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Hello my fellow foreign English speakers!

I’m Robby and I’m bringing you another video episode in the English Harmony video blog. And today’s topic is teaching English via native language which is something that totally blows my mind at this stage in my life because now I know for a fact that English can be taught successfully only using English as the medium.

Well, obviously in the very early stages of learning the language you would have to use your native language to understand the basic concepts of English, right?

But as you progress through your learning curve and you get to know a whole lot more English words and phraseology and all that, there is no reason why you couldn’t do away with the native language altogether, right? And here’s a funny thing. Here in this country – I live in Ireland – and in this country when they teach foreign languages at school, at least to the best of my knowledge, they still use English during the lessons which doesn’t make any sense at all. Because in other countries, such as Germany for example, when they learn English they only use English in the classroom which is something that makes a whole lot of sense!

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English Grammar is Like the HTML Code

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Hello, my dear fellow foreign English speakers and also any native English speakers who happen to be watching my video right now! And welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog!

Obviously, I’m Robby from EnglishHarmony.com and in today’s video I’m going to draw parallels between English grammar and HTML code. And in case you’re wondering now what’s English grammar got to do with HTML code, surely, these two things don’t have anything in common whatsoever – well, my friend, you’re actually wrong because these two things have more in common than you can think of!

And the reason being – actually I have to start with a story to introduce the whole matter so that everything is clear to you. Recently I’ve been attending a computer course. If you’ve been following my blog lately for the last 6 weeks or so, you will definitely remember a few references here and there I’ve been making to the fact that I’m doing the computer course during the day now because my aim is to start a career in the IT industry, right?

So as it happens I’m meeting a lot of different people in the college. Well, it’s actually called adult education center or something along those lines but I just refer to it as a college for the sake of simplicity, right? So I’m mixing with a lot different people, we get talking about other courses that are available out there and the courses that my classmates have been doing previously.

And oftentimes we talk about web building because it’s a very hot subject. A lot of people are into web design, web building, whatever you want to call it, right? And they always refer to the fact that creating websites is actually a science because of all this HTML code and you’ve got to be learning to code. There’s thick books, thousands of pages covering the HTML code and all that. To me it’s nonsensical. And here is why.

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Hi guys, and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog or if you’re listening to this as an audio file, welcome back to English Harmony podcast.

Now, today’s subject is English books: textbooks, grammar books, reference books, collocation compilations, phrasal verb compilations, all sorts of English books, right? And you may possess dozens of them, but just because you have all those books doesn’t mean that you possess the knowledge.

And moreover, it doesn’t mean that you can actually use all that knowledge when speaking with other people in real life. Nothing could be actually further from the truth! If you believe that just by buying a new fancy book will somehow magically make you better English speaker, it’s just not working like that in real life. And here’s why.

You see, language learning is a quite unique discipline and it’s definitely something that I’ve been touching upon in my previous videos and articles on my blog. And why it’s unique? Here’s why. When you learn any other abstract humanitarian subject at school, for example history or geography or psychology – you name it – it’s all based on you acquiring information, processing the information, understanding what’s – what it is that you actually are being told, right? And being able to produce those facts in a written format, more often than not, right?

Basically you have to do tests to show your teacher or whoever could be assessing your test that you actually know the stuff, right? And it’s all passive. It’s you memorizing things, knowing what it’s all about and being able to reproduce all that knowledge in written format, sometimes orally.

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Different Types of English Speakers

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Related blog post: 6 Types of Foreign English Speakers: Which One Are YOU?

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Hi guys and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog!

In today’s video, I’m going to draw your attention to the fact that not all native English speakers are the same. So basically, speaking with one person might actually be completely different from speaking with some other person and more often than not, it is the case.

Basically, all people are not the same and here’s an example so that you can actually understand better what exactly I’m talking about, right? I’m doing the PC course in the college currently and there’s a guy whose mind is constantly wandering when he speaks. He just – I’m under the impression that he actually finds it very difficult to stay on the same topic for some reason or another!

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Hi guys, hello my dear fellow foreign English speakers and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog, and also my podcast – in case you’re listening to the podcast instead of watching the video.

In today’s video episode, I’m going to respond to a question asked by one of my blog readers, and the question basically is the following:

“How do I force myself to read English fiction if I’m not into reading?”

And let me just tell you before I get into the actual topic that I’ve been suggesting that you get into young adult fiction in case you find it difficult to read something in English, right? So young adult fiction is very easy to read and those writers use very easy, simple and conversational English.

It’s not like academic English that you would probably encounter if you picked up some classic, right? Which I’ve never done before, myself – well, I have picked up some classics and then I read a few paragraphs and I just couldn’t wrap my head around what’s being said there, OK?

And that’s why I’m into young adult fiction and before that there was a period of my life when I was reading fantasy fiction, it lasted for about three years or something and I read dozens upon dozens of books and the language used in those type of books is pretty much the same – it’s very easy to understand, very easy to read, very friendly and very conversational, OK?

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Hi guys! Hello boys and girls and welcome back to my video blog!

I’m Robby, obviously, your English fluency mentor from EnglishHarmony.com and welcome back to my video blog on YouTube, in case you’re watching this video on YouTube, or on my blog at EnglishHarmony.com.

You see – the thing is every video that I put up on YouTube, I actually put up on my blog as well with the transcript and everything so that it’s easier for you to follow it, in case you’re struggling trying to understand what I’m saying here, basically, alright?

But I make the point of pronouncing all the words clearly and speaking at a reasonable speed so that you can understand pretty much everything I’m saying, right?

And in this video I’m going to tell you how to pronounce words ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in English so that you would sound more like a native English speaker.

At first it might sound a bit surprising, you may be thinking, “Hold on a second – yes, no…. what’s the big deal? They’re very straightforward words, right?”  ‘Yes’, ‘no’ – they’re the simplest English words, as a matter of fact, so what other way could I be pronouncing them, right? Other than yes and no?

But here’s the thing my friend foreign English speaker – native speakers, more often than not, actually pronounce ‘yes’ as ‘yeah’, conversationally, right.

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to my video blog! 😉

In today’s video, we’re going to look at the following English idiomatic expression:

RUN IT BY SOMEONE

This particular expression will definitely come in handy when dealing with your work colleagues because it’s used in situations when someone’s approval is required.

Typically this English phrase would be used in a context of telling someone to run something by your supervisor or manager, for example: “Well, I’m not sure if you’re allowed to take your lunch break now, you’d better RUN IT BY Ann!”

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Sophisticated English Vocabulary

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When I arrived in Ireland 13 years ago, I went onto a mission of learning English vocabulary because I thought it was going to help me overcome my fluency issues.

As a result, I acquired hundreds upon hundreds long English vocabulary lists also containing plenty of words that even native English speakers don’t use and they simply didn’t have a clue what they meant when I tried using them in real life!

I like to call such English vocabulary “sophisticated”, and I’ve also written extensively on this topic on my blog, here’s a couple of articles:

Now I know better than to learn English words that no-body uses in day-to-day communication; I’d rather use to learn the vocabulary I already know in DIFFERENT WAYS thus enabling me to speak about virtually any topic.

Sometimes, however, knowing how to use certain sophisticated English words comes in handy and as it was pointed out by one of my YouTube commentators, some English tests and exams may include such vocabulary.

So, without further ado, let’s learn some useful English expressions containing words that you may not have heard before – or maybe you’ve heard them a few times and wondered what they actually mean.

Needless to say, it’s strongly advised you acquire this sophisticated vocabulary by learning the entire word combination thus ensuring you’ll be able to USE the word in question! (Read this article to understand what exactly I’m talking about here)

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If you’re a non-native English speaking professional employed in a specific industry such as medical and pharmacy, military, education, accountancy, human resources or legal industry, your daily duties involve using a lot of specific terminology and phraseology.

Sure enough, you got your job by virtue of very decent English skills paired with relevant qualification and educational background, so it kind of goes without saying that your English is quite good and you’re not looking for basic English improving related information aimed mainly at beginner English learners.

Having said this, we have to admit that English learning and improvement is a lifetime long process and you just have to keep on top of your specific industry-related language in order to remain a top-notch specialist, stay competitive in the jobs market, and also retain that edge that identifies you as a savvy industry specialist embracing change and always ready to adopt!

So, here I’ve compiled 82 various technical English idiomatic expressions and phraseology that will definitely come in handy for you in your day-to-day job as well as recruitment process if you’re currently seeking for a new job or aiming to get a promotion in your current organization.

Just scroll down to read the entire list of phrases or click on one of the links below to go to a specific phrase category:

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Hello there, my fellow foreign English speakers and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog or my podcast, depending on which source you’re using to acquire this message!

If it’s video on YouTube, or my blog, that’s my video blog, obviously. In case you come from countries such as China where YouTube content is not really accessible, then you’re listening to this as a podcast, right?

So, today’s topic is living in an English-speaking country in your own community, basically a community consisting of your own native counterparts, people who speak your native language. And why I chose this topic for today’s video? The reason is quite simple, right? I got contacted by one of my blog readers; that person actually expressed her concern of her English improvement or, to be more specific, the lack thereof.

Because, just like I said, that person described her situation which is pretty much the same as I just described, living in a community consisting mostly of people speak your language and basically you don’t get a chance to practice your English because of that, right?

And what was happening in that particular case? That person was quite good at understanding English, reading, so that part of that aspect of the English language didn’t actually present any issues whatsoever. But it was the spoken aspect, which is totally understandable because this is actually the same thing that happens to so many foreigners who experience the fluency issue, right?

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