In Episode 44 of the podcast, Nick and Wendy talked about their incredible visit to Antarctica several years ago. This is a republished version of the blog entry Nick wrote at the time, containing a day-by-day description of the journey, with footnotes and photos!
In Episode 28 of English in 10 Minutes (Hadrian’s Wall), Wendy and I talked briefly about the Roman emperor Hadrian who commissioned the Wall. You can listen to the episode below. Wendy and I both used to be tour guides in the city of Rome, so we are Roman history buffs.
In Episode 31 of the English in 10 Minutes podcast, Wendy and I talked about our experiences seeing Holy Week (Semana Santa) processions in three different cities in Spain in the last several years. If you haven’t listened to the episode yet, you can do so below:
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.
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!
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.
In earlier blog posts I wrote about the importance of listening in language learning. I wrote about why listening is important in language learning, the value of listening to authentic material, and the benefits of listening to conversations as opposed to monologues.
In Episode 7 of the podcast, Nick and Wendy talked about their experience seeing gorillas in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). To accompany that episode, Nick has republished a blog post that he wrote at the time, describing the trip in more detail.
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.
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.