Real English Conversations: What leads to success?

My British friend Michael and I discuss our reactions to a presentation about “What leads to success,” given by Michael St. John. Everyone wants to be successful, right? But have you ever wondered what it is that leads to success? Richard St. John spent several years interviewing hundreds of successful people, asking them about the factors that led to their success

Announcement: Technical problems

Hi everyone, Lori here with a quick announcement. Last night I updated the betteratenglish feed so that from now on all of our previous episodes will be accessible through iTunes and other podcatchers. Unfortunately a few of the older episodes are not available yet because of a technical problem with the service that hosts our […]

Real English Conversation: junk food (part 3 of 3)

The third and final part of Michael and Lori’s discussion of the English government’s ban on commercials for junk food before 9 pm, when children are likely to be watching.

Real English Conversation: junk food (part 2 of 3)

Part two of Michael and Lori’s three-part discussion about the English government’s decision to ban junk food ads on television before 9 pm, when children are likely to be watching.

How to find English idioms that aren’t in the dictionary

Lori gives you a quick and easy way to find the meaning of idioms that aren’t in your dictionary.

Real English Conversation: junk food (part 1 of 3)

In the first of this three-part conversation, Lori and Michael talk about junk food and television advertising.

Uncensored English – New English learning podcast

Lori announces her new website, It’s a site devoted to teaching you swear words, profanity, and other vulgar, naughty language. Note: we don’t condone swearing and profanity, but think it’s important to understand vulgar language when you hear it.