Why I don’t use sayings in my speech

Talking about how the idioms or proverbs we use in speech shape our realities:

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Share in a comment if there are idioms/proverbs that you are in the habit of using in your speech…

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What do British People Eat?

The most common foods eaten in Britain and their cost in 2014. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

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Typical groceries purchased in the UK 2014:

sliced white bread
doughnuts
frozen pizza
beef mince
ham
canned tuna
semi skimmed milk
mature cheddar
eggs
margarine
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Top 30 Pet Names UK 2014

Top Ten British pet names in 2014. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

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Most common names for cats and dogs UK 2014:

Bella
Poppy
Alfie
Charlie
Lola
Bailey
Buddy
Milo
Ruby
Daisy
Max
Teddy
Oscar
Rosie
Molly
Dexter
Archie
Marley
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Top 10 British Girls Names Past and Present

Top Ten British girls names and their meanings past and present. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

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2014 Top 10 British Girls’ Names
Sophia
Emily
Lily
Olivia
Amelia
Isla
Isabella
Ava
Sophie
Chloe

1994 Top 10 Girls’ Names
Emma
Emily
Sophie
Amy
Jessica
Hannah
Charlotte
Jade
Rebecca
Lauren

1954 Top 10 Girls’ Names
Jane
Elizabeth
Ann
Carol
Patricia
Janet
Margaret
Christine
Linda
Susan

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I Speak too Fast: How to Slow Down

Do you speak too fast? Here’s how you can slow yourself down…

Being able to speak quickly and clearly while employing a wide vocabulary is a sign of high intelligence. If you fall into this category of fast speakers I do not recommend you work to slow down your rate of speech. This is because fast speech brings with it benefits of increased perceived intelligence and greater social dominance in groups.

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Top 30 British Surnames and Their Meanings

Most Common Surnames in Britain and their pronunciation…

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Most Common British Surnames 2014

1 Smith
2 Jones
3 Taylor
4 Williams
5 Brown
6 Davies
7 Evans
8 Wilson
9 Thomas
10 Roberts
11 Johnson
12 Lewis
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The Language of EastEnders

Guest post by Nina Lalumia

This is a celebration of the rich language of EastEnders, the long-running BBC drama that takes places in the fictional working-class neighbourhood of Walford in London. Before starting out, I do want to say a little bit about the other reasons I love the show. It presents a diverse range of characters: white and black, Christian and Muslim, gay and straight. But none of them are placed artificially to serve a […]

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How to Pronounce Places in London – The Cockney Way

How to say names of places in London in a Cockney / Estuary English accent.

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(1) Ends in -ham
Tottenham
Streatham
Peckham
Sydenham
Fulham
Lewisham
Balham

(2) Ends in -den / -don
Camden
Croydon
Hendon
Wimbledon

(3) Ends in -ton
Paddington
Euston
Clapton
Dalston
Haggerston
Hoxston
Stoke Newington
Islington

(4) th fronting
Southwark
South London
North London
Blackheath
Heathrow
Bethnal Green

(5) Dark /l/
Millwall
Forest Hill
Russell Square
Crystal Palace
BUT NOT: London Bridge, Leyton or Turnpike Lane

(6) Glottals either /t/ /p/ or /k/
Tooting
Waterloo
Clapham
Gatwick
Streatham

(7) H-dropping
Hackney Wick
Highbury
High […]

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How to stop your mind going blank in interviews

Do you freeze or does your mind go blank in job interviews? For some people, going into stressful speaking situations such as job interviews triggers a ‘fight or flight’ panic response to happen in them. What the freeze panic response feels like is that you can’t speak or your mind goes completely blank for a moment. Whether it lasts for a second or a couple of seconds you are unable to react, like a […]

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I want to start a YouTube Channel BUT my English isn’t good enough :'(

Is your secret dream to start a YouTube channel of your own but you don’t think your English is good enough? Take some creative inspiration and courage to get started from my top-five YouTube channels by non-native speakers of English…


(1) Venus Angelic – Venus makes videos about Japanese culture as well as her life as a ‘living doll’ (a person with a dolly persona). Venus is a polyglot who is able to speak 7 […]

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How To Speak Seductively Like Kylie Jenner

Want to speak sexy and seductive like Kylie Jenner? Click to watch Kylie Jenner’s voice tutorial in the video below:

To speak with a sexy, seductive voice it is first necessary to drop the resonance of your voice. When Kylie Jenner speaks, the resonance comes from the chest and around the heart. This brings soft, nurturing vibrations into the voice.

The intimate quality of Kylie’s voice comes from her breathy way of speaking which […]

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Is Niomi Smart Posh?

Watching Niomi Smart’s lifestyle videos on YouTube took me in the direction of pondering whether or not she is posh, and if so, what it means to be ‘posh’ in England these days. PLEASE NOTE: the post that follows consists of light-hearted speculation about Niomi’s ‘poshness’ based on my having followed her YouTube channel for about a year. At the time of writing, not a lot of biographical about Niomi Smart is available online therefore much of […]

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London’s Modern Cockney: Jayde Pierce

The Short Answer: Jayde Pierce has a Cockney accent featuring modern pronunciations.

The In-Depth Answer: British model and Instagram personality Jayde Pierce (rumoured to have dated Justin Bieber) speaks with a delicious, modern Cockney accent. Her manner of speaking reflects how London’s Cockney accent has evolved away from its harsh and grating origins. When listening to Jayde Pierce speak, I hear an authentic London voice that reflects how people with a working class background actually speak in real life in and […]

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How to Do (Any) Accent – Accent Improvisation!

For such a small country, the British Isles has an incredible variety of accents and dialects. It’s amazing how different we sound considering we speak the same language. If you are looking to expand your repertoire of British accents, or any accent for that matter, here’s my advice to you – improvise and have fun experimenting with your target accent.

Accent Improvisation Exercise

(1) Imagine your ‘character’: every accent has a life of it’s […]

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Kate Moss: How She Speaks

Kate Moss has been at the centre of British fashion since the 90’s. We are all familiar with her famous face, but not so much with the voice that goes with it. This is because for much of her fashion career, Kate Moss avoided appearing in radio or television spoken interviews. After keeping silent for so long, Kate Moss is increasingly appearing once again in video in spoken interviews. This post speculates as to why […]

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