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3 Things I Learned from THE KING’S SPEECH

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How “The King’s Speech” can help with your English fluency

Recently, I watched the film, “The King’s Speech” on DVD. If you don’t remember, this movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2011. The main character, King George VI, was played by Colin Firth who also won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

It is based on real events that occurred in the 1930’s and 1940’s where the Duke of York (George VI) suffered from a major speech problem. He had a terrible stammer. How he overcame this challenge taught me some things that I think can help students become more fluent speakers. I’d like to share 3 of these with you today.
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Studying English with Movies: ELEKTRA

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“Elektra” starring Jennifer Garner

For the second lesson of Studying English with Movies, we’re going to take a look at a scene from the superhero movie, “Elektra”. I borrowed this DVD from a friend a few years ago and I decided to finally watch it the other day. Overall, it’s not a great movie, but as always, I like to find dialogue that can be used to help us learn English. In today’s scene we have Elektra, played by the beautiful Jennifer Garner talking to Abby, played by actress Kirsten Prout.

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E2P29 | How to Respond More Quickly

On the 29th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following points:

How to Respond More Quickly: In the past few years, many students have been asking me how to respond more quickly in English conversation. If not asking me directly, other students seem to struggle with this aspect of English conversation. In this episode, I look at 3 aspects to think about and also 3 Action Steps to help you achieve faster response times.

3 Aspects to Consider:
1. Understanding the speaker’s comment or question
2. Learning common phrases and strategies for responding
3. Practicing this skill

Action Steps:
1. Do Dictation Exercises
2. Study conversations from TV shows and movies
3. Practice by speaking out loud or finding a group to speak with

English 2.0 Quick Tip:  This is a very useful and FREE app to help you organize your notes – Evernote

Mentioned in this episode:

Studying English with Movies: Man of Steel – Click here

Studying English with Movies: Elektra – Coming Soon!

Speaking Skills 1: Showing Interest – Click here

Practice Responding by meeting people on Meetup.com – Click here

Find Movie Scripts at imsdb.com – Click here

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Transform your Textbook Knowledge into Natural English

change textbook english to natural englishTake one minute to answer this question honestly about yourself.

“How do you feel about your current English level?”

Are you satisfied? Do you feel like you’ve been at the same level for awhile without any real improvement? Do you feel like you have a lot of knowledge but it’s hard to express what you want to say?

If so, what you may be looking for is how to take your textbook knowledge and convert it to natural English. Here’s how:

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How to talk about Companies | Global English Course: Level 1 – Lesson 2


How to talk about Companies

Key phrases for practice:

We make auto parts.
We offer financial services.

Our main competitors are electronics retailers.
Our main competitors are Honda and BMW.

We are currently cutting costs.
We are currently improving quality.

What does your company do?

Who are your main competitors?

How’s your business doing?

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How to talk about Occupations | Global English Course: Level 1 – Lesson 1

 

How to talk about Occupations

Key phrases for practice:

I’m a sales rep.
I’m an office assistant.

I work at a trading company.
I work at Sony.

I’m responsible for dealing with customers.
I’m responsible for quality assurance.

What do you do?

Where do you work?

Tell me more about your job.

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Episode 13 | Fears of Speaking English

On the 13th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following points:

Q: What’s the difference between “I like -ing” and “I like to…”?

Main Topic: Fears of Speaking English

Pronunciation Point: 3 Famous Brand Names that are often Mispronounced
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Episode 10 | What is English 2.0?

On the 10th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following point:

Q: What is English 2.0?

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Why Aren’t Japanese People Good at English? Part 1 of 5

これは5パートシリーズの1パート目です。ぼくが生徒は私によく聞いている質問を答えたいと思います。この質問は:「なぜ日本人は英語が話せないのか?」
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Episode 5 | 3 Keys For Becoming a Natural Speaker

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Welcome to the 5th episode of the ALsensei English 2.0 Podcast! On this English podcast, I help you express yourself more naturally and smoothly.

On this episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following points:

Tips: 3 Keys For Becoming a Natural Speaker

Pronunciation Point: “Sip” vs “Ship”

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