On my podcast, I talk about a bunch of different subjects from food and music to philosophy and psychology. All Life in English Community members get access to interactive transcripts, vocabulary guides, writing prompts, and our conversation group in which we discuss the episode topics.
For a long time, I thought having an introverted personality was a weakness in social situations. But now I understand that it can be a superpower when used effectively.
Nipsey Hussle was a well-known Hip Hop artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist from Los Angeles, California. In this episode, I'll be breaking down the language and culture of one of his songs.
We all have to deal with unwanted guests in life, but a simple change in your mentality could make dealing with them much easier.
In this episode, you’re gonna learn about a simple habit that will allow you to have better conversations and make more connections with people (in any language).
If you’re feeling bad about yourself, if you’re feeling insecure, if you’re feeling like you have nothing to offer the world, then I’ve got a quick message for you.
After teaching English online for the past few years, I've noticed something that we can do to have more productive and enjoyable classes for students and teachers alike.
Is It Okay to Use the Word 'Nigga'? I guess it depends on who you ask
The word ain't is not only confusing, but also controversial. Some people think it's not a real word and whoever uses it is uneducated and low-class. Others think of it as standard English vocabulary. So in this episode, I'm gonna teach you the various ways in which we use this word, as well as the cultural aspect and how you will be perceived when using it.
Here's a classic example of the Valley (Northern Los Angeles) accent. Brandon is a musician, a cat-lover, and he can't live without validation from the internet. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!
While on Discord the other day, one of our members asked me what I think the hardest part of learning English is. It's not phrasal verbs, prepositions, or pronunciation. In fact, the hardest part of learning English has nothing to do with the language itself.
Enjoy this English conversation with a lovely lady named Kascha that I met while doing street interviews at Piedmont Park. Kascha told us about her musical interests, things she can't live without, and her passion for helping people.
Get a taste of that classic southern accent in this interview with a cool guy named Tiger from Dallas, Texas. You will hear him speak about his favorite music, things he can't live without, and his experience growing up as a Chinese immigrant in the U.S.
This episode is full of advice that I wish I would've received back when I was 20 and had just dropped out of college. Making a living doing creative work isn't the easiest thing in the world, so I hope that some of the lessons I've learned will make it easier for you to create the life you want to live.
I know the title is a little ridiculous, but just listen and you'll understand what I mean.
Here's a little dose of English and inspiration for the young ones.
While I was out doing street interviews in the city, I came across a man named Ki and I asked him some questions about life in the USA.
We all need advice from time to time, but so many of us tend to ask for it in such a lazy and unproductive way. So in this episode, I'm gonna teach you the right way to ask for advice.
None of us know how long these apps will last, but if I had to bet all my money on the one that would outlast them all, it would be YouTube. In this episode, I'll give you 10 reasons why YouTube is and will continue to be the future of mass digital media.
I've met so many people who see the United States as nothing more than a country full of arrogant, uneducated, money-hungry capitalists. What I find interesting is that most who have an opinion about the U.S. have never even set foot in the country nor spoken to an American citizen. So this episode is an attempt to put things in perspective.
Test your English comprehension and get exposed to the New York accent! In this episode, I interview Kairo Omar and ask him about American culture, his goals for the future, and what he thinks of life in Atlanta, Georgia.
What effect do your thoughts have on the outcome of your life? What patterns of thinking have you developed without noticing? What is your strongest thought? These are all questions I'd like to explore with you.
In my opinion, there's a difference between being able to speak English and being able to communicate in English. Speaking is about saying words, communicating is about how you say those words. In this episode, I'm going to share a simple exercise that will help you improve your ability to communicate (in any language).
One of my favorite things to do on this podcast is share lessons that will make you and your life significantly better. So in this episode, with the help of the American musician Cain Kerner, I'll be sharing 5 life lessons that you should learn as soon as possible.
People from around the world have struggled with these words for years, and pronouncing them the wrong way could have you in some awkward situations. But don't worry, I'll show you a simple exercise that will teach you to hear the difference in the pronunciation of these words.
Before I had started my podcast and built my own website, I decided to teach English on Italki, a popular platform for finding teachers to give you private language classes. I'm not a fan of the platform and I don't teach there anymore, but I still think it could be a decent option for many people depending on their current situation and goals. In this episode, I talk about the pros and cons of teaching on Italki.
The thing people complain about the most when learning English is not having anyone to talk to, and that's why I created the Life in English Community. There are many ways to solve this problem, but in this episode, I'm gonna give you 6 legitimate reasons that learning English in a community is one of the best solutions.
Listen to a conversation I had with one of our community members to hear the story of how he managed to learn English without spending a dollar or leaving his home!
It pays to have your finger on the pulse of the next generation.
A life full of responsibilities is better than a life full of obligations.
On March 27, 2022, Will Smith won an Oscar for best actor after his performance in the movie, King Richard. However, some would say that moment was overshadowed by a controversial moment in which he slapped Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Now, I can assure you that I'm not here to judge anyone or gossip about anything. I'd just like to talk about some deeper underlying subjects that affect all of us in one way or another. I totally respect all opinions on this moment in pop culture, and I'm just here to share mine with you.
In this episode, I sit down to talk about things like society and social media, the idea of having pets, and obsessing over what you want to achieve in life.
More and more people around the world are starting to ditch the language schools and simply learn foreign languages by themselves. But how can you learn to communicate in a foreign language without having anyone to communicate with? In this episode, I’m gonna share a simple activity that will help you to increase your vocabulary and improve your speaking skills even if you don’t have anyone to talk to.
There are a bunch of different methods, tools, courses, YouTube channels, and podcasts that claim to have the secret to fluency or some revolutionary study method. But at the end of the day, there are some things about the learning process that will never change, and that’s what I’m here to talk about today.
Every community is different, but there are still some universal characteristics. Let me tell you about something called the 90/9/1 principle and what it means for your experience as a community member.
The only way to improve your English is by practicing with native English speakers... or is it?
We're making some major changes here at Life in English. Let me update you real quick!
Overrated or Underrated is a cool game you can play to get a conversation started and learn a little bit about a person's interests and preferences. In this episode, I'll be rating things from pizza and oral sex to libraries and love.
It's time to learn some vocabulary and slang about relationships with these smooth Los Angeles sounds from Jhené Aiko and H.E.R
Life is full of valuable lessons that we've gotta learn. Here are 7 simple lessons for you to think about.
There are many different ways to use the English word 'bitch'. In this episode, we're gonna talk about one that applies to all of us.
In this episode, we're gonna take a look at Hip Hop and its influence on American culture. You'll also learn a bunch of useful English words and phrases to sound more natural in your conversations.
An au pair is a young adult from overseas who lives with a family on a legal visa for up to two years and provides childcare and sometimes housework in exchange for a weekly stipend (salary), room and board, and an opportunity to experience American culture with an American family. In this episode, I’m gonna talk with Alondra Sandoval about the life of an Au Pair in the U.S.
The way you process your life experience is all about your perspective. This short story about a Chinese farmer will illustrate that perfectly.
Here are 3 lessons that (if applied) will undoubtedly change your life for the better. You're gonna hear Les Brown talk about the importance of mindset, networking, and communication. There's a lot to learn in this episode!
One day, you'll have to decide who you're gonna be.
Remember this simple fact if you want to experience more peace in life.
You know the deal... It's another ramble fest.
The best moments from Life in English #119 - Talking About Nothing 3
Rambling about random topics while answering questions from a live stream on TikTok.
The challenges of romantic relationships are better understood through the lens of developmental psychology.
Allow me to dispel a common misconception about moving to another country to learn a language.
Life is so much more interesting when you talk about things that really matter.
One simple thing you can do to understand native speakers and express yourself better.
Modern technology has made so many amazing things possible. Let's talk about the best and worst parts of it.
Get exposed to the American accent from New Orleans, Louisiana, and learn what it means to keep it 100.
What you see and hear becomes what you think and believe. What are you consuming?
Confidence is something that we all struggle with at one point or another. Let's talk about the true meaning of the word.
This episode is a response to an interesting question about slang that I got from a listener of the show.
Here's a list of the most common irregular English verbs that we use on a daily basis.
We all must feel like idiots from time to time.
I imagine that you have the desire to visit the USA one day. So I thought it might be helpful for you to learn the names, capitals, and history of all 50 states.
Just a quick reminder to focus on the fundamentals. That's what's gonna help you learn faster and sound more natural.
A thought-provoking episode about focus and decisiveness.
Another thought-provoking episode with 4 important life lessons.
Here's a thought-provoking story about life.
Here are 8 simples tips that will improve your life (and your English) immediately.
In this episode, I'm gonna explain how your journey to fluency is no different from Kobe Bryant's journey to becoming a champion.
Here's a useful English expression to help you sound more natural in your daily conversations.
In this episode, I’m gonna help you correct a grammar mistake that many students make when talking about the time of day.
After explaining the difference between 'all' and 'everything', I got a lot of questions about the phrase 'at all'. Listen to learn about the meaning of this phrase and how we use it.
Learners of English confuse the words 'job', 'work', and 'career' all the time. I'm gonna teach you the differences between the words, and a bunch of useful phrases to talk about them.
'All' and 'everything' are two words that confuse learners of English. I'm gonna explain the difference between them and how we use them.
In this episode, you're going to learn some real American English with the popular TV series, Atlanta.
Check your voicemail. You've got a message.
Cristiano Ronaldo broke the internet when he announced his return to the glorious Manchester United Football Club. Let's talk about it!
Here's a simple way to avoid killing a conversation.
It's important to understand these two phrases because they mean completely different things!
Learn the meaning of the useful English idiom "What's the catch?" and how to use it like a native English speaker.
In this episode, you're going to learn how to use and pronounce some of the most challenging words in the English language!
An interesting observation I made about the suffix -age.
Helping you understand the difference between two words that learners of English confuse very often.
Learn 6 useful words and the contexts in which we use them.
Learn 6 useful words and the contexts in which we use them.
To listen is to respect... think about it.
In this episode, you're going to learn 10 phrases that will help you speak English more naturally. Make sure you practice or you'll have a hard time remembering the phrases later!
We're all different, and getting to know ourselves will help us determine how to get what we want.
After months of waiting, one of my favorite things is back in action.
Take control of yourself and you'll take control of your life.
The first episode of a new series, answering a question that I've been getting a lot lately.
High school can be a very memorable time for many of us. I’m gonna tell you how American high schools work and what my 4-year experience was like.
The tourism industry is bigger than ever, and I believe it will continue to grow. However, I think this industry is lacking something very important.
We’ve finally reached episode #100! So I’d like t
In this episode, I talk about an idea called destination addiction, which is essentially the poor habit of living in the future. Listen to learn more about this problem and how to overcome it.
It takes a certain level of self-knowledge and strength of character to be able to sit and listen to harsh criticism objectively without taking things personally and getting our feelings hurt. But I believe that if you can manage to do this, you’ll find a lot more opportunities to grow as a person.