small talk

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 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.

Episode 6: Weather and Small Talk

In this episode, Dan and Jenn will help you master the art of small talk in English! Today, we talk all about the weather and naturally teach you the different ways to ask about the weather, including common responses and language.

Additionally you’ll learn about the use of tag questions in grammar and a variety of new vocabulary and idioms!

Episode 2: Small Talk about Hobbies and Free Time

In today’s episode listen to small talk and learn how to create and maintain a casual conversation in English! Dan and Jennifer chit-chat (have an informal conversation) about free time activities, hobbies, and friends. These topics are very common for small talk, so find out some common questions such as “What do you do in your free time?”, “Who do you hang out with?” and more.
Jennifer introduces some fluency tips, 2 ways to help you increase your speaking fluency and conversational abilities and Dan reviews 3 useful English expressions.

Use the information and what you’ve learned in this podcast and comment below! If you don’t use it, you lose it, so we can’t wait to hear from you!