How To Boost Your Speaking Skills



In today’s episode, I’ve decided to feature one of my students from the US who needed my help in building her confidence and developing her communication skills. As a final task to my student, I’ve asked her to record herself speaking and to have her feature on the podcast! I know, crazy, right! Hope this episode inspires you all to keep going, even when things get hard, and to not give up on learning English. Enjoy :)

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Hey guys, you are listening to the English Made Simple Show, this is episode number two hundred and twenty four, number 2-2-4, numero doscientos veinti cuatro.

Let’s start off with a mariachi-style jingle today. You’ll see why.

Welcome back everyone, thanks for tuning in to today’s show, my name is Milena and I am the host of the English Made Simple show, you can find me at, that’s where I live, that’s my little home and you are all invited.

So amigos y amigas, today’s episode is a little bit different.

I will not be the only one speaking today.

I would like you to meet my student Lesly. Lesly is originally from Mexico but has been leaving in the US for quite some time.

About a month ago, Lesly sent me a message as she needed help with developing her speaking skills in English. To be more specific Lesly needed my help with being able to ask follow up questions so that she could hold a conversation with someone in English and not feel insecure.

Besides needing help in developing her communication and speaking skills, Lesly does have great reading, listening and writing skills. The email she sent me was written really well. I was impressed. So obviously, I was thinking how could I help Lesly improve more?

I’ve decided to help her by giving her a few challenging speaking tasks over a 5-week period and really put her on the spot so that we can get her out of her comfort zone.

To put someone on the spot is an expression by the way and it means, to get someone out of their comfort zone.

It’s easy to get stuck in the comfort zone – and for us non-English speakers that means using the same words and phrases over and over again.

Lesly’s final task was to record herself speaking so that we can feature her on this podcast!

O M G How both exciting and nerve-wracking! But she did amazingly well. I am very proud of her. It wasn’t an easy task to do!

As a final task, I asked Lesly to answer the following 5 questions:

1. Tell us about yourself: Where are you from originally, where do you live now, what made you move to the US, and finally what do you do for a living and what is your hobby?

2. When you moved to the US, did you struggle to speak English in the beginning? What was the hardest thing for you at the time?

3. How long did it take you to really feel comfortable speaking in English?

4. How did you hear about the EMS podcast and how long have you been listening to the EMS podcast?

5. In short, could you please explain how the coaching with Milena helped you improve your English?

I hope this 5-minute clip will inspire the rest of you listening to keep learning and not give up learning English.

Let’s bring on the mariachi band…this is Lesly introducing herself to us! Enjoy!

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Thank you so much for doing this Lesly, I really appreciate it! And thank you for your kind words.

I’ve asked Lesly for more details on what exactly hers and her husband’s business is about. I was intrigued so I wanted to share this with you as well.

If you are listening to this show and you live around or in Las Vegas, take your kids to the Albion Juniors soccer club run by Lesly and her husband. It’s a development youth soccer program where the kids get the opportunity to play at a competitive level with Albion Soccer Club or any other club they choose to play in. For more info, check out their Facebook page Albion Juniors Las Vegas.

Sounds cool, right? Cool Bananas!

So there we go amigos y amigas, for those of you interested in coaching with me, I only have 4 spaces open for private coaching a month, so whenever you are ready to work with me send me a message via – introduce yourself and you just might be the next person to be featured on the English Made Simple Show.

Until then. Thank you for joining me in today’s episode of the English Made Simple show. And muchas gracias to Lesly for being brave to be featured on the podcast.

You’ve been an amazing audience amigos y amigas, until next time, hasta la proxima!

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Milena Vujnic

Milena Vujnic

Podcast Host

Milena is the host of the English Made Simple Podcast and is passionate about helping motivated 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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