘take an exam’, or ‘sit an exam’, it just means that you ‘do the exam’, and then you have to wait for the results.)
  11. at the moment = at present (more formal) / currently (more formal)
  12. so it’s a busy time for me. = and therefore it is a busy period for me
  13. I’m looking forward to (phrasal verb) = I am anticipating with pleasure (note: we never actually say it like this!)
  14. the exams are over (phrasal verb) = the exams have finished
  15. How about you? (note: there is extra stress on ‘you’ because this is a return question. In other words, the speaker is asking the same question in return.) = What about you?
  16. What do you do? = What do you do for a living? / What is your job?

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