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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

    #225 Accent Reduction with Tongue Twisters - The S sound

    #225 Accent Reduction with Tongue Twisters - The S sound

    Today we are going to do an accent reduction exercise with some fun tongue twisters in English. To be specific, we will practice the S sound.
    And with the help of a mini-story, you will improve your English fluency. A mini-story is very simple but very powerful.
    Here's how it works: I ask easy questions deliberately so that you can simulate a conversation. It's almost like talking to another person in English.
    Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.
    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course. 
    That would mean a lot to me. Thanks. 
    Oh, by the way, remember that you can check out the transcript on my website:
    speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast
    Ok, let's start!
    Do you remember what a tongue twister is? 
    It can be a difficult phrase that we say quickly, usually because of a sequence of almost similar sounds. 
    For example, "Peter Piper picked a pickle of pickled peppers."

    Many people use tongue twisters to speak clearly, including actors, politicians, etc.
    These allow you to practice pronunciation and agility when it comes to producing sounds in English.
    And for language learners, tongue twisters are very useful to use as accent reduction exercises.
    So today, we are going to practice English pronunciation with new tongue twisters.
    Are you ready?
    Let's go!
    I will start saying each tongue twister slowly, and then I will go faster. 
    At first, they may seem very difficult, so make sure you have the text in front of you to be able to follow it better.
    Ok. So, I will say it very slowly:
    1. I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw I saw Esau.

    Are you ready to speed it up? (Say it faster.)
    I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw I saw Esau.
    Ok. Even faster!
    I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw I saw Esau.


    I hope you're having fun. Let's continue!
    2) Santa’s Short Suit Shrunk.
    Ok. Now I'm gonna speed it up! (say it faster.)
    Santa’s Short Suit Shrunk.
    Ok. Even faster!
    Santa’s Short Suit Shrunk.
    3) You cuss, I cuss, we all cuss for asparagus.
    Ok. Say it faster!
    You cuss, I cuss, we all cuss for asparagus.

    Even faster!
    You cuss, I cuss, we all cuss for asparagus.

    4) Thin sticks, thick bricks.
    Ok. Say it faster!
    Thin sticks, thick bricks.

    Can you say it faster?
    Thin sticks, thick bricks.


    5) Systematically assisting Sisyphus’s stealthy cyst-susceptible sister.
    Can you say it faster?
    Systematically assisting Sisyphus’s stealthy cyst-susceptible sister.
    Even faster!
    Systematically assisting Sisyphus’s stealthy cyst-susceptible sister.
    Ok, I know that was hard. But that's it for now; I really hope you're having fun practicing your English pronunciation, but before we continue…
    If you want to know how to speak English using the proper techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my video course for free. So you can learn how to speak English fluently once and for all! 
     
    Get the transcript on my website: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

    • 15 min
    224 How to ask for clarification in English

    224 How to ask for clarification in English

    Are you having a hard time following conversations in English? Don't worry. Today, I'll show you some expressions you can use confidently in situations where it isn't easy to follow a conversation.
    Welcome to Speak English Now podcast, with your host, Georgiana. The podcast that will help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.
    Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.
    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course.
    That would mean a lot to me. Thanks.
    Okay, let’s start!
    When we learn a new language, we are eager to practice speaking with another person. But what happens when the conversation is difficult for some reason? Maybe it's hard to keep up or follow what they tell us.
    Or if you are in a conversation with people who speak very fast, and you can't hear those words at all, or you don't recognize them, you feel uncomfortable.
    Although you may be embarrassed to interrupt in these situations, you can politely say that you don't understand what they have said.
    So today, I will show you some expressions you can use confidently in situations where it isn't easy to follow a conversation.
    Let's get started!
    #1. Asking for clarification:
    Sorry, I'm afraid I don't follow (you.)
    By using this expression, you are suggesting that you must have it re-explained or explained differently.
    Examples:
    "Sorry, I don't follow (you)—what exactly do you want me to do next?"
    "Do you understand? No, I'm afraid I don't follow."
    Here are some more phrases to ask for clarification:
    "I'm not entirely sure what you mean; could you explain it again? Or…"
    "Could you please say that a little slower?"
    "Sorry! That went straight over my head. Could you explain it differently?"
    #2. When someone asks for your opinion:
    If someone asks for your opinion on a topic for which you feel unprepared, you can use the following phrases:
    "It's hard to express my ideas about this topic in English, but I'll try my best.
    "It's really fascinating listening to you talk, but to be honest, I don't know much about this topic."
    #3. How to end the conversation:
    This is a little beyond me.
    By using this expression, you are ending the conversation. You are not asking for clarification; you are saying that the conversation is too difficult for you.
    Examples: 
    "I'm sure it's fascinating what you're saying, but I have to admit that it's beyond me."
    I hope you are enjoying yourself.
    These expressions can be very useful when we find ourselves in difficult situations and have to ask for clarification.
    If you want to know how to speak English using the proper techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my 5-day video course, so you can learn how to speak English fluently once and for all! And it's completely free.
     
    Read the transcript on my website: https://SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

    • 12 min
    223 How to avoid frustration while learning English

    223 How to avoid frustration while learning English

    Today:
    I'm going to reflect on the frustration that some English learners may experience. In part 2, you'll practice with a point of view story: you'll meet James and Jane and their adventures! Welcome to Speak English Now podcast, with your host, Georgiana. The podcast that will help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.
    Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.
    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course. 
    That would mean a lot to me. Thanks. 
    Oh, by the way, remember that you can check out the transcript, on my website:
    speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast
    Okay, let's get started!
    Learning to speak English is not as simple as studying for a couple of days. Can you imagine? In one month, we could learn 15 new languages, or 14 if we are lazy :)
    If your goal is to become fluent, it takes some time. For example, my Fluency course has 20 units. And you have to dedicate a minimum of one week per unit. However, I assure you that if you follow the instructions, your fluency will improve dramatically by the end of the course.
    During the learning process, some students lose patience and become frustrated. They all have an initial phase of high motivation due to the novelty and transition to a plateau phase that leads to frustration when they do not see steady improvement.
    It is common for frustrated learners to blame themselves, saying things like: 
    "I am not good at learning languages", 
    "As an adult it is almost impossible to learn", 
    "I don't have the memory to remember all this vocabulary", 
    "I make a fool of myself when I speak.”
    This kind of mindset is dangerous because it affects motivation, and the chances of giving up are very high.
    Other students blame the method. For example, they say to themselves, "This method is useless", or  “I am wasting my time", "This is pointless", etc. 
    They buy many courses in the hope that the latest one will be the definitive one, the one that works.
    And I am not against discontinuing an English course if the method is not effective. I don't want to give away names, but large companies are more concerned about perceived value than real value, and some of these systems are very superficial. In other words, they do not allow you to learn in an effective and lasting way.
    You may already know this, but my system is specifically focused on speech development. 
    My premium courses are based on repeated listening to audios. To give the brain time to assimilate and consolidate the lessons, you must repeat the audios on different days.
    In addition, the courses feature question-and-answer exercises that help the student to speak from day one. 
    So I believe the key to avoiding frustration is not to focus on results, but on learning time. 
    Imagine you are in Unit 8 of the Fluency Course. Instead of evaluating your progress because you haven't finished yet, which is also very subjective, simply keep track of the number of hours you spend. You can, for example, use a spreadsheet and write down the time you are listening on a weekly basis.
    This way, you take the pressure off yourself and focus on what really matters and what you can control: the time spent.
    And if you are not convinced of your progress, you can listen to an earlier lesson, for example, unit 2 or 3. You'll find that they seem easier than before. This means you are making progress, but as I said, the most important thing is to accumulate hours of listening.
    Also, keep in mind that our brain needs quite a few days to assimilate new patterns, sounds, words and expressions. 
    Think about how you learned your native language. Studies indicate that when we are young, we spend about two years listening to our parents before we can articulate sentences. This is called the "silent per

    • 13 min
    #222 Going to the gym in the summer

    #222 Going to the gym in the summer

    Today’s episode is going to be a little different than usual. In the first part, you will improve your grammar with a point-of-view story based on actual events. And in the second part, you'll practice your English speaking with a mini-story.
    Welcome to Speak English Now podcast, with your host, Georgiana. The podcast that will help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.
    Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.
    Ok, let's get started!
    How was your summer vacation? Mine was quite uneventful, and since it was hot, I didn't travel anywhere. I just wanted to stay at home, chilling by the AC (air conditioner).
    As I was saying, this episode will be a bit different. I'll start with a point of view based on actual facts. I'll talk about Jim, who wants to join the gym in the summer.
    Ok. Let’s start!
    POV-Story
     (Learn grammar in context)
    I'll tell you a short story more than one time. Every time, I'll change a grammar point. I can change the tense or the person. This way, you'll notice the changes in context.
    First, I will tell the story from my point of view:
    After a long time of making excuses not to go to the gym, Jim finally dragged his feet and walked into the gym building to sign up.
    The clerk handed him the sign-up form.
    With tears in his eyes, Jim filled out the registration form and paid the first installment.
    "Now I have no excuses!" said Jim. So, the next day, he packed the gym bag, which included workout clothes, a towel, shower gel... And a pack of donuts to refuel.
    By the way, Jim always eats diet donuts, the ones with a hole in the center, like that you eat less quantity.
    On the first day at the gym, he took it very easy.
    But even so, he felt stiff for the next two days; he could barely move.
    After a few sessions and several boxes of doughnuts, Jim began feeling better about exercising.
    However, one day, after finishing his workout at the gym, he felt a little under the weather.
    It turns out that Jim came down with a cold, so he had to rest for the next few days.
    Jim also developed back pain during those days of rest. So, he took it easy for a couple of weeks and didn't go to the gym.
    Finally, after recovering, Jim tried going back to the gym; although, with the terrible heat waves, he ended up going to the beach.
    Now, I will tell the same story from Jim's point of view:
    After a long time of making excuses not to go to the gym, I finally dragged my feet and walked into the gym building to sign up.
    The clerk handed me the sign-up form.
    With tears in my eyes, I filled out the registration form and paid the first installment.
    "Now I have no excuses!" I said to myself. So, the next day, I packed the gym bag, which included workout clothes, a towel, shower gel... And a pack of donuts to refuel.
    By the way, I always eat diet donuts, the ones with a hole in the center, like that I eat less quantity.
    On the first day at the gym, I took it very easy.
    But even so, I felt stiff for the next two days; I could barely move.
    After a few sessions and several boxes of doughnuts, I began feeling better about exercising.
    However, one day, after finishing my workout at the gym, I felt a little under the weather.
    It turns out that I came down with a cold, so I had to rest for the next few days.
    Strangely enough, I also developed back pain during those days of rest. So I took it easy for a couple of weeks and didn't go to the gym.
    Finally, after recovering, I tried going back to the gym; although, with the terrible heat waves, I ended up going to the beach.
    Ok! That's the end of this short exercise. Notice that the changes between grammar points are subtle but important.
    My suggestion is that you avoid memorizing grammar rules. It's better to see the changes in the proper context.  And with a story, it is much easier to remember all this.
    If you want to know how to speak English using

    • 14 min
    #221 Understanding someone with 
a strong English accent

    #221 Understanding someone with 
a strong English accent

    In today's episode, I will discuss how to understand people with strong English accents.
    And with a point-of-view lesson, you'll practice vocabulary and improve your grammar without memorizing boring rules.
    Hi, everyone! I'm Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. 
    My mission is to help you speak English fluently.
    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course. 
    That would mean a lot to me. Thanks. 
    Oh, by the way, remember that you can check out the transcript on my website:
    speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast
    Awesome! Let's get started!
    Very often, I hear people speaking English with a strong accent. That's because their native language sometimes has a strong influence on the way they speak English. 
    Have you ever traveled to another country and tried to speak their language?
    Then you're probably aware that some locals experienced difficulties understanding you and that not everybody was patient. Some people got very impatient and sometimes even rude. 
    That's why you should be patient and encouraging whenever you talk to people with a strong accent because they are usually aware that you may have difficulty understanding them.
    Therefore, be honest with your conversation partner. Don't pretend you understand the person if you can't comprehend what they are saying.
    And don't be afraid to hurt the other person's feelings. Being honest doesn't necessarily make you rude.
    Instead, use a polite phrase to say that you have some difficulty understanding.
    Ask the other person to speak more slowly. Say something like this:
     "I'm sorry, but I'm having some difficulties understanding you." or "Can you please speak a bit more slowly?"
    Don't try to understand every single word. Instead, make an effort to grasp the overall meaning. This way, you will be able to participate in the conversation. 
    You'll need to relax, listen to meaningful words, and observe as a listener. Use as many contextual clues as possible.
    Listen very carefully to give all the feedback you can to the speaker.
    Use your facial expressions to give feedback. 
    Nod when you get the meaning. Smile when the topic is engaging. Frown when the content is about some problem. Learn how to listen without interrupting:
    If you can understand the main point but are unsure about some words that don't seem relevant, ignore them and don't interrupt. 
    However, when you don't seem to understand keywords or relevant ideas, you'll need to interrupt by using a phrase like this one:
    "Excuse me; I don't quite understand." "Could you please say that again?" 
    Ask questions: 
    Help the speaker by asking questions like: "Do you mean that…?" or "Are you trying to say that…."
    Like this, the speaker will feel that you're genuinely interested in the conversation.
    And keep smiling, show respect, and have fun communicating with people from all around the world.
    By the way, if you want to know how to speak English using the right techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my 5-day video course so you can learn how to speak English fluently. And it’s completely free.
     
    Read the transcript on my website: 
    http://speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast

    • 12 min
    #220 Urban Gardens in English

    #220 Urban Gardens in English

    Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. 
    In today's episode 
    - I'm going to tell you how you can get vegetables without going to the supermarket. And I’m not talking about magic :)
    - In the second part, you will learn grammar without memorizing any boring rules.
     
    Are you a new listener? I recommend that you get my free video course at speakenglishpodcast.com. You will learn how to acquire more vocabulary, how to learn grammar but without memorizing anything, how to learn deeply, how to speak automatically and how to maintain yourself motivated in the long run.
    Very well. Let’s start!
    Some things only happen in cities. Interesting things. One of them is urban gardens,
     
    If you have an urban garden, you can grow your own veggies if you live in a city. 
    I'm talking about tomatoes, celery, broccoli, etc. It is an exciting option if you do not want to buy them directly from the supermarket or if you want to make sure that the vegetables are pesticides free.
    Urban gardens appeared as a fad, but the truth is that they are consolidating in many cities. A good phrase to use in this case is: "they are here to stay". That is, it is not just a fad.
    Where can we find these gardens? Locations vary. For example, there are large gardens in the suburbs of many cities. These are family gardens that produce all kinds of veggies.
     
    We can also find urban garden projects in schools, where they have an educational function. I find it very helpful for children to understand that tomatoes are not "manufactured" in the supermarket but rather grown in the soil.
    On the other hand, many apartments have a terrace, and people have some vegetables in small earthen containers. Some take advantage of the rooftop. There is usually quite a lot of space available.
    I guess in general you can save money, but it's easy to overspend. You need tools, fertilizers, seeds, substrates... and a lot of patience. In any case, it's an outdoor hobby that is usually rewarding.
    However, there are some disadvantages. The most important is that the contamination affects the plants. All contaminating particles fall on the surfaces. Many of them are metals such as lead, mercury, or cadmium. And I don't believe anyone likes the idea of eating a tomato with these kinds of metals in it.
     
    Then there is the expense of the water, which can be significant. Nowadays, the water bill can go up quite a bit because there are more and more taxes.
     
    So... Would you like to have an urban garden? If you already have one, you can tell me about it in the comments section.
    Before I move on to the next section, go and get the transcript of this episode at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast
    Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot to me. Thanks.

    • 9 min

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