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English Speaking Patterns Mastery: It's a wonder that...

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

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    • 1. It's a wonder that... (Learn)

      8:06
    • 2. It's a wonder that... Speaking (Practice 1)

      3:30
    • 3. It's a wonder 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. It's a wonder that... (Learn): The target pattern for this lecture is, it's a wonder that with this pattern, it's a wonder that that is optional. You will see this many times with these English patterns very often the word that is optional. We don't have to include it. We can omit it or we can include it. We have a choice. Now let's look at the meeting off. It's a wonder that have a look at this sentence. This restaurant is terrible. It's a wonder that it has so many customers. So what do we mean by it's a wonder that it simply means it's surprising. This is true when we want to say that something is surprising to me. We can use this English pattern. It's a wonder that so in the example, I said, This restaurant is terrible, so it's very, very bad. Then I said, it's a wonder that it has so many customers. So I'm saying it's so bad that it's surprising to me that there are so many customers. Why are all the customers coming to a bad restaurant? So this is a perfect time to use. It's a wonder it's a wonder that there are so many customers It's surprising and unusual to me, so that's the meaning. It's quite simple, really. Let's look at an example sentence to make everything much clearer. Your writing is so small and messy, it's a wonder anyone can read it. So in this example sentence, the person's writing is very, very small. On the other person is commenting on the writing, he said. Wow, you're writing is tiny. It's surprising that anyone can read it. So he used. It's a wonder it's a wonder that anyone can read your writing. It's surprising that people can read such tiny writing. Let's look at another example, Diana says. My boss is so horrible. She always shouts at me. Pam says. It's a wonder that you haven't quit your job yet. So in this example, Pam is very surprised. Why is she surprised? What is she surprised at? While she's surprised at Diane because Diane said, my boss always shouts at me, My job is horrible. I hate it. So Pam is saying, I'm very surprised that you haven't quit yet. Why haven't you found another job? Because you hate your job so much? It's a wonder that you haven't quit yet, So she's very, very surprised. Let's look at one more example. It's a wonder that those kids aren't tired. They've been running around for three hours, so this person is very surprised at the kids. Think about why he is surprised. It's because they've been running around for three hours. Non stop Andi. They're still playing. So he's saying it's surprising that those kids aren't tired. It's very surprising and unusual. They're very, very energetic. So, he said, it's a wonder that those kids aren't tired. So that's the meaning off. It's a wonder, something very surprising to you. Let's now move on to the structure off this English pattern. The structure goes like this. It's a wonder that, plus subject plus vered plus object. So basically it's a wonder, plus a grammatical sentence. For example, it's a wonder that you haven't quit your job yet, so that's the basic structure. Now there are some other things that I need to point out when using this English pattern. Here's the first thing I want to show you. When we use this structure, we should use some context before hand so you can see the word context at the top, followed by the structure. It's a wonder that now go to the example. Your writing is so small and messy now this is the context off the sentence. This is the information I'm giving before I used the pattern. So the context is your writing is so small and messy, and then I can use the pattern. It's a wonder anyone can read it, you see, so we use the context first and then the passen, and we can do it the other way round as well, so we can use the English pattern. It's a wonder that, and we can use the context after. For example, it's a wonder that those kids aren't tired. They have bean running around for three hours, so the context is they have bean running around for three hours. Just remember to use context with this pattern. It would be strange if I simply said it's a wonder that those kids aren't tired and said nothing else. I should give some context, some overall information about the situation, so it's better if I say Wow, those kids have bean running around for many, many hours. It's a wonder that they aren't tired, you see. So I gave some context before I use the pattern. Or you can put the context after. So I can say it's a wonder that those kids aren't tired. They've been running around for many, many hours. The context is key. Move on now to the practice exercises. I'll see you there. 2. It's a wonder that... Speaking (Practice 1): speaking practice four. It's a wonder that listen to what I say. Then pause the video on. Repeat after me. Think about the pattern we studied. Train your brain to master this English pattern. Let's get started. It's a wonder that Paul isn't awake yet. He's been sleeping for 15 hours, then was a really bad car crash in the town. It's a wonder that nobody was hurt. How old is Greg? He's 62. It's a wonder because he looks so young, doesn't he? You eat so much fast food and junk food. It's a wonder that you are so slim. Lisa and Poor are always fighting and arguing. It's a wonder that they are still together. They must love each other deep down. That's a really big book. Yeah, it's a wonder I finally finished reading it. It's very long, but really interesting. We adopted a dog last week. The poor thing had Bean left outside for months without food. It's a wonder that it survived. Paul has drunk so much beer, it's a wonder he's still standing. You haven't watered these flowers for days. It's a wonder they aren't dead yet. All you do is play video games all day. It's bad for your eyes. It's a wonder your eyesight isn't getting worse. 3. It's a wonder that... Listening (Practice 2): listening practice, for it's a wonder 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 begin. You are so busy with work and family life, it's a wonder you find time to relax and focus on yourself. You are so busy with work and family life, it's a wonder you find time to relax and focus on yourself. That car is about 30 years old. It's a wonder that it can still move an inch. That car is about 30 years old. It's a wonder that it can still move an inch. I forgot my phone in the coffee shop this morning. Thankfully, it was still there when I went back. That's lucky. It's a wonder it wasn't stolen. I forgot my phone in the coffee shop this morning. Thankfully, it was still there when I went back. That's lucky. It's a wonder it wasn't stolen. When you think off all the pollution on the planet, it's a wonder that Earth is still here and that animals are surviving When you think of all the pollution on the planet. It's a wonder that Earth is still here and that animals are surviving. Peter, your shoes are so old, it's a wonder they aren't falling apart. Buy some new ones. Peter. Your shoes are so old, it's a wonder they aren't falling apart. Buy some new ones. John and Mary are having another child. It's a girl that will be their fourth daughter. It's a wonder they haven't had a son yet. John and Mary are having another child. It's a girl that will be their fourth daughter. It's a wonder they haven't had a son yet. This winter is so cold, it's a wonder we haven't seen any snow yet. This winter is so cold, it's a wonder we haven't seen any snow yet. Look at the pyramids. Aren't they incredible? Absolutely amazing. It's a wonder humans built these structures. Look at the pyramids. Aren't they incredible? Absolutely amazing. It's a wonder. Humans built these structures. Bob has made so much money from his businesses, but he still works so hard it's a wonder that he doesn't retire and relax. Bob has made so much money from his businesses, but he still works so hard it's a wonder that he doesn't retire and relax. You have about 20 pairs of shoes at home. It's a wonder that you want to buy more. You have about 20 pairs of shoes at home. It's a wonder that you want to buy more.