Pavel ŽahourekMotivational speaker, tutor,Some time ago
Is English your second language? Do you want some advise on how to quickly improve?

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Lorenzo RamosDepression battler
Long hard working but a bit necessary : grammar books, and Cambridge dictionary Quick: series, TV, films, games in English Fast: surround yourself with people speaking English Faster: fall in love with someone you have English as common language
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Pavel ŽahourekMotivational speaker, tutor,
Grammar books and dictionary are not necessarily the best place to start. What seems to work the best are duolingual books and movies with subtitles. Also music in English and friends thst speak your desired language. Use of language is more important than being correct. You cannot come up to someone and open a dictionary when you want to talk to thrm face to face.
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Lorenzo RamosDepression battler
That's why is the way I write under long and hard working but a bit necessary. Not full mandatory. Face to face you can use dictionaries or translators thanks to mobilephones in 3 seconds when in need of a specific word or phrasal verb you can't go around. BUT is the long and hardworking, part and that's why there is quicker ways.
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Luis Tavira JiménezEstudiant
Yep! Would you like and interchange expierence. I teach you Catalan/Spanish and we speak English!😊
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Pavel ŽahourekMotivational speaker, tutor,
Thank you for the offer. I shall rake some time to think about it. 🙂
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