New! 8 MORE Secrets to Understanding Native English Speakers

This course is taught by the author of the bestselling English listening book,"Whaddaya Say"
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

Easy to understand English captions in each lesson!

What's the most important skill in English? If you said, "listening", you're right. Why? If we hear, "Book is on table", we'll never say, "THE book is on THE table". If we don't hear "the", we won't think it's there, and we won't say it. That means our listening ability affects our conversational ability. The best English listeners are also potentially the best English conversationalists.

This is the same English listening course for international learners that Nina produced for major international corporations such as Toyota Motor Sales. There are easy-to-follow captions, and many listening exercises to practice in each lesson. The goal is to begin to prepare you to hear almost every word.

There are two steps in Nina's English listening program. Step 1 is "8 Secretos Para el Exito en Ingles". You should take that course first. This is the Step 2 listening level.

There are two very different kinds of English -- written and spoken. Speed of speech changes the pronunciation of spoken English. Basically, the faster native speakers talk, the harder it is to understand them, unless you learn and practice these spoken English pronunciation rules. Step 1, "8 Secretos Para el Exito en Ingles", introduced learners to the most important pronunciation rules of native English speakers (reduced forms). It introduced learners to the rhythm or "music" of English sentences, and many important spoken English pronunciations by real native English speakers.

In this course, "8 MORE Secrets to Understanding Native English Speakers", Intermediate --

  1. Nina will teach you the next group of important pronunciation changes in natural spoken English. After you practice hearing and understanding English as it's really spoken, you'll be able to understand native English speakers much better.
  2. In the practice exercises, Nina will teach you to begin to hear almost every word. Why is this important? We're all connected in the world now. We can study together. Many of us want to work internationally. If you can hear almost every word of English, you can correct your own grammar because you can hear the correct grammar more clearly. You can learn new vocabulary because you can hear the words. Your conversation will be better because at least half of conversation is listening.
  3. You'll get special secrets to quickly sound more like a native English speaker. Finally, you'll take a listening test at the end of the course to show you what your next steps should be.

Nina isn't just teaching you a class. She's staying with you until you learn a skill. When your listening improves, your other English skills can also improve.

What are the requirements?

  • Nina recommends taking her course, "English", first.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand real native English speakers
  • Understand the most common sentences in English
  • Do several practice listening exercises to prepare you to hear almost every word of English
  • Improve your English conversation. Conversation is 50% listening, so improving listening comprehension can also improve English conversation.
  • Improve your understanding of workplace English

What is the target audience?

  • International English learners
  • Anyone who would like to work in an English-speaking company
  • Employees at international companies
  • ESL and EFL learners
  • Anyone who would like to speak with native English speakers

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Learn and practice understanding real native English speaker pronunciations.
09:31

Practice hearing and understanding native English speakers use *fer in words and phrases. Then go to a higher listening level -- preparing to hear almost every word.

08:18

Learn and practice the next new reduced form, "verb + -ing endings" become "verb + -in'". Native speakers soften or delete the "g". Focus on hearing almost every word of the native English speaker exercises. EXTRA -- Special downloadable listening exercises -- Academy award winner, Jennifer Hudson, singing "And I'm Telling You"!

04:24

Learn that "to" after a vowel sound changes to *da. There are practice listening exercises in every lesson.

07:03

At this point, we have twelve common reduced forms (eight from the beginning course, and four so far from this course). Which three are the most common? Find out why that's important. EXTRA -- Special downloadable exercise -- Listening exercises on part of a speech by the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

04:12

If you add these pronunciations to your own English, you'll sound more like a native English speaker fast.

03:54

Have you noticed something? *Gotta, *hafta, *hasta, *useta, *supposta -- Each of these ends in "to", which becomes *ta! Practice everything you've learned so far. It isn't enough just to know these forms. You need to practice them so you can understand them in natural speech!

Fast Quiz
3 questions
13:33

When you understand this lesson (including some great sentence blending rules), you'll never listen to English the same way again!

05:58

All of these pronunciations are reduced forms. Two important things happen -- sounds are reduced, so there are fewer sounds to hear. Secondly, speed of speech causes these reductions. I'll teach you how to hear "and" as a native speaker will really say it (*'n), and all of the reduced forms you've learned so far!

"Or" becomes *er at a natural speed. Fun example -- Do you want souper salad?
07:27
Another powerful English accent reduction secret!
08:36
Section 2: Listening test
What can Steve Jobs teach you about understanding native English speakers?
07:28
Section 3: What about British and Australian English? -- An interview with Prince William
03:06

Prince William is a well-educated British speaker. Hear him use the reduced forms you've just learned!

Hear these natural pronunciations in Australian English!
03:52
Section 4: My recommendations
Thank you
00:47

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Instructor Biography

Nina Weinstein, English Teacher Trainer, Author of Twenty English Textbooks

Nina Weinstein has a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of California, Los Angeles. She wrote twenty English textbooks that are held in libraries such as MIT, Oxford University, New York University, Kyushu University, etc. She was "the English Doctor" for Voice of America Radio, where she was one of the first people to teach English live on Facebook to thousands of people in countries around the world.

She was a teaching fellow at Harvard University, where she taught all skills, and an early version of her custom course in listening to real spoken English. She tested the first edition of her real English listening book, "Whaddaya Say", while she was at Harvard. "Whaddaya Say" is a bestselling book (Pearson Education, about 45 printings) and is used all over the world.

She's created all-skills English programs and taught custom listening courses at companies such as Toyota Motor Sales, Mazda Motors of America, Tatung, Sumitomo, and various universities and online programs. She's spoken all over the world on real spoken English and written many academic articles.

Recently, Nina Weinstein wrote, designed, and produced an interactive, English-learning website, Nina's Easy English. It teaches beginning through advanced learners all skills, including how to understand real spoken English.

Currently, she's writing a TOEIC preparation book for an Asian publisher.

Nina Weinstein cares about her students, and always has. If you have a goal, a question, or you'd just like to say, "Hello", please contact her.

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