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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!

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:

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 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!

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:

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?

You can comment below this episode on the blog!

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.

You can answer the following question:

What was your favorite tip from today’s episode?



Join us in the forum or comment below in the comment section!

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 31: Health and Sickness

In this episode, you’ll hear all about sickness, health and everyday vocabulary that will help you talk about these things. Learn how Jen and Dan stay healthy, their tips for optimal (*best*) health, and review common symptoms you may need to use in your English conversations.

The language focus reviews helpful words for this topic, and this week is full of new English expressions and idioms!

Episode 30: Top 5 Things to Do in the US and UK

Do you want to travel to The United States or England? Do you have a trip planned and you need some ideas of what to see or where to go? Then this episode has you covered! Listen as we talk about our top 3 places to visit in each of our countries, giving you the top 6 places to visit in the US and UK.


The episode guide gives you more information and direct links for each of the places, so be sure to check them out. As always, you’ll get related idioms, phrasal verbs, and vocabulary too!

Episode 25: Top 5 Ways to Practice English

In today’s episode we give you the secrets to success for self-study! We know that not everyone can study with a teacher, or be with a teacher all the time, so we give you our top 5 tips for effective self-study. This is great to supplement your current study routine, or for teachers to provide additional learning opportunities!

The language focus will go into more detail, giving you sample roadmaps for success, and other ideas. Of course, you’ll also get loads of vocabulary and idioms, too!

Episode 21: Top 5 Websites to Practice English

In today’s episode, you’ll get some helpful recommendations about websites to learn, practice, and review English. Dan and Jen share some of their favorite websites, 5 of them to be exact, and tell you HOW you can use them to improve your skills. The sites are perfect for students, teachers, and anyone with a love of English!

And of course, don’t forget to listen to the language focus, helping you learn and use common English idioms and expressions to add to your daily conversational use.

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.