RealLife Radio #89 – Max’s Journey of Determination

Are you looking for some inspiration for your English?

Listen to the story of our good friend, Max from Argentina, and how he became a fluency English speaker despite all of the challenges he faced.

You will also learn about the power of having someone holding you accountable for your learning and how the pronunciation of words can change when using the possessive S. Check the noted below before listening to MAXimize your comprehension. Aww Yeah!

Free Download

Words You’ll Learn

  • Sassy – lively and spirited
  • Badass – tough or in some cases excellent
  • Chuck Norris – Justin’s twin brother
  • Treadmill – machine used for running at gym
  • Chip in – to contribute
  • In the flesh – in person
  • Okey dokey – a funny way to say okay
  • I know it like the back of my hand – to be very familiar with something, commonly cities and places
  • Freaking – a colloquial way to emphasize an adjective
  • Come across – to find unexpectedly
  • Mantra – a phrase you repeat to help give you focus
  • Ring a bell – it is familiar to you
  • Side tracked – to get distracted and lose concentration
  • Demanding – to ask a lot of someone
  • Keep up with – to be able to accompany the rest of the class
  • Light years ahead – much more advanced than others
  • Stand out – the be more noticeable
  • Hold someone accountable – to make sure someone is doing what they said they will do
  • To be into something – to be interested in a particular subject
  • To sum something up – summarize
  • To get tripped up on something – get confused by something

Shoutouts

  • Christy from the USA (5 Star itunes review) – “Wow this is a great podcast that I have been sharing with all of my international student here in Redondo beach California. Thanks and keep the lessons coming.”
  • Claudia from Germany (Fluency Circle member) – With an exceptional way of showing how American pronunciation works, it has been freaking helpful for my English comprehension, probably my pronunciation as well.”

Leave us a review and get a shoutout in a future episode!
Click to learn how for iTunes and Stitcher

Kickass Quote

  •  “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”  – Mahatma Gandhi

Conversation Topic

  • Learn about Max’s journey to becoming a fluency English speaking and all of the difficulties and barriers of resistance he faced. Max is a great example of how anyone can learn a language, as long as they have strong determination and inspiration.

Question

  • Learn about all the different ways the pronunciation changes when using the possessive S

Weekly Challenge

We want you to start practicing Shadowing: Choose an audio or video clip of an English speaker you enjoy and record yourself imitating that person. Send us the clip and we would be happy to give you some feedback.

Connect with us

  • Follow us on Youtube: We have hundreds of fun, exciting RealLife lessons!
  • Follow us on Twitter: receive daily tweets about phrasal verbs, slang, grammar exercises, quotes, jokes, and music videos with lyrics.
  • Like our Facebook Page: receive the daily expressions and other great English tips.
  • Join our Facebook Group: join the daily English discussions with tens of thousands of teachers and learners from all over the world. 

Help us Spread the Movement

If you’ve found the podcast at all helpful or entertaining, we’d love if you could visit our iTunes page and give us a positive review (this makes it easier to find us)

This will help us to get more listeners and invest more in the podcast! If you know some ways we can make it better, please send us an email:[email protected]

How to Leave an iTunes Review

This will help our ranking and more people will see the podcast. Aww Yeah!

Song: Nickleback “What are you waiting for”

Lyrics

What are you waiting for?
What are you waiting for?

Are you waiting on a lightening strike
Are you waiting for the perfect night
Are you waiting ’til the time is right?
What are you waiting for?
Don’t you wanna learn to deal with fear?
Don’t you wanna take the wheel and steer?
Don’t you wait another minute here?
What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

You gotta go and reach for the top
Believe in every dream that you got
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
And don’t you be afraid if you fall
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?

Are you waiting for the right excuse?
Are you waiting for a sign to choose
While you’re waiting it’s the time you lose
What are you waiting for?
Don’t you wanna spread your wings and fly?
Don’t you really wanna live your life?
Don’t you wanna love before you die?

What are you waiting for?
What are you waiting for?

You gotta go and reach for the top
Believe in every dream that you got
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
And don’t you be afraid if you fall
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?

[2x]
Tell me what you’re waiting for?
Show me what you’re aiming for?
What you gonna save it for?
So what you really waiting for?

Everybody’s gonna make mistakes
But everybody’s got a choice to make
Everybody needs a leap of faith
When are you taking yours?

What are you waiting for?

You gotta go and reach for the top
Believe in every dream that you got
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
And don’t you be afraid if you fall
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?

You gotta go and reach for the top
What are you, what are you waiting for?
Believe in every dream that you got
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?

What are you, what are you?
What are you, what are you waiting for?
What are you, what are you?
What are you, what are you waiting for?

 Return to RealLife English ESL Podcasts

  • Hi Chad ; thank you for this great lesson “Episode 89”

    You asked me “Do you have any suggestions for future episodes of RealLife Radio?” well .. I have one . Could you make/create a lesson about American culture ? for example : what do you like to eat ? and Maybe about wedding ceremony in America or funeral . And I really wanna learn this “What’s the diffrent between American and British Cultere.” thanks guys ..

  • Hi guys! I have been listening your podcasts and I really enjoy those. But sadly I can’t download your latest podcasts and why is that?

  • Hey

    How can I download PDF with transcription?

    • Justin

      Hey Jan, Thanks for the message. We offered them for free when we first launched them as a promotional material and a way to get feedback and develop the guide. Now we charge a monthly subscription for them (they’re a lot better now too!) If you’re interested in checking out the Power Lessons (PDF File, Audio, and Anki Vocab Deck), give this page a look http://reallifeglobal.com/fluencycircle/

mautic is open source marketing automation