Episode 1: Getting to Know You


Dan & Jennifer chat and ask each other typical 'getting to know you' questions to find out a little more about one another and introduce themselves to their listeners. Topics include 'Where are you from?' (Jennifer really is from America's finest city!), 'What do you do?' and 'What about the future?'

Dan talks about the phrase 'How do you do?' and how British people DON'T tend to use this phrase anymore. Jennifer introduces a phrasal verb, 'meet up', and the idiom 'to take a rain check'.

So! All in all a pretty action-packed first episode - we hope you like it!

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Did you know....?

→ The question, "How do you do?"  is very different than “what do you do?”

It’s no longer used, as it’s quite a formal and historic phrase. Now we use:

How are you? How are things? How’s it going? What’s up?

And other “greetings” for “hi”

However, if it is used, you answer with the same phrase, “how do you do?”

Vocabulary Sample:

Happy camper: 

Bundle of joy: a new baby

To get to know someone:

Phrasal Verbs:

To meet up with (someone): 3-part phrasal verb (main verb + particle + preposition), which is inseparable meaning you cannot put the “someone” or other objects in between the main verb, particles, or preposition

main verb:  meet                particle: up                preposition: with

 This can be used virtually, for example: Dan and I are going to meet up with each other next week online.

 However more commonly used in day to day life, for example: I am going to meet up with Neil for coffee next week.

Idioms & Expressions:

To take a raincheck: to postpone plans rather than canceling them.

This is used to tell someone you cannot meet when you had originally planned, but you would like to keep the plans for a future date, and want to reschedule them.

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