Monday, November 29, 2010

How to ... ?

Good day everybody, and very best wishes for Monday, your favourite day of the week.

Very soon, I will post another Six Minute English quiz. For now, I have been exploring the BBC Learning English site, and I can bring you two discoveries.

1. The "How to.." section. Difficult to find, as the BBC's navigation menus are not as clear as they could be. I will add it to the links column on the right.

This section explains the language you need for various types of conversation. For example, you may think you know what to say when you want to know the time. But what exactly to you say when you are talking to a complete stranger? You need to know how to express your question.

Further examples include what to say in general conversation, or when having a general discussion, or when listening to, or giving, instructions and advice. There's also an all-important section on how to ask permission, make a delicate request, or make (and accept or decline) an invitation. Read more about it here, listen, and note the useful language. Don't forget to try the exercises.

2. Pronunciation Tips. This is an absolute must if you want to learn more about pronunciation. Watch the introduction, and try the exercises on the right in which you listen to the difference between similar sounds. These include "key" and "pin", "door" and "coat", "book" and "do", any of which can cause problems.

That's all I can give you right now. I urge you to explore the BBC Learning English site as often as you can - say ten minutes, three times a week as a minimum.

And please do report your experiences back to everyone, either in a Tag Board message - maximum 200 characters. For longer messages, leave a comment.

More later this week!

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