By Ayleen Woodhouse
Hello! I am Ayleen, the founder and content creator of WeSpeak English, a podcast that presents English classes focused on improving speaking skills. My first season is called "Conversation strategies", tune in to learn strategies that will make your conversation more natural and fluent. Welcome to my podcast!
Expressions for disagreeing and persuading
In this episode I will be sharing a segment of one of my classes where two students, Mafer and Milton, debate the following topic: "All students caught cheating should automatically fail the course and be required to take the entire course the following year." Listen carefully to their conversation and notice what expressions they use for disagreeing and persuading. Head over to https://wespeakidiomas.com/2022/08/27/disagreeing-and-persuading/ for a list of expressions to give opinions, disagree with opinions, clarify your ideas and persuade someone you don’t agree wit.
August 22, 2022
The Present Perfect to make comments
Welcome to another episode of my series "A sneak peek into an online class". In this episode, we will learn how to use the Present Perfect to make comments about movies we've seen. Class details: This is a A2 level class (upper basic level). My students' mother tongue is Spanish, they're both from Perú.
January 10, 2021
Collocations with "party"
Welcome to another episode of my series "A sneak peek into an online class". In this episode, we will learn collocations with the word "party" Class details: This is a B1 level class (intermediate level). My student is from Perú, she's a Spanish speaker.
October 17, 2020
Grammar: Using "prefer" with gerunds
Welcome to another episode of my series "A sneak peek into an online class". In my second episode, I will be explaining how to talk about preferences using the verb "prefer" with gerunds. Class details: This is a B1 level class (intermediate level). My student is from Perú, she's a Spanish speaker.
October 12, 2020
Vocabulary: Savage or wild?
Hello English learners, Welcome to the second series of our WeSpeak English podcast! Since this time I will share my students' participation in class, I've decided to call this series "A sneak peek into an online class". In the next 10 episodes I'll be sharing segments of my classes so we can learn and analyze grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. In this first episode we will analyze word choice. Details of the class: A2 level (upper basic) My student is a Spanish speaker from Perú.
September 20, 2020
Asking for favors
Can you do me a favor? Yes, that’s the typical question we use for making requests, but there are some other expressions that help us sound more polite. Listen to this podcast to learn four different ways of asking for favors.
August 16, 2020
Reacting to a story
How do you show you're a good listener? There are ways you can show the speaker that you are paying attention to his/her story. Listen to this episode to learn new expressions to "react to a story."
July 10, 2020
Sometimes you need to ask to do something or ask someone to do something, but how do you ask politely? In this episode learn how to use: - Do you mind if + I + verb . . . ? to ask permission to do something - Would you mind + verb + -ing . . . ? to ask someone to do something
July 01, 2020
Responding to suggestions
Why don't we have Chinese? How do you respond to this suggestion? Listen to this episode and learn how to use different expressions to respond to suggestions in a positive and negative way. For a full script go to https://wespeakonline.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/conversation-strategies-responding-to-suggestions/
May 30, 2020
In a conversation, you may need to check something that you didn't hear or understand. Are there any phrases you say to ask someone to repeat something? Well, in English there are different ways we can do that. Go ahead and listen to this episode to learn how to check information. For the full script go to https://wespeakonline.wordpress.com/2020/05/24/conversation-strategies-checking-information/
May 23, 2020
Correcting the things we say
In written English, letters, emails, reports, etc we have the chance to correct our mistakes, we can even use tools that help us correct grammar and spelling. However, in spoken English, what is said, has already been said and we can’t change it. That is why it’s important to learn strategies to correct ourselves. In this episode I'll teach you how to correct information by applying useful conversational strategies. Ready to listen? For a full script go to https://wespeakonline.wordpress.com/2020/05/16/correcting-information-in-a-conversation/
May 15, 2020
How to use "Vague" expressions
In this episode learn how to use vague expressions like "and things like that" or "and stuff like that". For a full script of this episode go to https://wespeakonline.wordpress.com/2020/05/08/vague-expressions/
May 08, 2020
Showing surprise and asking follow-up questions
In this episode, learn how to show surprise using different expressions and how to keep a conversation going by asking follow-up questions. For a full script of this episode go to https://wespeakonline.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/showing-surprise-and-asking-follow-up-questions/
April 23, 2020
How to say more than just "no"
When someone asks you a question and you want to give a negative answer, it’s not nice to just say no. Saying more than just no is friendly and polite. Listen to the second episode of this conversation strategies series and learn how to sound polite. For a full transcript of this episode go to https://wespeakonline.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/showing-surprise-and-asking-follow-up-questions/
April 15, 2020
How to start a conversation with a stranger
Have you ever met an English speaker and not known how to start a conversation? In this first episode, I'll teach you three useful strategies to start a conversation with a stranger. For more information and script of this episode, go to my website www.wespeakidiomas.com
April 07, 2020