The second part of my conversation with my friend Moz, this time covering subjects such as podcasting vs YouTube, bathing naked in a Japanese spa, sharing personal information online (like a story of bathing naked in a Japanese spa), the role of artificial intelligence & social media, murdering mosquitoes and meeting a crack addict on the streets of London. Vocabulary list and quiz available below.
Hi everyone, Here’s the second part of my conversation with my friend Moz that was recorded a few weeks ago.
After talking about murder in the last episode, Moz and I kept talking for about another 45 minutes, just rambling on and going off on a few tangents and you can listen to that conversation in this episode as part of your ongoing mission to improve your English by listening to real conversations that actually happened, between actual people who actually said some actual things and actually recorded them and uploaded them for you to actually listen to.
Things that we actually talked about (in the form of questions)
- What goes into making and publishing a podcast?
- Who is my audience and where are they (that’s you)?
- What’s it like to meet members of my audience?
- What’s the difference between doing audio podcasts and making videos for YouTube?
- Should native speakers adapt their speech when talking to non-native speakers of English?
- Does the word ‘cack’ in English relate to similar words in other languages?
- What does ‘cack’ mean? (it means poo, by the way)
- How much of our personal information should we be sharing online?
- How much of my personal information should I be sharing in episodes of this podcast?
- Should you post pictures of your children on social media?
- What are the effects of social media and artificial intelligence on our lives? How might this change in the future?
- How could you fight against a robot invasion using an umbrella and software updates?
- How much do we hate mosquitoes and what happens when you kill them?
- How can you identify different drug addicts that you might meet on the streets of London, just based on how they smell?
I think they all sound like perfectly good questions for discussion, don’t you? I can even imagine some of them cropping up in the speaking section of a Cambridge English exam. Some of them. Maybe not the one about cack, or the one about drug addicts, but who knows?
Listen on to find out how we talk about all of those points.
If you’re a vocabulary hunter, check the page for this episode on my website because there you’ll find a list of words and phrases that come up in this conversation.
That list is available in order to help you to use this episode to expand your vocabulary and to develop a more natural form of English.
There is a bit of rude language and some slightly graphic content in this conversation. Just to let you know…
But now it’s time for you to hear the rest of my chat with Moz.
And here we go.
- These days I’m a lot more devoted to it than I used to be
- When the inspiration struck me
- I try to be a bit more organised and rigorous about it
- There are some teachers on YouTube who are getting phenomenal views
- There are also various young, hip, fresh-faced YouTubers
- I’m sticking with podcasting because it works for me
- Technology has moved on so fast that we can do these things ourselves
- A digital SLR with a boom mic attached to it (or a shotgun mic)
- Those are the ingredients for making a hit youtube channel
- Libsyn is my hosting site and I’m about to sign up with iTunes
- I had to replace all of the embedded players on my website
- A ‘hell of a lot of stuff’ that had to be done
- Libsyn have various different filters that they apply to the data
- The internet is basically this huge network with all these different sub-stations
- My podcast is big in Wisconsin. It is the home of Ed Gein, the murderer
- A lot of internet servers are based in that part of America
- There’s some sort of internet sub-station or routing station in Virginia
- If people are using VPNs or proxy servers that counts as coming from the USA
- I’m trying to use an element of scepticism when I’m reading my stats
- Lots of people are getting my podcast from bit-torrenting sites
- I tell you what, a good way of working out how many listeners you get…
- Every now and then someone comes out of the woodwork
- I used to have the word ‘whittle (down)’ in my tour
- You get a piece of wood but you slowly etch away pieces of wood to make it into something else
- People whittle a stick down to a spike or something
- You whittle the evidence down until you get the bare bones of the case
- It’s helped me work out the kind of phrases that only English people use
- Some aspects of our pronunciation or idioms are a barrier to the global community
- Communication is a two-way street
- I’ve just come away from dog-sitting with my brother [your brother is a dog??]
- They were brummie (from Birmingham)
- Their brummie was so strong that I couldn’t understand my own language
- It was only when she came nearer that I could grasp what she was talking about
- Do you curb your language, or do you hone the way that you speak on this podcast?
- If they’re not careful they swing too far in the other direction and it becomes unnatural
- It’s a balancing act between trying to be understandable and trying to be natural
- “Oui, oui” = “yes, yes” in French
- Wee wee = unrine (pee pee in French)
- Poo poo = excrement
- “Caca” = “poo” in French
- Cack (another English word for poo)
- Input = just the language you hear when listening
- Intake = the language you are really focusing on when listening
- The more personal they (podcasts) are, the more I get engaged
- Stiff upper lip and all that, hopefully the lip will be the only thing that’s stiff
- The pianist stops playing
- I felt like everyone broke off their conversations
- Naked guys lounging around, chatting
- The first guy who walks past me is a midget
- It did occur to me to check him out and see if it was in proportion
- I don’t necessarily want to open up the doors of my house
- We don’t really want to post lots of pictures of the baby on Facebook
- She has remained true to her word
How much of the vocabulary can you remember from the list?
Take the quiz below to find out. Not all the vocabulary is in the quiz, just a selection.
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That’s all folks!
Don’t forget – Moz’s podcast, called “Murder Mile True Crime Podcast” is available now on iTunes and at www.murdermiletours.com.