009 : English Vocabulary (Curb // Cynical)


 

INTRODUCTION

This is the SpeakEnglishWithTiffani podcast with Teacher Tiffani session #9. If you would like to read the transcript that goes along with this episode, go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode9.    

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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 Vocabulary Words.

DIALOGUE

Ok, let’s begin with the dialogue:

The teacher was standing on the curb with her students after school one day discussing politics. As she listened to them give their opinions, she noticed that one boy was not saying anything. Instead, he was just standing with a very weird grin on his face. So, she asked him what he thought about politics. His response was very negative. That is when she realized that he was a bit cynical when it came to politics.

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The teacher was standing on the curb with her students after school one day discussing politics. As she listened to them give their opinions, she noticed that one boy was not saying anything. Instead, he was just standing with a very weird grin on his face. So, she asked him what he thought about politics. His response was very negative. That is when she realized that he was a bit cynical when it came to politics.

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

FIRST VOCABULARY WORD

The first vocabulary word was…
“Curb” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“Curb” (repeat twice)

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

This vocabulary word refers to the stone or concrete edging to a street or path.


EXAMPLES

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

The first example is…

“I pulled the car up to the curb.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“I pulled the car up to the curb.”
[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]

“I pulled the car up to the curb.”

The second example is…

“The little girl sat on the curb.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“The little girl sat on the curb.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“The little girl sat on the curb.”

The third example is…

“Tall trees lined the curb outside of my house.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“Tall trees lined the curb outside of my house.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“Tall trees lined the curb outside of my house.”

The fourth example is…

“Michael pulled away from the curb.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“Michael pulled away from the curb.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“Michael pulled away from the curb.”

The fifth example is…

“Samantha stood at the curb, waiting for her taxi to come.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“Samantha stood at the curb, waiting for her taxi to come.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“Samantha stood at the curb, waiting for her taxi to come.”


SECOND VOCABULARY WORD

The second vocabulary word was…
“Cynical” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“Cynical” (repeat twice)

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

This vocabulary word means to have an attitude of distrust for human nature and motives


EXAMPLES

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

The first example is…

“He was cynical about politicians’ promises on taxes.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“He was cynical about politicians’ promises on taxes.”
[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]

“He was cynical about politicians’ promises on taxes.”

The second example is…

“They were cynical about almost everything.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“They were cynical about almost everything.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“They were cynical about almost everything.”

The third example is…

“The professor can be quite cynical at times.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“The professor can be quite cynical at times.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“The professor can be quite cynical at times.”

The fourth example is…

“Mary is quite a cynical person.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“Mary is quite a cynical person.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“Mary is quite a cynical person.”

The fifth example is…

“Stop being so cynical.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“Stop being so cynical.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“Stop being so cynical.”


DIALOGUE

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

The teacher was standing on the curb with her students after school one day discussing politics. As she listened to them give their opinions, she noticed that one boy was not saying anything. Instead, he was just standing with a very weird grin on his face. So, she asked him what he thought about politics. His response was very negative. That is when she realized that he was a bit cynical when it came to politics.

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

  1. Curb
  2. Cynical

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

ENDING

Remember, if you want to see the transcript for this episode go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode9.

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

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Elif
Elif
1 year ago

now I know 2 more idioms

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