Episode 66: Emails

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BLove or hate them we are sure you read & write them - yes, this week we are chatting all about emails. Is there a right or a wrong way to start an email? Can an email be too short? Too long? And what do you do if you don’t know the name of the person you’re writing to? Your hosts Dan (from the UK) & Jennifer (from the United States) will be discussing these questions and lots more. After the chat, the language focus this week is extra special as it gives you the chance to practise your email writing skills - time to get typing friends! We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Vocabulary & English Expressions: (see the full list in our study guide)

Etiquette – the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group

Assume – suppose to be the case, without proof

Get to the point – start talking about the thing that is most important

Correspondence –

Language Focus: Email Writing Practice  

Take the chance to practice your email skills by writing to another Ponder! Head to bit.ly/eatpemail and get writing!

In this week's 22 page study plan you will find;

1 Listening Practice: Listening for specific vocabulary

2 Gap Fill Exercise: Improve your listening & spelling (writing)

3 Reading Practice: Check your gap fill exercise and follow along with the episode using the transcript

4 Vocabulary & Expressions: Expand your ability to use more English, like a native speaker!

5 Comprehension Questions & Answer Key: Double check your comprehension from the episode by answering the questions

6 Language Focus: Write an email to us!

7 Writing: Improve your ability to express yourself + build your writing fluency with this week’s prompt

8 Full Transcript

9 Answer Key

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Do you ever write emails? Who to? Do you like writing them? Or is it difficult? What are your emails normally about?

Let us know in our forums!

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Episode 65: Driving

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Beep beep! Honk honk! This week we are talking all about driving. Vroom! Do you drive? Do you like or would you like to drive? Have you got a need for speed or do you prefer to take it slow and steady? Are you calm behind the wheel or do you get angry with other drivers and get road rage? And, is your car messy or clean and tidy?! Your hosts Jennifer and Dan discuss all of the above plus lots more. And the language focus this week is all about some of the British & American vocabulary differences concerning driving. The lights are green so GO! & get listening :) 

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Vocabulary & English Expressions: (see the full list in our study guide)

facetious - treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour; flippant

a tiff - a petty quarrel, especially one between friends or lovers

a back seat driver

to rile someone -

Language Focus: British & American English (see the full list in our study guide)

British English is first in the following pairs of words

bonnet - hood

boot - trunk

windscreen - windshield

tyre - tire

Let’s Connect!

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Can you drive? Do you like to drive? Or would you like to be able to drive?

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Episode 64: Success

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Hello dear Ponders & welcome to Episode 64. This week we are talking all about success. What makes a person successful? And how do we measure it? Does having or making a lot of money make someone successful or is there more to it than that? Your hosts Dan & Jennifer discuss these questions and a whole lot more. After the chat, the language focus is all about mnemonics. What are mnemonics? You’ll just have to listen to find out! Enjoy the episode!

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Vocabulary & English Expressions: (see the full list in our member's only study plan)

A working definition - a definition used used as a basis or start

Money driven - motivated by money

To be on the books -

You snooze, you lose - 

Language Focus: Mnemonics (see the full list & examples in our member's only study plan)

We all know how difficult English spelling can be (it seems impossible sometimes!) so this week we are providing you with some tips and tricks that will hopefully make your life a little easier - mnemonic devices.

What’s a mnemonic device? Mnemonic devices are techniques a person can use to help them improve their ability to remember something. In other words, it's a memory technique to help your brain better encode and recall important information.

Music Mnemonics  - have you ever noticed how easy it is to remember the words (lyrics) to songs? Music and rhymes can be a great way to remember how to spell.

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

What does success mean to you?

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Episode 63: Dating

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Ahhh... dating! Join us this week as we enter the world of meeting someone, getting butterflies, going on a date and starting a romantic relationship. Jennifer and Dan are sharing some of their dating stories as well as providing you with all the language you need to be able to talk about this fascinating topic.


After the conversation, this week’s language focus explores the phrasal verbs and expressions you need to help you communicate about romantic relationships with confidence. Enjoy!

This episode is sponsored by italki

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This episode is sponsored by italki, an online language learning platform. You can learn online with real teachers in 1-on-1 personalized lessons which are customized to you, and your learning needs. Our Ponders, YOU, get a buy 1 get 1 special deal, so when you buy your first lesson you get $US 10 for future lessons! It’s a convenient way to connect even more with real language, culture and to practice speaking from the comfort of your own home wherever you are in the world!

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Vocabulary & English Expressions: (see the full list in our member's only study plan)

A blind date - a social engagement with a person one has not previously met, arranged with a view to the development of a romantic or sexual relationship

Speed dating -

A spark - a small amount of a quality or intense feeling

Her crowd -

Language Focus: Phrasal Verbs about Dating (see the full list & examples in our member's only study plan)

ask someone out: to invite someone to go on a date with you
Example: Tom finally asked Susan out because he had romantic feelings for her.

go out with someone:

Here is a summary of everything included in our 24 page study plan & transcript PDF

1 Listening Practice : Listening for a new English idiom

2 Gap Fill Exercise : Improve your listening & spelling ( writing )

3 Reading Practice : Check your gap fill exercise and follow along with the episode using the transcript

4 Vocabulary & Expressions : Expand your ability to use more English, like a native speaker!

5 Comprehension Questions & Answer Key : Double check your comprehension from the episode by answering the questions

6 Language Focus : Phrasal Verbs will help you sound more like a native, and we’ll help you learn them!

7 Writing : Improve your ability to express yourself + build your writing fluency with this week’s prompt

8 Full Transcript : Every word we say in the podcast, written down

9 Answer Key : Check your answers here :)

Become a member today by clicking here and get this week's 24 page study plan & transcript. 

Episode 62: Swear Words

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***Warning: This Podcast Contains Language That May Offend***

This week we are talking about swear words. We are not doing this because we think that swear words are good or because we think you should use them. Instead, we want you to learn about real English - and swear words are a big part of everyday English for many people. You will learn about some of the weaker and stronger swear words and our advice about whether non-native speakers should use them. The language focus is all about the f word. We hope you enjoy the episode!

Vocabulary & English Expressions: (see the full list in our free episode guide!)

A four letter word / a cuss word - a swear word

To cuss - to say a bad word

To interject

A minefield 

Language Focus: Expressions with fuck (see the full list in our free episode guide!)

Fuck me / Holy fuck / Fuck a duck - to express surprise

 

Let’s Connect!

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Do you ever use swear words in your own language? Occasionally? All the time?

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Episode 61: Internet Slang

Hello! HRU? This week we are talking all about internet slang or textese - the abbreviated language and slang commonly used with mobile phone text messaging, or other Internet-based communication such as email and instant messaging. Do you use internet slang? Do you have internet slang in your language? Find out about some of the most up to date English examples, what they mean & when you can use them. The language focus this week is about pronunciation and more specifically the -ing sound. We hope you enjoy the podcast. TY!

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Vocabulary & English Expressions: (see the full list in our free episode guide!)

smh - shaking my head (used when you don’t agree or disapprove)

tbh - to be honest

af - as f***

tyvm - thank you very much

imho - 

ily - 

Language Focus: Idioms (see the full list in our free episode guide!)

In this week’s podcast we looked at textese and many of these expressions include an -ing;

smh - shakin’ my head

rofl - rollin’ on the floor laughing

lmao - laughin’ my ass off

...

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Do you use internet slang? Do you have internet slang in your language?

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Episode 60: Stress

This week we are chatting about something we all have to deal with in one way or another - stress. Do you, dear listener, get stressed out a lot? What kind of things stress you out? How do you cope with stressful situations? These are the kind of questions that your podcast hosts, Dan & Jennifer, are talking about today. After the chat, the language focus is about another kind of stress - syllable stress, so stay tuned to learn more about that. We hope you enjoy this non stressful episode!

Vocabulary & English Expressions: (see the full list in our free episode guide!)

at the flick of a switch - immediately

adverse - difficult

to push your buttons / to get your goat - 

a pet peeve / a pet hate -

Language Focus: Syllable Stress (see the full list in our free episode guide!)

Countries With One Syllable

France, Greece, Laos & Spain

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Do you get stressed easily? What kinds of things stress you out?

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Episode 59: Friendships

Hello and welcome to Episode 59. This week we’re talking about something that plays a big part in all of our lives - friendships. Do you have one best friend or lots of friends? Have you ever been close to someone but now you’re not friends? Why is it more difficult to make friends as we get older? Dan and Jennifer chat about all of these questions and stay tuned because after the conversation the language focus is all about useful idioms connected to the topic of friendship. Enjoy!

This episode is sponsored by italki

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Vocabulary & English Expressions: (see the full list in our free episode guide!)

to hurt somebody’s feelings -  to make someone feel bad

best buddies - best friends

chemistry - 

a bestie - 

Language Focus: Idioms

birds of a feather flock together - people of the same sort or with the same tastes and interests will be found together

Let’s Connect!

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Have you got a best friend or lots of different friends?

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Episode 58: Clothes

Are you a follower of fashion?! This week we’re talking about clothes so if you love getting dressed up then this episode is for you. We talk about what clothes we like to wear, things we wouldn’t be seen dead in and even explain what double denim is all about. After the chat the language focus looks at what is to most people the number one most difficult sound in English. Can you guess what it is? Keep listening to find out. Enjoy!

This episode is sponsored by italki

This episode is sponsored by italki, an online language learning platform. You can learn online with real teachers in 1-on-1 personalized lessons which are customized to you, and your learning needs. Our Ponders, YOU, get a buy 1 get 1 special deal, so when you buy your first lesson you get $US 10 for future lessons! It’s a convenient way to connect even more with real language, culture and to practice speaking from the comfort of your own home wherever you are in the world!

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Vocabulary & English Expressions: (see the full list in our free episode guide!)

a chore - a routine task, especially a household one
cheesy - cheap and of low quality
washed out - 
pep talk - 

Language Focus: Pronunciation of 'th'

Get the the pronunciation diagram in the free episode guide!

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Are clothes important to you?
What kind of clothes do you usually wear?

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Episode 57: Islands

Do you live on an island? Have you ever visited one or would you like to? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then this episode is for you! As Dan lives on an island and Jennifer is staying on one at the moment, we thought we would take the opportunity to discuss all things islands. What’s it like living or staying on one? Which island would we most like to visit and much more is covered in our chat. Stay tuned until the end because you can learn all about a silent letter in the language focus. Enjoy!

Vocabulary & English Expressions: (see the full list in our free episode guide!)

to my mind - in my opinion

stark contrast - exactly opposite of

to a t - 

downtown -

Language Focus: Asking Questions (see the full list in our free episode guide!)

Here are the words from today’s language focus.

Island

Isle

Aisle

Rendez vous

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

You can answer the following question:

What’s your favourite animal? What animals do you commonly see where you live?

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