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Hello. Hello. Okay
Here are 5 great ways to improve your English
And the best part, have fun doing it
Okay, so starting off with the first one
I know you’ve probably heard this tons of times
Watching a movie, like you can’t learn from watching a movie
Well you know what, I actually had this student in Brazil
And… her English is really good. I asked her where did she learn English
And she said, “Friends”. Crazy
But she did have limitations, you know
But some of her grammar maybe wasn’t that great but she communicated really well
So anyway, watch a movie or TV series
At the beginning, I think it’s a really good idea for with subtitles
And even later on sometimes it’s good to see the way the language is broken up
So here is a quote, the opening scene from a movie called “Rounders”
A really good movie with…
who was it… Edward Norton is in it. Matt Damon I think
“Listen, here’s the thing. ”
“If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table,”
“then you are the sucker.”
Okay, so any guess what…
I mean, if you haven’t seen the movie, you don’t know what…
At the table. Any idea what the…
Yeah, they’re playing poker. That’s it
And the sucker. The sucker is someone who’s easily tricked or conned
So there’s tons of language in here and this is just
like the smallest amount right here that I’m giving you
But throughout the movie, there’s so much that you can get from it
Here’s another thing. Read a book, newspaper, or read something online
The only problem with things online sometimes, um…
Depending on the site, if it’s like a reputable site
Like a good site where there’re people who are writing
and English is their first language or they’re just good writers
Then you’ll see very good quality writing. But sometimes
the writing online can be quite poor
So you just have to be careful about that
But reading a book, it helps you to expand your vocabulary
Helps you with grammar and tenses and things
So you know some of the tenses like…
But seeing it on paper written well,
you can sort of see better examples of it
But one of the most important things, too,
is choose something that is at your level
Because if it’s not at your level, then you’re gonna get frustrated,
put it down, and then you’re not learning anything
Okay, something else
So, don’t get, you know, all hard on yourself, okay
There’s plenty to learn with children’s poems
So here’s a little poem here
There are no happy endings, endings are the saddest part
So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start
So that was by Shel Silverstein.
He was a great children’s author
It’s a great way for you to practice your pronunciation
And the rhythm and also, so pronunciation we know that…
This part rhymes with start. Part, start.
You can think of other words that rhyme with those words
So that’s another great thing to do
The 4th thing that you can do is that you can write
Get an article from the newspaper
Find all the nouns, for example, and change them
You can also do the same thing with adjectives.
Replace them with similar words, adjectives
For more advanced students, you can take clauses and change the endings
So for example, “when man first harnessed fire, no one recorded it.”
Well, we could also say maybe, “when man first harnessed fire”…
I don’t know.
Everyone had a barbecue
Or we could change man to woman
First discovered
Instead of fire, maybe you wanna put nail polish
And then, well, anyway, you can
You can think of so many different ways to change the sentence
But we kind of got the first sort of clause here
So you can just sort of play around with it
And the good thing this is it really helps you to maybe
expand or use certain clauses as ways of writing
that you wouldn’t maybe normally think about
But you can try it and you can use someone else’s writing styles
So that’s really great. I mean all great artists started off by stealing, so…
Okay, and last but not least, of course
The best thing, number 5, talk with someone
Videos are great, especially this one
But they don’t talk back, so um
Yeah, you’re probably wondering why am I not talking right now
You probably maybe tried to push the button right there
I know it’s frustrating, but you couldn’t tell me that
I know, so that’s the frustrating thing about videos
But they can be good, and anyway
So these five great things right here
The watching a movie,
uh what was the next one? Reading, reading children’s poems
Writing and talking to someone.
Those are great ways for you to improve your English
And you know, have fun doing it
So anyway, I hope you enjoyed this video and if you did
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