22. Full Interview with Vicky from China

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Hello everyone. This podcast is the full interview that Vicky did with me a couple of weeks ago. We talk about teaching English, using podcasts in the classroom, the advantages and disadvantages of student podcasts, how to learn English, what a guinea pig is, and how to use an all-in-one remote controller!

There’s no transcript for this episode! But, if you listen to the last podcast in which Vicky gives some advice on learning English, you’ll know that sometimes it is better for your English to listen without a transcript.

My advice for this episode is:

  • Don’t try to understand every word you hear
  • Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything – you don’ t have to
  • Just try to understand the topic of the conversation and the basic things
  • Try to use your imagination and guess some of the things you don’t understand – fill in the gaps in your listening
  • Try to enjoy listening! It should be an interesting topic with information that’s useful for you
  • Listen to the conversation more than once – you’ll understand and remember more each time
  • Play the podcast when you are at home, doing the housework – just have it on in the background

Here are some pictures of things Vicky and I talked about:

  • attilio marchi

    I think that speaking is the most challenge as you cannot practice it by yourself. To speak you have to find a partner better if he or she is English…. Writing, listening, reading you can practice them alone, with a computer and an internet connection.

  • Yves

    What’s easier listening, reading, writing and speaking? As a learner point of view, writing is maybe the easest because we have plenty of times to check, something I do not do everytime I send a comment, or I would have avoid a lot of gross mistakes in my spelling. Reading? It depends if it’s at loud or not and of course it depends of what you read, reading Enid Blynton’s books is quite easy reading Shakespeare’s sonnets or plays is more chalenging. Same for listening, of course we must make a distinction between listening and hearing. As for speaking I think it is the most difficult. I believe that listening and speaking are interconnected. If somebody don’t understand an interlocutor it is impossible to answer him.
    For you, Luke, what is the most challenging? Teaching complete beginners like children at the British Council or University students? I reckon that for a native is easer to teach to advance learners than beginners, but I may be wrong.

    • They both have their own challenges. I enjoy both levels actually!

  • The guns of desire

    I’m sort of surprised at Oxford University student’s English.

  • Maximiliano

    Hi Luke,
    Regarding the question about how do you use technology for teaching English, I’d like to know your opinion about certain apps (Anki, Memrise, etc) that use spaced repetition method to memorize vocabulary .
    By the way, your website it’s great. Good job.

    Maximiliano from Argentina.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, it’s so difficult to get what Vicky says however I am bold enough to keep going. Do you think, Luke, that it will be worth the effort to listen again and again to eventually fill in the gaps in the collaboration page?
    Unfortunately there is no one else of your listeners to help me out. If there’d be one I’d be happy if he or she could correct me and we could together do the jigsaw puzzle.

    • If someone else can help you that would be great, but if not you’ll have to just wait for me to finally get round to checking it myself! I’m slowly working through the transcripts which have been added to the collaboration. At the moment I am still doing episode 118.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, this one is interesting, too.
    Can’t you open up that for a collaboration?

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  • Tommy

    fantastic tune at the end of this podcast!ahaha,great Luke. I’ve just listened that interview and I’ve appreciated it a lot. I’ve been listening to you for almost one month and your website is useful and enjoable at the same time.
    From Italy,Tommaso

  • Nina

    I appreciated the advice how using transcripts in our learning practice. Thanks for the complete transcript Luke.