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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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American English Lesson On How To Ask Questions with “What?”

The intonation used on the word “What” in American English is used to clarify or comment on a situation or action. This video teaches how to understand and use these common conversation phrases so you can speak fluent American English.

 

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“What do YOU Want?” can mean you care about the other person.

“What do you WANT?” can mean you are challenging them or are frustrated because you don’t understand what the other person wants.

“NOW what?” is used when someone has repeatedly bothered you about something.

“Say WHAT?” is used when you are challenging someone.

“WHAT do you mean?” is used you want to clarify a statement a person has made that is odd or incomprehensible.

“WHAT were you THINKING?” is used when someone makes a bad decision and you are questioning their poor judgement.

American English Vocabulary Lesson On How To Go From “Very” To More Precise Words

This lesson will teach you how to improve your English vocabulary from using simple expressions that rely on “very” to more descriptive and powerful words. This lesson has a short love story in English where John thinks about his love for Jane. The first version uses “very” in each sentence and the second version uses a higher level vocabulary word to more precisely describe John’s feelings for Jane.

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Here are some phrases where “very” plus the word can be replaced with a more descriptive word.

very shy = timid
very pretty = beautiful
very pale = ashen
very perfect = flawless
very scared = petrified
very painful = excruciating
very noisy = deafening
very often = frequently
very powerful = compelling
very scary = chilling
very sharp = keen, especially referring to intelligence
very rich = wealthy

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 Lesson About Drinking Alcohol – Fluent English Speaker Series

This American English video gives specific vocabulary words to use for when you are celebrating with friends. These American English words about drinking and alcohol are useful for understanding American English conversation, TV shows and movies.

 

I remember my first “Happy Hour” when I was invited to go for a drink with my employer. “Happy Hour” turned into “Happy Hours” and we were asked to leave the bar because we were singing …

All these American slang phrases are about drinking alcohol including the many American slang phrases for beer, hard alcohol and feeling drunk.

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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! This video gives specific American slang words for going out for a drink with your friends. Now, I was invited today to a “Happy Hour”. “Happy Hour” is a time in the afternoon or evening when there are lower prices on drinks. Or it can mean the time people are finished work and go to the bar, the pub, the saloon or another place to have an alcoholic drink. So we call that “Happy Hour” because you are happy to be there.

This can lead to “bar hopping” which means you hop or move bar to bar to drink. You start at one place and maybe go to some others. Sometimes it is called a “pub crawl” where you go from one pub to another.

Now, what do we drink when we are at the bar? Well, we might be drinking beer, or also know as “brews” because beer is brewed or “brewskies” also known as “suds”. Those are all words for beer. You can say you are going to have “a cold one”. Beer in America is usually served quite cold.

If you are drinking alcohol like vodka, whiskey, tequila you can call that “the hard stuff” because it is hard alcohol. It is higher in alcohol content or higher in degree (of alcohol). That’s also known as “booze”. In general, drinking booze is higher alcohol. You might be having “cocktails”. Cocktails are made of hard alcohol or booze like a “martini” had gin or vodka and some vermouth. Another word for martinis because they are so strong is “loud mouth soup”. Loud mouth soup means you drink a few martinis and you start talking too much and since it’s clear like soup, it is a very funny phrase. You might take a “shot” – that’s one small unit of alcohol and drink it down.

If you have a few drinks, you might get “tipsy” like you are going to tip over or feel a little “woozy” or a little “happy”. But then, if you get drunk, these are terms for that. If you “hit the bottle”, “hit the bottle” means to drink heavily, drink hard alcohol heavily. If you do that, you might get drunk. You might “get a load on”. It means a lot of alcohol. Or “get a buzz on” – this feeling of intoxication. Or this slang word – “get your swerve on” – to swerve means when your car moves like this in the road so when people get drunk, sometimes they can’t walk in a straight line. Or you might say, “I tie one on” or “I tied one on.” That’s another phrase for when you got quite drunk. If you are drinking with both hands, that’s “double-fisted drinking.” “Double-fisted drinking.”

But be careful, friends because if you are “under the influence” that’s the legal term in America. “Under the influence” means you are legally drunk. If you get stopped by the police and you are driving a car, they can test you to see if there is alcohol in your system. If you are “under the influence” sometimes they arrest you and put you in jail. There is a place they put drunk people, especially people who are chronically drunk or alcoholic. They called it “the drunk tank” because that is where they put the drunks, people who are drunk on alcohol.

I’ve never been there, I’ve never been caught “under the influence” probably because I rarely drive. I take a taxi home. So those are all words about going out for a drink with your friends, to “have a cold one”, “Happy Hour” and every thing that can happen after that. Please subscribe to these videos on American slang. They’ll help you understand words that you hear in movies, TV shows or you read in some type of article. Thanks always for watching.

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.

How To Learn English With Famous Quotes – Walt Disney And Mickey Mouse

This video uses quotation from Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse and other cartoon characters, to describe the importance of combining dreams with action.

I collected 131 quotations from famous people who said something notable about hard work, how to be successful, how to remain optimistic and the importance of taking action to reach goals. You can see that book and other books 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.

TRANSCRIPT

Hi Guys! I’m Professor Tummy. This is a series of videos I’m doing on famous quotations from people who have struggled and then achieved something. I love to read these quotations because they give me inspiration for what I’m trying to create and I hope they’ll give you inspiration for what you are trying to do in life.

The subject today is a person called Walt Disney. Walt Disney was an American cartoonist and he had this dream of taking his Mickey Mouse character (which is on this little mug from which I drink my coffee) and he wanted to make those into films. So he was the first one to do that. His first film was in 1928 and in the many decades after that he produced many animated films. He won 22 different Academy Awards for his films and then he created Disneyland where people could go to this park and enjoy things. Here are some of the quotes that Walt Disney said. “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” So he started as a cartoonist and he lost money and he failed at several jobs, but eventually he had this idea of taking this Mickey Mouse character and making it into something quite big. He became very, very successful. Another thing he said was, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing it.” And I like that quote – it talks about taking action.

In his personal life, Walt Disney was quite shy and insecure and he always used self-deprecating humor, he kind of put himself down, but in public he tried very hard to excite people about his ideas. He was know for being a very exacting and precise with the people who helped him create the cartoons. He had extremely high standards for himself and for other people. So, he is an example of a person who was shy but had a dream and made his dream come true. So I find his quotations and story of his life quite fascinating.

For you, as an English as a Second Language learner, these kind of quotations can help you learn English as well as know about some these important characters and people who did things that are notable. I wrote a number of these down in a book. It’s called 131 Inspirational Quotes For English As A Second Language Learners and you can look at the link below and read more about this book. People enjoy the book because they they can learn English and also learn about someone who used motivation and goals and dreams to accomplish something just like you are trying to do in English. So I’m going to do more of these videos with different quotes from famous people in history. I think you’ll enjoy them.

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7 English Conversation Questions To Really Get To Know Someone – How To Speak Fluent English

Advanced English conversation techniques include the following:

What is something you don’t get to talk about enough?
What is your story?
What motivates you?
What interests you?
What is you life makes you feel most fulfilled?
What are you passionate about?
How did you get to where you are in life?

These are all questions you can ask someone to really get to know them. You can share your own answer to the question and discover the real interests and real values of your conversation partner. It can help you discover if you have something in common with the other person.
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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 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.

9 Best English Phrases To Say “Good Job” in English – Native English Speaking Series

Do you want to sound like a native English speaker? These American English phrases that compliment someone are necessary for speaking English fluently. American pronunciation and American intonation are highly important for these phrases and must be mastered. Here are some of the examples from the video.

These phrases include:
Sounds good!
Good call! (meaning a good decision)
Looks good! (showing you approve of someone’s decision or performance)
Good Shot! (complimenting someone on their sports performance)
Good Game! (showing approval about a sports victory)
Good Choice! (showing complimentary approval for a choice)
Good for you! (showing approval for another person’s success or offering them congratulations)

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.