Accent tag videos Listening

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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How to speak English like a native

As I’m sharing with you in my series of posts “The 9 basic pillars to speak English well”, if you want to really improve your English speaking level, you have to work on your pronunciation, your intonation…among many others things.

But even when you master all that, if you want to reach the next speaking level, you still need something more…

It’s time for you to start using words and expressions that are going to make your English to sound better!

Let’s see how you can speak English like a native…

 
How to speak English like a native

To Speak Or Not To Speak English Like A Native

I bet that when you listen to native English speakers you’re able to catch words and expressions that make their English to sound more genuine, more real, more natural, more authentic…
These words and expressions are maybe not common in your native language or even don’t exist at all.

To show you what I’m talking about, let’s first build a basic sentence and then see how you can “dress” it in order to go from very basic English to a little more sophisticated English.

1. Basic English
“You canceled the weeding and I also think it was the best option. Don’t feel bad because it wasn’t your fault!”

2. A little more sophisticated English
“I totally agree with you about calling off the weeding. Actually you have to keep your chin up because you are not the one to blame!”

As you can see, While both sentences are grammatically correct and can be easily understood, there is a big difference between them:

  1. The first sentence sounds too basic or even a little clumsy.
  2. The second one sounds a lot more like a native English speaker’s sentence.

If you make the effort to add common words and expressions to your English, you are going to make a giant step toward speaking English like a native.

 

How You Can Speak English Like A Native

From now on, whenever you listen to an English speaker, you have to…

  1. Try to catch common words and expressions that you are not currently using.
  2. Write them down and keep them in a list.
  3. On a regular basis build your own sentences using them.
  4. Little by little try to use them whenever you are speaking to someone in English.

At first you’re going to feel your speaking unnatural, too fancy or even ridicule because you are not used to these words and expressions that are uncommon to you. But you have to keep using them until one day you won’t need to think about them anymore because they are going to be part of your speaking.

 

Someone Who Speak English Like A Native

I have been looking for a real example to show you how an English learner uses these words and expressions in a naturally.
I came across a very nice video on YouTube by a Girl called Theresa.

Before going any further, let me congratulate Theresa for her awesome video that radiates deep passion for learning new languages! She also shares very useful tips about how you can improve your English.

Coming back to our topic, through Theresa’s video on YouTube you can see how an English learner (like her) uses common English words and expressions in her speaking.
I guess that in the past she consciously made the effort to use these words and expressions. Because of that, nowadays she uses them without even thinking and as a result her English sounds so natural, so genuine..so awesome!!!

Let’s make a brief list of some of the words and expressions that make Theresa’s English sound so good!

  • A bit tricky, A little tricky
  • Totally
  • A bunch of
  • No way to
  • Kind of
  • Whatever
  • Actually
  • For, you know
  • Luckily
  • To be honest
  • Eventually
  • To double check
  • Once a day
  • First of all
  • Definitely
  • The older…the hardest
  • You DO need, you DO have
  • After all
  • Chances are
  • Obviously
  • Here is the good news
  • Personally
  • Suits you the best

She also uses phrasal verbs that are very common in English…

  • To go ahead
  • To look up
  • To write down
  • To get into
  • To figure out
  • To look up
  • To put out
  • To pick up
  • To came across

Now, try to picture Theresa making the same speech without using the words and expressions I listed above… It wouldn’t be so nice to listen to her, would it?
Those words and expressions make Theresa’s English to stand out.

I hope that now you totally agree with me that you do need to add this kind of words and expressions to your English too!!!

Let’s finish this post by congratulating both…

  1. Theresa…For her awesome video and English speaking level!
  2. You…Because from now on, you are going to use new words and expressions in order to speak English like a native!

 

And Remember…

How to speak English like a native_

– Are you going to use this strategy?
– Do you know any other tips to improve your speaking?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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Something that can help you to learn English faster

It’s basic to learn English through things that you really like and enjoy. Don’t waste your precious time with boring materials that don’t interest you.

When you are working through something that you like:

  • You enjoy while working.
  • Time seems to go by faster.
  • You improve a lot more because of your positive mindset towards what you do.
  • You want to keep working your English whenever possible.

I’m pretty sure that you agree with me. Being that said…

 

What Do You Have To Do To Learn English Faster

Something that can help you to learn English faster
From now on whenever you find SOMETHING that you really enjoy, you have to use it as much as possible to work your English with.

It’s like a little baby that plays and plays with his favorite toy until it breaks into pieces.

Your favorite toy is going to be a thing that you like very much and that you use it in order to improve your English.

Let’s see how to do that…

 

What Thing Can You Use To Learn English Faster

There are very particular and personal things that can help you a lot.

Your “Thing” to work your English through can be something that you…

  • Like
  • Enjoy
  • Are interest in
  • Are really curious about

Your “Thing” can be as an example a…

  • Book
  • Film
  • TV show
  • Topic you like
  • Hobby
  • Interest you have
  • Idea in your mind   (start a business, learn to play guitar)

 

How To Work With Your “Thing”

When you have your “Thing”, it’s time to work around it as much as possible.

Focus all your work around this thing that you like so much and work and improve your English around it.

You are going to work your Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing  skills around your thing.

 

As A Personal Example Of This Strategy

As an example, I really enjoyed reading the book The Da Vinci Code By Dan Brown.
A lot of people like it, a lot of people dislike it. Long story short: It’s a very entertaining book full of suspense.

As I liked a lot the book, I decided to go further around this material.

1. I then looked around and found a documentary in DVD about what was right and wrong inside “The Da Vinci code”. I watched the DVD many times, first with subtitles then without them.

2. Then I also looked for articles in the Internet about some topics inside the book. that I found very interesting.

3. After that I decided to listen to the The Da Vinci Code Audiobook. It was like reading the book twice, but this second time with my ears.
As it was the second time reading the book, it was pretty easy for me to follow what I was listening to.

4. I also looked for forums and groups in the Internet about the book and talk with other people that also liked or disliked the book.

5. I even end up with a new friend with whom we talk long hours about the book and then about a lot of different topics outside the book.

 
As a brief summary of all my work around the book I read:

Material

Skill that I worked

Book

Reading

DVD Documentary

Listening  /Reading

Audiobook

Listening

Articles in the Internet

Reading

Videos in Youtube

Listening /Reading

Forums and groups in the Internet

Reading / Writing

Virtual friend in the Internet

Reading / Writing /Listening / Speaking

As you can see you can do a lot of work around something that you really like.

 

Use This Same Strategy With Anything That You Like

For example if you are looking to start a new business then focus all the work to do in English:

  • Read books about the business.
  • Look for advice in the Internet.
  • Look for articles on blogs.
  • Watch videos in Youtube.
  • Talk to forums, groups and people in the sector.
  • And so on…but do all of these using the English language.

 

And Remember…

Something that can help you to learn English faster_
-What is your “thing”?
-What are you planning to improve your English through your “thing”?
-All you comments are very welcome!!!

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