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What Is The Easiest Language To Learn?

What Is The Easiest Language To Learn?

Are you choosing a foreign language to learn and want to choose an easy one? Warch the video to find out which language to choose for learning.
 
So, you decided to start learning a foreign language and you want to choose an easy language. Which one should you choose? Let's talk about that. 
Hi, I'm Julia and this is Random English, a channel that will help you improve your English listening skills. 
So, which language is the easiest one to learn? Which foreign language should you choose for learning? Well, firstly, I must say that choosing a language just because you think it is easy to learn - it's not a good idea. You should choose a language that you want to learn, that you are motivated to learn, that you like. Well, in some cases, of course, there are languages that you have to learn, for example, for work, but choosing a language just because it's easy - maybe, not the best idea. And secondly, there is no such thing as the easiest language of them all. In fact, how easy or difficult a language is for you personally depends on many factors.
One of the factors is your native language. For example, if your native language is English such languages as German or Spanish could be easier for you than, for example, Russian or some Asian languages. If you are a person from Belarus or Ukraine, countries which have slavic languages, Russian would be easier for you to learn than English. So, it depends on your first, on your native language. 
Secondly, a lot depends on your motivation. If you like this language, if you enjoy the country where it is spoken, its culture, its people - it would be much easier for you to learn than just any language. 
Thirdly, it may depend on the resources that are available for studying this language. For example, there are a lot of great resources for learning English, online and offline, and a lot of them are great and make learning English actually easier. But not all languages have that. Unfortunately, if you want to learn some rare language it may be difficult to find the resources and thus more difficult to learn the language. 
Another factor that can influence how easy or difficult learning a language is for you is the number of languages that you already know. If you don't know any foreign languages the first foreign language can be a little difficult. But if you start learning other languages, especially if they are languages that are related, languages that belong to the same group, like slavic languages or germanic languages, it will be easier for you with each new language. So, for example, after learning English and German learning Spanish felt really easy for me. So, if you already have several foreign languages that you know, the next one will be easier.
Well, these are the main factors that can influence how easy or difficult learning a foreign language is for you. But I would like to repeat what I often say in my videos that motivation is the key. If you are motivated to learn a language, if you enjoy the process of learning it, it will make learning it easier and more fun. 
Well, that's it for today. I hope this video was useful. Thank you for watching, liking and commenting, and I will see you around in the next video. Bye bye.

Do You Need Talent To Learn English?

Do You Need Talent To Learn English?

For all of you who think that you need some special talent to learn English well

If you don't have linguistic ability you can never learn English well, is that right? No, that's wrong.
Hi, I'm Julia and this is Random Englishб a channel that is going to help you improve your English skills.
A lot of people - sometimes my students - tell me: I can never learn English well, I don't have the talent, I don't have any linguistic ability. Well, that's not true, because you - or they - already learned at least one language. You learned your native language.
Of course, learning a foreign language, English, is not the same as learning your mother tongue, or your native language. But if you already successfully learned one language you can easily learn the second one.
Yes, it is true that some people have a bit more language learning ability that others. For some people understanding languages is easier like, for example, for some people mathematics is easier to understand. But it doesn't mean that if your ability is not so high it doesn't mean that you can't learn English well.
The question is not your linguistic ability. The question is your motivation. There may be other things like finding time, finding the right resources or teacher but, in fact, the most important thing in learning a language is your motivation, how motivated are you to learn English. If you are motivated then you can find the time, you can excersise regularly, you can find the resurces - you can use some of the good resources that I recommend here at Random English - and you can learn English successfully.
So, please don't think that you don't have the talent. Don't think that you can't learn English well. Try to motivate yourself and everything will be great. And, of course, I'm here to help. You can definitely ask me questions, here or at the social networks, about motivation, about anything that is connected with learning English.
Well, that is it for today. I hope this video was at least a little bit motivational. I hope you stop thinking that you can't learn English well and start motivating yourself and excercising regularly. Thank you everyone for watching, liking and commenting. And I will see you around in the next video. Bye bye.

HOW TO START AN ARTBOOK AND BE MORE CREATIVE?

HOW TO START AN ARTBOOK AND BE MORE CREATIVE?

I though I would share something more peronal this time. How about my artbook? 
 
Sometimes people say to me: You are so creative, I could never be as creative as you. Well, to be honest, I never thought about myself as a creative person. I just do some things that some people consider creative. But in fact they are not very hard to do and today I am going to tell you about one of such things, which is quite creative, interesting and, actually, easy to do. 
Hi, I'm Julia and this is Random English, the channel that will help you improve your listening skills. And today I would like to talk to you about creativity and in praticular about one thing that you can do to expand your creativity, to be more creative and to add some fun into your life. I am talking about starting an artbook. 
Well, this is my artbook, it has stickers on it, because I am a grown-up person who just loves stickers. What is an artbook? Basically it is just a notebook - any kind of notebook - where you put your creative ideas. You can draw there, you can take some cut-outs from magazines and paste them on the page, you can make scrap-book pages, or you can just write something, or just put paint in random spots on the page - anything that comes to your mind, anything that you can put on a blank page. 
And now I am going to show you some examples from my artbook.
So, this is my artbook. It was just a usual notebook with a black cover, but I put some crazy stickers on it, because I live stickers. Now let's see some examples of pages. 
This is one of my favourite pages, even though it is very simple. It is just one of my favourite quotations, put on a page with some pain. You can really do something like that very easily - put some paint on the page, and put some words on it afterwards. But for some reason I really like the effect.
Here you can see something different. The right side doesn't show very well on camera, it's just a pencil drawing, I tried to do a picture of one of my cats, and here you can see just some random stamps. 
This example here, the right side, is something that I also like very much - it's a scrap-book page from the latest Abney Park concert that I visited and I enjoyed really a lot, and I like this page, too. 
This is just something silly, I just put Post-Its on the page but I really like how bright and positive it looks. 
And here you actually see some dried-up plants. I collected them during a visit to a friend's country-house and I decided to put them here, too. 
Well, you can see how nice and thick it looks. I showed you just a couple of pages, but there can really be lots and lots of other examples. 
Well, these were just some examples, but in fact you can do much more. If you go online to Google Pictures or Pinterest and type "artbook examples" or "artbook ideas" you can see lots and lots of other interesting ideas. And, believe me, I've just started it, I'm trying it, and it is so interesting, really, putting some of your sometimes crazy ideas on the page.
Well, I hope it was at least a little bit interesting for you. I hope this video will inspire you to be a little more creative and maybe to start your own artbook. 
Thank you, everyone, for watching, liking and commenting and I will see you around in the next video. 
Bye bye.

Should I Learn British Or American English?

Should I Learn British Or American English?

Are you still choosing between British English, American English or maybe some other variant? This video will help you understand which variant you should choose and why. 
 
There are so many variants of English: British, American, Australian, Canadian... There is also "Russian" English, "German" English and so on. So, which variant should you learn? 
Hi, my name is Julia and this is Random English - a channel that will help you improve your English skills. 
A lot of people often ask me which variant of English they should choose for learning. Mostly they choose between British English and American English. So, what is the difference and which variant should you really choose? 
To answer the first question, the difference is really not that big. The first noticeable different thing is the pronunciation. People from Britain and America pronounce certain words differently, for example, British "dance" and American "dance". Is it such a big difference, what do you think? 
There is also a difference in the words. There are different words for the same ideas in British and American English, for example, the British "autumn" and American "fall". 
There is also a difference in spelling. Have a look at these two variants of the word colour. One is British, the other is American. 
There is also some difference in the grammar, but, to be honest, I can't really give you any examples, because these differences are not so easy to see and they are usually quite small.
Well, these are the differences. So, which variant should you choose for learning? To be honest, it doesn't really matter. The differences are not so big. You can easily get used to them and you can learn to understand lots of different accents of English. I think the only situation where it may be important which variant you learn is when you definitely know that you are going to Great Britain or to the United States to live and work there. Then it is probably preferable to learn the languag spoken in the country where you will live. But in other situations it probably doesn't matter. A lot of people that you will meet will have not British or American accent but lots and lots of other English accents and many of them will be foreigners for whom English is a second language. 
So, my advice would be: concentrate on learning the language in general - vocabulary, grammar, expressing your ideas, - when you do listening, try to do different accents, it will help you to understand people from different countries easier. And if you want to choose a variant - choose the varian that you like, the variant - the accent that sounds better for you.
Well, that is it for today. I hope it was at least a little bit useful. Thank you everyone for watching, liking and commenting, and I will see you around in the next video. Bye bye. 

BBC Learning English

BBC Learning English

I don’t know why but making the video and editing was so hard today… I hope the video is not too bad. Watch it till the end for some great news 🙂

Hello, everyone! Did you miss me? I'm back again with a new video and at the end of this video there will also be some great news. Let's begin!

Hi! I'm Julia. Welcome to Random English - a channel that will help you improve your language skills. And today I would like to recomment you another great resource for learning English. 

Have you heard about BBC - the British Broadcasting Company? If you are learning English you probably have. Well, it is not just a news resource, it is also a great language learning resource. If you go to bbc.co.uk/learningenglish you will find lots of great language learning materials. There is grammar, pronunciation, listening, there are adapted news stories and there are even whole English courses for different levels which you can follow. Isn't that great? This resource is completely free, high quality and very convenient - you can download the materials or study them at the BBC Learning English website. You can find the link to the resource in the description to the video below. Don't forget to check it out, I think it will be very useful for you. 

And now to the news that I promissed to you at the beginning of the video. The first piece of news is that now I have a Skype chat group for the Random English community. The link is in the description to this video below, if you haven't joined it - do it. I am not always online but you can chat with other learners, and when I am online we can chat on different topics and of course you can also ask me questions about English.

The second piece of great news is that now thanks to a friend I have a completely new, totally awesome Random English website. The address is randomenglish.ru and there is also a link in the description to the video. Please, visit it. I hope you like it.

Well, that is it for today. I hope that the BBC resource will be useful for you. Don't forget to join the chat group or visit the Random English website. And I will see you around on Sunday. Bye bye. 

Meet My Cats

Meet My Cats

Well, it was coming sooner or later: a video with me talking about my cats. So, here it is now 🙂 Even if you are not a cat person - it is still good listening practice.

I am not using my new microphone here because cats and wires together are not a good idea 🙂

Hi, everyone. So I just recieved this lovely t-shirt. This is now my favourite crazy-cat-lady t-shirt and I decided that it is finally time to tell you all about my cats. So, if you dislike cats, this video is probably not for you, but it will still give you some good English listening practice. Let's begin.

Ok, so, this is Alice. And she is my oldest cat. She is 7 years old. And, um, she was a stray cat, it means that she lived on the street before I found her and took her home. She is also the fluffiest from all my cats. And you can see that she doesn't like to be held, she really doesn't like to be in someone's hands - only sometimes, not very often, when she is in a very good mood.

This is Tosha. Or Anton, but we never call him that. He is the biggest cat in our family. He is five years old, and he is also the kindest, softest and cuddliest cat in the family. He really likes to be held, petted, cuddled and you will probably get tired from petting him faster than he will.

And the last but not the least - Fanny. She is also five years old and she is the smallest cat in the family. She is also the craziest cat, so if something crazy hapens in the house - probably, she did it. She also doesn't really like to be held and she often starts crying - you can hear her - not because she is hurt, but because she likes to cry.

Well, this is my little cat family. And they are really a family - Alice is the mother and the other two are the children. In the comments please tell me if you have any pets and what type of pet do you prefer: a cat, a dog or maybe something else.
Thank you everyone for watching, liking and commenting, and I will see you around in the next video.

Bye bye.

How To Motivate Yourself To Learn English

How To Motivate Yourself To Learn English

Need some extra motivation in learning English? Let's see if I can help!

It is not easy to motivate yourself to learn English. Or is it? Let's talk about that.

Hi! I'm Julia and this is Random English, a channel that will help you develop your language skills. And today we are going to talk about motivation.
A lot of people, when I ask them why they are learning English, say that they learn it for work, for travelling, for self-development - and that's it. These are very good reasons but for some people or just sometimes when it gets hard they are not enough. But there are lots of other ways to motivate yourself to learn English or any other foreign language.
For example, English is a language of culture, a very rich culture. Do you like reading? If you do, probably at least one of the authors you like writes originally in English. And reading books in original is absolutely great. Do you like watching films? Well, there are a lot of great films which you can watch in English if you improve it.
Another thing. Do you have any hobbies? I think you do. And if you go online you can find lots of materials on different activities and hobbies, again, in English. There are video-lessons, master-classes, articles, even books which you can find online, presentations and so on. As English is an international language there are lots and lots of such materials in English. For example, when I was learning photography I found lots of great video-lessons and master-classes on photography in English.
Do you have a favourite actor or actress or, maybe, another famous person? Well, a lot of people have accounts on social networks today where you can read about their life in English and sometimes even communicate with them.
If you are not interested in celebrities but like reading news and following the situation in the world - again, there are a lot of great English sources like online newspapers and news websites.
Well and these are just some examples of how you can use English apart from working and travelling. Think about it. Sometimes these little things can motivate you quite a lot. For example, I started learning Spanish because I wanted to read some Spanish authors in original.
Well, that's it for today. Thank you for watching, liking and commenting. I hope this video motivates you a little bit more to study English.
I will see you around on Thursday.
Bye bye.

Getting Up Early

Getting Up Early

Not a fan of getting up early? Let's see if my video can change your mind at least a little bit.

Is it better to be a night owl or an early bird? Let's talk about that!
Hi! I am Julia and this is Random English. And today I want to tell you a little bit about my experience with getting up early.
About a month ago I started getting up early. Not too early, but earlier than before. Now I get up at 6 a.m. on weekdays and at 8 a.m. at the weekend.
Why did I decide to do that? Well, I had some problems with my sleep and I thought that creating a routine would help. And it did, it really helped me.
I got two very big advantages (or benefits) from getting up early. First of all, my sleep improved. Improved means became better. Now I don't have problems falling asleep and I get up easily without hitting the snooze button every five or ten minutes.
And the second big benefit - my mornings are wonderful now. I have quite a lot of time before going to work and I can take a shower, have breakfast, play with my cats and I don't need to hurry so much, so my mornings are quite relaxing and enjoy them.
Well, this is my personal positive experience with getting up early. Of course, we all have different lives and it is probably not for everyone, but if you are having some problems with your sleep or just want to try something different - think about trying to get up a bit earlier every day.
Well, this is it for today. I hope this video will be at least a little bit motivational. Thank you, everyone, for watching, liking and commenting, and I will see you around on Sunday.
Bye bye.

How To Talk About Your Hobbies In English

How To Talk About Your Hobbies In English

One of my shortest videos 🙂 Guess which of the hobbies are my real ones :))

What is your hobby? If you don't know how to answer this question then this video is for you.
Hi! I'm Julia and this is Random English.
Today I will teach you how to speak about your hobbies in simple but very useful phrases. Let's begin.
I like playing the guitar.
I am interested in photography.
I enjoy drawing.
I am keen on collecting coins.
In my free time I read.
These are some very simle phrases but you can use them to speak about a lot of different activities and things you like.
I hope this video was useful. Thank you for watching, liking and commenting. Don't forget to subscribe for more useful videos at Random English.
I will see you around on Wednesday.
Bye bye.

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