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The Clark and Miller English podcast is a fun, innovative and exciting way to learn English. Join us and see English in ways you've never seen English before. Follow Gabriel's English "hot takes" and really FEEL English naturally and comfortably. Listen to interviews with some of the world's best teachers. Get involved and join the community ... and have a laugh while you're doing it.
 
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A New Year's ramble and 10 natural English expressions.This episode is in two parts:In part one, I talk naturally and without a script. This is your chance to listen to ungraded, natural English (and my weird innermost thoughts).In part two, I talk you through 10 of the most interesting natural English phrases, idioms, pronunciation strategies and …
 
A conversation with former Harvard professor Lawrence Weinstein about how the future can limit our power, how using the active can empower us, how the past tense can make us stronger, a man being strangled by a giant paragraph and much, much more.About a month ago, I was lucky enough to receive a forward copy of Lawrence's book, "Grammar for a Full…
 
People are passionate about language, especially language change, and words matter. And nobody knows this better Peter Sokolowski, who is an editor at the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one of the most famous and most trusted dictionaries in the world. Peter has spent his life immersed in words and their meanings, and all the complications that come a…
 
It’s an unfortunate fact that many people don’t know the truth about how language works outside of their grammar books, in the real world, but recently I spoke to someone who is trying to change that. Shana Poplack and her sociolinguistics laboratory at the University of Ottawa are known as the mythbusters, because they destroy damaging myths about…
 
There are few people in the world who know as much about where words come from as Mark Forsyth. His first book, The Etymologicon, was a journey through the origins of many common words and their connections, and he has since written various other books about words, language, and writing. In this interview Mark tells fascinating and entertaining sto…
 
Here's something you might be doing without realising it:You might be putting too many flashing lights and flags in your English sentences.But how?With word order! The order that we choose to put words in a sentence in English can subtly (and not so subtly) change the meaning by emphasising certain words.Check out this Clark and Miller English podc…
 
It’s an unfortunate fact that most of linguistic theory is based on a few major European languages, especially English, which actually damages our understanding of how the thousands of languages in the world might work. But there is one man who has spent his career trying to correct the balance. Robert Van Valin is one of the developers of Role and…
 
In this episode I talk about what mathematics really means, why Mathematicians asked schools to stop teaching calculus, and the parallels between maths and language. In this episode you might be surprised to learn that the secret to fluency is to slow down. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/canguro-english/message…
 
What is the point of Business English?What is Business English?Does it even exist?In this fascinating chat with Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat, you can find out ...- why "removing the language" can make you better at communicating in a business setting,- how a quick pause can make you a stronger communicator,- how to deal with small talk (especially if…
 
Why are "a" and "the" like a stock market dance?What are "the cat rules"?Join me on my "hot take" on English articles and how we use them to invite people into our world and build relationships.In this episode I talk about:- how the grammar we use depends on what the other person knows, and why this is like a "stock market dance";- what "the cat ru…
 
Recently I had the pleasure of talking to Remi van Trijp, head of the Language Research Unit and the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Paris, and one of the main developers of Fluid Construction Grammar. His team is trying to answer some of the most profound questions in linguistics by combining techniques from computational linguistics, artifi…
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture. In this episode we talk about how language began, including language evolution vs language change, how animal and human communication are similar and different, and the evidence for why language is probably millions of years old, not th…
 
A fascinating conversation with the wonderfully engaging and enthusiastic Ariel Goodbody, teaching expert and presenter of the Easy Stories in English podcast.In this interview, we talk about:- how Ariel started Easy Stories in English;- Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS)- how to teach phrases rather than grammar;- how TPR…
 
An interview with the amazing polyglot Lindsay from Lindsay Does Languages.I talk to Lindsay about:- How she got into learning languages;How food (and specifically bread) is a great motivator for learning languages;- 3 tips for overcoming the dreaded "intermediate plateau";- 3 tips for learning a new language.Join us and pick up some great strategi…
 
Recently I had the pleasure of talking to Ted Gibson from his eponymous TedLab at MIT which researches why human languages are the way they are, how people learn and process language, and the relationship between language and culture. In this interview we talk about his work with numbers, colours, word order, and information theory across various l…
 
Are you stupid and lazy? Do you want to speak English perfectly? Then this podcast is for you! We are going to take a journey through the light and dark of the human mind to discover why you are so bad at English and the secret to speaking perfect English. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/canguro-english/message…
 
There is no doubt that this is the best time in history to learn a language, especially English. We are surrounded by content in English, English language learning apps, English teachers, English courses, information. But one very important question remains: what do we do with all this information? HOW do we study? HOW do we learn a language. One m…
 
Sometimes your own culture can surprise you.After a couple of years away from the UK, I got some serious culture shock when I came back to visit.Pick up some advanced English phrases from the story of my trip.This is a full English listening lesson with phrases to download (from www.clarkandmiller.com/english-podcast), descriptions of the phrases a…
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture. In this episode we talk about the theory and the practice of field linguistics, including how to survive in the field, what to take, and what to bring back. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/canguro-english/message…
 
In this episode, I chat with Christian Saunders from Canguro English about language teaching methods, including:- Some obscure methods from the 19th century,- Superstitious pigeons (no, really),- The problem with testing and why we should burn the exams,- Whether Dogme is a problem without a solution,- What we can learn from the ancient Greeks,... …
 
Students ask me all the time if they should learn British English or American English, and in this video you'll discover the real differences between UK and US English and how it's not about language rules, it's about culture. You will discover how they are different and if you should study British or American English. --- Send in a voice message: …
 
When you think about improving your writing in English, especially business writing, you probably think about studying lots of rules, and memorising specific phrases, and complicated vocabulary. But recently I spoke to Ellen Jovin who’s been writing professionally and teaching professionals how to write for more than 20 years, and in this interview…
 
Remember when studying was fun?When things were new and interesting?Well, you CAN enjoy studying again.The trick is NOT to make a study plan. Make a study menu instead.In this podcast episode, I give you some basic first steps to create your own self-study menu and get you enjoying it all again.저자 Clark and Miller
 
It’s a sad fact that the English that millions of people learn in classrooms all over the world, often doesn’t match the reality of English outside the classroom. One person who knows the reality of English as a global language is Heather Hansen. She teaches professionals from the world’s biggest companies how to communicate in English all over the…
 
Sure, it's important to tell the truth and to make yourself clear, right?But what about comedy and sarcasm?What about using language to form closer relationships?In this episode, I chat with Ali Uygur Erol, French teacher and PhD student in musicology, about how we "break the communication rules" in order to communicate better.Learn how, by "flouti…
 
In this episode we explore the world of auxiliary verbs and how high-level English speakers use them all the time.Sometimes they make the language more efficient.But it gets better!You can use them to sound witty, to put people down, to bond with people and to play with words.Check out how auxiliary verbs work in each of these different situations.…
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture. In this episode we talk about linguistic relativity: the idea that the language we speak can change the way we think.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/canguro-english/message…
 
Quick – answer this question:Why do we use the past simple tense?Did you say, “Er … to talk about the past, obviously”?Then how do you explain sentences like:“I wish I knew.”or“What was your name again?”But … but … these sentences aren’t about the past! What’s going on?You know what this means?It’s time to look at English verbs in a different way.…
 
In the world of language there are few people as experienced, or as respected, as Patsy Lightbown, Distinguished Professor Emerita at Concordia University in Canada. She has been working in the field of language teaching and language learning for more than 40 years as a researcher, writer, editor, and consultant and she literally wrote the book on …
 
Some places can definitely surprise you.And Cambridge was no exception for me.In this podcast I describe my experience going to Cambridge for the first time and why it was such a strange place.You get the chance to hear 25 advanced, everyday English phrases in their natural context.저자 Clark and Miller
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture. In this episode we talk about culture: we discuss exactly what it is, how it exists on a macro and micro level, how it affects our language and our cognition, and how without it, we would die.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.…
 
In this episode I have a very involved chat with Hugh Dellar, coursebook writer, teacher trainer, teacher and all-round nice guy.We cover a lot of ground ranging from dealing with racism and homophobia in the classroom to 3 useful tips to help you learn English저자 Clark and Miller
 
What on Earth is an ergative verb?How can I recognize one?Do I need them?There are some verbs in English that don't work in way you might think.In this podcast, we'll take a dive into the weird, but useful, world of ergative verbs in English.These verbs are very handy if in these situations:1. When the subject isn't important (but the passive sound…
 
Impress your friends at parties with these WEIRD but totally grammatically correct sentences.Even better, learn how they work and get a better insight into advanced English grammar and vocabulary.Can you understand these sentences:"Put a bigger space between giraffe and and and and and avocado"?"Peter, where Paul had had had, had had had had, 'had …
 
Do you want to really succeed at learning English in 2020? It doesn't matter if this is the first or the tenth time you have tried to get fluency in English, these 9 simple steps will help you to succeed at your English learning goals.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/canguro-english/message…
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture. In this episode we talk about the Piraha language, and what it tells us about the intersection of language and culture. We also talk about the practice of the science of linguistics, animal vs human communication, universal translation,…
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture.My name is Christian Saunders and I am an English teacher, and throughout this series I will be in discussion with Dan Everett: linguist, anthropologist, philosopher, and author.In this episode you will meet Dan, and we will talk about t…
 
In the world of English language teaching there are few people as controversial and divisive as Geoff Jordan. He is not afraid of promoting what he calls a radical approach to the problems in the ELT industry, how to fix them, and how to improve student learning outcomes in the classroom. And that’s why I had to talk to him, and in this interview w…
 
Today's daily digest answers a question I get asked every day: How can I get fluent in English? To answer this question we have to travel back in time to 1931, learn about chimpanzees and Klingons, and what that tells us about the secret to fluency in English.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/canguro-english/message…
 
Recently I had the pleasure of talking to Angelica Galante from McGill University in Canada. Originally from Brazil, Angelica’s work focuses on social justice, inclusive education, and critical sociolinguistics. In this interview we talk about plurilingualism, language and culture, and how teachers and students can take advantage of their existing …
 
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