Speaking English with Vanessa

Vanessa is an English teacher, language and culture lover, and continuously curious person. She’s been teaching English for 6 years around the world, and now she teaches online helping intermediate English learners become confident speakers.

She helps students become confident English speakers at www.speakenglishwithvanessa.com

In this episode, we talk about her entry into the teaching world, what she believes is key to English learning, as well as a book that she thinks can inspire language learners to become excellent speakers, and live a more meaningful life.

 

The Main Points

  • She loves teaching English when she’s able to use stories and other entertaining material to spark the student’s interest
  • When learning a language, communication is key, especially in the beginning stages. Focus on connecting with others and let the details come later
  • With enough motivation,  everyone can become great. We all have huge potential in our lives

The Vocab & Expressions

to be up to – decided by someone.       ex. If it were up to me, I’d shoot her   If it were up to you, your opinion would matter

to be in hiding – to hide somewhere for a long period of time        ex. Anne Frank was in hiding for years until she was captured by he Nazis

built-in – forming an integral part of a structure or object built–in flash>

“My pleasure” – used as a response to someone who has thanked one for doing something to say that one was happy to do it <“Thanks for your help.”  “(It was) My pleasure.”>