seven secrets to learn English

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    Secret #1: LEARN ABOUT WORD STRESS

    Word Stress is golden key number one for speaking and
    understanding English. Word Stress is *very important*.
    You can try to learn about Word Stress. This is one of
    the *best* ways for you to understand spoken English -
    especially English spoken fast.

    What is Word Stress?

    Take 3 words: photograph, photographer and photographic,
    for example. Do they sound the same when spoken? No!
    They sound different, because *one* syllable in each
    word is "stressed" (stronger than the others).

    PHOtograph

    phoTOgrapher

    photoGRAPHic

    This happens in ALL words with 2 or more syllables:
    TEACHer, JaPAN, CHINa, aBOVE, converSAtion, INteresting,
    imPORtant, deMAND, etCETera, etCETera, etCETera

    The syllables that are not stressed are 'weak' or
    'small' or 'quiet'. Native speakers of English listen
    for the stressed syllables, not the weak syllables. If
    you use Word Stress in your speech, you will instantly
    and automatically improve your pronunciation and
    your comprehension.

    If you have an English teacher, ask him or her to help you
    understand Word Stress. Try to hear the stress in words
    each time you listen to English - on the radio, or in
    films for example. Your first step is to *hear* and
    recognise it. After that, you can *use* it!
     
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    Secret #2: SENTENCE STRESS

    Sentence Stress is golden key number two for speaking
    and understanding English. With Sentence Stress, some
    *words* in a sentence are "stressed" (loud) and other
    words are weak (quiet). Look at the following sentence:

    We want to go.

    Do we say every word with the same stress or force? No!
    We make the important words *big* and the unimportant
    words small. What are the important words in this
    sentence? Yes, you're right: WANT and GO.

    We WANT to GO.

    We WANT to GO to WORK.

    We DON'T WANT to GO to WORK.

    We DON'T WANT to GO to WORK at NIGHT.

    It's impossible to explain everything about Sentence
    Stress in this essay. The important thing for you is
    that you know it exists and try to learn about it.
    Sentence Stress is *very important*!
     
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    Secret #3: LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!

    Students sometimes say: 'I don't listen to the BBC news
    on the radio because it's too fast for me and I can't
    understand it.' That's a pity! When it's too fast for
    you, when you can't understand it, that is exactly when
    you NEED to listen to it!!!

    How can you improve if you don't listen and practise?

    When you were a baby, did you understand your own
    language? When you were 3 weeks old, or 2 months, or 1
    year, did you understand everything? Of course not! But
    you *learned* to understand by *listening*. Think about
    it. You learned to understand your own language by
    listening, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After that,
    you learned to speak. Then you learned to read. And then
    you learned to write. *But listening came first!*
     
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    Secret #4: DON'T LISTEN!

    In Secret #3 I said LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN! Now I say
    DON'T LISTEN! What do I mean?

    Do you know the difference between the verbs TO LISTEN
    and TO HEAR? TO LISTEN is active. TO HEAR is passive.
    Sometimes you can LISTEN too hard. Sometimes you can TRY
    too hard. Sometimes it is better only to HEAR. Let the
    radio play. Let the cassette play. But DON'T listen.
    Just HEAR. Your subconscious will listen for you. And
    you will still learn. If you listen and try to
    understand, you may block on one word and get
    frustrated. Don't worry! Just HEAR! Believe me, you will
    still be learning. The important thing is to let the
    radio or cassette or television or record PLAY. Let it
    play. And you - you do nothing. Your brain will HEAR,
    your subconscious will LISTEN and you will LEARN!
     
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    Secret #5: IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY WITH 5 WORDS A DAY

    Vocabulary is easy! How many days in a year are there?
    , normally (on Earth three hundred and sixty five days).

    If you learn only 5 new words a day, you will learn
    ONE THOUSAND, EIGHT
    HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE WORDS A YEAR. That is a lot of new
    words. And we are not counting all the other words you
    will learn in other ways - reading, conversation etc.
    Buy a notebook and write in 5 new words EACH day, EVERY
    day. Learn them! You will soon have an excellent
    vocabulary.
     
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    Secret #6: 30 MINUTES A DAY BETTER THAN 3.5 HOURS A WEEK

    In fact, 30 minutes of English study once a day is
    better than 5 *hours* once a week! Study regularly.
    Study often.

    LITTLE + OFTEN is better than LOT + SOMETIMES.

    It's easier, too. You can easily find 30 minutes each
    day. How? You can get up 30 minutes earlier. Or have a
    shorter lunch break. Fix a particular time every day -
    and keep it!
     
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    Secret #7: REVISE! REVISE! REVISE!

    If you revise, you'll improve your learning by 100%.

    What does "to revise" mean? It means "to look again".
    You should be systematic about this. When you learn
    something, you should note it. Then you should *look at
    it again*, 3 times:
    - after 1 day
    - after 1 week
    - after 1 month

    Each time you revise, test yourself.

    Learn, revise, test.
    Revise, test.
    Revise, test.

    .. تحياتي ..
     
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    thank you so much professor for your tremendiously
    beneficial advices in learning English ..
    I agree that word stress and sentence intonation are two
    very important aspects of learning the English spoken language .. and yes, it is true that kids start learnig by just listening and that's the basic pattern for anyone to learn, as well
    so jazak allah khair

    TK
     
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    Thank you Profissor for your valuable advices in learning English ; what about talking and making practises ..is it important too
     
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    T_K

    dear bro
    thanx for being here
    and wa eyakom

    and in sha allah ta3om alfaeda

    best regards
     

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