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Hello! Hello! Hello Everybody! My name is Steve Ford and welcome to Learn English Podcast 1. In today's Podcast, we're going to learn the top 10 words that confuse English learners.
So, I'm going to take you back to 2013 when I was a lot heavier. Yes, I needed to lose some weight and it got to the point that I needed to go to the doctor. 

Doctor: So what can I do for you today?

Steve: Doctor, my pants are tight. My shirts are anything but loose.  The buttons are always popping off and the elevator broke down in my building the other day..  I had to take the stairs
And I thought I was going to have a heart attack.  What do you advise me to do?

Doctor: Well, before I can give you any advice, how much do you weigh?

Steve:  um...  208 pounds

Doctor: Well, it's not rocket science. You need to lose at least 30 pounds.  That's a lot of extra weight to be carying around.

So I went home and phoned up a friend of mine to see if I could borrow his elliptical machine.  In case you don't know, an elliptical machine is an exercise machine that you can exercise your arms and your legs at the same time.  You can increase the resistance or lower the resistance and you can burn a lot of calories that way.

Steve: Hey John, how's it going?

John: Not bad, not bad at all.

Steve: Great! John I have a big favor to ask you.  You know the elliptical machine that you keep in your garage and never use?  Would you mind if I borrowed it? 

John: er.. yeah, I could lend it to you for a couple of weeks.

Steve: ah!  That's mighty kind of you!  I really appreciate it because..

So, I used john's elliptical machine every day for one hour for seven months.  I kid you not and I also had to cut out or eliminate desserts.  So I ate no dessert for seven months and it was really funny because I can remember that a lot of my students knew that I was on a diet. So they would send me pictures of delicious desserts. It wasn't easy. I can remember there were many times especially at night.. I don't know why but it is always at night and that we start to feel really hungry.

I felt so desperate. I felt like a very thirsty person in the middle of the desert. Another thing that I had to do was reduce the portion size of my meals. So a lot of my meals, I used to eat them out of a bowl. When I was talking about my dieting with one of my students, she told me that she was a pilates instructor and that you could do exercise on a ball. I thought that was good advice but I never tried it.  Well, I can say that after following a strict routine of using the elliptical machine 1 hour a day and not eating
any dessert whatsoever, I finally was able to lose the 30 pounds.  So we had a big party and I celebrated with a nice tall cold glass of beer. I no longer looked like a bear.

    So let's take a look at some of the words that I used in my Podcast today. When I was talking to the doctor I said that my shirts were anything but loose.  That has an "s" sound like a snake ssss.  Also, it's very short: loo, loo.

In comparison, lose has a zzz sound like a bee zzz lose. And looo,'s a little longer.  The next set of words are two words that a lot of people will mix up: weight, so you "lose weight" but you ask someone " how much do you weigh?".

If it makes it easier for you, weight is a homonym: it's the same pronunciation as WAIT. And then "weigh" is the same pronunciation as "way".  The next two words: advice and advise.  Now, I know you're probably thinking that I'm saying the same word twice, but there is a small difference. So advice, the noun, the thing, has an "s" sound and advise has a "z" sound. That's the verb advise. The next two words are often mixed up by non native speakers. Borrowing is when you're asking someone for them to give you, temporarily, something that they have, that they own.  So you could say, " could I borrow your elliptical machine?".  The person who owns it; they can lend it to you. So it depends on who is speaking. The verb will change accordingly.
    The next two, desert and desert. The sweet one - the one that everybody likes - is dessert. And the syllable stress is at the end: dessert, dessert. Desert is the opposite. So the syllable stresses on "DE", DEssert, DEssert. And we have bull and ball,
You'll remember that I was eating out of a small bowl to reduce the portion size of my meals. One of my students who was a plot is instructor said that I should be doing exercise on a ball. Be careful, you don't want to be doing exercise in a bowl,
You want to do exercise on a ball. And at the end to celebrate I had a nice cold beer. Be careful, if you're at a restaurant you don't want to ask for and nice cold bear, you wanna ask for a nice cold beer. 

Well everybody, I hope you enjoyed my first learned English Podcast with Steve Ford.  I really enjoyed teaching you today and I hope that all of these tips will help you so that you can speak English confidently and fluently.

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See you in our next Learn English with Steve Ford Podcast. Bye for now!



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