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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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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.

[00:48.945]

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.

[01:23.655]

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.

[01:59.025]

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.

[02:33.135]

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.

[03:58.575]

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.

[05:03.735]

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.

[10:52.495]

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.

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

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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 14, 2020

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

 

Transcription

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

Jessica: Totally.

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

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

Amy: Or confidence.

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

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

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

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

September 8, 2020

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 11, 2020

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

 

Transcription:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 28, 2020

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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English Interview (55): Luke’s English Podcast | English Lessons & Learning Tips

English Interview (55): Luke’s English Podcast | English Lessons & Learning Tips

July 14, 2020

Special guest Luke Thompson and Amy share their thoughts on English lessons, learning tips, and how important it is to focus on grammar or if it’s possible to learn a language without looking at any grammar at all.

A great English lesson and discussion for our intermediate to advanced learners that aren't sure how much attention to put into grammar studies versus practicing what you already know!

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Amy:  Hi, everybody. This is Amy from Real English Conversations, and I have a very interesting episode for you today. I have invited a special guest to join us to share his experience and knowledge about a topic that we’re going to be discussing. His name is Luke Thompson and he’s from Luke's ENGLISH Podcast.

If you haven’t heard of Luke before, let me just tell you a little bit about him. He has been teaching English for over 18 years. He spent two years teaching English in Japan. He’s originally from England and currently he’s living in France. Luke’s ENGLISH Podcast has received over 60 million downloads since it first started and beyond the impressive number of downloads, his podcast has been nominated for an ELTon Award, which is the English Language Teaching Innovation Award. And his podcast was voted #3 out of all British podcasts in the Listeners’ Choice Award, not just ESL podcast but all podcasts. Needless to say, Luke is a very popular teacher and we are fortunate to have him with us here today. How are you doing, Luke?

Luke:  Hello there. I’m very well. Thank you. Thanks for that nice introduction.

Amy:  You're very welcome and you absolutely deserve it. Today Luke and I are going to be discussing whether or not we think you need to focus on grammar or if it’s possible to learn a language without looking at any grammar at all. This is just going to be a casual, relaxed conversation where we share our opinion based on our experience, both as students and teachers. So before we get started, would you be able to introduce yourself to our listeners?

Luke:  Yes. So my name is Luke Thompson and I’m an English teacher from England and a podcaster as well. I’ve been doing my podcast – Luke’s ENGLISH Podcast – for over 11 years now. And so, yes, I often talk about English. I talk about learning and teaching English. I talk about anything, really. What have you got, I’ll talk about it. But I like teaching, you know, and I like breaking down the language and stuff like that. And this question of, is it possible or should you learn English or any language without studying the grammar? This is the question, isn’t it?

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