Zdenek’s English Podcast
Episode 284 - Spanish Stereotypes

Episode 284 - Spanish Stereotypes

February 9, 2020

This episode was recorded during one of my English classes, namely the intermediate class. This was the first time I'd had a Spanish guest on the podcast and we decided to talk about English stereotypes. We dealt with timekeeping, food, drinks and others trying to offer a balanced view of positive and negative ones.

Episode 283 -  Nurcan Baysal

Episode 283 - Nurcan Baysal

January 24, 2020

This episode is dedicated to Nurcan Baysal who is a Kurdish journalist and a human rights activist from Turkey.

Few months ago I taught her in an advanced class here in London. A week later I went to a panel discussion with her in Free Word in Farringdon. I had been invited to this event by my colleague Billie, an English teacher, who also features in this episode. 

Essentially, the episode is a series of monologues and dialogues with Billie and also my cousin Honza who as we know knows a lot about history. We try to offer our view on censorship in Turkey, explain who the Kurds are, and try to break down what has been going on in Turkey. 

I hope we managed to do justice to Nurcan's unrelenting effort and work. I don't normally do heavier topics like this on my podcast, but I think if approached in the right way, they can have a powerful effect on the audience and I am convinced this was the right thing to do. 

Episode 282 - A Pub Ramble with Thespian To-be

Episode 282 - A Pub Ramble with Thespian To-be

January 16, 2020

In this episode, I speak to Rafael aka Why me from the USA about different topics, but mostly his visit of London The Globe theatre, his studies to become a thespian (actor), Dracula, Kingdoms of Deceit, Italian artists, and other seemingly unrelated things. Rafael also tells a a joke, which I first failed to understand. Silly me. I mean...why me?

Episode 281 - Cristina Castagnoli

Episode 281 - Cristina Castagnoli

December 28, 2019

In this episode I interview Cristina, a singer Italy that I taught in London for couple of months. She is a huge personality, and was an absolute pleasure to teach.

We speak about learning English, London, and Cristina's love for singing. Make sure you subscribe to her Youtube channel and definitely listen to the very end of this episode. I promise, you are in for a treat.

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Episode 280 - Road to Civilisation (instalment 14 - without Honza)

Episode 280 - Road to Civilisation (instalment 14 - without Honza)

December 28, 2019

The classic episode is back, although this time it is a bit different. 

Episode 279 - UK’s General Elections 2019

Episode 279 - UK’s General Elections 2019

December 14, 2019

As someone who is not a fan of Brexit and Boris Johnson, I was gutted when the general elections results were published this Thursday. I called Nick on Discord, a political science student from the UK, to help us understand what had happened. 

Episode 278 - Michelle’s Research

Episode 278 - Michelle’s Research

December 5, 2019

In this episode, I speak to my academic manager from my summer job in Wembley Michelle. Michelle is from Ireland, but she has also worked in UAE for 5 years. She has a very nice accent and is well educated. Currently she is doing a PHD in linguistics, but she already has a couple of degrees under her belt. Her research is focusing on cultural difficulties that teachers that teach in places like UAE face. 

Apart from talking about her studies, we also touch on linguistics in general and why we both like it so much. Michelle also reveals her secret to being so organised and positive. And of course, we talk about what it has been like working together, and the challenges and rewards involved in our summer camp job. 

 

Episode 277 - Irish Stereotypes

Episode 277 - Irish Stereotypes

November 17, 2019

In this episode, I have a friendly chat with Aisling who was my colleague at a summer camp in Wembley. Before I recorded this, I did little research and dug out 11 stereotypes on Irish people. The idea is that I ask Aisling how he feels about them and whether she thinks they are true. 

Episode 276 - Seriously Geeky Conversation with Matea

Episode 276 - Seriously Geeky Conversation with Matea

November 12, 2019

In this episode, I talk to Matea, an English teacher from Croatia, about how she got to such a high English level, her role in England, board games, TV series, and other geeky stuff.

Episode 275 - Cassandra on the Podcast

Episode 275 - Cassandra on the Podcast

November 2, 2019

In this episode of the podcast I speak to Cassandra who was my colleague back in summer. She is a drama student so you can imagine having her on the podcast is a real win. Cassandra is very well-spoken and outspoken. 

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