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#133 Summer Vacation Vocabulary in English ESL (rep)
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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
Ok, 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 is to red..

#128 Speak English Now - William Shakespeare (part #2)- ESL
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Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.
Today I'm gonna keep talking about William Shakespeare. Last week you learned some interesting facts about his life, so I will continue sharing some exciting facts about him.
What else do we know about Shakespeare?
Well, one thing is for sure. Shakespeare's life was anything but boring.
Did you know that we’re probably spelling Shakespeare's name wrong?
We don't really know exactly how William Shakespeare wrote his name. 
There are almost 80 different versions of Shakespeare's name that appear in the records and other historical documents.

You have to keep in mind that a lot of people were illiterate at that time.

Let's learn some more about his life:

His parents:
His father's name was John Shakespeare, and he was a glove maker and leatherworker. His mother, Mary Arden, was an heiress from a rich family.

His parents were probably illiterate, like many other people at the time. And, it's very likely they never learned to read or write, as was often the case with people in their position.
Shakespeare had seven siblings: Joan who only lived two months; Margaret; Gilbert, another Joan, Anne; Richard and also Edmund.

Did you know that William Shakespeare’s Father Was Paid to Drink Beer?
You might find this interesting, but John Shakespeare was appointed to one of the city's most important public offices: official beer taster.  Another word for beer in English is ale.
It may seem like a strange job today, but at the time, the ale tasting was an important and highly respected occupation.
William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway
Yes. I told you last week about this. What I didn't tell you is that Shakespeare was only 18 years old when he married an older woman who was three months pregnant at the time.

They had thr..

#126 Did you stop improving your English? Here’s why.
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Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

In today’s episode, I will talk about an issue that is of great concern to language students. It is the much-feared plateau.

What is a plateau? A plateau happens when you stop your progress despite continuing to do “all the right things.”

An interesting expression for this situation is: to hit a plateau.

For example:

“It seems I hit a plateau because I can’t see any progress with my English, and I’m still studying really hard!”

More literally, a plateau is a large flat area of land. This definition makes total sense because if you are walking on a plateau, you are not going up or down. You stay at the same height.

Plateaus are very common not only in learning a new language but in other areas—for example, a very common one is losing weight.

Imagine that you’ve been on a diet and have lost some weight. But then, after two months, you stop losing weight. You’re still on a diet, but you’re not losing weight anymore.

The main problem here is not the diet. It’s just that the body needs some time before it starts losing weight again. It has to adapt to the new situation.

This type of situation is very tough because when we experience it for a while, we can easily lose motivation, and may end up giving up. It is essential to understand better why this happens so that we do not lose motivation and will to continue.

I’m sure many of you have experienced this.

When you started learning English, you were very motivate..

#125 Learn English with The Beatles esl (rep)
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Hi everyone! I am Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

Today I’ll talk about the most famous band in the world. The Beatles! And you’ll practice your speaking with a funny mini-story.

Have you ever listened to The Beatles? Actually, let me rephrase that. When was the first time you listened to a Beatles song?

The Beatles are probably the most popular band in the history of music. They are considered by many to be the best band on Earth. The band was undoubtedly the most successful, with global sales exceeding 1.1 billion records.

They were initially famous for their light pop music, although their later works achieved a combination of popular and critical acclaim, perhaps unprecedented in the 20th century.

Beatlemania began in the UK and exploded after The Beatles appeared on a popular TV show in the US in 1964. The band became a worldwide phenomenon with adoring fans and hysterical adulation.

The members of the group were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, all from England.

John Lennon was a singer-songwriter and peace activist who co-founded The Beatles.

Paul McCartney is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He has gained worldwide fame as a bassist and singer.

George Harrison was a musician, singer-songwriter, music and film producer who achieved international fame as The Beatles' lead guitarist. He was often referred to as "The Quiet Beatle."

Ringo Starr is a musician, singer-songwriter, and actor who gained worldwide fame as a Beatles drummer.

Have you ever heard of a 5th member of the band?
I believe not many people know this, yet The Beatles had a fifth member named Stuart Sutcliffe. He was a Scottish-born painter and musician. He left the band to pursue his career as a painter. He and John Lennon a..

#123 How Americans celebrate Easter in the USA (rep)
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#123 How Americans celebrate Easter in the USA (rep)
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#111 How to compliment your partner in English
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Hi, dear students! I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques.

Although we don't celebrate Valentine's Day this time of the year, I think that as Christmas approaches, many of us spend more time with our partners. So today, I want to introduce some funny but useful compliments that will make your significant other feel special.
There are all kinds of compliments: good, bad, original, ordinary, or funny ones. If you still don't know what they are, don't worry because I'll explain it to you.

Next, we will practice fluency with a mini-story on a very special competition related to today's topic.

Remember that you can get the text of the episode at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com.

As I said, today I'm going to talk about compliments, but first, let's define what they are. A compliment is basically a brief comment on an attribute or quality of a person. There are many types, and perhaps it is more common to say a compliment to a woman, although I think nowadays there are more and more women who compliment men.

I have to say some compliments are tasteless. That is to say, they are rude and instead create the opposite sense of what is intended.

My intention in this episode is to analyze some compliments I find to be especially witty or funny. Well, let's see the first one:

#1 "I don't have a favorite color. It's pretty much whatever you are wearing."

This is beautiful, and you can use it to congratulate a woman you're already dating. Let her know that you have noticed the color of her dress. Many women love it when our partners pay attention to what we're wearing.

#2 "I can't take my eyes off of you. Unless you notice me, then I'll quickly look away and act like it never happened."

Sometimes at the beginning of a relationship, you sta..

#110 English podcast - Stop using the word LOOK in English part#2 esl
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Hi, dear students! I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques.
Let’s talk again about the repetitive use of the word "look." Seriously, you gotta stop using the word "look" all the time. There are many more words that you can use instead. I will help you to choose the right one depending on the context. 

Therefore, today, I will continue to enrich your vocabulary and help you to sound more like a native English speaker. 

And with a point of view story, you will practice your English speaking and you will learn grammar without memorizing any rules.
 
By the way, you can find my podcast everywhere on the internet.
If you need to read the transcript, I recommend you to listen to the podcast on my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com 
But you can also find it on Spotify, iTunes, Youtube, Soundcloud, etc.
Just look for "Speak English Now with Georgiana," and start learning English with me!"
Ok! Let's learn some new words that replace the word "look."

#1) To watch
We’ll start with the word "to watch."
Many students confuse "watch" with "see," so I will take a closer look at the difference between these two terms.

Two weeks ago, in episode #108, we saw that we use "see" to express the ability to discern visually. You are aware of your surroundings by using your eyes.
We use the term "watch" when we observe something happening in front of us or on television, for example. 
 
However, we don’t need to participate in what we see actively.

Examples:
"Last night, I watched TV until 2 am."
 "As a kid, I always liked to watch a plane take off.
 "My friend Rachel and I watched a movie last night."
#2) To view

We continue now with "view."
For instance, you can view a presentation or a movie.

But if we want to be specific, ..

#109 English Podcast - Halloween in America 2019 - Celebrate Halloween like an American esl
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Hi, everyone!
 
I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU to 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 Question & Answer story.
 
Very well. Let's get started!
 
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on 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" implies the consequence of not getting the sweets. It's like an innocent threat children make. Of course, kids get really excited when they knock on stranger's doors in their neighborhood.
 
Since Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits, the most common symbols are witches flying on broomsticks, ghosts, skeletons, black cats, etc. The black color is one of the traditional Halloween colors.
 
Of course, pumpkins are also a Halloween symbol. I'm sure you've seen them in movies. People empty pumpkin and put a candle inside to make a lamp.

 How do you make a Halloween pumpkin? 
· The first step is hollowing out the pumpkin.
· After we use a keyhole saw to cut the hole. 
· When using a candle for illumination, you can cut the hole in the pumpkin's top.
· For electric lights, make the hole in the bottom or side so you can hide the cord.

The Hall..

#108 English podcast - Stop using the word LOOK in English
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Hi, dear student! I'm Georgiana, founder of the Speak English Now podcast. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques.
I'm here to tell you to stop using the word "look" repeatedly. There are many more alternatives, and depending on the context, I will help you to choose the right one.

This lesson is intended to help you enrich your vocabulary and sound more like a native English speaker. 

And with a mini-story, you will practice your English speaking.

But first, I would like to share with you a comment on Facebook from one of my students called Fernando Romero: 

"Hello Georgiana, I'm fascinated by your method. I have improved my spoken English. Your podcasts are incredible... congratulations. Thank you!" 

By the way, if you are new here, visit my website to get the transcript of today's episode. Go to: speakenglishpodcast.com

If you're already familiar with this show, please share it with your friends and family. That would make me very happy!

Tell your friends that my podcast is available everywhere on the internet.

You can find it on my website and many podcast apps like Spotify, iTunes, Youtube, Facebook, Soundcloud, etc.

Just look for "Speak English Now with Georgiana," and start learning English with me!"
Do you know the difference between "glare" and "glance"? What about the difference between "looking" and "seeing"?

For a native English speaker, these words are different, although I know this is complicated for an English learner.

Ok! Let's learn some new words that replace the word "look."
#1) To glare

If we glare at someone, we usually show them that we are angry because we often frown, and have a dark look on our faces.

People may glare at us when we do something they disagree with.

Examples:

"Georgie glared at her dad every time he asked her to ..

#107 Differences between Already, still and yet in English
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Hi, dear listener! I'm Georgiana, founder of the Speak English Now podcast. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques.

Do you have a hard time using the words Already, Still and Yet?  

Well, today I’ll help you to understand how to use these three words.

And with a point of view story, you will learn grammar without memorizing any rules.

As you know, I don't teach grammar to my students. However, many of you have difficulties using the words: already, still, and yet. So in this episode, I'm going to explain how to use them.

Before I go any further, I want you to know that native English speakers do not learn these words by studying grammar. Not at all!
 
What’s the secret then? Well, they learn new words and expressions in context. And that's exactly the way you learned your own language.
 
Let's see some examples:
 
My idea is to give you a general sense of how to use these words. So I won't go into details, exceptions, etc. Because the only effective way to learn these subtleties is to listen and read in context. 

Let's start with an example:
 
"It's 11 o'clock in the morning, and Finn is still in bed." 

 
So here we have Finn. It's 11 o'clock, but Finn is STILL in bed. Here we emphasize the idea that the situation hasn't changed (Finn didn't get up.) even though it's late (it's 11 o'clock).

Now, let's say that Finn is a responsible guy and doesn't want to oversleep because he has many things to do. 

 
For example:
 
"It's 6 o'clock in the morning, and Finn is already up and ready to go."
See? It's very early (6 in the morning), and Finn is ALREADY up. Since it's so early in the morning, we didn't expect our friend Finn to be awake.

Now back to the first example. This time I'm going to use the same example to explain how to use "YET."
 
"It's 11 o'clock in t..

#106 The differences between Bring, Carry, Fetch, and Take – ESL
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Hi, dear listener! I'm Georgiana, founder of the Speak English Now podcast. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques.

Do you know the difference between the words "bring," "carry," "fetch," and "take?"
If the answer is no, this is going to be a very useful episode for you. 

I'll start by explaining the meaning of each of these terms with some examples. 
And in the second part of this lesson, you are going to practice your speech with a funny mini-story.

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Tell your friends that the show is available everywhere on the internet.

It’s available on my website and many podcast apps like Spotify, iTunes, Youtube, Facebook, Soundcloud, etc.

Just look for "Speak English Now with Georgiana," and start learning English with me!"

Ok! Let’s begin this new episode!

When do we use the word "BRING"?
1) "Bring" means to conduct something/someone to come with, to, or toward the speaker.

Examples: 
 "Jason, please bring me a beer."
"He brought his brother to the hospital."

When do we use the word TAKE?

2) "Take" means taking something/someone away from where you are, or when the person making the request is NOT at the intended destination."
Examples: 
"Am I allowed to take library books home with me?"
"Can I take you to the movies tonight?"
"Could you take these files to Jame's office?"

The following examples will help you to remember the differences between "bring" and "take":

Examples: 
"You bring something/someone here, and you take something there. "
"You bring something/someone toward a person, and you take something away from a person..

#105 English podcast - English school vocabulary part #2 ESL
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Hi, dear listener! I'm Georgiana, founder of the Speak English Now podcast. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques.

In this episode, we continue learning more vocabulary related to school supplies.
And with an exclusive point of view story, you’ll learn grammar without memorizing any boring rules.

Remember that you can get the text of this episode at
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Ok. Let’s continue.

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Ok! Let’s start today’s lesson by going over the vocabulary used last week in episode #104.

In the previous episode, we talked about going back to school, focusing on the necessary material. We learned some new words.
Let’s listen to them one more time:

notebook
clips
paper sheets
pens
pencils
eraser
felt-tips
markers
ruler

Now it’s time to learn new vocabulary:

Let’s start!

Agenda
I think it's the most crucial element for a student. An agenda contains the days of the year and the holidays. So, the student can write down the dates of exams, activities, etc. In this way, in theory, everything is under control. I say this in theory because many times kids forget to write things down and it's chaos. I remember when I was little, I was a bit absent-minded and rarely wrote anything down. I once lost my agenda, and I still don't know how I passed the different courses.

Textbooks
One disadvantage of textbooks i..

#104 English podcast - Back To School vocabulary - esl
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Hi, everybody! I’m Georgiana, your online English teacher. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques.

Since it’s September, we’re going back to school. At least in this episode, you will remember how exciting it used to be to start a new school year. We’re going to check out vocabulary related to the school supplies that kids need when they go back to school, after the summer vacation.

And in the second part of this episode, you’ll learn English grammar without studying any rules with an exclusive point of view story.

Before I go any further, I’d like to thank you for listening.

Did you know that there are over 10 million downloads of the Speak English Now podcast? I’m very excited because that means that my method really helps you improve your English speaking and listening skills.

Thanks again for listening and remember to share the podcast with your friends and family.

All right, let’s get started!

We could use the expression “back to school” as a metaphor for this episode that kicks off this new season. You will continue to improve your English skills with my mini-stories and point of view lessons. But don’t worry because you don’t have to study or memorize anything, just listen and learn as children do with their mother tongue.

Each year, parents face significant challenges when purchasing school supplies for their children.

Since there’s a wide range of vocabulary related to this topic, next week, I will continue talking about the same thing, though I’ll introduce more vocabulary. In any case, don’t worry if you can’t remember everything. You can listen several times to learn new words and expressions.

Well, here we go:

Notebooks

Basically, a notebook is made up of several sheets of paper which are joined together. Notebooks can be handy to use in the cl..

#103 Learn English Every Day - No Excuses! (rep) - ESL
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Hi, everybody! I’m Georgiana, your online English teacher. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques.

In the first part of today’s episode, I’ll show you how you can benefit from creating habits that help you with your English.

And in the second part of this episode, you’ll learn English grammar without studying any rules with an exclusive point of view story.

All right, let's get started!

The first thing we have to keep in mind is that willpower is not as important as it seems. In fact, it’s quite limited.

It's impossible to do anything consistently with willpower alone. We are not designed that way. We are creatures of habit, and essentially our life consists of a sum of habits. For example, think for a moment what you do when you wake up in the morning. Maybe you brush your teeth, make a cup of coffee and turn on your cell phone to check the social networks.

I'm sure that I have mentioned in one of the previous episodes that I speak different languages. Let me tell you now what I do to maintain and improve different languages through habits.

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy taking a walk every day. And every time I open the door I put on my air-pods, I press play, and I start listening to an audiobook or a podcast in German, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese.

If I don't like what I hear, I simply select another content.
What’s important is that I do this action almost without thinking, automatically. Of course, I don’t always listen to audiobooks or podcasts. Sometimes I just wanna relax and listen to music or not listen to anything at all. :)

And I don’t only listen when I go for a walk. I also listen to audiobooks or podcasts while I drive my car or even when I'm doing my chores at home.

Recently I realized that in the last few years I've have been l..

#102 Going to the bank - Banking and money vocabulary in English (rep)- ESL
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Hi, everybody! I’m Georgiana, your online English teacher. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques.

In the first part of this episode, I’m gonna talk about lending and borrowing something and how to get a loan from the bank.

And in the second part, you’ll practice your spoken English with a question and answer mini-story.

All right, let’s get started!

Today I’d like to talk about loans and the related vocabulary. Loans have always been a feature in all countries, societies, and cultures. Person A has some money, and person B needs money. Then person A can lend money to person B.

When we talk about lending, we don’t talk about giving. Giving means permanently, without a time limit. For example, if I say “I’ll give you the car,” it means that the car won’t be mine anymore, it’ll be yours.

When someone gives a loan, it’s under certain conditions. That is, he agrees to give money under certain conditions. You can say, “give a loan,” or more formally “grant a loan.“

#102 Going to the bank - Banking and money vocabulary in English (rep)- ESL
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#101 English Podcast - Shopping at the Supermarket ESL (rep)
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Hi, everyone! I’m Georgiana, your online English teacher. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently.

Are you a spender? Today I’m gonna talk about the tricks that supermarkets use to make you buy more than necessary.
You’ll also improve your speaking with a funny mini-story.

Ok! Let’s start!

When you leave the supermarket, have you ever wondered why you spent more money than you originally planned?

I do :) If it happens to you, you may think that you don't know how to manage money, that you are a spender or simply that you don't have enough discipline, but don't worry, because supermarkets follow a whole series of very powerful marketing strategies that induce the buyer to buy, so don't feel too guilty :)

By the way, a spender is someone who spends money unnecessarily. And another interesting expression: "overspending," which means spending more than planned or necessary.

These supermarket strategies can simply be called tricks. The truth is that supermarkets have more tricks than a magician.

Let's take a look at a few of them, and learn some vocabulary on the subject.

The size of the cart matters.
The shopping cart is the element we push to add the products we want to buy. These trolleys, with time, have been increasing in size.
The logic is simple. Psychologically we feel more satisfied if we can fill the cart and, therefore, with a slightly larger cart, we tend to put more products inside.
The products they want to sell the most, are placed right at eye level.
We are lazy by nature, and therefore, all products that are visually easier to see, but overall easier to access, are also easier to sell.

Prices with decimals.
This is another classic seller's trick. For some reason, $9.99 seems a lot, much cheaper than 10 dollars. We save 1 cent! Wow! If we do this 100 million times, we'll save a million dollars :)

The products we need th..

#100 Going out in NYC - How to order a drink in English - ESL (rep)
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Hi, everyone!I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com.And I’m here to help YOU to speak English fluently and with confidence.

In this episode, I'll talk about going out at night. I’ll point out the most emblematic places where you can hang out in New York City at night, and I’ll teach you how to order a drink!
I’ve also prepared a Point of View story so you can practice your grammar and vocabulary.

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Thank you so much for helping me share the podcast with your friends and family. Remember to leave a comment on iTunes about the show. It would mean a lot to me!

Let's start the lesson. Today's gonna be fun!

It's Friday night, you call your friends and ask them: What are we doing tonight? And they say: Let’s go party! Or Let's go clubbing!

The expression “Let’s go party” doesn't mean going to a specific "party", but simply going out. Usually, it means going to clubs or music pubs.

People in their 20s and 30s usually have a drink in a bar first and then go to a club. Clubs are often pricey, and you don't just have to pay for the drinks. You’ll also need to pay for the club admission which is also expensive.

Now let me tell you where to go out at night in New York. I’ll suggest different locations:

For instance, if you wanna party in Manhattan surrounded by fashion models, celebrities, professional athletes and musicians, visit one of the city's exclusive nightclubs. It can be difficult to get into these places, but it's definitely not impossible.

The trendy places seem to change almost weekly, but these are three of the most popular places among celebrit..

#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..

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