How to Speak English For Introvert Language Learners

As introverts it is easy to miss a lot of opportunities to speak the language you are learning. While we are great at understanding other languages, we are much more hesitant to actually speak the other language. It generally takes a long time to speak the other language well.

One way we can give ourselves more opportunities to speak the foreign language that we are learning is to […]

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Why Can’t I Remember Words?

Slow Thinkers VS Fast Thinkers

Some people know a lot of words but they can never remember them when they need to use them. These people have a very wide passive vocabulary. That means that they know a lot of words, but cannot find them quickly.

The reason that I think this happens is to do with the different ways our brains are programmed. Some people have very wide vocabularies – they know a lot of […]

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How to Speak Posh English

Posh Phrases and Vocabulary

Talking English with a posh accent isn’t just about the sounds you use, it’s also about the vocabulary you use. Here are some words you can use in your speech to give the impression of posh English. The words themselves don’t carry a lot of meaning as they are often used as conversational fillers.

Ya or yah – the posh accent way of saying yes
yah no yah – a posh […]

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How to Learn English Fast

Everyone is looking for the secret of how to learn English fast. Of course we want to achieve our goals in the fastest possible way but that often means that we run out of energy along the way. What we need to find out is the fastest and best way to reach our goals. This allows us to succeed and reach the finishing line.

When you strain and push yourself to reach a goal you […]

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Facial Expressions English

Common Phrases for Facial Expressions

Communication is about so much more than just the words we say. It’s also about body language and the expressions seen on the face. In this video I share with your some phrases that we use to talk about facial expressions.

give a dirty look – this is a strong facial expression showing negative emotion that is directed at someone else.

wear a frown – this is when someone is being angry […]

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5 ways to ask questions like a native speaker

How to Ask Questions Like a Native Speaker

This lesson will teach you the phrases and grammar structures you need to ask questions like a native speaker. There are five ways to ask questions like a native speaker. The way to ask the question depends on the grammar structure of your original question.

The 5 question phrases you can use to begin your question are:

Could you tell me…

I wonder…

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English Conversation

Common anxieties about conversation are nerves and feeling as if you don’t know what to talk about. If you follow these three conversational principles, it will help you overcome social fears about having a conversation.

Rule Number 1 – Keep it Simple

People often put themselves under a lot of pressure to have intelligent and original conversations, which only leads to increased anxiety and feelings of unworthiness. In fact, most conversation is neither intelligent nor useful. […]

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How to Stop Shyness when Speaking English

When you are a shy speaker it means that when you speak a different language, you find yourself suddenly shy and you have uncomfortable feelings. You may find that you choose not to say anything when you have the opportunity to speak the other language. You can be a shy speaker of other languages even if you are not shy in your own language.

Introverts usually have the problem of being shy speakers of other […]

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Difference between ‘can’t’ and ‘cunt’ pronunciation

Can’t Vs Cunt Pronunciation

Not knowing the pronunciation between ‘can’t’ and ‘cunt’ in English can get you into embarrassing situations in an English speaking country. That’s because ‘cunt’ is one of the worst swear words you can say in English.

However, the difference in the pronunciation of the two sounds is not hard to learn so don’t worry about saying the wrong word.

In British English the word ‘can’t’ has a long /a:/ vowel. The phonemic spelling […]

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Extoverts and Introverts Learning Languages

The Best Way for You to Learn English

It’s said that around 60% of people are extroverts and that 40% of people are introverts. While extroverts get their energy from being around people, introverts need time alone to recharge. It seems to me that the model of English teaching that language training institutes follow is one that fits the way that extroverts prefer to learn. It can be really tough for introverts to learn effectively […]

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How to Speak Naturally Like a Native Speaker – Schwa Sound

Great Pronunciation Doesn’t Mean Saying Every Word Perfectly

When a child reads a story the individual words are sometimes read in the right way but without any rhythm. This gives the story a staccato quality where there are no stressed or unstressed words in a word and every word in the sentence has the same rhythm. The problem with this is that it is very hard to follow what happens in the story when someone […]

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4 Ways to Use ‘Then’ Like a Native Speaker

How to Use ‘Then’ at the End of a Sentence

‘Then’ is often used in British English at the end of a sentence.

Are you going then? – Imagine your friend is at your house and although they haven’t been there long, they get up to leave. To use a question with ‘then’ at the end shows surprise. You’re surprised that your friend wants to leave because they have not been with you very long. We […]

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All You Need to Know About Phrasal Verbs

‘Should I Stop Using Phrasal Verbs in My Speech?’

Non-native speakers often don’t really understand phrasal verbs and why native speakers use them in their speech. There is this idea that phrasal verbs are unsophisticated and make your English sound unintelligent.

It is true in one sense that phrasal verbs are unsophisticated, but only when we compare them to the formal equivalent of the verb. In English there is often a formal verb such as ‘suggest’ […]

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Best Polite Phrases – Asking for Things

How to Ask for Something in English

When you want something, there are many ways to ask for something in English. The important thing you need to consider when choosing your phrase is the level of politeness that is required. You want to choose the right level of politeness for the situation.

Ordering in a Restaurant

When ordering in a restaurant, you want to strike the right of politeness. You don’t want to act in […]

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What Is The Rhythm of The English Language?

Master the Rhythm of English to Speak English Well

Many people find it difficult to understand the concept of rhythm when learning English, but actually it’s a lot more simple than it seems at first. There is a secret to understanding the rhythm of English, which I’m about to reveal to you.

That secret is iambic pentameter – de dum, de dum, de dum, de dum, de dum.

It’s amazingly simple and that’s all you really need […]

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