Transcript of my podcast episode (3)

Hello! This is the third episode of the new series that I’ve called ENGSPRESSO. As you already know what ENGSPRESSO is all about, this time I’d like to start the episode with a titbit, i.e. an interesting fact. Do you know what sentence contains all 26 letters of the English alphabet? The sentence is this one: ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’. Apparently, this sentence is often used to test keyboards and probably also fonts. I’m sure I’ve seen the sentence before, but when I saw it, I had no idea that it contained all the letters of the English alphabet! Fascinating, isn’t it? By the way, I’m just wondering if my Engspresso can be addictive… If you get addicted to it at any point, please do let me know!

Before we start, I’d like to mention one more thing. On Monday, 17th January I’m launching a new online course on the platform Learnote (it’s going to be available in my shop). If you like this podcast series, you’ll probably like my new course too. It contains 180 practical expressions at the level B1-B2, and it’s going to grow because it’s based on my flashcard posts from Instagram. So to wrap it up, I’m going to update it with a new expression every time there’s a new post on my Instagram, and the first 40 people who decide to join the course will get it with a 50% discount. Keep your eyes peeled!

I guess that now you’re waiting for another two expressions that you can use on a daily basis, aren’t you? Here we go!

The first expression for today is TO MAKE A DECISION. This is quite a simple collocation, but many students find it problematic. When you make a decision, you make a choice about something after thinking about a few possibilities.

For instance: Before she made her decision, she asked me for advice. Now, repeat after me.
The translation is: Zanim podjęła decyzję, poprosiła mnie o radę.

Another example: As adults we need to make our own decisions.
Jako dorośli musimy podejmować własne decyzje.

And here is the second expression.

The second expression is TO TAKE CARE OF SB/STH. When you take care of somebody or something, you protect them and provide them with things that they need.

For instance: Who will take care of your cats when you go on holiday?
Kto zajmie się twoimi kotami, kiedy pojedziesz na wakacje?

Another example: When his parents went abroad, his grandma took care of him.
Gdy jego rodzice wyjechali za granicę, zajęła się nim babcia.

Now it’s time for your ENGSPRESSO to go!

Our context for the phrases is:

It was hard for me to make the decision, but I’ll take care of him if he agrees.
Trudno było mi podjąć tę decyzję, ale zajmę się nim, jeśli się zgodzi.

Well done! I suppose that today’s phrases were a bit easier for you, weren’t they? Remember to make your own sentence or sentences with these two expressions. Believe me, creating your own context for new phrases is one of the best ways to practise English. You’ll find the transcript of this episode on my website or at the link in the description of the episode.

And remember that if you’d like to learn more practical expressions, make sure you have a look at my e-books and courses online.

Thanks for tuning in and speak to you next week!

And if you’d like to thank me for the materials I create for you, you can buy me a cup of coffee ☕. It will keep me going 😉