Author Archives: Lori

REC004: Language Mining with Carsten Peters

EPISODE SUMMARY
In this episode of Real English Conversations, Lori talks to Carsten Peters of the Language Mining Company. This is the very first time Lori and Carsten ever spoke to each other, so it’s an authentic example of two people getting to know each other. A native speaker of German, Carsten is a podcaster, published author, language coach, entrepreneur, and is keenly interested in the science and practice of language learning and acquisition. He’s a great example of a successful learner of English as a foreign language. This episode presents the first part of the conversation in which you hear them getting to know each other, and then moving on to exchange their ideas about how adults and children learn languages, and the role of motivation and structure for adult language learners. The vocabulary notes for this episode focus on phrasal verbs, as well as informal words and phrases that might be difficult to understand.

LT002 Transcript: Showing up for English learning success

Transcript and vocabulary notes for LT002. Lori talks to you about one of her favorite quotes: 80% of success is showing up. You’ll learn what it means and who said it. And if you’re feeling discouraged with your English progress, you’ll learn how resolving to keep “showing up” can get you back on track with your learning.

Idioms using money or cash

Idioms that use the word money or cash. Give you a run for your money, right on the money, put your money where your mouth is, money talks bullshit walks, cash cow, cold hard cash.

Practice speaking English online for free

Do you need someone to practice speaking English with? You don’t need to live somewhere with access to native speakers. There are many sites online where you can find a native speaker of English who will talk to you over Skype or other chat services for free. I have tried many of them for you, and here is a list of the ones I think are best.

REC001 – Lori burns her arm

Lori burns her arm while making a cup of tea, and can’t sleep because it hurts so much. Her mother tries to help her find a way to get through the night. The real English conversation is between Lori and her mother the following morning, discussing what they did to relieve the pain and whether or not it worked.

REC001 Transcript: Lori burns her arm

Lori burns her arm while making a cup of tea, and can’t sleep because it hurts so much. Her mother tries to help her find a way to get through the night. The real English conversation is between Lori and her mother the following morning, discussing what they did to relieve the pain and whether or not it worked.

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

Transcript for Better at English “Real English Conversations” episode about Junk Food (part 1) including vocabulary notes. Everything Lori says plus the entire conversation is transcribed for you, and vocabulary notes that explain key vocabulary points.

Real English Conversations: Weird food

Transcript for Better at English “Real English Conversations” episode about the crazy, weird food that people actually eat. Everything Lori says plus the entire conversation is transcribed for you. Vocabulary notes that explain key vocab and usage are also included.