Real English Conversations Podcast - Listen to English Conversation Lessons
Real English Conversations Podcast - Listen to English Conversation Lessons
Amy Whitney & Curtis Davies: Conversational English Teachers
Improve your listening skills and expose yourself to English that is used in everyday speaking. Hear expressions, phrasal verbs, new vocabulary naturally spoken audio lessons. Learn conversational American English with Real English Conversations! Mejore sus habilidades de escuchar y exponerse al inglés que se usa en el habla cotidiana con estas conversaciones naturales (sin guión) ¡Aprende inglés americano con nuestras conversaciones reales en inglés!
63. Household Chores | Learn Real English from Stories | American English Conversation Podcast
In this English Conversations podcast, Amy & Curtis share how they have been managing household chores. This podcast is perfect to learn real English from stories ** Transcription Curtis: Hi, everybody, it's Curtis Davies and Amy: Whitney from realenglishconversations.com. Today, we're going to talk about something called chores. Curtis: And this is a word that I teach almost every single student of mine. And what is a chore? Curtis: A chore is the odd job or little tasks that you do usually around the house. Curtis: We're going to talk about some of the things that, that we do in our house, who has the responsibility or makes the decisions on which chores to do. Amy: I think this is something that every couple or every family has to go through. Honestly, I remember when I was growing up, I don't think I really had a choice. My parents told me to do something and I had to do it. Whether it be washing the dishes or taking out the trash, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, whatever that task may be. Amy: And occasionally my dad would need a hand with something and it would always be this horrible task. Like he would say, oh, I'm going to trim the hedges outside, Amy:, come outside and help me. Amy: And I'm like. And that meant that I had to pick up all the trimmings from the trees and get like a rash on my arm. And it was awful. So I yeah. I think one of the main reasons why parents have kids is to maybe have some help around the house. But for us, Curtis:, we don't have any kids, so we have to handle our own house cleaning and especially when we were living in Canada. End of Transcription Sample. To get access to the full transcription for this lesson and the other 61+ conversation lessons currently available, register as a Real English Conversations member here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/memberships/
Nov 16
19 min
Perfect English Pronunciation And Mindset Tips with Hadar Shemesh
Listen to this podcast episode that will help you with your English pronunciation. Let me introduce Hadar Shemesh. Hadar is an accent coach specializing in American English. She has helped thousands of students to reduce their accent, speak with better fluency, And most importantly, to build confidence to speak in English. In this episode, we discuss the obsession that students with 'sounding like a native' and the mindset changes that need to happen to protect your confidence. English Pronunciation And Mindset Tips with Hadar Shemesh https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/rfqxw4/62_Interview_with_Hadar_Shemesh_Podcastb09w6.mp3 &nbsp; Transcription Amy: How are you doing today? Hadar: Hi, Amy. How are you doing? Amy: I'm really great, thanks. Thank you so much for coming on the show. I'm really excited to talk to you. Hadar: Me too. It's such an honor to be here. Thank you for inviting me. Amy: Great. So today we were going to be discussing a little bit about pronunciation, but I think one of the first things that we should talk about is really dealing with this belief that so many students have where they feel that they need to speak and sound exactly like a native speaker. Is this something that you have in your students where they're always mentioning this? Do you hear it a lot? Hadar: Well, absolutely, I think it's a big part of the conversation and a bit a big part of the journey where people believe that if they work on their pronunciation or their accent, then the end goal is to sound like a native. Hadar: And I find it not only very problematic socially and politically, I also think it's detrimental to fluency. I think it's not serving the learner, but instead is just getting in the way. And I'll explain because this idea of sounding like a native means that they really need to work on the nuances of speech. Right, to get to a level. Hadar: So there is the basic level where you may sound unclear because you're bringing patterns from your native language into English, which prevents you from having that clarity that you need to communicate and to create trust and to basically deliver your message and get what you want from the other person, right. End of Transcription Sample. To get access to the full transcription for this lesson and the other 60+ conversation lessons currently available, register as a Real English Conversations member here. Mentioned Links and Resources * YouTube Channel: Accent's Way English with Hadar * Influency Podcast * The Accent's Way Magazine * Website: The Accent's Way &nbsp; Get Podcast Transcriptions, Online Courses, and Have Live Conversations with Us! Real English Conversations is a website for students that want to start USING their English skills! We offer a mix of real conversations you can join to practice speaking and excellent online lessons that can be studied anytime. Members of our website get immediate access to: * Join conversations with Curtis and Amy to discuss interesting topics * All the online courses to quickly improve speaking, listening and increase vocabulary * All the transcripts and exercises related to each podcast lesson! Learn More about the <a href="https://realenglishconversations.
Oct 27
22 min
60. Learning Hack: Make Smaller Commitments | English Fluency Podcast
This English fluency podcast is for you if you feel like you do not know how to make smaller commitments when it comes to improving your English fluency! In this English fluency podcast episode Amy shares a learning hack on how to make smaller commitments when it comes to learning English. Learning Hack Make Smaller Commitments | English Fluency Podcast Transcription Amy: Hi, everybody, this is Amy from realenglishconversations.com. And today we have the first episode of hopefully many, where I'm going to be doing a solo podcast rather than having a conversation or an interview, I am going to be the only person speaking in this podcast. And that's because I really want to share with you some of the language learning advice that I have, a lot of the methods and techniques and concepts that I teach in our courses. It's really important for you to realize that although our conversations with Curtis and I and the interesting topics that we speak about, these are great and they're fun to listen to. Really, the core of what we do at Real English Conversations is we help people to become confident communicators in English and beyond that, at the same time that we help develop your skills, we're actually teaching you how to learn a language in a more efficient way, a more effective way by teaching you different things that not every course is going to show you. So, for example, in today's podcast, I'm going to be talking about how we can make smaller commitments to make sure that every single day you make some time or some effort with your English. Unless you're in an absolute crisis situation, you should be able to find a few minutes a day to work on your English skills. And in this podcast specifically, I'm going to help you to develop the mindset that you need to be more consistent and readjust the tasks in your mind to make it something that you can do rather than something that you can't do. End of Transcription Sample. To get access to the full transcription for this lesson and the other 60+ conversation lessons currently available, register as a Real English Conversations member here. We Can Help You Get Focused! Curtis and Amy help students every day to focus on the right activities and overcome barriers faster. If you feel like you need a push (and a bit of experienced guidance) to get to the next level, send us a message to get started with private lessons. You can get more information about how to take private lessons with us by sending an email to: amy@realenglishconversations.com Language Learning Advice for Our Members By joining us as a member of our website, you will get access to full lessons with the top learning advice to become an efficient and independent learner. Beyond the advice, we have the lessons you need to improve your speaking fluency, listening comprehension and practice speaking with real people (including us!) - Join conversations with Curtis and Amy to discuss interesting topics - All the online courses to quickly improve speaking, listening and increase vocabulary - All the transcripts and exercises related to each podcast lesson! Learn More about the membership options here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/memberships/
Oct 8
13 min
English Podcast (56): Working From Home | English Conversation Practice
Working from home is more challenging than most people think! Improve your English skills while listening to this English conversation practice about our experiences adjusting to working in our home office. ** Audio Transcription Listening Practice: ** Amy:  Hi, everybody. My name is Amy Whitney and I’m here with Curtis Davies, and today on this podcast we’re going to be talking about what it’s like to work from home. And for us, this isn't something that happened recently but instead, it’s something that we started doing about three or four years ago. But we still went through a lot of the same problems that many of you have faced in the past months when you moved your work from the office or whatever you were doing out of your home to having to do things at your home. I think it would be helpful for people to know where things started to change for us and when we started to work from home. Can you tell us a little bit about what your first experience was like and when it happened? Curtis:  Sure. It was the first year when we moved to Mexico. Now, I was used to in Canada working as a delivery driver going from one place to the next, taking things to people. It was like a customer service type thing. Now, when I moved to Mexico, I had to transition to a desk job, sitting in front of a computer. The transition was the most difficult thing for me. It was because my home life and my work life kind of mashed together, I couldn’t separate the two. So, house chores I would think of as work. Then I had to focus on what I had to do for a desk job work. So the distraction from home work or home chores and what I was supposed to do work-wise, it was the separation problem there. I couldn’t separate the two. End of Transcription Sample from the English Conversation Practice. To get access to the full transcription for this English lesson and the other 53 conversation lessons currently available, register as a Real English Conversations member here. ** Understand this English Lesson Better! ** If you are tired of needing to depend on text and subtitles to understand natural English, we can help. The 'listening training' techniques can be found online in our courses, or if you prefer, in a private lesson. Learn more about Private Lessons with us here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/account/private-lessons/ or check out the membership options to get access to the full "Listening Training Course" here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/account/private-lessons/. Get the lessons you need to improve and practice your English conversation skills.
Jul 28
17 min
English Interview (55): Luke’s English Podcast | English Lessons and Learning Tips
An English interview with special guest Luke Thompson from Luke's English Podcast and Amy share their thoughts on whether or not it's important to focus on grammar or if it’s possible to learn a language without looking at any grammar at all. A great English lesson and discussion for our intermediate to advanced learners that aren't sure how much time or attention to put into grammar studies versus learning in more organic ways or practicing what you already know! ** Follow Luke Thompson Here: ** - Luke's Website: https://teacherluke.co.uk/ - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LukesEnglishPodcast - Twitter: https://twitter.com/EnglishPodcast Interview with Luke's English Podcast: Can You Learn English Without Studying Grammar? ** Transcription Preview: ** Amy:  Hi, everybody. This is Amy from Real English Conversations, and I have a very interesting episode for you today. I have invited a special guest to join us to share his experience and knowledge about a topic that we’re going to be discussing. His name is Luke Thompson and he’s from Luke's ENGLISH Podcast. If you haven’t heard of Luke before, let me just tell you a little bit about him. He has been teaching English for over 18 years. He spent two years teaching English in Japan. He’s originally from England and currently he’s living in France. Luke’s ENGLISH Podcast has received over 60 million downloads since it first started and beyond the impressive number of downloads, his podcast has been nominated for an ELTon Award, which is the English Language Teaching Innovation Award. And his podcast was voted #3 out of all British podcasts in the Listeners’ Choice Award, not just ESL podcast but all podcasts. Needless to say, Luke is a very popular teacher and we are fortunate to have him with us here today. How are you doing, Luke? Luke:  Hello there. I’m very well. Thank you. Thanks for that nice introduction. Amy:  You're very welcome and you absolutely deserve it. Today Luke and I are going to be discussing whether or not we think you need to focus on grammar or if it’s possible to learn a language without looking at any grammar at all. This is just going to be a casual, relaxed conversation where we share our opinion based on our experience, both as students and teachers. So before we get started, would you be able to introduce yourself to our listeners? Luke:  Yes. So my name is Luke Thompson and I’m an English teacher from England and a podcaster as well. I’ve been doing my podcast – Luke’s ENGLISH Podcast – for over 11 years now. And so, yes, I often talk about English. I talk about learning and teaching English. I talk about anything, really. What have you got, I’ll talk about it. But I like teaching, you know, and I like breaking down the language and stuff like that. And this question of, is it possible or should you learn English or any language without studying the grammar? This is the question, isn’t it? End of Transcription Sample. To get access to the full transcription for this lesson and the other 49 conversation lessons currently available, register as a Real English Conversations member here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/memberships/ ** Understand this English Lesson Better! ** If you are tired of needing to depend on text and subtitles to understand natural English, we can help. The 'listening training' techniques can be found online in our courses, or if you prefer, in a private lesson. Learn more about Private Lessons with us here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/account/private-lessons/ or check out the membership options to get access to the full "Listening Training Course" here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/memberships/.
Jul 14
25 min
English Lesson (54): The ‘New Normal’ Life | American English Conversation
An American English Conversation about The 'New Normal' Life. As things start to open slowly after a long quarantine period, Amy and Curtis share some of their ideas and concerns about the simple things they used to enjoy without a second thought... Eating at a restaurant, traveling by airplane, or even watching a sunset. They also discuss the new strategies and the new way that they plan to do these activities in the future. ** American English Conversation about The 'New Normal' Life ** ** Audio Transcription: ** Amy:  Hi, everybody. My name is Amy Whitney and I’m here with Curtis Davies from Real English Conversations. Today we’re going to be having an interesting conversation talking about what the “new normal” is, or what we think is probably going to be happening over the next year as we get out of our houses and start to move around a little bit despite the fact that the coronavirus is still present in our lives. I think one of the first places that we can start to talk about is something that we completely took for granted before is a safe, normal everyday activity and that was eating out at restaurants.  So, Curtis, can you tell us a little bit about how we used to think about restaurants? Curtis:  Well, we used to really like going outside. We work from home and it was a chance two days or three days a week to go to some of our favorite restaurants. The restaurants here are really, really, good. So, we would just go out, enjoy the evening and it would feel very, very good because we were out of the house. Amy:  Exactly. We work at home all day so for us going out to have something to eat is a little bit of an escape from the workplace. Otherwise, as you can imagine, working from home all day, hanging around the house all night gets a little bit boring, and it’s nice to have a change of environment. So now we are not going out to restaurants. Do you remember the last time that we went out to a restaurant? End of Transcription Sample. To get access to the full transcription for this English lesson and the other 53 conversation lessons currently available, register as a Real English Conversations member here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/memberships/ ** Understand this English Lesson Better! ** If you are tired of needing to depend on text and subtitles to understand natural English, we can help. The 'listening training' techniques can be found online in our courses, or if you prefer, in a private lesson. Learn more about Private Lessons with us here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/account/private-lessons/ or check out the membership options to get access to the full "Listening Training Course" here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/memberships/.
Jun 23
25 min
English Conversation (52): Living Abroad in Mexico | English Audio about Immigrating
In this English podcast, Amy and Curtis share their experience of what it's like immigrating to and living in another country. You can listen to the podcast, moving to another country, that is related to this podcast here: https://realenglishconversations.com/36-english-podcast-moving/ Transcription: Curtis:  Yeah. Different types of wildlife, for sure. Amy:  Out of the trips that we have done, the few trips that we have done around Mexico, what would you say was probably one of the most surprising or spectacular parts for you? Curtis:  For me, we went to this town called San Sebastián del Oeste. It’s an old mining town and they have this mountain peak that has high elevation as well. Amy:  Yeah. La Bufa is the name of it. Curtis:  So what we did was, we rented quads, four-wheel motorcycles, basically, is what they are, and I had never been on one before but you have to take this all the way to the top. And what was really spectacular for me, to answer your question, was the view and you could see the whole bay of Banderas, the bay of flags which we live in from up top. So you could get this bird’s eye view of pretty much the whole bay from up there. So that just blew me away. It was beautiful. Amy:  Exactly. And they had very big mountains as well. It actually reminded me a lot of British Columbia from up there. Curtis:  Yeah. Amy:  I would say for me probably two of the coolest things and most memorable I experienced back in December last year and it was when we went to Tolantongo, which is an area of Mexico. It was just like as if it was in a completely different world. I couldn’t believe it. End of Transcription Sample. To get access to the full transcription for this lesson and the other 49 conversation lessons currently available, register as a Real English Conversations member here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/memberships/ ** Do you want to Learn to Tell English Stories? ** As you heard in this podcast, Curtis and Amy help students to improve their small talk and storytelling skills all the time in private lessons. We are experts in helping our students to improve their speaking and listening skills, improve confidence, and reach their goals faster. Learn more about Private Lessons with us here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/account/private-lessons/ ** Get ALL the English Conversation Lessons & Online Courses ** Real English Conversations is a website for students that want to start USING their English skills! Join our WhatsApp group to practice speaking and get excellent online lessons that can be studied anytime. ** Members of our website get immediate access to: - All the online courses to quickly improve speaking, listening and increase vocabulary - All the transcripts and exercises related to each podcast lesson! - Our Member-Only WhatsApp Speaking Practice Group Learn More about the membership options here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/memberships/
May 25
27 min
English Interview (51): Snowboarding & Filming | Fun Advanced English Conversation
My interview guest Moreno is back to for part 2 of this interview for an advanced English conversation about snowboarding, hockey, and other Canadian culture. Snowsport enthusiasts will love this discussion! Follow Moreno Here: - Website: https://www.curiousuniverse.net/ - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/curiousuniverse.podcast/ - Twitter: https://twitter.com/Curiouspodcast Transcription: Amy: The way that we actually met is through a mutual passion that we have for snowboarding. I remember when I met you, I was absolutely crazy for the sport and I was really, really excited to hang out and have an opportunity to snowboard with you. I know, in my opinion, I think that you are quite an athlete, very talented, and the things that you do are great. And you actually inspired me to become a much better snowboarder. If you remember, you introduced me to snowboarding in trees and much more extreme snowboarding. Moreno:  I do remember. A lot of fun, a lot of fun. Amy:  And I was a complete chicken but you helped me to get over that. Moreno:  Well, that’s what friends are for. You needed a little push, a little guidance, right? Amy:  That’s right. You know, learning from somebody who is very good at it was a big inspiration. So, how did you get into snowboarding? Moreno:  Well, I probably started when I was like five years old and I stole my brother’s skateboard, and I didn’t give it back to him. Amy:  Okay. Moreno:  So I kept it from him and started skateboarding just as a regular kid. And I used to ski with my family in the ‘80s at a small ski hill outside of Ottawa. Amy:  I guess skiing was the thing at that time. Moreno:  Yeah, it sure was. It still is. Skiing is never going to disappear. Skiing is always going to be popular, but it was mainly just skiing. I guess when I was around 14 when snowboarding slowly became more popular. I guess it was the early ‘90s maybe. Snowboarding was getting more popular but also a little cheaper to buy the gear and things like that. I finally bought a new snowboard. It was the surf style, the skateboarding style. It was the sideways, surf-style that really was familiar with my skateboarding, and I thought it was cool. It was a cool thing. It was, like I said, lay back surf style was what I was looking for and that’s how I started. End of Transcription Sample. To get access to the full transcription for this lesson and the other 49 conversation lessons currently available, register as a Real English Conversations member here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/memberships/ ** Do you want to Learn to Tell English Stories? ** As you heard in this podcast, Curtis and Amy help students to improve their small talk and storytelling skills all the time in private lessons. We are experts in helping our students to improve their speaking and listening skills, improve confidence and reach their goals faster. Learn more about Private Lessons with us here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/account/private-lessons/ Get ALL the English Conversation Lessons & Online Courses Real English Conversations is a website for students that want to start USING their English skills! Join our WhatsApp group to practice speaking and get excellent online lessons that can be studied anytime. Members of our website get immediate access to: - All the online courses to quickly improve speaking, listening and increase vocabulary - All the transcripts and exercises related to each podcast lesson! - Our Member-Only WhatsApp Speaking Practice Group Learn More about the membership options here: https://realenglishconversations.
May 11
17 min
50. Interview Space Exploration | Advanced English Conversation
In this advanced English conversation, a special guest, Moreno Scatozza, joins us to talk about space exploration and some really interesting facts about outer space! Follow Moreno Here:  - Website: https://www.curiousuniverse.net/ - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curiousuniverse.podcast - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/curiousuniverse.podcast/ ** Transcription: ** Amy: Let’s get started with the interview. How are you doing today, Moreno? Moreno: Good. How are you? Amy: I’m doing great. Thanks. Let’s get started with a little bit of an introduction about you, if you could. Moreno: Absolutely. So, hi, everyone. My name is Moreno Scatozza. I am a big fan of astronomy. I have a podcast which I speak about the facts of space and planets, stars, anything really to do with astronomy. And I have episodes on this podcast and I’d like to simplify things for the general public, let’s say. Because let’s face it: space, astronomy can be very confusing and also there’s just so much to talk about. So, in my podcast I’d like to kind of simplify things and also put things into category so you could really see things a little more clear. Amy: Yes. So it’s basically trying to take the scientific version, which is a little bit boring and overwhelming for the typical person and put it into a term that makes it interesting and understandable. Moreno: That’s what I’m aiming for. Amy: Nice. That’s cool. Well, I’m sure that some of our listeners that are interested in space exploration and just things that are going on in our universe and planet are going to be interested to check out some of your episodes. How did you get started into this? Where did it come from, this inspiration? Moreno: Well, I’ve always just loved space since I was a kid. I also wanted to learn more. Once you learned something that you're interested in, you wanted to just keep learning like a snowball effect. You want to progress and want to know why, and after you know why, you want to know why why. And when it comes to space, it’s infinity so there’s always the unknown and it’s always a mystery. So it’s almost like solving things and understanding things. Once you understand things about space, you also understand about things in your normal day-to-day lives, and I find that connection really important and I think a lot of people should know about. Amy: Okay. Now I want to know exactly what you're referring to. So, how have you found that connection between what you've learned about space to how it relates to your real life? End of Transcription Sample. To get access to the full transcription for this lesson and the other 49 conversation lessons currently available, register as a Real English Conversations member here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/memberships/ ** Do you Want to Speak English Better? ** Amy and Curtis are experts in helping our students to improve their speaking and listening skills, improve confidence and reach their goals faster. Learn more about Private Lessons with us here: https://realenglishconversations.com/courses/account/private-lessons/ ** Get ALL the English Conversation Lessons & Online Courses ** Real English Conversations is a website for students that want to start USING their English skills! Join our WhatsApp group to practice speaking and get excellent online lessons that can be studied anytime. Members of our website get immediate access to: * All the online courses to quickly improve speaking, listening and increase vocabulary * All the transcripts and exercises related to each podcast lesson!
Apr 20
15 min
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