Episode 39: Technology

This week we’re talking about a subject close to our hearts - technology! We’re discussing what we love about tech being a big part of our lives as well as some of the disadvantages. Our language focus this week is all about ‘conversation fillers’ - useful phrases you can use when you’re not sure what to say in English.


As always, the podcast is packed full of the English you need to take you language skills to the next level. We’re sure you’re going to love it!

 

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Podcast Notes:

For more learning, including the full vocabulary list and definitions (from below), a more complete language focus explanation, and idiom example sentences, download this week's episode guide.

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Vocabulary:

To scoff

Devil’s advocate

A clutch

Dead air

A curve ball

Language Focus: Conversation Fillers

If you don’t know or are not sure what to say in English then you can use a language filler. This will help you to both sound more like a native speaker and give you a little more time to think about what you are going to say. Language fillers in the middle of sentences include sounds and words such as errr, ummm, well, like, so, say, etc.

SEE MORE IN OUR EPISODE GUIDE

English Expressions

Love hate relationship: a relationship involving simultaneous or alternating emotions of love and hate

EX: Most of the time I’m really happy using technology but from time to time it’s so frustrating!I guess it’s a love hate relationship!

To be long in the tooth

To get under your skin

To be ahead of the game

Off the top of your head

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

You can answer the following question:

Do you use conversation fillers in your language? Have you ever used them in English?

Episode 38: How to Improve Your Speaking

Have you ever been stuck on ways to practice speaking? If you need to improve your speaking skills in English, then this is the episode for you! This week Dan and Jennifer answer one of the most common questions they receive from English students, “how can I improve my speaking?”


We’ll also give some question examples you can use with a conversation partner, sample answers, and give you the opportunity to connect with other English Across the Pond….Ponders!

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Podcast Notes:

For more learning, including the full vocabulary list and definitions (from below), a more complete language focus explanation, and idiom example sentences, download this week's episode guide.

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Vocabulary Sample:

crisp (and clear)

you bet

overcome

permeate

modest

 

Language Focus: What to talk about with your Conversation Partner

There are a lot of things you can talk about with your conversation partner! You can practice small talk with unimportant (non-controversial) topics to begin with, and as you get to know a person a little more begin asking for personal questions. Consider the following topics to talk about:

  • hobbies/free time, pets, interests, job, travel experiences, and travel plans, family life, friends, work, where you live, your studies….

SEE MORE IN OUR EPISODE GUIDE

 

English Expressions

spring is in the air

let’s get to it

to make the leap across the divide

bite the bullet

to get the ball rolling:

in a nutshell

to be somewhere in a flash/in a heartbeat

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Tell us about your favorite way to practice speaking, what do you do at home?

You can answer the following question:

What are your upcoming travel plans?

Join us in the FORUM and find your conversation partner!

Episode 37: Favorites!

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In this week’s episode, we’re talking about favorites! Dan’s excited about his topic because we love talking about the things we love! We talk about some of our favorite foods, emojis, memories, photos, artists, and more!


We also give you a tip about spelling in the UK vs the US- did you know they were different? Finally, stay tuned to the end because we talk about adjectives and improving your vocabulary.

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Podcast Notes:

For more learning, including the full vocabulary list and definitions (from below), a more complete language focus explanation, and idiom example sentences, download this week's episode guide.

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Vocabulary Sample:

killing it

spelling bee: a spelling competition

clarify

ice creamist

garden [British English] = yard [American English]:

glimmer

 

Language Focus: British English vs American English Spelling

-our  VS -or

favourite    favorite

colour     color

behaviour    behavior

Adjectives

When we talk about things we love and that we’re passionate about, we often use stronger adjectives. When we “stronger” adjectives, we mean adjectives that are more advanced than “nice” or “good”. It’s important for you to try and increase your vocabulary with adjectives to have more colorful language. This will connect people to what you’re saying in a stronger way.

How can you improve your adjective knowledge?

Download the episode guide to learn more!

 

English Expressions

to get something rolling

if it aint broke, don’t fix it

bring things up to date

to lose it

to come undone

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Tell us about your favorite emoji (emoticon)!

You can answer the following questions:

What’s your favorite photo?

What’s your favorite memory?

 

Episode 36: Talking about Stuff

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And….. we’re LIVE! This week is our first ever live episode on YouTube. You, a dedicated listener, now have the opportunity to watch and listen to our conversations in real-time. Connect with us, and practice listening like you were with us, native speakers, in a cafe! In this episode, we’ll talk about stuff, whether things can make us happy, and our most important possessions.


Additionally, you’ll learn some important information about answering TOEFL and IELTS questions. We’ll give you some sample responses, and tell you how to be better prepared for the exam!

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Podcast Notes:

For more learning, including the full vocabulary list and definitions (from below), a more complete language focus explanation, and idiom example sentences, download this week's episode guide.

Download The Full Episode Guide Here

Vocabulary Sample:

slather (something) on

neck of the woods

chilly

raw

to snip bits out

Language Focus: TOEFL/IELTS Speaking Practice

Download the episode guide for more detailed responses to the following questions:

  • How can you use this podcast to help with your TOEFL?
  • How can you answer questions that you don’t care about or know much about?

Also get more details about some sample TOEFL and IELTS questions!


English Expressions

to snip bits out

pig sty

for the sake of (something)

gathering dust

mind goes blank

 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Tell us about your most important possession!

You can answer the following question:

Do you think things (stuff) can bring happiness?

You can comment below this episode on the blog!

Episode 35: All Ears English Interview

We are excited to welcome our first guest to English Across the Pond, Lindsay McMahon from All Ears English. We’ve recommended listening to podcasts in past episodes, and this week Lindsay will tell you how to improve your English with connection not perfection!


Get her 3 tips, listen to 3 native speakers chat together, and learn how you can start applying her advice to your English learning journey today!

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Podcast Notes:

For more learning, including the full vocabulary list and definitions (from below), a more complete language focus explanation, and idiom example sentences, download this week's episode guide.

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Vocabulary Sample:

snowed in:

petrified

rivalry

resonate

standpoint

 

Language Focus: Connection not Perfection Tips

  1. Develop a culture of thinking: expose yourself to news, movies, music, conversations, etc.. and get ideas in your head, and things to connect with other people about.
  2. Focus on getting your point across: string together words to communicate what you need and don’t worry about knowing everything or even the perfect words.
  3. Teach someone something else in English, or learn something in English.

GET MORE DETAILS ABOUT THESE TIPS + ACTIVITIES TO DO TODAY ON THE EPISODE GUIDE

Search for All Ears English in iTunes, or visit www.allearsenglish.com to learn even more about connection not perfection

 

English Phrasal Verbs

to bring up (a topic):

to come up with (ideas):

tune into:

open up:

 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

 

Tell us about how you are going to apply ‘connection not perfection’ to your English journey.

You can answer the following question:

What was your favorite tip from today’s episode?



Join us in the forum or comment below in the comment section!

Episode 34: Valentine's Day

Can you feel the love in the air this week? We can, because it’s Valentine’s Day week! This is not your typical Valentine’s Day themed English resource, as we’re not sharing the history of the day or why we celebrate. Instead, you’ll hear some of Jennifer and Dan’s fondest memories and a lot of related idioms, phrasal verbs, and expressions.


Stay tuned to our language focus, where we’ll share ways to learn, review, and memorize idioms and English expressions!

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Podcast Notes:

For more learning, including the full vocabulary list and definitions (from below), a more complete language focus explanation, and idiom example sentences, download this week's episode guide.

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Vocabulary Sample:

Aka

Boycott

Hospitality

Long story short

Gawking

to mind something

 

Language Focus: How to Learn Idioms and Expressions - by theme

In today's episode we reviewed a lot of idioms related to the human body; however, you can also hear idioms about food and plants/trees.

Check out the episode guide for more details about learning by theme and to review the following:

Top of one’s head

Back of one’s mind

To pop into one’s head

To be out of one’s hands

 

English Expressions & Idioms

Call it for what it is

To get facts straight

To go all out

Ride something out/to stick something out

"Fancy meeting you here"

To be on the rocks

 

Join the Conversation in OUR FORUM

We want to hear from you!

Tell us about how you celebrate love!

You can answer the following question:

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If yes, what special thing do you do?

Let us know in the comments or in our FORUM!

 

 

Episode 33: Quotes

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Are you ready to be motivated and inspired? In this episode Dan and Jen share their favorite motivation quotes for life and learning. You’ll be able to review new language and learn how to use quotes to improve your language skills. We’ll talk about situations these quotes may be applied to, and we invite you to share your favorites, too!


Don’t forget to join the forum and share your biggest motivation with us!

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Podcast Notes:

For more learning, including the full vocabulary list and definitions (from below), a more complete language focus explanation, and idiom example sentences, download this week's episode guide.

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Vocabulary Sample:

nuts

quote

to click with someone

resonate

without further ado

Language Focus: How to use Quotes to Improve Language

Download the episode guide to review our 5 ways to using quotes for language improvement!

English Idioms and Expressions

same ‘ol, same ‘ol

to walk into something with eyes open

to go down the rabbit hole

to get someone going

2 wrongs don’t make a right

day in and day out

to keep one’s eyes on the prize

 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Tell us about your favorite quote!

You can answer the following question:

How do you get motivated to do something that is challenging?


You can comment below this post!

Episode 32: How to Improve your Listening

How can you improve your English listening skills? How can you improve your understanding of native speakers, coworkers, TV shows or movies? This week we are helping you improve your listening by giving you ways to practice! In this episode, we’ll give 5 ways to improve your listening, with actions you can take TODAY!
You’ll get a sample learning plan for the week and of course vocabulary, idioms, and a lot of useful language to improve your English fluency.

Episode 31: Health and Sickness

In this episode, you’ll hear all about sickness, health and everyday vocabulary that will help you talk about these things. Learn how Jen and Dan stay healthy, their tips for optimal (*best*) health, and review common symptoms you may need to use in your English conversations.

The language focus reviews helpful words for this topic, and this week is full of new English expressions and idioms!

Episode 30: Top 5 Things to Do in the US and UK

Do you want to travel to The United States or England? Do you have a trip planned and you need some ideas of what to see or where to go? Then this episode has you covered! Listen as we talk about our top 3 places to visit in each of our countries, giving you the top 6 places to visit in the US and UK.


The episode guide gives you more information and direct links for each of the places, so be sure to check them out. As always, you’ll get related idioms, phrasal verbs, and vocabulary too!