1. Listen to the podcast clip and take notes on the do's and don'ts for English conversation.
Then, compare your notes with the transcript.
2. Pretend you are standing in line at a coffee shop, and you want to start a conversation with a native speaker standing next to you.
3. Write down how you would start a conversation with this person naturally. For example, ‘Hey, what’s up? My name’s Jessica. Have you had the coffee here before? It’s to die for.’
4. Record a video of yourself starting that conversation (you can do this at home, pretending to talk to someone), and post it on our All Ears English Facebook page, or on Instagram, hashtag #allearsenglish and #connectionnotperfection.
1. Think about a trip you took by car, train or bus. Write a story about it. (This is a story you could share in a future conversation!) Include at least two of the phrases you learned in the podcast: pull up, pull out, pull in or pull over. Give as much detail as you can!
2. Record audio of yourself telling this story. Upload your recording to SoundCloud, or any online platform of your choice. Then, share a link to it on the All Ears English Facebook page.
2. Shopping, like travel, is a great conversation topic! When talking about things you bought that you love, you should also use interesting vocabulary. Watch the video and write down at least 2 phrases that you want to use in real conversations.
3. Think of a great deal you got on something. Write down four phrases you learned today, from the video and/or the podcast, that you could use to describe this experience and the product you bought. Then, talk out loud for at least two minutes about the shopping experience and the product.
4. Post a picture of yourself on Instagram with something you bought recently, and in the post use a vocabulary phrase you learned today. Don’t forget to #allearsenglish!
2. Write down 3 things you learned about telling jokes in English. (When should you not tell a joke? How can you let someone know you’re teasing or joking?)
3. Watch the video. Mimic how Jessica tells the jokes. Practice telling them on your own!
3. Watch the video. Choose two new phrases you could use to describe yourself when you were in high school.
4. Talk out loud for at least 3 minutes, using the new phrases you learned today. Describe yourself when you were in high school, and tell a story of one specific memory from that time. (This would be a super cool conversation to have with a native to connect! We love sharing personal memories, and hearing others share theirs.)
5. Find a picture of yourself from high school. Post on any social media site for #TBT (#TBT stands for Throw Back Thursday. Don’t know what that is? Listen to this episode: AEE 1173: Throw Back Thursday Challenge on Instagram) Use some new vocabulary to describe the photo in your post.
1. You’ve set the foundation for having excellent conversations this week! Now, you need to know how to finish a conversation as well. Listen to the episode, and read the transcript as you listen.
2. Write down one phrase that you want to use to end your own natural English conversations.
3. Think of a friend that is living far away. What do you want to say to this friend? Imagine that you are leaving a voicemail message for this friend. Record yourself talking, and end the message with one of today’s phrases.
4. Upload the audio online and share it on the All Ears English Facebook page!
5. Great job this week! Are you feeling motivated, inspired, and excited about REAL English? Watch the video to find out how you can be YOU in any English conversation.