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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 13 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Real Chat 8 | Surviving in Hawaii with 2 of My New Friends
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 […]

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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 […]

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

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, […]

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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 […]

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Real Chat 7 | Let’s Chat About Investing – Stocks, Real Estate, and Bitcoin
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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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! […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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? […]

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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 […]

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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! Download MP3 (28MB) Right Click->Save Link As On the English 2.0 […]

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

On the 13th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to master this skill: Describing Past Events Has any of your English-speaking friends asked you, “How was your vacation?” or “What happened in the meeting this morning?” In this episode, we learn how to describe past events in a very logical way that’s easy for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Movie Review 2 | “Gemini Man”
11/14/2020

On the 2nd episode of Movie Reviews, ALsensei gives his thoughts on the following movie: “Gemini Man” I recently came across this 2019 movie on Hulu. It stars Will Smith and is directed by Ang Lee. The story seems good but it received a lot of bad reviews. So, is “Gemini Man” worth watching? Al […]

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Current Events 1 | What’s Happening with the Election??
11/07/2020

On the 1st episode of Current Events, Al updates you on the current status of the U.S. presidential election. As it stands, we still don’t know who the president will be although it is starting to look like Joe Biden will defeat President Donald Trump. In this episode of Current Events, Al gives a brief […]

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

On the 2nd episode of Real Chat, Al talks to a friend who will be voting for President Donald J. Trump in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Al and Steve have been friends since they met in Hawaii about 13 years ago. In this chat, you’ll hear Steve give his views about the election and […]

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

On the 1st episode of Real Chat, Al talks to two friends who will be voting for Joe Biden in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Al, Robert, and Erik have known each other since college. In this chat, you’ll hear Robert and Erik give their views about the election and why they’re voting for former […]

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