72 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.

    Episode 66: What D'ya Mean?

    Episode 66: What D'ya Mean?

    About this episode:

    Today we’re talking about the confusion that can happen when you’re talking to another native speaker of your language but you have no idea what they mean. Maybe they’re using expressions you’ve never heard before or words in a completely different way from how you use them. Either way, it can make for some funny, sometimes awkward conversations. 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:


    Dinner at lunchtime?
    What exactly is a barnet?
    If someone asks you “How do?”, what exactly are they asking?

    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 and conversation skills.

    Our question for you:

    Have you ever had any moments of miscommunication with native speakers of your native language? You can share your thoughts with us by leaving us a voice message here.

    Episode Links:

    Connect with us links:

    Listen to 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/

    • 10 min
    Episode 65: Let's Catch Up!

    Episode 65: Let's Catch Up!

    About this episode:

    It's exciting times! We have the first new podcast episode of 2022 for you today. And what better way to get started than to have a catch up and share our news.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:


    Audrey’s now a citizen of…
    Who has been travelling the most recently
    Why we took a break for so long

    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 and conversation skills.

    Our question for you:

    What ideas do you have for us for future episodes? Is there a country that you’d really like like us to feature on one of our Country Spotlight episodes? A person that you’d really like us to interview on one of our Guest episodes? A cultural or travel topic that you’d like to know more about? You can leave us a voice message here, make sure it’s less than one minute long, and we may feature it on a future episode.

    Episode Links:

    Connect with us links:

    Listen to 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
    Blondes, Beer and Tea - Episode Flashback

    Blondes, Beer and Tea - Episode Flashback

    This is the fifth of our Friday flashbacks where you can relive one of our five favourite episodes. We hope you enjoy listening and look out for brand new You Don’t Say?! episodes coming in August.

    About this episode:

    Be ready to laugh with today's episode as we chat about some of the weird and wonderful stereotypes that we've heard about our cultures.

    Some of the topics we discuss:


    Kangaroos, koalas and dangerous animals everywhere in Australia
    Why according to TV and movies Audrey doesn’t look like your “typical” Australian
    One particular drink that can make every bad situation better in the UK

    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

    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 and conversation skills.

    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/

    • 12 min
    Don't Embarrass Me! - Episode Flashback

    Don't Embarrass Me! - Episode Flashback

    This is the fourth of our Friday flashbacks where you can relive one of our five favourite episodes. We hope you enjoy listening and look out for brand new You Don’t Say episodes coming in August.

    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 and living in another country could influence your personality.

    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 and spontaneous 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.

    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

    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 and conversation skills.

    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
    Crimes Against Food - Episode Flashback

    Crimes Against Food - Episode Flashback

    This is the third of our Friday flashbacks where you can relive one of our five favourite episodes. We hope you enjoy listening and look out for brand new You Don’t Say?! episodes coming soon.

    About this episode

    On today’s episode “Crimes Against Food” we’re talking about food and drink rules in different countries. Some topics we discuss are:


    Food crimes we’ve committed
    Fruit on pizza. Should it even be allowed?
    The one rule you must follow at Australian barbeques…. and much more

    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.

    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

    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 and conversation skills.

    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/

    • 15 min
    World of Weddings - Episode Flashback

    World of Weddings - Episode Flashback

    This is the second of our Friday flashbacks where you can relive one of our five favourite episodes. We hope you enjoy listening and look out for brand new You Don’t Say episodes coming soon.

    About this episode

    Who doesn’t love going to a wedding, especially when it’s one involving a culture that you might not be very familiar with. On this episode we discuss.


    Weddings around the world
    Things that you just wouldn't want to happen at your wedding
    Pre wedding parties (hen nights and stag nights) and much more.

    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.

    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

    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 and conversation skills.

    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/

    • 16 min