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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'll talk about something more festive.

    I'll talk about Easter and how Americans celebrate this holiday.

    And with a fun mini-story, you'll improve your English fluency by answering many questions in English.

    Before we get started, I just wanted to say hi if you are new here.

    And if you are a long-time listener, I want to thank you for supporting this show by sharing it with your friends and family.

    Ok, let’s start!

    Whenever Easter comes, everywhere I go, I see chocolate eggs and Easter bunny cakes.

    But what do we celebrate on Easter?

    Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The New Testament describes the resurrection occurring on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans on Calvary around 30 AD.

    Americans spend this holiday with friends and family, and some attend special services held in churches on Easter.

    And while not all Americans observe the holiday from a spiritual point of view, Easter is certainly one of the most celebrated holidays in the States.

    And if there's one thing people love doing during the holidays, it's eating. Let's take a look at the 3 most popular dishes at Easter.

    Hot Cross Buns

    These are typical Easter food. It is a sweet bread seasoned with nutmeg, flavored with currants and apricots, and covered with a lemon glaze.

    Stuffed Leg of Lamb

    Americans also enjoy a stuffed leg of lamb. A delicious recipe, yet very easy to make. With parsley, garlic, bacon, and red wine.

    Honey Butter Ham

    Another very representative dish for this holiday is the honey butter ham. This recipe is simple and is prepared in the oven or a slow cooker.

    And how about the colored eggs and the Easter Bunny tradition?

    Typically, people start dying hard-boiled eggs in a variety of colors the night before Easter Sunday. These eggs are left for the Easter Bunny on Saturday night. The Bunny comes and hides them all over the house. So when the children wake up on Easter Sunday, they get excited looking for the eggs and the Easter baskets filled with goodies.

    The idea of the Easter Bunny giving candy and eggs is said to have originated in Germany during the Middle Ages. Pennsylvania Dutch settlers brought the rabbit to the United States in the 18th century.

    Another fun fact about the Easter holiday is that Easter and Halloween often compete for the highest candy sales every year. In some years, Americans buy more candy the week before Easter than the week before Halloween.

    How interesting. Right?

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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.

    This week we are going to continue talking about the different types of doctors in English. And with a fun mini-story, you will effectively improve your English fluency.

    Before we get started, make sure you get the transcript on my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

    Ok, let's start!

    Last week we started talking about the different types of doctors in English. We saw that a general practitioner or family doctor treats common health problems.

    We also learned that an optometrist is an eye doctor and that a dentist treats teeth and gums' problems.

    Now let's continue learning the different types of doctors in English.

    1) When we have skin, hair, or nail-related problems, we visit a dermatologist. If you have nasty red rashes on your body, quickly make an appointment with a dermatologist. So a dermatologist is a doctor who treats problems related to skin, nails, and hair.

    Nowadays, more and more people choose to see a dermatologist whenever they have a skin condition such as acne, sensitive skin, a rash, etc.

    It is always better to trust a specialist and not to experiment on our skin.

    2) If you have children, you should take them to a pediatrician. A pediatrician's office is always very colorful and a very child-friendly environment. Therefore, pediatricians are physicians who take care of infants, toddlers, children, and teenagers.

    3) What if you have a broken heart? Do you make an appointment to see a cardiologist? Unfortunately, a cardiologist can't fix your broken heart. But they will cure any cardiovascular disease. A cardiologist is a heart doctor.

    4) And if you have an accident, you must see an orthopedic surgeon. An orthopedic surgeon deals with the skeletal system. Any broken leg or broken bone or anything that's wrong with your skeletal system, an orthopedic surgeon is going to fix it for you.

    As people get older, they have many problems in their knees or their hands or even arthritis. So all of these things are taken care of by an orthopedic surgeon.

    5) If you are a woman, you need to see a doctor who focuses on the female reproductive organs from time to time. We call this type of doctor a gynecologist.

    There is also the obstetrician who works in a particular area of gynecology that focuses on childbirth.

    6) What if you are a man? Do you also go to see a gynecologist?

    No. No. Only women go to a gynecologist.


    Men should see a urologist. A urologist is a doctor who deals with urinary tract infections or urinary problems. A urologist deals with the male reproductive system or male reproductive organs.

    So if you have any problems with the urinary tract or the male reproductive system, you see a urologist.

    7) There is another type of doctor called a neurologist. A neurologist is

    a doctor who studies and treats diseases of the nerves.

    While the doctor who performs surgery on the human brain is called a neurosurgeon.

    So a neurologist is a doctor who deals with any nerve-related problem. But if you have brain surgery, you go to a neurosurgeon.

    Well, these are the types of doctors or physicians we have here. There are a large number of doctors, so I've picked the most common ones.

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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.

    This episode is going to be interesting because we will talk about doctors in English. And I'll tell you about a surgery I had last week.

    You'll also improve your English grammar without memorizing any boring rules.

    Before I get started, remember to get the transcript at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com

    This way, you listen and read at the same time if you find it necessary.

    Let's start.

    Today I would like to tell you a bit about my experience of having to undergo surgery for the first time.

    Although you probably didn’t notice my absence last week, I was in the hospital for a few days after having gallbladder surgery.

    I always had difficulty eating some foods, and I didn't know why. Finally, after many tests, the doctor told me he had good news and bad news. I wanted to know good news first. The good news was that he had found the cause of my digestive problems. I had gallstones in my gallbladder. And the bad news was that I had to have my gallbladder removed altogether.

    But I was looking forward to the surgery. And since I wanted to avoid getting overly nervous before the procedure, I decided to concentrate on work. I doubled my workload before the surgery so that you wouldn't miss any of my weekly episodes.

    And on the day of the surgical procedure, I packed a suitcase with all the things I thought I needed while in the hospital. It is always wise to be prepared. But in the end, I didn't need much of it because I spent most of the time sleeping.

    Now I’m happy to be back home.

    The intervention was a success, and I feel great, I was even able to start working on a new episode.

    But enough about me, let's talk about the different types of doctors in English.

    Let's start with the general practitioner. What’s a general practitioner?

    If you have a health problem, you usually go to a general practitioner. For example, if you have a cold or a stomach ache, you see a general practitioner.

    We also call this type of physician a family doctor.

    What if you have a terrible toothache? Do you go to your family doctor? Of course not. In that case, you should make an appointment with a reputable dentist as soon as possible.

    I know many of you don’t like going to the dentist, but I have a visit every six months, and that helps to prevent major complications.

    So a dentist is a doctor who treats problems related to teeth and gums.

    Well, what if you have a problem with your vision? What do you do? If you have a problem with your eyesight, an eye infection, or anything related to your eyes, you should see an optometrist. An optometrist is an eye doctor.

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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 we are going to learn English in a fun way.

    You will learn new English vocabulary through fun riddles.

    I will introduce you to some popular riddles and ask you to guess the correct answer. If you don't know what a riddle is, don't worry because I'll explain it to you.

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

    Many of you send me messages telling me that you listen to my podcast in the car, walking, or doing other things. That's great because you are incorporating learning into your lifestyle, not the other way around. That way, you spend more time listening and learning. The idea is always to accumulate many hours of listening for you to internalize the language.

    By the way, it would make me very happy if you shared my website with your friends. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my free mini-course.

    All right. In today's episode, you will improve your English in a fun way with some fun riddles. You'll have to guess the answer to each riddle. Are you up for it? Don't worry; they're not complicated.

    Come on, it's gonna be fun :)

    But first, what's a riddle?

    A riddle is a type of poem that works like a puzzle.

    They describe something and sometimes use words with double meanings.

    First, I'll tell you a riddle, and then I'll wait 10 seconds to give you time to answer. But don't worry. If you need more time, you can pause the audio.

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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’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.

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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 you are going to learn English in a fun way.

    You will learn new English vocabulary through fun riddles.

    And with a mini-story, you will improve your fluency by answering lots of questions.

    Let’s start!

    One thing is clear. You want to become fluent in English. That's why it's a great idea to get to know the typical expressions and riddles.

    Riddles often make us laugh out loud. Everyone knows that laughter is healthy because it relaxes the brain and body, helps us release stress, and promotes positive mental health. This way you will learn English more easily.

    So I'm going to start telling you some riddles.

    First, I'll tell you the riddle, and then I'll wait 10 seconds to give you time to answer. But don't worry. If you need more time, you can pause the audio.

    Remember that on my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com you will find the transcript of this episode.

    Let's start!

    Think about it,

    1) What has to be broken before you can use it?

    I'll give you a hint. It's something to eat.

    Answer: An egg.

    Yes, of course, it's an egg, I don't know about you, but I always remove the eggshell before eating it.

    Let's continue.

    2. I'm tall when I'm young, and I'm short when I'm old. What am I?

    I'll give you a hint. It's something you can see in the dark.

    Answer: A candle.

    Yes, of course, it is a candle; as the candle burns, it gets shorter. Although this also happens with people. We also as lose height as we get older.

    3. What month of the year has 28 days?

    Answer: All of them

    That's right; all months have at least 28 days. Although in a leap year, the extra day is added to the end of February, making it 29 days instead of 28.

    4. What is full of holes but still holds water?

    Answer: A sponge

    If there is a hole in a glass or bucket, the water comes out, but the sponge will absorb the water even though it has holes in it.

    5. What can you break, even if you never pick it up or touch it?

    Answer: A promise.

    In English, we keep or break a promise. If you don't keep your promise, you break it.

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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 we will practice some of the most difficult words to pronounce in English.

    Words that start with "th" as in this or that and words that end in "ly" as in constantly or definitely." And with a mini-story, you will improve your fluency.

    English pronunciation can be a big problem for some English students. And their native language determines, for the most part, what types of difficulties students will have.

    However, most English students worldwide find it difficult to pronounce words that start with "th."

    "th" is one of the hardest sounds to pronounce.

    And we pronounce it in three different ways:

    as /ð/ as in this, that, these, those, they or them. As the voiceless /θ/ as in three, thing, thought.

    Some students often say "dat" instead of that.

    - but we also pronounce it as a /t/ as in Thai.

    I've asked my students what words they found difficult and many of them were words beginning with "th."

    Thought, through, three, threaten, throughout, theft.

    I will give an example for each word but first, let's pronounce them one by one.

    Listen and repeat.

    Thought, through, three, threaten, throughout, theft.

    Examples:

    "I never thought my wish could one day come true." "Through repetition, you will improve your English fluency." "I had three exams last week and passed all of them." "They tried to threaten to take away my scholarship, but in the end, they had a change of heart." You have always been by my side, especially throughout the difficult times. "They were put in prison for theft."

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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 will tell you how to train your brain to listen more in English.

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

    Nowadays, we are very used to watching content on the Internet. There is a wide variety of materials.

    And when it comes to learning English, it is no exception, so I understand that you can feel overwhelmed by so many possibilities.

    That's why I'm here, to give you clarity and to help you speak English in a very short time and with a very efficient method.

    While most teachers switch from audio to video, I have done the opposite.

    There are several reasons why I have stopped making videos regularly. I've started making videos a decade ago. Meanwhile, I was teaching English one on one to students from all over the world and of all ages.

    That's how I came up with the best method to learn English.

    I noticed that when my students were listening to simple audio repeatedly, they were learning faster, and their listening and speech improved.

    I've realized that many students learn with their eyes and not with their ears. Listening was a greater challenge than reading for many.

    If you want to understand a language better, you need to train your brain to listen more.

    Another aspect that has helped me understand what my students really need was the fact that I'm a polyglot.

    I've started learning several languages when I was a kid, by using different techniques. For me, the most effective way to learn a language was to learn by listening.

    With my podcast, you will improve your listening and comprehension, especially if you listen repeatedly.

    Most students think that the more variety, the better.

    So what they usually do is listen to an audio once or twice and then change to something else.

    Well, variety is useful, but what you want is to consolidate what you listen to; if you want to train your brain to listen, the most effective way to achieve this is through repetition.

    For example, you can use one of my podcast episodes. I recommend that you listen to every episode several times to consolidate the content.

    I provide a transcript for each episode, so after listening to an episode a few times, get the transcript and read it at the same time.

    Another excellent way to improve your English is by using my premium courses.

    Get the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com

  • 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:

    Happy Valentine's Day, everybody! I am Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    In today’s episode, I will talk about Valentine’s Day in the United States. And with a mini-story, you will improve your English speaking.

    Remember! You can get the transcript at speakenglishpodcast.com.

    Ok. Let’s get started!

    Although it is a very commercial holiday, Valentine's Day has a fascinating history that goes back to ancient Rome! In the United States and other parts of the world, people celebrate February 14 by giving away candy hearts and red roses.

    Historians believe that Valentine's Day originated in ancient Rome as a pagan fertility festival.

    But despite its origins, in 1300, it officially became a holiday associated with love and romance.

    The Roman Pope officially declared February 14, "Valentine's Day." It was then associated with love because many believed that birds began their mating season on February 14.

    There was more than one St. Valentine.

    There have been multiple St. Valentines throughout history, like a bishop and a pope.

    But the most common one was the one who challenged Emperor Claudius II.

    Back then, Claudius had forbidden marriage because he thought it would distract young soldiers.

    However, Valentine disapproved, so he illegally married couples until he was captured.

    After he was convicted, young couples would visit his cell and give him flowers and cards. It’s said that he died on February 14.

    Let’s see how Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day nowadays.

    Since 1840 sending cards became a tradition and Americans send out 145 million Valentine's Day cards every year.

    Americans spend a lot of money on Valentine’s Day

    About 50% of Americans celebrate Valentine's Day and spend about $19 billion a year, and over $2 billion on candy alone. That’s a lot of money, right?

    But do you know where most of the money goes?

    Americans spend almost 5 billion dollars on jewelry on Valentine's Day!

    They also spend more than $3.7 billion on going out at night, followed by flowers, clothes, and candy.

    Ok. Now let’s get a bit romantic.

    Nearly 6 million couples get engaged on Valentine's Day.

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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 we will talk about how to pronounce vowels in English. And with a fun point of view story you will improve your grammar.

    The truth is that vowels in English always represent a particular difficulty for many students.

    But don't worry because there is a self-evident reason why this happens.

    It turns out that in English, we have six vowel letters represented by the letters a, e, i, o, and u and fifteen vowel sounds.

    Fifteen vowel sounds?

    Yes. You see that's the real problem.

    In English, we don't read vowels as they are written, simply because the same vowel letter can be pronounced in different ways.

    For example, we can pronounce vowel A in seven different ways.

    Amazing, right?

    We divide vowel sounds into three different categories:

    Long vowels (we pronounce the long vowels the same as the letter.)

    These are the long vowel sounds in American English:

    A /eɪ/, E /i/, I /ɑɪ/, O /oʊ/, U /yu/.

    Examples:

    Steak / steɪk /

    Sleep / slip /

    Bike / baɪk /

    Home / hoʊm /

    Cute / kyut /

    Short vowels (have the most common sound for a single vowel spelling.)

    Examples:

    cat /kæt/

    bed /bɛd/

    sit /sɪt/
    top /tɑp/

    sun /sʌn/

    Other vowels (the remaining vowel sounds)

    other u /ʊ/ Put /pʊt/

    oo sound /u/ soon /sun/

    aw sound /ɔ/ dog /dɔg/

    oi sound /ɔɪ/ join /ʤɔɪn/

    ow sound /aʊ/. down /daʊn/

    Ok, let’s continue.

    I want to talk about the schwa (ə) sound.

    What is Schwa?

    The Schwa sound - is the most common vowel in English.

    We find this sound in almost all words with more than a syllable.

    Examples:

    Doctor, about, the, center.

    Schwa (ə) replaces any vowel in English if the vowel is unstressed.

    It also appears in words consisting of only one syllable: a, the, of.

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  • You're hired. You will start with $1000, and in two years it will be $3000. Awesome! Then I'll start working two years from now.

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

    Today I want to talk about some stories that occurred in a job interview. I think it will be fun.

    Later, you'll practice grammar with a Point of View Story.

    Let’s say you’re looking for a job.

    You have a degree, a master or an impressive background, and you are a real professional.

    One day,

    A call. It's a company that wants to interview you.

    You're excited! On the day of the interview, you prepare yourself: you get a nice haircut, dress properly, you are a bit nervous but focused, and the interview begins in English.

    You didn't see that coming. All your preparation, degrees, masters, background don't seem relevant anymore.

    Here's the harsh truth: Not having interview skills in English will prevent you from getting the job of your life.

    However, there's good news.

    If you already know some English, preparing for a job interview's easy, and you don't need too much time.

    At the end of the lesson, I'll tell you how you can prepare for a job interview in only two weeks or less.

    Okay, let's listen to some stories that happened in job interviews.

    1) Let's start with the first one:

    "In the interview, they asked me, "where do you see yourself in five years", and I answered, 'not here.' They never called me back."

    In this case he was right. In five years, he wouldn't work there because they never called him back.

    2) The next one:

    "After undergoing three interviews for the position, I was introduced to my new boss, who happened to be the father of my ex. Despite being very worried, we ended up becoming good friends even more so than when I was dating his daughter."

    What a small world! In this case, the interview could have ended very badly, but we can safely say that this guy was very lucky.

    3) Let's continue with the next one, which is very interesting.

    "The interviewer started looking at me with a puzzled face, and the first thing he asked me was if I could prove all the experience described in my CV. I told him that I had no experience at all since I had just finished my studies. He showed me the CV, and to my amazement, it was my dad's!"

    What a coincidence! For some reason, the interviewer had his father's CV. Maybe the father sent a CV to the same company.

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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.

    Last week we started learning how to write a formal business email in English. Today we will learn how to close an email with a final comment and greeting.

    I'll also give you an example of a formal email that you can use in different situations.

    With a point of view story, you will improve your grammar.

    Sending a formal or professional email in English can always be challenging, so I

    decided to dedicate two episodes to this topic. If you haven't yet listened to last week's episode, I invite you to do so before listening to today's lesson.

    Ok, let's get started!

    After giving or asking for information, it's time to close with a remark.

    Here are some examples:

    5. Closing remarks:

    This is how you could respond when you are answering a customer query.

    "If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me."

    Use this phrase to let the other person know that you are eager to hear from them soon:

    "I am looking forward to hearing from you soon."

    This way, you encourage the other person to contact you if they need to do so.

    More closing phrases:

    "Thank you in advance for your reply / your help."

    "Please let me know if you have other questions or concerns."

    "Please don't forget to _______________."

    "Please get back to me: by Monday/ before Monday / soon. "

    "I appreciate your prompt reply."

    "I hope to speak with you / hear from / see you soon."

    6. Complimentary Close (followed by your name)

    We will end our email with a complimentary close.

    Best Regards,

    Best wishes,

    Kind Regards,

    Regards,

    Sincerely,

    Thank you,

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Have a good weekend, day, Friday,

    Have a safe flight,

    Enjoy your trip,

    Best wishes, regards,

    All these can be used interchangeably as a way to pay your respects to the person who is going to read the email.

    I typically sign my emails with "Best Regards"; however, sometimes I use "Regards" or "Enjoy the weekend."

    After "Best regards," I add my name.

    7. Email Samples

    Here's an email sample that you can use in different situations:

    Dear Mr. John,

    Thank you for your interest in our services.

    With reference to your request regarding a new SIM card for your cell phone, I would like to inform you that it should be made available to you within the next 24 hours.

    I would like to inform you that we have already delivered the card to the carrier, and you will receive it during the day.

    Also, I would really appreciate it if you could respond to this email today confirming your billing information.

    I am sorry to ask you this on such short notice, but it is in your best interest to do this as soon as possible to avoid any delays.

    If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Best Regards,

    Tom.

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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 show you how to write a business email in English. I'll teach you how to structure an email by providing some examples. Then with a fun mini-story, you will improve your English fluency.

    Nowadays, we need to communicate online both on a personal and professional level. And though sending an email to a friend doesn't seem to be too challenging, many of you feel intimidated when writing a professional email in English.

    Whether it's sending it to a supplier, to your boss, a professor, sign up for a job, etc., this episode will be very useful.

    1) Always start with a greeting.

    For example:

    If you know the first and last name of the person, say hello like this:

    "Hello, Mike Adams."

    Use only their last name by saying:

    "Dear Mr./Ms. Adams"

    If it's a person you know on a more personal level, you can address them by their name:

    "Dear Mike"

    Another way to say hello is to mention the person's position.

    "Dear manager, (recruiter, project manager, hiring manager, etc.)"

    When you are not writing to a specific person use this expression:

    "To whom it may concern."

    2) Use an opening line.

    Once you say hello, use an opening line.

    Examples:

    "Thank you for your reply."

    "I hope this message finds you well."

    "Thank you for your message."

    "Regarding___, I would like to inform you that___"

    "Concerning the email, I received___"

    "I hope you're enjoying (the great weather, your time in the city, etc.")

    "Thank you so much for the quick reply; I really appreciate it."

    If you haven't heard from that person in a while, you can say:

    "It's been a while since I heard from you."

    If you have not been able to reply to an email for a while, say:

    "Sorry for the late reply,"

    3)Giving Information

    After a short introduction, you can start providing information.

    Start with one of these phrases:

    "I'd like to inform you that…

    "I am writing to inform you that…"

    "I am writing to let you know that.."

    "Regarding (our last conversation)

    "I'd like to update you on …"

    "I'd like to confirm our meeting, your order, the business plan, etc.

    To deliver good news, say:

    "Fortunately, (we will be able to deliver your goods on time.")

    "I am pleased to inform you that (we will be able to deliver your goods on time.")

    If you need to give bad news, say:

    "Unfortunately, (we won't be able to deliver the goods on time.")

    "I regret to inform you that..(we won't be able to deliver the goods on time.")

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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.

    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."

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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 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.

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

    First of all, 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 from 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.

    In short, developing fluency as the main objective helps us to speak without pausing and without translating mentally. Also, by automating speech, we can spend more time focusing on small mistakes we can make. To improve fluency, you must listen a lot and repeatedly. Contrary to what you thought, the material you listen to has to be easy to understand. You have to comprehend 90% of what you hear. Listening to something you like and can understand easily but for hours and hours will improve your fluency.

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

    In this episode, I’ll talk about the Christmas holidays. And after that, you’ll practice your English speaking with an exciting mini-story about a man dressed in red.

    Alright! Let’s start!

    Ah! It's Christmas at last! I don't know about you, but I love this time of year. I start to think about what presents to give to my family and friends. Normally I make a list, so I don't forget anyone. Can you imagine forgetting someone? That would be terrible! That's why I start very early to plan what presents to give to everyone.

    Finding the right gift for someone can be difficult, so what I usually do is search online for gift ideas. And buying online helps me avoid the holiday crowds.

    To really feel the Christmas spirit, I like preparing a pot with a delightful scent using orange, cinnamon, apple cider, and clove. I let everything boil throughout the day so that the fragrance spreads throughout the house.

    At this time of year, I also love to listen to Christmas songs.

    I can recommend some popular Christmas songs:

    “All I want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey. "Last Christmas" by Wham! "Let It, Snow! Let It, Snow! Let It Snow!” by Frank Sinatra.
    "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms.
    and something from Michael Bublé’s Christmas album.

    Plus, I enjoy placing Christmas lights and decorations. I sometimes use social media to find unique decorations.

    Did you know that some Americans use popcorn threaded on a string to help decorate their Christmas Tree?

    Or that in New England, you can find some shops called "Christmas Shops." There they sell Christmas decorations and toys throughout the entire year!

    There are many classic Christmas movies that you can watch on TV at this time of year. Here are some examples:

    It's A Wonderful Life (1946) Holiday Inn (1942) A Christmas Story (1983) A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Elf (2003) Bad Santa (2003) Love Actually (2003) The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

    And it wouldn't be Christmas without a tree! Christmas trees are the symbol of the season. I love having a real tree and decorate it along with my family and friends.

    The Christmas trees tradition started in Germany in the 16th century. Protestant reformer Martin Luther first added lighted candles to a tree to remind his children of the wonders of God's creation.

    Nowadays, many Americans buy a fresh evergreen tree or a plastic model and decorate it with lights and ornaments.

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  • 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.

    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 talk about how speaking a different language can change your personality.

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

    Let’s get started!

    So, did you know that speaking a different language can change your personality?

    Yes, you heard me well! Studies show that depending on the language you speak; your personality can be affected.

    Studies show that speaking two or more languages can lead to a split personality.

    They say that many speakers have completely unique identities in each of the languages they speak.

    Apparently, the way you speak impacts the way you think, and it influences everything from how you make decisions to how you perceive color.

    Therefore, language is much more than just communication. Since the way you speak clearly affects the way you think.

    I can speak several languages, besides English. When I speak in German, for example, I pay attention to the way I interact with people, the way I organize my ideas and my thoughts, my emotions. All of these become profoundly influenced by the language I’m speaking.

    For example, whenever I speak in German, I become more rational.

    On the other hand, if I have a conversation in Spanish, I can observe myself behaving differently. It’s like being a different person. In this case, I feel more relaxed, more easy-going.

    To acquire a new self, you’ll need to immerse yourself in the culture. You can achieve that by taking a trip abroad, watching movies, interact with a native speaker or, listening to the Speak English Now podcast.

    Another key factor is how well you know the language. Of course, it’s not the same if your level’s low. The more you dominate the language, the more it influences your personality.

    My advice is that when you’re learning English, try to adopt a specific personality of the language. This way it’ll get easier and easier, and finally, you’ll speak English fluently and confidently.

    When you learn a new language, you’re not simply memorizing vocabulary and grammar rules – you also have the opportunity to adopt new elements of your identity.

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  • Hi everyone!

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

    Today, I’ll talk about how we use conditionals in English.

    After that, we'll practice them with a Point Of View Story.

    Ok, let's get started!

    I'm going to review the different conditionals in English. I don't recommend you to memorize them, but to understand them. You need plenty of contexts, and the best way to practice the conditionals is by using the Point of View story technique.

    Conditionals in English aren't complicated. I'm going to give you some examples:

    Zero conditional

    Here, we talk about things that are always true. For example:

    If you heat water, it boils.

    If you heat ice, it melts.

    If it rains, the grass gets wet.

    First Conditional

    We use the first conditional when we talk about a probable result. For example:

    If you study more, you'll pass the exam.

    If I have time, I'll help you.


    Second Conditional

    We use the second conditional in case we want to express less probability.

    I know you're busy, but if you went to the cinema, you'd enjoy the new Star Trek movie.

    If you studied more, you'd pass the exam.

    As you can see, this is more hypothetical. "If you went to the cinema", means you won't probably go, but if you went, then you'd like the movie. In the second example happens the same: If you studied more…it seems that you aren't currently studying enough.

    Third Conditional

    This third conditional is in the past. We talk about an alternative result about something that happened in the past. For example:

    If you had studied more, you would've passed the exam.

    If I had had more time, I would've helped you.

    If I had visited you, I could've helped you.

    In the third conditional, everything happens in the past, and we just express a different result if things weren't different in the past.

    Let's quickly review the first, second, and third conditional with a common example:

    If I have enough money, I'll buy a ticket to travel to New York.

    If I had enough money, I would buy a ticket to travel to New York.

    If I had had enough money, I would've bought a ticket to travel to New York.

    Can you see how the tenses change?

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  • 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 passive vocabulary, and I’ll focus on the difference between active and passive vocabulary.
    After that, we’ll simulate a conversation with the Question & Answer technique.

    OK, let’s start!

    Like I’ve just mentioned earlier, in this episode, I’d like to focus on the passive vocabulary.

    There are two kinds of vocabularies that we all acquire in time, no matter whether it’s your native language or a foreign language.

    The first and more obvious one is the active vocabulary. These are the words we use when we speak or write.

    On the other hand, there’s passive vocabulary. And these are all the words we understand when we read or listen.

    Let me make myself clear: You fully understand the meaning of these words; you don’t just guess their meaning when you read or listen. However, you can’t use them in a conversation.

    It’s complicated to use passive vocabulary when you speak because understanding the words just isn’t enough. You’ll need to listen and read these words several times before they become part of your active vocabulary.

    At this point, you may think that using passive vocabulary is only difficult when you’re trying to speak in English, but unfortunately, you’ll find the same difficulty when using your mother tongue.

    Let me give you an example:

    Let’s say that you’re reading an article about the economic situation of a country. You fully understand the whole article, but if you had to speak about this topic, I’m convinced that you’d use words that you’re more familiar with. If you had to talk about the economic situation of a country, you’d use the active vocabulary and not the passive one.

    When it comes to English, it’s the same. You can only use about 20% of all the vocabulary you’ve learned. So, if you know 1000 words, you’ll probably use only 200 words.

    The best way to activate your passive vocabulary is by repetition. If you listen to the same audios many times, you’ll be able to transform passive vocabulary into active vocabulary.

    We tend to use the words we listen to more. For example, the verbs to be, to go or objects like car, paper, etc. These words are so common that they have become part of your active vocabulary from the very beginning.

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  • 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:

    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 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.

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