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English with Kirsty
Bitesized learning for business English
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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:

April 02, 2020 07:23 AM PDT

There is plenty of information out there about working from home, but some of it is a bit generic.I decided to share some things that I've learned and that have worked for me during my 8 years of working from home full-time.

I also wrote a blog post about this, so if you'd rather read the information, you can find it here:

You can find out more about my 30 ways to improve your English challenge here - the new challenge starts on 14th April 2020:

I also mentioned the conversation club that I've set up with Jane, whom I interviewed on the podcast last time. This information is in German, so if you don't speak German and want to know more, send me a message and I'll help with that.

March 06, 2020 11:11 AM PST

Today I have an interview for you with Jane Eggers, who some of you may remember from episode 16.

Jane is originally from the UK, but she now lives and works in Germany, where she has a German to English translation business called Jane Eggers Translations. We talk about Jane’s transition from using everyday German to using the language at work, who helped her, and what role her second language now plays in her business – not just because she translates from German to English, but also because a lot of her communication with customers is in German as well.

You can find the show notes and links to find out more about Jane here:

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