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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

    #239 Fluency and Correction when Speaking English

    #239 Fluency and Correction when Speaking English

    Today, I'd like to take a closer look at a common issue faced by many learners of English: the proper usage of various verb tenses, as well as the potential mistakes they can make.
    First, you should bear in mind that native speakers tend to use fewer verb tenses when speaking compared to when they are writing.
    In other words, spoken language is more direct and simple. And that's good news! 
    So, why does this happen? 
    We can consider how to articulate our ideas best, select suitable grammar structures, and more when writing. However, when speaking, there is no time to think about how to construct a sentence.
    Secondly, when learning a language, there is often a conflict between two components.
    These two elements are fluency and self-correction.
    By fluency, I mean the ability to produce the language with few pauses, and by self-correction, I mean the perception that what you are saying may be wrong, and consequently, you self-correct.
    To illustrate this point, let's assume that Tom is an English learner with a low level of fluency.
    Tom has to make a significant effort to find the right words, finish sentences, and so on. He is probably mentally translating from his native language to English and the other way around.
    While Tom is in a conversation, struggling to finish sentences, the last thing Tom can think about is whether he is making any grammar errors. It's hard enough trying to keep the conversation going.
    If Tom wants to reduce the number of errors, he will need to pause frequently for several seconds to ponder the best way to express himself. Even so, he will make mistakes.
    This last scenario is quite common in traditional language schools. Teachers often require students to speak from the beginning without errors, even if they can barely articulate sentences. Consequently, this hinders fluency, preventing students from relaxing and enjoying basic conversations.
    So, what is the solution? The key is to follow the natural process of language acquisition.
    First, you need to listen many times to the same language patterns so that they become automatic in your mind. This way, you can gradually focus on making fewer mistakes. That’s why I often insist you should be listening to simple content repeatedly.
    Read the transcript here:SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

    • 10 min
    #238 English Idioms for the New Year - part2

    #238 English Idioms for the New Year - part2

    Transcript: Every January is the same. Everyone wants to improve their lifestyle.
    So, let’s continue learning some new year expressions in English.
    Let's start!
    #1 Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
    People often use this phrase to express that every day is an opportunity to start over and make the most of life. It encourages people to make the most of each day and appreciate the present moment.
    "Don’t look back; look forward! Today is the first day of the rest of your life. "
    "Regardless of what happened yesterday, you can always start anew today. Remember, Today is the first day of the rest of your life!"
    #2 To give it my best shot.
    Giving your best means doing the best you can in a given situation. It implies that you will try your best and strive your best to achieve success.
    "I’ll give my best shot to get through this job interview and show them why I'm the perfect candidate."
    "Next month, I will run my first marathon and give my best shot."
    #3 To tighten [one’s] belt.
    To forget previous debts or mistakes and be given a new chance to succeed.
    "You must tighten your belt this month if you want to stay on budget."
    "I’m trying to save money, so I will have to tighten my belt and cut back on unnecessary spending."
    #4 to bury the hatchet.
    To bury the hatchet means to forgive and forget past differences, usually between two people, and end a disagreement.
    "After weeks of disagreement, the team decided to bury the hatchet and work together as one."
    "After months of arguing, we finally decided to bury the hatchet and make amends."
    #5 To shake things up a bit.
    It means to do something different or unexpected to change the situation. It can be used when you want to try something new or exciting or to make a change.
    "We've been using the same methods for years; it’s time to shake things up a bit and try something new."
    "Let's shake things up a bit and take a different approach to this project."
    #6 To mend your ways.
    We use this expression to encourage people to change their behavior or habits to become better. It is a way of prompting someone to take responsibility for their actions and strive to make positive changes in their life.
    "If you want to turn your life around, you must mend your ways."
    "You must take steps to mend your ways if you want to improve."
    #7 To go cold turkey.
    To go cold turkey is to abruptly stop an addictive behavior or substance, such as smoking or drinking alcohol.
    "After years of smoking, Tom decided to go cold turkey and quit entirely."
    "The best way to give up sugar is to go cold turkey and cut it out of your diet completely."
    Get the transcript of this episode at: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

    • 14 min
    #237 Talking about Pets in English

    #237 Talking about Pets in English

    Transcript: Today we will talk about pets in the United States. And with a fun mini-story, you will practice your English speaking. I’m sure you’re going to enjoy answering many questions in English. It’s like having a conversation with another person.
    Hi, I’m Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com, and I’m back again to help you speak English fluently.
    So, how can you help me? It’s really simple. Please share the podcast with your friends on social media. That would make me very happy!
    Before we start, subscribe to my free mini-course on my website: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com
    [With my free mini-course, you will learn:
    How to accumulate vocabulary, how to learn grammar, how to learn deeply and not forget, how to speak automatically, and how to stay motivated.]
    Okay! Let’s start!
    Nowadays, more and more people are adopting animals, and pet ownership in the States is on the rise.
    I had a dog some time ago, which was a beautiful experience. The connection between a dog and its owner is always special, especially when you take them for a walk. A dog needs to go for long walks to be able to connect with you. Some assume you must give them their favorite treat to win them over. But that link happens when you take them out for a walk.
    There are few things like the unconditional love of a dog. It’s a unique feeling when you come home after a stressful day and know that your dog is waiting for you, always happy to welcome you.
    In America, dogs are the favorite pet. Almost 40% of households have at least one dog as a pet.
    However, before adopting one, you should keep in mind that it requires training, daily walks, etc.
    In addition, owning a dog in the States is costly. Dog owners spend more than $1,000 yearly on vet check-ups, medications, and medical supplies.
    But as I was saying, the relationship with a dog is rewarding. And if you haven’t had a positive experience with your dog, it’s probably due to a lack of understanding. The first time you adopt a dog, you learn on the fly how to handle it. In any case, I encourage you to try again. But if you are not yet ready for this, I totally understand. Because although I have been fortunate with my dog because he was really sweet and obedient, I am not yet considering adopting another one.
    Now you may wonder which is better: buying or adopting a dog? Although there is nothing wrong with either option, adopted animals seem to be very grateful.
    And since I’ve never had a cat, I can’t speak much from personal experience, but I have some friends who adopted a cat a few months ago, and they are delighted with the furry animal.
    Besides, cats require much less maintenance because they are more independent. Even so, a cat is still a great companion.
    In the States, cats are the second most preferred pet, and unlike dogs, cats don’t need daily walks and are happy to entertain themselves.
    Okay, now we know a little more about pets. And you, do you have a pet at home? You can send me a picture of your pet if you want.
    Get the transcript on my website: speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/

    • 13 min
    #236 English Idioms for the New Year (part1)

    #236 English Idioms for the New Year (part1)

    Hi! I'm Georgiana, your English teacher. Thank you for joining me for another episode. 
    If you want to help, please share the podcast on social media. That would mean a lot. Thanks!
    I hope you are doing great! The New Year is the perfect time for new beginnings and the perfect time to learn some idioms in English for the new year. 
    You will also learn grammar with a point-of-view lesson without memorizing boring rules.
    Before we start, visit my website: Speakenglishpodcast.com and subscribe to my mini-course - it's completely free!
    Ok, let's start!
    #1 To kick off the new year
    To kick off the new year means to start a new year.
    "Let's kick off the new year with a positive attitude."
    "The best way to kick off the year is to be surrounded by friends and family.
    #2 To turn over a new leaf
    It means to start acting or behaving better or more responsibly.
    "Since I moved to New York, my life has completely changed. I can say that I have turned over a new leaf."
    "You always promise to turn over a new leaf if I give you another chance. But you've proven to me time and time again that you'll never change."
    #3 To start with a clean sheet
    When we start with a clean sheet, we forget previous debts or mistakes and are given a new chance to succeed at something.
    "I'm afraid we've started on the wrong foot. Why don't we start with a clean sheet?"
    "Although you have put a lot of effort into this new project, it is a disaster. Therefore, we will have to hire someone else and start with a clean sheet.
    #4 Out with the old and in with the new
    Out with the old, in with the new means it is good to replace old things with new ones, to leave old things or ideas behind and bring in new ones.
    "I need to get a new jacket because this one is out of fashion. Out with the old, in with the new!"
    "My cell phone is ancient. I can't even take pictures with it. I need to buy a new one, so out with the old, in with the new!"
    #5 Ring in the New Year
    To ring in the new year means celebrating the beginning of a new year, usually with a party or formal dinner.
    "My friends rang in the new year with a party at their parent's house."
    "I am very happy because we will ring in the new year in New York."
    #6 To kick the habit
    One of our New Year's resolutions is to quit a bad habit. Many want to quit smoking; others want to stop eating too many sweets, etc.
    "My husband tried to kick the habit last year, but he loves to eat."
    "This new year, I want to kick the habit of smoking."
    #7 Stick to something
    But if you want to kick the habit, you must stick to your New Year plan without deviating.
    "My friend started a diet for the new year, but I'm afraid she won't be able to stick to it."
    "Your suggestion didn't work out, so we must stick to the initial plan."
    Get the transcript at: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/

    • 11 min
    #235 New Year’s Resolutions 2023

    #235 New Year’s Resolutions 2023

    Hi, everybody! I’m Georgiana, founder of speakenglishpodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently. Speaking English is way easier when you use the right material and techniques.
    In this episode, let's take a look at the most common New Year's resolutions. Then you will practice your English fluency with a mini-story.
    Alright! Let’s start!
    By the way, if you are new here, visit my website to get the transcript of today's episode. Go to: speakenglishpodcast.com
    If you're already familiar with this show, please share it with your friends and family. That would make me very happy!
    Tell your friends that my podcast is available everywhere on the internet.
    You can find it on my website and many podcast apps like Spotify, iTunes, Youtube, Facebook, Soundcloud, etc.
    Just look for "Speak English Now with Georgiana," and start learning English with me!"
    Well, first of all... Happy New Year!
    How time flies! A new year has just begun.

    It’s curious how the passage of time is perceived according to age. Young people don't think much about it. Middle-aged people think about the things they still want to achieve and realize that they have less and less time. Older people, on the other hand, remember the old days.
    Don't worry; I won't get too philosophical in this lesson.  :) I’ll go ahead and talk about New Year's resolutions.
    As you know, when a new year comes, we all feel like doing a lot of things. Also, we feel a bit guilty for having celebrated a little too much at Christmas.
    Therefore, in this episode, we will take a look at the most popular New Year's resolutions and practice new vocabulary.
    And what’s a resolution?
    A resolution is a firm decision to do something.  
    My new’s year resolution is to use highly proven techniques, based on the natural learning of a second language, to help my students to speak English automatically. 
    Losing weight or going on a diet.
    This resolution is a classic. After all the meals and alcoholic beverages, we decide to lose weight. Usually, this decision is made after a very generous meal. We are on a full stomach and solemnly decide that we are going to lose weight and that we are going on a diet.
    Going to the gym
    Another classic! It's funny how many people are paying their gym fee every month but never go. Sounds familiar?  Then now it's the perfect excuse to start exercising. A friend of mine told me in October that he wasn't going to the gym, but that he would certainly start going in January. :)
    If you ever go to the gym at the beginning of the year, you'll see a lot of people working out — everyone with a lot of determination. The problem is that in February there are half as many people exercising.
    Sometimes the New Year's resolution for exercising includes an ambitious goal, such as running a marathon. The important thing is to finish the race so don’t obsess about timing.
    For some time, I was aiming to run a marathon. About four years ago, I ran a half-marathon and noticed that running a marathon was a reasonable goal. Then I changed my mind because the training I needed was too intense for my knees. Now I'm taking it slower and alternating between different sports.
    Quit Smoking
    Quitting smoking is a hard thing to do. Many people try to quit smoking and start a healthier life at the beginning of a new year. Luckily I’m not a smoker, but I always wish them all the best.
    So, we have the health trio: dieting, going to the gym and quitting smoking. Many try, very few succeed.
    Read more books
    It’s always a great idea to read. You can learn many things. I know people who haven't read an entire book since high school. I also know others who read a lot. A good New Year's resolution is to read more. I suppose, to be successful, you need to start with a book you like.

    Learn a new language
    I particularly like this resolution. As you already know, it’s extremely important to have the right materials and use the right techniq

    • 15 min
    #234 Christmas Markets in New York 2022

    #234 Christmas Markets in New York 2022

    Transcript: Merry Christmas, everyone! I’m Georgiana, your English teacher, and my mission is to help you speak English fluently. And if you want to help me, share the podcast with your friends and family.
    Ah! It’s almost Christmas!!!
    And today, I will talk about Christmas Markets in New York. And with a fun mini-story, you will improve your speaking.
    If you need to give something special for Christmas, consider buying my Premium courses. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/courses and get my English programs at an exceptional price.
    Ok! Let’s talk about Christmas markets in New York.
    What are you planning to do at Christmas? I recommend you fly to NYC because the best Christmas markets are here.
    New York’s holiday markets often include ice skating, twinkling lights, great food vendors, and fun holiday activities. Plus, you can make your Christmas shopping a positive and relaxing experience. 
    Bryant Park’s Winter Village
    You could start by visiting Bryant Park’s Winter Village. One of the highlights of this market is the 17,000-square-foot ice skating rink, which is free to use if you bring your skates.
    FAD Market
    And after ice skating, you could visit the FAD Market. Each season, the FAD market – which stands for Fashion, Art, and Design – takes over a different Brooklyn venue with a bunch of independent vendors and creators. Here you’ll find New York City’s emerging brands, designers, and small businesses offering a curated selection of handmade jewelry, clothing, skincare, tableware, and much more.
    Columbus Circle Holiday Market
    And after all this activity, you should go to the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, which is one of the most iconic holiday markets.
    The uptown counterpart to the Union Square Holiday Market offers shoppers a feast for the eyes and the stomach.
    Are you having fun? Let’s practice speaking with a fun mini-story.
    Mini-Story 📖
    (Practice your speaking)
    Mini stories are excellent for improving fluency. The goal is to answer without mentally translating it into your native language. That’s why I recommend short and quick answers. You can pause if necessary.
    Come on, let’s get started!
    After listening to Georgiana’s podcast, Tom traveled to New York to explore the Christmas markets.
    What did Tom do for Christmas? Stay at home?
    No. No. Tom didn’t stay at home. He traveled for Christmas.
    Where did Tom go? To Hawaii?
    No. Tom went to New York. He didn’t travel to Hawaii.
    Why did he travel to New York? For business purposes?
    No. Not for business purposes. He traveled to New York to explore the Christmas markets.
    Christmas shops or markets?
    Christmas markets. Tom traveled to New York to explore the Christmas markets. 
    Did Tom travel to New York with his mom?
    No. No. Not with his mom. Tom traveled to New York alone.
    Tom went ice skating at Bryant Park’s Winter Village and ate some delicious local treats at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market.
    Tom went roller skating. Right?
    No. No. Tom went ice skating.
    Where did he go ice skating? Finland?
    No. No. He didn’t go ice skating in Finland. He went ice skating in New York at Bryant Park’s Winter Village.
    Did Tom eat anything? 
    Yes. He ate something.
    What exactly did he eat? Can you remember?
    Yes. He ate some delicious local treats at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market.
    After a few hours, he rested on a park bench. Next to him, there was a girl named Elsa, and they began to have a lively conversation. 
    What did Tom do after some hours? Rest or play tennis?
    Tom didn’t play tennis. After a few hours, Tom rested on a park bench.
    Was there someone next to him?
    Yes. Next to Tom, there was a girl.
    What was her name?
    Elsa. Her name was Elsa. 
    Elsa? As in Elsa from Frozen?
    Exactly. Her name was Elsa. Just like the princess from Frozen.
    Was Elsa an actual princess?
    Well, we don’t know that. We know she was sitting next to Tom in New York.
    It turned out that Elsa also traveled to

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