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"I use your podcasts in my English classes for listening practice. They are clear and understandable. You explain phrases very well, and we can also improve our pronunciation. You share them free of

charge, therefore it helps needy people learn English for free."                     Hamed Mousavi, Iran.

"I like your podcasts so much. I have improved my English, and day after day I learn a little more about English and culture listening to your amazing podcasts."           Tatiana Bicalho, Brazil.

"I am 69 years old and a lawyer. I listen to all your podcasts and I love them. I have learned a lot by listening to them."                                                                        Alvaro Fernandez, Spain.

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Great English, every day useful vocabulary and interesting stories make it something I really look forward to."                                                                                                                        Boris Raska, Slovakia.

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   Hello everyone, I would like to tell you a little about myself. I am English, married with four children, and I live in the U.S. I was raised and educated in England, and went to London University. I am half Spanish, and very familiar with that country, as I visited my relatives there often during my childhood. I also was fortunate enough to live in Spain for a year. I have a degree in English and Spanish literature, a Master's in counseling and education, and a certificate from Central Washington University in ESL teaching.

   I started podcasting in 2008, when my youngest child began preschool. With a few hours of free time, I decided to learn about the internet and do something creative! I have been so encouraged by my listeners that I just want to continue teaching English, and helping students gain confidence and fluency. I am a national relativist, and I believe in finding common ground in our global era.

     My interests are traveling, writing, yoga, gardening, hiking, politics, social justice, and music. And I love to talk about all of these things over a steaming cup of tea or coffee with friends.