Do you make lots of mistakes in English? Are you sick of making the same English mistakes? In this video I explain three simple and concrete steps to help you stop making mistakes when you read and write in English.
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I am a native speaker from Australia. I mainly speak British English.
How to stop making mistakes in English
Three steps to stop making mistakes in English
I totally agree about translating at times! It can be very effective, if time consuming. As long as one goes to the trouble of finding the equivalent expressions between L1 and the target language, instead of just translating word for word which is almost always doomed to failure. I practise this all the time and it has stood me in good stead, especially at advanced levels. It was about time someone stood up for translation, instead of rejecting it out of hand, as is usually the case with most YouTube teachers. Thanks for the wonderful video, all tips are valid in my experience. Keep up the great work!
Thank you very much :).
Yes, I wholeheartedly agree! As long as you're not translating word for word, it can be very useful. I think people are often too black and white about things in language learning. E.g. by saying that immersion is always good no matter the level, or that bilingual dictionaries are evil 😉.
Nice Video and good advice. The preposition-thing i think is almost impossible to learn for a non-native speaker. There is no logic to it so you just have to learn it by heart and its just impossible to do it for every word. It reminds me of the german article "der, die, das". A non-native speaker will never learn that 100%, so i think we just have to accept that its not possible to be perfect and accept it. That doesnt mean that we should not try to get better every day but it can remind us to just relax a little and to accept imperfection.
Hi Max! Thank you for the class! You look nice 😍
BTW, what are those sounds right at the beginning of the video? I believe it's an animal/bird but I have few ideas what it might be. A swan/duck? Anyway, it was funny :) Thanks again, little Max!!
I've been waiting for your video. These steps are really helpful. I used to pay attention to the new phrases, vocabulary and taken note of them but revision is pending! Really appreciate your short and powerful class. The punctuation marks are so attractive (?!). Thanks Max.
Thanks for your reply. I've been learning English for few years and I think I'm bit confident while writing. But I'm not yet satisfied with my speaking skill. I have to find out whether it is lack of ideas or failure on construction of the ideas properly into English. Your suggestions are helping and it is really motivating too.
Max, which one of the following sentences is correct? (1) Try and do these tasks as soon as possible. (2) Try to do these tasks as soon as possible. In the first sentence, I have used 'and do'; whereas, in the second one I have used 'to do'. Please clarify. Thanks.
I'm very glad to watch you again.
Explain, please, if i want to say "Thank you for this video", can I use instead of it "Thank you for the video".
Will be "this" and "the" interchangeable in this case?
J'ai étrangement découvert ta chaine grâce à ton commentaire sous la vidéo de Cyprien.
J'ai regardé ta vidéo et j'ai pu comprendre et apprendre beaucoup de chose en anglais.
Je m'abonne tout de suite à ta chaine et je laisse un pousse bleu.
Merci pour ta vidéo. 💘
Hi Max, I'm an Aussie who's always spoken English. However I have a question: When referring to the possessive on people's names, we add an apostrophe and a 's' (Tom's car), and we pronounce the 's' sound. However, when the name ends with a 's' (for example Ross) what do we do? I always understood that you add an apostrophe without an extra s for correct grammar (Ross' car). But how do you pronounce it? (Rosses car or Ross car). I hear public speakers say both, but which is correct?
Hmm... interesting question. I personally would say "Rosses car", but I don't think I would flinch if I heard "Ross car". Considering there doesn't even seem to be a set rule for the written form, there probably isn't one either for the spoken! Hope that helps!
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Hi Max! I am sorry to interfere! Do we need the article "a" in front of the phrase "part of smth"? I used to use it, then I learnt somewhere we do not need it, now I am confused again 😭
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