How to Prepare for a Job Interview In English (Tried & Tested!)
Video Script Below: Hi guys! It's Robby here from EnglishHarmony.com and welcome back to my video blog! In today's video we're going to talk about job seeking and I chose this particular subject because I received an email off of one of my blog readers where he talks about his struggles with job interviews. And it happens so that I'm actually looking for a job at the moment, right? I attended an IT course for 9 months straight. Now I'm a fully qualified PC technician and I'm trying to kick start my career in IT as a matter of fact. So now I'm firing off a number of job applications every day and my goal is to attend as many job interviews as possible to find the perfect job. And basically this email is also very good because the person in question has described all the typical fluency issues that most of our foreign English speaking counterparts experience all over the world. And it ties in with the whole job seeking aspect. And I have to tell you that most of my blog readers are interested in finding a better job or get the so much wanted promotion in their current job. And obviously by improving spoken English skills that would – that dream would come true, right? So it's very relevant to all of you guys, right? Now, let me read the email and I'm going to comment on each section as I see fit. So basically he's saying that prior to looking for a job there weren't many situations in his life when he had to communicate in English, only a few occasions and somehow he managed it. And that's the way it was in my life pretty much, right? I thought that my English skills were decent and those relatively few chats that I had with some random English speaking people went kind of okay. So I thought that my spoken English fluency was just great, right? (more…)
English Sentence Starter: “I Can See Where You’re Coming From”
Passive English Input Isn’t Going to Improve Your Ability to Speak!
There’s Always Someone Worse Off Than You!
Hi guys. Hello boys and girls and welcome back to Robby's English Harmony video blog. Welcome back to the New Year, 2016. Today is the 6th of January and I hope that you've gotten back into the normal rhythm after all the New Year’s festivities and everything. Now, what I wanted to tell you today is that even though you might be experiencing severe English fluency issues, even though you might feel at this particular moment in time as if your English is the worst English possible, that your fluency is total crap and that you're useless as an English speaker, bear in mind that there's always someone worse off than you! And please don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to laugh at people whose English is like really bad, right? All I'm saying is that the very fact of you being aware that you're not the worst should give you that little bit of confidence boost, that little bit of comfort to carry you through those rough patches of your English fluency, so to speak, right? (more…)
What to Do If I Find Spoken English Self-Practice Boring…
Hello my friends! In this video I'm addressing the following question that I get asked a lot: Robby, you're constantly saying we should practice English with ourselves, but it's really boring... What do you suggest? Well, it's true - I keep going on about the effectiveness of spoken English self-practice like a broken record, and let me repeat myself once more - SPOKEN ENGLISH SELF-PRACTICE is HANDS DOWN THE BEST way of improving your fluency, full stop! As for the BORING part - I don't buy it. Seriously - if you're saying it's BORING, most likely you haven't actually realized what such spoken self-practice entails, so please watch the video above and hopefully I'll be able to explain everything so that you start seeing the true benefits of spoken English self-practice! Cheers, Robby ;-)
Best Videos and Articles on English Harmony in 2015 + Happy New Year!
Ask Robby: Why Do I Start Forgetting English After Moving Back to My Country?
In this video I’m responding to Arzhin’s comment which you can read here and here’s what he asks: Robby I have been in an English country for 4 years. So I could speak English very well. Then I backed to my homeland. So since one year ago I am living on my homeland. But because here is no one to talk with, and no one speaks English here. So I feel that I am forgetting things. Please tell me what to do! Also, he goes on to ask the following: Once I read that you know 3 languages fluently how don't you mix them? Or forget them? I need that technique! Well, here's my video response, and I hope that all of you are going to find it useful! ;-) Merry Christmas Everyone :!: Cheers, Robby
Sometimes LESS is MORE When It Comes to English Improvement!
Did You Realize That Being Tired Affects Your Fluency?
You might not have thought about it before, but the simple fact of the matter is that your mouth is a muscle and as such it’s prone to you being tired. When you’re tired, your physical performance suffers – but you don’t see it as something weird because it’s just natural, right? Now, when you find it harder to gather your thoughts and verbalize them properly, does it ever occur to you that it could also be related to your energy levels and physical ability to perform? Probably not! You see – the thing is that if it happens when we speak in our native language, we don’t even realize it’s happening and even if we do, we don’t give it any conscious thought. When it happens when we speak in English, however, we immediately start blaming ourselves for that, we start freaking out, as a result our fluency goes down the drain and we end up feeling miserable without any realization as to why it’s happening! In reality EVERYONE, yes – even native English speakers! – find it a bit harder to express themselves when they’re tired, so if you want to find out more about it, watch the video above! Cheers, Robby, Your Fluency Gym Coach
This English Stuff Is Too Easy, Give Me Something More Difficult!
Spent Years Learning English Words from Newspapers… Then Burned It All to Ashes!
Answering Questions: Can’t Practice Fluency, What to Do If My Fluency Dwindles When I Speak With Others and More…
I couple of days ago one of my YouTube followers asked me the following question: The problem is that I just can't practice fluency because I'm in my country where they don't speak English although I'm really good at writing I put great efforts on my essays and powerful vocab and idioms and sentence structure yet I panic when I travel out of my country and speak in little convos which my parents are pissed of me, cause they paid a lot for good education but the result of fluency speaking is bad, plus I struggle in reading books cause every sentence I have to stop for a quick google search the meaning of the sentence. IT's really complicated. Thank you for understanding! And here's my video response to the above question: Here's another question I got on YouTube: Hi Robbie, when I practice self-speaking I am very fluent but when I speak with people my fluency dwindles probably because I feel compelled to give neat responses when I can't. How can I deal with this problem? Thank you! And guess what? I also decided to record a video response and you can watch it below: I hope that you'll also find these videos somewhat helpful and I would love to receive further questions from you! Just post them in the comments section below and I'll do my best to respond to them ASAP! Cheers, Your English Fluency Coach, Robby ;-)
Terrible English Fluency Issues? You’re Not Alone In This!
Hi guys, hello my dear foreign English speakers, and welcome back to Robby's English Harmony video blog where we talk about all things related to English fluency and obviously the related issues such as inability to say something basically. You're having a conversation with someone, that person asks you something and all of a sudden just like with a wave of a magic wand, you are unable to say anything at all. And you go like “a-a-a”, not being able to say anything, right? This is a typical English fluency issue. And it's all about how you've been learning the English language. Most likely, you've studied the English language as an academic discipline. You've been doing loads of textbook exercises, grammar, vocabulary, all that kind of stuff but you haven't been focusing on developing your speech, right? But just because the whole English teaching system is centered around grammar and filling in gaps in textbooks and all that kind of stuff, right? It's all centered around those activities. It's very hard for the average foreigner to see the wood for the trees which is an English idiomatic expression meaning you can't really see the truth, right? It's hard to distinguish what's what. And why I'm bringing up this particular issue again in this video is simply because I had a conversation with someone over the last few days. And that person told me that they're having this particular issue and they thought that they were alone in this, right? (more…)
Having English as the ONLY Language in the World Would Be a Disaster…
Can You Become Fluent in English if You Don’t Have a Talent for Languages?
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! (more…)
Time Management Tips for English Learners
English Idiomatic Expression: “Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt”
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: BEYOND THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT 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! Cheers, Robby ;-)
It’d Be Great to Have English as the Only Language in the World…
English Idiomatic Expression: “In Full Swing”
Take Advantage of People Who Make You Really Fluent in English!
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! (more…)
Passive English Immersion is Good for Keeping Your Vocab Refreshed
= Video Transcript Below = 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. (more…)
It’s OK Not to Be Able to Understand Specific English Accents
Funny Experience When Switching Between English and My Native Lingo
- Video Transcript Below - 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. (more…)
Importance of Improvisation When Speaking in English
Difference Between Struggling English Speakers & Those Who Don’t Experience Fluency Issues
Video Transcript Below: Hi guys, hello my dear fellow foreign English speakers and welcome back to Robby's English Harmony video blog! And obviously, if you're listening to this as an audio file on my podcast, welcome back to English Harmony podcast. So in today's video I'm going to address a question that some of you might have. Namely – “Robby you keep going on about these English fluency issues and that it is all because we have acquired the English language primarily as a means of written language, basically we've been writing and filling in gaps in textbooks and translating to and from our native language. And that's why we have developed this terrible writing mode syndrome whereby we prepare speech as if writing before we actually speak out loud and it obviously interferes with the actual conversation and all that and we keep getting native language, our native language mixed in with the English language in our minds, right? But how is that any different from anyone else who might be just learning the English language? Who might be just starting it. Basically, beginner English learners. Surely, those people would have the same type of issues, right?” (more…)
Dealing With Criticism When Making Mistakes in English
Using Native Language in the English Class? Non-sense!
English Grammar is Like the HTML Code
Video Transcript Below: 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. (more…)
Just Because You Have English Textbooks Doesn’t Mean You Possess That Knowledge!
Video Transcript Below: 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. (more…)
Different Types of English Speakers
How Do I Force Myself Into Reading English Fiction?
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? (more…)
How to Sound More Native-like in English: Start Saying “Yeah” and “Nah”!
English Idiomatic Expression: “Run It By Someone”
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!” (more…)
82 Industry-Specific English Expressions & Phrases for Non-native English Speakers (Updated 20.7.2015!)
What To Do If You Can’t Speak With Natives in an English Speaking Country
Don’t Use Subtitles in Your Native Language!
- Video Transcript Below - 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? (more…)