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You Don't Say?!

You Don't Say?!

By Abigail Cummings/Audrey Smith
Welcome to You Don’t Say!

Ready to practise your English with real English conversation? Join us as we talk about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels.

We're Abigail and Audrey two online English teachers who have learnt different languages and travelled and lived in different countries around the world. We're passionate about helping students feel more confident communicating with the world in English. We want to give English learners the possibility to listen to real-life, spontaneous conversations in English.

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Back to School
About this episode: Welcome to "You Don't Say?!" the podcast for English learners about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels. On today’s episode we chat about something that children around the world experience, going back to school. Some topics we’ll discuss: What going back to school looks like at the moment Our childhood going back to school memories Studying at summer school all summer and then going back to school Wearing or not wearing school uniform in different countries Thanks for listening to You Don't Say?! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review in your podcast app or share it with a friend. Our question for you: What are your memories of going back to school? And if you’re going back to school now, how do you feel about it? Share your comments by leaving us a voice message with your name. If you’re lucky your message could appear on a future episode. https://anchor.fm/you-dont-say/message Connect with us links: To get the most out of our podcast sign up to our newsletter and get your free guide to learning English with podcasts: https://mailchi.mp/englishontherun/youdontsay Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/podcastyoudontsay/ Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastyoudontsay/ Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
15:15
September 18, 2020
Country Spotlight: Malaysia
About this episode: Welcome to "You Don't Say?!" the podcast for English learners about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels. We have a different style of episode for you today called a Country Spotlight. Every 4 weeks we’ll ask our listeners to vote for one country and then we’ll spend a whole episode talking about all the surprising, interesting and challenging things about living there. This episode is focused on the multicultural country Malaysia. Some topics we’ll discuss: Food - eating out 24 hours a day Language - being multilingual and language ability Shopping - the culture of haggling Education - studying at primary school Thanks for listening to You Don't Say?! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review in your podcast app or share it with a friend. Our question for you: Do you think you could spend a year living in Malaysia? Why/why not? Share your comments by leaving us a voice message with your name. If you’re lucky your message could appear on a future episode. https://anchor.fm/you-dont-say/message Episode links: Learn more about Nasi Lemak and other delicious Malaysian food: https://theculturetrip.com/asia/malaysia/articles/13-dishes-to-eat-when-youre-in-malaysia/ Connect with us links: To get the most out of our podcast sign up to our newsletter and get your free guide to learning English with podcasts: https://mailchi.mp/englishontherun/youdontsay Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/podcastyoudontsay/ Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastyoudontsay/ Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:21
September 11, 2020
Mind Your Ps and Qs
About this episode: Welcome to "You Don't Say?!" the podcast for English learners about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels. On today’s episode “Mind Your Ps and Qs” we’re talking about the use of please, thank you, sorry and excuse me around the world. Some topics we’ll discuss: Going from a culture where please, thank you and sorry are used so much to a culture where they’re hardly used at all. How you’re behaviour could get you cheaper coffee in one cafe Why you shouldn’t smile too much in one country Thanks for listening to You Don't Say?! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review in your podcast app or share it with a friend. Our question for you: How important is it to say please, thank you and sorry in your culture? Share your comments by leaving us a voice message with your name. If you’re lucky your message could appear on a future episode. https://anchor.fm/you-dont-say/message Episode links: Is remembering vocabulary a challenge? Read Audrey’s latest blog post to find out how to make it easier: https://englishontherun.net/learningnewvocabulary-2/ Read the article “Britons  say ‘thank you’ more than anyone else in the world”: independent.co.uk/life-style/britain-thank-you-say-more-world-manners-polite-etiquette-study-a8364806.html Connect with us links: Want to get the most out of listening to our podcast? Sign up to our newsletter and get your free guide to learning English with podcasts: https://mailchi.mp/englishontherun/youdontsay Follow us on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/podcastyoudontsay/ Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastyoudontsay/ Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
13:18
September 4, 2020
Crimes Against Food
About this episode: Welcome to "You Don't Say?!" the podcast for English learners about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels. On today’s episode “Crimes Against Food” we’re talking about food and drink rules in different countries.  Some topics we’ll discuss: Food crimes we’ve committed Fruit on pizza. Should it even be allowed? The one rule you must follow at Australian barbeques…. And much more Thanks for listening to You Don't Say?! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review in your podcast app or share it with a friend. Our question for you: Is there a food crime that you’d like to confess? We promise we won’t judge you :) Share your comments by leaving us a voice message with your name. If you’re lucky your message could appear on a future episode. https://anchor.fm/you-dont-say/message Episode links: Want to get the most out of listening to our podcast? Sign up to our newsletter and get your free guide to learning English with podcasts. https://mailchi.mp/englishontherun/youdontsay Follow us on instagram https://www.instagram.com/podcastyoudontsay/ Join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastyoudontsay/ Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
15:42
August 21, 2020
Fitting In
Welcome to "You Don't Say?!" the podcast for English learners about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels. On today’s episode we’re talking about trying to fit in when you travel to or live in another country. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s challenging. Some topics we’ll discuss: Not fitting in in Europe and Asia Reactions to your accent when you speak the local language What exactly is a "giri" in Spain? Thanks for listening to You Don't Say?! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review in your podcast app or share it with a friend. Our question for you: Have you ever lived in another country and what was the most challenging thing for you when you did? Episode links: Answer our episode question by leaving us a voice message on Anchor. We might feature your answer on a future show. Have you ever lived in another country and if so what did you find most challenging? https://anchor.fm/you-dont-say/message Want to get the most out of listening to our podcast? Sign up to our newsletter and get your free guide to learning English with podcasts. https://mailchi.mp/englishontherun/youdontsay Join our Facebook group and connect with other “You Don’t Say?!” listeners. https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastyoudontsay/ Follow us on instagram https://www.instagram.com/podcastyoudontsay/ Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
11:48
August 14, 2020
World of Weddings
About this episode: Welcome to "You Don't Say?!" The podcast for English learners about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels. On today's episode we're talking about something that we're sure you've experienced, a wedding. We'll discuss: Weddings around the world Things that you just wouldn't want to happen at your wedding Pre wedding parties (hen nights and stag nights) and much more. Thanks for listening to You Don't Say?! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review in your podcast app or share it with a friend. Conversation Bake Off: Abi’s community for English learners who want to get creative, improve their baking skills and improve their English is live. This month we're learning to make a classic British cake, Victoria Sponge. Sign up here: https://confident-english-with-abigail.teachable.com/p/conversation-bake-off Episode Links: Sign up to our newsletter and get your FREE guide to learning English with podcasts  https://mailchi.mp/englishontherun/youdontsay Join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastyoudontsay/ Follow us on instagram https://www.instagram.com/podcastyoudontsay/ Answer our episode question by leaving us a voice message on Anchor. Your message could appear on a future episode. https://anchor.fm/you-dont-say/message Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
17:04
August 7, 2020
Bake Your Cake and Eat It!
Welcome back to "You Don't Say?!" The podcast for English learners about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels. Hopefully you're not listening on an empty stomach as today we have a special listener requested episode all about baking. Join us as we chat about everything from baking classes at school, our favourite desserts, cake culture abroad and much more. Start baking: Abigail is launching Conversation Bake Off today, a community for English learners who want to improve their language skills and learn to create delicious baked goods at home. Click here to learn more. Here's the link to Abigail's free guide to better baking. Share your thoughts: We'd love to know if you've increased your baking this year. And also what are favourite desserts?  Send us a message on Instagram @podcastyoudontsay Join our Facebook group Or leave us a voice message on Anchor Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
18:50
July 31, 2020
Audrey's Language Learning Journey
Welcome back to "You Don't Say?!" The podcast for English learners about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels. This week Audrey shares her language learning journey with us. We hope it inspires you to keep going with your own language learning journey.  We'd love to hear what languages you're learning now and which ones you have planned for the future. Share with us by: Sending us a message on Instagram @podcastyoudontsay By joining our Facebook group Or leaving us a voice message on Anchor Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
22:09
July 24, 2020
Day to Day
Welcome back to "You Don't Say?!" The podcast for English learners about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels. This week we have an episode requested by one of our listeners and members of the Facebook group, Jack. We'll talk about daily routines and how cultural differences can change them completely. We want to find out where you're listening from. Take a photo of your favourite place to listen to the podcast and share it with us by: Tagging us on Instagram @podcastyoudontsay Or joining our Facebook group and posting your photo We're looking forward to seeing them! Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
13:06
July 17, 2020
Nice to be Around You
Welcome to episode 12 of "You Don't Say?!" A podcast for English learners about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels. On today's episode as lockdown restrictions ease in some parts of the world, we talk about getting used to our new normal now that we can go out more and see more people. How are people coping in countries where giving a hug or kisses is an everyday greeting? How are people behaving in countries where the culture is to question something before doing it? What are some of the things we can do now that we used to take for granted? We'd love to hear about your experience at this time. What's something that you've been able to start doing again recently that you've really missed during lockdown? Share your thoughts with us by:  Leaving us a voice message on Anchor; Sending us a message on Instagram; Or joining our Facebook group  Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
11:16
July 10, 2020
Summer Days
Summer's arrived! Well at least it has in Majorca where Audrey is. Meanwhile in Manchester where Abigail is it's raining, again. On today's episode of the podcast we go back to our childhoods and discuss our memories of school summer holidays. We also chat about school summer holidays in different countries. Is 14 weeks too long? Should students have to complete homework during summer? How do parents cope when their children have long summer holidays but they need to go to work? Thanks! We'd like to say a big thanks to our listeners who sent in requests for future episodes. Be sure to keep a lookout as your episode might be live soon. This week: We'd love to hear about your experiences of school summer holidays. Did you think yours were/are too long, too short or just right? How did/do you spend your summer holidays? What's your favourite summer holiday memory? You can let us know by:  Leaving us a voice message on Anchor; Sending us a message on Instagram; Or joining our Facebook group and sharing your thoughts Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
11:37
July 3, 2020
Time on Your Hands
We're already on episode 10! Can you believe how quickly time flies. And that's exactly our topic for this week's episode. We're discussing all things time including a country where it's considered normal to arrive 2 or 3 hours late for a party, to a country where even being one minute late is considered very very late. We also share some must-know expressions in English related to time. We're taking requests: We're inviting you, our listeners, to suggest some topics that you'd like us to discuss on future shows. You can do this by: Leaving us a voice message on Anchor; Sending us a message on Instagram;  Or joining our Facebook group and sharing your ideas Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
11:27
June 26, 2020
Home Sweet Home
Our homes can be one of the most wonderful places to be and everyone's home is so different. In some countries houses are the norm and apartments are seen as luxurious. In other countries almost everyone lives in an apartment and living in a house is special. Today we talk about cultural preferences when it comes to living accommodation, the ups and downs of living in an apartment or a house and we invite you our listeners to share where they prefer to live.  New to the podcast: Leave us a voice message answering our question at the end of the show. Don't forget to tell us your name so that we can feature you on a future episode. Join our Facebook group where we've started live Messenger Room calls where you can join us to practice your spoken English. And don't forget to be part of our community you can: Follow our podcast page on Instagram for sneak previews of future episodes and to see us go live Sign up to our weekly newsletter and we'll send you a FREE guide to learning English with podcasts Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
12:26
June 19, 2020
Let's Go Dutch!
Split the bill, pay for everyone, pay in secret, pay only for what you ordered. In this episode of "You Don't Say?!" we're talking about interesting experiences when it comes to paying the bill in different cultures and we share some amusing stories about eating out in a group. New to the podcast: Leave us a voice message and tell us about how you pay the bill in your country. Don't forget to tell us your name so that we can feature you on a future episode. Join our Facebook group where we've started live Messenger Room calls where you can practice your spoken English. And don't forget to be part of our community you can: Follow our podcast page on Instagram for sneak previews of future episodes and to see us go live Sign up to our weekly newsletter and we'll send you a FREE guide to learning English with podcasts Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
11:37
June 12, 2020
Feeling Hungry?
Welcome to episode 7 of You Don't Say?! This week we'll be talking about the latest food and drink trends from other countries that have become popular in the places that we live. Get ready to feel hungry as we mention bao buns, bubble tea, Japanese fluffy pancakes and much more.  New to the podcast: Leave us a voice message and tell us about new food and drink trends in your country. Don't forget to tell us your name so that we can feature you on a future episode. Join our Facebook group where you'll be able to  join us and other members of the group live on Messenger Calls from next week And don't forget to be part of our community you can: Follow our podcast page on Instagram for sneak previews of future episodes and to see us go live Sign up to our weekly newsletter and we'll send you a FREE guide to learning English with podcasts Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10:47
June 5, 2020
Let's Eat Al Fresco!
Welcome to episode 6 of You Don't Say?! In this episode we explore some countries where English words are used with a different meaning to how native speakers use them and, even funnier, fake English words that mean nothing to native English speakers. Take for instance “smart working”. Do you know what that means? We also have a laugh at foreign words used by native English speakers that just don't mean the same is they do in the original language.  New to the podcast: Leave us a voice message and tell us about English words being used in your country. Don't forget to tell us your name so we can feature you on a future episode. And don't forget to be part of our community you can: Follow our podcast page on Instagram for sneak previews of future episodes and to see us go live Join in the conversation in our Facebook group and connect with other “You don’t say?!” listeners Sign up to our weekly newsletter and we'll send you a FREE guide to learning English with podcasts Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
09:55
May 29, 2020
Do You Queue?
Welcome to episode 5 of You Don't Say?! This is the podcast where we talk about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels. You'll hear your hosts Abigail and Audrey have spontaneous conversations, using natural English to help you improve your English skills and learn about the funny world we live in. In today's episode we discuss something that we're all getting used to doing at the moment, queuing. Some countries do, some countries just don't. You'll hear funny stories involving the phenomenon of the "little old lady", what happens when you try to queue for something to eat in a country where they just don't queue and much more.   We'd love you to be part of the You Don't Say community so you can: Leave us a voice message and tell us about queuing in you country. Don't forget to tell us your name. Follow our podcast page on Instagram for sneak previews of future episodes and to see us go live Join in the conversation in our Facebook group and connect with other “You don’t say?!” listeners Sign up to our weekly newsletter and we'll send you a FREE guide to learning English with podcasts Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
11:33
May 22, 2020
Just Say No!
Welcome to episode 4 of You Don't Say?! Saying "Yes" or "No" might seem like an easy thing to do, but is it? In today's episode we discuss how in one particular culture there isn't really a word for no, culture clashes when someone is just too direct, a funny incident involving saying yes to sparkling water and much more.  Abigail and Audrey, your hosts, are planning lots of fun things to help you learn English and learn about the funny world we live in, so come join us! You can: Follow our podcast page on Instagram for sneak previews of future episodes and to hear from us live Join in the conversation in our Facebook group and connect with other “You don’t say?!” listeners Sign up to our weekly newsletter and we'll send you a FREE guide to learning English with podcasts Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10:09
May 15, 2020
Bread
Bread. Can you live without it or is it one of those staple foods that you just have to have at home? In this episode we discuss cultures where bread just isn't a big thing, cultures where a meal just isn't complete without bread, as well as an interesting Italian habit revolving around bread and sauce.  Abigail and Audrey, your hosts, are planning lots of fun things to help you learn English and learn about the funny world we live in, so come join us! You can: Follow our podcast page on Instagram for sneak previews of future episodes Join in the conversation in our Facebook group and connect with other “You don’t say?!” listeners Sign up to our weekly newsletter and we'll send you a FREE guide to learning English with podcasts Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
09:15
May 8, 2020
Superstitions
Do you never open an umbrella indoors? Or maybe there’s a certain number that you avoid because people say it’s unlucky. Join us today on this episode of “You Don’t Say?!” where we talk about superstitions in different cultures. Abigail and Audrey, your hosts, are planning lots of fun things to help you learn English and learn about the funny world we live in, so come join us! You can: Follow our podcast page on Instagram for sneak previews of future episodes                                                                                                                                Join in the conversation in our Facebook group and connect with other “You don’t say?!” listeners  Sign up to our weekly newsletter and we'll send you a FREE guide to learning English with podcasts Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
08:28
May 1, 2020
Shoes on or off?
Welcome to the first episode of “You Don’t Say?!” Today we’ll be discussing the topic of shoes and how in some cultures it’s ok to leave them on at home whereas in others it’s most definitely not. Abigail and Audrey, your hosts, are planning lots of fun things to help you learn English and learn about the funny world we live in, so come join us! Follow our podcast page on Instagram for sneak previews of future episodes                                                                                                                                   Join in the conversation in our Facebook group and connect with other “You don’t say?!” listeners                                                                                           Sign up to our weekly newsletter and we'll send you a FREE guide to learning English with podcasts Theme music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
07:34
April 22, 2020
You Don't Say?! - Welcome!
Welcome to "You Don’t Say?!" The podcast where you can listen to real English conversation as we talk about life around the world, cultural differences and things that have surprised us on our travels. We're Abigail and Audrey two online English teachers who have learnt different languages, travelled and lived in different countries around the world. We're passionate about helping students feel more confident communicating with the world in English. We want to give English learners the possibility to listen to real-life conversations in English.In this short trailer you'll find out about our reasons for starting the podcast and what you can expect to hear in future episodes.  Sign up to our newsletter and be part of the "You don't say?!" tribe. We'll update you when the next podcast is ready and send you a FREE guide to learning English with podcasts. Abigail and Audrey, your hosts, are planning lots of fun things to help you learn English and learn about the funny world we live in, so come join us! Theme Music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4071-monkeys-spinning-monkeys License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
04:25
April 22, 2020