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The Speak English Now Podcast is your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will learn English with the Question and Answer (TPRS) and Point of View techniques. You won’t need any grammar nor boring exercises. You will also learn about the English culture and the language itself. Finally, you will get valuable advice on learning English. All the audio is in English and you can get the text at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com

Speak English Now Podcast: Learn English | Speak English without grammar‪.‬ Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com

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The Speak English Now Podcast is your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will learn English with the Question and Answer (TPRS) and Point of View techniques. You won’t need any grammar nor boring exercises. You will also learn about the English culture and the language itself. Finally, you will get valuable advice on learning English. All the audio is in English and you can get the text at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com

    #197 Popular idioms in English

    #197 Popular idioms in English

    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!
    Get the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

    • 9 Min.
    #196 House Vocabulary in English

    #196 House Vocabulary in English

    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.
    Read the transcript here: speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast

    • 15 Min.
    #195 Santa Claus - Fun Facts - ESL

    #195 Santa Claus - Fun Facts - ESL

    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.
    GET the TRANSCRIPT here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

    • 12 Min.
    #194 The History of Coca-Cola ESL

    #194 The History of Coca-Cola ESL

    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.
    Read the transcript here: speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/

    • 12 Min.
    #193 How to express Probability in English?

    #193 How to express Probability in English?

    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

    • 12 Min.
    #192 How to avoid uncomfortable conversations in English

    #192 How to avoid uncomfortable conversations in English

    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.
     
    Read the transcript here: 
    https://speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/

    • 12 Min.

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