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Learn real English through inspiring stories told by people from all over the world. Intermediate to advanced learners — including those preparing for Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced, and IELTS exams — will improve their English by listening to life-changing stories and motivational advice. Bree Aesie uses her psychology background to take you into the lives of extraordinary people, discovering different English accents and cultures. Studies show that stories activate your brain, making fluency fun and easy. Join our newsletter and access learning materials at www.intothestorypodcast.com.

Into the Story: Learn English with True Stories Bree Aesie

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Learn real English through inspiring stories told by people from all over the world. Intermediate to advanced learners — including those preparing for Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced, and IELTS exams — will improve their English by listening to life-changing stories and motivational advice. Bree Aesie uses her psychology background to take you into the lives of extraordinary people, discovering different English accents and cultures. Studies show that stories activate your brain, making fluency fun and easy. Join our newsletter and access learning materials at www.intothestorypodcast.com.

    Searching for the Northern Lights (Rebroadcast)

    Searching for the Northern Lights (Rebroadcast)

    Twice in her life has Brigitte felt alone and lost, and both times she decided to search for the northern lights. 

    Level: upper intermediate 

    Accent: Canadian (Quebec)

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    5 words and expressions in today's story:

    - UPROOT: to pull something—especially a tree or plant—out of the ground. 

    Examples: "The strong winds uprooted the old tree." or "They had to uproot the weeds from the garden."

    Metaphorically: to move (someone) from their home or a familiar location.

    Examples: "His family was uprooted when they moved to a new city." or "The war uprooted many families from their homes."

    - OUTGOING: Friendly and socially confident.

    Examples: "She is very outgoing and makes friends easily." or "His outgoing personality makes him popular at parties."

    - FIRST NATIONS: Indigenous peoples that are the original inhabitants of the land that is now Canada.

    Examples: "First Nations have a rich cultural heritage and history." or "The government works with First Nations to preserve their traditions." 

    - PITCH-BLACK: Completely dark.

    Examples: "The night was pitch-black without any stars." or "The power outage left the house in pitch-black darkness."

    - STAY PUT: To not move or go anywhere.

    Examples: "She told the dog to stay put while she answered the door." or "During the storm, we decided to stay put at home."

    - DIM: Not shining brightly or clearly.

    Examples: "The room was lit by a dim lamp." or "The dim light made it hard to read."

    Episode Links: 

    - Find out more about Brigitte at The Story Warrior

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    • 17 min
    #60 | Stuck On A Knot (with Scott Brandon)

    #60 | Stuck On A Knot (with Scott Brandon)

    When Scott goes exploring in a dark cave and gets stuck hanging on a rope with no light, he has to use his imagination to find a way out.

    Level: Advanced 

    Accent: United States (Ohio)

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    5 words and expressions in today's story:

    - CAVING / SPELUNKING (CAVER/SPELUNKER): Exploring caves as an adventure activity. A caver or spelunker is someone who enjoys this, often with helmets and lights for safety.

    Examples: "The spelunker explored deep caves, amazed by the rocks." or "Caving is fun for people who like discovering new places."

    - TO GET DRENCHED: To get completely wet, usually from rain or water.

    Examples: "We got drenched in the rain, running for cover." or "The kids got drenched playing in the water."

    - SLACK VS TAUT: Slack means loose, while taut means tight.

    Examples: "Check the rope is taut before climbing." or "He adjusted the slack in the rope for better climbing."

    - TO NOT SAY SOMETHING LIGHTLY: To say something seriously, not casually.

    Examples: "I don't say this lightly, but we need to change." or "She didn't say it lightly when apologizing."

    - TANGLED VS UNTANGLED: Tangled means twisted, while untangled means straightened out.

    Examples: "The wires were tangled and hard to fix." or "She untangled the knots in the necklace."

    Episode Links: 

    - For more thoughts and inspiration from Scott Brandon, follow him on LinkedIn.

    - Visit Scott’s website.

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    • 23 min
    #59 | Going Beyond NASA (with Tiffani Claiborne)

    #59 | Going Beyond NASA (with Tiffani Claiborne)

    Tiffani leaves her job at NASA to explore a new path, leading her to the most difficult thing she's ever done. 

    Level: Upper intermediate

    Accent: United States (Maryland)

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    5 words and expressions in today's story:

    - TO BE GLUED TO YOUR SEAT / SCREEN: To be unable to move from your seat or stop watching something.

    Examples: "I was glued to my seat during the movie." or "He's glued to his screen, playing video games all day."

    - TO BE DIALED IN (FOCUSED): To concentrate or pay close attention.

    Examples: "She's dialed in during class, always listening to the teacher." or "Being dialed in means you're focused and not distracted."

    - TO PUSH THROUGH: To keep going even when it's difficult.

    Examples: "Even though he was tired, he pushed through and finished the race." or "Pushing through means not giving up, even when things are hard."

    - TO HAVE YOUR CONFIDENCE STRUCK: To feel less sure of yourself.

    Examples: "After failing the test, his confidence was struck." or "Having your confidence struck means feeling unsure or not believing in yourself."

    - TO CLICK (UNDERSTANDING): To understand something suddenly.

    Examples: "After studying for a while, it clicked, and I understood the math problem." or "It clicked in my mind how to solve the puzzle."

    Episode Links: 

    - Speak English With Tiffani Academy

    - Speak English With Tiffani YouTube

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    • 24 min
    #58 | Waiting to Hold You (with Martin Johnston)

    #58 | Waiting to Hold You (with Martin Johnston)

    When Martin becomes a dad, he realizes how difficult it is when we can’t be with the ones we love.  

    Level: Upper Intermediate

    Accent: United Kingdom (Essex)

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    5 words and expressions in today's story:

    -TO SHOVE: To push someone or something roughly or with force, often with the intention of moving someone or something out of the way. For example, "She accidentally shoved her friend while rushing to catch the bus, causing them to stumble," or "He shoved his passport in his pocket before getting on the plane."

    -TO BE OVER THE MOON: To be extremely happy or thrilled about something. For example, "She was over the moon when she found out she got the job she had been dreaming of," or "He was over the moon with joy when he received the surprise birthday party his friends had organized for him."

    -A PRAM: A stroller or baby carriage used for transporting infants. For example, "She took her baby for a walk in the pram," or "The pram was equipped with a comfortable seat and a protective canopy."

    -OBVIOUSLY (FILLER WORD): similar to saying "it's clear" or "you see" to show something is easy to understand. It's added to sentences to make a point stronger or emphasize that something should be clear. But it doesn't always change what's being said; it just helps the speaker highlight their viewpoint or understanding of the situation.

    -FULL ON (ADJECTIVE): Intense or extreme in nature. For example, "The party was full on, with loud music and dancing all night," or "He experienced a full-on adrenaline rush while participating in the extreme sports event."

    Episode Links: 

    - Listen to Martin’s podcast Rock n’ Roll English

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    • 25 min
    #57 | Into the Wild (with Gloudina Greenacre)

    #57 | Into the Wild (with Gloudina Greenacre)

    Gloudina goes to Ecuador to volunteer with a wildlife veterinarian and ends up learning an important lesson from children in the Amazon.
    Level: Upper Intermediate
    Accent: South Africa
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    5 words and expressions in today's story:
    - WILDLIFE: Animals and plants that live and grow in natural environments.
    Examples: "The national park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including bears, deer, and birds." or "Conservation efforts aim to protect wildlife and their natural habitats."
    - CABIN/HUT: Small, simple dwellings or houses typically located in rural or wilderness areas.
    Examples: "They rented a cozy cabin in the mountains for their weekend getaway." or "The forest ranger stayed in a rustic hut deep in the woods during his patrols."
    - CHECKUP: A routine health examination.
    Examples: "The doctor recommended an annual checkup to monitor her blood pressure and cholesterol levels." or "After the accident, he underwent a thorough checkup to ensure there were no internal injuries."
    - ENDANGERED SPECIES: Species at risk of extinction.
    Examples: "Efforts to save the sea turtle focus on protecting nesting sites and reducing bycatch in fishing nets." or "The black rhinoceros is endangered due to poaching and habitat loss."
    - TO CLEAR YOUR MIND: Removing thoughts or worries to achieve calmness.
    Examples: "Yoga and meditation help him clear his mind and reduce stress after a long day." or "Taking a walk in nature allows her to clear her mind and gain perspective on her problems."
    Episode Links: 
    - Visit Gloudina’s website Wildme.eu and use the code INTOWILDME100 to download one of her digital guides for free
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    • 24 min
    #56 | Overcoming Impostor Syndrome (with Anna Tyrie)

    #56 | Overcoming Impostor Syndrome (with Anna Tyrie)

    Anna wanted to go to one of the most prestigious music schools in the UK and Europe, but felt that she wasn’t good enough. 

    Level: Intermediate

    Accent: United Kingdom

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    5 words and expressions in today's story:

    - TO NAG: To keep asking or reminding someone to do something, often in an annoying or persistent way. Examples: “He always nags his sister to clean up her room.” or “She nagged her friend to come with her to the concert until she finally agreed.”

    - TO GIVE IT A GO: To try something, to make an attempt. Examples: "I'm not sure if I can ski, but I'll give it a go." or "She wasn't confident about singing in public, but she decided to give it a go at the talent show."

    -TO BE BLOWN AWAY / TO BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF: To be extremely impressed or amazed by something. Examples: "When she saw the sunset over the mountains, she was blown away by its beauty." or "The performance of the singer blew my socks off; it was absolutely incredible."

    - TO MINCE (ONE’S) WORDS: To speak directly and honestly, even if you upset people by doing this. Examples: "She never minces her words; she tells it like it is, even if it's uncomfortable." or "In the meeting, he didn’t mince his words and offended his boss"

    - THE UNDERDOG: The competitor or participant in a competition or conflict who is expected to lose, they are considered less likely to win or succeed compared to others involved.  Examples: "Despite being the underdog, the team fought hard and won the championship." or "The small startup company, seen as the underdog in the industry, surprised everyone by outselling its larger competitors."

    Episode Links: 

    - Listen to ⁠Bree & Anna's chat about fear⁠ 

    - Find out more about Anna Tyrie at English Like A Native 

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

RBK6 ,

Captivating and well-spoken - highly recommended

This was such a fantastic episode! I found it captivating, easily digestible and thoroughly professional. The tone was slow and well-considered which made it a pleasure to listen to. I also appreciated how profoundly personal the subject matter was, and how much the speaker was willing to share with us. Her reflections were both brave and thoughtful. The interviewing was excellently executed and I would recommend this episode and podcast in general to everyone!

Os.11 ,

Great podcast But..

I enjoyed listening to your podcast but talking and translating words to spanish in a podcast meant to be english teaching podcast is annoying

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