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English Fluency Now Podcast

The English Fluency Now podcast will help you become fluent in English by providing you with interesting and timely podcast episodes in authentic, modern, intelligent American English.

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EFN 64: Trump

In this episode, I talk about Donald Trump and the fact that he is now the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party. He has been winning primary after primary, but he remains a controversial figure. Many Americans are shocked that he has garnered so much support. How has he done it? Why are so many Americans voting for him? What are his plans? I address these and other questions in the podcast. This podcast will help you better understand just what is has been happening over the past few months regarding the primary/caucus electoral process. You will learn tons of useful vocabulary and expressions that will help you better understand the news. To get the Lesson Guide with the complete transcript and more, go to www.englishfluencynow.com 

18mins

11 May 2016

Rank #1

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EFN 61: Broadway

In episode 61, I talk about my recent trip to New York City and the four Broadway shows that I saw. I talk about how to get to Broadway, how to purchase tickets, and how to access information about the shows on the show's websites. Going to Broadway is an amazing experience and something every visitor to New York should do at least once, but there are some things you should know to get the best deals. Learn about my tips by listening to this episode. I'd love to hear about your experiences in NYC and/or about your favorite Broadway show, so please leave a comment on the blog page. You can also purchase the Lesson Guide for this episode online at my website www.englishfluencynow.com/products. Thanks for listening! If you liked the episode, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes. The more people who leave positive reviews, the easier it is for others to find it and use it to become fluent in English! Yeah! 

14mins

14 Dec 2015

Rank #2

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EFN 59: Small Town Festivals

Small Town Festivals are taking place all across the U.S. right now. Just this past month we celebrated the Rhody Festival in my town. In this episode, you will learn all about the Rhody Festival and what it's like to participate in a small town celebration. You will learn about the types of parades we have, the carnival rides and the cake picnic! If you ever come to the U.S. in the spring or summer, be sure to find a small town festival to attend. They are really fun and you can learn a lot about the local culture that way. To get the Lesson Guide for this episode, go to my website www.englishfluencynow.com and click on the Products page. 

14mins

8 Jun 2015

Rank #3

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EFN 58: Household Budget

In this episode I talk about the typical expenses that are included in a household budget: a mortgage, property taxes, utilities and insurance. Beyond these fixed expenses, you will have to spend money on groceries, health insurance, car insurance, entertainment, education, exercise and more. Listen to this episode to learn how to talk about this topic in English and learn what some of the average expenses are here in the United States. If you want to get the Lesson Guide, go to the website www.englishfluencynow.com and go to the products page. Also on the website, you will find other types of free lessons on the blog and my speaking course "Success with Stories". If you like the podcast, please give me a 5-star review on iTunes, so that other people can find out about this podcast. Thanks a bunch! Take care, Lisa

15mins

8 May 2015

Rank #4

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EFN 56: Neuroplasticity and Brain Games

In this episode, I talk about three books that I've read recently related to the idea of neuroplasticity. You will learn lots of new vocabulary words related to the brain, improving intelligence and overcoming learning disabilities. You will also learn about brain games: what they are and why you might want to play them. To get the Lesson Guide for this episode, with the complete transcript and additional learning materials, go to my website www.englishfluencynow.com - If you like this podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes and share it with your friends. This helps more people find it and use it to help them improve their English. Thank you! The books that I talk about in this episode are: Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power by Dan Hurley; The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norma Doidge, MD; and The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: How I Left My Learning Disabiilty Behind and Other Stories of Cognitive Transformation by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young.

18mins

5 Apr 2015

Rank #5

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EFN 13: Self Care

Do you do a good job of taking care of yourself? It's really important, so in this episode I talk about why it is important and how you can do it in a good way. The Lesson Guide for this episode is available at www.englishfluencynow.com

16mins

13 Dec 2012

Rank #6

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EFN 54: Talent is Overrated

A lot of people think that world-class peformers have special genes, that they are just born with talent, but recent research proves that this isn't true. Certainly some people are born with interests or they develop a passion for something as they grow, such as a passion for music, sports or academics, but in order to become a world-class musician, athlete or scientist, you must put in a lot of time and practice. In fact, you need to put in something called deliberate practice over many, many years. In this episode, you will learn more about this as I talk about Geoff Colvin's book "Talent is Overrated". Once you hear this podcast, you won't be able to complain that you don't have the language gene or the music gene or the sports gene; you will know what it takes to become an expert in anything. If you like this podcast, please leave me a positive review on iTunes. Also, you can get the Lesson Guide on the website at www.englishfluencynow.com -- Thanks and enjoy!

16mins

19 Feb 2015

Rank #7

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English Fluency Now Podcast Episode 27

Topic: Planning a Trip. This podcast is for intermediate and advanced learners of English. Lesson Guides are available at www.englishfluencynow.com If you find this podcast helpful, and you'd like to help more people find it, please take a minute to give me a positive review on iTunes. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

15mins

12 May 2013

Rank #8

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EFN 15: Traveling to California

I am originally from California, but I currently live in Washington State, so I travel to California often to visit family and friends. In this episode, I share my travel experiences to California this year. You will learn a lot about how to get around in California and I hope you find it useful. If you come to the U.S., make sure you visit California. It's a great state! Lots to see and do. The Lesson Guide for this episode is available at www.englishfluencynow.com

21mins

11 Jan 2013

Rank #9

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English Fluency Now Podcast Episode 25

Topic: Income Taxes in the United States. This podcast is for intermediate and advanced learners of English. Lesson Guides are available at www.englishfluencynow.com If you find this podcast helpful and you'd like to help more people find it, please take a minute to give me a positive review on iTunes. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

18mins

12 Apr 2013

Rank #10

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English Fluency Now Podcast Episode 28

Topic: Trip to Kaua'i. This podcast is for intermediate and advanced learners of English. Lesson Guides are available at www.englishfluencynow.com If you find this podcast helpful, and you'd like to help more people find it, please take a minute to give me a positive review on iTunes. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

17mins

4 Jun 2013

Rank #11

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EFN 14: Christmas in the U.S.

Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays in the U.S. Both practicing Christians and non-practicing Christians celebrate Christmas in one way or another. In this episode, you will learn about some of the most common ways that we celebrate Christmas. Do you celebrate Christmas? If so, how? The Lesson Guide for this episode is available at www.englishfluencynow.com

16mins

22 Dec 2012

Rank #12

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EFN 12: Birthdays

My birthday was the inspiration for this episode. I am a December baby! In this episode, you will learn about some of the usually ways that we celebrate birthdays here in the U.S. How do you celebrate birthdays in your country? The Lessson Guide is availalb at www.englishfluencynow.com

15mins

1 Dec 2012

Rank #13

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EFN 52: Traveling by Plane

In this episode, I tell you about my recent trip from Seattle (SEATAC) to Oakland (OAK) by plane. By listening to my story, you will learn a lot of useful vocabulary related to traveling by plane, plus you will understand the grammar more intuitively (if you pay attention). You will hear how I use a lot of different phrasal verbs while telling the story. As always, you can get the Lesson Guide for this episode online at the website at www.englishfluencynow.com if you would like to read along with the transcript. Listening is really important for improving your English fluency and listening to EFN podcast episodes is a great way to prepare for English exams, such as IELTS and TOEFL. If you like this podcast, please leave a 5-star review for me on iTunes - this helps the rankings, which helps more people find it. I also appreciate active participation, so make sure you comment on the blog page or on the Facebook page for English Fluency Now. Using your English in a real way is the best way to get you motivated to communicate in English. Finally, repetition is key, so remember to listen to the podcast a few times for deeper learning of vocabulary and expressions. 

15mins

3 Feb 2015

Rank #14

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English Fluency Now Podcast Episode 22

Topic: Craigslist. This podcast is for intermediate and advanced learners of English. Lesson Guides are available at www.englishfluencynow.com If you find this podcast helpful and you'd like to help more people find it, please take a minute to give me a positive review on iTunes. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

21mins

15 Mar 2013

Rank #15

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English Fluency Now Podcast Episode 24

Topic: AirBnB - Turn Bedrooms into Business. This podcast is for intermediate and advanced learners of English. Lesson Guides are available at www.englishfluencynow.com If you find this podcast helpful and you'd like to help more people find it, please take a minute to give me a positive review on iTunes. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

17mins

30 Mar 2013

Rank #16

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English Fluency Now Podcast Episode 26

Topic: River Trip to Utah. This podcast is for intermediate and advanced learners of English. Lesson Guides are available at www.englishfluencynow.com If you find this podcast helpful, and you'd like to help more people find it, please take a minute to give me a positive review on iTunes. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

18mins

27 Apr 2013

Rank #17

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English Fluency Now Podcast Episode 21

Topic: Quartet - The Movie. This podcast is for intermediate and advanced learners of English. Lesson Guides are available at www.englishfluencynow.com If you find this podcast helpful and you'd like to help more people find it, please take a minute to give me a positive review on iTunes. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

17mins

2 Mar 2013

Rank #18

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EFN 53: Working with an English Coach

In this episode, I tell you about the importance of working with a coach to achieve success. Successful business people, athletes, scientists, authors and actors all use coaches and mentors to help guide them to success. To achieve high levels of fluency in English, it is beneficial to work with an English coach (tutor, mentor or teacher). However, finding the right coach is just the first step. There are many things that you, as the student/client must do to make sure you use your time (and money) wisely to get the most out of your time with your coach. In this episode, you will learn specific things you must do to work successfully with an English coach. I wish you success in reaching your English fluency goals. To get the Lesson Guide that goes along with this episode, go to the website www.englishfluencynow.com. 

19mins

10 Feb 2015

Rank #19

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English Fluency Now Podcast Episode 23

Topic: NuttZo - A Business Case Study. This podcast is for intermediate and advanced learners of English. Lesson Guides are available at www.englishfluencynow.com If you find this podcast helpful and you'd like to help more people find it, please take a minute to give me a positive review on iTunes. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

14mins

23 Mar 2013

Rank #20