Greetings from teacher Dee. I am welcoming everyone on board. I am teacher Dee and I am an ESL teacher, corporate trainer and I am based in Shanghai, China. I have been teaching English since 1998 and I have helped hundreds of students and adults learning English for different purposes. I have taught English as a second language to French speaking learners, Japanese speaking learners, Korean speaking learners, Chinese speaking learners and Russian speaking learners. It is my pleasure to help you improve your English skills. Email: f-writers (at) hotmail (dot) com. Wechat ID: DeeNTee
Series on IELTS continues. Focus on IELTS Task 2 Writing. Making an essay plan. 5-paragraph essay style recommended. Focus on the kind of content you can prepare and make good use of in task two essay writing.
1. Writing about the origins of something. For example: The origins of certain customs in your country.
2. Writing about the causes of a problem. For example: The causes of pollution in your hometown / country.
3. Writing about the types of something. Putting things in categories. For example: Kinds of discrimination.
4. Writing about the advantages and disadvantages of something. For example: Studying abroad.
5. Writing about the consequences of something, effects, impact. For example: The consequences of a high unemployment rate.
6. Writing about problems and suggestions for solutions. For example: Social ills
7. Comparing and contrasting. For example: Past and present marriage customs.
8. Predicting the future of something. For example: E-learning.
Series on IELTS continues: Focus on 6 details that matter:
1. Minimum number of words required.
2. Clear handwriting
3. Using capital letters properly.
4. Avoiding short forms and contractions.
5. Proper punctuation.
6. Proper paragraphing
Series on IELTS continued. Focus on Part 3 speaking. Looking at examples of questions and how they relate to a part 2 topic on electronic items. How to give your opinion on something and justify with examples.
Series on IELTS continued. Focus on Speaking Part 3. Discussing the general nature of part 3 questions and key talking points to prepare about expressing opinions on particular topics.
1. The origin of something
2. The causes of something
3. The types of something
4. The advantages and disadvantages of something
5. Suggestions / solutions
6. The consequences of something
7. Examples of something
8. Personal experience
Series on IELTS continued: Focus on Part 2 Speaking. Looking at some examples of Part 2 speaking topics.
1. Describing a present
2. Describing an old person
3. Describing a childhood event
4. Describing an environmental problem that has occurred in your country.
***Key points to note when planning your answer: Key words, tenses, introductory sentence, concluding sentence.
Series on IELTS continues. Focus on Part 1 speaking. Discussing two common key part one questions: Are you a student or you are working? What do you do in your free time? How long or short should answers be?
Key vocabulary expression: It depends on....
Series on social ills continues: Focus: Addictions. Definition and variations of the word. An addict. To be addicted to...
Examples of 10 top common addictions, quoting from Camino Recovery website.
1. Coffee 2. Tobacco and Nicotine 3. Alcohol. 4. Sex addiction 5. Illegal and prescription drugs 6. Gambling 7. The internet and modern technology 8. Video games 9. Food 10 Work.
Series on social ills: Topic of focus: Bribery and Corruption. Letters from three listeners. Discussing bribery and corruption in details focusing on the case of corporate hospitality. When can it be considered bribery?
Teachers Day. Beginning a new series: Title: Social ills. What are social ills? Bad habits that make our society bad. Introducing the first social ill - Discrimination (Noun), Discriminatory (adjective) and to discriminate against... (verb). More discussions in the next episode.
Wrapping up the series on frequently misused English words. Correction of the last quiz from episode 136.
Recommended further reading on Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs at the website ThoughtCo. Click here to go to the website page that has the list of words to learn.
New series coming up in September. Stay tuned.
Series on frequently misused words continues.
Answers to the quiz from the previous episode.
1. There are good students in our class.
2. They're happy.
3. Let's go to their class.
4. I dare you to go there.
5. Don't tear that paper.
Tongue twister for practice: Don't dare tear that paper there.
Series on frequently misused words continues with an introduction of a new set of words: The verb To lie (To tell lies), To lie (To lie down) and the verb To lay (To put something down). Attention on the words 'lice' and 'lies'.
Closing the series on COVID-19 vocabulary. Learning 3 expressions used when sympathizing: "I am very sorry for your loss." "Accept my sympathy." "Please accept our sincere condolences."
Hint on the next series. Words we easily misuse.
More discussions on frequently used vocabulary related to the global pandemic Coronavirus or COVID-19: A closer look at the verb To carry and its noun form "carrier" used to refer to an infected person who can easily infect another person. Symptom / symptomatic / asymptomatic.
Focus on grammar: Using the verbs "wish" and "want" to express a desire. "Wish" in polite desires with the expectations of a yes or no answer. "Want" for less polite desires with and expectation of yes only. Sometimes "wish" also expresses formal requests in formal contexts while "want" expresses casual requests in casual contexts.
Grammar point: Using the word "wish" as a noun and a verb. Sending wishes during festivals. Wishing people well. Wish / wishes (3rd person singular). Talking about past action: "I wish I had money." / "I wish I had seen him."
New Year 2020 first show. A recap of what happened on the show in 2019. Statistics on the number of listeners, which countries have the greatest numbers of listeners, which podcast platforms listeners use and major English language topics discussed in 2019.
New Year Plans: To get more listeners in Asia. To invite more guests speakers on the show. Tackle more English grammar and Examination English.
The big change: Dee's English Podcast extends from 10mins per episode to 15mins per episode from 2020 due to popular demand from loyal listeners.
English Reading Comprehension practice: Story: The Fox and the Crane. A cunning fox invites the friend the Crane to dinner but serves soup on flat plates so the crane can't enjoy it. After that the Crane plays the same trick by inviting the Fox to dinner and serving soup in a jug so the Fox can't have it.
English reading comprehension series: Story: Time is valuable. A boy called Anthony is lazy and likes to postpone things and that causes him to miss a great opportunity to attend a circus. Moral: Don't always postpone things.
English reading comprehension series: Story: Keep your eyes open. An old Lion pretends to be ill and eat up animals coming to check in on him but a Fox as clever as always doesn't fall into the trap. Morals: Be smart, look before your jump, keep your eyes open, listen to your sixth sense.
English Reading Comprehension series continues with a new story: Never be ungrateful. Two travelers seek shelter under a tree on a hot day but one of the travelers things the tree should have provided fruits too. Moral: We should appreciate the little we have.
English reading series: Case story: Nobody believes a liar. A mischievous boy suffers the effects of his own lie after fooling his fellow villagers twice. The moral: Don't lie because when people know you as a lie they will never believe you even if you happen to tell the truth one day.
English reading comprehension series: Story: The thief and his mother. A story that teaches parents to correct bad habits their children have in their childhood or else they will keep the bad habits even when they grow into adulthood.
Introducing English Riddles and Jokes as a way to improve English language skills. Example of a joke: Student standing on a lost dollar bill who goes late to class. Example of a riddle: A bank that has no money in it = a river bank.
End of the series on English expressions: Review of the main themes, differences between English idioms and English Expressions. English Expressions as a public speaking skill. Introducing the next episode about jokes in English.
English expressions: Theme: Perfections and imperfections: 1. Practice makes perfect. 2. If you try and fail try again. 3. If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. 4. If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. 5. Nobody is perfect.
English expressions relating to life sacrifices and smart decisions: 1. Two wrongs don't make a right. 2. The pen is mightier than the sword. 3. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. 4. There is no such thing as a free lunch. 5. You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.
English Expressions: Examples of expressions relating to friendship and best friends: 1. A friend to all is a friend to none. 2. False friends are worse than open enemies. 3. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer. 4. Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. 5. A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
English expressions: Sayings about hope from some great people: 1. However long the night, the dawn will break. 2. The darkest hours are just before dawn. 3. where there's life, there's hope. 4. Only in the darkness can you see the stars. 5. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
English expressions: Sayings about caution: Examples: 1. Be careful what you wish for. 2. Eggs have no business dancing with stones.3. People who live in glass houses don't throw stones. 4. If you call one wolf, you invite the pack.
English Sayings: Sayings about caution, prudence, carefulness. 1. Look before you leap. 2. Measure a thousand times, cut once. 3. Penny wise, pound foolish. 4. The honey is sweet but the bee has a sting.
English Expressions: Sayings that have to do with teamwork and unity: 1. United we stand, divided we fall. 2. Unity is strength. 3. Many hands make light work. 4. One hand cannot tie a bundle. 5. The more the merrier.
10 Connectives for illustrating (for example, for instance, in other words, to show that, such as, so as to, in the case of, as an illustration, a case in point, to put it clearly). Special Chinese New Year song.