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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

    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 1 point
    Minoo

    subject-verb agreement

    Hello Luca, No, as a phrasal verb, the meaning is complete with out 'yourself': refresh yourself = freshen up
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 1 point
    Minoo

    be listening to or listen to?

    Hello Luca, You're being asked to listen TO people's pronunciation FOR some information (the specific way they're pronouncing something). 'to be listening' is the Continuous Infinitive form, and is used instead of the Present Infinitive to stress the continuity of the action. You may want to review the different infinitive forms in this exclusive video.
  12. 1 point
    Butterfly 55

    Another bug?

    Okay, I had police constable, Bobby Robert of Scotland Yard in mint. Thanks.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 1 point
    Minoo

    Have some questions about Conditional 'if' test.

    Hello Butterfly, 1. The second conditional is about zero and low probability Present & Future situations. That's why it's perfectly o.k. to use it with words like 'now' and 'tomorrow': If we left the house now (improbable because you are not ready ready), we WOULD get there by noon. 2. Yes, that sentence is correct too. There are many possibilities: will / would / could you ask him ..... & also the imperative: ask him ... 3. That's the idea!
  16. 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
  17. 1 point
    LilianC

    would for present And future guesse or presumption??

    Hello Mino. Thanks for your explanation.
  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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?
  23. 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.
  24. 1 point
    Suresh Madusha

    A question

    Thank you Minoo.
  25. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    TONGUE TWISTER - William Tell

    Thelma will tell William Tell details about tales of whales.
  26. 1 point
    Minoo

    Daily Challenge

    Hello Elisabet, I'm really glad that you're enjoying the daily challenges. Keep up the good work, and speak to you in our next session soon.
  27. 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.
  28. 1 point
    LilianC

    VIDEO DICTIONARY - THE FARM PART2

    Really good for learning vocabulary specially with children. Blessings.
  29. 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.
  30. 1 point
    Minoo

    VIDEO DICTIONARY - THE FARM PART2

    Very nice! Thank you, Rodolfo!
  31. 1 point
    Minoo

    Tongue Twister - BROOKE SHIELDS

    Thank you, Rodolfo! Just a small grammatical correction: Brooke Shield's child BROKE his shield yesterday.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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
  35. 1 point
    Minoo

    Tongue Twister - SEAN PENN

    Thank you for sharing these tongue twisters, Rodolfo. They're great pronunciation exercises.
  36. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    Tongue Twister - SEAN PENN

    I was watching Sean Penn drinking champagne while he was writing a letter to Sean Young with his pen when Sean Young was young.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 1 point
    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.
  40. 1 point
    Minoo

    which tense is appropriate?

    Thank you, Viral, for posting the question, and Hari, for answering. Let me just refine what Hari has said: 1. As Hari says, because of 'when', the two actions are simultaneous, and therefore, there's no need for Past Perfect. However, Hari, be careful, we cannot use 'was being' here, because we're using 'be' as a main verb in its actual meaning and in the Active voice So: Somebody WAS here when I WAS at the office. 2. This sentence is correct because 'It looks like ...' is about the present moment, and because there's no reference to a particular past time in the sentence, we can use the Present Perfect. 3. As Hari says, we cannot say 'been being'. Viral, please watch my latest exclusive video lesson called 'When we can use 'being'. So, the two options are: It looks like somebody has been in my home. Somebody was in my home when I was at the office.
  41. 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
  42. 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.
  43. 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!
  44. 1 point
    Bernard M

    Let your hair down.

    Hello, perhaps ... He needs to pull his socks up
  45. 1 point
    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.
  46. 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).
  47. 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.
  48. 1 point
    Minoo

    Welcome to your brand new site!

    Thank you very much for your very positive feedback, Ivan. It's great to know that we have provided you with a self-study platform that you could not find anywhere else. It really motivates us to continue developing it.
  49. 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...
  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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