This clip is from episode 84 of the brilliant The Allusionist podcast, which is a great podcast to listen to if you are interested in language and words.

The speaker is talking about a book he has written.

Dictionary Stories , uh , ish, uh .
Dictionary Stories of short stories, uh there's them, ish, uh and all entirely composed taken dictionaries.
Dictionary stories a collection of short stories, uh there's 160 of them, ish, uh and all of are entirely composed example sentences taken a variety dictionaries.

…there’s about 160 if them, ish

ish is a useful word/suffix that we can use when we are being inexact or vague about something.

Most often, we would add ish to the end of an adjective that we are being vague about. e.g. Have you seen my jacket? You know, the blueish one I was wearing on Saturday?

We can also use this with numbers. e.g. I can’t remember how many people are coming to the wedding, but I think it is 150-ish.

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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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