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How to speak English better   

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Do you want to improve your English?

Do you want to be able to speak English fluently?

All it takes is 5 minutes, 3 times a day and after just a few days you'll begin to notice a definite improvement. In a month, you'll have improved dramatically. I guarantee it.

So, what's the secret? Rhythm and physical practice. And our cool new audio control feature.

To speak English well, you have to get the 'rhythm'. English likes to 'flow'. I remember reading a subtitle once and I thought, she didn't say that. Sure, the English was correct but it was short and wasn't natural. It was from the beginning of the film, The Italian Job, where he calls his daughter and she's still in bed. He says that he's sending her a gift and she replies, (as per the subtitle) Come by. We'll have some breakfast.

Now, there's no way anyone would ever say that. What she actually said is, Why don't you just come by and we'll have some breakfast, hmm?

See the difference? Why don't you just...? is a VERY common expression, and all common expressions are said quickly, and completely, as one 'idea'.

What you need though, is a systematic program that helps you learn to speak naturally, and that's what we have. It will also introduce you to many little details that you probably don't know. A good friend of mine from Ukraine, who has excellent English, didn't know that we always say the newspaper, not "a newspaper".

He's reading a book / magazine / etc.

He's reading the newspaper.

It's not a big deal if you say 'a newspaper' but it's not what a native speaker would say.

Another interesting example is when you're talking on the phone. If someone calls you and you don't recognize the number and don't recognize their voice then you'd say: Who is this? (with emphasis on 'is').

If you're with a friend and someone calls you, your friend may ask you, Who is it?, and, after you finish the phone call, they would ask, What was that?

This is an excellent example of when to use 'this', 'that' and 'it', which is often a big problem for English learners.

So, where do you start?

You start with the alphabet and 'L-M-N-O-P', and notice that I don't say 'L - M - N - O - P', I say L-M-N-O-P (el-lem-men-no-pee). L-M-N-O-P

Kids will learn this in seconds, and love it, because it's fast and fun. The new method for teaching kids to say the whole alphabet at the same, even speed is completely wrong. They need to learn the 'rhythm', and this is the first step.

Then, when they get to one of our reading series, they don't say "Chop up an apple and put it in the bowl.", they say "Chop-up an apple and put-it-in-the-bowl.." (pu-di-din-the-bowl) put-it-in-the-bowl

And then if someone asks you "Where should I put this?", you can reply,
"Oh, just put in on the table." or,
"Just put it over there." / "Just put it anywhere."

And here's another good one to master.

"Have you seen my phone?" / "Do you know where my phone is?"
Is it in the living room?
Is it in the kitchen?
Is it in your room?
i-si-tin-the... Is it in the..

Now, if you practice the various 5 minute exercises that we have, your speaking abilities will improve dramatically, and quickly.

Here are a few more common expressions where we tend to run the words together.

Where did he go? (wair-dee-go)
Where did he go? (wair-dee-go)
Dunno. (I don't know.)

What are you going to do? (Waddya gonna do?)
What are you going to do?
(Waddya gonna do?)
What do you want to do? (Wadday wanna do?)
What do you want to do?
(Waddya wanna do?)

(at a restaurant, deciding what to order)
What are you going to have? (Waddya gonna have?)
What are you going to have?
(Waddya gonna have?)

And here's one that really shows a bunch of things together.

Do you want something to drink? (D'ya wan' sa'm ta drink?)
(D'ya wan' sa'm ta drink?)
Do you want something to drink?

  

   


  

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