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Understanding Grammar: Causative Forms & Reflexive Pronouns

Understanding Grammar: Causative Forms & Reflexive Pronouns

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack sets Rich and Rowan a DIY challenge. The language focus is on causative forms and reflexive pronouns. In this week's task, we want you to tell us whether you do things yourself or you prefer to get someone else to do things in your house. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.

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Understanding Grammar: Causative Forms & Reflexive Pronouns

Introduction

Jack: Hello my name’s Jack

Rowan: My name’s Rowan

Rich: and I’m Rich and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast.

Jack: In the Premier Skills English podcast, we talk about football and help you with your English. 

Rowan: Don’t forget you can find the transcript for all our podcasts on the Premier Skills English website.

Rich: In this week’s roleplay we are doing some DIY.

Jack: DIY stands for do it yourself and it’s when you repair, make, and decorate things in your own home.

Rowan: All three of us are doing some DIY in the roleplay and you’ll find out who is best at it.

Rich: You’ll hear the roleplay in three parts and after each part, we will look at some language. This week we’re going to focus on how we use get and have as causative verbs. You need these verbs when you pay other people do something for you.

Jack: And we’ll also look at reflexive pronouns like myself and yourself and how we use them.

Rowan: Your task this week is to tell us whether you prefer to do things yourself or get other people to do things in your home.

Rich: And more importantly if you’ve ever had any DIY disasters - I know I’ve had plenty!  

Jack: If you are listening to us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or any other podcast platform, you should also check out our website.

Rowan: On the Premier Skills English website, you’ll find the transcript, examples and activities to help you understand the language, and a task for you to complete with other listeners.

Rich: Before we do the roleplays let’s look back at last week’s football phrase.

Last week’s Football Phrase 

Jack: OK, our football phrase. If you’ve not listened to the podcast before, every week we set our listeners a challenge. We explain a football phrase or word and you have to guess what it is.

Rowan: When you know the answer, go to the podcast page on the Premier Skills English website and write the word or phrase in the comments. If you’re correct we’ll announce your name on next week’s podcast.

Rich: Thanks for all your answers last week. The first listener with the correct answer was Daniel Baron from Colombia. Well done Daniel!

Jack: And congratulations to these other listeners who also got the correct answer to our football phrase: MoBeckham and HSN from Turkey, WSanta from Argentina, Mohamed Kuna from Sudan, Hayato from Japan, Liubomyr and Alex from Ukraine, Marco Zapien, from Mexico, and Emmanuel from France.  

Rowan: If you didn’t hear last week’s football phrase, we’re going to give you one more chance to guess now. And later on, at the end of the podcast, we’ll tell you the answer. Are you ready?

Rich: Last week’s football phrase was **** **. This phrase is used when there has been a foul on the pitch but advantage is played by the referee. The referee indicates this advantage by holding both arms out in front to indicate to both teams that they can **** ** - they can continue.

Jack: Last week’s podcast was about well-being and looking after yourself. 

Rowan: And in last week’s task we asked you what you do to look after yourself. 

Rich: HSN from Turkey had lots of sound advice. He said it’s important to disconnect and also to think about yourself and your own well-being. He said that we should accept that sadness and disappointment are part of reality, that it’s not possible to be happy all the time. I agree with HSN on this, this is important to remember.

Jack: Vic from Mexico said treating himself to a coffee as well as taking his dog for a walk as part of his daily routine is important for his mental health. I couldn’t agree with you more, Vic!

Rowan: Thanks for all your comments and answers. If you haven’t heard this podcast it’s called Well-Being 1: Looking after yourself ... and you can find it on the Premier Skills English website or on Apple Podcasts.

Introduction to rolelplay

Rich: As we said earlier, in this week’s roleplay the three of us are doing some DIY. After each part, we will look at some language for you to learn or revise. 

Jack: You’re about to listen to the first part of the roleplay. I’m just finishing some work in the kitchen when Rich and Rowan arrive.

Rowan: While you listen we want you to answer a question.

Rich: The question is: Which rooms do Rowan and I want to decorate?

Roleplay: Part 1

Rich: Jack?

Rich: Hey, Jack. Your door was open. Have you finished?

Jack: Nearly. I was just finishing up. Just need to finish this and I’ll be right with you.

Rowan: He’s done a good job in here, hasn’t he?

Rich: He’s a bit of a DIY expert is Jack. He’s always putting something up or pulling something down.

Jack: There we go. All done. What do you think?

Rowan: It looks great. Have you done it all yourself?

Jack: Well, I got the tiles done by a builder and I had the wiring done by an electrician, it’s a bit dangerous for me but I’ve done the rest of the work, yes.

Rich: You’ve even fitted the lights and done the plastering yourself?

Jack: It’s not too difficult if you watch a couple of YouTube videos first.

Rowan: We need to get our living room decorated soon - it’s looking pretty shabby. Probably just needs a lick of paint and a bit of TLC. 

Rich: I’m thinking of getting one of our upstairs bedrooms done. Are you free next weekend, Jack?

Jack: I’m not going to come round to decorate for you, Rich! But come on guys you don’t need to get someone in to do a bit of decorating. You should do it yourself.

Rowan: I’m not so sure. I’ve not really done much DIY before.

Rich: It’s not that I can’t do it. I’m pretty good with a paintbrush. It’s just time - not enough time.

Jack: The football season finishes this weekend - you’re gonna have loads of time. I tell you what, let’s make it a competition. Rowan - you do up your living room and Rich you decorate your bedroom. I’ll give you two weeks then we’ll have a look at what you’ve done. I’ll be the judge and decide the winner.

Rowan: OK, I’m up for that. What do you reckon Rich?

Rich: Sure, a fortnight is plenty of time. You’re on!

Language Focus 1

Rowan: Before the roleplay, we asked you a question. The question was: Which rooms do Rich and I want to decorate?

Jack: Rich is going to decorate his bedroom and Rowan is going to decorate her living room. The competition is for them both to do some decorating and then I’ll judge who is the best at DIY.

Rich: It’ll be a piece of cake. 

Rowan: Let’s look at the language. We’re looking at grammar this week and in this first part, we’re going to look at how we use the causative verbs ‘get’ and ‘have’ to talk about other people doing things for us.

Jack: We use causative verbs when someone is the cause of an action, but doesn’t actually do the action themselves.

Rich: The most common example I can think of is getting your hair cut. I don’t cut my own hair, I go to a hairdresser’s and the hairdresser or the barber cuts my hair.

Jack: When did you last get your hair cut, Rich?

Rich: The last time I got my hair cut was about a year ago. It’s getting really long.

Rowan: When did you last have your hair cut, Jack?

Jack: The last time I had my hair cut was a long, long time ago. I cut my own hair.

Rowan: Rich and Jack are not perfect examples here because they don’t get their hair cut very often but hopefully you can see the grammatical pattern when we speak about getting other people to do things for us

Rich: First, we use a causative verb - such as get and have - and we then say the object and then the past participle - the third form of the verb.

Rowan: Listen for the verb followed by the object followed by the past participle: I got my hair cut last week.

Jack: There is no difference in meaning between the two verbs - have and get. Get is much more common, it’s a little more informal, too.

Rich: In the roleplay, we used a few examples of this structure. Have a listen to them now to see how we spoke other people doing things for us:

Rowan: It looks great. Have you done it all yourself?

Jack: Well, I got the tiles done by a builder and I had the wiring done by an electrician - a bit dangerous that but I’ve done the rest of the work, yes.

Rich: These forms are similar to the passive because it’s not important who did the action. We can say who did it in the same way as when we use the passive. We just add the preposition by and then the person or thing that did the action.

Jack: I said: I got the tiles done by a builder and I had the wiring done by an electrician. Here are a couple more examples from the roleplay. You’ll notice this time we don’t say who did the action. Why do you think they don’t say who will do the decorating?

Rowan: We need to get our living room decorated soon - it’s looking pretty shabby. 

Rich: I’m thinking of getting one of our upstairs bedrooms done. Are you free next weekend, Jack?

Jack: We can’t be certain but it’s either not important or obvious who’s going to do the action so we omit the phrase by the decorators or by the painter.

Rowan: You can find more exercises about this on the Premier Skills English website but now I think it’s time to move on to the second part of our roleplay.

Rich: It’s two weeks later and we’re at Rowan’s house. Jack is going to judge how Rowan has got on with the decorating.

Jack: While you listen we want you to answer a question.

Rowan: The question is: Who do you think Rich is speaking to on the phone?

Roleplay: Part 2

Jack: How do you reckon Rowan’s got on then with her DIY?

Rich: She said that she doesn’t do do it yourself. I can’t imagine she’s done too much by herself - we’ll see that I’ve done a better job - I’m sure of it.

Jack: I wouldn’t be so overconfident - she asked to borrow my belt sander the other day and I’ve sent her a few tutorial videos that I’ve used myself.

Rich: You’re helping. That’s not fair.

Rowan: Hey guys. 

Rich: How are you doing? 

Rowan: I’ve had a really busy weekend. I’ve been painting, decorating, I’ve put up shelves and I’ve even had a go at a bit of plastering - all by myself.

Rich: Plastering? Really?

Jack: And you’ve done it all yourself?

Rowan: Of course, I have. I found it much easier than I thought I would, to be honest.

Rich: It looks all right I suppose.

Jack: All right? It looks fantastic! You’ve done a brilliant job.

Rowan: Shall we get ourselves a nice cup of tea and I’ll tell you exactly what I’ve done.

Jack: Rich? Rich?

Rich: No, no, don’t tell them we can do it ourselves. Tell them to get it done quickly and get them out of there. We’ll be there in an hour or so.

Jack: Who are you speaking to?

Rich: No-one - nothing - just someone trying to sell me something. A cup of tea? That’d be lovely. I’ll make it - the kettle’s not going to boil itself.

Language Focus 2

Jack: Before the roleplay, we asked you a question. The question was: Who do you think Rich was speaking to on the phone?

Rich: We’re not going to tell you now because we want you to listen to the final part of the roleplay.

Jack: It sounds like he’s up to no good!

Rich: What me? Never!

Rowan: Let’s look at some more language. We’re going to have a look at reflexive pronouns - we used them quite a few times in the roleplay you’ve just heard.

Jack: Reflexive pronouns are words such as myself, yourself, and themself in the singular form and ourselves and themselves in the plural.

Rich: We’re speaking about DIY in this week’s roleplay. DIY stands for Do It Yourself.

Rowan: We use reflexive pronouns in a few different ways. Let’s look at a basic example first. Listen.

Jack: I hurt myself when I fell off my bike.

Rich: Here the reflexive pronoun is a direct object as it’s the same as the subject of the verb. Myself is the same as I. We could talk about other individual people using the same example. Listen:

Rowan: They hurt themself when they fell off the bike.

Jack: She hurt herself when she fell off the bike.

Rich: He hurt himself when he fell off the bike.

Rowan: In the roleplay, I said: ‘Shall we get ourselves a nice cup of tea’ and Rich said ‘don’t tell them we can do it ourselves’.

Jack: One common mistake to avoid is when someone asks you how you are feeling. ‘How are you feeling today, Rich?’

Rich: I’m feeling good.

Jack: That’s the correct answer. We never say ‘I’m feeling myself. - I’m feeling myself good’. It’s a common mistake but it’s wrong in more ways than one.

Rowan: Another way we use reflexive pronouns is to show that you did something without any help. We usually use the preposition ‘by’ when we do this but not always.

Rich: There were a couple of examples in the roleplay listen for the reflexive pronouns. Do we use the preposition by or not?

Rowan: I’ve had a really busy weekend. I’ve been painting, decorating, I’ve put up shelves and I’ve even had a go at a bit of plastering - all by myself.

Rich: Plastering? Really?

Jack: And you’ve done it all yourself?

Rowan: There are a few ways to talk about doing something without any help. We can do it ourselves or by ourselves like in the example or we can use the phrase on my own or you can say I did something alone.

Rich: There are more ways to use reflexive pronouns and we’ve got an activity on the website for you to check your understanding and a link to more resources about this area of grammar.

Jack: Let’s get back to our roleplay. You’re about to listen to the final part of the roleplay. We’re now at Rich’s house and we’re going to find out who wins our DIY competition.

Rowan: While you listen we want you to answer a question.

Rich: The question is: Who is declared DIY champion and why?

Roleplay: Part 3

Rich: Here we are. Are you ready to be amazed by my DIY skills?

Jack: Well, your front door still works so that’s a good start.

Rowan: Do you always leave all this stuff on your driveway? It’s a bit messy.

Rich: No, I need to get them to take it away er … I mean I need to take it away later - get rid of it. Come, come in.

Jack: Wow! Look at this place! It’s so different. You’ve done such a good job - you’ve put in a new floor! You did that yourself? You didn’t get someone in to do it?

Rich: No, all my own handy work. I’m not the only one who can watch a few YouTube videos.

Rowan: But you had an electrician do the wiring, right? 

Rich: Of course not, that would be cheating. I can deal with electrics, unlike Jack. 

Rowan: I’ll get it for you.

Decorator: Sorry, we left a few tools earlier. I need to pick them up. We were asked to leave rather quickly.

Rowan: Er … sorry who are you?

Rich: Nothing - let me deal with this … yes, if we could speak outside a moment … sorry about this  … excuse me.

Rich: Sorry, just door-to-door sales.

Rowan: Door-to-door sales my left foot! You’ve only gone and got a decorator in. You are such a cheat. He’s such a cheat!

Rich: What can I say? I’ve never been into DIY. Come on then let’s get this over and done with.

Jack: Rich - you are disqualified from the competition and I declare Rowan the DIY Champion.

Language Focus 3 

Rowan: Before the roleplay, we asked you a question. The question was: Who is declared DIY Champion and why?

Jack: Well the answer is Rowan. Rowan did an excellent job decorating her living room and Rich - well Rich cheated - he didn’t do anything, he got someone else to do everything for him.

Rowan: You big cheat Rich. 

Rich: Let’s quickly move on to some more language. Earlier we spoke about how we use the structure to get or have something done to talk about other people doing things for us.

Rowan: Things like: I’m going to get my hair cut on Saturday or I need to get my living room decorated.

Jack: There are some other ways to talk about people doing things for us and we used a couple of these in the final part of the roleplay.

Rich: One alternative phrase that we might use is to get someone to do something or to get someone in to do something.

Jack: You might want to get someone to fix your computer or get someone in to look at a blocked drain or something. 

Rowan: Or we can use to have someone do something. This is the same meaning but we don’t use ‘to do’. 

Rich: You might have someone fix your computer or have someone look at a blocked drain.

Jack: We used both of these phrases in the roleplay. Have a listen:

Jack: Wow! Look at this place! It’s so different. You’ve done such a good job - you’ve put in a new floor! You did that yourself? You didn’t get someone in to do that?

Rich: No, all my own handy work. I’m not the only one who can watch a few YouTube videos.

Rowan: But you had an electrician do the wiring, right?

Jack: We’ve spoken a lot about the word get today - getting something done, getting someone in, getting someone to do something. There was also an idiom near the end of the roleplay. Rich said ‘let’s get this over and done with’.

Rich: Ahh, yes! To get something over and done with means to finish something that’s usually not nice as soon as possible.

Rowan: Rich wanted Jack to announce the results of our competition straight away because he knew he’d lost - the cheat!

Jack: OK, we’ve looked at lots of language in our roleplay and we have lots of extra materials on the website to help you study and understand. We have the transcript and activities with further examples so we hope to see you there.

TASK

Rowan: In this week’s task, we want you to tell us whether you prefer getting people to do things in your house like Rich.

Rich: Or you prefer DIY - doing things yourself, like Rowan and Jack.

Jack: Why do you prefer to get things done by others? Is it because you haven’t got time or maybe they do a better job?

Rowan: Why do you prefer to do things yourself? Is it because you enjoy DIY or you get a sense of achievement when you’ve done it or is it because it’s cheaper to do it yourself?

Rich: And let us know if you’ve ever had a DIY disaster. I remember hanging a picture on a wall once and the whole wall came down. I then had to pay someone to come and fix the mess I’d made.

Jack: Disaster! Write all your answers in the comments section and try to use a few of the words and phrases we’ve looked at in this podcast.

Football Phrase

Rowan: It’s time for this week’s football phrase. This week’s phrase comes from MoBeckham in Turkey. Thanks for the phrase MoBeckham.

Rich: The phrase might not be exactly the same as what MoBeckham intended but let’s see.

Jack: This week’s football phrase is ***** ******. The phrase describes a person who supports a team that is currently successful. A ***** ****** might change the team they support if another club becomes more successful.
These fans support successful teams so they can gloat at the end of the season.

Rowan: I’m going to give a couple of clues for this phrase. We’re looking for two words; the first word is similar to success and the second word is a person who shoots tiny, little, furry animals.

Rich: Let’s see if a few more of you can get this football phrase right and who is first this week. And if you are still wondering what the answer was to last week’s football phrase it was play on.

Jack: If you have a football phrase that you would like us to use in the podcast, just get in touch and let us know.

Rowan: Right, that’s all we have time for this week! Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below. If you get it right, we’ll announce your name on next week’s podcast. 

Rich: If you have a question for us about football or English you can email us at premierskills@britishcouncil.org

Jack: or you can leave your questions and comments on the website in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

Rowan: or you could give us a rating and a fantastic review on Apple Podcasts.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

Here is some vocabulary you might have heard in the roleplay. Do you know the words in bold?

He’s a bit of a DIY expert is Jack.

We need to get our living room decorated soon - it’s looking pretty shabby

I’ve put up shelves and I’ve even had a go at a bit of plastering.

Sorry, we left a few tools earlier. I need to pick them up.

Activity 1

Activity 1: Match the definitions to the words and phrases from the roleplay.
Do you know these words and phrases?

Are you any good at DIY?

Grammar

The Causative (meaning)

In the podcast, Rowan, Rich and Jack spoke about things that other people do for them. We often use a specific structure to do this. It's called the causative but more often we talk about the structure have or get something done.

Here are some examples from the podcast:

Rowan: We need to get our living room decorated soon - it’s looking pretty shabby. 

Rich: I’m thinking of getting one of our upstairs bedrooms done. Are you free next weekend, Jack?

Rowan: It looks great. Have you done it all yourself?

Jack: Well, I got the tiles done by a builder and I had the wiring done by an electrician - a bit dangerous that but I’ve done the rest of the work, yes.

Grammar

The Causative (form)

have/get + object + past participle

The causative can be used in any tense or verb form. The only part of the structure that changes is the verb to get or have:

I've just got my hair cut.

You don't need to get your hair cut.

Are you getting your hair cut soon?

got my hair cut yesterday.

Activity 2

Activity 2: Look at the sentences from the roleplay and put the words in the right place.
Can you do this exercise?

Have you ever done any decorating?

Grammar

Reflexive Pronouns

A reflexive pronoun is a word that ends in -self (or -selves when the reflective pronoun is in the plural form). When we use a reflexive pronoun we need to make sure that it matches the subject pronoun you use in the same sentence e.g. I  > Myself, We > Ourselves or She > Herself. Look at the table below if you are not sure which reflexive pronoun refers to which subject pronoun:

Subject Pronoun Object Pronoun Reflexive Pronoun
I Me Myself
You You Yourself
We Us Ourselves
They Them Themself/Themselves
She Her Herself
He Him Himself
It It Itself
You (plural) You Yourselves
One One Oneself

You probably heard a lot of reflexive pronouns in this week's podcast. Look at these examples and think about why we are using reflexive pronouns:

Shall we get ourselves a nice cup of tea?

They fell of their bike and hurt themself.

I can’t imagine she’s done too much by herself.

I’ve sent her a few tutorial videos that I’ve used myself.

And you’ve done it all yourself?

I’ll make it - the water’s not going to boil by itself.

In the first example, Rich, Jack and Rowan is the subject (we) and the object (ourselves) of the verb get. The reflexive pronoun refers to the subject and is necessary for the sentence to make sense. Whenever there is a reflexive pronoun in a sentence there must be a subject for that pronoun to refer to. 

Activity 3

Activity 3: In this activity, add the reflexive pronouns to the sentences.
Can you choose the right pronoun?

Who's this? I'm not sure he's dressed for DIY!

Grammar

Other Structures

We didn't only use the causative to talk about getting other people to do something for you in the roleplay. Look at these examples from the podcast:

You did that yourself? You didn’t get someone in to do that?

But you had an electrician do the wiring, right? 

In these examples, we focus more on the person who did the action for you. There are two structures to look at here:

  • We can have someone do something for us. We use have + the person + the infinitive.
  • We can get someone to do something for us. We use get + the person + to + the infinitive.

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Task

Do it yourself or get someone in?

When something needs decorating or fixing in your house who does it?

In this week’s task, we want you to tell us whether you prefer getting people to do things in your house like Rich or you prefer DIY - doing things yourself, like Rowan and Jack.

  1. Do you enjoy DIY? What have you done in your home? Did it look good? How did you feel when you finished?
  2. Do prefer to ask people to fix or decorate your home? What have you had done at home? Were you happy with the result?
  3. Have you ever had a decorating disaster? What happened? Was it your fault or someone else's?

Try to use the words and phrases we introduced in the podcast. Write your answers below and don't forget to make a guess at this week's football phrase!

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mobeckham
27/05/2021
TR
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I have one question :)

I studied the reflexive pronouns at school a long time ago and I used to teach them for students in primary schools but I have never heard about the pronoun ( themself )
I think it’s only ( themselves ) because it’s used with the third person in plural form.
For example , ( they decorated the home themselves )

May I ask what’s the difference between both pronouns and when exactly can I use ( themself ) and if they are interchangeable or not ?

Thanks a mil for your priceless efforts dear teachers :)


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mobeckham
27/05/2021 17:06
Turkey
Manchester United
6029

I have one question :)

I studied the reflexive pronouns at school a long time ago and I used to teach them for students in primary schools but I have never heard about the pronoun ( themself )
I think it’s only ( themselves ) because it’s used with the third person in plural form.
For example , ( they decorated the home themselves )

May I ask what’s the difference between both pronouns and when exactly can I use ( themself ) and if they are interchangeable or not ?

Thanks a mil for your priceless efforts dear teachers :)

jack.radford
28/05/2021
GB
0
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Hi MoBeckham

We can use they, them and themself when we do not know the gender of the person we are talking about. Here's an example. Imagine if you moved into a new house and the bathroom was really badly tiled. You could say: I don't think the previous owner paid a professional to tile this bathroom. It looks like they did it themself. 

In the past, we would probably have said 'themselves' but this singular usage is becoming more common. A quick search returns over 200k instances of the phrase "they did it themself". 

I hope that helps.

Thanks

Jack

 

 


jack.radford
28/05/2021 15:22
United Kingdom
Arsenal
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Hi MoBeckham

We can use they, them and themself when we do not know the gender of the person we are talking about. Here's an example. Imagine if you moved into a new house and the bathroom was really badly tiled. You could say: I don't think the previous owner paid a professional to tile this bathroom. It looks like they did it themself. 

In the past, we would probably have said 'themselves' but this singular usage is becoming more common. A quick search returns over 200k instances of the phrase "they did it themself". 

I hope that helps.

Thanks

Jack

 

 

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mobeckham
28/05/2021
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Now I got that we can use themself for unknown persons when we don’t know if it’s ( himself or herself )
I really appreciate your explanation and clarification Jack

And yes , it helps a lot :)


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mobeckham
28/05/2021 19:09
Turkey
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Now I got that we can use themself for unknown persons when we don’t know if it’s ( himself or herself )
I really appreciate your explanation and clarification Jack

And yes , it helps a lot :)

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mobeckham
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1. I do enjoy DIY in my free time although I’m not so good at that. I like painting and cleaning my home myself.
I think I have a good sense of tidying and cleaning up the flat. After I finish my work , I feel I’m at home sweet home not on a farm :)

2. I prefer to fix or decorate by myself unless it needs a professional worker to help out. I believe it’s better to do things yourself as you gain experience during the process and satisfaction after you accomplish your mission.
I decorated my bedroom and hanged some United posters on the walls. The result was exquisite :)

3. Once I had a problem in the kitchen sink and I tried to fix it by myself whereas it ended up with plenty of water on the floor and all over the place. I called the plumber and I got my sink fixed and cleaned by him.
I also had the gas tube changed by the gas worker and it was too heavy to move it. It was definitely my fault because I left the tap on while checking the water supply line and fixing the pipes down the sink.


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mobeckham
27/05/2021 16:57
Turkey
Manchester United
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1. I do enjoy DIY in my free time although I’m not so good at that. I like painting and cleaning my home myself.
I think I have a good sense of tidying and cleaning up the flat. After I finish my work , I feel I’m at home sweet home not on a farm :)

2. I prefer to fix or decorate by myself unless it needs a professional worker to help out. I believe it’s better to do things yourself as you gain experience during the process and satisfaction after you accomplish your mission.
I decorated my bedroom and hanged some United posters on the walls. The result was exquisite :)

3. Once I had a problem in the kitchen sink and I tried to fix it by myself whereas it ended up with plenty of water on the floor and all over the place. I called the plumber and I got my sink fixed and cleaned by him.
I also had the gas tube changed by the gas worker and it was too heavy to move it. It was definitely my fault because I left the tap on while checking the water supply line and fixing the pipes down the sink.

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wsanta
26/05/2021
AR
4827
points

I think the phrase is "***** ******".


wsanta's picture
wsanta
26/05/2021 04:07
Argentina
Leeds United
4827

I think the phrase is "***** ******".

Vic
24/05/2021
MX
643
points

1.- Well Im not expert DIY, at the fact I have two left hand, but sometimes I date to do myself someting, like a paint or changes some tube of bathroom a little repair and yes, was a succesful.

2.- Absolutly I prefer other people decorate, repair, fix the home, Im not Bob the builder.

3. Yes, the paint run at everywere....


Vic
24/05/2021 20:28
Mexico
Liverpool
643

1.- Well Im not expert DIY, at the fact I have two left hand, but sometimes I date to do myself someting, like a paint or changes some tube of bathroom a little repair and yes, was a succesful.

2.- Absolutly I prefer other people decorate, repair, fix the home, Im not Bob the builder.

3. Yes, the paint run at everywere....

Rich's picture
Rich
26/05/2021
ES
523
points

Ha ha! 

You sound a little bit like me, Vic!


Rich's picture
Rich
26/05/2021 08:00
Spain
Liverpool
523

Ha ha! 

You sound a little bit like me, Vic!

Vic
24/05/2021
MX
643
points

winner ******


Vic
24/05/2021 20:24
Mexico
Liverpool
643

winner ******

Vic
24/05/2021
MX
643
points

club ******


Vic
24/05/2021 20:09
Mexico
Liverpool
643

club ******

Mehmet SISMAN
23/05/2021
TR
10
points

This week’s football phrase is winner ******.


Mehmet SISMAN
23/05/2021 17:27
Turkey
Liverpool
10

This week’s football phrase is winner ******.

Mehmet SISMAN
23/05/2021
TR
10
points

This week’s football phrase is winner hunter. The phrase describes a person who supports a team that is currently successful. A winner ****** might change the team they support if another club becomes more successful.
These fans support successful teams so they can gloat at the end of the season.


Mehmet SISMAN
23/05/2021 17:26
Turkey
Liverpool
10

This week’s football phrase is winner hunter. The phrase describes a person who supports a team that is currently successful. A winner ****** might change the team they support if another club becomes more successful.
These fans support successful teams so they can gloat at the end of the season.

jacek
23/05/2021
PL
263
points

Hello,

this week's football phrase is: "***** ******".
regards
Jacek


jacek
23/05/2021 08:09
Poland
Southampton
263

Hello,

this week's football phrase is: "***** ******".
regards
Jacek

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wsanta
22/05/2021
AR
4827
points

I'm always doing DIY projects at home. For two reasons, one is that I don't have enough money and the other reason is because since I was 13 years old until I was 19 I studied in a technical school or industrial school.
They are schools where each day you spend between four or five hours studying as in all schools, with an emphasis on mathematics and physics, and then another four or five hours to learn to operate lathes, milling machines, different types of machines, learning to weld, build brick walls. At 15 I was already an electrician. My father-in-law, my son and I are three generations who graduated from these schools before starting university.


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wsanta
22/05/2021 08:54
Argentina
Leeds United
4827

I'm always doing DIY projects at home. For two reasons, one is that I don't have enough money and the other reason is because since I was 13 years old until I was 19 I studied in a technical school or industrial school.
They are schools where each day you spend between four or five hours studying as in all schools, with an emphasis on mathematics and physics, and then another four or five hours to learn to operate lathes, milling machines, different types of machines, learning to weld, build brick walls. At 15 I was already an electrician. My father-in-law, my son and I are three generations who graduated from these schools before starting university.

Rich's picture
Rich
26/05/2021
ES
523
points

It's a pity you are so far away, Wsanta otherwise you'd be able to lend me a hand!


Rich's picture
Rich
26/05/2021 08:02
Spain
Liverpool
523

It's a pity you are so far away, Wsanta otherwise you'd be able to lend me a hand!

hayato
22/05/2021
JP
390
points

I think the phrase is a ***** ******


hayato
22/05/2021 02:54
Japan
Everton
390

I think the phrase is a ***** ******

Musheli_04
21/05/2021
US
1
points

Football phrase is ***** ******!
Regards Nayeli!


Musheli_04
21/05/2021 19:42
United States
Liverpool
1

Football phrase is ***** ******!
Regards Nayeli!

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hsn
21/05/2021
TR
2331
points

TASK

1-No, I'm a clumsy or left-handed at DIY field. I do simple things such as changing bulbs or screwing so on. It looked good and I felt successful-:) I usually have repairman fix all the house breakdowns.

2-Yes. I had plug changed last month by electrician. I’m happy with the result.

3- I’ve never had any DIY disaster because I’ve never tried it-:)

This week's football phrase: ***** ******

PHRASE
• The person who likes camping should know to put up tent and have to put down everything in good order in the backpack that will be needed.
P.S.
If your team's stadium located by the coast naturally championship celebrations will be held on the sea-:) (My team BESIKTAS championship celebrations)
https://twitter.com/beINSPORTS_TR/status/1395037278007926794


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hsn
21/05/2021 18:14
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
2331

TASK

1-No, I'm a clumsy or left-handed at DIY field. I do simple things such as changing bulbs or screwing so on. It looked good and I felt successful-:) I usually have repairman fix all the house breakdowns.

2-Yes. I had plug changed last month by electrician. I’m happy with the result.

3- I’ve never had any DIY disaster because I’ve never tried it-:)

This week's football phrase: ***** ******

PHRASE
• The person who likes camping should know to put up tent and have to put down everything in good order in the backpack that will be needed.
P.S.
If your team's stadium located by the coast naturally championship celebrations will be held on the sea-:) (My team BESIKTAS championship celebrations)
https://twitter.com/beINSPORTS_TR/status/1395037278007926794

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Liubomyr
21/05/2021
UA
4361
points

I think that the phrase is a ***** ******, and I'm not that kind of person, I always support small teams))


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Liubomyr
21/05/2021 17:24
Ukraine
Watford
4361

I think that the phrase is a ***** ******, and I'm not that kind of person, I always support small teams))

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Marco Zapien
21/05/2021
MX
68
points

front-runner fan


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Marco Zapien
21/05/2021 16:03
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
68

front-runner fan

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mobeckham
21/05/2021
TR
6029
points

This week’s football phrase is for sure ***** ******
Thank you for using it in this amazing podcast :)


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mobeckham
21/05/2021 15:29
Turkey
Manchester United
6029

This week’s football phrase is for sure ***** ******
Thank you for using it in this amazing podcast :)

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6029
2Alex_from_Ukraine5935
3wsanta4827
4kwesimanifest4754
5Liubomyr4361
6elghoul3988
7assemjuve3705
8aragorn19863557
9Gergő Nagy3396
10haydi3189
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia71465
2Ukraine33477
3Serbia27078
4Spain23710
5Albania20480
6Brazil20027
7Macedonia19063
8Bosnia and Herzegovina16268
9Vietnam15894
10Turkey15009
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United127319
2Liverpool95438
3Chelsea80048
4Arsenal75529
5Manchester City46944
6Tottenham Hotspur13290
7Leicester City12239
8Newcastle United10048
9Leeds United5553
10West Ham United5194

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Skills: Listening

Grammar: Causative forms

Grammar: Reflexive Pronouns

Task: Do you do it yourself or get someone else to do it?