All Ears English Podcast

How can you remember other people’s names?

Today, learn three tactics to remember names in English, and why it’s important to do so!

 

A name is a person’s most basic possession and part of their identity.  It’s the sweetest sound to their ears.  For this reason, Alan believes it’s important to get a person’s name right, and to show an interest in it.  But it’s not always easy to do that, especially with names you are unfamiliar with.

 

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Here are Alan’s tips for remembering new names:

  • If a name is unfamiliar, ask them to repeat it.  This helps you learn their name and also shows a respectful commitment to learning it.  Simply say, “Your name is a little difficult for me, but I’d really like to get it right. Could you say it again?”
  • Ask for their business card.  This works best in a business context, though students may also have business cards.  Reading the name might make it easier to remember.
  • Make up a pneumonic, or memory aid.  Think of what the unfamiliar name sounds like in your native language and use that to help you remember.  This is a way to bridge your language and English.

 

Alan suggests you also learn common names in the English-speaking world, and that you try asking others if their names have any special meanings or significances.

 

How do you deal with learning new names?

Share your experiences in the comments section below!

 

Alan Headbloom is an intercultural trainer, a professional English teacher and a talk show host. He frequently appears as a speaker on topics such as cultural diversity and workplace inclusion. He lives in Michigan, USA where he and his wife produce the show Feel Like You Belong, a show about immigrants creating a new life in the United States.

Visit Alan’s Website: Feel Like You Belong and Alan Headbloom- Cross Cultural Communication


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Do you use reading to advance your English?

Today, learn 3 ways to do it with italki teacher Arianne!

 

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Do you know how to interrupt others in English?

Today, learn how interruption is a part of American speaking culture, and how you can participate!

 

Americans often interrupt each other.  It can appear rude, and can cause frustration, but it happens.  Don’t take it personally.  Instead, learn how it works so you can take part in this aspect of spoken American English culture.

 

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There are many phrases you can use when being interrupted, or when interrupting others.  Some of them include:

  • Sorry or Oops: These might be said not only by the person doing the interrupting, but also by the person who is interrupted.
  • Go ‘head (ahead) and No, you go: These phrases permit the other person to interrupt you.
  • No problem: This indicates that you are okay with the interruption that just occurred.

 

Other common interruption phrases include:

  • What was that?
  • Uh huh.
  • Oh?

 

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Why is dating in a big American city so difficult?

Today, returning guest Jessica Coyle talks about some of the obstacles, and shares 3 tips to improve your odds of success!

 

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What is the IELTS English exam?

Who takes it, and why?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica discuss all the basics of the IELTS exam!

 

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How can you achieve English fluency where you live?

Today, find out why you don’t have to live in an English-speaking country to become fluent in English!

 

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Do you know the difference between “by” and “until”?

Today, learn how they’re not the same, and how to use them like a native speaker!

 

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Are you getting to the point in English?

Today, learn 3 reasons you might be talking in circles when it comes to business English, and how you can get your point across more precisely!

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Do you want to impress the examiner in the IELTS speaking section?

Today, find out why exaggerating will give you a better score!

 

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What does it mean to "be somebody"?

On today's Deep Thoughts Thursday, hear a quote that will inspire you to be specific in your career choice!

 

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Are you in danger of making a cultural mistake in writing?

Today, learn the biggest cultural mistake people make in Writing Task 2 of the IELTS!

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Can the arts take your English to a higher level?

Today, Lindsay talks with TEDx speaker and ESL expert Mindy Young about how to use music, painting and poetry in learning English!

 

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How do you address people in English?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle tell you what you should call people, and when!

 

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What should you bring to your IELTS exam?

When should you go, and what should you watch out for?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica discuss how you can be prepared to succeed on your IELTS test day!

 

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Are you looking for English phrases to start a conversation?

Today, get 10 English conversation starters to fill the silence at your next dinner party!

 

Awkward silences can kill a dinner party. Nobody wants to sit in silence, but people must have something to talk about.  Creating this opportunity is as easy as asking a simple question.

 

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Should you speak American English or British English on the IELTS?

Today, Jessica and Lindsay talk about accents, and what you can expect on the exam!

 

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Why does the IELTS examiner stop you in the speaking test?

Today, Jessica and Lindsay talk about why this happens, and why you shouldn’t worry about it!

 

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How can you motivate yourself for English learning?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle discuss a tip to help you be a better self-guided learner!

 

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How do you talk about love in English?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle give you 8 English prepositions to use when discussing romance and finding the right person!

 

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Did the IELTS examiner ask you a difficult question?

Did your mind just go blank?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica share 6 phrases to help you fill that time void!

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If you get asked a question that you can’t immediately answer during your IELTS exam, you don’t want to go silent.  It’s important to keep speaking even if you need a moment to decide how to answer the actual question.

Native English speakers use many different phrases to help them do this. It’s important to understand that using a time-filling phrase won’t hurt your score.  In fact, it’s likely to improve it!

 

Here are a few phrases to use if you need a moment to think about how to answer a question during your IELTS exam:

  • “Honestly, I am a little bit nervous right now and my mind just went blank.”  This says that you’re being honest, and trying. “My mind went blank” is also an idiom.
  • “Frankly, this isn’t something I’m used to talking about.”  Again, this is honest, and sounds like something a native speaker would say.
  • “That’s a good question.”  This welcomes good intonation, and that will help your pronunciation score.

 

Other simple and common English time-fillers:

  • “Wow, let me think about that.” 
  • “I’ve never thought about that before.” 
  • “Let’s see.”

 

Which phrases do you plan to use, and why?

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Do you need some English phrases to slow things down?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle share 6 phrases to buy you some time in a rushed, stressful situation!

 

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Direct download: AEE_264_6_Phrases_to_Buy_Yourself_Time_in_English.mp3
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