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  • hello and welcome back to english with

  • Lucy today I wanted to talk to you

  • well actually I wanted to have a chat

  • with you just a casual informal

  • conversation about how to improve your

  • conversation skills so I recently asked

  • all of my students on facebook and

  • instagram what sort of videos they'd

  • like to see in the near future because i

  • have had a little bit of a rest recently

  • but I'm back in the game now and most

  • people wanted to see more grammar videos which

  • will definitely be coming soon more

  • vocabulary videos and also tips on how to

  • improve their spoken english and also

  • their listening skills now I've

  • already done a video on listening which

  • you can watch just up here but I haven't

  • done a video on conversation yet so

  • that's what I'm going to do today but i

  • am going to provide you with some real

  • vocabulary and some very useful grammar

  • so I've squished everything that you

  • wanted into one video alright let's get

  • started with tip number one number one

  • is be aware of the sounds that you make

  • when you think if you want to sound more

  • native when speaking and not offend

  • anyone when speaking then you need to

  • think like an Englishman when I was in

  • Spain I was quite surprised when i first

  • had proper conversations with people

  • because they would be talking to me and

  • then suddenly say eeeeeeeeh and I would think what was that

  • that's quite loud mouth right open eeeeeeh and

  • in the UK it's considered impolite have

  • your mouth open in somebody's face so

  • when we think about what we're going to

  • say next in a conversation we tend to

  • say ummmm or hmm

  • so we tend to hum with our mouths closed

  • so try practicing at home if you see any

  • interviews of British celebrities and

  • personalities check to see what sort of

  • noises they make when they are thinking

  • about how to respond to a question

  • the next tip is be aware of

  • interjections now what are interjections

  • well they are short little expressions

  • that express how you are feeling so if I

  • say something like oh it means i'm

  • interested maybe I haven't heard that

  • before

  • maybe on a bit surprised oh and if I say

  • something like hmm it could mean I don't

  • quite believe you

  • the people from the UK of less inclined

  • to tell you exactly what they think and

  • more inclined to tell you through

  • interjections and body language if you'd

  • like more information on interjections

  • like oh right yuck eww then i can

  • definitely make a video all about them

  • it really is good to know them because

  • it will help you understand what speaker

  • thinking and also convey what you are

  • thinking as well tip number four (three) is

  • learn to use question tags properly now

  • what are question tags they are short little

  • questions that go at the end of

  • sentences things like you're not married

  • are you?

  • or he didn't go did he? or you like tea

  • don't you?

  • now they can mean two different

  • things they can be a genuine question or

  • they can be almost a request for

  • confirmation of something that the

  • speaker already knew

  • you're very tanned you've been on holiday

  • haven't you

  • I know that they've been on holiday

  • I'm just asking for confirmation now

  • question tags are very simple to form and

  • use if you have a positive statement you

  • are coming then you'd add a negative

  • question tag on the end aren't you you

  • are coming aren't you

  • and if you have a negative sentence she

  • didn't say

  • that then you add a positive question

  • tag at the end did she she didn't say

  • that did shee right now we've spoken a

  • little bit about noises a bit of

  • vocabulary and a bit of grammar that you

  • can use to improve your conversation

  • skills

  • well now I'd like to talk about some

  • real hardcore practice so when I was

  • working as a private English teacher a

  • lot of people wanted conversation

  • lessons and they would come in and say I

  • just want to talk which is great but I

  • had a small handful of students that

  • really knew how to improve their

  • conversation skills and I actually

  • learned from them i had a couple of

  • students come in and say I want

  • conversation lessons but I want to practice my

  • story and this was great they would come

  • in with a handful of stories that they

  • would tell on a daily basis maybe where

  • you're from

  • why you're living in London something

  • funny that happened to you onholiday

  • something that they like to tell they

  • like to be interesting they like to be

  • funny in group situations it's good to

  • have a few stories up your sleeve

  • well they would come to me and i would

  • ask to practice them and perfect them

  • so they could tell their stories

  • fluently and efficiently and make people

  • laugh and make people feel interested

  • and make people enjoy their company so i

  • really really recommend that apart from

  • practicing your conversation you

  • practice your stories you go over them

  • again and again and again until you have

  • them sorted until they're perfect and fluent

  • and natural more than anything

  • now you guys already know that I work

  • with a company called Lingoda if you

  • haven't seen my review video for Lingoda

  • you can find it just up here and this is

  • a website that i really would

  • recommend if you want to practice your

  • conversation because every single one of

  • their lessons encourages speaking you

  • sign up on a monthly basis and you have

  • a mixture of group lessons and private

  • lessons and the great thing about it is

  • with the private lessons you can choose

  • the topic that you want you can say

  • right today I want to practice my

  • stories and they will organise that for

  • you

  • so they've given me another discount

  • voucher to offer you you can get 50 euros or

  • fifty dollars off your first

  • month at Lingoda if you're interested

  • in that offer click on the link in the

  • description box now my final tip for you

  • is reflection

  • it's all very well going to a language

  • exchange and speaking and speaking and

  • speaking but if you don't reflect on

  • your mistakes you're never going to

  • improve so after every single

  • conversation that you have in a language

  • that you're trying to learn

  • make sure you take some time afterwards

  • to think back and ask yourself where was

  • i lacking and there could be a multitude

  • of answers I didn't know enough

  • vocabulary to properly express myself or

  • my listening skills weren't strong enough

  • to fully understand my partner or I was

  • telling a story and I wasn't comfortable

  • enough with the past tenses to tell it

  • accurately so make sure you analyze and

  • reflect and then do some research about

  • it so you can practice what you lacked

  • in in the last conversation now the

  • world is your oyster here on YouTube you

  • just have to type in question tags

  • interjections past tenses and there will

  • be some lovely person teaching you

  • exactly how to use it

  • you have just got so many dictionaries

  • apps online schools there is everything

  • that you need to help you here online

  • so make sure you take advantage of it

  • that's it for today's lesson I hope you

  • enjoyed it I hope you learnt something

  • don't forget to connect with me on all

  • of my social media you've got my Instagram and

  • my facebook where I host a free live

  • pronunciation lesson every sunday at

  • four thirty gmt more information on the

  • facebook page i will see you soon for

  • another lesson i've got lots of grammar and

  • vocabulary videos coming out soon

  • I can't wait to show you them mwah!

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