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Learn English meaning of celebrity gossip – Celebrity Gossip

Jessica:  I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I have a really odd guilty pleasure.

Marni:  What is it?

Jessica:  I am obsessed with tabloids.

Marni:  What?

Jessica:  I just love celebrity gossip. I know it’s probably trash to a lot of people. But I just love it.

Marni:  It just seems so mindless. I just don’t understand why you’d be so interested in the lives of people you don’t know. There are so many more important issues in the world today like famine, and war, and climate change. Really, celebrity gossip, Jessica?

Jessica:  I know. It’s a strange obsession with pop culture. I am obsessed with the news, too. But I do like the mindless celebrity gossip now and then.

Marni:  Well, I guess we all need our little mental breaks.

Jessica:  Yes, exactly. Thanks for understanding.

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Learn English Tenses: PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS · engVid

Learn English Tenses: PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS

Test your understanding of this English lesson

Which is correct?
They __________ in this department since January.
She’s been trying to reach you __________ 2:00. Please call her right away.
Which is correct?
__________ for a job?
She __________ to school.
Which is correct?
"How long have they been waiting for us?"
We’re tired now. We __________ all day.

20 Comments on “Learn English Tenses: PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS”

Great approach! I have been improving since I started watching your videos.

Tuesday, May 12th 2020

Thank you Rebecca! You have been teaching English very well for a long time.

Tuesday, May 12th 2020

thank you Rebecca, i have understood well.

Tuesday, May 12th 2020

Hi. I have been doing this quiz for 7 min. I have 10 right out of 10. Thank you, Rebecca.

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Thank you Rebecca, it’s good lesson to learn about present perfect continuous, sometimes I confuse to use present prefect and present perfect continuous in daily conversation. Now, I think I understand better than before

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Thank you! I have been learning English for 3 years 🙂

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

thank you Rebecca, it’s a great lesson

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Great job and review, thank you D

You are a great English teacher online. I wish I could be younger and became your student in person.

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Thank you, Rebecca.
I’ve been studying English for three years and Engvid has been helping me a lot.

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Thanks, Rebecca. These videos on verb tenses help me to improve my reading and my writing. I’ve been studying English with Engvid for six month. In this period of time, I’ve gotten a lot of grammatical tools.

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Sea levels has been rising , not have been becaus sea is an it subject

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Hello teacher , you are using the verb to think as an example for the present perfect continuous , i think you had just forgotten the verb think it’s a stative verb

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

It’s an amazing class but please try to reduce the time for 20 minutes maximum. that would be nice.

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

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Learn French, Italian and Korean with Influent for free on Steam

Learn French, Italian and Korean with Influent, a Language Learning Game. Influent will be free on Steam from April 25th to May 2nd 2020. Get it in that period and keep it forever. Drm-free copies also available.

ABOUT THE GAME:

Inspired by Dreamcast titles of old (namely Shenmue and Toy Commander) Influent immerses players in a fully interactive 3D environment where the names for absolutely every object in the game can be gleaned with a single click! In fact, even more information can be learned with a double-click!

With 10 languages currently available for download, Influent combines the joys of playing a video game with the language learning process, resulting in real-life rewards and achievements that will remain with players for the rest of their lives.

Influent has Mostly Positive user reviews yet on Steam and it usually costs $9.99.

HOW TO GET THIS FREE GAME ON STEAM:

Just head over to Steam or navigate to the game in Steam Client before May 2nd 2020, add the game to your cart and checkout. Simple as that. After that, the game is yours to keep, and play, forever.

DRM-free copies are also available at Humble Store until May 2nd.

Available from now until May 2nd 2020 – 08:00:00 CET

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How to Stay Awake While You Study English at Home

You’ve probably thought it: With all this time at home, it’s the perfect chance to study your English and get ahead. 

Okay, you might have some extra time, but that doesn’t mean you have extra energy. In fact, you might be more tired than ever right now: Many people’s health, fitness, and sleep routines have been affected by quarantine life.

So what can you do if you really want to practice English, but fall asleep every time you try? 

Let’s discuss some ideas to help you stay awake!

Tips for Staying Awake While Studying

Use good lighting

It’s much more difficult to fall asleep in a bright room. Why? Well, that’s thanks to our circadian rhythm (our body’s internal “clock”)! For humans, light signals wakefulness, and dark signals sleep.

Sit up straight

You might have the urge to go sit in your comfortable chair or lie on your bed when you study, but that’s the worst thing you can do. Comfort leads to ! Sitting upright in a chair that’s not too comfortable will help you stay awake.

Eat right

Your energy and focus are connected to the kinds of foods you eat. If you want to have productive study sessions, make sure you eat a balanced diet that combines lean proteins, good fats, and complex carbohydrates. Great study snacks include fruit, nuts, and even a bit of dark chocolate. 

Also, avoid big, heavy meals before you study. Having a big meal can actually shut off the part of your brain that tells you to stay awake.  

Stay active

When you’re studying quietly by yourself, it can be hard to stay awake—you need to get active! 

  • Study aloud: This is especially important with language-learning. Not only will speaking help you stay awake by keeping your brain active, but using your voice is also an essential way to improve your pronunciation.
  • Write it out: If you stare at a book or an app for too long, you’ll lose focus. You might think you’re “studying,” but really, how much are you remembering? Take breaks to write notes about what you’ve learned. It’ll wake up your brain and help you remember information.
  • Get a study buddy: If you have a friend who’s also studying English, why not set up a Zoom meeting? You could quiz each other on a certain topic (like vocabulary) or just practice by having an English conversation! 
  • Stand up and walk around: We mentioned earlier that sitting in an upright position would help you stay awake. But what if it’s not working? Try getting up and walking around the room every 30 minutes to increase wakefulness. It’s pretty hard to fall asleep while you’re standing up!

Take a nap

Having a nap when you’re feeling sleepy is an excellent way to refresh yourself. But we’re not talking about a two-hour snooze. To get the best benefits, your nap should be between 20 and 60 minutes. A 20-minute nap can increase alertness, while a 30- to 60-minute nap can help you with tasks like memorizing vocabulary. 

Know when to stop

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, your brain is just . . . done. When you’ve reached your limit, you won’t be able to focus. It’s important to know your limits and allow yourself to rest when your brain says, “Stop!”

Conclusion 

With changes to your sleep pattern, exercise routine, and healthy habits, you could be feeling more tired these days. To make the most of your time and study English effectively, try some of the tips above!

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Tips for how to start learning French – The Earful Tower

Hello everyone, 

I don’t know about you, but the very thought of learning French makes me recoil in horror. But that’s probably because I still have nightmares about my first teacher in Paris, who mocked me when I couldn’t give him an example of the subjunctive tense. That’s true, he literally mocked me. I’ve never tried again.

With all this in mind, I invited Camille from French Today onto the podcast to give me the answer to the age-old question: How should I learn French?

More specifically, I asked her about the order to do it in, how to be efficient in learning the language, and what the other teachers are doing incorrectly. 

I share some tales of woe in my own French learning, and pose a few day-to-day questions that I’ve been storing up, and Camille also teaches me what I’ve been doing wrong when I try to say “bow-tie” in French, or “noeud papillon”. 

Also, Camille has written in great detail about the best method for learning French, so if you want some great extra reading content then simply follow this link. It explains some basic tips to get you started, like sticking in the present tense, mastering the negative, and how to ask basic questions.

The podcast:

So, click that link above to read about it, or click play below to hear our chat on the podcast (and be sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts).

If you want the further ten percent off the audiobooks from French Today, this link will sort it out for you automatically. Good luck!

PS: The photo above has nothing to do with learning French, but it was a particularly beautiful restaurant I passed in Montmartre the other day and thought I’d share. Find it on Rue l’Abreuvoir in the 18th arrondissement.

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Learn English Tenses: FUTURE CONTINUOUS · engVid

Learn English Tenses: FUTURE CONTINUOUS

Test your understanding of this English lesson

I won’t be available at 7:00, as __________.
At this time next year, __________.
Josh, will you be learning French when you move to Montreal?
We __________. We’ll be taking a flight.
What time __________?
Which is correct?
When __________?
What __________________?
I __________ wearing the blue jacket. I’ll be wearing the black jacket.
How long ______________________?

5. What time __________?
will your son will be calling?
10. How long ______________________?
will they will be staying in the United States?
Hm….

Thursday, April 16th 2020

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How to watch Sergio Aguero’s Spanish lessons & David Attenborough’s natural history classes | Goal.com

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will join the likes of Sir David Attenborough and Professor Brian Cox as guest teachers on BBC Bitesize to help the homeschooling efforts of parents in the UK.

Argentina international Aguero will be teaching Spanish as part of the virtual curriculum, showing them how to count numbers in the language as part of the channel’s coronavirus lockdown output.

“It’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home,” City’s record goalscorer said.

“The BBC are doing brilliant work to help and I’m honoured to be able to play a part.”

The UK’s national broadcaster has assembled a diverse team of substitute teachers, with over 200 educational mentors putting their shoulders to the wheel to ensure children do not miss out on the chance to learn.

While Aguero will be using his bilingual ability to impart lessons, Sir David Attenborough will be teaching natural history, while Professor Cox will be informing children about science and the solar system.

Also joining the faculty is Mean Machine actor Danny Dyer, who will be teaching some classes on King Henry VIII, and Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker.

Lessons will run for 14 weeks and will be available to watch on demand.

It’s time to be responsible and to care about each other – everyone should follow the advice of public health services, and stay at home for the wellbeing of all of us. pic.twitter.com/Z9ByA6VYul

— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun)

How can I watch Sergio Aguero’s Spanish lessons?

Aguero’s Spanish school lessons will be shown on the BBC iPlayer and on BBC’s Red Button service.

You can access the BBC iPlayer online via any web browser at this link or alternatively you can download the app to use on mobile or tablet by visiting the Apple App Store or Google Play.

The programmes will only be available to watch for UK residents.

New programmes will be available every day, with primary classes from 9am BST and secondary classes airing at 10am BST.

If you find that you cannot tune in to Aguero’s lessons or miss them, the Argentine is also posting regular updates on his official YouTube channel and social media pages.

He has demonstrated to fans the thorough method of handwashing that has been advised by authorities such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and shown examples of his quarantine training regimes.

Entrenando en casa//Training at home 🤟🏽 #QuedateEnCasa #stayathome pic.twitter.com/kYFgaQRRhl

— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun)

What is Bitesize?

Bitesize is the BBC’s flagship children’s education programme, which is aimed at both primary and secondary school students.

As the coronavirus pandemic disrupts normal life and sees schools shut indefinitely, the UK national broadcaster has put together a tailored programme of daily lessons to offer a resource for children’s education.

Lessons are divided according to different age groups: from five to seven years, seven to nine years, nine to 11 years, 11 to 12 years, 12 to 13 years and 13 to 14 years.

“We’re proud that the BBC can bring together so many people to offer such a wide-ranging package of support to help children and parents right across the UK at such a challenging time,” said Alice Webb, who heads up the network’s Children’s and Education output.

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Learn English Tenses: PRESENT PERFECT · engVid

Learn English Tenses: PRESENT PERFECT

Test your understanding of this English lesson

Which is correct?
She __________ her homework.
Have you learned the present perfect tense?
Which is correct?
The children __________ their presents yet.
__________ that book.
Which is correct?
I’m afraid she’s not here at the moment. __________ to a meeting.
__________ writing the report?

Hi Rebecca. I liked so much that lesson. It’s so powerfull. Thanks.

Friday, April 24th 2020

Thank you, this is a powerful tool for me to speak and write English.

Friday, April 24th 2020

Amazing lesson Rebecca, only two own opinions.
The first. It’s a bit long.
The second, I hate listen mistake, because it’s the the first thing that I have had learn.
A lot thanks.
See you next lesson.

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Thank you very much, Rebecca. Great lesson, very useful for me.

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Wow, it was such a long class, but it was very fruitful as well. My best regards, Rebecca.

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Hi Ms. Rebecca, thank you for this nice topic, I’ve learned a lot. I have gotten 9/9 score. 😊😊😊

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Thank, Rebecca. These English Tenses series has given me a lot of writing tools. So I am not only practicing the reading and the listing, also I’m writing my comments. Step by step, I am improving my English, but I need to speak more often.

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Thank, Rebecca. These English Tenses series have given me a lot of writing tools. So I am not only practicing the reading and the listing, also I’m writing my comments. Step by step, I am improving my English, but I need to speak more often.

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Thank you Rebecca.I have nearned lots but,I can’t speak in English yet.Can you help me? I will your advice…

Saturday, April 25th 2020

What a helpful lesson. I thought the point about erros very interesting, like in pronunciation, how to say it correctly, as well as the form and utilize the apostrophe. I enjoyed this entire lesson. Thank you ma’am.

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Hi Rebecca! if I meet my friend in the cafe what a polite way to ask him about his deals on current week?

1. What did you do this week?
or
2. What have you done this week?

Sunday, April 26th 2020

Thank you so much the toppic very useful you taught very clearly I would like to beg you to teach about past perfect,future perfect and all of perfect continuous.

Sunday, April 26th 2020

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Why English People Should Stop Learning French

Why are we still teaching French to school kids? From an economic perspective, it isn’t all that beneficial to learn and there are other languages likely to be more useful for working life.

French remains language the most commonly studied in UK schools, despite the fact it’s neither our biggest export market nor even our number one holiday destination.

According to the British Council, the UK’s most significant export markets (besides English-speaking ones such as the States) are German and Dutch speaking.

Spain is our favourite place to go on holiday: it’s almost twice as popular as France for British holidaymakers. Yet at both GCSE and A level, French is far more widely studied than any of these languages.

France as an economic partner

If we seek to develop relationships with the most economically viable partners available, France and Francophone countries would perhaps not be our first choice.

The Centre for Economics Business and Research does not view France’s economic prospects with much optimism. CEBR has stated that it expects France to fall from its current position as the world’s 5th largest economy to the 9th by 2030, as the pace of French economic reform is too slow for France’s economy to even tread water. Entrepreneurs and high fliers seem to be fleeing France’s regulatory and taxation environment, and 10% of the workforce are unemployed (compared against 4% of Germans).

Although there are many Francophone countries around the world, these are not some of the world’s economic powerhouses.

French-speaking countries include troubled African nations such as Ivory Coast, Chad, Mali and the Central African Republic.

None of these offer the prospect of strong future trade links with Britain if we can only communicate with them. If we want to invest in partnerships that have the best present and future prospects, France and the French-speaking countries may not be the most sparkling choices.

Language learning declines

The number of pupils learning French or German has been on the decline in recent years. This isn’t because other languages are being taught instead: rather it’s a reflection of the overall decline in language teaching in our schools. In 2015, fewer than half of all pupils taking GCSEs took at least one in a foreign language.

The UK is one of the worst countries in Europe for teaching languages to schoolchildren.

UK schoolchildren are less likely to learn multiple languages than in most countries in the EU. In Britain, kids learn an average of just one language, compared to 2 or 3 in Luxembourg. It’s also the case that the number of pupils taking language exams has fallen by close to half in the last decade.

With schools under pressure from packed curriculums, it’s perhaps inevitable that some subjects will lose out. UK schools have been instructed to focus on STEM subjects, which perhaps has come at a cost to language learning.

Children may come under pressure to perform well in exams in order to boost their future career prospects. But are they also encouraged to learn languages in order to assist their careers? Although the UK workforce is said to need greater language skills, there’s little evidence that employers reward workers who have them. Salaries for workers with foreign language skills are rarely significantly higher than for monoglots.

According to 2002 research in the US, a country that shares the UK’s low enthusiasm for learning foreign languages, workers with language skills earn only 2% higher hourly wages than those without them.

Over a working lifetime this may accrue to a sizeable income boost, however the day-to-day difference isn’t big enough to incentivise pupils to study languages for the sake of their future career. In fact, English is the language that offers the highest rate of return – and the UK and US already speak that.

The cost/benefit analysis

A different approach might be to consider the relative difficulty of learning a particular language versus the likely income boost that speaking it will bring you.

French, German and Spanish are relatively easy to learn, according to the Foreign Service Institute’s handy estimate of the number of hours required for an English speaker to learn these languages.

It will take you nearly three times as long to learn a tricky language such as Mandarin, Arabic or Japanese. Naturally, the canny student should consider the likely return on the time they invest into learning a particular language.

Based on US data, knowledge of German can boost career earnings by around $128,000 (around £90k), whilst French will boost it by only $77,000 (around £55k). With France’s economic prospects looking shabby, this gulf could widen even further in the future.

In the UK, Spanish is potentially becoming more significant in the workplace than German.

This is because of recent Spanish business takeovers of brands such as Santander and O2, and the merger to BA with Iberia.

Contrary to what many people think, Mandarin may not be that useful to the career of a recent UK graduate. Paul Lawton, a director at language recruiter Merrow, identified that his business generally found enough Mandarin speakers to fill positions, implying there was no shortage of speakers in the UK.

Although China may be a significant world economy, the UK isn’t yet in a trade relationship with China where it is necessary for us to provide sales or customer service support in Chinese languages. That time may yet come. The fact is, Chinese languages are so difficult to learn that there may not be enough benefit to justify the time invested.

Which languages should we be learning?

If we’re to base our language teaching on the UK’s present most significant trade partners, we should perhaps consider learning more German and Dutch.

If we consider the UK’s current business connections and holiday habits, Spanish might be very useful. And if we look to the world’s future economy, we’re likely to see Mandarin, Japanese, German, Portuguese and Korean emerging as more significant economic languages than French.

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How Hard Is It, Really, to Learn Spanish?

How Hard is Spanish?

Today, there are approximately 21 million people worldwide who are learning the Spanish language and it is the second most studied worldwide, right behind English. It is safe to say that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take up studying Spanish as a second language, but the million dollar question is, “is learning Spanish difficult?” This question does not have a simple, cut and dry answer. Learning any language has its challenges, but equally as many, if not more, benefits. In this article, we are going to be looking at the challenges of learning Spanish and discussing just how much effort it will take to learn the language as well as exploring some pro tips that will help you master the language in no time.

Important Factors to Consider

The reasons for which you decide to study Spanish will have an affect on how easy it is for you to learn the language and will greatly impact your chances of success. Learning Spanish online can be difficult for a lot of people if they are not motivated from within. Internal motivation means that you have chosen to learn the language because it will benefit you in some way. These reasons can range from wanting to open new career opportunities, because you want to travel, you would like to communicate with people on a deeper level, or maybe you just simply enjoy learning languages because it is fun. No matter the reason, all of these things will cause you to put more effort into your experience therefore producing a more efficient learning process. If you are truly interested and inspired to learn the language, you will find that it is much easier than you think. Secondly, you must consider what languages you already know. You have probably heard that some people just have “the language learning gene“. In reality, everyone has the ability to learn a language if they put their mind to it, and they should not let things like this deter them. However, it is true that learning Spanish comes more naturally to some people, especially if they have learned another language before. This is because Spanish has many similarities to other languages such as Italian, French, and Portuguese. On the other hand, Spanish also has many similarities to English. No matter what language or languages you speak, there is nothing stopping you from learning Spanish.

How Hard is it Really to Learn Spanish?

As mentioned before, learning any language as a second language is a challenge, but Spanish has some interesting similarities that actually make it quite easy. It is inevitable that you will need to study and and dedicate a significant amount of time if you want to attain fluency, but I am going to highlight some things that will show you that learning Spanish may be easier than you thought. To start off, Spanish and English have almost the exact same written alphabet. The Spanish alphabet does have some characters that are different from English, for example the ñ, but the they both utilize the latín alphabet. You may not realize that this is a great advantage, unless you have studied a language like Russian or Japanese where they use a completely different alphabet all together. Another advantage of this is that the majority of the letters share the same sounds between the two languages. The only characters that produce a different sound are the vowels. Bouncing off of this notion, an advantage that the Spanish language has, is that the pronunciation matches the spelling. Once you learn how the phonetics of Spanish vowels differ from those of English, it is extremely easy to pronounce every word. This, in absolute, is an advantage that English does not have. In addition to a similar alphabet and a straightforward pronunciation, the Spanish language also shares many cognates with the English language. Cognates are words that have the same linguistic derivation as another word from a different language. In other words, the look and sound the same. Some examples of this would be calm and calmar or celebration and celebración. Spanish and English share countless verbs, nouns, and that are cognates, so as you can see, this makes learning a large part of the vocabulary a considerably painless process.

Talking about vocabulary, check this POR vs PARA Video


Pro Tips That Will Help Guide Your Path to Success

It is very common for people to think that learning Spanish to a sufficiently fluent level is near impossible without immersing themselves in a Spanish speaking world. While it is true that full immersion is the absolute best way to learn and gain fluency, there are many ways to simulate “the immersive experience” if you don’t have the means to move to a Spanish speaking country. The best way to assure your success is to start immersing yourself from the very beginning. Learning the grammar and sentence structure is important, but many would argue that reading, watching TV series/movies with English subtitles (with Spanish subtitles is even better, if you are feeling adventurous), and giving your best attempt at speaking from day one, are the most effective ways to learn Spanish. Finally, one of the best pieces of advice that I can give is to have confidence. It is normal to feel shy when learning a new language, and this can induce difficulty in actually putting your speaking skills (the most important) into practice. Learning a language is a humble process and it can be pretty difficult to feel comfortable expressing yourself in a language that is not your own. For this reason, it is so important to believe in yourself and put your best effort forward when learning Spanish because ultimately, you are investing in your own success. Your subsequent success in these areas will also allow you to communicate comfortably with native speakers, and demonstrating the fact that you are trying your best will give you the opportunity to communicate on a much deeper level. As you can see, learning Spanish is not as hard as it seems. All you need to do is consider your goals and make a realistic plan, devote some extra time each day, and have confidence. Keeping these three things in mind, you are sure to accomplish your goals and master the Spanish language in no time! Of course you can always make your life easier and sign up for our online Spanish courses in Toronto or our Online Spanish Classes in Argentina. Check our Argentina blog for more information

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