Episode 248: EwK248 - How much of your personality comes through when you’re speaking English?
English with Kirsty
by Kirsty Major
5d ago
Our voices are so much more than the way we speak. This is part of it, but finding and using our unique voice is about more than that. It’s about expressing who we are, what we think, how we feel, and the messages that we want to share. Every day, we play different roles and adopt different communication styles depending on what we’re doing and whom we’re with. That’s normal. But sometimes, the version of ourselves that people meet when we’re using an dditional language is not 100% who we are and this can make it harder for us to communicate and for others to get to know us. Today I’m talki ..read more
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Episode 247: Sion Dayson on voice acting, language learning, and discovering new cultures
English with Kirsty
by Kirsty Major
1w ago
I met Sion through the networking for language professionals sessions that I run with Rita Prazeres Gonçalves. I thought it would be good to talk with Sion about her work and her experiences of moving from the US to France and then later to Spain, where she now lives and works. Sion Dayson is an American voice actor based in Valencia, Spain. She works in many genres of voiceover, and specializes in eLearning, corporate narration, audio description, and materials for English-language learners. She’s voiced projects for clients including LG, Pearson, Business Spotlight, the National Academy of ..read more
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Episode 246: EwK246 - Marta Pagans on overcoming our perfectionism in language learning
English with Kirsty
by Kirsty Major
2w ago
Marta is originally from Barcelona and has lived in Germany since 2002. She is a freelance translator who works from German and English into Spanish and Catalan, specialising in marketing and advertising. After many years of struggling with self-doubt, impostor syndrome and a fierce inner critic, Marta now offers consultancy services for fellow translators and interpreters, focusing on marketing and time management. What she enjoys most is encouraging people to believe in themselves and helping them to overcome their perfectionism when needed. We talked about: How we define perfectionism H ..read more
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Episode 245: EwK245 - Joana Lisboa on the power of your voice
English with Kirsty
by Kirsty Major
1M ago
My guest today is Joana Lisboa from Unleash your Vocal Power. We met on LinkedIn last year when I think I commented on one of Joana’s voice-related posts. Then, after chatting some more, I thought she would be a great guest for the podcast. For the past 12 years, Joana’s life mission has been to help others find their authentic voice. The process of self-discovery she suggests to her clients has been proven by her before starting her career as a Vocal Coach. She went from being a shy girl, barely heard, to someone who believes in applying her vocal power authentically, no matter the circumsta ..read more
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Episode 244: EwK244 - 5 members of the conversation club share their experiences
English with Kirsty
by Kirsty Major
1M ago
I loved recording this episode! Originally I asked for volunteers from the conversation club for freelancers and business owners to record an episode with me about why they come to the club, how it has helped them, and what advice they would give to anyone who was thinking about coming along. Patricia, Maria, Anja, Lieselotte, and Marta all volunteered and I was so happy to hear what they had to say. I’m proud of what we are creating together and so happy that a recurring theme was the feeling of safety within the club – safety to use the language, talk freely, and even make mistakes! The cl ..read more
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Episode 243: EwK243 - Rita Menezes on subtitling and how subtitles can help us as language learners
English with Kirsty
by Kirsty Major
1M ago
My guest today is Rita Menezes, whom I met through the language networking events that I run with Rita Prazeres Gonçalves. Since 2002, Rita Menezes has been working as translator, subtitler, transcreator and reviser/quality controller in several audiovisual, transcreation and marketing projects; these projects include, for example, films and series now on streaming and marketing campaigns of well-known brands. Since 2014, Rita has also been involved in translator’s training. Rita has a BA in Translation and Interpreting, a MSc in Relationship Marketing and a PhD in Translation Studies, specia ..read more
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Episode 242: EwK242 - Olivia Segal on podcasts, language tandems, and authentic conversations
English with Kirsty
by Kirsty Major
1M ago
My guest today is Olivia Segal whom I met on LinkedIn last year. This is how Olivia introduces herself: Hi! I’m Olivia. I’m an English Language Specialist. I help Spanish- and Catalan-speaking organisations with all their content in English through my reviewing and editing, translation, writing, and language consultation services. I’m based in London, but you can find me in Barcelona a few times a year. I love talking about languages! I studied them at university, learnt even more by living and working abroad and am still amazed by the people you can meet through speaking another language ..read more
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Episode 241: EwK241 - Diego Perez on using video games to learn English
English with Kirsty
by Kirsty Major
2M ago
My guest today is Diego Perez, whom I first heard being interviewed on the Language Worker podcast! Thank you Rita for interesting me to so many cool people!! I wanted to do this episode because we're talking about something outside of my experience, but it is another way for people to develop their language skills. Diego Perez is a passionate and optimistic voice in video game localisation. With loc credits for Diablo Immortal, Baldur’s Gate III, and Final Fantasy VII: Remake and nearly 10 years of experience under his belt, he is the Portuguese translator behind the upcoming Kenshi 2, a me ..read more
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Episode 239: EwK239 - Craig Wealand on the Cambridge speaking exam
English with Kirsty
by Kirsty Major
2M ago
My guest today is Craig Wealand London-born Craig is a DELTA qualified teacher, materials writer and a professional podcaster and podcast editor. He settled in Valencia, Spain in 1997 where he worked for the British Council and was a Cambridge speaking examiner until 2021. He has spoken at several international conferences on podcasting and language teaching. These days, he spends his time teaching English conversation and fluency online and producing his co-hosted language podcast. We talked about: ⭐ Craig’s story and how he got into teaching ⭐ The hidden meanings behind words and why it’s ..read more
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Episode 238: EwK238 - Renata Fernandes on inclusive communication
English with Kirsty
by Kirsty Major
3M ago
My guest today is Renata Fernandes from Renata Fernandes Translation. Previously Renata was a guest on The Language Worker podcast and we met at one of the networking events for language professionals that I run with Rita Prazeres Gonçalves. This is how Renata introduces herself: “I’m a Brazilian bi cisgender female chronic pain warrior who translates movies and TV shows for a living, and someone who’s relentless about pizza and inclusive communication.” We talked about: * Who Renata is and what she does * Why inclusive language is important to Renata * A Netflix initiative to promote inc ..read more
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