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  • Hi.

  • I'm Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com.

  • Do you make these three common English mistakes when you speak?

  • Let's talk about it.

  • First of all, I want to say, if you make these mistakes, native English speakers will still

  • understand you.

  • Don't beat yourself up over making these mistakes.

  • Beat yourself up means be hard on yourself, be upset and angry that you make these mistakes.

  • Don't be worried about them, but I want to help you to perfect your English.

  • This doesn't mean to speak perfectly, but this means to improve your English.

  • The first mistake that I often hear beginner English learners make, and I have actually

  • received some emails with this expression, it is, I played a board game yesterday night.

  • Yesterday night.

  • It makes sense, yesterday at night, but this is not the correct word that we need to use.

  • Do you know what we should say instead?

  • I played a board game last night.

  • Last night.

  • Great.

  • It's a quick fix, and it's going to make your English sounds much more natural.

  • The second mistake that I often hear intermediate English learners make has to do with general

  • countable items.

  • If you live in the mountains, like I do, you might say, "I like mountain.

  • I'm a big fan of monkey."

  • But, there's something wrong in both of these sentences.

  • That final word, that final thing that we're talking about, mountain, monkey needs to have

  • an S. For these countable items, mountains, monkeys, we need to say, "I like mountains.

  • I'm a big fan of monkeys."

  • This is going to be the most natural way to talk about something general that is countable

  • that you like.

  • What if we have something that's uncountable, like tea or air conditioning?

  • In this situation you can say, "I like tea.

  • I'm a big fan of air conditioning."

  • It's really hot in this room right now, but if I turn on the air conditioning, it's going

  • to be too loud and you won't be able to hear me.

  • So after this is over, I'm going to turn on the air conditioning because I am a big fan

  • of air conditioning.

  • These are uncountable things.

  • Of course they are going to be some exceptions, but the general rule is that with countable

  • items, I like mountains.

  • Great.

  • This is going to be with an S. The third mistake that I hear even advanced

  • English learners make is with two famous words, since and for.

  • I often hear, "I have been living here since three years."

  • You used a great verb, have been living here.

  • That's beautiful, but the final part of the sentence has a mistake.

  • You should say, "I have been living here for three years."

  • I want to tell you the quick difference between since and for.

  • If you say, "I have been living here for three years," for three years is talking about the

  • length or the duration of time, for three years.

  • You could say, "I have been living here since 2015."

  • This is the start of the time when I moved to the city.

  • In 2015, I moved here, so I have been living here since 2015.

  • You can use this to talk about your English-learning and your English-learning journey.

  • I have been learning English for 10 years.

  • This is the duration of time.

  • Or you could say, "I have been learning English since 2010."

  • Great.

  • This is going to be clear statement, and it's going to be advanced English.

  • If you'd like to really master using since and for, I recommend watching the live lesson

  • that I made about these two words up here.

  • You're going to learn a lot of different situations where you can use these words.

  • And by the end of the lesson you'll feel confident about using them correctly.

  • And now I have a question for you.

  • Let me know in the comments below this video, do you make any of these common mistakes?

  • I hope that now you can say last night, I like mountains, and I have been learning English

  • with Vanessa for at least four and a half minutes now.

  • Thanks so much for learning with me, and I'll see you again next Friday for a new lesson

  • here on my YouTube channel.

  • Bye.

  • The next step is to download my free e-book, "Five Steps to Becoming a Confident English Speaker."

  • You'll learn what you need to do to speak confidently and fluently.

  • Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more free lessons.

  • Thanks so much.

  • Bye.

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