Learning English is a journey. As a child, your teacher shows you pictures and speaks foreign words or teaches you a song in English. As a teenager, your teacher makes you read boring texts and write things, which they then mark very strictly. As an adult, your teacher is life. You need English in your personal life, with family and friends, watching your favourite TV shows and maybe on holidays abroad. And, you need English more and more at work and in business. In short, it has become an essential part of your life. However good or bad your experience of learning English is, we - your Three English Experts Birgit, Rebecca and Dave – with over 60 years of business English teaching combined, would like to inspire you, encourage you and give you advice, tricks and tips on how to go forward on your learning journey. So, jump in, find out more about us, leave us comments, ask our advice, and join us on this podcast to make your learning journey easier, stress-free and fun. Your Three English Experts Birgit, Rebecca and Dave.
Episode 8 - Carnival in Germany
In this episode we talk about:Birgit’s experience as a Carnival reveller, aka “Jeck” in the Rhineland/Cologne dialect.what happens on the particular days over Carnival – (Weiberfastnacht) Women’s Carnival Day*, Rose/Shrove Monday & Tuesday, Ash Wednesday. *other translations according to the online dictionary https://www.dict.cc/ are “Fat Thursday” and “Thursday before Shrove Tuesday”.Rebecca shares a bit about the history of Carnival.Which carnival cheer to shout in the various places e.g. in Cologne they shout “Alaaf”?Dave's advice on Carnival in Cologne.Top 20 cool must-know Carnival words (see the list below)How to create stories to practice new vocabulary in ChatGPT. (See the text below: “Alex in Cologne over Carnival”)In dieser Episode sprechen wir über:Birgits Erfahrungen als Karnevalistin, auch bekannt als "Jeck" im rheinisch-kölnischen Dialekt.was an den einzelnen Tagen über Karneval passiert - (Weiberfastnacht) Weiberfastnacht*, Rosenmontag & -dienstag, AschermittwochRebecca erzählt ein bisschen was über die Geschichte des Karnevals.Welcher Karnevalsruf wird an den verschiedenen Orten gerufen, z.B. in Köln wird "Alaaf" gerufen?Daves Tipps für den Karneval in Köln.Die 20 coolsten Karnevalswörter, die du kennen musst (siehe Liste unten)Wie man Geschichten erstellt, um neue Vokabeln in ChatGPT zu üben. (Siehe den Text unten: "Alex in Köln über Karneval")Top 20 carnival words1. Karneval:The German term for carnival, often used interchangeably with "Fasching" or "Fastnacht" depending on the region.2. Fasching: Carnival season, especially used in Southern Germany, Austria, and parts of Bavaria.3. Fastnacht: Another term for carnival, commonly used in regions like Swabia and parts of Hesse.4. Jecken: Carnival revelers or enthusiasts who actively participate in the celebrations.5. Rosenmontag: Rose Monday, the highlight of the carnival season, marked by parades and festivities across the country.6. Faschingsdienstag: Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, signaling the end of the carnival season.7. Kamelle: Sweets, candies, or small treats thrown from parade floats to the crowd.8. Helau: A common carnival exclamation, especially in Rhineland, expressing enthusiasm and joy.9. Alaaf: Another traditional carnival cheer, frequently used in regions like Cologne.10. Büttenreden: Humorous and satirical speeches delivered during carnival, often poking fun at political figures and current events.11. Prinzenpaar: Carnival prince and princess, often elected to lead the festivities in various cities.12. Funkemariechen: Young female dancers, often part of the carnival performances and parades.13. Kappensitzung: A traditional carnival session featuring skits, dances, and entertainment.14. Maskenball: Masked ball, where participants wear costumes and masks during carnival celebrations.15. Kostüme: Costumes worn by carnival-goers, ranging from traditional to creative and humorous outfits.16. Narrenkappen: Fool's caps, distinctive hats worn by carnival revelers.17. Narrenfreiheit: The "fool's freedom," allowing people to engage in playful and mischievous behavior during carnival.18. Gilden: Carnival guilds or groups that organize and participate in various carnival events.19. Stadtprinz: City prince, a title given to the elected representative of the carnival in a particular city.20. Narrenschar:The assembly of fools, referring to the collective participants and attendees of carnival festivities.Alex in Cologne carnivalOnce upon a time, in the vibrant city of Cologne, a curious British individual named Alex found themselves in the midst of a colorful spectacle – the legendary Carnival. It all began on Altweiber Thursday, a day that marked the beginning of the revelry.Eager to immerse in the festivities, Alex decided to explore the city. The streets were filled with a contagious energy as jecken, adorned in elaborate costumes, greeted each other with a spirited "Helau!" Alex, not to be outdone, picked up the tradition with enthusiasm, immersing themselves in the cheerful atmosphere.As Altweiber unfolded, Alex witnessed the lively tradition of women storming the city halls, taking over the symbolic key and thus temporarily claiming the role of power. Laughter echoed through the streets as ties were playfully snipped off by women, a gesture symbolizing a brief role reversal.The days leading up to Rosenmontag were a whirlwind of excitement. Alex found themselves attending a Kappensitzung, where Büttenreden entertained the crowd with satirical humor. The sound of Narrenkappen being tossed into the air added to the joyous chaos. Amidst the laughter, Alex couldn't help but appreciate the Narrenfreiheit – the freedom to be a little foolish during these festive days.Rosenmontag, the grand crescendo of Carnival, arrived with a burst of color and music. Alex joined the massive parade, marveling at the elaborate floats adorned with Kamelle. The air was filled with the infectious tunes of marching bands, and the streets were a sea of waving flags. Alex even caught a few glimpses of the Prinzenpaar, the Carnival royalty, gracefully leading the procession.The excitement reached its peak as Nübelverbrennung, the symbolic burning of a straw figure named Nübel, took place. This tradition symbolizes the end of the revelry and the beginning of Lent. Amidst the fiery glow, Alex felt a mix of nostalgia and satisfaction, having experienced the heart and soul of Cologne's Carnival.As the last embers of Nübelverbrennung faded away, Alex couldn't help but reflect on the unforgettable experience. The vibrant costumes, the lively parades, and the sense of unity among the jecken – it was a Carnival journey that would forever be etched in their memory. And so, with a heart full of Helau and Alaaf, Alex bid farewell to Cologne, carrying the spirit of Carnival back to the shores of the United Kingdom.
Episode 7 - How to learn grammar - The Big 5 Tenses
In this episode, we talk about:The importance of grammar in language. Birgit’s book “https://buchshop.bod.de/lean-on-english-grammar-big-5-birgit-kasimirski-9783756889242”, which sheds a practical light on the Big 5 tenses.Here are the BIG 5 and links to the interactive online quizzes. 1. present simple https://wordwall.net/resource/52430602 2. present continuous/progressive https://wordwall.net/resource/52431093 3. simple past https://wordwall.net/resource/52431673 4. present perfect https://wordwall.net/resource/52432027 5. simple future, aka will future: https://wordwall.net/resource/52432366When to use which tense, some tricky aspects of English grammar and how to use “signal words” to help you remember which tense to use when.Learners’ mindset on grammar, negative experiences in school and what to do.How the BIG 5 animals represent the tenses – ideal for visual learners.Other websites to do grammar quizzes. http://www.englishclub.com/ scroll along to eQuiz.Me http://www.usingenglish.com/In dieser Folge sprechen wir über:die Bedeutung der Grammatik in der Sprache.Birgits Buch "https://buchshop.bod.de/lean-on-english-grammar-big-5-birgit-kasimirski-9783756889242", das ein praktisches Licht auf die Big 5 Zeitformen wirft.Hier sind die BIG 5 und Links zu den interaktiven Online-Quiz. 1. present simple https://wordwall.net/resource/52430602 2. present continuous/progressive https://wordwall.net/resource/52431093 3. simple past https://wordwall.net/resource/52431673 4. present perfect https://wordwall.net/resource/52432027 5. simple future, auch bekannt als will future: https://wordwall.net/resource/52432366Wann man welche Zeitform verwendet, einige knifflige Aspekte der englischen Grammatik und wie man "Signalwörter" verwendet, um sich daran zu erinnern, welche Zeitform man wann verwenden muss.Die Einstellung der Lernenden zur Grammatik, negative Erfahrungen in der Schule und was zu tun ist.Wie die BIG 5 Tiere die Zeitformen darstellen - ideal für visuelle Lernende.Andere Websites für Grammatik-Quizze.http://www.englishclub.com/ scrollen Sie weiter zu eQuiz.Mehttp://www.usingenglish.com/
Epsisode 6 - How to find good materials
In this episode, we talk aboutWhat to think about when you buy a grammar bookWhat you really need to understand vs. not the “whole English grammar”- check out Birgit’s grammar books – ideal for busy professionals. https://birgitkasimirski.de/en/publications-englische-grammatik/How you should try to find materials/media, which you like in German, books vs audiobooks, fiction books vs non-fiction, topic-based materials – choose books/magazines in English on YOUR topics - fashion, football, fantasy.Using (children’s) books /comics with lots of dialogue – for real conversational English, idioms, slang etc.Subscribing to (Business) English Spotlight/World of PressPros and cons of language learning text booksPutting together your own learning materials based on your likes/preferences/interests.Watching YouTube videosCheck out Dave’s Top 10 YouTube channels for English learners of all levels.Oxford Online English – Speak English Fluently – 5 steps to improve your English fluency https://youtu.be/KaA_mxga3PQ?si=2XJiSl1y--ut5M1WEnglish Fluency Journey – Speak English with AI https://youtu.be/Qi5mKV40Kmw?si=_Pf6KrC9eJldQCwI7ESL Learning English – 120 Common Phrasal Verbs frequently used in Daily English Conversations https://youtu.be/ptvxgrLnM7k?si=UnDelMNA5-zi-7skMmmEnglish - Common English phrases to keep Your Conversation Goinghttps://youtu.be/Wwv4IgL0aJY?si=oStRbCYPWNb_saX-Steve Kaufmann – How to Learn vocabulary without even trying https://youtu.be/WoDYUziEcIM?si=Qg2c-2-etZqQiGF8 Germany vs USA - Learning foreign languages. Check out my “Master Your English Listening Course. Guided watching English YouTube Germany vs USA”.https://youtu.be/AbiICNx_LwM?si=wW1fpWj_XlOhNRoK Dragons' Den - Dating app gets Dragons hot under the collar. Check out my “Master Your Business English Listening Course. Guided watching English Youtube Dragons’ Den.” https://youtu.be/SZyFS_v7BE4?si=nvTiqp1E9ax5ghlUTED Talks – Learning a language? Speak it like you’re playing a video game. https://youtu.be/Ge7c7otG2mk?si=xwv2Y5wjOe6r-H1zFoil, Arms and Hog. When Irish people can’t speak Irish https://youtu.be/ydSNgr97gSY?si=F5a9Z3_VCJz7l3NS Thoughty 2 – How Britain’s Scariest Gang Became World Famous. Check out my “Business English Academy Membership” for this and other (business) guided English-watching content. https://youtu.be/CryUohi4Afs?si=2IHwK5LGTM3K0L4o
New Year's Episode - Setting goals for 2024
In this episode, we talk about:New Year's resolutions and the grammar of ‘goal setting’ for 2024.2023 rewind and the grammar of 'regrets’.How to create new habits by “habit stacking” based on the award-winning books ‘Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg and ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear.10 “habit stacking” ideas to kickstart your English learning in 2024. (see below)Rebecca’s 4-step process for setting goals. Rebecca – https://rebeccadeacon.com/2020/08/19/how-to-reach-your-goals-4-important-questions/Our 6-week language learning challenge. Maybe you want to join us in the challenge?Examply of Habit Stacking to create a learning regime for those busy days.1. Morning Routine:- Habit: Spend 5 minutes learning English vocabulary.- Stack with: While having breakfast or during your morning coffee.2. Commute:- Habit: Listen to English podcasts or audiobooks.- Stack with: Your daily commute, whether by car, bus, or train.3. Lunch Break:- Habit: Read a short article or a chapter in an English book.- Stack with: Your lunch break at work or school.4. Exercise:- Habit: Practice English pronunciation or dialogue.- Stack with: While jogging, walking, or at the gym.5. Daily Chores:- Habit: Label items around your home with English words.- Stack with: Doing dishes, cleaning, or organizing.6. Before Bed:- Habit: Reflect on your day in English.- Stack with: Just before bedtime.7. Social Media Time:- Habit: Follow English-speaking accounts or join language learning groups.- Stack with: Your regular social media browsing.8. Waiting Time:- Habit: Use language learning apps during short waits.- Stack with: Waiting for appointments, in lines, or during short breaks.9. TV Time:- Habit: Watch English TV shows or movies.- Stack with: Your evening relaxation time.10. Weekend Routine:- Habit: Set aside 15-30 minutes for more in-depth language study.- Stack with: Saturday or Sunday mornings.Grab this as a PDF download @ https://teatimetitbits.de/the-padlet/
Christmas Episode - Quiz on English and German Christmas Traditions
In this episode, we talk about the differences between a British & German Christmas in a quiz format.Rebecca & Dave quiz Birgit about Christmas in Britain. Can she and can you answer these questions?Which vegetables are traditionally served with the British Christmas dinner?When do British people open Christmas presents?How many reindeer does Santa have and what are their names?What happens at 3pm on Christmas day?Birgit challenges Rebecca and Dave with some really tough questions about German Christmas traditions. Rebecca and Dave did their best :-)Want to have a go at Dave's Christmas interactive quiz from last year? Just click on the link below.Good luck, enjoy and Merry Christmas!https://quizizz.com/pro/join?gc=77395234
Episode 3 - How to learn vocabulary
In this episode, we talk about:· Quizlet app vs. physical vocabulary notebooks· False fluency· Interval learning· Recall vs repetition· Use your senses· Vary your learning environment· ‘Sticky Vocabulary’· Be selective· Play taboo· Be CURIOUSChristmas Special Episode coming on December 18th
Episode 2 - How to find the time to learn English
In this episode we talk about:· What can you learn in 10 minutes a day?· Learning on the go with apps.· Mix it up.· Repetition, repetition, repetition.· Make it a priority.· Take a leaf out of the Scandinavian book.· Get into the flow.· It’s not all or nothing.The 3 cool statements from ths episode:“Slow progress is better than no progress”“Stay realistic, have fun and enjoy”“Language learning isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon”ResourcesIn this episode, we talked about Quizlet as a vocabulary-learning app. Go to www.quizlet.com to create a free account.You can create your own vocabulary lists – check out my YouTube videos (How to learn with Quizlet & How to create a new learning set from a Word or Excel list in Quizlet) – and search for topic areas in the top search bar.When you find a learning set you like, simply click on the ‘copy icon’ Next 1. Make any changes to the list 2. Change the title to your own, and 3 click on the ‘Create’ button to add it to your account. We also discuss a couple of hacks to help you better understand YouTube videos. 1. Click on ‘CC‘ to see the subtitles.2. Click on the 3 dots to be able to see the transcript if one is available.3. Click on the settings cog, then ‘playback speed’ to slow the video down.Hope these hacks help. Until the next time.Rebecca, Birgit & Dave. Your Three English Experts.3 / 6 / 60 Next episode coming on Monday December 4th!
Episode 1 - Meet the Three English Experts
In this epsiode we are going to talk about:Who we are and what English expertise we can shareOur own language learning journeysWhy it makes sense to learn foreign languagesEpisode 2 coming on Monday November 20th!