The language of lying

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Let’s face it: people lie. They lie to each other and to themselves. Is there a deeper reason why they do it?

We hear about 10 to 200 lies a day. We’ve spent much of our history coming up with ways to detect these lies, but all these methods have proved unreliable. Watch this video that illustrates how we might use communications science to analyze the lies themselves.

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Reported speech

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This time we are considering a really important grammar point in English: reported speech, also called indirect speech. But, how and why do we use it?

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Chunks

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Today I am bringing the topic: chunks of language. But what do they mean?

Really simple to explain: a chunk of language is a sequence of words that native speakers of a language feel is the natural and best way of expressing something.

Here you go some chunks in the videos below. Keep in mind there are several examples in the English language, and that the best way to learn them effectively is to read, listen… I mean, to get in touch with them as much as you can!

See how it becomes natural after a while? Please, leave a sentence in the comments section using one or more chunks!

Off we go!!! 😉

 

Understand phone conversations in English

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How are you doing this afternoon? This lesson is going to help us a lot!

If you get nervous about having conversations over the phone in English, you are not alone… (Actually, I would say this explanation is also highly valuable for conversations in person.) This is a common challenge all people face while getting confidence in learning a new language.  Continue reading

Indirect questions

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Now is the time to learn a bit more about Indirect Questions or Embedded Questions.

There are two kinds of questions in English – direct and indirect. We use indirect questions if we want to sound more formal or polite, especially when we are talking to people we don’t know.

When we create indirect questions, we use introductory phrases such as:

Can/could you tell/show me …? / Do you know …? / Would you mind telling/showing me …? / Have you any idea …? / I wonder … / I wonder if you would mind telling/showing me …?

Examples:

1) (direct question) What time is it?

(indirect question) Could you tell me what time it is?

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English does not make sense!

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You might be surprised by the title of this post and I confess: me too! This morning, while I was checking the news on Engvid’s Facebook page, this was their latest post and I got myself reflecting on how it is challenging to study and get fluent in any additional language.

As our choice is for English, watch here Ronnie’s latest lesson showing some words and expressions that just do not make sense and take the quiz here after watching it.

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Perfect tenses

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Now we will talk about the Perfect Tenses. We will examine their use in both the simple and continuous aspects – past, present and future forms.

In grammatical terms, perfect tenses are used to refer to completed or ongoing events. Let’s learn a little more from these videos: Continue reading

Inversions

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How are you doing this afternoon? (I am enjoying a really nice rainy and chilly day 😉 )

The grammar topic I am bringing into appreciation today is Inversions. Basically, we use them to increase the level of:

1) Formality

2) Drama

3) Emphasis

They are generally used to stress the uniqueness of an event and begin with a negative.

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