Skip to main content
Thinking Out Loud

Thinking Out Loud

By studiomentals.com

A podcast IN English (not ABOUT English!) for our learners.
In each episode Jedrek and Masha explore two everyday concepts to promote a new kind of conversation experience.
The mission of our podcast is to promote reflection, curiosity and common sense in communication. We just hope you will find our language and our lines of thinking easy to follow ;)
If you want to THINK OUT LOUD and experience the pleasure coming from exploring concepts, you can join our classes at www.studiomentals.com or be our guest on this show. Contact us at studiomentals@live.com
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo

Overcast

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Thinking Out Loud 311: Heartless vs. Soulless; Fear vs. Stress
Thinking Out Loud 311: Heartless vs. Soulless; Fear vs. Stress
Hi Thinkers! Masha and Jedrek deliver yet another, highly intellectualized, episode of your favorite podcast! This week on the show: is it ok to teach without syllabus? And in the Thinking Out Loud proper you will have the opportunity to listen what Masha thinks about the difference between "heartless" and "soulless" (and what do Thomas Anders and Diter Bohlen from Modern Talking mean when they sing "You're my heart, Your're my soul) and in the second round, Jedrek will try to detach "stress" from "fear". Thanks for listening and for all your kind words! Don't forget to visit our website www.studiomentals.com (if you want to study with us), and last but not least, here is the show Masha is listening to: the Ezra Klein Show. Have a great day!
01:01:53
November 23, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 310: Friend vs. Ally; Is Nature Beautiful?
Thinking Out Loud 310: Friend vs. Ally; Is Nature Beautiful?
Hi Thinkers! Another week, another concepts to crack! This week on the show the difference between a friend and and ally, and a beautiful question if nature is beautiful? This and much more (for example if Masha is a better teacher now than she was 5 years ago?) in less than 60 minutes of a spontaneous and totally unscripted conversation in English. Learn more about us by visiting our website www.studiomentals.com and if you like our show please subscribe and share it with your friends (and allies ;)) Have a great day!
52:22
November 16, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 309: Knowing A Lot vs. Knowing Very Well; Team vs. Group
Thinking Out Loud 309: Knowing A Lot vs. Knowing Very Well; Team vs. Group
Hi Thinkers! This week on Thinking Out Loud: what's the difference between knowing a lot about somebody and knowing somebody very well? And in the second part: where is the line between a team and a group? Additionally in the intro, Jedrek and Masha talk about their database of questions, why do they NOT ask personal questions, what's wrong with the typical job-interview questions and last but not least: why do they not show prices on their website www.studiomentals.com. There's a lot of fun as always in your weekly dose of meaningful English input ;) Have a great day!
01:03:25
November 09, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 308: Comfort Zone == Satisfaction; Stabilization vs. Stagnation
Thinking Out Loud 308: Comfort Zone == Satisfaction; Stabilization vs. Stagnation
Hi Thinkers! This week on the show: Masha and Jedrek discuss staying in the comfort zone and the relation between comfort and satisfaction, and in the second part the duo deals with the difference between the concepts of stabilization and stagnation. Thanks for listening, and sorry for the slightly inferior quality of Jedrek's sound (he had his mic turned the wrong way ;)) Find out more about Studio Mentals at studiomentals.com, and have a fantastic day!
01:00:04
November 02, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 307: Are Children Serious?; Hero vs. Idol
Thinking Out Loud 307: Are Children Serious?; Hero vs. Idol
Hi thinkers! It's mad when you realize that this podcast is made between Ukraine and France, with the use of basic microphones, some Internet (not the fastest one) and some electricity of course. Amazing. Fine, but as for this episode: Jedrek asks if children are serious, and if politicians are too, for that matter; and in round 2, Masha asks about the difference between a hero and an idol. Thanks for listening and thanks for all the feedback we get from you! Visit our website studiomentals.com for more info about our classes. Have a great week and even greater weekend!
56:17
October 26, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 306: Encyclopedia vs. Dictionary; Romantic vs. Intimate
Thinking Out Loud 306: Encyclopedia vs. Dictionary; Romantic vs. Intimate
Hello World! This week's episode of Thinking Out Loud features Masha's chilling reflections on the overwhelming feeling of isolation during a blackout (after Russia's particularly brutal missile and drone attacks on Ukraine's cities last week), and two rounds of questions: in the first, somewhat technical one, Jedrek asks about the difference between an encyclopedia nad a dictionary, and in the second one, much more juicy one 😄, Masha tries to get to the bottom of what does it mean "romantic" by contrasting it with 'intimate'. Thanks for listening as always, and if you aren't our student yet then you can change it by visiting studiomentals.com and contacting us via the contact form 😉 Have a beautiful day, stay safe!
58:53
October 19, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 305: Does Bill Gates Have More Freedom Than You?; Does A Non-Expert Have The Right To Criticize?
Thinking Out Loud 305: Does Bill Gates Have More Freedom Than You?; Does A Non-Expert Have The Right To Criticize?
Hi Thinkers! This week on the show: after a short recap of Innovate ELT 2022 conference where Jedrek is trying to count how many beers he downed, Masha tries to explain if Bill Gates (and Brad Pitt) have more freedom than ordinary people (and what’s the difference between freedom and independence), and in the second part, Jedrek is trying to defend the non-experts' right to criticize. There’s a lot of unscripted language, some occasional flops for sure, but a lot of fun too. Come practice with us at www.studiomentals.com and don't forget to subscribe to our show on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening and have a great week!
59:59
October 14, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 304: Are We Addicted To Oxygen?; Naive vs. Stupid
Thinking Out Loud 304: Are We Addicted To Oxygen?; Naive vs. Stupid
Hi thinkers! There is a lot happening in this episode: after a brief discussion about how the second language is learnt, Masha and Jedrek jump into two wide discussions: the first one is about additctions and dependencies (how to tell them apart?), and the second one is about the thin line between naivety and stupidity: How much should you know in order not to be considered stupid? Is there any basic level of knowledge we should attain in our modern world? Should we know the capital cities of some remote countries? Why? This and loads more in this week's Thinking Out Loud. Thank you for your feedback to all listeners and a kind reminder that if you'd like to study with us just go to studiomentals.com and fill out the contact form!  Have a beautiful day!
01:03:17
October 05, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 303: Reducing CO2 = Reducing Inequalities?; Trusting vs. Believing
Thinking Out Loud 303: Reducing CO2 = Reducing Inequalities?; Trusting vs. Believing
This week Jedrek and Masha discuss whether reducing CO2 emissions is compatibile with reducing inequalities (how come when everything green is more expensive?), and in the second part of the show Masha asks Jedrek a hammer question: what is the difference between trusting someone and believing someone. One more hour (or so) of spontaneous, script-free conversation. Listen, copy and steal their language - that's the way to make progress! And if you'd like Masha or Jedrek to be your English teacher - nothing simpler: go to studiomentals.com, fill out the form and try your first class (it's free). Have a beautiful day!
53:54
September 28, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 302: Prize or Gift - which has more value?; Science or Art - which is a better guide through life?
Thinking Out Loud 302: Prize or Gift - which has more value?; Science or Art - which is a better guide through life?
Hi thinkers! Here are your two favorite teachers, Masha and Jedrek, discussing another set of interesting questions. Jedrek tries to weigh gits and prizes as to their value, and Masha chooses between science and art as a better guide through life. Thanks for listening to this extra niche podcast, a true gem in the world of podcasts ;) If you enjoy our conversations you can take part in a similar one as our student (go to studiomentals.com). Peace!
54:38
September 21, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 301: Natural vs. Wild; Give In vs. Give Up
Thinking Out Loud 301: Natural vs. Wild; Give In vs. Give Up
Hi friends! Masha, Jedrek and their Thinking Out Loud emerge back from the shadow of the war! Listen to their conversation about the difference between natural and wild as well as an attempt at decoupling giving in from giving up. Don't forget that you can be part of this experience by either studying English with us (sutdiomentals.com) or joining us on the show (studiomentals@live.com). Have a great day!
01:05:57
September 14, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 202: Invulnerable vs. Strong; Lies or Facts
Thinking Out Loud 202: Invulnerable vs. Strong; Lies or Facts
Still a bit shaken by te ongoing war in Ukraine, Jedrek and Masha come back with the second episode of this slightly irregular season. After a brief report on Masha's situation, your favorite teachers start cracking open another pairs of concepts. First, Masha tries to distinguish strong from invulnerable (and whether a weak person can be invulnerable?), and in the second part, Jedrek decides whether facts or lies are more convincing. Thank you for being with us and listening to our conversations. If you'd like to study with us, please, visit our website at studiomentals.com; otherwise feel free to contact us at studiomentals@live.com. Have a great week!
58:25
March 31, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 201: War and Peace: an interview with Masha about the situation in Ukraine
Thinking Out Loud 201: War and Peace: an interview with Masha about the situation in Ukraine
Masha and Jedrek are back with their podcast recorded between France and Ukraine. Their first episode of the new season is an interview with Masha who lives in Kiev and who was a witness of the Russian agression on Ukraine. Masha shares her point of view and talks about the atmosphere in Kiev and outside the city, about national unity of Ukrainians and much more. Thanks for being with us and lets get going with season 2!
48:50
March 10, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 013: Behind the scenes: how are our questions born?
Thinking Out Loud 013: Behind the scenes: how are our questions born?
Have you ever wondered how our questions are born? Of course you have ;) So this week we are letting you behind the scenes of how we design them :) It's a somewhat different episode than the previous ones but there is still a lot of exploration of everyday concepts including 'oven' and a lot of fun. Don't hesitate to leave us your feedback, or get in touch with us if you'd like to improve your speaking skills (go to our website or drop us an email at studiomentals@gmail.com). Thanks for listening, we hope you are having just as much fun listening as we recording it ;)
01:03:51
February 23, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 012: Prisoner vs. Slave; New vs. Fresh
Thinking Out Loud 012: Prisoner vs. Slave; New vs. Fresh
Hi! Two people struggling with freedom: a prisoner and a slave - how much different are they? This is what Jedrek explores in round one, and in round two, Masha is trying to separate New from Fresh and see what is the connection between cold temperature and freshness. Thanks for listening to our exchanges, they may not lead to clever conclusions but they surely offer a large dose of solid Global English ;) If you haven't tried yet - don't forget to try our classes, simply go to www.studiomentals.com and fill in the contact form (the first meeting is free). Also if you'd like to leave us a voice message you can do it here. Last but not least, if you'd like to join us on the show please contact us at studiomentals@live.com. Thanks you for listening, you are the best!
01:13:08
February 16, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 011: Dreams vs. Goals; Imagination vs. Fantasy
Thinking Out Loud 011: Dreams vs. Goals; Imagination vs. Fantasy
This week on the show Masha and Jedrek use their Global English to discuss the difference between dreams and goals and try to find the border between imagination and fantasy. Keep in mind that before being podcasters we are teachers of English and you can develop your English with us! Visit our website for more details. If you like (or hate) our show, you can share your point of view, and if you'd like to take part in the show and pump some sense into this world with us, drop us an email: studiomentals@live.com. Thanks for listening!
58:39
February 09, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 010: Is High-Brow Stuff Boring?; Getting Up at 5:30 AM
Thinking Out Loud 010: Is High-Brow Stuff Boring?; Getting Up at 5:30 AM
We almost can't believe we made it to our double-digit episode, number 10, but here we are! Thanks! In the intro you will learn a little bit about our story and how we got to know each other. Shortly after that Masha sets off to investigte the link between high-brow art and boredom, and Jedrek assesses if it's difficult to get up at 5:30 in the morning, an hour which for many people doesn't even exist. Thanks for being with us and listening to our exchanges! You can leave us feedback here, enroll for excellent conversation classes here, or drop us an email (if you want to take part in one of the episodes for example) at studiomentals@live.com. 
57:17
February 02, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 009 Feat. Sophie Bailey: Shy vs. Cowardly; Is Bicycle a Machine?
Thinking Out Loud 009 Feat. Sophie Bailey: Shy vs. Cowardly; Is Bicycle a Machine?
This week on the show, we're pleased to host our first (ever) guest: Sophie Bailey. Sophie is the author of the famous Edtech podcast, and - most importantly - a really clever thinker. Masha lets her muse on the concepts of cowardice and shyness, and knowing that Sophie is an avid cyclist, Jedrek asks her whether a bicycle is a machine. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you, if you never look at your fridge the same way again :) By the way, during the show, Sophie reveals her cool idea for a new start-up! Also, don't forget that we are English teachers, and you can sign up for a free demo lesson with us at www.studiomentals.com. You can drop us your feedback about the show clicking here. And, if you’d like to be our guest on the show, please get in touch at studiomentals@live.com. We love you, check out new episodes every wednesday at 6 AM CET.
45:29
January 26, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 008: Beautiful vs. Sexy; Health and Beauty
Thinking Out Loud 008: Beautiful vs. Sexy; Health and Beauty
Jedrek and Masha start out by reflecting on reflection - is our world being gradually deprived of it? Only to dive later into the subject of beauty, exploring the difference between the concepts of 'sexy' and 'beautiful' (Is Jeff Bezos sexy?), and what is the link between health and beauty (Is Wayne Rooney beautiful?) Thanks for listening and following our line of thinking. You can leave us a voice message right now to tell us what you think about our show - click here, also don't forget that we are TEACHERS of English, and if you'd like to develop your skills (speaking/imagination/creativity) with us, don't hesitate to fill out the contact form at studiomentals.com. Last but not least, you can take part in this show, drop us an email at studiomentals@live.com and we will schedule the recording. Peace!
01:01:40
January 19, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 007: Pace of Life; Can you have a language with only one speaker?
Thinking Out Loud 007: Pace of Life; Can you have a language with only one speaker?
What do being busy, milking cows, Elon Musk, Kate Winslet and the concept of standing reserve have in common? Well, they all feature in this episode of Thinking Out Loud, where Masha tries to explain the concept of the pace of life, and Jedrek ponders whether you can use language if there is nobody to talk to. Don't forget that alonside being podcasters we are also teachers of English. If you'd like to develop your speaking with us, please visit www.studiomentals.com and fill out the contact form! Also, we don't want to be alone in this podcast forever, if you'd like to think out loud with us on air, please contact us at studiomentals@live.com. Thanks for listening, we love you, listener! ;)
01:01:15
January 12, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 006: popular vs. famous; friendship vs. fraternity
Thinking Out Loud 006: popular vs. famous; friendship vs. fraternity
Kings (and Queens) of English conversations are back in 2022 with the discussion about the differences between 2 pairs of concepts. First, Jedrek tries to separate 'popularity' from 'fame', and next, Masha is trying to decouple 'friendship' from 'fraternity'. Expect a mix of fun and seriousness, hard thinking in an easy going atmosphere, and a lot of references to pop-culture ;) Thanks for listening, don't forget that if you'd like to confront similar questions (they're good for your language and good for your brain) feel invited to visit our website studiomentals.com and fill out the contact form. And if you'd like to be our guest on this show - please drop us a an email at studiomentals@live.com. We wish you a happy new year!
54:02
January 05, 2022
Thinking Out Loud 005: Tourist vs. Traveler; Average vs. Happy Medium
Thinking Out Loud 005: Tourist vs. Traveler; Average vs. Happy Medium
Masha and Jedrek sum up 2021 (what a horrible year! :) and move on to discuss first the difference between a tourist and a traveler, and later, whether happy medium and the average are one and the same. Thanks for listening, don't forget that if you'd like to confront similar questions (they're good for your language and good for your brain) feel invited to visit our website studiomentals.com and fill out the contact form. And if you'd like to be our guest on this show - please drop us a an email at studiomentals@live.com. We wish you a happy new year!
48:28
December 29, 2021
Thinking Out Loud 004: Order or Chaos; Is Santa a lie?
Thinking Out Loud 004: Order or Chaos; Is Santa a lie?
In our X-mas special, Masha tries to figure out what's in the jungle: order or chaos? And Jedrek deals with the thin border between a lie and fiction discissing Santa!  Thanks for listening! If you'd like us to teach you how to think (joke!) or at least how to build a few sentences that make sense in English, please visit our website studiomentals.com and fill out the contact form. If you'd like to send us feedback about this episode or take part in the future ones, don't hesitate to contact us at studiomentals@live.com. Cheers!
43:52
December 22, 2021
Thinking Out Loud 003: Manipulation vs. Persuasion; Win vs. Success
Thinking Out Loud 003: Manipulation vs. Persuasion; Win vs. Success
In this episode Jedrek is trying to separate manipulation from persuasion and Masha talks about the difference between victory and success. Could finishing 28th be called a success? If you'd like to face similar questions on your own and become our student, please visit our website studiomentals.com. If you'd like to send us feedback about this episode or take part in the future ones, don't hesitate to contact us at studiomentals@live.com. Thanks!
50:19
December 15, 2021
Thinking Out Loud 002: Teacher vs. Trainer; When does a photo become a lie?
Thinking Out Loud 002: Teacher vs. Trainer; When does a photo become a lie?
In the second episode of our show, Masha tries to find the difference between a teacher and a trainer, and Jedrek explores the limits of enhancing a photo before it becomes a lie. If you'd like to learn more about us, or become our student, please visit our website studiomentals.com. If you'd like to send us feedback about this episode or take part in the future ones, don't hesitate to contact us at studiomentals@live.com. Thanks! 
45:08
December 08, 2021
Thinking Out Loud 001: IQ -- Open Mind; Coziness
Thinking Out Loud 001: IQ -- Open Mind; Coziness
In the first episode of our podcast Masha and Jedrek make a quick introduction and discuss the first pair of concepts: in round one, Masha deals with the relation between intelligence (IQ) and open-mindedness, and in round two, Jedrek explores the concept of coziness. Would you like to take part in one of the future episodes? Contact us at studiomentals@live.com, and if you'd like to study with us, please contact us via the contact form on our website at studiomentals.com.
35:17
December 01, 2021