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English with Kirsty
We talk about learning languages, getting your message across, and saying what you really mean in a way that people understand!
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December 07, 2020 03:20 AM PST

Today I’m bringing you an interview with my friend and business mentor, Lauryn Bradley.

Lauryn Bradley is one of the UK’s leading business strategists. Think of Lauryn as the epitome of understated brilliance. No fanfare. Just results. She has owned, started, scaled and sold global businesses for herself and her clients for almost 30 years. Lauryn is an introvert entrepreneur, prefers an easy life and is a cheerleader for building social equity. Lauryn is an online business mentor + trained consultant, not a business coach, so unlike most coaches, Lauryn has the practical experience and geek-ery to show you how to grow your business to 7 figures and beyond.

Here are some of the points that we explore in our conversation:
•Good communication as a way to build relationships
•Communicating well to make a good first impression
•Responding to and learning from negative feedback
•Making sure that auto-responders and those who work for you are following your brand’s communication style
•Lauryn’s resources to support women business owners.

For all the links and extra information, come over to the show notes page:

October 22, 2020 03:45 AM PDT

Many of us have found ourselves in more online metings during the last weeks and months. Whether you love them or hate them, it looks as though they'll be here to stay for a while!

I've put together eight tips about how you can communicate more effectively in online meetings. These include things to avoid, things to change, and things to try.

Let me know if you have any tips that you would add, and also whether any of these tips have helped you.

You can find the show notes page here:

September 22, 2020 03:15 AM PDT

Jennifer is a writing coach who helps business owners become confident, happy writers by showing them that writing doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it. She does this so more of us can get our stories and voices out and join the conversation, so to speak, so you can grow your business, help your clients, and work towards creating a society that celebrates and values all of us.

In this interview, we talk about different approaches to writing, Jennifer shares the best writing advice that she's been given, and she explains what's coming up in her writing retreat in October.

This is not a paid advertisement - I want to encourage people to write and get their voices heard, and I think that this event, which is free to attend if you sign up to attend live in October, will be a great way to help anyone who's thinking about writing their first book.

Visit the show notes page for the links and further details about Jennifer's work and her writing retreat:

September 15, 2020 06:40 AM PDT

On this week's episode of the English with Kirsty podcast, I have another interview for you with Cara from Leo Listening.

In the interview we talk about

* >Bridging the gap between what you want to listen to, and actually enjoying listening to things, such as your favourite movies or TV series in English
* >Differences between the types of listening materials that are available to language learners;
* Why it's sometimes hard for learners to find good listening resources, and what they can do to fix the problem;
* Practical listening techniques that you probably didn't learn at school;
* How practising your listening skills can also help you to become a better speaker of another language, particularly if you're listening to conversations;
* Listening resources for personal development;
* Questions to ask yourself so that you can find the best listening resources for you.

Here's the show notes page:

September 10, 2020 03:38 AM PDT

I'm a language learner as well as a teacher.

I don't believe language learning apps can replace tuition where you can ask questions/get personalised feedback, or practise with other speakers of the language, but I do think they're a great way to support your learning, strengthen your language skills, and help you to build your vocabulary.

In this episode, I talk about my experiences of the Duolingo app - which features I find helpful, and which skills are harder to develop with this kind of app.

You can find the show notes page here:

August 26, 2020 08:00 AM PDT

This is the second part of my interview with Gabriel Clark, a blogger, podcaster, and language teacher.

I have split our conversation into two parts because it became fairly long. In the second part of the interview we talk about:
* What learning another language has taught Gabriel about his own language.
* How word order is really important in English for communicating meaning
* Why pairs of words always come in a certain order (ablaut reduplication) and how this rule can take precedence over adjective rules
* Gabriel’s book, “102 little drawings that will help you remember English rules forever probably”, and a description of some of the drawings

You can find out more on the show notes page:

August 17, 2020 03:05 AM PDT

This is an interview with Gabriel Clark, a blogger, podcaster, and language teachers. Gabriel is also a language learners, so he's able to give some practical tips that have worked for him.

I split our conversation into two parts because it became fairly long. In the first part of the interview we talk about:

How speaking another language reduces barriers when you're living or working in another country
* How speaking your students' language can help you as a teacher
* How being a language learner can help you as a teacher, as long as you don't project your own learning style all of the time
* How it can be good for your language skills to speak with people who don't speak your first language
* 3 tips that helped Gabriel with his language learning.

You can find the show notes here:

June 18, 2020 10:42 AM PDT

I mentioned our conversation club before, but in this episode we go into a bit more detail about who would benefit from it, how the club works, and what we do. Further information and the prices can be found on the club page:

Most of our members are from Germany, so the club page page is in German, but if you have any questions, you can use the contact form, or go to the show notes page for this episode, where the contact form is in English:

May 25, 2020 05:05 AM PDT

I don't think many people really enjoy exams. I didn't mind them much at school, but as an adult who hadn't done one for a while, I found myself slipping into some bad habits. Based on my own experience, here are 8 things to avoid if you have an exam - whether it's for an academic qualification, a language test, or something you're doing to improve your skills in your free time.

You can find the show notes here:

April 09, 2020 03:18 AM PDT

Real life can give you inspiration for podcast episodes. This is what happened to me last week and what I learned from it about picking yourself up and trying again when it comes to using another language.

You can see the show notes page here:

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