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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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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141 - Books

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Hello, you bookworm, you! Do you like to get lost in the pages of a book or do you prefer audio that you can listen to?

Whatever your book preference is, let's talk about it today! Join us this week where we share our favorite books and even some tips for English learners and reading. The language focus this week is all about adjective clauses - enjoy!



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140 - Empathy

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Hello dear Ponders,

Are you empathetic? Do people come to you for advice?

Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings of other people, so if you are, the answer is probably, ‘yes people do often come to me for advice’

This week, we’re discussing  this exciting topic, providing you with real native speaker conversation. After the chat, in our language focus, Dan talks about one of the major differences between British and American spelling, gives some examples and offers practical advice.



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139 - Passion

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Love is in the air, can you feel it?

Some of us are celebrating Valentine’s day, and yes, while it may be a “Hallmark” Holiday - it’s still a time that is filled with love and P A S S I O N. So, let’s talk about it! What is passion and what are you passionate about? Listen to this week’s episode to find out about our passions and let’s try and find some things in common.

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138 - Marriage

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Are you married? Or do you hope to be one day? Even if getting hitched is not your thing, join us this week as we talk about marriage in general, share some of our own details and talk a bit about marriage in different cultures. Our language focus will help you understand some common difficulties with words relating to weddings and marriage, so stick around and learn with us! :)


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137 - Regrets

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Have you ever done something that you knew was a bad idea? Have you ever NOT done something that deep down, you knew was a good idea? If the answer is “yes” to either of those, then, you have experienced a feeling of regret.

While no one wants to experience this feeling, we’re human - so we will have feelings of regret from time to time. What is regret? And more importantly for you, how do we talk about it in English? Luckily, we’ll support you with that this week in our newest conversation and podcast episode! Learn about regrets and how to express them in English while having some fun with us. Enjoy!



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136 - Advice

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Are you the kind of person who is always asking others about what you should do next? Or are you often busy helping friends with their present and future problems and plans? Everyone is either looking for or giving advice at some point or other and this week your 2 hosts reveal everything about their experiences with this fascinating subject. After the chat, the language focus is all about different ways to give advice.

Take our advice - listen to this episode carefully and improve your English :) Enjoy!



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135 - What is EATP anyway?

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Hello and Happy Friday!

In this week’s episode, you’ll learn about the reasons behind EATP - why we, your hosts created it, and why it’s such a labor of love for us! You may even learn more about how to use our membership study plan materials! :)

We hope you enjoy learning a bit more about English Across the Pond, the podcast we produce each and every week with so much love and intention, just for you. Cheers!

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134 - Meet Dan

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This week’s all about the British half of English Across The Pond - say hi to Dan! Find out where he’s lived around the world, his family, his Instagram account, where he’s just been on  holiday, what he does in his free time AND rumours about his death :-D As you listen you’ll be improving your English and learning lots of natural and up to date expressions - nice! The grammar focus after the conversation sounds complicated - reciprocal pronouns - but is actually fairly simple. Enjoy!


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Bonus Episode - Special Guest

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A good friend of English Across The Pond, Sa’eed from Saudi Arabia, joins us for a special bonus episode. Sa’eed tells us how he was able to become so amazing at communicating in English and what he thinks the best thing is about being an English teacher.

The wi-fi signal wasn’t always the best and so it can be a little difficult to hear the conversation in places but we hope you enjoy this bonus episode :)


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133 - Meet Jennifer

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Happy new year dear Ponders! This week (and next week) is exciting because we get to introduce or re-introduce ourselves to you, our listeners, and invite you to learn a little more about us! Whether you’re a long time listener, or a new friend - we know you’ll probably learn something new about your hosts.

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132 - New Beginnings

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The end of another year already! Time flies, right? Join us for our final podcast of 2018 as we take a fond look back over the past 12 months and look ahead to 2019. What are your goals for the coming year? Have you made any new year’s resolutions? Listen in, improve your English and get some fantastic advice about how to make next year your best ever.

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131 - Sweets And Desserts

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Hi there, got a sweet tooth today?

We hope this episode doesn’t make your mouth water too much as we talk about all things sweet! What are desserts and sweets (and are there differences in American and British English)? Do we enjoy eating candies, chocolates, sweets and cakes? What’s our least favorite dessert? You’ll find all of this out + a lot of helpful vocabulary in this week’s newest conversation.


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130 - Grit

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Do you work consistently for long term goals? When you get knocked down do you get back up again? If so then you can proudly describe yourself as being … gritty!

Grit is a very popular topic of conversation nowadays and you can find out all about it by listening to this podcast from your 2 English teacher podcast hosts. Find out whether Jennifer and Dan consider themselves to be gritty and listen to their advice about how you can get a little bit more grit in your life. Enjoy!


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129 - Summer In December

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Hello there, wherever you are in the world!

Today’s episode might divide us a little, because we’re talking about weather! Depending on where you are in the world, you may celebrate the end of the year holidays in the SUMMER (warm) weather or the WINTER (cold) weather. Because we both celebrate Christmas and New Year’s in the winter, we thought it would be fun to imagine a HOT holiday season. Enjoy!


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128 - Fear

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What are you afraid of? Spiders? Flying? Heights? The dark?

As well as talking about these ‘classic’ fears, we’re also chatting about fears associated with learning English. Many students are afraid of making a mistake, speaking English in public or chatting with a native speaker. Are you one of them?! If so, then listen to our conversation to find out how you can become more confident about your ability and so, slowly but surely, feel less afraid. The language focus looks at the differences between the keywords; afraid, scared, frightened, nervous, anxious, etc. Enjoy!


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127 - Going To A Potluck

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Hi, Would you like to come to our potluck?

If you live in an English speaking country or plan to visit one day, there is a great chance you may be invited to a potluck! So what exactly IS a potluck and how should you “prepare” to go to one?

Join us in another fun and natural conversation and let us tell you! In this “Living in English” episode, we’ll help you understand what a potluck is, where you might have one, and some helpful expressions and information to help you get through it. We’ll boost your vocabulary, your confidence, and best of all - your fluency!


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1 “Listening For…” Exercise

This is an active listening exercise, one that you can accomplish when you listen to the conversation and understand the vocabulary we are asking you to listen for.

2 Gap-Fill Exercise

In this activity, you write in the missing words from a part of the transcript text as you listen. 

3 Comprehension Questions

10 comprehension questions for you to answer based on our conversation. 

4 Vocabulary

All the language you need from this week’s episode to improve your vocabulary skills.

5 Language Focus:

Based on the language focus in the episode including extra practice.

6 Writing Prompt

Reply a question based on this week’s episode and we will correct it and give you advice.

7 Speaking Practice

You have the opportunity to improve your speaking by SPEAKING! Leave a spoken message related to the topic every week for us to give you feedback.

8 The Transcript

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9 Answer Key

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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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=== weekly study plan ===

The study plan makes sure you get the very best out of our podcasts by providing you with vocabulary, explanations and activities every week. Each study plan includes;

1 “Listening For…” Exercise

This is an active listening exercise, one that you can accomplish when you listen to the conversation and understand the vocabulary we are asking you to listen for.

2 Gap-Fill Exercise

In this activity, you write in the missing words from a part of the transcript text as you listen. 

3 Comprehension Questions

10 comprehension questions for you to answer based on our conversation. 

4 Vocabulary

All the language you need from this week’s episode to improve your vocabulary skills.

5 Language Focus:

Based on the language focus in the episode including extra practice.

6 Writing Prompt

Reply a question based on this week’s episode and we will correct it and give you advice.

7 Speaking Practice

You have the opportunity to improve your speaking by SPEAKING! Leave a spoken message related to the topic every week for us to give you feedback.

8 The Transcript

The transcript is an amazing learning resource. The combination of being able to both listen to and read what we say provides you with so many learning opportunities.

9 Answer Key

Don’t look here first before trying to do the exercises :)

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