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008 – Hard to Believe | ESL Podcast

ESL Podcast about a very strange situation

Story

Andrew
I went to a movie with my friends the other day.  We got there early so we could get good seats and make sure we all sat together.  Just as the movie was about to start, some tall woman with huge hair sat right in front of me.  I could barely see a thing.  She was absolutely hideous and reeked of cheap perfume.  I would have changed seats but by that time the theatre was full.  I needed to come up with a plan.  There was no way I was going to sit for two hours staring at that hair.  Luckily a friend of mine had a pair of scissors in her purse.  I knew it was risky but the perfume and the whole situation was making me lose control.  I felt I did what anyone in my situation would do.  I started cutting.  Naturally, she noticed immediately, and screamed, “What the hell are you doing?”  I was caught red-handed.  I wasn’t in much of a position to deny anything considering the fact that I had the scissors in my hand.  I said, “I know this is going to sound hard to believe but it wasn’t me”.  She was so angry and confused she just got up and left.  I was able to watch the rest of the movie in peace.  It was great!  It’s too bad she missed it.  

Key vocabulary and phrases that are discussed in the podcast:

The other day – Some day not long ago but you can’t remember the exact day.  Usually sometime within the past week

Hideous – Very ugly

Reeked – Smelled very bad.  A very strong bad smell

What the hell are you doing? – Very strong and harsh language.  Not good to use very often unless someone is really doing something horrible, like stealing your money.

Considering the fact that…- This means thinking about the situation. Here "I wasn’t in much of a position to deny anything considering the fact that I had the scissors in my hand. Hard to deny I did it because she saw me do it."

Caught red-handed – Caught while doing something.  For example, if you steal something from a store and a policeman watches you steal it.  You are caught red-handed. 

I know this is going to sound hard to believe but… You are showing the listener that you admit it is not an easy thing to believe.  You hope that by admitting this, it will give the listener more chance to believe you. 


28 Responses to “008 – Hard to Believe | ESL Podcast”

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  3. Simone Says:

    Hey, I’m from Brazil and moved to Australia to learn a little more English language. Ops, I came to learn how to speak properly English… But just after finding your website I can say that I’m really learning…
    LOVE ALL YOU
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