108 - Motivation

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Motivation is the reason we do what we do: if your health is important to you then you’ll be motivated to eat a balanced diet and if you want to be fit then you will be motivated to go running, join the gym or stop smoking. And, of course, if you want to pass an exam, travel the world or get a better job, you’ll be motivated to learn English! Listen to your podcast hosts Jennifer and Dan talk about what motivates them and the advice they offer to you about studying more effectively, dear listener and English student. After the chat, the language focus is all about two words that even native speakers get confused. Enjoy!.

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107 - Fireworks

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Happy belated "birthday", America! A couple of days ago was July 4th, and this is the day that many Americans celebrate Independence day. While we've already talked about the 4th on past English Across the Pond episodes, today we're going into specifics of the celebration. No 4th of July is complete without some fireworks, and this episode will talk all about Jennifer and Dan's thoughts and experiences with fireworks. Speaking of experience, our language focus goes into details about how to use the present perfect to talk about experiences in English, so stick around and review this incredibly common grammar point after today's conversation.

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106 - Planning

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Are you the kind of person that likes to plan every moment of your life? Or do you prefer to just take each day as it comes?  Join your 2 English teacher hosts, Dan from England and Jennifer from America as they chat all about planning. Find out which one is a bit of a control freak, how they plan their lives as well as how you can plan more effectively when it comes to learning English.

After the chat the language focus this week is all about using the present simple tense to talk about the future. Enjoy!

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105 - Summer

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Join us this week as we talk about Jennifer's favorite season, summer! 

Summer time is here (on this side of the world) and Jennifer and Dan are celebrating with a fun, vocabulary-filled conversation all about their summer experiences, what they enjoy doing, and upcoming plans. 

As we talk about our summer plans, we'll show you a natural, in-context way of how to use future time clauses in English. Our grammar focus will tell you more, and members will get the complete lesson with additional examples and information.

We hope you love this episode as much as Jennifer loves the sunshine on a hot summer's day!

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Bonus Episode #5 Celebrate

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Happy Birthday to ...us, Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday dear English Across the Pond.. Happy Birthday to US! THANK YOU for making 2 years possible our dear listeners, members, and Pond community. This week we're celebrating 2 years of podcasting and helping you and other learners around the world improve English fluency.

To say thank you and in honor of this exciting celebration, we're talking about opportunities and gifts we're sharing with you and members of our community this month. Listen to this week's episode to find out more and get the details and links needed below.

Our Special Guest this month is Y O U!

Our podcast wouldn't be possible without you, your dedicated listening, and ongoing support. So today we celebrate YOU!


Thank You Gifts & Opportunities:

(1) SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (new & current members)

We are giving away 2 free 6 month English Across the Pond GOLD subscriptions.

To qualify: You must send us an email (admin@englishacrossthepond.com) and write how and why English Across the Pond helps you with your English fluency and how the scholarship will benefit you.

*Entries must be received by Saturday, June 30th 2018 (PST-Los Angeles time). We will randomly select 2 winners between July 1-July 3 for the free subscription to start on Friday, July 6, 2018.

 

(2) BONUS MATERIALS  (new members)

We are giving away 1 month of free GOLD materials (That is 4 study plans and transcripts) to every new member that signs up for English Across the Pond GOLD membership by June 30th, 2018. 

Extra Bonus: If you sign up for the 3 month subscription, you will receive 2 months of free materials (8 study plans and transcripts).

 

CURRENT MEMBERS: Check your email on Friday because you are receiving a special, members only bonus about extra feedback opportunities on your speaking or writing. 

Pssst ... new members, you can still sign up and receive this email by Friday (June 22nd, 2018), too!

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104 - Air Travel

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Welcome aboard Flight 104 with EATP, we're happy to have you travelling on your English journey with us today and hope you enjoy the flight :) 

English Across The Pond is a weekly language podcast brought to you by 2 teachers Jennifer (from the US) and Dan (from the UK). This week we're chatting about another Living in English topic and your goal is to familiarize yourself with the different stages of the air travel process and study key vocabulary related to the topic. This will increase your English skills and confidence when you are flying internationally. Bon voyage!

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103 - Pets

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Hello and welcome to another episode of English Across The Pond, a podcast made with much love just for you, an English language learner by us, 2 English language teachers.

As animal lovers, we're excited for this week's episode as we talk about PETS: the benefits of them, the challenges, and our experiences in the present and growing up with different kinds of animals. Did you know Jennifer had a zebra in her neighborhood!?

Even more exciting is the opportunity to improve your ability to recognize and use prepositions in English, and learn phrasal verbs in our language focus.

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102 - Noise

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Hello dear Ponder! Imagine we had an entire episode of magical raindrops in the background of our conversation...do you think it would change your listening experience What if we had a car alarm sounding off during the episode, do you think THAT would change your experience? Sounds (and noise) are all around us, whether we like them or not, and today Dan and Jennifer talk a bit about the good, the bad, and the ugly. We dive into the top lists, our preferences, and we hope we'll help you learn how to express your opinion talking about them, too. Our language focus gives you extra practice with the commonly confused words - sound and noise. Enjoy!

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101 - The Supermarket / Grocery Store

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Hey super shopper!

Have you ever had trouble navigating the supermarket/grocery store in an English speaking country? We hope you haven't, but if you have had trouble, we’re sure today's episode will help fix that. Join your English language teacher hosts Dan from the UK and Jennifer from the US as they chat about their own supermarket experiences and give you the practical advice you need to approach your food shopping with greater confidence. Enjoy!

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100 - Celebrate

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Are you excited? Because we are! It's episode 100! 

Join your hosts Dan from The UK and Jennifer from the US for this special landmark episode. This week we take some time to say thank you to you, our dear listeners, and we even try to say hello in your language (I don't think we do a very good job of it, but we tried!). After he chat, the language focus is all about numbers and Jennifer also explains how English Across The Pond is changing as we continue to grow and move forward. Enjoy episode 100!

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Bonus Episode #4 Accents

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Hello hello and welcome to this May bonus episode all about … accents! We are really excited to introduce our very special guest to you, Cara from Leo Listening. Cara is the perfect addition to the team this month as she is an English teacher who was born in Scotland, moved to England and now lives in France. Your hosts Dan and Jennifer find out all about Cara’s real life experience of accents as well as her insightful advice for you, our English language learners. Enjoy the bonus!

Meet our guest Cara from Leo Listening

 

Hey, I’m Cara and I help advanced English learners who love TV and cinema fall back in love with their favourite films and series by getting subtitle free. Just click the image below to visit my site.

 
 

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99 - Embarrassment

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Hi everyone and welcome to episode 99. This is an English language podcast brought to you by two native speaker teachers, Dan from the UK and Jennifer from the USA. Every week we choose a topic, chat about it and then finish with a language focus and this week we’re talking (and laughing!) all about something we’ve all experienced at one time or another - embarrassing situations. Find out all about the times your hosts have found themselves in embarrassing situations and then discover the difference between the often confused feelings of embarrassment and shame. Enjoy!

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98 - Accents

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Have you got an accent? Are you from a particular part of your country where people pronounce your language differently? If so, then this episode is just for you! This week your 2 English teacher hosts, Dan from the UK and Jennifer from the US, are chatting all about accents. Listen along to their natural native speaker conversation to improve your listening and vocabulary while finding out what they think about this fascinating subject. After the chat the language focus is all about phrasal verbs. Enjoy!

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97 - Community

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This week your English teacher hosts Jennifer from the US and Dan from England are chatting all about community - groups of people who have the same interests and do things together. Is community important where you live? Do you belong to a community? Improve your English as you listen to this natural, fun conversation and stay tuned because after the chat the language focus is all about one of the most important sounds in English - the schwa. Enjoy!

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96 - Cliches

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This week we are chatting all about clichés - expressions that have become used so much that they don’t mean very much or anything any more. It’s important to be aware of these clichés as people still say them all the time so the more English you listen to and study, the more you’ll come across them. So sit back and relax as we walk you though some of the most common examples. As the word cliché is from French, the language focus is all about other French expression that we use in English. Enjoy!

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95 - Public Transport

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This week your English teacher hosts Jennifer from the US and Dan from England are chatting all about public transport; buses, trains, trams and the metro / subway / underground. What’s the public transport system like in your country? Do you ever use it? Chances are that when you’re in an English speaking country you’ll be taking a ride on public transport at some point and so this week’s language focus, by focusing on relevant words and phrases, will help you navigate the process successfully. We hope you enjoy the journey!

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Bonus Episode #3 Relaxation

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Is there time to relax in this busy world? And how do we do it? Today your hosts Dan and Jennifer are joined by a fabulous guest, Vanessa from Speak English With Vanessa, and she has some really interesting and wise words about when and how to relax (she has a great idea about using mobile phones too much that you HAVE to hear! It might just change your life!!). So sit back, relax and let your troubles float away as you listen to this bonus episode filled with natural language and useful expressions. Enjoy!!

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Episode 94: Learning

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This week we are talking about something we do just about every day of our lives: learning. Your hosts, native speaker English teachers Dan and Jennifer talk about their own experiences of learning as well as offering advice about the best ways to learn something new. The language focus is all about idioms related to the topic. Enjoy the episode, we hope you learn something new! 

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Episode 93: Charity

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This week your hosts Dan (from England) and Jennifer (from the US) are talking about charity; giving time or money to people or things that really need it. Find out which charities they support and at the same time improve your English as you listen to this natural native speakers conversation that includes expressions and vocabulary. After the chat the language focus is all about the second conditional. Enjoy!

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Episode 92: Pet Hates

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Hello! No, we’re not talking about animals that we hate this week :) A pet hate is something that most people don’t mind but you find really annoying; for example, people eating loudly, tapping their fingers on the table or maybe speaking loudly on their phones. Your hosts Jennifer and Dan chat about their pet hates (they have lots!) as well as things they do that drive their partners crazy. The language focus this week is all about phrases you can use when you find yourself in these difficult situations and are not sure what to say.

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