RealLife Radio #92 – How to Learn English Without Classes

post-imageDo you think you are lazy when it comes to studying English?

Well, let us introduce you to Olly Richards, an English polyglot who has taught himself 7 languages. In this episode you are going to discover how Olly managed to learn all of these language despite his busy schedule, and being a lazy language learning student.

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Words You’ll Learn

  • Cruising – moving in a relaxed way
  • Hazy – unclear
  • Tough – difficult
  • Epitomize – a typical example of something
  • To get used to something – become accustomed to something
  • To vibe with – to have a connection with
  • Well versed – to have a lot of experience and knowledge in something
  • Call something off – to cancel something
  • Break up – end a relationship
  • Ballsy – to do something brave
  • Youth Hostel – a very cheap place for travelers to stay
  • Nod – to move your head up and down in agreement
  • Do you fancy – would you like? (common in British English)
  • Put someone out – put someone in and inconvenient situation
  • Let down – to disappoint someone
  • Shisha – Arabic tobacco smoked in a water pipe
  • Break down – to explain in more specific detail

Shoutouts

  • Mika from Japan – Awesome member of the Fluency Circle

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Kickass Quote

  •  “You don’t learn a language, you get used to it.” – Khatzumoto

Conversation Topic

In this episode we talk to polyglot Olly Richards from Cambridge, England. Learn all about the techniques he used to learn and become fluent in more than 7 languages. Learn more about Olly by checking out his site and information about his course in the links below.

Pronunciation Tip

Listen to some common pronunciation differences between Ethan’s American English accent, and Olly’s British accent.

  • Vitamin
  • Aluminum
  • Privacy
  • Schedule
  • Garage
  • Herb
  • Oregano

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Song: Tony Bennet “When in Rome”

Lyrics

When in Spain, for reasons I don’t explain,
I remain enjoying a brew,
Don’t deplore my fondness for Fundador –
You know how a Fundador can lead to a few –
And baby when in Rome, I do as the Romans do.

If per chance I’m saying farewell to France,
And romance drops in from the blue;
Cher amour, I beg of you, please endure
My taking a brief detour with somebody new –
It’s just that when in Rome, I do as the Romans do.

And though from Italy I lie to you prettily,
Why think of me bitterly? You know that I’m true –
‘Cept now and then in Rome, I get that old yen in Rome
And naturally when in Rome, I do as the Romans do.

If I write happily, “Best wishes from Napoli,”
Don’t cable me snappily to tell me we’re through,
‘Cause once again in Rome, in somebody’s den in Rome
Well pussycat, when in Rome, I do as the Romans,
Disregard the signs and the omens,
When in Rome I do as the Romans do.

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8 Comments

  1. Natalia on February 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Hey Guys, I really enjoyed this podscat, but to be honest, I had a hard time understanding british accent hahaha… I mean I´m not used to it. As always, very useful, fun and meaninful podcast. have a great weekend!

    • Justin on February 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Hey Natalia, Thanks for your nice comment! Yeah, you’ll adapt to the British accent. We’ll have another one coming your way in a few weeks. Take care and have a great day!

  2. Roberto Gomes Franco on February 26, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Hey Chad, Ethan and Justin, I really loved this podcast and for the first time I hadn't a hard time to follow an Englishman speaker, and by the way, an awsome guy.
    I'd like to comment how good I felt after partaking a hangout, like yesterday with Justin, Marta Sala and Lucas Rezende, despite some faliled connection.
    Ethan, I'm really looking forward your new demo that you introduced me in our interview.
    See you guuys.

  3. O'Reilly Marie-Danielle on March 5, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Thank you so much for your advice. I just love this podcast . I realiised

  4. Alex on March 5, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Please tell me, How I can download transcript of this podcast

  5. Yogesh maccks on January 9, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Hi guys this podcast is pretty awesome
    Pretty much i have listened this episode more than 50 times its because of very interesting that olly taked about his life
    How he learned languages effectively
    I learned lot of vocabs in this podcast
    Especially i love at the end pronunciation
    Between American and British
    That was awesome
    Aww yeah guys

    • RealLife on January 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Awesome to hear, Yogesh. Thanks for listening and sharing your thoughts! Aww Yeah!!

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