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If you are a new English language student, you may well ask yourself what is the fastest way to improve how I speak English fluently and confidently. This is exactly what Adept English does. The Adept English ‘listen & learn’ approach to speaking English is the quickest, most fun way for a new English language student to speak English fluently and confidently.
Now if you are new to the Adept English ‘listen & learn’ method of learning to speak English. It will interest you what English you have practiced by listening to in this podcast. Language students typically remember a word after hearing it 40+ times. By listening to this podcast you will have asked your brain to listen to 805 English words structured in 50 sentences. The most used words in the transcripts are:
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Now this is a short podcast (only 5 minutes) lets say you listened to it 3 times. Your brain will hear key English words (the most common words) 40 or more times. It will also hear the start and end of sentences. You will automatically notice when you need to speak or expect the end of a conversation. You will speak more fluently and confidently because your brain is doing a lot less translation. Translation is slow and kills fluency and confidence, native English speakers know when you are translating.
This language brain training will remove much of the translation work you might have been doing so you can focus on the keywords that matter in your conversation. For example, if you were talking about teenager jobs, 80% of the English words would be the common words like those used in this podcast, and you only need to focus on the 20% that concern UK part-time jobs. So words like ‘The’, ‘You’, ‘To’ become automatic and with focused practice you can learn about ‘Pocket Money’ or the idiom ‘Paid Peanuts’.
Hi there, I’m Hilary and this is Adept English. This is our short podcast which we put out on a Thursday. In the short podcast, I make the phrases and the vocabulary slightly easier. This means it’s a better podcast for you, if you find the Monday podcast too difficult. As ever, if you like what we’re doing, then have a look at our courses, which are available to buy on the website at adeptenglish.com. In our courses, you can start to work on your understanding of English conversation. So it’s good to do both the courses and the podcasts to really make a difference to your spoken English.
OK, so today’s short podcast. A phrase which we used last week, which confused my 10 year old son and made us laugh. My middle daughter turned 16 in the summer and this is the age that you can start to work and earn money in the UK. You receive through the post what is called your National Insurance Number and if you want to earn money legally in the UK, you need this unique number. ‘Unique’ means each person has a different number. So in July this year, my daughter was 16 and got her National Insurance Number.
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Now as a parent, I think that once you’re 16 years old and have the ability to earn money, get a job and earn money, you don’t really need what we call ‘spending money’ any more. ‘Spending money’ is what we call the money that parents give to their children to spend. Sometimes it’s also called ‘pocket money’. Your pocket might be where you keep it. In most families, it’s a certain amount of money per week or per month. So we stopped my daughter’s spending money in the summer and so by September, she got around to thinking to herself ‘Actually it would be a good idea to get myself a job’ as she’d run out of money!
So she had a couple of interviews and since has got herself two jobs! An ‘interview’ is what we call the meeting that you have with someone, with the aim, the purpose of getting a job. Her jobs are only part-time of course, because she’s still at college, studying for her A levels. But she’s done very well to get two jobs. However, there’s a big difference. One of the jobs pays £8 per hour, which is not a bad rate for someone aged 16 years.
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However, the other job – and this one’s in a shop – they’re only paying her £5 per hour! So I was trying to encourage her to take the other one, saying to her that the job in the shop was ‘paying peanuts’. ‘Peanuts’ if you’re not sure what they are – they’re a kind of nut, and they’re sold in packets, with salt usually.
KP are a well known brand of peanuts. So my son, who is 10 years old was listening to this conversation and he heard me say that ‘The shop is paying peanuts’. He’s very much into peanuts, likes to eat them – so being paid for your work in peanuts sounded a great idea to him! He was a bit disappointed when we told him ‘No, that’s not what we mean when we say ‘paying peanuts’!’ We don’t mean you are actually paid in nuts!
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So what do we mean when we say ‘to pay someone peanuts’? Well, you might guess it from the context. ‘To pay peanuts’ means ‘to pay a small amount’, ‘to pay a low rate’ for somebody’s work. So you might say that you are ‘paid peanuts’ if you’re on the minimum wage in the UK. So what is ‘minimum wage’ in the UK?
It means the least amount that you can pay someone for an hour’s work – and it’s dependent upon your age. So for over 25 year olds, minimum wage is £7.83. If you’re aged 21 to 24, it’s £7.38. 18-20 year olds get £5.90 and if you’re under 18, it’s £4.20. So actually the clothes shop where my daughter is being paid £5 an hour is paying above the minimum wage. But you could say ‘That’s peanuts, compared to the other job, where she would be earning £8 per hour’.
So if you feel that you are not being paid enough for the work that you’re doing, you might say ‘I’m being paid peanuts!’ Hopefully that’s not true. Hopefully you feel you’re being well rewarded for your work.
Anyway, enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
This short podcast lesson is another example of how in only 5 minutes of your time you can answer the question “how do I speak English fluently and confidently”. You may not believe it, but in those 5 minutes you did a lot of English language conversation practice.
The Adept English way of listening & learning is really about getting your brain to automatically remember most (ideally 80%) of the English you will need in any conversation. This will get rid of the slow translation process most new language learners get stuck with.
Using our ‘listen & learn’ approach to learning to speak English, you spend much more of your time focused on the English needed for specific topics. So if you work in IT your brain has the 80% of the English needed for conversation and you can focus on the 20% of words specific to IT, like ‘Computer’, ‘Motherboard’ or coding terms like ‘Project Management’, ‘Source code management’.
This approach to learning to speak English means you can focus on the English that matters to you the most, for your job or for a holiday or informal conversation with colleagues and friends.
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