What You Say in English! podcast

What You Say in English!

Frank Carrizo Zirit

It's a weekly podcast where I listen to you and give you my professional feedback on how you use grammar, vocabulary, discourse, and pronunciation. I will also share some tips and ideas with everyone out there who wishes to improve on their speaking. Go to the companion website: http://whatyousayinenglish.wordpress.com, check the questions of the month to get started. Be brave! Send your recordings to podcast@languageteaching.es. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/support

44 Episoden

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    Episode 7: How we can improve our pronunciation with word stress

    4:06:27

    Due to all the downloads the previous episode got, I decided to cover an aspect of pronunciation that usually leads to confusion: word stress. Take out your notebooks because this will be a very eye-opening class that you may wish to revisit in the future. I speak about different aspects of word stress, how confusing it may be, and how we can better predict how words are said just by looking at how they're written. Remember to support the channel by sharing the episodes on your favorite social sites. Also, share my code for TakeIELTS.net with anyone you know who's preparing for the IELTS exam. In this episode, I also share a friend's podcast, Learning Forward, India Foundation. In the words of the host, Sandeep Dutt, "You will love the stories shared by our happy teachers and passionate educators. We grow the capacity of your people to improve student achievement and transform your school into a culture of trust and collaboration in less time with fewer resources. Each person in your school contributes to the culture of your school. School culture is built on the actions and interactions of the people. You make your school stronger by adding value to others and making others feel valued." His podcast can be found at https://anchor.fm/learningforward and from there, you can use the provider of your choice.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/support
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    Episode 6: Introduction to connected speech (Pronunciation)

    26:28

    One aspect that complicates things whenever a non-native speaker of English and a native speaker of English communicate with each other is how the latter joins words together. This could be a problem for English learners, especially at the beginning of their learning journey. Today, I'm covering some of those problems, trying to explain what makes them difficult at times. It's not my intention that you produce these sounds, but if you want to, I promise you that people will start complimenting your English. Secondly, I want to thank Cesar from Zaragoza, who sent me an incredible voice message through the Anchor website. He's preparing for the C1 advanced exam, and he's definitely on the right track. Cesa, if you ever want to speak at length in my show, my doors are open. Finally, I want to introduce my listeners to Stephen Green's Podcast: English with Stephen. He aims to bring you everything you need to learn English in under 10 minutes. Stephen has been an English teacher for over 25 years. He tells stories about words, talks about the history of English and presents different learning strategies every week. All the episodes come with a free transcript you can read to help you learn and understand more. You can find the podcast on his site, https://englishwithstephen.com/, or on any podcast app. Stephen's other social media pages are: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/englishwithstephen/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EnglishwStephen Check him out! I'm sure you'll love what he's doing. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/support
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    Episode 5: Analyzing a celebrity's English: Vanessa Paradis

    32:43

    After analyzing Penelope Cruz's incredible English, thus time, as suggested by a listener, I'm talking about what I think of Vanessa Paradis' English. She's a French singer and actor who started her career at 14/15 years old, and since then, she's done a lot of interesting things. I selected 4 clips that illustrate how much she has learned over the years. It is interesting to hear how she sounded at 15 and what she's like now. You have to remember that she was married to Johnny Depp and had a daughter, Lily Rose, with him. Vanessa as a perfect example of what an English learner can accomplish in their process of learning English. Let me know what you think! And remember to share this episode with anyone who is interested in improving their speaking skills. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/support
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    Episode 4: Understanding minimal differences in vocabulary

    48:59

    This time, I'm offering the tools to understand words that may be confusing because of their meaning. Some people may use them interchangeably but not all the time. Something you need to bear in mind is that complete synonymy is almost impossible. For example, 'big' and 'large' are not really synonyms. You can speak of 'a big laugh' but not of 'a large laugh'; likewise with 'high' and 'tall'. 'A tall lady' is possible, but not 'a high lady'. The list of words I'm analyzing in today's episode are divided in these groups: need, require, want, demand, call for advocate, promote, counsel, suggest, tip, guide steal, rob, burgle, pinch, extort, nick, take, lift, shoplift, embezzle, poach, defraud luck, coincidence, fortune, fate, destiny, providence small, tiny, minute, minuscule, microscopic dirty, filthy, grubby, mucky, grimy, dusty, yucky Think about the meaning, but also about the context, possible collocations, register (or tone) and connotations (positive or negative). The idea of this exercise is to think critically about vocabulary. After you write down your notes, listen to explain everything. You can also check my study notes for this episode at https://qrgo.page.link/zaZkN --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/support
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    Episode 3: Answering personal questions with Cristian.

    50:45

    Cristian is a young man from Mexico City. He contacted me through the C1 Advanced - CAE (Certificate in advanced English) Facebook group. We had a nice conversation in which he answered personal questions that can help those who are preparing for part 1 of the Cambridge speaking exam. He demonstrated great skills to communicate complex ideas and use vocabulary that any advanced learner should be using. Take your notebook and write down all the expressions and fixed phrases he used, and you'll surely be ready for success. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/support
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    Episode 2: Full Mock C1 Advanced Speaking with Mónica and Daniela

    50:41

    This time I'm bringing another mock speaking for the C1 Advanced. Mónica and Daniela did very well, and I'm sure they'd make a pass in a real exam. Listen carefully, as these two girls produce some great language that you can recycle and make it your own. The visuals I've used for this test were: Part 2 (Cadidate 1): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1orusiw1EJ82L1bOieXuEuxkDKaUSBOeT/view?usp=sharing Part 2 (Cadidate 2): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1owmOnNFrByZ4D0UpfD9GScuXX8GA5mlk/view?usp=sharing Part 3: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1otK477pBEuHYSHmXQoQ6W_-n6qY8Ikmc/view?usp=sharing As always, share this episode with anyone else who might find it useful. And if you wish to be showcased in any episode, send an email to podcast@languageteaching.es. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/support
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    Episode 1: Cambridge Exams... Frequently Asked Questions for the exam day

    47:22

    It's good to be back! In this first episode, I am answering all your questions regarding the Cambridge exams. What to do and not to do during the exam day. I decided to do it as a response to my collaboration with English teacher and YouTuber Ben Gill. You can visit his channel, To The Point - English with Ben, and get lots of incredible advice on how to prepare for your Cambridge exams. If you're interested in watching the interview he did with me, it's divided into two parts: Part 1: https://youtu.be/3CFliOVfLvY Part 2: https://youtu.be/T5ZwquJzG7c Here, I'm expanding on other aspects that Ben and I may have forgotten to talk about and that are important to know before you sit the exam. The information comes from the official manual for exams centers, so it's fully updated, including information regarding the procedure for covid-19. Remember that you can reach me at podcast@languageteaching.es and don't forget to subscribe to the podcast through your regular provider. Also, share the episode with anyone who may find this useful. You can also leave a voice message through the podcast anchor website. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/support
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    Episode 36: A mock speaking from takeIELTS.net

    45:37

    After a 2-week pause due to problems with my voice, I'm back again with great news from takeIELTS.net. Also, while you listen to this mock, take note of the questions and answers provided because the report provided by takeIELTS.net will tell which answers were problematic or needed a bit of help. So, take this episode as a learning class and exercise your listening skills by taking notes. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/support
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    Episode 35: Analyzing a Celebrity's English!

    35:08

    As an English teacher, I always like to choose positive role models for my students to feel inspired. This week, I have chosen an A-list Hollywood celebrity whose first language is not English. Not only is she an incredible professional, devoted to her craft, but she's also a charming person who's worked hard to gain the level of confidence that she's got in English. Listen to this episode to discover who she is. Also, take note of all the wonderful expressions I have analyzed and explained. To me, she represents the realistic ideal of what a proficient speaker of English as a second language should aim at. Remember to subscribe, like, and share this podcast with all your friends and family, especially if they're interested in language learning. Also, if you're interested in speaking in one of my episodes, send me a line at podcast@languageteaching.es --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/support
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    Episode 34: Grammar control: Talking about past habits

    26:58

    One area that is particularly difficult for many English learners is how to keep constant control of the tenses they use when speaking. They sure know how to form questions in the past, and how to answer written questions in controlled exercises. However, when they have to speak, it can be quite difficult to use the structures correctly. In this episode, I'll give you some tips on which 3 structures we use in English to talk about past habits: past simple, used to and would. Also, I will tell you the most common mistakes about them.  The study notes can be downloaded from here: http://tiny.cc/f0wwtz The extra exercise is here: http://tiny.cc/r0wwtz and answers here: http://tiny.cc/s0wwtz The file is a fillable PDF so you can open it with your computer and fill the blanks. Remember to share this episode with anyone who needs it and contact me at podcast@languageteaching.es if you wish to be interviewed. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whatyousayinenglish/support

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