Watch below as we work through this sentence:
"Some promises of bolstered IQ and enhanced brain function via specially-designed "brain games" have fizzled out."
This is a lesson I did with a student on reading an article from Forbes.com called Different Types of Meditation Change Different Areas of the Brain, Study Finds. In this lesson, we work on READING and PRONUNCIATION. Specifically, we work on the RHYTHM of how we use English. Notice her immediate progress when she uses these small details and techniques.
Watch below as we work through this sentence:
Describing clothes and using adjectives might seem like an easy and basic task on the surface- and it is- but it's not, at the same time. Of course you can describe your clothes, "I'm wearing blue jeans and a blue t-shirt." But there are plenty of vocabulary words to think about and learn when it comes to describing what you're wearing. This is part of my Clothes and Fashion class in my course Becoming More Confident Using Real English. If you're a Participating Member, you can take that course for free.
Try this exercise.
Look at this picture of my daughter last year on her first day of school. How would you describe her clothes to somebody who can't see the picture. Get as detailed as possible.
She's wearing a red, short-sleeved, collared shirt. The collar has a white and a dark blue stripe; the end of the sleeves also have the same white and blue stripe. There is an insignia, probably of the school logo, on the left side of her chest over the heart. She also has dark blue shorts on with a thin red stripe going down the side. On her feet, she's got white velcro shoes with a black logo on the side that looks like an arrow. One of the velcro buckles is undone.
Video Lesson (Part 1)
Video Lesson (Part 2)
Did you know that there is a specific order we normally put our adjective in English? Most native speakers don't know that, but we know when something sounds a bit off when we hear it. In the example above, if I said, "She's wearing a collared, short-sleeved, red shirt." It wouldn't sound quite right. Let's look at the adjective order. (NOTE: I don't recommend MEMORIZING the order of adjectives. As I said, most native speakers don't know that. Just be aware that there is an order, and learn little-by-little what sounds right.)
big old wool pink black 30-year old solid (color) checkered striped short new polka-dotted Italian short-sleeved baggy tight button-down nice denim round
shiny plain plastic leather long casual cotton Japanese formal cape loose-fitting
What are they wearing?
How would you describe what the following people are wearing? Write down a brief description for each photo and share it with us on Facebook or in our live lesson.
5. What are they wearing? (Include which picture you're describing)
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Are spoken and written English different? Short answer, YES.
I've recently received a question on my Facebook page about the difference between spoken and written English. That's what we're going to look at in this live lesson. I also assigned an assignment on Facebook for students to do and send in. The assignment is:
Describe a film that you have recently seen. You should say:
what the film was
when and where you saw it
what the film was about
and explain how you felt about this film.
Write 1 or 2 paragraphs discussing this question. This is an IELTS Speaking-type question, so feel free to write in spoken English style.
Spoken vs. Written English
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(White and Blue Belt Lesson)
Most of our language starts here. This class is created to help you be able to introduce yourself in English. You aren’t to only say who you are and where you’re from. I want more than that. I want you to talk about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your hobbies and interests? What are your dreams? Use this target language to be able to introduce yourself with more detail.
By the end of the class, you will have:
Difficulty: White Belt and above
Model: Introduce Myself
MODEL : Introduce Myself
Hi, I am Jesse Sweed. I’m originally from the US, and I am 38 years old. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but I’ve also lived in South Korea and currently live in Spain. I have been an English teacher since 2006, and I’m the founder of Sweed Academy.
Let me talk about some of my interests. Of course, I love the creative process of creating videos, courses, and other ways to help people learn. Not only professionally, but this applies to parenting as well. It helps me think of fun ways to help my kids grow and learn. I enjoy the process of taking something from nothing to a finished product.
Aside from video and course creation, I’ve also studied and trained various martial arts for most of my life. I started wrestling at nine years old, and then I started taekwondo when I was about twelve years old and trained until I became a black belt, and then started teaching. In my adult years, I started training kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, and I’ve even started practicing yoga. I love jiu-jitsu, which is a martial art that I would recommend to anybody, especially girls and women for self-defense and confidence.
Between fathering and working, I don’t have much time for hobbies. I am a husband and a father of two children. I have a daughter who is 2 ½ years old and a son who is only 3 months old. I enjoy being a father more than I ever imagined I would, and I can’t really put into words how it feels, but it’s wonderful.
This is me, now I’d like to hear about you. Tell me about anything about yourself that you’d like. Tell me about where you live, what you like to do, your family, your friends, your dreams, or anything else you’d like to share. I look forward to meeting you!
Take notes about the following words so you can understand the meaning. Use context, dictionary definitions, synonyms, explanations, example sentences, pictures, or any other creative way to learn the new words and phrases. NOTE: Please do NOT use your language to understand the concept.
Originally (adv.) – Used to talk about the first place something happened.
The founder of (n)
Father (n) (v)
Fluency Builders and Expressions
These expressions will help you sound more fluent. Brainstorm and see how you can use these in your presentation.
To be born and raised -
To take something from ____ to ____.
Let’s talk about ____ -
Aside from ____ -
I don’t have much time for… -
Two years apart
By the time…
As I said before…
Past simple and Present perfect are used to talk about the past, but they are often confused by students. Here are some tricks that may help you.
Something in a specific time in the past.
I started wrestling at nine years old, and then I started taekwondo when I was about twelve years old.
Abstract things in the past
I’ve also lived in South Korea and currently live in Spain.
or something that starts in the past and continues to present.
I’ve also studied and trained various martial arts for most of my life.
FOR and SINCE
For – talk about the DURATION of an action
Since – talk about the START of an action
I’ve worked as an English teacher for 12 years.
I’ve worked as an English teacher since 2006.
Use these grammar forms to outline your introduction. You can certainly use both to talk about your past.
Your Task : Introduce Yourself
Now it’s your turn to introduce yourself. Use these fluency builders and forms of past simple and present perfect to give a proper introduction of yourself. Share your introduction with me on Facebook or in class.
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