WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THERE'S ONE THING YOU CAN LEARN RIGHT NOW THAT WILL MAKE YOU SOUND MORE LIKE A NATIVE SPEAKER OF ENGLISH?
Are you an English language learner?
Do you wish to sound more natural, interesting and more native-like when you speak?
If your answer is yes to these questions, then read on...
Did you know that one of the biggest differences between native and non-native speakers of English is idioms?
Linguists, researchers and teachers all know this. They know that the speech of native speakers is idiomatic... that is, full of idioms.
Whereas the speech of non-native speakers is unidiomatic... that is, direct, literal, and as a result, uninteresting!
What does all this mean? It means that non-native speakers (and that includes learners of English!) speak using common, everyday vocabulary with almost NO CREATIVE OR SOPHISTICATED USE OF LANGUAGE. This is the one thing that makes most non-native speakers sound simple, bland, and, even, boring!
Does that sound like you?
If you're an English learner, chances are this is exactly YOUR problem:
You have worked hard on improving your fluency, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation... you're an upper-intermediate or even an advanced learner
There's something still missing. You still lack that X-factor. No matter how hard you try, for some reason, you still don't sound like a native-speaker and you don't know why.
Well here's a possibility...
You're not using idioms.
You have an impressive range of vocabulary that you can use in a variety of situations...
BUT your speech is still literal and unidiomatic.
Your grammar is impeccable, and your sentences are refined and accurate
BUT they're still lacking in expressive power.
You're extremely fluent and have no problem talking about almost any subject
BUT you still come across as less than a native speaker. And that's because...
YOU'RE NOT USING IDIOMS!
If you're an Upper-Intermediate or Advanced learner of English, then this is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING that is keeping you from native-like proficiency.
And that is exactly why I've created this course. On this course, I will teach you the most common, interesting and useful idioms in the English language that you can use in over 15 different situations in daily conversation.
These are the same idioms and expressions that I have taught to hundreds of my students over the years and helped them to sound natural, interesting and more like native speakers of English.
What's so special about idioms anyway?
Well, this: idioms are often THE BEST, MOST INTERESTING WAY to express your ideas when you speak.
Take a look at this sentence:
"I was reading the newspaper this morning and I noticed an article about green tea."
Fascinating? Not really. Now take a look at this:
"I was reading the newspaper this morning and an article about green tea caught my eye."
Now THAT is an interesting sentence. Why? Because it contains an idiom - to catch one's eye.
Idioms, like this one, make your speech more sophisticated and entertaining. They break the drab monotony of everyday conversation. In other words...
Idioms make the English language come alive.
And this is why you need to learn them.
On this course, you will learn the most common and important idioms that you can begin using today.
So how many idioms do you need to learn?
The short answer: as many as you can. But...
Here's the challenge. There are at least 25,000 idioms in English!
But before you panic, there's good news: not all of them are common in native-speaker speech.
This means you only need to learn the most common idioms to achieve native-like proficiency in English.
And that is why I have created this course.
This course will help you to finally kick the habit of using the same old tired and boring vocabulary when you speak. It is your first step towards sounding more natural, interesting, and more like a native speaker in conversations by learning and mastering idioms.
Click the 'Take this Course' button on the right and let's get started.
Hi and welcome to the course! In this lecture, we'll look at what idioms are, why you need to learn them, and how this course is organized.
In this lecture, we'll go over some practical tips on how to learn the material in this course most effectively.
Guess which idiom caught my eye today...
Idiom: to catch one's eye
Warning: This lesson might just take your breath away!
Idiom: take s/o's breath away
Watch this video and I guarantee you'll look like a million bucks at the end of it! Okay, maybe not, but at least you'll learn the idiom!
Idiom: look like a million bucks
How does it feel to be over the moon? Learn all about the superlunary idiom in this video!
Idiom: over the moon
Feeling blue? I know just the thing that'll cheer you up: this lesson!
Idiom: feel blue
I have a gut feeling you're going to learn a new idiom today!
Idiom: gut feeling
Want to be in my shoes? Find out what that feels like in this lesson!
Idiom: in s/o's shoes
I'm going to blow my top if you don't watch this lesson right now! Actually, I won't, but let's learn that idiom!
Idiom: blow one's top
You know what gets on my nerves? Find out in this video!
Idiom: get on one's nerves
Hey who turned the lights out?! Can you turn them back on, please, so I can teach you yet another exciting idiom?
Idiom: in the dark
Quick, watch this lesson before it goes up, up, up in the air!
Idiom: up in the air
Hey, look under your nose! It's a new idiom!
Idiom: right under one's nose
I bet you can't put your finger on this idiom!
Idiom: put one's finger on something
I've been racking my brains all day but I just can't remember our idiom for this video! Hmmm...
Idiom: rack one's brains
Want to learn how to think outside the box? Here's how! (Actually it's just the idiom, sorry!)
Idiom: think outside the box
Hello?! Do you have you head in the clouds? Well, here's a cloudy idiom for you...
Idiom: have one's head in the clouds
Ready to test your progress? Take this quiz and find out how many idioms you've mastered on the course so far.
Woah! Did you see that idiom? It was like a bolt from the blue!
Idiom: a bolt from the blue
Want to break the ice with me? Let's do that in this freezing cold lesson!
Idiom: break the ice
Watch this video and learn how to hit the nail right on the head!
Idiom: hit the nail on the head
What can you put in a teensy-weensy little nutshell? Why, this idiom, of course!
Idiom: put sth in a nutshell
Don't let your heart pour out! Watch this lesson and find out how!
Idiom: pour one's heart out
An idiom for zombies, perhaps? Scary!
Idiom: pick s/o's brain
Hey, how about we put our heads together and learn another interesting idiom today!
Idiom: put heads together
Wait, don't shoot! I promise I'll teach you that idiom if you spare my life!
Idiom: shoot from the hip
What do brick walls talk about? Idioms, maybe?
Idiom: talking to a brick wall
Somebody help that idiom! It's stuck on a burning bridge! The horror!!!!
Idiom: burn one's bridges
Are you a cat person? Well, here's a fancy feline idiom for you!
Idiom: let the cat out of the bag
How do you give someone a taste of their own medicine? Find out in this lesson!
Idiom: a taste of one's own medicine
My job is to help you speak and write excellent English.
As an ESL teacher, I've taught English to hundreds of students from around the world, alongside running teacher training workshops to help teachers and language trainers deliver better lessons to their students.
If you would like to learn any of these things: conversation skills, grammar, vocabulary, presentation skills, email writing, essay writing...
...then you're in the right place! See my Udemy courses below and you can start learning these skills right now!
MORE ABOUT ME
What teaching experience do I have?
For the past five years, I have taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to students from India, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, France, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. During this time, I have also worked with one of the biggest language schools in the world, and as part of this job, I have trained at several multinational companies, helping their employees develop their communication skills for work.
What do I teach?
I teach general English, business English, English for exams, presentation skills, telephoning skills, email writing, and accent and pronunciation. I am also a teacher trainer, focusing on helping novice teachers deliver quality lessons to their students.
Why do I teach?
I teach because I am extremely passionate about teaching, and have been for all my life. My #1 commitment is my students' success in whatever I teach them and beyond. Although a professional ESL teacher, in the past I have also taught web design, software development, and even martial arts!
What other work experience do I have?
I began my career by working as a copywriter for local publications and websites. I then worked as an office manager, web developer and online marketer, all while working part-time as an English language trainer. I took the plunge into full-time ESL teaching in 2010 and haven't looked back since.
What are my qualifications?
I graduated with a degree in Business Administration. My primary teaching qualification is a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) from the University of Cambridge. I also have a certificate in using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the classroom from International House, Barcelona.