Along Came English Podcast

English learning with Alena

 
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27.   Talking about my family
  • 7 April 2022

 

I talk about my family, hereditary traits and my family history. I also explain the differences between different types of families.

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26.   My tattoos so far
  • 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.

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I talk about the death of my father and what it was like moving back to Southeast Asia.

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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.

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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.

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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

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21.   (My experiences with) Dogs
  • 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.

 
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20.   Different (regular) diets
  • 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.

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19.   My (current) daily routine
  • 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.

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18.   Modern and contemporary art
  • 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.

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17.   My first year in Melbourne
  • 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.

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16.   Summer in Melbourne
  • 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. 

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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.

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I give a quick update about Along Came English, and reflect on my 2020 goals. 

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13.   Charities in Australia
  • 9 March 2019

I give vocabulary related to charities and social welfare. I talk about my experiences donating to them and working briefly as a fundraiser. 

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12.   Travelling overseas
  • 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.

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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.

 
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10.   Fast food in Melbourne & South East Asia
  • 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.

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9.   Hair & body hair
  • September 4, 2018

I talk about hair and body hair. I share movie references, image issues relating to body hair and hair removal methods.

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8.   More on driving
  • 24 August 2018

I talk about roundabouts, differences between driving in Melbourne, Brunei and Kuala Lumpur, and being an overall responsible driver on the road. 

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7.   Driving in Melbourne
  • 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.

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6.   Addiction
  • 31 July 2018

On a more serious note, I talk about addiction. I also explain the difference between its colloquial use and its medical definition. 

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5.   Different meals of the day
  • 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.

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I talk about recent trips to Adelaide, Launceston and around Melbourne. 

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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. 

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2.   My childhood & growing up in Brunei
  • 19 January 2018

I share stories from my childhood growing up in Brunei and what it was like growing up in Brunei.

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1.   Let me introduce myself...
  • 11 January 2018

 

I briefly introduce myself and talk about what this podcast is about and how it aims to be a companion to your English learning journey.