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February 20, 2020
Today we're talking about some "weird" things that native English speakers do, and maybe you should do them too!
January 30, 2020
Link to learn more about studying at EC: http://bit.ly/38M3YnV #sponsored #ec #studyabroad Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg Join Go Natural English on social media! → Facebook: https://facebook.com/gonaturalenglish → Twitter: https://twitter.com/gonaturaleng → Instagram: https://instagram.com/gonaturalenglish → Youtube: https://goo.gl/ogjdBV About Go Natural English: In regular English classes, you learn English grammar and English vocabulary, and in our English speaking lessons, you'll learn English the Go Natural English way - with advice to help you speak English like a native, with real English conversation and listening practice. Here you'll finally learn American English with a focus on English speaking skills. Unlock the English speaking world and finally understand English conversation. Learn how to speak English fluently with our English speaking course! Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
January 23, 2020
How do you know what level your spoken English skills are? Here's a self-assessment test that will help you understand how well you really speak English!   Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg Join Go Natural English on social media! → Facebook: https://facebook.com/gonaturalenglish → Twitter: https://twitter.com/gonaturaleng → Instagram: https://instagram.com/gonaturalenglish → Youtube: https://goo.gl/ogjdBV   About Go Natural English: In regular English classes, you learn English grammar and English vocabulary, and in our English speaking lessons, you'll learn English the Go Natural English way - with advice to help you speak English like a native, with real English conversation and listening practice. Here you'll finally learn American English with a focus on English speaking skills. Unlock the English speaking world and finally understand English conversation. Learn how to speak English fluently with our English speaking course! Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
January 22, 2020
How do you really learn a language to fluency, fast? Here are 7 ideas! Click here to join the Language Sprint opportunity: http://bit.ly/gabbysprint The coupon code is : SPRINT154 (10€ on the first month) #Sponsored #Lingoda #GoNaturalEnglish Join Go Natural English on social media! → Facebook: https://facebook.com/gonaturalenglish → Twitter: https://twitter.com/gonaturaleng → Instagram: https://instagram.com/gonaturalenglish → Youtube: https://goo.gl/ogjdBV About Go Natural English: In regular English classes, you learn English grammar and English vocabulary, and in our English speaking lessons, you'll learn English the Go Natural English way - with advice to help you speak English like a native, with real English conversation and listening practice. Here you'll finally learn American English with a focus on English speaking skills. Unlock the English speaking world and finally understand English conversation. Learn how to speak English fluently with our English speaking course! Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
January 21, 2020
You want to tell people about your English level. So, how do you describe your English speaking skills in the best way? Here's what NOT to say, and what to say instead! Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg   Join Go Natural English on social media! → Facebook: https://facebook.com/gonaturalenglish → Twitter: https://twitter.com/gonaturaleng → Instagram: https://instagram.com/gonaturalenglish → Youtube: https://goo.gl/ogjdBV About Go Natural English: In regular English classes, you learn English grammar and English vocabulary, and in our English speaking lessons, you'll learn English the Go Natural English way - with advice to help you speak English like a native, with real English conversation and listening practice. Here you'll finally learn American English with a focus on English speaking skills. Unlock the English speaking world and finally understand English conversation. Learn how to speak English fluently with our English speaking course! Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
January 13, 2020
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January 13, 2020
Good News! A Study Routine can be fun, easy and motivating!   Let’s talk about a daily routine because this will help you build good habits. It’s proven to be better to study for a little bit each day than to cram for a big event once in a blue moon. The idea is to develop good habits that make studying easy, automatic.   I like to USED TO as an acronym...   UNDERSTAND my bigger goals SCHEDULE my studies for the same time each day ENJOY a cup of coffee or tea DEVELOP my skills over time   TRY new materials to challenge myself OWN my results (understand that I am responsible for my outcome)   My study time wisely   Examples of how I would suggest you use your English study time:   Write down your big goals Break them down weekly and daily Choose materials that can help you reach your goals GNE videos :-) Other materials such as news articles, songs in English, podcasts, TV shows, movies etc Test your understanding Try your own examples Get feedback REFLECT on your challenges and improvements. Where to start tomorrow? Build each day!   Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg   Join Go Natural English on social media! → Facebook: https://facebook.com/gonaturalenglish → Twitter: https://twitter.com/gonaturaleng → Instagram: https://instagram.com/gonaturalenglish → Youtube: https://goo.gl/ogjdBV   About Go Natural English:   In regular English classes, you learn English grammar and English vocabulary, and in our English speaking lessons, you'll learn English the Go Natural English way - with advice to help you speak English like a native, with real English conversation and listening practice. Here you'll finally learn American English with a focus on English speaking skills. Unlock the English speaking world and finally understand English conversation. Learn how to speak English fluently with our English speaking course! Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
January 11, 2020
Intensifiers -- Americans love to sound exciting and interesting by using intensifiers. Yes, they can be overused, but I notice that many English learners don’t use them at all! The English students I have who DO use them sound much more natural and native-like.    Intensifiers you probably already know include: So Really Very   And also we can use more interesting words instead of simply re-using these 3 basic words over and over.   Very big = enormous Very small = tiny Very smart = brilliant Very bad = awful, horrible, dreadful Very sure = certain Very good = excellent, amazing, awesome Very tasty = delicious   Examples: Your house is very big → enormous My apartment is very small → tiny You are very smart → brilliant This movie is very bad → awful I’m very sure I left my keys on the table → I’m certain This book is very good → excellent This food is very tasty → delicious   We can also add more interesting intensifiers before the better vocabulary words: Absolutely Awfully* Completely Exceptionally Particularly Quite Totally Dangerously highly You’ll notice that often, certain intensifiers are paired with specific vocabulary words, for example: Absolutely dreadful, horrible, delicious Absolutely amazing, incredible, wonderful, fantastic, brilliant Awfully good, interesting Completely exhausted Exceptionally intelligent Particularly helpful Quite certain Totally crazy Dangerously fast Highly dangerous   Remember these pairings, called collocations! You’ll sound much more native-like. We can mix them up in different combinations too, but those are really common and easy to memorize and start using.   Examples   Your house is very big → absolutely enormous My apartment is very small → awfully tiny You are very smart → totally brilliant This movie is very bad → completely awful I’m very sure I left my keys on the table → I’m quite certain This book is very good → particularly excellent This food is very tasty → dangerously delicious Learn more with our complete Go Natural English course! Join the waitlist here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg/
January 11, 2020
Did you know in English there are 3 different pronunciations for the "-ed" regular past tense ending? Learn how and when to pronounce each one correctly! The waitlist for the Complete Go Natural English Course is open here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg/
January 9, 2020
Are you pronouncing your job or someone else's job wrong? Let's practice the most commonly mispronounced words in careers. Learn more about the Complete Go Natural English Course ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg   Join Go Natural English on social media! → Facebook: https://facebook.com/gonaturalenglish → Twitter: https://twitter.com/gonaturaleng → Instagram: https://instagram.com/gonaturalenglish → Youtube: https://goo.gl/ogjdBV   About Go Natural English: In regular English classes, you learn English grammar and English vocabulary, and in our English speaking lessons, you'll learn English the Go Natural English way - with advice to help you speak English like a native, with real English conversation and listening practice. Here you'll finally learn American English with a focus on English speaking skills. Unlock the English speaking world and finally understand English conversation. Learn how to speak English fluently with our English speaking course! Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
January 9, 2020
In a recent English lesson, I told you that English learners sometimes overuse the word "congratulations." Today, let's talk about what words are more appropriate to say instead of depending on each situation! Learn more with the Complete Go Natural English Course! Join the waitlist here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg/
January 8, 2020
Culturally speaking, my students have said some interesting things to me... some of which could be taken the WRONG way by your English teacher! Find out what to avoid saying and what to say instead -- if you want to make a good impression :-) To learn more, join the waitlist now for the complete Go Natural English course at https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
January 5, 2020
Learn these idiomatic expressions that native English speakers use at work! The waitlist for the complete Go Natural English course is open here: ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
January 5, 2020
Have you ever wondered how you can politely ask a question in English? Using an indirect question is one great way to do this. Especially since English doesn’t have a formal “you” form like many other languages. So you might wonder, how should you ask your boss for a day off? How should you ask a stranger where the nearest bus stop is? Join the waitlist for the complete English course: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg/ Asking questions puts you in a position where you are the one who needs information or help. So, it’s important to do this the appropriate way. And different ways of asking questions can help. Knowing how to ask good questions will help you have great conversations.
January 3, 2020
So how do you meet new people? You introduce yourself and start a conversation. Don’t let that make you nervous. It’s a lot easier than it seems! Let’s look at some ways to introduce yourself in English.   Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg   Join Go Natural English on social media! → Facebook: https://facebook.com/gonaturalenglish → Twitter: https://twitter.com/gonaturaleng → Instagram: https://instagram.com/gonaturalenglish → Youtube: https://goo.gl/ogjdBV   About Go Natural English: In regular English classes, you learn English grammar and English vocabulary, and in our English speaking lessons, you'll learn English the Go Natural English way - with advice to help you speak English like a native, with real English conversation and listening practice. Here you'll finally learn American English with a focus on English speaking skills. Unlock the English speaking world and finally understand English conversation. Learn how to speak English fluently with our English speaking course! Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
January 2, 2020
A lot of English lessons will tell you that “just” and “only” are interchangeable. That’s not true. Learn with us here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
December 31, 2019
There is a big difference between "at first" and "first." Do you know how to use them? Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
December 30, 2019
Your English textbook may teach you some things that native English speakers actually never say. Check this English lesson for details! Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
December 29, 2019
Do you do the laundry or make the laundry? Do you do business or make business? What’s the difference between do and make in English?   Many languages use the same word for do and make, so learning the difference in English can be confusing! We’ll talk about how we use each word, then give you lots of examples and expressions so you can understand how they are different.   Click here to learn more: https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/the-difference-between-do-and-make-55-examples/      
December 29, 2019
Although, though and even though can be difficult to use correctly and hard to pronounce! In this English lesson, you'll understand the secrets to pronouncing these words like a native and you'll add them to your vocabulary for better, more advanced English! To learn more with Go Natural English, join the wait list for our complete English course now at https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg/
December 27, 2019
Unless and Nevertheless can be confusing words to use correctly. In this English lesson, learn which one is more for speaking English, and take the quiz to test your understanding! Build your English vocabulary and fluency with this lesson. Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
December 27, 2019
One suggestion is to have more practice speaking with an English native speaker so that it would be easier for you to understand this problem. Join the waitlist for the complete English course: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg/ “I don’t care” can be very offensive because it could mean that it’s not important to me or it’s not much of a big deal for me.  For example: “Do you want to paint the wall blue or brown?” “I don’t care.” or “I don’t care. Whatever you like.” Your tone and your expression here is the most important tip in speaking English. So if you want to be on the safe side, it’s recommendable to use, “I don’t mind.”
December 24, 2019
Many of us sometimes feel confused with verb tenses. We feel unsure on how to apply it in various situations, especially, in conversation. They sound pretty much alike, with only a letter or two in difference, but each of these verb tenses has a different meaning. So it's really important that you know their differences and you know when and how to correctly use them. Today's Verbs:  Today we will focus on these three verb combinations: have been has been had been Are you ready? Let's start learning! Using "Has Been" and "Have Been" Both "Has Been" and "Have Been" are under the present perfect tense. They are both used to talk about something that happened in the past, but is either still going on until the present day, or is still true until today. The difference between the two is that "Has Been" is for singular subjects like She, He, It. While "Have Been" is used for plural subjects like they and we. Let me give you some examples: "I have been to Paris and Italy." - This happened in the past but is still a true fact until today. "She's been an English teacher for over 20 years." - This means she started teaching 20 years ago and is still teaching until this day. "We have been part of this team for so long." - The team started in the past and is still together until present. "Chess has always been my favorite board game." - Chess is the singular subject. The speaker started playing chess in the past and continues to play chess today. "Has Been and "Have Been" can also be used as present perfect continuous tense. Similar to present perfect, the action started in the past, and the main difference of this tense is that the action is ongoing in the present day. Example: "I have been going to the same hairstylist since I was a teenager." - Meaning the speaker went to this hairstylist when she was younger and she continues this habit until today. "They have been arguing about that since this morning." - This sentence talks about people who have started their argument in the morning and has continued to argue at the moment. Using "Had Been" "Had Been" can also be used under two verb tenses. The first one is under the past perfect tense. This means that the action happened in the past or before a specific time in the past. For example: "Mary had been a top athlete in her school before her injury." "The two boys had been best friends until they fought over a girl. For the second of the 2 verb tenses it can be used under, "Had Been" can also be used as a past perfect continuous tense. It talks about a continuous action in the past, before another past action occurred. "I had been cleaning the house when I saw the big rat." "Charm had been reading her favorite book when she heard the loud noise from across the street." "The family had been laughing over a funny story when the phone rang." As a summary, remember that “have been” is paired with plural pronouns such as “we, they, you ...” And singular pronouns, “he, she, it” when we use “has been.” "Had been" can be used for both singular and plural subjects but they are used to talk about past actions which happened or which was continuously happening before another past action occurred. We might think that it’s not really enjoyable to learn grammar. But isn’t rewarding when we master it and don’t have to think whether what we are saying is right or wrong? So, let’s learn English in fun, easy and natural way to be a proficient English speaker! Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
December 24, 2019
“Have you been to (a place)?” is a common question from native English speakers in everyday conversation. It’s asking if you have the experience of going somewhere. Learn how to respond in the most correct way using the present perfect tense. Join the waitlist for the complete English course: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg/
December 23, 2019
The difference between “Have had” and “had had” is confusing to many who are learning English. In this video, Gabby will give an explanation beyond the grammatical that will help make the difference clear. Join the waitlist for the complete English course: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg/
December 21, 2019
Verb tenses are really important to learn and master when you commit yourself to the English language. They help make your message become more specific. And their proper use will help others, especially natural English speakers, understand you better and relate to you better. Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
December 21, 2019
Learn several common grammar mistakes that can be confusing and unprofessional in spoken English! Here is the link to join the Lingoda Language Sprint: http://bit.ly/Gabbylastcall Your coupon code is: LASTCALL18 (10€ discount on the first month) Learn the details about the Lingoda Sprint at 16:30 Check the blog posts below to learn more about the Lingoda Sprint opportunity! https://blog.lingoda.com/en/diary-lingoda-sprint-finisher http://blog.lingoda.com/en/how-we-completed-won-lingoda-sprint http://blog.lingoda.com/en/prepare-for-lingoda-sprint Join Go Natural English on social media! → Facebook: https://facebook.com/gonaturalenglish → Twitter: https://twitter.com/gonaturaleng → Instagram: https://instagram.com/gonaturalenglish → Youtube: https://goo.gl/ogjdBV About Go Natural English: In regular English classes, you learn English grammar and English vocabulary, and in our English speaking lessons, you'll learn English the Go Natural English way - with advice to help you speak English like a native, with real English conversation and listening practice. Here you'll finally learn American English with a focus on English speaking skills. Unlock the English speaking world and finally understand English conversation. Learn how to speak English fluently with our English speaking course! Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
December 21, 2019
We often receive questions from English learners all over the world! While we cannot always answer every single one in detail, we really appreciate hearing from you and some of your inquiries make for great lesson ideas. In this video, Vanessa will explain would have been in English grammar. This was an excellent question from one of our online learners!   Join the waitlist for the complete English course: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg   First of all, let’s take a moment to talk about pronunciation. Would + have is often shortened into “woulda” when speaking but not in writing.   For example, you might say something like, “I would have been there for your birthday party but I was sick in bed with the flu.”   This shows that you intended to be there but something came up that prevented you from going.   Things would have been different if another situation or condition had been met. In the above example, if I had not been sick.   You can also use “would have been better” to give advice.
December 20, 2019
“How have you been?” is a common question from native English speakers. It’s asking what you have been up to and how life has been for you from from a certain point in time. Perhaps you’re being asked how you’ve been doing since the last time you saw each other. Or maybe since the last time you spoke on the phone. Or it could also be since the last time you sent each other private messages online. Join the waitlist for the complete English course: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg You can see that it’s used in a similar way as “how are you?”However, your answer needs to be a little bit different. WHEN TO USE THE QUESTION “HOW HAVE YOU BEEN?” But before we talk about how to answer this question, let’s talk about when to use or when to ask this question. To begin, there are two things to remember: First, only ask this question if you have met someone previously. Second, only ask them if you have not seen one another for some time (like a week or longer). Most importantly, this is not a question to ask someone you have just met, nor is it a question to ask someone you just saw yesterday. The question is actually focusing on the chunk of time that has passed since you saw that person.
December 18, 2019
If you say, “I had to study a lot this week”, it indicates that the act of studying was started and completed. However, by saying, “I have had a lot of studying this week”, it indicates that while you had a lot of studying so far this week, there might be more studying to come. Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: ▶ https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg Join Go Natural English on social media! → Facebook: https://facebook.com/gonaturalenglish → Twitter: https://twitter.com/gonaturaleng → Instagram: https://instagram.com/gonaturalenglish → Youtube: https://goo.gl/ogjdBV About Go Natural English: In regular English classes, you learn English grammar and English vocabulary, and in our English speaking lessons, you'll learn English the Go Natural English way - with advice to help you speak English like a native, with real English conversation and listening practice. Here you'll finally learn American English with a focus on English speaking skills. Unlock the English speaking world and finally understand English conversation. Learn how to speak English fluently with our English speaking course! Get more information on how to learn American English online with us here: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg
December 11, 2019
Speaking polite English can definitely help you in your day-to-day activities. Especially when you are faced with a situation where you need the help of others. That’s because asking for help or favors is something all of us do regularly. Whether you are asking someone for directions or requesting for a glass of water. And if you are not very confident with your English yet, it can be scary because others might not be willing to do what we would like. The key is to sound natural and polite. Don’t worry, this post is full of tips and examples on how to communicate your requests to others using polite English phrases and questions. START WITH BASIC ETIQUETTE It’s always a good idea to never for get to say “Please” and “Thank you” whenever you are asking for a favor or help. Examples: “Please help me.” “Could you move this heavy box for me, please?” Of course, express gratitude when someone helps you out or does you a favor. That’s definitely one way of applying polite English! ASK USING POLITE ENGLISH QUESTIONS Another way to make sure you ask nicely is to use the phrases below. With these phrases, you can come up with polite English questions that can definitely register nicely to anyone you have a conversation with or anyone who ask help from. “Do you mind…?” “Would you mind…? “Could I…?” “Is it okay if…” “Would it be possible…” Here are some examples of polite English questions you can use to ask for help or favors or make requests. “Do you mind carrying this heavy bag for me?” “Would you mind if I place my things here while I wait?” “Could I use your bathroom?” “Is it okay if I take the last cookie in the jar?” “Would it be possible for you to buy me a bottle of milk in the grocery?” SOME ADDITIONAL TIPS Here are a few more tips and notes below on how to make polite English requests. Give me – Avoid this. This is very direct, informal and often mistaken as rude or bossy. For example, “Give me a glass of water.”  Could I have – It is one of polite ways in asking favors. Example:  “Could I have your complete address?” I’d like – It is also a very courteous and it fits every situation. Here is an example, “ I’d like to have an orange juice.” Would you do me a favor? – This is often used when you’re asking someone a special request. Example: “Would you do me a favor, and bring me my favorite pillow please?” What are you waiting for? Bring these polite English words and ways in your day-to-day life and see improvements in your fluency quickly. Remember, being polite and nice go a long way in having pleasant conversations. And they can strengthen your English skills.   Learn more at https://gonaturalenglish.com
December 11, 2019
Speaking polite English can definitely help you in your day-to-day activities. Especially when you are faced with a situation where you need the help of others. That’s because asking for help or favors is something all of us do regularly. Whether you are asking someone for directions or requesting for a glass of water. And if you are not very confident with your English yet, it can be scary because others might not be willing to do what we would like. The key is to sound natural and polite. Don’t worry, this post is full of tips and examples on how to communicate your requests to others using polite English phrases and questions. START WITH BASIC ETIQUETTE It’s always a good idea to never for get to say “Please” and “Thank you” whenever you are asking for a favor or help. Examples: “Please help me.” “Could you move this heavy box for me, please?” Of course, express gratitude when someone helps you out or does you a favor. That’s definitely one way of applying polite English! ASK USING POLITE ENGLISH QUESTIONS Another way to make sure you ask nicely is to use the phrases below. With these phrases, you can come up with polite English questions that can definitely register nicely to anyone you have a conversation with or anyone who ask help from. “Do you mind…?” “Would you mind…? “Could I…?” “Is it okay if…” “Would it be possible…” Here are some examples of polite English questions you can use to ask for help or favors or make requests. “Do you mind carrying this heavy bag for me?” “Would you mind if I place my things here while I wait?” “Could I use your bathroom?” “Is it okay if I take the last cookie in the jar?” “Would it be possible for you to buy me a bottle of milk in the grocery?” SOME ADDITIONAL TIPS Here are a few more tips and notes below on how to make polite English requests. Give me – Avoid this. This is very direct, informal and often mistaken as rude or bossy. For example, “Give me a glass of water.”  Could I have – It is one of polite ways in asking favors. Example:  “Could I have your complete address?” I’d like – It is also a very courteous and it fits every situation. Here is an example, “ I’d like to have an orange juice.” Would you do me a favor? – This is often used when you’re asking someone a special request. Example: “Would you do me a favor, and bring me my favorite pillow please?” What are you waiting for? Bring these polite English words and ways in your day-to-day life and see improvements in your fluency quickly. Remember, being polite and nice go a long way in having pleasant conversations. And they can strengthen your English skills. Learn more at https://gonaturalenglish.com
December 4, 2019
I’m sure one of the very first things you learned to say in English was, “How are you?” --> Join the waitlist for the complete English course: https://gonaturalenglish.com/prereg People will probably ask you this question A LOT! It’s really easy to answer, but there are a few things to remember. Here’s how to feel comfortable answering this question, every time. 1. “HOW ARE YOU?” IS SIMPLY ANOTHER WAY TO SAY HELLO — HERE’S HOW TO ANSWER Most of the time, we use this question as a polite way to say hello, and you don’t need to say anything about how you are really feeling. Say one or two positive words, thank them for asking, and ask them the same question. Any of these answers will work almost all of the time: “Great, thank you. How are you?” (very positive) “Good, thanks, and you?” (positive – this is the most common answer) “Fine, thanks. How are you?” (a little less positive – I’m okay) Your answer will depend on the person who is asking, and how well you know them.
November 27, 2019
Hi everyone! Today we’ll learn about a common and confusing concept involving expressing a future action. This is about when to use WILL and GOING TO. Both of them refer to future actions. Although in some cases they can be interchangeable, because there are multiple ways of expressing the same thing in English. However, knowing which one you think is best really just depends on what you’re trying to say. Like I said before, you can use both WILL and GOING TO in the same sentence with no change in the meaning, but you really have to ask yourself what it is you’re really trying to say. So, you have to pay attention to the different types of situations so you can understand which of these two choices will be the best option when expressing a future action. Learn more with the lesson on our site: https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/expressing-a-future-action-will-and-going-to/
November 20, 2019
As you spend more and more time conversing in English, you’ll realize that apart from learning how to speak English the way, you also have to sharpen your listening skills. The sharper your English listening skills are, the better you can speak and converse in English in the most natural way. When you chat and talk to natural English speakers, you’ll come across those who speak maybe a tad too fast for you. But keep in mind that this is really common. When you go to a restaurant or any place really busy, chances are they will all speak really fast. Don’t worry, I’ve got some tips for you so that you can understand them and catch up!   DON’T GET OVERWHELMED The first thing to do is to not get overwhelmed and discouraged. Just because you are having a hard time understanding fast English speakers, it does not mean you have poor listening skills. But there is definitely room for improvement. As long as you continue to persevere in your journey to learn English, you are always on the right track.   LEARN ABOUT SPEED, STRESS AND INTONATION Speed If you are a beginner at learning English, you may be saying your sentences at a much slower pace. That’s alright. But as you progress, you must be able to adapt to situations when speaking slow and speaking fast are necessary. Of course, this goes hand-in-hand with being able to improve your listening skills so that you understand the people you are conversing with. Saying – each – word – really – slowly in conversations can make you sound robotic. If you want to sound natural and conversational, it’s important to develop the right speed when talking. LEARN MORE! THE FULL FREE ENGLISH TIP IS HERE ON THE WEBSITE: https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/improve-your-english-listening-skills-learn-how-to-understand-fast-english-speakers-better/
November 20, 2019
Your friends and people you know might ask you “What are you up to?” How do you respond to this question? You might be eating lunch, watching TV, or working. It’s a casual way saying hello and maybe starting a conversation with you. Let’s see how you can easily answer this question in a variety of situations. Read more at: https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/how-to-respond-to-the-question-what-are-you-up-to/ Lingoda Sprint Link: http://bit.ly/GoNaturalEnglishSprint Discount Code: SPRINT22
November 18, 2019
Your friends and people you know might ask you “What are you up to?” How do you respond to this question? You might be eating lunch, watching TV, or working. It’s a casual way saying hello and maybe starting a conversation with you. Let’s see how you can easily answer this question in a variety of situations. Read more at: https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/how-to-respond-to-the-question-what-are-you-up-to/ Lingoda Sprint Link: http://bit.ly/GoNaturalEnglishSprint Discount Code: SPRINT22
November 13, 2019
Tell me about yourself! This is a common question that has the potential to be extremely nerve-wracking, depending on the situation. You’ll hear it at parties, on dates, and at job interviews. So, how do you introduce yourself in these situations – especially a job interview? We are going to talk about introducing yourself in a professional manner. Learn more at: https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/tell-me-about-yourself-how-to-introduce-yourself-at-a-job-interview/
November 6, 2019
Today let's explore the appropriate use of the English word "Congratulations." You see, in the English language, it's not so much about knowing a word, but being able to pronounce it well or spell it correctly. You must also know the right situations to use a specific word correctly. For this post, it's the word 'Congratulations'! I'll give you some guidelines and tips on when to use this English word correctly. When to Use 'Congratulations' Read more about this English tip at: https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/the-appropriate-use-of-the-english-word-congratulations/
October 15, 2019
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to pronounce “Chipotle,” a popular place to eat lunch in the US, learn how to order, how to ask important questions about food, and practice the pronunciation of common food items. It’s a delicious lesson! This is not sponsored and not an ad for Chipotle, I just happen to really like them and a lot of people have asked how to pronounce it. Learn more at: https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/how-to-order-food-in-english/ HOW TO PRONOUNCE DIFFICULT FOODS In the video lesson (make sure to play and listen!) you’ll learn how to pronounce some tricky words in English that come from Spanish such as: Burrito, Burrito Bowl, Tortilla, Barbacoa, Carnitas, Sofritas, Guacamole, Fajitas, Queso and more. You can hear some common and some not-so-common fruit drink flavors too: Peach Pineapple Pomegranate, blackberry, clementine, grapefruit   HOW TO ORDER FOOD IN ENGLISH Next in the lesson, I show you how to order your food like a native. Listen for key useful phrases and questions for ordering food and making special requests such as: Hold the — This means to not include an item. On the side — This means to put an item in a separate container, not touching the main food items. I’d like to add the — If you want to add extra items, use this phrase. What kind of meat is this? “What kind of…” is the correct structure to ask about a type or variety of an item within a larger category, such as meat. Is X vegetarian? Vegan? Vegetarian means without meat and vegan means without any animal product including meat, dairy, eggs or honey. Does X have gluten, dairy, meat in it? If you want to know if a specific item has certain ingredients, use this question. Is this extra? In this situation, “extra” means an additional charge, or more money. Be sure to watch the lesson video to hear these phrases and for the complete explanation. Thanks for watching!
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).
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