European English | English Talk PODCAST #3

European English | English Talk PODCAST #3

Hello everyone and welcome to English Talk. I’m your host Robin Shaw. And in my podcast series
I like to talk about topics about English and improving your English. And any advice or good tips about learning
English. I have a very special guest today. It is Fanny. One of the teachers on my Shaw English website. So welcome Fanny. Thank you. Hello. And today we’re going to talk about
Fanny’s experiences teaching in Europe and types of students she meets there
and how she helps them to improve their English. Okay. So why don’t you just give a quick introduction
about yourself. Hello everyone. My name is Fanny. I’m an English teacher. I’ve been an English teacher for six years
now. I taught mainly in Belgium and now I’m in Korea as well. And I’ve been living in Korea for nine months now. And I love it and
yeah that’s it. Okay. And when did you first become a teacher? I actually… I studied conference interpreting
and… in Europe… and after graduating, I worked a little bit in finance. And in I’m in conference interpreting
And then, I decided to become a teacher. Just because I think I had always wanted to
become a teacher. Okay so you first became a teacher in Belgium,
correct? And what kind of school do they have there? It’s just a regular high school
you would say. Okay. Middle school.. high school… I mean … upper secondary and just… So what is your job title there? I was a language teacher. So is that a certified teacher? Oh absolutely. Oh okay. Okay and how long have you worked there? Um I worked there for five years. Five years? Oh quite a long time. And why did you leave there? Because I wanted to travel. And I wanted a change of scenery
and I think I wasn’t happy anymore, so not teaching – had nothing to do with teaching,
but I wanted a fresh start, so I decided to just go on an adventure. Okay well yeah. So what kind of students did you have at the
high school in Belgium? Were they all Belgian students? Not necessarily. No. Mainly Belgian students, but a few English
speakers sometimes. A few people from South America as well. Or people coming from – Turkey for example or some
countries. and just their families had arrived in Belgium. And by the high school level, how well do
they speak English? Not very well. Well you’ve you’ve taught in Korea a little
bit, so compared to Korean students how well do
they speak English? Well I would.. I would say that it’s maybe it’s
a tiny bit better here, but the difference is that
people lack discipline in Europe. Especially in french-speaking countries for
some reason. Do you mean they’re lazy? Absolutely. Absolutely. Especially teenagers. So they just… yeah didn’t do that homework. Lacked maybe motivation for some reason. I mean it’s a general thing with French speakers
for some reason, so it was hard to get them to actually train.
and… and you know have the the self-discipline that is required to learn a language. Which is not a problem here in Korea. And English is mandatory? It’s a mandatory language? In Belgium. Not officially but I mean everyone learns
English. It’s one of the… the first language that you
have to learn is Dutch because it’s the second language. The second official language.
No actually I think it’s the first, but shh. And then English. But if you want to learn Spanish instead of
English, I think you can in some schools. Okay Okay and are you a product of this system? No. But… But how did you learn your English? Well I had… I was lucky I think. My dad is British so I spoke English at home. And my mother is an English teacher,
so just through family and friends. Just a lot of friends
so I grew up speaking English, being surrounded by English. So you don’t give any credit to the school
system there? I think it was good. I think it was good. Honestly, there are good teachers. There are very good teachers. It all depends on do you have the motivation
or not. And I was extremely motivated. And I loved languages and so
I really wanted to learn. And I actually still… I mean I studied English at school. It’s not only at home because I really wanted
to be as perfect as you can be. Okay. All right. I wasn’t lazy. You’re not lazy? I know that. Okay so… the countries around Belgium, you’ve also traveled and you spoke to
the people there. And what’s… you know I haven’t been to Europe
very much how well do the other countries speak English? It depends. You have France. Pretty much the same situation as in Belgium. French speakers and I think the younger generations
are probably a lot better and have more motivation for sure. so I’ve met… well you know the cliché about
French people that they can’t speak English? I’ve actually met a lot of young business
people in Paris and their English is excellent
so that’s you know, that’s a good improvement. Then you spent one year in Germany. I did yeah. There’s very good in Germany, but then that there
is German you know They’re extremely disciplined and and they
love English in general so their English is quite good honestly. Yes. And you also speak German. I do. How well do you speak German? um I’m fluent. Okay. Well I’m a conference.. I’m supposed to be a conference interpreter
in German so I haven’t practiced for years now
but I mean yeah I could live in Germany. Alright. What’s the future for you Fanny? Where are you going next? I don’t know. Where are you gonna teach English? Maybe… probably in Europe because as much as I love Korea, Asia in general,
I love Europe. I think I’m deeply European. I love our culture. I love.. I think we’re very lucky to have like this
collection of countries. I mean in Europe the great thing is you can
actually drive for a few hours and you’re in a completely different
environment, different language different culture, but still there’s like
this European bond that we all have. I guess… It’s a great place. We have good food. Great people, I think. So I don’t know I might go to Spain maybe or Portugal. And be an English teacher there or… Probably, yeah. English teacher – French teacher – German
teacher. Okay okay I’d love to learn Spanish. Okay. Wow. All right. Well thank you for sharing your experiences
and your comments about English. Oh thank you for having me. And yeah well I hope everyone learned something
from our discussion today. And thank you for listening. And see you in the next podcast.

57 thoughts on “European English | English Talk PODCAST #3

  1. This is the first time watching your video It was helping my English listening skills better. Thank you very much 🌷

  2. I'm Brazilian and this was a great video and I already said it in other videos but I'm looking forward to the next and continue with this wonderful work, thank you

  3. I swear
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  4. I really love this channel, help me a lot, i´m learn yet but, it is amazing what you do guys really thanks
    Ps: Sorry, something wrong!

  5. Hi Robin, I must thank you for doing this interview, this video was the bee's knees! please authorize more videos for Fanny. Hi Fanny, you're awesome, the belle of the ball. 5:48 your smile let me over the moon; o.k, I have a deal for you, you teach me English and I teach you Spanish. Well, I am a lawyer, but I am sure you will have a lot of fun. we should talk one day. Greetings from Colombia

  6. thanks, you got one more subscriber.. thanks and send more please i will watch all! i'm Brazilian and English learner.

  7. You have a very special and beautiful guest. In my opinion. She got a very nice accent. I love to watch her videos. Thanks a lot you two.

  8. Hello ! Teacher my name is Abdelilah Sah from Marocco. So, i am a University student and English is competence at the University. So, i am very gorgeously because i learned many things with you and your pronunciation is really splendid. So, i am still watching your vedio's.

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