The RealLife English Podcast
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Words to Know

  • Weight off your shoulders - a big relief
  • Schedule- your personal time organizer
  • Updates - additional improvements
  • Peeps - friends, people in your social group
  • Hometown - the city where you were born
  • Background information - previous information about a story
  • Taking it to another level - making something better and more intense (in a god way)
  • Break up - to stop a relationship; when a band stops playing
  • Pretty much - basically
  • Damn straight - to show agreement (strong expression)
  • Reek - to smell really bad
  • Cut the crap - expression to tell someone to stop doing stupid things
  • Batman - Masked hero who brings criminals to justice while wearing a cape
  • Break down - explain piece by piece
  • The gist - the general concept
  • Hook up - to meet people somewhere
  • Shortcut - a quicker way to get somewhere
  • Dopey - someonw who doesn't sound intelligent by the way they talk and act

News

  • We have nearly finish the beta version of the Fluency+ course and are planning on making more podcasts with our extra time
  • The next RLE party is going to be on the 6th of July

Shout Outs

  •  Lua Alvarez  (new facebook administrator)
  • Max Ahumada (Facebook member of the week, thanks a lot Max)
  • Mira - Saint-Petersburg, Russia (5 star iTunes review)
  • Mistrzooo - Poland  (5 star iTunes review)
  • FeLanfranchi - Brazil (5 star iTunes review)

Questions

  •  There were no queations this week, WTF?!?! If you have a question coment below or send us an Email at theguys@reallifebh.com

Expressions

  •  Work it out
  • Get along
  • Get it together
  • End up
  • Do justice to something

Tip

  • Use this awesome resource the learn everything about the prepositions IN ON AT read here
  • Jurassic 5 article read here

Joke

Connect

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Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXD7P6oTvyc

Return from Expressions ------- to Real Life English ESL Podcasts

Direct download: podcast_24_final_cut.mp3
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podcast annioyanceClick here for 10 free podcasts and transcripts

Words to Know

  • Electrocuted - to be injured or killed by an electric shock
  • Earbuds - headphones
  • Stove - what you use to cook your food with fire
  • Chopped - cut through the base of something
  • Stick around - stay until the end
  • Viral - the rapid spread of something on the internet
  • Keep it up - continue doing a good job
  • Postman - someone who delivers mail
  • Poking - jabbing or prodding someone with something (usually your finger) (see photo)
  • Rambling - talking about something in an unorganized and confusing manner.
  • Shenanigans - mischief, playing around
  • Mess up - to make a mistake
  • Handlebars - what you use to steer/direct a bicycle/motorcycle
  • Cracked - to break something without the parts completely separating
  • Reinforce - strengthen or support

News

Shout Outs

Questions

  • What's the difference between "a little" and "a few"? 

Expressions

  • To walk on egg shells/walk on thin ice
  • Add fuel to the fire
  • Blow a fuse
  • Eat someone alive
  • Give someone a piece of your mind 

Tip

  •  How to best use this podcast to learn English

Joke

  •  Why is Santa so jolly (happy)?

Connect

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Song

Believe by the Dirty Heads

Direct download: RLEP_Episode_23_-_Expressions_related_to_ANNOYANCE.mp3
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Special guest-Josh Plotkin from Brazilian Gringo

Words to Know

Cholesterol – fatty substance you find in food from McDonalds

Vegemite – a bitter paste eaten by Australians

Acai – fruit sorbet found in Brazil

Fair-weather friend – a friend who only appears when things are good, see episode 1

Show up – arrive late or unexpectedly

Heaps of – a lot of (common in Australian English)

Open my eyes to something – realize something for the first time

B.H. – Belo Horizonte, the capital city of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Biarch – gangster way to say “bitch” but is also used to joke around

Fo shizzle – for sure, slang used commonly by Snoop Dogg

Captain Planet – superhero TV show

Profits – money made by a company

Keep your head above water – figurative expression meaning you are just surviving financially

Puppet – a small figure or animal that you put your hand in the play with, see here

Space out – to not be paying attention to anything around you

Meat head – guys who are so muscular that they don’t have a neck

Beat up – to punch and kick someone aggressively

Behind someone’s back – to say something about someone so they can’t hear you

Flatuate – to fart

Toot – to fart

Let one rip – to fart

Cut the cheese – to fart

One cheek sneak – to fart

Weirdo – a strange person

Skeptical – when you are doubtful before you try something

Parody – something that imitates a song for comic effect or ridicule

News

  • 162 people went to the RLE party in Belo Horizonte last Saturday, thanks to everyone who came!!
  • Chad went to yoga for the first time. Warning - don't do yoga under a tree full of birds

Shout Outs 

Members from Real Life English recorded live at the RLE party.

Questions

Whats the difference between "may" and "might"?

Expressions

  • On fire
  • Tread water
  • On earth
  • Pump Iron
  • Pass wind

Tip

  • How to make your trip to the USA better with CRAIGSLIST

Joke

Vote which joke is better in the comments below:

  1. Always remember that you are unique... just like everyone else. (Trevor)
  2. Why don't blind people go skydiving? Because it's not much fun for the dog. (Josh)

Connect

If you’ve found the podcast at all helpful or entertaining, please help other people find our podcast by visiting our iTunes page and giving us a positive review. The more 5 star reviews we get the easier it is for other people to find us on iTunes.

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If you know some ways we can make it better, please send us an email: trevor @ reallifebh . com

Song

Brailian gringo presents Gringo Style

Direct download: Podcast_22_Elements.mp3
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Click to download in iTunes

Words to Know

  • Pets - animals that live in your house
  • Feed - to give food to
  • Concrete - a building material; what sidewalks are made of
  • Asphalt - the black material that roads are made of
  • Stick around - stay
  • Wad up - what you do to a piece of paper to turn into a ball
  • Crumpled up - same as above
  • To iron - to remove wrinkles out of clothes (see photo)
  • Eighths - to cut something into eight pieces
  • Picnic - a meal outdoors
  • Chestnut - a type of nut (see photo)
  • Strict - following the rules exactly
  • Tough guy - a strong, intimidating person
  • Cave - a large underground chamber
  • Overwhelmed - too much to handle/withstand
  • Carpet - a floor or stair covering made from thick woven fabric
  • Rug - a floor covering of shaggy or woven material, generally not covering the entire floor
  • Bin - trashcan
  • Sweep - to clean by brushing away dirt or trash
  • Broom - a long handled brush; what you use to sweep
  • Playground - an outdoor area provided for kids to play, usually at a park or school
  • Jungle gym - a structure of bars or other material for kids to play on
  • Slippery - difficult to hold on or stand on because it's smooth, wet, or slimy
  • Falling apart - breaking into little pieces

News

  • The Real Life English Party is on Saturday, June 8th at Devassa in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, starting at 5pm. Click here for pictures of the last party.
  • The Real Life Yoga Picnic is going to be on Sunday, June 9th, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Be sure to attend because...
  • Trevor is thinking about moving to Rio de Janeiro to start Real Life English parties and events there. If you have any advice for Trevor on where to stay, give him an email at Trevor @ reallifebh . com

Mentions

Shout Outs

Question

  •  What is the difference between bring and take?

Expressions

  •  To hold back
  • Quit while you're ahead
  • Cave in
  • Sweep it under the carpet/rug
  • Let it slide

Tip

  • Duolingo - a fun way to learn grammar. 

Joke

  • Politics

Connect

If you’ve found the podcast at all helpful or entertaining, please help other people find our podcast by visiting our iTunes page and giving us a positive review. The more 5 star reviews we get the higher we rank in iTunes and the easier it is for other people to find us.

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If you know some ways we can make the podcast better, please send us an email: trevor @ reallifebh . com

Song

Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons 

Direct download: RLEP_Episode_21_-_Expressions_related_to_RESISTANCE.mp3
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Words to Know

Ear buds- noise receptors in your ear
Virtual haircut - life like video, you must hear with headphones (click here to watch)
Every now and then - sometimes
Left over - the remains of something
Kink - problems in technology
Pop up - to appear unexpectedly
Rings a bell - sounds familiar
Brutal - a bad or awkward situation
Intertwined - to become joined together
Shaky - an unbalanced situation
Blended - crushed in a blender (see photo)
Dutch - a person/language from the Netherlands
Split the bill - divide the bill
Blindfold - a piece of fabric used to cover your eyes
Set up - organise somthing for someone else
Facestalk - to stalk someone on facebook
Fiends with benefits - friends who have sexual intercourse
Busted -broken

News

  • New introduction to the podcast
  • We have a present for all of our podcast listeners - see more at the podcast page
  • The next Real Life party is on the 8th of June - we will charge R$5 to cover costs and donate to KIVA

Shout Outs....

  • Itunes review - Al from Basque Country 
  • Itunes review - Sorasoroya Thailand

Questions

  • What's the difference between "advise" and "advice?"

Expressions

Tip

  • ANKI - flashcard program used to help remember new vocabulary!!

Joke

Connect

If you’ve found the podcast at all helpful or entertaining, please help other people find our podcast by visiting our iTunes page and giving us a positive review. The more 5 star reviews we get the easier it is for other people to find us on iTunes.

 

  • Follow us on Twitter: receive daily tweets about phrasal verbs, slang, grammar exercises, quotes, jokes, and music videos with lyrics.

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If you know some ways we can make it better, please send us an email: trevor @ reallifebh . com

Song

Jurassic 5 - The Thin LIne

Direct download: Podcast_20_Relationships.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01am -03

To see all the links go to RealLifeBH.com

Words to Know

  • Young grasshopper - A common thing for a Martial Arts master to call a student.
  • Period - Menstrual cycle
  • Cramps - Painful contractions of muscles
  • Hypnosis - a state of consciousness where you are very open to suggestions (see photo)
  • Blood - the red liquid in your body that comes out when you are cut
  • Cologne - scented water to make men smell good (perfume is for women)
  • On top of the world - To feel absolutely amazing (this was an expression in Episode #13)
  • Warm and fuzzy - happy and comforted
  • Liquor - alcohol that is very strong: rum, whiskey, vodka, tequila, etc.
  • The more the merrier - the more people, the more fun it is
  • Handsome - good looking (used for men)
  • Inside joke - a joke that only people within a selected group would understand because it refers to a previous humorous situation
  • Intervals - a space between two things, a gap
  • Cleared it up - removed any confusion
  • Relevant - closely connected or appropriate
  • Make up - cosmetics that are generally used by women to make them "more attractive"
  • Lips - what you kiss with
  • Opposed - contrasting or conflicting with each other
  • Gazelle - a small, four legged animal with horns (see photo)
  • Mankind - human beings considered collectively; the human race
  • Saying - a short expression, generally containing wisdom
  • Jamming - to play/improvise with other musicians
  • Chunk - a thick, solid piece of something
  • Strap - a piece of flexible material used to carry or hold on to something
  • Swing dance - (watch a swing dance flash mob)
  • Bullshit - nonsense
  • Turn off - switch off
  • Foul mouths - people who swear/curse
  • Hatchet - a small ax
  • Ax - a tool typically used for chopping wood (see photo)

News

  • The RLE Party is confirmed for July 8th at Devassa in Savassi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The party starts at 5pm.
  • The podcast will now be released by 12 noon on Tuesdays.
  • The Real Life English Podcast was downloaded 2,000 in one day.
  • We now have 30,000 followers on Twitter. Aww yeah! 

Shout Outs

Questions

  •  What is the difference between "avenue," "street," "boulevard," and "road"?

Expressions

  • Jump to conclusions
  • By leaps and bounds
  • Spread yourself to thin
  • Swing by
  • Breaking my balls

Tip

  • Immerse yourself in English by changing the language of your phone, computer, Facebook, Twitter, email, software, and everything you can into English.

Joke

  • Put down - to place on a surface, (I can't put it down - when a book is so good you can't stop reading)

Connect

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If you know some ways we can make the podcast better, please send us an email: trevor @ reallifebh . com

Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDxKp22hmBY

For full lyrics click here

Chorus:

crave you like a breath underwater
I'm someone's son and you'll be somebody's daughter
And we're both somebody, intertwined together we can be hotter

  • Crave - a powerful desire desire
  • Intertwined - twisted together; connected or linked closely.

For more info about the interview of how Kai saved some people's live's by smashing a guy in the back of the head with a hatchet click here.

Direct download: RLEP_Episode_19_-_Expressions_related_to_MOVEMENT.mp3
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Words to Know

Tan- darkened skin from the sun
Worm- an insect that lives in the ground and eats poop
Wealthy-
 to have lots of life’s riches
Party-goer- a person who goes to parties
Look forward to- to be excited about something that will happen in the future
Bore to tears- to be so bored that you feel loke crying
Role model- someone who sets a good example for children
My bad- another way to accept the blame for something
Party pooper- someone who ruins a party or has bad energy at a party
Hotwire- to start a car without using a key
Killing it- doing a really good job
Hushed- keep it quiet
Trickery- the name of acts that can trick you
Venue- 
a place where you have shows and parties

News

  • Ethan has left Brazil and in planning on going to Spain in the near future
  • The next party “should” be on the 8th of June

Shout Outs

Question

  • What’s the difference between ‘fault’ & ‘mistake’ ? From: Merina Marwah, Indonesia @meriiina

Expressions

  • Keep the ball rolling
  • Keep an eye out
  • Finders Keepers
  • Keep it on the download
  • Keep it up

Tip

The Macmillan verb wheel game play it here

Joke

Mitch Hedburg
I don’t have a girlfriend but…
I like escalators because…

Connect

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Direct download: RLEP_Episode_18_-_Expressions_related_to_KEEP.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm -03

Words to Know

Shade- different tones of colours
Skeptical- to not like or believe in something before you try it
rooted/cheering- to support a team or a person
Spring out- appear suddenly
Spot light- light used for attracting attentions to someone
Stage- elevated floor where people perform
Wheeze- noise made when having breathing problems
Kinky- a person who likes strange styles of sex
Get along- to have a good relationship with someone

News

The Real Life Party was awesome, next one is probably the 25th of May
New skype class schedule: reallifebh.com/skype

Shout Outs

Rodrigo P. Honorato (A.K.A. Dawg)
Itunes China
Itunes Spain
Itunes Brazil

Questions

What’s the difference between “oh yeah!” and “awwwww yeah.”

Expressions

  • A fair weather friend
  • To steal someone’s thunder
  • Under the weather
  • Come rain or shine
  • Snowed under

Tip

Have fun and Learn English reading Marvel comics at any convenient time

Joke

Why did the parrot die?!?!
Check out more one-liner jokes with Mitch Hedburg

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Direct download: podcast_17.mp3
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podcast 16Words to Know

  • Grizzly bear - an extremely dangerous bear.
  • Plantation - a place where plants are grown to sell.
  • In a row - continuously.
  • Sock - what you put on your feet before your shoes. 
  • Picnic - an event that involves taking a pre-made food to be eaten outdoors.
  • Illustrative - a good example or explanation.
  • Mysticism - the belief that union with the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender.
  • Ambigram - a word that you can also read upside down. 
  • Piggyback ride - when you carry someone on your back.
  • Threat - a statement of an intention to inflict pain, injury, or damage in response to someone else's action or inaction.
  • Milder - not as strong.
  • Regift - when you give away something that was given to you.
  • Portal - an Internet site providing access or links to other sites.

News

Adir Ferreira from Transparent Languages is in the house! He came all the way from the countryside of São Paulo, Brazil to hang out with the Real Life Guys and go to the Real Life English Party XXV (click the link to check out the pictures).

We had an awesome time at the Real Life English Party on Saturday and the Real Life Yoga Picnic (click to join the yoga group) on Sunday. Thanks to everyone for attending!

Also Ethan is leaving Brazil in one week, he plans to move to Spain in the fall and start Real Life English there!

Shout Outs

Questions

What is the difference between "gone" and "been"?

Expressions

  • To have it coming
  • To reap what you sow
  • What goes around comes around
  • You get what you give
  • To bite off more than you can chew

Tip

Transparent.com

Joke

  • Hedgehog - An animal, like Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Hedge - a fence or boundary made from plants
  • Hog - someone who is selfish and doesn't want to share.

Adir

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Song

Instant Karma by John Lennon

Direct download: RLEP_16_-_Expressions_Related_to_Karma.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm -03

Words to Know

Wheelie- When you ride a bike with the front tire off the groundpodcast luck
Unicycle- 
Bicycle with one wheel
Make sense of something- To understand something
Rain or shine- To do something no matter what happens
Stub my toe- To hit your toe on something
Leprechaun- Magical Irish man
Ginger- A person with red hair
4 leaf clover- Grassy plant with leaves that represent luck
Whine- To complain

News

  • The Real Life party is going to happen next weekend
  • Real Life yoga will also happen on the 28th of April

Shout Outs

Questions

How to use the words; Sore, pain, hurt and ache

Expressions

  • Just my luck
  • Beginners luck
  • A lucky streak
  • The luck of the Irish
  • Do’t push your luck

Tip

How to connect to people, learn about other cultures and practice your English with the Real Life English community

Joke

An Australian man in The U.S.A.

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Song

Boa Sorte / Good Luck by Vanessa da Mata featuring Ben Harper

Direct download: RLEP_Episode_15_-_Expressions_with_LUCK.mp3
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