Jachym Simko

Hey folks, I am a total aficionado of all kinds of sports, e. g. badminton and cycling. I am interested in languages and civil engineering.
I'd like to suggest you a topic for an upcoming episode. My idea is to make an episode about superstitions in general, the history behind Friday the 13th, black cats and other superstitions, and if people still believe in them.

I reckon it might make up a fascinating story. After all, your interpretation makes any story fantastic.
Who doesn't love English pronunciation?

Thank you, it made me laugh a lot :). To be honest, I have the same troubles...
I believe this space is for both positive and negative feedback. Unfortunately, today is the day when I will provide you with the latter one. But, otherwise, we wouldn't move anywhere, right?

Without further ado, my complain is that you sometimes provide us with a keyword description which is irrelevant or too literal. 

You are a well-read person and you often talk in metaphors. However, sometimes in the key vocabulary, you inadvertently write an out-of-context description (the literal one instead of the real one) - as in the example I send you. If it happened once, I wouldn't have mentioned it but because it has happened several times, I report it.

Not that it would be a big deal, but it sure might confuse somebody.
You're completely right that this is the place for feedback of all types, so thanks for raising this one Jachym Simko

In this case I actually remember thinking hard about the best way to define it.

What I am trying to communicate by using that word is definitely that they are trying to *sell* a myth, not that they are telling different people the same thing.

The meaning is also a derogatory term for when someone tries to sell something - the example (I think that's the Cambridge Dictionary) doesn't include that, as far as I can see.

In the past few months I've actually been doing the key vocabulary in a different way, so I hope you will have seen an improvement in how it is structured.

Nevertheless, it's not good when it's unclear. If you can recall them, can you send me any other examples of when the context isn't correct and I'll fix it?

Thanks Jachym Simko - this is exactly the sort of thing I was hoping for 👍 


Jachym Simko replied
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Ha, perfect timing! This week I'm gonna produce an episode of my podcast on top of LE. This conversation between the two of you, it has the potential to be a podcast on top of a the LE podcast. Not exactly, but if you slightly change the content, you could have an interesting episode. 

Let's find out! :)     
Alastair Budge replied
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Alastair Budge I believe they call it "stacking" in the startup world: You build content on top of content.

Of course, the rest of us (read: non-techies) use (slightly) other definitions for the verb "to stack":

  1. arrange (a number of things) in a pile, typically a neat one. "the books had been stacked up in three piles"
  2. shuffle or arrange (a pack of cards) dishonestly so as to gain an unfair advantage. "I know the cards are stacked"

Jachym Simko replied
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Have you ever thought about adding a "comment function" under each episode?

I sometimes have something to say but I am not sure where should I express my opinion, especially if it is an older podcast. And I would like to read the opinions of others as well.
Jachym Simko That's a good idea, and something I have indeed thought about. I would like to achieve this with Circle, so that logged in members automatically see the relevant circle post for each episode. Watch this space - I hope to get it out soon 👍 

In the meantime though, feel free to create a post on the Podcasts space and share your thoughts! 
You have said many times that you will leave a link for additional resources in the shownotes but I have actually never found any. Will you give me a hint where should I search for it.
Jachym Simko that's an excellent question. There are show notes for all the episodes in the podcast apps (Apple Podcasts, Spotify etc.), but at the moment these aren't visible on the website.

I'm in the middle of designing a new 'episode' page, which will be a lot prettier and more useful than the current one. I hope to have this finished and released within the next month. 

If there are any in particular you are looking for, just let me know and I'll send them to you directly (before the notes are live on the website).
I don't know where should this go so I post it here as reflection, or a thought.

Whenever I read or listen to something in English, I will inevitably find words which are new and unknown to me. However, my first reaction is: "Why don't I know this word? How haven't I possibly come across this word earlier?"

But then I always remind myself that I am still learning, and believe it or not, I won't ever stop discovering new words no matter how much I try not to.

The most rewarding thing is, however, encountering words which once went unnoticed to you, and now lo and behold are established.

Just today I came across a phrase which Alastair used in his episode The Most Successful Advertising Slogans of All TimeIt Does Exactly What It Says On The Tin. Surprisingly, this expression was used by an American. And I felt glad that Alastair had introduced this phrase to me.

If there's any takeaway from this, it'd be this: Doesn't matter how many words you don't know, what matters is how many words you are willing to learn. (if I have just stolen someone's quote, it's been by an accident)

Thanks for reading it

Yes, I fully agree. I feel the same when learning Czech. It never ends. Je toho hodně.

You've got to learn to love the process. Mini goals, for example to order food in a restaurant (or a number of words), might get you motivated at the start, but if you don't love the process of learning, sooner or later those goals become huge obstacles in your mind. And then people give up. 

So keep learning. Keep going. Enjoy the journey :)  
Jachym Simko interesting, and strange that it was used by an American. It's definitely a very British expression. Where else did you come across it?

It is mysterious how (and why) you remember certain words. Sometimes your brain just makes an immediate connection, and you need to make no effort to remember them. It sounds like this was an example of that for you.

At other times, no matter how much you try to remember a word or phrase, it just won't stick. That's why I'm such a big believer in just reading / listening / consuming as much content in your target language as possible, rather than focussing on memorising vocabulary lists. 
Jachym Simko replied
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Jachym Simko It's true that we're constantly learning words. Even in our own language! I've just come across 
"quotidian" recently and learned what it means. I always say that to my students: you can be fluent without knowing every word. 
Alastair Budge replied
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Should we expect any surprise for the soon-reached 100th podcast?
Jachym Simko That's an excellent question, and I've been thinking about it a bit myself. 

I thought it might be interesting to share what I have learned making 100 episodes, how I actually make them, the process behind it, how I choose episodes (of course, aided by helpful people like you), and what the next 100 episodes might hold. 

But then I wasn't sure whether that would actually be that interesting to people - perhaps it is a little too 'self-congratulatory'.... 

So, question back to you, what would you like to hear about on episode #100? 
Hi Alastair,
it might be a silly idea and it might not be what we, listeners, are used to hear at Leonardo English podcast.

My idea would be something in terms of you having a conversation with other polyglots (e. g. Steve Kaufmann) or language teachers about their experience with languages.
Alastair Budge replied
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I absolutely LOVE that you raised the question Jachym Simko!
Can't wait for the #100th episode. Hope it will be epic :)