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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.

    Unexpected Turns (with Christie Cunningham)

    Unexpected Turns (with Christie Cunningham)

    Christie was on tour as a professional dancer when unexpected turns teach her about strength and confidence, even when things get difficult.

    Level: upper intermediate 

    Accent: Canadian

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    5 words and expressions in today's story:

    - BREAD AND BUTTER: Someone's main job or main source of income. Examples: "For many musicians, playing concerts is their bread and butter." or "Writing is her bread and butter; it pays all her bills."

    - OUT OF THE BLUE: Something happens suddenly and unexpectedly. Examples: "I was walking home, and out of the blue, it started raining heavily." or "He received a phone call out of the blue from an old friend."

    - BUMP UP: This phrasal verb means to upgrade or move to a higher position or level. Examples: "She was bumped up to a manager position at work." or "The airline bumped up her seat to business class for free."

    - LONG STORY SHORT: To explain only the most important parts of a story, leaving out unnecessary details. Examples: "The car broke down, we missed the event, and long story short, it was a terrible day." or "Long story short, we decided to move to a new city after many discussions."

    - TO BURN OUT: This phrasal verb can mean two things: (1) When a fire stops burning because there is no more fuel. Example: "The campfire burned out after we ran out of wood." (2) When a person becomes very tired and can't continue because they have worked too hard. Example: "The campfire burned out after we ran out of wood." or "After working nonstop for months, he finally burned out and needed a vacation."

    Episode Links:

    - To find out more about Christie Cunningham, visit her website

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    • 17 min
    Running an Ultramarathon (with Thomas Zachariassen)

    Running an Ultramarathon (with Thomas Zachariassen)

    Tom spends months preparing for an ultramarathon, but race day brings surprising challenges.

    Level: upper intermediate 

    Accent: Australian

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    5 words and expressions in today's story:

    - TO PUSH YOURSELF TO DO SOMETHING: To make a big effort to do something. Examples: "I need to push myself to stay awake until midnight." or "He pushes himself to work harder every day."

    - TO CLOCK / TO CLOCK UP: To reach a certain number or amount of something. Examples: "He clocked 70 kilometers last week as part of his training." or "She has clocked up 200 hours of volunteer work this year."

    - TO TAKE A TOLL: To have a bad effect on someone or something. Examples: "Working long hours takes a toll on health." or "Hard training takes a toll on your body."

    - GUT FEELING: A strong feeling about something without a clear reason. Examples: "She had a gut feeling that something was wrong." or "He trusted his gut feeling during the race."

    - RELIEF: Feeling better after being worried or stressed. Examples: "When the storm passed, they felt great relief." or "Finding her lost keys was such a relief."

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    • 17 min
    Paragliding Accident (with Jaclyn St Louis)

    Paragliding Accident (with Jaclyn St Louis)

    Jaclyn tells the story of a paragliding accident and its emotional impact on her life.

    Level: upper intermediate 

    Accent: Canadian

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    5 words and expressions in today's story:

    - TO END UP: To arrive at a particular place or find yourself in a situation, often unintended. Examples: "After getting lost, we ended up at a beautiful beach." or "She ended up working late because of the unexpected project."

    - TO LIFT OFF: To take off, especially for rockets or planes, launching in a vertical direction. Examples: "The rocket lifted off successfully, heading towards space." or "The helicopter lifted off from the helipad."

    - TO GLIDE: To fly smoothly through the air in a continuous motion. Examples: "The bird glided effortlessly across the sky." or "The paraglider glided down to the landing point."

    - SLOPE: A surface with one side higher than the other; can also be used as a verb to describe something inclining. Examples: "The children enjoyed sledding down the snowy slope." or "The path slopes gently towards the river."

    - TO FIT IN: To be comfortable with a group of people or to have enough space for something. Examples: "She fit in well with her new colleagues at work." or "The couch didn’t fit in the small living room, so they had to move it to another room."



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    • 16 min
    Searching for the Northern Lights (with Brigitte Lessard)

    Searching for the Northern Lights (with Brigitte Lessard)

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

    Level: 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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 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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