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Listening practice for learners of B1 and B2 levels of English (intermediate and upper-intermediate). Includes grammar explanations, examples of vocabulary use, phrasal verbs and collocations help, pronunciation practice, advice and specific help for passing B1 and B2 exams such as Cambridge. There are also lots of interesting and fun stories, jokes and anecdotes to listen to and enjoy. Start improving your English listening and speaking level today with these regular podcasts (3 episodes a ...
 
Join Shannyn Merlo and Julie Parker on their conversations about business, leadership and the self-awareness journey to greater success. This podcast is for you if you are a small business owner or entrepreneur who wants to improve your life and business through increased self-awareness and successful business strategies.
 
Dharma Seed is dedicated to preserving and sharing the spoken teachings of Theravada Buddhism in modern languages. Since the early 1980's, Dharma Seed has collected and distributed dharma talks by teachers offering the vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness) practices of Theravada Buddhism. New recordings are being added continuously from contemporary dharma teachers.
 
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Podcast version of the graded reader The Tudor Conspiracy by M.A. Bilbrough to help B1 students progress to B2 level English. In this week's episode we learn how Isabel and Philip escape being killed by the strange woman with a gun, Jane. They find shelter in a guest house but for how long can they stay out of danger...? https://www.practisingengli…
 
Performance reviews can be the cause of anxiety for both the employee and the manager. This episode will give you some of Shannyn and Julie's best tips for a successful outcome. Julie and Shannyn are independent business coaches and consultants. Work with Julie Julie is a Dental Practice Management Consultant, Coach at Julie Parker Practice Success…
 
The Tudor Conspiracy is a reader for B1 students studying for B2 level English. In this chapter Isabel and Philip, who now believe the quarto to be a fake, visit the Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare was christened. They don't know, however, they are being followed and the person who is following them is determined to get the quarto back. You …
 
Help with understanding the different tenses and aspects in English. Here, I explain in simple language and with examples the past perfect (she had already left). I explain its structure and why we use past perfect and compare it to past simple. For the transcript, go to: https://www.practisingenglish.com/podcast-56.htm…
 
Following on from the podcasts on zero and first conditionals, second and third conditional, we now look at the circumstances when we mix conditionals. This happens when we make references to both past and present in the same sentence. This podcast explores mixed conditional clauses and offers simple to understand examples for the various cases whe…
 
This is chapter 8 from my book, The Tudor Conspiracy, which is a reader for B1 students studying for B2 English level exams. In this chapter, Isabel and Philip visit David Buddle's laboratory where they find out some surprising and worrying news about the newly discovered play by Shakespeare. You can find out more about this book at my website: htt…
 
Are you suffering from burnout? Or just a little singed? In this episode, Shannyn and Julie discuss what burnout actually is and share their personal strategies to move through it to brighter days ahead. Julie and Shannyn are independent business coaches and consultants. Work with Julie Julie is a Dental Practice Management Consultant, Coach at Jul…
 
Part of a series of B1 level talks on the grammar, structure and use of the conditionals in English. This is the third conditional. Learn what the phrases 'spilt milk' and 'water under the bridge' mean. Offers lots of example sentences and the full transcript can be read at: https://www.practisingenglish.com/podcast-53.htm…
 
Grammar study for B1 level English. Today I'm continuing with the series of conditional studies. The last one was episode 22 on the zero and first conditionals and today we're looking briefly at the main points of the second conditional - If I were a rich man... You can find the audioscript to this podcast at https://www.practisingenglish.com/podca…
 
The continuing story of The Tudor Conspiracy for B1 students studying for B2 level English. Available in book form and now these weekly audio podcasts. Isabel and Philip drive on to Stratford-upon-Avon. When they arrive, they decide to have lunch before going to see David Buddle but an unexpected visitor turns up at the restaurant, and Isabel and P…
 
This podcast is about words which go with comparatives so that we can add more precision to what we mean. So the words that we're using are words like not quite, slightly, almost, easily, a good deal, far... I don't think they make much sense on their own. So I'm going to put them together. And it will be clearer then what I'm trying to explain to …
 
In this episode, I talk about the different genres of books and give some examples I have on my bookshelves. I explore the language associated with books: the different types of book, the parts of a book, what we do with a book and the language of commercialization of books. Useful language to complete your knowledge on the correct way of expressin…
 
This is the continuing story of The Tudor Conspiracy - a reader for B1 students studying for B2. In this chapter, Isabel and Philip decide to head for Stratford-upon-Avon to meet the antique book authenticator while some people in the dark shadows of the Bodleian Library are making sinister plans. See audioscript at https://www.practisingenglish.co…
 
In this episode, Shannyn and Julie share some tolls, tactics, strategies, and mindset tips that have helped them on their journey. Julie and Shannyn are independent business coaches and consultants. Julie is a Dental Practice Management Consultant, Coach at Julie Parker Practice Success. Work with Julie Julie offers a range of programs through The …
 
B2 level podcast story listening - talking about ability in the past and useful vocabulary explained before the story begins. Verbs like: manage to, be able to, which we use for certain single events in the past instead of the auxiliary could. See transcript at: https://www.practisingenglish.com/podcast-47.htm…
 
Help with IELTS, Cambridge B2, C1 speaking exams, phrases and expressions talking about the question of how sport influences our lives. I bring in lots of useful language for students to copy and learn in preparation for their speaking exams. For transcript, go to - https://www.practisingenglish.com/podcast-46.htm…
 
This is the continuing story of the Tudor Conspiracy - a reader for B1 students studying for B2. In this chapter, Isabel and Philip set out for Oxford and the Bodleian library. They meet the librarians there but one, in particular, reacts in a strange way when she hears what Isabel and Philip are looking for. https://www.practisingenglish.com/podca…
 
A look at how to write the story for Cambridge Preliminary writing exam practice part 2 and in this case the story-writing option. I look at the use relative pronouns and how to use them in the story so as to make your text more interesting and impress the examiners, who will give you more marks. I'll finish the episode with another story of Nasred…
 
English is a language we call a stress-timed language. Perhaps it's unusual, because many other European languages are syllable-timed, especially Latin-based languages, like Spanish and Italian, for example. I'm going to explain and give examples of what a stress-timed language is. I'm also going to read you a poem. It's by a poet called Robert Sou…
 
Graded reader for B1 and B2 students. You can buy the book and follow the reading every week of each chapter. In this chapter, Isabel and Philip go for a coffee and talk about the mysterious missing play. Philip explains to Isabel the history of the first copies of Shakespeare's plays. https://www.practisingenglish.com/podcast-42.htm…
 
----- Julie and Shannyn are independent business coaches and consultants. Julie is a Dental Practice Management Consultant, Coach at Julie Parker Practice Success. Work with Julie Julie offers a range of programs through The Club and Online Courses or contact her to see how she can provide holistic support to your dental practice. https://juliepark…
 
Chapter 3 of the reader for learners of English progressing from B1 to B2. In this chapter, Isabel takes the bus to the Globe Theatre and meets Philip. Philip gives Isabel a tour of Shakespeare's theatre but Isable then reminds him they must talk about the mysterious lost play. Book written for intermediate level learners of English and now with au…
 
And today I'm going to talk to you about... that. Exactly that... going to. I'm going to talk about going to. Now I think the going to structure is something that most learners of English acquire quite quickly. Why? Well, because it's quite intuitive to talk about the future. And we usually feel that if we use going to, we will always get it right.…
 
Now, in English, there is a structure that we use when we talk about other people doing things for us. And that is have something done. If you go to the hairdresser's, well, you don't cut your own hair, do you? You ask somebody else to do it for you. And that person is the hairdresser. So afterwards, we say, I went to the hairdressers today, and I …
 
Chapter 2 of the reader for learners of English progressing from B1 to B2. In this chapter we learn about Isabel's job in Arthur's Antique Bookshop. Mr Fanshawe asks Isabel to set out on a mysterious mission to search for a very special book. The TudoerConspiracy is available as a paperback book and in Kindle on Amazon. Find out more here at my boo…
 
In this episode we discuss how to build resilience as we go on the journey of business and life. We discuss what causes the challenges or knocks to our resilience, which may include: Not achieving a goal, such as sales or revenue goals Not achieving what we wanted in the time we wanted Internal thinking that doesn't support the view of resilience W…
 
Hello, and today I'm going to talk to you about subject and object questions. Questions with and without inversion and auxiliaries: do, does or did. And I'm going to explain just a little, because I think this is revision really rather than a full explanation. I will also tell you a very old Nasreddin story called The Dinner Party with some example…
 
The Tudor Conspiracy (first chapter) a book for students progressing from B1 to B2 English, which can be listened to with the book available on all Amazon platforms. This week we learn about Isabel, the university student from Seville and how she found her job in the strange little antique bookshop in London.…
 
This is about the recent events in La Palma island where a volcano has erupted and destroyed much property and land. This podcast for practising English will use example of the passive voice. If you go to https://www.practisingenglish.com/podcast-32.htm, you can read the audio script and see the examples of the passive.…
 
Formal and informal English is the third in this series and follows episode 13 and episode 26. In this episode I talk about the formal language of complaints and how we need formal language to express strong opinions so that the reader takes notice. I'll also mention how literary language also sounds more formal.…
 
Small business owners often hear the "work on the business not in the business" cliche. It's a cliche, because, we're afraid it's true. Business owners don't often give themselves time to think. The problem with this is that they end up on a reactive treadmill, neither considering what they want, nor working through how to change it. Then, they do …
 
The third episode of H.G. Wells' The Man who could Work Miracles (part 3). The language of this short story has been adapted a little for learners of English at B2 and C1 levels. This week Mr Fotheringay demonstrates the miracles he is able to do but Mr Maydig is already thinking that he could do a lot more than turn a vase of flowers into a bowl o…
 
And this is the second episode about formal and informal English - how to identify the formal and informal words and how to use them. And when we use them. This is a follow-up of podcast 13 on formal and informal English. I'll talk about word and sentence length and why these structures may sound more formal.…
 
Today I'm going to talk to you about future continuous and future perfect. And what I would like to do is to try to put them into context for you with tenses and aspects of tenses that you already know such as present perfect and present continuous etc. You'll see that they all function in the same way - the only difference being that each is place…
 
The second episode of H.G. Wells' The Man who could Work Miracles (part 2). The language of this short story has been adapted a little for learners of English at B2 and C1 levels. This week Mr Fotheringay gets into trouble with working miracles so he goes to ask for advice from the local priest.Di M. A. Bilbrough
 
Feedback is not often easy to receive. However, it is a powerful path to progress and get better. In this episode, Shannyn and Julie discuss their own personal experiences of receiving and giving feedback and offer advice as to how to manage feedback and how to use it to achieve greater levels of success. Have a look at the TED Talk of Jia Jiang - …
 
B1 / EELTS 4.5. Zero and first conditionals, the structure, how to use them and real-life examples of the conditional usage for listening practice and with audio script. See my new graded reader novel for B1 and B2 level students: The Tudor Conspiracy... See the audioscript at: https://www.practisingenglish.com/podcast-22.htm…
 
I'm going to talk to you about indirect questions. In fact, I'm going to talk to you about direct questions as well. So what is a direct question? Well, an example is, What is the time, please? Now, an indirect question has a little phrase before the direct question. Something like, Could you tell me what the time is, please?…
 
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