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!

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_54.mp3
Category:success -- posted at: 10:43 PM

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. 

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_53.mp3
Category:language learning -- posted at: 9:20 PM

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. 

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_52.mp3
Category:travel -- posted at: 3:05 PM

In this episode, I talk about "The Rosie Project", the best-selling novel from Australian author Graeme Simsion. I think the book would be a great read for advanced English learners and I highly recommend it. It's the story of Don, a socially awkward, 39-year-old professor of genetics and search for love. He is on a mission to find a wife - the Wife Project - and though he doesn't exactly get what he was hoping for, he does have a lot of fun discovering what true love is. Rosie, the unlikely recipient of his confused affections, is a barmaid and Ph.D. student who he gets involved with while using his skills as a geneticist to help her find her biological father - The Father Project. The book deals with the themes of being different (Don shows signs of having Asperger's Syndrome), human relationships and emotions, and the diversity of the human experience. I hope you enjoy this little synopsis of the book and that you have a look at it for yourself. If you do end up reading it, let me know what you think by writing a comment on the blog post page. I read all comments and respond. To get the Lesson Guide for this episode, go to www.englishfluencynow.com - If you are an English teacher, please feel free to share this podcast with your students, as it provides great listening practice for them outside of class. 

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_51.mp3
Category:book reviews -- posted at: 3:33 AM

A New Year is here and it is a time to make New Year's Resolutions and set some goals for yourself, or is it? Is this a truly effective way to get things done? Is it even necessary? In this episode, I discuss the pros and cons of setting goals. I discuss how goals can help motivate you to get a desired result and discuss Matt Stone's book "Goals Suck: Why the Obsessions with Goal-Setting is a Flawed Approach to Productivity and Life in General". Ultimately, you have to decide for yourself whether or not you will be setting goals for the new year. I hope you enjoy the podcast and find it useful. The Lesson Guide is available at www.englishfluencynow.com. 

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_50.mp3
Category:lifestyle -- posted at: 6:07 PM

Everybody is always trying to figure out what the best way to do something is, and learning a language is no exception. In this episode, I review 10 suggestions that were given by mulitlingual experts in a recent discussion on language learning, reported on in The Guardian. You will hear what these experienced language learners and teachers have to say about language learning, in general, and what I have to add to their suggestions, especially for ESL students. As you know, I believe in comprehensible input and a lot of listening and reading in order to improve your English skills. I hope you enjoy the podcast and find it useful. The Lesson Guide is available at www.englishfluencynow.com. 

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_49.mp3
Category:language learning -- posted at: 11:00 PM

Topic: Renting an Apartment. 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. You can also donate on the website. Thanks!

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_48.mp3
Category:lifestyle -- posted at: 8:46 PM

Topic: Privacy & Edward Snowden. 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. You can also donate on the website. Thanks!

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_47.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:46 PM

Topic: Preparing for a Job Interview. 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. You can also donate on the website. Thanks!

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_46.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:22 AM

Topic: What is a MOOC?. 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!

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_45.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 9:47 PM



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