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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
    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.
  11. 1 point
    eddy andrianasolo

    Essay writing tips tutorial

    Hello, Thank you for the tips I will try to do that. Eddy
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 1 point
    LilianC

    would for present And future guesse or presumption??

    Hello Mino. Thanks for your explanation.
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  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
    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.
  20. 1 point
    LilianC

    VIDEO DICTIONARY - THE FARM PART2

    Really good for learning vocabulary specially with children. Blessings.
  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
    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 - 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 - Christopher Plummer

    Christopher Plummer has called the plumber to help Glenn Plummer because his plumbing is clogged by a plum.
  25. 1 point
    Minoo

    Tongue Twister - Glenn Close

    Nice one, Rodolfo! Thank you for sharing!
  26. 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.
  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

    Ebook with audio file from Macmillian Readers Website

    You're welcome. Never worry about mistakes. That's what the exercises and tests are for: to show you where there are gaps so you can review the relevant part of the lessons and fill those gaps. Happy continuation!
  29. 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.
  30. 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
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 1 point
    Chary

    Everybody smile!

    Thanks for correcting me.
  35. 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!
  36. 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)
  37. 1 point
    Bernard M

    Inversions

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

    Reading English books

    Thank you for sharing this information with your peers, Yomna! Indeed, this is a good series because it's simplified and you can also buy the audio version on CD or as an audio book. For similar series, you can also check out: - Macmillan Readers - Oxford Bookworms These series are graded too, so you can choose the level that's most suitable to you.
  41. 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.
  42. 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,
  43. 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!
  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

    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)
  47. 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...
  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?'

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