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and Understand Native Speakers in Real Life

Conversation about Doctor Visits

by Real English Conversations | Conversation Lessons

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Curtis:  Okay. For today’s conversation, we’re going to talk about things related to going to the doctor. So, getting sick or having an injury, right?

Amy:  Yeah, exactly. We have noticed that a lot of our students don’t really know how to explain how they’re feeling, maybe pain or different symptoms that they’re having in their body.

So, we thought that we could share some of our experiences that we’ve had, unfortunately, where we’ve either been sick or hurt ourselves and what it was like, what was happening to us. So, Curtis, for you I think we’re going to start backwards and maybe moving our way forward in time.

Curtis:  Okay.

Amy:  And one of the first stories that you were going to talk about was related to something that happened to you in high school, right?

Curtis:  Yeah. It was back in high school. Actually, I was in a marching band and I played the bass drum, and we actually competed against other marching bands. So we went on tour through the United States and we won this competition one night. And then after the competition we went back to the high school gymnasium that we were staying in, and around these high schools are stairways or staircases.

Amy:  Like the bleachers, right?

Curtis:  Yeah. Kind of like that but more of the concrete – not really the bleachers but the concrete stairs that lead to the gymnasium. So we were hanging out and sitting on these steps and above us are these railings that are thick, thick steel or metal, almost like metal bars, I guess. And my friend who was also a bass drummer with me – we played bass drum – and he was up on top where this hand railing was, and he was moving it back and forth because it was loose.

Amy:  Like kind of shaking it or playing around a little bit?

Curtis:  Yeah, yeah. So he was goofing around, playing around with this thing, this hand rail, and it came loose and it fell.

Amy:  Right on you.

Curtis:  On top of me. The other people that, the members of the marching band ran out of the way, but I was a little bit too late.

Amy:  You didn’t realize what was happening probably.

Curtis:  Yeah. Like, it happened in an instant. I looked up and it was already falling on me. It hit me on the side of the head and my ear started ringing. Oh, it was so painful. It was so painful I was crying like crazy. So, they were like, “Oh, call 911. Call 911. You know. Curtis is hurt.” And then my friend felt so bad. He was crying because it was his fault.

Amy:  Right.

Curtis: And throughout the whole month of this tour, he kept apologizing to me, “Are you okay, Curtis?” You know. He felt really bad. So, they called 911 and an ambulance showed up. And they asked me if I wanted to go to the hospital. They need my permission and I said, “No, no. I think I’m going to be okay.” So they checked me over. The paramedics checked me over.

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Real English Conversations it is not only about the podcast conversation lessons and the transcripts… but it’s about the larger platform, about being part of a cool community of people, the members where you learn and practice English in a lot of different ways.

And because I know I’m not alone in my English learning journey that keeps my motivation high. As a result, my English has been taken to a higher level. Now, I definitely feel more confident. 

~ Smith (from Haiti)

Listen to this Conversation about Driving

by Real English Conversations | Conversation Lessons

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Amy: What have you been pulled over1 for?
Curtis: I’ve been pulled over for tailgating2 an ambulance.
Amy: Oh, my God. I didn’t think that was the story he was going to pick.
Curtis: No, this is a very, very bad thing to do. I don’t recommend you doing this.
Amy: Okay. What’s tailgating?
Curtis: Tailgating is following somebody too close. So usually you have to leave a car
length in between the car in front of you and your car. And I at that point …
Amy: Had a very, very bad habit of driving way too close.
Curtis: Right. And in between–or I was in between the emergency ambulance vehicle in
front of me and a police car behind me. But I didn’t know it was a police car because it
didn’t have the lights.
Amy: Oh, it was a ghost car3.
Curtis: It was a ghost car.
Amy: Sneaky4.
Curtis: Or an unmarked car. Yeah.
Amy: Right. An unmarked car.
Curtis: And right away, he turned on his lights that were on his dashboard and the front of
his car and his siren. And he was mad.
Amy: He was.
Curtis: But I got lucky5 on that one too. Even though he was mad, he didn’t give me a
ticket.
Amy: Yeah. Sometimes they let you off. They–like they let you off the hook6 or I don’t
know. They give you, what is it? A warning?
Curtis: A warning7

Amy: Yeah, they give you a warning. Don’t do it again. Oh, yeah. It’s a written warning.
And it goes on record that you’ve been warned about this. But they don’t actually give
you a fine.
Curtis: Yeah. He kept track of it for sure.

Phrase Explanations:

  1. Pulled over: Stopped by the police
  2. Tailgating: Driving very closely to the vehicle in front of you
  3. Ghost car: A police car with no lights or markings. Also known as an unmarked car.
  4. Sneaky: Doing something in a secret, unfair or not obvious way
  5. I got lucky: To have good luck unexpectedly
  6. Let you off the hook: When you get caught doing something wrong or illegal and you don’t get punished for it. ‘Let you off’ is the short way of expressing this.
  7. Warning: An official notice that you have been warned not to do something again

 

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Real English Learning Advice that Works!

Each lesson and activity in our courses follow one simple concept… To teach you the most important skills that make the biggest difference with your speaking and listening abilities. Check out this video where teacher Amy explains how rapid learning is easy to achieve. Learn how to modify your study activities to make them much more effective. English doesn’t have to take YEARS to learn.

Real English Conversations 

The Bridge Between Traditional ESL Classroom Education and Communication for the Real World 

If this is your first checking out Real English Conversations, let me explain how we are different and why it works…

Instead of creating lessons based on a grammar textbook or curriculum, we base our lessons on real conversations.

We’ve turned natural ‘english conversations’ into audio lessons with specific exercises that focus on helping you to develop the most important communication skills: speaking, listening and the vocabulary people use in everyday life.

Everything on this website, all of our courses, and the lessons, have been created to help students like you to create a bridge between traditional ESL classroom education and ‘real world English’ that you need to make friends, get a job and feel confident communicating in English as an immigrant, for business purposes, or as a traveler. 

About the Teachers on Real English Conversations

Curtis and I (Amy) are from Canada in North America. We have a passion for traveling and teaching real English to help students improve their communication skills.

In 2016, we sold our house and everything we owned to Mexico and focus on teaching English full-time.

Learning a language as an adult is hard!

After suffering for 14 years ‘learning’ a Spanish using the typical methods taught in textbooks and the classroom… I was barely able to speak and it was impossible to understand native speakers.

Finally, I decided to change the way I was learning a language to focus on speaking and listening development.

Within 6 months, I went from a useless beginner to an advanced level speaker where I could have conversations with real people.

In our English conversation lessons and courses, I’ll teach you the same ways to practice your English to quickly improve your speaking and listening skills with  the same techniques and unique methods I have discovered or created.

These are the same methods that helped me reach fluency and maintain my current conversation abilities my new language, even though, I don’t have less than 4 hours a week to practice.

To try our method and discover a different way of learning, I recommend checking out a sample lesson or registering as a Free Member.

We will you show you how you can use naturally spoken English conversations to:

  • Learn the vocabulary native speakers actually use
  • Understand more of what you hear
  • Practice speaking to use the new words you learned

Communicating in Real English Conversations – Closing the Gap

Traditional English courses are excellent for helping students learn the basics of the language. Students need to be taught how to form verb conjugations, proper sentence structure and pronunciation. Unfortunately, these skills will only teach you to pass writing and reading tests well, not to talk to real people in everyday conversations

To get to the next step, you need to start speaking Engish and develop your listening skills.

But… the only way you have ever learned a language is the way you were shown in English classes: learn more grammar, memorize more words, do more exercises that are centered around more advanced grammar.

This problem is the ‘learning gap’ that exists between learning about English and actually being able to have a real conversation.

If you are a student that knows quite a lot English (years of learning in some cases), but it is almost impossible for you to speak in English or understand anything that you hear – then you are in the ‘learning gap’. 

Don’t worry, Real English Conversations is exactly what you need to make the transition from ‘traditional English courses’ to becoming a confident, fluent English speaker that is prepared to communicate in any situation. 

 

English Courses Tend to Test Everything to Measure Your Progress

For most students, especially immigrants or people using English for their jobs, their goal is to confidently communicate in everyday life and real situations… not topass to pass a test.

Education systems have always been based on testing and measuring your level, knowledge and ability. Which is why English courses are built using activities that have a correct or incorrect answer, instead of being designed to develop skills.

The most effective activities to improve speaking and listening cannot be measured quickly and accurately however, the progress and confidence that our students feel about their conversation and communication skills is obvious when they do activities that are focused on developing the right skills. 

 

Languages are Flexible, Just Like Our Online English Courses

You should be able to choose the lessons you want to study. Taking control of your learning by focusing on the skills you want to improve and choosing the lessons that seem most useful to you.

Being able to study when you have time (based on your schedule) has many benefits: 

  • Having access to these lessons online when it is convenient for you to study saves a lot of time (less time spent traveling to the school) 
  • It is more convenient (study anywhere you have internet)
  • Less expensive than taking classes at a local school (hiring a teacher, building costs etc. add to the cost of your course.)
  • PDF and MP3 Downloads for offline studying 

 

Despite the differences in our teaching style, our methods effectively help you to:

  • Speak with more confidence and English fluency
  • Develop listening skills to understand American English that you’ll hear in conversations
  • Understand that mistakes are part of the learning process
  • English is for communication, not perfection

These students have kindly written a few words about their experiences using our courses.

Thanks to Real Engish Conversations, I learned a lot of new things, your website is great. I like it so much, they have so much helpful information for people who want to learn English and with their methods of teaching they make so easy to understand all the information that they provide. Thanks to their everyday conversations, I feel more confident when I need to talk, I have a better flow while speaking and that is so important because my profession demands a good level of English, I’m a professional pilot, thanks so much to Amy and Curtis for taking your time to help people to learn, you are awesome people. Keep up the good work and thanks for everything!

Alfredo

Pilot in Argentina

Hello, my name is Manel. I’m from Mallorca, Spain. I’m just writing to thank you for your amazing podcast. I’m studying to pass the TOEFL exam and it’s really helpful to hear you talking about different topics which are very enjoyable. I love the language, that is one of the main reasons why I decided to become a primary school teacher. I’m thinking about moving to USA in order to improve my level and discover a new culture, new places and also live new experiences. Congratulations and thank you very much for everything you’ve done for all of your listeners to understand more from each conversation!

Manel B.

Spain