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Podcasts and activities to bring your English language learning to life, whether you are a learner or a teacher of English, you will find a variety of interesting, motivating and pedagogically sound activities here.

Podcasts are free and there are a host of activities for learners and teachers on our site https://english-podcasts.com

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Podcasts and activities to bring your English language learning to life, whether you are a learner or a teacher of English, you will find a variety of interesting, motivating and pedagogically sound activities here.

Podcasts are free and there are a host of activities for learners and teachers on our site https://english-podcasts.com

    Rishikesh Northern India

    Rishikesh Northern India

    Rishikesh has been a part of the legendary "Kedarkhand" -  Legends state that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, the asura king of Lanka; and Lakshmana, his younger brother, crossed the river Ganges, using two jute ropes at the point where the present 'Lakshman Jhula' stands today.



    Dehra Dun said about Rishikesh, " A village or town beautifully situated on the right bank of the Ganges, on a high cliff overlooking the river. The place is developing very rapidly, especially since the construction of the new bridge over the Song river, the realignment of the pilgrim road from Raiwala to Rishikesh."



    The Ganges, one of the most sacred rivers to Hindus, flows through Rishikesh. Here the river leaves the Shivalik Hills in the Himalayas and flows into the plains of northern India.



    Several temples, ancient and new, are along the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh. Shatrughna Mandir, Bharat Mandir (Lord Vishnu's avatar), Lakshman Mandir are the ancient temples established by Adi Shankaracharya. Shatrughna Temple is near Ram Jhula and Lakshman Mandir is situated near Lakshman Jhula.



    The historical records mention that some pilgrims used to stay at Rishikesh as a resting place before moving onwards to the higher mountains for the pilgrimage while a larger number used to visit Rishikesh as the original destination and visited various sites between Rishikesh and Lakshman Jhula before returning.



     However, Rishikesh has in recent decades shifted from a pilgrim to a tourist town. The International Yoga Festival introduced in 2000 has brought a new influx of tourists. Local markets have evolved from commercialising goods such as "local and religious handicrafts" to a more service-oriented tourist industry with "provision stores, cafes, hotels and yoga and meditation" as well as rafting



    Listen to Chris talking to Renu, who has lived in Rishikesh for a number of years, about the town, the region and things of interest, but also of being an expat in India. In later podcasts we will be looking at being an expat in India and France, ayuverda and lots of information about India.

    • 44 min
    What is a bucket list?

    What is a bucket list?

    A bucket list is a list of activities or things that people really want to do before they die, as depicted by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in the 2007 film of the same name, where two people realise their wildest dreams.



    In this podcast Sue and Chris talk about a Bucket lists.



    Before listening, do you know what bucket lists are?



    While listening.



    1. Does Sue want to swim with dolphins?



    2. Where does Chris want to go for his bucket list?



    3. Where does Sue say she thinks the Northern Lights are?







    Listen to the podcast and try the following :



    * First relax, sit down, close your eyes then listen to the podcast all the way through.

    * Note down some ideas of what you expect the Podcast will be about. If needed have a look on the Internet for the keyword, 'Bucket Lists' to prepare yourself for the listening. 

    * Listen to JUST Sue, ignoring Chris and try to work out globally what her questions and comments are. (you won't understand everything, so there is no point trying at this point.)

    * Listen to just Chris as above.

    * Now go back and listen to Sue - take a sheet of paper, draw a line down the middle, on the left of the paper, write any ideas that you have of what Sue was talking about.

    * Now do the same for Chris.

    * Now listen to the podcast all the way through THEN write down any more ideas that you have about the podcast.

    * Leave the podcast for a day or two, then come back and listen.

    * Do you understand any more than from the first session of listening you did?

    * How do you rate the difficulty level for you? (Too difficult at the moment / A challenge / I understand enough).

    * When will you return to this podcast to check your listening progress?



    Remember :



    * You won't understand everything you hear.

    * There is a lot of regular work to do to tune your ear into Real English - you need to work on listening regularly.

    * NEVER write notes at the same time that you are listening.

    * ALWAYS - try to set yourself realistic objectives.

    * REMEMBER - this is just a part of your learning and you need to be able to connect this work with your other work.

    * This is REAL English - we don't believe that slow, over-articulated speech prepares learners for the real world - you may be able to understand an audio extract that is spoken slowly, but what good is that if you don't understand real people in real situations.

    * At english-podcasts.com we want to help you to be ready for the real world - it will be difficult at first, but later you will feel the benefit - it is just pure, common sense.



     



    Why not try this quiz to give you ideas as to what to put on your Bucket list.



     



     

    • 3 min
    How to talk “footy” to football fans.

    How to talk “footy” to football fans.

     Football will be in the news for a month during the EURO 2020..... which is taking place in 2021 due to successive Covid lockdowns in Europe.



    Are you able to talk "footy"? Do you know the football jargon that we hear around us in the bars? Take the opportunity this month to go to bars and start up a conversation with other people about the football matches, it's a great way to improve your English!



    In this podcast Sue puts Chris on the spot when she asks him to explain frequent football words and expressions. You'll hear that they're not big fans of football but they'll make the effort for language learning :) 



    Give yourself a pat on the back when you understand what these words mean;



    To kick off  / The coin toss  / 



    A goalie / to save a goal / to mark a player



    To score a hattrick



    A foul / a tackle / to get booked / to be sent off/ to get a red card



    A peno / a penalty shootout



    To park the bus



    Extra time vs Injury time



    .... and the language of TV football commentators



    It's a game of 2 halves



    To put the game to bed



    What a beauty !



    They're on the back foot



    He's bottled it



    It's an open goal / It's an own goal



    That's a blatant handball !



    "Football's coming home" :)



     



    Then test your memory with this Flash Quiz.







    For those of you who want more, try this World Cup Football Quiz full of great vocabulary and amazing facts to entertain even the most football skeptic.



    https://english-podcasts.com/the-curious-off-side-football-world-cup-quiz/



     



    Listen to the podcast here.



     

    Chris’ Jokes – Episode 1

    Chris’ Jokes – Episode 1

    listen to Chris' 5 minutes of fame, as he tells some pretty good jokes (well that's what he told us to write anyway) - we hope you like them!

    • 3 min
    The travel bet

    The travel bet

    The travel bet

    The travel bet - which is quicker, public transport or the car?



    have you ever wondered if you should give up your car journey in favour of using public transport?



    Which is the cheapest way to travel?



    Follow Chris and Sue as they bet on the quickest way to get from a city in Southern France to the capital, Paris.



    Listen to the podcast, The travel bet first, then try the quiz.











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    • 9 min
    Effective Presentation Skills Tips episode 1

    Effective Presentation Skills Tips episode 1

    Effective Presentation Skills Tips episode 1

    Effective Presentation Skills Tips episode 1 is part of a series of podcasts aimed at helping people to be more effective when presenting in front of an audience.



    Sue and Chris talk about some of the pitfalls in presentations, including managing stress, information overload and why people deliver presentations.

    Presenting information clearly and effectively is one of the key soft skills, if not the most important soft skill for life, and especially in business.

    Getting your message or opinion across is essential, and, today, presentation skills are required in almost every field of professional life.

    If you are a manager, a technician, an engineer, a student, business owner or whatever, you may very well be asked to make a presentation at some point.

    This can be something that not all of us relish.

    This series of podcasts are meant to help you avoid some of the common mistakes that some presenters make, so that you can get your message across effectively and engage with your audience..

    Everything that Sue and Chris talk about is about common sense skills that can be applied by anyone in a presentation, there are no miracle answers, just pragmatic tips that actually work.

    After all, there is no point being the best student, manager, technician or engineer in your organisation if you cannot effectively communicate what you know and convince others.

    Preparation is the most important part of a successful presentation and is a part that is often neglected by speakers.

    This is the crucial foundation and there are no short-cuts to excellence.

    If you suffer from glossophobia, then this series of podcasts may help you a lot.

    Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking.

    The word glossophobia comes from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread.

    Find more at:  http://www.skillsyouneed.com/presentation-skills.html#ixzz4MsrDtTgx



    The worst invention to be pitched on Dragon's Den



    Stress gets to a presenter on Dragon's Den



    Even Steve Jobs couldn't convince the Dragons

    • 17 min

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