Accent tag videos

Accent tag videos to improve your speaking

While trying to improve my English accent I came across a very useful resource that you can also benefit from.
I want to introduce you to the Accent tag videos
 
Accent tag videos
 

What Are The Accent Tag Videos?

The “Accent tag” is a way to group videos where English speakers show how their accents sound.

In these videos, English speakers show how their English accent is by:
Reading a list of given words.
Answering to some given questions.
Reading a passage of a book.
Talking about anything they like.

The accent tag videos are indeed a very useful resource. Plenty of different English accents ready for you to be checked out!

 

Where To Find Accent Tag Videos?

Here are some links to Accent tag videos:
Accent Tag: British accent
Accent Tag: American accent
Accent Tag: Australian accent
Accent Tag: New Zeland accent

You can find more videos like these looking up at “Accent tag videos” on:
Google
YouTube
Tumblr

 

Why Are Accent Tag Videos So Valuable?

This kind of videos are a tailor made resource if you want to improve:

Your Listening skill:
Because they are going to help you to train your ear to different English accents.

Your Speaking skill:
Because they are a very good resource in order to find your specific English accent reference.Read more about that in my post: How to improve your English accent faster.

Now, is time for you to check out all these videos!

 
Which English accent do you like best?
Which one you don’t like at all?
Would you like to recommend us any other good Accent tag videos?
All your comments are very welcome!!!

 

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The English tenses summary to make English easier

The English tenses summary you are going to find in this post is mean for English learners that want to understand how to use, and clearly differentiate, the different English tenses.

If you have difficulties to feel the meaning of every tense, then this post is for you!

That being said, this English tenses summary is not an extensive one.
I just want to emphasize on the most common tenses. The ones that you are going to use most often in every day conversations.
 
The English tenses summary to make English easier

English Tenses Summary

 

Let’s take a look at the English tenses summary…

Example

Tense

I play tennis every weekend. Present Simple
You use it to talk about things that you usually do like for example habits.
am currently playing tennis and I can’t answer the phone. Present continuous
You use it to talk about things that you are currently doing right now while talking.
I played tennis in school when I was a child. Simple past
You use it to talk about things that happened in the past and are now finished.
I was playing tennis when it started to rain. Past continuous
You use it to talk about things you were currently doing in the past (playing tennis) while something else happened (started to rain).
I have played tennis too much and now I feel exhausted. Present perfect
You use it to talk about things that happened in the recent past and are connected to the present.
You want to emphasize the result of the action or that the action is completed.
I have been playing tennis all day long. Present Perfect Continuous
You use it to talk about things that happened in the recent past and are still happening now.
You want to emphasize the duration of the action.
will play tennis if I find a partner. Future Simple
You use it to talk about things that you think will occur in the future.

 

Some More Examples…

I’m going to share with you 3 others examples of an English tenses summary to help you.

First Example…

Example

Tense

She never cries. Present Simple
She is crying because you shouted at her. Present continuous
She cried when her boyfriend left her. Simple past
She was crying when I saw her. Past continuous
She has cried a lot but she now feels better. Present perfect
She has been crying since she lost her dog. Present Perfect Continuous
She will cry if she doesn’t find a job. Future Simple

 Second Example…

Example

Tense

It rains everyday in my city. Present Simple
It is raining now,  we can’t go out. Present continuous
It rained all day on my last birthday. Simple past
It was raining when you asked me to go out. Past continuous
It has rained a lot this summer. Present perfect
It has been raining all morning. Present Perfect Continuous
It will rain next weekend if the weather doesn’t change. Future Simple

 Third Example…

Example

Tense

They build houses because they are architects. Present Simple
They are currently building a house next to mine. Present continuous
They built their own house 10 years ago. Simple past
They were building their own house when I met them for the first time. Past continuous
They have built houses all over the country. Present perfect
They have been building houses for more than 10 years now. Present Perfect Continuous
They will build a house for my parents next year. Future Simple

 

How To Master The English Tenses…

As an exercise to help you master these tenses I recommend you to do this:

  1. Choose a subject (For example I, my girlfriend, he, your father, his dog, Paul…).
  2. Choose a verb.
  3. Write down or say aloud a sentence for everyone of the 7 tenses I talk about in this English tenses summary.

Do this exercise in a very regular basis until you feel comfortable using the different tenses both when speaking and writing.

Try also to analyze how other people use tenses while you listen or read. It’s going to help you a lot!

Special note:
Just be aware that among other rules, it’s not correct to use some verbs in the continuous tenses.
Example:

  • “I like cookies” is correct.
  • I’m liking cookies” is incorrect.

This happens with verbs about a mental state like for example “Love”, “Like”, ”Hate”… They are not usually used in continuous tenses.
In opposition, “action verbs” like for example “Run”, ”Shout”, “Walk”, ”Work” are commonly used in continuous tenses.
But please, don’t bother too much about that.

 

And Remember…

The English tenses summary to make English easier_
– Are you going to use this English tenses summary?
– How do you usually work English tenses?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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What skill to prioritize when you don’t have enough…

You often don’t have all the free time you would like in order to improve your English.
Because of this lack of time you then have to prioritize.

If you usually read my posts, you are going to be aware that I always recommend you to work the four basic skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking & Writing.

Then the question that arouses is…
What skill to prioritize when you are very busy and almost don’t have time to learn English?

 
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What Skill Do You Have To Prioritize?

If you don’t have a lot of time, the skill you have to prioritize is…
Wait for it…your Listening skill!
I bet that you already knew that.

But… Why to prioritize your Listening skill and not another one?
Concentrating in your Listening skill is going to give you a very good English basis.
It’s like Reading; that shows you how English is, but even better because you also learn how it sounds.

 

Think About Children…

Children “concentrate” in their Listening skill during their first years of life. After that they start to “work” their Speaking skill. And finally they are going to learn how to read and write.
As you can see Listening is the pillar of the language learning process of a child. And it can be your pillar too.

Don’t feel worried because for a period of time you are only working your Listening skill. If you are improving your Listening your three others skills are also going to improve because they are all four intertwined.

But remember that someday or another you have to come back to work all four basic skills. This is only a strategy to use scarcely.

 

An Important Characteristic Of Listening

You can work your Listening skill while doing other things. This is an important characteristic to keep in mind and always use it in busy periods of your life.
You maybe don’t have time to seat and read a book but in the other hand you can listen, for example, to your favorite podcast while doing your daily chores.

 

My Personal Experience

Every now and then, when I have a very busy week or month, I just forget about my Reading, Speaking & Writing skills and I only concentrate on my Listening skill. This is a good solution for busy periods in my daily life but I try to use this strategy scarcely.

One mistake that I made:
It was easier for me to work my Listening skill than my Speaking skill because it was difficult for me to find someone to talk to. Then I end up with a pretty good Listening level and a very bad Speaking level. Don’t make this same mistake too!

That’s why you have to keep in mind that…
You have to work all your 4 basic skills!
Moreover:
-Don’t never leave aside the skills you are not good or the more difficult ones.
-Don’t only work the skills you are good at.

 

And Remember…

What skill to prioritize when you don’t have time to improve your English_

 
-Are you prioritizing your Listening skill?
-How do you like to work your Listening skill?
-All your comments are very welcome!!!

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