English Grammar Launch: Present continuous | Anthony Kelleher | Skillshare
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4 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Present continuous (Learn)

      6:24
    • 2. Present continuous (Things to Note)

      3:05
    • 3. Present continuous speaking practice (Master)

      4:23
    • 4. Present continuous listening practice (Master)

      5:55

About This Class

English Grammar Launch is an intermediate English grammar course taught by me, Anthony, a native British English speaker. You will learn the target grammar structures at a deep level, so that you can sound more native-like when you speak English.

This course includes: 

  • lectures for the target structures
  • listening and speaking practice for every single grammar structure
  • future updates - this course will continue to grow and grow
  • PDF transcripts
  • and MP3 downloads so that you can learn anywhere, any time.

Each section focuses on one, two or three target structures so that you can master each one and produce it accurately in your spoken English.

If you want to speak English more clearly, if you want to sound more native-like, or if you simply want to take your English to the next level, this course can help you achieve your goal of improving your English.

Transcripts

1. Present continuous (Learn): the target structure for this lecture is the present continuous, So the present continuous is a tense in English. Let's look at the meaning off the present continuous. There are three main meanings that we're going to look at. They're similar but slightly different. So let's go over the first meaning. Look at the example Sentence. John is on the plane. He is on his way to Hawaii. John is flying to Hawaii, so the words in bold indicate the present continuous. This meaning shows that John is flying right now at the time. Off speaking, the action is continuing and isn't finished, so that's meaning one. Let's look at the second meeting. Look at this example. Sarah is talking on the phone, she says to her friend. I'm reading an amazing book. At the moment, I highly recommend it. The words in Bold indicate the present continuous. This meaning shows that Sarah is reading a book nowadays. She has started it, but she hasn't finished it. She isn't reading it at the time off speaking, so it's slightly different to meaning. One, meaning one, is talking about something at the time of speaking, meaning to is talking about something happening nowadays, but not necessarily right now. At the time of speaking, Andi, let's look at meaning three. Frank is talking to the CEO off the company. Hey, says to the CEO, The company is growing rapidly this year. We are having an amazing 12 months for the words in bold indicate the present continuous. But this meaning shows the company is doing well around this time period, which is one year it is changing over this long time period. Those are the three meanings off the present continuous so you can notice they're similar. They're related, but there are little differences between each one. The 1st 1 is talking about right now at the time. Off speaking, the 2nd 1 is nowadays around this time, and the 3rd 1 is over a longer period. For example, This year I'm getting better and better at playing football, so it's over a longer period on its changing over this period. So this year I'm getting better and better at playing football. Now let's look at the structure off the present continuous tense. The structure is quite simple for the present continuous we use, um is ah plus an I N G verb. For example, I am eating dinner. He is walking to the shop and they are shouting very loudly so you can notice. AM is our plus the i n g verb and the negative structure is also quite simple. Just add not in between am is our on the i n g verb. So, for example, I am not studying at the moment. It is not working very well. They are not watching the football match. So this is the negative structure. And the question is, um is ah plus the subject, for example, he's she you or someone's name, plus the i n g verb. Am I doing it properly? Is he sleeping yet? Are you looking in the right place? So there you have the three meanings on the structure for the present continuous tense. As always, make sure you complete the practice exercise, lectures, listening and speaking. Train your brain to master the structure. So as you train your brain, you'll start toe really understand the meaning on the structure, so you'll in grain it in your brain. Don't just listen once or twice, listen as many times as you can and download the MP threes so that you can listen wherever you are. Put them on your MP three player or your phone and listen as many times as you can see you in the next lecture. 2. Present continuous (Things to Note): So let's look at the thing that we need to note for the present. Continuous. There's just one thing I want Teoh bring your attention to. It's how we contract this tense. We make it shorter, especially in spoken English. So have a look at this note that we often contract, which means to make shorter the subject and the verb. So instead of saying I am going, we can say, I'm going, for example, I'm going to the shop similarly with he she it is going. We can say he's going, she's going or it's going to the shop and with we, you and they weaken, say, we're going, you're going or they're going to the shop So we contract the subject and the verb and here's the negative contractions. So instead of saying I am not doing, we usually say I'm not doing, for example, I'm not doing that. He she it is not doing becomes he's not or he isn't so. In this case, we can contract either the subject and the verb he's or we can contract. The verb Andi not to become isn't so. We can say he's not doing that, or he isn't doing that the meaning is the same. Similarly, she's not or she isn't or we can say its not or it isn't doing something. And finally, with we you and they are not doing, we can contract them in the same way we're not or we aren't. You're not all you want, they're not or they aren't doing something. That's the main thing that you need to note the contractions for the present continuous go to the practice exercises. You'll see some of these contractions so that you can master them and train your brain toe listen, and to use them naturally, see you in the next lecture. 3. Present continuous speaking practice (Master): speaking practice for the present. Continuous. Listen to the sentence, then pause the video on. Repeat after me. Think about the structure we studied. Train your brain to master the present continuous Let's get started. Please turn down that music. I'm walking. Hello. Is Simon there? Yes, but he's taking a shower. I'll tell him to call you back. Sarah is having so much fun in Thailand. She's relaxing on a beautiful beach right now, soaking up the sun. Your baby is growing up so quickly. Is she doing well at kindergarten? Are you watching the new series of game of Thrones? It's so exciting! What a beautiful day! The weather is getting better and better. Look at that lion. It's eating a huge lump of meat. Come on, it's getting late. We should go home now. Come on, Paul. We're going to the bar to watch the football match. Ouch! Sally, you're standing on my foot. The world's population is increasing and will probably continue to rise for the next century. Unfortunately, you can't see the crocodile today. It's sleeping and it's hidden away from view. Well done, Tommy. You're working very hard today. Keep up the good work Nick was sick a weekend. He isn't feeling better today, so he won't be able to come to the party. I'm not dating down anymore. We broke up last month. I'm taking a course on child care. I go to college in the evenings to study. What's Anthony doing? He's watching TV in his bedroom. Gemma had to go home early. She's not feeling too good after eating that spicy food. 4. Present continuous listening practice (Master): listening practice for the present. Continuous. Listen to me. Say the sentence. Then pause the video and write down what you hear. Press play to see the text on the screen and check your answer. Train your brain to master the present. Continuous. Let's begin. Come on, let's go outside. It's not raining anymore. Come on, let's go outside. It's not raining anymore. You're getting more and more fluent in English. Are you studying hard? You're getting more and more fluent in English. Are you studying hard? Dan? How are you? How is your new business going? Done? How are you? How is your new business going? Will you Children, please be quiet. We're not talking, Sir, will you Children, please be quiet. We're not talking, sir. You're not throwing the ball properly. Watch me. You're not throwing the ball properly. Watch me! This has been a fantastic few years for the company. Profits are rising, The company is growing and we are starting to become known internationally. This has been a fantastic few years for the company. Profits are rising, the company is growing and we are starting to become known internationally. These baby hamsters air Not much fun They're not doing anything. These baby hamsters, air. Not much fun. They're not doing anything. Welcome to London. Are you enjoying your trip? Welcome to London. Are you enjoying your trip? Is that poor driving a new Ferrari? Is that Paul driving a new Ferrari? Frank is working extremely hard, but he's not getting any recognition from the boss. Frank is working extremely hard, but he's not getting any recognition from the boss. They are building a gigantic skyscraper in the middle of the city. Have you seen it? They are building a gigantic skyscraper in the middle of the city. Have you seen it? Nowadays the world is changing dramatically. The Internet is connecting people. Smartphones are changing the way we communicate, and cities are offering opportunities like never before. Nowadays, the world is changing dramatically. The Internet is connecting people. Smartphones are changing the way we communicate, and cities are offering opportunities like never before.