Wed, 28 May 2008
This ESL podcast is about a guy who desperately needs to make a lifestyle change.
A: I’ve finally come to grips with the fact that I’ve gotta make some major changes in my lifestyle.
B: What’s going on?
A: These past few months I’ve been staying up late and then sleeping in. Then I feel guilty when I wake up so I usually eat a comfort food like pizza to make myself feel better. Then I feel bad from eating the pizza so I have a few beers to relax. Then because of the beers I can’t go to the gym. At 10 pm or so I finally start to feel good and watch several hours of TV while thinking about how the next day will be different.
B: That’s quite a vicious cycle. We’ve all been there though.
Thu, 1 May 2008
This ESL podcast is about learning how to negotiate to get what you want.
Add and I were outside the other day on the starbucks patio near our apartment. We were both in great moods while enjoying our coffees and the sunshine. We were minding our own business when all of a sudden our landlord rudely interrupted our peaceful afternoon with a phonecall. She wanted to jack up our rent by 25%. I tried to bargain with her but it was no use. In the back of my mind I knew I was fighting a losing battle. The rent in the city had been going up for quite a while and we knew that sooner or later this was bound to happen. A: I’m trying to renegotiate my salary with my boss.