123 – Private Conversation

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ESL Conversation

A:  Well, I’ve gotta hand it to you Add, This place is really something.

B:  I hate to say I told you so but…  To be honest I wasn’t sure this place would be your cup of tea.

A:  Are you kidding?  I love it!  I heard this place sucked.  I wonder why anyone would say that.

B:  I started that rumor.

A:  What possessed you to do that?

B:  I wanted to keep it on the D.L.  If everyone knew about it, this place would be a zoo.

A:  You’ve got issues.

B:  Whatever.  You’d do the same thing if you were in my shoes.

A:  Ya, probably.

I’ve gotta hand it to you
  This phrase means that you really want to give someone credit or congratulate them about being right about something.

I’ve gotta hand it to you! Amanda is amazing just like you said she would be.

Really something:  This just means incredible or amazing. It can also be used as a joke to imply "bad".  It depends on the context and the tone of voice used to say it.

Your new girlfriend is really something!

I hate to say I told you so but This is a phrase you use when someone first disagrees with you about something, but they get proven wrong later.

I hate to say I told you so but you obviously had too much to drink last night.  You should take my advice more often.

Your cup of teaThis phrase means what you like or would be interested in.  Something can also not be your cup of tea, meaning you wouldn’t like or be interested in it.

I had an ok time at the party but it wasn’t really my cup of tea.

Rumor: an unconfirmed story or gossip.

Rumor has it that someone is going to be fired today.

What possessed you toThis means, “Why did you do something”.  It is always used in a negative way though and means that you have no idea why someone did something.  It also means you thought it was a bad idea.

What possessed you to call me at 3.a.m. this morning?

I wanted to keep it on the D.L: The D.L. stands for “down low”.  If you want to keep something on the D.L. it means that you don’t want any or many people to know about it.

"Let’s keep this business idea on the D.L.! It would suck if anyone stole this idea."

Zoo If a place is a zoo it means that it is overcrowded

The shopping mall was a zoo.  It took me 2 hours just to get my car out of the parking garage.

You’ve got issues:  This just means that you have some weird and unhealthy thoughts or behaviors.  You could "have issues" about someone or about something.  You could also just "have issues" in general.

If someone hasn’t been out of the house for a week you might tell them, “you have issues”. 

Another example is, "You really have issues with your father.  You should forgive him.  He’s not a bad guy."


59 Responses to “123 – Private Conversation”

  1. Bek Says:

    Ey.It’s amazing .You two enjoying teaching people.But i wanna ask you something.Is it a normal speed which you’re speaking or you just making it slow to be understood.Looking forward to your answer.

  2. Bhaskar Says:

    thanks guys….

    long time coming but worth the wait……..

    @Bek, well i didn’t find guys making the dialogue slow……..i think that’s the normal way to do it

  3. Tom Says:

    Adny i know i’m an Unpaid member. i guess you won’t let me to see the end of it lol.
    now, seriously thx a lot you’re rock!

  4. NooNoo Says:

    Hi guys.Thanks a lot for your new lesson.I really enjoyed it. I think this way of speaking is amazing.

  5. savennia Says:

    thank you guys very much for this lesson. I enjoyed it a lot

  6. Mahsa Says:

    hey gyus, your lessons are addictive
    i pulled an all nighter last night.atta boys!you’re artists in teaching english. my mother is worry about my sore eyes and is trying to cut me off from using computer too much but, she is banging her head against a brick wall :)

  7. EHSAN Says:

    you are so professional.thanks for your teaching

  8. Kayleigh Says:

    Not a ‘huge’ fan of either of you guys, but personally think that you seem like a very down to earth type of people! and I’d like to be able to comment on the usefulness of your lessons anyway!

    Go on…

  9. Kayleigh Says:

    Mahsa, I had a hard time to ignore your ‘horrible’ mistake!…”atta boys”…are ya kidding!?? this expression is usually used to encourage a ‘DOG’… what did you actually mean!?
    look it up…!

  10. Tom Says:

    you’ll make a perfect granny soon hu hu haha ;)

  11. Kayleigh Says:

    Tom-Why the hell have you put ‘Granny’ in your comment!?

  12. Zahra Says:

    Thank you for your great podcasts in English teaching. I get some of your podcasts
    last week from a friend of mine and I regret that I\’ve been late in finding you.
    I listen to your talk eagerly and I\’ve learnt alot since last week.
    Thanks again for your unique program of teaching English.

  13. Hamed Says:

    Dear Aandrew and Addison
    Thanks for last free podcast 123.I hope you enjoy your life forever.
    Good Luck

  14. Niloofar-16yrs Says:

    I actually am one of the few who thinks this lesson isn’t really something, I was looking forward to a way better lesson!
    But there’s no doubt that China232 is too freakin’ great, it’s literally the best site for learing English ever!

    Best of luck to you guys.

  15. Mahsa Says:

    oh…my bad!.@kayleigh – you were right. thx for your advice dear dictionary *. :)

  16. Kayleigh Says:

    There was no advice or anything, Mahsa, I just told your terrible mistake as I did…I didn’t mean anything, anyway!
    BTW, are you making fun of me, ya rat!?…’dear dictionary’!

  17. Mahsa Says:

    @kayleigh-i didn’t want to make fun of you, i just mean you are so all-fired careful
    and you check every comment esp of mine!?…
    i think that is because our ancient history…
    any how,don’t go ballistic.
    it’s better to put our problems to bed.

    good luck! :)

  18. Tom Says:

    oh not again! this is why they \’ve called it the Cat fight:
    it\’s noisy and it\’s all shallow.

  19. Maziar Says:

    Hi dear Niloofar-16yrs!

    Are u ok? please answer me! Thx

  20. Kayleigh Says:

    Mahsa-That wasn’t an angry comment in any way…more like shocked sarcasm! and your clear mistakes doesn’t need too much carefulness!
    BTW, what’s our ‘ancient history’!?

  21. Tom Says:

    @ Kayleigh& her enemies
    Halt fire! Beware if you refuse the order the consequences will be wow you’ll be burnt in hell by the power of Jesus Christ.
    now seriously stop it , isn’t it ridiculous to pinch each other instead of having a good time discussing English terms? now i see Kayleigh takes pleasure in finding people’s mistakes in a blunt way, while she could have just mentioned them in an another way. but as i said before she’s practicing to be a good granny. so please please don’t write stupid things in here like “ancient history” and so whatever!
    rest in peace(RIP), Uncle Tom
    i’d like to thx you Kayleigh, cuz of you i had to check my comment entirely for any inadvertent spell errors. Seriously tack!
    it’d be great if celebrities Andy and Andrew Bests could make a dialog about someone who loves finding people’s faults and…

  22. Niloofar-16yrs Says:

    I totally agree with you Tom…

    Unfortunately some people are just hateful. I try not to react, but it’s hard sometimes. Like I am trying very hard right now not to tell Kay that she’s a waste of time…However, I see that Kay’s attitude on here is way better than before!

    Maziar, you’re acting like something bad happend to me! the term ‘are you ok’ is usually used to ask people who weren’t ok before! you can say ‘what’s up’ or ‘how’s everything’…etc!

  23. Bhaskar Says:

    well, it seems the two(kay n mahsa) have settled their argument , there\’s no need to stir the ashes…..

    like i said before i admire kay\’s frankness……and this time i find no fault in her attitude, she likes to tell it straight……

    and tom and nil. are acting for good , thanks you two……finally it seems things are settling…

    be in touch

  24. Mahsa Says:

    Tom-by ancienthistory i meant”i Don’t want to memorize our problems that we had before.” we have had a bellyful of arguing as you know.that is’nt a stupid thing. there was no catfight or any thing but why you want to show that we are arguing! have a finger in every pie.(pardon me!).by the way what do mean by “kayleigh and her enemies”?
    Niloo- you bet. i mean her attitude is really better than before
    dear Bhaskar-you’re so logical as you were . i like your personality very much
    kayleigh- your english is fab without embellishing.

  25. Niloofar-16yrs Says:

    You all need to get your heads outta your asses and stop being little shit stirrers trying to provoke everyone!

    No I don’t enjoy when I say people’s faults…however I’m a direct person, and if I tell Mahsa’s mistakes it’s because they’re too terrible and I canNOT ignore!
    Just tell me what’s the meaning of the term ‘ancient history’!??
    HEY Mahsa ya do need to look it up in your dictionary one more time:
    Ancient History: sth that happend ‘LONG’ time ago, not just the other day, ok rat?
    Nilo-How do you work out I’m a waste of space?? You don’t know me, you don’t know what job I do…so please don’t tell me that! I’m sure if I was a waste of space then I wouldn’t have the life I’ve got now, House, Partner, Car, Good Job… keep you’re opinions to yourself. Thanks!

    ***I just tried to be frank, my comment about Mahsa’s mistake wasn’t an angry comment in anyway, however you guys are trying to show it angry!***

  26. Niloofar-16yrs Says:

    Fine then, I just reported you, Nilo, now tell, how do you feel of my fake post!?? hahahaha

  27. Kayleigh (IT'S ME) Says:

    Hahahaha…c’mon how does it feel!??

  28. Mahsa Says:

    Niloofar- i think it was long time ago two months ago i think. and it wasn\’t the other day and i think the other day is better to use when we want to speak about the days in the last week
    please correct me if i\’m wrong.

  29. Tom Says:

    Andy please please run a comment moderation on forums, i\\\’m sick and tired of all these irrelevent comments on these great lessons and i really appreciate effort and time you two put for these lessons! your lessons have saved me countless times, since i\\\’m living in a foreign country and i have to speak English.
    yours truly.

  30. Egi Says:

    You two guys are amazing. Thanks so much :)

  31. Niloofar-16yrs Says:

    It’s OBVIOUS that I DIDN’T leave those two comments!

    Kay, “how does it feel!??”, you just FAKED my name!…not posts!
    And I said you were a waste of time, more specifically my time…not space!I do not think you are a waste of space, however I can see why people get upset with you. You pick fights with your “Geesh!” statements over simple mistakes,your condescending sarcasm..if you don’t like people insulting you, you shouldn’t insult them first. I’m not saying ANYONE should insult ANYONE, but there is that golden rule…treat others as you want others to treat you. And when they DO treat you the way you have treated them (negatively in your case)….

    Mahsa, ‘Niloofar-16yrs Says, September 6th, 2009 at 6:55 pm’ and ‘Niloofar 16yrs Says, September 6th, 2009 at 7:01 pm’…was NOT me!

    I think I lost a few IQ points arguing with Kayleigh! and don’t wanna waste my time with none of you ANYMORE!


  32. add Says:

    Hello everyone,

    I hope you are all enjoying the lessons here. Please stop arguing here though and fighting with each other. If you have any questions or comments about the podcast, feel free to put that here. Anything else, try and find somewhere else to do it.

    Please don’t make fun of each other and have anything bad to say. I hope everyone is here just to meet people and to try and improve their English level.

    If you really want to talk with some of the members and have negative things to say to one another, do it somewhere else!

  33. Sven Says:

    Hi Andy and Add,

    I’m new to this site and I loved it from the very beginning. I listened to the first 10 lessons in 2 days and then bought a VIP pass to see what you guys are up to now. Amazing work. I love the transcript and the new topics! Keep it up guys!


  34. Niloofar-16yrs Says:

    I’m not saying allow people to throw out racial slurs and completely offensive content, but if I happen to have an opinion that isn’t sunshine and daisies, then why does it have to be removed? That’s why this blog/site will NEVER be on par with others.

  35. Andreas Says:

    Awesome guys! keep it up :) I want to buy member access but unfortunately I cant afford it yet :\

  36. Matts Says:

    @ Andreas

    I was in the same boat as you. I couldn’t really afford the VIP lessons either. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I really needed them. Anyway, for some reason, a couple days ago I bought the VIP lessons anyway and they are much more useful than I expected. Now I realize I should have done it months ago.


  37. buster Says:

    Hey guys!
    You’re doing well! Your lessons are really great to improve my listening skills. I’ve just started to create my own vocab based on your lessons, so that it’s easy to find any word I need. It’s a bit difficult for me to understand some spoken words as if I was taught to British variant of English but never the less well done guys! I’ll be waiting for you to continue.

  38. Aleksey Says:

    You guys both are 100% audiogenic and I listen to your juicy voices every day.
    That\’s may be not my place to say but I\’d like to have some vip stuff that could help all that nice vocab to sink in (like AJ Hoges does, but his voice is much less as entertaining of course).

  39. Bhaskar Says:


    good to know that you follow AJ Hoges …………..I am a big fan of his and follow him daily in twitter……and surf his website regularly……..

    @ everyone….happy “Dashain”……………..Dashain is the greatest festival in Hindu religion along with “Deepawali” perhaps…..both are round the corner, So…

  40. Aleksey Says:

    Namaste Bhaskar,

    My greetings to you and all your people with these festivals.
    There is a lot of good and free stuff like radioshow transcripted on as well.
    Take care, china.

  41. Bhaskar Says:

    Thanks Alek……

    bit surprised how you knew our way of greeting “namaste”…

    thanks anyway for the suggestion…i’ll try it.

    you take care too..

  42. Aleksey Says:

    Last yest i got a client from Kerala.
    They speak malayali there but the greeting’s quite the same, namaskaaryam.
    By the way do you use cockney sometimes?

  43. Bhaskar Says:

    Well , our tone’s quite different from the native English speakers……and its different from the people of South India…… the way I’m from Nepal, neighbor of India………Nepalese normally can read and write English well but they normally do not have good spoken English…….

    Hope I answered you…….

  44. Aleksey Says:

    K you did, if i start learning joda i’ll come to Nepal someday.
    Joga is quite popular in our city
    Have a good time then.

  45. Bhaskar Says:

    i guess you yoga…….indeed yoga is popular here and in india….and gradually all over……… the way where do you live?

  46. Aleksey Says:

    I am russian and live in Kaliningrad, russian enclave in Europe,
    and what’s your city?

  47. Bhaskar Says:

    I live in Kathmandu (its a valley), Nepal……..

  48. Jason Says:

    Hey, what\’s up guys?I like every lesson. It\’s very informative and interesting. Looking forward to another lesson.

  49. Jason Says:

    Does anyone have a chat messenger?I will be glad to chat with you guys so we can learn English together. Add me up –

  50. McBain Says:

    I would like to make a few clarifications: I’ve gotta (gotta is not an English word, it is simply the way that “I have got to” sounds when spoken by a native speaker). Part of English is learning correct spelling and grammar. ‘Gotta’ is not actual English grammar.
    Best way to understand this is to take into account that native speakers usually mix their non-stressed words with each other (I have = I’ve, have to = hafta, etc, etc, etc…), or with a stressed word (a new car = ahnew car) (stressed words = main words). Native speaker’s float, glide, or swallow non-stressed words; while they focus on pronouncing the stressed (key/main) words in a sentence.
    Hope this helps
    P.S – also please note that when a native English speaker hears another English speaker, they many times pre-judge the speakers intelligence through the words, and the type of grammar used (this is only in reference to native speakers). Hence, not every web site that teaches English is great for helping you to better your life. Many times they actually position you to be ridiculed by others, or even looked down on. Be sure that you are reading English books to learn correct grammar and vocabulary, so that you do not sound like a dimwit when speaking.
    Best of luck to you

  51. Dope_boy Says:

    nice blog guys… i found it just now and i\’m sooo glad.. i\’m from Georgia / Tbilisi and i\’m learning English and i think it\’s will be very useful thing for me…

  52. Rosa Says:

    Dear Andy and add I really adore your lessons but could you please do a favor for us and update them? Because I have nearly practiced all of them please make English as a hobby for us again.
    Take care of your self.

  53. KStew Says:

    This topic is great, I learned so much from it. Since I have found this site, I\’ve decided to go visit here everyday. I wanted not to keep this site on the down low, I will let my english learner friends know your site:)

  54. Michael Says:

    Your method of teaching is really good! I’ve gotta hand it to you.

  55. Victor Says:

    Hi to both, this kind of ESL are for advanced students or practicly for people who speak english well and want to improve it, couse the explanations are in a very fast talking. I think that you have to consider teach english for intermediate skil.

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    your phrases are useful, helpful, I like everyday use phrases that we can use them almost everyday ,,, thank you

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