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- Hello everyone and welcome back to English With Lucy.
Today I am going to talk to you about the four things
that you need to study every single day if you want
to improve your english quickly, in a short period of time.
Now I have made quite a few videos about how you can
incorporate and integrate english into your daily life.
But this video is going to take it a step further.
Throughout this video, I'm going to answer loads of the most
popular questions that you put underneath all of my videos.
Questions like, how do I know which vocabulary
I should learn?
Or how can I know where to start with grammar?
What order do I go in?
There are so many YouTube videos out there,
but I don't know which order to follow.
Or questions like, how often should I schedule
classes with teachers?
Or another really important question, what's more important,
grammar or pronunciation?
Should I learn grammar first and then perfect
my pronunciation?
Or should I speak english with perfect pronunciation
and bad grammar?
Which should I do first?
I'm going to be discussing all of that with you today,
so let's get started.
The first thing that you should study every single day
if you want to become fluent quickly, it's pronunciation.
With pronunciation, practise makes perfect which is why
I'm asking you to do it every single day.
And my honest, professional opinion is that pronunciation
should be studied from the very, very beginning.
I'm not sure about your experience with english teachers.
Please comment down below if you've had a good
or a bad experience.
But I've seen many teachers put too little emphasis
on pronunciation and too much emphasis on grammar.
I taught in Spain and I saw students leave school with great
grammar, sometimes better than my own, but I couldn't
understand what they were saying because their pronunciation
was so bad.
And by then, they had spent so long speaking with bad
pronunciation that it was really hard for them
to make a change.
So what I'm saying to you is don't learn grammar first
and then introduce pronunciation at a later date,
start with pronunciation.
The best thing to do is just to study them both at the same
time, but really, really make an emphasis on pronunciation
because grammar is a strict set of rules,
but pronunciation is a lot harder, there's an art to it.
Correct pronunciation helps with so much more
than just sounding like you know how to speak english.
Knowing correct pronunciation will transform
how you understand other people.
Once you know how a word is pronounced,
you will understand it when somebody says it to you.
Students always ask me why their listening skills
are so bad, and I tell them it's probably
because your pronunciation skills are lacking.
You don't know how to say the word, so how will you
understand when someone else says it to you?
So how can we improve our pronunciation?
Will obviously this lesson is far too short to teach you
absolutely everything, but I would say that the best place
to start is the IPA, the international phonetic alphabet.
Please let me know down below in the comments if you would
like me to do a series on the IPA because I have been
considering it for some time.
Now in complicated terms, the IPA is an alphabetic system
of phonetic notion based on the Latin language.
But in simple terms, it's a tool that will help you
understand phonetic transcriptions.
Those little squiggly, weird words that I often put
in my pronunciation videos.
Once you understand how to read and comprehend
transcriptions, you'll be able to understand any word
you read in a dictionary.
I have put a link in the description box to my absolute
favourite interactive IPA chart.
You click on each element and somebody says it for you.
It's brilliant.
If you dedicate yourself to learning one phoneme
or one diphthong each day, within two months you will
know the whole thing.
So practise everyday.
Other ways that you can improve your pronunciation,
listen to how natives speak, that's a given.
And also, do some research on the differences
between english accents.
For example, British english, RP receive pronunciation
and general American.
Once you understand the differences, you'll be more in tune
to the general pronunciation of english.
Alright, point number two, lessons with teachers.
This part of the video is sponsored by Lingoda,
but I'm going to give you highly, highly relevant
information on how to improve your language skills
on a daily basis.
Yes, that's right.
How often should you schedule in a lesson with a teacher?
If you want the absolute best you can get,
you need to do it every single day.
Now normally, this isn't really an option for people,
but listen to what I have to say 'cause I think
it might surprise you.
This video is about what you can study everyday to improve
your language skills.
Five minutes on a language vocabulary app each day will
help, but it won't be enough on its own.
Weekly lessons at a walk-in language school will help,
but again, progress will be very slow.
The Lingoda Language Marathon is the perfect way to study
every single day and make a massive, massive impact
on your fluency.
Over 10 thousand students have participated in the previous
four Language Marathons over the past few years
and for many, it's transformed their lives.
It's helped some get a new job, it's helped some make new
friends, and it's helped others study
and work in other countries.
Many of them have shared their experiences with all of us
and there's a link down below to where you can read about it
on the Lingoda website.
You can also have a look at Lingoda's Instagram page
to see more inspiring stories.
So what is the Lingoda Language Marathon?
Well it's basically a really motivating study challenge.
You study everyday, unless you take the half marathon
where you study slightly less.
And if you complete the marathon successfully,
you get a 100% refund or a 50% refund if you do
the half marathon.
That is such a great incentive that will really stop
you from procrastinating.
The marathon starts on the 27th of May, 2019 and goes on
until the 24th of August 2019.
You can take one class per day, everyday.
That's 30 classes for the full marathon and 15 classes
for the half marathon per month.
You can join the marathon in english, french, spanish,
german, and business english.
And it's suitable for every level, beginner to advanced.
So how do you participate?
Well you need to sign up to the marathon
before the 13th of May.
After paying the five euro entry fee,
which secures your spot in the marathon,
you'll automatically be enrolled
into a three month subscription.
Now I have special discount code for you and that means
that you don't have to pay the entry fee.
Just click on the link in the description box and sign up
with my code speak1 and it will be discounted for you.
Now as if studying very single day for three months
wasn't good enough, don't forget that Lingoda will refund
your marathon fee in full when you attend that agreed number
of classes each month.
You'll need to show up on time and you will need to actively
participate in the classes.
If you book a class and miss it or fail to book a class
at all, you can still continue on with the marathon,
but you won't qualify for the refund.
Places in the marathon are limited,
so sign up now to avoid disappointment.
Also, make sure you familiarise yourself
with the terms and conditions.
Previous marathon graduates have said that this is the key
to achieving the refund.
The marathon is an incredible opportunity to take
your english to the next level quickly and effectively.
So many students would jump at the chance to take an English
lesson with a native, qualified teacher every single day
for three months.
And the fact that you can get your money back is an extra
motivational incentive, it's the icing on the cake.
Alternatively, if you don't think that the Language Marathon
is for you, you can check out Lingoda's flexible
subscription packages and book a free trial class.
If you do decide to go ahead with the marathon,
please let me know how it goes.
I wish you the absolute best of luck.
Point number three, grammar.
I receive so many questions about grammar, people seem to be
so confused about where to start.
People want me to number my videos and put them in order,
but I have to tell you, sometimes following a strict order
isn't the best way to learn a language.
Now you know that my saying is don't wait for someone
else to educate you, educate yourself.
Well, I'm goin to say the same thing again.
You need to test yourself.
You need to find out where you're lacking in grammar skills
and then you need to fill in the blanks.
The order in which you need to study grammar will be very
different to the order in which your friend needs
to study grammar.
I've linked a really good website down below.
If I were you, I would go through every single english level
from A2 onwards, or maybe even A1.
And if you get a question wrong, or if you get multiple
questions wrong, you need to review that grammar topic.
If you don't feel completely confident with the grammar,
you need to revise it.
You shouldn't think ugh, well the present simple
was the first lesson we ever had when I was 10 years old,
so I don't need to do that again, I need to learn
the conditionals and the subjunctive.
Like a house, you need to have strong foundations.
This is all about identifying your weak spots
and making them strong spots.
How can you study effectively if you don't know
where you're lacking?
It just doesn't make sense, but it always surprises me
how few students take this approach to learning grammar.
So, you know what you need to do now.
Click on the link in the description box, test yourself at
every single level, and then write down all the topics
that you need to do.
And then study them in order of level and that is the order
in which you need to study grammar.
Alright, on to the last topic,
and possibly the biggest topic.
It is vocabulary.
Lots of students ask me what vocabulary they should learn.
Well it all depends on what your goal is
with learning english.
If you're learning english simply to pass an exam,
if that's your priority, then your priority should be
learning the exam vocabulary.
Most exam boards will have a full list of all
of the vocabulary that you need to know
up to a certain level.
Make sure you have that list, cross out every single word
that you immediately recognise, and the condense the list
of unrecognised words, and study from that.
Now words that are not on your curriculum are likely
to pop up and appear in exams.
This is why you need to read around the subject.
Exams usually have set topics.
You might have to talk about holidays, you might have
to talk about weather, you might have to talk about business
growth, who knows?
Every single day you need to choose a topic and you need
to read an article around it.
That will really help you build
your topic specific vocabulary.
Now what if you were learning english because you want
to become fluent, not because you want to take an exam?
In that case, the most sensible option for you is to learn
vocabulary that you come across in your daily life.
Now I've spoken so many times about the word diary.
I'll mention it quickly again now.
Always have a notepad or a phone list handy on you
every time you see something and you don't know how to say
it english, note it down and the at then end of the day,
research what they are in English and have that list
to study from.
You should make a habit of contemplating the conversations
that you might have that you're likely to have with
your peers, your colleagues, your friends, your family,
and consider the vocabulary that you might need to have
successful conversations in those situations.
At work, you might be talking about what's for lunch,
you might be talking about time keeping, you might be
talking about meetings, you need to talk about what
you're having for lunch, go on YouTube and search
for What I Eat In a Day videos.
That will be a pretty good way of taking
in some more vocabulary.
If you've got a friend that likes dog training
or something like that, watch some dog training videos
with subtitles and try and take in some more vocabulary.
You've got to be so proactive in the way that you approach
learning vocabulary because there is so much to learn.
Start with what you really need and what you think you'll be
able to practise frequently, and then slowly expand
to things that you are less interested in
or less likely to use.
Aright, that is it for today's lesson.
I hope you enjoyed it and I really hope
you learned something.
Don't forget to check out the Lingoda Language Marathon.
The signup link is in the description box and you can use
my code speak1 to get a 100% discount on your entry fee.
And you can check out my social media.
I've got my Instagram,
I've got my Facebook, and I've got my Twitter.
And I shall see you soon for another lesson.
(blows kiss)
How to improve your speaking (grunts).
Why can't I get it?
In the previous for mangrage larathons.
So how can we pronoot, pronoove.
It's a pronunciation lesson.
And incorporate and integrate english into your day.
I'm just--
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