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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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Episode 56: Animals

Hello again and welcome to Episode 56. This week we’re talking about something close to both of our hearts - animals. We discuss our pets, the common animals that we see in the US and the UK as well as animals that we are not so keen on. Stay tuned until after the conversation as today’s language focus introduces 5 fabulous animal idioms. Enjoy!

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

pound - An animal shelter or pound is a place where stray, lost, abandoned or surrendered animals, mostly dogs and cats, and sometimes sick or wounded wildlife are kept and rehabilitated.

foster families - a family that provides custody or guardianship for children / pets whose parents are dead or unable to look after them.

adopted -

samaritan -

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

1 to be dressed up like a dog’s dinner -

To be dressed very / too smartly

2 a bear with a sore head -

To be in a bad mood that causes you to treat other people badly

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

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Episode 55: Questions & Answers

Hellooo and welcome to episode … 55! A few weeks ago we asked you to write to us with any questions you may have and lots of you did just that. In this week’s podcast we answer a lot of them and cover topics including how we first met, the different languages we (try to!) speak, British & American accents and travel plans. That’s a lot, right?! The language focus takes a closer look at the questions you asked. We hope you enjoy the episode :)

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

Humble beginnings - Having a low position in society in the early years or stage of one's life

To dust something down - to prepare something for use

A magic wand / A magic bullet - 

Mardy - 

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

Here are the questions from today’s podcast. Can you use them in your English language conversations? More examples below each question to help you with ideas :)

Where and how did you meet?

Where did you go to school? How did you get there?

Do you speak any other languages?

What other languages do you speak?

Let’s Connect!

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Which country would you most like to visit?

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Episode 54: Secrets

Hey! Are you good at keeping a secret? This episode is a big secret so don’t tell anyone about it, okay?! :) Just kidding, the episode itself is not a secret, of course, but it is our topic for the this week. Find out about some of Jennifer and Dan’s secrets and whether or not they are good at keeping them. The language focus features lots of useful idioms and phrases connected to this week’s topic, so make sure you keep listening after the chat. Enjoy!

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

To confide in someone - tell someone about a secret or private matter while trusting them not to repeat it to others

Mum’s the word - (as a request or warning) say nothing; do not reveal a secret.

My lips are sealed -

To get something off your chest - 

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

Keep someone in the dark - to not tell someone a secret / the information so they do not know what is happening

To keep something to oneself - to not share some information

To keep something under wraps - 

To keep something a secret - 

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Who do you tell your secrets to? Do other people tell you their secrets?

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Episode 53: Manners

Welcome to episode 53! This week we are talking all about manners - saying please and thank you, for example. You’ll find out what are some important do’s and don’ts in the UK and the USA - perfect if you’re planning to visit either of our 2 English speaking countries :) After the chat, the language focus is a series of comprehension questions so make sure you pay attention throughout. Enjoy!

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Vocabulary: (See the full list in our free episode guide!)

manners - a person's outward bearing or way of behaving towards others

etiquette - the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group

sincere - 

open doors - 

Language Focus: Comprehension Questions

1. What are both British and American people accused of doing too much?

Saying please and thank you too much

2. When does Jennifer hug people?

When she’s being introduced to a friend of a friend or a friend of a family member

3. In your own words, what strange story happened to Dan in Vietnam?

4. Is Jennifer a good time keeper?

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

to ring a bell - sound vaguely familiar

airs & graces - an affectation of superiority

to mind your ps & qs - 

to creep someone out - 

Let’s Connect!

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What are some examples of good and bad manners in your country? Do you say please and thank you as much as we do in the UK and the USA?

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Episode 52: Memories

Happy Birthday to us! This is our 52nd episode and so we are celebrating our first birthday this week - yay! We’re chatting about memories; some of our own personal ones as well as looking back at English Across The Pond over the past 12 months. The language focus is all about gerunds and infinitives so make sure you keep listening right until the end. Enjoy!

Vocabulary : (Get the full list in the free episode guide!)

to be off topic - not relevant to the current discussion

to digress - leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing

weird - 

a caveat - 

Language Focus: Gerunds & Infinitives - Remember (see the full explanation in the free episode guide!)

Remember is a verb in English that can be followed by both the gerund and the infinitive. However, they have different meanings

Remember + Gerund

To talk about memories

‘I remember playing on my tractor’

English Expressions: get the full list in the free episode guide!)

to bust out (informal) - to take (something) from the place where it is stored so that it can be used

to spark something - trigger, begin, start

a trip down memory lane - 

to spring to mind - 

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Episode 51: Sleep

This week we are chatting about the wonderful world of … sleep. Find out whether your hosts Jennifer & Dan are getting enough sleep, whether or not they like to have a lie in and even what they dream about! This episode is packed full of useful idioms and expressions related to sleep and they are explained by Dan after the chat. So make sure you stay tuned until the end of the show. Enjoy!

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Vocabulary: (See the full list in our free episode guide!)

Running on empty / Running on fumes - to have exhausted all of one's resources

Sleep deprived - suffering from a lack of sleep

To tick along - 

Beggars can’t be choosers - 

Language Focus: Sleep Phrasal Verbs & Idioms (See the full list in our free episode guide!)

To sleep like a baby - to have great sleep

To sleep in - to sleep for longer than usual 

To lie in - 

To nap / a nap, To cat nap / a cat nap / 40 winks - 

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How many hours sleep do you get? Is that enough or would you like more?! What do you do if you can’t get to sleep? Count sheep? Listen to music?

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