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Imitation Technique | Weekend Plans | Speak English clearly and confidently

Imitation Technique  | Weekend Plans | Speak English clearly and confidently


Hey this is Emma from mmmEnglish! It’s great to see you again! So tell me, have you got much planned for the weekend? It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, this is a really common question that gets asked all the time, right? At work, after class, when you’re just hanging out with friends. So do you know how to answer this question in English, really well? I know how much you love speaking practice so in today’s lesson, we’re going to practise talking about the weekend. And after this lesson you’re going to be ready with some really common phrases and expressions that you can use in conversations all the time with your workmates, with your classmates or any other English-speaking mate of yours. And to make sure that you get the most out of this lesson, we’re going to be practising with the mmmEnglish Imitation Technique and it’s one of the most effective ways that you can reduce your accent and fix your pronunciation problems so that you speak English more clearly and more confidently. So stay tuned! If you already know how the Imitation Technique works then feel free to skip ahead to step one. It starts right here. But if you’re new to the Imitation Technique, well you might be wondering what is it and how does it work. This technique is super effective because it teaches you to listen to the sounds and patterns of English and it trains you to produce some of those sounds yourself through repetition and controlled practice. But most of all, it’s just a lot of fun. You’re going to be training your mouth with your ears by listening to the sounds and imitating them or copying them rather than training your mouth with your eyes by reading and guessing what the pronunciation and the rhythm of those words are. Now if you haven’t done a lesson like this before, stay cool, it’s okay. Don’t worry. There’s three really simple steps that you need to follow. And the first one is that you just need to listen to what I say and read the words on the screen as I say them. The second step is you’re going to listen to what I say but then there’ll be a pause so that you can repeat. You can copy what I’ve said exactly as I said it. And this is a step that you can repeat over and over again until you sound exactly like I do. And it’s okay to practise this step several times before you move on to step number three. You can even slow down the speed of the video down here so that you can practise slowly first and then return to normal speed. And you might want to do that because step number three is a bit of a challenge even for a native English speaker. So you’ll need to listen to what I’m saying but say it at the same time as I do, so you’ll speak as I speak. Now it’s pretty much like singing along to your favourite song right? You’re not going to get it perfect the first time you try and it’s okay to make some mistakes. We’re going to have fun and you’ll improve over time with practice. Today we’re going to be talking about our plans for the weekend. So this dialogue is going to be in future tenses because it hasn’t happened yet, it’s happening in the future. Now when someone asks you about the weekend, they might say “So what’s happening this weekend? Have you got any plans?” “So, what are you guys doing on the weekend?” “What are you guys up to on the weekend? Got much on?” Now often your answer might be quite short especially if you don’t feel comfortable enough to have a full conversation yet but after our practice session today, I’m hoping that you’ll grab the opportunity to share as much detail as you can in English. We’re going to be practising a range of expressions that you can easily adapt to your own situation. So let’s try. Step one: listen and read. This weekend? I’m really looking forward to it, actually! I’ve got my sister visiting from overseas so I’m going to be playing tour guide for a few days! And Saturday’s looking pretty good weather-wise, so we might go somewhere for breakfast. Bib and Tucker is my go-to whenever I have people staying. Have you been there? Everything there is amazing and the view over the ocean is to die for. So yeah, I think we might start there since it’s going to be nice. And then do a bit of exploring. Maybe we’ll stop in for lunch at the Botanic Gardens. It’s so beautiful there at this time of year. They often have free concerts actually, so that could be pretty cool. And then on Sunday I think I’ll take her to the National Gallery and we’ll probably wander around the markets for a while. Actually, my friend’s playing in a band and she’s offered us free tickets! So we’ll probably check that out too as long as we’re not too tired. So I’ve got a lot planned! How about you? Have you got much on? Step two. So now you need to imitate exactly what I say and that means you’re trying to copy my pronunciation, my word stress and the pauses in my sentence. You can even try and imitate my facial expressions and body language if you want, because that’s extra practice about communicating with more than just words. There’s going to be a pause after each sentence so that you can practise with me. There’ll be time for you to say it too so just relax and go with the flow. It’s just you and it’s me, there’s no one else here right now so let’s just have some fun. Step two: imitate, listen and copy. This weekend? I’m really looking forward to it, actually! I’ve got my sister visiting from overseas so… I’m going to be playing tour guide for a few days! And Saturday’s looking pretty good weather-wise, so we might go somewhere for breakfast. Bib and Tucker’s my go-to whenever I have people staying. Have you been there? Everything there is amazing and the view over the ocean is to die for. So yeah, I think we might start there since it’s going to be nice. And then do a bit of exploring. Maybe we’ll stop in for lunch at the Botanic Gardens, it’s so beautiful there at this time of year. They often have free concerts actually, so that could be pretty cool. And then on Sunday I think I’ll take her to the National Gallery and we’ll probably wander around the markets for a while. Actually, my friends playing in a band and she’s offered us free tickets! So, we’ll probably check that out too as long as we’re not too tired! So I’ve got a lot planned! How about you? Have you got much on? Before we move to step number three, a really quick shout out to our friends over at Skillshare who’ve made it possible to bring you this Imitation Lesson for free. Skillshare is an online community with thousands of classes covering all kinds of subjects that you can do in your spare time or maybe you could even do them on the weekend. There are two reasons why I recommend Skillshare to my students. Firstly because not only are you learning new skills, but you’re also learning new vocabulary and real-world expressions to talk about the things that you’re into. And secondly, because it’s affordable. For less than ten dollars a month, you can get access to a huge range of courses from teachers around the world. I find myself using the Skillshare library all the time whenever I need to upskill. In fact, just this month my mum has been getting our family home ready to sell so I thought I’d love to help her to get the place looking amazing before it goes on the market and people come around to have a look. I found a brilliant interior styling course, taught by a professional stylist that had me filled with ideas in just over an hour. It was just the kind of expert guidance that I needed to make everything happen. So if you want to try it out, jump online using the link in the description below this video to get yourself two months of premium level access for free. And let me know what Skillshare courses you end up taking. Alright let’s get back to step number three. Now we’re moving on to step three which is a little more challenging so don’t forget that you can pause right here, go back and practise section two as many times as you need before you keep going. This is just going to take a little bit of practice. So now you’re going to shadow me and that means listening and speaking at the same time. So try to copy the rhythm and the tone that I use even if it means that you get yourself a little tongue-tied for a while there. It’s okay. Don’t worry about it. Step three: shadow. This weekend? I’m really looking forward to it, actually! I’ve got my sister visiting from overseas so I’m going to be playing tour guide for a few days! And Saturday is looking pretty good weather-wise, so we might go somewhere for breakfast, Bib and Tucker’s my go-to whenever I have people staying. Have you been there? Everything there is amazing and the view over the ocean is to die for. So yeah, I think we might start there since it’s going to be nice. And then do a bit of exploring. Maybe we’ll stop in for lunch at the Botanic Gardens, it’s so beautiful there at this time of year. And they often have free concerts actually, so that could be pretty cool. And then on Sunday I think I’ll take her to the National Gallery and we’ll probably wander around the markets for a while. Actually, my friend’s playing in a band and she’s offered us free tickets so we’ll probably check that out too as long as we’re not too tired. So, I’ve got a lot planned! How about you? Have you got much on? Hey awesome work, that was great practice! The best thing that you can do is save this lesson to a playlist and come back to it to practise it each day or a few times a week. You’ll be amazed at how much progress you make in such a short amount of time. And once you get comfortable talking about my weekend, you can try adapting it to talk about your weekend. In fact, what are you doing this weekend? What have you got planned? Let me know down there in the comments. I’m keen to hear your stories. And if you have a request for different types of Imitation Lessons, then make sure you let me know as well. If you’d like to support what we do here at mmmEnglish, we’ve got packs of Imitation Lessons available for sale via our website. They’re affordable and they’re going to give you hours and hours of speaking practice. The link is in the description below. Thanks for watching and I will see you in the next lesson!


Reader Comments

  1. It's been SOOOO LONG since I made an imitation lesson for you! I'm excited to be sharing this one to help you practice talking bout your weekend plans ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’™Want to try out Skillshare? Use THIS link ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://skl.sh/mmmenglish2 and get TWO FREE months of Skillshare Premium, free!! ๐Ÿ† Practise your passion and your English at the same time! ๐Ÿ˜

  2. Hi Emmaโ˜บ previously I wanted ask you : I get the feeling that the Australian accent sounds like or is close to the British accent ?
    Have you ever been in France and do you know Brittany in France is really a beautiful place to visit in France, it's coast and many Islands โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. imitation technique is on of the basic technique to pronounce anything as, from our childhood we use this technique.
    i was searching for this kind of technique so thanks Emma for such a lesson. it was really fun to go through this way of learning and practicing pronunciation.
    if possible, can we have a lesson of pronouncing IPA letter using imitation technique.
    Thanks once again.

  5. Hi,
    In this weekend, and the next week we have planned 25 Australian films at the Marrakech's international festival of films. It's an opportunity for us to learn Australian english.

  6. Hello Emma! We are from Vietnam. Thank you so much for your useful lessons. We have learned from lessons like Speaking English Clearly you have done before. It helped our English to improve very quick. And my friends think so. We hope you will do many lessons like this to help our English better! We love you! โค๏ธ

  7. This is the brilliant way
    Thank you so much teacher
    This is the first time i watched your lesson amd it was amazing

  8. As for this Sunday, as usual, I am going to study my lectures aa it is my main mission as a student. And then, if I'll have free time enough, I think I am going to do study English more. Maybe I'll have my guitar's strings changed because I have missed playing it for a while and I like playing guitar. That's why I want to restart playing it both improving my technical knowledge and having a quality time. And besides those, I am planning to print the PDF of my class' lecture books from the copy center if I can find somewhere cheap.

    (I saw that I used lots of "as" in this comment and I don't know why did that happen)

  9. Hello Emma, you're the best, thanks a lot. This is a excellent way to teach us. I liked it. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ from Venezuela

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  11. I can't control my feelings when Im watching you๐Ÿ˜… my heartbit is so fast๐Ÿ’“ you're realy nice for me my teacher emma๐Ÿ˜Š

  12. Emma I log in into it but it's asking for bank account details I don't have any account right because I am a student not a office worker

  13. Hi Emma, thank you so much for your lessons, I ever appreciate them! But itโ€™s very hard to shadow because you are very fast ๐Ÿ™‚ I would like to speak with native English speakers to improve my fluency, how can I do?

  14. Hi Emma, hope all well with you. Your lessons are really helpful to improve / learn English. Especially for begginers. Thanks for taking time out to make an amazing videos for us ๐Ÿ‘

  15. And if possible for you to make some videos related to IELTS examps. If you can give some notes or tips. That will a great help for me.
    Thanks

  16. I like this way โ€ฆ so I practice it โ€ฆ thanks in advance

  17. on Saturday i spent time with my family. My father had a name day. Greetings for every Andrew ;)today i have lazy day. movies, good food, tracksuits and relax. and in the meanwhile improve my english. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Imitation lesson help us a lot, I think that is one of the best way for getting better in listening and pronunciation skill. Great lesson Emma.

  19. You are very good teacher… We want a Software based app so that we can practice more easily… If possible please take my request ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Emma you're so good in English. Thank you for teaching us so much about this language. It is always great when it is taught by a cute and beautiful girl like you. Bye and thanks for help.

  21. Hi Emma! I work As hard As I can, but imitate you is a mission impossible for me, because of your beautiful smile. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‡

  22. Thanks for those videos you made. Itโ€™s really helpful. And I really like this project you made. Hope you can make more and I can practice my speaking skill. You have a Gโ€™day.

  23. this weekend i am going to prepare to my exams because there is too much work for me and i want to do my best in chemistry . If there would be free time , l could go to the cinema . There is Star wars on the screen . Actually , i have been wainting for a long time for this film and i hope that it will satisfact me

  24. Thank you, Emma! You're amazing! I love your lessons! You're highly motivated! โคโคโค Congrats from Bulgaria! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’โ„โ˜ƒ๏ธโ„

  25. Can you do a lesson on a conversation with the school teacher on my daughter's progress and curriculum related things.. With some common questions.. Thank you.

  26. Hi do you know am belongs to tamilnadu which is there in India I studied in my mother tongue I have degree but couldn't get a good job due to English am watching all your videos and English movies but can't

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