Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Using the conditional IF in natural English conversation (Learn with video!)

Do you want to improve your English communication and confidence? Add the conditional “IF” to your conversation skills and open up the doors of communication! 




IF is used to say that one thing can, will or might happen or be true, depending on another thing happening or being true.



I will go to the party Friday if I have time after work.

Going to the party depends on having time after work

Sentences with If are often used with the negative forms of modal verbs (won’t, can’t etc.)

We won’t play soccer tomorrow if it rains.


~ playing soccer tomorrow depends on the weather

When the verb in the ‘IF’ clause (The part of the sentence with the word IF) is in the present tense the verb in the main clause will be in the future tense.




"If I prepare a healthy lunch at home, I'll save money.
 Eating out everyday is expensive."
The verb in the IF clause is prepare, it’s in the present tense.
The verb in the main clause is will save, this is the future tense of the verb to save.


If you make your own lunch, you will know what’s in it. Lunches that are made in convenience stores have lots of unnatural ingredients in them to make them last longer.


Ken will feel much better if he has a healthier diet.


If you eat at organic restaurants once in awhile you might find something you really like that is also very healthy!


If Josh stops eating donuts for breakfast he could fit into his old suit before our class reunion next September.



"I would eat this ice cream if I wasn't on a diet!"


"If I eat this ice cream I'll regret it tomorrow."



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Since 2006 I have been building and creating English learning material for my students in Tokyo, and now with World English 808 I want to share my English tools with the world! Thanks for visiting my blog and I really hope you can find something useful here for you English communication skills!
My name is Dave Stinson, I have been teaching since 1993 and teaching English as a second language since 2006. I work with companies and individuals and have helped my clients prepare for English job interviews, English tests, international presentations, meetings and conference calls. I have prepared natural English for professional websites, community websites and I do consulting for making Japanese movie subtitles for English films. I used to work as a stuntman too!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

1 Simple Trick for Pronouncing long English words! (Video with bonus slides)


Do you have difficulty pronouncing LONG English words? Watch my video and learn a simple way to help your pronunciation! Improve your pronunciation and improve your English understanding!




One of my students was reading an English advertisement for fruit juice. The advertisement said the juice has no artificial colors or flavors.



Artificial was hard to pronounce for my student. Anytime one of my students has trouble pronouncing a longer word, I always break it down into syllables. 


English pronunciation tip

What's a syllable?


learn what a syllable is in the English alphabet

If your think of it like music one syllable is one beat. 
The word Dave has 1 beat. - one syllable
The word English has 2 beats. - two syllables
The word Syllables has 3 beats. - three syllables

Thinking about pronunciation this way has been very helpful for my students.

“Dave taught me how to improve my English pronunciation using syllables.”



How many beats does the word “pronunciation” have?
5!
PRO-NUN-CI-A-TION
One, two, three, four, five.


Five syllables.



Now let's think about the word artificial. 

How many syllables? 
This word has 4 beats. 
AR-TI-FI-CIAL


If you read a new word that you want to listen to so you can hear the correct pronunciation, I suggest the Oxford Advanced Learner’s dictionary webpage. You can get the meaning of new words and listen to how they sound. I use it often with my private students. There's a link to this site at the bottom of this blog.


Try using this simple technique the next time you are having difficulty pronouncing a long English word.
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My name is Dave Stinson, I have been teaching since 1993 and teaching English as a second language since 2006. I work with companies and individuals and have helped my clients prepare for English job interviews, English tests, international presentations, meetings and conference calls. I have prepared natural English for professional websites, community websites and I do consulting for making Japanese movie subtitles for English films. I used to work as a stuntman too!

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Use the English preposition FOR like a native speaker! (with 15 natural example sentences!)

Learn the meaning of and use the English preposition FOR like a native speaker! 



According to Englishclub.com for is the fourth most commonly used preposition. 



Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary lists 20 uses for the preposition FOR.



In this post / video I'll teach you 4 ways we use this preposition with lots of natural example sentences, that are very common and easy to remember. Some example sentences are basic and others are more advanced. This post can be helpful for any level, and it can help you get to your next level.

Using this preposition correctly will increase your conversation ability and your confidence to talk with native speakers.


FOR has many uses as a preposition!
Let's start with one of the more common.

1. We wait for something…
We can wait for somebody or something:

Carl's waiting for his friend, he should be here soon.

The cafe is busy today! I have to wait for a seat.

They finally built a new bus shelter on Queen Street. Now I don't have to get wet waiting for the bus in the rain.

OR
We can wait for something to happen:

Wait for the light to change before you cross the street.

I want to go to lunch, but I'm waiting for a phone call from my customer.

Jill bought a new iPhone, I'm waiting for the price to go down before I get one.


2. To look for something means to search or try to find something

Aaron is looking for a black sport coat, size 40 regular. 

I can't find my earring! Can you help me look for it?

All my friends from university are still looking for a job, I'm lucky to be working.

3. For can be used to show purpose or function

Let's go for a walk! (The purpose of going out is to take a walk)

Are you learning English for pleasure or for work? (What's the purpose of your English study?)

What did you do that for? = Why did you do that?
Wadjya do that for?

In natural spoken English the phrase “What did you” becomes “Wadjya” when spoken at native speed. 


4. We use for to show a reason or a cause

The town is famous for its cathedral. (The reason it's famous is the cathedral)

She gave me a bag for my birthday. ( The reason she gave me the bag is because it was my birthday)

He got an award for bravery. (He got the award because he's brave)

BONUS - Here’s a 5th way we can use the preposition FOR.

5. We can also use for - to receive something

Call this number for more information. (To receive more information)

Thanks Roger, I can always count on you for help. 
(I can depend on your help, I can always receive your help)



You can find an English preposition list on sites like Wikipedia, but lists are not as helpful as listening to natural preposition sentences, with real preposition usage and common preposition examples. Use the video at the top of this page for listening practice, and use the time after you hear the sentence to repeat it and practice your speaking and pronunciation!


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Using the conditional IF in natural English conversation (Learn with video!)

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