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On the 8th episode of Current Events, Al goes over the latest news from the world of sports! Since COVID-19 hit last year, many of the major sports leagues and tournaments are starting to take place again. The main event of the summer will be the Olympics starting next month in Tokyo. However, we have some huge events taking place right now! First,…
 
On the 10th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to Luke Thompson, the host of the popular show “Luke’s English Podcast.” Luke taught English in Kanagawa, Japan and has been podcasting since 2009! Luke’s English Podcast focuses on in-depth conversations giving listeners a chance to explore various topics, learn about British English and cultur…
 
On the 40th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary of the English 2.0 Podcast! Today’s topic: The Top Lessons From 10 Years of Podcasting First of all, I’d like to say “Thank You” to everyone who has been a part of this journey that started 10 years ago. Actually, it started about 12 years ago as I tell the full st…
 
On the 7th episode of Real Chat, Al has a chat with his friend Asif about investing. Are you currently investing or have you invested before? In these uncertain times, it is important to protect your savings and even grow it if possible. What are the ways in which you can invest? What are the differences? What are the risks? These questions and mor…
 
On the 19th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Upgrade Your English OS: English 1.0 -> English 2.0 It’s almost been 10 years since the beginning of the English 2.0 Podcast! Since we have quite a few new listeners and subscribers, it was time that we reviewed and explained the concept of English 2.0 once more. To help us d…
 
On the 22nd episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: How can I improve my speaking to prepare for the IELTS exam? When I’m taking the exam I have no idea what to talk about and that’s a problem. The words just don’t come out fluently. Please help! Here are my top 3 tips for the IELTS Speaking Exam: 1. Understand the format of …
 
On the 7th episode of Current Events, Al goes over the winners and news from the 93rd Academy Awards. Also known as the “Oscar Awards” this event is held annually to recognize the best movies from the previous year. So which movie won the biggest prize, the Best Picture Award? Who won the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress? We’ll take a look at…
 
On the 5th episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie: Ocean’s Eleven Today, let’s take a look at this comedic crime thriller from 2001. It stars plenty of famous actors including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, and many more. On this episode, I break down the process of studying English with movies in…
 
On the 18th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Does Knowing Equal Doing? Everyone KNOWS correct grammar, right? But can most English learners SPEAK with correct grammar? In this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, Al goes over why this occurs and a powerful reminder on how to fix it! Link to Original Blog Post Download Au…
 
On the 14th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to master this skill: Expressing Likes and Dislikes I’m sure most of you can do this on a basic level. We all know and can say “I like…” or “I don’t like…” But, what if you want to make that a little more polite or soft? Or how about if you want to express yourself in an enthusiastic way? In this…
 
On the 6th episode of Current Events, Al goes over the latest news regarding the George Floyd murder case. On May 25th, 2020 George Floyd tragically died after an encounter with police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A video in which this encounter was captured spread around the world and sparked riots in many cities across the United States. D…
 
On the 6th episode of Real Chat, Al continues his chat with university instructor and researcher Warren Tang. Have you ever wondered about your own existence? How do we know what “exists”? Can language bring something into existence? Is there such a thing as complete objectivity when viewing the world? These questions and more are discussed in this…
 
On the 5th episode of Real Chat, Al talks to university instructor and researcher Warren Tang. Warren has been teaching linguistics and English language in Hiroshima, Japan for 18 years! However, it was our interest in philosophy and different perspectives of the world that brought us together a few short years ago. In this episode of Real Chat, we…
 
On the 3rd episode of Movie Reviews, ALsensei gives his thoughts on the following movie: “A Bug’s Life” This is a movie made by Disney and Pixar which was released in 1998. Following the success of “Toy Story”, this was the second movie ever produced by Pixar and became the highest grossing animated movie of 1998. Now 23 years old, does the animati…
 
On the 5th episode of Current Events, Al goes over the concept of “Cancel Culture” by highlighting a recent news story. About a week ago or so, actress and former MMA fighter Gina Carano was fired from the hit TV show “The Mandalorian” for making questionable comments on social media. So what is “Cancel Culture” and how does Gina’s story fit in? We…
 
On the 17th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: How to Give Your Opinion: Version 2.0 Everyone has opinions, right? But does everyone know how to express their opinions clearly and accurately? In this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, Al goes over 4 different ways you can give your opinion with examples and action steps …
 
On the 39th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic: The Best New Tool to Help You Become a Fluent English Speaker In this core episode, I share with you a fantastic new app to help you become a fluent English speaker. It’s called “Clubhouse” and it’s a new social media app available for iOS (iPhone) users. This app al…
 
On the 4th episode of Real Chat, Al talks to filmmaker Mike Solton! Mike is an independent filmmaker and movie producer from Los Angeles, California. He has made three movies with another one possibly in the works. His latest movie, “Love in Tokyo” was filmed on location in Tokyo and is a light romantic comedy. In addition to “Love in Tokyo” we als…
 
On the 4th episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie: Pitch Perfect Today, let’s take a look at this comedy from 2012 starring Anna Kendrick. On this episode, I break down the process of studying English with movies into 7 easy steps: 1. Choose the Movie 2. Choose a Scene 3. Write Down the Script 4. Look Up any New Vocabul…
 
On the 16th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: 3 Things I Learned from JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER What?! Is Justin Bieber an English teacher? Well, no, not exactly. He is a global superstar in the world of pop music so he knows a little bit about success. What can we learn from him? Well, in this episode of the Englis…
 
On the 4th episode of Current Events, Al describes what occurred at the U.S. Capitol a few days ago. On January 6th, a mob of mostly Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington D.C. They were able to get past security and get inside the halls of the U.S. government. So what happens now? Why and how could this happen? Al goes over th…
 
On the 38th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic: New Year’s Resolutions: Why They Don’t Work Happy New Year! In this core episode, I talk about the reason that many people fail when setting their New Year’s Resolutions and goals. Also, I give you action steps that will allow you to succeed when starting out 2021! G…
 
On today’s Special Christmas episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, I compiled the best tips, lessons, and advice from some of the best English teachers around the world and online. Be sure to listen to their full interviews for even more tips and advice! Download MP3 (28MB) Right Click->Save Link As On the English 2.0 Podcast, I help you express your…
 
On the 13th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to master this skill: Describing Past Events Has any of your English-speaking friends asked you, “How was your vacation?” or “What happened in the meeting this morning?” In this episode, we learn how to describe past events in a very logical way that’s easy for the listener to understand. Set the…
 
On the 3rd episode of Current Events, Al gives an important update on the U.S. presidential election. Most news media outlets are saying the Joe Biden won the presidential election. But is that really the case? Is it actually over? Well, technically, it’s not over until the new president takes over on January 20th, called “Inauguration Day.” So wha…
 
On the 3rd episode of Real Chat, Al talks to his friend Louise from New Zealand! Louise Poppy, as she is known online, is a tour guide from New Zealand. She has visited several countries and in addition to New Zealand, she leads tours in Japan and South Korea as well. In this episode of Real Chat, hear about New Zealand’s culture, food, and travel!…
 
On the 2nd episode of Current Events, Al talks about two significant days in the United States: Thanksgiving and Black Friday. In America, we have just celebrated the festive holiday of Thanksgiving! For many American families this is a holiday filled with tradition and celebration as we give thanks to what we have. However, some believe that there…
 
On the 15th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Power Conversation: How to Respond to Someone Naturally Do you sometimes struggle to respond in a conversation? Perhaps it’s stressful to find the right words. Or maybe, you want to say something but you’re afraid of making of mistake. Well, in this episode of the English 2.0…
 
On the 2nd episode of Movie Reviews, ALsensei gives his thoughts on the following movie: “Gemini Man” I recently came across this 2019 movie on Hulu. It stars Will Smith and is directed by Ang Lee. The story seems good but it received a lot of bad reviews. So, is “Gemini Man” worth watching? Al gives his thoughts in this episode of “Movie Reviews.”…
 
On the 1st episode of Current Events, Al updates you on the current status of the U.S. presidential election. As it stands, we still don’t know who the president will be although it is starting to look like Joe Biden will defeat President Donald Trump. In this episode of Current Events, Al gives a brief background on how to look at politics in Amer…
 
On the 2nd episode of Real Chat, Al talks to a friend who will be voting for President Donald J. Trump in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Al and Steve have been friends since they met in Hawaii about 13 years ago. In this chat, you’ll hear Steve give his views about the election and why he’s voting for President Donald Trump. Some of the i…
 
On the 1st episode of Real Chat, Al talks to two friends who will be voting for Joe Biden in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Al, Robert, and Erik have known each other since college. In this chat, you’ll hear Robert and Erik give their views about the election and why they’re voting for former Vice President Joe Biden. Some of the importan…
 
On the 37th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic: Unlock Your SUPERPOWER In this core episode, I talk about how you can discover and unlock your SuperPower! Where does your Passion meet your Ability? Once you find that, unleash it and benefit the world! Download and watch today! Download Video File (75MB) ***Right C…
 
Aloha everyone! Back in 2005, I got my first inspiration for starting a podcast by discovering university audio lectures online. Shortly after that, my hometown sports radio station started releasing their daily broadcasts that the public could download. These were among the first “Podcasts” to be made. In 2008, I recorded the intro to my first pod…
 
On the 12th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to master this skill: Expressing Future Plans Has any of your English-speaking friends asked you, “What are you doing this weekend?” Or, “What are your plans for the holidays?” In this episode, we learn how to express your future plans for certain plans, probable plans and unsure plans. Here is a…
 
On the 1st episode of Student Success Stories, we talk to Saki, a student from Japan! Like most students in Japan, Saki started learning English in junior high school but still couldn’t speak well after graduating. It wasn’t until she had a shocking experience during her homestay in Australia when she realized she needed to become a better speaker …
 
On the 21st episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: How can I introduce myself to a group formally? Here are my thoughts and suggestions: First, you need to consider the situation and the length your introduction needs to be. If it’s going to be a longer speech, I’d split it up into 3 parts, just like our presentation structu…
 
On the 34th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at the following topic: SHOP vs. CHOP The difference in these two sounds can be a challenge for some speakers. Al explains the differences and gives a few example sentences in Pronunciation Point 34! Download Video (65MB) ***Right Click->Save Link As Get ALsensei’s 25 HOT IDIOMS for 2020 (Free…
 
On the 14th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: 3 Things I Learned from “The King’s Speech” When I watch movies and documentaries, I try to find lessons that are helpful for daily life. “The King’s Speech” is an Academy Award winning movie from 2011 and has some very valuable lessons. Learn 3 important tips to help with yo…
 
On the 11th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to master this skill: Inviting Have you ever wanted to ask someone to join you for a cup of coffee? Or maybe go to a movie? Or come to your birthday party? In this episode, we learn how to invite others, both casually and politely. Here are some basic expressions to INVITE casually: Do you want t…
 
On the 36th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic: How to Speak English with Confidence In this core episode, I outline my 3-step process to achieving communication success. Within this process, I give 2 very clear Action Steps that all students can start using today! Don’t let another day go by without using this tr…
 
On the 9th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to Takao Kasumi, co-author of “Friends Season 5 Book: English and Culture Learning Guide.” Takao grew up in Australia and America and currently teaches in Japan. Recently, he wrote the Friends book with two other co-workers in order to help students have fun while learning English! Throughout the…
 
On the 20th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: What books do you recommend for intermediate students? Here are my thoughts and suggestions: Most importantly, choose topics that are interesting for you! This will help you learn faster and faster. Here are 3 fiction books and 3 non-fiction books that I recommend: Fiction: …
 
On the 33rd episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at the following topic: THEY ARE vs. THERE ARE The pronunciation difference between these two phrases is very slight. However, their meanings are quite different. Al explains the differences and gives a few example sentences in Pronunciation Point 33! Download Video (85MB) ***Right Click->Save…
 
On the 1st episode of Movie Reviews, ALsensei gives his thoughts on the following movie: “The Social Network” During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of you have some extra time on your hands. Why not catch up on watching some movies? As you listen, keep these 3 points in mind: 1. Try to understand (comprehend) the overall meaning of the review. 2. Lear…
 
In Part 3 of the brand new Fluency Series of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic in English: How to Overcome the 3 Hurdles to Fluency and Take Action! I recently asked my students what their #1 challenge was in their English learning and overwhelmingly the response was that they were having trouble with fluency. In the third …
 
In Part 2 of the brand new Fluency Series of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic in English: One Key Change you can make to elevate your Fluency I recently asked my students what their #1 challenge was in their English learning and overwhelmingly the response was that they were having trouble with fluency. In the second part …
 
In Part 1 of the brand new Fluency Series of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic in English: Challenges with Fluency I recently asked my students what their #1 challenge was in their English learning and overwhelmingly the response was that they were having trouble with fluency. In the first part of a three part series, I tal…
 
This handshake looks pretty firm. Is it ok for a job interview? On the 19th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: Is a FIRM handshake recommended for a job interview? It seems a bit intimidating. Here are my thoughts and suggestions: In short, the answer is YES! It is very important to always give a firm handshake when you …
 
On the 10th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill: Clarifying Sometimes in a conversation, it’s hard to understand the other person. Perhaps, they use a word you don’t know or their explanation is unclear. In this lesson, we learn how to ask the other person to clarify what they mean. Also, we learn how to clarify our own e…
 
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