In our last post, Love Speaking gave you 9 tips on how to make a great presentation in English. To continue on from this post, we’re now going to look at some signpost language that we use in presentations, to allow our audience to know what we are talking about and add structure.
This is important as a presentation without a clear structure will lose the interest of your audience, and you will find yourself talking to a room of people looking at their phones, playing with their hair, doodling, etc. So, next time you have to make a presentation, use some of this signpost language to help keep your audience orientated and engaged.
Practicing your presenting skills in English is not only a great way to develop your career prospects, it’s also key to helping you become more fluent. It enhances your speaking skills enormously, as you have the opportunity to speak without interruption for a longer period of time and it boosts your confidence.
A presentation needs to be engaging, appropriate for your audience and well-delivered. This is how to give a great presentation in English:
American English vs. British English
A hot topic among my students and I is the difference between the English spoken in the US and the UK. I’m from the UK, and I often have playful debates with friends and family, that are either from America or live there, about which accent is better, etc., etc.
Yesterday, my housemate, Rosanna, sent me a link to a post on Bigstock about British words that mean something completely different in the U.S. There were some words here that I didn’t know about, so let’s see if you can learn something too…
You must be joking!
As a foreigner living in Madrid, I know how hard it is to argue in a language that is not your own. It’s in these moments that I can never find the words to express what I’m trying to say. This has lead me to think that it might be helpful for you if I put together some useful phrases and vocabulary to show you how to argue in English.
But first, it’s important to mention the cultural and social differences that you may encounter when trying to argue in English. For example, as a general rule, British people are more reserved (though not all of us!) and we gesticulate less.
Learn English with Adelle
Adele is a British singer-songwriter and musician from the UK. As well as having an incredibly powerful voice, she comes across down-to-earth and kind in interviews. She has had a huge amount of success with albums 19 and 21, and with her latest album she won six Grammy Awards and many more, including two Brit Awards.
Her songs are a good tool to use to learn English, as she sings clearly (even though when she speaks, she’s harder to understand). This song, ‘Someone Like You’, is slowly sung, so follow the lyrics in the video and listen along to see if you understand what she’s singing about.
Here’s a guy taking a ‘selfie’ with a couple engaging in PDA.
Trending vocab: ‘selfies’ and ‘PDA’
In an earlier post, we looked at how some words, including ‘Selfie’, had been added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. Well, today the word ‘selfie’ has come up again…
Do you remember what it means? Well, I’ll remind you, just in case:
selfie, n. (informal): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
How to use the Second Conditional: “If I met Johnny Depp, I would try to kiss him”.
Are you experts at using the Zero and First Conditionals yet? I hope so!!
Today, on a day when we’re probably all looking out of the window and wishing we were somewhere else, we’re going to look at how and when to use the Second Conditional. It is similar to the First Conditional, because we are still thinking mostly about the future. However whereas the First Conditional discusses events which are likely to happen, the Second Conditional talks about a future (or sometimes present) event that will probably not happen, or is impossible. We can all dream, can’t we?
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15 Reasons Why You’re Not A Fully Functioning Adult
Recently, I’ve been joking a lot with my friends about how I still don’t quite feel like a fully functioning adult. When I discuss my job, my hopes for the future, my friends’ jobs (doctors, lawyers, bankers, teachers, etc.), I feel amazed that we’re already at this stage of our lives. Where did all the years go? Leer más
The difference between ‘loose’ and ‘lose’.
Love Speaking is bringing you a series of blog posts on common mistakes made by learners of English as a second language.
Today we’re discussing the difference between the two words ‘loose’ and ‘lose’, which many people mix up in writing (including native speakers). In particular, many use the word ‘loose’ when they should be using ‘lose’. This post aims to explain clearly the difference between these words. Leer más
If you read this blog post, you’ll know how to use the First Conditional…
If you read this blog post, you’ll know how to use the First Conditional. (Did you notice how that sentence uses the First Conditional?)
Last Monday we discussed the 0 (zero) Conditional. We saw that we use it to talk about concrete facts or something that is always true. For example, if you heat water to 100 degrees, it boils. Water always boils when we heat it to 100 degrees, so we use the 0 (zero) conditional.
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