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Weird Etymologies in English
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
55

Weird Etymologies in English

May 19, 2020
Language Learning
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18
minutes

From evil spirits to the Roman army, we look at the influences that have shaped the English language.

We'll discuss some of the weirdest ones, bust some myths about the origins of words, and talk about the mystery of where words come from.

A Service Announcement
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
50

A Service Announcement

May 5, 2020
Language Learning
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7
minutes

A quick announcement of some exciting developments at Leonardo English.

New memberships, request an episode, and exclusive Q&A sessions for members.

The Truth About Pronunciation In English
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode

The Truth About Pronunciation In English

Mar 31, 2020
Language Learning
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23
minutes

Every self-respecting English learner wants to improve their English pronunciation.

But how to actually do it isn't so clear.

Today we talk about the truth about pronunciation in English.

How To Write Effectively in English // George Orwell's Six Rules For Writing
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
38

How To Write Effectively in English // George Orwell's Six Rules For Writing

Mar 24, 2020
Language Learning
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17
minutes

George Orwell, author of books like Animal Farm and 1984, is considered to be one of the finest writers in English.

Today, we discuss his six rules on how to write effectively.

Let's Talk About Vocabulary // How To Learn Vocabulary In English
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode

Let's Talk About Vocabulary // How To Learn Vocabulary In English

Mar 13, 2020
Language Learning
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22
minutes

Vocabulary is the building blocks with which language is formed. But there are a lot of myths around the best way to learn vocabulary.

Today we'll bust some of the most common myths, talk about some techniques you can use to build your vocabulary, and about the joy of pointless words.

Part 2: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English (and How to Avoid Them)
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
24

Part 2: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English (and How to Avoid Them)

Feb 7, 2020
Language Learning
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19
minutes

It's time for Part 2 of our most common mistakes people make when learning English.

Learn about why you shouldn't worry about grammar, why 'survival' listening isn't the answer, why you don't need to go to an English-speaking country to learn English, and how to set yourself effective goals and not get disheartened.

Part 1: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English (and How to Avoid Them)
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
23

Part 1: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English (and How to Avoid Them)

Feb 4, 2020
Language Learning
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20
minutes

From how to get over the fear of opening your mouth to why you shouldn't speak too fast, we go into some of the most common mistakes English learners make, and how to avoid them.

How To Use A Dictionary (Properly) To Learn English
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode

How To Use A Dictionary (Properly) To Learn English

Jan 31, 2020
Language Learning
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22
minutes

Have you always wondered how to properly use a dictionary to learn English?

Here are our top tips for how to use a dictionary to help you remember words and become a more effective English learner

What Makes Babies The Ultimate Language Learners?
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
14

What Makes Babies The Ultimate Language Learners?

Jan 3, 2020
Language Learning
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18
minutes

Why are babies so good at language learning, and what can we learn from them to make us better English students?

Today we take a look at 5 qualities that babies have that we should all incorporate into our language learning.

How To Use Podcasts To Learn English (Like A Boss)
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
4

How To Use Podcasts To Learn English (Like A Boss)

Dec 2, 2019
Language Learning
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18
minutes

Ever wondered how you can use podcasts to learn English?

This episode explains why listening to podcasts is the serious English learner's secret weapon, how it is 10x more effective than watching videos on YouTube or Netflix, and why you should start doing it today.

We'll explain some of the best techniques to maximise your learning, and give you an actionable plan on what steps you can take today to use podcasts to improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing.

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