Common mistakes non-natives make while speaking English (Updated!)

 

Common mistakes while English speaking

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

First and foremost, a very Happy New Year to all my dear readers.
“A New Year has tiptoed in.
Let’s go forward to meet it.
Let’s welcome the 365 days it brings.
Let’s live well with love in our hearts towards God and all people.
Let’s walk through its corridors with praise songs on our lips”

I know you had a blast (Click here!) partying on 31st.

And some are even partying today as well.

I am okay with whatever you are doing. After all, partying isn’t bad at all.

Have fun.

Have loads of fun but this time I would request you all to help some poor people around you or at least those who are in need. Trust me it will make your whole year full of joy and happiness and you will definitely have a skyrocketing (Click here!) career down the line.

I won’t take much of your time, so here is today’s post.

We all make mistakes and fail, it’s a part of learning process, be while speaking English or the first time you drove a bike. There is no problem if you make mistakes, the bottom line is to improve down the line (Click here!), so we never make those mistakes again.

So without further ado, let’s see some of the most common mistakes non-natives make while speaking and learn:

Collocations in Use

  •  “My grandparents grew me, I cannot even imagine a day without seeing them”, said Josh.
  • “My grandparents raised me, I cannot even imagine a day without seeing them”, said Josh.

 

  • “They are not real brothers; he is a long relative of Joseph.”
  •  “They are not real brothers; he is a distant relative of Joseph.”

 

  •  “Since he is an international cricketer now, he has to adjust with life surrounded by millions of fans.”
  • “Since he is an international cricketer now, he has to adjust to life surrounded by millions fans.”

 

  • “I don’t think Ben will be approved off in the final football trials”
  • “I don’t think Ben will be approved of in the final football trials”

 

  •  Emma arrived in my house with her mom to invite my family for the wedding ceremony.
  • Emma arrived at my house with her mom to invite my family for the wedding ceremony.

Note: We use ‘arrive at’ for a particular place. On the other hand we could have used ‘arrive in’, had it been a bigger place like country or city.

  •   “My little daughter is so afraid with these household lizards that she doesn’t even go to room alone”, said Susan.
  • “My little daughter is so afraid of these household lizards that she doesn’t even go to room alone”, said Susan.

 

  •  John is very dedicated with his football career, that he doesn’t even miss a single practice session.
  • John is very dedicated to his football career, that he doesn’t even miss a single practice session.

 

  •  The head coach consented with the team’s proposal of conducting extra practice sessions on weekends.
  • The head coach consented to the team’s proposal of conducting extra practice sessions on weekends.

Collocations in use (Updated part!)

  • As the population will increase, the unemployment will also increase.
  • Unemployment goes hand in hand with the growing population.

 

  • Before you give your final reaction I would like to tell you that it was not my mistake.
  • Before you jump to any conclusion, I would like to let you know that it wasn’t my fault.

 

  • The rumor about his affair with his co-worker was not at all accurate.
  • The rumor about his affair with his co-worker was wildly inaccurate.

 

  • I would like to give some suggestions to your brother so he can scale up his growth in his business.
  • I would like to make some suggestions to your brother so that he can scale up (Click here!) his growth in his business.

 

  • Thank you so much for setting up this event and doing these all arrangements.
  • Thank you so much for setting up (Click here!) this event and making these all arrangements.

 

  • I don’t think Joe will say any reason for his brother’s reaction to his boss.
  • I don’t think Joe will give any reason for his brother’s reaction to his boss.

 

  • The workers of his company made a strike due to less payment and no bonus.
  • The workers of his company went on a strike due to less payment and no bonus.

 

  • Though Ron earns money with which he can live, he always looks for new options to earn more.
  • Though Ron gets a living wage, he always looks for new options to earn more.

 

The sentences in red are either grammatically wrong or unnatural to say, while the sentences in green are correct and natural way to talk about a particular situation. So make sure you correct these mistakes if you are making any of them.

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Improve your vocabulary with these idioms

Improve your vocabulary with these idioms.

Hey there,Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

Context

Mrs. Watson (The class teacher) told a week ago that the school will be organizing a competition for acting and sports where there are going to be some big-shot personalities to judge and find out the real talent in us. I don’t know why, but when it comes to act and play, it is in my element.

For Joe (my close friend) it was definitely not an easy decision. He got nervous wreck (Click here!) fearing he might choke at the stage while performing. I encouraged him for a while, the next moment he was all ready, pumped up (Click here!) to take part in this competition.

Though I gave him much of the motivation so he takes part in the competition, but I really wanted that it should be his decision finally to perform at stage, so I asked him to sleep on it and then decide what he really wants to do.

I had to get to school earlier but since I slept in (Click here!), I got ready in few minutes, grabbed a bite to eat and reached the place.

The competition started and all performed as if they have been doing this for ages. Soon after the competition the results were announced which took us by surprise(surprised) when we heard that Joe won the competition. Though I did not win it, I was on cloud nine (Click here!) , maybe because one of my close friends has won it.

Idioms

Big-shot

big shot

Meaning

An important or famous person.

Example

  •  People making it to this award function are all big-shots.
  • You really don’t wanna mess with the director, he is a big-shot.

To be in one’s element

comfort

Meaning

It is used when you are completely comfortable doing something that comes very naturally.

Example

  • Doing cardio and stretches is in Ben’s element.
  • People don’t experience any adventure or fact when they try to be in their element.

Sleep on it

sleep on it

Meaning

It is used when you want the other person to think deeply about something and then give their final decision.

 Example

  • You are in anger now, sleep on it today and tell me your decision then.
  • I think you should sleep on it and then decide to quit or not, so you never regret it, after all not everyone gets to work here.

Note: It is said so because often times we react to someone/something in anger that we regret down the line. So there is a saying that if we sleep and then make a decision, it is in balanced state of mind because when something is important , making a decision after a good night sleep is a good decision.

Grab a bite to eat

grab a bite

Meaning

To get something to eat.

Example

  • Lemme grab something to eat and then we can go out.
  • Tony grabbed something to eat before office and went to his apartment right away (Click here!).

For ages

for ages

Meaning

From a long period of time.

Example

  • I have not tried basketball for ages.
  • I was surprised when a small kid performed at the event; it seemed he has been doing this for ages. 

Improve your English vocabulary with these idioms and make sure you make them your active vocabulary.

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Why you are not improving your fluency?

Why you are not improving your fluency?

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

I get tons of emails day in and out of people asking me about how to take their English speaking to a next level and I try to explain some of the points where they might be facing fluency issues and how they can get rid of those blunders they make each time they strike up their conversation.

Since I don’t know you personally, neither do I know how you study and your fluency level, so it becomes rock hard for me to figure out the lack in the process. Some even said that no matter how hard they try they will never improve. It made my heart cry to the worst that though I claim to provide you all as much as time you ask for, yet when I see some of you giving up, I wish I could sit beside you and help you figure out where your mistakes are, improve you and cheer you up.

So without further ado, let’s get down to the business and address this part “where 90% of us fail.”

Believe it or not the main problem lies in the your fanciness to speak like a pro.

Yes, you heard that right.

And please don’t get me wrong.

It happens with me too in the past where I made this mistake over and again trying to sound fancy whenever I got an opportunity to speak. Every time I heard a new phrasal verb or expression (let’s say-dime a dozen which means common) I used to write it down on a piece of paper and cram it up like a poem so that I could use the same word or phrase down the line when the situation arises which compliments the particular expression.

Did I rock my fluency?

Hell No!

“I literally choked when I tried to use the particular expression.”

You know why?

Answer: “I tried to sound fancy.”

I said, “Finding pizza on every bakery is… (I literally choked here) dime a dozen nowadays.”

And this all happened because there were two things going on:

1: Finding pizza on every bakery shop is quite common nowadays.

2: No! I have to use the phrase I learned as a substitute for quite common. I took a second and reminded what it was.

During this whole process I lost my flow, confidence and took a pause to think the right word which completely broke down my fluency and I did not know how to carry on my conversation further.

So make sure you do not do this make what 90% of the non-native English speakers do and so did I, in the past.

Learn what you hear for the sake of understanding everything you here but do not force yourself to use all those millions of expressions and phrasal verbs you here on TV series or movies.

Now don’t get me wrong thinking that I am stopping you from learning new vocabulary. I simply meant that don’t force yourself to speak those all expressions which you see natives doing in TV series or movies.

Let’s take an example: Suppose you are angry,so don’t make your active vocabulary complex by learning all the phrasal verbs and idioms which convey the same meaning anger. When you can say, “I am angry”, why do you wanna make it more complex by saying ” I am up in my arms.”

It just doesn’t make sense to me when the person is still learning basics. So learn to understand what the person in front said to you but don’t force your mind. Start with the basics and when you achieve some good fluency level, try adding these expressions to the sentences you speak but till then develop it first by speaking simple sentences and add more value to it after to can speak simple sentences.

So keep learning and improving but don’t try to be fancy every time you speak.

Till then, take care and?

Bye bye.

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How to learn Idioms and Phrasal verbs?

How to learn idioms and phrases?

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

I received an email yesterday from one of an active member of our blog who said-

“I really love your blog. The articles and your way of teaching is something that I dig a lot. In your recent blog about idioms you explained the idiom really well and I understood that as well, but I forgot it after two days. I would really love if you see this topic (how to learn) in your blog because if I am feeling this issue, it is possible that other people are also feeling the same- Pankaj, India”

Well…Thanks for the reply. Hopefully by the end of this bog post we will be able to make a difference and clear your doubt.

So without further ado, let get down to the business:

When was the last time you saw any interesting movie? I guess you still remember many of the dialogues from the movie.

You know why?

Reason- According to science anything seen or heard in context of something leaves a deep impact in our mind, hence it is easy for a person to relate each concept of what he saw or heard in the scenario down the line.

It is for this reason we try to find the most appropriate image according to that particular idiom, phrase or collocation so that it may help you create a link with that particular word and you remember better. Next thing is we first tell a short scenario where we use the particular idiom or phrase many a times so that you get used to the way it is used in sentences. There are many examples as well, which further clears your doubts regarding that particular idiom or phrase along with the normal sentence without the use of the idiom so that you understand where to substitute the particular given idiom or phrase.

But now, let me tell you something. Though we do our best to imprint the particular phrase or idiom in the minds of our reader, it is not sufficient yet. We do our 100 percent but we are not magicians. You also got to put in some extra effort to learn and go along with our course. Don’t worry we won’t ask much; rather just few minutes of your day complete you exercise.

EXERCISE?

Yes! You have to complete some exercise as well to improve and learn. So what you have to do is to read our blogs attentively and think of a context when you could use the particular given phrase. Use the comment box as your exercise sheet and write your own sentences using the given idiom or phrase. Next you have to open your mobile video recorder or your camera and think of a situation where you can use that particular idiom and try speaking a few sentences about the scenario using that idiom and see how you could say that better. I call this ‘The film technique’ which has tons of benefits if you notice. On the one hand it helps in your spoken English and building confidence while on the flipside it can be used to see how you can further improve and sound even more natural.

Moreover if you ever feel like you need help regarding this or a check whether you are speaking properly, don’t hesitate just send me your audio on- [email protected] and I will suggest you how you can say that better (since we get tons of emails, it is not possible to listen every audio and reply but we try our best).

So follow these techniques and you will notice a major change in you present scenario.

Till then take care and?

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Why English courses are not enough?

Why courses are not enough?

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A warm welcome again to your own home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary and lemme tell you one thing for sure, with no strings attached (Click here!)

It was about eight years back when I was trying to find some magical guidance online which will turn me to a fluent English speaker. I switched to one website claiming to have provided 100% fluency like a native with their high and mighty statements like- ‘Only 50 seats limited, apply soon’ or ‘10000 people joined, when are you?” and etc. I was on cloud-nine finding my dream site but the high prices on the other hand blew my mind. Moreover the contents or blogs were funneled to purchase one after the other products on and off their sites (affiliate sites I meant).

I knew switching sites won’t bear any fruits because I did not want to mess up the whole thing by applying parts of my learning from each site, so I remained to one at a time and whenever I switched to the other I completely followed the new instructions given by the new English teacher. I took many offline courses where teachers claimed to provide material as well as techniques for the betterment of my spoken English and vocabulary. The bottom line after taking each course was a feeling which said- “My English still had a room for an improvement (as if something was missing)”.

Now since I felt this issue doesn’t mean that I was not serious about improving my English skills or the courses were bad. I won’t say they were bad, but the data inside each course was not enough to make me a confident English speaker.

You know why?

Because English is a vast topic which any teacher cannot teach you within one course or an eBook.

It has vocabulary, collocations, idioms, phrases etc. where each topic in itself is so wide and important that each topic should be paid attention to. Hence I created ‘Your English Vocabulary’ where we will take you step by step from your present state to advanced level English learners and speakers.

I won’t be throwing one full course one at a time; rather we will be covering each part of every category one by one so as to make everything clear and root it deep in your mind. If we want we can throw all our courses up at once, but it will be all in vain because there is casual link between each category (idioms, phrasal verbs, collocations etc.) which we developed to implant the understanding deep in your minds naturally and painlessly.

Are you in for the English journey?

Ready and excited?

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What are you waiting for?

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How to start a conversation in English?

How to start a conversation in English?

Do you have difficulty while speaking English?

Are you the one who often steps back just because you don’t know what to say to the person in front?

If that’s you, I hope till the end of this page, I will be able to make a difference in your present scenario and you will be able to start a conversation with anyone- formal or informal, social gatherings, pub or at school.

So without further ado, let’s get down to the business:

  • Hi! What’s up? – It’s just an informal way of asking the person if anything happened since we last met.
  •  Hi! What’s new? – Same as above.
  • I wonder if we – this is hands-down the best phrase to strike the conversation with the person you might know but you have not spoken to him/her lately.
  •  What you have been lately – we use this phrase to inquire the person in front about what he has been doing lately.
  •  How are you getting on? – An alternative of saying ‘How are you?’
  •  You doing Ok? – We use this phrase to ask the person in front about the present condition if he has gone through some tough experience.
  •  Hey! Long time no see! – We use this phrase when we have not met the person in front for a long time.
  •  Hi! How is your day going? – It is often used in informal situations such as friends, family and colleague.
  •  Did you hear what happened…? – We use this phrase in informal situations relating to some incident that happened to strike up your conversation.
  •  How have you been? – Alternative phrase for ‘How are you?’
  •  I don’t think we have met before – we use this phrase to strike up a conversation with someone at a party. It is said something like this: “I don’t think we have met before- My name is Joe……..”
  •  “So from how long have you been following him/her?” – It is how a native will strike up a conversation in a concert or function.
  •  “I really loved the place, especially the food, drinks and all. What do you say?” – You can use this phrase to strike up a conversation with a stranger at a beach, new city or party.
  •  “It’s such a nice view, isn’t it?” – you must have understood when to use it.
  •  “This is my favorite song- I just love rock songs. What about you?” – Natives often use this phrase to strike up a conversation at a bar or a party.
  •  “I just love this player, I think his team is gonna win. What do you say?” – I still use the same phrase to strike conversation at a stadium during a match – Football, Cricket or Hockey.

The above phrases are some of the conversation starters which you may use to start your conversation with anyone. Tell me in the comment section below in case if I missed any.

Hope this article added some value to your vocabulary, so please share and subscribe for more of it.

I will get back to you with some more free content soon till then try to strike up your conversation using these phrases and see if you can.

I know you can.

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