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alastairbudge

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  1. I’m not sure whether this is the right place to post this (and I hope that this doesn’t go against any rules)…. I’m an English teacher, language learner (French, Italian, Mandarin), and a generally curious person. I was always really frustrated with traditional ‘listening resources’ for language learning, and thought I would like something more interesting if I was learning English. So I’ve just started a podcast for English learners - it’s now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and lots of other podcast channels. The idea is that it’s ‘English Learning for Curious Minds’ - we take a different topic every week and produce a short explainer podcast, complete with transcript & key vocabulary. I’m posting here in case it might be of interest to people - so far students from 110 countries have listened to it, and feedback has been pretty positive. I’d love to know what people thought! You can find it here if you are interested: www.leonardoenglish.com/how-to-listen
  2. I'm just sharing this here as I guess it could be useful to others. There is a lot of talk about the best app for X or Y, and how to properly record and recall vocabulary is quite a contentious topic (notebook vs. evernote vs. anki vs. other weird techniques), and methods to actually get it done are even more so (see 'haters vs. lovers of goldlist method). But what if you could actually just build the app that you wanted, completely customized to what you wanted to learn? I just put together this guide for how you can build your own vocabulary app with just a Google Account, but anyone can copy the template and adapt it as they see fit. See here: How to build your own vocabulary app for free (with just a Google account) It's been amazing to see what people have built so far. Ps. I use it to note down Italian words (I'm an English native speaker) but it supports 103 languages at the moment.
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