Do you know that an average English text in more than 80% consists of the 1000 most common words? It means knowing these words you already know 8-9 words in every 10 words! And the remaining one or two are often quite easy to guess from the context.
The best part is that you can learn these 1000 words in 30 days spending only 20-30 minutes a day, completly for free. And with minimal effort you will never forget them!
How to learn these popular English words easilly?
Just go to http://vocapp.com/course/63-top-1000-english-words and join the course. read more
It doesn’t matter if you have talent for learning or not.
What matters is the right method.
Are you familiar with good old paper flashcards?
They were quite nice. But in 2014 we can do much better:)
Flashcards on your smartphone with spaced-repetition system
+ MP3 pronunciation + examples + images
= super easy & efficient way of learning. Try it out for free.
Multi-sensory input and repetition system make a difference!
Get it from Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.vocapp) read more
“Every American child should grow up knowing a second language, preferably English. “
— Mignon McLaughlin
I don’t even know his name but he looks very familiar to me – good old Hagrid from Harry Potter? Robin Williams from Good Will Hunting? Robinson Crusoe? John the Baptist? Karl Marx? Fidel Castro?
But the name really doesn’t matter. So what matters? His brilliant teaching skills, sense of humor, nice stories and perfect British accent. And what is the most impressive — except his beard — is his consistency. He publishes at least one new video every day (from hospital, his forest, kitchen, pub, bathroom…). He has already published more than 2,500 videos for 3 years. read more
Ted.com is a website with more then 1,700 talks (i.e. videos with speeches in English) available for free.
- The talks regard quite interesting subjects (technology, science, business, trends, medicine, psychology).
- A lot of great speakers (e.g. Nobel Prize Winners or Google founders) give their presentations.
- You have a chance to learn a great variety of accents (speakers come from various countries, their age and sex vary).
- English transcriptions and subtitles are available.
- Transcriptions in other languages (than English) may be helpful for beginners.
- The presentations are short (about 10 minutes).
- Watching the videos is for free.
- New videos are uploaded every week.
At the age of 21 he spoke English only and was quite sure he couldn’t learn any foreign language. Now he speaks more than 10 languages, including Mandarin Chinese.
“A different language is a different vision of life.”
— Federico Fellini
All we know what flashcards are (if you don’t, read this), but the number of people who know how to effectively learn with them is much smaller. So let’s have a look on some points.
Spaced Repetition System
No more single words
Sound makes a difference
Although the recipe for success is relatively easy, not everyone might be determined enough. The good news is that virtually everyone may reduce their non-native accent after a month. And that without leaving home.
To start with, it will be helpful if you realise 3 facts:
- English sounds are different than sounds in your language
- the English language has its own melody
- the pronunciation of the entire sentence differs from the pronunciation of words said separately
Bearing that in mind, I provide you with a few ideas which will enable you to improve your pronunciation up to the level where you will not sound “non-native” in English anymore.
1. Vowels & consonants
In English vowels are often strongly reduced, consonants, however, are pronounced quite clearly – try to speak exactly like that 🙂 read more