PP30 | Eyes vs. Ice

On the 30th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at two words that are often confused:

Eyes vs. Ice

We know that these words have different meanings but how are they pronounced differently?
Al answers this and much more in Pronunciation Point 30!

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FURIOUS 7 Review

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Kurt Russell

Director: James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring)

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

In one of my recent lessons with a student, we were curious about which movies had made the most money in sales worldwide. To my surprise, we found out that “Furious 7” was 5th on that list! If you’re not familiar with the title, “Furious 7” is the 7th movie in the series which started with “The Fast and the Furious” back in 2001. It stars Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker in his final film. I really enjoyed the first six movies in the series so what more could they do in “Furious 7”? I was more than excited to find out! Here is my review.

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Movie Study 3 | MAN OF STEEL

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“Man of Steel” is a movie about Superman from 2013. Let’s take a look at one of the scenes and learn English from it!

On the 3rd episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie:

Man Of Steel

Today, let’s take a look at this very good action movie from 2013 starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. On this episode, I break down the process of studying English with movies into five easy steps:

1. Choose the Movie
2. Choose a Scene
3. Write Down the Script
4. Look Up any New Vocabulary
5. Find Common Sentence Patterns

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Blog Post: Studying English with Movies: MAN OF STEEL

Podcast Episode 27: How to use Movies to Study English

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SS8 | Giving Opinions

On the 8th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Giving Opinions

Everyone has opinions but I feel that some people are sometimes afraid to share them or don’t know how to in English. In this lesson, I will show you how you can give an opinion and share your ideas with the world!

Basically, there are 2 types of opinions:

1. Your Personal Preferences
2. Opinions that contain and affect Other People

Here are a few phrases you can use to help give your opinion:

I think…
I don’t think…
In my opinion,…

Mentioned in this episode:

Blog Post – How to Give Your Opinion in 3 Easy Steps
Blog Post – How to Give Your Opinion 2.0

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3 Things I Learned from JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER

What can we learn from Justin Bieber's success? Let's look at 3 things in this post.

What can we learn from Justin Bieber’s success? Let’s look at 3 things in this post.

I know you’re probably thinking…”Al, are you a Justin Bieber fan? Are you a “belie-ber”? Well, not especially but I was always interested in his story. Perhaps some of you know that he was discovered on YouTube and from there became a pop music superstar and is known all around the world.

I had heard about that too but I knew there had to be more to his story. What was so special about Justin Bieber? Was he just the first to put his music online? Did he and his parents have a marketing strategy from the beginning? Or was he just simply in the right place at the right time?

As I was intrigued by all of these questions, I recently watched his documentary called, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” to find the answers. I must say that I really enjoyed the movie but in addition to that, I was able to pull out three valuable lessons that we can learn from Justin’s success and apply it to ourselves as English language learners.

Would you like to know what those lessons are? Great! Let’s dive in!
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E2P32 | Are You Wasting Time and Money?

On the 32nd episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we talk about the following topic:

Return on Investment (ROI)

Are you using your time and money the most efficient way possible? Are you studying difficult grammar points for hours and hours to take a test and then never use them again? If you’re not asking yourself these questions, you should start thinking about it right now! Time and money are limited resources and we want to be maximizing them in our English learning. When you study English, you are investing time and money so how much are you getting back in return? Let’s discuss this deeper in this episode!

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PP29 | Carrier vs. Career

On the 29th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at two words that are often confused:

Carrier vs. Career

We know that these words have different meanings but how are they pronounced differently?
Al answers this and much more in Pronunciation Point 29!

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AB9 | What?! Politics are OK to Discuss?

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Are Politics really OK to Discuss?

On the 9th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

Is it OK to Talk About Politics?

Most of us have been taught NOT to discuss politics with others because it is too sensitive and personal. But is this really true? Probably, if it’s the first time we’re meeting someone, we wouldn’t want to bring up a personal topic like politics but how about with people that we know pretty well? In this episode, I talk about whether it’s ok to discuss politics and other personal topics with others.

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YQ15 | Is it Important to Remember Grammar Rules when Speaking?

On the 15th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question:

Q: Is it important to remember grammar rules when it comes to speaking?

Here are my thoughts and suggestions:

First, we need to have a basic level of grammar in order to be understood.
However, if we think too much about grammar while speaking, it can affect our spoken fluency.
There’s a balance between GRAMMAR and FLUENCY for most students.

Suggestions:
1. Don’t worry about grammar when speaking.
2. Learn to think in “function.”
3. Review the “Speaking Skills” series to help you.

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Movie Study 2 | SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

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“Silver Linings Playbook” is a drama from 2012. What can we learn from this movie to help with our English? I will teach you in this post.

On the 2nd episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie:

Silver Linings Playbook

Today, let’s take a look at this very good drama from 2012 starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. On this episode, I break down the process of studying English with movies into five easy steps:

1. Choose the Movie
2. Choose a Scene
3. Write Down the Script
4. Look Up any New Vocabulary
5. Find Common Sentence Patterns

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Blog Post: Studying English with Movies: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

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