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We are an American-Japanese team, who are creating a podcast meant for those wanting to learn English, Japanese, or both. We will mainly focus on news, grammar, and culture. Also, We'll talk about linguistics! このポッドキャストは日本人のAzumiとアメリカ人のクリスが、英語と日本語を勉強するみなさんに、週1回1つのテーマを英語と日本語別々のエピソードでお届けする約25分の番組です。日本語や英語を話す皆さんのコミュニティとなるようなポッドキャストを目指しています!あなたも一緒にCode-switching Butterflyになりましょう!
 
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A local company in New Zealand, The Covid-19 Vaccine Corporation (CVC), is working to develop a different kind of vaccine against Covid-19. There are two things that make CVC’s planned vaccine different from other vaccines. The first point of difference relates to how the vaccine is produced. It uses biobead technology. Biobeads are produced by bac…
 
On the 6th episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie: The Shawshank Redemption Today, let’s take a look at this excellent drama from 1994. It stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as two men in prison who become friends. On this episode, I break down the process of studying English with movies into 7 easy steps: 1. Choose t…
 
I recently got an e-mail that was very convincing. However, after looking at it more closely, I concluded that it was a scam! Today we cover this important topic: A Scam Artist Convinced Me…Almost Scam artists often use English as their second language to try and trick people from native English speaking countries. Of course what they are doing is …
 
Have you ever faced an impossible task in English? That’s exactly what I faced shortly after moving to Japan with Japanese. I’m sure you’ve faced similar tasks in English. Today we cover this important topic: Mission Impossible? You Decide! In this lesson, Al talks about a challenge he faced while learning Japanese. It all came down to confidence a…
 
New Zealand and Australia have a very close relationship in many ways. New Zealanders can travel to Australia on a New Zealand passport. We don’t need a visa. Similarly, Australians can live and work here on an Australian passport. However, more than 600,000 New Zealanders live in Australia whereas the number of Australians in New Zealand is closer…
 
On the 2nd edition of One Point Lesson, Al goes over two expressions that you need to stop using if you don’t want to offend people. Today’s topic: STOP Saying These 2 Things! Today’s expressions are very commonly used among my students and although their intentions are good, they may not be communicating exactly what they want to be saying. These …
 
The Paralympic Games opened in Tokyo, Japan just days after the Olympic Games. These games are similar to the Olympics but are for athletes who have a disability which means that they cannot compete fairly with athletes who compete in the Olympic Games. Most of the events are similar to the events in the Olympics; however, there are some different …
 
Suhayra Aden was born in New Zealand but she moved with her family to Australia when she was 6 years old and her family became dual New Zealand and Australian citizens. When she decided to join ISIL in Syria in 2014, she travelled on an Australian passport. Then Australia cancelled her citizenship so she cannot return to Australia. Since 2014, she …
 
On the 10th episode of Current Events, Al goes an article about international students having a tough time getting visas to study in the United States. The global pandemic has certainly caused a decrease in the amount of students going to the U.S. to study this year but there are other factors involved. In this article, Al goes over the key reasons…
 
On the 11th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com. Vanessa has been teaching online for seven years and has grown her YouTube channel to over 3 million subscribers! She teaches with a very “comfortable” style and gives students hope and confidence that they can speak English well. In this interview, V…
 
On the 20th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Mission Critical! Do you feel that there just isn’t enough time to study English? With all of the other things going on in our lives, I feel the same about the things I want to do. On this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, I take a look at an older blog post, but one that h…
 
New Zealand athlete Hayden Wilde, aged 23, won a Bronze Medal for third place in the Men’s Triathlon. The triathlon consists of 3 events (tri means 3): a 1500m swim, a 40 km bike ride and 10km run with no rest in between. Wilde’s time was one hour, 45 minutes and 24 seconds (1.45.24). He was just 20 seconds behind the winner, a man from Norway. The…
 
On the 23rd episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: When I speak English, I can’t think of ideas. There’s no problem in my native language. How can I fix this? That’s a very interesting question. This came from a student in a recent chat in Clubhouse. I answered the question decently but after thinking about it some more, her…
 
On the 4th episode of Movie Reviews, ALsensei gives his thoughts on the following movies: The “Back to the Future” Trilogy In 1985 “Back to the Future” was a major hit movie in America and around the world. Starring the likable Michael J. Fox as the main character, this film about time travel was innovative and caught the imagination of millions of…
 
New Zealand has 213 athletes competing in a wide range of summer sports at this year’s Tokyo Olympics. For the first time, we have a karate athlete chosen for the Olympics. She is Andrea Anacan, aged 30. Andrea was born in the Philippines but immigrated to New Zealand with her family when she was 12. She began learning karate when she was only 4 ye…
 
Please come to Azumi's new webpage!! She will provide a lot of materials for Japanese learners and English learners!!! https://www.azumiism.com/ Please come check us out on discord. わたしたちのDiscordにぜひ参加してください。https://discord.gg/b4yjrM8q24 DiscordはアプリとWebで楽しむことができます。By Chris, Azumi
 
On the 9th episode of Current Events, Al goes over the latest news regarding COVID-19. There is a new strain of the virus called the “Delta Variant.” Also, some places still require masks while others do not. On this episode of Current Events, Al discusses the latest news on COVID-19 covering two articles from different news sites. Here are the key…
 
Today we wrap up the “English Fluency Power” series! Today we cover the final topic: How to Learn New Vocabulary Words and Expressions and Never Forget Them In this lesson, Al teaches you a system to help you memorize new vocabulary and natural English phrases so that you will not forget them. To watch ALL of the English Fluency Power Tips, please …
 
Today we continue the countdown to ALsensei’s first book, “English Fluency Power”! Over the next several days and episodes of the podcast, Al will give a valuable tip to help with your English fluency directly from the book! Today: Is Your English Textbook Good Or Bad? In this lesson, Al tells you exactly how to determine if your English textbook i…
 
The government’s child welfare organisation, Oranga Tamariki, is in trouble once again. Some time ago, there was a scandal because social workers were taking new-born babies from young mothers against their will. Now there is another scandal because workers have been using excessive force to control children and teenagers staying in hostels called …
 
Today we continue the countdown to ALsensei’s first book, “English Fluency Power”! Over the next several days and episodes of the podcast, Al will give a valuable tip to help with your English fluency directly from the book! Today: The #1 Thing that is KILLING your English Fluency If your goal is to achieve English fluency, you NEED to know this im…
 
New Zealand will have a new public holiday in 2022. This will celebrate Matariki, and in 2022 it will be celebrated around June 24th. Type Matariki in the search box of this website to find information about what it means to Maori people. While most workers will be happy to have another public holiday, business owners are not so happy because of th…
 
Today we continue the countdown to ALsensei’s first book, “English Fluency Power”! Over the next several days and episodes of the podcast, Al will give a valuable tip to help with your English fluency directly from the book! Today: The Success Tip that No Other Teacher is Telling You About I’ve taught English for 20 years. I’ve had the privilege of…
 
Today we kick off the countdown to ALsensei’s first book, “English Fluency Power”! Over the next several days and episodes of the podcast, Al will give a valuable tip to help with your English fluency directly from the book! Today’s tip: The Key to Achieving Your Fluency Goals Have you ever wondered why you are not speaking as fluently and as comfo…
 
On the 1st ever One Point Lesson, Al goes over a very important topic that will save you time and energy while studying English! Today’s topic: Saving Time and Energy with Idioms When learning new idioms, it’s important to know which of three categories they fall into. First, there are outdated idioms. Second, there are idioms to understand. And fi…
 
On the 8th episode of Real Chat, Al has a chat with his new friends, Anthony and Hayato, about living in Hawaii, language learning, and more. What is it like living in Hawaii? Is it all fun and rainbows like you see on TV? How was it for a second generation Japanese youngster to grow up in Hawaii not knowing English at first? How did he eventually …
 
On the 8th episode of Current Events, Al goes over the latest news from the world of sports! Since COVID-19 hit last year, many of the major sports leagues and tournaments are starting to take place again. The main event of the summer will be the Olympics starting next month in Tokyo. However, we have some huge events taking place right now! First,…
 
On the 10th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to Luke Thompson, the host of the popular show “Luke’s English Podcast.” Luke taught English in Kanagawa, Japan and has been podcasting since 2009! Luke’s English Podcast focuses on in-depth conversations giving listeners a chance to explore various topics, learn about British English and cultur…
 
On the 40th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary of the English 2.0 Podcast! Today’s topic: The Top Lessons From 10 Years of Podcasting First of all, I’d like to say “Thank You” to everyone who has been a part of this journey that started 10 years ago. Actually, it started about 12 years ago as I tell the full st…
 
On the 7th episode of Real Chat, Al has a chat with his friend Asif about investing. Are you currently investing or have you invested before? In these uncertain times, it is important to protect your savings and even grow it if possible. What are the ways in which you can invest? What are the differences? What are the risks? These questions and mor…
 
Auckland is facing a shortage of water again. The water level in the storage lakes is usually at 77% at this time of year but now, despite recent rain, it’s still only at 50%. Residents are asked to limit their use of water by about 15% – that’s 20 litres of water a day. Take shorter showers, wash your car using a bucket of water and don’t water yo…
 
The government has announced a pay freeze for public service workers who earn $60,000 or more a year. Public service workers are people who are paid by the government. They are teachers, nurses hospital doctors, police, army, and staff who work in parliament. The three-year pay freeze will mean anyone earning over $100,000 will not have a pay incre…
 
On the 19th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Upgrade Your English OS: English 1.0 -> English 2.0 It’s almost been 10 years since the beginning of the English 2.0 Podcast! Since we have quite a few new listeners and subscribers, it was time that we reviewed and explained the concept of English 2.0 once more. To help us d…
 
On the 22nd episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: How can I improve my speaking to prepare for the IELTS exam? When I’m taking the exam I have no idea what to talk about and that’s a problem. The words just don’t come out fluently. Please help! Here are my top 3 tips for the IELTS Speaking Exam: 1. Understand the format of …
 
On the 7th episode of Current Events, Al goes over the winners and news from the 93rd Academy Awards. Also known as the “Oscar Awards” this event is held annually to recognize the best movies from the previous year. So which movie won the biggest prize, the Best Picture Award? Who won the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress? We’ll take a look at…
 
わたしたちのDiscordにぜひ参加してください。https://discord.gg/b4yjrM8q24DiscordはアプリとWebで楽しむことができます。ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー新しいコロナウイルスの問題で、店で食事をしないで、弁当などを買う人が増えています。このため、プラスチックの入れ物を使うことも増えています。コンビニは、プラスチックのごみを少なくするため、入れ物を紙に変える計画を進めています。ファミリーマートは、ふた以外を紙にした入れ物を使って、3月に鮭の弁当を売り始めました。1つの入れ物に使うプラスチックを40%ぐらい少なくできると言っています。4月の終わりまでに、別の3つの弁当も同じような紙の入れ物で売り始める予定です。ローソンは、店の中で作った料理…
 
Please join our new Discord channel. You can use Discord through a Web browser or App.We are looking forward to your comment, questions for next week, etc!!!ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーJapanese convenience store chains are taking steps to reduce plastic waste by switching to paper packaging for certain take-out food items.A number of Lawson outlets have a…
 
On the 5th episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie: Ocean’s Eleven Today, let’s take a look at this comedic crime thriller from 2001. It stars plenty of famous actors including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, and many more. On this episode, I break down the process of studying English with movies in…
 
On the 18th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Does Knowing Equal Doing? Everyone KNOWS correct grammar, right? But can most English learners SPEAK with correct grammar? In this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, Al goes over why this occurs and a powerful reminder on how to fix it! Link to Original Blog Post Download Au…
 
わたしたちのDiscordにぜひ参加してください。https://discord.gg/b4yjrM8q24 DiscordはアプリとWebで楽しむことができます。 ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー 新しいコロナウイルスの問題で、店で食事をしないで、弁当などを買う人が増えています。このため、プラスチックの入れ物を使うことも増えています。コンビニは、プラスチックのごみを少なくするため、入れ物を紙に変える計画を進めています。 ファミリーマートは、ふた以外を紙にした入れ物を使って、3月に鮭の弁当を売り始めました。1つの入れ物に使うプラスチックを40%ぐらい少なくできると言っています。4月の終わりまでに、別の3つの弁当も同じような紙の入れ物で売り始める予定です。ローソンは、店の中で作…
 
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