Episode 74: Optimism

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Are you optimistic? Do you think that your glass is always half full? Or are you more of a pessimist and see the same glass as half empty?Join your hosts Jennifer (the USA) & Dan (the UK) as they chat about their attitudes & approaches to life. During their native speaker conversation they discuss whether they see themselves as optimistic or pessimistic  people, times when it’s possible to be both and how you, dear listener, could be more optimistic about your life. After the conversation, Jennifer teaches you some idioms based on this week’s topic. We hope you enjoy the episode and that it makes you feel more optimistic :-D

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Episode 73: Honesty

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Are you honest? Always? 

Like … really always?!?!

This week your hosts Dan (the UK) & Jennifer (the USA) are chatting about truth and lies. During their native speaker conversation you’ll hear them talk about times they have fibbed (told small lies) involving lipstick & a bracelet, whether or not honesty is always the best choice as well as a movie based on this week’s topic. Keep listening as after the chat the language focus looks at pronunciation and words with silent letters. We really hope you enjoy the episode (honestly)! 

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Episode 72: Superstition

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Are you superstitious? Do you believe that things can be lucky or unlucky for you? This week your 2 English language teaching hosts, Jennifer (the US) & Dan (the UK) are chatting all about this most intriguing topic. You will find out if your hosts are superstitious and discover things that are thought of as being good and bad luck in America and England. At the same time, of course, you’ll be listening to modern, natural English from both side of the pond - just what you need to boost your English level!! After the chat, Jennifer will be teaching you some super spooky & useful vocabulary related to Halloween. Enjoy the episode!

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Episode 71: Body Language

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Body language is how we ‘talk’ to people by the way we move our body. You may or may not know that you are doing it but smiling, shaking or nodding your head, folding your arms and crossing your legs all send signals to the person or people you are talking to. Are you aware of body language? Is it something you have studied or are interested in? Whether or not you’re a body language expert or have never heard of it before, we are sure this podcast episode will make fascinating listening! It is, of course, full of natural conversation from your hosts Dan (the UK) & Jennifer (the US) - just what you need to take your English to the next level. After the chat, this week’s language focus is all about body idioms. We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Episode 70: Trying New Things

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Are you the kind of person who likes to try new things? Are you at the front of the queue when it comes to experiencing things for the first time? If so, you will love, love, love this episode. Your hosts, Jennifer (the US) & Dan (the UK) chat about their recent new experiences, things they’d like to try in the future as well as discussing positive affirmations (if you’re not sure what they are ... you’ll find out!) After the chat, Jennifer is talking about grammar and more specifically verbs & infinitives. We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Episode 69: Planning a Vacation

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How do you decide where to go on holiday? Where do you stay? And what do you do?!  Find out the answers to these questions as this week Dan (the UK) & Jennifer (the USA) are chatting about planning vacations or holidays. So take the opportunity to listen to natural English conversation between two native speakers - perfect for improving your fluency. Stay tuned, after the chat the language focus this week is all about the use of will and going to. We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

double-edged sword - something that has or can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences.

obligated - required to do

do your head in - make someone feel annoyed, confused, or frustrated

tug of war

Language Focus: Will & Going To (see the full text in our study guide)

There are a few very subtle differences between WILL and BE GOING TO when talking about the future tense in English. It’s important to remember that these differences happen naturally with native speakers.

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Episode 68: Personality

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Kind? Ambitious? Friendly? What adjectives would you use to describe yourself? And would your friends choose the same ones?! This week we are chatting about personalities and your hosts Dan (the UK) & Jennifer (the US) discuss these questions as well as looking at personalities in the workplace. Stay tuned because after the chat the language focus is all about some important pronunciation differences between American & British English. We hope you enjoy the episode! 

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

to take the reins - to take control of something

jot something down - write something quickly

cunning - having or showing skill in achieving one's ends by deceit or evasion

resilient

Language Focus: British & American English Pronunciation Differences

The “T” has a couple of differences in the way in sounds in American English when compared to British English. However, this week we focused on the “T” and how it sounds in between 2 vowel sounds.
We used the following words as examples:

versatile

empathetic

energetic

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Episode 67: Breakups

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Have you ever had your heart broken? Ever been dumped? It happens to just about all of us at one point or another and so this week we are talking all about breakups. Your hosts Dan (from the UK) & Jennifer (from the US) are chatting about breakups that they have been through, the reasons why so many people seem to split up and advice you can give to someone who is going through what is always a very tough time. Keep listening because after the chat Dan is going over some common expressions you can use when discussing this evergreen topic. We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

turn sour - become less pleasant; turn out badly

evolve - develop gradually

a fork in the road - a deciding moment in life when a major choice of options is required

to be crushed - to get hurt by a person

Language Focus: Expressions about breakups

To be on the rocks / to hit the rocks - a relationship is about to fail

To go / turn sour / bitter - become less pleasant; turn out badly

To dump / ditch someone - to end a relationship

To walk out - leave a relationship suddenly or angrily

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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  

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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

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