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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

    #294 Mount Rushmore

    #294 Mount Rushmore

    Have you ever seen a huge mountain with presidents’ faces? Today, we learn about Mount Rushmore. What’s special about it? Let’s find out!
    Hi! I’m Georgiana, and I’m back with a new episode. I’m here to help you speak English fluently.
    If you want to help me, SHARE the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks.
    On my website, you can find the 5 Secrets to Speaking English and my premium courses.
    Before we start, get the transcript. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast
    It’s completely free!
    Ok, let’s start!
    Mount Rushmore is a giant and famous place in the United States. It’s located in South Dakota, inside the Black Hills. On this big mountain are huge carvings of the faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. These presidents are very important because they did great things for America.
    The carvings of Mount Rushmore are huge. Each president’s face is as large as a tall building! People made this long ago, starting in 1927 and finishing in 1941. So, it took 14 years to complete. They did not have modern machines, so it was very tough work.
    Mount Rushmore is special for a few reasons:
    George Washington was the first president to help start the country. Thomas Jefferson made America bigger by buying a large area of land from France, known as the Louisiana Purchase. Theodore Roosevelt protected nature and made sure businesses treated people fairly. Abraham Lincoln kept the country together during the Civil War, which was a very difficult time. Mount Rushmore is also meaningful because of its location. Before it became a monument, Native American tribes, saw the Black Hills as a sacred place. The story of Mount Rushmore includes these tribes and their connection to the land.
    When people visit Mount Rushmore, they can explore the Avenue of Flags. This path has flags from all 50 states in the USA. It makes people feel connected to everyone in the country. It is a reminder that, even though we are different, we are all part of one big nation.
    Mount Rushmore is not only beautiful because of the nature around it. It also makes us think about the leaders who shaped America, and reflect on how we can all help make the country better.
    Making Mount Rushmore changed the mountain forever. It turned a natural place into a symbol of America’s history. This means different things to different people. Some see it as a celebration of freedom and great leaders. Others remember the land and the first people who lived there.
    Great! I hope you’re enjoying this episode!
    And now, let’s continue with a mini-story!

    • 17 min
    #293 English expressions - Good for you!

    #293 English expressions - Good for you!

    Transcript: Hi! I’m Georgiana, and I’m back with a new episode. I’m here to help you speak English fluently. And what do you need to speak fluently? You need to LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN, and LISTEN. 🙂
    If you want to help me, SHARE the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks.
    On my website you can get the 5 Secrets to speak English, and also my premium courses.
    Before we start, get the transcript at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast
    It’s completely free!
    Ok, let’s start!
    Learning English is exciting because we get to know how people actually speak. Today, we will look at a common phrase in the US: “Good for you!” It’s a friendly way to talk, but there’s more to learn about it.
    What Does “Good for you!” Mean?
    When people say “Good for you!” they show they are glad for someone else. Imagine giving a friend a thumbs-up. For example, if your friend tells you they did well on a test, saying “Good for you!” is like saying, “I’m happy for you!”
    When You Are Really Glad:
    Imagine your friend telling you, “I got first place!” You can respond with a smile, “Good for you!” to show your happiness for their success.
    How You Say It Is Key:
    Your tone of voice can change the meaning. Use a cheerful tone to make sure your friend feels your sincerity.
    When to Say “Good for you!”
    This phrase fits well in many situations. Here are some moments to use it:
    Celebrating Achievements:
    When someone achieves something from hard work, like scoring high on a test, “Good for you!” is a great response.
    Sharing in Good News:
    Hearing about a friend’s good news, like getting a new pet, and saying “Good for you!” shows you share their happiness.
    Let’s Practice:
    Imagine a time when someone shared something joyful with you. How would you reply? Simple, “Good for you!” Just remember, saying it with a smile and warmth in your voice can really make a difference.
    The Different Meanings of “Good for you!”
    Sometimes, “Good for you!” is not only about being happy for someone. It can also be used for jokes or in not-so-nice ways, known as sarcasm.
    When It’s Just a Joke:
    Friends might use it playfully when someone says something funny or not so-important. It’s their way of being friendly.
    When It Might Not Be Kind:
    However, if someone’s tone sounds unhappy or their expression appears unfriendly, they might not be saying it kindly. For example, if you say, “I can tie my shoes,” and someone responds with, “Good for you!” without a friendly tone, they might not be being nice. They could be mocking you because tying shoes is something most people can do.
    Understanding the Difference:
    Listen to their voice: Is it light, happy, or flat and unkind?
    Look at their expression: Is there a real smile, or do they seem insincere?
    Consider what you said: Was it something impressive or ordinary? This helps you figure out if they’re joking or not.
    Some Examples:
    Happy: You: “I aced my test!” Friend: “Good for you!” (They’re genuinely pleased.)
    Joking: You: “I spent the whole day watching TV.” Friend: “Good for you!” (They’re playfully teasing because it’s not a big deal.)
    Not Nice: You: “I cleaned up my room today.” Friend: “Well, good for you.” (If their tone is sarcastic, they may not think it’s important.)
    That’s why, it’s crucial to pay attention to how people say things, not just the words. This helps you know if they’re truly happy for you, making a joke, or being unkind.
    Let’s continue with a surprising point-of-view story:

    • 14 min
    #292 Happy Easter 2024

    #292 Happy Easter 2024

    Today, we will learn how Easter is celebrated in the United States and Australia. We will hear Tom and Sarah's conversation about their plans for Easter this year. And with a point-of-view story, you will learn grammar in context without memorizing boring rules.
    Hi! Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. I'm Georgiana and my mission is to help you improve your fluency.
    If you want to support me, please share the podcast with your friends and family. It would mean a great deal to me. Thank you!
    Remember that you can get the text of this episode on my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com
    Okay! Let’s start!
    Tom, from the United States, and Sarah, from Australia, were catching up on a video call before the Easter holiday. As they started chatting, they quickly realized they had different traditions and plans for celebrating the holiday.
    Let's listen to their conversation:
    Tom: Hey, Sarah! Happy Easter!
    Sarah: Happy Easter to you too, Tom! I hope you're doing well.
    Tom: Yes, I'm doing great. So, what are your plans for Easter this year?
    Sarah: I plan to attend church and celebrate Easter with my family. We usually have a big Easter dinner and spend time together.
    Tom: That sounds lovely. I'm also planning to celebrate Easter with my family. We usually have an Easter egg hunt and decorate Easter eggs.
    Sarah: Oh, that's a great tradition. We also decorate Easter eggs but don't have an egg hunt.
    Tom: That's interesting. Every family has their own traditions.
    Sarah: Definitely. What other traditions do you have for Easter?
    Tom: We usually go to church and have a big Easter brunch. We also exchange Easter baskets filled with candy and small gifts.
    Sarah: That sounds like so much fun. We don't exchange Easter baskets but give each other Easter cards.
    Tom: That's sweet. Do you have any special Easter foods that you eat?
    Sarah: Yes, we usually have ham, deviled eggs, and hot cross buns.
    Tom: That sounds delicious. My family has roasted lamb, mashed potatoes, and asparagus.
    Sarah: That sounds amazing. It's interesting to see how different cultures celebrate the same holiday.
    Tom: Yes, I agree. Speaking of cultures, I heard Easter is celebrated differently in Australia. Can you tell me more about that?
    Sarah: Sure! In Australia, Easter is also a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, since it's celebrated in the fall season there, it's more of a harvest festival. We also have a lot of outdoor activities like camping and hiking.
    Tom: That's so cool. I didn't know Easter was celebrated as a harvest festival in Australia. Do you have any special Easter foods that you eat?
    Sarah: Yes, we have hot cross buns and chocolate eggs, just like in the US. But we also have meat pies, seafood, and others.
    Tom: That sounds amazing. I'll have to try them sometime.
    Sarah: Definitely. Maybe we can exchange some Easter foods and try each other's traditions.
    Tom: That's a great idea, Sarah!
    Sarah: Ok! I'll see you later. Happy Easter!
    Tom: Happy Easter!

    • 10 min
    #291 What is Minimalism?

    #291 What is Minimalism?

    Hi! I'm Georgiana, and I'm back with a new episode. I'm here to help you speak English fluently. And what do you need to speak fluently? You need to LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN, and LISTEN. :)
    If you want to help me, SHARE the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks.
    Get the transcript here: speakenglishpodcast.com/291-what-is-minimalism/
    In our previous episode, we talked about Diogenes syndrome. It's when people collect too many things.
    Today, I will talk about practically the opposite: minimalism.
    A few years ago, this lifestyle became popular.
    The concept of minimalism is about removing unnecessary things and focusing on what's important. Seems logical, right? Well... Sometimes, attempting to live a minimalist lifestyle can actually be more stressful than just accepting a little bit of clutter. Finally, it's about finding a balance that works for you.
    Here are some principles of minimalism:
    - Simplicity: Enjoy the simple and the necessary.
    - Utility: Have only things you use that are useful to you.
    - Quality: Prefer fewer things, but of better quality.
    - Consciousness: Think and choose what really matters.
    - Order: A clean, organized space helps you think and live better.
    - Peace: Seek tranquility in your environment.
    - Autonomy: Live with the essentials and take care of your resources.
    - Experiences: You value moments and friendships more than material possessions.
    Marie Kondo is famous in the world of keeping things tidy. She's from Japan and has taught many of us to ask if our belongings make us happy. She's had a big influence, and for some time, we all followed her advice on folding clothes neatly and getting rid of things we don't need.
    But now, she mentioned that after having three kids she can't be as strict anymore. If Marie Kondo has found a balance, we don't have to be perfect either.
    A while ago, I was inspired by ideas of living simply, so I tried to make my life more minimalist. I planned it well in my mind, but it was hard to do. To be honest, it lasted only two weeks. :) Now, I try to be sensible. I keep only what I need, and I don't worry if things are a bit messy.
    So, I believe it's not about keeping your space perfectly clean and tidy all the time. It's more about creating a home where you feel cozy and calm. Sometimes, things are a little messy, like the shoes not being in the right place. But it’s okay!
    I hope you found this episode interesting, and that it helped you practice your English a bit too.
    What do you think about minimalism? Is it just a fad, or... Does it have value?
     
    Get the transcript here: speakenglishpodcast.com/291-what-is-minimalism/

    • 14 min
    #290 Movie Idioms in English

    #290 Movie 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.
    Today, we are going to talk about idioms and specific vocabulary related to movies in English.
    And with a mini-story, you are going to improve your fluency. I’ll tell you a story while asking you many questions that you have to answer right away. It’s like talking to another person in English.
    Please visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com to get the transcript of today’s episode. And follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.
    Let’s get started!
    As I said today, we will look at some specific words and idioms related to movies in English.
    Let’s start!
    1. Get the show on the road
    When someone tells you to get the show on the road, they urge you to start doing something. They want you to start, even if there are some mistakes and things that hinder your progress.
    Examples:
     “Let’s get the show on the road, or we’ll be late.”
    “We’re finally ready to get the show on the road.”
    “It’s about time we got the show on the road!”
    “Come on, the fans are waiting outside, and we must get the show on the road!”
    2. To kick off a show or kickoff
    In show business, to kick off a show means to start a performance. We also use this expression to refer to the first performance among many.
    A kickoff celebration is a party that celebrates the beginning of something. You can simply call this party a kickoff.
    Examples:
    “The advertising campaign is ready to kick off the show.”
     “Kickoff will be at 10 o’clock prompt.”
     “Tom is coming to the kickoff tonight.”
    3. Popcorn movie
    Do you enjoy eating popcorn?
    But what’s a popcorn movie?
    When you want to watch a movie just for entertainment, you will usually watch a popcorn movie. Although they are called popcorn movies, you don’t necessarily need to eat popcorn while watching them.
    Let’s say that this kind of movie will not give you a new perspective on life. Many of the summer blockbusters are popcorn movies, and the great thing is that you can watch them with friends or family.
    A blockbuster is a very successful product like a movie or a book that makes a lot of money.
    For instance, a Hollywood studio releases many movies in search of a blockbuster.
    Here are some popular popcorn movies you have already watched:
    Transformers (2007), Spider-Man (2002), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Mission: Impossible (1996), Forrest Gump (1994), Batman Begins (2005), The Fast and the Furious (2001), etc.
    4. Live up to the hype
    If a movie or a show is up to the hype, it means there is enough interest in it. Movie critics and bloggers become excited about something by generating a lot of buzz or hype.
    Generally speaking, it’s hard to live up to the hype, but the best movies can generate many expectations before they are released.
    Examples:
    “I watched that movie you recommended last week, and it definitely lived up to the hype. I loved it!
    “I am happy to say that your performance lived up to the hype.”
    5. Sell out

    We can use the expression to sell out in several ways.
    But if tickets are sold out, it means that all available tickets for a movie, concert, etc., have been sold.
    And also when we want to buy something in a store or on the Internet. If they are sold out, they are no longer available.
    Examples: 
    “We sold out all the movie tickets in the first couple of hours.”
    “My favorite T-shirt sold out everywhere.”
    Before we continue, I want to give you a useful tip on how to understand movies in English.

    First of all, you should keep in mind that movies are meant for native speakers and are full of expressions and phrasal verbs. And yes, actors usually talk fast. And the reason they speak so fast is that they have memorized their lines.
    I believe that the biggest problem English students have is that they don’t listen en

    • 12 min
    #289 Diogenes Syndrome

    #289 Diogenes Syndrome

    Hi! I'm Georgiana, and I'm back with a new episode. I'm here to help you speak English fluently. And what do you need to speak fluently? You need to LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN, and LISTEN. :)
    If you want to help me, SHARE the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks.
    On my website you can get the 5 Secrets to speak English and also my premium courses.
    Before we start, get the transcript at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast
    It's completely free!
    Ok, let's start!
    Today, I want to talk about something called Diogenes syndrome. It might not be something you're familiar with, but it's a big deal in society. This syndrome is about people accumulating too much stuff in their homes.
    My friend shared a story with me last week about her dear 80-year-old neighbor who recently passed away. Her children came to clear out the house so they could sell it. It turns out that the poor woman had collected a lot of stuff over the years—furniture, boxes, and more. It seems like she had a habit of collecting things.
    You might have seen cases like this in the news, or maybe you know someone who just can't seem to throw things away. It's like they have a habit of hoarding stuff. Many people can relate to this—I sometimes have to remind myself to get rid of things I don't need anymore because they start piling up at home.
    But what I'm talking about here is more extreme. It's a condition where people hoard so much stuff that their homes become overwhelmed with clutter. Ironically, it's named after Diogenes of Sinope, an ancient Greek philosopher who believed in living with very little. People with this syndrome, however, collect things indiscriminately, thinking they might need them one day.
    While it's not officially classified as a mental illness, it often goes hand in hand with other mental health issues, and it tends to affect older people more. Some experts think it might stem from difficult experiences in the past, like living through a war, where holding onto things was a matter of survival.
    In the US, when someone has Diogenes syndrome, people try to help them in different ways. Here's what they do:
    Doctors or nurses might visit their homes to see if they are physically and mentally okay.
    Mental health experts can talk to them and try to help them feel better.
    Support from Social Workers: These are people who help others with their problems. They can arrange for someone to clean their house, talk to them about keeping it tidy, and connect them with other helpful services like food or counseling.
    Keeping in Touch: It's essential to check on them to ensure they get the help they need.
    Sometimes, the Law Gets Involved: If the person is in danger or putting others in danger, some legal steps might need to be taken to make sure they get the proper care.
    The goal is always to make sure the person is safe and healthy. It's also essential for more people to learn about Diogenes syndrome so that those who need help can get it sooner.
    Sometimes, people don't want help, and professionals must respect their choice to live as they please. Research shows that the causes of Diogenes syndrome are complicated—it could be genetic, psychological, or tied to traumatic events.
    As society ages, we might see more of this syndrome cropping up. It's something policymakers need to think about and take action on.
    Is it the same where you live? If you have any insights, feel free to share.

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