Episode 249 - Binominal Phrases

February 18, 2019

In this episode, I talk to my Claire. This is a light-hearted chat, but make no mistake, it also has a very thoughful educational motive.

Essentially, I and Claire teach you selected binominal phrases such as little by little, ups and downs, by and large, and many more.  

The quality of the recording is not ideal since it was recorded in a café and naturally the recorder picked up a lot of background noice, but it is audible, neverthless.

 

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Episode 248 - Glottal Stop

February 9, 2019

    In this episode I take a light-hearted approach to teach a pronunciation phenomenon called glottal stop /ʔ/- a sound that is often used in spoken English to replace sound /t/. 

   Phonetics and this sound in particular is something I have been interested in for a while and I am delighted to talk about it here on ZEP. 

I will present to you a lot of examples of words (and sometimes not just words) where this sound appears in English language and also as a bonus I will do some tongue twisters.

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Episode 247 - A Chat with Dustin from Board Gaming with Education Podcast

January 30, 2019

    It's been a while since I had another podcaster on my podcast. So I was very pleased when Dustin from Board Gaming with English (now renamed into Board Gaming with Education) agreed to come on to ZEP.

Dustin is an English teacher from Nebraska in the U.S. who is currently working at a university in Taipei (Taiwan). 

This is a no nonsense episode in which you can naturally hear us talk about our favourite board games we use in an English class, such as Codenames, Werewolf, Trapwords, Pandemic. We try to justify the approach of teaching English through board games and explain why we think it has such a great appeal. 

Dustin tells us about his podcast, what kind of episodes his listeners can enjoy, and how he got the idea of starting it. 

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Episode 246 - Petr Cech

January 22, 2019

This time I talk to my English friend Marvin about Petr Cech, a Chelsea (and Czech) legend and currently an Arsenal player, who has recently announced his retirement from the world of football. After the interview, there is also a short language analysis. 

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Episode 245 - Language Analysis of my Interview on Luke’s English Podcast

January 16, 2019

   In this episode I reflect on the experience of featuring in episodes 569 and 570 of Luke's English Podcast. I will tell you how I felt before, during, and after the interview with Luke, and generally explain how much this meant to me. 

   The second part of this episode is an attempt to self-correct some of the more glaring mistakes I made in part 1 of the interview. Infamously, this episode has the Fixer in it - a voice in my head whose purpose is to help with the realisation of my mistakes, but who often does so in a slightly insulting way. 

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Episode 244 - Bumbling through Canada with Dumb John

January 9, 2019

    In this episode I talk to John from Canada, another playtester of Kingdoms of Deceit. We talk mostly about Canada related topics and I also ask John to help me clarify a few words which start with letters "can". It's has a feel of a lighthearted conversation, rather than a deep discussion. 

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Episode 243 - Road to Civilisation (instlalment 13)

January 1, 2019

This episode has two main parts. The first part is a classic New Year's Eve Road to Civilisation with my cousin Honza and also an additional guest Nrup. The seconds part is an audio version of the live Facebook video I did earlier the same day. If you are a Spurs fan, I highly recommend not listening to this one. 

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Episode 242 - Adjective Football

December 29, 2018

   This episode was recorded on a train last winter. I kept postponing publishing it because I always thought it was a bit weird. I have now changed my mind, though.

    It features my good friend Nrup from India. We were travelling from Podebrady to Prague and we decided to kill time by playing a well-known word game and recording our struggle as a ZEP episode.

I wanted to raise the challenge so I modified the rules of the game in such way that we were supposed to use adjectives only. Especially because of me, we lost the game in a ludicrous fashion. 

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Episode 241 - 5 Bad and 5 Good Things about the Czech Republic and Czechs

December 28, 2018

   This episode is dedicated to Czech people. I attempt to give you a balanced view of what it is like to be Czech by presenting my top 5 good and bad things about our country and its people. 

   There might be some contentious subjects that I bring up. Please understand that these are all my personal views and I am always open to a debate about everything I argued there. I am even prepared to change my beliefs if you convince me. 

In this episode I talk about the Czech president and why I have very little respect for him, the historical reasons Czech people have low confidence, are cynical, xenophobic, and not very patriotic, Czech beer, why I am glad that we are situated in the middle of Europe next to Germany, and more. 

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Episode 240 - Christmas Competition

December 23, 2018

In this insanely rambly episode I introduce you a new competition.

You have exactly one week to send me an email with a few pieces of information namely (your name, a country you come from, how long you have been a listener, how you found out about ZEP, your favourite episode).

Listen to this episode to find out more including what the prize is. I will be announcing the winner in a live video on FACEBOOK on 31st December 2018 at 12 a.m GMT+1 (midday, not midnight). So this is the deadline. All of you are welcome to take part. The more, the merrier. 

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