Podcast Episode 1: Welcome!

Hello and welcome!

Since this is my first episode EVER, let’s talk about the word WELCOME.

We’ll learn some phrases and practise pronunciation.

Let’s go!

If you’d like to practise more pronunciation, visit my Instagram account (it’s also called Anglojęzycznie) where I post regular pronunciation mini-lessons. See you there!

Lucy from Anglojęzycznie

Podcast Anglojęzycznie

Episode 1: Welcome!

Hello everyone! Welcome to Anglojęzycznie! My name is Lucy and this is the first episode of my podcast. In this podcast we talk about English vocabulary and focus on British pronunciation. 

Today we’re going to talk about the word WELCOME, we’ll learn a few expressions with this word and we’ll practise some pronunciation as well.

A few words about me, I’m Polish but I spent over a decade in the UK where I did my studies and gained professional experience. I now live in Poland and teach English online. 

The word ‘welcome’ can be used as an exclamation: Welcome!

It’s used to greet people when you’re happy that they are there. That’s why I said welcome to Anglojęzycznie because I’m happy that you’re here and listening to my podcast 🙂

We might say it to a guest when they arrive and you’re happy to see them:

Oh, hi Lizzie! Welcome! Please, come in!

You can also use this word in a professional situation, for example when you work in customer service and you’re happy to see a customer walk in through the door:

Welcome to our shop, how can I help you?

You can give someone a warm welcome by meeting them, perhaps shaking their hand and exchanging a few friendly words. You can also welcome an artist on stage:

Please give a warm welcome to our first-time podcaster, Lucy from Anglojęzycznie!

Of course, we’re happy with someone’s visit but also we want them to leave at an appropriate time, so we can go to sleep. If they don’t, we can say that they <yawn> overstayed their welcome. So basically they’ve stayed for too long and we want them to leave now. This idiom is often used by the guests who want to make sure that they don’t stay longer than you’d like them to, so when you offer them another drink they might say:  “Are you sure? I don’t want to overstay my welcome.” Which means that you should tell them when they need to leave because you want to brush your teeth and go to sleep. 

But the word welcome has other meanings as well. The phrase “you’re welcome” is an appropriate response when someone says thank you. You can also say “no problem”, “my pleasure”, “any time”, or in a very British way “It was nothing, don’t mention it”.

You can use the verb “welcome” to talk about an activity that you like and support: The decision to reopen pubs and bars was widely welcomed by the community who missed their local a lot. By the way, a ‘local’ means your local pub. Usually it’s the pub that’s close to your home or work and which you visit regularly. A person who regularly goes to a particular pub is known as a ‘regular’. So if you have a favourite pub, you’re a regular at your local.

“Welcome” can also be used as a verb, and in  this case it can mean that you’re happy that someone joined a particular place, for example a company, so you might say to your new colleague: we are really happy to welcome you to our team.

As an adjective, we can use this word to say that someone is accepted or wanted somewhere: children are not welcome at the hotel restaurant but they are welcome by the pool.

You can make someone feel welcome as well, for example by offering them a drink or… six.

We can also use this word to say that someone can do something if they want to. In this case we use the phrase “you’re welcome to do it”, for example, you’re more than welcome to come along with us if you want or you’re welcome to come back to our shop at any time sir, erm, especially if you’re going to make such a large purchase next time as well.

Let’s practise some pronunciation together:

First of all, let’s talk about the word WELCOME itself. The first part “Wel-” contains something that’s called a dark L – to make this sound, we need to raise the back and the front of our tongue and we don’t release it, so we don’t flap our tongue. 

Practise it with me: welcome /ˈwelkəm/

Let’s practise some phrases now. Repeat after me.

Oh hi, hello! Welcome to our home! Please come in! Let’s talk very briefly about the word OUR. When we speak slowly, we might use the full form or, as it’s called, the strong form of the word which is OUR /ˈaʊə(r)/. But when we speak fast, this word changes to a weak form which is /ɑː(r)/ our home. Now, let’s practise both versions: Welcome to our home!

You’re welcome!

Welcome to the hotel. How can I help you?

Please let me know if you’re tired. I don’t want to overstay my welcome.

We are really happy to welcome you to our team.

You’re more than welcome to come along with us.

Thank you for tuning in and learning with me. If you’re interested in British pronunciation, check out my Instagram account where I post regular pronunciation lessons, it’s called Anglojęzycznie as well.

Take care and speak soon!

CREDITS:

Muzyka: Feelin Good by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3744-feelin-good
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Sounds from Zapsplat.com

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