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By: Al Slagle: English Teacher, Pronunciation Coach, and Fluency Specialist

What is the best way to learn English? Why is English so difficult for students, especially in Japan? How can I improve my English more quickly? If you are asking these questions, this Podcast is for you! ALsensei is an English Teaching Professional who has been helping people with how to improve English and Communication skills in Japan for over 18 years! He has worked with people from all backgrounds and levels including consulting at major corporations and organizations. He strongly advises students and clients to use other helpful resources such as VOA Special English and the ESL Podcast as well...

Current Events 9: COVID-19 Update
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On the 9th episode of Current Events, Al goes over the latest news regarding COVID-19.

There is a new strain of the virus called the “Delta Variant.” Also, some places still require masks while others do not. On this episode of Current Events, Al discusses the latest news on COVID-19 covering two articles from different news sites.

Here are the key vocabulary:
to sift through
biased
Delta variant
self-inflicted
vaccinologist
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
tyranny
elderly
co-morbidities
executive order
to proh...


English Fluency Power 5: How to Learn New Vocabulary and Never Forget It
07/15/2021

Today we wrap up the “English Fluency Power” series! Today we cover the final topic:

How to Learn New Vocabulary Words and Expressions and Never Forget Them

In this lesson, Al teaches you a system to help you memorize new vocabulary and natural English phrases so that you will not forget them. To watch ALL of the English Fluency Power Tips, please visit the Facebook page!

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English Fluency Power 4: Is Your English Textbook Good or Bad?
07/12/2021

Today we continue the countdown to ALsensei’s first book, “English Fluency Power”! Over the next several days and episodes of the podcast, Al will give a valuable tip to help with your English fluency directly from the book! Today:

Is Your English Textbook Good Or Bad?

In this lesson, Al tells you exactly how to determine if your English textbook is good or bad. To watch ALL of the English Fluency Power Tips, please visit the Facebook page!

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English Fluency Power 3: The #1 Fluency KILLER
07/06/2021

Today we continue the countdown to ALsensei’s first book, “English Fluency Power”! Over the next several days and episodes of the podcast, Al will give a valuable tip to help with your English fluency directly from the book! Today:

The #1 Thing that is KILLING your English Fluency

If your goal is to achieve English fluency, you NEED to know this important fact. There is ONE thing that is hurting your fluency more than anything else.

In this lesson, Al tells you exactly what this is so you can eliminate it from your Englis...


English Fluency Power 2: The TIP for SUCCESS that NO other Teacher is Talking About
07/03/2021

Today we continue the countdown to ALsensei’s first book, “English Fluency Power”! Over the next several days and episodes of the podcast, Al will give a valuable tip to help with your English fluency directly from the book! Today:

The Success Tip that No Other Teacher is Telling You About

I’ve taught English for 20 years. I’ve had the privilege of meeting some of the greatest English teachers in the world…

and yet…

I haven’t found one that teaches this important SUCCESS PRINCIPLE.

In this lesson, Al teaches you t...


English Fluency Power 1: Here's How to Achieve Your Fluency Goals
07/01/2021

Today we kick off the countdown to ALsensei’s first book, “English Fluency Power”! Over the next several days and episodes of the podcast, Al will give a valuable tip to help with your English fluency directly from the book! Today’s tip:

The Key to Achieving Your Fluency Goals

Have you ever wondered why you are not speaking as fluently and as comfortably as you’d like? Have you taken years of English classes but still feel frustrated and dissatisfied with your level?

In this lesson, Al tells you why that is and how yo...


One Point Lesson 1: Saving Time and Energy with Idioms
06/26/2021

On the 1st ever One Point Lesson, Al goes over a very important topic that will save you time and energy while studying English! Today’s topic:

Saving Time and Energy with Idioms

When learning new idioms, it’s important to know which of three categories they fall into. First, there are outdated idioms. Second, there are idioms to understand. And finally, there are idioms that you need to understand and be able to use.

In this lesson, Al gives examples of each and how you focus your time and energy on learning Type...


Real Chat 8: Surviving in Hawaii
06/19/2021

On the 8th episode of Real Chat, Al has a chat with his new friends, Anthony and Hayato, about living in Hawaii, language learning, and more.

What is it like living in Hawaii? Is it all fun and rainbows like you see on TV? How was it for a second generation Japanese youngster to grow up in Hawaii not knowing English at first? How did he eventually learn and start to make new friends? In this episode of Real Chat, we dig into these topics and more!

As you listen, keep these 3 points in mind:<...


Current Events 8: Sports Round-Up!
06/12/2021

On the 8th episode of Current Events, Al goes over the latest news from the world of sports! Since COVID-19 hit last year, many of the major sports leagues and tournaments are starting to take place again.

The main event of the summer will be the Olympics starting next month in Tokyo. However, we have some huge events taking place right now! First, we have the Euro 2020 which started today! Next, we have the Copa America tournament starting this weekend as well. There was some big news today from the French Open on the men’s side. Fi...


Teacher Interview 10: Learn with Luke Thompson from Luke's English Podcast!
06/05/2021

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On the 10th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to Luke Thompson, the host of the popular show “Luke’s English Podcast.”

Luke taught English in Kanagawa, Japan and has been podcasting since 2009! Luke’s English Podcast focuses on in-depth conversations giving listeners a chance to explore various topics, learn about British English and culture, and hear from a variety of interesting guests.

In this interview, Luke shares his best tips and answers the following questions:

What can students expect to find when th...


Episode 40: Top Lessons from 10 Years of Podcasting
05/30/2021

On the 40th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary of the English 2.0 Podcast! Today’s topic:

The Top Lessons From 10 Years of Podcasting

First of all, I’d like to say “Thank You” to everyone who has been a part of this journey that started 10 years ago. Actually, it started about 12 years ago as I tell the full story in today’s episode.

We also take a look at some of the most important lessons in the podcast’s 10-year history. As much as it is important to always be learning...


Real Chat 7: Let's Chat About Investing!
05/22/2021

On the 7th episode of Real Chat, Al has a chat with his friend Asif about investing.

Are you currently investing or have you invested before? In these uncertain times, it is important to protect your savings and even grow it if possible. What are the ways in which you can invest? What are the differences? What are the risks? These questions and more are discussed in this fun episode of Real Chat!

As you listen, keep these 3 points in mind:

1. Try to understand (comprehend) the main ideas of the discussion.
2. Learn...


AudioBlog 19: English 2.0 EXPLAINED
05/15/2021

On the 19th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

Upgrade Your English OS: English 1.0 -> English 2.0

It’s almost been 10 years since the beginning of the English 2.0 Podcast! Since we have quite a few new listeners and subscribers, it was time that we reviewed and explained the concept of English 2.0 once more. To help us do that, Al looks at one of the first blog posts from the website and explains what English 2.0 truly means and how you can use it to level up your learning and level up your li...


Your Question 22: How Can I Increase My IELTS Speaking Score?
05/08/2021

On the 22nd episode of Your Question, we handle the following question:

Q: How can I improve my speaking to prepare for the IELTS exam? When I’m taking the exam I have no idea what to talk about and that’s a problem. The words just don’t come out fluently. Please help!

Here are my top 3 tips for the IELTS Speaking Exam:
1. Understand the format of the exam
2. Study the exam questions and how they are formatted
3. Review answers from practice exams and form frameworks to help you respond


Current Events 7: The Academy Awards 2021
05/01/2021

On the 7th episode of Current Events, Al goes over the winners and news from the 93rd Academy Awards. Also known as the "Oscar Awards" this event is held annually to recognize the best movies from the previous year.

So which movie won the biggest prize, the Best Picture Award? Who won the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress? We'll take a look at all of the major winners on this episode of Current Events!

Here are the key vocabulary:
to recap
the Oscars
word of mouth
"Nomadland"
Chloe...


Movie Study 5: Ocean's Eleven
04/24/2021

On the 5th episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie:

Ocean’s Eleven

Today, let’s take a look at this comedic crime thriller from 2001. It stars plenty of famous actors including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, and many more. On this episode, I break down the process of studying English with movies into 7 easy steps:

1. Choose the Movie
2. Choose a Scene
3. Write Down the Script
4. Look Up any New Vocabulary
5. Find Common Sentence Patterns
6. Note How a Character Resp...


AudioBlog 18: A Powerful Reminder
04/16/2021

On the 18th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

Does Knowing Equal Doing?

Everyone KNOWS correct grammar, right? But can most English learners SPEAK with correct grammar? In this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, Al goes over why this occurs and a powerful reminder on how to fix it!

Link to Original Blog Post

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On the English 2.0 Podcast, I help you express yourself more naturally and smoothly. We go beyond the words and phrases and talk...


Speaking Skills 14: Expressing Likes and Dislikes
04/10/2021

On the 14th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to master this skill:

Expressing Likes and Dislikes

I’m sure most of you can do this on a basic level. We all know and can say “I like…” or “I don’t like…”

But, what if you want to make that a little more polite or soft? Or how about if you want to express yourself in an enthusiastic way?

In this episode of Speaking Skills, Al shows you exactly how to do that! (And he gives one bonus idiom that you can use...


Current Events 6: Why the George Floyd Murder Case Isn't As Clear As You May Think
04/02/2021

On the 6th episode of Current Events, Al goes over the latest news regarding the George Floyd murder case. On May 25th, 2020 George Floyd tragically died after an encounter with police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A video in which this encounter was captured spread around the world and sparked riots in many cities across the United States. Derek Chauvin was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck and has been charged with murder. It seems like an easy “guilty” verdict, right? Well, it might not be as clear as you may think.

What actually are the legal charges in thi...


Real Chat 6: Philosophy and Language with Warren Tang (Part 2)
03/18/2021

On the 6th episode of Real Chat, Al continues his chat with university instructor and researcher Warren Tang.

Have you ever wondered about your own existence? How do we know what “exists”? Can language bring something into existence? Is there such a thing as complete objectivity when viewing the world? These questions and more are discussed in this fascinating episode of Real Chat!

This is Part 2 of our chat. Part 1 can be found in “Real Chat 5” which will be linked below. In that episode, hear more about Buddhism and how Warren got his start into philosop...


Real Chat 5: Buddhism, Linguistics, and Philosophy with Warren Tang (Part 1)
03/14/2021

On the 5th episode of Real Chat, Al talks to university instructor and researcher Warren Tang.

Warren has been teaching linguistics and English language in Hiroshima, Japan for 18 years! However, it was our interest in philosophy and different perspectives of the world that brought us together a few short years ago. In this episode of Real Chat, we chat about Warren’s experience with Buddhism and how he became interested in philosophy. We also pick up a disagreement we had over Periscope a few years ago.

This is Part 1 of our chat. Part 2 will be Re...


Movie Review 3: A Bug's Life
03/08/2021

On the 3rd episode of Movie Reviews, ALsensei gives his thoughts on the following movie:

“A Bug’s Life”

This is a movie made by Disney and Pixar which was released in 1998. Following the success of “Toy Story”, this was the second movie ever produced by Pixar and became the highest grossing animated movie of 1998. Now 23 years old, does the animation still hold up compared to today’s standards? Is this a good movie for the family and for studying English? Al gives his thoughts in this episode of “Movie Reviews.”

As you listen, keep the...


Current Events 5: Cancel Culture, Star Wars, and Gina Carano
02/27/2021

On the 5th episode of Current Events, Al goes over the concept of “Cancel Culture” by highlighting a recent news story. About a week ago or so, actress and former MMA fighter Gina Carano was fired from the hit TV show “The Mandalorian” for making questionable comments on social media. So what is “Cancel Culture” and how does Gina’s story fit in? We’ll examine the whole issue in this episode of Current Events!

Here are the key vocabulary:
“Cancel Culture”
Gina Carano
“The Mandalorian”
to reiterate
to withdraw support for
objectionable


AudioBlog 17: How to Give Your Opinion in 4 Different Ways
02/19/2021

On the 17th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

How to Give Your Opinion: Version 2.0

Everyone has opinions, right? But does everyone know how to express their opinions clearly and accurately? In this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, Al goes over 4 different ways you can give your opinion with examples and action steps to help you level up today!

Link to Original Blog Post

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Mentioned on this episode:

Speaking Skills 8: Giving Opinions

O...


Episode 39: The Best New Tool to Help You Become a Fluent English Speaker
02/10/2021

On the 39th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic:

The Best New Tool to Help You Become a Fluent English Speaker

In this core episode, I share with you a fantastic new app to help you become a fluent English speaker. It’s called “Clubhouse” and it’s a new social media app available for iOS (iPhone) users. This app allows you to have voice conversations with other people and it’s just starting to become really popular! If you haven’t heard of Clubhouse yet, get on board now!

Downlo...


Real Chat 4: Let's Go Behind the Scenes with a Movie Producer!
02/03/2021

On the 4th episode of Real Chat, Al talks to filmmaker Mike Solton!

Mike is an independent filmmaker and movie producer from Los Angeles, California. He has made three movies with another one possibly in the works. His latest movie, “Love in Tokyo” was filmed on location in Tokyo and is a light romantic comedy. In addition to “Love in Tokyo” we also chat about some of Mike’s favorite movies as well as filmmakers that inspired him. Get ready to go behind the scenes with a movie producer and you’ll be in for a fun conversation!<...


Movie Study 4: PITCH PERFECT
01/26/2021

On the 4th episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie:

Pitch Perfect

Today, let's take a look at this comedy from 2012 starring Anna Kendrick. On this episode, I break down the process of studying English with movies into 7 easy steps:

1. Choose the Movie
2. Choose a Scene
3. Write Down the Script
4. Look Up any New Vocabulary
5. Find Common Sentence Patterns
6. Note How a Character Responds to a Question or Comment
7. Note Natural Expressions

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AudioBlog 16: 3 Lessons for Success (from Justin Bieber!)
01/17/2021

On the 16th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

3 Things I Learned from JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER

What?! Is Justin Bieber an English teacher? Well, no, not exactly. He is a global superstar in the world of pop music so he knows a little bit about success. What can we learn from him? Well, in this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, Al pulls out three valuable lessons for success from the documentary movie “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.”

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Current Events 4: What Just Happened at the U.S. Capitol?
01/11/2021

On the 4th episode of Current Events, Al describes what occurred at the U.S. Capitol a few days ago.

On January 6th, a mob of mostly Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington D.C. They were able to get past security and get inside the halls of the U.S. government. So what happens now? Why and how could this happen? Al goes over the details so that you can understand and follow along with the updates.

Here are the key vocabulary:
to storm
to be affirmed
President-Elect
...


Episode 38: New Year's Resolutions: Why They Don't Work
01/03/2021

On the 38th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic:

New Year’s Resolutions: Why They Don’t Work

Happy New Year! In this core episode, I talk about the reason that many people fail when setting their New Year’s Resolutions and goals. Also, I give you action steps that will allow you to succeed when starting out 2021! Get off on the right foot with this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast!

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English 2.0 Podcast – iTunes or Stitcher

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Christmas Special!: Top Tips and Lessons from the Best English Teachers in the World
12/26/2020

On today’s Special Christmas episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, I compiled the best tips, lessons, and advice from some of the best English teachers around the world and online.

Be sure to listen to their full interviews for even more tips and advice!

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On the English 2.0 Podcast, I help you express yourself more naturally and smoothly. We go beyond the words and phrases and talk about how to make your English sound more natural, proper mindset, and success principles.

Do you have a q...


Speaking Skills 13: Describing Past Events
12/20/2020


Current Events 3: Is the Election Over Yet? Did Trump Really Lose?!
12/12/2020

On the 3rd episode of Current Events, Al gives an important update on the U.S. presidential election.

Most news media outlets are saying the Joe Biden won the presidential election. But is that really the case? Is it actually over? Well, technically, it's not over until the new president takes over on January 20th, called "Inauguration Day." So what is Trump trying to do in order to retain the presidency? What is the legal court case about? Al goes over the details so that you can understand and follow along with the updates.

Here...


Real Chat 3: How Much Do You Know About New Zealand?
12/05/2020

On the 3rd episode of Real Chat, Al talks to his friend Louise from New Zealand!

Louise Poppy, as she is known online, is a tour guide from New Zealand. She has visited several countries and in addition to New Zealand, she leads tours in Japan and South Korea as well. In this episode of Real Chat, hear about New Zealand's culture, food, and travel! Also, Al wants to know about "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" which were filmed in New Zealand. Get ready for a fun and engaging chat with Louise!

As...


Current Events 2: Thanksgiving and Black Friday - Current Traditions and History
11/29/2020

On the 2nd episode of Current Events, Al talks about two significant days in the United States: Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

In America, we have just celebrated the festive holiday of Thanksgiving! For many American families this is a holiday filled with tradition and celebration as we give thanks to what we have. However, some believe that there is a darker side to the history of Thanksgiving which we explore in this podcast. Also, we look at the day known as "Black Friday." What is it and why is it important? You can continue to learn about...


AudioBlog 15: Responding Naturally in a Conversation
11/21/2020

On the 15th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

Power Conversation: How to Respond to Someone Naturally

Do you sometimes struggle to respond in a conversation? Perhaps it's stressful to find the right words. Or maybe, you want to say something but you're afraid of making of mistake. Well, in this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, Al teaches you how to respond naturally in any conversation. This simple, yet powerful 2-step formula will remove all of your stress and help you achieve conversation success!


Movie Review 2: Gemini Man
11/14/2020


Current Events 1: What's Happening with the Election??
11/07/2020


Real Chat 2: ELECTION SPECIAL! Hear from a Donald Trump Voter
11/03/2020


Real Chat 1: ELECTION SPECIAL! Hear from 2 Joe Biden Voters
11/02/2020