Chats with Shana: Parties and Poopers

Chats with Shana: Parties and Poopers

What do I mean "Parties and Poopers?" Well, this episode is about parties and it’s about poopers (people and animals  that poop / defecate / go #2) AND party poopers. It sounds weird, I know, but it’s actually full of very important vocab and phrases, that’ll help you when discussing this taboo topic with friends or your doctor!

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Welcome back. Did you click on this episode hoping to hear about parties and pooping? Well, you’re in luck! Today, we’re going to be chatting casually about these important life topics. If you’re not interested in these two things, then I highly recommend hopping over to one of the more structured lessons. I want to stress how casual this one is going to be, and there’s a reason for it!

A long time ago, I mentioned that the reason I got into language learning with podcasts was because of Annik Rubens, a German woman who I listened to daily while studying abroad in Berlin, Germany. That was back in 2009, which is just wild. But, while I was on the subway in Berlin or the U-Bahn, I repeated what Annik said in my head, trying to imitate her perfect German accent. She spoke clearly and confidently, and I thought, geez, I want to speak just like her. One of the things I liked about her podcast, which was called Schlafos and Muenchen, which unfortunately is not available anymore, was that she spoke without much preparation. It’s as if she turned on the microphone and spoke from the heart, which is great!

As a language learner, I heard common, natural transitions from one idea to the next, in addition to hearing about life in Munich. She also spoke about mundane things. Mundane is an adjective that means ordinary or commonplace. Mundane tasks include things like loading the dishwasher, ironing a blouse that has wrinkles in it because you have an event in the evening, or maybe even like running errands, like cashing a check at the bank. Those are mundane tasks.

For a native speaker, hearing about these things is sort of dreadful, it’s not very fun. But as a language learner, it’s useful! We all do mundane tasks and it is nice to know how to talk about them so that you can come up with more detailed answers when people ask you, Hey, what did you do today? Right? You could simply answer, I woke up, but come on, add some details.

So for this reason I created the Chats with Shana episodes, you’ll hear many mundane activities, and also I’ll ramble about our life in the context of Los Angeles, California.

y hope is that you’ll feel exactly how I used to feel with Annik. I hope you mimic my voice, not because it’s perfect, but because it’s good for your pronunciation. I’ll also explain challenging words and phrases as I go along. Once again, today’s topic is parties and poopers.

Let’s start with a joke.

If you’re Canadian when you go into a bathroom and Canadian when you come out of the bathroom, what are you when you’re in the bathroom?

European!

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