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SS10 | Clarifying

On the 10th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:


Sometimes in a conversation, it’s hard to understand the other person. Perhaps, they use a word you don’t know or their explanation is unclear. In this lesson, we learn how to ask the other person to clarify what they mean. Also, we learn how to clarify our own explanations.

Here are some basic expressions to CLARIFY someone else:

What do you mean by that?
Could you explain that in another way?

Here are some basic expressions to CLARIFY yourself:

What I mean by that is…
In other words,…

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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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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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Movie Study 1 | FROZEN


Disney’s “Frozen” is one of the biggest movies around the world. How can you learn English from this movie? This podcast episode will teach you how!

On the 1st episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie:

Disney’s Frozen

Today, let’s take a look at one of the most popular movies of all time from around the world! On this episode, I break down the process of studying English with movies into five easy steps:

1. Choose the Movie
2. Choose a Scene
3. Write Down the Script
4. Look Up any New Vocabulary
5. Find Common Sentence Patterns

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Blog Post: Studying English with Movies: FROZEN

Podcast Episode 27: How to Use Movies to Study English

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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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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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E2P26 | 3 Words to Help You Master Any Conversation

On the 26th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following points:

Main Topic: 3 Words to Help You Master Any Conversation

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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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Teacher Interview 4 | English Teacher Melanie


On the 4th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to English Teacher Melanie from EnglishTeacherMelanie.com!

In this interview, Melanie shares her best tips and answers the following questions:

  • How do you teach English?
  • How can I improve my English?
  • What is “Core Vocabulary” and why is it important?
  • How can we benefit from your podcast?
  • What is your number one sightseeing tip for Toronto, Canada?
  • and many more!

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Melanie’s Website – EnglishTeacherMelanie.com
Melanie’s YouTube Channel – Teacher Melanie
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Melanie’s Twitter Page – @TeacherMelanie
Melanie’s Podcast – Listen to Natural Spoken English!

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