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The Level Up English Podcast

Author: Michael Lavers

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🇬🇧 I'm Michael Lavers and this podcast will help you improve your English. I'm an online English teacher for students learning as a second language. In this podcast, I answer your questions about learning and help you achieve your goals in British English. Once a month I talk to a teacher or expert on topics related to language.
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Natasha Broodie (lifewiththebige.com) first joined us on Episode 135. Today, Natasha is back to discuss her new book: "Swaggart: The Art of Professional Schmoozing at Job Interviews".We cover many topics around job interviews, including how to answer hard questions, discrimination and racism, and the biggest mistakes that interviewees make.Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast277Sign Up for Free Lessons - https://www.levelupenglish.school/#freelessonsJoin Level Up Engli...
The 80/20 Rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, suggests that 20% of actions cause 80% of the outcomes. There are so many ways in which this shows up in life, so I'm going to be discussing it and talking about some ways we can think about this rule to improve our language progress, make our lives more efficient, and increase our level of happiness.Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast276Sign Up for Free Lessons - https://www.levelupenglish.school/#freelessonsJ...
This is a very special episode because we're doing something a little bit different. Today I'm bringing you to the centre of Bangkok for an outdoor episode.▶️ Click here to watch this episode on YouTube - https://youtu.be/vNBOT3nBxBgI talk about relocating and moving away from your home while walking around one of the central parks in Bangkok, Thailand. I discuss the difficulties, my personal experiences, and I share lots of useful and relevant English phrases that you can use connected to th...
Are you too old to learn English? Maybe you should have started when you were a child, or still in school?Well, in this episode I'm responding to this common concern or excuse by giving my opinion on learning a language at an older age, the benefits of learning as a child, and whether you should still make the same effort now.Don't forget to share your own views and experiences in the comments on the shownotes page below.Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast274Sign Up f...
Lisa is an English teacher and Neurolanguage Coach from the UK but now living on the Spain-Portugal border. She joined me today for a talk all about languages and teaching. We covered the topic of curiosity and its importance, the best way to improve in a language, how to become a teacher if the language isn't your native one, and more!Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast273Your English Self Website - https://yourenglishself.com/--------Sign Up for Free Lessons - ...
I'm back with another episode in the series on phrasal verbs. Today, we're looking at around 9 phrasal verbs that include the verb 'set'. It's a really common one to use and the meanings can get confusing, so I'm going to go through each one and explain the meaning, but also follow up with a story related to my life to give some context to help explain the phrasal verb.Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast272Sign Up for Free Lessons - https://www.levelupenglish.school/#...
In this episode, I talk all about transportation. I know - it sounds a bit boring! But there's a lot to talk about.We'll be discussing my terrifying flight experience where it felt like we almost crashed, how to talk about different types of transport and commuting, and then we end with some super useful expressions that are related to transport. My goal is you'll end this episode with something new that you didn't know before.Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast271Sig...
I go over some near and distant future predictions (as provided by Chat GPT) and share my views on how likely I think they are to happen. I'm a big fan of science fiction and wondering about how different things will be in the future, so I invite you to make predictions with me and use the new words I mention in this episode to practice your English.How accurate do you think I am?Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast270Sign Up for Free Lessons - https://www.levelupengli...
I share some of my opinions on debate questions provided to me by Chat GPT, ranging from general opinions to deeper more philosophical ones. While doing so, I share some useful vocabulary as well as phrases you can use to express your own opinions when debating or arguing.Why not respond to this podcast directly? Leave a common on the shownotes page below using one of the phrases from today and give me your opinion on a topic here.Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast26...
Fabio Cerpelloni chats with me on the podcast today around the topic of his new book: 'Any Language You Want: 18 Conflicting Lessons for a New Kind of Language Learner'.A collection of contradictory true personal stories in answer to "What's the best way to learn a language?" In each of the 18 chapters, Fabio -- a language learner and teacher -- shares a story about how he mastered English, his second language, and tells you what's the best way to learn another language.In this episode, we di...
A listener asked me how they can teach English to their friend, so I decided to give some tips and advice in this podcast episode.I cover some tips you can do to help a friend, partner, or family member learn English - whether this is in a casual setting or a more structured lesson setting. I also cover some mistakes that many beginner teachers make, which will you useful for you no matter what kind of teaching you are interested in.And finally, I talk at the end about some basic steps to tak...
In Episode 255, we spoke about Linking. In Episode 262, we spoke about Elision.Now, in Episode 266, we're talking all about Assimilation. This is the 3rd and final part in our connected speech series, where I look at how spoken English can change the pronunciation of certain words. If you want to speak with a natural British accent, then this is essential to know. In this episode, I'll be looking at times when the sounds of words change so they become easier to pronounce. I'll be do...
Acronyms are words that use the first letter of each word in a phrase. NASA and LOL are two common examples from very different areas.In the age of the internet, acronyms are now a part of everyday writing and reading, but did you know some are also used in speech?In this episode, I go through some really common everyday acronyms that you need to know and follow each one with an example from my own life.I also end with a list of some more casual texting acronyms that are useful when casually ...
In this episode, Clare from the Smart English Coach podcast joins us for a fun chat about confidence, limiting beliefs, and language learning. We explore how confidence is so important in language learning and the steps you can take to improve this skill.We also cover interesting stories from our own language-learning experiences and answer the question of whether you can be too old to learn a language. We touched on so many great topics today and I know you'll get something motivational out ...
Do you love the rambling episodes? Well this might be for you! Today, I go over my recent trip to Japan and discuss some of the things I did, but mostly reflect on the language experience I had there.Learning Japanese, it was great to go back and practice. In this episode, I share the positives and the negatives and tie it up into some takeaways that should benefit all language learners.Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast263Sign Up for Free Lessons - https://www.level...
Textbook English is different from spoken English, and a big part of this comes down to pronunciation and how things are said in real conversations. This is Part 2 in my series on pronunciation, where we first looked at Linking in Episode 255, and now we're looking at Elision. These are both features of connected speech that share some similarities.In this episode, I share an example of elision followed by a question or challenge for myself that I also ask you (the listeners) to do as we...
I get a few requests to continue my series on Phrasal Verbs, and specifically, I had one recently to cover phrasal verbs that use the verb 'turn'. I thought of as many common ones as I could and made a list, and then I went through my memories to recount some memorable travel stories from my life. While doing so, I used these 'turn' phrasal verbs in a natural context.I encourage you to do the same too! Practice like this is the best way to learn.Show notes page - https://level...
Dylan (from the YouTube channel British Education) joined me for a fun games session today. We're using games to have a conversation and practice English, and we encourage you to play along too. If you have a teacher or language partner, we also encourage you to try these games for yourself.We actually recorded for about 2 hours together, but I cut it down a lot to fit into this week's podcast. We played 20 Questions, Would You Rather, Riddles, and 2 Truths and a Lie. We also spoke for a long...
Since this episode falls on Valentine's Day, let's discuss the topic of Love and Relationships.I'll be basing this episode around a group class I taught before where we discuss some questions related to relationships, such as having a long and happy marriage, and how to break up with someone. I also have the help of Chat GPT who gives some brilliant advice for all relationships out there. There will also be a few phrases you can use to talk about relationships . I'm sure at least one wil...
Just a few days into 2024, I already made 2 very big and expensive mistakes.In this episode, I share what happened and exactly why I made these mistakes, and then I talk about some possible lessons that I should learn from these mistakes.I also spend a bit more time discussing the importance of making mistakes and the right mindset to have when it comes to mistakes in life and in language learning too. Show notes page - https://levelupenglish.school/podcast258Sign Up for Free Lesson...
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Kian

Hi Michael Thank you for your valuable content. You are the best for language learner. one more point, You really know your job.

Jun 13th
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Zhr

the best podcasts ever

Jun 10th
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iraj Mokhtarpour

Hi , I'm from Iran

Jun 4th
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Fatemeh alboghbeish

could y share tge link of tel🙏🏻

May 29th
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Nina H

thank for this very useful lesson. your teaching set me off studying more and more

May 21st
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Ms .M

Thank for sharing

May 20th
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Prshng Hosseini

I'm addicted to listening to your podcats, I really enjoy them, I've learned a lot of new words and expressins and try to use them. Each time I write them on flashcards. and let me say that my whole life is a train wreck.

May 18th
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Ali

it's very helpful. thank you 👍🏼

May 16th
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Kian

The reason that people fear of plane in comparison of car is that even in a hard accident of car you will be alive but in a simple plane accident you should die !!!

May 16th
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Rehab Alhamamsy

im abiggener and i hope to continue with your boadcast thank you

May 10th
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Malihe Rajabi

thanks alot . I really enjoy listening to your podcast.

Apr 18th
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Malihe Rajabi

the way you explain the words and expressions is really helpful and enjoyable.each new word sticks in my mind . thanks alot for devoting your time .💐

Apr 12th
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Korosh Rahimi

Great episode, Thanks for your great effort❤️

Apr 5th
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Malihe Rajabi

thanks a million.

Apr 2nd
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Malihe Rajabi

it was very helpful. thanks a lot

Mar 30th
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Malihe Rajabi

thanks a million. I really enjoyed listening to your podcast.this is the first episode that I have heard . i am really turned on listening to the other episodes of your podcast. ,💐

Mar 27th
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Mahla milani

Love is something you make:>

Mar 5th
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Mahla milani

Love is something you make:>

Mar 5th
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Beh_naz

Thank you that was interesting

Mar 3rd
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Mahsa

Great! Thank you.

Feb 4th
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