Learn to think in English and speak with confidence
through picture stories

English in action app learning
English in action app learning
English in action app learning
English in action app learning
English in action app learning
English in action app learning
English in action app learning
English in action app learning

For most English learners, the biggest challenge is understanding spoken English. To make oral comprehension easier, English-learning apps generally take the same approach: They have you read English words and phrases as you listen to the audio. The problem is that you get into the habit of reading written English in order to understand spoken English. This slows down the development of your listening and speaking skills – and makes social interaction more difficult. When you engage in conversation, there is nothing you can read to help you understand native English speakers who often talk fast. You must be able to understand what they are saying without depending on a written text. What you need is a lot of listening practice. Real life listening practice. The English in Action app is there to help you with picture stories that make spoken language comprehensible. More than just words and phrases, the pictures help you understand English conversation. This is a very natural way to learn and there is a big advantage: You will develop your listening and speaking skills much faster. You will learn faster because you are thinking in English right from the start. With regular practice you will understand and speak English with confidence, and this will open the doors to a whole new world.

The pictures show what is happening in the cartoon stories. It’s like watching a movie – you can see the actions of the speakers and get the gist of their conversations without reading a text. With English in Action, you will develop your listening and speaking skills faster because they are introduced orally first and then in written form. This is the easiest and most natural way to learn a language. Just listen to the audio and repeat what you hear, trying to imitate the speakers as if you were an actor. With regular practice, you will learn to speak English confidently and with good pronunciation.

Benefits

Improve your listening and speaking skills quickly and easily with illustrated conversational stories

Learn essential grammar and vocabulary in context

Master the core language you need to communicate right away

Understand and use common expressions that make you sound like a native speaker

Build fluency through frequent repetition and practice of English phrases used in everyday situations

Record and compare your pronunciation to native English speakers

Practice your English communication skills anywhere, anytime

BENEFITS

• Improve your listening and speaking skills quickly and easily with illustrated conversational stories

• Learn essential grammar and vocabulary in context

• Master the core language you need to communicate right away 

• Understand and use common expressions that make you sound like a native speaker

• Build fluency through frequent repetition and practice of English phrases used in everyday situations

• Record and compare your pronunciation to native English speakers

• Practice your English communication skills anywhere, anytime 

HOW IT WORKS

All of the lessons are based on illustrated conversational stories.  There are six activities in each lesson. Working together, these activities create a powerful learning experience.

LISTENING   Watch the pictures as you listen to the story.  The actions, facial expressions and body language of the speakers will help you guess what they are saying.  You will get the gist of their conversations even if you don’t understand all of the words.  Guessing meaning from context is an essential listening strategy that you will find very useful in real life when you have conversations in English.

LISTENING & READING   As you have done previously, use the visual clues from the pictures to guess the meaning of the sentences as you listen to the audio.  Translations are provided in your native language, so you can check and make sure that your guesses are correct.  With repeated practice, your listening skills will improve dramatically and you will be able to understand everyday conversational English.

QUIZ   Each conversation is broken up into 12 mini-conversations.  Read the text of each mini-conversation while listening to the audio.  Then translate the mini-conversation silently, sentence-by-sentence, into your native language.  There is a pause for you to translate each sentence before the correct translation appears on the screen.  Repeat this activity and pick out all the sentences you were unable to translate.  Then review and practice unfamiliar words and phrases until you have a good understanding of the whole conversation.

SPEAKING   Look at the pictures, listen to the audio, and mimic the words and phrases you hear.  The pictures make it easier to understand and imitate spoken language.  Imitating speech – without relying on a written text – is one of the best ways to develop your listening and speaking skills, along with proper pronunciation.  In fact, your ability to imitate what you hear is a strong predictor of your success in learning to speak a new language.  The more you practice, the better you get.

READING ALOUD   As you read aloud each line of dialogue, try to match the rhythm and intonation of the characters in the stories, as if you were an actor.  This will help you to get the sound and feel of natural, spoken English – and your speech will become clearer and more expressive.  To improve your fluency, repeat this activity many times until you can produce whole sentences without hesitating.  This is very good training for anyone who wants to speak English with confidence and sound like a native speaker.

PRONUNCIATION   Listen to the audio and read each line of dialogue out loud.  Try to match as closely as possible the pronunciation of the native speakers.  Then listen to both versions and compare your pronunciation to standard American pronunciation.  Later, when you feel more confident, you can listen to the audio again and repeat what you hear without reading the text.  With regular practice, you will learn to speak English naturally and with good pronunciation.

English in Action really works!

Frequent interaction with illustrated conversational stories will enable you to learn grammar intuitively, understand and use many common English phrases, and master the most important language functions. These are the essentials you need to speak English with confidence.

GRAMMAR

Each level contains 16 illustrated stories that show how basic grammatical structures are used in conversational English.  As you watch and listen to the stories, you learn how different verb tenses are used to talk about events in the past, present and future, how adjectives are used to describe people and places, and so on.  Repeated exposure to basic structures in context enables you to recognize patterns and understand how the language works.  You develop a “language sense,” a working knowledge of grammar that carries over into your daily use of English.

COMMON ENGLISH PHRASES

One of the best ways to improve your fluency is by using chunks of language – common English phrases and expressions – whenever you engage in conversation.  Putting sentences together word-by-word takes longer because you have to stop and think about what you are doing.  Native English speakers achieve fluency by using language chunks that they have used many times before without thinking about them.  Memorizing rules of grammar and lists of isolated vocabulary words is not an efficient way to build fluency.  You are much better off listening to, absorbing and repeating useful English phrases that you understand.

English in Action enables you to learn hundreds of common English phrases and expressions in context through illustrated conversational stories.  Each story is followed by a series of integrated activities that recycle the phrases and expressions introduced in the story.  Repeated practice puts these language chunks – the building blocks of fluency – into your long-term memory.  When this happens, you can recall ways of saying things and express yourself with much greater confidence.

LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS

Native English speakers use specific phrases for practical purposes, such as greeting peopleintroducing yourself, or starting a conversation.  These are called language functions.  Learning the phrases that are associated with these functions will make you a better communicator.  The English in Action program features illustrated conversational stories and a range of activities that provide many opportunities to practice language functions in context.  This kind of practice will boost your confidence when you speak English in real life because you already know what to say – just like a native.

HOW IT WORKS

All of the lessons are based on illustrated conversational stories.  There are six activities in each lesson. Working together, these activities create a powerful learning experience.

LISTENING   Watch the pictures as you listen to the story.  The actions, facial expressions and body language of the speakers will help you guess what they are saying.  You will get the gist of their conversations even if you don’t understand all of the words.  Guessing meaning from context is an essential listening strategy that you will find very useful in real life when you have conversations in English.

LISTENING & READING   As you have done previously, use the visual clues from the pictures to guess the meaning of the sentences as you listen to the audio.  Translations are provided in your native language, so you can check and make sure that your guesses are correct.  With repeated practice, your listening skills will improve dramatically and you will be able to understand everyday conversational English.

QUIZ   Each conversation is broken up into 12 mini-conversations.  Read the text of each mini-conversation while listening to the audio.  Then translate the mini-conversation silently, sentence-by-sentence, into your native language.  There is a pause for you to translate each sentence before the correct translation appears on the screen.  Repeat this activity and pick out all the sentences you were unable to translate.  Then review and practice unfamiliar words and phrases until you have a good understanding of the whole conversation.

SPEAKING   Look at the pictures, listen to the audio, and mimic the words and phrases you hear.  The pictures make it easier to understand and imitate spoken language.  Imitating speech – without relying on a written text – is one of the best ways to develop your listening and speaking skills, along with proper pronunciation.  In fact, your ability to imitate what you hear is a strong predictor of your success in learning to speak a new language.  The more you practice, the better you get.

READING ALOUD   As you read aloud each line of dialogue, try to match the rhythm and intonation of the characters in the stories, as if you were an actor.  This will help you to get the sound and feel of natural, spoken English – and your speech will become clearer and more expressive.  To improve your fluency, repeat this activity many times until you can produce whole sentences without hesitating.  This is very good training for anyone who wants to speak English with confidence and sound like a native speaker.

PRONUNCIATION   Listen to the audio and read each line of dialogue out loud.  Try to match as closely as possible the pronunciation of the native speakers.  Then listen to both versions and compare your pronunciation to standard American pronunciation.  Later, when you feel more confident, you can listen to the audio again and repeat what you hear without reading the text.  With regular practice, you will learn to speak English naturally and with good pronunciation.

English in Action really works!

Frequent interaction with illustrated conversational stories will enable you to learn grammar intuitively, understand and use many common English phrases, and master the most important language functions. These are the essentials you need to speak English with confidence.

GRAMMAR

Each level contains 16 illustrated stories that show how basic grammatical structures are used in conversational English.  As you watch and listen to the stories, you learn how different verb tenses are used to talk about events in the past, present and future, how adjectives are used to describe people and places, and so on.  Repeated exposure to basic structures in context enables you to recognize patterns and understand how the language works.  You develop a “language sense,” a working knowledge of grammar that carries over into your daily use of English.

COMMON ENGLISH PHRASES

One of the best ways to improve your fluency is by using chunks of language – common English phrases and expressions – whenever you engage in conversation.  Putting sentences together word-by-word takes longer because you have to stop and think about what you are doing.  Native English speakers achieve fluency by using language chunks that they have used many times before without thinking about them.  Memorizing rules of grammar and lists of isolated vocabulary words is not an efficient way to build fluency.  You are much better off listening to, absorbing and repeating useful English phrases that you understand.

English in Action enables you to learn hundreds of common English phrases and expressions in context through illustrated conversational stories.  Each story is followed by a series of integrated activities that recycle the phrases and expressions introduced in the story.  Repeated practice puts these language chunks – the building blocks of fluency – into your long-term memory.  When this happens, you can recall ways of saying things and express yourself with much greater confidence.

LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS

Native English speakers use specific phrases for practical purposes, such as greeting peopleintroducing yourself, or starting a conversation.  These are called language functions.  Learning the phrases that are associated with these functions will make you a better communicator.  The English in Action program features illustrated conversational stories and a range of activities that provide many opportunities to practice language functions in context.  This kind of practice will boost your confidence when you speak English in real life because you already know what to say – just like a native.