013 : English Expressions (To take part in something // To my amazement)


 

INTRODUCTION

This is the SpeakEnglishWithTiffani podcast with Teacher Tiffani session #13. If you would like to read the transcript that goes along with this episode, go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode13.    

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Hey everyone, I’m Teacher Tiffani and I want to thank you so much for joining me for another episode of the Speak English with Tiffani podcast. In today’s lesson we are going to listen to one English dialogue and learn 2 new English Expressions.

DIALOGUE

Ok, let’s begin with the dialogue:

Last week my brother called me to ask me if I still wanted to take part in his company’s annual sports day. I participated last year because they didn’t have enough people. So I started to think about what I should do. Then, a few minutes later, he called me back to tell me that if I didn’t want to it was okay. To my amazement, he said that they had more than enough participants this year. So, I decided to just watch this year.

Again

Last week my brother called me to ask me if I still wanted to take part in his company’s annual sports day. I participated last year because they didn’t have enough people. So I started to think about what I should do. Then, a few minutes later, he called me back to tell me that if I didn’t want to it was okay. To my amazement, he said that they had more than enough participants this year. So, I decided to just watch this year.

Ok great, now let’s go over the two new expressions that were in the dialogue.

FIRST EXPRESSION

The first English Expression was…
“To take part in something” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“To take part in something” (repeat twice)

Ok, now let’s say it at a normal pace…
“To take part in something” (repeat twice)

This expression means to participate in.


EXAMPLES

So, let’s look at five examples using this Expression.

The first example is…

“I was honored to take part in the program.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“I was honored to take part in the program.”
[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]

“I was honored to take part in the program.”

The second example is…

“The student said that she did not want to take part in the game.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“The student said that she did not want to take part in the game.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“The student said that she did not want to take part in the game.”

The third example is…

“He was not able to take part in our discussion yesterday.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“He was not able to take part in our discussion yesterday.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“He was not able to take part in our discussion yesterday.”

The fourth example is…

“Did you take part in the concert?”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“Did you take part in the concert?”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“Did you take part in the concert?”

The fifth example is…

“We all took part in the discussions.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“We all took part in the discussions.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“We all took part in the discussions.”


SECOND EXPRESSION

Ok good deal, now let’s go over the second expression that was in the dialogue.

The second English Expression was…
“To my amazement” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“To my amazement”  (repeat twice)

Ok, now let’s say it at a normal pace…
“To my amazement” (repeat twice)

This expression means to indicate that one is very surprised with/about something.


EXAMPLES

So, let’s look at five examples using this Expression.

The first example is…

“I applied for the job, and to my amazement, I was hired.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“I applied for the job, and to my amazement, I was hired.”
[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]

“I applied for the job, and to my amazement, I was hired.”

The second example is…

“To her amazement, everyone loved the cake.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“To her amazement, everyone loved the cake.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“To her amazement, everyone loved the cake.”

The third example is…

“To my amazement, the team won the championship.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“To my amazement, the team won the championship.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“To my amazement, the team won the championship.”

The fourth example is…

“Much to my amazement, his sales keep climbing.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“Much to my amazement, his sales keep climbing.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“Much to my amazement, his sales keep climbing.”

The fifth example is…

“To his amazement, he recognized the song.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“To his amazement, he recognized the song.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“To his amazement, he recognized the song.”


DIALOGUE

Ok, now let’s listen to the original dialogue again and see if you can recognize the 2 English Expressions.

Last week my brother called me to ask me if I still wanted to take part in his company’s annual sports day. I participated last year because they didn’t have enough people. So I started to think about what I should do. Then, a few minutes later, he called me back to tell me that if I didn’t want to it was okay. To my amazement, he said that they had more than enough participants this year. So, I decided to just watch this year.

Did you hear them this time? Great! Excellent job! You now know 2 new English Expressions.

  1. To take part in something
  2. To my amazement

These expressions will help you Speak English clearly, fluently, and confidently. So try to use these expressions at least one time today!

ENDING

Remember, if you want to see the transcript for this episode go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode13.

This has been Teacher Tiffani with the Speak English with Tiffani podcast. Until next time, remember to Speak English!

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Maxwell Martinez
Maxwell Martinez
3 years ago

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