This clip is from an episode the Invisibilia podcast, which looks at everyday things in new and interesting ways. This episode focusses on emotions. The speaker is discussing how she deals with her daughter’s tantrums.

, , " Michaela, ".
Like if she something or if and she couldn't got angry, I would her and , " Michaela, it's ok ".
Like if she was about something or if she something and she couldn't it and she got angry, I would get with her and , "you know Michaela, it's ok to be ".

…I would get down with her

One of the many uses of the modal verb would is to talk about past habits or repeated actions. Often (but not always), this adds some emotion or a feeling of nostalgia to what we are saying, e.g. When I was young I would play in the garden until the sun went down.

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This clip is from an episode of The Allusionist, which is a wonderful podcast all about language.

The speaker is talking about his work as a hand engraver – cutting text or designs into objects (usually jewellery) by hand. The speaker has a London accent.

And . .
And there's still for us it's it's . We're people do London.
And for us there's still out there for us it's it's a dying trade. We're the youngest people still do it London.

…it’s a dying trade

If someone refers to a job or profession as a dying trade, then they are saying that it is disappearing due to a lack of demand or need for it.

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This clip is from an episode of The Allusionist, which is a wonderful podcast all about language.

The speaker is talking about the way that the word ‘please’ is sometimes used differently in British and American English.

I say please person I , shouldn't this?
Every I say please to American person I , maybe I shouldn't doing this?

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This clip is from an episode of the Adam Buxton Podcast, which is a brilliant, funny and interesting conversational podcast. This episode features an interview with singer-songwriter John Grant.

John and Adam are discussing how they cope with long journeys.

, , Eurostar Paris.
Well, I I'd long day , then I go straight Eurostar Paris.
Well, I mean I'd had a long day of interviews, then I was booked go straight to Eurostar in Paris.

…Well, I mean

These are examples of fillers – words or phrases that we add to sentences while we think or organise our ideas. These are very common in natural spoken English, and an important listening skill is identifying and then ignoring fillers.

…I’d had a really long day

Notice the weak/contracted pronunciation of the past perfect in this sentence: /aɪd hæd/ rather than /aɪ hæd hæd/.

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