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.
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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.
You can read the show notes and listen to each episode by clicking on the links below.
- Episode 185 – Supporting staff to find the right language training and use their new knowledge at work
- Episode 184 – Rachel Surtees on the stories we tell ourselves and others
- Episode 183 – Communicating with difficult colleagues
- Episode 182 – Janina Neumann on being bilingual and communicating effectively across different cultures
- Episode 181 – Lauryn Bradley’s tips on communicating well to make a good impression and build strong business relationships with customers
- Episode 180 – 8 tips for better online meetings
- Episode 179 – Writing your first book, and online writing retreat – interview with Jennifer Jones
- Episode 178 – materials – interview with Cara Leopold
- Episode 177 – Using apps for language learning – my experience using Duolingo
- Episode 176 – Interview with Gabriel Clark – part 2
- Episode 175 – Interview with Gabriel Clark – part 1
- Episode 174 – Our new coffee and conversation club for learners of English
- Episode 173 – 8 things you shouldn’t do if you’re preparing for exams
- Episode 172 – Get back on the horse – even experienced language learners get it wrong sometimes
- Episode 171 – 12 things I’ve learned during 8 years of working from home full-time
- Episode 170 – Interview with Jane Eggers on using a second language at work
- Episode 169 – Some challenges and solutions I’ve encountered as I use my second language at work
- Episode 168 – New year, no more wasted opportunities
- Episode 167 – 9 problems and solutions for talking about your job in English
- Episode 166 – Getting the most out of social situations – part 1
- Episode 165 – Taking calls in another language – unexpected questions
- Episode 164 – New site for additional services, new 30-day language challenge, and new language practice clubs
- Episode 163 – English practice for those who are not looking for a teacher
- Episode 162 – How practising with others can help you, and my new conversation groups for adult language learners
- Episode 161 – Experienced language learners – you can still find a new challenge today!
- Episode 160 – Why exam grades are not always a reflection of your language skills
- Episode 159 – Interview with Corinne Wilhelm from Byte-sized English
- Episode 158 – Answers from the wise old owl – why is it “a reply” but not “an information” or “a feedback”?
- Episode 157 – 10 time management tips for studying English
- Episode 156 – You don’t have to understand everything in order to learn something
- Episode 155 – What is your ideal working environment?
- Episode 154 – 10 questions interviewers might be asking themselves at your job interview
- Episode 153 – Recognising your bad habits can help you to become better at writing because you know what to look out for
- Episode 152 – 10 things that I don’t want to do at the beginning of this new year
- Episode 151 – The ED sound at the end of words
- Episode 150 – What can I do to improve my English this Christmas time?
- Episode 149 – When the language is fine, but it’s still a bad email
- Episode 148 – Lessons from a learner – what to do when you don’t understand something
- Episode 147 – Choosing the right podcast to help you to learn
- Episode 146 – Wise old owl – recommend and suggest
- Episode 145 – When using the telephone isn’t the best way to get the job done
- Episode 144 – Don’t do these annoying things on social media
- Episode 143 – Feel, look, and taste – when verbs can be followed by adjectives
- Episode 142 – Tips to help you overcome your fear of public speaking
- Episode 141 – Is it good if an English teacher speaks your native language?
- Episode 140 – 11 tips for giving a presentation as part of a job interview
- Episode 139 – Wise old owl – below, beneath, under, or underneath?
- Episode 138 – 20 things you shouldn’t do if you want to win an argument
- Episode 137 – Even advanced learners should never stop learning
- Episode 135 – Filler words and when they can become a problem
- Episode 135 – Pronouncing the TH sound
- Episode 134 – Better English in 2018 – summing up
- Episode 133 – The silent T
- Episode 132 – Better English in 2018 – learning new vocabulary
- Episode 131 – How thinking differently about grammar can improve your language skills
- Episode 130 – Better English in 2018 – listening skills
- Episode 129 – 5 things that could derail your language learning progress
- Episode 128 – Better English in 2018 – speaking 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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