Top 5 Confident English Lessons of 2021

Dec 29, 2021 | English Confidence and Fluency, Top 5 Lessons

As we prepare to start anew in 2022, you might have that new goal itch — the desire to jump into a new goal with enthusasim.

To help you get started, here are my Top 5 Confident English Lessons from 2021.

Whether you’ve recently discovered Speak Confident English, you missed one of these lessons, or just need a refresh, this list will get you started with

  • new vocabulary
  • sharper grammar know-how
  • improved English skills for work

And, before we leave this year, I want to say thank you.

Thank you for being part of the Speak Confident English Community.

Thank you for trusting me and my team to help you in your English journey.

Thank you for sharing your questions, challenge, ideas and comments on my lessons and YouTube lessons.

This year, Speak Confident English reached some significant milestones. Here’s a snapshot:

I’m amazed and grateful. 

We couldn’t do this without you.

I love seeing you get the confidence you want for your life in English and I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to share with you through my lessons and my online courses.

So let’s do more of that in 2022!

But for now, here are the Top 5 Confident English Lessons of 2021. Enjoy.

Top 5 Confident English Lessons of 2021

Describe Your Feelings in English [23 Collocations, Idioms, & Synonyms]

When someone asks how you feel, you certainly know words like happy, sad, angry, and tired.

But do those perfectly describe you how feel?

Or are your feelings sometimes more complex?

In English, we have a variety of collocations, idioms, and synonyms we use to be precise about what we’re feeling and how strong or mixed the feeling is.

In this lesson, you’ll get 23 new ways to describe your feelings in English whether it’s happy, sad, angry, tired, confused, or… all the feels. 🥰

23 Ways to Describe Your Feelings in English

Use Podcasts to Improve Your English Listening Skills

Like me, you probably love podcasts because they’re entertaining and you can talk about them with friends.

But if you feel stuck or unsure, instead of talking about the podcast you spend time feeling frustrated and worried about what to say.

Is there a solution?

Yes! By the end of this Confident English lesson, you will be able to use podcasts to effectively identify important details AND listen for layers of meaning, so you can confidently make meaningful contributions to discussions.

Plus, you’ll learn 3 effective activities using podcasts to improve your listening skills overall.

Use Podcasts to Improve Your English Listening Skills

Must-Have English Phrases for Online Meetings

Over the last 2 years, we’ve all become familiar with online video meetings. So it’s no surprise that you may be curious about how to lead or participate in an online meeting effectively in English.

Of course, some things are the same as a traditional face-to-face meeting, like starting with a greeting. But not everything translates to an online video platform.

When you need to lead a meeting on Zoom, want to join an online book club, or participate in an English conversation class, with today’s Confident English you’ll learn must-have English phrases for online meetings to help you:

  • Set up for success.
  • Greet others and lead introductions.
  • Establish ground rules to minimize distractions.
  • Practice effective time management.
  • Handle interruptions like a pro.
  • Ask others to wait patiently.
  • End on a high note.

Phrases to Lead an Online Meeting in English

4 Ways to Talk about the Future in English | Advanced English Grammar

In English, we use 4 different ways to talk about our future arrangements, plans, intentions, wishes, expectations, and predictions. And we usually don’t use WILL to talk about the future.

Imagine these different questions:

  • What are you doing tonight after work?
  • What are your plans for the weekend?
  • What do you think you will do this year for the holidays?
  • What are the company’s predictions for sales next year?

Each of these questions focuses on the future. These are very common questions in daily conversation and for professional situations.

With this lesson, you are going to learn exactly how to speak about the future in English naturally!! We won’t focus only on grammar rules. Instead, let’s think about real-life future situations in English and how you can talk about them using grammar you already know in English.

The Future Forms in English

Positive Communication in English [At Work and On Teams]

We all know good communication is an essential skill creating and maintaining good relationships with others and, in the workplace, it leads to better outcomes including:

  • A stronger team
  • Improved collaboration
  • Clarity in the workplace

But… what exactly is “good communication?” 

This can change from one language and culture to another.

A few months ago I shared a lesson on Demonstrating Charisma at Work

If you enjoyed learning about the power of charisma and how to demonstrate it in English, then this lesson is the perfect follow-up.

You’ll gain insight on different ways to communicate with positive language so that you can always choose what is best for you in the moment when you’re speaking and building relationships with others, whether it’s at work or on a team.

Positive Communication at Work

And here are 2 more lessons, just for fun…

English Small Talk at Work [3 Question Types for Successful Conversations]

Do you avoid English small talk too? You’re not alone.

Like you, I struggle with small talk. Not only can it be challenging and awkward to find the right questions but it also feels unimportant.

Truthfully, small talk is polite but unimportant conversation.

But here’s the thing: the only way to make a connection with someone, to find something in common, and take those first steps in a relationship is to start with small talk.

My goal is to make English small talk at work fun, easy, and successful for you — whether you’re getting to know a colleague you see every day or you’ve just introduced yourself to a new team member.

To make that happen, I have 3 kinds of questions you can use and quickly adapt for conversations at work.

English Small Talk at Work

Toxic Work Environment? How to Handle Bullying in English

This lesson was a tough one. I shared it early in December and, if you’re struggling with a toxic work environment, here are some ways that might help to improve the situation in 2022.

When a workplace becomes toxic, it has the quality of being very harmful or unpleasant.

Whether it’s your boss, a coworker, a client, or someone else you know, how do you handle these distressing situations without fear of getting fired?

In this lesson today, you’ll get strategies to help you respond appropriately and essential English phrases to address toxicity in the workplace with anyone.

Along the way, you’ll also learn useful English idioms, collocations, and more on this topic so you can talk about it with confidence.

How to Handle Bullying and Toxicity at Work

Before we end the Top 5 Confident English Lessons of 2021, I have 2 questions for you. 

  1. What was your favorite Confident English lesson this year?
  2. What is one topic you’d love for me to focus on in 2022?

I want to provide the lessons and topics that are most important to you. Share your answers with me below.

Warmest wishes,

~ Annemarie

P.S. If you’re curious, I also have a Top 5 list from 2019 and 2020.

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