CommDao Speak Easy Podcast 8

Bar talk context! Here’s episode eight 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

Bartender: What can I get you?

Harry: Tequila.

Bartender: Tch, afraid we’re all out– Bachelorette party earlier.

Harry: Is that right? Okay, how about some Jameson then, unless you’re out of that too.

Bartender: Don’t worry, we got it. You want that neat or on the rocks?

Harry: Decisions, decisions. Let’s do that one neat.

Bartender: Coming right up.

Key Phrases

~afraid (verb)

I’m sorry but…

Example: I’m afraid I can’t go. = I’m sorry but I can’t go.

  • Note: “afraid” can also mean “scared” or “frightened”, but through the context, we know this is not the case in the opening dialogue.

is that right? (tag question)

oh really?

Example: Sarah got married last weekend– is that right? = Oh really? Sarah got married last weekend?

  • Note: be careful with your intonation.

neat (adjective)

alcohol straight, no ice, and no mixture of club soda or juice

Example: I’ll have that Bourbon neat. = I want that drink straight without any ice.

  • Note: “neat” is used after the drink (i.e. Bourbon neat, NOT neat Bourbon)
  • Note: “neat” can also mean “interesting” (i.e. That toy is neat)
  • Note: “neat” can also mean “clean” or “organized”  (i.e. His desk is neat)

on the rocks (adjective)

alcohol poured over ice, served on ice

Example: I’ll have that Bourbon on the rocks. = I want that drink with ice.

Take 2

Decisions, decisions

  • Hmm
  • Let me think
  • Give me a second

Oh, Faux Pas

Don’t lose confidence if someone asks you to repeat.


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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