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Speak English Now through mini-stories with teacher Georgiana

Hi, I am Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. And I've been helping you speak English since 2011. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. I help people develop their fluency in English using effective and proven techniques, such as mini-story and point-of-view techniques. I am also the creator of several programs used by thousands of students and host The Speak English Podcast, with millions of downloads worldwide. Why is this podcast so different from any other programs? With the Speak English Now Podcast: - you'll master English by listening and speaking without memorizing grammar rules. - You will acquire knowledge about the English culture and the language itself. - And most importantly, you'll discover valuable tips and tricks on how to speak English fluently. If there's something you can't understand, don't worry about it! Listen to each episode as many times as you need. You can read the TEXT at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com Take advantage of all of my Speak English Now Podcast episodes. Every week there's a new episode. Start practicing your English listening and speaking skills with the Speak English Now podcast.

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#295 Speaking Mistakes - Do native speakers make mistakes?
Ever wondered if native English speakers make mistakes? Well, here's the truth: Native English speakers make mistakes, too! This can be comforting for English learners. Hi! I'm Georgiana, and I'm back with a new episode. I'm here to help you speak English fluently. If you want to help me, SHARE the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks. On my website, you can find the 5 Secrets to Speaking English and my premium courses. Before we start, get the transcript. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast It's completely free! Ok, let's start! Native speakers of any language make mistakes, just like learners do. This is a natural part of language use and communication. Let's learn the mistakes native English speakers make and why they happen. Pronunciation Mistakes: It's common to mispronounce hard words. For example, some people say "Pacific" instead of "specific." Spelling Mistakes: Even people who have spoken English from birth can spell words wrongly. It's like writing "definately" when it should be "definitely." Misusing Words: Sometimes, people mix up words that sound the same, like "their" and "there." Or, they might use the wrong preposition. These are often just small mistakes. Why Mistakes Happen: Informal Language: In everyday talk, people use short forms like "gonna" instead of "going to." These are okay when speaking but not in formal writing. Speaking Fast: Often, people talk quickly and don't think about grammar rules. Not Paying Attention: Everyone makes more mistakes when they are tired or not focused. Learning from Mistakes: When kids learn to speak, they make many errors. As someone learning English, you should see mistakes as a chance to get better. Most of the time, when people correct their mistakes, kids don't get embarrassed. They might even laugh about it. Attitude Toward Mistakes: Most people understand that mistakes happen, and they don't usually stop us from understanding each other. Remember, making mistakes doesn't mean you're bad at English. It means you are learning and getting better. So, if you make a mistake, just smile and try again. Even people who have spoken English their whole life are still learning! Great! I hope you're enjoying this episode! And now, let's continue with a mini-story.
17:09 18/04/2024
#294 Mount Rushmore
Have you ever seen a huge mountain with presidents’ faces? Today, we learn about Mount Rushmore. What’s special about it? Let’s find out! Hi! I’m Georgiana, and I’m back with a new episode. I’m here to help you speak English fluently. If you want to help me, SHARE the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks. On my website, you can find the 5 Secrets to Speaking English and my premium courses. Before we start, get the transcript. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast It’s completely free! Ok, let’s start! Mount Rushmore is a giant and famous place in the United States. It’s located in South Dakota, inside the Black Hills. On this big mountain are huge carvings of the faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. These presidents are very important because they did great things for America. The carvings of Mount Rushmore are huge. Each president’s face is as large as a tall building! People made this long ago, starting in 1927 and finishing in 1941. So, it took 14 years to complete. They did not have modern machines, so it was very tough work. Mount Rushmore is special for a few reasons: George Washington was the first president to help start the country. Thomas Jefferson made America bigger by buying a large area of land from France, known as the Louisiana Purchase. Theodore Roosevelt protected nature and made sure businesses treated people fairly. Abraham Lincoln kept the country together during the Civil War, which was a very difficult time. Mount Rushmore is also meaningful because of its location. Before it became a monument, Native American tribes, saw the Black Hills as a sacred place. The story of Mount Rushmore includes these tribes and their connection to the land. When people visit Mount Rushmore, they can explore the Avenue of Flags. This path has flags from all 50 states in the USA. It makes people feel connected to everyone in the country. It is a reminder that, even though we are different, we are all part of one big nation. Mount Rushmore is not only beautiful because of the nature around it. It also makes us think about the leaders who shaped America, and reflect on how we can all help make the country better. Making Mount Rushmore changed the mountain forever. It turned a natural place into a symbol of America’s history. This means different things to different people. Some see it as a celebration of freedom and great leaders. Others remember the land and the first people who lived there. Great! I hope you’re enjoying this episode! And now, let’s continue with a mini-story!
17:25 11/04/2024
#293 English expressions - Good for you!
Transcript: Hi! I’m Georgiana, and I’m back with a new episode. I’m here to help you speak English fluently. And what do you need to speak fluently? You need to LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN, and LISTEN. 🙂 If you want to help me, SHARE the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks. On my website you can get the 5 Secrets to speak English, and also my premium courses. Before we start, get the transcript at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast It’s completely free! Ok, let’s start! Learning English is exciting because we get to know how people actually speak. Today, we will look at a common phrase in the US: “Good for you!” It’s a friendly way to talk, but there’s more to learn about it. What Does “Good for you!” Mean? When people say “Good for you!” they show they are glad for someone else. Imagine giving a friend a thumbs-up. For example, if your friend tells you they did well on a test, saying “Good for you!” is like saying, “I’m happy for you!” When You Are Really Glad: Imagine your friend telling you, “I got first place!” You can respond with a smile, “Good for you!” to show your happiness for their success. How You Say It Is Key: Your tone of voice can change the meaning. Use a cheerful tone to make sure your friend feels your sincerity. When to Say “Good for you!” This phrase fits well in many situations. Here are some moments to use it: Celebrating Achievements: When someone achieves something from hard work, like scoring high on a test, “Good for you!” is a great response. Sharing in Good News: Hearing about a friend’s good news, like getting a new pet, and saying “Good for you!” shows you share their happiness. Let’s Practice: Imagine a time when someone shared something joyful with you. How would you reply? Simple, “Good for you!” Just remember, saying it with a smile and warmth in your voice can really make a difference. The Different Meanings of “Good for you!” Sometimes, “Good for you!” is not only about being happy for someone. It can also be used for jokes or in not-so-nice ways, known as sarcasm. When It’s Just a Joke: Friends might use it playfully when someone says something funny or not so-important. It’s their way of being friendly. When It Might Not Be Kind: However, if someone’s tone sounds unhappy or their expression appears unfriendly, they might not be saying it kindly. For example, if you say, “I can tie my shoes,” and someone responds with, “Good for you!” without a friendly tone, they might not be being nice. They could be mocking you because tying shoes is something most people can do. Understanding the Difference: Listen to their voice: Is it light, happy, or flat and unkind? Look at their expression: Is there a real smile, or do they seem insincere? Consider what you said: Was it something impressive or ordinary? This helps you figure out if they’re joking or not. Some Examples: Happy: You: “I aced my test!” Friend: “Good for you!” (They’re genuinely pleased.) Joking: You: “I spent the whole day watching TV.” Friend: “Good for you!” (They’re playfully teasing because it’s not a big deal.) Not Nice: You: “I cleaned up my room today.” Friend: “Well, good for you.” (If their tone is sarcastic, they may not think it’s important.) That’s why, it’s crucial to pay attention to how people say things, not just the words. This helps you know if they’re truly happy for you, making a joke, or being unkind. Let’s continue with a surprising point-of-view story:
14:12 04/04/2024
#292 Happy Easter 2024
Today, we will learn how Easter is celebrated in the United States and Australia. We will hear Tom and Sarah's conversation about their plans for Easter this year. And with a point-of-view story, you will learn grammar in context without memorizing boring rules. Hi! Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. I'm Georgiana and my mission is to help you improve your fluency. If you want to support me, please share the podcast with your friends and family. It would mean a great deal to me. Thank you! Remember that you can get the text of this episode on my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com Okay! Let’s start! Tom, from the United States, and Sarah, from Australia, were catching up on a video call before the Easter holiday. As they started chatting, they quickly realized they had different traditions and plans for celebrating the holiday. Let's listen to their conversation: Tom: Hey, Sarah! Happy Easter! Sarah: Happy Easter to you too, Tom! I hope you're doing well. Tom: Yes, I'm doing great. So, what are your plans for Easter this year? Sarah: I plan to attend church and celebrate Easter with my family. We usually have a big Easter dinner and spend time together. Tom: That sounds lovely. I'm also planning to celebrate Easter with my family. We usually have an Easter egg hunt and decorate Easter eggs. Sarah: Oh, that's a great tradition. We also decorate Easter eggs but don't have an egg hunt. Tom: That's interesting. Every family has their own traditions. Sarah: Definitely. What other traditions do you have for Easter? Tom: We usually go to church and have a big Easter brunch. We also exchange Easter baskets filled with candy and small gifts. Sarah: That sounds like so much fun. We don't exchange Easter baskets but give each other Easter cards. Tom: That's sweet. Do you have any special Easter foods that you eat? Sarah: Yes, we usually have ham, deviled eggs, and hot cross buns. Tom: That sounds delicious. My family has roasted lamb, mashed potatoes, and asparagus. Sarah: That sounds amazing. It's interesting to see how different cultures celebrate the same holiday. Tom: Yes, I agree. Speaking of cultures, I heard Easter is celebrated differently in Australia. Can you tell me more about that? Sarah: Sure! In Australia, Easter is also a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, since it's celebrated in the fall season there, it's more of a harvest festival. We also have a lot of outdoor activities like camping and hiking. Tom: That's so cool. I didn't know Easter was celebrated as a harvest festival in Australia. Do you have any special Easter foods that you eat? Sarah: Yes, we have hot cross buns and chocolate eggs, just like in the US. But we also have meat pies, seafood, and others. Tom: That sounds amazing. I'll have to try them sometime. Sarah: Definitely. Maybe we can exchange some Easter foods and try each other's traditions. Tom: That's a great idea, Sarah! Sarah: Ok! I'll see you later. Happy Easter! Tom: Happy Easter!
10:28 29/03/2024
#291 What is Minimalism?
Hi! I'm Georgiana, and I'm back with a new episode. I'm here to help you speak English fluently. And what do you need to speak fluently? You need to LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN, and LISTEN. :) If you want to help me, SHARE the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks. Get the transcript here: speakenglishpodcast.com/291-what-is-minimalism/ In our previous episode, we talked about Diogenes syndrome. It's when people collect too many things. Today, I will talk about practically the opposite: minimalism. A few years ago, this lifestyle became popular. The concept of minimalism is about removing unnecessary things and focusing on what's important. Seems logical, right? Well... Sometimes, attempting to live a minimalist lifestyle can actually be more stressful than just accepting a little bit of clutter. Finally, it's about finding a balance that works for you. Here are some principles of minimalism: - Simplicity: Enjoy the simple and the necessary. - Utility: Have only things you use that are useful to you. - Quality: Prefer fewer things, but of better quality. - Consciousness: Think and choose what really matters. - Order: A clean, organized space helps you think and live better. - Peace: Seek tranquility in your environment. - Autonomy: Live with the essentials and take care of your resources. - Experiences: You value moments and friendships more than material possessions. Marie Kondo is famous in the world of keeping things tidy. She's from Japan and has taught many of us to ask if our belongings make us happy. She's had a big influence, and for some time, we all followed her advice on folding clothes neatly and getting rid of things we don't need. But now, she mentioned that after having three kids she can't be as strict anymore. If Marie Kondo has found a balance, we don't have to be perfect either. A while ago, I was inspired by ideas of living simply, so I tried to make my life more minimalist. I planned it well in my mind, but it was hard to do. To be honest, it lasted only two weeks. :) Now, I try to be sensible. I keep only what I need, and I don't worry if things are a bit messy. So, I believe it's not about keeping your space perfectly clean and tidy all the time. It's more about creating a home where you feel cozy and calm. Sometimes, things are a little messy, like the shoes not being in the right place. But it’s okay! I hope you found this episode interesting, and that it helped you practice your English a bit too. What do you think about minimalism? Is it just a fad, or... Does it have value?   Get the transcript here: speakenglishpodcast.com/291-what-is-minimalism/
14:20 21/03/2024
Spring Offer 2024
Transcript: This week is a bit special because it is Spring Offer, and all my premium courses have a 60% discount. I've received several messages with questions about the courses. I will try to answer some frequently asked questions in this short episode. By the way, you can get the offer at: speakenglishpodcast.com/courses Hurry up because the offer is only available until this Sunday at midnight. Let's start with the most frequently asked question: 1) What is the difference between the podcast and the premium courses? That's a great question! In the podcast, I talk about very diverse topics to improve your vocabulary. It's a great listening practice.  I also give a small example of a lesson in each podcast episode. It can be a mini-story of questions and answers or a point of view. Because of time limitations, I can barely develop these lessons, yet they allow you to test the method that I use in my premium courses in an easy and fun way. Instead, the premium courses are complete programs designed to improve your spoken English dramatically. These are conversation courses. You start speaking from DAY ONE with the conversation simulator. They are audio lessons that "simulate" conversations. I call them Q&A mini-stories. Unlike the podcast, the premium courses contain hours and hours of questions and answers. Imagine for a moment a podcast episode multiplied by 100. Also, the courses allow you to work much better on grammar aspects such as the plural, singular, all kinds of verb tenses, and certain common expressions of English. All of this unfolds in an interactive way, following one or more stories that provide a rich and entertaining context. For example, the Fluency Course (level II) contains more than 8 hours of audio, thousands of questions and answers (mini-stories), and almost 200 pages of transcription text. Of course, there are also many point-of-view lessons that allow you to work very intensely on aspects of grammar. One rule I always follow is to create lessons with complex characters and funny stories with unexpected endings. That way, you'll never forget what you learn best and, of course, it's a lot more fun. Another question: 2) Can I use the premium courses on the iPhone, iPad, Android, and so on? Yes, of course. You can use them without problems. It is important to keep in mind that the courses are not apps. That is, you don't install them. It's much more flexible. The courses consist of mp3 audio and text (PDF). This is much simpler and prevents technical problems. Transferring the content to any device is quite easy. However, when you buy one of the courses, I send you detailed steps to know what to do. In any case, you can contact me by e-mail with any questions. 3) Is there a monthly payment for the premium courses? No, there is no such thing. They are yours for personal use and forever when you buy the courses. 4) How many premium courses are there, and what is the difference? There are currently four courses. I will describe them briefly: 1) 30-Day Crash Course (level 1): This course is for beginners with no knowledge of English. It is a course that works very well, and I am happy with the result because it helps a lot to start with English. In your case, I don't recommend it because if you are a follower of this podcast, you are no longer a beginner. 2) The Fluency Course (level 2):  The level of this course is a bit easier than this podcast, but there is almost no difference. This program will help you automate the most common structures when speaking. It consists of 20 units with 20 unique and fun stories. I recommend this course if you're trying to stop mentally translating when you speak English, even with relatively easy expressions.   3) The Magic Course (level 3): This course is very ambitious because it goes one step beyond the Fluency Course. The aim is to practice all the verb tenses in the context of a long and well-developed story. There is plenty of vocabulary, and grammar points are very useful. When you finish this course, you will have an advanced level of English. 4) The Business Course (Job Interview Course) With this course, you will master the 30 most common questions asked at a job interview, learn specific vocabulary, and when to use it. You will get examples of how to answer the questions. And the exclusive mini-stories will help you speak English more confidently at a job interview. 5) Georgiana, what if I don't like them, or I don't adapt to the courses? That's all right. If, during the first 30 days, you are not convinced by the program, you can request a refund without any problem. 6) Are there any free samples of the courses? Yes, of course. You can get some samples at: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/samples Very well, I think I have answered the most frequently asked questions. I hope you found this helpful. Remember that you can benefit from the Spring offer promotion at: speakenglishpodcast.com/courses If your goal is to improve your fluency, my courses can really help you. I repeat for the last time: speakenglishpodcast.com/courses Only until this Sunday at midnight. All right. That's all for today. I will see you next week! Bye! Bye!  
08:51 11/03/2024
#290 Movie Idioms in English
Hi, everyone! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Today, we are going to talk about idioms and specific vocabulary related to movies in English. And with a mini-story, you are going to improve your fluency. I’ll tell you a story while asking you many questions that you have to answer right away. It’s like talking to another person in English. Please visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com to get the transcript of today’s episode. And follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. Let’s get started! As I said today, we will look at some specific words and idioms related to movies in English. Let’s start! 1. Get the show on the road When someone tells you to get the show on the road, they urge you to start doing something. They want you to start, even if there are some mistakes and things that hinder your progress. Examples:  “Let’s get the show on the road, or we’ll be late.” “We’re finally ready to get the show on the road.” “It’s about time we got the show on the road!” “Come on, the fans are waiting outside, and we must get the show on the road!” 2. To kick off a show or kickoff In show business, to kick off a show means to start a performance. We also use this expression to refer to the first performance among many. A kickoff celebration is a party that celebrates the beginning of something. You can simply call this party a kickoff. Examples: “The advertising campaign is ready to kick off the show.”  “Kickoff will be at 10 o’clock prompt.”  “Tom is coming to the kickoff tonight.” 3. Popcorn movie Do you enjoy eating popcorn? But what’s a popcorn movie? When you want to watch a movie just for entertainment, you will usually watch a popcorn movie. Although they are called popcorn movies, you don’t necessarily need to eat popcorn while watching them. Let’s say that this kind of movie will not give you a new perspective on life. Many of the summer blockbusters are popcorn movies, and the great thing is that you can watch them with friends or family. A blockbuster is a very successful product like a movie or a book that makes a lot of money. For instance, a Hollywood studio releases many movies in search of a blockbuster. Here are some popular popcorn movies you have already watched: Transformers (2007), Spider-Man (2002), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Mission: Impossible (1996), Forrest Gump (1994), Batman Begins (2005), The Fast and the Furious (2001), etc. 4. Live up to the hype If a movie or a show is up to the hype, it means there is enough interest in it. Movie critics and bloggers become excited about something by generating a lot of buzz or hype. Generally speaking, it’s hard to live up to the hype, but the best movies can generate many expectations before they are released. Examples: “I watched that movie you recommended last week, and it definitely lived up to the hype. I loved it! “I am happy to say that your performance lived up to the hype.” 5. Sell out We can use the expression to sell out in several ways. But if tickets are sold out, it means that all available tickets for a movie, concert, etc., have been sold. And also when we want to buy something in a store or on the Internet. If they are sold out, they are no longer available. Examples:  “We sold out all the movie tickets in the first couple of hours.” “My favorite T-shirt sold out everywhere.” Before we continue, I want to give you a useful tip on how to understand movies in English. First of all, you should keep in mind that movies are meant for native speakers and are full of expressions and phrasal verbs. And yes, actors usually talk fast. And the reason they speak so fast is that they have memorized their lines. I believe that the biggest problem English students have is that they don’t listen enough. First, you have to build a good foundation by listening to many hours of content with clear audio and good pronunciation. Over time, understanding movies will become easier. Before I move on to the next section, go and get the transcript of this episode at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. And tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com to get my free mini-course. That would mean a lot to me. Thanks.
12:49 29/02/2024
#289 Diogenes Syndrome
Hi! I'm Georgiana, and I'm back with a new episode. I'm here to help you speak English fluently. And what do you need to speak fluently? You need to LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN, and LISTEN. :) If you want to help me, SHARE the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks. On my website you can get the 5 Secrets to speak English and also my premium courses. Before we start, get the transcript at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast It's completely free! Ok, let's start! Today, I want to talk about something called Diogenes syndrome. It might not be something you're familiar with, but it's a big deal in society. This syndrome is about people accumulating too much stuff in their homes. My friend shared a story with me last week about her dear 80-year-old neighbor who recently passed away. Her children came to clear out the house so they could sell it. It turns out that the poor woman had collected a lot of stuff over the years—furniture, boxes, and more. It seems like she had a habit of collecting things. You might have seen cases like this in the news, or maybe you know someone who just can't seem to throw things away. It's like they have a habit of hoarding stuff. Many people can relate to this—I sometimes have to remind myself to get rid of things I don't need anymore because they start piling up at home. But what I'm talking about here is more extreme. It's a condition where people hoard so much stuff that their homes become overwhelmed with clutter. Ironically, it's named after Diogenes of Sinope, an ancient Greek philosopher who believed in living with very little. People with this syndrome, however, collect things indiscriminately, thinking they might need them one day. While it's not officially classified as a mental illness, it often goes hand in hand with other mental health issues, and it tends to affect older people more. Some experts think it might stem from difficult experiences in the past, like living through a war, where holding onto things was a matter of survival. In the US, when someone has Diogenes syndrome, people try to help them in different ways. Here's what they do: Doctors or nurses might visit their homes to see if they are physically and mentally okay. Mental health experts can talk to them and try to help them feel better. Support from Social Workers: These are people who help others with their problems. They can arrange for someone to clean their house, talk to them about keeping it tidy, and connect them with other helpful services like food or counseling. Keeping in Touch: It's essential to check on them to ensure they get the help they need. Sometimes, the Law Gets Involved: If the person is in danger or putting others in danger, some legal steps might need to be taken to make sure they get the proper care. The goal is always to make sure the person is safe and healthy. It's also essential for more people to learn about Diogenes syndrome so that those who need help can get it sooner. Sometimes, people don't want help, and professionals must respect their choice to live as they please. Research shows that the causes of Diogenes syndrome are complicated—it could be genetic, psychological, or tied to traumatic events. As society ages, we might see more of this syndrome cropping up. It's something policymakers need to think about and take action on. Is it the same where you live? If you have any insights, feel free to share.
11:07 22/02/2024
#288 Marketing and Accounting Made Simple
Hi! I'm Georgiana, and I'm back with a new episode. I'm here to help you speak English fluently. And what do you need to speak fluently? You need to LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN, and LISTEN. :) If you want to help me, SHARE the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks. On my website you can get the 5 Secrets to speak English and also my premium courses. Ok, let's start! This episode is for my English students who work in finance. But don't worry if you don't! I'll explain marketing and accounting in a way that's easy for everyone to understand. Understanding Marketing Marketing is how businesses tell people about their products or services. Imagine it as a four-letter word: 'P-P-P-P.' 'Product' is what businesses want people to buy. It could be a smartphone, a pizza, or anything they sell. 'Price' is how much money you need to buy the product. It can attract or discourage customers. 'Place' is where you get the product. It can be in a store, online, or at a market. 'Promotion' is how companies advertise their products, like TV ads or online banners. Marketing Vocabulary Let's explore some common marketing terms. 'Advertising' is the commercials you see on TV or the banners you click online. 'Branding' is a company's personality. Think of a famous fast-food restaurant and its logo. 'Market research' is understanding what people like and want so companies can meet their needs. Introduction to Accounting Now, let's talk about accounting. It's like a financial diary for businesses. There are two key things in accounting: 'income' and 'expenses.' 'Income' is the money a company earns, like from sales or services. 'Expenses' are a business's costs, like paying employees or buying materials. Basic Accounting Terms Some essential accounting terms: 'Revenue' is the total sales or money a company makes. 'Expenses' are the costs to run a business. 'Profit' is what's left when you subtract expenses from revenue. A positive number means making money. A 'balance sheet' is like a financial snapshot of a company's assets and debts. The Connection Between Marketing and Accounting Marketing and accounting are partners in business success. Marketing attracts customers, increasing revenue. Accounting measures this success, ensuring a company is profitable and healthy. Now, let's look at the vital connection between marketing and accounting. Think of a business as a ship sailing toward success. Marketing acts like the wind in its sails, driving it forward, while accounting is like the compass that keeps it on the right path. Marketing efforts, such as advertising and promotions, bring in customers. More customers mean higher sales or revenue, which is excellent for a business. Think of marketing as a way to gather a crowd around the ship. However, it's not sufficient to gather a crowd; you must also ensure the ship stays afloat and profitable. This is where accounting comes into play. Accounting checks the ship's financial health. It helps you determine if you're making a profit (when more money comes in than goes out) or if adjustments are necessary. Picture accounting as examining the ship's supplies, making sure it has enough fuel, and ensuring the crew gets paid. So, marketing and accounting cooperate to help businesses succeed. Marketing attracts customers, while accounting closely watches over the ship's finances, ensuring it remains on the correct course toward success. Remember, understanding this connection is crucial for getting the full picture of how businesses operate. Marketing brings people in, and accounting evaluates and guarantees long-term success. Recap and Tips Let's summarize: Marketing spreads the word about products (P-P-P-P Product, Price, Place, Promotion). Accounting tracks money (Income, Expenses, Profit, Balance Sheet). They work together for business success. Practice your new vocabulary by listening to this episode several times during the week. I hope this easy explanation of marketing and accounting helps you on your learning journey.
13:24 15/02/2024
#287 How to save money? part#2
If you want to save money, listen to this new episode. Last week, we discussed different strategies to save money; now, let's continue learning new tricks. And with a funny mini-story, you will practice your English speaking. Hi! I'm Georgiana. Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. My mission is to help you improve your fluency. And if you want to get the transcript, then visit my website: SpeakEnglishpodcast.com/podcast It's completely free! Ok, let's start! Automate Your Savings Make saving money a habit by setting up automatic transfers from your checking account to your savings account. This ensures that a portion of your income is saved automatically each month, reducing the temptation to spend it. Keep Track of Your Expenses Maintain a record of all your expenses to understand where your money goes. You can use a notebook or a smartphone app to record every purchase. This practice helps you identify areas where you might be overspending and where you can cut back. Shop Wisely When shopping, look for sales, discounts, and coupons to save money on everyday items. Consider purchasing generic or store-brand products, often more affordable than brand-name items. Plan your shopping trips and stick to your shopping list to avoid impulse buying. Reduce Utility Costs Save money on utility bills by turning off lights and appliances when not in use, using energy-efficient light bulbs, and addressing drafts in your home. These small changes can lead to noticeable savings over time. Pay Off High-Interest Debt If you have debt with high-interest rates, such as credit card debt, make it a priority to pay it off. High interest rates can eat into your savings. Allocate extra funds to paying down your high-interest debts and avoid accumulating more. Build an Emergency Fund This is essential for financial security. Do your best to save a few months' living expenses in a separate account. This fund acts as a safety net in case unexpected expenses arise, preventing you from going into debt.  
17:08 08/02/2024
#286 How to save money?
  Hi! I'm Georgiana, your English teacher, and my mission is to help you speak English fluently. On my website you can get the 5 Secrets to speak English and also my premium courses. Before we start, get the transcript on my website. It's completely free. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast   Ok, let's start!   Do you want to save money? Today, we will explore some simple money-saving tips that are easy to understand and apply. And with a fun story, you will improve your English grammar in context.   Learn Basic Money Vocabulary Before we start talking about ways to save money, let's get to know some important financial terms in English. Knowing these words will help you better understand and handle your finances:   Income: This is the money you earn. Expenses: These are the costs or money you spend. Budget: A budget is a plan for managing your money. Savings: Savings are the money you keep for the future. Debt: Debt is money you owe.   Understanding these words is a great starting point for improving your financial knowledge.   Create a Simple Budget Creating a budget is the first step toward financial control. Start by listing your sources of income, such as your salary or any money you receive. Then, list your regular expenses, like rent or mortgage, groceries, transportation, and bills. A budget helps you see how much money you have left after covering your expenses, which you can allocate to savings.   Prioritize Your Spending It's important to distinguish between essential needs and non-essential wants. Needs are things like housing, food, and utilities—necessities for daily life. Wants are things like dining out, entertainment, or shopping for items that are not essential. Focus on covering your needs first, and allocate any remaining funds to your wants or savings.   Set Clear Savings Goals Identify specific financial goals that matter to you. Perhaps you want to save for unexpected expenses, education, a home, or retirement. Having clear goals provides motivation and direction for your savings efforts.   Great! In a future episode, we will continue learning more about how to save money.
14:17 02/02/2024
#285 How to make a cup of tea?
Emily: Would you like to come over for a cuppa? Raquel: Is that like a cupcake or something sweet? Emily: Oh no, a cuppa is just a cup of tea. But I can offer you some cake if you like. Raquel: Sure, I'd love a cuppa and some cake. Get the full transcript on my website: speakenglishpodcast.com/285-how-to-make-a-cup-of-tea/ As you already noticed, I love drinking tea, and last week I talked about the history of tea in the UK. But if you're not sure about tea or think you might not like it, don't worry. I'm here to introduce you to different types of tea. I'm sure we can find one you'll really enjoy. And, of course, I'll show you how to make a British cuppa. By the way, you can say 'a cuppa' instead of 'a cup of tea.' People in some places use it a lot. For example, someone might say, 'When I'm tired, I enjoy having a cuppa to relax.' Hi, everyone! I'm Georgiana, your English teacher, and my mission is to help you speak English fluently. On my website you can get the 5 Secrets to speak English and also my premium courses. Before we start, get the transcript on my website. It's completely free. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast Ok, let's start! In the UK, people enjoy drinking many different kinds of tea. However, the most popular tea in the UK is black tea. Black Tea: People often put milk and sometimes sugar in it. Some famous black teas are English Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Assam, and Darjeeling. Green Tea: is not as popular as black tea in the UK, but some people like it. It's healthy and comes from Japan and China. Herbal teas, such as peppermint and chamomile, are caffeine-free and come in various flavors. People enjoy them because they can have a calming effect. Fruit Chai Chai tea has spices like cinnamon and ginger. Trust me, it's delicious when you add milk and sugar. White Tea: isn't as standard, but some people enjoy it. It's light and has a subtle taste. Oolong Tea: is like black and green tea. And it comes in different flavors. Rooibos Tea: is a caffeine-free tea from South Africa. It has a gentle, sweet, and earthy taste, often with hints of vanilla or honey. In the UK, you can also find specialty blends; teas with unique flavors like flowers, spices, and much more. Get the full transcript on my website: speakenglishpodcast.com/285-how-to-make-a-cup-of-tea/  
11:41 25/01/2024
#284 The History of Tea in the UK
Do you like tea? I love trying different kinds, especially on cold days. Today, we’ll talk about the British love for tea. And in a future episode, I’ll show you how to make a British-style cup of tea. Hi! I’m Georgiana. Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. My mission is to help you improve your fluency. And if you want to get the transcript, then visit my website: SpeakEnglishpodcast.com/podcast It’s completely free! Ok, let’s start! Once Upon a Time: Long ago, in the 1600s, tea debuted in the UK. This fancy beverage didn’t magically appear; it came from Portugal. Catherine of Braganza, married to King Charles II, really liked tea and introduced this interesting new habit to the UK. Tea for the Elite: In the early days, tea was rare and expensive, like treasure! People kept their tea in special locked boxes called tea caddies. Back then, only people like the king and queen enjoyed it. Afternoon Tea Parties: In the 1700s, tea became more popular, but it was still costly. Then, Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, had a brilliant idea: afternoon tea parties! She invited her friends for tea and snacks in the afternoon, which became a stylish tradition. The Tea Trade: The British East India Company played a huge part in making tea famous in the UK. They established trade relations with China and brought boatloads of tea back. There were even big arguments and fights, like the Opium Wars, over tea and other trading. Tea for Everyone: In the 1800s, tea became more affordable, and people from all walks of life started drinking it. Tea became a daily treat for everyone, including workers and those with a refined taste. A Solution to a Big Problem: In the 1800s, in the UK, many people drank too much alcohol. And it caused a lot of problems. Luckily, some smart people thought tea was a better choice than alcohol. Here’s why: Tea was cheaper: Tea cost less than alcohol, so more people could buy it. Easy to find: You could find tea in many places. It was easy to buy. No harmful effects: Tea didn’t make you sick or misbehave, like alcohol. Good for friends: People liked to meet and drink tea together. It was fun and didn’t make you drunk. Calming: Tea helped people feel calm and relaxed without alcohol.   While tea did not solve all alcohol problems, it was healthier and cheaper for many. It went from being an exclusive drink to something everyone loves. And that’s the short story of tea time in the UK! Enjoy your next cup of tea! In a future episode, I’ll talk about the different types of tea. And I will teach you how to make a proper cup of tea.
12:18 18/01/2024
#283 American or British English Accent - Which One's for You?
In this episode, we'll discuss whether English learners should pick an accent when they're at an intermediate level. And with a short story you will learn grammar in context without any boring rules. On my website you can get the 5 Secrets to speak English and also my premium courses. Hi, everyone! I'm Georgiana, your English teacher, and my mission is to help you speak English fluently. Before we start, get the transcript on my website. It's completely free. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast Ok, let's start! When choosing between learning American or British English, it's crucial to think about your goals and situation. Here are a few reasons why you might prefer one accent over the other: I'll start by sharing my experience. As you may know, I'm also a language learner like you, and I've been learning languages for many years. I've chosen to learn languages by listening to a lot of content. This method has helped me become fluent in several languages, including Spanish. When I began learning Spanish many years ago, I spent much time watching TV shows from South America. This helped me learn new words and understand the language better. Later, I started listening to content from Spain. At first, I noticed the accent was different, but I quickly got used to it because I already had a good foundation. That's when I realized that listening daily is crucial when learning a language. I listened to many of hours of Spanish content before I could speak fluently. So, don't worry too much about which accent to choose at this stage. Right now, your main focus should be on listening. Listen to content that is easy to understand as much as you can. Also, if you are not completely fluent, you should consume content designed for English learners. When I record my podcast episodes, I do my best to speak as clearly as possible to help you understand me better. However, if you want to choose an accent, let's briefly discuss why you might select an American or British accent.   Get the transcript on my website.  https://speakenglishpodcast.com/283-american-or-british-english-which-ones-for-you/
12:17 11/01/2024
#282
New Year's Eve Traditions and Superstitions in the US
Today, we will talk about how people in America celebrate New Year's Eve. And with a short story you will learn grammar in context without any boring rules. On my website you can get the 5 Secrets to speak English and also my premium courses. Hi, everyone! I'm Georgiana, your English teacher, and my mission is to help you speak English fluently. Before we start, get the transcript on my website. It's completely free. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast  Let's explore the fun traditions and superstitions that make New Year's Eve special in the USA. #1 Dropping the Ball in Times Square: Perhaps the most iconic New Year's Eve tradition in the USA is the dropping of the ball in Times Square, New York City. Imagine a big, shiny ball made of crystal. Every year, lots of people gather to watch the ball descend when the clock strikes midnight. It's a famous event since 1907, making people happy and hopeful about what's coming next. #2 Kissing at Midnight: Kissing someone at the stroke of midnight is considered a way to ensure that the year ahead will be filled with love and happiness. #3 Parties and Get-Togethers New Year's Eve is a time for friends and family to unite. We have parties where we dance, laugh, and have a great time. We also raise a toast with fizzy wine or champagne to celebrate and wish each other well. But don't confuse 'champagne' with 'shampoo.' It's not as bubbly and won't make your hair smell better! #4 Parades and Fireworks: In many parts of the country, there are parades and fireworks to celebrate the New Year. One of the most famous parades is the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. It's a happy parade with floats decorated with flowers, marching bands, and horses. It's a fun way to begin the new year. #5 Hangover Cure: Some people feel bad the next day after the party, like a headache and a sick stomach. This is called a 'hangover.' People say drinking water and eating breakfast can make you feel better. However, the best way to feel good is to sleep a lot on the first day of the year and wake up on January 2nd feeling fresh and ready! #6 New Year's Resolutions Many Americans like to make "resolutions" for the new year. These are like promises we make to ourselves. For example, we might promise to exercise more, learn something new, or be kinder. But let's be honest: many of us forget our resolutions by February. So, instead of saying we'll exercise every day, maybe we can just promise to enjoy chocolate without feeling bad about it. That's a resolution that's easy to keep!
11:22 04/01/2024
#281 Christmas Markets
Today, I will talk about Christmas Markets in New York. And with a fun mini-story, you will improve your speaking. If you need to give something special for Christmas, consider buying my Premium courses. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/courses and get my English programs at an exceptional price. Ok! Let’s talk about Christmas markets in New York. What are you planning to do at Christmas? I recommend you fly to NYC because the best Christmas markets are here. New York's holiday markets often include ice skating, twinkling lights, great food vendors, and fun holiday activities. Plus, you can make your Christmas shopping a positive and relaxing experience. Bryant Park's Winter Village You could start by visiting Bryant Park's Winter Village. One of the highlights of this market is the 17,000-square-foot ice skating rink, which is free to use if you bring your skates. FAD Market And after ice skating, you could visit the FAD Market. Each season, the FAD market — for Fashion, Art, and Design - takes over a different Brooklyn venue with many independent vendors and creators. Here, you'll find New York City's emerging brands, designers, and small businesses offering a curated selection of handmade jewelry, clothing, skincare, tableware, and much more. Columbus Circle Holiday Market After all of this activity, you should go to the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, which is one of the most iconic holiday markets. The uptown counterpart to the Union Square Holiday Market offers shoppers a feast for the eyes and the stomach. Get the full text here: speakenglishpodcast.com/281-christmas-markets/
12:43 28/12/2023
#280 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for beginners
Hi! Today, we will discuss "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. This story is about kindness and how people can change, especially during Christmas. So, let's dive into Ebenezer Scrooge's story together! Get the TRANSCRIPT on my website: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/280-a-christmas-carol-by-charles-dickens-for-beginners/ "A Christmas Carol" is about a man named Ebenezer Scrooge. He doesn't like Christmas, and he's mean to everyone, even his worker, Bob Cratchit. One cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge gets a visit from the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley, who is wrapped in chains. Marley tells Scrooge that he'll be in chains, too, if he doesn't change his ways. Scrooge is visited by three more ghosts—the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. They show him his past, his present, and a scary future. In the past, Scrooge sees when he was young and kinder. In the present, he sees people enjoying Christmas, even if they don't have much money. He especially sees Bob Cratchit and his family, who are poor but happy. The scariest part is when he meets the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. This ghost shows him a future where nobody cares about Scrooge because he's so mean. Scrooge realizes he doesn't want this future. He wants to change and feels happy when he wakes up on Christmas morning. He starts being kind and helps people. Not only that, but he gives money to charity, gives more money to Bob Cratchit, and takes care of Tiny Tim, who is very sick. "A Christmas Carol" shows us that we can always choose to be kind, and Christmas is a time to love and share. Here are the themes of the novel: Change and Kindness: This story shows us that people can change and become kinder if they want to. Family and Togetherness: The Cratchit family's love reminds us that family is important even when they don't have much. Giving and Joy: Christmas is about giving and making others happy. "A Christmas Carol" is a story that reminds us to be kind, especially during Christmas. Whether you hear it for the first time or again, it's a story that warms our hearts. Get the TRANSCRIPT on my website: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/280-a-christmas-carol-by-charles-dickens-for-beginners/  
14:04 21/12/2023
#279 My first computer and new alternatives part2
In a previous episode, we talked about the mouse, the keyboard, and the screen. Today, we'll learn about more parts of a computer. And with a short story, you will learn grammar in context without memorizing any boring rules. Hi! I'm Georgiana. Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. My mission is to help you improve your English fluency. If you want to help me, share the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks. Before we start, get the transcript of this episode for free. At: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast Ok, let's continue learning about computer parts: Now, let's talk about 'RAM.' RAM stands for 'Random Access Memory.' RAM is like a computer's working memory. It's where the computer keeps things while doing tasks, just like our brains remember stuff when we're busy. My old computer only had 8 megabytes of RAM. It's like having a small desk – you can only put a few things on it at once. Nowadays, computers have much more RAM, at least 8 gigabytes, which is like having a big desk with lots of space. This helps modern computers work faster and better. Another essential part of a computer is 'storage.' This is where we keep our files, such as photos and documents. The computer stores these files on a 'hard drive,' like a giant digital cabinet for our stuff. In the past, when we wanted to move information from one computer to another, we used something called a 'floppy disk.' A floppy disk was a small, flat, plastic thing that could only hold a tiny bit of information, like one page from a book. It was like using a small bag to carry your digital things. Today, we have much better ways to store our files. We use something called the 'cloud,' which is like a magical place on the internet where we can keep lots of information safely.  Examples of cloud services include 'iCloud' from Apple, 'Google Drive,' 'Microsoft OneDrive,' and 'Dropbox.' It's like having a big online storage room where you can keep your digital stuff. The closest thing we have now to a floppy disk is a 'flash drive.' It's a tiny device that can hold much information, like a small digital bag for your files. Before flash drives, we used something else called 'CDs.' A CD was like a flat, round disc that could hold more information than a floppy disk. It was like a small, thin plate. Get the full text here:  https://speakenglishpodcast.com/279-my-first-computer-and-new-alternatives-part2/
12:14 14/12/2023
#278 The History and Meaning of Thanksgiving
Tom (Being serious): Hey, do we have to send thank you notes to everyone we've ever met for Thanksgiving? James (Laughing): Oh no, it's not like that! Thanksgiving is more about enjoying turkey and pie with family and friends, not writing thank you notes to everyone! Hi! Welcome to a special podcast about Thanksgiving! I'm Georgiana, your English teacher, and I want to tell you about Thanksgiving. Before we start, get the transcript of this episode for free. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast Also, if you want to help me, share the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks. Ok, let's start! Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and Canada. It's a special day when people express their gratitude for things like family and food. Why People Celebrate this holiday: Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for good things. Many people have a big meal with family and friends. When It Is Celebrated: Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. In Canada, it's on the second Monday of October. Where It Is Celebrated: People celebrate Thanksgiving in their homes or with family in other places. Others travel to be with family. What's the origin of this holiday? Thanksgiving began long ago when Pilgrims from England came to America on a ship called the Mayflower. Pilgrims are people who have a tough journey because of their religion, and these ones came to America so they could practice their religion freely. When they came to America, it was tough. It was cold, and they didn't have much food. But Native Americans, showed the Pilgrims how to grow food like corn, beans, and squash. In 1621, the Pilgrims had a good harvest during the fall because of what they learned from the Native Americans. So they had a big meal together to say thank you and celebrate. The feast is known as the first Thanksgiving. Since then, Thanksgiving has been a special day when people come together with their families. They usually eat turkey, potatoes, veggies, and pie. Some people also watch parades and football games on TV. As you can see, Thanksgiving is a wonderful day celebrated in the United States and Canada. Even if you're from another place, it's good to remember that Thanksgiving is all about being thankful and enjoying time with your loved ones.
10:43 07/12/2023
#277 Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare for beginners part2
Hi! Let’s continue learning about the play Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. But don’t worry because I’ve made it very easy for you to understand.   You can get the full transcript on my website: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/277-romeo-and-juliet-shakespeare-for-beginners-part2/   In a previous episode, I began discussing the play “Romeo and Juliet.” Today, we will continue with Acts 4 and 5 of the play. Great! Let’s start with Act 4: [Act 4 – Juliet’s Bold Move] In Act 4, the story takes another turn. Juliet’s parents want her to marry Paris, a man she doesn’t love. She’s already married to Romeo, but it’s a secret. Juliet’s Problem: Juliet worries about marrying Paris because she loves Romeo. She goes to Friar Laurence, a good friend to the young lovers, for help. Friar’s Plan: Friar Laurence develops a plan to help Juliet. He gives her a special drink that will make her look like she’s dead for a while. He advises her to take it the night before her wedding so that everyone will believe she has died. Juliet’s Fear: Juliet is terrified of the plan. She’s worried that the drink might actually kill her or that she’ll wake up alone in a scary tomb. Juliet’s Agreement: Juliet agrees to the plan because she’s desperate to avoid marrying Paris. She goes back home, and her parents are happy because they think she’ll marry Paris soon. Wedding Rush: Her parents decide to move the wedding up to the next day, which makes Juliet even more nervous. Romeo’s Missed Message: Meanwhile, Friar Laurence tries to send a message to Romeo about the plan, but it doesn’t reach him because of a problem. [Act 5 – A Sad Ending] In Act 5, the story reaches its tragic conclusion. Romeo Comes Back: Romeo secretly returns to Verona because he thinks Juliet is dead. He wants to see her one last time. Fight with Paris: Romeo and a man named Paris fight at Juliet’s tomb. Romeo doesn’t want to hurt Paris, but they end up fighting, and Romeo accidentally kills Paris. Juliet’s “Death”: When Romeo sees Juliet in her tomb, he thinks she’s really dead. So, he drinks poison and dies next to her. Juliet Wakes Up: Just after Romeo dies, Juliet wakes up. She is very sad when she sees Romeo dead. Juliet tries to kiss the poison from his lips, but it doesn’t work. So, she takes his dagger and kills herself. Friar Explains: Friar Laurence comes to the tomb and explains everything to the Prince and the families. He tells them about Romeo and Juliet’s secret marriage and how it led to their sad endings.
11:46 16/11/2023
#276 My first computer and modern tech
  - Why did the computer catch a cold? - Because it had too many windows open! 😄 Hi! I'm Georgiana. Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. Also, thank you for the 30 million downloads!!!! 🎉 🎉 🎉 Today, I'll talk about my very first computer and compare it with modern tech. Before we start, get the transcript for free at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast Ok, let's get started! Have you ever thought about how computers have changed over the years? Well, I have, and I want to share my experiences with you. I will start with the parts of the computer: First, the "mouse." A mouse is a small device you move on your desk. It's like a digital pet that helps  you control your computer. My mouse was big and had a ball underneath. It wasn't small and smooth like today's mice. It had a cord that often got tangled, but I liked it. I used it to click on things and move around on the screen. Well, nowadays, we have some other ways to do the same thing:  Many laptops have a flat area below the keyboard called "touchpad" that you can use your finger to move the arrow around. It's like a tiny built-in mouse.  Some computers now let you touch the screen directly with your finger to control things. This is called a "touch screen." It's just like using your finger to tap or swipe on your phone.  You can also use a special pen on some computers to point and click, just like you used to do with the mouse.  Next, let's talk about the 'screen.' The screen is like a computer's TV. But the ones I used in the past were different from today's flat screens. My old screen was big and not flat like modern screens. It looked more like a big, heavy box on my desk. The pictures and words on it didn't look very clear. They were a bit fuzzy, not sharp like today's screens. Nowadays, screens are much thinner and lighter, showing pictures and words much more clearly. So, things on the computer look better now. Now, let's talk about the 'keyboard.' A keyboard is like a big board with many buttons you press. Each button has a letter, number, or symbol on it. It helps you type words and tell the computer what to do. The keyboard I used back then had all the letters and keys you need, just like today's keyboards. But it looked bigger and the buttons were a bit farther apart. When you typed on them, they made a clicky sound, unlike today's quieter keyboards. Get the transcript on my website: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/computer-vocabulary-in-english-for-beginners/
12:02 09/11/2023
#275 Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare for Beginners
Hi! I'm Georgiana. Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. My mission is to help you improve your fluency. Today, I will discuss Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet," but don't worry because I've made it very easy to understand. Before we start, get the transcript for free at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast Let's start! Today, we'll explore the famous play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, written over 400 years ago. This play is divided into five acts, like chapters in a book. I've prepared a short summary for each act. In this episode, we'll focus on Acts 1, 2, and 3, and in our next session, we'll continue with Acts 4 and 5. In the play, Shakespeare explored important things like love, family, and problems that were important back then and still matter to people today. Now, let's start with the first three acts of this classic story. [Act 1 - A Tale of Two Families] Okay, picture this: we're in a lovely place called Verona, Italy. There are two big families there, the Montagues and the Capulets, and they don't get along.  But guess what? A young guy named Romeo, from the Montague family, and a girl named Juliet, from the Capulet family, meet at a fancy party and fall in love, unaware of the enmity between their families. And so Act 1 ends with a big surprise. Romeo and Juliet find out who each other really is. This is a big shock because they're from enemy families. This surprise begins a sad and complicated story with many problems that happen next. [Act 2 - Balcony Magic] In Act 2, the story becomes more romantic. Romeo sneaks into Juliet's garden, and they talk from her balcony. They declare their love and plan a hidden wedding with the help of Juliet's Nurse.  Tybalt, who is Juliet's cousin, challenges Romeo to a fight. This happens because Tybalt is angry with Romeo. Their clash is a significant moment in the story. As a result, the Prince banishes Romeo from Verona. The act concludes with Romeo and Juliet apart, encountering fresh difficulties, and their secret marriage adding more complexity to their love tale. [Act 3 - Trouble in Town] In Act 3, things get even more intense. Tybalt, who is Juliet's cousin, wants to get back at Romeo, and this leads to a big fight with Mercutio, which sadly ends in Mercutio getting hurt very badly. Romeo is very sad about Mercutio and gets into a fight with Tybalt, which results in Tybalt's death. Because of this, Romeo has to leave Verona. Things are getting really tough for Romeo and Juliet because they can't be together. Get the full text on my website: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast
14:35 02/11/2023
#274 Stress-Free English Learning and Healthy Living Tips
Hey there, everyone! If you're new here, welcome to our podcast family! 🎙️ I'm Georgiana, your English teacher, and a language learner just like you. I believe that learning should be fun and easy. With my exclusive method I've helped many people worldwide speak English fluently without using grammar or textbooks. Yes, you heard that correctly! It's time to say goodbye to those boring grammar books. How can you do it? Well, I'll tell you a short story twice, and each time, I'll change the tense or whether it's singular or plural. This way, you can learn by comparing these changes in the context of the story. But first, our main topic today is stress management because, let's admit it – learning a new language can be quite overwhelming. Don't worry, I'm here to help. I'm going to share some really helpful tips to make learning a new language less stressful. Before you start listening, get the transcript of this episode for free. visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast  Ok, let's start with some useful tips on how to manage stress: #1 Breathe deeply: When stressed, pause and focus on your breath. Inhale slowly through your nose, letting your lungs fill with air, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. This simple breathing exercise can quickly calm your nerves and help you relax. #2 Stay Organized: Try making a list to manage your tasks and reduce stress. Write down what you need to do, prioritizing the most important things. This organized approach helps you use your time and resources effectively. #3 Exercise Regularly: Physical activity is a great stress reliever. Make it a habit to move your body regularly. You don't need intense workouts; even a short walk or simple stretches can make a big difference. Exercise releases endorphins, which naturally boost your mood and reduce stress. #4 Talk to Someone: Sharing your worries with someone you trust can be really helpful. Reach out to a friend, family member, or teacher. A supportive conversation can give you emotional relief and a fresh perspective on your stress. #5 Get Good Sleep: Try getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Sleep is crucial for your physical and mental well-being. It allows your body and mind to recover, making it easier to handle stress when you're well-rested. Get the transcript of this episode for free: visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast   
10:20 26/10/2023
#273 Healthy Lifestyle - Sleep
  Today, we're discussing our precious hours in bed every night, and why it's important to get a good amount of sleep. And with a mini-story, you will practice your English speaking. Please share the podcast with your friends and family and write a short review on: Spotify: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/spotify Apple podcasts: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/apple-podcast Podbean: https://speakenglishpodcast.com/podbean And if you want to get the transcript, then visit my website: SpeakEnglishpodcast.com/podcast It's completely free! Ok, let's start! I remember a time when I constantly felt tired. I'd drag myself through the day, feeling like I was two steps behind. I thought, "Maybe it's just how life is."  But, one day, I looked at my nighttime habits and realized I wasn't giving my body the rest it needed. And trust me, once I made a few changes, everything transformed. I felt alive and happier, and everything just became easier. I want that for all of you, too. So, let's dive in! Why are restful nights crucial? 1. Recharge your body and mind. During those quiet hours, your body and mind reset. Imagine it like charging a phone. When you wake up, you're ready to go! 2. Better mood. Getting enough rest can make you happier and less irritable. When we're tired, everything seems harder. 3. Helps with memory. Rest can sharpen your memory. This is essential for students and those with busy jobs. 4. Keeps you strong. Getting a good night's sleep helps your body stay healthy, and you might not get sick as much. Knowing this, how can we make the most of our nights? 1. Set a routine. Try to go to bed at a similar time every night. This creates a rhythm for your body. 2. Peaceful surroundings. Ensure your room is dark and silent. This signals to your brain that it's time to wind down. 3. Avoid screens. Put electronics away at least one hour before you head to bed. Their light can disturb your natural rhythms. 4. Comfort is key. A comfy bed, the perfect pillow, and a cozy blanket can really make a difference. 5. Relax before bedtime. Read, listen to soothing music, or enjoy a warm bath. These activities can help you unwind. Sometimes it's hard to get 8 hours of sleep. But remember, it's about quality over quantity. Six hours of good, solid rest can be better than eight hours of tossing and turning.
17:55 20/10/2023
#272 Be more positive when learning English
Hi! I'm Georgiana. Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. My mission is to help you improve your fluency. Learning English can be enjoyable and useful, but also challenging. You might experience frustration or have doubtful or negative thoughts. For instance, you might believe, "I can't speak English fluently," but a more positive way to approach it is, "I'm improving my English every day."  It's crucial to know that negative thoughts can slow down progress. In this episode, we will explore ways to change these thoughts and motivate you. Before you continue listening, go to my website SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast, to get the transcript of this episode. Ok. Let's start! First, you'll need to spot negative thoughts when they happen. These might involve doubting your abilities or fearing making mistakes. Keeping a journal to write down these ideas as they come up can help you understand when and why they happen. Think, "Age doesn't stop me from learning," instead of, "I'm too old to learn a new language." Or, remember that "Mistakes help me learn" when you catch yourself thinking, "I keep making mistakes when I speak English." After you spot negative ideas, take a moment to question if they're really true or not. Reflect on these questions: Can I prove this idea, or is it just a feeling? Have I dealt with similar issues before? Am I being too hard on myself? Asking these questions helps you think more logically. For instance, instead of believing "I'll never speak English perfectly," consider "Learning a new language takes time and practice, but I can get better with persistence." Set Realistic Goals  Setting achievable goals in language learning can fight negative thinking. Instead of aiming for perfection right away, establish smaller, step-by-step objectives. Picture yourself succeeding every day. See yourself confidently engaging in English conversations and handling different communication situations. This mental image will boost your confidence and keep you motivated. Go to my website, SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast, to get the transcript of this episode.
17:10 12/10/2023
#271 Healthy Lifestyle - Exercise
Transcript: Today, let's discuss exercise and its benefits for health. Also, with a story, you will practice and improve your grammar in context. Before you start listening, go to my website and get the transcript for free. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast Great! Let's start! Better Physical Health: Exercising isn't just about looking good; it's about feeling great, too! Regular exercise helps us maintain a healthy weight and reduces the risk of diseases. Plus, it keeps our muscles and bones strong and our hearts and lungs in great shape. Mental Health and Stress Relief: Exercise is like a magical mood booster. It releases those happy chemicals in our brains, helping us manage stress, anxiety, and those occasional low days. And guess what? It makes our minds sharper and our sleep more peaceful. More Energy: Isn't it funny how working out can give you more energy? It gets your blood pumping and your body awake and alert. Better Sleep: Good sleep helps our health a lot. And regular exercise is always a good friend. When we sleep well, our bodies fix themselves and get ready for another great day. Living Longer: Science says that those who exercise regularly tend to live longer, healthier lives. Who doesn't want that? Find Fun Activities: The best exercise is the one you enjoy. Whether dancing alone, walking in nature, swimming in the pool, or playing a sport, choose what makes you happy. Start Slow: If you're just starting, take it easy. Think of it like a journey; you'll get there step by step. Make a Schedule: Let's treat exercise like a date with ourselves. Set a time and stick to it, making it a non-negotiable part of your day. Change It Up: Mixing different exercises is good and helps our bodies. Do some breath-focused workouts and muscle-building exercises, and remember to stretch too. Get the transcript here: Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast
11:53 06/10/2023
#270 Healthy Lifestyle - Food
- I've been trying to eat more healthily, so I chose a salad for lunch. - That's good! What did you have for dinner? - Well, for dinner, I had a cheeseburger, but I added a piece of lettuce, so it's almost like a salad, isn't it? - Ah, I get it! You turned your burger into a 'salad burger.' You're doing well with your healthy eating goals! Get the transcript at: Speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/   Hi! I'm Georgiana. Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. My mission is to help you improve your fluency. Do you know how you can help me? You can support this podcast by sharing it with your friends and rating it with five stars.    Click here to give the podcast 5 stars!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ Have you ever thought about how to eat tasty and healthy food in a simple way? Today, I'm going to share easy tips for enjoying delicious, good-for-you meals.   Grab a snack, and let's get started! Basic Food Facts  First, let's learn some simple aspects of food. Our bodies need carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals.  A quick tip: imagine your plate is a rainbow. The more colors, the more good stuff you're eating!   Fixing Food Mistakes  Next, let's fix some food mistakes! Mistake number one: "Carbs are bad." I'm not against low-carb diets because I followed the keto diet for a while. However, I now include carbs from sources like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, which can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.   Get the transcript at: Speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/
14:59 28/09/2023
#269 The Story of the Internet
Transcript: Hi, everyone! I'm Georgiana, your English teacher, and I'm here to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks. And if you want to help me, it's very simple! 🔗Share the podcast 🎙️ with your friends and family. Get the full transcript here: speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/ Great! Let's start! Today, I will talk about the Internet's fantastic journey – how it changed from big machines to the online world we know today. Imagine going back to the 1960s, a time of cool space adventures and bright colors. Back then, computers weren't small like today. They were as big as rooms! Like friendly elephants waiting for special instructions. But guess what? These big computers couldn't talk to each other. However, scientists and researchers wanted computers to talk. They dreamed of connecting these big computers, making a web linking people everywhere. That's how the Internet started – they made a special language using ones and zeros so that computers could share information even if they were far apart. Now, let's jump ahead to the 1990s. Think of slow dial-up Internet. That's when the World Wide Web appeared. Imagine a huge library with doors open to different places when you click. But, you had to wait because pages loaded slowly, like a snail. I remember the "You've Got Mail!" sound and the funny noise when connecting to the Internet. The Internet had two sides – sometimes it was super cool, and other times it got in the way of using the phone. Today, the Internet is a big part of our lives. You can shop, talk to friends worldwide, and learn things without leaving your house. It's like magic! Think about how far we've come – from big machines to a connected world where you can find all sorts of things, from facts to funny cat videos. And don't forget, the Internet is not just for young people. People of all ages enjoy using it to connect with family and friends, play games, and learn new skills. It's a tool that brings everyone together from all around the world. So, whether you're a student doing research for school or a grandparent staying in touch with loved ones, the Internet has something for everyone. And how about you? How do you use the Internet? Get the full transcript here: speakenglishpodcast.com/podcast/
11:01 22/09/2023
#268 Food Vocabulary in English - Air Fryer
Hi, everyone! I'm Georgiana, your English teacher, and I'm here to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks. And if you want to help me, it's very simple! Share the podcast with your friends and family. Before you start listening, go to my website and get the transcript for free. Visit: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast Great! Let's start! Today, I want to share a personal story. It's about a special thing in my kitchen: my air fryer. Once upon a time, I cooked food the old way. I used pots, pans, and lots of oil. My food tasted good, but it took a lot of time. And cleaning? Oh, it was a big job! Then, a friend told me about the air fryer. At first, I thought, "What is this magic pot?" But then, I tried it, and wow! The first time I used the air fryer, I cooked potatoes. I washed them, cut them, and put them in the fryer. I waited for a short time. When I opened it, what did I see? Golden, crispy potatoes! They were like chips but not too oily. I was so happy! The best thing about the air fryer is that it uses less oil. So, the food has less fat. It's healthier for our bodies. And guess what? It still tastes very yummy! My family loves the food I cook in it. They say it's tasty and crispy. After the potatoes, I wanted to try more. I cooked chicken, fish, and even cake! Yes, a cake in an air fryer. It was so soft and sweet. The air fryer made my life easy. No more big pots. No more too much oil. No more long cooking. And cleaning? It's so easy! Just take out the basket, wash it, and it's done. If you like easy cooking, try an air fryer. Start with simple things. Maybe potatoes like me. Then, try new recipes. There are many recipes on the internet. Also, remember: every air fryer is a bit different. So, the first time, watch your food. Make sure it doesn't burn. After some tries, you will know your fryer better. Today, I wanted to share my love for my magic pot, the air fryer. I hope my story helps you. Cooking can be fun, easy, and healthy. If I can do it, you can too! Thank you for listening. If you have stories or tips about your air fryer, share them with me. Let's learn together. Happy cooking! Great! That's all for now! I hope you found this topic helpful. Let's continue with a Point-of-View Lesson.  
11:27 14/09/2023
#267 Dog idioms in English part2
  Hi, everyone! Thanks for joining me for another episode. I'm Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com Today, we're continuing our journey of expressions inspired by man's best friend: the dog. And with a fun point-of-view story, you will improve your grammar in context. Before we start, get the transcript at: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast And if you want to help me, share the podcast with your friends and family. That would mean a lot. Thanks. Our first phrase is dogged determination. When someone shows dogged determination, they're incredibly persistent, not giving up easily. It's like a dog who won't let go of its favorite toy. Next, we have 'the hair of the dog.' This means taking a bit of alcohol to ease a hangover. It's a humorous way to suggest that a little of what caused your problem might help solve it. Moving on, a dog in the manger is an expression for someone who doesn't want others to enjoy something they don't need or use. And then there's the saying, 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks.' It suggests that teaching someone new things is challenging, especially if they're set in their ways. However, never let that stop you from learning! Let's continue! Ever been so exhausted you can barely stand? That's being dog-tired.  If everything is a mess, you'd say it's a dog's breakfast or a dog's dinner. For instance, you are trying to bake a cake and ending up with flour all over the kitchen! Sometimes, people feel they're dogged by bad luck, meaning they feel misfortune is constantly following them.  On a fun note, dog and bone is playful rhyming slang for 'phone.' So, if you're chatting on your dog and bone, you're on your phone! If you can't finish your meal, you might ask for a doggie bag to take the leftovers home when dining out.  And dog watch? The phrase for people who work at sea refers to a brief period of duty on a boat. When someone says they're leading a dog's life, it expresses having a tough or miserable time. I hope you're not having a miserable time but are enjoying listening to this show. Let's listen to the expressions one more time: 1. dogged determination 2. the hair of the dog 3. a dog in the manger 4. you can't teach an old dog new tricks 5. dog tired 6. dog's breakfast/dinner 7. dogged by bad luck 8. dog and bone 9. doggie bag 10. dog's life 11. dog watch
12:32 07/09/2023

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