Reading easy chapter books is a great way to improve your understanding of everyday English and help you learn more about the American culture. In this episode, I introduce you to the international bestselling series from American author Barbara Park - Junie B. Jones. Junie B. is a feisty 5-year-old who will crack you up with her unique perception of and commentary on everyday life events: going to school, having a new baby brother, dealing with classmates and the many wonderful experiences that children live. Listen to the episode to learn how reading easy chapter series such as Junie B. Jones will help you improve your English in a fun and entertaining way. To purchase the Lesson Guide, with the complete transcript, comprehension questions and much more, go to my website www.englishfluencynow.com 

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Category:book reviews -- posted at: 2:11pm PDT

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. 

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Category:book reviews -- posted at: 7:33pm PDT

In this episode, I talk about the book The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking by Eli Broad. Eli Broad is a successful businessman and in this book, he discusses his own evolution and how he has been able to accomplish so much in his life. -- Description from the book: The Art of Being Unreasonable shares the unreasonable principles—from negotiating to risk-taking, from investing to hiring—that have made Eli Broad a success. From understanding "the value of being second" to embracing the thrill of taking a risk, Broad shares the insights and practices that have propelled him to the top. The book explains how to ask unreasonable questions, pursue the untried, relentlessly revise expectations upward, be restless, and most important, seek out the best in everything—the best values, the best investments, the best people—and the best in yourself. If you're stuck doing what reasonable people do—and not getting anywhere—it's time to get unreasonable, and see how far your next endeavor can go. -- The Lesson Guide for this episode is available at www.englishfluencynow.com.

 

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Category:book reviews -- posted at: 9:50am PDT

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