37. Predicting The Future (English Podcast Conversation Lesson)

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

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

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36. Moving to Another Country (English Podcast Conversation Lesson)

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

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Mari from Brazil asks us a question:

Dear Amy and Curtis,

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

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35. Carnival in Colombia - English Podcast Conversation Lesson

January 14, 2017
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English Podcast Episode 35: Carnival in Colombia

 

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

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

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

Dear Amy and Curtis,

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

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34: Funerals - English Conversation Podcast Preview

October 30, 2015
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In this conversation we discuss the sensitive topic of death and funerals. We wanted to make sure that you had access to the best things to say to someone to express your sympathy for their pain and loss.  To access the entire conversation including the English tip for this episode, you can sign up as a premium member at our website.

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Hear some of the most expressions people use to talk about someone who is really old or who has died.

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Amy:  Hey guys, this is Amy and Curtis here. And we thought today we would discuss a topic that is pretty difficult, even for native speakers to talk about in a sensitive way. And that is talking about someone who has recently died.

Curtis:  Right.

Amy:  To a family member or a close friend, somebody who knew that person.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  That is probably suffering from a loss.

Curtis:  Um-hum. Of some sort.

Amy:  Yeah. Like they're having some pain associated with that person not being in their life anymore.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  So what is a common word, that...or a verb that we use instead of saying someone has died?

Curtis:  Someone has passed away.

Amy:  Yeah, or passed on.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  Those are...those are really common. So when we do say to die though, it's just...we use that more when we're talking about someone that we didn't know.

Curtis:  Yeah, something less personal.

Amy:  Yeah, so if it's somebody, like you're talking to somebody, and it was their relative or their friend, you'd probably want to use the word pass away.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  But if it's just talking about a news event that happened, like for example, there was a tragic1 accident on the highway, and three people died on scene, or whatever. You know, I guess you could say three people passed away, but it doesn't...it doesn't sound right.

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English Podcast Episode 34: Funerals

33. Applying for Jobs - Free English Conversation Podcast

October 20, 2015
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In this free English conversation we talk about applying for jobs. Hear about some of our experiences applying for jobs as well as when we hired people for our own business.

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We talk about a popular expression that we use to say you have a lead or an opportunity for a job offer. 

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

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

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

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

Curtis:  Yeah, they're almost opposites.

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

Curtis:  Yeah, you've created a resume.

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

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  What do you do?

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

Amy:  Right.

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

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

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

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

Curtis:  First impression.

Amy:  The most formal speech that you possibly can, but, yeah, can I speak with the manager, please is definitely, I mean, if you're making a complaint at a restaurant, you would say the same thing, but if you're applying for a job, it's, oh, hi, I was wondering if the manager is around, I'd like to speak with them.

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English Podcast Episode 33: Applying for Jobs

30. Airport Travel - Free English Conversation Episode

September 20, 2015
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In this English conversation we talk about travelling through airports that speak a different language than us. Hear about some of the experiences where it was really helpful to know a basic level of the language while travelling and communicating important information. This is our full Free English Conversation for the month and it is available on our English Podcast and website.

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How to talk about different time zones when you are travelling or you need to set up an appointment with someone who lives in another part of the world.

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

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

Amy:  No, he is from Venezuela.

Curtis:  Oh, okay. Where's he living?

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

Curtis:  Oh, that's a cool job.

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

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

Amy:  And specifically doing it in another language.

Curtis:  Yeah. This can be tricky at times.

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

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  And we've been to California.

Curtis:  We've been to Costa Rica.

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

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

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

Curtis:  Yes.

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

Curtis:  And I...I was basic basic.

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

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English Podcast Episode 30: Airport Travel

27. Forest Fires - Free English Conversation Episode

August 20, 2015
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english conversation about forest firesIn this English podcast conversation we discuss some recent forest fires that have started in the area where we live, how firefighters work against the fires and the procedures that are in place to help people and animals that need to be evacuated if a fire is near to their homes.

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

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

Curtis:  Yes.

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

Curtis:  Yes.

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

Curtis:  Yeah.

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

Curtis:  Well, sometimes thunderstorms.

Amy:  Yeah.

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

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

Curtis:  Yeah.

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

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

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

Curtis:  Something like that.

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

Curtis:  Yeah.

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

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

Amy:  Yeah, a grass fire to start.

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English Podcast Episode #27: Forest Fires

24: Exercise - Free English Conversation Podcast Episode

July 21, 2015
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This English Podcast Episode - Exercise Habits

We are talking all about exercise in this conversation and some of the reasons why we think people either love or hate it. Also hear about our experiences in gym class growing up.

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We thought we would talk about some of the common expressions that people use to talk about being muscular or needing to loose weight.

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Curtis:  Hi everybody. It's Curtis and Amy here from Real English Conversations. And today we're going to talk all about exercise.

Amy:  Yeah. So I think that there's definitely two different types of people. And I guess the mindset1 when we talk about exercise. There's people that really enjoy doing exercise, and they do it for almost like entertainment at the same time.  And then there's another group of people that, um, maybe they're a little bit lazier, or they don't like to do exercise.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  Or they just have a hard time getting going on it2. So... What are we like?

Curtis:  uh, we are kind of like the people that have a hard time getting going on it.  Like we like exercise, and we'll go out for bike rides and stuff like that and, uh, but it's the getting going part that's a little bit difficult for us.

Amy:  Okay, so what are some of the things that we tell ourselves that, you know...you know, like...I guess it depends if you're really focused on...on exercise, and it's a big priority to you in...in your life, you're going to make time for exercise. So what are some of the reasons why we don't get around to exercising every single day?

Curtis:  We tend to make excuses, like, uh, we've really got to work, or I've...I've really got to study Spanish.

Amy:  Um-hum. Like we either have our responsibilities at our other job, which is a delivery driving job. Or we're working on the project, or we're studying.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  And it seems that exercise doesn't have as high of a priority as these other responsibilities in our life.

Curtis:  Right.

Amy:  However, that has an effect on your health. What can happen if you don't exercise? Or maybe what are some of the...the physical benefits to your body of exercising on a regular basis?

Curtis:  Exercising on a regular basis can help you lose weight.

Amy:  Um-hum. If you have weight to lose.

Curtis:  If you have weight to lose, it can improve your blood flow.

Amy:  Your circulation.

Curtis:  Your circulation.

Amy:  Prevent heart attacks.

Curtis:  Yes.

Amy:  And strokes.

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21: Surgery - Free English Conversations Episode

June 30, 2015
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English Podcast Episode Summary:

Surgery is something that nearly everyone has to go through but it is not often talked about. We wanted to give you an interesting conversation to listen to about the different reasons why people have surgery and what experiences we have had.

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In this English Tip we give you a few normal expressions that you would say and use if someone is sick or recovering after an accident to wish them well.

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Curtis:  Hey everybody, it's Curtis from Real English Conversations. And today we're going to talk all about different types of surgeries. And for the Real English tip we're going to give you some useful expressions on what to say when you're visiting somebody in the hospital or who is sick.

Amy:  Hey guys, it's Amy and I'm here with Curtis from Real English Conversations. And today we're going to be talking about the different types of surgery that people have.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  So there's two different types of reasons why people have surgery.

Curtis:  Yes. There's people who require it.

Amy:  Like it's medical related.

Curtis:  Yeah. Let's say for example...

Amy:  Like you have to have it.

Curtis:  Yeah, in...in an accident situation, say you have to get surgery on your leg because you slipped and fell and mangled1 up your leg.

Amy:  You have to get it put back together and it needs to be done by surgery. Yeah.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  Versus something that is cosmetic, a cosmetic surgery or something that is done for vanity2.

Curtis:  Yes. Yeah, so you...maybe you want to, um, looking younger.

Amy:  Or just change your appearance in some way. But it's not necessary.

Curtis:  No. Maybe you don't like your nose.

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18: Camping - Free English Conversation Podcast Episode

June 9, 2015
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English Podcast Episode Summary:

In this English conversation podcast we talk about one of our favorite seasonal activities: camping. Find out about traditional food that you cook while camping, the wild animals that lurk in the woods and what style of camping we like to do.

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The English tip talks about the expression ¨to be on track¨ or ¨to stick to the plan¨. These can be used to talk about when you are doing what you intended to do.

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Curtis:  Hi everybody, it's Curtis and Amy here from RealEnglishConversations.com. Today we're going to be talking about a really fun activity that we like to do at this time of year, and that's camping. Right?

Amy:  Yeah, it's one of our favorite activities. We definitely enjoy it a lot. And when did people normally go camping?

Curtis:  Usually when the weather starts to get a little bit nicer and warmer.

Amy:  Yeah, kind of right now, right? This year...

Curtis:  In the spring.

Amy:  Yeah, spring has been a little bit early this year. I would say in our region, we call it the May long weekend1. That's the traditional weekend that everybody's, “ah, it's camping season.” And they get all excited about it. So what types of campers are there? There's different types of campers, right?

Curtis:  Yeah. I can think of one right off the top of my head right now, and that's kind of like a person that goes into the bush2 with a backpack, with all they can carry.

Amy:  Into the bush is like into the forest, the great outdoors2. Into the wilderness2, right?

Curtis:  So they take whatever they can carry into an area where they can set up a tent, and maybe there's a lake nearby that they, you know, want to spend some time fishing at. So they can pack in a fishing rod, and carry...

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