How to Reach English Advanced Level Through Self-Study? Ask Alisha

Want to speak real English from your first
lesson? Sign up for your free lifetime account at Welcome back to the Internet. Hi everybody! welcome back to Ask Alisha the
weekly series where you ask me questions and I answer them. Maybe! First question, first question comes from
Faris Ghazali. Faris Ghazali. “How do I stop translating the meaning of
English words in my head?” I can tell you about the things that have
helped me and maybe they’ll help you. I put myself in situations where I could not
escape into my native language. In my case, I could not escape into English. I would go out like for food and drinks with
friends who could not speak English. I had no choice but to use a different language
with them. Two, something that I’ve noticed some of my
students do that actually kind of bothers me, they bring a dictionary to their lesson
and they’ll stop conversations in lessons to check words in their dictionary and say
a single word at a time instead of just trying to find a different way to explain that. One, it totally stops the flow of conversation. Two, you don’t have really the option to do
that in a conversation. Most of the time you’re not going to be carrying
around your dictionary with you, I hope, unless it’s in your phone I suppose. Third, I think that this is a chance to develop
a better skill instead of trying to translate into English or to translate into a different
language. You should think about finding a different
way to explain the word you want to use. Let’s say for example that you want to use
the word “beautiful” but you can’t remember the word. How would you explain that? So, think about other ways to communicate
an idea even if you don’t have the vocabulary words. So, going to your dictionary shouldn’t necessarily
be the first course of action. It shouldn’t necessarily be your first step. Think about a different way to communicate
the idea you’re trying to communicate. Think of examples to explain the word you’re
looking for and then the other person can teach you. Like if you’re working with somebody or you’re
talking with somebody who understands you’re not a native speaker, chances are, if you
can explain the word you’re looking for. They will tell you, they will be your teacher. I just explained like with body language sometimes
too if I don’t know a word. So, another thing that really helped me was
not just studying vocabulary words but actually approaching things as phrases so not saying–okay
this word equals this word in my language but rather here’s a phrase that communicates
a meaning that is interesting to me or that I hear my friends use a lot. I’m going to use that phrase. So, don’t just input, input, input, start
outputting too so hope that’s helpful for you. Next question! Next question is from Huang Jiang Ik. Hi! Huang Jiang Ik says, “I’m curious. What do you do when your days off?” You want to know how I do with my days off? In my days–I’m pretty normal. When my day is off I cook, I go jogging, I
sleep, I go listening to my favorite DJs, I see my friends, I eat and drink and watch
TV. That’s about it. I’m a pretty normal person Next question! Next question is from Muhammad Sohio, “What
is the difference between famous and popular?” Great question, ‘famous’ is ‘something
that is well-known’. Many people know about that thing or that
person. Beyoncé is famous, the Statue of Liberty
is famous, the Eiffel Tower is famous. “Popular,” however, means many people
know about it and it is liked. It has a positive image so like Beyoncé is
popular or a famous candy is popular like chocolate cake is popular. It’s a famous food and many people like it
so “popular” is “famous” plus like a positive image. Sometimes we can use those two words for the
same thing. So, Beyoncé is famous, Beyoncé is popular. But, famous doesn’t always mean they are popular. Someone can be famous for a bad thing. In that case, though, it’s typically better
to use the word “infamous.” “infamous” means famous for a bad reason. So, famous for something negative. Next question! Next question comes from– Oh! You wrote the pronunciation of your name. Very nice, Eiton. Eiton, I think. Okay. “Alisha, I hope you’re well. My level is intermediate. They feel that they’re stuck at the intermediate
level and want to reach the advanced level. They’re watching lots of videos on YouTube,
reading academic articles on the web but still feel that progress has somehow stopped, could
you give me some advice?” Okay, you say in your message that you feel
your progress somehow has stopped. I have been here to the intermediate plateau
like you begin learning a language and it’s like, “Yeah! I’m learning all these things.” And then, you kind of like plateau. You get to a level where things don’t continue
and you feel like progress goes much more slowly. I would say, in this case, first, identify
how you feel your progress has stopped. By that, I mean, do you feel like your vocabulary
is lacking? Or, do you find that it’s hard to listen to
people and to understand what they’re saying? Do you find it’s hard to write? Is it hard to like to read things? So, first, identify what is that thing that
you feel like you’re not good and then start to approach your further studies with that
as the focus. I think that if you can think about your different
skill sets your different levels in reading, writing, speaking and listening, you can identify
which of those four things is weakest for you and start there. So, when you feel your progress has stopped,
think, “Okay, what am I not good at doing?” And then, focus your time there. So, maybe, that’s a helpful first step for
you, hope that helps. Next question! Next question comes from Kiara, Chiara? Chiara asks, “’I’ll help you studying,’
and ‘I’ll help you to study.’ What is the correct one? Thanks.” “I’ll help you something,” “I’ll help
you do this.” So, just the regular plain form of the verb. I would suggest is probably the most natural
choice. Thanks for the question, though. Next question! Next question comes from Sheriff, Sharif Amed,
Sheriff Amed? “Should I use the singular or plural verb
after colloquial names. For example, ‘My team have won the match,’
or ‘has won the match.’” Okay, in this case, “My team has won the
match.” Use the singular form of the verb. Same as like “he has” or “she has,”
“My team has,” is the correct answer. Next question! Next question comes from Jeffrey. Hi, Jeffrey! Jeffrey asks, “Sometimes I watch movies
and some characters say ‘You wish!’ with a very angry attitude or ‘I wish,’ in
other situations. What do these two sentences mean and how do
I use it?” Aha! Interesting question. Okay, when someone responds with “You wish!”
to a negative suggestion. It’s like they’re mutually together they’re
recognizing that they don’t like each other. So, usually, the first character will say
something like make a negative suggestion like, “You should you leave town and get
a different job, leave us alone!” Something like that. And then, the other character will say, “Yeah,
you wish.” Like, yes, this character recognizes you want
me to do that, yes, but I’m not going to do that in other words. It’s sort of like a challenge. This person says like this negative suggestion,
the other person recognizes this suggestion and says, “No, I’m not going to do that
but I know you want me to do that.” So, “You wish!” in this way means it’s
like a negative challenge. They’re kind of fighting, recognizing they
dislike each other. So, that’s one. The other one, what was the other one? So, “I wish.” We talked about “I wish,” in the previous,
the previous episode of Ask Alisha. So, please check that out. But, essentially, “I wish,” refers to
something that we cannot do now or something that is different from the present situation
but we want we want to happen or we want to be able to do so. Please check the last episode of Ask Alisha
for more about “I wish” like the positive meeting. Next question! Next question is from Romeo Liu from Vietnam. Hello, Romeo! “Could you please explain what the expression,
‘Try as I may,’ means?” Ah! This is usually used in an expression that’s
sort of negative like even though I’m trying my best it’s difficult for me to do this thing. So, “Try as I may, I just can’t get a new
job,” or “try as I may, I just can’t earn that much money,” or “Try as I may I just
can’t seem to cook this dish,” for example. So, even though, I’m giving my best effort,
even though, I’m really working hard this other thing just isn’t happening for me. It’s sort of like a sad or like a disappointed
or unhappy expression actually. Thanks for the question, Romeo. Okay, so, those are all the questions for
this week’s episode of Ask Alisha. I hope that they were useful for you. If you would like to submit a question, remember
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a bunch of other good stuff that can help you as you learn English. Thanks very much for watching this episode
of Ask Alisha and I will see you again next week. Bye-bye! I talk too much. I’m late for work.


  1. Albert Braun

    January 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    There's no funnier way to learn English than with Alisha.
    Thank you.

  2. sirmohamed mahmoud

    January 20, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Is your father or mother Japanese?

  3. A human dream A human dream

    January 20, 2018 at 7:14 pm


  4. alberto bozzetto

    January 20, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks so much, Alisha. Well done.

  5. AbuOmar Sabbagh

    January 20, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    What's the meaning of Alisha??

  6. AbuOmar Sabbagh

    January 20, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Do you think that we can talk English without traveling abroad or living with native English speaker??

  7. Junior Pino

    January 20, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    You are so BEAUTIFUL and I can understood you 😀 regards from VENEZUELA.!!! God bless you.

  8. Shiji Hariharan

    January 21, 2018 at 2:45 am

    do you have whatsaap group alisha please help me to speak english

  9. Gustavo Lara

    January 21, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Hi, can you explain me why did you use has in ''My team has…'' being that 'Team' refers to 'them' right ?

  10. cbça head

    January 21, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Alisha, I love you. Thanks for your videos. I'm learning a lot with them. Well done!

  11. Tanusree Mitra

    January 21, 2018 at 8:12 am

    I just love your classes..♥️

  12. Oliver Zhao

    January 21, 2018 at 8:44 am

    whats the different between “oh my god” and "oh my gosh"?

  13. nathanael marques

    January 21, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Hi Alisha, What is the correct way to ask someone, " do you have Instagram or are you on Instagram" ?

  14. Hani Nabil

    January 21, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Nice channel. Great teacher.

  15. Lalla Lalla

    January 21, 2018 at 1:49 pm

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  16. Shreif

    January 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you Alisha for answering my question. i love your accent. this is my best American teacher.

  17. Mateus C. da Silva

    January 21, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    This a group on WhatsApp

  18. lap nguyenvan

    January 22, 2018 at 7:00 am

    i like your channel because your voice is sweet and your face beautiful
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  19. Éder Paula

    January 22, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    I miss an Alisha here in Brazil hahahaha!
    Good video Alisha!
    Many thanks.

  20. Tony KarlG

    January 22, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Xoxo Alisha.. 💙

  21. Võ Vinh

    January 22, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    I love u Alisha

  22. Vanda Almeida

    January 23, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Hi Alisha, I'm following you for such a long time…so, I recommend you to a friend of mine, that wants to have English classes with a native teacher., could you share the address from your alive or private classes, please? …I will give him. ..if it is ok for you. regards. ..

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    January 23, 2018 at 5:11 am

    i m going made a whats app group of english Lerners contact me +919999556798

  24. مستر محمد

    January 23, 2018 at 10:40 am

    thanks Alisha

  25. H. abdualeem

    January 24, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Looove you 😘😘

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  27. Robério Leal

    January 25, 2018 at 9:24 pm


  28. Pablo Santos

    January 26, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Wow I'm Brazilian and I got 95% what she said on the video without use caption! I'm so proud myself

  29. Ragul Kanth

    January 29, 2018 at 10:01 am

    alisha I love your teaching thank you so much

  30. LosBlogsdeMarcos

    February 22, 2018 at 1:49 am

    thanks for clear us everything!!! you are nice always with us!

  31. Vladimir Lukov

    February 22, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I adore your explanations like 'you wish'. You are so sweet!

  32. Gulom Babaqulov

    February 22, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Hı Alısha your speach very nıce I wont to speak lıke a you Great job Alısha You are great teacher Thank you for all the lessons

  33. Lak Na

    June 29, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Hello teacher! " I am feeling bad.". Feel is non-action verb, but why feel in this sentence can be added with "-ed"?

  34. ELdudu Ahmed

    October 18, 2018 at 6:48 am

    I wanna english friend,or someone help me to improve my second language

  35. wilberth gutierrez

    October 31, 2018 at 3:10 am

    You are so beautiful

  36. João Matheus

    January 3, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Your English rocks😎

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    May 18, 2019 at 6:13 am

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