Speaking English for 30 seconds a day

Hi, my name is Lucas and I will speak about me.
I live in a small town, study biology, work at City Hall, and I want to learn english because the most knowledge is in english, I am felling stupid not knowing this language. I started studying english a three months ago, with no great return, but in the last eighteen days I study about one hour and thirdy every day.
So, that is it
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Crisley Alves 40
I said what came to my mind.

See you.

Mariane Luyara 10
Well, I saw this topic here and think is very interesting, because the most difficulty that I have, is in the conversation. I think this not happens just me: when someone says: "Talk in english with me!", or when I think: "I'll speak something in english!", all the words, all the phrases, just disappear!! Nothing come to the head... It's very funny, and annoying.. This ever happen to you? That's all, folks! Bye :)

marianafsc 80 2
Hi, people! It's been a long time since I've recorded something for English Experts! I hope you can give me some tips about pronunciation, since I'm a little (I mean, a lot haha) rusty (: Thanks!

"Hello, everybody! This time I'll talk about the writer Franz Kafka, since today he completes 130 years, part of it in body and person and another part just by the books he left us - which isn't a small thing, right? I only read one book from him, Metamorphosis, and now I'm reading The Trial. I can say that he's already one of my favorite writers of all time! If you have some time, read one of his books and I think you won't regret it! That's my tip for today, see you all later!"

Sra_Tradutora 3340 6 75
Hey, I want to play too! I've been pretty busy working today, but I like to come here on the forum when I need to take a break. I think it's a great idea for English students to have the opportunity to practice speaking the language because it's probably the best way to remember how to say things. When I went to Brazil a few weeks ago, I noticed a huge gap between my knowledge of Portuguese and my ability to use it spontaneously in a live conversation because I had never spoken the language before. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. So let's all keep practicing!

Crisley Alves 40
Just recording a new audio, there’s nothing special in this audio, I Just wanted to hear myself speaking in English. Yeah, it’s quite weird, I know… but don’t make fun of it, I’m serious from now.

Anyway, my English classes ended yesterday and I’m already anxious to the next semester, cause my teacher told me that the classes are going to be kind different, she told me that we are going to give an presentation and it make me believe that it could help me to speak more naturally.

Ok, I know the English course will not make me speak English by itself, so I’ve been reading texts and listening to a lot of podcasts and I think these actions are making me feel more confident while talking in English.

I think I’m expressing myself quite good now, but it’s because I’m just reading a text, if I had to say what I just said in a conversation, I probably would have paused and making some words longer than usual.

Like, I’m studying English Becaauuseeee, see, I’m used to doing this while talking to someone, it’s some kind of trick to have more time while answering a question… it’s funny.

Hey, if you want to practice English with me, send me a message, we could skype some day.
I don’t know too much, but I think we can talk.

The time is over, bye.
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rafaelisquierdo 195 7
Hey what`s up guys!

Just wanted to give you guys some feedback. I think that`s really important to see how we are doing and also to keep us motivated.

Crisley Alves: Nice dude! You developed you english in a very nice way throughtout the audio and you berely thought before saying the words. Just one hint, try to imitate more the accent of native speakers.

Sra_Tradutora: Perfect!

marianafsc: Perfect as well plus very nice accent!

Mariane Luyara: More you practice better you get! Good job!

Alessandro 3575 3 11 84
Hi everyone! I’m here, back at “Speaking English for 30 seconds a day” to say that I’m really proud of you. When I started this project at the beginning of this year I never thought that so many people would join us in this conversation. I know, the software isn’t perfect, it’s still hard to record -- I wrote it in a week -- but it seems to be working so far.

It was a pleasure for me to hear the voice of all of you, some of whom I've been interacting with for years. I don’t know about you guys, but when you hear the voice of a person it seems like your are closer, you know.

Thank you Telma, Donay, Mariana - I enjoy your British accent - and more recently Sra. Tradutora. Thank you all for taking part in it. Let’s keep up the good work guys.

Take care!

rafaelisquierdo 195 7
Hey guys...

Now it is my turn to practice a little bit so you guys can tell me what my english sounds like.

Sra_Tradutora 3340 6 75
rafaelisquierdo escreveu:Hey guys...

Now it is my turn to practice a little bit so you guys can tell me what my english sounds like.
And here are my comments.

marianafsc 80 2
rafaelisquierdo escreveu:Hey guys...

Now it is my turn to practice a little bit so you guys can tell me what my english sounds like.
Hello! Here's my response as well, for the comments made by rafaelisquierdo and Alessandro as well. I also agree with Sra. Tradutora's comments. Let's keep talking to each other! (:

Beatriz Vila Chã
Hi, my name is Beatriz. And I'm studying English about 6 months ago. Since then, I'd never studied English. I love this language, and I learn with ease. Everything I know, I learned on twitter. Talking to another people, translating on Google Translator, and searching on. But I have a problem: I ALWAYS translate to Portuguese, so I take a time to speak, because I spend that time thinking. How could I don't think in Portuguese before I speak?

marianafsc 80 2
Hi, Beatriz! Welcome and thanks for the contribution (:
I've made some comments, which are also on my recording:

- "I'm studying English about 6 months ago. Since then (...)"
If you have been studying English and is studying EVEN now,
a better way to say that is "I've been studying English for
six months". The present perfect (the "have been") is a form
that is used to indicate an action that has some connection
with the present. You could also say "I started studying
English six months ago", and one can guess that you're
still at it.

- "I love this language, and I learn with ease"
You pronounced "ease" the way you would pronounce "easy".
Please check out the pronunciation on this link:
http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries ... onary/ease

Oh, and a note: don't trust google translator, sometimes
he doesn't spell things right... I think it would be better
to just follow the dictionary for words that you don't know and
the rest you can try to hear from "real people", but that's
just my opinion.

- "Talking to another people"
I think "talking to other people" is the correct form,
but I prefer to leave the explanation for people who know
the grammar section better than me, haha.

(Oops, I didn't know that the audio had time! I'll continue on another post! haha)

marianafsc 80 2
Here I am again haha! I'll take up from the point where I stopped on the last recording:

- "I take a time to speak"

I've never seen someone use "take a time" in this way. I
think it's more common to say "I take some time".

- "How could I don't think in Portuguese before I speak?"

It would be "How could I not think". I'll also leave the
explanation to the grammar people. hahaha Sorry, I don't
want to say something that could be eventually wrong, so I'll
leave it to them!

About your question, I think it's something natural to do, I
mean, to think in Portuguese. It's common when you're
starting to learn. I think that only time and a lot of input
can solve that. I mean, I did that too, but when I started
to really read a lot on English, watch a lot of movies, etc.,
I started to think about IMAGES and not words that would
translate into what I wanted to say. I don't know if that's
understandable, but oh well hahaha

I think that it! See ya and welcome to EE (:

Crisley Alves 40
rafaelisquierdo escreveu:Hey what`s up guys!

Crisley Alves: Nice dude! You developed you english in a very nice way throughtout the audio and you berely thought before saying the words. Just one hint, try to imitate more the accent of native speakers.
Hello Rafael, how you doin'?

Well, it's been a month since you wrote it, I couldn't answer because my facebook was disactivated and I had to be logged in the facebook to be capable of writing something here, anyway, I really appreciate your feedback.

See you later, bye.

Dan. M. 45 1
Hello participants for the "Speaking English for 30 seconds a day" challenge. I'm Daniel, a self-taught in English, so, I'm here just to let a message for you to listen some things I have to talk about my learning progress. In the past 2 years, I think I was able to grow in reading and writing considerably, taking into account I still have too much to get better . However,my main purpose at the moment is to improve my listening and speaking skills. For that, I'm trying hard to devote myself in the English phonetics lessons and listening lessons through movies, documentaries, TV shows, musics and videos in general - mainly on Youtube. So, this is part of my learning process in a few words. Don't forget that any comment, suggestion to my audio recording is welcome learners. Thanks for reading or listening.

Crisley Alves 40
Hey, what’s up?
This weekend I couldn’t go to my English course, because I had a headache and fever, I woke up feeling really bad, so I didn’t go to my course, I stayed at my bed all day long, I didn’t even had lunch that day, I was feeling really bad, but I’m far better now.
So, this week, I’m making up.
I made a review about what I’ve been learning since the beginning of the course, I also watched lessons from native speaker on Youtube, I practiced my writing too, I don’t have problems while writing, because it’s something that I often do, but I did just to practice.
And, I also recorded myself speaking in English, I’ve being doing this since June because doing this, I can evaluate how I’m sounding to those people who are listening to me.

Well, that’s it.
I hope you have enjoyed and I’m waiting for your feedback.

Italo Santana 20 1
Hello everyone! My name is Italo! I realy liked this topic, so, this is my first reply.

I am searching for a website where I can meet other people to help me to improve my skills. My dream is to learn english, because i may have other opportunities like work and also make new friends around the world. I would like to take tips of you guys. So, do not hesitate to contact me and correct me if necessary, ok? Thank You, Good Night!

Geoff inglês 220 1 5
Hi Italo.

That was excellent!

A couple of pronunciation points:

Opportunities (the tu is pronounced "chew") http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ ... nities?s=t

And hesitate (we do not say "ee" at the end of the word)

Also, "I would like to take tips of you guys" should read, "take tips from you guys" (not "of").
You are receiving the tips and "from" acts like a direction away from something, e.g. "I am coming from <----- the shopping mall. "I am receiving tips from <---- you guys"

It did sound like you were reading the script, I wonder if you would get more useful feedback if you spoke freely, you would then have an opportunity to get feedback on the areas of grammar you could improve on with your spoken English too.

Crisley Alves 40
Hello, how have you been?

We’re in the end of the semester and last weekend, the teacher said that we have to create a product and record a video explaining why people should buy our product. I already created the product, I’m going to present an app specifically for those who are learning English, and I must say that this app was developed because I’ve been studying English every day, so it was pretty easy to develop this app, I believe the most difficult thing is recording the video without making mistakes, I’m not THAT worried but I intend to speak as naturally as I can.

In my opinion I’m going to get good grades, but I must pay attention to the pronunciation of the words. Recently I bought a book that explains how to pronounce the words correctly, but I’ve been in a hurry, so I haven’t had time to study yet, but even not studying pronunciation as hard as I can, I’ve been writing frequently and recording audios, but I think it’s not enough.

Well, that’s it.
I just wanted to tell this… and well, wish me luck at the presentation.
See you later, bye.

Bill Sikes 790 1 1 18
Minha contribuição ao tópico! Li um poema da Sylvia Plath. Pena que não deu pra ler todo ele, mas pelo menos uns 80%, de acordo com o limite do áudio.

The Applicant

First, are you our sort of a person?
Do you wear
A glass eye, false teeth or a crutch,
A brace or a hook,
Rubber breasts or a rubber crotch,

Stitches to show something's missing? No, no? Then
How can we give you a thing?
Stop crying.
Open your hand.
Empty? Empty. Here is a hand

To fill it and willing
To bring teacups and roll away headaches
And do whatever you tell it.
Will you marry it?
It is guaranteed

To thumb shut your eyes at the end
And dissolve of sorrow.
We make new stock from the salt.
I notice you are stark naked
How about this suit -

Black and stiff, but not a bad fit.
Will you marry it?
It is waterproof, shatterproof, proof
Against fire and bombs through the roof.
Believe me, they'll bury you in it.

Now your head, excuse me, is empty.
I have the ticket for that.
Come here, sweetie, out of the closet.
Well, what do you think of that?
Naked as paper to start

But in twenty-five years she'll be silver,
In fifty, gold.
A living doll, everywhere you look.
It can sew, it can cook,
It can talk, talk, talk.

It works, there is nothing wrong with it.
You have a hole, it's a poultice.
You have an eye, it's an image.
My boy, it's your last resort.
Will you marry it, marry it, marry it.


Guilherme Beghetto 30
One year ago I posted an audio file just like this, and I want to make a comparison between my speaking skills. Have they improved? Let's see that! :D

Hey everyone!
My name is Guilherme, I am 16 and I'm from Curitiba. First of all I'd like to congratule you for accomplishing this new project, I am sure it's gonna help a lot of people. So, today I was supposed to go to a kind of parade here in my city called Zombie Walk. It consists of a bunch of people dressed in zombies characters and they start walking along a very famous avenue trying to scare each other. That's very funny. The problem is that, unfortunately, it was raining as dawn broke and I'm sure not even 20% of the people are going there. So, I think I'll stay at home all day long and watch some great movie with my family and rest this Carnival holiday.

edrob518 3170 6 71
Hi everyone my name is Eduardo
Today I studied english a lot, as usual. I'm self taught in english in other words I study english by myself.
I wanna learn how to speak exactly like a native speaker. bye bye

claudemircloud 165 3
Hello everybody! I do not appear in the forum has a couple of years or Maybe more. I'm coming back here because I want to study English formally and here I have people to practice, maybe help, and take a lot of my doubts. I noticed that a lot has changed here in the last years and best of all that it has changed for the better. I'm happy about this and I wanna continue here.

Marcos 3355 4 17 72
Hello guys, I'm Marcos.

Well, I've been visiting this website for the last two years and I remember when I first saw this topic. I also remember being afraid of recording myself here, so I postponed it. I thought, nope maybe next time, and after quite a while, here I am at last. Exposing myself to others, to people I've never seen, and leaving my comfort zone so to speak. You know what? That's what makes us stronger when it comes to being a better English speaker. You gotta expose yourself so that you may be aware of your real skills, to be aware of what you can really do regarding this astounding language. Well, I believe I don't have much left, so that's it. Thanks for listening to me. Take care, who ever you are. Bye! :)

Alessandro 3575 3 11 84
Hi Telma,

I would love to hear your British Accent. Could you send a message here?

Thank you!

Telma Regina 23285 9 60 586
Resposta aceita pela comunidade. Movido para a primeira página. Parabéns Telma Regina!

Marcelo Pias 640 1 2 14
Hi everyone..
It's a pleasure to be part of the English Experts website.
I have learned so much from you guys, it's been a great experience. And I hope to achieve that native-like level of English.

Any feedback is welcome. :D

Marcelo Pias 640 1 2 14
I love soccer and I just can't see myself living without it. However, my favorite soccer team, Palmeiras, have been playing so badly for the past three years. It’s been really tough to talk about soccer with my friends since they won’t stop teasing me. Luckily, things have changed this year. My team signed a lot of amazing players and hopefully this will be our year.

My team had a horrible squad. The players were not skillful at all, and didn’t even bother to try hard. This situation didn’t last too long, though. All the fans, including me, ran out of patience and attacked the president by protesting in front of the stadium, asking for a change. Now things are much different. Palmeiras managed to sign a lot of new players.

Now I can confidently say that we have a competitive team. I won’t be embarrassed when my friends talk to me anymore. Hopefully, the new players will get along and play well as a team so we can lift some trophies and come back to the same level we were years ago once and for all!

(please let me know if there's something that could be expressed in a more natural way, even if it's not grammatically incorrect)

Camila Oliveira 1435 1 13 31
Hey everyone!
I'm Camila and it's amazing to be part of the English Experts!
I love learning new things about culture, music, books...
By the way, I love traveling! To my mind, traveling is not only a way to have fun, but also to improve my english, try some local food, go sightseeing and do what natives do! The ideia of leaving my country to explore the world is completely fascinating!
So, whenever you guys feel like getting to know more about me and some travel tips, just send me a message, I'll be glad to answer your questions :)


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