How to learn English idioms easily – Week 1

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Native English speakers learn idioms naturally even without noticing it. At first they just hear or read them. Then they gradually start using these idioms in their speaking and writing.

You, as an English learner, you have to avoid memorizing idioms.
Instead, you have to use new idioms on a regular basis and as often as possible.
Doing this, you are more likely going to integrate them in your vocabulary like native English speakers do.

 

7 New Idioms…

IM INTO music since the day my father gave me a brand new guitar.
( To be into something –> To be interested in)
It’s raining a lot. CHANCES ARE that we are going to stay at home all day.
(Chances are –> It is likely)
I want to FIGURE OUT a way to earn money because I want to buy a car.
(To figure out –> To find an answer to a problem)
HOLD YOUR HORSES! You can’t ask this girl for a date because she’s married!
(Hold your horses –> Wait! Hold on!)
Before giving back your exam to the teacher you have to DOUBLE CHECK your answers to avoid errors.
(To double check –> To check more than once something)
Stop complaining about everything! You are such a PAIN IN THE ASS.
(A pain in the ass –> An anoying thing or person)(Only used in informal language)
I was a good Basketball player. ACTUALLY I was the best player of my college team.
(Actually –> In fact)

 

How To Learn English Idioms Easily?

If you want to grow your English vocabulary, I recommend you to work whith these idioms for a while until you assimilate them.

Don’t memorize them. You’re going to forget them as soon as you try to memorize new ones. The worst way to learn new vocabulary is to write down endless lists of new words and then trying to memorize them one after another.

If you really want to learn English idioms easily I recommend you to:

  1. Check my new post with brand new idioms every week.
  2. For 7 days in a row, try to make sentences with every one of these 7 idioms once a day.
  3. Force yourself  to use them as much as possible whenever you have to speak or write in English.
  4. In a future come back randomly to any of these posts to review your idioms.

Doing that, instead of just memorizing these idioms, chances are that you are going to assimilate them and using them naturally whenever you speak or write in English.

 

And Remember These Idioms…

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It’s now time for you to learn English idioms!
Go ahead and enjoy them!!!

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How to master word stress

2/9 post of the series “The 9 basic pillars to speak English well

 
In English like in other languages you need to know how to stress words correctly.

Even if your English pronunciation is perfect, if you don’t master word stress, I can assure you that native English speakers are going to fight a lot in order to understand you.
In English there are no written accents in words (like you can find in other languages) and then you have to know or guess where to stress every word.

Let’s see how to stress words correctly…

How to master word stress

 

Why Is Word Stress So Important?

Before sharing with you some basic rules to help you master word stress, I want to make sure that you are really aware about how important is to stress words correctly in English.

Here is an example to show you that:

– Example 1:
Imagine that your pronunciation is not very good, but you stress words correctly like that…

“I woke up at seven because I wanted to arrive at the meeting on time. But sadly because of a traffic jam, I’m still driving.”

– Example 2:
Now imagine that your pronunciation is perfect, but you stress words incorrectly like that…

“I woke up at seven because I wanted to arrive at the meeting on time but sadly because of a traffic jam, I’m still driving.”

In the first example, as you stress words correctly, English speakers are going to understand you even if your pronunciation is not perfect.
But in the second example, I can guarantee you that it’s going to be very difficult to understand you because you stress words incorrectly, even if your pronunciation is good.
As you can see, it’s even difficult to read the second sentence because it doesn’t sound natural at all.

That being said, I think that if you didn’t, now you do agree with methat word stress is a must if you want to speak English well.

Let’s now take a look to some rules that are going to help you to stress words correctly.

 

How To Use These Rules?

In my humble opinion it doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to stress uncommon English words like the next ones…

  • Phlyarologist
  • Apanthropinization
  • Pseudisodomous

But in the other hand it does matter a lot to know how to stress basic and very common words like for example…

  • Phrasal verbs: Make up, Find out…
  • Compound words:  Hardware, Basketball…
  • Proper nouns: New York, North Dakota…
  • Abbreviations: FBI, CIA…

I’m going to share with you some of the most important rules about word stressing.
I don’t want you to learn these rules by heart. You just have to use them as a guide to improve how you stress words.
Use the next rules whenever you don’t know how to stress a particular word.

 

Basic Rules To Master Word Stress

Let’s see some basic rules that are going to help you to stress most words correctly…

1. Two syllable nouns, adjectives and adverbs
Rule: You usually stress the first syllable Examples: Teacher, Student, Sunday, Market, Paper, Brother, Sister
2. Two syllable verbs
Rule: You usually stress the last syllable
Examples:  To receive, To admit, To record, To relax
3. Compound noums
Rule: You usually stress the first word
Examples:  Seafood, Iceland, Classroom, Software, Homework, Football
4. Compound adjectives
Rule: You usually stress the second word
Examples:  Bad-tempered, Old-fashioned, hard-headed
5. Compound verbs
Rule: You usually stress the second word
Examples:  To understand, To overflow, To overlook
6. Phrasal verbs
Rule: You usually stress the second word (preposition)
Examples: To run out, To call off, To break down,  To wake up
7. 2 words proper noums
Rule: You usually stress the second word
Examples: New York, North Dakota,  Mr. Smith,
8. Abbreviations
Rule: You usually stress the last letter
Examples: FBI, CIA
…How to stress 3 or more syllable words
Let’s talk about how to stress these kind of words in an upcoming post…

 
Very important note
As you can see, I always say “You USUALLY stress…”.
I say “usually” because these rules don’t work for all 100% of the words,  but they work most of the times.

 

As Always…Exceptions To The Rules

At some time some doubts are going to show up…

– Doubt 1:
“George, you told me that two syllable nouns are stressed in the first syllable and I heard “record” instead of “record” can you explain that?”

Answer: Be careful with heteronyms. There are words that can be either a noun or a verb. When they are used as a noun you stress the first syllable. When they are used as a verb you stress the last syllable. Ex: “a record” (noun) and “to record” (verb)

 
– Doubt 2:
“George, you also told me that compound nouns are stressed  in the first word but I hear “ black bird” instead of “ Blackbird” can you explain me that too?”

Answer: Be careful with “compound nouns” versus “Adjective + Noun”. Compound nouns are stressed on the first word. But sometimes instead of a compound noun you have an adjective + noun. In this case you have to stress the noun.

Compound noun Adjective + Noun
The Whitehouse
(the house of the president of the US)
A white house
(a house that’s painted in white)
A Blackbird
(a specific genre of bird)
A black bird
(a bird with black feathers)
Slimboy
(someone’s nickname)
A slim boy
(a boy that is slim)

 

And Remember…

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What To Do Next…

The 9 basic pillars to speak English well
– How to master English pronunciation … Coming soon!
– How to master sentence stress … Coming soon!
– How to master the Schwa sound … Coming soon!
How to master English intonation
How to master connected speech
How to master English contractions
– How to master thought groups … Coming soon!
– How to master Word Ending pronunciation

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How to learn English vocabulary easily

If you are reading this post, chances are that you are really serious about improving your English.
Before starting to read this post I want you to promise that you are going to take action like I’m going to suggest you.

By only reading the post you are not going to improve your English that much.
But if you follow my advice, I can assure you that you are going to boost your English for good!

As you’re going to see, it isn’t that difficult to learn English vocabulary
 
How to learn English vocabulary drastically

 

How I’m Going To Learn English Vocabulary?

From the next 365 days…yes…I said for a WHOLE YEAR… I’m going to write a daily sentence using a new word or expression in order to learn English vocabulary.

Once a day I’m going to publish a sentence using brand new vocabulary at random including…

  • Expressions
  • Single words
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Idioms

I’m going to publish my work once a day, and you are going to be able to check it in…

My goal is not to memorize and endless list of new vocabulary. What I want is to use on a daily basis new words and expressions in order to add them to my English knowledge and use them whenever I speak or write.

Because of using new vocabulary on a regular basis, my “very basic” English is going to start sounding more “natural”, “genuine”, “authentic”, let’s say more “native”.

 

How You’re Going To Learn English Vocabulary?

If you also want to improve your English, it’s not enough if you read this post. It’s even not enough if you just check every now and then the sentences I’m going to publish.

You also have to write a sentence once a day!!!

From today, you are going to…

  1. Choose a new word or expression every day.
  2. Write down a sentence using it.
  3. Publish your sentence in any “Learn English Like Me” page (Twitter, Facebook or G+).
  4. I’m going to give you my feedback 😉

 

Making The Whole Thing A Little More Challenging

Apart from using a new word or expression every day, I‘ll alternate the use of different English tenses in order to improve them too.

When writing my daily sentence, I’m going to use the next tenses at random…

• Present simple
• Present continuous
• Past simple
• Past Continuous
• Present Perfect
• Present Perfect Continuous
• Future

A part from leaning new words and expressions I’m also going to work the English tenses.

If you want to learn more about how to master the English tenses I recommend you my post…The English tenses summary to make English easier

 

What Happens If We Make Mistakes?

Fell totally free to correct me if I make any mistake. I’m always very grateful when someone helps me to improve. Making mistakes and afterwards being aware of them is the sign that you are improving your English.

If you make any mistake while writing your own sentences, chances are that myself or someone else is going to help you to correct it.

Go ahead, it’s time to learn English vocabulary!

 

And Remember…

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– Are you going to use this strategy?
– How do you usually learn new vocabulary?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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