The Monkey Waiter Lesson.
An upper-intermediate lesson using a popular video from CNN.
I did not film this one; it's the only video on this site which I did not film myself. I added the subtitles and made the exercises.
The video below is one which I did film for CNN. It's about the famous site Walkscore™.
I used the outtakes and the main video footage to make 20 videos and 40 Exercises for the Real English® version of this clip. Certain sections of this lesson are for beginners. Here's the CNN version of the clip for advanced students:
The Second Language Series
Why learn a second language? Who should learn a second language? How to learn a second language?
The last question was answered by Fernando in Lesson 58. The most talented language learners do not agree with Fernando, but I do!
The other two questions are brought up in the following 3 clips.
The opinions expressed in this clip about learning a second language also make a lot of sense. Meet Ernie and Eric, who seem to speak quite fast, like most Americans. This provides great listening comprehension practice for upper intermediate students:
Finally, we have a "Second Language Controversy".
Meet Darryl and his future mother-in-law Donna (Darryl is going to marry Donna's daughter in a month). They don't seem to understand each other: There are 2 other short "controversial" interviews in this same clip:
The Current Economic Crisis: Homeless in the USA
Interview with Captain Delaney in St. Augustine, Florida, who speaks about the homeless in the USA. Captain Delaney belongs to the largest army in the world, The Salvation Army.
Level: Upper Intermediate. Lesson coming soon.
Columbus L. Holmes, homeless in Miami Beach, Florida:
We asked Sailuz & Joanne how people become homeless:
Al Kohler, homeless in Saint Augustine, Florida, with lots of pictures to help pre-intermediate students understand Al. He was a teacher for 50 years in a high school before becoming homeless. He had to sell his house to pay for his medical expenses:
Glenn Nesbitt, a taxi driver, also speaks to us about the homeless, just a few yards from where we interviewed Al and Lonnie.
Lonnie Ison, homeless in Florida, with subtitles to help you with aregional accent (southeast of the USA):
Real English Rock
I filmed several concerts of The True Ones. Roger Godfrey, who is the composer and singer of all the Real English® jingles, is also the lead guitar and a singer in this group. I don't know if I will ever make lessons for these clips, but you can discover some great rock with subtitles on this page.
Finally, a little about myself.
An EFL group in Japan called English Star interviewed me as you can see below. You will notice that I am a bit uneasy when being filmed. I much prefer being on the other side of the camera. I suppose I am not the only photographer in the world having this preference!
And more recently, an EFL site in Iran interviewed me. You can read this interview here. Or discoverall the people who have helped me with the Real English® project here.
Real English is different. Students who have not lived in an English-speaking country should begin with Lesson 1! The people in the videos are spontaneous. Spontaneity is difficult for many students, just like real situations with strangers are difficult. The people seem to speak fast, but in reality, they are speaking at normal speed.
Real English is also different concerning "levels".
Example: Lesson 43 is very easy because
the people speak very clearly.
But they use a verb
structure which is usually called "Intermediate".
All the people you meet in Real English speak naturally,
but some people speak more clearly, and more slowly
On the other hand, "levels" are usually
determined according to the relative difficulty of the
grammar structure used in a lesson. When we say
"Beginner", "Intermediate" and "Advanced" we are
speaking about grammar difficulty, not the way the
people speak. This is why you will find some
difficult beginner lessons & easy intermediate lessons!