#152: How to Go Beyond the Classroom & Live Your Life in English

Aww yeah! Are you ready to go BEYOND the boring traditional methods and learn English like the natives do–by USING it?!?

Without a doubt, the most successful English learners I have met completely surround themselves with the language. They create an environment and lifestyle that mimics the experience one might have if she were living in an English speaking country. And without a doubt, this is a HUGE key to success with learning. It is moving past the ways you were told to learn the language, and making it a part of your everyday life that you don’t even really have to think about.

It is simple, it is fun, and although it is not always easy, it is extremely fulfilling. But in this episode, Justin and Ethan will make it more effortless with tons of new tips and resources. Are you ready? Then press play!

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Words You’ll Learn:

  • Headstand – upside down pose where you balance on your head, using your hands for support
  • Smack Dab in the Middle – Halfway through something
  • Savannah – a tropical, grassy plain without many trees
  • Come after sb – to chase someone
  • Get Hooked – to become addicted to something
  • Flip on a TV series – turn on a show
  • Connoisseur – someone who has a deep interest and/or knowledge about something
  • Wind down – to relax
  • Kill two birds with one stone – achieve two objectives with a single action
  • Hit the ground running – to get a good start
  • Ahead of the game – more advanced than your peers


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  • Natalia says:

    Hi guys! This is my first visit to your web-site and I like it so much! Thank you so much for this wonderful podcast (real radio # 152). The comparison of language learning with going to the zoo or traveling in savannah is amazing! I absolutely agree that, although these approaches seem quite different, they don’t contradict one another and can be easily combined. Actually, this is what I try to do in my own attempts to improve my English, but, before listening to you, it never occured to me that this strsategy could be described by means of such a beautiful metaphor ;). Natalia, Russia

  • Andrew says:

    Totally agree with you guys! You can go to the “zoo” and get some basic knowledge, but if you want to use the language in real life, well, then you should definitely try walking the “savannah”.
    P.S.: You will like it 🙂

    • Justin says:

      Aww yeah thanks for the support Andrew, and keep up the great work!