How to Sound More Native-like in English: Start Saying “Yeah” and “Nah”!
Video Transcript Below: 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. (more…)
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What To Do If You Can’t Speak With Natives in an English Speaking Country
- Video Transcript Below - 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? (more…)
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…)
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English Idiom: “Wrap Your Head Around Something”
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? (more…)