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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 as helps them with English tests like TOEIC, TOEFL, and IELTS. Whether you are interested in grammar, vocabulary, or conversation, If you want to know what English 2.0 is all about, subscribe now! Level up today!

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https://alsensei.com
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Express Yourself Smoothly. Have Confidence. Speak English Naturally!
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2017-08-23 08:31
last episode published
2017-08-23 08:31
publication frequency
19.71 days
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Al Slagle: English Teacher, Pronunciation Coach, and Fluency Specialist author   owner  
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23.08.2017

YQ19 | Is a Firm Handshake OK for a Job Interview?

On the 19th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: Is a FIRM handshake recommended for a job interview? It seems a bit intimidating. Here are my thoughts and suggestions: In short, the answer is YES! It is very important to alwa...
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20.07.2017

SS10 | Clarifying

On the 10th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill: Clarifying Sometimes in a conversation, it’s hard to understand the other person. Perhaps, they use a word you don’t know or their explanation is unclear. In this lesson, we le...
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30.05.2017

E2P35 | “Is This Correct?”

On the 35th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following question from students: Is this correct English? One of the most common question I am asked by students is, “Al, is this correct?” Of course, this is a very good question to as...
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14.04.2017

AB13 | Active Listening

On the 13th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Power Conversation: Active Listening Learning how to have a natural and meaningful conversation with someone has been one of the hottest topics among my students recently. On thi...
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21.03.2017

PP32 | Fast vs. First

On the 32nd episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at the following topic: FAST vs. FIRST These two words are sometimes hard to distinguish when pronouncing them. This is especially true for Japanese students. Al explains the differences and gives...
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3.03.2017

YQ18 | How Can I Prepare For My Study Abroad?

On the 18th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: How can I prepare for my study abroad? Here are my thoughts and suggestions: Instead of focusing on English, focus more on culture and daily life experiences. Learn about custom...
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13.02.2017

Best of Periscope 2 | How to Pronounce “Congratulations”, Grammar Question – “Still”, Star Wars Ep. 7 Chat

On the 2nd episode of the Best of Periscope, we look at 3 different Periscope lessons and videos over the last few months: 1. Pronunciation: “Congratulations” 2. Grammar Question: “Still” 3. Star Wars Episode 7 Discussion Periscope is an app for your s...
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11.05.2016

AB12 | 3 Keys to Maintain a Conversation

On the 12th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Power Conversation: How to Maintain a Coversation Learning how to have a natural and meaningful conversation with someone has been one of the hottest topics among my students rec...
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18.04.2016

E2P34 | How to Network with Success

On the 34th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic: How to Network with Success One of the most important topics I cover with my business students is how to network and socialize in order to build great relationships. Thi...
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9.03.2016

PP31 | Word Stress: Countries and Nationalities

On the 31st episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at the following topic: Word Stress in Countries and Nationalities In some cases, when we pronounce the name of a country, the word stress is not the same when we pronounce that country’s national...
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28.02.2016

TI8 | Erik Peterson – ESL Lecturer from the University of Wisconsin-Stout

On the 8th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to Erik Peterson from the University of Wisconsin-Stout! Erik is a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the ESLI (English as a Second Language Institute) Department. He has a Masters Degr...
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21.02.2016

YQ17 | Which is better to improve SPEAKING? LISTENING or READING?

On the 17th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: Which is better to improve speaking? Listening or reading? Here are my thoughts and suggestions: Of course both are important for developing knowledge and fluency in a foreign l...
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12.02.2016

Best of Periscope 1 | “Th”-sound, Brain Freeze, Mt. Fuji

On the 1st episode of the Best of Periscope, we look at 3 different Periscope lessons and videos over the last few months: 1. Pronunciation: “Th”-sound 2. Brain Freeze: How to speak when your brain gets stuck 3. Sunset over Mt. Fuji Periscope is an app...
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5.02.2016

AB11 | Conversation Confidence in 3 Easy Steps

On the 11th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Power Conversation: How to Start a Conversation with Confidence Learning how to have a natural and meaningful conversation with someone has been one of the hottest topics among m...
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29.01.2016

SS9 | Agreeing and Disagreeing

On the 9th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill: Agreeing and Disagreeing As we saw in Speaking Skills 8, learning how to give an opinion is a very valuable skill. But, if you hear someone else’s opinion, how should you respon...
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26.01.2016

Special Message from ALsensei

Hello everyone! In 2010, I posted my first video to help my students here in Japan. Over the past 5 years, that video has turned into the English 2.0 Podcast which has been downloaded over 480,000 times in 190 different countries! The power of the inte...
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12.01.2016

E2P33 | The Green Pigeon

On the 33rd episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic: Creating English Speaking Opportunities (The Story of the Green Pigeon) One of my business English students recently told me about one of his hobbies — bird-watching. Be...
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27.12.2015

YQ16 | Is it a Good Idea to Learn 2 Languages at the Same Time?

On the 16th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: What do you think about learning two languages at the same time? Here are my thoughts and suggestions: Learning two languages at the same time requires not only a lot of time an...
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18.12.2015

AB10 | Learn These 2 Points to Make a Great First Impression

On the 10th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Power Conversation: Making a Good First Impression Learning how to have a natural and meaningful conversation with someone has been one of the hottest topics among my students re...
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24.11.2015

PP30 | Eyes vs. Ice

On the 30th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at two words that are often confused: Eyes vs. Ice We know that these words have different meanings but how are they pronounced differently? Al answers this and much more in Pronunciation Point 30...
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13.11.2015

Movie Study 3 | MAN OF STEEL

On the 3rd episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie: Man Of Steel Today, let’s take a look at this very good action movie from 2013 starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. On this episode, I break down the process of studying En...
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27.10.2015

SS8 | Giving Opinions

On the 8th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill: Giving Opinions Everyone has opinions but I feel that some people are sometimes afraid to share them or don’t know how to in English. In this lesson, I will show you how you can...
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11.09.2015

E2P32 | Are You Wasting Time and Money?

On the 32nd episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic: Return on Investment (ROI) Are you using your time and money the most efficient way possible? Are you studying difficult grammar points for hours and hours to take a tes...
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11.08.2015

PP29 | Carrier vs. Career

On the 29th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at two words that are often confused: Carrier vs. Career We know that these words have different meanings but how are they pronounced differently? Al answers this and much more in Pronunciation Po...
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22.07.2015

AB9 | What?! Politics are OK to Discuss?

On the 9th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Is it OK to Talk About Politics? Most of us have been taught NOT to discuss politics with others because it is too sensitive and personal. But is this really true? Probably, if it...
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17.07.2015

YQ15 | Is it Important to Remember Grammar Rules when Speaking?

On the 15th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: Is it important to remember grammar rules when it comes to speaking? Here are my thoughts and suggestions: First, we need to have a basic level of grammar in order to be underst...
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8.07.2015

Movie Study 2 | SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

On the 2nd episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie: Silver Linings Playbook Today, let’s take a look at this very good drama from 2012 starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. On this episode, I break down the process ...
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23.06.2015

SS7 | Interrupting

On the 7th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill: Interrupting In some cultures, it is considered rude to interrupt someone during a conversation. How about for Western culture? Is it OK to interrupt someone? What are some situ...
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15.06.2015

TI7 | Jason Smith from Tweet Speak English

On the 7th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to Jason Smith from Tweet Speak English! Jason is an English teacher currently living in Kochi, Japan. He is originally from Seattle, Washington in the U.S. and has several years of English teaching ...
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27.05.2015

E2P31 | 3 Ways to Make a BAD Impression!

On the 31st episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic: 3 Ways to Make a BAD Impression: When we meet someone for the first time, they will immediately form an impression of us in their mind. As you know, this first impressio...
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14.05.2015

PP28 | Word Stress: How to Emphasize Parts of Words

On the 28th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we discuss a very important topic in American English pronunciation: Word Stress How can we emphasize certain parts of words to sound more natural? Al answers this and much more in Pronunciation Point 28!...
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6.05.2015

AB8 | The Secret to Speaking Natural English

On the 8th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Transform Your Textbook Knowledge into Natural English Would you like to know the secret to speaking English more naturally? In this edition of the AudioBLOG, I reveal how you can...
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20.04.2015

YQ14 | How Can I Build Vocabulary and Learn Idioms with a Bad Memory?

On the 14th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: I want to build my vocabulary and learn idioms but my memory is not good. How can I do it? Here are my suggestions: 1. Learn by using mnemonics 2. Practice again and again and t...
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6.04.2015

Movie Study 1 | FROZEN

On the 1st episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie: Disney’s Frozen Today, let’s take a look at one of the most popular movies of all time from around the world! On this episode, I break down the process of studying English ...
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25.03.2015

Speaking Skills 6 | Making Offers

On the 6th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill: Making Offers Basically, there are two types of offers. 1. Offering a thing Would you like…? Do you want…? 2. Offering with an action Would you like me to…? Do you want me to…? ...
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2.03.2015

TI6 | Kayla Hutson from Donethewriteway.com

On the 6th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to Kayla Hutson from Donethewriteway.com! Kayla is an English editor and tutor who has taught abroad in China and has done editing work for several clients all over the world. She has even written he...
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18.02.2015

E2P30 | 3 Steps to English Success!

On the 30th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic: 3 Steps to English Success: Although I have talked about this quite frequently in my private lessons, I have not mentioned it on the podcast. The 3 steps are to help stu...
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25.01.2015

PP27 | EYES vs. EARS: The Battle Inside Your Mind

On the 27th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we examine a helpful mindset when it comes to English pronunciation. Eyes vs. Ears Which one should win? Al takes a look at this battle going on inside your head and the winner may surprise you! Download ...
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8.01.2015

AB7 | Are You Still Using Your High School Textbook?

On the 7th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: Upgrade Your English OS: Ver1.0->Ver2.0 Do you know anyone who is still using Windows 95? Probably not. This is because it is outdated and doesn’t work well anymore. Well, this...
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1.01.2015

YQ13 | Where Should I Start?

On the 13th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: I want to speak English better, but I don’t know…Where should I start? Things to think about: 1. What is the GOAL? 2. What is your current level? 3. What do you enjoy doing? Dow...
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23.12.2014

Speaking Skills 5 | Ending A Conversation

On the 5th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill: Ending a Conversation Politely It’s easy to end a conversation politely in English! Just follow my 3 basic steps: 1. Say you have to go 2. Give a positive comment 3. Say goodbye...
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15.12.2014

Special | ALsensei on Live with Katie Adler

On this special episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, Al is interviewed by Katie on Live with Katie Adler! In this interview, Al answers the following questions: How do you choose the topics for the English 2.0 Podcast? What are the 5 ways students can p...
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4.12.2014

E2P29 | How to Respond More Quickly

On the 29th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following points: How to Respond More Quickly: In the past few years, many students have been asking me how to respond more quickly in English conversation. If not asking me directly, other ...
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10.11.2014

PP26 | Arrogant vs. Elegant

On the 26th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we practice these words: Arrogant vs. Elegant Download Video (64MB) ***Right Click->Save Link As On the English 2.0 Podcast, I help you express yourself more naturally and smoothly. We go beyond the wo...
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16.10.2014

AB6 | 3 Things that are Making Your English UNNATURAL

On the 6th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post: 3 Things that are Making Your English Unnatural 1. Borrowed Words 2. Direct Translation 3. High School Textbook Link to Original Blog Post Download Audio (25MB) ***Right Click-&gt...
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5.10.2014

YQ12 | How can we remember new words?

On the 12th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: When we learn new words in English, what should we do not to forget them? Download Video (42MB) ***Right Click->Save Link As On the English 2.0 Podcast, I help you express yo...
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25.09.2014

Speaking Skills 4 |Introducing Yourself and Others

On the 4th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill: Introducing Yourself and Others Additional Practice – How to Meet for the First Time Download Video (78MB) ***Right Click->Save Link As On the English 2.0 Podcast, I help you...
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10.09.2014

Special | ALsensei on the Happy English Podcast!

On this special episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, Al is interviewed by Michael on the Happy English Podcast! In this interview, Al answers the following questions: Where are you from in the US? And what’s the weather like there? What is the most unus...
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1.09.2014

E2P28 | The Power of Like Minds

On the 28th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following points: The Power of Like Minds: The benefits of connecting to people who share the same goal as you and how you can find these people. English 2.0 Quick Tip:  Look up all of your ...
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18.08.2014

Pronunciation Point 25 | “W” vs “V”

On the 25th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we practice these sounds: “W” vs “V” Thank you to follower Zahid for submitting this question. Download Video (56MB) ***Right Click->Save Link As On the English 2.0 Podcast, I help you express yourself...
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