#175: Classroom English vs Real World English

Aww yeah! The RealLife English podcast is back after a 2 year absence.

In this episode, Ethan and Justin give an update on RealLife English, and cover some of the principles of learning English in the real world.

Words You’ll Learn:

  • Sunshiney- filled with light and sunshine
  • Quarantine– a state, period, or place of isolation in which people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to infectious or contagious disease are placed.
  • To be stir-crazy– psychologically disturbed, especially as a result of being confined or imprisoned.
  • To be trapped– have (something, typically a part of the body) held tightly by something so that it cannot move or be freed.
  • Cabin Fever– irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter.
  • To be cooped up–  to be kept in a place which is too small, or which does not allow you much freedom.
  • Trigger Word- a word that causes someone distress, typically as a result of arousing feelings or memories associated with a particular traumatic experience.
  • Double entendre– a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent.
  • Hiatus– a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.
  • To keep track (of our numbers)– you make sure to know about what is happening (or has happened) to it. You can keep track of things or people. The opposite is to “lose track of something.”
  • Momentum– the impetus gained by a moving object.
  • Vibing over (some really great ideas)– to cooperative or hang out in a synergistic mutually pleasant way
  • Savannah– a grassy plain in tropical and subtropical regions, with few trees.

  • Wilderness– a rough, uninhabited or neglected region. A wooded area with no civilized life on the borders of a town is an example of the wilderness.
  • False dichotomy– A situation in which two alternative points of view are presented as the only options, when others are available. 
  • Operative word– the most important word in a phrase, which explains the truth of a situation.
  • Training wheels– a pair of small supporting wheels fitted on either side of the rear wheel of a child’s bicycle.
  • To polish– to perfect, or make the surface of (something) smooth and shiny by rubbing it.
  • Plateau (that I was on with my learning)– a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress.
  • Tipping point– the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change.

  • Boulder– a large rock
  • Arsenal (of tools)– a collection of weapons or tools
  • Milestone– an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.


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  • Aaman says:

    Really cool podcast

    • Justin says:

      We really appreciate it, Aaaman!

  • Luis says:

    Nice job guys!!

    • Justin says:

      Aww yeah, Thank you so much for your support Luis!

  • DanJP says:


    • Justin says:

      Aww yeah, Dan, thanks for your support buddy!

  • Marco says:

    I’m stoked to see that you’re back to the podcast game, and as always it was so stylish! If you don’t mind, I would have just a piece of advice. The wordlists provided is excellent and it comes so handy to spot all the high level vocabs that you use left and right but it would be even better (imho) if you add a short example showing the usage of this words in context. Keep it up guys, you rock !

    • Justin says:

      Hey Marco, thanks for listening, and we appreciate the tip. We’re just getting started but we’ll take your feedback into account as we improve it! Cheers brotha!

  • Uyen says:

    It will be better if you add some subtitle into it. I cound not actually listen clearly every single word that you’ve talked in this podcast episode. In the other hand, thanks for having uploaded this podcast for us. I really appreciate your content!
    (Sorry for my mistakes in this comment).

    • Justin says:

      Thanks for the comment Uyen. And nice work with your English. Keep listening and you’ll improve step by step my friend!

  • Chiara says:

    Thank you guys. Happy to hear you again on podcasts. I love your fluent with friends English course as well but your podcasts have a special place in my heart, because not only I have fun and learn but they keep me motiveted and inspired. I have a favour to ask you. I’m trapped in my flat in Italy, due to the quarantine and I would like to use this time to initiate my little children to English. But they learn much better things that are related to their routine, like toys etc. (as the adults they learn what is related to their interests and passion and emotions). Unfortunately I don’t have much vocabulary and expressions to offer them. I hardly cover their basic routine (brush teeth, jump the rope, make summersaults, be cuddled etc). Would you like to make a podcast for families and kids? We could use some help in this taugh period to have fun with kids, learn new things and travel at least with mind and heart. Thanks so much guys. Cheers!

    • Justin says:

      Hey Chiara, thanks for listening and we appreciate your support. That is a really great idea. I’ll share it with the team and we’ll keep it in mind for future episodes. Thanks again and keep up the great work with your English (and parenting)!

  • Moshkada says:

    You’re so fine you blow my mind. Thanks a lot. I would like to recommend you just one thing that will polish your educational stuff is adding examples to new words.

    • Agnieszka Tkacz says:

      Thank you too!