Level Up English podcast episode 263 japanese travel lessons

Travel Lessons

Do you love the rambling episodes? Well this might be for you! Today, I go over my recent trip to Japan and discuss some of the things I did, but mostly reflect on the language experience I had there.

Learning Japanese, it was great to go back and practice. In this episode, I share the positives and the negatives and tie it up into some takeaways that should benefit all language learners.

5 Big Takeaways

In the full episode above, I delve into my experiences and takeaways from my trip to Japan. Here’s a short summary:

Confidence is huge!

I would often second-guess myself and this would cause me to make mistakes.

Learn from mistakes.

Sometimes I would force myself to be more confident, and that would result in a great conversation with people, then I would later realise I made a mistake, but learning from this is important.


Flashcards actually work.

Things I learnt from flashcards really did help – especially when there was audio connected with it. Words from my flashcards came to my mind during real conversations.

Learn as you go.

Try to practice words while you’re out and about, and talk about what you see, and ask questions even if you already know the answer!


Don’t just say what is necessary.

Small talk with cashiers or questions you don’t really need to ask are a great way to practise using some new vocab and it may even lead to a longer conversation!

Which takeaway do you find the most useful? Anything else to add?

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2 thoughts on “#263 Big Lessons from Visiting Japan”

  1. Muhammad Hanif

    When I tune in to a rambling episode of Michael Lavers, I’m usually captivated by its engaging, intriguing and entertaining nature as it closely resembles real-life conversations. In stark contrast, scripted lessons of many other teachers fail to capture my attention. Though the content of BBC 6 Minute English is undoubtedly of high-quality, I only occasionally engage with it, which is why it’s not a regular choice for me. However, I often find Michael Lavers’ spontaneous-speaking style enjoyable to listen to.

    Honestly speaking, I am seriously considering using Michael Lavers’ episodes to teach natural conversational English to my students, as they are both effective and engaging.

    Muhammad Hanif from Pakistan

    1. That’s really nice to hear, Muhammad. Thank you so much! A big goal of mine was to keep these episodes casual and unscripted, because I agree that they can sometimes sound a bit boring to listen to. I personally listen to podcasts to hear the true personality of the speakers.

      If you ever use my episodes with your students, that would also mean the world to me!

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