Rank #1: 10 Top Words for Beginners to Start Speaking English
Episode transcript below:
Hey. How’s it going?
You know, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from Go Natural English learners like you asking me, “Where should I start?” You know, English is a big language with lots of words. So, if you want to know where to begin, in this episode, I’m going to share the top ten English nouns. These are the most popular nouns that are used the most in the English language.
So, before I forget, before I tell you the top ten nouns, I want to tell you that I have a free training on the Go Natural English website that will help you to understand how to learn English independently. So, come over to gonaturalenglish.com/7steps and I’ll be happy to share that free training with you.
So, now I’m going to check on my laptop. I have the top ten words in the English language and, actually, these are not just the top ten words in general, because that would include articles like “the” or “a”, which are actually the most common words. But I wanted to tell you the most common nouns because I think that’s more helpful. Don’t you? Okay.
So, the number ten – we’re going to countdown from ten – the number ten most common word in English is “hand”. “Hand!” Can you believe it? That’s interesting. It’s probably because there’s some idioms in English that include the word “hand”, like, “Could you give me a hand?”
Number nine is the word, “life”. “Life.” We talk about life a lot. It makes sense.
Number eight. The number eight most popular word is “world” and I know this word is quite difficult to pronounce for a lot of English language learners. So, try repeating if after me now: “world”. Okay. Very good.
Number seven is “man”. Okay.
Number six is “thing”. This is also kind of a difficult sound, the “t-h” sound, so try repeating this word after me: “thing”. Awesome!
Number five is “day”.
Four is “way”. It rhymes with “day”.
Number three is “year”.
Number two is “person”.
And the number one most popular noun in English is “time”.
So, now it’s time to end this episode. I just want to thank you for watching and, hey, if you want to learn more of the most common words and phrases in American English, I recommend that you purchase the Go Natural English audio e-book, “The 100 Most Common Phrases in American English.” You can find out more about that at gonaturalenglish.com/100. So, I’ll see you there. Come check it out. See if it will benefit you and your English fluency. I think it will!
Bye for now!
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Rank #2: 5 Best Apps to Learn Fluent English Fast
Rank #3: What's the Difference Between the Prepositions... IN and ON?
"In" is basically within, inside a container or box, maybe an enclosed space but not necessarily.
"On" is related to surfaces.
You can use "in" or "on" in the same sentence, but the meaning would change.
Rank #4: The Go Natural English 7 Steps to English Fluency with Gabby Wallace
I want to present seven steps that you can use as a clear simple guide for learning English. You can always come back to these steps because they will help you no matter what level or stage you're currently at in English. So if you're ready to begin then let's get started.
If you just follow the path that's been set out for you in English learning, you'll probably take traditional English classes. You'll let your teacher tell you what to learn. And then after months or even years of study, you'll realize you're not where you want to be. Maybe your teacher led you down a different path that they thought was interesting but didn't help you accomplish your goals. The seven steps to fluency help you to create your own goals and your own way of learning English. The seven steps to fluency are actually from inside the English Fluency Formula, an e-book that I wrote for you to help you learn English in just 15 minutes a day. So I'm gonna share them with you.
Normally, you'd have to buy this ebook to read them but I really want to share the seven steps at least to give you a start, and then you can decide if you'd like to get the full ebook.
The Seven Steps to English Fluency
Number one is think and plan. So in other words think about why you want to learn English.
What is your reason? Then plan what you need to know in English in order to be able to do your goal through English. So why are you learning English? Is it to travel? Is it to improve your career or your business, if you're an entrepreneur? Is it perhaps just for a personal hobby, or are you taking a test? So, know your reason why. Think about what English you'll need to accomplish your goals and we're gonna make a plan to achieve them successfully.
Number two: surround yourself with English input. So for example, listen to music in English. Read books and articles in English. Set your phone and your mobile device settings in English. Surround yourself in English so that you're creating an English lifestyle and a habit of consuming English.
Number three: be curious be curious about what interests you and try to learn about it in English.
Number four: repeat. You need to be aware of what you're listening to and repeat the phrases and words that are interesting and useful and new to you. Repeat new words out loud with feeling with emotion and with volume as long as you're not going to disturb anyone else. Repetition and repeating them with feeling are going to help you to remember them.
Okay number five: connect. Again, to help you remember words you want to connect new words with old words that you already know or perhaps words in your own language. This is different than translation.
To connect a word doesn't mean to translate it. It means to connect it to something you already know that you can relate it to. So for example, when I was learning Japanese, I learned the word for the check. When you go to a restaurant when you ask for the check it is "o-waiso." That's one way to say it and this sounds a bit to me like an "eyesore" which means something that is not pleasant to look at. Nobody likes getting the check and knowing how much they have to pay, right? I remembered o-waiso very easily because I connected it with that idea of an eyesore because it sounds similar and there's kind of a funny meaning there. So you have to try to do this with new words in English connect them to something you already know. You can connect new words also with sounds or with songs. That's why I like to learn language a lot through music because the tune helps me to remember the words. So there's a lot of ways that you can connect words.
Next, number six: you need to use the words that you're learning. Use the new sounds, the words, the phrases, the sentences that you're learning. Number four was repeat them. But number six is different because I want you to actually create your own sentences. You could use what you're learning by writing something or speaking out loud and use what you're learning, so you're applying it in real life.
Finally, number seven is review because reviewing is so important to keep new words fresh in your mind. So review don't be afraid to listen to the same song or to watch the same TV series or movie or read the same article or the same book over and over.
So to read these seven steps and much much more inside the English Fluency Formula, purchase your ebook today.
It's super easy and fast to purchase it and to access it in the members area of the Go Natural English Website. There are thousands of English learners who have purchased it, and who are really enjoying it. So you can read some of their opinions and comments below as well, so thanks so much for watching. I hope that these seven steps will serve you and help you in your journey to English fluency.
Rank #5: Step 2 for Fluent English Listening and Speaking
This Go Natural American English tip from Gabby is, in my mind, one of the most important. It has been said that immersion in a culture is the best way to learn a foreign language. If living in another country is not possible, then the next best thing is to listen to as much of the language as you can.
You should try to read a little bit more every day and listen to television and radio shows as often as you can. Try to mimic the accents that you hear. Audio books are a great way to listen to a language. You can use the time that you spend riding the train or bus to listen to a few book chapters. If you don’t have audio books, then listen to song lyrics and try to imitate the way the words sound. Whatever you do, never give up.
Be sure to visit gonaturalenglish.com and discover a community of American English learners who are experiencing the same struggles, anxieties, and even joys of learning a new language. You will be amazed at how quickly your fluency improves once you start spending time immersed in the language.
Episode transcript below:
The second step to fluency here at Go Natural English is to listen a lot.
Listen! Not to everything but listen specifically to the kind of English that you want to be able to understand and to speak.
So, for example, if you’re interested in being able to discuss the news with people, you should listen to the news in English.
If you want to talk about sports with your friends in English, then listen to sports news.
If you want to be able to have regular conversations with people, then perhaps watch some sitcoms on TV, or listen in to real conversations, or listen to podcasts.
They’re a great way to hear natural English.
So again, step two is to listen a lot, and make English a part of your daily life so that you’re listening to English a little bit, or a lot, every day.
Rank #6: Special Project for English Fluency with Guest from Espresso English Part 4
Rank #7: Top 5 Native English Slang Words for 2016 from America
Episode transcript below:
Hey! How’s it going, Awesome Go Natural English Learner?
In this episode, we’re going to learn the five freshest, hottest slang words for 2016. You know, vocabulary words come in and go out of use. If you’re speaking English like your textbook that was published in 1950, you probably don’t sounds like a native speaker. That’s why we have this episode and lots of other episodes from Go Natural English, as well as our courses and materials at gonaturalenglish.com. In fact, if you come to gonaturalenglish.com, I have a free training for you to get started on today. Just come to gonaturalenglish.com and you’ll see it right there.
Okay! So, let’s get to the top five slang words for 2016.
Number One is “extra”. Keep in mind, you probably already know the word “extra”, but this is a new use of the word as slang. That’s what slang is, right? It’s taking a word that we already have and using it another way. So “extra” means “trying too hard, or being over the top.” Okay? “Oh, that’s extra! That’s too much!” It’s negative. It’s not a good thing.
Number Two is “OTP”. This is an abbreviation that stands for “one true pairing”, a couple that you are emotionally invested in. Forever, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are my OTP. Who is your OTP? You can tell me in the comments.
Next: “Netflix and chill.” This phrase has been in use for a little while. What it means is – and I think it’ll continue to be in use throughout 2016 – what it means is inviting someone over to your home for a romantic encounter, but pretending you will just watch streaming movies and hang out.
Next is number Four: “snatched”. It’s used to describe something that looks really good. It’s the new “on fleek” and “on fleek” is the new “on point” and “on point” is the new “cool.” So, you just learned a lot of new slang words there.
Number Five – finally, our last one – is “hunty”. “Hunty” means your best friend, someone you always hang out with. You have a group of “hunties”.
Alright. I hope that you enjoyed our five-plus slang words. Have you heard them before? Are you using them? Tell me what you think in the comments. Subscribe to Go Natural English so that you can enjoy more episodes like this one. And come visit gonaturalenglish.com! I’ll see you there.
Bye for now!
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Rank #8: 10 Phrasal Verbs You Need to Know for Fluency in English
Hey there! What’s up?
Welcome to Go Natural English.
I’m here with you today on my porch.
It’s a beautiful evening.
It’s a great time to talk about how you can improve your English fluency with the top 10 phrasal verbs.
So, I’d like to share these with you.
I’m not holding back any secrets.
These are the top ten phrasal verbs that you need to know and examples of each.
Now, first of all a phrasal verb is a verb plus a preposition.
And often in English, that preposition will change the meaning of the verb.
So, for example, ‘get’ usually means ‘to receive something’.
But, for example, if I say, ‘Get out,’ it means ‘Leave, exit.’
So, the meaning is different.
I think you can see how a phrasal verb is different.
And what’s really special and interesting about phrasal verbs is that native speakers use them all the time.
We use them a lot more than a more formal version of the verb, like ‘leave’.
I would tell my friend ‘Get out,’ I wouldn’t say ‘Leave.’
Well, that would be kind of rude in either situation.
But anyway, what I want to help you out with are the top ten phrasal verbs.
And this episode is just scratching the surface.
These are all phrasal verbs that are included in the new Go Natural English course that the GNE team and I are working on really, really hard right now so that we can release it early next year and so that you can be a part of it.
So, this course covers a lot of areas.
The phrasal verbs are one of five things that you’re going to learn in the course.
It’s going to be super awesome.
So, I just wanted to mention that I’m working hard on it, and I hope that you’ll keep your eyes open to find out more about it.
So, let’s start with the ten verbs.
The first one, ‘come’.
So, for example, ‘come by’ means ‘to find’.
‘Hey, did you come by my keys anywhere? I can’t find them anywhere.’
The next one is ‘get’.
‘Get by’ means ‘to do the minimum amount of work required’.
For example, ‘I’m just getting by in my English class, because I never do my homework.
But I participate in class, so I’m doing okay, I’m getting by, I’ll have a passing grade.’
I say, ‘Make for the hills.’
That means ‘Run, run away.’
‘Make for’ is to go in a specific direction.
‘Go for’ is different.
You think that since ‘make for’ means ‘go’, ‘go for’ would mean the same thing?
It doesn’t. Of course not.
‘Go for’ means ‘to pursue something’.
‘Hey, I think I’m going to go for a degree program.’
‘Put up’ means ‘to withstand something’.
‘I can put up with hot weather better than cold weather.’
‘Take up’ means ‘to start or to begin something’.
‘So, I’m thinking about taking up a new hobby.
I really like sports, so maybe I’ll take up a new sport.’
‘Break into’ means like when a robber enters your house without permission.
They break in or break into a house.
‘Look into’ means ‘to research something’.
‘Oh, let’s find some information about the best place to travel over a next vacation.’
‘I’ll look into it.’
‘Pull up’ means ‘to find’, maybe ‘to research and to find some information’.
‘Did you know the information, the phone number for that restaurant I want to go to?’
‘I’ll pull up the information.’
‘Pick up’ is ‘to start something’.
So, I mentioned ‘I’m going to take up a new hobby.’
Well, ‘pick up’ is similar.
‘I’m going to pick up a new hobby.’
‘Set on’ can be ‘to feel determined’.
‘I’m set on helping you to become fluent in English if you’ll let me.’
‘Keep on’, our last one.
Rank #9: 3 Reasons Why You’re Not Fluent in English and How to Improve NOW
Episode transcript below:
Hello! How’s it going, Awesome Go Natural English Learner? How are you?
Do you speak English as fluently as you would like to?
If your answer is, “No!” then this episode is for you!
Do you wonder what you’re doing wrong? Do you wonder why, after so much time and effort and money studying English in classes that don’t work, why you’re not fluent in English yet?
If your answer is, “Yes!” then this episode is for you.
At Go Natural English, we have a unique way of learning English and improving your fluency. So, I want to invite you to join our free training, “The 7 Steps to English Fluency”, which is a short video training at gonaturalenglish.com/7steps and I want to share that training with you for free. And you can find out about more courses and materials at gonaturalenglish.com that can help you with your English fluency.
Now, there are three reasons why your English is not where you want it to be.
Number one: If you are relying on your English teacher to give you English, to fill your brain with English, without you really taking action, without you doing anything, that is a huge mistake! That is a big reason why you’re not fluent in English yet. If you’re expecting your teacher to simply give you the gift of English, then I’m sorry, but it doesn’t really work like that. If you have an English teacher, then that person, that teacher, is like your guide. But you have to walk with your guide. You have to put some effort into learning English.
Okay. Next: Is your English study a habit? Do you study and practice English when you feel like it? Whenever? Maybe if you have some free time? That doesn’t work. In order to become fluent in English, to develop a skill, any skill – whether it’s English fluency or swimming or something else – you have to put yourself on a study schedule, on a practice schedule, on a training schedule. There will be days when you just don’t feel like studying English. I don’t care! You must force yourself to study English, even if you don’t have much time, even if it’s only fifteen minutes a day. That is better than nothing. Fifteen minutes a day of English study every day will improve your fluency much more than nothing, than zero minutes of study a day. Okay? So, make sure your English study is a part of your daily life.
Third: Your mindset is extremely important. You must believe in yourself like I believe in you and your ability to become fluent in English. If you do not believe that it’s possible, then it won’t be possible. If you believe that you cannot speak English, then you will not speak English. So starting right now – Yes! Now! – I want you to develop a can-do mindset. That means that you believe you can do the things that you desire to do, the things that you dream to do. For example, to become fluent in English, you have to believe that you can do it. So, right now I would like you to repeat after me:
I can become fluent in English.
I can speak English.
So, again, three reasons why you may not be as fluent you want to be in English.
One: You’re relying on someone else to give you the power of English when you actually have to work for it yourself with the help of others, such as an English teacher.
Two: You’re not making English a part of your daily life. So, you can’t just do it when you feel like it; you have to study English a little bit ever day.
And Third: Your mindset. You must believe in yourself. You must have faith and you must think positively.
So, I would like to invite you again to come back to gonaturalenglish.com/7steps to join me in more English fluency training. So, I’ll see you over there. I hope you have a great day! And yeah! Believe in yourself! You can do it!
Bye for now!
Rank #10: How to Read Faster and Better – 3 Ways to Understand and Enjoy English Reading
Episode transcript below:
Hey! How’s it going?
I’m so excited to talk to you about reading today, because a lot of Go Natural English learners have asked me, “How can I read faster, better? How can I enjoy it more? How can reading help me learn English?”
So, I’m really excited to share some things with you because reading is an amazing way to improve all of your English skills: your reading skills, obviously; your writing skills; your speaking skills; and even your listening skills. All your English skills will benefit from reading more, because reading will improve your vocabulary a lot, and reading will help you to understand the structure or the grammar of English. You’ll see the way that we put sentences together in different ways, and you’ll see how we organize our thoughts in paragraphs and across pages and in chapters. So, it will really help you.
Not only will it help your English, but reading is really enjoyable. Well, it can be.
Listen, I remember when I was in grad school, I had to read some really boring textbooks. And I was so tired of reading by the time I got my Masters degree in teaching English as a second language, that I swore I would not read another book for an entire year after I graduated! And I didn’t! And it was a very sad time in my life, because reading is actually very pleasurable if you’re reading things that you want to read. So, I encourage you to find something that you want to read. Now, I try to read every day and my goal for the year is to read a book each week.
So, let me know what your goal is and also if you have some recommendations for good books that you like, or if you have questions about books. I’ll be happy to hear from you in the comments.
Now, when you go to read, make sure that you are putting yourself in an environment that’s good for reading. It should be a quiet, relaxing, calm environment. So, there’s a reason why people don’t read at the nightclub. Typically, they don’t read books at the nightclub or at a bar because it’s noisy, there’s a lot of social interaction, a lot of distractions. So, I don’t recommend the nightclub or bar. I recommend maybe a library or at home or in a café or something like that.
What else? Choose something that is enjoyable for you and, yeah, there’s three tips I have to help you to read faster and better, but before I share those, before I forget, I want to invite you to join the Go Natural English Seven Steps to Fluency training course. There’s seven videos and they’ll teach you more about how to become fluent in English. All you have to do is visit gonaturalenglish.com and click on the big button to sign up for the training and I’ll share that with you for free! So I hope to see you there.
Now, three ways to improve your reading, to read faster, to understand better and to enjoy it more. First of all, if you’re reading and you don’t understand a certain word, just keep going. It’s likely that you’ll understand the word through other words, through the context or later on down the page once you realize the situation. You could probably get a general idea of what the word means. And if you don’t, if you still don’t understand what the word means, then after you’re finished reading, go back – you know, after you read for thirty minutes or so – go back and check the word later. You don’t want to stop many times when you’re reading because that will interrupt your flow. So, get into the flow of your reading and just enjoy the story.
Second, use your finger to read along, to trace the line of words as you read it. That will help you to focus and it will help to keep your mind from wandering or looking at other words or thinking about other things. So, when you involve some physical aspect, like moving your finger along the page as you read, it actually keeps you more focused. So,
Rank #11: What is Black Friday? Learn the Meaning and how it can benefit your English Fluency
Episode transcript below:
Hello! How are you doing? Today is Black Friday. In the United States, this is a crazy day. I have to tell you a little bit about it and how it can benefit you.
I recently came back to the United States after travelling a lot this year. And so I was here for Thanksgiving yesterday, which was lovely. I got to spend it with my family. And today is Black Friday.
What the heck is Black Friday? That’s what all my international friends are asking me, because it’s a really big deal in the United States and it’s beginning to go to other countries. I know England and in other countries too, I’m sure, they’re picking up the Black Friday sale.
So, Black Friday is a huge shopping day in the United States. It’s probably the biggest shopping day, because a lot of stores will offer their products at a special low price. So, they’ll have a lot of promotions and people get really crazy about this, because also the stores open up at early hours. Some stores even open up at midnight on Thursday, well, early Friday morning, right? So, to start off Black Friday as early as possible, it actually starts some places in the middle of the night. Crazy, right?
So, I started wondering: where did Black Friday come from? Where did the name come from? You know I love language and I’m always curious about the meaning and where our vocabulary comes from. So, I thought you might like to know, because it will also help you with your English.
So, Black Friday is always the day after Thanksgiving. Americans typically spend Thanksgiving at home with their families and then the next biggest holiday after Thanksgiving is Christmas. And so, for Christmas, we usually give gifts to each other. So, after Thanksgiving, people start to think about buying presents for their friends and family. So, the day after Thanksgiving, since often it’s a holiday, or people take the day off – Sorry, I shouldn’t say it’s a holiday. It’s not an official holiday. But most people try to take it off of work so that they can relax or go shopping. So it’s a really good time, very convenient for a lot of people, to go shopping. And so, this is the day of the year where a lot of shops will see a lot of sales, a lot of income, a lot of shoppers spending money. So, this is where Black Friday comes in.
In accounting, we have two terms: “in the red” or “in the black”. If you are “in the red”, that means your business is losing money. If you are “in the black”, that means that your business is making money. You have a good income, you have profits: that’s “in the black”. So whenever you have negative money, it’s “in the red”. Whenever you have positive money, it’s “in the black”.
And so that is one of the most popular explanations of why we call today Black Friday, because it’s the day when a lot of retailers will finally see profits. They’ll see a lot of profits; they’ll be in the black. So it’s Black Friday!
Okay, so, what’s the connection? How can it benefit you as an English learner?
Well, I started thinking about all of my English-teacher friends online. The last couple of months, I’ve been thinking about how to connect with them. You know that I’m all about connection, and especially for learning English, I believe in connecting with people through English. That should be our biggest priority, to be able to speak fluently and understand other people to connect with them. But I do that in other ways in my life, too. So you might not realize this – it’s kind of a secret, but not really a secret, we just don’t talk about it a lot – but a lot of the online English teachers are friends. So I reached out to the people who I know and who I respect, and I know that they’re doing an amazing job with their teaching online, and their products and courses. And I said, “Hey! Let’s offer something special to our English learners online for B...
Rank #12: How to Stay Young and Smart by Learning a Second Language
Episode transcript below:
Hey! What’s going on?
Did you know that learning English as a second language can actually keep you smarter and younger?
You know, I believe in working out. I go to the gym, I work out! But did you know that learning a second language is like a workout for your brain? And that keeps you smart and it keeps you young over the years.
So, learning English as a second language is, of course, really good for your professional life, your career. It’s great for your social life. It can help you make friends when you travel, or in your hometown with other English speakers. So, English is pretty awesome for a lot of reasons.
But I wonder if you ever considered that it’s good for your brain. Science tells us that there’s several reasons why learning a second language, such as English as a second language, is really good for your brain. So, let me share those four reasons with you.
Before I forget, I want to let you know that if you are an English learner and you want to learn the Go Natural English method, the Seven Steps to Fluency, you can come join that training, that seven-video training, for free, just by visiting my website, gonaturalenglish.com and signing up there. So, I hope that you’ll join. I hope to see you there!
Now, for science! The four ways that learning a second language keeps your brain younger, smarter, stronger: First of all, people who learn a second language have been found to have denser gray matter in the area of the brain responsible for language learning. So, that means you have more brain material in your language learning area of your brain. So, you have more brain when you learning a language, basically speaking.
Second, people who learn a second language are better at switching tasks. They’re better at multitasking or doing more than one thing at once because, as a person who speaks more than one language, you naturally have to switch from one task to another, one language to another. Have you ever been in a situation where you’re around people, maybe your family, who speak your native language, but you’re also around your friends who speak English? And you’re switching back and forth? Or maybe you’ve been in a situation where you interpret for your friends or family who speak your native language. I’ve been in those situations and I’ll tell you, it is a real brain workout to be an interpreter or translator.
Next, people who learn a second language have been found to be better at reasoning, planning, memory and logic. So, learning a second language means that you have to learn a lot of new words and different grammar patterns, and that requires a lot of memory training. So, you’re naturally going to get better with your memory.
Okay, and finally, learning a second language will help you and your brain to stay young because it delays the onset of a disease called Alzheimer’s. So that, by learning a second language, you’re actually working out your brain and it keeps your brain healthy, just like going to the gym and working out your body, it keeps your body young and healthy.
So, I just want to encourage you to learn a second language. Keep up with your English if it’s your second language. Or if you’re a native English speaker watching this video, well, welcome to Go Natural English! And I encourage everyone to learn a second language. I love learning languages and I’ve spent a lot of fun time learning Spanish, Portuguese, French, Japanese and I’ve learned a few words in other languages like Turkish, and Arabic, and I just can’t wait to learn more second languages because I just love it!
So, I hope that you enjoyed this video episode of Go Natural English. Remember you can come back to gonaturalenglish.com to learn more about how the Go Natural English learning method works. I hope to see you there.
Rank #13: What to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Studying English
Episode Transcript Below:
Hey! What’s up?
Welcome to Go Natural English.
In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about what to do when you don’t feel like studying English.
I know your goal is to get fluent in English, that’s why you’re here.
And I’m here to help you.
But I also know that sometimes you can lose motivation.
You might feel like you’re tired, you just might feel like you don’t have the time or maybe you have other things that you’d rather be doing besides studying English.
So, in this episode, I’m going to give you some pointers, some suggestions that I think will really help you to stay on track towards your goal for fluency in English.
And before I forget, I want to invite you to sign up for the free ‘7 Steps to Fluency’ course at GoNaturalEnglish.com/7steps.
And at the end of this episode, I’ll link to that page again.
So, you don’t have to go right now, you can watch this episode and then meet me there after.
So, we have a few different ways to get us motivated to study English.
First of all, with anything, like whether it’s studying or going to the gym, I always remind myself that a little bit is better than nothing.
So for example, like if I don’t feel like going to the gym, I remind myself that fifteen minute in the gym is better than nothing.
I can get on the treadmill, I can break a sweat, and I can feel like I had a little workout in fifteen or twenty minutes, and that’s way better than nothing.
So, the same thing is true for your English study.
And I think it’s even easier to do more in fifteen minutes sometimes than if you study for an hour, because if you stay super focused for fifteen minutes, and you know that’s all the time you have, you might actually be able to do more than if you’re half focused or a little bit focused for an hour.
So, just try to take a little bit of time, stay super focused during that time, and it’s going to be way better than nothing, and maybe even better than longer time unfocused.
Next, try making your English study like a game.
So, see if you can challenge yourself to do better than the last time you studied.
Sort of like breaking your best score or doing better than before at a videogame or something, at some game you play, or maybe you like to play a sport.
So, how can you challenge yourself to do a little bit better each time you study English?
With things that I’m learning or challenges that I try to force myself to do, I love to time myself.
I think timing yourself with a stopwatch can make it a fun game.
For example, if I time myself for fifteen minutes, how many articles in the news can I read in the language I’m learning?
So, maybe for you, how many flesh cards you can look at with vocabulary words that you’re trying to remember?
Or just the same example that I gave just now.
Try to see how many short news articles you can read in fifteen minutes.
Or with a longer article, how much of it you can read at that time.
So, try to gamify your English learning.
And the easy way to do that is to use a stopwatch on your smartphone or online.
The next thing you can do (and there’s three more things).
One thing is make it a habit.
So, studying English will become much easier if you kind of put yourself on autopilot and make it a habit that you do the same time every day, especially if you have some habits that you do before or maybe a reward that you give yourself after.
For example (and I keep likening studying English to going to the gym, because it’s something that’s good for you, but sometimes you don’t feel like doing it), so I try to make going to the gym a habit that I do every that it’s possible.
Like if I’m on an airplane or something,
Rank #14: How English Learning Can Help You to Travel the World
Episode transcript below:
Hey there! What’s up?
I’m really excited about today’s episode because I love to travel. We’re talking about world travel. Do you love to travel? Do you want to travel the world? Have you thought about how English can help take you around the world? You might have thought of this a little bit before. But in this episode, I’m going to share five reasons why I think English is the best tool to help you travel the world.
First of all, English is the most widely spoken second language in the world. So I don’t mean that it’s the most spoken native language in the world. There’s actually, more non-native English speakers in the world than native speakers, which is super interesting to me, because that means that wherever you go, you’re going to be able to use English to connect with other people that could be from any country, really. They don’t have to be from an English-speaking country and you might find yourself speaking more English with other English learners than you ever imagined. And so, this concept of world English is very, very useful. It means that, yeah, you want to be able to communicate with people from all different countries, so you need to be able to speak clearly, to have a wide array of vocabulary so you can understand different situations. And you want to have cultural knowledge, right?
So, a great way to do that is to build your vocabulary and clarify your pronunciation. So, again, the reason why English will help you to travel the world, the first reason, is that it is the number one second language in the world. Super useful! And in my travels, it’s been amazing. I’m so lucky to be able to speak English. I’m so lucky I’m a native English speaker because everywhere I go, from Thailand to Brazil, many, many people English and so they make it easy for me to travel. But if English is not your native language, then I encourage you to become fluent in it so that, wherever you go in the world, you can use it as a tool to communicate. And if you’re feeling like you want to be able to help other travelers that come to your city, it’s really awesome if you can use English to welcome foreigners in your country and to your city. So, English is just an awesome tool for that.
So instead of learning all the languages of all the countries that you may want to visit, you can really optimize your time and effort by focusing on learning English. Now, I love learning languages. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve learned Spanish, Portuguese, some French, Japanese – I love learning languages, and I think that learning as many languages as possible is just something that makes life wonderful. So I totally encourage you to learn a lot of languages, learn about a lot of different cultures, because I know how amazing that is. It lets us see the world through different cultures’ eyes. But we only have so much time in life, right? We all just have, you know, 24 hours a day, right? So how many hours can you spend learning a language in your day? Maybe it’s a good idea, I think, to focus on English. And when you reach English fluency, then you could try other languages, too.
Another reason why English is a great tool to help you travel the world is that it is the official language in sixty-five countries and territories around the world. And that doesn’t even include my country, the United States. Apparently, we don’t have an official language. But I would say that English is probably the best language to learn if you’re coming to the United States.
Another interesting fact is that the number of US citizens with passports is increasing. It’s at an all-time high. So, you’ll be seeing more Americans traveling around the world, maybe to your home country. And of course, other native English speakers love to travel. And so it’s a great way to connect with foreigners coming to your city,
Rank #15: English is Essential – Join the New Class Fluent Communication
Episode transcript below:
English is essential. It’s the number one second language in the world. There’s more non-native English-speakers than native speakers. And in any case, English is essential for your professional, for your personal life, and for growing as a person. If you want to do business, if you want to study or travel abroad, if want to connect with people, if you just want to know more about the world around you, English is the best tool to do that.
Maybe you’ve been studying English for years, but you still struggle with shyness, with hesitation. You struggle to speak. If you’re struggling to speak, it’s unfortunately probably because traditional English classes haven’t really caught up with the modern English-speaking world. We lack practice in the classroom speaking with native speakers and other fluent English speakers.
The same thing happened to me when I was learning Spanish. I was taking university Spanish classes and I learned a little bit of grammar, how to read and even how to write a little bit, but then, when it came to speaking Spanish in the real world, I was totally lost.
So I created my own method for learning Spanish fluently and that’s how I created Go Natural English, to help English learners like you.
Now, the Go Natural English method is a course online. The Go Natural Team and I have created our best course ever, and I want to invite you to be part of it. Fluent Communication is the best course to help you with your fluency. We cover all skills and you get tons of practice. Compared to taking private English classes, it’s much faster and easier. That’s my goal: to make it fast, fun and easy for you to learn English. Instead of taking years of private lessons and spending a lot of money, the fluent communication course is sixteen weeks long and it’s an incredible value. With one week of lessons at a time, you can study independently online from anywhere on your own time. No commuting, no worrying about schedules. It’s all up to you.
And now there’s more detailed video lessons and lots of supplementary materials to help you to learn faster and easier, and to get tons of practice too. So you feel confident in the skills that we’re learning together.
With Fluent Communication, you’ll feel confident in your English fluency and you’ll also feel like you belong in our community of like-minded English learners.
You’ve probably met me through Go Natural English online, but in case you don’t know, I’m Gabby Wallace, an American English teacher and I’ve been teaching English in the classroom for ten years, and online for five years. So I know what it’s like to struggle with English, but my goal is to help you to learn quickly, in a fun way, and I’ve also studied and learned other languages to fluency myself, so I know what it’s like to be a learner.
Also I have my master’s degree in teaching English, and I’ve taught in the US and abroad, to university-level students and to corporate business people as well.
Check the details below for how to join the course. You can click on “Buy Now” to be part of the course when it launches.
Now, I hope that you’ll take action to get fluent now. Don’t wait on your decision for fluency. Start enjoying confidence and fluency in English now.
I hope to see you on the inside of the course.
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Rank #16: 5 English Phrases for Your Best American Thanksgiving Ever
Rank #17: Native English Speaker Teacher… or a Teacher who Speaks My Language?
Episode transcript below:
Hey, awesome Go Natural English Learner! What’s up? How are you doing?
I get a question several times… I’ve gotten this question so many times: should I learn English with a native speaker or is it okay to learn with a non-native speaker? So, there’s a lot of pros and cons. And I realize that, depending on where you live, depending on your budget, depending on a lot of things, you might be looking at a native versus a non-native English speaking teacher. So I want to share with you my viewpoint. You know I’m a native English speaker; I’m from the United States; I’m a trained teacher. And one of the main points here is: regardless of if your teacher is a native or non-native speaker, you have to realize the difference, first of all, between a teacher and a conversation partner.
So this could be a-whole-nother episode. But a teacher is someone who is trained to teach you the English language. So this teacher knows how to explain if you have a question about a specific grammar point or how to express yourself clearly; that person knows the answer, or they know how to quickly find the answer for you. They’re trained. Whereas a conversation partner is someone who’s willing to chat with you, they’re willing to practice, but you should not go to them with specific grammar questions or things that you might learn better from a teacher who can explain to you. A conversation partner is really more beneficial for practicing the things that you learn with a teacher, or perhaps things that you learn on your own. And we know practice makes perfect, and it’s really important to do both, to learn new things and then to practice them.
But anyway, let’s talk about the question at hand: should we learn with a native English speaker, or a non-native English speaker? And I welcome your comments and your opinion, what you think, what is best for you.
But here’s what I think: Let’s start with native English speakers. So, what’s good about working with a native English speaker? Well, clearly, we have a huge repertoire of vocabulary, idioms, phrases. We’ve been using English our whole lives, right, as native speakers, and so we’ve learned English through school, through social settings, with family, through our professional lives: in many different ways, many different settings. So, a native speaker will be able to help you, especially if you’re at an advanced level and you need to learn a lot of vocabulary.
Also, a native English speaker should have near-perfect pronunciation. What is perfect pronunciation? Well, maybe there’s no such thing as “perfect” but you want to have someone who shows you a clear way to say words. There are different ways to say words, depending on where we’re from. So you could learn the perfect American pronunciation, or the perfect British pronunciation, or the perfect Australian, or the perfect Kiwi or the perfect South African – or many different countries where we speak English as the official language. So what is perfect for you? I think being able to say a word clearly so that basically anyone can understand it – that’s perfect. So, if you learn with a native speaker, they’re going to be more confident; you may be more confident in learning pronunciation from that person.
Also, it’s not just about pronunciation. It’s about rhythm; it’s about intonation; it’s about stress. Sometimes the little things, that are not so little, they really make a huge impact on your English communication skills. So, learning with a native can be really important.
And I get another question that’s related; I get this a lot: which kind of English should I learn? Should I learn British English, should I learn American English? Well, I think the best thing is to choose one and go with it. After you develop your confidence in one kind of English, one region of English,
Rank #18: A Brazilian English Learner Talks about Overcoming Shyness to Speak
Rank #19: Why You Can’t Understand Some Native English Speakers
Episode transcript below:
Hey! How’s it going?
‘Why is it that I can understand some native English speakers and not others?’
This is a really common question that I’ve been getting over and over from you, members of the Go Natural English community.
And I think it’s a really good question to discuss in this episode.
Don’t you think so?
So, why is it that you can understand some native English speakers, like me.
I know that a lot of you while I’ve received many, many, many emails saying, ‘Oh my Gosh, this is so exciting!
Gabby, I can understand every single word you’re saying.’
Or ‘Wow, I can’t believe I understand 70% of what you’re saying.
This is amazing. I’ve never felt this way before.
I feel so good when I listen to your English, Gabby.
But why when I listen to other native English speakers, can’t I understand them?’
So, let’s talk about that.
Today, we’re going to solve this problem, and I’m going to share resources, suggestions with you on how to fix this problem.
This is some big deal, because you don’t want to feel left out of native English conversatione.
It feels horrible.
It feels really horrible when you cannot understand some native speakers, but you can understand others, because it makes you wonder is this your problem, is that the native speakers’ problem, is there something wrong with them or is there something wrong with you.
It’s embarrassing when you’re in a group of native speakers, and maybe you can understand some of them, but not others.
Or maybe in the morning, you’re watching a Go Natural English video or listening to the podcast, and then in the afternoon, you go to talk with your native English speaker friend or your colleges, and you can’t understand some of them.
So, in this episode, we’re going to solve that.
So first of all, natives talk funny.
Native English speakers have different ways of talking.
I’m a native English speaker.
I was born and raised in United States of America, and I speak a very standard kind of American English.
I was born in Minneapolis, so some people who are really, really good at English know that sometimes, there’s a tiny, tiny, incy-wincy hint of that kind of regional accent in my English.
But not so much.
I tend to speak standard English, because as I was growing up, I actually moved to different states.
I lived in Minnesota until I was ten, and then Hawaii until I was thirteen, and then Indiana, until I was fifteen, and then Maine until I was twenty, Massachusetts until recently.
So anyway, I’m a very good kind of even English.
So anyway, my English is really clear, because I also have over ten years of experience teaching English as a second language, travelling the world and working with English-as-the-second language speakers.
Other native English speakers don’t have the same experience, they’re not English teachers.
So, in order to communicate with people, they just speak like they would speak with other native English speakers.
I’m speaking to you right now like I would speak to my native English-speaking friends.
What I mean is I think I’m more aware of speaking clearly, I annunciate my words.
People that work on the radio or in broadcasting, or on TV also speak very clearly whether they’re English speakers or not.
Other people that are used to working all day every day with other Americans speak pretty quickly, and they might combine their words more.
So, for example, I might say, ‘Don’t you know how to understand native English?’, and they might say, ‘Don’t you know how to understand native English?’
‘Don’t you know?’
Which is also vert Minnesotan of me to say.
Rank #20: Step 3 for Fluent English Listening and Speaking
In this third step toward American English fluency, Gabby talks about how you should try to push yourself to listen to materials that might seem a bit more difficult for you. If you’re always listening to materials that you completely understand, you won’t learn new words and phrases.
As your listening and conversational skills improve, you need to find more difficult materials to use. If you read books, you should continually raise the level of difficulty so that you are constantly learning and improving. As you read, or listen to audio books or music, write down the words or phrases that you don’t understand so that you can look up the definitions later.
One way to stay engaged in your American English journey is to vary the types of materials you use. In any given day you can listen to lots of music, you can read a variety of books, newspapers, and magazines, and you can watch different types of TV shows or videos. The key is to keep it interesting and not to let yourself get bored or tired of the materials. The Go Natural English community is there to support you in your learning. Reach out and get to know them.
Episode transcript below:
The third step to fluency the Go Natural English way is to pay attention, or to understand that you don’t know everything.
So, try to understand which areas, or which words in English you don’t understand.
If you don’t understand about 30% of what you’re listening to, that is a good material to listen to because it will challenge you to learn more.
If you understand about 80%, or 90%, or 100%, then that material is great but it should just be regular maintenance.
You are not going to learn a lot of new vocabulary from something that you completely understand.
So, if you are aware that you cannot understand about 30% or more of what you’re listening to, then it’s a good challenge material.
If you cannot understand more than 50% of what you’re listening to, then it’s too difficult.
Try something that’s a little bit easier.
Now, when you’re listening to material that is good for your level and giving you a little challenge you have to pick out or select the words that are new, that you don’t know yet so that you can research them, so that you can ask your native speaker teacher or friends about what those words mean.
And that is how we grow our vocabulary, little by little, listening to the kinds of materials that we want to be able to understand and to speak like.
So, step three is to notice the new words that you want to learn.