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Today you’ll get six ways to check on someone’s progress in a non-pushy way in English!

Do you ever want to get the status of someone’s progress on a project or an assignment but do you get confused about how to ask without making the person feel pressured?

Today you’ll find out how to do it successfully in English.

 

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Ways to check on progress:

  • “How’s it going? I look forward to receiving the files.”
  • “Any updates?
  • ” How are things progressing?”
  • “How are things moving forward?”
  • “How are things going?”
  • “Do you need any feedback on anything?”
  • “Do you want me to check your work?”

Slightly more direct ways to check on progress:

  • “What’s your timeline?”
  • “How’s your timeline looking?”
  • “I just wanted to check in. When do you think you’ll be able to get that done?”

 

What other phrases do you use when you want to check on someone’s progress?

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April Fool’s Day is coming up later this week.

Are you ready for it?

How do you celebrate April Fool’s Day in your culture?

Today you’ll learn what many Americans do on April Fool’s Day and you’ll get a few new vocabulary words for this day.

It’s common to play jokes on friends and colleagues at work or at college in the United States.

It’s especially common in colleges because students live together with their friends in dormitories.

 

Vocabulary for April Fool’s Day:

  • Gullible: To trust people and believe things that people say, even if those things are not true.
  • Practical Joke: A joke that you play on someone (not a spoken joke). You act out this kind of joke.
  • A prank: A practical joke, a joke that is acted out
  • Gag gift: A silly gift that is not meant to be serious but is meant to be a joke

 

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What should you do if someone plays a joke on you?

Don’t take it too seriously.

Laugh at it.

Have a good time.

 

 

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How do you celebrate April Fool’s Day?

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Today is a Deep Thoughts Thursday and we have an inspiring quote for you!

 

Let’s talk about success.

 

 

 

Here is the quote:

 

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

 

-Winston Churchill

 

 

We can apply this quote to a lot of different aspects of our lives like learning English, dating, and our career paths.

 

We have to keep going and take on new challenges with a positive attitude even if we have failed many times in the past.

 

Try to avoid feeling bitter when you take on a challenge and try again.

 

 

 

What do you think about this quote?

 

Do you keep your heart open and stay enthusiastic when you try again with something?

 

Leave us a comment below and let’s discuss it!

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What is your fashion style?

 

Would you like to be able to talk about fashion in English in a more sophisticated way?

 

Today you’ll get to expand your English fashion vocabulary in this episode with Lindsay and Michelle.

 

Fashion Vocabulary:

 

 

 

1) Umbrella term= Bag

 

  • Purse
  • Backpack
  • Satchel
  • Handbag
  • Pocketbook
  • Evening bag
  • Clutch
  • Wristlet

2) Umbrella term= Shoes

 

  • Sneakers
    • Tennis shoes
    • Walking shoes
  • Boots
    • Hiking boots
  • Heels
  • Flats
  • Sandals
      • Birkenstocks

 

3) Umbrella term= Shirt

 

  • T-shirt
  • Blouse
  • Tank Top (Spaghetti straps, sleeveless)
  • Sweater
  • Sweatshirt
    • Hoodie (hooded sweatshirt)

4) Umbrella term= Jacket

 

  • Coat (heavier than a jacket)
  • Ski jacket
  • Leather jacket
  • Peacoat

 

 

What do you think?

How do you know when someone is fashionable?

What is your fashion style?

Share it with us in the comments.

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Do you use a lot of English slang in your everyday conversations with natives?

In today’s episode you’ll find out how to use the words “crazy” and “insane” as slang words in conversations.

How to use the word “crazy” in a slang form:

 

  • “I know someone who’s totally crazy because he still hitchhikes.”
  • It was crazy for us to hitchhike. Those were my crazy days.”
  • “Are you crazy about your boyfriend?”
  • “What is the craziest thing you have ever done?”

 

The slang words “crazy” and “insane” mean wild and out of control.

They could also mean unexpected or out of control.

The words are also used a lot in song lyrics, especially love songs.

If you use these words in a literal way to describe someone who is mentally ill it is rude.

Instead you could say that they are “mentally disabled” or “mentally handicapped” or “mentally challenged.”

 

 

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Are you busy?

In your home culture, is it considered “cool” to be busy?

In American culture everyone is busy and it’s almost in style to be busy.

We think that’s crazy! Today we are going to give our opinion on this article from the Washington Post called Exhaustion Is Not a Status Symbol.

In American culture, especially in large cities like New York and Boston, things move fast and we often define ourselves based on the things that we do.

We also measure our worth based on what we achieve.

We end up valuing perfectionism and accomplishing things over just living.

Americans don’t take much time off for vacation while in other cultures people take much more vacation time.

 

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How do we know that this is a problem? People in the US always say:

  • “I’ve been crazy busy.”
  • “I have so much going on.”

 

What can we do about this?

  • Avoid checking emails every three minutes
  • When you complete a task, sit back and reflect, get feedback (this was a suggestion from the article)
  • Take more vacation time

 

What do you think?

Is being busy considered cool in your culture?

Let us know in the comments.

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Today let’s talk about how to sound more natural in English when you use the phrase “by the way.”

Michelle and Lindsay will show you some great examples of how to use this phrase.

This phrase is useful to do two things:

  • Bring up a random, unexpected topic
  • To continue with the same topic, to add an idea linked to a previous idea

Listen to the episode for a few great examples of how to use “by the way” in English conversations with Lindsay and Michelle.

How have you used “by the way” in the past?

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Do you ever get confused about whether or not you should tip in an American restaurant?

 

Do you wonder how much to leave?

 

When to leave it?

 

Today you’ll get insider information from Michelle, who used to be a waitress at an American restaurant.

 

In the United States you MUST tip in a restaurant. Servers only make a few dollars per hour.

 

They rely on your tips.

 

How much should you tip?

 

You should tip 18-20%. However, you do have a choice when it comes to leaving a tip. If you have bad service then you can tip less.

 

If the waitress is slow or has a bad attitude then you don’t have to leave a lot of money as a tip.

 

It’s up to you.

 

When should you leave the tip?

 

If you pay with a credit card they take your card and come back with a receipt and the receipt has a place to write in the tip and the total and then you need to sign the receipt before you leave.

 

If you are paying in cash it’s ok to leave the cash on the table but put it under a cup or a plate.

 

 

 

What if you are with a large party? (A group of 6 or more people):

 

In this case gratuity (tip) is usually included.

 

It’s added into the bill before you get the bill.

 

Make sure you ask if you don’t know if it has already been included.

 

In other episodes we will talk about tipping in a bar, a cafe, the hair salon, a taxi, etc.

 

 

 

What is your opinion when it comes to leaving tips in the US?

 

Have you ever made a mistake with this?

Do you have any additional questions? Please ask us in the comments below.


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Do you ever get into trouble during English phone conversations?

This is one of the biggest challenge for English students, especially at work.

Today we will show you how to get out of trouble if you aren’t understanding someone on the phone.

We’ll give you 8 things to do before or during the call to get the help you need.

 

How to Rescue Your Phone Call:

  •  Practice to listening to natives as much as possible in your daily life (podcasts, sitcoms, the news on TV)
  • Ask the person to help you:
    • “I’m sorry. I’m having trouble understanding you. Would you (be able to ) say that again?”
    • “Could you repeat that (for me) please?”
    • “Would you mind slowing down a bit? It’s hard to hear you.”
  • Ask the person to follow up with a summary of the conversation by email
  • See if it’s ok to record the conversation
  • Breathe deeply before you get on the call with a native speaker

 

It’s important not to be ashamed if you can’t understand someone in English on the phone.

Don’t pretend to understand when you don’t.

Use one of our strategies above to save your English conversations on the phone.

 

What other tactics have you tried to rescue your English conversations?

Share them with us in the comments!