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We all have something unique that identifies us. We can have brown, dark, or grey hair. Our legs can be long or short and we can have a large, medium or small constitution in general. As in many other languages, the physical description of a person in English is accompanied by many adjectives with many nuances.

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On a day-to-day basis, we need to be able to describe people, even when we do not remember their name. In this article, we will explore the description of people in English and give you several examples so that you can describe those around you. The only thing that you will have to do it remember how people look. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know.

The Structure of the Description of a Person in English

To describe people, remember to use the verb to be and to conjugate it properly depending on who you are speaking about. Remember that for the present tense you can use the verb as follows:

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am

You, We, They

are

He, She, It

is

After stating the person and using the correct form of the verb, add the adjective. For example:

María is tall.

Remember that in English, adjectives have no gender. So, if you are going to describe María and John, you can use the adjective tall without making any changes to its form.

Now, if you want to refer to someone whose name you do not know, the structure is a bit different. The adjective will always go before the subject, for example:

The tall girl who is sitting over there.

Qualifying Adjectives

As you can see, describing a person is very simple in English. All you have to do is learn as many adjectives as you can and use them whenever the opportunity presents itself. Remember that practice makes perfect. Here is a list of adjectives that have to do with the physical appearance of a person, but it is important to note that there are many more adjectives that describe other qualities, such as character or mood.

Beautiful. You can use this for people and for objects.

Ugly. Definitely not friendly at all. Use it with care.

Attractive. With this adjective, you can say that someone attracts you. You will use it when you are telling your most intimate love secrets to your best friend.

Handsome. This is reserved almost entirely for men and means beautiful.

Cute. This adjective means adorable and you can also use it for animals. If you think your cat has what it takes to conquer the internet, you can say, “My cat is cute.

Gorgeous. This is the non plus ultra of the adjectives in terms of beauty. It means beautiful, dazzling.

Presentable. Use this adjective when a person is nice to look at, regardless of whether you find them attractive or not.

Scruffy. This is the opposite of the previous adjective. We use it with people who do not have a good personal appearance or who do not have very good personal hygiene.

Short. If your height is less than your teammates, you are the short person in the group. This adjective is not offensive.

Tall. This is the opposite of short. If you have to look down to see the faces of others, you are tall.

Thin. With this adjective, you can describe those who are not fat. It is informal, so you do not want to use it with people you have just met.

Slender. This is similar to the previous one, only it is more respectful. Use it to describe a person who is thin and healthy.

Skinny. Be careful with this, since it is used to describe a very thin person who does not seem healthy. This definitely has a place in the list of adjectives that do not sound friendly.

Large. This word describes someone with a higher than average weight or who is overweight. It is not offensive.

Fat. This is like the previous one, only very offensive. Know it, but do not use it.

Obese. It is also not appropriate to use this adjective to describe overweight people.

Stocky. This word describes a person who is short and corpulent.

Well-built. There are two types of people who go to the gym: those who exercise and those are in funny videos of falls. This adjective is suitable for those who have worked on the muscles of their body well.

Now you know something about how to describe a person in English, but if you are interested in further enriching your vocabulary to express yourself better and more appropriately, have you considered taking an online English course? ABA English puts at your disposal its online course, which has been proven effective. It includes 144 free video classes and the same number of short films that will allow you to advance your knowledge and handling of English in an entertaining, consistent, and practical way.

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To learn a language, you definitely need the motivation and desire to start. You possibly already have a couple of days a week which you want to dedicate to studying English. We imagine that you have already started looking for methods, vocabulary books, audio files, and videos to help you with your new goal. Now, the only thing left is to decide where to learn English.

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There is so much information online and so many sites with comments so diverse that it can really be difficult to know which of them you will trust with your learning hours. You want to always have the best, but with so much out there, deciding between all of the different offers is not so easy. You may even think about leaving the decision for later. In this article, we will show you what options for studying English are available to you. Remember that it is important to make a good decision because this will make up part of the success of your learning. Let’s begin!

Three Criteria for Selection

Before choosing a specific place to study English, it is important that you take into account three particular criteria, in order to invest your time and resources well.

The first is the price. This is very important because you will definitely want to know approximately how much you will be asked to pay per month to keep your budget under control. On the other hand, you will want to obtain the best quality for the price you will be paying. In addition, you must take into consideration the cost of transportation, if you need to move out of your home to take the English course.

The second is the teaching method. Maybe you are not an expert in the teaching or learning of languages, but you do know which activities and materials help you learn. For example, if you are an aural and visual student, it is better to look for an English course in which these types of materials are used to facilitate your learning.

The third should be the time you want to invest. Just like the previous criteria, this is very important because it is necessary to establish how much time you want to invest in the course. To this, you must add the one the time you need for personal studies because this will help to cement the knowledge and acquire communicative skills.

Now, let’s look at the options you have available to study English.

1. Hire a private tutor.

Depending on your personal situation, this may be an attractive option. With a private teacher, you can learn everything from the most basic to the most complex. You can choose the best teaching and learning methods, schedules, and class times with them. In addition, you can decide if you want to invest a little more time on a specific topic and resolve any questions immediately.

As a personalised service, the price can be high, but this option offers flexibility and a tailor-made course.

2. Sign up for an English school.

You can also consider attending a course at a language school. In general, you can find a good selection of courses and schedules. This gives you the advantage of being able to choose the course that best suits you, after taking a placement test, of course.

The groups are usually small to allow for a good amount of interaction. In an English school, you will not be able to personalise your course, but the school will propose a learning method that will help you obtain results.

The price will depend on the type of school, the number of hours per week, and the schedule. Remember that in addition to paying for the course, you must consider the time and the price of transportation to the school.

3. Take courses at a university.

Most universities have a language school that offers English courses for both their students and outsiders. In this case, the number of students can be higher and you will have to be a little more independent in your learning. The advantage of these courses is that they will follow a good method and will offer many learning activities that will make sure you get results.

You should keep in mind that the schedules can be quite restricted, but the price can be more accessible than the previous two options. In general, universities ask you to pay for the whole semester before starting, so you should consider this aspect when budgeting.

4. Study English through apps.

If you do a simple search in the app store on your phone, you will see that there are applications, both free and paid, that promise to help you learn English. This is true, they can help you learn vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills. However, it is no secret that great results are rarely achieved through applications.

You can review a lot of vocabulary and grammatical structures using apps, which is valuable, but learning English is much more than that. In any case, these applications are a valuable resource that supports practising English and offer the advantage of allowing you to take advantage of any free time to learn or revise your English.

5. Study online.

Finally, this option is a very popular one nowadays. Thanks to the internet, we can all learn from anywhere. This offers great flexibility both in terms of location and schedule. On the internet, a vast number of courses are available, so you may find it difficult to choose.

Before opting for an online course, you must keep in mind that it is important to establish a study schedule and to respect it. The student’s autonomy and responsibility here is essential. As the course is always available, there is a risk that the student can postpone studying for many different reasons.

With online courses, it is important that you take into account the learning method that they propose and choose the one that seems best for you. Most courses offer you a trial version to help you make your decision.

If you are interested in experimenting with this last option, either because of timing issues, to avoid travel, or for its flexibility, then you should consider the online course from ABA English. This is an English academy that has developed a proven natural method in which its students learn English just as they learned their mother tongue. The course also offers 144 free video lessons and the same number of short films that will allow you to learn both grammar and communication skills in a fun, interactive way, at any time of the day and at your own pace.

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When we learn a new language, we discover little by little all of the grammar rules, the nuances, and the meanings that correspond with our mother tongue. In English, the indirect style is known as reported speech and is just one of the nuances of the language you should know.

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In this article, we will give you a brief explanation of the indirect style as well as some practice exercises. Remember, practice makes perfect! So be prepared to learn the rules and to also do the exercises.

What Is Reported Speech?

Reported speech is a way of speaking in which you say what other people have said earlier. For example, if your boss gives you instructions and asks you to communicate them to your co-workers, you would say something like, “Mario said that the semi-annual reports should be completed by Thursday.”

In English, reported speech has specific rules according to the verb tense in the original message. Next, we will explain the grammatical structure of the indirect style of English.

The Structure of Reported Speech

To repeat what others have told us, we need a pretty basic structure:

  1. When the base sentence is in the present, we change the verbs to the past:

Sandra said, “Mike has to work all week.”

Sandra said that Mike had to work all week.

  1. When the base sentence is in the past, we change the verbs to the present:

Sandra said, “Water boils at 100 degrees.”

Sandra says water boils at 100 degrees.

And that is how simple putting together the indirect or reported speech is. Of course, it is necessary to know how the verb tense in the original message corresponds to the verb tense in the indirect style. Here is a list of the changes in verb tenses to help you out:

The present simple changes to the past simple.
The present continuous changes to the past continuous.
The past simple changes to the past perfect.
The past continuous changes to the past perfect continuous.
The present perfect changes to the past perfect.
The future (will) changes to the conditional (would).

With the modal verbs, you must make the following changes:

Can changes to could.
Must changes to had to.
May changes to might.

Reported Speech Exercises

Now that you have a clearer idea about reported speech in English, put your skills to the test with these exercises. Convert each of the following sentences to the indirect style in English!

  1. “Our teacher will go to London tomorrow,” said Jenny.
  1. “Where are you playing soccer today?” asked Tom.
  1. “My aunt will celebrate her birthday next week,” Paul said to me.
  1. “Can you write that email for me?” asked Jessica.
  1. He asked, “Have you ever been to South Africa before?”
Reported Speech Exercise Solutions

That was easy, right? Now you can see the solutions to the reported speech exercise.

  1. Jenny said that our teacher would go to London tomorrow.
  1. Tom asked where we were playing soccer today.
  1. Paul told me that my aunt will celebrate her birthday next week.
  1. Jessica asked if I could write that email for her.
  1. He asked if we had ever been to South Africa.

To improve your English daily, it is important to pay close attention to the verb tenses and their rules. Try to apply them in context, both when you are doing grammar exercises and when you are speaking in English. At first, it may seem a bit complicated, but with enough practice, you will see yourself beginning to integrate what you are learning into your use of English. If you are interested in improving your English level, try our online English course. The ABA English course offers you 144 free video lessons and the same number of short films that will allow you to learn how to use the language in context without neglecting the grammar and communication skills you need so badly.

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English is the language that is most spoken around the world and there are millions of websites that will give you a thousand and one different resources to learn from. Many of these are internet users who, with the right resources and discipline, have learned to speak a foreign language without attending formal classes for even a single day and without having travelled or lived in a country where the language is spoken.

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The essential question is: How can I start learning English at home? In this article, we will talk about our recommendations on how to make your English learning more effective. The only thing you need is a reliable method and the desire to learn. Are you up for it?

Find study companions.

Learning English at home is an activity that you will enjoy much more if you have one or two friends with whom you share this goal. You can practice your lessons together, resolve any doubts as a team, and even motivate yourselves to continue learning. You can even find yourself speaking English together in moments of leisure and fun!

Use authentic materials.

Most textbooks and online courses offer a wide variety of articles, videos, and audios to fine-tune your language skills. In addition, it is interesting to supplement your learning by reading news sites, blogs, or watching TV shows and movies to increase your vocabulary and learn more about the Anglo-Saxon culture.

Learn about the culture.

This recommendation is closely linked to the previous one. When you explore a culture, you discover a new way of thinking and doing things. If you are going to learn English from scratch at home, remember that it is very likely that you will run into someone from the UK, the United States, Australia or another English-speaking country at some point in the future and you will need to communicate with them. If you already know a little about their culture and history, you will be able to have a very pleasant conversation and learn more about their language or any other topic.

Read books in English.

English books are also considered to be authentic materials, as we talked about in a previous recommendation. We have decided to include the reading of literary material in English because books are the richest source of vocabulary, expressions, verbs, grammatical forms, and culture. If you are just starting out, do not throw yourself at James Joyce’s Ulysses all at once. Try novels such as George Orwell’s Animal Farm or Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Or maybe some book that has been made into a film as this will help you to follow along with the story even better.

Talk to yourself in the mirror.

Have you already heard this advice? There are many vocal sounds in English that sometimes do not exist in other languages. To pronounce them well you have to practice a lot. If you do not have someone to guide you, you can practice in front of the mirror and look at the movements of your mouth, tongue, and lips. Sometimes you may think that you have made the correct sound but when you look in the mirror, you may notice that you did not open your mouth wide enough or that you put your tongue in the wrong place.

Set realistic goals.

Learning a language takes a lot of time, dedication, and effort. Many internet learners decide to throw in the towel just a month or two after starting because have not seen significant progress. It is important to remember that you will not be able to speak a language perfectly in two months. This is simply not possible to achieve, even if you live in a place where everyone speaks the language that you are trying to learn. Some more realistic goals are to learn 15 new words per week, to use at least 3 new verbs when speaking with others, to write an email without many misspellings, to learn the rules for conjugating the past simple, etc.

Enjoy yourself.

As you know, it may take more than a year for you to learn the language you want to speak. If you are going to invest so much time in an activity, it is best that you have fun doing it. Again, this is where we return to the recommendation of looking for movies, books, or radio stations that you enjoy. A friend to share your goals with will also make this experience something that you enjoy and want to continue doing every week. What if you could make friends online to practice the language with? Having fun is a non-negotiable part of learning English at home!

Learning English at home can be highly motivating while requiring a lot of commitment and perseverance at the same time. If you are interested in improving your English level, why not try our online English course? ABA English has developed a course that includes 144 free video lessons and the same number of short films that will allow you to learn English in context, without neglecting either your grammar or communication skills.

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Life takes many twists and turns and it is language that allows you to communicate how you feel at certain times. Sometimes you need to tell someone that you feel worried. At other times, you want to share your joy with those around you. In this article, we will teach you how to use the correct words and phrases to express your mood in English.

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While most of the words that you will definitely know to use to do this are adjectives like happy, angry, and sad, there are many more options that you can use to express yourself and to make others better understand you. We have divided them into categories to make it easier for you to find the ones you need.

I Feel Happy!

Happiness is something that we all seek and when we find it, we want to share it with others. With these phrases, you can express your happiness in a creative way. In addition, you will be even happier when you see that the people you are talking to tell you that your vocabulary is very good.

I’m on cloud nine!
Use this phrase when you feel that your chest is bursting with the amount of happiness that you have inside.

I’m like a dog with two tails!
Can you imagine how happy a dog would be if it had two tails? When you feel very happy and you know that others can it, use this phrase.

I’m full of the joys of spring!
If you feel happy, full of energy, and vitality, you can definitely say that all the good aspects of spring live within you.

I Feel Sad

Sometimes things do not turn out as you thought they would. You may have bad luck at work or come down with some illness does not let you leave home. If you feel bad, you may want someone to accompany you or listen to you. Here are some useful phrases to express how you feel.

I’m under the weather.
Do you have a cold? Do you not want to leave the house? Do you feel depressed? This phrase is the one you should choose when you feel sick or feel like not doing anything.

I have the blues.
Have you listened to the blues? It is a musical genre that is characterised by the telling of sad stories and its melancholic sound. This phrase tells others that you have become infected by the sadness and melancholy of that music. You may need a hug.

What Anger!

If you are one of those people who have a volatile temperament, you know that the more creatively you express it, the better others will understand when you are upset. Here are the phrases you can use when you are angry.

I’m steamed up.
This literally tells others that you are steaming with anger. If you look like a boiler about to explode, you want others to know it and run to safety.

I blew a fuse.
Imagine that you have overloaded the electrical system in your house and that a fuse explodes. Can you imagine the sound and the sparks? This is how you are describing yourself when you use this phrase.

For Moments of Despair

Some of us are not as patient as others. We are easily irritated when they ask too many questions. Sometimes we just get up in a bad mood. Here are some phrases to use on those difficult days when you do not have any patience for anyone.

Get off my back!
If you have someone chasing you all day with questions and you definitely want them to disappear for a while, you can invite them to stop their annoying behaviour with this phrase.

Cut it out!
If you want someone to stop doing something annoying, you can use this phrase to achieve it.

For When You Are Relaxed

That is enough of strong emotions for now. Here we suggest some phrases that you can use for those moments in which you are at peace and relaxed.

I’m chill.
Use it when you are on the beach taking a vacation or when you are avoiding your responsibilities with no worries.

I’m taking it easy.
This phrase is perfect when you are doing things at your own pace, without worries or strong emotions.

Expressing your emotions properly is very important and even more so in a foreign language. Now you have a good repertoire of phrases that will help you faithfully communicate the way you feel. If you think that taking an English course would do you good, why not try the online course from ABA English? Thanks to this course, you can learn grammar through their 144 free video classes and the same number of short films will help you learn English naturally.

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When you learn a language, it is important to practice outside of class to increase your knowledge and to reinforce what you already know. By practice, we do not mean reviewing the lesson you had in the last class or copying down any vocabulary in your notebook. If you have the opportunity to chat with your friends or to read a book in the language you are learning, the process will be more entertaining and more effective.

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Watching movies can also help you improve your skills. Nowadays, there are many ways to find English films that will help to polish your listening skills and increase your vocabulary with a host of new words and expressions. In this article, we will recommend nine films with various themes to put a good selection at your disposal.

Toy Story

Have you seen all of the Toy Story films in your native language? Now that you already know the plot, the names of the characters, and even the funniest lines of this movie saga, we recommend that you watch them in English. The first film debuted in 1995 and was the first of its kind. It combined adventure, humour for all ages, and a cast of endearing characters. The English version has dialogues with simple grammar that are rich in vocabulary and everyday expressions. The characters speak with excellent gestures, so it will not be difficult to understand what they are saying.

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Harry Potter

Join this young wizard on his journey to discover the power that he carries within and, in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the game of Quidditch. If you are more interested in the British accent than the American, this series of films (eight in total) is a very good option. The dialogues are very interesting and the actors’ performances will help you understand what they are saying. The acting is exceptional and the story is fascinating.

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Terminator 2

Nobody will ever look as great as Arnold Schwarzenegger on a Harley Davidson. This cult movie is also very good for practicing your English listening while seeing explosions. Many explosions.

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American Beauty

Critically acclaimed, this film is a drama that you cannot leave off of your list. In short, an average American father enters a mid-life crisis that changes his life and the lives of those around him. He quits his job, buys a new sports car, falls in love with his teenage daughter’s friend, and tries to revitalize his relationship with his wife. With a script rich in colloquialisms and phrases from daily life, this film is a must-see.

American Beauty - Trailer - YouTube

Forrest Gump

A classic among classics. With this cinematic jewel, you can test your listening skills as there are several characters with very different accents which come together to tell this emotional story. Forrest is a young man from Alabama who is in love with his best friend, Jenny. In one way or another, this boy with an IQ of 75 is always involved in the most significant events in the US from the second half of the 20th century.

Forrest Gump - Trailer - YouTube

Clueless

Not to be missed. It is funny and has that touch of gag humour that we have not seen since the end of the ‘90s gave way to heavier comedies with more risqué humour. Here you will come across a lot of retro lingo from the teens of the era with many iconic situations that have been replicated in many other movies about high schools in the US.

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Men in Black

What happens when you put a baby boomer and a boy from Generation X together in an ultra-secret job? Answer: the best movie of the ‘90s. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones made the best team of the decade in this film about aliens and state secrets. Apart from entertaining, the dialogues never stop. There is speaking in almost every scene. Even the dogs talk!

Men In Black (1997) - Trailer - YouTube

Indiana Jones

The epic Harrison Ford could be the actor with the best gestures in all of Hollywood. This film tells the story of an erudite professor with the soul of an untameable adventurer and his search for the lost Ark. In the film, there are traps, bandits, leaps into the dark, riddles, and endearing quotes.

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E.T.

This movie has a good variety of dialogues. They are mostly short, direct, and slow, so listening will not be a problem. The film is about an alien who wants to go home and the boy who tries to help him.

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Now that you have a good list of movies to learn and practice your B1-level English with, all you have to do is get your popcorn ready. The cinema is definitely an entertaining and effective means to come into contact with the language naturally. Have you ever considered taking an online English course? ABA English offers 144 free grammar video classes and the same number of short films so that you can learn and practice effectively.

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You have probably found that you have a fairly limited repertoire of interjections you can use when you are speaking English. Many students use “Oh my God!” for almost everything from showing surprise, interest or even fear of seeing the results of their final exams. It may be the most flexible interjection in the English language, but it’s not the only one.

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In this article, we will help you expand your vocabulary and learn other useful interjections for different situations. If you use them properly, others will know that you have risen one step higher in your knowledge of the English language.

Getting the Attention of Others

What do you do if you need to talk to someone, but you don’t know their name? What if you know the person, but they are looking the other way? The following interjections are exactly what you’ll need to get someone’s attention.

  • Hey!

This interjection serves to get the attention of someone who has not seen you.

Hey, Audrey! I thought you weren’t coming to the party!

  • Psst!

If you want to get someone’s attention silently, you can use a psst!

Psst, Jane! Go hide behind that desk before the teacher comes!

To Express Disbelief or Doubt

Sometimes someone may tell us something that we find difficult to believe. If you want to express any doubt that the conversation may have generated without being too blunt, here are two useful interjections.

  • Yeah…

One of the best ways to express disbelief is with a little sarcasm.

Yeah… you had dinner with George Clooney last night.

  • Mmhmm…

Say no more. With this interjection, it will be more than evident that you do not believe what they have told you.

That Really Hurts!

We all have dropped a heavy object on our foot or surely something else has happened to us that did not leave us very happy. You will definitely see the difference between these interjections after reading the examples.

  • Ouch!

This is what you yell when you run into something or hurt yourself.

Ouch! Sharon hit me with the ball!

  • Ow!

This is used more when we want to express disappointment, but it can also be used if we’ve pricked our finger with a needle.

Ow! My coffee is too hot.

Are You in Trouble?

If you are wrong or if you are in a situation where you know you can’t do much to prevent a problem, you definitely need an alarm signal.

  • Oops!

If you’ve made a mistake, you can use this interjection to show that you have realized what you have done.

Oops! We shipped the box to the wrong address.

  • Uh-oh…

When you know that something bad is going to happen, you can alert others with this practical interjection.

Uh-oh… someone let the dogs out.

Did Something Surprise You?

It is most appropriate to use “Oh my God!” in situations where you are surprised. But we want to widen your repertoire. Here are two more interjections you can use to show surprise.

  • Wow!

This is the simplest of all. There is no way you can wrong with this one.

Wow! Timmy scored a goal!

  • Sweet!

If you feel really touched by something that has just happened, you can use this interjection to show it.

Are you giving me a free t-shirt? Sweet!

Now you have a good repertoire of interjections to help you communicate naturally. One of the secrets to improving your level of English is to try to integrate what you are learning into your conversations little by little. English is a varied language and if you are interested in sounding more natural, choose a course that includes grammar as well as a strong communicative component. ABA English offers you a course with 144 free video classes and the same number of short films that will help you learn English in a practical and effective way. Why not try it?

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Perhaps you have heard that conversation is an art or that knowing how to speak requires certain skills. And that certainly is true. If you were to think about it carefully, when you are speaking animatedly with someone that you like or are speaking about a subject that you are passionate about, you can safely and effortlessly go from one topic to another almost without realising you are doing so. However, there are those times when the communication is not as fluid as we would like it to be and, eager to save the moment, the first idea to come to mind to rescue the situation is to change the subject.

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On more than one occasion, you have probably tried to change the subject during a conversation. On some occasions, you have definitely been successful while on others, you have found yourself with the bitter sensation that it was too sudden of a change and that it ended up harming the conversation. For this reason, we have decided to present some elements that you should consider when changing the subject of a conversation in English along with some expressions that you should know.

Do not forget the context in which you find yourself

If you are in the middle of an informal conversation with a friend, relative, or acquaintance, it is very likely that the conversation will jump from one topic to another in a very natural way. However, if the conversation is in English, it is important for you to know some expressions to change the topic imperceptibly, either because you do not want to continue talking about the same thing, because you want to vary the conversation, or because, perhaps, you feel that the conversation is going somewhere you do not want it to go.

Now, if the context in which you find yourself is more formal and you do not know the other party well, you should keep in mind that it is very important to pay attention to what they are saying because this can give you hints about their likes, dislikes, or a work or academic issue. Paying attention to those details can be crucial to allow you to keep the conversation going and change the subject without any major trauma.

Following are some phrases that you will surely find useful, both in formal conversations and in informal ones.

Now that I think about it…

This expression is more appropriate to use in an informal context.

Now that I think about it, do you remember Jonathan?

That reminds me of…

This phrase is especially useful when something mentioned allows you to introduce a new topic.

That reminds me of the case of a friend, who lost his house in a fire.

That brings to mind…

Very similar to the previous one, this phrase is used to relate the current topic of conversation with a new one. It means “that makes me think of…”

That brings to mind the fact that a lady asked me if I knew an acupuncturist.

Changing the subject…

This expression is very useful when you need to be more direct about introducing a new topic.

Changing the subject, did you know that Sanel is in Japan for the holidays?

By the way, what can you tell me about…?

This interrogative phrase gives you the opportunity to introduce a new topic by means of a question. This is an easy way to allow your conversation partner to be involved in the change of topic and you can get to know them a little better at the same time.

By the way, what can you tell me about Mayan architecture?

These are some of the phrases and expressions that you can use when you need to change the subject during a conversation. Do not forget that practise is very important to achieve good command of the language as well as a good knowledge of the grammar rules. If you are interested in practising your English and improving your level, why not try the course from ABA English? You can study anywhere and anytime. The course also offers 144 free video classes and the same number of short films to allow you to learn the grammar and communication skills you will need in your day to day life in an easy and entertaining way.

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You have definitely heard many times that the more you progress in the mastery of a language, the more the vocabulary and expressions used vary. This is very important because in a language, both in writing and in speaking, variety is essential since it makes communication more pleasant and interesting.

Learn the different ways of saying I think in English with @abaenglish.
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While getting to know all the synonyms and different ways to say things in English would be a titanic task, there are definitely some expressions that you should know because they will help give some variety to your communication and will also help you to feel more comfortable with what you are saying. That is why, in this article, we will suggest some synonyms for I think that you can use to express your point of view or opinion about something.

Believe

As a synonym of think, it is very common to use this verb to express your point of view or way of thinking.

I believe it is important to review the document carefully.

Be of the opinion

This expression is a bit more formal and can be used either to talk about a personal point of view or to report someone else’s opinion.

I am of the opinion that the strategy should be changed.

Consider

Another verb that can be used to replace think is consider. In this case, the emphasis is placed on the fact that the point of view or opinion expressed has gone through a certain process of reflection.

I consider it important to plan the work beforehand.

Ponder

This verb can be translated as reflecting on something, thinking about it, or weighing it. It is a useful synonym for think when what we are expressing refers to the careful reflection that occurs in the decision making process. Its register is quite formal.

I have been pondering the possibility of moving to London.

Be convinced

In this case, the use of be convinced emphasizes that you really believe in what is being said and want to persuade others to agree with you.

I am convinced this will solve the school’s problems.

Feel

Even though this verb refers more to a subjective feeling, it can be used in more informal contexts where sensations and feelings are also important.

I felt she was not telling the truth.

Reckon

This verb is mostly used in informal contexts. It means the same as believe and is used after having thought for a moment and having evaluated the possibilities.

I reckon the project could help the community.

Judge

When expressing a fact-based opinion about something, the verb judge can be used.

Judging from its materials, the piece is authentic.

To enrich your vocabulary and the way you express yourself in English, it is important to consider the context in which you will be using an expression or a synonym. In addition, it is very useful to consult a thesaurus from time to time to give variety to your oral and written communication. If you are interested in achieving a level of English proficiency that allows you to express yourself without any limitations, why not try our online English course? The ABA English course offers 144 free video lessons and the same number of short films to allow you to learn both grammar and communication skills in an entertaining and practical way.

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One fundamental skill to have in the world of business and other environments is certainly negotiation. In our global and intercultural world, considerable adaptation skills, diplomacy, conversational skills, and a good dose of cold blood are essential.

Here are some useful tips and phrases to carry out a negotiation in English from @abaenglish.
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When we interact with people from another country, it is important to know how to behave with respect to their culture and to be able to discern and understand who is in front of us. That is why today we will offer some tips on how to negotiate in English along with some phrases that you may find useful.

Have a Positive Attitude

As you well know, communication is not only composed of words but also of gestures and attitude, which are equally important. Smile and show yourself willing to listen to the other party. Use an introduction that shows that you value their opinion.

Our goal today is to find a solution that suits both parties.

I am sure that today will end in a good deal for both of us.

Listen and Ask Questions

Even before making your suggestion, you can ask some specific questions to understand the point of view of the people you are negotiating with so that you can present a solution that works for both parties. Once you have submitted your proposal, you will always have time to review it in light of any additional information acquired.

What are we hoping to achieve today?

Could you be more specific?

Do you have a suggestion?

What are you proposing?

How much are you willing to compromise?

Make a Proposal

Once the point of view of the other party has been established, it is time to present your proposal. Strive to find a balance between what your company wants to achieve and the requests of those you are negotiating with.

From where we stand, an acceptable price would be…

Our absolute bottom line is…

We’d like to make a proposal that will hopefully benefit both sides.

How about if we …?

Reject a Proposal

Over the course of a negotiation, you may not like what the other party offers or it may seem like your conditions are not being respected. In this case, you should be clear while maintaining as friendly and diplomatic a tone as possible.

I’m afraid… it is totally out of the question.

I understand your point, but…

I am afraid that we have some reservations on that point…

I can see what you are saying, but…

I think that we could reach a better agreement.

Offer a Compromise

In any negotiation worthy of respect, one must be willing to compromise. That is, it may be necessary to make concessions with your counterpart, always keeping the objective in mind.

We are ready to accept your offer, on one condition…

If you would agree to …, we could reciprocate with/by …

On the condition that you …, we could be persuaded to consider…

Accept an Offer

When the other party presents an offer that you like, all you have to do is express your satisfaction.

I think that’s fair enough.

I couldn’t agree more.

I’m happy with this deal.

Conclude the Negotiation

To conclude a negotiation, a document is usually prepared that contains the most important points of the discussion, the rounds of negotiation, and any compromises made.

Let’s look at the points we have agreed on…

Shall we sum up the main points?

These are some practical suggestions to aid in a negotiation in English. The secret to achieving successful agreements, however, lies in a deep knowledge of the language. If you do not have much free time, why not try an online course? ABA English offers 144 grammar videos and short films that will allow you to acquire the necessary skills to express yourself in English both in your private life and in your workplace.

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