The secrets of learning a new language

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Watch this TEDTalk where Lýdia Machová talks about the secrets of learning a new language.

In the video, she explains that you don’t need any special talent to learn a new language, and that one of the most important things is to find “ways to enjoy the language-learning process.”

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Apologizing

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In this conversation you can find some expressions to practise ways of apologizing and giving excuses. Watch the video and then practise saying the words in red.

Mark: Mark Ryder.

Allie: Mark, can you come in?

Mark: Sure.

Allie: Thanks for the sales report.

Mark: I think there’s something more important to talk about right now.

Allie: What do you mean?

Mark: That message you sent me. You hit ‘reply to all’. You sent it to everyone in the office.

Allie: ...

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FOR vs. SINCE

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We use the present perfect + for or since to talk about something which started in the past and is still true now.

We use for + a period of time. Examples:

  • I’ve known John for three years.
  • She’s been learning Russian for one month.

We use since + a point of time. Examples:

  • I’ve been working in this company since February.
  • He hasn’t eaten anything since yesterday.

Now practise with the following exercise:

https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/vocabulary/since-for

Adapted from: English File Intermediate 3rd Edition. Oxford ...

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GIVING AND REACTING TO NEWS

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In this conversation you can find some useful expressions to give and react to news. Watch the video and then practise saying the words in red.

Ben: Hi.

Nicole /Jacques: Hi. / Hello.

Nicole: Did you have a nice weekend?

Ben: Oh yeah. You’ll never guess who I saw on Saturday.

Nicole: Who?

Ben: Allie…and Mark. In the Louvre…together.

Nicole: Really?

Jacques: You’re joking.

Ben: It was definitely them. And they looked ...

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How language shapes the way we think

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Do you think languages shape the way we think?

According to Lera Boroditsky they do. In this TEDtalk, she provides different examples that show how the same object or situation might be perceived in different ways depending on the language spoken.

📕BEGINNER

One of the most typical mistakes that English learners commit is using the verb to be when they agree or disagree:

I am agree / I am not agree

It’s true that many Romance languages such as Catalan (estic d’acord), Spanish (estoy de acuerdo) or French (Je suis d’accord) use a linking verb in this expression, but not in English. In English “agree” is a verb, so we say:

I agree / ...

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GIVING YOUR OPINION IN A MEETING

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In this conversation you can find some expressions to give your opinion about something in a meeting. Watch the video and go through the text.

 

Allie: That was a great concert last night, Scarlett.

Scarlett: Thanks.

Allie: As we know, Scarlett’s got a new CD coming out soon. So let’s have a look at the best way we can promote it in France.

Mark: OK, well I think Scarlett should visit the major music stores. In ...

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