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English with Kirsty
Bitesized learning for business English
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June 12, 2018 07:03 AM PDT

Today isn't about teaching you something. I am sharing an experience that I had a couple of weeks ago. I would consider myself to be an advanced learner of German, but a friend showed me that when I'm writing, I know a lot of words in my target language, but I don't sound the same as I do in my native language.
This doesn't happen so much in less formal situations, but when there's more pressure, or you're doing something that you don't do all the time - how well do your natural style and personality come across in your target language? That's the question that I'd like to ask you today!
The show notes and comment form can be found here: https://englishwithkirsty.com/podcast/episode137

May 31, 2018 11:06 AM PDT

We all use filler words, but sometimes they can be really distracting if we use them too frequently in presentations. Today's episode is about filler words, why we use them, and when they can become a problem:
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May 24, 2018 05:50 AM PDT

When I asked on the English with Kirsty page about the most difficult sounds in English, someone said that they find the "th" sound difficult to say. Actually there are two "th" sounds, and in this episode I talk about them,give some examples of words that have these sounds in them, and point out some of the mistakes that people make.

You can find out more, sign up for the newsletter, or contact me using today's show notes page:

May 03, 2018 12:16 PM PDT

In today's episode, I sum up everything we've gone through in the challenge, offer you a way to keep track of your plans and progress, and tell you about my English language coaching service.
You can find out more by visiting the show notes page:

April 26, 2018 09:41 AM PDT

As we learned from the English language thoughts blog recently, you can pronounce the word “often” with or without the T sound in the middle. It doesn’t matter. Both ways are acceptable. However, in some other words, you shouldn’t pronounce the T sound, even though there is a T in the word. I thought we could take a look at some of those words today.
You can find the show notes for today's episode here:

April 19, 2018 08:25 AM PDT

Improving your vocabulary will help you in all areas of your language learning. It will help with your reading and listening, because the more you understand, the less you will need to look up, and it will help with your speaking and writing, because it gives you a bigger pool of words when it comes to expressing your thoughts and ideas.

I've got 10 tips for you on improving your vocabulary and the way in which you learn new words.

You can find the show notes page here:

April 12, 2018 02:06 AM PDT

Some students love it! Others hate it! Whatever you think, grammar is an important part of language learning.
It doesn't have to be boring or confusing. In fact, understanding how the language works can actually help you to improve, to make better sentences, and to ensure that you don't make avoidable mistakes.

You can find the show notes here:

April 05, 2018 10:05 AM PDT

Today's post is all about some problems that people have when it comes to improving their listening skills, and the advice that I give to my students who have these problems.

You can find the show notes here:
where I have also posted the links to other articles that you may find useful.

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:

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