The Best Way to Learn to Speak English

Mental Gymnastics

I have learned several foreign languages. What has helped me the most has always been working on oral exercises and thus doing "mental gymnastics." The idea is to assimilate "language patterns" and then practice them orally until you are capable of using them in real-time.

A Complement to Other Methods

I do not say my exercises are any better than those produced by other educators. I only know from what users have told me that these podcasts are very beneficial and an excellent "complement" to other methods learners may be using.

Recognition as one of the top American Accent series

Player FM ranked one of our series Your English among the Best American Accent Podcasts (updated June 2018)! Our tiny staff has now been encouraged to produce even more.

Using our podcasts to improve speaking skills

Our podcasts, "QualityTime-ESL Podcasts", "Your English" and "5 Minute TOPs" can be worked on either during one’s spare time or during ESL classes with or without the scripts and worksheets. Learners can work on the oral exercises in a lab, in a computer room, in the classroom or on their own with an MP3 player (iPod). Students can listen to the recordings and formulate the correct sentences by speaking into a microphone or by speaking on their own. They can also test each other on the different grammar points in class by working in two’s using the scripts in intensive pair work.

A Challenge

These podcasts are not easy except the first ones, which deal with rudimentary points: the verb "to be" and the verb "to have." Very few students can quickly use without any hesitation all the tenses of these two basic verbs. So these first podcasts are a good review for students of all levels. Very quickly the episodes become challenging even for higher intermediate and advanced speakers. These are oral exercises, and although reading the scripts may be simple, actually doing them orally in real-time without following a written paper is far more difficult.

A Promise

I promise that anyone who has done even just half of all the more than 120 podcasts now available will improve his/her scores dramatically on international exams like the TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, BULETS, and Cambridge (all exams from FCE, CAE to the Proficiency level).

The oral exercises in our podcasts are perhaps not "all fun and games." But they are challenging and very effective. So, download the "QualityTime-ESL Podcasts", "Your English" and "5 Minute TOPs" from iTunes or from this web site and purchase the scripts and worksheets in packs. Then get to work! You will not regret the efforts you have made!

International exams explained

To see a list of the best-known international EFL/ESL tests with explanations and evaluations, go to the website www.examenglish.com. You will get much useful information about these exams:

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