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Airport Travel - Free English Conversation
Amy: Hey, this is Amy from Real English Conversations, and today we’re going to be talking about some of the different experiences we’ve had while traveling through various airports. And for the Real English tips we’re going to give you some ways to talk about different time zones.
Amy: Hey, guys, this is Amy and Curtis, and today we’re going to do a conversation that one of our listeners actually suggested to us. So who was that?
Curtis: That was Alfredo. And he’s living in Venezuela.
Amy: No, he is from Venezuela.
Curtis: Oh, okay. Where’s he living?
Amy: He’s living in Argentina and working as a pilot.
Curtis: Oh, that’s a cool job.
Amy: So what did he ask us to talk about?
Curtis: Well, because he is a pilot, he asked us to talk about some of our experiences in airports.
Amy: And specifically doing it in another language.
Curtis: Yeah. This can be tricky at times.
Amy: Yeah, so if you guys have been listening to the podcasts for a while, you’re going to know we’ve done quite a bit of traveling. I mean, where have we been? We’ve been to…we went to Hawaii.
Amy: And we’ve been to California.
Curtis: We’ve been to Costa Rica.
Amy: Yeah. Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador. And upcoming we have a trip planned to Ecuador again. And to Colombia. And this next vacation is going to be three months, and I think we might be able to this time when we go to the airports, we might actually have an experience to do the whole process of the customs and like checking in with the customs agent and getting our passports stamped and stuff. I think we might be able to do it completely in Spanish this time.
Curtis: Yeah. I’m feeling a little more confident, that’s for sure.
Amy: Yeah. So the last times that we’ve traveled, we’ve really had a fairly limited level of the language.
Amy: You know, because I know when we came back from Ecuador, after we came back, after I had been there for six weeks, I was still just a beginner, looking back now. I thought I was better then than I was, but looking back now I can see I was…I was pretty basic.
Curtis: And I…I was basic basic.
Amy: You were like a newbie1, like…
Amy: You knew words. You didn’t know grammar, how to put anything together. Okay. So we have a couple of stories, um, we’ll talk about two that are related to airport travels specifically.
Amy: And the third one is still, and it’s when you need to communicate certain and specific information. But it’s actually related to a surfboard rental.
Amy: So…but we kind of thought it was on…on the same…the same note, because you’re having to communicate in a non-native language with whatever words you have.
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Carnival in Colombia - Free English Conversation
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Curtis: In this English conversation lesson, we’re going to talk about our fun experiences for the world’s second largest carnival in Columbia. And for the English conversation tip, Amy has some great advice for you to improve your English listening skills.
Curtis: Hey, everybody. I’m Curtis.
Amy: And I’m Amy.
Curtis: And welcome to the Real English Conversations Podcast.
Amy: The new and improved English Conversations Podcast.
Curtis: That’s right. We’re going to do things a little bit differently this time around. We’re going, of course, have our conversation like we do as always. But for the English conversation tip, we’re going to answer a question from one of our listeners and give you a bit of advice to improve your English. And then to wrap it all up, we’re going to have a motivational quote.
Amy: Yeah. And we actually have something new that we’re going to do. So with each of our podcast episodes, we’re going to make the full transcription available at our website for free for seven days. So if you want to read along with this podcast as you’re listening to us, to really have the best understanding you can, make sure you go to our website. You can look for Podcast in the menu area. And you will find the latest episode there. So you can get the transcription.
So let’s get started with the conversation.
Curtis: So you guys have probably noticed that we’ve been gone for a little while and haven’t recorded any new podcasts.
Amy: Yeah. We’ve been gone, but we haven’t stopped working. We’ve actually been working on a lot of things related to the website. After we started to do the first 34 podcasts that we had available, we started to get feedback from some of our students. And they were really looking for the resources that they needed to be able to practice their speaking and improve their listening skills as intermediate to advanced learners.
So we’ve been doing a ton of work on the website. We’ve created a whole bunch of courses, lessons and resources. Yeah. So we’ve been doing a bit of that. But more importantly, and what we’re going to be talking about in this conversation, is some of the stuff we’ve been up to over the last year. Because we have a lot of cool stories and a lot of interesting experiences that we thought we thought would be really good for our conversations.
Curtis: That’s right. We started the year by going on a trip to Colombia. And we stayed with a friend of yours, that you had a language exchange with, and his family which allowed us to get really deep into the culture of what Colombia’s all about.
Amy: Yeah, it was pretty cool, actually. My friend, Hugo, I had been – I don’t know how long we had been talking – over a year, I would say, we had a Spanish/English exchange and it developed more into a friendship with than him rather than an actual language exchange. We just kind of – Spanish and English speakers, we say we Spanglish together, so part English, part Spanish. And as long as we’re communicating with each other, it’s just a fun conversation.
So we actually had the opportunity to stay in his house with his family. And later in a family friend of theirs, we stayed at his house for a couple of weeks.
Curtis: That’s true.
Amy: But why were we in Colombia at that time of the year? Like we arrived in January, so why were we there?
Curtis: We were there, they have a huge event. Actually, it’s the world’s second largest carnival.
Amy: Of course, the most famous and well-known one is in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro.
Curtis: That’s right. The biggest carnival is in Rio de Janeiro. But we went to Barranquilla, in the north coast of Colombia. It’s a city in the north coast of Colombia. And they’ve got the world’s second largest carnival, next to Rio de Janeiro’s carnival. And we wanted to arrive a couple weeks early, right?
Amy: Yeah, we wanted to arrive early so that we could get to know the city a little bit and just hang out with Hugo, our friend. And, I mean, we knew if we had somebody that was from that area, we were going to have a completely different experience than we would have had just as tourists visiting the city.
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