My Top 3 Podcast Episodes

In April 2022 I started my podcast SmartEnglishCoach especially for people at an advanced level of English. The podcast episodes are about 10 minutes long, and they’re short coaching sessions to help with English fluency and confidence. There’s a new episode every week. So far, we’ve looked at mindset, strategy and learning tips. But what… Read More

What English Native Speakers Really Mean

Native speakers don’t always say what they mean. Sometimes this is because they want to be polite, and sometimes it’s because they don’t want to admit that they’re wrong, or that they don’t know something. Instead of using a direct phrase, they say something that seems politer. Unfortunately, these phrases can be the opposite of… Read More

3 Reasons Why Phrasal Verbs Are Important

Most people try to avoid phrasal verbs. They can be difficult to learn or understand, and there are so many of them! But phrasal verbs really improve your English, and when you use them, you’ll automatically sound more natural and more advanced. Here are three reasons why they’re so important for you to understand and… Read More

10 Phrases To Avoid Speaking

What can you say if you don’t want to join a conversation? Perhaps you don’t have anything to say, or you don’t want to give your opinion. Check out these phrases to avoid speaking in English! When you don’t want to add anything to the conversation Perhaps other people have already said everything you wanted… Read More

English Hesitating Phrases

What can you say when you forget a word, or when you don’t know how to continue a conversation in English? Instead of stopping, you can use one of these phrases. People will know that you still have something to say, so they will wait for you to continue speaking. These phrases will help your… Read More

5 Signs You Are Fluent In English

Fluency is difficult to define, because it means different things to different people. But there are some things that show you when you’re becoming more fluent in English. Here are five signs that your spoken English is improving. If they’re true for you, then you know that you’re definitely getting more fluent! 1. Speaking English… Read More