YQ19 | Is a Firm Handshake OK for a Job Interview?

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This handshake looks pretty firm. Is it ok for a job interview?

On the 19th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question:

Q: Is a FIRM handshake recommended for a job interview? It seems a bit intimidating.

Here are my thoughts and suggestions:

In short, the answer is YES! It is very important to always give a firm handshake when you meet someone for the first time. This gives a very good first impression. To understand more why this is true, please watch the episode! I also reveal one more CRITICAL point when shaking hands. Don’t miss it!

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SS10 | Clarifying

On the 10th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Clarifying

Sometimes in a conversation, it’s hard to understand the other person. Perhaps, they use a word you don’t know or their explanation is unclear. In this lesson, we learn how to ask the other person to clarify what they mean. Also, we learn how to clarify our own explanations.

Here are some basic expressions to CLARIFY someone else:

What do you mean by that?
Could you explain that in another way?

Here are some basic expressions to CLARIFY yourself:

What I mean by that is…
In other words,…

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E2P35 | “Is This Correct?”

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Many students want to know the answer. But is it really a good question?

On the 35th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following question from students:

Is this correct English?

One of the most common question I am asked by students is, “Al, is this correct?” Of course, this is a very good question to ask but I have found it difficult to answer for the following reason: Students have different goals. In this episode I talk about new approaches to this question and how to ask this more effectively to your teacher.

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AB13 | Active Listening

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Learn 4 ways you can listen actively and improve your conversations!

On the 13th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

Power Conversation: Active Listening

Learning how to have a natural and meaningful conversation with someone has been one of the hottest topics among my students recently. On this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, I review Part 4 of the “Power Conversation” series where we discuss Active Listening: Why it’s important and how to do it. I will teach you 4 ways that you can actively listen in your next conversation with someone.

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PP32 | Fast vs. First

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Can you pronounce these two words clearly? Practice with this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast!

On the 32nd episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at the following topic:

FAST vs. FIRST

These two words are sometimes hard to distinguish when pronouncing them. This is especially true for Japanese students.

Al explains the differences and gives a few examples in Pronunciation Point 32!

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YQ18 | How Can I Prepare For My Study Abroad?

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What should you do to prepare before you study abroad?

On the 18th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question:

Q: How can I prepare for my study abroad?

Here are my thoughts and suggestions:

Instead of focusing on English, focus more on culture and daily life experiences. Learn about customs and the school or program you will be attending. Learn about your local area and try to talk to people from that area before you go. Once you are there, your English will improve very quickly! Don’t worry! Your English is good enough!

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Best of Periscope 2 | How to Pronounce “Congratulations”, Grammar Question – “Still”, Star Wars Ep. 7 Chat

On the 2nd episode of the Best of Periscope, we look at 3 different Periscope lessons and videos over the last few months:

1. Pronunciation: “Congratulations”
2. Grammar Question: “Still”
3. Star Wars Episode 7 Discussion

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AB12 | 3 Keys to Maintain a Conversation

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Maintaining a conversation can be easy and fun if you remember my 3 keys!

Maintaining a conversation can be easy and fun if you remember the 3 keys!

On the 12th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

Power Conversation: How to Maintain a Coversation

Learning how to have a natural and meaningful conversation with someone has been one of the hottest topics among my students recently. On this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, I review Part 3 of the “Power Conversation” series where we answer the question: How can I maintain a conversation once I’ve started it? I will teach you 3 keys to success you can use in your next conversation with someone.

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E2P34 | How to Network with Success

On the 34th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic:

How to Network with Success

One of the most important topics I cover with my business students is how to network and socialize in order to build great relationships. This is not only limited to the business world. Networking and building relationships can be extremely beneficial to everyone. In this episode I teach you very important tips to network with success online and offline.

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PP31 | Word Stress: Countries and Nationalities

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Can you pronounce countries and nationalities properly? Let’s look at some examples in this episode!

On the 31st episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at the following topic:

Word Stress in Countries and Nationalities

In some cases, when we pronounce the name of a country, the word stress is not the same when we pronounce that country’s nationality.

Al goes over a few examples of this in Pronunciation Point 31!

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