Cara's fast, natural English podcast
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Cara's fast, natural English podcast helps you master conversational English. Join the Leo Listening list to get the transcript of each episode straight to your inbox plus tips and advice for understanding spoken English.
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Spanish Study Woes
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Oh woe is me! Do you know that expression? It’s a rather over the top way to say how sad or disappointed you are. You typically use it when you feel sorry for yourself. You know, those times where something bad has happened and you just spend your time thinking about it and feeling sad, rather than moving on.
When I got 5/20 on a Spanish test, I felt so sorry for myself that I decided to go to into a toilet cubicle, lock the door and not come out! It felt good just to feel sad, cry and let out my emotions in the privacy of that cubicle. I didn’t feel sorry for myself forever though. In fact, I managed to get better results on my next test.
Today’s episode is all about my struggles in learning Spanish when I went back to university in 2011. I didn’t have too much experience with the language and I hadn’t actively studied it for 7 years! If you sometimes feel that learning English is a struggle, especially trying to understand spoken English, then this episode should encourage you.
Here's the first 30 seconds of the transcript:
Hello and welcome to the latest episode of Cara's Fast Natural English podcast. This is episode number 11. I'm on my own again this week. And I wanted to give you a bit of language learning encouragement. Because maybe you listen to these podcasts and think, "Oh, God I don't understand this woman. I'm never going to understand spoken English. How is it possible? I'll never get there." And other negative things, oh, well, I hope you're not that negative. Umm, so I wanted to share an experience that happened to me when umm I went back to university and I had to study, study Spanish.