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Learning English is a journey. As a child, your teacher shows you pictures and speaks foreign words or teaches you a song in English. As a teenager, your teacher makes you read boring texts and write things, which they then mark very strictly. As an adult, your teacher is life. You need English in your personal life, with family and friends, watching your favourite TV shows and maybe on holidays abroad. And, you need English more and more at work and in business. In short, it has become an essential part of your life.

However good or bad your experience of learning English is, we - your Three English Experts Birgit, Rebecca and Dave – with over 60 years of business English teaching combined, would like to inspire you, encourage you and give you advice, tricks and tips on how to go forward on your learning journey.

So, jump in, find out more about us, leave us comments, ask our advice, and join us on this podcast to make your learning journey easier, stress-free and fun.

Your Three English Experts

Birgit, Rebecca and Dave.

Three English Experts Rebecca Deacon, Dave Preston, Birgit Kasimirski

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Learning English is a journey. As a child, your teacher shows you pictures and speaks foreign words or teaches you a song in English. As a teenager, your teacher makes you read boring texts and write things, which they then mark very strictly. As an adult, your teacher is life. You need English in your personal life, with family and friends, watching your favourite TV shows and maybe on holidays abroad. And, you need English more and more at work and in business. In short, it has become an essential part of your life.

However good or bad your experience of learning English is, we - your Three English Experts Birgit, Rebecca and Dave – with over 60 years of business English teaching combined, would like to inspire you, encourage you and give you advice, tricks and tips on how to go forward on your learning journey.

So, jump in, find out more about us, leave us comments, ask our advice, and join us on this podcast to make your learning journey easier, stress-free and fun.

Your Three English Experts

Birgit, Rebecca and Dave.

    Episode 9 - How to do a language learning challenge

    Episode 9 - How to do a language learning challenge

    In this episode:We discuss our individual six-week challenges, which we all set at the beginning of January, what we did, how we did it and the positives and negatives as feedback to the challenge.
    Dave focused on practising listening skills to improve understanding and learn new vocabulary, and he spoke about watching videos on YouTube and also using the app: www.lingopie.comBirgit booked lessons with a language teacher over the www.preply.com platform and discussed how she worked with her teacher – the perfect teacher’s pet, I’m sure you’ll agree.Rebecca practised with www.duolingo.com – a language app, for 15 minutes a day to improve her reading and listening skills.On the whole, we were all very positive about doing six-week challenges, discussed accountability, motivation and doing future challenges.
    And as Dave points out, “challenges can be done at any time of the year” and not just starting at New Year.
    Can you guess which languages we studied?
    Press play, to find out.
    Did we inspire you to set yourself a challenge? If so, tell us all about it in the comments section and good luck!


    In dieser Folge:
    Wir besprechen unsere individuellen sechswöchigen Herausforderungen, die wir uns alle Anfang Januar gestellt haben, was wir gemacht haben, wie wir es gemacht haben und die positiven und negativen Ergebnisse als Feedback zur Herausforderung.
    Dave konzentrierte sich auf das Üben des Hörverstehens, um das Verständnis zu verbessern und neue Vokabeln zu lernen, und er sprach über das Ansehen von Videos auf YouTube und die Nutzung der App: www.lingopie.comBirgit hat über die Plattform www.preply.com Unterricht bei einem Sprachlehrer gebucht und darüber gesprochen, wie sie mit ihrem Lehrer zusammengearbeitet hat - die perfekte Schülerin eines Lehrers!Rebecca übte mit www.duolingo.com - einer Sprach-App - täglich 15 Minuten lang, um ihre Lese- und Hörfähigkeiten zu verbessern.Im Großen und Ganzen waren wir alle sehr positiv gestimmt, was die sechswöchigen Challenges angeht, und sprachen über Verantwortlichkeit, Motivation und zukünftige Challenges.
    Und, wie Dave betont, "Herausforderungen können zu jeder Zeit des Jahres gemacht werden" und nicht nur zu Neujahr.
    Kannst du erraten, welche Sprachen wir gelernt haben?Drück auf Play, um es herauszufinden.Haben wir dich dazu inspiriert, dich selbst einer Herausforderung zu stellen? Wenn ja, dann erzähl uns in den Kommentaren davon und viel Glück!

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    Episode 8 - Carnival in Germany

    Episode 8 - Carnival in Germany

    In this episode we talk about:
    Birgit’s experience as a Carnival reveller, aka “Jeck” in the Rhineland/Cologne dialect.what happens on the particular days over Carnival – (Weiberfastnacht) Women’s Carnival Day*, Rose/Shrove Monday & Tuesday, Ash Wednesday. *other translations according to the online dictionary https://www.dict.cc/ are “Fat Thursday” and “Thursday before Shrove Tuesday”.Rebecca shares a bit about the history of Carnival.Which carnival cheer to shout in the various places e.g. in Cologne they shout “Alaaf”?Dave's advice on Carnival in Cologne.Top 20 cool must-know Carnival words (see the list below)How to create stories to practice new vocabulary in ChatGPT. (See the text below: “Alex in Cologne over Carnival”)In dieser Episode sprechen wir über:
    Birgits Erfahrungen als Karnevalistin, auch bekannt als "Jeck" im rheinisch-kölnischen Dialekt.was an den einzelnen Tagen über Karneval passiert - (Weiberfastnacht) Weiberfastnacht*, Rosenmontag & -dienstag, AschermittwochRebecca erzählt ein bisschen was über die Geschichte des Karnevals.Welcher Karnevalsruf wird an den verschiedenen Orten gerufen, z.B. in Köln wird "Alaaf" gerufen?Daves Tipps für den Karneval in Köln.Die 20 coolsten Karnevalswörter, die du kennen musst (siehe Liste unten)Wie man Geschichten erstellt, um neue Vokabeln in ChatGPT zu üben. (Siehe den Text unten: "Alex in Köln über Karneval")Top 20 carnival words
    1. Karneval:The German term for carnival, often used interchangeably with "Fasching" or "Fastnacht" depending on the region.
    2. Fasching: Carnival season, especially used in Southern Germany, Austria, and parts of Bavaria.
    3. Fastnacht: Another term for carnival, commonly used in regions like Swabia and parts of Hesse.
    4. Jecken: Carnival revelers or enthusiasts who actively participate in the celebrations.
    5. Rosenmontag: Rose Monday, the highlight of the carnival season, marked by parades and festivities across the country.
    6. Faschingsdienstag: Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, signaling the end of the carnival season.
    7. Kamelle: Sweets, candies, or small treats thrown from parade floats to the crowd.
    8. Helau: A common carnival exclamation, especially in Rhineland, expressing enthusiasm and joy.
    9. Alaaf: Another traditional carnival cheer, frequently used in regions like Cologne.
    10. Büttenreden: Humorous and satirical speeches delivered during carnival, often poking fun at political figures and current events.
    11. Prinzenpaar: Carnival prince and princess, often elected to lead the festivities in various cities.
    12. Funkemariechen: Young female dancers, often part of the carnival performances and parades.
    13. Kappensitzung: A traditional carnival session featuring skits, dances, and entertainment.
    14. Maskenball: Masked ball, where participants wear costumes and masks during carnival celebrations.
    15. Kostüme: Costumes worn by carnival-goers, ranging from traditional to creative and humorous outfits.
    16. Narrenkappen: Fool's caps, distinctive hats worn by carnival revelers.
    17. Narrenfreiheit: The "fool's freedom," allowing people to engage in playful and mischievous behavior during carnival.
    18. Gilden: Carnival guilds or groups that organize and participate in various carnival events.
    19. Stadtprinz: City prince, a title given to the elected representative of the carnival in a particular city.
    20. Narrenschar:The assembly of fools, referring to the collective participants and attendees of carnival festivities.
    Alex in Cologne carnival
    Once upon a time, in the vibrant city of Cologne, a curious British individual named Alex found themselves in the midst of a colorful spectacle – the legendary Carnival. It all began on Altweiber Thursday, a day that marked the beginning of the revelry.
    Eager to immerse in the festivities, Alex decided to explore the city. The streets were filled with a contagious energy as jecken, adorned in elaborate costumes, greeted each other with a

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    Episode 7 - How to learn grammar - The Big 5 Tenses

    Episode 7 - How to learn grammar - The Big 5 Tenses

    In this episode, we talk about:
    The importance of grammar in language. Birgit’s book “https://buchshop.bod.de/lean-on-english-grammar-big-5-birgit-kasimirski-9783756889242”, which sheds a practical light on the Big 5 tenses.Here are the BIG 5 and links to the interactive online quizzes. 1. present simple https://wordwall.net/resource/52430602 2. present continuous/progressive https://wordwall.net/resource/52431093 3. simple past https://wordwall.net/resource/52431673 4. present perfect https://wordwall.net/resource/52432027 5. simple future, aka will future: https://wordwall.net/resource/52432366When to use which tense, some tricky aspects of English grammar and how to use “signal words” to help you remember which tense to use when.Learners’ mindset on grammar, negative experiences in school and what to do.How the BIG 5 animals represent the tenses – ideal for visual learners.Other websites to do grammar quizzes. http://www.englishclub.com/ scroll along to eQuiz.Me http://www.usingenglish.com/In dieser Folge sprechen wir über:
    die Bedeutung der Grammatik in der Sprache.Birgits Buch "https://buchshop.bod.de/lean-on-english-grammar-big-5-birgit-kasimirski-9783756889242", das ein praktisches Licht auf die Big 5 Zeitformen wirft.Hier sind die BIG 5 und Links zu den interaktiven Online-Quiz. 1. present simple https://wordwall.net/resource/52430602 2. present continuous/progressive https://wordwall.net/resource/52431093 3. simple past https://wordwall.net/resource/52431673  4. present perfect https://wordwall.net/resource/52432027 5. simple future, auch bekannt als will future: https://wordwall.net/resource/52432366Wann man welche Zeitform verwendet, einige knifflige Aspekte der englischen Grammatik und wie man "Signalwörter" verwendet, um sich daran zu erinnern, welche Zeitform man wann verwenden muss.Die Einstellung der Lernenden zur Grammatik, negative Erfahrungen in der Schule und was zu tun ist.Wie die BIG 5 Tiere die Zeitformen darstellen - ideal für visuelle Lernende.Andere Websites für Grammatik-Quizze.http://www.englishclub.com/ scrollen Sie weiter zu eQuiz.Mehttp://www.usingenglish.com/

    • 19 min
    Epsisode 6 - How to find good materials

    Epsisode 6 - How to find good materials

    In this episode, we talk about
    What to think about when you buy a grammar bookWhat you really need to understand vs. not the “whole English grammar”- check out Birgit’s grammar books – ideal for busy professionals. https://birgitkasimirski.de/en/publications-englische-grammatik/How you should try to find materials/media, which you like in German, books vs audiobooks, fiction books vs non-fiction, topic-based materials – choose books/magazines in English on YOUR topics - fashion, football, fantasy.Using (children’s) books /comics with lots of dialogue – for real conversational English, idioms, slang etc.Subscribing to (Business) English Spotlight/World of PressPros and cons of language learning text booksPutting together your own learning materials based on your likes/preferences/interests.Watching YouTube videosCheck out Dave’s Top 10 YouTube channels for English learners of all levels.
    Oxford Online English – Speak English Fluently – 5 steps to improve your English fluency https://youtu.be/KaA_mxga3PQ?si=2XJiSl1y--ut5M1W
    English Fluency Journey – Speak English with AI https://youtu.be/Qi5mKV40Kmw?si=_Pf6KrC9eJldQCwI
    7ESL Learning English – 120 Common Phrasal Verbs frequently used in Daily English Conversations https://youtu.be/ptvxgrLnM7k?si=UnDelMNA5-zi-7sk
    MmmEnglish - Common English phrases to keep Your Conversation Goinghttps://youtu.be/Wwv4IgL0aJY?si=oStRbCYPWNb_saX-
    Steve Kaufmann – How to Learn vocabulary without even trying https://youtu.be/WoDYUziEcIM?si=Qg2c-2-etZqQiGF8 Germany vs USA - Learning foreign languages. Check out my “Master Your English Listening Course. Guided watching English YouTube Germany vs USA”.https://youtu.be/AbiICNx_LwM?si=wW1fpWj_XlOhNRoK Dragons' Den - Dating app gets Dragons hot under the collar. Check out my “Master Your Business English Listening Course. Guided watching English Youtube Dragons’ Den.” https://youtu.be/SZyFS_v7BE4?si=nvTiqp1E9ax5ghlU
    TED Talks – Learning a language? Speak it like you’re playing a video game. https://youtu.be/Ge7c7otG2mk?si=xwv2Y5wjOe6r-H1z
    Foil, Arms and Hog. When Irish people can’t speak Irish https://youtu.be/ydSNgr97gSY?si=F5a9Z3_VCJz7l3NS Thoughty 2 – How Britain’s Scariest Gang Became World Famous. Check out my “Business English Academy Membership” for this and other (business) guided English-watching content. https://youtu.be/CryUohi4Afs?si=2IHwK5LGTM3K0L4o

    • 19 min
    New Year's Episode - Setting goals for 2024

    New Year's Episode - Setting goals for 2024

    In this episode, we talk about:
    New Year's resolutions and the grammar of ‘goal setting’ for 2024.2023 rewind and the grammar of 'regrets’.How to create new habits by “habit stacking” based on the award-winning books ‘Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg and ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear.10 “habit stacking” ideas to kickstart your English learning in 2024. (see below)Rebecca’s 4-step process for setting goals. Rebecca – https://rebeccadeacon.com/2020/08/19/how-to-reach-your-goals-4-important-questions/Our 6-week language learning challenge. Maybe you want to join us in the challenge?
    Examply of Habit Stacking to create a learning regime for those busy days.
    1. Morning Routine:
    - Habit: Spend 5 minutes learning English vocabulary.
    - Stack with: While having breakfast or during your morning coffee.
    2. Commute:
    - Habit: Listen to English podcasts or audiobooks.
    - Stack with: Your daily commute, whether by car, bus, or train.
    3. Lunch Break:
    - Habit: Read a short article or a chapter in an English book.
    - Stack with: Your lunch break at work or school.
    4. Exercise:
    - Habit: Practice English pronunciation or dialogue.
    - Stack with: While jogging, walking, or at the gym.
    5. Daily Chores:
    - Habit: Label items around your home with English words.
    - Stack with: Doing dishes, cleaning, or organizing.
    6. Before Bed:
    - Habit: Reflect on your day in English.
    - Stack with: Just before bedtime.
    7. Social Media Time:
    - Habit: Follow English-speaking accounts or join language learning groups.
    - Stack with: Your regular social media browsing.
    8. Waiting Time:
    - Habit: Use language learning apps during short waits.
    - Stack with: Waiting for appointments, in lines, or during short breaks.
    9. TV Time:
    - Habit: Watch English TV shows or movies.
    - Stack with: Your evening relaxation time.
    10. Weekend Routine:
    - Habit: Set aside 15-30 minutes for more in-depth language study.
    - Stack with: Saturday or Sunday mornings.
    Grab this as a PDF download @ https://teatimetitbits.de/the-padlet/

    • 17 min
    Christmas Episode - Quiz on English and German Christmas Traditions

    Christmas Episode - Quiz on English and German Christmas Traditions

    In this episode, we talk about the differences between a British & German Christmas in a quiz format.
    Rebecca & Dave quiz Birgit about Christmas in Britain. Can she and can you answer these questions?
    Which vegetables are traditionally served with the British Christmas dinner?When do British people open Christmas presents?How many reindeer does Santa have and what are their names?What happens at 3pm on Christmas day?Birgit challenges Rebecca and Dave with some really tough questions about German Christmas traditions. Rebecca and Dave did their best :-)Want to have a go at Dave's Christmas interactive quiz from last year? Just click on the link below.
    Good luck, enjoy and Merry Christmas!
    https://quizizz.com/pro/join?gc=77395234

    • 30 min

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