Improve Your English Fluency Now With Our Interactive Podcast Ep 688

A photo of a man looking at polling graphs. Interactive Learning: Vote in Spotify polls to shape the content of future podcasts.

📝 Author: Hilary

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93% Said YES! What Do YOU Want in an English Listening Podcast?

Ready to boost your English language skills? Adept English brings you an interactive lesson that will skyrocket your fluency! 🎧 Listen & Learn: Unlock the secret to fluent English by tuning in to our latest episode. Discover how Spotify polls shape our content. #ListenAndLearn Our Spotify polls let you shape the conversation. Let your voice be heard on hot topics like climate change, social issues, and more!

💡 Top Reasons to Tune In: 💡

  • Adept English's signature Listen & Learn approach keeps you engaged.
  • Polls on Spotify make learning interactive.
  • Tips and tricks to master the Most Common 500 Words Course.
  • Real-world examples sharpen your understanding.
  • Achieve fluency with targeted lessons in pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar.

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Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
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📚 Comprehensive Coverage: From grammar and vocabulary to similes and metaphors, we've got it all! Enhance your language with rich phrases, idioms, and conversational nuggets. 📊 Real-World Relevance: Our latest lessons offer fresh takes on public opinion, social issues, and even Body Mass Index.

Ace your IELTS exam with vocabulary that matters! 🌐 Beginner to Advanced: Our course material is tailor-made for learners at all levels. Stuck on verb tenses? We've got a tutorial for that. Ready for advanced idioms? Dive right in!

A podcast that not only helps you learn the language but also lets you vote on what you want to learn next. Whether you're battling with verb tenses or diving into real-world topics like climate change, Adept English gives you the steering wheel.

It's a two-way street where your voice matters. Curious to know what other listeners like you are saying? Tune in and become a part of a community that's actively influencing the world of English learning. Want to talk about climate change in English? Our latest episode dives into the topic's relevance to language learning. #RealWorldEnglish

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More About This Lesson

Welcome to Adept English, your go-to place for learning British English! Our podcasts let you explore a range of topics and give you a say in what you want to learn next. From grammar to current events, you're in the driver's seat here.

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
⭐ Albert Schweitzer

Things you will gain in today's English listening lesson:

  1. Real-World Topics: The lesson covers current events, making English learning relatable and engaging for you.
  2. Polls for Feedback: Inviting you to vote in polls ensures the lesson stays relevant and interesting to you.
  3. Varied Vocabulary: The lesson covers diverse topics, enriching your English vocabulary in different contexts.
  4. Speaking Practice: Encouragement to pause and practice speaking helps you to actively engage with the lesson.
  5. Listener Involvement: The podcast asks for your views, making you an active participant, not just a listener.
  6. Grammar Tips: It touches on specific areas like verb tenses, offering you targeted help where needed.
  7. Clarity and Structure: The host speaks clearly and structures the lesson well, aiding your understanding.
  8. Emotional Balance: The host asks if you prefer more positive news, aiming to keep your learning experience enjoyable.
  9. Exam Relevance: Topics like climate change can be helpful if you’re preparing for English exams like IELTS.

Benefits of our listen & learn approach to learning

Why choose Adept English? It's simple!

  • You get to vote on what you want to learn.
  • You can talk about real issues like climate change.
  • You become part of a community that loves learning. With Adept English, you don't just listen—you speak, you vote, and you belong.
You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.
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Real-World Learning: Engage in interactive Spotify polls that go beyond the classroom and touch on current events and real-world challenges.

  • Learn By Listening: Our 'Listen & Learn' system lets your brain learn English in a natural way.

  • Interactive Polls: Your votes help us create lessons that interest you.

  • Real-world Topics: We talk about things that matter to you and the world.

  • Flexible Lessons: From easy words to tough topics, we have something for every learner.

  • Say Goodbye to Fear: Scared of big English words? Our podcasts break them down for you.

  • Be a Global Citizen: Learn English and understand real-world issues at the same time.

  • Never Feel Lost: Our Most Common 500 Words Course helps you grasp the basics.

  • Test Ready: Topics like climate change can help you in language tests like IELTS.

  • Help us make more content with a donation

Don't wait! Hit 'play' now and start your journey with Adept English. Learn, vote, and be part of our community. Your future fluent self will thank you.

Questions You Might Have...

Think of each Adept English podcast as a key, unlocking different chambers in a grand British castle. From current events to grammar, each room offers unique treasures to enrich your English. And the best part? You're not just a visitor; you're a co-curator, voting on what gets displayed next. It's not just learning; it's a thrilling interactive quest to master English.

  1. What is the main focus of Adept English's interactive podcasts? The primary goal of Adept English's interactive podcasts is to help you learn to speak British English fluently. These podcasts invite you to engage with various topics ranging from current events to grammar essentials. By voting on Spotify polls, sharing feedback, or even messaging via email, you become part of the interactive learning experience. So, you're not just a passive listener; you're actively shaping your English learning journey.
  2. How do these podcasts help improve my English fluency? The podcasts use a listen & learn method which promotes language acquisition through active listening. Topics are wide-ranging to keep your interest, but they always aim to stretch your English comprehension. By diving into these podcasts, you're practising understanding spoken English, enriching your vocabulary, and getting familiar with the nuances of British culture.
  3. What types of topics are covered in the podcasts? Adept English covers a broad spectrum of topics, from traditional grammar and vocabulary to real-world issues like climate change or positive news stories. By doing this, Adept English ensures you're well-prepared for various language situations, be it casual conversation or tackling IELTS exams.
  4. How can I interact and contribute to the podcast content? You're encouraged to vote in Spotify polls related to each podcast's topic. These polls provide valuable insights that shape future podcast topics. If Spotify isn't your thing, you can still send an email to share your thoughts or questions. The idea is to create a community of learners who actively participate and drive the content.
  5. Is there any additional material that can help me advance my English language skills? Yes, alongside the podcasts, Adept English offers courses like the "Most Common 500 Words Course." Focusing on the most frequent words helps you establish a strong foundation in English, making it easier to move on to more advanced levels.

Most Unusual Words:

  • Interactive: Involving communication between people or things.
  • Podcast: An audio program that you can listen to on the internet.
  • Polycrisis: A situation where multiple crises are happening at the same time.
  • Similes: Comparing one thing to another using the words 'like' or 'as'.
  • Metaphors: Describing one thing as if it were another to make a comparison.
  • Comprehension: The ability to understand something.
  • Endorsement: Public or official approval of someone or something.
  • Resounding: Very clear and loud; often used to describe agreement or support.
  • Tenses: Forms of a verb that show when an action happens.
  • Cholesterol: A substance found in your blood, which can be good or bad for your health.

Most Frequently Used Words:


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Transcript: Improve Your English Fluency Now With Our Interactive Podcast

Answering questions about the Adept English podcast

Hi there. Today we're looking at what you want from the Adept English podcast. That's right, let’s make the podcast more interactive - that’s I N T E R A C T I V E. And that means ‘more of you in it’. Each week when we do the podcast, we ask a question on Spotify - we ask you to vote on something. And many of you do and we thank you very much for that! And although Spotify, I realise, is only one part of our audience, I imagine the views you express probably represent our listeners’ views more generally. Sometimes we ask questions just because we’re interested, for fun. And sometimes we ask questions because we want to know what you like about the Adept English podcast and what you want more of. We invite you to help shape the podcast. And today - as there have been a number of polls in recent weeks and I’ve not caught up with them - I thought I’d share with you your answers to our questions. And while this is going on, as usual, your brain will be doing its English language learning! Brilliant!

Hello, I’m Hilary, and you’re listening to Adept English. We will help you to speak English fluently. All you have to do is listen. So start listening now and find out how it works.

The Most Common 500 Words in English

And just a reminder that if you like our podcasts, but you struggle to understand them sometimes - or maybe you’re struggling to start speaking English? Well, both of these problems can be addressed by our Most Common 500 Words Course. Really get a good grounding in the most common words in English - and you’ll start to move along with your learning! A statistic I read once suggested that you can be learning a language for up to 10 years, without knowing all of the most common words. So use your listening and learning time wisely - go and have a look at our Courses page at and the Most Common 500 Words Course.

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Join in with our Spotify polls

So to our Spotify polls. Here are the podcasts we’ve done recently and the questions we asked and your responses to them. If you disagree, or feel strongly about something, then you can always message us via email if you want to be interactive! We’re also interested in your journey of learning English. Or we just want to know more about you! We love it when you get in contact. But on these Spotify polls we ask questions that go beyond the classroom and which touch on current events and real-world challenges. Let’s have a look at some of the questions we’ve asked and your responses.


A photograph of a surprised man. Get Real: Our lessons cover current events and real-world challenges, not just grammar.

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Does positivity in news stories make for better language learning?

So in podcast 685 last week, I talked about polycrisis - and all the bad things going on in the world at the moment. It makes you want to hide from the news. But I did find some positive new stories for you. So we asked in the poll - ‘Do you want more positive news stories?’ At the point of recording this, the poll isn’t quite finished - but so far a resounding 93% of you said ‘Yes, please. More positive news stories’. I guess maybe you’ve been feeling a bit like we have - it all just seems so negative out there at the moment. Let’s find something happier and more positive to think about! So I’ve got that message now - and I will be on the look-out for positive news stories to share with you in future! I hear you loud and clear - the search is on!

Do you find knowledge of similes and metaphors helps you understand English better?

After podcast 684 on similes, that’s S I M I L E S - when we say something is ‘like something’ - we asked whether you would like more podcasts on similes and metaphors. And again, quite a definite result - 82% of you said ‘Yes please. More podcasts on similes and metaphors’. So you can be assured that there will be some more of those! More generally on grammar and vocabulary podcasts - the more ‘traditional type English teaching podcasts’ - your responses when asked have been positive. We know that you like Adept English because we cover a variety of topics, but you do like traditional learning topics sometimes. Anyway, it’s always ‘Listen & Learn’, so these podcasts still act on your brain in the same way, no matter what the topic! They’re still practising your comprehension. I’m also very happy for you to forward to me your grammar questions - or let us know which parts of English learning you are struggling with. In line with our Rule Six of the Seven Rules of Adept English, it’s good to give you ‘a helping hand’ with specific parts of the language, where you need it.

Do you think discussing climate change is relevant to learning English?

Podcast 683 talked about climate change and about what else may be affecting the earth’s temperature apart from CO2 and greenhouse gases. We asked in the poll ‘How relevant do you find climate change to learning English?’ Again, quite a definite answer. 73% of you said ‘very relevant’, 16% of you said ‘somewhat relevant’ and only 10% of you felt it wasn’t relevant. I guess where this may come in useful - if you have to do English language tests or exams, the climate is probably quite a frequent topic and considered very relevant and current. So if you have IELTS or other types of test, this sort of podcast is worth a listen just to polish up your vocabulary!

Is practising speaking crucial to your English learning?

In podcast 682, I tried an experiment! I talked about my weekend while imagining myself talking about it on different days. So this had the effect of changing the verb tenses - in order to give you some practice. Everything else stayed the same, but talking about what happened on Saturday as though it still was Saturday, sounds different to if you talk about the same thing on Sunday, when everything’s past tense. In this podcast, I invited you to pause the podcast and repeat my account of each day - as though it was being told at a different time, so that you’d have to change the tenses. After this podcast, we asked in the poll ‘Did you pause to practise speaking?’ And apparently 49% of you did, 12% of you said you’d ‘do it later’ and 38% said that you didn’t. Maybe this exercise was difficult - and you needed to work up to it. And maybe quizzes and giving you sentences to repeat is more helpful? It’s harder to judge too, because half of you did do the exercise - well done if you did! So give us some more feedback about the level that you would like. I think it’s good also for us to vary the level because obviously our listeners are going to be at a range of different levels. And it’s sometimes good to challenge yourself, anyway with something more difficult.

Does public opinion drive social change more effectively than government action?

Next podcast 681 - where I talked about how ‘small things make a difference’. This was the podcast about the cutting down of the tree on Hadrian’s Wall - and the girl who didn’t get a medal at the gymnastics competition. After that podcast, we asked ‘What’s the most effective way to drive change for social issues?’ We can sometimes feel, with all these crises and issues in our world, as though we’re desperate for change to happen, but we don’t know how best to accomplish it. The result here? 33% of you felt that social change was best driven by ‘public outcry’ - that means ‘public opinion, strongly expressed’ - and that was the point of the two news stories I covered in this podcast. They only became news stories because there was a public outcry, a sudden expression of public opinion. 36% of you felt that ‘government action’ was the best way to drive social change. And 12% of you felt that ‘celebrity endorsement’ was the best way. ‘Celebrity’ - that’s C E L E B R I T Y. Usually we use that word these days to mean an actual person who is famous. And the plural is ‘celebrities’ with an I E S on the end. It means ‘well-known people’. And people like this often use their fame to speak up about social issues or injustices in our world that they feel strongly about. And interestingly, a full 18% of you said ‘I don’t know!’ which is sometimes how I feel about it too!

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What's your go-to health measure: BMI, waist-to-hip ratio, or blood pressure?

Finally, I did podcast 680 on B M I - or Body Mass Index - as a measure of health. And I talked about why it’s flawed, it’s not a good measure. I also talked about measures which might be better. And after this podcast we asked ‘What is your go to health measure?’ Clearly BMI is still seen as important and widely used outside of the UK too - as 53% of you said your main health measure was BMI. 22% preferred the ‘waist to hip ratio’ that I talked about in the podcast. 16% felt that blood pressure or BP was your most important health measure, while 7% of you felt that cholesterol, that’s C H O L E S T E R O L was the most important check. I guess to some degree, it depends on what if any health issues you have or which ones you’re most concerned about.

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Does listening to diverse topics enhance your English vocabulary?

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the variety in this podcast - and the variety generally in our podcasts. Looking through our polls and including your views and your opinions in this podcast feels like a good thing to do. We really enjoy hearing from our listeners, knowing what you think of the podcast. We also like your stories of learning English - or just to hear simply where you’re from and how you found our podcast! And which are your favourite podcasts - and what else you’d like me to talk about and cover! Let’s keep this as interactive as possible!


Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.

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