Happy Birthday to English Made Simple



It’s time to Rock N Roll as we celebrate 2 years of the EMS podcast! Woohoo!! Let’s review what we’ve learnt in the last 12 months. Keep listening! Enjoy :)

Episodes mentioned

[002] How to Gain Confidence with English
[100] It’s Time To Have Fun With EMS – Enjoy!
[162] An Inspirational Story of One Immigrant Living Overseas – Interview with Nathi Eustaquio
[166] Phrasal Verbs – Get Across | Get Along | Get Away
[167] 4 Phrasal Verbs to Use At Work – Deal With | Fill In | Fill In For | Kick Off



Happy 2 year anniversary to English Made Simple! Yeey Let’s Rock N Roll amigos y amigas.

Yo, yo, welcome amigos, what is up? How’s it hanging? What’s going down?

I will tell ya what’s going down, EMS turns 2 – my EMS baby turns 2 haha

So amigos y amigas, welcome to the show, some of you already know me, and for those who don’t…my name is Milena, I am the host of the English Made Simple podcast

You know what’s interesting, someone at a café asked me if I was from Italy, because of my name… Apparently my name is very popular in Italy…They get surprised because I am not Italian…. But very close. I am from Serbia. Not from Siberia, people get confused with these 2 countries.

If you have been listening to the show for a while now, you would have probably heard episode 100 where we celebrated 1 year of the show! O M G. That is such a long time ago now!

You can go back to listen to that episode and learn more about me and my past, how I ended up living in Australia.

That was episode #100 called It’s Time to Have Fun with EMS – Enjoy!

I also had a fun short interview at the end of that show. I was interviewed by Weon Inteligente haha

Anyway, he might make an appearance again.

Ok amigos y amigas, let me tell you what’s happening today…

First of all, I feel honoured that you are tuning in every week to listen to me. So thank you for lending me your ears. I am happy to know that you are still learning from the show. I am also happy to know that you are sharing the podcast with your friends. That’s so awesome, thank you!

So today, I want to take a quick peek at what we covered in the last 12 months. I want to tell you about the most popular episodes in the last 12 months, I will also reveal the future about EMS. Where is this show headed?

And then towards the end, I am going to say hello to a few people.

But first, let me ask you this question:

What have you learnt in the past 2 years from the show?

Apart from my bad jokes …. Really bad jokes, you’ve also had the pleasure to learn something valuable, like the English grammar, phrasal verbs, and English expressions.

Throughout the first year of English Made Simple, you also had the pleasure to listen to the show twice per week! That show was called Short and Sweet. It was teaching you about different English Expressions.

I had to change things a bit later on and scrap the second show from the repertoire because it was consuming too much of my time. Now I can focus on providing other engaging and awesome content for you.

Here are the top 5 things you’ve learnt with English Made Simple (according to my statistics):

1. Phrasal verbs – these seems to be the most popular episodes. For example, episode 167 – Deal with | To Fill in | Fill in for someone

Then we had Phrasal verbs with Take and Get. Those were in episodes 165 and 166

2. How to Gain confidence with English – that was episode 002, one of the first ones.
3. The interview with Nathi Eustaquio from Brazil, Listen to that inspiring story of one immigrant living in the US
4. Learn English with Netflix and Ted Talks – that was episode number 169

And the last big thing you’ve learnt with EMS is:

5. The move to Adelaide – you were there with me as I made the move across from Melbourne to Adelaide. You’ve also heard my horror stories, like that one time when I was attacked by a bird – those vicious magpies. These birds are native to Australia and they are known to attack humans or or anything not just humans… I even saw one attacking a car! A motorcycle. Yup. Whatta bunch of weird birds.

And who can forget the flying cockroach. The most recent experience haha

I also went to feed the kangaroos in the local Wildlife Park here in Adelaide. I think I will go again soon and send some more photos and videos from this park. There were about 40 or 50 kangaroos in that park.

They also have koalas – but koalas are fragile so you can’t freely hold them or feed them. There has to be someone with you like the park ranger or the caretaker. Someone who is experienced in handling koalas.

And lastly you’ve learnt some very important conversation fillers such as:

Oki doki, alrighty, Righto and cool bananas!

Instead of saying OK to someone, you can say Oki Doki just for fun! Try it with your friends!

What does the future hold for EMS?

One sec, let me look at the horoscope! Haha Maybe that will help….

Here is what I am going to do in future.

Number 1: You will get more awesome content every week.

Number 2: I will share more of my experiences of living in Australia as a migrant. I think the majority of my listeners are interested to learn about kangaroos, koalas, snakes, sharks, jelly fish, a blue ring octopus – that’s the most recent thing I’ve just heard. That’s one dangerous octopus, you don’t want to touch that thing, it bites. It’s small, tiny and dangerous. Just like me. And it’s lurking in the waters of Adelaide. So another reason we can’t go swimming.

Anyway, more fun and games for the next 12 months!

Keep listening and keep sharing with your friends and enemies!

Also, I’ve had a look at my iTunes reviews, there was a delay in getting the reviews, iTunes had technical problems which are now fixed, or so I am told.

I had a review from China! Nihau to China. The review was written in Mandarin I think, I am not fluent in Mandarin. But I am fluent in Google translator. Thank you

Sheh-sheh as they say in Mandarin.

And before we finish today’s show, let me say a quick hello to Mustafa from Istanbul in Turkey – apparently a beautiful city according to my sister, she is currently in Turkey with her husband and they’ve extended their stay there, thank you Mustafa, thanks for supporting the show. Thanks for your kind donation.

And also a quick hello to Bete from Brazil, who has given me an idea for an episode. Bete maintains her English language by journaling. How awesome is that! I had never thought of that before as a tool to learn the language. Thanks for that idea Bete, keep doing what you are doing and thank for your kind donation.

Also a big hello to Nicole from Chile who is preparing for IELTS to travel to New Zealand – hola Nicole! Nicole was my student in Chile. Good luck Nicole! Wishing you all the very best! I know you can do it!

And amigos, the biggest compliment you can pay me is to share your favourite episode with your friends, as I always say, sharing is caring!

Also remember you can read the transcripts to all the episodes on my website, www.www.englishmadesimple.net

Thanks for celebrating the 2 year anniversary with me! And thank you for supporting the show thus far.

You’ve been an amazing audience, and you’ve been jamming with Milena from English Made Simple. I think it’s time we Rock N Roll! Until next time. Hasta la proxima!

Milena Vujnic

Milena Vujnic

Podcast Host at English Made Simple Podcast


Milena is the host of the English Made Simple Podcast and is passionate about helping English learners break their fear of speaking English so they can confidently make conversation and be understood by other English-speakers.

Milena lives in Australia with her Chileno husband and loves anything podcasting and online coaching and is honoured to be supporting and guiding immigrants from all over the world with her products, programs and coaching services.

Click here to learn more about how you can work with Milena.


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