Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele: New Year’s Eve

Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele:  New Year’s Eve
Lea Michele
Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele:  New Year’s Eve
Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele:  New Year’s Eve
 New Year’s Eve Movie

                                                     


New Year’s Eve! The biggest party of the year!

Kutcher and Michele are featured in the romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve” directed by Garry Marshall.  Let’s check out Ashton Kutcher’s personal plans for New Year’s Eve!


Lea Michele: What are you going to do for New Year's?  Why don't you come celebrate with my big Italian family and me? They would die.

Ashton Kutcher:  I don't know where I'm going to be on New Year's, I haven't sorted it out.


Talking about your future plans for New Year’s Eve is quite common at this time of year.  The common conversation question at this time of year is:

“What are you going to do for New Year’s (Eve)?”
"I don't know where I'm going to be on New Year's,"

Some people have already made their plans and some people like Ashton aren’t exactly sure yet. 
Often as language learners we search for more difficult ways to express ourselves.  However, in this case, the use of ‘be + going to + infinitive’ is quite common and useful in the question or answer form.  However if you are looking for something new both Ashton and Lea use some common, casual expressions that might be new to you in this context.

Expressions


(1)I haven't 'sorted' it 'out'. =
Same English
I haven’t clarified my plans or I haven’t put my plans in order.

Ashton feels he will go out ‘somewhere’ on New Year’s Eve but hasn’t created an exact or detailed plan yet.

(2)They would 'die'.  = 
Same English
(Longer English) They (my family) would die if you came to my family’s house.

They would be very, very excited/surprised.

Lea feels her family would be thrilled to have Ashton at their house for New Year’s Eve.
Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele:  New Year’s Eve

Original Lea Michele and Ashton Kutcher New Year's Eve interview  (above excerpt - Time: 05:43 - 05:53)


Practice Speaking Style

Question: What are you going to do for New Year's? 
Answer:  I don't know where I'm going to be on New Year's.

Ex.1
Question: What are you going to do for New Year's? 
Answer:  I am going to go to New York’s Time Square and watch the ball drop.


Ex.2
Question: What are you going to do for New Year's? 
Answer:  I am going to be at a nightclub with my friends.

Ex.3
Question: What are you going to do for New Year's? 
Answer:  I am going to stay at home and watch movies.

Ex.4
Question: What are you going to do for New Year's? 
Answer:  I am going to go to a restaurant with my boyfriend.

Have a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve!  

Also check out related blog:
Josh Duhamel: New Year’s Resolutions

Enjoy!

  

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Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele:  New Year’s Eve


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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Tom Cruise: A Christmas Memory

Tom Cruise
                                               Tom Cruise
 
Christmas is a time to share with family and friends.  Also people will be talking about Christmas memories from the past.  Let’s take a look at Tom Cruise’s favorite Christmas as a child... 


Interviewer: When I was a kid the time of year that I loved was Christmas because it was the only magic time.  Didn’t you one year, I read that there was a gift of poems.

Tom Cruise: Yeah

Interviewer: Tell me.

Tom Cruise:  As I said, a beautiful mother, and it was actually the first Christmas when my parents were divorced and we didn’t have any money. And really not enough to buy each other a present.  And all of the money kind of went to…well didn’t kind of, it went into paying for food on the table.  And so my mother said listen: “What we are going to do is we are not going to buy each other gifts.  We are going to pick names out of hat.  And for a month you are going to do something for that person and on Christmas day we are going to reveal who you are and we are going to write poems for each other.


Tom Cruise: It was actually the best Christmas I had as a kid! It was a great Christmas!

Interviewer: It sounds like a great Christmas.

 
The story is direct.  Tom starts by setting the ‘scene’ for the listener.  His parents had just divorced.  There was no money to spend on Christmas gifts.  Food was the most important item.  Tom uses past verb tenses to create the scene for the listener. 

Next, Tom tells the story from his mother’s words.  She is using ‘going to’ to express a future within the story time period.  This gives the story a change of pace.  It feels like we are there with Tom, listening to his mother’s Christmas plan.  It is a nice style and more interesting than telling a whole story with past tense verbs only.  Also, changing the pace of a story helps keeps the listener interested.  In the final two sentences Tom reverts back to the use of past tense verbs and finishes telling the story.  Tom reveals the importance of this memory to the listener with great enthusiasm and excitement in his voice:  this was the best Christmas he had as a kid with excitement in his voice.  The excitement in his voice also creates interest from the listener. 

If you want to try out Tom’s Christmas Memory/Story Style, here it is:

Tom’s Story Telling Template:

1.Set the scene in the past in your own ‘voice’ or perspective.
2.Have one of the main characters in the scene/memory tell the story.
3.Return to your own ‘voice’ and why it was important to you (enthusiastically).

 
Full and original interview with Tom Cruise 'Christmas Memory" 
(Counter: 6:05 - 7:01 – ‘Christmas Memory’ portion of interview)



Tom’s latest movie Trailer
Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol


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Monday, 5 December 2011

Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson: Giving Gifts

Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson
                                                                        

Gift Giving

The Christmas season is starting to come alive.  The stores have put up their Christmas decorations.  Talking about ‘what to give people for Christmas’ is a common conversation topic for this season.  The stars of the Twilight series tell us a little bit about their gift giving styles….
 

Targeted Listening
 Listen to the video to answer the questions below:

1.What kind of gifts does Kristen like to give?

2.What kind of gifts does Taylor like to give?

3.What kind of gifts does Robert like to give?





Targeted Listening Answers
1. Kristen’s Answer:  “I love giving pets when it is appropriate. “ “ I gave…ah…Josh Hutcherson…um…ah…a turtle when I worked with him.”

2. Taylor’s Answer:  “I like giving simple things.”
“Basically, I like giving creative gifts rather than just going out and buying something.”

3. Robert’s Answer:  “I was going to get my parents a boiler for Christmas.”

 
 Speaking Style
Both Kristen and Taylor give a generalized answer style of their gift giving style or habit: “I love/like giving _______.” Kristen expands her idea by giving a specific example ‘a turtle’.  Robert gives a specific answer for a single case (parents) of gift giving for Christmas rather than telling the listener his habit or style of gift giving.

Kristen and Taylor give an answer style that is the most common for a ‘habitual case’.  However, people also answer like Robert and give an example directly: ‘a boiler’ which ‘breaks’ the common grammar pattern (habitual case).  The interviewer is quite amused and laughing at his unique gift idea.  It’s fun and unique! 

So, listen to the video a few more times to get comfortable with the sentence styles and ideas.  Then, talk with your friends this week and find out what type of ‘gift givers ‘they are.  Enjoy!


Speaking Practice Stylized for Daily Conversation

Question: What kinds of gifts do you like giving?

1. Kristen’s Answer style:  I love giving ________. I gave ________.

2. Taylor’s Answer: Basically, I like giving ________.

3. Robert’s Answer:  I was going to get ________.

Examples
1. Kristen’s Answer style:  I love giving chocolates. I gave my best friend expensive chocolates for her birthday.

2. Taylor’s Answer style:  Basically, I like giving hand made gifts

3. Robert’s Answer style:  I was going to get my sister a gift card to her favorite store.



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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Kristen Stewart: Dining out in London!



Kristen Stewart on Food, Drink, and places in London!

Places
Question: Do you like Traditional pubs or Modern Gastropubs?
Kristen Stewart Answer:  Oh, traditional pubs, definitely.

Question: What’s your favorite London hangout?
Kristen Stewart:  I’ve had some really good roast dinners … the “Swan & Edgar” (name of restaurant) in Marylebone.

Food and Drink
Question: Do you prefer a Sausage sandwich or bacon butty?
Kristen Stewart:  Bacon butty. 

Question: How do you feel about beans on toast?
Kristen Stewart:  I love beans on toast.

Question: What do you like for dinner?
Kristen Stewart:  Chicken or lamb.

Question: What’s your pub drink?
Kristen Stewart:  It’s a pound

Question: How do you take your tea?
Kristen Stewart:  With milk and a little bit of honey

British and American Expressions

A hangout =  a place to relax, talk, eat, drink, to get together with people informally
(British/American Expression)

A bacon butty = bacon on a bun
(British Expression)

Modern Gastropubs = restaurant in a pub
(British/American Expression)

a pound = a drink that costs one pound to purchase in a pub
(British Expression)


 
Practice Idea
Kristen Stewart in London, has changed some of her American tastes to British tastes.  This interview style is short and brief to attain lots of information quickly.  Moreover, the questions are simple and not too ‘deep’ in nature.  This type of information is comfortable for everyone to talk about. Try this out with your friends.  It is a good and fun way to find fun and delicious differences in personal tastes and cultures.  Also, it is a nice way to practice or review questions concerning people’s preferences.
Have fun! And talk, talk, talk!

Speaking Style
Question 1: Do you like Traditional pubs or Modern Gastropubs?
Kristen Stewart Answer 1:  Oh, traditional pubs, definitely.

Question 2: Do you prefer a Sausage sandwich or bacon butty?
Kristen Stewart 2:  Bacon butty.

Question 3: How do you take your tea?
Kristen Stewart 3:  With milk and a little bit of honey.

Question 4: How do you feel about beans on toast?
Kristen Stewart 4:  I love beans on toast.

Question 5: What do you like for dinner?
Kristen Stewart 5:  Chicken or lamb.

Question 6: What’s your favorite London hangout?
Kristen Stewart 6:  I’ve had some really good roast dinners … the Swan & Edgar in Marylebone.


Practice Speaking Style

Question 1: Do you like pubs or nightclubs?
Kristen Stewart Answer 1:  Oh, nightclubs definitely.

Question 2: Do you prefer a burger or pizza?
Kristen Stewart 2:  Pizza.

Question 3: How do you like your coffee?
Kristen Stewart 3:  With a little bit of cream.

Question 4: How do you feel about sushi?
Kristen Stewart 4:  I love sushi.

Question 5: What do you like for breakfast?
Kristen Stewart 5:  Just toast and juice.

Question 6: What’s your favorite California hangout?
Kristen Stewart 6:  I’ve had some really good Italian dinners … Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica.


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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Robert Pattinson: Secret Guilty Pleasures

                                                                    Robert Pattinson


Question:  What are your guilty pleasures?
Robert Pattinson Answer:  If I could just cut out beer, that’s one thing. And I’m, like, a compulsive eater.  I’m going to be so fat when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.


We all have our bad habits.  Often we are secretive about them except with our friends.  Of course in Robert Pattinson’s case, he is a mega-star and is accustomed to sharing information in an interview situation. 


Guilty pleasure 1: beer
"If I could just cut out beer, that’s one thing."

Robert Pattinson wants to ‘cut out’ or stop drinking’ beer. 

To cut something out  = to stop doing something (common/informal 
                                                                                                                       expression)

This response is straight forward.  However, there is an unspoken
idea between the speaker and listener regarding this guilty pleasure:

If I could just cut out beer, _____________. That’s one thing.
                                           (Unspoken idea)    
If I could just cut out beer, I would be healthy. That’s one thing.

The listener can guess the result of ‘cutting out beer’ from the topic/idea of the question: ‘guilty pleasures’. Robert and the interviewer share this common knowledge without saying the idea of 'being healthy'.

Guilty pleasure 2: compulsive eating
"And I’m, like, a compulsive eater." 
Robert’s second guilty pleasure is ‘compulsive eating’.

like,  =  similar to/for example

Robert uses ‘like’ to introduce the 'compulsive eater' idea.   The word ‘like’ gives him time to think of an answer.  There is a pause in voice between ‘like’ and ‘a compulsive eater’.  The use of ‘like’ sounds casual.
 
Conversational Speaking Pattern and Practice

Answer:  If I could just cut out beer, that’s one thing. And I’m, like, a compulsive eater.  I’m going to be so fat when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Ex. 1
If I could just cut out pop, that’s one thing.
And I’m, like, always eating ice cream.  I’m going to be so overweight when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Ex. 2
If I could just cut out candy, that’s one thing.
And I’m, like, a chocoholic.  I’m going to be so chubby when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Ex. 3
If I could just cut out smoking, that’s one thing.
And I’m, like, always playing video games online.  I’m going to be so out of shape when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Ex. 4
If I could just cut out gambling, that’s one thing.
And I’m, like, a compulsive shopper.  I’m going to be so poor when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Until next week enjoy the Robert Pattinson's fan sites and new movie trailers!




Robert Pattinson Fan sites:

Trailer One Breaking Dawn
 Trailer Two Breaking Dawn

 Trailer Water for Elephants



Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Lady Gaga’s First Job

Lady Gaga
                                                                                Lady Gaga




Question: What was your first job?

Lady Gaga Answer:  I got a job when I was 15 because my allowance was about $20 a week, which in New York was impossible. So I used to waitress across the street from where I grew up. And I used to take all the money I made waitressing so that I could go watch jazz downtown.

Talking about the past and our first job experience is quite common in North American conversation topics.  Usually people tell stories about their first jobs and often complain about the experience.  Lady Gaga takes a different approach.

Lady Gaga talks in a casual fashion to answer the question.  She uses the casual verb ‘got’ (=obtain).  Lady Gaga also uses past simple to explain the answer.  This style can feel casual and more common for American English.

The flow of her conversation is smooth and detailed in that she gives the listener the reason ‘why’ she waitressed without being asked.  Lady Gaga lengthens her answer rather than giving a simple answer.  The answer also ties into what she does now.  All of her money was for the purpose of ‘watching jazz’ downtown.  So, along with a smooth information flow, Lady Gaga reveals how goal oriented she was from a young age toward music.  This Lady is definitely in a class of her own in everything she does. 

Speaking Pattern

Simplified Pattern for general/casual conversation

Answer:  I got a job when I was 15 because my allowance was about $20 a week, which in New York was impossible.


Ex1.  I got a job when I was 17 because I was saving money for college.

Ex.2  I got a job when I was 15 because I wanted to buy a car.

Ex.3  I got a job when I was 16 because for extra spending money.

Ex.4  I got a job when I was 18 because my parents wanted me to.


Until next week enjoy some music from LADY GAGA!



Born this Way


Edge of Glory


Lady Gaga official website  http://www.ladygaga.com



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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Beyoncé: Clothes and Hairstyles

                                                            Beyoncé



Question 1:  What’s one item of clothing you can’t get enough of?

Beyoncé Answer 1:  T-shirts.  I can never have enough.  My favorite is a simple white T-shirt.

Question 2:  Of all the hairstyles you’ve tried over the years, which one is your favorite?

Beyoncé Answer 2:  My favorite is still a high ponytail.  It’s clean and classic.

 
Talking clothing and hairstyles with American R&B recording artist Beyoncé. 

Speaking Style Answer 1

Beyonce uses a common grammar pattern but puts the Object at the beginning creating two sentence styles.

Common grammar pattern
I can never have enough T-shirts.
(S)               (V)                 (O)

Beyonce’s style
T-shirts.  I can never have enough. 
(O)           (S)             (V)
Beyonce’s answer sounds natural in conversation because all of the elements of the sentence are in the answer.  This speaking style emphasizes T-shirts and then Beyonce follows with a second sentence.  The second sentence, with the use of the word ‘favorite’, also implies an idea of ‘one item only’ and gives more information to the listener. 

Speaking Style Answer 2
Beyonce uses common English to describe her favorite hairstyle.  The word ‘still’ in the answer reflects the idea of ‘over the years’ (asked in Question 2).  She then follows with a second sentence to give more detail or the ‘why’ she likes the high ponytail. 

Clothing and hairstyles are pretty popular topics but here are some more to try out!
Enjoy!
                                             

Example Speaking Styles


Speaking Style Answer 1

Question 1:  What’s one item of clothing you can’t get enough of?
Answer 1:  T-shirts.  I can never have enough.  My favorite is a simple white T-shirt.

Ex.1

Question 1:  What’s one item of jewelry you can’t get enough of?
Answer 1:  Earrings.  I can never have enough.  My favorite is a simple hoop earring.

Ex.2
Question 1:  What’s one kind of food you can’t get enough of?
Answer 1:  Ice cream.  I can never have enough.  My favorite is chocolate.

Speaking Style Answer 2

Question 2:  Of all the hairstyles you’ve tried over the years, which one is your favorite?
Answer 2:  My favorite is still a high ponytail.  It’s clean and classic.

Ex.1
Question 2:  Of all the skin care brands you’ve tried over the years, which one is your favorite?
Answer 2:  My favorite is still L’Oreal.  It’s silky and accelerates skin recovery.

Ex.2
Question 2:  Of all the cars you’ve driven over the years, which one is your favorite?
Answer 2:  My favorite is still a mustang.  It’s cool and fast.

Until next week let's enjoy some popular music from Beyoncé!


Beyoncé performing Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)



Beyoncé performing Best Thing I Never Had




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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Leonardo Dicaprio: Travel and Scuba diving

                                                                  Leonardo Dicaprio




Question 1:  What’s the best place you’ve visited?
Leonardo Dicaprio Answer 1: Wow… There are quite a few. Thailand is one of the most amazing places that I’ve ever been. I’m a big scuba-diver, too, so I just went to the Galapagos Islands.

Question 2:  Where else do you recommend diving?
Leonardo Dicaprio Answer 2: You can’t beat the Great Barrier Reef for coral reefs.

Travel is a common topic of conversation amongst friends and people you don’t know so well.  This topic is neutral and anyone can participate by asking questions or explaining their travel experience.  Also, people tend to talk about travel because it is exciting!

Conversation Flow

Leo (Leonardo) starts by showing his enthusiasm for the topic with the word ‘Wow’ following with the idea that there are many great places in the world.  However, to keep the conversation interesting, he naturally says a location ‘Thailand’ and one of his favorite activities ‘scuba diving’.  Leo finishes his thought with the last place he went to ‘the Galapagos Islands’.

The person asking questions can easily continue the conversation by asking about the place(s) or activity.  However, the listener selects scuba diving because Leo mentions scuba diving in two locations: Thailand and the Galapagos Islands.

Casual Slang Expressions 

(1)I’m a ‘big’ scuba diver. =

I really like scuba diving/I love scuba diving.

(2)You ‘can’t beat’ the Great Barrier Reef for coral reefs =

The Great Barrier Reef for coral reefs is the best.

This common conversation topic is easy to adapt to your own travels internationally or nationally.  Our favorite activity often is connected to our vacations.  This style is comfortable but exciting for the speaker and listener! Try it out! 


Speaking Pattern Practice

Question 1:  What’s the best place you’ve visited?
Answer 1: Wow… There are quite a few. Thailand is one of the most amazing places that I’ve ever been. I’m a big scuba-diver, too, so I just went to the Galapagos Islands.

Question 2:  Where else do you recommend diving?
Answer 2: You can’t beat the Great Barrier Reef for coral reefs.

Examples

1.
Question 1:  What’s the best place you’ve visited?
Answer 1: Wow… There are quite a few. Costa Rica is one of the most amazing places that I’ve ever been. I’m a big surfer, too, so I just went to Hawaii.

Question 2:  Where else do you recommend surfing?
Answer 2: You can’t beat the Gold Cost of Australia.

2.
Question 1:  What’s the best place you’ve visited?
Answer 1: Wow… There are quite a few. New Zealand is one of the most amazing places that I’ve ever been. I’m a big golfer, too, so I just went to Scotland.

Question 2:  Where else do you recommend golfing?
Answer 2: You can’t beat Pebble Beach in the United States.
 
LEO'S WEBSITE

Leo's - Titanic-Theme Song
'My Heart Will Go On ' by Celine Dion




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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Alanis Morissette: Staying Fit

                                                                                Alanis Morissette

Staying fit has become a common topic in North America.  Let’s look at singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy winner Alanis Morissette’s fitness strategy.

Question: How do you keep fit?
Alanis Morissette Answer:  I'm a cross trainer. One day I'll go bicycling, and the next I'll do some kickboxing or go out for a long walk. Basketball and Volleyball are my favorite sports. I dance, too. Doing the same thing every day is not right for my temperament.

This week a simple speaking tip that can help improve conversation and language skills.  The strategy is to use more than one sentence for an answer.  Expanding your language answers will help to make your language more complex and interesting.  Also, it gives the listener more topics to ask you about. 

In her answer, she starts with a general fitness idea and then gives more details. In her last sentence, Alanis tells the listener the reason she is a cross trainer. 
 
Alanis: I'm a cross trainer.   (General fitness idea)

One day I'll go bicycling    (detail 1)
the next I'll do some kickboxing    (detail 2)
or go out for a long walk    (detail 3)
Basketball and Volleyball are my favorite sports.    (detail 4)
I dance, too    (detail 5)

Doing the same thing every day is not right for my temperament. (Reason-she cross trains)

Although the grammar patterns are not complicated, Alanis achieves a lot of information in 4 sentences.  She introduces the topic idea and then gives details. Finally, Alanis explains ‘why’ she uses the cross training fitness style.  Her style is casual but detailed.  The information in her answer is well connected and has a smooth flow.  She makes the listener feel comfortable and gives the listener lots of topics to ask her about.  For example: Did you play volley ball in high school?   How often do play basket ball? Where do you like to go for walks? Etc.


Speaking Pattern

I'm a cross trainer. One day I'll go bicycling, and the next I'll do some kickboxing or go out for a long walk. Basketball and Volleyball are my favorite sports. I dance, too. Doing the same thing every day is not right for my temperament.

Examples
1.  I'm a cross trainer. One day I'll go jogging, and the next I'll do some yoga or go out for a hike. Baseball and Tennis are my favorite sports. I dance, too. Doing the same thing every day is not right for my temperament. 
2.  I'm a cross trainer. One day I'll go rollerblading, and the next I'll do some biking or go out for a round of golf. Softball and Hockey are my favorite sports. I dance, too. Doing the same thing every day is not right for my temperament.


I hope you enjoy talking fitness to your friends or making new friends at the local fitness center!


Alanis Morissette Links


Website

Music Hit!  “Ironic”

 



Alex
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Communicating with the World

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Fran Capo: Fastest Talking Female on the Planet

                                                                           Fran Capo
                                          
Fran Capo is a keynote motivational speaker, 15 time author, comedienne, TV show host, spokesperson, adventurer and five time world record holder, most known as the Guinness Book of World Records fastest talking female. She has appeared on over 350 television and 4500 radio shows worldwide including; Entertainment Tonight, Fox & Friends, The Late Show, Martha Stewart, Larry King Live and the Discovery Channel. Her "Cuppa Capo's" which are humorous motivational Vlog tips are sent out daily if you subscribe to Cuppacapo and she has a monthly newsletter called, Capo update. She is high energy, down to earth and has spoken to Fortune 500 companies on every continent. To learn more about her, check out www.francapo.com. Follow her on twitter.com/francapo and facebook.com/francapo.



FRAN CAPO INTERVIEW

 
Alex Question: Are there other people in your family who are considered fast talkers?
Fran Capo Answer: No. I always joke though that my sister, who taught herself how to speak 3 languages speaks them slow, so to make up for it, I speak one, really fast.

Alex:  You are the official - Guinness World Records acknowledged  - fastest-talking female, having broken the record twice. Is your current record speaking 603.32 words in 54.2 seconds?
Fran Capo:  Yes. I broke the first record, 585 worlds per minute on The Larry King Live Show (CNN) on March 4, 1986. I broke the second record, 603.32wpm on June 5th, 1990 at the Guinness Museum in Las Vegas.

Alex:  To become the world's fastest talking female, how did you train/practice for it?
Fran Capo:  I had a teacher in the sixth grade that would always ask you questions on the spot and get you nervous. So I used fast-talking as a way to answer this. Like if he said, “Who was the 14th President??
I'd rattle off, Lincoln, Washington, Pierce…you figure it out?” The class laughed and I figured 1 out of 3 was a good shot.

The thing is, becoming a fast talker was never really a conscious decision on my part. I was working at a radio station, WBLS in NYC doing comedy bits. Joking around I said, “I could do a really cool Mae West Impression, but that I called the character, June East, (Mae's long lost sister.) The DJ, flung the weather and traffic copy at me and I went on air for 30 seconds. A reporter from the Daily News happened to be listening and was doing a story on weather and traffic people. She called and asked me how long I had been doing it. I wasn't going to say, “30 seconds”, so I said, “Oh a while.”
Then she asked what I was planning on doing next. I didn't have a next but I had on the line from the Newspaper so I said, “Oh I'm thinking of breaking a world record.” She asked, “For what?” But I couldn't tell her, because at that moment I didn't know. I told her I'd call her back. I ran out, bought a Guinness Book looked at all the world records and saw fast-talking. Since people always told me I talked fast I figured, what the heck, I'll go for that. I called her back and told her.  She asked, “Well what's the present record at?” I said, “552 words per minute.” She said, “And what are you at?” I said, “550, those last two words are a killer.” She printed it in the paper and the very next day the Larry King Live people called me and asked me to go on their show and break the record. At first I didn't even know who Larry King was. I heard cable, and I thought, “Is this some kind of porn?” She said, 'No honey this is a national show.”
So I figured what the heck, what's the worst that can happen? The worst is that I look like a fool on national TV and the best, I break a world record. I gave it a shot. I called Guinness they said to break the record I had to read something from Shakespeare or the bible. Me and Shakespeare never got along, so I chose a psalm from the bible. The Larry King live people told me they'd have a limo at my house in 5 hours. So for 5 hours I practiced and practiced, making sure I enunciated every single word, having my dad time me to the 100th of a second. I broke the record then on his show doing 585wpm on March 5th, 1986.

Alex:  Do you have a daily routine to keep your voice and vocal chords in shape?
Fran Capo:  Not really, every aspect of my career except writing, deals with speaking, my stand up comedy, my keynote motivational speaking, commercials, spokesperson work and of course my fast talking. I think my voice is just naturally trained for it. Of course if I notice my throat getting sore I drink hot water and lemon.

Alex:  How is a 'speed talking' contest judged? Can you give us an idea of the difference between correct form and incorrect form?
Fran Capo:  It's a very technical record. You have to now do a Shakespeare piece, they have a machine called a lexicon compressor that makes sure you say every single syllable, and an Olympic timer, time you to the 100th of a second. You miss one syllable you are out.

Alex:  What type of language materials do you use in a competition?
Fran Capo:  There is really no official competition, world records don't work that way. You compete against yourself. But at one point when myself and two other fast talkers were close they did have a talk off, in which they gave us all a 17th century British text to read and we had 24 hours to look it over. We did it in front of the press at the Guinness Museum.

Alex:  What are the benefits to being a fast talking person? Moreover, what are the benefits to being the fastest talking female in the world?
Fran Capo:  If I get into a fight with my boyfriend, he doesn't even know he's in a fight! I say, “You were in it, its over, I won.”

But seriously, I get hired by corporations and companies that are doing re-branding of products that have to do with speed, accuracy etc. I've been hired by expedia.ca, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Chock full of Nuts, Papa John's pizza, a whole bunch of places. But the truth is, it helps that I'm a stand up comic. Because if I was just some fast talking person who could not emcee and event or sustain on stage, then that would not be good for the client. So it's a combination of years of stand up with fast-talking that makes the winning ticket.

Alex:  You are a corporate trainer, what are some of the key elements you emphasize with people and why?  What do companies do 'wrong' or tend to 'over look' when it comes to their employees?  How about the employees themselves?
Fran Capo:  The main reason I get hired by companies is to inspire their employees by letting them tap into their unlimited potential. I show them through my stories and real life experiences that if I can do it, so can they. I teach them how to have a “world record mindset”, how to be persistent and have a never give up attitude, how to overcome odds, how to be creative thinkers. Especially in this economy, people tend to say, “It's so hard, it can't be done.” Wrong…some of the best inventions and biggest millionaires came out of depression times. You just have to take your talents and apply them in a different way. Sometimes it's the smallest tweak that makes all the difference in the world. I also show them how to approach things through humor, which helps with boosting morale, and communication and a better work environment without turning it into a circus. Happy and appreciated workers are more productive. I do team building exercises…but more importantly I just teach people through real life examples of how I did it, how to bring out the best of who they are. So many people write to me years later telling me how I've changed their lives. That's what I love to do, motivate, captivate and educate people to live happier more productive lives though my humor and examples. I absolutely love what I do, from teaching people ways to improve their relationships with workers, bosses, mates and their children.

Alex:  I know from reading your bio that you've done consulting with major companies and now you are doing private one-on one personal coaching. Can you tell us a little about this and how can people contact you if they are interested in this or any of the other things that you do.
Fran Capo:  Yes. I'm so excited…. My newest thing I'm now doing is more consulting and private coaching. I find that I love doing my “Dare to do it” and “Creativity in Marketing” talks, and people really get into it.  But they often ask if I will also do one-on one coaching -they want that personal time. So I am now taking on a few clients a week for a limited time, specifically in two areas: Finding their passion and showing them how to get themselves or their product in the media.

If I can help people take their passion, turn it into a dream and turn that dream into a hard core money making plan faster by brainstorming with them, showing them how to move it forward, helping them work out a game plan to accomplish their goals, teaching them how to turn negatives into positives, how to bring more cash and happiness into their lives on any level (Personal, spiritual, financial, in the relationship department) then that is very rewarding for me.) I have a ton proven strategies on how to make it all work and I love watching people benefit from that. If anyone is interested they can email me contact me via my website www.francapo.com and I would be happy to have a 15 minute chat with them to see if our energies are right for us to work together. I actually have a video upon you tube that explains all this.

Alex:  What is coming next for Fran Capo? What can we look forward to seeing at your website?
Fran Capo:  More crazy adventures through my videos and of course.  I will continue producing and performing on comedy shows. I have another book coming out this year, “Hopeville the City of Light” and I am starting an online teaching course on my “Creativity in Marketing”. I also am teaching “How to write a book” seminars as well.

But my biggest project, and I will love every single one of you reading this if you do it, is I have these daily humorous motivational Vlogs called, “Cuppa Capo”. My goal is to get 100,000 subscribers in 6 months…so I need you all to spread the word. Simply go to www.youtube.com/cuppacapo and hit the subscribe button and watch my videos. Then you will get these daily Vlog tips to brighten your day for free in your mailbox. I just want to spread the joy. A lot of parents are writing to me saying that they enjoy the Cuppa Capo's because they are funny, have a message and something they can watch with their kids.

Alex:  If people want to book you for an event, or just learn more about you where can they go? 

Fran Capo:  The best way is through my website, www.francapo.com or they can email me direct at FranCNY@aol.com

Alex:  What is your philosophy on life?
Fran Capo:  I have 3.
Nothing is Impossible.
Fear Nothing but if you do, do it anyway.
and Live everyday as if it's your last, and one day you'll be right… and on that last day you don't want to be doing the laundry!

Alex:  Well I had a fantastic time! Thank you so much for taking the time to be interviewed at Celebrity English!
Fran Capo:  Thanks for the interview, Love deep, live large and be thankful. 


FRAN CAPO LINKS
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Excellent Book by Fran Capo
"Hopeville, the City of Light"
"Hopeville, the City of Light" by Fran Capo
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Have a great week living large! See you next week with another celebrity!
Take care,

Alex



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