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54. The ‘New Normal’ Life | American English Conversation

54. The ‘New Normal’ Life | American English Conversation

June 23, 2020

An American English Conversation about The 'New Normal' Life. As things start to open slowly after a long quarantine period, Amy and Curtis share some of their ideas and concerns about the simple things they used to enjoy without a second thought... Eating at a restaurant, traveling by airplane, or even watching a sunset. They also discuss the new strategies and the new way that they plan to do these activities in the future.

 

 

Audio Transcription:

Amy:  Hi, everybody. My name is Amy Whitney and I’m here with Curtis Davies from Real English Conversations. Today we’re going to be having an interesting conversation talking about what the “new normal” is, or what we think is probably going to be happening over the next year as we get out of our houses and start to move around a little bit despite the fact that the coronavirus is still present in our lives.

I think one of the first places that we can start to talk about is something that we completely took for granted before is a safe, normal everyday activity and that was eating out at restaurants.  So, Curtis, can you tell us a little bit about how we used to think about restaurants?

Curtis:  Well, we used to really like going outside. We work from home and it was a chance two days or three days a week to go to some of our favorite restaurants. The restaurants here are really, really, good. So, we would just go out, enjoy the evening and it would feel very, very good because we were out of the house.

Amy:  Exactly. We work at home all day so for us going out to have something to eat is a little bit of an escape from the workplace. Otherwise, as you can imagine, working from home all day, hanging around the house all night gets a little bit boring, and it’s nice to have a change of environment. So now we are not going out to restaurants. Do you remember the last time that we went out to a restaurant?

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53. Building Vocabulary Faster - English Lessons & Learning Tips

53. Building Vocabulary Faster - English Lessons & Learning Tips

June 9, 2020

Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to learn and remember new vocabulary? In this English podcast lesson, Amy and Curtis will explain how building vocabulary can be easier if you apply a few simple strategies. This is a great episode to get some language learning advice to help you learn faster!

 

English Audio Podcast Transcription:

Curtis:  Hi, everybody. It’s Curtis and Amy from RealEnglishConversations.com. Today we’re going to be talking about building vocabulary and one critical step that you might be missing that could be making this much more difficult for you.

Amy:  Exactly. A lot of the students, what they do is they have a list of words, for example, maybe use flash cards, but there’s something that’s missing. Even though you're reviewing those words every single day in that moment when you're speaking, for example, or you're trying to remember a word and you know that you're supposed to know it but you can’t recall it. This is the critical step and what we’re going to be helping you with today.

Curtis:  Okay. Let’s get right into the core concept behind this technique. It’s really to give yourself enough exposure to the language through repetition or use to help you to understand it through that context and remember it easier.

Amy:  And when Curtis is explaining this, he’s not talking about exposure like immigrating to an English-speaking country or just watching TV shows, for example, or listening to podcast. There’s actually a little bit more to this and it’s being more specific with a deeper studying or revision of the content that you're being exposed to.

So we’re going to start by giving you some pro tips here. And don’t worry, we’re going to give some examples of different activities that we do and point out how each of these activities relates back to this technique. So what’s the first pro tip that you have, Curtis?

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52. Living Abroad in Mexico | English Audio about Immigrating to Another Country

52. Living Abroad in Mexico | English Audio about Immigrating to Another Country

May 25, 2020

In this English audio podcast episode, Amy and Curtis share their experience of what it's like immigrating to and living in Mexico. They will share the top reasons why they have chosen Mexico as their home while they discuss the people, the amazing landscapes, and geographic diversity, as well as Mexican food!

 

 

English Audio Podcast Transcription:

Curtis:  Hi everybody, it’s Curtis and Amy, and we are going to have a very interesting conversation today about living in another country. As some of you may know, Amy and myself are Canadian, but in 2016 we made the big move to live abroad in Mexico.

Amy:  Exactly. And we have another podcast episode called Moving to Another Country where we talked about what it was like to really prepare our house and change our lives from living in Canada to selling our house and everything we owned to be able to move to Mexico. So that’s a different podcast episode and you can definitely check that one out.

Curtis:  So, Amy, we get asked this question all the time about living here in another country and the question is, “Why do you guys want to live in Mexico?”   

Amy:  And it’s said with a little bit of a confused tone or they don’t really understand why. And I can’t blame them because internationally a lot of the news that reaches other countries around the world is related to, I don’t know, we’ve got drug cartels, violence, there’s poverty here and different issues like this. And these issues aren’t really issues that aren’t present in many other countries around the world, but in particular, Mexico, unfortunately, has a bad reputation for these types of things. But we want to explain today some of the wonderful things that this country has to offer and why we’ve chosen to make this our home and not just for a couple of years. Like, we love Mexico. We consider ourselves as Mexicans right now, not obviously by nationality but we really love the culture and want to stay here.

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51. Interview Snowboarding | Advanced English Conversations

51. Interview Snowboarding | Advanced English Conversations

May 11, 2020

My interview guest Moreno is back to for part 2 of this interview for an advanced English conversation about snowboarding, hockey, and other Canadian culture. Snowsport enthusiasts will love this discussion!

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Transcription:

Amy: The way that we actually met is through a mutual passion that we have for snowboarding. I remember when I met you, I was absolutely crazy for the sport and I was really, really excited to hang out and have an opportunity to snowboard with you. I know, in my opinion, I think that you are quite an athlete, very talented, and the things that you do are great. And you actually inspired me to become a much better snowboarder. If you remember, you introduced me to snowboarding in trees and much more extreme snowboarding.

Moreno:  I do remember. A lot of fun, a lot of fun.

Amy:  And I was a complete chicken but you helped me to get over that.

Moreno:  Well, that’s what friends are for. You needed a little push, a little guidance, right?

Amy:  That’s right. You know, learning from somebody who is very good at it was a big inspiration. So, how did you get into snowboarding?

Moreno:  Well, I probably started when I was like five years old and I stole my brother’s skateboard, and I didn’t give it back to him.

Amy:  Okay.

Moreno:  So I kept it from him and started skateboarding just as a regular kid. And I used to ski with my family in the ‘80s at a small ski hill outside of Ottawa.

Amy:  I guess skiing was the thing at that time.

Moreno:  Yeah, it sure was. It still is. Skiing is never going to disappear. Skiing is always going to be popular, but it was mainly just skiing. I guess when I was around 14 when snowboarding slowly became more popular. I guess it was early ‘90s maybe. Snowboarding was getting more popular but also a little cheaper to buy the gear and things like that. I finally bought a new snowboard. It was the surf style, the skateboarding style. It was the sideways, surf style that really was familiar with my skateboarding, and I thought it was cool. It was a cool thing. It was, like I said, lay back surf style was what I was looking for and that’s how I started.

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50. Interview Space Exploration | Advanced English Conversation

50. Interview Space Exploration | Advanced English Conversation

April 20, 2020

In this advanced English conversation, a special guest, Moreno Scatozza, joins us to talk about space exploration and some really interesting facts about outer space!

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Transcription:

Amy: Let’s get started with the interview. How are you doing today, Moreno?
 
Moreno: Good. How are you?
 
Amy: I’m doing great. Thanks. Let’s get started with a little bit of an introduction about you, if you could.
 
Moreno: Absolutely. So, hi, everyone. My name is Moreno Scatozza. I am a big fan of astronomy. I have a podcast which I speak about the facts of space and planets, stars, anything really to do with astronomy. And I have episodes on this podcast and I’d like to simplify things for the general public, let’s say. Because let’s face it: space, astronomy can be very confusing and also there’s just so much to talk about. So, in my podcast I’d like to kind of simplify things and also put things into category so you could really see things a little more clear.
 
Amy: Yes. So it’s basically trying to take the scientific version, which is a little bit boring and overwhelming for the typical person and put it into a term that makes it interesting and understandable.
 
Moreno: That’s what I’m aiming for.
 
Amy: Nice. That’s cool. Well, I’m sure that some of our listeners that are interested in space exploration and just things that are going on in our universe and planet are going to be interested to check out some of your episodes. How did you get started into this? Where did it come from, this inspiration?
 
Moreno: Well, I’ve always just loved space since I was a kid. I also wanted to learn more. Once you learned something that you're interested in, you wanted to just keep learning like a snowball effect. You want to progress and want to know why, and after you know why, you want to know why why. And when it comes to space, it’s infinity so there’s always the unknown and it’s always a mystery. So it’s almost like solving things and understanding things. Once you understand things about space, you also understand about things in your normal day-to-day lives, and I find that connection really important and I think a lot of people should know about.
 
Amy: Okay. Now I want to know exactly what you're referring to. So, how have you found that connection between what you've learned about space to how it relates to your real life?

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49. Doctor Visits: How to Talk about Medical Problems - English for Real Life

49. Doctor Visits: How to Talk about Medical Problems - English for Real Life

March 30, 2020

Listen to an everyday English conversation about going to the doctor, medical visits, and how we talk about being sick or injured in English. 

 

Transcription:

Curtis:  Okay. For today’s conversation, we’re going to talk about things related to going to the doctor. So, getting sick or having an injury, right?

Amy:  Yeah, exactly. We have noticed that a lot of our students don’t really know how to explain how they're feeling, maybe pain or different symptoms that they're having in their body. So we thought that we could share some of our experiences that we’ve had, unfortunately, where we’ve either been sick or hurt ourselves and what it was like, what was happening to us. So, Curtis, for you I think we’re gonna start backwards and maybe moving our way forward in time.

Curtis:  Okay.

Amy:  And one of the first stories that you were gonna talk about was related to something that happened to you in high school, right?

Curtis:  Yeah. It was back in high school. Actually, I was in a marching band and I played the bass drum, and we actually competed against other marching bands. So we went on tour through the United States and we won this competition one night. And then after the competition we went back to the high school gymnasium that we were staying in, and around these high schools are stairways or staircases.

Amy:  Like the bleachers, right?

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48. Learn Smarter: Spooky Stories: UFO’s, Ghosts & Haunted Houses | Real English Stories

48. Learn Smarter: Spooky Stories: UFO’s, Ghosts & Haunted Houses | Real English Stories

March 16, 2020

Listen to a natural conversation where we share English stories about spooky experiences we've had related to UFO's, ghosts and haunted houses. You're going to get some great vocabulary and expressions from this English podcast episode!

 

Transcription:

Yeah, exactly. So, there is one other time that I don’t know what I saw. I don’t know if it was a UFO, I don’t know what it is, but it was super, super weird. There’s one time when we had our delivery business, I was actually doing a delivery in this area called Black Mountain, it’s like a neighborhood. It’s sort of on the side of a hill or in a little valley. So on one side of the valley, there are all these houses and they have a beautiful view, of course, during the day. And on the other side of the valley, there are more houses. But I was on the one side that was – it’s quite steep in that area and you have a pretty good view.

I went up the road and then I did a U-turn and I parked my car in front of the house. This was a regular customer. I remember I looked up after I had parked my car, and there was this super bright light across on the other side of the valley. But I mean, I was born and raised in Kelowna. I know the geography of the city.

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47. Learn Smarter: How to Improve Your English Skills with Effective Activities

47. Learn Smarter: How to Improve Your English Skills with Effective Activities

February 17, 2020

In this English podcast, you will learn how to improve your English skills by Identifying the most effective types of activities to rapidly increase your language learning with actionable tips to change your learning strategy. Plus, get some effective activities that will help you learn smarter and faster as an independent language learner!

 

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So, we’re going to call that kind of level one activity. Level two is just listening to it like we were last night. We weren’t taking notes, we didn’t stop the audio, we were just listening to it. The benefit we’re going to get is very, very little, if any, and I’m not really sure I’d consider it a good use of time and it’s certainly not studying. But level one activity is going to give you some benefit.

Another idea that you could do, if you're somebody who’s driving and maybe you have control on your steering wheel or something, something that isn’t going to distract you, obviously – I’m not promoting distracted driving – but if you have a button on your steering wheel and you can rewind the audio by holding it or pause the audio or something, this is good. What you can do is you can actually pause the audio and try to repeat the last part that the person said as much as you can and then continue playing it. This is going to help you to improve your listening skills and to practice speaking at the same time.

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46. Scariest Moments | English Stories | Historias en Ingles

46. Scariest Moments | English Stories | Historias en Ingles

December 14, 2019

Listen to an conversation where we share three English stories about our most terrifying moments ever! Curtis and I thought this would be an entertaining conversation for everyone to hear about some of the things we have experienced in vivid detail to help you hear the art of story telling in English and to help you learn using stories in English.

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Students: Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. I am from Japan. Brazil. Thailand. Uruguay.

Thanks to Real English Conversations, I got a part-time job.

I can practice with a native speaker and other members of the community. It’s really good.

I have improved my understanding of native speaker.

Thumbs up and big thanks to Amy and Curtis.

Amy:  I am so proud of these students and the progress they've made since becoming a member with us. If you're looking for a different way of learning and to finally break through your own barriers, it’s time to join us as a member. You’ll have access to lessons designed to improve your speaking and listening fluency that you can study online any time it fits your schedule. You’ll also be able to have real conversations with Curtis, myself, and these incredible members. Head over to RealEnglishConversations.com to learn more and get started.

Curtis:  What other scary moments have you had?

Amy:  Okay. I would say for me, my scariest moment that I ever had was actually a time that I was snowboarding. For those of you that don’t know, I am actually a very, very good snowboarder. I’ve been doing the sport for about – I don’t know how many years – maybe 15 years, but at least 12 years. At this point I was kind of at the top of my ability and what I was capable of doing.

So I was up snowboarding with one of my friends, not like a really, really good friend but somebody that I liked to go with, and he had an idea to go to this area of the hill that we like to go to because it’s just slightly out of bounds. But it’s not like so far out of bounds where you're going to get lost. It’s like if you go in at the top of this area and you go down the hill, you come down to another area and you come back in-bounds to the resort again. And a lot of people do it. It should literally be in-bounds.

Curtis:  Slightly out of bound.

Amy:    Slightly ... for a little section of the hill, but it literally should be in-bounds because of the shape of the mountain, it’s very easy to go through this area.

So, anyway, I was snowboarding and everything was fine. We found this fresh powder and, “Oh yeah, this is great.” I think it was our second time through this area. And what happened was I was making a turn and I fell, basically.

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45. Consistency & Motivation | Tips to Learn English Faster | Real English

45. Consistency & Motivation | Tips to Learn English Faster | Real English

November 25, 2019

Learn the relationship between motivation and consistency to stay on track and improve your English faster. We will give you real life examples and share our experiences where we have seen how powerful consistency is in the language learning process. 

 

Transcription:

So it’s more like when you're consistent, you are learning faster, which creates motivation, which creates motivation to study again. And in my case, when I’m highly motivated, I’m actually more motivated to do activities that are more challenging compared to periods where maybe I have lower motivation because I’ve been too busy, I haven’t been consistent, and I’m kind of on that downward spiral out of consistency.

So it’s kind of a winning combination. If you're studying regularly, you're going to be learning faster and just able to have more room in your brain to be able to learn new things. You're going to have high level of motivation, which is going to help you naturally want to study without feeling like it’s a chore. And if you're really motivated, you're probably going to be doing activities that are more demanding on your concentration, right?

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