Do you understand your English teacher, but find it hard to understand other native English speakers? Can you understand people in real life, but not in movies or TV series?
In this video I explain the reasons why!
Videos about contractions:
How & When to Use Contractions
How to Pronounce 80 Contractions (Part 1)
How to Pronounce 80 Contractions (Part 2)
Informal Spoken Contractions
Do you ask yourself any of the following questions:
Why don't I understand native English speakers?
Why can't I understand movies?
Why are TV series hard to understand?
Why are native speakers so difficult to understand?
Why are foreigners sometimes easier to understand than native English speakers?
Let me know in the comments!
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Sometimes it's hard to understand native English or other speakers cause English isn't a phonetic language, you don't pronounce the words the way they're written like for example in Spanish.
At times I don't understand simple words like "pub" cause we use that word in Spain but we pronounce it differently xD, or I think of a word, for instance "fruit" and I pronounce it as it's written xD
Amazing lesson as always and I totally agree with you on the situations that you mention here. I would say that for an informal situation it's no so bad to say "sorry, could you repeat that please..." but maybe in professional situations we do not want the person we are talking to, to think that she/he has to use a much more simple vocabulary, therefore loosing the richness of their language! Reductions are also a very important topic and I loved to hear that you are going to talk about them!
Thank you very much, Alfonso! Yes, good point (about the richness). It's one of the reasons politicians are encouraged to use interpreters, even if they speak the other language relatively well.
I can't promise when I'll be able to do some videos on reductions (I have a couple of others planned first), but I'll try do them soonish!
After a couple of years of putting efforts in learning English, I get used to understanding natives in a much easier way than before. Nevertheless, I have to keep it up to take my English level to the next step as I've a goal to achieve 8 IELTS band score and to do the CELTA.
Wish me please the best luck ☺
Thank you for your videos :) I'm really enjoining it. Would you recommend videos or movies which are useful for learning English? In addition, phrasal verbs and some expressions that natives often use everyday life? :) Thank you Max Have a great day !!!
Thank you for your comment! I'm glad you like them :).
I've actually already made a couple of videos about movies and series:
I hope they help!
And I plan to do some videos on expressions very soon :).
Well done my beautiful teacher!!
I don't understand English speakers too well🤔😭, even if I watch TV/movies throughout the day👿😈, I don't understand anything 😠😡, but at times I do hear them small🤷 but I won't really understand what's going on there(movies)🙆🤦🤕😡😠☹️, so sad, please help🙏🙏🙏
I know it's frustrating!
You might find it easier if you first listen to easier things, and then gradually increase the difficulty of what you are listening to. It's also important to look up words you don't know to increase your vocabulary.
You might find these videos helpful:
Nice to see you, again!
Do you know Max, sometimes I can't understand people from my native country. Fast mumbling is a big modern problem. Teenagers all the time speak fast and mumbling. :)
And so... I must to ask them repeat for me again. :)
Thanks for the usefull video!
I just re-uploaded my "Cloth, Clothes, Clothing" video. I've also uploaded your Russian subtitles using a different account, and I clicked the option "still needs work". I think that means that if you click on this link:
and select "Russian", you'll be able to edit those subtitles.
If it's too complicated or time-consuming, honestly please don't worry about it!
I do not understand speech in TV programs. But I do not really need it. I use the language for reading mostly.
Here, where I live, a live native speaker can be met with a bit more probability than an alien :)
English with Max you are right, but the big challenge is recoknize me in the Facebook. Please tell me do you prefer my comments in YouTube or in Instgram? If I didn't tell you about others account, would you know me or not?
Do you think there is any differences btween my character on YouTube or on instgram? Do you sometime remember the person through his or her comments or just reply and forget?
English with Max it's the big challenge for you to know me on Facebook and on instgram because I speak with you by different characters I so glad becuse you haven't discovered me until now because you answer my comments for long time.
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