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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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AB10 | Learn These 2 Points to Make a Great First Impression

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Is she making a good first impression? I think so. How about you?
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On the 10th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

Power Conversation: Making a Good First Impression

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 1 of the “Power Conversation” series where we answer the question: How can I make a good first impression? If you learn these two simple points, I guarantee that you will make a fantastic first impression!

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3 Things I Learned from JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER

What can we learn from Justin Bieber's success? Let's look at 3 things in this post.

What can we learn from Justin Bieber’s success? Let’s look at 3 things in this post.

I know you’re probably thinking…”Al, are you a Justin Bieber fan? Are you a “belie-ber”? Well, not especially but I was always interested in his story. Perhaps some of you know that he was discovered on YouTube and from there became a pop music superstar and is known all around the world.

I had heard about that too but I knew there had to be more to his story. What was so special about Justin Bieber? Was he just the first to put his music online? Did he and his parents have a marketing strategy from the beginning? Or was he just simply in the right place at the right time?

As I was intrigued by all of these questions, I recently watched his documentary called, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” to find the answers. I must say that I really enjoyed the movie but in addition to that, I was able to pull out three valuable lessons that we can learn from Justin’s success and apply it to ourselves as English language learners.

Would you like to know what those lessons are? Great! Let’s dive in!
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Studying English with Movies: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Let's take a look at a scene from the movie "Silver Linings Playbook."

Let’s take a look at a scene from the movie “Silver Linings Playbook.”

In this lesson of Studying English with Movies, we’re going to take a look at a movie called, “Silver Linings Playbook.” This movie was recommended by a student of mine and was pretty popular a few years ago. It stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawerence, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress. The story is a bit complex so I won’t go into the details, but the acting is fantastic and it is worth watching in my opinion.

So what can we learn from “Silver Linings Playbook”?
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How to Give Your Opinion: Version 2.0

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A few years ago, I wrote a blog post called, “How to Give Your Opinion” which showed the basics of sharing your thoughts with others.

However, the post was mainly written for a Japanese audience and was just an introduction to the topic of giving opinions.

Today, I’d like to update that post to show some new examples and introduce some other ways that you can give your opinion. This is, “How to Give Your Opinion Version 2.0”.
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3 Things I Learned from THE KING’S SPEECH

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How “The King’s Speech” can help with your English fluency

Recently, I watched the film, “The King’s Speech” on DVD. If you don’t remember, this movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2011. The main character, King George VI, was played by Colin Firth who also won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

It is based on real events that occurred in the 1930’s and 1940’s where the Duke of York (George VI) suffered from a major speech problem. He had a terrible stammer. How he overcame this challenge taught me some things that I think can help students become more fluent speakers. I’d like to share 3 of these with you today.
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Studying English with Movies: FROZEN

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Let’s study a scene from Disney’s “Frozen”

For the third lesson of Studying English with Movies, let’s take a look at the hugely popular animated film from last year, “Frozen.” If you don’t know by now, “Frozen” is a movie from Disney about two sisters, one of which has the power to magically create snow, ice, and other wintry things. The movie became very popular largely due to the song, “Let It Go” which you have probably heard on the radio, or out in public by now. (Here is the music video with lyrics)

So what can we learn from this Disney movie?
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AB7 | Are You Still Using Your High School Textbook?

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Are you still using your high school textbook?

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On the 7th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

Upgrade Your English OS: Ver1.0->Ver2.0

Do you know anyone who is still using Windows 95? Probably not. This is because it is outdated and doesn’t work well anymore. Well, this is the same as your high school textbook. It served its function but is now nearly worthless in today’s world. Upgrade your English OS today!

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2014 Year in Review: English 2.0 Podcast

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Happy New Year!

I just wanted to say “Thank You” for a wonderful 2014 and I hope that everyone has an even more fantastic 2015!

2014 saw a few changes at ALsensei.com and on the English 2.0 Podcast and I’m happy to report that we have seen some numbers increase. However, on the other side of the coin, I wasn’t able to reach some of the goals I had set out to achieve.

In this blog post, I’m going to take a look at some of the numbers that helped the English 2.0 Podcast take a step forward in 2014 and I will reveal my plans for the upcoming year: 2015!

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Studying English with Movies: ELEKTRA

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“Elektra” starring Jennifer Garner

For the second lesson of Studying English with Movies, we’re going to take a look at a scene from the superhero movie, “Elektra”. I borrowed this DVD from a friend a few years ago and I decided to finally watch it the other day. Overall, it’s not a great movie, but as always, I like to find dialogue that can be used to help us learn English. In today’s scene we have Elektra, played by the beautiful Jennifer Garner talking to Abby, played by actress Kirsten Prout.

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