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English with Kirsty
Bitesized learning for business English
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March 22, 2018 05:13 AM PDT

People often have good intentions when they're learning a new language, but sometimes they do things that end up making it harder for them to learn. I'm talking about 5 of these activities today:

March 16, 2018 06:15 AM PDT

Some people find speaking to be the hardest of all the language skills. If your plan is to develop your speaking skills this year, today's episode is for you! Find out more here:

March 08, 2018 09:29 AM PST

Imagine that you're sitting in a meeting and someone has a really bad idea. What do you say? You could of course say that it's a really bad idea, but that probably won't help your working relationship with that person. In today's episode, I look at some alternatives that are more constructive for when you want to say that something is a bad idea:

March 01, 2018 05:16 AM PST

Episode 126of the English with Kirsty Podcast is the next part of my "better English in 2018" series. Today we're looking at how other people can help you to meet your language goals. https://englishwithkirsty.com/podcast/episode126/

February 22, 2018 04:02 AM PST

Sometimes in English, we don't pronounce all of the letters in a word. If you do pronounce them, it will sound wrong, and other people may not know what word you want to say.

Today we are looking at some examples using the letter L and some words in which you shouldn't pronounce the L sound.

You can find the show notes here:

February 17, 2018 09:35 AM PST

Do you want to improve your English writing skills this year? Here are some questions to think about:

1. Is writing important to you?
2. What kind of things do you want or need to write?
3. What activities would help you to write more? You could start a blog/write a diary/join a Facebook group about one of your hobbies/do a writing course/get a penfriend.

There are also extra links on the show notes page, which can be found here:

February 09, 2018 04:14 AM PST

One reason why people sometimes struggle with spoken English is that words aren't pronounced in the same way as they are written. You might recognise all the words in a sentence, but when that sentence is spoken, sounds disappear, others are merged together, and some words sound differently when they're spoken quickly. Here are five examples.
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February 02, 2018 09:26 AM PST

Is reading more English books or articles part of your plan for improving your English in 2018? If so, here are some tips to help you find the right things to read so that it's an enjoyable experience, as well as an educational one!
You can find the show notes here

January 25, 2018 06:13 AM PST

Today's episode is based on an article that I read. I talk about why it's important to focus on the value of your contributions, listen to others, and not feel that you have to speak as much as possible in order to be noticed.
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January 18, 2018 07:46 AM PST

So, you've identified what you want to improve in 2018 and how you're going to do it. Now it's time to think about the things that might prevent you from meeting your goals.

Time – people often say that they didn't do their English practice because they didn't have time. How are you going to make sure that you have enough time, either by setting aside time, or by doing English practice whilst you're doing something else?
Location – if you keep getting interrupted because you usually learn in a noisy place, is there somewhere else that you could go?
The list goes on.

Let me know if you've identified something that prevents you from learning, and what you're going to do about it. If you don't have a solution, maybe I can help you to come up with one!

You can find the show notes here:

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