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Eslpodcast
2015-10-21 07:28:09
2005 - 12 - (Dining at a Restaurant I) @eslpodcast Well, I love going out to restaurants to eat. One of the best experiences I've had recently was at a place here in Los Angeles called Il Fornaio. It's an Italian restaurant in a very nice part of Beverly Hills. I don't go there very often--I can't really afford it, but every once in a while I'll treat myself. The last time I went, I walked in with a friend and I was greeted by the hostess. She asked how many people were in my party, and I said, "Just two." "Right this way! I'll show you to your table" she said. She was very polite. When we reached our table by the window, she asked us, "Is this all right?" We said, "Of course!," and then she handed us the menus, along with the wine list. The place setting with the silverware was very complete. There were two forks (one for the salad course, one for the main course), a spoon, a knife, a dinner plate, a dessert spoon on top, a wine glass and a water glass, a cup and saucer for coffee, and a bread basket. I was already getting hungry! "Your waiter will be with you shortly," the hostess said. So we looked over the menus so many choices, especially for a lover of Italian food like me. The waiter came up to the table a few minutes later and said, "Good evening. My name is Giorgio, and I'll be your waiter this evening. Is there anything I can get you started with -a cocktail, a glass of wine?" Well, my friend and I are not exactly big drinkers, so we just ordered a couple of iced teas. "Would you like a few minutes to look at the menu?" he said. We nodded our heads, and he went off to get our drinks. As I was looking at the appetizers, I spotted one of my favorite dishes-crab cakes! I told my friend that the crab cakes were a must. Just then the waiter returned to our table, with our drinks on a large tray. Now, I was ready to order. @eslpodcast [email protected] Phrase: every once in a while Meaning: sometimes, although not often بعضی اوقات Example:I saw her in the shop every once in a while. [email protected] Phrase: hostess Meaning: a woman who shows people to seats in a restaurant in the US Example: [email protected] Phrase: party Meaning: a group of people who go somewhere together or do a job together Example:a party of tourists [email protected] Phrase: to show someone to some thing Meaning: to go with someone and guide them to a place Example:Can you show Mrs Davies to the bathroom? [email protected] Phrase: cocktail Meaning: an alcoholic drink made from a mixture of different drinks Example: [email protected] Phrase: spot Meaning: to notice someone or something, especially when they are difficult to see or recognize کسی یا چیزی را یافتن متوجه چیزی شدن Example:I spotted a police car behind us. [email protected] Phrase: dish Meaning: food cooked or prepared in a particular way as a meal Example:The menu includes a wide selection of vegetarian dishes. [email protected] Phrase: appetizer Meaning: a small dish that you eat at the beginning of a meal پيش غذا Example: [email protected] Phrase: crab cake Meaning: A crab cake is a traditional American dish composed of crab meat and various other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, yellow onions, and seasonings Example: [email protected] Phrase: saucer Meaning: a small round plate that curves up at the edges, that you put a cup on Example:a china cup and saucer [email protected] Phrase: treat Meaning: مهمان کردن - در اینجا Example: ------------------------------------- http://media.libsyn.com/media/eslpod/ESLPod12n.mp3 @eslpodcast
Eslpodcast
2015-10-21 07:28:33
2005 - 13 - (Dining at a Restaurant II) @eslpodcast I love coming to this Italian restaurant. The appetizers and desserts are to die for. When the waiter came to our table to take our order, my friend ordered a lobster ravioli dish, and I ordered my favorite, lasagna. The waiter then asked us, "Would you like a soup or salad with that?" My friend said yes; I passed on both. The vibe in the restaurant is pretty laid back, not at all uptight like you find in some of the ritzier restaurants in Beverly Hills. The wait staff is courteous, although sometimes the hostesses can be a bit snooty . Anyway, when our meals arrived, everything was cooked to perfection. Since I didn't order any appetizers, soup, or salad, I was starved. Even though I was really hungry, I tried not to gobble down my food too quickly. I didn't want my friend to think I was a pig! But even though I tried not to, I still overate. When the waiter asked if we wanted any dessert or after dinner drinks, I just couldn't resist getting the apple-filled crepes. They are the best. When we got our check, my friend and I split the bill, as we're accustomed to do. I frankly prefer to go Dutch when I eat out with friends. So that was the end of a really great meal. Now I have to hit the gym if I'm going to lose any of this extra weight I gained from eating that lasagna! @eslpodcast [email protected] Phrase: to die for Meaning: extremely good or desirable – used humorously Example:Betty’s strawberry cheesecake is simply to-die-for. [email protected] Phrase: lobster Meaning: [ˈlɒbstə(r)] a sea animal with eight legs, a shell, and two large خرچنگ دريايى Example: [email protected] Phrase: pass Meaning: to not accept an invitation or offer Example:I’m afraid I’ll have to pass on that offer of coffee. [email protected] Phrase: vibe Meaning: A person's emotional state or the atmosphere of a place as communicated to and felt by others. Example: [email protected] Phrase: laid back Meaning: relaxed and seeming not to be worried about anything OPP uptight relaxed, calm, unhurried Example:I don’t know how you can be so laid-back a laid-back attitude to life [email protected] Phrase: uptight Meaning: behaving in an angry way because you are feeling nervous and worried Example:You have to learn to laugh instead of getting uptight about things. [email protected] Phrase: ritzy Meaning: [ˈrɪtsi] adjective (informal) fashionable and expensive SYN fancy خيلى شيک ، شيک پوش Example:a ritzy restaurant a ritzy nightclub [email protected] Phrase: snooty Meaning: rude and unfriendly, because you think you are better than other people پر افاده ، پر کبر Example:snooty neighbours [email protected] Phrase: gobble down Meaning: to eat something very quickly, especially in an impolite or greedy way SYN wolf بلعيدن‌، [gobble gobbles gobbled gobbling] BrE [ˈɡɒbl] Example:Don’t gobble your food! [email protected] Phrase: pig Meaning: a farm animal with short legs, a fat body, and a curved tail. Example: [email protected] Phrase: overeat Meaning: to eat too much, or eat more than is healthy Example: [email protected] Phrase: to be starved Meaning: to be very hungry Example: [email protected] Phrase: check Meaning: a list that you are given in a restaurant showing what you have eaten and how much you must pay SYN bill Example: [email protected] Phrase: split Meaning: to divide or separate something into different parts or groups, or to be divided into different parts or groups Example: [email protected] Phrase: be accustomed to (doing) something Meaning: to be familiar with something and accept it as normal
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2015-10-21 07:28:35
Example:We were accustomed to working together. [email protected] Phrase: frankly Meaning: used to show that you are saying what you really think about something Example:His behaviour was frankly disgraceful. [email protected] Phrase: go Dutch (with somebody) Meaning: to share the cost of a meal in a restaurant idiom informal عامیانه) دنگی (هر کسی پول خود را می‌دهد) to agree to share the cost of something, especially a meal Example:(عامیانه) دنگی (هر کسی پول خود را می‌دهد) If you go Dutch in a restaurant, you pay equal shares for the meal. [email protected] Phrase: courteous Meaning: polite and showing respect for other people Example:The staff are always courteous and helpful. [email protected] Phrase: lasagna Meaning: a type of Italian food made with flat pieces of pasta, meat, or vegetables, and cheese Example: [email protected] Phrase: courteous Meaning: با ادب ، مودب ، فروتن ، مودبانه polite, especially in a way that shows respect • a courteous young man Example: [email protected] Phrase: pass on ST Meaning: NOT ACCEPT [intransitive] to not accept an invitation or offer Example: I’m afraid I’ll have to pass on that offer of coffee. [email protected] Phrase: starve Meaning: [starve starves starved starving] BrE [stɑːv] گرسنگى کشيدن ، از گرسنگى مردن ، گرسنگى دادن ، قحطى زده شدن Example:The animals were left to starve to death. She's starving herself to try to lose weight pictures of starving children [email protected] Phrase: even though Meaning: هر چند، با آن که although despite the fact or belief that; no matter whether Example: [email protected] Phrase: split Meaning: [split splits splitting] verb, noun BrE [splɪt] to divide, or to make a group of people divide, into smaller groups that have very different opinions Example: ------------------------------------- http://media.libsyn.com/media/eslpod/ESLPod13n.mp3 @eslpodcast
Eslpodcast
2015-10-21 07:29:12
2005 - 14 - (Going to a Concert I) @eslpodcast I heard on the radio this morning that my favorite band was going to be in concert here next month. I was so excited. The first thing I did was to call my friend Ben who is also a big fan of the band. Not only was the band playing in town, they were going to play at a bar called the Whiskey. The Whiskey is known as a small, intimate venue so we'd be able to get close to the band. It's not a big amphitheater where you can't even see the band from the nose-bleed section. This would be the ultimate concert experience if only we can get tickets. I was sure that the tickets would sell out fast when they went on sale on Saturday morning. So, Ben and I decided to camp out in front of the box office on Friday night. That way, when the box office opened on Saturday morning, we would definitely get tickets. We grabbed a bite to eat on Friday night, then we got dressed in our warmest clothes and took our sleeping bags to the ticket office. This was around 8pm. When we got there, I couldn't believe it! There were already about 15 people in line! And, I was sure we would be the first ones. Oh well. Ben and I got into the back of the line and we barely got any sleep all night. We talked to the other people there and we just hung out all night. Nothing got out of hand, though, so we didn't get hassled by the cops. By morning, there were more than 50 die-hard fans in line. Well, it paid off. When the box office opened at 9 am, we filed up to the window one by one and got our tickets. It was all worth it. I heard afterwards that the concert sold out in less than a half hour! I'm so glad we braved the elements and camped out. I really can't wait until next month! @eslpodcast [email protected] Phrase: venue Meaning: a place where an organized meeting, concert etc takes place محل‌ اجرا، محل‌ انجام‌، Example:The band will play (=perform at) as many venues as possible. [email protected] Phrase: amphitheater Meaning: a large circular building without a roof and with many rows of seats Example: [email protected] Phrase: nosebleed section Meaning: the nosebleed section (or nosebleed seats) are those seats of a public arena, usually an athletic stadium or gymnasium, that are highest and, usually, farthest from the desired activity Example: [email protected] Phrase: sell out Meaning: a performance, sports game etc for which all the tickets have been sold Example:The concert was expected to be a sell-out. [email protected] Phrase: go on sale Meaning: 1- available to be bought at a lower price than usual; 2- available to be bought in a shop: Example:These gloves were on sale for only $9. [email protected] Phrase: camp out Meaning: to sleep outdoors, usually in a tent چادر زدن Example:What he liked best about scouting was camping out. [email protected] Phrase: box office Meaning: the place in a theatre, cinema etc where tickets are sold Example:Collect your tickets at the box office. [email protected] Phrase: a bit to eat Meaning: a small meal Example:We should have time for a bite to eat before we set out. [email protected] Phrase: grab Meaning: to get some food or sleep quickly because you are busy SYN snatch Example:Hang on while I grab a cup of coffee. [email protected] Phrase: hang out Meaning: to spend a lot of time in a particular place or with particular people وقت‌ تلف‌ كردن‌ Example:Where do the youngsters hang out? [email protected] Phrase: get out of hand Meaning: if a situation gets out of hand, it cannot be controlled any more lost all control, got out of control Example:Things got a little out of hand at the party and three windows were broken. [email protected] Phrase: hassl
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2015-10-21 07:29:12
Meaning: [hassle hassles hassled hassling] noun, verb BrE [ˈhæsl] something that is annoying, because it causes problems or is difficult to do جر و بحث‌، مجادله‌، بگومگو، يك‌ و دو Example:It’s such a hassle not having a washing machine. [email protected] Phrase: cop Meaning: a police officer Example:the local cop ---------------[email protected] Phrase: die-hard Meaning: someone who opposes change and refuses to accept new ideas Example:a few diehard fans [email protected] Phrase: pay off Meaning: if something you do pays off, it is successful or has a good result (عامیانه) نتیجه مطلوب دادن، Example:Teamwork paid off his efforts paid off کوشش‌های او نتیجه بخش بود [email protected] Phrase: brave the elements/weather etc Meaning: go out in bad weather Example:More than 100 people braved the elements and attended the rally. [email protected] Phrase: intimate Meaning: private and friendly so that you feel comfortable Example:the intimate atmosphere of a country pub [email protected] Phrase: barely Meaning: almost not SYN hardly: Example:She was barely aware of his presence. [email protected] Phrase: afterwards Meaning: after an event or time that has already been mentioned Example:Charles arrived shortly afterwards. [email protected] Phrase: grab a bite to eat Meaning: یه چیز کوچیکی خوردن getting st to eat (not a ig meal,small meal) Example: ------------------------------------- http://media.libsyn.com/media/eslpod/ESLPod14n.mp3 @eslpodcast
Eslpodcast
2015-10-21 07:29:26
2005 - 15 - (Going to a Concert II) @eslpodcast My friend Ben and I have been waiting a month to see our favorite band in concert. This was the night. We were so excited. In a small venue like the Whiskey, there wouldn't be a bad seat in the house. So, we get to the Whiskey really early to find street parking and snagged a spot about four blocks away. Then, we got in line which was already about 20 deep. There were two bouncers outside of the bar and they weren't letting anybody in yet. We waited and waited in line. Finally, the line started to move. When we got to the head of it, one of the bouncers checked our tickets and one of the other employees of the club put a wrist band on each of us. I guess this was to let the employees in the bar know that we belonged there and we weren't crashing the party. Anyway, we got inside and tried to get as close to the stage as possible. There were already a bunch of people standing in front of the stage in a special roped-off section. These were probably VIPs or maybe they were groupies. Who knows? Anyway, I just know that security wasn't letting anyone get that close. Before too long, people started to cheer and I knew that the opening act was about to come on. This was a band I'd never heard of before so I wasn't that excited to hear them. They did come out and they started played a set. I couldn't believe it. They were really horrible. The people standing next to Ben and me started boo-ing the band. Other people started throwing things on the stage, like their drinks and their food. After a little while, the boo-ing got so loud, you could hardly hear the band. Finally, they finished their song and left the stage. The concert-goers were pretty rowdy by this time. Some were yelling, others were getting up on top of the bar and dancing. Just when I thought there was going to be riot, someone got on the microphone and started to introduced the headlining band . All of a sudden, everybody calmed down and started cheering. The band came on stage and started their first number. Then, the room was full of happy campers. Ben and I were both a little nervous for a second there. We didn't know if things were going to get out of hand. But when the band started playing, we knew that everything would be ok. This was turning out to be a great night, just like we’d imagined. @eslpodcast
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2015-10-21 07:29:26
[email protected] Phrase: snag Meaning: to succeed in getting something, especially something difficult to get به‌ تور زدن‌، قاپ‌ زدن‌، گير آوردن‌ Example:I snagged a parking space in the last row. she succeeded in snagging a rich husband موفق‌ شد كه‌ شوهر پولدارى را به‌ تور بزند.‏ [email protected] Phrase: bouncer Meaning: someone whose job is to stand at the door of a club, bar etc and stop unwanted people coming in, or make people leave if they are behaving badly كسى‌ كه‌ كارش‌ بيرون‌ انداختن‌ اشخاص‌ مزاحم‌ باشد (به‌ ويژه‌ از ميخانه‌ها و قمارخانه‌ها) Example: [email protected] Phrase: check Meaning: to do something in order to find out whether something really is correct, true, or in good condition Example:A first rule in solving any mystery is to check the facts. [email protected] Phrase: wrist band Meaning: a band or bracelet worn around the wrist Example: [email protected] Phrase: crash Meaning: to go to a party that you have not been invited to Example:We crashed Joe’s party yesterday. [email protected] Phrase: rope off Meaning: to enclose, separate, or partition with or as if with a rope Example: [email protected] Phrase: VIP Meaning: (very important person) someone who is very famous or powerful and is treated with special care and respect Example:They treated us like VIPs. [email protected] Phrase: groupie Meaning: a young woman who follows popular musicians or other famous people around, hoping to meet them Example: [email protected] Phrase: opening act Meaning: An opening act, warm-up act, or supporting act is an entertainment act (musical, comedic, or otherwise), that performs at a concert before the featured act, or "headliner" Example: [email protected] Phrase: boo Meaning: to shout ‘boo’ to show that you do not like a person, performance, idea etc Example:Some of the audience started booing. [email protected] Phrase: rowdy Meaning: tending to create noisy disturbances; rough, loud, or disorderly Example:a rowdy gang of football supporters [email protected] Phrase: riot Meaning: a situation in which a large crowd of people are behaving in a violent and uncontrolled way, especially when they are protesting about something Example:police wearing riot gear (=the special clothing and equipment worn by police officers during a riot) [email protected] Phrase: headlining band Meaning: to appear as the main performer or band in a show Example:Eminem is headlining at the festival this year. [email protected] Phrase: happy camper Meaning: someone who seems to be happy with their situation Example: [email protected] Phrase: venue Meaning: [venue venues] BrE [ˈvenjuː] a place where people meet for an organized event Example: [email protected] Phrase: rope off Meaning: to put ropes around an area in order to stop people entering it Example:to put ropes around an area in order to stop people entering it ------------------------------------- http://media.libsyn.com/media/eslpod/ESLPod15n.mp3 @eslpodcast
Eslpodcast
2015-10-21 07:30:21
2005 - 16 - (Summertime Vacations) @eslpodcast I think the best summer vacation I've ever taken was when I went out East a few years ago. Two of my friends and I went on a two-week road trip. At the time, I was living in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the Midwest of the United States. Anyway, we started off camping every night, but that got real old, real fast. So we started checking in to hotels after about the third day. We were headed for Washington, DC first. Checking in to the hotel was always a bit of a hassle. I wanted to sleep in a double bed, my friends wanted to get a king to share. Lodging is more expensive at a hotel than in a campground, but it is much, much more comfortable! We went to the major tourist attractions in Washington, D.C. - the Capitol, Lincoln's Memorial, the White House. We then headed north, passing through Boston and headed towards Canada, to Quebec City. When we arrived at the Canadian border, we had to pass through customs and immigration. Customs was easy. We had nothing to declare. Immigration was more of a pain. We were asked the standard questions. How long will you be staying in Canada? What is the nature of your visit? Finally, we were permitted to enter, and we drove on to our destination. Quebec City is beautiful! Unlike many cities, there are no tourist traps to sidetrack you. We spent two days there, then drove on to Montreal. Of course, we had to pass through customs and immigration again when we re-entered the United States. Our bags were searched in customs, but other than that we got through fairly easily. A few days later, we were back in Minnesota--home sweet home. @eslpodcast [email protected] Phrase: be headed Meaning: to go or travel towards a particular place, especially in a deliberate way go somewhere Example:It’s about time we were heading home. were u headed? to dining room [email protected] Phrase: hassle Meaning: BrE [ˈhæsl] something that is annoying, because it causes problems or is difficult to do وضع‌ ناجور، گرفتارى، دردسر Example:I don’t feel like cooking tonight, it’s too much hassle. [email protected] Phrase: double bed Meaning: a bed made for two people to sleep in Example: [email protected] Phrase: lodging Meaning: a room in someone’s house which you live in and pay rent for اطاق کرایه ای Example:Paul found lodgings in the Marylebone Road. [email protected] Phrase: tourist attraction Meaning: A tourist attraction is a place of interest where tourists visit, typically for its inherent or exhibited cultural value, historical significance, natural or built beauty, or amusement opportunities Example: [email protected] Phrase: declare Meaning: [dɪˈkleə(r)] to tell a customs official that you are carrying goods on which you should pay tax when you enter a country, to say sth officially or publicly Example: Australia declared its support for the agreement. I was in Germany when war was declared. [email protected] Phrase: nature Meaning: the qualities or features that something has Example:They asked a lot of questions about the nature of our democracy. [email protected] Phrase: tourist trap Meaning: a place that many tourists visit, but where drinks, hotels etc are more expensive – used to show disapproval a place that attracts many tourists and that charges high prices Example: [email protected] Phrase: sidetrack Meaning: از موضوع‌ اصلى‌ منحرف‌ كردن‌ يا شدن‌، حاشيه‌ رفتن‌ to make someone stop doing what they should be doing, or stop talking about what they started talking about, by making them interested in something else‌ Example:Don’t get sidetracked by the audience’s questions. [email protected] Phrase: home sweet home Meaning: used to say how nice it is to be in your own home Example: [email protected]
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2015-10-21 07:30:23
Phrase: customs Meaning: the government department that checks goods coming into a country and collects any taxes on them Example:customs officers [email protected] Phrase: Canadian border Meaning: مرز کانادا Example: [email protected] Phrase: customs Meaning: دفتر گمرک Example: a local custom We were unfamiliar with the local customs. ▪️ an old/ancient/age-old custom Here on the island, many of the old customs have survived. ▪️ an established custom He had criticized some of the school’s established customs. ▪️ a traditional cu [email protected] Phrase: Immigration Meaning: دفتر مهاجرت - در این متن Example: [email protected] Phrase: get real old,real fast- get old Meaning: something that gets real old, real fast, is something that you get really tired of doing, very quickly. Example: [email protected] Phrase: campground Meaning: ­محوطه‌ى اردوگاه‌، اردوميدان‌، محل‌ گردهم‌آيى‌ در اردوگاه‌، پرده‌سرا Example: ------------------------------------- http://media.libsyn.com/media/eslpod/ESLPod16n.mp3 @eslpodcast
Eslpodcast
2015-10-21 07:32:00
2005 - 17 - (Going to the Movies) @eslpodcast I love watching movies. I like a lot of different genres. No matter what my mood is, I can always find something that fits the bill. When I'm feeling down, I sometimes like a good comedy. My favorite are romantic comedies. The plot is pretty simple. A boy meets a girl and there are road blocks to them getting together. The lead actors are usually likable people, the supporting cast give comic relief and villains are people we love to hate. In the end, though, there is usually a happy ending. Romantic comedies, or comedies in general, can be predictable but they're also pretty entertaining. I don't go out of my way to see slapstick or physical comedies that much. But, once in a while, I catch a good one on TV. I like dramas, mysteries, and action and adventure stories, not to mention documentaries. My favorite are movies that have surprise endings that throw you for a loop . Just when you thought you had the whole thing figured out, there's a plot twist. Good screenwriters or directors can pull it off. One type of movie I don't like that much are horror movies. Scary movies just don't do it for me. But, there is one exception. I like movies by the director Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock was born in England but made most of his films in the U.S. Before he died in 1980, he made a lot of movies that are now considered classics. Most of them are nail- biters; some are mysteries and some are horror stories. The scariest movie I think he made and that I've ever seen was a movie called Psycho. The movie is set in a seedy motel called Bates Motel. The main character owns the motel and lives there with his mother. Strange things happened at this motel. People check in, but sometimes, they don't check out. One day, a very pretty woman checks in to the motel. We know something bad is going happen to her. Sure enough, we see her get murdered. At the very end, we find out who the murderer is. It's one of those surprise endings. Just when you thought you have it figured out, it turns out to be a shocker. I won't spoil the ending for you if you haven't seen it. I recommend it though and give it a big thumbs up. But, be warned. It's not for the faint-hearted. @eslpodcast