Travel with Me, Part 2b: Of Monsters and Men

Happy Sunday! It’s the last day of the music festival here at Austin City Limits, and it’s been an amazing time! If you are just visiting the blog, WELCOME, and you’re not too late to travel with me on my current vacation. For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting a “Travel with Me” blog series that covers different aspects (parts) of my trip. Part 1 went over common vocabulary related to packing, and included many of the everyday items and products that you may be surprised to learn you didn’t know!

Because I have been in Austin, Texas at a music festival this weekend, Part 2a was all about ways to learn with a band from the lineup. On Friday, I shared 5 ways to learn and improve English with The Foo Fighters, the band headlining that night. You can access these past posts by scrolling through the blog, or clicking the links in the previous sentences!

Today will be all about music again, specifically one of my favorite bands on today’s lineup- Of Monsters and Men. What makes this group extra special is that they are from Iceland, and their first language is Icelandic! This means they, too, are English learners (or at least they once were). They sing, only in English, are internationally recognized and are proof that non-native speakers can reach professional success in English as their second language. I am challenging you with a reading comprehension task this post, and providing you a link from a magazine article that has an interview with band. In this interview they talk about how they learned English, amongst other things, but can you find this informationHow did the band learn English?

http://www.confrontmagazine.com/2012/06/of-monsters-and-men-2/

Post your answers in the comment section below. Good luck and 

Happy Studying! ♥

August Learning Plan: Week 2 Speaking Challenge!

Happy Hump Day English learners and lovers!

Welcome to week 2 of the August Learning Plan, 7 days dedicated to SPEAKING! This is something that the majority of English learners want to practice, something that I get asked about all the time. If you are someone who wants to..

  • improve conversational abilities
  • gain more confidence in speaking
  • improve your pronunciation
  • find out more ways to practice speaking in English
  • naturally improve your grammar in use
  • learn with me

…then this is the week for you! You can connect with me for group conversation classes by visiting English Outside the Box (activity 1), and check out the pronunciation post tomorrow (activity 3). However, today’s post is all about the Instagram/YouTube video speaking challenge! The video you are about to watch below is also EXTRA special because I am also introducing to you a new blog contributor, Isadora! She is also completing the YouTube challenge, so we wanted to upload our video together.

How can you participate in the Instagram/YouTube Challenge?

It’s piece of cake!

  1. Grab your phone or camera, and take a video introducing yourself and 1) talking about your next vacation and 2) talking about something you learned last week.
  2. UPLOAD and POST it for me to see!
    1. If it’s under 15 seconds then upload it on Instagram, and make sure to tag me @jenesl760 and use the hashtag #auglp
    2. If it’s longer than 15 seconds (or you don’t have Instagram) then you can post in on my Facebook wall, or upload it onto yours and tag me @EnglishOutsidetheBox. Don’t forget to use #auglp so I can DEFINITELY find it!
    3. Your final option is to upload it onto YouTube and send the link to me to: learn@englishoutsidethebox.com or via the contact tab on this website.

Why should you participate in the video challenge?

Why not?!

It’s fun, it’s interactive, and you will (probably) be stepping outside your comfort zone, which is a great way to push yourself to better speaking skills!  Remember as Tony Robbins says, “if you don’t what you’ve always done, you’ll get where you’ve always gotten.” If you are an English speaker you can upload a video in English, to help other learners, or you can upload a video in any language you are learning! Fun, huh?!

If you are reading this post later than week 2 of this learning plan, don’t worry! You can participate in this challenge anytime. In fact, I encourage you to continue practicing speaking, making videos and uploading them, so you continue learning and improving. You can still tag me and I’ll still give you some feedback!

Good luck! I look forward to seeing your videos, and Isadora and I hope you enjoy ours! See you soon and ..

Happy Studying! ♥

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Don’t forget you can take lessons to improve your pronunciation with me and English Outside the Box, just send me an e-mail through the contact form or visit: www.englishoutsidethebox.com/learn-english.html for more information.

Phrasal Verb Friday: Work Out

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Past Perfect Progressive to Draw Conclusions

Although the title may seem a little daunting (seemingly difficult, overwhelming), you draw conclusions, or say why things happen all the time. You are probably doing this to yourself, in your head, not to mention in your native language, but after today’s post, that’ll … Continue reading

Simple Past vs Present Perfect vs Present Perfect Progressive

Hey! Happy Hump Day!  I haven’t written much this week (or should I say, “I didn’t write much this week.” ?) but be prepared for some exciting stuff coming your way through the weekend! Today is just a quick post … Continue reading