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  1. 7 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. 5 points
    Boukhadra Mohamed Amine

    A joke .

    I read somewhere this joke ,and i want to share it with you. How to ask your Boss for a salary increase? One day an employee sends a letter to his boss asking for an increase in his salary. Dear Bo$$; In this ,we all need $omething desperately .I thing you should be under$tanding the need$ of u$.we are worker$ who have given $o much $upport including $weat and $ervice to our company. I’am $ure you will gue$$ what i meant and re$pond $oon. Your$ $incerely. The next day ,the employee received this letter reply; I kNOw you have been working very hard.NOwadays ,NOthing much has changed.you must have NOticed that our company is NOt doing NOticably well . NOw the newspaper are saying the world’s leading ecONmists are NOt sure if the US may go into aNOther recession . After the NOvember presidential elections things may turn bad. NOthing more to add NOw. You kNOw what i mean, Your boss.
  3. 4 points
    Chary

    Happy New Year

    Well said Minoo. I wish you all a very happy new year.
  4. 4 points
    Minoo

    Happy New Year

    A very Happy New Year to you too, Sergey! I couldn't agree more: The greatest joy comes from learning and discovering new things. If we were perfect, life would become extremely dull. Thank you for your great contribution to the forums in 2018. I hope you will keep it up in 2019.
  5. 4 points
    Minoo

    How to build vocabulary ?

    Thank you for your contribution, Pier. Indeed, it is great to use movies and songs that you like to learn new expressions. I would like to add a couple of suggestions: Choose movies you have already seen in your mother tongue and really liked, and watch them three or four times, first with English subtitles, and then two or three more times without subtitles with one or two weeks between each viewing. You will be amazed at how much more you understand each time even without subtitles. Remember that if you have the subtitles on all the time, your listening comprehension does not improve as much, so limit the subtitles only to the first time you watch a movie. Same goes for your favourite songs. Learn the lyrics (with some translation if necessary), and then listen to them again and again, and sing along with them.
  6. 4 points
    Minoo

    Example Question: Difference between 'plan' & 'arrangement'

    A ‘personal plan’ is something YOU have decided to do; it’s YOUR intention to do it; no-one else is involved. Use the 'going to' future: I'm going to do it tomorrow. An ‘arrangement’ involves other people, e.g. an appointment, or an external event, e.g. a flight. Use 'Present Continuous + future time marker': I'm doing it tomorrow.
  7. 3 points
    Hyravas

    Welcome to your brand new site!

    As feedback, I just wanted to compliment you on your new website, very clear, efficient and aesthetic!
  8. 3 points
    Minoo

    It's not my cup of tea.

    Phil has given us the right answer: The common expressions in English are right up my street / right up my alley. However, as I am impressed, Hari and Sergey, with your creativity, and as you are always active on the forums, you'll get some free credits too!
  9. 3 points
    serg59

    Happy New Year

    Happy New Year to every Anglo-Linker! Let all our troubles be gone in 2019, forgive yourself for not being perfect in English, keep learning and be happy!
  10. 3 points
    PHIL73

    Happy New Year

    Hello there, I would like to give everyone all my best wishes for the new year! Many beautiful things in the year to come ... (and a lot of improvement in English language of course )
  11. 3 points
    Minoo

    Grammar challenge

    Thank you all for participating in the challenge. The correct answer is the first one: Neither of them knows the other one's name. The points to remember here are: 'Neither of them' can be followed by either a singular verb (knows) or a plural verb (know). the other one's name (singular) - the others' names (plural) - Here, we're looking for the singular construction.
  12. 3 points
    MariaTeresa

    Suggestions to improve

    Hello Chary, since I failed that test too, I'm going to create my own ebook with Sigil: it's a free editing software and there are a lot of tutorials on YouTube in English. I'll include grammar and Minoo's exclusive videos in my chapters. For personal use, obviously. It's a different way to study, perfecting your grammar - this is the key to pass the test- and it will help you to remember most of the exceptions she included in the study section. I strongly reccommend you to try it out before buying something else, please believe me, make your own ebook , importing whatever you like, images too. If you don't know HTML code, there's a WYSIWYG interface. I wish you every success in your work
  13. 3 points
    PHIL73

    Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

    Hello Minoo and Serg, After careful consideration, my answer is: "Beggars can't be choosers." Seriously, I'd be really surprised if that's not the right answer...
  14. 3 points
    serg59

    Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

    Hello Minoo and Phil, I saw your quest and decided to participate if you don't mind. My answer is: Beggars can't be choosers.
  15. 3 points
    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 !!
  16. 3 points
    Minoo

    In a nutshell

    This is a popular expression which means you're going to say what you have to say in the shortest possible way, leaving all the details out. You can also say 'to make a long story short': In a nutshell, it all worked out beuatifully. To make a long story short, the meeting disintegrated into chaos.
  17. 3 points
    PHIL73

    The early bird catches the worm.

    Hello, This time, I'm not the early bird I found this Zulu proverb, which have the same meaning: "The horse that arrives early gets good drinking water." Or this simple one, which we also know in French: "First come, first served." Another one: "Hesitation and procrastination may lead to trouble or disaster." And finally, two funny quotes related to the very first above: "The early bird may gets the worm, but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese." "I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm." - F. D. Roosevelt.
  18. 3 points
    Minoo

    Every cloud has a silver lining.

    This is a common saying that means: 'Every difficult situation has some benefit in it.' Next time you speak to someone who is experiencing some difficulty in their life, you may want to use this uplifting expression.
  19. 3 points
    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...
  20. 3 points
    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.
  21. 3 points
    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.
  22. 3 points
    Minoo

    How to use this forum & Example

    The correct spelling is '1990s'. There's no need for an apostrophe as this is a plural 's'.
  23. 3 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 2 points
    Bernard M

    Question words - how long

    Thanks a lot to both of you.
  27. 2 points
    Minoo

    Essay writing Tips: apologies for the delay

    My apologies to those of you who have voted for and have been waiting for my lesson on essay writing. In preparing the lesson 'Tips on Essay Writing', I realised that it was better to present it in a 'tutorial' rather than a 'lesson' format. I have recorded my presentation, but tutorial type videos need to be animated / illustrated, and we're currently waiting for that to be done before we can release it. As soon as it's been released, I'll post the link to it in this forum. Thank you for your patience. Best wishes, Minoo
  28. 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!
  29. 2 points
    PHIL73

    Put the cat among the pigeons

    Hello Minoo, I think it could be this: "Her open criticism of the CEO has stirred up the hornet's nest".
  30. 2 points
    Minoo

    to be wide awake

    Hello Phil and Sergey, Well done again for a good team effort!
  31. 2 points
    Minoo

    Suggestions to improve

    Hari, Maria Teresa, Serge, I'm sorry if you're being challenged by the reading tests. I know I've made them difficult, but this is the only way I can draw the attention of very advanced students like yourselves to the finer points that allow you to fully master the structures. Thank you for you resilience and determination!
  32. 2 points
    Minoo

    Suggestions to improve

    Hello Hari and Maria Teresa, Thank you, Maria Teresa, for sharing your experience with Hari. I fully support Maria Teresa's recommendation, Hari. As I have written the reading tests myself, there's nothing in them that you cannot revise on my online course. I know you have completed the course, but these are the finer or more challenging points that need several revisions to fully master. As Maria Teresa says, there's no point in buying more grammar books, which will repeat exactly the same topics. The most effective way to assimilate grammar (or vocabulary) is by compiling your own notes and examples while you study. That's why the next membership level (Gold) offers the PEN (Personal Electronic Notes) feature. However, the software Maria Teresa has recommended would also do the job perfectly.
  33. 2 points
    Chary

    Reading English books

    Adding to it, listening to audiobooks is also a good option.
  34. 2 points
    Minoo

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    Well done, Phil! You certainly beat Sergey to it this time. And thank you for sharing the other expression 'Out of sight, out of mind.'
  35. 2 points
    Chary

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    Distance breeds fondness. Am I right minoo?
  36. 2 points
    PHIL73

    When the going gets tough ...

    Hello all, You caught me off guard this time, Serg! It seems there is also an Americanized version of it: ""In for a dime, in for a dollar." While searching for the answer, I came across this saying that I cannot resist quoting: "Money is the best deodorant."
  37. 2 points
    Minoo

    Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

    Spot on, Serge! Thanks for the great humour, Phil! You both deserve credits for your ongoing contribution.
  38. 2 points
    Minoo

    Pick up the pieces

    It is indeed! Well done, Phil.
  39. 2 points
    PHIL73

    Well I never!

    Hello Sergey, (also known as "Serg59" or "The Old Man and the Boat"), It's weird, but I don't remember that promise of a hundred dollars As to the credits, why would you need them? You have reached the Fluent Rank already, close to the Sun (So, you have nothing to do of course ) Now I must leave you and go to work on my English because I'm far from fluency (I must confess that, from time to time, I need to "Googlize" your sentences to understand them ...)
  40. 2 points
    PHIL73

    Well I never!

    Hello Minoo, I think it could be this expression: "You don't say!" Or that one which is often heard in films or in spoken English: "You're kidding." (You must be kidding)
  41. 2 points
    Minoo

    Idioms and phrases

    Thank you for sharing this interesting expression, Boukhadra. I've started a post in 'Expression of the Day' using this expression.
  42. 2 points
    Minoo

    It rings a bell!

    Well done again, gentlemen! I'm very impressed with your teamwork to get to the right answer.
  43. 2 points
    Minoo

    Turn a blind eye to something

    Well done, all. That's the expression I was looking for, and the best verb is indeed 'bury': bury one's head in the sand.
  44. 2 points
    serg59

    The early bird catches the worm.

    The quotes about wise mouse and unlucky warm made my day, thanks, Phil. This is my humble contribution: "Good luck beats early rising" and "An early-rising man is a good spouse but a bad husband".
  45. 2 points
    serg59

    Clothes make the man.

    "We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance." "Do not judge by appearance; a rich heart may be under a poor coat." I like this one: "What lies behind appearance is usually another appearance."
  46. 2 points
    Chary

    Fluency

    Hello Minoo, Thank you anglolink team. Pl. continue the great job. Regards, Hari Kiran.
  47. 2 points
    PHIL73

    Make a mountain out of a molehill

    Phew, finally! I don't think I'll forget those expression. Challenge is certainly one of the best ways to learn. And thanks to Sergey I learned the word riddle that I didn't know.
  48. 2 points
    Minoo

    Which are good books to learn English Grammar ?

    I agree with Phil. Before I developed my own material, I used to use the book Phil has recommended here. It is a very good book. For those of you who prefer printed material, please remember that all the exercises for the 50 Grammar Modules (units) on the platform are downloadable. Each pdf download costs 1 credit and includes both the exercises and the answer key. Whether you choose to buy a grammar book or download my pdfs, if your objective is to be able to use the grammar correctly when you speak, I highly recommend that you get the audio recordings as well so you can listen to and repeat the sentences that you are reading and writing. If you don't practise these orally, no matter how good your knowledge of grammar is, you won't be able to use the structures reflexively when you speak. Obviously, if your objective is only to improve your writing, then the audio version of the material is not essential.
  49. 2 points
    Pier

    How to build vocabulary ?

    Also if is not always easy... I really like to see series on Netflix in English, with English Sub-titles. He help me to learn a lot of new vocabulary. Is even good to translate the music that i like. I use often this website, its very easy to use and give me the possibility to translate with the original song beside. Take a look http://lyricstranslate.com/ Good luck, Bye
  50. 2 points
    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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