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A Photo Tour of the Great Wall of China

In episode 20 of English in 10 Minutes, Nick and Wendy talked about visiting several sections of the Great Wall of China, from the famous section at Badaling to the eastern-most point at Dandong to the western-most point at Jiayuguan. To give you a better understanding of the places being discussed in the episode, here’s a photo tour of the Wall.


In the Jungle with Orang-utans

As Nick and Wendy described in the podcast – Episode 14: Orang-utans – they have visited four orang-utan rehabilitation centres in Indonesia and Malaysia. For this blog post, Nick has pieced together some snippets from his old emails and blog posts to bring you their experiences at three of these rehabilitation centres. Unfortunately he didn’t write about the fourth one!


Beyond the Transcript: Using the Worksheets

In the last blog post, I discussed various ways to use the transcripts that come with each podcast episode to get the most out of the conversations and help you improve even more. Today, I’m going to talk about the other sections of the worksheets: the comprehension questions, the footnotes and exercises, and the discussion questions.


Monologues vs Dialogues

Nick   October 24, 2016   No Comments on Monologues vs Dialogues

In the first two posts of this blog series, I wrote about the importance of listening in language learning, and the importance of listening to authentic material. But what exactly is authentic material? There are numerous audio texts that can be considered authentic material, but not all of them take the same form, or help you in the same way.


Why you should listen to authentic material

In my last blog post, I discussed why listening is important in language learning. It’s clear that being a regular and active listener in your target language can significantly improve not just your listening skills, but your speaking skills too. But not all listening is created equal.