Grammar! For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger-wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language. But what is grammar? In fact, it's the integral basis of how we speak and write. As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and your skill in using it, in both speech and the written word.
"A good grammar book"
In this cutting-edge program, 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary, personal development expert and English enthusiast Dan Strutzel will instruct, enlighten, and inspire you with a concentrated 30-day program that will teach you over 500 words. But, more than teaching you these words, the uniquely designed morning and evening review sessions will ensure that these words become a habit-knit part of your life - and with minimal effort on your part.
Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4, including Current Puns. Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags?
"Stephen Fry never lets you down"
Joanna Gray has been training people for over twenty years in the art of voice training and accent reduction to achieve Received Pronunciation, otherwise known as BBC English. Joanna has successfully helped thousands of people across the world to reduce an accent and attain a high standard of English and has worked with professionals from all walks of life, including doctors, lawyers, accountants, CEO's and actors to name but a few.
Useful tips to help achieve a more professional level of speech. The way we speak can say as much about us as the clothes we wear, the car we drive, or even the newspapers and magazines we read.
"Not only for native English speakers"
Learn how to decode the private languages that are swapped around us every day - amongst cabbies and paramedics, soap stars and comedians, cricketers and barristers - in Susie Dent's unique and witty guide to Britain's modern tribes. Did you know that a soldier's biggest social blunder is called 'jack brew' - making yourself a cuppa without making one for anyone else? That twitchers have an expression for a bird that can't be identified - LBJ (the letters stand for little brown job)?
"Dent's Modern Tribes"
After years of teaching intermediate students who never seemed to improve, I decided to find out what the problem was. Essentially, intermediate students get stuck because learning at this stage is a different type of learning than at the beginner stage. You have mastered the grammar and the basic vocabulary, but most textbooks just carry on like nothing has changed. However, what you need at the intermediate stage is not just more dry grammar and lists of vocabulary.
This book is all three volumes of the very popular Master English in 12 Topics series. Once you master the vocabulary in this book, you will have a very good foundation for speaking fluently about 36 everyday topics. This book is the ultimate stepping stone from intermediate to advanced English.
In this speech training manual, we deal with all the English sounds for British English. Each chapter in the audiobook covers one sound. First, we explain how to place your tongue, lips, and jaw for the target sound. Next, we ask you to repeat the sound in words, word pairs, sentences, proverbs, famous quotations, verses, tongue twisters, and revision passages. We also provide contraction exercises, words with silent letters, and French expressions used in business. This audiobook is a must-listen for all professionals who would like to succeed in this competitive world.
Lots of intermediate English speakers tend to get trapped using the same vocabulary over and over again. They often only speak about subjects they know the words for and avoid anything outside of their 'comfort zone'. The problem with this is that even though they sound okay, they never really get any better. If you really want to improve, you need to be able to speak about a wide range of topics. For this, you will need to learn the special vocabulary connected to these topics.
Introducing IELTS Vocabulary 3000: The most comprehensive audio course for IELTS Vocabulary on the market. There are three levels (Easy, Medium, Difficult) that each consist of 10 powerful exercises covering 100 words each. You'll discover high-frequency words that have appeared in previous IELTS exams, increasing your chance for better test results!
Get Rid of Your Accent is a speech training manual for mastering British-English pronunciation. The audiobook is based on a tried and trusted method, used in London drama schools, that helps British people with provincial accents learn standard British English. It includes humorous sentences, tongue twisters, period verses, and rhyme exercises. Relevant subjects are received pronunciation, elocution, and phonetics.
Learn to speak English in a few months, not years, with these 69 simple techniques! Do you want to speak English fluently like a native speaker? Would you like to speak confidently and easily, impressing people with how quickly you learned to speak English well? Would you like to remember new words and pronunciation quickly and permanently? If so, then Learn English 300% Faster: 69 Tips to Speak English Like a Native English Speaker! is the book for you!
"Simple tips and very efficient. Very good ."
In a city in Arabia there lives a boy called Aladdin. He is poor and often hungry, but one day he finds an old lamp. When he rubs the lamp, smoke comes out of it, and then out of the smoke comes a magical jinnee (genie). With the jinnee's help, Aladdin is soon rich, with gold and jewels and many fine things. But can he win the love of the Sultan's daughter, the beautiful Princess Badr-al-Budur?
Do you want to master the vocabulary required to conduct conversations freely in various situations? Listen to "English Vocabulary Master - 150 Phrasal Verbs". This audio course on an intermediate/advanced level is aimed to teach and consolidate knowledge of more than 150 phrasal verbs that occur most frequently in everyday conversations and written texts. Learning takes place through the association of meanings in contexts.
You wouldn't be 'barking mad' if, when asked the definition of certain phrases, 'the cat got your tongue' and you 'clammed up'. Let's not 'beat around the bush'; the English language is littered with linguistic quirks that, on closer examination, seem utterly fantastical. In Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas, Judy Parkinson explores the many colourful - but rather incomprehensible - phrases that enhance our language, describing their origins and defining their true meanings.
London in the 1830s was no place to be if you were a hungry 10-year-old boy, an orphan without friends or family, with no home to go to, and only a penny in your pocket to buy a piece of bread.But Oliver Twist finds some friends - Fagin, the Artful Dodger, and Charley Bates. They give him food and shelter, and play games with him, but it is not until some days later that Oliver finds out what kind of friends they are and what kind of 'games' they play. An Oxford Bookworms Library reader for learners of English, adapted from the Charles Dickens original by Richard Rogers.
This audiobook presents 500 difficult English words for students to study and master.
The main aim of the courses is to teach the most popular irregular verbs, idioms and phrasal verbs that occur most frequently in everyday conversations. Learning takes place through the association of meanings in contexts. The exercises in each lesson allow the learner to master and consolidate the expressions quickly. This is effective learning, easy and accessible to everyone! "Irregular Verbs Part 1" and "Irregular Verbs Part 2" introduce 100 popular irregular verbs and teach how to use them in the appropriate tenses and grammatical forms. Idioms Part 1 & 2 teaches more than 300 idiomatic phrases that appear in typical situations.
There were six of them - three Katherines, two Annes, and a Jane. One of them was the king's wife for 24 years, another for only a year and a half. One died, two were divorced, and two were beheaded. It was a dangerous, uncertain life.
After the King's death in 1547, his sixth wife finds a box of old letters - one from each of the first five wives. They are sad, angry, frightened letters. They tell the story of what it was like to be the wife of Henry VIII of England.
"probably more for the kids"