Have you ever walked away from an English lesson saying, “What?! How?! Why does this language have to be so complicated?!”
If you’ve felt like this, you’ve either just walked out of a lesson on reported speech, or you were in the Arabic class by mistake. (Don’t do that again.)
But if you’re getting frustrated with reported speech and all its stupid rules, there’s some good news:
It doesn’t have to be this way.
In this podcast episode, we look at more common, more natural alternatives to reported speech.
We also ask why English learners and English teachers can be so obsessed with “good English” and “correct English” and “proper English,” why lawyers speak trashy English, and why the English we think we speak isn’t the English we really speak.
Prefer to read? Check out Why Reported Speech Is a Waste of Time (And What You Should Say Instead).
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