English Speaking Practice Part 1 (Improve Your English Conversations With Understanding And Practice

{“en”:”Here’s how to practice listen a minute record yourself apartment and listen apartment apartment apartment an apartment is a rented room or set of rooms meat meat meat means to see and speak to someone for the first time new new new means not known before recently bought or rented nice nice nice means good and enjoyable Street Street a street is a road in a city town or village try-try try means to make an effort to do something welcome welcome welcome is used as a friendly greeting to someone who arrives at a place here’s how to practice listen apartment record yourself apartment and listen apartment cook cook cook means to prepare food for eating especially by using heat dinner dinner is the main meal of the day excuse excuse excuse means to forgive someone for making a mistake or doing something wrong find find find means to get or discover something or someone that you are looking for here-here-here means in this place or at this location live live live means to have a home in a specified place near near near means close to something or someone sorry sorry-sorry means feeling sorrow or regret supermarket supermarket the supermarket is a store where customers can buy a variety of foods and household items there there there means in that place or at that location want want want means to desire or wish for something wrong wrong means not suitable or appropriate for a particular purpose situation or person at work we answer with our name hello this is John hello is Ana there now you try it with your name ask for a person like this if it is a wrong number we say I’m sorry you have the wrong number now you try it egg bag a bag is a soft container used to hold money and other small things big big big means large in size book book a book is a set of printed sheets of paper that are held together inside a cover or a long written work coffee coffee coffee is a dark-brown drink made from ground coffee beans and boiled water lamp lamp a lamp is a device that produces light little little little means small in size map map a map is a picture or chart that shows the rivers mountains streets etc in the particular area not-not-not makes a word or phrase negative or gives an opposite meaning pen pen a pen is a writing instrument that uses ink pillow pillow a pillow is a bag filled with soft material that is used as a cushion usually for the head of a person who is lying down toy toy a toy is something a child plays with world world the world is the earth and all the people and things on it it is a map now you try it it is a big book now you try it it is not a pen now you try it I have a pen now you try it you do you have a bag yes I have a bag now you try it bathroom bathroom a bathroom is a room with a sink and toilet and usually a bathtub or shower beautiful beautiful beautiful is very good or pleasing having beauty bedroom bedroom a bedroom is a room used for sleeping eat eat eat means to take food into your mouth and swallow it house house a house is a building in which a family lives to kitchen a kitchen is a room in which food is cooked living room living room a living room is a room in a house for general family use relax relax relax means to spend time resting or doing something enjoyable sleep sleep sleep means to rest your mind and body by closing your eyes upstairs upstairs upstairs means on or to a higher floor of a building wash wash wash means to clean something with water and usually soap where are you now you try it we usually use a preposition like in with a location some locations like upstairs have no preposition I am upstairs I am in the kitchen now you try it you across from across from across from means on the opposite side from someone or something behind behind behind means in or to a place at the back of or to the rear of someone or something elevator elevator an elevator is a machine used for carrying people and things to different levels in a building every every every is used to describe how often some repeated activity or event happens or is done jim-jim a gym is a room or building that has equipment for sports activities or exercise lobby lobby a lobby is a large open area inside and near the entrance of a public building such as a hotel or theater lounge lounge a lounge is a room with comfortable furniture for relaxing mail room mail room a mail room is a room in which mail is processed and sorted next to next to next to means at the side of someone or something parking garage parking garage a parking garage is a building in which people usually pay to park their cars trucks etc rooftop roof top a rooftop is the cover or top of a building or vehicle work out work out work out means to perform athletic exercises in order to improve your health or physical fitness across from where is the gym the gym is across from the lounge now you try it where is the gym the gym is across from the lounge next to where is the gym it’s next to the mailroom now ask about the mailroom where is the mailroom it’s next to the gym behind where is the gym the gym is across from the lounge it is behind the lobby now you try it the gym is behind the lobby boss boss a boss is the person whose job is to tell other workers what to do bothering bothering bother means to annoy someone or to cause someone to feel annoyed busy busy busy means actively doing something excited excited excited means very enthusiastic and eager about something nervous nervous nervous means having or showing feelings of being worried and afraid about what might happen News News News is information that is reported in a newspaper magazine television news program or website office office an office is a building or room in which people work at desks doing business or professional activities reading reading read means to look at and understand the meaning of letters words symbols etc recording recording record means to store something such as sounds music images etc on tape or on a disk so that it can be heard or seen later show show a show is a television or radio program working working work means to do things as part of your job writing writing write means to create a book poem story etc by writing words on paper or on a computer what are you doing I am writing now you try it what are you doing now you try it answer with working I am working are you writing yes I am writing now it’s your turn are you recording answer yes I am recording are you reading the news yes I am reading the news are you doing your show answer yes I am doing my show after noon after noon afternoon is the middle part of the day the part of the day between noon and evening apologize apologize apologize means to express regret for doing or saying something wrong before before before means at an earlier time evening evening evening is the last part of the day and early part of the night job job a job is the work that a person does regularly in order to earn money later later later means happening near the end of a process activity series life etc light light a light is a source of light such as an electric lamp morning morning morning is the early part of the day the time of day from sunrise until noon now-now-now means at the present time studio studio a studio is the building or room where an artist works surprise surprise a surprise is an unexpected event or piece of information yesterday yesterday yesterday means the day before today times of day today is a new day let’s not talk about yesterday now you try it today is a new day let’s not talk about yesterday every day I do my morning show now you try it every day I do my morning show come by this afternoon now you try it come by this afternoon I am recording my evening show now you try it I am recording my evening show Celsius Celsius Celsius means relating to or having a scale for measuring temperature on which the boiling point of water is at 100 degrees and the freezing point of water is at zero degrees change change change means to become different Chak Chak Chak means to get information by looking at something asking about something etc cold cold cold means having a very low temperature degree degree a degree is a unit for measuring temperature Fahrenheit Fahrenheit Fahrenheit means relating to or having a scale for measuring temperature on which the boiling point of water is at 212 degrees above zero and the freezing point is at 32 degrees above zero forecast forecasts a forecast is a statement about what you think is going to happen in the future phone phone a phone is a device that is connected to a telephone system and that you use to listen or speak to someone who is somewhere else snowy snowy snowy means having falling snow or covered with snow sunny sunny sunny means having plenty of bright sunlight temperature temperature a temperature is a measurement that indicates how hot or cold something is warm warm warm means somewhat hot not cool or cold whether weather weather is the temperature and other outside conditions such as rain cloudiness etc at a particular time and place windy windy windy means having a lot of wind Americans often make sounds also called interjections that have many meanings interjections can convey different feelings depending on the intonation of the speaker’s voice one example is Oh in the video you hear honest a Oh twice the first time she says Oh is at the beginning of the video oh hi everyone in this case all means that Ana is surprised by something notice her voice goes up when she says oh oh hi everyone the second time you hear Ana use Oh is at the end of the video when she says oh I see Mexico in this case all means that Ana understands a statement and that she does not like it notice that her voice goes down this time oh I see Mexico here are two examples listen oh hello now you try it make your voice go up you listen oh the weather is bad today now make your voice go down ahead ahead ahead means to or toward the place where someone is going bus bus a bus is a large vehicle that is used for carrying passengers especially along a particular route at particular times coffee shop coffee shop a coffee shop is a small restaurant that serves coffee and other drinks as well as simple foods department store department store a department store is a large store that has separate areas in which different kinds of products are sold exit exit exit means to go out of a place left left left means located on the same side of your body as your heart Metro Metro a metro is an underground railway system in some cities also called subway right right right means located on the side of your body that is away from your heart station station a station is a place where buses trains etc regularly stop so that passengers can get on and off straight straight straight means in a straight or direct way then then then is used to indicate what happened or happens next turn turn turn means to cause your body or a part of your body to face a different direction wawk wawk wawk means to move with your legs at a speed that is slower than running when we tell someone how to find a place we say we are giving them directions listen to Ana giving Ashley directions exit the Metro in turn right then at the bus station turn left then walk straight ahead now you try it exit the Metro and turn right now you try it then at the bus station turn left now you try it then walk straight ahead you Bank Bank a bank is a business where people keep their money borrow money etc or the building where such a business operates bye-bye-bye means to get something by paying money for it cash cash cash is money in the form of coins and bills Corner corner a corner is the place where two streets or roads meet errand errand an errand is a short journey that you take to do or get something fast fast fast means moving or able to move quickly get-get-get means to obtain something ice cream ice cream ice cream is a frozen food containing sweetened and flavoured cream library library a library is a place where books magazines and other materials such as videos and musical recordings are available for people to use or borrow mailbox mailbox a mailbox is a public box in which letters and packages are placed to be collected and sent out post office post office a post office is a building where the mail for a local area is sent and received return return return means to bring give send or take something to the place that it came from or the place where it should go sell sell sell means to exchange something for money send send send means to cause a letter an email a package etc to go or to be carried from one place or person to another stamp stamp a stamp is a small piece of paper that you buy and then stick to an envelope or package to pay the cost of mailing it store store a store is a building or room where things are sold when someone helps us we often say thank you listen to Anna thank Marsha for helping her find things in their neighborhood thanks Marcia you know our neighborhood so well now you try it Thank You Ana for helping me learn English clown clown a clown is someone who often does funny things to make people laugh different different different means not ordinary or common unusual feel feel feel is used to describe or ask about someone’s physical or mental state gardening gardening garden means to work in a garden to take care of the plants in a garden guitar guitar a guitar is a musical instrument that is held against the front of your body and that has usually six strings which are played with your fingers or with a pick homesick homesick homesick means sad because you are away from your family and home joke joke a joke is something said or done to cause laughter laughs laughs laughs is to show that you are happy or that you think something is funny by smiling and making a sound from your throat ha ha make make make means to build create or produce something by work or effort Park Park a park is a piece of public land in or near a city that is kept free of houses and other buildings and can be used for pleasure and exercise photo photo a photo or photograph is a picture made by a camera raise raise raise means to keep and take care of animals or crops remind remind remind means to cause someone to remember something rodeo rodeo a rodeo is an event in which people compete at riding horses and bulls catching animals with ropes etc sheep sheep a sheep is an animal with a thick woolly coat that is often raised for meat or for its wool and skin spoon spoon a spoon is an eating or cooking tool that has a small shallow bowl attached to a handle sweater sweater a sweater is a warm usually knitted piece of clothing for the upper part of your body when we see a friend who is sad we can ask what’s wrong listen to Marsha ask Anna what’s wrong I’m thinking about my family I am feeling homesick you want to talk about it now you try it what’s wrong do you want to talk about it band band a band is a usually small group of musicians who play popular music together because because because means for the reason that birthday birthday a birthday is the day when someone was born or the anniversary of that day bored bored bored means tired and annoyed by too much of the same thing or not interested drum drum a drum is a musical instrument that is played by hitting a layer of skin or plastic with sticks or with your hands exercise exercise exercise means physical activity that is done in order to become stronger and healthier fight fight fight means to use weapons or physical force to try to hurt someone party party a party is a social event in which entertainment food and drinks are provided politician politician a politician is someone who is active in government usually as an elected official president president a president is the head of the government in some countries pop it pop it a puppet is a doll that is moved by putting your hand inside it or by pulling strings or wires that are attached to it queen queen a queen is a woman who rules a country and who usually inherits her position and rules for life shop shop shop means to visit places where goods are sold in order to look at and buy things sword sword a sword is a weapon with a long metal blade that has a sharp point and edge unusual unusual unusual means different or strange in a way that attracts attention usual usual usual means done found or used most of the time or in most cases or normal or regular watch watch watch means to look at someone or something for an amount of time and pay attention to what is happening in the video anna says that what she is doing today is different listen to honor telling why she is doing different things this is a drum band I never listened to a drum band but today I am listening to a drum band because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday this is sword fighting I never sword fight but today I am sore sighting because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday look there are many things to do in Washington DC some usual some unusual today I am not bored because it is William Shakespeare’s birthday these sentences show a cause and effect the cause is William Shakespeare’s birthday party the effects are listening to a drum band sword fighting and not being bored now you try it tell about a reason you are studying English why are you study in English”}

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10 Tips To Build Your Vocabulary | Ways To Learn More English Words

{“en”:”Hello! I’m Emma from mmmEnglish! What’s the best way to learn new English vocabulary? Ahh the million dollar question! If only I could give the ultimate answer to that question. It’s a question that I get asked daily – literally! There is no single best way. There is no quick solution, but I do have 10 tips or recommendations in this lesson that will help you to improve your English vocabulary. So you need to find the best way for you and to do that you need to take a few moments to think about YOU. Think about your interests. Do you like reading? The movies? Watching the news? How do you like to learn? Do you like to learn inside or outside, in a group or alone? What type of learner are you? How do you best take in information? And what’s your schedule like? When can you study? On the train or with your kids? Use this information to find the opportunities to learn and enjoy English.

The truth is that to successfully learn new vocabulary, you need to create really good study habits. You need to keep it interesting and you need to make sure that you’re having fun! It’s something that you need to be doing every day so you need to find a way to involve things that you love to do. Me? I get really bored reading grammar books and listening to words through dictionaries. I’m much more likely to stay motivated if I’m eating or drinking so I like to study around meals.

Hey, you may laugh but it works for me! Consistency is key when you’re learning new words. You can’t just learn them once and magically they’re kept inside your head forever. You need to hear them again and again. Understand how they’re used in different context or how they’re conjugated or used in different, in word families. You need to use them yourself. The truth is that we all learn differently.

So in this video I’m going to talk about 10 different tools and techniques that you can use to improve your vocabulary. You might not like all of them but you will definitely enjoy some of them and hopefully you can make them a part of your daily or your weekly routine. And if you’ve got any of your own suggestions about ways to learn vocabulary, then add them to the comments below! Share the love with everyone, people! So, the first suggestion or the first tip is get better at studying new words.

Keep a vocabulary journal. Don’t roll your eyes at me, you can do this in lots of different ways. If you think it’s dorky to carry around a notebook, then find a way that works for you. There are lots of apps that can help you to do this – apps on your smartphone. And it’s just as easy to make notes there. Your phone is great because it’s always with you but if you prefer to keep a notebook that’s just as good.

So neat ways of doing this are creating lists or by creating vocabulary maps. However, you do it you need to keep updating it and you need to keep building on this list and don’t just write the word down. Go deeper! If it’s a noun, learn whether it’s countable or uncountable. Learn the prefixes and suffixes so that you can build on those words. Learn synonyms for those words. You know, if you said “I felt angry”, there are so many other options.

Annoyed, irritated, furious, frustrated, or cranky. Learn if any of these words are used in phrasal verbs or idioms. Number two. When you do learn new words, don’t just learn them on their own. Learn them with the words that they are often used with. These are called collocations. Two or more English words that are often said together or used together. They sound right because native speakers often use them together.

For example, you throw or have or plan a party. You don’t make a party. Or instead of memorising the word, apply, learn the phrase “apply for a job” or “apply for a citizenship” or “apply for a visa”. You can learn hundreds of new individual words but you’ll be frustrated if you can’t put them together in a sentence that sounds correct and natural. When you learn words in groups, you’re learning the words with the verb, the nouns, the prepositions that they are commonly used with so you’ll sound much more natural when you speak.

Three. Learn new vocabulary through stories. Stories are full of new words, phrases and interesting expressions that show you how words come together in a really entertaining way. Just like the collocation method, you are learning new vocabulary in context. You’re not only learning what words to use but you’re learning how to use them. An important note to remember is that it’s important to challenge yourself but not feel completely overwhelmed and confused. Read stories that are fun, that are enjoyable and that help you to feel confident with English. Start with children’s books if you need to! “Emma are you serious? Start with children’s books?” Yes I’m serious! There are lots of great children’s books out there that are interesting, they’re funny, they’re full of adventure. Start with children’s books and when you’re reading them and it becomes too easy, you can try something a bit more challenging. In the description below I’ve linked to some great books that you can get started with.

In this wonderful day and age that we live in, you can also find audiobooks for almost any book that you can imagine and when you’re learning English, hearing how the words are pronounced is so important because English is not phonetic. In English, words are often not pronounced the way that you think they are, so listening and reading at the same time is even better! I use Audible to download my audiobooks and listen to them while I’m jogging, while I’m travelling, while I’m drifting off to sleep. And I’ve listed some really great books in the description box below. Plus, there’s a link down there to try your first audio book for free and I really recommend it.

Make sure you choose stories and topics that you love and that you’re interested in. On that note, TED Talks are also really great for this because there’s TED Talks on almost every topic imaginable and you can also follow the transcript as the speaker is speaking. I’ll link you to some of my favourite TED Talks in the description below too. Another great tip is to learn new vocabulary through songs. If you love listening to music, there is no doubt that learning new vocabulary through songs will help you to remember them. You need to find songs where the words are not sung too fast so that you can hear each word and how it’s pronounced. It’s more effective if you can download the lyrics and read them as you’re listening.

There are so many more benefits to learning vocabulary through songs! They get stuck in your head – if they’re good – so you’ll be singing them and practising them so often you won’t even feel like you’re doing it – in the shower, while you’re exercising, while you’re driving to work. Songs also use colloquial language or slang language that’s really common in English. You’ll also hear how words are contracted and reduced and it’s going to improve your speaking skills too.

If you’re singing out loud you’ll be improving aspects of your pronunciation. And the rhythm of music helps you to memorise new vocabulary. I’ll also link down there to some great websites where you can get lyrics for English songs and also, if you’ve got any suggestions about great English music that you like to listen to, make sure you add it to the comments. The next tip. Get better at using online dictionaries. Online dictionaries offer so many ways to practise and learn new English vocabulary. Let’s look at the word, produce, as an example.

When I look up this word in an online dictionary, I can read the definition, I can read and sometimes listen to the different verb forms, producers, produced, producing. I can read lots of example sentences that show how this word is used. I can also learn synonyms and collocations. You can also see the entire word family: produce, producer, production, productive, unproductive, productively, product, produce. You’ll also listen to the pronunciation and in this example, you’ll be surprised (maybe) to learn that the verb produce and the noun produce are pronounced differently. I recommend some online dictionaries below in the description box. I use Oxford online dictionaries and Macmillan online dictionaries. They also have really great apps for iPhone and for Android. So go and explore all of the amazing vocabulary building tools.

Plus, if you sign up to their email list you’re going to get sent a new English word every day and that’s just another way to get more practice with new vocabulary! OK, what about flashcards and labels? Flashcards have been a really favourite way of learning new vocabulary for years and years! But there are lots more options available for us today. You might prefer to hand-write English phrases on one side of a card and then translate them into your own native language on the other, but you can also use an SRS program such as Anki.

Now I downloaded Anki a few weeks ago and I think it’s amazing! It allows you to remember a large number of words in a short amount of time. And it also lets you work at your own pace so I guess it’s kind of like digital flashcards and as you practise, the program remembers what words you get wrong and it shows you them more frequently. So you get to practise some more! It’s a really efficient way of studying, I can’t recommend it highly enough! I use it while I’m studying Spanish.

Another tip – my favourite tip – is to describe the world around you, what’s happening around you. If you like using a dictionary to learn new vocabulary, getting into the habit of describing things that are happening around you in English is a really great way to study. When you’re unsure of words, look them up. It will help you to fill in the gaps in your vocabulary. So for example, when you’re at your local supermarket, ask yourself “Do I remember the names for everything that’s in the fridge?” or “How can I describe the woman waiting in line?” or “Do I know the English names of all of these vegetables?” When you can’t think of a word, you stop and you look it up.

Understand how it’s used, practise it and then use it again next time you’re at the supermarket. You can also do it on your way to work on the bus, as you’re going past things you can think of the vocabulary and try and fill in the gaps when you don’t know how to describe it or explain it. Number nine – my favourite – imitate a native speaker. Imitation and shadowing are great techniques to improve pronunciation and spoken English but they’re also awesome for learning new vocabulary, in context too. I have a huge range of imitation lessons that are available on different topics, so if you want to check them out you can go up here or I’ll link to them at the end of the video. And number ten. If you are confident enough, speak and practise being in conversations. By the time you’ve reached pre-intermediate to intermediate level, you already have enough vocabulary in you, you can communicate what you want.

The message might not be perfect but it’s enough and it’s at this point that practising real conversation is going to catapult your English skills and that means push them much further than if you just keep doing what you’re doing. In conversations, you’re developing core language skills simultaneously. You’re listening, you’re asking questions, you’re learning new vocabulary and context. You’re pushing yourself to find new ways to express your ideas. And if you’re not expressing yourself clearly enough, you have to find a new way of explaining yourself. And all of this is happening at once, there’s lots of pressure, there is no better way to build your language skills than immersing yourself inside an English conversation. There are so many different ways that you can do this. You can do it online, there are companies that connect you with people who want to study English like Cambly and Lingoda.

I’ll write a link to all of those in the description below too. Or in that link up there. I have a Facebook group that encourages conversation amongst women so if you’re a woman, you are welcome to join! It’s free and there is a link in the description below as well. So that’s it, my ten suggestions for improving your vocabulary. Try them out and let me know what you think! And if you’ve got some other suggestions about ways to improve your vocabulary, add them in the comments! Most importantly, you need to find ways to learn and practise vocabulary that will work best for you because hey, we all learn differently. We all have different priorities and different amounts of time to spend when we’re learning new languages. You need to create your own good study habits and find ways to enjoy English while you’re learning new words.

If you haven’t already subscribed to the mmmEnglish Channel, you should definitely do it! There’s always new lessons to keep you busy. Watch one of my imitation lessons right here to help you build your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation and become a better English speaker. If you want to watch some of the other mmmEnglish lessons, go right here. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next lesson. Bye for now!. “}

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English Imitation Lessons | Speak More Clearly & Confidently

{“en”:”Hello I’m Emma from mmmEnglish, helping you to build your confidence as an English speaker. In this video I have a very special lesson for you that’s using The Imitation Technique. I also have something that’s very exciting to share at the end of this lesson so make sure you keep watching. Practicing with the imitation technique can dramatically improve your English communication skills. It’s worked for thousands of my students already and it can work for you too! Why? Because with this technique you learn to communicate with more than just words. Is clear pronunciation important when you’re speaking English? Yes, of course it is! But so is stress and intonation, so is using tone and body language to express your emotions and so is pause to create suspense or add emphasis.

It’s not just what you say but how you say it in English. With the imitation technique you’ll learn how to perform English. It’s like an actor in the movies or a pop star singing on stage. Are you ready to give it a try? In this imitation lesson, you’ll hear me telling you a story. Listen to the tone and the intonation in my voice while I’m speaking. You’ll hear that I’m being supportive and I’m encouraging a friend to do something.

Here’s how it works, you’ll hear the same story three times. The first time you hear it, you’ll just need to listen and read. Listen to the topic, the vocabulary and my expression. You’re learning the script. Then, you’ll hear the same script again but this time there will be a short pause after each clause or sentence. This is so that you can say it aloud, exactly as it was said in the recording. I want you to imitate me, to copy me, the native English speaker. The last step is the most challenging one. Try to shadow me while I’m speaking! Perform each sentence, with the same expression and intonation, while I’m speaking. If you don’t shadow me perfectly, don’t worry! It’s meant to be a challenge. But this step is really important, it helps you to practice all of these skills in a different way. OK, it’s time to give it a try! Good luck! You can do this. Ready? This is step number one, listen and read. You know what? I think you should just go for it! I mean, what have you got to lose? You’ve got plenty of experience and nobody is more passionate about this kind of work than you.

Just because you don’t have a degree shouldn’t make a difference. I mean, you’ve been doing this for real for so much longer than anyone who’s just come out of university. Besides, what’s the worst thing that can happen? They might turn you down, but who cares? It’s not like you really need this job. But imagine if you get it! Living on an island, going for a swim every morning before work, eating fresh fruit and seafood every day! I think you should just go for it! Then I can come and visit you! What if I help you? I could make you a logo or something? Or I could help you with your cover letter. You’ve got to admit it’s pretty exciting and you’re perfect for this role. Come on! What do you think?! Step Two. Great! Now you’re ready to imitate the speaker. Listen to the speaker and in the pause, repeat what they said exactly as they said it.

You know what? I think you should just go for it! I mean, what have you got to lose? You’ve got plenty of experience, and nobody is more passionate about this kind of work than you. Just because you don’t have a degree shouldn’t make a difference. I mean, you’ve been doing this for real for so much longer than anyone who’s just come out of university. Besides, what’s the worst thing that can happen? They might turn you down, but who cares? It’s not like you really need this job. But imagine if you get it! Living on an island, going for a swim every morning before work, eating fresh fruit and seafood every day! I think you should just go for it. Then I can come and visit you! What if I help you? I could make you a logo or something? Or I could help you with your cover letter? You’ve got to admit it’s pretty exciting and you’re perfect for this role. Come on! What do you think? Step Three OK, you’re ready for a new challenge now! Let’s try shadowing. Copy the speaker while they are speaking.

Remember, don’t worry about your mistakes. You know what? I think you should just go for it! I mean what have you got to lose? You’ve got plenty of experience and nobody is more passionate about this kind of work than you. Just because you don’t have a degree shouldn’t make a difference. I mean, you’ve been doing this for real for so much longer than anyone who’s just come out of university. Besides, what’s the worst thing that can happen? They might turn you down, but who cares? It’s not like you really need this job. But imagine if you get it! Living on an island, going for a swim every morning before work, eating fresh fruit and seafood every day! I think you should just go for it.

Then I can come and visit you! What if I help you? I could make you a logo or something? Or I could help you with your cover letter? You’ve got to admit it’s pretty exciting and you’re perfect for this role. Come on! What do you think? Awesome! Remember, practice makes perfect! So when you’re ready, try the next lesson. So, how did you go? Keep practicing with this lesson until you look and you sound just like a native English speaker! Before you go I want to share something super exciting with you! My students have been having so much success with The Imitation Technique that I’ve created a whole new range of imitation lessons so that you can speak more confidently too! In this new series of over 10 videos, there are different native speakers, there are different topics to talk about and there are vocabulary guides to help you study with every video lesson.

This is your chance to improve the way that you speak English as fast as possible. To find these new lessons head over to my website at www.mmmenglish.com/imitation Thank you for spending the time with me today practicing your English. I’ll see you on the next video lesson! Bye for now!. “}

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10 English Words You’re (probably) Mispronouncing! | Difficult Pronunciation | Common Mistakes

Hello! I’m Emma from mmmEnglish and in this lesson, I’m going to share with you 10 English words that you’re probably mispronouncing! If you are learning to speak English, then pronunciation is probably one of the biggest frustrations that you have right now and these words that I’ve chosen are difficult because of the combination of letters or sounds in English. Together they can be quite difficult or your eyes can, in fact, play tricks on you because the letters that you see, they don’t sound like you think they should and some of these words are even difficult for native English speakers to pronounce! But don’t worry about it, don’t sweat, we are going to fix these pronunciation problems right here, right now in this lesson! Let’s get started! OK the first word is ‘vegetable’ ‘vegetable’. Now this word is a challenge because it looks like there should be four syllables in this word. ‘Vegetable’. But there’s not, there are three syllables, ‘vegetable’.

Can you see the syllable – that we completely forget the ‘e’? ‘Vegetable’. We don’t pronounce that second syllable. ‘Vegetable’, ‘vegetable’. Fantastic! I’m going to the market to get some vegetables for dinner. ‘Comfortable’. Now this word, just like ‘vegetable’, has an extra vowel in there that we don’t need to pronounce. ‘Comfortable’, not ‘comfortable’ or ‘comfortable’ but ‘comfort- -able’. ‘Comfortable’. You skip that vowel sound. ‘Comfortable’. You look very comfortable this afternoon. ‘Almond’. Now in this word the ‘L’ is silent. It’s not ‘almond’ or ‘almond’ it’s ‘al- -mond’, ‘almond’, ‘almond’, ‘almond’. I’m going to make an almond cake for dessert. Now there are lots of other English words that have a silent letter ‘L’ in them – words like ‘salmon’, not ‘salmon’, ‘half’, not ‘half’, ‘would’, ‘talk’, ‘walk’. All of these words have a silent ‘L’ in them, which makes them a little bit tricky to pronounce correctly. I’ve got a separate video that is all about silent letters in English words and I talk about the letter ‘L’ and lots of other silent letters in that video. You can check it out up here at the end of this video! OK, what about this one? How many times have you been asked to read a paragraph out aloud in front of the class and you’ve been reading and then you come across this and you think, ‘How on earth am I going to say that?!’ Lots of native English speakers actually mess this up as well and they’ll pronounce X-cetera or X-cetera and it should be pronounced ‘et cetera’, ‘et cetera’, ‘et cetera’.

Or ‘et cetera’, if you’re like me. OK this one is especially difficult! ‘Clothes’, ‘clothes’, ‘clothes’. Now the reason why it’s especially difficult is because of the two final consonant sounds, the ‘-th’ and the plural sound. Now this noun is of course, always plural. Clothes refers to shirts, shorts, trousers, jumpers, jackets – anything that you wear is your clothes, are your clothes! But ‘clothes’, ‘clothes’ not ‘cloths’, not ‘close’ and not ‘clothes’ either! The difficult thing about the pronunciation of this word is the two consonant sounds. together. Both of those sounds are voiced consonant sounds so the sound is made here in your vocal cords. Now the thing to remember that’s really important is with that ‘-th’ sound you need to bring your teeth through – your tongue through your teeth! Now the ‘-th’ sound is very, very soft. It is definitely still there, it needs to sound different from the verb ‘close’. OK, which doesn’t have the ‘-th’ sound. This word has the ‘-th’ sound, ‘clothes’, ‘clothes’. It’s very short but it’s definitely there! I need to pack my clothes tonight because we leave early in the morning.

I need to pack my clothes tonight. ‘Jewellery’, ‘jewellery’, ‘jewellery’. Again, we’ve got an extra vowel here that we don’t need to pronounce. We don’t say ‘jewellery’, ‘jewellery’. It’s just ‘jewellery’ and actually in American English the spelling is slightly different to the British and the Australian version. And the American version should help you to pronounce this word more correctly. ‘Jewelry’, ‘jewelry’, so that’s gold, silver, pearls, diamonds, earrings, rings, necklaces – all of these things that we wear to make ourselves look more beautiful! I don’t wear a lot of jewellery myself. The only jewellery I wear is this ring and sometimes some earrings. ‘Architecture’, ‘architecture’. This one is so often mispronounced! I hear ‘architecture’, ‘architecture’, – which is incorrect! The ‘-ch’ sound in this word is a sound like in ‘cat’. ‘Architecture’, ‘architect’. ‘Architect’. It’s not the same ‘-ch’ sound that you hear in words like ‘chocolate’ and ‘cheese’, it’s a sound and there are quite a few English words that actually have this same pronunciation of the ‘-ch’ combination – words like ‘stomach’ and ‘ache’. The ‘-ch’ in all of these words is pronounced like a sound. My brother is an architect.

He went home early because he had a stomach ache. ‘Enthusiastic’, not ‘enthusiastic’ or ‘enthusiastic’, but ‘enthusiastic’. You have to work harder to get this one correct! So many of my students say “This one is too hard! I’m just not going to use this word!” and I say “NO, we are going to get it right, right now, together here in this lesson!” ‘Enthusiastic’. So what you need to do is break down this word. Start with the first syllable, Where is your tongue? What’s it doing on that final consonant sound? It’s at the top of your mouth and the ‘n’ sound is made back in the soft palate – it’s a nasal sound and to move to the ‘-th’ sound, you need to of course, bring your tongue down and out through your teeth. The tongue must come out through the middle of your teeth! If you don’t, you will mispronounce this word and you’ll say ‘enthusiastic’ or ‘enthusiastic’ instead.

You need to say See how I’m breaking that down for you? ‘Enthusiastic’, ‘enthusiastic’. Now you’re going to be enthusiastic about using that word! ‘Word’, ‘world’. and ‘work’. Now you’re probably mispronouncing these words because you are looking at the ‘-or’ and you’re trying to pronounce the vowel sound ‘or’, like in ‘door’. But this is incorrect, the vowel sound is actually as in ‘her’. ‘Work’, ‘world’, ‘word’. This is your eyes playing tricks on you! Your eyes are seeing these words, seeing the letters O and R and they’re telling you to pronounce ‘or’ but, in fact, you should be pronouncing for all of these words! ‘Word’. ‘World. ‘Work’. If you pronounce ‘or’, especially for this last one, ‘work’, it actually sounds a lot like the English word, ‘walk’. ‘Photograph’. Now perhaps you can pronounce this word correctly, ‘photograph’, but what about all of the other words in this word family? ‘Photography’, ‘photographer’, ‘photographic’. When my students mispronounce these words, it’s usually because they are stressing the wrong syllable. English words that have more than one syllable always have one strong stressed syllable.

Sometimes there are secondary syllables but there is always one main stressed syllable that is clearer and stronger than the others and the unstressed syllable – the syllable that’s not stressed – is often reduced down to a schwa vowel sound. Now the schwa sound is the lazier sound in English. That’s the schwa sound, it’s the laziest vowel sound in English. And these stress patterns are exactly what is different about the pronunciation of these words, so in the first example, ‘photograph’, the first syllable is the stressed syllable. You can hear it very clearly, ‘photograph’.

The second syllable is unstressed and it is reduced down to the schwa sound. ‘Photograph’, ‘photograph’, it’s very short, it’s very lazy, it’s not very strong at all. Now if you look at the second example, ‘photography’, you can hear the pronunciation is different and that’s because the second syllable is the stressed syllable in this word. ‘Photography’. ‘Photography’. Compare it to the first syllable where the schwa sound is – it reduces down to the schwa sound and you just hear ‘photography’.

‘Photographer’. The third example ‘photographic’, the stress is on the third syllable, so you can hear how much influence stress has on this word family. To correctly pronounce all of these words correctly you need to pay attention to the stressed syllable and that’s true for a whole range of different word families. ‘Economic’, ‘analyze’, ‘nature, ‘politics’, all of these words and their word families are influenced by stress in different ways. Well that’s my official list of the words that you are probably mispronouncing and I didn’t just make that list up, I built that list over years and years of coaching English students to improve their English pronunciation. They’re the words that students consistently get wrong! Many different students, many different times, they are the ones that are the most difficult for you to pronounce. I hope that you enjoyed this lesson, if you did make sure you subscribe by clicking the red button here. I mentioned a video about silent letters earlier in this lesson, you can watch it here and you can also watch my imitation lessons right here and those lessons are fantastic for improving your English pronunciation and expression by speaking with a native English speaker.

Thanks for watching and I will see you in the next lesson. Bye for now!.

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Speak English Naturally – Learn To Think In English.

Learning to think in English will make you more confident speaking English because you’ll speak more naturally and fluently with less hesitation. I can already hear you saying “But Emma, I need to think in my native language to translate! It’s too hard, I don’t know enough vocabulary to do it!” But listen, that is the long, slow and painful road to English fluency.

When you do this, your English sounds unnatural because the sentence structure is different in your language and it probably takes you a long time to say what you need to say because you’re translating in your head as you speak. We’re going to learn a few strategies to help train your brain to think in English. So start with very simple vocabulary. When you’re at home, think about the English word for things that you see around you. Shoes, flowers, desk, door. When you’re on the train or you’re driving to work, look out the window and think of the English word for the things that you see. Dog, factory, busy, windy, people. In fact, we’re going to try it right now! So, I want you to close your eyes, take a deep breath.

Because when you open your eyes you’re going to look around the room in front of you and think in English – only in English – not in your native language. You’re going to think in English of the words for everything that you see around you. Okay, so take that deep breath again. And open your eyes and look around you. Thinking of the English words only. Great! Now, if that was easy, we can move on to the next level. If it was hard that’s okay too! But you’ll need to practise every day doing the same thing in different places – it will become easier.

You’re training yourself to think in English. So you can do it at home or at work, on the train or when you’re at the cafe waiting for a friend. Then you can move on to simple sentences. For example, your hair’s really long or what’s he eating for lunch? Or that chair looks really uncomfortable. So do the same thing now. I want you to look around the room and make three simple sentences about what you see. Remember, no translating! You’re not allowed to think in your native language at all. And if this is too difficult, go back to thinking of simple vocabulary words. Okay, so close your eyes, take a deep breath, go. Okay, if that was easy, you can move to the next level which is to plan your day in English – thinking in English. So when you wake up in the morning and you’re still lying in bed, think about everything that you need to do that day – in English.

After I eat breakfast I’ll walk to the bus stop and I’ll catch the bus to work. On the bus, I’m going to read my book. I’m meeting Matilda for lunch today and I think we’re going to get takeaway and eat it in the park. It’s going to be such a nice day. So when thinking in English sentences and planning your day with simple sentences becomes easy, move on to thinking in conversation. Now, this is great when you’re sunbaking on the beach or hiking up a mountain or you’re in the shower getting ready for your day and you have some time alone in your head. So there’s nothing to distract you! Now thinking in conversation is really great because you’re asking the questions then thinking of answers to those same questions and also ways to keep the conversation going, so it’s really great conversation practice.

Now, if talking to yourself in your head sounds strange or silly… well I guess it probably is! Get one of your friends to help. And no, I don’t mean ask one of your friends to have a shower with you, that would get maybe a little bit weird and awkward. You might not have the same relationship again after that. I just mean, imagine that they are part of the conversation in your head, so when you’re asking the questions, how would they answer? What would they think about the things you’re saying? As you’re walking down the street, in your head you could be saying “It’s so hot today, isn’t it?” “Yeah it is! I wish I brought my hat, that sun is scorching! It reminds me of a week that I spent in Dubai actually.

It was over 40 degrees Celsius!” “Hey are you sure that Sally’s meeting us here? We’ve been waiting for so long now!” Practising this skill and doing it regularly will help train your brain to think in English. I recommend that you find a time in your day where you always do this every day. So for example, every morning after you brush your teeth, spend five minutes thinking in conversation or planning your day.

Or it could be on your lunch break. Work on it every day and you will make it happen! You will train your brain to think in English so that when it comes to speaking in English, it flows naturally. Your words flow naturally because you’re not translating in your head. You’re thinking in English. Now, there’s heaps more videos to watch on my YouTube channel and if you sign up for my emails on my website, you’ll get five free pronunciation lessons so visit www.mmmenglish.com/signup See you soon!

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Lesson 1 – Speak English Clearly! The Imitation Technique

Hello! Welcome to the very first video training lesson for the imitation technique. Thank you so much for signing up! I know you are going to love this training. Now, imitating something is similar to copying something. Usually, imitating is copying actions or words so this technique is all about copying something that a native speaker is saying, exactly. It teaches you to listen to the sounds and patterns of English and trains you to make those same sounds yourself. You’re training your mouth with your ears. So you’re listening to the sounds and you’re not training your mouth with your eyes by reading and guessing the pronunciation of words, you are training your mouth with your ears.

By practising with this technique, you’ll reduce your accent and pronunciation problems more quickly and become a clearer and more confident English speaker. Now, there are three steps that you’ll need to remember when you’re using the imitation technique. First, you’ll need to listen to me and read the text at the same time. So when I talk on this video you’ll see the words come up at the bottom of the screen. In the text, the important stress has been marked so you’ll be able to hear the stresses in my expression and read them as well. Then, it will be your turn! So you’re going to hear me read each sentence again but there will be a pause after each one and this is where you’ll need to copy exactly what I’ve said. Listen for my pronunciation, the stress, the pause, the intonation and then you’ll need to copy it exactly.

You can do this step as many times as you need to before you move on to step number three. Then the bigger challenge is for you to shadow me, which is to copy everything that I’m saying again but this time you won’t have any text on the screen, you’re just listening to the words that I’m saying. Now it might be a little bit tricky, especially the first time, because you’ll be listening to me and speaking at the same time! So it might take you a few times to get comfortable doing it. And remember that you might not understand everything that’s being said as I’m saying it, but that’s not the point of this training. We’re not testing your understanding of English. We’re testing and practising your pronunciation and speaking skills. So if you don’t understand it, don’t worry! But do it again and again and again until the sounds that you are making sound very similar to the ones that I’m making in the video.

And that’s it! The imitation technique is simple yet so effective. If you practise this technique regularly, soon you’ll sound more natural, more confident and more relaxed when you’re speaking English. Let’s try it! I love to travel to different countries, I love meeting new people and tasting different foods (that’s my favorite part!) To date, I think I’ve visited about twenty-two different countries but there are so many more places on my list. Almost every person that I know, who has a decent income, does some sort of travel every year, usually overseas. to a different country. In my opinion, travelling overseas and to different countries makes us more accepting of each other’s differences and teaches us respect for different cultures, traditions and beliefs.

It also helps me to tell some pretty interesting stories about my adventures. I love talking to people about places they’ve visited and things that they’ve seen in the world,. I think it’s because I can easily relate to them and it’s easy for me to share my stories and experiences with them. Plus, I love getting recommendations about places to visit. It helps me to plan where my next holiday is going to be. Okay, now for step number two.

You’re going to imitate exactly what I say – the pronunciation, the stress, the pause. And there will be a pause after each sentence that will let you do that. Ready? I love to travel to different countries I love meeting new people and tasting different foods (that’s my favorite part!) To date, I think I have visited about twenty-two different countries but there are so many more places on my list. Almost every person that I know, who has a decent income, does some sort of travel every year, usually overseas, to a different country. In my opinion, travelling overseas and to different countries makes us more accepting of each other’s differences and teaches us respect for different cultures, traditions and beliefs. It also helps me to tell some pretty interesting stories about my adventures. I love talking to people about places they’ve visited and things that they have seen in the world.

I think it’s because I can easily relate to them and that’s easy for me to share my stories and experiences with them. Plus, I love getting recommendations about places to visit. It helps me to plan where my next holiday is going to be. This is step three, where you’re going to shadow exactly what I’ve said, as I’m saying it. So you’ll be listening to me and speaking at the same time. Remember, it might take you a couple of goes to get this right but that’s OK! Ready? I love to travel to different countries. I love meeting new people and tasting different foods (that’s my favorite part). To date, I think I’ve visited about twenty-two different countries but there are so many more places on my list.

Almost every person that I know, who has a decent income, does some sort of travel every year, usually overseas to a different country. In my opinion, travelling overseas and to different countries makes us more accepting of each other’s differences and teaches us respect for different cultures, traditions and beliefs. It also helps me to tell some pretty interesting stories about my adventures! I love talking to people about places they’ve visited and things that they’ve seen in the world. I think it’s because I can easily relate to them and it’s easy for me to share my stories and experiences with them. Plus, I love getting recommendations about places to visit. It helps me to plan where my next holiday is going to be. So that’s it! Tomorrow I’m going to send you a new lesson to practise with! If you’re watching this on YouTube and you haven’t signed up on my website yet, you will need to do that to get the next lesson for tomorrow. So you need to write your email address on my website www.mmmenglish.com/signup So, then come and join us! We’ve got four more lessons to get through.

See you tomorrow!.

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