The RealLife English Podcast
Are you tired of boring, slow-speaking English lessons that don't teach you the way that natives really speak? Do you wanna learn how English is spoken in the real world? In this podcast, Ethan, Andrea, and Justin—your American and British Fluency Coaches will take you beyond the classroom and help you live, learn, and SPEAK English in the real world through fun, natural, conversational lessons that will rapidly teach you: - To understand fast-speaking natives - The vocabulary, phrasal verbs, idioms, and slang that you actually need to know - Native pronunciation and connected speech (how we natives cut and connect our words in a predictable way) - American and British English and their differences Above all, we'll help you develop the mindset, the method, and the mastery to live your English in the real world!

If you want to sound more natural when speaking English, you need to STOP speaking “School English”. In today’s episode, you will learn some tips and tricks to sound more natural in English. You will also be able to better understand the difference between formal and informal English.

 

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Wayne's World (1992) Trailer

The Office - WASSUP!!!!!!

How to Have the Perfect Self Introduction in English | FREE TRAINING

 

We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here

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Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler and Joey. If these names ring a bell, then you are in for a treat! Friends premiered in 1994 and ran for 10 seasons. It is one of the most iconic and influential sitcoms from the 20th century. In today’s episode, we will be discussing why Friends is one of the best TV shows to learn English with. Plus, you will learn some great vocabulary with us.

 

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here

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Can you understand jokes in English? In today’s episode, you will learn the different types of jokes English speakers usually tell and how you can better understand humor in English.

 

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here

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Direct download: RLEP_296_How_to_Understand_Native_Jokes.mp3
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Do you want to ace that job interview and actually get the job? In today’s episode, we’ll give you some tips on how you can perform well in a job interview. You will also learn useful words and phrases related to business English.

 

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here

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Do you ever feel like you can’t be yourself when you speak English? Do you feel unnatural? In today’s episode, we will discuss why you feel this way and give you some valuable tips on how you can be yourself in English and sound natural. Plus, you will learn tons of vocabulary.

 

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here

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Instability, inconsistent days, anxiety and lack of motivation. It’s easy to feel those with the fast-paced lives we live nowadays. However, there is a way for you to have good days more consistently, and you can do that by harnessing the power of building good habits. In today’s episode, we will discuss the science behind habit-building and we’ll give you some tips on how to develop good habits so you can have good days more consistently.

 

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here

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Native speakers never make mistakes in English, do we? We definitely do! From time to time even native English speakers make grammar and pronunciation mistakes! So if you are learning English as a second language or foreign language, don’t feel bad about making mistakes. Remember, the important thing is to learn from them. In today’s episode we’ll look at 10 of the most common mistakes native speakers make when speaking English.

 

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here

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As a teacher I often got asked the question: “Is it better to have a native English-speaking teacher? Or can a non-native English speaking partner or teacher be just as effective?” The truth is that non-native English teachers are often just as good as native-English speakers—and sometimes they’re better. Today we’ll talk about why practicing with Non-Natives can actually benefit you on your language learning journey.

 

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We created this short survey to understand how we can create the best lessons and guide you on your English learning journey,

It takes less than 10 minutes to answer!

Thanks so much!

Ethan

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here

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In this week’s episode, we’re talking about the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” and what we can expect from season 4 vol. 2, which is dropping on Netflix on July 1. Join us in this fun, light-hearted conversation and learn a lot of advanced vocabulary with us!

 

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here

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You’ve decided to learn English. You’ve decided that that’s important to you. You’ve decided to work on your mindset in order to become a confident, natural English speaker. But now you might be wondering: “How can I learn English successfully?” “What should I do?”. In today’s episode, we’ll share with you the principles behind our method (The RealLife Way) along with practical tips you can start implementing TODAY in order to Live, Speak & Master your English in the real world.

 

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here

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If you want to sound more natural when you speak English, you need to learn and use phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs help you better understand natives on the media and sound more confident and natural yourself. In today’s episode, we will give you the basics to understanding phrasal verbs and you will learn some cool new phrasal verbs to spice up your vocabulary.

 

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here

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You already have a good level of English. You love the language. Now you want to become an English Teacher. Where do you start? Should you get any certifications? How do you get your first students? In today’s episode, we answer these questions and more. Teaching English can be a wonderful career path for many people. So keep listening to learn about how you can become a successful English Teacher, if that’s what you desire.

 

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here

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One of the greatest ways for you to be part of the current conversation, socialize and understand jokes is by staying up-to-date with what’s going on in Pop Culture. In today’s episode, we will discuss some recent events involving celebrities, and share our thoughts about them. Plus, you will learn a ton of cool vocabulary you can use when talking about Pop Culture with your friends.

 

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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Direct download: RLEP_286_Learn_English_with_Pop_Culture.mp3
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We all love movies. Not only are they a great form of entertainment, they can also make you think, learn useful life lessons and help you develop your English vocabulary and listening skills. In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss some quotes from some of the most iconic movies ever made. Plus, you will learn tons of advanced vocabulary in the process.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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Today’s episode is the first lesson in the “RealLife Way” series, which is an overview of our teaching methodology, The RealLife Way methodology guides you beyond the classroom to Live, Speak, and Master English in the Real World.

But before we get into “Living” “Speaking” and “Mastering” your English, we have to talk about mindset. Mindset is the set of beliefs that shape how you make sense of the world and yourself. It influences how you think, feel, and behave in any given situation.

You might be wondering “What does this have to do with learning English?" Well, the answer might surprise you!

Today, we’re going to talk about why having the right mindset matters when it comes to being a successful learner and how YOU can achieve this.


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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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Direct download: RealLifeWay_Mindset.mp3
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Great study routine is an essential part of advancing on your language journey. But sometimes it can be difficult to fit studying into your busy schedule. So today, we’ll talk about different things you can do in your day-to-day life to effortlessly improve your English.

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Gordon Ramsay
Jobless Man Builds Helicopter
Pride and Prejudice, novel


We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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Direct download: Daily_Routine_For_English.mp3
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Learning pronunciation can be challenging. The English language has so many different sounds that learning all of them can be overwhelming. However, there is ONE particular sound that can dramatically change the way you speak and understand English. This small, tiny sound can bring big, positive changes to your English.

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If you don't know THIS SOUND, you are not fluent in English
Matilda (1996, movie)
What Women Want (2000, movie)
Forvo.com
Youglish.com
Axl Rose
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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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Learning English is one of the best things you can do in your life. However, since this is a mid-term to long-term endeavor, sometimes we lose sight of why we started learning English in the first place. In today’s episode, we’ve listed some reasons why you should learn (or keep learning) English. This will hopefully make you feel inspired and give you extra motivation to keep going with your studies.

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Dramatically Improve Your Vocabulary With This One Trick
6 Life-Changing Books For Advanced English Learners
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People20  

We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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Learning a language goes beyond memorizing words and basic grammar rules. Understanding culture is like having a context that allows you to give the right meaning to each new word you learn. The more you know about the social and cultural background of the language, the easier it is to learn new words, expressions and ways of speaking. In today’s podcast, we’ll look at how understanding culture can help improve your English fluency.

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20 Clever Word Combinations

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Slang is unavoidable, no matter what language you’re learning, and it’s becoming increasingly more common in movies, TV series, and especially on social media.
It’s also one of those aspects of language which isn’t usually taught in the classroom even though it’s an important part of becoming proficient in any language. In our podcast today, you will learn 10 useful slang words and expressions that you can use to make your conversations more interesting.

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Sir Richard Branson on Tim Ferriss Show

We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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As language learners, one of the most demotivating situations to be in is when someone says, “I don’t understand you.”. It can feel as though all of the hard work you’ve put in was for nothing. Knowing how to deal with this situation could be the difference between giving up and communicating confidently. So in today’s podcast, we’ll discuss some of the best techniques you can use if you’re ever in this situation, as well as tips to help you avoid having this issue in the future.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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Before a couple of weeks ago, most of us knew relatively little about the Eastern European country, Ukraine, but today, it’s on everyone’s mind. Here at RealLife English, we are fortunate to have a Ukrainian team member, Ksenia, and today we’ve invited her on to share with you her first-hand experience.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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You probably know by now that here at RealLife English we’re foodies (we love food!) It must be a common thing for English speakers because we have so many expressions related to eating and food. So today we'll look at a bunch of useful everyday expressions and idioms that have to do with eating. Whether or not you’re a foodie like us, this episode will help you communicate and understand English more naturally and confidently.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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Andrea is officially a way to have her baby. And so it will be a little while until we hear her on the podcast. I know I don't just speak for myself when I say that she'll be dearly missed, but it's not all bad. We have your newest fluency coach Cassé here in the virtual studio and today's podcast. You will get to know Cassé better while also learning some useful questions that you can use to make conversations more interesting.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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One of the greatest challenges for Upper-intermediate learners is to continue making progress in their English. We’ve had countless students tell us about this problem: They already speak English quite well but still have some things to improve. Although they know this, they’re not sure how to do it and they feel stuck at intermediate level. If this sounds like you, then be sure to keep listening because you’ll find out the key breaking out of the intermediate plateau!

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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Where in Britain is Andrea from? Is Ethan a cat or dog lover? Did Ethan use to work as a bus driver? Who learned to ride a bike as an adult? We get asked tons of questions across all of our channels, so we thought that today we would address them. Get to know us by learning the answer to those questions and many more!

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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Today, Ethan and Andrea are going to discuss baby vocabulary, as well as the differences between American and British English when it comes to this type of vocabulary. If you have or are soon to have a baby, or if you have young nephews or nieces, this episode is going to come in handy! And we have a very special announcement to make, which may or may not have to do with today’s topic.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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It's become very popular and trendy to combine words in English in recent years, but this can leave learners feeling pretty confused and conversations, or when watching TV series movies and listening to podcasts. These combinations of words happen when one or both of the words is shortened in a clever way, and this is what you'll be learning about today. So get ready to test your knowledge on some trending words in 2022.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free. Download here
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As language learners, we often strive for perfect pronunciation, because how we sound is the first thing people hear when we speak. We’re afraid that if we make a mistake, especially when it comes to pronunciation, our value will diminish and others will realize that we’re not as good as we say we are. But let’s be honest, in many cases, English pronunciation makes no sense! In English, spelling and sound don’t always correspond (in fact, they rarely do!). Worry no more! In today’s lesson, our Beyond Borders guests will share some of the best methods you can use to improve your pronunciation. Get ready to be inspired! 

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How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Did you try to read that out loud? Did you find it hard? That’s a tongue twister. They usually have the same sounding consonants, so when you try to say each word the pronunciation comes out all wrong. Tongue twisters are a fun and great way to practice your articulation and your pronunciation. They challenge your capacity to enunciate the individual sounds in each word, so you don’t trip up and forces you to pay careful attention to the precise sounds in each word. Join us in this fun lesson where Ethan, Andrea and yourself are put to the test with 6 tricky tongue twisters!

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According to a study published by the Journal of Behavioral Science, approximately 70% of people suffer from imposter syndrome. People of all ages, from a variety of careers and jobs, struggle with it every single day of their lives. You’ve probably experienced it on some level yourself: Not believing in your ability to do something and fearing that people will find out. Judging your capability to the point of calling yourself a fraud, and believing that everyone is better than you. Listen to what these five teachers have to say about overcoming your negative inner voice that might be hindering your progress in English.

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In today's episode, we have a treat for you with not one, but two special guests. I'll be joined by two members of the RealLife English team to share with us some of the most common mistakes that Spanish and Portuguese learners make. Some of these common mistakes might even be common in other languages, so whether your native language is Spanish, Portuguese or another one, this is a must-listen episode for you!In today's episode, we have a treat for you with not one, but two special guests. I'll be joined by two members of the RealLife English team to share with us some of the most common mistakes that Spanish and Portuguese learners make. Some of these common mistakes might even be common in other languages, so whether your native language is Spanish, Portuguese or another one, this is a must-listen episode for you!

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Have you been studying English for a long time but are still frustrated that you can’t speak it naturally and fluently? Then today’s episode is for you. We all know that speaking another language is not something you can do overnight. It requires hard work and dedication, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be something boring or painful. You can make language learning a simple and fun adventure. Today you are in for a treat because you’re going to hear from 24 amazing experts, teachers, and language learners. They are going to help you with the biggest challenges you may face (or have been facing) to take your English to the next level. Together they have more than two hundred years of learning and teaching experience, so they know what they are talking about. Now get ready to be inspired! Aww yeah!

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There's no doubt that there are many New Year's traditions followed by different cultures, but were you aware that there are also some interesting superstitions? Well, in today's episode, we're being helped by members of our team and community to share some very interesting New Year's superstitions from their countries.

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Mark Hancock is an English Language Teacher, Teacher Trainer, and Materials Writer. He has more than 30 years of experience teaching English and presenting at conferences all around the world. Mark believes that teaching and learning a language can and should be an enjoyable experience. He's a specialist in English pronunciation and has published an award-winning series of books to help teachers make pronunciation a fun and memorable part of the classroom.

What a fascinating interview! You're going to learn a lot about pronunciation (how to improve your own, how to teach it effectively to others). What language, art, and music have in common. Why native doesn't necessarily mean good teacher. How teachers can overcome accent anxiety and imposter syndrome. What a correct accent is in a globalized world. When English learners should start focusing on pronunciation. Whether you need to learn and use connected speech and how we can learn and teach it. Much more. Jump right in episode 24.

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2022 is upon us! Something that we find immensely helpful is to sit down at the end or beginning of the year and review our progress from the last 12 months, and determine where we want to go over the next year. This can be incredibly powerful to achieve things you never thought possible, so we are excited to share this conversation that will help you take your English and your life to the next level in 2022.

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Gabriele Oettingen is a Professor of Psychology and author originally from Germany. She has been teaching at New York University and the University of Hamburg for more than 20 years. Her research focuses on the Science of Motivation and explains why positive thinking alone is not enough to achieve our goals. Upon more than 25 years of research, she developed a goal-achievement strategy called WOOP. WOOP stands for WISH, OUTCOME, OBSTACLE, and PLAN. This empirically based approach focuses on helping people connect to their biggest wishes, clarify the desired outcome, identify the obstacles that may stand in the way, and set a realistic plan in just ten minutes or less!

I first heard about Gabriele's work three years ago, and I found it immensely helpful for setting goals. This time of year, many of us are thinking about what new objectives we want to achieve, so I was so thrilled to be able to get Gabriele on. With Gabriele's advice, you can make this the year that you actually achieve some of your deepest desires, be it English fluency, weight loss, better health, a new job, or even less anxiety! Gabriele shared with me a bit about how she ended up in the USA and some surprising cultural differences. Whether she still finds it challenging communicating in English. Why the advice to be optimistic or think positive may not always be to your benefit. How you can use WOOP to identify the right goals for this new year and actually achieve them. When you should use WOOP to be most successful and plenty of examples. How we can deal with risk aversion. How you can use WOOP to be a better parent. So much more. I'm so excited to bring you Gabriele's work and wisdom, I hope you find it as helpful as I have. Let's jump into episode 23 of Beyond Borders!

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Did you know that words in English can be different depending on the country you’re visiting? Ethan and I have often spoken about these differences on the podcast, but today’s episode is extra special. Not only will you learn about vocabulary differences between American and British English, but you’ll also learn about different words in South African English with our special guest and new RealLife English member, Cassé.

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Ruri Ohama is a Turkish-Japanese Youtuber, med student, and polyglot. She has a Youtube channel completely in English, which was able to grow from 1,000 to more than 250k subscribers in only 9 months. On her channel, she shares what it's like to grow up multicultural, interesting cultural tidbits about Japan and Turkey, and also tips on learning English and other languages.

This was such a cool interview with Ruri, and I hope you will take some inspiration for what your English can bring for you if you set your mind to it. We discuss how Ruri learned fluent English and how she has grown her channel to almost 300k subs in less than a year. Ruri recommended some Anime series and YouTube vlogs you can start watching. She shared her opinions on what role grammar should play in learning English or another language. Ruri's plan to become more productive. How she deals with mistakes and failure. What she has learned growing up with parents from different countries. This is a fascinating one, guys, so I don't want to wait any longer to get into episode 22 of beyond borders!

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It’s Christmas week and we couldn't let this season pass without sharing some of our all-time favorite Christmas movies that you can watch this holiday season! You’ll find such good classics in this list and we’ll also be sharing why they’re so great for learning English. Show notes here.

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You asked for it, and you got it! You want to continue making progress with your English, and you understand that you need to dedicate some studying time for it. However, it can be easy to fall into a repetitive routine, and to that we say… DO NOT let a boring study routine KILL your MOTIVATION! In this podcast episode, we’ll be sharing 7 different ways in which you can make studying English a whole lot more fun! 

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Charlie Baxter, is a creator, English teacher and podcast host from the UK. He has always been passionate about the neuroscience of learning and graduated from university with a BSc in Psychology. After studying neuro-linguistic programming in England, he started his teaching journey out in Chile more than 7 years ago. As a world traveler, he has lived in the USA, Germany, and most recently in Australia. Along with his friend Harry, he started the Youtube channel Real English with Real Teachers. He now also hosts his own podcast, The British English Podcast, where he teaches British English and Culture.

 

This is a fun interview—Charlie was so easy to talk to and brought some great insight for your English and your life! We start off talking about travel adventure. We discuss some of the cultural differences between Australia, where he currently lives, and the UK. How Charlie went from psychology and career guidance for young adults to teaching English online. We discuss how each of us practices mindfulness and some resources you can use. How you can become more comfortable with making mistakes and overcome perfectionism. Some tips on the neuroscience of learning. The power of curiosity. Improve your British and American pronunciation with tongue twisters. And Charlie has invited me on the British English Podcast for an interview, so be sure to check that out. Linked on the show notes in the description of this podcast. And so much more. This episode is full of variety, so you will not get bored. Let's jump into episode 21 of Beyond Borders!

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We’re often asked which series are the best for learners to watch. This year’s list is especially tough because there were so many incredible shows on TV during 2021. In today’s podcast episodes we’ll go through our list of the must-watch shows that you can use to learn English in 2022.

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Feeling the need to improve ourselves is a positive thing! You don’t want to just spend your life lazing about on the couch. Whether intentional or not, we, as humans, are always learning. If you have ever been in a competitive environment, you probably also noticed that it gave you a drive that helped you reach objectives that you thought were impossible. However, this competitive spirit is not always a positive thing. And in this episode, we dive deep into why it'd be a good idea to re-think your competitive spirit if it has a negative, paralyzing effect.


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What are some of the most common mistakes in English, and do you make them? In this episode we go through a list of common mistakes that include many areas, like vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Most importantly, we give you tips on how to avoid making these mistakes and in so doing improve your confidence.
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Learning English is about sharing ideas, connecting with others, and improving your life! This is what so many schools get so wrong. In this podcast episode, you'll discover a new way of learning a foreign language that will make you feel empowered and in control of your learning experience. You can finally actually be successful in gaining natural, confident fluency in English (or in something else you want to learn!).

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Moving to a new country can be an exciting and equally nerve-wracking experience, but there are lots of ways that you can prepare for this! That's why in today's podcast episode, we're talking all about how to adapt to living in an English-speaking country. The tips in this episode will also be useful if you’re planning to stay in another country for a shorter period of time. Whatever your plan is, get ready for an episode packed with tips and vocab!

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You've probably been through a situation where you either needed to say a word, but you couldn't remember it, or that you had to speak in English but simply didn't know how to say something even though you know it perfectly in your own language. I totally know how you feel. When I was learning Hebrew, I found it so complicated because virtually every word was completely different from the equivalent in English. I had to think so hard to put together a sentence because the vocabulary did not come naturally to me. So, to help you (and me!), this lesson brings 3 experts' easy and practical tips to improve your vocabulary. Each of them has learned at least five foreign languages, so trust me that they have a LOT of experience learning A LOT of words.


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Today we're talking all about abbreviations in English. In case you're not familiar with this term, an abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase. For example, we might say FYI instead of "for your information" or ASAP instead of "As soon as possible." You'll come across abbreviations in your work, studies, and general daily life. They're a huge part of communication, especially when texting or sending online messages or emails. In this podcast, we'll clarify the various types of abbreviations and also teach you some of the most common ones.

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"My weakness? Well, I'd say I'm a bit of a perfectionist." How many times have you heard someone saying that or have even said that yourself? It's quite common to repeat this over and over as an excuse to not take the next step towards a goal or a dream that you have. 

 

Now, you may be thinking "But Ethan, I am proud of myself for being a perfectionist because it means that I care deeply about the things I do." I understand why you might believe that calling yourself a perfectionist makes you feel that you work hard(er) than others to achieve the things you want to do. And there is some truth in that. However, our admiration for perfection is so universal that we never really stop to question what this concept is doing to you and your language learning journey.

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There's no doubt that English is the most widely spoken language in the world. So, by learning it, it will unlock a huge range of opportunities, no matter what your goals are, and some of them may be quite surprising. In today's podcast, we'll discuss four amazing ways that English will change your life. If you're looking for some motivation for continuing with your learning, then you don't want to miss out on this episode.

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Josh MacPherson is an English language instructor and curriculum developer currently based in Japan. With over 15 years of experience teaching English, Josh has specialized in teaching English learners how to better prepare for and increase their chances of achieving a higher score on the TOEFL exam and the new Duolingo English Test. At TST Prep, he helps future test takers get the English test score they need as quickly and easily as possible.

I hope you're ready because Josh has some major insight to share with you about language learning and test taking. Josh lives in Japan and he shares what has worked and not worked on his own journey to learn Japanese. He tells me about how he became an English teacher. He helps you with some advice to decide which English examination is right for you. What skills you need besides just fluent English to get the score you want on any of these exams. Some information about the new Duolingo Test and advice on how you can pass it. Finally, tests my speaking for both the TOEFL exam and Duolingo tests. I didn't do as well as I hoped, but Josh will give you some advice that will help you to do a lot better than I did. And so much more coming up on episode 20 of Beyond Borders!

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Have you ever wondered what type of English learner you are? The idea is that we learn best according to the archetype of language learners we are. Knowing which type of learner you are can be useful to work out which tips work best for you. Are you an Academic learner? A Jedi Master? Find out in today's episode!

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Gabriel Wyner is an American polyglot, book author, and founder of Fluent Forever. He fell in love with language learning while training to be an opera singer at school. After feeling pressured by a deadline to achieve proficiency in French, he worked his way to fluency studying on his own. Noticing that there was valuable advice online that was not put together, Gabe decided to share his journey in the book Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It, which since has become a best-seller. Since 2019, he and his team have been helping thousands of people with their language learning through their Fluent Forever app. Their mission is to enable a million people to have comfortable conversations in a foreign language by 2030.

    

This interview with Gabe was absolutely fascinating. It left me with so many questions, I only wish we could have talked longer. The interview starts a little bit slow, but trust me, stick in there through the whole interview for a goldmine of life-changing language learning advice. Gabe shares with me about his childhood and how his parents instilled a growth mindset in him from an early age. How a coming of age ceremony led him to become an opera singer and study vocal arts. Why goals are a crucial part of his language learning and how he sets effective objectives. How learning another foreign language might help you better learn English. The brain science that goes into making the fluent forever method effective, and how you can learn pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar in an efficient and natural way. You are really in for a treat with this one—it could change the way you think about language learning. I'm so excited to share this interview with you, so let's get into episode 19 of Beyond Borders!

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Today we'll be talking about the topic you’ve voted for: how to give compliments in English. If you compliment a person, you praise them or say good things about them. It's not just the words that you say that are important, but also the tone. We'll also explore a variety of sentence structures that you can use to give compliments.

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Natasha Broodie is an American communication specialist and founder of Life with the big E. She's a diplomat who previously worked with the United Nations. She is also a travel and language enthusiast and has lived in Russia and France where she taught Business English and noticed how non-native speakers interacted in multicultural business contexts. This experience led her to write her new book "Give Me Tea, Please" to help students politely navigate formal and informal conversations in English-speaking business environments. I loved how different this interview is from any of the Beyond Borders shows so far. Natasha brings a great energy.

She shares what she learned from studying a masters in International Relations and doing humanitarian work in western Africa. And why negotiation is such an important skill, even in learning English. We dive into what you need to do to really stand out in a job interview in English and how you can prepare, even if it is tomorrow! Natasha shares how she has learned to tolerate and become comfortable with rejection, which will definitely help any of you listening. We get into why you might be at risk of being left behind in this globalizing world. You are probably using the simple words YOU, WHAT, and WANT. Natasha tells you how to avoid making a big mistake with these words. Her advice for starting to learn a new language. So let's not waste anymore time getting into episode 18 of Beyond Borders!

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In today's podcast episode, you'll get some more practice with your English idiomatic vocabulary by learning some animal idioms. Idioms are a type of figurative language which can be very confusing for English language learners. Now, there are tons of expressions that use animals and we use them all the time. If you stick around until the end, you won't be so confused when English speaking friends use them, or when you hear them when watching TV and movies. Plus, you'll have a fun new way of expressing yourself in English.

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Luke Thompson is an ESL Teacher, Podcaster, and Stand-up Comedian. He's originally from England and currently lives in Paris. Luke has been helping learners practice their listening skills for over 10 years through his podcast. His webpage and podcast were voted #1 in the Best Blog category for the Macmillan Dictionaries Awards four times in a row. His goals are to engage the learners with authentic conversations that explore all different aspects of everyday life and bits of British culture.

 

Luke is quite the polymath, meaning he has a broad knowledge and many different skills and passions, and he is an absolute delight to speak with. He explains to me what it's like living in Paris, what a perfect day there might look like, and how he has overcome culture shock. We talk about what stand-up comedy, rock climbing, surfing, and swimming all have in common with learning English or another language. Why "I'm too old" is a bad excuse for not learning a language. How he finds time for all of his different work, hobbies, family, and passions, and how you can make more time for your own learning. What do do if you feel overwhelmed by not understanding something you are listening to. And so much more in Episode 17 of Beyond Borders, so let's dive right in.

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Do you often find yourself shying away from new experiences or opportunities because you lack confidence? Have you had that feeling of your heart racing, your palms sweating just thinking about the new challenge that faced you such as speaking English? We're here today to help you do better in those moments of self-doubt and we are with you six tips and hacks to boost your confidence, especially when speaking English.

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Jennifer Kumar is an English conversation and cross-cultural coach. She lived in India for more than 10 years and even studied her masters degree there. Through her business Authentic Journeys, she helps Americans and Indians strengthen their business relationships through the development of mutual understanding of cultural and linguistic aspects.

Get ready for a really unique episode of Beyond Borders. You know, learning English is only partly about the actual language. The other huge part is learning about the culture. Of course, it can be beneficial to learn about American and British culture. However, English is the global language, so you need to be confident in your abilities to communicate with people from any cultural background. Today's interview with Jennifer will give you a ton of valuable tips to help you to be a diplomatic communicator, whether in business settings, or more friendly ones. We talk about some beautiful places in the USA that you have probably never heard of. We discuss why the questions you ask in English are probably not the same ones you would ask in your native country. Jennifer shares how to have good body language, so you can avoid uncomfortable situations whether in person or over a video call on zoom. She also tells you how you can feel more confident speaking on the phone, and what to do if you work receiving calls and someone tells you they want to speak with a native. And so, so much more in episode 16 of Beyond Borders!

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If you're like most English learners, you've probably heard the word 'ass' used very frequently in English speaking in songs, movies, and TV series. But did you know that this word has a multitude of uses that mean completely different things? Although you should definitely be very careful with all uses of this word, often the use can in fact, be neutral or even positive. While it's important to emphasize that we do need to be careful with this word, this does not mean we should ignore it. If you close your mind to this important word, and all of its meanings, and never learn how native speakers use it, you will miss so much. Now, ladies and gents, episode #254 of the RealLife English Podcast…


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Ladies and gentlemen. English learners, teachers, and world changers. My next guest is Tiffani. Tiffani, from speakenglishwithtiffani.com, is a teacher and artist from Maryland, US. One day, she left her job as a web designer at NASA to embark on an adventure to South Korea. She lived there for almost 10 years and fell in love with teaching English as a Second Language. Since founding the Speak English with Tiffani Academy, she's dedicated her time and energy to help learners from all around the world develop the confidence they need to speak and communicate in English. Through her Youtube Channel, podcast and app, she helps people to learn English in a simple and playful way.

 

This conversation was so much fun—I don't think I have ever laughed this much during an interview. Tiffani has such amazing energy and is really an incredible teacher. We cover lessons Tiffani learned growing up and from her parents: Where her diligence, creativity, discipline, and entrepreneurial spirit come from. She shared with me how she got up the courage to leave a comfortable job at NASA by getting in touch with her purpose to help more people.

Tiffani told me how she broke out of the intermediate level of Korean by stopping to learn grammar and start playing with the language. She told you how you can do the same, and most importantly, how you can gain confidence. We also touched on the lack of diversity on YouTube when it comes to English teachers, and why if you have ever thought of teaching English online, you should give it a go. And so, so much more. So let's not wait any longer to get into this inspiring and hilarious conversation with Tiffani, on episode 15 of Beyond Borders!

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All the time our students tell us that their biggest frustration is that they understand English well, but that they don't have any opportunities to speak. That is exactly why we launched the RealLife English app this year to give you an opportunity to practice both your speaking and listening in a fun and meaningful way. If you ever worry about not knowing what to talk about while using the app, listen to this episode because we will give you ideas on which topics to talk about when using the app. So by the end of this podcast episode, you'll have plenty of conversation starters!

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For those of you in Brazil, you will be no stranger to today's guest, but if you don't know him, you are in for a treat! Gavin Roy is from Ohio in the USA. He learned Portuguese to go to Brazil for the FIFA Soccer World Cup. On his YouTube channels: SmallAdvantages (with 2.7 million subscribers) and TadyGavin he teaches English through his own journey of learning Portuguese and Czech respectively.

I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation. I'm absolutely amazed by Gavin's motivation to accomplish so much, on top of running a business and raising children. I feel seriously inspired from this conversation. We discussed how he has gained mastery in Portuguese without ever living in Brazil. He explained how he creates a Brazilian life in Colorado, and even speaks exclusively to his son in Portuguese (both he and his wife are American). How visualization is a powerful tool for him to speak three different foreign languages. Why "I don't have time" is not a real excuse, and what you can do if you are someone who feels like they are always too busy. Gavin told me about the role of passion, dedication, and goals in being successful learning languages and guitar. Gavin considers himself a huge perfectionist, he explained how he has become comfortable with making mistakes when he learns a language. If you feel scared to start a conversation, you will get some great advice on how to reprogram your brain to get started speaking English or another language you want to learn. And tons and tons more insights! So get ready for a super fun and inspiring conversation with Gavin Roy on episode 14 of Beyond Borders!

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Isn't it awesome that English allows you to discover the world and meet people from different countries and learn about other cultures? That's exactly what we mean when we encourage you to go beyond the classroom and become a global citizen! In fact, our company vision is to create a world beyond borders. So in today's episode, we're excited to join you on your English learning journey, and help you to unleash your English's highest potential. Show notes here.

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My guest today is Veronika Mark, a language learner and YouTuber from Russia. On her YouTube channel, English with Veronika Mark, she shares the tips she applied on her own journey learning English for the past 6 years. Veronika speaks English and Chinese fluently, and also some French. She approaches a variety of topics, such as how you can keep motivated to learn English, where to find resources to enhance your learning experiences, and what to learn to go from intermediate to advanced.

 

I'm excited to bring you another story of success from an English learner. A crucial resource for Veronika to overcome her self-consciousness speaking English and communicate confidently was an English Speaking Club in Moscow, where she lives. She shared why this is so effective and how you can find one in your city. We discussed some of her essential routines, including bullet journaling, doing Yoga videos in English, and listening to podcasts and why it is so important that you create a language learning environment for yourself. She shared how to avoid getting stuck and continue expanding your knowledge of English once you are at an advanced level. She tells me about how it is different teaching her native language and teaching English. Her top piece of advice for learners is to have clear goals for your learning. She explains why. And so much more coming up in episode 13 of Beyond Borders!

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There are various types of jokes in English that you may have heard of, such as traditional knock-knock jokes, one-liners and more. Some can be quite difficult to understand because they contain more than one meaning. These are the jokes we'll be looking at today. So we'll be sharing some jokes with you and explaining their meaning and what makes them funny or a little embarrassing. Try using these jokes with your friends to put a smile on their face. Show notes here.

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Idahosa Ness is a polyglot, musician, and founder of The Mimic Method for learning languages. After traveling to Mexico at the age of 17 without knowing a word of Spanish, and struggling to connect with locals, he worked hard to perfect his accent by understanding the sonority of the language. He created The Mimic Method and used this approach to learn five other languages. He is oftentimes mistaken as a native speaker of the languages he has learned. Since then, he has helped lots of students to use principles of music to perfect their pronunciation in order to help them overcome the language barriers while building meaningful relationships in a foreign language.

 

Idahosa has created a truly revolutionary method for learning languages. It is probably the exact opposite of how you have been told to learn English your entire life. I truly recommend you listen to this episode until the end, If you can take some notes, and try at least one of his recommendations. Idahosa explains how he reactivates a language when he needs to start using it again. We talked about his unique approach for learning vocabulary, which is completely personalized to the learner's needs and goals. As well as why you don't need to worry about learning grammar. Idahosa says that awareness is foundational. It can help you to overcome fear, awkwardness, and frustration when speaking. He explains how. He discussed how the international phonetic alphabet can be a useful tool to use to create a map of what accurate speaking and listening look like. And he explained why it is never too late to start using this method. No matter where you are on your learning journey, you can use his Mimic Method and the tips you are about to hear to improve your English listening and speaking. That and so much more on Episode 12 of Beyond Borders!

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We are very excited to celebrate our 250th podcast episode with you today! For this reason, we've selected a few questions that you, our listeners, have submitted to answer for you. You'll learn a bit of grammar, a bit of vocabulary and some curiosities, like some 43-letter word that holds the record for the longest English word. That, and more, of course! Show notes here.

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If you can't focus, you're not alone. Let me share a secret with you. So it has taken me more than five years to learn what I need to do to focus on getting my work done. And I must say, until this day, I sometimes find myself getting distracted and switching between tasks on a busy work day. Does this happen to you? It's so easy to get trapped in distraction when facing a difficult or daunting task. And I'm sure that you have those moments while studying English. So today, we're going to look at the self-development side of English, exploring the different ways in which the practice of meditation can help you to improve your English, and even more importantly, your life.

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You asked for it and we listened. In today’s podcast we’re bringing you a topic that you have requested us to cover. Many of you are currently studying for or have completed the IELTS exam. So, in this episode of the podcast we’re giving you 10 tips to help you pass the exam or improve your score. Show notes here.

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Justin Murray is the Co-founder and CEO of RealLife English. He's originally from the Seattle area in Washington State in the US but has been living in Brazil for more than 10 years. Justin and his business partners (including yours truly) started RealLife English as a series of face-to-face events to give their students the opportunity to practice speaking English through real-life conversations. The business grew into a global community with two very successful Youtube channels, a podcast, and a recently launched app designed to help learners like you to live your English. Justin believes that every learner is on a journey to become the best version of themselves and English is a powerful tool to achieve that. He dreams and works hard towards creating a world beyond borders in which global citizens connect through a common language.

Justin is my co-founder and a friend of mine, so we had a pretty fascinating conversation if I do say so myself! He recommends a couple of mind-blowing books that can change your life. Meditation and journaling are two crucial and fundamental daily habits of his, so we talked about why they are powerful and how you can get started if you're curious. Justin shared what running competitively in high school and college taught him about life and leadership, and how his parents taught him the value of short term pain for long term gain. We discussed how RealLife English got started with events. If you are a teacher or a learner that might like to start an English-speaking group in your city, you can get some helpful advice here. Justin also shared some tips and resources that can help you if you have ever wanted to give up, be it on learning English or any project or endeavor. And we played a fun new game that will get you laughing. That and so much more coming up on episode 10 of Beyond Borders! Download the App Here

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In this episode of the RealLife English podcast, Ethan and Andrea share some of their most fun and memorable stories traveling around the world. Here’s a little teaser: Ethan tells us about his experience being in ‘house arrest” in Thailand. Can you imagine Andrea, also in Thailand, putting on Muay Thai gloves and getting into a ring? Oh, and there’s also a time when Ethan got completely lost in Poland without being able to speak any Polish! Like us, you’re probably missing being able to travel, so sit back, relax, and come on this journey with us. Show notes here.


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Lindsay, from All Ears English, is an American podcast host and producer, and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience teaching English as a Second language in Japan, Argentina, Guatemala, and the US. She believes in 'connection, not perfection' when it comes to learning English, and has inspired English language learners worldwide through her thriving podcast, All Ears English, which has been downloaded more than 200 million times!

This interview was so much fun! We started off talking about Lindsay's experiences living abroad, particularly in Japan. If you are a perfectionist, then this will be great for you because Lindsay shared some things that helped her to overcome her own perfectionism in language learning. We talked about why it is important to learn about the culture, not just the language—even if you don't plan to travel to another country. Lindsay and her colleagues are also IELTS experts! So if you plan to study for the exam, you will get some great tips here that can help you reach your goals. We finished with a fun new game where you can pick up some new advanced vocabulary. Download the App Here

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You often ask us questions about how to reach the next level in your English. At the beginning, progress feels so fast, but then it becomes slower and slower, and you get stuck at the same level for a while, and you just don't know how to break through and get to the next one. In this podcast, we investigate why your English may not be improving as fast as you would like it to, and will give you practical advice on what you can do to get to the next level, no matter where you are on your journey right now. Show notes here.


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Today we’re bringing you another Beyond Borders podcast special as we prepare our next interview with Lindsay McMahon from All Ears English. This week we’ve taken some of the most powerful fragments from previous shows with Anna from English Fluency Journey, Hadar from Accents Way, Christina Lorimer and Leo Gomez.  

You’re going to love this special episode where Anna tells us about the immense benefit of having a support network for your learning. Then, Hadar shares her opinion on the often conflicting relationship many have with their identity when learning a new language. You won’t wanna miss that! Christina then expands on that idea, while also relating it to her experience living in Spain. Finally comes Leo, a brilliant Brazilian English teacher and he shares his experience learning the language. Download the App Here
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This week you will learn a lot of English vocabulary related to finances and on top of that you'll learn quite a bit from this crash course of sorts on investment and cryptocurrency. We'll teach you some phrasal verbs having to do with investments, then we'll touch on the crypto-craze that's been going on for a while now. This podcast contains no financial advice but a great deal of English. Don't miss out! Show notes here.


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As we prepare for the next Beyond Borders interview, featuring a guest you are going to be very excited to learn with, we’ve put together this lesson with bits from some of our previous guests.

Have you ever asked, I want to speak English with natives, where do I find them? Have you avoided speaking with other learners because you believe it will make your English worse? You'll be surprised to hear about Vanessa, Hadar, Emma and Shannon's experiences learning with other non-native learners. Show notes here.

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When people ask us “How are you?”, we often get lazy and we use the same old replies such as “I'm good,” “I'm great,” AND especially “I’m fine.” But there are so many more great ways to describe how you're feeling if you want to be more specific about your emotions. In this podcast we'll help you expand your vocabulary and learn a range of words to describe your emotions, thinking about them on a scale from low intensity to high intensity. Show notes here.


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Emma, from mmmEnglish, is a YouTube Teacher, English Confidence Coach, and Entrepreneur based in Perth, Australia. She started her channel to help her former Vietnamese students get out of the classroom and develop real-world fluency and has now grown it to a community of over 4M subscribers. Emma is passionate about helping English learners build their confidence to use their English in the real world. She is also the co-founder of Hey Lady!, an online community for women from around the world to connect and practice their English in a safe environment.

I was so excited to have Emma on. It's actually not the first time that I have met her, and she is so much fun! We talked about what exactly real world English fluency is, and why it is not enough to just speak with natives. She told me about how she overcomes cross-cultural conflict in her Hey Lady! community and how learners can develop the skills to make meaningful connections through English. We also talked about how you can deal with stress and anxiety when it comes to speaking. We discussed why having a strong purpose for your learning, and anything else in life, is absolutely crucial. And as always we finished with a fun game where Emma and I tested our knowledge of each other's countries That and so much more coming up in episode 9 of Beyond Borders! Show notes here.

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We spend one third of our lives sleeping and it's no wonder that there are so many great words we use instead of sleep in English. By learning them, you can be more specific about the way that you describe your sleep. We also use heaps of expressions related to sleep that can be confusing if you don't know them. Show notes here.


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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Direct download: RLEP_244_Talking_About_Sleep__English_Idioms__Vocabulary.mp3
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Leo Gomez, founder of Learn your English (.net), is an ESL teacher, trainer and entrepreneur. He has more than 20 years of teaching experience and has taught English in six different countries. Leo believes that individuals develop through reflection, experimentation and learning from their mistakes. Amazingly, he hasn't used the course book to teach in more than seven years. Leo emigrated from Brazil to Canada, where he started his business called Learn Your English. Through courses, masterclasses and two podcasts, Leo and his business partners work to build a language community for both instructors and learners to become more autonomous and effective.

 

I had a great time talking to Leo - at moments I felt so engrossed in the conversation that I forgot we were recording it. We have a lot in common. We started out discussing philosophy, journaling and meditation. Then we talked about Leo's journey to achieve native-level English. We also touched on the challenges to teaching English as a non-native in Canada, and how he overcame them. He shared all sorts of insights for English learners, like "the seven C's of English learning", and the role of purpose and learning a language. That's not all, Leo, also gave tips for teachers, and how you can stop depending on a textbook. We got into learner autonomy, why this is so important, and how teachers can promote it. Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download the App Here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Links:


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In today's podcast episode, we are talking about differences in schooling in the USA, UK and Australia. It's actually pretty shocking how different they are in these three English speaking countries. We will explain what the journey looks like through the schooling system in each country and important terms and vocabulary that you need to know related to this. You might find this especially helpful if you plan on studying abroad or applying to a university in an English-speaking country. Show notes here.


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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow us on :
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Direct download: RLEP_243_Differences_in_School__University_between_UK_US__Australia.mp3
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Shannon Kennedy, from eurolinguiste.com, is an American entrepreneur, content creator, language learner and musician based in California. She's a language expert and writer on various language learning platforms, such as Fluent in 3 Months and Drops, where she shares tips and challenges to help learners apply the concepts of minimalism to maximize their efficiency. Shannon is also a professional jazz musician and started studying European languages, such as Spanish, Italian and German while taking her Master's Degree in Musicology.

I just am absolutely blown away by Shannon's ability to study 5+ languages simultaneously on top of working, running her own project, and spending time with family. That said, this interview will give you tons of ideas for how you can improve your skills in English or start learning another language, even if you are very busy and have hardly any time. Shannon told me about some of her favorite tools and systems that she uses to organize her learning in all of her different languages. There's a lot here that I want to try applying to my own learning, and I'm sure you will, too. She discusses why motivation is not important, and what actually is really essential. Shannon, like myself, is an introvert, and we discussed tips that can help you speak languages even if you are shy or introverted. She shared how you can get the most out of your course book and other resources. We also talked about what fluency is. I found her answer pretty surprising and fascinating. So there is a ton of useful information in this interview—you may want to grab a pen and paper! Now ladies and gents, let's get into episode 7 of Beyond Borders. Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download the App Here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Links:
Eurolinguiste
Fluent in Three Months Challenge
Memrise
Notion
Drops
Women in Language Conference
Gretchen Rubin Quiz


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Direct download: BB7_She_speaks_15_languages_How_did_she_do_it__Shannon_Kennedy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm -03

“I don't have time for English.” “I have so many things to do.” “Work is busy.” “I have lots of university assignments.” “In my free time, I want to relax, not be thinking about English.” Do you ever say these things to yourself? Do you not have time to learn English? We understand how you feel. We’ve felt the same way too learning other languages and we’ve combated that with a few tricks to never let a day pass without learning and practicing the languages we learn. In this podcast lesson, we are going to give you some tips and some strategies to help you make English a part of your everyday life. Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Christina Lorimer, christinalorimer.com, is an English instructor, materials writer, academic consultant, and entrepreneur. She is a specialist in English as a second language and has worked with NGOs and immigrant refugees for many years. She dedicates her work to support language learners in overcoming internal and systemic barriers to become confident English speakers.

We talked about her experience helping immigrants in California to learn English and overcome strong emotional barriers, and her advice that could help you overcome your own limits to speak. We discussed her feeling depressed the first time that she lived outside of the United States, and the importance of having a support network. Also why going to an English speaking country will not be the magic pill to help you speak fluently. It was interesting hearing her perspectives on culture shock and reverse culture shock when returning to the USA. Christina also gave advice for English teachers to stay relevant in 2021 and beyond.

Her language journey started with Spanish, but Christina also speaks Brazilian Portuguese fluently. Through her Youtube Channel, she teaches English in Portuguese and helps learners just like you with their dream of learning English in a simple and fun way. Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download the App Here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow Christina:

Website: Christina Lorimer
Youtube Channel: Christina Lorimer
Instagram: Christina Lorimer
Facebook: Christina Lorimer
Linkedin: Christina Lorimer

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Today we have a very special podcast where we take a trip down memory lane (remember the past) and talk about expressions that we used to say as kids. These are funny playground expressions, some of which you've probably heard in kid shows or in family movies. As you’ll see the vocabulary and the language can be quite interesting, even philosophical, in some of these. Don’t miss out! Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow us on :
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Instagram: reallife.english
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Direct download: RLEP_241_Funny_English_Expressions_we_Use_as_Kids.mp3
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Olly Richards, iwillteachyoualanguage.com and langpreneur.com, is a polyglot online teacher, author, and entrepreneur. After buying a one-way ticket to Paris at the age of 19, there was no turning back on the language learning journey for him. Since then, Olly has learned more than eight languages fluently and has developed his own method, StoryLearning, to help thousands of people speak a foreign language. He is originally from the UK, but Olly is a true global citizen. Over the last 15 years, he has lived, worked, or traveled to Japan, Portugal, France, Brazil, Egypt, Qatar, and many other countries. Through his I Will Teach You a Language Youtube Channel, podcast, and Publishing Company he helps people around the world improve their lives, relationships, and potential by learning new languages. In fact, early in my own language learning days, some 7 or 8 years ago, Olly was a big hero and inspiration of mine! And on the Langpreneur Podcast, he invites the biggest names of the language industry to share the ins and outs of turning their passion for languages into a profitable online business. Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download the App Here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow Olly on:

I Will Teach You a Language Website
I Will Teach You a Language Youtube Channel 
I Will Teach You a Language Instagram
Pareto Principle for Language Learning
Olly’s Video - How to develop TRUE spoken fluency in a foreign language
Olly's StoryLearning Method
Olly's Books to Learn English Through Stories


Follow us on :
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Instagram: reallife.english
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Direct download: BB5_How_to_Learn_English_with_Stories__Olly_Richards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm -03

In this week's podcast, we're talking all about whether or not you SHOULD TRY to sound like a native and how this correlates with accent reduction, intelligibility, identity and your DEEPER PURPOSE for learning English. Is this a particular goal you have as part of your English language journey? Have you ever faced any prejudice for the accent that you have? Whatever your thoughts are on the subject, it's a really interesting one and so you'll enjoy listening to our discussion about it. Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow us on :
RealLife English (YouTube)
Learn English with TV Series (YouTube)


Instagram: reallife.english
Facebook: RealLife English

Direct download: RLEP_240_Do_I_Need_to_Have_a_Native_Accent.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59am -03

Anna Khoma, @HannahKhoma on Instagram, is an English learner and teacher, accent coach, and vlogger from Chernivtsi, Ukraine. On her YouTube channel, English Fluency Journey, she shares her own journey to get to a native level of English, and her continued journey learning English. Anna started studying English seriously shortly after her son was born, about four years ago. At that point, she had never spoken English. Through hard work, passion, and dedication, she has been able to achieve the incredible results that you will hear shortly. But, as she says, English fluency is not a destination, it is a journey, and so she sees it as something that she will be learning her entire life. Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download the App Here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow Anna on:

Anna's Channel: English Fluency Journey
Anna's Vlog Channel: The Story we Write
Hadar's community: Accent’s Way English with Hadar
Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child / What Exactly We Do
Anna's Instagram
Facebook Group: English Fluency Journey

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Direct download: BB4_What_To_Do_If_You_Want_To_Quit_Your_English_Learning.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59am -03

In this week’s podcast, Ethan and Ollie talk all about money. You will learn idioms and expressions related to money that you can start using today in your real-life conversations or on the RealLife App. Learning these idioms and expressions will make you sound more natural when you speak English. So, take out your pen and paper, and get ready to write some of these expressions down. Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow us on :
RealLife English (YouTube)
Learn English with TV Series (YouTube)


Instagram: reallife.english
Facebook: RealLife English

Direct download: RLEP_239_Money_Idioms_and_Slang_for_Everyday_Conversation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am -03

Jack Askew, tofluency.com and teachingeslonline.com, is an online ESL/EFL teacher, a web designer, and blogger. In 2008 he was offered a promotion at the marketing company he was working in, but he decided to quit and pursue his dream of traveling to South America instead. Since then he has been teaching English online and he has also worked in schools in Spain and Ecuador. He is originally from Preston in the United Kingdom, but he currently lives in the USA with his wife and two children. On his To Fluency YouTube Channel he helps learners to break out of intermediate and finally take their English to the C1 level and beyond. And on Teaching ESL Online he helps teachers to start their own business teaching independently online. 

I will apologize ahead of time—I had some audio issues and so the quality is a little bit less than normal! But despite this, I highly urge you to listen to the whole episode because this was a dynamite conversation and there is great advice here for both English learners and teachers alike! Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download the App Here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow Jack on:
tofluency.com
teachingeslonline.com
YouTube: To Fluency 
Facebook: To Fluency
Instagram: tofluency

Learnissimo Platform
The Michel Thomas  Method
Polyglot Club 
Anki
The Mimic Method
Comprehensible Input - Stephen Krashen's Theory of Second Language Acquisition
Idahosa Ness Rapping in 8 different languages 
Jack's Video on Teaching Using Zoom 
Italki
Book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney


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Direct download: RLEBB_3_Jack_Askew_To_Fluency.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59am -03

In this week's podcast, Andrea and I are answering your questions. We asked you on Instagram, what you want to know about English or about us. And the great thing about your questions is they are rich in language and  vocabulary. So you are going to learn lots of new expressions in this podcast. Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow us on :
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In this week's podcast, we're talking all about connected speech! You'll learn about how we often don’t pronounce some words, how we reduce others and how we change some sounds in order to flow more naturally with our speech. This is a really interesting topic that will not only allow you to understand native English better, but you can also use this in your everyday speech too. At the end, we put ourselves to the test with the classic “Betty Botter bought some butter“ tongue twister. So, stick till the end to check that out and give it a go yourself! Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download here

Join the App Wait list here
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Direct download: RLEP_237_How_to_Understand_Natives__Connected_Speech.mp3
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In this episode of the show I had an amazing conversation with Hadar Shemesh, an incredibly skilled and insightful accent and fluency coach from Israel. She moved to NYC when she was 21 to pursue acting, where she worked as a bartender at a Jazz club to support herself. According to her, she used to get criticized because of her strong Israeli accent, but acting helped her become a "diligent speech student." We start off talking about how we can often feel uncomfortable speaking a foreign language because we can't express our identity, and her experience of this while living in New York. We discuss why it is less important than you think to speak like a native, and much more important to discover how to speak like yourself. We cover extensively about native-speakerism and discrimination towards English learners and non-native teachers, and how you can overcome imposter syndrome and share your passion with the world. No matter where you are on your language learning journey, whether you are a non-native teacher or a student, you will get a lot out of this interview. So, let's jump in! Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download the App Here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow Hadar on :
Theaccentsway.com
The InFluency Community
InFluency Podcast
YouTube Channel: Accent's Way English with Hadar
Facebook: Accent's Way English with Hadar
Instagram
Hadar’s course: New Sound


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In this week's podcasts, Ethan and Ollie get their competitive spirit out with the best online games that you can use to practice your English. Learning through games is an excellent way to make your learning experience a lot more fun and dynamic. So, if you like the idea of taking your English out of the classroom and having fun, don't miss out on this episode! Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow us on :
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Instagram: reallife.english
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Direct download: RLEP_236_10_Free_Online_Games_To_Practice_Your_English.mp3
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In this debut episode of the show, you are going to learn a ton and get a lot of inspiration from Vanessa. She's an American English teacher who has over 3 million subscribers on her Speak English with Vanessa YouTube channel. In this episode of Beyond Borders with Ethan she talks about her time living in France, where working as a nanny she taught English to the two children she was babysitting. She also tells us about why she deleted all the social media apps off of her phone, how her perspective changed moving abroad and how she prevents losing her French skills while living in the USA, her opinions and strategies on raising her two children, how resourcefulness, passion and small wins have made her successful, her opinions on whether you need to speak English with a native. Vanessa is an avid reader, so you will learn the books that she recommends most to English learners. And so much more… so listen now! Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have publicly launched much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Download the App Here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow Vanessa on :
https://speakenglishwithvanessa.com
YouTube
Instagram
Facebook


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Direct download: BB1_Speak_English_with_Vanessa__How_to_Find_Time_to_Learn_and_More.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm -03

This week we have a reason to celebrate. We’re now a 4 million people community on YouTube! And because a lot of people are congratulating us on YouTube, we decided it’d be fitting to record a podcast on different ways to say congratulations. This is a word that learners often misuse, so we detail the different situations when it is okay to say “congratulations” (hint: not on someone’s birthday!). Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have started testing, and are getting ready to release the much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Join the App Wait list here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow us on :
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Direct download: RLEP_235_16_Ways_to_Congratulate_Someone__English_Phrases__Expressions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41am -03

At RealLife English we're coffee lovers! That's why we're bringing you this podcast in which you'll learn vocabulary on how to order your favorite coffee, whether you're traveling abroad or ordering in a café at your local chain. We also talk about details about the specific coffee culture from The US, UK and Australia. Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have started testing, and are getting ready to release the much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Join the App Wait list here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow us on :
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Learn English with TV Series (YouTube)


Instagram: reallife.english
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Direct download: RLEP_234_English_for_Cafs__How_to_Order_Your_Favorite_Drink.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34am -03

Have you ever heard someone say that something speaks volumes? Or ever wondered about the difference between “speak up” and “speak out”? In today’s podcast Ethan, Andrea and Ollie talk all about different expressions with the word “speak.” Not only will you learn what these actually mean, but you'll learn how to use them in everyday conversation as well. Show notes here.

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We’re super excited to announce that we have started testing, and are getting ready to release the much anticipated RealLife English Podcast and Speaking App, which will give dedicated learners, just like you, the opportunity to listen to podcasts, not only with audio and transcripts, but also to speak English with other learners from around the world, at the touch of a button, for free.

Join the App Wait list here
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Sign up for the RealLife Native Immersion Course here
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Follow us on :
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Learn English with TV Series (YouTube)


Instagram: reallife.english
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Direct download: RLEP_233_12_Expressions__Phrasal_Verbs_with_SPEAK.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am -03