­čÉÄListening To Lots of Spoken English Is Brain Training For When You Talk English­čĺťEp 295

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be able to start speaking, you’ll start to talk English! So how to learn spoken English
at home? Adept English is the answer. So here we go today, with a little story.
It’s of an experience that I had over the Christmas holiday. I’ve told other people
about this experience, so it’s real-life, genuine, but as I tell it to you, I’ll explain
any of the words, the vocabulary which may be more difficult. And then hopefully you’ll
be able to understand my story, without having to look words up. Listen a few times, to see
if you can work it out. And only look words up or translate them, after you’ve done
four or five listens! You’ll get further each time you listen. So if you listen to Adept English regularly,
you might have heard me talk about my son and I going horse riding on a Sunday morning.
We are novices. A ‘novice’, N-O-V-I-C-E is someone who has some knowledge, some learning,
they’re not right at the beginning of learning – but they aren’t yet skilled, they’re
not yet accomplished. And you can be a novice at anything that requires gradual learning
– a novice at English, for example. ‘Horse riding’, in case you’re not sure? A horse,
is a big animal, with four legs, clippety clop…clop, clop, clop, clop, clop and you
sit on its back! That’s horse riding. So we’re novices, we’ve been riding a little
over a year. And to those of you who don’t do horse riding, this isn’t very long, because
there’s a lot to learn about horse riding! There’s a lot to learn about how to catch
horses, put saddles on. The saddle, S-A-D-D-L-E, it’s made out of leather, it goes over the
back of the horse and you sit on it. So there’s a lot to learn too about riding. It’s one
of those unconscious skills – you only learn it by keep doing it, again and again and again.
I could go into all sorts of vocabulary associated with horse riding – but perhaps that’s
for another time! Let us know if you want that. But we’ll do some today. Anyway, my story. We have our regular riding
stables, which we go to every week at home. A stable, S-T-A-B-L-E? That’s the building
where you keep a horse. And therefore you might talk about ‘going to the stables’
to ride or to look after the horses. So when we were away this Christmas, visiting family
in Wales, there is another stable which we’ve been to a few years ago, but not since we’ve
been riding every week. Because we’ve been riding every week, we’ve improved, we’re
a little bit better at it! And the riding stables in Wales is near the beach – so
the idea of riding horses through the sand dunes and onto the beach really appealed.
A dune or a sand dune, D-U-N-E is a hill made out of sand and you find them by the sea!
So I booked for my son and me, a two hour ride through the dunes and onto the beach.
So because it was January, we went with lots and lots of clothes on, because I was thinking
it might be cold. And we had a really lovely time. The stable in Wales is quite a big one – there
were 15 horses on our ride, and the owner has over 30 horses altogether. I was surprised
as we were called into the stable yard. ‘Yard’, Y-A-R-D, in UK English means a paved area,
or a concrete area. In this case where the horses stand when they’re not in their field.
So a ‘yard’ is outside, but has a hard surface to stand on. You can have a school
yard, or a prison yard, for example. It means something slightly different in US English.
If someone talks about their ‘yard’, it’s what we would call ‘a garden’. So it might
have grass in it. Anyway, I was surprised when we were called into the yard at the start
of the ride because there were fifteen horses all standing very quietly in the stable yard,
just waiting for us to get on. Not of them were tethered. ‘To tether’, T-E-T-H-E-R,
means to tie up an animal with a chord or rope, so it doesn’t walk away. So the horses
were all standing quietly, none of them tethered – quite big horses too. And they stood quietly
while we mounted. ‘To mount’, M-O-U-N-T is the term, the word for getting onto a horse.
Not so easy either, as they were big. And I of course had to use a ‘mounting block’
to get on, because I’m not very tall and my horse was very tall. Anyway, we set off
and straightaway had to cross a river . A river, R-I-V-E-R is where water flows – like
the Nile or the Thames. Fortunately, this was a small river though! Although, with all
the winter rain, it was quite high – there was a risk of getting your feet wet! And then
we then rode through the sand dunes and crossed the river several more times – and after
about half an hour, we were on the beach, which was lovely. It’s quite an experience
riding on the beach, with the wind in your hair. After that we came back over the sand
dunes, so good practice for us going up and down steep slopes on horseback, and lots of
trotting. ‘To trot’, T-R-O-T is a verb – and if you like it’s ‘second gear
on a horse’. Faster than walking, but not as fast as a canter. ‘To canter’, C-A-N-T-E-R,
is more like third gear on a horse. Again more riding vocabulary – let me know if
you want a whole podcast on horse riding vocabulary! Anyway, we came back through dunes, grassland,
forest and again estuary, walking through the river numerous times until we arrived
back at the stable. The horses were wonderful – sure-footed – meaning you didn’t feel
as if they were going to fall. And when you gave them directions, like stop, slow down,
go right, go left – they responded beautifully. But what struck me very much is just how peaceful
they were. My horse was a large male – and apparently a boss, a ‘boss horse’, so
he did like to be at the front and a couple of times, he sped up so because certain horses
weren’t allowed to come past him! If you know much about horses, then this sort of
thing is normal. For many animals, hierarchy, is important. Who’s in charge – and who’s
not. It’s the same with cats and dogs and cows – who’s the boss is important to
them! But apart from this my horse was beautifully behaved. It made me think about the horses at the stables
that we normally go to. They’re all different types, but they have problems of one sort
or another! So you could never bring them all into the stable yard and not tie them
up, not tether them. There would be mayhem! It would be a disaster! The horse I normally
ride, is a large male, who doesn’t like other horses, so you have to keep him away
from other horses, even when he’s eating his carrots and certainly on a ride. Another
horse at our usual stables, that my son used to ride, is really small, but she kicks if
you don’t watch out! And she’ll stand on your foot if she gets the chance! I had
a sore foot for a week once because of this! Another horse there has been known to buck,
B-U-C-K – which means to jump around quickly, with the effect of throwing off the rider.
Another horse which my son now rides, needs someone else to put the saddle on his back,
because he’s been known to rear as the saddle is put on. ‘To rear’, R-E-A-R, is a verb
meaning to stand up on your back legs. So if a horse rears in the stable yard, that’s
quite a thing, quite dangerous. So I do really like the horses at the stables we normally
go to – they’re a lovable bunch, even with all their problems – and some of them
are quite old! But it was lovely to see how peaceful a group of horses can be together.
It felt completely safe and an experience that I’ll remember for a very long time.
What a nice start to 2020! So talk English about horse riding and free
English lessons with Adept English! Anyway, enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to
you again soon. Goodbye. That’s the end of this podcast. Don’t forget
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