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..... Welcome to my  Audio Blog!

I regularly create exciting new pages with audio lessons, audio proverbs, picture and video lessons - and you can find out what subjects are coming soon in the DailyStep subscriber audio lessons! I hope you enjoy it, and if you have any questions at all, please do email me at
jane@dailystep.com.

Latest Blog Entry: #086 IELTS speaking exam sample answer


Learn how to improve your IELTS speaking exam score - and how to talk about the weather in your country.
Also, find out all the topic coming soon in the DailyStep subscriber audio lessons.
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30/01/14     #086 IELTS speaking exam sample answer     Improve IELTS Part 2 speaking exam score - Describe the weather in your country
23/01/14     #085 Practical English: Playing the guitar     Video English lesson - playing the guitar
15/01/14     #084 - using MUST and CAN'T     MUST and CAN'T in logical conclusions, plus pronunciation of these structures
18/12/13     #083 The Festival of Christmas - IELTS Speaking part 2    

IELTS speaking exam sample answer: Describe a festival. Plus, learn Christmas and New Year conversation techniques

12/12/13     #082 Talk about a film -IELTS speaking test part 2     IELTS speaking test practice - describe your favourite movie
04/12/13     #081 How to describe a tree in autumn     Learn how to describe a photograph of a beautiful autumn tree - a very important skill for English exams!
28/11/13     #080 Quiz to test meanings of GET     Quiz to test you on the meanings of the verb GET - can you remember them all?
20/11/13     079 Meanings of GET     Meanings of English verb GET - a silly story to teach you some new ones!
31/10/13     #078 Bren cleans the kitchen    
09/10/13     #077 How to use Linking R sound in English     How to use Linking R sound when speaking fast English!
26/09/13     #076 Practise word linking and speech rhythm     Improve your natural English speech rhythm and word linking techniques with this poem
12/09/13     #075 Word Linking in Pronunciation     How to understand fast English - Word Linking in English Pronunciation
29/08/13     #074 DailyStep news and lessons coming soon    
14/08/13     073 Video Blog - Making Bread     Video blog - Brendan makes flatbread! Plus, pronounce English words with a SILENT K
24/07/13     # 072 New Royal Baby     Britain's Royal baby - will he ever be King?
10/07/13     # 071 The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury     The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury Music festival, plus all the topics coming soon on DailyStep.
20/06/13     #070 Ireland and Irish music     Ireland and Irish music
15/05/13     #069 Football FA Cup final     Wigan win the football FA Cup! Hear all about it...
30/04/13     #068 - Download audio proverb     Free download of a great audio proverb about the power of words and writing
24/04/13     #067 Bren changes a car tyre     Free video lesson - Bren changes a car tyre! Learn how to explain it in English.
16/04/13     #066 Margaret Thatcher controversy     Why was Margaret Thatcher such a divisive figure in Britain?
04/04/13     #065 - Audio proverb download     Free download of a great Audio Proverb
25/03/13     #064 - Free Audio E-Book extract     Free extract of our Charles Dickens Audio EasyReader Ghost Story
12/03/13     Audio Blog #063    

Free Video Lesson: Brendan takes a walk in the English countryside. Plus, differences between Northern and Southern English Accents.

19/02/13     Audio Blog #062     Video Lesson: Bren's Blog #003 - chopping wood, plus and Audio Word Study
14/02/13     Audio Blog #061     English Idioms with FOOT; English lesson about embarrassment
31/01/13     Mini Blog #002    

Learn how to use BY and UNTIL correctly - plus an Audio Quiz to check your understanding.

23/01/13     Audio Blog #060     Bren's Blog #002 - Brendan gives a video cookery lesson with a horror interlude! Plus audio cookery vocabulary.
18/01/13     Mini Blog #001     How to use HOW COME in informal questions.
09/01/13     Audio Blog #059    
18/12/12     Audio Blog #058     Do immigrants to the UK need to learn English? Plus hear about my BBC Radio 2 guest appearance.
15/11/12     Audio Blog #057     Liverpool, a famous English city and home of the Beatles. Plus, how to use question tags in English.
18/10/12     Audio Blog #056     How is a rainbow formed? Can you explain it in English? Plus, scientific words and their other meanings.
03/10/12     Audio Blog #055     The Beatles and the Swinging Sixties. Plus common 1960s expressions and a great John Lennon quotation.
20/09/12     Audio Blog #054     The Lambeth Country Show – a great South London event. Plus, how to use auxiliary verbs in English, and a proverb celebrating diversity.
05/09/12     Audio Blog #053     The first man on the moon, and why his famous quote is controversial. Plus expressions and idioms with Moon.
09/08/12     Audio Blog #052     The Olympic Games! Plus common Olympic expressions, and an audio proverb about the Olympic spirit.
17/07/12     Audio Blog #051     How idioms originated from card playing, and how to use these idioms today. Plus, an audio proverb about work
27/06/12     Audio Blog #050     England’s performance in the Euro 2012 Football Championships. Plus, expressions using AS, and an audio proverb about LOVE
07/06/12     Audio Blog #049     The Queen’s Diamond Jubileehow and why do we British celebrate it so much in this modern world? Plus royal vocabulary and an audio proverb.
21/05/12     Audio Blog #048     Sherlock Holmes, plus all meanings and uses of MANAGE and STAGE-MANAGE
19/04/12     Audio Blog #047     Different words for ships and boats, plus nautical idioms and a ship-related audio proverb
29/03/12     Audio Blog #046     Spring is here! Plus, all 6 meanings of the word Spring and an audio proverb about chickens.
13/03/12     Audio Blog #045     Free Sample of Smithers & Boyle Investigate, our new 1-hour Police Comedy Drama. Also, slang words for the police, and an audio proverb to remind us to act quickly!
16/02/12     Audio Blog #044     Charles Dickens! The difference between LIVE, LIFE and LIVE, plus a famous Dickens quotation.
17/01/12     Audio Blog #043     BIRD IDIOMS. How to use TRY with the gerund and infinitive. Plus an audio proverb to remind us to be cautious!
05/01/12     Audio Blog #042     New Year Resolutions. How to use REALLY. Plus an audio proverb to remind us to eat properly.
19/12/11     Audio Blog #041     Christmas traditions and customs in Britain. Meanings of JUST (part 2). Plus an audio proverb about quiet people!
07/12/11     Audio Blog #040     How to understand English idioms. Meanings of JUST (part 1). Plus an audio proverb about personal taste!
23/11/11     Audio Blog #039     The British Government. How to use AS WELL, AS WELL AS, MIGHT AS WELL & JUST AS WELL. Plus an audio proverb about character!
10/11/11     Audio Blog #038     The Occupy London protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral. How to use the modal verb MIGHT (part 2) plus an audio proverb to remind us to be patient!
26/10/11     Audio Blog #037     The British Press. Plus, how to use MIGHT (part 1), and an audio proverb to remind us to keep things in perspective!
12/10/11     Audio Blog #036     Cornwall, the ancient Celtic part of England. Plus, how to use REMEMBER & FORGET with the GERUND or INFINITIVE, and an audio proverb to remind us to keep the good stuff!
27/09/11     Audio Blog #035     William Shakespeare. Plus, the difference between USED TO, BE USED TO and GET USED TO and an audio proverb to discourage envy!
14/09/11     Audio Blog #034     The Thames Festival in London. Plus, the correct grammar for the verb STOP and an audio proverb to motivate us to work harder!
31/08/11     Audio Blog #033     LONDON’S NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL. Plus, the differences between SPEAK and TALK and an audio proverb to remind us to look deeper!
16/08/11     Audio Blog #032     RIOTS IN ENGLAND. How to use SAY and TELL correctly! Plus an audio proverb to remind us to take action!
04/08/11     Audio Blog #031     London’s Parks. How to use BY and UNTIL correctly! Plus an audio proverb for risk takers.
15/07/11     Audio Blog #030    

STONEHENGE. How to avoid some common grammar mistakes using SO, SO THAT, IN CASE and IN CASE OF.

24/06/11     Audio Blog #029     The River Thames in London. Audio grammar lesson on how to use IN CASE and SO THAT. Plus, an audio proverb about the power of words!
09/06/11     Audio Blog #028    

West Wales and the Welsh Language. How to use EVEN, and the difference between IF and EVEN IF. Plus, a proverb for desperate moments!

18/05/11     Audio Blog #027     What is the difference between EVEN SO and EVEN THOUGH? Also, how did Margaret Thatcher get her surname? Learn the history of some common surnames in English. Plus an audio proverb to help us act decisively!
06/05/11     Audio Blog #026     The Royal Wedding. Plus, how to use WOULD (part 4) and an audio proverb to encourage us to follow our desires!
19/04/11     Audio Blog #025     The Lake District. Plus, how to use WOULD (part 3) and an audio proverb for optimists everywhere!
31/03/11     Audio Blog #024     Mass demonstrations in London! Plus, how to use WOULD (part 2) and an audio proverb to remind us to take precautions!
15/03/11     Audio Blog #023     The British Isles, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. Also, how to use the modal verb WOULD (part 1), and an audio proverb to remind us to focus on the present!
24/02/11     Audio Blog #022     Piccadilly Circus – how did it get its name? Also, how to use articles A, AN and THE (part 1) with countable nouns, and an audio proverb for keeping secrets!
10/02/11     Audio Blog #021     Big Ben, the famous London clock! Also, uncountable nouns, the difference between little and a little, much and many, and an audio proverb for all workers – especially me!
27/01/11     Audio Blog #020     Countable nouns; the difference between many and any, few and a few. Names for animals in the field and as food (e.g. cow and beef)
13/01/11     Audio Blog #019     London Accents – Cockney, Estuary English and RP! Plus how to use and understand wanna and gonna, and an audio proverb for the New Year!
16/12/10     Audio Blog #018     The traditional British Pub! Plus, how to use SHOULD (part 2), and an audio proverb about commitment!
30/11/10     Audio Blog #017     Earliest snowfall for 2 years – Britain in winter! Plus how to use SHOULD (part 1), and an audio proverb about lightning!
17/11/10     Audio Blog #016     Austerity Britain and student riots in London! Plus English word stress in 2-syllable nouns and verbs, and an audio proverb for gardeners and lazy people!
03/11/10     Audio Blog #015     AUTUMN IN BRITAIN, weather, festivals and changing clocks. How to use modal SHALL (all its meanings!), and an audio proverb for creative people.
20/10/10     Audio Blog #014     HOW TO PRONOUNCE BRITISH PLACE NAMES, such as LEICESTER. How to use modal MUST (all its meanings!), and an audio proverb for designers and project managers!
07/10/10     Audio Blog #013     FIRE ON HASTINGS PIER. Vocabulary for talking about fire and an amazing video of a fire, with description.
29/09/10     Audio Blog #012     THE SOMME ESTUARY. How to use CAN (all its meanings!), and an audio proverb for determined people!
16/09/10     Audio Blog #011     BRIXTON MARKET! How to use AS (all its meanings!), and an audio proverb for entrepreneurs and risk takers.
07/09/10     Audio Blog #010    
The London Tube! How to use COULD (all 6 meanings), and an audio proverb about birds.
24/08/10     Audio Blog #009    

The Lovesick Swan a romantic story. Plus, how to use PREPOSITIONS OF TIME, and an audio proverb about cats and mice.

18/08/10     Audio Blog #008     The City of London history, plus different ways to use AGREE and the importance of the CORRECT PREPOSITION. Also, an audio proverb for team work and lazy kids.
11/08/10     Audio Blog #007     History of the English Language, plus formal and informal English and an audio proverb for cautious people!
27/07/10     Audio Blog #006     The History of the British Flag, the Union Jack, plus how to use the verb GET (part 2), and a useful audio proverb for large teams.
20/07/10     Audio Blog #005     How to use the verb GET (part 1), and a great proverb to remember after an annoying accident! Plus, a really cute picture...
13/07/10     Audio Blog #004     The psychic octopus who predicted the World Cup results. Also, how to use PREDICT, PREDICTION, FORETELL and FORESEE, and a proverb for designers and chefs.
06/07/10     Audio Blog #003     How to use modal verb MAY – it has many meanings. Also, a great proverb for stressful times!
01/07/10     Audio Blog # 002     How to use INTEREST, INTERESTED & INTERESTING with correct grammar. Also, a useful audio proverb for writers and journalists.
23/06/10     Audio Blog # 001     How to use the confusing words  OVERLOOK, OVERSEE and OVERSIGHT  + an audio proverb for team work!

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