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Do you know how to celebrate Halloween like an American?

Today, we discuss how Americans celebrate this strange holiday, and how learning English will allow you to celebrate Halloween all year!

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Halloween is a popular traditional American holiday. For many Americans, it is their favorite holiday.

Among the many activities Americans engage in, the most important for celebrating Halloween is dressing up in a costume.

Adults might dress up for parties, and kids might dress up for trick or treating. This is a chance to be somebody different and to reinvent yourself!

Learning a new language can also allow you to take on a new personality. A new culture and language might mix with your unique personality to make you into someone 'different'.  Speaking a new language is thus like Halloween all year!

 

Do you celebrate Halloween in your country?

What do you do?

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Direct download: AEE_211_Find_Out_How_Americans_Celebrate_Halloween.mp3
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Is learning English up to you?

Today, we talk with Steve Kaufmann, founder of English LingQ about how your English learning goals are closer than you think!

 

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Is it correct to ask how much, or how many in English?

Today, in #4 of the Top 15 Fixes series, we discuss using the words 'much' and 'many' when discussing quantities!

 

It’s important to think of the meaning of the words much and many, and how each is used differently in counting.

 

If you're counting something as a mass that can be spilled on the table so that it goes everywhere, you would use the word 'much'. Examples include:

  • Grainy or powdery substances like sugar or flour
  • Liquids, semi-liquids or semi-solids like milk, honey or butter
  • Money (when considered abstractly, as in “too much money”)

 

If you are counting individual pieces, use the word 'many'. Examples include:

  • Grains such as sugar counted individually
  • Groups of items, like chocolate chips, marshmallows or berries
  • Countable units, such as cups, teaspoons or bags

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

 

Do you have any examples for using much and many in your baking or cooking?

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Direct download: AEE_209_Baking_Many_Cookies_with_Lindsay_and_Gabby.mp3
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Do you speak English like an American?

Do you wish you did?

Today, learn 3 ways to sound a little more like an American when you speak English!

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Do you plan for your priorities?

Do you run your day, or does your day run you?

Today we discuss how planning your day can help you accomplish your priorities!

 

If you don’t decide how you’ll manage you time, someone else will. It’s simple to understand but easy to forget.

 

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Direct download: AEE_207_How_to_Run_Your_Day_the_Right_Way.mp3
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Today we discuss a big mistake you’re making with "miss" and "lose" when you talk about missing the bus in English!

 

If you take the bus or train, what do you say when you discover it has already come and gone without you?

“I lost the bus,” is a common mistake.  The problem with saying this is that it suggests you owned the bus, but no longer know where it is.  A person can lose their keys or their wallet, but they can only lose their bus if they’re a bus driver!

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How do you talk about people in English?

Is the word “people” plural or singular?

Today, in #5 of the Top 15 Fixes, we discuss a mistake you might be making when you translate your native language into English – and how to fix it!

 

 

In some languages, the word for “people” is singular. But it’s important to remember that, in English, this word is plural.

  • People are interesting.
  • NOT: People is interesting.

 

The singular term for “people” is “person.” This is similar to the situation with the words “children” and “child.”

  • The children are good.
  • The children are energetic.
  • The child is good.
  • The child is energetic.

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

 

Have you had trouble with the plural and singular of these words?

Does it come from translating from your own language?

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Direct download: AEE_205_How_to_Fix_a_Translation_Mistake.mp3
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Would you like advice from an expert English teacher?

Today, we talk with Tony from italki.com about 3 outside-the-box ways to improve your English!

 

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Do you take time to reflect on your English learning?

Today we talk about how spending 15 minutes on one specific action could save you hours of work later!

 

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Direct download: AEE_203_How_to_Reflect_Your_Way_to_English_Fluency.mp3
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Can you use your body to increase your confidence in English speaking?

Today, learn what poses can make you more comfortable and powerful!

 

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy says body language affects how we think, and how others think about us. When people are slouched and closed-in on themselves, they not only feel less powerful, but they appear less powerful to others.

Consider: Are your shoulders  slouched?  Or are they back, with your chest open?  Are you spreading yourself out physically?  Are you smiling?  Is your body upright?

 

 

Tips for power-posing your way to confidence:

  • Stand with your arms up, legs spread out, shoulders back and chest out.  Take up space and breathe deeply!
  • If you can't do this at the moment, imagine you’re doing it, or do it in the bathroom before your important interview or presentation.  You can even do it while talking on the phone.
  • Yawn! By yawning, we are naturally bringing oxygen to our brain, which makes us feel more alert and confident.

 

Have you tried power posing?

Has it worked for you?

Tell us your story in the comments section below!

Direct download: AEE_202_Pose_Your_Way_to_Confidence_in_English.mp3
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