Speak English Now Podcast: Learn English | Speak English Without Grammar.

Speak English Now Podcast: Learn English | Speak English Without Grammar.

Sinopse

The Speak English Now Podcast through Storytelling is your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will learn English with the Question and Answer (TPRS) and Point of View techniques. You wont need any grammar or boring exercises. You will also learn about the English culture and the language itself. Finally, you will get valuable advice on learning English. All the audio is in English, and you can get the text at SpeakEnglishPod.com Don't miss out any of the Speak English Now episodes. Every Monday your host Georgiana will show you how to speak English fluently. Every week you can listen to a new fun story. Start practicing your listening and speaking skills with the Speak English Now podcast.

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Episódios

  • #106 The differences between Bring, Carry, Fetch, and Take - ESL
    #106 The differences between Bring, Carry, Fetch, and Take - ESL
    Duração: 11min | 03/10/2019
  • #105 Back to school part #2 - ESL
    #105 Back to school part #2 - ESL
    Duração: 12min | 25/09/2019
  • #104 Back To School part #1
    #104 Back To School part #1
    Duração: 12min | 20/09/2019

    Hi, everybody! I'm Georgiana, your online English teacher. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques. Since it's September, we're going back to school. At least in this episode, you will remember how exciting it used to be to start a new school year. We're going to check out vocabulary related to the school supplies that kids need when they go back to school, after the summer vacation. And in the second part of this episode, you'll learn English grammar without studying any rules with an exclusive point of view story. Before I go any further, I'd like to thank you for listening. Did you know that there are over 10 million downloads of the Speak English Now podcast? I'm very excited because that means that my method really helps you improve your English speaking and listening skills. Thanks again for listening and remember to share the podcast with your friends and family.   All right, let's get started!   We could use the expression "back to school" as a metaphor for this episode that kicks off this new season. You will continue to improve your English skills with my mini-stories and point of view lessons. But don't worry because you don't have to study or memorize anything, just listen and learn as children do with their mother tongue.   Each year, parents face significant challenges when purchasing school supplies for their children. Since there's a wide range of vocabulary related to this topic, next week, I will continue talking about the same thing, though I’ll introduce more vocabulary. In any case, don't worry if you can't remember everything.  You can listen several times to learn new words and expressions. Well, here we go: Notebooks Basically, a notebook is made up of several sheets of paper which are joined together. Notebooks can be handy to use in the classroom. You can write exercises, copy things the teacher writes on the board, etc. In some cases, instead of notebooks, you simply use sheets of paper. The advan

  • #103 Learn English Every Day (rep)
    #103 Learn English Every Day (rep)
    Duração: 10min | 12/09/2019

    Welcome to the Speak English Now Podcast, your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary and how to learn English more effectively. Transcript: Hi, everybody! I’m Georgiana, your online English teacher. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques. In the first part of today’s episode, I’ll show you how you can benefit from creating habits that help you with your English. And in the second part of this episode, you’ll learn English grammar without studying any rules with an exclusive point of view story. All right, let's get started! The first thing we have to keep in mind is that willpower is not as important as it seems. In fact, it’s quite limited. It's impossible to do anything consistently with willpower alone. We are not designed that way. We are creatures of habit, and essentially our life consists of a sum of habits. For example, think for a moment what you do when you wake up in the morning. Maybe you brush your teeth, make a cup of coffee and turn on your cell phone to check the social networks. I'm sure that I have mentioned in one of the previous episodes that I speak different languages. Let me tell you now what I do to maintain and improve different languages through habits. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy taking a walk every day. And every time I open the door I put on my air-pods, I press play, and I start listening to an audiobook or a podcast in German, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese. If I don't like what I hear, I simply select another content.  What’s important is that I do this action almost without thinking, automatically. Of course, I don’t always listen to audiobooks or podcasts. Sometimes I just wanna relax and listen to music or not listen to anything at all. :) And I don’t only listen when I go for a walk. I also listen to audiobooks or podcasts while I drive my car or even when I'm doing my chores

  • #102 Going to the Bank in English (rep) ESL
    #102 Going to the Bank in English (rep) ESL
    Duração: 15min | 05/09/2019

    Listen to a new episode of Speak English Now Podcast, your favorite material for practicing your spoken and heard English. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary and how to improve your English more effectively. Transcript: Hi, everybody! I’m Georgiana, your online English teacher. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques. In the first part of this episode, I'm gonna talk about lending and borrowing something and how to get a loan from the bank. And in the second part, you’ll practice your spoken English with a question and answer mini-story. All right, let's get started! Today I'd like to talk about loans and the related vocabulary. Loans have always been a feature in all countries, societies, and cultures. Person A has some money, and person B needs money. Then person A can lend money to person B. When we talk about lending, we don't talk about giving. Giving means permanently, without a time limit. For example, if I say "I'll give you the car," it means that the car won’t be mine anymore, it'll be yours. When someone gives a loan, it's under certain conditions. That is, he agrees to give money under certain conditions. You can say, "give a loan," or more formally "grant a loan." (END OF THE EXTRACT).   Read the TEXT here: speakenglishpod.com  

  • #101 English podcast - Shopping at the Supermarket ESL (rep)
    #101 English podcast - Shopping at the Supermarket ESL (rep)
    Duração: 15min | 28/08/2019

    Are you a spender? Today I’m gonna talk about the tricks that supermarkets use to make you to buy more than necessary. You’ll also improve your speaking with a funny mini-story.   Ok! Let’s start!   When you leave the supermarket, have you ever wondered why you spent more money than you originally planned?   I do :) If it happens to you, you may think that you don't know how to manage money, that you are a spender or simply that you don't have enough discipline, but don't worry, because supermarkets follow a whole series of very powerful marketing strategies that induce the buyer to buy, so don't feel too guilty :)   By the way, a spender is someone who spends money unnecessarily. And another interesting expression: "overspending," which means spending more than planned or necessary.   These supermarket strategies can simply be called tricks. The truth is that supermarkets have more tricks than a magician.   Let's take a look at a few of them, and learn some vocabulary on the subject.   The size of the cart matters. The shopping cart is the element we push to add the products we want to buy. These trolleys, with time, have been increasing in size. The logic is simple. Psychologically we feel more satisfied if we can fill the cart and, therefore, with a slightly larger cart, we tend to put more products inside. The products they want to sell the most, are placed right at eye level. We are lazy by nature, and therefore, all products that are visually easier to see, but overall easier to access, are also easier to sell.   Prices with decimals. This is another classic seller's trick. For some reason, $9.99 seems a lot, much cheaper than 10 dollars. We save 1 cent! Wow! If we do this 100 million times, we'll save a million dollars :)   Read the TEXT here: www.speakenglishpod.com

  • #100 Going out in NYC - How to order a drink in English (rep)
    #100 Going out in NYC - How to order a drink in English (rep)
    Duração: 10min | 21/08/2019

    I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com.
And I’m here to help YOU to speak English fluently and with confidence. In this episode, I'll talk about going out at night. I’ll point out the most emblematic places where you can hang out in New York City at night, and I’ll teach you how to order a drink! I’ve also prepared a Point of View story so you can practice your grammar and vocabulary. I’m not sure if you have noticed, but today you’re listening to episode 50 of the Speak English Now Podcast. It may not sound like a big deal to you, but in approximately one year I’ve posted 680 minutes of free material!! And it’s available on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Youtube, etc Thank you so much for helping me share the podcast with your friends and family. Remember to leave a comment on iTunes about the show. It would mean a lot to me! Let's start the lesson. Today's gonna be fun! It's Friday night, you call your friends and ask them: What are we doing tonight? And they say: Let’s go party! Or Let's go clubbing! The expression “Let’s go party” doesn't mean going to a specific "party", but simply going out. Usually, it means going to clubs or music pubs. People in their 20s and 30s usually have a drink in a bar first and then go to a club. Clubs are often pricey, and you don't just have to pay for the drinks. You’ll also need to pay for the club admission which is also expensive. Now let me tell you where to go out at night in New York. I’ll suggest different locations: For instance, if you wanna party in Manhattan surrounded by fashion models, celebrities, professional athletes and musicians, visit one of the city's exclusive nightclubs. It can be difficult to get into these places, but it's definitely not impossible.   READ the TEXT here: www.speakenglishpod.com

  • #099 Renting a car in English – ESL (rep)
    #099 Renting a car in English – ESL (rep)
    Duração: 15min | 14/08/2019

    Hi everyone! I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPod.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. Today I’ll be teaching you how to rent a car in English. The lesson is simple and to the point, so it’ll save you a lot of time when you really need to rent a vehicle. And in the next section, you’ll practice your English speaking with a funny mini-story. Today’s story is about Brian, a middle-aged man who wants to go out with hot chicks.

  • #098 How many times do you 
need to listen in English? (rep)
    #098 How many times do you 
need to listen in English? (rep)
    Duração: 14min | 07/08/2019

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. In this episode, I will be talking about how many times we have to repeat an audio material in English. After that, you practice your conversation skills with a new mini-story. Ok, let’s get started! As you may know, I always recommend you to listen to improve your English speaking. There are many studies, which suggest that there is a correlation between our level of the language and the hours we have been listening. In other words, the more you listen, the better. The more hours you spend listening, the quicker you improve. Here’s an interesting question you might ask: “How many times do I have to listen to every piece of content?” Do I have to listen just one time? Or more than that? What most students do is listen to certain content once or twice and then change to another material. The typical student thinks that the more variety, the better. Well, variety is useful, but what you want is to consolidate what you listen, and the most effective way to achieve this is through repetition. So, let’s say you are starting with English. You're a beginner. This is the situation where you need a lot of repetition. The reason is that you need to create the most common patterns in your head. That’s why you need to repeat many times. For example, let’s say you have a 5 minutes audio adapted to your level. Then, you can repeat the audio twenty, thirty, or even more times. Yes! You heard me well! Twenty, thirty, or more times! I’m not saying that you have to do it in one day. For example, you can repeat the audio three times every day for one week. This is only 15 minutes a day for seven days, which is 21 times. You can read and listen if you need to. Yes, it seems crazy, but I can assure you that this is very effective. You can learn a lot! And the most important thing is that you’re consolidating the phrases, the vocabulary, the pronunciation, and it becomes easier to use all of

  • #097 What to do during 
the Summer Vacation ESL
    #097 What to do during 
the Summer Vacation ESL
    Duração: 11min | 04/08/2019

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. In today’s episode, I’ll give you some tips on how to spend your summer vacation, and you'll speak English with a mini-story. Before I go any further, I'd like to thank you for listening. I’m also a language learner, and I can identify with you and your goals, so I want to help you. Do you know how you can help me? It would be great if you could share my podcast with your friends or write a review on iTunes, Youtube, or my Facebook page. OK! Let’s start! Time passes so quickly. I can’t believe it’s already August! And speaking of time, this is the last episode of the season. I'm going to take a short vacation to rest. But don't worry because I'm going to upload a selection of episodes from other seasons so you can continue practicing your English. So I'll be back in September with new, highly refreshing content. But in today’s episode, I thought it might help you think about what activities you can do during the summer vacation. So, let's see what you could do during this vacation: Connecting with nature A very healthy activity that you can do is to go to a natural spot and enjoy nature. The idea is to relax and forget about exams or deadlines. Of course, you can take the opportunity to do a little exercise by going for a walk. Ideally, you should find a place without too many people, especially children. I am sure that in your country there are many places where you can quietly enjoy nature.   READ the TEXT here: www.speakenglishpod.com

  • #096 Obsolete Communication 
Devices and Gadgets
    #096 Obsolete Communication 
Devices and Gadgets
    Duração: 13min | 18/07/2019

    Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. Today we are going to be a bit nostalgic, and talk about some communication devices and gadgets that still exist nowadays, but are obsolete.
 Let’s start! Fax machine How did we share documents and letters before the email existed? Although many people sent a telegram or a letter, there was another device that we used, particularly in the professional field. Yes. I'm talking about the fax machine. While some companies still use fax machines, no one has one of those machines at home. I guess we prefer to use an email because it's faster, takes up no space and it's free. Nowadays, you can still send a fax without a fax machine. You only need to use your computer or a smartphone, because there are websites that offer this service. Telegram And by the way, you'll be surprised to know that people still send telegrams. No. I'm not referring to the Telegram Messenger app. You can send a telegram the old fashioned way or even online.
 Landlines How about landline phones? Do you still have one of those at home? I can’t even remember when was the last time I had one of those. It was definitely a long time ago. The landlines had no high-definition color display, no camera, and no Internet connection. They had a long cord so people could move it around the house. But that was inconvenient. I remember my landline phone was wireless and had a small black and white screen. I was happy to move around the house without a cord, but it was a bulky phone, and the battery didn't last long. I just know that I’m grateful to have a smartphone now. :)   READ the TEXT here: Speakenglishpod.com  

  • #095 
American vs. British 
Vocabulary Differences (part 3) 

    #095 
American vs. British 
Vocabulary Differences (part 3) 

    Duração: 10min | 04/07/2019

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Two weeks ago, we started with a series of vocabulary differences between American and British English. Today we will continue this series, although we’ll focus on food vocabulary differences. And with a point of view story, you’re gonna compare the different grammar points. It’s the perfect way to learn grammar and new vocabulary without memorizing.   Ok! Let’s start!   1)Zucchini Maybe you aren’t familiar with this word. It’s a long, thin vegetable with dark green skin. It looks similar to a cucumber, but it’s larger, and we don’t eat it in a salad.   Yes. I’m talking about a vegetable called zucchini. I love zucchini noodles and zucchini soup! You should try that out because it’s simply delicious!   In the United Kingdom, people use the word courgette, which comes from French.   American-zucchini British- courgette 2)I’m sure you know the meaning of the following word. I’m talking about the word cookie. Everybody loves chocolate cookies! But do you know the meaning of the word biscuit? That’s right. Biscuit has the same meaning as "cookie," though it’s used in the UK. American-cookie British- biscuit 3) There’s a purple vegetable, similar to an egg. Can you guess? Exactly! An eggplant! What do you think? Personally, I don't think eggplants look like an egg. In British it’s called aubergine. It sounds funny because it’s also a word that comes from French. American-eggplant British- aubergine 4) Have you ever heard of jacket potatoes? No. It’s not a potato that’s wearing a jacket. In American English, we call them baked potatoes, but in British it’s called jacket potato. Therefore, baked or jacket potatoes are usually well cooked, so they have a fluffy interior and a crisp skin. American-baked potatoes British- jacket potato.   READ the TRANSCRIPT here: speakenglishpod.com

  • #094 American vs. British Vocabulary Differences #2
    #094 American vs. British Vocabulary Differences #2
    Duração: 11min | 28/06/2019

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. We all know that American and British English sound different most of the time. But did you know there is also a difference in vocabulary?  That’s right.  There are spelling, vocabulary, and even specific grammar differences between the two. Last week we started with a series of vocabulary differences between American and British English. Today we will continue this series, if you didn't listen to last week's episode, you might want to do so right now. Just go speakenglishpodcast.com and select episode #093. And with a point of view story, you’re gonna compare the different grammar points. It’s the perfect way to learn grammar and new vocabulary without memorizing. I’m going to tell you a word in American English, and I’ll ask you to guess what would be the equivalent word in British English. 1)Truck In American English with use the word truck when we refer to a large, heavy road vehicle used for carrying goods, materials, or troops. Can you guess the equivalent in British? Yes! In the United Kingdom, people use the word lorry. American-truck British- lorry     READ THE TEXT HERE: Speakenglishpod.com

  • #093 American vs British English - Vocabulary Differences
    #093 American vs British English - Vocabulary Differences
    Duração: 13min | 20/06/2019

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Today you will learn some new words in English, and compare the differences between American and British English. This episode is part 1 of a series. Because over the next few weeks, we will continue to learn new vocabulary differences between British and American English. I'm going to make you guess each word, and then you're going to find out if you were using an American or a British word. Let's start with the first word:   When we stop working for a few days, we take a break.  Can you guess this word? Yes! The correct word is vacation. Vacation is an American word. In British English, we usually use the word holiday. British- Holiday American-Vacation 2) Try guessing the next word: Tell me what season comes after summer? That's right! After summer comes fall. So, what do you think? Is the world fall an American or British English? Time's up. The word fall is used in American English. In British English, we use the word autumn.   British-Autumn American-Fall 3) This new word is simple. Just try to think about babies. What do they wear? Exactly! Babys wear diapers. The word diaper is an American word. But how do we say this in British? In the UK, people use the word nappy. British-Nappy American-Diaper 4) And what do you do after drinking a lot of water? Exactly! You go to the restroom or the bathroom. However, in the United Kingdom, they use the word loo. British-Loo American-restroom (bathroom) 5) How do you watch Netflix? Of course, nowadays we have all kinds of devices. But try to think about the obvious way to watch your favorite show. Yep. I'm talking about the word TV or television. But did you know that in the UK they call it telly? I think it sounds adorable! British-Telly American-TV (Television)   READ the TEXT here: https://SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #092 The Evolution of Cell Phones
    #092 The Evolution of Cell Phones
    Duração: 14min | 12/06/2019

    Welcome to Speak English Now Podcast. With your host Georgiana. The podcast that will help you to speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks. Hi, everybody! I'm Georgiana, your online English teacher, and founder of speakenglishpodcast.com My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. I have a question for you. What was your first cell phone? I got my first cell phone in 1996, and it was a Motorola. I can’t remember the exact model, but it was very different from what we can find in stores nowadays. And yeah - with this type of cell phone, one could only make phone calls and send text messages. Now I have a smartphone, and I don’t make any phone calls anymore. Like everybody else, I tend to use WhatsApp, Telegram, Messages, FaceTime, or Skype. I must have mentioned before that I love technology. Actually, without it, you could not listen to this podcast because I wouldn’t be able to record it :) Ok, so let’s talk about cell phones and how people used to communicate before they were invented. The smartphone couldn’t exist without the landline telephone. And do you know when it was developed? Yes. A long time ago, in 1876. And the idea of the landline telephone was inspired by the telegraph. We all know that telephones came before cell phones, but have you ever heard of car phones? Yes! The original car phone weighed about 80 pounds, and this piece of technology was created in 1947. Back then there was a limited number of people who used this car phone and there were 5 to 10-year waiting lists. The car phone was a great invention, but luckily for us in 1973, Motorola created the DynaTAC 8000X - the first handheld cell phone. It cost $4000, which would be $10000 today.  However, the cell phone wasn’t available on the market until 1983. Many of us complain that our smartphones run out of battery too soon. Do you how long the battery of the first cell phone would last? Only 35 minutes!!! And that’s not all. This cell phone would take 10 hours to charge!!! Can you imagine that? I guess now you’re fe

  • #091 Getting a Driving License in the USA - ESL
    #091 Getting a Driving License in the USA - ESL
    Duração: 15min | 03/06/2019

    Welcome to Speak English Now Podcast. With your host Georgiana. The podcast that will help you to speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks. Hi, everybody! I'm Georgiana, your online English teacher, and founder of speakenglishpodcast.com My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Today you’ll learn how to get your driver’s license in the United States. And you’ll practice your speaking with a conversation simulator that I often refer to as mini-story. You’ll also find out some interesting facts about the legendary Formula 1 racing driver Michael Schumacher. If you've never driven a car, you'll have to start with a learner's permit. You can take all the time you need before scheduling your appointment for the driving test. Before obtaining a driver's license, you must pass a written, driving, and vision test. Ok! Let’s get started! How do you get a Learner's Permit? You'll have to read the driver's manual. And you will be required to take a written test based on your knowledge and understanding of the rules and regulations described in the driver's manual. If you're under the age of 18, most states require you to get a learner's permit and hold it for about six months to a year before you can get a full license. Also, to get a learner's permit, you must show legal documents to verify who you are and where you live. Before you can take the written test and get your permit, you'll have to pay a fee. The amount of the fee is usually is under $100. You will need to take a basic knowledge test based on the traffic rules and regulations discussed in the driver's manual before obtaining the learner's permit. The learner's permit test typically focuses on your knowledge of signs and basic traffic rules such as using your turn signal and passing on the left. To operate a motor vehicle, you must be able to see. If you cannot pass the eye exam, you must obtain eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your vision before you are allowed to get your learner's permit.   READ THE TEXT HERE: SPEAKENGLISHPOD

  • #090 Introvert vs Extrovert whats the difference? ESL
    #090 Introvert vs Extrovert what's the difference? ESL
    Duração: 09min | 27/05/2019

    Welcome to Speak English Now Podcast. With your host Georgiana. The podcast that will help you to speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks. Hi, everybody! I'm Georgiana, your online English teacher, and founder of speakenglishpodcast.com My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Today I'd like to talk about introverts and extroverts, and at the end of the lesson, you'll be able to determine your personality type. And you'll learn how English grammar changes through a small point of view. We're going to meet Tom, a guy who doesn't like to be around people much. So... how was your week? I hope everything went well. I've already recovered from the effort of decorating my house. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can listen to episode #088. Remember that you can find the text of this episode of my website speakenglishpodcast.com   Let's start!   What is extroversion? Extroverts are usually the life of the party. With their outgoing and magnetic personality, they easily draw people to them. So, if you want to know if you're an extrovert just think about how much you enjoy being and interacting with other people. Do you enjoy chatting and having long conversations with all kinds of people? Do you get bored when you're home alone? If the answers to most of these questions were "yes," then you are probably an extroverted person. That is, you are a very sociable person. And apparently, there are more extroverts in the world than introverts. Can you guess what Tom Hanks, Oprah, Johnny Depp, Madonna, and Jim Carrey have in common? That's right. They are all extroverts. And... do you know how to tell me the opposite of extraversion? Well, this one is easy. The opposite word is introversion. If you like having your inner space, spending time alone with your stuff, then you are an introverted person. By the way, make sure you don't confuse the term introversion with shyness. A shy person is someone anxious about interacting with people, especially strangers. However, an introverted person s

  • #089 - History of the USA- George Washington - ESL
    #089 - History of the USA- George Washington - ESL
    Duração: 15min | 19/05/2019

    Welcome to Speak English Now Podcast. With your host Georgiana. The podcast that will help you to speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks. Hi, everybody! I'm Georgiana, your online English teacher, and founder of speakenglishpodcast.com My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Today I'd like to introduce you to American history. After all, if you really want to consolidate your English, you'll have to learn more about American culture and society. And what better way to start than with George Washington the first president of the United States? George Washington was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental First Army that fought the British when the country was not yet established. During the American Revolution, Washington led the colonial forces to victory over the British and was considered a national hero. He became the first president of the United States in 1789 in the first American elections. He was also elected for a second term in 1793. Therefore, he was the only president to win 100 percent of the electoral votes. In the United States, people celebrate George Washington's birthday on the third Monday in February. Like that people always have a day off even if his birthday falls during the weekend. Many people want the holiday to celebrate the birthday of another president, Abraham Lincoln, who was also born in February. Therefore, different U.S. states have renamed the day Presidents Day.     READ THE TEXT HERE: speakenglishpod.com  

  • #088 How to Decorate your Home
    #088 How to Decorate your Home
    Duração: 14min | 12/05/2019

    Welcome to Speak English Now Podcast. With your host Georgiana. The podcast that will help you to speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks. Hi, everybody! I'm Georgiana, your online English teacher, and founder of speakenglishpodcast.com My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. You're probably wondering why it took me so long to publish a new episode. Well, I have a good excuse. Do you know what happened to me? I've been redecorating some rooms in my house. I've been planning this for over a year, and I must confess that I've been too optimistic. I really thought that changing the decor of the house would be as easy as buying new furniture, a new couch and painting the walls. However, as you can imagine, things were not that simple. I must confess that I love decorating, but this time I had too many options, I just couldn't make up my mind, and I was postponing because I had too many ideas. One of the quickest ways to refresh a room's appearance is to paint the walls. In theory, you should choose a color that complements your personality and fits your space. Although first I had to find out the color of the furniture to match the color of the walls. In general, I want the room to look clean but also modern and a little sophisticated. I also had to keep in mind that if I buy too much furniture, it will look too crowded, but if I didn't buy enough furniture, it would look empty and poor. So I had to find a balance. Size is also important because you could buy furniture that is too big or too small. Small furniture in a large room can look ridiculous though it's not a good idea to add big furniture in a room either. You can imagine how terrible it would look. And, of course, you have to stick to one style, as there are several options.   READ THE TEXT HERE: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #087 English accent reduction - Pronunciation practice with tongue twisters
    #087 English accent reduction - Pronunciation practice with tongue twisters
    Duração: 11min | 29/04/2019

    Welcome to Speak English Now Podcast. With your host Georgiana. The podcast that will help you to speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.  Hi, everybody! I'm Georgiana, your online English teacher, and founder of speakenglishpodcast.com My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Today I'll focus again on the English pronunciation particularly on the vowels with some funny tongue twisters. I'm sure you remember that I made another episode about tongue twisters just recently. If you missed it just go to my website and listen to episode #083. And in the second part of this episode, you'll learn English grammar without studying any rules with an exclusive point of view story. Ok! Let's start! But first, I’ll remind you what a tongue twister is. It’s usually a sentence that is difficult to say fast because the words in the sentence have very similar sounds.  For example: "Annie ate eight Arctic apples."  Tongue twisters allow us to practice pronunciation and, most importantly, agility when producing sounds in the language. If you want to sound more like an American, it's vital to pronounce vowels correctly. The following tongue twisters will help you reduce your accent for the vowels "a," "e""o" and "u."  Like any other tongue twister, your goal is to recite as fast as possible and with few mistakes.  Okay. Now let's see some tongue twisters. I'll start saying each tongue twister slowly and then continue faster.  And while it's true that that at first, they can seem very difficult. Don't worry about it. Make sure to have the text in front of you because like that you can follow it better. 1. Excited executioner exercising his excising powers excessively.  2. Annie ate eight Arctic apples. 3. Mary Mac's mother's making Mary Mac marry me. My mother's making me marry Mary Mac. Will I always be so merry when Mary's taking care of me? Will I always be so merry when I marry Mary Mac? 4. Picky people pick Peter Pan Peanut-Butter,' tis the peanut-butter picky people pick! 5. I wish to wish, I dream

  • #086 How Americans celebrate Easter in the United States
    #086 How Americans celebrate Easter in the United States
    Duração: 12min | 19/04/2019

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Today we'll talk about something festive. Have you noticed that in springtime you go to your local supermarket and you see chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs everywhere? Well, today I'll talk about Easter and how Americans celebrate this holiday. And with a funny mini-story, you’ll practice your speaking while learning new things about the Easter holiday. What exactly are we celebrating at Easter? Each spring people all over the world, celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This year we celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 21. Whenever Easter comes, everywhere you go you'll see from colorful eggs to Easter bunny cakes. Also, most people have a week off for Easter, so parties are organized to enjoy the occasion with family and friends. Certainly,  Easter is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. And how else do Americans celebrate Easter? Apart from spending this holiday with friends and family, some people attend special services which are held in churches on Easter. And what's with the eggs and the rabbits? Why are they a symbol of this holiday?   READ THE TEXT HERE: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #085 Food Idioms in English to sound like an English native speaker
    #085 Food Idioms in English to sound like an English native speaker
    Duração: 14min | 14/04/2019

    Hi everyone! I am Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Do you want to sound more like an English native speaker?  Well, today you’ll learn 6 new popular expressions in English related to food. After that, I’ll practice your speaking with a funny mini-story. Ok. Let’s learn some new idioms: There's a type of food that always makes us feel better because it reminds us of our childhood. That kind of food is called COMFORT FOOD. We eat comfort food because it comforts us. Although we tend to feel better after eating this type of food, it is not necessarily healthy food.  Example:  “After a tiring day, it’s so wonderful to cook some comfort food and read a good book.” And who doesn’t like eating cake? I just can’t say no to a piece of cake. And when something is extremely easy to do we say it’s a PIECE OF CAKE.  However, this expression doesn’t have anything to do with food. There’s another similar expression. Instead of “piece of cake” you could say “AS EASY AS PIE.” Examples: “I thought the test would be difficult, but it was a piece of cake.” “Compared to learning Japanese, learning English was as easy as pie.” But you know what? Sadly, there are times when YOU CAN’T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO. Yeah! You guessed right! This is another expression :) When someone says “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” they mean that you can't have two incompatible things at the same time. In other words, the cake cannot be eaten and saved for later. Example: “James works too hard to pay for that luxurious house. The irony here is that he never has any time to stay at home and enjoy it. I guess he can't have his cake and eat it too.”   READ THE TEXT HERE: speakenglishpod.com

  • #084 Friends TV Series - Learn English with TV shows
    #084 Friends TV Series - Learn English with TV shows
    Duração: 13min | 07/04/2019

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. Hey, do you watch TV series to practice your English? Let’s talk about that. One of the most popular series of all time is...can you guess it? No, it’s not House of Cards. Let me give you a hint: Currently, it’s the most watched TV show on Netflix. Still, not a clue? Well, I’m talking about “Friends”. You know: Rachel and Ross, Monica and Chandler, Joey and Phoebe. Right?  Not only is “Friends” entertaining, but also it’s an excellent resource for improving your informal English by learning tons of phrasal verbs, and slang. In this episode, I’d like to talk about this TV show. By the way, I recently rewatched all the seasons in a row. That’s called binge-watching. And boy how I enjoyed it! Apparently, when you are binge-watching your favorite show, your brain is continually producing dopamine, so it becomes an addiction. The TV show has ten seasons, and the duration of each episode is 30 minutes. And I guess half an hour is more than enough. Besides, that makes it even more addictive. As the episodes are short, you end up watching 3 or 5 in a row. Some say that “Friends” is still one of the most popular television series of all time for a reason: it’s not just a TV show; it’s a way of life. And that may be true. Regardless of your age, gender and nationality you should watch this TV show. It’s the perfect excuse to learn English and learn new expressions and have fun!   READ THE TEXT here: speakenglishpod.com

  • #083 English Pronunciation Practice - Tongue Twisters
    #083 English Pronunciation Practice - Tongue Twisters
    Duração: 13min | 31/03/2019

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. In this episode we're going to do something we've never done before. Today I’ll introduce you to the tongue twisters. I’ll explain later what a tongue twister actually is, and how it can help you with your English. And with a mini-story,you will improve your fluency in English by answering questions, like in a real conversation. So what are tongue twisters? A tongue twister can be a phrase or sentence that is hard to say fast, usually because of a sequence of nearly similar sounds. For example: “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” What a mess! Right? I get that you feel intimidated but don’t worry. I’ll tell you how to use them in a bit. Tongue twisters are part of popular culture and have always been with us. This means that they are clearly useful in society. And although children find them entertaining, they are used by people who want to sound crystal clear when speaking, including actors, politicians, etc. One of the most interesting aspects of tongue twisters is that it allows us to practice pronunciation and above all agility when it comes to producing sounds in the language. Okay. Now let's see some tongue twisters. (END OF THE EXTRACT)   READ THE TEXT HERE: speakenglishpod.com

  • #082 English Money Vocabulary - Warren Buffett
    #082 English Money Vocabulary - Warren Buffett
    Duração: 12min | 23/03/2019

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. Today I will talk about one of the wealthiest people in the world. His name is Warren Buffett. And you will practice your English speaking with a mini-story. Born in 1930 in Nebraska, Buffet is a fascinating character because of his inspiring story. As a child, Buffett showed interest in stocks. He was writing stockprices on the board in his father's office. His father was a stockbrokerand future congressman. And while nowadays most children play video games, Warren bought his first stock was at the age of 11 and filed his first taxes at age 13. Because like many children of the Great Depression, Buffett grew up to respect the value of money. He became so frugal that when he moved to New Yorkto attend business school, he lived at the YMCAto save money. “YMCA” is short for the Young Men's Christian Association. I also used the word “frugal” which refers to someone careful when using money or food. For example: a frugal lifestyle. a frugal meal of bread and soup. However, you can replace the word “frugal”with the words “economical” or “sparing.” Let’s continue. Buffett started working at the age of 13 as a paperboy delivering newspapers in the morning and afternoon. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, he enrolled in ColumbiaSchool of Business, where he graduated with a Master of Science in Economics. Only five years after his graduation, Warren started Buffett Partnership Ltd.   READ THE TEXT HERE: SpeakEnglishpod.com  

  • #081 English Grammar and Fluency -Is grammar important?
    #081 English Grammar and Fluency -Is grammar important?
    Duração: 11min | 16/03/2019

    Hi everyone! I’m Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems. You just have to use the right material and techniques.  Today I’ll talk about grammar and the English fluency.  Is grammar important?  Do you really need to study grammar?   Before I go any further, I'd like to thank you for listening. I’m also a language learner, and I can identify with you and your goals, so I want to help you. Do you know how you can help me? It would be great if you could share my podcast with your friends or write a review on iTunes, Youtube or my Facebook page. Your help would mean a lot to me! Let me share a review of a student named Cata Lina: “I’m a language teacher in my home country, and this method is an easy and very intelligent way to learn English. The use of Question and Answers and The Point of view is the correct way to learn a language. Georgiana really cares about the people who use her method because we can learn effectively. " Thanks, Cata Lina! I’m happy to know that my method is helping you with your English. All right. Now let's get started: Are you a frequent listener of the Speak English Now podcast?  Then I'm sure you’re more than familiar with the opening of the show “Speak English Now fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.” That's right. I help my students to speak English fluently without grammar. And still people ask me from time to time: “Is grammar essential?”  “Should I learn grammar?” My short answer is: No, it's not essential. And you shouldn’t learn grammar. Let me elaborate on my answer a bit more.  First of all, if you want to speak English fluently, you don't need to study grammar.   READ THE TEXT HERE: www.speakenglishpod.com

  • #080 English Podcast ESL - Freddie Mercury - Queen
    #080 English Podcast ESL - Freddie Mercury - Queen
    Duração: 13min | 07/03/2019

    “Don’t stop me now. Cause I’m having a good time. I don’t wanna stop at all!” Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. Today I’m going to talk about a band named Queen and the legendary Freddie Mercury. And with a mini-story, you’re going to practice your speaking in English while learning fascinating facts about Freddie. Have you heard or a band named Queen? Of course, you have. I’m just kidding. :) And how much do you know about their singer and songwriter Freddie Mercury?  Some people believe that Mercury was British, but did you know that he was born in Zanzibar, September 1946? You probably guessed by now that his real name wasn’t Freddie Mercury. His birth name was Farrokh Bulsara. I was curious about how to pronounce his name, so I have done my research, though I’m still not sure I’m pronouncing it correctly. Did you know that Freddie was born with four extra teeth in the back of his mouth? He never fixed his teeth because he feared it would ruin his voice. In 1964 Freddie's family moved to England, and in 1966, he enrolled in Ealing College of Art to study graphic illustration. There he met Tim Staffell who introduced him to his band Smile. Watching Smile made Freddie realize that he really wanted to be in a band himself. Therefore, after he finished his diploma in graphic art and design, he joined a band called Ibex, playing the lead guitarist. Later on, he formed the band Queen in 1970 with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. He wrote numerous hits for Queen, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Somebody to Love," "Don't Stop Me Now," and "We Are the Champions." He also conducted a solo career and was a guest producer and musician for other artists.   READ THE FULL TEXT HERE: speakenglishpod.com

  • #079 Color idioms expressions in English (white)
    #079 Color idioms expressions in English (white)
    Duração: 18min | 28/02/2019

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. In today’s episode, you will learn new expressions in English with the help of the color white. In fact, with the help of colors, you can say many different things. You'll see. And with an exclusive mini-story, you will be able to practice your fluency in English along with today's expressions. I'm going to start talking about the English idiomatic expressions with the color white. In the following episodes, I will use more expressions with different colors. As I was preparing this episode, I realized that these expressions are used a lot in everyday life. It would be great if you could at least understand their meaning. And don't worry if you don't remember all of them. 1. As white as a sheet We use this expression to say that someone is in a state of great fear or anxiety. Let me tell you a story about a friend who had long distance relationship before the internet era. During the first month, he spoke on the phone for about 12 hours every day. However, things changed after he saw the phone bill! I’m sure that he became as white as a sheet. :) Another example:  “Bill, you’re as white as a sheet! Are you alright?” 2. Raise a white flag The white flag is a widely known symbol used to symbolize surrender.  People carrying or waving a white flag should not be attacked or allowed to open fire.  And as you have already guessed by now, this expression indicates that someone admitted defeat. Examples: “After studying English for 28 years and eight months, Marta was about to raise a white flag. Luckily before throwing in the towel, she found out about the Speak English Now podcast!!” Here I used the expression “to throw in the towel” which has the same meaning as “raise a white flag.”   READ the TEXT here: speakenglishpod.com

  • #078 Cause and Effect in English (Because, As, Due to, As a result)
    #078 Cause and Effect in English (Because, As, Due to, As a result)
    Duração: 13min | 20/02/2019

    Hi everyone! I am Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. In today’s lesson, you’ll learn about the words and expressions used to show cause and effect. For example, "Because of the course, I can now speak English.” And with a point of view story you’ll intuitively learn grammar - without memorizing. Remember that you can get the text of this episode at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. Okay, let's get to it! Phrase connectors improve writing adding variety and sophistication to your writing style. Today we are going to see some very useful words and phrases to express cause and effect. You don't have to learn all of these variations, although it's helpful to be familiar with them. I'll also give you examples to make it easier to understand.

  • #077 Animal Idioms in English with a story
    #077 Animal Idioms in English with a story
    Duração: 15min | 14/02/2019

    Hi everyone! I am Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Happy Valentine's Day everyone! If you have already listened to my previous episode about asking a girl out, I hope my lesson has helped you to get a date. But if you still haven't had the luck to put my advice into practice, don't worry. At least now you know what to say to the girl of your dreams. But now, let’s change the topic. Today, I’d like to teach you some animal idioms. I’m sure some of them will sound familiar because they are quite popular. And with a point of view story, you’re gonna practice the expressions and compare the different grammar points. It’s the perfect way to learn grammar and new vocabulary without memorizing. The story will be romantic but with an unexpected turn of the events! Alright! Let’s talk about idioms now. Supposing you're talking to a friend and he insists that you reveal him a secret. Suddenly he says, “come on! let the cat out of the bag!” And you’re wondering, “what on Earth is he talking about? I don’t have any cat in the bag! Well, you’ve just heard an animal idiom.  You are probably wondering what an idiom is?  Well, it’s an expression, it's a creative way to share an idea or a feeling. So you shouldn't take meaning literally.   READ the text here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #076 How to Ask a Girl Out on a Date in English
    #076 How to Ask a Girl Out on a Date in English
    Duração: 14min | 06/02/2019

    Hi everyone! I am Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Last week I realized that Valentine's Day is coming up, and I wanted to dedicate this lesson to students who want to know how to ask a girl out. You never know when you'll meet that special someone, so you gotta be prepared. I’ve also prepared a point of view story so you can practice your grammar and vocabulary. Before I start, I'd like to thank everyone who follows me on iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, etc. Thank you very much for your support and your positive reviews. Every time you share your honest opinion, you're in fact helping others to discover a more effective and enjoyable way of learning English. Alright! I’ll just cut to the chase and tell you how to ask a girl out. Oh, now you’re probably wondering what the expression "Cut to the chase" means. Well, we use this phrase when we start talking about the important aspects of something. We want to get to the point without wasting time. Now I'm really going to cut to the chase! There are different circumstances when you want to ask a girl out. If you want to ask a friend to go out with you, you’ll need to have a clear idea of where and when you want your date to be. Don't just tell her you'd like to "hang out sometime.” One thing you could do is take her to dinner at a not-so-elegant restaurant; it's a good choice for a first date.   READ the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #075 Ten advanced English Idioms (to sound more like a native speaker)
    #075 Ten advanced English Idioms (to sound more like a native speaker)
    Duração: 16min | 30/01/2019

    Hi everyone! I am Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Do you want to sound more like an English native speaker? Well, this is the perfect lesson for you. Today I’ll teach you ten idioms that will make you sound more like a native speaker. And with a Point of view story you will improve your grammar, and at the same time, you’ll practice the expressions in context. Ok. Let’s start! 1) GET OUT OF HAND: to become difficult to control. When you lose control of things, they get out of hand. Examples: “There was an argument that got out of hand,and the police came.” “Your aggressive nature has gotten a bit out of hand.” “The demonstration is getting out of hand.” “It was only a joke but sadly got a little out of hand.” 2) GET YOUR HEAD AROUND IT: to understand something. Examples: “I just can’t get my head around the fact that she just broke up with me.” “I just can’t get my head aroundthe fact that I’m not getting promoted this year.” “Have you got your head aroundyour new situation?” 3) POUND THE PAVEMENT: to walk the streets looking for a job. Examples: “You’ll be pounding the pavementfor months before you find another job.” “I’ll need to pound the pavementto get a new job.” “Last year I spent three months pounding the pavement after I lost my job.” READ the TEXT here: www.speakenglishpod.com

  • #074 The Beatles - English Speaking Practice
    #074 The Beatles - English Speaking Practice
    Duração: 15min | 22/01/2019

    Hi everyone! I am Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Today I’ll talk about the most famous band in the world. The Beatles! And you’ll practice your speaking with a funny mini-story. Have you ever listened to The Beatles? Actually, let me rephrase that. When was the first time you listened to a Beatles song? The Beatles are probably the most popular band in the history of music. They are considered by many to be the best band on Earth. The band was undoubtedly the most successful, with global sales exceeding 1.1 billion records. They were initially famous for their light pop music, although their later works achieved a combination of popular and critical acclaim perhaps unprecedented in the 20th century. Beatlemania began in the UK and exploded after The Beatles appeared on a popular TV show in the US in 1964. The band became a worldwide phenomenon with adoring fans and hysterical adulation. The members of the group were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, all from England.  READ THE TEXT here: SpeakEnglishpod.com

  • #073 Learn English by watching TV series (with NETFLIX)
    #073 Learn English by watching TV series (with NETFLIX)
    Duração: 17min | 16/01/2019

    In this episode, I’ll recommend you some of my favorite TV shows that will help you with your English. I’ll give you some useful tips on how to use Netflix to improve your English. And later, you’ll practice your English speaking with an exciting mini-story. Alright! Let’s start! Netflix has  changed the way we spend our free time. We spend a lot more time watching our favorite shows, so why not use all this time to speed up the way we learn English too? English-language TV shows can quickly introduce you to authentic English and can help keep you motivated and entertained as you learn. In today's episode, I'll let you know how watching TV can help you improve your language skills. You’ll stop feeling guilty about watching TV! The next time your friends ask you what you did all weekend, you can proudly say that you spent all weekend watching TV.   READ THE TEXT HERE: www.Speakenglishpod.com

  • #072 New Year’s Resolutions
    #072 New Year’s Resolutions
    Duração: 15min | 09/01/2019

    Hi, everybody! I’m Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. In this episode, let's take a look at the most common New Year's resolutions. Then you will practice your English fluency with a mini-story. Alright! Let’s start!  Remember that you can get the text of the episode at www.speakenglishpodcast.com Well, first of all... Happy New Year! How time flies! A new year has just begun. It’s curious how the passage of time is perceived according to age. Young people don't think much about it. Middle-aged people think about the things they still want to achieve and realize that they have less and less time. Older people, on the other hand, remember the old days. Don't worry; I won't get too philosophical in this lesson.  :) I’ll go ahead and talk about New Year's resolutions. As you know, when a new year comes, we all feel like doing a lot of things. Also, we feel a bit guilty for having celebrated a little too much at Christmas. Therefore in this episode, we will take a look at the most popular New Year's resolutions and practice new vocabulary. Read the full text here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #071 Christmas In The US (RE) | English mini-story
    #071 Christmas In The US (RE) | English mini-story
    Duração: 14min | 26/12/2018

    I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPod.com My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently and confidently. In today's episode: I'll talk about how Americans celebrate Christmas and how I used to enjoy Christmas time when I was a kid. Later, you'll practice vocabulary, and above all, you'll improve your spoken English with a funny question and answer story. Awesome! Let's get started! Multi-Cultural Christmas In the United States, every 25th of December people celebrate Christmas in many unique ways because of its multi-cultural nature. The modern, commercialized Christmas began to emerge in the 19th century with the new custom of buying gifts for children.  Many of the Christmas holiday activities differ from family to family. It often depends on the cultural heritage of the family members. Some of the customs are like ones in the UK, France, Italy, Poland, and Mexico.  A typical celebration of Christmas Day in America combines Irish, Austrian, Polish and Belgian traditions. Despite the variety of cultures, most Americans agree that Christmas is a family time. For many families, Christmas is the one time of year when all family members, come together to eat, drink and spend a great time together. Read the full text here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #070 Christmas Holidays 2018 - English speaking practice
    #070 Christmas Holidays 2018 - English speaking practice
    Duração: 20min | 19/12/2018

    Hi everyone! I’m your English teacher Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. In this episode, I’ll talk about the Christmas holidays. And after that, you’ll practice your English speaking with an exciting mini-story about a man dressed in red. Ah! It's Christmas at last! I don't know about you, but I love this time of year. I start to think about what presents to give to my family and friends. Normally I make a list, so I don't forget anyone. Can you imagine forgetting someone? That would be terrible! That's why I start very early to plan what presents to give to everyone. Finding the right gift for someone can be difficult, so what I usually do is search online for gift ideas. And buying online helps me avoid the holiday crowds. To really feel the Christmas spirit, I like preparing a pot with a delightful scent using orange, cinnamon, apple cider, and clove. I let everything boil throughout the day so that the fragrance spreads throughout the house.   READ the text here: www.speakenglishpod.com

  • #069 Money Slang in American English
    #069 Money Slang in American English
    Duração: 17min | 12/12/2018

    Hi everyone! I am Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. In this episode, I’ll teach you some new expressions. You’ll learn different ways to call the American dollar. And after that, you’ll practice your English speaking with a funny mini-story. In the last part of this episode I’ll tell you what to do if you get bored listening repeatedly? You probably haven't noticed it until now, but the truth is that there are many ways to talk about money in English.   Today you will learn many expressions that people in the US use when referring to the American dollar. I’ll start with the most popular ones:  bucks, dough, bread, cheddar, paper, Benjamin, Benji, etc.  The following terms are outdated or rarely used:  bones, scratch, cheese, lettuce, salad, chips, cake, and cabbage.  The dollar has also been referred to as a "bean" or “bone." Buck- is slang for one U.S. dollar The expression comes from the 18th century when deer (buck) skins were used as currency. “Buck” is still one of the most commonly used terms in the U.S. for money to this day.   READ the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #068 How men should compliment women
    #068 How men should compliment women
    Duração: 12min | 05/12/2018

    Hi everyone! I am Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. In this episode, I’ll teach you how to compliment a woman if you are a man.  I’m sure this will be very helpful :) And after that, you’ll practice grammar with a Point of View story. Complimenting a woman can make her feel special by showing her how wonderful you think she is. However, some guys don't know how to make good compliments. They either say the obvious or exaggerate compliments. As a woman, I have received a good part of the compliments both requested and unrequested in my life. Some comments have been sweet, some shocking, and some even repulsive. Before complimenting a woman, you must first determine if the context is appropriate.  Where is the conversation taking place? Are you at work, in a public place, or are you alone? It all depends on the physical context of the conversation. What's your relationship with her? Are you strangers, friends, colleagues? If you are strangers, an unjustified compliment can be met with hostility, even if you don't say anything inappropriate. No matter the context, however, one of the key things you must do if you want to be successful in complimenting a woman is to have at least one conversation with her, even if only for a few minutes. Read the TEXT here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #067 English speaking practice - Superstitions
    #067 English speaking practice - Superstitions
    Duração: 14min | 28/11/2018

    Hello everyone! I am Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. I want to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. Today I’ll talk about superstitions, and you’ll practice your speaking with a mini-story. By the way, thank you so much for listening wherever you are. If you can, please write a comment on iTunes. That's how you help me reach more people. Ok! Let’s start! Bad luck, good luck...Superstition is something that people think can give good or bad luck. And all over the world, there are superstitious people. However, not everyone is superstitious, and some think it's silly. So they don't believe in anything. I'm gonna comment on some of the most common superstitions I know: -1) Finger crossing: If you cross your fingers, in theory, you avoid bad luck. For example: "I'm going to cross my fingers to win the lottery.” - 2) Touching or knocking on wood: This is also quite common. The expression "to touch wood" means that you don't want something bad to happen. For example. “My friend Laura can't find a job.” "Well, touch wood. I need to find a job soon.” READ THE TEXT HERE: www.speakenglishpod.com

  • #066 Route 66 - How to plan a road trip
    #066 Route 66 - How to plan a road trip
    Duração: 13min | 19/11/2018

    Hi everybody! I’m Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. Today I'll talk again about Route 66. As the first episode was so successful I decided to record a new lesson giving more information about the famous route. Later you’ll listen to a short point of view story to consolidate your grammar. By the way, I will tell you some exciting news but it will be at the end of this episode. So keep listening until the end. I'll start by giving you some tips and suggestions for driving Route 66. How to organize your trip, pack the necessary equipment and enjoy the road trip of a lifetime. Plan your trip to Route 66 during the spring or fall because the weather gets incredibly hot during the summer, and some parts of the road can become unsafe during the winter. You should schedule your trip between March and early June or between September and November to get the most enjoyable driving conditions. Oklahoma and Texas have multiple tornadoes between late April and early June. If you are traveling during these periods, make sure you are paying attention to local weather forecasts for any tornado warnings. Start in Chicago or Santa Monica for the entire highway. If you're traveling in the spring, start in California and drive to Illinois. And if you're traveling in the fall, start in Illinois and drive to California. This way you'll enjoy the ideal weather conditions. And depending on how often you stop and how many places you explore, a one-way road trip from Chicago to Santa Monica or vice versa can take about 2-4 weeks.   READ the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #065 Talking about Astronomy in English
    #065 Talking about Astronomy in English
    Duração: 17min | 14/11/2018

    Hello everyone! I’m Georgiana, your online English teacher. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. Let's practice some specific vocabulary. This time, about astronomy. Later you’ll have fun with a mini-story, and finally, I’ll show you a trick to help you be more motivated. All right, let's get started! The main reason I decided to talk about astronomy is because it’s a topic that I find interesting. And of course, it's also an opportunity for you to practice specific vocabulary. Let's talk about concepts related to astronomy. Nothing complicated, but useful for certain conversations. Let's see what you think. Well, then, ... Where do we live? We live on a planet. Our planet is called the Earth. Remember this in case you ever get lost in the galaxy and have to go back. Our beloved Earth has a satellite. This satellite, the only one, it revolves around our planet and is called the Moon.     READ the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #064 Interjections (Filler words) in English
    #064 Interjections (Filler words) in English
    Duração: 10min | 07/11/2018

    Transcript: Hello everyone! I am Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. I want to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. In this episode I’m gonna talk about interjections (filler words) in English. It ‘ll be very useful for you. - Next, a point of view story to improve grammar. I've also recorded a short conversation that will help you with your vocabulary. Remember, you can get the text of the episode at speakenglishpodcast.com Perfect! Let's get started! Interjection? What an ugly name. Right? But ugly or not tough, interjections exist in all languages. Basically, an interjection is one or several words that can express some kind of emotion: - amazement- surprise - sorrow - and so on Okay, let’s see some examples: Aha! Oh! Huh? Stop! Ow! Good! These are all interjections. An interjection can be used as a filler. They are very important in spoken language because the conversation becomes more natural. Let’s start with some examples: If you hurt yourself, you could say: "Ouch! That hurt." "Darn! That hurt." "Gee! That hurt!" Well, as you can see, the possibilities here are endless. (End of the Extract) Get the FULL TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #063 Ordering Coffee in English (like a New Yorker)
    #063 Ordering Coffee in English (like a New Yorker)
    Duração: 16min | 31/10/2018

    Hi, everyone! I’m Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than you think. You just need to use the right methods. In today’s lesson I’ll teach you how to order coffee like a New Yorker, and with a funny mini-story, you’ll improve your fluency in English. In the last part of the lesson, I’ll remind you how to activate your English vocabulary. Ok! Let’s start! With so many options available these days, it's hard to decide what kind of coffee to drink and it can even seem a little intimidating. Being familiar with these basic words and phrases will help you order with confidence, and order something you really like! Start by deciding if you want a milk-based or black coffee. If you are lactose intolerant, on a diet, or you simply don’t like milk, go for black coffee. Choose the strength as well as any extras you want. Finally, tell the barista or waiter if you want your drink hot or iced, as well as the size you want. You'll see how soon you'll be ordering coffee just like a pro. When choosing your size, keep in mind that coffee shops are not always consistent in the terms they use for small, medium, and large coffees. A "small" in one coffee shop can be a "tall" in another and a "single" and so on. So ask your waiter to explain your store's lingo if you're not sure. Add extra shots, if you like. Your waiter will be happy to add an extra shot to your coffee. This can make your drink tastier and richer in caffeine.  Just tell your bartender that you want a "three-shot latte," for example. READ THE TEXT HERE:  SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #062-Hurry up - Expressions in English
    #062-Hurry up - Expressions in English
    Duração: 13min | 24/10/2018

    Hi, everyone! I’m Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than you think. You just need to use the right methods. Ok! Let’s start! Do you remember that some episodes ago I was talking about punctuality? Well, today I’ll teach you different ways to say hurry up. After that, you’ll practice speaking with a funny mini-story. Have you ever been in a hurry while you were in a foreign country? It’s really frustrating when someone of something is in front of you, slowing you down. So today I'm gonna teach you different ways to tell people to hurry up in English. If you want to be polite, you can use one of the following phrases to ask someone to hurry up: “Excuse me, but I’m running very late and would appreciate it if you could go quicker.” “Please, if possible could you move a little faster?” If you’re at work your manager could use these expressions: “You’re behind schedule and need to get moving.” “Please, can you speed up, you are holding everyone up!” “We need you to get a move on with the work.” READ THE TEXT HERE: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #061-English Speaking Practice - Route 66
    #061-English Speaking Practice - Route 66
    Duração: 13min | 18/10/2018

    Hi, everyone! I’m Georgiana, your online English teacher. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Ok! Let’s start! - In the first part of this lesson I'll talk about the famous Route 66.  - And in the second part, you’ll practice your spoken English with a funny mini-story. Who hasn't heard of the famous Route 66? This route is a myth itself and of course an icon of the United States. Americans call it "The MotherRoute" because it was the first paved federal highway in the country. It’s also called "The Main Street" because it was literally the Main Street in many of the tows it ran through.  It was in 1926 when the government began building this national highway which passes through no less than eight states: Illinois,Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.  And do you know how many miles there are on this route? Try to guess the distance...Well, I'll tell you. This route is about 2500 miles, which is about 4000 kilometers.   Read the text here: SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #060 Going to the Supermarket in English
    #060 Going to the Supermarket in English
    Duração: 15min | 11/10/2018

    Hi, everyone! I’m Georgiana, your online English teacher. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Are you a spender? Today I’m gonna talk about the tricks that supermarkets use to make you to buy more than necessary.  You’ll also improve your speaking with a funny mini-story. When you leave the supermarket, have you ever wondered why you spent more money than you originally planned? I do :) If it happens to you, you may think that you don't know how to manage money, that you are a spender or simply that you don't have enough discipline, but don't worry, because supermarkets follow a whole series of very powerful marketing strategies that induce the buyer to buy, so don't feel too guilty :) By the way, a spender is someone who spends money unnecessarily. And another interesting expression: "overspending," which means spending more than planned or necessary.  These supermarket strategies can simply be called tricks. The truth is that supermarkets have more tricks than a magician.   Read the text here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #059 The Benefits of listening and reading in English
    #059 The Benefits of listening and reading in English
    Duração: 15min | 03/10/2018

    - In the first part of this lesson I'll talk about punctuality.  - In the second part, you will practice your spoken English with a mini-story. - And in the last section I’ll mention the benefits of reading and listening. “Hi, are we meeting at 5:00 p.m. to go to the movies? “ “Yes, of course! No problem. “ “I’ll see you then at 5 pm, sharp! Just be punctual this time! The movie starts on time.” This would be a typical conversation between two friends. Unfortunately, for some people, punctuality is something, let's say, flexible. I particularly like to be very punctual, and if I meet a friend, I always arrive a few minutes early.   Read the text here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #058 Learn English Daily - The Power of Habit
    #058 Learn English Daily - The Power of Habit
    Duração: 10min | 27/09/2018

    Hi, everybody! I’m Georgiana, your online English teacher. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques. In the first part of today’s episode, I’ll show you how you can benefit from creating habits that help you with your English. And in the second part of this episode, you’ll learn English grammar without studying any rules with an exclusive point of view story. All right, let's get started! The first thing we have to keep in mind is that willpower is not as important as it seems. In fact, it’s quite limited. It's impossible to do anything consistently with willpower alone. We are not designed that way. We are creatures of habit, and essentially our life consists of a sum of habits. For example, think for a moment what you do when you wake up in the morning. Maybe you brush your teeth, make a cup of coffee and turn on your cell phone to check the social networks. I'm sure that I have mentioned in one of the previous episodes that I speak different languages. Let me tell you now what I do to maintain and improve different languages through habits. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy taking a walk every day. And every time I open the door I put on my air-pods, I press play, and I start listening to an audiobook or a podcast in German, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese. If I don't like what I hear, I simply select another content.  What’s important is that I do this action almost without thinking, automatically. Of course, I don’t always listen to audiobooks or podcasts. Sometimes I just wanna relax and listen to music or not listen to anything at all. :)   READ the TEXT here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #057 Banking vocabulary in English - Lend or Borrow?
    #057 Banking vocabulary in English - Lend or Borrow?
    Duração: 15min | 20/09/2018

    Hi, everybody! I’m Georgiana your online English teacher. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques. In the first part of this episode I'm gonna talk about lending and borrowing something and how to get a loan from the bank. And in the second part you’ll practice your spoken English with a question and answer mini-story. All right, let's get started! Today I'd like to talk about loans and the related vocabulary. Loans have always been a feature in all countries, societies, and cultures. Person A has some money, and person B needs money. Then person A can lend money to person B. When we talk about lending, we don't talk about giving. Giving means permanently, without a time limit. For example, if I say "I'll give you the car," it means that the car won’t be mine anymore, it'll be yours. READ the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #056 Expressing the Frequency in English
    #056 Expressing the Frequency in English
    Duração: 13min | 13/09/2018

    In this episode: I'll teach you to express the frequency in English. And with a point of point of view story, you’ll practice the vocabulary that I mention in the first section. Lastly, I'll talk about an exciting topic: intensive reading vs. extensive reading. How to build vocabulary and consolidate what you already know. Read the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #055 Moods and Feelings in English - part ll
    #055 Moods and Feelings in English - part ll
    Duração: 14min | 24/07/2018

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your online English teacher, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. In today’s episode, I’ll talk again about how to express moods in English, and you'll learn more expressions. Then, through a lesson of a point of view story, let's practice the vocabulary. Before we go any further, I'd like to thank you for listening. I have also learned languages, and I can identify with you and your goals, so I want to help you. Do you know how you can help me? It would be awesome if you shared my podcast with your friends and family or leaving a review on iTunes. Your help would mean a lot to me. Thanks! All right, let's get started. Let's continue with the moods and words we can use to express how we feel. In the previous episode of this podcast, we saw these words: Sad, morose, desolate, devastated; happy, elated, exultant, thrilled, ecstatic; Boring, entertaining, amusing; Mad, angry, upset, annoyed, pissed off; Nervous, anxious, relaxed. Let's see some more examples. Don't worry if you don't learn them all. The goal is to get familiar with them.   READ the text here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #054 Expressing Moods and Feelings in English- Stop using the word VERY!
    #054 Expressing Moods and Feelings in English- Stop using the word VERY!
    Duração: 20min | 18/07/2018

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques. In today’s episode, I’ll talk about how to express moods in English, and why you should avoid using the word VERY. After that, I’ll practice your speaking with a funny mini-story. Since today we’re talking about moods I’ll tell you how one of my students feels about the podcast and my English courses. This is a comment from Mauro Cruz from Brazil who says: ”Thanks and congratulations, Georgiana, for your excellent English course! I started listening to your podcast three months ago, and I feel that my English skills have improved considerably. The technique, texts and the way of conducting the course are unique and very effective. Thank you!” Juiz de Fora, Brazil.  (Read the comment on my website >>>) As I said at the beginning of today's lesson, in this episode, I thought about talking a little bit about how you can express your moods in English. I've started making a list of words you can use, but there's a ton of them! The good news is that you don't need to know all of them to express different kinds of moods. Let's have a look at some of them. I’ve arranged the words into groups so that they have a special connection.   Read the text here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #053 English Family Tree -Family Vocabulary in English (part II)
    #053 English Family Tree -Family Vocabulary in English (part II)
    Duração: 13min | 11/07/2018

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. I want to help you speak English fluently, speaking English is easier than it looks! You just have to use the right material and techniques. Today let’s finish the kinship thing. In the previous episode, I introduced the topic of kinship. Now I’m going to further expand the relationship between the different members of a family. Next, through a point of view story, you’ll practice today’s vocabulary, and you’ll definitely improve your English grammar in a fun way. Well, let’s get started now. We’re back to kinship again. Remember that kinship means the relationship between two people from the same family. In this episode, we’re going to expand these concepts a little more for the kinship that is not in the closest family circle. In the previous episode you learned the following vocabulary: Husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, siblings, grandfather, grandmother, grandparents, grandson, granddaughter. If you haven’t listened to the previous episode, I would highly recommend it. That way you’ll be able to better understand today’s lesson.     READ the full text here: https://www.speakenglishpodcast.com/

  • #052 Kinship - Relatives- Family connections in English - Family Tree
    #052 Kinship - Relatives- Family connections in English - Family Tree
    Duração: 15min | 04/07/2018

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. I want to help you speak English fluently, speaking English is easier than it looks! You just have to use the right material and techniques. In today’s lesson Let's talk about kinship. That’s to say, the relationship between the different members of a family. Then, through a mini-story lesson, you'll practice vocabulary and of course your fluency. I'll use the question and answer technique to get you involved in the conversation. By the way, thank you so much for listening wherever you are. If you can, please write a comment on iTunes. That's how you help me reach more people. Well, today we're gonna talk about family, and in particular kinship. Kinship is what we call the relationship between two people from the same family. For example father, son, etc. Well, on this subject, I have a confession to make. Sometimes I also get confused with the kinship of my own family, especially for distant relatives. A relative is a member of your family, by the way. It can be a bit complicated, but it's not a language issue. It's about always wanting to define what relationship you have with someone else in your family especially if you come from a large family. Today you’re gonna learn the most fundamental kinship. I recommend that you listen to this episode several times to better understand and consolidate. I'll give an example of a family and name each member. It'll be easier that way. And make sure you read the text. I’ve added a simple family tree graphic  with the names of the family members.   READ the TEXT here: https://SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #051-World Cup 2018 English Soccer Lesson American Football
    #051-World Cup 2018 English Soccer Lesson American Football
    Duração: 13min | 26/06/2018

    Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. I want to help you speak English fluently, speaking English is easier than it looks! You just have to use the right material and techniques. Today, in this episode... I'm gonna talk about the World Cup. Every four years it’s held in a different country and is an exciting conversation topic. After that, you’ll enjoy an exclusive mini-story that will help you improve your fluency easily. Remember that you can get the text of the episode at www.SpeakEnglishPodcast.com Do you like soccer? I don't actually like it very much because I find it a little dull. Besides I never understood the rules, when I watch a soccer match I see a lot of men with attractive legs running for about 90 minutes. Another problem I also see is that there are too many matches and too many competitions. For example, if you follow only one team, you can watch two games a week, and from my point of view that’s a lot.   Read the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #050 How to order a drink in English | Going out at night in NYC
    #050 How to order a drink in English | Going out at night in NYC
    Duração: 10min | 19/06/2018

    I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. And I’m here to help YOU to speak English fluently and with confidence. In this episode, I'll talk about going out at night. I’ll point out the most emblematic places where you can hang out in New York City at night, and I’ll teach you how to order a drink! I’ve also prepared a Point of View story so you can practice your grammar and vocabulary. I’m not sure if you have noticed, but today you’re listening to episode 50 of the Speak English Now Podcast. It may not sound like a big deal to you, but in approximately one year I’ve posted 680 minutes of free material!! And it’s available on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Youtube, etc Thank you so much for helping me share the podcast with your friends and family. Remember to leave a comment on iTunes about the show. It would mean a lot to me! Let's start the lesson. Today's gonna be fun! It's Friday night, you call your friends and ask them: What are we doing tonight? And they say: Let’s go party! Or Let's go clubbing! The expression “Let’s go party” doesn't mean going to a specific "party", but simply going out. Usually, it means going to clubs or music pubs. People in their 20s and 30s usually have a drink in a bar first and then go to a club. Clubs are often pricey, and you don't just have to pay for the drinks. You’ll also need to pay for the club admission which is also expensive. Now let me tell you where to go out at night in New York. I’ll suggest different locations: For instance, if you wanna party in Manhattan surrounded by fashion models, celebrities, professional athletes and musicians, visit one of the city's exclusive nightclubs.  It can be difficult to get into these places, but it's definitely not impossible.   read the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #049 Rent a car (vehicle) in English - Car Hire in English
    #049 Rent a car (vehicle) in English - Car Hire in English
    Duração: 15min | 13/06/2018

    Today I'll be teaching you how to rent a car in English. The lesson is simple and to the point so it’ll save you a lot of time when you really need to rent a vehicle. And in the next section, you'll practice your English speaking with a funny mini-story. Today’s story is about Brian, a middle-aged man who wants to go out with hot chicks. :) It's summer again, and many of you are seeking a holiday getaway. So today I'll be teaching you how to rent a car. First of all, you should start by comparing prices online. Consider doing your research by checking travel websites like Expedia, Kayak or Hotwire. Some of the most popular car hire agencies are Alamo, Avis, and Hertz.   Read the TEXT on my website: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #048 How to talk about Animals (Pets) in English
    #048 How to talk about Animals (Pets) in English
    Duração: 15min | 06/06/2018

    Hi, everyone!

 I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com.
My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently and confidently. In today's lesson, you'll learn how to talk about pets. And you're a dog or a cat owner you'll find out what to do before bringing them to the vet. And right after that, you'll practice your English speaking with a funny mini story. Before I start, I'd like to thank everyone who follows me on iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, etc. Thank you very much for your support and all your positive reviews. Every time you share your honest opinion, you're in fact helping others to discover a more effective and enjoyable way of learning English. Do you have a pet? I'm proud to own a beautiful white female dog. When she was younger she used to be incredibly active and playful, but now, sadly, she's getting older, so she needs to see a vet more often than before. Whenever we wanna know more about pets we usually ask about their breed. The word "breed" has several meanings. For example, if I say that my dog is a White Swiss Shepherd, then I'm talking about her breed which reveals the type of dog she is and her origins. The breed of an animal indicates its average height, its type of coat and can even give us a little insight into its personality. We also use the word "breed" differently. For instance, people who raise animals are called breeders. Since we're talking about pets, I wanna point something out. Many students have asked me if they had to use the pronoun "it" when talking about animals. I just wanted to say that it's not always a rule you have to follow, if you already know the gender of the animal you can use "she" or "he" just like when you're talking about people. The connection between you and your pet is usually a special one and the more time you spend with them, the stronger the bond between the two becomes. You rejoice when you see them playing and running, but you also suffer when their health is at risk.   Read the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #047 English Airport Travel | Vocabulary Speaking Practice
    #047 English Airport Travel | Vocabulary Speaking Practice
    Duração: 16min | 30/05/2018

    Hi everyone! I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPod.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In today’s episode: You’ll learn some useful airport English vocabulary. Later, you’ll practice your English speaking with a funny mini story. Awesome! Let’s get started! So, you wanna travel by plane, right? It’s just natural to be a little worried because sometimes there are things that can prevent us from getting on time. I almost missed the plane in several occasions and after that I became more responsible. Nowadays I can say that I plan my plane trip more efficiently. The night before the trip I make sure that the flight is confirmed because it can get delayed or even cancelled due to bad weather. I book my flights online: I book a one-way ticket when I don’t want to return to my destination right away. However, I usually book a round-trip ticket which includes a return ticket too. And I’m not in the habit of checking in my luggage when I travel. Airlines usually allow us to check up to 2 suitcases. Nonetheless, I like traveling only with my carry-on luggage and a small backpack where I keep my passport, the ID (identification) and boarding pass. Since I don’t check the luggage when I travel, I’m allowed to check in online. So, when I arrive at the airport, I already have my boarding card printed out.     Read the text here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #046 English Pronunciation Practice - 9 Words youre Mispronouncing
    #046 English Pronunciation Practice - 9 Words you're Mispronouncing
    Duração: 15min | 23/05/2018

    Hi, everyone! I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently and confidently. In today's episode: I'll focus on the pronunciation of some words which my students often mispronounce. Later, you'll practice your English speaking with a funny mini story. Before you get started make sure you read the text. Go to my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and look for episode #046.   I've noticed that you love my pronunciation episodes, so I've selected nine more popular words that most students mispronounce. I'll start by telling you the correct pronunciation, and then I'll use each word in a sentence. Read the text here: SpeakEnglishPod.com 

  • #045 Business English Telephone Calls - How to make a call in English
    #045 Business English Telephone Calls - How to make a call in English
    Duração: 12min | 16/05/2018

    In today's episode I'll be teaching you how to speak over the phone in English. Later, you'll practice your English grammar and vocabulary with a point of view story. First of all, I'd like to thank you for all your positive reviews on iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, etc.! Every time you leave a review you're helping more people learn about the program. If you haven't already posted a review, just write your honest opinion.  Awesome! Let's get started!  Speaking English can be very intimidating for many students. However, talking on the phone in English may be even harder.  Picture this. It's your first day of work, and you need to answer the phone and talk to clients in English.  If you have no previous experience, this can be a big challenge for you! And that's why I've decided to show you how to pick up the phone at work and to place a call without any difficulty! How to PICK UP THE PHONE? I'll start by teaching you some useful questions that you can ask when you answer the phone at work. Start by saying hello!  Let's see some examples: In the following examples "Language Learning" is the name of the company Jessy works for. "Good morning! Language Learning, Jessy speaking. How may I help you?" Read the TEXT here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #044 Learn the Secrets of the English Pronunciation and Intonation
    #044 Learn the Secrets of the English Pronunciation and Intonation
    Duração: 15min | 09/05/2018

    Hi everyone! I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In today’s episode, I’ll reveal to you the 7 secrets of the English pronunciation. Later you’ll practice your speaking with a funny mini story. The story is about a man who wants to speak English with a perfect accent. SECRET #1: LISTEN TO YOURSELF! Listening to your own pronunciation errors when you speak English can be difficult if not almost impossible to attain. What you’re usually doing is focusing on the conversation instead of the sounds you’re making. So, try to record yourself using your PC or smartphone. Do this only from time to time to observe the areas that need improvement. Many people hate their voice, and hearing themselves speak a foreign language for the first time will be difficult, but it’s a necessary step to develop a sense of self-awareness for improvement. SECRET #2: SLOW DOWN! I’ve noticed over the years that many English students think that speaking fluently equals speaking quickly. That’s an unfortunate misconception. When you talk too fast, you reinforce bad habits since you don’t have time to think about what you want to say next. Besides, you project little confidence. Talking slowly will help you relax and feel more confident. (END OF THE EXTRACT).   READ the text here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #043 How To Continue A Conversation When 
Youre Stuck Or Blocked?
    #043 How To Continue A Conversation When 
You're Stuck Or Blocked?
    Duração: 17min | 02/05/2018

    Hi, everyone! I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently and confidently. Today I'll tell you how to continue a conversation in English when you're feeling stuck or blocked. Later you'll practice your speaking with a funny mini story. The story is about a very handsome young man who flees to an island. You can finally learn English in a fun and effective way, only by listening! Please help me to spread the word by sharing it with your friends and family or by writing a review on iTunes. That means a lot to me. Thanks! Before you continue listening make sure you read the text. Visit my website: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and look for episode #043. Let's get started! Have you ever wanted to talk to someone for longer, but you got stuck because you didn't know what to say anymore? When we speak a foreign language, we're often, afraid to start a conversation or to ask questions. We're worried that they won't understand us or that they'll merely lose their patience as we try to formulate our sentences. If you still don't know how to continue a conversation in English you'll need to learn, or the communication will just end much too soon. And you might not get a second chance to talk to that person anymore. You can't always rely on the other person to make all the effort and keep the conversation going. That's exhausting for many people and they may decide not to talk to you again! Despite not having a very high level of English you have no excuses. You must learn to be a fun and enjoyable talker and don't worry; I'll teach you some tricks.   READ the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  •  #042 The Connectors in English with a Story
    #042 The Connectors in English with a Story
    Duração: 11min | 25/04/2018

    Today I'll talk about the connectors, those words that help us to better structure what we say. Next, of course, we'll practice with an exclusive lesson from the point of view story. I'll just go ahead and start talking about connectors. But don't worry, I'm not gonna give any grammatical theory here :) As usual, I'll give you some examples and then you'll practice the connectors in context with the point of view story. Connectors are merely words that help structure what you say or write. Only by using a few connectors, you can significantly improve your fluency and expressivity. Let's take a look at some of the best-known connectors: When we want to add something, we use words like BESIDES, ALSO and MOREOVER. For example: "I don't want to go to the movies. Besides, it's late now." "I want a cake and an ice cream also." "He didn't like the birthday party. Moreover, he had to cancel his romantic date." (END OF THE EXTRACT).   READ the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #041 Pronounce Fashion Brands like an American
    #041 Pronounce Fashion Brands like an American
    Duração: 16min | 18/04/2018

    Today you'll practice some pronunciation with the most popular fashion brands on the market. I'll help you to pronounce these brands just like an American. Later you'll practice your listening with an interesting point of view story. You can finally learn English in a fun and effective way, only by listening! Please help me to spread the word by sharing it with your friends and family or by writing a review on iTunes. That means a lot to me. Thanks!

 Before you continue listening make sure you get the text. Visit my website: SpeakEnglishPod.com and look for episode 041 Now let the fun begin! I'll be giving you some information about each brand, and you'll need to guess the name of the brand. Believe me, it'll be fun!
 Let's get started! 1. Adidas When you think of sports, what name comes to mind? I'll give you a hint: it's a German brand. ____________________________ (Answer my question.) It's Adidas! Adidas is a famous German brand that designs and manufactures shoes, clothing, and accessories. The founder named the company after his nickname Adi and his last name Dassler.


 2. Armani What's one of the most popular and expensive Italian fashion brand? The name starts with the letter A. Can you guess? __________________________ (Answer my question.)

 Yes! Armani. And Giorgio Armani, an Italian fashion designer formed his company, Armani, in 1975. The brand is widely known for its men's and women's ready-to-wear accessories, glasses, cosmetics, and perfumes.   READ THE TEXT HERE: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #040 Correction when Speaking English
    #040 Correction when Speaking English
    Duração: 14min | 12/04/2018

    Hello, my dear students!  I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPod.com. My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently and confidently. Today I'll talk about correction when speaking English and how it affects your fluency. Later you'll practice your speaking with a funny mini story. Let's start! A student asked me this question not long ago: "Is it effective to be corrected when you speak?" Let's say you're an English student and you're trying to practice your speaking. Your first idea is to hire a tutor who will correct all your mistakes. At first, it seems like a great idea to be corrected. Every time you make a mistake, the tutor will tell you the correct pronunciation, and that's how you'll learn to speak correctly.  Yet, based on my vast experience as an English teacher I must be honest with you and tell you that this approach isn't practical. In fact, overcorrection prevents you from developing fluency.     READ THE TEXT HERE: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #039 How to Pronounce Technology Brands like an American
    #039 How to Pronounce Technology Brands like an American
    Duração: 16min | 05/04/2018

    Today you'll practice some pronunciation with the most popular technology brands on the market. I'll help you to pronounce these brands just like an American. Later you'll practice your listening with an interesting point of view. AdobeSystems Have you heard of PDF documents? The PDF is the most common digital document format. And can you guess what company created it? ____________________________ (Answer my question.) It's Adobe Systems! Adobe also created Photoshop, which is the most popular image editing software. Amazon.com Imagine a website where you can purchase almost anything you want. Can you guess which website I'm referring to? __________________________ (Answer my question.) Yes! Amazon.com! And it's my favorite place to buy!! Amazon is mostly known for its widely selection of books, although Amazon has expanded to sell electronics, music, furniture, etc. (END OF THE EXTRACT) READ the TEXT here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #038 Booking a Hotel Room in English - Speaking Practice
    #038 Booking a Hotel Room in English - Speaking Practice
    Duração: 15min | 22/03/2018

    Hi, dear students!  I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPod.com. My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently and confidently. Today I'll teach you how to book a hotel room in English. Later you'll practice your speaking with a funny mini story with questions and answers.  As you can see, you can learn English in a fun and effective way, only by listening! Please help me to spread the word by sharing it with your friends and family or by writing a review on iTunes. That means a lot to me. Thanks. Before you continue listening make sure you get the text. Visit my website: SpeakEnglishPod.com and look for episode #038. I know that finding an excellent hotel and making a reservation can be stressful, especially if you're booking a room at the last minute. In this lesson, I'll give you some tips.
 I usually search for a hotel online, and after finding the perfect room, I call to get a better rate. When I call, I make sure to ask if breakfast is included, and how far is the beach from the hotel. Yes… I love going to the beach when I'm on holidays. Like I just said, before I make a reservation, I check out the hotel online, where I can see the rooms, the location, and the service lists. Sometimes I call and ask for information about the noise level, the walking distance to the restaurants, the beach, etc.   READ the TEXT here:  SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #037 The Difference between SHOUT, YELL and SCREAM with a Story
    #037 The Difference between SHOUT, YELL and SCREAM with a Story
    Duração: 11min | 15/03/2018

    Hi, everyone!   I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPod.com. My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently and confidently.   Today I'll help you to learn the difference between the similar terms: shout, yell and scream. Later you'll practice these terms with a funny story told from 3 different grammar points of view.   As you can see, you can learn English in a fun and effective way, only by listening! Please help me to spread the word by sharing it with your friends and family or by writing a review on iTunes. That means a lot to me. Thanks. Before you continue listening make sure you get the text. Visit my website: SpeakEnglishPod.com and look for the episode #037.  Great! Let's get started!   I'm perfectly aware that English can get very confusing because there are so many words with a very similar meaning. And very often students have asked me about the difference between the words "scream," "shout," and "yell." The level of intensity and the purpose escalates from shouting, to yelling, and lastly screaming.  Shout and yell are very similar but if one shouts in anger, we often call that "yelling" rather than "shouting. "Additionally, in everyday conversation, the word shout is more common, and both words are less intense than screaming.  When you shout you're just raising your voice without any particular emotional aim. For example, you may shout at someone that wouldn't hear you otherwise. Example: "It's too noisy in here!" she shouted. The word scream, however, tends to include a very loud pitch sound and indicates terror, panic, rage and other strong emotions. You scream when you're afraid of something or extremely angry! Example: "When he woke up and realized what had happened, he screamed in terror." Read the full TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #036 


English Food Vocabulary Lesson – Eat Healthy at
 a Restaurant
    #036 


English Food Vocabulary Lesson – Eat Healthy at
 a Restaurant
    Duração: 13min | 08/03/2018

    Transcript: Hi everyone! I'm Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPod.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.  Today I'll help you to learn new food vocabulary and I'll give you some tips on how to eat healthier when we're eating out. Later you'll practice your speaking with a funny mini story with questions and answers.   As you can see, you can learn English in a fun and effective way, only by listening! Please help me to spread the word by sharing it with your friends and family or by writing a review on iTunes. That means a lot to me. Thanks. Great! Let's get started! Eating out can be a pleasure: someone else cooks for you and brings the hot food to your table, while you have fun with friends or family. On average, Americans eat out about five times a week. Sadly, when we eat out, we tend to exaggerate. Curiously some people are self-conscious about what they eat when they're at home, but when they go out, they forget about the consequences. [End of the Extract] READ the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #035 Words in English you are mispronouncing
    #035 Words in English you are mispronouncing
    Duração: 15min | 01/03/2018

    TODAY: I'll focus on the pronunciation of some words which my students often mispronounce. Later, you'll practice these words with a questions and answers mini story.   I'll start by telling you the correct pronunciation, and then I'll use this word in a sentence.   I don't know if you've ever noticed, but when you say a word individually, the pronunciation may sound a little different from when it's in a sentence. Also, before you continue listening make sure you check out the transcript. Visit my website: SpeakEnglishPod.com and look for the episode #35. End of the Extract. Get the TEXT here: SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #034 - Business English Idioms Examples and Story - Part #2
    #034 - Business English Idioms Examples and Story - Part #2
    Duração: 18min | 22/02/2018

    In today's episode: I'll talk again about the most common business expressions. Later, you'll practice your English speaking with a funny story with questions and answers. Awesome! Let's get started! A long shot If you describe a solution to a problem as a remote possibility, it means there is little chance of success, but you think it's worth a try. The idiom originates from the concept of a shot at a target from a great distance, therefore difficult to make.   Example:"You could try to find that mysterious man. It's a long shot, but you could start surfing the internet." To go broke If you go broke, you experience a financial collapse. You'll lose most or all of your money. Example:"Our company is going to go broke anytime unless you stop spending money foolishly." Start from scratch The meaning of this expression is to start doing something over from the beginning.  The root of the expression comes from races in which the scratch line was the starting point and wouldn't offer any advantage to anyone. Disabled people, would be given shorter distances to run, but they would always start from scratch. Example:"The company expects me to start from scratch and redo the entire task because I missed a key point.  Down the drain This metaphoric term refers to water going down a drain and being carried off. If something is going down the drain, it means that it's getting worse or being destroyed and it's unlikely to recover. Example: "Everything's ruined! My big plans, my great company. All those years of work are down the drain." Go Out of Business When a company goes out of business, or something puts it out of business, it stops operating, especially because of financial problems. Example:"Highest interest rates can drive small companies out of business." (END OF THE EXTRACT).   Get the text here: https://SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #033 - Business English Idioms Examples and Story - Part #1
    #033 - Business English Idioms Examples and Story - Part #1
    Duração: 09min | 14/02/2018

    In today's episode:  I'll talk about the most common business expressions. Later, you'll practice grammar with a point of view story.  Awesome! Let's get started! Look up to someone When you look up to someone, you view them with respect and admiration. Example: "Tom truly looks up to his father, and he wants to become a policeman just like his dad." Show the ropes This expression refers to a sailor learning the different ropes for the sails of a ship. When you show the ropes to someone you explain to them how to do a particular task correctly: Example: "It'll take me a couple of weeks to show you the ropes but, after that, you'll be entirely prepared for the task." Day one We usually use the expression day one to talk about something that happens from the very beginning of an activity or a process.  Examples: "I'm sorry, but your project was meant to fail from day one!" "This procedure has never worked from day one." -- End of the extract.-- Get the text here: https://SpeakEnglishPod.com    

  •  #032: How to Say youre Sick in English
    #032: How to Say you're Sick in English
    Duração: 15min | 07/02/2018

    In today's episode: • I'll talk about the most common symptoms that we experience when we're sick or ill. • Later, you'll practice grammar with a point of view story.   Get the text here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #031 Enchanted - New Year - New English Course
    #031 Enchanted - New Year - New English Course
    Duração: 15min | 15/01/2018

    In today's episode:   I'll talk about a new way to improve your spoken English. I'll tell you about my secret project. Later, you'll practice vocabulary, and above all, you'll improve your spoken English with a funny question and answer story. First of all, I'd like to wish you a happy new year. How time flies! A new year has just begun!     Get the text here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #030
    #030
    Duração: 19min | 18/12/2017

    I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPod.com My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently and confidently. In today's episode: I'll talk about how Americans celebrate Christmas and how I used to enjoy Christmas time when I was a kid. Later, you'll practice vocabulary, and above all, you'll improve your spoken English with a funny question and answer story. Awesome! Let's get started! Multi-Cultural Christmas In the United States, every 25th of December people celebrate Christmas in many unique ways because of its multi-cultural nature. The modern, commercialized Christmas began to emerge in the 19th century with the new custom of buying gifts for children.  Many of the Christmas holiday activities differ from family to family. It often depends on the cultural heritage of the family members. Some of the customs are like ones in the UK, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, and Mexico.  A typical celebration of Christmas Day in America combines Irish, Austrian, Polish and Belgian traditions. Despite the variety of cultures, most Americans agree that Christmas is a family time. For many families, Christmas is the one time of year when all family members, come together to eat, drink and spend a great time together. Read the full text here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #029 English Strong Accent - Understanding People who Speak with a Heavy Accent
    #029 English Strong Accent - Understanding People who Speak with a Heavy Accent
    Duração: 11min | 11/12/2017

    "Excuse me; I don't quite understand." "Could you please say that again?"  Hi, everyone! I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently and confidently. In today's episode: I'm gonna talk about how to understand people who speak English with a strong accent. Next, through a point of view lesson, you'll practice vocabulary, and above all, you'll improve your grammar without memorizing boring rules. Awesome! Let's get started! I listen to people who speak English with a strong accent every day.  Their mother tongue sometimes has a strong influence on the way they speak English.   Have you ever traveled to another country and tried to speak their mother tongue? Then you're probably aware that some locals experienced some difficulties understanding you and that not everybody was patient. Some people got very impatient and sometimes even rude.  That's why, whenever you talk to people with a strong accent you should try to be as patient and encouraging as possible.   Read the full text here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #028: To Bear
    #028: To Bear
    Duração: 19min | 28/11/2017

    In today's episode: I'm gonna talk about the word bear. Next, through a mini-history lesson, you'll practice vocabulary, and above all, you'll improve your spoken English. Very well. Let's get started! The word bear is often used as a noun when we're referring to a large furry animal that likes eating honey. By the way, in the second part of this podcast, you'll meet two funny bears Yogi and Boo-Boo. J To bear is a verb with several meanings: A few of its meanings are to hold, to support, to exhibit, to stand, or to give birth to. For example, if I say that “I can't bear” something, I mean that I can't tolerate it or stand it. It's just too much, or it makes me very unhappy. Here are some more examples of the word bear: Usually, we use the verb to bear when we're in a position where we need to accept, tolerate, or endure something, especially something unpleasant: "The pain was almost more than Jason could bear." "How can you bear to eat that food?" Get the full text here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #027 Why do they call it Black Friday? Black Friday deals in Europe
    #027 Why do they call it Black Friday? Black Friday deals in Europe
    Duração: 08min | 21/11/2017

    In today's episode: I'll talk about Black Friday. I'm sure many of you would like to know why is it called like that and where do people celebrate Black Friday. Is it only an American tradition? Next, through a point of View story, you'll practice grammar without memorizing any rules, and you'll even get to have some fun. Very well. Let's get started! Have you noticed that this week everyone talks about the BLACK FRIDAY? But, most importantly, have you ever wondered why is it called BLACK Friday? The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. Most stores come out with tantalizing sales to attract shoppers to their stores. People wait in line hours before the shops open to grab the bargains of the year.  Get the full text here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #026 Start Running or Jogging in English Speaking Practice
    #026 Start Running or Jogging in English Speaking Practice
    Duração: 16min | 14/11/2017

    In today's episode: I'm gonna talk about running or jogging. Next, through a mini-history lesson, you'll practice vocabulary, and above all, you'll improve your spoken English. Very well. Let's get started! Running began in the United States as a sport enjoyed only in youth programs, colleges, or at professional levels. But in the 1970's Americans rapidly grew interested in participating in the sport as amateurs. Publications started talking about the benefits of jogging. Many studies argued about the natural skill of jogging that belonged to humans. It's when running became mainstream and fun.   Get the full text here: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #025 Stay
    #025 Stay
    Duração: 15min | 07/11/2017

    In today's episode: I'll be revealing some tricks about how to maintain a positive attitude while learning English. After that, you'll practice your speaking with my new Question & Answer story. Is it possible to maintain a positive mental attitude? We know it's important, but how can you be more positive and most importantly, how can you maintain that attitude? It's very difficult just by using your willpower. We all have bad days. You'll need to change your mindset. To do so, you want to change your strategy. Read self-help books in English. I'd like to recommend Dale Carnegie's books. Start reading How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. This book will definitely lift up your mood and you'll feel capable of achieving almost anything. Yes, even speaking English fluently J I'm also a huge fan of Tony Robbins. He's incredibly energetic and every time I listen to any of his shows I feel empowered.   Get the full text at: www.SpeakEnglishPod.com You may want to start reading his bestseller book Unlimited Power.  It will change your life! Tony Robbins is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist, and life and business strategist. I'd also want to recommend Tim Ferriss and his recent book Tools of Titans. Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP: Visit: www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com    

  • Duração: 13min | 31/10/2017

    In today's episode: I'll be talking about one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States: Halloween.

  • #023 The American Declaration Of Independence ESL Lesson
    #023 The American Declaration Of Independence ESL Lesson
    Duração: 12min | 24/10/2017

    I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently. In this episode: I'll talk about the Declaration of Independence of the USA and why the 13 American Colonies decided to become independent. Later you'll practice your grammar with a Point of View Story. 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ These famous words are all that most people remember of the American Declaration of Independence, but the text as a whole is far more complex and subtle than this piece of liberal rhetoric might suggest. Thomas Jefferson was given the job of writing the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress committee. He wrote the original Declaration in only four days. He revised it a bit over the next two weeks.  When he was done, he gave a copy to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams to read and edit before the next meeting of Congress. On the 4th of July, the declaration was formally adopted by 12 colonies after minor revision. New York, the 13th colony, approved it on July 19th. On August 2nd, the declaration was signed. Like many ground-breaking documents in the history of government, the Declaration is firmly planted in a highly specific historical context. Over sixty percent of it is a detailed list of grievances which the American colonists felt against George III and the British government. The American Declaration of Independence does three main things: It advances a theoretical case for revolution, discusses human rights and the nature of national sovereignty. It sets out a precise list of the specific complaints which the American colonists had against the actions of the British government over a decade and a half. It declares the 13 British colonies on the east coast of North America independent on the 4th of July 1776. (END OF THE EXTRACT) Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Yo

  • #22 English Job Interview Course Dialogues Examples
    #22 English Job Interview Course Dialogues Examples
    Duração: 13min | 17/10/2017

    I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently. In this episode: I'll help you prepare for a Job Interview in English. You'll meet Jackie, a software developer who wants to get a job in New York. Later you'll practice your grammar with the different Point of View Story. Let me guess, you're looking for a job. And many people are doing the same as you. There's much competition, but you feel prepared. You have a degree or master or an impressive background, and you are a real professional. One day... ...a call. It's a company interested in interviewing you! They checked out your CV (résumé), and they want to know you. Wow! You're excited! The day of the interview, you   prepare yourself: you get a nice haircut, you dress appropriately (not too elegant, not too informal), you are a bit nervous but focused, and the interview begins. The interview begins...in English. You didn't see that coming. All your preparation, degrees, masters, background don't seem relevant anymore. During the interview, your confidence goes down. You get nervous; you're not certain which vocabulary to use, you make silly mistakes... Here's the harsh truth: Not having interview skills in English will prevent you from getting the job of your life. You can miss the opportunity of getting your dream job because good opportunities sometimes happen only once in a lifetime.   Get the full text at: SpeakEnglishPod.com

  •  #021 Learn English daily. The Kaizen way -No excuses - No procrastination! -
    #021 Learn English daily. The Kaizen way -No excuses - No procrastination! -
    Duração: 18min | 10/10/2017

    I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently. In this episode: I'll talk about a Japanese technique called Kaizen. It's hard to be constant when you have a long-time project like learning English. This technique will help you to study English every day, and it will prevent you from procrastinating. Later you'll practice your speaking skills with a new fun question and answer story. What in the world is Kaizen? You may be asking yourselves. Kaizen is a Japanese word which can be translated as "Continuous Improvement." The concept of continuous improvement has been around for thousands of years in the Japanese culture. Here's the thing, sometimes we want to achieve essential goals or make significant changes to our habits. It's when we get excited, and we start taking massive action.

  • #20 Speak English like an American - Informal contractions Gonna, Wanna, Gotta
    #20 Speak English like an American - Informal contractions Gonna, Wanna, Gotta
    Duração: 15min | 03/10/2017

    Hi everyone! I'm Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In this episode: I'd like to help you to understand how to use words like Gonna, Wanna, Gotta and similar. After that, a point of view story to practice your English and consolidate the information that I'll be teaching you in the first part. Are you confused about how and when to use the words GONNA, WANNA, and GOTTA? Let me start by saying that these three words are contractions. What's a contraction? A contraction is created when two words in a row come together and become one. (END OF THE EXTRACT). Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP Visit www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #019: Are You Bilingual? Is English Changing your personality?
    #019: Are You Bilingual? Is English Changing your personality?
    Duração: 16min | 25/09/2017

    Hi everyone! I'm Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In this episode: I'd like to talk about how speaking a different language can change your personality. After that, a cool mini-story to practice your English speaking. Ok, let's get started! In this episode, I'd like to talk about how speaking a different language can change your personality. Yes, you heard me well! Studies show that depending on the language you speak; your personality can be affected. Researchers have found that speaking two or more languages could give you a split personality. They say that numerous speakers have completely unique identities in each of the languages they speak. Apparently, the way you speak impacts the way you think, and it influences everything from how you make decisions to how you perceive color. Modern research shows that a language is much more than just communication. The way you speak affects the way you think. As you may know, I can speak several languages, besides English. When I talk in German, for example, I notice that the way I interact with people, the way I organize my ideas and my thoughts, my emotions. All of these become profoundly influenced by the language I'm speaking. Whenever I speak in German I become more rational. On the other hand, if I have a conversation in Spanish, I can observe myself behaving differently. It's like being a different person. In this case, I feel more relaxed, easy- going. To acquire a new self, you'll need to immerse yourself into the culture. You can achieve that by taking a trip abroad, watching movies, interact with a native speaker or listening to the Speak English Now podcast. (END OF THE EXTRACT).   Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP Visit www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com

  • #018: The Benefits of Listening to English while Exercising Working Out
    #018: The Benefits of Listening to English while Exercising Working Out
    Duração: 10min | 18/09/2017

    Hi everyone! I'm Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In this episode: I’ll talk about the importance of moving and studying English. After that, we’ll practice grammar with a point of view story. Ok, let’s get started! Let me ask you a question. Imagine a person learning English. He or she’s preparing to study a new lesson. How do you picture the scene? Perhaps this person’s sitting at home or in a quiet library with an open textbook, a dictionary, and a notebook. Maybe this person has been sitting for hours, almost motionless, trying to learn and memorize the content. At least that's the typical image that pops into my mind whenever I imagine an English student following the traditional method. Now let's visualize a different scene. Imagine someone walking around. Their whole body's moving. The feet transmit movement to the legs and to the entire body. The arms are swinging slightly, and the brain receives more oxygen. You can't be too lethargic when you walk, can you? For me, this second state is the perfect one for learning. The brain’s more awake, and it can acquire new knowledge faster. (END OF THE EXTRACT).   Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP Visit www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #017: Have you Got the Blues? 
The Post-Holiday Blues
    #017: Have you Got the Blues? 
The Post-Holiday Blues
    Duração: 16min | 11/09/2017

    Hi, Everyone! I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In this episode: • I’ll be talking about what happens just after we end our holidays. • After that, a cool mini-story to practice your English speaking. Ok, let’s get started! Let me start by telling you that I’m super excited to be back again and connecting with you! How are you doing? Are you feeling happy and relaxed? Or are you feeling blue?  Since we’re already in September, I can officially say that the summer holidays are over.  During summer I’ve been resting, sunbathing, and enjoying my free time. I’ve definitely recharged my batteries. I particularly like to be near the beach, enjoy the sun, the sea breeze, and of course, eating delicious food. I must say that I’ve managed to disconnect from my routine completely.  How about you? How did you disconnect from your everyday worries? (END OF THE EXTRACT). Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP: THE FLUENCY COURSE Learn to SPEAK English Fluently!  If you’ve been trying to learn English for years and you still can’t speak fluently … If you get nervous every time you are trying to say something in English … then this course is for you!   START HERE!      

  • #016 How to practice your English Speaking skills during summer holidays?
    #016 How to practice your English Speaking skills during summer holidays?
    Duração: 11min | 26/06/2017

    Hi, Everyone! I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. Summer’s here and it seems like everyone has planned their holidays already. But how about you? Have you thought about improving your English during summer holidays? If you still don’t have a plan. Don’t worry. I have some ideas. In fact, it’s pretty simple. A ll you need this summer is your cell phone to listen to my Speak English Now Podcast. Now I’d like to suggest some places you could spend your summer holiday particularly if you’re on a very tiny budget. Find an air-conditioned coffee shop in your neighborhood. Enjoy your drink while you listen to your favorite English show. (END OF THE EXTRACT). Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP Visit www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com      

  • #015: Common English Phrasal Verbs Examples Sentences and Story
    #015: Common English Phrasal Verbs Examples Sentences and Story
    Duração: 10min | 19/06/2017

    Hi, Everyone! I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.  In this episode:  We’ll be discussing some more about some of the most common phrasal verbs. Today, we’ll take a look at more useful and interesting phrasal verbs. After that, I’ll share with you a short Point of View lesson, to help you with grammar and to review the vocabulary you’ll be learning.   Ok! Very good! Let’s get started! Remember, a phrasal verb is just a verb and a particle. For example, “look out.” I recommend you to check out the previous episodes about phrasal verbs.   In these series of phrasal verbs, we see the most common phrasal verbs. Also, instead of learning all the different meanings of every phrasal verb, you just need to learn one or two of the most common meanings.  Ok, let’s get started!   Put off Ah, this is one of my favorite ones. Sometimes, I’m guilty of using it too much. It means to procrastinate. In other words, it means to decide to do something not now, but in the future. For example: I need to put off the meeting. I am not prepared. They decided to put off the trip because it was raining. I always put off things I don’t like doing.   Put up with  Sometimes, there are situations we don’t like, but we have to accept them, we have to put up with them. Or, we can say that we don’t want to tolerate a certain situation, we don’t want to put up with that situation. For example: Yes, he’s sometimes rude, but you have to put up with him because he’s your boss. I don’t have to put up with your bad behavior. I don’t want to put up with smoking at work anymore. (END OF THE EXTRACT). Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP: Visit: www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #014 Why is it so difficult to Speak English - Passive Vocabulary
    #014 Why is it so difficult to Speak English - Passive Vocabulary
    Duração: 12min | 12/06/2017

    Hi, Everyone! I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In this episode: I’ll talk about the passive vocabulary, and I’ll focus on the difference between the active and passive vocabulary. After that, we’ll simulate a conversation with the Question & Answer technique. OK, let’s start! Like I’ve just mentioned earlier, in this episode, I’d like to focus on the passive vocabulary. There are two kinds of vocabularies that we all acquire in time, no matter whether it’s your native language or a foreign language. The first and more obvious one is the active vocabulary. These are the words we use when we speak or write. On the other hand, there’s the passive vocabulary. And these are all the words we understand when we read or listen. Let me make myself clear: You fully understand the meaning of these words; you don’t just guess their meaning when you read or listen. However, you can’t use them in a conversation. It’s complicated to use the passive vocabulary when you speak because understanding the words just isn’t enough. You’ll need to listen and read these words several times before they become part of your active vocabulary.   Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP: Visit: www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #013: How to use the Conditionals in English
    #013: How to use the Conditionals in English
    Duração: 07min | 05/06/2017

      I'm Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In this episode: I’ll talk about how we use the conditionals in English. After that, we’ll practice them with a Point Of View Story. Ok, let’s get started! I'm going to review the different conditionals in English. I don’t recommend you to memorize them, but to understand them. You need plenty of contexts, and the best way to practice the conditionals is by using the Point of View story technique. Conditionals in English aren't complicated. I'm going to give you some examples: Zero conditionalHere, we talk about things, which are always true. For example: If you heat water, it boils. If you heat ice, it melts. If it rains, the grass gets wet. First ConditionalHere we talk about a probable result. For example: If you go to the cinema, you'll enjoy the new Star Trek movie. If you study more, you'll pass the exam. If I have time, I'll help you. (END OF THE EXTRACT). Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP: Visit: www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #012 Learning English By Listening In The Background Story
    #012 Learning English By Listening In The Background Story
    Duração: 11min | 29/05/2017

    Hi everyone! I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In this episode: I’ll be talking about passive listening, or in other words, listening in the background. After that, we’ll practice conversation skills with the powerful Question & Answer technique. Ok, let’s get started! In the language industry, there’s an appealing approach called the passive listening. This means playing some English in the background while performing other tasks. In theory, you’re learning because the brain is always learning, no matter how. Interesting, huh? You just need to play some English while you’re cleaning, writing, surfing the Internet, etc. Well, although this approach may be appealing to many of you, here’s the bad news: It doesn’t work as a whole system for developing a complete fluency in English. The main drawback is that when we need to learn new content, our brain needs to pay attention, to be active. So, in an ideal world, we would be 100% focused all the time while listening: We’d pay attention to every tiny detail: vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation, etc.  (END OF THE EXTRACT). Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP: Visit: www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #011 Phrasal Verbs with the word Look
    #011 Phrasal Verbs with the word Look
    Duração: 10min | 22/05/2017

    I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In this episode: I’ll be discussing some more about the most common phrasal verbs. Today, we’ll take a look at the phrasal verbs created with the word “look.” After that, I will tell you a short story called the Point of View lesson, to help you with grammar and to review the vocabulary you will be learning. Remember, a phrasal verb is just a verb and a particle. For example, “get in.” By the way, I recommend you to check out the previous episodes about phrasal verbs. Remember, you just need to learn the most common phrasal verbs.. Also, instead of learning all the different meanings of each phrasal verb, you just need to learn one or two different meanings, preferably, the most common ones. Ok, let’s get started! We’ll see what we can do with the word “look.” Look afterIt basically means to take care of somebody. For example: I can’t come with you because I have to look after my brother. My boyfriend always looks after me. Who’s going to look after the children? Look downThis one means to think less of someone. Consider someone inferior. In other words, when you think that you’re better than someone. (END OF THE EXTRACT).   Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP: Visit: www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com    

  • #010 Techniques that will make Repetitive Listening Fun and Productive
    #010 Techniques that will make Repetitive Listening Fun and Productive
    Duração: 07min | 15/05/2017

      Hi everyone! I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In this episode: I’m going to give you seven ideas you can use when you perform repeated listening. After that, I’m going to read a Point Of View story. It’ an excellent technique for improving your grammar. Ok, let’s get started with this new episode! As you may know, I always encourage students to listen on a daily basis. Listening is the best way to deeply learn the different sounds, words, and expressions you find in English. It’s how we learn our mother tongue. Also, it’s vital to understand that listening to an audio several times helps you consolidate what you learn. However, many students complain that they get bored. It’s normal. Our brain likes new and fresh content. In other words, we like the novelty. Here are some tricks, which will help you to keep your interest while you repeat the same audio material. Try to guess what the speaker will say next: At first, it may seem difficult, but since you repeat the audio many times, it’s a stimulating game to play. Focus on the pronunciation of each word, especially the words you find more difficult to pronounce. Try to notice the subtleties of each sound. Concentrate on the intonation of each sentence. As opposed to the pronunciation of individual words, here you need to pay attention to the “musicality” of the sentence. The rhythm and the “music” of the phrase. If you are listening to a questions & answer lesson, a technique I use in my courses, try to answer faster. You can also try to give a longer answer. While you listen to the audio, imitate the narrator. Listen to the material and try your best to talk at the same time as the narrator. It may be hard, but it’s fun! This technique is called “shadowing” and requires a lot of concentration. It’s better if you pick an easy material. Try to move while listening. You can walk, run, wash the dishes, etc. Doing a different activity while listening to the same audio adds some variety. L

  • #009 English Certificates – Measure your Real Level of English
    #009 English Certificates – Measure your Real Level of English
    Duração: 13min | 08/05/2017

    Hi everyone! I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In this episode: I will discuss about certificates and real progress in learning English. After that, you can practice your speaking with a Question & Answer story. Ok, let’s get started! As you may know, certificates in English are something important. For example, everybody knows about the Cambridge University Certificates. The First Certificate is probably the most famous one. If you prefer American English, you have the TOFL certificate, which is also quite popular. You’d be amazed about how many students prepare themselves to get one of these certificates. The problem here is people tend to confuse having a certificate with the real level of English they actually have. For example, for someone who has gotten the First Certificate… Can you be totally sure that this person can speak fluently? According to the advertising…of course! That’s what you have paid for, and that’s why you have spent so many hours doing all kinds of boring exercises. (END OF THE EXTRACT). Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP: Visit: www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com      

  • #008 The most common Phrasal Verbs – GET
    #008 The most common Phrasal Verbs – GET
    Duração: 12min | 01/05/2017

    Hi everyone! I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In this episode: I’ll be discussing some more about some of the most common phrasal verbs. After that, you’ll be able to practice your grammar skills with an interesting Point of View lesson. Ok, let’s continue with the phrasal verbs. A phrasal verb is just a verb and a particle. For example, “get in”. If you haven’t checked out the first episode about phrasal verbs, please do it. Remember you only need to learn the most frequently used phrasal verbs. Also, instead of learning all the different meanings of each phrasal verb, simply learn one or two common meanings. Ok, let’s get started! Today, we’ll play a bit with “get”. Get along / get on Do you have friends? Then, you’ll probably use this phrasal verb. It means to like each other. For example: I’m surprised how well I get along with my mother-in-law. The older and younger members get along well. I get along very well with foreign people. You can also use “get on” instead of “get along”. It’s exactly the same meaning. For example: I’m surprised how well I get on with my mother-in-law. The older and younger members get on well. I get on very well with foreign people. (END OF THE EXTRACT). Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP: Visit: www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com  

  • #007 Plateaus - Why are you not Improving your English?
    #007 Plateaus - Why are you not Improving your English?
    Duração: 08min | 17/04/2017

    I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently. In this episode: I’ll talk about plateaus when learning English. After that, we learn grammar intuitively with a Point of View short lesson. Ok, let’s get started! Today, I am going to talk about a very interesting topic. Plateaus when learning English. Ok, so…what is a plateau? A plateau occurs when you stop your progress despite continuing to do “all the right things”. An interesting expression for this situation is: to hit a plateau. For example: It seems I hit a plateau, because I can’t see any progress with my English, and I’m still studying really hard! More literally, a plateau is a large flat area of land. This definition makes total sense, because if you are walking on a plateau, you are not going up or down. You stay at the same height. Plateaus are very common not only in learning a new language, but in other areas. For example, a very common one: losing weight. Imagine someone who has been following a diet and has lost some weight. But then, after two months, the lost weight stops, and it stops for a certain time. He or she keeps following the diet, but weight is the same. The main problem here is not the diet. It’s just that the body needs some time before starting losing weight again. It has to adapt to the new situation. (END OF THE EXTRACT). Did you enjoy my podcast? Here’s Your NEXT STEP: Visit: www.Courses.SpeakEnglishPod.com  

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