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Hello! Hello! Hello everybody! As promised here is my brand new video! There are a lot of good tips to help you manage common mistakes many English learners make.
To and For
Sometimes a verb can mean two completely different things when we add “to” or “for”. This can be a pain for English learners who might only have one equivalent preposition in their native language. That’s where all of the confusion comes from: trying to translate from your language into English.
For example: send to vs. send for, important to vs. important for, do something to someone vs. do something for someone
No Preposition Needed
To add fuel to the fire, quite often English learners will use a preposition where no preposition is in fact needed. Once again, this can be an attempt by the learner to translate directly from their own mother tongue.
Prepositions can vary if you put them before a person or an object.
For example: She told to me(wrong), he asked to me(wrong), she gave to me a present(wrong)
Hello! Hello! Hello everybody! Here is my brand new video that I made in response to my French student Anne, who has just got back from her trip to the US. As you’ll hear in the video, Anne is an accomplished English speaker who was partly frustrated with the communication breakdown that she experienced when trying to speak to “Joe Average”, i.e. your typical native speaking American on the street.
I took longer than usual to answer Anne’s question because I had to dig deeply into my experience as a traveller myself to recall all of the situations where I had been in Anne’s shoes. It’s not nice when your self-confidence comes crashing down when the locals “look” like they don’t understand a word of what you’ve said. I address why I believe this happens, not just in the USA, Canada and UK, but in any country.
Some locals in any city or town stay within their small circle of friends or community and never go beyond the comfort zone of dealing with people who think, look and act differently from them. So whenever a: foreigner, out-of-towner or immigrant comes along, it’s hard for locals to understand that people from other parts of the planet speak their language too. So if the local person hears a slight accent or a slightly different choice of words, they either do not understand or choose not to understand. This is common and should not be a cause of concern regarding a non-native speaker’s language competency. No way! It has more to do with the inability of the locals. If you’ve ever felt embarrassed by not being understood in another country, my suggestion is to take it with a grain of salt and move on. It’s the local people’s loss, not yours!
How to Speak Like Them
To be prepared to fit in anywhere, you need to know how the locals talk and maybe try to speak like they do. This is an art and something which shows that you have a very high level of understanding of English or whichever other language you are mastering. If you’re speaking to a truck driver, you are definitely going to want to know about how “Joe Average” talks on a daily basis. If you’re speaking to a doctor, lawyer or Bill Gates, once again your pronunciation and choice of words would change. This is where my video lesson will help you master relaxed pronunciation which I hope you will enjoy with my explanations and music!
Hello! Hello! Hello Everybody! Here is my newest video: Learn English Live 11 + free video quiz. My question this week is from Sergio from the Dominican Republic. His question is one that a lot of my advanced students have been asking me about i.e. how to understand English when you’re watching movies WITHOUT English subtitles.
In my lesson, I will teach you some of the ways native speakers talk quickly. Now, to understand what native speakers are saying, you first need to see how they are linking words together in a sentence. Secondly, I will teach you how quite often, native speakers will omit consonants in words so that the words “roll off the tongue”. Once you start to understand the tricks of fast speech in English, you will be able to understand any movie in English without having to turn on the subtitles. Are you ready for the lesson and the free video quiz? Click on the the video below to start!