What's the difference between a reason and an excuse? Sometimes, we HAVE reasons for not doing what we need to do, and sometimes we MAKE excuses. If we understand the difference, it can help us be more productive in our day.
In this episode, Jesse is going to explore this questions and share his opinion about the difference. Do you agree with him? Share your comments and your opinion.
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Do you have ten minutes a day to practice or improve something? At the end of six days, you will have practiced an hour. We can all find ten minutes a day to practice something.
First, decide something to improve.
Second, make 10 minutes a day to CONSISTENTLY practice this thing.
Next, once you are consistently practicing this thing every day, figure out specific areas to work on at this skill.
Follow these steps, and you will absolutely improve in this skill and as a person.
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Learning language isn't much different than learning a sport, an instrument, or how to do anything. Repetition repetition repetition. You will perform how you practice.
In this episode, Jesse talks about studying English in a different way. Focus on the muscle memory with your brain and your mouth to get used to doing it the right way.
Jesse gives some tips and examples for you to practice this on your own or with your teacher. If you would like to study with Jesse, visit sweedacademy.com and sign up for a lesson.
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Happy Halloween! It's Halloween at the time of recording this, and it's a time for strange and spooky stories. Something strange and spooky happened to me a few years ago, and I want to share this story with you on this episode.
I will tell you about the time I saw a ghost in my room, what I did, and how it felt to experience this thing.
Listen for new vocabulary and expressions during my story and use them in your stories.
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Follow me and create ONE goal for yourself and plans of action. Last week, I had assigned you to write three goals for yourself... however, after doing that assignment MYSELF, I realized that creating three goals might be too much to as of ourselves.
Instead, focus on ONE goal and plans of action to accomplish that goal. Your goal should be:
- specific - you can check off yes/no if you did it
- concrete - include an amount or time frame
Jesse talks about this and more in this episode of the More Than English Podcast.
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I would like to take you through a typical first lesson with one of my students. Typically, for a first lesson, we look at your goals. Let's look at your goals. I will teach you how to set goals, and how to use English to make a plan to accomplish those goals.
This is going to be an interactive episode, so I'd like you to get a pen and a piece of paper to get ready to write down your goals. Also, take a photo of your goals and tag me on Instagram @SweedAcademy
You don't have to make 3 goals. If you only have one goal, do these exercises for that goal!
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Let's talk about the most common thing that holds learners back from learning something new or improving something... self-belief. In other words, CONFIDENCE. If you believe you can or you believe you can't, you're right. This is what I want to talk with you about today.
I will share a story of a student and help you in your confidence because believe it or not, you know more than you think you know. You're better than you think you are. You can do more than you think you can.
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It's always important to get off to a good start and make a good first impression. However, starting a conversation is often very difficult and makes us nervous.
In this episode, I want to share some strategy, tips, and expressions to use when you want to start a conversation with somebody.
After the episode, we will have an English lesson and look at the expressions, vocabulary, pronunciation, and some grammar from this episode. Learn these, practice these, and use these next time you want to start a new conversation.
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Do you feel like you're not improving in your English? There are many complicated parts of English that students find very difficult. Maybe you're studying grammar, vocabulary, phrasal verbs, expressions, verb tenses, and other details in English. In this episode, Jesse teaches you a trick to try when you get stuck with your English and you feel like you're not improving.
The secret is... Less is More. Focus on only one grammar point, vocabulary, or expression that you're having trouble with and become obsessed with that for one week. Jesse will go into further detail with this in this episode.
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IELTS Speaking Part 2 is "The Long Turn", or as many students say it, "The Hell Turn." I asked Dr. Peter Crosthwaite to share tips and advice to be successful on this part of the speaking exam. He will give you study tips to prepare for the exam, advice and things to say, and some common mistakes to be careful for and not do or say on your speaking exam. If you are preparing for a speaking exam, this advice is a must listen.
At Sweed Academy, you will see a listening quiz to go with the conversation.
At the end of our conversation, we have natural English conversation and banter that will really help your REAL English listening.
As always, after the episode, we have a
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In Part 2 of my interview with Dr. Peter Croswaithe, we talk about his specialty... IELTS Writing and Speaking. He gives some POWERFUL tips to be successful in your IELTS Writing and Speaking exams.
Note: We don't talk about specific expressions or 'templates' to use. We talk about overall strategy and tips.
We talk about:
- Basic Strategy
- Pronunciation and Accents
- Vocabulary and Expressions
And then you'll have a vocabulary lesson.
Go to https://www.sweedacademy.com/podcast for the vocabulary and a listening quiz.
This is Part 1 of a 3-part interview with Dr. Peter Crosthwaite. He is a doctor of linguistics, former IELT examiner, and currently a lecturer at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. In this episode, we have a conversation about the strange intricacies of English, and tricks to handle the True/ False/ Not Given part of the IELTS reading exam. We also find out what Peter's favorite WrestleMania Moment is.
If you are preparing for an IELTS exam, the next three episodes (Ep. 23, 24, and 25) are for you. We will discuss IELTS writing preparation and IELTS speaking tips that will change your IELTS approach. We talk about general exam advice and T/F/NG tips. Below, you will be able to see key vocabulary and expressions as well as a space for you to take notes from the conversation.
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Get a pen and paper or your voice recorder ready because this episode will be interactive. Jesse will guide you through the Proust Personality Test to go deep into getting to know yourself even better. Answer these 35 questions honestly for yourself either orally or written, and you will surprise yourself. You will also learn some new vocabulary and have practice forming questions in English.
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"I'm not a language person." This is a lie that I used to tell myself because I was either too lazy or didn't know how to learn, so I didn't learn Spanish when I was in high school. We sometimes say, "I'm not a musical person." or "I'm not a business person." and this mindset holds us back from learning and improving in many areas.
In this episode, Jesse talks about this mindset and gives advice on how to overcome this mindset and improve anything you want.
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In our part 2 conversation with Isabel, we talk about how she finds clients and her creative writing process when she writes Spanish and English texts.
After the conversation, we will have our English lesson to review some key vocabulary and expressions from the show as well as test your listening during the episode.
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We talk with professional Spanish and English copywriter Isabel about the differences between spoken and written English and a little about her process of writing . This episode is perfect for students who want to learn about different writing processes in English.
After the conversation, I will break down the vocabulary and expressions that were said in the episode and invite you to do a quiz activity.
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This is part 2 of my interview with Camille. She is a native French speaker and a French, English, and Spanish teacher. I'd say that qualifies her as an expert in learning languages. Listen to this episode as we talk about some experiences we've had learning different languages and you'll hear TWO great pro tips from Camille to help you improve your language learning. As always, in the final segment, you'll get an English lesson based on the conversation.
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Do you learn or teach several different languages? In today's episode of the More Than English Podcast, we're talking with Camille. She is a from France, she lives in Argentina, and she is a professional French and English teacher. Jesse asked her about the difficulties of teaching two or three different languages while living in a foreign country. She has a lot of positive energy and, in the episode, Camille and Jesse use many useful expressions and vocabulary in their conversation that Jesse will break down in at the end of the show.
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Today I'm talking to teachers and students. I ask this question in the podcast and teach some expressions and pronunciation to answer the question. You will learn how to share your opinion because I teach three different ways to answer this question. As always, at the end of the episode, I teach vocabulary and expressions that you will have heard in the episode.
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This is part 2 of my interview with Atsuko. If you heard part 1, you heard her strong pronunciation. In this episode, I asked her about that. I asked her how she worked on her pronunciation and advice she could give to people who want to improve their pronunciation.
She tells us what she did to practice and gives four (4) great tips that you can try today! In our conversation, she also talks about some tricky words that are typical problem areas for Japanese and other asian speakers, and some funny words as well!
All this and more in this week's episode of the More Than English Podcast. PLUS at the end, just like always, I break down some of the expressions and vocabulary you will have heard in this episode.
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Some people have the opportunity to live abroad at a young age... and some people are faced with the trial of living abroad at a young age. In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, we will hear a bit of both. Listen with me as I interview a native Japanese speaker and listen to her story of moving to the US for about a year and a half and then moving back to rural Japan. Listen to what it was like for her to adjust and she also gives some tips and advice for people learning English.
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Unfortunately, my wife's grandmother just passed away recently, and I got to experience a Spanish funeral. I've been to funerals in three different countries (United States, Korea, and Spain), and each country has its own customs and culture. There are similarities and differences among all three. In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, I will explain a typical American funeral, the typical process that happens on that day, some vocabulary that are probably going to be new, as well as some expressions for you to use to say to the family in case you're ever invited to go to a funeral in America.
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Join me for part 2 of my conversation with Thais Souza as we talk about her journey of learning English and how she uses that in her UX/UI design. Listen to her challenges and how she overcomes those challenges. We will also break down and give feedback on the language she uses.
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Thais Souza is a UX/UI designer who is living in Munich, Germany. We have a conversation about why she had decided to move from Brazil, what it's like to live in Germany, and why she decided to learn English. If you want to look at more of Thais' work, you can contact her at http://www.thaisouza.com/ .
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Episode 10 of the More Than English Podcast where I speak with Luke Kim of Luke Look English. Luke talks about the first part of his journey to English fluency. He started later than other students, others teased him for not knowing as much, and he was faced with a decision.- Do I give up because I'm being made fun of, or do I attack this and become better?- He uses many useful expressions very naturally for you to learn from. Stay around until the end of the video to get explanation of the expressions and vocabulary.
Use this ONE TRICK to be more confident when you go into your next job interview. I've done this for my past three jobs and I KILLED the interview. (It was very successful.) With this trick, you will have more confidence and be able to share your ideas easier, even in a high-pressure situation.
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Life is hard. We have so many things to do in our lives and it seems unbearable sometimes. What can we do? We move forward. How do we do that. Well, you do what you gotta do. That expression simply means to continue doing what is necessary to complete a task. I'm also going to share a story of some things I need to fight through now, and I will share some ideas on how to keep a positive attitude in difficult situations.
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Sometimes we can get discouraged by listening to other learners who are far more advanced than us. In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, I will introduce a new perspective. I want to help you with ways to learn from these people and make yourself better.
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Last week was Semana Santa... or Holy Week. That is the most "sacred" of Christian holidays. It's kind of a big deal here in southern Spain. In this episode of the more than English podcast, I will tell you about my experience here during Semana Santa as well as teach you 15 USEFUL and NATURAL expressions to really increase your fluency.
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Do you get frustrated at your English listening? I want to share three tricks to try TODAY to help you REAL listening. These will help you on exams, but they are for real, actionable English in REAL LIFE. Whether you're meeting people, having conversations with people, or watching TV or movies, these tricks will help you.
Below, you will be able to listen to this week's episode of the More Than English Podcast, and you will see some key expressions that you can use to IMPROVE you English speaking as well!
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Do you still translate English in your own mind when you're speaking or listening? That can be frustrating, but it's also very normal. In this episode of the More Than English Podcast I'm going to share with you a simple 2-part trick to TRAIN YOURSELF to think DIRECTLY in English.
Below are some of the key vocabulary and expressions you will hear in the episode.
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Learn some English expressions for health and doctors. What do you say in English if you hurt your back? What if you have to go to a doctor? How can you describe it?
I recently threw out my back. What does that mean? Basically, it means my back seized up and I was in a lot of pain and I couldn't move. I will talk about how I injured my back, what I'm doing for recovery, how I feel, and a lot more! Learn useful vocabulary and expressions to improve your NATURAL English speaking!
Visit sweedacademy.com for a list of the expressions you will hear in today's episode. Practice and use these expressions the next time you have an English conversation. Not all of the expressions I say are about an injured back. These are expressions that can be used in many different types of situations.
If you have any examples that you'd like to try using these expressions or others, send me your examples on Facebook or Twitter.
In today's episode of the More Than English Podcast, I give you a simple trick that you can use today to increase your vocabulary in a natural way. It's actually a two-part trick. Part 1 is to talk to yourself in English when you're doing some daily tasks, for example, when you're driving, washing the dishes, walking the dog, or any other thing when you talk to yourself. Do that in English. Part 2 is to write down any new vocabulary words or expressions that you look up in a dictionary or hear in a movie or a podcast or a song. Keep a notebook with you to always have that also in the back of your mind.
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Welcome to my brand new Podcast, More Than English where I'm going to talk about the philosophy about learning, my experiences in living in different cultures and learning different languages, and have interesting guests to talk about their language-learning journeys, plus a whole lot more! We are going to talk about learning in general, and I will adapt it to how you learn English.
In this episode, I will talk about why practice does NOT make perfect, and how you can actually do perfect practice!
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