Understanding Future Forms in Spoken English

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Will you be traveling or are you going to travel? That is the question!

When talking about the future in English, the future forms of “will” and “going to” should be expected to be used in most conversational English. These two forms, while used frequently, can also be confusing, with many nonnative English speakers having difficulty distinguishing between when to use either of the two future forms. By learning the main differences between the two future forms, you can better gain an understanding on when to use either word in your “future” conversations.

The main distinguishing factor between the two forms, is that “going to” is used for plans and intentions made before the moment of speaking, while “will” is saved for talking about the future at the moment of speaking.

For example:
I think I’m going to get lunch with Sally later on this afternoon.
I will be meeting Sally at 2 p.m. for lunch.

In these examples, both sentences talk about future plans to get lunch that afternoon, however the “going to” is used to make a future prediction based on evidence in the present situation, whereas, “will” is used to talk about future facts or things we believe to be true about the future.

To better understand when to use “going to” or “will” take a look at the following examples:

Going To: Used to make future predictions based on evidence in the present situation
There’s so much traffic today. We’re not going to make it to the movie theater for hours!
You’re going to crash the car if you continue texting and driving!
It’s a beautiful day today, it’s going to be great weather for laying out.

Will: Used to talk about future facts or things we believe to be true about the future
The President will serve in office for four years.
I don’t think Bob will be happy about the mess we made.
The train will arrive at 2:15 pm according to schedule.

In reading the above examples, you may find that a few of the examples can be used interchangeably with no difference in meaning. This is because even when the terms are misused in conversational English, native speakers will still be able to understand what you mean without any problems. “Going to” and “will” are that similar, which makes for a very confusing concept, however, although they can improperly be used interchangeably, by learning the correct times to use either of these terms, you can feel more confident in your American English and know that you are speaking properly in English.

To further practice using “going to” and “will” in everyday examples, visit PronunciationPro.com for mp3 files and worksheets to better improve your future forms while speaking accent free English.

TOEFL is Critical for Educational Future of Nonnative Students

practice for TOEFL exam with accent reduction classes online improve your English pronunciationStudents around the world are making their college plans, with many of them hopeful to be studying in the United States this Fall. Having an American made college education is proving to be a hot commodity for many students who hope to apply their knowledge in their native countries after graduation. Beyond scholarships and financial aid however, the main concern worrying students about their educational futures abroad is the TOEFL exam.

There’s a lot of thirst from students hoping to add a U.S. based education to their resumes, as the middle class continues to grow dramatically in many countries with new jobs being created at an unmeasurable rate. Grades and being smart unfortunately is no longer enough to secure students a spot in an American University on their own. Learning English is a requirement for students hoping to study abroad in America, a requirement that many students are unable to learn in time. In Cambodia for example, several students showed interest in applying for a full-ride scholarship to Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, but none were able to make the deadline to take the standardized English-language test, which is only offered twice a year.

Planning for the TOEFL exam in advance is important, not only to secure a sign up time, but to provide enough time for students to take and pass the exam if they require one or more attempts before passing. While fees vary by country, there are a variety of fees associated with the TOEFL exam, including a late registration fee of $35 and a rescheduling charge of $60 USD, which add up quickly and draw attention to passing the exam in as little amount of attempts as possible.

While there are a variety of books and self-help programs available for students to use at their disposal, one of the best ways of studying for the TOEFL exam is by working with trained speech pathologists online in specialty made TOEFL Training classes. Pronunciation Pro offers the TOEFL speaking prep package that helps non-native English speakers work on their accent in order to pass the speaking section of the TOEFL exam. Complete with a full accent assessment, a 12-week video training program, weekly feedback and training towards passing the TOEFL exam from your own personal trainer and a one year membership to the Pronunciation Pro website and all of its resources, students can have a variety of online help available 24/7 to help them best prepare for the test.

 

The TOEFL exam should not hold students back from their dream education in America, but rather enable students to feel confident in their knowledge and communication skills before moving abroad. If you dream of studying in the United States, get a head start on studying for your TOEFL exam by starting a free 7-day trial with Pronunciation Pro.

Fun Tongue Twisters to Improve Pronunciation in English

tongue twisters to improve English pronunciationTongue twisters are a fun way to learn English pronunciation. If you’re looking for ways to practice your American English pronunciation that takes you away from coursework for a bit, these are some of our favorites that will help sharpen your skills while you also get a good laugh!¬†Tongue twisters help us to focus on each separate sound and syllable of specific words in the English language, and once we’ve heard ourselves stumble over the same sounds or pronunciation sequences, then we know what needs more work than other parts of pronunciation we may have better mastery of.

For even more fun, practice tongue twisters with others in the process of reducing foreign accents and get a giggle from each other’s twister adeptness!

Sally sells seashells by the seashore: This is an old favorite that gets even longtime native speakers stumbling. Slow it down to begin, and see how fast you can get Sally to the seashore after your fifth or sixth go at it!

Freshly-fried flying fish: This one is especially good practice for those whose native language makes little to no use of the letter ‘L’ or that confuses the lettere ‘L’ and ‘R.’

Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?: A great tongue twister for pronunciation students working through issues with pronunciation of the letter ‘S’ to hone his or her skills.

Rubber baby buggy bumpers: The more you say this one, the better you’ll get at it. Classically English, and an old tongue twister that really helps with words that begin with ‘B’ to help really hone the sense of the difference between the ‘B’ and ‘V’ sound.

I’m not the pheasant plucker, I’m the pheasant plucker’s son,And I’m only plucking pheasants till the pheasant pluckers come: Great tongue twister to practice the difference between the /ph/ and /f/ sounds created by the difference between ‘p’ and ‘ph’ in English.

A tongue twister is often thought of as a fun way to pass the time, but they really are very beneficial for pronunciation practice, especially for nonnative English speakers. Plus, many of them include classically American imagery and idioms, which help to round out both the linguistic and cultural perspectives.