In one of my previous posts, I told you about how to learn irregular verbs effectively using a simple method of dividing them into groups. However smart we are about our learning though, there are always some words or forms which just refuse to be remembered. Do you know what I mean? You just keep forgetting this word again or again. It happens a lot to me and, I bet, it happens a lot to you too, doesn't it? And from my experience, this is a usual problem with irregular verbs. There are some many of them and we just don't have time to think while speaking. Let's focus today on the verbs in which learners make mistakes the most often. Let's make sure you never do the same.
Podcasts are now a big deal in language learning, and it is quite easy to understand why. We develop our basic confidence in the language through listening. If we can understand what people around us say, we start talking to them. At least, this is how it should be.
Being as great as they are, podcasts are traditionally considered to be helpful for improving your listening skills. But they are much more than that. In my new podcast, I am presenting you a strong tool to improve English speaking.
Last time, I was talking about the fact that listening is a very different skill from reading, in particular, that the spoken flow is very different from the written text. First of all, it doesn’t have pauses between the words which we see in the text. However, the speech is also not one continual line of sounds. It is divided into so-called ‘tone units’ (or ‘thought groups’) containing one unit of information. One tone unit sounds like one word (kinda). Inside it, there are no pauses between words and the words are stressed hierarchically, and this is what I am will be talking about today: how words connect together in speaking and how to learn to hear what is said.
Are you afraid of listening to natives too?
How well do you understand English from listening? I have never met a student in 15 years who would say it’s a walk in the park for them. I mean, adult learners. Really. Never.
These are just some quotes from English learners:
This is a new episode of ‘Find Your English Voice’ podcast. Today we are talking about grammar with Matt Purland, an experienced English teacher with over fourteen years of experience teaching English full-time, in the UK and abroad. Matt has written and published 24 books and thousands of printable worksheets for teaching and learning English. His most popular course book is Big Grammar Book, which has been downloaded for free millions of times, and has been the number one most recommended resource on the Guardian Teacher’s Network for many months. You can find out more about him at purlandtraining.com, also follow him on Twitter @purlandtraining.
I have created a small collection of online resources to help you improve your listening skills. Communication starts with understanding. Learners often complain that they feel frustrated if they can’t be sure they can understand people they talk to or videos or films they want to watch.
Also, great listening skills help us develop our vocabulary and general English knowledge. It’s really really important to be a good listener. Can you say you are good at listening?
This post will present you the best advice from English teachers on how to listen and understand English better.
We don't learn a lot of stuff by heart when we learn English. We mostly try to understand how the grammar works. Irregular verbs is one of the few things we need to actually memorise (there aren't many, comparing to other languages, believe me). Yet every time we come to mastering the verb forms and my students look at the long list of them, I can read desperation in their eyes. So, how can we deal with them effectively? We need to find a way to remember them once and for good.
Today I am talking to Jack Askew from www.tofluency.com. Jack was very kind to answer my questions about the concept of fluency and how it works for Intermediate English learners. He has a course which helps achieve fluency in English. If you want to learn more about him, you can download his free ebook or go to his course website.