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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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we tell the story of two of the most common words in English: Hello and Goodbye!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
The Vikings had a significant impact on the development of the English language and are the reason for one good thing and one terrible thing for English language learners.
Discover 5 great ideas for how you can learn English while watching Netflix.
The Romans had a drink called ‘aqua vitae’ or the water of life. Listen to find out how this drink survives and influences the names of other drinks around the world.
Ok. It’s a short two-letter word that means everything is all right. And it is used around the world in countless languages. Find out how this small word spread all over the world, ok?
Many English students are afraid of making mistakes. Don’t be that student. Mistakes are good and a vital part of learning anything.
In this episode, we look at the origins of English. Where did it come from? Why did it start on the island of Britain? Who were the Anglo Saxons?
There are 13 countries in South America, from Colombia in the north, to Chile in the south. Find out the origins and the meanings of the names for all of these different countries.
It is a word, and a meal, that is famous all over the world. The possibilities are endless, but where did the word ‘sandwich’ come from? Listen to find out more.Episode 32
Have you ever asked yourself why English has so many silent letters? Does it seem crazy and frustrating to you? Well, listen to this episode to find out the reasons why silent letters exist in English.
All English students across the world get frustrated and annoyed by phrasal verbs. In this episode, we look at some strategies for dealing with phrasal verbs.
The origin of the word ‘silhouette’ is not entirely clear. But it is linked to France, war, and art. Listen to find out more.
This episode is full of great ideas for activities that last less than 10 minutes but will help you learn English. They are all short and sweet!
There is hope! A vaccine for Covid-19 is in sight! In this episode, we look at the strange and unusual origin of the word ‘vaccine’.
In this episode, we look at the advantages of spending only a short amount of time each day studying English.
Lockdowns and Covid have affected people all over the world. Listen to this episode to find out the origin and meanings of these two words that will probably come to define the year 2020.
When I moved to Brazil, I had to learn Portuguese. And fast. This strategy, which I called Lexical Scraps, was the single best thing I did to help learn new vocabulary.
The word ‘thing’ is an extremely common word in English, but its origins lie in Viking meetings. Listen to this episode to find out more about this fascinating word!
It is important to understand why your English teacher has chosen to use certain activities in class. In this episode of English with Stephen, we look at how you can identify the reasons behind each activity.
The word ‘guy’ is commonly used, but also very controversial. The origin of this small word is even more controversial and its impact on modern culture lies all around us. Listen to find out more about this fascinating word.
You are going to spend a lot of time with your language school or language teacher, so what questions should you ask when deciding who to study with?
A huddle is a very common sight in many sports, nowadays. In this podcast, you will discover the surprising origin of the huddle as a word and a phenomenon.
There are lots of great learning strategies for learning English. In this episode, we explore why you should do anything you wanna do.
There are 5 key ingredients in a great gin and tonic. This episode tells the stories behind the words of those ingredients.
In this episode, we look at a fantastic learning strategy that most English students, and teachers, ignore: transcripts. We look at where you can find them and what you can do with them.
The surprising origin of the word ‘chauvinist’, what it means today, and how it has changed over time.
Would you like to learn English while listening to your favourite songs? Use this 4-stage process to do exactly that.
A look into the origins of the word ‘hooligans’ and how it came to be associated with football violence in England and around the world.
Follow this 6-step process to learn English as quickly and effectively as possible.
An investigation into the origins of some of the names of Microsoft Office products like Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
Advice on how to study online to maximise your chances of success.
A special question and answer session to celebrate the 10th episode of Learning English with Stephen
Follow the journey of the word ‘boycott’ from its beginnings in Ireland in the 19th century to its spread all over the world.
Discover why using your first language is an useful strategy when learning English.
English has borrowed many words from all over the world. In this episode, I take a look at some of the words that have come from my adoptive home: Brazil!
Creating a lexical notebook is the single best thing you can do to improve your vocabulary. I look at why this is true and how you can start one.
We look at the origins of two English idioms that include elephants. And tell some elephant jokes.
What is the difference between ‘lexis’ and ‘vocabulary’? How can thinking about ‘lexis’ improve your English learning?
This episode looks at the surprising origin of the word Bluetooth and why it is used to describe an aspect of modern technology.
Time is short. As language learners, we need to use our limited time wisely. So should we focus on learning grammar or vocabulry?
The first time I recorded my voice for other people! I talk about some of the things I hope to do in the following episodes.