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To Fluency Podcast: English with Jack

English, Languages, 1 season, 50 episodes, 15 hours, 43 minutes
Looking for effective English lessons? Join Jack from To Fluency as he gives you English learning advice and detailed lessons to help you improve. Learn key vocabulary, the most powerful ways to learn English, and get the best listening practice so you can start understanding native speakers. If you're looking for an English podcast that will take you to an advanced level, this is for you.
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50: How to Learn English Faster with Microlearning (Examples Included)

Get your fluency book here: (it's FREE to download!)In this episode, learn all about the concept of microlearning and why you might want to try this to learn English (hint: repetition is key!).Be sure to read the articles that I talk about in this lesson:-
1/27/202217 minutes, 19 seconds
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49: What it's Really Like Being a YouTube and Content Creator (English Listening Practice)

In this English lesson, I go through my story of being a YouTube (great listening practice), discuss current content trends, and give tips on how to become a creator.Get my book for free: the program:, here is a guide on email marketing from my other channel - you'll find this useful if you're in the creator space - )Here is the episode on social media: is the episode on the Metaverse: is the article for this lesson: you for listening!
1/20/202222 minutes, 45 seconds
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48: Finally Understand English Conditionals in Under 23 Minutes (All Types)

Let me take you through the zero, first, second, and third English conditionals - along with a bonus one - in this English lesson. Watch this until the end and finally master conditional sentences.Get my book for free here: the program here: the writing tool here (affiliate link): more about mixed conditionals here: the conditionals test here: sure to subscribe to the channel and share the lesson if you found it useful. Thank you for being here!
1/13/202222 minutes, 48 seconds
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47: How to find Your English Flow State (& the Resources You Need)

In this English lesson, learn how to enter a flow state - also known as the zone - in order to progress to fluency. You should find this episode relaxing and by the end of it, have a plan of action to move forward with your English learning.Get my fluency book for free here: the program here: ENGLISH PODCAST: YOU MUST DO THIS TO IMPROVE FAST (+ BEST METHOD) flow state: stories (affiliate link):
1/6/202224 minutes, 2 seconds
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46: Secret Memory Tricks, Shadowing, and the Key to English Fluency

In this English lesson, learn all about secret memory tricks that people have used throughout history to memorize anything, how this is linked to the shadowing technique in language learning, and a three-step process for acquiring English fluency.Get my book for free here: is the original shadowing video: is the book that I recommend (affiliate link): Learn more about 52! here:'s the Wikipedia article on speech shadowing:'s information on the Google Effect:-
12/30/202120 minutes, 17 seconds
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45: Christmas Traditions and Stories with Useful English Phrases

In this lesson, find out how Christmas is celebrated in the U.K. and the U.S. and learn some key phrases that will be useful for all situations.Get the free book here: the program here: another Christmas lesson here: you for listening!
12/23/202118 minutes, 56 seconds
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44: Here Are 7 Reasons Why You're Not Fluent in English (Yet!) & How to Fulfill Your Fluency Dream

Okay, so you're not happy with your level of English. We can fix that! In this lesson, learn the 7 reasons why you're not fluent in English yet and how to overcome these issues. If you want to make fast progress, watch this lesson!Get your free fluency book here: the program here: FROM THE LESSON:Speaking method: method: quote: you for watching!
12/16/202118 minutes, 19 seconds
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43: Finally Understand How to Use Should, Could, and Would Have (and how natives pronounce them)

English lesson: want to finally learn how to use should, could, and would have? Take this lesson today and read on for the examples that we use. These models, to talk about the past, are useful to learn.Get the book for free here: introduction01:21 could vs should vs would03:52 should have08:23 could have12:26 would have15:01 pronunciation practiceRESOURCES FROM THE LESSON:The blog post for this lesson: overview of the modal verbs: examples:
12/9/202117 minutes, 49 seconds
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42: Listen to This if You Want to Improve Your English Listening Comprehension

In this video, learn what you should be listening to so that you improve your comprehension. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a clear understanding of how to create a plan so you can fully understand English speakers.Get my fluency book for free here: my program here: FROM THIS LESSON:The input hypothesis: Harris podcast example: to improve your pronunciation (listen to episode 40.17 tips for English fluency: to our conversations here:
12/2/202118 minutes, 23 seconds
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41: Amazing Stats on English Verb Tenses and How to Finally Master Them

Do you need to learn all English tenses? How often are some of them used? In this video, I go through verb tense frequency, give a summary of all the tenses, and then explain how best to learn tenses so that you can use them naturally.Get my fluency book for free here: my program here: FROM THIS LESSON:Present Perfect vs Past Simple: Tenses: Present Tenses for the Past: your knowledge of English tenses: tense study summary: summary of the different verb tenses:
11/25/202117 minutes, 16 seconds
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40: The Ultimate Guide to Improving Your English Pronunciation (Step-by-Step)

Improve your English pronunciation by watching this lesson. I'll take you through, step-by-step, exactly what you need to do to ensure that you speak English accurately and fluently.Here is my book (free) to download: is my program if you want the resources and feedback that I mentioned: Why pronunciation is important03:27 An important analogy08:50 Improve step-by-step09:22 Minimal pairs11:45 The importance of feedback14:45 How to improve pronunciation on your own18:40 Practice a phraseThank you for watching! Be sure to like this video and subscribe for more!
11/18/202121 minutes, 46 seconds
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39: Is this the Future of Learning English? Or Is It Dystopian?

Over the past 15 -20 years, the way people learn English - and other languages - has been transformed. The internet has become central and given opportunities to people all around the world to learn languages. But is something new coming that might be the future of learning. Find out what that is in today's lesson.Get my book for free here: to the podcast on how to learn English through social media here: to conversations in English here: on the Metaverse: that predicted this: this channel to get access to perks:
11/11/202115 minutes, 3 seconds
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38: Do These Two Powerful Things for Effortless Input and Fluency

In this English podcast, learn two ways In which you can acquire English naturally so that you can speak with confidence. Not many learners are doing this and I believe that if you follow these methods, you’ll be motivated more.Get your fluency book here: (it's FREE to download!)Here’s the article on this:
11/4/202118 minutes, 37 seconds
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37: Learn English Phrasal Verbs so You Can Talk about Your Daily Routine

In this English lesson, listen to a story that gives you the phrasal verbs you need to know to talk about daily routines.Here is the tool that I recommend for your writing task (this is an affiliate link(: Introduction02:09 Phrasal verbs story16:45 Summary and challengeRESOURCES FROM THIS LESSON:How to use get: phrasal verbs: you for listening!
10/28/202119 minutes, 49 seconds
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36: Other Ways to Say "I DON'T KNOW" in English

In this English lesson, expand your vocabulary by learning nine other ways to say "I don't know." See examples and practice your English by repeating after me.Get all the phrases here: my book for free here: WAYS TO SAY I DON'T KNOW IN ENGLISH:DunnoNot sureGreat questionNot the best personHave no ideaHaven't got a clueDon't ask meMy best guess isThank you for listening!
10/21/202116 minutes, 51 seconds
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35: Follow These 17 Powerful Tips for English Fluency

Here are 17 tips to help you reach fluency in English. 00:00 Introduction01:04 Set a goal03:03 Learn English daily04:04 Listen as much as possible07:26 Be grateful for resources08:39 Do everything in English10:28 Don't worry about mistakes12:07 Get out of your comfort zone14:33 Write every day16:50 Learn English sentences18:44 Personalize your learning20:54 Don't worry too much about grammar22:41 Repetition is key25:12 Repeat English phrases27:32 Practice speaker29:16 Commit long-term30:59 Have fun while learning32:32 Be proud of the progress you've madeRESOURCES FROM THIS LESSON:Download my fluency book for free: hours: to get more speaking practice: English through sentences: favorite method for English fluency: a confident English speaker:
10/14/202137 minutes, 11 seconds
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34: Do You Know These 11 Everyday English Idioms?

In this English lesson, learn 11 essential idioms - idioms that native English speakers actually use. Yes, this video comes with subtitles too!Get all the phrases here: IDIOMS IN THIS LESSON:00:00 Introduction01:12 Jump on the bandwagon02:15 Under the weather03:10 Bucket list04:21 Second wind05:04 No pain, no gain06:17 Blessing in disguise07:39 Get something off your chest08:56 So far, so good09:49 Get on someone's nerves10:37 Lighten up11:29 Butterflies in your stomachWATCH OTHER LESSONS:Real English conversations: to learn English: for watching!
10/6/202114 minutes, 14 seconds
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33: Learn These 48 English Phrases about Jobs and Work

Learn 48 English vocabulary phrases based on the topic of jobs and work. Included will be essential phrases, expressions, phrasal verbs, idioms, and more.Watch the conversation about jobs here: my fluency book for free: FROM THIS LESSON:All phrases from the lesson can be found here: Introduction01:05 What do you do?04:01 Start and finish work05:33 Job satisfaction06:15 Paid leave07:57 Looking for a job09:09 Interview vocabulary10:31 Present simple and continuous11:17 Office gossip vocabulary11:37 Job idiomsThank you for listening!
9/30/202113 minutes, 4 seconds
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32: Learn These 22 Advanced English Phrases for Better Fluency

Learn 22 advanced English phrases, idioms, and phrasal verbs for daily conversation.Watch the original conversation here: my fluency book for free: conversation we had was about fall/autumn.OTHER VIDEOS TO WATCH:Use this method to learn English fast: to understand native speakers: to our popular podcast episode here: FROM THIS LESSON:All phrases from the lesson can be found here: is the map showing how English has changed over the years: is an article on TH fronting: you for watching!
9/23/202116 minutes, 4 seconds
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31: Learn These Must-Know Phrasal Verbs with GET

In this episode, learn these 10 English phrasal verbs with the word get. See below for the full list. If you want to listen to the episode where we talk about the verb GET, listen to episode 13.Get your free fluency book here: ARE THE PHRASAL VERBS:1. Get away - Go somewhere for a rest/vacation - Let’s try and get away at the end of the month - Escape - They tried to grab him but he got away2. Get away with - To avoid getting caught - something bad - We got away with not paying for the train - I don’t know how he gets away with it3. Get along with / on with - Like each other - have a good chemistry - I think we’re going to get along with each other - He seems to get along with everyone - They didn’t really get along - it’s a shame4 Get around to - To do something that you have intended to do for some time - I haven’t got around to it yet - Have you got around to sending that form?5 Get back (trip) - Arrive home after a trip - I’m super tired today because I got back late last night - When are the Smiths getting back?6 Get back to (return to) - Contact someone later to give information - Could you find someone who can help me with this proposal? - Sure. I’ll ask around and get back to you - To continue doing something that you had started earlier - Okay, gotta go. I need to get back to work7 Get over (fear / recover from - To recover from something - I just can’t seem to get over this cold - Have you got over the loss yet?8 Get rid of (dispose of) - I use this a lot - dispose of something - Should I keep this jacket or just get rid of it? - You didn’t get rid of that pen, did you? - We need to get rid of a lot of stuff9 Get used to (become accustomed to something) - It didn’t take me long to get used to driving on the right side of the road - I don’t think I’ll ever get used to this weather - Keep practicing, you’ll get used to it10 Get up to - Do - What did you get up to at the weekend? - We didn’t get up to much
9/16/202110 minutes, 33 seconds
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30: Listen to this English Conversation about Fall/Autumn

Learn conversational English by listening to this real conversation about fall/autumn.This is for intermediate and advanced learners of English who want to practice their listening, learn new words and phrases, and get vital input.Get your free fluency book here: CONVERSATIONS:Thanksgiving: PHRASES USED IN THIS CONVERSATION (COMING SOON!)To REALLY learn these phrases and to be able to speak without thinking about grammar rules, join the To Fluency Program: Thanks for listening!
9/9/202127 minutes, 7 seconds
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29: The 3 Options Available to English Learners (and Which One is Clearly the Best)

In this episode, you're going to learn all about the three options available to you as an English learner and which option will help you reach fluency fast.Be sure to get my book here: is the platform I recommend for one-to-one lessons (affiliate link): three options are to:1. Take lessons at a language school or one-to-one2. Go to an English-speaking country to take an immersion course3. Learn English on your ownI highly recommend making option three your focus. You need massive input in order to understand English speakers - this is something you can do by using your phone and headphones no matter where you live.You can add English lessons and immersion courses to help you improve. But make your self-study the foundation on which you build.Thank you for listening!
9/2/202116 minutes, 26 seconds
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28: English Phrases You Need to Know to Talk about LOVE and ROMANCE

In this English lesson, you're going to learn 43 commonly used phrases related to romance. You're going to do this by watching a video of David and Sarah meeting in a hotel bar.Get the definitions here:*** RESOURCES ***English fluency book: Fluency Program: the lesson here:*** The 43 Phrases ***- Sitting on her own at a hotel bar- Sarah has recently broken up with her long-term boyfriend- David is, let’s say, a little bit of a player- He likes to chat up women- He likes to go out on lots of dates- At the moment he is single too- He’s checking the football results on his phone- He starts to check out Sarah- He likes what he sees- He finds her very attractive- He thinks she’s very beautiful- She has this special aura about her- To see if she’s noticing him as well- He’s starting to get a little frustrated- He’s trying to build up the courage to go over to her- Finally, he gets up out of his chair- Walks over to Sarah at the bar- And makes his move- This is the first time that she has seen him- There is instant chemistry- They flirt with each other straight away- Although she’s a little hesitant- She starts to open up about what she does- This tattoo caused the breakup of her long-term relationship- He’s happy she’s single- They’re glancing at each other and flirting a little bit more- David orders two shots- They raise their glasses- He downs it in one- She needs to go back to her room soon to prepare for her presentation- He hands over his phone- He asks her to put her number in it - He thinks about when he’s going to text her next
8/26/202118 minutes, 18 seconds
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27: The Secret Behind Becoming a Confident English Speaker (Not what You Think)

In this lesson, you're going to learn the secret behind why you're not confident when speaking in English as a second language.(Hint: ego plays a strong role)Be sure to watch the entire video and answer the questions I ask honestly.Here's the link to learning English in a non-English speaking country:'s the playlist on how to learn English effectively: you for being here!Get your fluency book here: (it's FREE to download!)
8/19/202119 minutes, 52 seconds
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26: Do You Have to Move to an English-Speaking Country to Become Fluent?

In this lesson, we discuss if you need to go to an English-speaking country in order to become fluent. This is especially important right now due to the lack of opportunities to go abroad to learn.Get the free fluency book here: to episode 19 on how to improve your speaking.Use this tool to improve your writing (affiliate link): about shadowing here: about the sentence method here:
8/13/202119 minutes, 52 seconds
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25: Listen to this Natural English Conversation about Food and Cooking

Learn new words and phrases - and practice your listening - by watching this real English conversation about food! We discuss the differences between food in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain.Get all the phrases below!Listen to more conversations here: between British and American English: to pronounce English counties (Worcestershire sauce): to improve your English? Join the To Fluency Program here: FROM THIS LESSON:Have friends over for dinnerPeople have different dietary restrictionsA lot of people are gluten-freeSome people have a condition called celiacsSome people are dairy-free so they don’t eat dairy productsPeople can be veganI was trynna think of a chicken-based dishA glaze is a rich, thick sauceWe’re cooking a meal tonightWhat we’re going to do for sides?We’re probably wanna do vegetablesThey’re most delicious when they’re the least healthyWhat immediately comes to mindYou would have beans, toast, bacon, roasted tomatoes, and eggsI had beans on toast most mornings when I youngSometimes I like it when different flavors come togetherI don’t want my toast to be soggyYou want it to be crunchy and dryTake your toast and put the right amount of beans onYou either love it or hate itI feel that way about strong cheese tooBeans are not very popular as a breakfast food at allWe tend to have baked foods - pancakes, waffles, muffinsYou have dessert for breakfastWe have pancaked one day a yearIt amazes me, you’ll have donuts for breakfast!Donuts are the ideal breakfast foodThey’re the worst!My perfect breakfast is bacon and eggsI need a bit of fuel to get me goingWhen my mum comes to visit, she can’t understand menus hereI was confused at first as wellPeople come from different countries and culturesThey bring a little bit of their cultureYou’ll be able to get Indian foodWe haven’t had sandwiches in a whileAt school, I used to always have a sandwichYou have to go out of your way to find itWe might have touched on this beforeYou gave me clues and I finally got itThe average American eats 1,500 PB&J sandwiches by the time they’re 18That’s usually how averages workI will fact check thisIt’s astonishing if trueMy parents packed me sandwichesIf you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?Can I cheat?I could eat chili all day every dayI grew up having a Sunday roast every SundayDinner in the UK is usually around 6You have a small version of Thanksgiving dinner every weekWe make a big fuss about itThe pressure affects your cooking timeIt kinda has a cult followingThe coffee in Spain is unbelievableTell us the best way to make coffeeI know coffee’s big thereWe bought the least expensive coffeeI never released itWe need to have a snack samplerWe used to share menu of the daysThe thing I was excited about the most was the coffeeDid you put sugar in it?It’s all about omega threesWhy don’t we make paella?I didn’t quite get the hang of itWhat is a dish we should try?Now you’re just pulling my leg
8/5/202137 minutes, 23 seconds
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24: Can You Understand this Natural English Conversation about Pets and Animals?

Watch this English conversation (with subtitles!) about pets and animals. Jack and Kate talk about pets they had growing up, how to talk to dogs in English, animals in our neighborhood, and our bear encounters.Join this channel to get access to perks: your fluency book here: (it's FREE to download!)WATCH MORE CONVERSATIONS:Watch our conversation about jobs: our conversation about food: our conversation about online shopping: LINKS FROM THE LESSON:Burmese pythons in Florida (not boa constrictors!): stat link: fights kangaroo: Knoxville Tiger: prank: Pets we had growing up06:05 exotic pets12:59 how to talk to dogs in English16:49 animals where we live19:49 bears getting into cars28:19 Quick animal Q&A29:49 Kate's questionKEY PHRASES FROM THIS LESSON:- what pets did you have growing up?- The cat was a little feral- She had a habit of eating spiders- hauling water- I put on my boots and mucked out (new to me)- A hoof pick cleaned out the hooves- You can leave food for a cat- People kept boa constrictors as pets- The country with the most amount of tigers in the world is the U.S.- It ended up being a false alarm (the tiger in Knoxville)- Unless you have a significant number of tigers at the same time- We were used to Lyle being so small- He developed a lifelong hatred of cats- He chased it out / chased it away- Sit, lie down, roll over, speak, shake, leave it, wait- He'll do anything to get food- Kangaroo are as common as deer- It's dangerous to drive at dusk and dawn- We have some venenous animals- we see bears all the time- they'll topple over the trash cans- I had gotten a text message that there was a bear in our minivan- they get into the car and they destroy it- You got me to check the car- a neighbor sent me a picture- touch wood- we both had a bear stand up to us- the cubs will go into the tree and wait- we have a healthy respect for bears
7/29/202130 minutes, 54 seconds
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23: The Power of Prepositional Verbs and 12 Common Examples

In this English lesson, learn about the power of prepositional verbs. This is one of my favorite areas to learn in a foreign language and I'm sure you'll find it useful learning this in English too.The song I mentioned is by Robbie Williams - Feel.Use this to practice your writing (affiliate link): are the lesson notes and phrases from the lesson:BELIEVE IN:It means to have faith in the existence or truth of something. The best examples is:- Do you believe in ghosts?- Do you believe in aliens?It can also mean to have an opinion that something is right or desirable:- I don’t believe in the way things are being censored at the momentDEPEND ON:This is a very good one to know. I use it all the time. For example, if someone says:- Will I become fluent in English this year? - It depends on what you do with your time and how much time you spend learning English- How much TV time you get later will depend on how much you tidy today- Whether we on vacation this year will depend on flight restrictionsLOOK AT:- Look at thisThis is used to bring someone’s attention or gaze to something- Quick, get outside and look at the moon right now- That guy’s looking at me in a weird wayIt can also be used when thinking about something carefully- I’ll take a look at what you sent me and make a decision later- Could you take a quick look at my new lesson plan?4: APOLOGIZE TO:- Can you apologize to your sister?- My boss finally apologized to me for shouting the other day5: AGREE WITH:- I don’t agree with a thing you said- Can you just agree with me for once in your life!- I agree with the Primer Minister - he’s right6: DEAL WITH:- I can’t deal with everything right now- He’s dealing with his new school really well- Yes, I’ll deal with it in the morning - don’t worry boss7: THANK FOR:- Did you thank grandma for the present?- I just want to thank you for being here on this channel. Thank you.8: SUFFER FROM:- I’m suffering from a lack of sleep at the moment- I’m suffering from a little lack of self-esteem right now9: SMELL OF:- This house smells of tuna - people are coming over in 10 minutes!- This car smells of wet dog!10: LAUGH AT:- You’re laughing at me - do I amuse you?- What are you laughing at?- They started laughing at me when I started talking in Spanish11: THINK ABOUT:- I’m contemplating thinking about thinking- Let us think about it for a couple of days and get back to you- What are you thinking about right now?12: FORGET ABOUT:- Did you remember to call Mr Smith? - I forgot about that- Oh, man. I completely forgot about that holiday!- I think Susan’s forgotten about the meeting again
7/22/202113 minutes, 23 seconds
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22: Ten Ways to Give Your Opinion in English (Common Phrases)

In this lesson, you're going to learn 10 ways to express your opinion in English. Learn these phrases (and some bonus ones below) as they're really useful.Want them as digital flashcards? Join The To Fluency Program here: I couldn’t agree - I couldn’t disagree more- It’s amazing- It’s an amazing show- It was terrible- It was a terrible decision- It’s been so good being here- It’s been such a good vacation so far- It’s going to be amazing- It’s okay- It’s an okay plan- What do you think about him?- What did you think about their presentation?- He thinks it’s going to work- Do you think you’re going to like their strategy?- Do you think he’s going to do well here?- I think it will be closed by the time we get there- I’d say so - that sounds good- I’m not a doctor but I’d say that sounds quite dangerous- Studies show that random acts of kindness are healthy- Studies show that wealthy people are more likely to lie- Studies show that pets in the workplace are good business- I reckon this will work- Do you reckon he’ll come?- I reckon Man Utd will get beat today- I see what you’re saying but I prefer the other option- It wasn’t the best movie- We’re not the best team at the moment- It wasn’t the best food I’ve ever had- In my experience, people don’t stick with a goal for long enough- In my experience, it’s really hard for people to give up smoking
7/15/202115 minutes, 47 seconds
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21: Natural English Conversation about Jobs (Can You Understand?)

ENGLISH PHRASES USED IN THIS CONVERSATION:(To REALLY learn these phrases and to be able to speak without thinking about grammar rules, join the To Fluency Program: )- What was your first job?- I had to work my way up to that- growing up watching American movies- one thing that I think of when the weather gets summery- you just deliver them through the mailbox- how long did it take you?- I wonder if they still do it in the UK?- he could duck under the van- it was quite difficult to keep them in line- what's your dream job?- if you weren't doing this...?- what about you?- add something into the mix- I've done some cold calling- well worth the time- someone would brew up- take time off- paid leave
7/8/202129 minutes, 15 seconds
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20: Learn English through History - Independence Day and 4th July Celebrations

Get your fluency book here: (it's FREE to download!)00:00 Introduction01:29 Explaining 4th July02:05 The history of Independence Day04:03 The Boston Tea Party05:43 The French Influence06:20 The most famous passage08:49 Phrases related to the celebration12:48 How to learn moreHere is the Thanksgiving podcast: is a great video by @CrashCourse that explains the American Revolution: is a summary of the Boston Tea Party by @TED-Ed : are some visuals of how Americans celebrate the 4th by @Brazidicas : is a summary from Wikipedia with that quote:'s a list of the 13 colonies: are the lesson notes:- 4th July is the national holiday of the United States- It’s to commemorate (remember and celebrate) the declaration of Independence of the United States from the British monarchy - King George the Third - on July 4th, 1776- There were 13 colonies of the United States under the rule of King George- Leading up to this, Great Britain and France had fought a war in various territories, including, North America- This had been costly - expensive - and new taxes were introduced in the colonies to help pay back these debts- The Stamp Act was introduced in 1765 and another act in 1767. This led to unrest, especially, in Boston, so the British sent troops (soldiers) to help the situation- But it only made it worse. People didn’t like British soldiers on the streets and this led to the Boston Massacre- The Boston Tea Party in 1773 was a key event too. Now, this wasn’t a fun tea party where people had tea and biscuits. Instead, a group called Sons of Liberty protested a new tea tax by dumping tea from three ships into Boston Harbor.- Tensions kept growing and in 1775 the British planned to capture two colonial leaders. However, American spies got wind of this (which means, they learned about this), and 77 militiamen met British forces and it was here where the American Revolutionary War began.- Not everyone wanted independence but the Continental Congress decided to vote for this and Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence- The second sentence is the most famous"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.:Self-evident = obvious - doesn’t need to be explainedAll men are created equal = heavily influenced by French Philosophers such as Voltaire - Thomas Paine from England had a big influence here tooEndowed by their creator = given by GodUnalienable rights = unable to be taken awayLife, liberty, and the pursuit of happinessAmerican won the war (with help from the French and the Spanish) and became an independent nation.By a remarkable coincidence, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the only two signatories of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as presidents of the United States, both died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration———Celebrations:National Holiday in the U.S.- Thanksgiving is the other big holiday. That is a formal family get-together with a sit-down meal of Turkey, Potatoes, Vegetables etc. (listen to the podcast on that)- Fourth of July is more informal- Barbecues - Friends - Summer - outside parties - Bring something for the grill and a side or two- hot dogs and burgers- Apple pies- Corn on the cob- Beer- Clothing - Red, white, and blue - American flags everywhere- Water slides if weather permits- Fireworks - downtown when dark
7/1/202114 minutes, 42 seconds
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19: You'll Never Speak English Fluently Unless You Do This

There are two reasons why you mightn find it difficult to speak English:1: It's a difficult skill (compare it to reading, for example)2: You don't practice speaking enough (think about typical language lessons)Think about it. When speaking, you have to use the right words in the correct order, speak clearly and accurately, and also be able to understand what the other person is saying.Most learners don't get the practice that they need.Here is how to improve:1. Work on your pronunciation - do that through my program: Use the To Fluency Method: also inside my program3. Shadow native speakers (but be careful about how you do this)4. Get natural practiceCommit to doing this each day. Try the different methods above and find out which one(s) works best for you.To learn more about these methods, watch this video:
6/24/202120 minutes, 16 seconds
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18: Essential English Expressions to Talk About How You're Feeling (Emotions)

In this episode, you're going to learn phrases that you can use to express how you are feeling in English.Here is the link to get bonus lessons and more: Fear - I’m scared of heights (phobia) - Standing on the edge of that building was scary - I was so scared when I was on that building - I’m terrified of heights - It freaks me out (American) - To be Scared to death- Anger - I’m really angry about he did - It makes me so mad when people… - I can’t believe you did that - I’m so upset (similar to sadness)- Sadness - I’m sad that we lost today - I’m distraught that Preston lost today - I’m gutted - I’m gutted that I didn’t get the job- Joy - To be happy - I’m happy that you came - I’m so happy you came to the party - Will you be happier if you quit your job? - With enthusiasm - To be pumped about something - I’m pumped about this game! - To be stoked - I’m stoked - I’m glad you came - Aren’t you glad you came now?- Surprise - I’m surprised he bought that car - It’s surprising - I’m shocked she did that - I can’t believe it (intonation)- Trust - I trust him - I should never have trusted her - Do you think I should trust them? - I don’t think he’s very trustworthy- Anticipation - I’m really looking forward to our vacation - I can’t wait for our vacation - I’m excited about our vacation - Are you excited about it? - To be honest, I’m not looking forward to seeing them later- Shame - I feel bad about what I did/I said - Do you feel bad about it? - I feel terrible for doing that - I just want to hide- Boredom - I so bored - I’m bored of this book now - This book is boring
6/16/202116 minutes, 38 seconds
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17: Learn Essential English Airport and Travel Vocabulary (Lots of Phrases)

Get your fluency book here: (it's FREE to download!)Here's the lesson on GET:'s the lesson on future tenses: are some of the key phrases from this lesson:(to get the audio flashcards, go here: )- Look up flights - Direct or with stops - Flight times - Red-eye flights - Price - Checked bags, assigned seats, and cancelation policy - Which airport you fly out of and to- Buy tickets - We’re traveling to California in August - We’re planning on traveling to California in August - We’re going to travel to California in August - We bought tickets for California in August- Pack your bags and remember your passport and other important documents - I prefer to pack light - means not take more than you need to - If I can get away with having just a carry-on bag, I’ll do it- Get to the airport (get is a power word in English - see my lesson on that) - it means to go or arrive somewhere- In the past, I have taken taxis, trains, and buses- In the U.S., most people drive or get dropped off by someone- Park at the airport - maybe you need to get a shuttle bus - then, enter the airport - bigger airports have different terminals- This is where the fun starts! - Stressed - Rushing - Get there in good time- Check- in - check your passport and your tickets - Weigh your carry-on bag - Give you your boarding passes- The tough bit - going through security - It used to be much easier (used to) - Now, there are long queues/lines and it can be quite stressful - You have to empty your pockets, take out your electronics, take off your shoes, and take off your belt - Then, you go through a scanner - Most people don’t like this part. However, waiting on the other side can be great- You go airside - This is where the shops, restaurants, bars, duty-free stores, and boarding gates are - Mose people feel much more relaxed here - We normally have a walk around, go to a few shops, go the restroom - bathroom - and then, find our gate - On the ticket, there’s information with the gate number, flight time, seat number, boarding time, and zone - The zone means when you are going to board the plane - business and first-class go first - economy goes last- Although things seem great here, there can be a few things that happen - First, a flight might be delayed or even canceled due to a number of reasons - No one like this - especially, if you have a connecting flight - which is another flight from the airport you’re flying to - Another issue could be overbooking. This is where the airline has issued more tickets than seats available. This is common practice as statistically, there are people who don’t show up for their booked flight. At first, people volunteer to take a flight the day after. - If they don’t get enough volunteers, passengers are bumped - which means, they’re chosen to fly at a later date- When it’s time to board, you show your passport and boarding ticket to go through. Here, you through the tunnel and in most cases, board the plane there. In other cases, you might have to take a shuttle bus to the plane.- Boarding tends to close 15-20 minutes before departure - if anyone hasn’t boarded and the gates are closing soon, they will announce their name over the speaker system- After going through the tunnel and arrive at the plane door, you show your boarding pass again, go to your seats, put any carry-on luggage in the compartment above your seat, and then get comfy- Once on the plane, you’ll usually receive a blanket and a pillow for longer flights - you’ll also have a mini-tv- In economy class, there isn’t much legroom - and your seat doesn’t recline that much- On most flights, I read a book or watch something. Sometimes, I’ll have a nap- When taking off, you put on your seatbelt and listen to the safety announcement- Now… airplane food. To be honest, I don’t normally eat any of it. It’s never that appealing. I don’t tend to drink alcohol either.- When landing, you’ll need to put on your seatbelt, and put up your food tray and your seat- When the plane arrives at the gate, people are quick to take off their seatbelt and get their bags out of the overhead compartment- From here, people get off the plan, walk through the airport to the baggage area and wait for any checked baggage to come on the luggage belts- Then, if you have traveled internationally, you go through customs. Depending on the airport and country, this can be quick or can sometimes, take hours- Once you have done that, you are free to leave the airport and get to wherever you’re going
6/8/202114 minutes, 35 seconds
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16: How to Improve Your Writing in English (6 Powerful Tips)

In this episode, you're going to learn how you can improve your writing in English. This is one of the four skills of English and practicing in this area will help you master English in a general sense too.Here is the app that I recommend (affiliate link): 1: Write in the style that you're going to use (IELTS, business, conversational)Tip 2: Copy text. Get your favorite drink, read a sentence and copy a sentenceTip 3: Read a lot to get used to how English is writtenTip 4: Practice and get feedback from a teacherTip 5: Use the app that I listed aboveTip 6: Take your time and look up words and phrasesThank you for listening! Get your free book here:
6/3/202115 minutes, 53 seconds
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15: Buying Local and Milk Rounds

In this episode, I talk about the reason for buying local. This is a follow-up to episode 14 where Kate and I talked about online shopping.Get the book I mentioned here: the conversation with subtitles here:
5/23/202114 minutes
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14: Advanced English Conversation about Online Shopping (Can You Understand?)

In this episode, Kate joins Jack to have a conversation about online shopping. The key with this episode is to get listening practice and to try and understand as much as you can.Want to listen along with subtitles? Watch here:
5/11/202133 minutes, 2 seconds
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13: One Of The Most Important Words to Know

In this episode, you’re going to learn a power verb. To get the examples, be sure to search for “to fluency Jack get” in Google. Enjoy!
5/7/202110 minutes, 28 seconds
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12: What!? You Can't Walk There?

In today's episode, you're going to learn English phrases related to getting around cities in Europe and the U.S. This will give you great listening practice, give you vocabulary related to this topic, and give you insight into what it's like living in the United States.Here are some key phrases from this lesson:- I grew up in the U.K.- To get around a city- Pavement - Sidewalk- Zebra crossings - crosswalks- It used to cost…- If I had time, I would walk- The U.S. is set up for cars- The train system in the U.S. isn’t as developed as in Europe- Most people drive or take a flight- They’ve been built with the car in mind- There aren’t any sidewalks- Strip malls are popular here- They drop you off on the side of the roadBe sure to go to to get your free book. Thank you for listening!
5/3/202115 minutes, 42 seconds
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11: What Level of English Do You Have? How to Evaluate Yourself - Click here to join my email list and get my book (for free!).The European Framework for Languages can help you with this. There are six levels in total:A1: Beginner - This is where you can use very simple expressions. You need the other person to speak slowly.A2: Elementary - This where you can understand frequently used expressions and can talk about simple things.B1: Intermediate - You can deal with most situations when traveling and give explanations for opinions and plans.B2: Upper Intermediate - You feel confident in most situations and can speak with a certain level of fluency.C1: Advanced - This is fluency. You can use the language in a flexible way in many situations.C2: Proficient - Understand everything and you speak like a native.So, what level do you currently have? And are you happy with this level?Please share this video if you found it useful. Thanks.Here is the article on this topic:
4/29/202117 minutes, 49 seconds
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10: An English Reading Method That You Need to Try

In this episode, I am going to give you an English reading method that will help you make fast progress to fluency.You are going to learn:- the difference between intensive and extensive reading- how to find the books in English that are going to help YOU- a reading method that ensures you enjoy reading and helps you learn new words and phrasesRead the article here:
4/26/202115 minutes, 14 seconds
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9: Phones and Social Media in Society Today

In this episode, Jack talks about phones and social media in society today and how you can leverage them to learn English. There are many phrases to learn here and I think you will find the topic interesting.Want a free fluency book? Go here:
4/23/202113 minutes, 14 seconds
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8: The Weird Reason I Started Learning Spanish and What I Have Would Have Done Differently

In episode 8 of the To Fluency Podcast (Learn English with Jack), I talk about the strange reason why I started learning Spanish and the mistakes that I made as a beginner.I then go through what I would have done differently if I knew what I know now (what a great sentence to learn!).Enjoy this episode and then, head over to to get your free book.Thanks for listening.
4/19/202115 minutes, 56 seconds
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7: Are Others Stopping You from English Fluency Success?

Get your free book here: https://www.tofluency.comYou are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim RohnOur friends, family, and workmates influence us more than we think. The famous quote from Jim Rohn states that we are the average of the five people that we spend most of our time with. Here are some examples:- If everyone around you eats unhealthily, you will most likely eat bad food too.- If everyone around you is always complaining and isn’t enjoying life, it will be difficult for you to be carefree and to have fun.- But, if everyone around you is highly motivated, you are more likely to be motivated too.As James Clear puts it: “Most of our behaviors are driven by two things: our environment and our beliefs. And environment is perhaps the most powerful of those two because in many cases your environment can shape your beliefs. This is especially true when you consider your environment to include the people who surround you”How We Can Apply This to Learning English?It’s hard to do anything on your own for a long time, especially when progress can’t always be seen. Learning English is a long-term journey; a journey full of different challenges. And it’s even more difficult to do what we need to do over the long-term if others aren’t supporting you.We only have so much willpower [the ability to control our actions]; we need the support of others and to be in a positive environment to achieve our goals. Think about the people that you spend the most time with:- Are they driven and motivated?- Are they supportive of your English learning goals?- Are they the type of people who can achieve a goal such as learning English?If not, they could be slowing down your progress without you knowing it. They could be affecting you subconsciously and stopping you from doing the things you need to do to reach English fluency.This might sound quite depressing, but there is good news..Spend More Time With Those Who Inspire You:What I don’t suggest is that you leave your family, ditch all your friends, and then only hang around [spend your time with] Richard Branson, Bill Gates, and Barack Obama!But a great starting point is to hang around with others in person or online who have similar goals and ambitions that you have. For example, I meet up with four other entrepreneurs once a month in my local area, and we chat regularly online too. We all inspire, motivate, and help each other to do the things that we need to do in order to achieve our goals.I’m also friends with teachers online who are as driven and committed as I am. We inspire each other to keep creating amazing resources for our students and to keep improving as teachers.Being surrounded by these people has helped me and this website grow tremendously over the past year. And I don’t think that I would be where I am now if I hadn’t taken that step.So, let’s now take a look at what you can do to improve your circle of influence so that you reach your English learning goals.As learning English isn’t something that can be achieved in 3 months, you may hear a lot of negative things from other learners, such as:- English is so hard.- I’ll never reach fluency.- My English is terrible and it’s getting worse. I should give up.What I suggest you do is to ignore these comments, and don’t spend time with these people (when possible). Instead, connect with others who are going to have a positive influence on your English learning. The effect this will have will be huge, and will make a big difference to the progress you make.You can do this by:- Following inspiring people on social media (teachers and language learners) and communicating with them in meaningful ways.- Joining groups with other English learners to discuss your goals and what you are doing to achieve them. Keep the discussion positive, and encourage each other to keep progressing.- Changing the subject when someone talks about your goals in a negative way.This is a great starting point, and you will soon notice how being around positive people, both teachers and fellow learners, will have a positive effect on your learning.
4/15/202115 minutes, 53 seconds
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6: Learn 37 Common English Phrases (Topic: Cooking Pizza)

In this episode of the To Fluency Podcast, you're going to learn 37 phrases related to cooking pizza (see the phrases below).Want a free fluency book? Go to my website here: https://www.tofluency.comHere are those phrases:- the woman is wearing an apron- I don't think I've worn an apron for 10 years- we also have all the different ingredients out for her- the chef is taking some flour and pouring this into a bowl- she's adding flour to a bowl- she picks up the bowl of yeast and adds that to the mix- yeast is very important when it comes to pizza bases- now she mixes all of that together- you can see here she is pouring milk to this flour base- she's pouring the liquid into the bowl- This is when things can get a bit messy- you obviously want to wash your hands before doing this- you can see now that she's kneading it together- now unless you want the dough to stick to the table, it's a good idea to sprinkle some flour on the table- she breaks off some of the dough- She puts that dough on the table, pushes it down a couple of times- she flips it over- she takes the rolling pin to roll the dough into the shape of a pizza- Before making the rest of the pizza, she goes out to the garden- she cuts off some basil- she brings the basil inside and washes it under the tap- she then places it on a towel to dry- the puts the pizza base on a plate- she puts some sauce on the base and spreads it out- she grates the cheese over the pizza- this can be called grated or shredded cheese- she brings over some vegetables- the vegetables have already been sliced- she puts the vegetables on the pizza- this adds a little bit of spice to the pizza- she then takes the basil that she picked before- she adds this as a garnish- the last thing it needs is a little bit of salt on top- I would have added some meat- she then takes the pizza over to the oven- the oven is already preheated- she puts the pizza in the oven- I hope she puts a timer on- you never want to burn your pizza- the cheese is going to start burning in a second- it's starting to look really good- she opens the oven and takes the pizza out- she uses oven gloves so she doesn't burn her hands- I would have cooked that for another two or three minutes- I like a crispier crust- I would still eat it- it's now time to cut the pizza into slices- I normally burn my fingers doing this because I'm too eager- everyone jumps in and takes a slice- hopefully, they're going to wait until it cools downThank you for listening!
4/12/202117 minutes, 25 seconds
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5: American Vocabulary This British English Teacher Now Uses

In this English lesson, I'm going to go through American vocabulary and Americanisms that seem natural to me now (I'm from the U.K. but live in the U.S.) - listed below.I'll also go through words and phrases that still sound strange to me.This is great for you if you want to learn some differences between British and American English.Want a free English fluency book? Visit our website here: https://www.tofluency.comHere is the list of the words and expressions used in this episode:- Soccer- Diaper / stroller- Like- Did you have breakfast yet?- Can I get…?- Chips and fries- Takeout- Gas and gas stationWords and phrases I still use that are considered British English:- Couldn't care less (not could!)- Yoghurt- Tomato- Water bottle- Trolley- TorchTo find our British and American English conversations, simply search for "English Conversations To Fluency" in your favorite search engine.
4/10/202117 minutes, 49 seconds
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4: Learn These Powerful Informal Contractions to Better Understand Everyday English

Informal contractions are common in everyday English. In this episode, you're going to learn the most common examples so that you can better understand English speakers.Here are the examples from the episode:1. Didja do it?2. I shoulda done it3. I hafta go4. Wouldja do it?5. I dunno6. Gimme some time7. Whatcha doing?8. Doncha wish your…9. I kinda like it - 10. Tellem to do it11. I kinda wanna go soonGo to to get the show notes. Thank you for listening!
4/7/202112 minutes, 41 seconds
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3: One Simple Trick for English Fluency Success (10+ Method)

In this English lesson, you're going to learn a way in which you can learn English over the next 12 months. Most learners fail because they don't stay consistent. This video will give you the 10+ Method for English learning success.Learn more about our methods here: https://www.tofluency.comIn order to reach English fluency (a C1 level in most cases), you need to do the right things consistently. This includes:- getting lots of input- learning the sounds of English and pronunciation in general- using repetition in a smart way- getting natural speaking practiceBut it's one thing knowing what to do. It's another thing actually doing it.That's where the 10+ method can change everything!It's this: commit to ten minutes of something that you need to do every day. Just ten minutes. You must do this every day. No excuses.If you do more, great! If not, no worries.There will be days when you want to do more. There will be days when you don't. But the minimum amount is 10 minutes (or 5 or 15 or 20 - whatever you choose. Don't get greedy though!).
4/5/202111 minutes, 26 seconds
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2: Learn English Fast: Why You Need to Do the Hard Things but Still Have Fun

In this episode, I talk about why it's important to embrace difficulty and to get excited when you can't do something. This is how you're going to improve.Learn more about our methods here:https://www.tofluency.comWe also go into the difference between deliberate practice and passive learning and I give you my favorite method for learning English fast.I hope you enjoy it!
4/3/202118 minutes, 4 seconds
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1: 50+ English Phrasal Verbs You Need to Know (+ a Fun Story to Help You Learn)

In this English audio lesson, you're going to learn about a typical day in the life of Dave. And in this short story, you're going to hear over 50 phrasal verbs. After listening to the story, you'll learn what these phrasal verbs mean and I'll give you lots of examples to help you better understand how to use them.Phrasal verbs are important for being able to speak English fluently and with confidence. So, listen to this episode and take notes!Want to learn more about this podcast? Go here:
3/31/202122 minutes, 54 seconds