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Go Natural English helps you improve your English listening skills and fluency. The podcast will benefit intermediate to advanced learners most. Your English will benefit from language learning strategies that work, vocabulary and idioms, expressions, and phrasal verbs and how to make small talk and real conversation in American English. Learn special tips on American culture, how to listen to and speak with Americans. Join Gabby and the Go Natural English community to learn to speak American English like a fluent native!
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"In" is basically within, inside a container or box, maybe an enclosed space but not necessarily. "On" is related to surfaces. You can use "in" or "on" in the same sentence, but the meaning would change.
I’ve noticed that there are 2 very different ways of learning: 1 for school and 1 for real life. They keep you from speaking English, because you aren’t required to apply it in real life in order to be rewarded. Our whole education system, for the most part, is broken because we have been taught to memorize and not apply concepts in real life. “Studying” English, in the traditional sense of the word, is the antithesis of speaking English. Let’s talk about the difference between studying and learning and speaking English “To study” means to read about it. To memorize lists of vocabulary words. It means you relegate the subject to study sessions, blocks of time when you might sit quietly at home in your room or maybe a desk at the library. Where does this get you? Maybe it gets you a better grade in your class if you have a quiz on vocabulary or grammar. Maybe it makes you feel better in the short-term because you don’t have to take any risks, like being embarrassed of the way you speak. It’s so nice to stay in your comfort zone of studying the way you’ve always studied, but to really speak English, you need to get out of your comfort zone. When we are babies, we do not “study” English or our native language, yet we manage to learn to speak it! Now, studying English can accelerate your language learning, but to really speak you have to use it in the real world. Learning English is not simply memorizing information or learning about the language, it is using it. Learning English comes from making mistakes, correcting, and moving forward. If you want to speak English, you’d better stop focusing your time solely on memorizing and reading about it, and start doing it.
See the summary and the video here: https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/regional-american-english-accents/ SUMMARY OF REGIONAL AMERICAN ENGLISH ACCENTS There are around 160 recognized dialects of the English language, or regional accents. These terms are often used interchangeably. Even if you’re really into accents, it would probably be impossible to learn them all. Even native speakers can’t understand them all. For example, it’s very difficult for us American English speakers to understand Scottish English speakers! Join our American English Pronunciation course to improve your accent now. (https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/pronunciation-course/) AMERICAN ENGLISH ACCENTS: THE 4 MOST COMMON ONES If you travel around the US, you will encounter different American English accents. In this lesson we will look at 4 of the most common accents:  Southern, New England, New York City, & Midwestern. Remember, these are general accent regions.  Even within these regions there are smaller subdivision of accents!  Hale is from the South so this is the accent he is most familiar with. In this lesson, our English teacher Hale shares clips from American TV shows that feature the US Southern Accent: -Designing Women -The Help -King of the Hill Next, let’s look at the New England American English accent. The most famous version is the Boston accent. In this lesson, you can see examples from the video clips: -The Heat -The fighter -Good Will Hunting New York City is not too far from New England, but the accent is a bit different. Within New York City, there are even distinctive accents in different neighborhoods (Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn). Check out the clips from: -Rosie Perez -Raging Bull -Seinfeld Finally, let’s look at the Midwest. This is often considered where “standard” American English comes from. However, there are variations from speakers in Minnesota and the Dakotas that are definitely something different. Check out the clips in the lesson from the shows and movies: -Making a Murderer -Drop Dead Gorgeous -Fargo In conclusion, if you want to develop a specific regional accent, you’ll really need to find a teacher from that region or go there to get immersed in the dialect! In general though, it’s not necessary to become an expert in a regional dialect. It’s probably more sensible to learn “standard” American English, which is the accent you hear most news reporters, journalists or other nation-wide broadcasting professionals using. Pro Tip 1: Understand that there are four major regional dialects in the United States, each with different accents Pro Tip 2: Learn standard American English, not just one regional accent. Pro Tip 3: As you advance in your listening skills, if you want a challenge start watching TV shows and movies that feature regional accents. Pro Tip 4: Improve your standard American accent using our Pronunciation course(https://www.gonaturalenglish.com/pronunciation-course/)
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How do you form the third conditional tense in English? The third conditional requires us to construct a sentence in two parts. We make the third conditional by using ‘if,’ the past perfect form of the verb in the first part of the sentence and then ‘would have’ and the past participle the second part of the sentence: if + past perfect, …would + have + past participle It talks about the past. It’s used to describe a situation that didn’t happen, and to imagine the result of this situation. If he had studied, he would have passed the exam (but, really we know he didn’t study and therefore he didn’t pass) If I hadn’t spent so much money in my 20’s, I wouldn’t have been poor in my 30’s (but I did spend a lot, and so I did become poor). If we had taken the subway, we wouldn’t have missed the plane (but we did not take the subway, and we did miss the plane) I wouldn’t have been tired if I had gone to bed earlier (but I was tired because I did not go to bed earlier) I would have become a lawyer if I had followed my parents’ wishes (but I did not become a lawyer and did not follow my parents’ wishes) He would not have felt sick if he had not eaten the questionable street food (but he did eat the questionable street food and so he felt sick) I hope that these examples help. If you have questions, comments, or would like to try your own examples, leave a comment on the blog post at https://gonaturalenglish.com/third-conditional
Second conditional English grammar can help you to create more complex expressions. Improve your fluency and sophistication in English! How do you form the second conditional tense in English? Did you know there are three uses for it? The second conditional requires us to construct a sentence in two parts. The second conditional uses if then the past simple tense then ‘would’ and the infinitive: if + past simple, …would + infinitive (It is considered most correct to use ‘were’ instead of ‘was’ with ‘I’ and ‘he/she/it’. However, native speakers often say ‘was.’). The second conditional tense has three uses. SECOND CONDITIONAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR FOR FUTURE IMPROBABILITY First, we can use it to talk about things in the future that are probably not going to be true. It is unlikely but not entirely impossible. Maybe there is a 1% chance. For example, you want to talk about a dream you’re imagining. If I won the lottery, I would buy a big house. (I probably won’t win the lottery) He would travel all over the world if he were rich. (He is not rich, so he doesn’t travel the world) She would pass the exam if she studied. (She does not study much, so this won’t happen) If I had a million dollars, I would invest it wisely to make it last a long time! SECOND CONDITIONAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR FOR PRESENT IMPOSSIBILITY Second, we can use it to talk about something in the present which is impossible, because it’s not true. Let’s take a look at some examples to clarify: If I had his number, I would call him. (I don’t have his number now, so it’s impossible for me to call him). You would have more money if you did not spend it all on silly things. If she had more free time, she would cook all her meals at home. SECOND CONDITIONAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR FOR SUGGESTIONS AND OPINIONS Third, we can use the second conditional to express our opinions – to give advice, suggestions and recommendations. If I were you, I would not do business with that man. I would study harder if I were you. If I *was you, I would buy some new socks. Remember that the correct formation of the second conditional uses “were.” However, also remember that many native speakers use “was” instead. How is this different from the first conditional? This kind of conditional sentence is different from the first conditional because this is a lot more unlikely. For example (second conditional): If I had enough money, I would buy a nice house by the ocean (I’m probably not going to have this much money anytime soon, it’s just a dream, not very real for now at least) But (first conditional): If I have enough money, I’ll buy some new shoes (It’s much more likely that I’ll have enough money to buy some shoes)
THE FIRST CONDITIONAL Would you like to make longer sentences? Using the conditional tenses can help you to express logical ideas and sound more fluent in your speaking. So, how do you form the first conditional grammar tense in English? This tense requires us to construct a sentence in two parts. It is created with “if” then the present simple tense, after which comes the future simple plus the infinitive: if + present simple, … will + infinitive So, this tense is used to talk about things which might possibly happen in the future. Of course, we can’t always know what will happen in the future. However, this describes possible things, which could easily come true. If it rains, I won’t go to the beach. I‘ll go to the party tomorrow if I study today, If I have enough money, I‘ll buy the concert tickets. He will be late if traffic is bad. She will fail the test if she does not study. If I see her, I‘ll tell her. FIRST VS. ZERO CONDITIONAL: The 1st conditional describes a specific situation, whereas the zero conditional describes what happens in general. The zero conditional is for general facts and the first conditional is for your personal life or specific cases. For example (zero conditional): if you eat too much, you gain weight (in general, people who overeat will become fat). But (1st conditional): if you eat too much, you will gain weight (specifically I’m talking about today and your situation). First vs. Second Conditional The first conditional describes things that I think are likely to happen in the future, whereas the second conditional talks about things that I don’t think will really happen. It’s subjective; it depends on my point of view. For example (1st conditional): If she studies harder, she’ll pass the exam (I think it’s possible she will study harder and so she’ll pass) But (second conditional): If she studied harder, she would pass the exam (I think that she won’t study harder, or it’s very unlikely, and so she won’t pass)
Using the zero conditional English grammar tense is a good way to improve your English, make longer sentences, and speak more like a native. How do you form the zero conditional tense in English? It requires us to construct a sentence in two parts. We can make a zero conditional sentence with two present simple verbs — one in the ‘if clause’ and one in the ‘main clause’: If / when + present simple base verb, …. present simple base verb. You can also think of it this way: — IF this, THEN that. This tense is used when the result will generally always happen. So, if water reaches 100 degrees, it always boils. It’s a fact. The result of the ‘if clause’ is always the main clause. However, we can create sentences in either order: — If + present simple, … present simple OR — Present simple… if + present simple. Notice in the second example, we don’t need a comma to separate the two parts of the sentence but in the first one we do. The ‘if’ in this conditional can usually be replaced by ‘when’ without changing the meaning. For example: If water reaches 100 degrees, it boils. (It is always true, there can’t be a different result sometimes). If I drink milk, I feel very sick. (This is true only for me, maybe, not for everyone, but it’s still true that I’m sick every time I drink milk). Also, here are some more examples of the zero conditional English grammar tense: If you eat too much, you gain weight. If you go swimming, you get wet. If ice melts, it becomes water. Register for my Complete English Course, Fluent Communication, at https://gonaturalenglish.com/course Next episode, you will get this English tip about the first conditional to learn about the difference between the first and the zero conditionals. The first conditional is about a specific situation, but the zero conditional tense is talking in general.
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Parsa Khayatzadeh

oh my god look who I saw! Gaby you're here! Im Parsa and I'm your big podcast subscriber, so surprised too see ya here! how you are doing? everything all right? is Portuguese goin well?

Sep 2nd
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Soroush325

why this not speak?

Aug 26th
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보스턴피플

Soroush325 i have no idea

Aug 27th
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Mahdi

Hi I listened to your podcasts. Actually they were so much amazing and i enjoyed too much. Im so glad that i found you here. what you say here is what i was looking for. I feel really nice when im listening to what youre saying. Im a fan of you. Thanks so much for everything you teach. 😊🙏🙏👍👍

Aug 9th
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Ana Abreu

you should try series, like Friends or how i met your mother

Aug 7th
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ali gh

also illustrate some ielts speaking mistakes. tnx

Aug 3rd
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Maaz Rahman

LOL, WTF?

Jul 22nd
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ED

I like your podcast tks for aid us.

Jul 17th
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Arjun Singh

ED 😂

Jul 17th
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is not useful, too much ADs

Jul 13th
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Fatemeh Taheri

Hi Gaby, If I see you, I will tell U how much I am lucky to find your podcasts!!! I feel confident listening to them. I am persian and I am going to apply in US universities. So I have TOEFL & GRE exams in near future. Now I'm preparing for them and besides improving my street speaking skills... just because you say to comment i did it. it is my first time :))

Jul 7th
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Victor Heofacker

Fatemeh Taheri 98

Jul 10th
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SPACE ROOM

I love your podcast Gabbys you made part of my studies love you

May 31st
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Huawei Hi

No sound

May 22nd
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khorshid ataee

Huawei Hi Exactelllly😐

Jun 2nd
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Orion Cheng

you are right.the most important thing is the action.

May 19th
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Rose Bela Nogueira

Hello! This is my first time here. I'm Brazilian. After installing this application, I've realized that my listening skills have been improved. I could understand everything you said. I've just practiced some listening. The same applies to speaking. I couldn't agree with you more. If I speak English every day, I'll be fluent faster. Thanks for the tips. If I saw you walking down the street, I'd tell you I could help you to practice Portuguese and you could help me to practice English. Would you chat with me? " Ei baiana Ei, ei, ei, baiana, baianinha! "

May 19th
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HakeemCast

You Rock!

May 17th
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Mohamad Fakhar

Gabbie you're great. Thank you so much from Iran😊🙏🏻

May 10th
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peter zuo

I like this episode

May 3rd
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Raphael Marinho Araujo

I really would like to be like Yoda if you were refering to his knowlodge. lol

Apr 17th
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Tiago Guardia

very good!

Apr 5th
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Raphael Mamedov

I'm going to move in USA in 2021 from Russia)

Mar 23rd
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Rafael Murta

Welcome to Brazil! Hope you enjoy.

Mar 15th
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