Listen, Smile, ¡Y No Te Rindas! es un podcast que ayuda a los que hablan español y aprenden inglés estadounidense.
In episode 28, Greg and Gabe discuss some common phrases in English that use the word "call," including "call it a day," "call it quits," "that's your call/that's my call," "call the shots," and "the pot calling the kettle black." We didn't have time two other important phrases with "call": "on call" and "beck and call." Both of these relate to a state of readiness as part of a job or duties.
On call - to have employment that requires you to be ready to go to work at a moment's notice. (Tener un empleo que requiere que estés listo para ir a trabajar en cualquier momento.)
Douglas was on call last Saturday night so he didn't drink any alcohol at the party.
Douglas estaba de guardia el sábado por la noche así que no bebió alcohol en la fiesta.
She made extra money for being on call, as the hospital could call her at any time and she would have to come to work.
Ganaba dinero extra por estar de guardia, ya que el hospital podía llamarla en cualquier momento y tenía que venir a trabajar.
at the beck and call - to be readily available to help/serve/cater to (estar disponible para ayudar/servir/atender a)
Although Wendy was focused on her career, she was always at the beck and call of her children.
Aunque Wendy estaba enfocada en su carrera, siempre estaba a la disposición de sus hijos.
Workers don’t want to be at the beck and call of their managers when they aren’t being paid, so many are refusing to carry company cell phones.
Episode 45, Intermediate English: How to pronounce the most common verbs in the simple past -- como pronunciar estos verbos comunes y regulares en el pretérito simple
Visit our page to play our suite of Intermediate English applications! Play-store-apps As you advance in your English, you will begin to feel more and more ready to describe actions in the past. In English, regular past tense forms end in "-ed." There are THREE ways to pronounce this suff...
Episode 44, Intermediate English: Ways that Americans say good bye! Frases que usan los gringos para despedirse
Visit our page to play our suite of Intermediate English applications! Play-store-apps It's frustrating to have a successful English conversation with someone but miss the slang or idiom that the other person uses to end the conversation and leave. Gabo and Goyo provide explanations and rich e...
Episode 43, Intermediate English: Pronounce these common English words like a native! Pronunciar estas palabras como si fueras de EEUU
Visit our page to play our suite of Intermediate English applications! Play-store-apps In this episode, Gabe and Greg demonstrate several words that often get overpronounced by those learning English. In many cases the words have lost vowel sounds over the centuries (a process called syncope) and t...
Episode 42, Intermediate English: Keep, part 1. Keep going, keep my motorcycle, keep warm, etc. La palabra "keep" - almacenar y aun más!
Visit our page to play our suite of Intermediate English applications! Play-store-apps Some words in English have layers and layers of meaning, and "keep" is one such word. This episode begins our journey to explain those many meanings, with rich, humorous examples that will "keep&qu...
Episode 41, Intermediate English: Expressions that use the word "hand" in English -- Unos modismos en inglés con "mano"
Visit our page to play our suite of Intermediate English applications! Play-store-apps In English there are several expressions that use the word "hand" or "hands" that are not intuitive to those who know that "hand" quiere decir "mano." Gabo y Goyo intentan ...
Episode 40, Intermediate English: Bro Stories - Toys from our childhood -- Los juguetes de nuestra niñez (los 80 y 90)
Visit our page to play our suite of Intermediate English applications! Play-store-apps When discussing the past, English speakers frequently use the expressions "used to" and "would ____" to talk about actions that were a regular part of life, referred to as the "imperfect&...