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Strong English listening, speaking, vocabulary and pronunciation from the author of twenty English textbooks! ESL/EFL
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Created by Nina Weinstein
Last updated 1/2017
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What Will I Learn?
Talk more easily with English speakers
Make your English more like a native speaker
Hear more English words in conversations
Improve your English conversation. Conversation is 50% listening. When your listening improves, your conversation can also improve.
Learn to understand how words in sentences "blend". Learn the "music" of English and how it helps you to understand more!
Get better scores on the listening sections of tests like the TOEFL and the TOEIC!
Become more comfortable with different English accents!
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  • High beginning English level or higher

For people who want to understand English fast!

"Easy, natural way to listen to native English speakers. I would absolutely recommend it. Before taking this English course, I went through many English courses, but none of them were as comprehensive as 'English'. It takes you by the hand and teaches you the real secrets to understanding native English speakers. Easy to follow and entertaining. I would absolutely recommend it." Salvatore Scaniglia

"Exactly what I wanted to learn! I couldn't recognize those English sounds before going through these lessons." Vadim Dzyuban

"This English course helps you a lot on your listening, 5-star recommended." Sant Cheung

Strong English listening skills are the key to the best English because listening is the heart of any language. Learn to understand native English speakers in this course from an internationally known English expert. This is the same course your teacher, Nina, has taught at companies like Toyota Motor Sales, Sumitomo, Mazda Motors of America, Seiko, Tatung, universities, and that she taught at Harvard University as a teaching fellow. Easy-to-understand English captions in each lesson help you understand every word your teacher says!

After this course, you'll be able to understand English spoken at a natural speed much better. When you can understand the real spoken English around you, you can also improve your English conversation, grammar, vocabulary, and even pronunciation. If you can hear it more correctly, you can say it more correctly. Very important -- You'll get important practice exercises with many different native English speakers from the real world in each lesson. This practice will help you to test and improve your hearing and understanding of real English speakers in real situations.

Nina is the author of a bestselling listening book on real spoken English -- "Whaddaya Say" (Pearson Education, 45 printings). She's written many English textbooks for major publishers like Pearson Education, Cengage, McGraw-Hill, etc., and she's done formal research on natural spoken English at the University of California, Los Angeles.


"English" is Step 1 of Nina's popular listening-to-real-English program. There are two levels in this listening program -- Step 1 and Step 2 ("More English"). Nina recommends that you start here with "English", Step 1.

BONUS! You'll also get practice sounding more like a native speaker. Nina will give you a very important secret in the last lesson that will make your English sound more natural immediately.

Nina's students consistently get high scores on the listening sections of tests like the TOEFL and the TOEIC. Her students are better listeners.

"More English" INTERMEDIATE LEVEL is the next class in Nina's listening program. You can learn directly from your teacher, Nina, just as students at various universities and Toyota Motor Sales do. Nina is very excited about offering you this course, and personally helping you with your English goals!

Who is the target audience?
  • Non-native English speakers who want to speak with and understand native English speakers
  • Non-native English speakers who want a job in an English-speaking company
  • International English students
  • English as a Second Language learners
  • English as a Foreign Language learners
  • International students
  • Business people
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 15 Lectures Collapse All 15 Lectures 01:15:52
Others Who Take This Course Sound Like Native Speakers
2 Lectures 08:18

Promo video with captions. Spoken English has rules, just like grammar has rules. This video tells you the spoken English rules you'll learn and practice in this course, and how they'll help you understand native English speakers! You'll never listen to English the same way again.

Preview 04:41

Listening is the most difficult English skill. It's also one of the most important. In today's world, we need to talk with people from all over the world, and we need to understand what they say to us. Learn how these secrets will make your listening skills strong!

Learn how native English speakers REALLY speak and why!
1 Lecture 04:10

Secret 1: Learn how native English speakers REALLY speak. Reduced forms are real pronunciations of spoken English. Practice and understand the first reduced form, *ya, in natural speech. If learners learn these real pronunciations, reduced forms, it's much easier to understand native English speakers. Includes practice exercises and a test.

Lesson 1: How do native English speakers REALLY say "you"? Practice exercises.
Make Your English Stronger
7 Lectures 47:45

Secret 2: Learn a very common spoken English pronunciation, *Whaddaya. Practice hearing and understanding native English speakers say both real pronunciations in natural speech -- *ya, and *Whaddaya. Includes practice exercises and a test of Lessons 1 and 2.

Preview 05:29

Secret 3: Learn one of the three most common spoken English pronunciations, *wanna. Practice hearing and understanding native English speakers say all three real pronunciations in natural speech -- *ya, *Whaddaya, and *wanna. Includes practice exercises and a test of Lessons 1 through 3. In addition, after the lesson, download the Beatles exercise. Practice hearing *wanna with the Beatles, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"!

Preview 06:27

Here are the reduced forms (spoken English). What's the written English for each?

Quick Quiz
2 questions

Secret 4: Learn the two steps you must have to understand how native English speakers will pronounce any phrase or sentence. You'll practice hearing and understanding real native English speakers say all four real pronunciations (reduced forms) so far -- *ya, *Whaddaya, *wanna, and *a. Includes practice exercises and a test of Lessons 1 through 4.

Lesson 4: Three important rules to understand the "music" of English sentences!

Secret 5: Learn and practice a very popular English sentence with native English speakers -- *Whaddaya *gonna . . . .

Real world practice is very important. You'll work with two great YouTube videos in this lesson, and a cool song by Anna Kendrick. The first video is a very funny television scene from "I Love Lucy". The second video is a little different -- "Frankenstein"

Millions of people have listened to this cool song, "When I'm Gone" (Cups) by Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect. After the lecture, download the "When I'm Gone" exercises and practice what you've learned so far with this fun song! Then download the "When I'm Gone" answers. How did you do?

Lesson 5: *Whaddaya *gonna do tonight? Every lesson has practice exercises!

Which spoken English sentence is correct?

Quick Quiz
2 questions

Secret 6: Many learners don't know when an English speaker says "can" (positive) or "can't" (negative). Learn a very easy technique. Practice hearing and understanding all of the reduced forms you've learned so far, plus *kin. Includes practice exercises and a test of Lessons 1 through 6.

Lesson 6: Shop with more confidence -- *Kin I help *ya?

Secret 7: Add another real English pronunciation to your growing list -- *git. Practice understanding all of the reduced forms you've learned, including *git, by hearing native English speakers. Includes practice exercises and a test of Lessons 1 through 7.

Lesson 7: Eat in restaurants --- *Kin I *git *ya . . .

Secret 8: Practice understanding more native English speaker conversations. Review everything you've learned. Add another reduced form to your growing list -- *ta. Bonus: Learn some important vocabulary. Includes practice exercises and a test of all of the secrets you've learned so far!

Secret 8: The secret native English speaker pronunciation of prepositions!
What About Australian and British English? Do They Also Use Reduced Forms?
2 Lectures 06:58
Hear these natural pronunciations in British English -- Prince William Interview

Video Sample of Australian English!
3 Lectures 08:41

Sound more natural, more like a native English speaker, with the important secret on this video! Includes a conversation with you and me!

Accent Reduction Fast -- THE BIG ENGLISH SECRET!

Now that you've studied real spoken English, how much real English conversation can you understand? Take this challenge to find out. 

How good is your English now? Listen to this real English.How much can you hear?

Please review these lessons. If you have any questions, email me anytime (

Nina Weinstein

The textbook for this class is a complete book of reduced forms, "Whaddaya Say", Second Edition

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About the Instructor
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Teacher Trainer, MA ESL, 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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