Along Came English Podcast
English learning with Alena
11 March 2022
I talk about the tattoos that I have: about how it all started with my first one, my growing collection of them, the pain I've experienced and what my parents think.
30 November 2021
I talk a bit about the lockdown here in Melbourne. I also explain the differences between mental health professionals, the costs of visiting them and what Medicare covers.
I explain the differences between the common cold and the flu. I also share some of my experiences having a cold or a flu as well as the most recent one. I also talk about the home remedies that I usually take or do when I get sick. And my experience getting tested for Covid.
3 May 2021
I explain what backpacking is and what I think about it. I also talk about my overall backpacking experience in Japan, what the hostels are like over there and share some stories from my travels
17 April 2021
I talk about my experiences with dogs. I explain some dog vocabulary, what dog breeds are, my childhood memories of dogs, pandemic puppies, my experience looking after my friends' puppy, dogs that bark and dog allergies.
20 February 2021
I explain the different definitions of "diet." I also talk about different types of regular diets that are fairly common in Australia - vegetarianism, veganism, different religious diets, and the gluten-free diet.
12 February 2021
I talk about what my current daily routine is like, being a night owl, and a few other common daily routine activities that are not part of my current routine.
31 January 2021
I talk about art - modern and contemporary. I also talk about how I became interested in art; different artists and their notable artworks; and the type of art I generally like or appreciate.
22 January 2021
I reflect on my first year in Melbourne: experiencing culture shock, adapting to Australian life, my homestay experience, and the foundation programme I did.
17 January 2021
I talk about what summers are like in Melbourne: the season dates, the weather, 40°C days, heat-related illnesses, sunscreen, indoor cooling systems, the Aussie barbie and the beach.
9 January 2021
I reflect on my upbringing growing up in a multilingual environment, how different languages are used in such an environment, broken English, accents and social identity.
19 November 2018
I talk about travelling overseas: future plans; booking airline tickets, accommodation and travel insurance; applying for a visa; and exchanging foreign currency.
11. Eyes & eyesight
24 September 2018
I cover vocabulary about eyes and eyesight. I share about beauty standards in the greater Chinese community and talk about different vision correction methods.
17 September 2018
I talk about fast food! I talk about a variety of fast foods here in Australia, and offer vocabulary and references for both Western fast foods and Asian street foods.
21 July 2018
I talk about driving, the types of offences and penalties in Victoria, some of the conditions driving here. As well as the kinds of things you have to do to own and drive a car in Melbourne.
21 July 2018
I talk about different meals of the day - apart from just the typical breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also talk about the types of meals I had growing up.
1 March 2018
I talk about celebrating Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival), which marks the start of the new year based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar.