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Podcast 1 – Introduction

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Learn English while learning about daily life in Australia, with Rob McCormack

Podcast Number 1 – Introduction

Hi.

My name is Rob McCormack. I have just turned 60 years old and I have been retired for about 18 months.  I live in Melbourne Australia with Silvia, my wife of 35 years, and our youngest son Andrew, who still lives at home. I’m very happy in my retirement, as I have many personal interests and I now have time to spend on them.  But why am I making these podcasts?  Let me explain that by telling you about my most important personal interest.

You see, I am learning to speak German.  I started to learn German because my wife, Silvia, was born in Austria and came to Australia when she was 8 years old.  She still speaks German fluently.  She learned to speak English very well and throughout our 35 years of marriage, we have always spoken English together.  But when we go back to Austria to visit her relatives, I find that I can’t understand what is being said unless everybody speaks English.  Now, many of Silvia’s relatives can speak English, but they prefer to speak German with Silvia.   So I feel a little ‘left out’ of the conversation.  That makes me think, wouldn’t it be great if I could speak some German?  I could perhaps understand a little of what they are talking about.  Perhaps I could even do some of the talking.

So I decided about 3 years ago that I would learn German.  I have gone to German classes every week and I do other things to help me learn German.  For example, I use websites for language learning (like www.Babbel.com) and I also use apps on my iPhone (like Pimsleur German).  Now while I have learnt a lot of grammar and vocabulary, I find it difficult to understand spoken German.  When I try to listen to the German news, or to watch German movies, the spoken German is always much too fast for me.  I can’t understand it because the people speak too fast. What I needed was some spoken German which was not too fast and about topics which are interesting.  Imagine how happy I was when I found there were many podcasts for learners of German, where the speaker always spoke slowly.

So I thought, I wonder if people learning English have the same problem?  I decided to make a podcast in slow spoken English, about everyday topics, which learners of English could use to improve their listening skills.  I would make sure that I spoke slowly enough so that learners of English could understand me.

So this is my first podcast for ‘slowenglish’.  I hope you will download my podcasts and give me feedback about them.  My podcasts will be about Australian topics, about life, people and events in Australia.   If you’re interested in Australia, I hope you will find my podcasts interesting. I have also created a website where you can read the transcripts of my podcasts.  It is at www.slowenglish.info. If you have a question or a comment to make, please leave it by clicking the comments link at the top of this story. Or you can send me an email at rob@slowenglish.info.  I would love to hear from you.  Tell me a little bit about yourself and what you think of my slowenglish podcasts.  Goodbye until next time.

Rob

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Vocabulary

apps = you can buy these at the iTunes store – short for ‘applications’

comment = something you would like to say.

conversation = when you talk with other people

created = to decided = when you have chosen something

feedback = when you tell someone what you think about something they have done.

fluently = can speak very easily

imagine = when you think of something in your mind

involved = to be a part of something

opportunities = when you get a chance to do something

prefer = when somebody likes to do something

provide = when you give something to somebody

purpose = what something is made for

relatives = people in your larger family, for example  cousins, uncles, aunties, etc.

retired = when you are older and you do not work anymore

skills = the things you are good at, the things you can do well.

throughout = for all of the time

topics = things to write or talk about

 

 


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66 Comments

  1. Hi Rob just want to thank you for your efforts with your podcasts. I thought you’d be interested to know that I direct all my Vietnamese speaking friends who are trying to improve their English to your podcasts.
    We then use it as the basis for me to improve my Vietnamese as well, so win win. Thanks very much mate / C?m ?n r?t nhi?u mate. LOL

    • Hi Duges,

      Many thanks for your comment. It’s great to know that you find my podcasts valuable with your friends who are learning English. A win win in language learning is always a great outcome.
      Have a great day!
      Rob

  2. Rob,

    I appreciate your work, it is amazing task, it is really useful tool for Us who wants to speak fluent English. You are doing a great contribution here, go ahead.
    Im from Mexico
    😀

  3. Hello Rob
    it’s marvelous to find your work, I’ve been insane looking for something in aussie and found your podcasts on Vk. Your work is just what I need thx man, hey would you please give us some suggestion for aussie podcast focusing on pronunciation or sth?? coz I’m about travelling there and yea I adorrrre the accent haha
    Best wishes from Portugal))
    Iosif

  4. Hi Rob. I’m from Brazil and I am very happy by understand you. These Podcast are very useful for me. Many thanks for your job.

    • Hi Everton,
      Many thanks for your kind message. I am very happy that you find my podcast useful. Good luck with your English. You are doing well.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  5. hello dear rob.thank you soo much to make this podcasts.you born in australia? you can make a podcast talking about how to understand the australian accent because the people say its so dificult understand the australian accent

    • Hi Sofia,

      Many thanks for your kind comment. Yes, I was born in Australia, in Western Australia actually. I agree that the Australian accent can be hard to understand. I think that is because we shorten many of our words. It’s a good idea to do a podcast on that topic. Many thanks for your suggestion.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  6. Hi Rob
    I’m from China .now I live in Germany and study there. English which I have learned more than 6 years .but I can’t still speak fluent English .So I decided to learn german instead . I hope by your podcast i can find the interest of the English that I have lost .

    • Hi Günter,
      Many thanks for your message. You are obviously very talented in language learning if you have learnt German well enough to live in Germany. I hope you will continue with your English studies. I have been studying German for around 6 years and I find it very hard to speak fluently. Speaking is always the hardest part. I hope you can re-kindle your interest in English.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  7. Hello, dear ROB! I also retired, I lived in Russia, but now in Israel. In his declining years my wife and I began to travel to Europe and the United States and decided to improve our English. We really liked your podcasts. Thank you very much! As they say in Israel, up to 120 years to you!
                                                               Vladislav.

    • Hi Vladislav,

      Many thanks for your comment. I am really glad you and your wife like my podcasts. 120 years would be good – more time to learn German (I need it!) and to ride my motorcycle.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  8. Hello Rob,

    I am from Germany and I am a english beginner.
    Your podcast is a great help for me.

    Großartig dass ich diesen Podcast gefunden habe. Außerdem ist er sehr interessant für mich.
    Herzliche Grüße Silke

    • Hello Silke,
      Many thanks for your kind comment. I am pleased that you find my podcast useful. You are also helping me with my German. Vielen Dank!
      Einen schönen Tag noch.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  9. Hi Rob, thank you so much. Your podcasts will help me a lot. One day I’ll help people, just like you are doing. 🙂

    • Hi Eduardo,
      Many thanks for your comment. I know how hard it is to learn another language, so we need all the help we can get. I am happy that my podcasts are useful to you.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  10. Hello Rob.
    I will try to improve my English with Your podcast. It seems very useful for people as me. Common English is too speed for me and I lost majority words when I listen to it. Your idea probably lets me understand what I hear.
    Gest regards from Poland.

    • Hi Jarek,
      Many thanks for your kind message. Good luck with your English. You are doing really well.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  11. Hai,
    Can I download your wonderful podcasts..it’s been really interesting to hear….please suggest me the option to download it..
    Regards

    • Hi Achu,
      Many thanks for your message. You can download the podcasts by subscribing in either iTunes or on other podcast sites like stitcher.com. On a mobile device you will need to download a podcast player as well. Look on the iTunes app store or the Google Play store. Once you have installed the player, it will automatically download any subscribed podcasts for you.

      Have a great day.
      Rob

  12. Thanks Rob, I’ve simply enjoy your podcast because they are very useful for me, by them I can understand the fast English spoken, they are a good train for me

  13. Dear Rob,

    thank you for your great contribution to the ESL community. I was reading the text of your introduction, in which you explain that you are in the process of learning German. I can recommend a podcast similar to yours which is recorded and produced by Annik Rubens. It’s called Slow German. Rubens became a star on the German podcasting scene with her show “Schlaflos in München” (Sleepless in Munich) and, like you, she has immaculate pronunciation. This is her new project.

    http://slowgerman.com

    Ich wünsche Ihnen viel Spaß beim Deutschlernen!!

    Kind regards to you in Australia,

    Mark Wilkinson (from Canada, but living in Leipzig)

    • Hi Mark. Many thanks for your comment and your kind words. I am familiar with Annik Ruben’s excellent podacast. I have listened to all her Slow German podcasts and I think they are really useful. Hopefully people learning English will find mine also helpful.
      I haven’t been to Leipzig as yet, but hope to get there one day.
      Einen schönen Tag noch.
      Rob

  14. Hi Rob

    I come from China but i currently living in Denmark to study , your podcast is very helpful to me . Thank you very much .

    • Hi Laura,
      Many thanks for your comment. Denmark sounds like a wonderful place to study. Good luck with your English.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  15. thank u very much sir,

    I’m very happy with this website.
    i was looking for a website where I could find slow Australian english .nd i have found.
    i hope u ll create your podcast apps in future ..

    god bless u 🙂

  16. Your work is fantastic, congratulations on your initiative, I know that will be very useful for me, I have a great difficult to speak, listen and write in English, so I know how you feel because he could not be part of the conversation with the family of his wife. But even as I know that my English will greatly improve your German will be perfect !! 🙂

    • Hi Sergio,
      Many thanks for your message. Yes, it is very hard to learn another language, but if we keep trying and keep practising, then we will improve. Your English is very good so you must have been practising English a lot. Well done. My German is improving too so I am happy about that.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  17. Thanks a lot. these are really helpful. You are doing a great job.
    REALLY GREAT.

  18. Hi man, you are amazing. Your words it’s that I am searching, an english slowly more helps learners english absolutely. I am brazilian and like a lot of the english, of the language english. I am still learning, I started in January and even can to read this text, I dont read just 20 words. I am first focusing in the reading, next time will focus in the writing and speaking. Sorry but my english is bad still. Thanks, Go on

    • Hi Luciano,
      Many thanks for your comment. It’s great that you have learnt so much in just 6 months. You are doing very well with your English. I hope you enjoy listening to the podcasts as well.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  19. Hi Rob,
    We love the Podcasts, my wife is learning english and at school, the cd’s she listens to are a little fast. She can understand most of your podcasts. Thank you very much

    • Hi Peter,

      Many thanks for your comment. I am always pleased to hear that people find my podcasts useful. Please tell your wife that I wish her good luck in her English studies.

      Have a great day.
      Rob

  20. Hi Rob 😉

    It is a great Idea with your Podcasts. Great that you want help other people, who want learn English. I will say: THANK YOU VERY MUCH 😉 I will study one Podcast everyday. I read this Podcast and I understood many “my questions” 😉 Thanks Rob!!!

    Best regards
    Remy

    • Hi Remy,
      Thanks for your kind words. I look forward to your questions and comments in the future.
      Have a great day.
      Einen schönen Tag noch.
      Rob

  21. Thank you Rob!!
    Your podcasts are perfect to learn English

    Amazing 🙂
    Thank you very much!!!

  22. Hi Rob!
    Thank you very much!
    I am from Russia. I learn English and German. Slow podcasts are great thing :). And their transcripts are also very important. Thank you again for the transcripts :).
    By the way what slow German podcasts do you know and find useful?
    I like slowgerman.com.
    Best regards,
    Dmitriy.

    • Hi Dmitriy,
      Many thanks for your message. Learning two languages must be hard. I find it difficult with just one. Yes, slow podcasts are great. Slowgerman is my favourite German podcast. I find http://www.dw.de also very useful. I like their Facebook posts.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  23. Hi Rob!

    My name is Alessandra, and I’m from Brazil. My dream is go to Australia to improve my English skills. I’ve been doing many researches about Australia, and I already love the country!
    Thank you for doing the podcasts, they will be very helpful for me. I always heard people saying that the australian accent is very strong, so even if you studied English during many years, when you arrive in Australia you’ll feel like you don’t have any English skills. This type of comments scares me a little, but now listening to your podcast I feel more confident and more encouraged to keep going with my studies in Brazil until come the day when I will be able to go to Australia.

    Again, thank you very much for your time and good lucky with your German lessons!

    Big hug for all your family!

    • Hi Alessandra,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m very happy that my podcasts are helpful to you. Your English seems very good already, but coming to Australia will certainly improve it even more. You will like Australia and you will be able to understand Australian English. Keep up your studies. We would love to see you in Australia.
      Cheers,
      Rob

  24. A great website!

    I’m not really interested in Australia, but I like your spoken English. Thank you very much for your efforts!!
    Olita from Switzerland

    • Hi Olita,
      Many thanks for your message. I am pleased that you find my podcast enjoyable. Switzerland is one of my favourite countries. I was there just a few weeks ago, in Zurich. One of my favourite places there is Uetliberg. The walking paths are great and the view from the mountain is excellent.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  25. Hello, Rob 🙂
    All your podcasts are really helpful for me to learn English!
    Actually, I’ll move to Melbourne next month. When I heard you live in Melbourne, I got more interested in your podcasts! It’s really lucky to know your podcasts. Thank you!

    Sophia from South Korea

    • Hi Sophia,

      Thanks for your message. You will love living in Melbourne I’m sure. I hope my podcasts have helped you to understand our life here in Victoria a little better.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  26. Hi Rob,
    your are right. The most people speaks to fast. A good reason to hear your podcasts.
    Thank you. Greetings from Germany – Ronald

    • Hi Ron,
      Yes, the speed of natural language is always difficult. You need to practise a lot at a slower pace and then you can better understand at normal speed. That’s what I find anyway, with my German learning.
      Einen schönen Tag noch.
      Rob

  27. Thank you, my friend, for this website. You are a GOD !!!!

    • Hi,

      Thanks for your kind comment. I think I have a way to go before I reach that status. It’s great that you find my website and podcasts useful.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  28. Hi Rob.I want to thank you for these postcasts.They are so good for my listening skill.If you want to make a postcast about Turkey I will always help you(because I’m Turkish).Thank you again and again.

    • Hi Damla,

      Many thanks for your message. I am very pleased that you find my podcasts useful. Thanks for your suggestion for a topic. I was thinking that I might do a podcast about the many immigrants who have come to live in Australia, including from Turkey. Australia has people from many countries who have come to live here and made a new life. It has been great for them and for our country.
      Have a great day.
      Cheers,
      Rob

  29. Hi, Thank you very much for you help … I am from Colombia and I lived in Australia for almost 1 year….So these podcasts remember me many good memories! I would like a podcast about ” The twelve apostles” one of the most wonderful places on the land!

    • Hi Cesar,
      Many thanks for your message. You must have learned a lot about Australia in a year. Your English is very good. I am pleased that my podcasts remind you of Australia. Thanks for your suggestion. I am planning to ride my motorcycle down to the Twelve Apostles sometime in the next year, and then I will definitely make a podcast about them. I agree they are a wonderful thing to see in Australia.
      Have a great day.
      Rob

  30. Hi Rob I am a new migerant in Australia .These podcasts are very usefull for me becase I need to improve my english .I am looking forward to hear and read more storys about my secend country that I live in.
    Thankyou so much

    • Hi Nedned,
      Thanks for your message. I really appreciate your feedback. I seem to have a lot of Australian listeners and that’s great.
      Have a great day.
      Cheers,
      Rob

  31. Hi, my name is Jorge, George in english, and i am loved to have found this podcast. I have a wife and a son called Jorge too. I live in Seville, Spain, and i work in Arteaula, a centre of art and music. I only want, at the moment, give you thanks sincerely for what you are doing for people like me. I love hear and read your wonderful podcast.
    Congratulations

    A hug and good luck in your life

    If one day you’re going to Seville, these guest in my home, I’ll treat you like you’re family

    Jorge Duarte

    http://www.arteaula.com

    • Hi Jorge,

      Many thanks for your message. I am very pleased that you like my podcast. I have never been to Spain but I plan to come one day. My wife has been to Spain when she was young and she loved it. She says Toledo was beautiful. Thanks again for your message. Seville is a famous city and perhaps one day I will be able to visit there.
      Have a great day.
      Cheers,
      Rob

  32. These podcasts are very useful for me, and I looking forward more story about Austrilia, such as muticulture, education, foods, architecture, arts… Thank you so much for this great sharing, Rob! Vivi from China

    • Hi Vivi,
      I am pleased that my podcasts are useful to you. Thanks for your comment. You have given me some good ideas for future podcasts.
      Have a great day.
      Cheers,
      Rob

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