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Pt. 4/4: Supercharge Your Motivation Again!

Pt. 4/4: Supercharge Your Motivation Again!

January 27, 2021

Feeling excited and motivated to learn is a key part of maintaining your energy to be consistent! In this episode, I'm going to give you a 7-day action plan to get your motivation back (even if you've completely lost it at this point...) and also to finish the week excited to continue working on your English.

Note: For one of the 'example activiites' that I mention in this lesson to help with speaking fluency, I recommended contacting someone to have a conversation with them. If you need someone to practice with, why not book a lesson with us? I'll even give you 50% off coupon to book a trial lesson! Send me an email and ask me for a special coupon code for podcast listeners. Send an email to: contact@realenglishconversations.com (valid until Jan 31, 2021)

**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 - 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.

Part 3: Be More Consistent with this Powerful Trick - 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 - - This episode you are listening to!

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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. Hi, everybody, this is Amy Whitney from realenglishconversations.com, and this episode is our fourth and final episode where I'm doing a lesson series that's really based around motivation being consistent and really understanding how to get to that next level with your English learning. So if you haven't yet listened to the first three lessons, I strongly recommend going back and starting from the first lesson because I have some really great tips and everything is going to make a lot more sense when you're doing it in order together.

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Today, we're going to be dealing with a very, very common problem that language learners face at one time or another, or probably several times. And this is related to having low motivation. The times where I have seen low motivation in myself are generally when I've taken a bit of a break or I haven't been very consistent with my studying. Or sometimes when you're stuck on one of those horrible language plateaus where you're just trying to do everything you can and it doesn't seem like anything you're doing is really making any progress, that can be really frustrating.

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And after a while, it kind of leaves you unmotivated to try to continue moving forward. For me in general, when I'm not very motivated to learn a language, I usually focus on things that don't really help me very much. I tell myself that I need to practice, I need to learn, I need to do something. And then I choose activities that don't really give me a lot of value or a lot of benefit, or I open up my computer with the intention of studying something and then I usually end up on YouTube and watching a video either in English or Spanish.

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But that's not really the type of behavior that is going to get me that progress that I'm looking for. And the truth is that this demotivated feeling that you have where you really don't want to study like it feels more like a chore rather than something that you enjoy. When we let this carry on for too long, it usually leads to a period where you stop studying altogether. There are times where a short break of maybe one or two weeks is what you need just to give your mind a rest and really get your energy back.

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But in most cases, if you're feeling unmotivated for a very long period of time, this is probably going to lead to taking a break from your English studies. That is just because you don't want to do it and you don't see the benefit of doing it. And the longer that that break continues, the more difficult it is to get started again. And you can imagine if you take a break for six months or a year, you can lose a lot of what you've worked so hard to get.

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Like really think about how long have you been studying English at this point? How would you feel if the last year or two years of the progress that you've made, all of those words and phrases and effort that you've been making to try to improve your skills? If you lost all of that progress just because you took a break for six or eight months, how would that make you feel? I know for me personally, that's something that's really, really hard to know that you've put in so much time, so much effort, so much dedication, and that you have a really clear goal.

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You know what you're doing. You have a strong reason why you're doing it. Like I'm not learning Spanish as a hobby. I live abroad. I need to do this. And it's so frustrating to think about, oh, man, I've been taking Spanish lessons for like a year, twice a week, and my level has gone down. Like, that's not a very motivating thing to work with. So I feel your pain. I know what you're going through and I'm going through this process right now and I'm going to share exactly what I'm going to do.

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And the same thing you can do to give a little kick start to your motivation and to really start to feel like you're making progress again. OK, so here's the idea. This is the solution to really fix that low motivation, you need to do a series of small activities that are not too difficult and usually something that you enjoy that's going to lead to you making quick progress and noticeable results. We need to try to do this within probably about seven days because the first day is going to be difficult.

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You're not going to be motivated, but you're going to. Figure out your plan the second day you're going to do it out of willpower, meaning you don't want to, but you realize what you're trying to do. So you show up and you do the activity. But by the third day, you need to see some progress. You need to feel that what you're doing is making a difference with your language skills. And when you start to feel that it's going to get easier for day four, day five and six.

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Now, you might be thinking right now. OK, great, Amy. That totally makes sense. I just need to pick an activity. I need to work at it and I'll probably get some motivation. And yes and no, we need to really make sure that you're picking an activity that is going to lead you to see progress in an area that you've really wanted to see progress. You need to be able to notice those results. And this is something that a lot of students need some guidance on.

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For example, when I ask people how they want to improve their speaking, sometimes they tell me that they listen to podcasts of our conversations like this podcast, because Curtis and I have conversations and yeah, that's cool for listening, but it's not really going to be very effective for speaking. So this can be an area where you might want to have a little bit of guidance so that you're working on the right things that are actually going to give you results for the skill that you want to improve.

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But just to give you a really quick example, if you're somebody that wants to improve your speaking, I'm probably going to tell you to just book a 30 minute conversation practice session with a teacher, or if you have a conversation practice partner, call them up or send them a message and tell them that you'd like to schedule a time to talk for seven days from now. And what that's going to do immediately is to give you this feeling of, oh, no, what have I done?

Get 50% off a Trial Lesson >> Send me an email asking for this coupon from the 'Supercharge Your Motivation' podcast. Email: contact@realenglishconversations. (valid until Jan 31, 2021)

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I have to speak with someone within the next seven days and you're going to do what you need to do over the next period of time so that you can be a little bit more prepared and have the opportunity to practice speaking a little bit before the lesson, probably doing some speaking practice questions or some exercises where you're describing some different things just to start getting your brain thinking in English again and speaking at the same time. If you need to have some speaking practice activities, you guys can just go over to our website, register as a free member.

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We've got tons of speaking practice in the sample lessons that are available to our free members. So if this example that I've described relates to what you want to do, you're welcome to follow that plan. Now, I know for a lot of our listeners, you guys have really been working at the English language for a long time, and you have some pretty powerful reasons for why you're learning. Some people are living in the United States or Canada. They've relocated there to have better opportunities.

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And the language barrier, the difference that they have between their skill in English and the job that they should be able to get is not really achievable at this point. I also have immigrants that live abroad. They live in Canada, for example, and they're not feeling like they're able to connect with the community and they kind of feel like they're stuck in their native speaking community with their friends and they're not really able to get out and connect with the local people to have that authentic experience and really to be able to connect with everybody.

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It doesn't matter which culture they're from. If they speak English and you're living abroad in an English speaking country, you want to be able to connect with anyone in any type of situation. But when language is the barrier there, that can be something that is really, really difficult. There are other people that live abroad, and English is becoming more and more important because we have so much globalization that's happening. And English is the language of business and it's the common language between a lot of different countries.

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So the stronger that your English can be, the more opportunities you can have. Other people already know this very well and it's part of their career and they're having to face this English communication and they just don't feel happy with how they're expressing their ideas. It doesn't have enough detail. They don't feel comfortable volunteering to speak in the meetings, and they're struggling to understand what other people are saying. These are the students that we help. If you are one of these people that has these problems and you're.

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Not really sure how to get to that next stage in a reasonable amount of time with strategies and techniques and ideas that are going to work, you really need to come and check out our New Year's offer that we have. We only have 20 spaces available for the unlimited language coaching sessions with me, but our programs in general have what you need. We even have monthly plans that include lesson credits where you can schedule language coaching if you want. So it doesn't have to be this unlimited package.

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But like, honestly, guys like this unlimited language coaching with Amy for three months and all of the things that are included in our program, that's an amazing deal. And especially considering that I have not been able to accept new private lesson students for over a year because I have such a long wait list and my students stay with me for so long, I don't have a lot of space in my schedule to accept new people. So this is an awesome opportunity for you.

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If you want to get in, you want to learn with me, you want me to give you that guidance and support and motivation and create that consistency and that habit of learning English and participate in practice with other people. You're not just learning on a computer. You're learning with other people. You're interacting with native speakers and you're in a community of amazing English learners just like you that are super motivated, super interesting from all over the world. We have students from Japan and Korea and India and Brazil everywhere across Europe and many people that are living abroad in Canada and the United States because they really realize the importance of speaking English really well for their life abroad.

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So with that being said, I would love to start 2021 working with you. I want to be part of your success. I want to be part of you hitting new levels of your English in the shortest time possible and seeing better results than you've been able to see in the past period of time. And even if you decide that you don't want to join our program, it's all good we're here. We're going to continue sending out podcasts and lessons and things that you can use to learn.

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But do make sure that you use those lessons. Remember, we don't just send you those lessons because we think it's fun. We're sending you those lessons because we're trying to help you. And if you don't use them, that's not going to help you. So you actually need to do the work. You need to use the materials that the teachers that you're following are sending you and really focus on just following a couple of people that you really feel are going to help you to get to your goals.

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So that's it. That's a wrap. That's the last lesson of 2020. And I'd like to wish all of you a very happy New Year, and I wish for the most success for you and your family. And I hope that you have a good time probably celebrating at home, but that doesn't mean that you can't have some fun. So happy New Year from Curtis and I to all of our listeners. And I look forward to learning with you next year in 2021.

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Pt. 3/4: Be More Consistent with this Powerful Trick

Pt. 3/4: Be More Consistent with this Powerful Trick

January 25, 2021

Being consistent is one of the easiest things you can do to see faster progress with your English. Unfortunately, this 'easy' idea, is pretty challenging to make into a strong habit. In this lesson, I'll talk about a powerful idea that will help you to be more consistent and reach your goals without feeling disappointed in yourself OR disappointing other people.

**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 - 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.

Part 3: Getting in the Habit of Being Consistent - This episode you are listening to!

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

Important Links:

 

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. Hi, everybody, this is Amy from realenglishconversations.com. And today I have another lesson for you. We're going to be talking about consistency and how we can use consistent learning to really help us to reach our goals sooner, but with consistency. This is one of the easiest ways to see faster progress in an easier way, honestly.

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But it's also a very, very challenging habit to develop. So even though it's easy, it's kind of hard. And that's why we're going to be talking about this today. Just to remind you quickly, we are in the middle of a four part podcast series and this is lesson three. So if you have not listened to lesson one and lesson two, I strongly recommend going back and listening to those before starting this lesson. It's going to make a lot more sense what we're talking about today in lesson one, I was talking about restarting your English, learning whether you've been stuck or maybe you've lost some of your language level.

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We'll be discussing that topic and how to get started again. And the lesson yesterday was about how to navigate this process, this path to fluency, we could say between intermediate to advanced and beyond to fluency. This is a really complicated part of learning a language. And the advice that we receive comes from everywhere. And it's easy to get lost and confused and stuck at a certain level with a certain problem for a long time. So I have some really valuable tips that can help to get you unstuck.

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So make sure you listen to that one. So let's get started with today's lesson. One of the biggest problems that students face, especially when they're trying to learn a language on their own. And by that, I mean that you're not attending a school or a specific course with assignments that a teacher is giving you that you need to complete by a certain time when you're studying on your own. Let's face it, you're alone. No one else knows what you're doing or what your goals are.

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They don't even know if you're studying. And that makes it extremely easy to skip a day or two or ten and tell yourself that it really doesn't matter if you miss a day because reaching fluency is going to take several months or even years. So missing a day or two doesn't really matter too much. And trust me when I say I know this way of thinking, because even though I teach people how to be consistent and work with them constantly to help find a plan that's going to work with them in their life, this is something that every student struggles with, including myself.

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And I'm going to explain the consequence of that. When we look at what happened to me, specifically the language expert in this year in 2020. So there is one thing that I commit to, and it is taking lessons with a teacher twice per week. And I've been able to maintain this for most of the year. I've missed a few days every now and then, but I really try to show up, at least for my two lessons per week so that I can practice.

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And what happened there was at least I practiced a little bit, but because I wasn't practicing more days than I was, it led to me losing my language level. I had went down an entire level over the past year, probably going from a C2 level, which is upper advanced down to a C1 level. And I'm of course disappointed about that. But I know exactly how it happened. I was so busy I wasn't able to do anything else between my lessons.

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The only thing I could do to just try to maintain a little bit of my level was to show up to these two lessons per week. And the result of that was having a gradual movement backwards with my communication. And now I know that I'm going to have to be more committed and more consistent if I want to see that progress coming back again. So although it's easy to say, oh, it's just one day, it's just today, it's just one week, I'll just show up and do this one little thing here and this one little thing there.

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If you do that too often, you can actually have a very, very big loss over a period of time. And I don't want that to happen to you. So let me give you my top tip. The thing that motivates me to be consistent and to study even when I don't feel like it. And this is something that you can definitely use to try to be more. Consistent with your own study, the solution is have another person involved in your learning, OK, as you noticed, I showed up every single week, two lessons a week, regardless of how busy I was.

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The only thing that's different between me having a lesson with a teacher and me spending one hour to study something on my own is that one of them is done alone and the other one is done with another person. And if we look at that, it really shows the power of working with another person, because if we don't show up to that lesson, we are going to be letting that person down. They're going to be disappointed. And this is really what drives us to do things that we don't want to do, especially when another person is involved.

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This is a classic example of people that want to start an exercise habit. It's good to have somebody that can be your gym buddy. You know, when you need to go to the gym, they give you a call. You're going to be at their house at six o'clock. And whether you want to go or not, you put on your shoes, you put on your exercise clothes and you grab your bottle of water and you go to the gym.

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Why? Because your friend is showing up. And if you're not there and you're not ready, that's going to be really disappointing for your friend and a little bit annoying. So you don't want that person to feel that way. These emotions and the responsibility that we feel to make other people happy and to stick to our commitment is something that we can use to help us with our language learning as well. I have an exercise that's really going to help make this clear for you and to see how much of a difference it can make when you have somebody else involved in your learning.

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Could you imagine if there was someone else that was part of your English fluency journey, somebody that cared about you and your goals as much as you do? And they notice when you aren't studying or practicing as much as you said that you wanted to, maybe you told them you wanted to study three or four hours a week, five days a week, something like that. And when they sent you a message saying, hey, how's it going? You have to say, I didn't get to it.

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It was a busy week or yeah, I did it right. But you have to make that decision. And one of those answers feels really good. And one of those answers makes you feel a little bit bad and makes you think, oh, I really need to get serious here and to try to be more consistent with my studying. I know that I'm doing this for myself and I really appreciate the energy that this other person is putting into me because they care about me.

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They're making sure that I'm staying on track. I don't want to let them down. That's going to give you that motivation to at least try to get back on track. Let me just tell you something. You know, that situation that I just described where somebody checks in on you, this is exactly what I do with my students that are in my fluency programs. Why? Because I care. I care about you. I care about your goals.

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I care about the reason why you're learning English because this is important to you. And I know that when you sign up to learn with me, it's because you believe that I can help you to get to your goals. Let me give you an example of what happened this month. During December, we have a program called the Stay on track goal-setting program. And this is a form that you fill out at the beginning of the month and you say how many days and how many hours you want to study each week.

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Two weeks later, I'm going to send out an email asking you how things are going and you're either going to respond with, yeah, everything is on track, all good or you're going to respond saying, no, not really. It's been busy at work or some other excuse or you're going to completely ignore the email from me. And to your surprise, you will find one week later when I get a reminder to check and see if you sent me a reply.

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And I see that you have not responded yet. I am probably going to send you a voice message to ask you how things are going. And this isn't something like you're in trouble for not sticking to your goal. But the message that I'm going to send you is going to be something like this. Hey, I sent you an email last week. Asking if you needed to update your goals, I didn't receive a reply from you. Is everything going OK?

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Have you been able to study the three or four hours a week that you wanted to? Because I know how important this is for you to continue to make progress with your English. If not, send me a message back. Let me know what you're stuck on and I'll try to help you to get back on track. I want you to think about that for a moment. How motivating would that be for you? Would that be enough to get you back into action?

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Or if you really didn't know how to find more time, would you ask for help, especially if someone is there ready to give you the assistance that you need? Honestly, this is something that is huge. And every single one of the people that is in our fluency program that has received a message like this has been very, very grateful because they recognize that, yes, this is something that I want to do. Yes, I need to find time to do this.

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Thank you so much for sending me the message. And it has given them that motivation and that focus to get back on track really, really quickly. This is something that is really unique. It's something that I really don't think any other websites are doing. Maybe they are, but it's very, very uncommon to have somebody who joins your program as a student that isn't forgotten about. You're not just a student to us. You're somebody who's learning with us.

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And we're going to notice if you're a little bit off track, this doesn't mean that we're going to do the learning for you. You're still going to have to do your part. You're going to have to be committed. You're going to have to do the exercises. You're going to have to practice. If you want to see the progress, you're going to have to practice. But we're here to give you that support and consistency that you need in that moment where you need it the most.

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On that note, I just wanted to mention one more time that we do have our New Year's offer running right now. If you missed the news yesterday, this is something that's going to give you unlimited access to language coaching from me, you and I. Together, we're going to work through every one of the major obstacles that you're facing right now to help you get to the next level. Whether you want to work on something, maybe with feeling shy when you speak or low confidence or you want to work on a specific skill, like being able to listen to movies and TV shows without needing to rely on the subtitles, whatever it is that you really want to see big progress with over the next three months, I'm going to work with you, give you activities that you need to complete and specific advice to keep you on track.

View the Special Offer for New Year's!

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And you're going to be part of our premium fluency programs. And this means that we are also going to be helping you to set goals to be consistent and check in on you. Just like I talked about today, it's very important to know that we have very limited spaces available for this special offer. We only have 20 spaces available and once it's full, it's full. We can't continue to accept new students because really I only have a certain amount of time in my schedule for the students that are joining the program.

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So if you want to get in on this, if it sounds like something that's perfect for you, you really want to break through some barriers and get to that next level within the next three months with your language learning, don't hesitate, sign up, get into this program while there are spaces available. If you have any questions about anything, just send me an email contact at realenglishconversations.com and I'll try to give you some extra information.

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But we have all of the information, all of the questions you might have about the program there on the page. So if it sounds good to you, go ahead, sign up. And I'm really, really looking forward to working with you in the program. You'll be able to find the link to that special offer in the podcast notes or by coming directly to our website at realenglishconversations.com for tomorrow's lesson, we're going to be talking about low motivation and some specific strategies that you can follow to pull yourself out of these low motivation moments.

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It's actually really easy and it works very well. So be sure to tune in tomorrow for the next lesson that we have. And I hope that you enjoy the rest of your day.

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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.

Important Links:

 

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

 

Transcription

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.

This is just a quick reminder to everybody before we get started that we do have the full transcription of our most recent podcast that is available. All you need to do to get access is to head over to our website at realenglishconversations.com and create your forever free account. Every time we release a podcast, you're going to get a notification and you're also going to be able to log in, download the MP3 and the transcription.

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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Curtis and Amy help students every day to focus on the right activities and overcome barriers faster. If you feel like you need a push (and a bit of experienced guidance) to get to the next level, send us a message to get started with private lessons. You can get more information about how to take private lessons with us by sending an email to: amy@realenglishconversations.com

 

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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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