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If you like stories about the intersection of technology and language, then be sure to check out our Top 5 TEDxTeen Talks . Can the difference between "it's" and "its" actually affect the fortunes of a technology startup? You might be surprised. If you're working with a startup, odds are you're wearing a half-dozen hats and doing too much with too little. Often, this means that founders are writing their own website copy, press releases and blog posts. Too often, that results in grammatical errors that reflect poorly on the startup.
Phonemic chart Submitted by TE Editor on 15 December, 2010 - 10:17 This is the new British Council phonemic chart. Help your students hear the sounds of English by clicking on the symbols below. Click on the top right hand corner of each symbol to hear sample words including the sounds.
Commonly Used English Phrases in Conversations and Small Talk | English Harmony | Improve Spoken EnglishWatch videos of English small-talk phrases above! Hi my foreign English speaking friends! Here I’ve created a list of the most important English small talk phrases so that you never have situations when you get stuck when bumping into someone on the street or greeting your colleagues in the morning! Also here you’ll find a good number of English phrases you can use to respond to typical greetings. And even more – some of the phrases below will help you add more substance to what you’re saying to your chat partner and also help you take time and think over the question.
Spaced repetition is a term normally associated with language learning flashcards and spaced repetition systems (SRS). I have to tell you right off the bat though that I’m not a big fan of flashcards because I’d been using the same technique when building my English vocabulary a number of years ago. In the end I realized that memorizing something that’s translated into your native language is actually going to impede your spoken English fluency No matter how controversial it may sound, language learners all over the world are becoming aware of the downsides of traditional English learning methods. Heated debates have sparked on language learning blogs about efficiency of using flashcards , for example and many language learning enthusiasts realize that a major shift in terms of language learning is happening right now.
Hi Boys and Girls! I’m back with the second video episode – and I hope you enjoyed the first one! I’m still getting a hang of the video recording equipment in my home studio – so you may spot some small glitches here and there. But I think the video quality is decent enough for you to understand what I’m saying, what you think? So this time I’m covering a few seemingly unrelated topics – direct translation to English from your native language and English collocations .
3 Ways of Hard-wiring Unnatural English Collocations into Your Brain | English Harmony | Improve Spoken EnglishWhen fluent English speakers speak, they don’t stick separate words together. Every word they pronounce automatically triggers the next one ; the whole sentence is rather a chain of words linked together. Let’s say, for example, you’re asked a question “Would you like to come along to a party on Saturday night?” Most likely your response would begin with words “Thanks for…” and then you’d follow it by either “…asking” or “…inviting” , and come to think of it , when you pronounce the first words “thanks for…” the rest of the phrase kind of comes out of your mouth by itself, doesn’t it? That’s a typical example of collocating English words – they would normally go together in spoken and also written English , and foreign English speakers find it much easier to speak if their vocabulary has been built based on collocations as opposed to memorizing separate words.
When I used to cram plenty of new English vocabulary words using the wrong techniques (memorizing meaning of the word in my native language, memorizing many meanings of the same word at once), I also memorized loads of irregular English verbs . I had a list of them written down in my notepad and every now and then I’d go back to them to review the irregular verbs and make sure I knew every single one of them. Many years have passed, but I haven’t had a real need to look at the English irregular verb forms since. Do you think it’s because I’m so good at it that I remember all of them?
Memorize Key Phrases Effortlessly attain word vocabulary, grammar rules and sentence structure as a downstream by-product of memorizing phrases. Personalized Phrasebook Create your own phrasebook to prioritize which words and phrases are most critical for you to learn and when you want to learn them.
<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-2603" title="Doing many things at once while passively listening" src="http://www.fluentin3months.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/ironman.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="361"/> A whole industry of language learning products is based on something that I have to frankly say that I think is absolute rubbish. Some people swear by it, and yet it rarely ever produces any useful results. The shocking truth is that passive listening is never going to get you to fluency in a language . What’s even worse is that it won’t even help your ability to understand . Learn a language while you sleep?
<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-2414" title="Podcast" src="http://www.fluentin3months.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Podcast.jpg" alt="" width="357" height="359"/> Every Monday I send out an e-mail to the Language Hacking League (you can sign up on the right of the site) with a language hack or interesting website, as well as more precise updates regarding my own language missions. This particular tip got a great response from people last week, so I’ll share it on the blog too. It’s very easy, and yet overlooked by many people when looking for content in the target language.
<img class="alignleft" title="SRS" src="http://www.fluentin3months.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/SRS.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="379"/> On Monday (17th) I’ll be releasing the Language Hacking Guide [Edit: it's available for download now !] with a detailed account of the unconventional methods I use to keep my progress and positivity up when starting to learn a strange new language, speak it my first week, and the techniques I use to reach fluency quickly and get along with native speakers while doing so (either travelling or from home), all of which can be applied by anyone. The guide includes over 30,000 words and hours of fascinating audio interviews with some of the Internet’s best known language learners, as well as worksheets, transcripts, tons of free resources, e-mail updates and more! But it will be growing and getting updated.