Chatterbox #273 – Anna’s language learning and teaching journey

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Since you’re listening to Culips, that means you’re learning a language! Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to teach one? Today, Anna and Andrew chat about their experiences as both language teachers and language learners.

Chatterbox is a Culips audio series for intermediate and advanced English learners. It features natural, unedited conversations between native English speakers about what’s going on in the world today. Tune in today to practice your English listening skills and expand your English vocabulary while also getting an inside look at what it’s like to teach a new language.

Fun facts

Almost half of the world’s population is bilingual! 43% of the world is fluent in two languages. 40% only speak one, 13% speak three, 3% speak four, and 1% can speak five or more languages fluently.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • The blind leading the blind
  • Wallflower
  • Go through the motions
  • Put in the time
  • Bring to the table
  • Fire [someone] up

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Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
Photo Credit: Leonardo Toshiro Okubo on Unsplash

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9 months ago

Hello everyone.
This episode is one of my favorite ones, which makes me think of how to set a more realistic goal to achieve without losing my motivation. To be honest, when I listened and read this episode, I cried a lot. The reason why is obviously everything you both mentioned shows how I feel and what I’ve gone through. Still, I’ve been struggling with how to express myself in the way I want in English. Thank you so much for motivating the learners a lot as well as sharing your stories with us.

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Laura Feijoo
Laura Feijoo
9 months ago

Hello . I’m Laura from ‘Argentina. Very nice episode . I can totally identify with what Anna said about obsessing with the language rules, with the grammar. I think a lot before I talk . I worry about being wrong and I miss the chance of expressing myself. I love the idea that Anna and Andrew share about being a teacher: a coach that inspires you and gives you some tools to deal with a language . Thanks for such a wonderful episode!

diana montgomery
diana montgomery
10 months ago

Thank you for this episode, you were describing all the struggles that I’m going through in the process of being in a foreign country and learning English. I laughed a lot when you were talking about just being able to talk with one or two native speakers, and how when you want to participate in a group conversation, it just changes the course and so, you are not accurate anymore. This episode really helped me to understand that all the struggles that I’m having, are just normal and happens to others as well. Thank you so much. 

Andrew from Culips
Andrew from Culips
Reply to  diana montgomery
10 months ago

I’m happy to hear we’re not the only ones who struggle with group conversations! I think a lot of language learners would agree that this is one of the most difficult situations to master. Thanks for your comment and for listening to this episode.

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