All Ears English Podcast

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?

Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

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?

Share with us in the comments section below!

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?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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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When you’re talking about the future in English, should you use “will” or “going to”?

Today, in #6 of the Top 15 Fixes, we discuss the correct way to tell others what you want to do, whether in the immediate future or many years from now!

 

"Will" and "going to" are interchangeable in meaning, but native English speakers tend to use them for slightly different purposes.

 

Will is often used in the context of a big plan or dream, often in the far future:

  • I will get married, eventually.
  • “Someday, people will live on Mars.”

 

However, Will can also be used if you have just spontaneously made a decision, at this very moment, or for promises:

  • “Maybe I will go out to lunch.”
  • “I will always love you.”

 

Going to is used for more specific decisions about your immediate future:

  • “I’m gonna (going to) go biking tomorrow.”
  • “She’s going to call later tonight.”

 

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These rules are general. Remember, there are exceptions, and native speakers can be inconsistent.  The best way to learn is to get out and hear native English speakers, and use the language the way you hear it spoken.

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

 

What will you do in the future?

What are you going to do?

Tell us about it in the comments section below!

Direct download: AEE_201_Finally_Solve_Your_Confusion_with_Will_and_Going_to.mp3
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How should you talk about money in American culture?

Today, we discuss what you should and shouldn't ask Americans about money!

 

Americans tend to think it rude to discuss personal finances and financial decisions. This may be due to the basic American value of faith in an egalitarian society.  But whatever the reason, money is a touchy subject, and questions about it alienate or even upset an American.

 

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Direct download: AEE_200_How_to_Talk_About_Money_in_American_Culture.mp3
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Are you a perfectionist when it comes to learning English?

If you are, then you are not alone!

Today we have an awesome guest! Today Jun from Hapa Eikaiwa is here to talk about how you can beat this problem.

Do you feel like you are afraid of making mistakes or that everything that you say has to be perfect?

Jun has found that a lot of his students rehearse their sentences in their heads and can’t jump into a conversation and express themselves because of perfectionism.

Do you think more than you talk?

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Are you an English amateur or a pro?

Today we talk about the work from author Steven Pressfield and what it means for your English learning.

 

Who’s a Pro?

The pro artist or English learner or entrepreneur will show up every day and will do the work.

He will move past the thoughts that tend to make him get side-tracked.

The pro is present in his studies and his work. He doesn’t repeat negative thoughts or make excuses.

Are you a pro when it comes to learning English?

 

Who’s an Amateur?

He  might make excuses for not being fluent in English.

The amateur might decide that his lack of English skills is because he doesn’t have a good teacher, or good resources, or the right opportunities.

Are you an amateur English learner?

 

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Tell us in the comments!

Are you an English amateur or an English pro?

Why?

Can you share a strategy to help other AEE listeners “turn pro”?

 

 

 

Direct download: AEE_198_Are_You_an_English_Amateur_or_Pro.mp3
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Do you know who pays for lunch when you go out with English speakers?

This might be a source of serious confusion for you if you are making the mistake of translating the word "invite" from your native language to English!

Today you'll learn how to avoid one of the most awkward possible misunderstandings when you go out for lunch!

Today is number 7 of our Top 15 Fixes to Tune up Your Porsche!

 

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What does it mean when you "invite" someone out for dinner or for lunch?

The verb "invite" just means to extend an invitation to someone to go out and do something together. It does NOT mean that you will pay for the person's meal.

Are you translating this verb and its meaning from your native language into English?

A lot of people make this mistake!

In English when we invite someone to dinner we aren't sure who is going to pay.

 

If you do want to pay for someone you can say:

  • "I've got this"
  • "I got this"
  • "Let me get this"
  • "This one's on me"
  • "I'll take this"
  • "Don't worry about it. I've got this"

 

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

Episode 165: Listen or Hear?

Episode 169: Speak, Talk, Tell and Say?

Episode 173: Wish vs. Hope

Episode 177: Talking About Age in English

Episode 181: Future Tense in English

Episode 185: Interested or Interesting?

Episode 189: Talking About the Past

 

How do you deal with paying for the bill in your culture?

Is it ok to refuse when someone offers to pay for you or should you accept?

How do you think your culture is different from American culture in this sense?

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Do you want to maximize your English learning and get fluent in English faster?

Today you'll learn how to maximize your English learning by using spreadsheets with Jane Lawson from Daily Step!

You'll also learn two other very cool tips to speak English like a native.

 

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Americans love to use English slang. Would you like to sound more American when you speak English?

Today we talk about four common slang combinations you can use to sound more like a native!

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As with other people and languages, Americans tend to bridge words and speak quickly.  This can have the effect of shortening and even creating entirely new words.

 

Here are four slang combination-words that you are likely to hear when around Americans:

  • wanna (want to): “I wanna go out tonight.”
  • shoulda (should have): “I shoulda told the truth.”
  • gonna (going to): “He’s gonna go to a movie later.”
  • gotta (got to): “She says she’s gotta work.”

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Direct download: AEE_195_4_Tips_to_Instantly_Sound_More_American_in_English.mp3
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Should you do a free language exchange instead of an English lesson?

Today, we discuss why this might be a mistake!

 

Language exchanges are a big topic in language learning.  They’re popular because they’re both fun and free.  But they do have some downfalls and sometimes a real teacher is better.

 

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