Episode 32 – Should vs. Had Better – English Grammar Lesson

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Should and had better are two modal verbs in English that many learners are stuck on the meaning of. Today’s English lesson podcast shows you the difference between these two.

Here are the example sentences

With should:

  • For awesome shopping, you should check out SOHO. I think shopping in SOHO is a good idea.
  • When you come to NYC, you should go to Central Park.
  • You should go to Lombardi’s if you want to eat amazing pizza.

With had better:

  • You had better not smoke there, because smoking is illegal in NYC parks. If you smoke, the police will give you a ticket.
  • It’s a cold day, so you had better dry your hair before going outside. If you don’t, you’ll catch a cold.
  • Bob’s doctor told him that he had better stop smoking.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer
  • One surprising fact about New York is that it has great beaches.
  • In New York you can shop, go sight seeing, and eat in great restaurants.
Today’s listening challenge question
  • When visiting NYC, where is one place you should visit and one thing you had better not do there?

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Episode 24 – Using Play, Do, & Go To Talk About Sports

Thanks to Tomohiro Setoguchi for the photo

Thanks to Tomohiro Setoguchi for the photo

We use Play, Do, & Go to talk about sports in English, but how we use those three verbs depends on the category the sport falls into.

Here are the example sentences

The first category is for sports that are nouns and use a ball. For these, we use play:

  • Elementary school age kids play soccer and baseball.
  • I play tennis every Sunday.
  • Canadians like to play hockey.

The second category is sports that are nouns but do not use a ball.  For these sports, we use do:

  • I do yoga every day. (we can’t say, “I play yoga”)
  • Miho has been doing kendo since high school.
  • Have you every tried doing karate?

The third category is sports that are verbs. For these sports, we use “go” + the sport, or just the verb itself:

  • I go fishing with my father on the weekends. (or) I fish with my father….
  • Jack goes swimming at the lake (or) Jack swims at the lake
  • When can we go skiing?
  • I tried to surf, but it was difficult.

The last category is the exceptions. Golf is a sport that uses a ball, but the word golf is also used as a verb. So we can say:

  • I play golf on Sunday. or I go golfing on Sundays. or I golf on Sundays.

In a similar way, Bowling is also a sport that uses a ball and is a verb. So we can say:

  • I go bowling on Sundays. Or I bowl on Sundays.
Here are the answers to yesterday’s listening challenge questions
  1. In Jack’s house, his wife brings home the bacon and he stays home and takes care of the baby.
  2. Michael pigged out on hot dogs and brownies.
Here are today’s listening challenge questions
  1. In the USA, what sports do elementary school kids play?
  2. What sports does Michael’s sister do and how often?

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Episode 21 – Borrow vs Lend – Confusing English Words

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Borrow and Lend are two confusing verbs in English…until now! In this English lesson you will learn the difference between Borrow and Lend, and how to use these verbs in your English conversation.
Here are today’s listening challenge question from this episode:

  1. Michael talked about a problem with a person. Who is that person and what is the problem?
  2. According to the examples in the lesson, what do you do at a library, and what does a library do?

Now, here is the answer to the listening challenge question from Episode 20. Did you get the answers right?

  1. An International pro luck party is a party where each guest is asked to bring a dish that is common to their country
  2. Frozen pizza is ready to eat when the cheese starts to bubble

Please feel free to write your answers to this episode’s question in the comment box below.

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