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TI7 | Jason Smith from Tweet Speak English

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English teacher Jason Smith from Tweet Speak English

English teacher Jason Smith from Tweet Speak English

On the 7th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to Jason Smith from Tweet Speak English!

Jason is an English teacher currently living in Kochi, Japan. He is originally from Seattle, Washington in the U.S. and has several years of English teaching experience. Listen and find out his greatest tips for learning English!

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

  • How does Jason study Japanese?
  • Question from Facebook: How many hours do you study per day?
  • What movies, TV shows, or podcasts can help students learn English?
  • How can I improve my English?
  • What is your number one sightseeing tip for Kochi and Seattle?
  • and more!

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Jason’s Website – Tweet Speak English
Tweet Speak English Blog – TSE Blog
Tweet Speak English’s Twitter Page – @TweetSpeakEng

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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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YQ14 | How Can I Build Vocabulary and Learn Idioms with a Bad Memory?

On the 14th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question:

Q: I want to build my vocabulary and learn idioms but my memory is not good. How can I do it?

Here are my suggestions:

1. Learn by using mnemonics
2. Practice again and again and try to use in a meaningful way
3. Avoid trying to memorize lists of words with no context
4. Avoid learning rare idioms that aren’t used anymore

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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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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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YQ13 | Where Should I Start?

On the 13th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question:

Q: I want to speak English better, but I don’t know…Where should I start?

Things to think about:

1. What is the GOAL?
2. What is your current level?
3. What do you enjoy doing?

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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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Studying English with Movies: MAN OF STEEL

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A few months ago, I released Episode 27 of the English 2.0 Podcast titled, “How to Use Movies to Study English”. I received a lot of positive feedback on that episode so I wanted to go a little more in depth on how I approach using movies to study English. For the first lesson of Studying English with Movies, let’s take a look at a scene from the action movie, “Man of Steel”.

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YQ12 | How can we remember new words?

On the 12th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question:

Q: When we learn new words in English, what should we do not to forget them?

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E2P27 | How to Use Movies to Study English

On the 27th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following points:

How to use movies to study English

English 2.0 Quick Tip:  Get free movie scripts here – Internet Movie Script Database

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