Lindsay McMahon and Michelle Kaplan, Advanced Conversation English Teachers for Professionals and University Students

All Ears English Podcast | Real English Vocabulary | Conversation | American Culture

Learn Advanced Conversational English with Professional American Teachers Lindsay and Michelle
All Ears English Podcast | Real English Vocabulary | Conversation | American Culture

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Are you looking for a new and fun way to learn American English? Come hang out with Lindsay and Michelle from Boston and New York City and have fun while you improve your English listening skills! All Ears English is an English as a Second Language (ESL) podcast for intermediate to advanced learners around the world. Teachers Lindsay McMahon and Michelle Kaplan will show you how to use everyday vocabulary and natural idioms, expressions, and phrasal verbs and how to make small talk in American English. We will also give you special tips on American culture, customs, etiquette, and how to speak with Americans as well as conversation and commentary on study tips, life in America and Boston, how to apply to university in the US, dating, travel, food and more. You'll get TOEFL, IELTS, and TOEIC help also from The Examiner of Excellence, Jessica Beck. This podcast is for adult students who are professionals and university students as well as ESL teachers. Join Lindsay and Michelle and the All Ears English community to learn to speak American English like a native! Connection NOT Perfection!

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AEE 997: Got Versus Have, Got to Versus Have To

Aug 9, 2018 16:15

AEE 996: Besides Versus Also

Aug 8, 2018 21:01

AEE 995: What's Rude and What's Not? How to Make Culture a Conversation Topic in English

Aug 7, 2018 22:14

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Aug 7, 2018 08:29

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AEE 973: Bewildered? Astonished? Perplexed?

Jun 28, 2018 17:31

AEE 972: Dog Ate Your Homework? One Important Cultural Cliche That You Must Know

Jun 27, 2018 18:00

AEE 957: 3 Ways to Make English First In Your Mind

May 31, 2018 18:25

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AEE 956: How to Spice Up Your Typical Weather Conversations in English

May 30, 2018 16:44

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AEE Bonus: Live Recording from Tokyo Power English Weekend

May 10, 2018 22:07

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AEE 945: How to Know When You're Fluent in English

May 10, 2018 22:59

AEE 944: 3 Bad Habits and 3 Easy Hacks to English Connection

May 9, 2018 21:47

AEE 943: How to Get Out Of Your Head and Into the Meeting in English

May 8, 2018 23:14

AEE 942: Have a Blast with Lindsay and Michelle Today

May 7, 2018 18:42

AEE 941: What You Can Learn from Our Students in Tokyo!

May 3, 2018 21:46

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May 2, 2018 08:02

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AEE 940: Is the Word Awesome Too Casual for Work?

May 2, 2018 17:49

AEE 939: How to Talk About a Scary Situation in English

May 1, 2018 18:49

AEE 938: Listen Today! It's a Good Call!

Apr 30, 2018 22:45

AEE 937: Did Lindsay Win the Gold? Find Out At the End of This Episode

Apr 26, 2018 22:47

AEE 936: Sear this Word Into Your Mind for Better English Conversations

Apr 25, 2018 18:04

AEE 935: The Boston Accent with Carole

Apr 24, 2018 11:00

AEE 934: Add This Suffix to Your Statement to Sound Natural

Apr 23, 2018 19:55

AEE 933: How to Be Vague in English

Apr 19, 2018 21:27

AEE 932: How to Express Intensity in Your Grammar Choices

Apr 18, 2018 12:58

AEE 931: What NOT to Do in an English Networking Event

Apr 17, 2018 20:03

AEE 930: How to Use the Word "Sheer" to Talk About a Surprising Number in English

Apr 16, 2018 20:56

AEE 929: "What Are You Up To?": What It Means and How to Answer

Apr 12, 2018 15:24

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AEE 928: How to Show That You Can't Wait for Something in English

Apr 11, 2018 14:03

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AEE 927: How to "Jump In and Swim" with Heidi from the Boston Adventure

Apr 10, 2018 14:08

AEE 926: 1 Phrase, 3 Meanings, and 15 Minutes with Michelle and Lindsay

Apr 9, 2018 16:36

AEE 925: Meet Vs. Meet Up, Carry Vs. Carry On

Apr 5, 2018 16:12

AEE 924: The Only Resource You'll Ever Need on This Topic- Period!

Apr 4, 2018 15:48

AEE 923: This Episode Will Be a Hit! Find Out Why Today

Apr 3, 2018 18:58

AEE 922: Just Checking In! Why Context Matters In Advanced English

Apr 2, 2018 20:11

AEE 921: Why Lindsay Cried in Nicaragua

Mar 29, 2018 32:16

AEE Bonus: How We'll Prepare You for English Connections in Tokyo

Mar 28, 2018 17:17

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AEE 920: Swap vs. Change vs. Exchange in English

Mar 28, 2018 19:04

AEE 919: The Key Moment in Surfing that is Just Like Speaking English

Mar 27, 2018 23:20

AEE Bonus: Prices Go Up April 1st for Urban Immersion in NYC or Boston

Mar 27, 2018 09:49

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AEE Bonus: Who Is the Skype Date Contest Winner?

Mar 26, 2018 08:25

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AEE 918: How to Stop Rehearsing and Realize that Natives Aren't Judging You

Mar 26, 2018 18:02

AEE 917: Wash Versus Clean and Regional Pronunciation Difference

Mar 22, 2018 17:03

AEE 916: Just a Friendly Reminder! 5 Ways to Get Someone to Do Something in English

Mar 21, 2018 16:09

AEE 915: Rio's Story: How an Action Plan Can Inspire a New Way to Articulate in English

Mar 20, 2018 18:57

AEE 914: The Nuances of Sarcasm! How to Know the Speaker's Intention

Mar 19, 2018 16:06

App Update: Find Out How to Win a 30-Minute Skype Date with AEE

Mar 16, 2018 10:11

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AEE 913: Don't Knock It 'Til You Try It- 3 New American Slang Words

Mar 15, 2018 17:29

AEE 912: Why Making Mistakes Alongside Native Speakers Is the Key to Confidence with Kaitrin

Mar 14, 2018 12:20

AEE Bonus: How to Be 100% Straight in English

Mar 14, 2018 18:33

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AEE 911: How Michelle Traveled Outside of the Box in Italy

Mar 13, 2018 20:14

AEE 910: How to Be More Figurative and Fun in English

Mar 12, 2018 12:50

AEE 909: The English Accent You Should Aim For

Mar 9, 2018 14:38

AEE Bonus: Why You Should Never Back Off from Connection

Mar 8, 2018 17:42

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AEE 908: Oh Jeez! Oh Man! Oh Boy! Why These Phrases Will Help You Connect in English

Mar 8, 2018 16:15

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Mar 7, 2018 10:18

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AEE 907: Don't Ruin the Connection! Choose the Right Word at the Right Time

Mar 7, 2018 16:43

AEE Bonus: Native Speaker Interview with Alison! Why a Safe Space Matters for Language Learning

Mar 6, 2018 15:32

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AEE 906: How to Intensify Your Statements with One Key Word

Mar 5, 2018 17:44

AEE 905: Find Your English Secret Weapon

Mar 1, 2018 16:47

AEE 904: Come Along With Us and Learn About Some Fun Vocabulary Today

Feb 28, 2018 15:21

AEE 903: The #1 Shortcut to Solving Your Biggest Pronunciation Problem with Alex

Feb 27, 2018 21:21

AEE Bonus: 4 Ways to Pull Out Your Inner Confidence for Kizuna

Feb 27, 2018 20:39

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AEE 902: How to Answer the Phone Naturally and Professionally in English

Feb 26, 2018 13:36

AEE 901: The 50/50 Method for Spontaneous Speaking

Feb 23, 2018 14:33

AEE Bonus: Dog Shelters, Distancing, and Dynamic Vocabulary

Feb 22, 2018 16:40

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AEE 900: Should You Use Idioms in Natural Conversations Even If It Feels Awkward?

Feb 21, 2018 17:13

AEE Bonus: Why We're Pumped for Onigiri, Izakaya, and Harajuku

Feb 21, 2018 19:17

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AEE 899: Don't Get in a Tizzy About Phrasal Verbs

Feb 20, 2018 19:25

AEE 898: 4 Steps to Natural English Pronunciation with Rachel

Feb 19, 2018 19:52

AEE 897: The Amazing Fluency-building Mirror Trick

Feb 15, 2018 15:03

AEE Bonus: Japanese Listeners! Izakaya, Walk and Talk, and Confidence

Feb 14, 2018 16:09

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AEE 896: Is It Important to Confirm in English? Absolutely! 100%!

Feb 14, 2018 20:50

AEE 895: How Charlie Became an Awesome Presenter in English and How You Can Do It Too

Feb 13, 2018 19:42

AEE 894: Do Americans Understand Australian English?

Feb 13, 2018 17:28

AEE Bonus: 3 Lazy Rules Every English Speaker Follows

Feb 12, 2018 21:57

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AEE 893: How to Talk About Advertising in English Conversation

Feb 8, 2018 17:07

AEE 892: Does Someone Have It In For You? How to Talk About Grudges in English

Feb 7, 2018 13:04

AEE Bonus: Michelle Is Back From Italy! Get the App Update Today

Feb 7, 2018 09:59

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AEE 891: 3 Ways to Drive Your Audience Crazy in a Presentation and How to Avoid Them with Mary Melissa

Feb 6, 2018 16:41

AEE 890: How to Not Sweat The Small Stuff in English and Life

Feb 5, 2018 17:25

AEE 889: Illusion, Allusion, and Delusions

Feb 2, 2018 13:50

AEE Bonus: Poke Bowls, Skiing, and Big App Shares

Feb 1, 2018 17:20

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AEE 888: 3 Steps to Discover Your Unique Genius

Jan 31, 2018 22:32

AEE 887: How to Translate a Philosopher's Framework for Awesome Presentations

Jan 30, 2018 19:03

AEE 886: How to Use "Instead" When You Talk About Ice Cream and More

Jan 29, 2018 15:58

App Bonus 6: Coloring Books and Chuckie Cheese

Jan 26, 2018 18:25

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AEE Bonus: Japanese Listeners! Exclusive Invitation to a Live Podcast Performance

Jan 25, 2018 14:16

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AEE 885: You Had Me Worried! How to Express Concern in English

Jan 25, 2018 17:40

Fabrice's Adventure Story: How the Weekend in Boston Created Tangible Results for a More Successful Life in English

Jan 25, 2018 21:09

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AEE 884: How to Lighten Up for Natural English Connections

Jan 24, 2018 18:02

App Bonus 5: Can We Get 100 "Big Shares" By February 1st? Let's Find Out!

Jan 24, 2018 12:19

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AEE Bonus: Kizuna! With Jessica and Lindsay in Tokyo

Jan 23, 2018 18:35

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AEE 883: 3 Things That The Best Writers Do in English with Gina

Jan 23, 2018 16:34

AEE 882: Find out how to use the word fancy in English

Jan 22, 2018 19:16

AEE 881: Do Natives Actually Use the Past Perfect?

Jan 19, 2018 21:33

App Bonus 4! Review the App and Hear Your Name Announced on the Show

Jan 18, 2018 15:57

AEE Bonus: Japanese Listeners! Are You Ready for This Magical Opportunity?

Jan 18, 2018 11:59

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App Bonus 3! Download It for Free, Rate It, Share It Now!

Jan 18, 2018 10:14

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AEE 880: Six Ways to Be Funny in English

Jan 17, 2018 26:52

AEE 879: A Key Native Phrase to Show Empathy in English

Jan 17, 2018 12:45

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Jan 16, 2018 09:49

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Jan 16, 2018 18:48

AEE 878: How to Evaluate Your Weaknesses Like a Scientist for Rapid Improvement with Amy Whitney

Jan 15, 2018 21:07

AEE 877: How Natives Talk About Their Hometown

Jan 11, 2018 20:10

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AEE 876: How to Develop Fluency the Smart Way with Tony

Jan 10, 2018 20:02

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AEE Bonus: Announcing NYC As Our Newest Adventure Immersion Location

Jan 10, 2018 15:15

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AEE 875: Frankly Speaking, You Should Focus on Chunks and Not Prepositions

Jan 9, 2018 14:36

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AEE 874: Now You're Talking! How to Show That You Resonate with Something in English

Jan 8, 2018 10:45

AEE 873: What's Your Craft? How to Share Your Art with the World

Jan 4, 2018 18:41

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AEE 872: 3 Study Habits to Finally Reach your English Goals in 2018 with Patrick Gillen

Jan 4, 2018 17:36

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AEE Bonus! Applications Are Open! 4 Guaranteed Results of the Immersion Adventure

Jan 3, 2018 25:47

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AEE 871: Is There Ever a Good Time to Use "Ain't" in English?

Jan 2, 2018 17:28

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AEE 870: Dopamine, Standing Desks, and Book Clubs and What They Mean for 2018

Jan 1, 2018 21:13

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AEE 869: Would You Attend a Fake Wedding? How to Voice Your Opinion in English

Dec 28, 2017 14:44

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AEE 868: How to Take Advantage of Your Weekend and Connect in English

Dec 27, 2017 14:59

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AEE 867: 3 Tips to Use Reading to Build Connection with English with Matthew Ing

Dec 26, 2017 18:47

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AEE 866: We Are Flipping Out Over this Cool Phrase

Dec 25, 2017 11:02

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AEE 865: Is There Racism in the US?

Dec 21, 2017 22:38

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AEE 864: 4 Chunks That Even a 3-Year Old Can Use

Dec 20, 2017 17:10

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AEE 863: What Is An "Americanism"? Get Four Examples Today

Dec 19, 2017 19:29

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AEE 862: What Should You Do If You Forget the Past Tense in a Conversation?

Dec 18, 2017 13:03

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AEE 861: How the Phrase "I Don't Know" Can Mean Many Things in English

Dec 14, 2017 14:23

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AEE 860: 3 Steps to Be Confident While You Listen

Dec 13, 2017 17:45

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AEE 859: You Bet This Will Be an Episode to Build Connection

Dec 12, 2017 18:23

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AEE 858: How to Sound Natural When You Say "Remind Me" in English

Dec 11, 2017 14:00

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AEE 857: Stop Sounding Simple in Your English Conversations

Dec 7, 2017 19:03

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AEE 856: Do Natives Use "Likewise"?

Dec 6, 2017 14:43

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AEE Bonus: Save The Internet! What Is Happening on Dec 14 and What You Can Do

Dec 6, 2017 21:36

AEE 855: Do You Walk the Talk? Find Out Today

Dec 5, 2017 15:52

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AEE 854: Should You Speak the Way You Write?

Dec 4, 2017 19:48

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AEE 853: How to Start an English Conversation by Quoting Something You Heard

Nov 30, 2017 14:06

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AEE 852: Already Versus Yet- What's the Difference and How to Use Them

Nov 29, 2017 12:52

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AEE 851: 3 Things to Look for When You Choose a Business English Teacher with Brad C.

Nov 28, 2017 19:29

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AEE 850: The Very American Use of the Word "Gotten"

Nov 27, 2017 16:29

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AEE 849: All About Confidence and a Couple Corrections

Nov 23, 2017 20:29

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AEE 848: What Will You Be Doing on Thanksgiving? How to Talk About Future Events in English

Nov 22, 2017 11:04

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AEE 847: How to Stand Up for Yourself in English

Nov 21, 2017 18:57

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AEE 846: English Teacher or English Coach? How to Make the Best Choice

Nov 20, 2017 12:49

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AEE 845: One Taboo Topic that Americans Avoid

Nov 17, 2017 20:15

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App Update 4: We Need More Beta Testers

Nov 16, 2017 08:06

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AEE 844: Four Ways the Urban Adventure Changes Your Future

Nov 15, 2017 21:01

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AEE 843: Want Room in That? How to Hand Someone a Coffee in English

Nov 14, 2017 15:19

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AEE 842: Don't Take It Down a Notch! Listen Today

Nov 13, 2017 12:26

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AEE 841: How to Be a Winner with these 3 Interesting Phrases

Nov 9, 2017 20:37

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AEE 840: Do You Mind the Colder Weather? Conversation Starters for a Fall Party

Nov 9, 2017 18:50

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App Update 3: Hanging Out with Michelle in Downtown Manhattan

Nov 8, 2017 10:01

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AEE 839: How Fernando Built a Winning System to Become a Better Speaker

Nov 7, 2017 16:00

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AEE 838: A Technical Tip on a Useful Word

Nov 6, 2017 12:47

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AEE 837: How to Avoid Being Rude in Quick English Exchanges

Nov 2, 2017 19:29

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AEE 836: Two Terrific Transcript Tips

Nov 1, 2017 17:03

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AEE 835: There, Their, and They're- Is There Any Difference There?

Oct 31, 2017 18:44

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AEE 834: Yeah? Right? Correct? How to Double Check Your Facts in English

Oct 30, 2017 18:56

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AEE 833: Why Eavesdropping Gives You an English Edge

Oct 26, 2017 20:21

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AEE 832: "Hey Girl, Hey Dude": How to Address Someone in English

Oct 26, 2017 18:50

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App Update 2: Interviewing Native Speakers in Harvard Yard

Oct 25, 2017 14:52

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AEE 831: 3 Ways to Make Your Daily English Routine Even Stronger with James Thomas

Oct 24, 2017 20:10

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AEE 830: How to Tap Into One Key Phrasal Verb in English for Better Conversations

Oct 23, 2017 17:46

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AEE 829: Time, Date, Season, Distance- 4 Key Differences to Keep in Mind

Oct 19, 2017 19:21

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AEE 828: How to Find Your Rhythm for Better English Connections

Oct 18, 2017 20:19

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AEE 827: "Laugh" or "Left"? How to Know the Difference When You Talk to Natives

Oct 18, 2017 16:09

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App Update: How Learning a Language is like Building an App

Oct 17, 2017 16:52

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AEE 826: How to Cut the Fat and Stop Rambling in English

Oct 16, 2017 19:21

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AEE 825: What Did You Do Over the Weekend?

Oct 12, 2017 13:01

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AEE 824: How to Add Flair to Your English By Pronouncing "A" in a Different Way

Oct 11, 2017 16:03

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AEE 823: 3 Types of Native Speakers and How to Connect with All of Them

Oct 10, 2017 20:11

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AEE 822: Do Americans Celebrate Columbus Day?

Oct 9, 2017 14:47

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AEE 821: Don't Be an Oddball! Listen Today!

Oct 5, 2017 17:41

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AEE 820: What to Do When a Native Speaker Doesn't Want to Repeat

Oct 4, 2017 18:04

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AEE 819: How Is the New York Accent Perceived in the US?

Oct 3, 2017 20:59

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Miguel's Adventure Story: How Telephone Practice Led to More Confidence at Work

Oct 2, 2017 12:26

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AEE 818: How to Make Your Statements More Nuanced with One Word

Oct 2, 2017 18:50

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AEE 817: One Simple Strategy to Start Conversations in English Naturally

Sep 28, 2017 14:36

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AEE 816: How to Think in English

Sep 27, 2017 17:18

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Vivi's Adventure Story: "Speed Dating" and Talking Politics with Native Speakers in Boston

Sep 27, 2017 15:35

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AEE 815: 3 Habits of the Most Successful English Students with Henry from Spoken

Sep 26, 2017 18:57

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Katia's Adventure Story: Why You Should Push Your Limits and Challenge Yourself

Sep 25, 2017 27:38

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AEE 814: The Many Ways to Use "Anyway" to Push Your English Level Higher

Sep 25, 2017 18:13

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AEE 813: Should You Use Words Like "Thou" and "Thus" in Everyday English?

Sep 22, 2017 16:22

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AEE Bonus: How to Fall for Fall Football

Sep 21, 2017 20:31

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AEE 812: How to Use "Whatsoever" When You Want to Emphasize Something in a Negative Statement

Sep 20, 2017 13:52

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Sandra's Adventure Story: English Confidence on the Beach After a Weekend in Boston

Sep 19, 2017 14:27

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AEE 811: How to Move your Understanding from Podcast to Pop Culture

Sep 19, 2017 22:40

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Pantipa's Adventure Story: The City of Boston As Your Classroom

Sep 18, 2017 14:47

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AEE 810: 4 Ways to Ask for a Recommendation in English

Sep 18, 2017 17:29

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AEE Bonus: Two New Additions to the Boston Adventure Package that You Don't Want to Miss

Sep 15, 2017 18:15

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AEE 809: How to Talk About Accountability in English

Sep 14, 2017 13:59

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Massimo's Adventure Story: Why this "Wicked" Experience Was All About Connection

Sep 13, 2017 16:18

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AEE 808: Should You Spend Money to Save Time?

Sep 13, 2017 16:03

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Ai's Adventure Story: How She Built English Spontaneity by Exploring Back Bay in Boston

Sep 12, 2017 18:07

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AEE 807: The Many Colorful Ways to Walk in English

Sep 12, 2017 15:10

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AEE 806: 3 Ways to Get Fluent When You Live Abroad with Lynne Kashnitz

Sep 11, 2017 15:27

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AEE 805: Why You Need to Listen to This Episode ASAP

Sep 8, 2017 13:57

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Rodrigo's Adventure Story: Baseball and Native Speakers! How to Build Confidence Through REAL Experiences

Sep 7, 2017 22:03

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AEE 804: Don't Worry, Be Happy... 8 Chunks to Talk About Your Concerns in English

Sep 6, 2017 17:32

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AEE 803: 3 Ways to Learn More about McDonald's in English

Sep 6, 2017 13:29

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Lindsay's and Michelle's Adventure Story: Memories from an Amazing Weekend

Sep 5, 2017 17:20

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AEE 802: 3 Terms that Will Help you Connect with Australians with David Peachey

Sep 4, 2017 18:54

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AEE 801: 3 Ways to Sound Like a Local in New York City

Aug 31, 2017 16:55

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AEE 800: 4 Lessons for Success That We've Learned After 800 Episodes

Aug 30, 2017 14:19

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AEE 799: Did You See It Coming? How to Say That You Anticipated Something in English

Aug 29, 2017 12:58

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AEE 798: How to Use the Word Resonate When Something Moves You

Aug 28, 2017 14:47

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AEE 797: Jump Versus Jump Off - What's the Difference?

Aug 24, 2017 17:41

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AEE 796: How to Prevent Daily Workplace Panic in English

Aug 23, 2017 19:10

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AEE 795: Should You Bring It or Take It? How to Know the Difference in English

Aug 22, 2017 15:32

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AEE 794: How to Wish Someone Well in a Greeting Card in English

Aug 21, 2017 11:01

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AEE 793: Shop, Purchase, Buy- What's the Difference?

Aug 17, 2017 18:28

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Would you say you are an "edgy" person? What does "edge" mean? How can the term be used in different contexts in English? Today we will answers these questions and we'll start with a question from a listener:

Hi Lindsay and Michelle, First of all, thank you for your hard working that you offer to help people with their English. I really appreciate your hard work. Today I have a question on how to use the word 'edge'? I hear Native say it all the time in their daily conversations and each time I hear it means differently. Do you think its meaning change depending on the situation? Or it just has one meaning? Could you please provide examples on how to use? Thanks again for your awesome job!! Sincerely, Lydia S.

    All Ears English TranscriptsMake sure you understand every word you hear on All Ears English. Bring your English to the advanced level with new vocabulary and natural expressions. Get the transcripts from today’s episode. Learn to speak naturally with the American accent. Click here to subscribe and save 50%   There are many ways to use the word "edge." Great question. There are so many idioms so today we are going to focus on just a few.   Idioms with "edge":  

Edge: “the line where an object or area begins or ends “- merriam webster

  For example: “Be careful, your coffee is on the edge of the table. I don’t want it to fall off!”  

To have an edge over someone: to have some advantage over another person L: Do you think I’ll get the job? M: You’re the most qualified! You should! L: Yeah, but I think my competition has an edge over me because her dad works for the company.   Edgy: This can be used to describe someone who is a little bit different

You might also say: “Rough around the edges”

M: That guy was a little too edgy for me. I like someone who is a little more clean cut. L: I know he’s a little bit rough around the edges, but his heart is in the right place.   To be on edge: to be nervous

M: Can I ask you a question? L: Umm...yeah ummm M: Woah, why are you so on edge? L: Sorry, I have a deadline tomorrow so I’m kind of freaking out!   What ties these uses of "edge" together? They are all about being a little bit different whether it's physically or personality wise. What do you think??   Takeaway for today: Listen to native speakers. How do they use this?   What questions do you have from today? Let us know in the comments below.

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AEE 612: "I Guess" versus "I Think" versus "I Suppose" in English

Oct 5, 2016 20:12

AEE 611: How Connection Prevents Addiction and What It Means for Your Life

Oct 4, 2016 24:34

AEE Secrets to Real Listening Bonus 5: Gay Pride, Coming Out, and What to Say

Oct 4, 2016 19:13

AEE 610: Listen Today and Then Call It a Day

Oct 3, 2016 19:32

AEE 609: How to Paraphrase What You Think Someone Is Saying in English

Sep 29, 2016 18:49

AEE 608: What to Say in English to Someone Who Is Grieving

Sep 28, 2016 13:35

AEE 607: How to Massively Improve Your English with Massive Open Online Courses with Chis Jack

Sep 27, 2016 20:17

AEE Secrets to Real Listening Bonus 4: The Surprising Thing About Guns in the US

Sep 27, 2016 22:47

AEE 606: Polyglot Olly Richards Shows You How to Make Reading Simple and Easy

Sep 26, 2016 19:53

AEE 605: How to Pronounce the 3 Most Important Sounds in American English with Sean Morgan

Sep 22, 2016 16:00

AEE 604: How to Become a Leader at Your Workplace in English

Sep 21, 2016 16:40

AEE 603: The 6 Signs that Someone Is Flirting with You in the United States

Sep 20, 2016 22:25

AEE Secrets to Real Listening Bonus 3 The Shocking Truth About the American Rust Belt

Sep 20, 2016 24:23

AEE 602: Prevent Pronunciation Misunderstandings with Philip's 3 Tips

Sep 19, 2016 15:45

AEE 601: What Can I Call You? How to Ask the Question in a Natural Way in English

Sep 15, 2016 16:14

AEE 600: Celebrate 600! And Don't Write Off Connection in Pursuit of Perfection

Sep 14, 2016 14:01

AEE 599: How John Uses the Direct Method to Immerse You in English Immediately

Sep 13, 2016 23:11

AEE Secrets to Real Listening Bonus 2: Comfort Food and Confident Listening

Sep 13, 2016 18:01

AEE 598: Can You Get Down With This Episode?

Sep 12, 2016 21:35

AEE 597: How to Catch Up with an Old Friend in English

Sep 8, 2016 14:16

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AEE 596: How to Be Direct in English When Someone Is Being Nosy

Sep 7, 2016 18:14

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AEE 595: How to Break Out of the Most Boring Q & A in English

Sep 6, 2016 17:05

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AEE Secrets to Real Listening Bonus 1: Horse or Bear and Why It Was Funny!

Sep 6, 2016 18:32

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AEE 594: Should You Open a Conversation in English with Doubt About a Topic?

Sep 5, 2016 14:53

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AEE 593: "In" versus "At" in English- Find Out Why You Keep Getting Confused

Sep 1, 2016 15:30

AEE 592: Does Learning Other Languages Distract Me from English?

Aug 31, 2016 15:04

AEE 591: How Was Your Vacation? 5 English Phrases to Ask Your Colleague About Their Time Off

Aug 30, 2016 16:41

AEE 590: Will You Marry Me? How to Get Engaged in American Culture

Aug 29, 2016 23:39

AEE 589: Don't Be a Flake! How to Apologize in English When You Forget to Get Back to Someone

Aug 25, 2016 15:48

AEE 588: How to Politely Change Your Order in English When You Make a Mistake

Aug 24, 2016 13:29

AEE 587: How to Make Conversation with Your Airbnb Host in English

Aug 23, 2016 23:13

AEE 586: How to Get What You Need When You Ask Someone to Slow Down in English

Aug 22, 2016 23:01

AEE 585: This Episode Is Going to Be Great! Knock on Wood!

Aug 18, 2016 13:24

AEE 584: Thorough, Though, Thought, Tough- How to Keep them Straight in English

Aug 17, 2016 21:11

AEE 583: How to Live a Drama- free Life Plus Build a Better English Vocabulary

Aug 16, 2016 17:31

AEE 582: Honey? Sweetie? Dear? How to Call People in English

Aug 15, 2016 20:29

AEE 581: Wedding Talk! How to Congratulate the Bride and Groom on the Big Day

Aug 11, 2016 11:44

AEE 580: Does Using Slang or Idioms Make You Sound Less Intelligent??

Aug 10, 2016 16:07

AEE 579: How Are You Feeling? How to Talk About and Ask About Health in English

Aug 9, 2016 16:45

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Aug 8, 2016 21:28

AEE 577: 4 Ways to Say It Doesn't Matter in English

Aug 4, 2016 12:23

AEE 576: How to Write a Letter to Your Future Self in English + Happy 35th to Lindsay

Aug 3, 2016 12:40

AEE 575: Speaking of Natural Ways to Transition in English

Aug 2, 2016 12:43

AEE 574: How to Sprinkle Academic English Into Your Conversations to Sound Smarter

Aug 1, 2016 17:16

AEE 573: Have a Good Trip! How to Wish Someone Well in English

Jul 28, 2016 14:41

AEE 572: Ways to Talk about Weather in English Beyond Your Textbook

Jul 27, 2016 13:24

AEE 571: Get to Know the Ins and Outs of English

Jul 26, 2016 13:10

AEE 570: The Silence of the Letters

Jul 25, 2016 15:32

AEE 569: Why Reading Someone's State of Mind Is the First Step to Cheering Someone Up in English

Jul 21, 2016 16:35

AEE 568: Are You Down for Listening to Today's Episode?

Jul 20, 2016 14:09

AEE 567: How to Talk About the Hobbies You Want to Start in English

Jul 19, 2016 13:48

AEE 566: How to Schedule a Doctor's Appointment in English

Jul 18, 2016 16:41

AEE 565: You GET to Learn Another Way to Use "Get" in English Conversations

Jul 14, 2016 13:54

AEE 564: Do Coincidences Really Exist? How to Talk About It in English

Jul 13, 2016 15:20

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Jul 13, 2016 15:23

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AEE 563: You'll Believe What Happened...How to Start an Exciting Story in English

Jul 12, 2016 12:07

AEE 562: The 4 Phrases You Need to Get to Know the Locals

Jul 11, 2016 17:12

AEE 561: Hot and Cold and Everything in Between in English

Jul 7, 2016 15:53

AEE 560: Are You Getting Excited for Today's Episode?

Jul 6, 2016 10:46

AEE 559: Can We Borrow Your Ears for this Episode?

Jul 5, 2016 16:44

AEE 558: How to Have a Colorful Fourth of July

Jul 4, 2016 14:00

AEE 557: How to Check on Your Food Order without Being Rude in English

Jun 30, 2016 18:30

AEE 556: A 2-Step Strategy For Starting English Conversations in a Low Risk Way

Jun 29, 2016 15:03

AEE 555: How to Become a Business Leader Using English with Martin Stoner

Jun 28, 2016 15:27

AEE 554: Learn to Give and Take for Business Success in English

Jun 27, 2016 15:41

AEE 553: If The Stars Align, This Episode Will Make You Fluent in English

Jun 23, 2016 15:38

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AEE 552: What Do You Dread? How to Motivate Yourself to Get Stuff Done in English

Jun 22, 2016 15:11

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AEE 551: To Resume in English: Does It Mean What You Think It Does?

Jun 21, 2016 13:41

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AEE 550: Are These Four English Conversation Questions Okay?

Jun 20, 2016 20:11

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AEE 549: How to Catch People's Attention in English Using One Interesting Phrase

Jun 16, 2016 18:41

AEE 548: Lost and Found- How to Use These Words in a Bunch of Different Ways

Jun 15, 2016 16:13

AEE 547: I Mean....There Are a Bunch of Reasons to Use "I Mean" in English

Jun 14, 2016 17:41

AEE 546: What to Say in English When You Meet a Parent with a Baby

Jun 13, 2016 17:56

AEE 545: Clean Up Your Act and Listen to Today's Episode!

Jun 9, 2016 12:23

AEE 544: 5 Famous Quotes That Teach American Kids Their Worldview

Jun 8, 2016 17:27

AEE 543: How to Culture Hack Your Way to Fluency in English

Jun 7, 2016 14:25

AEE 542: Let's Do Lunch! A New Way to Use "To Do" When You Make Social Plan in English

Jun 6, 2016 13:02

AEE 541: Put the Kibosh On It! Who Decides Correct Pronunciation, The Dictionary or the Culture?

Jun 2, 2016 16:29

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Jun 2, 2016 21:00

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AEE 540: How to Wish Your Friend Good Luck Before a Job Interview in English

Jun 1, 2016 14:52

AEE 539: Confident or Cocky? How to Tell the Difference in English

May 31, 2016 15:26

AEE 538: How to Show Someone They Are Thinking in the Right Direction in English

May 30, 2016 11:18

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AEE 537: Why Finding Your Voice is More Important Than Fine-tuning Your Accent

May 26, 2016 14:26

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AEE 536: How Brittany's Strategy Will Make You a Winning Public Speaker in English

May 25, 2016 17:56

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AEE Bonus: You are Invited to Travel the US with Lindsay this Summer

May 25, 2016 09:03

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AEE 535: How Taking More Time to Speak Makes You Powerful in English

May 24, 2016 17:56

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AEE 534: Hurry Up and Listen! How to Rush Someone in English

May 23, 2016 14:08

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AEE 533: 3 English Mistakes Michelle Heard in India

May 19, 2016 15:53

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AEE 532: How to Be Worth Your Salt By Finding the Right Job

May 18, 2016 13:23

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AEE 531: Why We're Gung Ho About These Borrowed English Phrases

May 17, 2016 14:26

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AEE 530: How to Evaluate Your Own English Presentations with Teacher Dave

May 16, 2016 15:44

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AEE 529: It's Critically Important That You Avoid These Redundancies in English

May 12, 2016 13:36

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AEE 528: What Aviation Tactics Can Teach Us About Success with Corporate English

May 11, 2016 16:51

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AEE 527: Want to Live Longer? Do This NOW!

May 10, 2016 13:54

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AEE 526: The Art of Apologizing in English at Work

May 9, 2016 14:08

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AEE 525: How to Start TALK-ing in English with Cai Beam

May 5, 2016 20:58

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AEE 524: How to Keep Calm When Challenged in an English Presentation

May 4, 2016 12:40

AEE 523: How to Jump Into a Business Conversation with Confidence in English

May 3, 2016 14:47

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AEE 522: Get the English Feedback Sandwich to Build Real Relationships in the Business World

May 2, 2016 17:59

AEE 521: Keiran's Expert Interviewing Advice: 3 Tips

Apr 28, 2016 15:48

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AEE 520: This Driving Advice Will Turn You Into An English Expert

Apr 27, 2016 13:45

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AEE 519: Do You Understand Where We're Coming From? How to Use These 7 Phrases to Show You've Heard Someone in English

Apr 26, 2016 17:56

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AEE 518: How to Say No to a Business Invitation with Style in English

Apr 25, 2016 17:49

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AEE 517: 3 Ways to Reach Your Highest Level of Success in English at Work with Jack Lindsay

Apr 21, 2016 18:20

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AEE 516: Don't Just Intend or Pretend. Listen to Today's Episode on English False Friends

Apr 20, 2016 13:24

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AEE Bonus: How to Finally Fix Your Listening Problems with Special Guest Jessica Beck

Apr 19, 2016 21:05

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AEE 515: Oh My Gosh! Oh Man! Oh Boy! Why You Need Emotion in Your English Conversations

Apr 19, 2016 16:19

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AEE 514: Take this Episode for a Spin to Learn 3 English Phrasal Verbs for the Road

Apr 18, 2016 20:27

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AEE 513: Every Once in a While You Should Try One of These New Adverbs of Frequency

Apr 14, 2016 14:50

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AEE 512: Hello! Hey! Hi! Find Out the Best Way to Greet Someone in English on the Street

Apr 13, 2016 15:13

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AEE 511: 3 Ways to Impress the Interviewer in English with Mary Rosen

Apr 12, 2016 12:47

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AEE 510: 4 Things Lindsay Learned About Language and Connection from a Week with a Two Year Old

Apr 11, 2016 18:04

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AEE 509: How to Use the Phrase "So Far" in English Like the Cool Kids Do

Apr 7, 2016 13:01

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AEE 508: Personal Space, Honking, and Good Service- Michelle's Experience in India

Apr 6, 2016 20:46

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AEE 507: Is It Common in English? Why There's No Easy Answer

Apr 5, 2016 20:22

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AEE 506: How to Get Into a Flow State When You Learn English with Kevin Conwell

Apr 4, 2016 16:33

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AEE 505: Three Ways to Respond to a Funny Joke in English

Mar 31, 2016 15:41

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AEE 504: How to Respond to "What Are You Up To?" in English

Mar 30, 2016 17:05

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AEE 503: Is It Ok to NOT Be All Ears When You Listen to AEE?

Mar 29, 2016 15:46

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AEE 502: How to Show Your Empathy for a Customer without Badmouthing Your Company in English

Mar 28, 2016 16:49

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AEE 501: The 5 C’s of Storytelling that Will Get You the Job

Mar 24, 2016 23:04

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AEE 500: Let's Hear From our Listeners! Your Thoughts on Connection NOT Perfection

Mar 23, 2016 25:46

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AEE 499: Got It? Get It, Good! How to Say You Understand in English

Mar 22, 2016 10:47

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AEE 498: Why You Should Be Sensitive To and Sensible About These False Friends

Mar 21, 2016 16:38

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AEE 497: Why You Should Go Out Of Your Way to Listen to this Episode

Mar 17, 2016 16:03

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AEE 496: Unlearning What Your English Teacher Taught You About the Verb "To Find"

Mar 16, 2016 18:11

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AEE 495: Still Up for Listening to AEE Today? 4 Ways to Feel Out Plans in English

Mar 15, 2016 16:28

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AEE 494: In Terms of New English Phrases, Use this One Sparingly

Mar 14, 2016 18:21

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AEE 493: 6 Easy and Breezy Ways to Invite Someone in a Low Pressure Way in English

Mar 10, 2016 14:53

AEE 492: By the Time You Finish This Episode You Will Be an Expert on this Key English Phrase

Mar 9, 2016 15:18

AEE 491: A 3-step Framework for Succeeding on the Speaking Part of the TOEFL Exam

Mar 8, 2016 15:19

AEE 490: How to Use These Two Phrasal Verbs to Get More Casual in English

Mar 7, 2016 16:34

AEE 489: Got Wanderlust? 3 Ways to Travel the World and Immerse Yourself in English with James Weber

Mar 3, 2016 20:44

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AEE 488: This is Actually the Most Dynamic Word in the English Language

Mar 2, 2016 18:13

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AEE 487: Advice from a Polyglot! 3 Things You Must Do to Move to the Next Level in English

Mar 1, 2016 17:16

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AEE 486: How Meetup.com Is Curing Loneliness in the US

Feb 29, 2016 19:03

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AEE 485: How to Make These English Idioms a Cakewalk

Feb 25, 2016 14:16

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AEE 484: 3 Ways to Make More People Understand You in English with Meaghan Jones

Feb 24, 2016 12:45

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AEE 483: Small Talk on Travel in English

Feb 23, 2016 18:13

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AEE 482: A Bunch of Ways to Say A Couple of Things in English

Feb 22, 2016 20:37

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AEE 481: Empathetic English Expressions for Emotional Angst

Feb 18, 2016 17:18

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AEE 480: How to Snuggle Up in a Snowstorm with Chocolate and a Fireplace

Feb 17, 2016 18:28

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AEE 479: How to Say "Really" with a Twist in English

Feb 16, 2016 18:43

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AEE 478: 3 Ways to Manage Your Time and Master the English Language

Feb 15, 2016 17:22

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AEE 477: Did You Sleep Like a Rock or Did You Toss and Turn All Night? How to Talk About Sleep in English

Feb 11, 2016 15:52

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AEE 476: The Things You Can Do With Your Tone of Voice That You Never Imagined

Feb 10, 2016 20:27

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AEE 475: How to Deal with the Number #1 Most Embarrassing Situation at a Party in English

Feb 9, 2016 18:29

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AEE 474: What Optimism, Laziness, and Tardiness Have in Common + 5 Phrases to Say You're Running Late

Feb 8, 2016 19:10

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AEE 473: Site Vs. Sight? Break Vs. Brake? How to Catch a Break When It Comes to English Spelling

Feb 4, 2016 21:26

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AEE 472: 3 Things You Can Learn from an Actor to Become a Better English Speaker

Feb 3, 2016 17:40

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AEE 471: How to Show Your Passion and Commitment in a Job Interview in English

Feb 2, 2016 12:27

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AEE 470: "Do You Have Any Idea?" versus "Do You Have Any Ideas?" What's the Difference in English

Feb 1, 2016 12:05

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AEE 469: Three Secrets to a Cover Letter That Wins You The Job

Jan 28, 2016 19:06

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AEE 468: Veg? Vegan? Gluten Free? How to Politely Voice Your Dietary Needs in English

Jan 27, 2016 21:03

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AEE 467: The Insider Answer on What "Yeah nah" Means in Australian English with David Peachey

Jan 26, 2016 17:00

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AEE 466: Do We Slow It Down on All Ears English? Get the Answer Today

Jan 25, 2016 17:30

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AEE 465: So Many States, So Little Time- Where Should YOU Go?

Jan 21, 2016 17:19

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AEE 464: Is It Your Job? Is It My Job? Whose Job Is It? How to Find Out in English

Jan 20, 2016 10:23

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AEE 463: How to Hook People with Your Riveting Stories in English

Jan 19, 2016 13:59

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AEE 462: How to Get Out the Door When Your Doorman Wants to Chat in English

Jan 18, 2016 17:08

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AEE 461: Non-Textbook English Phrases and What to Do When You Hear Them

Jan 14, 2016 10:02

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AEE 460: How a Charismatic English Speaker Reacts to an Obvious Comment

Jan 13, 2016 14:53

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AEE 459: When Does It Make Sense to Say "Goodnight" at 1pm?

Jan 12, 2016 20:01

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AEE 458: Why "Heading Out" Is Better Than "Leaving" : How to Leave a Party in English Gracefully

Jan 11, 2016 13:39

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AEE 457: This Is LITERALLY the Best AEE Episode Ever

Jan 7, 2016 16:54

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AEE 456: "Despite" Versus "In Spite Of": What's the Difference?

Jan 6, 2016 11:35

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AEE 455: Do You Bore People When You Speak English? 6 Ways to Keep them Hooked

Jan 5, 2016 14:48

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AEE 454: Why You Should Prioritize Travel, Trips, and Tours for a Happier Life

Jan 4, 2016 19:34

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AEE 453: 6 English Questions that Will Make You Think on New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2015 15:45

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AEE 452: How to Pick Up a Conversation Where You Left Off in English

Dec 30, 2015 18:02

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AEE 451: Does Your Native Speaker Friend Make These Mistakes in English? How to Help Them

Dec 29, 2015 20:17

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AEE 450: Do You Work Like a Dog? The Reason Behind the American Work Ethic

Dec 28, 2015 16:05

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AEE 449: Why You Should Doubt Your False Friends in English

Dec 24, 2015 11:21

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AEE 448: What TV Shows Should You "Binge Watch" to Learn to Connect in English?

Dec 23, 2015 19:35

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AEE 447: Guns in the United States and a Call to Action from The New Yok Times

Dec 22, 2015 19:39

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AEE 446: You Never Get Second Chance to Make a First Impression...at an Interview

Dec 21, 2015 19:50

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AEE 445: How to Be Happy at Happy Hour in the US

Dec 17, 2015 11:08

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AEE 444: How to Be Polite in an American Dining Situation

Dec 16, 2015 18:47

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AEE 443: How to Make Others Confident in Themselves with these 6 English Phrases

Dec 15, 2015 13:59

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AEE 442: Guess the Difference Between "I Guess" and "I Reckon"

Dec 14, 2015 13:21

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AEE 441: TGIF! What Are YOU Up To This Weekend?

Dec 10, 2015 13:15

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AEE 440: How to Put Your Foot Down Using 5 Phrases in English

Dec 9, 2015 14:59

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AEE 439: What Time Will We Be Meeting? A Rare but Important English Grammar Tense Explained for You

Dec 8, 2015 12:24

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Dec 8, 2015 07:52

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AEE 438: Merry Christmas? Happy Holidays? What's the Right Thing to Say?

Dec 7, 2015 15:45

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AEE 437: How Using "AT LEAST" Makes You Get the MOST Out of Life in English

Dec 3, 2015 13:56

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AEE 436: What You Can Learn About Speech Patterns from a Gay Man from New York

Dec 2, 2015 17:40

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AEE 435: Did You Get My Email? The Gentle Nudge Method in English

Dec 1, 2015 15:23

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AEE 434: I Think My Order Got Confused! How to Talk to the Barista When They Make a Mistake in English

Nov 30, 2015 15:08

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AEE 433: Goofing Off with Lindsay and Michelle

Nov 26, 2015 15:41

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AEE 432: How to Save Your Friend from an Embarrassing Moment in English

Nov 25, 2015 13:07

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AEE 431: Do YOU Take All Ears English For Granted?

Nov 24, 2015 18:01

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AEE 430: How Meditation Could Change Your English-learning Life with Sabrina Fletcher

Nov 23, 2015 20:47

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AEE 429: Does Age Matter When It Comes to Friendships in the US?

Nov 19, 2015 12:54

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AEE 428: Other, Another, Others- How to Keep It Straight

Nov 18, 2015 13:04

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AEE 427: How to Be a Softie When You're Talking with Your Boss in English

Nov 17, 2015 14:46

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AEE 426: 5 Ways to Say That You Don't Like a Kind of Food in English

Nov 16, 2015 15:52

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AEE 425: Where Were We? How to Bring an English Conversation Back from a Tangent

Nov 12, 2015 13:24

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AEE 424: How to Quiet the Voice In Your Head by Jumping OUT of Your Comfort Zone

Nov 12, 2015 11:25

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AEE 423: Stuffed Up? Coming Down with Something? How to Talk About It in English

Nov 10, 2015 11:59

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AEE 422: Are You Giving People TMI?

Nov 9, 2015 20:00

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AEE 421: A NEW Definition of Confidence and How to Make It Yours in English and in Life

Nov 5, 2015 13:38

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AEE 420: What Is the Difference Between "Things" and "Stuff" in English?

Nov 4, 2015 12:22

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AEE 419: One Student's English Sentence Corrected on the Spot

Nov 3, 2015 14:19

AEE 418: Why Time Is "Of the Essence" When You Start a Conversation + A Special Thank You

Nov 2, 2015 19:37

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AEE 417: Don't Be a Scaredy Cat! Use these 5 Phrases to Talk About Your Biggest Fears in English

Oct 29, 2015 14:47

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AEE 416: A Few Small Talk Topic Taboos with Jennifer Kumar from Authentic Journeys

Oct 28, 2015 17:08

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Oct 27, 2015 13:08

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AEE 414: How to Find Your Superpower in Conversation and in Life

Oct 26, 2015 21:31

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AEE 413: Three Ways to Use Literature to Connect in English

Oct 22, 2015 14:19

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AEE 412: How to Tell the World What You're Passionate About in English

Oct 21, 2015 17:57

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AEE 411: One SMART Formula To Get Your Dream Job in English

Oct 20, 2015 16:37

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AEE 410: How to Use "Anyways" to Fill Awkward Silences in English

Oct 19, 2015 14:40

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AEE 409: What Do Americans Think About Smoking?

Oct 15, 2015 14:01

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AEE 408: What Were You Going to Say? How to Fill the Space When Your Mind Goes Blank

Oct 14, 2015 12:05

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AEE 407: How to Invite your Friends to a Digital Detox Weekend in English

Oct 13, 2015 14:41

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AEE 406: Helloooo! Hello! When Is It Not A Friendly Greeting?

Oct 12, 2015 14:05

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AEE 405: Look, See, and View the Differences Between these 3 Words

Oct 8, 2015 17:22

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AEE 404: How to Become "Rejection Proof" with Jia Jiang

Oct 7, 2015 17:50

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AEE 403: How to Show Your Confidence When You Accept a Compliment in English

Oct 6, 2015 19:07

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AEE 402: 3 Techniques to Become a More Powerful Business Professional in English

Oct 5, 2015 14:27

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AEE 401: How to Think Like a Lawyer When You Learn English

Oct 1, 2015 16:05

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AEE 400: Celebrate Episode 400 by Making a Friend at Work in the US

Sep 30, 2015 16:15

AEE 399: How to Invite a Straggler to Join Your Group in English

Sep 29, 2015 14:59

AEE 398: Get Hitched! 5 Tips to Attend an American Wedding

Sep 28, 2015 17:56

AEE 397: How to Sing Your Way to Natural English Pronunciation

Sep 24, 2015 16:58

AEE 396: We Figure You're Going to Like Today's Episode

Sep 23, 2015 13:36

AEE 395: How to Confirm Plans Naturally in English

Sep 22, 2015 13:18

AEE 394: 3 Guaranteed Ways to Know You're Speaking to a Bostonian

Sep 21, 2015 15:06

AEE 393: The One HUGE Mistake You're Making When You Ask for Directions in English

Sep 17, 2015 12:57

AEE 392: How to Be More Ambitious About Your English Vocabulary

Sep 16, 2015 18:48

AEE 391: What to Say When You're Unsure of Your Plans in English

Sep 15, 2015 12:59

AEE 390: How to Start a Conversation with a Friend of a Friend in English

Sep 14, 2015 11:56

AEE 389: Three Things You Can Learn from an Unconventional Adventurer

Sep 10, 2015 13:24

AEE 388: The Three Meanings of "Whatever" in English

Sep 9, 2015 13:10

AEE 387: Speaking of the Verb Speak in English

Sep 8, 2015 12:53

AEE 386: How to Not be a Zero When You Talk About Time

Sep 7, 2015 12:12

AEE 385: Are You the Life of the Party? How to Describe Introversion and Extroversion on a Deeper Level in English

Sep 3, 2015 16:32

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AEE 384: How Adding a Tiny Word to your English Phrases Can Change Your Mindset

Sep 2, 2015 12:50

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AEE 383: You Might As Well Listen to Today's Episode

Sep 1, 2015 09:10

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AEE 382: How to NOT Be Awkward When You Use Numbers in English

Aug 31, 2015 16:01

AEE 381: How to Be Spontaneous with Your Plans in English

Aug 27, 2015 13:35

AEE 380: Soda, Pop, Coke, and Soft Drink: What's the Difference?

Aug 26, 2015 14:34

AEE 379: Take Care of Versus Care About Explained for You in 12 Minutes

Aug 25, 2015 14:51

AEE 378: You See, It's Easy to Use "Ya See" in English

Aug 24, 2015 12:10

AEE 377: Six Ways to Describe Someone's Integrity in English

Aug 20, 2015 16:58

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AEE 376: 3 English EYE-dioms

Aug 19, 2015 12:58

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AEE 375: 3 Strategies to Be a More Efficient English Learner with Teacher Derek

Aug 18, 2015 15:05

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AEE 374: The Top 3 Body Languages Mistakes to Avoid When You Come to the US

Aug 17, 2015 17:16

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AEE 373: Why the Word "Insurmountable" Should NOT Be in Your Vocabulary

Aug 13, 2015 11:28

AEE 372: The "Reason Why" You Should Not Be Redundant in English

Aug 12, 2015 17:43

AEE 371: 5 Specific Words to Describe a Mean Person in English

Aug 11, 2015 12:42

AEE 370: The 1 Speech Habit Americans Use to Introduce a Quote or an Idea

Aug 10, 2015 14:35

AEE 369: 4 Ways to Slightly Disagree in English

Aug 6, 2015 11:23

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AEE 368: 3 Ways to Use Phonics to Sound More Natural in English

Aug 5, 2015 15:30

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AEE 367: How to Talk About Worst Case Scenarios in English

Aug 4, 2015 10:39

AEE 366: 7 Questions to Ask at a Turning Point in Your Life

Aug 3, 2015 17:16

AEE 365: The Story of an Optimistic English Student

Jul 30, 2015 12:41

AEE 364:Tarle Speech and Language Shows You 3 Mistakes You Are Making with English Consonants

Jul 29, 2015 22:49

AEE 363: "Grow" Versus "Grow Up": How to Tell the Difference in English

Jul 28, 2015 20:15

AEE 362: How to Ask and Not Wonder in English

Jul 27, 2015 15:26

AEE 361: Three Magic Numbers that Will Change Your Life

Jul 23, 2015 15:29

AEE 360: Remember and Remind: How to Recall the Difference in English

Jul 22, 2015 11:40

AEE 359: How to Escape a Bad Conversation in English

Jul 21, 2015 18:06

AEE 358: How to Agree with Someone without Sounding Old Fashioned in English

Jul 20, 2015 14:25

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AEE 357: 3 Things You Can Learn About Connection from a Stand-up Comedian

Jul 16, 2015 17:17

AEE 356: Language Mastery Host John Fotheringham Shows You 3 Ways to Learn English On Your Own

Jul 15, 2015 13:30

AEE 355: Is It a Friend or a Girlfriend? How to Know In Your English Conversations

Jul 14, 2015 12:38

AEE 354: Stand Out with These 5 English Phrases About Success

Jul 13, 2015 16:27

AEE 353: Three Things to Keep in Mind When Using Emojis

Jul 9, 2015 13:59

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AEE 352: One Cool English Phrase to Shorten Your Stories

Jul 8, 2015 10:40

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AEE 351: Four Steps to Explain Your Point in English

Jul 7, 2015 15:07

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AEE 350: 6 Ways to Continue an English Conversation

Jul 6, 2015 16:49

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AEE 349: Three Key Sounds that Will Make You Sound Like a Native Speaker

Jul 2, 2015 14:39

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AEE 348: 3 Reasons to Use the Kindle to Build your English Vocabulary

Jul 1, 2015 11:11

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AEE 347: How to Communicate like a Movie Star

Jun 30, 2015 19:29

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AEE 346: Six English Phrases to Make Friends at a Meetup

Jun 29, 2015 19:49

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AEE 345: Why Life is Like Photography

Jun 25, 2015 13:48

AEE 344: Why Bite-sized Chunks Are the Key to Success for the Busy English Learner

Jun 24, 2015 13:15

AEE 343: Three Ways to Talk About Your Accomplishments Without Being Snobby

Jun 23, 2015 14:24

AEE 342: Is It Ok to Curse in English?

Jun 22, 2015 12:49

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AEE 341: 5 English Words to Eliminate from Your Emails

Jun 18, 2015 15:19

AEE 340: The Most Interesting Vocabulary-learning Tool Available Today and How to Get Started with It

Jun 17, 2015 13:34

AEE 339: How to Casually Schedule Plans in English

Jun 16, 2015 13:10

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AEE 338: 3 Ways to Create a Catchy Beginning to Your English Speech

Jun 15, 2015 19:06

AEE 337:Why Parkinson's Law Will Make or Break Your Life Goals

Jun 11, 2015 13:03

AEE 336: How to Get Ready for the Cambridge Advanced Exams

Jun 10, 2015 15:42

AEE 335: How to Make Someone's Ears Perk Up When You Start a Conversation in English

Jun 9, 2015 17:49

AEE 334: 4 Scottish English Expressions to Speak with a Local in Scotland

Jun 8, 2015 15:01

AEE 333: Michael from Happy English Podcasts Shows You the Pros and Cons of Studying English in the City

Jun 4, 2015 16:11

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AEE 332: Shayna from Espresso English Podcast Shows YOU 3 Ways to Push Your Level Beyond Intermediate

Jun 3, 2015 18:12

AEE 331: How to Avoid Boring Someone in English

Jun 2, 2015 17:47

AEE 330: Why Simple Is Beautiful for Your English and Your Life

Jun 1, 2015 15:43

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Jun 1, 2015 09:06

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AEE 329: 3 Smart Tips for a Newcomer in the United States

May 28, 2015 14:55

AEE 328: Why Delayed Gratification Shouldn't Scare You

May 27, 2015 14:08

AEE 327: "Suppose" or "Supposed to" in English: What Are YOU Supposed to Do?

May 26, 2015 18:34

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AEE 326: Jennifer Tarle from Tarle Speech and Language Shows You Three Immediate Action Steps to Improve Your American English Vowel Sounds

May 25, 2015 17:57

AEE 325: How to Unlock Your Dream Life

May 21, 2015 14:45

AEE 324: 3 Tips to Thrive in the World of International Business Using English

May 20, 2015 21:50

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AEE 323: How to Introduce a Strong Opinion in English Like Obama

May 19, 2015 20:25

AEE 322: Insider English Resume Strategies Straight from Silicon Valley

May 18, 2015 19:38

AEE 321: Learn 3 Ways to Build Trust Through Body Language with One of the World's Top Experts

May 14, 2015 19:17

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AEE 320: Why You Need Momentum and Motivation for a Multilingual Mind

May 13, 2015 15:55

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Today you’ll find out about the program that she used and the good points that helped her learn. You’ll also find out why she was not able to continue and how she quickly lost motivation.

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AEE 319: "Almost" Versus "Most" in English Made Simple

May 12, 2015 12:56

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We hear mistakes for English learners with “almost” and “most” all of the time!

Are you making this mistake?

Today, find out the difference between these two words and how to use them correctly and naturally.

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May 12, 2015 03:31

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AEE 318: Four Things You Should Say to Your Mom Today

May 11, 2015 14:12

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Mother’s Day was yesterday in the United States.

When is Mother’s Day in your culture?

Today you’ll find out how we celebrate Mother’s Day and you’ll find out what you should say to your mom today.

 

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AEE 317: One English Phrasal Verb That Could Change Your Life

May 7, 2015 09:35

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Today we have a quote!

“Holding back is so close to stealing.” – Neil Young

To hold back means to withhold or to not do something or to not give something.

This episode is about taking chances in our lives.

You may feel like you can’t be yourself in English.

Maybe you are funny in your native language but you don’t know how to be funny in English so you hold back.

But if you do that then you are “stealing” from the moment as this quote says.

What do you think?

When have you erred on the side of perfection and protection by protecting yourself and when have you erred on the side of connection by taking a chance?

Let us know in the comments below.

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May 6, 2015 02:54

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AEE 316: Are You Obsessed with English Learning? Should You Be?

May 6, 2015 11:05

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Do you think it’s important to obsess over something to become successful at it?

Another way to say it is ” to have tunnel vision.”

Another word for obsession could be “focus” but it has more of a positive connotation.

When we get really focused we have to be careful of burnout.

We could get exhausted.

When it comes to learning English you should chunk down the learning into bite-sized pieces and be sure that you are learning in a way that is fun for you.

 

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AEE 315: 5 Steps to Leaving the Perfect Voicemail in English

May 5, 2015 16:46

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Do you know how to leave a great voicemail in English?

Today you’ll get the 5 steps that you need to follow to leave a great voicemail.

Listen to the sample role plays in today’s episode to hear what your message should sound like.

Here are the steps:

1) Greeting: “Hi it’s Lindsay” or “Hey it’s Michelle”

2) Why are you calling: “I just wanted to talk with you about tomorrow’s meeting” or “I’m calling to catch up.”

3) What they should do next: “Would you get back to me when you can” or “Give me a call whenever you’re free”

4) Your phone number: “My number is 359-284-9856″ or “You can reach me at 617-593-0952

5)  Say goodbye: “Hope you’re having a good day” or “Take care” or “Have a great one”

 

Here are a few other tips:

1) Make sure they know how to get back to you

2) Don't ramble, don't go on and on, don't leave a long message, make it concise and tight and to the point

3) Do leave a message- don't call and hang up, it's better to leave a message with some grammar mistakes than it is to not leave a message and not connect with the person

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AEE 314: One Key Way to Sound More Natural When You Talk About What You Want in English

May 4, 2015 09:35

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Do you know how to naturally talk about what you want in English?

Native speakers use the verb “to want” in the past tense when we are making a request in the present tense.

For example, you might call a colleague and say ” I wanted to confirm our lunch appointment for today.”

This makes the message a bit more polite and more indirect.

We think it’s also used more commonly for women.

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AEE 313: What Makes YOU Come Alive?

Apr 30, 2015 11:47

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What makes you come alive?

To “come alive” means to become energized and excited about something.

Here is the question:

“Each day wake up and ask yourself, what will make you feel most alive that day.”

What makes you feel happier?

What makes you feel smaller or less alive?

We all owe it to ourselves to think about this every day.

 

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AEE 312: How to Set Up Your Voicemail in English in 5 Minutes or Less

Apr 29, 2015 14:15

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Are you living in the US?

Have you avoided setting up your voicemail in English because you aren’t sure what to say?

Today we’ll show you exactly how to set it up and what to say.

If you don’t have your voicemail set up and you get a business call, most likely the person will not try to call back again so you will miss an opportunity.

 

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AEE 311: How to "Sugarcoat" Your Rejections in English

Apr 28, 2015 14:44

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When someone has a bad idea and you don’t agree or you don’t want to accept the invitation, how can you say it in English without offending the person?

Today you will find out exactly how to do it.

Here are some nice ways to reject someone’s idea without being rude (how to validate someone’s idea):

“That’s a great idea but what do you think about….(another suggestion)” “Hmm good thought. I think… (another suggestion)”

 

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AEE 310: 5 Ways to Deal with Dating Disappointment

Apr 27, 2015 18:10

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Do you struggle when it comes to dating in English?

It can be quite a challenge to try to find the “love of your life”!

In today’s episode, our dating consultant, Jessica Coyle will show you how to deal with it when you become discouraged or disappointed.

 

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AEE 309: Are You a Planner? Find Out How to Let Serendipity Happen in Your Life

Apr 23, 2015 13:06

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Do you have a 5-year plan?

Do you think it’s important to have one?

Today we’ll talk about why sometimes it’s good to let your plans go and relax into life a bit.

Today we talked about a great quote:

“It is always wise to look ahead but difficult to look further than you can see.”

-Winston Churchill

You can make as many plans as you want in life but you never know what’s going to happen.

 

 

Here is another great quote:

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.”

-John Lennon

 

What do you think?

Should you have a 5-year plan?

Do you plan for the future?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

AEE 308: Use These English Acronyms At Your Own Risk

Apr 22, 2015 15:38

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English acronyms are fun and easy when it comes text messaging and emailing but you need to know what impression you give the person when you use them!

Today we’ll show you some common English acronyms and what impression they create. We’ll also give you some alternatives.

Here are some common acronyms in English when we send text messages:

 

LOL (“Laughing out loud”)- A lot of people get annoyed by this one. This could be used in a text message. A good alternative is “haha”

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TTYL (“Talk to you later”)- This one also sounds really young. A more mature alternative is “talk soon” or “talk to you soon” or actually writing out “talk to you later” SMH (“Shaking My Head”)- This is a newer acronym. You can use this when you disapprove of something that someone has done. OMG: (“Oh my gosh”)- This can also be annoying. Other options are: “Oh wow” or “I can’t believe it.”

 

Which acronyms have you used?

Let us know in the comments below.

AEE 307: Spring Has Sprung! How to Talk About it in English

Apr 21, 2015 14:39

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Spring is finally here!

It was long, cold, and tough winter and now we want to talk about spring!

Do you know how to talk about spring in English?

This is a great way to start English conversations these days.

In today’s episode you’ll get a bunch of ways to talk about it with a native speaker.

 

Here are some expressions from today’s episode:

300x257_web-FINALTo spring into action: To get going, to move into action, to act quickly, to get started quickly To have a spring in your step: To have energy, to move easily and quickly, to be light on your feet Spring cleaning: To clean out your home or space after the winter, to get rid of things that you don’t need anymore To spring up: To come up, to arise spontaneously To spring ahead: To advance To spring something on someone: To surprise someone about something, to put someone under pressure with a surprise To spring for something: To buy something that is slightly out of your budget

Do you love springtime?

What do you like to do in the spring?

Let us know in the comments!

AEE 306: What to Say in English After a Good or a Bad Date

Apr 20, 2015 17:16

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Do you know what to say to someone after a good or a bad date in English?

Today you will find out from our favorite dating consultant, Jessica Coyle.

You’ll also get some new English dating vocabulary and terms that you can use in the real world!

 

What should we do if we have just had a good date:

(1) Send a text message that evening and say:

“I had a really nice time.” “Had a great time tonight. (I) Would like to see you again.” “It was really nice meeting you, let’s hit up (go to) the MOMA.” “Thanks so much for a great time.” “I enjoyed meeting you.”

 

(2) Jessica likes to research the person online after a good first date to find out more about the person.

 

If you had a bad date you can say:

“I didn’t feel any chemistry but best of luck.” “I got more of a friend vibe.”

Key vocab from today:

To ghost someone: To disappear and stop communicating after you have been on a date To do the fade-away: Similar to ghosting (see above) A vibe: A general feeling or impression To go Dutch: To split the bill

Jessica’s Bio:

Jessica Coyle has been teaching English since 2007.

She received her Master’s in TESOL in 2013, finishing with a professional project researching the use of improvisational comedy teaching techniques to teach English as a second language.

She has studied and performed improv comedy all over Korea, China, Canada and the United States.

She writes a dating blog called Hopeful Disasters.

 

AEE 305: How to Change Your Routine to Get What You Want in English and in Your Life

Apr 16, 2015 16:25

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Today you’ll find out why staying in the same place will never get you to where you want to go and how to make an effective change quickly and easily.

Here it today’s quote:

“To get something you never had you have to do something you never did.”

-Unknown

 

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

-Tony Robbins

 

 

It’s so easy to get into a habit but we have to step back and ask ourselves if our habits are creating the results that we want.

Time goes by fast.

We often realize that we have been doing the same thing for years and we haven’t achieved our goals.

Here are some examples of our goals:

Michelle’s new goal: She wants to build upper body strength. How is she working towards the goal? She is using resistance bands at her home a few times every week. Lindsay’s new goal: She wants to deepen her meditation practice. She has started going to her meditation center every morning.

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What about you?

What are you going to change after listening to today’s episode?

What change do you want to create in your life?

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AEE 304: How to Know If You Have Chemistry with Someone

Apr 15, 2015 17:45

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Today we have our dating consultant, Jessica Coyle, back on the show!

Today Jessica is back to talk about the concept of chemistry in dating in urban US culture.

Jessica is going to tell us how to know if we actually have chemistry with someone.

Chemistry: A magnetic pull between two people where you seem to understand the other person and something is different about that person to you.

 Two different types of chemistry:

Slow burn chemistry: You start out as friends and then chemistry and attraction gradually builds over time. Features of the other person that seemed strange or unattractive initially start to become endearing and attractive.
Quick chemistry/limerance: This is more of an infatuation. Jessica thinks that online dating and set ups reward this type of attraction. These connections can be really intense at first and then can fizzle out and not end well. At the same time, sometimes these attractions can work in the long run.

 

What about in your culture?

What are your deal breakers when it comes to dating?

In your culture, how much influence do your parents and family have when it comes to your choice of a partner?

 

Here are some dating vocabulary words that we talked about today:

Limerance Lukewarm feelings Slow burn chemistry Quirks (personality and physical) Deal breakers Red Flag

 

 

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Jessica Coyle has been teaching English since 2007.

She received her Master’s in TESOL in 2013, finishing with a professional project researching the use of improvisational comedy teaching techniques to teach English as a second language.

She has studied and performed improv comedy all over Korea, China, Canada and the United States.

How to find Jessica Online:

Her dating blog: https://hopefuldisasters.wordpress.com/

 

Let us know your thoughts on this topic.

What are your deal breakers?

How important is chemistry when it comes to dating in your home culture?

AEE 303: How to Talk About What You Like Versus What You Would Like in English

Apr 14, 2015 17:07

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Are you STILL making this English mistake?

We hear a lot of intermediate learners still getting confused between “I would like” and “I like” in English.

Today you’ll get two examples of how to solve this mistake.

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1) “Do you like coffee?” This means do you enjoy coffee?

2) “Would you like a coffee?” This means that someone is inviting you to have a coffee or is offering you a coffee.

 

Listen to the role plays in the episode to hear how Lindsay and Michelle use “Do you like” versus “Would you like.”

 

Are YOU still making this mistake?

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AEE 302: Why Just Speaking May NOT Be the Best Route to Fluency in English

Apr 13, 2015 17:00

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Today we have a special guest on the show!

Our guest will challenge your assumption that SPEAKING is the most important part of learning English.

Julian sees learning languages as a simple, two-step process:

Step 1: Learn the language that we need for our specific situation

Step 1: Apply the language and use it

 

 

Julian’s 3 Tips- How to Keep it Practical:

Try to do many different kinds of things in the language: English is a process. Spend time with it. You can’t HAVE it. You can’t GET it. You need to constantly maintain it.  Julian says that there is no difference between “experiencing” the language and “learning” the language, as far as your brain is concerned. By experiencing the language in many different ways, we can acquire chunks of English which will help us to sound more native-like. You should try to encounter the language through reading, speaking, listening, writing, etc. Get a more well-rounded experience of the language instead of just focusing on speaking.

 

Try to get a balance between intensive activity and relaxed exposure: Some of your work should be deliberate, focused, practical, intensive study. At the same time, some of your work should be a more relaxed encounter with the language. You need to take it in in a way that is enjoyable and easy. You could try listening to music in the language or watching TV. The key is getting a balance between the two forms of learning.

 

Focus on things which are useful to YOU: Exclude things that aren’t useful to you. Don’t bother to learn things that you won’t need to use. According to Julian, we don’t become fluent in English. We become fluent in specific topics such as cooking, law, politics, art, etc. Choose your focus and pursue English in that area. Drop the idea of becoming “fluent” in English in general.

 

Julian’s Bio:

Our guest today is an English teacher from England, living in Japan. He is the father of three bilingual children, is halfway through a PhD program in Psycholinguistics and used his insight about language learning to go from speaking poor Japanese in 2008 to being a translator in 2010. Our guest today is Julian from DoingEnglish.com

 

What do you think?

Have you focused down on one specific area of English learning?

What area are you focusing on?

Let us know in the comments!

AEE 301: Why Forgiving Puts You On Top

Apr 9, 2015 12:15

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Most people think that forgiveness is weakness but today we’ll challenge your perspective with an awesome quote!

Do you have any enemies?

Do you have any “frenemies”?

Here is today’s quote for a Deep Thoughts Thursday: “Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.”

– Oscar Wilde

 

What does this quote mean?

This quote is somewhat “cheeky” and it says that if we want to annoy our enemies even more, we can forgive them.

Also, the quote is telling us that it’s better for us to forgive.

It helps us lead healthier lives.

When you have an enemy you carry a lot of negative energy around and it takes up space in your body and in your brain.

 

According to Mayoclinic.org, the benefits of forgiveness include:

Stronger immune system Less anxiety Lower blood pressure

 

A few great vocabulary words from today’s episode:

Frenemy: “Friend” + “enemy”= someone that you care about and you are there for them but you can’t get along with them on an everyday basis and many things about that person bother you. To hold a grudge: You keep thinking about something that someone did to you, you hold on to your anger. You don’t move on.

 

Do you have someone to forgive?

What is holding you back from forgiving that person?

Share your experience in the comments.

 

AEE 300: Behind the Scenes of All Ears English

Apr 8, 2015 24:26

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This is our 300th episode!

We are happy to be able to continue All Ears English for our amazing listeners!

Today let’s talk about how All Ears English got started, what we do to publish each episode, and what it means for you if you want to put your creative vision out into the world!

Today we’ll talk about:

The idea: Lindsay was feeling frustrated with what she had seen in the ESL field. English learning didn’t seem to be working for many students. She was also listening to podcasts at the time and she felt an intuitive voice saying that maybe it was time to start a podcast so she found a partner to work with and got started. If you aren’t hearing any voices in your heart of mind about your creative project, look at what’s needed in the world and go out and investigate that idea. The background research: We tried our best to avoid “analysis paralysis.” We did a little bit of research to see that other people were doing this and that people were downloading these types of podcasts. When you get started on your creative vision, don’t let “research” hold you back because it may be a form of procrastination. Research is a way of staying safe and not taking the risk of launching.
Production/recording: We kept in mind Seth Godin’s philosophy of “the dip.” We hit a dip in our first three months of producing this project. All Ears English almost failed.  We couldn’t get the audio right. There was a learning curve, especially with the technology. We had to throw out an entire day of work because it wasn’t good enough. If you are creating something, you are going to hit a dip. You need to keep pushing beyond the dip because in the long run you will be happy that you did. Editing: Quality is king. This may sound contradictory to “Connection NOT Perfection” but it’s not because we consider our work to be art. We don’t seek perfection but we do seek the highest possible quality that we can reach. Remember, people want to see that you are human. You make mistakes and it’s fine but quality also matters. Find a balance. When you put out your vision keep this in mind. Publishing: This is the crucial moment. You have finished your project and now it’s time to show your “art” to the world. In this moment a lot of people don’t publish or they don’t “ship” because they get scared. Why is it scary? It’s scary because you are vulnerable at this time and anyone can come and criticize what you have done. Reid Hoffman says, “If you aren’t embarrassed by the first version of your product then you have launched too late.” Rinse and repeat: Four times per week we publish episodes. You need to put your work out into the world on a regular basis, not just once. This builds up a sense of resilience and self confidence. No matter what you’re working on, there is always going to be someone who doesn’t like your work but that doesn’t matter.

 

** Get a chance to meet with Lindsay on Skype for 15 minutes!

If we get 300 comments we will choose one person to meet with Lindsay on Skype and practice English.

 

What are YOU working on?

What is your creative art or vision that you are putting out into the world?

Answer these questions:

1) What are you working on?

2) What challenges have you had?

3) What have you learned?

AEE 299: 4 Topics that You Should NEVER Discuss in a First English Conversation

Apr 7, 2015 18:50

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Jessica is the author of Hopeful Disasters where she explores dating in New York City.

She is also an ESL teacher in New York City.

Check out her blog here!

 

When you meet someone for the first time in English, whether it’s a date or just a first-time meeting with a friend or colleague, there are certain topics that you should NEVER discuss.

Today you’ll find out what they are with our favorite AEE dating consultant, Jessica Coyle.

A few weeks ago we talked about what four things you SHOULD talk about on a first date in English or at a first meeting but today we’ll show you what you should avoid.

 

4 Topics to AVOID on a first date or first meeting in English:

Politics: You can casually mention your political interests but don’t get drawn into a political debate or discussion. Jessica calls this “quicksand” because you can start to sink and you’ll get stuck and you won’t be able to get out of it. It’s better to bring up this topic once you already know someone well and after you know their triggers well. Age:  You should definitely avoid asking the person their exact age. Also, this means that you should not ask people about their timeline in terms of when they want to get married or have kids. It’s too direct and too intense for a first date or first conversation. You might terrify the person if start asking these questions too early. Religion: You probably have a rough idea of your date’s religion and it will be important later but it’s too personal to get into during a first date. It’s ok to share your own religion if you want to but don’t ask the person directly what their religion is.
 Education:  This is tricky. Jessica says that the goal in not asking this question is to avoid coming off as arrogant or judgmental. If you ask the person where they went to school or how many degrees they have, it will be clear that you are fishing for information regarding their intelligence or social status. You might make the other person feel bad if you ask this question. Try to figure out if there is an intellectual connection instead.

 

 

 

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AEE 298: Are You Coming or Are You Going? How to Get It Straight in English

Apr 6, 2015 19:04

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What is the difference between “come” and “go” in English?

This is a big mistake that a lot of English learners make!

Are you making this mistake? Let’s stop it today. Today you’ll get a simple strategy to use when you choose between “come” and “go.”

 

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Here is the trick to remember “come” versus “go”: Where is the speaker?

If the speaker is in the place that he is talking about, he says “why don’t you come to New York?”

In this case, the speaker is in New York.

If he says, “I plan to go to Boston” then he is not in Boston.

Keep it simple! Stick to this rule and it will clear up your confusion every time.

 

Phrasal verbs with “come” and “go”:

To come around: To visit (at someone’s home) or to get better, to return to normal. Here is an example, “You are in an argument with a friend now but I hope your friend comes around.” To come to: To regain awareness and consciousness after fainting or after passing out. “In hot yoga, if you faint and then you come to, everyone will be standing over you and staring.” To go through: To deal with something, to struggle with something that is hard, maybe a break up, a divorce, a hard time financially. “Are you going through anything difficult these days?” To go into: To enter something, to start to talk about something, an idea, a topic. “Today we went into a lot of great topics.”

 

Write a sample sentence below to show us that you understood today’s episode!

We hope to read your example soon!

 

AEE 297: Is There a Formula for Originality? Find Out Today!

Apr 2, 2015 12:37

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What is the difference between being original and imitating?

What will get you further in life?

Today is a Deep Thoughts Thursday so we have a quote:

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”

-Herman Melville

 

 

What does this mean for English learners?

Don’t follow a formula.

Be creative with your words.

Don’t focus too much on being perfect.

Get creative with your tone of voice.

Learn different ways to say different things.

 

Check out this episode about the Zone of Genius.

 

Where does this quote resonate with you?

Let us know in the comments.

We want to hear from you!

AEE 296: Never Get to Speak English? How to Solve Your Problem Now

Apr 1, 2015 15:37

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Do you feel like you never get a chance to speak English?

Even when you attend an English class or work with an English tutor do you leave the class feeling like you haven’t spoken at all?

If so, then you are not alone.

A lot of students feels this way.

Today we have a guest, Jason Newnum, who is an American English teacher.

He teaches on the italki platform and he is available for lessons now!

Jason has a special class called “Student Speaks, Teacher Listens.”

 

 

Why did Jason create this class?

Jason created this class because when he took Spanish classes he noticed that he was not getting much speaking practice at all.

He felt discouraged and didn’t get much better.

He realized that the same problem was happening with English students.

Jason wants to solve this problem.

 

Why is Jason’s class different?

He makes sure that students talk more, about 80% of the time He feels comfortable being quiet, he doesn’t get nervous like other teachers do sometimes when they are nervous so he doesn’t fill that space with meaningless chatter

 

A typical class with Jason:

He asks you what’s new with you He gives you a short article or video clip and asks for your opinion He asks great follow-up questions- directly related to YOU and YOUR experiences He writes out your mistakes in the Skype chat box so that you have a record of your mistakes

 

Get $10 off your second lesson with Jason

 

 

Jason’s Bio:

Jason Newnum teaches English as a second language, in Bariloche, Argentina, and lives there with his family. Although he received his university degree in Spanish and now lives in a Spanish speaking country, his Argentine wife speaks English and Spanish equally. So it’s difficult to force himself to practice Spanish, when it’s easier to speak English with his wife. So he understands the frustrations of having to force ourselves to practice a foreign language everyday.

 

Do you have this problem with your English class?

Are you planning to try Jason’s class?

If so, let us know when you are going to get started with Jason.

AEE 295: How to Be Pushy Without Being Pushy in English

Mar 31, 2015 13:17

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Today you’ll get six ways to check on someone’s progress in a non-pushy way in English!

Do you ever want to get the status of someone’s progress on a project or an assignment but do you get confused about how to ask without making the person feel pressured?

Today you’ll find out how to do it successfully in English.

 

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Ways to check on progress:

“How’s it going? I look forward to receiving the files.” “Any updates? ” How are things progressing?” “How are things moving forward?” “How are things going?” “Do you need any feedback on anything?” “Do you want me to check your work?”

Slightly more direct ways to check on progress:

“What’s your timeline?” “How’s your timeline looking?” “I just wanted to check in. When do you think you’ll be able to get that done?”

 

What other phrases do you use when you want to check on someone’s progress?

Let us know in the comments below.

AEE 294: Don't Be a Fool! Learn About April Fool's Day with All Ears English

Mar 30, 2015 13:54

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April Fool’s Day is coming up later this week.

Are you ready for it?

How do you celebrate April Fool’s Day in your culture?

Today you’ll learn what many Americans do on April Fool’s Day and you’ll get a few new vocabulary words for this day.

It’s common to play jokes on friends and colleagues at work or at college in the United States.

It’s especially common in colleges because students live together with their friends in dormitories.

 

Vocabulary for April Fool’s Day:

Gullible: To trust people and believe things that people say, even if those things are not true. Practical Joke: A joke that you play on someone (not a spoken joke). You act out this kind of joke. A prank: A practical joke, a joke that is acted out Gag gift: A silly gift that is not meant to be serious but is meant to be a joke

 

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What should you do if someone plays a joke on you?

Don’t take it too seriously.

Laugh at it.

Have a good time.

 

 

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How do you celebrate April Fool’s Day?

Let us know.

AEE 293: How to Learn English the Way a Child Learns to Walk

Mar 26, 2015 12:56

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Today is a Deep Thoughts Thursday and we have an inspiring quote for you!

 

Let’s talk about success.

 

 

 

Here is the quote:

 

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

 

-Winston Churchill

 

 

We can apply this quote to a lot of different aspects of our lives like learning English, dating, and our career paths.

 

We have to keep going and take on new challenges with a positive attitude even if we have failed many times in the past.

 

Try to avoid feeling bitter when you take on a challenge and try again.

 

 

 

What do you think about this quote?

 

Do you keep your heart open and stay enthusiastic when you try again with something?

 

Leave us a comment below and let’s discuss it!

AEE 292: How to Talk About Fashion in English

Mar 25, 2015 19:29

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What is your fashion style?

 

Would you like to be able to talk about fashion in English in a more sophisticated way?

 

Today you’ll get to expand your English fashion vocabulary in this episode with Lindsay and Michelle.

 

Fashion Vocabulary:

 

 

 

1) Umbrella term= Bag

 

Purse Backpack Satchel Handbag Pocketbook Evening bag Clutch Wristlet

2) Umbrella term= Shoes

 

Sneakers Tennis shoes Walking shoes Boots Hiking boots Heels Flats Sandals Birkenstocks

 

3) Umbrella term= Shirt

 

T-shirt Blouse Tank Top (Spaghetti straps, sleeveless) Sweater Sweatshirt Hoodie (hooded sweatshirt)

4) Umbrella term= Jacket

 

Coat (heavier than a jacket) Ski jacket Leather jacket Peacoat

 

 

What do you think?

How do you know when someone is fashionable?

What is your fashion style?

Share it with us in the comments.

AEE 291: Crazy? Insane? How to Use English Slang but Stay Politically Correct

Mar 24, 2015 16:31

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Do you use a lot of English slang in your everyday conversations with natives?

In today’s episode you’ll find out how to use the words “crazy” and “insane” as slang words in conversations.

How to use the word “crazy” in a slang form:

 

“I know someone who’s totally crazy because he still hitchhikes.” It was crazy for us to hitchhike. Those were my crazy days.” “Are you crazy about your boyfriend?” “What is the craziest thing you have ever done?”

 

The slang words “crazy” and “insane” mean wild and out of control.

They could also mean unexpected or out of control.

The words are also used a lot in song lyrics, especially love songs.

If you use these words in a literal way to describe someone who is mentally ill it is rude.

Instead you could say that they are “mentally disabled” or “mentally handicapped” or “mentally challenged.”

 

 

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Share your questions with us in the comments below.

Let’s talk!

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AEE 290: Get Off the Hamster Wheel! The Epidemic of "Busy" in the United States

Mar 23, 2015 14:26

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Are you busy?

In your home culture, is it considered “cool” to be busy?

In American culture everyone is busy and it’s almost in style to be busy.

We think that’s crazy! Today we are going to give our opinion on this article from the Washington Post called Exhaustion Is Not a Status Symbol.

In American culture, especially in large cities like New York and Boston, things move fast and we often define ourselves based on the things that we do.

We also measure our worth based on what we achieve.

We end up valuing perfectionism and accomplishing things over just living.

Americans don’t take much time off for vacation while in other cultures people take much more vacation time.

 

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How do we know that this is a problem? People in the US always say:

“I’ve been crazy busy.” “I have so much going on.”

 

What can we do about this?

Avoid checking emails every three minutes When you complete a task, sit back and reflect, get feedback (this was a suggestion from the article) Take more vacation time

 

What do you think?

Is being busy considered cool in your culture?

Let us know in the comments.

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AEE 289: How to Make a 90 Degree Turn with Your English Conversations

Mar 19, 2015 11:48

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Today let’s talk about how to sound more natural in English when you use the phrase “by the way.”

Michelle and Lindsay will show you some great examples of how to use this phrase.

This phrase is useful to do two things:

Bring up a random, unexpected topic To continue with the same topic, to add an idea linked to a previous idea

Listen to the episode for a few great examples of how to use “by the way” in English conversations with Lindsay and Michelle.

How have you used “by the way” in the past?

Let us know in the comments!

AEE 288: To Tip or Not to Tip at an American Restaurant? That is the Question!

Mar 18, 2015 15:59

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Do you ever get confused about whether or not you should tip in an American restaurant?

 

Do you wonder how much to leave?

 

When to leave it?

 

Today you’ll get insider information from Michelle, who used to be a waitress at an American restaurant.

 

In the United States you MUST tip in a restaurant. Servers only make a few dollars per hour.

 

They rely on your tips.

 

How much should you tip?

 

You should tip 18-20%. However, you do have a choice when it comes to leaving a tip. If you have bad service then you can tip less.

 

If the waitress is slow or has a bad attitude then you don’t have to leave a lot of money as a tip.

 

It’s up to you.

 

When should you leave the tip?

 

If you pay with a credit card they take your card and come back with a receipt and the receipt has a place to write in the tip and the total and then you need to sign the receipt before you leave.

 

If you are paying in cash it’s ok to leave the cash on the table but put it under a cup or a plate.

 

 

 

What if you are with a large party? (A group of 6 or more people):

 

In this case gratuity (tip) is usually included.

 

It’s added into the bill before you get the bill.

 

Make sure you ask if you don’t know if it has already been included.

 

In other episodes we will talk about tipping in a bar, a cafe, the hair salon, a taxi, etc.

 

 

 

What is your opinion when it comes to leaving tips in the US?

 

Have you ever made a mistake with this?

Do you have any additional questions? Please ask us in the comments below.

AEE 287: SOS! Are You in Distress? How to Rescue Your English Phone Conversations

Mar 17, 2015 12:10

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Do you ever get into trouble during English phone conversations?

This is one of the biggest challenge for English students, especially at work.

Today we will show you how to get out of trouble if you aren’t understanding someone on the phone.

We’ll give you 8 things to do before or during the call to get the help you need.

 

How to Rescue Your Phone Call:

 Practice to listening to natives as much as possible in your daily life (podcasts, sitcoms, the news on TV) Ask the person to help you: “I’m sorry. I’m having trouble understanding you. Would you (be able to ) say that again?” “Could you repeat that (for me) please?” “Would you mind slowing down a bit? It’s hard to hear you.” Ask the person to follow up with a summary of the conversation by email See if it’s ok to record the conversation Breathe deeply before you get on the call with a native speaker

 

It’s important not to be ashamed if you can’t understand someone in English on the phone.

Don’t pretend to understand when you don’t.

Use one of our strategies above to save your English conversations on the phone.

 

What other tactics have you tried to rescue your English conversations?

Share them with us in the comments!

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Mar 17, 2015 05:09

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AEE 286: 3 Ways that Setting Intentions Can Make Your Life Abroad More Fulfilling

Mar 16, 2015 18:43

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Are you going abroad sometime soon?

Have you set an intention for your time abroad?

In today’s episode Lindsay talks with Norman Viss, an expat coach who helps his clients make the most of their time abroad by setting intentions.

How can setting intentions make your life abroad more fulfilling?

Think about what kind of expat you are and decide how that will shape your expat life: Are you a foreign assignee? Has your company moved you abroad to work? Are you an international student or former international student? Are you a “love-pat”? (someone who has gone abroad because they have met a partner, are you a traveling spouse? Are you a “greener pastures expat”? This is someone who has gone abroad to find a better place to live including retirees. Set goals and don’t just “go with the flow”
Do you want to learn a language? Be realistic about what will be possible based on the amount of time that you will be abroad. Be intentional about what kinds of friendships you want while you are abroad. What are your areas of interest? Do you like desserts? Sports? Do you like history? What kind of focus will you have during your time abroad? Will you create a theme for your life abroad? What about your work? What professional goals do you want to accomplish while you are abroad? Consider how your life will look after your time abroad: What do you want your life to look like after you return from abroad? What about retirement? If you are going abroad in your 40’s or 50’s then it’s a good idea to think about the future after your time abroad.

 

The key to a happy life abroad is being intentional!

Let us know in the comments below if you have been intentional in your life abroad and how it has affected your experience abroad.

 

 

Norman Viss put down roots in Nigeria (10 years) and the Netherlands (22 years).

He has worked for mission organizations, churches and in the public sector for the City of Amsterdam.

He holds B.A. and Master’s degrees, with majors in cross-cultural and urban studies and theology; he is also an ICF- credentialed coach.

Currently he runs an online business coaching expats around the world (Expat Everyday Support Center) and serves part-time as a clergyman in the Philadelphia area in the USA. Norman is a thankful husband, father and grandfather.

Visit Norman’s coaching website at expateverydaysupportcenter.com

AEE 285: Why You Should Count Your Blessings in English

Mar 12, 2015 12:01

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Today get some strategies for how to cultivate more gratitude in your life in English!

Today’s quote:

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

- Willie Nelson

 

 

Vocabulary from the quote:

To count your blessings: To pay attention to the good things in your life My whole life turned around: My whole life got better, changed direction

 

How can you cultivate more gratitude in your life?

Keep a gratitude journal every day, write down your “blessings” and what you are grateful for Focus on the good things that you have in your life, not the bad things Set an alarm on your phone. When the alarm goes off you can think about what you are grateful in that moment.

AEE 284: How to Tell a Knock- Knock Joke in English

Mar 11, 2015 11:09

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Come back to allearsenglish.com/284 to tell us your knock-knock joke in English.

Knock-kock jokes are super common in American culture.

Today you’ll find out how to tell a joke like this and make people laugh to build great connections with English speakers in your life.

These kinds of jokes are often told by kids.

They are fun, innocent and clever. They are a play on words.

Joke #1:

“knock knock”

“Who’s there?”

“Canoe”

“Canoe who?”

Can-oe (can you) help me me with my homework?”

 

Joke #2:

“Knock knock”

“Who’s there?”

“Orange”

“Orange who?”

“Orange-ya (aren’t you) gonna let me in?”

 

Joke #3:

“Knock knock”

“Who’s there?”

“Harry”

“Harry who?”

“Harry up (hurry up) it’s cold out here”

 

What knock-knock jokes do you know in English?

Tell us your joke in the comment section below!

AEE 283: How to Get Out of Trouble in an English Conversation

Mar 10, 2015 15:12

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How can you quickly change the subject in English and get out of trouble when someone seems uncomfortable?

It’s important to know how to do this if you want to be able to make great connections with people.

 

How do we know when someone’s uncomfortable in American culture?

Their shoulders tense up They don’t make eye contact Their tone of voice changes They hesitate They use “um,” “ya know” and other filler words

 

Today let’s find out how to save the interaction when you have brought up a topic that makes someone uncomfortable?

What questions can you ask to change the topic?

“So how’s work going?” (ask about the person’s job or work projects) “How are your parents doing?” (ask about the person’s family) “It’s freezing today, isn’t it?” (or another weather comment)  “Do you have any vacations coming up?’ “Have you seen any good movies lately?”

 

What questions do you use in your culture to change the topic if someone is uncomfortable?

Share your ideas in the comments below!

AEE 282: How to Jump Into a Conversation in English with the Confidence of a Cool Cat

Mar 9, 2015 14:18

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Do you have difficulty jumping into conversations in English?

Today, learn 6 phrases to help you enter into conversations with confidence!

 

 

Entering into a conversation with native English speakers can be difficult.  They often speak fast and might not seem to offer you a chance to speak.  Instead, they will expect that you are going to jump in and speak if you have something to say.

This means that you need to show confidence if you want to get into a conversation.  You need to be able to assert yourself and use the phrases that signal to them that you have something to say.

 

Here are six phrases to help you do that:

“I see what you mean.”: This shows that you agree with the other speaker.  It also gives you the opportunity to follow it up with something extra that comes from you.  You could also say, “Yeah, I totally agree.”

“Actually, I think…”: If you want to disagree, this is a polite way to do it.  You don’t want to show too much disagreement if you’re trying to get into a conversation with a stranger, but polite disagreement might make for a deeper conversation.

“Hey, I have an idea.”: As it suggests, this phrase would help you express a new thought. You could also say: “What about this?”

“Me too!”: This can help show commonality and is a good way to start telling a story. It’s also a very relaxed phrase that sounds natural to Americans.

 

Do you find it intimidating to jump into conversations with English speakers?

Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

 

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AEE 281: 3 Easy Ways to Connect with a Local Canadian in English

Mar 5, 2015 15:18

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Will you be visiting Ottawa someday?

Today, meet Kathleen from Canada, and get 3 phrases to connect with locals in the capital city, Ottawa!

 

Canada is a multicultural and diverse country, and Ottawa is a micro version of that.  It’s a city of one million inhabitants and numerous languages.  It is also a city in touch with nature.  With four distinct seasons, Ottawa has something for everyone.

Though Canada and the United States have some similarities, they also have many differences.  Among these are some subtle differences in using the English language. This includes pronunciation and some commonly used phrases.

 

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Here are Kathleen’s top Canadian phrases to help you blend in when you’re in Ottawa!

I’m sorry: Canadians are known for being very polite.  In fact, the culture can be so polite it becomes apologetic.  Sometimes Canadians will begin a sentence, “I’m sorry,” even if they did nothing wrong and aren’t apologizing for anything. Out and About: This means to go exploring or to check something out. A Canadian might say “Let’s go out and about,” or “I was out and about.” Eh?: Often, this word is used the way an American might use the words “right?” or “huh?”  It shows agreement or clarification with other people.  You might hear someone say, “That was a great show, eh?”

 

Are you going to Ottawa, or Canada?

Have you ever been there?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

Kathleen is a native English speaker from Ottawa, Canada. She has been teaching and tutoring students in  English and beginner French for over three years in Asia, Latin America and Canada. She also speaks French and Spanish, and so understands the challenges and joys of learning a new language. In her experience, conversation is the best way to improve language skills.

Kathleen has worked and continues to work in the areas of community development, and is currently completing her Bachelor of Education.  This summer she will be teaching in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. She loves meeting people from different cultures and learning new languages.

AEE 280: Spark the Conversation! 4 Topics to Use on a First Date in English

Mar 4, 2015 16:25

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Are you dating in English?

Today, we welcome back dating expert Jessica Coyle to give you four easy topics for conversation when dating!

 

Conversation can be tricky on a first date.  You might be nervous, and it can be hard to know what’s safe to talk about.  Jessica has a great acronym to help you with simple, safe discussion topics.  It’s FORD, and it stands for:

Friends: If you have mutual friends, ask how your date met them.  Or, if you don’t have mutual friends, ask if your date knows anybody in the area where you’re meeting. Occupation: Asking about another person’s job is usually a good conversation starter.  You might say, “What do you do with your time?”  That way, if your date happens to be unemployed, they are still able to give an answer. Recreation: Ask about what somebody likes to do for fun. You might follow up by asking, “How often do you get to do that?” Dreams: This is good for asking hypothetical questions. You could ask things like “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” or “What would you do if you had a billion dollars?”

 

People love talking about themselves, so being interested in others is what might make you more interesting to them.  When starting a conversation, don’t just ask a list disconnected questions.  Follow-up with the other person’s answers to show that you are listening to what they are saying.

 

Are you dating in English?

What are your experiences?

Tell us how it’s going in the comments section below!

 

Jessica Coyle has been teaching English since 2007. She received her Master’s in TESOL in 2013, finishing with a professional project researching the use of improvisational comedy teaching techniques to teach English as a second language. She has studied and performed improv comedy all over Korea, China, Canada and the United States.

 

How to find Jessica Online:

Her dating blog: https://hopefuldisasters.wordpress.com/

Her comedy podcast: NY Pacific

AEE 279 Part 1: Listen to a Real, Spontaneous First-time Meeting in English

Mar 3, 2015 17:09

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Are you looking for an authentic English conversation?

Today, listen to Part 1 of a real, authentic example of two people using English to get to know each other! 

 

In Part 1 of this episode, Lindsay meets Mo.  Mo is from New Zealand but has lived all over the world.  He currently lives in Germany and teaches English.  The two of them talk about this, and about learning a language and living in a different culture.

 

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Some of the discussion points in Part 1:

Why do people want to learn English? How can they be relaxed enough to learn it? Is it okay to accept that you’ll never be a native speaker?

 

What did you get out of this conversation?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

AEE 279 Part 2: Learn How to Meet Someone New in English in a Confident and Easy Way

Mar 3, 2015 14:51

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Are you looking for an authentic English conversation?

In Part 2 of today’s episode, Lindsay and Mo break down their unrehearsed, first time meeting from Part 1, and talk about what it means to you learning English!

 

In Part 1 of this episode, Lindsay met Mo.  They hadn’t met before and didn’t know what was going to come up in their spontaneous conversation.  Now, in Part 2, the two of them discuss what worked, and what didn’t.

 

Some of the discussion points in Part 2:

How can you feel confident in English conversations? How can you be respectful about gender and other differences when meeting someone new? How can you allow your true curiosity about the other person come out even though your English isn’t perfect?

 

What did you get out of this conversation?

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AEE 279 Part 3: BE in English to Develop Bulletproof Confidence with Mo Riddiford

Mar 3, 2015 16:45

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Are you looking for an authentic English conversation?

In Part 3 of today’s episode, Mo will show you three ways to develop authentic, bulletproof confidence when you speak English with his unique method!

 

In Part 1 and 2 of this episode, Lindsay and Mo had an authentic English conversation and analyzed what worked, and what didn’t.  Now, in Part 3, Mo discusses Be in English, his method for learning how to have the best conversations possible in English.

 

Here are the main principles of the Be in English system:

1. If you know enough English to listen to this podcast, you can discuss anything in English!  By using creativity, you are capable of joining a conversation and having a voice.

2. Be aware of your self-consciousness and shame about not speaking perfect English.  Accept it, realize that your English will never be “perfect,” but don’t get too close to the idea.

3. Work with “naked listening.”  That is, listen closely to a recording of English.  Listen several times if necessary until you can distinguish every sound.  Practicing this will change your orientation to listening.

 

You can find and work with Mo Riddiford and his Be in English system on italki.

 

What do you think about the Be in English system?

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AEE 278: Are You Committing One of these Four American Workplace Taboos?

Mar 2, 2015 13:41

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Are you avoiding taboos in the American workplace?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle discuss the top taboos to look out for in American workplace culture!

 

A taboo is something that is improper or unacceptable based on culture or region.  Different companies might have their own taboos, but most American workplaces probably have many of the same ones.

An article by Barbara Mason outlines the biggest of these taboos.  Here are a few of them, and how to avoid them:

Spreading rumors: To spread a rumor is to make up an untrue story about somebody, and tell it to others.  Americans tend to look down on people who do this.  If you want to be trusted and have positive relationships, avoid gossip! Taking credit for another’s work: This means telling others that you did the work or achieved a success when, in fact, somebody else did.  Again, Americans won’t trust anybody suspected of doing this, so don’t do it. Falling asleep at work: It may not be natural to be completely energized for 8 straight hours, but at minimum your boss will expect you to be awake.  Try taking a break from your desk, going for a short walk or stepping outside to refresh yourself. Lying about an academic background: Honesty is very important to American bosses.  If you lie about your academic background, you’re likely to be fired when you get caught. The best thing to do is to present the academic background that you do have in the best possible way.

 

What are the top workplace taboos where you live?

Tell us all about them in the comments section below!

AEE 277: 3 Strategies to Remember Someone's Name in English with Alan Headbloom

Feb 26, 2015 17:07

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How can you remember other people’s names?

Today, learn three tactics to remember names in English, and why it’s important to do so!

 

A name is a person’s most basic possession and part of their identity.  It’s the sweetest sound to their ears.  For this reason, Alan believes it’s important to get a person’s name right, and to show an interest in it.  But it’s not always easy to do that, especially with names you are unfamiliar with.

 

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Here are Alan’s tips for remembering new names:

If a name is unfamiliar, ask them to repeat it.  This helps you learn their name and also shows a respectful commitment to learning it.  Simply say, “Your name is a little difficult for me, but I’d really like to get it right. Could you say it again?” Ask for their business card.  This works best in a business context, though students may also have business cards.  Reading the name might make it easier to remember. Make up a pneumonic, or memory aid.  Think of what the unfamiliar name sounds like in your native language and use that to help you remember.  This is a way to bridge your language and English.

 

Alan suggests you also learn common names in the English-speaking world, and that you try asking others if their names have any special meanings or significances.

 

How do you deal with learning new names?

Share your experiences in the comments section below!

 

Alan Headbloom is an intercultural trainer, a professional English teacher and a talk show host. He frequently appears as a speaker on topics such as cultural diversity and workplace inclusion. He lives in Michigan, USA where he and his wife produce the show Feel Like You Belong, a show about immigrants creating a new life in the United States.

Visit Alan’s Website: Feel Like You Belong and Alan Headbloom- Cross Cultural Communication

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AEE 276: 3 Tips to Read Your Way to Advanced English

Feb 25, 2015 15:38

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Do you use reading to advance your English?

Today, learn 3 ways to do it with italki teacher Arianne!

 

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AEE 275: How to Naturally Interrupt Someone in English

Feb 24, 2015 18:38

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Do you know how to interrupt others in English?

Today, learn how interruption is a part of American speaking culture, and how you can participate!

 

Americans often interrupt each other.  It can appear rude, and can cause frustration, but it happens.  Don’t take it personally.  Instead, learn how it works so you can take part in this aspect of spoken American English culture.

 

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There are many phrases you can use when being interrupted, or when interrupting others.  Some of them include:

Sorry or Oops: These might be said not only by the person doing the interrupting, but also by the person who is interrupted. Go ‘head (ahead) and No, you go: These phrases permit the other person to interrupt you. No problem: This indicates that you are okay with the interruption that just occurred.

 

Other common interruption phrases include:

What was that? Uh huh. Oh?

 

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Tell us in the comments section below!

AEE 274: Why It's Hard to Date in a Big American City and What to Do About It

Feb 23, 2015 16:43

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Why is dating in a big American city so difficult?

Today, returning guest Jessica Coyle talks about some of the obstacles, and shares 3 tips to improve your odds of success!

 

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AEE IELTS: Is the IELTS for Me? Find Out Today!

Feb 19, 2015 13:27

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What is the IELTS English exam?

Who takes it, and why?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica discuss all the basics of the IELTS exam!

 

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AEE 273: 3 Ways to Become Fluent in English Even If You Never Leave Your Home Country

Feb 18, 2015 14:35

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How can you achieve English fluency where you live?

Today, find out why you don’t have to live in an English-speaking country to become fluent in English!

 

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AEE 272: How to Use "By" and "Until" in English

Feb 17, 2015 14:41

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Do you know the difference between “by” and “until”?

Today, learn how they’re not the same, and how to use them like a native speaker!

 

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AEE 271: How to NOT Talk in Circles in English

Feb 16, 2015 13:48

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Are you getting to the point in English?

Today, learn 3 reasons you might be talking in circles when it comes to business English, and how you can get your point across more precisely!

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AEE IELTS: How Does Being a Drama King/Queen Help You on the IELTS Speaking Exam

Feb 13, 2015 13:19

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Do you want to impress the examiner in the IELTS speaking section?

Today, find out why exaggerating will give you a better score!

 

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AEE 270: 3 Ways to BE Somebody in Your Career

Feb 12, 2015 13:20

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What does it mean to "be somebody"?

On today's Deep Thoughts Thursday, hear a quote that will inspire you to be specific in your career choice!

 

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AEE IELTS: Don't Make THIS Cultural Mistake on the Writing Test

Feb 11, 2015 12:10

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Are you in danger of making a cultural mistake in writing?

Today, learn the biggest cultural mistake people make in Writing Task 2 of the IELTS!

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AEE 269: How to Use the Arts to Become Fluent in English with TEDx Speaker Mindy Young

Feb 11, 2015 15:24

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Can the arts take your English to a higher level?

Today, Lindsay talks with TEDx speaker and ESL expert Mindy Young about how to use music, painting and poetry in learning English!

 

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AEE 268: How to Match a Title with a Person in English

Feb 10, 2015 14:54

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How do you address people in English?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle tell you what you should call people, and when!

 

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AEE IELTS: What Happens on IELTS Exam Day?

Feb 9, 2015 14:26

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What should you bring to your IELTS exam?

When should you go, and what should you watch out for?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica discuss how you can be prepared to succeed on your IELTS test day!

 

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AEE 267: 10 English Conversation Starters to Connect at a Dinner Party

Feb 9, 2015 17:53

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Are you looking for English phrases to start a conversation?

Today, get 10 English conversation starters to fill the silence at your next dinner party!

 

Awkward silences can kill a dinner party. Nobody wants to sit in silence, but people must have something to talk about.  Creating this opportunity is as easy as asking a simple question.

 

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AEE IELTS: American or British English? Does It Matter on the IELTS?

Feb 5, 2015 08:55

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Should you speak American English or British English on the IELTS?

Today, Jessica and Lindsay talk about accents, and what you can expect on the exam!

 

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AEE IELTS: Why Does the Examiner Stop Me on the Speaking Test?

Feb 4, 2015 10:39

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Why does the IELTS examiner stop you in the speaking test?

Today, Jessica and Lindsay talk about why this happens, and why you shouldn’t worry about it!

 

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AEE 266: 1 Scientifically Tested Trick to Become a More Self-Disciplined English Learner

Feb 4, 2015 10:48

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How can you motivate yourself for English learning?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle discuss a tip to help you be a better self-guided learner!

 

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AEE 265: 8 English Prepositions to Express Your Love

Feb 3, 2015 16:32

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How do you talk about love in English?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle give you 8 English prepositions to use when discussing romance and finding the right person!

 

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AEE IELTS: How to Buy Time on the Speaking Test with 6 Key Phrases

Feb 2, 2015 14:16

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Did the IELTS examiner ask you a difficult question?

Did your mind just go blank?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica share 6 phrases to help you fill that time void!

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If you get asked a question that you can’t immediately answer during your IELTS exam, you don’t want to go silent.  It’s important to keep speaking even if you need a moment to decide how to answer the actual question.

Native English speakers use many different phrases to help them do this. It’s important to understand that using a time-filling phrase won’t hurt your score.  In fact, it’s likely to improve it!

 

Here are a few phrases to use if you need a moment to think about how to answer a question during your IELTS exam:

“Honestly, I am a little bit nervous right now and my mind just went blank.”  This says that you’re being honest, and trying. “My mind went blank” is also an idiom. “Frankly, this isn’t something I’m used to talking about.”  Again, this is honest, and sounds like something a native speaker would say. “That’s a good question.”  This welcomes good intonation, and that will help your pronunciation score.

 

Other simple and common English time-fillers:

“Wow, let me think about that.”  “I’ve never thought about that before.”  “Let’s see.”

 

Which phrases do you plan to use, and why?

Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

AEE 264: 6 Phrases to Buy Yourself Time in English

Feb 2, 2015 11:55

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Do you need some English phrases to slow things down?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle share 6 phrases to buy you some time in a rushed, stressful situation!

 

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AEE IELTS: How to Dress for Success on the IELTS Exam

Jan 30, 2015 11:34

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What should you wear for the IELTS exam?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica talk about how to dress for success on exam day!

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Our clothes affect how we feel, and how we conduct our behavior.  Other people can sense if we appear confident and comfortable.  Not only that, they might even reflect what they see in us.

On test day, it’s important to project an image that says you’re intelligent, that you take the exam seriously, and that you’re relaxed.  You want to be comfortable while sitting through the Writing and Reading sections of the test, but you also want to show your best self to the Speaking section examiner.

 

In order to do both, consider the following “business casual” items:

Slacks: These are the formal pants that would go with a suit.  If they’re black, they can go with almost anything.

Boots and leggings: For women, remember to stick with something comfortable — no high heels.

Blouse or collared shirt: For men, there’s probably no need for a necktie, but a nice button-up shirt can allow you to look and feel relaxed while appearing professional.

 

You might want to stay away from:

Sweat pants or suits: These might look lazy, even if they are comfortable.

Blue jeans: While jeans are better than sweat pants, you might look better and feel just as relaxed in a nice pair of slacks.

T-shirts: This might come off as too casual — especially if its a t-shirt with images or text on it.

 

What are you thinking of wearing for your IELTS exam?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

AEE 263: Why Ignorance is Bliss When It Comes to Learning English

Jan 29, 2015 12:32

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Can ignorance help you learn English?

On today’s Deep Thoughts Thursday, learn the secret to success, and how you can apply it to learning English!

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AEE IELTS: How to Connect, NOT Perfect on the IELTS Speaking Section

Jan 28, 2015 12:12

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Should you connect not perfect your English for the IELTS exam?

Today, learn how to connect with the examiner, and something you probably don’t know about the exam day schedule!

 

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In the IELTS, you’re not graded for being perfect.  You’re graded for communication ability.  It’s important to understand that this is connection, not perfection.

After you complete the Reading and Writing sections, there will probably be some waiting time before the Speaking section of your test.  While you’re waiting, don’t get nervous!  Instead, keep in mind that the examiner is not expecting you to be perfect.  He or she only wants you to communicate your ideas the best you can.  They want you to be able to connect with them.

 

Does connection not perfection work for you and your English learning?

How will you use it with your IELTS examiner?

Tell us about it in the comments section below!

AEE 262: Don't Let the Rules Rule Your Life

Jan 28, 2015 13:05

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Are you stuck on the rules of English?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle discuss how to go from obsessing over the rules, to freeing your mind to get more creative with your English!

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AEE IELTS: How to Impress the Examiner with 5 English Phrasal Verbs

Jan 27, 2015 17:42

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Do you need some phrasal verbs for the IELTS exam?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica share 5 English phrasal verbs you can use to stand out and get the score you need!

 

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You will probably be asked to talk about the topics of home, shopping, food and studying in Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Section.  You need to prepare for this.  One way you can do that is have some phrasal verbs.

Phrasal verbs are a way to sound more natural and native when speaking informally.  Though there are many of these to choose from, you only need to use of a few to stand out.

 

Here are five that are easy to use and will impress your examiner:

Bone up on: This means to learn.  It’s not only a phrasal verb, but also an idiom.  “I had to bone up on my English studies.”

Figure out: This means to learn the details of something, or discover how it works.  “I figured out how to fix the television.”

Goof off: When you are having fun, but not working or studying, you can say “I spent the afternoon goofing off.”

Clam up: This is another phrasal verb and idiom.  It means that you’re so nervous you couldn’t think of what to say.  “I clammed up when she asked me to answer the question.”

Catch up: If you’re behind, and you’re trying to shorten the distance, you might need to catch up.  This can be used physically, like you’re chasing someone, or with your studies.  “I fell behind in my homework and have to catch up.”

 

Do you have any other phrasal verbs you’d like to use in the IELTS exam?

Let us know what they are in the comments section below!

AEE 261: How to Arrive at a More Natural English Level without Using the Verb "ARRIVE"

Jan 27, 2015 14:19

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Are you using the verb “arrive” correctly?

On today’s Tear Up Your Textbook Tuesday, learn when to (and when not to) use the verb “arrive” with native speakers!

 

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For a native English speaker, “arrive” is not always the most natural-sounding word to use.  It probably fits best in formal situations, such as a job interview or a speech.

 

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Instead of “When did you arrive?” a native speaker might ask “When did you get here?” or “When did you get in?”  Both mean the same thing as “arrive”, but are more common.

 

How can you use “get” instead of arrive?

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AEE 260: The United States of Paranoia

Jan 26, 2015 14:41

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Are Americans paranoid?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle discuss why a few towns in the United States are banning a common winter activity for kids!

 

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Most Americans live in places that get snow in the winter.  As children, they probably went sledding at least a few times. But today, some places are trying to ban sledding because it can be dangerous!  Towns with sled hills are afraid somebody will get hurt, and the town will be sued.

 

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Some lawsuits are justified, but there is such a thing as a “frivolous lawsuit,” which is a lawsuit that has little merit but is being pursued for money, rather than justice.

 

What do you think about banning sledding?

What do think about suing a “haunted house” park because it’s too scary?

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AEE IELTS: Think You Need to Speak Fast on the IELTS? It's a Myth! How to Bring Your Best Intonation to the Test

Jan 23, 2015 12:41

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Do you try to speak fast to sound like a native English speaker?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica discuss why you shouldn’t leave your heart behind on the IELTS Speaking Section!

 

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Nobody expects you to sound exactly like a native speaker.  People just want to understand you.  So if you’re talking too fast and trying to sound like a native, you might actually become more difficult to understand.

Speed is not important.  If you speak with clarity and confidence, you will always sound better than if you’re in a rush.  You have to be able to relax, pause between sentences, and use intonation and emotion.

 

If you want a high score on the Speaking Section, the examiner must be able to understand what you’re saying.  Intonation is important — practice expressing your feelings so you DON’T sound like a robot!

 

How are you going to speak English with your heart?

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AEE 259: Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew When It Comes to Learning English

Jan 22, 2015 11:50

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How many words should you learn at a time?

On today’s Wisdom Wednesday, Lindsay and Michelle talk about why it’s important to pace yourself so you don’t get overwhelmed!

 

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AEE IELTS: Unfamilar Speaking Question? How to UN-freeze Yourself in the Speaking Section

Jan 21, 2015 11:11

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Are you afraid of being asked an unfamiliar question in the IELTS speaking section?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica tell how NOT to handle it, and give you two tips on what you can do to unfreeze!

 

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AEE 258: 3 Resources to Be An Inspired English Learner in 2015

Jan 21, 2015 17:05

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Where do you find inspiration to learn English?

Today, learn 3 places where you can find compelling, interesting content to move you to the next level!

 

We live in a time of abundant online resources for learning English.  In fact, there are so many that it can be overwhelming!  But Thaddeus believes finding the right ones are the key to keeping your interest so you stay motivated.

 

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AEE 257: You'll Get to the Next Level AS LONG AS You Listen

Jan 20, 2015 14:48

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How do you use “as long as” in English?

On today’s Tear Up Your Textbook Tuesday, find out how to stop using “if” all the time and start using “as long as”!

 

The phrase “as long as” is a connector similar to “if”, or “provided that”.  It means that meeting certain conditions will allow something to happen.  The emphasis is on the importance of meeting the conditions.

 

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Here are a couple ways “as long as” might be used:

When do I have to be home? Whenever you want, as long as you bring the car back in good condition.

 

“Is your landlord nice?” “He is, as long as we pay the rent on time.”

 

How can you use “as long as”?

Write us a sample sentence in the comments section below!

AEE IELTS: How to Attack Writing Task 2

Jan 19, 2015 15:59

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Are you prepared for the IELTS Writing Task 2?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica give you 3 strategies to help you take charge!

 

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AEE 256: Exaggerate or Understate? 3 Key Differences Between American and British English

Jan 19, 2015 22:33

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Did you know there are differences between British and American English?

Today, Lindsay talks with teacher and author Douglas Amrine about three key differences, and why these matter for you in a job interview!

 

Douglas has spent half his life in the United States and half in the United Kingdom, so his accent is somewhere in the middle of the two.  His experience has given him clarity about the differences in how Americans and British speak, and how speech is perceived in each country.

 

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AEE IELTS: Anxious? Nervous? Scared? How to Go to Your Happy Place When It Comes to the IELTS

Jan 16, 2015 15:06

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Feeling anxious about the IELTS exam?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica talk about four tactics for overcoming fear and finding calm before test day!

 

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AEE 255: Mistake Busters in English! Deceived Versus Disappointed

Jan 15, 2015 13:29

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What’s the difference between deceived and disappointed?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle discuss these two words, and how ‘false friends’ from other languages might cause trouble when translating!

 

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AEE 254: 3 Ways to Speak English Like a Local in "Weird" Austin, Texas

Jan 14, 2015 15:59

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Ever thought of going to Austin, Texas?

Today, Lindsay talks with Tyler Lockett from Austin about why that city is unique and “weird,” and how you can connect with locals using three phrases!

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AEE IELTS: The Resources You Like and the Preparation You Need

Jan 13, 2015 16:27

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Do you need resources to prepare for the IELTS exam?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica talk about three creative practice recommendations, and three textbooks to help you prepare for the IELTS exam!

 

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AEE 253: Update Your English! 7 Ways to Sound More Natural When You Greet People in English

Jan 13, 2015 14:26

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Does your English sound natural?

Or do you sound like a textbook when you speak?

Today, get 7 tricks to update your English and sound more natural by using real talk instead of textbook talk!

 

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Speaking natural-sounding English can be difficult when you only work with textbooks.  While what your textbook says may be technically correct, some of the phrases might sound outdated or odd to native ears.

 

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Here are 7 ways your textbook might tell you how to say something, as well as the ways a native English speaker would really say it.

 

Textbook: Hello. Real: Hi!, Hey!, or What’s up?

 

Textbook: Are you having a good day? Real: Having a good day?

 

Textbook: How are you?, How do you do? Real: How’s it going?, How you doin’?, or How’ve you been?

 

Textbook: I’m fine, thanks. Real: Doin’ well., or Not bad.

 

Textbook: What are your hobbies? Real: What do you like to do?, What are you into?, or What do you do for fun?

 

Textbook: I wish to (do something). Real: I wanna (do something), or I’d like to (do something).

 

Textbook: See you. Real: See ya., Take care., or Bye.

 

Do you speak textbook English?

Do you know any other differences between what your textbook says and how native English-speakers speak?

Let us know in the comments section below!

AEE Bonus! 3 Days Left to Enroll in the italki Language Challenge

Jan 12, 2015 13:19

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Are you ready for an italki challenge to push your language-learning forward in 2015?

Today, learn how to take action and bet on yourself with an amazing opportunity!

 

Every challenge you face is like putting a bet on yourself.  But the only way to really lose is if you don’t even try.

This month, the italki.com Language Challenge can help you improve your English in a serious way.  A $10 sign up fee gets you into the game.  If you can complete 20 lessons (20 hours) with an online teacher by the end of February, italki will pay you $40 back in credit.

This comes out to 3-4 lessons per week.  Can you handle that?  Essentially, you are placing a bet on your commitment to learning English!

 

Three reasons to participate in a language challenge:

Motivation: All of us need to be pushed sometimes, and there’s never better time than NOW!

Defining your goal: Learning English is a lifetime project, but having defined goals will bring clarity to your progress.

Social experience: Even though you could do this by yourself, being accountable to others will focus you and help you follow through to the end.

 

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Are you signing up for the challenge?

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AEE 252: How to Be Charismatic in American English

Jan 12, 2015 15:53

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Do you know how important it is to show charisma in American English?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle talk about why it’s important, and give you three ways to be charismatic in English!

 

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AEE 251: English Quotes About How to Make your Mark

Jan 8, 2015 12:08

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Are you making an impact?

Today, get two quotes by two famous entrepreneurs, and learn how to talk about the impact you want to make on the world in 2015!

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AEE 250: 3 Ways to Raise a Bilingual Child with Bilingual Avenue Host Marianna Du Bosq

Jan 7, 2015 15:34

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How do you raise a bilingual child?

Today, Lindsay chats with Marianna Du Bosq, a bilingual educator who has three ways to help you raise your child to speak more than one language!

 

The benefits of raising a bilingual child are many.  Not only will knowing more than one language open career opportunities for the child when they grow up, research is also finding significant positive cognitive advantages to having a bilingual brain.

 

Marianna believes bilingualism (and even tri-lingualism) is definitely achievable if parents are focused enough.  Here are Marianna’s three main points to focus on:

Expose your children to quality language input.  Read books, or even use audio books.  This way, your child is hearing voices other than those of their parents.

Create a need to use the language. If the child doesn’t have to use the language to get what they want, they’re naturally going to fall back on using the dominant language.  Ask your family members help by only speaking one language or the other.

Keep it fun! Children will be far more involved in the language if they are doing the kinds of things they already love to do.

 

Are you a parent interested in raising bilingual children?

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Marianna Du Bosq is a bilingual mother, former bilingual educator, and lifetime language learner.  She is the host of the Bilingual Avenue podcast and blog where she interviews parents and experts raising and teaching multilingual children, and provides an excellent collection of tips and strategies for anyone choosing this journey.

She is originally from Venezuela, has spent the last twenty years in the United States, and is currently on a one year adventure in the Black Forest in Germany with her husband and two year old daughter.

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AEE 249: You Don't Even Know How Easy It Is to Use "Even" in English

Jan 6, 2015 13:04

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How do you use the word ‘even’ in English?

On today’s Tear-Up Your Textbook Tuesday, Lindsay and Michelle talk about four situations for using the term ‘even’, and how to use your tone of voice to make it work in an English conversation!

 

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AEE 248: 5 English Phrases to Declare Your New Years Resolutions

Jan 5, 2015 15:07

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How do you declare a New Year’s resolution in English? 

Today, Lindsay and Michelle discuss five easy English phrases to use for your intentions in the new year!

 

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AEE IELTS: Skim! Scan! Success! On the Reading Section

Jan 2, 2015 12:29

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How can you prepare for the Reading Section of the IELTS?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica discuss two strategies to help you answer questions quickly and correctly!

 

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AEE 246: Improv Comedy Artist Jessica Coyle Shows You How to Use Your Body to Get More Confident in English

Dec 31, 2014 18:52

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Can you use your body to learn English?

Today, Lindsay chats with Jessica Coyle about some of the ways the art of improvisational technique can help you use your body to improve your English!

 

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AEE IELTS: How to Build a "Brain Box" for Listening on the IELTS Exam

Dec 30, 2014 11:00

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How do you build a “Brain Box” for the IELTS Listening Exam?

Today Lindsay and Jessica talk about two strategies to make the listening part of the IELTS exam easier!

 

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AEE 245: 5 Weird Americanisms to Never Miss a Hollywood Line in English Again

Dec 30, 2014 19:07

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Do you have trouble understanding American speech habits?

In today’s Tear Up Your Textbook Tuesday, Lindsay and Michelle discuss 5 weird ways Americans use English, and how to understand what they’re saying!

 

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AEE IELTS 2: How to Avoid the Dangers on Speaking Part 1

Dec 29, 2014 14:35

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What’s so difficult about the IELTS Speaking Part 1?

What can you do to prepare?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica discuss some tactics for avoiding the dangers and allowing yourself to stand out!

 

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Speaking Part 1 of the IELTS includes questions about yourself.  You will be asked about three topics, and though it may seem like simple stuff, the danger is that you might become too relaxed and start using one-word answers.

You want to do better than that.  In fact, ideally your answers will be 2-4 sentences each!

How can you do come up with that?  Do some brainstorming.  Think of the question words.  Question words can help you think of better answers.

 

Vocabulary is also important in Speaking Part 1.  If you want to achieve a higher score, you will need to use a range of vocabulary, including slang and idioms.  The examiner wants to hear that you know more than what’s in your textbook.  A good strategy is to have a short list of slang and idioms ready to use.

 

What are some good English slang words or idioms that might be helpful to have for Speaking Part 1 of the IELTS test?

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AEE 244: To "Do" or to "Don't"- That Is the Question!

Dec 29, 2014 14:13

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Do you prioritize learning English?

Are you a multi-tasker?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle talk about the famous “to do” list, and whether or not it really moves you forward in your life or your career!

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AEE 243: How a New York Painter Reached the Top and How You Can Too

Dec 25, 2014 13:26

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How do you persist in learning English?

Do you expect it to ever get easier?

Today, learn how a New York-based painter went from poverty to riches by sticking with it, and how you can achieve success by following his example!

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AEE 242: Why Hollywood Is Not Always Holly-GOOD for Your English

Dec 24, 2014 11:20

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Can movies cause problems in speaking natural English?

Today, find out why mimicking phrases from movies can make it difficult to have natural-sounding English conversations!

 

Hollywood is drama.  Its stories are fiction.  This means that the language used by characters is often unrealistic.

Because of the unnatural dialogue, you don’t want to quote from movies unless it’s understood that you are quoting.  Native English speakers do it all the time by slightly changing the tone of their voice.  Even then, such quotes are usually made in a context that makes it clear that the usage is a little joke.

 

Some popular American movie quotes:

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump “May the odds be ever in your favor.” – The Hunger Games “May the force be with you.” – Star Wars “Houston, we have a problem.” – Apollo 13

 

While it can be fun to directly quote movies, you want to try to sound more like a real English speaker, not a fictional character.

 

Do you have any favorite movie quotes in English?

Share the ones you love in the comments section below!

 

AEE Test Talk IELTS: How to Beat Writing Task 1 on the IELTS

Dec 23, 2014 10:39

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Do you need a plan for Writing Task 1 on the IELTS exam?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica share two clear steps for helping you beat it!

 

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The IELTS exam’s written section is divided into two tasks.  Task 1 requires you to interpret a map or chart in approximately 150 words, while Task 2 is about 250 words on your own thoughts.  Even though it is longer, Task 2 is often easier for test-takers.  Task 1, because of the vocabulary needed, can be much more difficult.

The Task 1 chart is usually some kind of line or graph that shows a change over time.  To give yourself the language needed to discuss this chart, a good tactic might be to read the business section of the newspaper and pick up the vocabulary you need – words like that describe change, like increase, decrease, decline and skyrocket.

 

In writing your answer for Task 1, keep it clear and simple.  A good plan might be to discuss increases in paragraph one, and decreases in paragraph two.  That way, your answer is organized.

 

How are you preparing for the IELTS exam’s Task 1?

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AEE 241: Could You Listen? Would You Listen? You Should Listen!

Dec 23, 2014 15:45

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Do you have trouble using English modals?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle give you three crazy role-plays to understand when to use should, could and would!

 

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Correct use of modals like should, could and would can be confusing.  All three deal with time and possibility, and all three involve telling or asking someone to do something.

 

Should describes the strong possible likelihood of something.  It is also used to give advice.

“I should arrive on time.” “You should apply for the job.”

 

Could describes a possibility in the past or the future.  It can also be used as a polite request.

“She could have eaten dinner already.” “Could you pick me up at the airport?”

 

Would is most commonly used to make a polite request.

“Would you like to come with me?” “Would you ask him about the book?”

 

How can you use should, could and would?

Give us some examples in the comments section below!

AEE TEST TALK IELTS: How the Pros Prepare for the IELTS

Dec 22, 2014 16:09

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Are you preparing to take the IELTS exam?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica discuss what you need to know to pass with the score you want!

 

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AEE 240: The Four Mistakes You're Making with Your Emails in English

Dec 22, 2014 17:29

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Do you have trouble writing an email in English?

Do you worry about what kind of impression you’re making?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle share four common email mistakes made by non-native English speakers, and how to correct them!

 

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AEE Test Talk TOEIC 1- How NOT to get Tricked Using Your Power of Prediction

Dec 18, 2014 13:19

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Have you ever thought about taking the TOEIC?

On today’s Test Talk, Lindsay and Jessica talk about using prediction in testing, and how it can help!

 

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When getting a bank account, cell phone, or internet connection in a foreign country, you need to be able to ask questions and know the right structures of conversation.  If you don’t, you might not be told all of the information you need to know.

By practicing, especially if you’re able to do so with a partner, you can learn to anticipate what might be said by the other person.  Doing this is learning to predict, and see what you’re missing.  It might make you a better test-taker.

 

A practice conversation might go like this:

“I need to open a bank account.” “Okay, to open an account, please complete this form.”

 

“Where should I take the form?” “Give it to the woman in the office down the hall.”

 

“When can I have my account?  Today?” “No, it takes two weeks.”

 

“Do you need my passport?” “Yes, and your birth certificate.”

 

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AEE 239: Say NO to the Naysayer When It Comes to Your English

Dec 18, 2014 11:33

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On today’s Deep Thoughts Thursday, Lindsay and Michelle consider a quote from Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.

 

When he was a child, Teddy Roosevelt was weak, sickly and asthmatic.  He had poor eyesight, too.  Yet he grew up to be one of America’s greatest symbols of achievement and individual strength.  His attitude continues to inspire today, and is summed up in the following quote:

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AEE Test Talk: Meet the Examiner of Excellence!

Dec 17, 2014 17:36

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Are you thinking about testing in English?

Today, Lindsay introduces Jessica, the Examiner of Excellence, who’s here to help you excel at your English tests!

 

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Test preparation doesn’t have to be boring.  In fact, it should be interesting.  When you’re studying for an English test, it isn’t the same as studying for a math test.  You need to activate your emotions so you can remember more.

Reading or watching movies in English can help, but you can also practice writing essays on subjects that are interesting to you, or go out and speak English with native speakers.  Think of it as test preparation.

 

As for taking the actual test, Jessica has four essential tips to give you an advantage:

Be proactive.  Take an active approach that involves your brain.  Try to think about and predict answers. Trust yourself.  Don’t start doubting yourself when answering questions.  Often, your first answer is the correct one. Follow directions.  Tests are written by smart people.  Don’t start looking ahead and trying to race the clock.  If you do, you might miss an important instruction. Don’t rush.  Don’t worry about timing.  Instead, focus on your English and do what the test asks you to do.

 

Have you done any testing in English?

How did it go?

Tell us about it in the comments section below!

AEE 238: How to Rock Your English Learning

Dec 17, 2014 11:34

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Are you sometimes unsure what to do next in life and with your English learning?

Today Lindsay and Michelle talk about how to proceed when life feels overwhelming!

 

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AEE 237: How to Boost Someone's Ego in English with One Simple Word

Dec 16, 2014 13:25

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Do you ever need to comfort others in English?

On today’s Tear Up Your Textbook Tuesday, Lindsay and Michelle teach you a simple trick for boosting egos and helping others see the brighter sad of unhappy situations!

 

When someone you know tells you something sad, but not too serious, there’s a trick in English to help make them feel better.  By putting ‘though’ at the end of a sentence, and raising the intonation, you can emphasize something positive about the situation in order to make the speaker feel better

 

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AEE 236: Warning! Information Is Habit Forming! How to Unplug

Dec 15, 2014 14:39

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Do you have an information addiction?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle will have a natural English conversation about how information addiction can affect your life, and what you can do to unplug!

 

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AEE 235: When Opportunity Knocks What Do You Do?

Dec 11, 2014 11:16

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Do you know when to take advantage of an opportunity?

On today’s Deep Thoughts Thursday, Lindsay and Michelle talk about the biggest decisions in life, and how to make them!

 

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The American comedy actor Milton Berle once said, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

The suggestion is, if opportunities in life do simply come to you, then you should go out and look for opportunities yourself.  But which ones should you pursue, and which should you let go?

The worst would be to not explore an opportunity that attracts you, and then have regrets about it later.  Sometimes you’re afraid, and sometimes others get in the way of opportunities.  Life’s short, so don’t let that happen!

Find a quiet place to think about opportunities when you encounter them so you don’t pass up something good.

 

Have you had to make your own opportunities?

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AEE 234: One Way to Stop Thinking Too Hard When You Learn English

Dec 10, 2014 11:35

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Are you nervous about speaking English?

Are you looking for a way around it?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle share a story about one student who overcame his fear of speaking English by being an expert at something else!

 

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An English student in an American business course had little confidence in his English abilities.  But when the other students in his course discovered that he understood their subject better than any of them, he was asked to be their tutor.  Of course, they wanted him to tutor them in English.

This turned out much better than expected.  As a tutor, he had to be in the moment and focused.  He couldn’t worry about his inhibitions or nervousness, or making mistakes.  And because of this, he was able to take control.

 

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A classroom is a safe place to learn English, but you are expected not to make mistakes, and so you must focus on your own perfection rather than connection.  Connecting with others is more natural.  Try to get out of the classroom and overcome your inhibitions.

 

How do you practice English outside the classroom?

Does it help make you less self-conscious about speaking English?

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AEE 233: One Super Conversational Way to Talk About Your Plans in English

Dec 9, 2014 16:33

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Need some help talking about your plans in English?

On today’s Tear Up Your Textbook Tuesday, Lindsay and Michelle tell you how to talk about the future the way native speakers do!

 

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Usually English textbooks tell you to talk about the future using ‘will’ and ‘going to’.  These work, but native English speakers also do it by using the progressive tense.  To native ears, this is a more natural and conversational way to talk.

 

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Here are some examples of conversation about the future using the progressive tense:

“What are you having for dinner?” “Tonight I’m having chicken.”

 

“Are you bringing anything?” “I’m bringing wine.”

 

“What are you doing tomorrow?” “I’m going to see a movie.”

 

Note that all of these conversations are talking about the future, not the immediate moment.

 

What are you doing tomorrow?

What are you doing next week?

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AEE 232: What You MUST Know About Interviews in the United States

Dec 8, 2014 16:28

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Do you want to get a job in the US?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle discuss what you need to know to excel at an American job interview!

 

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Job interviews everywhere focus on skills and training.  But in the US, employers are usually interested in character as well.  They want to know whether you’re a team player, what your potential is to be a leader, and how you will grow in your job.

As such, they might ask some questions focused more on your behaviors than your skills.  It would help to think about these questions ahead of time, so you can be prepared.

 

Some American job interview questions might include:

“Tell us about the most difficult/frustrating individual you ever had to work with, and how you managed to work with them.”  By asking this, they’re seeing whether you can rise above a problem and keep it from affecting the company. “Give an example of how you’ve broken out of a routine or when you’ve successfully developed a new approach.”  Here they’re asking you to show flexibility. “How do you schedule your time/prioritize time when you have a tight turnaround?”  With this, you might want to explain how you ask others for help or delegate your work.

 

In answering all of these questions, try to tell a story from conflict to resolution, and keep it under three minutes if possible.

 

Do employers ask questions like these during job interviews in your country?

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Since then Brad has worked in London for a summer, spent a few years in Ireland writing TEFL materials for the Wall Street Institute and other companies, and has worked in Germany and Austria as an in-house Business English trainer for companies like Siemens, Deutsche Post/DHL and EADS.

He has also taught many seminars and workshops for various companies on skills like presentations and business correspondence, as well as a business course for two years at the University of Ulm, Germany.

 

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AEE 231: How NOT to Be a Play-It-Safer When It Comes to Your English

Dec 4, 2014 15:07

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Do you ever take a risk when learning English?

Or would you rather be ordinary and routine?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle discuss how not being a play-it-safer can help your English grow!

 

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AEE 230: Going to San Francisco? Learn How to "Get Local" with italki Teacher Sarah Honour

Dec 3, 2014 15:25

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Do you want some help with the local English in San Francisco?

Today, San Francisco native Sarah Honour talks about how you can go local with your English in the City by the Bay!

 

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San Francisco is one of the most unique and amazing cities in the United States.  It’s residents are technology-centric due to their proximity to Silicon Valley, as well as health-centric and nature-centric due to the progressive philosophy that has long been part of the spirit of the city.

Sarah believes that these traits are found in some of the language that San Franciscans use, and that knowing this terminology can help you fit in just a little better.

 

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Here are Sarah’s three top terms for your visit to San Francisco:

“Is there an app for that?”:  App is short for application, as in for your phone.  Because the Bay Area is near the center of a major technological development region, there are apps for almost everything in the city — from calling a taxi to getting your groceries delivered. Organic, Local, Sustainable and Seasonal: Food quality is really important to San Franciscans.  Organic means that no pesticides have been used, local means the food was grown nearby, and sustainable means the environment was not harmed to produce it.  Seasonal simply means that it is the natural time of year for the food to grow. “Where’s the wiggle?”: San Francisco is a great city for biking, but it is also a city with lots of hills.  The ‘wiggle’ is the route for biking with the least amount of hills to go up.

 

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Would you like to go?

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Sarah is a 31 year old American who was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Communications in Seattle, Washington, and worked for almost 10 years as a nanny (or babysitter) in San Francisco, California.  She now splits her time between San Francisco and Sardinia, Italy where her boyfriend lives. She is an English teacher on italki, and is learning Italian and sampling as much of the amazing food and wine from Italy as she can.

AEE 229: Tag! You're It! How to Get Your Facts Straight in English

Dec 2, 2014 18:13

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How do you clarify information in English?

Have you ever met someone on the phone or the internet before you met them in person?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle discuss tag questions, and how they can help you confirm what you think you know, but aren’t sure about!

 

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A tag question helps you to confirm a piece of information that you think is true, but that you want to clarify.  Though they are used as a tool for clarity, they can also be a great way to create conversations.

Tag questions tend to begin with the statement to be clarified, and then end with the question.  There are many possible combinations.

 

Some common examples of tag questions include:

“You’re from Washington, aren’t you?” “You used to live in New York, didn’t you?” “He can play the piano, can’t he?” “Her birthday is in July, right?”

 

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Do you ever use tag questions?

What kinds of things do you need to confirm or clarify in others?

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AEE 228: Meet Michelle, The New York Radio Girl

Dec 1, 2014 21:15

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Do you want to start a conversation in English?

Today, Lindsay introduces and talks about conversations with Michelle Kaplan, the new All Ears English co-host!

 

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Michelle was born in Washington DC but now lives in New York City.  She’s musical, likes basketball, and has some unusual tastes in food.  Most importantly, she’s the new All Ears English co-host.

In her premier episode, Michelle talks with Lindsay and offers some simple conversation starters in English.

 

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In conversing with someone new, it’s good to look for things you have in common.  But first you need some basic information.  Here are some great starter questions that might lead to larger discussions:

Where are you from (originally)? Is your family still there? Do you visit them often? What are you into? What do you do for fun? (this is like asking, What are your hobbies?, but more natural) Did you go to college? Where? Do you watch any sports?

 

Do you have any other conversation starters?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

AEE 227: 4 Rules to Master the "Poetics of English Conversation" with Travis Wolven

Nov 27, 2014 25:28

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How can you improve your English conversations?

Is conversation a science?

Find out today as Lindsay talks with Travis Wolven about the poetics of conversation!

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AEE 226: How to "80/20" Your English to Make More Friends with italki Teacher Nick Vance

Nov 26, 2014 17:21

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What should be your focus when learning English?

How can you make the most of the time you invest in studying?

Today Lindsay talks with Nick Vance about the 80/20 principle, and how it can improve your English conversations!

 

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Nick believes that 80% of the positive benefits of something come from 20% of the input.  In business, some customers are more valuable than others.  With friends, though you may have many, only a few are truly close.

In learning English, most of the grammar mistakes a new learner makes are really the same mistake over and over.  Correcting these most common 20% of mistakes would eliminate 80% of all grammar mistakes.  The best way to identify these is by working with a teacher who can help point out your mistakes.

 

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Another way to work with the 80/20 principle is to prepare answers to the most common questions you might get from native English speakers.  This will help you comfortably get conversations started — which is probably 80% of the work!

You might prepare answers to questions like:

Where are you from? How long have you lived here? What do you do for a living?

 

Do you see the 80/20 principle working in your life?

How so?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

 

 

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Nick Vance is originally from Kentucky and has lived in North Carolina, Washington DC, San Diego and Portland.  He has been living in Berlin, Germany for 2.5 years.  Nick’s degree is in math but he left that field when he realized how much he enjoyed helping others learn English.     Nick has been helping people improve their English for 4 years and have been teaching online via Italki for about one year.

AEE 225: 3 Secrets to Getting a Job in the United States

Nov 25, 2014 17:04

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How do you get a job in the United States?

What do employers want and expect?

Today, Lindsay and Kristy talk about 3 things an employer in the U.S. might look for in a job candidate!

 

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If you’re applying for a job, it’s important to know what your potential employer is looking for.  Like any other country, the U.S. has a professional culture which places more value on some individual qualities than others.  These qualities may be very different from what employers look for in your home country!

 

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Some qualities American employers seek in employees:

Proactive attitude: Show that you are autonomous and energetic – the opposite of passive.  It means to show up early, confirm the time you will meet, and say thank you. Positive attitude: Americans like smiles.  But it’s also important that you get along with others and not be pessimistic. Communication: When you actively communicate it shows you are engaged.  A big part of this is simply that you let the boss know what is going on. Be a “Giver”: Show that you believe in the vision of the company and are personally invested in its success.  In other words, it’s more than a job to you.

 

Are these the same traits that employers look for in your country?

Do you have them?

Let us know in the comments section below!

AEE 224: Do You Have GRIT? Learn How to Develop It with Fortune 500 Executive Coach Sarah Scala

Nov 24, 2014 17:14

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Do you have grit for learning English?

Today, Lindsay talks with Sarah Scala about the importance of persistence, both in life and in learning English! 

 

Resilience is the ability to pick yourself up after a setback, and keep going.  It’s an important ability, and it’s also something we can improve in ourselves.

But Sarah believes that grit is even more important.  Grit is your ability to stay focused, over the long term.  It enables a person to be nimble and accept the ups and downs without losing focus.

 

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Sarah has three suggestions for developing your own grit and resilience in learning English:

Be meaningfully interested.  Find a way to connect to English in a way that is not superficial. Have a growth mindset.  Your brain has the ability to change and evolve, and that will make it easier to succeed and harder to fail.  Attune your thinking to this inherent ability. Practice.  The only way to become an expert is to work at it.

 

How much resilience and grit do you have?

How does it show?

Tell us about it in the comments section below!

 

 

As a dynamic consultant, coach, and educator, Sarah Scala has over 15 years of experience in supporting organization development, leadership, and change management.

Sarah brings high energy, adaptability, and openness to new challenges. She has substantial experience in global leadership development, executive coaching, learning design, and team effectiveness.

Sarah has led development initiatives for start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in industries such as global manufacturing, financial services, legal, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, medical, consulting, and education.

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Learn More About Grit and Resilience!

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AEE 223: Ask a Tennis Pro! How to Get the Ball in Your Court with Your English Conversation Skills

Nov 20, 2014 13:12

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Want to improve your English conversation? Learn from a tennis pro!

What can it teach us?

Today, Lindsay and Kristy talk about what they've learned about language learning from tennis lessons!

 

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In tennis, as in many other sports, it’s critical that you persist.  You have to keep trying.  You have to show up for practice, and be consistent.  Mental toughness is also important.  You want to have the upper hand and be offensive, rather than defensive.

When learning a new language, sometimes we get stuck on a negative thought or an embarrassment.  This can lead us to lose the upper hand, and our confidence.  But when we sound good, we feel more in control.  The point is to practice, and to try to keep the ball in your court.  Stay in the game and take a deep breath!

 

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Do you think tennis (or any other sports) offer lessons to language learning?

What are some examples?

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AEE 222: The One Question That All Successful People Ask Themselves and How You Can Ask It Too

Nov 19, 2014 14:57

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Have you found your Zone of Genius yet?

Today, Lindsay and Kristy continue to discuss the Zone of Genius concept, and what you can do to find success in English and in life by discovering it in yourself!

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The Zone of Genius is where your innate talent and your greatest passion come together, in a way that matters to you.  It is not about improving weaknesses, but rather amplifying strengths.

Inhibitions can hold us back in life.  That is why it’s important to seek out your Zone of Genius and how it applies to your life, your relationships, and your careers.  If you feel afraid, you might be on the right track.

 

What is your Zone of Genius?

How do you know?

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AEE 221: When to Use "The" at Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 18, 2014 12:32

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When should you use the word ‘the’ in English?

Today, in #1 of the Top 15 Fixes series, we discuss the most common article in the English language, ‘the’!

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Use if the word ‘the’ can be a confusing.  But there are some rules that can help you get it right most of the time.

 

The first requires that you consider whether the focus is on something specific, or something more general.

When focused on specific items, use ‘the’.  If you’re sitting at a table, talking about the food that is actually in front of you, you might say:

“Do you like the turkey?” “Yes, the turkey is great!” “Could you please pass the salt?”

When focused on more general terms, you don’t use ‘the’.  If you’re discussing food in general, you might say:

“Do you like turkey?” “Have you tried pumpkin pie?” “Cranberries are too tart for me.”

 

Geographical terms can also be tricky for ‘the’.  In most cases, large, well-known geographic places will have ‘the': the content, the Pacific Ocean, the moon.

With specific countries, a country’s formal name might require ‘the,’ while a less formal name might not: the United States, the Russian Federation; America, Russia.

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear? Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say? Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope Episode 177: Talking About Age in English Episode 181: Future Tense in English Episode 185: Interested or Interesting? Episode 189: Talking About the Past Episode 193: How to Borrow Money Episode 197: Who Pays for Lunch? Episode 201: Will vs. Going To Episode 205: Talking about People Episode 209: How much versus How many Episode 213: Make vs. Do Episode 217: By Yourself vs. On Your Own

 

What have you found difficult about ‘the’?

Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

AEE 220: Find Your Zone of Genius with TEDx Speaker Laura Garnett

Nov 17, 2014 15:01

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Do you have a potential for genius?

How can you access it?

Today Lindsay talks with Laura Garrett, creator of the Zone of Genius Assessment, about how you can discover your own zone of genius!

 

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The Zone of Genius is your innate talents combined with your purpose.  Your talent is what you’re naturally good at, and it is unique to you.  Your purpose is your main challenge in life – this may not be so unique.  In fact, many others may have the same challenge, and there may be an opportunity for you to help them while helping yourself.

 

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Laura offers four tips to finding your Zone of Genius:

Identify your talent: Ask your colleagues what they see as your unique approach to the work you do. You may have overlooked something about yourself! Identify your challenges: Look at your past. What did you struggle with? What was hard? What did you overcome, and how did you help others? Ask yourself weekly: What are you excited about at work? Are you bored or interested? Why or why not? Look back on your past week: What impact did you have? Does it satisfy you?

 

What do you think of the Zone of Genius concept?

Let us know in the comments section below!

 

 

Laura Garnett is a Performance Strategist, speaker and the creator of The Zone of Genius Assessment — a powerful process that clarifies your unique talent and purpose, to produce greater impact, results and fulfillment at work.

She speaks at events and conferences across the country, including TEDx, and is a regular contributor to Inc.com, The Huffington Post and the Zappos Delivering Happiness blog.

Prior to launching her own New York-based consultancy, Laura honed her marketing, branding and mission-refining skills at companies like Capital One, American Express, IAC and Google.

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AEE 219: How to Truly Be Free with Your English Goals and Your Life

Nov 13, 2014 16:15

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Are you free to follow your goals in life?

Or are you afraid?

Today, learn how freedom comes with fearlessness!

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There are so many things to be afraid of: loneliness, lack of money, professional failure or meaninglessness. Fears can overwhelm you.  But what if you have a vision that’s bigger than fear?

To accomplish anything, you have to get out of your head and into your body. Action means letting go of your thoughts.  But to do that, you need the freedom to be fearless.

 

Freedom to be fearless means:

Questioning everything Avoiding “perfectionist paralysis” Having goals, but knowing that goals are not always the most important thing Being able to communicate effectively with others when the stakes are high

 

Are you free and fearless?

How does it come out in your life?

Tell us your story in the comments section below!

AEE 218: Learn 3 Ways to Write Like a Pro in American English from AEE Insider Jay Bethke

Nov 12, 2014 17:55

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AEE 217: By Yourself vs. On Your Own in English

Nov 11, 2014 09:23

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Do you say By Yourself or On Your Own in English?

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Today, in #2 of our Top 15 Fixes series, we discuss these two phrases and how to use them when you’re doing something alone!

 

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By yourself and on your own are two phrases that may look different, but their meanings are essentially identical.  Both are used to say that you’ve done something alone, rather than with others.

Even though their meaning is the same, you want to be careful that you don’t mix up the prepositions between these phrases. The best way to avoid that is to learn each one as a chunk.  And the best way to do that is to practice!

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear? Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say? Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope Episode 177: Talking About Age in English Episode 181: Future Tense in English Episode 185: Interested or Interesting? Episode 189: Talking About the Past Episode 193: How to Borrow Money Episode 197: Who Pays for Lunch? Episode 201: Will vs. Going To Episode 205: Talking about People Episode 209: How much versus How many Episode 213: Make vs. Do

 

What do you like to do by yourself?

What do you like to do alone?

Let us know in the comments section below!

AEE 216: Find Out Why Americans Don't Want to Live at Home

Nov 10, 2014 15:08

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Are you an adult living at home with your parents?

Did you know that American culture discourages this?

Today, find out why Americans feel compelled to move out of their family home at age 18 – even if they don’t have enough money to do so!

 

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AEE 215: How to Surround Yourself with the Doers When It Comes to English and Life

Nov 6, 2014 09:07

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Do you surround yourself with doers?

Is it important to spend time with others who appreciate your dreams?

Today, we talk about why it’s a good idea to hang out with people who can do and dream, and one action you can take to build a supportive social circle!

 

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AEE 214: How to Stop Being Afraid of Your Own Dreams and Maximize Your Impact in Life

Nov 5, 2014 12:07

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Do you dream without fear?

Do you link your English studies to your big goals?

Today, learn about one All Ears English listener who has an incredible goal and dream for his English – and why it’s making all the difference in his life!

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Sergin is an All Ears English listener in Turkey. He listens to English conversations 4-8 hours every day!  His goal is to become an actor and move to Hollywood.  That may sound like an ambitious dream, but it is possible.

Dreaming big is the only way to achieve big things.  And it’s important to have a goal that you care about. What you’re doing must inspire you and hold your attention.  Find what you want to do in life, not just what you should do!

 

Do you have any big dreams or goals connected to learning English?

Tell us all about them in the comments section below!

 

AEE 213: Do Yourself a Favor - Learn Make vs. Do in English

Nov 4, 2014 14:53

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What’s the difference between do and make in English?

Do you make something, or do you do it?

Today, in #3 of our Top 15 Fixes, we talk about the difficulty of distinguishing when to use these two verbs!

 

Many English learners have difficulty using do and make, often because they are directly translating from their own language. But native English speakers make it even more difficult.  Even though there are some basic rules for using these verbs, native speakers tend to break them.

 

 

Make usually means to create something, from the ground up. Some examples include:

Making food, a drink, or anything requiring ingredients Making friends (creating friendships) Making the bed or table (putting things together) Making a phone call, or making mistakes

 

Do usually relates more to a responsibility, an action or a job. Some examples include:

Doing dinner, coffee or drinks (something you do together, with others) Doing homework, or doing the dishes (doing a job or work) Doing someone a favor Doing your best

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear? Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say? Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope Episode 177: Talking About Age in English Episode 181: Future Tense in English Episode 185: Interested or Interesting? Episode 189: Talking About the Past Episode 193: How to Borrow Money Episode 197: Who Pays for Lunch? Episode 201: Will vs. Going To Episode 205: Talking about People Episode 209: How much versus How many

 

 

 

What do you make?

What do you do?

Let us know in the comments section at allearsenglish.com/213

AEE 212: Are New Yorkers Friendly? Learn 3 Effective Ways to Meet Friends in NY

Nov 3, 2014 13:36

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How do you make friends in New York?

What do you need to know?

Today, we discuss one little part of making it in the Big Apple!

 

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AEE 211: Find Out How Americans Celebrate Halloween

Oct 30, 2014 12:38

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Do you know how to celebrate Halloween like an American?

Today, we discuss how Americans celebrate this strange holiday, and how learning English will allow you to celebrate Halloween all year!

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Halloween is a popular traditional American holiday. For many Americans, it is their favorite holiday.

Among the many activities Americans engage in, the most important for celebrating Halloween is dressing up in a costume.

Adults might dress up for parties, and kids might dress up for trick or treating. This is a chance to be somebody different and to reinvent yourself!

Learning a new language can also allow you to take on a new personality. A new culture and language might mix with your unique personality to make you into someone 'different'.  Speaking a new language is thus like Halloween all year!

 

Do you celebrate Halloween in your country?

What do you do?

Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

AEE 210: English LingQ Founder Steve Kaufmann Talks About Why Learning is up to YOU

Oct 29, 2014 17:20

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Is learning English up to you?

Today, we talk with Steve Kaufmann, founder of English LingQ about how your English learning goals are closer than you think!

 

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AEE 209: Baking Many Cookies with All Ears English

Oct 28, 2014 11:51

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Is it correct to ask how much, or how many in English?

Today, in #4 of the Top 15 Fixes series, we discuss using the words 'much' and 'many' when discussing quantities!

 

It’s important to think of the meaning of the words much and many, and how each is used differently in counting.

 

If you're counting something as a mass that can be spilled on the table so that it goes everywhere, you would use the word 'much'. Examples include:

Grainy or powdery substances like sugar or flour Liquids, semi-liquids or semi-solids like milk, honey or butter Money (when considered abstractly, as in “too much money”)

 

If you are counting individual pieces, use the word 'many'. Examples include:

Grains such as sugar counted individually Groups of items, like chocolate chips, marshmallows or berries Countable units, such as cups, teaspoons or bags

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear? Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say? Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope Episode 177: Talking About Age in English Episode 181: Future Tense in English Episode 185: Interested or Interesting? Episode 189: Talking About the Past Episode 193: How to Borrow Money Episode 197: Who Pays for Lunch? Episode 201: Will vs. Going To Episode 205: Talking about People

 

Do you have any examples for using much and many in your baking or cooking?

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AEE 208: Amy Gillett Shows You 3 Easy Ways to Speak English Like an American

Oct 27, 2014 16:37

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Do you speak English like an American?

Do you wish you did?

Today, learn 3 ways to sound a little more like an American when you speak English!

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AEE 207: How to Run Your Day the Right Way

Oct 23, 2014 11:13

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Do you plan for your priorities?

Do you run your day, or does your day run you?

Today we discuss how planning your day can help you accomplish your priorities!

 

If you don’t decide how you’ll manage you time, someone else will. It’s simple to understand but easy to forget.

 

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AEE 206: One Huge Mistake You're Making When it Comes to Missing the Bus

Oct 22, 2014 09:55

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Today we discuss a big mistake you’re making with "miss" and "lose" when you talk about missing the bus in English!

 

If you take the bus or train, what do you say when you discover it has already come and gone without you?

“I lost the bus,” is a common mistake.  The problem with saying this is that it suggests you owned the bus, but no longer know where it is.  A person can lose their keys or their wallet, but they can only lose their bus if they’re a bus driver!

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AEE 205: How to Fix a Translation Mistake

Oct 21, 2014 11:27

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How do you talk about people in English?

Is the word “people” plural or singular?

Today, in #5 of the Top 15 Fixes, we discuss a mistake you might be making when you translate your native language into English – and how to fix it!

 

 

In some languages, the word for “people” is singular. But it’s important to remember that, in English, this word is plural.

People are interesting. NOT: People is interesting.

 

The singular term for “people” is “person.” This is similar to the situation with the words “children” and “child.”

The children are good. The children are energetic. The child is good. The child is energetic.

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear? Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say? Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope Episode 177: Talking About Age in English Episode 181: Future Tense in English Episode 185: Interested or Interesting? Episode 189: Talking About the Past Episode 193: How to Borrow Money Episode 197: Who Pays for Lunch? Episode 201: Will vs. Going To

 

Have you had trouble with the plural and singular of these words?

Does it come from translating from your own language?

Let us know in the comments section below!

AEE 204: 3 Tips for Learning English with an Expert Teacher on iTalki

Oct 20, 2014 18:13

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Would you like advice from an expert English teacher?

Today, we talk with Tony from italki.com about 3 outside-the-box ways to improve your English!

 

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AEE 203: How to Reflect Your Way to English Fluency

Oct 16, 2014 11:48

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Do you take time to reflect on your English learning?

Today we talk about how spending 15 minutes on one specific action could save you hours of work later!

 

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AEE 202: Pose Your Way to Confidence in English

Oct 15, 2014 15:07

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Can you use your body to increase your confidence in English speaking?

Today, learn what poses can make you more comfortable and powerful!

 

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy says body language affects how we think, and how others think about us. When people are slouched and closed-in on themselves, they not only feel less powerful, but they appear less powerful to others.

Consider: Are your shoulders  slouched?  Or are they back, with your chest open?  Are you spreading yourself out physically?  Are you smiling?  Is your body upright?

 

 

Tips for power-posing your way to confidence:

Stand with your arms up, legs spread out, shoulders back and chest out.  Take up space and breathe deeply! If you can't do this at the moment, imagine you’re doing it, or do it in the bathroom before your important interview or presentation.  You can even do it while talking on the phone. Yawn! By yawning, we are naturally bringing oxygen to our brain, which makes us feel more alert and confident.

 

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Has it worked for you?

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AEE 201: Finally Solve Your Confusion with "Will" and "Going to"

Oct 14, 2014 12:16

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When you’re talking about the future in English, should you use “will” or “going to”?

Today, in #6 of the Top 15 Fixes, we discuss the correct way to tell others what you want to do, whether in the immediate future or many years from now!

 

"Will" and "going to" are interchangeable in meaning, but native English speakers tend to use them for slightly different purposes.

 

Will is often used in the context of a big plan or dream, often in the far future:

I will get married, eventually. “Someday, people will live on Mars.”

 

However, Will can also be used if you have just spontaneously made a decision, at this very moment, or for promises:

“Maybe I will go out to lunch.” “I will always love you.”

 

Going to is used for more specific decisions about your immediate future:

“I’m gonna (going to) go biking tomorrow.” “She’s going to call later tonight.”

 

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These rules are general. Remember, there are exceptions, and native speakers can be inconsistent.  The best way to learn is to get out and hear native English speakers, and use the language the way you hear it spoken.

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear? Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say? Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope Episode 177: Talking About Age in English Episode 181: Future Tense in English Episode 185: Interested or Interesting? Episode 189: Talking About the Past Episode 193: How to Borrow Money Episode 197: Who Pays for Lunch?

 

What will you do in the future?

What are you going to do?

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AEE 200: How to Talk About Money in American Culture

Oct 13, 2014 13:24

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How should you talk about money in American culture?

Today, we discuss what you should and shouldn't ask Americans about money!

 

Americans tend to think it rude to discuss personal finances and financial decisions. This may be due to the basic American value of faith in an egalitarian society.  But whatever the reason, money is a touchy subject, and questions about it alienate or even upset an American.

 

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AEE 199: Hapa Eikaiwa Host Jun Shows You How to Beat English Perfectionism

Oct 9, 2014 12:53

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Are you a perfectionist when it comes to learning English?

If you are, then you are not alone!

Today we have an awesome guest! Today Jun from Hapa Eikaiwa is here to talk about how you can beat this problem.

Do you feel like you are afraid of making mistakes or that everything that you say has to be perfect?

Jun has found that a lot of his students rehearse their sentences in their heads and can’t jump into a conversation and express themselves because of perfectionism.

Do you think more than you talk?

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AEE 198: Are You an English Amateur or Pro?

Oct 8, 2014 11:16

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Are you an English amateur or a pro?

Today we talk about the work from author Steven Pressfield and what it means for your English learning.

 

Who’s a Pro?

The pro artist or English learner or entrepreneur will show up every day and will do the work.

He will move past the thoughts that tend to make him get side-tracked.

The pro is present in his studies and his work. He doesn’t repeat negative thoughts or make excuses.

Are you a pro when it comes to learning English?

 

Who’s an Amateur?

He  might make excuses for not being fluent in English.

The amateur might decide that his lack of English skills is because he doesn’t have a good teacher, or good resources, or the right opportunities.

Are you an amateur English learner?

 

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Are you an English amateur or an English pro?

Why?

Can you share a strategy to help other AEE listeners “turn pro”?

 

 

 

AEE 197: Who Pays for Lunch When You're Out with English Speakers?

Oct 7, 2014 09:44

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Do you know who pays for lunch when you go out with English speakers?

This might be a source of serious confusion for you if you are making the mistake of translating the word "invite" from your native language to English!

Today you'll learn how to avoid one of the most awkward possible misunderstandings when you go out for lunch!

Today is number 7 of our Top 15 Fixes to Tune up Your Porsche!

 

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What does it mean when you "invite" someone out for dinner or for lunch?

The verb "invite" just means to extend an invitation to someone to go out and do something together. It does NOT mean that you will pay for the person's meal.

Are you translating this verb and its meaning from your native language into English?

A lot of people make this mistake!

In English when we invite someone to dinner we aren't sure who is going to pay.

 

If you do want to pay for someone you can say:

"I've got this" "I got this" "Let me get this" "This one's on me" "I'll take this" "Don't worry about it. I've got this"

 

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear?

Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say?

Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope

Episode 177: Talking About Age in English

Episode 181: Future Tense in English

Episode 185: Interested or Interesting?

Episode 189: Talking About the Past

 

How do you deal with paying for the bill in your culture?

Is it ok to refuse when someone offers to pay for you or should you accept?

How do you think your culture is different from American culture in this sense?

Leave us a message in the comments and let's have a conversation!

AEE 196: How to Use Spreadsheets to Maximize Your English Learning

Oct 6, 2014 18:08

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Do you want to maximize your English learning and get fluent in English faster?

Today you'll learn how to maximize your English learning by using spreadsheets with Jane Lawson from Daily Step!

You'll also learn two other very cool tips to speak English like a native.

 

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AEE 195: 4 Tips to Instantly Sound More American in English

Oct 2, 2014 15:11

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Americans love to use English slang. Would you like to sound more American when you speak English?

Today we talk about four common slang combinations you can use to sound more like a native!

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As with other people and languages, Americans tend to bridge words and speak quickly.  This can have the effect of shortening and even creating entirely new words.

 

Here are four slang combination-words that you are likely to hear when around Americans:

wanna (want to): “I wanna go out tonight.” shoulda (should have): “I shoulda told the truth.” gonna (going to): “He’s gonna go to a movie later.” gotta (got to): “She says she’s gotta work.”

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AEE 194: How to Decide Between a Free Language Exchange and an English Lesson

Oct 1, 2014 13:38

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Should you do a free language exchange instead of an English lesson?

Today, we discuss why this might be a mistake!

 

Language exchanges are a big topic in language learning.  They’re popular because they’re both fun and free.  But they do have some downfalls and sometimes a real teacher is better.

 

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AEE 193: How to Borrow Money in English Correctly

Sep 30, 2014 09:58

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Do you borrow or lend to a friend in need?

Today, in #8 of our countdown of the Top 15 Fixes in English series, we’ll be talking about the difference between these two similar verbs!

 

You don’t want to let grammar get in the way of giving to or getting from your friends.  But the verbs borrow and lend are tricky because they both mean to temporarily give — and yet they are different.

 

The key to using these verbs is understanding that they follow perspective.  Consider who is doing the giving, and who is doing the receiving.

Lend focuses on the one who is giving (the one doing the action). Borrow focuses on the one receiving (the one upon whom the action is done).

 

Here are some examples:

I asked her if I could borrow some money.

I asked her if she could lend me some money.

Did you borrow it from her?

Did she lend it to you?

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear? Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say? Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope Episode 177: Talking About Age in English Episode 181: Future Tense in English Episode 185: Interested or Interesting? Episode 189: Talking About the Past

 

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AEE 192: How to Captivate People with Your English Small Talk

Sep 29, 2014 14:37

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How do you make small talk in English interesting?

Does it always have to be boring?

Today we talk with Chris Colin about how you can generate great small talk!

 

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AEE 191: Just Ask for Success

Sep 25, 2014 10:12

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Can you get success by asking for it?

Today, we talk about one surprisingly simple way to get what you want in your career and life!

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Don’t assume that you can’t have everything in life. A lot of times, you might be surprised what you can get by just asking.

A good strategy is to find ways to negotiate a win-win situation out of something you want.  Everything is negotiable and nothing is set in stone.

Of course, what you’re asking for has to be reasonable, and you need to be able to support your request. If you are asking for something fair and not too bold, you may be surprised to get what you want.  And if not, the very worst that can happen is you receive a No!

 

Have you ever achieved success by just asking?

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AEE 190: The 24-Hour Challenge that will Make Your English Awesome

Sep 24, 2014 10:26

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How can you get fast English improvement?

How about improvement in 24 hours?

Today, we talk about how you can go from zero to a million in English in only 24 hours!

 

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We all want to be fluent and sound like a native speaker. But we all want it fast! What can you do to get you closer to your goal in only 24 hours?

One thing is to break you bigger goal into smaller, actionable steps that you can actually accomplish. Think about all the little things related to your goal, and what you can do to make them work for you.  Think small, but think hard. There are opportunities for improvement everywhere.

Think also about how you can connect, whether it be to people or the language itself. What small connections can you find or make in a very short time?

 

How will you get closer to your goal in 24 hours?

Any ideas?

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AEE 189: Your Last English Grammar Problem Solved

Sep 23, 2014 12:15

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Talking about your past, should you say did or have done?

Today, in #9 of our countdown of the Top 15 Fixes in English series, we’ll be discussing how to handle past experiences and accomplishments in English!

If somebody says, “I have done that,” how is it different from saying “I did that?”  The difference can seem tricky but the key is the context.

 

Here is a simple way to think about this:

When using have done, you are zooming out, outside of yourself and to a big picture.  You might be talking about your entire lifetime, or the distant past. When using did, you are zooming in to something more recent and maybe more simple.  You may also be talking about a specific time period that is now over.

 

Here are some more examples:

“I did go to Paris last week.” “I didn’t watch any TV yesterday.” “I have been to Paris, but not since childhood.” “I have watched a lot of TV in my lifetime.”

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear? Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say? Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope Episode 177: Talking About Age in English Episode 181: Future Tense in English Episode 185: Interested or Interesting?

 

Tell us some of your experiences or accomplishments in the comments section below!

AEE 188: How to Be Happy Like Every Day is a Vacation

Sep 22, 2014 16:52

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Can you be happy every day?

If so, what does it take?

Today, we talk with Michael about what you can do to live every day like a vacation!

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AEE 187: Why We Won't Make Your Bad English Good

Sep 18, 2014 12:18

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Are you an active English learner?

Or are you waiting for us to give you better English skills?

Today we talk about how improving your English is about what you do, not what we do!

A teacher can only support you and give you the tools you need to help yourself. But improving your English is your responsibility!  Never say “I hope you can improve my English.”  Instead ask yourself, “How can I use All Ears English as a tool to improve my English?

 

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AEE 186: English Anyone Host Drew Badger Shares 3 Unconventional Tips for Fluency

Sep 17, 2014 19:23

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Do you want to speak English like a native?

Today we chat with Drew Badger, host of English Anyone, about 3 tips to help you achieve fluency!

We become fluent in our native language by connecting to others. Drew believes we should use the same behavior to get fluent in other languages.  In other words, be a speaker, not just a learner!

 

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AEE 185: Are You Interested or Interesting Find Out the Difference!

Sep 16, 2014 10:59

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Are you interested, or interesting?

What’s the difference?

Today, in #10 of our countdown of the Top 15 Fixes in English series, we’ll be discussing when to use the -ed and -ing endings! 

To be interested is not the same as being interesting.  The same applies to other English phrases such as bored and boring, or excited and exciting.  Here is a general rule to help you remember the difference:

When talking about yourself or your feelings, use the –ed ending.  "I am interested in music." When talking about others or something outside yourself, use the –ing ending.  "That music is interesting."

 

Here are some more examples:

"She's excited by travel." "Travel is exciting." "They're bored by soccer." "Soccer is boring."

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear? Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say? Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope Episode 177: Talking About Age in English Episode 181: Future Tense in English

 

What do you find interesting, boring or amazing?

What isn’t interesting, boring or amazing?

Tell us in the comments section below!

 

AEE 184: Stop Over-consuming and Start with an English Plan

Sep 15, 2014 12:28

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Do you need a plan to learn English?

Do you have so many learning resources you’re overwhelmed?

Today we discuss why you need to stop trying to do it all and start creating an English plan!

 

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AEE 183: Get Unstuck in Your English, Career and Life with Stephen Warley from Unstuckable

Sep 11, 2014 18:21

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Do you control your life?

Or is your life controlled by all of the work, responsibilities and people you know?

Today we talk with Stephen Warley from Unstuckable about how take back your life by getting unstuck!

Sometimes life can make you feel "stuck" when you don't have the time or energy to do what you want to do.  Stephen says it doesn't have to be this way, if you know how to get unstuck.

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AEE 182: A Successful Entrepreneur in New York Shows How to Let Go and Learn English

Sep 10, 2014 20:52

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Can you learn English like an entrepreneur?

Today we talk with successful New York entrepreneur Kristy Oshita about how starting a business  can compare to learning English!

Entrepreneurs must to work at least as hard as English learners for success.  They have to know how to use their time, focus their energy and maintain their sanity.

 

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AEE 181: Will Lindsay Go to Japan? Future Tense in English

Sep 9, 2014 08:45

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The English future tense can be tricky.

Today, in #11 of our countdown of the Top 15 Fixes in English series, we’ll be discussing the most common mistake with the future tense of English!

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Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear? Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say? Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope Episode 177: Talking About Age in English

 

 

AEE 180: Native Speaker Expressions that are Not in Your English Textbook

Sep 8, 2014 11:54

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Native English speakers often break grammar rules – did you know that?

Today we discuss six common ways native English speakers mistakenly speak their own language!

Language creates culture, and people talk the way they want to be seen.  Sometimes this means being loose with the language, whether using slang or speaking in a way that is more comfortable than right.

 

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AEE 179: Thomas Frank on Momentum, Missions and Motivation

Sep 4, 2014 18:05

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What is the most productive way to learn English?

Are there strategies you can use to improve productivity in language learning?

Today we talk with productivity expert Thomas Frank about three ways to learn English faster!

Thomas believes a big part of success in learning a language has to do with how you manage your time.  By using certain strategic behaviors, he says that you can get more and better learning, faster.

The top 3 three tips for improving English learning productivity:

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AEE 178: Gaming Will Change How You Learn English

Sep 3, 2014 18:16

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Can you learn English like a game?

Can it be fun and addictive rather than just work?

Today we talk with Geremie, an entrepreneur who says that gaming can show us how to make learning English more interesting and enjoyable!

Geremie says we can learn from the psychological incentives that video games give us to keep playing, and that these lessons can help with motivation and ultimate success in learning English.

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AEE 177: When and How do You Talk About Age in English

Sep 2, 2014 11:44

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When and how do you talk about age in English?

Today, in #12 of our countdown of the Top 15 Fixes in English series, we’ll be discussing what is polite (and not so polite) about doing this in America!

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Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear? Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say? Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope

AEE 176: A Professional Singer Shows You How to Deeply Learn the Sounds of a Language

Sep 1, 2014 13:57

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Learning English pronunciation can be tricky.  But is it possible to learn it better and faster?

Singer Lydia Lyon does not speak Arabic.  But when she sings in Arabic, she sounds just like a native speaker.

Today we talk to Lydia about how she learned the pronunciation without knowing the language!

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AEE 175: How to Craft Your Art Through English in 28,000 Days

Aug 28, 2014 10:39

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How can you treat English as part of your art?

Have you thought about what your legacy will be?

Today we talk about how your learning English a part of how people will remember you when you're gone.

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AEE 174: How to Think in English with Shayna from Espresso English

Aug 27, 2014 16:23

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How can you think in English?

Today, we talk with Shayna Oliveira from espressoenglish.net about three levels to start thinking your way to fluency!

Many language learners believe that you must be advanced or even fluent before you can think in that language.  Shayna believes you can start developing that skill when you are a beginner.

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AEE 173: Wish vs. Hope in English - What's the Difference?

Aug 26, 2014 09:10

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Wish and Hope in English are similar, but not exactly the same. 

Today, in #13 of our countdown of the Top 15 Fixes in English series, find out how to correctly use the verbs Wish and Hope!

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AEE 172: Homophones to Push Your English to the Next Level

Aug 25, 2014 20:57

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Homophones can be dangerous.

But understanding them can help push your English to the next level.

Today we chat with Tim Torkildson, an ESL blogger who was fired from his job for blogging about homophones!

A homophone is a word that has the same pronunciation as another word, but a different spelling and meaning.  Though not all languages have homophones, English has a lot of them.

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AEE 171: Learn How to Hack Your American Eating Habits with a Food Expert

Aug 21, 2014 18:48

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Do you want to eat like a New Englander, but you're afraid of gaining weight?

Today we talk to food blogger Grace Lentini about the food of New England, and how to eat it!

When in New England, you've got to try the seafood.  Boston had a huge fishing industry, Maine is famous for lobster, and Rhode Island is a great place to find calamari.

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AEE 170: Do You Have an English Disease How to Treat it Like a Doctor

Aug 20, 2014 09:10

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