Special Message from ALsensei

Hello everyone!

In 2010, I posted my first video to help my students here in Japan.

Over the past 5 years, that video has turned into
the English 2.0 Podcast which has been downloaded
over 480,000 times in 190 different countries!

The power of the internet is mighty strong!

But, there are costs.

For the past 5 years, I alone have been paying for server space, software, and various equipment. If you find this information valuable, please, please do what you can to help out.

Help out with $1/month and GET –> Access to Private Facebook Group–I will answer your questions and connect you with other awesome students from around the world!

Help out with $5/month and GET –> Access to a Group Video Lesson every month–I will give a unique lesson only to Patreon donators through Google Hangouts. (Plus Private Facebook Group)

Help out with $25/month and GET –> Access to the English 2.0 Member’s Area–Inside you will find Premium Podcasts, Pronunciation Courses, Global English Courses, and many more bonuses! (Plus Private Facebook Group and Group Video Lesson)

Help me spread the message of English 2.0 to those who need it the most. Together, we can help people across the globe from countries like Myanmar, Venezuela, and Cote D’Ivoire!

“I want to thank you for all your videos. It motivates me to improve speaking English.” -Meryem from Morocco

“Thank U for the awesome lessons! Keep on with your excellent job.” -Irma from El Salvador

“I am thankful that I am getting this kind of opportunity to improve my skill.” -Avijit from India

These are just a few of the messages I get to my inbox on a regular basis. With your help, we can bring the English 2.0 message to many more people around the world!

I can’t do it without you!
Thank you so much for helping out.
I appreciate each and every one of you!

Cheers!

Al

To help out, please visit:

http://alsensei.com/helpout

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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.

English 2.0 Quick Tip:  Network with me on LinkedIn

Al on LinkedIn

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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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TI8 | Erik Peterson – ESL Lecturer from the University of Wisconsin-Stout

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For our 8th Teacher Interview, we talk to ESL Lecturer Erik Peterson. 

On the 8th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to Erik Peterson from the University of Wisconsin-Stout!

Erik is a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the ESLI (English as a Second Language Institute) Department. He has a Masters Degree and several years of teaching experience in Japan as well as at the university. His insights will help you improve your English so please listen and enjoy!

In this interview, Erik shares his best tips and answers the following questions:

  • What kind of classes and students do you teach?
  • How do cultural differences affect how people learn English?
  • How can I improve my English?
  • What is your number one sightseeing tip for Menomonie, Wisconsin?
  • and more!

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YQ17 | Which is better to improve SPEAKING? LISTENING or READING?

Listening or Reading? Which is better to improve Speaking?

Listening or Reading? Which is better to improve Speaking?

On the 17th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question:

Q: Which is better to improve speaking? Listening or reading?

Here are my thoughts and suggestions:

Of course both are important for developing knowledge and fluency in a foreign language. Both reading and listening have advantages and disadvantages. Since listening is related to speaking in terms of their aural qualities, listening can help you with pronunciation, intonation, and pacing. On the other hand, reading can help you build vocabulary and phrases that you can use. If I have to choose only one, which one would I choose? Watch this episode and find out!

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Pronunciation Point 27 – Click here

ALsensei on Twitter – @ALsensei
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2015 Year in Review: English 2.0 Podcast

2015 Year in Review

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to say “Thank You” for a great 2015 and I hope that everyone has an even more brilliant 2016!

I am very happy to report that 2015 was a very good year for the English 2.0 Podcast as we were able to reach some important goals! I use the word “we” because I couldn’t have done it without your help. First, we reached #1 in iTunes for our category in several countries! Also, the English 2.0 Podcast was discovered in many new countries this year.

In this blog post, I’m going to go over the specific number of downloads we achieved in 2015. Also, I’m going to share which countries were new to the podcast and in which countries we reached #1. Finally, I will list the Top 5 episodes from last year and outline my plans for the upcoming year: 2016!

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Best of Periscope 1 | “Th”-sound, Brain Freeze, Mt. Fuji

On the 1st episode of the Best of Periscope, we look at 3 different Periscope lessons and videos over the last few months:

1. Pronunciation: “Th”-sound
2. Brain Freeze: How to speak when your brain gets stuck
3. Sunset over Mt. Fuji

Periscope is an app for your smartphone or tablet which allows you to broadcast or watch live video! I’ve been using Periscope for many months now to do a daily English lesson. Please follow me on Periscope and you won’t miss the next lesson!

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AB11 | Conversation Confidence in 3 Easy Steps

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How to Start a Conversation with Confidence

Follow these 3 steps and start a conversation with confidence!

On the 11th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

Power Conversation: How to Start a Conversation with Confidence

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 2 of the “Power Conversation” series where we answer the question: How can I start a conversation with confidence? If you learn these three simple steps, I promise that you will become a great conversation starter!

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SS9 | Agreeing and Disagreeing

On the 9th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Agreeing and Disagreeing

As we saw in Speaking Skills 8, learning how to give an opinion is a very valuable skill. But, if you hear someone else’s opinion, how should you respond? In this lesson, we learn how to agree and disagree so that you can continue a conversation with someone naturally.

Here are some basic expressions to AGREE with any opinion:

I agree.
I agree with you.
I totally/completely agree with you.

Here are some basic expressions to DISAGREE with any opinion:

I disagree/I don’t agree.
I disagree/I don’t agree with you.
I’m afraid I don’t agree with you.

We also look at some strategies to AGREE and DISAGREE:

AGREE: Use a similar word
DISAGREE: “Yes, but…”

Watch Speaking Skills 9 to see more examples.

Mentioned in this episode:

Podcast Episode – Speaking Skills 8 – Giving Opinions
Blog Post – How to Give Your Opinion in 3 Easy Steps
Blog Post – How to Give Your Opinion 2.0

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