welcome to the time-traveling
welcome to the time-traveling
bonus audio lesson for fads and bonus audio lesson for fads and bonus audio lesson for fads and
trends i’m sean and it’s great trends i’m sean and it’s great trends i’m sean and it’s great
to have you with me for this to have you with me for this to have you with me for this
lesson lesson lesson
listen to the different versions listen to the different versions listen to the different versions
of the stories below to review of the stories below to review of the stories below to review
this month’s grammar don’t worry this month’s grammar don’t worry this month’s grammar don’t worry
about the rules just relax about the rules just relax about the rules just relax
listen many times and allow your listen many times and allow your listen many times and allow your
brain to understand the grammar brain to understand the grammar brain to understand the grammar
naturally let’s begin first naturally let’s begin first
naturally let’s begin first
listen to dan a truck driver listen to dan a truck driver listen to dan a truck driver
talking about his current life talking about his current life talking about his current life
on the road on the road on the road
my name is Dan and I’ve driven a my name is Dan and I’ve driven a my name is Dan and I’ve driven a
truck for the past 10 years I’ve truck for the past 10 years I’ve
truck for the past 10 years I’ve
been a driver of various been a driver of various been a driver of various
vehicles since I was old enough vehicles since I was old enough vehicles since I was old enough
to get a license and they’ve to get a license and they’ve
to get a license and they’ve
even given me awards for even given me awards for even given me awards for
excellence in driving excellence in driving
excellence in driving
I’ve hauled vegetables I’ve hauled vegetables
I’ve hauled vegetables
throughout Canada operated throughout Canada operated
throughout Canada operated
cranes in Brazil and even cranes in Brazil and even cranes in Brazil and even
captain huge ships that captain huge ships that captain huge ships that
transport cars across oceans of transport cars across oceans of transport cars across oceans of
all the vehicles I’ve all the vehicles I’ve
all the vehicles I’ve
experienced though my favorite experienced though my favorite
experienced though my favorite
has been the semi-trailer truck has been the semi-trailer truck
has been the semi-trailer truck
ever been behind the wheel of an ever been behind the wheel of an ever been behind the wheel of an
18-wheeler that’s the name for 18-wheeler that’s the name for 18-wheeler that’s the name for
those huge trucks with all the those huge trucks with all the those huge trucks with all the
wheels you’ve probably seen them wheels you’ve probably seen them wheels you’ve probably seen them
on the roads while you’re out on the roads while you’re out on the roads while you’re out
and about and about and about
they’ve carried the food you eat they’ve carried the food you eat they’ve carried the food you eat
and the clothes you buy since and the clothes you buy since and the clothes you buy since
before I can remember before I can remember before I can remember
over the past week I’ve carried over the past week I’ve carried
over the past week I’ve carried
drinks and snacks from Mexico to drinks and snacks from Mexico to drinks and snacks from Mexico to
the US it’s fun out on the road the US it’s fun out on the road the US it’s fun out on the road
but the hours have been long but the hours have been long but the hours have been long
when I felt sleepy lately I’ve when I felt sleepy lately I’ve when I felt sleepy lately I’ve
kept myself awake by talking kept myself awake by talking kept myself awake by talking
with other truckers on the radio with other truckers on the radio with other truckers on the radio
lately people have exchanged lately people have exchanged
lately people have exchanged
stories about ninja Tigers stories about ninja Tigers
stories about ninja Tigers
fighting ufos that look like ham fighting ufos that look like ham fighting ufos that look like ham
sandwiches sandwiches sandwiches
that’s a weird combination i that’s a weird combination i that’s a weird combination i
must confess but the crazier the must confess but the crazier the must confess but the crazier the
story the easier it is to stay story the easier it is to stay story the easier it is to stay
awake when you’ve sent for 10 awake when you’ve sent for 10
awake when you’ve sent for 10
hours straight hours straight hours straight
you’ll probably come up with you’ll probably come up with you’ll probably come up with
some odd stories too some odd stories too
some odd stories too
the food I’ve eaten lately has the food I’ve eaten lately has the food I’ve eaten lately has
also been fun to discuss with also been fun to discuss with also been fun to discuss with
other truckers I’ve made and other truckers I’ve made and other truckers I’ve made and
bake my own pizzas in the cab of bake my own pizzas in the cab of bake my own pizzas in the cab of
my truck while driving with my my truck while driving with my my truck while driving with my
feet feet feet
I’ve also created some I’ve also created some I’ve also created some
interesting sushi rolls i think interesting sushi rolls i think interesting sushi rolls i think
i’ve become more creative since i’ve become more creative since i’ve become more creative since
i began driving a truck i began driving a truck i began driving a truck
use your mind or you’ll lose it use your mind or you’ll lose it use your mind or you’ll lose it
I wish I could stay and chat I wish I could stay and chat I wish I could stay and chat
with you but I’ve already lost a with you but I’ve already lost a
with you but I’ve already lost a
lot of time i’ll need to make up lot of time i’ll need to make up lot of time i’ll need to make up
i haven’t gone over the speed i haven’t gone over the speed i haven’t gone over the speed
limit too much but sometimes limit too much but sometimes limit too much but sometimes
you’ve got to do what you’ve got you’ve got to do what you’ve got
you’ve got to do what you’ve got
to do when there’s a deadline to do when there’s a deadline to do when there’s a deadline
until we meet again until we meet again until we meet again
keep on truckin keep on truckin
keep on truckin
next listener dan as he next listener dan as he next listener dan as he
describes the trucking job he describes the trucking job he describes the trucking job he
just retired from my name’s dan just retired from my name’s dan
just retired from my name’s dan
and I drove a truck for 10 years and I drove a truck for 10 years
and I drove a truck for 10 years
I draw various vehicles since I I draw various vehicles since I I draw various vehicles since I
was old enough to get a license was old enough to get a license
was old enough to get a license
and even got awards for and even got awards for and even got awards for
excellence in driving i held excellence in driving i held
excellence in driving i held
vegetables throughout Canada vegetables throughout Canada
vegetables throughout Canada
operated cranes in Brazil and operated cranes in Brazil and
operated cranes in Brazil and
even captain huge ships that even captain huge ships that even captain huge ships that
transport cars across oceans transport cars across oceans transport cars across oceans
of all the vehicles I experience of all the vehicles I experience
of all the vehicles I experience
though my favorite was the though my favorite was the though my favorite was the
semi-trailer truck semi-trailer truck
semi-trailer truck
ever been behind the wheel of an ever been behind the wheel of an ever been behind the wheel of an
18-wheeler that’s the name for 18-wheeler that’s the name for 18-wheeler that’s the name for
those huge trucks with all the those huge trucks with all the those huge trucks with all the
wheels wheels wheels
you’ve probably seen them on the you’ve probably seen them on the you’ve probably seen them on the
roads while you’re out and about roads while you’re out and about roads while you’re out and about
they’ve carried the food juhi in they’ve carried the food juhi in
they’ve carried the food juhi in
the clothes you buy since before the clothes you buy since before the clothes you buy since before
I can remember I can remember I can remember
over the last week i was working over the last week i was working over the last week i was working
i carry drinks and snacks from i carry drinks and snacks from i carry drinks and snacks from
Mexico to the US it was fun out Mexico to the US it was fun out Mexico to the US it was fun out
on the road but the hours are on the road but the hours are on the road but the hours are
long when I felt sleepy I kept long when I felt sleepy I kept
long when I felt sleepy I kept
myself awake by talking with myself awake by talking with myself awake by talking with
other truckers on the radio this other truckers on the radio this
other truckers on the radio this
final week i was working people final week i was working people final week i was working people
exchange stories about ninja exchange stories about ninja
exchange stories about ninja
Tigers fighting ufos that look Tigers fighting ufos that look
Tigers fighting ufos that look
like ham sandwiches like ham sandwiches like ham sandwiches
that’s a weird combination i that’s a weird combination i that’s a weird combination i
must confess but the crazier the must confess but the crazier the must confess but the crazier the
story the easier it is to stay story the easier it is to stay story the easier it is to stay
awake when you’ve sent for 10 awake when you’ve sent for 10
awake when you’ve sent for 10
hours straight hours straight hours straight
you’ll probably come up with you’ll probably come up with you’ll probably come up with
some odd stories to the food i some odd stories to the food i
some odd stories to the food i
ate was also fun to discuss with ate was also fun to discuss with ate was also fun to discuss with
other truckers have made and other truckers have made and other truckers have made and
bake my own pizzas in the cab of bake my own pizzas in the cab of bake my own pizzas in the cab of
my truck while driving with my my truck while driving with my my truck while driving with my
feet i also created some feet i also created some
feet i also created some
interesting sushi rolls interesting sushi rolls interesting sushi rolls
I think I became more creative I think I became more creative I think I became more creative
as a truck driver as a truck driver as a truck driver
use your mind or you’ll lose it use your mind or you’ll lose it use your mind or you’ll lose it
I wish I could stay and chat I wish I could stay and chat I wish I could stay and chat
with you but I’m going to Hawaii with you but I’m going to Hawaii
with you but I’m going to Hawaii
to celebrate my retirement to celebrate my retirement to celebrate my retirement
I didn’t go over the speed limit I didn’t go over the speed limit I didn’t go over the speed limit
too much when I drove but too much when I drove but
too much when I drove but
sometimes you gotta do what you sometimes you gotta do what you
sometimes you gotta do what you
gotta do when there’s a deadline gotta do when there’s a deadline gotta do when there’s a deadline
until we meet again until we meet again until we meet again
keep on truckin next here’s the keep on truckin next here’s the
keep on truckin next here’s the
text book english version of the text book english version of the text book english version of the
original story original story original story
listen carefully to how the listen carefully to how the listen carefully to how the
words and phrases differ from words and phrases differ from words and phrases differ from
those used in native English those used in native English
those used in native English
my name is dan and I have driven my name is dan and I have driven
my name is dan and I have driven
a truck for the past 10 years i a truck for the past 10 years i a truck for the past 10 years i
have been a driver of various have been a driver of various have been a driver of various
vehicles since I was old enough vehicles since I was old enough vehicles since I was old enough
to get a license and companies to get a license and companies to get a license and companies
have even given me awards for have even given me awards for have even given me awards for
excellence and driving excellence and driving excellence and driving
I have hauled vegetables I have hauled vegetables I have hauled vegetables
throughout Canada operated throughout Canada operated
throughout Canada operated
cranes in Brazil and even cranes in Brazil and even cranes in Brazil and even
captain huge ships that captain huge ships that captain huge ships that
transport cars across oceans transport cars across oceans transport cars across oceans
of all the vehicles I’ve of all the vehicles I’ve
of all the vehicles I’ve
experienced though my favorite experienced though my favorite
experienced though my favorite
has been the semi-trailer truck has been the semi-trailer truck
has been the semi-trailer truck
have you ever been behind the have you ever been behind the have you ever been behind the
wheel of an 18-wheeler that is wheel of an 18-wheeler that is
wheel of an 18-wheeler that is
the name for the huge trucks the name for the huge trucks the name for the huge trucks
with many wheels you have with many wheels you have
with many wheels you have
probably seen them on the roads probably seen them on the roads probably seen them on the roads
while you’re out driving are while you’re out driving are
while you’re out driving are
doing errands doing errands doing errands
they have carried the food you they have carried the food you they have carried the food you
eat in the clothes you buy for a eat in the clothes you buy for a eat in the clothes you buy for a
very long time very long time very long time
over the past week I’ve carried over the past week I’ve carried over the past week I’ve carried
drinks and snacks from Mexico to drinks and snacks from Mexico to drinks and snacks from Mexico to
the US it is fun while I’m the US it is fun while I’m
the US it is fun while I’m
driving but the hours have been driving but the hours have been driving but the hours have been
long when I felt sleepy lately long when I felt sleepy lately long when I felt sleepy lately
I’ve kept myself awake by I’ve kept myself awake by I’ve kept myself awake by
talking with other truckers on talking with other truckers on talking with other truckers on
the radio the radio the radio
lately people have exchanged lately people have exchanged
lately people have exchanged
stories about ninja Tigers stories about ninja Tigers
stories about ninja Tigers
fighting ufos that look like ham fighting ufos that look like ham fighting ufos that look like ham
sandwiches sandwiches sandwiches
I admit that is a weird I admit that is a weird I admit that is a weird
combination but the more combination but the more combination but the more
outlandish the story the easier outlandish the story the easier outlandish the story the easier
it is to stay awake when you it is to stay awake when you
it is to stay awake when you
have SAT for 10 hours straight have SAT for 10 hours straight have SAT for 10 hours straight
you will probably create some you will probably create some you will probably create some
odd stories to the food I’ve odd stories to the food I’ve odd stories to the food I’ve
eaten lately has also been fun eaten lately has also been fun eaten lately has also been fun
to discuss with other truckers i to discuss with other truckers i
to discuss with other truckers i
have made and bake my own pizzas have made and bake my own pizzas have made and bake my own pizzas
in the cab of my truck while in the cab of my truck while in the cab of my truck while
driving with my feet driving with my feet driving with my feet
I’ve also created some I’ve also created some I’ve also created some
interesting sushi rolls interesting sushi rolls interesting sushi rolls
I think you’ve become more I think you’ve become more
I think you’ve become more
creative since i began driving a creative since i began driving a creative since i began driving a
truck truck truck
use your mind to keep it healthy use your mind to keep it healthy use your mind to keep it healthy
I wish I could stay and chat I wish I could stay and chat I wish I could stay and chat
with you but I’m late and I need with you but I’m late and I need with you but I’m late and I need
to hurry to hurry to hurry
I’ve not gone faster than the I’ve not gone faster than the I’ve not gone faster than the
speed limit too often but speed limit too often but speed limit too often but
sometimes you have to when sometimes you have to when sometimes you have to when
there’s a deadline until we meet there’s a deadline until we meet
there’s a deadline until we meet
again stay active and do not again stay active and do not again stay active and do not
give up give up give up
here’s the original story again here’s the original story again here’s the original story again
but told by Drew and a less than but told by Drew and a less than
but told by Drew and a less than
perfect accent from someone in perfect accent from someone in perfect accent from someone in
the southern United States the southern United States
the southern United States
my name is Dan and I’ve driven a my name is Dan and I’ve driven a my name is Dan and I’ve driven a
truck for the past 10 years I’ve truck for the past 10 years I’ve
truck for the past 10 years I’ve
been a driver of various been a driver of various been a driver of various
vehicles since I was old enough vehicles since I was old enough vehicles since I was old enough
to get a license and they’ve to get a license and they’ve
to get a license and they’ve
even given me awards for even given me awards for even given me awards for
excellence and driving uphold excellence and driving uphold
excellence and driving uphold
vegetables throughout Canada vegetables throughout Canada
vegetables throughout Canada
operated cranes in Brazil and operated cranes in Brazil and
operated cranes in Brazil and
even captain huge ships to even captain huge ships to even captain huge ships to
transport cars across oceans of transport cars across oceans of transport cars across oceans of
all the vehicles have experience all the vehicles have experience
all the vehicles have experience
though my favorite has been the though my favorite has been the
though my favorite has been the
semi-trailer truck ever been semi-trailer truck ever been semi-trailer truck ever been
behind the wheel of an behind the wheel of an behind the wheel of an
18-wheeler that’s the name for 18-wheeler that’s the name for 18-wheeler that’s the name for
those huge trucks with all the those huge trucks with all the those huge trucks with all the
wheels you’ve probably seen them wheels you’ve probably seen them wheels you’ve probably seen them
on the roads while you’re out on the roads while you’re out on the roads while you’re out
and about and about and about
they carried the food you eat they carried the food you eat they carried the food you eat
and the clothes you buy since and the clothes you buy since
and the clothes you buy since
before I can remember over the before I can remember over the before I can remember over the
past week I’ve carry drinks and past week I’ve carry drinks and
past week I’ve carry drinks and
snacks from Mexico to the US snacks from Mexico to the US snacks from Mexico to the US
it’s fun out on the road but the it’s fun out on the road but the
it’s fun out on the road but the
hours have been long when I felt hours have been long when I felt hours have been long when I felt
sleepy lately I’ve kept myself a sleepy lately I’ve kept myself a sleepy lately I’ve kept myself a
week by talking with other week by talking with other week by talking with other
truckers on the radio lately truckers on the radio lately truckers on the radio lately
people have exchanged stories people have exchanged stories people have exchanged stories
about need two tigers fighting about need two tigers fighting
about need two tigers fighting
ufos that look like ham ufos that look like ham ufos that look like ham
sandwiches sandwiches sandwiches
that’s a weird combination i that’s a weird combination i that’s a weird combination i
must confess but the crazier the must confess but the crazier the
must confess but the crazier the
story the easier it is to stay story the easier it is to stay story the easier it is to stay
awake when you SAT for 10 hours awake when you SAT for 10 hours awake when you SAT for 10 hours
straight straight straight
you’ll probably come up with you’ll probably come up with you’ll probably come up with
some odd stories to the food some odd stories to the food some odd stories to the food
having lately has also been fun having lately has also been fun having lately has also been fun
to discuss with the trucker’s to discuss with the trucker’s
to discuss with the trucker’s
have made and bake my own pizzas have made and bake my own pizzas have made and bake my own pizzas
in the cab of my truck while in the cab of my truck while in the cab of my truck while
driving with my feet driving with my feet driving with my feet
I’ve also created some interest I’ve also created some interest I’ve also created some interest
in sushi rolls i think i’ve in sushi rolls i think i’ve in sushi rolls i think i’ve
become more creative since i become more creative since i
become more creative since i
began driving a truck began driving a truck began driving a truck
use your mind you lose it I wish use your mind you lose it I wish use your mind you lose it I wish
I could stay and chat with you I could stay and chat with you I could stay and chat with you
but I’ve already lost a lot of but I’ve already lost a lot of but I’ve already lost a lot of
time i’ll need to make up i time i’ll need to make up i
time i’ll need to make up i
haven’t gone over the speed haven’t gone over the speed haven’t gone over the speed
limit too much but sometimes you limit too much but sometimes you limit too much but sometimes you
gotta do what you gotta do when gotta do what you gotta do when gotta do what you gotta do when
there’s a deadline until we meet there’s a deadline until we meet
there’s a deadline until we meet
again again again
keep on truckin now listen is keep on truckin now listen is
keep on truckin now listen is
Michelle a woman from Australia Michelle a woman from Australia
Michelle a woman from Australia
tells the original story tells the original story tells the original story
my name is Dan and I’ve driven a my name is Dan and I’ve driven a my name is Dan and I’ve driven a
truck for the past 10 years I’ve truck for the past 10 years I’ve
truck for the past 10 years I’ve
been a driver various vehicles been a driver various vehicles been a driver various vehicles
since I was old enough to get a since I was old enough to get a since I was old enough to get a
license and they didn’t give me license and they didn’t give me license and they didn’t give me
awards for excellence and awards for excellence and awards for excellence and
driving driving driving
I’ve heard vegetables right I’ve heard vegetables right
I’ve heard vegetables right
canada operated cranes and canada operated cranes and
canada operated cranes and
resume and even captain two resume and even captain two
resume and even captain two
ships that transport cars across ships that transport cars across ships that transport cars across
locations of all the vehicles of locations of all the vehicles of locations of all the vehicles of
experience though my favorite experience though my favorite
experience though my favorite
has been a semi-trailer truck has been a semi-trailer truck
has been a semi-trailer truck
ever being behind the wheel of ever being behind the wheel of ever being behind the wheel of
an 18-wheeler that’s name for an 18-wheeler that’s name for an 18-wheeler that’s name for
those huge trucks of all the those huge trucks of all the those huge trucks of all the
wheels you’ve probably seen them wheels you’ve probably seen them wheels you’ve probably seen them
on the roads are you adding on the roads are you adding
on the roads are you adding
about they’ve carried the food about they’ve carried the food about they’ve carried the food
to eat and the clothes you buy to eat and the clothes you buy
to eat and the clothes you buy
since before I can remember over since before I can remember over
since before I can remember over
the past week I’ve carried the past week I’ve carried
the past week I’ve carried
drinks and snacks from Mexico to drinks and snacks from Mexico to drinks and snacks from Mexico to
the US it’s fun out on the road the US it’s fun out on the road the US it’s fun out on the road
but the hours have been long but the hours have been long but the hours have been long
when I felt sleepy lately I’ve when I felt sleepy lately I’ve
when I felt sleepy lately I’ve
kept myself awake by talking kept myself awake by talking kept myself awake by talking
other truckers on the radio other truckers on the radio other truckers on the radio
lately people have exchanged lately people have exchanged
lately people have exchanged
stories about ninja Tigers stories about ninja Tigers
stories about ninja Tigers
fighting you have those that fighting you have those that
fighting you have those that
look like hands manages that’s a look like hands manages that’s a look like hands manages that’s a
weird combination i must confess weird combination i must confess weird combination i must confess
but the crazy of the story the but the crazy of the story the
but the crazy of the story the
easy it is to stay awake when easy it is to stay awake when easy it is to stay awake when
you’ve SAT for 10 hours straight you’ve SAT for 10 hours straight you’ve SAT for 10 hours straight
you will probably come up with you will probably come up with you will probably come up with
some good stories to the food of some good stories to the food of
some good stories to the food of
Eden lately has also been fun to Eden lately has also been fun to Eden lately has also been fun to
discuss with other truckers and discuss with other truckers and
discuss with other truckers and
made a base to my own pizzas and made a base to my own pizzas and
made a base to my own pizzas and
the cattle my truck or driving the cattle my truck or driving
the cattle my truck or driving
my feet my feet my feet
I’ve also created some I’ve also created some I’ve also created some
interesting six-year-olds I interesting six-year-olds I
interesting six-year-olds I
think I’ve become more creative think I’ve become more creative
think I’ve become more creative
since i began driving a truck since i began driving a truck since i began driving a truck
use your mind or you lose it i use your mind or you lose it i use your mind or you lose it i
wish you could stay and chat wish you could stay and chat wish you could stay and chat
with you but very lost a lot of with you but very lost a lot of with you but very lost a lot of
time i’ll need to make up i time i’ll need to make up i
time i’ll need to make up i
haven’t gone over the speed haven’t gone over the speed haven’t gone over the speed
limit too much but sometimes you limit too much but sometimes you
limit too much but sometimes you
gotta do what you gotta do when gotta do what you gotta do when gotta do what you gotta do when
there’s a deadline until we meet there’s a deadline until we meet
there’s a deadline until we meet
again again
again
keep on truckin finally here’s keep on truckin finally here’s keep on truckin finally here’s
the original story told that the original story told that
the original story told that
native speed native speed native speed
listen carefully listen carefully listen carefully
my name is Dan and I’ve driven a my name is Dan and I’ve driven a my name is Dan and I’ve driven a
truck for the past 10 years I’ve truck for the past 10 years I’ve
truck for the past 10 years I’ve
been a driver various vehicles been a driver various vehicles
been a driver various vehicles
since I was old enough to get a since I was old enough to get a since I was old enough to get a
license and they’ve even given license and they’ve even given license and they’ve even given
me awards for excellence in me awards for excellence in me awards for excellence in
driving I’ve hauled vegetables driving I’ve hauled vegetables driving I’ve hauled vegetables
throughout Canada operated throughout Canada operated
throughout Canada operated
cranes in Brazil and even cranes in Brazil and even cranes in Brazil and even
captain huge ships that captain huge ships that captain huge ships that
transport cars across oceans of transport cars across oceans of transport cars across oceans of
all the vehicles I’ve all the vehicles I’ve
all the vehicles I’ve
experienced though my favorite experienced though my favorite
experienced though my favorite
has been the semi-trailer truck has been the semi-trailer truck
has been the semi-trailer truck
ever been behind the wheel of an ever been behind the wheel of an ever been behind the wheel of an
18-wheeler that’s the name for 18-wheeler that’s the name for 18-wheeler that’s the name for
those huge trucks with all the those huge trucks with all the those huge trucks with all the
wheels you’ve probably seen them wheels you’ve probably seen them wheels you’ve probably seen them
on the roads while you’re out on the roads while you’re out on the roads while you’re out
and about and about and about
they carry the food you eat in they carry the food you eat in
they carry the food you eat in
the clothes you buy since before the clothes you buy since before the clothes you buy since before
I can remember over the past I can remember over the past I can remember over the past
week I’ve carry drinks and week I’ve carry drinks and
week I’ve carry drinks and
snacks from Mexico to the US snacks from Mexico to the US snacks from Mexico to the US
it’s fun out on the road but the it’s fun out on the road but the
it’s fun out on the road but the
hours have been long when I felt hours have been long when I felt hours have been long when I felt
sleepy lately I’ve kept myself sleepy lately I’ve kept myself sleepy lately I’ve kept myself
awake by talking with other awake by talking with other awake by talking with other
truckers on the radio lately truckers on the radio lately truckers on the radio lately
people have exchanged stories people have exchanged stories people have exchanged stories
about ninja Tigers fighting ufos about ninja Tigers fighting ufos about ninja Tigers fighting ufos
that look like ham sandwiches that look like ham sandwiches that look like ham sandwiches
that’s a weird combination i that’s a weird combination i that’s a weird combination i
must confess but the crazier the must confess but the crazier the
must confess but the crazier the
story the easier it is to stay story the easier it is to stay story the easier it is to stay
awake when you’ve sent for 10 awake when you’ve sent for 10
awake when you’ve sent for 10
hours straight hours straight hours straight
you’ll probably come up with you’ll probably come up with you’ll probably come up with
some odd stories to the food some odd stories to the food some odd stories to the food
I’ve eaten lately has also been I’ve eaten lately has also been I’ve eaten lately has also been
fun to discuss with other fun to discuss with other fun to discuss with other
truckers I’ve made and bake my truckers I’ve made and bake my truckers I’ve made and bake my
own pizzas in the cab of my own pizzas in the cab of my own pizzas in the cab of my
truck while driving with my feet truck while driving with my feet truck while driving with my feet
I’ve also created some I’ve also created some I’ve also created some
interesting sushi rolls i think interesting sushi rolls i think interesting sushi rolls i think
i’ve become more creative since i’ve become more creative since i’ve become more creative since
i began driving a truck i began driving a truck i began driving a truck
use your mind or you’ll lose it use your mind or you’ll lose it
use your mind or you’ll lose it
I wish I could stay and chat I wish I could stay and chat
I wish I could stay and chat
with you but I’ve already lost a with you but I’ve already lost a
with you but I’ve already lost a
lot of time i’ll need to make up lot of time i’ll need to make up lot of time i’ll need to make up
i haven’t gone over the speed i haven’t gone over the speed i haven’t gone over the speed
limit too much but sometimes you limit too much but sometimes you
limit too much but sometimes you
gotta do what you gotta do when gotta do what you gotta do when gotta do what you gotta do when
there’s a deadline until we meet there’s a deadline until we meet
there’s a deadline until we meet
again again again
keep on truckin keep practicing keep on truckin keep practicing keep on truckin keep practicing
by telling your own versions of by telling your own versions of by telling your own versions of
the story using different speeds the story using different speeds the story using different speeds
times and speakers don’t worry times and speakers don’t worry times and speakers don’t worry
about making mistakes just have about making mistakes just have
about making mistakes just have
fun and do your best to express fun and do your best to express fun and do your best to express
the right meetings have a great the right meetings have a great the right meetings have a great
day and we’ll see you next time

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Thanks for this video.
    All these accents are good, but I like the last one very much. It sounds very nice.

  2. This example help us a lot about using the past simple correctly. The storyline makes the lesson stick naturally into our memory.

  3. * TRANSCRIPT *

    Welcome to the Time Traveling bonus audio lesson for “Fads and Trends.”  I’m Sean, and it’s great to have you with me for this lesson!
     
    Listen to the different versions of the stories below to review this month’s grammar. Don’t worry about the rules. Just relax, listen many times and allow your brain to understand the grammar naturally. Let’s begin!
     
    First, listen to Dan, a truck driver, talking about his current life on the road.  
     
    My name’s Dan, and I’ve driven a truck for the past ten years.  I’ve been a driver of various vehicles since I was old enough to get a license, and they’ve even given me awards for excellence in driving. I’ve hauled vegetables throughout Canada, operated cranes in Brazil and even captained huge ships that transport cars across oceans. Of all the vehicles I’ve experienced, though, my favorite has been the semi-trailer truck.
     
    Ever been behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler? That’s the name for those huge trucks with all the wheels. You’ve probably seen them on the roads while you’re out and about. They’ve carried the food you eat and the clothes you buy since before I can remember.
     
    Over the past week, I’ve carried drinks and snacks from Mexico to the US. It’s fun out on the road, but the hours have been long. When I’ve felt sleepy lately, I’ve kept myself awake by talking with other truckers on the radio.
     
    Lately, people have exchanged stories about ninja tigers fighting UFOs that look like ham sandwiches. That’s a weird combination, I must confess, but the crazier the story, the easier it is to stay awake. When you’ve sat for 10 hours straight, you’ll probably come up with some odd stories, too.
     
    The food I’ve eaten lately has also been fun to discuss with other truckers. I’ve made and baked my own pizzas in the cab of my truck while driving with my feet. I’ve also created some interesting sushi rolls. I think I’ve become more creative since I began driving a truck. Use your mind or you’ll lose it!
     
    I wish I could stay and chat with you, but I’ve already lost a lot of time I’ll need to make up. I haven’t gone over the speed limit too much, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do when there’s a deadline. Until we meet again, keep on truckin’!
     
     
    Next, listen to Dan as he describes the trucking job he just retired from.
     
    My name’s Dan, and I drove a truck for ten years.  I drove various vehicles since I was old enough to get a license, and even got awards for excellence in driving. I hauled vegetables throughout Canada, operated cranes in Brazil and even captained huge ships that transport cars across oceans. Of all the vehicles I experienced, though, my favorite was the semi-trailer truck.
     
    Ever been behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler? That’s the name for those huge trucks with all the wheels. You’ve probably seen them on the roads while you’re out and about. They’ve carried the food you eat and the clothes you buy since before I can remember.
     
    Over the last week I was working, I carried drinks and snacks from Mexico to the US. It was fun out on the road, but the hours were long. When I felt sleepy, I kept myself awake by talking with other truckers on the radio.
     
    This final week I was working, people exchanged stories about ninja tigers fighting UFOs that look like ham sandwiches. That’s a weird combination, I must confess, but the crazier the story, the easier it is to stay awake. When you’ve sat for 10 hours straight, you’ll probably come up with some odd stories, too.
     
    The food I ate was also fun to discuss with other truckers. I made and baked my own pizzas in the cab of my truck while driving with my feet. I also created some interesting sushi rolls. I think I became more creative as a truck driver. Use your mind or you’ll lose it!
     
    I wish I could stay and chat with you, but I’m going to Hawaii to celebrate my retirement. I didn’t go over the speed limit too much when I drove, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do when there’s a deadline. Until we meet again, keep on truckin’!
     
     
    Next, here’s the “textbook” English version of the original story. Listen carefully to how the words and phrases differ from those used in native English.
     
    My name is Dan, and I have driven a truck for the past ten years.  I have been a driver of various vehicles since I was old enough to get a license, and companies have even given me awards for excellence in driving. I have hauled vegetables throughout Canada, operated cranes in Brazil and even captained huge ships that transport cars across oceans. Of all the vehicles I have experienced, though, my favorite has been the semi-trailer truck.
     
    Have you ever been behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler? That is the name for the huge trucks with many wheels. You have probably seen them on the roads while you are out driving or doing errands. They have carried the food you eat and the clothes you buy for a very long time.
     
    Over the past week, I have carried drinks and snacks from Mexico to the US. It is fun while I am driving, but the hours have been long. When I have felt sleepy lately, I have kept myself awake by talking with other truckers on the radio.
     
    Lately, people have exchanged stories about ninja tigers fighting UFOs that look like ham sandwiches. I admit that is a weird combination, but the more outlandish the story, the easier it is to stay awake. When you have sat for 10 hours straight, you will probably create some odd stories, too.
     
    The food I have eaten lately has also been fun to discuss with other truckers. I have made and baked my own pizzas in the cab of my truck while driving with my feet. I have also created some interesting sushi rolls. I think I have become more creative since I began driving a truck. Use your mind to keep it healthy!
     
    I wish I could stay and chat with you, but I am late and I need to hurry. I have not gone faster than the speed limit too often, but sometimes you have to when there is a deadline. Until we meet again, stay active and do not give up!
     
    Here’s the original story again, but told by Drew in a less-than-perfect accent from someone in the southern United States.
     
    My name’s Dan, and I’ve driven a truck for the past ten years.  I’ve been a driver of various vehicles since I was old enough to get a license, and they’ve even given me awards for excellence in driving. I’ve hauled vegetables throughout Canada, operated cranes in Brazil and even captained huge ships that transport cars across oceans. Of all the vehicles I’ve experienced, though, my favorite has been the semi-trailer truck.
     
    Ever been behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler? That’s the name for those huge trucks with all the wheels. You’ve probably seen them on the roads while you’re out and about. They’ve carried the food you eat and the clothes you buy since before I can remember.
     
    Over the past week, I’ve carried drinks and snacks from Mexico to the US. It’s fun out on the road, but the hours have been long. When I’ve felt sleepy lately, I’ve kept myself awake by talking with other truckers on the radio.
     
    Lately, people have exchanged stories about ninja tigers fighting UFOs that look like ham sandwiches. That’s a weird combination, I must confess, but the crazier the story, the easier it is to stay awake. When you’ve sat for 10 hours straight, you’ll probably come up with some odd stories, too.
     
    The food I’ve eaten lately has also been fun to discuss with other truckers. I’ve made and baked my own pizzas in the cab of my truck while driving with my feet. I’ve also created some interesting sushi rolls. I think I’ve become more creative since I began driving a truck. Use your mind or you’ll lose it!
     
    I wish I could stay and chat with you, but I’ve already lost a lot of time I’ll need to make up. I haven’t gone over the speed limit too much, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do when there’s a deadline. Until we meet again, keep on truckin’!
     
     
    Now, listen as Michelle, a woman from Australia, tells the original story.
     
    My name’s Dan, and I’ve driven a truck for the past ten years.  I’ve been a driver of various vehicles since I was old enough to get a license, and they’ve even given me awards for excellence in driving. I’ve hauled vegetables throughout Canada, operated cranes in Brazil and even captained huge ships that transport cars across oceans. Of all the vehicles I’ve experienced, though, my favorite has been the semi-trailer truck.
     
    Ever been behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler? That’s the name for those huge trucks with all the wheels. You’ve probably seen them on the roads while you’re out and about. They’ve carried the food you eat and the clothes you buy since before I can remember.
     
    Over the past week, I’ve carried drinks and snacks from Mexico to the US. It’s fun out on the road, but the hours have been long. When I’ve felt sleepy lately, I’ve kept myself awake by talking with other truckers on the radio.
     
    Lately, people have exchanged stories about ninja tigers fighting UFOs that look like ham sandwiches. That’s a weird combination, I must confess, but the crazier the story, the easier it is to stay awake. When you’ve sat for 10 hours straight, you’ll probably come up with some odd stories, too.
     
    The food I’ve eaten lately has also been fun to discuss with other truckers. I’ve made and baked my own pizzas in the cab of my truck while driving with my feet. I’ve also created some interesting sushi rolls. I think I’ve become more creative since I began driving a truck. Use your mind or you’ll lose it!
     
    I wish I could stay and chat with you, but I’ve already lost a lot of time I’ll need to make up. I haven’t gone over the speed limit too much, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do when there’s a deadline. Until we meet again, keep on truckin’!
     
     
    Finally, here’s the original story told at native speed. Listen carefully.
     
    My name’s Dan, and I’ve driven a truck for the past ten years.  I’ve been a driver of various vehicles since I was old enough to get a license, and they’ve even given me awards for excellence in driving. I’ve hauled vegetables throughout Canada, operated cranes in Brazil and even captained huge ships that transport cars across oceans. Of all the vehicles I’ve experienced, though, my favorite has been the semi-trailer truck.
     
    Ever been behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler? That’s the name for those huge trucks with all the wheels. You’ve probably seen them on the roads while you’re out and about. They’ve carried the food you eat and the clothes you buy since before I can remember.
     
    Over the past week, I’ve carried drinks and snacks from Mexico to the US. It’s fun out on the road, but the hours have been long. When I’ve felt sleepy lately, I’ve kept myself awake by talking with other truckers on the radio.
     
    Lately, people have exchanged stories about ninja tigers fighting UFOs that look like ham sandwiches. That’s a weird combination, I must confess, but the crazier the story, the easier it is to stay awake. When you’ve sat for 10 hours straight, you’ll probably come up with some odd stories, too.
     
    The food I’ve eaten lately has also been fun to discuss with other truckers. I’ve made and baked my own pizzas in the cab of my truck while driving with my feet. I’ve also created some interesting sushi rolls. I think I’ve become more creative since I began driving a truck. Use your mind or you’ll lose it!
     
    I wish I could stay and chat with you, but I’ve already lost a lot of time I’ll need to make up. I haven’t gone over the speed limit too much, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do when there’s a deadline. Until we meet again, keep on truckin’!
     
     
    Keep practicing by telling your own versions of the story using different speeds, times and speakers. Don’t worry about making mistakes. Just have fun and do your best to express the right meanings.
     
    Have a great day and we’ll see you next time!

  4. Hey man! you're just great! Thank you for help us to improve our English with your helpful videos.
    Greetings from Colombia.

  5. Hello Drew!
    Io sono a casa e scrivo compito per casa. Adesso devo faccio un plan, e dopo posso scrivere.
    Now, I made a break, that means, I rest of the Italian and listen your lessons. Otherwise, you should know, your advice for learning the English language helps me a lot in learning the Italian language.
    I love all this what I'm doing. You were and you will remain my favorite teacher.
    Cordiali saluti di Serbia.
    A.(H) Marković

  6. Hello .
    I am so pleaswd with the englishanyone program is really great but the prblem always is the same when we can talk and understand natives speakers, I think is good if we look for smoe idea to make it easy to talk fluently, when I learned spanish the gave us to some puplar park and they explain the people there that we are new speakers and the helped us to talk with them and we got everytime better and we went all end of week, always trying to talk real things,

  7. Dear Prof,
    I was wondering if I might dare to ask you a question:
    In the last year + present perfect.
    Last year + simple past.
    But if I said THE LAST YEAR , what would one use present perfect o past simple? Thank you so much. H

  8. Crazy stories don`t help me to improve my English. I prefer real stories about real life and real people, so that I could scoop something useful and apply it in my life. Life in Japan is very interesting. But this lesson was watched without inspiration.

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