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Studying English with Movies: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Let's take a look at a scene from the movie "Silver Linings Playbook."

Let’s take a look at a scene from the movie “Silver Linings Playbook.”

In this lesson of Studying English with Movies, we’re going to take a look at a movie called, “Silver Linings Playbook.” This movie was recommended by a student of mine and was pretty popular a few years ago. It stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawerence, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress. The story is a bit complex so I won’t go into the details, but the acting is fantastic and it is worth watching in my opinion.

So what can we learn from “Silver Linings Playbook”?
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PP28 | Word Stress: How to Emphasize Parts of Words

On the 28th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we discuss a very important topic in American English pronunciation:

Word Stress

How can we emphasize certain parts of words to sound more natural?
Al answers this and much more in Pronunciation Point 28!

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AB8 | The Secret to Speaking Natural English

secret to speaking natural english

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On the 8th episode of the AudioBLOG, we go over the following Blog post:

Transform Your Textbook Knowledge into Natural English

Would you like to know the secret to speaking English more naturally? In this edition of the AudioBLOG, I reveal how you can do that by taking your textbook knowledge and transforming it into Natural English. The main idea is to change your mindset from ANALYZING grammar and CONSTRUCTING sentences word by word to OBSERVING Natural English and PRODUCING it in 2-5 word blocks. Adapt this mindset and start speaking more Natural English right away!

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Mentioned in this episode:

Website: ESL Podcast

Website: VOA News

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Pronunciation Point 24 | World Cup

On the 24th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we practice this phrase:

“World Cup”

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Speaking Skills 2 | Making Requests

On the 2nd episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Making Requests

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Power Conversation: How to Respond to Someone Naturally (Part 3c of 3)

Now that you are familiar with the concept of Active Listening from the previous post (Power Conversation Part 3b), we will talk about how to use this concept in your real daily conversations.

responding to someone naturally

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The reason I want to give you this powerful, yet simple strategy is because I often make comments to my students about events in my life and I usually receive one of the following responses:

  • silence
  • a confused look on their face
  • struggle to say something but nothing really comes out
  • a somewhat unnatural and unconfident response

By the end of this post, I want you to have the ability to respond naturally and more important, confidently when you hear a comment from your friend, co-worker, or teacher.

Here’s how to do it

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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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Episode 11 | 5 Natural Expressions NOT in your Textbook

On the 11th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following points:

Q: Is this expression natural: “I will go out of my office at 8pm.”?

Main Topic: 5 Natural Expressions that are NOT in your Textbook

Pronunciation Point: “secretary” vs “security”

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