EnglishLessons4U - Learn English with Ronnie! [engVid]
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Learn 10 English Expressions with NOSE! Learn 10 English Expressions with NOSE!
2 weeks ago En
There are many expressions in English that are based on body parts. Today, we are going to focus on the nose, that dirty lump of skin and boogers in the middle of your face! In this lesson, you will learn ten expressions that use the word “nose” in some way. We will talk about the meaning of being “nosey”, “to keep your nose clean”, “to turn your nose up at something”, “to follow your nose”, “to nose around”, and more. You will see how some of these have a positive meaning and some have a negative meaning. And if you “keep your nose to the grindstone” and do the quiz after watching, you will be able to say that you really “have a nose” for nose expressions! https://www.engvid.com/learn-10-english-nose-expressions/
Learn 17 homophone pairs in English: be/bee, know/no, hear/here… Learn 17 homophone pairs in English: be/bee, know/no, hear/here…
1 month ago En
Homophones are words that have the same pronunciation but completely different meanings. For example, “be” and “bee” sound exactly the same, but the first is a verb, and the second is the name of an insect. Because the pronunciation is identical, we rely on context and spelling to understand the word. The best way to remember homophones is to practice them. You’ve come to the right place! In this lesson, I will teach you 17 pairs of homophones. Each pair will have a verb, like “hear”, “be”, “wait”, “chews”, “bare”, “hire”. And for each verb, there will be a homophone that means something completely different. Together, we will try to make funny word games, which we call “puns” or “dad jokes”. Watch the video and then share your best puns and dad jokes in the comments! Take the quiz for this video at https://www.engvid.com/learn-17-homophone-pairs-in-english/
When & when NOT to use “MAKE” in English When & when NOT to use “MAKE” in English
1 month ago En
Some verbs are used in different contexts in English. For example, the verb “make” can be used in many contexts, such as when you create something, when you choose something or come to a decision, and even when you kiss someone! With all these usages, it may be confusing for you to understand when and when not to use the verb “make”. In this lesson, I will teach you exactly when you can and cannot use the verb “make”, so that you get it right every time. After watching, solidify your knowledge by doing the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/when-when-not-to-use-make-in-english/ Yes, solidify!
INTERNET DATING SLANG: hook up, sexting, Netflix & chill... INTERNET DATING SLANG: hook up, sexting, Netflix & chill...
2 months ago En
Want to hook up? You’ll need to know the slang used on dating apps. I’m here to help. In this very important, very serious lesson, I will teach you some slang and acronyms commonly used in the world of Internet dating. You will learn the meaning of words like “ghosting”, “breadcrumbing”, “benching”, “Netflix & chill”, “hook up”, “catfishing”, “sexting”, and more. I will also give you a list of acronyms to describe yourself on your profile. For example, you may say you are a “AGM, N/S, D&D free, and looking for LTR”. Watch the lesson to find out what this means, and be sure to describe yourself in acronyms in the comments below! If you’re taking the IELTS, why not get laid first? Take the quiz for this lseson at https://www.engvid.com/internet-dating-slang/
English Heteronyms: Different words that look the same! English Heteronyms: Different words that look the same!
3 months ago En
Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same way but have different pronunciations and meanings. Since they look the same, it is particularly tricky to know how to pronounce them because you need to be aware of their context. For example, the heteronym “close” has two different meanings and pronunciations in the following sentences: “We live close” and “Close the door.” In this English lesson, I will teach you many other heteronyms you need to know, like “bass”, “present”, “refuse”, “wind”, “bow”, and more. There are no particular rules to determine their pronunciation, and they vary in function, some being verbs, nouns, and adjectives. So watch this lesson to learn some useful English heteronyms, and do the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/english-heteronyms-different-words-that-look-the-same/ to test your memory. TRANSCRIPT Heteronyms, heteronyms, heteronyms. Heteronyms; this is a word, and it has a meaning. Heteronyms. It's spelt strangely on the board; that's the correct spelling, but the word is "heteronyms". What the hell are heteronyms? Good question; I'm glad you asked. They are very confusing words, and I don't like them, but I'm doing this to help you because heteronyms are words that are spelled the same-dunh-dunh-dunh-but have completely different pronunciation and meaning. So, when you look at the word, your brain goes: "Oh my god. Do I say it this way or this way? Why are there two different words... One word with two different meanings?" These are called heteronyms. Welcome to the wonderful word of heteronyms. The first heteronym you might know if you play an instrument or if you are a singer, is this word; but if you like to eat fish, you know it as this word. So, this word: "bass" - a kind of fish we call a bass. But if you play an instrument or you sing, it's called a bass. So, "bass" is a kind of instrument; it's a bass guitar or a stand-up bass. Bom-bom-bom. Any stand-up bass players out there or regular bass guitar players? Hey, there. You can play the bass, but you can eat a bass fish. Exact same spelling; both nouns, but the pronunciation and the meaning is completely different. Stay with me on this one. It's going to get more difficult; don't worry. The next one we have is this word; this is an adjective. As an adjective, we say: "close". It's a long "s" sound. "Close" means the same as near. So, you can say: "The elephant is close to me" or "The elephant is near me." The next one we have with this word is "close". We have to really be able to pronounce the "s" and the "z", here. So, this word is "close". "Close" means to shut something. So, this is a verb. For example: "Close the door"; and this is an adjective: "close". The door needs to... We need to close the door because the elephant is close. Or you can say: "Shut the door; the elephant is near." And then you don't have to worry about these crazy things. The next one. I think you guys know this one already; it's very common. We have a noun and a verb. The noun is a land full of sand. Oh, that rhymes; I'm a poet. So, a land of sand is called a "desert". The pron-... The accent is on the first part of the word and it's two syllables, so this word is desert. There's the Sahara Desert, and there's many other deserts, but I don't know the names of them. Then we have the verb: If you abandon someone or you leave them and you don't tell them you're going, this is called "desert". So, you will hear people say: "He deserted me." And then you think: "Is that a food?" No. A food has two Ss. "Oh, are you in the Sahara?" And you go: "No, no, no. I was just abandoned." The... The words with two syllables are a little bit easier, but not that much. The ones that have crazy sounds like this, they're more difficult, so you're going to have to practice; you've got homework. The next one is one of these birds that everyone loves, and it's called a "dove". The spelling is like this, but the pronunciation is like: "dove". A dove is a kind of bird; it's white; it looks like a pigeon. Apparently it's not a pigeon, but I think it's a pi-... It's not a pigeon; it looks like a pigeon. It's not a pigeon. It's a kind of soap brand as well. And then we have the past tense of "dive", which is "dove". So, we have: "dove", the bird of peace-aw-and then we have "dove". So, I can say: The dove dove into the building. Oh my god. Now it's dead. If you're sad about this, maybe you're going to cry and you're going to produce a droplet of water; your eyes are leaking, and this is called a "tear". The pronunciation is like with two e's, so we say: "tear". Then the same word as a verb is if you rip something. If you rip something, you tear it. You might hear someone say: "Tear it up!" That means, like: "Do your best! Yeah! Go, go, go!" So... Or: "Rip it up". "Tear" is like a teardrop when you're crying; and "tear" is you rip. But look at the spelling. Oh my god. It looks like... It looks like "tear", which is actually this one. […]
Learn 20+ words to talk about personality & character in English Learn 20+ words to talk about personality & character in English
4 months ago En
Did you know that depending on what order you were born, you and your brothers and sisters have predictable personalities? In this lesson, I will teach you about birth order, which is the theory that if you were born first, second, or last, you will have certain positive and negative traits. For example, are you a "mama's boy"? Or maybe you are the type to be jealous for attention. If you were born last, it may be that you are a daredevil and a bit manipulative. The middle child tends to feels inadequate and competitive. Watch the lesson, and do the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/personality-character-birth-order/ to learn the vocabulary associated with birth order. In the process, you will also learn a lot about yourself! TRANSCRIPT It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. I'm Ronnie. I'm not Mr. Rogers. I'm going to teach you something today that's I think kind of interesting, and I would like to know your opinion; if you agree or disagree with this theory. This is a psychological theory. Let's dive into your brain. Delicious. There's been many studies done on what we call "birth order". So, "birth order" means if you were born first, second, or third. We also call it, like, the middle-baby syndrome. I've just made that up. But if you're... if you're the middle kid, you have disadvantages; there's TV shows about it, called Malcolm in the Middle. There's been so many things, so much research done about this, and I'm just going to share this with you, and you can learn some vocabulary, and you can learn something about yourself, and if you are a parent you can maybe learn something about your children. Why are they so crazy? Why are those little devils doing that? Or why is my child an angel? So, this is called "birth order". And the first thing I want to teach you is few slang words in regard to parenting. So, one of them is called a "mama's boy". You probably have this in your language. "Mama's boy" is a boy who always depends on their mother. So, a mama's boy will never really become fully independent. His mother will always do his laundry; cook his dinner, and lunch, and breakfast; and basically never, ever grow up. So, you don't actually want to produce a mama's boy and you don't actually want to be a mama's boy because, in the future, it will cause problems in relationships because no one can ever replace your mother and... oh, so the trauma begins. So, "mama's boy" are boys who depend too much on their mothers. So, mamas, stop babying your son. Make him do the cooking and the laundry. Relax. Take a bubble bath. Eat some bonbons. Let that kid do the washing up. Okay, the other one is a new sensation called "helicopter parenting". So, in our society, because it has become more dangerous, parents now have to actually walk their children to school. When I was a child, I got to go to school by myself-yay-and cross the road, and I survived. But, again, our society is getting more dangerous, depending on where you live. Now parents must walk the kids to school and pick them up. So, this obviously would interfere with having a job and properly maybe a life. So, "helicopter parenting" means that the parents watch the children too much. Before it was called being "overprotective". So, if you have an overprotective mother or father, they're always watching what you're doing, they're always worried, and it's really annoying because you want your freedom. So, helicopter parenting is just being overprotective about your children. Of course, it's your natural instinct to protect your children, but sometimes it gets too much. Another example of this is for children's birthday parties. When I was a child, I would go to my friend's birthday party by myself, maybe my mother and father would drop me off, and I would play for a couple of hours, eat some cake, go home. Now the parents actually go to the kids' birthday parties. You guys just want cake. I get it. Good idea. Yeah. "I'm protecting my children." You're protecting your stomach from the cake. Okay, I get it. So, this is parent... helicopter parenting. Negative, positive? You decide. So, let's start with the "first born"; your very first baby. So, you are really excited for the very first baby but you are also very, very, very nervous because you want the baby to survive. So, as a parent, the first baby you don't know what to do, of course; you've never done this before. So, you have very strict rules and everything is crazy. If the baby is sick: "Oh my god! It's an emergency!" That's normal. So, what the effect of this is: The first born are always going to have the most strict parents and the most strict rules. Okay? And that's wonderful. The baby grows up, then-doo-doo-doo-doo-surprise - you have another child. So, what happens is with the birth of the second child, the first born is going to learn really, really positive things. The child is going to learn to nurture and love-hopefully-his or her baby brother or sister. […]
English Vocabulary & Slang: SCORE!!! English Vocabulary & Slang: SCORE!!!
5 months ago En
Watch to learn the MANY uses of the word ‘score’ in English. I’ll teach you the different meanings of this one versatile word, which can be a noun, a verb, or even an adjective. If you already know these, watch on because I’ll also show you some surprising slang uses of the same word. They involve s#x and dr$gs. Do I have your attention now? Scooooore!!! How well did you understand the lesson? Take the quiz: https://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-slang-score/ TRANSCRIPT Score! You just found this lesson, and this lesson is on "score". And you're probably confused: Why did I just say: "Score"? Because I say it all the time. I use this when I find something that's cool or good. So, for example, if I am walking down the street and I see-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-20 dollars, I go: "Score!" because I found something. "Score" is a word that has many meanings, and I'm going to teach you what they mean in slang-yes-and also what they mean in regular, everyday language. But slang is more fun, so let's start with the regular, everyday language first of "score". There's a really famous guy; he had a big beard, a big hat. Why do you wear such a big hat? I don't know. And his name was Abraham Lincoln or Abe Lincoln. He was a famous guy in America. He was a president and stuff. To shorten his name, we say: "Abe". And we don't say the name like: "Linc-lon"; we say: "Lincoln", which I'm still trying to work out. So, Abe Lincoln said this famous quote; he said: "Four score and seven years ago." And maybe you know "score" means to get a point or get a goal, and you're wondering why there's four goals and then seven years. But actually, "score" meaning number one, means 20. So, yes, I have to do math again, but this time I can do it. So, if you say: "Four score", that means 20 times four, which is-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-80. So-haha-four times 20 is 80. So, basically, "score" means 20 of something. You can get a score of apples, which means 20 apples. "Four score and seven years ago"-a very famous quote-actually means 87 years ago. I didn't do the math, obviously. Thanks to Josh for doing that. Unh-huh. You might know "score" if you watch sports. So, if you watch hockey, or baseball, or any sports, they score a goal; and this means: When you score a goal, you get a point. So, as a sentence, you can say: "The team scored 10 points." So they got 10 points. Score! Sometimes when people watch hockey, they'll all of a sudden go: "Score!" Right now, if you're hearing a little bit of noise, it's because there's a hockey game going on and people are going to yell. Or maybe they're just crazy people. Another way that we use the word "score" as a noun is a piece of music. There is a really fantastic movie, I think, called Pee-wee's Big Adventure, and the soundtrack... "This movie's score was written by Danny Elfman." So, Danny Elfman is a very famous composer, and he wrote the music or the score for Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Do you know that movie? If you've never seen the movie, go; it's so funny. Don't go; Google it, look at it on your computer. If you go to the movies, there's no movies anymore of Pee-wee's Big Adventure; I'm sorry. So it's something you're going to have to do by yourself. So, the movie's score (the movie's music) was written by Danny Elfman. Now that song is in my head. Ding-ding-ding-ding. Another thing you can do is you can score music. This means that you arrange or change the music. As an example, as a composer, I would take... I have written music for only a violin, and a viola, and a cello, which would be three people playing it; but I want to make it a quartet which has four people, so I'm going to score the music to include a flute. So: "The quartet"-which means four-"was scored for the flute, violin, viola, and piano." This means the music was changed or rearranged to include another instrument. Do you play an instrument? Do you play the flute? Oh. Another way we use this is in cooking or not in cooking, but most commonly in cooking, is you make a cut or a mark on something. So, you will hear maybe on cooking shows: "She scored the roast." So, a lot of the times you cut the fat of the meat so it doesn't explode and it's delicious. So, you can cut or mark the surface of something. So, your roast looks like this, you've got a layer of fat, and you score it. The next one is also a verb, and... to draw a line through writing. So, maybe you have a teacher and your teacher doesn't like what you've written, so they get out their red pen (or in this case, a blue pen) and they do this. This is called "score". So, they score out the words. Now we're getting into the slang; this is where the fun happens. I told you that I say this a lot, and "score" means you find something that's good. Okay? So if I'm walking down the street and I see dog poo, I'm not going to yell: "Score!" I'm going to say: "Ew. Somebody didn't clean up their dog poo, and this is disgusting". […]
Fun English: 16 HOMOPHONES & Past Simple Verbs Fun English: 16 HOMOPHONES & Past Simple Verbs
5 months ago En
Homophones are words that are spelled differently but sound exactly the same. For example, “the red book” and “the read book” sound the same, but they mean completely different things. To understand the meaning of the word, you need to rely on context or spelling. There are hundreds of homophones in English, and in today’s lesson, I will teach you eight pairs of them, so 16 words in total. You will notice that each pair is made up of one past simple verb and one other word with a different function. I will teach you the difference between “rode” and “road”, “passed” and “past”, “wore” and “war”, “blew” and “blue”, “threw” and “through”, “ate” and “eight”, and “made” and “maid”. I will explain their meaning and give you examples. By the end of the lesson, you will know how to differentiate the past simple verbs from their homophone counterparts. After watching, make sure you take the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/16-homophones-past-simple-verbs/ and watch my other lesson on Homophones and Part Participle Verbs here: https://youtu.be/oCVQEE-i1Mo TRANSCRIPT Hello. Homophones, homophones, homophones. I love homophones. Do you know what a "homophone" is? A "homophone" is really fun in English, and important because it teaches you pronunciation and also a bonus. The bonus is you get to say one word, and it actually has two different meanings. Wow. So, you're cutting your studying time in half. I'm saving you time. I know, it's amazing. So, "homophones" are words that are spelt differently, but sound exactly the same. So, "homo" means same and "phone" means sound. So, these are words in English that are pronounced the exact same way, but the spelling is different. And this is what makes English confusing: The pronunciation, because unfortunately in this language, we don't say each of the letters; some letters are silent, some of them we just don't bother to say at all. They're just there to make life more difficult for you; but also, it gives me a reason to talk to you. Yeah. Subscribe. It gives me a reason... It gives you a reason to subscribe to this channel. Ah, do it. Do it now. Homophones. Another thing that is confusing and crazy in English is remembering the verbs. So, in English we have a base verb; for example, if you want to look at a book, we say: "read". So: "Doo-doo. I'm going to read the book." And then we have the simple past. So, the simple past of the verb would be something like: "Yesterday I read the book." And just here, your brain becomes confused because: "Hey, hey, Ronnie. You wrote the same word for the sim-... The base verb and the simple past." Well, guess what? This is why English is crazy and this is why I'm here to help you, because we have a homophone. Yay, we love homophones. What colour is this? This is "red". So, the simple past of the verb "read" is said exactly like the colour "red". So, you can say: "I read a red book yesterday." And people might think that you said the verb wrong because it's obviously "read". "I read the book yesterday." And you go: "Oh, no. See, 'read', the past tense is 'read', exactly like the colour because it's a homophone." So, homophones are fun, they're amazing because you learn pronunciation and-doo-doo-do-doo-you learn a new word. So: "read", the simple past is "read", which is a homophone for the colour red. What's your favourite colour? Mine's purple. We have the verb "ride" and the past tense is "rode, r-o-d-e" and it sounds exactly like a "road". So, a "road" is the thing that you drive on. Don't walk on the road; you'll get hit by a car. We walk on the sidewalk, if we have one. So: "I rode the road home." I'm going to draw a picture of a road because it's very easy for me. Oh, it's got a dividing line. This is a road. Yes, I am an artist. If you'd like to buy any of my artwork, just message me. I'll sell it to you for cheap. $1000, that's it. So: "ride", past tense, simple past is the exact same pronunciation as the noun "road". This one might also confuse you. So, we have the verb "pass". In the simple past, we put "e-d" on it. Now, this is a regular verb, okay? The other ones are irregular. But you have become very confused at this point because you look at it, and your brain thinks: "pass-ed. I pass-ed the car." But actually, if you look and if you study English pronunciation more, you will understand that when we pronounce "e-d" verbs, we actually have to change the "e-d" to a "t" because of our "s" sound. So, in the past tense, the verb "passed" sounds exactly like "past". We don't say: "pass-ed"; we say: "past". Next one, this is a verb that a lot of people don't use. It has to do with clothes. So, we wear clothes. Most of us, we have to, it's important. Especially in Canada in the winter, it's cold. If you don't wear clothes, you will die. Maybe it's a little embarrassing if you sit on the subway or you go somewhere on the bus and you're not wearing clothes; people might look at you. […]
Learn English: 17 HOMOPHONES & Past Participles Learn English: 17 HOMOPHONES & Past Participles
6 months ago En
Homophones are words that have the same pronunciation but are written differently. To understand the meaning of the word, you need to rely on context or spelling. In today’s lesson, I will teach you eight sets of homophones. You will notice that each set is made up of one past participle and one word or more with a different function. A past participle is a word used with a past verb to express something that is passive. For example, in “it was sent”, the word “sent” is a past participle, and “was” is the verb. I will teach you the difference between “won” and “one”, “heard” and “herd”, “taught” and “tot”, “bred” and “bread”, “sent”, “scent”, and “cent”, “been” and “bean”, “caught” and “cot”, and “grown” and “groan”. I will explain their meaning, and I’ll give examples. Don’t forget to do the quiz after watching to make sure you understood the material. https://www.engvid.com/17-homophones-past-participles/ TRANSCRIPT Hi, guys. I want to teach you something that I think is fucking amazing: they're homophones. Woo-hoo. Do you know what "homophones" are? If you speak any of the Latin languages, so Portuguese, or Italian, French, or Spanish - you probably can figure out by the name "homo" means same; and "phones" or "phono" means sound. So, "homo" means same, and "phono" means sound. So, "homophones" are words that have the exact same sound or the exact same pronunciation, but the spelling is different. So, in your brain it's going to be difficult because you're going to say: "Oh my god, Ronnie, no, no, no, no, no. You've totally said this word wrong. How can you...? How can this word be the same as this word?" This is why English is so crazy, but I'm here to help you. So, the cool thing about homophones and why I love them so much is it's like you're getting a special promotion with English. So, you are learning one pronunciation, but you get two words. So, it's two words for the price of one in your brain, but you have to remember: Trust me when I tell you the sounds are exactly the same. The definitions are going to be different, but the sounds are the same. So, you get to learn one pronunciation and two meanings. Yes! Bonus time. It's like a super sale. Welcome to the super sale on enVid. enVid, enVid, enVid, enVid. engVid, okay? The other thing that we have a huge problem with are these crazy things called "past participles". Now... Oh, don't you hate past participles? And maybe you don't know what they are. So, "past participles" are the third thing or the third part of a verb. So, irregular verbs usually have a simple past and a past participle. I've kind of made this easy because most of these words here... Most of these verbs here, the simple past and the past participle - they're the same. Oh, so cool. So, oh, you get another bonus. You're going to learn more past participles. So, learning past participles are difficult. Why? Because there are so many of them. But if you look back on lessons on www.engvid.com, you will see I've given you easy ways to remember the past participles. And this is an even easier way to actually say them correctly because your brain and English pronunciation plays tricks on you. So, let's start with the first one. The present tense of this verb is "win", and the past tense is "won". But, hey, do you know the homophone? "Won" is exactly the same sound as the number "one". So, we have "win", the past participle of "win" is "won", and it's pronounced like the number "one". You are number one; not eleven. Hello, marker. Do you work? So, the past participle of "win" is the exact same pronunciation as number "one". So, you can say: -"I won one." -"What? 'I won one'? Did you repeat...?" -"No. I won one. I won one chocolate bar. I won one. I won one! Yay!" The next one is the verb "hear", and the past tense, we would like to say: "hear-d", but it's actually just "herd". A mistake that I've heard a lot of people saying is they say: "hearded". It's not "hearded"; it's actually "heard". Now, past participle: "herd", this is how we actually say the word. But do you know what a "herd" is? A "herd" is a group of animals. So, for example: A group of cows or a group or horses we call a "herd". "I heard the herd." [Laughs] Another crazy thing about homophones is they're used in a lot of advertising and a lot of jokes. Now, are the jokes funny? That's up to you. But "herd" is a group of cattle; cows or horses. The next one is the past tense of the word "teach". So, in the present tense we say: "I teach", and in the past tense, if you go back, we say: "taught". But if you look at this, it looks like: "ta-u-g-h-t". "I tau-g-h-t you yesterday." Hey, let's make this easy. We're actually just going to say it like: "tot". The past participle of "teach" is the pronunciation: "tot; t-o-t". That's easier. Do you know what a "tot" is? A "tot" is slang or informal for a child. So, a little child, maybe two or three years old, we call a "tot". It might have come from "toddler". […]
How to communicate effectively & GET RESULTS! How to communicate effectively & GET RESULTS!
7 months ago En
Do you want to be more effective at making others do what you want them to do? This lesson is for you! The way that you speak with others is important, because it can affect their behavior, especially if you are in a position of authority. If you are too direct, others may not be receptive to you, and they may not listen or do what you ask for. But if you use a better way of communicating, you will be able to motivate and encourage others in a positive way. Directness in communication is also cultural, so if you come from a culture that tends to be more direct and aggressive than we are in North America, you may be surprised when your communication is not well-received here. Are you not getting the results you need from your employees or even your children? I will teach you communication methods that will help you influence others in a positive way. Feel free to ask questions in the comments, and then describe your success stories so we can all learn new ways to communicate effectively. https://www.engvid.com/communicate-effectively-get-results/ TRANSCRIPT Hello. My name's Ronnie. Are you a mother or a father, or a teacher or someone? Are you someone? Are you a human? Me too. I want to tell you something that's really, really cool and amazing. The way that we speak to students or the way that you speak to children or even other people, if you're a boss or you are a manager of someone or of a company - it's very, very important the way that you speak to people because if you are very direct with people, they will not respond to you, and they will close down, they will lose their confidence, and they will not do what you need them to do. I'm a teacher. Surprise. And in a classroom, there is certain language that you can use to help students motivate them... To help motivate students, and there's also certain language that you can use with children or with employees to help motivate them or encourage them. So, what I'm going to teach you today is English phrases that you probably use, and maybe they're not getting the results that you need in your place of work, at home with children, or in a classroom. And the reason why is it's because how people react to what you say. If someone throws you negative energy, you're not going to respond very well to them. For example, if you're upset and someone says: -"Just relax. Don't worry." -"Don't tell me to relax. I'm angry." The worst thing you can do is tell someone to relax, because it makes it worse. So, I'm going to go through some harsh phrases and how to make them softer to encourage people to get them to do what you want. "Manipulation" is another word. So, as a teacher, I know that sometimes students do not understand something. Now, I know because of their faces; they have a blank stare, or they look around, or they look at the ground. So, as a teacher, you say: "Okay. Do you have any questions?" And, of course, you are shy. You don't want to ask the teacher a question. Maybe you will look stupid if you ask the teacher a question. So, teachers, instead of saying: "Do you have any questions?" and waiting in silence, it would be better to say: "I'm here to help. Please ask me." It's the same thing if you are in a job, or you are the manager of someone, or you are the boss of someone. Instead of saying: "Do you have any questions?" you can be nice and say: "I'm here to help you, so please ask me questions. Feel free to ask me questions." This makes you more approachable. "Approachable" means easier to talk to, because you need to make sure that the people respect you, and then you can have a good relationship, whether it be in the classroom, at a job, or with your children, or anyone really. "Why don't you understand? Oh my god, you're so stupid." So, obviously there is a problem; maybe with instructions, or language, or communication. Instead of asking the person: "Why don't you understand?" because they don't know why they understand, you could say something like: "Oh, hey. Let me show you again." Or: "Let me tell you again how to do it." Again, you're taking the person and making them help you. You want to help the person. You don't want the person to feel stupid or feel not good about themselves; you want to encourage people in a classroom, you want to encourage your children to learn. As soon as you stop doing that, people shut off; they don't want to learn from you, they don't want to take guidance from you, especially in a job. You're supposed to be a leader if you're a manager. You're supposed to give people guidance. And if you don't do that properly, no one's going to follow you. Your team, it's not going to work too well. So: "Shut up! Oh my god!" I understand, as a parent, children are loud, or in a classroom the classroom gets crazy; students are loud. You want to just scream: "Shut up!" or "Be quiet!" Okay, do it. But if that doesn't work, another method you could say is, especially to children: "Please speak in a quieter voice." […]
Speak English like a North American: 4 Pronunciation Rules for the Letter T Speak English like a North American: 4 Pronunciation Rules for the Letter T
8 months ago En
Everyone has an accent. If you want to sound more like a native English speaker, you need to work on your pronunciation. I am from Canada, and I have a particular accent, too. Today, I will teach you four rules to help you pronounce words that have the letter T in them. This is the way Canadians and many Americans pronounce this letter. There are hard T sounds and soft T sounds. There are Ts that sound like Ds, and there are Ts that sound like a stopped sound. So many Ts! Don’t worry, though, because after watching this lesson, you will be an expert. Take the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/speak-english-pronunciation-t/ . TRANSCRIPT Hi. My name's Ronnie, and I have a bottle of water. What? So, sometimes when I go to a restaurant and I order water, people don't understand me. I'm in Canada, I'm speaking English, and I said: "Water", and they look at me strange. And I go: -"Oh, you know? Water?" -"Oh, water. Yes, water." -"No, no. It's water." It's a t, right? W-a-t-e-r. This, in Canada, we call a bottle of water. And I go: "Oh, that's really crazy because it's a bottle of water." Now, I get called out all the time on having an accent. Everyone has an accent. You have an accent, depending on where you're from. Everyone has an accent. So, first of all, I hate people who go: -"Oh, I don't got an accent." -"Oh, mister, you have an accent. Okay?" Everyone has an accent, and I'm going to teach you how to improve yours or damaged English-I don't know-to speak with an American/Canadian accent. Oh my god. Where's this going? So, I'm going to teach you a trick, and the trick is about the "t". I am very excited about this because I've been thinking about this for, oh, maybe ten years. Why do Canadians and Americans say "d"? It's a "t". I found the reason, and I'm going to teach you. Let's have some water, shall we? We have three... four. I'm good at counting, again. We have four rules. Okay? So, the "t" pronunciation. Sometimes, as I told you, we actually say the "t" like a "d". So, this is the rule. Rule number one: If it's between... If the "t" is between two vowel sounds. So, check this out. This "i" is a vowel, and "y"-sneaky bugger-sometimes is a vowel, but it's a vowel sound. So, we don't say: "ability" in Canadian and American English; we say: "abilidy". That's really strange, people. Canadians, Americans, maybe you were drunk or cold when you were doing this. I'm not too sure, but just nonsensical, really. We don't say: "computer", as we should; we say: "compuder". Hey, look at that computer, eh? So Canadian to say "eh" at the end. So, again, between two vowels-"u" and "e" are vowels-we're going to pronounce it like: "compuder". This is crazy. The next one, as I said in the beginning: "water". "a", "e" are vowels, and it's going to be said like: "wader". When I was in Jamaica, they said: "wata", and I was like: "Yes! Good. Got it." Again, so what I've done to help you-you're welcome-is I've just underlined the vowel. So, "a", "e"; "e", "e"; "er", "er", "er", "er". And again, this one, watch out: "i" and "y". "y" is a vowel sound. So, all of these guys, magically, you're going to go from speaking your language to speaking Canadian and American English with the crazy accent, because we say: "header". The thing that keeps you warm... Canada's cold in the winter. We don't say: "heater"; we say: "header". And this is even more confusing now, because it looks like "header", but it's actually this pronunciation: "heeder". Turn on the heater, eh? It's cold. This word, if you say it... Not "better" in my books. If you say it with a Canadian/American pronunciation; crazy way; we say: "bedder". Then we say: "madder". And then, even though we went to "university", we say: "universidy". Eh? You following? I don't know why it's crazy. Just say the "t" or write the "d". The other rule with the "t" sounding like a "d" is if it's between a vowel and an "l" or an "r". So, as I said in the beginning... I can't even say it. "Bottle". It's not a bottle, Ronnie. So, if it's between an "o" and an "l", it's going to be said like a "d", so we say: "boddle". This is my vowel "a", and this is an "l". We don't say: "battle"; we say: "baddle". Into battle, soldiers. One of Ronnie's favourite words: "dirty". So, we don't say "dirty" because we have an "r" and a vowel sound. So, this is the example of a vowel and an "l"; this is the example of a vowel and an "r". Okay? So, a vowel and "l"; a vowel and "r". With our numbers, again, we have a vowel and an "r", so these ones are going to sound like a "d". So, we're going to say: "dirdy", "fordy", and "thirdy". Have you turned thirty yet? As a joke, we like to say... Or some people like to say: "It's my dirty 30." We won't go into detail with that. About that. I will let your imaginations run wild on that one. And just make sure you say: "dirdy" because no one is going to understand you if you say "dirty". You're a dirty, wee cow. […]
What’s the difference between GET & TAKE? What’s the difference between GET & TAKE?
8 months ago En
Do we say “get mail” or “take mail”? How about “get a pill” or “take a pill”? The verbs “to get” and “to take” can be easily misused because they seem so similar. But one of them is passive, and the other is an active verb. In this English grammar lesson, I will explain the difference between “get” and “take”, and I’ll give you examples of how to use them. After watching, you will know exactly which of the two verbs to use in any situation. Bonus: If you watch until the end, I’ll teach you a slang expression that is an exception to the rule. After the lesson, take the quiz at: https://www.engvid.com/get-or-take/ TRANSCRIPT Hi, there. My name's Ronnie. Are you confused? I'm confused a lot. But, I mean, about English, because this is what you're here for. I'm going to teach you today about two confusing verbs that maybe, after this lesson, will not be confusing. Yes! The two verbs that are very confusing in English are "get" and "take"; or "got" in the past tense and "took". So, you might be translating from your language, and you would say: "I took a beer", and maybe your friend goes: "Oh my god, that's terrible." And you say: "Well, no, it was delicious. I quite liked the beer." So, we have to be careful when we use these two verbs. And it's a little bit difficult to explain, but hopefully I can do it. Yes. Come on. Go. Confusing verbs: "get", "take"; "got", "took". The easiest way for you to think about this is: "got" is going to be a passive situation for you. So, think about it, that you are not doing anything; you're just sitting there, looking dull-eyed at something, and someone is going to-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-give you something. So, if you can understand that "get" and "got" is passive; that someone gives it or gave it to you - this is the foundation of understanding "get" and "got". In this situation, you're going to have two people: You and the person who actually gives you something. Stay with me, here. "Take" and "took" is going to be only one person; it's going to be you, and you are doing the action. So, we can think that this verb is going to be active; there's only you and you are doing the action. So, you do or you did something to get, or to achieve, or to obtain the item. In this one, someone gi-... La. Give. Someone gave it to you or someone gives it to you. We need the "s" here, because this is singular. So, someone gives it to you or someone gave it to you. Think about in a restaurant. You're sitting in a restaurant or a bar, and you would like a drink. You're thirsty. You want a big glass of milk. So, you wait there and the server comes over, and they give you the milk. Yes, you're so happy. So, you take the milk and you drink it. So, what about a beer? Are you going to say: "I got a beer" or "I took a beer"? What's the difference? If you say: "I got a beer", it means that someone gave you the beer; someone delivered you the beer. But if you say: "I took a beer", you have to be careful, because this means that you are stealing. Uh-oh. So, if you take something, you have to be careful. If you take it without permission, it's stealing. But if someone says: "Here, here, here. Take this", then it's okay. So, if you say: "I took a beer", this can have two meanings. One, it can mean that you went to the fridge; you took the beer yourself. There's nobody else to serve you or to give you a beer. The second meaning with this is that you're actually stealing the beer, so you go, and you take the beer. So, "take" has the extra element of having permission or without permission. So, "permission" means someone said it's okay; and without permission, you are stealing it. So, without permission is illegal, and I do not recommend it; unless you want to steal some money from a bank and then give it to me. That's a good thing. I will take your money. Okay? Give me your money. I'm going to get your money. Give it to me. Let's go through some examples. Let's see if this makes sense to you. So, I want you to think. If we have the noun: "a cold"-achoo-do you get a cold or do you take a cold? So, colds or viruses are transmitted through people, so logically, this is two people; someone actually gives you a cold. So, the correct answer here would be... Uh-oh. I got a cold because somebody gave it to me. Ya-. No, that's a bad thing. This word: "a flyer". Do you know what the noun, "a flyer" means? Not someone who flies. "A flyer" is like a brochure or a paper advertisement. So, you can go to the mall or you can go somewhere, and people will have flyers. Now, usually there's a flyer sitting on a counter. What do you do? Do you get the flyer or do you take it? You take the flyer, because it's only you. Nobody is saying: "Here. Here; have a flyer." You are going to take a flyer. Next one. In supermarkets, sometimes people are very nice and they give you free food. Yay. This is called "a sample". So, "a sample" means a small portion of something you get for free. […]
Learn 8 Expressions in English with ‘Tongue’ Learn 8 Expressions in English with ‘Tongue’
9 months ago En
In this lesson, I will teach you eight expressions in English that have to do with your tongue. The tongue is a funny pink organ in your mouth that allows you to taste delicious food and other tongues. Though we know it as a part of the body, we also use the word “tongue” in several expressions in English. Here are some examples: “Has the cat got your tongue?”, “silver tongue”, “bite your tongue”, “on the tip of my tongue”, and “speak in tongues”. The eight expressions you will learn in this video are commonly used by native English speakers. You might have even seen or heard them in movies, books, and in conversation. English may not be your mother tongue, but learning new expressions is a great way to improve your speaking and comprehension. After the lesson, test your understanding with the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/8-tongue-expressions/ . TRANSCRIPT Hi. You know what this is? This is a "tongue". Do you have a tongue? I hope so. If you didn't, you couldn't talk. Today I'm going to teach you some expressions or some idioms about the word "tongue". So, first of all, the pronunciation of this word is a little crazy; a little difficult. It looks like: "tongue", but it's actually just: "tong". So, practice that at first: "tongue". Don't say the "u" or the "e"; just say: "tong". Stick out your tongue. Most people don't like it when you stick out your tongue, so do it all the time; annoy people. I'm going to teach you expressions using this. And I usually am not a fan of idioms; I think idioms are usually outdated, which means they're old, and we don't use them, but these ones we do use and they're kind of fun. And interestingly enough, you might have the same expressions in your language. So, let's do a little culture quiz, shall we? Let's see how many of these you have in your language, or how they're different. So, the first one, someone might say to you: -"Hey. Has the cat got your tongue?" -"I don't have a cat. What are you talking about? Why would a cat get my tongue?" So, this expression: "Has the cat got your tongue?" means you don't talk. So, they're asking you: "Why are you not talking? Why are you not answering me? Has the cat got your tongue?" I don't know why it's a cat. Why isn't it a dog? So, it just means you aren't talking. There's a reason - you don't want to. -"Has the cat got your tongue?" -"Meow" would be a good reply. The next one: If someone has a "silver" or a "smooth tongue", this means they are able to speak very well; they have a good way with words, you can also say. For example, you can say: "She is a great salesperson because of her silver tongue." If you have a silver tongue, you are able to speak to people; you can maybe sell them things; you are charismatic, which means you can talk to people, you can charm them. Do you have a silver tongue? Mine's just a normal tongue. If your tongue was silver, I'd try and steal it and sell it. No I wouldn't. Next one: "Bite your tongue". When you do this, it really hurts. Okay? You're eating: "Ow! Ow, what happened? Oh, I bit my tongue. That was stupid. Why did I...?" Okay. So, biting your tongue is actually a literal thing, but as the idiom, it means that you don't speak on purpose. So, you want to tell someone something, but you bite your tongue to prevent you from speaking. Example: "I had to bite my tongue in the meeting because if I spoke or if I said what I thought, I probably would have gotten fired." So, if you bite your tongue it's you prevent yourself from speaking, probably because you're going to say something that someone doesn't like. But don't bite your tongue; it really hurts. Bite a sandwich or something. This is good for you guys that are learning to speak English: "Slip of the tongue". Oo, that sounds a little dangerous; a little slip of the tongue. Yeah? Okay. So: "a slip of the tongue" means you make a small mistake when you speak. Oh, hey, there's an expression for this. So, guess what? When you're learning English and you're trying to speak English, even if you make a small mistake, it's okay. It's called "a slip of the tongue". We... I do this all the time. So, instead of going: "Oh my god! Wow, my English is terrible", you can say: "Ah, it was just a slip of the tongue. Sorry. I used the past tense instead of the past perfect. That's fine. It was a slip of the tongue." Sometimes you can use it like this: "Oh, I was embarrassed by my slip of the tongue." So maybe you said something that was wrong, and you felt embarrassed. But, again, you shouldn't feel embarrassed; it's just a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone. No one's perfect. No, no one. This is interesting, too, for you guys: "mother tongue". So, what? Why is my mother here? Mom? Your mother tongue, this makes sense. Your "mother tongue" is your native language. So, for example, if you're from France, you could say: "French is my mother tongue." […]
Sound more natural in English: CHA, CHA, CHA! Sound more natural in English: CHA, CHA, CHA!
10 months ago En
Learn how we smash some words in English together, making a “CHA” sound. If you try to say these words the way they are written, you will sound unnatural or extremely formal. You need to learn how native English speakers collapse sounds and words in everyday speech. We don’t spell these phrases with “cha”, but we do pronounce them that way. To help you perfect your pronunciation and sound more natural, I will teach you six instances of the “cha” sound in English in the following common phrases: get you, got you, bet you, don’t you, what are you, and want you. Learning these will help you sound more like a native English speaker, so “whatcha” waiting for? Take the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/sound-more-natural-in-english-cha ! NEXT: Watch my video on a trick you can use to pronounce vowels in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eub0Q2KzV-I TRANSCRIPT Do you like to listen to music? I like to listen to music. And a really good way to learn English is by listening to music, because it'll help you understand native speakers. This lesson will help you do two things. One, it will help you understand native speakers; and two, it will help you sound more natural when you speak. Probably the first thing that you want to do in the battle of English is to learn, first of all, listening; and then, once you understand what I'm going to teach you, then you can begin to speak like this. But it is a process. If you just begin speaking like this, it might sound strange for you, and your friends might wonder what you're doing. "Whatcha doin'? Why ya talkin' like that?" So, I'm going to teach you how we combine word or reduce words to sound more natural. I feel like I'm in a commercial. Do you want to reduce words and sound more natural? Watch this lesson. "Sound More Natural", by Ronnie. Give me money. So, basically, I've written words that end in "you"; so, we have: "get you", "got you", "bet you"-this is hard for me to say-"don't you", "what are you", "want you". But when we, as native speakers, say this, we don't say: "get you"; we say: "getcha". Try. "Getcha". As an example sentence: "I'm gonna getcha!" What's this word: "gonna"? "Gonna" is another example of a very, very common reduction. We don't say: "going to"; we say "gonna". Listen: "I am going to get you" we don't say; we say: "I'm gonna get you." Now, if your brain works like my brain, automatically you're going to think of songs and you're going to start dancing. So, yes, I will dance in this lesson. "Got you" will become "gotcha". This is funny, because "gotcha", when I was a child, is a slang word for underwear, so we would do what's called the "gotcha pull"; it means you pull someone's underwear, like a wedgie. That was a bonus, okay? You might hear people say: "I gotcha where I wantcha." This is a song. "I gotcha where I want you." So, we're saying: "I have got you where I want you." I think the police are coming and they're trying to get me. The police are saying: "Hey, Ronnie. I'm gonna getcha." No, you're not; I'm going to escape. The next one is: "bet you". We say "betcha". Do you like Pringles? They're coming closer. Hide. Hide. Do you like Pringles, the chips? I think you have Pringles in your country. In Canada, the can says: "Betcha can't eat just one." So, what they're saying is: "I bet you... I'll make you a deal that you cannot eat just one Pringles' chip." Impossible. I don't know about you, but when I eat Pringles, I don't just put one in my mouth; I probably put, like, three, or four, or five; shove them all in your mouth. What's your favourite Pringles' flavour? I don't have a favourite flavour. And I wonder what different Pringles' flavours you have in your countries that we don't have in Canada. We have BBQ, sour cream and onion, regular... Who eats regular? I eat some regular every once in a while. "I betcha can't eat just one" means: I bet you can't. Just eat one of them. This is a really, really, really, really, really, really famous song that gets... Always gets stuck in my head. I don't like the song, but thank you, whoever wrote this stupid song. It's the Pussycat Dolls. Thank you for helping us learn English, Pussycat Dolls. "Don't you". So, the Pussycats say... Oh, no. No, I'm sor-... Oh my god, I am sorry. The Pussycat Dolls sing: "Dontcha wish your girlfriend was sexy, like me? Dontcha? Dontcha wish your girlfriend was sexy like me?" So, the song that I've written on the board is better; maybe. Yes. Everything's better than the Pussycat Dolls. "Dontcha want me baby?" Now, I don't know who sings that song, but it's a good song. Is it? So, instead of saying: "Don't you", we say: "Dontcha". "Dontcha want me baby? Dontcha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?" Please, someone kill me. I don't want to have to do this Pussycat Dolls thing again. "Dontcha". This one's fun: "What are you". So, a really big problem that everyone has when you're beginning to learn English is listening to native speakers. […]
6 Tips to INCREASE MOTIVATION & ACHIEVE GOALS 6 Tips to INCREASE MOTIVATION & ACHIEVE GOALS
10 months ago En
Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the work you need to do in school and life? You are not alone! Most students encounter obstacles that affect their motivation to succeed. In this video, we will talk about your lack of motivation in your quest to learn English. I will give you six strategies to help you reverse the negative energy in your life. We will talk about the best way to set up goals, how to get your friends and family involved in helping you, and how to train your brain to want to succeed. Don’t let life get you down. Instead, watch this lesson, and never, never, never give up! Take the quiz on this lesson: https://www.engvid.com/6-tips-to-increase-motivation-achieve-goals NEXT: Watch my video about what to say when you make a mistake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohPeGjHG21M TRANSCRIPT Never, ever give up learning English, unless maybe you don't want to - then, don't. I'm not here to tell you what to do, but I mean... Blah. But my name is Ronnie, and I'm going to tell you what not to do. I'm going to give you some guidelines and I'm going to give you some help, because you probably need it. I know I do. I need help. Geez, do I ever. That's another topic we're not getting into right now, though. But what I want you to understand is that: Don't give up. Okay? Keep on learning, keep on trying, and I know it's difficult. I know English is crazy. I don't know how I speak it so well; maybe I don't. But if you have a goal-not only learning English-and you're not motivated, guess what? You're not going to achieve your goal. So, I'm teaching you English, but you can use this for anything. This lesson is: "Don't Give Up" and achieve your goal. Why? Why do we give up? What...? What happens? We... At first, we're very determined. We have an expression "gung-ho". "I'm gung-ho to do this", which means you're excited to do it and you're determined to do something, like learn English, but then something happens and you give up. So, all of the time that you spent, all of the money you spent, all of the hours of watching all of the wonderful videos on www.engvid.com - done; gone. Why? What happened? I don't know, but there's some research that's been done, and it's that: Why do we give up? The reason is because we make mistakes, and then we... We feel bad or we feel stupid, and then we give up because our emotions take over. Instead of our brain being smart, our heart takes over, our emotions take over and we give up. So, maybe this should be called: "How to Train Your Brain to Overpower Your Emotions", but I didn't choose that title. "Never Give Up". Maybe you've done this - you've written down or you write down your goals. Okay? So: "I'm going to be a fluent English speaker within three minutes." Sorry, that's not going to happen, but writing down your goals will give you something, like a guideline, to follow. So, make a list. Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking: "Ronnie, I've made the list. I've... I've written down my goals, and I just can't follow them." Me too. But, again, we're going to think of how you can actually follow this list. You have the list, you've written the list - now we have to follow it. So, what you should do is make whatever you're going to do fun. Learning English - make it fun. Watch videos. Do you like comic books? Read English comic books. Do you like music like I do? Listen to music in English. Do you like reading? Reading English books are difficult-they're long-but if you like doing it, do it. Who cares what anyone else says? If you don't like reading books, like I don't like reading books - don't read a book. That's boring. If you love movies, watch a movie. Make sure that what you're doing is fun, because if it's not fun, you're going to lose interest and your brain is going to go: "This is boring", and then you're on your phone. Okay? So, make it fun and also make short tasks. If you have too much work, you're going to get overwhelmed. "Overwhelmed" means you think or you know there's too much to do. So, you break it down or you divide it into short tasks or jobs. So, maybe you're going to learn the verbs in English. There's so many of them. There's 42; maybe more. What you're going to do is: Don't try to learn all of the verbs; try to learn patterns of the verbs. Try to break them down, and every day, little by little, do some work. If you look at it like doing it all at once, it'll never happen. Let's take this out of the context of learning English. Let's say that you have a lot of things to do in one day - maybe you have to do your laundry, and then you have to clean your apartment-uh-oh, this is my list-and then you've got to take your dog for a walk, and then you've got to eat something-oh my god-and then you've got to have a shower, and wash your hair, and then... Oh, and then you have to go out, and then you've got to get dressed, and then you've got to... Oh my. […]
10 Phrasal Verbs with CHECK: check in, check out, check for... 10 Phrasal Verbs with CHECK: check in, check out, check for...
11 months ago En
When you add a preposition to a verb, you get a phrasal verb, which allows you to express much more than with just the verb itself. In this lesson, I will teach you ten phrasal verbs that use the verb “check”. Examples include “check in”, “check out”, “check for”, “check with”, and more. Some of these have several meanings, too. If you’ve ever wondered why we “check in” at a hotel but “check into” a hospital, this lesson is for you. Check this lesson off your list, and then practice all these phrasal verbs by doing the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/10-check-phrasal-verbs/ . TRANSCRIPT And I'm back with the torture of phrasal verbs. I know everyone hates phrasal verbs; I hate them, too, because there're so many of them. They're confusing, but cool; I'm going to teach them to you. My name's Ronnie, and I am going to make you check out this lesson. So, today's lesson is phrasal verbs of "check". So, we have, first of all, the construction of a phrasal verb. A phrasal verb is a verb with a preposition, or two prepositions just to make it fancy. A preposition you think of as placement; up, out, in, for, off, into, blah, blah, blah. So, these are what make English very confusing, and people look at the sky, like: "Check up. Why am I up? No. Down. No." So, if you... For example, if you "check up on someone", this means that you want to make sure that they are okay or that they're not doing something bad. So, you will hear this a lot in movies where the teenager will say: "Mom, are you checking up on me"? "Mom, are you checking up on me?" this means someone is concerned about what you are doing. Like I said, maybe you're doing something bad or maybe you're sick, so someone will come check up on you to make sure you are okay. So, we have two meanings; one's good, one's bad. If you "check out"... You maybe have heard this in a hotel; you might see: "Check-out time". But, as a phrasal verb, "check out" means you physically leave the hotel. Also, if you go shopping and you're ready to pay for something, you can check out, which means you pay at a store. In a supermarket, there's a check-out... Check-out, girl. There's a sort of check-out area; that's a noun. So: "I'm going to check out" we can also use. The opposite for "check out" is "check in". So, when you enter the hotel, you're going to confirm a reservation. Also, if you're going on an airplane-I want to go on an airplane-you go to the counter and you check in, so you confirm your reservation on an airplane, or you confirm or you get a hotel room. If you "check for something", you're going to search or you're going to examine something for... To make sure it's there or not there. A common problem we have with children around the world... I remember when I was in elementary school, we all had to get checked for lice. Lice are little bugs that live in people's hair. So, we had to get checked, so: "We checked for lice." So, the nurse came in and looked at everyone's head, made sure you had no bugs roaming around. I didn't have lice. Yes. Cool. Have you ever had lice? It's cool; you just get some shampoo; everything's good. Don't tell anyone. It's kind of... Maybe you won't have any friends if you have lice. So, we checked for lice. "Check off" is, like, a checkmark. So, a checkmark is this, and you check something off a list. So, you can make... For example: "I checked off another point on my list." Maybe you have a bucket list. A bucket list are... Is a list of things you would like to do, like: "I want to skydive." So, you skydive, you come back, and you... You check off skydiving on your list. Have you gone skydiving before? I haven't. I'd like to. We can also "check into"-which is different from "check in"-a hospital. Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking: "Ronnie, why do we check in on an airplane, but we check into a hospital?" I don't know. Okay? I didn't make these stupid phrasal verbs; I'm just teaching them to you, so I don't know. Maybe get in your time machine, go back in time and change it, or ask someone in your magical time machine, because I don't know. But you check into a hotel. As an example, if you use the future: "We will check him into the hospital." Not hotel. It's certainly not a hotel. If you check your luggage through, this sometimes can be a little bit troublesome because this is how luggage gets lost most of the time. So, imagine you are flying from destination A, then you have a stopover in destination B, and your final destination is C. So, the airline company says: "Guess what? We will check your luggage through to your final destination of C." Yay. So, you go on your merry way, you go to your transfer point in B, and by the time you get to your final destination at point C, you're waiting for your luggage. Oh, no, you're the last person. There's no luggage. […]
My secret English vowel pronunciation trick! My secret English vowel pronunciation trick!
2 years ago En
How do you know if a word in English is pronounced with the long vowel sound or the short vowel sound? For example, “cut” and “cute” are pronounced differently, but which one has the long u sound? It may seem obvious with a short, familiar word, but what if you encounter a new word that you have never seen before? There is a quick an easy trick I have found that will give you the right answer most of the time. Watch this lesson to learn one pronunciation trick that will change your life! Then take the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/long-short-vowels-pronunciation-trick/ . WATCH NEXT: 1. TURN NOUNS & VERBS INTO ADJECTIVES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSXHFAAM_xU&t=0s&list=PLpLRk365gbPb1TnZNvDIuXP3tDeIcu8kB&index=51 2. HOW TO PRONOUNCE J & Y IN ENGLISH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdk1UBDsgNQ&t=0s&list=PLpLRk365gbPb1TnZNvDIuXP3tDeIcu8kB&index=60 TRANSCRIPT Buh-clue. Hi. I'm Ronnie. I have something that... Oh my god, this is amazing. Honestly, this lesson will change your life. It changed my life when my good friend, Leaf, told me about this. Leaf, thank you; grammar god, you are pronunciation god - Leaf. Awesome. So, I've been trying to figure this out for ages, years, maybe 100 years because I'm a vampire, and I got it. Thank you. Are you confused about the pronunciation of vowels in English? So, for example, we have a long vowel sound, and a long vowel sound means that the vowel sounds like its alphabet name. So, for example: "a". But in English, we also have: "aw" and "a". Different ways to pronounce the vowels. One of them is a long vowel sound, so "a" is pronounced like "a". Then we also have a short vowel sound where "a" is going to be pronounced like: "ah". And how do you know when you read a new word to say it like "a" or "ah"? I have the answer. Oh, it's amazing. I... Okay, I get really excited about things a little bit too much; but this, I'm just super excited about it. And I want to teach you this - and, geez, it's going to change the way that you read things, the way that you learn English. So, give me some money or something. Just, enjoy. Listen. It's amazing. So, we have some guidelines. Now, I want to make perfectly clear that people like to say "grammar rules", and Ronnie hates rules. I'm Ronnie. I do not like rules because they're made to be broken; and in English, there's always exceptions to rules. So, you study a rule and you learn it, and then you go: "Oh", but no - sorry; that's an exception. And then you say: "Why?" Maybe you ask someone, maybe you ask your teacher: "Teacher, why?" and the teacher goes: "I don't know." So, please think of these as only guidelines; life-changing guidelines, though. Okay? I'm telling you. So, we have words that have two vowels. Okay? So: "a", "e", "i", "o", "u", and sometimes "y" are vowels. But this is our guideline: If in the word you have two vowels, the first... Oh, I'm sorry. The first vowel sound... The first vowel in the word is going to sound like its alphabet name or it's going to sound like a long vowel sound. The second vowel, it's silent; we don't even say the second vowel. Crazy. So, in English, if there's an "e" at the end of the word - we don't say it. In all of the other languages of the world, we say all the vowels; but English, oh no. The "e" is silent; we don't say that. So, if you have two vowels in the word, for example: "a" and "e", we're going to say the first vowel like it sounds like in the alphabet, so "a". We're going to say: "ba", and we do not say: "bak-e"; we say "bake". So, the first vowel is going to sound like the alphabet: "bake". What about this one? We don't say: "fah-me", like "ah"; we say: "fame". And, again, we don't say the last vowel in the word. So, this works with two-vowel words. The "a" we pronounce like an "a", and the "e" or the second vowel is silent. One more time the rule; it's life-changing. The first vowel sounds like its alphabet name, the second vowel is silent; we don't say it. Let's try this again. So, this is "a". The next letter. What's this vowel sound or what's this sound in the English alphabet? "A", "e". So, we say: "these". We don't say: "the-se", "the-se". "Look at the-se. Look at these." So, again, we're going to say the "e" like an "e", and the second "e" is silent. This is amazing. Woo-hoo. This word. So, you look: "dre-am". "I had an amazing dre-am last night; I was flying." But it's actually just a dream. So, one vowel we're going to say "e", the second vowel is silent. So, we don't say: "dre-am"; we say: "dream". "I had a dream." Did you have a dream last night or now? Are you imagining this? No. No, no, no. This is real. Get back into this. It's amazing. Let's see with this letter. What letter is this? Now, this is hard for you guys because in your languages maybe this is "uh" and this is "e", but in English, this is "i". So, watch this trick. Put an eye-woo-hoo-on your "i". […]
Which gym animal are you? Which gym animal are you?
2 years ago En
Today, on EngVid Animal Planet, we are tracking the animals that live at the gym. You might have seen some of them. Some groan and moan by the free weights, and some burrow in the yoga mats. Some hoard all the equipment in their struggle for survival. But none comes close to the king of the jungle, the top of the food chain, who proudly wears the latest sporty gear to pose for Instagram selfies. Discover the wild world of gym animals with Ronnie, your safari guide for today's culture & vocabulary lesson. Take the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/what-gym-animal-are-you/ TRANSCRIPT Hi. I'm Ronnie. Do you go to the gym? Did you know that at the gym there are different animals that are there? You think we're all humans, but I don't know what happens - as soon as you go to the gym, all of a sudden these different animals come out and start doing crazy animal things. This lesson is especially for Carol; thanks for all your help. Love you, girl. This is for you. What kind of animal are you at the gym? The most popular animal that you can see at the gym or what kinda animal... Now, "kinda" is how we say "kind of". We never say: "kind of"; we say: "kinda". So, what kind of animal are you? The most popular is the rat. You will hear this expression a lot. People will say: "He's a gym rat." or "She's a gym rat." This just means that they are always at the gym. So, when you go there, you always see these people. I'm not too sure why it's a rat, because rats are kind of dirty, they're not very strong, they have long tails, and they live in a sewer - which is very different from a gym, but I didn't make these up. Yes, I did, but I didn't make up the rat part. So, are you a gym rat? Or are you more of a gorilla? So, gentlemen, it seems that when you go to the gym you all of a sudden like to make noises, like this: "Ah! Ah! Ahh! Ugh!" This is called "grunting". "Ugh!" Sometimes I wonder what guys are doing in the other part of the gym. So, a gorilla is a big, hairy animal-[grunts]-that make a lot of noises, like this. So, in English, we have a word called "grunt", and grunt is like: "Hu, hu". We also have a word called "moan". Now, "moan" can be quite sexual. This gets Ronnie wondering what exactly the men are doing. Moaning is like: "Unh. Unh." Are you lifting weights, sir, or are you lifting something else? Mm-hmm. So, there is a big hairy gorilla that grunts and moans. Ugh. Next up we have the proud peacock. The peacock is a kind of guy or girl who loves to walk around the gym, and show off their body. So maybe they're guys kissing their muscles, or girls that are combing their hair. So, we have an expression called "strut". "To strut" means you walk like you're very sexy. Not like a gorilla, but you're walking and you're hoping that everyone in the gym is looking at you. So, "strutting" is to walk very sexily in the gym. It's so sweaty and disgusting there. What are you doing? Just do your workout. Walk down the street. Strut down the street - that's better. Peacocks also like to show off their feathers. So maybe they have beautiful muscles, like I said, or maybe they have a beautiful bottom, which means bum. They like to show it off and wave it in your face when you're doing... When you're working out. I don't want your bum in my face, thank you. As much as I think it's nice, I really don't want your arse in my face. Also, the male peacock tries to intimidate other males, so they... It's not only a male/female thing, but men might go around and try to flex their muscles more than the other guys, especially if a girl walks by; or they will count extra reps. "Reps" means repetitions. So, instead of doing: "One, two", they're like: "200. Ugh. Ah. 299." You just did 100 within one count. These peacocks, watch out for them. They do have beautiful tails, though; one can't help but look. The next one, one of my favourites, is the monkey. The wee monkey. What are you doing, wee monkey? The monkey is my favourite. If you've ever gone to a gym and used the equipment, which is like weights or machines, there's a proper way to do it. Okay? There's a little picture. So, it's like: "Sit down, put your leg here and your arm here, and do this." So, the person decides to get in upside down and their legs are where their arms should be, and they're just doing... And: What are you doing? So these are monkeys. Monkeys are silly; they're playing around, and they're basically doing the exercises-the machines-the wrong way. Getting results? I don't know. Maybe they get an extra banana in their protein shake after they've done this. But monkeys are just there to play around. They're fun. Aw, aren't they cute? Get off of the machine, you monkey. Next one: Squirrel. You know what a squirrel is? Do you have squirrels in your country? We have lots of squirrels in Canada, and squirrels basically, what they do by nature is they go around and they collect all the nuts, and then they hide them so nobody else gets their nuts. […]
PRONUNCIATION of English Words with an -ON Ending PRONUNCIATION of English Words with an -ON Ending
2 years ago En
"Bacon", "salmon", "luncheon", "fusion", and "pigeon" all have an -on ending in common. But just by looking at these words, you cannot guess their pronunciation. That's why I have put together a list of over 20 words that end in -on whose pronunciations are not obvious. In this lesson, I will teach you how to pronounce all these words, and I will give you a phonetic spelling for each. It will also be a good vocabulary review since I will tell you what each word means. It's important to pronounce -on words correctly if you want to be properly understood by native speakers. https://www.engvid.com/pronunciation-on-ending/ TRANSCRIPT Good afternoon. Good morning. My name's Ronnie. I'm going to teach you how to... Get focus on the camera, okay? I'm going to teach you some very important pronunciation. Pronunciation, pronunciation. And the point of me teaching you this is-magic-how to sound more natural when you speak English. So, you understand; you know that pronunciation in English, I think is the most difficult because it's just crazy, isn't it? You see a word written, but the way that it's actually said is completely different. We have silent letters; we have letters that make a whole new word, a whole new sound. So, let me teach you something that will help you, and it's all about one of my favourite things in the word: Food. Who likes food? I like food. Food is essential for living, so this lesson is essential for you. I hope you're not hungry; maybe you will be after this. So, our first word is: "bacon". Right? "Bay-kin", not: "bacon"? No. Check this out. "Bacon". "Bay-kin", "bacon", "bay-kin". What is going on, Ronnie? What's going on is the... All of these words that I've written on the board actually end in "ion" or "on", but we pronounce them like: "in". So, we don't say: "bacon"-unless you're a French Canadian-we say: "bay-kin". So, if I was to write this phonetically, which means how it sounds, I would write: "bay-kin". Bacon is delicious. It's got a lot of fat, a lot of calories - that's what makes it so tasty. It comes from a pig, and it's the tummy of a pig. Pig tummy. Delicious bacon. Bacon. Bacon. So, next one. This is a crazy one as well because we have a silent "l", and as our lesson will follow, we don't say: "mon", we say: "min". So, this word-it's a fish and the inside of the fish is orange or pink-is called not: "salmon"; it's actually called: "samin". So, it looks like "salmon", but it's "samin". So, so far we have: "bacon" and "salmon". Next, it's a vegetable. It smells bad; it makes you cry, if you cut it. And this is not: "onion"; it's actually: "un-yin". So you want to say: "onion", but we're like: "No. I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, we're going to say: 'un-yin'." Oh, that's just crazy. Bear with, okay? It gets more fun. The next one is: "lemin", not: "lemon"; "lemin". This is actually a little more easier. Now, the other thing that you guys have to be aware of is "lemon" is yellow, and it's big. Okay? In a lot of your countries, you say: "leemon", and "leemon" actually in English we call "lime". Uh-oh. So, a lemon is big and yellow; and a lime-which is actually the spelling; it's pretty cool-is actually small and green. So, in your language, maybe you mix those up. But never fear. Lemons are yellow; limes are green. Another delicious fruit is a "melon". Not: "melon"; "melin". And in the world we have many different kinds of melon; we have watermelon that has nothing to do with water, and we have muskmelon, dew melon, honeydew melon, queen melon, king melon - so many melons; we're not going to get into them. But the pronunciation is: "melin", not "melon". Another thing that we have that you probably maybe have never seen this word before, it's called "mutton". Mitten? Don't eat the mittens. "Mutton". "Mutton" is basically a sheep. So, maybe you have heard of the word "lamb". "Oh, Ronnie, you forgot the 'b': 'lamb'." It's not "lam-b"; it's "lam". So, basically: "lamb" and "mutton" are the same thing; they're both sheep. The difference is a lamb is a baby sheep, and a mutton is an older sheep; a teenager. So, you're eating the teenager or you're eating the baby. Do you eat babies? Do you eat baby lamb? Do you eat baby sheep? Cool. Do you eat "lye-in"? Not: "lion". It should be. Look at: "li-on". Oh, no, in English - no. I'm sorry, we say: "lye-in". "Lion". Have you ever eaten lion? Me neither. I would. I think they're beautiful, but I would eat them. Damn, I would eat anything, really. Maybe anything. The next one. Maybe you guys are confused about why I have "lion" written on the board - it was a joke. But the next one is not a joke at all. And this word, it looks like: "pig-eon". And you say: "Ronnie, is that a pig?" and I say: "No. A 'pigeon' is a bird." Okay? A lot of people don't like pigeons; they think that they're dirty... Or all birds are dirty; all animals are dirty. […]
♥ ♥ ♥ 16 Common English LOVE Expressions ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 16 Common English LOVE Expressions ♥ ♥ ♥
2 years ago En
If you like someone, you might want to let that person know. Or maybe you are already in a relationship and want to talk about it with your friends. To help you express yourself, watch this lesson all about expressions and slang to do with love and relationships. I will teach you sayings like "have a crush on someone", "play hard to get", "hook up", "tie the knot", and more. These are commonly used expressions by native English speakers. Be sure to watch because I will also give you my advice on good and bad behavior in dating. BEHAVE YOURSELVES or Ronnie will get mad! Take the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/16-common-english-expressions-love-relationships/ TRANSCRIPT Hi. Sending out love to all the corners of the world. This lesson is about expressions-some of them slang-about love and relationships in English. Love to everyone out there; thank you. My name's Ronnie and I'm going to teach you some slang. I'm going to teach you some expressions that we use all the time. Maybe you know the first one: "crush" from Instagram. So, recently I've been seeing a lot of Instagram pictures, and people will put, especially in another language: "crush". Do you know what that word means? Literally it means that you: "Arrr", you squish someone. Don't do that. But when we use it in slang in English: "to have a crush on someone", it means you like them. Maybe when you see them, you get a little nervous and you get... Your stomach feels funny, and you can't talk. "Oh my god. I'm going insane." Or... Or... Or... Or you get: "[Hyperventilates]. Oh my god". So: "to have a crush on someone" means you like them. Now, if you are lucky, the person that you have a crush on has a crush on you as well. So, they like you, too. Now, if you're not lucky, then... Yeah, you just go home and cry in your big pillow, I guess. I don't know what you do. Hang out with your friends. Study English, yeah, that's what you do. Oh, don't do that. So, the next one: "hit it off". So, "hit". "This is so violent, Ronnie, what is happening?" If... You're not actually going to hit the per-... Please do not ever hit a person. If you "hit it off with someone" it means that you and your crush, or you and your... The person that you're dating really, really, really like each other. You actually enjoy what the person is saying, and you don't find them that strange; although they might be very strange. But "to hit it off" means right away you know that you would like to see the person again. Oo. Also, we have another expression that means the same thing: "to get on like a house on fire". So, you're thinking: "Oh, wow, okay, my house is on fire, Ronnie... This... This is... How can this be good now?" First of all you're hitting people, and now your house is on fire, but actually "to get on like a house on fire", again, means the same - is you have a really, really good beginning relationship with the person. So, I guess the house being on fire means it burns quickly, like the flames of love. So, both of these expressions: "hit it off" and "get on like a house on fire", these are very good expressions and it means that you're doing something right. Okay? The person hasn't run away yet. Wait til number seven. So, the next thing that might happen is maybe you go on a date with someone, and you like them and they like you - you hit it off, but then they don't text you or you don't text them because you're playing a wee game, and the game is called "hard to get". So, if somebody plays hard to get, it means that they don't tell the person exactly how they feel about them, or instead of texting them right away, they wait one hour for the text, or two hours. "Why didn't he text me back? Oh my god", and you check your phone. "Is it working? Is it...? Hello? Mom? Oh, Mom, no." So, if somebody's playing hard to get, it means they're not responding to you right away, and they're kind of playing a game with you. They're waiting to see how you will respond to them. So, playing hard to get, it's a game - be careful when you play games with people, because I don't know, I don't think it's cool at all; unless it's chess. I really like chess. Do you want to play chess with me? I lost my chess buddy. Next one. Maybe you hit it off with the person, and they play hard to get a little bit, and maybe you get them, but it was just a "fling" or a "one-night stand". But you're actually not standing. Well, you could; depends on your style. So: "have a fling" means you have a short romance-or sex-with someone. It's not a relationship, but it could be very intense love or it could be just a one-night stand. A "one-night stand" means basically you are with the person for one night. And when I say: "with the person", you're not playing chess; you're actually having sex. So, to have sex with a person for one night and never see them again or never call them again is called a one-night stand. […]
English Grammar: MUST & HAVE TO English Grammar: MUST & HAVE TO
2 years ago En
Do we say "I must do my homework" or "I have to do my homework"? In English, we use "must" and "have to" to express a strong rule or law. In this grammar lesson, I will teach you about the modal verbs "must" and "have to" in both their negative and positive forms. In the positive form, their function is the same, but their subject-verb agreement is different. In the negative form, we use "don't have to" to talk about options or advice. You must watch the video to get the full explanation with examples. You don't have to do the quiz, but I strongly recommend you do: https://www.engvid.com/english-grammar-must-have-to/ #engvid #LearnEnglish #EnglishGrammar Next, watch this video about a very common mistake in English, forgetting to use the 's': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf861z0MuMc&index=45&list=PLpLRk365gbPaY0U_9zYYRY5JmStMZ9NSI TRANSCRIPT You must watch this lesson. You just have to watch this lesson. It's really important, because it'll help you, and it's confusing in English. Actually, you don't have to watch this lesson, if you don't want to; it's your choice, but you've already clicked on it, so let's continue. I'm going to explain to you two modal verbs that are really confusing in English because the positive and the negative have different meanings. Let's start with the first one and the easiest one. You guys have learned this, I'm sure before, if you studied grammar; or if you haven't studied grammar, you guys maybe have even heard about this. It's confusing. So, what I'm going to teach you today is the difference between the modals: "must" and "have to". In the positive, "must" and "have to" have the exact same meaning or the exact same function. When we use this grammar... It's grammar. When we use this grammar, "must" you can think about it like a law or a rule. Okay? Something that is very, very, very important; basically, if you don't do it, there will be bad things that will happen. So: "must" and "have to" we both use for very strong rules or laws. So, I want you to think about in your daily life. Or I'll give you an example of travelling. So you're going to get on an airplane, so you go to the airport. What are some things you must have to get on the airplane? One, you must have-or you have to have-an airplane ticket. If you don't have an airplane ticket, you're not going to get on that airplane, so you buy one. The second thing that you must have-or you have to have-is a passport or some kind of legal ID; depending on where you are travelling to. If you're flying internationally to a different country, you definitely have to have-or must have-a passport. It's important to have money. You must have some money, or you have to have some money. How are you going to live? How are you...? You got money. Okay. So: "must" and "have to" in the positive form are exactly the same. I don't care what anyone else has told you before; I don't care what your grammar books tell you; I don't care what your mom tells you - "must" and "have to" in the positive are completely equal. We don't make a difference. You have to do this or you must do this - the ending is the same. It's a rule or a law; if you don't do it, there's going to be some problems or you just won't be accepted. Can you think of an example in your life that you have rule or a law that you must or have to do? Good. Okay. Let's look at also the grammar of "have to". So, "must" is very easy. It's going to be subject plus "must" plus your base verb. This is called a modal verb, which is "must". So, for example: Subject plus "must" plus your base verb. "I must have a ticket to get on that airplane." If I don't have a ticket, I can't get on the airplane. But when we use "have to", we have to be very, very careful or we must be careful with our subject and our verb agreement. So, if you have: "He", "She" or "It", we have to say: "has to"; but if you use: "I", "We", "They", or "You", we have to say or we must say: "have to". So: "It has to be great.", "We have to go now; it's very important." So, be careful with our grammar. The "must" one is easier. So, if you're deciding on which one you like better - choose "must" because you don't have to worry about the subject and the verb agreement. But again, they are not different. "Must" and "have to" are exactly the same. The structure is different, but the function or the way we use it is exactly the same. You choose which one you like the most. The negative of "must not" is basically telling us a rule in the negative. For example, you can say: "On the airplane, you must not smoke." This is a very, very strict law or rule on any airplane in any country of the world that smoking is prohibited; you can't do it. If you do it, you will get arrested which means you'll go to jail. I don't know if you go to jail, but definitely the police will come and you have to pay a lot of money, so don't do it. […]
Culture & Vocabulary: Major religions of the world Culture & Vocabulary: Major religions of the world
2 years ago En
Learn about the major religions of the world. I will teach you about the beliefs and practices of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. These are the four religions in the world with the most followers. We will talk about the history, prophets, rituals, gods, differences, and similarities between all of these religions. You will not only learn about major world cultures, but we will also look at plenty of English vocabulary related to religions. Bonus: I will share with you my own religious beliefs. This lesson is meant for educational purposes, not debate. So watch with an open mind, and then do the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/culture-vocabulary-major-religions/ to see how much of the material you understood and remember. TRANSCRIPT Hi, guys. I got a secret to tell ya. Do you have a religion? Yeah? Most people do. I don't. I am what is called "agnostic". "Agnostic" means I do not believe in a god. Do you want to turn the video off because you're offended by my religious views? Go ahead, but you're going to miss a great lesson on religion. My whole point of this educational video, if you will, is to preach tolerance. Because guess what? You have a religion, I have a religion-no I don't-and other people will have a different religion than you, especially when you're travelling. So, let's say that you leave your beautiful house and your beautiful country, and you come to another country. Guess what? There are going to be people that don't have the same religion as you, and you get to respect them, and hopefully they get to respect you. Unfortunately, the world has kind of turned against us. Thank you, media, for making all religions a point of war; which it shouldn't be, because most religions should teach love. Oh. Where did that go wrong? So, what I want you guys to understand is that I don't have a religion, I don't want to have a religion, and it's my choice; as is it's your choice to have your religion. But respect goes a far way. So, let's dive right into religion. What is it? The cool thing is when I was researching this is the dictionary didn't really have a distinct definition of "religion", but it said this - it said: "Religion is a cultural system of designated behaviours"-so how you act in your culture-"practices"-so things that you do; no matter what your religion is-"and world views". So, this means how religion sees other issues in the world. You with me so far? So, religion has nothing so far to do with anything that is violent or bad; it has to do with someone's opinion of a culture. We have two words to start off. The first one is "atheism". "Atheism" means that you do not believe in a god; nothing. There's no god that exists. It's kind of close to "agnosticism", which I told you that I was. "Agnosticism" means that you have no proof that god exists, or any gods exist. So I teeter-totter between being atheist and being agnostic, but I don't have a religion. I think religions are amazing, but "atheism" is a belief that god doesn't exist, and "agnosticism" is a belief that: "I don't know yet, so don't ask me my question. I haven't decided." What I've done is I've written down the four top-and by no means best-religions of the world. In our crazy world we have 10,000 different distinct religions. 10,000. But over 85% of the population are in the top four religions. Now, statistics: I don't believe them, so when I tell you percentages and stuff, it's clearly all from the internet and I don't believe half of it; but let's see if you do. Apparently the biggest population in the world, 2.4 billion or 33% of the population are apparently "Christian". Okay? Apparently this involves people who are atheist and agnostic. So that's statistic is blown out of the water right away, but Christianity is supposed to be the religion with the most followers. So, first word to learn is: "monotheistic". "Mono" means one, and "theistic" means God. So, Christianity is a religion with one god, and his/her... His/her... God's name is God. Is God a him or a her? What do you think? Yeah, you don't know, do you? Okay. So, this... Christianity is based on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Okay? We like to shorten his name and just call him "Jesus". And Christians believe that Jesus was the son of God. He was born to a virgin... What? In a manger. That doesn't make sense, scientifically; don't tell my mom that. The holy book that Christians use is called a "Bible" or "Gospel", so this is where all of the teachings of Jesus Christ are written. People who practice Christianity are called "Christians". And the important thing that you guys have to realize is that if you are Catholic, you are Christian; if you are Protestant, you are Christian; if you are Eastern Orthodox-these are the top three-you are also Christian. So you have to be careful. You can't say to someone: "Oh, well I'm Catholic, but I'm not Christian." […]
WISH & HOPE: What's the difference? WISH & HOPE: What's the difference?
2 years ago En
In your language, the verbs "hope" and "wish" might be very similar or the same. However, in English, they are used in different ways. To clear up the confusion between the two verbs, watch this lesson on "hope" and "wish". I will teach you their definitions and how to use them with proper grammar. I'll show you how to combine these two verbs with the simple past and past present to talk about your goals and dreams. So don't just wish you understood; watch the video to make it happen, then take the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-wish-hope/ to test yourself! TRANSCRIPT I have a dream. I had a dream. I have a wish. I have a hope. I'm going to teach you the difference between two words in English that are confusing, probably be... Because in your language, the words are very similar; if not, used the same. Portuguese, for example. These words are: "wish" versus "hope". Dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh. The challenge is to figure out how they're different. So, "wish" and "hope" are both verbs, and they're actually both regular verbs, so: "I wished" and "I hoped". And they both mean that you want or you desire something. So, you think: "Wow, okay. Well, in my language, oh, we use them the same. Oh, maybe they're a little bit different. I don't know. How are they different?" Let me tell you. In English, if you can remember this: "wish" is for stars. So we have a common expression that: "When you wish upon a star". A star, I don't mean a Hollywood actor or actress; I mean the beautiful twinkly things in the sky are called stars. So, we usually wish upon a star. We think: "Wow. I wish I had a million, trillion thousand dollars." Yeah. And the star goes: "I don't care. I'm a star. I can't get you anything." But the reason why this is a wish is because it's unreal. You want 10 billion dollars. Well, guess what? It's near impossible that you're going to get that, unless you work hard or rob a bank. If you'd like to rob a bank, please give me some money; just as a little, like, donation - that would be fine. "Hope" is for dreamers. So, do you have a dream? Maybe you would like to learn English. You're on the right track. Maybe your dream is to travel; that's my dream. Maybe your dream is to achieve your goal. So, if you can remember this: A "wish" is for a star, which means it's unreal; it's not going to happen. And "hope" is for dreamers - this is real; with some effort, you can achieve your goal. So, "wish" is for stars; "hope" is for dreamers. And we have another very important function of "wish". It's grammar, but that's okay; you're good. We can use "wish" for unreal things that you want, but depending on the verb, it'll tell us what time period you are talking about. So, if you wish you had something or you want something right now... Maybe you are... Were... Maybe you're playing basketball and you're watching this lesson. Let's say you're playing basketball, and you're like: "Wow. I wish I were taller." Unfortunately, you cannot be taller just like this. I think there are pretty invasive surgeries you could have to elongate your legs, but it's just not going to happen; I'm sorry. Or maybe you go: "Wow! I wish I could speak English fluently." Yeah, me too. But the only way you could do that is you practice, so that's not unachievable, but it's near impossible; even for me. "I wish I had"... So this is famous, like: "I wish I had 10 million dollars." Yeah, you don't; sorry. "I wish I knew". I wish I knew famous people, then I could go to their house, we could hang out, have some food, go in their swimming pool. It'd be fun. But guess what? I'm sorry, you don't. So these things are something that you want now. We're going to use simple past as a verb, so the structure: Subject "wish", subject, simple past verb and a noun or an adjective, like "taller". Okay? It's something that you want to have now, but you probably won't get it. Ha-ha. Dreams are shattered. If it's something that you thought about in the past, in English we would call it a mistake or a regret. So: "mistake" or "regret" means something that you did or didn't do in the past, and now you think: "Uh-oh. I..." or "she"; you can use different subjects. "She wishes... She wishes she hadn't eaten all of the chocolate", because now her tummy hurts. So she wishes that in the past she hadn't have done something. Okay? With this grammar, you're going to use the past perfect. Past perfect is either: "had" or "hadn't" plus pp. "Pp" in English grammar means the past participle. And the past participle is difficult to learn, but you can do it. So, I can say: "Oh. He wishes he had bought a different car." But he didn't. He bought this car, but he's like: "Oh, damn! I should have bought the other car." Sorry, you've made a mistake or you've made a regret. So, when we use the past perfect with "wish", which is "had" or "hadn't" plus the past participle, it's a mistake in the past. […]
Learn English Grammar: Superlative Adjectives Learn English Grammar: Superlative Adjectives
2 years ago En
Superlatives are the ultimate adjectives. They are used to express the supreme form of an adjective. For example, "the best" and "the most beautiful" are both superlative adjectives. Whether we use "the most" or the ending "-est" depends on the adjective itself. In this English grammar lesson, I will teach you the rules that apply to superlatives. There are, however, some exceptions to the rules that you need to know. Don't make the mistake of saying "the bestest" or "the most beautifulest". Watch this video and do the quiz to understand all the rules and their exceptions. https://www.engvid.com/english-grammar-superlative-adjectives/ TRANSCRIPT Doo-doo-doo-doo. Today I'm going to teach you about something that's super: Superlatives. Are you a bit confused about superlatives? Don't worry, I'm here to teach you. Superlatives. Now, understand I'm teaching you with adjectives, not adverbs, because that's a whole other lesson. So, superlatives as adjectives - they're the best. We don't say: "They're the goodest" for a reason. What we have to understand about superlatives are: There can be only one superlative. If you're looking at another grammar called comparative, there have to be two things to compare. For example, red and blue; purple and yellow. But with superlatives there's only one thing. And what we're telling you is that this one is number one. This one is the best. There's no other competition for this adjective. So, the way that we make superlatives, you're going to have two choices. You can either put: "the" plus your adjective plus "-est", or you can put: "the" plus "most" plus your adjective. So, how do you know which adjective will get "est" and which one will get "the most"? I'll tell you. We get to play a game. We get to do something very fun called counting syllables. First of all, we have to understand what a syllable is. A syllable is a vowel sound, or how long the word is. So, when we count syllables we have to be very careful, and we're only going to count the vowel sounds of the words; not the vowels because this gets confusing. Once we have counted the vowel sounds, we use "est" or "the most". So let's do some simple examples and I'll tell you our game. The first one: How many syllables or how many verb sounds...? Or vowel sounds do we have in the word "beautiful"? If we simply count the vowels, we've got one, two, three, four... Oo, we've got five vowels, but in English, "beautiful" is not five syllables, it's only three because if you have two or three vowels together, they're only going to make one vowel sound. So, in English, the word "beautiful" is only three syllables. "Beau-ti-ful". Okay? If we look at this word: "gentle", we don't say: "gentl-e", but because it's "le" together, this is going to make another syllable sound, so we say: "gentle". This one is two syllables, this one is three. What about this one? First of all, count the vowels. How many vowels are there? One, two. Because the vowels are separated with consonants, the vowels are not together, we can actually count these as two: "na-rrow". Two syllables. We have this word: "busy". Bzz, busy bee. "Busy", again, one syllable... Sorry, one vowel sound, one vowel sound is two. "Hungry", one and one, this is two. This one's easy, there's only one vowel, there's only one vowel sound, so it's going to be one syllable. "Happy", two vowels, two syllables. You understand? Try and do these ones. Now, be careful, in English if we have an "e" at the end of the word, we don't say it. So we don't say: "blu-e", we just say: "blue". So in this, how many syllables are there? How many vowel sounds? Two? One. So we just say: "blue", the "e" is silent. Okay? My favourite colour is two syllables: "pur-ple". Again, I told you if it ends in "le" we're going to actually put another syllable here. This is an exception to our vowel-counting rule. So we say: "purple". "Good", how many syllables? "Good" has two vowels together, but it only makes one sound. "Bad" has one. What about this one? "Lar..." We don't say in English: "larg-e", we say: "large". So, again, because the "e" is silent this only has one syllable. And a lot of people get confused, but there's only one. And this one, easy: "big". So, if you look at our words, the very first thing that we're going to do is we're going to count the syllables, we're going to count the vowel sounds. Three, two, one. Now, this is how we have to figure out: When do we use "est" and when do we use "the most"? This part is easy. If your word is small... So if your word has one syllable, it's always going to be "est". So, we say: "The bluest". "What? That's very strange. Ronnie, how can something be bluest?" Well, colour is an adjective, so you can say: "Wow, that's the bluest sky I've ever seen in my life. It's beautiful." We can use colours with this because colours are adjectives. […]
Vocabulary & Tips to SAVE MONEY Vocabulary & Tips to SAVE MONEY
2 years ago En
Are you "frugal"? Are you "cheap"? This video on money-saving tips is for you. You will learn how to save money in North America. I will reveal my secrets on how to pay less for the things you need: food, clothing, entertainment, and anything else. I'll talk about the strategies I use to avoid paying full-price for anything! You'll also learn useful English vocabulary. So stop giving away your hard-earned cash, and start penny-pinching with the tips outlined in this lesson. In life, nothing is free -- except EngVid videos and quizzes. https://www.engvid.com/vocabulary-tips-save-money/ TRANSCRIPT My name's Ronnie, and I'd like to tell you something really cool. I have an interest or a hobby, and maybe it's been passed down from generations, but maybe I've learned it myself. And this is called how to save money. So, one of the things I... One thing that I don't like is to spend a lot of money on things, but unfortunately, sometimes you have to spend money. So, if you are like me and you want to save your hard-earned cash, dinero, money, you're going to be interested in this lesson on how to save money. First of all, we have some terms that we use for people, like myself, who like to save money in their bank account. If you, again, would like to give me money, please donate at www.engvid.com and I will be the happiest person in the world, next to you, because the joy of giving money is amazing. So, you can use the word "penny-pincher". So, a long time ago we had a one-cent coin. It was called a penny, so a "penny-pincher" is someone who likes to save money, so they pinch their pennies together and they don't want to give it to people. This is a noun. You can say: "She is-Ronnie-a penny-pincher." The other word that we have is: "frugal". This is a difficult one to say. "Frugal". This is an adjective, we can say: "He is frugal", so both of these words mean you do not like to spend money. So these are positive ways to talk about this, but we also have negative ways. So, we have: "cheap", "tight", "stingy", "stingy", and "close-fisted". Now, all my friends in Brazil, hi. You guys have a really funny expression for this, you say: "cow-hand", pata de vaca, I'm not too sure how to say that in Portuguese, but I'm going to learn it. These expressions are a negative way to say someone is a penny-pincher. So, the difference between someone who is cheap and someone who is a penny-pincher is the penny-pincher will actually buy something that they need, but it will be cheaper; if somebody is cheap, or tight, or stingy, they don't buy what they need. So, as an example, we can say: "He's so cheap, he won't buy his kids new shoes." So this implies that: "Hey, Dad. Guess what? I need some new shoes", but the man is so cheap or so tight that he will not buy the shoes. So you have to be careful of these people, especially if you're going out to dinner with them, because they probably will try not to pay their portion of the bill. Cheap people, be warned. So, penny-pincher and frugal are positive; cheap, tight, stingy, and close-fisted are negative. So, tips. You want to save money? Hang out with me. I do it all the time. One of my favourite things is an app. In English pronunciation we don't say: "a-p-p", we actually say: "app" or there are "apps" that you can use to save money. My favourite one is called Flip, and it teaches me or it shows me what products are on sale at each supermarket. So, let's say I wanted to buy grapes, I would type in the search: "Grapes", and it would tell me what supermarket has the cheapest grapes that week. This is amazing for Ronnie, because what I used to do is go through the flyers of each store. So, flyers are newspapers that the grocery stores or stores give you to let you know about the sales. It's like a sale newspaper. And we get flyers delivered to our house. Most people look at them and throw them in the garbage. But not I, I would go through the flyers, determine: "Where's the cheapest place to buy eggs?" or whatever, and I would go to that store. I can save you a lot of money. And it's completely legal, which is always cool. Rule number two: Never buy anything full price. You need new shoes? Wait until they go on sale, unless you have no shoes, like this kid's dad. Never buy anything full price. Wait until it goes on sale. I guarantee you it will go on sale, and if it doesn't, then buy something that does go on sale. So I have a rule: If I want something, I will wait and wait and wait patiently until it goes on sale, and then 50% off, Ronnie's got a half-price new shirt. Woo! Oh, this might be hard for some people, the temptation of the shopping mall. Hey, if you want to save money, just don't go to the mall. This sounds a little bit logical, but what happens when you go to the mall? You see something... Or don't go to stores. […]
SLANG words using 'bug' in English SLANG words using 'bug' in English
2 years ago En
Native English speakers use the word "bug" in slang a lot. And no, it has nothing to do with insects! In this lesson, I will teach you many ways to use the word "bug" as a noun, as an adjective, and as a verb. For example, we will look at what it means when someone "bugs you" or what might be wrong if your phone is "bugged". Computers can also have "bugs". Don't get "bugged out", though, because I will explain everything in the video. To help you remember this common slang term and start using it in your own conversations, make sure you do the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/english-slang-bug/ Time to watch more slang lessons! 1. Food has body parts?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsgvWcePHtg&t=0s&index=5&list=PLpLRk365gbPaslG6vcDsKjwyoPMDctzw7 2. English Slang from the bakery?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIMHyaagJWw&list=PLpLRk365gbPaslG6vcDsKjwyoPMDctzw7&index=11&t=0s 3. PISS Slang: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O3Yb69_t9E&list=PLpLRk365gbPaslG6vcDsKjwyoPMDctzw7&index=23&t=0s TRANSCRIPT Yeah. Hi, mom. Yeah. Yup. Sorry, what'd you say? No, no, I'm making a video. Yeah. No, I got time to talk, yeah. Hold, hold... What? What's wrong? Ahh. My phone keeps on turning off and my mom... Mom, can you hear me? Hello? Hello? Hello? No, it's Ronnie. Yup, yeah, yup. Good. Nope. It's my phone. My phone's buggy. Yeah. Yeah. Uh-huh. No. Ah, ah. Aw. Does this happen to you? You're doing something on your phone or you're making a phone call, and all of a sudden your phone stops working? We've got some slang words for this. It's called "buggy". So, if you look at the board behind me, I'm going to teach you some slang. And the root word is "a bug". So you guys know... Might know one of my best friends, the lady bug, who's actually a beetle. As a noun in a dictionary, "a bug" is an insect. Do you like insects? Do you eat them? No, okay, cool. And it also can be a problem with computer. So, you can say: "I have a bug in my laptop." And you think: "Wow, there's like an insect in your laptop?" And you go: "No, silly rabbit, 'a bug' means a problem." So, if you've got a problem with a computer, maybe your tablet or your laptop or your phone, you can say: "I have a problem" or "I have a bug with my computer" or "with my phone". This always sucks, doesn't it? Then we have some verbs to use in slang time. If somebody "bugs" you, it means that they annoy you. So, if you annoy someone, you maybe poke them a lot or call their name, like: "Hey, Ronnie. Ronnie. Ronnie. Ronnie. Ronnie." Ronnie's busy, but you keep on calling my name. Don't annoy me. Don't bug me. So, you can tell the person: "Hey. Don't bug me. Leave me alone. I'm busy. Okay?" Another way that we use this in slang is when somebody gets angry at you or freaks out. So, if you get angry, you freak out, you lose your temper, so: Do you have a mom? Maybe... Or a friend who always gets crazy, you can say: "Hey. Don't be bugging on me." We also have another slang word, it's called "tripping". So it's the same thing. "Don't be tripping." It means: "Relax. Don't yell at me. Everything's fine. Don't annoy me." Don't get angry. Don't freak out. Everything's going to be cool, maybe. My phone, my phone's "buggy" -- that means that it's not working correctly, there's something wrong with my phone. So this is an adjective. I can say there's "a bug" in my phone, which would be a noun. Or if I use it as an adjective: "My phone is buggy." Do you watch spy movies or science-fiction movies? And sometimes the people might say: "I can't talk on the line, it's not secure; my phone is bugged." Hmm. This means if something is bugged that there is a microphone in it and someone is listening to your conversation. Hold on, and they're getting all of your information. So, if something is bugged, it means that they're stealing your information, usually on a phone. Then we have the phrasal verb: "bugging out". This has a lot to do with people who are on drugs. So, for example, I can say: "He was bugging out on the bus." If somebody's bugging out on the bus, they're like: "What's happening? What's happening?" They go a little crazy. You kind of think that they're crazy. It's probably just the crack that they've smoked. But if somebody's bugging out on the bus, they seem really, really crazy. So, you can say to them: "Don't bug me. He's bugging out." Another way that we use this is if something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable, you can say: "He's making me bug out." This means: He's making me feel uncomfortable. You could also say: "He's bugging me out", which means this person has a bad vibe, and it's making you feel uncomfortable. Oh, mom. Yeah. No, finished the lesson. Yeah. Bug, yeah, my phone's not bugged, mom. No, we're good. Yeah. Okay. Yeah, okay, don't... I... I'll be back. Yeah. Okay. Yup. Mm-hmm. Okay.
English Grammar: AUXILIARY VERBS – be, do, have English Grammar: AUXILIARY VERBS – be, do, have
2 years ago En
Do we say, "I am eat" or "I am eating"? What about "He didn't go" or "He didn't went"? These questions and more will be answered when you watch this English grammar lesson on auxiliary verbs. I will teach you how to use the three auxiliary verbs in English – "be", "do", and "have". We will go over each one in detail and with examples. First, you will learn how to use "be" in the passive and progressive forms in the present, past, and future. Then, we will look at "do" in the present and past simple. Last, I will teach you how to use "have" in the future, present, and past perfect. Plus, we will discuss the positive and negative use of "do" as an auxiliary verb". Whew! There's a lot of material here, so make sure you do the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/auxiliary-verbs-be-do-have/ to test your understanding. TRANSCRIPT My name's Ronnie and I'm going to teach you some grammar. It's kind of a... difficult grammar, but once you learn this overview of-dunh, dunh, dunh, dunh-"Auxiliary Verbs", English grammar is going to become easier for you, I hope. So, if you're just beginning to learn English grammar, oh, stay in there, you can do it. Yuri, this goes out to you in Salvador, Brazil. Let's keep going, man. We have three auxiliary verbs that we use in English: "be", "do", and "have". But the thing about the auxiliary verbs is that each auxiliary verb will tell us what kind of grammar we're going to use with it. So, let's look at the first one: "be". So, "be" in its form in the present tense is "am", "is", "are"; negative: "am not", "isn't", and "aren't". These are present. The past tense would be present... Or, no. The past tense in the positive is "was" and "were"; negative: "wasn't" and "weren't". So, how do we actually use this auxiliary verb? And the answer is: We use it in two forms of English grammar. The first one is progressive. So, if you have a progressive sentence, we have present progressive, past progressive, and future progressive. Every time we have a sentence in English with progressive, we know we're going to use the verb "to be". So, if our sentence is present progressive, we're going to use the present tense of the verb "to be", "is am are" with a verb with "ing". So, in English grammar, anything that's progressive or continuous is another word for the same grammar, it's always going to be an "ing" on the verb. The thing that changes and tells us the grammar is the verb "to be". Present is: "is", "am", "are", plus verb "ing", but the past, we're going to use the past tense: "was" and "were" plus verb "ing". So, progressive will always have a verb "ing". The thing that changes the tense of it is the verb "to be". We have future progressive or future continuous. In this one we're simply going to use the verb "will", so in this one we have "will be" plus verb "ing". For example: "I will be eating pizza." This tells us what's going to happen in the future. "I was eating pizza" was the past, and "I am eating pizza", something's happening now, that's present progressive. So, the progressive will always have the verb "to be", either past, present, or future, and it will always have an "ing" on the verb. Okay, cool. Let's get more complicated, okay? We have another structure in English grammar called passive. Now, passive voice basically you're taking the action from the person or the focus on the person, and we're putting it towards the activity. So, in a normal English sentence we would say: "I eat lunch", but in a passive sentence, we're taking away the subject and we're focusing on the action. So, with the passive voice we have future passive, present passive, and past passive. It goes along the same idea, is that the verb "to be" is going to tell us: Is it present? Or if it's past. When we use a passive sentence, we can only ever use the past participle of the verb, or the third step of the verb. So, passive will always be the verb "to be" plus the past participle. If it's present, it's: "is", "am", "are", plus PP, past participle. If it's past, it's "was" and "were" plus past participle. It's hard to say the past participle, so I'm going to say PP. I have to go PP. So, as an example, we say: "Lunch is eaten", present tense. "Lunch was eaten". I'm going to step away and let you check that out. Let your brain absorb it. Make some sentences using this and the verb "to be". If we used the future passive, I could say: "Lunch will be eaten", so again, when we're using the future, we use "will be", but we're going to use the past participle. Have you made some sentences? Do it now. Come on. Make some sentences. Go. Okay. So we've done the verb "to be". And hopefully it's beginning to make sense, because English grammar rarely makes sense. I'm going to make it make it make sense for you. So, the next one is the auxiliary verb "do". Now, this one's interesting because we only use it in the negative form in the simple present, or we use it in the negative simple past. […]
Learn this English slang for 2018: go-to, hit it, rock up Learn this English slang for 2018: go-to, hit it, rock up
2 years ago En
SLANG, SLANG, SLANG. I LOVE SLANG. I'm going to teach you some slang today that I hear a lot and use a lot NOW. You won't learn this from a book, because these are ways of speaking that are popular right now. You can use it in casual conversations to sound like a native English speaker. If you are not comfortable using it, at least you will understand when you hear other people saying these phrases in real life or in movies. I will teach you three slang phrases that are commonly used in English-speaking countries: "go-to", "hit it", and "rock up". After watching, make sure to rock up to the EngVid website at https://www.engvid.com/english-slang-2018-go-to-hit-it-rock-up and hit that quiz button so you can test your new knowledge. TRANSCRIPT Hi. How are you? Good. Cool. I'm Ronnie, and I'm going to teach you some slang. Probably the coolest thing in the world is to learn how to speak like a normal person, instead of reading a textbook and sounding like my grandmother. So, slang is really important and you have to use it, but there's a problem: It's really hard. Yeah. You... If you study grammar, you don't understand how you could use two verbs together and it has a completely different meaning - welcome to the world of slang. And I invite you to make up your own slang, it's fun. You can do whatever you want. But I'm going to teach you three slang terms that we use a lot, and I think they're kind of confusing for you, but once you learn this it'll be easier. So, why is slang so hard to learn? The answer is because grammatically it doesn't make sense, so I want you to take grammar and throw it out the window, and think about how you communicate with people, how people communicate with each other on an everyday basis, because guess what, ladies and gentlemen? Grammar, just don't need to study it. Just study this. So, this is a really popular phrase that I hear a lot, it's called: "go-to" plus a noun, and basically this means this would be something that you choose regularly or this is your regular choice. Now, I am very indecisive. "Indecisive" means I have a very difficult time making a decision or choosing something. So, for example, if I have to buy a bottle of wine, there's so many bottles of wine, I have my go-to wine. This is my go-to wine. This means this is the wine that I always choose because I know it's delicious and it's my best choice. It's my... It's my choice. I love it. But let's say that I go to the supermarket and I have to buy yogurt. I don't know about your countries and the yogurt selection, but it is overwhelming at my supermarket. There are probably 42 different types of yogurt, and never mind the flavours, they're just different kinds of yogurt, and I'm pretty... I have no idea what to choose, maybe I'm an hour picking a strawberry yogurt. If you're decisive, you rock in, you go there, and you pick the yogurt and you go. Not Ronnie. Ronnie takes hours just to pick a yogurt. Never go shopping with me. So, when we use this, we use it with a noun, so I can say: "This is my go-to dish." This means this is what I usually cook because I know how to do it and it's easy. "This is my go-to dance move." Do you have one of those? Ones that you just bust out or you use all the time? Because with any song you know it's going to be perfect. Do you have a go-to dance move? I do. "This is my go-to guy" or "man for advice". So maybe you need advice for something, you have one friend who you always can depend on, or who you always choose to go to. It has nothing to do with movement, you're not actually going to a wine. How can I go to a wine? It means that this is the one that you choose, and you know that it's going to be great. We talk about "go-to bag": "Oh, this bag matches everything". Or: "My go-to shoes", it means that these are the shoes that you wear every day because you know they're easy and they match everything. I have shoes. You can't see them, though. I actually don't have feet. Did you know that? I have shoes, but I have no feet. Yeah, so these are my go-to shoes, but I don't have any feet, so that's fine. The next one, one of my favourites, I like this one: "I rocked up." So we have to be careful with the pronunciation of this word, we have to say "rocked", it looks like "rocketed". We don't say: "rocketed", we pronounce it like "t", we say: "rokt up", so this means that you went to a place. Example: "I rocked up to her..." No, sorry. "I rocked up to the bar and got a beer." So this means I went to the bar: "Hello", and I received a delicious beverage. You can rock up to a person, this means you just talk to them. So: "I rocked up to her and asked her for a dollar." This is the past tense, you're telling a story. […]
Have SAFE SEX with Ronnie! Have SAFE SEX with Ronnie!
2 years ago En
Want to have sex? DO IT SAFELY! In this sex education video, I'm going to teach you about SAFE SEX -- how to have sex without an accidental pregnancy or getting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). You will learn about safe sex, but also learn the English vocabulary and slang terms used to talk about this topic. Even though sex is so common and such an important part of life, I haven't seen any English textbooks that teach this material, and it's not often taught in English classes either! Well, that's why I'm here! Sex is a wonderful thing, but it is VERY important that you are educated on how to protect yourself and your partners. I'll talk about different types of birth control, like condoms, IUDs, and the pill, as well as the importance of getting tested so that your sex life can be happy and healthy. You'll also learn about some common sexually transmitted diseases, and the slang terms that native English speakers use to talk about them. Have sex, be safe, have fun, and have more sex. And remember: "She won't get sick if you cover your dick". QUIZ: https://www.engvid.com/safe-sex/ TRANSCRIPT Now, some of you guys might have seen lessons that I've done before about sex with Ronnie. Guess what? As much as I like to teach you about sex and all its fun, there is a very, very serious side to sex that I want to talk to you about. This is a public service announcement. No guitars, but we're going to talk about safe sex with me. Hi. Safe sex basically means preventing two things, the first one is present-... Preventing unwanted pregnancy, that means not having a baby. So, we know, hopefully, that if you have sex (intercourse) there's a nice chance that you can have a baby. But maybe you're a little too young to have a baby. Maybe you don't want a baby. Maybe having a baby would really mess up your life. So, we're going to go through two very important things, one is birth control, and the other one even I think more important than birth control is not dying because or not getting very sick because you have contracted or gotten what's called an STD. "STD" means a sexually-transmitted disease. We have a lot of these. I'm going to teach you the name of some of them, the slang of some of them. You'll hear them in movies. But most importantly, I want you to not get these. Please, do these little things to help you, even if you're really drunk. When you go to a pharmacy or you go to a place to get things, like condoms or something to help you, do not be ashamed, do not be scared. You are protecting yourself, and you are protecting your partner. There is no shame in protecting yourself and not dying. So, no matter what your culture was in your country, no matter what your parents think - you want to protect yourself, so please. "She won't get sick if you cover your dick." This means: Wear a condom. Come on. It takes two seconds, just flip that on and you're ready to pounce. Rawr. So, wear a condom, guys. Do it. It's easy, it's fun. There's many different flavours, you can get different colours, they can glow in the dark, condoms, wear one. You're not going to have to have a baby you don't want and you're not going to get a disease, hopefully. So, ladies, this is for you. Unfortunately, if we get pregnant we're the ones that have to keep the baby and the men disappear and have their fun, but we're stuck with the baby. So, most of the forms of birth control, this means stopping to have a child, are for women because it's our responsibility, it's our body. No matter what anyone says, you have control of your body, not anyone else. So, we have many different methods that we can use to control if we have a baby, if we don't. Now, the most popular one, it's been around for a long time, it's called "the pill". The pill is a pill, like a tablet that we take every day and it prevents us getting pregnant because it prevents the eggs from coming into the uterus and making contact with the sperm. I'll explain all that later, but basically it's called the pill and it prevents us from getting pregnant. Yes. Another one like the pill is called "the patch". Now, the pill has been around since the 1960s in America. The patch is fairly new. It's basically a sticker you put on your body, and hormones are released into your body, and again, it prevents you from making the eggs, so the sperm and the eggs don't make contact and don't have a baby. We have another thing called "the morning after pill". Now, this is different than the birth control pill because the morning after pill is taken the morning after you have sex or intercourse. So let's say that you didn't use a condom and you are not on any birth control-this happens, no problem-you can go to the pharmacy, you can go to the drugstore, you can go to the doctor and you can ask for the morning after pill. Again, this will stop any further egg and sperm connections, it's 100% legal, reliable, and safe. […]
IELTS Reading: Read faster & remember more IELTS Reading: Read faster & remember more
2 years ago En
On the IELTS Reading section, you have 60 minutes to read 3 different text passages (2200–3000 words) and answer 40 questions! That's CRAZY!!! To do well on the IELTS Reading, whether General or Academic, you NEED to be able to read quickly, and you NEED to be able to quickly identify important information. In this video, I'll share with you some of my tips on speed reading and also some tricks on how to quickly find the most important details in a paragraph. Your road to BAND 9 starts here! TAKE THE QUIZ: https://www.engvid.com/ielts-reading-read-faster-remember-more WATCH MORE IELTS READING VIDEOS: 1. IELTS READING OVERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As4e8dtqBrk 2. IELTS READING: HOW TO SUCCEED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbDliT5EN-w 3. IELTS READING: 3 STRATEGIES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0ePX99GM70 4. IELTS READING: TRUE, FALSE, NOT GIVEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNyLs7YWFL8 5. IELTS READING: TOP 10 TIPS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PDgVEhfKso TRANSCRIPT Oh, what a great book. Thank you, Jessica Whitehead. Are you doing an IELTS exam or will you be doing an IELTS exam in the future? Special shoutout to Pedro, thank you for helping me on this, and rock your exam. You're going to do it, boy. If you're studying IELTS, there's one section in the test that is difficult. They're all difficult, but it's the reading section. So, when you're doing your test, you have to read the passage quickly, you have to get all of the wonderful information, and then you have to answer the questions. So, what I want to help you do is something really cool called speed reading. When I was in grade 2, my teacher taught me something that was amazing. Usually when you read something, you take your little finger and you read along like this. So my teacher taught me at the young age of eight to get a bookmark, and instead of reading each word, you're going to read one whole sentence with an eyescape. So, instead of reading word by word with your little finger, you're going to put a bookmark on the sentence and you're going to focus on the sentence. This allows you to read something much faster. So, put your little finger away and grab a bookmark or a piece of paper. So, number six is: Use a bookmark. It helps you absorb the information faster. Another thing that you can do or not do is when you're reading: "The pizza was a wide pizza with ham and pineapple. It was the most exiting flavours, it was..." Don't read out loud. Two reasons: One, there're other people around you that you're probably disturbing, and there's probably been a scientific study that if you move your lips, you're doing extra work and you're kind of wasting time. Try and close your mouth. Don't: "Ra-ra-ra-ra" under your breath, don't move your lips. Just absorb it and read it. This helps you go through it faster and ultimately get that high score that you've all been looking for. Another tip is to pay attention to important key words. So, these are going to be things like dates and times, numbers, and proper nouns. So, please tell me you know what a proper noun is. A proper noun is a place or a person. It starts with a capital letter. So, one really, really good thing you can do is you can take your little highlighter and circle the important words. When you come back to the reading section or when you've read it, it sticks in your brain more. This is good for practicing, too. Some articles and some things have special punctuation. So, dashes. Dashes are a little line here and a little line at the end. There's a very, very good reason why they've used dashes, and that is they're telling you that this information is really important. It's giving you something extra or something that changes the idea about the sentence. So, the information between dashes or even between commas is put there for a reason, and it's probably got some wealth of information, maybe the answer to question number seven. Some readings that you have not necessarily on IELTS, but a newspaper if you're reading something for fun... Do people read for...? Yeah, they do read for fun, Ronnie. Okay. Is a special font. So, if the words are bold which means they're bigger; or if they're written in italics which means, like, handwriting; or if the words are underlined - this is going to give you some really strong information that it's important because they made it like this. When you first begin your IELTS test in the reading section, always read the questions first, then you'll know what information you're looking for. If you just read it willy-nilly without thinking about the questions, you've wasted a lot of time. So read the questions first, then go back and get the information that you need. And about paragraphs, this is a tricky thing that they do. I want you to read the first sentence, it's called the topic sentence. The topic sentence has... We'll say "the meat" or the importance of the paragraph. […]
My English tips for Portuguese speakers My English tips for Portuguese speakers
2 years ago En
Are you from Brazil or Portugal? Are you learning English? Then you need to watch this video! You're lucky if you are a Portuguese speaker learning English, because there are a lot of words that are similar between these two languages. But you have to watch out for false friends! False friends are words in one language that sound the same or almost the same as words in another language -- but mean something different! In this video, I'll give you the most common false friends between Portuguese and English, so you can avoid making these mistakes. Improve your English in less than 15 minutes with this fast and easy lesson. TAKE THE QUIZ: https://www.engvid.com/english-tips-for-portuguese-speakers/ TRANSCRIPT Obrigado, all my Portuguese-speaking friends out there. Big besos out to you guys in Brazil. Hi. Thanks for watching. I'm going to teach you something that maybe you've heard before. But it's a little bit difficult in English. You are lucky, like other languages, for example, Spanish and French, we have a lot of words in English that are very similar in Portuguese and English, so if you change the accent a little, use your hands a lot, people will probably be able to understand you, but sometimes this is not the case, that's why we have created these things called "false friends". Now, false friends are words that you think you can use because they sound almost the same in English, but the meaning is completely different, so it can lead to some mistakes. But if you make a mistake, who cares? Really? Come on. You're learning a language, don't worry. But I'm here to teach you how to correct some mistakes that you might make. And thanks to Hinata and William for helping me out with this one. Let's go to it. So, false friends, they're not your friends, they are your enemies. Okay, so the first one-we're going to start, yeah?-is: "cafeteria". In your country, in Brazil, maybe in Portugal, I don't know, a cafeteria is a coffee shop, so it's a place where you can go and get a delicious coffee, maybe get some delicious Brazilian treats, like queijo de p�o, p�o de queijo, mm-hmm, maybe some honey moons, delicious, but in English, "cafeteria", the exact same spelling, check it out: "cafeteria", "cafeteria", uh-oh in English, a cafeteria, it is not a coffee shop, it is actually a lunch room. So, if you have a job... Oh, do you have a job? Cool. In Canada sometimes there is a lunch room, but all of the time in a school in Canada children or students go and eat together... They can eat lunch, they can eat dinner in one room, and we call this a cafeteria. So, a cafeteria is a lunch room or a common room for eating. Many businesses will have a cafeteria. It's definitely not a coffee shop. It's pretty terrible. Coffee shops are more fun than a lunch room I think. The next one, in your country you can enjoy a delicious "caf�", which means coffee for you, and Brazilian coffee - woo, that stuff gets you going in the morning. Cool. But in English, a "caf�" is not a drink, like a coffee, a caf� is a small restaurant where you can buy coffee or sweets, it's like a Portuguese bakery. So, a "caf�" is a restaurant in English, and "caf�" is not coffee in English. You also have to be careful of your pronunciation of this word. It is not: "cough", that's a cough. We have to say: "coffee". We don't have to say: "coffeeee"-hi, Vinnie-but you have to say: "coffee". If you just say: "cough", then that's not a good thing. You don't want to go to a caf� and ask for a cough, because then you'd be sick. Next one, you guys use as toothpaste. Right? So "pasta", "pasta", "pasta", you guys know as a paste, like a gel, kind of a semi-liquid material. But we always use it as a food, a very delicious Italian food called pasta. You guys probably know that already because you eat a lot of pasta maybe. But in English this is paste, pasta is the food. You don't want to eat that stuff. The next word: "dente". Yeah? You're brushing your dentes, there. Yeah? Okay. So, "dente" in Portuguese means tooth or teeth, I guess just one. In English it doesn't mean teeth, it means a dent. To help you out with this word: "a dent" is an indentation. That's the same in Portuguese. So, an indentation means dent. This is... If you're driving your car and somebody hits your car, just a minor accident, then you will have a dent in your car. A dent means an indentation or it's pushed in in one area. It's not completely broken, it's just pushed in or there's an indentation. So it has nothing to do with your teeth. It does sound like this word and the spelling is very, very similar, so be careful of that false friend. This is a fun one, I kind of like this. I like the pronunciation of this word. I have to look in my book. You guys say: "balcom". Mm-hmm. When you guys walk into a bar you go up to the "balcao" and you order a delicious beer. But not in English. A "balcao" in Portuguese means a counter in a bar, this is fun.
Real English: Taking care of your pet DOG! Real English: Taking care of your pet DOG!
3 years ago En
Do you have a dog? Do you want a dog? Here in North America, we have specific rules, laws, and cultural customs that every dog owner must know. And if you're not a dog owner, you need to know this stuff, too, because you'll be around a lot of dogs here! In this video, I'll teach you English vocabulary for the dog-related people you'll meet: breeders, vets, and groomers; as well as the doggie things you must have, such as a leash, dish, and treats. The best part? Dog owners love to talk about dogs. So you can practice your English by talking to other dog owners. Want more? Check out my friend Emma's video about pets and animals here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxq24jXVCo8 Take the quiz on this lesson: https://www.engvid.com/real-english-pet-dog/ TRANSCRIPT Ruff. Hi. I'm Ronnie. I'm not a dog, but I have a dog, and I like dogs. Not: I like dog. I don't want to eat a dog. No, actually I would eat a dog if you gave it to me. If you barbequed it, I'd eat it. But, oh, we're not talking about eating dogs. We're going to talk about how to actually not eat your dog, how to care for your dog. In English and in our society we call our dog our best friends, although it really has no choice. Even if your dog doesn't like you, it has to hang out with you a lot because you have to care for your dog. So, I'm going to teach you English vocabulary, English verbs for caring for your dog. Hopefully you can learn some stuff. You probably know it in your language, but now you're going to learn English with me because that's what I do. So, the first thing that we should talk about is someone called a "breeder". Okay? A breeder is a person who breeds dogs. So, I've written the word "breeds" here as a verb. Now, to breed a dog means that you get the boy dog who's called a stud and you get the girl dog who's called a bitch, and you make them have sex. I don't know how they do this, maybe they give them some doggy wine, play some nice doggy music, but anyways, the boy dog and the girl dog have dog sex, doggy style - and they have puppies. Woo-hoo. So the breeder is the person who cares for the dogs and makes more dogs. They're magical. It is a really, really bad idea, almost illegal in Canada to buy a dog from the "pet shop". We have really tried to cut down on dogs who are for sale in pet shops. Just the treatment of the dogs, there's been a lot of controversy. Also, you can find a dog on the internet, you can go to Kijiji or you can go to many websites where you can buy a dog. There's also dog rescue sites where maybe a dog doesn't have a house, a dog is homeless, and you can rescue the dog and make him your... Or her your best friend. So there's many options. I do not recommend the pet shop option, but make sure that your dog is going to be... You're going to be able to take care of a dog before you get one. So, the place where the dogs or the puppies live and where they have all their doggy sex is called a "kennel". So the kennel is the place, and the breeder is the person. You can use both of these words interchangeably, but a breeder is always a person. It's important that you go and look at the kennel when you're buying a dog to make sure that it's clean and the dogs are well taken care of. There's some terrible-looking kennels I imagine. The next person that you're not going to want to go to and your dog is going to hate more than the mailman is the "veterinarian". Now, in English we don't need to bother saying: "Veterinarian", which is an animal doctor. What we need to say is: "Vet". So you're going to say: "Uh-oh, I have to take my dog to the vet", because maybe your dog is sick. Vets in Canada and probably around the world, America as well, are very, very expensive. So we don't want our dogs to be sick because it costs us a lot of money. But there is one thing that people or breeders really encourage you to do if you have gotten a puppy and you're not going to breed the dog, you're not going to have... Make more baby dogs with this. That's a whole other business. So, for this you're going to do what we call "get your dog fixed". Your dog is not broken, don't worry, it's not a toy. So: "Get your dog fixed", you're going to go to the vet, you're going to go to the animal doctor and what's happened... What's going to happen is you're going to get your animal neutered. "Neutered" means... We have two different meaning... Two different words we use for this. For the boys or for the studs, neutered means "castrated". Oh, gentlemen, gentlemen, this means they're going to remove the dog's testicles so the dog cannot produce sperm to have little puppies. Don't worry, I'm sure the dog doesn't feel anything, and when he wakes up he is very happy because he has less balls to lick. So, "castrated" is only for boys and they remove the testicles. The word that we use for women, or sorry, girls or bitches, mm-hmm, is "spayed".
Phrasal Verbs of SEX Phrasal Verbs of SEX
3 years ago En Ru
Let's talk about sex, baby! In this video, I'll teach you the phrasal verbs that we use to talk about having sex in English. We'll look at common slang phrasal verbs like "go down on", "feel up", and "beat off". I'll also talk about the culture of sex, what to say, what not to say, and how to say it. You'll learn vocabulary like "spooge", "jizz", and "ejaculate". Don't be embarrassed, and don't embarrass yourself! Have sex like a Canadian! Check out this lesson and take the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/phrasal-verbs-sex/ to make sure you're bedroom-ready! Let's get it on! TRANSCRIPT Hi, guys. I'm Ronnie. I'm going to teach you some dreaded phrasal verbs. Hmm... I know that learning English is difficult, and phrasal verbs are very difficult because they just don't make sense. Okay? So, when you look at a verb in English, you have, like, for example: "calm" or "jack" or "beat", and then there's a pronoun with it, it gets very confusing. So, just a little warning, here, people, if you are not mature enough to watch this-no matter your age-I suggest you turn it off or don't share it. Yeah? How about that as an idea? If you're offended by phrasal verbs of a sexual nature, don't share the video. Mm-hmm. Turn it off, watch another video. Watch a different channel. Do what you do. So, I'm going to teach you phrasal verbs Ronnie style because they're about sex - oh yeah. So, sexual phrasal verbs. This is what makes me laugh all the time. Every day at my work and in my house... Not my house. In my apartment I have an elevator and there is a voice in the elevator and the elevator says: "Going down", hee-hee-hee, I every day giggle, and I say: "I wish", and other people look at me and go: "Why is this crazy lady laughing at the elevator because it says 'Going down'?" What these people don't realize, because maybe they don't have a hilarious sense of humour or they don't know the phrasal verb to go down on someone - "going down" means to have oral sex with someone, so when the elevator opens up and a person's voice goes: "Going down", I'm like: "Okay, in the elevator? Cool." So, first of all, phrasal verbs are always a verb and a preposition. So, prepositions are things like: "over", "in", "on", "out", "down", "up", "out". So, these prepositions with the verb together will have a completely different meaning than if you just have one verb. So, for example, the verb "eat" we know, but when I put it with "eat out", you guys think: "Oh, hey, yeah, guess what? I went to a restaurant last night and I ate out", and I die, I just laugh because, ladies and gentlemen, if you "eat out" or "eat someone out" it means you have, or are having, or had oral sex again. So: "go down" and "eat out" both mean you're having oral sex. So, this is why I laugh all the time. People think I'm in a good mood. I just think people say things that are funny. So, I'm going to teach you some sexual phrasal verbs. First one: "bend over". It actually sounds like a person's name in English. Does anybody know anybody named: "Ben Dover"? If anyone's a fan of The Simpsons, Bart Simpson will call a bar and say: "Uh, is Ben Dover there, please? Can somebody Ben Dover? Can somebody get my Ben Dover?" "Bend over" basically means that you put your body like this and you stick your bum in the air, and you're having sex like that. Good job, I think you can imagine what happens next if you bend over. If your name is Ben Dover, your parents are funny and probably you might want to change your name. Maybe Benny Dover? Nah, good luck with that. Benjamin Dover? Better. We also have: "cum on". This means you blow your load or you get sperm on someone, someone's part of their body, maybe their face (which is bukake) or you can cum on the wall, which might be embarrassing, you can cum wherever you're having fun with your little wiener, there. You cum on something or someone, it means you get sperm somewhere. Same with the word "jizz on" and "spooge on". So, cum on, jizz on, and spooge on means ejaculation time. So, "ejaculate on someone" means you get sperm on someone or something - done. But some of you guys might have a different technique where you "cum in" something, like a sock. I've seen it in a movie. Some guys like to masturbate into a sock, so you would say: "I came", which is the past tense or "cum in a sock". So, "c um", the past tense is "came". See? It's verbs, it's real life, it's past tense. As I said before, when people tell me that they are going to eat out tonight, I think that's a lot of information that I don't need to know. They mean they're going to a restaurant, but in my brain and I'm sure a lot of other people's brains, "eat out" means oral sex. So does "go down", going down. We can also say "on someone". So you can say: "I was going down on my girlfriend", "I was going down on my boyfriend", that means that you're having oral sex.
False Friends: English mistakes that Spanish speakers make False Friends: English mistakes that Spanish speakers make
3 years ago En
A "false friend" is a word in one language that sounds similar to a word in another language but that means something different. For example, a common error Spanish speakers make is to use the English word "sensible" when they actually mean "sensitive". This is because "sensitive" translates to the Spanish word "sensible". If you are a Spanish speaker, you have probably been in similar situations before. Watch this lesson to learn about Spanish false friends and how to correct them to say what you really mean. Avoid embarrassing moments before they happen to you! Don't forget to do the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/false-friends-english-spanish/ to practice what you've learned. TRANSCRIPT Would you like to be my friend? I don't want to be your friend actually. Maybe. My name's Ronnie. If you speak Spanish, you are very lucky because a lot of words in Spanish and English are very similar. You can change your accent, drop the "o" or the "a" at the end of it, make some hand gestures, and most of the time people will understand you, as long as they're not a little stupid, and this makes learning English for you easier. Yes! But life is not so easy, because we have some words that you think they mean something in English, but guess what? It doesn't translate. Probably the most popular example would be: "embarazada". So, in Spanish you know "embarazada" means pregnant, you're going to have a baby. In English it sounds like the word "embarrassed". So if you use the word, people are confused and you're probably embarrassed, too, because you've used the wrong word. So, in English we've actually made a term for these. These things are called "False Friends", and this is the Spanish Edition. Stay tuned for the Portuguese edition as well. "Embarazada" means pregnant in Spanish, but in English it sounds like our English word "embarrassed". "Embarrassed" means you've made a mistake, you've done something stupid, and people have seen you do it - and your face maybe goes a little red and you're a little ashamed of something. For example, if you're walking down the street and you fall, or you're picking your nose and somebody sees you pick your nose - you feel uncomfortable. You feel embarrassed. Okay. The next one, in Spanish you say: "sensible", "sensible", "sensible". In your language it means sensitive. By the way, guys, I'm not a Spanish speaker so I'm going to make mistakes with your language. I'm sorry. Bear with. So, in your language it means "sensitive". "Sensitive" in English means that you are aware of other people's emotions, or the other meaning is that you cry very easily or that you get angry very quickly. So if I say that you are sensitive... For example, if I say: "Oh, I don't like your shoes." If you are a sensitive person, you are upset. But in English, "sensible" kind of means the opposite. "Sensible" means that you're reasonable in your brain or you can make sense of something. So, for example, if I said to you: "I don't like your shoes." And you say: "Well, I don't care. They're not your shoes, Ronnie." So you're being reasonable or you're being sensible to my comment. Okay? False friends, they're a doozy. The next one we have is "carpeta". So, in Spanish "carpeta" is a folder, it's like a thick paper where you can put other documents in and keep it safe, keep it out of danger so you don't spill some Tequila on it. But in English it sounds like "carpet", so a carpet is something that covers your floor. We use carpets a lot because our floors are very cold in Canada. Most houses, I think... For example, in Mexico, you guys don't have a carpet, it's too hot. You have tile floor. But a carpet is a floor covering made of fabric, not a folder. Okay? The next one: "compromiso". "Compromiso" in your language means an obligation. "Obligation" means you have to do something or you must do something. For example, when you come to Canada through the airport you must show the airport security your passport. It's an obligation to do it. In English it sounds like the word "compromise". "Compromise" in English means you have reached an agreement. So, for example, you want to go and see a horror movie, your friend wants to go and see a romantic comedy movie. You disagree, have a little discussion about it, and then at the end you go: "Do you know what? As a compromise or as an agreement we'll go see a comedy movie because we both like comedy movies." So you've reached an agreement or you've reached a compromise. "Contestar" in your language means to answer, so you can answer a question. A teacher will ask you a question and you will contestar, you will answer the question. Hopefully correctly. Come on, get it right! But in English it sounds like the word "contest", and "contest" is like a competition. A "competition" or a "contest" means that there is one person and some other people, they are doing the same thing or similar thing. They're trying to win a prize.
Learn English: What we call the people we love ❤❤❤ Learn English: What we call the people we love ❤❤❤
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What do you call your boyfriend or girlfriend? Maybe you say "baby", "honey", "sweetheart", "sexy", or something else? In this lesson, I will provide you with a lot of inspiration for cute nicknames for your loved ones, guaranteed to make their hearts melt!!! WARNING: These terms are NOT to be used with strangers! After watching the video and doing the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/what-we-call-the-people-we-love/ ,and leave a comment telling me your favorite terms of endearment. TRANSCRIPT Welcome, darlings, to the lesson. How are you? Do you like my new wardrobe? Today I'm going to teach you about things or names that you can call your partner, your honey-bunch, your significant other. Rainier, Sonja, this one's for you guys. How are ya? So these are words that we use in English to talk about the one that we love or the one that we love for the moment. In English they're called terms of endearment. It has nothing to do with deers. But, they are terms of endearment. So, probably the most common ones are things like, as I said to you: "darling". Now, sometimes we say: "darling". One word of caution, ladies and gentlemen: These are for people that you know. So, for example, if you're in a restaurant, please do not call the waitress: "babe", or "honey", or "sweetheart". It is degrading. It is not cool. Women don't like it. If you know the person, if it's your baby, your mom, your dad-that's weird-your child, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your other boyfriend, your other girlfriend, your dog, your cat, someone who is close to you - please, use these. But if this is a stranger, do not use these. Women, especially, do not appreciate being called these names. We find it insulting because I am not your sugarpie, darling. Unless you want a smack in the face, I'm not your sugarpie. Okay? So be careful. Say these to people you love and know. So, one thing that's come up that I didn't know that I found out when I was researching this is back in the... A long time ago in the 2000s or the 1990s, it was popular in rap songs to say: "My boo". And I thought: "That's funny, that's what ghosts say." But it actually is probably just people who can't say friend properly-Americans-it comes from the French: "beau". So in the French language they have the word "beau", which means boyfriend or girlfriend, but I guess Americans just say "boo". Honey Boo Boo, oh god, the horror. So, Honey Boo Boo is a really famous little girl, and her name has two names... Terms of endearment together, Honey Boo Boo, you darling. So, "boo" is the French bastardization of "beau". So, use at will. We make these names by talking about sweet things. For example: "honey", honey is sweet. Most of these names are older, so that's why we're using kind of older things. So, you can just call someone your honey, but then we can have: "honey-pie", "honey-bun", "honey-bunny", "honey-baby". I think Elvis did this a lot. Then we can be "sweet" something, so: "sweet-pea", "sweet-cheeks". Cheeks are here and they're also your bum. "Sweet-thing", but I think you should be like: "sweet-thang", you should say it like that. Then we have: "sweetie" or "sweetiepie". I don't know why, but a lot of these have to do with pie. I guess back when they were making these words, they liked pie, and that's all they had. "Sweetheart", this is pretty common. You have: "pumpkin" or "pumpkinpie". Again, it's the pie. A pumpkin is a big, orange fruit or a veggie, I guess it's really cute. And: "sugar" or again "sugar-pie". Again, I can't stress enough that you cannot just say these to people that you don't know, you don't have a relationship with. Be very careful who you say these to because you can use them sarcastically. So, for example, Mel Gibson called a cop or a police officer "sugar-tits". I don't think that the cop really enjoyed that, and Mel Gibson in a movie was arrested. So, "sugar-tits", maybe a term of endearment, but be careful how you use it. You don't want to get arrested, go to jail. We can also use this, for example, if I am speaking to another girl and I'm trying to kind of be sarcastic with her, I can say, like: "Okay, honey." So the way that we use it, the intonation that we say it, especially to a stranger, it has a completely different meaning. So, please, again, be careful. We also have things like: "cutie" or "cutiepie", "angel", "apricot". My chiropractor always calls me "apricot", and I'm like: "I'm not an apricot, sir. I'm a person." And: "doll". Now, this is a very, very old expression. You hear it or see it in movies: "a doll" or "dollface". Again, outdated, we don't use it as much. More common ones are: "hottie" or "hot stuff". Hot stuff, baby, oh yeah. They use that in a commercial now. Then we have just names that are silly, like: "snookums", or "snooky". I think Snooki was one of the characters in that terrible television show. "Snuggles" and one of my mom's favourites: "pet".
What to say when you make a mistake! What to say when you make a mistake!
3 years ago En
Did you make a mistake again? What did you say? In today's lesson I'm going to teach you about the many expressions you can use when you make mistakes! I'll teach you modern, old-fashioned, formal, and slang expressions. These are great everyday expressions that you can start using in conversations right away. So watch this lesson and do the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/what-to-say-when-you-make-a-mistake/ , but be careful not to f@*k it up! TRANSCRIPT Oops. Oh. Oops. Oh. Oops. I made a mistake three times. My name's Ronnie. I forgot that I was going to make lessons today, and instead of wearing, you know, like normal clothes, I decided to be a lion. I guess I really messed up. I'm sorry. [Laughs] I'm not sorry at all. I'm going to teach you by request from Germany-hi, guys-what to say when stuff goes wrong. So you make a mistake; everyone makes mistakes, it's normal, don't worry. We have certain slang phrases that you can say, makes you sound cool. Rainier , if you want to sound cool, you can do this. Most popular ones, we would say: "I screwed up." or "I messed up." or "I f*@ked up." We can also say: "I mucked it up." All of these expressions just mean: "Oops, I made a mistake." So you can say, for example: "I messed up my job interview." Or: "Oh my god, I really f*@ked up my car." It means that maybe you had an accident and now your car is destroyed. So all of these just means there was an accident, or a mistake, or something bad happened. So, be careful. These are phrasal verbs, so we have: "screw up", "messed up", "f*@ked up", and "mucked up". Then we have nouns. So these are describing usually a person. You can say: "somebody is a screw up", "someone is a f*@k up". It means that they always make mistakes. Maybe they're a little bit stupid. They're just not doing things as they should. You will see this a lot in movies. There's always, like, the teenage boy, and his dad's like: "You're such a f*@k up! You can't do anything right!" And the kid: "Wah", and drama happens. So we use these a lot in movies as well. Something that I remember my grandmother and my mother saying was: "Oh dash", "Oh darn". Now, these are... We'll call them mother and grandmother expressions. They're not offensive, they're not slang. It's kind of a nice way to say: "Oops." I remember when I was a child there was a TV show called The Mad Dash, and I was like: "Gran, you should be on that show, because you say: 'Oh dash.'" "Dash" means to run quickly, so I couldn't understand why she was wanting to run quickly. It must be a grandmother thing. You might hear people also say: "Oh my gosh" or "Oh my goodness". These are just ways for people who don't want to say: "Oh my god". Some people get offended if you say: "Oh my god", so instead of saying: "god", they say: "goodness" or "gosh". "Oh my gosh". Okay? But it basically means: "Oh my god", or "darn", or "dash", or "oops". Okay? Mm-kay. We have another expression. You might know: "That sucks." It's a kind of an older expression. We also have an expression that something blows. You can say, past tense: "I blew it. I really blew it." It means: "I really messed up or I really made a mistake. I'm sorry." So you can use it like: "I blew the job interview." or: "I screwed up the job interview.", "I messed up the job interview." Another way we use this is to talk about money. You can say: "I blew all my money on beer." Which is not a good thing. It means that you spent all of your money only on beer. Don't do that. You need to, you know, save money for beer, save for everything. But if you blow your money on something it means you spent it all. So you'll hear this, again, a lot in movies, we use it all the time. One thing that is another common word that we use a lot in computers, maybe you see if your computer's in English is for technology, something crashes. You'll see it in a lot of sci-fi movies, too. If something crashed it means it's broken temporarily. Not for a long time. So: "My p.c. or my computer crashed." This is only for software or electronics. So if your computer crashes, it means you're working on it or you're doing something, and then all of a sudden - gone. What's happened to your computer? Probably when you're doing important things it just decides not to work anymore. So your computer crashed. You can say: "My computer bit it." or "My computer choked." It just means it's broken, it doesn't work anymore. You can say: "I bit it!" I used to say this a lot when I was skiing. If I fell, it was: "Oh, I bit it again." It just means you made a mistake or you failed. "I choked on my test." It's not this. Again: "I bit it" and "I choked" means you failed the test. So: "I choked the job interview.", "I choked on something." It just means you didn't do well.
Improve your English vocabulary with astrology! Personalities and Professions Improve your English vocabulary with astrology! Personalities and Professions
3 years ago En
In this lesson, we'll use ASTROLOGY to learn English! You'll learn vocabulary to talk about people, personalities, and professions. Are you outgoing? Detail-oriented? Ambitious? Sensitive? Based on astrology, you'll learn what types of jobs are best suited to you. This fun lesson will help you learn lots of adjectives that will make your English conversations richer. So check it out! Test yourself with the quiz: https://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-astrology-personalities-professions/ TRANSCRIPT Are you looking for a job? Do you not know what job you should do? Many people, all people in the world struggle with this problem. Maybe you are going to start university and you have no idea what you want or need to study. Maybe you have lost your job and you need to get a new job. Maybe you hate your job, and you want to quit your job and get a new job. So one way that people do this is the magic of astrology. Now, before you run away and click off and go: "Uh, Ronnie, I don't like astrology. I think it's bollocks", which means it's not true - let me back up. This is not a horoscope. I'm not telling you what you're going to do today, that you're going to have a good day and you're going to meet someone special. Horoscopes and astrology are completely different. Horoscopes are made up words in a newspaper, and astrology is based on the stars in the sky. And it's a science, believe it or not. I don't care. But what I want to do is help you find the perfect job for you. So, first, I need you to do something. I want you to look at the board and I want you to please find your birthday. All right. Now that you have found your birthday, there's one important thing that I need you to know. If your birthday, for example, is December 21st or if your birthday is one of these exact dates, this means that you are on the cusp of the sign. The cusp of the sign means that you're going to have both of these energies together. Have I lost you? So, people that are born on the cusp don't have the strongest of forces from each sign, but you're still going to have some kind of influence in your personality. So when we fought... When we talk about astrology, we break the signs down into four basic elements: Fire, water, earth, and air. Once you've found your birthday, you're going to know what your element is. If you are a fire sign, so if you are Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius, you've got something really special that the other signs don't, and that is action, power. You are dynamic, you're amazing. You're like: "Woo! Let's go!" all the time. So, you would be a very good business owner. You would be a very, very good manager. Or you like to be in the spotlight, especially if you're a Leo, and you would be good in the entertainment industry. You are confident and ambitious. This means that you do it, no one is going to stop you. You are enthusiastic and you are energetic. This means you have power and energy when some people are sleeping, like me. You do have a problem, though. You don't like small details, so this is why if you're a business owner, or a manager, or in entertainment, you can use your confident energy and you can do a very, very good job. You're very, very good managers because you're good at telling other people what to do. But that's not a bad thing because people will look to you for leadership. So, fire signs you are natural born leaders. It's just how it works. You're lucky. But, yeah, you do have some problems. We're not all perfect. I'm not going to tell you about the bad things. We're going to focus on the good things. So, if you're thinking of starting your own business - do it. You are natural leaders, you can do it because your brain says: "I'm going to do it." Cool. The next one we have is a water sign. Now, water signs are very, very, very emotional. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? We don't know yet. But you have a special talent of being able to feel other people's emotions or other people's energies. This can be really, really beneficial if you are thinking of being a psychologist, so you're helping people figure out what's happening inside their brain; a therapist if you're helping someone who's in... Having problems in their life. And also any kind of a charity work. A "charity" means an organization that relies on people's donations or money to operate. So, Greenpeace, or UNICEF, that's a charity organization. So you would do well with charity work because water signs are very supportive, which means they like to help people. They're very nurturing. Think about your mom. She cuddles you and takes care of you. Very compassionate, you have a lot of passion because you want to help people. And you're sensitive. Uh-oh. Do you think sensitive is a negative word? Sometimes it can be. If you are sensitive it means you can feel what other people are feeling. But if you're too sensitive, that's a bad thing and you become too emotional.
Crazy English: FOODS that have BODY PARTS? Crazy English: FOODS that have BODY PARTS?
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"Crazy crazy English vocabulary and slang! You've learned your basic foods in English, but now it's time to get CRAZY! In English, we've named a lot of our food after parts of our body. No, we aren't cannibals! As you'll learn in the lesson, we've given these names to our foods because they look like certain body parts -- in some cases we've even named our body parts because they look like food... I know! Crazy! This fun lesson will teach you 10+ strange names we use for foods, including: "heads of lettuce", "artichoke hearts", "finger foods", "ears of corn", "hamburger buns", and many more! Take the quiz! https://www.engvid.com/crazy-english-food-body-parts/ TRANSCRIPT Hi, everyone. I have a potato. This potato is a very special potato because it's kind of old, and... Oh, it's looking at me. Hey, potato. This potato I have, it's probably very delicious if I cook it, but it's very old because it has these things growing off of the potato. Do you know what these things are called in English? They're called "eyes". They can't actually see you. Or can they? But in English we have many foods that we describe with parts of the body. I'm going to tell you a joke that you're not going to think is funny until after the lesson. Okay? So the joke is: Why shouldn't you tell a secret on a vegetable farm? Okay? One more time. Why shouldn't you tell a secret on a vegetable farm? The answer is: Because potatoes have eyes, corn has ears, and beanstalk. Not funny? It's funny. The reason is for this lesson. So, today I'm going to tell you about: "Food That Has Body Parts". Cool. Stick with me, you'll get it. So this is the end to the joke, just to help you, the punchline: Potatoes have eyes, corn has ears, and beanstalk. Beanstalk. So let's get with the corn bit. When you buy a corn-they're uncountable-it comes in a wrapper, and we call this an "ear of corn". I don't know why we call it an ear of corn, that's just the name of it. So in the joke: Potatoes have eyes, and ear is how we count the corn. So we know that in English a lot of words are uncountable, but we can count how they're grown. So, for example, corn is uncountable, but we can count the ears of corn. We could have 10 ears of corn, but when we eat it we just call it corn and it's uncountable. The same thing with lettuce and cabbage. Lettuce and cabbage are uncountable, but what... The way that we count them is we call them a "head of lettuce" or a "head of cabbage". You can see by my wonderful picture: a head of lettuce, so lettuce has a head; potatoes have eyes; and corn we count as an ear, the stalk. There's some crazy things going on in English. We have a kind of pasta that's very, very thin, and we call it "angel hair". Oh, isn't that lovely? It's very, very thin. Thin, thin, thin spaghetti. We call: "angel hair pasta". There is a very popular sandwich, I don't like them, but they're popular: "open-face", that sounds kind of gross. It's like my open-face sandwich. An open-face sandwich just means that there's no bread on top. So is it a sandwich? So you get two pieces of bread and you put all the ingredients on top, and you don't close it, so it's open-face sandwich. All right, the next one, little... Little heart there for you, is an artichoke heart. So, an artichoke you might know, it's a vegetable-Supreme Court ruling, vegetable-it's green and kind of looks like a flower, but in English we call it an artichoke heart. It's very common in the Middle East and in the Mediterranean. You guys probably eat a lot of artichokes. Do you call them hearts in your country, too? No. Just us. Okay. The next one is this part of your arm. Do you know what this part of your arm is called? It's called an elbow. So, there's a kind of macaroni, like a pasta, that is an "elbow macaroni". Interesting thing about Italian pasta is a lot of the pasta names are named after body parts, but it doesn't work in English. Like, "orecchiette" is ear. Right? Yes, am I right? So interesting that Italian people would name pasta after body parts. So, the elbow is a kind of macaroni. If you guys are living in Canada or America, we have something called Kraft Dinner, and that is an example of elbow macaroni. It looks... No, it doesn't even look like an elbow. Elbow macaroni looks basically like a tube. Hmm. I get it. It's a stretch. It's not that specific, but I get it. The next one, one of my favourites, and really funny, too, is "chicken fingers". I think that if you've watched lessons before you know that I've told you that chickens don't have fingers; they have legs and feet. But we have a delicious food called chicken fingers. We also have "finger foods". It's like our fingers are hungry, and they're like: "Please give me something to eat. I'm dying, here."
Learn English Slang: BITCH Learn English Slang: BITCH
3 years ago En
The slang word "bitch" is everywhere these days: in movies, television, music, and even in our casual conversations. It can be a noun, a verb, an adjective, and it is also widely used in expressions. Do you know all the subtleties of "bitch"? Used correctly, it can be very powerful, but use it incorrectly, and you might get in trouble. So understand how to use the word properly unless you want to get bitch slapped! https://www.engvid.com/learn-english-slang-bitch/ TRANSCRIPT Hello, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to a lesson about a bad word. No, it's not a bad word. The word is "bitch", and if you look in your dictionary, it means a female dog. I'm going to have to give you a disclaimer for this one: I'm going to teach you about a word that we use in English, and some people think it's a bad word. I'll teach you just how bad the word is. But we should go over one more time the pronunciation... Of pronunciation of the word "bitch". So, a lot of the times, we-maybe you-say "bitch", but you want to say "beach". So, when you go to the ocean and there's waves, and you want to say the word "beach", maybe you say "bitch". So the pronunciation of this word is very fast, so you're going to say "bitch". The place that's very relaxing with the ocean, we have to elongate the "e" sound. It is not two syllables. It is one syllable, and it's: "beeeeech". It's a very long "e" sound. The spelling, of course, is: "b-e-a-c-h", but the pronunciation, we take out the "a" and make it a very, very long "e" sound. So, one is "beach" and one is "bitch". You can practice your pronunciation by saying... Pronunciation by saying... [Laughs] Yeah. "There were many bitches at the beach." Good. So that means, hey, guess what? I went to the beach on Saturday and there were so many female dogs around. I was like: "Where are the boy dogs?" It was like bitches at the beach on Saturday. So let's dive in... Right into this. I'm going to teach you what this means in real life, which means slang. So, if you look in a dictionary, a bitch is a female dog. Story. I have a dog, it's a boy. I went to a very wonderful old lady's house, and she said: "Where's my bitch?" And I: "Wha-? What? What?" She's Scottish. She said: "Where's my bitch?" I'm like: "Oh my god. She just said 'bitch'. This is fantastic. Who's your bitch, Margaret?" And then I realized she was talking about her dog. So I was like: "Oh. People actually use the word to mean female dog?" I was surprised. I thought she was talking about her nasty co-worker, but apparently it's still used today. So if it's a boy dog it's called a stud-oh yeah-but if it's a female dog it's actually still called bitch, along with any canine. So a wolf girl is called a bitch. Perfect. Good. So, the way we use it does not mean female dog in slang. Whew. It means many things. As a noun, it implies that the person is selfish, unpleasant, lewd which means rude sexually, or downright nasty. Nasty means they're not nice or they're very mean. So, example, I can say: "Oh my god, I was such a bitch to Bob. I'm sorry, Bob, I was such a bitch to you", which means I was kind of nasty or mean. Such a nasty woman. Maybe you're having a bad day or I was having a bad day, and Bob or someone came to me and said: "Hey, Ronnie." I'd be like: "What!? What do you want!?" Kind of like a dragon lady kind of thing, but if you are a bitch to someone it means you're not nice to them, you're mean or you're sharp with them. If you guys watch jail dramas, like Prison Break or Oz-aw, what a great show-you will hear things like: "He's my bitch." And, again, you're like: "He's a dog that's a girl?" No. "He's my bitch" means that a man is submissive. "Submissive" is the opposite of dominant. So if you are submissive, you do what people tell you to do. If somebody said: "Hey, Ronnie. Go get me a beer." I'd say: "Hey. Guess what, Bob? I'm not your bitch. Get your own beer." So submissive means you do what people tell you. In jail, if he's my bitch and I'm a man, it means that he does anything that I want him to do. Yes, even that. Many times. So: "He's my bitch" means he's submissive. I am higher than he is. Ladies: "I'm not your bitch." Try it. Say it. We also use it to mean things that were unpleasant. For example, if you took the IELTS exam, you can say: "Oh my god, the IELTS exam was such a bitch." It means it was unpleasant or very, very difficult to do, which exams are, that's why they're exams. We can also talk about people being a "two-faced bitch". This means-hi, Vanessa-that you have a friend who maybe tells your friends something bad about you, and then to your face is friendly to you. So it's like they have two faces, one is bitchy face or nasty face, and one is friendly face. So you can tell this person a two-faced bitch.
How to be CONFIDENT! How to be CONFIDENT!
3 years ago En
Want to be more confident? Confidence can make you more successful in business, social, and educational environments. It's also VERY important to help you practice your English. If you know me, you know that I am a confident person -- I'm going to give you my top tips to help you feel comfortable and confident. Whether you are speaking English at a meeting, party, or just your daily life, you'll learn about the bad things you MUST stop doing, and about the best things you can start doing today to start feeling more confident. Take the quiz! https://www.engvid.com/how-to-be-confident/ TRANSCRIPT Hello. My name's Ronnie. I'm very confident, and I really like talking. [Sighs] Oh, god. [Laughs] Do you think that one of the reasons why you don't like to speak English is because you lack confidence maybe in speaking or in writing, or just in your daily life? Confidence is the number one problem that you have while learning English. So, a lot of people talk to me and say: "Ronnie, I can't speak English. I'm terrible." And I say: "Oh, no. You can speak English. You are not terrible." So, I want to help you and I want you to become more confident in your daily life, whatever you do, not only English, for everything. So, I'm going to teach you some tricks or some methods to become more confident. Thumbs up. Even if you're not, then just pretend. Everyone pretends. So, I'm going to go through things that are bad and the reasons why you and I are not confident people. First of all, we have a fear. We have a fear of the unknown. We have fear that we don't know what's going to happen. Maybe you're going to go for a job interview, or you're starting a new class, or you're going to go on a date, or you're meeting new people, you're going to a party - we have no idea what's going to happen. That's cool, let it happen. We can't change the future. We don't know about the future, so what we can do is we can prepare our self. Now, if we're talking about doing something, like a presentation or standing up in front of people, going to a party, especially if you're trying to speak English, what you can do if you're worried about your English is you can practice speaking at home. Now, this might sound a little crazy, but who cares? What you can do is take your phone, you can record yourself speaking English. Maybe you're doing a presentation, so record your presentation, listen to it. [Gasps] You think it's terrible? Do it again. We have an expression: "Practice makes perfect." It's not going to be perfect, but it'll be good. So the more you practice something, the more comfortable you're going to feel, the more confidence you're going to have, and you're going to rock that. You're going to go to the party and be like: "Yeah! I'm the best party person ever." Or you're going to go to your job interview and you're going to get the job. I feel like I'm an infomercial. Okay, the next one and probably one of the hardest is criticism. Criticism means people tell you what you do wrong. People tell you bad things about you. People tell you your pronunciation is terrible, your work is awful. How do you feel? You feel: "Oh my god. Why am I even alive?" So people criticize you, and depending on how they do it... For example, if you have a boss who only tells you bad things, this is not a very good boss. But if you have a boss who criticizes you and tells you positive things, this is getting better. But what we have to do is we have to learn from the criticism. We have an expression: "Don't take it personally." This means, for example, if your boss says: "You know what? Your... Your presentation wasn't that good." Instead of: "Oh my god", instead of feeling negative or feeling bad, just go: "Okay. Well, please tell me how I can make it better." Your boss is there maybe to help you, unless you have a terrible boss, but always try and learn from the criticism. If you've done something wrong, admit it and go: "Oh, do you know what? You know... You know, that was terrible, but I can do next time better." So always try to improve from your criticism. Critics are maybe your best friends because they tell you what's wrong and you have to listen to that. Next one. I'd like to inform everyone out there that you are not airbrushed models, and I am sure far from being a model. What happens is in magazines nowadays, we have these beautiful ladies. They are simply perfect. Look at her lips, and her nose, and her eyes... Actually, she doesn't have a nose. This woman has no nose. Where's your nose? I have eyebrows, by the way. She does not have a nose. So, if you... Oh my god, Angelina Jolie, she's gorgeous. Her life's a mess, but she's gorgeous. This is airbrushed. This is not real. These are not real p-... Oh, hello. I'll just be over here, okay. These are not real people. These are processed, Photoshopped just images of bodies.
STOP talking like a baby! STOP talking like a baby!
3 years ago En
Do you know what baby talk is? It's a cute way of saying things, usually used by young children. Sometimes English learners use baby talk without knowing it, and this can be very embarrassing! Don't worry -- I'll tell you what the most common baby talk words and phrases you might be saying are. I'll also explain some common ways baby talk is used by children, so you can understand English-speaking children and know how to speak to them. Take the quiz on this lesson here: https://www.engvid.com/baby-talk/ TRANSCRIPT Hewo. My name's Wonnie. What's your name? What? My name's Ro-... What are you? My name's Ronnie. What's going on? I'm going to teach you something today that is very, very important, especially for the ladies. Sometimes I know you try and be very cute. Cool. But there comes a point where you have to stop trying to be cute and actually act like a proper woman, whatever that means. It's up to your interpretation. So I'm going to teach you about what's called "Baby Talk". So, baby talk is what I was just doing to you in the camera. It has to do with your facial expression-your eyes are bigger, you're smiley-and your intonation, as well as the vocabulary you lose... Use. So, when it is very, very good and fun and acceptable to use baby talk is if you are talking to a baby, yes. Children, not so much. There comes a point where your precious baby will become a child, and you need to actually start to speak to them like a normal person. Not like a dragon, but like a normal person. They grow out of baby talk. Also-I do this-we talk to our pets like they're babies. Oh, doggy want a boney? Hello, kitty-cat, what's going on? And the cat's like: "Ah, this is great." Dogs and cats probably think we're a little crazy, too, and they're like: "What? No, but I'm cute though." Cool. "Give me the bone. Yeah, I'm cute. Give me the bone." So, if you're talking to a baby or a young child, or a pet - cool. Also, if you're talking to your partner, not in class, but your partner, so your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your husband, your wife, your other boyfriend, okay - you will-I do-use baby talk. This makes us seem cute. Awesome. But we don't want to seem cute at a job interview. We don't want to go: "Hi. I'm Ronnie-wonnie. How are you today? He-he-he." You're not going to get the job, and people might think you're a little strange. So baby talk is good for three people, three situations. Other than that, don't use it. You probably know some words that are baby talk or the intonation, but maybe there are some words that will surprise you. The number one are... One and two or the top ones are "mommy" and "daddy". So, I hear a lot of grown men say: "My mommy works in the mall." And girls say: "My... My daddy gave me a horse." Okay, maybe your daddy did give you a horse, but please, ladies and gentlemen who are adults: "mommy" and "daddy" are children's words. If a grown man says: "I love my mommy", we're going to think some strange things are happening with you and your mommy. As well, ladies, if you say: "My daddy is coming to see me tomorrow night", we're getting the wrong idea of what you're doing with your parents. So: "mommy" and "daddy" are only for children. What you're going to say is... Do you know? "Mom, mom, dad", good. We shorten this to: "mom". If you're learning English in the UK, they spell it: "mum", but they spell it with a "u". And "dad"... Sorry. "Daddy" becomes "dad". This is casually how we talk about our mom and dad. More formal... Again, this is baby talk. More formal we can say: "mother" and "father". So, it doesn't really matter which one you use, "dad" or "father", "mom" or "mother", just please don't say "mommy" and "daddy". It makes you sound like you're a little princess or that you have a very strange relationship with your mother and father. Yeah, not too good. So, "father" is formal and so is "mother". All right. When I first started the video, I said: "My name is Wonnie." Well, that's not my name. My name's Ronnie, but children have a hard time pronunci-... [Laughs] Pronunciating, like me. They have a hard time saying certain letters. For example, "r". Do you have a hard time saying "r" as well? Cool. See? You're learning. "R" is very difficult for babies to say, so don't feel bad. They're learning how to get the "r" out. So, instead of saying "r", they're going to say "w". So, you will hear in TV shows, when people say: "Aw, you're just a widdle boy". "Widdle" is a replacement for "l" in this case or "little". So, we would say: "little", but they say: "widdle".
I HATE ENGLISH! 12 things that don't make any sense I HATE ENGLISH! 12 things that don't make any sense
3 years ago En
Is English hard for you to learn? It's not your fault! This language doesn't make sense! In this video, I talk about twelve things in English that don't make sense, and that can be confusing, especially for English learners. Does your alarm clock "go on" or "go off"? It "goes off". But why do we say "off" when it is actually turning "on"? What does it mean to "sleep like a baby"? Have you "taken a dump" today? Where did you take it? To your mom's birthday party? It's weird. It doesn't make sense. It's English. Learn these words and expressions so that you can use them correctly, even if they are illogical! Watch this lesson and receive a free gift! http://www.engvid.com/i-hate-english-12-things-that-dont-make-any-sense/ TRANSCRIPT Rawr. [Laughs] Ronnie doesn't make sense. I don't make sense. I'm me. What? Are you confused again about English? I did a lesson before about 10 words that are confusing or 10 words that don't make sense in English, and ever since that wonderful video there's more. There's just so many of them. I really enjoy the people commenting about the Polish language, how that's a little crazy. I'd like to go to Poland, by the way. And I'm sure your language has crazy things, so I'm back to tell you not 10 more words that just don't make sense in English, and why learning English is fun but difficult. So, let's start with it. We wear on our bottom part of our bodies "a pair of undies". "Undies" are slang for underwear or the thing you wear under your pants, they're called underpants, too. For some reason we wear a pair of underwear, but we only have one section we'll call it, just to be PC. But, ladies, a bra which we have two things that we put in a bra is singular. So, it's like we have two body parts down here and one up here. Thank you, clothing designers. Good way to do that. I don't think we'd want to call them bras. I just don't get it. Confusing. Next one, one of my favourites. Maybe you don't know this phrase yet. You're going to love it. "Take a dump". So maybe you have heard someone say: "I have to take a dump." And you're like: "Okay. I don't know what 'dump' is." Take a dump means go to the bathroom, but you're going number two, so you're taking a poo. But you guys maybe know that the word "take" means to actually put it in your pocket and take it home. Are you stealing my poo? So in English we say: "I have to take a dump." But what we're actually doing is we're leaving poo or shit in the toilet. So, I think we should change it to: "I have to maybe leave a dump" or "make a dump" would maybe be better. But "take", that's just weird. If you would like to take my poo, I'll charge you $100. I'll send it to you. Just write me in the comments, $100. Maybe if you're lucky, there'll be corn. Oh, burn. Next one, you probably heard this: -"How did you sleep last night, Ronnie?" -"Badly." -"Oh, good." -"How did you sleep last night?" -"I slept like a baby." Do you have a baby? Have you ever had a baby? Do you know what a baby is? If you've answered "yes" to these questions, you know damn well that babies do not really sleep well. You put them to bed, and they wake up and cry. Maybe every 10 minutes, depending on the age of the baby. So in reality if you say: "I slept like a baby" it means that you woke up in the middle of the night, crying, wanting your mother, maybe you need to change your diapers, maybe you took a dump, maybe you're hungry, and then you go back to sleep, and then you wake up and you cry again. Sleeping like a baby is not cool. Maybe you can say: "I slept like an overworked accountant" or someone who works really hard all the time. A baby, not a good sleeper. This is one of my... Oh god, I hate this one. "Needless to say". So: "needless to say" means: I do not need to tell you this, but people say: "I really enjoy camping. Needless to say, I like the outdoors." So if something is needless to say, why are you saying it? We should say: "I really like camping. I like the outdoors." "Needless to say" is just extra stuff that is unnecessary and wrong. Maybe you watch TV and maybe you are offered a "free gift". Maybe your free gift is something for your baby. So: "sleep like a baby" means that you actually sleep really, really, really well. So, on the TV they're going to say: "Okay. So, if you want to sleep like a baby tonight, which means sleep really, really, really well, we're going to give you this free gift with your purchase." Okay, the last time I checked, if I have a gift, they're always free. Why would I pay for a gift? It's like: "This is an unpaid... This is a gift you have to pay for", not a gift, that's called a sale or a purchase. So, again, a free gift, it doesn't make sense. It's a gift. I'm not going to pay you for a gift. If you'd like to send me a gift, I'm not going to pay you. Yeah, okay. This is awesome, maybe you have been taught this in your English class or someone says to you: "Can I ask you a question?" And you think: "Yeah, you just did."
The STRANGE & FREAKY history of Valentine's Day! The STRANGE & FREAKY history of Valentine's Day!
3 years ago En
Do you know why we celebrate Valentine's Day? Do you think it's all about love? IT'S NOT! It's about blood, sacrifice, pagan festivals, goats, Roman emperors, whipping, saints, sex, and more blood! Watch this video to learn all about the weird and violent history of this day that today is celebrated by men spending a lot of money and everybody ending up sad, broke, and disappointed. Happy Valentine's Day! IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME, YOU'LL TAKE THE QUIZ: http://www.engvid.com/the-strange-freaky-history-of-valentines-day/ IF YOU REALLY, REALLY LOVE ME, YOU'LL DONATE $10 TO KEEP MY VIDEOS COMING: http://www.engvid.com/support/ TRANSCRIPT Rawr. Happy Valentine's Day. Yeah, okay. This will make sense to you. My name's Ronnie, I'm a lion, and I'm here to teach you about Valentine's Day, the day of love. The day where, ladies, you get really upset because you think your boyfriend or your husband doesn't like you because he didn't buy you something really expensive like a ring, or he didn't buy you what you wanted, but you never told him what you wanted, and then you don't talk to him and then you get into a fight. Happy Valentine's Day. That doesn't make sense, just like me wearing a lion costume. I'm going to explain to you guys the history of Valentine's Day. I will never understand why people get so upset on Valentine's Day, because guess what? If a guy likes you it's not about buying you gifts, it's about being with you and spending time with you. Ladies, give your guys a break. Yeah? Enjoy their company, have a nice dinner, go out and kill people or something. Celebrate Valentine's Day. Go and get whipped with blood or something in animal skins, okay? Because that's how we really celebrate Valentine's Day. So, guys, if you've got a girlfriend that gets angry because you don't buy her the right thing, good luck with that. Maybe you could be executed and that would be better. Maybe Valentine's Day is about being executed. Maybe that makes it easier and better. Let's go into the history of Valentine's Day. So, Valentine's Day, wow. When I researched this, what a lot of crazy stories. Meow. Don't understand. We're going to start with this, though. I can tell you when it is. Every day... Every year it's the same day, it's February the 14th. Okay? So if you're watching this and you haven't gotten your girlfriend a gift, get out, go get one. Ladies, do you buy your boyfriend a gift on Valentine's Day? Double standard, okay? So you get upset because the guy didn't buy you a good gift, but what'd you buy him? Do men get upset and start to cry, and: "Oh, I didn't get a good gift." Yeah, guys probably do. Oh, guys. So, anyways, Valentine's Day, go. Valentine's Day as we know it now, I guess, is to honour a Catholic saint. But the thing was there wasn't just one, there were many Catholic saints and their names were Valentine. Maybe your name's Valentine, Valentina. So, the day as we know is to honour Catholic saints named Valentine. So there was a really, really special guy and his name was Saint Valentine-see, I told you-and he was executed. Mm-hmm, yeah, he was killed in the year 270. By my lion brain that's a long time ago. The reason why he was killed is he would perform marriages or he would marry couples. Hmm. So, Valentine's Day this guy would marry people and then they killed him. Well, this is so romantic. The reason why he was executed is because the Emperor or the guy in charge named Claudius II had apparently strict anti-marriage laws. Okay, now, I didn't live back then. I don't know if any of this is true, but this is what I found. So, apparently he, Claudius II wanted his soldiers to not be married so they could concentrate on killing people, as we do. So he reckons that if they got married they wouldn't want to die for him and save their country, so he didn't like the idea of love and people getting married, so in the year 270, apparently on February 14th-they have documents of this-they executed this Saint Valentine. So Valentine's Day is about execution. Done. Okay. Now, when I was researching: Why February the 14th? So, if we go back before this, the ancient Romans, they celebrated what's called the Feast of Lupercalia. Okay? This was on the 15th of February. We've missed a day, there. This was a fertility festival. A fertility festival means that in the springtime most things-humans, plants, animals-are ready to reproduce and have children. So, a fertility festival, basically they want people to have sex and have babies.
Slang: 13 Funny Word Mash-Ups in English Slang: 13 Funny Word Mash-Ups in English
3 years ago En
Word mash-ups are slang terms made of two words to describe something in more detail. For example, "brunch" is a combination of "breakfast" and "lunch", and it means a meal that combines both breakfast and lunch foods. In this lesson, I will teach you many common word mash-ups that native English speakers use, such as "hangry", "skort", "shart", "ginormous", "spork", "sexting", and more. Many of these words are so common that they are almost considered standard English vocabulary, so it is important to know them. You can even create your own word mash-ups, and maybe they will become popular! At the end of the lesson, test your knowledge by doing the quiz, and don't forget to submit your own ideas for new word mash-ups in the comments section! http://www.engvid.com/slang-13-funny-word-mash-ups-in-english/ TRANSCRIPT Are you ready for some mash up? Mash it up, mash it up. My name's Ronnie. I'm going to teach you how to mash things up. What does that mean? Mash up. Do you like potatoes? And you mash them? You combine them, squish them together, put some butter... No. What? Okay, so word mash-ups, word mash-ups, slang, teaching you slang. Word mash-ups mean we take two words, mash them together, and make a whole new language for you to learn. And just when you thought you had mastered English vocabulary, we make more for you. These are fun. And by the end of this lesson, I think you can make your own word mash-ups. That'll be fun. So, let's get the potatoes cooking. Let's mash up some words. Maybe some of these words you have heard before and maybe you know them. Very, very popular word is "brunch", but do you know what "brunch" means? "Brunch" is a word mash-up. It's old-school, which means it's old. "Brunch" means "breakfast" and "lunch" at the same time. So, brunch begins from whatever time you want and usually ends at about 3:00. So if you want to eat from the time you wake up until afternoon, you're eating brunch. It's breakfast and lunch together, so that means you get to eat all the breakfast foods and all the delicious lunch foods at one time. Glorious brunch. Maybe you have heard this word, I personally think it's a little overused, the word is called "chillax". "Chill" and "relax". If you have watched my lesson on "Chill, Chill Out", you're going to know that "chill" means to be calm. So, "chill" and "relax" means to be calm and relaxed. Chillax, people, everything's going to be fine. Bro, chillax, bro. Brah. Have you heard people say this: "brah" or "bro"? It is a slang way for usually men to greet each other. We don't say: -"Good afternoon, Kevin. How are you today?" -"Why, I'm fine." We say: "Brah, what's up? Yo, bro." for boys. So we have what's called a "bromance". What do you think "bromance" means? It means "bro" and "romance", so this means that you are a man and you kind of like another guy, but you're not gay. You just like your friend a lot. Next one, we hear this a lot in TV. Well, all of them you're going to hear in American TV, but this is I imagine in a TV commercial: a "staycation". It sounds like "vacation". So, a "staycation" means a stay-at-home vacation. This means you don't have to go to work-yes-but you're not travelling somewhere. Usually on vacations we travel. A staycation means you don't go to work and you stay at home in your pajamas, watching www.engvid.com. Would you do that? Yeah. You're doing it now. These ones, I think, are my favourite. The first one, not very well-known, is: "vurp". "Vurp" means "vomit" and "burp". So, you have to burp. [Burps] Excuse me. But actually when you do that, some vomit comes up - not a good situation... I didn't vurp, it's fine. Not a good situation. So, maybe you've eaten a lot at brunch, maybe you've overdone it, had a little bromance at brunch and you're eating, and you burp, but a little bit of stomach vile comes up - that's a vurp. You don't actually vomit, but it's... It's kind of close. This one is actually quite fun and a great conversation starter. This is "shart". "Shart" is "shit" and "fart". It's along the same meaning as vomit and burp, except it's the other end. So, you think you're going to fart... Fart means: "[makes fart noise]". Okay? But actually, uh-oh, a little bit of poo or shit comes out. A little embarrassing. We also have a word for this is Hershey squirts. Do you know the Hershey's kisses? Kind of the same idea there or... So, a shart is you think you're going to fart, you're like: "Oh, it's safe." [Fart noise]. Oh. You can usually see it in the person's face.
American Sex Slang: The SEX Alphabet with Ronnie American Sex Slang: The SEX Alphabet with Ronnie
3 years ago En
Do you want to have sex with an American? Well, you're going to have to be able to TALK about sex like an American! Learn some fun and dirty sex slang in this video and start banging native speakers today! English has lots of sex vocabulary and slang. So does every language, but English is what I'm teaching. Today you'll learn more than 26 of these dirty words in English. You won't learn this in your grammar book, and you might not even find these definitions in your dictionary, but you'll hear these words on TV, on the street, and if you're lucky, in your bedroom. That's why I'm here, doing this public service…teaching you REAL English for REAL life! IELTS? Fuck IELTS! I want you to have a hard-on for learning English! After the lesson, don't go jerk off—take the quiz on engVid at: http://www.engvid.com/american-sex-slang-the-sex-alphabet/ Or jerk off first if you want…but take the quiz after you're done! Uhhh... this video is not for kids. WATCH THE REST OF THE SEX WITH RONNIE SERIES TO "IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH": 1. Sex With Ronnie: https://youtu.be/CqRyskaSwWE 2. Rude slang for body parts - COCK, PUSSY, ASS, BALLS... : https://youtu.be/SQWF2-rjx_I 3. Sex Slang: Paying for it: https://youtu.be/x-Gk6y_WAcs TRANSCRIPT Hi, guys. This is Norman Luboff. Please do not watch this video, it has very bad words. Ronnie's a very bad person. Did I mention this is Norman Luboff? Did you buy my album? It's really good. Do some good country, some really good, wholesome stuff. So, don't watch this video if you are easily offended by Ronnie or if you like to make comments about how Ronnie's rude. Instead, buy my record. It's really good, and I'm really cool. Hey, guess what, Norman? So this guy's really old, he's... This was made... Let's see, he's got the greatest choir ever, Mr. Norman Luboff. This is actually made... I can't find a date. I'll find a date on this guy. So this guy's really old, and he doesn't want me to teach you bad things. If you don't want to hear bad things, if you don't want to listen to bad things, if you don't want to learn about sex, or if you're a child and your mom and daddy don't want you to learn about sex, please turn it off now. Are you still with me, then? Norman Luboff, popular in the 60s I'm presuming, probably learned his ABCs: A is for apple, B is for... I don't know. I'm going to teach you a different kind of ABCs. This is the dirty ABCs with Ronnie: "Sex With Ronnie." If you want to see more sex with Ronnie, I got another video for you, but this one's the ABCs of sex with Ronnie. A is for "anus", which means "asshole", which is the part of your bum. B is for "boner" and "chubby". "Boner" and "chubby" means your dick is hard. "Dickhead" has two meanings. One, it means the top of your penis. The other way we use "dickhead" is if someone's not nice. You can say: "You're a dickhead." You're basically telling the person that they're the top of a penis. So, "erection", "boner", and "chubby" all mean the same. "Facial" is not something your mom would get at a salon. A "facial" is when your hard boner ejaculates or there's sperm that comes, and it goes over somebody's face, covering the face with "jizz", which is for J. "Erection" is hard dick, "facial" is jizz on the face. "Glory hole" means anything that you can stick your dick in. It could be a pie, if you've seen that movie. H is for "hard-on", which again means boner. I is for "it". When you don't want to talk about it, but you want to do it, you can say: "Do you want to do it?" And "it" just means sex. "Jizz" we've already been through. "Jerk off" is something you do by yourself when you're very lonely. K is for "knocked up", it's also a movie. K means you got the girl pregnant or you're pregnant yourself. A "landing strip" is the pubic hair of a girl or boy that means that it's shaved or shorn so it's like an airplane, and your dick is landing in the landing strip. M is for "muff" which means the hair is everywhere. N is for "nail", but not this kind of nail. N is a verb and it means to have sex. "Old fashioned" is a doughnut, but it also means a hand job, which is the same as jerk off. "Pork", "pound", "poke", and "plow" are also verbs and they mean to have sex. Sex with Ronnie, you getting this? Q is for "quickie" it means do it fast. R is for "rack", also known as boobs. S is for "score", hah, you just scored which means you had sex. "Tap that ass" just means to have sex, doesn't it? "Upskirt" is for U, you, this means that you... The camera angle is looking up the girl's skirt without her permission. Ladies, be careful. V is for "vag. jj", also known as vagina. W is for "whiskey dick", this means you've drank so much whiskey that you can no longer get a boner, a chubby, an erection, or a hard-on. It can be any kind of alcohol, but "whiskey dick" went with W.
So you're NOT having a baby... So you're NOT having a baby...
3 years ago En
Do you hate when people ask you WHY you don't have kids? Learn how to answer these uncomfortable and awkward questions with confidence! In this video, we're talking about NOT having a baby. Maybe it's because you don't want kids, or maybe it's because of infertility – because you can't have one. This video covers everything about not being pregnant; we'll talk about different issues that men and women can have that prevent them from having a baby. I'll explain the English vocabulary – both polite and slang – that you can use to talk about infertility. Take the quiz: http://www.engvid.com/so-youre-not-having-a-baby/ Make sure you watch these videos about HAVING A BABY: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrCSBtTADNU 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JG4lKM3Wog TRANSCRIPT Hi there. I'm Ronnie. I've got something to share with you and it's quite personal, but it's just the kind of gal I am. I am infertile, so that means I cannot have children. You're thinking: "Maybe that's a good thing", or you're devastated that there'll be no baby Ronnies running around. Enh, at first I was devastated, but then I came to terms with it and I figured it was for the best. But there's these other things called other people, and they like a lot to ask me questions about it. So this lesson is from me, and I'd also like to put a dedication out to this to Melanie. This is for you. You gave me the inspiration for this video. Love you, girl. So, in a normal life process people are born, they get a boyfriend, they get a girlfriend, they get married, and then-ba, ba, ba, bom-they have a baby. But sometimes you don't get the baby. So, this lesson is entitled: "You Are Not Pregnant." And this is a really big issue with women around the world. Every country has different ways of helping or not helping women, so if you're going through this, there is lots of help available. Stay strong. You can do it. We have a slang term for the word "pregnant", we say "preggers". So, you might hear somebody say: "Oh my god, my best friend is preggers." And you say: "Preggers? Is that a person's name?" They're just meaning pregnant. Okay? We also have slang terms to say: "I have a bun in the oven." Oh, well, that would be delicious. Or: "One in the oven", that means that they are pregnant. But this is for everyone who is not pregnant. So, we're going to start with a very, very common term. Someone might say: "She lost the baby." And you think: "How could she lose a baby? They're... They're going to cry... It was... How can someone lose a baby? They're just... They're babies. How can you lose them?" They don't mean that they physically misplaced the baby. It means there was a problem, and the problems might be that somebody... She, obviously, had a miscarriage. "Having a miscarriage" means that after a few months into your pregnancy the baby doesn't survive. So it could be... We... We normally say in Canada that after three months of knowing that you're pregnant, three months is pretty much a safe time to let people know that you're going to have a baby. But that is no guarantee. Sometimes we'll have a miscarriage after three months, god forbid, but if somebody had a miscarriage it means that the baby wasn't strong enough to survive and the baby died. But it probably wasn't formed yet. Even more traumatizing than this is if the baby came to term, so maybe you went past the three months, four months, five months, six months, seven months, and what happens is you deliver the baby or you have the baby, but the baby's dead. This is called a "still birth". So the still birth means that the baby survives for the nine weeks up until you're going to go into labour and have a baby, but something happens and the baby dies. And this is... I couldn't imagine. Something really heartfelt and tragic. There are reasons why people cannot have a baby. As I said, I am infertile, this means that there is something wrong with my eggs and they're not strong enough to do their magic and their cell reproduction and actually make a baby. So I had to go to what's called a "fertility clinic". Now, "infertile" is an adjective, and in slang you can say: "She's barren" or some people might say: "She's dried up". Now, these terms: "barren" and "dried up", you guys must understand that these are slang and probably not really cool to say to the person who is infertile. If you want to talk to them about it, cool, but it's better to just say they're infertile. "Barren" or "dried up" we would make jokes with. What happens when you go to a fertility clinic is many different things, but the first thing that they do is they put you on fertility drugs. Now, these are pills or some kind of drugs that you can take to help you in whatever your problem is. There could be a problem with your eggs, there could be a problem with the inside of your body.
Improve Your Vocabulary: 50+ Shades of Colors in English! Improve Your Vocabulary: 50+ Shades of Colors in English!
3 years ago En Ru
Are your walls white, or eggshell white? Is your car blue, or electric blue? You already know your basic colors in English, now let's take them to the next level! Today, you'll learn the shades of colors. I'll explain them and you'll get to see them on screen. We mostly take these names from things around us, like foods, drinks, animals, and machines. This video is especially important if you're buying paint, are interested in art, or work in any area of design. It'll also help you communicate more clearly and fluently in English. Listen carefully and you'll ace the quiz! What's your favourite color? Tell me in the comments, and don't just say 'black'! http://www.engvid.com/50-shades-of-colors-in-english/ TRANSCRIPT Hello. This is my car. It's really old. I used to drive it when I was a very small, tiny baby. I've had this car for a long time. Let me ask you something. What colour is my car? If you said, mmm, like, I don't know. Take a good look. What colour? Black and black here, and then like yellow or something. You are... You're right, but mm-mm, that's kind of wrong because there are not just yellows or blacks in the world of car paint anymore. So, if you're looking to fix up an old car like this and make it your baby, make it beautiful, if you're into reconditioning old cars, or if you're into interior design, painting, painting your house a new colour, and you go to the paint store and you say: "Definitely I would like to have a blue living room", the people that work at the paint store are going to do this: -"What colour blue?" -"Uh, blue. Maybe light blue, dark blue. That's what I got, light blue, dark blue." So what I'm going to teach you today is all about colours, but shades of colours and the super crazy names that we have for them, because it's not just green anymore. My jacket, it's not green. It's kelly green, thank you. Mm-hmm. Sherry from Hong Kong, this lesson's for you. Hi. I miss you. [Laughs] Cherry, Sherry, Sherry? Cherry! What colour do you think cherry is? What colour is a cherry? Red. So, let's start off with red. Colours? These are names of colours, but we change them up, we play with them. So, you guys know the colour red. Have you heard of the colour crimson? It means red. So, all of these ones are colour-coded to help you. If you're colour-blind, good luck; everything's kind of the same. So, how do we get these strange colours? We will name colours after food or drink. So, we've got crimson, we've gone wine-delicious-and another food is a cherry. Cherries and wine, they're red. They're different shades of red, but they're still red. We also name colours after flowers. A geranium is a flower. Guess what colour it is? It's red. It can be pink, too, but that's okay. So, sometimes maybe you want to buy red paint, you go to the store and it's called geranium or poppy. So, this just means red. Moving right along. We have black. Now, black is not just black anymore. Black has changed to ebony, onyx-great band, by the way-raven... Raven's a bird. So, we name colours after animals, food, and flowers. Sable, and then we have night shade. When I was younger I had a car that was night shade, so at nighttime it was black, but in the daylight it was not blue, navy. Cool car. Cool colour. Got dirty a lot. Night shade. Next up, not just purple anymore. We have the flower of lavender, we have lilac, which is another flower. This is one of my favourites: mauve. Now, it looks like mowawu, mauve, but it's actually mauve. We have plum, which is a food; violet, which is a flower; and amethyst, which is a type... A type of stone or a mineral. I was born in February, so my ring is an amethyst. It's purple. Mm-hmm. Moving right along, grey. We have ash, battleship-mm-hmm-dove. Did you know that doves and pigeons are the same? Mm-hmm. Except doves are white and grey. Oyster, delicious food. We have a stone, stone grey, good colour for your house. And we also have gun metal. So, gun metal, battleship. We're getting some war themes going on in this paint. Back to the fruits and veggies, we have orange. We have cantaloupe. Now, a cantaloupe is a fruit. The inside of the cantaloupe, it's orange. Carrot, marigold. Marigold's a flower. And we also have tangerine. It looks like an orange. It's a little bit smaller than an orange. We also have the colour orange. No? Not funny yet? Green, lots of food, lots of things in our... In nature are green. So we have one of my favourite, avocado, which is how you make guacamole. So, avocado is a darker green. Lime green. The inside of my fantabulous jacket is lime. The outside, kelly. We have this very, very crazy colour called chartreuse, that's green. Jade. Have you watched Jade's videos? Did you know that she's not green at all? Jade is a type of stone. We have kelly. Hi, kelly. And we also have sage. Sage is a type of herb or a plant. It's green. Mm-hmm. See how this is working out?
Veterans Day & Remembrance Day Veterans Day & Remembrance Day
4 years ago En
Do you know what Veterans Day is? What about Memorial Day? You may have also heard about Remembrance Day or Armistice Day. Find out how and why we celebrate these holidays in this special lesson. I'll teach you some key cultural points that are important to know where this holiday is celebrated. I'll explain a little bit about the history of this holiday and how these names are used in the United States and other English speaking countries. Last but not least, learn some key English vocabulary and expressions we use to talk about Veterans Day. Take the quiz on this lesson: http://www.engvid.com/veterans-day-remembrance-day/ TRANSCRIPT [Airplane flying and crashing noises] Back from the dead. Survived the war. My name's Ronnie. I'm going to teach you something today that is very important in many countries of the world, probably including your country. It commemorates people who fought in the war, World War I, World War II, and what we're doing is we are respecting people who gave their lives for our freedom. Thanks, soldiers. Have you noticed that when you walk around in November, people are wearing red flowers or a red pin on their jackets? And you may ask yourself: "Why...? Why are people wearing these red...? Is this...? Is this a new brand? What's happened?" What has happened is Remembrance Day. Or if you are living in America, it's called Veteran's Day, and in other countries of the world it's called Armistice Day. This day is November 11th. So, what happens on November 11th at 11am is we have what's called one minute of silence. That means at exactly 11am for one minute we do not speak, because we are remembering men and women who died in the wars. So, we have a very special way to say this, we say: "The 11th hour"-which is 11am-"of the 11th day of the 11th month". So this is November 11th at 11am. You might think: "Well, hey, hold on, Ronnie. You think that the war just ended at 11am? They're just like: 'Oh, we're not going to fight anymore'?" No. Unfortunately, it didn't happen like that. What happened was it marked the end of World War I in 1918. So, November 11th at 11am there was a treaty signed and it marked the end of World War I in 1918. But then you know history, and go: "Hey, there was a World War II." Yeah, so there was a World War II-has that ever ended?-and it ended at a different date, but this holiday commemorates people who have fought in any wars. So, what does Remembrance Day...? What...? What does it commemorate? Why do we have this? As I told you, we remember members of the armed forces. "Armed forces" means people in the military, so people in the Army, the Navy, the Marines, anywhere where there's armed forces who died in the line of duty. "In the line of duty" means they died while at war or while fighting. In the USA, they also have a special day called "Memorial Day". Now, Veteran's Day and Memorial Day is a little bit different in the USA. Memorial Day is actually for the people who died, but Veteran's Day remembers anyone and everyone who fought in the war. Like in Remembrance Day and Armistice Day, even if you didn't die in the war, if you fought in the war, we are remembering and respecting your time and your life that you gave for our countries. In America, Memorial Day is the last Monday in May, but Veteran's Day, Remembrance Day, and Armistice Day is November 11th. So, you might still be thinking, like: "Whoa, Ronnie, what? I'm so confused. November 11th, why are people wearing poppies? I don't get it. I don't understand about poppies." So, the reason why we wear poppies, which are a red flower on our jackets, is because there is a very, very famous soldier... Well, he was more than a soldier actually. He was a Lieutenant, so this word is Lieutenant-Colonel, and he was a doctor, and he was Canadian. He was a Canadian physician. He earned the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. His name is John McCrae. John McCrae wrote a really famous song... Or, sorry. Poem, probably a song, "In Flanders Fields". Now, Flanders is a place in Belgium where there was a war. So, what happens is the people who were in the war were buried in Flanders Fields. He wrote a poem. When I was in school... Any school child in Canada has to recite the poem: "In Flanders Fields where poppies grow, among the crosses, row on row, that mark our place". Bam. So, what happened is he was talking about poppy fields that grew that marked the soldiers' graves. Another lady thought this was kind of cool, and decided to use the poppy as the emblem or the symbol to represent brave men and women who fought in the wars. If Remembrance Day teaches us nothing to remember the people, how about we talk about not having wars? Let's try that for the next Remembrance Day. Until next time, we salute the troops. See ya later.
Don't make this common mistake – Use the S! Don't make this common mistake – Use the S!
4 years ago En Ru
There are some really simple things that you can do to sound more like a native English speaker. One mistake English learners often make is not pronouncing the "s" at the end of a word. This can lead to confusion. For example, if you say, "I like dog", it will be interpreted as meaning that you like to eat dog meat, not that you love these cute animals as pets! In this lesson, you will learn when you should pronounce the "s" at the end of some words in order to be clear in your meaning and avoid embarrassing confusion. QUIZ: http://www.engvid.com/dont-make-this-common-mistake-use-the-s/ RESOURCE PAGE OF COUNTABLE & UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS: http://www.engvid.com/english-resource/countable-and-uncountable-nouns/ TRANSCRIPT Hi, guys. I'd like to share with you one of my pet peeves. "Pet peeves" means something that other people do that make you angry. So, I am an ESL teacher, and I love teaching, but something really pisses me off, something really makes me angry, and it is when people do not say the "s" at the end of words. Now, I understand that this is at first a pronunciation problem, so you guys are going to go to Emma's video that she made: "Words Ending in 's'". So, this will teach you all about the pronunciation of the word "s" at the end of words. So, www.engvid.com will give you... Type in "s pronunciation", and you've got that video right there. After you watch that video, there will be no excuse. So, please, try. Help me out. And I'm going to tell you why it's so important. First example: Use the "s" is if you said to someone, for example: "I like cat" or "I like dog", this means you want to say that you like dogs, cats, you think they're cute, you maybe have a couple pets. But guess what? If you say: "I like cat and I like dog", this means you like to eat them. So you don't want someone to think that you like to eat dogs or cats, now, do you? So, it's crucial (very important) that you always try to remember to put the "s". So, instead of saying: "I like cat and I like dog", we're going to say: "I like cats and I like dogs." If it's an animal that you like, you're going to put the "s", with the exception of chicken... You can like chickens. But if you like to eat it, you're not going to put the "s". So, for example: "My favourite food is chicken." So, I would say: "I like chicken." But if I like the animal: "Bawk, bawk, bawk", maybe a bit too much, I would say: "I like chickens." So, be careful. You don't want to say to someone: "I like sheep", because that just... That's a different subject. So, the first rule that you have to remember with this is we always use an "s" with countable nouns. So, a "countable noun" means something that you can count in groups. For example: dogs, cats; one dog, two dogs, three dogs. You can count them. We have countable and uncountable nouns in English. If you're not too sure, you can reference it on www.engvid.com or you can look in a grammar book or a dictionary, and you will know if it's countable or uncountable. So, rule number one is that every countable noun will have to have an "s" if it's plural. If you look at my example... Now, I hear this all the time. I will ask someone: -"Wow. Cool shoes. How much were they?" -"40 dollar." And, let me see, 40 dollar, 40 dollar, what? Because "dollars" are countable, you have to put the "s". So, it's not: "40 dollar", it's "40 dollars". So: "I have 5 dollars." Now, if you only have one of something that's countable, that's okay, you don't need the "s". So, for example: "I have one dog." I don't put the "s". If you have one of something that's countable, you don't need the "s", but as soon as you have two, you need to put the "s". The other words that we're going to look at are more of a grammar-based thing, but that's cool. "There were several", maybe this is a new word for you. "Several" means the same as "a lot" or "many". It means more than one. So, for example, if you say: "There was... There were several dog", this doesn't make sense; because this means more than one, I have to write the "s". I say: "There were several dogs." "I have a lot of cat". So, if you told me that you have a lot of cat, I think that you're going to invite me to eat the cat that you have, because you have a large portion of cat for me to eat. I have never eaten cat. I probably would, but I don't think you would like me to eat your cat, so you have to say: "I have a lot of cats." Meow. Crazy cat ladies, hello. Next one, I hear people say: "Oh, my city has many tree." Huh, okay. Well, "many", which means the same as "a lot" or "several", again, you need the "s". So, you have to say... Not "tress". "My city has many trees." One more that's even more confusing for you guys is "too many". Now, "many", and "a lot", and "several" are always positive things. Okay? But "too many" is always a bad thing or a negative thing.
10 words in English that don't make sense! Hmmm... 10 words in English that don't make sense! Hmmm...
4 years ago En Ru
Do you ever wonder why we park a car in a "driveway" but drive on a "parkway"? Why do we have "toes", not "footfingers"? And why do we brush our teeth with a "toothbrush" and "toothpaste" instead of a "teethbrush" and "teethpaste"? Sometimes, it looks like English makes no sense! I understand your frustration, so in this lesson, I will make sense of the senseless and look at some vocabulary that can confuse English learners. TAKE THE QUIZ: http://www.engvid.com/10-words-in-english-that-dont-make-sense/ TRANSCRIPT Hello out there? Hello? It's me. Oh, hello, hello, hello. Ronnie. Ronnie here. This is a really fun lesson, kind of something that I live for every day. One of my... It's not a hobby. One thing that I think is cool, generally and for real, are words in English. Being an English teacher, teaching you English, I come across words that just don't make sense. If you think of them in a different language, maybe your language, and then you translate it into English, it... What? It just does not make sense. So, I've got only 10 of these for you today, and I could go on with a thousand, but we are limited in our video time. So, today, 10 words, 10 things in English that just don't make sense. First one. You have probably learned that in English, if you have: "in" or "un" or "anti" or "un" or "dis" before a word, it means not. So, your brain looks at this and says: "inflammable", "flammable". Okay. So, maybe you know the word, maybe you're French, maybe you know "flammable" or you can decide that "flame" means fire. So, if you look at this word in your logical brain, "inflammable" and "flammable" must mean the opposite. "Inflammable" must mean that something cannot catch fire, while as "flammable" must mean logically that something can catch fire. Guess what? Not in English. "Inflammable" and "flammable" both mean the same thing. What? So, the reason is "inflammable", sometimes the preposition... Not the prepositions. The things before the words can make it to do with it. So, actually "inflammable" means in flames. Do you know that band, In Flames? So, the prefix of "in"-it's a prefix-you know means not, but in this case, it means with or in, together. Mind. Next one, this is fun: "noses run". Okay. So, you have a nose, it runs. This means that some liquid, which is called "mucus" or "snot", comes out of your nose. So, we say: "My nose is running. Ah, my nose is running." But: "Your feet smell." Is this funny yet? So, noses run and feet smell. This is another way how English is funny for me, because "feet smell" has two meanings. One, "smell" is a verb, and the other one: "Your feet smell bad." So, I can say: "My nose is running, and your feet smell." Because usually we run with our feet and we smell with our nose. Crazy. Good luck with this language. The next one I've already kind of talked about, is: "mucus", "snot", or this word which is "phlegm". So, in your language-Japanese, Korean, Spanish-you probably... Not Spanish. But you probably say something close to "nose water", "hana sui". But guess what? In English, no. "Nose water" would be too easy. "Hana mizu", no way. We call it: "mucus", "snot", or "phlegm". We also have another word that's quite fun, it's called a "booger". A booger is something that you pick from your nose and you can flick. The mucus or the snot is the liquid, like the water. Nose water. It's nose water. So, mucus and snot is liquid, and the booger is more of a solid. Delicious. Okay. Speaking about the nose, we have holes in our nose. Everyone probably has two. Yeah? Most people have two. Does anybody have one nostril out there? Because if you... You'd have to breathe double, I guess. Guess what? They're not called "nose holes", "hana no ana", mm-mm. They're called: "nostrils". Yeah, don't know why. It'd be easier if we just said: "Hey. My nose hole is really not doing too well over here." But we have to say: "My nostril is full of mucus." We can't say: "Hey. My nose hole is full of nose water." People would go: "Ah, cool. Want a Kleenex?" But no, no, we have to use these crazy words. The other word, like in your language-Spanish "dedo", mm-hmm-you guys probably have something to do with your foot and a finger. Lots of languages you guys will probably say: "foot fingers", but not in English. We have to say: "toes". Hmm. "Foot fingers", it's really funny for me, because I've grown up my whole life knowing them as "toes", but "foot fingers" just makes more sense. English doesn't make sense. On to the next five. If you have a car and you want to leave the car somewhere near your house, this place is called a "driveway". So, you park your car in a driveway. However, if you want to take your car someplace, like on a drive, you drive on a parkway. Obviously, it would make more sense if I park in my parkway and drive on the driveway, but again, this is why I have a job to teach you the crazy things, this is why learning English makes you crazy. Welcome to my world.
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