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Clubhouse is a great way to practise speaking English by English with Stephen

Learning Strategies: Clubhouse

Clubhouse is an audio-based social media platform that is perfect for practising your spoken English skills. Listen and enter the competition to get a free invite.

Lady Godiva on a white horse, by English with Stephen

Word Stories: Lady Godiva

The story of Lady Godiva is a very popular folk story in England. It also gives us a couple of idiomatic expressions that are still commonly used to this day.

English words borrowed from India. By English with Stephen

Word Stories: India in English

In this week’s episode, we dive into the amazing country of India and look at just some of the words that the English language has borrowed from that rich and vibrant culture.

What happened when a French-speaking king took over the English crown. By English with Stephen

Reasons for English: 1066 and all that language

Last week, we looked at the events of the year 1066. This week, we examine how the English language changed after a French-speaking king took over the English crown.

Two knights galloping on horseback. Text: Reasons for English - The Year 1066 by English with Stephen

Reasons for English: The year 1066

They didn’t know it at the time, but the year 1066 was going to change everything in England; the king, the culture, the government, and the language.

Picture of a football or soccer goal. Text: Learning Strategies - SMART English learning goals

Learning Strategies: SMART English learning goals

Setting yourself language learning goals is vital to keep motivated. This week we will look at how you can set SMART English learning goals and why they are so important.

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.

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