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Having English as the only lingo would be bad

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A while ago I published an article called It’d Be Great to Have English as the Only Language in the World in which I looked at a purely fictional scenario of a world where English would be the only language spoken.

Now, in that particular article I looked at the positive aspects of such a scenario such as lower levels of discrimination and higher levels of integration.

Today let’s look at why such a scenario would be a total disaster, so basically we’re going to look at the cons of having English as the only language in the world.

And please bear in mind, in my scenario English hasn’t conquered other languages, we’re basically assuming that English has ALWAYS been spoken all over the world and nobody would even think of the possibility of speaking a different language because no-one would even know what it’s like.

In other words, we’re assuming that since the dawn of time there’s been a uniform language development all around the world and this language happens to be English.

So, without further ado, let’s start looking at the negative aspects of having English as the world’s language when compared to the actual situation when we’re having literally thousands of languages spoken on this planet!

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Natural Talent for Languages

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Time and time again I’ve been told by all sorts of different people that I have a talent for languages.

And when they find out I speak three languages fluently – Latvian, Russian and English – their opinion of my abilities is pretty much identical: “Robby, you’re naturally gifted when it comes to language learning! I wish I were like you!”

And guess what?

I think it’s a load of crap!

I honestly believe that my ability to speak three languages fluently has nothing to do with my alleged talent for languages.

And I also believe that ANYONE is capable of learning to speak English fluently regardless of whether you believe you have a talent for it or not.

It’s just that most people don’t realize they have the potential to become fluent in English due to one or all of the following reasons:

  • They think they’re not naturally gifted so they don’t WORK HARD on their English
  • Deep down inside they know they’re too lazy to do something about their English skills so they use the lack of talent as an EXCUSE
  • They’re using the WRONG METHODS to improve their English so the whole “I’m not naturally gifted at languages” thing becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy!

Now, would you like me to prove to you that YOU DEFINITELY have what it takes to become fluent in English – and any other language for that matter?

Then keep reading this article and don’t forget to leave a comment when you’re done!

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Time Management Tips for English Learners

Time management for English learners

Everyone here wants to learn English and speak it fluently, right?

The #1 problem of every learner is not vocabulary or grammar rules but finding time to learn English. So, the paradox appears: we all have the idea of how to learn English, but most of us don’t have any idea of when to do it.

As a result, we procrastinate. And big chances are, we procrastinate because we have no idea how to manage time. We have to work, eat, sleep, sustain a family…

As they say, who want – do, who don’t want – find an excuse.

So, when is that time to use for English learning?

There is always a solution, and there are many time management tricks for English learners to use and deal with procrastination once and for all.

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Hello my fellow foreign English speakers!

Today I’m bringing you another English idiomatic expression, and this time around the expression in question is a true English idiom:


Well, to be honest with you, it’s quite possible to deduce the meaning of this idiom from the words “beyond” and “doubt” alone; however, you couldn’t be 100% sure what it means until you actually learn that it means “without any doubt”.

That’s the nature of true English idioms, my friends – you just have to learn their meaning so that you can use them without running the risk of using them in the wrong context.

And now you can go ahead and watch the video above where I’m providing a number of example sentences with this particular English idiomatic expression.

Watch the video, repeat the phrase “beyond the shadow of a doubt” a good few times so that it gets “wired” into your mouth as a permanent English speech pattern, and you’re good to go!


Robby 😉

English Idiomatic Expressions


I'd be great to have English as the only language in the world

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There are thousands upon thousands of different languages spoken around the world, but let’s just imagine for a second that EVERYONE spoke only one language – namely, English.

What would it be like?

Would it be much easier for people to live and lead their daily lives in a world where there’s only one language spoken?

Or maybe it would be causing even greater issues in a world where tensions are rising high and pursuit for money and power is the name of the game?

Leaving all patriotic feelings aside, let’s just take a pragmatic look at such a scenario and weigh all the pros and cons of having English as the world’s language in the most literal sense of the word ❗

But before we get into the nitty-gritty of this fictional scenario, let me just tell you that I’m not going to be looking at a scenario where all other nations are LOSING their native languages to English.

We’re going to assume that the entire world has spoken English for millennia, and how that would have changed the world for better or worse compared to our world where there’s countless languages spoken.

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

In today’s video episode we’re going to look at another English idiomatic expression. And this time around the expression in question is:


And just let me tell you right off the bat that English Harmony video recording and production is in full swing now. I’ve been trying to record one video a day but obviously I don’t always get around to do that but I’m trying. So basically, I’m trying to record one video at least every two days or so.

So needless to say, at this particular moment in time I already have loads of videos ready to be edited, published on my YouTube channel and on my blog and it’s just what I enjoy doing. I enjoy practicing my spoken English and at the same time passing the knowledge on to you guys, right?

So the expression “in full swing” you might actually have already guessed what it kind of means just from the context when I told you that English Harmony video production and recording is in full swing. But if you’re not a 100% sure what exactly it means, then stay with me for a few more minutes and everything is going to become a 100% clear to you, my friends!

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Hello guys, hello my dear fellow foreign English speakers and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog!

Today is Sunday but you see – the thing is that I’m not really sure when this video is going to be published. Because what I do these days is I just record a video and then I just store it there and then I would edit it later on, probably a week or two weeks after that. And then eventually it would be uploaded on to my YouTube channel and published on my blog.

But I’ve no way of telling when it will happen for the simple reason that on most days I’m really busy dealing with my Fluency Star clients. That is what I do pretty much the whole time these days, 90% of the time.

And only on the rare occasion I actually get a chance to update my blog. I know it’s bad, it’s bad form but it is what it is, I just don’t have enough time. I don’t have enough hours in a day for the simple reason that I’m gone through the days. I’m studying in Dublin in a college.

But anyway, I’m pretty sure that I will get back to posting on my blog more regularly because that’s what I love doing. But at the same time I love teaching my students, you know. So it’s really a tough one but it’s my call at the end of the day so I will probably cut down the number of students and ideally I would only teach one student at a time, okay?

But anyway, I’m just having my Sunday coffee, cheers. Lately, I’ve been drinking more decaffeinated coffee but this time around I’m affording to have a real coffee on a Sunday afternoon, right

And the thing that I wanted to talk to you about today is – it actually slipped my mind. How could it happen? I knew exactly what I was going to talk about and now all – oh yeah, yeah!

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Hi guys and hello my dear fellow foreign English speakers!

It’s me, Robby from EnglishHarmony.com and welcome back to my video blog!

In today’s video I’m going to be telling you why exactly reading in English, listening to the radio in English and watching TV in English – basically I’m going to telling you why all that is important.

Why it’s necessary to expose yourself to the English language. And contrary to most people’s expectations it’s not important because it kind of makes you soak up all that knowledge, right?

But it’s quite the opposite. It’s important because you can refresh your vocabulary, your vocabulary that you’ve already learned by way of spoken English practice.

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Hello my dear foreign English speakers and also of course any native English speaker who happens to be watching my video or listening to my English Harmony podcast!

Anyway, no matter what your background is, you’re all welcome back to English Harmony. And in today’s episode I’m going to talk about listening comprehension and the related issues. And to be more specific, it’s going to be about foreign English speakers’ ability to understand what native speakers are saying.

And as you can imagine this is where the accent comes into play, right? But before we start actually getting into the nitty gritty of the subject, let me just share some of my latest experiences with you.

As you may know, I’ve been attending a computer course for the last 6 weeks or so and just to let you know, the course is based in Dublin and I live in a region called Kildare. It’s actually a county. That’s how regions are called in Ireland, right? I live in Ireland, just for those unaware.

And I have to travel about 60 kilometers from Kildare to Dublin every day. And the thing is, Kildare people speak differently from the Dubliners, right? Dublin people have a very distinct accent, right? The fact of the matter is – even Kildare people have accents on their own but it’s just that I’ve been living among them for the last 13 years, so I am very well used to their ways of speaking, right? So it doesn’t present me any difficulties whatsoever to understand what Kildare people are saying.

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Hello boys and girls, hello my dear fellow foreign English speakers!

It’s Robby here from EnglishHarmony.com and welcome back to my video blog!

To tell you the truth guys, I haven’t had a chance to record any videos for the last couple of weeks for the simple reason that I’ve been mad busy dealing with my students. You see I’m coaching my own students as part of the Fluency Star coaching program.

And on top of that I’m away during days at the college where I’m learning to become a computer maintenance guy and a networking guy. That’s my aim, that’s my long term career goal basically to get into the IT field. And on top of that my family from Latvia visited me last weekend.

My mom and my sister and her husband, all of them came over on Thursday, stayed here till Monday. So as you can imagine I’ve been extremely busy to catch up with everything that I didn’t get a chance to do over the weekend.

Anyhow, finally I’m getting a chance to record a video now and the topic is switching between English and your native language. And what prompted me to record this video is something that happened to me the other day when my mom and my sister who were still here, we were at the pub one night, having a few drinks and then we decided to order some food and the waitress came over and I was speaking with my mom and with the waitress.

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