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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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FURIOUS 7 Review

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Kurt Russell

Director: James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring)

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

In one of my recent lessons with a student, we were curious about which movies had made the most money in sales worldwide. To my surprise, we found out that “Furious 7” was 5th on that list! If you’re not familiar with the title, “Furious 7” is the 7th movie in the series which started with “The Fast and the Furious” back in 2001. It stars Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker in his final film. I really enjoyed the first six movies in the series so what more could they do in “Furious 7”? I was more than excited to find out! Here is my review.

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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 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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Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, William Fichtner

Director: Neill Blomkamp (District 9)

Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Drama

Year: 2013

“Elysium” is a science fiction/action movie starring Matt Damon. Now, I’m not a huge Matt Damon fan in particular but I can say that I am a huge fan of the “Bourne” series. “Elysium” is directed by Neill Blomkamp who also directed “District 9” which I thought was very good. So was “Elysium” just as good or better?
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3 Things I Learned after meeting an Ambassador

Meeting the Ambassador of Kosovo

Kosovo Ambassador to Japan, Ahmet Shala and me.

Last weekend, I had the fortunate opportunity to attend a small gathering where I met the Ambassador to Japan from the country of Kosovo, Ahmet Shala. He was a tall, and very nice man who really wanted to share the beauty of his country and I learned a lot from that meeting. I’d like to share 3 of those things in this post.
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Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis

Director: Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones)

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

For those who are unfamiliar, “The Hobbit” is a book written by J.R.R. Tolkien to complement his “Lord of the Rings” series. It is the tale of a younger Bilbo Baggins and his adventures with the One Ring and was originally aimed for children. There was a popular animated version of this story made into a movie so being a huge fan of the book, that film, and the “Lord of the Rings” movies, I was anxiously awaiting the release of this movie. Was it as good as I hoped?
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Top 10 Tips for Giving Excellent Presentations in English

How to Give Effective Presentations

In today’s business world, it is more important than ever to make a good impression on your co-workers, customers, and clients.

Whether you are introducing yourself to your new group members, giving a speech, or trying to sell your product, speaking to an audience is a very valuable skill and it extremely important in the current economic environment.

I’ve been teaching Presentations to businesspeople now for several years and I, myself, have spoken in front of audiences of around 50 people (and once performed a magic show!). Here are my top 10 tips to help you give an excellent presentation.

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Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane

Director: Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

I had been looking forward to this movie for a long time. Of course the story of Superman is very intriguing for me and I am a fan of the original movies plus the TV show “Smallville” about Clark Kent as a high school student. So how was “Man of Steel”?
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Sharing Experiences Through iPhone Photography

An Israeli student named Ido Simyoni recently taught a class on how to share life experiences through smartphone photography. He flew to the Kaplan English school in Sydney to share his tips and secrets for taking photos and sharing them on the popular social networking service, Instagram.

ido-kaplanIdo is known as an Instagram celebrity (username: @ido8all) and has over a hundred thousand followers. His expertise in photography is known across the internet mainly due to his social media movement called, “Stop the Terror” which collected over 11,000 pictures from all over the world.

He was attending Kaplan’s English school in New York when he was discovered there sharing his experiences on Instagram and using the #KaplanExperience hashtag to identify his photos.

His classes on iphoneography were so popular, he was invited to teach classes at other English schools in the US, the UK, and Australia.

One student in his class said, “Ido has an amazing eye for the finer details in life. His class encourages you to capture reality in a different light and share your experience with the world.”

After teaching the class in Sydney, he went to Melbourne and then to Auckland, New Zealand to share his love of photography.

Ido said, ”As I see it, Kaplan students are having an amazing experience when studying abroad. Getting to know people from across the globe in great locations is the best formula to tell a story and share it with others. Instagram is the best photo app to do that. I think they are lucky to get this opportunity and to be honest; I fell in love with Australia.”

Do you use Instagram?
What kind of photos do you like to take or share?

Is 80 Years Old Too Old to Start Learning English?

At what age do you think it is too old to start learning a new language? Well, Samuel Malheiros from Vitoria, Brazil doesn’t think that there is any limit at all!

80-year-old-english-kaplanMalheiros is an 80 year-old lawyer who decided to fly all the way from Brazil to the UK to study English at the Kaplan English course in Oxford.

As president of Vitoria’s Alliance Francaise, he already speaks a number of languages including French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. However, one day he realized that it was time for him to speak the most widely understood language in the world, English.

He says, “I always had an interest in analytical philosophy, which is very appreciated in Anglo-Saxon countries and I wanted to have the ability to be part of that as well.”

What did his family think about this decision? Well, they were quite surprised but very supportive of his desire to go abroad to learn English, even at the age of 80.

He had studied English before here and there but never had the chance to take it seriously where he had the opportunity to practice speaking continuously.

He added, “During my studying and while participating in the school’s social activities, I’ve made friends at Kaplan from all over the world. Being in the same school with students of different nationalities means we have to speak English with each other all the time. It’s challenging and I enjoy it.”

In fact, Malheiros is so serious about his English goal this time that he has extended his time at Kaplan Oxford school for a few more weeks.

“My journey will not end here. When I finish studying I plan to continue traveling around the world and keep on speaking and learning English,” he said.