The Speak English Fearlessly Podcast

Aaron Nelson

Welcome to the podcast that will help you prepare for the CELPIP exam.  You will learn how to develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English.  And of course, if you listen, you'll learn how to Speak English Fearlessly! Every Tuesday you'll get a new episode filled with tips, strategies and inspiring stories from other people just like you who are working to speak English fearlessly. read less
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Do the hard things to prepare for the Speaking Section of the CELPIP
14-05-2024
Do the hard things to prepare for the Speaking Section of the CELPIP
Why listen today:If you struggle with the clock as you brainstorm, then you absolutely need to listen to today's podcast. The dreaded clock - that timer that ticks away at you as you frantically try to develop your answer before the recording begins on the speaking section of the CELIP - is one of the most feared aspects of the exam. Many fear it, and many avoid using the clock as a tool to help them practice. That's a mistake that I'll be chatting with you about today, because those who fail to practice against the clock, will struggle to beat the clock when their exam day rolls around. Don't let that be you! What I talk about:00:00 Introduction02:10 Challenges of Time Management in CELPIP Prep05:07 Lessons from World Class CoachesHelpful LinksWhat if you could work with someone that could help you develop your speaking skills for the CELPIP? Wait...you can! Come and work with me in the CELPIP Success School. I combine practical training and assignments that you can work on at your own pace with friendly, encouraging support through weekly live coaching calls. Join CELPIP Success School today - let's work together to conquer the CELPIP. (Join with this link for a 25% discount - my special treat for my awesome podcast listeners.) Subscribe to my free weekly newsletter. I talk all about CELPIP prep, as well as how you can build your fluency skills in English. Mentioned in this episode:Let's work together to prepare for the CELPIP ExamIf you're tired of working on your own to prepare for the CELPIP Exam, and if you're looking for friendly personal support - then you need to check out this opportunity! You'll get weekly assignments that will help you practice each of the 4 skills tested on the CELPIP. You'll also get weekly group coaching calls with me. By following this link, you'll also get a 25% discount for as long as you remain a member.Let's work together to prepare for the CELPIP ExamIf you're tired of working on your own to prepare for the CELPIP Exam, and if you're looking for friendly personal support - then you need to check out this opportunity! You'll get weekly assignments that will help you practice each of the 4 skills tested on the CELPIP. You'll also get weekly group coaching calls with me. By following this link, you'll also get a 25% discount for as long as you remain a member.
How To Brainstorm On The CELPIP Exam: Stop Overthinking!
30-04-2024
How To Brainstorm On The CELPIP Exam: Stop Overthinking!
If you struggle with brainstorming on the CELPIP exam, then this episode is for you! I'll talk about the number one challenge CELPIP test takers face when it comes to brainstorming, and what you can do about it. You'll learn the mindset you need to adapt in order to brainstorm effectively.You'll learn that it's more important to have many ideas to work with instead of trying to come up one one great one.And you'll learn that often times, effective brainstorming happens as you just start writing. (As you write, more ideas will begin to come. No writing = no ideas!) 00:00 Introduction to Overcoming Overthinking for CELPIP Success01:07 Welcome to the Speak English Fearlessly Podcast02:32 The Struggle with Overthinking and Brainstorming04:41 A Writer's Perspective on Generating Ideas08:40 Transforming Your Brainstorming Strategy11:43 Practical Tips for Effective Brainstorming17:37 Conclusion and FarewellQuote from today:“Overthinking is when what you think gets in the way of what you want….it leads to a tsunami of stuckness.” - Jon AcuffLinks:Sign up for the CELPIP brainstorming workshop on Saturday, May 11, at 6:00p.m. PSTSign up for my free weekly newsletter to help you develop skills for the CELPIP exam and your English skills in general. Join the CELPIP Success School and we'll work together to help you get ready for the CELPIP exam. Mentioned in this episode:Learn How To Brainstorm on The CELPIP Exam: Join the May 11th WorkshopLearn How To Brainstorm For The CELPIP Exam
How To Deal With Anxiety On The CELPIP Exam
23-04-2024
How To Deal With Anxiety On The CELPIP Exam
Dealing with Anxiety on the CELPIP ExamDid you know AT LEAST 1 IN 4 English language learners struggle with anxiety around learning English?You're not alone if you struggle with this common challenge. In today's episode, I will:Talk about practical tips and strategies to overcome anxiety and prepare effectively for the CELPIP exam.You'll learn why you should be practicing under pressure to help you prepare, and reduce anxiety on test day. You'll also learn why you should schedule your CELPIP Exam with LOTS of time before your visa runs out. 00:00 The Impact of Emotions on CELPIP Exam Performance02:01 Welcome to the Speak English Fearlessly Podcast02:48 Overcoming Anxiety and Fear in Language Learning06:13 Aaron Nelson's Personal Journey with Podcasting26:08 Practical Tips for CELPIP Exam Preparation39:34 Concluding Thoughts and EncouragementLinks Mentioned TodayHow to deal with Negative Self-talk. (Previous Jon Acuff mention.)Official CELPIP YouTube channel.The CELPIP Podcast Subscribe To My Newsletter. To take a deeper dive on today's podcast topic, or explore other topics around the CELPIP and learning English in general. If you're tired of working alone on the CELPIP, join the CELPIP Success School to get friendly support on your CELPIP Journey.Mentioned in this episode:Let's work together to prepare for the CELPIP ExamIf you're tired of working on your own to prepare for the CELPIP Exam, and if you're looking for friendly personal support - then you need to check out this opportunity! You'll get weekly assignments that will help you practice each of the 4 skills tested on the CELPIP. You'll also get weekly group coaching calls with me. By following this link, you'll also get a 25% discount for as long as you remain a member.
To Speak English Fearlessly, Maybe You Need To Take More Risks
16-04-2024
To Speak English Fearlessly, Maybe You Need To Take More Risks
Why listen to today's episode?If you struggle with your speaking skills in English and for the CELPIP exam, then this episode will be an important encouragement for you! This episode dives into the importance of actually getting outside of your comfort zone and using your English - even if you feel like your skills are not very advanced, as the best way of improving. This is true for you especially if you are preparing for the CELPIP! I'll talk about how fear can stand in your way, and how it works against you to keep you from making progress with your English... if you let it. You'll be encouraged to confront your fears, actively seek out conversation opportunities, and take specific steps that will help you develop your English fluency. To help you get moving on this, I've got a simple (but challenging) mission for you! Listen in to find out more! 00:00 Unlocking Your Speaking Potential: A Real-Life Conversation02:14 The Key to Improving Your CELPIP Speaking Score02:25 Welcome to the Speak English Fearlessly Podcast04:24 Overcoming Language Learning Challenges: My Personal Journey13:33 Identifying and Confronting Your Fears in Language Learning28:59 Your Mission: Engage in English Conversations33:23 Join the Community: Subscribe for More TipsLinks I Talked About!Please subscribe to my free newsletter. Join CELPIP Success School with this link, and you'll save 25% on your subscription for as long as you remain as a member. Let's work together to get your ready for the CELPIP exam! Mentioned in this episode:Let's work together to prepare for the CELPIP ExamIf you're tired of working on your own to prepare for the CELPIP Exam, and if you're looking for friendly personal support - then you need to check out this opportunity! You'll get weekly assignments that will help you practice each of the 4 skills tested on the CELPIP. You'll also get weekly group coaching calls with me. By following this link, you'll also get a 25% discount for as long as you remain a member.
How To Speak English Fearlessly
02-04-2024
How To Speak English Fearlessly
If you struggle with keeping conversations going in English - like you feel as though your English vanishes when you're trying to talk with an English native speaker, then today's episode is for you! I'll share a simple to use strategy that will remove all the pressure from you to carry the conversation, AND, as a bonus get the person you're talking with to actually think you're pretty cool! The quotes I mentioned:“The royal road to a person's heart is to talk about the things he or she treasures most. If we talk to people about what they are interested in, they will feel valued and value us in return.” Dale Carnegie. A single question that could make a huge difference in your conversational skills is “Tell me more.” Or “Tell me more about [something the person was just saying.].” Here's what we cover:00:00 Unlocking the Art of Engaging Conversations00:38 Welcome to Speak English Fearlessly Podcast02:08 April's Theme: Speaking English Fearlessly03:14 The Challenge of Speaking Without Fear03:58 Strategies to Overcome Conversation Freezing08:23 Mastering the Art of Asking Questions24:17 Avoiding Conversation Stoppers: Don't use "Do" or "Does" questions!29:08  Listener Q&A Segment31:54 Closing Remarks and Invitation to SubscribeLinks mentioned today:Dale Carnegie quote: Become a more interesting person.From upworthy.com "Stanford expert shares the number one phrase that people who are good at small talk always use."From the Listener Q & A session: A link to the Canadian Immigration Website talking about visitor visas.If you haven't already, please subscribe to my free weekly newsletter for deep dives into podcast topics and tips and strategies to help you speak English fearlessly and prepare for the CELPIP exam. Mentioned in this episode:Let's work together to prepare for the CELPIP ExamIf you're tired of working on your own to prepare for the CELPIP Exam, and if you're looking for friendly personal support - then you need to check out this opportunity! You'll get weekly assignments that will help you practice each of the 4 skills tested on the CELPIP. You'll also get weekly group coaching calls with me. By following this link, you'll also get a 25% discount for as long as you remain a member.
How To Use 5 Minutes to Practice For the Reading Section Of The CELPIP Exam
26-03-2024
How To Use 5 Minutes to Practice For the Reading Section Of The CELPIP Exam
Short on time? If all you have is 5 minutes, you can still practice for the reading section of the CELPIP exam! Stop using a lack of time as the excuse that keeps you from preparing for this all too important exam! It's too important to keep pushing back!Instead, listen to today's episode and learn how you can take advantage of the 'fringes of your life' to get ready for the CELPIP exam! Today, I'm taking a closer look at how you can prep for the Reading Section of the exam.In today's episode, you'll learn:You REALLY don't have to read the entire article. (So don't!)How to skim: only read titles, subheadings, first lines of each paragraph.How to scan: use keywords from the questions on the CELPIP exam. (Or use the 5W's if you're practicing on your own!)How to create a short skeleton outline of the article you are practicing with. With just 5 to 6 minutes of time, and using the ideas I share in today's episode, you'll be able to have a solid and effective practice session that will help prepare you for the Reading Section of the CELPIP exam. Join me for a free skimming and scanning workshopIf you'd like to practice skimming and scanning more, then I want to invite you to join me for a totally free workshop! Yes, it really is 100 percent free! It will be focused on helping you develop skimming and scanning skills so that you can conquer the reading section of the CELPIP once and for all. We're going to have a live training session with practical hands on practice, as well as a mini three day skill sprint where we will work together to build a simple outline of the kinds of texts you may encounter on the exam. Those simple outlines will help you to know where you can find key ideas the questions may ask you for on the exam. If you're interested in this, our first session will be Wednesday, April the 3rd at 7pm Pacific Standard Time. To register, it's totally free. Just go to www.celpipsuccess.com/skimworkshop. Get the weekly CELPIP success newsletter:If you haven't subscribed yet, join my free weekly newsletter. Every Tuesday you'll get more tips and strategies to help you conquer the CELPIP exam. Go to: www.celpipsuccess.com/subscribe
How To Prepare For The Writing Section Of The CELPIP With Just 10 Minutes
19-03-2024
How To Prepare For The Writing Section Of The CELPIP With Just 10 Minutes
Why listen to today's episode: Today you'll learn how to maximize short study sessions to help you prepare for the Writing section of the CELPIP Exam. If you've only got 5 to 10 minutes, you can use today's practice challenge! You'll learn that short, consistent study segments are effective practice, I'll challenge the misconception that only lengthy study sessions count. I'll share a short story about how I've been applying this in my own writing life and the result: a 60k word novella! You'll get practical advice for utilizing brief moments for targeted CELPIP writing practice, alongside an invitation to join the CELPIP Success School for accountability and support. Helpful Quotes mentioned today:I realized a way forward in the midst of motherhood with no time to write: I seized tiny moments. I learned that a single sentence or well-crafted phrase composed in five minutes could lay the foundation for a future manuscript. -Ann KroekerandIn her book The Right to Write, Julia Cameron says:The ‘if-I-had-time’ lie is a convenient way to ignore the fact that novels require being written and that writing happens a sentence at a time. Sentences can happen in a moment. Enough stolen moments, enough stolen sentences, and a novel is born–without the luxury of time…Yes, it is daunting to think of finding time to write an entire novel, but it is not so daunting to think of finding time to write a paragraph, even a sentence. And paragraphs, made of sentences, are what novels are really made of. (Cameron)Both of these quotes are at: No time to write? Make solid progress in just 5 minutes00:00 Maximizing Short Practice Sessions for CELPIP Success03:25 Introducing the Speak English Fearlessly Podcast05:41 The Power of Small Writing Sessions: A Personal Journey13:40 Joining Forces: The CELPIP Success School & Writing Group Insights18:17 Daily Writing Challenges: Transforming Listening into Writing24:29 Join the CELPIP Success School & Weekly Newsletter BenefitsLINKS Mentioned Today:Anne Kroeker's website + blog article I'm referring to today.Previous episode where I talk about the listening challenge you can do in just 2 minutes.The CBC listening resource I mentioned. Subscribe to my free weekly newsletter + get a free CELPIP workout guide that will help you stay consistent with your exam prep.Join the CELPIP Success School for weekly study assignments that will help you prepare for the CELPIP Exam. You'll also have unlimited access to me for friendly and encouraging support, as well as weekly live group coaching calls. Join today!
How To Practice For The CELPIP Exam In Just Two Minutes
12-03-2024
How To Practice For The CELPIP Exam In Just Two Minutes
Why listen to today's episode?I want to help you bust a common myth that says something like this: in order to practice for teh CELPIP exam or practice English in general and do it well - then you need to devout large amounts of time in immersive experiences. That's a myth. What I want to help you realize today is this: consistent practice, no matter the length, is vital and better than not practicing at all.It's not always possible to work extensively on your English.Sometimes you need to practice small to maintain consistency.Learning English is very much about consistency and very little about intensive immersive experiences that you don't do frequently.Here's what I'll cover:00:00 Introduction and Welcome01:27 The Importance of Consistency in Learning02:17 Personal Story: Overcoming a lingering cough03:27 Inspirational Quote by James Clear and Its Application05:23 I've been podcasting for 50 weeks already!07:37 Effective Practice in the Fringes of Your Life09:17 Two-Minute Listening Practice for CELPIP Exam13:40 Consistency matters more than irregular Immersive Learning14:23 Invitation to Subscribe and ConclusionThe quote I mentioned:In theory, consistency is about being disciplined, determined, and unwavering. In practice, consistency is about being adaptable. Don't have much time? Scale it down. Don't have much energy? Do the easy version. Find different ways to show up depending on the circumstances. Let your habits change shape to meet the demands of the day.Adaptability is the way of consistency. - James ClearThe 2 minute(ish) CELPIP Listening WorkoutFirst: Go here and choose a news segment.Then follow these simple steps for your listening workout:What to doGet ready to listen with 🖊️ and 📜Write the 5W’s with space between each one. (Who, What, When, Where, Why.)Listen to one of these stories and try to write in the answers to 5Ws as you listen.Repeat until you get all 5.Important Links:The previous episode where I mention James Clear.The link to CBC NEWS that I mentioned. To get the free 5 day CELPIP workout I mentioned that you can be working on with just 2 to 10 minutes of time each day, please go here. Work with me! If you would like to work with me to get ready for the CELPIP exam, then you need to go here! Because you're a podcast listener, you'll get a 25% discount if you sign up.Mentioned in this episode:Let's work together to prepare for the CELPIP ExamIf you're tired of working on your own to prepare for the CELPIP Exam, and if you're looking for friendly personal support - then you need to check out this opportunity! You'll get weekly assignments that will help you practice each of the 4 skills tested on the CELPIP. You'll also get weekly group coaching calls with me. By following this link, you'll also get a 25% discount for as long as you remain a member.
How to get unstuck with your English by effectively dealing with failure.
27-02-2024
How to get unstuck with your English by effectively dealing with failure.
Overcoming Invisible Injuries in Language Learning: Dealing with the Affective FilterIn this episode of the Speak English Fearlessly podcast, we'll discusses the concept of invisible injuries in language learning. Specifically, we'll be talking about the secret power that failure and the embarrassment that often comes with it, can have over us and our ability to learn English. -Learn how the embarrassment experienced after making a pronunciation or grammar mistake can be similar to a physical injury except they aren't immediately apparent. -You'll learn about your 'Affective Filter', a psychological barrier to language acquisition coined by linguist Stephen Krashen. This filter can lead to a fall in motivation, increased anxiety, fear of judgment, and avoidance of opportunities to practice. - You'll learn how to take practical steps to begin lowering your affective filter so that it stops STOPPING you from moving forward with your English.00:00 Introduction and Welcome01:48 Understanding Failure and Invisible Injuries03:51 Personal Story of Invisible Injury08:14 Identifying Invisible Injuries in Language Learning11:41 Understanding the Affective Filter13:24 Strategies to Lower the Affective Filter22:44 Conclusion and Invitation to SubscribeIf you liked today's episode and want to learn more about your Affective Filter and what you can be doing to lower it if you feel like it has been blocking your progress, then please subscribe to my free weekly newsletter. A new edition comes out every Tuesday. Go to: www.celpipsuccess.com/subscribeLinks Mentioned TodayLower the Affective Filter Literacy Minnesota