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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. 1 point
    Butterfly 55

    Another bug?

    Okay, I had police constable, Bobby Robert of Scotland Yard in mint. Thanks.
  10. 1 point
    Minoo

    Another bug?

    Hello Butterfly55, Your formulation is correct. The problem is your word order: Robert used to be called Bobby.
  11. 1 point
    Butterfly 55

    Little surprised with the use of ‘to have’

    1. seem to do / be / have something used to make what you say about your thoughts, feelings or actions less strong I seem to have left my book at home. I canʼt seem to (= Iʼve tried, but I canʼt) get started today. 2.ˈtake to somebody/ something [no passive] to start liking somebody/ something I took to my new boss immediately. He hasnʼt taken to his new school.
  12. 1 point
    eddy andrianasolo

    Essay writing tips tutorial

    Hello, Thank you for the tips I will try to do that. Eddy
  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
    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.
  15. 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.
  16. 1 point
    Suresh Madusha

    A question

    Thank you Minoo.
  17. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    TONGUE TWISTER - William Tell

    Thelma will tell William Tell details about tales of whales.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 1 point
    Minoo

    VIDEO DICTIONARY - THE FARM PART2

    Very nice! Thank you, Rodolfo!
  21. 1 point
    Minoo

    Tongue Twister - BROOKE SHIELDS

    Thank you, Rodolfo! Just a small grammatical correction: Brooke Shield's child BROKE his shield yesterday.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 1 point
    Tom

    When can we use ‘being’

    Hi Folks A new exclusive video is available. Check it out now: When can we use ‘being’. Although 'be' is a state verb and can never take a Continuous tense, we often see and hear the word 'being'. In this lesson, we're going to look at the uses of 'being': When 'be' means 'behave' In Passive Structures As a Gerund
  25. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    Tongue Twister - Christopher Plummer

    Christopher Plummer has called the plumber to help Glenn Plummer because his plumbing is clogged by a plum.
  26. 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.
  27. 1 point
    Minoo

    Would (Future)

    Hello Sandeep and Phil, As Phil has said, 'would' gives the sentence a hypothetical sense (Second Conditional). 'will' is a prediction of something probably happening in the future: Conditional 2 (improbable/hypothetical): We are not going to introduce such a policy because (if we did,) it would not be constitutional. Conditional 1(probable): It is risky to introduce such a policy because (if we do,), it will not be constitutional. In the other example, the same logic can apply if we are actually discussing what's currently going on in a tribal setting. However, there's another possibility, and that is describing how things used to work in the past (using 'would' as an alternative to 'used to'): In that culture, whenever a chief died, his son would inherit all his dominions.
  28. 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.
  29. 1 point
    Minoo

    Grammar challenge 5

    Thank you all for participating. You all got it right this time. Well done!
  30. 1 point
    Minoo

    Disappointed

    Excellent! I'm glad the new activities are proving helpful. Indeed, maintaining your daily 'speaking' practice is very important at this stage. Keep up the good work, Kyoko!
  31. 1 point
    Chary

    Disappointed

    It's clear Minoo. Thanks a lot.
  32. 1 point
    Santa9rose

    Health Issues

    Dear Minoo, I see. The right answer was ‘look forward ‘ because it was formal message. I’m clear now and try it again. thank you very much. kyoko
  33. 1 point
    Chary

    which tense is appropriate?

    In my opinion: 1. Somebody was being in my home when I was at office (past continuous instead of past perfect because two action are simultaneously occurring, additional I used passive voice as the person is not known, somebody). 2. It looks like somebody is in my home ( present simple instead of present perfect, based on your scenario 1, as there is no time frame to show continuity). 3. Firstly, we mustn't use 'being' after 'be' since it sounds awkward. Therefore, somebody was in my home, would be more appropriate. In all the three circumstances I used 'past simple' instead of 'present simple' as past simple is more appropriate for your scenario 1. I have posted the above as far as my knowledge. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Regards, Hari Kiran
  34. 1 point
    Minoo

    Everybody smile!

    Hello Bernard and Hari, You're both right. When 'everybody' is the subject of a sentence, it definitely takes a singular verb: Everybody smiles when they pose for a photo. (Hari, please note that the 'singular' verb form is with 's': smiles). However, in Bernard's sentence, 'smile' is in the imperative form, which is the same as the base verb. Someone is asking everybody to smile for the photo: Everybody, SMILE (for the photo), please!
  35. 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)
  36. 1 point
    Chary

    Request for correct answer

    Thanks minoo. I got it now. Previously, I tried passive structure, but the tense used was wrong. However, passive form is right.
  37. 1 point
    Bernard M

    Inversions

    Thank you very much, Minoo. Your answer is very clear to me.
  38. 1 point
    yomnaayman330

    Idiom about time

    Meaning of "Around the clock" or " Round the clock" Used as an adjective: Happening, lasting or continuing constantly for a significant period of time (at least a few days), or 24/7. Example: She needed round-the-clock care when she was in hospital. Used as an adverb: Working hard, often for very long hours. Example: Doctors worked around the clock to resuscitate her.
  39. 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.
  40. 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!
  41. 1 point
    Minoo

    Conditional

    Hello Bernard, This sentence requires a mixed conditional: He is afraid of spiders, so he didn't visit Australia when he WAS in New Zealand: If he wasn't / weren't (Conditional 2) terrified of spiders, he would have visited (Conditional 3) Australia (during his trip to New Zealand last year).
  42. 1 point
    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.
  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

    Reading English books

    Hello Udesh, It is indeed a good idea to read in English, but I would add two recommendations: 1. Read modern English or simplified classics to learn vocabulary that you can use in your own speech or writing as well. 2. Make sure you check the pronunciation of all the new words you learn through reading in an online dictionary; otherwise, your listening and speaking skills may suffer.
  45. 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.
  46. 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 !!
  47. 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)
  48. 1 point
    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.
  49. 1 point
    Minoo

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

    No, ‘How do you do?’ is a formal synonym for ‘Nice to meet you.’ You can only use it when you meet someone for the first time. The reply to if is usually the same: ‘How do you do?’ ‘How are you?’ is a real question for someone you already know. They can reply: ‘I’m fine, thank you.’ or ‘Not very well.’
  50. 1 point
    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.
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