Episode 24 – St. George’s Day!

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Episode 24 – St. George’s Day!

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Did you know St. George is the patron saint of England? Did you also know that NO-ONE in England celebrates this day and some people think that it is racist to celebrate it? ? Why⁉️ LISTEN ? to today’s episode and find out! PLUS talk of drunk hooligans ?, DAVID BECKHAM ⚽, killing DRAGONS ? and lots and lots of RnR vocab such as:

  • Do you think your standards are slipping?
  • St. George slayed a dragron
  • It’s a made up story
  • You’ve gotta (got to) sort out your will
  • Another myth is that he resurrected from death 3 times
  • I was just querying
  • He is the patron saint for people that have the plague
  • He’s got a lot on, hasn’t he?
  • People don’t give a toss about saints in England
  • When I see the English flag, it repulses me
  • You couldn’t be a hooligan, you can’t handle yourself
  • The Pope demoted St. George to ‘optional worship
  • Yea, when they are trashing some bar in Eastern Europe

RnR Grammar

In the episode we when I told Dan that St. George left all his money to the poor, he said:

“Well, you’ve gotta sort out your will*, haven’t you?” 

*remember that a ‘will’ is the legal document you make that says who you will leave your money and assets to.

In SPOKEN English, ‘gotta’ is very common. It sounds like one word, but in reality it is 2 words coming together ‘got to’.

‘What is the difference between “you have got to do something” and “you have to do something”?’ I hear you ask…. well there is NO DIFFERENCE.

‘Have got to’ is a bit more informal (but much more common in spoken English), but they have the same meaning.

When you have listened to the podcast and read the above, then you’re ready for the quiz below!

Good luck!

 

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4 Comments

  1. Sunnie says:

    It feels like everybody is coughing these days. Hope Dan feels better soon! I’m hearing this word ‘slay’ a lot recently. I’ve seen photos of Beyonce with captains saying She slays or She slayed..probably a slang term.. It seems like it means she’s sexy or she performed very well. What does it mean exactly? If it’s used when you did something really well, can I say I slayed the interview or test? Looking forward to your next episode 🙂

    • Martman99 says:

      Hi Sunnie! 🙂 I think Dan is feeling sick because he lives in England and it’s horrible and dark there! 😉 ‘Slay’ just means to brutally kill someone, but it can be used to say something like ‘you impress me’, but it’s very rare in this second example. I wouldn’t say ‘I slayed the test’, the best way to remember it is ‘slay a dragon’ as that’s the only context I ever hear it in…. hope this helped! 🙂

  2. Nguyen Lan says:

    Dear Sir,

    Can you please add transcripts for all of your podcasts?. That would be useful for us to understand more deeply what the conversation is. I’m Nguyen Lan from Vietnam.

    Thank you very much for your understanding

    Yours very truly,

    Nguyen Lan

    – See more at: http://rocknrollenglish.com/episode-1-palermo-for-an-englishman/#sthash.6asDwVJw.dpuf

    • Martman99 says:

      Hi Nguyen! Thanks for your message 🙂 I am planning to add transcripts, but at the moment it is too much work for me. I have a full-time job and managing the website too is a lot for me (1 person) to do, hopefully soon I will have them – I will let you know! In the meantime, keep listening! You can find me on Facebook and Instagram, if you have any questions related to English, just let me know! 🙂

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