64 episodes

Welcome to You Don’t Say!

Ready to practise your English with real English conversation? Join us as we talk about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels.

We're Abigail and Audrey two online English teachers who have learnt different languages and travelled and lived in different countries around the world. We're passionate about helping students feel more confident communicating with the world in English. We want to give English learners the possibility to listen to real-life, spontaneous conversations in English.

You Don't Say?‪!‬ Abigail Cummings/Audrey Smith

    • Education

Welcome to You Don’t Say!

Ready to practise your English with real English conversation? Join us as we talk about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels.

We're Abigail and Audrey two online English teachers who have learnt different languages and travelled and lived in different countries around the world. We're passionate about helping students feel more confident communicating with the world in English. We want to give English learners the possibility to listen to real-life, spontaneous conversations in English.

    Guest Interview: Gabriela Casineanu

    Guest Interview: Gabriela Casineanu

    About this episode:

    Gabriela Casineanu is our guest today and joins us from Canada. She’s a coach, award-winning author and university instructor. Gabriela works with immigrant professionals who are to be introverts. Grab your favourite drink, or take us with you when you go for a walk, and join us to improve your English by listening to natural conversation.

    Some of the topics we discuss:


    The language isn’t the only thing you need to work on while you learn English
    How our cultural backgrounds can influence our personalities
    Tips for job searching when you move to a new country...and much more

    Thanks for listening to You Don't Say?! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review in your podcast app or share it with a friend who is also trying to improve their English listening skills.



    Our question for you:

    Do you have any questions for Gabriela? You can leave us a voice message, make sure it’s less than one minute long, and we will pass it on to her.



    Connect with Gabriela

    Introverts Academy: https://introvertsacademy.org

    Book "Introverts: Leverage Your Strengths for an Effective Job Search

    More about Gabriela: https://gabrielacasineanu.com



    Connect with us links:

    Get our show notes and sign up for our secret bonus episode

    Join our Facebook group for more English conversation

    Follow us on Instagram



    Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 28 min
    You Didn't, Did You?

    You Didn't, Did You?

    About this episode:

    Do people in your country follow rules? Do you think there are too many rules in your country? Have you ever travelled to another place where there were unwritten rules that you didn’t know about? Today we’re talking about rules and laws in other countries and even though this sounds like a serious topic, trust us, you’ll laugh as much as we did recording this episode.

    Grab your favourite drink or take us with you when you go for a walk and join us to improve your English by listening to natural conversation.

    Some of the topics we discuss:


    How to use the expression “You didn’t, did you?”
    One country that Audrey thinks has too many rules
    Unwritten rules from around the world...and much more

    Thanks for listening to You Don't Say?! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review in your podcast app or share it with a friend who is also trying to improve their English listening skills.



    Our question for you:

    Are there too many rules in your country? Have you ever come across a strange rule in another country? You can leave us a voice message, make sure it’s less than one minute long, and we may feature it on a future episode.



    Connect with us links:

    Get our show notes and sign up for our secret bonus episode

    Join our Facebook group for more English conversation

    Follow us on Instagram



    Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 19 min
    Country Spotlight: Zambia

    Country Spotlight: Zambia

    About this episode:

    Today Audrey is joined by a special guest, her friend Roisin, for our monthly Country Spotlight. Roisin was born and grew up in Zambia but comes from an Irish family. She has so many interesting things to share about life in Zambia that we are sure you will want to plan a trip there. Grab your favourite drink or take us with you when you go for a walk and join us to improve your English by listening to natural conversation.

    Some of the topics we discuss:


    What life was like growing up in Zambia
    Why Roisin loves Zambia so much
    The must-see places to visit in Zambia...and much more.

    Thanks for listening to You Don't Say?! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review in your podcast app or share it with a friend who is also trying to improve their English listening skills.

    Our question for you:

    Would you like to visit Zambia? Have you ever been there? You can leave us a voice message, make sure it’s less than one minute long, and we may feature it on a future episode.



    Episode Links:

    The Zambian handshake



    Connect with us links:

    Get our show notes and sign up for our secret bonus episode

    Join our Facebook group for more English conversation

    Follow us on Instagram



    Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 19 min
    Don't Embarrass Me!

    Don't Embarrass Me!

    About this episode:

    Do you have problems when you travel and you have to assert yourself? Has your personality changed as you have learnt English and travelled or lived abroad? Today we chat about how learning languages, your cultural background or living in other countries could influence your personality and behaviour.

    Grab your favourite drink or take us with you when you go for a walk and join us to improve your English by listening to natural conversation.

    Some of the topics we discuss:


    How if you do not assert yourself in one particular country people will ‘walk all over you’!
    Audrey shares a travel story related to our episode title
    Can living in a different country really change your personality?...and much more.

    Thanks for listening to You Don't Say?! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review in your podcast app or share it with a friend who is also trying to improve their English listening skills.



    Our question for you:

    How has learning English or travelling affected your personality? You can leave us a voice message, make sure it’s less than one minute long, and we may feature it on a future episode.



    Connect with us links:

    Get our show notes and sign up for our secret bonus episode

    Join our Facebook group for more English conversation

    Follow us on Instagram



    Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 14 min
    Guest Interview: Joe Shean

    Guest Interview: Joe Shean

    About this episode:

    Have you ever visited the Canary Islands? Are you curious about what living on one of them would be like? Joe Shean, an English teacher, is our guest today and will share some of his experiences about life in Spain. Grab your favourite drink, get comfortable and join us today to practise your English by listening to natural conversation.

    Some of the topics we discuss:


    Life in Tenerife and how it differs from life in Granada
    One thing that might surprise you that Joe really misses from the UK
    Joe’s experiences learning languages at high school...and much more

    Thanks for listening to You Don't Say?! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review in your podcast app or share it with a friend who is also trying to improve their English listening skills.



    Our question for you:

    Do you have a question that you would like to ask Joe about life in Tenerife? You can leave us a voice message, make sure it’s less than one minute long, and we may feature it on a future episode.



    Episode links:

    Follow Joe on Instagram and find out more about The Curious Minds English Club



    Connect with us links:

    Get our show notes and sign up for our secret bonus episode

    Join our Facebook group for more English conversation

    Follow us on Instagram

    • 20 min
    Back in Action

    Back in Action

    About this episode:

    How was your summer? Did you have any exciting new experiences? Join us today to practise your English by listening to natural conversation as we relive our summer memories.

    Some of the topics we discuss:


    Audrey’s trips to Italy and in Spain
    A delicious dish to try in Ibiza if you are a fish lover
    The big surprise that Abi received this summer...and much more

    Thanks for listening to You Don't Say?! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review in your podcast app or share it with a friend who’s also trying to improve their English listening skills.



    Our question for you:

    What are your best summer memories from this year? You can leave us a voice message, make sure it’s less than one minute long, and we may feature it on a future episode.



    Episode links:

    Bullit de Peix (the fish dish from Ibiza)



    Connect with us links:

    Get our show notes and sign up for our secret bonus episode

    Join our Facebook group for more English conversation

    Follow us on Instagram



    Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 13 min

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