30 Oct 2006

Summary for the Skypecast on Saturday 28, 2006 at 5 pm GMT

And another weekend has come and gone. I'm really excited to see how the EPOTI "project" is growing. And yet, there's so much to be done!

It's really wonderful to have new contributors too. I'm sure you guys will be assets to this group! So my warmest welcome to Lingual Bee, Greg606 and Paulino! :-)

The Skypecast on Saturday was very nice. I think Jola's doing an excellent job with the presentations.

Here's a brief summary of the Skypecast, including the words that we discussed and that are missing in the slides.

First, we talked about going window-shopping, that is, looking at store windows without really buying anything — or: an inexpensive way of doing shopping :-)
The opposite activity could be for example compulsive shopping.

We also mentioned places like a shopping mall, or simply a mall and a department store. In British English, you can also talk about a shopping arcade or simply an arcade.

And of course, supermarket (in American English, also grocery store).

Then we talked about a kiosk, a word which is apparently recurrent in all languages.

At some point, Jola used the word luxurious. I don't really remember the context, but the pronunciation of that word can be tricky. Follow that link to listen to the pronunciation.

After that, we talked about placing a bulk order and buying in bulk, that is, ordering many similar items.

We also emphasized the prepositions to use for the different ways of paying: you can pay either in cash or by cheque or by credit card. We discussed what ways are common in each country (and now I'm looking forward to getting a credit card of my own!).

We explained briefly what VAT (pronounced "v - a - t") is: valued added tax.

We also commented on two words that are spellt similarly but have completely different meanings: recipe and receipt. You need a recipe to make a cake, for example, but you get a receipt (don't pronounce the "p"!) when you buy something.

And where do you keep your money when you go shopping? You can put it in your pocket or use a wallet (or a billfold in American English).

We then tried to explain what budget means. Simply put, it's the money you have (but that's definitely not a rigorous definition). Someone also suggested that it's a financial plan. And if you say "I'm on a tight budget", that means that you don't have much money. This expression reminded Jola of another one: "to make ends meet", meaning "to have enough money to survive" (Bob said that in one of his shows).

I think I'm not forgetting anything. Thanks to all those who participated!

2 comments:

Jola said...

Summary is excellent, but I really will not to wring my hands over your future credit cards, so many people are burdened with debt(s) after that. And try not to max your credit card (Johnny's Episode #42)

paulino brener said...

Yes, very good summary, Ignacio.
We did have a very nice skypecast last Saturday. I would like to encourage everyone to read the Our "Skype-tiquette" section on this blog and follow them. Enjoy the skypecasts and keep it up!