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  1. 5 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. 2 points
    Minoo

    Welcome to your brand new site!

    Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We're delighted that you like the site, and hope you will enjoy using it.
  14. 1 point
    Butterfly 55

    Google translation: Dutch versus British

    Thanks. I have found the first two sentences without any help. The third one came from a dictionary. Bye
  15. 1 point
    Bernard M

    Better go

    I am very happy that this was an opportunity for you to learn something after all you have taught me.
  16. 1 point
    Minoo

    daily challenge

    Thank you for reporting this, Luca! We've managed to sort out most of the bugs you had reported. Let me know if you feel the experience is overall smoother now. The one that the software is still struggling with is question tags, especially with Present and Past Perfect tenses. We're working on it. Best wishes, Minoo
  17. 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!
  18. 1 point
    Butterfly 55

    Lesson 7 Making a company presentation - Gap-fill Excercise

    Okay, as it is stated in the course. In 2015, we decided to go global, and have now set up subsidiaries in various parts of the world, with Asia Pacific being the most recent addition. Thanks a lot.
  19. 1 point
    Minoo

    passive sentences

    Hello Luca, 1. Your answer is also correct, but, if you check the instruction in the test again, it says: If there are two objects, use the person(s) in object position. This is because I want you to practise putting the person in object position, which is common in English. 2. Yes, the mistake is in the participle: wake - woke - woken.
  20. 1 point
    Butterfly 55

    Have some questions about Conditional 'if' test.

    Thanks a lot. I’ve studied those structures for a few days, it should come with ease. Kind regards
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. 1 point
    PHIL73

    Error in the Daily Challenge

    Hello, I think there is an error in the Intermediate Daily Challenge. Every time I read out loud the sentence "We charge a three percent commission", it says: Not quite. Mistake: We charge a 3% commission. Correction: We charge a three percent commission. I'm sure it is a very smart device, I do mean it, but how could it know that I speak in digital characters?
  24. 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.
  25. 1 point
    LilianC

    VIDEO DICTIONARY - THE FARM PART2

    Really good for learning vocabulary specially with children. Blessings.
  26. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    Tongue Twister - Ellen Burstyn

    Ellen Burstyn blew a balloon until it burst when she was pushing Burt Lancaster over the caster.
  27. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    TONGUE TWISTER - Bear Grylls

    Bear Grylls has two grills that he uses to grill bears. Bear Grylls likes to appreciate to drink beer watching a Chicago Bears play. Bear Grylls it has no beard, but he has two diamonds bought from De Beers.
  28. 1 point
    Minoo

    Tongue Twister - SEAN PENN

    Thank you for sharing these tongue twisters, Rodolfo. They're great pronunciation exercises.
  29. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    Tongue Twister - JULIAN SANDS

    Yesterday Julian Sands said to me that he would like to see Sandahl Bergman on sands of Sahara´s desert eating a sandwich with cheese.
  30. 1 point
    Minoo

    Would (Future)

    Yes, Sandeep, the 'would' here is an implied Conditional 2: If there were a war, it would be a disaster. It indicates that the author feels that the war is 'improbable'. If the author had used 'will', the sentence would be an implied Conditional 1 sentence, and would indicate that the author feels that the war is 'probable'. Therefore, you are right in assuming that the choice of 'would' instead of 'will' expresses the author's opinion as to how probable or improbable an event is.
  31. 1 point
    Bernard M

    Everybody smile!

    Hello Minoo, Thank you for your explanation. I understood now!
  32. 1 point
    Chary

    Everybody smile!

    Thanks for correcting me.
  33. 1 point
    yomnaayman330

    expression

    Different ways to say "You are beautiful" You’re very pretty. You look as pretty as always. You’re so adorable. You look drop dead gorgeous. I think you’re super cute. Wow, you’re gorgeous. I think you’re very attractive. You look absolutely fantastic I love the way you look today/tonight. You look great. I can’t take my eyes off of you. I have never seen anyone as beautiful as you I think you’re the most beautiful girl in the world. You look like an angel
  34. 1 point
    Minoo

    suggestion

    Certainly! You can do that in the 'Vocabulary Building' section of the 'General English' forum. I explain how to do this here.
  35. 1 point
    Ventsislava

    mistake

    Thank you a lot Minoo and Butterly55 for your answers! Minoo, I saw where my mistake is. I didn't realise that "is invited" is Present Simple in the Passive Voice and this actually led to my confusion. Butterfly55, I really appreciated your answer too because it helped me to refresh that part of the grammar ;)) And also, I'm from Bulgaria Have a nice day,
  36. 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
  37. 1 point
    Bernard M

    Phrasal verb 'take out'

    Hi Minoo, you are all excused, of course !
  38. 1 point
    Butterfly 55

    America - Horse With No Name.

    Heard it for the first time when I was nineteen. At the time I did my military service as private (soldier) in Dutch-'zijn legerdienst doen als milicien ' or 'servire sous le drapeau' as it is called in French. Suppose the song has any message or any outspoken meaning other than perhaps being far away, somewhere in heaven. Right? On Youtube Saterday 9 Mars 2019; (1.067.473 views) America - Horse With No Name On the first part of the journey, I was looking at all the life. There were plants and birds. and rocks and things, There was sand and hills and rings. The first thing I met, was a fly with a buzz, And the sky, with no clouds. The heat was hot, and the ground was dry, But the air was full of sound. I've been through the desert on a horse with no name, It felt good to be out of the rain. In the desert you can remember your name, 'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain. After two days, in the desert sun, My skin began to turn red. After three days, in the desert fun, I was looking at a river bed. And the story it told, of a river that flowed, Made me sad to think it was dead. You see I've been through the desert on a horse with no name, It felt good to be out of the rain. In the desert you can remember your name, 'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain. After nine days, I let the horse run free, 'Cause the desert had turned to sea. There were plants and birds, and rocks and things, There was sand and hills and rings. The ocean is a desert, with it's life underground, And a perfect disguise above. Under the cities lies, a heart made of ground, But the humans will give no love. You see I've been through the desert on a horse with no name, It felt good to be out of the rain. In the desert you can remember your name, 'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain.
  39. 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.
  40. 1 point
    Minoo

    Question words - how long

    Hello Bernard and Phil, I agree with Phil's answer that 'since when' is better if you want to keep the Present Perfect Continuous tense in your question. However, in daily usage, Phil's second question is more common if you want to formulate a complete question that will definitely draw a date. 'Since when?' is a common short question: A: He has been working here for quite some time now. B: Really? Since when?
  41. 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
  42. 1 point
    PHIL73

    Splash out

    Well, this time it seems easier! It could be: Waste not, want not.
  43. 1 point
    Hélio Ferreira Patrício

    My first exam with 100%!

    Today I did an exam and I recieved 100%! I am happy with that.
  44. 1 point
    Minoo

    Noums

    Hello Robledo, When choosing between 'a' and 'an', think about the sound, not the letter. Compare the pronunciation of 'university' with 'umbrella'. They're not the same, right? The 'u' in 'university' sounds like a 'y' (phonetic alphabet: /j/). This is not a vowel sound, so: a yo-yo, a young man, a yellow bag , a university. The 'u' in 'umbrella' is a vowel sound, so: an umbrella.
  45. 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).
  46. 1 point
    Minoo

    How can I earn credits?

    There are two ways: 1. Providing correct answers to your peers' questions. 2. Joining in and finding the right answer to the quizzez Minoo sets in the 'Expression of the Day' section.
  47. 1 point
    abhilive

    Phrasal verb in daily business communication

    Follow up: To continue communicating with someone after an event. Ex: Don't forget to follow up after the interview! To wrap up: To finish an event or an activity. Ex: Let's wrap up this meeting so we can go to lunch. To come up with: To think of an idea. Ex: We need to come up with a new strategy by next week. To burn out: To become a very overwhelmed with a heavy workload. Ex: If you work 80 hours per week, you will burn out. Carry out: To execute a project or assignment. Ex: Who will carry out your duties when you leave the company? To write up: To summarize information information in a formal report or study. Ex: Would you please write up a report about our newest product? Good Luck !!
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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?
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