Category Archives: Speaking & Pronunciation

Advanced Reading & Listening: Our World Today

Today, I have two reading texts and two short videos, all timely and thought-provoking. All are outstanding and varied examples of the use of English language. ♦ The first reading is a fact-based text which defines, and provides examples of, … Continue reading

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Freedom of Speech

 Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.                          SALMAN RUSHDIE Language is communication. Language is so vital to the human condition … Continue reading

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Russell Crowe Teaches You Australian & New Zealand Slang – Vanity Fair

Russell Crowe recently made a video for Vanity Fair explaining Australian & New Zealand Slang. I thought that you might enjoy it. I do not recommend the subtitles. They are misleading!

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English Classes Online

In my last post, April 26, 2020, I recommended my colleague Leonie Bywater https://www.facebook.com/ProficiencyExamExpert for those of you who were enquiring about learning English online, particularly for learners wanting private lessons and /or tutoring for English exams. For Elementary and Pre-intermediate level … Continue reading

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Artist Niki Daly talks about IMAGINATION

I have found a heart-warming video to cheer you up in these uncertain times. It features artist Niki Daly who says inspiring things like, ‘Children have an imagination that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary’.  The video is a short … Continue reading

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Easy Listening – Practical and Social English #8

If you would like to improve your English speaking and listening, watch this video from New English File Elementary.  It features speakers from England and The United States. The conversations are written under the video. Listen carefully and repeat what … Continue reading

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English Pronunciation: 20 VOWEL-SOUNDS IN 20 Minutes

Back by popular demand is a lesson I did four years ago. Follow my instructions, practise regularly, and your pronunciation will improve. The practice is necessary as you are training your mouth to make new, different movements. It is physical practice … Continue reading

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How to speak so that people want to listen

Would you like to be able to speak so that people want to listen to what you have to say? Would you like to feel more confident when you have something important to say? If you have a spare ten … Continue reading

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How Can I Improve My English Speaking?

I recently received an email asking for advice from an English learner in India. I receive a lot of similar requests from students in various countries so I decided to post my reply here. I hope my advice can help you … Continue reading

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Improve your English and Organize your Life

Watch the following short video, Becoming An Organized Person by Peter Walsh. Your English listening will improve; Peter Walsh speaks clearly and directly. It will take less than two minutes of your time. More than this, I hope that watching this … Continue reading

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