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English with Kirsty
Bitesized learning for business English
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September 07, 2017 06:33 AM PDT

In today's episode, I tell you about the Bank holidays in different parts of the UK. You also have the chance to enter to win a copy of my book, and you can join in my free language challenge, which starts on 11th September. All the details and links are on the show notes page:

August 31, 2017 03:28 AM PDT

In this episode, you can find out about 10 foods that you might come across in the UK. I've tried to choose ones with names that don't make it clear what's inside. Click on the links on the show notes page to be taken to recipes on external sites.

August 24, 2017 03:17 AM PDT

In this episode, I share things that I learned when I was the only non-native speaker in a team of German speakers.

Some lessons were related to language, whereas others had more to do with communication styles and interactions between members of the team and how they made me feel.

Overall, it was a positive experience, but it also helped me to grow. That's why I want to share my tips and observations with anyone who finds themselves in the same position – whether that's being the only team member who isn't a native English speaker, someone who's attending a meeting of native speakers, or just someone who's working in an environment in which you feel that the people around you have better language skills than you.
For further information, visit https://englishwithkirsty.com/podcast/episode104

August 17, 2017 02:48 AM PDT

Today I will give you 7 ideas about what you can do to work on your English language skills while you are on holiday.

Being on holiday means that you don't follow many of your normal daily routines. When one of my students asked me what he could do to keep up with his English language practice while he was on holiday, I came up with 7 ideas. I've decided to share them here as well.

You can find the show notes here:

August 10, 2017 02:42 AM PDT

Today we're talking about adjectives – words that describe something. Native English speakers don't usually learn this at school, but there is a generally accepted order that you can use to work out the order in which your adjectives should go.

You can access the show notes here:

August 03, 2017 09:10 AM PDT

How did I change from being someone who was scared to speak my second language, even at informal gatherings, to someone who uses it confidently at work every day? Find out in today's episode! I give three tips to help anyone who is shy about speaking, or who needs to bring one of their other language competencies (reading, writing or listening) up to the same level as their other skills.
Don't forget you can still ask for your copy of "100 resources for improving your business English". Also, I have a new page for teachers of English.
Today's show notes are here:

July 20, 2017 02:28 AM PDT

I wanted to do something special to celebrate 100 episodes of the English with Kirsty podcast.

Some people do interviews, or talk about what they've learned whilst making the other 99 episodes – but my listeners aren't here to learn about podcasting! They want to learn English!

Therefore I decided to put together a resource to help people with their business English.

The pdf is a list of 100 resources to help you with your business English. The first 50 are free resources, mainly from my website, which have been sorted into 5categories that are relevant to using English at work. The second half includes 10 Facebook pages, 10 Twitter accounts, 10 blogs, 10 podcasts, and 10 Youtube channels that will help you to improve your language skills.

Request your copy of the free pdf "100 resources for improving your business English" here:

July 13, 2017 02:28 AM PDT

We know that in English words, the same group of letters can be pronounced in different ways. This is particularly true of place names. It's impossible to write a complete guide to place names because there are so many, but here is a quick guide to some words that are often mispronounced by tourists and even native speakers!

Find the full list on the show notes page:

July 06, 2017 05:28 AM PDT

When we think about people who don’t enjoy taking part in conversations in another language, we often think of people who are nervous about speaking. However, for some people, speaking isn’t the problem – it’s listening. They worry that they won’t understand the other person well enough to continue the conversation.

If you feel like that, there are some tips in today’s podcast episode to help you.

You can visit the show notes page here:

June 28, 2017 04:00 PM PDT

Today I'm going to talk about a guest article that was written for my blog by Cara from Leo Listening. In the article, Cara talks about how you can make listening to English a habit, so it becomes part of your day, rather than something that you have to think about and make sure that you do.

You can find further information and the link to Cara's article here:

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