Here is a talk from ラジオ英会話.
Topic is compromises. Such as “all the same” , “in spite of”,"however", "whether".
First story is Two colleagues are talking about coming to work on holiday.
a Ben, do you have a minute?
b Sure, Tia. What's up?
a Can you come in work tomorrow? Something just came up today.
b Tomorrow? It's a holiday.
a I understand it's a holiday. All the same, we need you to come to.
b Normally, we would say no problem. But we are having an important family reunion tomorrow I can't possibly miss.
a Well, I guess, it can't be helped, then OK. Don't worry about it.
b Thank you, Tia.
key sentence is I understand it's a holiday. All the same, we need you to come to work.
I treated like a queen. Still, she wasn't satisfied.
He stood still.
My head is killing me.
Never the less, it's a good idea to keep money for it,'s a rainy day.
The marathon was very tough, but I enjoyed all the same.
It was clear she was going to lose, but still she fought tocthe very end.
The economic climate is not brilliant. Neverthe less, we have good reasons tobe optimastic.
Second story is Two colleagues are talking about one took the day off.
a You took the day off yesterday.
b Yes, I promised to take my girlfriend to a theme park.
a I thought you hated places like that.
b I did. But she loves them. Luckily, it was not
so crowded yesterday.
a Oh, right. It was raining all day.
b I was thinking of cancelling. But we went there in spite of the bad weather.
a Did you have a good time?
b I did. But I enjoyed the hot bath at home afterwards more.
key sentence is We went there inspit of the bad weather.
In spite of shyness, he ask her for a date.
They got married despite the difference in their ages.
She never put on weight despite the fact that she eats like a horse!
Third story is Two persons are talking about one was injured.
a What happened to your finger? Did you cut yourself?
b I'm afraid I did. I had a little accident in the kitchen.
a Were you peering potatoes again?
b No, not, this time. I was tryimg to open a new jar of strawberry jam, but however hard I tried, I couldn't open it.
b So, how did you cut yourself?
a I ended up using a can opener and my hand slipped. I did finally open the jam, though.
key sentence is however hard aI tried, I could open it.
Whatever you say, some people will misunderstand you.
Whoever you pick as captain, we will suppot you.
No matter howhard I tried, I couldn't open it.
Whatever you want, I will get it for you.
Wherever you go, I will follow you.
No matter when you go, there are always long lines.
Last story is a son and his mother are talking about his home work.
a Tot, what are you doing playing with your phone?
You promised to do your home work.
b Mom, you're supposed to knock the door, first.
a Don't be smart with me, young man.
b But I don't want to do my home work.
a Whether you like it or not, you have to do it.
b History is so boring.
a I have an idea. Try watching history videos made with dancing and rap music.
You will learn a lot and have fun at the same time.
key sentence is whether you like it or not, you have to do it.
I don't care if you have no money.
I don't care even if you have no money.
Even though he never smiles, he always makes me smile.
Whether you like or not, this is a rule, so you have to respect it.
I don't care if he isn't rich. I love him.
I'm not taking him back, even if he begs me on bended knee!