108: How To Improve Your Writing With Grammar Girl and Grammar Pop  

A number of people who listen to this show want to be better writers, since I ve received a few requests for this topic. On this episode, how to improve your grammar and usage so you can communicate effectively in writing and who better to teach us than Grammar Girl. Guest: Mignon Fogarty a.k.a. Grammar Girl Producer […] The post 108: How To Improve Your Writing With Grammar Girl and Grammar Pop appeared first on Coaching for Leaders.

Ep 098: Listener Q&A/ Grammar Girl  

After a few great questions from listeners, we have a celebrity guest: Grammar Girl, the best selling author, award-winning podcaster, and brain behind She answers dorky questions about wine grammar in her fun, brilliant style!

Listener questions were:

What does it mean exactly when someone says a wine is rustic? Have you found wine shopping to be like fashion i.e.; certain items are a better bargain at certain times of the year? Unless I have a specific meal I am planning I tend to buy the same wine to drink and I go through stages. Am I messing up my palate by having a standard that I always go to? I sought out a Blaufränkisch and I was really surprised by how sweet it was. Is this typical of all Blaufränkisch , a Hungarian style, or just that vinter?


And then we get to the famous Mignon Fogarty, AKA Grammar Girl! She answers three questions for me:

Should wine types (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc) be capitalized in writing? Why are some wine types not capitalized (champagne, sherry) by some wine writers? What's the deal with variety v. varietal?

Mignon is a great person, brilliant, fun, and I'm thrilled we connected. Find her at:

And more about her new project, Peeve Wars here:

Free Big Grammar Book for English Language Lessons  

Discover this hugely popular free Big Grammar Book for English language lessons - including how to download it! Links in this podcast: Download free Big Grammar Book: and Download the free interactive version for desktop: Buy a paperback version (as in the picture): Find out more about Big Grammar Book:

Typeradio: CMYK by Electric Mustafa  

CMYK – Official anthem of the Typeradio Typo Berlin 2006 Show

A spectacular live show featuring the legendary colour girl Miss Kathy, world renowned letter-incarnator The Great Ornaldo who completed the entire alphabet in under six minutes using all his body parts. The Typographic Orchestra were flown in from London to create spectacular finger-licking visual intros. Also a heart wrenching interview with Mr. Comic Sans. And to top it all we were joined for the first time ever by Electric Mustafa to sing a specially written rendition of the all time classic by the Village People, CMYK. Now available for everybody to download and enjoy!

Electric Mustafa – CMYK
(written, arranged & produced by Mike Meijer / based on YMCA by Jacques Morali, Henry Belolo, Victor Willis)

Young girl, you can be blue or pink
I said, young girl, with just four kinds of ink
I said, young girl, this is the missing link
All you got to do is mix ‘em!

Young girl, with a touch of Cyan
I said young girl, add some Magenta and then
I said young girl, a little Black if you can.
And you can paint the town deep purple

It’s fun to play with CMYK
It’s fun to play with the CMYK
It is the perfect way for a young girl to play
It is more fun than modern ballet!
It’s fun to play with CMYK
It’s fun to play with CMYK
You can get paint yourself green, or even aquamarine
The most colorful chick on the scene

Young girl, so much colors to choose
I said young girl, no need to have the blues
I said young girl, so much more you can use
All the colors of the rainbow

Young girl, here’s a way to gain ground
I said young girl, you’re not one-color bound 
I said, young girl, you can mix ’em around
It’s the way to have a good time

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Are You Learning English Backwards? Learn Conversation then Grammar  

Have you ever had a teacher say to you, “Put the book down and listen to me?” While books are good and necessary for learning, there comes a time when exposure to the conversational tone of the language is absolutely necessary. Even though English is spoken in countries around the world, different countries and even different regions within countries tend to have a variety of accents and phrases that may not always make sense outside of their respective communities.


Traditionally we have been taught that learning rigid grammar rules (along with their exceptions) is the proper way to learn a language. In this episode Gabby explains that maybe a better way to learn is to actually listen to people speak, and pay attention to how they use certain words and phrases. Once you hear the spoken word, it might be easier to study the grammatical structures behind the words and their meanings.


If you want to learn English faster and better while improving your conversational skills, visit and use the resources that Gabby provides to help you with your fluency. Good luck in your English language studies.


Episode transcript below:


Hey, Hey! How’s it going?

What’s up?

Welcome to Go Natural English.

I have a quick English learning tip for you.

What I’d like to request, with all sincerity and respect, is that you stop trying to memorize grammar rules.

Don’t try to go from learning grammar rules to conversation.

I want you to do this backwards.

Do it a little different than the traditional classroom learning English way that is not working.

So, we’re going to flip things around.

I want you to start with English conversation.

I want you to listen carefully to the way that people are trying to express themselves in English, and notice the grammar that they’re using in specific situations, and then copy that and use it in the same situation.

For example, if you notice people are talking about their experience, they’re probably using the present perfect – “I have worked”, “I have traveled”, “I have blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.”

So, you notice – ooh, I need to use – I’ve heard “I have” in the present perfect, you use that structure to talk about experience.

So, I need to use that to talk about my experiences instead of trying to go from your textbook memorizing every single tense and then trying to apply it when you speak English without even hearing it.

That way seems backwards to me.

So, what I suggest for you is a natural way of learning.

Listen first – try to understand the patterns, and then use it yourself.

You’re just copying what you already heard and it’s so much better.

I’ve learned Portuguese this way.

This is how I am able to express myself fluently in other languages and I recommend it for you too.

So, if you’re interested in learning more about how to learn the Go Natural English way then come to and I’d love to share a free eBook with you and I’d love to invite you to join the premium Go Natural English course.

It has tons more tips, materials, support, and practice for you to get fluent fast.

I hope to see you there.

Bye for now.

The post Are You Learning English Backwards? Learn Conversation then Grammar appeared first on Go Natural English.

YQ15 | Is it Important to Remember Grammar Rules when Speaking?  

On the 15th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: Is it important to remember grammar rules when it comes to speaking? Here are my thoughts and suggestions: First, we need to have a basic level of grammar in order to be understood. However, if we think too much about grammar while speaking, it can affect our spoken fluency. There's a balance between GRAMMAR and FLUENCY for most students. Suggestions: 1. Don't worry about grammar when speaking. 2. Learn to think in "function." 3. Review the "Speaking Skills" series to help you. Download Video (62MB) ***Right Click->Save Link As Mentioned on this episode: ALsensei on Twitter - @ALsensei ALsensei on Periscope - Download here Speaking Skills Episodes - Click here Help out the English 2.0 Podcast - Click here On the English 2.0 Podcast, I help you express yourself more naturally and smoothly. We go beyond the words and phrases and talk about how to make your English sound more natural, proper mindset, and success principles. Level up your Learning Level up your Language Level up your Life Do you have a question? Please email me at: Please subscribe in iTunes

Episode 26| Radically Ambitious with Erin Bagwell and Komal Minhas Creators of Dream, Girl Film  

The Dream, Girl mission is to tell the amazing stories of inspiring female entrepreneurs and inspire the next generation. It’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them how. Erin Bagwell and Komal Minhas sparked a movement through touring their documentary Dream, Girl. They are so inspiring and totally awesome! I am so grateful for both of these girls. I watched the Dream, Girl trailer and had to reach out. They share so much goodness from how we can be a part of their mission to what self-care is when you’re an overwhelmed entrepreneur. Radically Ambitious Erin and Komal Putting together a Kickstarter campaign and raising $100K in 30 days Knowing they were meant to work together and joining for Dream, Girl Helping the next generation of women filmmakers and giving back Sharing their mission of Dream, Girl and moving forward on new goals Radically Inspired Clarity We can’t take kindness for granted. We need to step up and take care of each other. Pause. When you can tell you’re depleted, make time for yourself. It’s a radical form of self love. We have this vision that the world is on our shoulders, we need to bring more light and bring more fun. Erin and Komal Answer… How will this film change the environment for women entrepreneurs? How do we begin to change the dynamic in the female community? What do you do to hit the reset button and find peace in your life? Radically Loved Quotes “You can only create from a place of fullness.” “We have to give ourselves permission to have the most radical transformations.” “We get lost in the goal. Bring it back to the work.” A Little More About Our Guests While working 9 to 5, Erin felt the doldrums of corporate America eating away at her soul. But outside of work, she poured her heart into telling the stories of inspiring women on her blog, Feminist Wednesday. Erin’s lifelong dream was to make a feature length film, and she realized she could combine her two passions by making a film about the amazing women she was meeting. So fueled by coffee, a drive to change the world, and a feminist agenda, Erin quit her job to launch a Kickstarter campaign that raised $100K in 30 days. Dream, Girl – the documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs – was born. Then Erin met Komal Minhas, and both their lives changed forever. Dedicated to amplifying the stories of women and girl’s Komal brings an unparalleled energy to producing, and creating new standards for distributing independent films. Business partners, and best friends these two work side by side and live only blocks away from each other in Brooklyn. Ready to take on Hollywood’s gender gap one ambitious film at at time. Dream, Girl premiered privately at The White House in May 2016, followed by the film’s sold out world premiere at the iconic Paris Theater in NYC. Dream, Girl was named the number one “Feminist Film to Watch” by Huffington Post. Radically Loved Retreat Love + Gratitude + Freedom in Thailand Ready for a truly transformative experience? Join me this February in Thailand. This retreat is about designing a road map to connect to love in your life. Getaway with like-minded individuals, eat really good food, take your yoga to the next level, and learn something new. Be sure to subscribe to our weekly Radically Loved Updates and listen on iTunes to make sure you never miss an episode! Radically Loved Retreat Love + Gratitude + Freedom in Thailand Ready for a truly transformative experience? Join me this February in Thailand. This retreat is about designing a road map to connect to love in your life. Getaway with like-minded individuals, eat really good food, take your yoga to the next level, and learn something new.

Grammar Schools: schools that work for everyone? [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Dr Mary Bousted, Peter Hitchens, Melissa Benn, Mark Morrin, Harriet Sergeant | In response to the Government's May 2017 Schools White Paper, the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and Times Educational Supplement (TES) host ""The Big General Election Grammar Schools Debate"" on whether there is a place for grammar schools in the UK education system. Will they work for everyone, not just the privileged few? After an introduction from Professor Sandra McNally, Director of the Education and Skills Programme at CEP, the high profile panel will argue whether or not there is a way back for grammar schools in the UK, debating the motion 'This house believes that a new government should open more grammar schools.' Melissa Benn (@Melissa_Benn) is a writer, journalist and campaigner. She was educated at Holland Park comprehensive and the London School of Economics where she graduated with a First in history. Mary Bousted (@MaryBoustedATL) is general secretary of ATL (Association of Teachers and Lecturers). Peter Hitchens (@ClarkeMicah) is a journalist, author and broadcaster. Hitchens writes for The Mail on Sunday and is a former foreign correspondent in Moscow and Washington. He works as a foreign reporter and in 2010 was awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism. Lewis Iwu (@lewisiwu) read politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University, where he was elected President of the students’ union. Lewis is an active debating coach, having coached the national teams of Hong Kong in 2006, the United Arab Emirates in 2010 and 2011, and the ESU England schools debating team in 2012. Mark Morrin is ResPublica's Localism Lead. He is focusing on their new projects and workstreams, working in partnership with city-regions, to radicalise the localism agenda and realise a new vision for local economic growth and public sector reform.Harriet Sergeant (@HarrietSergeant) is a journalist, author and Research Fellow of the Centre For Policy Studies. She is the author of books: Between the Lines: Conversations in South Africa, Shanghai: Collision Point of Cultures 1918-1939, Japan, and Among the Hoods: My Years with a Teenage Gang.

Spoken English Grammar Mastery  

Spoken English grammar must learned in a special way.  Studying grammar rules will not help you.  Grammar books will not help you.

Beekeeping Like A Girl with Hilary Kearney - KM092  

Hilary Kearney is from "Girl Next Door Honey", She does live Bee Removals and sells local honey in the San Diego, California part of the world.

Here is what you will discover Bees in your pants are never a great idea Other Ways to make money with Beekeeping Some of the biggest mistakes a lot of new beekeepers are making. Why catching swarms at night, should be discouraged A trick to help you work with bees at night Resources mentioned in the show Hilary’s Instagram page can be found HERE Check out Girl Next Door Honey web page HERE Hilary’s Facebook page is HERE Free ‘This Product Kills Bees’ Stickers Our interview with Henk Tennekes Neonicotinoids a Disaster in the making? 10 Mistakes New Beekeepers Make Post Girl Next Door on Periscope is HERE Hilary is on Twitter HERE

 Full Show Notes are available HERE


094: Tess Masters (The Blender Girl) - The Perfect Smoothie • Does Blending Destroy Nutrients? • Vitamix vs. Blendtec  

This week we are featuring Tess Masters, The Blender Girl. She'sa cook, writer, actor, and voiceover artist with a passion forsmoothies and juices.

Tess is the author of The Blender Girl, The Blender GirlSmoothies (recipe book) and will release her third book, ThePerfect Blend at the end of this year.

Tess is Australian-born and now lives with her partner and WestHighland White Terrier in California.

In this episode, we discuss:

How Tess got her nickname "The Blender Girl" No one diet works for everyone How Tess went about building her brand and empire You learn from everyone you interact with Tess getting diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus We all need to eat more vegetables Becoming fearless after a breakup Social media and the internet level the playing field in the 21st century Using your own voice and trusting in your uniqueness You haven't missed the boat starting your online business...yet Nobody can do you better than you Managing work-life balance in today's always connectedworld Smart people surround themselves with smarter people The ultimate smoothie walkthrough Tess' top smoothie tip After you blend a smoothie, are all the nutrients destroyed? Which is better... Vitamix or Blendtec? The best blender in the world Problems with glass blender containers Tess' current favourite smoothie The importance of staying hydrated

Links to things we mentioned:

TessMasters' website - The Blender Girl

Tess Masters -The Blender Girl (book)*

Tess Masters -The Blender Girl Smoothies (recipe book)*

Tess' iOS app - The Blender Girl

The 2016 Culinary Nutrition Conference hosted by MeghanTelpner




The BodyEcology Diet website

Michael Pollan Cooked - Netflix DocumentarySeries


KitchenAid Pro Line Series Blender

Breville BossBlender*


Ep 14: A snob-free approach to reading with Caroline Starr Rose  

Today Anne chats with Caroline Starr Rose. Caroline is a mom, former teacher, and children's author of the novels May B. and Blue Birds. Caroline is based in New Mexico. 

Anne and Caroline discuss reading and empathy, Caroline's very favorite genre, why Caroline is so reluctant to talk about books she doesn't like, and her snob-free approach to reading.   

Connect with Caroline on her blogfacebook, and twitter.

Books discussed in this episode:

The Physician by Noah Gordon
The Selected Journals of L. M. Montgomery by L. M. Montgomery
The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Your Own Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill
New Found Land by Allan Wolf
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Pioneer Girl by William Anderson
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Saving Lucas Biggs by David Teague and Marisa de los Santos
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
These Is My Words by Nancy Turner

Also mentioned in this episode: 

For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five.
Talking about books I don't like.
Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you with Deidra Riggs.

Do YOU have a recommendation for Caroline? Visit the What Should I Read Next podcast site and leave a comment there.)

 Try Audible for yourself: 

Click here to try Audible for yourself today and get two free audiobooks with your free 30-day trial

Like the podcast? Your review helps the new show so much!

Tap/click iTunes or App Store. Search for "What Should I Read Next" Tap/click on the square picture of the book + headphones If you're not signed in, tap Use Existing Apple ID. (If you don't have an Apple ID, tape Create New Apple ID.) Select a star rating, enter a title, write your short review, and tap/click Send. Follow @whatshouldireadnext on instagram.   Get even more book recommendations and resources for the reading life by signing up for the WSIRN newsletter.  
More Perfect presents: Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl  

This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl was a legal battle that entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families.

When producer Tim Howard first read about this case, it struck him as a sad, but seemingly straightforward custody dispute. But as he started talking to lawyers, historians, and the families involved in the case, it became clear that it was much more than that. Because Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl challenges parts of the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, this case puts one little girl at the center of a storm of legal intricacies, Native American tribal culture, and heart-wrenching personal stakes.

A note from Jad:

"As you guys may know, our new podcast More Perfect is Radiolab’s first ever spin-off show. But I want to share something special with you: THE Radiolab episode that inspired us to launch this whole series about the Supreme Court. After we put out this episode we got hooked on the court and the kinds of stories we could tell about it. So we made More Perfect.

We reported this Radiolab story about three years ago. It’s about a little girl...but really it’s about so much more than that, too. Stay tuned to the end for an update about what has happened since."

The key links:

- An op-ed by Veronica's birth mom, Christy Maldonado, in the Washington Post
- Marcia Zug's article for Slate on the original case that went to the South Carolina Supreme Court
- Marcia Zug's article for Slate criticizing the Supreme Court ruling
- An op-ed by the New York Times Editorial Board urging action from the Supreme Court
- The official site for ICWA, the Indian Child Welfare Act

The key voices:

- Matt and Melanie Capobianco, Veronica's adoptive parents
- Dusten Brown, Veronica's biological father
- Christy Maldonado, Veronica's biological mother
- Mark Fiddler, attorney for the Capobiancos
- Marcia Zug, associate professor of law at the University of South Carolina School of Law
- Bert Hirsch, attorney formerly of the Association on American Indian Affairs
- Chrissi Nimmo, Assistant Attorney General for Cherokee Nation
- Terry Cross, executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association
- Lori Alvino McGill, attorney for Christy Maldonado

The key cases:

- 2013: Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

Tough Girl - Susie Cheetham - Professional Triathlete. 6th place at Kona 2015.  

In today’s podcast we catch up with Susie Cheetham who’s a professional triathlete and came 6th at the Iron Man World Championships in 2015. 

Susie provides advice, top tips and tactics for all aspects of the race from the the swim, cycle, run and how to make the transitions work best for you. 

Susie shares her first experience of fitness  at a young age and how by deciding to join a running club, it's changed the whole direction of her life.

We also discuss the following:-

The importance of trying new sports and seeing what works for you.  Getting back to basics - what’s involved in a Half Ironman and how her first experience went.  Discussing some of the myths that surround an Ironman - from drinking coke on the run to it being boring!  How to choose what advice to listen to and what advice to ignore. Learning to take confidence in the decisions you make - for triathlons and for life. The high points for Susie during an Ironman, as well as the low points and how she deals with them. From punctures on the side of the road to receiving a time penalty for dangerous riding. How your mental attitude can change throughout the course and how having the right attitude can impact on your race. Susie shares her tips on mental toughness preparation especially in the toughest races like Kona.   How to cope when your mind takes you to dark place during the race.  Advice, tactics and top tips for the open water swim for both experienced swimmers and novice swimmers.  Pacing lines, overtaking and tactics for the cycle part of the race How you can have the best transition for you! Advice and tips for the run section and why being comfortable is so important for having your best race. Learn more about the Iron Nun and why age is just a number! 

You can learn more about Susie by visiting her website, and she's also on Twitter @SusieCheetham 

Are you training for a triathlon? Want to learn more? Then listen to Helen Russell (World Champion Duathlete & Triathlete) and Gale Bernhardt (USA Olympic Triathlon Team & Olympic Cycling Coach) on the Tough Girl Podcast!

Come and say hello to me on twitter! @_TOUGH_GIRL

If you’ve enjoyed this episode then please tell a friend and share on your social media. Help to spread the word about the Tough Girl Podcast!

To keep unto date on how my training for the Marathon des Sables is going visit 

MSP#123: The Tank Girl Podcast  

In this issue: Can a rabbit be invisible and pink at the same time? My name is Mot, thanks a lot! And wouldn’t it be cool if the Plutonian had a flying dog in a cape that is ALSO a mass-murderer… Plus: Billy West will still be getting a paycheck… Norman Osborn is makin’ his list, and checkin’ it twice… But is the podcast brutal enough that Stephen will stop erasing and starting over? And: Punk Rock Girl, you look so wild, punk rock girl let’s have a child, we’ll name her Minnie Pearl, just you and me, we need fudge banana swirl, you and me… Stephen’s store got Mojo Nixon, so it don’t need no fixin, the Major Spoilers Podcast is on the air.

A wrap up of some of the big news from the Major Spoilers website.
Harvey Gets a Spielberg Remake

The Iron Patriot End the Marvel U

Futurama Cast is Back

Alien Prequel

Incarnate #1

Creator and Writer NICK SIMMONS

Mot is a boy who cannot die.
Riddle him with bullets, burn him at the stake, douse him with napalm, hang him from the gallows…still, he will walk away. Forever haunted by a mysterious doppelganger that no one else can see, Mot has wandered the world for centuries, searching for meaning and, perhaps, an end to his endless life.

Dethklok vs. The Goon
Following the release of the highly anticipated Dethklok vs. The Goon, Dark Horse Comics and Adult Swim announce a brand-new comics series based on the immensely popular animated show Metalocalypse. The band’s five members—Nathan Explosion, William “Murderface,” Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth, and Pickles—will be featured in a full publishing program created by series co-creator Brendon Small and a collaborative team of Metalocalypse and Dark Horse artists and writers.

Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Peter Krause

Time to bring the smack down talk back to the Major Spoilers Experience.  This week the Robot Overlords demanded we pick two of DC’s greatest female heroes and have them battle it out in the ring in a no-holds-barred right of the century.  Sometimes we really hate our Robot Overlords, but it’s either pick two fictional characters or have our precious, precious, Intardwebz taken away for a week. So….
A) Power Girl
B) Wonder Woman

Get over to the Major Spoilers Website and vote.

Tank Girl
As the name suggests, Tank Girl drives a tank, which is also her home. She undertakes a series of missions for a nebulous organization before making a serious mistake and being declared an outlaw for her sexual inclinations and her substance abuse. The comic centers on her misadventures with her boyfriend, Booga, a mutant kangaroo. The comic’s style was heavily influenced by punk visual art, and strips were frequently deeply disorganized, anarchic, absurdist, and psychedelic. The strip features various elements with origins in surrealist techniques, fanzines, collage, cut-up technique, stream of consciousness, and metafiction, with very little regard or interest for conventional plot or committed narrative.

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Music from this episode comes from Armin Brewer (intro) and James Kennison (closing) from the Nobody's Listening Podcast. A big thanks to both of these guys for creating kick-ass music for the show!

A big Thank You goes out to everyone who downloads, subscribes, listens, and supports this show. We really appreciate you taking the time to listen to our ramblings each week. Tell your friends about the podcast, get them to subscribe and, be sure to visit the Major Spoilers site and forums.

A SMNTY Chat With Grammar Girl  

In this episode, Cristen and Caroline interview Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl. Listen in to learn if men and women pay attention to grammar differently, and if it's acceptable to refer to women as girls.

138: 8 grammar mistakes that even advanced students make  

I see this problem in a lot of more experienced English learners:

Their written English might be 90% fine, but there are still some small errors. These mistakes don't affect communication... but of course we still want to correct them!

In today's lesson, I'll teach you 8 common English grammar mistakes with examples from real students of mine.

Are you an upper-intermediate or advanced student, and do you want to make sure your written English is completely correct?

If so, then you would definitely benefit from my Advanced English Grammar Course.

It has 45 lessons that cover many aspects of English grammar in depth, with plenty of examples.

But what really makes it special is the writing task in each lesson, where you have the opportunity to send me your writing for correction and feedback.

You can click here to learn more about the course, see the lesson list, and take some free samples.

Meritocracy Of Grammar Schools  

The government has pledged that a new generation of grammar schools will improve social mobility. One way being proposed to ensure that is to force grammar schools to lower the 11-plus pass mark for poorer children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The idea is already running into opposition. People are asking what's the point of having a selective academic system if you don't select the most able students? It's also said that it risks patronising disadvantaged communities by sending out a message that less is expected of them. At the heart of this debate is the moral value of meritocracy - that you should be rewarded on the basis of your skills and not on your background. Every child should be offered the chance to achieve their maximum educational potential, but what if they can't achieve that because of an accident of birth? Isn't it right to try to balance the scales? Or will that come at the cost of another, perhaps more able child, being denied a place at a grammar, again because of an accident of birth? Does this encourage identity politics and blur the line between equality of opportunity and equality of outcome? Is this treating the symptom and not the cause - creating a state education system that's lost sight of the quest for academic excellence and is more interested in the politics of social mobility, class envy and division? Witnesses are Dr Martin Stephen, Dame Rachel De Souza, Prof Peter Saunders and Conor Ryan.

Lesson 065. Chinese Grammar Summary.  

This lesson is a grammar summary of the most commonly used grammar of Mandarin Chinese that we learned in the previous lessons and some new grammar structures as well. PDF file has all the written information so in the audio part you can only listen to some new vocabulary and examples, please sign up.

The difference between ALL and EVERYTHING | FIX, MANAGE, MAKE IT and FIGURE OUT - AIRC123  

The difference between ALL and EVERYTHING | FIX, MANAGE, MAKE IT and FIGURE OUT - AIRC123

In this episode we speak about the difference between ALL and EVERYTHING | FIX, MANAGE, MAKE IT and FIGURE OUT
and your feedback and questions that you sent us during the summer.

Más podcasts para mejorar tu ingles en: 

More podcasts to improve your English at: 

We recieved a Voice message from Hellen Jimenez from Costa Rica.

As Helen said, you can find a free grammar reference at  . There is also grammar in our free courses and
you can download the grammar pdf from the store:  it costs 1.99 euros.

Listener Feedback: Ivan from Cuba
Hi guys I'm Ivan and I'm Cuban that’s why my situation here with the internet is kind of complicated but I will always find a way to get your episodes.
I wanted to say that you guys are great and I believe truly in what you do.
I'd like to ask you about the use of ALL and EVERYTHING. That's all, thank you.

ALL and EVERYTHING = 100% of something or of a group


All + uncountable/plural countable nouns
eg. He ate all the food. (uncountable noun) / These students are all my friends. (plural countable noun)

Pronoun + all
eg.Craig and I love you all./ We all love holidays. / It all seemed a bit strange, from start to finish./ They all came to see us. / We love you all / We love all of our listeners.

All of + object form of pronoun (Compare with Pronoun + all)
eg. Craig and I love all of you.

We all love holidays / All of us love holidays.

It all semed a bit strange / All of it seemed a bit strange.

They all came to see us. / All of them came to see us.

All = all of + determiner (the, this, those, my, etc.) “All of” is more common in American Eng.

eg. Craig’s eaten all (of) the chocolate.

The listeners had heard all (of) my jokes before.

Not all podcasts are popular. (Talking about podcasts in general. No “the”; no “of”)
Not all (of) the podcasts are popular. (Talking about specific podcasts. eg. Aprender inglés con Reza y Craig podcasts.)

All's well with me at the moment.

All that matters is that YOU improve your English. (the only thing that matters.....)

All (that) I ever wanted was for Berta to love me.

All he wants now is to get a divorce.

'All' often goes with 'that' - We say Is everything finished? ~ Yes, everything is finished. (Not XIs all finishedX)


Everything = All + relative clause
eg. Reza gave Berta everything, but she still wasn’t satisfied. = Reza gave Berta all (that) he had, but she still wasn’t satisfied.
The bad businessman lost everything. = The bad businessman lost all (that) he owned.

EVERYTHING is usually used as a pronoun:
Everything is OK. / I did some work, but I didn't finish everything.

Everything substitutes 'other things', for example, "I had to reply to emails, make some images, record a podcast, phone my co-worker, post on Facebook.......but I didn't have enough time and I didn't do everything.

All = Everything/Everybody - dramatic/ poetic/ old-fashioned English
eg. I saw you with your new boyfriend last night. Tell me all/everything!
Newspaper headline: “Ship sinks. All are dead. No survivors.”

All = nothing more/the only thing(s)
eg. All (that) I ever wanted was for Berta to love me.
All we did was a friendly kiss on the cheek - nothing more. I promise!

Hi Craig! I am Karla from Costa Rica... I just wanted to thank you for this excellent tool that allows me to
practice and improve my English.
I am going to start a new job having interaction with people from different countries in Europe,
so I was concerned about accents and slang words.
As any language, I think it is about learning through daily interaction, right? Any advice? Thanks again!

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Mamen - Biescas, Huesca
Hi guys
Thank you so much for keeping working on your podcast so hard during the summer
We all appreciate your big effort!
This podcast had been so useful 'cause you get (give) me the opportunity to learn and improve every day
I wonder if you could help me with some issues that I always have.
Please, could you explain the difference between : fix, manage, figured out, make it?
I've heard these verbs in so many situations and it's a bit confusing.
Thank you so much
Hope you could manage or what ever with the hot summer.

FIX - a problem/something broken/a time

(mend, repair) - arreglar, reparar: “I took my broken watch to the watchmaker to have it fixed.”

“This company is losing money and we’d better fix it soon before it’s too late!”

“I need to fix our ceiling fan."

Fix (attach) 'I'll fix this piece of paper to the wall.”

Fix a price - 'We've fixed the price of our First Certificate course download at 17 euros.' ( )

Fix a time: “We have to fix a time tomorrow for our meeting.”

Fix food (make/prepare food) “Can I fix you a sandwich?” / "Say, can I fix you a drink."

“Fix your eyes on this.”

“The game/election/boxing match was fixed.” (fix=arreglar)

MANAGE = direct/be able to

(organize) - dirigir, manejar, gestionar: “Henry manages a small family business.”

“In the UK, my sister managed a small team of 4 office clerks.”

manage (control): “How do public school teachers manage a class of 30 or 40 kids?”

manage (get by, survive) - arreglarse: “I don't know how single parents can manage if they're both looking after children.”

manage (succeed) - conseguir, lograr: “Can you manage to get there by one o’clock?” / “It's difficult to release a podcast episode every single week, but we manage.”

FIGURE OUT - a puzzle/a solution

figured out (solve) - resolver, solucionar: “Today’s crossword is too hard to figure out.” / “It's difficult for me to figure out maths problems.” ('work out' is more British English)

“They lost their home to the bank and had to figure out what to do next.”

figure out (understand) - comprender - 'I finally figured out why my ceiling fan wouldn't stop.'

'I couldn't figure it out' / I couldn't work it out'

MAKE IT = attend/come/arrive/get to the end/survive

make it (succeed): llegar a lo más alto, triunfar: “When you win an award for your podcast, you know you've finally made it!”

make it (make sure that it is) - asegurar que: "Bring me a cup of tea and make it snappy!" - 'Make it quick.'

Make it (arrive on time): “I’m having a party at my house tomorrow. I hope you can make it?” / “I thought I was going to miss the beginning of the film, but I made it.”

“We got lost on our way to Peter’s house. We made it as far as the park.”

“Listen to me, your Captain, men! This is going to be a hard battle. Not all of you will make it.” (survive)

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