More Than English Podcast

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By Jesse Sweed
Welcome to the More Than English Podcast. Each week, we will talk about culture, personalities, stories, and learning in general while learning useful English phrases. Come join us!

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Ep. 20 - The Creative Writing Process in English
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. Show notes and more at
August 16, 2018
Ep. 19 - Professional Spanish/ English Copywriter (w/ Isabel
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. For episode notes, visit
August 9, 2018
Ep. 18 - 2 Pro Tips for Learning A Language (w/ Camille Pt. 2)
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. For more information and SHOW NOTES, visit
August 2, 2018
Ep. 17 - She's Learning and Teaching Multiple Languages
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. Visit Sweed Academy to see the show notes
July 26, 2018
Ep. 16 Who is responsible for the learning?
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. For lesson notes and more materials visit SUBSCRIBE if you like it and tell a friend! How can I become a member?
July 19, 2018
Ep. 15 - Ways to Improve Your Pronunciation (Atsuko Pt. 2)
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. SUBSCRIBE to the show if you haven't already, and let me know if you have any comments or questions. Also, remember us on Join the Academy and take lessons for $10/month.
July 12, 2018
Ep. 14 - Moving to the US at a young age (w/ Atsuko Pt. 1)
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. ​ Subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting platform to get new episodes each week. Don't forget to visit us and subscribe on Visit for additional notes and material.
July 5, 2018
Ep. 13 - A Typical American Funeral (Expressions and Vocabulary)
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. Visit for a list of key vocabulary words and expressions and a PDF file for you to print out. SUBSCRIBE on your favorite podcasting service and don't forget us on
June 28, 2018
Ep. 12 - Web Design Approach with Thais Souza
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. For more information and the vocabulary at
June 22, 2018
Ep. 11 - Living in Germany, Learning English (T. Souza Pt. 1
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 . Go to for show notes and other episodes.
June 14, 2018
Ep. 10 - "Everybody else was more advanced than me..." (Interview with Luke Kim)
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.
June 7, 2018
Ep. 09 - Confidence in a Job Interview
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. More resources and vocabulary at:
May 31, 2018
Ep. 08 - Do What You Gotta Do
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. Find show notes at: Become a PARTICIPATING member and learn even deeper:
May 24, 2018
Ep. 07 - Learning From Other Learners
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. Show Notes :
May 17, 2018
Ep. 06 - Surviving Holy Week in Seville
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. Become a PARTICIPATING member and support us:
May 16, 2018
Ep. 05 Listening Tricks That Work
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! Find more PLUS expressions at
May 15, 2018
Ep. 04 - Think DIRECTLY in Your Target Language
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. Find more resources and help at
May 15, 2018
Ep. 03 - Expression: Throw Your Back Out
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 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.
May 15, 2018
Ep. 02 -A SIMPLE Trick to INCREASE Your Vocabulary
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. Take a look at the vocabulary and expressions at
May 11, 2018
Ep. 01: Practice Does NOT Make Perfect
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! Learn more at SOCIAL: Facebook: Teaching Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
May 9, 2018
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