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English Speaking Patterns Mastery: I must say that...

teacher avatar Anthony Kelleher, BA TESOL - Founder of Sir English - English Tutor

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3 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. I must say that... (Learn)

      9:04
    • 2. I must say that... Speaking (Practice 1)

      2:56
    • 3. I must say that... Listening (Practice 2)

      6:53
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About This Class

English Speaking Patterns Mastery is an English course taught by me, Anthony, a native British English speaker. You will learn English patterns at a deep level, so that you can sound more native-like when you speak English.

English patterns are groups of words (phrases) that native English speakers use again and again. If you learn one pattern, you can make hundreds of sentences. Learning these patterns will also improve your overall grammar and sentence structure.

This course includes: 

  • lectures for the target English patterns
  • speaking practicefor every single pattern
  • listening practicefor every single pattern
  • future updates- this course will continue to grow and grow
  • PDF transcripts
  • and MP3 downloadsso that you can learn anywhere, any time.

Each section focuses on one target pattern 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.

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Anthony Kelleher

BA TESOL - Founder of Sir English - English Tutor

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Hello there.

My name is Anthony, and I'm from London, England. I have thousands of students enrolled on my online courses, which focus on learning English as a foreign language.

I have a bachelor's degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Linguistics, and I have taught thousands of students all over the world for the past 10 years. My teaching has brought me from London to China to South Korea. I have now returned to London where I run a successful language school.

More recently, I have developed my online presence under the Sir English brand and on various online course platforms. I also create materials in the ESL field.

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1. I must say that... (Learn): The target pattern for this lecture is I must say that I must say that in this pattern, the word that is optional Sometimes we omit this. What? Let's look at the meaning off this English pattern. Look at this example. First, I must say that you look so pretty in that dress. What does I must say that mean In this sentence, we use it to emphasize a point about someone and make it stronger. We use it to show your feeling and passion. So use this English pattern to make your words even stronger than normal. Let me give you an example. If I simply say you look very pretty in that dress, the meaning is positive and quite strong. But if I say I must say that you look very pretty in that dress, the meaning and strength behind it has gone to the next level. So I must say that makes the following words even stronger. They add more passion and more emphasis. Let's look at the example Sentences so that everything is much, much clearer for you. I must say the party you held at the weekend Waas Excellent. Everyone had a great time so you noticed that this time I omitted the word that I didn't include it in this example This is fine. You can include it if you like, or you can admit it. It's optional. So this example is saying the party you held waas Excellent. I must say that brings the meaning to the next level. Instead of saying the party you held was excellent, you can say I must say the party you held waas excellent. So it brings the meaning even higher. It makes it stronger. It's showing your feeling and your passion. You're saying wow the part Iwas very, very good. So I must say that makes the following words highlighted. They make them brighter and stronger, said that the listener pays more attention. This is the key with this English pattern. Let's look at the next example, Lee says. I'm really disappointed that you didn't come to my wedding. I must say, Phil says, I'm really sorry, Lee. It's just that I felt so ill that day. So Lee is very disappointed with his friend because he didn't come to his wedding. Now there's a few things I need to point out with this example we used the phrase I must say the English pattern at the end of the sentence. This is also fine, so it highlights the words that you said just before. I must say so it can come at the end as well. The other thing I want to point out is that I must say doesn't always have to be about good news or positive words. So in the previous examples we spoke about positive things. We said I must say You look very pretty in that dress and we said I must say the party you held was excellent, so these are pointing out some very, very good things. But we can also point out that things it makes the bad comment or the bad words stronger as well. So Lee said, I'm really disappointed you didn't come to my wedding. If he just said this, it means he's disappointed. He's at this level. But when he uses, I must say it brings it to the next level. It shows even more disappointment. Can you see? Let's look at one more example. I must say that I am very impressed with your previous experience. I'm going to offer you the job. So in this example you have an employer or boss interviewing someone for the job, and the boss says, I must say that I'm very impressed with your previous experience. He's trying to show passion, and he's trying to emphasize the fact that he's very impressed, is not just impressed. He's really impressed. I must say that I'm very impressed. So he's putting strength behind the words that he says now. I hope the meaning is much clearer for you. Now let's look at the structure off this English pattern. Here it is, I must say that remember, that is optional. You can include it or not, plus a subject plus a verb plus an object. So it's basically a sentence, I must say that plus a sentence. For example, I must say that I am very impressed with your previous experience so you can see if we just say I am very impressed with your previous experience. This is a full sentence. It's a full grammatical sentence. So that's the basic structure. I must say that plus a sentence. Now, remember I told you earlier that it can come at the beginning or at the end, off a sentence. Let's look at how we conduce that right now. So we can say I must say plus a sentence or we can reverse it. We can use a sentence then say I must say for example, I must say the party you held at the weekend Waas Excellent. We can put I must say at the end like this The party you held that the weekend was excellent. I must say the meaning of these two sentences is exactly the same. So I hope everything is much clearer. And now the meaning and the structure. One more thing I want to point out is the pronunciation. I must say we don't usually in spoken English pronounce the T at the end of must. We don't often say I must say we don't emphasize the t sound. We omit it. We simply say I must say, Can you hear that? I must say to the tea is very often deleted in spoken English. This is the natural way to use this English pattern. So now move on to the speaking and listening practice exercises. I'll see you in the next lecture 2. I must say that... Speaking (Practice 1): speaking practice for I must say that. Listen to what I say. Then pause the video and repeat after me. Think about the pattern we studied. Train your brain to master this English pattern. Let's begin, John. I must say that this spaghetti is delicious. I didn't know you could cook so well. Our trip to Sweden. Waas. Wonderful. I must say it's a beautiful country. I must say these noodles are quite spicy. Give me some water quickly. Your clothing designs are excellent, I must say, but I'm not sure if they will sell. Jane recently redecorated her house and I must say she did a wonderful job. The colors are really beautiful. Billy. I must say that your work is improving every week. Please keep this up. Thank you, Miss Smith. I'll do my best. I must say the guy over there is really handsome. Shall I ask him out on a date? Your English is really good, Alberto, I must say thank you, Kate. I study for at least an hour every day. Barcelona played so well today. I must say I don't think any team in the world can beat them when they play like that. I must say your Children are so well behaved. They are so respectful off everything 3. I must say that... Listening (Practice 2): listening practice for I must say that. Listen to what I say. 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 this English pattern. Let's get started. I must say that the book you recommended is one of the best things I've ever read. I must say that the book you recommended is one of the best things I've ever read. I didn't like the president at first, but I must say that he has done well recently. Perhaps he will be good for the country. I didn't like the president at first, but I must say that he has done well recently. Perhaps he will be good for the country. I must say, I'm really looking forward to visiting Dubai. It seems really exciting. Me, too. I can't wait to relax on the beautiful beaches there. I must say, I'm really looking forward to visiting Dubai. It seems really exciting. Me, too. I can't wait to relax on the beautiful beaches there. I like music from the seventies and eighties, but I must say that modern music isn't my style. I like music from the seventies and eighties, but I must say that modern music isn't my style. Boxing is quite an aggressive sport, but I must say that I enjoy watching it. Sometimes there is a lot of skill involved. Boxing is quite an aggressive sport, but I must say that I enjoy watching it. Sometimes there is a lot of skill involved. Sally, how are you? I must say that I didn't recognize you for a second. Yes, I've changed my hairstyle and I've lost a lot of weight. Everyone says I look different. Sally, how are you? I must say that I didn't recognize you for a second. Yes, I've changed my hairstyle and I have lost a lot of weight. Everyone says I look different. I must say the quality of this restaurant is going down. It's a shame because it used to be so good. I must say the quality of this restaurant is going down. It's a shame, because it used to be so good. Peter, I must say that you're spending too much money on clothes. I only spent a few $100. What's wrong with that? Peter, I must say that you're spending too much money on clothes. I only spent a few $100. What's wrong with that? Even though the weather isn't great, I must say that I enjoy living in London. Even though the weather isn't great, I must say that I enjoy living in London. I was really impressed that you gave up cigarettes. It must be so difficult to quit. I must say it was actually quite easy. I feel so much better now that I don't smoke. I was really impressed that you gave up cigarettes. It must be so difficult to quit. I must say it was actually quite easy. I feel so much better now that I don't smoke.