Episode 83: Obstacles

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Obstacles are things that get in your way and stop you from going where you want to go or doing what you want to do. Are you facing any obstacles in your life at the moment?

This week we're talking about our obstacles and how we feel we can best overcome them. In the language focus we're focusing on a key word from this week's topic - face.
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Episode 82: Names

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Hi, who are you?! 
This week we (your podcasts hosts Dan from the UK & Jennifer from America)are chatting about something we all have - a name!
Find out what we think of our names and what names are popular at the moment in America & England. The language focus is grammar based & all about proper nouns. Enjoy!

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Episode 81: 20 Questions

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Happy New Year to our listeners both new and old and welcome to our first podcast of 2018 - yay! This week we're asking one another lots of questions. This will hopefully allow you to get to know us a little better and also to hear authentic English being used in a real native speaker conversation.

After the chat, the language focus will help you to understand the use of questions even more. Enjoy!

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Episode 80: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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English Across The Pond is a podcast for English language learners brought to you by Dan (from the UK) & Jennifer (from the US). We serve up a tasty blend of chat, fun & language improvement every week. Welcome!!

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Another year over, a new one just begun :)

We’ve come to the end of 2017 - this year has gone by so quickly for us here at English Across The Pond and we have loved, loved, loved bringing our podcast episodes to you. This week we’re looking back over the year, chatting about the podcast and lives in general. We’re also getting excited about 2018. The language focus is all about the grammar of the past and the future - perfect!!

Happy New Year everyone :)

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What are your new year's resolutions and plans for 2018? Get in touch & let us know - we'd love to hear from you <3

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Episode 79: New Words in English

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Noob. Destinesia. To throw shade. If you are wondering what these word mean then this is the episode for you! This week your podcast hosts Jennifer (the US) & Dan (the UK) are looking at some of the more recent additions to the English language. Find out about 15 (there were more but we ran out of time!) new words, how to pronounce them and how and when you can use them. After the chat Dan goes through all of the words a little more slowly to make sure you can fully understand & start using them today. Amazeballs!

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Episode 78: Exercise

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This week’s episode is all about something that we know we SHOULD do, but many of us don’t do - exercise!! 

Do you exercise? Swimming? Cycling? Running? Going to the gym? This week your 2 native speaker hosts, Dan from the UK & Jennifer for the US, are chatting about what exercise they (should!) do, the excuses they have for not doing them and a whole lot more besides. After the conversation, Jennifer introduces some common phrasal verbs related to exercise and fitness - so try to keep up :)

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Do you exercise? What do you do? Run? Yoga? The gym?

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Episode 77: Dreams

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‘A series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person's mind during sleep.’ This week your native speaker podcast hosts Jennifer (from America) & Dan (from England) are talking about the weird and wonderful things that happen when we’re asleep - dreams! Do you often remember your dreams? What about nightmares? And are you a daydreamer? After chatting about these questions, the language focus this week is about the prepositions ‘of’ and ‘about’ - we hope you enjoy the episode!

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Do you often remember your dreams? Do you have a recurring dream?

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Episode 76: Alone or Together

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Do you prefer spending time by yourself or in the company of others? Maybe both?


During this week’s natural native speaker conversation you’ll discover what your podcast hosts, Dan from the UK and Jennifer from the US, like doing when they’re alone and you’ll hear them play the ‘together or alone’ game - wow! Stay tuned as the language focus is all about grammar and more specifically gerunds and infinitives. Whether you’re listening to this alone or with family and friends, we hope you enjoy the episode :)

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Episode 75: Decisions

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Decisions, decisions! Are you good at deciding or do you prefer to let someone else take the lead?
Join your hosts Jennifer(the USA and Dan (the UK for real native speaker conversation about … decisions! We chat about being indecisive, getting frustrated when other people can’t make their minds up and … eating out, moving house and gardening. And sharks! We hope you have fun listening because we certainly did when we were chatting :) Stay tuned because after the conversation we’re looking at grammar and more specifically the third conditional. Enjoy!

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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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