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Bryan’s Interview – Learn English Short Story

Hello! Here is a new Learn English Short Story for you to improve your English speaking skills. Watch the video and listen to it several times. Make sure to use each of the 7 steps from the Integrated Learning System to develop each of your core skills. Then practice your English speaking by retelling the story to your friends.

There was a man from India who went to live in the USA. He was a researcher and university teacher. His name was Bryan Gupta.

One day, he woke up in hotel bed at 7:40 a.m. He didn’t know why he was there and his head was pounding. After a bit, he did remember that he had an important interview that day. So, he got up to take a shower.

Then he got dressed and had continental breakfast down in the hotel cafeteria. He noticed that the hotel employees were looking at him strangely. But he ignored them.

After breakfast, Bryan caught a taxi to the interview. When he arrived at the building, he told the secretary who he was and why he was there. 

She looked surprised and asked him several questions. She wanted to know how to spell his name and then wanted him to confirm his address. 

Finally, the secretary asked him to have a seat while she made some calls. A man arrived and broke some terribly shocking news. 

Bryan had come to his interview a week after it had been scheduled. But what was even stranger was the fact that the man told Bryan that he had already come in for the interview one week earlier.

He felt very embarrassed over his behavior. Why had he forgotten about the previous interview? And why had he forgotten about everything that had happened the previous week.

Bryan asked how the interview had gone. The man told him that it had gone very well and had even been hired. But then Bryan had never showed up again. Someone had told the company that Bryan had died.

Bryan felt like he was in an episode from the Twilight Zone. He had the strangest feeling of Deja Vu. 

The man told Bryan that he was very sorry, but someone else had been hired for the position. Bryan was very sad. Now he would have to find another job.

Bryan’s Interview – Q&A Mini Story

Listen carefully each question and then pause the video to answer it in your own words before hearing me tell you the answer.

Here are the questions from the video below. I did not add the answers because that would make things to easy for you. Right? But you can see them in the video above or see the answers in the PDF.

#1) Where did Bryan wake up?

#2) Did he go back to sleep?

#3) What time did Bryan wake up in the hotel?

#4) Where did he have to go that morning?

#5) What did he do after waking up?

#6) Who was looking at him strangely?

#7) How did he get to the building where his job interview was scheduled?

#8) When was Bryan’s interview scheduled for?

#9) Was Bryan able to talk with Mr. Grant?

#10) Why wasn’t Bryan able to talk with Mr. Grant?

Learn English Mini-Story Dialogue from Bryan’s Interview

Here is a short dialogue between Bryan and Mr. Grant’s secretary. Listen and repeat along with me to practice your English speaking skills.

Bryan: Well, I’m here to see Mr. Grant. 

Secretary: Who are you exactly?

Bryan: Bryan. Bryan Gupta. 

Secretary: And how do you spell that? 

Bryan: G-U-P-T-A 

Secretary: No, I mean your first name. Do you spell it with an I or with a Y?

Bryan: Oh, yes. B-R-Y-A-N. Like the singer, Bryan Adams. 

Secretary: Did you say your name was Bryan Gupta? 

Bryan: Well, my first name is actually Mandeep. That maybe the name you have in the system. But Bryan is actually my middle name, and it’s the name I go by here in America.

Secretary: Could you just confirm your address for me? 

Bryan: Sure. It’s 4409 Rosemont Avenue. Could you please hurry. My interview with Mr. Grant is at 9:00 a.m. It’s 9:05 already. I’m sure he’s expecting me by now.  

Secretary: Right. Sure, I’m…well, actually, the truth is that Mr. Grant won’t be able to see you today. I don’t have anything on his agenda with your name on it. 

Bryan: Please, check again. I’m sure there’s been a mix-up. I called to confirm this appointment a few days ago. 

Secretary: Well, I do apologize, sir. But Mr. Grant really won’t be able to see you today. 

Bryan: Oh, c’mon. For crying out loud. You have got to be kidding me. What a total disrespect of my time. Why didn’t he just let me know in advance?

Secretary: If I may ask, Mr. Gupta, what day do you think this is? 

Bryan: Monday, July first. 

Secretary: It is Monday, sir, but it’s not the first of July. Would you like me to try to reschedule a meeting for you?

Bryan: Well, what day is it exactly.

Secretary: Monday, July eighth. I’m afraid there has been some sort of mistake. I do see you name here for an appointment last week. 

Bryan: What am I going to do now? 

Secretary: Well, have a seat and let me make some phone calls to see when I can reschedule you.

10 ESL Vocabulary Words from Bryan’s Interview

Here are 10 vocabulary phrases that I selected from the mini-story to explain the definitions. You’ll notice that most of them are in the past tense. Listen and repeat along with me to improve your English vocabulary skills.

Woke Up – To Stop Sleeping And Become Aware And Active Again

Got Dressed – Put Clothes On Your Body

Had Breakfast – Eat In The Morning For Your First Meal Of The Day

Caught A Taxi – Raise Your Hand To Signal To A Taxi Driver That You Need A Ride

Told Her – Communicate Information, Facts, Or News To Someone

Looked Surprised – To Appear Astonished Or In Shock At What Has Been Seen Or Heard

Have A Seat – A Polite Directive For Someone To Sit Down And Wait

Made Some Calls – To Use The Telephone To Talk To People

Arrived – To Reach Your Desired Destination Or Place You Need To Be

Broke The News – To Share Some Important Information With Someone

35 English Phrases To Ask Someone’s Name From Bryan’s Interview

Listen to these 35 question and answer phrases about how to ask someone’s name in English. These are not in order. They are just different ways of ask the same question so you can understand native speakers who talk with you.

Repeat and practice your pronunciation with me as many times as you need.

Hello! And welcome to Z4 Technologies Inc.
How can I help you?
What can I do for you?
I have an appointment this morning.
I have a meeting with Mr. Grant
I have an interview scheduled for 9:00 a.m.
Okay. What’s your name?
And you are?
Could you please tell me your full name?
What’s your first name?
Tell me your last name please?
My name is Bryan Gupta
I’m Bryan. That’s Bryan Gupta.
It’s Gupta. Bryan Gupta.
Do you spell that with an I or a Y, Bryan?
How do you spell that, Mr. Gupta?
Is that spelled with a TH or just a T, Mr. Gupta?
I’m sorry. I didn’t quite catch your last name.
Could you please repeat that for me?
Hm. I don’t see any interviews on his schedule.
Sorry, I don’t see your name on his agenda.
That’s strange. Mr. Grant doesn’t have any interviews scheduled for today.
Are you sure your interview was scheduled for today?
Yes, I’m absolutely positive.
I even called to confirm it yesterday before 6 p.m.
Could you please double-check his schedule?
Sure. Oh here it is. I must have missed it.
Yes. I do see that you have an interview scheduled with Mr. Grant this morning.
Unfortunately, Mr. Grant is running late though.
His pilot is running about 30 minutes behind.
There was a 25 minute delay at the airport because of the rain.
He asked us to push your meeting back 30 minutes.
Mr. Grant apologized and asked to reschedule your meeting for this afternoon
Would it be possible for you to return at 4:30 p.m.
I also have an opening for 5:45 p.m. if you prefer.
Or would you rather reschedule for tomorrow at 9:45 a.m.?

Bryan’s Interview PDF >>>

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Learn English Phrasal Verbs with the Verb Get

Did you know that there are 69 different definitions for the verb ‘To Get’ in the English dictionary? Over half of these definitions are because of phrasal verbs composed of the verb GET plus a preposition.

Phrasal verbs can often be very confusing for English learners, because the use of the preposition can often change the meaning of the verb get in the sentence. So, you just have to learn these phrasal verbs as if they are a new vocabulary word.  

  • The form of the verb “get” is regular for the present simple.
  • The continuous form is “getting”.
  • The past of the verb is “got”
  • And don’t forget the participle ‘gotten’.

Here are 32 different uses of the Phrasal Verb Get with sample sentences. And remember that often, each of these different phrasal verbs with Get can have various meanings.  

30 Phrasal Verbs With The Verb Get

Here are 30 different phrasal verbs with the verb to get that I came up with. Make sure to add more if you think of other get phrasal verbs.

  1. Get about – the way you walk or go from one place to another
  2. Get across – make someone understand what you are want to say
  3. Get after – criticize someone for things you don’t like
  4. Get along – a harmonious relationship
  5. Get around – deal with a problem successfully
  6. Get at – suggest or imply something indirectly
  7. Get away – escape or leave to relax
  8. Get away with – escape undesirable consequences
  9. Get back – return to a place or seek revenge
  10. Get behind – fail to do something and later try to accomplish it
  11. Get by – accomplish something with great difficulty
  12. Get down – remove yourself  from a higher place or relax in an unhibited way
  13. Get down to – give serious attention to an important matter
  14. Get in – enter a place or be elected to a position
  15. Get into – affect other people’s behavior and influence them
  16. Get off – escape punishment
  17. Get on – step or climb aboard; make progress in a specific way
  18. Get on with – harmonious relationship
  19. Get onto – begin a task or project; begin talking about a topic
  20. Get out – leave a location; secret information becoming public knowledge; express disbelief
  21. Get out of – find a way to escape responsibility
  22. Get over – recover from a sickness; overcome a difficulty
  23. Get rid of  – throw something away or seek to be free of it
  24. Get taken – To be fooled
  25. Get through – experience a difficult situation; make contact with someone
  26. Get to – annoy someone through persistant action; deal with a problem at a later time
  27. Get together – gather a group of people
  28. Get up – arise
  29. Get used to – become familiar with something
  30. Get wound up become tense or anxious over a situation

Create your own sentences in the comments below to practice each of the Get Phrasal Verbs above. Especially any of them that you didn’t yet know.

Youtube Videos With About The Phrasal Verb Get

10 GET Phrasal Verbs: get down, get off, get through, get up, get away… English Lessons with Adam – Learn English [engVid]Phrasal Verb Get Playlist

How do you use GET in English as a phrasal verb? Go Natural English

The verb GET | Phrasal verbs with GET | English lesson Crown Academy of English

Phrasal verbs with “Get” Learn English with Papa Teach Me

5 Phrasal Verbs with GET – get up, get along, get ahead, get by… Learn English with Alex [engVid]

20 PHRASAL VERBS WITH GET. PHRASAL VERB GET WITH EXERCISES AND EXAMPLES. PHRASAL VERBS IN ENGLISH – English Professionally – phrasal verbs in English, English grammar lessons and English words

14 GET Phrasal Verbs: get across, get along, get around, get at, get away, get by, get down, get in, Top Ten English Expressions and Idioms

27 Phrasal Verbs with GET: Get along, Get over, Get off, Get through, Get down, Get on, Get up…

Phrasal verb GET part 2, get away, get by, get on, get over, get through final by Antonia Romaker – English and Russian online

Phrasal Verb | Get | English Speaking Practice | ESL | EFL Mark Kulek

Learn GET PHRASAL VERBS : Top 10 Phrasal Verbs with Get – Love English with Leila & Sabrah

Brazilian Youtube Videos With About The Phrasal Verb Get In Portuguese

Os 20 verbos frasais com GET mais úteis do inglês (phrasal verbs) | Dica #24 SmallAdvantages

Phrasal Verbs com GET | English in Brazil  English in Brazil by Carina Fragozo

More Sites & Resources With The Phrasal Verb To Get

147 Phrasal Verbs with GET: Get along, Get off, Get down, Get up… https://7esl.com/phrasal-verbs-with-get/

19 phrasal verbs with ‘get’ https://onlineteachersuk.com/phrasal-verbs-get/

Phrasal Verbs with Get  https://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/phrasal-verbs-with-get-0

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the phrasal verb Get. If you have questions or feedback, let us know in the comments below. And of course, let us know what other things you would like to learn in future English lessons.

English Conversation About Jobs And Companies for Intermediate Business ESL Students

Learn new Engish vocabulary about jobs and companies in this business English lesson for ESL students at the intermediate level. Some common words that confuse English students like…

  • the difference between vocabulary words like ‘found‘ and ‘founded
  • the difference between ‘division‘ in math and a business
  • how to pronounce similar words like employ, employee, and employer

And you will also discuss your position, job description, and responsibilities as in intermediate ESL student in this Business English lesson

12 Tips On How To Improve Your English With Kindle Books

Hey there, English students! Do you like reading and want to know how to improve your English with Kindle books?

If so, here are 12 tips to help you make use of the Kindle app that is probably already installed on your cell phone. If not, go install the Kindle app now.

Learning English with Audiobooks – Live Chat

  1. Improve Your English Vocabulary – Reading Kindle books is a great way to increasing your vocabulary which means you understand more of what you hear and you can express yourself better
  2. Quick Tip for Kindle Dictionary: If you see a word you don’t know, just press on it until Kindle’s built in dictionary pops up so you can learn what the word means
  3. Quick Tip For Kindle Flashcards: You can also add new vocabulary words and phrases to your flashcards which is built right into the Kindle app as well to review them later
  4. Master English Grammar: Reading also allows you to assimilate the grammar structures implicitly which means don’t have to remember grammar rules to form better sentences and speak better English
  5. Improve Your English Pronunciation: Listening along with the audiobook version of your story allows you to learn how to pronounce the words correctly as well as reduce your English accent
  6. Learn English Expressions For Language Fluency – You can also learn many new idiomatic expressions by reading the dialogues in your Kindle book, which means you, will know what they mean when you hear them as well as be able to use them yourself in the proper context as you model what you have been reading
  7. Read Your Books Anywhere on your Kindle – The nice thing about Kindle books is that you can read them on your phone anywhere you go. i.e. a line at the supermarket, waiting for a friend in a park, or anywhere you happen to be
  8. Millions of Free Books – You can read millions of books like Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Beneath A Scarlet Sky through Kindle Unlimited for less then ten dollars per month https://amzn.to/2EIpoWt
  9. No Credit Card? Search for completely free books in Bookbub weekly deals https://www.bookbub.com/ebook-deals/free-ebooks and choose the genres that you enjoy reading
  10. Most Kindle Books Offer Audio Versions – You can find the audiobook versions right on the same page as the book or just join Audible for new books to listen to each month https://amzn.to/2NEEf7s
  11. Get Free Audiobooks – And many books in Kindle Unlimited include the audiobook version for free. To find free audiobooks, just search for ‘Books With Narration In Kindle Unlimited’ on Google https://amzn.to/2u8ZYv2
  12. Read Kindle Reviews First – Just make sure to read the reviews on Amazon or Goodreads to see other people’s reviews and recommendations to make sure the book will be something you enjoy before you invest time or money

indle Updates Your Reading List Automatically – That way you can share you current reading list as well as the books you want to read next in a vibrant community of other readers just like you

Time Machine Man [ESL Audio Short Story]

Joe is a man who dreams of traveling back into the past, and then later of traveling into the future. But what will he do when the opportunity arises? And why do we desire things that we end up hating when we finally get them?

This is a short story, I wrote for my ESL students to help them improve their English listening and speaking skills with the audio for Time Machine Man here >>>

There was a man. His name was Joe. Joe lived in the future. Society was messed up. People were messed up. Joe felt like he didn’t belong there. He wanted to build a time machine. He wanted to travel back in time. He wanted to go back into the past. He wanted to return to the good, old days.

Joe talked about it all the time, but his friends just laughed at him. “Forget it, Joe. If you build a time machine, travel to the future. The future is where it’s at.”

Joe didn’t agree with them. He thought that the future would be worse than the present. Besides, he didn’t know what was in the future. But he did know what was in the past. He loved the past. He lived his entire life thinking about the past. He studied the past.

He ended up quitting his job at a research facility. He became a history teacher. He read about the past. He read about different cultures. He traveled to many different places.

Joe wrote many articles. He gave many speeches about past history and cultures. He became very famous. He consulted for famous movie directors who made movies about the past. He made a lot of money and became very rich.

Joe told everyone that they should build a time machine and return to the past. The past was where it was at. If they could return to the past, they could do whatever they wanted.

One day, a friend of his from the research facility paid him a visit. He told Joe that they had built a time machine. He asked Joe to join them on their first trip. But Joe didn’t want to go. He liked his life here and now. He thanked his friend for the invitation.

“But I thought you wanted to go back into the past. I thought you didn’t like it here. You said that people were messed up. You said that society is messed up. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You should go,” his friend said.

“Nah,” said Joe. “I like the status quo. My life is good here, and I don’t want to mess it up. If I travel back into the future, it might mess things up even worse. You shouldn’t travel into the past. You should travel into the future.”

Joe contacted his famous friends. The celebrities and politicians. They passed a law to ban time travel into the past. They didn’t want to mess things up. They were afraid someone might change things and cause them to lose out on the good life.

There was a huge public outcry. Most of society wanted to travel back into the past. They wanted to change things. They wanted to try and change their lives just like Joe had when he first began. But now that things had changed and life was good, he didn’t want to shake things up. It would be too risky.

There was a huge debate. People screamed. People cried. But celebrities and politicians were firm. The law was the law. If you broke the law, you suffered the consequences.

“You do the crime, you do the time,” they said.

The scientists in the lab didn’t worry about it. Joe’s friends from the research facility traveled back in time. They found Joe while he still worked at the lab before he became famous.

“Hey, Joe. It’s us from the future. The future is messed up. People are messed up. You’re messed up. We came back to pick you up and take you back in time.”

Joe just shook his head and refused to go.

“No, I don’t really want to travel back in time,” he said. “I like it here. I like my life. I don’t want to mess that up. We need to look to the future. The future is where it’s at.”

His friends just sighed and shook their head. They didn’t understand what was wrong with Joe. How did this happen? They didn’t know.

“Sorry, Joe. Our machine can only go back into the past. We don’t know how to make it go forward into the future.”

They couldn’t figure it out. How someone could complain about something all their life, and yet when faced with the opportunity to change, refuse to take it.

“Okay, Joe. Stay here and enjoy your life,” they said. “We’re going to travel back in time to see the past firsthand. We’re going to make history together with those who live in the past.”

And off they went. Joe just smiled. Talking about the past was nice. He loved reminiscing about the good, old days. Joe liked to complain. He liked to think about how things could have been. And yet, he didn’t want to relive the same things over again. He wanted to look forward to discovering what would happen in the future.

Joe began researching everything he could about traveling to the future. He talked with everyone about the future. They just laughed at him and called him crazy.

Joe ended up quitting his job at the research facility. He wrote many articles. He gave many speeches. He consulted for many famous movie directors making movies about time travel. Joe became very famous. He became very rich.

Until one day, he received a visit from his friends from the research facility.

“Hey, Joe,” they said. “It’s us from the past. We discovered a way to travel to the future. Let’s go see what the future holds for us.”

But once again, old Joe refused.

“Nah,” he said and shook his head. “I don’t really want to travel into the future. I like it here. I like my life. I don’t want to lose what I have. I love my friends. I love people. I love society. We need to stay in the present. The present is where it’s at.”

His friends all sighed and shook their heads. They didn’t understand what was wrong with Joe. How did this happen? They didn’t know. How a man who complained all the time refused to change and follow through on what he said.

Joe just smiled as he sat in his old brown chair. He picked up his pen and wrote his first fiction novel about a man with a time machine who could visit the past and visit the future whenever he wanted. But Joe himself never worked up the courage to go with them. He only wrote out the stories that they told him.

Thank you for reading my latest ESL short story, Time Machine Man. I hope you enjoyed it.

If you have questions about any of the vocabulary or expressions, leave a comment below. Let me know what you thought of the story and how you interpret it as well, if you want some extra writing practice.

If you would like the audio file that I narrated to go along with it to listen to, it’s available on Gumroad. Just click the green button below that says ‘I Want This’. You’ll also get the PDF, ePub, and Mobi versions for download as well.

Let me know if you have any questions or need any help

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