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#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.
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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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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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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.

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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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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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Speak English like an American – Informal contractions Gonna, Wanna, Gotta - Visit https://SpeakEnglishPodcast.com to get the text the full transcript!

Hi everyone!
I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.
In this episode:
I’d like to help you to understand how to use words like Gonna, Wanna, Gotta and similar.
After that, a point of view story to practice your English and consolidate the information that I’ll be teaching you in the first part.
OK, let’s get started!
Are you confused about how and when to use the words GONNA, WANNA, and GOTTA?
Let me start by saying that these three words are contractions.
What’s a contraction?
A contraction is created when two words in a row come together and become one.
For example:
I am=I’m
It is = It’s
Do not = Don’t
Will not= Won’t
These are some of the contractions which are accepted as grammatically correct and are taught in all English courses.
However, in this lesson, I’ll focus on the informal contractions. These are not taught in grammar books, because their use is mostly colloquial.
If you say going to really fast, you can shorten it to GONNA by dropping the final sound. If you say want to really fast, it shortens to WANNA. These are informal contractions.
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#019 Is English Changing your personality?
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Speak English Now Podcast Video Storytelling with your host Georgiana.
In this episode, I'd like to talk about how speaking a different language can change your personality.

Researchers have found that speaking two or more languages could give you a split personality.

They say that numerous speakers have completely unique identities in each of the languages they speak.

Apparently, the way you speak impacts the way you think, and it influences everything from how you make decisions to how you perceive color.

Modern research shows that a language is much more than just communication. The way you speak affects the way you think.

As you may know, I can speak several languages, besides English. When I talk in German, for example, I notice that the way I interact with people, the way I organize my ideas and my thoughts, my emotions.

All of these become profoundly influenced by the language I’m speaking. Whenever I speak in German I become more rational.
On the other hand, if I have a conversation in Spanish, I can observe myself behaving differently. It’s like being a different person. In this case, I feel more relaxed, easy- going.

To acquire a new self, you’ll need to immerse yourself into the culture. You can achieve that by taking a trip abroad, watching movies, interact with a native speaker or listening to the Speak English Now podcast.

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#014 Why is it Difficult to SPEAK English? Speaking Practice
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How to speak English fluently faster. English vocabulary passive and active
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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 passive vocabulary, and I’ll focus on the difference between the active and passive vocabulary.
After that, we’ll simulate a conversation with the Question & Answer technique.
OK, let’s start!
Like I’ve just mentioned earlier, in this episode, I’d like to focus on the passive vocabulary.
There are two kinds of vocabularies that we all acquire in time, no matter whether it’s your native language or a foreign language.
The first and more obvious one is the active vocabulary. These are the words we use when we speak or write.
On the other hand, there’s the passive vocabulary. And these are all the words we understand when we read or listen.
Let me make myself clear: You fully understand the meaning of these words; you don’t just guess their meaning when you read or listen. However, you can’t use them in a conversation.
It’s complicated to use the passive vocabulary when you speak because understanding the words just isn’t enough. You’ll need to listen and read these words several times before they become part of your active vocabulary.

#014 Why is it Difficult to SPEAK English? Speaking Practice
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#017 Are you feeling Blue? Have you Got the Blues? Post-Holiday Blues English color idioms, English expressions with the color blue

Welcome to the Speak English Now Podcast, your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary and how to learn English more effectively.

Hi everyone!
I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.
In this episode:
• I’ll be talking about what happens just after we end our holidays.
• After that, a cool mini-story to practice your English speaking.
Ok, let’s get started!
Let me start by telling you that I’m super excited to be back again and connecting with you! How are you doing? Are you feeling happy and relaxed? Or are you feeling blue?
Since we’re already in September, I can officially say that the summer holidays are over.
During summer I’ve been resting, sunbathing, and enjoying my free time. I’ve definitely recharged my batteries.
I particularly like to be near the beach, enjoy the sun, the sea breeze, and of course, eating delicious food. I must say that I’ve managed to disconnect from my routine completely.
How about you? How did you disconnect from your everyday worries?
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Are you feeling Blue? Have you Got the Blues? Post-Holiday Blues

#015 Learn English Phrasal Verbs in Context - with a story
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Welcome to the Speak English Now Podcast, your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary and how to learn English more effectively.

Transcript:
Hi everyone!
I'm Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.
In this episode:
We'll be discussing some more about some of the most common phrasal verbs. Today, we'll take a look at more useful and interesting phrasal verbs.
After that, I'll share with you a short Point of View lesson, to help you with grammar and to review the vocabulary you'll be learning.
Ok! Very good! Let's get started!
Remember, a phrasal verb is just a verb and a particle. For example, "look out." I recommend you to check out the previous episodes about phrasal verbs.
In these series of phrasal verbs, we see the most common phrasal verbs. Also, instead of learning all the different meanings of every phrasal verb, you just need to learn one or two of the most common meanings.
Ok, let's get started!
Put off
Ah, this is one of my favorite ones. Sometimes, I'm guilty of using it too much. It means to procrastinate. In other words, it means to decide to do something not now, but in the future. For example:
I need to put off the meeting. I am not prepared.
They decided to put off the trip because it was raining.
I always put off things I don't like doing.
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#016 English Speaking Practice Lesson Summer Holidays

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English Speaking Video Phrasal Verbs Summer Holidays
How to practice your English Speaking skills during summer holidays Podcast Story English speaking practice learn english conversation

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Hi, Everyone!
I’m Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.
Summer’s here and it seems like everyone has planned their holidays already.
But how about you?
Have you thought about improving your English during summer holidays?
If you still don’t have a plan. Don’t worry. I have some ideas.
In fact, it’s pretty simple. A ll you need this summer is your cell phone to listen to my Speak English Now Podcast.
Now I’d like to suggest some places you could spend your summer holiday particularly if you’re on a very tiny budget.
Find an air-conditioned coffee shop in your neighborhood.
Enjoy your drink while you listen to your favorite English show.
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English Listening in the Background Speaking Practice Get the Transcript here: https://SpeakEnglishPod.com

Can you learn English without paying too much attention?
Can you perform other tasks, and listen to English in the background?
Today I’m going to speak about this method, and we’ll see if it’s effective or not.
In the second part, you’re going to listen to
A fun story about two characters who are learning English.
It will help you with your English fluency.
And you’ll improve your listening and your speaking.
Every Monday I’ll be here with a new video.
Remember to download the TRANSCRIPT! You can read what you listen
If you go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and Download the Transcript!
I’ll see you on Monday. And have a wonderful week!
Bye! Bye!
Transcript:
Hi everyone!
I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.
In this episode:
I’ll be talking about passive listening, or in other words, listening in the background.
After that, we’ll practice conversation skills with the powerful Question & Answer technique.
Ok, let’s get started!
In the language industry, there’s an appealing approach called the passive listening. This means playing some English in the background while performing other tasks. In theory, you’re learning because the brain is always learning, no matter how.
Interesting, huh? You just need to play some English while you’re cleaning, writing, surfing the Internet, etc.
Well, although this approach may be appealing to many of you, here’s the bad news: It doesn’t work as a whole system for developing a complete fluency in English.
The main drawback is that when we need to learn new content, our brain needs to pay attention, to be active.
So, in an ideal world, we would be 100% focused all the time while listening: We’d pay attention to every tiny detail: vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation, etc.
However, as you may already know, idyllic things are sometimes hard to achieve. If you need perfect conditions every time you listen: for example, feeling rested, motivated, in a quiet place; then you will never start listening.
What you need is a compromise. It’s ok to lose concentration from time to time.
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Aprender Inglés escuchando en el podcast de vídeo de fondo | Storytelling TPRS

¿Puedes aprender inglés sin prestar demasiada atención?
¿Puede realizar otras tareas y escuchar inglés en segundo plano?
Hoy voy a hablar sobre este método, y veremos si es eficaz o no.
En la segunda parte, usted va a escuchar
Una historia divertida sobre dos personajes que están aprendiendo inglés.
Le ayudará con su fluidez en inglés.
Y mejorarás tu capacidad de escuchar y hablar.
Todos los lunes estaré aquí con un nuevo video.
Recuerde descargar el TRANSCRIPT! Puedes leer lo que escuchas
Si vas a SpeakEnglishPodcast.com y descarga la transcripción!
Nos vemos el lunes. Y tener una semana maravillosa!
¡Adiós! ¡Adiós!
Transcripción:
¡Hola a todos!
Soy Georgiana; Fundador de SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. Mi misión es ayudarte a hablar inglés con fluidez.
En este episodio:
Hablaré de escuchar pasivamente, o en otras palabras, de escuchar en el fondo.
Después de eso, practicaremos habilidades de conversación con la poderosa técnica de preguntas y respuestas.
Ok, vamos a empezar!
En la industria del lenguaje, hay un enfoque atractivo llamado la escucha pasiva. Esto significa jugar un poco de inglés en segundo plano mientras realiza otras tareas. En teoría, estás aprendiendo porque el cerebro siempre está aprendiendo, no importa cómo.
Interesante, ¿eh? Sólo necesitas jugar un poco de inglés mientras estás limpiando, escribiendo, navegando por Internet, etc.
Bueno, aunque este enfoque puede ser atractivo para muchos de ustedes, aquí está la mala noticia: No funciona como un sistema completo para desarrollar una fluidez completa en Inglés.
El principal inconveniente es que cuando necesitamos aprender nuevos contenidos, nuestro cerebro necesita prestar atención, estar activo.
Así, en un mundo ideal, estaríamos 100% enfocados todo el tiempo mientras escuchábamos: prestaríamos atención a cada pequeño detalle: vocabulario, pronunciación, entonación, etc.
Sin embargo, como usted puede saber ya, las cosas idílicas son a veces duras de alcanzar. Si necesita condiciones perfectas cada vez que escuche: por ejemplo, sentirse descansado, motivado, en un lugar tranquilo; Entonces nunca empezarás a escuchar.
Lo que usted necesita es un compromiso. Está bien perder la concentración de vez en cuando.
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English Listening in the Background Speaking Practice

#011 Learn English Phrasal Verbs with a Story - word Look

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Transcript:
Hi everyone!
I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.
In this episode:
I’ll be talking about passive listening, or in other words, listening in the background.
After that, we’ll practice conversation skills with the powerful Question & Answer technique.
Ok, let’s get started!
In the language industry, there’s an appealing approach called the passive listening. This means playing some English in the background while performing other tasks. In theory, you’re learning because the brain is always learning, no matter how.
Interesting, huh? You just need to play some English while you’re cleaning, writing, surfing the Internet, etc.
Well, although this approach may be appealing to many of you, here’s the bad news: It doesn’t work as a whole system for developing a complete fluency in English.
The main drawback is that when we need to learn new content, our brain needs to pay attention, to be active.
So, in an ideal world, we would be 100% focused all the time while listening: We’d pay attention to every tiny detail: vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation, etc.
However, as you may already know, idyllic things are sometimes hard to achieve. If you need perfect conditions every time you listen: for example, feeling rested, motivated, in a quiet place; then you will never start listening.
What you need is a compromise. It’s ok to lose concentration from time to time.
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#011 Learn English Phrasal Verbs with a Story - word Look

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

I’m Georgiana; founder of https://SpeakEnglishPod.com My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.

In this episode:

I will discuss about certificates and real progress in learning English.
After that, you can practice your speaking with a Question & Answer story.
Ok, let’s get started!

As you may know, certificates in English are something important. For example, everybody knows about the Cambridge University Certificates. The First Certificate is probably the most famous one.

If you prefer American English, you have the TOFL certificate, which is also quite popular.

You’d be amazed about how many students prepare themselves to get one of these certificates.

The problem here is people tend to confuse having a certificate with the real level of English they actually have.

For example, for someone who has gotten the First Certificate… Can you be totally sure that this person can speak fluently?

According to the advertising…of course! That’s what you have paid for, and that’s why you have spent so many hours doing all kinds of boring exercises.

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#009 English Certificates and your Real Level of English

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#084 Friends TV series - Learn English by Watching TV Shows
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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.

Hey, do you watch TV series to practice your English? Let’s talk about that. One of the most popular series of all time is...can you guess it? No, it’s not House of Cards. Let me give you a hint: Currently, it’s the most watched TV show on Netflix. Still, not a clue? Well, I’m talking about “Friends”. You know: Rachel and Ross, Monica and Chandler, Joey and Phoebe. Right?

Not only is “Friends” entertaining, but also it’s an excellent resource for improving your informal English by learning tons of phrasal verbs, and slang.

In this episode, I’d like to talk about this TV show. By the way, I recently rewatched all the seasons in a row. That’s called binge-watching. And boy how I enjoyed it!

Apparently, when you are binge-watching your favorite show, your brain is continually producing dopamine, so it becomes an addiction.

The TV show has ten seasons, and the duration of each episode is 30 minutes. And I guess half an hour is more than enough. Besides, that makes it even more addictive. As the episodes are short, you end up watching 3 or 5 in a row.

Some say that “Friends” is still one of the most popular television series of all time for a reason: it’s not just a TV show; it’s a way of life. And that may be true.

Regardless of your age, gender and nationality you should watch this TV show. It’s the perfect excuse to learn English and learn new expressions and have fun!

Before we continue with the mini-story, I’d like to share with you two of the most popular expressions from “Friends.”

THE FRIEND ZONE
The expression “friend zone” is used to point out that one person wants to become involved romantically but the..

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

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