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Better at English podcasts are for EFL and ESL learners who want learn conversational English. Listen to our live, unscripted English conversations featuring authentic English vocabulary, slang, idioms, and more. Go to http://betteratenglish.com/transcripts for FREE transcripts and vocabulary notes. Have fun listening and learning English with us!

Episode Date
043 – Real English conversations: Lori scores a year’s supply of toilet paper (archive)
4:45
<p>A funny thing happened today when Lori was shopping for office supplies, and it involves an industrial-sized package of toilet paper rolls.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-lori-scores-a-years-supply-of-toilet-paper">043 – Real English conversations: Lori scores a year’s supply of toilet paper (archive)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Jun 26, 2017
043 – Lori Scores a year’s supply of toilet paper – Transcript
<p>This is the free downloadable transcript for the Real English Conversations episode from Better at English. Download the transcript to read along as you listen. The transcript also contains a study guide with vocabulary definitions and English usage notes.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/043-lori-scores-a-years-supply-of-toilet-paper-transcript">043 – Lori Scores a year’s supply of toilet paper – Transcript</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Jun 26, 2017
042 – Make the Most of your Motivation part 2 of 2 – Real English Conversations
9:38
<p>Introduction Hi English learners! Lori here, your teacher from Betteratenglish.com. Last week I shared the first part of a cool conversation I had with Dr. BJ Fogg, all about making the most of your motivation. Today you’ll be hearing part two, the final part of this conversation. If you missed the first part, make sure […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/042-motivation-2">042 – Make the Most of your Motivation part 2 of 2 – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Apr 13, 2017
042 – Make the Most of your Motivation part 2 of 2 – Real English Conversations
<p>This is the transcript and bonus vocabulary lesson for part 2 of Lori’s conversation with Dr. BJ Fogg, an expert in the field of persuasion and motivation. You’ll learn about how to make the most of the motivation that you have, no matter if it’s high or low. This conversation is an example of informal […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/042-motivation-2-transcript">042 – Make the Most of your Motivation part 2 of 2 – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Apr 13, 2017
041 – Make the most of your motivation – a conversation with BJ Fogg (part 1 of 2)
11:17
<p>What can you do when you're not feeling motivated? What is the best way to use your motivation when you ARE motivated? Find out in this episode of Real English Conversations from Better at English. Lori talks to Dr. BJ Fogg about how to make the most of the motivation that you have, no matter if it's high or low. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/041-motivation-conversation-with-bj-fogg-1">041 – Make the most of your motivation – a conversation with BJ Fogg (part 1 of 2)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 28, 2017
041-Make the Most of Your Motivation part 1 (of 2) – TRANSCRIPT
<p>This is the transcript for Better at English podcast episode 41 – Make the Most of your Motivation, a conversation with Dr. BJ Fogg. Lori talks to psychologist BJ Fogg about how people can best leverage their motivation to be able to keep showing up and working to reach their goals. You’ll hear how to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/041-motivation-1-transcript">041-Make the Most of Your Motivation part 1 (of 2) – TRANSCRIPT</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 28, 2017
040 – Daily Rituals part 5 of 5 – Real English Conversations
11:02
<p>Introduction Hi English learners! Lori here, your teacher from Betteratenglish.com. In this episode of Real English Conversations, you’ll hear part 5 of my conversation with Kyla. This is the final part of our conversation about the book Daily Rituals by Mason Currey. In the previous episode we talked about dealing with distractions and interruptions when […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/040-daily-rituals-5-real-english-conversations">040 – Daily Rituals part 5 of 5 – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 19, 2017
040 – Daily Rituals part 5 – Transcript
<p>This is the transcript for Real English Conversations episode 40 from Better at English. This episode of Real English Conversations is part 5 of Lori and Kyla’s discussion about a book they both liked: Daily Rituals, by Mason Currey. This is the FINAL part of this conversation. First they talk about feeling overwhelmed by the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/040-daily-rituals-5-transcript">040 – Daily Rituals part 5 – Transcript</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 19, 2017
039 – Daily Rituals part 4 – Real English Conversations
10:45
<p>Introduction Hi English learners! Lori here, your teacher from Betteratenglish.com. In this episode of Real English Conversations, you’ll hear part 4 of my conversation with Kyla. Up until now we’ve been talking about the book Daily Rituals by Mason Currey. But in this part of the conversation we digress [go off topic] and talk about […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/039-daily-rituals-part-4">039 – Daily Rituals part 4 – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 12, 2017
039 Daily Rituals part 4 Real English Conversations transcript
<p>This is the transcript for Daily Rituals part 4 – Better at English episode 39 of the Real English Conversations series. Vocabulary and usage notes plus the full transcript of the audio podcast. There are many ways you can use the Better at English conversation transcripts to get more benefit from your listening practice. Use […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/039-daily-rituals-part-4-real-english-conversations-transcript">039 Daily Rituals part 4 Real English Conversations transcript</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 12, 2017
038 – Daily rituals part 3 – Real English Conversations
11:04
<p>Introduction Hi English learners! Lori here, your teacher from Betteratenglish.com. In this episode of Real English Conversations, you’ll hear part 3 of my conversation with Kyla. We are talking about the book Daily Rituals by Mason Currey. In this part we talk about the routines and practices that many creative people have in common. Now […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/038-real-english-conversations-daily-rituals-part-3">038 – Daily rituals part 3 – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 05, 2017
038 – Daily rituals part 3 – Real English Conversations Transcript
<p>This is the transcript for Better at English "Real English Conversations" episode 38. Daily rituals and routines part 3. You'll hear Lori and Kyla continuing their discussion about the routines and practices of creative people. Their discussion is based on reading the book "Daily Rituals" by Mason Currey. The transcript contains the full conversation, a vocabulary lesson, and 5 discussion questions for speaking practice.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/038-real-english-conversations-daily-rituals-part-3-transcript">038 – Daily rituals part 3 – Real English Conversations Transcript</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 05, 2017
037 – Daily Rituals 2 – Real English Conversations
9:53
<p>Hi English learners! Lori here, your teacher from Betteratenglish.com. In this episode of Real English Conversations, you’ll hear part 2 of my conversation with Kyla. We’re discussing a book that we both really liked. It’s called Daily Rituals, by Mason Currey. The book describes the daily routines and habits of 161 creative people, people like […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/037-daily-rituals-2-real-english-conversations">037 – Daily Rituals 2 – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Feb 27, 2017
037 Real English Conversations – Daily Rituals 2 – Transcript
<p>This is the transcript for Better at English podcast episode 37. A Real English Conversation episode titled Daily Rituals 2. Lori and Kyla discuss the book Daily Rituals, by Mason Currey.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/037-real-english-conversations-daily-rituals-2-transcript">037 Real English Conversations – Daily Rituals 2 – Transcript</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Feb 27, 2017
036 – Daily Rituals 1 – Real English Conversations
8:51
<p>INTRODUCTION Hi English learners! Lori here, your teacher from Betteratenglish.com. In this episode of Real English Conversations, you’ll hear me talking to Kyla, a fellow musician. We met up to talk about a book that we both really like. It’s called Daily Rituals, and was written by Mason Currey. But as it turned out, Kyla […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/036-daily-rituals-1-real-english-conversations">036 – Daily Rituals 1 – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Feb 23, 2017
036 Daily Rituals 1 Transcript
<p>Download the transcript for the Better at English podcast episode 036 – Real English Conversations – Daily Rituals 1. Lori talks to Kyla about daily routines, guitar practice, and dealing with the sucky feeling of being a beginner when you’re learning something new. Watch the video version here:</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/036-daily-rituals-1-transcript">036 Daily Rituals 1 Transcript</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Feb 23, 2017
035 – There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep – Real English Conversations
10:13
<p>In this Real English Conversations podcast, you'll hear Lori and her mom talking about their bedtime routines and what they do to get good night's sleep. The conversation includes lots of idioms and phrases related to going to bed, sleeping, waking up, and daily routines, and these interesting language items are listed in the vocabulary notes.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/rec003-theres-nothing-like-a-good-nights-sleep">035 – There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Jun 08, 2014
034 – Showing up for English learning success
14:43
<p>Lori talks to you about one of her favorite quotes: 80% of success is showing up. You'll learn what it means and who said it. And if you're feeling discouraged with your English progress, you'll learn how resolving to keep "showing up" can get you back on track with your learning.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/showing-up-for-english-learning-success">034 – Showing up for English learning success</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
May 26, 2014
033 – Lori burns her arm – Real English Conversations
4:55
<p>Lori burns her arm while making a cup of tea, and can't sleep because it hurts so much. Her mother tries to help her find a way to get through the night. The real English conversation is between Lori and her mother the following morning, discussing what they did to relieve the pain and whether or not it worked.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/rec001-lori-burns-her-arm">033 – Lori burns her arm – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
May 09, 2014
032 – Real English Conversations: Perfectionism 3
<p>This is the transcript for Better at English “Real English Conversations” podcast episode about perfectionism and procrastination (part 3)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/rec-perfectionism3">032 – Real English Conversations: Perfectionism 3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
May 05, 2014
031 – Telling Time in English – Real English Conversations
9:35
<p>Lori invites her mom onto the podcast to discuss telling time in English, focusing on some of the differences between American and British English usage.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-conversations-telling-time-in-english-1">031 – Telling Time in English – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
May 06, 2010
032 – Perfectionism and Procrastination 3 – Real English Conversations
10:54
<p>Lori and her Dutch friend Yvette return to finish their conversation about perfectionism and procrastination. This time they focus on the strategies that have proved useful in their own battles with this debilitating problem.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-perfectionism-and-procrastination-3">032 – Perfectionism and Procrastination 3 – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 30, 2010
030- Perfectionism and Procrastination 2 – Real English Conversations
7:45
<p>Lori and her Dutch friend Yvette continue their discussion of perfectionism, focusing on how it can cause problems for foreign language learners.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-perfectionism-2">030- Perfectionism and Procrastination 2 – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 15, 2010
029 – Perfectionism and Procrastination 1 – Real English Conversations
6:31
<p>Do you ever procrastinate? Lori sure does! She and her Dutch friend Yvette talk about what procrastination is, why we do it, and what we can do about it.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-perfectionism-and-procrastination-1">029 – Perfectionism and Procrastination 1 – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Feb 21, 2010
028 – Don’t step in the dog doo (4 of 4) – Real English Conversations
9:49
<p>In today's conversation, which is part four of four, my British friend Michael and I wrap up our lengthy conversation about the pros and cons of dogs, dog ownership, and dog owners. Warning: some of the vocabulary we deal with in this episode is a bit vulgar, so if you are sensitive or easily offended I suggest you stop listening now.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-dont-step-in-the-dog-doo-4-of-4">028 – Don’t step in the dog doo (4 of 4) – Real English Conversations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Nov 26, 2008
027 – Real English Conversations: Don’t step in the Dog Doo (part 3 of 4)
6:06
<p> Michael and Lori continue their discussion of dogs and cats, focusing on the tendency for humans to get emotionally attached to their pets.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-dog-doo-part-3-of-4">027 – Real English Conversations: Don’t step in the Dog Doo (part 3 of 4)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Oct 28, 2008
Real English Conversations: Don’t step on the dog doo (2 of 4)
5:41
<p>In today's conversation, which is part 2 of 4, my British friend Michael and I continue discussing dogs and cats, and which we prefer.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-dog-doo-2-of-4">Real English Conversations: Don’t step on the dog doo (2 of 4)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Oct 19, 2008
Real English Conversations: Don’t step on the dog doo (part 1 of 4)
7:05
<p>My British friend Michael and I begin by talking about whether we are dog people or cat people. Then we move on to discuss the social etiquette of dog walking, particularly picking up after them in public places. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-dont-step-on-the-dog-doo-part-1-of-4">Real English Conversations: Don’t step on the dog doo (part 1 of 4)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Oct 06, 2008
Real English Conversations: Weird food
8:00
<p>In this episode, Michael and Lori talk about weird food combinations -- you won't believe what some Americans like on their hamburgers!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-weird-food">Real English Conversations: Weird food</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Jul 11, 2007
Real English Conversations: 20 questions game
9:42
<p>Lori and Michael talk about 20Q, a fun electronic game that Lori got to try while she was on her recent vacation in the USA.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-20-questions-game">Real English Conversations: 20 questions game</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Jun 29, 2007
Real English Conversations: Itchy palms (superstitions)
5:09
<p>Learn about the idiom "to have itchy palms" and more on the topic of superstions.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-itchy-palms-superstitions">Real English Conversations: Itchy palms (superstitions)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Jun 04, 2007
Real English Conversations: Lori wants a naked cat
8:15
<p>Lori wants a pet cat, and not just any cat, but a naked Sphinx cat. Michael thinks they are ugly. A heated discussion ensues... </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-lori-wants-a-naked-cat">Real English Conversations: Lori wants a naked cat</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
May 21, 2007
Real English Conversations: What leads to success?
8:01
<p>Everyone wants to be successful, right? But have you ever wondered what it is that leads to success? Lori and Michael discuss their reactions to a presentation about "What leads to success," given by Michael St. John. Richard St. John spent several years interviewing hundreds of successful people, trying to find out the secrets to their success.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-what-leads-to-success">Real English Conversations: What leads to success?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Apr 26, 2007
Real English Conversations: junk food (part 3 of 3)
4:43
<p>The third and final part of Michael and Lori's discussion of the English government's ban on commercials for junk food before 9 pm, when children are likely to be watching.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/junk-food-3">Real English Conversations: junk food (part 3 of 3)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Apr 17, 2007
Real English Conversations: junk food (part 2 of 3)
5:38
<p>Part two of Michael and Lori's three-part discussion about the English government's decision to ban junk food ads on television before 9 pm, when children are likely to be watching.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversation-junk-food-part-2-of-3">Real English Conversations: junk food (part 2 of 3)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Apr 14, 2007
How to find English idioms that aren’t in the dictionary
3:47
<p>Lori gives you a quick and easy way to find the meaning of idioms that aren't in your dictionary.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/how-to-find-english-idioms-not-in-dictionary">How to find English idioms that aren’t in the dictionary</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Apr 10, 2007
Real English Conversation: junk food (part 1 of 3)
7:57
<p>In the first of this three-part conversation, Lori and Michael talk about junk food and television advertising. In a nutshell, they don't like it.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/junk-food-1">Real English Conversation: junk food (part 1 of 3)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Apr 05, 2007
Idioms: to kick oneself
2:21
<p>In this episode, Lori answers a listener's question about the meaning of the idiom "to kick oneself."</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/idioms-kick-oneself">Idioms: to kick oneself</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 24, 2007
Real English Conversations: The pre-Google Dark Ages
5:06
<p>How did we ever get along without Google? Lori and Michael about how much they depend on the Internet in their daily lives. In this completely unplanned and spontaneous conversation, they use quite a few phrasal verbs. These phrasal verbs and additional idiomatic expressions are highlighted in the vocabulary notes. As always, you can find the full transcript and vocabulary notes at www.BetterAtEnglish.com.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-the-pre-google-dark-ages">Real English Conversations: The pre-Google Dark Ages</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 23, 2007
Real English Conversations: TV adverts, advertisements and commercials
4:38
<p>In today's episode, Michael and I exchange some opinions about television, particularly with respect to commercials and advertising. In this conversation we discover some differences between British and American English vocabulary, and use some everyday phrasal verbs.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com/real-english-conversations-tv">Real English Conversations: TV adverts, advertisements and commercials</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.betteratenglish.com">Better at English</a>. © 2017 Lori Linstruth</p>
Mar 17, 2007