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.

Free Download 

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


  • Mika from Japan – Awesome member of the Fluency Circle

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

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

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: Tony Bennet “When in Rome”


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.

 Return to RealLife English ESL Podcasts

  • Justin says:

    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!

  • Yogesh maccks says:

    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 says:

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

  • Sergius says:

    Hi guys, I think there is a mistake in the section “Words you’ll learn”.
    “Put someone out – put someone in and inconvenient situation” should sound as
    “Put someone out – put someone in an inconvenient situation”