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"
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
This audiobook is a leading accent-reduction toolkit with practical exercises to master a general American accent. It contains explanations on how-to form correct English sounds. The audiobook provides extensive practice with words, sentences, and funny verses. This audiobook is compact and easy to use with its 44 short lessons, each devoted to a single phoneme.
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"
Now you can listen your way to a top score with this new TOEFL Course. This course covers everything from leading test taking skills and strategies to a high-yield review of Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing portions of the TOEFL. This course is packed with main takeaways that are easy to remember and are key concepts for the TOEFL. This powerful TOEFL Course was created by expert TOEFL tutors and teachers who know the test and all its variations inside and out. The authors also know and share the very best ways to prepare for the test.
Do you want to master the vocabulary required to conduct conversations freely in various situations? Listen to "English Vocabulary Master - Irregular Verbs. Elementary / Intermediate Level". This audio course is aimed to teach and consolidate knowledge of 100 irregular verbs that occur most frequently in everyday conversations and written texts. Learning takes place through the association of meanings in contexts. The set of exercises in each lesson allow the learner to master and consolidate the verbs quickly.
Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. 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?
"The Title Rings True- Fry hits the Right Notes 1"
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.
Whether your goals are social or professional, Accent: American will effectively teach you how to articulate Standard American English clearly and confidently. American English may be difficult, but I've done my best with this book to make it simple, easy, and fun for everyone.
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!"
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 ."
From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, this book will change the way you think about letters forever. How on earth did we fix upon our 26 letters? What do they really mean? And how did we come to write them down in the first place?
"read beautifully, gorgeously interesting"