How many people do you know that currently study English as a Second Language? Probably quite a few. Right?
But how many of those people actually speak English fluently, proficiently, and naturally? Probably not so many. Right?
Over the past 20 years here in Brazil, I’ve worked with hundreds of ESL students and met thousands more who are trying to learn English as Second Language.
And just like you’ve probably noticed, a lot of people study, but not so many can speak English at the level they desire.
Most English students I see are running around, looking for a revolutionary, new method or magical secret to suddenly start speaking English fluently.
They follow the latest trends and do what their friends are doing. The same friends who don’t speak English either. Or they buy whatever new course or book a marketing campaign draws their attention to (that may or may not work).
But what if you didn’t have to sign up for a new English course or buy a new ESL book make massive improvements in your English speaking?
What if you could take advantage of the material you already own and have at your disposal?
What if you could use free internet resources that exist and are readily available all around you?
And if you wanted to buy new material, you could, but this time actually put it to good use instead of letting it sit on your shelf collecting dust…
So, let’s talk about how you can learn English and improve your speaking skills, or in other words, talk about…
Because unlike the claims touted by slick marketing techniques and smooth-talking salespeople, the ugly truth is that there are no magical methods or revolutionary, new secrets to learn a new language.
Sure, there are a few hacks that language mavens use to learn second, third, or fourth languages and become polyglots.
And these are people you should be watching and following to learn a new language and improve your English skills.
Because honestly, let’s be real. You and I both know the truth.
Just doing what the mass majority of your friends do isn’t going to cut it for you. Most ESL students just follow the crowd.
Jumping from one school to another, hoping that somebody somewhere will wave a magic wand that makes you suddenly start speaking perfect English.
But the reality is that you don’t need a special skill or talent to learn a new language.
Because you already learned to speak your mother tongue fluently when you were just a child. And you didn’t know any language learning secrets or use a special method.
Because there are only…
The good news is that you already have everything you need to learn to speak English or any other language you want to. All it takes are 3 simple components.
1) Talent – which we just established you already have. If you speak your mother tongue, you have all the talent you need to learn a new language like English.
2) Study Time – you need a systematic way to learn new words and expressions to increase your vocabulary, master grammar structure your thoughts, and reduce your accent so that you can improve your pronunciation enough that others can understand you.
3) Contact with Real People to Practice – Yes, you have to practice what you are learning. Just studying isn’t enough. It’s like saying you read a book about karate and now consider yourself a fifth-degree black belt.
And to practice what you are learning in English, you need real people to practice your speaking with.
Contact with the language and consistent feedback from others so that you learn to communicate and express yourself clearly and effectively.
But having worked with thousands of English students over the past 20 years, I understand your need to make it easy to apply these principles.
So, let’s talk about the way real mavens learn to speak so many different languages, while most students struggle for years without ever feeling they are confident or fluent enough.
And just for the fun of it, we’ll pretend that we are revealing a revolutionary new secret here, and we’ll call it the…
And we’ll base it off the Universal Laws of Success that I learned many years ago from a genius polyglot acquaintance of mine that looks something like this.
It’s easiest to show you as a mathematical formula and then break down each part to help explain what each section means. The ‘formula’ looks something like this…
10% + 90% = 100%
Which by simplifying the process, basically means that if you do 2 simple things, you’ll achieve whatever it is that you want. Like learning English or anything else you want in life.
Unless you give up of course (which is why most students don’t learn). But as long as you stay focused on your objective, you will reach your goal.
So, how do we translate this formula for English students?
10% = Your English Learning Planning Process
90% = Your Daily English Praxis
100% = Your English Speaking Fluency and Proficiency
Which we can then simplify into this little expression:
Planning + Praixs = Fluency
Obviously, like learning anything as complex as speaking a new language, it’s not that simple. But still, it helps you as a student break down the learning process into easy, manageable, bite-sized chunks that you can handle.
So, let’s start off talking about the first part of the English Learning Formula, which is…
Learning to speak English fluently and proficiently the way most English students dream of is a huge goal that will take a long-term effort.
Which is completely achievable because thousands of others before you have successfully learned to speak a new language.
But the problem comes when advertisers and marketers promise that you can become fluent in as little as 8 weeks while studying as little as 15 minutes per day. (And yes, I’ve seen ads on Instagram making this very promise just this past week).
Some promise you fluency in 12 months. Others promise that they will have you speaking fluently in 200 hours.
And while most advertisers don’t actually define what they mean by fluency, it most assuredly isn’t what students have in mind when they imagine themselves speaking fluent English.
Sure, a student can learn a lot in that time frame, but you definitely are not going to start from zero and reach native fluency at Level 5 or C1 by international standards.
So, then what happens is that students study their 8 weeks, 12 months, or 200 hours, but still can’t speak or express themselves correctly.
Which in the long run, only serves to frustrate students who think the problem lies with them.
The student begins to think that they are stupid and will never learn to speak English, when, in fact, it’s not your fault.
While studying 200 hours may be enough time to reach a new level of fluency like A2 (High Beginner) to B1 (Low Intermediate) for example, you still won’t be speaking at level C2 (advanced native abilities).
So, before you really dig in and create a realistic English learning plan, it’s essential to take the time to choose a method of measuring fluency and define how fluent you want to become.
There are various standards for defining what fluency means to you. This could be as simple as using your own simple scale where you label how good you want to be on a level of one to ten.
Or you can choose one of the various international standards that exist on the market. My personal preference is the CEFR (Common European Framework Reference).
But there are many other good ones out there that may be more readily accessible depending on where you live.
Just remember though, that once you choose one, it’s best to stick with that standard until you reach your goal. So, make sure that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to test yourself as frequently as needed.
Don’t worry, because I’ll talk more about this later in a longer more thorough post to explain this better.
For now though, it’s just important to understand that you need to define what fluency means to you so that you can measure and track your progress toward it. And most importantly know when you have reached it.
Once you’ve defined what fluency means to you, it’s time to figure out what you need to do to reach it and achieve your dream of finally learning to speak ‘fluent’ English.
Let’s break them down into 3 manageable, bite-sized chunks that will help you eat the elephant:
1) Take a level test to find out your current level of fluency
2) Establish your short, mid, and long-term English goals
3) Create a plan to reach those goals
See, what once seemed really complicated now starts to feel achievable. And if you do it correctly, it means that you should hit your goals. Right?
Well, theoretically, yes. But practically speaking, it’s much easier said than done. Because most English students give up on their goals long before achieving fluency.
There a variety of factors for why that is which we’ll cover later. But just to simplify things here, it happens for the same reason that almost everybody wants to wake up tomorrow with a…
* A million dollars in their bank account
* Ten pounds lighter than they weight today
* And feeling like a world-class champion
Now, the truth is that anybody can do these things. Anybody can work hard to make and invest money to become a millionaire.
Anybody can eat less and exercise more to lose weight. They just have to diet and exercise. Maybe even to a gym.
Anybody can learn and practice a skill to become world-class. They just need a little training and coaching. And they have to practice.
Every. Single. Day.
Learning a new language takes dedication and discipline.
And just because you have a plan doesn’t mean you are going to achieve your goal. It’s easy to sit down and create a plan.
But it takes a lot more effort to sit down and execute that plan consistently day-in and day-out.
And let’s be honest, most of us lose focus pretty quickly on anything we set out to do, not just learning English.
So, that’s why we refer to the Planning process as the 10% portion of the English Learning Formula.
Because if you create a plan and don’t follow through on it, what good did it do? You have to execute the plan.
That’s where the 90% Principle of the English Learning Formula is going to take place if you want to reach real fluency in your English speaking skills.
You have to follow through on that plan and execute it every single day until you develop…
Which means that you simply start doing the things that you plan to do every day. Even when you don’t feel like doing them.
* Instead of wasting time watching a movie, you actually study English
* Instead of sleeping in every morning, you get up to study English
* Instead of chilling when you get home, you buckle down and study English
Now that doesn’t mean that watching movies is bad unless it’s something that keeps you from reaching your goal.
Because even watching movies can be a good thing if you are watching them in English as a way to learn and improve your English skills. Which you can easily do if you apply the Integrated Learning System the way I show you below.
But the important thing is to stay focused on doing whatever it takes to reach your English learning goals.
These things that you do consistently every day are called a praxis. That’s just a fancy word that means that you do something on a frequent basis.
Don’t be like ESL students who join a new school at the beginning of each semester and then drop out 3 months later, or buy great books they never study, or sign up for online courses they never complete.
Which is where the real English mavens, the ESL students who never gave up and actually persisted till they reached their English speaking goals are different.
After having worked and spoken with hundreds and thousands of English mavens over the years, I’ve had the privilege to watch how they learn and observe what they do.
And it’s pretty simple actually. There are 5 simple things that they do on a regular basis as part of their praxis. They may not do them every single day because most do this unconsciously.
Just like tying your shoelaces or learning to drive a car. In the beginning, they seem complicated, but over time, they get easier. Eventually, you can do them without even thinking much about them.
So, what are these 5 simple things that you need to do every day if you want to follow in the footsteps of other English mavens to become an English maven yourself?
They are positive habits that will help you move closer to your English goals each day, and I like to call them…
I know. I know. We’ve established that there are no secret formulas.
These are just silly names that I’ve given these tried and true principles to help you see how you can follow in the footsteps of other successful English students who have learned more than one language.
So, please humor me and bear with me because I do know that if you actually apply this simple system and follow these 5 steps, you too can become a fluent and proficient English speaker given enough focus and dedication.
Just like hundreds of my students have before you.
Now, that we’ve established that I’m not making these 5-steps up here because I’m actually just showing you what other successful English students have done to learn the language, let’s give this a really cool sounding name to make it sound revolutionary and cool.
Yes! I know. It’s a pretty cheesy name. Right. And it’s even spelled wrong. But it is an easy way to remember each of the 5 steps of your Daily English Praxis. So, what does it stand for?
So, now that you know what each letter of the P.L.A.N.E Engish Praxis stands for let’s break them down and discuss each of these 5 points briefly.
Each day, do a quick review of your English learning goals and objectives. This is important to help you renew your focus and dedication, so you don’t give up.
Review what you studied previously using an S.R.S. or whatever other method you prefer. Then make a note of what you want to learn next and create a study plan.
I highly recommend that you use a Weekly English Agenda that I’ll tell you more about later that will help you stay focused and on track. Then gather any material that you need to study for that day or find it online.
This should all be relatively quick and straight forward, and shouldn’t take you more than 5 – 10 minutes. But it is essential to keep yourself motivated and engaged with your learning.
This is where you actually study new vocabulary and learn how to structure your sentences correctly so you can express yourself in English.
This is where you develop each of the primary and sub-skills necessary to become a fluent and proficient speaker.
And don’t worry, because I’m going to teach you a simple way to develop all 8 of these skills simultaneously using a powerful technique I like to call an Integrated Learning System.
And all you need are 2 simple tools you probably already have at your disposal.
But this step is your study time and where most of your actual English learning will take place.
Set aside as much time as you can during your day because the more time you invest each day in your learning means you will reach your English Learning Goals faster.
For example, if Joe can set aside 4 hours per day to study, and Mary only studies 15 minutes per day, who is going to learn faster?
Joe, of course.
Not because he is a smarter student than Mary, but only because he invests more time each day.
Joe might be able to take his English to the next level in 3 months while it will most likely take Mary an entire year to jump to the next level.
So, the more time you can study each day, the better for you. And it doesn’t all have to chunked into one period. You can break it up, so you study more frequently.
Study a little in the morning when you wake up. Then a little at lunchtime. And when you get home in the evening before bed. And practice between your breaks during the day as well.
The more you study, the better you learn. So, study as much as you can every day.
Now, this is where you take everything you’ve been learning in English and actually put it into practice by using it in different contexts or situations.
This is an important step that most English students fail to take into account because they study a lot, but never take the time to practice.
I’ve met people who studied English for years. They could read and write very well.
But when it came time to speak with someone, they couldn’t understand what they heard, nor did they know how to express themselves.
It’s like going to the gym and seeing a man with huge biceps, but skinny little legs because he didn’t take the time to develop all of the muscles in his body.
How can you practice what you are learning in English?
The first and most important way is by using all 8 parts of the Integrated Learning System.
Because even though you use the Integrated Learning System to learn in the previous step, a large part of that process also involves practicing all 8 major skills.
But besides using the Integrated Learning System, here are 3 more ways to practice what you are learning in English.
Practice with real people provides vital feedback to you as a student. It allows you to see where your English skills are still weak and what areas you need to improve.
Have you ever heard the expression in English that says ‘Use it or lose it’?
If you don’t practice your new skills and abilities, you won’t be able to use them in real, live situations when you need to speak.
Remember, practice makes perfect…and permanent.
It’s like learning to fight karate. You have to practice your punches and kicks, and blocks over and over again.
Everything you want to learn to do takes practice.
* Playing the guitar
* Riding a bicycle and
* Learning Engish
Just because you read a book or watch a video doesn’t mean you really know how to do those things. You actually have to practice doing them until you master those skills.
It’s the same thing with your English. You have to practice what you are learning every single day.
This is part of your English language practice from the previous step, but this takes it to the next level.
This is where you go beyond just practicing the things you are learning in your new language and focus on building new relationships with the people who can help you.
This is where you actively seek out and develop relationships with 5 different types of people who can help you speak and use the English you are learning each day.
1) English Students Who Speak Your Native Language
2) English Students From Other Countries
3) English Mavens Who Already Speak The Language Fluently
4) Teachers and Tutors Who Can Explain Things Others Can
5) Native Speakers To Test Your Skills
Now, you don’t want to spend too much time in this area because even though it is fun, it’s not where you are going to be actually learning or practicing your English.
But you do need the right amount of people in your network so that you have people to speak and practice English with every day, which is why it is vital to spend some time on this step.
* You don’t want too few people in your network because if you try talking to them every day, they could get tired of you and find it bothersome, but…
* But you don’t want so, many people in your network that you don’t have enough time to keep in touch with them and deepen your relationships with them.
So, I recommend you maintain about 12 people in your Personal English Network. That way you can talk to 3 or 4 every few days. That way, you have people to speak with every day without bothering anyone.
You will find those you enjoy chatting with and have a natural affinity for as time goes on. And you may develop some deep friendships that you communicate on a daily basis. But at the same time, you won’t be dependent on any single person.
It’s important to evaluate your skills and abilities frequently to review your goals, track your English learning progress, and analyze your development.
This is important because the #1 reason most English students give up is because they don’t feel they are progressing, which frustrates them to no end.
By using a few of the hacks I’m going to show you, you’ll be able to evaluate where you currently are at this moment, how far you’ve come since your last fluency test, and how much farther you need to go to reach your goal.
All you have to do is…
1) Evaluate your current level and developing skills – You can do this implicitly based on how you feel, keep track of how much time you have been studying, or by taking another level test.
2) Analyze your study methods – Pay attention to study methods or materials you have been using that aren’t helping you progress. Eliminate what isn’t helping grow and develop so you can replace them with other methods or materials that you sense are helping you progress
3) Organize your study materials for systematic review and consistent practice – Just because you learn something once, doesn’t mean you’ll remember it forever.
We often forget things that we’ve learned before. It’s essential to go back through previous lessons and material that you’ve studied.
So, make sure to file everything you study in folders or files for easy reference. And schedule a time to go back and review.
If you do this evaluation frequently, you’ll be able to adapt your study plan and weekly English agenda accordingly.
This will give you full control of your English learning progress, which means that you won’t be dependent on a teacher, an English course, or even a specific method to learn the language.
You can develop as fast or as slow as you choose to and learn English at your pace. If you get overwhelmed, you can slow it down, or if you have a deadline, you can pick up the pace to learn on your own terms.
So, in summary, there are two major parts to learning English successfully and becoming a fluent English speaker.
1) Create a solid English learning plan to reach your goals by knowing what your current English level is, having clear goals to reach, and a solid plan to make it happen
2) Apply yourself consistently to reaching them with your 5-step P.L.A.N.E. English Praxis so that you stay on track by readapting your plan, learning new things, activating your new skills through practice, developing a network of people you can speak with, and evaluate your progress, so you stay focused and don’t give up
If you can do those things and stay focused on your goal, you will reach them and achieve success in your English speaking goals. It might take longer than you think because life happens, but as long as you stay dedicated and discipline yourself to that end, you will continue moving toward towards fluency and success.
And if you need help, you can always count on me. Feel free to hit me up in the comments below or contact me by email. Or on any of my social media accounts where you hang out like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Youtube.
Next Level English Mentoring – If you want Dave to help you personally through this process of taking level tests, analyzing your goals and objectives, and creating a plan to reach your own fluency success like other English mavens before you, we have a few options to help you out
Learn English Short Stories – Read Dave Bailey’s short stories with audio that you can use with the Integrated Learning System to improve all 8 primary and sub-skills to become a better English speaker on Patreon or Kindle
Have you ever seen something really cool on someone’s social media channel or website and wondered how they did that? I know I do.
Recently, I saw a really cool video on someone’s Instagram story. So, I asked how he did it, and he completely ignored me. I hate it when that happens.
And then to top it off, later when I asked about a product of his, he answered immediately. And he kept sending me messages for weeks after that.
Needless to say, I didn’t buy his product, but it got me to thinking that even though people don’t ask how I do things, they might be curious. So, I decided to share a resource page with different tools and resources that I use. I do add affiliate links when they are available.
Newsletters & Autoresponders – I use Getresponse to send emails and autoresponders to my subscribers. I’ve been using them for over a decade now. They have some great resources for building funnels, landing pages, and automating your emails. If you send emails to your students, readers, or business contacts, make sure to check out Getreponse
Videos & Screen Recordings – I’ve been using Camtasia to record and edit my videos for Youtube and my Social Media channels for many years now. I especially use it to record videos of my screen when creating new English courses. If you need to record videos, check out Camtasia
Let me know if you have questions or comments about any of these resources. Or if you have questions about how I create or do anything else on the blog.
Most English students use only one method of study and develop only one major skill which means that even though they can read fairly well, they don’t understand what they hear in English or have trouble speaking.
But to truly communicate clearly in English, you need to develop all of these primary and sub-skills:
So, I want to teach you a simple yet effective way to develop all of these skills simultaneously.
I call it an Integrated Learning System, and all you need are…
Yep, you don’t need to run out to buy expensive or fancy English books to get started. So, what do you need exactly?
1. Audio – to listen to and practice your pronunciation
2. Text – to see how the words are written and look up the meanings
And if you have the translation of that text in your mother tongue it is helpful because you can compare it to what you are studying. But it’s not absolutely necessary.
So, where can you find these kinds of magical resources to improve your English with the Integrated Learning System?
ESL Lessons – Most language learning materials already include audio and texts. So, you can immediately put old material from past English courses to use.
Podcasts w/Transcripts – Podcasts are audio recordings of people talking on the internet. And many of them include a written transcript on their blog.
Music w/Lyrics – Most people already enjoy listening to music. You can listen to the audio while following along with the lyrics.
Movies & Series w/Subtitles – And almost everyone likes watching movies. You can listen to the actors speaking and follow along with what they say with the subtitles.
Audiobooks (Kindle Unlimited) – Audiobooks are recordings of books that were first written. So, you can listen to them while following along with the text in the book. And you can often find a translation of the book in your mother tongue. You can listen to thousands of narrated books in Kindle Unlimited.
Bible – This is a form of audiobook, but we’ll put it in its own category here. You can download a version in your mother tongue and the language you want to learn. And use the audio to listen along. You can use an app like Youversion on your cell phone.
Mini-Stories – And of course, last but not least, you can listen to the mini-stories that I have written for my ESL students over the years. Many are on my youtube channel and others on Gumroad.
These are nice for beginners and low intermediate students because they are short and focus on specific vocabulary and grammar topics. Also you can use the questions and answers to develop your speaking skills.
So, pick any one of these resources that you have readily available and let’s get started on improving your English skills with the Integrated Learning System.
Let’s talk about how the Integrated Learning System works so you can start using it to improve your English.
You will need a way to play your audio files, and I highly recommend the VLC Player because it has 2 very useful features for English students
* A/B Looping – which allows you to focus on short sections of your audio
* Slow Down The Audio – which allows you to develop your skills easier
There may be other good audio players out there, but this is the one I use and it is free. So, if yours doesn’t have these two options, you can…
So, go ahead and get your audio, open it up in your audio player of choice and follow along with the text.
Now, let’s go ahead and talk about…
You’re going to focus on each of the primary skills and sub-skills mentioned earlier, but not necessarily in their original order.
I’m going to tell you my preferred study structure, but you can mix them around and find what works best for you. You can also, focus more time on specific skills that you have trouble with. There is no one right way to apply the Integrated Learning System.
Just remember to continue cycling through each skill so that you develop your English skills in a balanced way so you can communicate effectively.
Here is my preferred order for studying audio and text with the Integrated Learning system.
Go ahead and read through the text 3 – 5 times. See how much you understand. Don’t worry about the entire text at this time. Break it down into smaller, bite-sized sections.
As you read the text, underline the words that you don’t know or understand.
A problem English students often face is that they learn random new words out of context and then don’t know how those words fit together
Now, listen to the audio to learn the pronunciation of the words and phrases that you were reading. This will help you learn to say them correctly and reduce your accent in English.
As you read and listen, pay particular attention the way the words are organized and used because this implicit learning is one of the best ways to learn English grammar. But feel free to look up any grammar questions or verb conjugations as needed.
Now that you’ve read and listened to the text, it’s time to practice your pronunciation to be a better speaker. Use the A/B looping feature on your audio player to focus on specific phrases.
Listen to the audio and write the phrases that you hear. Slow down the audio and use the A/B looping to go transcribe the audio. This will help you focus and pay attention to the sounds you are hearing.
Once you finish transcribing a section of the audio, compare what you wrote with the original text. As you correct your own text, you will learn to spell the words correctly and write better in English.
Fantastic! Now that you’ve learned the words and understand the text while improving your pronunciation, it’s time to put everything that you have learned into practice. It’s time to actually go out and speak in English.
Find a friend and tell them what you studied. You can summarize it for them and have them ask you questions about it. Or if they don’t speak English, you can teach them what you just learned.
The important thing is that you practice what you are learning so you don’t forget it.
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To call – Listen to the audio to learn how to use this English vocabulary word of the day in 3 different sentences
Definition: communicate or contact someone by telephone
Part of Speech: Verb, base form
Verb Conjugations for To Call
Synonyms: ring, summon, contact, communicate
Make a call
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Hello! Here is a new Learn English Short Story for you to improve your English speaking skills. Watch the video and listen to it several times. Make sure to use each of the 7 steps from the Integrated Learning System to develop each of your core skills. Then practice your English speaking by retelling the story to your friends.
There was a man from India who went to live in the USA. He was a researcher and university teacher. His name was Bryan Gupta.
One day, he woke up in hotel bed at 7:40 a.m. He didn’t know why he was there and his head was pounding. After a bit, he did remember that he had an important interview that day. So, he got up to take a shower.
Then he got dressed and had continental breakfast down in the hotel cafeteria. He noticed that the hotel employees were looking at him strangely. But he ignored them.
After breakfast, Bryan caught a taxi to the interview. When he arrived at the building, he told the secretary who he was and why he was there.
She looked surprised and asked him several questions. She wanted to know how to spell his name and then wanted him to confirm his address.
Finally, the secretary asked him to have a seat while she made some calls. A man arrived and broke some terribly shocking news.
Bryan had come to his interview a week after it had been scheduled. But what was even stranger was the fact that the man told Bryan that he had already come in for the interview one week earlier.
He felt very embarrassed over his behavior. Why had he forgotten about the previous interview? And why had he forgotten about everything that had happened the previous week.
Bryan asked how the interview had gone. The man told him that it had gone very well and had even been hired. But then Bryan had never showed up again. Someone had told the company that Bryan had died.
Bryan felt like he was in an episode from the Twilight Zone. He had the strangest feeling of Deja Vu.
The man told Bryan that he was very sorry, but someone else had been hired for the position. Bryan was very sad. Now he would have to find another job.
Listen carefully each question and then pause the video to answer it in your own words before hearing me tell you the answer.
Here are the questions from the video below. I did not add the answers because that would make things to easy for you. Right? But you can see them in the video above or see the answers in the PDF.
#1) Where did Bryan wake up?
#2) Did he go back to sleep?
#3) What time did Bryan wake up in the hotel?
#4) Where did he have to go that morning?
#5) What did he do after waking up?
#6) Who was looking at him strangely?
#7) How did he get to the building where his job interview was scheduled?
#8) When was Bryan’s interview scheduled for?
#9) Was Bryan able to talk with Mr. Grant?
#10) Why wasn’t Bryan able to talk with Mr. Grant?
Here is a short dialogue between Bryan and Mr. Grant’s secretary. Listen and repeat along with me to practice your English speaking skills.
Bryan: Well, I’m here to see Mr. Grant.
Secretary: Who are you exactly?
Bryan: Bryan. Bryan Gupta.
Secretary: And how do you spell that?
Secretary: No, I mean your first name. Do you spell it with an I or with a Y?
Bryan: Oh, yes. B-R-Y-A-N. Like the singer, Bryan Adams.
Secretary: Did you say your name was Bryan Gupta?
Bryan: Well, my first name is actually Mandeep. That maybe the name you have in the system. But Bryan is actually my middle name, and it’s the name I go by here in America.
Secretary: Could you just confirm your address for me?
Bryan: Sure. It’s 4409 Rosemont Avenue. Could you please hurry. My interview with Mr. Grant is at 9:00 a.m. It’s 9:05 already. I’m sure he’s expecting me by now.
Secretary: Right. Sure, I’m…well, actually, the truth is that Mr. Grant won’t be able to see you today. I don’t have anything on his agenda with your name on it.
Bryan: Please, check again. I’m sure there’s been a mix-up. I called to confirm this appointment a few days ago.
Secretary: Well, I do apologize, sir. But Mr. Grant really won’t be able to see you today.
Bryan: Oh, c’mon. For crying out loud. You have got to be kidding me. What a total disrespect of my time. Why didn’t he just let me know in advance?
Secretary: If I may ask, Mr. Gupta, what day do you think this is?
Bryan: Monday, July first.
Secretary: It is Monday, sir, but it’s not the first of July. Would you like me to try to reschedule a meeting for you?
Bryan: Well, what day is it exactly.
Secretary: Monday, July eighth. I’m afraid there has been some sort of mistake. I do see you name here for an appointment last week.
Bryan: What am I going to do now?
Secretary: Well, have a seat and let me make some phone calls to see when I can reschedule you.
Here are 10 vocabulary phrases that I selected from the mini-story to explain the definitions. You’ll notice that most of them are in the past tense. Listen and repeat along with me to improve your English vocabulary skills.
Woke Up – To Stop Sleeping And Become Aware And Active Again
Got Dressed – Put Clothes On Your Body
Had Breakfast – Eat In The Morning For Your First Meal Of The Day
Caught A Taxi – Raise Your Hand To Signal To A Taxi Driver That You Need A Ride
Told Her – Communicate Information, Facts, Or News To Someone
Looked Surprised – To Appear Astonished Or In Shock At What Has Been Seen Or Heard
Have A Seat – A Polite Directive For Someone To Sit Down And Wait
Made Some Calls – To Use The Telephone To Talk To People
Arrived – To Reach Your Desired Destination Or Place You Need To Be
Broke The News – To Share Some Important Information With Someone
Listen to these 35 question and answer phrases about how to ask someone’s name in English. These are not in order. They are just different ways of ask the same question so you can understand native speakers who talk with you.
Repeat and practice your pronunciation with me as many times as you need.
Hello! And welcome to Z4 Technologies Inc.
How can I help you?
What can I do for you?
I have an appointment this morning.
I have a meeting with Mr. Grant
I have an interview scheduled for 9:00 a.m.
Okay. What’s your name?
And you are?
Could you please tell me your full name?
What’s your first name?
Tell me your last name please?
My name is Bryan Gupta
I’m Bryan. That’s Bryan Gupta.
It’s Gupta. Bryan Gupta.
Do you spell that with an I or a Y, Bryan?
How do you spell that, Mr. Gupta?
Is that spelled with a TH or just a T, Mr. Gupta?
I’m sorry. I didn’t quite catch your last name.
Could you please repeat that for me?
Hm. I don’t see any interviews on his schedule.
Sorry, I don’t see your name on his agenda.
That’s strange. Mr. Grant doesn’t have any interviews scheduled for today.
Are you sure your interview was scheduled for today?
Yes, I’m absolutely positive.
I even called to confirm it yesterday before 6 p.m.
Could you please double-check his schedule?
Sure. Oh here it is. I must have missed it.
Yes. I do see that you have an interview scheduled with Mr. Grant this morning.
Unfortunately, Mr. Grant is running late though.
His pilot is running about 30 minutes behind.
There was a 25 minute delay at the airport because of the rain.
He asked us to push your meeting back 30 minutes.
Mr. Grant apologized and asked to reschedule your meeting for this afternoon
Would it be possible for you to return at 4:30 p.m.
I also have an opening for 5:45 p.m. if you prefer.
Or would you rather reschedule for tomorrow at 9:45 a.m.?
Qual é a letra do alfabeto em inglês que você sente mais dificuldade em pronunciar em inglês?
Se você é como a maioria dos alunos de inglês que conheço, você provavelmente confunde as vogais como as letras A, E, I, O, e U. E também confunde outras letras parecidas como D, G, e J. Veja essa simples tabela para aprender a pronunciar corretamente cada letra do alfabeto.
A = Ei
B = Bi
C = Si
D = Di
E = I
F = Éf
G = Dji
H = Eich
I = Ái
J = Djei
K = Kei
L = Él
M = Êm
N = Én
O = Ôu
P = Pi
Q = Quiu
R = Ár
S = És
T = Ti
U = Iu
V = Vi
W = Dábliu
X = Écks
Y = Uai
Z = Zi
ESPERO TER AJUDADO, PRINTEM E ESTUDEM
Quais são as letras que te dão mais dificuldade em inglês?
Se tiver dúvidas ou perguntas, deixe os nos comentários
Professores: Criei essa tabela na Canva e vou disponibilizar o template para você modificá-lo, mudar as cores, trocar o meu link por seu, e fazer como quiser para os seus alunos de inglês. É gratuito, viu. Demorei quase duas horas para alinhar as letrinhas, e agora vou te dar de presente. Aproveite.
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