090 – Retrospect | ESL Podcast

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English Learning Dialogue

A:  What are you still doing in bed?  It’s already 2:00.

B:  I feel brutal.  I think it’s from the milk.

A:  Why would you drink that?  It was more than a week past the expiration date.

B:  Well, I wouldn’t have in retrospect.  I didn’t even look at the date before I drank it.  Why didn’t you toss it by the way if you knew it was that old?

A:  Hey, don’t blame me.

B:  I won’t if you go pick me up some medicine. 

A:  That’s really thoughtful of you.



Brutal:  If something is "brutal" it means it is really bad.  In spoken English, we often talk about feeling "brutal". 
I have a brutal cold and don’t feel like going out tonight.
I feel brutal from how much we drank yesterday.
That was a really brutal movie.

Expiration date:  The "expiration date" is the date that is printed on foods that tells you when the food will go bad (expire).  You should throw out foods that have gone past the expiration date because they might make you sick if you eat them.

In retrospect:  "In retrospect" means, "looking back on the situation". 
Here is an example,  "I spent all my savings last year and now I am having money problems.  In retrospect, I wish I had saved it.

Toss it:  This is a slang phrase that means "throw it in the garbage".

That’s really thoughtful of you:  This is a sarcastic sentence in the context of this dialogue.  He was joking when he said this because it wasn’t really thoughtful of him at all. 



9 Responses to “090 – Retrospect | ESL Podcast”

  1. Ryan Says:

    Dear Add and Andy,

    I’m a Thai who live in Bangkok. Firstly, I’d like to tell you that I really feel disappointed that I missed the chance to welcome you when you came to Thailand because I’ve just found your website. However please tell me if you have a plan to come to Thailand again. I might be your guide for a couple of days if you want (free of charge as your podcasts…hahahaha).
    And I’d like to thanks both of you so much for your kindness to create this helpful website. I always enjoy and get a lot of improvement in English when I listen to your podcasts. Our world will go on more happily if we have more such a nice guys like both of you.

    thanks again

    Bangkok, Thailand

  2. Amit Verma (India) Says:

    Well Said Ryan
    Nice Guys with Noble Tasks..
    Thanks Add & Andy :)

    Amit Verma
    Delhi, India

  3. kampol Says:

    Dear Add & Andy

    May, 20, 2008

    Hi !, very nice to know you. I came across this website last month (Apr 2008). I really appreciate your works, it would be one of the most priceless job that you have been doing for others. I am quite sure that not only my English (including others who visit this website) will be improving but I also learn the western life and custom from you.
    Please keep on it, I am your big fan, I am going to tell all of my frieds and colleauges to visit your website.

    Any way, How do you find my written skill ? I am not good at English but I am going to get better by your website.

    Best regards, Take care
    Your Big Fan

  4. ahmet Says:

    This podcast is short but it is really very good, and i prefer short ones.
    Thank you

  5. Vitalija Says:

    just wanted to thank you both for making these super beneficial podcasts! it really helped me to prepare for my final exams in high school. thank you ones again.
    even now, when the exams finished i keep listening to your podcasts. please, guys, keep recording :)
    P.S. i love you voices ;)

  6. Daniel Says:

    as you said it\’s very sweet and nice, helpful dialogue.What can i say except i love
    thanks a lot.

  7. ARTHUR Says:

    PS: There’s a difference between the text and the audio,
    please, check this:

    What are you still doing in bed? (Text)
    What are you doing still in bed? (Audio)

  8. Raul Says:

    Id be SO But soooo awesome if in my entire life i would even ever have a chance to hang out with you guys, just wow after checking out the first 120 lessons i just feel like you guys can become someone’s significant other you know ive never been to canada but right now im living USA

  9. Ann Brown Says:

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