Episode 41 – Summer Summer SUMMERTIME!

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Episode 41 – Summer Summer SUMMERTIME!

LISTEN to the podcast. READ the RnR Grammar. DO the quiz and…. ROCK ON!

It’s SUMMER ? and Dan the Man is even getting a TAN ? (even if his skin is like mozzerella!). Find out other CRAZY facts about summer in today’s show with talk about WATERMELONS ?, YOBS that drink BEERS ?, how to KILL a mosquitoe ?️ and lots and LOTS of RnR vocabulary:

  • I’m on top of the world
  • I’m starting to get a tan
  • I got sunstroke
  • Can you handle that?
  • Take a chill pill!
  • There is a rerun of shows as everyone is outside playing in the sun
  • You need to stay sharp
  • I would drag out the death of the mosquito for as long as possible
  • Variety is the spice of life
  • I’m the only one you can rely on
  • You’re the best of a bad bunch

Just keeeeeep on ROCKIN’ baby – ooooHHH YEEEEAAA! ???

RnR Grammar

In today’s show when I told Dan the Man that watermelon is actually a vegetable and he told me that he didn’t believe it, I responded by saying:

“Well, you’d better speak to the man that wrote this article”

We use this form ‘had better’  to speak about actions we think people should do or which are desirable in a specific situation (it this situation Dan should speak to the person that wrote the article).

REMEMBER…. we should ‘you HAD’ better and NOT    ‘you have better’.

That’s some serios RnR grammar there.


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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  1. Eri says:

    Hi Matin and Dan the Man,

    I think strawberry is vegetable.. as well as watermellon….

    • Cat says:

      Hi Eri, nice to meet you! 😉
      I did some research (as eager as I am) — and see here, strawberry is an “aggregate fruit” — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aggregate_fruit
      And the watermelon belongs to pumpkins (cucurbits): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucurbitaceae — as Martin said, the same does the cucumber. So watermelon, pumpkin and cucumber are cousins. 😉
      Cheers! See you on Luke’s place! 😉

    • Martman99 says:

      Strawberry is a definitely a fruit, I don’t think we debated that one (we may have done, but I don’t think so), the real debate seems to be about watermelons – but Cat seems to have helped us with that! 🙂

      • Eri says:

        I have got 2 enemies here…

        Yes, you did not debated about strawberry, it was only watermelon war in this episode.
        But in my memory, strawberry is vegetable and there are ton of website and articles which explain it.
        The Ministry of Agricalture, Foresty and Fisheries in Japan also defines strawberry as a vegetable.

        I have been trying to find out in English but, I have not got it yet.

        Differences between vegetable and fruit in those websites are…
        # vegetable… prodused in a farm, harbs which will die a year
        #fruit… woody plants, be harvested a number of years

        Then, can you think that strawberry is a vegetable???

        • Eri says:

          I forgot to write one more thing…
          So the vegetables which are like strawberry, watermelon, and melon are called ‘”fruity vegetable”

        • Cat says:

          Eri, it’s in fact, a difficult question!
          Look here, there is also a quiz, I had only 70 % correct. :))
          They say: “The simplest way to identify which is a fruit and which is a vegetable is that fruit has seeds. So in a cucumber the seeds run through the middle of the plant. In an avocado or olive, the seed is the stone at the centre. Remember that and you really can’t go wrong.”
          So, according to this definition, strawberry and watermelon are fruits (they have seeds in them). Compare: potato (vegetable) has no seeds in it.

          • Martman99 says:

            This is what Dan the Man said in the podcast – surely he can’t have been right?! ?

          • Eri says:

            Thanks Cat.
            I did the quiz on web site and I only got 40%…. within Japanee information.

            It is very interesting that we have diffetent defenitions about vegiges and fruits.
            There could be some more in the world.

            If someone live in Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America, please leave comments about vegetable and fruit.
            I am curious to know about it!!!!

        • Martman99 says:

          Hi Eri! 🙂 Wow, you have researched this a lot! I think we should just go along with your other comment and call them ‘fruity vegetables’ as this seems to be the best solution! ?

        • Cat says:

          Hi Eri!
          I see, if you take those criteria and only those, then you can name it as you did.
          Let’s try and verify!
          “Vegetables”: grow in farms, and only one year
          Strawberry ? is related with roses ? and grow several years (you can find them in the woods, too). What do you say? ?

          • Eri says:

            This is from some articles from Japanese.

            Strawberry is not in a berry family in Botanical definition.
            And it is not a woody plant, but herb.
            It actually is a perennial plant but when it was harvested one time, we plant new seedlings next year.

            But, strawberry is big and very sweet in Japan (and expensive…), if you have a chance, why not try it?

          • Martman99 says:

            When I go to Japan, I will definitely try one of these strawberries! 🙂

  2. Monaka says:

    Hi, Martin and Dan the Man. ?Thank you for the interesting podcasts. The more I listen to your podcasts, the more I’m addicted to them. I like your voice and way of speaking. You sound like David Mitchell in Peep Show. Have you ever been told that? (I’m a big fan of him?) I also like your laid back conversation with Don the Man. They are very soothing?

    • Martman99 says:

      Hi Monika! 🙂 Thanks for the message! 🙂 No, no-one has ever told me that (I’m not sure if it’s a compliment or not!)…. but I do love Peep Show – it’s one of my favourite shows! Superhands is my favourite character! Nice to hear you like the conversations, keep on listening and keep on ROCKin’! 😉

  3. Roselda says:

    Hi Martin and Dan the man, I am not sure about the meaning of “manage”. I thought that it means:” be able to do something even though iit’s difficult to achieve” or something like this. I did the quiz, but the only one mistake I did was about this topic, In fact, I put a thick on the first one answer, but it’s wrong. I’m just a little confused….

    • Martman99 says:

      Hi Roselda! Thanks for your message! 🙂 You are correct about your definition of manage, what was the number of the question that you got wrong? It’s very possible there is a mistake in the quiz, often I make it very fast and make stupid errors! ? Let me know and I’ll look into it! 🙂

      • Roselda says:

        Hi Martin, the number of the quiz is 5, it’s about the meaning of ”I can’t handle working for 10 hours”. Does it mean : ” manage” or ” can’t /don’t manage working that long”? Thanks in advance for your reply! !!! 🙂

        • Martman99 says:

          Hi Roselda! 🙂 I just checked the question and it’s correct, if you say you can’t manage working for 10 hours, it means you are not capable of it (so yes, you could also say ‘can not manage working that long’). For example, I can’t handle / manage working late evenings, as my brain stops working after 7pm! I hope this helps! 🙂

  4. Camille says:

    Hi Martin. I lové tour postcast but i think poor Dan the man is gets bullied too much I don’t know why because he is the funniest. He should be the main presenteror of the show.

    • Martman99 says:

      Thanks for your message Camille! 🙂 I don’t really bully him, we are good friends, I just enjoy making fun of him! I’ll tell him about your message, he’ll be very happy! 🙂 I would be happy for him to be the main presenter of the show, but he’s too lazy to do the extra work! ?;)

    • Roselda says:

      Hi Martin, the number of the quiz is 5, it’s about the meaning of ”I can’t handle working for 10 hours”. Does it mean : ” manage” or ” can’t /don’t manage working that long”? Thanks in advance for your reply! !!! 🙂

  5. Alina says:

    Hi Martin and Dan,
    Strawberry is a comprising fruit (frutto composto) which present a lot of little fruits distributed in a fleshy structure.
    Watermelon is a fleshy fruit (frutto carnoso) with a more or less thin skin and a inner part that wrap seeds. Precisely is a berry.
    So both of them are fruits.
    I was a sciences teacher, so I am quite sure of that.
    Thanks for your podcasts, very fun.

    • Martman99 says:

      Thanks for your message Alina! It seems Dan and I need to do more research about these things in future! 🙂 Thanks again for your message, keep on listening and keep on ROCKin’! 😉

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