Understand Fluent English
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Fluent Spoken English is its own language with its own vocabulary and grammar. In this course, you'll learn to Understand Fluent English. We do this by taking a close look at R.S.P.s, or "Real Speech Patterns." These include the J Morph, the Ch morph, reductions, reduction groupings, and more. Remember, the focus in this course is on listening and understanding. It should take approximately two weeks to complete, if doing one lesson a day (as is recommended). If your goal is to finally understand fluent American speech -- whether in movies, at work, with friends and so on -- then this is the course for you!
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|Section 1: What Is Fluent English?|
Fluent Spoken English is its OWN LanguagePreview
Fluent English is like a puzzle. When you gather all the pieces, and connect them, understanding Fluent English will be much easier. It is best if you can see your own progress, so each new word will be a new piece to reach your goal.
Are you ready for the first pieces of the puzzle? Here are the three new Fluent English words and phrases we'll be learning today.
Remember, the goal of this course is to get you to understand Fluent English when you hear it. So don't spend too much time saying these words and phrases. Relax....listen....and learn.
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|Section 2: Introducing the J Morph|
As I mentioned in the first lesson, it's important to remember that we're approaching Fluent English as if it were a different language. So, here are two more pieces of the puzzle...the two new words and phrases we'll be learning today:
Remember, the goal of this course is to get you to understand Fluent English when you hear it. This is the first, and most important step, in becoming fluent. So don't spend too much time saying these words and phrases. We're focusing on listening, and translating into Standard English.
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|Section 3: I'm Going to Learn Fluent English!|
Today we're going to concentrate on just one Fluent English word. It causes a lot of problems for students, so we really want to master it! This is like a corner piece of the puzzle: It's very important, and helps us solve a big section of the picture. Today's word is....
Remember, don't try too hard to pronounce the phrases in this video. As we always say: Relax....listen....and learn!
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|Section 4: Reductions Are Not Contractions|
Here are the three new words and phrases we'll be learning today. Remember, the phrases we're learning are the most common ones in Fluent English! Master these, and understanding Fluent English will be much easier for you!
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|Section 5: The Disappearing G|
Today we'll be learning many new Fluent English words based on the principle of what I call the "Disappearing G." This is so common, you will hear many times, even in a short conversation. This is a very important piece of the puzzle. Learn this, and you take a big step forward in your fluency!
2. doin', goin', etc
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|Section 6: Three New Words Unique to Fluent English|
Here are the three new words and phrases unique to fluent spoken English that we'll be learning today. Remember, these phrases are the most common ones in Fluent English! And each word is a piece of the puzzle that helps us see the whole picture!
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|Section 7: "Yer" is Easier to Say Than "Your"|
Congratulations! You're halfway through the course and you have half of the puzzle pieces you need to understand real, fluent English. So, here are two more:
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|Section 8: The advanced "Ch" morph of Fluent English|
Today we'll be learning many new phrases in Fluent English. They are all based on an advanced aspect of Fluent English called the "Ch" morph. Here are a few of the ones we'll be learning...
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|Section 9: The advanced "J" morph of Fluent English|
Today we learn something called the "J" morph. Again, this is another large piece of the puzzle of Fluent English. It is very hard for students to understand without guidance. So, here are just a few of the J-morphs we'll be learning today:
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|Section 10: Advanced Reductions Using the "J" Morph|
Once again, today we'll be learning many new phrases in Fluent English. These ones are based on advanced versions of the "J" morph. Here are a few of the ones we'll be learning...
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|Section 11: The Smallest Words in Fluent English|
We have two very short words to learn today. (We need the rest after that last big lesson!)
But, of course, it's the smallest words that are usually the most common (and the hardest to hear.) So this is a very important lesson, and another very important part of the puzzle.
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|Section 12: Easy to Learn but Hard to Hear|
Once again, we have two very short words to learn today. But remember, it's the smallest words that are usually the most common (and the hardest to hear.) Here are the two new Fluent English words...
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|Section 13: Woulda Coulda Shoulda!|
Today we'll be learning six new words in Fluent English. These are six major pieces of the puzzle! After today, you'll really be able to see almost the whole picture! This means, you'll really be able to understand fast, fluent English when you hear it!
Today's words are based on a particular reduction which happens with the six most common modal verbs in Fluent English. They are:
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|Section 14: Last Three Pieces of the Puzzle!|
Welcome to the final lesson of Understand Spoken English! You've come such a long way, you should be proud of yourself! Today we get the last three pieces of the puzzle. These are three very short words, but remember: Small words are usually the hardest to hear.
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|Section 15: Understand Fluent English: FINAL EXAM|
You can also use these videos in the future, to quickly review everything you've learned. So, if you're ready, try this first test!
Morphs are very important to mastering Fluent English. If you do well on this test, you are well on your way to becoming a fluent speaker of English!
Did you know that "Woulda, coulda, shoulda!" is a common saying in English? We often say it when someone uses one of those words. The saying means, "Yes, things should have been done better, but that's all in the past now. We need to move past the mistake."
And if you can move past this last test, you will be a proud graduate of Understanding Fluent English! So, hit play!
We are a group of language teaching professionals with decades of experience between us. Our mission is to teach the major world languages using modern language learning techniques like contextual learning, pattern recognition, construction branching, S.L.T. and more. The two principles of the Language Mastery Group are:
MARK THOMSON: A native New Yorker and lifelong instructor, first of guitar and later of languages. Mark is a self-taught, fluent speaker of Russian. He created the popular Russian Accelerator online Russian course, along with numerous other Russian courses including Russian Alphabet Mastery, and the Russian Made Easy podcast. He also created English Mastery Method in which he teaches English to native Russian speakers, and many other more advanced English courses under the Master Fluent English brand: Speak Fluent English, Understand Fluent English, and numerous Live Conversations courses. Mark's expertise is in detecting and explaining the patterns of grammar within any language, along with teaching it efficiently. Mark resides part time in Virginia, and part time in Ukraine.
GREG TORKELSON: Originally from Arizona, Greg is a self-taught speaker (and reader) of Japanese. He has been living and teaching full time in Japan for over a decade. Greg is the creator of a variety of Japanese courses including Japanese Mastery Method and Kanji Krusher. One of Greg's specialties is in clearly explaining the complexities of Japanese grammar, especially their system of linguistic particles. Perhaps his greatest expertise is in his ability to break down the complex Chinese characters known as kanji into recognizeable and memorable visual images.
Greg is also a co-founder of the Master Fluent English brand of adanced English courses.