In this episode we’re going to help you to make recommendations and suggestions correctly in English.
Audio feedback: Gabriel from Tijuana Mexico says Hi
Gabriel also wrote a message on the website inglespodcast.com (I think it’s the same Gabriel from Tijuana)
Hi Reza and Craig,
I´m Gabriel from Tijuana Mex, I just want to say thanks for your podcast, the last one was great,
and I need to tell you that the first ones when you started this project where horrible, I feel (felt) that I´m (I was) in a bored (boring) class, but right now they are great!!!!!
My last words for you are, thanks and continue with the podcast, you are amazing guys.
I will continue hearing (listening to) you every time that I can.
Audio Feedback: Adrian sent us an audio message on speakpipe.com/inglespodcast from Costa Rica – “can we talk about the word THE and when to use it”
We spoke about The definite and indefinite article, A, AN, THE, ZERO with Bea in Episode 41
Email Feedback: Francisco Espínola Sanchez from Úbeda, Jaen
Hi friends, how is it going?
The aim of this e-mail is to share some ideas and experiences with the listeners.
For example, for the last three months I have been working on my English improvement in a different way.
Neither academies, nor boring grammar books, nor that kind of stuff.
Now I just do three activities: listening to podcasts intensively, reading English literature and occasionally, doing language exchange (using skype or head to head (face to face), when it´s possible).
I carry on listening to your podcast loyally, every week. What´s more, I have found some interesting podcasts.
One is Luke´s English podcast, who is friend of yours, isn´t he?
This one requires some effort at the beginning, as Luke speaks faster than you, but it´s worth trying it.
I would say that AIRC (Aprender Inglés con Reza y Craig) is more academic and Luke is somehow like a TV comedian, so both podcasts together are the perfect team!
This way, I can get at least three new episodes or so every week, so I keep continuously active.
In combination with bilingual books, this method is really working to (for) me, I feel my English improving one day after another, so I would encourage the AIRC listeners community to try it.
In my case, I am learning without noticing it at all! I have got the FCE and the next target is the CAE!
By the way, do you know Úbeda?? It´s an UNESCO world heritage city in the province of Jaén (I am consciously promoting tourism for my hometown 🙂
Well, sorry for the endless e-mail (and for mistakes) and thank you very much for your commitment, have a big hug!!
Francisco recommends (listening to) Luke’s podcast. He suggests we listen to it.
I hear a lot of mistakes with the verbs to recommend and to suggest from my Spanish students
You CANNOT say:
I suggested him to listen to our podcast.X
With SUGGEST (proponer/sugerir) we can say:
I suggest (that) he listens to our podcast.
I suggest (that) he listen to our podcast (no 3rd person singular “s” = subjunctive – more common in formal American English)
I suggested listening to our podcast
There are 2 more formal and less common constructions that may be tested in an advanced exam:
I suggested him/Paul listening to our podcast
I suggested Paul’s/his (possessive=very formal) listening to our podcast
With RECOMMEND (aconsejar, recomendar) we can say:
I recommended him to listen to our podcast. (X
You can’t say “I suggested him to listen….X)
I recommended (that) he listen/listens to our podcast.
I recommended (him/his/Paul/Paul’s) listening to our podcast
I recommended that he should listen to our podcast
I recommend hiring a builder to do up your flat rather than trying to do it up yourself.
I suggest you get a few quotes and compare prices before you make a choice.
I’d like to recommend some YouTube channels to you:
Simple English Videos – Vicki Hollett: https://www.youtube.com/simpleenglishvideos
Learn English with Papa Teach Me: https://www.youtube.com/papateachme
Amigos Ingleses – Philip and Isabel: https://www.youtube.com/AmigosIngleses
Daily videos posted on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mansioningles/
Improve your speaking with an italki teacher
Other ways of making suggestions and giving advice
Why don’t you…….? (+infinitive without ‘to’)
What/How about…..? (+gerund/noun)
You could (always)….(+infinitive without ‘to’)
It’s a good idea to….(+infinitive) “It’s a good idea to subscribe to our newsletter at inglespodcast.com ( http://www.inglespodcast.com/ )
You might want to…..(+infinitive) “You might want to subscribe to this podcast.”
Perhaps you could/should….(+infinitive without ‘to’)
Have you thought about…? / have you considered….? / Have you tried….? (+gerund/noun)
If I were you, I’d…(+infinitive without ‘to’)
One thing you could do is…..(+infinitive without ‘to’)
Shall I/we…..? (+infinitive without ‘to’) NB. Only possible with “I/we”
Do you fancy……? (+gerund/noun) – “Do you fancy a cup of tea?”
Have you tried….? (+gerund/noun) “Have you tried carob chocolate?” (carob = algarroba)
Giving strong advice:
You must / have to….
Asking for advice
What should I do?
What do you suggest?
What do you advise me to do?
What’s your advice? (‘advise’ is a verb, ‘advice’ is a noun)
If you were me, what would you do?
What problems are you facing at the moment?
Changing from a paper diary to a digital one.
Saying no to new projects (time management)
getting used to wearing new glasses
Putting on weight around his belly
Breathing too loudly into the microphone
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On next week’s episode: How to Tell a Story in English
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