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  • Hi, everyone! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

    Today, let's learn some popular idioms in English.

    And with a point of view lesson, you will learn grammar in context without memorizing any boring rules. I'll tell you the same story from different grammar points. I can change the tense or the person. And like that, you will learn grammar in context.

    Please visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast to get the transcript. It’s free.

    Ok. Let’s get started!

    1. NO-BRAINER: this is basically an easy decision. It's something that requires little or no mental effort.

    Example:

    "Do you think I should propose to my girlfriend?

    That's a no-brainer. She is such a fantastic woman!"

    2. SIT ON THE FENCE: staying neutral and not taking sides.

    For example, if you have two friends and they have a fight, you will try not to take sides. You'll sit on the fence.

    Example:

    "Don't you think I'm right? He hasn't been nice to me lately, has he?

    I'm sitting on the fence with this one; you're both my good friends."

    3. FREAK OUT: to become very angry, scared, or excited.

    Example:

    "Mum, don't freak out! But I have to tell you something that I did last weekend. Tom and I got married!

    "Last week, my sister won the lottery, and she freaked out about it."

    4. BE A CATCH: Telling someone that others would be lucky to have them around, or even marry them.

    Example:

    "Dad, I'm taking Jessica out tonight. She is such a catch!"

    5. COSTS AN ARM AND A LEG: when something is very expensive.
    Examples:

    "My son wants a new computer for his birthday, but it'll cost an arm and a leg!"

    "This new smartphone cost me an arm and a leg."

    6. YOU ROCK: it means that you are great.

    Example:

    "I can't believe you got the tickets for today's game. You rock!"

    That's all for now; let's practice these expressions in the next section.

    By the way, if you want to know how to speak English using the right techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my 5 golden rules to speak English fluently. And it’s completely free!

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  • Today we will talk about finding the perfect home and what you should consider before you rent or buy a house.

    In the second part of this show, you will improve your fluency with a mini-story. I will ask you many questions that you need to answer as quickly as possible. It's like having a conversation with another person in English.

    Ok, let's start!

    Looking for a new home is an important decision, and many people are unprepared for the occasion. But today, I will help you find your perfect home in English.

    When you want to buy or rent a house, make sure you try everything. Open and shut the cupboards, flush the toilets, and use a measuring tape.

    Here are a few key things to look for on each home tour:

    First of all, you will need to consider the location, and the number of floors of the property—also, the size of bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, and storage space.

    If the house is furnished and includes all electrical appliances, make sure you check out the age and condition of the appliances.

    Pay attention to the light switches and the number of sockets in each room, and check the plumbing and water pressure in the kitchen and bathrooms.

    Another thing that many people don't take into account is the house's orientation. This will determine the amount of natural light your house gets. For example, facing East, a house is heated in the morning and cooled during the rest of the day. So, make sure you pay attention to this important factor.

    Although there are so many things you need to take into account, don't overlook any other vital aspects like the noise levels inside or outside the home. Living in a noisy neighborhood can drastically deteriorate your lifestyle.

    Another suggestion would be that you walk around the entire home and property and pay attention to the age and condition of the roof and siding. Siding is the protective material placed on the exterior side of a house or other building wall.

    Take a few minutes after the home visit to look around the neighborhood.

    Pay attention to details. Are there any stores, or restaurants nearby?

    If the property has a garage or parking capacity, make sure you scrutinize it as well.

    And during the home tour, make sure to take notes and photos.

    Why do I say this? It is mainly because we can get overexcited during the home visit, and it's hard to think clearly. That’s why it is essential to review the notes and photos taken.

    Ok, so you have already visited the place and collected a great deal of housing information. Now it's time to give the agent a call.

    Here are some basic questions you can ask the real estate agent:

    Is the price right?

    How old is the home?

    Why is it for sale?

    Are any repairs needed?

    When were the floors last refinished?

    What types of heating and cooling systems are available?

    How old is the electrical and plumbing?

    After you have collected as much information as possible, take some time to relax before making the decision, especially if you're buying.

    The bottom line is that buying a home requires a great deal of commitment and patience.

    My advice is to avoid falling in love with a house at first sight and do your research.

    Ok, so you have learned plenty of new vocabulary today.

    By the way, if you want to know how to speak English using the right techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my 5 golden rules to speak English fluently.

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  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Today I would like to share with you five fun facts about Santa Claus. And with a fun mini-story, I will help you improve your English fluency. You just have to answer some simple questions, as if we had an informal English conversation.

    There are so many things I love about Christmas. I love baking Christmas cookies, watching Christmas movies, buying presents, and decorating the tree. And let's not forget about Father Christmas, Santa Claus.

    I hope you're having a great Christmas this year.

    1. Is Santa Claus real?

    Yes, of course. Santa Claus is real. The real name of Santa Claus was Saint Nicholas, but he was also known as Kris Kringle. Saint Nicholas was born in modern-day Turkey. After donating all his inherited wealth, he became famous for helping the poor and sick. Over the years, he became popular for his deeds and became known as the protector of children. In many countries, on December 6, people still celebrate Saint Nicholas Day. And this day was considered a lucky day to make large purchases or for marriage purposes.

    2. Why is Father Christmas known as Santa Claus?

    St. Nicholas became known as Santa Claus after his Dutch nickname, Sintar Klaas. In the 18th century, a New York Historical Society member distributed woodcuts of St. Nicholas at the society's annual meeting. On the other hand, Washington Irving, the author of the book The History of New York, further popularized the tales of Sintar Klaas by referring to St. Nicholas as the patron saint of New York in his book.

    3. How old is Santa?

    Santa Claus' origins go back to a monk named St. Nicholas, born between 260 and 280 AD in a village called Patara, part of modern-day Turkey. So in 2021, Santa Claus is about 1750 years old. That’s amazing! :)

    4. Who created the image of Santa Claus?

    One of the first artists to define the modern image of Santa Claus was Thomas Nast. This 19th century American cartoonist immortalized Santa Claus with an illustration for the January 3, 1863 issue of Harper's Weekly. Santa was dressed in an American flag and riding in a sleigh pulled by reindeer in this drawing.

    5. Is it true that Santa traditionally wears red because of Coca‑Cola?

    Many believe that Santa Claus wears red because of Coca-Cola. Although there is no doubt that the soft drink company has influenced the representation of Santa Claus, the fact is that Saint Nicholas appeared in many illustrations and written descriptions wearing a scarlet coat.

    Well, I hope you enjoyed learning these 5 fun facts about Santa Claus. Now let’s continue with a mini-story.

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  • Today, I will talk about Coca-Cola. And with a mini-story, you will improve your English fluency while learning some fun facts about Coca-Cola.

    Do you like Coca-Cola? I used to drink plenty of Coke when I was younger, but I try to drink more water nowadays. However, I admit that Coca-Cola is the perfect drink to complement my popcorn at the cinema. And the good news is that if you want a healthier version, you can choose the sugar-free and even caffeine-free Coke.

    But when and how was Coca-Cola invented?

    In 1886, John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Georgia, invented a new kind of syrup. The drink was first sold as a nerve tonic that "relieves exhaustion," but it wasn't very successful.

    Therefore, he sold his secret formula to another pharmacist, Asa Griggs Candler.

    Candler was actually the one who invented Coca-Cola, as he mixed Pemberton's syrup with soda.

    He started selling Coca-Cola in several drugstores and advertised his new drink, and soon people were going to the drugstores just to get a drink of Coca-Cola.

    Before long, the drink became very popular, and a couple of entrepreneurs wanted to sell it in bottles. So, Candler sold them a license to bottle the drink, and soon the men were millionaires.

    Did you know that the Coca-Cola bottle is the most recognizable object in the world? The famous Coca-Cola bottle is more than 100 years old.

    Although the drink doesn't contain any cocoa, the famous bottle was originally shaped like a cocoa bean. Its unusual shape initially helped Coca-Cola stand out from its competitors. Nowadays, hundreds of millions of people can recognize a Coca-Cola bottle by its shape.

    Also, the well-known Coca-Cola logo is the most famous in the world, perhaps because it has not changed in more than 100 years. The company still uses the script logo that Frank Robinson crafted in 1891.

    Coca-Cola became popular in Europe during the First World War. American soldiers in Europe started asking for Coca-Cola, so the company started exporting it, and soon the drink was also being bottled in Europe.

    Today, Coca-Cola is produced in countries worldwide and is undoubtedly the most popular drink in the world.

    When it comes to the famous formula, it is probably the most valuable secret in the world. The exact ingredients used to make Coca-Cola are known to only a handful of people.

    And since Christmas is coming up, I wanted to answer a very common question about Santa and Coca-Cola.

    Did you know that many people think that the Coca-Cola Company invented Santa Claus?

    Actually, I will talk in more detail about Father Christmas in a future episode, but I can assure you that Coca-Cola did not invent Father Christmas.

    The company began using Santa Claus in its advertising in the 1920s; however, Santa's story dates back to the third century.

    That's all about Coca-Cola and Santa for today. Let's continue with a mini-story.

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  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    - Do you know how to express probability in English?

    Probably, but just in case, let's practice with some basic expressions.

    In the second part, we will practice fluency with a short mini-story of questions and answers.

    You can get the transcript of this episode and more at Speakenglishpodcast.com.

    Very good. When we talk, we usually say things that are true, or at least we believe them to be true. For example, "it's cold today," but we can also say things that we don't know one hundred percent if they are true.

    In today's episode, we will learn some phrases and words used to express probability. I'm sure you already know some of these expressions, and seeing them with some examples will help you consolidate them. The key is to hear them in context and over time, repeating them several times. Don't try to learn them all in one day.

    Since these expressions are used a lot, it will be easy to remember and use them.

    Imagine the following situation: Someone doesn't know where the keys are.

    Example:

    - Where are the keys? I have to go out, and I can't find them.

    They might be in the room. They may be in the room. They could be in the room.

    See? "They might/may/could be in the room" indicates an assumption, a certain probability. You think they are, with some probability, in the room when you say, "they might/may/could be in the room."

    Get the transcript at: SpeakEnglishpodcast.com/podcast

  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Today, in this episode:

    We’re going to continue to see some bad strategies that I don’t recommend in conversations.

    Next, you will practice some grammar in an intuitive way with a point of view lesson.

    Okay, let’s start!

    If you remember, last week, we saw some unwise ways to interact in a conversation.

    Today we are going to continue with more things that we should not say or do when you have a conversation in English.

    This is what we saw in the previous episode:

    – Talking about the weather.

    – Not listening to the other person.

    – Talking too fast, too softly, not articulating well, or not pausing.

    Talking about negative things. Talking about boring things. And my favorite: messing up. Remember, I told you how easy it is to mess up? That’s why we always have to be careful.

    If you didn’t listen to the previous episode, I suggest you do it along with this one.

    Cool! Let’s look at some more bad strategies. This way, you can avoid having uncomfortable conversations in the future.

    Interrupt others.

    Interrupting someone always has its risks, especially in more formal settings or with people we don’t know.

    I don’t like being interrupted at all, especially since I can lose track of what I was saying. This means that sometimes I don’t remember exactly what I was going to say.

    Of course, the worst thing is when they interrupt you to change the subject. Sometimes you just want to finish what you want to say, but they won’t let you. Imagine you’re telling a joke, and someone interrupts you. That completely ruins the moment.

    Okay, let’s move on to the next one:

    Always wanting to be right.

    It’s a classic. We always want to be right, even with strangers. We always know best. However, it’s better to be diplomatic and not try to impose on others.

    Sometimes someone says something we know is not true. We have to evaluate whether it is worth correcting that person or simply expressing our disagreement. It all depends on the type of relationship we have with that person and whether different opinions are accepted.

    Of course, if it is a brainstorming session, different points of view must be expressed. After all, this is the goal of the exercise.

    Okay, let’s see the next one:

    Stay away from sensitive or controversial topics.

    If you don’t know the other person, it’s better not to have a conversation about potentially polemical topics such as politics, diverse ideologies or even sports (in some countries soccer is almost a religion). So be careful with that topic. Today we live in an era where any minimal controversy can trigger major conflict. So, it is better to stay away from anything that is potentially controversial.

    Something you should never do is…

    Showing off

    Showing off your car, your country, your economic status, how much weight you can lift at the gym, etc. is not usually a good subject to discuss with someone you hardly know. You are, in a way, making a comparison. I guess it’s better to be humble and avoid taking too many risks.

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  • - Well, well... So, you're going to make a cucumber salad.

    - Not exactly. You'll see in a while what I need them for.

    Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Today, in this episode...

    - We're going to continue to discover some more super short scary stories.

    - Next, I'm going to do a little mini-story for you to practice fluency. Simple and effective.

    Remember, you can check out the transcript for today's episode at www.speakenglishpodcast.com

    Alright. Last week we looked at some super short scary stories... Well, very short. So short that most of them can be written in a single line.

    For example, we saw this one:

    "We know who you are and where you live."

    Today we are going to learn some more. As I know you are very brave, you will be able to bear it. I am also going to comment on them one by one.

    Let's look at the first one:

    "Your bank called you."

    Phew. Every time the bank calls me, they try to offer me something I don't need: a mortgage, credit, insurance. But I suppose that, if there is a problem, they also call you.

    Still, they have never called me to give me any good news.

    Let's listen to another super short scary story:

    "Your mother-in-law invites you to Christmas dinner."

    Well, ... I have to say that poor mothers-in-law are not so bad. Rather, they are good... At least, I think they have good intentions. However, the myth is that mothers-in-law are always meddling in your life and are very annoying. One thing is true. Mothers-in-law are usually excellent cooks.

    "I saw a mouse in the office."

    A mouse! It's not a very good sign to see mice anywhere, let alone in the office. Best not to think about it. However, it could be a computer mouse. Then it wouldn't be so scary.

    Another scary story:

    “There is a problem."

    Well... Yes, most of the time, this phrase indicates an unpleasant situation that we have to face. The worst thing is that you don't know the problem until you are given more details.

    Another one would be: "Did you hear that?"

    Well, this phrase, depending on the context, can be terrifying.

    The last super short scary story:

    "I don't speak English."

    Yes, that's a problem, especially when you urgently need to say something important in English. Imagine you are eating French fries, and you need salt, but the waiter doesn't understand you.

    Okay, we'll leave it here for now.

    Let's continue with a mini-story.

    Read the transcript here:

    https://speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/

  • Listen to a new episode of Speak English Now Podcast, your favorite material for practicing your spoken and heard English. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary, and how to improve your English more effectively.

    Transcript:

    Hi, everyone!

    I’m Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently.

    In today’s episode:

    I’ll be talking about one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States: Halloween. After that, you’ll practice your speaking with a new mini-story, while enjoying my new Question & Answer story.

    Very well. Let’s get started!

    Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the last day of October. I would say it’s very popular because everybody’s excited about it, especially children.

    The word Halloween comes from an old English expression, “All Hallows’ Eve,” and it means the day before All Saints’ Day.

    Children of all ages really love Halloween because they can dress up in funny costumes and knock on their neighborhood doors shouting “Trick or Treat!”. The neighbors usually give them candies.

    The meaning of the phrase “Trick or Treat” is interesting. In this context, “treat” means getting the candies, and “trick” implies the consequence of not getting the sweets. It’s like an innocent threat children make. Of course, kids get really excited when they knock on stranger’s doors in their neighborhood.

    Since Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits, the most common symbols are witches flying on broomsticks, ghosts, skeletons, black cats, etc. The black color is one of the traditional Halloween colors.

    Of course, pumpkins are also a Halloween symbol. I’m sure you’ve seen them in movies. People empty a pumpkin and put a candle inside to make a lamp.

    How do you make a Halloween pumpkin?

    · The first step is hollowing out the pumpkin.

    · After we use a keyhole saw to cut the hole.

    · When using a candle for illumination, you can cut the hole in the pumpkin’s top.

    · For electric lights, make a hole in the bottom or side, so you can hide the cord.

    The Halloween pumpkin is called Jack-O’-Lantern. It’s common to see jack-o’-lanterns on doorsteps decorations before and on Halloween.

    The name comes from an Irish legend about a man named Jack. He was so ungenerous that when he died, he couldn’t enter heaven, but he couldn’t go to hell either because he had told jokes about the devil. As a result, Jack had to walk and walk with a lantern until the Day of Judgment.

  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    - We're going to be a bit scared. Well, not really. We're going to listen to some super short scary stories. Each story is one sentence, more or less.

    - In the second part, we're going to listen to a point of view story to learn grammar in context without memorising any boring rules.

    You can get the transcript for this episode on my website: SpeakEnglishpodcast.com

    How was your day? A lot is going on today: some good, some okay, and some bad.

    Today I'd like to talk about fear. Well, I'm not going to get serious about it because we already have plenty of real scary stories in the news.

    I will actually talk about some scary stories that can be told in a few words. Here’s an example: "We have to talk."

    Indeed, the expression "we have to talk" can trigger all kinds of emotions, including fear, especially if your couple says it. But that's another story.

    Let's look at the first one:

    "There's a party tonight, and the whole family is going to be here."

    Well, here's a typical case of family-induced panic! While it's usually a good thing to get together with family, it can be terrifying for some. And if you don't believe me, we've all heard stories about families at Christmas.

    Ok! Let’s continue with another super short scary story:

    "We know who you are and where you live."

    Hmmm... Well... Yes, it can be scary. Imagine you get a phone call from a hidden number; they tell you this and hang up. Or maybe you receive a note with just that phrase. How would you react if you received this kind of message?

    Well, let's look at another super short scary story.

    "Know where we came from and where we're going."

    Well, this one can be terrifying. Especially if you're on the wrong bus, and you're going to the wrong place :) Although I understand that this phrase has a more transcendent dimension, the truth is that it gives food for thought. To give somebody food for thought means to make them think seriously about something.

    Ok! Let’s see the next one:

    "I'm going to make you an offer you can't refuse."

    I must confess that I’ve heard this phrase before.And whenever I listen to someone say this, it makes me panic! Because usually this so-called offer hides a lot of things they don't want you to know. It is the typical phrase you can hear when someone wants to sell you something over the phone. And many times they are too pushy. They insist too much.

    Ok! Another super short scary story!

    "Open your mouth, please!",

    Well... I don't know what to say. I guess the context is when you're at the dentist.


    Certainly, for many people going to the dentist is something they don't look forward to at all. Almost terrifying.

    Come on, another one:

    "It's Sunday and someone is calling you from the office,"

    Yes, this one is scary too. Imagine you're resting on a Sunday after a hard week at the office, and your cell phone rings. You look to see who's calling, and it's from the office - weird, right? I wouldn't want to pick up the phone. Would you?

    Well, we've heard some of these super short scary stories, which actually, are even funny. I hope you liked them.

    By the way, if you want to know how to speak English using the right techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my 5 golden rules to speak English fluently.

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    You can share the podcast with your friends and family.

    Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course.

    Let's move on to the next section.

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  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Today I’m going to talk about abandoned towns, where no one lives anymore for one reason or another.

    With a mini-story, we will meet John, a man who, tired of his lifestyle, makes a radical decision.

    Very good. Thank you for listening once again. We have reached 22 million downloads of this podcast; thank you very much for following me! If you want to help me, please share and recommend my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com by mentioning my podcast. Thank you very much in advance.

    Okay, let’s get to today’s topic.

    In every country in the world, there are villages where no one lives.

    I find this phenomenon fascinating.

    There are several words you can use to describe such a town. They all mean the same thing:

    Abandoned: This means that those who lived in that area have left. Therefore, people abandoned the place at some point in the past. Uninhabited: This word implies that it was previously inhabited. The inhabitants inhabit a place. If those people leave and don’t live there anymore, it becomes uninhabited. Ghost. A ghost town is simply a town without inhabitants, without anyone living there. This word sometimes gives a sinister air to the place. All kinds of legends can arise in certain abandoned places. Some people’s imaginations can be very vivid. Deserted merely means that there is no one there. For example: “The village was deserted, there was absolutely no one.”

    Now, let’s use a little imagination. Imagine that you decide to move to a deserted town. Moving means going to live permanently in a new place. So, you would be the only inhabitant. You could put a sign with the name of the village and the number of inhabitants: one.

    There are many advantages. For example, if you have a car, you can park almost anywhere. No more going around and around the streets to find a parking space. You don’t have to respect speed limits or traffic lights, which don’t work, or don’t exist because there is no police.

    As for the neighbours…no more hassles, no more noises, no more arguments. You can just relax because no one is going to bother you.

    Since you are alone in town, you can run for mayor. The result would be obvious. Only you would vote, and you would win with 100% of the votes. Unbelievable!

    Now you could say, But what about the supplies? The food? Well, you can order on Amazon, right? I’m sure they won’t get the wrong house.

    There’s just one small problem. A place like this can be terrifying. Being all alone in a town and hearing a strange noise. I don’t know; maybe it’s not such a good idea.

    But in reality, multiple causes explain why certain towns are abandoned. Here are a few:

    – Epidemics. Certain towns suffered devastating epidemics such as smallpox, typhus, or cholera that reduced the population.

    – Decline of mining. The mines’ work attracted many people, and many houses were built, forming towns near the mine. When the mine was no longer profitable, people left the village.

    – Industrial revolution. Many peasants engaged in agriculture left their hard work to go to the factories to get hard but perhaps safer work.

    Many villages are not abandoned, but every year they lose inhabitants. There are several initiatives to stop this depopulation. Some towns even offer free housing and work. There are also subsidies for companies and entrepreneurs to set up their business there. The truth is that with the Internet, perhaps some of these towns can be saved because it is feasible to run a business with a computer.

    Get the transcript at: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Did you know that there are more than 1 million words in English? I know it’s hard to believe, so keep counting, I mean keep listening. 🙂

    Hi, everyone! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Today I will share with you 9 of the most beautiful words in English. And with the point of view story, you will learn grammar only by listening.

    Ok. Let’s start!

    In 2010, during a project to search for words in digitized books, researchers estimated a total of 1,000,000 words.

    Yeah, I was a bit surprized by this, too, but there’s an explanation for all this.

    First of all, you need to take into account that they have included different forms of the same word. Also, many words are archaic since they are not used in modern English.

    Speaking of archaic words, in the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, there are approximately 600,000 defined word forms. But that’s because it includes many old-fashioned words. And also, the dictionary expands every year to keep up with new words being invented.

    However, according to the BBC, the good news is that we only use about 170.000 words in English.

    Yeah. I know. It’s still a considerable number of words, but you don’t need to know all these words to be able to have a conversation in English.

    I actually believe it’s a mistake to keep track of the number of words you know. If you want to learn English effectively, remember how you learned your mother tongue.

    And let’s face it, you don’t know all the words that are included in the dictionary of your mother tongue. But that doesn’t stop you from speaking fluently and eloquently.

    Let’s not forget that words are a powerful form of communication. I have selected the ones that I consider to be the most beautiful out of all the words in English.

    1. Cherish
    The word cherish means having a deep appreciation for something or someone.

    Example:
    “We all cherish our family, our home, our possessions, and I’m sure someone in your life cherishes you and the relationship they have with you.”

    2. Demure

    We use the word demure when we refer to a person who is shy and polite. A demure outfit is a modest one.

    Examples:
    “The girl was dressed very demurely for the occasion.”
    “Her clothes were too demure for the occasion.”
    “The girl was demure.”

    3. Ebullience
    Have you ever seen some puppies playing? The word that comes to mind is ebullience. Ebullience means excitement and enthusiasm.
    Just think of someone who is too noisy, almost euphoric.

    Example:
    “I remember that when you were a kid, you would always burst into the room with your usual ebullience, and talk to everyone.”4. Elegance
    I’m sure you’re smiling right now because this is a word you knew. However, it is still one of the most beautiful words in the English language.

    Examples:
    “When she entered the room, everyone was amazed at her elegance.”
    “We’ll deal with this matter with the utmost diplomacy and elegance.”

    Get the transcript at: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Speaking English is way easier than you think! You just have to use the right material and techniques.

    – Do you like mysteries? I do, but only when they explain what’s really going on. Today I’ll talk about mysterious metallic monoliths.

    -And with a mini-story, you will improve your English fluency.

    Before we get started, go to my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com

    to get the transcript. It’s free!

    By the way, thank you for your messages and feedback. It’s my pleasure to help you speak English in a fun and entertaining way.

    Okay. Let’s start!

    Today’s topic is about mystery. I don’t know if you’ve seen this on social media or TV. In several places around the world, some very remote metal monoliths have appeared.

    Many have speculated on the subject.

    Some say it is simply a viral campaign on a global scale. Perhaps from some well-

    known brand. Others say that it is simply an artistic expression and that they do it this way, without saying anything, to draw attention. There are always people who claim that it is part of an alien invasion.

    What do you think?

    I don’t know if you remember the movie 2001. A Space Odyssey. This movie was released in 1968, and well, at the time, it was a landmark because of director Stanley Kubrick’s innovative style. In the movie, several monoliths are shown, leaving the viewer to guess their meaning. I guess whoever created these monoliths that have recently appeared was inspired by this movie.

    The first monolith, was found in the Utah desert in the United States. That was last November 2020. Environmental activists removed it.

    I guess they also recycled it, but it is not clear.

    Since then, structures of this type have been located in different parts of the world.

    One wonders what it could be. Well, now I will explain the mystery: they are not aliens. I myself have placed all these monoliths with the message: “I am Georgiana and I want to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.”

    Well, it was not me, but it would be a great idea! 🙂

    Actually, the people responsible are an artist collective called The Most Famous Artist, or so it seems. It turns out that they sell these metal monoliths for the affordable amount of $45,000.

    I think that’s a lot of money, though. You know, if you want a monolith in your yard, you might want to start saving up.

    Okay! I want you to learn English 3 times faster, and that’s why I created a video course. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my video course for FREE!

  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    Today I'll talk about dubbing. And we will practice grammar in context with a point of view story. Don’t worry. You won’t have to memorise any boring rules.

    Remember that you can get the 5 Secrets to Learn English totally free on my website:

    speakenglishpodcast.com

    Have you ever wondered why movies are dubbed in some countries and not in others? Dubbing a movie means to substitute the original voice for another one in the language of the country.

    This way you don't need to know the original language of the movie. You can simply watch the entire movie in your language without any problems.

    An alternative is to simply add translated subtitles. This is done in most countries.

    This way you can listen to the original sound and at the same time read in your native language to understand the meaning. It is a cheap alternative and much easier than dubbing the movies.

    Interestingly, performers are called voice actors. The truth is that I find this job very difficult. You have to record exactly at the moment when the character is speaking. Also, you need to use the right intonation. If the character is angry, or happy, or says something with irony, ... All this has to be taken into account.

    There are some people who criticize dubbing. They give two reasons.

    The first is that it doesn't help people learn foreign languages, such as English.

    The second is that, in a way, it can distort the interpretation of the actors, since, if a dubbing actor is not good, he can totally change the character.

    But dubbing is not limited to movies or series. Music and video games are also dubbed.

    Dubbing music

    Similar to movies, dubbing has a totally different meaning in music. Here, this process occurs when you transfer or duplicate a song.

    Dubbing video games

    Many games now require dubbing - when dubbing, the original audio is replaced with new recordings of the translated script. This allows players to listen while playing in their own language.

    In my opinion, dubbing does not help people learn new languages. Regarding whether or not the interpretation of the actors is changed, I think it can happen, but I have to say that there are very good dubbing actors who do it very well.

    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course.

    That would mean a lot to me. Thanks.

    Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Today, in this episode

    Let’s look at some bad strategies and attitudes that don’t quite work in conversation. I mean, like having awkward conversations.

    Next, you’ll practice your fluency with a mini-story lesson—the best way to learn to speak English without translating mentally.

    Okay, let’s start with an important question:

    Do you think that you are too old to learn English?

    I have always thought that it is never too late to learn a language, and I have always had students of all ages using my method successfully.

    But a few days ago, I received an email from a student in Greece, saying something like this:

    Dear Georgiana, hello,

    I’m delighted to see your programs.

    I think you give your soul to every lesson.

    My mother tongue is Greek, and I am proud because our language has a positive contribution to the English vocabulary.

    I’m also proud that I try to improve my English even though I’m 94 years old.

    Georgiana, I encourage you to continue with your English lessons.

    I admire you!

    Erotokritos

    Thank you, dear Erotokritos, for your kind words. You are an inspiration for all of us.

    So, you see, I think I’ve made my point. It’s never too late to learn English.

    All right, have you ever been with someone and not know what to talk about? It’s happened to me sometimes. Every once in a while, we run into situations where it’s difficult to continue the conversation.

    One example is what happens in an elevator. Imagine that you meet a neighbor you hardly know, and a typical dialogue ends up going like this:

    —Good morning.

    —Good morning.

    —Going down?

    —Yes.

    — …

    — It’s cold today, isn’t it?

    — Yes, yes. It’s going to be like this all week, they say…

    — …

    As you can see, this conversation is not very intellectual. It’s more about avoiding silence, which can be uncomfortable.

    This doesn’t just happen in elevators but in all kinds of social interactions. I read recently that a silence of four seconds or more triggers anxiety.

    It doesn’t get any better when you have to speak in a language you are learning. You have even fewer resources to express yourself.

    Read the transcript at:

    SpeakEnglishpodcast.com/podcast

  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.


    In this episode:

    • I'll be talking about what happens just after we end our vacations.

    • Later, a cool mini-story to practice your English speaking.

    Let me start by telling you that I'm super excited to be back again and connecting with you! How are you doing? Are you feeling happy and relaxed? Or are you feeling blue?

    We’re in September, so I can officially say that the summer holidays are over.

    During summer, I've been resting, sunbathing, and enjoying my free time. I've recharged my batteries.

    I like to be near the beach, enjoy the sun, the sea breeze, and eat delicious food. I must say that I've managed to disconnect from my routine completely.

    How about you? How did you disconnect from your everyday worries?

    Talking about disconnecting and taking a break. In September, a fascinating phenomenon occurs:

    I’m referring myself to the post-holiday blues, also known as the post-travel depression.

    By the way, did you know that the color blue is actually the most popular color in the world? The color blue is also used to express feelings of sadness, nostalgia, or depression.

    Here are two expressions where we use the color blue to describe sadness: "feeling blue" or "getting the blues."

    Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Welcome to the Speak English Podcast, your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary, and how to learn English more effectively.

    Transcript:

    I’m Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently.

    Today I will talk about fluency and how it is related to the possible mistakes that occur when we speak. Yes. Sometimes we can make mistakes!

    Next, we will practice grammar with a funny point of view story. You just have to listen and observe how the different grammar points change.

    Excellent! I have decided to talk about a topic that, I think, is very significant for the language student.

    First, let’s see what fluency means.

    When a person can speak fluently, they can speak more or less without hesitation, without pausing and thinking about how to say something. Occasionally, we can take a short pause to think, but this is not usual.

    We experience near-perfect fluency when we speak our mother tongue. If you pay attention to when you speak, you will see that you do not think about which words to use. You just have an idea of what you are going to say, and you say it.

    When you are learning a language, fluency develops gradually. A good symptom is when you find yourself without almost translating mentally. At first, it is normal to do so, but little by little, part of your speech becomes automatic, and the words are simply there. That’s when you start enjoying more and more conversations with Native speakers. It is amazing to see yourself in a conversation with a Native speaker in the language you are learning.

    Somehow, it all becomes real.

    Traditional or more academic methods insist on mastering more formal aspects such as grammar rules, word position, or conjugations. According to their theories, learning all this will help you express yourself better and avoid making so many mistakes when speaking.

    Ask yourself this question: How often do you think about grammar rules when you speak in your native language?

    I believe that the most important thing for a language student is to develop fluency first. This has to be your main goal. When we are in the middle of a conversation, things go very fast. You can’t pause for 30 seconds to think about how to structure a sentence. You need to speak at that moment. You need to be fluent.

    And how does this relate to mistakes? It’s common sense. If you can express yourself more or less effortlessly, mentally, you don’t have to look up or translate words. They just come to your mind. This way, you can spend more time focusing on other aspects, such as making fewer mistakes or improving your pronunciation.

    As I always say, the way to improve your fluency is mostly by listening. The more you listen, the more you acquire the patterns of the language. When I talk about patterns, I mean word patterns that are very commonly used. So, you no longer think word by word, but by groups of words. A very positive effect of listening to content made by a native speaker is that you hear the language without mistakes, so little by little, you will end up using the same structures that are error-free.

    Read the transcript at: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Hi everyone!

    I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.

    In this episode:

    I’ll talk about the importance of moving and studying English. After that, we’ll practice grammar with a point of view story.

    Ok, let’s get started!

    Let me ask you a question. Imagine a person learning English. He or she’s preparing to study a new lesson. How do you picture the scene? Perhaps this person’s sitting at home or in a quiet library with an open textbook, a dictionary, and a notebook. Maybe this person has been sitting for hours, almost motionless, trying to learn and memorize the content.

    At least that’s the typical image that pops into my mind whenever I imagine an English student following the traditional method.

    Now let’s visualize a different scene. Imagine someone walking around. Their whole body’s moving. The feet transmit movement to the legs and to the entire body. The arms are swinging slightly, and the brain receives more oxygen. You can’t be too lethargic when you walk, can you?

    For me, this second state is the perfect one for learning. The brain’s more awake, and it can acquire new knowledge faster.

    And there’s no need to carry around any textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, pencils, etc. That wouldn’t be practical at all while you’re walking. And people might start pointing you on the street as if you were some lunatic.

    I’m sure that if you’ve been following me for some time now, you already know that there’s a much more efficient way to learn English.
    You can now improve your English considerably by listening to interesting audios!

    There’s no need to sit in a chair and listen to my podcast or my audio lessons. The only thing you need is your cell phone and your favorite earphones. Start taking a nice walk every day and improve your English skills at the same time.

    In fact, the question and answer (Q&A) lessons are designed in such a manner so that you can simulate a conversation in English wherever you can and whenever you get some spare time.

    Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Welcome to the Speak English Now Podcast, your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary, and how to learn English more effectively.

    Transcript:

    Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    In this episode:

    I’ll be talking about passive listening, or in other words, listening in the background. Later on, we’ll practice conversation skills with the powerful Question & Answer technique.

    Ok, let’s get started!

    In the language industry, there’s an approach called passive listening. This means playing some English in the background while performing other tasks. In theory, you’re learning because the brain is always learning, no matter how.

    Interesting, huh? You just need to play some English while you’re cleaning, jogging, surfing the Internet, etc.

    Well, although this approach may be appealing to many of you, here’s the bad news: It doesn’t work as a whole system for developing a complete fluency in English.

    The main drawback is that when we need to learn new content, our brain needs to pay attention, to be active.

    So, in an ideal world, we would be 100% focused all the time while listening: We’d pay attention to every tiny detail: vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation, etc.

    However, as you may already know, idyllic things are sometimes hard to achieve. If you need perfect conditions every time you listen: for example, feeling rested, motivated, in a quiet place, then you will never start listening.

    What you need is a compromise. It’s ok to lose concentration from time to time.

    Here’s my suggestion: For new content, try to maintain your concentration as much as possible.

    However, when you’re repeating the same content, you don’t need to focus 100% of your attention anymore because, in this case, you’re just remembering and consolidating.

    Another aspect to keep in mind: in this case, quantity is more important than quality. It means that when you listen for two hours, and you only focus on 70% of your attention, it’s still more efficient than when you’re listening for only 20 minutes, and you succeed to focus 100%.

    The accumulation of hours and hours of listening, it’s what truly helps you to become fluent.

    Just think about children. They’re not always focused when they listen, but they always learn.

    My takeaway for today is: Try to listen as much as you can. Being focused is essential when you’re learning new content, but when you’re already familiar with the material, what matters the most, it’s the amount of time you spend listening.

    Get the full text here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

    I'm going to talk about how to ask and give directions in English. For example, when you want to go to a restaurant, and you have to ask for directions.

    Next, an exclusive mini-story to improve your fluency in English.

    Remember that you can get the text of the episode at SpeakEnglishpodcast.com.

    So, let's get started. As you know, it's very useful to know how to ask for directions when you go to a place for the first time, and you're a bit lost.

    Okay, yes, I know that nowadays with smartphones, you can check the GPS and you don't need to ask for help anymore, but think about this: Asking for directions is an excellent opportunity to practice English.

    In this episode, we will see the most common expressions with some examples:

    All right, the best way to ask for directions is by using this expression:

    "Excuse me, how do I get to _?"

    "Could you tell me the best way to get to _?"

    For example, if you want to ask how to get to Times Square, you say:

    Excuse me, how do I get to Times Square?

    You could also say…

    "What is the quickest way to get to the movies?"

    "Excuse me. Where's the nearest (post office) please?"

    "Excuse me. I'm looking for _."

    And if you are very close to your destination, you could simply ask:

    "Where is the hotel?"

    If you get lost, just ask this simple question:

    "Where exactly am I?"

    Okay, great. Now let's see how to give directions.

    Here are some useful phrases for giving directions on the street:

    TURN LEFT

    TURN RIGHT

    GO STRAIGHT AHEAD

    An example:

    "Sorry, what is the quickest way to get to the city center?

    "It is easy. Go straight ahead and then turn right.

    They can also tell you to TAKE the first, second, or third, street, for example.

    Let's look at the same example:

    "Excuse me, could you tell me the best way to get to the city center?"

    "It is easy. Go straight ahead and take the second street on the right."

    (END OF THE EXTRACT).

    Get the transcript here: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/asking-for-directions-in-english/

  • Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier than it seems! You just have to use the right material and techniques.

    In this episode, I'll learn some new tongue twisters in English to help you with your English pronunciation.

    And with a mini-story, you will improve your fluency. A mini-story is very simple but very powerful. I ask easy questions on purpose so that you can simulate a conversation. It's like talking with another person in English.

    Before we get started, go to my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com

    to get the transcript. It's free!

    Ok. Let's start!

    So, do you remember what a tongue twister is?

    It can be a difficult phrase that we say quickly, usually because of a sequence of almost similar sounds.

    For example, "Peter Piper picked a pickle of pickled peppers."

    Many people use tongue twisters to speak clearly, including actors, politicians, etc.

    These allow you to practice pronunciation and agility when it comes to producing sounds in English.

    So today, we are going to practice English pronunciation with new tongue twisters.

    Are you ready?

    Let's go!

    I will start saying each tongue twister slowly, and then I'll go faster.

    At first, they may seem very difficult, so make sure you have the text in front of you to be able to follow it better.

    Ok. So, I will say it very slowly:

    1. I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.

    Are you ready to speed it up? (Say it faster.)

    I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.

    Ok. Even faster!

    I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.

    I hope you're having fun. Let's continue!

    2) I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you.

    Ok. Now I'm gonna speed it up! (say it faster.)

    I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you.

    Ok. Even faster!

    I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you.

    3) A big black bug snoozed on a big black rug.

    Ok. Say it faster!

    A big black bug snoozed on a big black rug.

    Even faster!

    A big black bug snoozed on a big black rug.

    Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com