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Stephen decides he’s going to fix up an old banger and gets Ashlie to help him. There’s just one small problem ...

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Intermediate: B1

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Thanks a lot Peter ,

I see ' hire in ' is really a word on the street :)))

Hello Teachers ,

When Wendy explains how Alex prepares her fashion shoots she says : Alex hires in the photographer , model and make-up artist ... . Sorry , but I can't get what ' hire in ' means ?

Thank you ,

Best wishes ,
iliya_b

Hello iliya_b,

I think we would usually say 'hire' here; 'hire in' is a less common form but the meaning is the same: to recruit from outside (the company) for a certain length of time.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter ,

Your comments are always very helpful for me.

Best wishes ,

iliya_b

Hello Teachers ,

When Stepen talks to Gavin about the car he has liked he addreses the car with 'she' : Yeah , she's great , isn't it ?
So , is it a common practice in English ? As far as I know a boat may be addressed with 'she ' , but a car ?

Thank you ,
Regards ,
iliya_b

Hello iliya_b,

It's not uncommon for us to personalise objects like cars and, as you say, boats in English. Sometimes even other objects can be personalised (usually as 'she'), such as houses.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Stephen said "Hi Gavin , good to see you"
I found that Stephen didn't pronounce "you", instead he said "good to see ya"
Is the linking reason? if yes, could you provide more examples?
Thank you very much!

Hello Joe Choi,

English speech uses a lot of weak sounds in order to maintain the rhythm of the sentence and allow us to link words together more efficiently. These are often 'grammar words' such as prepositions, pronouns and articles which are frequently not stressed. Typically the vowel sound will become a schwa - in phonetic script this is written /Ə/.

For example, in this sentence there are several weak forms (underlined):

He went to the hospital to visit the sister of one of his friends.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish

The videos are awesome.They are a good source for teaching in the classroom.
keep up the good work.
Shahram

Thanks, to collect between enjoying and learning

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