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[Special Episodes] Pt. 2/4: Navigating the Difficult Path to Fluency

[Special Episodes] Pt. 2/4: Navigating the Difficult Path to Fluency

December 30, 2020

Today, I have another episode from our four part podcast series to help you get super motivated and focused in 2021 to reach new levels with your English. If you haven't listened to part 1, I recommend doing that BEFORE listening to this section because this episode will make a lot more sense!

As a language learner, trying to navigate from intermediate to advanced and beyond to fluency is a very complicated and confusing. In this episode, I'll give you a few tips and ideas to help you simplify the process and focus on the types of activities that will keep moving your forward in the right direction.

**Each of these podcasts will have the transcription available so that you can listen and read along.**

Listen to Part 1: Kickstarting Your English - Identify your reason to speak English well, the first steps to take, and setting a clear focus for the next 90 days.

Part 2: Navigating the Path to Fluency - This is the episode you are listening to!

Part 3: Getting in the Habit of Being Consistent - I'll talk about a powerful idea that will help you to be consistent to reach your goals without disappointing yourself or other people.

Part 4: Breaking out of Low-Motivation - The trick to quickly restoring your motivation and making quick progress that you can feel.

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Transcription (Read and Listen to this Podcast)

Hey, everybody, this is Amy Whitney from realenglishconversations.com, and I've got a great lesson coming up for you today. We're going to be talking about this really complicated stage in your language, learning between intermediate going to advanced and continuing on to reaching fluency. Just to let you know, this lesson today is part of a four-lesson series that I'm doing.

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So if you didn't hear yesterday's lesson, it's really, really important that you go back and listen to that right now. This audio is going to be here for you to listen after you've completed that previous lesson we were talking about this time where you're usually restarting your language, learning, or you're at a plateau where you feel like you're a little bit stuck or not making any progress, or maybe you've taken a long break. But honestly, even if you're somebody that has been just pushing forward and making great progress with your language learning, it's still a great lesson.

Listen to Part 1: Kickstarting Your English

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And it's going to help you to get a nice, clear image of where you're going and what you want to achieve in the next three months, which is really, really important. You should be able to find the link to that episode in the notes for this podcast lesson. So let's dive into this lesson today where we're going to be talking about navigating this very complicated stage between intermediate continuing to advanced and going from there to reaching fluency. Regardless of where you are on this journey.

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The advice in this podcast is going to save you a lot of time and to help you realize that you're not the first person to go through this and you don't really need to figure it out on your own. Before I explain how we're going to approach this problem, I just want to share something that you as a listener might not realize. A lot of the students that I teach in private lessons are actually people that live in either Canada or the United States, and they haven't just moved to that country.

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They've actually been there for quite a while. And they've been going through this exact process trying to figure out how to learn and improve on their own. And they're putting in a lot of effort. They're spending a lot of time watching TV, listening to podcasts, maybe doing some exercises, and maybe even they've signed up for a course or two locally in their city. But it's not really working on the skills that they need to communicate and they're not really sure what to do to get to that next level.

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So eventually they seek out professional help and they book a lesson with a teacher that actually knows how to help get them over these problems. Because honestly, the advice that is on the Internet is not all good advice. A lot of the advice is for beginner students, for example, or pre intermediate students or advice from English teachers that have never learned a  language themselves. So they're just kind of saying things that they think help, but they don't really understand if it does or not, because they've never been through the process.

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Just to give you a really quick example, this is probably the most common piece of advice that is widely believed and widely given across the Internet to try to improve your listening skills. The advice that you're going to find is simply to listen to a lot of audio and eventually you'll be able to hear and understand everything perfectly. And that is awful advice. That is probably the slowest, most impractical way of approaching this problem with no strategy whatsoever. And you wouldn't know that as a language learner.

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You're not going to know that. You're going to hear this advice being given by, I don't know, three different teachers and five blog posts because you're Googling how to improve listening skills because you're in the real world. You can't understand somebody when they're speaking to you, or maybe you're somebody that needs to have English for your job or for your business. And when a client is trying to explain something to you or one of your colleagues or you're in a group meeting on Zoom, and you can't understand the fine details of what's going on.

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These are real world problems and you need to have a solution that is not going to waste your time because. OK, fine. If you have 10 hours a day to sit around and listen to music and watch videos and listen to podcasts and have massive amounts of English exposure, then yeah, maybe that strategy eventually will work for you. But most of you are, like me, very busy. I don't have 10 hours a week even to work on my language learning.

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And I need to do things that actually work and are a good use of my time. And that's exactly what I try to do for my students, is to show you the way that you can do this a lot faster so that you're not getting lost for years and years and years trying to figure this out on your own. I mean, just think about all of the lost opportunities, whether those opportunities have already went by or opportunities that are just around the corner, that if your language level was at a different stage, you'd be able to make it happen, whether it's for a job or meeting somebody new, a good friend potentially in your area or whatever it is.

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The thing is, with learning English in particular, it's a very difficult language and it takes a lot of practice and it's going to take a lot of time. So we don't really want to do inefficient things that can make the process any longer than it already has to be. So what is the solution here? Well, to be honest, it's getting the guidance from somebody that has done this before. They specialize in this area and they know exactly what to do.

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And honestly, there are a couple of ways you can do this. The first one is really focusing on a few teachers that you feel are going to be the most helpful for you and really consuming the content that they're sending you, whether they're sending you lessons on their email list or videos on YouTube, whatever way you follow that teacher that you really love and you feel is helpful, make sure that you do the activities that they're recommending. And the second option is to actually learn with that teacher.

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And I just want you to think about this for a moment. If you really start focusing on the skills that are your weakest skills and you're getting the advice from somebody who knows what they're doing has helped countless other students just like you that have faced the same problem and giving you very specific activities that are going to help you to quickly overcome that problem. What is your language level going to be like within the next three months? How many of those obstacles that have been holding you back that you don't know how to overcome?

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It could be related to feeling shy when you speak, having low self-confidence or not really being sure how to practice your speaking fluency. Maybe you just listen to podcasts and you watch TV shows and that's good for listening, but you don't really understand how to practice your speaking in an effective way. That's actually going to lead to great results. And that's the difference between trying to figure it out on your own and actually learning with somebody who knows exactly what you need to do or give you suggestions about what to try so that you can see that rapid increase in those skills that you've been stuck trying to figure out and trying to improve for so long.

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And this was a mistake that I made. Definitely, when I was a lower level student, I was trying to figure it out on my own. I was using the methods that I had been taught when I was in school with textbooks and memorizing vocabulary and doing exercises. But when it came time for me to jump into real-world communication, I realized I had absolutely nonexistent listening abilities. I couldn't understand anything hardly. And all of the words that I had worked so hard to memorize were not available at that moment where I needed to speak.

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And if I could go back to that period of time when I had no idea what to do and have somebody say, Hey, Amy, you need to do this. For example, if you want to understand and be able to use the same words that native speakers are using, study the way that people speak. Go through a conversation if you find words and phrases and things that you don't understand, the likelihood of those words being very common words is very, very high.

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And you're going to hear them and you're going to need those same words and phrases for your own speaking. That probably would have saved me. I don't know, like eight years of struggle. And I didn't know that I had to figure that out on my own, and fortunately, I'm a very creative and determined person, and as soon as I decided to start thinking out of the box, I tried different methods, I tried different techniques, and I found the things that worked best for me.

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And I started teaching them to other people. And I've been working with my students one to one over. I don't know how many lessons, maybe 4000 lessons now working one to one with different students. And people are coming to me that have literally lived in the United States for 10 years, 15 years, and they're not happy with something related to their English. And within five or ten minutes, I know exactly what we're going to do, what they need to focus on, what type of activity they should try to overcome that problem or that feeling that they've been suffering with and struggling to try to figure out how to solve on their own where somebody like me was sitting there able to help them within five or ten minutes.

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Just imagine if you had somebody like that available to you. The main point that I really want to focus on here is just the difference between trying to figure out things on your own versus following the advice from somebody that can really give you the steps that you need to overcome those problems. And I do that both in my online courses and the email lessons that we send to our students. But I also do this working one to one with students. And this is actually the point where I'm going to tell you about something really, really exciting that I am making available for our New Year's promotion.

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First of all, before I tell you about this promotion, I just need to say that I have not been able to accept new private lesson students for over a year. The last time I was accepting new students was in December 2019. And that's why this offer that I have for you is so special. I'm going to be giving up to 20 students access to unlimited language coaching with me so that you can have access to this specific advice that you need to overcome your biggest problems.

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And we're going to do this over a three month period. In addition to that, you'll have access to the online fluency courses. You'll have private lessons, access to our community events to practice speaking with the Real English Conversations teachers and other members of our community. This is something that is really going to be good for you. If you're somebody who feels like you're sort of stuck and you're not sure where to go to get to that next step, or you really need to make fast progress with your English learning, having the guidance of somebody that knows how to get you from where you are now to where you want to be in the shortest period of time is definitely going to be a huge help here.

Check out the New Year's Special Offer

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Beyond that, I'm here to support you, to give you motivation and to encourage you along the way. So if you're interested in that, definitely check out the link that I have in the episode, notes down below. And I mean, it doesn't hurt to look, just click over, check out all of the details of this offer. And if it sounds like something that you want to do, don't wait. These twenty spaces are definitely going to be filled up.

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This is a crazy offer and I've never done anything like this before. So get in there. If you want to be one of these lucky 20 that's going to be learning with me for tomorrow, I'm going to be talking about staying consistent. And this is probably one of the biggest challenges that people have learning on their own online. And I'm going to give you the specific advice that I give to myself and many of my students to really help them to be as consistent as possible, because consistency is probably the easiest thing you can do to make the most progress.

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But it's also difficult to do because things come up in our day to day life that stop us from doing what we want to do. So I'll be talking about that tomorrow. I hope you guys have a great rest of the day. And I look forward to sharing some more tips with you very soon.

 

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[Special Episodes] Pt. 1 of 4: Kick Start Your English & Set Clear Goals

[Special Episodes] Pt. 1 of 4: Kick Start Your English & Set Clear Goals

December 28, 2020

I have a very special lessons series that I put together to get motivated and excited to make HUGE progress with your English in 2021!

This year, 2020, has been a very challenging year for many of us including me. Personally, I had very little time to work on my language (Spanish)... And unfortunately, I lost some of my progress and my level has decrease A LOT :(

I know many of you are in the same situation and I wanted to create this 4 lessons series to talk about my strategy to get back on track and make quick progress to regain what I have lost of my language skills. These are the 4 topics I'll be focusing on:

Episode 1: Restarting Your English - Identify your reason to speak English well, the first steps to take, and setting a clear focus for the next 90 days.

Episode 2: Navigating the Path to Fluency - From intermediate to advanced and beyond to fluency is a very complicated and confusing part of language learning. I'll explain how to handle this and keep you focused on the most important things.

Episode 3: Getting in the Habit of Being Consistent - In this episode, I'll talk about a powerful idea that will help you to be consistent to reach your goals without disappointing yourself or other people.

Episode 4: Breaking out of Low-Motivation - The trick to quickly restoring your motivation and making quick progress that you can feel.

Each of these podcasts will have the transcription available so that you can listen and read along.

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Transcription (Read and Listen to this Podcast)

This is the Real English Conversations podcast where you'll find the lessons and advice you need to be able to confidently use your English in the real world. Hey, everybody, this is Amy from RealEnglishConversations.com, and I'm really excited because I'm going to be sharing with you a series of lessons over the next few days that are really going to help you to get motivated and really clear on what your goals will be related to English for the upcoming year. I don't know about you guys, but for me, during the last couple of weeks of December, I always take some time to think about what I want to improve.

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How did the year before go and where do I want to go in the future, not only with my language learning, but all aspects of my life. But, you know, as I was thinking about what happened in this year, very, very challenging year of 2020, I realized that my goal at the beginning of the year to really actually reach fluency in the language that I'm learning, which is Spanish, really didn't happen. And in fact, I actually lost probably an entire level.

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And that's something that I wasn't expecting. But right now, I need to look at what I want to do moving forward and how I'm going to do that. And in that process, there are some great pieces of information and strategies that I think you guys can learn from as well. And also to recognize that even people like me, people that know how to learn languages, how to reach fluency, what you need to do to reach that goal sooner by doing efficient activities and all of this stuff.

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I know all of this information, but at the same time, I'm still a human. I'm just like you. I only have 24 hours in the day. And there's a certain limited amount of focus that I have to work on my language skills at the end of the day. So just to give you a quick preview of what's coming up today, we're going to be talking about this problem with getting stuck or losing your language level over a period of time and how to get started again.

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The next lesson is going to be about navigating this really difficult period between intermediate advanced and moving on to fluency. The fact is that the majority of courses and lessons online are generally for people that are beginners or maybe pre intermediate learners. But once you get to that intermediate level, you're kind of on your own and you go onto the Internet and you find tons of lessons that are available. But it's very, very unclear about how to get from where you are to that final stage of fluency, especially if this is the first language that you're learning on your own as an adult.

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It's different when you learn your language as a child versus trying to acquire a new language as an adult. After that, I'm going to be talking about consistency and really explaining the tricks and tips that I have that work really, really well for me to try to stay consistent. And the final piece of this is about motivation and how you can go from having very low motivation to having really high motivation where you are so excited to practice English and learn because you're seeing great results from what you've achieved in a very short period of time.

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So let's get started with the first obstacle, the first problem that we have after we've taken a little bit of a break or we've kind of been at a plateau, whether we're working on our language and not seeing progress or you're just maintaining your language skills because you're a little bit too busy or maybe like me, where you've seen a big slide backwards in your language level and you need to get started again to relearn what you've already lost. The first thing that we need to do is to really think about why we're doing this.

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Why are we learning a language? Why did we decide to learn a skill that takes hundreds and hundreds of hours of practice and dedication? What is it going to mean when we speak that language confidently and fluently and we can communicate with other people and for each of us, that's going to be a different thing for me personally. I live in a foreign country. I live in Mexico. I'm originally from Canada, where very few people speak Spanish, at least where I live.

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And I've decided to relocate to another country where the national language is Spanish and I am going to be here for a long time. So for me, it's very important to. The ability to be comfortable and confident in the language, in social situations so that I can form a network of people here locally and to not get stuck in a group of people that just speak English, because that's the only language that I'm comfortable speaking in. I want to be able to connect with locals, whether they speak English or Spanish, and to be able to make connections in that way.

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Also, I have found recently that I'm having to do different business related things in Spanish. And this is another challenge that you really want to represent your best self when you're working in English for your job. You don't want it to seem like you're speaking like a five year old because you feel like it affects your your professional image. And for that reason, I also need to really refine and have an excellent level in the language. So let's take a second here and just remind yourself, why are you learning English?

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What is it going to mean for you if you were to increase your language level by one level or two levels within the next three or six months or maybe just by the end of next year? It doesn't matter what sort of opportunities are going to open up and how are you going to feel about your communication at that point? Taking a second to think about these things is really, really important so that you know why you're doing this, because it is a lot of work.

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It is a long journey and it's not going to happen overnight. Furthermore, you're going to have obstacles that come up in your life. And we have to really make this language learning thing part of what we do. So just get that clear image again about why you're doing this and think about how many hours per week you're going to be able to commit to doing this. Think about it like exercising. Maybe you exercise three days a week, or maybe you practice meditation to clear your mind every day for 15 minutes.

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It's the same sort of thing. We're going to make a habit. And this is part of our life because we have to put so many hours into it. It needs to be a habit. It needs to be something that we're doing all the time, because if we don't work on it, we're always going backwards. And I know that that doesn't match with your goal. And the reason why you're doing this. The second part of this exercise is to really envision what sort of result you think you can achieve within the next three months.

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Maybe you really want to increase your confidence. Maybe you finally want to face your fear of speaking with other people. There are a lot of people that are really, really shy and they want to speak, but they're just too scared to take that first step. Maybe you want to overcome that problem within the next three months. Maybe it's just, general speaking, fluency or trying to understand more of the movies and TV shows that you watch on TV without needing those subtitles.

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Just think about what you personally want to achieve within the next three months, just to give you an example to work with, because I know it can be difficult to think, ooooh, what can I achieve within three months? In my case, what I want to focus on is really using more of the vocabulary that I already know in my own speaking. I don't want to be stuck in such a limited vocabulary where I speak in a very simple way.

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I know a lot of vocabulary. When I listen, I can understand almost everything that I hear. So now I need to really focus on trying to introduce that type of vocabulary and those phrases into my speaking. And I'm just going to really do activities that challenge me to speak about things in more detail and recognize the words that I can't remember and just do some speaking exercises following my own advice and my own methods. And don't worry too much if you're not entirely sure how you're going to achieve that outcome over the next few days, I'm going to have some ideas and some tips that might give you the answers to what you're looking for.

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But for right now, I just really want you to focus on what you think you might be able to achieve within the next three months. Don't set the goal super high. Remember, you're going to kind of focus on one thing, really work at it, or maybe a couple of things. But you want to have some sort of outcome that you can see the results of this is really important. So that's it for the first day. We're just really focusing on where we're going, what we want to achieve, making sure that we're setting a realistic plan over the next year.

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And more specifically, what do we want to accomplish within the next three months? Because when we look at one year in advance, we have these big ideas and dreams. But if we look at three months, we can come up with something that seems like a short term strategy. And it's probably going to focus on the most important thing that you want to improve. So your homework for today is to really think about that as soon as this podcast is over.

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Do not skip this step. And for tomorrow's lesson, I'm going to be talking about navigating this really confusing and difficult stage between intermediate advanced and continuing on to fluency personally. This is an area where I was stuck for a very, very long time. I was at the pre intermediate level trying to jump up to intermediate and I was stuck here for years. And I don't want you to make the same mistake. It's so much effort, it's so much frustration to be stuck there and doing things in a very inefficient way just because you don't know what to do.

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So we're going to be talking about that tomorrow, helping you to have a clear plan and know how to move forward through that process. If you're super motivated right now and you're like, man, I like Amy, she's a great teacher, I would like to know more about her lessons and how I can learn. I want you to head over to our website at realenglishconversations.com and register as a free member. This is the easiest thing that you can do.

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Just register as a free member, log in, do a couple of our online lessons that we have available and just sort of check it out. But tomorrow, I'll be back with that great lesson that I'm so excited to talk to you about. And I hope that you have a great rest of the day.

 

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63. Household Chores | Learn Real English from Stories | American English Conversation Podcast

63. Household Chores | Learn Real English from Stories | American English Conversation Podcast

November 17, 2020

In this American English conversation podcast, Curtis and Amy discuss how they split up the responsibilities around the house to keep things tidy and clean. This conversation has lots of great English phrases and vocabulary terms related to everyday living!  

 

Transcription

Curtis: Hi, everybody, it's Curtis Davies and Amy: Whitney from realenglishconversations.com. Today, we're going to talk about something called chores.

Curtis: And this is a word that I teach almost every single student of mine. And what is a chore?

Curtis: A chore is the odd job or little tasks that you do usually around the house.

Curtis: We're going to talk about some of the things that, that we do in our house, who has the responsibility or makes the decisions on which chores to do.

Amy: I think this is something that every couple or every family has to go through. Honestly, I remember when I was growing up, I don't think I really had a choice. My parents told me to do something and I had to do it. Whether it be washing the dishes or taking out the trash, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, whatever that task may be.

Amy: And occasionally my dad would need a hand with something and it would always be this horrible task. Like he would say, oh, I'm going to trim the hedges outside, Amy:, come outside and help me.

Amy: And I'm like. And that meant that I had to pick up all the trimmings from the trees and get like a rash on my arm. And it was awful. So I yeah. I think one of the main reasons why parents have kids is to maybe have some help around the house. But for us, Curtis:, we don't have any kids, so we have to handle our own house cleaning and especially when we were living in Canada.

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62. English Pronunciation And Mindset Tips with Hadar Shemesh

62. English Pronunciation And Mindset Tips with Hadar Shemesh

October 27, 2020

Listen to this podcast episode that will help you with your English pronunciation.

Let me introduce Hadar Shemesh. Hadar is an accent coach specializing in American English.

She has helped thousands of students to reduce their accent, speak with better fluency, And most importantly, to build confidence to speak in English.

In this episode, we discuss the obsession that students with 'sounding like a native' and the mindset changes that need to happen to protect your confidence.

 

English Confidence And Pronunciation Tips with Hadar Shemesh

 

Transcription
Amy: How are you doing today?

Hadar: Hi, Amy. How are you doing?

Amy: I'm really great, thanks. Thank you so much for coming on the show. I'm really excited to talk to you.

Hadar: Me too. It's such an honor to be here. Thank you for inviting me.

Amy: Great. So today we were going to be discussing a little bit about pronunciation, but I think one of the first things that we should talk about is really dealing with this belief that so many students have where they feel that they need to speak and sound exactly like a native speaker. Is this something that you have in your students where they're always mentioning this? Do you hear it a lot?

Hadar: Well, absolutely, I think it's a big part of the conversation and a bit a big part of the journey where people believe that if they work on their pronunciation or their accent, then the end goal is to sound like a native.

Hadar: And I find it not only very problematic socially and politically, I also think it's detrimental to fluency. I think it's not serving the learner, but instead is just getting in the way. And I'll explain because this idea of sounding like a native means that they really need to work on the nuances of speech. Right, to get to a level.

Hadar: So there is the basic level where you may sound unclear because you're bringing patterns from your native language into English, which prevents you from having that clarity that you need to communicate and to create trust and to basically deliver your message and get what you want from the other person, right.

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61. Bike Rides - Learn Real English from Conversations

61. Bike Rides - Learn Real English from Conversations

October 20, 2020

In this English stories podcast, that will make you giggle,  you will be able to learn new expressions and sayings while Amy and Curtis share their bike riding adventures of the time they were only kids.

Bike Ride Adventures | Learn Real English from Conversations | English Stories

 

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This is the real English Conversations podcast, where you'll find the lessons and advice you need to be able to confidently use your English in the real world. Hi, everybody, it's Curtis Davies, I'm here with Amy Whitney, we're from real English conversations.com. We've got a great conversation today about some memories that we've had that everybody can relate to. It's bike riding and we've got some great stories for you. They're really interesting.

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Curtis: So, Amy, when did you start riding a bike? When you were a little girl, a teenager. Tell me about it.

Amy: I think that for me, I probably started riding my bike when I was really young. I don't remember exactly when I started riding my bike. So I was probably four or five years old because I think that's when our memories start to happen. But really, I've had a bike for as long as I can remember. I spent a lot of time up at my grandparent's house when my parents were working. I would be with grandma and grandpa and I remember that they used to have this bike down in the storage area downstairs.

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60. Learning Hack: Make Smaller Commitments | English Fluency Podcast

60. Learning Hack: Make Smaller Commitments | English Fluency Podcast

October 8, 2020

This English fluency podcast is for you if you feel like you do not know how to make smaller commitments when it comes to improving your English fluency!

In this English fluency podcast episode Amy shares a learning hack on how to make smaller commitments when it comes to learning English.

 

Learning Hack: Make Smaller Commitments | English Fluency Podcast

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Transcription

Amy: Hi, everybody, this is Amy from realenglishconversations.com.

And today we have the first episode of hopefully many, where I'm going to be doing a solo podcast rather than having a conversation or an interview, I am going to be the only person speaking in this podcast. And that's because I really want to share with you some of the language learning advice that I have, a lot of the methods and techniques and concepts that I teach in our courses. It's really important for you to realize that although our conversations with Curtis and I and the interesting topics that we speak about, these are great and they're fun to listen to.

Really, the core of what we do at Real English Conversations is we help people to become confident communicators in English and beyond that, at the same time that we help develop your skills, we're actually teaching you how to learn a language in a more efficient way, a more effective way by teaching you different things that not every course is going to show you.

So, for example, in today's podcast, I'm going to be talking about how we can make smaller commitments to make sure that every single day you make some time or some effort with your English. Unless you're in an absolute crisis situation, you should be able to find a few minutes a day to work on your English skills. And in this podcast specifically, I'm going to help you to develop the mindset that you need to be more consistent and readjust the tasks in your mind to make it something that you can do rather than something that you can't do.

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59. IELTS Tips (Pt.2): Interview with Jessica Beck

59. IELTS Tips (Pt.2): Interview with Jessica Beck

September 14, 2020

Get more IELTS tips the second half of this special interview with ex-IELTS examiner Jessica Beck. You will learn if anxiety and being too nervous affects your test score (and also how to deal with your nerves), advice to handle tricky topics where you have no idea what to say, and lastly, some recommendations for materials to help you build your skills.

 

Transcription

Amy: This is something that I wanted to talk about, it's one of the questions from our community and it was dealing with nervousness because this is something you go to this exam. It's a big deal. There's a cost to be able to take the exam. There's a date set. There's a lot of pressure to perform.

Jessica: Totally.

Amy: So do you have any insight about, number one, how do examiners interpret this or react or if it affects the score in any way? And any tips related to how students can maybe reduce their nervous feelings at the time of the exam?

Jessica: Yeah. Oh, my gosh. That's that's a great question. How do examiners react to that? Well, so you're not graded on your level of nerves, right?

Amy: Or confidence.

Jessica: Yeah, totally. I have had candidates come in who were so nervous they could not make eye contact with me and maybe they just like stared at the wall behind me the whole time or they stared at their shoes the whole time. It didn't impact their score at all because that is what they had to do to be able to speak. And that's fine, guys, if as long as you're still talking, as long as you're not allowing that anxiety to get in the way of your communication.

But that's a rare case, because if we think about someone who's anxious, usually that's literally what happens, right? They start hesitating. They can't think of ideas. They start repeating themselves. They're saying, uhm and uh, a bunch. So, yes, that will give you a low fluency score if you hesitate or pause or say, um, or uh too often you'll get a five for fluency and coherence on the speaking exam. So the only way to combat that is by preparation.

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58. IELTS Exam Tips (Pt.1): Interview with Jessica Beck

58. IELTS Exam Tips (Pt.1): Interview with Jessica Beck

September 8, 2020

Now you can get some great IELTS exam tips while you listen to part 1 of this special interview with ex-IELTS examiner Jessica Beck where she explains how much time you need to prepare for this test, depending on your level, and the amount of studying or practice you need to be doing daily to get a 7+ band score on the IELTS exam!

 

 

Transcription:

Amy:  Wow. That's quite a career that you have under your belt already. That's great. So why don't we start with the basics?

Some of our listeners here, they might not know what the IELTS exam is. I'm sure most do. But for those that don't. Can you tell us a little bit about it and why it's so useful or helpful for students?

Jessica: Yeah, for sure. So IELTS is an acronym, of course, because every industry is chock full of acronyms. IELTS means International English Language Testing System. And there are two versions, the academic and the general. So students take the academic IELTS exam when they want to attend an English speaking university. There's another option TOEFL the American test version of this. But most colleges around the world accept IELTS and not everybody accepts TOEFL. And I feel like IELTS is easier just because not the language level is easier.

But let's just say IELTS is more straightforward in the preparation process for sure, and then the general version is for people that want to immigrate abroad. So in fact, a lot of our students are in Brazil right now hoping to immigrate to Canada. That's like a huge, huge number of people are trying to do that.

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English Phrases Parents Say to Kids (57): | English Idioms and Expressions

English Phrases Parents Say to Kids (57): | English Idioms and Expressions

August 11, 2020

English Idioms and Expressions, funny phrases parents say to kids. In this English podcast, Amy & Curtis share the expressions they have heard their parents say to them while they were growing up. Here is a free list of more of these types of English idioms and expressions.

 

Transcription:

Curtis:  Hi, everybody. It’s Curtis and Amy here from RealEnglishConversations.com, and today we have a very interesting and entertaining podcast about the things that our parents used to say to us when we were growing up.

Amy:  Exactly. And actually, what I did was I created a post on Facebook and I asked all of my friends that are currently parents right now, what expressions they're using or things that they are always saying to their kids or things that they heard when they were growing up. So we have a pretty cool list for you. We’re not going to be able to get through everything but Curtis and I have both picked five that we heard all the time, and we’re going to teach you what they mean and when they're used so that all of the parents that are listening right now are able to use this with their kids as well.

Curtis:  So the first one that I heard as a kid growing up all the time was money doesn’t grow on trees, and when you're a kid, you always kind of want to go to the candy store or buy toys, you want money for something.

Amy:  Whenever you're at the store, there’s always something that you're asking your mom and dad to buy for you, “Can I have this? Can I have that?”

Curtis:  Kids don’t have that – that idea about money.

Amy:  Yeah, they don’t realize your mom has to work, your dad has to work. Money isn't endless.

Curtis:  So when you go up to your mom and dad and you say, “Hey, can I have $20?” for a video game, for instance. I used to buy Nintendo video games all the time and I’d want the newest one and the latest one.

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English Podcast (56): Working From Home | English Conversation Practice

English Podcast (56): Working From Home | English Conversation Practice

July 28, 2020

Working from home is more challenging than most people think! Improve your English skills while listening to this English conversation practice about our experiences adjusting to working in our home office.

 

Audio Transcription Listening Practice:

Amy:  Hi, everybody. My name is Amy Whitney and I’m here with Curtis Davies, and today on this podcast we’re going to be talking about what it’s like to work from home. And for us, this isn't something that happened recently but instead, it’s something that we started doing about three or four years ago. But we still went through a lot of the same problems that many of you have faced in the past months when you moved your work from the office or whatever you were doing out of your home to having to do things at your home.

 

I think it would be helpful for people to know where things started to change for us and when we started to work from home. Can you tell us a little bit about what your first experience was like and when it happened?

 

Curtis:  Sure. It was the first year when we moved to Mexico. Now, I was used to in Canada working as a delivery driver going from one place to the next, taking things to people. It was like a customer service type thing. Now, when I moved to Mexico, I had to transition to a desk job, sitting in front of a computer. The transition was the most difficult thing for me. It was because my home life and my work life kind of mashed together, I couldn’t separate the two. So, house chores I would think of as work. Then I had to focus on what I had to do for a desk job work. So the distraction from home work or home chores and what I was supposed to do work-wise, it was the separation problem there. I couldn’t separate the two.

 

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