English Podcast about Mother Nature | Real English Conversation Lesson

October 15, 2017
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In this English podcast about Mother Nature, we are talking about Mother Nature and some of the powerful things we have seen this year: earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and droughts. In the Real English Tip, we have some advice that is easy to apply and it can really help you to get motivated and start seeing progress with your English skills.

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English Podcast about Mother Nature

When we talk about 'Mother Nature' we are talking about powerful forces that are caused naturally by the earth. Some examples are volcanos, earthquakes, hurricanes, snow storms. Nature is very powerful compared to the structures we build to protect us! An earthquake can collapse a huge building in seconds or cause a massive wave (a tsunami). These

This conversation talks about some natural disasters we have seen during 2017 and some of the ways they have affected the people and communities where nature has caused devastating disasters that have caused many deaths as a result.

English Podcast: Driving - American English Conversation MP3

August 30, 2017
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In this English podcast, we tell you all about our experiences driving in Canada. You will hear us talk our experiences behind the wheel of a car and about everything from what you have to do to get your driver's license to following the rules of the road if you don't want a ticket from the police.

 

 

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English Podcast: Gardening - Real English Conversations

June 24, 2017
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This English podcast is an interesting episode about gardening in North America and all the things people grow to eat, you will also hear all about how people make their yards look every spring.

 

 

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For today's Real English tip, we're going to talk about a very common problem that we're hearing a lot. And I actually heard this from a Facebook message. Hi, Curtis. I'm really having a hard time speaking in English. And I can't find anyone to practice with, especially a native speaker. Can you help me? What is your solution to this problem?

 

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English Podcast: Job Interviews - Real English Conversation

April 15, 2017
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In this English podcast, Amy and her friend Greg talk about how to prepare you for a job interview. You will hear them talk about everything from making a good first impression, how not to feel nervous and what NOT to say or do in the actual job interview!

 

 

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For The English Conversation tip, Greg is going to give us some of his advice to anyone who is preparing for a job interview where English isn't your first language. This can be a little bit of a challenging situation and you might not be able to communicate with the same confidence you can with your native language. Greg gives us great advice for people who are in this exact same situation.

Here is an article that explains more about this called: 33 Incredible Job Interview Tips & Advice for Getting More Job Interviews

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English Podcast: Predicting The Future - Listen to Real English

March 15, 2017
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In this English podcast, we tell you all about the different and interesting ways people can predict your future. Hear about what Curtis and Amy's zodiac signs are, palm reading and astrology!

 

 

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For the English Conversation tip, we're going to tell you how you can practice your speaking anywhere at any time without having a native speaker and a common phrase you can use to make you feel more comfortable practicing your speaking on your own.

 

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English Podcast: Moving to Another Country - American English Conversation

February 15, 2017
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In this English podcast, we tell you all about our experiences preparing to move to another country and all the stuff we had to get rid of. You will hear us talk about everything from selling our house, letting go of collections, garage sales and even a fight with our couch to get it out the door!

 

 

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Mari from Brazil asks us a question:

Dear Amy and Curtis,

I’ve been studying English for more than three years now. I feel like it’s easy for me to understand English when I’m listening and I’m good at reading and writing. But when I try to speak, I feel like the words do not come out of my mind very easy and I make a lot of mistakes. Do you know why this is happening to me?

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English Podcast: Carnival in Colombia - Free English Conversation Lesson

January 14, 2017
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We've been gone from recording conversations for more than a year but we are back with a new English podcast format that is better than ever!

In this English conversation, we are going to tell you about our experiences visiting Colombia during their world-famous Carnival. We discuss the difference it can make when you know someone who is from the region you are visiting and how you can really have the opportunity to discover the culture on another level.

 

 

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We answer our Hassan's question about a problem he is having with listening.

Dear Amy and Curtis,

I've been learning English for 3 years but I've noticed I have a lot of problems with my listening. I feel like I listen to a lot of audio, maybe 1 hour a day. When I watch movies with subtitles, I know most of the words... but I am not able to hear the words when I listen without subtitles. Please help me. 

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English Podcast: Applying for Jobs - Free English Conversation

October 20, 2015
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In this free English conversation, we talk about applying for jobs and what it is like. Hear some interesting techniques we have used to get one. Hear about some of our experiences hiring people for our own business.

To get more advice about job interviews, check out this podcast episode with 33 tips when applying for jobs and going to interviews.

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Curtis:  Well, hey, guys. It's Curtis, and I'm hanging out with Amy. We're from RealEnglishConversations.com. Today we're going to kind of continue our conversation about jobs, and applying for them, actually.

Amy:  In the last episode we talked about resumes. And what was normal to see in a North American resume. And comparing it to a resume that we've recently seen from another culture or another country.

Curtis:  Yeah, from Colombia, and it was 27 pages long.

Amy:  Yeah. The total opposite of a North American resume, which is like a...the most concentrated summary you can possibly imagine of your work history.

Curtis:  Yeah, they're almost opposites.

Amy:  Yeah. Complete opposites. So, anyway, we thought that obviously the next step, now that you have a resume.

Curtis:  Yeah, you've created a resume.

Amy:  This is the first step in applying for a job.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  What do you do?

Curtis:  Well, you go out there, and hand out your resume to the places that you would probably prefer to work at. Sometimes, you know, you can't get too picky if you really need a job really bad, you apply everywhere.

Amy:  Right.

Curtis:  So you've got your stack of resumes with you, and then you go out there and you walk into businesses or places with that resume. You ask for the boss or the manager, that does the hiring, usually, that's what I would do, that's who I want to give my resume to.

Amy:  Yeah, can I speak to the manager, please.

Curtis:  Yeah, you want to make that...

Amy:  That's where you would...you're using...

Curtis:  First impression.

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English Podcast: Airport Travel - Free English Dialogue

September 20, 2015
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Take a trip with us and explore a Real English Conversation. Amy and Curtis talk about traveling through airports with people who speak a different language than them. Hear about some of the experiences where it was really helpful to know a basic level of another language while traveling and communicating important information.

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Amy:  Hey, guys, this is Amy and Curtis, and today we're going to do a conversation that one of our listeners actually suggested to us. So who was that?

Curtis:  That was Alfredo. And he's living in Venezuela.

Amy:  No, he is from Venezuela.

Curtis:  Oh, okay. Where's he living?

Amy:  He's living in Argentina and working as a pilot.

Curtis:  Oh, that's a cool job.

Amy:  So what did he ask us to talk about?

Curtis:  Well, because he is a pilot, he asked us to talk about some of our experiences in airports.

Amy:  And specifically doing it in another language.

Curtis:  Yeah. This can be tricky at times.

Amy:  Yeah, so if you guys have been listening to the podcasts for a while, you're going to know we've done quite a bit of traveling. I mean, where have we been? We've been to...we went to Hawaii.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  And we've been to California.

Curtis:  We've been to Costa Rica.

Amy:  Yeah. Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador. And upcoming we have a trip planned to Ecuador again. And to Colombia. And this next vacation is going to be three months, and I think we might be able to this time when we go to the airports, we might actually have an experience to do the whole process of the customs and like checking in with the customs agent and getting our passports stamped and stuff. I think we might be able to do it completely in Spanish this time.

Curtis:  Yeah. I'm feeling a little more confident, that's for sure.

Amy:  Yeah. So the last times that we've traveled, we've really had a fairly limited level of the language.

Curtis:  Yes.

Amy:  You know, because I know when we came back from Ecuador, after we came back, after I had been there for six weeks, I was still just a beginner, looking back now. I thought I was  then I was, but looking back now I can see I was...I was pretty basic.

Curtis:  And I...I was basic basic.

Amy:  You were like a newbie1, like...

 

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English Podcast Forest Fires - Listen to American English

August 20, 2015
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In this English podcast conversation, we discuss some of the recent forest fires that have started in the area where we live, how firefighters work against the fires and the procedures that are in place to help people and animals that need to be evacuated if a fire is near to their homes. Hear about what some people do to watch these sometimes dangerous situations and the nickname we give them.

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Curtis:  Hey, everybody. It's Amy and Curtis from RealEnglishConversations.com and today we're going to be talking about a natural disaster that happens in our area where we live, and it's forest fires. Now, what are forest fires, Amy?

Amy:  Well, forest fires are fires obviously that start in the forest, just like it sounds. But these are...are accidents or sometimes they're caused naturally.

Curtis:  Yes.

Amy:  But it's a fire that is wild in the forest, it's...it's uncontrolled.

Curtis:  Yes.

Amy:  It's unintentional that it's there. So for example, a forest fire might start by being either human caused, which would make it an accident.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  Or it might be something in nature that has happened. So what happens in nature that causes forest fires to start?

Curtis:  Well, sometimes thunderstorms.

Amy:  Yeah.

Curtis:  Come through our area and with thunderstorms is lightning, of course.

Amy:  Yeah. And lightning strikes1a can definitely start fires.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  Like if a lightning bolt1b hits a tree it will light on fire.

Curtis:  On fire. And it's because forest fire season is in the summertime. And everything around us is super dry, so a fire will start quicker.

Amy:  Yeah. So if it has been raining, and there was a lightning strike that hit a tree in the forest, it wouldn't likely start a fire. Like it might...that tree might burn, or get charred a little bit, but it's not going to start a fire. But right now what's happened is we've had the hottest and driest summer in...isn't it over 50 years or something like that2?

Curtis:  Something like that.

Amy:  Yeah. So we've had very little rain and extremely hot temperatures, so it...in the forest, it's so dry. If there's like, for example, human caused, like a cigarette butt, a lit cigarette butt that is flicked out the window.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  And it lands in a ditch with some dry grass, what happens?

Curtis:  It takes within seconds for a fire...

Amy:  Yeah, a grass fire to start.

 

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