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130 – Facebook

In this ESL podcast we talk about Facebook. Learn English for slang and daily life and learn about how Facebook is changing the world.

Phrases and Vocabulary used:

A:  Hey, what’s your facebook?

B:  I forget.  It should be easy to find though.  We’ve got a lot of mutual friends on there.  I don’t use it much anymore though.

A:  Really?  I love it.  I find it helps me stay in touch with people I don’t see on a regular basis.  It really keeps me from drifting apart from old friends.

B:  It’s great for that but I find it to be a bit much.  Anyone can upload any photo of you and tag you in it.  Then everyone can see that photo whether you want them to or not.

A:  I agree it can be a bit of an invasion of privacy.  Anyway, I still like it overall.

B:  Well, you’re not alone.  Over 600 million people use it and the international growth is amazing. 



What’s your facebook
?
  This question is a fairly new and common way to ask to keep in touch with someone.  People can ask for emails, cell phone numbers, and now, their facebook.  I’ve been noticing that asking for someone’s "facebook" is becoming a lot more common.

What’s your email?
Can I get your number?
What’s your facebook?

Mutual friends:  Mutual friends are friends that two people have in common.  For example, if Add and I both are friends with Jay, then "Jay" is our mutual friend.


Regular basis
: If you do something on a "regular basis", it means that you do it fairly often and regularly. 

I’m really bad at golf now because I almost never play.  If I want to get better I need to practice on a regular basis.


Keeps me from
If something "keeps you from" doing something else, it means it "prevents" you from doing it.

I have to wake up early every day because of my new job.  This schedule keeps me from staying up all night and watching TV.


Drifting apart
If you "drift apart" from an old friend, it means that you slowly lose contact with them.  You are still friends but for some reason you don’t contact each other much or ever anymore.

People in relationships can "drift apart" too.  This is an emotional feeling of not being as close as before.

He said he can feel that he and his girlfriend are drifting apart.  He said they need to do something if they want to save the relationship. 


A bit much
This is used a lot in slang spoken English.  If something is "a bit much" it means that you think it is too extreme. 

That skirt is really short.  I think it’s a bit much.

He got really angry at the taxi driver and yelled at him for over 20 minutes.  It was a bit much.


Invasion of privacy
:  This is a set phrase in English.  If something is an "invasion of privacy" it means that takes advantage of you and let’s someone look at your private information.

Police can’t come inside anyone’s home and start searching for illegal things because it’s an invasion of privacy.


I still like it overall
If you "like something overall" it means that there are some parts you like, some parts you don’t, but if you have to choose one, you still like it.

I know that movie had some boring parts and a few of the actors weren’t great, but I still liked it overall.


You’re not alone
If someone says, "you’re not alone" it means that many other people share the same opinion as you.

You’re not alone.  A lot of people think thought that movie was terrible.


48 Responses to “130 – Facebook”

  1. Zhibek Says:

    WoW! I am a first one who leaves comments! :)
    Hi guys!
    Two months ago I deleted my facebook account. The reason of this I had wasted almost two hours per day instead to study English. I was going crazy in Facebook. After that I was thinking about Facebook all the time. Thanks God I found this website, and I spend my time to improving English.
    Facebook is good for you guys because you moved to China and your friends are in Canada now, and Facebook is helping to keep in touch with your friends and also with fans.
    Anyway, I prefer to talk in person ;)

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  6. Grace Says:

    A warm greeting from Sweden, and YES I am facebooker.
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  11. marmora Says:

    Hi guys,
    Your lesson is really intersting ,in fact I didnt try to make an acount on facebook because I agree with the second person of the conversation who doesnt support the idea of facebook for the same reasons ,especially Im one of people who dont accept to let any person to know any information about me or upload my photo,but all my friends who have facebook told me that it is nice method to keep in touch with friends so Iwill rethink in this matter.
    marmora,Egypt

  12. warleyalex Says:

    Here are the transcript of Fun English Lesson 130 – Facebook
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    http://freepdfhosting.com/a80aa5e5b1.pdf

    I think it’s a bit much doing this, but I still like it overall. Congratulations And & Add.

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    how would i native deal with such an unparticular experience.
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