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  • Hey this is Emma from mmmEnglish!

  • I'm super excited that you're here and that you're

  • spending some time with me today

  • to improve your English.

  • In this lesson we're going to be doing some more

  • speaking skills practice

  • and in particular, we're going to be practising

  • with the mmmEnglish Imitation Technique

  • which is one of the most effective ways

  • to reduce your accent and to fix

  • your pronunciation problems so that you speak

  • more clearly and confidently in English.

  • And it's effective because it teaches you to listen

  • to the sounds and the patterns of English

  • and trains you to produce those same sounds yourself

  • through repetition and controlled practise.

  • You're training your mouth with your ears

  • by listening to the sounds and imitating them

  • rather than training your mouth with your eyes

  • by reading and guessing the pronunciation

  • and the rhythm of words on a page.

  • Now if you haven't done a lesson like this before,

  • don't worry, it's really simple and I'm going to explain

  • each step for you so that you know

  • exactly what you need to do.

  • You just need to get ready to speak out loud with me.

  • If you're new to my channel

  • or new to the Imitation Technique,

  • I've got some courses available via the

  • mmmEnglish website to help you practise this way

  • and you can find out more about them up here

  • or I've added the link in the description below.

  • To practise with the Imitation Technique, there's just

  • three simple steps that you need to follow.

  • The first one is, well you just need to listen to what I say

  • and read the words on the screen as I say them.

  • Next, you'll be listening to what I say

  • but then there'll be a pause so that you can repeat

  • what I said.

  • You need to copy me exactly as you hear me.

  • This step, you can do again and again and again

  • until you sound or you think you sound exactly as I do.

  • And it's okay to practise many times

  • before you move on to the third step.

  • You can even slow down the speed

  • so that you can practise a little more slowly

  • before stepping up to regular pace

  • because step three is a challenge,

  • even for a native English speaker.

  • You're going to be listening to me and saying

  • what I'm saying at the same time

  • and that's pretty much like practising along to your

  • favourite song, right? You can't really do it straightaway

  • but with a little bit of practice it gets easier

  • and you'll start having fun.

  • Now although this step is also the trickiest one,

  • it's the best way to fine-tune your natural speaking skills.

  • You'll get to hear what I'm saying

  • and what you're saying at the same time

  • so that you can adjust the sounds and the rhythms

  • so that you can match me.

  • You are going to make a lot of mistakes but who cares?

  • We're going to have fun!

  • Today we're going to practise talking about a past trip.

  • Now I'm going to be sharing a story with you about

  • my recent trip to Portugal.

  • Talking about travel is a really great way to start a

  • conversation because there is lots of opportunity

  • to ask questions and to share your own

  • travel experiences with someone.

  • Keep in mind that you can easily exchange my story

  • with your own story about traveling as well

  • especially once you've been practising with me

  • for a little while.

  • All right? Let's get started.

  • Step one: listen and read.

  • I've just come back from a trip to Portugal!

  • Lisbon, actually.

  • Was a bit of a last-minute decision.

  • My friend was attending a conference there

  • and she convinced me to tag along!

  • I don't usually make spontaneous decisions like that

  • but it all just happened at the right time.

  • I actually didn't know that much about

  • Lisbon before I went.

  • Have you been?

  • I had no idea what an incredible city it is.

  • And oh my god, the food!

  • I ate so many pastéis de nata,

  • I thought I was going to burst!

  • The city is full of beautiful cobblestone streets.

  • I spent so much time just wandering around

  • in the sunshine, you know?

  • Winding my way through historic neighbourhoods.

  • Actually one of the coolest things we did was

  • jump in a tuk-tuk with a guide.

  • We went up this steep hill and had an amazing view

  • over the city.

  • You know what a tuk-tuk is, right?

  • It's like a little motorbike with a cabin on the back

  • where you can sit.

  • It was a really fun way to get around.

  • And easier than walking because

  • oh my god, it was so hot!

  • And our guide, her name was Paula,

  • she grew up in Lisbon and she was just a

  • wealth of knowledge.

  • She was full of stories about her childhood

  • and about the history of the city.

  • She took us to cool little back streets and,

  • you know, we explored some amazing street art.

  • There's just no way that we would have found

  • all of those hidden gems ourselves.

  • I really wish we could have stayed longer!

  • I definitely want to go back there one day!

  • What about you,

  • have you got any travel plans coming up?

  • Now you need to imitate exactly what I say

  • and that means you're trying to copy my pronunciation

  • and my word stress and even the pause in my sentence.

  • You could even try and copy my facial expressions

  • to practise communicating with more than just words.

  • There's going to be a pause after each sentence

  • so that you can practise out loud with me okay?

  • Or after me.

  • So just relax and go with the flow.

  • It's just you and me here right now, okay?

  • So let's just have some fun.

  • Step two: listen and imitate.

  • I've just come back from a trip to Portugal!

  • Lisbon, actually!

  • Was a bit of a last-minute decision.

  • My friend was attending a conference there

  • and she convinced me to tag along!

  • I don't usually make spontaneous decisions like that

  • but it all just happened at the right time.

  • I actually didn't know that much about Libson

  • before I went.

  • Have you been?

  • I had no idea what an incredible city it is!

  • And oh my god, the food!

  • I ate so many pastéis de nata,

  • I thought I was going to burst!

  • The city is full of beautiful cobblestone streets,

  • I spent so much time just wandering around

  • in the sunshine, you know?

  • Winding my way through historic neighbourhoods.

  • Actually, one of the coolest things we did

  • was jump in a tuk-tuk with a guide.

  • We went up this steep hill and had an amazing

  • view over the city.

  • You know what a tuk-tuk is, right?

  • It's like a little motorbike with a cabin on the back

  • where you can sit.

  • It was a really fun way to get around,

  • and easier than walking because

  • oh my god, it was so hot!

  • And our guide, her name was Paula,

  • she grew up in Lisbon,

  • and she was just a wealth of knowledge.

  • She was full of stories about her childhood

  • and about the history of the city.

  • She took us to cool little back streets

  • and, you know, we explored some amazing street art.

  • There's just no way that we would have found

  • all of those hidden gems ourselves.

  • I really wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Definitely want to go back there one day.

  • What about you,

  • have you got any travel plans coming up?

  • Now we're moving on to step three

  • which is a little more challenging.

  • Don't forget that you can pause here right now,

  • go back and practise section two as many times

  • as you need to before we keep going.

  • This is going to take a little bit of practice but right now

  • you need to shadow me and that means

  • listening and speaking at the same time.

  • Try to copy the rhythm and the tone that I use

  • even if it means you get a little tongue-tied at first.

  • It doesn't matter.

  • Step three: shadow.

  • I've just come back from a trip to Portugal!

  • Lisbon, actually!

  • Was a bit of a last-minute decision.

  • My friend was attending a conference there

  • and she convinced me to tag along.

  • I don't usually make spontaneous decisions like that

  • but it all just happened at the right time.

  • I actually didn't know that much about Lisbon

  • before I went.

  • Have you been?

  • I had no idea what an incredible city it is!

  • And oh my god, the food!

  • I ate so many pastéis de nata,

  • I thought I was gonna burst!

  • The city is full of beautiful cobblestone streets.

  • I spent so much time just wandering around

  • in the sunshine, you know?

  • Winding my way through historic neighbourhoods.

  • Actually, one of the coolest things we did

  • was jump in a tuk-tuk with a guide.

  • We went up this steep hill

  • and had an amazing view over the city.

  • You know what a tuk-tuk is, right?

  • It's like a little motorbike with a cabin on the back

  • where you can sit.

  • It was a really fun way to get around

  • and easier than walking because

  • oh my god, it was so hot!

  • And our guide, her name was Paula,

  • she grew up in Lisbon

  • and she was just a wealth of knowledge.

  • She was full of stories about her childhood

  • and about the history of the city.

  • She took us to cool little back streets and,

  • you know, we explored some amazing street art.

  • There's just no way that we would have found

  • all of those hidden gems ourselves.

  • I really wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Definitely want to go back there one day.

  • What about you

  • have you got any travel plans coming up well?

  • Wow! Congratulations for making it through!

  • What a mouthful that was!

  • Make sure you save this lesson to a playlist

  • and keep coming back to practise with me.

  • Once you get comfortable telling my story,

  • then you can try adapting your own travel stories.

  • In fact have you been to Portugal or had a trip like mine?

  • Let me know about it in the comments.

  • I'm super curious. Portugal is amazing!

  • Many of you have been requesting

  • more Imitation Lessons lately

  • so that you can practise your speaking skills with me

  • so let me know what lessons you want.

  • Do you want conversations about work, about travel,

  • about disagreeing with someone or arguing?

  • Let me know what you want in the comments and I'd be

  • really happy to make them for you.

  • If you'd like to support what we do here at mmmEnglish,

  • we've got packs of Imitation Lessons for sale

  • through our website.

  • They are really affordable and they give you

  • hours and hours of speaking practice.

  • The link is in the description below

  • so you can check it out anytime.

  • Thanks for watching and I'll see you next week!

Hey this is Emma from mmmEnglish!

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