Learning English Broadcast - January 18, 2021
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Learn English Through Listening
Learn English Through Listening
Hilary Platt
Learn To Speak English Efficiently Through Focused English Listening Ep 412
You can find the full web article, media and transcripts for the lesson here: https://adeptenglish.com/lessons/english-listening-mp3-2/Efficient English Listening Over the years we have had many comments and conversations about which language has the most words, or the biggest vocabulary. The topic is complicated. There is no simple answer because it is a question which is not specific enough to get a correct answer. In today’s English listening lesson, we talk about how you need to focus on the words that matter in speaking English. We talk about the most efficient approach to learning what you actually need in order to speak English fluently. There is a powerful argument to say Arabic is the language with the most words, because Arabic words are made up of 3,4 or 5 letter roots. This gives the language a lot of potential words, each with a different meaning. But the reality is many of these potential words are just not used by native speakers. Adept English is here to help with FREE English lessons and language courses that are unique, modern and deliver results. You can learn to speak English quickly using our specialised brain training. We get straight to the point of how you should learn to speak English. We teach you in a fun and simple way that delivers results. If you want to learn to speak English, our approach to learning through listening will improve your English fluency.🎤 find us at... 🌎 https://adeptenglish.com📺 https://adeptengli.sh/youtube💜 https://adeptengli.sh/facebook🎧 listen to us on... 🎙️ https://adeptengli.sh/spotify🎙️ https://adeptengli.sh/apple🎙️ https://adeptengli.sh/google🎙️ https://adeptengli.sh/amazon🎙️ https://adeptengli.sh/blubrry🎙️ https://adeptengli.sh/rss
11 min
Speak English Now Podcast: Learn English | Speak English without grammar.
Speak English Now Podcast: Learn English | Speak English without grammar.
Georgiana
#159 English pronunciation practice - Difficult words
Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. Today we will practice some of the most difficult words to pronounce in English. Words that start with "th" as in this or that and words that end in "ly" as in constantly or definitely." And with a mini-story, you will improve your fluency. English pronunciation can be a big problem for some English students. And their native language determines, for the most part, what types of difficulties students will have. However, most English students worldwide find it difficult to pronounce words that start with "th." "th" is one of the hardest sounds to pronounce. And we pronounce it in three different ways: * as /ð/ as in this, that, these, those, they or them. * As the voiceless /θ/ as in three, thing, thought. Some students often say "dat" instead of that. - but we also pronounce it as a /t/ as in Thai. I've asked my students what words they found difficult and many of them were words beginning with "th." Thought, through, three, threaten, throughout, theft. I will give an example for each word but first, let's pronounce them one by one. Listen and repeat. Thought, through, three, threaten, throughout, theft. Examples: * "I never thought my wish could one day come true." * "Through repetition, you will improve your English fluency." * "I had three exams last week and passed all of them." * "They tried to threaten to take away my scholarship, but in the end, they had a change of heart." * You have always been by my side, especially throughout the difficult times. * "They were put in prison for theft." Read the transcript here: SpeakEnglishPodcast.com
15 min
Real English Conversations Podcast - Listen to English Conversation Lessons
Real English Conversations Podcast - Listen to English Conversation Lessons
Amy Whitney & Curtis Davies: Conversational English Teachers
65. Vocabulary for Speaking Fluency – Improve Your English
Want to improve your English? With so many words to learn, it can be difficult to know which words you need to learn to 'speak fluently'. In this lesson, I'll explain an easy way to identify which words are worth the effort to learn first AND will also help you to speak English with more fluency faster! How to Speak English Better and Improve Your English https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/cu64ib/65_Learning_Useful_Vocabulary_Podcastbhf93.mp3   Transcription: Amy: Hi, everybody, this is Amy from realenglishconversations.com, and today I have another one of these advice podcasts where I'm going to give you some advice about how to learn English in a more efficient way and to make sure that you're focusing on the right things, so that you can start making progress forward faster with your English and working toward fluency. So today I'm going to talk about something that's related to learning the right type of vocabulary to help you become fluent and really talking about the most common error that I see students making over and over and over again that I'm working with. To get started I just need to explain how students generally at an intermediate or an advanced level or any level really think about vocabulary and how they're studying English. And generally, with most people, if you're reading a newspaper or maybe a novel or you're watching a TV series, if you hear a brand-new word, you're probably going to write it down or look it up in a dictionary and try to learn it. And that's sort of our strategy for learning new vocabulary, and that's why it's called new vocabulary. But what happens is when we reach this intermediate to advanced level of the language, we have this gigantic pile of new vocabulary that we've taken the time to learn, but then we're not really able to use any of it, and we realize that a lot of the vocabulary that we learned and use that precious brain space and that memory power isn't exactly useful either. End of Transcription Sample. To get access to the full transcription for this lesson and the other 60+ conversation lessons currently available, register as a Real English Conversations member here. Do you Want to Improve Your English? Amy and Curtis are experts in helping our students to improve their speaking and listening skills, improve confidence and reach their goals faster. Learn more about Private Lessons with us here   Get ALL the English Lessons & Online Courses Real English Conversations is a website for students that want to start USING their English skills! Join our WhatsApp group to practice speaking and get excellent online lessons that can be studied anytime. Members of our website get immediate access to: All the online courses to quickly improve speaking, listening, and increase vocabulary All the transcripts and exercises related to each podcast lesson! Our Member-Only WhatsApp Speaking Practice Group Learn More about the membership options here   Other English Podcast Conversation Lessons: Delivery Service - Intermediate/Advanced English Podcast Lesson Mother Nature- Advanced English Podcast Lesson Niagara Falls - Advanced English Podcast Lesson Going to the Doctor - English Conversation Practice Podcast
13 min
Better at English
Better at English
Lori Linstruth
055 – Could you kick a robot puppy?
Hello my lovely English learners! Lori here, your teacher from BetterAtEnglish.com. I love technology, so we’re talking about robots today, but not in the way you might expect. A lot of conversations about robots have to do with whether or not a robot or machine could ever develop genuine feelings or emotions. But today we’re going to be thinking about our own emotions and feelings toward robots, particularly empathy. Can we feel empathy toward robots? And if so, why? Links to pre-listening background -- to get the most out of this podcast: Short video of someone “torturing” a robot dinosaur (part of a research experiment). Make sure you watch it with sound. What do you feel as you watch this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAVtkh0mL20 Kate Darling: Why we have an emotional connection to robots (TED talk) https://www.ted.com/talks/kate_darling_why_we_have_an_emotional_connection_to_robots?language=en Yasmin's profile on italki Full transcript of this episode Allow me to introduce you to Kate Darling. She is a super cool researcher who is looking into this very question. I’m going to play you a little bit from the beginning of her TED talk, where she explains how she got into this line of research. The link to the full presentation is in the show notes. It’s as entertaining as it is interesting and thought provoking, so I can wholeheartedly recommend you check out the whole thing. OK, here comes Kate: Kate Darling: “There was a day, about 10 years ago, when I asked a friend to hold a baby dinosaur robot upside down. It was this toy called a Pleo that I had ordered, and I was really excited about it because I've always loved robots. And this one has really cool technical features. It had motors and touch sensors and it had an infrared camera. And one of the things it had was a tilt sensor, so it knew what direction it was facing. And when you held it upside down, it would start to cry. And I thought this was super cool, so I was showing it off to my friend, and I said, "Oh, hold it up by the tail. See what it does." So we're watching the theatrics of this robot struggle and cry out. And after a few seconds, it starts to bother me a little, and I said, "OK, that's enough now. Let's put him back down." And then I pet the robot to make it stop crying. And that was kind of a weird experience for me. For one thing, I wasn't the most maternal person at the time. Although since then I've become a mother, nine months ago, and I've learned that babies also squirm when you hold them upside down. (Laughter) But my response to this robot was also interesting because I knew exactly how this machine worked, and yet I still felt compelled to be kind to it. And that observation sparked a curiosity that I've spent the past decade pursuing. Why did I comfort this robot? And one of the things I discovered was that my treatment of this machine was more than just an awkward moment in my living room, that in a world where we're increasingly integrating robots into our lives, an instinct like that might actually have consequences, because the first thing that I discovered is that it's not just me.” She’s right, it’s not just her. I found a short video on Youtube that shows somebody being really mean to the same type of robot dinosaur that Kate uses in her research. It’s only one minute long, so if you want to pause the podcast and go watch it, feel free. The link is in the show notes. Anyway, when I watched this video myself I felt really uncomfortable, even though I knew it was just a toy robot. I’m not alone; here are some of the Youtube comments. “Why would you do this!!!! It looks so scared, please stop and let me hug it.” “The last part when he was hitting him to the table I heard it crying; that’s so sad.” “I feel bad for him, although I know it’s just a pile of plastic and metal that can’t even think.” Of course, Youtube comments being what they are,
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