Podcast

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. It’s also for those who are not specifically learning another language, but who want to get their message across better, and to take a deeper look at the ways in which we communicate with others.

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.

iPhone, iPad and Blackberry devices used for online learning

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      http://englishwithkirsty.podomatic.com/rss2.xml

      It also has a Youtube channel.

      You can also sign up for my monthly newsleter, where I post a round-up of the previous month’s episodes so that you can click straight through to the individual shows.

      If you have any comments or questions, you can use the contact form to get in touch with me.
      I hope you enjoy the podcast and I look forward to hearing from you.

      English with Kirsty News is sent out once a month and it contains articles and other information for learners of English as well as the latest news from English with Kirsty.

      Episode list

      You can read the show notes and listen to each episode by clicking on the links below.

      1. Episode 192 – Interview with Jennie Eriksen with tips for being authentic at online networking and looking after your voice
      2. Episode 191 – The importance of listening … to yourself speaking English
      3. Episode 190 – Interview with Nic Călinoiu about his
      4. Episode 190 – Interview with Nic Călinoiu about his experiences of learning multiple languages and moving internationally for work
      5. Episode 189 – Interview with Eva Tunez Salvador about translation and localisation
      6. Episode 188 – Interview with Kathryn and Zanne from Acrobat Global about how communication is everyone’s responsibility – including native speakers
      7. Episode 187 – How to become a better listener
      8. Episode 186 – Interview with Craig Smith about proofreaders, editers, and tips for checking your own writing
      9. Episode 185 – Supporting staff to find the right language training and use their new knowledge at work
      10. Episode 184 – Rachel Surtees on the stories we tell ourselves and others
      11. Episode 183 – Communicating with difficult colleagues
      12. Episode 182 – Janina Neumann on being bilingual and communicating effectively across different cultures
      13. Episode 181 – Lauryn Bradley’s tips on communicating well to make a good impression and build strong business relationships with customers
      14. Episode 180 – 8 tips for better online meetings
      15. Episode 179 – Writing your first book, and online writing retreat – interview with Jennifer Jones
      16. Episode 178 – materials – interview with Cara Leopold
      17. Episode 177 – Using apps for language learning – my experience using Duolingo
      18. Episode 176 – Interview with Gabriel Clark – part 2
      19. Episode 175 – Interview with Gabriel Clark – part 1
      20. Episode 174 – Our new coffee and conversation club for learners of English
      21. Episode 173 – 8 things you shouldn’t do if you’re preparing for exams
      22. Episode 172 – Get back on the horse – even experienced language learners get it wrong sometimes
      23. Episode 171 – 12 things I’ve learned during 8 years of working from home full-time
      24. Episode 170 – Interview with Jane Eggers on using a second language at work
      25. Episode 169 – Some challenges and solutions I’ve encountered as I use my second language at work
      26. Episode 168 – New year, no more wasted opportunities
      27. Episode 167 – 9 problems and solutions for talking about your job in English
      28. Episode 166 – Getting the most out of social situations – part 1
      29. Episode 165 – Taking calls in another language – unexpected questions
      30. Episode 164 – New site for additional services, new 30-day language challenge, and new language practice clubs
      31. Episode 163 – English practice for those who are not looking for a teacher
      32. Episode 162 – How practising with others can help you, and my new conversation groups for adult language learners
      33. Episode 161 – Experienced language learners – you can still find a new challenge today!
      34. Episode 160 – Why exam grades are not always a reflection of your language skills
      35. Episode 159 – Interview with Corinne Wilhelm from Byte-sized English
      36. Episode 158 – Answers from the wise old owl – why is it “a reply” but not “an information” or “a feedback”?
      37. Episode 157 – 10 time management tips for studying English
      38. Episode 156 – You don’t have to understand everything in order to learn something
      39. Episode 155 – What is your ideal working environment?
      40. Episode 154 – 10 questions interviewers might be asking themselves at your job interview
      41. Episode 153 – Recognising your bad habits can help you to become better at writing because you know what to look out for
      42. Episode 152 – 10 things that I don’t want to do at the beginning of this new year
      43. Episode 151 – The ED sound at the end of words
      44. Episode 150 – What can I do to improve my English this Christmas time?
      45. Episode 149 – When the language is fine, but it’s still a bad email
      46. Episode 148 – Lessons from a learner – what to do when you don’t understand something
      47. Episode 147 – Choosing the right podcast to help you to learn
      48. Episode 146 – Wise old owl – recommend and suggest
      49. Episode 145 – When using the telephone isn’t the best way to get the job done
      50. Episode 144 – Don’t do these annoying things on social media
      51. Episode 143 – Feel, look, and taste – when verbs can be followed by adjectives
      52. Episode 142 – Tips to help you overcome your fear of public speaking
      53. Episode 141 – Is it good if an English teacher speaks your native language?
      54. Episode 140 – 11 tips for giving a presentation as part of a job interview
      55. Episode 139 – Wise old owl – below, beneath, under, or underneath?
      56. Episode 138 – 20 things you shouldn’t do if you want to win an argument
      57. Episode 137 – Even advanced learners should never stop learning
      58. Episode 135 – Filler words and when they can become a problem
      59. Episode 135 – Pronouncing the TH sound
      60. Episode 134 – Better English in 2018 – summing up
      61. Episode 133 – The silent T
      62. Episode 132 – Better English in 2018 – learning new vocabulary
      63. Episode 131 – How thinking differently about grammar can improve your language skills
      64. Episode 130 – Better English in 2018 – listening skills
      65. Episode 129 – 5 things that could derail your language learning progress
      66. Episode 128 – Better English in 2018 – speaking skills
      67. Episode 127 – Saying that you think something is a bad idea
      68. Episode 126 – Better English in 2018 – how can other people help you?
      69. Episode 125 – Pronunciation – the silent L
      70. Episode 124 – Better English in 2018 – improving your writing skills
      71. Episode 123 – Words and how they sound in spoken English
      72. Episode 122 – Better English in 2018 – reading
      73. Episode 121 – Why speaking less in meetings could be good for you
      74. Episode 120 – Better English in 2018 – what’s getting in your way?
      75. Episode 119 – Dietary requirements and planning meetings
      76. Episode 118 – Better English in 2018 – how will you do it?
      77. Episode 117 – Better English in 2018 – what’s your plan?
      78. Episode 116 – Staying safe on business travel
      79. Episode 115 – Ending calls with people who won’t stop talking
      80. Episode 114 -New Year celebrations in the UK
      81. Episode 113 – Bonfire Night – November 5th
      82. Episode 112 – Being unwell
      83. Episode 111 – 11 things that you should avoid when selling products or pitching ideas
      84. Episode 110 – Language that you shouldn’t copy from native speakers
      85. Episode 109 – Answers from the wise old owl
      86. Episode 108 – Dealing with difficult colleagues
      87. – Episode 107 – Business English vocabulary quiz
      88. – Episode 106 – UK Bank Holidays
      89. – Episode 105 – 10 foods that you may be offered in the UK
      90. – Episode 104 – Tips for situations at work in which you’re the only non-native speaker
      91. – Episode 103 – 7 things that you can do on holiday to practice your English
      92. – Episode 102 – Adjective order – how to decide which word goes first when you’re describing something
      93. – Episode 101 – Speaking skills – when did I stop being afraid to speak German?
      94. – Episode 100 – 100th episode celebration
      95. – Episode 99 – Place names in the UK
      96. – Episode 98 – I’m worried that I won’t understand what people say to me in English
      97. – Episode 97 – Make listening a habit
      98. – Episode 96 – Why don’t people do what I ask them to do?
      99. – Episode 95 – Dog idioms
      100. – Episode 94 – Improving your English whilst studying in the UK
      101. – Episode 93 – Is your writing style appropriate for your audience?
      102. – Episode 92 – Summer weather idioms
      103. – Episode 91 – 10 ways in which taking part in conversations can help you to become a better listener
      104. – Episode 90 – 8 reasons why students don’t like to speak in language lessons and what can be done to solve the problems
      105. – Episode 89 – 5 important language learner lessons
      106. – Episode 88 – Preparing to present in English – getting ready for your question and answer session
      107. – Episode 87 – If something goes wrong, don’t make things worse!
      108. – Episode 86 – Find out what really works for you!
      109. – Episode 85 – 10 words that can follow the word “look”
      110. – Episode 84 – 10 mistakes that people make with language exchanges
      111. – Episode 83 – Reading tips – what you should and shouldn’t do
      112. – Episode 82 – The Sunday roast
      113. – Episode 81 – If you want to improve your listening skills, be a good listener in your native language too
      114. – Episode 80 – Things to consider when presenting information online
      115. – Episode 79 – Audio books – the forgotten resource for listening skills
      116. – Episode 78 – 10 vocabulary tips
      117. – Episode 77 – Idioms about hands, fingers and thumbs
      118. – Episode 76 – Don’t make these mistakes in your out of office reply!
      119. – Episode 75 – Why pay for language training when there is so much free material online?
      120. – Episode 74 – Mistakes to avoid with dates and times
      121. – Episode 73 – Learning tips for introverts
      122. – Episode 72 – What do people from the UK think about Christmas in other parts of Europe?
      123. – Episode 71 – What do people from other parts of Europe think about Christmas in the UK?
      124. – Episode 70 – What activities did I do with my language exchange partners?
      125. – Episode 69 – English for Greek speakers
      126. – Episode 68 – The importance of listening to customers
      127. – Episode 68 – The small things count – customer service and showing that you’re interested
      128. – Episode 66 – Questions for the wise old owl
      129. – Episode 65 – What to do if people are unkind about your English
      130. – Episode 64 – CVs and job applications – interview with Andrea Hartenfeller
      131. – Episode 63 – 7 problems with English texts that could cause people to leave your website
      132. – Episode 62 – Language tandems – interview with Christine Konstantinidis
      133. – Episode 61 – Questions that you shouldn’t ask at a job interview
      134. – Episode 60 – English for French speakers – interview with Cara Leopold
      135. – Episode 59 – Animal names that can also be verbs
      136. – Episode 58 – Interview with Shannon Kennedy – language emersion
      137. – Episode 57 – How podcasts can help you to improve your English
      138. – Episode 56 – English for Romanian speakers
      139. – Episode 55 – Advantages of learning English as part of a group
      140. – Episode 54 – How can you persuade customers to trust you?
      141. – Episode 53 – It’s hard to understand English-speaking customers and colleagues
      142. – Episode 52 – Are you annoying your readers?
      143. – Episode 51 – Went, was, been, and gone.
      144. – Episode 50 – Celebrating success
      145. – Episode 49 – Food idioms
      146. – Episode 48 – Keep yourself accountable
      147. – Episode 47 – What to do when you lose your motivation
      148. – Episode 46 – advantages and concerns about online learning
      149. – Episode 45 – Sentences with give, take, do and make
      150. Episode 44 – Why learning individual words isn’t enough
      151. Episode 43 – How Facebook groups can help you with language learning
      152. Episode 42 – Idioms – parts of the body
      153. Episode 41 – The wise old owl answers your questions
      154. Episode 40 – Learn a language in your lunch break
      155. Episode 39 – What English people say and what they really mean
      156. Episode 38 – Is it good to learn English idioms?
      157. Episode 37 – Nic helps us to prepare for job interviews
      158. Episode 36 – Ask the wise old owl
      159. Episode 35 – What are the advantages of attending a language course?
      160. Episode 34 – I’m worried about my pronunciation
      161. Episode 33 – idioms about horses
      162. Episode 32 – Don’t confuse your readers + my new book is available
      163. Episode 31 – common mistakes part two and CV/interview training prize draw
      164. Episode 30 – common mistakes and CV/interview training prize draw
      165. Episode 29 – Germans in the UK
      166. Episode 28 – I’ll do it myself
      167. Episode 27 – Getting your voice heard in meetings
      168. Episode 26 – The apostrophe
      169. Episode 25 – Learn while you cook and learners helping learners
      170. Episode 24 – English Christmas traditions
      171. Episode 23 – Just say “no”!
      172. Episode 22 – Wintry weather idioms
      173. Episode 21 – Mistakes that I have made as a language learner and how you can avoid making them
      174. Episode 20 – How to get the best out of language exchanges
      175. Episode 19 -Conversation with Natasha Reddrop from Grammar Debugged about job interviews
      176. Episode 18 -Heteronyms – same spelling, different pronunciation
      177. Episode 17 – Do you want to write a good CV and come across well in interviews?
      178. Episode 16 -Interview about English and German with Jane Eggers from Jane Eggers Translations
      179. Episode 15 -Keeping conversations going and avoiding awkward silences – 3
      180. Episode 14 -Keeping conversations going and avoiding awkward silences – 2
      181. Episode 13 -Keeping conversations going and avoiding awkward silences – 1
      182. Episode 12 -What is a personal learning network and why do I need one?
      183. Episode 11 – Homophones – same sound, different spelling and meaning
      184. Episode 10 – 10 common mistakes made by German speakers who are learning English.
      185. Episode 9 – Talking about training and development.
      186. Episode 8 – What prevents us from speaking and what can we do about it?
      187. Episode 7 – 10 tips for effective communication on the telephone 3/3
      188. Episode 6 – 10 tips for effective communication on the telephone 2/3
      189. Episode 5 – 10 tips for effective communication on the telephone 1/3
      190. Episode 4 -“I don’t know!”.
      191. Episode 3 – learning with people who don’t speak your language
      192. Episode 2 – using your journey to work for language learning
      193. Episode 1 – introduction

      “Kirsty ist toll! Ich bin so froh, dass ich sie gefunden habe: Ihr Englischkurs ist nur für mich. Im Einzelunterricht, noch dazu mit einer Muttersprachlerin, lerne ich viel mehr als in anderen Kursen. Weil ich einfach mal frei sprechen kann. Kirsty und ich besprechen ausführlich alle meine Fragen, ohne dabei andere SchülerInnen zu langweilen. Aussprache, Grammatik, Kommasetzung – nichts kommt zu kurz. Dabei ist Kirsty immer wertschätzend, was ich sehr genieße. Unsere Gespräche über Gott und die Welt sind außerdem sehr bereichernd. Ich bin absoluter Fan von Kirsty und will nie wieder aufhören. Danke, Kirsty!”
      Birgit Weber

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