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How to be good at English (21-30 tips)

2 July 2020

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How to be good at English (21-30 tips)
Eugenio Fouz

21.Learn by heart (memorize) phrasal verbs, synomyms, antonyms, lists of words.

22.Understand the meaning of words, sentences, paragraphs or any text you read or listen.

23.Use Latin mottoes if you know their meaning.

24.Pronunciation: look for a good model and follow it.

25.Get used to listening to podcasts (BBC.co.uk podcasts) regularly.

26.Watch as many videos as you can. I recommend these: BBC, euronews, YouTube.

27.Imitate the pronunciation and tone of native speakers, but never betray your own accent.

28.Separate the words when you speak (and when you write).

29.Do not speak too fast. Do it slowly, but not extremely slow motion.

30.Literature: read the Classics (English and American literature: Charles Dickens, Wilde, Shakespeare, Byron, Thoreau, Hawthorne)

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Desert Island Discs

4 April 2020

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Excerpt

from

BBC Radio 4

Desert Island Discs program

The History of Desert Island Discs
“Late one evening in 1941, freelance broadcaster Roy Plomley was at his home and already in his pyjamas, when an idea came to him. He sat down and wrote immediately to the BBC. That letter reached the in-tray of the BBC’s Head of Popular Record Programmes, Leslie Perowne. The pitch was successful and a broadcasting institution was born.

That first Desert Island Discs was recorded in the BBC’s bomb-damaged Maida Vale studio on 27th January 1942 and aired in the Forces Programme at 8pm two days later. It was introduced to the listening public as “a programme in which a well-known person is asked the question, if you were to be cast away alone on a desert island, which eight gramophone records would you choose to have with you, assuming of course, that you had a gramophone and an inexhaustible supply of needles”.

Plomley’s first castaway was the popular Viennese comedian, actor and musician, Vic Oliver. The first piece of music chosen by Vic Oliver, and therefore by any castaway, was Chopin’s Étude No.12 in C minor played by pianist Alfred Cortot. During these war years, every BBC Radio show was scripted and Plomley and his guests would ‘read’ their conversations. On 7th May 1942 Roy Plomley made his first appearance as a castaway when the programme was presented by Leslie Perowne.

The programme came off air in 1946 returning to the Home Service in 1951. On 16th September that year, the choice of luxury was introduced when garlic was chosen by the actress Sally Ann Howes. The choice of book made its first appearance on 9th October 1951 when actor and director Henry Kendall chose Who’s Who in the Theatre. According to Roy Plomley’s book, Desert Island Lists, in addition to the volume of Shakespeare, the castaways would be given a copy of the Bible, which was assumed to have been deposited there by The Gideon Society.

In September 1967, Desert Island Discs transferred to the newly created Radio 4 service. Roy Plomley continued to present the programme until his death, from pleurisy, in May 1985. He was 71. He was replaced by Michael Parkinson who dispensed with the ritual of the pre-recording lunch at Plomley’s club, the Garrick, and insisted that the music was played to the guests during the recording rather than edited in afterwards. Parkinson presented the last of his 96 programmes on 13th March 1988, when his guest was the athlete Brendan Foster.”

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The magazine podcast:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnmr

American language blog

19 March 2019

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Wild Card Game: Tennessee Titans v San Diego Chargers

This is a blog for teachers of English language (AmE, mainly). The site provides the teacher with nine resources to practice listening and speaking. After having had a quick look at the page I have favourited these 2: one from the BBC -of course-, and another from an ESL lab.

See: 

1/ BBC.co.uk (learning English)

BBC learning English

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2/ ESL lab

ESL lab

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And here it is. The blog:

American language blog

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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)

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http://www.euronews.com/live

3 websites, videos, newspapers and podcasts

11 June 2016

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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) http://tinyurl.com/68j8vf

2/Business English Site ( general Business English, sales and marketing, listening comprehension texts, reading texts, etcetera) http://tinyurl.com/go9tfy5

3/Teaching English Org.(meetings, socialising, lesson plans and worksheets included) http://tinyurl.com/hsxm4m6

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

Egon-Schiele

A good English language speaker 

usually:

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

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

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LinkedIn / gravatar

twitter / gmail / efnotebloc

tumblr / pinterest / mividacomoescritor / dropbox

LAVERDAD / THEOBJECTIVE.com / wordreference / BBC / efemoleskine

 

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Little points to consider in oral interviews

28 August 2014

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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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

 (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

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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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/bbclp/all


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