Driving in the USA!

Here is a podcast on some of the more interesting aspects of driving in the USA. For example, how old you have to be to drive in the United States and a few driving laws as well.


Tomorrow I will post the script to the podcast.
Also, please let me know if there is any topic you would like me to have a lesson about!
Have a great day! (or night!)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Besides learning specific grammar of a language, it is imporant to learn about the culture and customs of a country that speaks that language. This podcast is about how we celebrate Valentine’s day in the United States.

I hope you enjoy it.

Let me know if you have any questions! http://yvonnecrawford.podbean.com/mf/web/4nxm3v/podcast4.mp3

Try to answer the following questions after listening to the podcast.

1. What do men give women for Valentine’s day?
2. What food is served at a school Valentine’s day party?
3. What color rose signifies passion and love?

1. flowers, candy, jewelry
2. heart shaped cookies, red fruit punch and other treats
3. red

Because I want you to try to listen to the podcast without looking at the script first. I will post the script tomorrow.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!!

Learning ways to say good-bye in English!

Here is the link to podcast #3. This podcast is about different ways to say good-bye in English.


Below is the script of the podcast. Please leave a comment if you have any questions!

Hi my name is Yvonne and this is The English Guru podcast #3. Today I’ll be talking about different ways to say “goodbye” in English. After I repeat the word, I will give you a little time to repeat the word after me. Try to mimic the intonation as well as the sounds.

The most obvious way to say “good-bye” is to simply say, “good-bye.” Repeat this, “Good-bye”

Another way is to just shorten it by saying, “bye.” Repeat, “bye”

You can also say, “bye-bye,” but that is mainly used when speaking to young kids and they will also say it back. Repeat, “bye-bye.”

Other ways to say “Good-bye” are:

“See you later” Repeat, “See you later,”

A very slang way of saying “See you later,” is to say, “Later” or even more slang, “Later, dude.” Those would be used by young people or with close friends. Repeat, ‘Later.” Repeat, “Later dude.”

Another slang expression is to say, “Ta Ta for now.” It just means, “Bye for now,” which is another way to saying “Good-Bye.” Repeat, “Bye for now.” Repeat, “Ta Ta for now.”

A few more examples are:

“See you tomorrow.” Repeat, “See you tomorrow.”

“See you” or ‘See ya” Repeat, “See you.” Repeat, “See ya.”

Here are a few very polite ways of saying “Good-bye.”
“Have a good day.” Repeat, “Have a good day.” “Have a good afternoon.” Repeat, “Have a good afternoon.” “Have a good evening.” Repeat, “Have a good evening.” “Have a good night.” Repeat, “Have a good night.” “Have a good weekend.” Repeat, “Have a good weekend.” And “Have a good week.” Repeat, “Have a good week.”

Lastly, as I pointed out in podcast number 2, you can also say “good night” as good-bye, when you leave someone after about 8pm at night. Repeat, “Good night.” “Good night” “Good night”

This is the end of podcast #3.

Learning greetings in English

Below is the link to Podcast #2. It will help you learn various greetings in English and when to use them.

Here is the script of the podcast in case you need to follow along:

Hi, my name is Yvonne. This is The English Guru podcast #2. Today I will be speaking about various greetings in English. There are a lot of them and you use them in various situations.

For example, you can say, “How do you do?” when you meet someone, but in the USA, we don’t use this as much anymore.

What we usually say is “Hi, How are you?” The response would be, “Fine” or “I’m fine, thanks and you?”

So, let’s practice.

“Hi! How are you?”

“I’m fine too, thanks!”

Another greeting would be to just simply say “Hi” or “Hey” or “Hello.” You can say those as you pass someone on the street. It is a polite way to say that in the United States if you see someone in your own neighborhood in the grocery store, for example.

“What’s up?” is a greeting that is used more now. You would use this with people you know fairly well. You wouldn’t use it with your boss or someone you have just met.

You can also say, “How’s it going?” You can say this with friends or people you have just met.

People also use, “Good morning, good afternoon, good evening and good night,” depending on the time of day.

“Good morning” can be used from the wee hours of the morning until about 10am.

‘Good afternoon” and “good evening” are not used often in English, but you can still say them and some people do.

Good night is used right before you go to sleep. You would not greet someone with “Good night.” It’s more of a way of saying, “good-bye.”

Next time I will talk about different ways of saying good-bye in English. Have a great day!