English language and speech -collocation-audio lesson

Eng­lish Lan­guage And Speech Secret- Sound like a native speak­er- Col­lo­ca­tions-AUDIO

An inte­gral part of sound­ing like a native Eng­lish speak­er in your Eng­lish lan­guage and speech is to use col­lo­ca­tions.
Why is the use of col­lo­ca­tions so impor­tant for Eng­lish lan­guage and speech?

Col­lo­ca­tions are impor­tant to know in order to boost your vocab­u­lary, flu­en­cy, writ­ten dis­course gen­er­al­ly, and over­all writ­ing and speak­ing scores on the PTE and IELTS ( from band 5 upwards you are expect­ed to be able to use some col­lo­ca­tions in your speech) .

When you use col­lo­ca­tions in your Eng­lish lan­guage and speech you show that you have a good com­mand of the lan­guage. Using col­lo­ca­tions in your Eng­lish speech allows you to com­mu­ni­cate your mes­sage bet­ter. You are using habit­u­al phras­es that native Eng­lish speak­ers use and your lis­ten­er can imme­di­ate­ly relate bet­ter to what you are say­ing. This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant if you are talk­ing to clients, cus­tomers, or speak­ing at a meet­ing, giv­ing a talk or mak­ing  a pod­cast. Don't for­get that this also helps fit in bet­ter social­ly as you are using the same expres­sions as every­one else.

Col­lo­ca­tions are com­mon expres­sions that you need to use. Also very impor­tant­ly, you'll improve your abil­i­ty to under­stand what oth­er Eng­lish speak­ers are refer­ring to and say­ing.

What is a col­lo­ca­tion?

A col­lo­ca­tion is a pair or group of words that are habit­u­al­ly jux­ta­posed or put togeth­er.
For exam­ple: “‘strong tea’ and ‘heavy drinker’ are typ­i­cal Eng­lish col­lo­ca­tions”
There are many, many, many col­lo­ca­tions used in Eng­lish lan­guage and speech. In the les­son below I have cov­ered 22 of them so you can hear how to pro­nounce them and say them nat­u­ral­ly in Eng­lish.

Eng­lish Lan­guage And Speech Secret-Col­lo­ca­tions

accept a chal­lenge

accept defeat

absolute­ly nec­es­sary

achieve a goal

addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion

become aware

gain access

get a call ( when some­one rings you on the phone)

get a chance

give it a go

go unno­ticed

make a deci­sion

make a liv­ing

make an effort

meet oppo­si­tion

mixed feel­ings (dif­fer­ent emo­tions felt at the same time)

last long

lead the way

lend a hand (help some­one)

lucky escape

hard to see

hard to tell ( don't know)

There's also a quiz page here

You'll find more col­lo­ca­tions in our accent reduc­tion cours­es as the train­er mod­els sen­tences for you to prac­tise, and more impor­tant­ly you can hear how to say them nat­u­ral­ly with the right stress, into­na­tion and rhythm at the same time.

Best wish­es, Esther

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