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#099 Renting a car in English - ESL (rep)
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Hi, everyone!I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com.My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently and with confidence.

Today I'll be teaching you how to rent a car in English. The lesson is simple and to the point, so it’ll save you a lot of time when you really need to rent a vehicle.
And in the next section, you'll practice your English speaking with a funny mini-story. Today’s story is about Brian, a middle-aged man who wants to go out with hot chicks. :)

It's summer again, and many of you are seeking a holiday getaway. So today I'll be teaching you how to rent a car.

First of all, you should start by comparing prices online. Consider doing your research by checking travel websites like Expedia, Kayak or Hotwire.

Some of the most popular car hire agencies are Alamo, Avis, and Hertz.

Before deciding on an agency, ask about the additional charges because these charges will help you figure out which is the best deal. Some common rates include:

Underage-driver fees: it means that the agency charges an additional fee for a driver under 25.

Airport surcharges: This charge will make a big difference in the total amount. Basically, the agency will charge you a supplement for picking up a rental car at the airport.

Additional charges per driver: You'll need to pay extra for having more than one person driving the rental.

It's also a great idea to book a flight and rent a car together. Doing so will often save you money since you'll get better deals.

Making a reservation:
When you're renting a car, you can either pay in advance or just make the reservation and pay when you pick up the vehicle. Many rental car companies will hold your reservation without any form of payment, whereas others will demand a credit card number.

Pay for the rental.
If you didn't pay in advance online, then you'll have to make the payment when you get to the pick-up point. Be..

#098 English Listening Tips - Is repetition useful? - ESL
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Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.
In this episode, I will be talking about how many times we have to repeat an audio material in English. After that, you practice your conversation skills with a new mini-story.
Ok, let’s get started!

As you may know, I always recommend you to listen to improve your English speaking. There are many studies, which suggest that there is a correlation between our level of the language and the hours we have been listening. In other words, the more you listen, the better. The more hours you spend listening, the quicker you improve.

Here’s an interesting question you might ask: “How many times do I have to listen to every piece of content?” Do I have to listen just one time? Or more than that?

What most students do is listen to certain content once or twice and then change to another material. The typical student thinks that the more variety, the better.

Well, variety is useful, but what you want is to consolidate what you listen, and the most effective way to achieve this is through repetition.

So, let’s say you are starting with English. You're a beginner. This is the situation where you need a lot of repetition. The reason is that you need to create the most common patterns in your head. That’s why you need to repeat many times. For example, let’s say you have a 5 minutes audio adapted to your level. Then, you can repeat the audio twenty, thirty, or even more times.

Yes! You heard me well! Twenty, thirty, or more times!

I’m not saying that you have to do it in one day. For example, you can repeat the audio three times every day for one week. This is only 15 minutes a day for seven days, which is 21 times. You can read and listen if you need to.Yes, it seems crazy, but I can assure you that this is very effective. ..

#097 English podcast lesson: Summer Vacation - what to do? – ESL
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Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques.

In today’s episode, I’ll give you some tips on how to spend your summer vacation, and you'll speak English with a mini-story.

Before I go any further, I'd like to thank you for listening. I’m also a language learner, and I can identify with you and your goals, so I want to help you.

Do you know how you can help me? It would be great if you could share my podcast with your friends or write a review on iTunes, Youtube, or my Facebook page.

OK! Let’s start!

Time passes so quickly. I can’t believe it’s already August! And speaking of time, this is the last episode of the season. I'm going to take a short vacation to rest. But don't worry because I'm going to upload a selection of episodes from other seasons so you can continue practicing your English.

So I'll be back in September with new, highly refreshing content.
But in today’s episode, I thought it might help you think about what activities you can do during the summer vacation.

So, let's see what you could do during this vacation:

Connecting with nature
A very healthy activity that you can do is to go to a natural spot and enjoy nature. The idea is to relax and forget about exams or deadlines. Of course, you can take the opportunity to do a little exercise by going for a walk. Ideally, you should find a place without too many people, especially children. I am sure that in your country there are many places where you can quietly enjoy nature.

Wandering around the city
Okay, if you get bored with so much nature, you can do the opposite. You can wander around the city where we live. The word "wander" means to walk without a specific destination.
The idea i..

#096 Obsolete Communication Devices and Gadgets (ESL)
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Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques.

Today we are going to be a bit nostalgic, and talk about some communication devices and gadgets that still exist nowadays, but are obsolete.
Let’s start!

Fax machine
How did we share documents and letters before the email existed?
Although many people sent a telegram or a letter, there was another device that we used, particularly in the professional field. Yes. I'm talking about the fax machine.
While some companies still use fax machines, no one has one of those machines at home. I guess we prefer to use an email because it's faster, takes up no space and it's free.
Nowadays, you can still send a fax without a fax machine. You only need to use your computer or a smartphone, because there are websites that offer this service.

Telegram
And by the way, you'll be surprised to know that people still send telegrams.
No. I'm not referring to the Telegram Messenger app.
You can send a telegram the old fashioned way or even online.
Landlines
How about landline phones? Do you still have one of those at home?
I can’t even remember when was the last time I had one of those. It was definitely a long time ago.
The landlines had no high-definition color display, no camera, and no Internet connection. They had a long cord so people could move it around the house. But that was inconvenient. I remember my landline phone was wireless and had a small black and white screen. I was happy to move around the house without a cord, but it was a bulky phone, and the battery didn't last long.
I just know that I’m grateful to have a smartphone now. :)

Phone Books
Have you ever used a phone book? I remember using one a few decades ago.
People..

#095 American vs. British Food - Vocabulary Differences
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Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently.

Two weeks ago, we started with a series of vocabulary differences between American and British English. Today we will continue this series, although we’ll focus on food vocabulary differences.

And with a point of view story, you’re gonna compare the different grammar points. It’s the perfect way to learn grammar and new vocabulary without memorizing.

Ok! Let’s start!

1)Zucchini
Maybe you aren’t familiar with this word.
It’s a long, thin vegetable with dark green skin. It looks similar to a cucumber, but it’s larger, and we don’t eat it in a salad .

Yes. I’m talking about a vegetable called zucchini. I love zucchini noodles and zucchini soup! You should try that out because it’s simply delicious!

In the United Kingdom, people use the word courgette, which comes from French.

American-zucchini
British- courgette

2)I’m sure you know the meaning of the following word.

I’m talking about the word cookie. Everybody loves chocolate cookies!

But do you know the meaning of the word biscuit?

That’s right. Biscuit has the same meaning as "cookie," though it’s used in the UK.

American-cookie
British- biscuit

3) There’s a purple vegetable, similar to an egg. Can you guess?

Exactly! An eggplant!

What do you think? Personally, I don't think eggplants look like an egg.

In British it’s called aubergine. It sounds funny because it’s also a word that comes from French.

American-eggplant
British- aubergine

4) Have you ever heard of jacket potatoes?
No. It’s not a potato that’s wearing a jacket.

In American English, we call them baked potatoes, but in British it’s called jacket potato.

Therefore, baked or jacket potatoes are usually well cooked, so they have a fluffy interior and a crisp skin.

American-baked pot..

#093 American vs British -Vocabulary Differences #2
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Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently.

We all know that American and British English sound different most of the time. But did you know there is also a difference in vocabulary?
That’s right. There are spelling, vocabulary, and even specific grammar differences between the two.

Last week we started with a series of vocabulary differences between American and British English. Today we will continue this series, if you didn't listen to last week's episode, you might want to do so right now. Just go speakenglishpodcast.com and select episode #093.

And with a point of view story, you’re gonna compare the different grammar points. It’s the perfect way to learn grammar and new vocabulary without memorizing.

Ok! Let’s start!

I’m going to tell you a word in American English, and I’ll ask you to guess what would be the equivalent word in British English.

1)TruckIn American English with use the word truck when we refer to a large, heavy road vehicle used for carrying goods, materials, or troops.

Can you guess the equivalent in British?

Yes! In the United Kingdom, people use the word lorry.

American-truck
British- lorry

2)After washing the dishes, we use a dish towel to dry the dishes.

Can you guess which word is used in British English?

That’s right. People call it "tea towel" or "tea cloth" in the UK.

American-dish towel
British- tea towel or tea cloth

3) In the States, people live in an apartment.

Do you know the word in British English?

Yes. That’s right. In British, they use the word flat.

American-apartment
British- flat

4) I live on the first floor, and my neighbor on the second floor.

Simple. Right?

Not really. Let me explain why.

The equivalent in British for the "first floor" would be the "ground floor."
The second floor in British..

#093 American vs British - Vocabulary Differences
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Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

Today you will learn some new words in English, and compare the differences between American and British English. This episode is part 1 of a series. Because over the next few weeks, we will continue to learn new vocabulary differences between British and American English.

I'm going to make you guess each word, and then you're going to find out if you were using an American or a British word.

Let's start with the first word:

When we stop working for a few days, we take a break. Can you guess this word?

Yes! The correct word is "vacation".

Vacation is an American word.
In British English, we usually use the word holiday.

British- Holiday
American-Vacation

2) Try guessing the next word:

Tell me what season comes after summer?

That's right! After summer comes fall.

So, what do you think?

Is the world fall an American or British English?

Time's up.

The word fall is used in American English. In British English, we use the word autumn.

British-Autumn
American-Fall

3) This new word is simple. Just try to think about babies. What do they wear?

Exactly! Babys wear diapers.

The word diaper is an American word.

But how do we say this in British?
In the UK, people use the word nappy.

British-Nappy
American-Diaper

4) And what do you do after drinking a lot of water?

Exactly! You go to the restroom or the bathroom.

However, in the United Kingdom, they use the word loo.

British-Loo
American-restroom (bathroom)

5) How do you watch Netflix? Of course, nowadays we have all kinds of devices. But try to think about the obvious way to watch your favorite show.

Yep. I'm talking about the word TV or television.
But did you know that in the UK they call it telly?
I think it sounds adorable!

British-Telly
Ame..

#093 American vs British - Vocabulary Differences
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Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

Today you will learn some new words in English, and compare the differences between American and British English. This episode is part 1 of a series. Because over the next few weeks, we will continue to learn new vocabulary differences between British and American English.

I'm going to make you guess each word, and then you're going to find out if you were using an American or a British word.

Let's start with the first word:

When we stop working for a few days, we take a break. Can you guess this word?

Yes! The correct word is "vacation".

Vacation is an American word.
In British English, we usually use the word holiday.

British- Holiday
American-Vacation

2) Try guessing the next word:

Tell me what season comes after summer?

That's right! After summer comes fall.

So, what do you think?

Is the world fall an American or British English?

Time's up.

The word fall is used in American English. In British English, we use the word autumn.

British-Autumn
American-Fall

3) This new word is simple. Just try to think about babies. What do they wear?

Exactly! Babys wear diapers.

The word diaper is an American word.

But how do we say this in British?
In the UK, people use the word nappy.

British-Nappy
American-Diaper

4) And what do you do after drinking a lot of water?

Exactly! You go to the restroom or the bathroom.

However, in the United Kingdom, they use the word loo.

British-Loo
American-restroom (bathroom)

5) How do you watch Netflix? Of course, nowadays we have all kinds of devices. But try to think about the obvious way to watch your favorite show.

Yep. I'm talking about the word TV or television.
But did you know that in the UK they call it telly?
I think it sounds adorable!

British-Telly
Am..

#092 The Evolution of Cell Phones – ESL English Podcast
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Welcome to Speak English Now Podcast. With your host Georgiana. The podcast that will help you to speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

Hi, everybody! I'm Georgiana, your online English teacher, and founder of speakenglishpodcast.com
My mission is to help you to speak English fluently.

I have a question for you. What was your first cell phone? I got my first cell phone in 1996, and it was a Motorola. I can’t remember the exact model, but it was very different from what we can find in stores nowadays. And yeah - with this type of cell phone, one could only make phone calls and send text messages. Now I have a smartphone, and I don’t make any phone calls anymore. Like everybody else, I tend to use WhatsApp, Telegram, Messages, FaceTime, or Skype.

I must have mentioned before that I love technology. Actually, without it, you could not listen to this podcast because I wouldn’t be able to record it :)

Ok, so let’s talk about cell phones and how people used to communicate before they were invented.

The smartphone couldn’t exist without the landline telephone. And do you know when it was developed?
Yes. A long time ago, in 1876. And the idea of the landline telephone was inspired by the telegraph.

We all know that telephones came before cell phones, but have you ever heard of car phones?

Yes! The original car phone weighed about 80 pounds, and this piece of technology was created in 1947.
Back then there was a limited number of people who used this car phone, and there were 5 to 10-year waiting lists.

The car phone was a great invention, but luckily for us in 1973, Motorola created the DynaTAC 8000X - the first handheld cell phone.

It cost $4000, which would be $10000 today. However, the cell phone wasn’t available on the market until 1983.

Many of us complain that our smartphones run out of battery too soon. Do you how long the batter..

#091 Getting a Driving License in the USA - ESL Podcast
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Welcome to Speak English Now Podcast. With your host Georgiana. The podcast that will help you to speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

Hi, everybody! I'm Georgiana, your online English teacher, and founder of speakenglishpodcast.com
My mission is to help you to speak English fluently.

Today you’ll learn how to get your driver’s license in the United States. And you’ll practice your speaking with a conversation simulator that I often refer to as mini-story. You’ll also find out some interesting facts about the legendary Formula 1 racing driver Michael Schumacher.

If you've never driven a car, you'll have to start with a learner's permit. You can take all the time you need before scheduling your appointment for the driving test. Before obtaining a driver's license, you must pass a written, driving, and vision test.

Ok! Let’s get started!

How do you get a Learner's Permit?
You'll have to read the driver's manual. And you will be required to take a written test based on your knowledge and understanding of the rules and regulations described in the driver's manual.

If you're under the age of 18, most states require you to get a learner's permit and hold it for about six months to a year before you can get a full license.

Also, to get a learner's permit, you must show legal documents to verify who you are and where you live.

Before you can take the written test and get your permit, you'll have to pay a fee. The amount of the fee is usually is under $100.

You will need to take a basic knowledge test based on the traffic rules and regulations discussed in the driver's manual before obtaining the learner's permit.

The learner's permit test typically focuses on your knowledge of signs and basic traffic rules such as using your turn signal and passing on the left.

To operate a motor vehicle, you must be able to see. If you cannot pass the ..

#089 History of the USA - George Washington - ESL
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Episode #089
George Washington

Welcome to Speak English Now Podcast. With your host Georgiana. The podcast that will help you to speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

Hi, everybody! I'm Georgiana, your online English teacher, and founder of speakenglishpodcast.com
My mission is to help you to speak English fluently.

Today I'd like to introduce you to American history. After all, if you really want to consolidate your English, you'll have to learn more about American culture and society.

And what better way to start than with George Washington the first president of the United States?

George Washington was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental First Army that fought the British when the country was not yet established.

During the American Revolution, Washington led the colonial forces to victory over the British and was considered a national hero.

He became the first president of the United States in 1789 in the first American elections. He was also elected for a second term in 1793. Therefore, he was the only president to win 100 percent of the electoral votes.

In the United States, people celebrate George Washington's birthday on the third Monday in February. Like that, people always have a day off even if his birthday falls during the weekend.

Many people want the holiday to celebrate the birthday of another president, Abraham Lincoln, who was also born in February. Therefore, different U.S. states have renamed the day Presidents Day.

The holiday is a tribute to George Washington for founding the nation. Throughout America, cities become red, white, and blue. People put flags on their windows and hang ribbons in their yards or outside shops.

Americans learn as children about the history of how America was born. They ..

#088 English Podcast - How to Decorate your Home – ESL
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Welcome to Speak English Now Podcast. With your host Georgiana. The podcast that will help you to speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

Hi, everybody! I'm Georgiana, your online English teacher, and founder of speakenglishpodcast.com
My mission is to help you to speak English fluently.

You're probably wondering why it took me so long to publish a new episode. Well, I have a good excuse. Do you know what happened to me? I've been redecorating some rooms in my house.

I've been planning this for over a year, and I must confess that I've been too optimistic. I really thought that changing the decor of the house would be as easy as buying new furniture, a new couch and painting the walls.
However, as you can imagine, things were not that simple.

I must confess that I love decorating, but this time I had too many options, I just couldn't make up my mind, and I was postponing because I had too many ideas.

One of the quickest ways to refresh a room's appearance is to paint the walls. In theory, you should choose a color that complements your personality and fits your space.

Although first I had to find out the color of the furniture to match the color of the walls. In general, I want the room to look clean but also modern and a little sophisticated.

I also had to keep in mind that if I buy too much furniture, it will look too crowded, but if I didn't buy enough furniture, it would look empty and poor. So I had to find a balance.

Size is also important because you could buy furniture that is too big or too small. Small furniture in a large room can look ridiculous though it's not a good idea to add big furniture in a room either. You can imagine how terrible it would look.
And, of course, you have to stick to one style, as there are several options.

Colors are challenging to combine sometimes. As much as we like a color we have to take i..

#085 Food Idioms in English –Expressions in English with food to sound more like an English native speaker.
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Welcome to Speak English Now with your host Georgiana. The podcast that will help you to speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

Hi everyone! I am Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently.

Do you want to sound more like an English native speaker?
Well, today you’ll learn six new popular expressions in English related to food. After that, I’ll practice your speaking with a funny mini-story.

Ok. Let’s learn some new idioms:

There's a type of food that always makes us feel better because it reminds us of our childhood. That kind of food is called COMFORT FOOD.
We eat comfort food because it comforts us. Although we tend to feel better after eating this type of food, it is not necessarily healthy food.

Example:
“After a tiring day, it’s so wonderful to cook some comfort food and read a good book.”

And who doesn’t like eating cake? I just can’t say no to a piece of cake. And when something is extremely easy to do we say it’s a PIECE OF CAKE.
However, this expression doesn’t have anything to do with food.
There’s another similar expression. Instead of “piece of cake” you could say “AS EASY AS PIE.”

Examples:
“I thought the test would be difficult, but it was a piece of cake.”
“Compared to learning Japanese, learning English was as easy as pie.”

But you know what? Sadly, there are times when YOU CAN’T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO.

Yeah! You guessed right! This is another expression :)

When someone says “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” they mean that you can't have two incompatible things at the same time.

In other words, the cake cannot be eaten and saved for later.

Example:
“James works too hard to pay for that luxurious house. The irony here is that he never has any time to stay at home and enjoy it. I guess he can'..

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

#013 Learn the English Conditionals with a Story
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#028 How to use the word BEAR - Idioms, Phrasal Verbs and Story
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"I just can't bear waking up early in the morning!"

Hi, everyone!

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

In today's episode:

• I'm gonna talk about the word bear.

• Next, through a mini-history lesson, you'll practice vocabulary, and above all, you'll improve your spoken English.

Very well. Let's get started!
The word bear is often used as a noun when we're referring to a large furry animal that likes eating honey. By the way, in the second part of this podcast, you'll meet two funny bears Yogi and Boo-Boo.
To bear is a verb with several meanings:
A few of its meanings are to hold, to support, to exhibit, to stand, or to give birth to.
For example, if I say that “I can't bear” something, I mean that I can't tolerate it or stand it. It's just too much, or it makes me very unhappy.
Here are some more examples of the word bear:
Usually, we use the verb to bear when we're in a position where we need to accept, tolerate, or endure something, especially something unpleasant:
"The pain was almost more than Jason could bear.""How can you bear to eat that food?"
There are some other similar expressions. Instead of saying “I can't bear” you could say I can't stand it or I can't put up with it.
"I love going to the beach, but my sister can't stand it."
"I just can't put up with my friend's dog."
What if you want to say the opposite of “I can't bear”?
Let's say that say that you're OK with your friend's dog. It's not a problem for you. You can invite your friend over, and it's just fine if he brings the dog.
You could say: I don't mind my friend's dog. My friend's dog doesn't bother me. I can tolerate it. I don't mind the dog.
Let's get back to the verb to bear.
When we're responsible for something we use the word bear like this:
"Do parents have to bear the whole cost of schooling fees?" (Do they need to take full responsibility?)

You'll also find the word bear to say that someone's giving birth.
"Most animals bear their young in the spring."
"He became ecstatic when his wife bore him a child."

As you've already noticed, you can use the word bear in many different ways.
Here are some common expressions with the word BEAR:
• When you need to deal with something painful we say that you bear the pain:
"Sometimes it's hard to bear the pain of being lonely."
• If you're in a situation where you need to put up with the worst of some bad circumstance we say that you need to bear the brunt:
"The kids should not have to bear the brunt of what the parents did."
• Sometimes you need to take responsibility for the negative effects of your actions. It's when we say that you bear the consequences:
"She's quitting her job anyway so she won't be here next month to bear the consequences."
• When you need to handle something very unpleasant you bear the thought:
"I can't even bear the thought of going home because it doesn't feel like home anymore."

#028 How to use the word BEAR - Idioms, Phrasal Verbs and Story
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#031 Enchanted - Practice your English speaking with a story!

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In today's episode:

• I'll talk about a new way to improve your spoken English. I'll tell you about my secret project.
• Later, you'll practice vocabulary, and above all, you'll improve your spoken English with a funny question and answer story.

Awesome! Let's get started!
First of all, I'd like to wish you a happy new year. How time flies! A new year has just begun!

Today's episode is going to be very special.

Actually, I have an important announcement to make. For almost a year, I've been working on a new project. A secret project that will bring your spoken English to an advanced level.

A new powerful course is now available. It’s called The Enchanted Course.

If you can understand this podcast, you already have the right level for the program.

The course incorporates the techniques you've listened to in all the episodes of the Speak English Now podcast, such as the question and answer technique and point of view.

What' so special about this course? Well, it's based on the legendary Wizard of Oz story.

So far, I've created three Speak English Now courses. The Beginner's course, Speak English Now Fluently course and the Job Interview Course.

By the way, all of my English courses were designed in a way to help you to SPEAK English only by listening. With no grammar and no textbooks.

I consider verbal communication an essential skill. That's why I've decided to teach my students how to listen and speak English fluently.

Whenever I create a new course, I strive to make it as useful as possible for my students. Based on my vast experience with plenty of students from all over the world; the Enchanted course, is so far, my most complete English course.

After many years of helping students to improve their spoken English, I've become familiar with the real needs of intermediate students who wanted to reach a more advanced level.
By the way, it's always a great time to continue improving your English. However, now it's that time of the year when you might get very serious about improving your English. I'm curious about your new year's resolutions. I know that most people want to quit smoking, lose weight but, have you decided to become fluent in English once and for all?

If that's so, then let me tell you that the Enchanted Course will finally help you to bring your English to an advanced level. Now you can get the course for a special price at:

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#031 Enchanted - Practice your English speaking with a mini-story!

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Learn English daily - No excuses! - The Kaizen way - No procrastination - Visit https://SpeakEnglishPod.com to get the full text!

Welcome to the Speak English Now Podcast!

In this episode:
I’ll talk about a Japanese technique called Kaizen. It’s hard to be constant when you have a long-time project like learning English. This technique will help you to study English every day, and it will prevent you from procrastinating.
Later you’ll practice your speaking skills with a new fun question and answer story.
What in the world is Kaizen? You may be asking yourselves.
Kaizen is a Japanese word which can be translated as “Continuous Improvement.”
The concept of continuous improvement has been around for thousands of years in the Japanese culture.
Here’s the thing, sometimes we want to achieve essential goals or make significant changes to our habits.
It’s when we get excited, and we start taking massive action.
We start going to the gym five days a week or studying English several hours every day.
This is easy when we begin since we’re motivated and we have strong determination. Novelty gives us that feeling.
Taking massive action can be positive sometimes. Unfortunately, many times it can become counterproductive.
This mindset is prevalent among the western culture. We like finding big solutions to big problems.
The best way to reach your goal is to start using a better and more efficient method.
So, you already have chosen your goal. That’s easy to do. You’ve decided that you want to speak English fluently.
What’s tricky is maintaining your enthusiasm until reaching your goal.

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#022 English Job Interview Course - Job Interview Dialogue Examples
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Start training for your Job Interview in English. Get the full course here: http://Job.SpeakEnglishPod.com

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

In this episode:

I'll help you prepare for a Job Interview in English. You'll meet Jackie, a software developer who wants to get a job in New York.

Later you'll practice your grammar with the different Point of View Story.

Let me guess, you're looking for a job. 
And many people are doing the same as you. There's much competition, but you feel prepared. You have a degree or master or an impressive background, and you are a real professional. 
One day...
...a call. It's a company interested in interviewing you! They checked out your CV (résumé), and they want to know you.
Wow! You're excited! The day of the interview, you prepare yourself: you get a nice haircut, you dress appropriately (not too elegant, not too informal), you are a bit nervous but focused, and the interview begins. 

The interview begins...in English.

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

During the interview, your confidence goes down. You get nervous; you're not certain which vocabulary to use, you make silly mistakes...

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

You can miss the opportunity of getting your dream job because good opportunities sometimes happen only once in a lifetime.

You never know when you'll have an important interview, and you need to be ready. 

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English Job Interview Course Job Interview Dialogue Examples
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The Benefits of Listening to English while Exercising Walking Work Out
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Hi, everyone!

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

In this episode:

• I’ll talk about the importance of moving and studying English.
• After that, we’ll practice grammar with a point of view story.

Ok, let’s get started!

Let me ask you a question. Imagine a person learning English. He or she’s preparing to study a new lesson. How do you picture the scene? Perhaps this person’s sitting at home or in a quiet library with an open textbook, a dictionary, and a notebook. Maybe this person has been sitting for hours, almost motionless, trying to learn and memorize the content.

At least that's the typical image that pops into my mind whenever I imagine an English student following the traditional method.

Now let's visualize a different scene. Imagine someone walking around. Their whole body's moving. The feet transmit movement to the legs and to the entire body. The arms are swinging slightly, and the brain receives more oxygen. You can't be too lethargic when you walk, can you?

For me, this second state is the perfect one for learning. The brain’s more awake, and it can acquire new knowledge faster.

And there’s no need to carry around any textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, pencils, etc. That wouldn't be practical at all while you're walking. And people might start pointing you on the street as if you were some lunatic.

I’m sure that if you've been following me for some time now, you already know that there's a much more efficient way to learn English.
You can now improve your English considerably by listening to interesting audios!

There’s no need to sit in a chair and listen to my podcast or my audio lessons. The only thing you need is your cell phone and your favorite earphones. Start taking a nice walk every day and improve your English skills at the same time.

In fact, the question and answer (Q&A) lessons are designed in such a manner so that you can simulate a conversation in English wherever you can and whenever you get some spare time.

You’ll learn English faster than ever, and you’ll get in a great shape too! You can’t ask for more, can you?

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🎄Christmas in the USA | English Story | Speaking Practice
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In today's episode:

• I'll talk about how Americans celebrate Christmas and how I used to enjoy Christmas time when I was a kid.
• Later, you'll practice vocabulary, and above all, you'll improve your spoken English with a funny question and answer story.

Awesome! Let's get started!
Multi-Cultural Christmas
In the United States, every 25th of December people celebrate Christmas in many unique ways because of its multi-cultural nature.

The modern, commercialized Christmas began to emerge in the 19th century with the new custom of buying gifts for children. 

Many of the Christmas holiday activities differ from family to family. It often depends on the cultural heritage of the family members.

Some of the customs are like ones in the UK, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, and Mexico.

A typical celebration of Christmas Day in America combines Irish, Austrian, Polish and Belgian traditions.
Despite the variety of cultures, most Americans agree that Christmas is a family time. For many families, Christmas is the one time of year when all family members, come together to eat, drink and spend a great time together.
The Christmas 🎄Tree
The Christmas trees tradition started in Germany in the 16th century. Protestant reformer Martin Luther first added lighted candles to a tree to remind his children of the wonders of God's creation. 

The Christmas tree plays a vital part in the holiday tradition. They became popular in the United States in the 19th century.

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

Sometimes families collect ornaments from more than one generation. The Christmas trees are always decorated with lights and the more, the better. 

On the morning of December 25th, Christmas gifts appear under the tree.
Legend tells that 🎅🏻Santa Claus lands his reindeer and sleigh on the roof and comes down the chimney.

That's why American children often leave out some cookies and a glass of milk for Santa on Christmas Eve.
🍲Food:
Food plays an essential part in the American Christmas.
American families serve a variety of menus for Christmas dinner. A standard Christmas dinner usually includes turkey, dressing, potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, veggies, salad, and some dessert.
⛪Religion: Christmas Day is now a mix of religious celebration and commercial interests.

Several churches play a significant part in the American Christmas. Many families feel that it's crucial to go to church at Christmas.

Traditionally, the midnight mass is the point of transition from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day.

Many Americans, especially Christians go to Church to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

Many churches have special Christmas Carol services and events where the Christmas story is told.

🛍Shopping
Even weeks before Christmas Day, many people decorate their homes and gardens with lights, Christmas trees and much more.

That's why, Christmas shopping became vitally significant to some retailers. In fact, Christmas has expanded into a "Season" of its own.

Department stores, shopping malls, and small shops prepare for the holiday season to attract customers. And Americans invest quite a few dollars on Christmas trees, presents, greeting cards and suchlike.

On the Internet, the electronic cards "e-cards" are increasingly popular. But even so, Americans mail about 17 billion Christmas cards, letters, and packages over the holidays.
Still, Christmas season is about far more than shopping. For many Americans, it's a period of general goodwill and an occasion for charitable and volunteer work.
Interesting Christmas Traditions in the US:
Did you know that some Americans use popcorn threaded on a string to help decorate their Christmas Tree?

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

Possibly the most famous Christmas street lights in the United States are at the Rockefeller Center in New York. Every Christmas there's a huge Christmas Tree with a public ice skating rink in front of it. 

So, if you find yourself in New York at Christmas make sure you take a look. It's really impressive.

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#026 Running in English | English Speaking Practice

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• I'm gonna talk about running or jogging.

• Next, through a mini-history lesson, you'll practice vocabulary, and above all, you'll improve your spoken English.

Running began in the United States as a sport enjoyed only in youth programs, colleges, or at professional levels.
But in the 1970's Americans rapidly grew interested in participating in the sport as amateurs. Publications started talking about the benefits of jogging. Many studies argued about the natural skill of jogging that belonged to humans. It's when running became mainstream and fun.
How To Start Running
I know it's tempting to just go out and run as fast as you can for as long as you can. However, keep in mind that if you want to run longer, feel stronger you'll need to be very patient.
Experts recommend to start by adding one minute of running for every four minutes of walking, and gradually increase your running time so that eventually you'll be running for twice the amount of time that you spend walking.
Your main goal is to get fit without getting hurt. Going far too fast, before your body's ready is one of the most common causes of injuries. You can stay injury-free by gradually building up the time you spend walking and running, increasing the time by no more than 10 percent from week to week.
Footwear Footwear is logically the most important element. Running shoes are often called sneakers. You can find all kinds of footwear and for all possible conditions.

For example, you can find running shoes for hard surfaces, mixed, waterproof, with drop or no drop (that means whether you raise your heel or not), minimalist, etc.

As for the minimalist sneakers, they became fashionable about 7 years ago or so. They are lightweight and almost unprotected. The idea behind the minimalist sneakers is to be able to run as if you were barefoot.
Now it seems that minimalist sneakers are no longer fashionable. I've noticed that lately most sneakers come with a memory foam. They seem to be more comfortable but I'm not sure if there're the best option when it comes to running.
The truth is that people spend a lot of money on sneakers, since a good pair of them usually cost more than $100, and sneakers don't last long.
The ClothesSome years ago, runners wore anything. A cotton T-shirt, shorts and running pants. Today, runners use synthetic materials that allow sweat to dry quickly. There are winter and summer clothes for running. If you go to a sports shop you'll be surprised by the huge variety.
The Backpack or RucksackThis too has become popular. A backpack is what you carry behind your back and you can put things inside like water, some food, etc. But of course, you can't carry any rucksack.You'll need a running backpack. These backpacks are designed so that you can run with them without any discomfort. Some even have a water tank. You can drink through a tube. This type of rucksack is mainly used by those who run many miles.

The GPSSo, what if when you go running you get lost? You need a gps! The truth is that it's motivating to know how many miles you've run, your pace, etc. Many people use mobile apps to keep track, but the cell phone sometimes doesn't work well. I prefer a GPS watch. These watches work very well and never lose the signal like the cell phones.

Supplements:
What did a runner do a few years ago before a race? Well, he or she just ate a sandwich or a banana and they were good to go.
Now amateur athletes tend to use very specific supplements. There are protein supplements, vitamin supplements; sports drinks; energy gels; energy bars; etc. The lists seem endless. I don't really know if these supplements are very effective, but people seem to spend hundreds of dollars every year on such supplements.

#026 Running in English | English Speaking Practice

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English Strong Accent | Understand People who Speak with a Heavy Accent - READ the full TEXT here: https://SpeakEnglishPod.com

"Excuse me; I don't quite understand." "Could you please say that again?"

Hi, everyone!

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

In today's episode:

* I'm gonna talk about how to understand people who speak English with a strong accent.

* Next, through a point of view lesson, you'll practice vocabulary, and above all, you'll improve your grammar without memorizing boring rules.

Awesome! Let's get started!
I listen to people who speak English with a strong accent every day. 

Their mother tongue sometimes has a strong influence on the way they speak English.  

Have you ever traveled to another country and tried to speak their mother tongue?

Then you're probably aware that some locals experienced some difficulties understanding you and that not everybody was patient. Some people got very impatient and sometimes even rude. 

That's why, whenever you talk to people with a strong accent you should try to be as patient and encouraging as possible.

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Why do they Call it Black Friday | Black Friday deals in Europe - Get the full text here: https://SpeakEnglishPod.com

In today's episode:

I'll talk about Black Friday. I'm sure many of you would like to know why is it called like that and where do people celebrate Black Friday. Is it only an American tradition?

Next, through a point of View story, you'll practice grammar without memorizing any rules, and you'll even get to have some fun.

Very well. Let's get started!

Have you noticed that this week everyone talks about the BLACK FRIDAY?
But, most importantly, have you ever wondered why is it called BLACK Friday?

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. Most stores come out with tantalizing sales to attract shoppers to their stores. People wait in line hours before the shops open to grab the bargains of the year.

Black Friday's the name given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving. It was originally called Black Friday because so many people went out shopping and caused traffic accidents and at times even violence.Things have changed over the past five years. Research shows that the number of offers reached a peak the week before Thanksgiving Day. For example, the best day to buy toys is the day before Thanksgiving. Most electronic offers are available at the beginning of November.What's really happening in the last years is that many businesses now sponsor "The Black Friday Week". Promotions start on Sunday before Thanksgiving Day, which also prevents buyers from queuing up endlessly and people are a lot more relaxed.
Black Friday Around the WorldIn the UK, the term "Black Friday" initially referred to the Friday before Christmas. For the past seven years, U. S. companies such as Amazon, Walmart and some of Britain's top retailers, began promoting American Black Friday in November.
In 2015, dozens of Dutch retailers and brands from around the world came together to create Black Friday Nederland. Black Friday isn't a national shopping holiday in the Netherlands. However, it's a great opportunity for Dutch people to get big discounts and purchase most of their Christmas gifts.
You can also find Black Friday Sale in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This is a German-speaking e-commerce portal available in these three European countries.
Now that you know a little more about Black Friday we'll continue with a funny story. You'll learn new words and practice grammar in an intuitive way.

Why do they Call it Black Friday | Black Friday deals in Europe
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Celebrate Halloween like an American - Halloween Pumpkin Tradition
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I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.
In today’s episode:
I’ll be talking about one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States: Halloween. 🎃
After that, you’ll practice your speaking with a new mini-story, while enjoying my new Questions & Answers story.Very well. Let’s get started!
Halloween is a holiday celebrated the last day of October. I would say it’s very popular because everybody’s excited about it, especially children.
The word Halloween comes from an old English expression “All Hallows’ Eve,” and it means the day before All Saints’ Day.
Children of all ages really love Halloween because they can dress up in funny costumes and knock on their neighborhood doors shouting “Trick or Treat!”. The neighbors usually give them candies.
The meaning of the phrase “Trick or Treat” is interesting. In this context, “treat” means getting the candies, and “trick” means the consequence of not getting the candies. It’s like an innocent threat children make. Of course, kids get really excited when they knock on stranger’s doors in their neighborhood.

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Celebrate Halloween like an American - Halloween Pumpkin Tradition

The American Declaration Of Independence – How Did The American Colonies Become Independent - Get the Full Transcript here: web: https://SpeakEnglishPod.com

In this episode:
I'll talk about the Declaration of Independence of the USA and why the 13 American Colonies decided to become independent.

Later you'll practice your grammar with a Point of View Story. 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’

These famous words are all that most people remember of the American Declaration of Independence, but the text as a whole is far more complex and subtle than this piece of liberal rhetoric might suggest.

Thomas Jefferson was given the job of writing the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress committee.
He wrote the original Declaration in only four days. He revised it a bit over the next two weeks. When he was done, he gave a copy to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams to read and edit before the next meeting of Congress.
On the 4th of July, the declaration was formally adopted by 12 colonies after minor revision. New York, the 13th colony, approved it on July 19th. On August 2nd, the declaration was signed.
Like many ground-breaking documents in the history of government, the Declaration is firmly planted in a highly specific historical context. Over sixty percent of it is a detailed list of grievances which the American colonists felt against George III and the British government.
The American Declaration of Independence does three main things:
1. It advances a theoretical case for revolution, discusses human rights and the nature of national sovereignty.
2. It sets out a precise list of the specific complaints which the American colonists had against the actions of the British government over a decade and a half.
3. It declares the 13 British colonies on the east coast of North America independent on the 4th of July 1776.

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Hi! I’m Georgiana, founder of the websites https://SpeakEnglishPod.com and https://Profesoraingles.com

My mission is to help you to speak English fluently and confidently.

Why is this podcast different from any other program?

With Speak English Now Podcast:

- you will master English by listening and speaking without having to memorize grammar rules.

- You are going to acquire knowledge about the English culture and the language itself.

- And most importantly, you'll discover valuable tips and tricks on how to speak English fluently.

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