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The Most Frequent Speech Errors to Avoid

It’s common knowledge that English is one of the most popular languages in the world. This is both good and bad when it comes to everyday use of the language, no matter if you are a Native or a foreign speaker.

English language is both flexible and easy to grasp at first, but it still proves to be too much for many speakers. Some of the most common pitfalls are common in American, English as well as foreign speakers and they can be easily avoided.

Using “much” and “many”

Depending on the context of your sentence and the message you are trying to communicate, using these two words and mixing them up can be quite common. Using “many” with words that apply to countable objects is the proper way to use the word, while “much” can be applied to uncountable items.

“Many apples have fallen from the trees.” / “Much apples have fallen from the trees.”

You can easily see that the second sentence makes little sense when you think about it. Using “much” with items such as fuel, water, air and others is the proper way to do it. Knowing this can help you avoid your next speaking mistake without any worries whatsoever.

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English Phrase & Sentence Memorization

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Hello my fellow English language fanatics! 😉

I’ve been publishing videos and articles on this blog for years on end, and if you’ve been following my website for some time you’ll know that my main focus is spoken English development because I write for those foreigners who are struggling to speak fluently while being quite good at other aspects of their English.

One of the main aspects of oral fluency development is phraseology acquisition – or if put in simple terms – building your vocabulary of English word combinations and phrases (why am I not talking about individual English words? Read THIS article to find out why!).

Spaced repetition is by far the most effective way of learning those phrases, and it’s based on the following simple principles:

  • You repeat a phrase a number of times until it sticks with you and you can repeat it automatically;
  • You review that phrase later on that day, then the following day, and then in a few days’ time.

Simple as that! 😉

That’s what I’ve been doing to build my own English phraseology, and that’s what all my customers are doing when improving their English with help of the English Harmony System.

One closely related subject that I haven’t touched upon on my blog, however, is different memorization techniques that you might use to memorize your English phraseology even faster and more efficiently, and that’s exactly what I’m going to look at in this article!

SIDENOTE: please bear in mind that I’m not going to look at individual English word memorization techniques in this article because by far the best way to acquire new English vocab is by learning it in the CONTEXT which essentially means memorizing entire phrases and sentences is pretty much the only way forward!

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12 Tricks to Learn English From Movies

Learning a language that people are very fluent in can at times be intimidating. However, you can make it and one day become as fluent as them. Many people have succeeded in becoming very fluent in a language they did not know initially. Well, there are quite a number of ways to learn English. Watching and listening to conversations in movies is one of these great ways. Movies produced in English are a great resource if you want to improve your vocabulary. They have been a suitable option for many. If you love movies, you can use them to learn English today. Watching movies done in English is a perfect way to enhance your English particularly in your listening and speaking skills. If books are tiring for now, sit back and use the following 12 tricks to learn English from movies.

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Is It Possible To Sound Too Fluent in English?

Most of you guys visiting this blog have certain English fluency related issues, the most typical of which is the tendency of getting “stuck” while speaking. It’s the terrible feeling of “I know exactly what I want to say, yet for some reason or another I can’t seem to be able to say it out loud!”

So I guess if you were to hear another foreign English speaker who can speak for hours on end in a way that it would seem you just can’t shut them up, you’d be thinking to yourself – “I wish I could speak like that…”

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Why You Should Already Stop Reading That Boring Book

If (like me) you have a voracious appetite for reading and want to devour a great deal of literature before you die, you must have encountered a rather common but not enough spoken about conflict: whether to complete boring books or not! And that includes the boring classics too. Boring books test our patience, reading abilities and end us up in agony. Especially if you are the completist kinds. We have all read boring classics in our lives. The books that are thought to be important, but for us, they are mind-numbingly boring. Some people think that you can come to a conclusion about the book only if you read it till the end. While it is partly true, completing every book that you get a hold of is unrealistic. And more importantly, it shouldn’t be done — even if you think that it is important. [click to continue…]

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If you spend about half an hour browsing articles and videos on this blog, you’ll learn pretty quickly that I’m all about doing loads of self-practice in order to improve the level of spoken English – this is the single biggest contributor to my own fluency improvement and that of my students as well.

For most people, when coming across this approach for the first time, this may sound really weird, and it takes some time to get used to the concept of speaking in English without a conversation partner. Once they realize though, that this type of practice is in fact no different to speaking with others, they embrace it and their spoken English experiences a rapid improvement.

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Have you ever wondered why American and British English were so different?

The pronunciation, in particular, is quite different. It’s the same language, but an American doesn’t really feel comfortable among British speakers. And vice-versa. They might not understand every word, and the accent certainly sounds funny.

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Whether we like it or not, I think at this stage we have to admit that there’s no denying the importance of the English language.

It started spreading around the world with the onset of the British Empire, and as it currently stands, it’s the lingua franca of the world.

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7 Songs to Listen for Better English Articulation

Songs are an excellent resource for language learning, especially if you want to improve pronunciation.

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The Biggest Mistake You Can Make Starting to Learn English

What are the mistakes you can make when learning a foreign language? You will find that there are many answers to this question and interestingly, all of them are true in a way.

Everyone struggles with a new language at the beginning. You may have problems with bad pronunciation, cannot find the right word to express yourself, or simply keep messing up the grammar no matter how many times you repeat the rules.

These are all common mistakes, but they should not hold you back. The biggest reason why people make such mistakes is because they spend all the time studying and memorizing, and forget about immersing in the language. It is very simple – if you do not put what you have learned into practice, you will hardly succeed.

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