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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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Hi Guys! Hello boys and girls! Hello my dear fellow foreign English speakers and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog or, alternatively, if you’re not watching this as video, but if you’re listening to his as an audio, welcome back to English Harmony podcast for those of you who can’t access YouTube video content, right?

To the best of my knowledge, China is pretty much the only country where people aren’t allowed to access certain YouTube channels, or something like that, but there might be more countries on the list which I’m not really aware of because I’ve only received requests from Chinese people to start the English Harmony podcast version, which would be just audio instead of video content, right

And that’s the reason why I actually started recording the audio files. Well, not really recording – I simply convert all my videos into audios, right? That’s how it happens. You can find them on top of every video blog post that I publish on my blog.

Anyway, today’s subject is should you – that’s a question, right? Posed, actually, to me by one of blog readers, should – well, he didn’t actually pose the question this exact way; he was actually asking me. If I’m not mistaken, that person was ‘him’, it was male, right? A man. And he was asking me a question about finding English videos, right? And he said that he’s finding it hard to find videos with subtitles in his native language and then that question poses another counter-question: should you actually be looking for videos with subtitles in your native language?

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

Or, in case you can’t actually watch this YouTube video, welcome back to my podcast! Right? Because as a matter of fact, I’m publishing every single video in two formats.

One as a traditional video format which gets uploaded onto YouTube, and the other one is the audio file, mp3 file which gets uploaded onto the server and it’s accessible on my website.

I post it right above the video or, alternatively, you can actually access all those podcasts on iTunes or the other website is called Stitcher. Alright?

But anyhow, today’s topic is vocabulary, right? And I’m just going to tell you a few things that happened to me within the last few days, right, in terms of vocabulary acquisition and actually remembering words that you, kind of, know but you might’ve forgotten them, right?

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Hi guys and welcome back to another installment of the English Idiomatic Expression videos! :-)

This time around we’re going to look at the following English idiom:

WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND SOMETHING

and how it’s used in real life English conversations.

Now, let me tell you right off the bat – more often than not, this particular idiom is used in a negative context.

Basically it means that you’ll be most likely saying that you CAN’T wrap your head around something as opposed to saying that you can or you find it easy to wrap your head around something.

Are you curious as to what exactly this phrase means?

Would you like to be able to use it in your daily English conversations?

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Hi guys, hello boys and girls and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog or alternatively in case you’re listening to this as an audio file on iTunes or on my blog, welcome back to English Harmony podcast!

You see, the thing is that not all countries can view YouTube content. I know one of such country which is China where YouTube isn’t actually accessible, but any blog visitors from China can actually read my blog and listen to the podcast. So the podcast is the alternative to watching a video. But the content is the very same. What I’m doing is I’m recording a video and then I’m producing a video file for YouTube and then, after that I’m producing an audio file for iTunes. Simple as that!

Anyhow, today let’s talk about legal language. And let me tell you right up front that legal language is very much different from normal English that you would use on the street when speaking with people at work, and at school and so on and so forth. And why is it different?

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Hi guys and welcome back to English Harmony video blog!

In this video I’m going to address the matter of me making mistakes while recording these videos. You see, the thing is that some people may hold to the opinion that once I’m positioning myself as an authority in the English teaching field here on YouTube and on my blog, that my English should be impeccable (my spoken English).

And there are certain people who are watching my videos and then they’re pointing out where I should have said things differently, they’re providing actual time stamps and everything, the exact time down to the very second where I’m saying things wrong.

Here’s the thing – I have to actually go back to the very origins of how I started running the blog and why I did it in the first place and what the whole English fluency issue is all about.

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