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May 21, 2019
"In" is basically within, inside a container or box, maybe an enclosed space but not necessarily. "On" is related to surfaces. You can use "in" or "on" in the same sentence, but the meaning would change.
May 16, 2019
I’ve noticed that there are 2 very different ways of learning: 1 for school and 1 for real life. They keep you from speaking English, because you aren’t required to apply it in real life in order to be rewarded. Our whole education system, for the most part, is broken because we have been taught to memorize and not apply concepts in real life. “Studying” English, in the traditional sense of the word, is the antithesis of speaking English. Let’s talk about the difference between studying and learning and speaking English “To study” means to read about it. To memorize lists of vocabulary words. It means you relegate the subject to study sessions, blocks of time when you might sit quietly at home in your room or maybe a desk at the library. Where does this get you? Maybe it gets you a better grade in your class if you have a quiz on vocabulary or grammar. Maybe it makes you feel better in the short-term because you don’t have to take any risks, like being embarrassed of the way you speak. It’s so nice to stay in your comfort zone of studying the way you’ve always studied, but to really speak English, you need to get out of your comfort zone. When we are babies, we do not “study” English or our native language, yet we manage to learn to speak it! Now, studying English can accelerate your language learning, but to really speak you have to use it in the real world. Learning English is not simply memorizing information or learning about the language, it is using it. Learning English comes from making mistakes, correcting, and moving forward. If you want to speak English, you’d better stop focusing your time solely on memorizing and reading about it, and start doing it.
May 13, 2019
See the summary and the video here: https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/regional-american-english-accents/ SUMMARY OF REGIONAL AMERICAN ENGLISH ACCENTS There are around 160 recognized dialects of the English language, or regional accents. These terms are often used interchangeably. Even if you’re really into accents, it would probably be impossible to learn them all. Even native speakers can’t understand them all. For example, it’s very difficult for us American English speakers to understand Scottish English speakers! Join our American English Pronunciation course to improve your accent now. (https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/pronunciation-course/) AMERICAN ENGLISH ACCENTS: THE 4 MOST COMMON ONES If you travel around the US, you will encounter different American English accents. In this lesson we will look at 4 of the most common accents:  Southern, New England, New York City, & Midwestern. Remember, these are general accent regions.  Even within these regions there are smaller subdivision of accents!  Hale is from the South so this is the accent he is most familiar with. In this lesson, our English teacher Hale shares clips from American TV shows that feature the US Southern Accent: -Designing Women -The Help -King of the Hill Next, let’s look at the New England American English accent. The most famous version is the Boston accent. In this lesson, you can see examples from the video clips: -The Heat -The fighter -Good Will Hunting New York City is not too far from New England, but the accent is a bit different. Within New York City, there are even distinctive accents in different neighborhoods (Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn). Check out the clips from: -Rosie Perez -Raging Bull -Seinfeld Finally, let’s look at the Midwest. This is often considered where “standard” American English comes from. However, there are variations from speakers in Minnesota and the Dakotas that are definitely something different. Check out the clips in the lesson from the shows and movies: -Making a Murderer -Drop Dead Gorgeous -Fargo In conclusion, if you want to develop a specific regional accent, you’ll really need to find a teacher from that region or go there to get immersed in the dialect! In general though, it’s not necessary to become an expert in a regional dialect. It’s probably more sensible to learn “standard” American English, which is the accent you hear most news reporters, journalists or other nation-wide broadcasting professionals using. Pro Tip 1: Understand that there are four major regional dialects in the United States, each with different accents Pro Tip 2: Learn standard American English, not just one regional accent. Pro Tip 3: As you advance in your listening skills, if you want a challenge start watching TV shows and movies that feature regional accents. Pro Tip 4: Improve your standard American accent using our Pronunciation course(https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/pronunciation-course/)
February 25, 2019
Here are 10 Very Useful English Phrases You Need to Know Thanks so much. Please. Excuse me. I really appreciate it. Never mind. how does that sound? That sounds great. Sorry, what was that? Let me confirm... Nice to meet you. Can/could I get your... Actually... For a limited time only you're invited to my live online Master Class - The 3 Keys to English Fluency. Sign up and reserve your spot now at http://gonaturalenglish.com/keys
February 11, 2019
How do you form the third conditional tense in English? The third conditional requires us to construct a sentence in two parts. We make the third conditional by using ‘if,’ the past perfect form of the verb in the first part of the sentence and then ‘would have’ and the past participle the second part of the sentence: if + past perfect, …would + have + past participle It talks about the past. It’s used to describe a situation that didn’t happen, and to imagine the result of this situation. If he had studied, he would have passed the exam (but, really we know he didn’t study and therefore he didn’t pass) If I hadn’t spent so much money in my 20’s, I wouldn’t have been poor in my 30’s (but I did spend a lot, and so I did become poor). If we had taken the subway, we wouldn’t have missed the plane (but we did not take the subway, and we did miss the plane) I wouldn’t have been tired if I had gone to bed earlier (but I was tired because I did not go to bed earlier) I would have become a lawyer if I had followed my parents’ wishes (but I did not become a lawyer and did not follow my parents’ wishes) He would not have felt sick if he had not eaten the questionable street food (but he did eat the questionable street food and so he felt sick) I hope that these examples help. If you have questions, comments, or would like to try your own examples, leave a comment on the blog post at https://gonaturalenglish.com/third-conditional
January 28, 2019
Second conditional English grammar can help you to create more complex expressions. Improve your fluency and sophistication in English! How do you form the second conditional tense in English? Did you know there are three uses for it? The second conditional requires us to construct a sentence in two parts. The second conditional uses if then the past simple tense then ‘would’ and the infinitive: if + past simple, …would + infinitive (It is considered most correct to use ‘were’ instead of ‘was’ with ‘I’ and ‘he/she/it’. However, native speakers often say ‘was.’). The second conditional tense has three uses. SECOND CONDITIONAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR FOR FUTURE IMPROBABILITY First, we can use it to talk about things in the future that are probably not going to be true. It is unlikely but not entirely impossible. Maybe there is a 1% chance. For example, you want to talk about a dream you’re imagining. If I won the lottery, I would buy a big house. (I probably won’t win the lottery) He would travel all over the world if he were rich. (He is not rich, so he doesn’t travel the world) She would pass the exam if she studied. (She does not study much, so this won’t happen) If I had a million dollars, I would invest it wisely to make it last a long time! SECOND CONDITIONAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR FOR PRESENT IMPOSSIBILITY Second, we can use it to talk about something in the present which is impossible, because it’s not true. Let’s take a look at some examples to clarify: If I had his number, I would call him. (I don’t have his number now, so it’s impossible for me to call him). You would have more money if you did not spend it all on silly things. If she had more free time, she would cook all her meals at home. SECOND CONDITIONAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR FOR SUGGESTIONS AND OPINIONS Third, we can use the second conditional to express our opinions – to give advice, suggestions and recommendations. If I were you, I would not do business with that man. I would study harder if I were you. If I *was you, I would buy some new socks. Remember that the correct formation of the second conditional uses “were.” However, also remember that many native speakers use “was” instead. How is this different from the first conditional? This kind of conditional sentence is different from the first conditional because this is a lot more unlikely. For example (second conditional): If I had enough money, I would buy a nice house by the ocean (I’m probably not going to have this much money anytime soon, it’s just a dream, not very real for now at least) But (first conditional): If I have enough money, I’ll buy some new shoes (It’s much more likely that I’ll have enough money to buy some shoes)
January 10, 2019
THE FIRST CONDITIONAL Would you like to make longer sentences? Using the conditional tenses can help you to express logical ideas and sound more fluent in your speaking. So, how do you form the first conditional grammar tense in English? This tense requires us to construct a sentence in two parts. It is created with “if” then the present simple tense, after which comes the future simple plus the infinitive: if + present simple, … will + infinitive So, this tense is used to talk about things which might possibly happen in the future. Of course, we can’t always know what will happen in the future. However, this describes possible things, which could easily come true. If it rains, I won’t go to the beach. I‘ll go to the party tomorrow if I study today, If I have enough money, I‘ll buy the concert tickets. He will be late if traffic is bad. She will fail the test if she does not study. If I see her, I‘ll tell her. FIRST VS. ZERO CONDITIONAL: The 1st conditional describes a specific situation, whereas the zero conditional describes what happens in general. The zero conditional is for general facts and the first conditional is for your personal life or specific cases. For example (zero conditional): if you eat too much, you gain weight (in general, people who overeat will become fat). But (1st conditional): if you eat too much, you will gain weight (specifically I’m talking about today and your situation). First vs. Second Conditional The first conditional describes things that I think are likely to happen in the future, whereas the second conditional talks about things that I don’t think will really happen. It’s subjective; it depends on my point of view. For example (1st conditional): If she studies harder, she’ll pass the exam (I think it’s possible she will study harder and so she’ll pass) But (second conditional): If she studied harder, she would pass the exam (I think that she won’t study harder, or it’s very unlikely, and so she won’t pass)
January 7, 2019
Using the zero conditional English grammar tense is a good way to improve your English, make longer sentences, and speak more like a native. How do you form the zero conditional tense in English? It requires us to construct a sentence in two parts. We can make a zero conditional sentence with two present simple verbs — one in the ‘if clause’ and one in the ‘main clause’: If / when + present simple base verb, …. present simple base verb. You can also think of it this way: — IF this, THEN that. This tense is used when the result will generally always happen. So, if water reaches 100 degrees, it always boils. It’s a fact. The result of the ‘if clause’ is always the main clause. However, we can create sentences in either order: — If + present simple, … present simple OR — Present simple… if + present simple. Notice in the second example, we don’t need a comma to separate the two parts of the sentence but in the first one we do. The ‘if’ in this conditional can usually be replaced by ‘when’ without changing the meaning. For example: If water reaches 100 degrees, it boils. (It is always true, there can’t be a different result sometimes). If I drink milk, I feel very sick. (This is true only for me, maybe, not for everyone, but it’s still true that I’m sick every time I drink milk). Also, here are some more examples of the zero conditional English grammar tense: If you eat too much, you gain weight. If you go swimming, you get wet. If ice melts, it becomes water. Register for my Complete English Course, Fluent Communication, at https://gonaturalenglish.com/course Next episode, you will get this English tip about the first conditional to learn about the difference between the first and the zero conditionals. The first conditional is about a specific situation, but the zero conditional tense is talking in general.
January 9, 2018
I want to present seven steps that you can use as a clear simple guide for learning English. You can always come back to these steps because they will help you no matter what level or stage you're currently at in English. So if you're ready to begin then let's get started. If you just follow the path that's been set out for you in English learning, you'll probably take traditional English classes. You'll let your teacher tell you what to learn. And then after months or even years of study, you'll realize you're not where you want to be. Maybe your teacher led you down a different path that they thought was interesting but didn't help you accomplish your goals. The seven steps to fluency help you to create your own goals and your own way of learning English. The seven steps to fluency are actually from inside the English Fluency Formula, an e-book that I wrote for you to help you learn English in just 15 minutes a day. So I'm gonna share them with you. Normally, you'd have to buy this ebook to read them but I really want to share the seven steps at least to give you a start, and then you can decide if you'd like to get the full ebook.   The Seven Steps to English Fluency Number one is think and plan. So in other words think about why you want to learn English. What is your reason?  Then plan what you need to know in English in order to be able to do your goal through English. So why are you learning English? Is it to travel? Is it to improve your career or your business, if you're an entrepreneur? Is it perhaps just for a personal hobby, or are you taking a test? So, know your reason why. Think about what English you'll need to accomplish your goals and we're gonna make a plan to achieve them successfully. Number two: surround yourself with English input. So for example, listen to music in English. Read books and articles in English. Set your phone and your mobile device settings in English. Surround yourself in English so that you're creating an English lifestyle and a habit of consuming English. Number three: be curious be curious about what interests you and try to learn about it in English. Number four: repeat. You need to be aware of what you're listening to and repeat the phrases and words that are interesting and useful and new to you. Repeat new words out loud with feeling with emotion and with volume as long as you're not going to disturb anyone else. Repetition and repeating them with feeling are going to help you to remember them. Okay number five: connect. Again, to help you remember words you want to connect new words with old words that you already know or perhaps words in your own language. This is different than translation. To connect a word doesn't mean to translate it. It means to connect it to something you already know that you can relate it to. So for example, when I was learning Japanese, I learned the word for the check. When you go to a restaurant when you ask for the check it is "o-waiso." That's one way to say it and this sounds a bit to me like an "eyesore" which means something that is not pleasant to look at. Nobody likes getting the check and knowing how much they have to pay, right? I remembered o-waiso very easily because I connected it with that idea of an eyesore because it sounds similar and there's kind of a funny meaning there. So you have to try to do this with new words in English connect them to something you already know. You can connect new words also with sounds or with songs. That's why I like to learn language a lot through music because the tune helps me to remember the words. So there's a lot of ways that you can connect words. Next, number six: you need to use the words that you're learning. Use the new sounds, the words, the phrases, the sentences that you're learning.  Number four was repeat them. But number six is different because I want you to actually create your own sentences. You could use what you're learning by writing something or speaking out loud and use what you're learning, so you're applying it in real life. Finally, number seven is review because reviewing is so important to keep new words fresh in your mind. So review don't be afraid to listen to the same song or to watch the same TV series or movie or read the same article or the same book over and over. So to read these seven steps and much much more inside the English Fluency Formula, purchase your ebook today. It's super easy and fast to purchase it and to access it in the members area of the Go Natural English Website. There are thousands of English learners who have purchased it, and who are really enjoying it. So you can read some of their opinions and comments below as well, so thanks so much for watching. I hope that these seven steps will serve you and help you in your journey to English fluency.
January 2, 2018
What are the top movies for learning English? And how do you choose a good movie to help you improve English skills? Watch this video lesson to find out! When I was learning Spanish, I watched every Spanish movie I could get my hands on, and it helped my listening skills, vocabulary and pronunciation -- a lot! Movies can help you learn fluent English because they show you natural language and real culture. They give you something fun to talk about with an English speaking partner, too! Top 10 Movies for Learning English: 1. Forrest Gump 2. The King's Speech 3. The Break-up 4. The Hangover 5. 500 Days of Summer 6. The Shawshank Redemption 7. Castaway 8. Toy Story 9. The Hunger Games 10. The Social Network Have you seen any of these movies? What do you think of the list? Leave a comment at https://gonaturalenglish.com (use the search box; search for "movies" and you'll find this episode post).
March 4, 2016
  Episode transcript below:   Hey. How’s it going? You know, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from Go Natural English learners like you asking me, “Where should I start?” You know, English is a big language with lots of words. So, if you want to know where to begin, in this episode, I’m going to share the top ten English nouns. These are the most popular nouns that are used the most in the English language. So, before I forget, before I tell you the top ten nouns, I want to tell you that I have a free training on the Go Natural English website that will help you to understand how to learn English independently. So, come over to gonaturalenglish.com/7steps and I’ll be happy to share that free training with you. So, now I’m going to check on my laptop. I have the top ten words in the English language and, actually, these are not just the top ten words in general, because that would include articles like “the” or “a”, which are actually the most common words. But I wanted to tell you the most common nouns because I think that’s more helpful. Don’t you? Okay. So, the number ten – we’re going to countdown from ten – the number ten most common word in English is “hand”. “Hand!” Can you believe it? That’s interesting. It’s probably because there’s some idioms in English that include the word “hand”, like, “Could you give me a hand?” Number nine is the word, “life”. “Life.” We talk about life a lot. It makes sense. Number eight. The number eight most popular word is “world” and I know this word is quite difficult to pronounce for a lot of English language learners. So, try repeating if after me now: “world”. Okay. Very good. Number seven is “man”. Okay. Number six is “thing”. This is also kind of a difficult sound, the “t-h” sound, so try repeating this word after me: “thing”. Awesome! Number five is “day”. Four is “way”. It rhymes with “day”. Number three is “year”. Number two is “person”. And the number one most popular noun in English is “time”. So, now it’s time to end this episode. I just want to thank you for watching and, hey, if you want to learn more of the most common words and phrases in American English, I recommend that you purchase the Go Natural English audio e-book, “The 100 Most Common Phrases in American English.” You can find out more about that at gonaturalenglish.com/100. So, I’ll see you there. Come check it out. See if it will benefit you and your English fluency. I think it will! Bye for now! The post 10 Top Words for Beginners to Start Speaking English appeared first on Go Natural English.
February 26, 2016
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February 19, 2016
  Episode transcript below:   Shh! I have a secret to tell you. But you cannot tell your English teacher! In this episode, I’m going to share the five things that you should never say to your English teacher, even if you’re thinking them. So is it okay? Can I share them? Can we keep it a secret? Okay. Awesome! Just before I share these five phrases, I want to let you know that you can come to gonaturalenglish.com and I have a free training for you. The Seven Steps to Fluency Training will help you start improving your English – now, today, immediately! So, be sure to check that out. Now, I want to share these five things to never say to your English teacher. First of all, never, ever, ever say, “I’m too busy to study.” Why? Maybe it’s true. Maybe you’re really busy. But why should we not say this? “I’m too busy to study.” Well, we’re all busy. Teachers, especially, are super busy. So, I’m not sure if your teacher would feel sorry for you. Maybe. But the thing is, we make time for our priorities. So, if you do want to improve your English, you have to make it a priority and give it some time in your day. Okay. Number two: Never ever say, “Yes, I understand,” if you don’t understand. This is very important for you because it doesn’t help anyone to lie. If you don’t understand something, it’s much better to say, “I don’t understand. Could you explain? Could you help me?” Teachers usually like to help their students and, of course, it’s better for you to have a full understanding of the point or the phrases that you didn’t really understand. So, I know it can be a little embarrassing sometimes to say, “I don’t understand,” but it’s okay. Just understand it’s a good thing to ask for help. So, don’t be shy to do that. Okay, the third thing that you should never say to your English teacher is anything not in English. I’ve had students come up to me and ask me questions in their native language – like in Japanese. And my Japanese is not very good and I couldn’t respond in Japanese to my students’ question. Actually, English class is a time for English. So do everything in English. Do not revert to your native language. This is a time for you to try out new things, to make mistakes. So go ahead and even if you’re not sure or you’re not comfortable about how to say something in English, just try it in class. It’s a great time to experiment. Okay, next. Another thing that you should never say to your English teacher is, “I’ll never use this tense.” Okay, a lot of people don’t like to learn grammar, right? It can be boring. It can be dry. But just understand that your English will sound so much better if you use the compound tenses. So, you can probably communicate just fine if you use simple tenses, but if you want to sound like a professional in English, like you’re fluent in English, then you need to know all the tenses and you’ll definitely find times when you can use them. Finally, the last thing that you should never say to your English teacher is, “Since I only need to write emails, I don’t need to learn how to speak in English.” Or it could be vice versa. Maybe you might say, “Oh, I only want to learn to speak, so I don’t need to learn how to write.” Well, this is not really a good idea to tell your English teacher, because your English teacher wants to help you with your all-round fluency. And in order to have really good English fluency, you need to know all the skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking. Now, if you’re doing more speaking than writing, you could focus more on those skills. Like at Go Natural English, I focus mainly on listening and speaking because those are the skills that help you to connect with people on a daily basis. Of course, you want to use writing and reading every day, too. But it’s really important to know each skill and then you can focus on learning what you like according to your goals. Alright!
February 18, 2016
        Episode transcript below:   Hello! Hello! Hi! Hi Emrah! How are you? I’m okay. I’m good, thanks. So where are you? You… tell me again where do you live? I live in Norway. Actually, I’m… my parents are from Kurdistan. Oh, wow! Yeah. They… Actually I born and raised up in Kurdistan. When I was fourteen years old, then I moved to Norway with my family. Tell me a little bit about you. Are you now, are you working? Are you studying? What do you do? Yes, I am working now, and I am working in a factory with this aluminum produced from raw material. I like the work, but I just want to change my life because I have been at this work about nine, ten years. And I just want to change my life because I just bounced on someone on YouTube. His name is Jack Jones. He was from Canada. Okay. So he, speaks English, so you’re listening to him in English. Great! He speaks English. And about for a year now, just watching his videos and sign up his newsletter. Tell me more about your goals to maybe do something different with your professional life or… yeah, what are you thinking? I want to move to America. Alright! Tell me a little bit more about why you decided to learn English. How long have you been speaking English? It is from the school because here in Norway, they teach English because … yeah, all Norwegians, they talk so well because they’re talking better than me. I’m not… maybe... I’m trying to talk like them. How did you find Go Natural English? How did you find me? How did you find Go Natural English on the internet. D,o you remember? I remember it. I searched how to improve your English and like, saw your video, and you just sit there like this, something like that. Yeah, I have a cover, and image like this. “Oh, the secrets to English!” That’s so cool! If your friend from Thailand asked you about how to learn English, or, yeah, where to look for English, what would you recommend? I would recommend you. Thank you! That’s very sweet! Thank you! Can you tell me maybe three positive things about Go Natural English? That you just, you care about people, that is, I think, and you are genuine, you want to help people. That is like, it will magnetize the people. Oh, that’s great! Thank you! Thank you for saying that! It’s true! But it’s important for me to know that you know that. Yeah. And that you are warm. Because some other, maybe, I just look at some others, but they wasn’t warm because we think, maybe we think that the camera, the video camera, maybe it is, there is no someone, no one is there. Yeah. I know what you mean. They’re just talking to no one. Expression. Your expression, your… yeah, it is like you connect with people. How can I help you more with your English studies? Do you have any questions about English. Actually, the main thing, when I saw that you just want to talk with individuals and I saw that, “Oh, it’s a great opportunity to just overcome my shyness or something.” Yeah, definitely! That’s great! What’s your goal for the end of the year? I have vision like move to America. Move to United States. This year? Maybe start. Start the process. Yeah. Just start. Like I said, I said to myself, I am going to be, I just want to improve my verbal, the speaking skills. I am so grateful for this time. Oh, no, I am grateful. Thanks. It’s my pleasure. And I really want to know about your journey to the United States, if you still want to go. Tell me about your plans and tell me if you have questions. Maybe I can help to tell you about the different cities or something. Oh, thank you so much! Yeah. Alright. Well, stay in touch, Emrah, and good luck with everything. Thank you! Alright.
February 5, 2016
  Episode transcript below:   Hey! How’s it going, Awesome Go Natural English Learner? In this episode, we’re going to learn the five freshest, hottest slang words for 2016. You know, vocabulary words come in and go out of use. If you’re speaking English like your textbook that was published in 1950, you probably don’t sounds like a native speaker. That’s why we have this episode and lots of other episodes from Go Natural English, as well as our courses and materials at gonaturalenglish.com. In fact, if you come to gonaturalenglish.com, I have a free training for you to get started on today. Just come to gonaturalenglish.com and you’ll see it right there. Okay! So, let’s get to the top five slang words for 2016. Number One is “extra”. Keep in mind, you probably already know the word “extra”, but this is a new use of the word as slang. That’s what slang is, right? It’s taking a word that we already have and using it another way. So “extra” means “trying too hard, or being over the top.” Okay? “Oh, that’s extra! That’s too much!” It’s negative. It’s not a good thing. Number Two is “OTP”. This is an abbreviation that stands for “one true pairing”, a couple that you are emotionally invested in. Forever, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are my OTP. Who is your OTP? You can tell me in the comments. Next: “Netflix and chill.” This phrase has been in use for a little while. What it means is – and I think it’ll continue to be in use throughout 2016 – what it means is inviting someone over to your home for a romantic encounter, but pretending you will just watch streaming movies and hang out. Next is number Four: “snatched”. It’s used to describe something that looks really good. It’s the new “on fleek” and “on fleek” is the new “on point” and “on point” is the new “cool.” So, you just learned a lot of new slang words there. Number Five – finally, our last one – is “hunty”. “Hunty” means your best friend, someone you always hang out with. You have a group of “hunties”. Alright. I hope that you enjoyed our five-plus slang words. Have you heard them before? Are you using them? Tell me what you think in the comments. Subscribe to Go Natural English so that you can enjoy more episodes like this one. And come visit gonaturalenglish.com! I’ll see you there. Bye for now! The post Top 5 Native English Slang Words for 2016 from America appeared first on Go Natural English.
January 29, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_3CNHlyFLo     Episode transcript below: Hello! How’s it going, Awesome Go Natural English Learner? How are you? Do you speak English as fluently as you would like to? If your answer is, “No!” then this episode is for you! Do you wonder what you’re doing wrong? Do you wonder why, after so much time and effort and money studying English in classes that don’t work, why you’re not fluent in English yet? If your answer is, “Yes!” then this episode is for you. At Go Natural English, we have a unique way of learning English and improving your fluency. So, I want to invite you to join our free training, “The 7 Steps to English Fluency”, which is a short video training at gonaturalenglish.com/7steps and I want to share that training with you for free. And you can find out about more courses and materials at gonaturalenglish.com that can help you with your English fluency. Now, there are three reasons why your English is not where you want it to be. Number one: If you are relying on your English teacher to give you English, to fill your brain with English, without you really taking action, without you doing anything, that is a huge mistake! That is a big reason why you’re not fluent in English yet. If you’re expecting your teacher to simply give you the gift of English, then I’m sorry, but it doesn’t really work like that. If you have an English teacher, then that person, that teacher, is like your guide. But you have to walk with your guide. You have to put some effort into learning English. Okay. Next: Is your English study a habit? Do you study and practice English when you feel like it? Whenever? Maybe if you have some free time? That doesn’t work. In order to become fluent in English, to develop a skill, any skill – whether it’s English fluency or swimming or something else – you have to put yourself on a study schedule, on a practice schedule, on a training schedule. There will be days when you just don’t feel like studying English. I don’t care! You must force yourself to study English, even if you don’t have much time, even if it’s only fifteen minutes a day. That is better than nothing. Fifteen minutes a day of English study every day will improve your fluency much more than nothing, than zero minutes of study a day. Okay? So, make sure your English study is a part of your daily life. Third: Your mindset is extremely important. You must believe in yourself like I believe in you and your ability to become fluent in English. If you do not believe that it’s possible, then it won’t be possible. If you believe that you cannot speak English, then you will not speak English. So starting right now – Yes! Now! – I want you to develop a can-do mindset. That means that you believe you can do the things that you desire to do, the things that you dream to do. For example, to become fluent in English, you have to believe that you can do it. So, right now I would like you to repeat after me: I can become fluent in English. I can speak English. Awesome! So, again, three reasons why you may not be as fluent you want to be in English. One: You’re relying on someone else to give you the power of English when you actually have to work for it yourself with the help of others, such as an English teacher. Two: You’re not making English a part of your daily life. So, you can’t just do it when you feel like it; you have to study English a little bit ever day. And Third: Your mindset. You must believe in yourself. You must have faith and you must think positively. So, I would like to invite you again to come back to gonaturalenglish.com/7steps to join me in more English fluency training. So, I’ll see you over there. I hope you have a great day! And yeah! Believe in yourself! You can do it! Bye for now!
January 21, 2016
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEiDxfGpxeI   Episode transcript below:   Hey! How’s it going? I’m so excited to talk to you about reading today, because a lot of Go Natural English learners have asked me, “How can I read faster, better? How can I enjoy it more? How can reading help me learn English?” So, I’m really excited to share some things with you because reading is an amazing way to improve all of your English skills: your reading skills, obviously; your writing skills; your speaking skills; and even your listening skills. All your English skills will benefit from reading more, because reading will improve your vocabulary a lot, and reading will help you to understand the structure or the grammar of English. You’ll see the way that we put sentences together in different ways, and you’ll see how we organize our thoughts in paragraphs and across pages and in chapters. So, it will really help you. Not only will it help your English, but reading is really enjoyable. Well, it can be. Listen, I remember when I was in grad school, I had to read some really boring textbooks. And I was so tired of reading by the time I got my Masters degree in teaching English as a second language, that I swore I would not read another book for an entire year after I graduated! And I didn’t! And it was a very sad time in my life, because reading is actually very pleasurable if you’re reading things that you want to read. So, I encourage you to find something that you want to read. Now, I try to read every day and my goal for the year is to read a book each week. So, let me know what your goal is and also if you have some recommendations for good books that you like, or if you have questions about books. I’ll be happy to hear from you in the comments. Now, when you go to read, make sure that you are putting yourself in an environment that’s good for reading. It should be a quiet, relaxing, calm environment. So, there’s a reason why people don’t read at the nightclub. Typically, they don’t read books at the nightclub or at a bar because it’s noisy, there’s a lot of social interaction, a lot of distractions. So, I don’t recommend the nightclub or bar. I recommend maybe a library or at home or in a café or something like that. What else? Choose something that is enjoyable for you and, yeah, there’s three tips I have to help you to read faster and better, but before I share those, before I forget, I want to invite you to join the Go Natural English Seven Steps to Fluency training course. There’s seven videos and they’ll teach you more about how to become fluent in English. All you have to do is visit gonaturalenglish.com and click on the big button to sign up for the training and I’ll share that with you for free! So I hope to see you there. Now, three ways to improve your reading, to read faster, to understand better and to enjoy it more. First of all, if you’re reading and you don’t understand a certain word, just keep going. It’s likely that you’ll understand the word through other words, through the context or later on down the page once you realize the situation. You could probably get a general idea of what the word means. And if you don’t, if you still don’t understand what the word means, then after you’re finished reading, go back – you know, after you read for thirty minutes or so – go back and check the word later. You don’t want to stop many times when you’re reading because that will interrupt your flow. So, get into the flow of your reading and just enjoy the story. Second, use your finger to read along, to trace the line of words as you read it. That will help you to focus and it will help to keep your mind from wandering or looking at other words or thinking about other things. So, when you involve some physical aspect, like moving your finger along the page as you read, it actually keeps you more focused. So,
January 15, 2016
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TR_yTBu54I   Episode transcript below: Hey! What’s going on? Did you know that learning English as a second language can actually keep you smarter and younger? You know, I believe in working out. I go to the gym, I work out! But did you know that learning a second language is like a workout for your brain? And that keeps you smart and it keeps you young over the years. So, learning English as a second language is, of course, really good for your professional life, your career. It’s great for your social life. It can help you make friends when you travel, or in your hometown with other English speakers. So, English is pretty awesome for a lot of reasons. But I wonder if you ever considered that it’s good for your brain. Science tells us that there’s several reasons why learning a second language, such as English as a second language, is really good for your brain. So, let me share those four reasons with you. Before I forget, I want to let you know that if you are an English learner and you want to learn the Go Natural English method, the Seven Steps to Fluency, you can come join that training, that seven-video training, for free, just by visiting my website, gonaturalenglish.com and signing up there. So, I hope that you’ll join. I hope to see you there! Now, for science! The four ways that learning a second language keeps your brain younger, smarter, stronger: First of all, people who learn a second language have been found to have denser gray matter in the area of the brain responsible for language learning. So, that means you have more brain material in your language learning area of your brain. So, you have more brain when you learning a language, basically speaking. Second, people who learn a second language are better at switching tasks. They’re better at multitasking or doing more than one thing at once because, as a person who speaks more than one language, you naturally have to switch from one task to another, one language to another. Have you ever been in a situation where you’re around people, maybe your family, who speak your native language, but you’re also around your friends who speak English? And you’re switching back and forth? Or maybe you’ve been in a situation where you interpret for your friends or family who speak your native language. I’ve been in those situations and I’ll tell you, it is a real brain workout to be an interpreter or translator. Next, people who learn a second language have been found to be better at reasoning, planning, memory and logic. So, learning a second language means that you have to learn a lot of new words and different grammar patterns, and that requires a lot of memory training. So, you’re naturally going to get better with your memory. Okay, and finally, learning a second language will help you and your brain to stay young because it delays the onset of a disease called Alzheimer’s. So that, by learning a second language, you’re actually working out your brain and it keeps your brain healthy, just like going to the gym and working out your body, it keeps your body young and healthy. So, I just want to encourage you to learn a second language. Keep up with your English if it’s your second language. Or if you’re a native English speaker watching this video, well, welcome to Go Natural English! And I encourage everyone to learn a second language. I love learning languages and I’ve spent a lot of fun time learning Spanish, Portuguese, French, Japanese and I’ve learned a few words in other languages like Turkish, and Arabic, and I just can’t wait to learn more second languages because I just love it! So, I hope that you enjoyed this video episode of Go Natural English. Remember you can come back to gonaturalenglish.com to learn more about how the Go Natural English learning method works. I hope to see you there.
January 8, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkbd5Z_l9F0   Episode transcript below:   English is essential. It’s the number one second language in the world. There’s more non-native English-speakers than native speakers. And in any case, English is essential for your professional, for your personal life, and for growing as a person. If you want to do business, if you want to study or travel abroad, if want to connect with people, if you just want to know more about the world around you, English is the best tool to do that. Maybe you’ve been studying English for years, but you still struggle with shyness, with hesitation. You struggle to speak. If you’re struggling to speak, it’s unfortunately probably because traditional English classes haven’t really caught up with the modern English-speaking world. We lack practice in the classroom speaking with native speakers and other fluent English speakers. The same thing happened to me when I was learning Spanish. I was taking university Spanish classes and I learned a little bit of grammar, how to read and even how to write a little bit, but then, when it came to speaking Spanish in the real world, I was totally lost. So I created my own method for learning Spanish fluently and that’s how I created Go Natural English, to help English learners like you. Now, the Go Natural English method is a course online. The Go Natural Team and I have created our best course ever, and I want to invite you to be part of it. Fluent Communication is the best course to help you with your fluency. We cover all skills and you get tons of practice. Compared to taking private English classes, it’s much faster and easier. That’s my goal: to make it fast, fun and easy for you to learn English. Instead of taking years of private lessons and spending a lot of money, the fluent communication course is sixteen weeks long and it’s an incredible value. With one week of lessons at a time, you can study independently online from anywhere on your own time. No commuting, no worrying about schedules. It’s all up to you. And now there’s more detailed video lessons and lots of supplementary materials to help you to learn faster and easier, and to get tons of practice too. So you feel confident in the skills that we’re learning together. With Fluent Communication, you’ll feel confident in your English fluency and you’ll also feel like you belong in our community of like-minded English learners. You’ve probably met me through Go Natural English online, but in case you don’t know, I’m Gabby Wallace, an American English teacher and I’ve been teaching English in the classroom for ten years, and online for five years. So I know what it’s like to struggle with English, but my goal is to help you to learn quickly, in a fun way, and I’ve also studied and learned other languages to fluency myself, so I know what it’s like to be a learner. Also I have my master’s degree in teaching English, and I’ve taught in the US and abroad, to university-level students and to corporate business people as well. Check the details below for how to join the course. You can click on “Buy Now” to be part of the course when it launches. Now, I hope that you’ll take action to get fluent now. Don’t wait on your decision for fluency. Start enjoying confidence and fluency in English now. I hope to see you on the inside of the course. The post English is Essential – Join the New Class Fluent Communication appeared first on Go Natural English.
January 1, 2016
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO0STkeiQRg   Episode transcript below: Hey, awesome Go Natural English Learner! What’s up? How are you doing? I get a question several times… I’ve gotten this question so many times: should I learn English with a native speaker or is it okay to learn with a non-native speaker? So, there’s a lot of pros and cons. And I realize that, depending on where you live, depending on your budget, depending on a lot of things, you might be looking at a native versus a non-native English speaking teacher. So I want to share with you my viewpoint. You know I’m a native English speaker; I’m from the United States; I’m a trained teacher. And one of the main points here is: regardless of if your teacher is a native or non-native speaker, you have to realize the difference, first of all, between a teacher and a conversation partner. So this could be a-whole-nother episode. But a teacher is someone who is trained to teach you the English language. So this teacher knows how to explain if you have a question about a specific grammar point or how to express yourself clearly; that person knows the answer, or they know how to quickly find the answer for you. They’re trained. Whereas a conversation partner is someone who’s willing to chat with you, they’re willing to practice, but you should not go to them with specific grammar questions or things that you might learn better from a teacher who can explain to you. A conversation partner is really more beneficial for practicing the things that you learn with a teacher, or perhaps things that you learn on your own. And we know practice makes perfect, and it’s really important to do both, to learn new things and then to practice them. But anyway, let’s talk about the question at hand: should we learn with a native English speaker, or a non-native English speaker? And I welcome your comments and your opinion, what you think, what is best for you. But here’s what I think: Let’s start with native English speakers. So, what’s good about working with a native English speaker? Well, clearly, we have a huge repertoire of vocabulary, idioms, phrases. We’ve been using English our whole lives, right, as native speakers, and so we’ve learned English through school, through social settings, with family, through our professional lives: in many different ways, many different settings. So, a native speaker will be able to help you, especially if you’re at an advanced level and you need to learn a lot of vocabulary. Also, a native English speaker should have near-perfect pronunciation. What is perfect pronunciation? Well, maybe there’s no such thing as “perfect” but you want to have someone who shows you a clear way to say words. There are different ways to say words, depending on where we’re from. So you could learn the perfect American pronunciation, or the perfect British pronunciation, or the perfect Australian, or the perfect Kiwi or the perfect South African – or many different countries where we speak English as the official language. So what is perfect for you? I think being able to say a word clearly so that basically anyone can understand it – that’s perfect. So, if you learn with a native speaker, they’re going to be more confident; you may be more confident in learning pronunciation from that person. Also, it’s not just about pronunciation. It’s about rhythm; it’s about intonation; it’s about stress. Sometimes the little things, that are not so little, they really make a huge impact on your English communication skills. So, learning with a native can be really important. And I get another question that’s related; I get this a lot: which kind of English should I learn? Should I learn British English, should I learn American English? Well, I think the best thing is to choose one and go with it. After you develop your confidence in one kind of English, one region of English,
December 28, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmXF-Jspmig   Episode transcript below:   Hey there! What’s up? I’m really excited about today’s episode because I love to travel. We’re talking about world travel. Do you love to travel? Do you want to travel the world? Have you thought about how English can help take you around the world? You might have thought of this a little bit before. But in this episode, I’m going to share five reasons why I think English is the best tool to help you travel the world. First of all, English is the most widely spoken second language in the world. So I don’t mean that it’s the most spoken native language in the world. There’s actually, more non-native English speakers in the world than native speakers, which is super interesting to me, because that means that wherever you go, you’re going to be able to use English to connect with other people that could be from any country, really. They don’t have to be from an English-speaking country and you might find yourself speaking more English with other English learners than you ever imagined. And so, this concept of world English is very, very useful. It means that, yeah, you want to be able to communicate with people from all different countries, so you need to be able to speak clearly, to have a wide array of vocabulary so you can understand different situations. And you want to have cultural knowledge, right? So, a great way to do that is to build your vocabulary and clarify your pronunciation. So, again, the reason why English will help you to travel the world, the first reason, is that it is the number one second language in the world. Super useful! And in my travels, it’s been amazing. I’m so lucky to be able to speak English. I’m so lucky I’m a native English speaker because everywhere I go, from Thailand to Brazil, many, many people English and so they make it easy for me to travel. But if English is not your native language, then I encourage you to become fluent in it so that, wherever you go in the world, you can use it as a tool to communicate. And if you’re feeling like you want to be able to help other travelers that come to your city, it’s really awesome if you can use English to welcome foreigners in your country and to your city. So, English is just an awesome tool for that. So instead of learning all the languages of all the countries that you may want to visit, you can really optimize your time and effort by focusing on learning English. Now, I love learning languages. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve learned Spanish, Portuguese, some French, Japanese – I love learning languages, and I think that learning as many languages as possible is just something that makes life wonderful. So I totally encourage you to learn a lot of languages, learn about a lot of different cultures, because I know how amazing that is. It lets us see the world through different cultures’ eyes. But we only have so much time in life, right? We all just have, you know, 24 hours a day, right? So how many hours can you spend learning a language in your day? Maybe it’s a good idea, I think, to focus on English. And when you reach English fluency, then you could try other languages, too. Another reason why English is a great tool to help you travel the world is that it is the official language in sixty-five countries and territories around the world. And that doesn’t even include my country, the United States. Apparently, we don’t have an official language. But I would say that English is probably the best language to learn if you’re coming to the United States. Another interesting fact is that the number of US citizens with passports is increasing. It’s at an all-time high. So, you’ll be seeing more Americans traveling around the world, maybe to your home country. And of course, other native English speakers love to travel. And so it’s a great way to connect with foreigners coming to your city,
December 18, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY7xaxRS8i8   Episode transcript below:   Hey guys! How’s it going? In today’s episode, I have an awesome tip for you to work on your English fluency, especially to help you with your listening. You know, English listening skills can be really challenging because English just doesn’t sound the way it looks. It looks one way and then it sounds completely different. It’s just totally crazy. But using subtitles when you’re watching your favorite movies, your favorite TV shows, or even your favorite songs, can help so much, and it’s a fun way to learn the English language. I’ve used this technique to help me to learn Spanish, Portuguese and other languages, because I love music and I love movies. Maybe you do too! So, turning those subtitles on when you’re watching something in English and using the English subtitles will help you in many ways. Here’s how: First of all, it activates two parts of your brain. So, not only are you listening and using your brain for your listening skills, but you’re also reading. So you’re activating different parts of your brain. So, this actually helps you to learn better and to remember new vocabulary or just to become aware of new vocabulary, because you might hear a new word, but kind of miss it, because you’re not sure what it is, you’re not sure how to spell it. But if you listen to it and read it in the subtitles, it’s going to stick in your mind much better. So, English spelling is notoriously difficult. Being able to hear the word or phrase and read the subtitles is an excellent way to learn how to spell in English and to check your spelling, to learn new words, to be able to understand what that new word is and how to spell it; so that maybe you want to look it up in the dictionary, or ask your native English speaker friends about how to use that word in different situations, not only in the phrase or situation that you see in the movie or hear in a song. Also, what’s really great about subtitles is that when you have a phrase, words can sound really different. For example, “Whatchu doin’?” I might say instead of “What are you doing?” So if you hear in a movie, “Whatchu doin’?” and you see on the screen, “What are you doing?” you’re going to realize, “Oh my gosh! These words, when we put them together in a phrase, they sound totally different!” But this will help you so much to make your English more natural. Also, when you use subtitles, you can pause the video when there’s a new phrase or something confusing and you can check the subtitles. So, this is really, really helpful. As I mentioned, you’re not only hearing the word, but you’re reading it too. Another important point is that seeing the words written down will help you to write them down in your notes. So, maybe you have an English notebook, on paper, or on your laptop, on your computer, or even just in your smartphone, and it will help you to write down your new words. It’s a really good idea to write down new words so that you can find out more about them. Maybe look up the meaning. Ask your friends about them. See how to use the words in different situations. And, of course, to review them because we have to see a new word or a new phrase, about twenty, thirty, even forty times, before it really sticks, before you’re confident about using it yourself. So, don’t get down on yourself, don’t get frustrated, if after the first time you hear a new word in a movie, you can’t remember it and know how to use it in any situation. It’s just not realistic. Now, I know you’re smart, but be patient with yourself, because it really requires repetition, it’s really important. So, a lot of English learners have asked me: “Should I use subtitles? Should I not use subtitles?” I say, try both. First, try listening to material, or try watching the movie, without the subtitles. Why not challenge yourself?
December 11, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAFdn7woLXI   Episode transcript below: Hey guys! How’s it going? I have gotten a lot of questions recently about how to find someone to practice English with you. So, in this episode, we’re going to answer that question. I’m going to help you to find the perfect English language exchange partner, someone who you can practice with any time you want and it’s free. So, I think you’re going to want to watch this one. Let me tell you, before I explain exactly how to find your perfect language exchange partner, that if you want to learn more about Go Natural English Method: the Seven Steps to Fluency, you can find a free course. You can sign up for it at gonaturalenglish.com/7steps. Okay, so back to the question about finding the perfect language exchange partner. I know there’s a lot of problems: like, okay, where do you find someone? So, if you live in an American city, or an English-speaking country, that’s awesome. But maybe a lot of you don’t. I know that the Go Natural English community is all over the world, and that’s really exciting! I see you watching from Brazil, form Japan, from Germany, from all different countries. It’s amazing! So I know some of you are watching from the United States or other English-speaking countries, but some of you are not. So, what if you live in a country where there’s really not as many English speakers around? You’re lucky if you live in a big city, because you can probably find them. But if you live out in the countryside, it might be more difficult to find them. And even if they are around, how do you find them? Well, often I say, “Okay, we can look online, right?” How do you find an exchange partner online? It can be a bit difficult too, right? How do you find someone who can commit to meeting you, who is there and available on your schedule? How do you find someone who’s as interested in speaking to you in English as you want them to be, someone who’s patient, someone who will always practice with you? Okay. I have a solution. I want you think about: who is the person who you already speak with the most? Is it your friends? Is it your family? Think a little harder. Where’s that voice coming from that you hear all the time? Maybe the voice that, you know, comes to you when you think about things? How about talking to yourself? Don’t laugh! Don’t laugh! Okay, you talk to yourself in your mind more than anybody else. More than your friends, more than your family, more than anybody else, you’re always talking to yourself. You probably don’t talk out loud to yourself all the time, but your thoughts are always going. And what language do you speak to yourself in? Probably your native language. How about we change that to: talk to yourself in English? So, I’d like to suggest that the perfect language partner for you to begin with, for free, no hassle, no scheduling issues, no commitment issues, takes no time to set up, super easy – is to begin to think to yourself in English! So, how do you do that? Start small. You don’t have to think everything in English because there’s going to be a lot of words that you’re not sure about in the moment. So, you can find out; you can look them up; you can make a list of new words that you want to use with yourself. But start an inner dialogue in English. Instead of asking yourself in your native language, “Oh, what should I do today?” ask yourself in English. And then you can answer in English. You can write down your ideas in English. You can even talk out loud to yourself in English. There’s other things, like singing a song in English, that you can do, you know, just on your own time; you don’t need anyone else to do that. Ask yourself, “What am I going to eat for lunch?” in English. These are all thoughts that everyone – well, I have them, I think everyone has them: “Well, what am I going to eat today?” You have them naturally. So,
December 5, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc5s2jK2JfU   Episode transcript below: Hello, how are you doing? In this episode we're going to take a look at some interesting, surprising myths about learning English. The top ten myths in fact. I'm really excited to share them with you, I think you're going to like them. They might make you think about your English fluency in a new way. Let's challenge some of those thoughts that you have about English fluency. I've heard from a lot of learners that they say, "Oh you know I really need to learn in a Native speaking country. I can't learn English until I can move to the United States." Seriously? It's not true. If you're planning on moving to the United States for example, you should probably start learning English before you move there. You don't need to live or even to travel to a native speaking country to become fluent in English. There's so many resources, especially online with so many interesting websites, news sources, video clips that you can watch, movies that you can stream, music sites that you can listen to music on, there's so many ways that you can get immersed in English in your living room, or wherever is convenient for you. You don't have to be in an English speaking country, you just need to bring English to you wherever you are. In fact I know a lot of people who live in the U.S. and they've lived there for years, maybe ten years, and they still don't speak English. Why? They spend their whole day everyday with people from their own country speaking their native language. Simply living in the United States is not the secret to fluency. It's a great place to be don't get me wrong, but fluency has to come from you and your effort, and knowing how to become fluent. That's why I'm here to help you. Stop making excuses, this excuse is not valid, you do not need to live in an English speaking country to become fluent. The next myth that I'd like to bust is that you have to major in English in University in order to be fluent. Now this is wrong on so many different levels, of course majoring in English can help you with your English but in a University you're typically going to study literature, and writing, and maybe how to become an English teacher. Sure, maybe it's a good idea if you want to be working with those fields but, in fact if you want to be able to speak English fluently I would suggest that you don't focus on it at your University. I would suggest, if you're taking English classes at University or a private language school that's great, but you have to do so much more outside of the class to develop your fluency, and make sure that you're not relying on your textbook, your teacher, or your course work to make you fluent. You really have to use English outside of the classroom to become fluent. Okay, next number three is really fun. I get a lot of requests from Go Natural English viewers, if they could become fluent by marrying an English speaker. Well, you do not need to marry an English speaker in fact to become fluent in English. It's great if you can have connection, or friendship, or even more with an English speaker, but you do not have to marry an English speaker to become fluent in English. I would suggest to reach out to people with similar interests and discuss those interests with them in English. Maybe you're really into sports, you could find a sports community using social media, or maybe a forum online. That's a great way to connect with people. I would suggest you put your effort into finding people with similar interest who also speak English. Number four, English is the most difficult language to learn. This is simply not true for most English language learners. English can be more difficult for some people and easier for some people depending on your native language, and depending upon your experience learning languages. If you've already learned another language it can become easier an...
November 27, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl9O14qWvxo   Episode transcript below: Hello! How are you doing? Today is Black Friday. In the United States, this is a crazy day. I have to tell you a little bit about it and how it can benefit you. I recently came back to the United States after travelling a lot this year. And so I was here for Thanksgiving yesterday, which was lovely. I got to spend it with my family. And today is Black Friday. What the heck is Black Friday? That’s what all my international friends are asking me, because it’s a really big deal in the United States and it’s beginning to go to other countries. I know England and in other countries too, I’m sure, they’re picking up the Black Friday sale. So, Black Friday is a huge shopping day in the United States. It’s probably the biggest shopping day, because a lot of stores will offer their products at a special low price. So, they’ll have a lot of promotions and people get really crazy about this, because also the stores open up at early hours. Some stores even open up at midnight on Thursday, well, early Friday morning, right? So, to start off Black Friday as early as possible, it actually starts some places in the middle of the night. Crazy, right? So, I started wondering: where did Black Friday come from? Where did the name come from? You know I love language and I’m always curious about the meaning and where our vocabulary comes from. So, I thought you might like to know, because it will also help you with your English. So, Black Friday is always the day after Thanksgiving. Americans typically spend Thanksgiving at home with their families and then the next biggest holiday after Thanksgiving is Christmas. And so, for Christmas, we usually give gifts to each other. So, after Thanksgiving, people start to think about buying presents for their friends and family. So, the day after Thanksgiving, since often it’s a holiday, or people take the day off – Sorry, I shouldn’t say it’s a holiday. It’s not an official holiday. But most people try to take it off of work so that they can relax or go shopping. So it’s a really good time, very convenient for a lot of people, to go shopping. And so, this is the day of the year where a lot of shops will see a lot of sales, a lot of income, a lot of shoppers spending money. So, this is where Black Friday comes in. In accounting, we have two terms: “in the red” or “in the black”. If you are “in the red”, that means your business is losing money. If you are “in the black”, that means that your business is making money. You have a good income, you have profits: that’s “in the black”. So whenever you have negative money, it’s “in the red”. Whenever you have positive money, it’s “in the black”. And so that is one of the most popular explanations of why we call today Black Friday, because it’s the day when a lot of retailers will finally see profits. They’ll see a lot of profits; they’ll be in the black. So it’s Black Friday! Okay, so, what’s the connection? How can it benefit you as an English learner? Well, I started thinking about all of my English-teacher friends online. The last couple of months, I’ve been thinking about how to connect with them. You know that I’m all about connection, and especially for learning English, I believe in connecting with people through English. That should be our biggest priority, to be able to speak fluently and understand other people to connect with them. But I do that in other ways in my life, too. So you might not realize this – it’s kind of a secret, but not really a secret, we just don’t talk about it a lot – but a lot of the online English teachers are friends. So I reached out to the people who I know and who I respect, and I know that they’re doing an amazing job with their teaching online, and their products and courses. And I said, “Hey! Let’s offer something special to our English learners online for B...
November 20, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P9jhpomtP4     Episode transcript below:   It’s so good to see you. I’m so happy to see you. Nice to meet you. Nice to meet you. Please, ask me anything that you’d like. Great. I have four questions for you. The first one is I’d like to know nowadays, what is your biggest challenge with English? Speaking. Speaking, okay. Just speaking in conversation or for business, or for using English with friends? Is there something specifically that you’re having a problem with or a challenge with? Not work, for wok, just I want to make what I mean clear. Yes. Express yourself. Yes. Okay, I understand. And I think the more phrases that you become familiar with and you can understand more phrases and then use more phrases to express yourself specifically. So that’s your biggest challenge: to express yourself, what you mean to say. Do you think about using examples? Because I think examples are very powerful to show what you mean. So, if I say, ‘Do many tourists come to Japan?’, would you say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’? Maybe ‘Yes, many tourists come to Japan.’ But you can express yourself with an example, like, ‘Oh, the last time I went to Kyoto, I went to ­­­­­­­­­–Kiyomizu-dera, and I saw so many people. People everywhere.’ So, examples are really powerful. Do you feel like you use examples sometimes? Sometimes. Okay, great. Sometimes it takes me time to consider what to say. But let me ask you why are you learning with Go Natural English? At first, I learned from Fluent in 15. Okay, yes. It was very wonderful experience. Thank you. I didn’t have much opportunity to listen to native English speakers’ composition. So, I thought I had to get used to listen more. So, that’s great experience. Wonderful. Okay, so… Oh, go ahead. No, I reviewed each pack. Wonderful. Okay, great. Let me ask you my third question. So, what are three things that you like about Go Natural English courses? Just three things for example. Three things that you like. First, your English is very easy to understand for me. Great. Very clear. And your advice. Thanks to you, I get a very useful mind-set. At first, I was very annoyed making mistakes. But you always encourage us, ‘Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.’ So, I have gotten very positive mind-set. So now, I’m expert of making mistakes. I love that. That’s wonderful. And second is now, learning with English Insider, I practice pronunciation. I watch your mouth and tongue moving and how to make sound. So, that’s very useful for me. And third is Go Natural English Facebook. I think that is very great community, because there are many people with different backgrounds. So, I can learn not only English, but also very wide programs in the world. Yes. So, it’s very great experience for me. That’s wonderful. I’m so happy to hear those three things that you like. Thank you for that. Thank you about that. I really want to understand your experience and to improve the course. So I think it’s really helpful to know where to put my time and my energy to make the course better. So, I really appreciate that. I really appreciate your opinion. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me this morning. I really enjoyed company with you. Thank you. And I thank you for providing us with very interesting and useful programs. Thank you. I’ll do my best to continue and to make them better too. Thank you so much. So…
November 13, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHYK07EUzvs   Episode text below:   Hey, Go Natural English learner! How are you doing? I’m so happy you’re here today. We’re going to talk about classroom English versus real life English and how they’re not the same. Maybe you’ve thought about this before. Of course, classroom English is different from real life English, but how are they different and how could you actually be hurting your English fluency by learning in the classroom? It seems so counterintuitive: you want to study English, you sign up for English class, you go to your class every day, you learn from a good teacher, why are you still not fluent in English? These are the thought that you might be having in your own head. So, let’s talk about it a little bit. I taught English as a second language in a classroom for over ten years. That’s right, ten years. So, I know what it’s like. And I did my best to help my English learners to become fluent in English. But the fact is inside the classroom is not the real world. We can do role plays, we can pretend, we can act, we can do theatre, and that’s really fun, and they are all great ways to learn, especially at the beginning levels of English, but when you are ready to become and advanced, fluent English language speaker, you need to get out in the real world, you need to get out of the classroom. Here’s why. The classroom is rigid, the classroom is its own real world, its own bubble. In the classroom, you’re going to learn more classroom English, such as ‘Turn to page twenty,’ such as ‘Please, raise your hand,’ such as ‘Any questions?’ These are phrases that you don’t always hear on daily basis in the real world. Sure you might hear them, but it’s going to be more likely that you hear something different, like ‘Hey, what’re you doing? Where’re you going? What’re you up to?’ And these are phrases that… They’re a little bit casual for most English teachers to be teaching. Now, maybe you have a really great English teacher, and yes, I was a pretty good English teacher, but the thing is we often have to use textbooks, and textbooks can be quite rigid. And the time we have in the classroom is limited. So, as teachers we can’t always cover natural, conversational, casual English in the classroom. When you learn English in a classroom with an English teacher, that English teacher might be an amazing English teacher, but they might only have experience as an English teacher, not in the specific area that you want to learn English for. For example, if you want to become a doctor, you want to learn medical English. Or if you want to have conversational English, maybe out in the world, like in a bar or a restaurants, well, sure your English teacher might have experience in bars and restaurants, but in the classroom, they’re probably not focusing on English for the bar. Anyway, other specific examples. If you want to be a pilot, a flight attendant, these are English for specific purposes. So, you may want to find a course or a teacher that helps you in those areas. If you’re preparing for a test, find a teacher who can help you with those areas. So perhaps, you have a course or a tutor that can help you, but just be aware of what you want to learn, what are your goals and can your teacher, can your class, can your textbook help you with those. Another thing is inside the classroom, conversations can seem a bit forced, scripted. You might be reading examples from a textbook, and then, your teacher calls on you, and you know you have to answer. But in real life, how do you know when to join the conversation? I find this is a big issue for a lot of English learners.
November 6, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhlW1ma6AmM   Episode Transcript Below: Hey! What’s up? Welcome to Go Natural English. In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about what to do when you don’t feel like studying English. I know your goal is to get fluent in English, that’s why you’re here. And I’m here to help you. But I also know that sometimes you can lose motivation. You might feel like you’re tired, you just might feel like you don’t have the time or maybe you have other things that you’d rather be doing besides studying English. So, in this episode, I’m going to give you some pointers, some suggestions that I think will  really help you to stay on track towards your goal for fluency in English. And before I forget, I want to invite you to sign up for the free ‘7 Steps to Fluency’ course at GoNaturalEnglish.com/7steps. And at the end of this episode, I’ll link to that page again. So, you don’t have to go right now, you can watch this episode and then meet me there after. So, we have a few different ways to get us motivated to study English. First of all, with anything, like whether it’s studying or going to the gym, I always remind myself that a little bit is better than nothing. So for example, like if I don’t feel like going to the gym, I remind myself that fifteen minute in the gym is better than nothing. I can get on the treadmill, I can break a sweat, and I can feel like I had a little workout in fifteen or twenty minutes, and that’s way better than nothing. So, the same thing is true for your English study. And I think it’s even easier to do more in fifteen minutes sometimes than if you study for an hour, because if you stay super focused for fifteen minutes, and you know that’s all the time you have, you might actually be able to do more than if you’re half focused or a little bit focused for an hour. So, just try to take a little bit of time, stay super focused during that time, and it’s going to be way better than nothing, and maybe even better than longer time unfocused. Next, try making your English study like a game. So, see if you can challenge yourself to do better than the last time you studied. Sort of like breaking your best score or doing better than before at a videogame or something, at some game you play, or maybe you like to play a sport. So, how can you challenge yourself to do a little bit better each time you study English? With things that I’m learning or challenges that I try to force myself to do, I love to time myself. I think timing yourself with a stopwatch can make it a fun game. For example, if I time myself for fifteen minutes, how many articles in the news can I read in the language I’m learning? So, maybe for you, how many flesh cards you can look at with vocabulary words that you’re trying to remember? Or just the same example that I gave just now. Try to see how many short news articles you can read in fifteen minutes. Or with a longer article, how much of it you can read at that time. So, try to gamify your English learning. And the easy way to do that is to use a stopwatch on your smartphone or online. The next thing you can do (and there’s three more things). One thing is make it a habit. So, studying English will become much easier if you kind of put yourself on autopilot and make it a habit that you do the same time every day, especially if you have some habits that you do before or maybe a reward that you give yourself after. For example (and I keep likening studying English to going to the gym, because it’s something that’s good for you, but sometimes you don’t feel like doing it), so I try to make going to the gym a habit that I do every that it’s possible. Like if I’m on an airplane or something,
October 30, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRBaEM3ngCc   Hey there! What’s up? Welcome to Go Natural English. I’m here with you today on my porch. It’s a beautiful evening. It’s a great time to talk about how you can improve your English fluency with the top 10 phrasal verbs. So, I’d like to share these with you. I’m not holding back any secrets. These are the top ten phrasal verbs that you need to know and examples of each. Now, first of all a phrasal verb is a verb plus a preposition. And often in English, that preposition will change the meaning of the verb. So, for example, ‘get’ usually means ‘to receive something’. But, for example, if I say, ‘Get out,’ it means ‘Leave, exit.’ So, the meaning is different. I think you can see how a phrasal verb is different. And what’s really special and interesting about phrasal verbs is that native speakers use them all the time. We use them a lot more than a more formal version of the verb, like ‘leave’. I would tell my friend ‘Get out,’ I wouldn’t say ‘Leave.’ Well, that would be kind of rude in either situation. But anyway, what I want to help you out with are the top ten phrasal verbs. And this episode is just scratching the surface. These are all phrasal verbs that are included in the new Go Natural English course that the GNE team and I are working on really, really hard right now so that we can release it early next year and so that you can be a part of it. So, this course covers a lot of areas. The phrasal verbs are one of five things that you’re going to learn in the course. It’s going to be super awesome. So, I just wanted to mention that I’m working hard on it, and I hope that you’ll keep your eyes open to find out more about it. So, let’s start with the ten verbs. The first one, ‘come’. So, for example, ‘come by’ means ‘to find’. ‘Hey, did you come by my keys anywhere? I can’t find them anywhere.’ The next one is ‘get’. ‘Get by’ means ‘to do the minimum amount of work required’. For example, ‘I’m just getting by in my English class, because I never do my homework. But I participate in class, so I’m doing okay, I’m getting by, I’ll have a passing grade.’ ‘Make for’. I say, ‘Make for the hills.’ That means ‘Run, run away.’ ‘Make for’ is to go in a specific direction. ‘Go for’ is different. You think that since ‘make for’ means ‘go’, ‘go for’ would mean the same thing? It doesn’t. Of course not. ‘Go for’ means ‘to pursue something’. ‘Hey, I think I’m going to go for a degree program.’ ‘Put’. ‘Put up’ means ‘to withstand something’. ‘I can put up with hot weather better than cold weather.’ ‘Take up’ means ‘to start or to begin something’. ‘So, I’m thinking about taking up a new hobby. I really like sports, so maybe I’ll take up a new sport.’ ‘Break’. ‘Break into’ means like when a robber enters your house without permission. They break in or break into a house. ‘Look into’ means ‘to research something’. ‘Oh, let’s find some information about the best place to travel over a next vacation.’ ‘I’ll look into it.’ ‘Pull up’. ‘Pull up’ means ‘to find’, maybe ‘to research and to find some information’. ‘Did you know the information, the phone number for that restaurant I want to go to?’ ‘I’ll pull up the information.’ ‘Pick up’ is ‘to start something’. So, I mentioned ‘I’m going to take up a new hobby.’ Well, ‘pick up’ is similar. ‘I’m going to pick up a new hobby.’ ‘Set on’. ‘Set on’ can be ‘to feel determined’. ‘I’m set on helping you to become fluent in English if you’ll let me.’ ‘Keep on’, our last one.
October 23, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYM92pioYyQ   Episode transcript below:   Hey! How’s it going? ‘Why is it that I can understand some native English speakers and not others?’ This is a really common question that I’ve been getting over and over from you, members of the Go Natural English community. And I think it’s a really good question to discuss in this episode. Don’t you think so? So, why is it that you can understand some native English speakers, like me. I know that a lot of you while I’ve received many, many, many emails saying, ‘Oh my Gosh, this is so exciting! Gabby, I can understand every single word you’re saying.’ Or ‘Wow, I can’t believe I understand 70% of what you’re saying. This is amazing. I’ve never felt this way before. I feel so good when I listen to your English, Gabby. But why when I listen to other native English speakers, can’t I understand them?’ So, let’s talk about that. Today, we’re going to solve this problem, and I’m going to share resources, suggestions with you on how to fix this problem. This is some big deal, because you don’t want to feel left out of native English conversatione. It feels horrible. It feels really horrible when you cannot understand some native speakers, but you can understand others, because it makes you wonder is this your problem, is that the native speakers’ problem, is there something wrong with them or is there something wrong with you. It’s embarrassing when you’re in a group of native speakers, and maybe you can understand some of them, but not others. Or maybe in the morning, you’re watching a Go Natural English video or listening to the podcast, and then in the afternoon, you go to talk with your native English speaker friend or your colleges, and you can’t understand some of them. So, in this episode, we’re going to solve that. So first of all, natives talk funny. Native English speakers have different ways of talking. I’m a native English speaker. I was born and raised in United States of America, and I speak a very standard kind of American English. I was born in Minneapolis, so some people who are really, really good at English know that sometimes, there’s a tiny, tiny, incy-wincy hint of that kind of regional accent in my English. But not so much. I tend to speak standard English, because as I was growing up, I actually moved to different states. I lived in Minnesota until I was ten, and then Hawaii until I was thirteen, and then Indiana, until I was fifteen, and then Maine until I was twenty, Massachusetts until recently. So anyway, I’m a very good kind of even English. So anyway, my English is really clear, because I also have over ten years of experience teaching English as a second language, travelling the world and working with English-as-the-second language speakers. Other native English speakers don’t have the same experience, they’re not English teachers. So, in order to communicate with people, they just speak like they would speak with other native English speakers. I’m speaking to you right now like I would speak to my native English-speaking friends. What I mean is I think I’m more aware of speaking clearly, I annunciate my words. People that work on the radio or in broadcasting, or on TV also speak very clearly whether they’re English speakers or not. Other people that are used to working all day every day with other Americans speak pretty quickly, and they might combine their words more. So, for example, I might say, ‘Don’t you know how to understand native English?’, and they might say, ‘Don’t you know how to understand native English?’ ‘Don’t you know?’ Which is also vert Minnesotan of me to say.
October 16, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSKkrdFAMU0     Episode transcript below: Hello! How are you doing? I’m so excited to talk to you about why you should become fluent in English. Maybe you’ve thought about why you want to become fluent in English language. Maybe you haven’t thought much about it. Maybe you’ve just been studying, because it’s something you are required to do or you think you should do, but maybe you haven’t thought much about it. Well, if you have or haven’t, either way, this episode of Go Natural English is going to present some ideas that are probably new, you probably haven’t thought about. And so, I’m going to share with you my reasons why I think English fluency is the best thing that you can do for yourself. So, I’ve made a lot of notes, so I’ll be looking over at them while I talk to you. So, a lot of people talk about why you should become fluent, and I think there’re some basic reasons that you probably already know. I’m going to say these, and you’re going to think, ‘Duh. Yeah, I know that.’ So, for example, freedom of communication. English is the language of the Internet, the language of science, medicine, technology, travel. You can find out a lot of information in English. As opposed to, perhaps, if your native language is not as widely used as English. So also, English can give you a lot of opportunities to travel abroad, to study abroad. When you travel, you might want to use English to communicate with people who speak other languages. Maybe English is their native language, maybe it’s not. Did you know that there’s more people in the world that speak English as a second language (or third, or fourth, or fifth) than people who speak it as their native language. I just think it’s a fascinating fact. So, English is really the language that we use to connect with each other internationally. So, if you want to travel the world and work abroad, or study abroad, or meet people from different countries, English is the best way to be able to do that. I was lucky that I was born into an English-speaking family in an English-speaking country, so I have English, but I’ve worked really hard to become fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, I can speak some French and Japanese, so I know what it’s like to learn another language. Also, English, of course, is really helpful for your career. Most careers will benefit from speaking English. If you work with international colleagues, if you have to travel for work, if you have to do research for work, if you’re selling things to people in different countries or doing marketing (I mean I could go on and on, and on), if you work in tourism of any kind, if you work in a hotel, restaurant, giving tours or anything like that, really, your career is going to benefit from English. Think about if you want to go to a conference overseas, you’re going to benefit from knowing English. So, all of these things so far, you’re probably thinking, ‘Okay, Gabby. I’ve already thought of that. Really, what’s new?’ Well, I’m going to share my not-so-obvious reasons for becoming fluent in English. And before I do that, I want to talk to you about levels of fluency in English. Because I think that fluency in English means that you can do what you want to do in English. So, if you want to order coffee, for example (I just got a coffee myself, so that was the first thing I thought of). I ordered my coffee in English, because I’m here in Bangkok actually, and I don’t speak enough Thai to order my coffee in Thai. But I did learn how to say ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank you’. But anyway, I said, ‘Could I please have a coffee?’ So, ‘Could I please have a coffee?’ Was that five, six words? Well, for that moment,
October 7, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jFv88ZK5Zs     Episode transcript below:   Hello! How’s it going? Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Fluency in the English language. This is without a doubt the best place to learn how to become fluent in English and what not to do, things to avoid on your journey to fluency. I have an extensive, exhaustive list of what to do and what not to do to become fluent in English that I have to look down at my laptop to remember everything. So, let’s get started with the first and possibly most important tip right away. You need to become an independent and motivated English learner. Without proactive action on your part, you cannot become fluent. You cannot rely on other people to tell you what to do. You have to be motivated on your own as an independent learner to become fluent in English. So, this is about your mind set. Before you even touch a textbook or watch a lesson, you need to be motivated and independent to become fluent in English. Next, know your goals. What do you want to learn in English? Do you want to know English to become a doctor? Or do you want to know English for general conversation? Your goal will determine what you study. Next, change your thinking. You have to consider yourself an English speaker from the beginning, from the get-go. Don’t consider yourself an English learner or a student of English. Start thinking of yourself now, from today, as an English speaker. Next, find a conversation partner. You need to practice whether it’s with a tutor teacher or a friend who will help you to practice. You could find a conversation partner which means someone who wants to learn your native language in exchange for helping you with English. Now, there’s a lot of sites on-line where you can find an on-line conversation partner. Or if you’re lucky enough to live in a city with a lot of English speaker, or you could find an in-person face-to-face language exchange partner. Next… Next, my computer should turn back on. Okay. Get more out of listening to English. Don’t just focus on the meaning of the words you hear, but listen to how the words are set. Listen carefully to pronunciation, intonation, stress, and how we use English as native speakers. Next, don’t stress out. If you make a mistake, just keep going. This is so important. Relax and enjoy your journey to fluency. Have fun with it. Don’t stress out. If you make a mistake, just let it go. Next, try keeping a speaking journal. This is a great strategy to practice and also to see your improvement over time. You could keep your speaking journal on your smartphone or another device when you can record. And try speaking a little bit every day recording yourself and listening to it later on to check and see how you can improve and how you are improving. Next, practice common sentence structures. Learn phrases that will be useful for your conversations in English. It could include, for example, ‘I think that’, ‘It’s interesting that’, ‘I find it’, ‘It’s better to’ and so on. You need to review, review, review, review. This is super important. Don’t expect yourself remember everything the first time that you learn it. Unless you’re some kind of superhero, it’s just not something that you should expect yourself to do, to be able to remember everything that first time. We have to repeat, reuse, review, reflect. Use it and recycle it to remember it. All right, next, we need to learn to think in English. You have to begin to use English in every way you can, and that begins with your thoughts. So,
September 30, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5hdCi9cZK0   Episode transcript below:   Hey! How are you doing? In this episode of Go Natural English, I’m going to share a number one thing that you need for English fluency. The first thing that you need first and foremost is not a textbook. It’s not even a lesson. What you need to know is why you are learning English. I help you to understand what you need to say in English, how you should say it, how you can learn English, but what I can’t tell you is why you are learning English. That has to come from inside you. And I want to know what is your reason why you want English fluency. This is so important for you to think about and to know, because it will keep you motivated, it will keep you going when English becomes challenging. And let’s face it, English can be really challenging. So, we have to ask ourselves why do we want to be fluent in English. I receive thousands of e-mails from people asking me, ‘Gabby, how do I become fluent in English?’ And I’m happy to help you. That’s why I’m here. But you can help me by thinking about and telling me in the comments right here why do you want to be fluent in English. Why? Really, ask yourself why, and then ask yourself why again. I ask myself this with Go Natural English, ‘Why do I want to help people become fluent in English?’ Well, I think it’s great to be able to communicate and connect with people, I think it will help you in your professional life, maybe to get a better job, to work overseas, to travel. You can make more friends if you speak English. It will even give you confidence and help you with your personal development in life. It will bring you knowledge. You can learn about the world through English. There’s lots of reasons why I love teaching English to you through Go Natural English. But really the number one reason why is freedom. I created Go Natural English so that I could have more freedom as a teacher. But I also created it to give you more freedom  as an English learner, because you can learn with Go Natural English anywhere anytime. That’s freedom. You can self-study, and you can interact and ask questions, and you can practice together with our on-line community. You can join a paid Premium Class, and you can learn more and have the freedom to do that anywhere anytime. And it gives you the freedom and opportunity to do more and achieve your goals through English. That’s my ‘why’. I want to know your ‘why’. So please, take two minutes, think about why you’re learning English and tell me. Tell me please, I really want to know. Now, moving forward. Things are changing a little bit here on the Go Natural English YouTube channel. I’ve thought about why I’m helping people learn English at Go Natural English, and I think that moving forward, we can improve by going deeper with each English tip episode. So, from October, moving forward October 2015, we’re going to have one longer episode every week where I go deeper into answering one of your questions. So, next week, we’re going to go deep learning several points (I can’t even count them all, there’s so many) on how to become fluent in English. So, I hope you come back, I hope you check out the episode, and I hope you love it so much that you watch it, you share it with your friends and that you comment on it too. So now, you know my ‘why’, you know what’s going on moving forward with Go Natural English. I hope that you enjoy it, and I hope to hear from you to learn your ‘why’. Please, share it with us. We want to know. Alright. So, I look forward to seeing your comment real soon. Bye for now. The post
September 28, 2015
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJb5e27gRrw   Episode transcript below:   Hey! How are you doing? Today, I have a question for you, and you’re going to give me your answer. See, usually in these quick English tip videos that I’ve been making three times a week every week this year, I tell you some information. But this time, it’s different. This time, I want to ask you, the Go Natural English audience, a really important question. I want to know the best way to move forward with the Go Natural English YouTube channel, podcast and blogpost at gonaturalenglish.com. So, I want to ask you what is your biggest challenge in English? Please, take a minute right now and leave a comment on this video to tell me what is your biggest challenge in English. And moving forward the rest of this year, I’ll create my best English quick tip answers to help you and the Go Natural English community here online. So, I really appreciate your answer. I will read each and every one and do my best to respond, especially to the ones that will help many people. So please, take a minute and leave a comment telling me what is your biggest challenge in English. Thank you so much. This is a huge help. And it’ll make me really happy to see your comment. So, thanks in advance for that. Alright, I’ll see you real soon. Bye for now. The post Your biggest challenge for fluency in English appeared first on Go Natural English.
September 25, 2015
Are you able to learn to speak and understand American English? Gabby says that while English is a crazy language, if you have the ability to speak, you can learn other languages beside your native language, including English. It is well worth the effort as English is spoken around the world. With Gabby’s release of the Go Natural English book, you will have at your disposal a wonderful tool to make the most of your American English journey. Along with the book, when you visit gonaturalenglish.com you will be introduced to materials and support to help you with your learning. Don’t be afraid to explore the Go Natural English method and see how you can reinforce your language skills, while at the same time meeting other American English learners with whom you can communicate.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6RtqHdMX7M   Episode transcript below: Hello, and welcome to Go Natural English. I am so excited to announce the release of the Go Natural English book. This book will share with you the natural way of learning language. I’m Gabby Wallace, your American English teacher and Number One fluency coach. And I’m here to share special strategies I’ve developed for learning the English language. English is a crazy language, but I believe it is possible for anyone to learn it, and that includes you. It’s our natural ability to be able to use language to communicate with each other, and if you can speak your native language, then you can speak English. In the book you’ll learn strategies for speaking English with confidence and fluency. You’ll see real examples from native speaker conversations broken down into lessons that you can easily understand, and vocabulary that you can use in your everyday conversations. I believe this book is the perfect guide for the intermediate English learner who desires to become fluent and confident to use English as a tool in your daily life, to live the life that you want, an international life where you’re connecting with people from all over the world, and you’re using English as a tool to be able to pursue your passion, and your professional life. So, if you’d like to find out more about the book, come to gonaturalenglish.com/book – that’s b-o-o-k. I’ll see you there. Bye for now. The post Fluency in 15 Minutes a Day – Go Natural English Book Release News appeared first on Go Natural English.
September 23, 2015
The seventh step to fluency with the Go Natural English method is to repeat, review, and grow. What does this mean? Well, as you learn you should be repeating what you have learned to reinforce it in your mind. Throughout your English learning experience you should also continue to review the materials. As you blend the new materials with the information that you already know, you will see that your path to fluency becomes quicker and easier. As you review and repeat the material, you will be surprised at your growth in English.   At Go Natural English, Gabby wants you to have all the materials, support, and practice that you need to become a successful American English speaker.  Try to watch and listen to as many English videos and podcasts as you can. In addition to that, push yourself to read more and try writing simple sentences at first, and then gradually create larger sentences and turn them into paragraphs.   Languages are living, changing entities and learning a language should be an adventure. Seek out native American English speakers and talk to them. Find newspapers, magazines, and books to read that challenge your skills a little bit. Listen to music and American English shows so you can learn to imitate the sounds. You can do it!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b__tVWdkx2Q   Episode transcript below:   And welcome to Step 7 of the 7 Steps to Fluency with the Go Natural English method. Step 7 is to review, repeat, and grow. You want to review the vocabulary, and the phrases, and everything that you’re learning in English. You want to repeat the other six steps that I mentioned before, and you want to continue to grow with your English skills. Find different ways of expressing yourself. Find synonyms; find related words or antonyms, the opposite of the words that you’ve just learned. The beautiful thing about learning a language is that you can continue to evolve with the language. You can continue to develop your skills. It is an ongoing, living adventure and that is so exciting. I hope that you enjoy continually developing your skills with the English language. It is a real pleasure to be able to do that throughout life, and I want to give you the tools and the guidance to become a lifelong independent learner, so that English becomes your tool that you are constantly using and improving on. I want English to become your tool for a wonderful, successful, enjoyable, and meaningful life. So, thank you for being a part of the Go Natural English community. I’m so happy to have shared the 7 Steps to Fluency with you. Please come back and see me again at gonaturalenglish.com and I hope to see you become part of the premium Go Natural English course. Thanks so much for watching and I hope to see you again real soon. Bye for now. Hey guys, one last thing before you go. I’d like to share all seven of the Go Natural English steps to fluency with you in a free mini course. You’ll receive all the videos, all the audio, and transcripts of everything if you come to gonaturalenglish.com/7steps, that’s the number 7 s-t-e-p-s. Alright, I hope to see you there so that I can share this awesome English learning material with you to help you get fluent. So, let’s go I’ll see you there. The post Step 7 for Fluent English Listening and Speaking appeared first on Go Natural English.
September 21, 2015
One of the most important things to do with any new skill that you have learned is to use it immediately, and often. This goes for learning a new language as well. As soon as you learn new words or phrases, be sure to work them into conversations as soon as you can after learning them. This will reinforce what you have learned, and it will help you become fluent faster.   I cannot stress enough how important this step is. Once you begin to expand your vocabulary and your knowledge of idioms, you will be able to understand more of the conversations you hear, and you will be able to contribute more of your own thoughts and ideas.   Visit gonaturalenglish.com and learn about all of the materials and support you can get from Go Natural English. Gabby, your American English teacher, is excited to meet new learners and to be able to help them on the way to English fluency.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKXGGpiTv2I   Episode transcript below: Step 6 of the 7 steps to fluency at Go Natural English is to actually use your new words as soon as you can. It’s okay if you don’t use them correctly at first because you want to get feedback so that you can understand how to really use the word correctly. So, use the word. You can use it in a variety of ways. Of course, you can use it in conversation with another English speaker. You could use it in a class with your English teacher or tutor. You could use it in your own writing, or even in a search on the Internet and see what comes up. You can use the word to yourself in your mind. You could find a song that has the word and sing it to yourself, or better yet, create a song. So, using vocabulary is very important and this is different than simply repeating the word because when we use the word, we need to use it as a tool, perhaps for communication or for pleasure, for enjoyment such as singing a song, or reading, or writing a poem, or a journal entry, or a blog post. But this step is all about using the word as a tool, and getting feedback on it so you can refine the way that you use it to sound more like a fluent, native English speaker. Hey guys, one last thing before you go. I’d like to share all seven of the Go Natural English steps to fluency with you in a free mini course. You’ll receive all the videos, all the audio, and transcripts of everything if you come to gonaturalenglish.com/7steps, that’s the number 7 s-t-e-p-s. Alright, I hope to see you there so that I can share this awesome English learning material with you to help you get fluent. So, let’s go I’ll see you there. The post Step 6 for Fluent English Listening and Speaking appeared first on Go Natural English.
September 18, 2015
Have you ever been affected by a smell or scent that took you back to a place from your past? This often happens because in our minds we have associated that particular aroma with an event. This is a similar process that we can use to associate words with other words or ideas.   In this fifth step for English fluency Gabby talks about connecting words in your mind as an aid to remembering new vocabulary. Anything you can do to make it easier to learn a new language is a good thing. Never give up. Just try to find ways past any obstacles that you encounter on your English-language learning journey.   For more tips and resources to help you become more fluent in American English, be sure to visit gonaturalenglish.com and introduce yourself to the Go Natural English community. You will find useful resources there as well as many other learners who want to improve their English language skills. You are not alone.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIZ3JhyAKIU   Video transcript below:   Step 5 in the 7 Steps to Fluency in the Go Natural English method is to connect new words with other old words that you already know. So, if you know a word that sounds similar, or perhaps is a synonym either in English or in your native language, you can connect them in your mind. You can connect your new word with a feeling, or maybe a smell, or a sound. It could be anything really but the important thing is to connect that new word with something you’re already familiar with, and comfortable with. Also, the step 5 is important to connect not only the idea of the word with something you already know, but to connect the new word with a situation that you might use it in. Connect the new word with other words to make a phrase that you can imagine using in an everyday situation. So, step 5 is to connect in various ways Hey guys, one last thing before you go. I’d like to share all seven of the Go Natural English Steps to Fluency with you in a free mini course. You’ll receive all the videos, all the audio, and transcripts of everything if you come to gonaturalenglish.com/7steps – that’s the number 7 s-t-e-p-s. Alright, I hope to see you there so that I can share this awesome English-learning material with you to help you get fluent. So, let’s go. I’ll see you there. The post Step 5 for Fluent English Listening and Speaking appeared first on Go Natural English.
September 16, 2015
Practice! Practice! Practice! I am sure that you have heard this said many times for, a variety of scenarios from sports, to music, to academic studies. You not only have to practice your English but you must practice pronouncing the words correctly. It does you no good if you continually mispronounce the words you hear.   Your Go Natural English teacher, Gabby, stresses the point in this fourth step to American English fluency. Language fluency comes faster when you constantly use the new words and phrases that you have learned. By imitating the pronunciations you hear from native American English speakers, you will be reinforcing correct pronunciation while strengthening your overall English language skills.   If you listen to English every day, and read, and write what you have heard, you will be surprised at how quickly your language skills improve. Also, make sure you visit gonaturalenglish.com and connect with the Go Natural English community so you can practice, practice, and practice some more.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJaaAxmq9LU   Episode transcript below:   The Go Natural English method Step 4 to fluency is once you’ve identified new words, and you know the meaning of the new words, then you must use them immediately. If you don’t feel ready to use them immediately in a conversation, there are other ways to use the word. You can simply repeat the word out loud to yourself, or you can think the word to yourself quietly in your mind. Even doing that will really help you to remember the word. I suggest that you listen to the word the way a native speaker says it and then you repeat the word out loud to yourself. You could do this in the quiet of your own home; you could do it wherever you are just saying the word quietly to yourself. Repeat it several times and try to make a connection in your mind with the sounds of the new word and a word that you already know. It could be a word in English or a word in your native language, but it’s very important to connect new information with old information. That’s how our memory can be accelerated, and how we can learn faster, and reach fluency faster. Hey guys, one last thing before you go. I’d like to share all seven of the Go Natural English steps to fluency with you in a free mini course. You’ll receive all the videos, all the audio, and transcripts of everything if you come to gonaturalenglish.com/7steps – that’s the number 7 s-t-e-p-s. Alright, I hope to see you there so that I can share this awesome English-learning material with you to help you get fluent. So, let’s go. I’ll see you there. The post Step 4 for Fluent English Listening and Speaking appeared first on Go Natural English.
September 14, 2015
In this third step toward American English fluency, Gabby talks about how you should try to push yourself to listen to materials that might seem a bit more difficult for you. If you’re always listening to materials that you completely understand, you won’t learn new words and phrases.   As your listening and conversational skills improve, you need to find more difficult materials to use. If you read books, you should continually raise the level of difficulty so that you are constantly learning and improving. As you read, or listen to audio books or music, write down the words or phrases that you don’t understand so that you can look up the definitions later.   One way to stay engaged in your American English journey is to vary the types of materials you use. In any given day you can listen to lots of music, you can read a variety of books, newspapers, and magazines, and you can watch different types of TV shows or videos. The key is to keep it interesting and not to let yourself get bored or tired of the materials. The Go Natural English community is there to support you in your learning. Reach out and get to know them.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iENT7vHMyg   Episode transcript below:   The third step to fluency the Go Natural English way is to pay attention, or to understand that you don’t know everything. So, try to understand which areas, or which words in English you don’t understand. If you don’t understand about 30% of what you’re listening to, that is a good material to listen to because it will challenge you to learn more. If you understand about 80%, or 90%, or 100%, then that material is great but it should just be regular maintenance. You are not going to learn a lot of new vocabulary from something that you completely understand. So, if you are aware that you cannot understand about 30% or more of what you’re listening to, then it’s a good challenge material. If you cannot understand more than 50% of what you’re listening to, then it’s too difficult. Try something that’s a little bit easier. Now, when you’re listening to material that is good for your level and giving you a little challenge you have to pick out or select the words that are new, that you don’t know yet so that you can research them, so that you can ask your native speaker teacher or friends about what those words mean. And that is how we grow our vocabulary, little by little, listening to the kinds of materials that we want to be able to understand and to speak like. So, step three is to notice the new words that you want to learn. The post Step 3 for Fluent English Listening and Speaking appeared first on Go Natural English.
September 11, 2015
This Go Natural American English tip from Gabby is, in my mind, one of the most important. It has been said that immersion in a culture is the best way to learn a foreign language. If living in another country is not possible, then the next best thing is to listen to as much of the language as you can.   You should try to read a little bit more every day and listen to television and radio shows as often as you can. Try to mimic the accents that you hear. Audio books are a great way to listen to a language. You can use the time that you spend riding the train or bus to listen to a few book chapters. If you don’t have audio books, then listen to song lyrics and try to imitate the way the words sound. Whatever you do, never give up.   Be sure to visit gonaturalenglish.com and discover a community of American English learners who are experiencing the same struggles, anxieties, and even joys of learning a new language. You will be amazed at how quickly your fluency improves once you start spending time immersed in the language.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTWirJIlk4E   Episode transcript below:   The second step to fluency here at Go Natural English is to listen a lot. Listen! Not to everything but listen specifically to the kind of English that you want to be able to understand and to speak. So, for example, if you’re interested in being able to discuss the news with people, you should listen to the news in English. If you want to talk about sports with your friends in English, then listen to sports news. If you want to be able to have regular conversations with people, then perhaps watch some sitcoms on TV, or listen in to real conversations, or listen to podcasts. They’re a great way to hear natural English. So again, step two is to listen a lot, and make English a part of your daily life so that you’re listening to English a little bit, or a lot, every day. The post Step 2 for Fluent English Listening and Speaking appeared first on Go Natural English.
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