Be Aware – Lesson 1

This Be Aware Lesson is based on the conversation, Health Problems.

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This lesson has two sections:

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Section A – Grammar Explanations with Examples

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:

am sitting
is sitting
are sitting

Do you understand the difference between these? We say, “I am sitting” or “he is sitting” or “they are sitting,” but we do not say, “he am sitting” or “she are sitting.” Talking like that in English is unnecessarily confusing.

In grammar we call this “conjugation”. Look the word up in your dictionary. Is there a word for “conjugation” in your language? Do verbs “conjugate” in your language? Write to me and tell me by leaving a comment below.

Lets look at some more examples:

was sitting
were sitting

Do you understand the difference between this group of phrases and the previous group of phrases?

“Am sitting,” “is sitting,” and “are sitting” are used in the present tense. They are used to talk about “now.” “Was sitting”and “were sitting” are used in the past tense. They are used to talk about “before.” They are not used to talk about “now.”

Now look at this group of phrases:

am sitting
is sitting
are sitting
was sitting
were sitting

When you listen to the real conversation in Section B, which phrase do you hear? Underline it. Underline the one you heard. Don’t do it now. Do it later. Let me go through all the language points for this conversation. Then I will give you a list in the activities in Section B. You can go through the list as you listen to the conversation.

Ok, let’s try another one. Look at these phrases:

with Michael
next to Michael
by Michael

Do you know the difference between them?

We use the phrases “with Michael” and “next to Michael” in about the same way. They mean the same thing in the context of location. “By Michael” is not the same. German speakers often make this mistake because in German it is “bei Michael” but in English it is usually “next to Michael” or “with Michael” when we talk about location. “By Michael” is usually used in the sense, “This book was written by Michael” or “This drawing was done by Michael.”

Which one do you hear?

with Michael
next to Michael
by Michael

Let’s try another one:

am feeling good
am not feeling good
is feeling good
is not feeling good
are feeling good
are not feeling good

This is another conjugation. Do you understand the difference between each pair of phrases? Look at them carefully. Each pair of phrases consists of a negative statement and a positive statement.

Look at the next group:

was feeling good
was not feeling good
were feeling good
were not feeling good

Later on, you will listen to the conversation and underline the one that you hear, but please do it in Section B, at the end of this lesson.

Let’s try the next one:

got diagnosed
was diagnosed
NOT became diagnosed

Do you know what “diagnosed” means? Check your dictionary if you do not. The base form of the verb is “diagnosed”. The doctor examines you and he makes a diagnosis. That means he decides what the problem is. For example:

I was diagnosed with cholera.
or
I was diagnosed with influenza.

This means:

The doctor said I had cholera.
or
The doctor thought I had influenza.

You can say:

I was diagnosed with influenza.
or
I got diagnosed with influenza.

but we never say:

I became diagnosed.

Now look at the next point:

got diagnosed by
got diagnosed with

Do you understand the difference between these two?

“by” is used like this:

I was diagnosed by Doctor Smith.

In this sentence, “by” refers to the doctor (the person who diagnosed you).

“With” is used like this:

I was diagnosed with influenza. (“with” refers to the illness or the malady)

Look at the next one. Do you understand all these phrases:

about nine weeks ago
exactly nine weeks ago
almost nine weeks ago
just over nine weeks ago
less than nine weeks ago
more than nine weeks ago

Use your dictionary to make sure you understand each phrase. They are like pairs of opposites. They go in pairs like this:

more than nine weeks ago
less than nine weeks ago

almost nine weeks ago
just over nine weeks ago

about nine weeks ago
exactly nine weeks ago.

In Section B below, I will give you a list like this:

more than nine weeks ago
less than nine weeks ago
almost nine weeks ago
just over nine weeks ago
about nine weeks ago
exactly nine weeks ago

I will want you to tick the phrase you hear.

Now look at the next one:

up in the hills
up in the mountains

Do you understand the difference? “Hills” are considered to be smaller than “mountains.” We sometimes use the words interchangeably however.

Be aware. Which one did you hear? Select it when you listen to the conversation in Section B at the end.

Now try this one:

got treated
was treated

am getting treated
am being treated

was getting treated
was being treated

Do you understand the difference? They are all passive sentences. Passive voice can use “be” verb or “get” verb. Both are ok.

These two are past simple passive:

I got treated by a Japanese doctor.
I was treated by a Japanese doctor.

These two are present continuous passive:

I am getting treated by a Japanese doctor.
I am being treated by a Japanese doctor.

These two are past continuous passive:

I was getting treated by a Japanese doctor.
I was being treated by a Japanese doctor.

Note that “get” is more informal spoken style and “be” is slightly more formal for more polite situations.

Now look at this scale:

an excellent doctor
a very good doctor
a good doctor
an ok doctor
a normal doctor
a so-so doctor
a bad doctor
a very bad doctor
an awful doctor
a terrible doctor

This shows the scale of quality of the doctor in descending order.

When we get treated there are different ways we can be treated:

with antibiotics
with western medicine
with conventional medication
with traditional medicine
with strong drugs
with drugs
with western drugs

Check the meanings of these expressions in your dictionary.

Now look at this one:

threw up
vomited
spewed
spewed up
were ill
was ill

All those expressions have the same meaning. “Threw up,” “spewed” and “spewed up” are more informal. “Were ill” and “was ill” are more general. They could mean “vomited” or just “feel sick.”

The clearest ones are “vomited” or “threw up”

Look at the next point:

fear that
fears that
am afraid that
is afraid that
are afraid that

Check the meanings in your dictionary. We use these phrases to make our statements less direct and more gentle.

When we have problems that do not stop, we can say:

recurring problems
ongoing problems
continuing problems

They all have the same meaning.

If we talk about medicine in dry form it may be:

new pills
new drugs
new tablets
powder

When we talk about two types of “pills” we use these pairs of opposites:

these pills
those pills

these ones
those ones

these pills
some other pills

When we feel better or worse we say:

feeling a little better
feeling a little worse
feeling much better
feeling much worse

Another way to say “threw up” is:

was violently ill
was violently sick
vomited
threw up
spewed

When we express concern and sympathy we can say one of these:

That is terrible.
That is awful.
That is not good.

A sick patient might say:

I am feeling weak.
I am feeling a little weak.
I am feeling quite weak.
I am feeling very weak.

When he feels better, he will say:

I am feeling strong.
I am feeling quite strong.
I am feeling very strong.

He will not say, “I am feeling a little strong.” It is not natural to express it that way. If you said that everybody would know what you meant but a native speaker would never say it like that. “Strong” is a powerful word. We do not say “a little strong.”

Now here are some tropical fruits:

some papaya
some mango
some avocado
some orange
some pomegranate

Can you think of any more?

When we recount what we heard we can say:

I have heard
or
I had heard

“I have heard” adds weight to the expression. It is stronger.

“I heard” is used as part of a narrative as in:

I went to the coffee shop on the corner.
I heard some music.
I looked around.
It was the waiter.
The waiter was singing.

When we express sympathy we say one of these:

I hope you will feel better soon.
I hope you are feeling better.
I hope you do feel better.
I hope you are going to feel better.

It does not matter which one you use but DO use one as often as you can. It is good to express sympathy and compassion and caring. It strengthens human relationships.



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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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am sitting
is sitting
are sitting
was sitting
were sitting

with Michael
next to Michael
by Michael

am feeling good
am not feeling good
is feeling good
is not feeling good
are feeling good
are not feeling good
was feeling good
was not feeling good
were feeling good
were not feeling good

got diagnosed by
got diagnosed with
was diagnosed by
was diagnosed with

less than nine weeks ago
more than nine weeks ago
about nine weeks ago
exactly nine weeks ago
almost nine weeks ago
just over nine weeks ago

up in the hills
up in the mountains

got treated
was treated
am getting treated
am being treated
was getting treated
was being treated

an excellent doctor
a very good doctor
a good doctor
an ok doctor
a normal doctor
a so so doctor
a bad doctor
a very bad doctor
an awful doctor
a terrible doctor

with antibiotics
with western medicine
with conventional medication
with traditional medicine
with strong drugs
with drugs
with western drugs

threw up
vomited
spewed
spewed up
were ill
was ill

was afraid that
were afraid that
fear that
am afraid that
is afraid that

recurring problems
ongoing problems
continuing problems

new pills
new drugs
new tablets
some powder

these pills
those pills
these ones
those ones
these pills
some other pills

feeling a little better
feeling a little worse
feeling much better
feeling much worse

was violently ill
was violently sick
vomited
threw up
spewed

that is terrible
that is awful
that is not good

I am feeling weak.
I am feeling a little weak.
I am feeling quite weak.
I am feeling very weak.
I am feeling strong
I am feeling quite strong
I am feeling very strong

some papaya
some mango
some banana
some avocado
some orange
some pomegranite

I have heard
I had heard
I heard

I hope you feel better soon.
I hope you will feel better soon.
I hope you are feeling better.
I hope you do feel better.
I hope you are going to feel better.

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 transcription here: Health Problems.

This is the End of Lesson 1. Do you have any questions? What did you think? Please leave us your comments below.

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  111. Akushi says:

    Hello ! Thanks for this good lesson.

  112. kinnari maharaja says:

    hi…………….this is beautiful site i have ever seen.
    nice to listen and read conversation. send me this type of lessonto know more.
    Thanks a lot for having concern.

  113. Howaida says:

    Thank you so much for this good lesson
    I need more listening exercises to improve my pronunciation because
    this is my problem
    I enjoyed a lot
    Thanks again

  114. merrie says:

    thank you for this firt lesson, I hope I could gain my english skill by learning through this system.

  115. RAVINDER says:

    VERY GOOD SITE FOR LEARNING ENGLISH AND I SEARCHED MORE SITES FOR LEANING ENGLISH WHAEVER IT MAY BE IT IS BETER THAN OTHER SITE ..

  116. emy elwan says:

    I like this way of teaching english but i need more listening excersises by which i can improve my pronounciation because this is my proplem. And concrning grammar i am very good at it as i am a
    postgraduate in english literature.so i need to speak british english with native speakers.. so anyone can help me?

  117. Elizabeth says:

    hello!! thanks for this opportunity!.
    There is a word “Conjugation” it’s in spanish “Conjugacion”. the verb “conjugate” in spanish is: “unir” for example:
    yo uno,
    tu unes,
    el o ella une,
    nosotros unimos,
    ellos unen,
    ustedes unen.

  118. Elizabeth says:

    hello!! thanks for this opportunity!.
    There is a word “Conjugation” and verb “conjugate” in my spanish-english Dictionary.

  119. cinnamon says:

    thanks so much for this kind of exercise, it really improve my english and also my students`english

  120. cinnamon says:

    in Mexico there are a lot of conjugations and they are even more difficult to learn, thanks for your help. God bless you.

  121. yasmeen says:

    I am very thankful to you I enjoyed a lot .

  122. ritu says:

    Hi,

    I got the email containing Lesson bt i am unable to download the audio file though MP3 player is already installed in my system.

    Request you to please help.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Ritu

  123. Ngoc Lan says:

    I love your lesson. Thank you so much

  124. thanks God, for your gift which you gave to our brothers who are
    administering this gr8t lessons and hope MY God will help them.

  125. Vy says:

    in my English Vietnamese dictionary , there are word “conjugate”, but no “conjugation”. thanks for your lesson! i love your wensite

  126. Bigben says:

    Many thanks for such a great lesson !
    Be sure you have one more active user of your website 🙂
    As to conjugation, it is ‘?????????’ in Russian and ‘???????????????’ in Ukrainian. The verbs are being conjugated with the help of changing the endings and using the appropriate pronoun.

    • Bigben says:

      Many thanks for such a great lesson !
      Be sure you have one more active user of your website 🙂
      As to conjugation, it is ‘?????????’ in Russian and ‘???????????????’ in Ukrainian. The verbs are being conjugated with the help of changing the endings and using the appropriate pronoun.
      P.S. By the way, as far as I know pomegranite should be written this way: pomegranate

  127. FERRY PARHUSIP says:

    Thanks for helping me to improve my English Conversation, But I think this topic is very difficult for Lesson#1.

  128. Lucília Jorge says:

    very interesting way of improving vocabulary and learning the continuous form. In Portugese “conjugate” is very similar (“conjugar”)and the noun is “conjugação”.
    Thanks for the lesson
    Lucília

  129. Mostafa says:

    what about lesson 2 ?

  130. Mostafa says:

    this is very good

  131. Laura says:

    Thanks so much for this !

    🙂
    ——————————————————————–
    In grammar we call this “conjugation”. Look the word up in your dictionary. Is there a word for “conjugation” in your language? Do verbs “conjugate” in your language? Write to me and tell me by leaving a comment below.

    In spanish it’s called “Conjugación”

    The verbs in Spanish conjugate, like this:

    Amar – To Love

    Yo amo
    Tu amas
    El/Ella ama
    Nosotros amamos
    Ustedes aman
    Ellos aman

  132. liannu says:

    conjugation mean to join together form of verb .Thanks you for this lesson I use internet many website but I never see your method comfortable way I hope I improve a lot speaking and listening .

  133. Nilesh says:

    i have no words to say thanks for providing such as study material

    thank you very much

    Nilesh Shirsath

  134. mhmd ali says:

    thank u a million for ur efforts with us.i hope iget a lot of lessons that we can learn fast like urs.

  135. Anand Vijay says:

    thanks for ur great lession .

  136. Amira says:

    Iam very happy to see such as this site , i searcehed for much sites and i never found one teaching english with that Comfortable way ,
    thanks alot for who are resposible of this site .
    and i hope i could learn english very good
    thanks and best wishes ,

  137. pro says:

    Hi
    thanks alot ….
    I have learnd nice new vocabulary …
    and informations about grammar ..
    thanks again ..

  138. sileshi d. says:

    dearest
    i thank you so mch .because am gaining a lot. when i started first it didn’t seem to me like this.i will continiue with u to the end of your course.i liked it.be blessed

  139. marvin says:

    hi thanks for free english lesson i think this is the best way to speak in english well thank you.

  140. Helen says:

    I would say that having the lesson and grammar before listening the record is a good way to understand what is happening, is an understanding way to learn. Now I have a question, when I suppose to get the next lesson? Thank you.

    Have a good night.

    Helen

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Helen….In my opinion, listening to the recording FIRST (before the lesson) is very important. This mimics what happens in the real world. We don’t have a lesson to take before a conversation with someone in the street. Therefore, training yourself to try and understand a conversation before the lesson is good for you.

      You will get the next lesson soon…..it is an automated delivery system. Good luck and have fun!

  141. Savouth says:

    Hi Sir and Madam

    I am, Savouth, pleasured to receive your English Conversation Lesson. I am just starting to learn this lesson but i am feeling much better with conversation abd listening.

    Thanks so much and please send the lesson to me more

    I am looking forward to receiving new lesson

    Kind Regards

    Savouth

  142. addi says:

    Thsis lesson is great for english learning but fond some distortion in the conversation that should not be
    Here I would like to give some suggession
    it should be clear
    it should be little bit log
    it should be on daily baises

    I am very thankful to you for your kind cooperation

  143. jaco says:

    Hi Aaron,
    thanx for your helpfull lessons ,they are realy great,
    But I have tow problems ;First when I study new words I cant use themwhen I am talking …I dont know why…
    Second I have no chance to talk with any body in English.so how can I make a conversation to make some progress.
    ( I hope that I can express my selfe because I am a beginer and my English steel very weak) THANX again

  144. richard bramson says:

    THANKS I GOT SO MUCH NEW WORDS FROM LESSON #1.

  145. israfeel says:

    hi this is the first lesson & i think that will be easy to me to learn more lessons >>>thank u

    israfeel_libya

  146. jangzeing says:

    Hi,my name is Jangzeing.Your lesson is very useful.I love it. But if possible it should be great to have a special key phrases pronounciation section. Regards.

  147. mehmet says:

    there is too noisy in this stage.I couldn’t understand anyhing.I think your teaching method is good.

  148. Roberto Q. Indong says:

    Hi Sirs Mark and Aaron!

    I appreciate so much your efforts and contributions in helping many people, like me, who are in need of guidance and help to improve our English communication and understanding skills.

    In this lesson 1 alone, I have already learned a lot! I look forward to receiving the rest of the lessons. I am really enjoying it.

    Thank you so much.

    God bless you both for all of your services and efforts.

  149. stela says:

    My name’s Stela. Today is first lesson for me. I’m biginner, and I want to learn English for I found a job. This course is very good for me, and very intresting at the moment. I hope to learn English very good.

  150. Budi says:

    Hi, Mr

    the first lesson for me, I don’t understand the dialog, but I try to repeat it,and repeat it again and again. May be I must learn more and more. Thank a lot for helping me

  151. moh says:

    I didn`t understand from The person who was ill

  152. naranjargal says:

    hello everydody
    Thank you Mark so i really understand more better before but i could not catch some words kkk so that`s ok i will do it.
    Best of you

  153. dungvan says:

    Good morning, Mr. Mark White,
    It is the first lesson I received from you, and I studied a lot of useful things. I would like to say: Thanks you very, very much.
    Best regards,

  154. Ania says:

    Hi
    Just want to say hello and thank you for helping not only me but I am sure many other people all over the world . It is really good 🙂

  155. adan says:

    Hi, my name is Adan gzzlz. I strngly believe that this is agood way to learn good english. I raly like the conversations.thank you very much.

  156. avneesh kumar says:

    thanku so much.its really appreceable and very understandable.

  157. intuce says:

    thank you very, very much.. 🙂

  158. Charles24 says:

    Hello.
    i am very confused with all the promo (learning english)
    effortless Englis’power english ‘conversation etc…..)
    On Ocotber 29 th I bought Effortless english.. I started learning and now I am in level 2 (Cafe Pucini). I would like to know if the course you suggest here can help me for powering my english or with Effortless english it’s enough Also I would like to know if I can learn with both courses (Efforltless and this )
    The 2 courses aren’t simiilar ?
    Thank you
    Charles

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Charles….I can understand your confusion. Actually, this ‘Be Aware’ course is a short series of 5 lessons, each based on a unique conversation. The Effortless English system is much different, from what I understand.

      I think you can something from both. There are many learning resources on our site. Since you have invested some money in Effortless English lessons, you should put your full energy into completing those lessons fully. Use our resources as a learning supplement for now.

  159. layla says:

    thake you very much i learn some word useful

  160. Its very interesting and knowledgeable

  161. Luis says:

    I found it great!!! congratulation. Australian accent is hard for me to understand, ’cause I’m used to american accent but it’s a challenge….Thank you so much and please keep doing real conversations….Thanks again…Stay tunned

  162. Kumara says:

    I am fairly alright in conversation. However I learn the words recurring & spewed.

    I also not that good in listening and grasping when foreigners speaking. I can improve now.

  163. Tatyana says:

    I am a beginning student of English. Thank you so much for your lesson!
    Looking forward to continue your lessons. Sending your way warm thanks and best wishes!

    Tatyana, Russia

  164. abora says:

    thank uoy i uderstand it but how can i found lesson2
    and give me adivced to mprove my listening
    because i found some problem i can not understand quickly

  165. A. Golubchik says:

    It pleases me. Thank you.

  166. abdullah says:

    This was real conversation which may promote
    our speaking skill
    Thank you Mark
    Abdullah from Somalia

  167. gegy says:

    thank you mark you are perfect teacher it’s really helpful lesson. thanks again .

  168. magda29 says:

    I do really appreciate the time you’re taking to send us this exercises. I’m from Mexico and I’m trying to improve my English language and I’m totally sure I’ll do so.
    Thanks very much

  169. Ayman says:

    they are very nice
    they realy enhance my language
    we are waiting for best!!!!
    thanks.

    • Ayman says:

      they are very nice
      they realy enhance my language
      we are waiting for the best!!!!

      we can’t say diagnose your pulse but feel your pulse.
      thank you

  170. willey says:

    This lesson is fantastic!!!!!

    thanks!!!!

  171. love you and love me says:

    thankyou for your lesson.It’s very useful.It helps me improve my english.

  172. Hisham says:

    thank you too much ,

    sir, i keep in my mind many words but i can’t use all for speaking and writting.
    please help me and give your advises to improve me language.

  173. Utkir says:

    Thank you very very much…

  174. Antonella says:

    thank you very much Mark White. this programme is great xD. once again thanks 😀

  175. mimo says:

    thank you

  176. Ravi Kumar B says:

    Hi.

    It’s great to hear the conversation. I am pleased to inform you that this lesson will help my students in getting the basic conversation right all the time.

    But, we are more activity centered, for that you need to provide us with more number of activities and task.

    Please do the favour

    Thank you
    Ravi Kumar B
    India
    9000907930

  177. Ashraf says:

    Hi,
    How are you? I hope you be fine.Fist of all I appreciate to send this lesson. This lesson is good for me just I have problem about pronunciation.It’s hard to understand the sound.American’s pronunciation is better for me.However thanks and have a good day.

  178. shimba says:

    I think that this way of learning is very practial & I could communicate with lesson & characters & subject, Although I speak & understand english little.

  179. Cuong says:

    Hi!
    Thank you for the lesson( Health problems). The lesson is useful.
    But I want to know how to use present tense and past tense. And the way to distinguish them. Can you explain it more clearly? Thank you so much.

  180. gopal says:

    i got esl spaking english very usefull

  181. Ahmed Gameel says:

    what about lesson 2 .. and the other lessons .. how could i got it ??

  182. Ahmed Gameel says:

    it’s a good one .. i hope that i could benefit with it .. thanks alot for your great effort

  183. koby says:

    got diagnosed by
    got diagnosed with

    Do you understand the difference between these two?

    “by” is used like this:

    I was diagnosed by Doctor Smith.

    IS IT possible to say

    You got diagnosed by Doctor Smith ?

    You were or

    You got is it same is possible?

  184. koby says:

    Mark White

    Thank you very much

    I uderstand.

  185. koby says:

    Mark White

    Thanks, I uderstand.

  186. Mark White says:

    Hey thanks for your feedback Edwin.

    I know some Italian and French but not much Spanish. I want to study it some time. Most European languages (perhaps all) use conjugation but most East Asian languages do not. I am in Thailand now the Thai people use one verb for:

    go
    went
    have been etc

    also

    go
    goes
    is going etc

    When you learn a language with no conjugations it is easier. It must be hard somewhere else though. The pronouns in Thai are difficult. There are so many of them and they use family terms instead of pronouns a lot. Instead of “you” everybody calls me “uncle’ or “father” etc..

    I pronounce “weak” and “week” in exactly the same way.

    a cup of weak tea

    a week off from school

    I have taught a few students from Mexico and they needed to concentrate on the differences between:

    weak (a weak leader)
    and
    wick (the wick of a candle)

    Are you Spanish, Mexican, Colombian?

    Look at these pairs too:

    teak (a type of wood)
    tick (an insect that sucks your blood)

    sheet (something you put on your bed)
    shit (uh oh!)

    meet (nice to meet you)
    mitt (baseball mitt)

    Pete (Peter)
    pit (a deep hole)

    • Edwin Gomez says:

      I do thank u and apreciate this excelent labor, the thing is as u know according to the country and the person who teaches u a foreing language u will get their pronunciation i mean a mexican person will prnonounce much different than a russian person and another thing australians pronounce way diferent than americans so i need to listen to different people from differents parts of the globe so that i can get a little bit of each, so if u can upload some extra audio it will be great…and Yes i am from Colombia and it is a real pleasure to chat with u. Once again thank u (GRACIAS!!!)

  187. Edwin Gomez says:

    well, 1st i wanna thank u for such great web site i am aware about grammar but the listening thing i am kind of poor on this matter because of the pronunciation and entonation (American English and Brittish English), in fact i have one question, what is the difference between “weak” and “week” in pronunciation?? i know the context will give me the clue but how to recognize both of them.
    2nd on your comment: “In grammar we call this “conjugation”. Look the word up in your dictionary. Is there a word for “conjugation” in your language? Do verbs “conjugate” in your language? Write to me and tell me by leaving a comment below.” Yes there is one word for “conjugation” and that is “conjugación” almost alike (spanish) and yes verbs are conjugated as it is in English

    Once and again thank u and God bless u

  188. koby says:

    I don’t understand the sentence whit GET

    got treated
    was treated

    am getting treated
    am being treated

    was getting treated
    was being treated

    Do you understand the difference? They are all passive sentences. Passive voice can use “be” verb or “get” verb. Both are ok.

    These two are past simple passive:

    I got treated by a Japanese doctor.
    I was treated by a Japanese doctor.

    These two are present continuous passive:

    I am getting treated by a Japanese doctor.
    I am being treated by a Japanese doctor.

    These two are past continuous passive:

    I was getting treated by a Japanese doctor.
    I was being treated by a Japanese doctor

    • Mark White says:

      Hey Koby

      “got treated’ and “was treated” have the same meaning.

      They are both forms of the passive.

      “got treated” is newer. A hundred years ago it was more common to say “was treated” but “got treated’ is a new form that competes with it. Both forms are used.

      Do you understand the passive?

  189. Tarek says:

    This is very good site. very Helpful.
    but I have a trouble in the listening

    Best Regards,

  190. dormink says:

    This is very good site. I Love it..
    very Helpful.

  191. Rouz says:

    I found it Good ! but i have a good English , i need to improve my pronunciation, so ?

  192. Noura says:

    I have a trouble in the listening

    Perhaps the text difficult.

  193. Geraldine says:

    This is a good exercice to listen. But it is difficult , the noisy street make a problem for listen correctly.

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Geraldine….You are correct. It is more difficult to hear a conversation amidst background noise. Sometimes this is good for practice, though, as REAL life gives us background noise. Therefore, if you practice listening with background noise, it will make you a better listener.

      Good luck!

  194. Bettina says:

    Hello, thanks for providing us very useful practical conversations.
    I have a doubt for these frase “have heard that that is good for you.”
    why do you say “that that” two times? may be i have problems understanding the uses for “That”
    thanck you very much
    Bettina from argentina

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Bettina….this is a good question you ask. The word ‘that’ has many uses in the English language. Sometimes the use of ‘that’ will occur twice, such as in the following sentence:

      “My mother said that that was difficult to understand.”

      This sentence is grammatically correct. The first ‘that’ in the sentence serves as a conjunction, joining both halves of the sentence. The second ‘that’ serves as a pronoun.

      The use of a ‘double that’ is common in speaking. It occurs naturally. However, it is not always so necessary in writing. Many readers find it to be awkward. So when writing, try to find a different way to express the same idea:

      “My mother said that the idea was difficult to understand.”
      or
      “My mother said that it was difficult to understand.”

      So, we should try to avoid the ‘double that’ when writing, but not worry too much about it when speaking.

      Thanks for asking such a good question!

  195. Jose Garay says:

    its really good, any conversation will help, I need it.
    Thanks.

  196. kanjana says:

    Hello!
    Thanks for Your english conversation.
    I hope it’ll make regar my english be more fluent
    kanjana

  197. bashir says:

    i am begginer so i want a little lesson i mean i want easy lesson

  198. oammar says:

    very good conversation

  199. vasu says:

    its very nice,
    i need new kind of conversastions

  200. vasu says:

    its very nice and
    please send me general,new kind of conversations
    thank you.

  201. mimo says:

    it is very useful thanks alot

  202. viqar says:

    thans for helping for lerning engish

  203. hameed says:

    thanks a lot, it is very helpful

  204. tuanle says:

    hi all
    i have some difficulty in speaking english.i hope we can talk more to improve our english.thank you so much.see you later.please keep in touch with me

  205. daya says:

    i heard it 3 times than only i could understand some special word.i think it’s a better way to learn english.

  206. vikash says:

    its so helpful to listen.

  207. bilal says:

    ummm it’s great, and i hope to improve my english with you
    thanks for thes course !! 🙂

  208. Baban says:

    Really I am interesting with this lesson, It make me confident spoke in english.

    Thanks you very much Mark, It is very help full.

    Baban Robana

  209. sexy papy says:

    to tell you truth,you’re doing a great job i really appriciate the way you teach every one to improve his english language.

  210. dikry says:

    thanks for your very nice lesson it gives a lot of idea on how to teach my ESL EFL student thak you so much
    more power!!!!!

  211. Soumitra Chatterjee says:

    Hi, this is an excellent course. This my first day. It’s my dream to speak English like an American. I really like American accent. I’m confident that this web site will help me to do so. I’ll continue it.
    Thank you very much.

  212. Jarek says:

    Hello!
    Thanks for Your first lesson!
    I hope it’ll make regar my english be more fluent.
    Jarek

  213. ALBERT says:

    Hello,
    Its very encouraging to have gone through your first English lesson on line.I am delighted to share the same with my friends and relatives.Keep up the good work of assisting others learn English as a second language.

  214. vika says:

    thank you very much for the course…..! ^_^

  215. mubarak says:

    Hello Thank You FOR Helping me i hop yuo help me more

  216. sab says:

    pls send me some more.its very much helpful for me.

  217. Anant Patel says:

    Hey! That’s great! Thanks, I have never seen such kind of conversation before. I really need it. It’s sound and pronunciations are really fantastic. I really thankful to englishconversation.org.

    Thanks
    Please be helpful to us.
    Anant Patel

  218. sab says:

    its very helpful for me.thanks.

  219. kimthu says:

    hello^^! thank for your help to me to improve my listening skill. But I have a problem, I can’t listen clearly because there ‘s too much noise,atmospherics in the lesson record. I hope the quality of the record will be better^^
    I want to practice more, is there anybody want to talk with me? please contact! matthuytinh_91@yahoo.com.vn

  220. nabel says:

    Thanks alot for this.

  221. irene says:

    what is the english accent? british, australia, or american?
    pls inform..

    thank you

  222. GALINA says:

    thank you very much. Listening is especially important. is it possible to download it to listen it in MP3?

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Galina….yes, the download link is located just below the audio player at the top of the lesson. Just right click and click ‘save’. If you are on a Mac, hold down ‘control’ and click on the link. Then choose ‘save link as’.

  223. Murali says:

    Thankyou very much for helping me to learn english quickly.

  224. rajani says:

    thank you very much for yuor halp.

  225. dr_loly says:

    thanks for your help
    it is a very good way to learn how to speak english and to know the deffernt between some phrases

  226. nesrine says:

    realy it’s very goooooooooood for me i hope to speak like him and thank u very very much

  227. Ross says:

    Hello, thanks for you help. Your conversations are useful especially for real speaking.

  228. Marco says:

    Hello.
    I want to have people with the same need to learn english. I am from Costa Rica, somebody want to talk with me?

    • hussein says:

      hallo marco from costarica.my name is hussein from jordan l want to speak with you in english to improved our english language
      and from the begining l want from you to tell me about your self
      o.k see you my friend.

  229. Maharuddin says:

    Thanks for lesson english conversation methode, this methode very weel to helpfull increase my english ability

  230. Yash says:

    It seems by your name.
    You are Indian.
    Is this true??

    Marwa

  231. marwa says:

    thinks, nice work , please go on .

  232. NAAANA says:

    great jobs but i had a problems in speaking .how can i speak E CORRECTLY?

  233. marwa says:

    its avery good cource

  234. Sunil Shrivas says:

    Hi, however i received first lesson page, after listing & reading the lesson i think that it will be helpful to me for improving my english. Thanks a lot for providing this way for learning on the web. I hope it will be helpful for others whom are in needed lkie me.

    Thanks
    Sunil

  235. nuradin says:

    thanks for giving us this opportunity to learn english.
    and the lesson was very good. and i hope we will get some benift on it. anyway thanks for your help.

  236. Alexandre PIERRE says:

    Hello, it’s great the way you’re helping people to learn english. But, i can see that the explications are done only in english. That’s mean a little level in english is require. This is not done for beginners or freshers. Anyway, i really like it and i hope i’ll finish the course. Il’d like to know if we’ll obtain a certificate at the end of the course. Thanks

    • deepa says:

      i am a beginner tor learn english.so this is not enough for me

      • GK says:

        hi friend…
        i’m GK can you chat with me. i’m intereste to chat with you bcoz i’m more learn in english knowledge. and sent your mail id in this mail id.
        i expect your nise reply…

        thank friend.

        • halimeh says:

          hi my friend
          i am really happy about this matter which i can learn english and i will be happy to meet or chat with you and improve my E language

    • senthuran says:

      I’m very poor family so it;svery helpful for me.but i can’t use intenet long hours. so its easy to hear daily audio download but i can’t download as text.if you know how to download text please reply.thanks for your service,i’m expecting more

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