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TALK TO YOURSELF IN ENGLISH

When people outside of an English speaking country are learning English, it is kind of difficult for them to practice regularly; that’s the reason why I’d like to share some techniques to improve your speaking skills talking to yourself.

 

Why to talk to yourself

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People who learn languages know this method way too much, they usually talk to themselves every day, the purpose is to help you to speak confidently when you have an opportunity to talk to an English speaker.

When you try this approach, you learn by yourself to use the vocabulary that you’ve learned; you can prepare some topics beforehand for future conversations as well, and at the same time you are working on your pronunciation.

One of my students from China who uses this method mentioned: “Since the last month I do it every day. I’ve been doing it already for a month. It’s becoming easier and easier for me to talk. I don’t have to struggle looking for words or sentences to express myself now.”

 

How to talk to yourself

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There are different techniques that you can try, one of my favorites is to record my soliloquies or monologues. I love learning languages and I love to practice this way because I can play back my records and see how good it is my pronunciation.

Another technique is to talk to yourself in front of a mirror; I think this helps because you can work on your body language too, as you know every culture has its own body language, and you will have the sensation that you are talking to someone else.

And the last one, but not least, talk to yourself whenever you have some free time, it doesn’t matter where you are or if you have your Smartphone to record your voice.

 

What to talk about

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There’s an endless list of topics that you can use, I’d like to mention some of them:

–  You could talk about your daily routine, what you did during the day.

–  Think how you could describe people and places, just look around and you’ll find some material to talk about.

–  Express your emotions and feelings, imagine that you are talking to a close friend.

– Imagine how you would give directions to get at some place.

–  Talk about the future, what you’re going to do next week, plan your events using English.

– If there’s a topic that is not easy for you because you don’t know how to express yourself, try to practice looking for the right expressions and take your time in order to become familiar with the information.

 

As you can see there are a lot of topics, you can talk to yourself using monologues or playing roles, you can imagine that you’re talking to someone else; please ,use topics for a real conversation, so when you have one you’ll be ready to talk about it.

 

How long you need to talk

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Well, it doesn’t  matter, you can talk  10 minutes or 1 hour, just use the time you have available. The point is to practice daily in order that you can improve, after a while you’ll master this method and you’ll see how your English speaking skills improve.

 

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HOW TO LEARN ENGLISH FASTER

People around the world are crazy for English and they spend a lot time and money and don’t see good results, that’s why I decided to write about it. I’m going to share some tips that have helped me a lot to learn languages.

 

Motivation

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What is the main reason why you want to learn English? Would you like to travel to an English speaking country? Would you like to get a better job? Would you like to watch your favorites TV Shows or movies without subtitles?

Please, take into account why you’d like to learn English faster, because this reason will keep you going when you feel frustrated or tired.

Get rid of your negative thoughts, instead, picture yourself speaking the language confidently and fluently.

 

Goals

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Now, you need to set a goal, a realistic goal; for example, think about what you ‘d like to achieve in 30 days and write it down in a journal or paste it on your mirror, so you can remember it and work on that. Would you like to master some tenses? Would you like to improve your pronunciation? Would you like to improve your listening or speaking skills?

 

Full immersion

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What do native English speakers do everyday?  Do they read the news, listen to music, watch TV and write? Well, I recommend that you create the same routine.

If you’re a beginner, take a free course online in order to have a good foundation in the language.

Download some apps to listen to the radio or some podcasts, and start your day doing that.

Do you like to listen to music in English? Then, learn the lyrics by heart.

Do you like to read the news or books? Read some digital newspaper or get some books.

Do you like American TV shows or movies? Then, watch them without subtitles, but if you are a beginner, wait until you have a basic knowledge of the language to turn off the subtitles.

 

Learn and practice everyday

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If you’d like to learn faster, you gotta have a daily routine doing the activities I described above and dedicate all the time you have available.

To get a good proficiency in English, you just have to dedicate 600 hours.

You gotta know that if you learn regularly, you have to make an extra effort to speak too; social networks are very useful to know English speakers, try to meet people who only speak English and chat with them regularly, if you do that, you’ll be working on your writing skills as well.

Get a language exchange partner, I talked about this topic in a former article you can check it here.

 

Invest in your future

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Just think for a moment what you’d be able to do if you could speak English fluently; your future is very important, if you’d like to practice regularly with a tutor to see quicker results, why don’t you try English conversational lessons through Skype? I’ll share my methods to learn languages in a fast way with you. Your education is very important, and if you learn how to speak English fluently, you’ll get many opportunities.

Good luck with your English learning process!

LEARNING ENGLISH THROUGH MUSIC

I always say to my ESL students that we need to enjoy the learning process, and learning through music is a great option.

 

Why to use music to learn English

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Trendy music has up-to date phrases and slang, the target are native speakers, so any expression you learn is usable if you pick up some good stuff, even though if you are busy  you can listen to some music and train your listening skills.

 

Pick up the right kind of music

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I recommend that you choose music that is mainstream, because if you usually speak with native speakers, you’ll have a common ground to talk about. Old music, on the other hand, could be useful; however, it could content some slang that is not useful anymore.

Fast-pace songs could be hard to understand, that’s why it is better to pick up songs that you’ll be able to understand and tell a story.

 

Tips for learning through music

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–          Pick up music you love, what kind of English are you interested to learn? American music has a lot of genres. For example: Hip-hop is not Standard American English, but if you are into the Afro-American culture that’s a good option. FYI pop music is mainstream and you  have available an array of cool songs, but at the end, it’s all up to you, just choose something you enjoy listening to.

 

–          Once you get your songs, download the lyrics and look up the words and phrases that you don’t understand.

 

–          After you studied the vocabulary, listen to the songs and pay attention to the pronunciation.

 

–          When you are familiar with the song, try to learn some verses and the chorus by heart, and use your new vocabulary in a daily conversation.

If you get bored, try to learn another song. The key is never stopping of learning with the music you love.

 

–          After a while, you’ll learn a lot of words and phrases, from time to time make a playlist and play the songs to refresh your memory and remember what you’ve learned.

 

 

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IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH READING SKILLS: READING ALOUD

 

Is it difficult for you to read aloud?

How can you improve your reading skills?

What kind of books should you start reading?

 

Many ESL students struggle with this aspect of the English language, some of them have never read an entire book in English, and if somebody asks them to read aloud an article they don’t feel confident doing it. That’s why I’d like to share with you some good tips.

 

 

Pick up something to read

 

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I recommend that you read something you like and you’ll enjoy reading.

If you are interested in celebrities, self-help, technology, etc. You can start reading books, magazines about that. The key is to make the learning process enjoyable.

Would you like to improve your pronunciation?

Well, in that case you need to choose books or magazines that are also available in audio.

 

Suggestions to improve your reading

-Pick up a topic and start to read aloud the first 2 or 3 paragraphs; mark the words that you don’t understand or you don’t know how to pronounce.

-Keep a dictionary handy or use an online dictionary and look for the words that you don’t understand.

Now you understand 100% of the information. Next we’re going to work on your pronunciation.

Did you mark the words that you don’t know how to pronounce?

-OK, right now, play the audio book or magazine. Please listen carefully, notice how the reader pronounces, stresses and links the words.

 

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-Write down the phonetic pronunciation of the words that you didn’t know how to pronounce.

-Now, play it again, but you are going to focus on the first lines of the paragraph.  Play it over and over and follow the reader until you read at the same pace. If you’d like to know if your reading is good, use your phone or other device to record yourself, so you can see what you need to improve.

After you’ve mastered the reading of the first lines, please keep going with the rest of the information; If you covered the whole article or topic, try to read it aloud, and record yourself one more time, you’ll see how you’ll have improved.

I recommend that you do this exercise everyday for 30 minutes or 1 hour.

After 1 month you’re going to see how your English reading skills will have improved.

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TALK LIKE A NATIVE SPEAKER

Is it difficult for you to understand native speakers?

Do you think that they speak faster?

How can you speak fluently like them?

 

What’s up you guys!!!

Today, I would like to talk about some English contractions in real life, because the way ESL speakers learn to speak is very formal and people don’t talk like that.

On the other hand, grammarticians think that the colloquial contractions are incorrect.

Well, it is common for native speakers to make use of those contractions on a daily basis and also for informal writing like online chat, text messages, etc. So, feel free to use them, it is perfectly correct, you’ll sound like a native speaker, and it’ll help you to improve your fluency and listening skills.

 

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Colloquial contractions:

Gonna – Going to             Example:            I’m gonna go to the movies.

Wanna – Want to               Example:           I wanna speak English.

Gotta –(I’ve) got to          Example :           I gotta go now.

Hafta –have to                  Example:             I hafta do this.

Coulda –C ould have       Example:             I coulda gone to work today.

Shoulda –should have   Example:             Oh man! we shoulda made                                                                                                   some plans.

Woulda –Would have    Example:             If you woulda told me you                                                                                                   needed a ride, I woulda left                                                                                                 earlier.

Musta – Must have         Example:             You musta been a beautiful                                                                                                 baby.

Lotsa –  lots of                    Example:             Lotsa computers are needed at                                                                                       schools.

Sorta – sort of                   Example:             What sorta clothes do you like                                                                                         to put on?

Kinda – kind of                  Example:             What kinda music do you like?

 

Well, guys, these are just some common contractions that you can start using right away, I recommend that you listen carefully how native speakers use them for example when you watch a movie or TV Show, and if you have an English speaker friend, just notice the way he speaks and try to do the same.

 

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WHAT KIND OF ACCENT SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

When you start to learn a language you also need to select an accent, because you’ll be learning that kind of pronunciation.

There are many English varieties, but the most accepted are the American and British pronunciation, I could also mention other varieties like the Australian or Aussie , Canadian, New Zealand or Kiwi, etc

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Around the world people learn whether the American English or British English.

It’s kind of interesting, but I met some people from South America and China who speak some kind of hybrid English, a mix of British pronunciation and American vocabulary.

 

The American and British pronunciation

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When you start learning English you receive classes about pronunciation, if your school teaches the American pronunciation means General American pronunciation. This is the one used by educated Americans, on TV and on radio. As you know the USA have many states and in every region people speak different, however the General American pronunciation is standard.

If you learned the British pronunciation,  then you are familiar with the Received Pronunciation (RP). RP was the one spoken by the upper class the last century, it is sometimes called the Queen’s English, but today nobody speaks like that in England, but people around the world understand it. Nowadays the most popular accent in the UK is the Estuary English spoken in South East England by the middle class.

 

What kind of accent should you pick up?

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This is a personal decision, but there are some points that you should take into account.

Whether you learn the American or British pronunciation, you’ll be understood around the world.

-As you know the United States of America is a big country with a population nearly to 300 millions. If we compare it with the United Kingdom population of 60 millions, you’ll notice a wide difference. The most spoken English variety around the world is the American.

-The British English is considered the English of the educated people.

-The American English has a better choice of movies, TV shows, music, video games, etc.

-Although the Americans dominate the media, there are still plenty of TV shows and movies with British pronunciation that you can watch, for example: Harry Potter, Sherlock, The Lord of the rings, etc.

– The internet has more American English content, for example: YouTube, podcasts, etc.

-You can meet more Americans than British, since America has more English speakers.

 

These are just some important facts; however, it’s all up to you.

Please take notice of the differences, because sometimes the pronunciation changes and you don’t want to be misunderstood.

Some people mix both varieties. I prefer the American English, and I try not to mix it.

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH FLUENTLY?

Would you like to improve your English, but you don’t have time to take a regular course?

Would you like to have some guide and support to help you speak confidently?

Are you sick and tired of spending years studying grammar, how to read and write in English, but you still have trouble listening and speaking?

Did your former English teachers fail by not providing you with the enough English practice?

I have been taking apart the English learning process and helping people who have been struggling with that for a long time.

We learned to speak our mother tongue listening and speaking, as you can see these skills are very important when we learn a second language too.

Everyone can learn to speak any language fluently with the right tools and methods.

Why do I call myself a coach?

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Teachers usually use text books to teach and they don’t take into account the knowledge and capabilities of every student.

A coach will take into account every aspect when it comes to your English skills, even your personality; we set goals based on your needs and what you want to learn.

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Please forget of the regular teaching process, (teach, teach, test) my clients don’t like to work like that.The generic aspect of teaching has been designed to teach groups of people and not individuals to have a general knowledge of the language, that’s why my clients come to me because they need personal assistance.

I do not use the same approach with everybody because every person has his own strong and weak points.

 

Why to study English online

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You’ll have a private tutor helping you in any aspect you need direction.

To learn to speak a second language fluently and faster, you must speak, speak and speak.

The sessions are in full English, you’ll have unique opportunities for intensive practice.

It is really different when you take a course in a classroom, because there are many students and you are not able to work on your speaking skills.

You can also ask to practice only what you would like to learn.

My philosophy is simple but useful: Enjoy the learning process doing what you like.

If you study online from your home, you’ll save time and energy avoiding the problem of transportation.

Nowadays, there are many tools available on the internet, and an English coach will be able to provide you with the information and guide you need to speak English faster.

 

We can work on:

-Conversation skills building

-Idioms and phrasal verbs

-Pronunciation and accent reduction

-Business English or any aspect that you would like to improve.

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What you need

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-A headset for the best sound quality.

-A computer (you could study using your Smartphone, but in order to   use the material that I’ll provide you with, it’s better to use a      computer)

-Intermediate or advanced English

-A strong desired, time and energy to invest in the learning process.

-Please, add me on:

Skype:  thebestenglishcoach

QQ messager: 2118187452

Wechat: apocalypticboy

Email: thebestenglishcoach@gmail.com

 

 

Important information that you need to know

-I usually Charge US$10.00 per hour for every single lesson.

-Once you pay $120.00 monthly, you’ll have at least 3  sessions a week.

-The payments are made in advance through PayPal.

-My time zone is UTC/GMT -6 hours

I have flexible schedules, you can pick up the hours and days that are better for you.

 

We can work on anything that you would like to fix about  your speaking and listening skills in order that you can speak fluent. I won’t give up on you, please keep going; you can learn how to speak confident and fluent.

I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Sincerely,

Ernest