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English with Kirsty
Bitesized learning for business English
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March 15, 2019 10:21 AM PDT

Today I'm sharing something from my personal experience of learning, but I think it's important.

If you're learning for an exam, you have to know all the material. However, if you're listening to or reading materials to help you learn another language, you don't need to understand every single word. In fact, sometimes it's good when you don't, because this gives you the chance to learn new vocabulary or sentence structures that you haven't come across before.

Find out how I ended up learning whilst observing, and pushing my boundaries by listening to something I thought I wouldn't be able to understand.

March 02, 2019 01:57 AM PST

Today I'd like to try something different. I've linked to an audio resource about a topic for listening practice, a blog post for reading practice, and some questions to think about.

Basically, I'd like to know what you think about working from home, and what your ideal office would look like. What is important to you? Do you like to be oaroundother people?

The show notes for this episode, where you'll also find the other links, are here:

February 01, 2019 05:11 AM PST

Of course the interviewer cares whether you have the knowledge and skills to do the job, but there are some other things that they might be asking themselves about you too. I talk about 10 possible questions here. You will probably never know how they would answer them, but you can influence them by coming across well and making a good impression in your interview.

My career page is here:
and the show notes are here:

January 25, 2019 02:23 AM PST

We all have things that we often get mixed up, that make us stop and think, or that we often overlook in our own writing. If we know what those things are, it's easier to keep an eye out for them when checking our work. I talk about some of the things that I look out for, as well as ten other examples. Do you have anything to add to the list?

You can find the show notes here:

January 10, 2019 08:01 AM PST

Just a quick episode this week, but if, like one of my students, you aren't sure when to pronounce the ED sound at the end of words as its own separate syllable, this little tip should help you.
Click here for the show notes: https://englishwithkirsty.com/podcast/episode151

January 03, 2019 12:41 PM PST

We hear so many people talking about what they are going to do now that the new year has started. To make things a bit different, I thought it might be interesting to make an episode about 10 things that I'm not going to do as a language learner. In this episode, you'll find out what those 10 things are.

I'd love to hear your ideas too, so if you've got anything to add to the list, let me know! What will you not be doing this year?

You can find the show notes page here: https://englishwithkirsty.com/podcast/episode152

December 20, 2018 04:00 AM PST

In countries where Christmas is celebrated, many of us are preparing for the Christmas and New Year break.

It's a time for celebrating with family and friends, and many of the things that we normally do regularly, such as language learning, are forgotten about until the new year.

However, if you still want to do something for your English during this time, I have some ideas for you.

Check out the show notes here: https://englishwithkirsty.com/podcast/episode150

December 04, 2018 12:22 PM PST

Learners tend to focus on things like grammar, vocabulary, and whether the email makes sense. Of course, these things are all important,but yu can get all of these things right, and still end up with a bad email.

I explain what I mean in today's podcast episode and give you a couple of questions to ask yourself before hitting that "send" button.

You can find the show notes here:

November 22, 2018 12:19 AM PST

I'm a teacher, but I'm also a learner.

In October, I started a part-time university degree, and I'd like to share a couple of the things that I've learned and strategies that I've developed for those times when I don't understand something.

I'm doing an IT course, and my particular problems are usually related to maths, but these tips can also be applied to learning English.

You can find the show notes here:

November 16, 2018 10:05 AM PST

In episode 57, I talked about how listening to podcasts can help you to learn English. But there are loads of podcasts out there - how do you choose the best ones to help you meet your learning goals? Find out in this episode.

You can find the show notes here:

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Click the "Subscribe With iTunes" link in the page's sidebar:


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Click there and you'll see the show displayed in the iTunes browser.

You can "get all" to download all available episodes or just individual episodes.
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Plug your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, iPod) into your computer with the Dock Connector cable, and click the device in iTunes's left navigation bar.


Once you have your device highlighted, click "Podcasts" in the top navigation bar and sync the podcasts you want on your device. Click "apply" and the episodes you have downloaded on your iTunes software will sync with your device.
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