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English 2.0 Podcast With ALsensei

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English 2.0 Podcast With ALsensei

Al Slagle: English Teacher, Pronunciation Coach, and Fluency Specialist

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What is the best way to learn English? How can I improve my English more quickly? If you are asking these questions, this Podcast is for you! ALsensei is an English Teaching Professional who has been helping people with how to improve English and Communication skills in Japan for over 18 years! He has worked with people from all backgrounds and levels including consulting at Global Fortune 500 companies and teaching at a prestigious university in Tokyo. However, on the English 2.0 Podcast yo ...
 
The InFluency podcast is your go-to resource for learning, speaking and teaching English. Hadar Shemesh is a pronunciation expert and fluency coach with thousands of students around the world, though she herself was an intermediate speaker of English once. In this podcast she will share her best strategies for learning English, speaking English with confidence and mastering the American accent. Discover how becoming fluent has everything to do with acquiring the right mindset, setting goals ...
 
¿Hablas español y quieres mejorar tu inglés? Then English with Dane is perfect for you. De verdad, si te sientes estancado/a con el inglés... o si simplemente quieres "mantener forma"... try this podcast. Hablo a un ritmo tranquilo y voy traduciendo cosas para que no te estreses con entender todo. I talk about things like movies, news, sports, music, history, etc, and I always pay special attention to practical vocabulary, expressions and the infinite nuances (sutilezas) that we'll find alon ...
 
Want to master your English pronunciation? Join 3,000-lesson vocal coach Matt Pocock (MA in Voice) on a pronunciation challenge: can you pronounce the 1,000 most common words in the English language? Every language is made up of sounds, and Matt takes you through every single sound in the British Accent, using the phrases you'll use every day.
 
Year Two of short daily episodes to improve the quality of your speaking voice. Through these around-5-minute episodes, you can build your confidence and competence with advice on breathing and reading, inflection and projection, the roles played by better scripting and better sitting, mic techniques and voice care tips... with exercises and anecdotes from a career spent in TV and radio studios. If you're wondering about how to start a podcast, or have had one for a while - download every ep ...
 
You know how they always say 'live and learn' after a deeply personal and often surprisingly unpleasant experience? Well I aim to turn that idiom on its head, with more positive reinforcement through this Podcast. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to dig much deeper and take those life lessons forward to make the most of the tools, time and talent that we have. The folks I feature on my episodes have all taken that leap of faith to bring you the means to live a better life.Hi, I am Shivr ...
 
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On the 17th episode of Current Events, Al covers one of the most explosive issues of our lifetimes--the issue of ABORTION. A couple of weeks ago, a document from the Supreme Court was leaked to the media. This document was an opinion from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito indicating that the Court was aiming to overturn the landmark case of Roe vs…
 
2022.05.18 – 0503 – 20/21 - Suspensions and Stumbles 20 - Suspensions and Stumbles Consider leaving in any genuine slips and trips - so OK, your recording may not be not perfect but it will be more naturalistic. Again, you can’t do this in a news script or voice-over session, but you may be able to in a podcast. 21- Focus on The Message – Not Your …
 
🎵 Sometimes it’s HARD to understand the lyrics of songs when you’re listening to it for the first time. There’s so much information coming your way – the melody, rhythm, stress, and of course words. Yet, I think it’s such a great tool to use when practicing English. It strengthens not only our vocabulary but also our listening skills and pronunciat…
 
2022.05.17 – 0502 – 19 - Unlock the Full Stops 19 - Unlock the Full Stops Free the periods and commas to recreate a natural verbal fluidity. Don't pause where the full stop/period is. Instead, ignore them – and break the flow of the words where it feels more natural to. And that’s not necessarily at the end of a grammatical chunk. And we saw before…
 
5/12/2022联系—contact短信—message拍戏— make a film通过- through经纪人- agent关系很好—relationship is very good 学生的家长发短信联系我。我通过我的表演老师认识我的经纪人。Amy 通过我认识我们的表演老师,然后开始上表演课 。以前我们经常联系,现在没有经常联系了。我是表演课认识Shelby 的,以前我们关系不是非常好,现在我们两个星期联系一次。关系比以前好。--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/texasmandarin/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/texasmandarin/support…
 
2022.05.16 – 0501 – 18 - Play With Your Voice 18 - Play With Your Voice When you are able to, surprise yourself with what you can do with your voice. For example, you don’t just say “no” as a single note and syllable, it could be “Noooo”. Imagine for example that your other half is teasing you for taking a newly baked bun from the cooling tray. The…
 
2022.05.15 – 0500 – The Anchor/Reporter Rapport Structure You are a reporter and so you need to be able to succinctly communicate the distinct points that ‘make the story the story’, boiling down the issue or the scene to what’s important. If you get stuck in the weeds of detail, you could end up the creek without a paddle. What is the main story h…
 
2022.05.14 – 0499 – Off-The-Page and Off-The-Cuff Conversational The best two-ways are a balance between what’s off-the-page and what’s off-the-cuff. ‘Structured improvisation’ if you like, working with the script but not word for word. Choreographed. Reading every question and answer just as it was composed at a desk makes the flow, go … and unles…
 
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names. This week we’re going to talk about the words ‘analysis’, ‘analyses’, and ‘analyze’. Here’s a loose transcription of the words as explained in the episode: analysis: uh-N…
 
2022.05.13 – 0498 – TV Two-ways VOICE BOX TV Two-ways A two-way is when a studio presenter on radio or t,v interviews a reporter colleague (usually one who is on location, but maybe in the studio) about a story. The reporter: · Is not working to a script · Has to sound fluent and confident · Must get over the main points in a succinct and accurate …
 
Contact 5/12/2022联系—contact短信—message拍戏— make a film通过- through经纪人- agent关系很好—relationship is very good 学生的家长发短信联系我。我通过我的表演老师认识我的经纪人。Amy 通过我认识我们的表演老师,然后开始上表演课 。以前我们经常联系,现在没有经常联系了。我是表演课认识Shelby 的,以前我们关系不是非常好,现在我们两个星期联系一次。关系比以前好。--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/texasmandarin/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/texasmandarin/s…
 
2022.05.12 – 0497 – The Lead In – Working Example SCRIPT: “I’m fed up. Another Christmas lunch on the way battling with my worn-out kitchen. Stuck drawers, crammed cupboards and simply not enough surfaces. I’m heading to Kittyhawk Kitchens. They have an in -house design and fitting team, to advise and help every step of the way to your new dream ki…
 
2022.05.11 – 0496 – React To Act One way to do this is a ‘lead in’ (sometimes called ‘the moment before’ technique): think first (or maybe say aloud) part of the conversation that’d take you into that first line. What was said or what happened to cause your character to make this comment? So your scripted sentence is a natural reaction. Having a ‘l…
 
As a speaker of English as a 2nd language, you simply CANNOT approach important speaking opportunities the same way you approach them when they’re in your first language. You just can’t. You don’t want to survive in English. You want to thrive. In this episode I share 5 tips on how to prepare for any speaking opportunity in English so it’ll set you…
 
2022.05.10 – 0495 – 17 - Lead in Lines 17 - Lead in Lines By creating the atmosphere of a conversation, it’s easier to pretend you’re in one. Most commercial copy sets up a problem, and then provides a product, brand or service as a potential solution. For example, “Want to get your laundry whiter than white?” After that you will presume that the a…
 
2022.05.09 – 0494 – 16 - Rhythm Nation 16 - Rhythm Nation A formal script will sound ‘script perfect’. Each phrase and sentence will come with the regularity of waves on a shore, every one much like the previous one. Think perhaps of a documentary style of presentation or an announcer. It sounds like a script has been written, read, rehearsed and r…
 
2022.05.08 – 0493 – Sounding Like An Expert Be conscious of how you sound when you explain something to a friend and try and capture that feeling, mood, zone and so on to sound conversational on air. Here’s an example[1] Read the following aloud as if you are reading it to someone: “The future behaviour of America as the current lone superpower is …
 
2022.05.07 – 0492 – 15 - Pausing 15 - Pausing Put pauses in different places - as you ‘search’ for the right word or phrase (just don’t make it too often). These may be silent, or vocalised (“errr”). I have heard (but been unable to verify) that Ira Glass the producer/presenter of the podcast “This American Life”, does not use commas or full stops/…
 
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names. This week we’re going to talk about words with the NG sound. That’s right, it’s not a sequence of an N and a G sound. It’s just one sound. Here’s a loose transcription of…
 
2022.05.06 – 0491 – 14 - Gestures 14 - Gestures Big gestures and facial expressions can be ‘over the top’ in a conversational presentation. Reign them back to sound more real and believable. But still keep doing some kind of gestures. ‘Talking with your hands’ will help you talk with your voice. Sitting on them will make you sound stilted. Don’t be…
 
On the 10th episode of Real Chat, Al has a chat with his good friend from childhood, Pat. You may know Pat as Al's Japanese mentor from his book "English Fluency Power." Pat started working in the video game industry in 1999 and throughout his career has worked on some of the most popular games in the world including the Call of Duty series. As you…
 
2022.05.05 – 0490 – 13 - Conversational Intonation 13 - Conversational Intonation Flattening out your intonation (but keeping it in the correct place) will, usually make your sound more conversational and move away from the ‘announcery sound’, or as though you’re on stage or to a room full of people. Look back at the section when I brought you the …
 
2022.05.04 – 0489 – 12 - Volume and projection 12 - Volume and projection A conversational read is low key, subtle, friendly, authentic and so the voice you need is one of sharing not shouting. You need to engage not enrage. It’s a ‘closer’ voice, one you use when someone is near you and when you are giving calm and reassuring help or advice. Not t…
 
Do you like learning phrasal verbs in English? But how often do you USE phrasal verbs in English? One of the best ways to internalize phrasal verbs and use them more often when speaking is to practice them in context and attach some emotion to them – just like with any other vocabulary words in English! In this episode I share SIX of my favorite ph…
 
2022.05.03 – 0488 – The ‘Word Merge’ As we saw much earlier, stringing words together can be good because talking too precisely leads to a clunky script. Another issue is, and again we touched on this before, the ‘glottal stop’ – where the last letter of one word is the same as the next word starts with: · You never forget your first time · It’s of…
 
2022.05.02 – 0487 – 11 - Contractions and Elisions 11 - Contractions and Elisions Ensure you have natural conversational contractions in your delivery: “they’ll”, “couldn’t” and (if appropriate for your programme or podcast) “coz”, “wanna”. (Obviously check with a director for ‘signed off’ scripts that you can make these kinds of changes.) We saw e…
 
2022.05.01 – 0486 – A ‘Stream Of Consciousness’ Ad-libbing is a way to inject some personality into a read, to humanise it. You’re not supposed to be just releasing the words, you are meant to be like the listener, so (if allowed) make the script your own, different and interesting. In the ‘stream of consciousness’ that makes a script sound convers…
 
2022.04.30 – 0485 – 10 - Ad-libs 10 - Ad-libs Ad-lib around, swapping out words as you come across them It’s acting, isn’t it? And OK, it’s a bit odd to script sentences and then ignore the structure. And so too is creating a logical argument and then creating the impression that it’s ad-libbed! When I write a script, I’m certainly doing so with an…
 
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names. This week we’re going to talk about the word ‘question’. Here’s a loose transcription of the words as explained in the episode: question: KWES-ch’n [IPA: ˈkwestʃən] You c…
 
2022.04.29 – 0484 – Articulation In Conversationality YOUR ARTICULATION Of course, people have to understand what it is you are saying, and as we saw before, the level of articulation has to be appropriate for the message and the audience, but if you worry too much about them sounding right, then you may sound artificial rather than conversational.…
 
2022.04.28 – 0483 – Eliminate Banality and Formality Obviously, the kind of words you use will differ depending on your audience – another reason why you should have your target demographic front of mind. If someone feels left out of the conversation, confused by the formal phrases or technical terms, they’ll feel left out and will turn off. Using …
 
On the 37th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at the following topic: LAW vs. LOW Today we take a look at two words that are tough to differentiate. How do I know? Because there are so many videos on YouTube about this very topic! Al explains the differences and gives a few example sentences in Pronunciation Point 37! Get ENGLISH FLUENCY …
 
2022.04.27 – 0482 – 9 - The Form Of The Words THE SCRIPT Spoken language doesn’t need grammar to give a meaning to the sequence of words. The grammar of the written word evolved to replace the intonation of the spoken voice, and that’s what causes problems when we try and read a sentence and make it sound natural. Spoken language doesn’t have sente…
 
Want to improve your pronunciation fast? Join our 14-day ‘How to Pronounce’ Marathon! The marathon is going to happen on my INSTAGRAM page @hadar.accentsway where I’ll be sharing a short explanation of how to pronounce tricky and challenging words. Why working on the pronunciation of single words is so useful: 👉 It helps you become more aware of th…
 
2022.04.26 – 0481 – Conversation Questions To summarise, ask yourself · Who is this information important to? · How can you talk to them 121? · What are you telling them? · Why should they listen to you? · What are they likely doing while you’re telling them? · What’s the point in you telling them this? If the key to the first part of this book was…
 
This episode of English with Dane is a read-along, which means I found an interesting article, and we're going to read it together. We'll come across (nos encontraremos con) a bunch of useful, new vocabulary and you'll also improve your comprehension in general. I love this type of episode because it gives us the chance to learn about interesting t…
 
2022.04.25 – 0480 – Focus On The Message More Than Your Voice You may find it useful to go further and question: · What exactly is this product or service I’m advertising / recommending? What does it do and how? What are the benefits? How is it different from similar products or services on the market? What are the details not actually in the scrip…
 
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