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"my American friend" : English language blog and podcast. Learning English by using it to explore the American and European cultures, habits and lifestyle. The Italian singer/songwriter Marta Innocenti and her American friend Cindy are going to help you improve the language while taking you into a pleasant journey on both sides of the Atlantic ocean. www.myamericanfriendblog.com myAmericanfriendpodcast@gmail.com twitter: mAf_podcast youtube channel : myAmericanfriendblog facebook page : my A ...
 
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MARTA : This episode is about WORK !CINDY : …really? Why don’t we talk about high-heeled shoes? or food? or music? Let’s have some fun! Are we really going to talk about work??M: well, I know some people who are currently looking for a job abroad, they might need our help! Let me say “Hi” to Letizia, Laura and Elda!C : Ciao Letizia! Ciao Laura! Cia…
 
Marta: Today we’re talking about to catch.Marta: Cindy, hurry up! Get in here! We haven’t recorded in a long time and we’ve got a lot to catch up on! Cindy: True. It’s been a while. We have a lot to catch up on. That means we have a lot to talk about, to become up-to-date on current events.Marta: or for example: to catch up on work projects…Cindy: …
 
M : This episode is about MONEY !M : First of all : Money is UNCOUNTABLE.C : Exactly- because I have none. I can’t count what I don’t have!M: That’s not what I meant!C: Alright, MONEY is UNCOUNTABLE. We can’t say one money, two moneys…, we can count Dollars, one Dollar, two Dollars…or Euros: one Euro, two Euros… but money is an abstract notion and …
 
Marta: This episode is about THANKSGIVING.Marta: Hey everybody, I’m so sorry but I have a cold! So, I have no voice- at all today. I think I’d better leave you with Cindy this time, right?Cindy: Hey everyone! I’m here today with my friend Christine who’s an American artist living & working in Bologna, Italy. Hey Christine, thanks for being with us …
 
Marta: Today we’re talking about DEATH: The HALLOWEEN Episode!Marta: Hi Cindy! Happy Halloween!Cindy: Happy Halloween Everyone! (muffled)Marta: What?Cindy: (muffled) Happy Halloween Everyone! (spits out fake Dracula teeth) I said, Happy Halloween Everyone!Marta: What in the world are you wearing on your teeth?!Cindy: These are my Dracula teeth! (Ci…
 
M: Today’s episode is about “TO WISH” !(music : “when you wish upon a star….your dream comes true” … )C : “when you wish upon a star your dream comes true”, well, it’s August and there are a lot of shooting stars right now, we should all give it a try and WISH upon a star, MAKE A WISH listeners!M : I think the best thing in making a wish is that yo…
 
M : this episode is about AGE !M : Hi everybody, we know it’s been a while since we uploaded our last episode, but we’re back now.C : Well, listeners, it was all Marta’s fault, she spent a whole month in the States, lucky girl- so she’s the one to blame. Just kidding, hey Marta, welcome back! How was your trip to Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Te…
 
Marta: Today we’re talking about MAKING MISTAKES.Marta: Ugh! It’s 3 o’clock. Cindy was supposed to be here at noon! Where is she?!Cindy: Hey girl! How are ya? Ok, here’s your coffee and here’s your copy of the script. Can I borrow your headphones? Is this mic on?Marta: Where have you been?Cindy: What do you mean? I was at the coffee shop. What’s wr…
 
M : today’s episode is about how to use the words: SOME ANY and NO !C : hey, Marta, why did you choose this topic?M : uh..well, I teach English in a private school here in Italy, my course is called “English Amplifier”C : yes, and all of your students are so nice and so smart!M : you’re right, they are wonderful, all of them. And they’ve been amazi…
 
Marta: Today we’re talking about “ANIMALS” ! Cindy: Hi Marta! Hey Marta, I love your hair & make-up today! You look beautiful!Marta: Thank you, Cindy!Cindy: You’re a STONE-COLD FOX! Marta: Uh?...that’s a compliment, right??Cindy: Yes! To call someone a ‘’stone cold fox’’ is a great compliment! It means they’re very good looking!Marta: ok, then. You…
 
M: This episode is about WORKING OUT !C: Hello everybody! It’s very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We all need to have regular check-ups, we need to eat a healthful diet and to exercise. M: DOING PHYSICAL EXERCISE not only helps us to STAY FIT, it also improves our emotional well-being.C : It’s true, it helps us burn off stress. In this…
 
M – to HEAR vs to LISTEN. We’re dealing with PERCEPTION VS INTENTION. (sound of phone ringing)…. Uh… Have you heard that sound, Cindy? Is that your phone ringing?C – Yes, it is. Sorry, Marta, I need to take this call.M - No problem.C - Hello? Hello? Honey, can you hear me? Honey? I’m afraid it’s a very bad line, I can hardly hear your voice, can yo…
 
M- Today we’re talking about being SICK.M- Hi Cindy!C- Hi Marta! How are you today?M- I’m great, thanks! And you?C- Feeling great! And I’m so thankful too, because it seems as if everyone has a cold right now! Everywhere I go people are coughing, sneezing and blowing their noses!M- It’s this crazy weather- it’s sunny on Monday… C- ….and snowing on …
 
M – Today we’re talking about HURRYING UP and SLOWING DOWN !M- Hi, Cindy! How are you today?C- I’m IN A BIG RUSH today. I’m IN A HURRY. We have to MOVE QUICKLY.M- oh, really? WHAT’S THE RUSH?C- Yeah, sorry but we’re going to have to MOVE IT ALONG today. I’ve got to pack my suitcase for my trip back to America.M- Cindy, CHILL OUT, RELAX. SLOW DOWN. …
 
M - today we are going to talk about HAIRM - …(singing) then peace will guide the planet….C - …Marta? Are you ok?M - ….(singing) age of Aquarius…!!C – Marta we’re not talking about the musical, we’re talking about HAIR in general.M – uh, ok…. hey, speaking of hair, you’re a redhead now, Cindy!C - yes, I’ve been blonde forever and I decided to shake…
 
M- Today we’re talking about being ANNOYED.M- Cindy, it’s been an exciting time in America recently because the American Presidential Elections have just ended. C- …and thank goodness for that! I was so sick and tired of hearing about politics, I couldn’t take another minute of it! By November 6th I think we’d all had enough. M- Well, that’s not ex…
 
M – Let’s talk again about SONGS!C - Hi everyone! as we mentioned in episode #35, songs are precious tools to help you improve your English. We’ve asked you to let us know which idioms and new words you learnt thanks to songs. Well, we’ve heard back from you and we’ve collected your ideas and suggestions.M - Let’s start with our dear friend Sergio …
 
Marta- Today we’re talking about ‘CHEATING ‘’C- We’re talking about Cheating and being dishonest on all levels, from cheating someone in business to cheating on your partner. M- Sadly, cheating is a common thread throughout our daily lives!C- You really need to be ON YOUR GUARD! You need to be cautious and KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED for unsavory and dis…
 
M- Today we’re talking about ‘’Making Excuses’’C- Hi Marta! How are you? M- I’m great thanks!C- You’ve had a really busy week, haven’t you? Congratulations on your new EP! It’s a fantastic CD! M- Thank you! I'm very attached to this album. Everyone of these songs means a lot to me.C- Hey, let’s go out for a nice lunch tomorrow. My treat, I’ll pay f…
 
M – Let's talk about how to improve the language using … SONGS !C – Hi everybody! Do you know how Marta and I met? It was at a New Year's Eve party where Marta was performing.M – Yeah, I remember it very well. I started singing the first song and after a couple of lines this blonde woman in the audience turned around and stared at me right in the e…
 
M- Today, we’re talking about DETERMINATION !M- Cindy, how are you today?C- I am FEARLESS!! I have THE HEART OF A CHAMPION!M- Fearless? The heart of a champion? C- I am a determined, unstoppable force of human nature.M- Unstoppable? WHAT'S GOTTEN INTO YOU? Why are you acting like that? ….Oh, you've been watching the London Olympics.C- That's right,…
 
M- Today we’re talking about DEPRESSION & JOY.MARTA- Cindy, how are you today?CINDY- I’m feeling kind of depressed today, Marta.M- Depressed? You’re depressed?C- …Yes, Marta…you don’t know what depressed means?? It means gloomy, melancholy, sad. M- Yes, I know, but why in the world are you feeling gloomy, melancholy, sad, depressed? Why?C- I don’t …
 
M – Today's topic is a good one : RELAX !C – Hi everybody! We’ve been away for a while, we know, but Marta and I have both been on holiday. Now we're back and RELAXED!M – Yes, we took a break and now we're ready to GET BACK ON TRACK. Nothing's better than an episode about expressions related to relaxation, it's gonna be...RELAXING !C – Cue the New …
 
M- So today we’re talking about PATIENCE.C- Right, because I think this is a topic we can all relate to. M- It’s true.C- I mean, at one time or another we’ve all had to ‘’EXERCISE PATIENCE’’ in our lives. To exercise patience means to use patience, to stay calm, to practice patience with someone or something. M- …and sometimes we have to exercise p…
 
M: Today we're talking about "GET"M: Today we're talking about some uses for the word "get"C: That's a great idea! We use ''get'' for everything. We could go on and on about this one.M: Cindy, We can't go on and on- our listeners will GET BORED, GET IT?C: Ok, ok...I GET IT. M: Now, before we GET STARTED, can you GET a bottle of water from the fridg…
 
M - Today we're talking about AUSTRALIAN HOLIDAYS !M - This is a special episode, a follow up. C - Yes, hey everyone, do you remember episode number 26 about American Holidays? For example we mentioned : Presidents day, Memorial day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans day, Thanksgiving and so on. Today we're going to learn something about Austra…
 
M- Today we’re talking about “ON and OFF”M- Cindy, how are you today?C- Eh, not so great. I’m FEELING A LITTLE “OFF” today. I think I’m coming down with a cold.M- Oh no! Really? C- No, I’m fine. I was just kidding with you. I feel great!M- Oh Good! So, if someone says they’re feeling…C- a little bit off today- that means they’re not feeling well fo…
 
M – This episode is about TIME.C - OK, in our previous episode we talked about the clock and about Time Zones in the States. M – Right.C - We also mentioned a few idioms regarding the clock, such as: “a race against the clock” or “around the clock”. M – On preparing that episode we thought of a bunch of time-related expressions.C – So here we are w…
 
M – This time we're going to talk about the CLOCK.C - First of all, I guess everyone knows that in America we use a 12 HOUR CLOCK, so for example you may say: “yesterday I had lunch at 1” and that would mean it’s 1 p.m., 1 o’clock in the afternoon, while : “I went to bed at 1”, that would be 1 a.m., 1 o’clock at night.M – 12 hour clock, clear. Spea…
 
M- Today, we’re talking about “American Holidays!” ... Cindy, today we’re going to discuss American holidays.C- Our friend Laura suggested that topic didn’t she? Hi Laura!M- Yes, she did! Hi Laura!C- Ok, that’s a fun topic…let’s do it!M- Now Cindy, we all pretty much know about the big holidays like Christmas and Halloween…C- Oh, I love Halloween!M…
 
M – We're back !C - Yes, we are! We've survived the snow, the flu and sub-zero temperatures! And now we're happy to close the door on old man winter and welcome spring with open arms.M – I love March!C - ...and this particular March is very special, isn't it?M – Yes it is!C – Happy Anniversary, Marta!M – Happy Anniversary Cindy!C – the “my American…
 
M- Today, we’re talking about “Weather”.M- It’s positively FRIGID in here!C- Ok, I'll turn up the thermostat in here. I know, today’s a cold one isn’t it? M- I’m FREEZING!C- Ok, there you go. It’ll warm up in here soon.M- Thank you! I can’t stand winter! I want to move to a place with palm trees!C- Well…. wait until we finish this episode before yo…
 
M - Our topic today is JEWELRY!C – Hey, Marta, why have you decided to talk about jewelry today? Have you had Breakfast at Tiffany's lately, like Audrey Hepburn?M – No, I love that movie, but I prefer having breakfast at the Waffle House!C – Oh, ok then…Grits instead of gold? Bacon in favor of BAUBLES? Toast in trade of TIARAS? So what have you bee…
 
Marta - This is a special episode!Cindy - We want to give you an example of how you can MAKE THE MOST of the episodes of our podcast. It shouldn't be just about listening and reading the transcript: whenever you learn some new words and expressions you need to use them right away.M – Some would say: IF YOU DON'T USE IT, YOU LOSE IT.C - That's it!M …
 
M - Today we’re talking about ‘’ANGER & ARGUMENTS’’M - So Cindy, we’ve got an interesting topic of discussion today.C - Yes, Anger and Arguments. Y’know Marta, I wish my Sicilian Grandmother was still alive to help us out today.M - …why is that?C - Grandma was the queen of arguing! She could argue with a mailbox! She would have been a fountain of i…
 
M – Let's talk about SUPERSTITIONS!M – First off, Cindy, let's define what a superstition is.C - Good idea. A superstition is a blindly accepted belief or notion, not based on reason, knowledge or logic. Superstitions are an interesting part of every culture around the world. M – I realized that we make references to superstitions in everyday langu…
 
M: Today we're talking about being ''Homesick!''M: Cindy, can you explain briefly what it means to be ''homesick''? C: Sure, very simply- being homesick just means that you miss your home.M: So it doesn't mean that you are physically ill?C: No, not at all. You may feel sad though, or depressed because you miss your family & friends. Or you may even…
 
M - So, this is a follow up episode, right?C - Right, because our episode number 10 about British English VS American English was so popular that we decided it would be a great idea to do a follow up.M - That's why we have invited a very special guest.C - Yes. Hi Sarah, could you introduce yourself to our listeners?Sarah - Hello, my name is Sarah a…
 
M - Today we’re talking about the word ‘’HOT”!M - How are you today, Cindy?C - Good, thanks…well, actually, I’m a little hot…can you turn the temperature down in here before we start recording?M - Sure, no problem. Ok, there you go. C - Thanks. Gosh, it feels like August in here.M - Hey, did you bring us lunch like you promised?C - Yup…right here. …
 
Marta: Hey, today we’re talking about : “Joking Around”!Marta: Hey, Cindy, welcome back! We've missed you so much!Cindy: Thank you Marta! It's good to be back!Marta: ok, so...Halloween is coming up soon in The States, isn’t it?C: Yup, October 31st, and right now scores of American kids of all ages are COMBING the department stores for their Hallowe…
 
M - Hello everyone! Again, I'm on my own here, Cindy is still traveling around the States. I can't wait for her to be back! So, have you guys already checked our blog at www.myamericanfriendblog.com ? We wait for your comments and suggestions. Now, let's go back to episode number 16, about how to introduce yourself. We received a lot of feedback ab…
 
M - Hello everybody, today we're going to take you to the... AIRPORT.M - Well, listeners, this time Cindy is not here with me, but don't worry, we will listen to her beautiful voice later on anyway. She's traveling around the States at the moment, and that's why I thought of this episode about airplane travel. There's a lot of vocabulary to revise …
 
M - Hello! My name is Marta, nice to meet you!C - Hi, I'm Cindy, nice to meet you too!M – and this episode is about how to... INTRODUCE YOURSELF !C - We know that this podcast is for intermediate and advanced English learners, but even the easiest things can get difficult sometimes, for example when you're nervous for a job interview, or excited to…
 
M - Today we're talking about being TIRED !M - Hi Cindy! … Cindy? Are you awake?C - What?...oh, I’m sorry, Marta I must have DOZED OFF for a second. What did you say?M - I said ‘‘Hi Cindy!’’C - (yawning) Excuse me, oh, Hi Marta…how are you today?M - I’m fine, BRIGHT-EYED and BUSHY TAILED this morning, but what about you? C - I’m sorry, girl. I am D…
 
M - This time we're dealing with a joyful topic ….CONGRATULATIONS!C - Ok, Marta, congratulations on what?M - On anything! We need to learn how to express our happiness to people in any situation.C - You're right, and how to praise someone for their success or achievement, both in a formal and informal context.M - Yes, I noticed that Americans are u…
 
M - This episode is going to be about …. DRINKING !C - We know that many of our listeners study English in order to travel around the globe and make new friends. When you hang out with those new friends it's likely that you’ll have a drink together and you may need to know some specific words and expressions about drinking.M - Ok, listeners, make s…
 
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