The Level Up English Podcast

By Michael Lavers

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 Feb 9, 2021

Description

I'm Michael Lavers and this podcast will help you improve your English. I'm an online English teacher for students learning as a second language. In this podcast, I answer your questions about learning and help you achieve your goals in British English. Once a month I talk to a teacher or expert on topics related to language.

Episode Date
#127 Chatting with Pronunciation with Emma
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Emma (Pronunciation with Emma) and I have a casual chat about a variety of topics, including video games, learning Japanese, procrastination and pronunciation.

Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PlmVCIItZ1s

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast127

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Sep 22, 2021
#126 Why Can't I Pronounce 'TH'?
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I had a message about ordinal numbers and, specifically, the pronunciation of the TH sound in them like in "fourth". It's a great question! In this episode, I go over what ordinal numbers are and give my thoughts on pronouncing them.

Be sure to check out next week's episode (the link will be here) with Pronunciation With Emma. She's great at answering these kinds of questions!

Here are my group lessons that I spoke about: http://www.ewmichael.com/group  

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast126

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Sep 15, 2021
#125 Overcoming English Shyness
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Hagar sent a message and wanted to know how she can improve her speaking skills and overcoming the feeling of shyness when speaking in front of new people, despite being good at speaking by herself. Another issue was forgetting things like vocabulary when speaking.

I'm going to do my best to respond to this and share my thoughts about this topic today.

I also made an episode about shyness a long time ago (Episode 8).

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast125

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Sep 08, 2021
#124 How to Boost Confidence When Speaking
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Today I'm responding to a question on improving confidence when speaking. I hope you find it useful.

I've had a lot of kind audio messages recently and I really appreciate it. You’re always welcome to leave one at levelupenglish.school/podcast and there’s a good chance I’ll reply to it in a future episode.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast124

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Sep 01, 2021
#123 How to Make Good Memories
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Today I'm going to be talking about happiness vs memories and why you may not be able to have both at the same time. This is taken from an article I found online and found really interesting. 

Today I'm going to be paraphrasing this article, sharing my thoughts on it, and giving a couple of good phrases and words.


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Aug 25, 2021
#122 Learn While Watching TV with Elfin from All About Italian
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Elfin is an Italian coach and passionate Italophile who helps students learn and gain access to the culture through language. She specialises in learning through TV shows and has a lot of good advice in this area. She also hosts language immersion retreats and hosts her own podcast.


Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast122

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Aug 18, 2021
#121 Responding to Your Excuses
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I reached out to my Instagram followers and asked the question: What are your obstacles to learning English?

In today's episode, I respond to the main excuses that I saw. 

Just to clarify, I'm also guilty of having all of these excuses too. Everyone's situation is different, but this is general advice on how you can overcome these issues. I hope it helps!


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Aug 11, 2021
#120 I Have So Many Regrets! (How to Express Remorse)
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Today I'd like to talk about regret and how we can express regrets in English using some different phrases. I'll be using my own experiences to demonstrate the examples and then talking about the concept of regret in a deeper way towards the end. I hope you won't regret listening to this!

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Aug 04, 2021
#119 Learning How to be Happy
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Today I'm going to go over some advice on how to bring more happiness into your life. I will also sandwich in some good synonyms so you can avoid using the word 'happy' and say more advanced words instead.


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Jul 28, 2021
#118 Learning English with Movies with Cara Leopold
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Cara Leopold helps adventurous expats and intrepid travelers understand fast-talking native English speakers, themselves, and the world around them by watching and discussing movies.

In this episode, I asked Cara all about her experience with learning and teaching languages using movies. We spoke a lot about listening skills and the use of subtitles, and I'm sure you'll like this one. 


Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast118

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Jul 21, 2021
#117 Making Future Predictions in English
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As a child who grew up with sci-fi movies and games, I always dreamt about how cool it would be to live in the future, and now I realise we actually do!

Today I’m going to talk about some of my predictions for the future and also use some words to describe the chance of that happening.


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Jul 14, 2021
#116 Studying English with a Group
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There are many benefits to learning English in a group, whether that's with a language partner or a whole group in a group class. Not sure whether it's suitable for you? Well, I'd like to talk about some of the benefits today and who these kinds of lessons might be suited for.

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Jul 07, 2021
#115 Food, Cooking and Recipes
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A special food episode! I share some of the popular dishes in the UK, as well as my favourites recipes and foods to have. We'll also learn some good vocabulary related to cooking today.

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Jun 30, 2021
#114 Luke's English Podcast
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Luke Thompson is the host of the popular "Luke's English Podcast". He has a decade of experience podcasting and far more as a teacher.

In this episode, we cover shyness, English immersion, how to have good listening practice, using comedy in English, and Luke also shared a couple of funny and embarrassing problems he's had with learning French.

https://teacherluke.co.uk

Video Version - https://youtu.be/VZa_5X2RIV4

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Jun 23, 2021
#113 Quotes, Proverbs and Inspiration
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I share some common English proverbs, some of my favourite quotes, and then end with an exercise to improve your life and achieve your dreams and goals.

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Jun 16, 2021
#112 Veganism & Vegetarianism
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Jun 09, 2021
#111 Pronouncing ER in British English
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Jun 02, 2021
#110 All About Ireland with Ronan (English On The Road)
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Ronan from English on the Road joins me today to talk about his home country of Ireland. Ronan is an English coach from Ireland and now living in Canada. He has a wealth of knowledge of Irish culture and history and I really enjoyed talking to him today. I still have a lot to learn in this area, so join me on this learning journey.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast110

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May 26, 2021
#109 Moving from Intermediate to Advanced
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May 19, 2021
#108 Having Good Time Management
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May 12, 2021
#107 Improving Your English Reading Skills
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May 05, 2021
#106 Four Stoic Meditations
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Today I'm looking at 4 meditations from the Ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism and relating them loosely to English learning.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast106

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Apr 28, 2021
#105 The Story Learning Method with Olly Richards
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Olly Richards joins me for a talk about learning through stories. Olly is a polyglot, author and well-known language learner. Through his podcast (I Will Teach You A Language), he shares advice for language learners and interviews expert guests. His book series "Short Stories" has had a huge impact on the language-learning community.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast105

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Apr 21, 2021
#104 Using Grammar When Speaking
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Answering a listener question regarding remembering grammar while talking. This is a really common problem and I think my advice will help.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast104

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Apr 14, 2021
#103 Life Hacks
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Apr 07, 2021
Level Up English is Free!! (Important Update)
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In short, I’ll be removing the membership features of Level Up English. This means that the website will be open for everyone. The courses and specific content on the website will be set at a one-time purchase price for everyone. 

https://levelupenglish.school

I hope this change makes things easier and more affordable :) 



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Apr 02, 2021
#102 Improving Your English Speaking Skills
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A summary of advice regarding how you can improve your speaking in English.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast102

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Mar 31, 2021
#101 Who Are the Scottish? With Teacher Ken
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Mar 24, 2021
#100 Episode 100 Celebration!
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Join me in celebrating our 100th episode of the podcast!

We'll talk about the Top 10 Listener countries, my journey in life so far, my plans for the future, and some expressions related to celebrations.

Show notes page - https://www.levelupenglish.school/podcast100

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Transcript - https://www.levelupenglish.school/transcripts (Members Only)

Mar 17, 2021
#99 Improving Your English Writing Skills
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Mar 10, 2021
#98 Common British Slang (Part 2)
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Mar 03, 2021
#97 How to Learn English with Alex PB
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Feb 24, 2021
#96 My Biggest Struggle with Language Learning
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Feb 17, 2021
Bonus: It's Finally Here! - Big Changes & Future Plans
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Let's have a quick chat about some of my plans for the future.

If you want to support the podcast and become a member of Level Up English, sign up here: https://levelupenglish.school  

Feb 12, 2021
#95 Do vs Make
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Feb 10, 2021
#94 Faking Confidence
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Feb 03, 2021
#93 Finding the PERFECT English Teacher
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Jan 27, 2021
#92 Grammar, Mistakes & Accents with Adriana
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Jan 20, 2021
#91 How to Get Native Pronunciation
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Jan 13, 2021
#90 The Future Perfect Tense
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Jan 06, 2021
#89 Making New Year Resolutions Stick
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Dec 30, 2020
#88 A British Christmas with Matt (Matt’s English Studio)
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Dec 23, 2020
#87 Make English Learning Fun
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Dec 16, 2020
#86 How to Start Learning English
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Dec 09, 2020
#85 The Past Perfect Tense
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Dec 02, 2020
#84 Ask Me Anything 2
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Nov 25, 2020
#83 IELTS Exam - Ehsan from Lingoage
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Nov 18, 2020
#82 My Language Study Routine & Advice for Listeners
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I explain my study routine along with 5 tips on how to make the perfect English routine for yourself.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast82

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Transcript - https://levelupenglish.school/transcripts(Members Only)



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Nov 11, 2020
Bonus: English Learning Resources & Exciting News!
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Nov 05, 2020
#81 Guy Fawkes Night (British Tradition)
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Bonfire Night is the celebration of the failed assassination attempt in 1605, and now a UK tradition.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast81

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Nov 04, 2020
#80 The Present Perfect Tense
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Oct 28, 2020
#79 Selene - English Bootcamp Circle
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Selene joined me for a conversation about teaching children, common learner questions, and much more!

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast79

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Oct 21, 2020
#78 How to Read in English & Recommended Books
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I give my advice on how to learn through reading and some generic recommendations.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast78

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Oct 14, 2020
#77 3 Teachers Learn English Podcast
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Tino and I were guests on Ken's new podcast which is a discussion between 3 teachers. It was a lot of fun! Since I'm recovering from some dental work and can't speak, it's the perfect time to share this!

See the video version - https://youtu.be/3nfopih_7-E

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Oct 07, 2020
#76 The...The Comparatives
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We'll look at a very useful piece of grammar today to help with your daily English practice.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast76

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Sep 30, 2020
#75 Teaching, Britishness & Fun! (English With Rob)
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Rob (from English With Rob) joined me for a conversation about all things English.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast75

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Sep 23, 2020
#74 Virtual Tour of London
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Sep 16, 2020
#73 Can I Learn 2 Languages At The Same Time?
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Sep 09, 2020
#72 Hack Your English with Motivation
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I discuss whether you really need motivation to learn English and a good way to view learning.

Youtube Video - https://youtu.be/K3J9wJXKOr4

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Sep 02, 2020
#71 Should You Use Slang and Expressions?
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I give my advice on using British English slang, plus a few bonus words at the end.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast71

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Aug 26, 2020
#70 English Language Chat with Coach Steve
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Coach Steve joins me for a conversation about English, language schools and making learning fun.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast70

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Aug 19, 2020
#69 Sound More British with Connected Speech
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Aug 12, 2020
#68 Have Realistic English Expectations
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Aug 05, 2020
#67 Should You Take a Break from English?
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Taking a break from anything in life can be beneficial, and English is no exception.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast67

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Jul 29, 2020
#66 Make Learning Fun! With Charlie Nicholson
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Charlie is from Manchester but now living and working in Japan and we talk about language learning today.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast66

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Jul 22, 2020
#65 How to use IF and WHEN Like a Native (Conditionals)
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I explain conditionals and give you some tasks to do to learn this tricky grammar.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast65

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Jul 15, 2020
#64 How to Speak with a Good Rhythm
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Jul 08, 2020
#63 No Excuses Not to Study
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Jul 01, 2020
#62 Hiking Vocabulary Lesson
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A short talk about hiking and hobbies and lots of new vocabulary along the way.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast62

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Jun 24, 2020
#61 Schools in the UK with Teacher Molly
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Molly returns to the podcast to discuss schools in the UK and her teaching experience.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast61

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Jun 17, 2020
#60 Finding the Right Language Partner
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How to find a language partner and have a good learning experience with them.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast60

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Jun 10, 2020
#59 Using Flashcards - Benefits & Downsides
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Flashcards- what are they? Should you be using them? What are the pros and cons? Let's discuss it all today.

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Jun 03, 2020
#58 England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland - History, Culture & Relationships
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Let's explore the history and culture of the different regions of The British Isles.

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May 27, 2020
Bonus: Podcast Update
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The podcast is changing! From Wednesday 27th May, this podcast will be called The Level Up English Podcast. The content will be the same, but the name and picture of the podcast will change.

The reason is to match my new online school: The Level Up English School - levelupenglish.school

Instagram: https://www.instagram/level.up.english
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luenglishschool

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May 23, 2020
#57 Ask Me Anything 1
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May 20, 2020
#56 Teaching English to Children - With Shannon Kennedy
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May 13, 2020
#55 Why is my English Getting Worse?
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The feeling of getting worse is common in language learning. Let's find out why that might be and how to overcome it.

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May 06, 2020
#54 Fear is Not an Excuse - My Personal Experience
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I compare the two times I went to Japan and tried speaking Japanese. The big takeaway is to ignore your fear and focus on the positives.

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Apr 29, 2020
#53 Vocabulary Lists vs Real-Life Learning
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Today we discuss the difference between learning from vocabulary lists at home and learning from context in life real situations.

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Apr 22, 2020
#52 My Routine - Daily English Phrases
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Apr 15, 2020
#51 Speak Like David (Interview)
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Apr 08, 2020
#50 Using a Dictionary App to Study English
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Apr 01, 2020
#49 How to Find an Online Teacher
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Mar 25, 2020
#48 Getting More Confidence in English
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Let's talk about how to cope with a lack of confidence when speaking English.

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https://levelupenglish.school/podcast48

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Mar 18, 2020
#47 Kerry from Clover English - Irish Accent and Learning English
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Kerry is an English teacher from Ireland and we discuss English and Irish culture and language.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast47

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Mar 11, 2020
#46 Would, Could or Might??
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Let's look at the difference between modal verbs would, could and might.

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Mar 04, 2020
#45 How to Teach English to Kids
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Feb 26, 2020
#44 Travel Review, Lessons I Learnt, & Podcast Plan
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Feb 19, 2020
#43 Most Common English Mistakes
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Feb 12, 2020
#42 "Find Your Shakira" with Lindsay Williams
2988
Feb 05, 2020
#41 Happy Birthday!
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Jan 29, 2020
#40 Will vs Going To - What's the Difference?
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Jan 22, 2020
#39 English Phrases for Families
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Answering a listener question looking at family-related expressions.

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Jan 15, 2020
#38 Kerstin from The Fluent Show (Interview)
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I talk to Kerstin Cable - a polyglot and language coach - about language learning and accent.

Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast38

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Jan 08, 2020
#37 2020 New Year Resolutions
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Jan 01, 2020
#36 Christmas Special 2019
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Dec 25, 2019
#35 How to Get English Immersion
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Dec 18, 2019
#34 Stew Sensei (English Teacher Interview)
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Dec 11, 2019
#33 Study Collocations, Not Vocabulary
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Dec 04, 2019
#32 How to Get Motivation to Study
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I give my best advice on how to get motivated to learn English.

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Nov 27, 2019
#31 Interview with Teacher Will (American vs British!)
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Nov 20, 2019
#30 Travel Hacks & English Expressions
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Nov 13, 2019
#29 Where to Travel in the UK
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My tips for travelling around Britain to getting out of London.

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Nov 06, 2019
#28 Why English Isn't So Hard To Learn
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Oct 30, 2019
#27 Ken from Get English Tips (Teacher Interview)
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Oct 23, 2019
#26 10 Common British Slang Words
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Oct 16, 2019
#25 British Accent Tips - Speak Like a Native
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Oct 09, 2019
#24 British Etiquette (How to be polite)
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In this episode, I give you some advice on how to act politely in the UK!

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Oct 02, 2019
#23 Spanish With Estela (English Interview)
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Sep 25, 2019
#22 TV Shows to Improve your British English
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Sep 18, 2019
#21 The Languages of Britain (Cornish)
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Sep 11, 2019
#20 Improving Your Listening for IELTS Exam
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Sep 04, 2019
#19 Roxana from Advance in English (Teacher Interview)
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Aug 28, 2019
#18 10 Benefits of Online English Teaching
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Aug 21, 2019
#17 English Work Expressions
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Aug 14, 2019
#16 English Love & Romance Expressions
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I share some common expressions used in English for dating, romance and love.

2021 Update: The course I mentioned in this episode used to be an email course but now I’ve adapted it and moved it over to a fully online course.  The new course can be found here: https://courses.levelupenglish.school/courses/phrasalverbtraining

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Aug 07, 2019
#15 Interview with a Kurdish English Learner
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Jul 31, 2019
#14 Remembering Tenses in Conversation
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Jul 24, 2019
#13 What Are Phrasal Verbs?
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Jul 17, 2019
#12 How to Remember English Vocabulary
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Jul 10, 2019
#11 Interview with an English Learner
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I talk with Molly, from China, about her experience learning English.

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Jul 03, 2019
#10 Preparing for an English Job Interview
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Job interviews are generally quite terrifying. The one thing that can make them worse is having an interview in a second language!

First of all, there’s the fear of making grammatical and pronunciation mistakes. And there’s also the issue of knowing what questions to prepare for as these can be different from country to country.

In this podcast, we’re going to cover all of these problems so you can feel confident for your next interview.

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Jun 26, 2019
#9 How to Improve Listening Skills
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Jun 19, 2019
#8 Learning English As A Shy Person
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Jun 12, 2019
#7 Teacher Interview - Pronunciation With Emma
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In this podcast, I talk with Emma, a fellow online English teacher.
We discuss the difficulties of learning languages, pronunciation problems, embarrassing moments and more!

You can see what Emma's up to on her website and social media.
Her Website
Facebook
Youtube
Instagram

Resources
Pronunciation in Use Book by Mark Hancock
My Phrasal Verbs & Expressions Online Courses

The Podcast
2:10: Emma's introduction & history as a teacher
9:28: Why did you choose to teach?
16:33: My history
17:38: English accents
26:01: Learning foreign languages
29:31: What would you learn if you had more time?
34:55: Embarrassing language stories
48:26: Tips for English learners
54:29: Language resources

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Jun 05, 2019
#6 The Biggest Mistake of Language Learning
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May 29, 2019
#5 English Learning Mindfulness
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When I was first learning to meditate, the instruction was to simply pay attention to my breath, and when my mind wandered, to bring it back.

Why is it so hard to pay attention? Well, studies show that even when we’re really trying to pay attention to something — like maybe this talk — at some point, about half of us will drift off into a daydream, or have this urge to check our Twitter feed.

Instead of this hunger signal coming from our stomach, this emotional signal — feeling sad — triggers that urge to eat.

What if instead of fighting our brains, or trying to force ourselves to pay attention, we instead tapped into this natural, reward-based learning process?

And this is what mindfulness is all about: Seeing really clearly what we get when we get caught up in our behaviours.

We start to notice that cravings are simply made up of body sensations — oh, there’s tightness, there’s tension, there’s restlessness.

Word Meanings
Mind-wandering - to think about past memories or future worries
Drift off - To float away gently (a boat, your mind...)
Urge - The strong feeling of desire to do something without thought
Trigger - Something that causes something else to happen
To tap into - To find the hidden ability inside yourself or something else
To get caught up in - To get distracting by doing something
To crave - When your body wants something
Restlessness - The feeling of being impatient and unable to stay still

TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/judson_brewer_a_simple_way_to_break_a_bad_habit?language=en

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May 22, 2019
#4 Why Does English Have Weird Spelling?
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Expression of Today: Turophobia - is the fear of what?

Muhammed asked on Facebook
“Why are there some letters that we don’t pronounce?” 
For example: Know, Listen, Often, Neighbour


29% of English is French (France was the main language after the 1066 invasion for 600 years)

Examples of French words:
Beef, Pork, Pastry, Salad, Portrait, Capitalism, Camoflague


26% of English is from Germanic languages (including Old English, Old Norse and Dutch)

  • Old Norse words are often concrete nouns, things we can feel. They often have hard consonants, such as "dirt, gun, club"
  • Words with silent Ks usually come from Old Norse and the K used to be pronounced. Over time, the pronunciation changed but the spelling remained the same.
  • In Old English, the E used to be pronounced. "Bite" used to have two syllables. 

6% of English comes from Greek  - it’s a very old language and supposedly the first to use an alphabet with vowels (AEIOU) and consonants (BCDFG). 

  • Philosophy (pronounced like "FILO..")
  • Phobia (something you’re scared of)
English also likes to borrow words from other languages.
Tsunami, karate (Japanese) 
Caravan (Persian-->French-->English)

Know - Comes from old English. The K has stopped being pronounced.

Listen - Also form Germanic languages. The T is quite hard to say so probably why it stopped

Often - Middle English - Can be pronounced both ways

Neighbour - Old English -  from nēah ‘nigh, near’ + gebūr ‘inhabitant, peasant, farmer’


Game of Thrones Expressions

"Lady of Winterfell, [it] has a nice ring to it"
If something "has a nice ring" that means it sounds good or is pleasing to the ear.
"Sir John? That has a nice ring to it"

"It had its moments"
This means that an event was not completely boring or terrible. Some parts were fun or interesting.
"The party last night had its moments"

"I’m sure you weren’t thrilled to hear the Lannister armies are marching North."
To be thrilled
means to be happy about something.
"I'm sure you weren't thrilled to see it's raining today."


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May 15, 2019
#3 Preparing for Travel in English
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How to prepare for a trip abroad and useful English for this.

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English is useful whether you’re travelling to an English country or another country where you don’t know the language since most people know some level of English.

If you’re learning English then you are lucky! You can use English in any country (if I do it people will think I’m lazy)

How your travel will be different if you know the language

  • Meet new people
  • Learn about history
  • Read a restaurant menu 
  • Avoid misunderstandings
  • Learn about the culture
It’s useful to remember a few structures that you can add in your own words to change the meaning. 

  • I have no idea (where I am, what to order, etc)
  • Is there anything you’d recommend doing/eating?
  • Talk about the weather
    • It’s boiling today, isn’t it?
    • It’s freezing! (British love exaggerating) 
    • It’s tipping it down
    • It’s a bit drizzly 
A teacher can help you with any mistakes or serious pronunciation issues you have before the trip.


Think about what you’d like to do on holiday and visit the websites or read about it. Then study the language.


British politeness ( don't be direct)

  • I would like (use when asking other people) / I want (use when talking to yourself)
  • Please, could I have...
  • Would you mind if...
  • Always say please, sorry and thank you!
The good thing about travel is that you can make a fool of yourself and no one will ever see you again!


*Ask people questions even when you know the answer - just to practice!


My advice for visiting the UK: Get out of the cities and see the countryside.


Don’t worry if you’re not as good as you think. Most people find language is harder when they actually go to the country - just like I did in Japan.

Expression: Do you have itchy feet?

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May 08, 2019
#2 Creating a Study Routine
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May 01, 2019
#1 How to Get a British Accent
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What you can do to get a British accent.

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 How to Learn British Pronunciation

Introduction

  • There are countless British accents in England, let alone in the whole world.
  • Don’t worry too much about accents. Everyone has one (even native speakers) and it should be a badge of pride to show where you come from.
  • However: Reasons to want a British accent:
    • To be more respected at work
    • To stop being treated like an outsider
    • To impress your friends!

British accents have a few things in common which we’ll look at later

General Advice

  • Get the foundations right when you start so you don’t cement your mistakes, but change will come over time.
  • Watch lots of British TV shows, movies, and of course podcasts
  • Talk with native speakers and try to mimic their pronunciation
  • Getting a teacher would be even better because they can correct your mistakes
  • It takes a long time, and many people don’t begin to develop their accent fully until they reach an advanced level, don’t give up!


Specific Advice

  • Shadowing - repeat words from phrases you hear. Pay attention to vowel sounds.
  • Watch your mouth in a mirror 
  • Pay attention to your tongue position
    • L - tongue touches top teeth
    • R - tongue moves back in mouth, not touching

Learn stress

I recommend https://forvo.com/ for pronunciation and https://www.merriam-webster.com/ for a dictionary.

  • PreSENT / PREsent
  • SUSpect / susPECT
  • Record yourself and listen back


Specific Sounds

  • T sound - Very strong
    • Butter, Better
  • R sound - Not so strong
    • Car, Park, Hair, Hard, Ear


American vs British

  • AdvertIZEment (USA) / AdverTISSment (UK)
  • The ILE sound is different. MoBLE (USA) / MoBILE (UK)
  • Words ending in "ation". Organisation


I recommend this poem called The Chaos by Gerard Nolst Trenité

This poem shows the irregularities in English pronunciation. Try it for fun! It's very difficult though.


Recap: Having an imperfect accent isn’t the end of the world. We each have our own and should be proud of it. However, there's nothing wrong with wanting to improve, so I hope this helped.

Apr 24, 2019
Introduction
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(Note that the podcast begins at "The English With Michael Podcast", but later on changes to "The Level Up English Podcast")

Hello and welcome to The English With Michael Podcast: The best place to come to study English as a Second Language, as well as to practice the British accent, with me - Michael Lavers - as your teacher.

Hello and welcome to the first-ever episode of the English With Michael Podcast.

This is an introductory episode so I thought I could take some time to tell you about who I am and what to expect from this podcast.

So my name is Michael Lavers. I'm an online ESL teacher - that is, people learning English as a Second Language.

I'm from a city called Plymouth in the United Kingdom.

I have taught thousands of lessons online with students from all around the world, all difference countries, from ages 4 to 80.

But maybe we could talk about why I want to make a podcast.

I love helping people improve their English, but, there's only so much I can do in one day. I have a lot of questions online, on my website, on social media, asking for help, but unfortunately I can't help everyone.

So I thought a podcast would be a great way to reach more people and, hopefully, help people improve their English, and also British English.

I love podcasts! I listen to several hours of podcasts every day, so I think it's a really good way to learn no matter how busy you are.

I'm really passionate about helping people and I think podcasts are a good way to do that.

So let's talk about what you can expect in this podcast.

A usual episode might include me:

  • answering your questions 
  • providing some advice on how to learn English
  • maybe sometimes we can talk about grammar and vocabulary (but in a fun way)
  • in the future I may do some interviews as well (I've never done that before so we'll have to see how it goes, but that's something I would be very interested in trying)

Each podcast: the full transcript, along with the podcast notes and all the resources will be available on my website at ewmichael.com/podcast

If you have any questions for me that you'd like me to answer, or any ideas for future episodes, please let me know and I'll be happy to answer.

So thank you vert much for coming to check out my podcast and I'm looking forward to learning together.

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Apr 11, 2019