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  1. 3 points
    Minoo

    How I can improve my English spoken skills ?

    Thank you for this question, Muhammad. I know many of you need to improve your speaking skills. To improve your speaking skills, you need to work on: - your pronunciation - your active use of structures - your active range of daily vocabulary and expressions In my experience, the most effective way of improving all three elements I mention above, in one single activity, is listening to and repeating common phrases and sentences out loud on a daily basis, sometimes called the 'imitation' technique. That is precisely why we have voice-recorded every sentence that is included in the Anglo-Pedia Exercises, i.e. roughly 3000 sentences for you to first complete (gap-fill exercises) or type out (Q/A exercises), and then hear and repeat. Remember the key is to repeat these sentences out loud and correctly several times, as if you were rehearsing your lines for a play. Some of us make the mistake of only listening and repeating a semi-correct version of the sentence under our breath once. That does not improve our speaking skills. Obviously, free practice i.e. speaking English with someone regularly is a great bonus, but only if the person you speak to is a teacher or a native speaker who corrects you and gives you feed-back on what you need to improve. If you do not have access to such a person, the next best practice is to listen to a native speaker with a clear accent on subjects that interest you on YouTube, or to watch movies with easy everyday dialogues. I hope many of you follow these recommendations, and see how rapidly your speaking skills improve.
  2. 2 points
    LilianC

    Happy New Year

    I would like to wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year, and thank you for your continued great support! Regards.
  3. 2 points
    Butterfly 55

    Happy New Year

    Best wishes and a happy new year. Last year I have rushed a bit through the Anglo-link course, so, I suppose that I will have to come back and assimilate of what I have learned. My intention is: should do it a more intelligent way this time…take note in an diary of what has been done, and see if I am able to reproduce it by heart. Should I see an opportunity, I will bring up or make publicity for Anglo-link when spoken of learning English language. Also, I would like to mention that well written course book; Oxford Practice Grammar by John Eastwood. Regards.
  4. 2 points
    Наталья Мирончик

    Daily challenge

    Thank you, Phil! Your answer is really helpful. I absolutely agree with you, I've thought the same way. So, most probably, there is a mistake in the challenge that needs a correction.
  5. 2 points
    Minoo

    Disappointed

    Hello Kyoko, It seems that Hari tried to reply to your question, but we can't see what he wrote. The tense you must choose here is the Present Simple, because we're stating a fact: They never HEAR from .... except when he NEEDS .... I hope this clarifies it for you. Happy continuation, and I look forward to hearing form you on the results of the strategies we discussed during our one-to-one session lat week.
  6. 2 points
    Bernard M

    Let your hair down.

    Hello, perhaps ... He needs to pull his socks up
  7. 2 points
    Minoo

    Adjectives and adverbs

    Hello Hari, Assuming your question is about expanding our repertoire of such words (and not how to use them grammatically correctly), I would recommend reading novels as a way of enlarging your repertoire. It is the descriptive texts in novels that will be full of adjectives and adverbs. However, I would suggest that you choose simplified graded novels where you will find common and frequently used adjectives and adverbs that you can use in your own speaking and writing. There are two good series you can choose novels from: - Macmillan Readers - Oxford Bookworms And remember, as I recommend for any type of vocabulary building exercise: 1. Write down a phrase or a sentence that contains the word you're learning, not (just) the translation. 2. Check and learn the pronunciation of the new word in an online dictionary or use the audio version of the same book to hear all of it including the new words.
  8. 2 points
    Minoo

    Possessive 's'

    Hello Leonardo, Thank you for your question. To clarify: 1. Yes, we use a possessive 's' for comments made by the colleagues because, in a sense, what is made by someone 'belongs' to them, e.g. Newton's laws. Here the apostrophe comes after the plural 's': ... colleagues' comments. 2. 'movie' is inanimate; therefore it would be better to say: the name of the movie. However, in modern English, this rule is not always followed, so you may also hear 'the movie's name'. I recommend you stick to the rule to be on the safe side.
  9. 2 points
    Bernard M

    Question words - how long

    Thanks a lot to both of you.
  10. 2 points
    Minoo

    Grammar challenge 3

    Thank you everyone for participating in this challenge, which was slightly trickier than the previous two. The first point, as Butterfly55 has explained, is that 'anyone' is used with a singular verb. The trickier point is that if you need a pronoun or a possessive adjective to accompany 'anyone', 'everyone', etc., you should either use his/her & him/her, which is heavy, or use the 'genderless they'. So, the correct answer is: Has anyone brought their laptop with them? Well done if you got it right, but don't worry if you didn't. The purpose of the challenge is to make you aware of these tricky points.
  11. 2 points
    MariaTeresa

    Exam

    Hello, have you ever studied with flash cards?? They are very useful for reviewing for exams! The best free software is ANKI because it supports images, audio and video. You could create some flash cards where you have to type the answers. There are a lot of video tutorials in English: I've attached one, just to give you an idea. You should check it out. Trust me. Not only for languages.
  12. 2 points
    Minoo

    Pronunciation

    Hello, Firstly, I'm very glad that you have chosen my course to improve your English after having tried many, and that you're enjoying it. I believe the verb you're hearing as 'mopped' is 'robbed'. When you reach the next level (Intermediate), you will work systematically on distinguishing 'voiced' (g, b, etc.) and 'unvoiced' (k, p, etc.) consonant sounds. At the moment, you are not distinguishing between these pairs. I recommend you continue with your studies and not worry about getting three trophies at the moment. After you have finished the Intermediate Pronunciation lessons, come back to the 'regular verbs' lesson . You will be able to hear the sounds more easily, and I'm sure you will be able to get your three trophies then. Happy studies!
  13. 1 point
    PHIL73

    Happy New Year

    Hello everyone, My best wishes for the new year to all of you! And great success at learning English! Phil
  14. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    VIDEO DICTIONARY - BABY THINGS

    Hi friends! This is my Video Dictionary – Baby Things. I’ll try to publish one vídeo every week. I hope that you appreciate! Thank you! VIDEO_BABY.mp4
  15. 1 point
    Minoo

    Happy New Year

    Thank you, Phil, for your great support throughout 2019! It has been much appreciated. We also wish you all the very best for 2020!
  16. 1 point
    Minoo

    Daily challenge

    A very good question and a very good answer! As Phil has suggested, grammatically, 'steak' can be used both as a countable and an uncountable noun: I'm going to have (a) steak today. With 'a', you're referring to a piece of meat on your plate. Without 'a', you're referring to the idea of 'steak' in general.
  17. 1 point
    PHIL73

    Daily challenge

    Hello Наталья Мирончик, (sorry, this is a link, but I wasn't able to type your name with my keyboard ) In my opinion, when you say "I'll have steak" to the waiter/waitress in a restaurant, this means that you haven't decided yet what kind of steak you would like. I think you could also say: "I'll have a steak". Then the waiter/waitress is likely to ask you which one you want. Now, your answer would be: "I'll have this one" or "I'll have the rib-eye steak" for instance. I hope this helps, Phil
  18. 1 point
    Minoo

    Error in the Daily Challenge

    Hello Phil, That is highly amusing! It seems that your machine is a lot cleverer than mine! I have tested these sentences several times myself, and I don't remember this happening to me. Thanks a lot for reporting this. I have reported it to Tom to fix.
  19. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    Tongue Twister - Chip and Dale

    I saw some sheep watching Chip and Dale on TV yesterday. They were eating cheap chips while Cheap and Dale shipped chips by ship.
  20. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    VIDEO DICTIONARY - THE FARM PART2

    Hi friends! This is my Video Dictionary – The Farm Part2. I’ll try to publish one vídeo every week. I hope that you appreciate! Thank you! THE_FARM2_v2.mp4
  21. 1 point
    LilianC

    Grammar

    Minoo explains grammar in a very clear and understandable way and support her explanation with examples. I'm improving the language. Thanks.
  22. 1 point
    Minoo

    VIDEO DICTIONARY - THE FARM PART2

    Very nice! Thank you, Rodolfo!
  23. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    Tongue Twister - Buzz Lightyear

    I saw Buzz Lightyear one year ago on a bus station waiting for a space ship, and he was eating a potato chips.
  24. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    Tongue Twister - Helen Hunt

    Mark Ruffalo and Helen Hunt will hunt a buffalo and both will be listening to hunting high and low A-Ha's song.
  25. 1 point
    Minoo

    Present perfect vs present perfect continuous.

    Hello Viral, Yes, you have understood correctly: Present Perfect Continuous is the correct choice for action verbs with for and since. However, Past Perfect Continuous, despite being the correct tense with 'for', is often replaced by Past Perfect. Therefore, your two sentences above have the same meaning.
  26. 1 point
    Minoo

    Present perfect vs present perfect continuous.

    Hello Viral, Thank you for your question. These tenses are difficult to get right every time because of the differences between British and American English. Let me answer according to strict British English rules. These will help you in your own usage, but do not be surprised if you hear 'ungrammatical' usage in movies and informal conversations. Your four answers to the question 'What have you done today?' are all possible, but let me add some notes: 1) I have played tennis. ( ... and I've done X, and I've done Y) - This is the best answer: telling them the different things you have done. 2) I have played tennis for 2 hours. - Correct grammatically, but again, you should mention the other things you've done. If you only want to talk about playing tennis, then it's best to put it in a past time frame: I went to the club at 9 o'clock and played tennis with Jim for two hours. 3) I had played tennis for 2 hours before friend A visited me. - See 4) using the Past Perfect instead of Perfect Continuous is acceptable here. 4) I had been playing tennis for 2 hours before friend A visited me. - As with 2), if you want to be detailed, introduce a time frame: Friend A visited me at 11. I had been playing ...... To answer your other question: While it is o.k. to replace Past Perfect Continuous with Past Perfect (because native speakers tend to do it in daily usage), it is not o.k. to replace Present Perfect Continuous with 'for' and 'since' with Present Perfect when talking about short-term actions. So, avoid saying 'It has rained for two hours / since 9 a.m. Say: 'It has been raining for two hours / since 9 a.m. I hope this answers your question.
  27. 1 point
    Chary

    Disappointed

    It's clear Minoo. Thanks a lot.
  28. 1 point
    Minoo

    Health Issues

    Hello Kyoko, Your answer is correct too: We ARE excited .... and (we ARE) LOOKING forward .... However, as this is a formal e-mail, it is better to use the Present Simple tense rather than Present Continuous: We ARE excited ..... and (we) LOOK forward ... Use 'I'm looking forward to' for friendly informal exchanges.
  29. 1 point
    Minoo

    Conditional

    Hello Rasha, Thank you very much for your support. I'm glad you like my website. You raise a very interesting point, and you're right that occasionally we may see 'will' in the 'if' clause. That's usually when we're using 'will' to show someone's willingness to do / not to something: A: I will not speak to him. B: O.k. If you won't (are not willing to) speak to him, I will do it. In your sentence, too, you can replace 'won't by 'be willing to': If you are not willing to have something done on time, be clear about it.
  30. 1 point
    Butterfly 55

    Anglo-link on tablet devise.

    Thanks a lot. Could be more convenient when taking with me, now nice weather has arrived. (little help from onlinecorrection.com)
  31. 1 point
    Minoo

    Pronunciation

    Hello Yomna, 1. Make sure you can hear the two sounds that letters 'th' make clearly: think (unvoiced), this (voiced). You can work on this point in the Intermediate Pronunciation Lessons 'Consonants 1' & 'Consonants 2'. 2. Then you can watch this presentation on consonant sounds in general and how to produce 'th' sounds in the mouth in particular: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfoRdKuPF9I I hope this will be helpful to you.
  32. 1 point
    Bernard M

    if you'd like

    Hello, I have seen this expression "if you'd like" several times. This form does not correspond to any conditional. Is this correct or is it totally informal? Have a good day!
  33. 1 point
    Bernard M

    Welcoming a business visitor

    Hello Phil, Thank you for your suggestions, but none of the three is the right. Have a good day
  34. 1 point
    Vivsha

    does anyone can help me with this exercise?

    I also had the same problem. now it's fixed. Thanks Minoo.
  35. 1 point
    Tom

    Video lesson ‘Must and have to’

    Hi Santa, Apologies for this error. The problem has been fixed. Please try the test again and let me know if you run into any more trouble.
  36. 1 point
    Bernard M

    Conditional

    Hi Tom, thanks a lot.
  37. 1 point
    Minoo

    Video lesson ‘Must and have to’

    O.K. Santa. I'll report this to the administrator who will be able to help you. Please confirm that this is the only lesson that has caused you this problem. Thank you!
  38. 1 point
    Minoo

    Video lesson ‘Must and have to’

    Hello, I have just entered the exact answers you have entered above, and they were all correct! I have no idea why they come up as incorrect for you. Please try one more time, making sure that you are not typing any extra spaces, and let me know if this happens again. In any case, all your answers are correct.
  39. 1 point
    Claudia Castaldini

    how can i recognize my mistakes in exercises?

    Hi everyone, from yesterday i couldn't recognize my mistakes during my test session of advance level about passive voice. Usually there were been the percentages that show you for example the topics i need to review, if i could pass in next levels etc.. Could someone inform me please about this? Thanks! Have a good day! Claudia
  40. 1 point
    Chary

    Improvement

    Thanks minoo for your motivation and support.
  41. 1 point
    Hyravas

    Welcome to your brand new site!

    As feedback, I just wanted to compliment you on your new website, very clear, efficient and aesthetic!
  42. 1 point
    Minoo

    Tenses: I did or I was doing? - is this possible I have wrong video?

    Hello Justyna, That is correct. The video is the same for both lessons because it covers the three tenses (Past Simple, Past Continuous and Past Perfect) in one. So, watch the video after you have done both lessons. My apologies for any confusion this may have caused.
  43. 1 point
    Tom

    Bank & post office phrases

    Hi Folks A new exclusive video is available. Check it out now: Bank & post office phrases If you are travelling to an English-speaking country, and think you may need the services of a bank or a post office, it is a good idea to become familiar with the common phrases used at these places. In this lesson, we're going to review and expand on the expressions you have learned in Elementary Conversation Lesson 5 (At the bank). To fully assimilate these phrases, it's important that you engage all four skills by working through the material in the following way: LISTEN to each phrase twice (without seeing it). WRITE it down. READ it (to check your listening comprehension and spelling). REPEAT it out loud (to improve your pronunciation & fluency).
  44. 1 point
    Minoo

    Pronunciation

    Thank you for answering Sasha, Phil. Indeed, you have recommended the best way to learn the pronunciation of 'pronunciation' Many people make the mistake of saying it the same way as the verb 'pronounce', not realising that the 'ou' (as in 'our') in the verb has changed to 'u' (as in 'fun') in the noun.
  45. 1 point
    Minoo

    Pronounciation

    These are names, and there are no strict rules that can tell you how to pronounce a name. You need to hear the correct pronunciation from the person with that name, or from the people who live in that place. Going by similar names I'm familiar with: Grimsby (town in the UK) >> /grimzbi/ (one syllable - stress on the sound /g/) Bexhill (placein the UK) >> /beks(h)il/ (one syllable - stress on the sound /b/ - make the /h/ very soft, almost dropped)
  46. 1 point
    PHIL73

    How to build vocabulary ?

    Hello, I think there are two main categories of vocabulary words: the concrete and physical objects that you can see, and "abstract words" such as verbs, adjectives, adverbs, ... I find the first category the easiest to memorize, You just have to search a picture on the internet to illustrate the word, And we can even make flashcards with them. We can organise them by topic groups. The second category is more difficult to keep in mind. As far as I'm concerned, one of the best way to master new words is making up my own sentences with those words and try to use them. It's good to write down the sentences, and say them out loud as Minoo said. This technique is also useful to study any grammar point (especially the English tenses). And I'm going to try your suggestion Minoo for getting rid of English subtitles when I watch a film in original version...
  47. 1 point
    Minoo

    pronunciation

    Indeed, improving your pronunciation is really important for two reasons: 1. Everyone can understand you more easily. 2. Your listening comprehension of native speakers improves. As you say, if we have learned English mainly by reading and writing, we are likely to have many pronunciation mistakes and difficulty understanding native speakers. If this is your case, I highly recommend that you do the exercises and the tests in the 15 Pronunciation Modules several times.
  48. 1 point
    Minoo

    How to build vocabulary ?

    Thank you for starting this interesting chat topic. Here is what I think: If you want to be able to actively use the vocabulary that you learn in your own writing and speaking, you must learn it in context and as part of a phrase, not in isolation or through translation. The best way to access vocabulary like this is by reading and listening. The choice of what you read and listen to depends entirely on what type of vocabulary you need in your daily life and your interests. Thanks to the Internet, you now have access to written and spoken English on any topic under the sun. One thing we must never forget if we have learned new words through reading is to check their pronunciation in an online dictionary. Never guess how a word in English is pronounced! I'd love to read everyone's opinion, experience and suggestions on how to expand one's vocabulary range.
  49. 1 point
    Minoo

    Example Question: 'How do you do?' & 'How are you?'

    (Module 1 – Meeting, Greeting, Welcoming) Are ‘How do you do?’ and ‘How are you?’ synonyms?
  50. 1 point
    Minoo

    How to use this forum & Example

    Welcome to the ‘General Questions’ Forum. Here, you can post any language question. However, if your question is related to the content of the modules you are studying on the Anglo-Pedia Platform, please post it in the dedicated Forum below. An example of a General question: Which spelling is correct: 1990s or 1990’s?
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