Coffee With Gringos
By Dynamic English
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El inglés no se aprende, el inglés se usa. En este podcast, te enseñaremos el inglés de una manera relajada y auténtica - mediante diálogos con profesores nativos con base en Santiago, Chile - para que mejores tu inglés conversacional.
||CleanEpisode 24: International Love Stories Told by Special Guests Anna and Rebecca||This week we are talking about cross-cultural relationships with two of our friends and colleagues who have firsthand experience. Remember, if you get lost when you're listening to the podcast, our transcript and vocabulary guide are on the website to help you out.||13 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Cheers to Drinking Vocabulary||So, I want you imagine that you are traveling in an English speaking country, and you go to the bar, and you're ready to order a drink, and you're like, "Shoot, I don't know vocabulary for any of the drinks on this menu!" Or maybe you don't have a menu! That's the worst case scenario. So, today, we are reviewing the vocabulary for some of our favorite alcoholic beverages. Now, we know that some people don't drink, but a lot of you do. So, tune in, and remember that if you get lost along the way, the vocabulary guide and transcript are on our website to help you out.||13 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Special Guest Kyle Talks Spain and Slang||Today on the pod, we have a special guest. Our friend Kyle is here with us today to tell us his story and also to chat a little bit about slang in English.||22 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Summer Vacation Planning||Welcome back to the podcast. This week, we are chatting about trip planning. We're both people that really enjoy travelling, especially living abroad, there are lots of opportunities to do it. And we know that a lot of our listeners do too! So today we're practicing vocabulary related to planning a trip.||21 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Books and Movies!||Welcome back to the pod. Today, we are talking about pop culture. And we'll be focusing on books and movies, and giving some of our recommendations as the year comes to a close.||21 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: New Year, New You?||Listen to Episode 19 of "Coffee with Gringos" here or on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher and Soundcloud. Download the Episode 19 Transcript here!TRANSCRIPTPaige: You're listening to Coffee with Gringos. I'm Paige Sutherland. Mariah: And I'm Mariah Wika. Welcome back to podcast. This week, we are chatting about New Years resolutions. Those are the goals that we set, and we try really hard to keep every year. Or maybe we don't try so hard to keep them. We'll talk about that today. Remember, as you listen to the episode today, if you get lost, the transcript and vocabulary guide are on our website to help you out. Paige: Alright, so to talk about the common New Years resolutions, I think a lot of them have to do with health, right? Exercise more. Eat better. Mariah: Right. Personal development, maybe learning a hobby, learning a skill. Or, I think, related to what you're saying, not necessarily eating better or exercising more, but eliminating a bad habit. I think resolutions generally fall into those three camps. Paige: Yeah, eating less candy, not smoking, drinking less... all of those kind of vices I guess that we have. So, are you a New Years resolution setter? Mariah: I think there are two types of people, maybe there are three types of people... people who are obsessed with New Years resolutions and very committed to them, people who set them and just absolutely fail, and people who really could care less. Paige: What camp do you fall into? Mariah: Honestly, I'm somewhere between two and three. I occasionally set them, and then I disastrously fail. Or I just don't do it at all because I don't want to fail. I don't know. How about you? Which group do you fall into? Paige: I usually set a New Years resolution, but I've never been successful. Mariah: Ever?! Paige: No... the biggest one that I set probably every year I think I'm gonna try again this year, and maybe it will finally stick... but it's always, you know, a big character flaw of mine is waking up early. I hate the mornings. If I have to wake up for something, I can physically do it. If it's something, where you know, oh you should wake up early to do work or go to the gym or go for a run... I will snooze the heck out of it. I'll snooze for five minutes for two hours and get up two hours later. Mariah: Me too... Me too. Paige: So, it's probably one of my worst pet peeves of mine. So, every year, I'm like, "Nope, that's it, you're gonna wake up at 6:30 every morning, regardless of when you have to wake up." And probably the first week or two, I'm like very committed. And then I let a week slip... and then another week, and then I'm back to snoozing. Mariah: Just back to the same old, sleeping in. Yeah, I hear you, I hear you. Paige: What are your biggest New Years resolutions? Mariah: Oh, that's a good question. One resolution that I have for the coming year is to be more on time. So, I am not the most punctual person in the world. I've arrived to Coffee with Gringos studios late many times... every time, except today. A round of applause! Paige: I was very shocked when I heard the doorbell ring, and it was exactly on time... I was like this can't be Mariah, this must be someone else. Mariah: Right, I'm a woman whose full of surprises, and being on time is one of them. So, I think that's a good goal. I would also like to wake up earlier, but frankly, I think that's pretty unrealistic for me, and so I'm going to set a goal that's maybe more achievable... which is showing up on time like 75% of the time. Paige: I think that is the biggest flaw of New Year's resolutions is they are so unreachable. Mariah: Right, they're lofty. Paige: I'm gonna work out everyday for the next year! When you're a person who works out maybe once a month. That's unattainable for you. You're not going to go from once a month to everyday... so it's kind of, I think the pitfall i||1 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Let's Get Political||Listen to Episode 18 of "Coffee with Gringos" here or on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher and Soundcloud. Download the Episode 18 Transcript here!Politics. Whether you like it or not, this is an incredibly important topic! Today, Paige and Mariah do their best to explain the always entertaining, often confusing United States political system. TRANSCRIPTPaige: You’re listening to Coffee with Gringos. I’m Paige Sutherland. Mariah: And I’m Mariah Wika! Welcome back to the show! The theme of today’s episode is politics. Dun, dun, dun… It’s a topic that you either love to love or you love to hate, but no matter what, it’s part of our life, and so… we’re going to chat about it today. And remember, if you get lost along the way, the transcript and the vocabulary guide are right there on our website to help you out. Paige: Okay, so, to start off… me and Mariah, as you all know, are from the US. And we had quite a big election that happened last week. Mariah: Yeah, recently we had midterm elections. So, midterm elections, they’re not presidential, they’re basically for some of the seats in Congress in both the House and the Senate. Paige: And it’s usually a big election because it kind of sways the power. Mariah: Right. Paige: So, in the US we have two main political parties. We have the Democrats, which are more liberal, more left-wing. And then we have the Republicans, which is the right-wing, conservative. Mariah: In Chile, I’ve realized that a lot of people have pretty solid knowledge of the US political system. I’ve been surprised and a little bit humbled because I certainly didn’t have that knowledge of the Chilean system prior to coming here. But for those of you who don’t know, and it’s obviously totally fine if you don’t! In the US, we have the Executive Branch of power, the Judicial Branch of power, and then we have the Legislative Branch, which is our congressional branch and includes two main parts. It includes the Senate, and it includes the House of Representatives. And in the midterm elections, there are usually many, many seats availabe in both the house and the Senate, and depending on what happens, that balance of power between the House of Representatives and the Senate can sometimes change. And when it changes, we call it “flipping the House,” and when it doesn’t change, we call it “holding the House” or “holding the Senate.” So, for example, in the last election, Democrats flipped the House, and they now have control. And the Republicans held the Senate. Paige: Exactly, so it was a very, very important election for both those political parties. And so in the US, we are federal, but we also have state law. So the midterm elections was federal positions. We’re talking about House Representatives, we’re talking about Senators. So, to break that down too, each state gets two senators and the House of Representatives depends on the size... the population of your state. So, a state like Rhode Island that is very small has fewer House Representatives than a state like California. So, it’s really based on size when it comes to your House Reps. And that’s federally. This is talking about in Washington DC. But each state has their own laws. Mariah: Right, and I’m glad that you brought that up Paige because I think people often forget about the major importance of local politics, and elections like these… for United States citizens, they’re a huge opportunity to vote on local politics and vote for politicians that will change things in your own community because obviously federal law is not as personalized to the things that you are your family experience on a day-to-day basis. Paige: No, and some of the big elections that happened in the midterms were races for governor. So, a lot of states had those seats open, and a governor is basically a pre||27 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Money, Money, Money||Paige and Mariah are back this week with money on our minds. Listen in, and practice key vocabulary related to tipping, ATMs, and other general financial terms!||18 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Getting the Job, Interview Practice!||Listen to Episode 16 of "Coffee with Gringos" here or on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher and Soundcloud. Download the Episode 16 Transcript here!Interviews… just the word makes us nervous. Interviews can be really difficult, especially in your second language. Today, follow along as we simulate a typical English interview. Of course, we know every single interview is different, but pay attention to the typical questions Paige asks and the general format of Mariah’s responses. We hope that our voices are in your head next time you have an English interview (although that’s a little creepy… sorry). TRANSCRIPTPaige: You are listening to Coffee with Gringos. I’m Paige Sutherland. Mariah: And I’m Mariah Wika. Today’s topic is something that many of us have done and makes 100% of us very nervous. We’re talking about interviews. Whether you’re applying for a job at a language institute in Santiago, Chile. For example, Dynamic English… check em’ out, or any other job, your interview is your foot in the door. It’s your chance to make an impression and hopefully get a job. Paige: And nowadays, more than ever, sometimes when you apply for jobs… they require that you speak more than one language. So, besides being nervous about being in an interview, you might have to do it in a language that isn’t your native tongue. Mariah: Right, so for example, for a lot of you, you’re English language learners. We’re guessing that the majority of our listeners, except for our moms, are English language learners. And so, today we want to give you an example of an interview that will help you for that next interview that you have. Paige: So, listen in, take some notes, and remember - if you get lost, the transcript and vocabulary guide will be online at dynamicenglish.cl. So, now, I am going to interview Mariah for Coffee with Gringos’ next host position. Mariah: So excited. I want this opportunity so badly. Paige: Let’s see how she does. Transition noises Paige: Hi Mariah! Thanks for being here. It’s so nice to meet you. Mariah: Thank you so much for having me. I’m really excited about interviewing for this position. Paige: I hope that you got to the office okay. No trouble? Mariah: I found it perfectly, thank you so much. Paige: Okay! Well, sit down. Do you want a glass of water or something to drink? Mariah: No, I’m alright. Thank you! Paige: Okay! Well, we’ll start then. So, first question: just tell me a little bit about yourself. Mariah: Yeah! My name is Mariah, and I’ve been living in Santiago, Chile for a little over a year now, but before that I lived in Minnesota in the United States, and I worked in marketing and social media. But, I’ve been a teacher for about a year here, and I definitely have an interest in podcasting, in media, in marketing… and that’s why I’m here today. Paige: And so I have to ask - how did you hear about the position? Mariah: I heard about Coffee with Gringos through my language institute. So, of course, Coffee with Gringos is housed by Dynamic English, and I’ve been a teacher with Dynamic for a while now. I’m really passionate about education, and I love working in the classroom, but I also love the idea of creating resources that my students can use when we’re not together… when they’re out of the classroom. And so I heard about it through the institute, and it sounded like an opportunity I’d really like to give a try. Paige: Absolutely. Well, why do you think you would be a good fit for the position? Mariah: That’s a good question. I think that my past experience in marketing and media combined with my passion for education make me a really good fit for an educational podcast. In addition, I’m pretty social, and I like interacting with folks and talking. This is a conversational podcast, and I feel like I have the right personalit||12 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Social Media||Are you a social media fanatic? An aspiring Instagram influencer? We’re not either of these things… but we’re normal folks who use social media. So, today, we’re talking about it. We’ll talk about our own usage, we’ll try to guess what’s popular with teenagers these days, and we’ll discuss the challenge of deciding whether your social media usage is private, personal, or both.||4 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Love is in the Air||Love is in the air… and the parks… and the metro. This week, we’re chatting about romantic topics like weddings and dating! Paige and Mariah tell you about wedding customs in the United States and we share our thoughts on PDA in Chile. What’s PDA, you ask? Press play, and we’ll tell you!||22 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: From El Salvador to Chile... A Visit with Victor!||In this edition of Coffee with Gringos, we’re joined by our pal and fellow Dynamic English teacher, Victor! Victor shares his inspiring journey to learn English and build a life in Chile. He tells us how a guy from El Salvador ended up in Santiago and shares his passion for bike riding. This is a good one. Whether you’re driving, cooking dinner, or avoiding doing your actual work… hang out with Victor, Paige, and Mariah for the next 15 minutes.||7 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Sports, Here and Abroad||Did you know Chile's National Sport is....Rodeo. We discuss which sports are popular here and back home in the U.S. Remember if you get lost you can always refer back to the transcript and vocabulary guide.||25 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: The Weather, Spring is Coming!||Winter is soon ending but winter here in Santiago isn't quite like the winter we're used to back home. Remember if you get lost you can always refer back to the transcript and vocabulary guide.||18 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: El Dieciocho||In honor of Chile's upcoming El Dieciocho - we discuss this important holiday and how it compares to some of our holidays back home. Remember if you get lost you can always refer back to the transcript and vocabulary guide.||8 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: FOOD, We All Love It!||We discuss the foods we love and maybe don't love so much here in Chile and how they compare back home, with returning special gringo guests from Australia and the U.K. Remember if you get lost you can always refer back to the transcript and vocabulary guide.||8 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: We Talk Transportation, With Some Special Guests||We discuss transportation here in Chile and compare it to our experiences at home with special gringo guests from Australia and the U.K. Remember if you get lost you can always refer back to the transcript and vocabulary guide.||8 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: WhatsApp, Enough Said||Here in Chile What's App is the preferred mode of communication, for business, something that's surprising for those coming from the U.S. Remember if you get lost you can always refer back to the transcript and vocabulary guide.||8 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Today's Work Culture - Ping Pong Tables and Nap Rooms||Have you ever heard of "Digital Nomads"? Well, tune in and learn more about where business culture is heading these days. Remember if you get lost you can always refer back to the transcript and vocabulary guide.||8 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Traveling Scares||Sometimes traveling isn’t all fun. Learn how to tell a story by hearing about a couple of travel hiccups. Remember if you get lost you can always refer back to the transcript and vocabulary guide.||8 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Talking About Trips||Learn how to talk about your past vacations and travels! Remember if you get lost you can always refer back to the transcript and vocabulary guide.||8 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Chatting at a Bar||Learn how to hold an actual conversation!||4 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Casual Introductions||How to introduce yourself in English BUT...not like a robot!||1 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Introducing Coffee with Gringos||Dynamic English's first podcast where you can learn English - simply by hearing native speakers use it!||1 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
First of all I want to congratulate you for the amazing podcast. It’s very interesting, useful and easy to follow. I wish I had more time to listen to it.
Coffee with Gringos Review
In my opinion this podcast is very good to practice ESL. My suggestion is to increase the amount of content and weekly episodes and to notify me when new episodes are available. I’d recommended this to all of my family and friends.
Excelent complement for to learn
I learn with you, I exiting with this program.
Congratulations. I hope. I want to advance with my Learning,