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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.

    Today I’m going to talk about abandoned towns, where no one lives anymore for one reason or another.

    With a mini-story, we will meet John, a man who, tired of his lifestyle, makes a radical decision.

    Very good. Thank you for listening once again. We have reached 22 million downloads of this podcast; thank you very much for following me! If you want to help me, please share and recommend my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com by mentioning my podcast. Thank you very much in advance.

    Okay, let’s get to today’s topic.

    In every country in the world, there are villages where no one lives.

    I find this phenomenon fascinating.

    There are several words you can use to describe such a town. They all mean the same thing:

    Abandoned: This means that those who lived in that area have left. Therefore, people abandoned the place at some point in the past. Uninhabited: This word implies that it was previously inhabited. The inhabitants inhabit a place. If those people leave and don’t live there anymore, it becomes uninhabited. Ghost. A ghost town is simply a town without inhabitants, without anyone living there. This word sometimes gives a sinister air to the place. All kinds of legends can arise in certain abandoned places. Some people’s imaginations can be very vivid. Deserted merely means that there is no one there. For example: “The village was deserted, there was absolutely no one.”

    Now, let’s use a little imagination. Imagine that you decide to move to a deserted town. Moving means going to live permanently in a new place. So, you would be the only inhabitant. You could put a sign with the name of the village and the number of inhabitants: one.

    There are many advantages. For example, if you have a car, you can park almost anywhere. No more going around and around the streets to find a parking space. You don’t have to respect speed limits or traffic lights, which don’t work, or don’t exist because there is no police.

    As for the neighbours…no more hassles, no more noises, no more arguments. You can just relax because no one is going to bother you.

    Since you are alone in town, you can run for mayor. The result would be obvious. Only you would vote, and you would win with 100% of the votes. Unbelievable!

    Now you could say, But what about the supplies? The food? Well, you can order on Amazon, right? I’m sure they won’t get the wrong house.

    There’s just one small problem. A place like this can be terrifying. Being all alone in a town and hearing a strange noise. I don’t know; maybe it’s not such a good idea.

    But in reality, multiple causes explain why certain towns are abandoned. Here are a few:

    – Epidemics. Certain towns suffered devastating epidemics such as smallpox, typhus, or cholera that reduced the population.

    – Decline of mining. The mines’ work attracted many people, and many houses were built, forming towns near the mine. When the mine was no longer profitable, people left the village.

    – Industrial revolution. Many peasants engaged in agriculture left their hard work to go to the factories to get hard but perhaps safer work.

    Many villages are not abandoned, but every year they lose inhabitants. There are several initiatives to stop this depopulation. Some towns even offer free housing and work. There are also subsidies for companies and entrepreneurs to set up their business there. The truth is that with the Internet, perhaps some of these towns can be saved because it is feasible to run a business with a computer.

    Get the transcript at: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Did you know that there are more than 1 million words in English? I know it’s hard to believe, so keep counting, I mean keep listening. 🙂

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

    Today I will share with you 9 of the most beautiful words in English. And with the point of view story, you will learn grammar only by listening.

    Ok. Let’s start!

    In 2010, during a project to search for words in digitized books, researchers estimated a total of 1,000,000 words.

    Yeah, I was a bit surprized by this, too, but there’s an explanation for all this.

    First of all, you need to take into account that they have included different forms of the same word. Also, many words are archaic since they are not used in modern English.

    Speaking of archaic words, in the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, there are approximately 600,000 defined word forms. But that’s because it includes many old-fashioned words. And also, the dictionary expands every year to keep up with new words being invented.

    However, according to the BBC, the good news is that we only use about 170.000 words in English.

    Yeah. I know. It’s still a considerable number of words, but you don’t need to know all these words to be able to have a conversation in English.

    I actually believe it’s a mistake to keep track of the number of words you know. If you want to learn English effectively, remember how you learned your mother tongue.

    And let’s face it, you don’t know all the words that are included in the dictionary of your mother tongue. But that doesn’t stop you from speaking fluently and eloquently.

    Let’s not forget that words are a powerful form of communication. I have selected the ones that I consider to be the most beautiful out of all the words in English.

    1. Cherish
    The word cherish means having a deep appreciation for something or someone.

    Example:
    “We all cherish our family, our home, our possessions, and I’m sure someone in your life cherishes you and the relationship they have with you.”

    2. Demure

    We use the word demure when we refer to a person who is shy and polite. A demure outfit is a modest one.

    Examples:
    “The girl was dressed very demurely for the occasion.”
    “Her clothes were too demure for the occasion.”
    “The girl was demure.”

    3. Ebullience
    Have you ever seen some puppies playing? The word that comes to mind is ebullience. Ebullience means excitement and enthusiasm.
    Just think of someone who is too noisy, almost euphoric.

    Example:
    “I remember that when you were a kid, you would always burst into the room with your usual ebullience, and talk to everyone.”4. Elegance
    I’m sure you’re smiling right now because this is a word you knew. However, it is still one of the most beautiful words in the English language.

    Examples:
    “When she entered the room, everyone was amazed at her elegance.”
    “We’ll deal with this matter with the utmost diplomacy and elegance.”

    Get the transcript at: 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.

    Speaking English is way easier than you think! You just have to use the right material and techniques.

    – Do you like mysteries? I do, but only when they explain what’s really going on. Today I’ll talk about mysterious metallic monoliths.

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

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

    to get the transcript. It’s free!

    By the way, thank you for your messages and feedback. It’s my pleasure to help you speak English in a fun and entertaining way.

    Okay. Let’s start!

    Today’s topic is about mystery. I don’t know if you’ve seen this on social media or TV. In several places around the world, some very remote metal monoliths have appeared.

    Many have speculated on the subject.

    Some say it is simply a viral campaign on a global scale. Perhaps from some well-

    known brand. Others say that it is simply an artistic expression and that they do it this way, without saying anything, to draw attention. There are always people who claim that it is part of an alien invasion.

    What do you think?

    I don’t know if you remember the movie 2001. A Space Odyssey. This movie was released in 1968, and well, at the time, it was a landmark because of director Stanley Kubrick’s innovative style. In the movie, several monoliths are shown, leaving the viewer to guess their meaning. I guess whoever created these monoliths that have recently appeared was inspired by this movie.

    The first monolith, was found in the Utah desert in the United States. That was last November 2020. Environmental activists removed it.

    I guess they also recycled it, but it is not clear.

    Since then, structures of this type have been located in different parts of the world.

    One wonders what it could be. Well, now I will explain the mystery: they are not aliens. I myself have placed all these monoliths with the message: “I am Georgiana and I want to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.”

    Well, it was not me, but it would be a great idea! 🙂

    Actually, the people responsible are an artist collective called The Most Famous Artist, or so it seems. It turns out that they sell these metal monoliths for the affordable amount of $45,000.

    I think that’s a lot of money, though. You know, if you want a monolith in your yard, you might want to start saving up.

    Okay! 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!

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

    Today I'll talk about dubbing. And we will practice grammar in context with a point of view story. Don’t worry. You won’t have to memorise any boring rules.

    Remember that you can get the 5 Secrets to Learn English totally free on my website:

    speakenglishpodcast.com

    Have you ever wondered why movies are dubbed in some countries and not in others? Dubbing a movie means to substitute the original voice for another one in the language of the country.

    This way you don't need to know the original language of the movie. You can simply watch the entire movie in your language without any problems.

    An alternative is to simply add translated subtitles. This is done in most countries.

    This way you can listen to the original sound and at the same time read in your native language to understand the meaning. It is a cheap alternative and much easier than dubbing the movies.

    Interestingly, performers are called voice actors. The truth is that I find this job very difficult. You have to record exactly at the moment when the character is speaking. Also, you need to use the right intonation. If the character is angry, or happy, or says something with irony, ... All this has to be taken into account.

    There are some people who criticize dubbing. They give two reasons.

    The first is that it doesn't help people learn foreign languages, such as English.

    The second is that, in a way, it can distort the interpretation of the actors, since, if a dubbing actor is not good, he can totally change the character.

    But dubbing is not limited to movies or series. Music and video games are also dubbed.

    Dubbing music

    Similar to movies, dubbing has a totally different meaning in music. Here, this process occurs when you transfer or duplicate a song.

    Dubbing video games

    Many games now require dubbing - when dubbing, the original audio is replaced with new recordings of the translated script. This allows players to listen while playing in their own language.

    In my opinion, dubbing does not help people learn new languages. Regarding whether or not the interpretation of the actors is changed, I think it can happen, but I have to say that there are very good dubbing actors who do it very well.

    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.

    Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Today, 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.

    Okay, let’s start with an important question:

    Do you think that you are too old to learn English?

    I have always thought that it is never too late to learn a language, and I have always had students of all ages using my method successfully.

    But a few days ago, I received an email from a student in Greece, saying something like this:

    Dear Georgiana, hello,

    I’m delighted to see your programs.

    I think you give your soul to every lesson.

    My mother tongue is Greek, and I am proud because our language has a positive contribution to the English vocabulary.

    I’m also proud that I try to improve my English even though I’m 94 years old.

    Georgiana, I encourage you to continue with your English lessons.

    I admire you!

    Erotokritos

    Thank you, dear Erotokritos, for your kind words. You are an inspiration for all of us.

    So, you see, I think I’ve made my point. It’s never too late to learn English.

    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.

    Read the transcript at:

    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 this episode:

    • I'll be talking about what happens just after we end our vacations.

    • Later, a cool mini-story to practice your English speaking.

    Let me start by telling you that I'm super excited to be back again and connecting with you! How are you doing? Are you feeling happy and relaxed? Or are you feeling blue?

    We’re in September, so I can officially say that the summer holidays are over.

    During summer, I've been resting, sunbathing, and enjoying my free time. I've recharged my batteries.

    I like to be near the beach, enjoy the sun, the sea breeze, and eat delicious food. I must say that I've managed to disconnect from my routine completely.

    How about you? How did you disconnect from your everyday worries?

    Talking about disconnecting and taking a break. In September, a fascinating phenomenon occurs:

    I’m referring myself to the post-holiday blues, also known as the post-travel depression.

    By the way, did you know that the color blue is actually the most popular color in the world? The color blue is also used to express feelings of sadness, nostalgia, or depression.

    Here are two expressions where we use the color blue to describe sadness: "feeling blue" or "getting the blues."

    Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Welcome to the Speak English Podcast, your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary, and how to learn English more effectively.

    Transcript:

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

    Today I will talk about fluency and how it is related to the possible mistakes that occur when we speak. Yes. Sometimes we can make mistakes!

    Next, we will practice grammar with a funny point of view story. You just have to listen and observe how the different grammar points change.

    Excellent! I have decided to talk about a topic that, I think, is very significant for the language student.

    First, let’s see what fluency means.

    When a person can speak fluently, they can speak more or less without hesitation, without pausing and thinking about how to say something. Occasionally, we can take a short pause to think, but this is not usual.

    We experience near-perfect fluency when we speak our mother tongue. If you pay attention to when you speak, you will see that you do not think about which words to use. You just have an idea of what you are going to say, and you say it.

    When you are learning a language, fluency develops gradually. A good symptom is when you find yourself without almost translating mentally. At first, it is normal to do so, but little by little, part of your speech becomes automatic, and the words are simply there. That’s when you start enjoying more and more conversations with Native speakers. It is amazing to see yourself in a conversation with a Native speaker in the language you are learning.

    Somehow, it all becomes real.

    Traditional or more academic methods insist on mastering more formal aspects such as grammar rules, word position, or conjugations. According to their theories, learning all this will help you express yourself better and avoid making so many mistakes when speaking.

    Ask yourself this question: How often do you think about grammar rules when you speak in your native language?

    I believe that the most important thing for a language student is to develop fluency first. This has to be your main goal. When we are in the middle of a conversation, things go very fast. You can’t pause for 30 seconds to think about how to structure a sentence. You need to speak at that moment. You need to be fluent.

    And how does this relate to mistakes? It’s common sense. If you can express yourself more or less effortlessly, mentally, you don’t have to look up or translate words. They just come to your mind. This way, you can spend more time focusing on other aspects, such as making fewer mistakes or improving your pronunciation.

    As I always say, the way to improve your fluency is mostly by listening. The more you listen, the more you acquire the patterns of the language. When I talk about patterns, I mean word patterns that are very commonly used. So, you no longer think word by word, but by groups of words. A very positive effect of listening to content made by a native speaker is that you hear the language without mistakes, so little by little, you will end up using the same structures that are error-free.

    Read the transcript at: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Hi everyone!

    I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.

    In this episode:

    I’ll talk about the importance of moving and studying English. After that, we’ll practice grammar with a point of view story.

    Ok, let’s get started!

    Let me ask you a question. Imagine a person learning English. He or she’s preparing to study a new lesson. How do you picture the scene? Perhaps this person’s sitting at home or in a quiet library with an open textbook, a dictionary, and a notebook. Maybe this person has been sitting for hours, almost motionless, trying to learn and memorize the content.

    At least that’s the typical image that pops into my mind whenever I imagine an English student following the traditional method.

    Now let’s visualize a different scene. Imagine someone walking around. Their whole body’s moving. The feet transmit movement to the legs and to the entire body. The arms are swinging slightly, and the brain receives more oxygen. You can’t be too lethargic when you walk, can you?

    For me, this second state is the perfect one for learning. The brain’s more awake, and it can acquire new knowledge faster.

    And there’s no need to carry around any textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, pencils, etc. That wouldn’t be practical at all while you’re walking. And people might start pointing you on the street as if you were some lunatic.

    I’m sure that if you’ve been following me for some time now, you already know that there’s a much more efficient way to learn English.
    You can now improve your English considerably by listening to interesting audios!

    There’s no need to sit in a chair and listen to my podcast or my audio lessons. The only thing you need is your cell phone and your favorite earphones. Start taking a nice walk every day and improve your English skills at the same time.

    In fact, the question and answer (Q&A) lessons are designed in such a manner so that you can simulate a conversation in English wherever you can and whenever you get some spare time.

    Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Welcome to the Speak English Now Podcast, your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary, and how to learn English more effectively.

    Transcript:

    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’ll be talking about passive listening, or in other words, listening in the background. Later on, we’ll practice conversation skills with the powerful Question & Answer technique.

    Ok, let’s get started!

    In the language industry, there’s an approach called passive listening. This means playing some English in the background while performing other tasks. In theory, you’re learning because the brain is always learning, no matter how.

    Interesting, huh? You just need to play some English while you’re cleaning, jogging, surfing the Internet, etc.

    Well, although this approach may be appealing to many of you, here’s the bad news: It doesn’t work as a whole system for developing a complete fluency in English.

    The main drawback is that when we need to learn new content, our brain needs to pay attention, to be active.

    So, in an ideal world, we would be 100% focused all the time while listening: We’d pay attention to every tiny detail: vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation, etc.

    However, as you may already know, idyllic things are sometimes hard to achieve. If you need perfect conditions every time you listen: for example, feeling rested, motivated, in a quiet place, then you will never start listening.

    What you need is a compromise. It’s ok to lose concentration from time to time.

    Here’s my suggestion: For new content, try to maintain your concentration as much as possible.

    However, when you’re repeating the same content, you don’t need to focus 100% of your attention anymore because, in this case, you’re just remembering and consolidating.

    Another aspect to keep in mind: in this case, quantity is more important than quality. It means that when you listen for two hours, and you only focus on 70% of your attention, it’s still more efficient than when you’re listening for only 20 minutes, and you succeed to focus 100%.

    The accumulation of hours and hours of listening, it’s what truly helps you to become fluent.

    Just think about children. They’re not always focused when they listen, but they always learn.

    My takeaway for today is: Try to listen as much as you can. Being focused is essential when you’re learning new content, but when you’re already familiar with the material, what matters the most, it’s the amount of time you spend listening.

    Get the full text here: 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.

    I'm going to talk about how to ask and give directions in English. For example, when you want to go to a restaurant, and you have to ask for directions.

    Next, an exclusive mini-story to improve your fluency in English.

    Remember that you can get the text of the episode at SpeakEnglishpodcast.com.

    So, let's get started. As you know, it's very useful to know how to ask for directions when you go to a place for the first time, and you're a bit lost.

    Okay, yes, I know that nowadays with smartphones, you can check the GPS and you don't need to ask for help anymore, but think about this: Asking for directions is an excellent opportunity to practice English.

    In this episode, we will see the most common expressions with some examples:

    All right, the best way to ask for directions is by using this expression:

    "Excuse me, how do I get to _?"

    "Could you tell me the best way to get to _?"

    For example, if you want to ask how to get to Times Square, you say:

    Excuse me, how do I get to Times Square?

    You could also say…

    "What is the quickest way to get to the movies?"

    "Excuse me. Where's the nearest (post office) please?"

    "Excuse me. I'm looking for _."

    And if you are very close to your destination, you could simply ask:

    "Where is the hotel?"

    If you get lost, just ask this simple question:

    "Where exactly am I?"

    Okay, great. Now let's see how to give directions.

    Here are some useful phrases for giving directions on the street:

    TURN LEFT

    TURN RIGHT

    GO STRAIGHT AHEAD

    An example:

    "Sorry, what is the quickest way to get to the city center?

    "It is easy. Go straight ahead and then turn right.

    They can also tell you to TAKE the first, second, or third, street, for example.

    Let's look at the same example:

    "Excuse me, could you tell me the best way to get to the city center?"

    "It is easy. Go straight ahead and take the second street on the right."

    (END OF THE EXTRACT).

    Get the transcript here: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/asking-for-directions-in-english/

  • 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, I'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.

    Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com

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

    Today, I’m going to show you how you can improve your English-speaking skills during the summer.

    Later, we’re going to practice listening and speaking with a funny mini-story.

    Let’s get started!

    Summer is here, and it seems like everyone has planned their holidays already.

    But how about you?

    Have you thought about improving your English during the summer holidays?

    If you still don’t have a plan. Don’t worry. I have some ideas.

    In fact, it’s really simple. All you need this summer is your cell phone to listen to my Speak English Now Podcast or my English premium courses. Now I’d like to suggest some places you could spend your summer holiday, especially if you’re on a tiny budget.

    Find an air-conditioned coffee shop in your neighborhood.
    Enjoy your drink while you listen to your favorite English show.

    Go to the mall or fast food restaurants

    It’s the perfect environment where you can listen to some English lessons. Perhaps you won’t be 100% focused on what you’re listening to, though, you’ll still be learning a lot.

    I’m telling you this because I enjoy going to the local mall, especially in summer and winter. It’s usually quiet; there’s free AC. (air conditioning) and I often carry around my laptop. Spending time away from my desk helps me to concentrate better.

    But it’s not all about drinking coffee and shopping. Just like me, you might consider going to the gym more often! Where I live, it’s almost impossible to enjoy any outdoor activities in summer. Also, when you’re at the gym, try listening to your favorite English lessons. You’ll love it!

    Ok, last but not least: You need to relax. Go to the beach. Not only to get a nice tan but also to take your English to the next level.

  • Are there any benefits to learning English as an adult? There are many. Let's take a look at some in this episode.

    Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. Speaking English is way easier than you think. You just need to use the right materials and techniques.

    Today I am going to talk about the benefits of learning English as an adult. And the truth is that there are many, and some of them are surprising.

    And with a mini-story, you will practice your spoken English. I'll ask you lots of questions that you'll have to answer right away. It's like having a conversation 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!

    #1 It is an excellent exercise for our brain.

    Many times we go to the gym to tone our muscles. We also try to lose weight to be ready for the beach in summer. We don't always succeed, but that's another story. :)

    In the same way, learning a new language is like sending our brain to the gym. We stimulate it with all sorts of new sounds, words we didn't know, grammar, expressions, and other elements.

    This mental exercise is very healthy, as we help our brain to stay active. Many experts recommend learning a language when we are older to maintain our cognitive ability.

    It helps us to improve our memory and concentration.

    Imagine the number of words you end up learning—all of them new. And then, you have to learn how to use them according to context, sentence order, etc. All this new information accumulates in an orderly fashion in our brain and is ready to be used. This process improves our ability to remember all kinds of things.

    Moreover, we learn to concentrate better. For example, when you listen to this episode, your concentration level is higher than when you listen to an episode in your mother tongue. So, it's a great thing!

    #2You learn a new culture and a new way of thinking.

    Every language is necessarily linked to culture. This implies customs, ways of understanding life, traditions, habits, values, and history.

    I find discovering a new culture fascinating. It serves to learn something new and contrast and reevaluate the culture in your own country.

    In addition, you learn to look at things from a new perspective. This can help you to be more original and creative in your daily life.

    #3 Improve your self-esteem.

    Yes, learning a new language as an adult and conversing with native speakers is an excellent boost to your self-esteem. You feel better because you have achieved something that many people think is impossible.

    I remember my first conversations in Spanish. I made mistakes, and my vocabulary was limited, but what a joy to talk to people from other countries! That's always a good feeling.

    #4 Make more friends.

    Can you imagine making friends from other countries and cultures while speaking their own language? This is a compelling reason to study a language. Human relationships are vital, and they help you consolidate what you have learned. So, I suggest you practice your English with people from English-speaking countries. Remember that now, with the internet, you can use any video call app to communicate with anyone in the world.

    #5 Get a better job.

    Finally, learning a second language allows you to improve your resume and your chances of finding a good job. In an increasingly globalized world, knowing at least a second language is crucial.

    Knowing a new language is positive, as you come across as someone dynamic and capable of learning as an adult.

    Ok, that’s it for now, but before we continue…

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  • Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. And I am here to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    In this episode, let’s find out if you are too old to learn English?

    Is it too late to learn a language? Is it possible to learn English as an adult? I'm going to answer these questions.

    - In the second part, we are going to meet Tom and his adventures to learn English.

    Before we get started, go to my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com to get the transcript. It's free!

    Ok. Let's start!

    Some time ago, a 95-year-old student from Greece sent me an email. He wanted to tell me how my method helped him learn English.

    He is learning English and listens to this podcast. The truth is that I admire people who don't make excuses. And that's what inspired me to do this episode.

    There is a widespread belief that if you don't start learning a language when you are very young - ideally as a child - it is practically impossible to learn it.

    Some even bash those who are studying a language, saying things like:

    "You're wasting your time and your money!"

    "Unless you go to the country, you'll never learn the language!"

    Well, I'm here to tell you that's a myth. You can learn English as an adult and become fluent in English. Many of my students have learned English at an advanced age and are perfectly able to speak it fluently.

    Children indeed seem to learn their mother tongue effortlessly.

    The younger you are, the easier it is to create new brain connections and consequently learn anything quickly.

    However, studies show that the brain never loses the ability to learn.

    For me, the determining factor is the attitude, not aptitude.

    Attitude refers to how we feel about something. Aptitude, relates to the ability to do something.

    A bad attitude - that is, being negative, complaining, or making excuses - will not help you learn anything. It is crucial to have a good predisposition to learn. In other words, be more positive and less negative. Sometimes this bad attitude leads to limiting oneself. For example, some people think:

    "I am not good at learning languages."

    "I am too old for this."

    Certainly, this attitude does not help at all. On the other hand, children usually have a good attitude.

    For example, they never say things like:

    "But there are so many words I don't know yet!"

    "I make a lot of mistakes! People are going to laugh at me!"

    “I will never speak English! I'd better not even try!"

    In reality, kids don't care how long it takes, how many mistakes they make, or whether they mispronounce a word. In fact, kids hardly get frustrated when they don't get something right the first time.

    They just keep trying. They don't set mental limits for themselves as we adults do.

    So, I recommend you to be inspired by the attitude of the 95-year-old student I mentioned before.

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    Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. And I am here to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    Today we are going to continue learning new phrasal verbs. This time with the verb TAKE.

    And with a point of view lesson, you will learn grammar in context without memorizing any boring rules. I’ll tell you a story several times from different grammar points. I can change the tense or the person. And like that, you will learn grammar in context.

    Ok. Let’s start!

    Most English learners tend to become overly concerned with how to learn phrasal verbs. A phrasal verb is just a verb and a particle. For example, “take after.”

    There are thousands of phrasal verbs. Sometimes they may be confusing.

    Also, each phrasal verb can have multiple meanings.

    Ok, this scenario doesn’t seem very encouraging, and the million-dollar question is:

    How can you learn all those phrasal verbs?

    Here’s the good news: You need to learn the most common ones. In other words, what people use most of the time.

    So, let’s learn some common phrasal verbs with the verb TAKE:

    1. Take After somebody

    To resemble a parent (looks or behavior)

    “I take after my mother so much that people think we are sisters.”

    2. Take something Apart

    It means to disassemble or to separate the parts of something so that they are not together.

    “I’m going to have to take apart the remote control to clean it well.”

    3. Take something Back

    This phrasal verb means to say that you don’t really mean what you’ve said or written.

    “I take it back. You’re not the worst person I’ve ever met. But you are the second-worst person I know.”

    4. Take Down

    It means to separate the pieces of a structure or write something down.

    Examples:

    “We’ll have to take down the cupboard if we want to paint the walls.”

    “I’ve been trying to get back to you, but I took your number down incorrectly.”

    5. Take On

    It means to accept a job, responsibility, or to hire somebody.

    Examples:

    “I can’t take on any more responsibilities; I’m too overstressed.”

    “By the end of the year, we plan to take on 100 more people in our company.”

    6. Take over

    It means to gain control.

    Examples:

    “My boss told me to take over the project because my colleague was inefficient.”

    “When my father retired, my brother took over the business.”

    7. Take somebody Up on something

    This phrasal verb means to accept an offer.

    Example:

    “-You’re always welcome to visit us.”

    “-Thank you, I’ll take you up on that the next time I come to Vienna.”

    Ok, so today, we have learned some phrasal verbs with the verb take.

    My advice is to learn phrasal verbs in context and never memorize them, especially because many of them have several meanings.

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    Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. And I am here to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    Today we are going to talk about phrasal verbs with the verb give. Many of you have asked for a new phrasal verbs episode, so I am sure that you are excited about it. Apparently, everyone wants to learn new phrasal verbs.

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

    But before I get started, I wanted to thank you for listening to my podcast. It’s been over four years since I released the first episode, and since then, I’ve received a lot of support.

    And because I want you to learn English 3 times faster, I have created a video course. Visit my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my video course for FREE.

    Ok, let’s get started!

    #1 To give something away

    It means to give something for free as a gift or donation.

    Examples:

    “They give away a free chocolate bar for every $100 you spend in the supermarket.”

    “Tina gave her old clothes away when she lost weight.”

    #2 To give oneself or somebody else away

    It means to show where somebody is or what they are doing when they are trying to keep this a secret. Or to unintentionally reveal something about yourself that you don’t want anyone to know. In short, to give somebody away means to betray them.

    Examples:

    “Mia smiled, but her voice gave her away.”

    “Tom gave away classified information to the competition.”

    #3 To give in

    It means to accept that you are defeated, to surrender. Or, in some cases, to give in means to finally agree to what someone wants after refusing for some time.

    Examples:

    “After being surrounded, the enemy gave in.”

    “My son insisted so much that I buy a cell phone, I finally gave in.”

    #4 To give out

    We use this phrasal verb to say that something stops working correctly or becomes weak.

    Examples:

    “After running for 30 minutes, my legs finally gave out.”

    “The students wouldn’t listen, so his patience finally gave out.”

    #5 To give something over to somebody

    It means to give responsibility for something to somebody.

    Examples:

    “Our boss gave most of his work over to his assistant.”

    “The assistant gave herself over completely to her work.”

    #6 To give up

    This phrasal verb means to stop trying to do something, to surrender.

    Examples:

    “Because of health problems, he was forced to give up his job.”

    “Everybody knows my mom never gives up.”

    #7 To give somebody up

    It means to allow someone to be captured by the police.

    Or surrender oneself to the police.

    Examples:

    “When he was surrounded, the criminal gave himself up.”

    “The private detective gave the criminal up to the police.”

    “She remorsefully gave herself up to the police.”

    Let’s listen to the phrasal verbs we learned today:

    Give something away

    Give someone away

    Give in

    Give out

    Give up

    Give somebody up

    Give something over to somebody

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    Hi, everyone! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    Today let’s talk about how the lockdown has affected the way we interact with other people.

    Are we ready to get back to normal after the pandemic?

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

    twice from different grammar points. I can change the tense or the person. And like that, you will learn grammar in context.

    Please, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com to get the transcript. It’s free.

    After a year of living practically on the couch

    eating takeout while watching series on Netflix, maybe you should consider whether you’re turning into a hermit.

    Takeout is prepared food packaged to be consumed away from its place of sale.

    So, what’s a hermit?

    A hermit retires from society and lives in solitude, usually for religious reasons.

    And after a year without leaving the house, many people are in danger of becoming hermits.

    Although when someone lives alone and deliberately avoids other people, we call that person a recluse.

    I’ve always been an extrovert. But being stuck at home for so long, with no contact other than my family, is becoming a bit of an issue.

    And you know, I was certain that extroverted people would have a tough time during the lockdown. But it turns out that even people who were never at home are finding any excuse not to leave the house.

    It seems that we have adjusted to this new lifestyle, and it’s going to be hard to get back to normal.

    And how about getting back to work?

    In my opinion, the pandemic killed the traditional workplace, and I am curious how companies will deal with this situation.

    And I have a feeling that remote work can be mutually beneficial. Because according to one study, telecommuters work 1.4 days more per month, and that’s more than three additional workweeks per year.

    And let’s face it, while working in the office has some advantages, like meeting new people, very few employees want to go back to the office.

    What about you?

    How do you feel about all this? Do you want to get back to the office, or do you prefer to stay at home and work remotely?

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

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    When was the last time you saw people shaking hands? I can’t remember either, maybe in a movie.

    Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. And I am here to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    Today, I will talk about different ways to greet someone while avoiding physical contact as much as possible.

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

    The situation has changed quite a bit since last year. It has impacted the way we interact with other people drastically.

    Nowadays, instead of shaking hands, we tend to wave from a distance.

    Today we will look at some ways of saying hello that have become popular over the last year.

    Let’s start!

    1. Elbow bump.

    The idea is to use your elbow to touch the other person’s elbow. The elbow is the joint we have in the middle of each arm.

    I consider this kind of greeting a bit absurd since you end up making physical contact in another way, but you avoid contact with your hands.

    However, it is easy to touch your elbows with your hands. For example, you might touch your elbows when crossing your arms. So, it’s better not to have any contact at all.

    2. Saying hello with your feet.

    Yes. I’ve seen some people use their feet to say hello. And it looks strange, but the first time I saw it, I thought it was hilarious. The idea is to make each other’s feet collide.

    I guess it’s safer than the elbow bump, but it requires some skill to stay balanced.

    For a couple of seconds, you need to stand on one foot. So perhaps for older people, it’s not the best idea.

    3. High five from a distance.

    See, this seems more logical to me. You raise your right hand and pretend you are high-fiving. There is no contact whatsoever.

    However, imagine you will greet someone, and you high-five in the air, but the other person doesn’t and stares at what you’re doing. It’s a bit embarrassing.

    4. Military-style salute.

    As you can imagine, it is the typical salute that militaries give. Although we do it in a more relaxed and less abrupt way.

    When I greet someone on the street, I raise my hand and say, “hello.” I do it quickly, and it’s more natural that way. I don’t like the elbow or foot greeting.

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

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    Hi, everyone! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    In this episode:

    I will talk about video conferencing apps and the most common vocabulary and expressions used in English.

    Then, with a short point of view lesson, you will practice grammar in context. There’s no need to memorize anything, don’t worry.

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

    As you know, the Internet allows us to communicate very easily.

    With the current situation, working from home has become customary. Teleworking is when you work from an off-site location using the Internet.

    And of course, to be able to communicate, we have to do it through dedicated apps like Zoom, FaceTime, Google Meet, Skype, etc.

    Let’s see some vocabulary related to apps for video conferences. I will use the expressions from the Zoom app, but they are more or less similar to any platform:

    Well, to use the Zoom app, you need an account. Usually, you visit the website and create a new account. Then you download the app to your computer or smartphone. You install it and run it. All you have to do is follow the instructions. Usually, you enter your username and password and follow the instructions. Sometimes it is necessary to select the audio and camera, but only the first time.

    The environment where people meet is usually called a videoconference room, or simply a room. Sometimes it’s also called a meeting.

    Okay, now you have everything set up. You need to join a meeting, but before that, you need an invitation. The invitation is only a link, and when you click on it, you can join the meeting. Other times the host will give you a number and password instead of a link.

    By the way, we call the people who attend Zoom meetings attendees or participants.

    You also have the option to host a meeting. This implies that you create the meeting and that you invite people to access the room. As a host, you have special permissions to control the other attendees. We can say that the host controls everything. The host usually sends an invitation to the others by email.

    Okay, so imagine you are in a meeting. You have to take into account two very important options. First, you have to learn how to turn audio and video on or off. It is very common to start talking and have the audio turned off. An even worse situation is to leave the audio on and make noises or say something inappropriate.

    You also have the option of typing text in the chat. If you are shy, this is the best option.

    Well, finally, when we want to leave, don’t forget to exit the meeting!

    So, we’ve learned quite a bit of specific vocabulary. You are now an expert in group videoconferencing 🙂

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

    Today we are going to continue to talk about idioms and specific vocabulary related to movies in English.

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

    twice from different grammar points. I can change the tense or the person. And like that, you will learn grammar in context.

    Please, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com to get the transcript of today’s episode.

    Before we start, let’s remember the 5 expressions you learned in the last episode.

    Get the show on the road

    Means to begin an activity or journey.

    To kick off a show, or kickoff

    To kick off a show means to start a performance or the first performance among many others.

    Popcorn movie
    It’s a movie to watch just for entertainment.

    Live up to the hype

    If a movie lives up to the hype, it is as good as the public anticipates.

    Sell out
    If tickets are sold out, it means that all available tickets for a movie, concert, etc., have been sold.

    Now let’s learn some new vocabulary and expressions:

    1. To make a clown of yourself

    Clowns are usually funny and entertaining people who do all sorts of things to make people laugh.

    I’m scared of clowns, and I’m sure many other people are too. So, if you make a fool of yourself, you’re doing something that makes people laugh without meaning to.

    It means you make a mistake that makes people laugh, maybe you stutter or even forget what you were going to say.

    So, we use this expression when someone appears foolish or someone who knows very little.

    Examples:

    1. Jack was so worried about making a clown of himself, he got so nervous that he ended up calling off his performance.

    To call off means to cancel an event or agreement.

    “He should not have tried to call his ex, he made a clown of himself.“

    2. To be in the limelight

    The expression to be in the limelight

    comes from an old practice from the theater scene. Limelight was a bright white light made by heating oxygen and hydrogen and placing a piece of lime into it. It was used for stage lighting.

    But what does it mean?

    If you are in the limelight, you are in the public eye. Therefore, people will be interested in your personal life.

    They will want to know who you hang out with and what you do in your free time. As a result, the paparazzi and reporters are likely to surround you often.

    Examples:

    “Tom tried avoiding the press as much as possible, but he was in the limelight all the time because of his new blockbuster movie.”

    “Many people love being in the limelight, but I get nervous on stage.”

    3. To crave the limelight

    Well, we have already seen what it means to be in the limelight, but let’s find out what it means to crave the limelight.

    To crave something means to feel a strong desire for something or someone.

    Therefore, if you crave the limelight, it means that you really like to be the center of attention.

    Celebrities, politicians, but also regular people sometimes crave the limelight.

    Example:

    “My friend wasn’t a person who craved the limelight until her book became a bestseller. That’s when she got used to the attention.”

    4. Break a leg

    This expression comes from the world of theater. Actors were superstitious because they believed that saying “good luck” would actually bring them bad luck, so people started using the expression “break a leg” instead.

    Examples:

    “Break a leg!” I shouted to my sister before the beginning of the play.

    “You’re so talented you don’t need luck but make sure you break a leg!”

    Ok, that’s it for today, but let’s first go over the expression we have learned today.

    To make a clown of yourself To be in the limelight

    3. To crave the limelight

    4. Break a leg

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

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