Don’t Look for Specific Audio Material for Improving Your English Listening Skills!
VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW: Hi guys, hello boys and girls and welcome back to English Harmony video blog! Today let's talk about improving your English listening, right? Basically your comprehension. And the biggest mistake, by far the biggest one that all foreign English speakers make, is they search for specific listening material. Very specific audios or whatnot specifically created with a single purpose of improving English learners' comprehension. But it's a big mistake and here’s why. First of all, those materials, well, they are obviously designed in order to improve specifically your listening but then again it's not necessarily something that you would be interested in, right? The way I like to approach things is if you are serious about your English improvement, there's no reason on Earth why you wouldn't surround yourself with English in your daily life. Watch English movies. Watch English TV programs. Listen to English radio. Basically whatever you do, do it in English and then you won't have to search for specific audio material for listening! And if you've been following my blog for a good while, you'll definitely remember that my main approach towards English listening is that you don't have to train your listening separately. It all has to go hand in hand with your spoken English improvement. Basically, you do it all together, right? (more…)
Best Essay Writing Tools For Non-native English Speakers
The process of learning a new language is always challenging. Some ESL students have a natural talent to grasp the grammar and vocabulary aspects of English language, but most of them have serious problems to fit into the new environment. Although educators are getting better in motivating students to have a more enthusiastic approach towards learning, they still face serious challenges to infuse educational technology into the curriculum for the appropriate level. But you don’t have to wait for your teachers’ recommendations to start relying on apps, websites and tools that will help you become fluent in English essay writing in no time! The following list of tools is the right place to start. (more…)
English Idiomatic Expression: “Doesn’t Cut It”
Read instructions on how to use my articles to practice your spoken English HERE! Video Transcript Below: Hi guys, boys and girls and all fellow foreign English speakers who happen to be watching this video. Or alternatively if you're listening to the podcast, welcome to English Harmony podcast. Today's video or podcast, depending on which source you're using, whether it's my blog or YouTube channel or iTunes podcast, right? In today's podcast or video we're going to look at the following English idiomatic expression “doesn't cut it”, right? And if you're serious about your English fluency, you may want to stick with me for a few more minutes where you'll learn everything about this particular phrase. Hi guys and welcome back. So let me tell you one thing, right? If you are simply following my blog and watching my videos and listening to the podcasts but you are not actually actively involved in spoken English practice, it just won't cut it. It's simple as that. It just won't cut it. It's not going to improve your ability to speak. You're going to improve your passive vocabulary, meaning you'll be able to recognize a whole lot more but you're not going to be able to use it all in your speech. And listening alone and reading alone, basically passive immersion alone just won't cut it. And this was a typical example of how to use this particular phrase “doesn't cut it.” It simply means, it's not enough. Whatever you were mentioning previously in your conversation is not going to be enough to achieve the desired results. And to put it simpler, it just won't cut it. (more…)
SUPER Important for English Fluency: SLOW Down Your Speech!
Learning English Phrases Beats Learning Individual Words Hands Down!
VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW: Hi guys and welcome back to English Harmony video blog! In today's video I'm going to provide you with a very vivid example of why learning word groups and phrases as opposed to learning individual words is very important. As a matter of fact, it's of the utmost importance if you're really serious about your English fluency. And fluency in any other language for that matter - in case you're learning some other language on top of English. So what happened to me last week was the following. My daughter, she's participating in a German student exchange program, so basically my daughter is learning the German language and she went to Germany a few months ago and now the German partner who happens to be learning the English language came over to us, right? And she lived with us for a week. And so what happened is that I have studied some German in the past. To be more specific - it was seven years and it's a long time. In theory I should be able to speak fluent German but as you may know the traditional way of learning languages doesn't necessarily facilitate your ability to speak. And needless to say, after all these years I've also lost all the ability to understand and write and read in German. So basically there's just a few words that I recognize nowadays. (more…)