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

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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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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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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