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English Central, videos and exercises

English Central is a new website and community based on learning English through watching videos and practising pronunciation. Despite being founded only 3 months ago, it already has an impressive collection of videos in categories like Business, Social, Dining, Games or Politics. Registration is free and you can follow your progress from your online account.

So before we look at what you can do, here’s the address you need – http://englishcentral.com .

You can also watch a demo if you’d like more information about how the site works (note: you must have a microphone attached before starting the demo. If not, the programme will freeze).

So now the fun starts. Sign in to your account and choose a video to watch. For example, the trailer of Iron Man 2. This is the screen layout you’ll see (we’ve coloured the image to help explain it).

At the bottom of the screen, you have the option to pause the video after each line (in purple), change the microphone options if necessary and also share the video with friends. Above this, in yellow, is a time line showing you where the spoken parts are – these are the shapes on the line. You can also fast forward or rewind the video using the buttons on the left.

The next line up has the record button, the subtitle in English and the option to hide the line, in case you don’t want subtitles. Lastly, if you watch the video line by line, you have the possibility of repeating the line and even slowing down the audio, which could be very useful depending on the speed of the original!

As you work through the exercise, you will see a progress bar at the top-right of the video, which also shows the number of points you score for your pronunciation. If you need more challenges, you’ll find another section which says “What Next?”, with additional exercises for you to try.

Probably the best advice is to go and try out the system for yourself. Please let us know what you think!

NOTE: if you’re already an EXIT Languages student and you’d like an account linked to ours, please leave us a message at the bottom of this post and we’ll send you a link where you can sign up and we can help you monitor your progress.

If you’re not an Exit student, you may like to visit our website or click on ABOUT EXIT LANGUAGES at the top of this page 🙂

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Strange Random Language Quote:
My English is a mixture between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Archbishop Tutu – Billy Wilder
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