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How to become an excellent English speaker

29 September 2017

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

(José Mourinho)


.watch youtube videos

.listen to BBC podcasts (almost every day)

.read novels and short stories

.overuse dictionaries

.have a look at lots of newspapers (the Independent, the Daily Mail)

.get involved in social links (facebook, twitter, imgur)

.enjoy songs & lyrics

.stay in the UK for long periods of time

.be a kind of radio listener of euronews (*smartphone user)



3 websites, videos, newspapers and podcasts

11 June 2016

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


For those teachers who wanted to be good at Business English I would recommend three websites related to Business English, listen to podcasts, read English newspapers every day, watch videos and use dictionaries.

1/Learn English Today (abbreviations, vocabulary, games, interviews, business conversations, etcetera)

2/Business English Site ( general Business English, sales and marketing, listening comprehension texts, reading texts, etcetera)

3/Teaching English Org.(meetings, socialising, lesson plans and worksheets included)

Moreover I would insist on reading English newspapers such as The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail or The Daily Telegraph on a regular basis. Anyway, there are plenty of online magazines and newspapers with brilliant articles (Buzzfeed, The Independent, The New Yorkers, The Guardian)

Watching videos on @YouTube, the news on @euronews and listening to podcasts on @BBC_podcasts is essential to keep English alive

A good English language speaker …

29 March 2016

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


A good English language speaker 


listens to podcasts from the BBC

understands what he listens

listens to songs and ballads

understands most of the lyrics

reads newspapers

understands the news

reads literature

enjoys reading fictional stories

loves letters

has one or two dictionaries available next to himself

tries doing grammar exercises of any level

speaks clear

masters vocabulary and elegant expressions

fancies Latin or fancies Greek

works with hiperbatos, metaphors and rhymes


Mostly good speakers of any language are radio listeners, newspaper readers and queer fish


15 favourite websites

5 January 2016

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


{Egon Schiele, Austrian artist.- b.12061890 / d.31101918 }



LinkedIn / gravatar

twitter / gmail / efnotebloc

tumblr / pinterest / mividacomoescritor / dropbox

LAVERDAD / / wordreference / BBC / efemoleskine





Little points to consider in oral interviews

28 August 2014

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

 2013-11-20 12.45.30

First of all, when you are having a conversation you must be aware of your partner. Do not forget that your participation counts but your partner counts as well

Get used to listening.

When it´s your turn to speak try to be clear and concise. Do not make very long sentences. Long messages sometimes can be boring to others

Your intonation is important. Of course, nobody asks a question by doing an affirmative statement. Think where you put your stress in sentences.

Basics is a principal point in language. You need to make sure you use the precise words, that is to say, do not use “him” where you should use “her” or him. We are dealing basics when we deal with verbal tenses, personal pronouns of subject or object, cardinal numbers, demonstratives, possessive adjectives, adverbials, and so on.

In verbs as you should know there are three forms or elements in their presentation, namely, the infinitive, the past and the past participle. The pronunciation of the past form of an irregular verb is not usually the same as the pronunciation of the past participle form.

On the other hand, there are lots of useful expressions, linkers or even idioms which may help in a conversation. A good student, a good speaker must learn, know and use them (once more, let´s see, to sum up, unfortunalely, that is to say, the truth is that, actually, secondly, et cetera)

In English sometimes we use a future verbal tense with the meaning of a present. For example, we say “I´ll start by saying that…” meaning “empiezo diciendo que…” or “shall we open the door?” meaning “¿abrimos la puerta?”.

Phonetics and pronunciation are two pillars in the building of a good dialogue. If you pronounce well, you will always be clearly understood. Phonetics helps to pronunciation rules.

I wouldn´t like to forget probably the point number one in communication: words. Without words we speak nothing. Words, or rather, vocabulary is the most important thing in language. Learn new words and you will be able to communicate anything to anyone. Use a dictionary, take notes of new words, read texts (newspapers, readers), listen to podcasts, online radios, watch videos, talk to real English people.

When you make a sentence, remember that in English there is always an easy rule to follow which consists of subject, verb and complements in standard messages.

Therefore, if you mean “Entonces, sería …” you shouldn´ t forget the subject “it” as in “Then, it would be…”. On the other hand, when you have used a subject it is wrong to put it twice as in “ this song it is about…” and you should say “this song is about…”

Other points where one can make mistakes are confusing numbers as in “thirteen” (13) and “thirty” (30) or the ordinal numbers “twelfth” (duodécimo) ”, telling the time, men and women (the latest´s pronunciation is very peculiar).

Some speakers think that saying “and” many times will make the speech more fluent and that is wrong and boring. One has to take some other words as “however”, “nevertheless”, “but”, “on the one hand”. Try to avoid repetition which only means lack of vocabulary and style. Sometimes it will be better not to say anything and leaving a blank space in conversation, as if you were playing music. Whenever you use a verb take your time to consider if it wouldn´t be nicer to choose a more specific verb instead of the verb “to be” or “to have” [ “go”, “visit”, “walk”, “travel”]

There are lots of words that we don´t often check in the dictionary. We do not know their meaning. Sometimes we pronounce them wrong.

Never forget the idea that English grammar is not a cheese but “lots of cheese”. Be available to learn rules or new aspects of grammar. I have just remembered now the rule of the verbs of like and dislike which take the gerund after themselves: like/hate/love/prefer + Ving

She hates waiting for her brother every day after class

When you talk to someone, try to make short messages. Most of times you go further on you make a mistake, nevertheless the best way to learn is by making mistakes and talking.

If your partner asks a question starting with “do” as in “do you like eating hot dogs?” you will be expected to answer by using the same auxiliary verb, “yes, I do” / “No, I don´t” and then continue with your part of the conversation. If your partner starts with “have you ever driven a car?”, again you must give something like this “no, I haven´t”/ “yes, I have”.

Una docena de huevos

22 September 2013

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


 (imagen tomada de @laverdad_es)

 -actividades especiales, de esas de “toma pan y moja“-

1. Conocer la cultura inglesa y anglosajona

2. Describir una fotografía o una imagen

3. Recitar un diálogo y grabarlo en podcast

4. Contar una situación problemática y buscar soluciones a ese problema (escribir dos o tres líneas en el papel)

5. Hacer un dibujo siguiendo instrucciones del profesor

6. Dictado

7. Traducir textos breves (traducción directa de inglés a castellano)

8. Ensayo o comentario (cartas, opiniones, indicaciones, etcétera)

9. Frases cortas o SMS para traducir de castellano al inglés

10. Lectura comprensiva o Reading comprehension (responder a preguntas sobre el contenido de la lectura)

11. Tablas de sustitución en la pizarra

“Fanny likes / hates / doesn´t like reading short stories”

12. Escuchar podcast en inglés de la BBC (responder a preguntas sobre el contenido de la audición)

Wonderful oh, Women

31 August 2013

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

two women cafe

Once again I have to write about the BBC radio podcasting. On this occasion I enjoyed the tender and genuine free conversation of two women in Manchester, June and Susan, who talked about love and marriage. The podcast belongs to a new category called #thelisteningproject.

These women were chatting about their feelings and thoughts on personal topics naturally.  They were telling the story of their sweethearts.

To learn a foreign language the idea of sharing listening to real people talking spontaneously is a good way, if not the best way to acquisition.

[BBC radio4 podcasts. 16/12/2012] BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation


15 July 2013

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


Anyone can be good at English by continuously reading (newspaper articles, books, blogs), listening to podcasts, taking care of pronunciation, using more than one dictionary, watching TV series and learning words. Moreover I believe that grammar must be always reviewed. I think grammar is not an only kind of cheese but plenty of cheeses. Martinet and Swan, I want you two. 

Listening to podcasts, for example

10 September 2012

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


a woman listening to some audios

Getting used to listening texts apart from reading.

That is a good point to be good at English language.

(work all your senses and not only your eyes)

Teacher bloggers on the BBC

10 July 2012

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

I love these kind of things. There are lots of posts written by teachers and students which belong to the BBC Learning English section. Long or short posts including corrections and a glossary on vocabulary. I copy here an extract of one teacher who was running theDublinmarathon. Of course, there are many more posts there.



Wednesday, 20 January 2010


Music to run to

Hi Enrico,

Thanks for your latest posting. It was really interesting hearing about the kind of music you like. Music is so personal, isn’t it? Do you find running with music makes you bond with certain tracks? Do you make special music mixes for races? I know I did, and to this day, there are some songs that can immediately take me back to a particular run or race whenever I hear them.

When I ran the Dublin marathon it was so long ago that I was using a little Walkman tape recorder to listen to my special marathon mix. As I told you before, I was quite a slow runner so I even managed to run out of batteries during the marathon so I had to stop and go into a little shop to buy some more. I remember there was a young lad in the shop who started making fun of my being in the shop (with my running number on – clearly in the marathon). He said in a really loud voice for everyone to hear ‘Oi! This woman’s cheating! She’s stopped for a rest in here. She’s not allowed to do that, so she’s not!’ I tell you, I paid for those batteries and got out of that shop as fast as I could! I wasmortified!


Here are some words that you didn’t spell correctly. I think a few of them might just have been a slip when you were typing, but can you have a look at them and see if you can correct them?

hearthquake /esperience /reggaee /preferit /rithm /syntethizer /wiev /studing (English)

In English, we use an apostrophe before the s to show that something belongs to a person (or animal). For example, if you want to talk about one girl who has one book, you can write:
The girl’s book  / Two students sharing one newspaper: The students’ newspaper.

personal – relating or belonging to a single person rather than to a group or an organization
mixes – mixtures, varieties of
bond with– have a close connection with
tracks – songs on a CD or record
to this day – even though it was a long time ago
run out of– If you run out of something you have no more of it left (here, my batteries no longer worked, there was no power left in them)
lad – young man
mortified – very embarrassed
remember as clear as day – remember very clearly
blasting – making a very loud noise (here, the music was playing very loudly)
possession – something you own
a slip – a mistake
you’ve mastered – you are able to do something very effectively
overuse – use too much



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Isn´t this stuff a good idea for teachers?


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