The RealLife English Podcast
Here's what other people have to say about the RealLife English Podcasts: "I religiously listen to you guys on the way to work. When I have to stop at the traffic lights, people look at me thinking, "what's she up to?" Because they see me laughing and I'm by myself. Anyway, it's the best way to learn real everyday English." ... "I'm glad you guys don't follow the other podcasts which are mostly boring and too formal. I want to learn real daily English, not from books. You are head and shoulders above the rest. Oh yeahhhh." ... "The most effective way to boost your English. Fun and loaded with content. Learn English with the Real Life Guys the way it's actually used. No boring exercises." ... "RLE is the best way to learn English." ... "I'm majoring in English and admire your podcasts. I can say that this is the best way to improve your English, you must listen this!! real conversation and fun. :)"

One of the best ways to learn about Christmas is to watch one of the many popular Christmas Movies, which will show you what the holiday is like and the sorts of values that it represents for Americans. But there are so many to choose from--so we wanted to make a list of our favorites, which are ideal for learning English and getting a taste of what celebrating it is like!

Direct download: 171_-_8_Perfect_Christmas_Movies.mp3
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Have you ever asked whether you need to reduce or "terminate" your accent when speaking English? Or do you think that fluency is speaking without an accent? Or have you ever wondered how celebrities like Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Henry Kissinger or Arianna Huffington got so famous in the United States despite being English learners? 

Well we will give you the answers to all of these questions and show you the surprising truth about your accent in this episode of the RealLife English Podcast

Direct download: 170_-_Do_I_Need_to_Speak_Without_an_Accent.mp3
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Have you ever had someone tell you that you should learn another language like a child? Does this actually work? And if so, how do you do this? 

In this episode, we will share with you some surprising truths about how children learn languages and techniques that you need to be applying to your own English learning right now... let's jump in!

Direct download: 169_-_how_to_learn_like_a_child.mp3
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Get ready to start revolutionizing the way you study English! With this episode we are going to give you the RealLife Native Immersion Course so you can start taking your English fluency to the next level.

Get amazing insight into English pronunciation while learning tons of new expressions, slang, and phrasal verbs in these innovative lessons.

To get your present go to: https://reallifeglobal.com/thanksgiving/

Direct download: 168_-_How_to_Revolutionize_Your_English_with_Podcasts.mp3
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Have you ever thought to yourself, "I'll never be fluent in English--I'm too old!"? Or maybe you just think that now you are an adult and you can only become fluent when you are a kid. 

Whether you are lost and confused or are making excuses for your learning, you will find this episode extremely useful to answer these question and more. 

Remember to go to https://reallifeglobal.com/age to learn even more!

Direct download: 167_-_Am_I_Too_Old_to_Learn_English.mp3
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It's always hard to find the right words to say when someone dies--and especially when it is not your first language.

You don't want to be perceived as insensitive or rude, so knowing the correct word or expression to talk about death is crucial. We will show you exactly this today to help prevent you from embarrassing yourself!

Direct download: 167_-_Death_Expressions.mp3
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Do you know how to express your thanks in English when someone does something nice for you? Or how to respond when someone shows their appreciate to you? It is not enough to just say, "Thank you" or "You're welcome." If you want to be a fluent English speaker, you need to know what is the right word to use and when, so we will show you in this episode, talk about why appreciation is so important, AND share a native gratitude resource for you. 

Direct download: 165_-_How_to_Express__Respond_to_Appreciation_in_English.mp3
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What do you usually think of people from the United States? Do you think we're fat, arrogant, and love guns? Or maybe that we're usually tall, blonde, white, and drive big cars? 

In this episode we'll discuss some common American stereotypes, what is an "Ugly American," and which of these, if any, are actually true! This might just come in handy before you travel to the USA, or if you are just curious about American culture. Let's jump in!

Direct download: 164_American_Stereotypes.mp3
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Did you know that William Shakespeare, one of the most famous English writers, hugely shaped how we speak English? In fact, he invented over 1700 new English words. So in this podcast we have hand picked 15 of the most useful expressions that you can start using to add a bit of sophistication to you English. And then maybe you can get a copy of one of Shakespeare's plays and really put your English to the test. Aww yeah! 

Direct download: 163_-_Shakespeare_English.mp3
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Everything starts with your mindset--the way that you intentionally (or unintentionally) cultivate your thought process and habits. When you put in the deliberate work to mold the right kind of mindset, you are guaranteed to be successful. It is actually quite simple, although it may not always be easy. That's why in this podcast we will give you recommendations to help you change the way you think, so that you can become a fluent, confident English speaker. What's more, you will be able to apply these tools to all other areas of your life. 

Direct download: 162_-_Think_and_Grow_Fluent.mp3
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Have you ever been frustrated because you heard other people laughing, but didn't understand the joke in English? And do you want to be able to use your English to make other people laugh?

If your answer is "yes," then we have the perfect podcast episode for you here. We brought on Luke, from Luke's English Podcast to give you some expert advice about humor--because Luke is not only a kickass British English teacher, he is also a comedian!

Learn more about Luke's life, how he became a teacher, how you can use comedy and be funnier in English and more, Aww Yeah!

Direct download: 161_-_How_to_Be_Funny_In_English.mp3
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Do you ever feel alone in your learning, like you don't have anyone who helps and supports you? Who tells you to keep going and is rooting for you to be successful? 

If you have ever wished that you had friends, family, or a role model who would support you through the challenge of learning English, then this podcast episode is just for you! 

Download or listen now! And remember to visit the show notes at: http://reallifeglobal.com/support/

Direct download: 160_final_cut.mp3
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Have you ever jumped off a cliff? Or skied down a hill in a meter of snow? Or hopped out of a plane a kilometer above the ground? 

Ok, maybe we can't help you be the next world famous daredevil, but we can help you be an extreme English learner and teach you some extreme sports vocabulary! Which is exactly what we are going to do in this episode of the RealLife English Podcast.

Are you ready to add some adrenaline to your English learning? Let's jump in... Aww Yeah! 

Direct download: 159_final_cut.mp3
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Something English learners always complain about is not having the words that they need to express themselves like they would in their mother tongue.

That is why in this episode we are taking a deep dive into some advanced techniques for learning, remembering, and using more vocabulary. Having a rich active vocabulary is a key aspect of fluent communication, so I guarantee that the recommendations in this episode will be invaluable to you. Let's dive in! 

Direct download: 158_final_cut.mp3
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Ethan writing you from Barcelona where there were recently some terrorist attacks from the 16th - 18th of August, 2017. Fortunately, I was not personally affected, but these tragic events definitely got me thinking, and that's what we discuss in this episode of the RealLife English Podcast. 

The headlines all say some variation of "14 Dead in the Attacks in Barcelona." And although this is effective and impactful to see at the front of the newspaper, it is way too impersonal. 

Don't think of 14 dead. Think of the 14 individuals, each with a name, a face, a family--and perhaps more importantly--dreams that now they will never have the possibility to accomplish. Their potential was stolen from them, but you and I are still here. And you and I need to remember that our time, our potential, our dreams can be taken at any moment. We have to act NOW. By telling ourselves that we will have time tomorrow, or next week, or next year to achieve our dreams we avoid the reality that the victim yesterday could have been you or me. And it is a disrespect to those that did have their dreams stolen from them yesterday if you and I don't at least try to make ours a reality today. 

I truly send my heart out to any of you affected by the events here in Barcelona, or anywhere else. Here we might say, "Tots units fem força," -- united we are stronger! And it's never more than in times of tragedy that we see how real this is. Together we will not give up in the face of a few cruel individuals. Together we can make our dreams a reality. Together we can make a better tomorrow.

Let's continue the good fight together, you and I! Much love from Barcelona️ ❤️!

Direct download: 157_final_cut.mp3
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If you have been following the episodes since the RealLife English Podcast #150 then you will have been completely immersed in the RealLife Way, our methodology for success in English and in life (if not, you may want to first go back and listen from Episode 150). 

Today we give you TEN TIPS on how you can start following the RealLife Way and guarantee your fluency. Are you ready to kick ass? Listen or download now!

Direct download: RLW_Wrap_Up_final_cut.mp3
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This episode of the RealLife English Podcast is at the TOP of the RealLife Way--so if you have made it this far, congratulations! You are already well on your way to not just learning it, but living it! And the ultimate expression of this is when you can use your English to actually change the world! 

I know it sounds like a big goal, but as Gandhi said, "Be the change that your wish to see in the world," and knowing how to communicate in English is going to exponentially aid you in doing this. 

Join us for a mind blowing discussion and also learn how you can get TWO new fluency presents, which will help you to start living a life beyond borders. 

Direct download: RealLife_Way-_Be_the_Change_Step_5_.mp3
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Hey you there--yes you! Are you ready to communicate in English like an expert?

It's not just enough to wish for it. And no, it's not enough to go to class two or three times per week or study grammar. The secret lies in just one skill--in a willingness to open your heart, to be vulnerable, to face your shame, and to be COURAGEOUS! If you master the skill that we will talk about in this episode of the RealLife English Podcast, you will be perceived as fluent. But do you have the guts [bravery] to do it? Let's see--download or listen now!

Direct download: RealLife_Way-_How_to_Find_the_Courage_to_Speak_English_Step_4.mp3
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Are you ready to be empowered with the strategies, skills and courage you need to step outside of the classroom, and not just learn English, but to live it? Are you ready for this next big step in our new methodology, the RealLife Way?

Aww yeah! Today, in Step 3, we are both breaking a big myth related to native English speakers AND helping you with your goal of having native-like English... It sounds a bit contradictory, but you will soon find out why in this episode of the RealLife English Podcast!

Direct download: RealLife_Way-_Discover_Native_English_Step_3__.mp3
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Aww yeah! Are you ready to go BEYOND the boring traditional methods and learn English like the natives do--by USING it?!? 

Without a doubt, the most successful English learners I have met completely surround themselves with the language. They create an environment and lifestyle that mimics the experience one might have if she were living in an English speaking country. And without a doubt, this is a HUGE key to success with learning. It is moving past the ways you were told to learn the language, and making it a part of your everyday life that you don't even really have to think about. 

It is simple, it is fun, and although it is not always easy, it is extremely fulfilling. But in this episode, Justin and Ethan will make it more effortless with tons of new tips and resources. Are you ready? Then press play! 

Direct download: RealLife_Way-_Dont_Just_Learn_it_Live_it_Step_2.mp3
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Where there is a will, there is a way!

Nowhere is this truer than when learning a foreign languages. This expression explains that if one's desire and determination are enough, she can find a way to do anything.

So, if you bring your want of English fluency, and you are willing to work hard for it, then we will show you the way! 

In this podcast, you will learn the 3 pillars of determination: 

  1. Desire,
  2. Vision, and
  3. Discipline

If you start your journey by concretizing these three qualities into your mindset, you will be unstoppable. Let's do exactly that in this episode of the RealLife English podcast, aww yeah! 

Direct download: RealLife_Way-_Determination_Step_1.mp3
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In this episode, we are thrilled to present an outline of our new comprehensive 5-Step methodology that we have developed over the last four years with RealLife English. The next FIVE episodes will go in depth about each step of the RealLife Way and how YOU can start applying this to your English and your life: 

  • PART I - Where There's a Will, There's a Way
  • PART II - Don't Just Learn it, Live it
  • PART III - Discover the Truth About "Native" English
  • PART IV - Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone and SPEAK English
  • PART V - Be the Change Your Wish to See in the World

If you listen to every episode in the next few weeks and apply the principles, then we have the following promise:

We will Inspire you to awaken the determination you need to realize your true potential, not only as an English learner, but as a human being.

We will Empower you build the strategies, skills, and courage you need to step outside the classroom into the real world, and not just learn English, but to live it.

We will Connect you to a world beyond beyond borders, a global consciousness, community, and realization of the fact that no matter what divides us, that what unites us is far greater.

We are super excited to present you with this dynamic, new methodology for English learning, so without further ado, let's jump into the lesson! 

 

Direct download: RealLife_Way-_Introduction_.mp3
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Do you love shopping? Or maybe you only do it when you absolutely must? Either way, it can be extremely frustrating to go shopping when you don't have the vocabulary to ask for what you need: The right fit? The right fabric? The right cut? 

Well, listen to this episode and learn how to navigate the malls in any English speaking country! And hey, you might even fall in love...

Direct download: Going_Shopping_final_cut.mp3
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In this week's episode of the RealLife English Podcast, we talk about the mind blowing story of Kilian Jornet from Catalonia (in the northeast corner of Spain). Recently, he became the first person to RUN up the world's highest peak, Everest! 

And in honor of Kilian, we will be talking all about English vocabulary for runners and expressions with the word RUN. Everyone can learn something and laugh in this very special episode of the RealLife English podcast, so let's jump into it, aww yeah! http://reallifeglobal.com/running/

Direct download: running_final_ct.mp3
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Without a doubt, a frustrating part of communicating in a foreign language is making a phone call. You cannot see the other person’s face or rely on gestures, and you have to answer spontaneously. It can feel extremely embarrassing to admit that you don’t understand something seemingly simple the person on the other side said.

 

In this episode we share share recommendations for speaking on the phone in English, so next time you make a call you can feel comfortable and confident. Aww yeah! http://reallifeglobal.com/phone

Direct download: phone_final.mp3
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Planning on traveling on planning to the US soon, but haven't prepared for the visa interview?

In this episode you are going to learn all about what to expect when going through the application process, and how to prepare for the interview.

Direct download: 146__How_To_Pass_The_Visa_Interview.mp3
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Like any other language, English is filled with so many slang expressions and rude terms, most revolving around human genitalia.

Humans tend to find lots of interesting ways to use sexual organs to describe how they are feeling, from anger to extreme joy and delight. Although this is not always the most appropriate language to use around certain people, knowing these expressions can give you great insight into the English language and expose you to the more creative side of common colloquialisms. 

In this episode of the podcast we are going to explore testicles. All the different ways we refer to these man parts, and how we can use them in everyday speech to reference courage, commitment, excitement and much more. 

 

Direct download: 145_-_Do_You_Have_The_Balls_To_Learn_English.mp3
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Have you ever heard of, or even experienced reverse culture shock?

Many people who have lived away from their place of birth, or culture they grew up in, experience this when returning to their mother land. It is the experience of returning home but everything feels foreign.

In this lesson me and Justin discuss what reverse cultural shock is, and some of our personal experiences readapting to our own countries of origin.  

Direct download: 144_-_Reverse_Culture_Shock_.mp3
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In 2016 the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union in what was called Brexit.

As the dust still hasn't really settled (it's too soon to see any real effect) since this happened, people are still really unsure what this means for the global economy, and other side effects this could happen all over the world. 

In this episode we have a special guest, Martin, from Essex in the United Kingdom, to share some of his views on the current situation. Martin is the creator of Rock N Roll English and is currently living and teaching English in Italy.

Direct download: RealLife_with_Martin.mp3
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Independent of what language you speak, where you were born, or if you are religious or not, love is something that affects us all. 

In this episodes of the podcast we talk all about getting married and how weddings are celebrated in western culture. This will be a great lesson to help fill your vocabulary with lots of cool new wedding terms and expressions, and culturally prepare you for all the funny, crazy, and romantic aspects of a typical marriage ceremony. 

SEE SHOWNOTES

Direct download: 141_-_Find_Love_and_Get_Married_in_English.mp3
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Are you really taking advantage of all the opportunities you have to learn when traveling and experiencing new cultures?

In this episode Ethan talks about all the mistakes he make while staying in Thailand the last couple of months. Ethan didn't learn the language, didn't meet any locals, didn't understand the culture, and didn't make the most of this amazing opportunity.

We are going to give you some great tips on how to maximize your learning when traveling to new countries, and help you be a more active global citizen. Aww Yeah!

Direct download: 141_-_Bad_Global_Citizen.mp3
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Attention all movie buffs!

If you are looking for a cool way to meet with new people, make new friends, or even take someone out on a date, movies are a great way to create an instant connection and give you something to talk about. 

Learn some cool ways to ask people about movies, and discover more about that person through movie conversation. 

 

Direct download: 140_-_Asking_people_to_the_movies.mp3
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Lucy from the popular YouTube English channel, English with Lucy, is here to tell us all about how to speak English clearly and confidently.

Lucy got her feet wet in ESL while teaching English in Seville, Spain. She is fluent in Andalusian Spanish and is currently learning Italian. Working with Spanish students, she knows how challenging learning a non-phonetic language like English can be, and has many tips to share with us.

This episode will be especially helpful if you speak a latin language like Spanish or Portuguese.  

We had a lot of fun and laughs with this episode, and we hope you will, too! 

See Show Notes

Direct download: lucy_podcast_final.mp3
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Eating at restaurants in English can be tricky, and raise a lot of questions for all non-native speakers.

Am I being rude with the waiter? Should I leave a tip? What's the right way to order?

In this episode of the podcast you are going to learn all aspects of eating out at restaurants for politeness, booking a table, and free refills.

 

See Show Notes

Direct download: 138_-_restaurants.mp3
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Have you ever need to go to a doctor in an English speaking country, but felt worried about communicating your health problems in English.

In this episode we are going to help your feel more confident when visiting the doctor, preparing you with all the necessary vocabulary needed to explain common symptoms, aches, pains, and strange rashes.

 

SEE SHOWNOTES

Direct download: 137_-_Going_to_the_Doctor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56am -03

Have you ever been homesick? Or found a nice little home away from home?

In this podcast lesson we are going to be breaking down (explaining) more than 23 expressions related to home, teaching some connected speech pronunciation, and helping you are feel much more at home when speaking English.

Also, check out the video from YouTube where you can activate auto-generated subtitles. They are not perfect but pretty good.


See Show Notes

Direct download: 136_-_English_at_Home.mp3
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Grab yourself a cuppa (a cup of tea/coffee) because this podcast is going to be a bloody ripper (really good)!

Chad and Ethan talk about Chad's experience returning to Australia after living in Brazil for such a long time, and you will also learn about how Australians abbreviate lots of common words. 

We would love to know what you think about the new format, and you can also watch the video of us chatting on Youtube.

SEE SHOW NOTES

Direct download: 135_-_Australian_Abbreviations.mp3
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Today we've got an awesome, hilarious, and highly educational podcast about Relationship Idioms From Friends TV Series. We also talk about education, and the fascinating psychology of multiple intelligences and how it can help you discover your unique talent and style for learning English. 

Direct download: RLR_134.mp3
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Ethan is in Asia!

Our beloved Mr V (Ethan) is helping our brothers and sisters from Japan to Thailand with their English speaking skills, while connecting and making as many new friends as possible.

In this episode we will hear about his travels so far, explaining all the most important vocabulary and pronunciation along the way. 

SEE SHOWNOTES

Direct download: 133_-_Ethan_Travels_Asia_and_Plays_with_Kittens.mp3
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G'day mates! (How Australians say hi)

We are really happy to be introducing you all to a new friend of ours, another amazing online English teacher from down under (Australia), Emma from MmmEnglish.

Emma has been helping people all over the world improve their English speaking skills, confidence, and preparing them for using English in the real world for both professional and personal situations. In this episode she explains her most impactful learning techniques, and she has even created a special weekly planner which you can download right now and really take your English up a level.


SEE SHOW NOTES

Direct download: 132_-_Boost_Your_Confidence_with_Emma_from_Mmm_English.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56pm -03

Today we have a very trippy, futuristic podcast, as we talk about the coming Artificial Intelligence Revolution. The is the craziest the RealLife guys have ever talked with their podcast, but listen along, blow your mind, and let's expand our visions of the emerging future as we talk about the rapidly expanding horizon of what's possible ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. 

Direct download: AI_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:24pm -03

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