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More Than English Podcast

By Jesse Sweed
Are you interested in living in different countries, learning new cultures and languages, and teaching English to be able to do that? Each week, Jesse will share stories, advice, and ideas that will help your move be as smooth and beneficial as possible. Welcome to the More Than English Podcast.

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S02 E03 - The Art of Teaching Young Learners (Jessica Yip)

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Get Over Your English Shame And Speak With Confidence
After teaching thousands of students for over a decade, I've seen one unique feature that is tied with English learners that almost doesn't exist for people learning other languages... The shame that's tied with not controlling it better. Jesse will show you how to get over that in this episode. Book a call and let's talk.
December 9, 2020
3 Dangerous Lies You Believe About Learning English
Most English learners feel they are not as fluent as they would like to be by now. Why is this? How can I become fluent in English?  Jesse is going to be addressing 3 lies that you probably believe about learning English that are probably holding you back in your progress. Be careful that these don't turn into excuses which will never get you to your goals. Join my free English For High Performers Facebook group. If you would like to talk to us and get a personalized plan for you to actually become fluent, sign up for a free Brainstorming Session. Let us know if you need anything!
December 1, 2020
Learn English With Songs | Katy Perry ROAR | More Than English
Today's song we're going to be learning is one you have definitely heard before whether in a supermarket, a restaurant, on TV, in the street, on the radio, or any other popular streaming platform. Jesse is going to be teaching us English with Roar by Katy Perry. We are going to be learning useful expressions, pronunciation lessons, and some cultural references that will help better relate to native English speakers. If you have any questions about your English fluency specifically, find Jesse on Facebook and fill out this survey and book a consultation. For more information and materials, visit
September 15, 2020
Learn English With Songs | Amy Winehouse 'You Know I'm No Good'
In this English with Songs episode, Jesse is going to be teaching More Than English as we talk about limiting beliefs that we have in our heads. As far as English lessons, Jesse will teach useful  Expressions and Vocabulary Pronunciation and Intonation Natural Language Take notes in your Notes Organizer. If you want a copy of the Notes Organizer, contact us on Facebook and Jesse will send you a copy. Watch the video version on Find more materials and lessons on
September 5, 2020
Learn English With Songs | Neil Young 'Old Man'
Many English learners use songs to learn and improve their English. Songs create stories, give beautiful messages, and use the language in artistic ways.  In today's More Than English Podcast, Jesse dives into Neil Young Old Man on YouTube. (Original lyric video in the link). Your homework for this: - Summarize the song in 1-2 sentences - Write at least 3-4 expressions or vocabulary from the song - Write your opinion of the song in 1-2 sentences. Visit Sweed Academy for more lessons and resources.
August 28, 2020
Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw | Language Breakdown
In today's episode of the More Than English Podcast our Language Breakdown will cover Tim McGraw's country music song Live Like You Were Dying. Jesse will guide you through the song, teach you useful vocabulary words and expressions, and then you will get homework assignments to share in the More Than English Facebook group. Visit for extra support and resources that will help you become a more confident English speaker by teaching by teaching you how to become more fluent.
June 10, 2020
Learn English With Songs | Bob Seger 'Turn The Page'
In this lesson, Jesse teaches English with the song "Turn The Page" by Bob Seger. This is an example of fantastic storytelling through song as Bob tells about the struggles of a traveling musician. You will: Learn useful expressions and vocabulary Practice your listening and comprehension Have homework assignments to share in our Facebook Group. For more resources and help, visit us at Sweed Academy.
June 4, 2020
Learn English With Songs | The Gambler | Language Breakdown
Kenny Rogers' song The Gambler is a classic that almost everybody knows, and it's a fun song to sing together at a party with a group of friends. Knowing this song will help you connect with people in English and it will give you inspiration and motivation in your life. Jesse plays the song with you and breaks down useful vocabulary, expressions, and phrasal verbs for you to understand the song a little deeper and to upgrade your English speaking. Notes for the Language Breakdown series are here  These notes are free for Participating Members. Join and get dozens of lessons and material plus access to exclusive lessons. Visit for extra materials and personal help.
May 20, 2020
Learn English with Songs | House Of The Rising Sun | Language Breakdown
Learn English expressions and vocabulary from The House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals. This is an example of fantastic storytelling and a powerful message through song. Homework for the More Than English Facebook Group: Level 1: Share an expression that you've learned from this episode Level 2: Share 2-3 sentences about what this song is about. Level 3: Share the deeper message from the song.  Visit for more materials or book a call to see if we can help you grow your fluency.
May 13, 2020
Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs | Language Breakdown
Join Jesse as he breaks down a YouTube video of the Wolf of Wall Street about how to break through your limiting beliefs that are holding you back in your progress of English learning or achieving your goals. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please contact us at Sweed Academy. Book a call here and talk with Jesse about your language learning goals.
May 3, 2020
Don't Make This $50K MISTAKE | TEFL Pyramid SCAM EXPOSED
Former TEFL teacher in China, Levi Grandt, opens up about how he fell into a TEFL pyramid scam that targeted English teachers and students.  This is an important episode since many teachers are looking at online options in their English teaching journey. There are many opportunities to teach online, but with that comes some bad apples who are looking to make money off of the uninformed. We're trying to inform people about those. For more material or organize a study plan, visit
April 28, 2020
Language Breakdown | Coronavirus Facts
Learn some facts about the coronavirus from a doctor who had been working directly with patience of the coronavirus. He talks about causes, symptoms, and preventative measures.  Jesse also breaks down the language the doctor uses to help your English fluency in speaking and listening. Learn these expressions and repeat after Jesse to help you pronunciation. Visit if you want some fluency help.
April 19, 2020
Learn English with Songs | That's Life | Language Breakdown
In this new series, we're breaking down the language in songs, videos, TV show clips, and other sources to help the English learner with their listening and English fluency. Jesse highlights key expressions and vocabulary to help you improve your English listening and speaking. In today's episode, we look at a classic song from Frank Sinatra that was also featured in the film The Joker- That's Life. For more material and resources, visit
April 12, 2020
S02E13 Using Improv In The Classroom
Looking for some new ideas to try with your advanced teen classes? Try some improvisation games. These games can be fun and interactive for the whole class. Today, we're talking to Paul Singleton about ideas to use this in the classroom. According to Paul, these have broken kids out of their shell to have them more active and involved in the class. We also talk about mental health and his experience of teaching at a children's hospital.  Visit The Improvites on Facebook  Visit Sweed Academy for more ideas and help.
February 12, 2020
S02E12 - Breaking Fossilization in Language Learning
Today, we're flipping the script. Jesse is BEING INTERVIEWED by director of English studies at Centro Norteamericano, Amy Niego. Amy interviews him on the topic of fossilization in language learning, and it is based on the very first episode of the More Than English Podcast entitled "Practice Does NOT Make Perfect".  In the episode, you will hear about: What fossilization is How to prevent or break fossilization How teachers can help students with proper error correction The value of having proper guidance in learning a skill Much more! Centro Norteamericano is an English academy and cross-cultural center right in the heart of Seville, Spain. For more information and help as a teacher or student visit
January 26, 2020
S02E11 The Art of Using Projects (w/Mihaela Palimariu)
How many projects do you do with your kids in a semester? Projects can be a wonderful way to get students to do specific work to prepare a task focusing on a targeted part of language. Doing projects in our EFL classes can be great... but they can also fall flat without the right direction.  There are some guidelines that we should follow to maximize the benefits of doing projects in our English classes, especially for teen classes. This is what we are talking about today with our guest Mahaela Palimariu, a professional English teacher and conference speaker. I've recently had a chance to attend the ACEIA teaching conference in Seville, Spain. One of the conference speakers was Mahaela, and I asked her to join me on the podcast to share her knowledge and wisdom with you. She gives some specific pieces of advice to get the most out of your ESL projects to get all of the students to contribute and benefit from the project. Learn some tips, advice, project ideas, and methodology plus a whole lot more in today's jam packed episode of the More Than English Podcast.  Enjoy!
December 8, 2019
S02E10 Use Numbers To Teach English (w/ Harry Waters)
This episode of the More Than English Podcast is all about numbers. We will learn the importance of teaching numbers to our EFL students as well as use numbers to teach English conversation, vocabulary, and pronunciation. We speak with Harry Waters again to get some fun and interesting games and activities for us to use in our ESL classes. We did have some connection issues during the episode, but it is still full of tremendous English lesson ideas for us to use in our classes. We also talk about the value of English teaching webinars and extra training.  If you want more, visit
December 1, 2019
MTE S02E09 Adapting ESL Lessons
There are A TON of fun ESL lessons you can find with a quick Google search. Some lessons don't translate well to different levels or ages of students, however, if you know how to adapt lessons to fit your style, you can adapt most lessons to your different classes.  In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, Jesse gives three examples of how he has done this in his classes using lesson ideas from past guests, and he also gives three new lessons that you can take to your next class and try them out on your students whether you teach kids, teens, or adults. For more lesson and activity ideas and materials, visit
November 18, 2019
S02E08 - The Art of Teaching for Speaking Exams (Terry 2/2)
In this episode, we are finishing our conversation with professional EFL teacher, teacher trainer, and Cambridge examiner, Terry Lodge. In last week's episode, Terry shared some valuable advice when teaching students and the psychology of preparing them for their English exam. Today, he focuses specifically on the speaking exam for Cambridge B1, B2, and C1 exams. He gives us a Do and Don't list of advice to pass along to our students as well as some useful psychological tips for us to remember as teachers. These are masterclasses for TEFL and TESOL teachers. If you know co-workers, directors, or teachers who could benefit from these shows, please pass them along and get the word out. Take part and help us grow. If you didn't listen last week, here is the link to the episode Find useful resources, games, activities, and materials at Sweed Academy EFL Teaching Hub
October 20, 2019
S02E07 - The Art of Teaching for Exams (Terry 1/2)
Teaching for exams whether Cambridge exams, IELTS, TOEFL, or any other standardized test is a necessary part of TEFL. Students need the B1, B2, C1, or another certificate for their school, job, visa, etc. Teachers can make their ESL lessons engaging and practical for real life English while preparing for these exams. In this episode, we speak with Cambridge examiner and coordinator, Terry Lodge, to get the inside scoop on these exams. Terry shares advice from his experience, fun lesson ideas, and EFL teaching philosophy and approaches to be a more effective teacher. This is part 1 of a 2 part interview that is a masterclass in exam prep and teaching English in general. For more useful materials for your classes, visit
October 13, 2019
S02 E06 - Teaching Language Online (w/ Camille)
If you teach a language in a school or academy, a great way to supplement your income as a is to teach online. Sometimes we may not know how to start teaching online, and then if start, we may get nervous when we get our students. Maybe you've been teaching online and you need some new ideas to keep your lessons fresh. Whether you've never taught a language lesson online or you're an experienced teacher, there is plenty of information for you to apply to your online lessons.  Jesse is interviewing Camille, a professional teacher on italki, an online language-learning platform that connects teachers and students, shares some valuable information on: - How to get started teaching online - The differences between teaching kids and adults - Some useful resources to use with your online students Start learning on italki: Find Camille: 
October 6, 2019
S02 E05 - The Art of Teaching Teens (w/ Harry Waters)
If you teach teens, you know how challenging it can be. Between their teenage insecurities, short attention spans, and ever-present hormones, their EFL classes can be a nightmare for EFL teachers... especially young ones. In today's episode, Jesse talks with Harry Waters about teaching philosophy, classroom management, and a few fun EFL game ideas for you to take and adapt to your style and your classes.  The three EFL games you'll learn about in this episode are: Why is there a monkey in your bag? City Race Songversation You'll get much more than just these. Harry shares with us how to play these games in your classes, how to make the rules, and how to get the most language and personal growth out of these games. It truly is More Than English. *Note* you'll hear a bit of background noise at some points. It doesn't interfere with anything. If you want more materials, visit and find a bunch of resources for your lessons.
September 29, 2019
S02 E04 A Korean Perspective For Living and Teaching In South Korea (Luke Kim)
We're talking with Luke Kim, the founder of Luke Look English. He will share a very unique perspective that many have never thought that much about... "What is a Korean person's advice to an ex-pat who is moving to South Korea to teach English?" Luke gives some of his ideas and advice on: - deciding to make the move - adjusting once you're in South Korea - expanding your option past teaching in the classroom - teaching adult students For more resources, visit: Luke Look English :
September 22, 2019
S02 E03 - The Art of Teaching Young Learners (Jessica Yip)
Do you teach kids English as a Foreign Language (EFL) or English as a Second Language (ESL)? Sometimes teaching young learners can be very tricky and stressful. In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, you will get actionable advice and tips to help you become an even more effective English teacher to kids.  Learn all about ROUTINES, ATTENTION-GETTERS, and CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT in ways to make your classrooms lively and a fun learning environment. For more material, visit
September 15, 2019
S02 E02 - Applied Linguistics Applied (Dr. Peter Crosthwaite)
We're going deep in this episode of the More Than English Podcast with Dr. Peter Crosthwaite Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics. Peter shares some ideas to remember in your LISTENING, WRITING, and CONVERSATION classes as well as introduces us to some CORPORA software that will revolutionize how we research words in English. This episode is a bit longer and a little dense with information, but if you are interested in taking your EFL classes and teaching to the next level, this is full of insight into the EFL/ESL world. Not to mention, Peter roasts Jesse in a few parts. For more information and video, visit
September 8, 2019
S.02 Ep.01 - Start The Semester Strong
It's back to school time! Most people don't realize the pressures and nerves of teachers and students starting a new year of school. It's important to start off on the right foot.  In this episode, Jesse previews this season of the More Than English Podcast, and he gives some tips and advice to start the semester strong. Some simple principles to remember are:  - Show respect - A list of rules doesn't work - Remember you are the example. Lead with that in mind. Visit for more resources.
September 5, 2019
Ep. 54 - Advantages of Living Abroad and How To See Them
Moving to a new country can be intimidating, scary, exciting, and uncomfortable, so in this episode of the More Than English Podcast, Jesse will share how he was able to see the advantages and benefits of living abroad, and how you can learn and grow from them.  If you've been living in another country for a length of time, the new-car smell can wear off and you can lose that enchantment that you once had when you first moved there.  That's normal and how it should be because the reason it's so powerful is because that feeling won't last forever.  Today, Jesse will give you a quick reminder and a way to appreciate the newness of living abroad, and then he will share a personal story about his own personal separation from the past and the growth that followed as a result of living in a new place.  Do you have any questions or concerns about moving to a new country? Ask them here or contact Jesse on social media. For more, visit
May 5, 2019
Ep. 53 - Mental Stages to Expect When Moving Abroad
Are you planning to live abroad? Have you recently moved abroad to live in another country? Jesse wants to share some of his experiences and observations of living abroad. This experience is different for everybody, but there are some common mental stages that we go through as ex-pats living in another country.  First, we have the honeymoon stage. This is where we love everything and think that this country does everything better than our home country.  Then, as the honeymoon stage wears off, we start seeing all of the faults in the new country and we can get annoyed by these and miss our own country. After a while, we start finding that balance and see the beauty, the pros and cons of each place. This balance just becomes more and more clear over time. Of course not everybody finds this balance, but this is a goal, and the sooner we can find this balance, the better our traveling and living abroad experience can be. For more information, visit
April 29, 2019
Ep. 52 - Are You Planning To Move Abroad?
Moving to another country or a new place in your country can be a little scary. New people, new shops, new ways of doing things, and even a new language! Jesse wants to share some tips from his experiences of moving to two different countries. Learn some advice of what you can do to make your move to a new country as smooth and beneficial as possible. You will first hear some reminders of all of the logistics to take care of. Visa, bank account, etc. After that, you will get some practical day-to-day advice to help you fit in and appreciate the new culture that you are going to be a part of. Some things to remember in your move: become familiar with transportation, learn some basic expressions from the language, observe people and how they interact with each other, and meet and talk with as many people as you can. Don't forget to appreciate the new place you're in.  Follow these steps, and your move to a new culture or new area can be a great opportunity for you to re-invent yourself or improve yourself. Visit for more notes and material.
April 15, 2019
Ep. 51 - How To Challenge Yourself
What are challenges? Jesse says that challenges are difficult things that when you overcome them, you will be a bigger and better person. Challenges can be scary because many people think that challenges are just difficult things. If there's no change, this is true. The thing that makes challenges so great is that they lead to change and growth. This is why challenging yourself is so important. We can challenge ourselves in learning new things, improving personal weaknesses, as a family, in our jobs or careers, anywhere we want to see growth. In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, Jesse gives some suggestions and steps you can take to start challenging yourself today even if you're not used to doing difficult things. Start small. To begin challenging yourself: 1. Find something you want to improve at or an area you want to strengthen. 2. Have clear objectives in what you want to see as the result. 3. Recognize and acknowledge when you've met and overcome a challenge. Even if it's small, and even if it's unexpected.  Visit for more material.
April 7, 2019
Ep. 50 - Communication and Types of Motivation
What's the main point of learning a foreign language? If you've listened to the More Than English podcast before or have seen Jesse's video lessons on YouTube, you know the answer to this. The most important thing to remember about learning a foreign language is it's all about the communication. Our ability to communicate is literally what separates us from the animals.  In today's episode of the More Than English podcast, Jesse shares two main types of motivation to learn new things (intrinsic and extrinsic). We will discuss both of these types of motivation, what they mean, and which one is more effective to learn something new. PLUS Jesse will share a story where his one-year-old son communicated the exact thing that he wanted and how we can apply this to our language-learning. As learners, knowing what kind of motivation drives us to truly learn will help us know a little better how to study. As teachers, if we understand these concepts in the classroom, we will be more professional and effective teachers who will have more of an impact on our students. Join us and join in the conversation and find more material at
March 31, 2019
Ep. 49 - A New Language Is A New You
Did you realize that learning a new language is an opportunity? Maybe you did. But did you realize that it is an opportunity to find a new you. It's true! When you learn a new language, you're tapping into a new part of your brain and learning to communicate and think in a whole new way. By learning a new language, you will be able to see the world in a whole new way... well, you can if you allow yourself to do this. Jesse wants to share his experiences and tell you why and how you can and should become a new person by learning a new language. You are opening a door to a whole new world full of new ways to communicate, new ways to think, and a whole new perspective. In this episode, Jesse shares three tips to maximize this experience: 1. Learn the new language for COMMUNICATION 2. OBSERVE who you are in the other language 3. Shape that person and learn from that person Realize that in language as in life, the journey is the destination.
March 24, 2019
Ep. 48 - THREE Reasons to THINK in Another Language
Do you ever THINK in a foreign language? Learning a foreign language is more than just saying words that have the same meaning as your language. Learning a foreign language is COMMUNICATION. If you're learning a foreign language, most of you are learning English, a GIGANTIC help for you is to think in that language.  However, there are more benefits of thinking in a foreign language. In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, Jesse talks about THREE big benefits of thinking in a foreign language, as well as shares some of his experiences of his journey of learning a foreign language. Thinking in a foreign language has been shown to help you: in decision-making learn the language more deeply think in a different way and see problems from a different perspective WARNING: There is some explicit language in this episode in English, Spanish, and Korean.   Visit for more resources and material
March 17, 2019
Ep. 47 - Define These Three Words (Lesson Idea)
Sometimes we have an idea of what certain words mean, but when we're asked to define the words, we don't really know how to do it. This is an activity that is great to do with 1-on-1 students. In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, Jesse asks you to play along. He will give you three words, and you are to write a brief description or definition of the words. The three words are: - RESPECT - HERO - CONFIDENCE Jesse asks you to get a piece of paper and a pen and write down, "XX is..." and define these words. It may not be as easy as you think. If you are a teacher, this is a great activity to do with your 1-on-1 students or adult classes because it really forces them to think about defining these words. Remind them that they can't use the word in the definition.  Share your answer below or on social media and see if you agree with Jesse's definitions. There is one that Jesse couldn't define, which one is it? For more material, visit
March 11, 2019
Ep. 46 - What is a teacher?
Are you a teacher?  Yes, you are. Whether it is your job or not. We all have people who look to us to learn something. So do you. We've all had teachers that have impacted our lives greatly in one way or another, and we've all had teachers that we've forgotten. Probably more of the second one.  What is a teacher? To quote Bruce Lee, "A teacher is never a giver of truth. He is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself." This is the philosophy I teach by. This is the philosophy I try to run my classes with.  What does this mean and how can I apply it to my life? This is what Jesse talks about in this episode of the More Than English Podcast. He shares some of his teaching philosophy and how that helps him in the classroom and in preparation.  Jesse also breaks down some useful English expressions during his talk.  Visit us at for more material.
March 3, 2019
Ep. 45 - Why You Are Better Than You Think... Or Not
In 1995, a middle-aged man named McArthur Wheeler decided to rob a bank. He wasn't wearing a mask as he smiled at the security cameras because he thought they would not be able to see him since he had covered his face in lemon juice. Yes, normal lemon juice.  McArthur had apparently read somewhere that lemon juice can act as an invisible ink. He then came to the logical conclusion that he would appear invisible to the security cameras as well. This lead, eventually a psychological study called the Dunning-Kruger study. They concluded that the less you know about something, the higher your confidence is.  After we actually learn a little bit, our confidence drops because we begin to see how little we actually know. I see this all the time as a teacher. Many of my students have studied English for years, and they can speak well. However their confidence is low. They can speak and understand much more than they think they can. Does this sound like you?  The trick is to find that sweet spot. Jesse will share a few ways to overcome this confidence barrier, as well as teach you a few useful English expressions to help your English ability grow. Visit for more resources.
February 24, 2019
Ep. 44 - Airport and Travel Expressions
Jesse is going on vacation tomorrow, so he is going to share some common English expressions you can use when you're going to the airport.  You will learn some useful ways to talk about your flight, valuable grammar tips and fluency builders to make better sentences, and key vocabulary you will be able to use every time you go on a trip. You will also finally learn the difference between trip and travel.  Join the FREE More Than English Podcast course where you will find: - ALL episodes of the More Than English Podcast - Video quizzes on select episodes. - Extra notes and worksheets
February 17, 2019
Ep. 43 - Don't Worry, Be Happy
Are you struggling with burnout? Burnout happens when you feel exhausted because you put too much effort toward something that gains you little reward. You experience 'burnout' when this happens for a long period of time. We all feel burnout from time to time. The question is, how can we change this and energize ourselves again?  Many times, this comes down to balancing your EFFORT:REWARD ratio. In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, Jesse wants to share his experiences of feeling burnout, and help you with some tips and ideas to balance your effort:reward ratio.  As always, he will teach some common expressions during his lecture and highlight the use of QUESTION TAGS. For more resources, visit
February 10, 2019
Ep. 42 - Use Procrastination For You?
Jesse is a self-confessed procrastinator. He has been his whole life. He puts all his tasks off until the last minute. Does that sound familiar? Is this a negative thing? In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, Jesse will dive into the mind of a procrastinator. We will see how this isn't necessarily a negative thing, and actually it has lead to some of the most creative and original ideas. In today's episode, we will: Look at some successful famous procrastinators Address some MYTHS vs. FACTS about procrastinators Learn 3 ways we can USE procrastination FOR us. Break down and study useful expressions and phrasal verbs that Jesse uses in the episode. Join us and find more information at
February 3, 2019
Ep. 41 - Challenge Yourself This Week
Jesse is going to talk about one of his favorite things... Challenges. He is going to discuss what challenges are and give you specific tasks to challenge yourself this week to improve your English and improve in any area.  He will also look at and teach 4 EXPRESSIONS: The more , the more Just for the sake of _____ A pay-off (n) To make something from scratch All of this and more in this episode of the More Than English Podcast. Let's go! For more information and resources visit
January 27, 2019
Ep. 40 - 5 Tricks to Improve Your English Fluency
In today's episode, Jesse is giving you 5 specific methods to improve your English fluency.  These tips and tricks are common problems and barriers that many learners of languages face. You may be doing some of these tricks, and you may not be doing others. If you incorporate at least one of these tricks to your English learning, you will notice improvement and be more confident in your English progress. As with each episode, Jesse will dissect and explore some of the natural expressions and vocabulary that he uses as he's speaking. These will help you grow even deeper in your English fluency. As always, find episode notes and more material at
January 20, 2019
Ep. 39 - Do THIS Instead Of New Year's Resolutions
80% of New Year's Resolutions fail by February. How are yours coming along? If you've failed, no problem! The problem isn't you... the problem is New Year's Resolutions are set up for failure.  In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, Jesse will share a useful alternative to making New Year's Resolutions THAT WORKS!! New Year's Resolutions fail because they are a proposed sudden change in your life simply because the calendar says 1/1, and there is often no back-up plan. If you fall down in this, it's hard mentally to get back up. With this alternative, you will be able to look at the end of the year as your objective and continue to keep moving forward to reach your objective. For more information and episode notes, visit
January 13, 2019
Ep. 38 - Best and Worst Words to Use on a CV
Happy New Year! Are you looking for a new job this year? Jesse wants to share one of his favorite articles to do with students who he helps prepare their CV for a new job. Did you know that the average time an employer takes to look at the resume of a potential candidate is 6.25 SECONDS! That's not much time to make a powerful impact! The article we're working from is from and it is called 'The Best and Worst Words to Use on Your Resume'.  In this episode, we will take a look through the list, explain some of the words and examine why they are on the list of either BEST or WORST words. Jesse will also teach some new expressions to help with your English fluency. For more information and resources, visit Find your English CV or resumé, and get ready to make some changes and make it more powerful for your future employers because it's not just English, it's more than English, let's go!
January 7, 2019
Ep. 37 - What is the best question?
If I were to ask you what the best question is, what would you say? Of course it depends on the information you're looking for. But, in this episode, Jesse explores what the he feels is the best question and the reason for it being the best question.  We will look at different reasons and contexts we can use this question to make it the best. Before listening to this episode, if you're reading this, please answer this question for yourself. What is the best question and why? As with every episode, Jesse will explain some new vocabulary and expressions to improve your English fluency as well. This isn't just English, it's more than English. Let's go! For more notes and materials, visit
December 30, 2018
Ep. 36 - The KEY To Improving is Repetition
Do you know what the key to improving at a language... or anything else is? Time and times. You need time to perfect your skill, and you need repetition of doing it correctly. This is the key to improvement. In today's episode, Jesse discusses this idea and shares some insight from his own life and path about how he's applying this to his progress. You will also be able to learn valuable expressions and phrases to become more fluent in English. Share this with somebody who is learning something new. For show notes and other material, visit
December 16, 2018
Ep. 35 - Improve Your Listening Confidence
Do you have a 'high English level', but you have a difficult time with your listening? It can be frustrating, right? Why is English listening to a foreign language so difficult? In today's episode, Jesse will explain strategic steps that you can take to improve your listening comprehension. Jesse will give you three tasks to do next time you're listening to an interview, a Ted talk, a YouTube video, or any other thing that you want to listen to. Follow this advice and these tasks and improve your foreign language listening immediately. Episode notes and more material at
December 11, 2018
Ep. 34 - A Reason vs. An Excuse?
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. Find episode notes and more resources at
December 2, 2018
Ep. 33 - Do You Have 10 Minutes A Day?
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. Find more information and show notes at
November 25, 2018
Ep. 32 - Use Muscle Memory to Improve Fluency?
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 and sign up for a lesson. Also, visit for episode notes.
November 12, 2018
Ep. 31 - My Ghost Experience
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. For episode notes and more visit
November 4, 2018
Ep. 30 - Forget What I Said Last Week...
I have to fix what I said last week. I tried doing what I asked you to do, and I realized a way to make it BETTER! 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 - realistic Jesse talks about this and more in this episode of the More Than English Podcast. Visit for show notes and more.
October 28, 2018
Ep. 29 - Make 3 Goals For Yourself
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! For extra materials, visit
October 22, 2018
Ep. 28 - The Most Common Problem for Learners
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. Visit for show notes.
October 15, 2018
Ep. 27 - Tips to Start a Conversation
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. Go to for episode notes and a listening quiz.
October 4, 2018
Ep. 26 - A STRATEGY To Learn Difficult English
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. Visit for episode notes and a listening quiz.
September 27, 2018
Ep. 25 - KEY IELTS Speaking Part 2 Advice (w/ Dr. Peter)
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 Visit for notes and a listening quiz.
September 20, 2018
Ep. 24 - IELTS Speaking and Writing Tips (w/ Dr. Peter 2)
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 for the vocabulary and a listening quiz.
September 13, 2018
Ep. 23 - IELTS Reading T/F/NG Advice (Dr. Peter Crosthwaite)
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. Episode notes at Support us at
September 6, 2018
Ep. 22 - Discover Who You Are... Today (Personality Test)
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. Show notes:
August 30, 2018
Ep. 21 - I'm Not A Language Person
"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. Visit for show notes and a quiz to test your listening.
August 23, 2018
Ep. 20 - A Creative Writing Process in English (Isabel Pt.2)
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