032 – Buying a Computer | ESL Podcast

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A:  What’s going on? 


B:  I’ve had it with my old computer.  It’s a total piece of junk.  I’m getting a new one.


A:  Are you getting a Mac or staying with the PC?


B:  I know a lot of people swear by the Mac, but I’m so used to a PC that I think I’ll just stick with it


A:  I like the Mac because it crashes a lot less and has a lot less viruses. 


B:  I don’t blame you.  I can definitely see how it would be better.  I just can’t be bothered to learn how to use one.  I also know there’s less software for the Mac.


A:  I hear you.  What specs are you getting?


B:  I want a huge hard drive for all my downloads.  I need to get a big monitor to watch movies on.


A:  What about RAM and processor?


B:  My needs aren’t too great for those.  I don’t use too many applications simultaneously.  I pretty much just do word processing and surf the net.



Key vocabulary and phrases that are discussed in the podcast:

Had it:  To say you have “had it” with something means you are tired of something and will no longer deal with it. 

I’ve had it with this old TV. 

I’ve had it with your nonsense.


Piece of Junk:  A phrase to describe something that is old and useless.

You should get a new cell phone; yours is a piece of junk.


Mac:  Short form for Macintosh computer.  These are the computers made by Apple.


PC PC is an acronym for “Personal computer”.  It is often used to refer to computers that are IBM compatible.  The two main types of home computers are Mac and PC.


Swear by:  If you “swear by” something, it means you truly believe it.

I don’t believe that drinking certain kinds of tea can cure a cold, but some people swear by it.


Stick with it:  If you “stick with” something, it means you will continue with it. 

I think I’m going to stick with my original travel plans.


Crashes:  A computer crash is when some program is not responding and the computer seems to freeze.  Often you need to restart the computer when it crashes.  It’s annoying because it wastes time and can cause you to lose data.


Can’t be bothered:  If you “cant’ be bothered” to do something, it means you don’t want to put in the necessary effort to get something done. 

I’d love to eat a great home cooked dinner tonight, but I can’t be bothered chopping all the vegetables. 

I wouldn’t mind going out tonight, but I can’t be bothered to get off the couch, have a shower and get dressed.


I hear you:  In this context, “I hear you” means, I understand what you are saying.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you agree with the person, but you can understand their point of view.


Specs:  This is a short form of the word “specifications”.  When we talk about a computer we often talk about its specs.  In this case, “specs” refers to things like, the size of the hard drive, the amount of RAM, type of monitor, speed of the processor, etc.


RAM:  Acronym for “Random Access Memory”.  It means computer memory that can be used by the computer to perform functions while the computer is running.


Processor:  The part of the computer that controls running the programs


Applications:  Another word for computer programs


Simultaneously:  At the same time.  It’s a little bit formal.

Are you able to read and listen to music simultaneously?


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