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The Speak English Now Podcast is your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will learn English with the Question and Answer (TPRS) and Point of View techniques. You won’t need any grammar nor boring exercises. You will also learn about the English culture and the language itself. Finally, you will get valuable advice on learning English. All the audio is in English and you can get the text at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com

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#166 Popular words in English added to the dictionary
15/4 2021

#166 Popular words in English added to the dictionary

Hi, everyone! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [http://speakenglishpodcast.com/]. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Today we are going to look at some trendy words. These words have been added to the dictionary in the last decade. And with a mini-story, you are going to improve your fluency. I'll tell you a story while asking you many questions that you have to answer right away. It's like talking to another person in English. Please, visitSpeakEnglishPodcast.com [http://speakenglishpodcast.com/]to get the transcript of today's episode. And follow me onFacebook [https://www.facebook.com/SpeakEnglishPodcast],Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/speakenglishpodcast/],TikTok [https://www.tiktok.com/@speakenglishpodcast],YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/c/speakenglishpodcast], etc. Let's get started! As I said today, we will look at some words added to the dictionary in the last decade. These are trendy words, and I'm sure most of them sound familiar to you. Let's start with the first word: 1. Jeggings The word was introduced into the dictionary in 2015. Jeggings are a blend of jeans and leggings. When they first came out, I was fascinated by these pants. They are the most comfortable thing ever in my opinion, and yet they look so much like jeans. 2. YouTuber The term was introduced into the dictionary in 2016. YouTube appeared in 2005 and since then, millions of people have been uploading videos on the platform on a regular basis. I started creating weekly videos in 2012, but it wasn't until 2016 that the word was added to the dictionary. According to the Oxford Dictionary, a YouTuber is a person who uploads, produces, or appears in videos on YouTube. 3. LOL The word was introduced into the dictionary in 2011. Though this word is still popular, we have actually been using it for many years. So what's LOL? It's an abbreviation of laughing out loud or laugh out loud. The word abbreviation means a shortened form of a word or phrase. 4. Facebook The term was introduced into the dictionary in 2018. Did you know that we have used Facebook so many times that the verb to facebook has emerged? So “to facebook” means to spend time using the social media website or app Facebook. 5. Skype The word was introduced into the dictionary in 2014. Before other apps like Zoom or FaceTime existed, Skype was the most popular app on the Internet for video calls. According to the Oxford Dictionary, to skype means to have a spoken conversation with (someone) over the Internet using Skype, typically also viewing by webcam. Get the transcript here: SpeakEnglishpodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com]

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#165 Easter in the USA -ESL
5/4 2021

#165 Easter in the USA -ESL

Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com/]. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Today I'll talk about something more festive. I'll talk aboutEaster [https://speakenglishpodcast.com/how-americans-celebrate-easter-in-the-usa-rep/] and how Americans celebrate this holiday. And with a fun mini-story, you'll improve your English fluency by answering many questions in English. Before we get started, I just wanted to say hi if you are new here. And if you are a long-time listener, I want to thank you for supporting this show by sharing it with your friends and family. Ok, let’s start! WheneverEaster [https://speakenglishpodcast.com/easter-in-the-united_states-esl/]comes, everywhere I go, I see chocolate eggs and Easter bunny cakes. But what do we celebrate on Easter? Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The New Testament describes the resurrection occurring on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans on Calvary around 30 AD. Americans spend this holiday with friends and family, and some attend special services held in churches on Easter. And while not all Americans observe the holiday from a spiritual point of view, Easter is certainly one of the most celebrated holidays in the States. And if there's one thing people love doing during the holidays, it's eating. Let's take a look at the 3 most popular dishes at Easter. Hot Cross Buns These are typical Easter food. It is a sweet bread seasoned with nutmeg, flavored with currants and apricots, and covered with a lemon glaze. Stuffed Leg of Lamb Americans also enjoy a stuffed leg of lamb. A delicious recipe, yet very easy to make. With parsley, garlic, bacon, and red wine. Honey Butter Ham Another very representative dish for this holiday is the honey butter ham. This recipe is simple and is prepared in the oven or a slow cooker. And how about the colored eggs and the Easter Bunny tradition? Typically, people start dying hard-boiled eggs in a variety of colors the night before Easter Sunday. These eggs are left for the Easter Bunny on Saturday night. The Bunny comes and hides them all over the house. So when the children wake up on Easter Sunday, they get excited looking for the eggs and the Easter baskets filled with goodies. The idea of the Easter Bunny giving candy and eggs is said to have originated in Germany during the Middle Ages. Pennsylvania Dutch settlers brought the rabbit to the United States in the 18th century. Another fun fact about the Easter holiday is that Easter and Halloween often compete for the highest candy sales every year. In some years, Americans buy more candy the week before Easter than the week before Halloween. How interesting. Right? Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com]

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#164 Different Types of Doctors in English - part2
31/3 2021

#164 Different Types of Doctors in English - part2

Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [http://speakenglishpodcast.com/]. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. This week we are going to continue talking about the different types of doctors in English. And with a fun mini-story, you will effectively improve your English fluency. Before we get started, make sure you get the transcript on my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast Ok, let's start! Last week we started talking about the different types of doctors in English. We saw that a general practitioner or family doctor treats common health problems. We also learned that an optometrist is an eye doctor and that a dentist treats teeth and gums' problems. Now let's continue learning the different types of doctors in English. 1) When we have skin, hair, or nail-related problems, we visit a dermatologist. If you have nasty red rashes on your body, quickly make an appointment with a dermatologist. So a dermatologist is a doctor who treats problems related to skin, nails, and hair. Nowadays, more and more people choose to see a dermatologist whenever they have a skin condition such as acne, sensitive skin, a rash, etc. It is always better to trust a specialist and not to experiment on our skin. 2) If you have children, you should take them to a pediatrician. A pediatrician's office is always very colorful and a very child-friendly environment. Therefore, pediatricians are physicians who take care of infants, toddlers, children, and teenagers. 3) What if you have a broken heart? Do you make an appointment to see a cardiologist? Unfortunately, a cardiologist can't fix your broken heart. But they will cure any cardiovascular disease. A cardiologist is a heart doctor. 4) And if you have an accident, you must see an orthopedic surgeon. An orthopedic surgeon deals with the skeletal system. Any broken leg or broken bone or anything that's wrong with your skeletal system, an orthopedic surgeon is going to fix it for you. As people get older, they have many problems in their knees or their hands or even arthritis. So all of these things are taken care of by an orthopedic surgeon. 5) If you are a woman, you need to see a doctor who focuses on the female reproductive organs from time to time. We call this type of doctor a gynecologist. There is also the obstetrician who works in a particular area of gynecology that focuses on childbirth. 6) What if you are a man? Do you also go to see a gynecologist? No. No. Only women go to a gynecologist. Men should see a urologist. A urologist is a doctor who deals with urinary tract infections or urinary problems. A urologist deals with the male reproductive system or male reproductive organs. So if you have any problems with the urinary tract or the male reproductive system, you see a urologist. 7) There is another type of doctor called a neurologist. A neurologist is a doctor who studies and treats diseases of the nerves. While the doctor who performs surgery on the human brain is called a neurosurgeon. So a neurologist is a doctor who deals with any nerve-related problem. But if you have brain surgery, you go to a neurosurgeon. Well, these are the types of doctors or physicians we have here. There are a large number of doctors, so I've picked the most common ones. Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com]

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#163 Different Types of Doctors in English
25/3 2021

#163 Different Types of Doctors in English

Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com/]. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. This episode is going to be interesting because we will talk about doctors in English. And I'll tell you about a surgery I had last week. You'll also improve your English grammar without memorizing any boring rules. Before I get started, remember to get the transcript atSpeakEnglishPodcast.com [http://speakenglishpodcast.com/] This way, you listen and read at the same time if you find it necessary. Let's start. Today I would like to tell you a bit about my experience of having to undergo surgery for the first time. Although you probably didn’t notice my absence last week, I was in the hospital for a few days after having gallbladder surgery. I always had difficulty eating some foods, and I didn't know why. Finally, after many tests, the doctor told me he had good news and bad news. I wanted to know good news first. The good news was that he had found the cause of my digestive problems. I had gallstones in my gallbladder. And the bad news was that I had to have my gallbladder removed altogether. But I was looking forward to the surgery. And since I wanted to avoid getting overly nervous before the procedure, I decided to concentrate on work. I doubled my workload before the surgery so that you wouldn't miss any of my weekly episodes. And on the day of the surgical procedure, I packed a suitcase with all the things I thought I needed while in the hospital. It is always wise to be prepared. But in the end, I didn't need much of it because I spent most of the time sleeping. Now I’m happy to be back home. The intervention was a success, and I feel great, I was even able to start working on a new episode. But enough about me, let's talk about the different types of doctors in English. Let's start with the general practitioner. What’s a general practitioner? If you have a health problem, you usually go to a general practitioner. For example, if you have a cold or a stomach ache, you see a general practitioner. We also call this type of physician a family doctor. What if you have a terrible toothache? Do you go to your family doctor? Of course not. In that case, you should make an appointment with a reputable dentist as soon as possible. I know many of you don’t like going to the dentist, but I have a visit every six months, and that helps to prevent major complications. So a dentist is a doctor who treats problems related to teeth and gums. Well, what if you have a problem with your vision? What do you do? If you have a problem with your eyesight, an eye infection, or anything related to your eyes, you should see an optometrist. An optometrist is an eye doctor. Get the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com]

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#162 Learning English with Riddles part #2 ESL
16/3 2021

#162 Learning English with Riddles part #2 ESL

Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [http://speakenglishpodcast.com/]. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Today we are going to learn English in a fun way. You will learn new English vocabulary through fun riddles. I will introduce you to some popular riddles and ask you to guess the correct answer. If you don't know what a riddle is, don't worry because I'll explain it to you. And with a point of view lesson, you will learn grammar without memorizing any boring rules. Many of you send me messages telling me that you listen to my podcast in the car, walking, or doing other things. That's great because you are incorporating learning into your lifestyle, not the other way around. That way, you spend more time listening and learning. The idea is always to accumulate many hours of listening for you to internalize the language. By the way, it would make me very happy if you shared my website with your friends. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my free mini-course. All right. In today's episode, you will improve your English in a fun way with some fun riddles. You'll have to guess the answer to each riddle. Are you up for it? Don't worry; they're not complicated. Come on, it's gonna be fun :) But first, what's a riddle? A riddle is a type of poem that works like a puzzle. They describe something and sometimes use words with double meanings. First, I'll tell you a riddle, and then I'll wait 10 seconds to give you time to answer. But don't worry. If you need more time, you can pause the audio. Get the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com]

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#161 English Vocabulary - Vegetables in Urban Gardens ESL
11/3 2021

#161 English Vocabulary - Vegetables in Urban Gardens ESL

Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com/]. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. In today’s episode – I’m going to tell you how you can get vegetables without going to the supermarket. And I’m not talking about magic 🙂 – In the second part, you will learn grammar without memorizing any boring rules. Are you a new listener? I recommend that you get my free video course at speakenglishpodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com/]. You will learn how to acquire more vocabulary, how to learn grammar but without memorizing anything, how to learn deeply, how to speak automatically and how to maintain yourself motivated in the long run. Very well. Let’s start! Some things only happen in cities. Interesting things. One of them is urban gardens, If you have an urban garden, you can grow your own veggies if you live in a city. I’m talking about tomatoes, celery, broccoli, etc. It is an exciting option if you do not want to buy them directly from the supermarket or if you want to make sure that the vegetables are pesticides free. Urban gardens appeared as a fad, but the truth is that they are consolidating in many cities. A good phrase to use in this case is: “they are here to stay”. That is, it is not just a fad. Where can we find these gardens? Locations vary. For example, there are large gardens in the suburbs of many cities. These are family gardens that produce all kinds of veggies. We can also find urban garden projects in schools, where they have an educational function. I find it very helpful for children to understand that tomatoes are not “manufactured” in the supermarket but rather grown in the soil. On the other hand, many apartments have a terrace, and people have some vegetables in small earthen containers. Some take advantage of the rooftop. There is usually quite a lot of space available. I guess in general you can save money, but it’s easy to overspend. You need tools, fertilizers, seeds, substrates… and a lot of patience. In any case, it’s an outdoor hobby that is usually rewarding. However, there are some disadvantages. The most important is that the contamination affects the plants. All contaminating particles fall on the surfaces. Many of them are metals such as lead, mercury, or cadmium. And I don’t believe anyone likes the idea of eating a tomato with these kinds of metals in it. Then there is the expense of the water, which can be significant. Nowadays, the water bill can go up quite a bit because there are more and more taxes. So… Would you like to have an urban garden? If you already have one, you can tell me about it in the comments section. Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com]

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#160 Learning English with Riddles ESL
4/3 2021

#160 Learning English with Riddles ESL

Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [http://speakenglishpodcast.com/]. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Today you are going tolearn English [https://speakenglishpodcast.com/learn-english-proverbs/]in a fun way. You will learn newEnglish vocabulary [https://speakenglishpodcast.com/how-to-activate-your-english-vocabulary-esl/] through fun riddles. And with a mini-story, you will improve your fluency by answering lots of questions. Let’s start! One thing is clear. You want to become fluent in English [https://speakenglishpodcast.com/151-english-fluency-and-mistakes-when-you-speak/] . That's why it's a great idea to get to know the typical expressions and riddles. Riddles often make us laugh out loud. Everyone knows that laughter is healthy because it relaxes the brain and body, helps us release stress, and promotes positive mental health. This way you will learn English more easily. So I'm going to start telling you some riddles. First, I'll tell you the riddle, and then I'll wait 10 seconds to give you time to answer. But don't worry. If you need more time, you can pause the audio. Remember that on my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com you will find the transcript of this episode. Let's start! Think about it, 1) What has to be broken before you can use it? I'll give you a hint. It's something to eat. Answer: An egg. Yes, of course, it's an egg, I don't know about you, but I always remove the eggshell before eating it. Let's continue. 2. I'm tall when I'm young, and I'm short when I'm old. What am I? I'll give you a hint. It's something you can see in the dark. Answer: A candle. Yes, of course, it is a candle; as the candle burns, it gets shorter. Although this also happens with people. We also as lose height as we get older. 3. What month of the year has 28 days? Answer: All of them That's right; all months have at least 28 days. Although in a leap year, the extra day is added to the end of February, making it 29 days instead of 28. 4. What is full of holes but still holds water? Answer: A sponge If there is a hole in a glass or bucket, the water comes out, but the sponge will absorb the water even though it has holes in it. 5. What can you break, even if you never pick it up or touch it? Answer: A promise. In English, we keep or break a promise. If you don't keep your promise, you break it. Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com]

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#159 English pronunciation practice - Difficult words
25/2 2021

#159 English pronunciation practice - Difficult words

Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [http://speakenglishpodcast.com/]. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Today we will practice some of the most difficult words to pronounce in English. Words that start with "th" as in this or that and words that end in "ly" as in constantly or definitely." And with a mini-story, you will improve your fluency. English pronunciation can be a big problem for some English students. And their native language determines, for the most part, what types of difficulties students will have. However, most English students worldwide find it difficult to pronounce words that start with "th." "th" is one of the hardest sounds to pronounce. And we pronounce it in three different ways: * as /ð/ as in this, that, these, those, they or them. * As the voiceless /θ/ as in three, thing, thought. Some students often say "dat" instead of that. - but we also pronounce it as a /t/ as in Thai. I've asked my students what words they found difficult and many of them were words beginning with "th." Thought, through, three, threaten, throughout, theft. I will give an example for each word but first, let's pronounce them one by one. Listen and repeat. Thought, through, three, threaten, throughout, theft. Examples: 1. "I never thought my wish could one day come true." 2. "Through repetition, you will improve your English fluency." 3. "I had three exams last week and passed all of them." 4. "They tried to threaten to take away my scholarship, but in the end, they had a change of heart." 5. You have always been by my side, especially throughout the difficult times. 6. "They were put in prison for theft." Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com]

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#158 How to LISTEN more in English? ESL
17/2 2021

#158 How to LISTEN more in English? ESL

Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [http://speakenglishpodcast.com/]. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Today I will tell you how to train your brain to listen more [https://speakenglishpodcast.com/how-to-make-listening-in-english-fun/] in English. And with a fun mini-story, you will improve your English fluency. [https://speakenglishpodcast.com/151-english-fluency-and-mistakes-when-you-speak/] Nowadays, we are very used to watching content on the Internet. There is a wide variety of materials. And when it comes to learning English, it is no exception, so I understand that you can feel overwhelmed by so many possibilities. That's why I'm here, to give you clarity and to help you speak English in a very short time and with a very efficient method. While most teachers switch from audio to video, I have done the opposite. There are several reasons why I have stopped making videos regularly. I've started making videos a decade ago. Meanwhile, I was teaching English one on one to students from all over the world and of all ages. That's how I came up with the best method to learn English. I noticed that when my students were listening to simple audio repeatedly, they were learning faster, and their listening and speech improved. I've realized that many students learn with their eyes and not with their ears. Listening was a greater challenge than reading for many. If you want to understand a language better, you need to train your brain to listen more. Another aspect that has helped me understand what my students really need was the fact that I'm a polyglot. I've started learning several languages when I was a kid, by using different techniques. For me, the most effective way to learn a language was to learn by listening. With my podcast, you will improve your listening and comprehension, especially if you listen repeatedly. Most students think that the more variety, the better. So what they usually do is listen to an audio once or twice and then change to something else. Well, variety is useful, but what you want is to consolidate what you listen to; if you want to train your brain to listen, the most effective way to achieve this is through repetition. For example, you can use one of my podcast episodes. I recommend that you listen to every episode several times to consolidate the content. I provide a transcript for each episode, so after listening to an episode a few times, get the transcript and read it at the same time. Another excellent way to improve your English is by using mypremium courses [https://speakenglishpodcast.com/courses/]. Get the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com [https://speakenglishpodcast.com]

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