English Idioms Book On Sale From July 6-10, 2017

Learning American English idioms is important for learning to speak English fluently. I wrote a book of the 250 most common idioms that are used in business English. These are idioms I have heard frequently while working in American companies during the last 30 years.

If you can learn one new idiom a day, your English speaking skills will be much higher.

Today’s idiom is:

back-of-the-envelope calculations

A rough calculation.

My back-of-the-envelope calculation is that this product will be at breakeven within a year.

Origin

Back-of-the-envelope describes when a person grabs any available piece of paper (such as an envelope or piece of scrap paper) to make a quick calculation with a pen or pencil. Since the calculation is done in haste and without a calculator or spreadsheet, the implication is that the calculation is rough, not 100% accurate.

The book is on sale from July 6 to July 10, 2017 on Amazon and the link is here: https://goo.gl/wt6ECX

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American English Lesson About Romance And Love Words

American English uses many unique phrases to talk about romance and being in love. This American English lesson will help you improve your English by giving many examples of words and phrases you might hear in a TV show or movie. Love and romance are also popular themes for American English songs. They always have been and they always will be.

How To Speak English Like An American – Pronounce American English Well

This American English lesson shows how to correctly pronounce words such as “office” and “practice” where there is an “s” sound at the end of the word. This sound is not often found in Asian languages, so it is worth practicing so your American English is correct.

 

American English Lesson Using “Bet” To Make Your American English Fluent And Fun

American English uses the word “bet” to show agreement in conversation. You can improve your American English conversation skills with these simple phrases so you sound like a real American English speaker.

American English Slang About Accomplishments And Dreams – Learn English Lesson

American English has many phrases of encouragement using the word “stick” – The word is used in phrases that urge someone to keep or “stick” to chasing a dream or pursuing a dream. American English is an optimistic type of English – part of the American character is a belief in opportunity and self-improvement. This American English lesson will help you learn the most common phrases you will near from native English speakers.

My English speaking skills books are published on Amazon and you can see the entire English as a Second Language series on my Amazon Author Page at https://goo.gl/DwDd8I under William Pitts.

My FREE English Fluency Course has hundreds of tips on how to learn the English you will really use and you can get the free course by visiting my website: https://goo.gl/2Gw2JO

You can go basic or intermediate English to fluent English by studying with a native English speaker. These videos will help you learn how to understand native English speakers, learn American English and learn to speak English fluently. These videos teach you English you need to know that is not always taught in English classes in high school or at university.

American English For Asian Speakers – Correct The Most Common Mistakes

This short video teaches an important lesson about how to ask “What are you doing?” meaning asking about an activity in the present time. This is a common error for speakers of Asian languages and is easy to correct so your English is fluent. American English uses “What are you doing” to ask what a person is doing at the time. This common American English phrase is often misused by native Asian language speakers and comes out as “What you do?”. If you can improve on this one small part of American English, your English will greatly improve.

I have published a book on the top English language mistakes that native Asian language speakers make. The book will help you improve your English fluency for work, school or for tests such as the IELTS, TOEFL or SAT.

This book and my other English speaking skills books are published on Amazon and you can see the entire English as a Second Language series on my Amazon Author Page at https://goo.gl/6VNwPL

My FREE English Fluency Course has hundreds of tips on how to learn the English you will really use and you can get the free course by visiting my website: https://goo.gl/2Gw2JO

You can go basic or intermediate English to fluent English by studying with a native English speaker. These videos will help you learn how to understand native English speakers, learn American English and learn to speak English fluently. These videos teach you English you need to know that is not always taught in English classes in high school or at university.

7 Hard To Pronounce Words in English Conversation – Fluent English Speaker Series

These seven words in English are hard to pronounce so this lesson gives the correct pronunciation of the word and why it is useful in English conversation. English conversation can flow easily when you correctly pronounce vocabulary words that are pronounced differently than they are spelled. Some common words used in English conversation that are often mispronounced include: colleague, colonel, entrepreneur, particularly and pronunciation. If you can master the correct pronunciation of this words, your spoken English will sound professional.

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

In todays lesson, I’m going to review some of the English pronunciation for words that are hard to say.

This is the book that I keep where I write down notes from when students call. I keep track of what their problems are so I can help people with them so these are some of the words that people find difficult.

And I’m going to put them up in little boxes here so you can see the word and see how it’s spelled.

But these are common words that can be challenging. One of them is

colleagues

colleagues are people you work with or do something with. It could be your teammates at work, your work friends, the people you play sports with, people in your company. Those are all your colleagues

Another one is colonel

colonel is a rank in the army or police

It’s a certain designation of rank and for some it looks like Coh lo nell

but Colonel is the word that people seem to have problems with

Another one that has become more popular these days is entrepreneur

An entrepreneur is someone who starts a business by themselves and grows it into a success. This is another word in English that was borrowed from another language (in this case, French). These borrow words are hard to pronounce so “entrepreneur”.

So Bill Gates was an entrepreneur. Steve Jobs was an entrepreneur.
Jack Ma from Alibaba is an entrepreneur. Someone who enters something (a business) and does something original (that makes them rich) in the business. It’s a great word and it’s been used a lot more in the last 20 years.

In some colleges and business schools they have entrepreneurship classes, teaching people how to take ideas and act on them and look at the success habits of the people who are successful or unsuccessful entrepreneurs because there’s lots of failures but we try to imitate the people who have been successful

Another one is “particularly” which means especially. Particularly it seems to be a difficult one.

And the last one is pronunciation! Pronunciation!

If you can pronounce the word pronunciation, your English pronunciation is good. The confusion comes from the root word of pronounce. You can pronounce the alphabet , a b c d e f g, but pronunciation is putting the right stress on the right syllables

So if you don’t put the right stress not he syllables, you’ll say sylahbb ills or something like that doesn’t sound right.

So pronunciation if you can pronounce that, you English pronunciation is good

And the last is these numbers like fifth, sixth, seventh.

Where you have to make this certain tongue and mouth placement in English. If you can practice to shoe and say I’m the sixth child in my family, for example, you’ll be on your way to correct English pronunciation.

When it comes to pronunciation and small grammar rules, a native English speaker will hear a non-native English speaker make this small mistake, and sometimes they stop hearing the rest of what the English learner is saying because they want to help that person say “pronunciation” correctly or “sixth”

And native English speakers, if you are associating with the right kind of person so they want to help you get better at English, so these simple kinds of words, the pronunciation of them, if you do that correctly then the person listening to you will listen to the rest of what you are trying to say.

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My FREE English Fluency Course has hundreds of tips on how to learn the English you will really use and you can get the free course by visiting my website: https://goo.gl/2Gw2JO

10 American English Tips On Contractions You “Gotta” Know

Modern American English uses many shortened versions of formal words. You must know these American English expressions where “got to” is really pronounced “gotta” if you want to understand American English conversation. You will also hear these words in movies, TV shows and radio broadcasts.

Casual and informal American English uses shorter forms for many words. These are especially common in TV shows, movies and conversations in books:

going to becomes gonna
got to becomes gotta
want to becomes wanna
let me becomes lemme
give me becomes gimme
ought to becomes outta
kind of becomes kinda
I am becomes Ima
have to becomes hafta
don’t know becomes dunno

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My FREE English Fluency Course has hundreds of tips on how to learn the English you will really use and you can get the free course by visiting my website: https://goo.gl/2Gw2JO

You can see a transcript of this video by clicking on the CC/Subtitles button on the video and see the written transcript in this description.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Hi Guys! Students of modern American English and American slang notice that a native speaker from America use a lots of contractions. I wanted to review them and how they are used. The first is “got to” “I’ve got to go to the store” becomes shortened to “I gotta go” “I gotta have it” “I gotta sing!” meaning you have to do something. Another one is “going to” it becomes “gonna” “I’m gonna go to the store.” “I’m gonna be a star some day.” Another is “give me” become “gimme” “Gimme a beer, Bob!” “Gimme some candy!” something like that. Another is “want to” becomes “wanna” “I wanna go to the movies, Mom! Can you give me twenty (20) dollars or twenty bucks” as we would say in American English. “I wanna go.” “Kind of” becomes “kinda” “I’m kinda tired tonight, so I’m not gonna go out.” “I kinda like that girl. I wonder if she likes me.” Another one is “out of” “Out of” becomes “outta”. “We’re all outta beer.” “We’re all outta chips.” “We’re all outta luck.” “Have to” becomes “hafta”. “I hafta to leave now, I’m late for school.” “I hafta go to the store. We’re all out of beer.” And “don’t know” becomes “dunno” “Are you going to the party?” “I dunno.” “I donno” or “I dunno”. Again, it becomes shortened in modern American English. “Let me” becomes “lemme”. “Are you going to go to the party?” “Lemme think about it. I’ll let you know.” And instead of saying “I am” you can hear “Ima not sure.” “Ima not clear on that.” “It is short for “I am not” or something like that. All these contractions are very common in American English and that’s why it is hard to master. It all sounds like one word depending on how quickly someone speaks. But if you can attune or tune your ear to these type of abbreviations, you’ll make a lot of progress in understanding American English in the movies and TV shows or from your friends.This kind of informal English you probably wouldn’t use in an interview or a formal business meeting, but when speaking with friends and colleagues at work, co-workers it is very common to use these brief abbreviations and contractions. So you can see all of this written below on the transcript. Please subscribe to these videos. I’ve done a whole series of these on American slang and how American English is actually spoken. it’s great for someone who watches movies or TV shows or reads books or is going to travel or study in America. Thank you very much for watching. I’m gonna go now ’cause I hafta go buy some food. Thanks again and please subscribe, Bye bye.

You can go basic or intermediate English to fluent English by studying with a native English speaker. These videos will help you learn how to understand native English speakers, learn American English and learn to speak English fluently. These videos teach you English you need to know that is not always taught in English classes in high school or at university.

11 Ways To Say “Hello” In American English – American English Course

American English has many informal greetings you can use with friends and colleagues. These are all ways to say “Hello” in a colorful and pleasant way.

My English speaking skills books are published on Amazon and you can see the entire English as a Second Language series on my Amazon Author Page at https://goo.gl/DwDd8I

My FREE English Fluency Course has hundreds of tips on how to learn the English you will really use and you can get the free course by visiting my website: https://goo.gl/2Gw2JO

You can go basic or intermediate English to fluent English by studying with a native English speaker. These videos will help you learn how to understand native English speakers, learn American English and learn to speak English fluently. These videos teach you English you need to know that is not always taught in English classes in high school or at university.

You can see a transcript of this video by clicking on the CC/Subtitles button on the video and see the written transcript in this description.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

“Hello” “Hi” “What’s up?” “How ya been doin’?” “How ya livin’?” “What’s happenin’?” “What do ya say?” These are all ways to greet somebody in American English. The formal way that you learned in school, “Hello” “Hi” “How are you?” You still hear those a lot but I wanted to give you a number of other American English slang ways to greet someone or say “Hello”. You might hear these in movies or in TV shows or read them in a book. So these are some of the most common ones. What’s up? It means “What have you been doing?” “How ya livin’?” It means “Are you living well – how have you been?””What’s going down” or “What’s goin’ down?”means “What has been happening in your life?” “What’s happenin'” “What’s happenin’?” is another one. “What do ya say?” It means “What’s going on with you?” or “What do you have to say?” “How zit goin’?” “How zit goin’?” Very common in American English to abbreviate things like that. “How goes zit?” “How goes zit?” Al means “What has been going on in your life?” or “How are things going with you?” “What’s the good word?” “What’s the good word?” It means “Have you heard any good news lately?” “What cha’ been up to?” “What cha’ been up to?” comes from “What have you been up to?” meaning “What have you been doing?” Again another contraction in American English. “Been keepin’ busy?” is short for “Have you been keeping busy?” Just asking what you have been doing. And the last one. “Been stayin’ out of trouble?” “Have you been staying out of trouble?” It is a way to kid your friend and ask them if they have been doing anything interesting, whether they have been going out to the nightclub or something like that. All of this American slang is proper to use with your friends. You probably wouldn’t say this in an interview or a meeting when you’ve just met someone. But among colleagues and friends these kind of short slang American English expressions are quite common. “How ya’ livin’?” “What’s up?” You can see a transcript of below on this video. Please subscribe to this whole series about modern American English. Some is proper English and some is slang that you can use to make your American English more lively, more interesting and more fluent. Please subscribe to these videos and thank you for watching. “What’s up?” “What’s goin’ down?” “How ya livin’?”

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How To Say “I Love You” In American English – American Pronunciation Lesson

“I love you”! This can be said in so many ways in American English and this video teaches the many ways, plus a lesson on American pronunciation and intonation.

My English speaking skills books are published on Amazon and you can see the entire English as a Second Language series on my Amazon Author Page at https://goo.gl/DwDd8I

My FREE English Fluency Course has hundreds of tips on how to learn the English you will really use and you can get the free course by visiting my website: https://goo.gl/2Gw2JO

You can go basic or intermediate English to fluent English by studying with a native English speaker. These videos will help you learn how to understand native English speakers, learn American English and learn to speak English fluently. These videos teach you English you need to know that is not always taught in English classes in high school or at university.

You can see a transcript of this video by clicking on the CC/Subtitles button on the video and see the written transcript in this description.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

“I love you!” “I really love you!” “I’m totally in love with you!” “I’ve fallen in love with you!” “I love you so much!” “I love you from the bottom of my heart!” “I could not be more in love with you!” “I’m nuts about you!” “I’m crazy about you!” “I’m stoned on you!” “I will love you forever!” These are many ways in English to say “I love you” and one of the fun things about English is there are so many different ways to say “I love you”! Was that a list of words saying “I love you” or was that the content of the last 100 pop songs? Kind of the same! But you see the theme of love is so common in English, whether it is romantic love or love for chocolate or love for wine or whatever it might be. But if you can master some of these different love words and emphasize the “love” in the sentence then you will have a lot more English and you can use it both for your relationships with people and things that you love like your hobby. Mine is playing guitar so I thought this song ‘I will always love you. I will always love … ” doing videos for you. So please subscribe and can follow this series I’m doing all about American English, American pronunciation, American intonation and, of course, the odd guitar song, because that is what I also love to do. Thanks for watching! You can see the transcript below and please subscribe. I love you, man! I love you! I’m in love with you! I love you! Don’t run away! I love you!

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