Episode 54: Secrets

Hey! Are you good at keeping a secret? This episode is a big secret so don’t tell anyone about it, okay?! :) Just kidding, the episode itself is not a secret, of course, but it is our topic for the this week. Find out about some of Jennifer and Dan’s secrets and whether or not they are good at keeping them. The language focus features lots of useful idioms and phrases connected to this week’s topic, so make sure you keep listening after the chat. Enjoy!

Vocabulary & English Expressions: (See the full list in our free episode guide!)

To confide in someone - tell someone about a secret or private matter while trusting them not to repeat it to others

Mum’s the word - (as a request or warning) say nothing; do not reveal a secret.

My lips are sealed -

To get something off your chest - 

Language Focus: Expressions with Keep (See the full list in our free episode guide!)

Keep someone in the dark - to not tell someone a secret / the information so they do not know what is happening

To keep something to oneself - to not share some information

To keep something under wraps - 

To keep something a secret - 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

You can answer the following question:

Who do you tell your secrets to? Do other people tell you their secrets?

Let us know in our forums!

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Episode 53: Manners

Welcome to episode 53! This week we are talking all about manners - saying please and thank you, for example. You’ll find out what are some important do’s and don’ts in the UK and the USA - perfect if you’re planning to visit either of our 2 English speaking countries :) After the chat, the language focus is a series of comprehension questions so make sure you pay attention throughout. Enjoy!

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Vocabulary: (See the full list in our free episode guide!)

manners - a person's outward bearing or way of behaving towards others

etiquette - the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group

sincere - 

open doors - 

Language Focus: Comprehension Questions

1. What are both British and American people accused of doing too much?

Saying please and thank you too much

2. When does Jennifer hug people?

When she’s being introduced to a friend of a friend or a friend of a family member

3. In your own words, what strange story happened to Dan in Vietnam?

4. Is Jennifer a good time keeper?

English Expressions: (see the full list & all the definitions in our free episode guide!)

to ring a bell - sound vaguely familiar

airs & graces - an affectation of superiority

to mind your ps & qs - 

to creep someone out - 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

You can answer the following question:

What are some examples of good and bad manners in your country? Do you say please and thank you as much as we do in the UK and the USA?

Let us know in our forums!

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Episode 52: Memories

Happy Birthday to us! This is our 52nd episode and so we are celebrating our first birthday this week - yay! We’re chatting about memories; some of our own personal ones as well as looking back at English Across The Pond over the past 12 months. The language focus is all about gerunds and infinitives so make sure you keep listening right until the end. Enjoy!

Vocabulary : (Get the full list in the free episode guide!)

to be off topic - not relevant to the current discussion

to digress - leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing

weird - 

a caveat - 

Language Focus: Gerunds & Infinitives - Remember (see the full explanation in the free episode guide!)

Remember is a verb in English that can be followed by both the gerund and the infinitive. However, they have different meanings

Remember + Gerund

To talk about memories

‘I remember playing on my tractor’

English Expressions: get the full list in the free episode guide!)

to bust out (informal) - to take (something) from the place where it is stored so that it can be used

to spark something - trigger, begin, start

a trip down memory lane - 

to spring to mind - 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

You can answer the following question:

What’s your earliest memory? What are some of your memories of English across The Pond?

Let us know in our forums!

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Episode 51: Sleep

This week we are chatting about the wonderful world of … sleep. Find out whether your hosts Jennifer & Dan are getting enough sleep, whether or not they like to have a lie in and even what they dream about! This episode is packed full of useful idioms and expressions related to sleep and they are explained by Dan after the chat. So make sure you stay tuned until the end of the show. Enjoy!

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Vocabulary: (See the full list in our free episode guide!)

Running on empty / Running on fumes - to have exhausted all of one's resources

Sleep deprived - suffering from a lack of sleep

To tick along - 

Beggars can’t be choosers - 

Language Focus: Sleep Phrasal Verbs & Idioms (See the full list in our free episode guide!)

To sleep like a baby - to have great sleep

To sleep in - to sleep for longer than usual 

To lie in - 

To nap / a nap, To cat nap / a cat nap / 40 winks - 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

You can answer the following question:

How many hours sleep do you get? Is that enough or would you like more?! What do you do if you can’t get to sleep? Count sheep? Listen to music?

Let us know in our forums!

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Episode 50: Small Talk

Say hello to episode 50! This week’s topic is something that we all do, just about every day - small talk! You’ll be finding out exactly what small talk is all about as well as learning a couple of techniques you can use to improve your informal chatting skills. In the language focus your hosts run through some examples to help you master the art of this important area of social interaction. We hope you enjoy the episode!

Podcast Notes:

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Vocabulary:

Inconsequential - not important or significant

To natter, to chit chat, to shoot the breeze - talk casually, especially on unimportant matters

To incorporate - include

To initiate - 

Siblings - 

Vaguely - 

Language Focus: Small Talk Techniques

Two techniques you can use to help improve your small talking skills;

1 The FORD Method

If you’re not sure what topics are suitable to bring up in a small talk situation then remember F O R D!

FORD is an acronym and the letters stand for;

Family

Occupation (job)

Recreation (hobbies / free time)

Dreams (hopes / ambitions)

These four topics are considered safe and unlikely to cause the other person any anguish ... so now you’ll always have something to chat about - perfect!

2 The ARE Method

Read the second summary in the Episode Guide!

English Expressions: (see the full list & all the definitions in our episode guide!)

Oil the cogs - to make it easier for something to happen

To take the words out of somebody’s mouth - Anticipate what someone is about to say

To spark up a conversation -  

To tread on someone’s toes - 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you! 

You can answer the following question:

Is small talk an important part of your culture? What of things do you usually talk about?

 Let us know in our forums!

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Episode 49: Humour

Hello & welcome to episode 49 which is all about … humour (UK) or humor (US). We are delighted to have a guest with us this week, Luke from Luke’s English podcast, and the 3 of us chat away happily about what makes us laugh. Find out all about stand up comedy and discover our comedy heroes. The language focus this week consists of comprehension questions based on the chat so make sure you pay attention! Happy Listening!

If you enjoyed listening to Luke then you can catch up with him & his podcast by clicking on the image below and visiting his website. We recommend it!

 
 

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Podcast Notes:

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Vocabulary: (see all the definitions in our episode guide!)

PC / Politically correct - someone who is politically correct believes that language and actions that could be offensive to others, especially those relating to sex and race, should be avoided

To sum up - give a brief summary

To be put on the spot - to cause someone embarrassment or difficulty by forcing them at that moment to answer a difficult question or make an important decision

Crack me up - when someone says something funny and you start laughing uncontrollably you say "YOU CRACK ME UP!"

Contagious - likely to spread to and affect others

Mic - short for microphone

Teeny - very small 

To dry up - to stop talking because you are very nervous

Bona fide - genuine; real

A pun - a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings

Language Focus: Comprehension Questions & Answers (see them all in our episode guide!)

1 What makes Luke laugh? What does Luke find funny?

‘A really dumb, stupid idea but done in a very clever way. Or a very clever idea done in a really stupid way’ And human error

2 What 2 things did Jennifer say she finds funny?

Cats failing & her son.

3 How long has Luke been doing stand up?

4 What helped Luke to become a stand up comedian?

5 Would either Jennifer or Dan like to try stand up comedy?

6 what comedians did Jen, Luke and Dan say were their favourites.

7 Why is comedy so difficult to understand for a non-native speaker?

English Expressions (much more in our episode guide!)

Kick your shoes off, put your feet up - relax

Tickety-boo - to be fine, very well

To throw somebody under the bus - 

To sugar coat something - 

schadenfreude - 

Self-deprecating - 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

You can answer the following question:

Why do you think comedy is so difficult to understand for non-native speakers?

Let us know on Facebook or in our forums!

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Episode 48: How To Study

Hello dear English Across The Pond People (Ponders!) and welcome to Episode 48 which is all about … how to study! Not only is this episode extremely useful for your language learning but we also have a guest on our show today; Jaime Miller from English Success Academy. So there are 3 native speakers chatting about their own experiences of studying as well as providing you with their very own language learning tips. We thought it was a really great podcast and we hope you like it toooo!

 
 

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Vocabulary: (read all of the definitions in the episode guide)

obsessed with - be constantly talking or worrying about something

unprecedented - never happened before

a bookworm -

nerd -

bland -

to regurgitate -

cursive -

therapeutic -

bite-sized - 

Language Focus: How To Study (full details in the episode guide!)

1 Flashcards
Create handwritten cards containing small amounts of information to help you organise and remember new vocab, pronunciation notes, etc.

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English Expressions (read all of the definitions in the episode guide)

the beauty of hindsight - It's easy to know the right thing to do after something has happened

to throw someone under the bus - to sacrifice a friend or ally for selfish reasons

empty vessels - people who don’t know anything about a subject / topic (usually children)

leaps and bounds - rapid or fast progress

tech savvy - well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology, especially computers

set the benchmark - to set an example

under our belts - achieved, completed

left field - a surprising or unconventional position or style

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

You can answer the following questions:

What do you think of the study tips?

Have you got a favourite?

Or is there another tip that you’d like to tell us about?

You can comment below this episode on the blog (www.englishacrossthepond.com/episodes), in the forum, or on Facebook!

Episode 47: Art

This week we are chatting all about … art! Find out about the kinds of art we like (not just paintings and pictures) and whether or not we consider ourselves good at it. We’re also asking you to send in your artistic masterpieces so get creative dear listeners! The language focus this week is all about one of the more challenging tenses in English - the present perfect. We’re going to discuss different ways you can think about this tense to help you understand it more clearly so make sure you keep listening right until the end of the podcast.

We hope you enjoy the episode :)

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Vocabulary: (read all of the definitions in the episode guide)

form of art - type / kind / medium / genre of art

deep - meaningful, profound

useless at - 

vivid - 

jostling - 

selfies - 

vast - 

on the regular - 

rundown -  

multitasking - 

Language Focus: The Present Perfect (full explanation in the episode guide!)

Two examples of the present perfect from this week’s chat are;

‘Have you ever visited an art gallery?’ & ‘Have you bought a piece of art?’

The present perfect can be confusing as the time period it represents is somewhat abstract or difficult to understand - unfinished time.

...

English Expressions (complete in the episode guide!)

flavour of the week / month - 

to hang out with - 

well jel - 

poisoned chalice - 

stick to - 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

You can answer the following question:

Can you draw? Please post a picture on our Instagram!!

https://www.instagram.com/englishacrossthepond/?hl=en

Or in our forums!

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Episode 46: The Weekend

 

This week we’re talking about everybody’s favourite 2 days - the weekend! Find out what Dan & Jennifer get up to on their days off and learn some useful phrases that you can use when you’re chatting about the weekend. The language focus is all about the future - grammar time!

We hope you enjoy listening :)

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Podcast Notes:

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Vocabulary: (all definitions are available in the free episode guide)

Get in touch - contact us

Out of doors - 

To indoctrinate - 

Versus - 

Hang around -

Gallivant - 

Utilising - 

Language Focus: The Future

Will

Will is used for spontaneous, unplanned actions o we often use will to talk about the future when we are not sure about something. So we often use it with words like maybe, perhaps, or I think. For example, ...

Be going to

...

Present Simple for Future Plans

...

English Expressions:

To kick off - to start / to begin something

Put on record -

Put your feet up / kick back - 

Dive right into - 

Get your head around - 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

How do you spend your weekends?

Let us know below this post or in our forum :)

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Episode 45: Money

The focus of this week's podcast is … money! Find out what your 2 native speaker hosts, Jennifer & Dan, would do if they were rich and listen to 2 stories; Jen talks about when she had some cash stolen and Dan remembers a time when he won over £300. The language focus spotlight this week is on idioms that are related to our topic - cold, hard cash.

Enjoy!

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Vocabulary: (all definitions are available in the free episode guide)

school counselor - A school counselor, also commonly known as a guidance counselor, is a counselor and an educator who works in elementary, middle, and/or high schools to provide academic, career, college readiness, and personal/social competencies to all K-12 students through a school counseling program

trillion / bazillion - 

your passion - 

throne - 

substantial - 

confess - 

an allowance - 

to be thrifty - 

Language Focus: Idioms

money doesn't grow on trees - money is something that must be earned and that it is not easy to acquire it

I'm not be made of money - something that you say in order to tell someone who asks you for money that you do not have very much

time is money - 

to cost an arm and a leg / to cost a pretty penny - 

to have money to burn / money burning a hole in your pocket - 

to tighten your belt - 

English Expressions:

green with envy - jealous

in a heartbeat - 

to knock someone’s socks off - 

a wake up call - 

off the top of my head - 

to a T - 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

What do you like to spend money on when you have

some cash burning a hole in your pocket?!

 

Let us know below this post or in our forum :)

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Episode 44: Food Around The World

This week is all about food glorious food from around the world - delicious! You’ll discover the strangest things your hosts Jennifer & Dan have ever eaten as well as some of the different dishes they have tasted from around the world. The language focus is a listening comprehension so you might want to take a few notes as you listen :)
Enjoy!

 

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Vocabulary: (all definitions are available in the free episode guide)

Cuisines - a style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment.

Mid-morning - in the middle of the morning, around 10 am

Carbs - an informal word for carbohydrates 

Carboholic - 

Veggies - 

Devour - 

Hubby / hubs - 

Heavy food/meal - 

Coincidences - 

Authentic -  

Bucket list - 

Stomach turning - 

Spectacular - 

Language Focus: Listening Comprehension

Here are the questions and answers from this week's listening comprehension (full version in Episode Guide)

1 Where did Jen say she wanted to go just for the food?

- Japan 

2 What does Dan eat in a typical week?

3 Where does Jen like to go on special occasions? What does Jen eat on special occasions? Why? 

4 What type of food is on every corner in San Diego?

5 What’s the strangest thing Dan has eaten?

English Expressions:

On my radar - to be noticed or important

Anything under the sun - anything at all

To blow your own trumpet -

To not care for something -

Once bitten, twice shy -

To die for -

To wrap it up -

On every corner -

Hold your tongue -

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Have you ever tried any strange food from another part of the world? Did you like it?!

Let us know below this post or in our forum :)

 

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Episode 43: Work-Life Balance

Are you working too much? Not enough free time? This week we are discussing one of the 21st century’s hot topics - your work-life balance. Find out about how well Dan & Jennifer manage their own day to day routines and a learn a tip for improving your own work-life balance. The language focus this week is a classic - the present simple. Enjoy!

 

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Vocabulary:

Milestones - a significant stage or event in the development of something

Thrive - grow or develop well

Procrastinate -

Under pressure -

Last minute - 

Tweaking - 

Snowball effect - 

To be flaky - 

Umpteen - 

Run late -

To compartmentalise - 

Cliché -

Old hat - 

Brain dump -

Language Focus: The Present Simple

We use the present simple in 3 main ways;

  • Facts - ‘water boils at 100 degrees’

  • Habits - ‘I listen to EATP every week’

  • Routines - ‘I get up at 07.30 every day’

Active & State Verbs

Most verbs are action verbs and we can use them in the present continuous to talk about something that is happening now or around now;

(much more included in the episode guide!)

English Expressions:

A labour of love - a task done for pleasure, not reward.

At the top of the hour - 

Peel myself away from -

Burn the midnight oil - 

To give someone a hard time - 

Down to the wire -

To come clean -

To get into the groove - 

To twiddle your thumbs - 

To sit on the fence -

The rat race -

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

How is you work-life balance?

Have you ever heard of a brain dump?

Let us know below this post or in our forum :)

 

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Episode 42:Stereotypes

This week is all about stereotypes! First of all, you’ll find out exactly what a stereotype is, why they can be both useful and potentially dangerous as well as hearing about some the main American and English ones. In addition the language focus this week is all about some of the language differences between British and American English.

Enjoy!

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Vocabulary:

Controversial - something people don’t normally agree on and so likely to cause disagreement

Oversimplified -

A pit-bull - 

Brash - 

Crude - 

Gloomy - 

A prude - 

To digress - 

Posh - 

Crumpets - 

Drastically -

Banter -

Utilise - 

Language Focus: American & British English Difference: 

(Much more in the episode guide!)

Collective Nouns

In US English, collective nouns (e.g. family, team) are always singular:

‘Her family is spending the weekend in France so she’s home alone’

In British English, collective nouns can be both singular or plural, depending on the focus:

‘The soccer team haven’t been successful lately and so it is in debt’ (the team and club as a whole)

‘The team played really well today - they were great’ (the team as in the 11 players)

English Expressions:

To catch a break - To obtain or receive a convenient, beneficial, and/or lucky opportunity

In your face -

Volume turned up to 11 -

Get off the beaten track -

Out of the blue - 

Outside of the norm - 

To jot down - 

Kudos to you! - 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

You can answer the following question:

What stereotypes do outsiders have of people from your country? Are they true?

You can comment below this episode on the blog (www.englishacrossthepond.com/episodes), in the forum, or on Facebook!

Episode 41:Shopping

Are you a shopaholic (someone who loves shopping)?! If so, you’re in for a treat because this week we are talking about our shopping habits, things we both love and hate to shop for and shopping online. Our chat is packed full of the everyday expressions and collocations you need to take your language to the next level. It’s followed by our language focus which focuses on a very natural way to agree with both positive and negative statements. Enjoy!

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Vocabulary:

Stereotype - a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing

Shopaholic -

Frugal - 

To get antsy - 

Good taste - 

Joe Schmoe -

A returnaholic - 

Shady -


Language Focus: Agreeing with Positive and Negative Statements

So is used to show agreement with positive statements

So + Auxiliary/Be + Subject (pronoun)

The Auxiliary (or To Be/Have) needs to agree with the verb tense in the original statement.

For example;

I am happy

So am I.

...

MUCH MORE IN OUR EPISODE GUIDE!

English Expressions

In a pickle / in a bind - to be in a difficult situation

Dangerous waters -

To put someone on the spot - 

To put your foot in your mouth -

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

You can answer the following question:

What’s your favourite TV show? Do you ever use watching TV as a way to learn English?

You can comment below this episode on the blog (www.englishacrossthepond.com/episodes), in the forum , or on Facebook !

Episode 40: TV

This week Jennifer and Dan are chatting about TV. They discuss what kinds of TV shows they watch and make some British and American television recommendations, just for you dear listener!

As well as the usual abundance of up to date phrases and everyday expressions the language focus this week is all about modal verbs. A blockbuster episode!!

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Vocabulary:

to this day - in the past and now; still

a must-see 

mundane, banal

to watch something religiously

to get hooked

to unwind


Language Focus: Modal Verbs


Modal verbs are used to show that something is certain, probable or possible.

● We use should when we are talking about advice -

‘You should watch Fawlty Towers or Dad’s Army’

must and have to

may and might

can

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English Expressions

to catch up - to reach the same quality or standard as someone or something else

cut down / cut back - 
raining cats and dogs, chucking it down, bucketing it down - 

to throw someone under the bus -

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Episode 39: Technology

This week we’re talking about a subject close to our hearts - technology! We’re discussing what we love about tech being a big part of our lives as well as some of the disadvantages. Our language focus this week is all about ‘conversation fillers’ - useful phrases you can use when you’re not sure what to say in English.


As always, the podcast is packed full of the English you need to take you language skills to the next level. We’re sure you’re going to love it!

 

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Vocabulary:

To scoff

Devil’s advocate

A clutch

Dead air

A curve ball

Language Focus: Conversation Fillers

If you don’t know or are not sure what to say in English then you can use a language filler. This will help you to both sound more like a native speaker and give you a little more time to think about what you are going to say. Language fillers in the middle of sentences include sounds and words such as errr, ummm, well, like, so, say, etc.

SEE MORE IN OUR EPISODE GUIDE

English Expressions

Love hate relationship: a relationship involving simultaneous or alternating emotions of love and hate

EX: Most of the time I’m really happy using technology but from time to time it’s so frustrating!I guess it’s a love hate relationship!

To be long in the tooth

To get under your skin

To be ahead of the game

Off the top of your head

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Do you use conversation fillers in your language? Have you ever used them in English?

Episode 38: How to Improve Your Speaking

Have you ever been stuck on ways to practice speaking? If you need to improve your speaking skills in English, then this is the episode for you! This week Dan and Jennifer answer one of the most common questions they receive from English students, “how can I improve my speaking?”


We’ll also give some question examples you can use with a conversation partner, sample answers, and give you the opportunity to connect with other English Across the Pond….Ponders!

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Vocabulary Sample:

crisp (and clear)

you bet

overcome

permeate

modest

 

Language Focus: What to talk about with your Conversation Partner

There are a lot of things you can talk about with your conversation partner! You can practice small talk with unimportant (non-controversial) topics to begin with, and as you get to know a person a little more begin asking for personal questions. Consider the following topics to talk about:

  • hobbies/free time, pets, interests, job, travel experiences, and travel plans, family life, friends, work, where you live, your studies….

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English Expressions

spring is in the air

let’s get to it

to make the leap across the divide

bite the bullet

to get the ball rolling:

in a nutshell

to be somewhere in a flash/in a heartbeat

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Tell us about your favorite way to practice speaking, what do you do at home?

You can answer the following question:

What are your upcoming travel plans?

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Episode 37: Favorites!

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In this week’s episode, we’re talking about favorites! Dan’s excited about his topic because we love talking about the things we love! We talk about some of our favorite foods, emojis, memories, photos, artists, and more!


We also give you a tip about spelling in the UK vs the US- did you know they were different? Finally, stay tuned to the end because we talk about adjectives and improving your vocabulary.

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Podcast Notes:

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Vocabulary Sample:

killing it

spelling bee: a spelling competition

clarify

ice creamist

garden [British English] = yard [American English]:

glimmer

 

Language Focus: British English vs American English Spelling

-our  VS -or

favourite    favorite

colour     color

behaviour    behavior

Adjectives

When we talk about things we love and that we’re passionate about, we often use stronger adjectives. When we “stronger” adjectives, we mean adjectives that are more advanced than “nice” or “good”. It’s important for you to try and increase your vocabulary with adjectives to have more colorful language. This will connect people to what you’re saying in a stronger way.

How can you improve your adjective knowledge?

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English Expressions

to get something rolling

if it aint broke, don’t fix it

bring things up to date

to lose it

to come undone

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Tell us about your favorite emoji (emoticon)!

You can answer the following questions:

What’s your favorite photo?

What’s your favorite memory?

 

Episode 36: Talking about Stuff

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And….. we’re LIVE! This week is our first ever live episode on YouTube. You, a dedicated listener, now have the opportunity to watch and listen to our conversations in real-time. Connect with us, and practice listening like you were with us, native speakers, in a cafe! In this episode, we’ll talk about stuff, whether things can make us happy, and our most important possessions.


Additionally, you’ll learn some important information about answering TOEFL and IELTS questions. We’ll give you some sample responses, and tell you how to be better prepared for the exam!

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Podcast Notes:

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Vocabulary Sample:

slather (something) on

neck of the woods

chilly

raw

to snip bits out

Language Focus: TOEFL/IELTS Speaking Practice

Download the episode guide for more detailed responses to the following questions:

  • How can you use this podcast to help with your TOEFL?
  • How can you answer questions that you don’t care about or know much about?

Also get more details about some sample TOEFL and IELTS questions!


English Expressions

to snip bits out

pig sty

for the sake of (something)

gathering dust

mind goes blank

 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Tell us about your most important possession!

You can answer the following question:

Do you think things (stuff) can bring happiness?

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Episode 35: All Ears English Interview

We are excited to welcome our first guest to English Across the Pond, Lindsay McMahon from All Ears English. We’ve recommended listening to podcasts in past episodes, and this week Lindsay will tell you how to improve your English with connection not perfection!


Get her 3 tips, listen to 3 native speakers chat together, and learn how you can start applying her advice to your English learning journey today!

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Podcast Notes:

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Vocabulary Sample:

snowed in:

petrified

rivalry

resonate

standpoint

 

Language Focus: Connection not Perfection Tips

  1. Develop a culture of thinking: expose yourself to news, movies, music, conversations, etc.. and get ideas in your head, and things to connect with other people about.
  2. Focus on getting your point across: string together words to communicate what you need and don’t worry about knowing everything or even the perfect words.
  3. Teach someone something else in English, or learn something in English.

GET MORE DETAILS ABOUT THESE TIPS + ACTIVITIES TO DO TODAY ON THE EPISODE GUIDE

Search for All Ears English in iTunes, or visit www.allearsenglish.com to learn even more about connection not perfection

 

English Phrasal Verbs

to bring up (a topic):

to come up with (ideas):

tune into:

open up:

 

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