Extraordinary English Is Worth Spending Time On

Yesterday I ran the Tokyo Seaside Marathon. Which was good. I’m aiming to do the 20k in under 90 minutes. My time last year was 1:46:06, and this year I got 1:41:40. So getting better. But not there yet. I could make all kinds of excuses… Like the fact I’m recovering from cold and lacked [...]

Which is better: Shadowing or Repeating?

In this video and the next few, I’m going to talk about the “Shadowing” technique. Niloufar asks: Hi Julian. Shadowing is a really good method. But I have an idea. Don’t you think it’s better not to copy the voice of speaker simultaneously? I feel it’s better to copy it after the speaker in order [...]

English Speaking Practise That Actually Does Something

English speaking practise

You’ve probably met plenty of people like this: Has 800+ in TOIEC or over 8 in IELTS. Knows vocabulary that even native speakers don’t know (and is very proud of the fact). Knows all the weird grammar patterns (also better than most native speakers). Can’t say “good morning” in a native-like way. Sounds really silly, [...]