126 - Soft Skills

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Soft skills? This week we are chatting about the skills that people have apart from their qualifications and work experience. These include the  ability to communicate effectively, to work well in a team, to be decisive, to be able to solve problems, etc.

Join your 2 English teacher hosts, Jennifer from the US and Dan from England as they chat about soft skills and discuss ways in which you can improve them.

After the conversation, the language focus is all about the use of personality adjectives. Enjoy!

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125 - Expectations

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Hello! We “expect” you to love today’s episode :)

What are expectations and how do you talk about meeting them… or not meeting them? Are you the type of person that has high or low expectations for yourself and others? Are expectations good to have?

Whether they’re high or low, or we like them or not - we all have some sort of expectations in our lives. Dan and Jennifer dive into this topic head first in this week’s episode and you’re invited to join the conversation and improve your English!


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124 - Confidence

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Are you a confident person? Do you believe that you can or worry that you can’t?

Join your 2 native speaker English teacher hosts, Dan from the UK and Jennifer from America, as they discuss their feelings about confidence. Improve your English skills as you discover if they consider themselves confident people and how they believe you can improve your self-confidence.

The language focus is all about the modal verb can. We believe in you! You can do it!

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123 - Horror Movies

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BOO! Did we scare you? It's a spooky time of the year, so it's OK to be on the edge of your seat. In fact, we often sit on the edge of our seats, covering our eyes in anxious suspense as we watch... HORROR movies! Join us this week in a Halloween inspired conversation about popular movies at this time of the year.

Are you into gory, slasher films? Perhaps you're more of the paranormal type? Find out about the different types of films and what we think about them, too! Stay tuned to the end of the conversation where we give recommendation of some of the classics.

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122 - Photographs

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Smile! Say cheese!
This week we’re chatting all about photographs. Whether we like it if not, we’re all living in an increasingly image obsessed world where most of us take at least a few photographs every day or two.

Join us for this native speaker chat from your 2 English teacher hosts, Dan from the UK and Jennifer from America as they talk about the photos they take and how having a camera in our pockets is changing all of our lives.
After the conversation the grammar focus is all about what tense to use when describing photographs. Enjoy!

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121 - Star Gazing

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Close your eyes and imagine lying in a beautiful forest, under a clear, dark sky and gazing at the hundreds and hundreds of glowing stars. Then you see a flashing light fly across the sky and you realize it's a shooting star!

What wish do you make? :)

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120 - Apologising

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Hello and welcome to this week’s episode all about something people do a lot in English speaking countries - apologising.

Join your 2 English teacher hosts, Jennifer and Dan, as they chat about their experiences with this delicate topic. Their natural conversation is fun, great for improving your listening skills and packed full of all the vocabulary and advice you need help you to say sorry with confidence.

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119 - Ordering Coffee

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Hi! I'll take an almond milk latte for me and a cold brew with a splash of simple syrup for my husband, thanks!

Can you guess where you might hear or use this phrase in an English speaking country? If you guessed a coffee shop, then you are correct! Join us this week in another 'Living in English' episode as we help you experience a cafe with more ease and confidence. You'll not only hear about Jen and Dan's usual coffee orders, but you'll learn how to order your own cup of joe, too. Enjoy!

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118 - The Sea

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Nothing beats a day at the beach - sunny skies, white sand and the sound of the ocean waves - aaahhhhhh! :)

This week your 2 podcast hosts, Dan from England and Jennifer from the US, are chatting about the fun times they have spent at the beach so sit back and relax as you improve your language skills by listening to this natural conversation from 2 English teachers.

Find out about the things they like to do when spending a day at the seaside and after the chat the language focus is all about the definite article ‘the’ and when to use it with places. Enjoy!

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117 - Birthday Traditions

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Happy Birthday to ... Jennifer! It's another birthday celebration here at English Across the Pond and this year, in this week's episode, we'll talk all about birthday traditions from childhood into adult life! 

Learn more about how Jennifer and Dan have celebrated birthdays over the years and what common ages are celebrated in their countries. Can you find some differences in American and British English?

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116 - Table Manners

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Whether you eat your meals with chopsticks, a spoon and fork or simply your bare hands, table manners are something that affect us all. Join 2 English language teachers, Jennifer from the US & Dan from the UK, as they have a natural conversation about their experiences regarding table manners as well as some advice for you, dear listener, about what to expect when eating in an English speaking country. Find out some of the things you should do as well as things to avoid.


The language focus this week is all about the modal verbs must, should and have to. Bon Appetit!

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115 - The Meaning of Life

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Do you do what you do with intention? Have you ever thought about why you do the things you do? What is the meaning of life to you? Although these are pretty deep questions, we talk all about our meanings for life in this week's episode! Our episode will go into a common confusion between TO and FOR in our language focus, and members, you’ll be able to identify the meaning in your own life by the end of this week AND talk/write about it in English. Master the way to explain why you do what you do using relevant vocabulary and the prepositions “to” and “for” accurately.

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114 - Bags

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We’re sure you have at least one of them and that you use it most days - yes, this week we’re talking all about ... bags. And! It turns out that one half of the team, Jennifer, knows a thing or two about the topic and so Dan, the other half, learns a lot :) We’re sure you’ll learn a lot too - not just about bags but also English vocabulary and everyday expressions.
The language focus is about adjective order and why we say ‘a beautiful, big, leather bag’ and NOT ‘a leather, beautiful, big bag’. Enjoy!

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113 - Back To School

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As August comes to an end, many families are getting their kids ready to go back to school! Are you one of these families?

This week, Jennifer and Dan talk a bit about school traditions and even mention some US and UK differences. We used a lot of verb + preposition + gerund combinations in our natural conversation, and this is why we wanted to highlight this grammar point in our language focus.

As members, your goal this week is to better understand this grammar point and build your speaking and writing confidence by completing the tasks using “back to school” related vocabulary.  You also get 5 extra verb + preposition combinations to review. :)

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112 - Heroes

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Welcome to English Across The Pond. This is a weekly podcast made with much love and care just for you, an English language learner. It's brought to you by your 2 English language teacher hosts, Jennifer (from there US) and Dan (from the UK). 

Batman? Superman? Wonder Woman? This week we’re talking all about superheroes. And while we do chat about comic and movie superiors a bit, most of the conversation is focused around heroes from real life. Who's your hero? The language focus is all about a subject that can even confuse native speakers - the plurals of nouns that end in the letter o. Enjoy the episode!

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111 - Alcohol

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If you like to celebrate special occasions with alcohol, then pop the bottle of champagne because it's a brand new week to learn English with us! :)

Whether you drink alcohol or not, you hear about it on TV, in the news, or in movies. Perhaps your friends or family like to enjoy some drinks now and then, so you're surrounded by it? Either way, it's an important topic for everyday English fluency and now you get the chance to practice.

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110 - Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is one of the hot topics of 2018 - it seems like everybody is taking about it. But what is mindfulness and why has it become so popular so quickly?  Join your English language teacher hosts, Dan from the UK and Jennifer from the US, as they explain everything you need to know about this latest trend. As you listen, you'll be getting all the natural conversation, vocabulary, expressions, idioms, etc. you need to improve your English language skills. After the chat, the language focus this week is based around the present continuous tense. Enjoy!

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109 - At The Dentist

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This podcast is all about helping you improve your English use, confidence, and success and that is especially the goal for this week's episde about the dentist. Today's conversation will help you live in English a little easier, and help you visit a dentist office in an English speaking country. Dan and Jennifer talk about some of their own experiences at the dentist, what to expect in the US and UK (pretty big differences!), and share some very helpful vocabulary naturally in conversation. Our language focus will go into more specifics, explaining the difference between I've got and I have in English as well as common questions and answers needed at the dentist.

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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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