Beyond Borders with Ethan #6: How to Make English Useful and Interesting to You | Christina Lorimer

Christina Lorimer,, is an English instructor, materials writer, academic consultant, and entrepreneur. She is a specialist in English as a second language and has worked with NGOs and immigrant refugees for many years. She dedicates her work to support language learners in overcoming internal and systemic barriers to become confident English speakers.

We talked about her experience helping immigrants in California to learn English and overcome strong emotional barriers, and her advice that could help you overcome your own limits to speak. We discussed her feeling depressed the first time that she lived outside of the United States, and the importance of having a support network. Also why going to an English speaking country will not be the magic pill to help you speak fluently. It was interesting hearing her perspectives on culture shock and reverse culture shock when returning to the USA. Christina also gave advice for English teachers to stay relevant in 2021 and beyond.

Her language journey started with Spanish, but Christina also speaks Brazilian Portuguese fluently. Through her YouTube Channel, she teaches English in Portuguese and helps learners just like you with their dream of learning English in a simple and fun way.

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  • Nuts and bolts
  • Portfolio
  • Plug someone into
  • Sertanejo
  • Culture shock
  • Pings my heart
  • Coping strategies
  • Murky
  • Misnomer
  • Pick your brain
  • And many more in the app.

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  • Sairajangoud says:

    Hello Ethan ! You are really inspired me with your unconditional hardwork towards English learners by youtube ,podcasts and as well as blog posts. I had a great lectures from you to become fluent in British accent ….. Thanking you from depth of heart ❤️❤️

    • Agnieszka from RealLife English says:

      Thank you so much for being with us!

  • Jayne Camponez says:

    Hello! I love “The Beyond Borders with Ethan”, but, unfortunately, today sound is not good! It’s very difficult to understand.

    • Ksenia Aktas says:

      Hello Jayne, it also upsets us when we have some issues with the sound. Hopefully, we’ll have less and less troubles like this in the future! Thanks for listening to the show!

  • Liubov says:

    Yes, I agree with other people in comments: It’s really difficult to understand what Christina says because of poor quality of the sound in this podcast.

  • Good point