Be Aware – Lesson 3

This Be Aware lesson is based on the real conversation, Burke 2 – And then they went to Europe.

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Like the first 2 lessons, Lesson 3 has two sections:

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Section A – Grammar Explanations with Examples

Improve your speaking. Sometimes when you are listening to something in English, you can understand it but you cannot say it. You are not able to reproduce what you hear with correct grammar. It is important to be aware of grammar and the correct way to use words. It helps you to communicate more clearly. This saves time and prevents misunderstandings. Let’s look at some examples:

Say these words aloud as quickly as you can:

one
one and a half
one and a half years old
two two and a half
two and a half years old
three
three and a half
three and a half years old
four
four and a half
four and a half years old
five
five and a half
five and half years old
six
six and a half
six and a half years old
seven
seven and a half
seven and a half years old
eight
eight and a half
eight and a half years old
nine
nine and a half
nine and a half years old
ten
ten and a half
ten and a half years old

These phrases are really common. This is how we say it. We never say ‘two years and a half old’ or ‘three and half year’. A native speaker would never say it like that.

A native speaker has heard all of these phrases a million times. He or she will become impatient if you stumble over them. You should not have to think about them. You should be able to say them really quickly without thinking. You should be able to say them automatically. Say them over and over in your head. Make it like a song. Sound them out like music in your head. Sing!

Tap your fingers on the table in rhythm with the syllables as you recite them, if it helps you.

Now look at the next example. How are these phrases different?

they were both Canadian
they were both Canadians
one of them was Canadian
one of them was a Canadian
neither of them were Canadian
neither of them were Canadians

The first two have the same meaning.

‘They were both Canadian’ uses the word ‘Canadian’ to show nationality. It is an adjective. They were both Canadians uses the word ‘Canadians’ to show nationality. It is a noun plural.

The next pair of phrases is the same:

One of them was Canadian. (adjective)
One of them was a Canadian.(noun singular)

The next two are the same too:

Neither of them were Canadian. (adjective)
Neither of them were Canadians. (noun plural)

Are you sure of the difference between ‘both of them’, ‘one of them’ and ‘neither of them’?

“One of them” is used to talk about only one person. ‘Both of them’ and ‘Neither of them’ are used to talk about two people, but not more. Look at this scale:

one of them
two of them
three of them
a few of them
some of them
quite a few of them
most of them
almost all of them
all of them

The scale descends from fewest to most. Use your dictionary to check any meanings that you do not know.

check out these words too:

either of them
neither of them
both of them

Look at these phrases:

they were trained as nurses
they were taught how to be nurses
they were educated to be nurses
they were trained to be nurses

They all have roughly the same meaning.

Look at the next group of phrases:

how do you spell that
how is that spelled
how is that spelt

They are variations of the same question. They have the same meaning.

Now look at this group of phrases:

less developed countries
underdeveloped countries
developing countries
highly developed countries

Do you know the difference?

The first three are identical. The top one is common. The second one is not politically correct. The third one is more polite than the top one, because it implies that development is taking place. Development is happening. The country is developing. People think development is good. People think that development is good.

What is development? Is it good? Is it always good? What do you think? Write and tell us in the comment section below.

What is your job?

I work as a teacher.
I work as an accountant.
I work as an administration official.
I work as a cleaner.
I work as a caterer.
I work as a project manager.
I work as an office worker.

The last one sounds a bit strange because in English we do not like repetition in the same sentence. The verb ‘work’ is followed by the noun ‘worker’. They belong to the same family. Putting them in the same sentence sounds repetitive and clumsy.

Have you ever worked as a teacher? Write and tell us about your experience.

Now look at this group of phrases:

were doing the same thing
are doing the same thing
will be doing the same thing

They belong to three different types of narratives. The first one is in the past. The second one is in the present. The third one is in the future.

Look at the next set of three:

were just seeing a movie
are just seeing a movie
will be just seeing a movie

They are also, past, present and future. The word (just( has no real meaning. It is just used to play down the importance of the activity of seeing a movie. It is no big deal. It is just a movie. It is nothing special. Do you think movies are special? What movie do you like? Write and tell us.

Look at these ones:

was nine or ten
was like nine or ten
would have been nine or ten
would have been like nine or ten

They also have roughly the same meaning but there are subtle differences. The first one is simple, direct, straightforward and factual.

The second one adds the word ‘like’. This softens the effect of the sentence and gives it an informal relaxed feel. It shows that the speaker is not completely sure of himself. He is relaxed and speaking freely. He is not paying too much attention to exact detail. It is polite and deferential.

The third one uses the conditional form ‘would have been’ instead of ‘was’. This has the same effect as ‘like’ but it is even stronger. It shows humility and intelligence. It shows that the speaker is not arrogant.

Look at these ones:

was fifteen or sixteen years old
was like fifteen or sixteen years old
is fifteen or sixteen years old
is like fifteen or sixteen years old
will be fifteen or sixteen years old
will be like fifteen or sixteen years old

They come in pairs. They show the past, present and future as well. Look at them carefully.

Now look at these ones:

would have been twelve or thirteen
would have been like twelve or thirteen
would be twelve or thirteen
would be like twelve or thirteen

They are pairs as well but there are only two sets of pairs. The first pair is from a narrative in the past. The second pair is from a narrative in the present This form cannot be used in the future..

Look at this phrase:

as I said
as I indicated
as I mentioned
as I told you
as I explained
as I pointed out

They are roughly the same but there are subtle differences between them. The first one is straightforward and factual. The second one is slightly formal. It is better to use it as a written form or in a working, problem-solving environment. The third one is low key. It is more low key than the first one. The fourth one is a little up tempo. It is harsher and pushier.

The fifth one is a little different. You ‘mention’ or ‘say’ a fact like somebody’s age but you do not ‘explain’ it. An explanation refers to a narrative or a sequence of events. It can not refer to a single fact or number.

The sixth one, ‘pointed out’ is like ‘explained’. It usually refers to a sequence of events (an explanation) but it can also refer to a single fact.

Look at them now:

My brother, as I said, was nineteen or twenty. (straightforward)
My brother, as I indicated, was nineteen or twenty. (up tempo, at work)
My brother as I mentioned, was nineteen or twenty. (low-key straightforward)
My brother as I told you, was nineteen or twenty. (hard)
My brother as I explained, was nineteen or twenty. (a bit odd)
My brother as I pointed out, was nineteen or twenty. (a bit odd)

We can use different types of images to describe a brief stay in another place.

a taste of Asia (gustatory)
a glimpse of Asia (visual)
an Asian interlude (literary)

We use different adjectives to show degrees of quality:

must have been very nice
must have been very good
must have been wonderful
must have been fantastic

Sometimes we talk about memories. Look at these phrases:

the best memory I have
the earliest memory I have
the most horrible memory I have
the most unpleasant memory I have
the most pleasant memory I have

The earliest memory I have is of lying in the back seat of a car toe to toe with my little brother and moving across a vast landscape of yellow grass with blue sky above me at dawn, my mother and father in the front seat of the car, my father driving.

What is your earliest memory? Write and tell us below.

Sometimes we say the same thing in different ways by using verb/noun combinations from the same word family. Look at these ones:

the only thing I can remember
the only memory I have

We can also say:

the only thing I can recall
the only thing I can bring to mind

Most of us live in a town or a village or a city.there are roads and there are intersections. An intersection is a key place. It can be a real place where two roads meet or it can be a mental place where two minds meet. It is important to understand the vocabulary of the intersection.

the north corner
the south corner
the east corner
the west corner

the northeast corner
the southeast corner
the northwest corner
the southwest corner

the middle of the intersection
the center of the intersection

a cobblestone street
a paved street
a bitumen road
a normal paved road
a normal tar road
a dirt road
an unpaved road

Do you understand all those terms? Use your dictionary if you do not.

Finally look at these words. They refer to memories:

that memory
that impression
that imprint
that recollection



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Section B: Listening Activities

Now listen to the whole conversation without the transcript. While you are listening go through this list and mark the expression you hear. Have fun!

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one
one and a half
one and a half years old
two two and a half
two and a half years old
three
three and a half
three and a half years old
four
four and a half
four and a half years old
five
five and a half
five and half years old
six
six and a half
six and a half years old
seven
seven and a half
seven and a half years old
eight
eight and a half
eight and a half years old
nine
nine and a half
nine and a half years old
ten
ten and a half
ten and a half years old

hey were both Canadian
they were both Canadians
one of them was Canadian
one of them was a Canadian
neither of them were Canadian
neither of them were Canadians

they were trained as nurses
they were taught how to be nurses
they were educated to be nurses
they were trained to be nurses

how do you spell that
how is that spelled
how is that spelt

less developed countries
underdeveloped countries
developing countries
highly developed countries

as doctors
as nurses
as teachers

were doing the same thing
are doing the same thing
will be doing the same thing

were just seeing a movie
are just seeing a movie
will be just seeing a movie

was five or six
was like five or six
would have been five or six
would have been like five or six

as I explained
as I said
as I pointed out
a i indicated
as i mentioned
as I told you

a glimpse of Europe
a taste of Europe
a European interlude

the best memory I have
the earliest memory I have
the most horrible memory I have
the only memory I have
the most unpleasant memory I have
the most pleasant memory I have

the only thing I can remember
the only memory I have
the only thing I can recall
the only thing I can bring to mind

this intersection
that intersection
those intersections

bitumen
paved
cobblestone
tar
dirt

that memory
that impression
that imprint
that recollection

To improve your pronunciation and speaking confidence, listen to the recording many times. Try to repeat each phrase as the speaker speaks it. You can find the transcript here: Burke 2 – And then they went to Europe.

This is the end of Lesson 3.  We like to receive comments.  Please leave us a comment below. Let us know what you think of the lesson.

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    Best regards
    P De Mario

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  5. hyam says:

    first. thank u for this great lesson. i treasure your emails.
    1)what about development: it is the progress and the growth of different fields in a country or part of of it. i think yes it is mostly good. it means having more advanced things that help you save time and energy. it is great at the level of communication too. bot on the other hand, development is bad when we talk about the development of Terrorism for example like guided missile that definetly cause death
    2) have you ever worked as a teacher?
    yes i have been teaching for 8 years. i have taught first cycle when i was still in the university and later i have taught kindergarten kids 2008-current
    i honestly believe that teaching isfilled withdreams, hope, joy, enthusiasm beyond measure.
    even though i had some mistakes during my first years, but i never stopped stiving, keeping my fingers crossed, for being a successful teacher because i believe that Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.
    and i am still trying to stretch my language and to have more fluent one. looking forward to have more lessons.

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  13. Rula says:

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  14. Brahma Ginsu says:

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    thanks Teacher Mark and Aroon

  15. Moacyr says:

    Devolpment for me, is good if people can really take part of it. There many occasions that We see that development is good for just a few!

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  20. Loida Santana says:

    What is development? It is an state in what people or a country growths.
    Is it always good? It is eally good but not always, because sometimes a country does not how to make use of the development they are living and instead of doing good things they get their country worse.
    What do you think? I think is a process every person or country most live because it makes you every capacity you have improving your enviroment.
    Do you think movies are special? I think they are, because trough them we can lern may thing from other countries all over the world.
    What movie do you like? Well I like many, but now I remember remeber: A couple of three, it is really nice.

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  23. Dear teacher Mark

    Thank you very much again, for your comment!!! I could realize that I need to brush up my knowledge about movies. I will try to find the movie you´re talking to. The problem is how to find them? I will write for my daughter/son in law asking them about. They love movies. It will be good to see these films together in Sydney.
    All the good things for you. Excuse-me teacher but I would like to ask you about if I need to pay for the classes, I`ve never saw so much dedication without any money, I have a very hard life concerning to money, but I know everybody needs it, mainly when you are making a very good job. These nearly personal contacts is very important for the students, but it takes a lot of time for you, I need to understand how you think this way?

  24. Mark White says:

    Yeah. Movies have changed. The world has changed. I recently saw Tarantino’s film:”Inglourious Barsteds”

    Have you seen it? Have you seen any of his films like “Pulp Fiction”?

  25. Dear Teachers Mark and Aaron

    Have you ever worked as a teacher? Yes once in my life, it was a good experience, not exactly as a teacher, but as an instructor, a friend of mine wrote a computer program and taught me, in order to, I teach others.
    Do you think movies are special? Yes I do, but I don´t like the today´s film. I remember Alfred Hitchicock who was director of Kim Novac in ¨Um corpo que cai¨ I don´t know the name in English, and a lot of good actors and actresses like as John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Frank Sinatra, Steve Mc Queen, Anthony Quinn, Liz Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, etc,etc. Good times that we don´t have more!!! Do you remember ¨Os Canhões de Navarone¨ The guns of Navarone with Gregory Peck very very special, or ¨Assim caminha a humanidade¨ with James Dean and others. That was in my opinion an unforgetable time for movies in the world!!!
    Nowadays I like Nemo, Sherek and Fiona, Pica Pau, Avatar sameone said that´s is good, I didn´t see yet.
    About the lesson I think it´s very good it show us subtle diferences with the others I would have been read till now, congratulations, but I know i need to study more and more, it´s not easy, it´s a difficult challenge.

  26. Jennie says:

    Thanks very much! I like this lesson, I’ve learned some new words in this conversation.

  27. ruma says:

    hi, Mark and Aaron
    this lesson was very good, i enjoyed it very very much
    now, about your questions:
    1)what is development?Is it good? Is it always good? What do you think? development, i think, is a very hard to define this statement. development is an utilization of the power of the country and its nation to improve the country Whether human potential and natural, technological and mental and all the kinds of power it can use with minimal loses or damages. development is a very good thing in all costs. actually it’s always good.
    2)Do you think movies are special? What movie do you like?
    what do you mean by special? i like watching movies at all, you know?, especially with my aunt.
    3)Have you ever worked as a teacher? actually no, i am a student, auniversity student.
    4)4)What is your earliest memory?the earliest memory i have is that when i traveld to saudi arabia with my family
    finally thank you Mark and Aaron thanks alot.
    yours,
    ruma

  28. Maria says:

    Hi everybody,
    My answer are:
    – What is development? Is it good? Is it always good? What do you think?

    I think the development is almost always destroying the nature. Because for the development we need petroleum (we transport the petroleum for the sea, a lot of time there are the accidents an the petroleum finish in the sea), wood (we devastate the forest…), companies (we contaminate the ozone), etc.

    – Have you ever worked as a teacher? Write and tell us about your experience.

    Yes, I worked as a teacher a lot of times. The first time in Brussels I worked as Spanish’s teacher for almost three years,
    After in Spain I work as a teacher for primary education.

    – Do you think movies are special? What movie do you like? Write and tell us.

    Yes, I love the movies. I love « El lado Oscuro edl corazon » (The dark side of the heard) is the most beautiful film. Subiela (the director) makes a film but It’s a movie fills with poetry. I think is a poem in movement.

    – What is your earliest memory? Write and tell us below

    My earliest memory is going out for a walk with my mather, she takes a lemon and both eat the lemon. It’s very strong but I love it.

    Thanks a lot of!

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  43. Mark White says:

    Hi Katherina

    A lot of people think “development” is good at any cost.

    If a government pushes a road through to an isolated area, it may be a good idea if it brings access to schools and hospitals and better drinking water.

    If a foreign company cuts down the forest and displaces all the people who live there, then builds a huge dam to generate hydro-electricity but there is no demand for the hydro-electricity and the country is left in debt and the dam silts up and becomes an environmental disaster area…is that “development”?

    The problem with development is that sometimes it is as if the body is acting without a head. Huge multinational construction corporations and finance/investment firms act like this. They will do anything to turn a profit regardless of whether the sum of effects long and short term is good.

    Development without clear aims and uncorrupted motives is probably bad. What do you think?

    Search around the internet and look at the World Bank and the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the various dams it has built. Can you find examples of “good development” and “bad development”?

    Post your results on this page. Let’s talk more about this topic.

    We have to develop our planet in a good way. This is our home; our only home.

  44. katherina says:

    Before everything, would like to say “thanks” for this great opportunity that you give us to improve our English language.
    Regarding the questions above in Section A, these are my answers:
    1. What is development? Is it good? Is it always good? What do you think? Based on that “development” means “improvement and/or growing” I hink that is a positive thing. Of course, it depends of the “means” to develop.
    2. What movie do you like? I like movies a lot especially those stories based in real life.
    3. What is your earliest memory? When I was with my family in Peru for the Christmas, it was like 2 years ago.
    again, thank you for this lesson.

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  54. Yulia from Novosibirsk says:

    The only thing I can bring to mind first from my childhood was my standing up in my little bed and watching my parents arguing about something. I was about one year old I suppose…

  55. Yulia from Novosibirsk says:

    Following the question from Grammar Section , development is good, it’s hard to say if it can be bad at all. But it is sad when some countries are highly developed and others are only developing. The difference between them becomes more noticable as far as time passes, because developed countries develop much quicker than developing ones.

    • rbpw says:

      Thank you very much.I really enjoy listening and reading. it’s really help my grammar and lestining the words on how they pronouns it.More exercise please…

  56. Ngoc Lan says:

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    As regards development, I think that it is good. Besides the development we have to keep our good tradition and to avoid to be harmful our environment.
    Again thank you so much

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  58. Amira says:

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    please advice me how to avoide these difficults
    thanks alot’

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Amira, if there are only a few areas in the listening that are hard to understand, then listen many times and use the transcript. If there are many areas that are too difficult to understand in the listening, then you ought to find easier listening material.

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    It would be better if you can send three or more lessons at a time or shorten the day interval of sending lessons (if it can be one lesson per day).

  70. Natalia says:

    What’s up? I’m keen on these lessons because they’re useful.
    Take care!

  71. hayatullah says:

    It is very useful for me thanks you especially for grammar explanation ,listning and gramer.

  72. adan says:

    Hi, this execises are so helpful to get more skills in how to use diferent vocabulary, due to in inglish it is not allow to repeat words many times.

  73. Azhar says:

    i’m happy to find this site,it’s very useful course.

  74. Judi says:

    Your method is nice and helpful to learning english more.
    Good luck.

  75. tuonglc says:

    I’m very interesting with these lessons. they are very useful for me to learn English.
    Thank you very much!

  76. Motea N Algazali says:

    Hi,how are you ? my name is Motea Nagi Algazali from Yemen ,thanks alot for help,those lessons are pertty good .
    well,I’m studying english for two years ,but I have many problems .
    The first problem is :when the teacher is teaching us ,I underestand what he talking about,but I can’t talk and speake like him ,please give me advice , so what can I do to be good listener and speaker.
    I will tell you about my second problem later.

  77. ghalia says:

    thanking you very much to help me in improve my english language

    ghalia

  78. Manoj Chahil says:

    Thanks for the lesson 3.
    According to me Development is good. But we have to look others when we are going on the path of development. I have done my Bachelor of Education from University of Delhi (India). So I am going to be a teacher soon. I like the days of my childhood when i was free from all the tensions of the life and enjoyed playing…

    Thanks to all of you.

    • Mark White says:

      Hi Manoj

      Congratulaions on graduating. Teaching is a wonderful job.

      “Development” is a big word. Generally we think “development” is good because it carries the idea of improvement. If the women from the village can get running water from a tap instead of walking several miles to the river each day, it is good. Schools, hospitals and roads are usually “good developments” or examples of “good development”.

      However when huge multinational corporations (which only care about profit regardless of social or environmental cost) get involved in “development”, the story becomes more complicated. Check out this free movie. It shows another angle. What do you think?

      http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

      The movie is pretty heavy. I did not watch it all in one sitting. I think I watched it over three evenings. It has some complex vocabulary in it. If you fool about with the menu you can get subtitles for it in English and read and you listen. It is great to develop vocabulary and get another perspective on economcs and you can read and listen at the same time. I think you can find audio versions in other languages too. Are you a Hindi speaker?

      cheers Mark

  79. Amany Fayek says:

    Thank you so much for your effort.It is usefull to me GO ON

  80. jamileh says:

    hi.thank you for lesson 3.I think about questions:
    1-Development is good,i like my country develop but keep correct calture.
    2-I have been a teacher.
    3-i like romantic movies.
    4-Earliest memory means memoru of child or memorialize when i was kid.
    please help me about my answers above.thank you.

  81. yusuf says:

    hi.how are u . i am yusuf from libya,thank u so much for ur clarification with all lessons ,but I suffer of problem , my problem with tenses , i donont know why ,we use (s) in the present simple tense with the pronouns (he,she,it) can u explain it to me please.

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Yusuf….I’m not really sure *why* we use ‘s’ with he, she, and it. That’s just the way it is. My guess is that since rules of grammar were derived from actual usage, then they simply reflect the natural patterns taking place at the time in which they were first identified and recorded. Perhaps early English speakers felt the need make 3rd person verbs sound special, in order to distinguish those conjugations from their 1st and 2nd person counterparts? Does anybody else have any ideas?

  82. Hai says:

    Gramma explanations is very good, it help me to understand the lesson & phrases.

  83. viqar says:

    sir thanks for lesson 3 im doing daily home work on it eveyday lessening and reding yours lesson for improving my english, or have to do other thing pls rectify me. thans
    viqar

  84. luu linh luong says:

    i want the practise below each lesson so that we can review my lessons easier, and and need some one pronoun each phrase for me, so that i can hear annd understand the phrases clearly. thanks
    im l??ng l?u linh, im from hanoi university of pharmacy, my email:
    lengzuycoco_lcmylove@yahoo.com
    nice to meet everbody hêre???>>>

  85. vasu says:

    sir thank you for helping me,
    i want general conversatios at all kind of occasions,
    so i hope you will send.

  86. musbah says:

    my dear iam veary interesting from this lesson so hope to sent me more thank so much

  87. Govind says:

    Good material it helps me allot, it would be great if you could provide pdf document for the given conversation……

  88. asmaa says:

    thank you so much for this conversation it helps me to improve my listening i will follow you step by step to learn more and more thank you again

  89. Reza says:

    Can u make that dialogue into pdf file so we can download too ? I open this email using my cellphone so i cant copy+paste that dialogue.

  90. Reza says:

    Can u make that dialoge into pdf file so we can download too ?

  91. walid says:

    thank you very much for these lessons they are very usefull and important and I wish more successful for you

  92. mubarak says:

    my dear iam veary interesting from this lesson so hope to sent me more thank so much

  93. mike says:

    Thank you very much for your helping,
    I can understand a little bit written English, but listening-comprehension English is really difficult for me. I hope I will progress thank to this website.

  94. alaa says:

    wow thanks very much. its very important lesson ,it help me to improve my lisitening. really thanks to all members of the site. we wait alot of lessons
    alaa ali ebrahim
    egypt redsea safaga

  95. tulip says:

    yours lesson is interesting and helpful!

  96. zainal says:

    I’m very interested by the lesson.

  97. zainal says:

    I’m very interesting with this lesson

  98. deepa says:

    this is very useful for me butalso i want some more to learn

    • raj says:

      Hi deepa how r u ? i hope u r fine im fine too even im also interested to improve my english can we be frd that we can abale to practice abt it send me mail if u can take care

  99. Gehan Megally says:

    I think that the lessons are great and they are helpful. So far I can talk a little English with my family. So these lessons helped me a lot. I hope you send more lessons.

    THANK YOU.

  100. afzal memon says:

    I am very glad to join this forum as by this I can improve my language skills. In lesson three of English Converstions the following four words have been given for comments of the reader, I categorically comment hereunder :-

    Development:

    A process of growing of business, career or technology.
    I think development is good. Development in all the above three fields improves living standard. However, development may cause good and bad changes on the society at the same time. It is up to the users of developed technology, how they respond to the current development.

    Teacher:

    I have no words to praise a ‘Teacher’, however, I have taught English Shorthand outlines to the fresh matriculates and I feel pleasure to play the role of a teacher for a certain time.

    Movies:

    Movies leaves good and bad impression simultaneously. It depends upon the person how he reacts after watching a movie, however, I like “SPEED”.

    Memory:

    No body in this world can refuse of any good or bad memory. In 2001, I was struggling very hard to raise my job standard, when my immediate boss wrote a letter to his superior, praising my work and I was able to step to grade 12. It is realy a pleasent memory, how me and my parents had enjoyed such that a moment.

    Regards;

    Afzal Memon

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Afzal…

      When you say “Speed”, are you talking about the Keanu Reeves movie from 1994?

      I agree with you about memories. We always remember our strongest memories, whether they are good or bad.

      You are from Pakistan, right? I would like to visit Pakistan someday. I friend I know went there and had many wonderful things to say about the culture.

      Thank you for your sharing your comments.

  101. Rosaria says:

    Hi Mark, I appreciate a lot your lessons.Thanks.
    I think development is good. But it should happen without overusing other countries and should respecting the nature.

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Rosaria….I agree with you. I think development is good, but not at the expense of environmental destruction or over-consumption. I think development should be sustainable and healthy.

  102. howraa says:

    A LOVE YOU
    A died in site
    so very very good
    intersting . butfull .every thing

  103. teymour says:

    Thanks to everybody wanting to halp me for imporving my second language.Iam so sorry about my writing becuse Iam newcomer in Canada.Igo evreyday toschool more than one year but Ican’t speak English and Ican’t undrestand when the people talking to each other.IJUST bught effortless english(one month)I cuit school and stay home only learning effortlees english I hope after six month to able speak english and undestand native speech.I want to ask you if posible a little bit show me and help how to improve english .however I realy thankful for effortlessenglish.thank you soooooooo much.deceber,4,2009.TEYMOUR

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Teymour….Welcome to our site. If you have any questions, feel free to write them here in the comments section. We will be happy to help you with your questions.

      Good luck with your English learning. Keep at it everyday and you WILL be successful!

  104. soso says:

    Thank you for this listening lesson and these grammar explanations

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