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We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest you to start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in the everyday's life and that will be useful when traveling. A good exercise to improve your pronunciation is by speaking it out loud, which you can do at any time of the day. This will get you used to the sounds of the language and once your vacation begins, in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or in one of the 48 other countries in which English is the official language, it will seem very familiar and easy to understand.

Why speak English while traveling?

To exchange with the whole world

Speak even only a few words and expressions in English is to make sure that you would be able to exchange with most of the inhabitants of the world during your holidays abroad. Indeed, it has become the first language of international communication. It is also the most used on the Internet. Unless you are completely cut off from the rest of the world, you know at least these five very simple words: "yes", "no", "thank you", "hello", "goodbye" and this is already enough to establish a first relationship!

A social and professional marker

One may not ignore that it is a rich and subtle language in which each rule is accompanied by multiple exceptions, what makes it much more difficult to master than it seems. You can limit yourself to the "Globish" (term created by the association of "Global" + "English") – a sort of functional Esperanto formed from a simplified language that does not care too much about the grammar rules – or go further and discover its infinite subtleties. In any case, you should know that do not speak this language a minimum is considered a gap that will insidiously exclude you from many circles.

Succeeding in an English speaking country

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly more willing to help.

How to succeed in having a good pronunciation within a week to a month?

Many rules ... And even more exceptions: you will have to make efforts

The English pronunciation is quite puzzling, not only because many sounds are specifically from it, but also because it is often necessary to learn a lot of exceptions once a rule is learned. For example, "h" is always "aspirated" at the beginning of the word, except for "Heir", "Hour", "Honor". A Dutch poet, Gerald Nolst Trenite, has put this question in a well-known poem, The Chaos (you can listen to it here). Moreover, the pronunciation of sentences must respect a certain melody and each syllable within a word is subject to a particular intonation – which is called the tonic accent. And to complete this picture, a rule valid in England will not necessarily be followed in the United States or in Australia. However, don't let it discourage you: even if it takes several years with an intensive practice to get a perfect accent, you can quickly make yourself understood in a fairly simple context, because your interlocutor will undoubtedly try to recognize your intentions. For example, if in a bar you order "a Bear" instead of "a Beer", there is little chance that you will be brought a bear to drink! We have put together a series of videos to help you understand all these rules and to acquire a very good pronunciation.

The alphabet

The alphabet is composed of 26 letters from the Latin alphabet. We invite you to listen to the British version of the alphabet. Click on the following link: English alphabet with audio.

What are the best websites to progress quickly?

100% Autonomous Learning - Online Resources

→ Tea Time-Mag: interactive sound magazine Level: beginner to advanced. Services: magazine to read and to listen to articles from the English-speaking world. Complex words are translated when the mouse moves. Our opinion: the quality and richness of this 100% free service make this resource indispensable. → E-Anglais.com - Free online lessons Level: beginner to advanced. Services: grammar, exercises, tests. Our opinion: this site was created by Kevin Halion, a doctor of philosophy. The site is simple and ideal to learn the essential grammar bases. To be used without reserve. → BBC Learning English Level: for people with first notions. It requires knowing how to get by yourself to find the right information. Services: numerous multimedia resources, games and tests. Our opinion: our favorite site, but it requires to spend some time in it. This is a very good complement to our service: once you are familiar with this language pronunciation and main expressions, you will make rapid progress on the BBC website. → Brirish Council - Learn English Central Level: requires already a good level. Services: numerous resources entrenched in the news and classified by theme. Our opinion: our second favorite site, which also requires a real desire to own it. Once this is done, you will not be able to do without it thanks to their countless and high quality resources. On the other hand, we didn't always understand their games in Flash … Each with its specialty!

Resources to go further

→ Online dictionary Reverso Level: all levels Services: online dictionary. Our opinion: the interest of this dictionary is not to provide only a simple translation, but also a whole "cloud" of results.

Study abroad

Studying abroad is the best way to progress quickly and to consolidate your knowledge. How to find your school and organize your stay? We suggest you an organization that takes care of everything for you. It is not just anyone since it is the world leader in this field. → Language studies abroad to learn English with EF Education Level: all levels Services: with EF Education you will find immersion courses in a wide variety of countries: England, USA, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc. Stays can last from 2 weeks to 12 months. You will be able to choose the formula that suits you best: intensive (if you are going to move to an English speaking country for example), to prepare an official language exam such as TOEIC, IELTS or TOEFL, to join an English-speaking university or to combine a course in this language and an internship in a company. Our opinion: with more than 50 years of existence, which has allowed them to acquire unique experience and expertise, EF and its teams have all the skills to help you choose the destination and the formula that best suits you.

Who made the translations and sound recordings of this site?

The translations were made by our company. The sound recordings were made by Antony Hickling for the man's voice, and by Bibi Jacob for the woman's voice.
Videos: English Pronunciation

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Essentials, Conversation, Looking for someone, Time tracking, Parting, Bar, Restaurant, Taxi, Transportation, Hotel, Beach, Family, Feelings, Learning, Colours, Numbers, In case of trouble,

Translation / Essentials


Learn english - Essentials
Learn english - Essentials


English English
Hello Hello
Good evening Good evening
Goodbye Goodbye
See you later See you later
Yes Yes
No No
Excuse me! Excuse me!
Thanks Thanks
Thanks a lot Thanks a lot
Thank you for your help Thank you for your help
Don't mention it Don't mention it
Ok Ok
How much is it? How much is it?
Sorry! Sorry!
I don't understand I don't understand
I get it I get it
I don't know I don't know
Forbidden Forbidden
Excuse me, where are the toilets? Excuse me, where are the toilets?
Happy New Year! Happy New Year!
Happy birthday! Happy birthday!
Happy holiday! Happy holiday!
Congratulations! Congratulations!

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