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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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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





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….



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 32: How to Improve your Listening

How can you improve your English listening skills? How can you improve your understanding of native speakers, coworkers, TV shows or movies? This week we are helping you improve your listening by giving you ways to practice! In this episode, we’ll give 5 ways to improve your listening, with actions you can take TODAY!
You’ll get a sample learning plan for the week and of course vocabulary, idioms, and a lot of useful language to improve your English fluency.

Episode 20: Bonfire Night in the UK

In today’s episode Dan and Jennifer talk about a special British holiday (celebratory day), Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night. Listen to Dan explain this night, popular in British culture, where it started and how it’s celebrated today!

You’ll also get even more listening practice with a comprehension check and dictation/transcription practice. This episode will help you understand some key differences in American and British English pronunciation, and check your ability to understand the two!

Episode 18: Procrastination, 6 Tips to Bite the Bullet

In today’s episode Dan and Jennifer talk about a common problem we all face: procrastination. What is procrastination, how do we avoid it, and what are the tips for more success? Dan and Jen share their advice, especially for you, English learners!

With each of these tips, the episode guide will give you resources to help you out and become more productive. Are you ready to bite the bullet? Don’t forget about all the idioms we review today as well!

Episode 17: Job Interviews, 10 Tips to Nail your Interview

In today’s episode Jennifer and Dan talk about their best and worst job interviews and give you helpful tips to be successful in your next interview! Learn from their mistakes, their success stories, and best of all, learn important language to talk about interviews in everyday English conversations. This conversation is full of phrasal verbs and idioms, so get ready to sound more like a native speaker.

In addition to the top tips they give in their conversation, the episode guide covers more. So make sure to download the episode guide for 10 tips for a successful job interview.

Episode 15: Coffee Talk - What you Need to Know at the Cafe

 In today’s episode we’ll teach you everything you need to know about a cup of joe (coffee) and the perfect English cuppa (cup of tea). We talk about drinks we like, ones we don’t, and common language you will hear and need in your local coffee shop. After this episode you will feel more confident ordering in an English speaking country, and you'll be more knowledgeable about this popular drink!