October 7


EP20: How I Improve my Vocabulary (3)

Hello hello, fellow learners of English, how are you doing out there? This is Kristian here, nice to be with you again, and welcome to the Learners of English Podcast, episode number 20.

You are listening to this podcast because you want to improve your English, so you can fulfil your dreams in life, whatever they may be. It’s an honor for me to help you to get from where you are right now to where you want to be.

Before we begin, let me just remind you that you can find the transcript of this episode on my website learnersofenglish.com.

OK, in the last episode we talked about another podcast for learners of English, a podcast called Leonardo English. Today I want to show you in detail how I expand my vocabulary with Leonardo English. First I’m going to read a short segment of episode #93, called “The Opium Wars”.

Let’s wind the clocks back 200 years or so, to the start of the 19th century. It’s almost the height of the British empire. India is under British control, trade is flourishing, or rather, British merchants are getting incredibly rich through exploiting the natural resources of British colonies, and purely from a ‘world standing’ point of view, there aren’t many better times to be a Brit.

Let’s look at some of the more interesting words and phrases in this paragraph, and let’s create our own sentences:

Wind the clocks back: to go back in time; Let’s wind the clocks back 25 years, to the year 1995, the year Oasis released their epic album What’s the story morning glory?

Flourishing: growing and succeeding; Despite the covid-19 pandemic, technology companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google are flourishing

Exploiting: using something in a way that helps you / make use of (a situation) in a way considered unfair or underhand; Some companies exploit the covid-19 financial support from government.

World standing: how something is viewed in the world; From a world standing point of view, there aren’t many other companies that have more power than Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon.

Now it’s time for you to take action. Remember, we don’t just listen to podcasts here, we take action because we want to improve. Only if you take action you’ll become a successful learner of English, and you’ll be able to fulfil your dreams in life.

My suggestion for today:  write down some sentences with the words we’ve just discussed. If you don’t know what to write, you can use an online dictionary to get some inspiration. The point is that you start using the language actively, OK?

One more thing: I cannot stress enough how much the Leonardo English podcast helps me to become better at English. I’ve just shown you only a small part of all the key vocabulary in this particular episode about the Opium Wars.

But there’s more than just the vocabulary. In episode #21 I’ll show you how I improve my speaking skills with Leonardo English.

All right, let me know your thoughts on this episode in the comments or via email. Take care of yourself, and each other and I’ll catch you in the next episode.

About the author 


Kristian is a Dutch guy who teaches English online. He relaxes with audiobooks, music and podcasts. Kristian still has a lot to learn, but he's happy to share what he has learnt along the way.

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