160 - Generation Gap

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Hey there Ponders! Are you an older person living with younger people? Or are you a younger person living with older people? If you answered yes then you should be very familiar with this week’s topic - generation gaps. Generation gaps are the contrasting attitudes between people of different age groups which can sometimes lead to a lack of understanding. It’s something that affects all of us at one time or another in our lives so sit back, listen, relax and improve your English with us as we discuss this evergreen topic. After the chat the language focus is literally all about one word. Literally!


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159 - Workaholic

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Hey there ponders!

Are you the kind of person who works from dawn until dusk? If so, you might just be (at least a bit of) a workaholic. And, this is the perfect episode for you! Actually, even if you’re more of a couch potato (someone who sits on the sofa and watches a lot of TV) we’re sure you’ll love this week’s show as it’s full of all the English vocabulary, grammar and expressions you need to boost your language skills. After the chat the grammar focus this week is all about suffixes, so stay tuned.

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158 - Culture Shock

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Have you ever experienced culture shock - the sense of confusion felt when someone visits a country or place that they do not know?

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or have never been past your front door, there’s lots to learn in this week’s podcast from your 2 native speaker teacher hosts. Find out where Jennifer and Dan have experienced culture shock and how they coped. The language focus is all about one three letter suffix / word - you’ll have to listen to find out what it is :)
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157 - Summer Solstice

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HELLO!

As you can see, we are yelling (yelling = all CAPITAL letters) because we are excited that it is….

S U M M E R   T I M E!

Summertime is here, which means warm weather, sunshine, and beach days (for 1 of us). What do each of us, your hosts, like to do during summer time? Do we have favorite activities? Listen and find out!



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156 - Toys

Hello dear Ponders! Did you have a favourite toy when you were a kid? A special teddy bear? A beloved bike?

This week we are turning back time and chatting all about our treasured childhood possessions.

How sweet! <3

Keep listening because after the conversation the language focus explores the topic of gender neutral language.

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155 - Besties

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Good morning, afternoon or evening to YOU!

Is it too soon to call you our member bestie? :)

We’re talking all about friendships this week. How we make them, our experiences and so much more! Listen to our conversations to learn a little bit about the besties in our lives …

After the chat the language focus this week is all about noun clauses.

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154 - Time

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It’s always there and we can’t change it. Sometimes it goes so fast we can’t believe it and other times it’s so slow it feels like tomorrow will never come. What are we talking about?

Time, of course! This week we’re chatting about all things time related - time management (being late!), Fitbits and the things that eat up all of our precious minutes during the day. We hope you’ll give us a little extra few moments of your time because after the chat the language focus is all about how to say dates and years correctly.

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153 - Looking for Things

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Hello there dear listener,

Um … Could you help us find something? We're looking for …

What are we looking for in this episode? Well, listen and find out! It’s almost National Scavenger Hunt Day and we want you to get out there and start finding some things :)

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152 - First Impressions

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Do you believe that you never get a second chance to make a first impression?

Welcome to another week of English Across The Pond full of chat, fun and all the language you need to improve your English skills. Join your 2 native speaker hosts, Dan from the UK and Jennifer from the US, as they chat about how to make a good first impression and some do’s and don’ts. After the conversation stay tuned because the language focus this week is all about numbers.

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Bonus Episode - Special Guest

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Hello our dear Ponders! It’s bonus episode time and we are delighted to introduce our good friend Dana from Can Learn English. Dana is Canadian and so we have 3 native speakers from 3 different countries chatting with you today - big wow! We talk about some of the differences between our 3 different types of English and Jennifer and Dan learn some Canadian vocabulary.

It’s a great episode, ey? (Canadian English)

It’s a great episode, innit. (British English)

It’s a great episode, right? (American English)

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See below for a great offer from our Canadian guest Dana!

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151 - Cleaning

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Hello … clean/messy Ponder! :)

Some of us are clean individuals, while some of us may be a bit messy and not mind a less than clean area. Which one are you? Join us this week as we talk about chores, habits, and whether or not we’re clean or messy in our own homes.

Is Jennifer cleaner than Dan, or is Dan a cleaner person than Jennifer? Find out as you hear a natural conversation, lots of vocabulary, and get some more practice with adjective clauses. Enjoy!



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150 - Cheating

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Hey there Ponders! Have you ever cheated on a test? Have you ever cheated on a partner?! We doubt it but whether you have or not our topic for this week focuses around the evergreen topic of …  cheating! Join your 2 English language teacher hosts for real conversation packed full of fun and all the language you need to boost your vocabulary and improve your listening skills. After the chat, the language focus is all about the different prepositions that collocate with the verb to cheat. Enjoy and make sure you listen to the whole episode - no cheating!


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149 - Take Kids To Work Day

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Hello! We’re happy to have you with us “at work” today :)

In fact, we get to spend every week with you here at English Across the Pond. Join us as we talk about this annual day (Take Your Kids to Work Day)  where people around the US bring their children to work. Why does this happen? Has Jennifer (or Dan) ever gone to work with their parents? And, what IS the difference between TAKE and BRING anyway? You’ll find all of that out this week. Enjoy!

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148 - Colour

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Hey there Ponders!

Red and yellow and pink and green. Purple and orange and blue … this week your 2 English teacher hosts, Dan from the UK and Jennifer from the US, are chatting all about colour! They discuss their favourite colours, why colour is so important, colours they like to wear, car colours and … toothbrushes :)

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147 Food From Our Childhood

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Hello, hello dear Pond listener!
We’re back with another episode about food, but this time - we’re talking about childhood memories and food! Are there things we used to eat but no longer do? What are some common things we would eat as a family (when we were the kids)!? Find out some of our past favorite meals, fun memories we look back on and a lot more natural English conversation.

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146 - Individuality

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Hi there dear language learning friends and welcome to another episode of our weekly podcast - English Across The Pond. In case we haven’t already met, we are two native English language teachers with over 30 years’ teaching experience between us, Jennifer from the US and Dan from England. Nice to meet you :)

This week we are talking all about individuality and chatting about things like - what does it mean to be an individual? And is it always better to stand out? Listen along to our natural conversation and hear all all the up to date phrases, expressions and vocabulary you need to improve your English skills.

After the chat the language focus explains the words I, me, my, mine and myself.

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145 - Yoga

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Hello dear friends. Today's episode is extra special for Jennifer because she gets to talk about something she's passionate about (and also certified to teach), which is YOGA. Dan learns a lot from his expert co-host!

Have you ever done yoga? If yes, do you practice often? If no, would you like to try?

Notice the 2 verbs we used there? We'll dive more into that in our language focus!

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144 - First Dates

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Hello dear friends!

Do you remember your first date? Or are you maybe going on your first date soon?! Whether you’re a little younger or older, first dates are a huge moment in all of our lives. Join English teachers Dan (England) and Jennifer (the US) as they discuss their first dating adventures - one of us kissed on their first date, can you guess who?! After the chat the language focus is all about the past perfect tense - how it is formed, examples and when to use it. Enjoy!


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143 - Spring

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Hi there!
Springtime is in the air, if you’re on this half of the world - can you feel it? Most people get excited with this season shift because flowers bloom and it’s the season of new beginnings for some. Learn more about what we think of this season, our favorite activities, and common things many people do. Stick around to the end, this week’s language focus is all about quantifiers which will definitely help you communicate more effectively in English.


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142 - Risk

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Hello and welcome to another episode of English Across The Pond! This week we’re chatting about risk - are you a risk taker? Do you live life on the edge? Are you risk-averse and prefer life in the slow lane? However you feel about this week’s topic, join us for a fun chat full of all the words and expressions you need to improve your English skills. At the end of the conversation this week’s language focus is the best because ... it’s all about superlatives. Enjoy!

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