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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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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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E2P33 | The Green Pigeon

On the 33rd episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic:

Creating English Speaking Opportunities (The Story of the Green Pigeon)

One of my business English students recently told me about one of his hobbies — bird-watching. Because he wanted to share his enthusiasm for this hobby with others around the world, he reached out and connected to them and he achieved wonderful results. In this episode, find out how YOU can do what he did to create your own English speaking opportunities!

English 2.0 Quick Tip:  Improve your English pronunciation through this website

Rocket Languages – alsensei.com/free

 

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E2P32 | Are You Wasting Time and Money?

On the 32nd episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic:

Return on Investment (ROI)

Are you using your time and money the most efficient way possible? Are you studying difficult grammar points for hours and hours to take a test and then never use them again? If you’re not asking yourself these questions, you should start thinking about it right now! Time and money are limited resources and we want to be maximizing them in our English learning. When you study English, you are investing time and money so how much are you getting back in return? Let’s discuss this deeper in this episode!

English 2.0 Quick Tip:  3 Teachers you can follow on Periscope for great English lessons every day!
1. @coachshane
2. @phillipbnorris
3. @ajhoge

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YQ15 | Is it Important to Remember Grammar Rules when Speaking?

On the 15th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question:

Q: Is it important to remember grammar rules when it comes to speaking?

Here are my thoughts and suggestions:

First, we need to have a basic level of grammar in order to be understood.
However, if we think too much about grammar while speaking, it can affect our spoken fluency.
There’s a balance between GRAMMAR and FLUENCY for most students.

Suggestions:
1. Don’t worry about grammar when speaking.
2. Learn to think in “function.”
3. Review the “Speaking Skills” series to help you.

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ALsensei on Twitter – @ALsensei
ALsensei on Periscope – Download here
Speaking Skills Episodes – Click here
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E2P31 | 3 Ways to Make a BAD Impression!

On the 31st episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic:

3 Ways to Make a BAD Impression: When we meet someone for the first time, they will immediately form an impression of us in their mind. As you know, this first impression is VERY important! However, when I talk to students, many tend to make a bad impression often without realizing it. This episode is to help you understand the actions you should avoid if you want to make a GOOD first impression.

3 Rules
1. Don’t be boring or talk about boring things
2. Don’t use overly complex words or technical terms
3. Don’t speak negatively of yourself

English 2.0 Quick Tip:  Use YouTube to help you find INTERVIEWS with your favorite actors, actresses, musicians, and athletes – YouTube

Other talk shows and hosts you can search for:

Oprah (Winfrey)
David Letterman (Late Night with David Letterman)
Jay Leno (The Tonight Show)
Conan O’Brien
Jimmy Kimmel
Larry King
Piers Morgan
Barbara Walters
The View

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The Ellen Show – click here
The Tonight Show – click here

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AB8 | The Secret to Speaking Natural English

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On the 8th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

Transform Your Textbook Knowledge into Natural English

Would you like to know the secret to speaking English more naturally? In this edition of the AudioBLOG, I reveal how you can do that by taking your textbook knowledge and transforming it into Natural English. The main idea is to change your mindset from ANALYZING grammar and CONSTRUCTING sentences word by word to OBSERVING Natural English and PRODUCING it in 2-5 word blocks. Adapt this mindset and start speaking more Natural English right away!

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Mentioned in this episode:

Website: ESL Podcast

Website: VOA News

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E2P30 | 3 Steps to English Success!

On the 30th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic:

3 Steps to English Success: Although I have talked about this quite frequently in my private lessons, I have not mentioned it on the podcast. The 3 steps are to help students organize their activities so that they are maximizing the limited time they have for English learning.

3 Steps to English Success:
1. Study
2. Practice
3. Perform

Action Steps:
1. Choose one activity from the “Study” step (Listening or Reading)
2. Choose one activity from the “Practice” step (Writing or Speaking)
3. Schedule these activities everyday, perhaps alternating them

English 2.0 Quick Tip:  This is a FREE service to help answer ALL of your GRAMMAR questions – Grammarly Answers

Mentioned in this episode:

English 2.0 Podcast Year in Review [BLOG POST] – click here

5 Ways to Practice Speaking on Your Own [VIDEO] – click here

Your Question 9: Is there any benefit to practice speaking by yourself?  [PODCAST] – click here

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PP27 | EYES vs. EARS: The Battle Inside Your Mind

On the 27th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we examine a helpful mindset when it comes to English pronunciation.

Eyes vs. Ears

Which one should win?
Al takes a look at this battle going on inside your head and the winner may surprise you!

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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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Podcast: Episode 10: What is English 2.0?

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