The origins of the words "hello" and "goodbye". By English with Stephen

Word Stories: Hello and goodbye

Today we tell the story of two of the most common words in English: Hello and Goodbye! Used by people who have never studied English, and, of course, by The Beatles!

The implications of English as a lingua franca on students. By English with Stephen

Learning Strategies: English as a lingua franca for students

What do students of English need to learn if they never talk to another ‘native’ English speaker? In this episode, I look at some of the implications of using English as a lingua franca, or world language.

A woman holding different flags of countries that speak English. Text: Reasons for English - English as a lingua Franca by English with Stephen

Reasons for English: Why is English the world’s language?

Why do you have to study English? Why not Fench or Arabic or Chinese or some other language. In fact, why do we have one global language at all? Listen to find out.

A man is holding hte world in his nads. Text: Word Stories - Lingua franca by English with Stephen

Word Stories: Lingua franca

English is often described as the world’s lingua franca. What does ‘lingua franca’ mean and where does it come from? Listen to this short podcast to find out.

The best language learners understand themselves. By English with Stephen

Learning Strategies: Understand Yourself

Understanding yourself is critical if you want to learn English as efficiently as possible. Find out what you need to know about yourself to be an effective learner.

The origin of the words "fish" and "chips. By English with STephen

Word Stories: Fish and chips

It’s the meal everyone thinks of when they think of British cooking. In this episode, we look at the origins of the phrase ‘fish and chips’.

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