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.
"Very interesting and engaging"
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.
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.
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"
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 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.
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.
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"
In the first part of this speech training manual, we provide practical exercises for difficult speech patterns, such as word endings, consonant clusters, schwa, and strong and weak forms of words. The second part is devoted to connected speech patterns. The third part deals with natural flow of speech, intonation, sentence stress, and onomatopoeia. The fourth part covers how to make your speech interesting to listen to using power, pitch, pace, and pause.
Add some kick to your characters with some quick and simple dialect training. Paul Meier has been training actors for over 25 years and now offers his experience to the casual pretender in these entertaining presentations. You will find accent tips, colloquialisms, and charismatic character concepts that will add to your storytelling, roleplaying, or cosplay.
"Somewhat helpful and very entertaining."
Jane Eyre is alone in the world. Disliked by her aunt's family, she is sent away to school. Here she learns that a young girl, with neither money nor family to support her, can expect little from the world. She survives, but she wants more from life than simply to survive: she wants respect, and love. When she goes to work for Mr Rochester, she hopes she has found both at once. But the sound of strange laughter, late at night, behind a locked door, warns her that her troubles are only beginning.
Use your mind's natural rhythm to learn a language with Rhythms Easy Punjabi from EuroTalk. It's naturally easier to learn something when it's set to rhythmic music, so that is exactly what we've done. Rhythms put your mind painlessly to work: you don't even need to focus! Simple words and phrases are set to a varied pattern of rhythms and music designed to help you learn and to keep you engaged so that you won't just switch off after five minutes.
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)?
"A flirt through social and professional groups"
Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.
"A clear and enjoyable guide to English grammar"
Improve your English, learn more vocabulary, and have fun with these eight exciting English short stories.
You'll discover high-frequency words that have appeared in previous TOEFL tests, increasing your chance for better test results! All audio is carefully narrated by two professional voiceover artists for easy listening and quick learning. If you're preparing for the TOEFL, and want to get on the fast track to better results, then this audio course is for you!
Four audio courses at intermediate level, which quickly and effectively increase vocabulary, and develop the skills of speaking and listening comprehension. A Month in Brighton and Holiday Travels present the subjects of everyday conversations, teach typical expressions used when travelling and going abroad. Business English broadens vocabulary used at work and when seeking new employment. It develops communication skills in the office and in various business situations.
Here are more useful tips to help achieve a more professional level of speech.
In Improve Your Speech - British English Level 2 we'll build on the techniques you learned in Improve Your Speech - British English Level 1.
"Fantastic piece of work!"
You are walking through the streets of London. It is getting dark and you want to get home quickly. You enter a narrow side-street. Everything is quiet, but as you pass the door of a large, windowless building, you hear a key turning in the lock. A man comes out and looks at you. You have never seen him before, but you realize immediately that he hates you. You are shocked to discover, also, that you hate him. Who is this man that everybody hates?