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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW:

Hi guys, and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony Video Blog!

In this video, I’m going to give you the simplest hesitation filler phrase possible, and here it is:

“Well…”

It’s just a word – “well.”

And that’s how you can begin sentences when you have to buy some time and when you can’t really answer immediately.

So, basically, a person asks you a question and then you begin your response with saying: “Well…” which buys you a few seconds during which you can actually think about the matter at hand and come up with a reasonable response.

Whereas, if you’re not saying anything, there’s a bigger chance that you’ll just get stuck for words.

Imagine someone stopping you on the side of the road and asking you for directions to the local police station for example. If you just go like this, “Uh, Uh,” it’s very easy to get stuck for words. But, if you open your mouth and just say this simple word “well…” it kind of opens up your mouth and forces you to say something extra.

And even though those extra bits that you’re going to say may come out with a few mistakes, you know, they may come out a big erroneous, it doesn’t matter because at the very least you would have said something, right?

The word “well” gives you something to say, and it instantly makes you sound like a native English speaker, and do you want to know why? For the simple reason that all native English speakers use the word “well” to hesitate!

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How to organize English phrases

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The moment you start reading my blog, you can’t help noticing that I’m highlighting specific word groups in red.

These word groups are idiomatic expressions or the so-called collocations, and they’re very useful for all foreign English speakers for the following reasons:

  • They allow us to speak using native-like English speech patterns;
  • They enable us to group words together thus avoiding hesitant speech;
  • They render translation unnecessary thus facilitating overall English fluency.

For best results, you should incorporate such and similar idiomatic expressions into your spoken English practicing routine, but here’s the million dollar question: “How to organize all those phrases for optimal learning?”

Now, before we get into the nitty-gritty of how exactly you should organize English phraseology for the optimal learning experience, let me remind you that I’ve already done all that work for you :!:

I’ve created a unique fluency improving program called the English Harmony System and it took me a good few months to organize hundreds upon hundreds of idiomatic expressions which provide the framework for almost a hundred speech exercising video lessons.

Basically you can save yourself all the hassle of organizing all your phrases and you can start practicing your spoken English RIGHT NOW!

But what if you’ve already been using my product and now you’d like to keep practicing on your own?

As we all know, spoken English improvement is a lifelong process, and it only stands to reason you would want to keep working on your English phraseology for the rest of your life, right?

So for those of you interested in taking your fluency improvement to the next level, here’s a few ways of organizing your English phraseology for your spoken English practice sessions.

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Improve Spoken English

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW:

Hi, guys! Hello my fellow foreign English speakers!

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

In today’s video, I’m going to touch upon a very interesting thing and, if I’m not mistaken, it’s never been spoken about before. I’ve never discussed it, neither on my videos, nor on my articles on my blog, and I think this is going to be a very interesting topic indeed.

Namely, not all foreign English speakers who struggle when speaking, not all of them actually have to improve their English. Some people are quite confident the way they are!

And here’s what I actually mean by this. I’ve come across a few such people in my life. And it was actually years ago when I was a young fellow, when I just came over to this country, and there was a bunch of guys living together in one house, and I got to know several new people time and time again.

There were a few guys whose English was so-so, but they were quite okay communicating with other people. Their English was broken. Their vocabulary wasn’t huge, and their grammar was quite bad to be honest with you, but they felt at ease when speaking with other English-speaking people. They didn’t feel it as a problem, right?

And that was the whole make or break factor for their confidence. They were confident and they didn’t need to improve their English. They didn’t work towards that goal that we all share, right, which is improving our English and achieving fluency.

They worked towards other goals in their life, professional goals, and personal goals.

But, they were happy with their level of English, and it was sufficient to get on with their daily tasks, to go on about their daily business, to work, to drop into institutions and get things done.

Yes, it might have taken them a little bit longer because the communication would have been slightly hampered and things would have had to be explained in a little bit more detail to get it all done, but eventually it wasn’t a big deal for them. And they were confident enough the way they were and that was it!

Their English was fine for them and they didn’t need to improve it. They’d never thought of – at least I didn’t hear them complaining about their English because they were quite happy the way they were, and it’s a funny thing.

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Talking about English tenses without using tenses

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You may have been led to believe that in order to indicate a specific English grammar tense, you HAVE to conjugate verbs and actually USE that particular grammar tense.

Well, guess what?

It’s not always the case!

In conversational English it’s more than possible to refer to the future or the past without using those specific English tenses and without conjugating the corresponding verbs.

And here’s an example to clearly illustrate what exactly I’m talking about here.

Let’s take, for example, the following sentence: “I’m planning to visit my friend tomorrow.”

Now tell me please what is the grammar tense we can observe in this sentence? It’s Present Continuous – “I’m planning” – isn’t that right?

Yes, that’s right!

And now, tell me please what you’re actually referring to – present or future – in this particular sentence?

Before answering the question, just let me draw your attention to the fact that if we’re looking at the sentence purely from a grammar standpoint, it is indeed the Present Continuous Tense you can observe, that’s right.

But here’s the question you have to ask yourself: “Am I really emphasizing the fact that I’m MAKING PLANS at this particular moment in time or am I stressing the fact that I’m visiting my friend TOMORROW?”

So, are you referring to the present or the future in this particular sentence?

Of course it’s FUTURE!

You’re using Present Continuous to refer to a FUTURE event so the take-home lesson is:

There are situations when you don’t have to use the corresponding grammar tenses to refer to the future or the past!

And now, just to provide you with a deeper insight into the whole thing, let me give you a number of phrases and expressions to be used in your English conversations.

It’s going to save you time and effort trying to figure out the right English grammar tense to use – instead you can just learn those phrases and use them when a fitting occasion arises!

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW:

Hi, guys! Hello, boys and girls!

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

In today’s video, I’m going to finally put the whole matter of English grammar studies to rest once and for all. And a funny thing that I realized today is that, whenever I’m referring to studying grammar, studying English grammar rules, and whenever I’m saying that it’s not really necessary in order to improve your English, I’m not being very precise about it.

I’m actually being very vague in my terms. I’m saying it’s not worthwhile studying English grammar and then I always get a certain amount of comments and response from people saying: “Hold on a second, Robby. You can’t actually totally ignore the grammar aspect of the English language!”

And then my response to that is always: “Well, you have to learn the English language contextually and that way you’re going to acquire all of the grammar quite naturally,” which is true.

But, I’m not actually defining what I mean, in fact, by saying it’s not worth studying English grammar. And, if I’m not mistaken, I’ve never actually – to the best of my knowledge – I’ve never actually stated on my blog explicitly what exactly I mean by that, right?

And I’m sorry. I have to take a drink. That’s my coffee, nightly coffee, right? As a matter of fact, a while back I promised to myself that I would not have any coffee late at night, and there you go. I’m breaking my promise yet again!

But, I’m addicted to coffee. So, that’s one of the things that I’m still addicted to. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. So, for Christ sakes, I have to do something, right? But, it’s just a joke. Obviously, you don’t have to do something. If you don’t have any addictions, that’s even better than having one addiction, which in my case is caffeine, right?

But anyway, going back to the subject of grammar, I’ve never stated that by saying it’s not worthwhile studying English grammar rules what I mean by that.

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How to give the perfect presentation in English

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If I had to name The KEY to your success in giving a presentation, it would be PREPARATION and PRACTICE.

If you think about it, it’s not really a rocket science – you have to prepare slides for the presentation and that’s half of the job already done!

Yes, it’s the actual slides that make up the main part of the presentation and in theory you could give a decent presentation just by switching between the slides and describing what you see in them!

Therefore it would seem to follow that all you have to do to ensure successful performance during a presentation is to prepare the slideshow in a way that enables you to more or less read all the information off the screen, right?

Well, slide preparation is obviously crucial in order to give a presentation, there’s no doubt about that!

I mean – preparing the slides and presenting all the information to the audience is what makes the presentation a presentation.

For those unaware – if you’re just standing in front of people talking about a specific subject, it’s called a SPEECH.

Adding some visual clues to your speech makes it a PRESENTATION – at least in my opinion.

In reality, to engage the audience and make the presentation flow nicely, reading information off the slides just doesn’t cut it:

  • You have to know how to address the audience.
  • You have to use the best means of expression to comment on the slides.
  • And you also have to use the proper English phrases to stress the main points and draw conclusions during the presentation!

That’s exactly where English presentation phrases step in, so without further ado let me give you the very cream of the crop!

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English Idiomatic Expression: MUST HAVE

by Robby on March 5, 2015

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

MUST HAVE

Well, to tell you the truth, it’s not really your typical idiomatic expression because it only consists of two words.

I’d be more precise if I told you that MUST HAVE forms idiomatic expressions in combination with other words, and here’s a few examples:

  • I’m not feeling very well, I MUST HAVE eaten something bad!
  • So, you’re back from your trip – what was it like? It MUST HAVE been some experience!
  • Was Julie off for a couple of days? She MUST HAVE been sick!

Now, I hope you’ve started getting the bigger picture in terms of how MUST HAVE can be used.

But you’re always welcome to watch the video above where I’m giving you extra info on how to use this expression in real life!

Cheers,

Robby ;-)

English Idiomatic Expressions

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Customer service industry phrases

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Personally I’ve been working in various service industry positions for the better part of my working life:

  • Shop-assistant.
  • Bartender.
  • Technical Support Agent.

Been there, done that! ;-)

Having spent many years dealing with clients on a daily basis, I know only too well how important effective communication is when dealing with customers.

Not to mention getting your job in the first place!

I mean, do you think your future employer is going to hire you if your spoken English isn’t up to scratch and you don’t know how to greet your customer and ask them what they’d like you to do for them?

Also, considering that many companies will put you on probation before offering you a permanent position, it only stands to reason you should show great English communication skills when it comes to dealing with people.

After all, customers are the lifeblood of the company you represent, and your employer won’t hesitate hiring someone else if customers are struggling to understand you. If the customer service you provide isn’t good enough, why would they keep you, right?

So, would you like to brush up on your spoken English skills so that you can provide an outstanding customer service?

Well, I’m going to give you plenty of useful English phrases so that you can read them, speak them out loud, memorize them and then use them at work :!:

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Improve Spoken English

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW:

Well, for some strange reason, I just can’t write today. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Then again, my oral fluency is up today for some strange reason, right? So, maybe I should record a video about it, and upload it onto my YouTube channel for my audience to see. Yep! I’d better do that!

Hi, guys. It’s me, Robby, from EnglishHarmony.com!

I’d better turn off the music… And welcome back to my video blog! Today’s subject is quite a funny thing that I’ve observed on numerous occasions. Basically, whenever my fluency, my overall fluency is up, my written fluency goes down. Basically, my ability to create written content diminishes for some strange reason.

So, basically, my observation is that my ability to write and to read is not the same. Whenever one of them goes up, the other one goes down and vice versa. Why it is, why it’s happening, I haven’t got a clue, right? It’s just that it happens and I’ve observed this phenomenon occurring time and time again over the years.

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Relationship between written and spoken English is weird

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Over the years I’ve been working in a number of jobs where I’ve been dealing with both non-native and native English speakers.

  • My work colleagues.
  • My superiors – managers, team leaders, supervisors – you name it!
  • Our customers as well.

Quite naturally, I’ve been constantly communicating with them.

  • I’ve been engaging in all the necessary work-related verbal communication.
  • I’ve been chatting with them during my break times.
  • I’ve been participating in meetings.
  • I’ve been sending dozens of e-mails a day to a lot of different people.

Also, I’ve been running this blog since 2007 – you can do the math! – and I’m constantly dealing with my blog visitors e-mails and inquiries, not to mention my Fluency Star clients I coach via Skype.

So, as you can imagine, I’ve made a lot of interesting observations in terms of people’s ability to speak and write.

Did you know, for example, that judging by some native English speakers’ writing style, you’d think they’re just beginner English learners?

Not understanding what a native English speaker has written

Yes, it’s totally true and I’ve come across such people time and time again! And to be totally honest with you, sometimes their writing has been so bad that it’s made it next to impossible to figure out what they’ve actually meant in their e-mails :!:

So, would you like to read more about my interesting observations in relation to English speaking, writing, non-native and native English speakers?

Then find a comfortable seat, make yourself a cup of coffee, and keep reading this article! ;-)

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