Zdenek’s English Podcast
Episode 266 - Maximum Volume (part 2)

Episode 266 - Maximum Volume (part 2)

August 18, 2019

In this episode, I talk to Max about German stereotypes. 

Episode 265 - Maximum Volume (part 1)

Episode 265 - Maximum Volume (part 1)

August 10, 2019

Episode 265 was recorded at a lake in Podebrady.

This time I talk to my former student from Germany called Max whose English level is almost C2.

We mainly discuss Max's life here in the Czech Republic, his studies, and learning English.

Episode 264 - Saviour’s Speech

Episode 264 - Saviour’s Speech

August 4, 2019

In this episode, I talk to a student from Zambia about a motivational speech he has given at the graduation ceremony. We also talk about his country and what it is like for him to study in the Czech Republic. 

Episode 263 - Chilling out with Asad at the Graduation Garden Party

Episode 263 - Chilling out with Asad at the Graduation Garden Party

July 27, 2019

In this episode, I talk to one of the most articulate students I have taught this year. We talk about the country of his origin, but also about the country he spent most of his life in. We also chat about the benefits of living and studying in the Czech Republic. 

Episode 262 - Breaking the Glass Ceiling with Marek Kiczkowiak

Episode 262 - Breaking the Glass Ceiling with Marek Kiczkowiak

June 27, 2019

In this episode, I speak to Marek Kiczkowiak, Ph.D. who is the founder of TEFL Equity Advocates and Academy.

Marek is something like Martin Luther King of English Language Teaching. Essentially, he strives to obliterate the so-called "native speaker bias". In other words, he is fighting for the rights of non-native English teachers. He does that by researching this topic academically and finding some very compelling evidence. You can get a taste of his arguments in this episode.

As you all know, this topic has highly personal relevance to me so having Marek on ZEP is a massive moment not only for me but also for the podcast itself. 

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Episode 261 - Phrasal Verbs in Louse’s Adventures Episode

Episode 261 - Phrasal Verbs in Louse’s Adventures Episode

June 18, 2019

    In this episode I go through the conversation I had in episode 260 with my fellow DELTA sufferer, native speaker from England Louis and clarify phrasal verbs which appeared in it. 

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Episode 260 - Louise’s Adventures

Episode 260 - Louise’s Adventures

June 12, 2019

I decided to say hi to my DELTA classmate from England Louise and while I was on it, I thought to myself why not invite her onto ZEP.

It was a wise decision. This episode is truly action-packed. Louise passionately describes her adventures working in different countries, compares the mentality of the learners, and adds a few anecdotes including how she ended up settling down in Romania. We also talk about English banter and how non-British people find it difficult to get it.  

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Episode 259 - It’s Not That Deep Podcast (Doctor Who episode) - Pronunciation Analysis

Episode 259 - It’s Not That Deep Podcast (Doctor Who episode) - Pronunciation Analysis

June 1, 2019

Do you remember Clare without "i"? She has featured on ZEP several times before.

I wanted to give you a taste of her new podcast "It's Not That Deep" so I came up with an idea. Essentially, I took 10 minutes from one of her episodes and decided to pick apart the language for you with a special emphasis on pronunciation. If you like Doctor Who, then you will be pleased to hear that the chosen episode from Not That Deep podcast is about this popular British TV show.

As for the pronunciation analysis, I will be looking at some individual sounds, stress, elision, and more.

One more thing. I think I mistakenly called Clare's podcast Not That Deep, but it is in fact called It's Not That Deep. My apologies.   

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Episode 258 - That’s a Question with PP1

Episode 258 - That’s a Question with PP1

May 28, 2019

This episode was recorded during class while playing a game where we ask each other simple questions. The episode features a lot of guests so there some talking over each other, butr generally speaking it should be well understood. The tone is very light-hearted.

I also have one important disclaimer. during the episode, one of the students keeps mentioning probably the most atrocious man in the history of mankind Hitler in a slightly joking way. I know this is not a laughing matter, but there is a context to this and I would like to explain it.

One of the most popular games we sometimes play during my board game meet-ups is a hidden role game called Secret Hitler (I recommend googling it) and it is the game he was refering to during the episode. We do not promote the condone actions of this individual in any way, shape or form, quite the opposite, we condemn them. I just felt like it was necessary to clarify. 

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Episode 257 - A Chat with Martin from RnR English Podcast

Episode 257 - A Chat with Martin from RnR English Podcast

May 14, 2019

This episode features a high profile guest Martin from a well established Rock 'n Roll English podcast.

After introducing the guest of this episode, we spend some time talking about a football match between England and the Czech Republic which took place a few months ago. Naturally, we also touch on Brexit, admittedly much to Martin's disgust. At the end Martin tells us about his current projects inluding the RnR Family. 

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