conversation tips

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!

You can download the guide for this episode right here. If you've already signed up, you can download this week's file with the same password you received in the past!

Podcast Notes:

For more learning, including the full vocabulary list and definitions (from below), a more complete language focus explanation, and idiom example sentences, download this week's episode guide.

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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….

SEE MORE IN OUR EPISODE GUIDE

 

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?

Join us in the FORUM and find your conversation partner!

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!

You can download the guide for this episode right here. If you've already signed up, you can download this week's file with the same password you received in the past!

Podcast Notes:

For more learning, including the full vocabulary list and definitions (from below), a more complete language focus explanation, and idiom example sentences, download this week's episode guide.

Download The Full Episode Guide Here

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:

 

Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

 

Tell us about how you are going to apply ‘connection not perfection’ to your English journey.

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What was your favorite tip from today’s episode?



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Episode 7: Music Chat

Today we get into music and you’ll hear Jennifer and Dan talk about their music likes, how it affects their daily routines, as well as hear some of their music recommendations!


After listening to this episode, you’ll learn how to ask the same question in different ways with a common structure as well as new vocabulary, including phrasal verbs and idioms.