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Dee’s English Lessons

By Dee’s English Lessons
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
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Episode 185
Introducing a new series of episodes: Topic: Standardized English tests (IELTS, TOEFL and SAT). Objective: To get students on summer holidays preparing for those tests to be familiar with the sort of questions to expect.
July 20, 2022
Episode 184
Resumption episode after the 3months lock down due to COVID-19 resurgence in Shanghai.Sharing the experience of life under lock down in Shanghai.   
July 01, 2022
Episode 183
Wrapping up series on Job Hunting: Reviewing previous parts discussed. Last part: Questions interviewees can and can't ask interviewers: 1. Does your company have branches in other parts of the city, in other cities, in other countries? 2. If hired when are we expected to start work? Immediately or at a later date? 3. Do we work extra hours? 4. (Ask a technical question about the job).
April 02, 2022
Episode 182
Series on Job Hunting continues... Part 3: Challenging interview questions. Case questions: What's your salary expectation? This is what we pay for this position, is that okay for you? 
March 10, 2022
Episode 181
Series on Job Hunting continues: Part 3: Common challenging interview questions:  Case questions:  Why did you leave your previous company? Why do you want to leave your current job? Why do you think our company is suitable for you?
February 16, 2022
Episode 180
Series on Job Hunting continues: Part 3. Typical job interview questions to prepare for. Typical question 2: What are your strengths and weaknesses? Discussing some more examples of strengths and weaknesses. Strengths: Dedicated, creative, flexible, resourceful, problem-solving skills, ability to work under pressure, time management skills, team player, fast learner, leadership skills, typing skills, writing skills, determination, negotiation skills and communication skills. Weaknesses: Disorganized, impatient, insecure, self-criticism, multitasking, blunt, public speaking, shy, too detail-oriented, saying "no", unhealthy work/life balance, delegating, procrastination, hard skills, micromanaging.
January 31, 2022
Episode 179
Series on Job Hunting continues: Part three: Preparing to answer typical interview questions. Standard question 2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?  To prepare for this question, work with a friend who knows you well and has worked with you to make a short list of about 5 strengths and 5 weaknesses. Then study the list to pick out the ones that are relevant to the job you are interviewing for.
January 19, 2022
Episode 178
Series on Job Interviews continues: Part 3: Answering actual interview questions: Typical interview questions. 1. Tell me about yourself. Using the three-dimensional approach to answer.
December 31, 2021
Episode 177
Series on Job Hunting continues. Third part: Preparing for Job Interview. Knowing your CV. Knowing the company you intend to work for. Knowing what kind of interview it is. Hide your desperation for the job.
December 10, 2021
Episode 176
Series on Job Hunting continues. Second part: Editing, polishing and proofreading a CV. Things you should do and things you shouldn't do. Contextualizing your CV.
November 25, 2021
Episode 175
Series on Job hunting continues: Second part: Updating your CV. Editing the key parts of your CV: Personal Summary, Personal Information, Work Experience, Education, Other skills.
November 08, 2021
Episode 174
Series on Job Hunting continues: Second part of Understanding Job Ads. 7. Understanding and making good use of the contact information found on a job ad. 8. Company background check. 9. Pay / Benefits. 10. Job scams and headhunters. 
October 26, 2021
Episode 173
New series continued: Understanding Job ads: Part 1. Things to pay attention to when reading job ads: 1. Date of posting 2. Deadlines for applications. 3. Is it a specific position or a general call? 4. Job description: Can you handle the workload? 5. Job requirements. 6. Eligibility.
October 12, 2021
Episode 172
Introducing a New series: English for interviews. Understanding job ads. Preparing a CV and cover letter. Preparing for interviews. Ask and answering questions correctly at interviews. 
October 01, 2021
Episode 171
Special guest speaker Natasha V. Broodie talks about herself, her book Give Me Tea, Please, her book tour and tips for language learners. Her book is available on Amazon. Just type her name or the title of the book. 
September 09, 2021
Episode 170
Answering questions from listeners: How to improve vocabulary and online lessons.
September 01, 2021
Episode 169
Welcoming new listeners to the platform. Things you should do and shouldn't do on the eve of the day of your test and just moments before your test.
August 18, 2021
Episode 168
How to build your confidence and improve your reading skills. Recommended reading series: Common Core Standards Series Smart Reading by Wayne Everett
August 08, 2021
Episode 167
Final tips on IELTS reading and end of series on IELTS.
July 24, 2021
Episode 166
Series on IELTS continues: Introducing the reading test format. How to get sample reading materials and practice reading with timing.
July 11, 2021
Episode 165
IELTS series continues: Focus on listening. The score range from 4 to 9. Making good use of the time given to read the questions very well in order to easily spot answers in the audio.
June 22, 2021
Episode 164
Series on IELTS continues: Introducing the listening section. Format of the listening test and mistakes to avoid.
June 11, 2021
Episode 163
Series on IELTS continues. Wrapping up discussions on Writing Tasks 1 & 2. Reviewing essential tips.
June 01, 2021
Episode 162
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.
May 17, 2021
Episode 161
Series on IELTS continues. Focus on Task 2 writing. Introducing major differences between Task 1 and Task 2 writing. Slight differences between Task 2 Academic writing and General Training.
May 06, 2021
Episode 160
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
April 27, 2021
Episode 159
Series on IELTS continued: Focus on Writing; Introducing Task 1 writing for General Training IELTS. Three kinds of letters to prepare for.
April 18, 2021
Episode 158
Series on IELTS continued. Focus on Task 1 writing (Academic IELTS). Discussing the standard 4-paragraph structure of writing about a diagram. Introduction, Overview, Details1, Details2. 
April 08, 2021
Episode 157
Series on IELTS continues. Wrapping up discussions on the speaking part of the test. Introducing the writing part of the test. Task 1 and Task 2 writing preview.
March 30, 2021
Episode 156
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.
March 21, 2021
Episode 155
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
March 12, 2021
Episode 154
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. 
March 04, 2021
Episode 153
IELTS series continued. Focus on Part 2 speaking. Discussing the format of part 2 questions and suggestions on how to approach the topics. Few examples mentioned for illustration.
February 25, 2021
Episode 152
Series on IELTS continuation: Focus on part 1 speaking. Talking about favorites, personality, job / school, hometown, likes and dislikes, childhood, future plans, etc.
February 17, 2021
Episode 151
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....
February 08, 2021
Episode 150
Series on IELTS continues: Discussing the speaking test. The formats of the three parts of the speaking test and the differences in question styles.
January 29, 2021
Episode 149
Presenting details about the formats of Academic IELTS, General Training and Life Skills. Sections, content and duration.
January 19, 2021
Episode 148
Introducing a new series: IELTS - a standardized English language test for persons who intend to prove their English language proficiency. General introduction to IELTS. Basic facts.
January 09, 2021
Episode 147
Wrapping up the series on Social ills, wrapping up the year, new year greetings and statistics on listeners to the podcast.
December 31, 2020
Episode 146
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.
December 11, 2020
Episode 145
Series on social ills continues...Case study: Stigma - Stereotype - Prejudice. Definitions and common examples.
November 24, 2020
Episode 144
Series on social ills continues: New case study: Embezzlement (noun) To embezzle (verb). Definition and examples of embezzlement.
November 13, 2020
Episode 143
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?
November 02, 2020
Episode 142
Ongoing series on social ills: Introducing a new sub topic: Bribery and Corruption. Definition and examples.
October 23, 2020
Episode 141
Series on social ills: Topic: Discrimination. Discussing two types of discrimination: Physical appearance (Height, weight, special bodily features) and disability discrimination.
October 14, 2020
Episode 140
Series on social ills continues: Topic: Discrimination: Focus: Discussing Social status discrimination, workplace discrimination and age discrimination with specific examples.
October 06, 2020
Episode 139
Series on social ills continues. Case study: Discrimination:  Racial, gender and religious discrimination.
September 24, 2020
Episode 138
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.
September 10, 2020
Episode 137
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.
August 30, 2020
Episode 136
Series on frequently misused words continues: Case study: Flour / Flower / Floor / Flaw Quiz: Four sentences for practice.
August 11, 2020
Episode 135
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.
July 30, 2020
Episode 134
Focus on frequently misused English words. Case study: The pronunciation of the words: there / their / they're / dare / tear.  A quiz of 5 sentences to test the understanding of the words.
July 20, 2020
Episode 133
Series on frequently misused English words continues. Answers and explanations of the quiz in Episode 132.
July 10, 2020
Episode 132
Vocabulary comprehension series continues: Filling out blanks in 10 sentences with the words: Lice, laying, lay, lies, lying, lie, lied
June 30, 2020
Episode 131
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'.
June 18, 2020
Episode 130
Vocabulary focus on frequently misused words. Correction of words used in the quiz in Episode 129.
June 08, 2020
Episode 129
Introducing a new series: Commonly misused words. Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Antonyms. Case study:  Live / leave / leaf Lives / leaves / life Lived / lift
May 27, 2020
Episode 128
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.
May 18, 2020
Episode 127
Vocabulary: More words and expressions discussed within the context of COVID-19.  Conspiracy => conspirator => conspiracy theory => conspiracy theorist Controversy => controversial
May 06, 2020
Episode 126
More COVID-19 vocabulary discussions. Case studies: Clusters, community spread and incubation period.
April 25, 2020
Episode 125
Continuing the series on COVID-19 vocabulary and expressions. Describing a curve as used in describing the COVID-19 curve. The curve rises, reaches an apex then falls. Sometimes it flattens.
April 16, 2020
Episode 124
Coronavirus vocabulary series continued: A closer look at the acronym PPE and 5 most needed PPE items.
April 06, 2020
Episode 123
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. 
March 27, 2020
Episode 122
Further discussions on COVID-19 related vocabulary. Social distancing / Panic buying / travel restrictions.
March 18, 2020
Episode 121
Mini series about COVID-19 continues. Discussing relevant vocabulary and expressions.
March 06, 2020
Episode 120
More discussions about the Coronavirus outbreak with special focus on the words: epidemic, pandemic, contagious, virus, antivirus, vaccine, viral and how usage.
February 22, 2020
Episode 119
Discussing the corona virus and other meanings.
February 11, 2020
Episode 118
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.
February 01, 2020
Episode 117
Grammar focus: What are the differences in the use of the verbs "To wish" and "To hope"? Discussing the contexts in which the two verbs are used to express the desire for something to happen.
January 24, 2020
Episode 116
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."
January 17, 2020
Episode 115
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.
January 05, 2020
Episode 114
Reading Comprehension series: Story: Laughter is the best medicine. A clever boy tricks a grumpy king into laughing and saves the kingdom from sadness.
December 24, 2019
Episode 113
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.
December 16, 2019
Episode 112
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.
December 06, 2019
Episode 111
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.
November 27, 2019
Episode 110
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.
November 21, 2019
Episode 109
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.
November 10, 2019
Episode 108
English reading comprehension series: Story: The Fox and The Goat. A foolish goat gets deceived into a well by a fox. Moral from the story: Look before you leap.
November 06, 2019
Episode 107
English Reading Comprehension Series: Case Story: The Miser: A man who decided to hide his lump of gold in a hole and visit it every day until he lost it to one of his workmen.
October 27, 2019
Episode 106
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. 
October 22, 2019
Episode 105
English reading comprehension series: Story: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. Moral of the story: Evil plans beget evil.
October 14, 2019
Episode 104
Reading comprehension series: Case study: The Farmer and his Sons.. Moral; "United we stand, divided we fall."
October 03, 2019
Episode 103
English Reading Comprehension series: As You Sow, So Shall You Reap. Moral: Evil Begets Evil.
September 27, 2019
Episode 102
Reading series: Story: The Wind and The Sun. An old fable with the moral: Brute force can't achieve what gentleness can.
September 20, 2019
Episode 101
Introduction to a new series: Story Reading for Children: Talking about the importance of reading in the process of learning English as a second language. 
September 15, 2019
Episode 100 - Anniversary episode
The special episode of the podcast Dee's English Lessons with guests ESL teachers in the studio. Lost of jokes and teaching tips for ESL teachers.
September 08, 2019
Episode 099
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.
August 29, 2019
Episode 098
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.
August 23, 2019
Episode 097
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.
August 15, 2019
Episode 096
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.
August 02, 2019
Episode 095
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.
July 24, 2019
Episode 094
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.
July 15, 2019
Episode 093
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.
July 10, 2019
Episode 092
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. 
July 02, 2019
Episode 091
English expressions: Sayings about success: 1. Determination is the key to success. 2. Practice makes perfect. 3. As you make your bed so shall you lie on it. 4. You reap what you sow. 
June 25, 2019
Episode 090
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.
June 21, 2019
Episode 089
English proverbs: 1. A wolf in sheep skin. 2. A green snake in the green grass. 3. A beautiful apple but rotten inside. 
June 18, 2019
Episode 088
English Proverbs: 1. Don't judge a book by its cover. 2. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
June 11, 2019
Episode 087
Introducing a new series: English sayings / expressions / proverbs. What are the differences between idioms and proverbs? Examples.
June 05, 2019
Episode 086
English idioms: Focus on School Idioms: Examples: To be of the old school. A school of thought. To teach someone a lesson. To learn a lesson. A teacher's pet.
May 28, 2019
Episode 085
English idioms: Love idioms: Examples discussed: Puppy love. Blind date. Love at first sight. To fall for someone. To break up.
May 20, 2019
Episode 084
English Idioms: Category: Water idioms. Examples: To be in deep water / To be in hot water. To feel like a fish out of the water. To test the waters. To keep one's head above water. My mouth waters. 
May 15, 2019
Episode 083
English idioms: Number idioms: Case studies: Back to square one / One in a million / The number one / 101.
May 10, 2019
Episode 082
English idioms: Weather idioms. 4 case studies: To feel under the weather / A storm in a teacup / To chase rainbows / a cold day in hell.
May 07, 2019
Episode 081
English idioms: Parts of the body idioms: 4 case studies: To get cold feet. To give someone a cold shoulder. Get of my back. Something to cost an arm an a leg.
April 29, 2019
Episode 080
English idioms: Color idioms: Examples: Once in a blue moon. The green light.  A red flag.
April 23, 2019
Episode 079
English idioms: Fruit idioms: Case study: Cherry. To cherry pick something. The cherry on the cake.
April 15, 2019
Episode 078
English idioms: Fruit idioms: Case studies: A bad apple. Comparing apples and oranges. The apple of one's eye.
April 11, 2019
Episode 077
English Idioms: Birds in idioms: Case study: The goose: 1. "To have goose bumps." 2. "To cook someone's goose." 3. "To kill the goose that lays golden eggs." 
April 06, 2019
Episode 076
English Idioms: Idioms with birds: 1. As free as a bird. 2. Birds of a feather flock together. 3. To go on a wild goose chase.
April 02, 2019
Episode 075
English idioms: Animal idioms: Horses: Hold your horses. You are beating a dead horse. Explanations and examples.
March 28, 2019
Episode 074
English idioms: Animal idioms: Case study: Fish or cut the bait. Explaining the word "bait" as used in business English.
March 24, 2019
Episode 073
English idioms: Focus: Animal idioms. Case study: The lion's share. Explanation with examples.
March 20, 2019
Episode 072
English idioms. Animal idioms: Case study: The elephant in the room. Explanation and examples.
March 14, 2019
Episode 071
English animal idioms: Case study: A cat in gloves catches no mice. Explanation and examples.
March 05, 2019
Episode 070
Introducing idioms. Category 1: Animal Idioms. It's raining cats and dogs. Guest on the show: Teacher Pepsy.
February 24, 2019
Episode 069
Introducing a new series - Idioms. Background information relating to the upcoming series. 
February 16, 2019
Episode 068
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.
February 05, 2019
Episode 067
10 Cause and effect connectives (Because, so, therefore, thus, consequently, as a result, since, for that reason, hence, thereupon).
January 30, 2019
Episode 066
10 Connectives for comparing (as well as, the two, both, similarly, likewise, in the same way, equally, like, just as, also).
January 26, 2019
Episode 065
Connectives for showing contrast between two persons, things, places etc. (but, unlike, contrary to, in contrast, whereas, meanwhile, while, on the other hand, conversely. as opposed to).
January 21, 2019
Episode 064
Discussing connectives: 9 words used to emphasize points (above all, in particular, notably, specifically, more importantly, indeed, especially, significantly).
January 15, 2019
Episode 063
Discussing connectives: 7 words used to add ideas to an initial main idea (and, also, in addition, further, furthermore, as well as, and then).
January 09, 2019
Episode 062
Discussing connectives: 10 Words used for sequencing (Firstly, secondly, initially, then, next, afterwards, finally, subsequently, eventually, previously).
January 04, 2019
Episode 061
Introducing a new series: Connectives, linking words, with the examples of "unlike" "contrary to" "meanwhile" "whereas"
December 31, 2018
Episode 060
Sending out Christmas greetings, sharing Christmas songs and welcoming student Taliow from Tianjin on the show.
December 25, 2018
Episode 059
Commenting on feedback from listeners and announcing the coming up of a new series from the next episode.
December 20, 2018
Episode 058
Another word that helps you make conditional sentences: "Unless" using the word "unless" in the same way as "if".
December 16, 2018
Episode 057
Conditional Sentences - Type 3. The Past Perfect Simple tense agrees with would + have + verb in the past participle.
December 09, 2018
Episode 056
The Conditional Sentence type 2. Tenses involved: The simple past tense + would + verb in the infinitive form.
December 07, 2018
Episode 055
Conditional sentences: First agreement in tenses. The Simple Present Tense agrees with The Future Simple Tense.
December 05, 2018
Episode 054
English Tenses. A recap of the 12 tenses studied. Reviewing the couple pattern of the tenses.
December 02, 2018
Episode 053
English Tenses. Tense number 12 (The Future Perfect Continuous Tense, explaining the three tenses implied, an example and its context).
November 28, 2018
Episode 052
English Tenses. Tense number 11 (The Future Perfect Simple Tense, its structure and context of usage).
November 25, 2018
Episode 051
English Tenses. Tense number 10. (The Future Continuous Tense, the structure, examples and context).
November 20, 2018
Episode 050
English Tenses. Tense number 9 (The Future Simple Tense, structure, using 'will' and 'shall', context and examples).
November 17, 2018
Episode 049
English Tenses. Tense number 8. (The Past Perfect Continuous Tense, context, structure and examples).
November 13, 2018
Episode 048
English tenses. Tense number 7. (The Past Perfect Simple Tense. Explanation, usage, sentence structure and examples).
November 08, 2018
Episode 047
English tenses, tense number 6. (The Present Perfect Continuous Tense, how it is used, structure and examples).
November 03, 2018
Episode 046
Tense number 5. (The Present Perfect Simple Tense. Explanation, usage, sentence structure and examples).
November 01, 2018
Episode 045
Tense number 4 (The Past Continuous Tense, explanation, structure and how it is used).
October 28, 2018
Episode 044
Tense number 3. (The Simple Past Tense. Explanation, regular and irregular verbs).
October 25, 2018
Episode 043
Tense number 2. The Present Continuous Tense (Explanation with examples and variations).
October 21, 2018
Episode 042
Tense number 1. The Simple Present Tense (Explanation with examples and variations.
October 18, 2018
Episode 041
Understanding English tenses (general introduction to tenses. The present, the past and the future).
October 13, 2018
Episode 040
Writing tips for English learners (A recap of all the writing tips that have been discussed in previous episodes).
October 10, 2018
Episode 039
Writing tips for English learners (Practicing writing on your own and looking out for grammatical mistakes)
October 08, 2018
Episode 038
Writing tips for English learners (Considering the purpose of each paragraph you write and positioning it correctly).
October 06, 2018
Episode 037
Writing tips for English learners (Kinds of paragraphs: Descriptive, explanatory, persuasive and narrative paragraphs).
October 04, 2018
Episode 36
Writing tips for English learners (writing a paragraph: parts of a paragraph with examples).
October 02, 2018
Episode 035
Writing tips for English learners (Reviewing simple sentence structures, introducing compound and complex sentences).
September 30, 2018
Episode 034
Writing tips for English learners(Different kinds of sentences, declarative, imperative, interrogative and exclamatory sentences).
September 28, 2018
Episode 033
Writing tips for English learners (Basic sentence structure and how to expand).
September 27, 2018
Episode 032
Writing tips for English learners (Handwriting, spellings, punctuation, capital letters and minor letters).
September 26, 2018
Episode 031
Listening tips for English learners (recommended materials for listening).
September 24, 2018
Episode 030
Listening tips for English Learners (Slow speed materials for beginners, group listening and listening game).
September 23, 2018
Episode 029
Listening tips for English learners (listening for details using interrogative pronouns).
September 22, 2018
Episode 028
Listening tips for English learners (Playing English audio files in the background throughout the day).
September 20, 2018
Episode 027
Listening tips for English learners (Detecting English accents).
September 14, 2018
Episode 026
Reading tips for English learners (group reading and book review websites).
September 13, 2018
Episode 025
Reading tips for English learners (group reading and illustrations).
September 12, 2018
Episode 024
Reading tips for English learners (paragraphs and reading aloud)
September 11, 2018
Episode 023
Reading tips for English learners (reading with highlighters)
September 10, 2018
Episode 022
Reading tips for English learners (techniques of reading).
September 07, 2018
Episode 021
English reading tips for advanced learners (materials to look out for).
September 05, 2018
Episode 020
Reading tips for intermediate English learners (What materials should you read)?
September 04, 2018
Episode 019
Reading tips for beginners (what materials should you read?).
September 03, 2018
Episode 018
Vocabulary learning tips for advanced learners (reviewing and wrapping up).
September 02, 2018
Episode 017
Vocabulary learning tips for advanced learners (Slang words and phrases).
September 02, 2018
Episode 016
Vocabulary learning tips for advanced learners (Proverbs / sayings).
August 31, 2018
Episode 015
Vocabulary learning tips for advanced learners (Figures of speech - metaphors and similes).
August 30, 2018
Episode 014
Vocabulary learning tips for advanced learners (recommendations on how to learn phrasal verbs and other idioms).
August 29, 2018
Episode 013
Vocabulary learning tips for advanced learners (Idioms & phrasal verbs).
August 29, 2018
Episode 012
Vocabulary learning tips for advanced learners (American English Vs British English vocabulary).
August 28, 2018
Episode 011
English vocabulary learning tips for advanced learners (homophones and homographs).
August 27, 2018
Episode 010
English Vocabulary learning tips for advanced learners. (Synonyms and antonyms).
August 27, 2018
Episode 009
Answering Joana Cheng’s question about an English sentence that contains the 8parts of speech.
August 25, 2018
Episode 008
Reviewing vocabulary learning tips for intermediate learners; a continuation of episode 007.
August 25, 2018
Episode 007
English vocabulary learning tip for intermediate learners
August 23, 2018
Episode 006
For beginners learning new words and expressions in English.
August 22, 2018
Episode 005
Summarizing spoken English learning tips.
August 21, 2018
Episode 004
For adults looking for ways to practice speaking English, here are some examples of things you can do. Don’t be shy!
August 21, 2018
Episode 003
This is how you practice your spoken English (Part 2).
August 21, 2018
Episode 002
Practicing spoken English (Part 1).
August 20, 2018
Episode 001
Greetings from Dee. Welcoming everyone on board.
August 15, 2018