CommDao Speak Easy Podcast 6

Pick up sticks! Here’s episode six of my speaking and communication focused podcast: CommDao Speak Easy.

This show includes:

  • Opening Dialogue (Sample Conversation)
  • Key Phrases (Vocabulary from the Dialogue)
  • Take 2 (Sentence Variation)
  • Pronunciation Practice
  • Faux Pas of the Day (Explanation of Common Mistakes in Communication)

Remember: 1) You can download the audio 2) You can adjust the speed

Here are the show notes:

Opening Dialogue

George: Ah, I can’t believe all these places are booked! There go my chances of impressing her parents tomorrow. Well, some place is better than no place I guess…

Lisa: Hi, this is Lisa at Olive Garden, how can I help you?

George: Uh, hey Lisa. I’m looking to make a reservation for five at 7.

Lisa: Okay, party of 5

George: Did I say 5? My bad, I meant to say 4. It’s gonna be me and my fiancee’s parents. We’re actually gonna be sharing the deets of the engagement.

Lisa: … Anything else to add?

George: Well, it’s been kind of a rocky relationship, but what couple doesn’t have its ups and downs, right? Oh, uh, you probably weren’t asking about that huh?

Lisa: Any food restrictions that the kitchen should be aware of?

George: Well, you might want to keep the bread away. Seriously, her dad loves the stuff. If you put an entire loaf on the table, I bet he could wolf the whole thing down on his own. But if you’re asking about allergies? No, we’re all good

Lisa: Great; we’ll see you tonight at 7

George: Oh wait, no! I need this for tomorrow…

Key Phrases

~ to be booked (verb -> adjective)

to be reserved (already)

Example: The hotel is all booked (up). = All the rooms at this hotel are reserved (already).

  • Note: You can also use “book” as an active verb. For instance, we need to book plane tickets to go to her wedding.

~ looking to: (verb)

want to, plan to

Example: I’m looking to buy a new car soon. = I want to buy a new car soon.

  • Don’t confuse this with “looking forward to”
  • This verb might be more common in the Southern states (i.e. Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, etc.)

My bad (interjection)

I made a mistake, I’m sorry, Oops

Example: I forgot to call you. My bad. = I made the mistake of forgetting to call you.

  • Note: you can NOT use “my bad” for things that are out of your hands. For example, we CAN say “I’m sorry to hear that.” However, we can’t say “My bad to hear that.”

the deets (noun)

the details

Example: Give me the deets of the party. = Let me know the details of the party (i.e. the venue, time, etc).

  • Note: very conversational and shouldn’t be used in essays

to bet ~: (verb) 

to be very sure of something

Example: It’s pretty cloudy today. I bet it’s going to rain = I’m pretty sure it’s going to rain because it’s so cloudy.

  • Fun fact: the origin of this word comes from the idea that a person is so confident that s/he is willing to bet (gamble) money.

Take 2

What couple doesn’t have its ups and downs?

  • What couple doesn’t argue from time to time?
  • Are there any couples who don’t disagree here and there?

Oh, Faux Pas

Remember the deets of a reservation are always the same and be sure to verify them.


Special thanks to:

DJi5Cream for the opening “Red Velvet – Happiness”

Kevin MacLeod for the transitions: “Schmetterling” and “Brandenburg Concerto No4”

Published by Jon Dao

Formerly, the Conversation Coach

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