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  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    In this episode, let's look at some bad strategies and attitudes that don't quite work in conversation. I mean, like having awkward conversations.

    Next, you'll practice your fluency with a mini-story lesson—the best way to learn to speak English without translating mentally.

    All right, have you ever been with someone and not know what to talk about? It's happened to me sometimes. Every once in a while, we run into situations where it's difficult to continue the conversation.

    One example is what happens in an elevator. Imagine that you meet a neighbor you hardly know, and a typical dialogue ends up going like this:

    —Good morning.

    —Good morning.

    —Going down?

    —Yes.

    — ...

    — It's cold today, isn't it?

    — Yes, yes. It's going to be like this all week, they say...

    — ...

    As you can see, this conversation is not very intellectual. It's more about avoiding silence, which can be uncomfortable.

    This doesn't just happen in elevators but in all kinds of social interactions. I read recently that a silence of four seconds or more triggers anxiety.

    It doesn't get any better when you have to speak in a language you are learning. You have even fewer resources to express yourself.

    Today we are going to see which topics or strategies do not work well in conversations, especially with strangers. The goal, I think, is to have a somewhat interesting conversation.

    Come on, let's move on to the first one:

    Talking about the weather

    Talking about the weather is not a bad thing, but if we only talk about it or any other obvious things, we are not going to make a good impression.

    Now I can think of a couple of situations where talking about the weather is an awful strategy.

    — A first date:

    Talking for 45 minutes about whether it's raining or hot or cold or windy isn't going to make you more attractive.

    — Job interview:

    Let's see...you don't know what to say...better not start commenting that it's a cold and foggy morning.

    However, there are also exceptions. If you have a date with someone who works in meteorology or your job interview is to work as a meteorologist... well, yes, of course, you have to talk about the weather, right?

    Let's see the next one:

    You don't listen.

    Yeah, I know it seems obvious, but... many people don't know how to listen, and it shows. When you really listen, you can find many ways to continue the conversation engagingly.

    Sometimes people just pretend to be listening. They repeat the last part of what you say in the form of a question.

    For example:

    — When I was on vacation in Rome, it rained all week.

    — The whole week?

    — Yes, and we had to buy umbrellas.

    — Umbrellas?

    — Yes, and Bill Gates gave us all his money.

    — All his money?

    — Yeah... and you don't listen.

    — I don't listen?

    Well, you see what I mean, right?

    Let's continue.

    How to say it.

    It is not only important what to say, but how to say it.

    The most common mistakes are:

    — Talking too fast. Sometimes people need a slower pace to understand the message better. Not everyone is familiar with what you are saying.

    — Speak too softly. Shy people sometimes speak too softly and are hard to understand.

    — Speak without articulating well. Some people do not pronounce well, and it is difficult to follow what they say. It's better to speak clearly.

    — Speak without pausing. It is better to pause from time to time and observe how the other person reacts.

    Talk about something negative.

    Another mistake that some people make is to talk about a negative topic to strangers. I really don't recommend that.

    Talk about something boring.

    I don't think it's a good idea to talk for half an hour about what color you want to paint the bedroom wall. You have to know how to choose your topics. Basically, for you, it can be relevant, but not for the other person.

    Messing up

    There are many ways to mess things up, but a common one is to assume something is true when it is not.

    Let's look at some examples of messed-up conversations:

    The first one:

    — Congratulations!

    — Why?

    — Well, you're pregnant. How many months?

    — No, I'm not pregnant.

    Oops! The poor woman may have been a few pounds overweight. So, don't assume anything!

    The second one:

    — Ah, how beautiful your wife is and how young!

    — No, she's not my wife. She's my daughter. And she's a minor.

    Again... oops! It's better not to assume this kind of thing. In fact, the other way around is also wrong.

    — Ah, it's good you're coming with your mother.

    —She's not my mother. She's my wife.

    We also have to be careful with criticism.

    Especially when you do not know the type of relationship between the person you are talking to and the one you are criticizing.

    For example, if you're at a wedding:

    — Food is very scarce. Not much money has been spent.

    — What a pity! I'll tell my brother, who paid for everything.

    Get the transcript on my website: speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/

  • - Did you know that most English learners know more grammar than the native speaker but can barely speak?

    - Is that so? Now that's pure irony.

    Welcome to Speak English Now podcast, with your host, Georgiana. The podcast that will help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    Hi! I'm Georgiana. Thanks for joining me for a new Speak English Now podcast episode.

    Today we have a very interesting topic:

    I'm going to talk about three concepts that are often confused: irony, sarcasm, and cynicism.

    - Next, you'll practice verb tenses with a short story about two kids who have a problem on a frozen lake.

    Okay, let's get started.

    Yes, many language learners indeed know more grammar than the average native speaker, yet they can barely speak fluently. That's why I recommend my mini-course, where you can understand how to develop your speech, among other things.

    Go now to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and sign up now. It's free!

    What is the difference between irony, sarcasm, and cynicism?

    We are going to analyze these concepts one by one, and of course, I will give you some examples; you learn very well with examples! And it's not irony :)

    Irony.

    The irony is an "expression that implies something contrary or different from what is said, usually as a mockery."

    Okay. To make it clear, a "mockery" is an action or words with the intention of laughing at something or someone. It can also be a simple joke.

    The irony is sometimes directed at oneself or a situation.

    Let's look at an example:

    - How was the date with that girl you met?

    - Ah, fantastic! It couldn't have gone better. She said she would call me... But she didn't ask for my phone number.

    When in the dialogue, he says, "it couldn't have gone better," he is obviously saying the opposite of reality and uses it as a subtle mockery of himself.

    Irony also occurs when there is an outcome that is not expected. For example:

    - A fire in a firehouse.

    - The financial advisor going bankrupt.

    - A dietician with overweight problems.

    All these situations have their dose of irony.

    Now let's look at sarcasm.

    Sarcasm is very similar to irony, but what differentiates it is the intention. Sarcasm is a cruel irony with which someone or something is offended or mistreated".

    The person using sarcasm seeks to ridicule, humiliate or insult.

    Example:

    - The report won't be ready today. I think I'll finish it next week.

    - Ah, Tom...! You are always such a hard worker!

    In this example, sarcasm is used to attack Tom's work and make it clear that he works slowly.

    Finally, cynicism.

    I am not going to go into the philosophical doctrine of cynicism from Ancient Greece, but how it is commonly used.

    There are two ways of understanding cynicism.

    First, a cynical person is someone who has no shame. He or she lies unashamedly and defends dishonorable behavior and actions. In other words, someone who has no principles and acts without ethics or morals. For example, a politician is found to be corrupt, and he, instead of apologizing, says: "Well, this is commonplace. All politicians, in one way or another, do similar things."

    Second, cynicism also refers to extreme skepticism. The cynic no longer believes in anything. He doesn't believe in politics, he doesn't believe in relationships, in friendship, etc. This leads to not trusting anything, having no principles, and being suspicious of everything. In a way, it can lead to behaving like the previous explanation about cynicism.

    I have a friend who thinks this way. In some things, she is not wrong. Perhaps the opposite of this kind of cynicism is extreme positivism.

    Okay, now we know these three concepts a little better. Information is power, and use power responsibly. :)

    Get the transcript on my website: speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast

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  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    In today's episode:

    I'll be talking about one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States: Halloween. After that, you'll practice your speaking with a new mini-story while enjoying my new Question & Answer story.

    Very well. Let's get started!

    Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the last day of October. I would say it's very popular because everybody's excited about it, especially children.

    The word Halloween comes from an old English expression, "All Hallows' Eve," and it means the day before All Saints' Day.

    Children of all ages really love Halloween because they can dress up in funny costumes and knock on their neighborhood doors, shouting, "Trick or Treat!". The neighbors usually give them candies.

    The meaning of the phrase "Trick or Treat" is interesting. In this context, "treat" means getting the candies, and "trick" means the consequence of not getting the sweets. It's like an innocent threat children make. Of course, kids get really excited when they knock on strangers' doors in their neighborhood.

    Since Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits, the most common symbols are witches flying on broomsticks, ghosts, skeletons, black cats, etc. The black color is one of the traditional Halloween colors.

    Of course, pumpkins are also a Halloween symbol. I'm sure you've seen them in movies. People empty pumpkins and put a candle inside to make a lamp.

    How do you make a Halloween pumpkin?

    The first step is hollowing out the pumpkin. After that, we use a keyhole we saw to cut the hole. When using a candle for illumination, you can cut the hole in the pumpkin's top. For electric lights, make a hole in the bottom or side so you can hide the cord.

    The Halloween pumpkin is called Jack-O'-Lantern. It's common to see jack-o'-lanterns on doorstep decorations before and on Halloween.

    The name comes from an Irish legend about a man named Jack. He was so ungenerous that when he died, he couldn't enter Heaven, but he couldn't go to Hell either because he had told jokes about the Devil. As a result, Jack had to walk and walk with a lantern until the Day of Judgment.

    Here's what a typical family does at Halloween:

    They decorate their home. Americans spend about 5 billion dollars every year. They buy costumes. A costume is not cheap. It can cost $30 or more. They buy plenty of candy, and of course, they eat it. Kids go "trick or treating." In most towns, it's only allowed from 3 pm until5 pm because it gets dark quickly.

    Very well, now you know a bit more about this beautiful holiday. Maybe next time, you'll carve your own Halloween pumpkin and celebrate Halloween just like an American!

    Get the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

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    Hi! I’m Georgiana, and here to help you speak English fluently. Thanks for joining me for another episode of the Speak English Now podcast.

    Today, I talk about how to stop making mistakes when speaking English. And how to improve writing.

    – Next, we’ll practice fluency with a question-and-answer exercise.

    If you want the complete courses with hours of audio designed to develop your fluency, don’t hesitate. Visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/courses

    There are several levels.

    Ok, let’s start!

    Many students asked me over the years how to avoid making mistakes when speaking English.

    And that’s an excellent question.

    As you know, the best way to become fluent in English is by listening to plenty of content that’s easy for you to understand. You should comprehend 90% of the content. Otherwise, it is too difficult for you. And even if you like novelty, the truth is that repeated listening to the same content helps you to automate your speech.

    For example, listening to a story allows you to intuitively understand how sentences are constructed without having to learn grammar rules. This way, you will be less insecure when speaking because you will not have to constantly think about whether you are making mistakes.

    To speak fluently, you have to do it without worrying whether you speak perfectly.

    So as I was saying, it is very important to listen to understandable content. That is, depending on your English level, it is necessary to select the content that is not difficult to understand.

    A typical mistake is to listen to content that is too complex with the idea of trying to force progress. It is always better to lower the level until it is easy to understand most of the words. This way, the brain is in “comprehension” mode. If it is too difficult, your brain eventually switches off and stops paying attention.

    Students have also asked me if it’s a bad idea to consult the grammar rules. And how can you improve your English writing?

    The typical student using my courses has already studied some English with some formal grammar and is frustrated because he or she cannot speak. That is why I insist that to improve fluency, it is necessary to listen a lot and not rely on formal rules to produce the language. Having this clear, there is nothing wrong with consulting a grammar book.

    Regarding writing well, it is very important to read a lot and, above all, to read text similar to what you want to write. For example, if you want to write a text that describes things that happen nowadays, reading many newspaper articles may be a good idea. That’s the basis: read a lot. Of course, practicing is also essential, but I would spend the time this way: 90% reading and 10% writing.

    If you are really motivated, a good exercise is to read an article a couple of times and then try to write a summary without looking at the article, if possible, using expressions and vocabulary specific to the article. Then consult the article and analyze what you could have done better.

    On the other hand, we have to keep in mind that the process of learning a language involves making many mistakes, both spoken and written. This is normal.

    As you progress, you make fewer and fewer mistakes. Over time you start speaking intuitively, just like a native speaker. Most of them speak fluently without knowing the specific grammar rule; they just know when a sentence “sounds wrong.” This is the ability that we want to develop.

    We can observe, for example, how children make quite a few mistakes, but after many hours of listening and reading, those diminish over time.

    Many teachers try as much as possible to prevent the learner from making mistakes from the beginning. But this ends up damaging spontaneous speaking, which is strongly linked to the development of fluency. It also generates unnecessary anxiety.

    If you have questions like this, you can send me a message through my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. I try to answer all messages. Maybe I will make an episode to answer your question 🙂

    Get the transcript on my website: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you.
    I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you.

    Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques.

    In this episode, you’ll learn some new tongue twisters in English to help you with your English pronunciation.

    And with a mini-story, you will improve your fluency. A mini-story is very simple but very powerful. I ask easy questions on purpose so that you can simulate a conversation. It’s like talking with another person in English.

    Before we get started, go to my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com

    to get the transcript. It’s free!

    Ok. Let’s start!

    So, do you remember what a tongue twister is?

    It can be a difficult phrase that we say quickly, usually because of a sequence of almost similar sounds.

    For example, “Peter Piper picked a pickle of pickled peppers.”

    Many people use tongue twisters to speak clearly, including actors, politicians, etc.

    These allow you to practice pronunciation and agility when it comes to producing sounds in English.

    So today, we are going to practice English pronunciation with new tongue twisters.

    Are you ready?

    Let’s go!

    I will start saying each tongue twister slowly, and then I’ll go faster.

    At first, they may seem very difficult, so make sure you have the text in front of you to be able to follow it better.

    Ok. So, I will say it very slowly:

    1. I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.

    Are you ready to speed it up? (Say it faster.)

    I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.

    Ok. Even faster!

    I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.

    I hope you’re having fun. Let’s continue!

    2) I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you.

    Ok. Now I’m gonna speed it up! (say it faster.)

    I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you.

    Ok. Even faster!

    I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you.

    3) A big black bug snoozed on a big black rug.

    Ok. Say it faster!

    A big black bug snoozed on a big black rug.

    Even faster!

    A big black bug snoozed on a big black rug.

    4) Thin sticks, thick bricks.

    Ok. Say it faster!

    Thin sticks, thick bricks.

    Even faster!

    Thin sticks, thick bricks.

    5) Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread.

    Say it faster!

    Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread.

    Even faster!

    Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread.

    Ok, that’s it for now; I really hope you’re having fun practicing your English pronunciation, but before we continue…

    I want you to learn English 3 times faster, and that’s why I created a video course. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my video course for FREE!

  • Today we will continue the accent reduction exercise with some fun tongue twisters in English.

    And with the help of a point-of-view story, you will learn grammar in context without memorizing any boring rules.

    Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course.

    That would mean a lot to me. Thanks.

    Oh, by the way, remember that you can check out the transcript on my website:

    speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast

    Ok, let’s start!

    Last week we started this accent reduction exercise by focusing on the S sound with the help of some fun tongue twisters.

    So, let’s remember the tongue twisters we used last week to help you improve your English pronunciation.

    I will go fast, but if you want to practice them, you can do so by listening to the previous episode on my website.

    Listen and repeat:

    #1 I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw I saw Esau.

    #2 Santa’s Short Suit Shrunk.

    #3 You cuss, I cuss, we all cuss for asparagus.

    #4 Thin sticks, thick bricks.
    #5 Systematically assisting Sisyphus’s stealthy cyst-susceptible sister.

    I hope you’re having fun.

    Let’s practice with new tongue twisters.

    Are you ready? Let’s go!

    I will start saying each tongue twister slowly, and then I will go faster.

    At first, they may seem very difficult, so make sure you have the text in front of you to be able to follow it better.

    Ok. So, I will say it very slowly:

    1. She saw Sharif’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure those were Sharif’s shoes she saw?

    Now I will say it faster.

    She saw Sharif’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure those were Sharif’s shoes she saw?

    Ok. Even faster!

    She saw Sharif’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure those were Sharif’s shoes she saw?

    Let’s continue!

    2) The chic Sikh’s sixty-sixth sheep is sick.

    Let’s say it faster!

    The chic Sikh’s sixty-sixth sheep is sick.

    Even faster!

    The chic Sikh’s sixty-sixth sheep is sick.

    3) There’s a pessimistic pest amidst us.

    Ok. Say it faster!

    There’s a pessimistic pest amidst us.

    Even faster!

    There’s a pessimistic pest amidst us.

    4) Which witch switched the Swiss wristwatches?

    Say it faster!

    Which witch switched the Swiss wristwatches?

    Can you say it faster?

    Which witch switched the Swiss wristwatches?

    5) She sells seashells by the seashore.

    Let’s say it faster!

    She sells seashells by the seashore.

    Even faster!

    She sells seashells by the seashore.

    Well, that’s all for now; I hope you had fun practicing your English pronunciation, and you didn’t get tongue-tied like Smith. We’ll see what happened to him and why he was crowned king.

    But before we continue… If you want to know how to speak English using the proper techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my video course for free. So you can learn how to speak English fluently once and for all!

    Get the transcript on my website: speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/

  • Today we are going to do an accent reduction exercise with some fun tongue twisters in English. To be specific, we will practice the S sound.

    And with the help of a mini-story, you will improve your English fluency. A mini-story is very simple but very powerful.

    Here's how it works: I ask easy questions deliberately so that you can simulate a conversation. It's almost like talking to another person in English.

    Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course.

    That would mean a lot to me. Thanks.

    Oh, by the way, remember that you can check out the transcript on my website:

    speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast

    Ok, let's start!

    Do you remember what a tongue twister is?

    It can be a difficult phrase that we say quickly, usually because of a sequence of almost similar sounds.

    For example, "Peter Piper picked a pickle of pickled peppers."

    Many people use tongue twisters to speak clearly, including actors, politicians, etc.

    These allow you to practice pronunciation and agility when it comes to producing sounds in English.

    And for language learners, tongue twisters are very useful to use as accent reduction exercises.

    So today, we are going to practice English pronunciation with new tongue twisters.

    Are you ready?

    Let's go!

    I will start saying each tongue twister slowly, and then I will go faster.

    At first, they may seem very difficult, so make sure you have the text in front of you to be able to follow it better.

    Ok. So, I will say it very slowly:

    1. I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw I saw Esau.

    Are you ready to speed it up? (Say it faster.)

    I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw I saw Esau.

    Ok. Even faster!

    I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw I saw Esau.

    I hope you're having fun. Let's continue!

    2) Santa’s Short Suit Shrunk.

    Ok. Now I'm gonna speed it up! (say it faster.)

    Santa’s Short Suit Shrunk.

    Ok. Even faster!

    Santa’s Short Suit Shrunk.

    3) You cuss, I cuss, we all cuss for asparagus.

    Ok. Say it faster!

    You cuss, I cuss, we all cuss for asparagus.

    Even faster!

    You cuss, I cuss, we all cuss for asparagus.


    4) Thin sticks, thick bricks.

    Ok. Say it faster!

    Thin sticks, thick bricks.

    Can you say it faster?

    Thin sticks, thick bricks.

    5) Systematically assisting Sisyphus’s stealthy cyst-susceptible sister.

    Can you say it faster?

    Systematically assisting Sisyphus’s stealthy cyst-susceptible sister.

    Even faster!

    Systematically assisting Sisyphus’s stealthy cyst-susceptible sister.

    Ok, I know that was hard. But that's it for now; I really hope you're having fun practicing your English pronunciation, but before we continue…

    If you want to know how to speak English using the proper techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my video course for free. So you can learn how to speak English fluently once and for all!

    Get the transcript on my website: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Are you having a hard time following conversations in English? Don't worry. Today, I'll show you some expressions you can use confidently in situations where it isn't easy to follow a conversation.

    Welcome to Speak English Now podcast, with your host, Georgiana. The podcast that will help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course.

    That would mean a lot to me. Thanks.

    Okay, let’s start!

    When we learn a new language, we are eager to practice speaking with another person. But what happens when the conversation is difficult for some reason? Maybe it's hard to keep up or follow what they tell us.

    Or if you are in a conversation with people who speak very fast, and you can't hear those words at all, or you don't recognize them, you feel uncomfortable.

    Although you may be embarrassed to interrupt in these situations, you can politely say that you don't understand what they have said.

    So today, I will show you some expressions you can use confidently in situations where it isn't easy to follow a conversation.

    Let's get started!

    #1. Asking for clarification:

    Sorry, I'm afraid I don't follow (you.)

    By using this expression, you are suggesting that you must have it re-explained or explained differently.

    Examples:

    "Sorry, I don't follow (you)—what exactly do you want me to do next?"

    "Do you understand? No, I'm afraid I don't follow."

    Here are some more phrases to ask for clarification:

    "I'm not entirely sure what you mean; could you explain it again? Or…"

    "Could you please say that a little slower?"

    "Sorry! That went straight over my head. Could you explain it differently?"

    #2. When someone asks for your opinion:

    If someone asks for your opinion on a topic for which you feel unprepared, you can use the following phrases:

    "It's hard to express my ideas about this topic in English, but I'll try my best.

    "It's really fascinating listening to you talk, but to be honest, I don't know much about this topic."

    #3. How to end the conversation:

    This is a little beyond me.

    By using this expression, you are ending the conversation. You are not asking for clarification; you are saying that the conversation is too difficult for you.

    Examples:

    "I'm sure it's fascinating what you're saying, but I have to admit that it's beyond me."

    I hope you are enjoying yourself.

    These expressions can be very useful when we find ourselves in difficult situations and have to ask for clarification.

    If you want to know how to speak English using the proper techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my 5-day video course, so you can learn how to speak English fluently once and for all! And it's completely free.

    Read the transcript on my website: https://SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Today:

    I'm going to reflect on the frustration that some English learners may experience. In part 2, you'll practice with a point of view story: you'll meet James and Jane and their adventures!

    Welcome to Speak English Now podcast, with your host, Georgiana. The podcast that will help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course.

    That would mean a lot to me. Thanks.

    Oh, by the way, remember that you can check out the transcript, on my website:

    speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast

    Okay, let's get started!

    Learning to speak English is not as simple as studying for a couple of days. Can you imagine? In one month, we could learn 15 new languages, or 14 if we are lazy :)

    If your goal is to become fluent, it takes some time. For example, my Fluency course has 20 units. And you have to dedicate a minimum of one week per unit. However, I assure you that if you follow the instructions, your fluency will improve dramatically by the end of the course.

    During the learning process, some students lose patience and become frustrated. They all have an initial phase of high motivation due to the novelty and transition to a plateau phase that leads to frustration when they do not see steady improvement.

    It is common for frustrated learners to blame themselves, saying things like:

    "I am not good at learning languages",

    "As an adult it is almost impossible to learn",

    "I don't have the memory to remember all this vocabulary",

    "I make a fool of myself when I speak.”

    This kind of mindset is dangerous because it affects motivation, and the chances of giving up are very high.

    Other students blame the method. For example, they say to themselves, "This method is useless", or “I am wasting my time", "This is pointless", etc.

    They buy many courses in the hope that the latest one will be the definitive one, the one that works.

    And I am not against discontinuing an English course if the method is not effective. I don't want to give away names, but large companies are more concerned about perceived value than real value, and some of these systems are very superficial. In other words, they do not allow you to learn in an effective and lasting way.

    You may already know this, but my system is specifically focused on speech development.

    My premium courses are based on repeated listening to audios. To give the brain time to assimilate and consolidate the lessons, you must repeat the audios on different days.

    In addition, the courses feature question-and-answer exercises that help the student to speak from day one.

    So I believe the key to avoiding frustration is not to focus on results, but on learning time.

    Imagine you are in Unit 8 of the Fluency Course. Instead of evaluating your progress because you haven't finished yet, which is also very subjective, simply keep track of the number of hours you spend. You can, for example, use a spreadsheet and write down the time you are listening on a weekly basis.

    This way, you take the pressure off yourself and focus on what really matters and what you can control: the time spent.

    And if you are not convinced of your progress, you can listen to an earlier lesson, for example, unit 2 or 3. You'll find that they seem easier than before. This means you are making progress, but as I said, the most important thing is to accumulate hours of listening.

    Also, keep in mind that our brain needs quite a few days to assimilate new patterns, sounds, words and expressions.

    Think about how you learned your native language. Studies indicate that when we are young, we spend about two years listening to our parents before we can articulate sentences. This is called the "silent period" because the brain is learning and assimilating. Imagine a young child thinking, "Wow, I can't articulate words, so I will cover my ears so I won't listen."

    And finally, don't forget to enjoy yourself! Take listening to the lessons more as a game than an obligation. I try to make the content fun, entertaining, and a bit absurd in the course lessons. I do this so that it won't be boring, and you can remember better.

    In short, focus more on what you can control: the time you spend listening to the lessons, and try to enjoy the stories with slightly crazy characters.

    I hope this helps you on your way to fluency in English.

    You can check out the transcript, on my website: speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast

    If you want to know how to speak English using the proper techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my 5-day video course, so you can learn how to speak English fluently once and for all! And it's completely free.

  • Today’s episode is going to be a little different than usual. In the first part, you will improve your grammar with a point-of-view story based on actual events. And in the second part, you'll practice your English speaking with a mini-story.

    Welcome to Speak English Now podcast, with your host, Georgiana. The podcast that will help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Ok, let's get started!

    How was your summer vacation? Mine was quite uneventful, and since it was hot, I didn't travel anywhere. I just wanted to stay at home, chilling by the AC (air conditioner).

    As I was saying, this episode will be a bit different. I'll start with a point of view based on actual facts. I'll talk about Jim, who wants to join the gym in the summer.

    Ok. Let’s start!

    POV-Story

    (Learn grammar in context)

    I'll tell you a short story more than one time. Every time, I'll change a grammar point. I can change the tense or the person. This way, you'll notice the changes in context.

    First, I will tell the story from my point of view:

    After a long time of making excuses not to go to the gym, Jim finally dragged his feet and walked into the gym building to sign up.

    The clerk handed him the sign-up form.

    With tears in his eyes, Jim filled out the registration form and paid the first installment.

    "Now I have no excuses!" said Jim. So, the next day, he packed the gym bag, which included workout clothes, a towel, shower gel... And a pack of donuts to refuel.

    By the way, Jim always eats diet donuts, the ones with a hole in the center, like that you eat less quantity.

    On the first day at the gym, he took it very easy.

    But even so, he felt stiff for the next two days; he could barely move.

    After a few sessions and several boxes of doughnuts, Jim began feeling better about exercising.

    However, one day, after finishing his workout at the gym, he felt a little under the weather.

    It turns out that Jim came down with a cold, so he had to rest for the next few days.

    Jim also developed back pain during those days of rest. So, he took it easy for a couple of weeks and didn't go to the gym.

    Finally, after recovering, Jim tried going back to the gym; although, with the terrible heat waves, he ended up going to the beach.

    Now, I will tell the same story from Jim's point of view:

    After a long time of making excuses not to go to the gym, I finally dragged my feet and walked into the gym building to sign up.

    The clerk handed me the sign-up form.

    With tears in my eyes, I filled out the registration form and paid the first installment.

    "Now I have no excuses!" I said to myself. So, the next day, I packed the gym bag, which included workout clothes, a towel, shower gel... And a pack of donuts to refuel.

    By the way, I always eat diet donuts, the ones with a hole in the center, like that I eat less quantity.

    On the first day at the gym, I took it very easy.

    But even so, I felt stiff for the next two days; I could barely move.

    After a few sessions and several boxes of doughnuts, I began feeling better about exercising.

    However, one day, after finishing my workout at the gym, I felt a little under the weather.

    It turns out that I came down with a cold, so I had to rest for the next few days.

    Strangely enough, I also developed back pain during those days of rest. So I took it easy for a couple of weeks and didn't go to the gym.

    Finally, after recovering, I tried going back to the gym; although, with the terrible heat waves, I ended up going to the beach.

    Ok! That's the end of this short exercise. Notice that the changes between grammar points are subtle but important.

    My suggestion is that you avoid memorizing grammar rules. It's better to see the changes in the proper context. And with a story, it is much easier to remember all this.

    If you want to know how to speak English using the proper techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my 5-day video course, so you can learn how to speak English fluently once and for all! And it's completely free.

  • In today's episode, I will discuss how to understand people with strong English accents.

    And with a point-of-view lesson, you'll practice vocabulary and improve your grammar without memorizing boring rules.

    Hi, everyone! I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com.

    My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course.

    That would mean a lot to me. Thanks.

    Oh, by the way, remember that you can check out the transcript on my website:

    speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast

    Awesome! Let's get started!

    Very often, I hear people speaking English with a strong accent. That's because their native language sometimes has a strong influence on the way they speak English.

    Have you ever traveled to another country and tried to speak their language?

    Then you're probably aware that some locals experienced difficulties understanding you and that not everybody was patient. Some people got very impatient and sometimes even rude.

    That's why you should be patient and encouraging whenever you talk to people with a strong accent because they are usually aware that you may have difficulty understanding them.

    Therefore, be honest with your conversation partner. Don't pretend you understand the person if you can't comprehend what they are saying.

    And don't be afraid to hurt the other person's feelings. Being honest doesn't necessarily make you rude.

    Instead, use a polite phrase to say that you have some difficulty understanding.

    Ask the other person to speak more slowly. Say something like this:

    "I'm sorry, but I'm having some difficulties understanding you." or "Can you please speak a bit more slowly?"

    Don't try to understand every single word. Instead, make an effort to grasp the overall meaning. This way, you will be able to participate in the conversation.

    You'll need to relax, listen to meaningful words, and observe as a listener. Use as many contextual clues as possible.

    Listen very carefully to give all the feedback you can to the speaker.

    Use your facial expressions to give feedback.

    Nod when you get the meaning. Smile when the topic is engaging. Frown when the content is about some problem.

    Learn how to listen without interrupting:

    If you can understand the main point but are unsure about some words that don't seem relevant, ignore them and don't interrupt.

    However, when you don't seem to understand keywords or relevant ideas, you'll need to interrupt by using a phrase like this one:

    "Excuse me; I don't quite understand." "Could you please say that again?"

    Ask questions:

    Help the speaker by asking questions like: "Do you mean that…?" or "Are you trying to say that…."

    Like this, the speaker will feel that you're genuinely interested in the conversation.

    And keep smiling, show respect, and have fun communicating with people from all around the world.

    By the way, if you want to know how to speak English using the right techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my 5-day video course so you can learn how to speak English fluently. And it’s completely free.

    Read the transcript on my website:

    http://speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast

  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    In today's episode

    - I'm going to tell you how you can get vegetables without going to the supermarket. And I’m not talking about magic :)

    - In the second part, you will learn grammar without memorizing any boring rules.

    Are you a new listener? I recommend that you get my free video course at speakenglishpodcast.com. You will learn how to acquire more vocabulary, how to learn grammar but without memorizing anything, how to learn deeply, how to speak automatically and how to maintain yourself motivated in the long run.

    Very well. Let’s start!

    Some things only happen in cities. Interesting things. One of them is urban gardens,

    If you have an urban garden, you can grow your own veggies if you live in a city.

    I'm talking about tomatoes, celery, broccoli, etc. It is an exciting option if you do not want to buy them directly from the supermarket or if you want to make sure that the vegetables are pesticides free.

    Urban gardens appeared as a fad, but the truth is that they are consolidating in many cities. A good phrase to use in this case is: "they are here to stay". That is, it is not just a fad.

    Where can we find these gardens? Locations vary. For example, there are large gardens in the suburbs of many cities. These are family gardens that produce all kinds of veggies.

    We can also find urban garden projects in schools, where they have an educational function. I find it very helpful for children to understand that tomatoes are not "manufactured" in the supermarket but rather grown in the soil.

    On the other hand, many apartments have a terrace, and people have some vegetables in small earthen containers. Some take advantage of the rooftop. There is usually quite a lot of space available.

    I guess in general you can save money, but it's easy to overspend. You need tools, fertilizers, seeds, substrates... and a lot of patience. In any case, it's an outdoor hobby that is usually rewarding.

    However, there are some disadvantages. The most important is that the contamination affects the plants. All contaminating particles fall on the surfaces. Many of them are metals such as lead, mercury, or cadmium. And I don't believe anyone likes the idea of eating a tomato with these kinds of metals in it.

    Then there is the expense of the water, which can be significant. Nowadays, the water bill can go up quite a bit because there are more and more taxes.

    So... Would you like to have an urban garden? If you already have one, you can tell me about it in the comments section.

    Before I move on to the next section, go and get the transcript of this episode at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot to me. Thanks.

  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    In this episode, I'd like to include some food and cooking vocabulary.

    And with a mini-story, you will improve your English fluency.

    You’ll see, it’s like having a conversation with another person.

    You know, when I enter the kitchen, the first thought that I have is… Why am I here? Yeah. I'm hungry. That's why. Now I remember. :)

    I open the refrigerator and start scanning for some delicious food.

    Since I don't buy ready-made food, I usually stare at the fridge for some minutes until it starts beeping. Then I close it and open it again to continue scanning.

    And I'm not saying my refrigerator isn't well organized; it's just that I'm looking for something that I can prepare in 1 minute, or preferably even less.

    Many times, I end up making a green smoothie. That's a fast and easy way of getting all the needed nutrients. And plus, smoothies are delicious.

    By the way, a smoothie is a thick drink that you can make using fruits, vegetables, greens, seeds, milk, ice, etc.

    Like I said earlier, I usually end up making a green smoothie. Don't panic. It's green but really yummy.

    I add some water or milk, one avocado, 1/2 cup of pineapple, 1/2 frozen banana, 2 cups of spinach, and 1/2 cup of ice cubes. I put it at speed 10 for 45 seconds, and the smoothie is ready. Delicious!

    By the way, in case you were wondering, I use a Vitamix blender to prepare my smoothies.

    And I don't use it only for that. I also make frozen desserts with it, soups, I can make flours with it, almond milk, batters, dough, nut butter, juices, dips, etc. It's very versatile.

    Whenever I'm not in the mood for a smoothie, and I want to eat healthy and fast, I use a pressure cooker or a frying pan.

    A frying pan is simply a metal pan with a handle that we use for frying foods.

    A pressure cooker is an airtight pot where the food is cooked quickly under steam pressure.

    I love using a pressure cooker because whatever I throw into the pot comes out delicious. I'm not here to promote any brands, but I'm really happy with my Instant pot cooker.

    The Instant Pot is not only a pressure cooker. It's multi-functional, and I use it all the time. I even bought one for my mom, and she loves it!

    And you know what I like using it for? For making yogurt. Yes! I started making yogurt, and it was super simple and just delightful.

    I also use this machine for cooking rice, pasta, potatoes; you can steam with it, and keep food warm after cooking.

    I usually steam vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, etc.

    So, how do I steam with the Instant Pot?

    I place some water in the pot, and then I add a basket where I put the veggies. Make sure you don’t add any salt into the water while you are steaming because it delays the evaporation. I just add the salt once it's cooked.

    Get the transcript here: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/

  • Today, I'm going to talk about the word bear.

    And with a mini-story, you will practice your English conversation skills.

    Hi! I’m Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com.
    My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Before we start, get the transcript at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

    Very well. Let's get started!

    The word BEAR is normally used as a noun when we're referring to a large furry animal that likes eating honey. In the second part of this podcast, you'll meet two funny bears, Yogi and Boo-Boo.

    The word BEAR can also be a verb. In that case, it has several meanings:

    A few of them are: to hold, to support, to exhibit, to stand, or to give birth to.

    For example, if I say that "I can't BEAR" something, I mean that I can't tolerate it or stand it. It's just too much, or it makes me very unhappy.

    Here are some more examples:

    Usually, we use the verb to BEAR when we need to accept or tolerate something, especially something unpleasant:

    Examples:

    "The pain was almost more than Jason could bear." "How can you bear to eat that food?"

    There are some other similar expressions. Instead of saying, "I can't bear it," you could say I can't stand it, or I can't put up with it.

    Example:

    "I love going to the beach, but my sister can't stand it."

    "I just can't put up with my friend's dog."

    We can use the word BEAR in many different ways.

    For example, when you need to deal with something painful, we say that you BEAR the pain:

    Example:

    "Sometimes it's hard to bear the pain of being lonely."

    Other times, you need to take responsibility for the negative effects of your actions. It's when we say that you BEAR the consequences:

    Example:

    "She's quitting her job anyway, so; she won't be here next month to bear the consequences."

    That’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed learning new expressions with the word BEAR.

    Ok! If you want to know how to speak English using the proper techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my video course for free. So, you can learn how to speak English fluently once and for all!

  • Hi! I’m Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com.
    My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    In today's episode:

    I'll reveal some tricks to maintain a positive attitude while learning English. And you'll practice your speaking with my new mini-story.

    Before we start, get the transcript of this episode at: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

    Very well. Let's start!

    Is it possible to maintain a positive mental attitude? We know it's important, but how can you be more positive, and most importantly, how can you maintain that attitude?

    What you need is a change of mindset. And you can achieve that, by changing your strategy.

    For instance, get off social media and exercise more. I'm not saying you should run a marathon. But make sure you walk every day, even if it's just a little bit.

    Read self-help books in English.

    There are many self-help books out there, so do your research. However, I can recommend Unlimited Power, by Tony Robbins.

    Anyway. We all know that being positive helps us achieve amazing things.

    That’s why I wanted to share with you some of the tools which worked for me.

    Finally, without making too much effort and without trying hard, you'll think in a more positive way. All these tools will create a healthier approach towards life and, of course, towards your English learning routine.

    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course.

    That would mean a lot to me. Thanks.

    Ok! If you want to know how to speak English using the proper techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my video course for free. So, you can learn how to speak English fluently once and for all!

    Get the transcript of this episode on my website:

    https://SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Today, you will learn what else you can take to the beach.

    And with a mini-story, you will practice your English speaking. I will ask you many questions that you need to answer right away. It’s like having a conversation with another person in English.

    Welcome to Speak English Now podcast, with your host, Georgiana. The podcast that will help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Before we start, visit my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast to get the transcript for free.

    Ok, let's start!

    Well, in the previous episode, we learned what things are useful when going to the beach:

    Swimsuit Towel Sunscreen Sunglasses Hat or cap Air mattress

    Let's learn some more today.

    #1 Parasol

    A parasol is a kind of big umbrella that is used a lot at the beach. It's not meant to protect you from the rain, but from the sun. Parasols have a pointed end that sticks into the sand. Sometimes, in windy weather, parasols blow away. So, it's important to stick the parasol in well.

    #2 Floater


    No, a floater is not a person that floats. It's like a donut with air in it that helps you float. Although the floater is usually used only by children, if you don't know how to swim much, it is better to have a floater at your disposal. It's better to be a little embarrassed than to drown.

    #3 Beach ball

    You inflate a beach ball by blowing and blowing. Of course, as it weighs very little, it will go many miles away if it's windy. Parasols and beach balls are not very compatible with the wind.

    #4 Folding beach chair

    Although I've never used it, it sounds like a great idea. As the name suggests, a folding beach chair is one you can fold. When you put it away, you can change the shape to make it more compact. In addition, the short legs allow you to be closer to the sand when you sit on it. All that's missing is a cool drink.

    #5 Cooler

    And speaking of cold drinks. The beach would not be the same without drinks and food. Therefore, you need a cooler. There are small coolers designed to be easy to carry with you.

    That's all for now. I hope you had a good time learning new English vocabulary. And if you go to the beach, don’t forget to take with you some of the things that I have suggested in the last couple of episodes.

    Get the transcript on my website: https://SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Today I want to talk about what to take to the beach. This way you will practice the specific vocabulary on the subject and, of course, you will be the most prepared on the beach.

    Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently.

    Today, I’m talking about what items you need to take to the beach.

    – And with a unique point-of-view story, you will practice grammar without memorizing any boring rules.

    Oh, by the way, remember that you can check out the transcript, on my website speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast

    Ok. Let’s start!

    It’s already June. And with June comes summer and good weather. One of my favorite activities during the summer is going to the beach.

    I go to the beach usually in the mornings when there are not many people. I find that midday is too hot, and the sun’s rays really burn the skin, but some people love that.

    Today I want to talk about what to take to the beach. This way you will practice the specific vocabulary on the subject and, of course, you will be the most prepared on the beach.

    #1 Swimsuit

    The most important thing is wearing a swimsuit. A swimsuit is a piece of clothing people wear for swimming, especially women and girls.

    Men on the other hand wear swimming trunks. They are often made from light, fast-drying materials like nylon or polyester.

    #2 Towel

    You may want to dry yourself when you get out of the water. Therefore, you need a towel. But the beach towel is not only for drying yourself. You can spread it out on the sand and lie down. So, you can sunbathe and get a tan. That’s why beach towels are usually extra-large.

    #3 Sunscreen

    In summer, the sun hits hard. Its intensity is high, especially in the central hours of the day. To enjoy the sun without being harmed, wear good sunscreen. Sometimes it is also called a sunblock. It is usually a cream applied to the skin and absorbed little by little.

    #4 Sunglasses

    Not only do you have to protect your skin, but also your eyes. You know that in summer, the sun is very intense. So, it is essential to wear a good pair of sunglasses.

    #5 Hat or cap

    Although I don’t usually wear a hat or cap, I think it’s a good idea to wear it to protect your head in the middle hours of the sun. If I had to choose, I would prefer a cap, as you can store it better anywhere.

    #6 Beach Air mattress.

    Imagine you want to have something that floats and also be able to lie down in the water. This is the perfect solution: a beach air mattress.

    There are plenty of things to take to the beach, and in the next episode, we will continue talking about this topic.

    By the way, if you want to know how to speak English using the right techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my 5-day video course so you can learn how speak English fluently. And it’s completely free.

  • Listen to a new episode of Speak English Now Podcast, your favorite material for practicing your spoken and heard English. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary, and how to improve your English more effectively.

    Transcript:

    Today, we will look at some English words that are very difficult to pronounce.

    And with a mini-story, you will practice your English fluency by answering many questions!

    Welcome to Speak English Now podcast, with your host, Georgiana. The podcast that will help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Before getting started, visit my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast to get the transcript for free.

    Ok, let's start!

    1# Rural

    Rural can be challenging to pronounce even for some native speakers, especially when repeated or placed next to a word with similar "r" sounds.

    Let's pronounce it several times.

    Listen and repeat!

    [ roor-uhl ]

    Rural Rural Rural

    Examples:

    "I would prefer to leave the city for a rural home."

    "She has a romantic view of rural society."

    2# Phenomenon

    This singular form of "phenomena" means an amazing event, pronounced as "fi-NOM-uh-non."

    So, let's practice the word phenomenon a little bit.

    Listen and repeat:

    [ fi-nom-uh-non ]

    Phenomenon Phenomenon Phenomenon

    Examples:

    "Gravity is a natural phenomenon."

    "This phenomenon is unique in nature."

    3. Sixth

    Adding a "th" after "x" can be tricky for many English students.

    Let's pronounce it several times:

    [ siksth ]

    Sixth Sixth Sixth

    Examples:

    "The dictionary is now in its sixth edition."

    "She lives on the sixth floor."

    4. Specific

    This word is quite easy to pronounce, but it may be difficult for those who do not understand that "s" and "c" can have the same sound, although different, within the same word.

    Let's practice it!

    [ spi-sif-ik ]

    Specific Specific Specific

    Examples:

    "My boss gave me very specific instructions on dealing with the client."

    "If you want to be successful, you need to be more specific about what you want to do."

    5. Temperature

    For some students, "tem-per-uh-chur" is difficult to say quickly, as the "t" takes on a "ch" sound.

    Let's pronounce this word several times before using it in a sentence.

    Listen and repeat after me:

    Temperature Temperature Temperature

    [ tem-per-uh-cher ]

    Examples:

    "Let me check your temperature."

    "The temperature ranges from zero to twenty degrees."


    That's all for today; I hope you had a good time practicing these complex words.

    If you want to know how to speak English using the proper techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my 5-day video course, so you can learn how to speak English fluently once and for all! And it's completely free.

  • Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently.

    Time flies, and it is vital to know how to manage it. So, today, I will give you three more points to consider regarding the use of time when learning English. I hope you like it.

    And with a point of view story, you will learn grammar in context without memorizing any boring rules.

    Before we get started, go to my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

    to get the transcript for free.

    Ok. Let’s start!

    1# Look for situations with few distractions.

    If there's one thing I'm guilty of, it's spending too much time on the internet. I have the lousy excuse that I do it to get inspired to make new episodes of the podcast. As I say, it’s a lousy excuse :)

    Ideally, you want to be in a situation with few distractions, but sometimes, that's difficult because we always carry our cell phones with us.

    In my case, I have found a good solution: walking. When you move, it becomes uncomfortable to look at your cell phone. So it's a good option to be able to listen to something without getting distracted. You just let yourself go while listening to your English lessons.

    Also, when you move, more blood gets to your brain, and it stays more active.

    So, I recommend that you find an activity or situation where the level of distraction is low to spend more time listening. Maybe you can take long walks while listening to your lessons.

    #2 Try the 1-minute challenge.

    I'll tell you a secret. Often, I don't do things because I think it's going to take me too long. It's something I need to get better at.

    For example, lately, I've been reading on and off.

    Recently, I was waiting for a friend in a coffee shop. I knew she could arrive at any moment.

    Psychologically, I figured, "it's not worth starting to read. She'll be here any minute." So, even though I had my Kindle with me, I didn't read anything and spent my time browsing social media. My friend was about 10 minutes late. If I had started reading, I could have read a few pages.

    So, here's what I suggest. Try listening to some English content for just one minute. You only have to listen for 60 seconds. Then you can stop if you want. The best thing is that many times you will continue listening.

    #3 Change the mindset from sprint to marathon.

    Finally, it is vital to understand that learning English takes time, even with the best techniques and materials. Therefore, we must change from sprint, which suggests a lot of effort and intensity, to something calmer and more sustained: a marathon.

    It's about finding the right pace that will allow us to continue for many weeks. It's not about running a lot initially only to be exhausted soon after, but the other way around. Start calmly and find the right rhythm and routines.

    The results will come, but your brain needs some time to assimilate what you learn.

    Well, I hope I’ve helped you with these reflections, and of course, also with English.

    Get the transcript on my website: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/

  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Today, I am going to continue talking about how to manage your time to learn English.

    Next, you are going to practice fluency with a mini-story. Mia is determined to learn English, and she starts to motivate herself by taking something.

    But before we start, please visit my website, SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast to get the transcript of this episode. It's completely free.

    Ok. Let’s start!

    #1 Treat yourself!

    What better way to motivate yourself than to treat yourself! Yes, you deserve it. Well, only when you achieve the goal, of course. Maybe after getting to 5 hours of listening in a week, you can afford something special like watching a movie, going out to eat at your favorite restaurant, etc.

    The treat doesn't have to be something fancy or expensive. It can be of minor importance, but it helps to stay motivated.

    By the way, I recommend that you don't do it the other way around. First, the treat to motivate yourself, and then the study. I've tried it the other way around:) So no donuts before you start!

    #2 Create a routine.

    As human beings, we like routines. That is, we like to do the same things repeatedly because what the brain does is automate many of our behaviors.

    Suppose you make yourself a cup of coffee every day. You can take the opportunity to put on your headphones and listen to a few minutes of an English lesson. Soon, you will associate making coffee with listening to English. It sounds silly, but it works.

    They say that to establish a routine; you need about 21 days. That is about three weeks. Although the exact number of days is not important, we can draw the following conclusion: to create a routine; you need little time. So, you can consider creating a specific routine to listen to at certain times of the day.

    #3 Keeping track of the time you are listening.

    Although everyone is different, many people like to keep track of the number of hours they listen when learning English.

    This gives you a sense of progress in your learning and informs you when you are not doing well.

    So, you could write down the time you spend listening. And add it up by weeks and also months. This way, you can project how much time you will spend listening in a year, make averages, etc.

    And you don't have to be precise. It doesn't matter if you listen for 55 minutes or a little over an hour. Just write down an hour, and that's it.

    Oh, and... Why don't you share this with someone else who is learning English? Imagine going for coffee and talking about how your week went. How many hours you listened, if it was difficult, etc. This way, you can motivate each other and set common goals.

    Well, I hope I have helped you with these new reflections.

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