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Hi! I'm Ivan - a non-native English speaker. I would like to share with you the story of how I became a confident and fluent English speaker. :)

English the Smart Way Ivan Ottinger

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Hi! I'm Ivan - a non-native English speaker. I would like to share with you the story of how I became a confident and fluent English speaker. :)

    ETSW 7: Rap your way to English fluency! Interview with Jason R. Levine AKA Fluency MC

    ETSW 7: Rap your way to English fluency! Interview with Jason R. Levine AKA Fluency MC

    I am extremely happy to share with you the new episode of English the Smart Way podcast. :)

    This time we are talking with a very special guest - Jason R. Levine AKA Fluency MC.

    Read the show notes, full transcript & join the discussion at: englishthesmartway.com/session7

    From his early DJ-ing carrer, Jason transitioned into a completely new path - he became an English teacher. A very special one - as you will hear on the interview!

    Today, Jason is also a successful teacher trainer, "knowledge entertainer" and creator of the English Workout Method which you will learn more about in the interview.

    Jase has also taught English and given workshops in 14 countries over the past 18 years; taught people of all ages and cultures, from children and teenagers to university students and executives of international companies. He is currently doing Rhyme On Time student workshops at schools across Europe.

    Jase also coaches and trains NNESTs (Non Native English Speaker Teachers) online and at schools worldwide.

    Listen to and enjoy today's episode with FluencyMC!

    Read the show notes, full transcript & join the discussion at: englishthesmartway.com/session7

    • 45 min
    ETSW 6: Stop studying grammar - focus on listening! Interview with Kristin Dodds, Learn Real English

    ETSW 6: Stop studying grammar - focus on listening! Interview with Kristin Dodds, Learn Real English

    In today's episode I’m talking to one of the founders and teachers of Learn Real English - Kristin Dodds.

    Read the show notes, full transcript & join the discussion at: englishthesmartway.com/session6

    Kristin has more than 20 years of experience teaching English to speakers of other languages. She has taught English in South Korea, Thailand and Japan, as well as in the United States. She has a CELTA certificate, as well as a Master’s degree in TESOL, which stands for Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages.

    Kristin Dodds with AJ Hoge and Joe Weiss run together Learn Real English which helps students around the world becoming fluent and confident English speakers.

    The Real English Conversation Lessons - which is the name of the course - teaches you English without focusing on grammar rules. Instead you listen to real English conversations of native English speakers. This way you will learn grammar subconsciously without even realising it.

    In the first part of our interview Kristin is sharing with us her challenging first experience in teaching English in South Korea and her soon realisation that studying grammar to succeed in English isn’t effective at all. Later in the interview Kristin talks about acquiring language in the most natural way - by listening a lot - which is actually very similar to the way how children learn language.

    We also talk about how opening up to culture of a country can help us tremendously with our language learning. Kristin then shares with us the success story of her Thai friend, her number one tip for English learners, and she also talks about the benefits of free voluntary reading.

    Listen to and enjoy today's episode with Kristin Dodds from Learn Real English.

    In the session you will learn
    - How was Kristin’s first experience in teaching English in Korea and Georgia (9:01)
    - How Kristin realised that teaching English using textbooks isn’t effective (14:51, 15:30)
    - What we can learn from the research of Stephen Krashen and James Asher (15:30)
    - How you can acquire language as a child in the most natural way (15:30)
    - The success story of Kristin’s friend from Thailand (21:45)
    - How can Free voluntary reading improve our English - not just reading skills (26:01)
    - How opening yourself up to culture of a country can help you tremendously with your language learning (28:15)
    - What to do when your brain wants to translate from your native language to English instead of directly thinking in English (33:30)
    - Kristin’s number one tip for English learners around the world (36:32)
    Enjoy! :)

    Read the show notes, full transcript & join the discussion at: englishthesmartway.com/session6

    • 41 min
    ETSW 5: From adult English learner to professional English teacher in England

    ETSW 5: From adult English learner to professional English teacher in England

    Yeşim Beğen started learning English as an adult in Turkey, but her passion for this language led her all the way to England where she became a professional English teacher.

    Read the show notes, full transcript & join the discussion at:
    http://englishthesmartway.com/content/english-learner-professional-english-teacher-england

    Today Yeşim takes advantage of her unique experience and helps her students in England and also remotly via Skype.

    As you will hear on the show, Yeşim completely understands what it takes to become a fluent and confident English speaker - simply - becuase she went through it all and succeeded. :)

    Also, you will see that all of us - English learners - experience very similar obstacles when learning English. :)

    Listen to and enjoy today's episode wtih Yeşim Beğen from TeachingBoard.com.

    Read the show notes, full transcript & join the discussion at:
    http://englishthesmartway.com/content/english-learner-professional-english-teacher-england

    • 30 min
    ETSW 4: Non-traditional English learning methods with Jeremy Kemp

    ETSW 4: Non-traditional English learning methods with Jeremy Kemp

    Jeremy Kemp, originally from London, teaches English online.

    He started his teaching career in a local language school when he moved to Italy. Soon he realised that traditional English teaching methods don't work. Fortunately, Jeremy's background in psychology and experience in working with children with autism has helped him to develop a new set of non-traditional English teaching/learning methods.

    Today Jeremy and his partnered English teachers at MoxonEnglish.com use his new teaching methods to help English learners master their language. :)

    As you will hear on the interview, me and Jeremy had a great chat. Jeremy gives us many useful tips you can apply to your English learning today!

    Enjoy! :)

    Read the show notes, transcript & join the discussion at: http://englishthesmartway.com/content/non-traditional-english-learning-methods-jeremy-kemp

    • 34 min
    ETSW 3: English SUCCESS Story | Interview with Massimo from Italy

    ETSW 3: English SUCCESS Story | Interview with Massimo from Italy

    This is the 3rd episode of English the Smart Way podcast! Plus, this is the first interview on the show! :) Interview with my very good friend Massimo who is a successful English speaker.

    Let’s listen and learn from his experience with English learning. :)
    Btw, the interview is around 38 minutes, so if you have a tea or coffee, grab it, relax and enjoy English. ;)

    Also, feel free to download the interview to your MP3 player or mobile phone to listen to it while on the go.

    The first 6 minutes are dedicated to Massimo’s introduction. After that, the English interview questions begin.

    In the session you will learn
    - How Massimo finally overcame his issues with public speaking in English (6:14)
    - Massimo’s favorite tools and sources for English learning (17:44)
    - How our identity can affect our English learning (25:14)
    - Massimo’s number one tip(s) for English learners around the world (32:05)

    Read the show notes, transcript & join the discussion at: http://englishthesmartway.com/content/english-success-story-interview-massimo-italy

    • 38 min
    ETSW 2: Fear of making mistakes | Anxiety of speaking a foreign language | My story

    ETSW 2: Fear of making mistakes | Anxiety of speaking a foreign language | My story

    Welcome to the 2nd episode of English the Smart Way podcast. :) Today you will learn how I struggled with English speaking and what has helped me to finally overcome the fear of making mistakes.

    Enjoy the session, and share with me and other listeners what you think in the comment section below. :)

    Read the show notes, transcript & join the discussion at: http://englishthesmartway.com/content/etsw-2-fear-making-mistakes-anxiety-speaking-foreign-language-my-story

    • 13 min

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