The English with Kirsty podcast is for anyone who wants to improve their English skills and particularly for those who want to improve their business English.
I will cover a wide range of topics, such as business English, tips for learning, grammar, vocabulary and effective communication in English.
Drawing on my experience both as a qualified teacher of English and as a Communications Manager, I enjoy working with people to help them communicate clearly and confidently in English.
You can read the show notes and listen to each episode by clicking on the links below.
Episode 129 – 5 things that could derail your language learning progress
Episode 128 – Better English in 2018 – listening skills
Episode 127 – Saying that you think something is a bad idea
Episode 126 – Better English in 2018 – how can other people help you?
Episode 125 – Pronunciation – the silent L
Episode 124 – Better English in 2018 – improving your writing skills
Episode 123 – Words and how they sound in spoken English
Episode 122 – Better English in 2018 – reading
Episode 121 – Why speaking less in meetings could be good for you
Episode 120 – Better English in 2018 – what’s getting in your way?
Episode 119 – Dietary requirements and planning meetings
Episode 118 – Better English in 2018 – how will you do it?
Episode 117 – Better English in 2018 – what’s your plan?
Episode 116 – Staying safe on business travel
Episode 115 – Ending calls with people who won’t stop talking
Episode 114 -New Year celebrations in the UK
Episode 113 – Bonfire Night – November 5th
Episode 112 – Being unwell
Episode 111 – 11 things that you should avoid when selling products or pitching ideas
Episode 110 – Language that you shouldn’t copy from native speakers
Episode 109 – Answers from the wise old owl
Episode 108 – Dealing with difficult colleagues
– Episode 107 – Business English vocabulary quiz
– Episode 106 – UK Bank Holidays
– Episode 105 – 10 foods that you may be offered in the UK
– Episode 104 – Tips for situations at work in which you’re the only non-native speaker
– Episode 103 – 7 things that you can do on holiday to practice your English
– Episode 102 – Adjective order – how to decide which word goes first when you’re describing something
– Episode 101 – Speaking skills – when did I stop being afraid to speak German?
– Episode 100 – 100th episode celebration
– Episode 99 – Place names in the UK
– Episode 98 – I’m worried that I won’t understand what people say to me in English
– Episode 97 – Make listening a habit
– Episode 96 – Why don’t people do what I ask them to do?
– Episode 95 – Dog idioms
– Episode 94 – Improving your English whilst studying in the UK
– Episode 93 – Is your writing style appropriate for your audience?
– Episode 92 – Summer weather idioms
– Episode 91 – 10 ways in which taking part in conversations can help you to become a better listener
– Episode 90 – 8 reasons why students don’t like to speak in language lessons and what can be done to solve the problems
– Episode 89 – 5 important language learner lessons
– Episode 88 – Preparing to present in English – getting ready for your question and answer session
– Episode 87 – If something goes wrong, don’t make things worse!
– Episode 86 – Find out what really works for you!
– Episode 85 – 10 words that can follow the word “look”
– Episode 84 – 10 mistakes that people make with language exchanges
– Episode 83 – Reading tips – what you should and shouldn’t do
– Episode 82 – The Sunday roast
– Episode 81 – If you want to improve your listening skills, be a good listener in your native language too
– Episode 80 – Things to consider when presenting information online
– Episode 79 – Audio books – the forgotten resource for listening skills
– Episode 78 – 10 vocabulary tips
– Episode 77 – Idioms about hands, fingers and thumbs
– Episode 76 – Don’t make these mistakes in your out of office reply!
– Episode 75 – Why pay for language training when there is so much free material online?
– Episode 74 – Mistakes to avoid with dates and times
– Episode 73 – Learning tips for introverts
– Episode 72 – What do people from the UK think about Christmas in other parts of Europe?
– Episode 71 – What do people from other parts of Europe think about Christmas in the UK?
– Episode 70 – What activities did I do with my language exchange partners?
– Episode 69 – English for Greek speakers
– Episode 68 – The importance of listening to customers
– Episode 68 – The small things count – customer service and showing that you’re interested
– Episode 66 – Questions for the wise old owl
– Episode 65 – What to do if people are unkind about your English
– Episode 64 – CVs and job applications – interview with Andrea Hartenfeller
– Episode 63 – 7 problems with English texts that could cause people to leave your website
– Episode 62 – Language tandems – interview with Christine Konstantinidis
– Episode 61 – Questions that you shouldn’t ask at a job interview
– Episode 60 – English for French speakers – interview with Cara Leopold
– Episode 59 – Animal names that can also be verbs
– Episode 58 – Interview with Shannon Kennedy – language emersion
– Episode 57 – How podcasts can help you to improve your English
– Episode 56 – English for Romanian speakers
– Episode 55 – Advantages of learning English as part of a group
– Episode 54 – How can you persuade customers to trust you?
– Episode 53 – It’s hard to understand English-speaking customers and colleagues
– Episode 52 – Are you annoying your readers?
– Episode 51 – Went, was, been, and gone.
– Episode 50 – Celebrating success
– Episode 49 – Food idioms
– Episode 48 – Keep yourself accountable
– Episode 47 – What to do when you lose your motivation
– Episode 46 – advantages and concerns about online learning
– Episode 45 – Sentences with give, take, do and make
Episode 44 – Why learning individual words isn’t enough
Episode 43 – How Facebook groups can help you with language learning
Episode 42 – Idioms – parts of the body
Episode 41 – The wise old owl answers your questions
Episode 40 – Learn a language in your lunch break
Episode 39 – What English people say and what they really mean
Episode 38 – Is it good to learn English idioms?
Episode 37 – Nic helps us to prepare for job interviews
Episode 36 – Ask the wise old owl
Episode 35 – What are the advantages of attending a language course?
Episode 34 – I’m worried about my pronunciation
Episode 33 – idioms about horses
Episode 32 – Don’t confuse your readers + my new book is available
Episode 31 – common mistakes part two and CV/interview training prize draw
Episode 30 – common mistakes and CV/interview training prize draw
Episode 29 – Germans in the UK
Episode 28 – I’ll do it myself
Episode 27 – Getting your voice heard in meetings
Episode 26 – The apostrophe
Episode 25 – Learn while you cook and learners helping learners
Episode 24 – English Christmas traditions
Episode 23 – Just say “no”!
Episode 22 – Wintry weather idioms
Episode 21 – Mistakes that I have made as a language learner and how you can avoid making them
Episode 20 – How to get the best out of language exchanges
Episode 19 -Conversation with Natasha Reddrop from Grammar Debugged about job interviews
Episode 18 -Heteronyms – same spelling, different pronunciation
Episode 17 – Do you want to write a good CV and come across well in interviews?
Episode 16 -Interview about English and German with Jane Eggers from Jane Eggers Translations
Episode 15 -Keeping conversations going and avoiding awkward silences – 3
Episode 14 -Keeping conversations going and avoiding awkward silences – 2
Episode 13 -Keeping conversations going and avoiding awkward silences – 1
Episode 12 -What is a personal learning network and why do I need one?
Episode 11 – Homophones – same sound, different spelling and meaning
Episode 10 – 10 common mistakes made by German speakers who are learning English.
Episode 9 – Talking about training and development.
Episode 8 – What prevents us from speaking and what can we do about it?
Episode 7 – 10 tips for effective communication on the telephone 3/3
Episode 6 – 10 tips for effective communication on the telephone 2/3
Episode 5 – 10 tips for effective communication on the telephone 1/3
Episode 4 -“I don’t know!”.
Episode 3 – learning with people who don’t speak your language
Episode 2 – using your journey to work for language learning
Episode 1 – introduction
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