JamesESL English Lessons (engVid)
If you TRY, you can do anything! It's always been my belief that you cannot put information in other people's heads. If you find a way to show them something, they can use their own intelligence to learn. This is my approach to teaching, trying to be both informative while allowing the students to find their own way of learning. I've spent the last 12 years teaching in various capacities. I've taught martial arts to kids and developed a curriculum that was geared specifically to enhance their development. I spent several years working with children suffering from autism and Asperger's -- trying to help them learn to deal with the world around them and to learn from their environment. Finally, it was while helping a child that I was asked to work at the Toronto School Board. While I was there, I helped out with kids who were learning English, and my love of teaching ESL began.

143 videos
NOUN or VERB? Listen for the word stress NOUN or VERB? Listen for the word stress
5 months ago En
Learn 7 words in English that are actually 14 words! These words can be either nouns or verbs, depending on where you put the stress when you pronounce the word. That means that these words are spelled the same, but have different functions depending on the way we say them. I’ll teach you the rule, go through the words and explain the noun and verb versions of each, and then we’ll do some practice. Let’s start! Take the quiz: https://www.engvid.com/noun-or-verb-word-stress/ More pronunciation videos: Pronunciation Tricks: The Magic E https://youtu.be/dsW5qQ2B_xE Sound like a native speaker: Delete the "H"! https://youtu.be/xLYAQ5Wergc
TEST YOUR ENGLISH: Play the phrase game! TEST YOUR ENGLISH: Play the phrase game!
6 months ago En
Can you guess which English phrase matches each explanation? Test your English and find out in this special phrase game show class! After the test, I’ll teach you exactly what all the options mean – you’ll learn 13 new English phrases in total. I’ll teach you phrases such as “neck and neck”, “put your foot down”, “tongue in cheek”, and 10 more! Learn these phrases and start using them today. Let’s get started! https://www.engvid.com/test-your-english-phrase-game/ Watch next: Body parts as verbs https://youtu.be/fT-sMGYMB5g Animal idioms in English https://youtu.be/ql4x--ASiuI
When to END a conversation: 4 signs When to END a conversation: 4 signs
7 months ago En
If you want people to enjoy speaking with you, you need to know when to end a conversation. English speakers won't tell you that they want to end a conversation, but we do use body language, tone, and other cues to indicate we're ready to move on. In this special lesson I'll teach you to read these signs, so you can end a conversation pleasantly and politely. You'll also learn simple English expressions that you can use to end a conversation politely when you want to stop speaking with someone. Test your understanding with the quiz: https://www.engvid.com/when-to-end-a-conversation/ Watch next: How to start a conversation https://youtu.be/rTJcpSWtVKI How to steal a conversation https://youtu.be/jl3pdlys7zc
Learn 14 English expressions for body language Learn 14 English expressions for body language
8 months ago En
Learn about verbal AND non-verbal communication in this lesson! In this video I'll teach you about expressions we use to talk about physical actions and body language. These are things we do physically with our bodies, non-verbal communication, however we also use these verbally as expressions to talk about how people react to situations. When you're angry you may clench your jaw. When you see a sad movie you may call it a tear-jerker. Learn how to understand the verbal expressions and non verbal information people are communicating around you. It'll make you better at understanding expressions and reading body language. Test yourself with the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/14-english-expressions-body-language/#quiz Watch next: 12 ways to use body parts as verbs https://youtu.be/fT-sMGYMB5g 11 body part expressions https://youtu.be/Emf1sstnzgM
Learn 12 Work English Expressions with BREAD Learn 12 Work English Expressions with BREAD
10 months ago En
Want to make more money? Let’s talk about dough! In English, we often use vocabulary and expressions about bread to talk about money. In this lesson, I’ll teach you 12 business idioms and expressions that all relate to bread. You can actually use many of these in everyday life, not just at the office. Watch this lesson to understand and speak more conversational English. Watch next: Business phrasal verbs - OUT https://youtu.be/WsE4UmmkVtU Business phrasal verbs - OFF https://youtu.be/x_YAUaSqV8o Take the quiz: https://www.engvid.com/12-work-english-expressions-bread/
Describe people in English with animal adjectives & idioms: sheepish, sluggish, fishy... Describe people in English with animal adjectives & idioms: sheepish, sluggish, fishy...
10 months ago En
Animal expressions are very common in the English language. But in today’s lesson, I want to teach you some animal idioms that are specifically used to describe people. For example, if someone is “sheepish”, it means they are shy, nervous, and have no confidence. If someone is “chicken”, it means they are afraid. We will also look at the idiomatic meanings of “fishy”, “beef”, “pig”, “squirrely”, “sluggish”, and “snake”. When it comes to idioms, they are very useful because they allow you to use fewer words to express a broader meaning. And these commonly used animal expressions will come in handy when you are trying to describe people you meet and situations that you encounter with them. So watch the lesson to learn some useful English expressions, and then do the quiz to practice what you’ve learned. https://www.engvid.com/describe-people-in-english-animal-adjectives-idioms/ Liked the lesson? Try these next: More animal idioms https://youtu.be/ql4x--ASiuI "Face" expressions https://youtu.be/fBi0wWfGLN4
Basic English: How to use SORRY & EXCUSE ME Basic English: How to use SORRY & EXCUSE ME
11 months ago En
“Sorry” or “excuse me”? You may think they mean the same thing, but there is a right time to use “excuse me”, and there is a right time to use “sorry”. They are both apologies but are used in different situations. In this lesson, I will teach you the difference between these two English expressions, when to use which, and how to use them properly. “Sorry” is an adjective that we use for feeling distress, sympathy, disappointment, and more. There are many other situations in which it is appropriate to use it, and I will cover them in this lesson. “Excuse me” is a phrase we use to get somebody’s attention, for interrupting, to judge with forgiveness, and more. I will give you examples for every situation. These are expressions you will be using almost every day, so it’s important to know the difference between the two. Take the quiz to solidify your knowledge, so you can apologize properly and with confidence every time. https://www.engvid.com/basic-english-sorry-excuse-me/ More BASIC ENGLISH videos to watch n
Basic English Grammar: How to use ALSO, TOO, AS WELL Basic English Grammar: How to use ALSO, TOO, AS WELL
12 months ago En
What is the difference between “also”, “too”, and “as well”? You may think that they can be used at any time, but there are actually a few differences. In this English grammar lesson, we will look at those differences. First, I will teach you the meaning of each of these words and their function in a sentence. Hint: two of them are adverbs, and the other is a phrase. Then, I will show you how they are normally used, as well as some special cases. It’s important to know how to use these words in order to avoid sounding too repetitive. If you always use “too”, you can change it up and use “also” or “as well”, but you need to know how to use them correctly. So watch the lesson, and then do the quiz to practice what you’ve learned! https://www.engvid.com/basic-english-grammar-also-too-as-well/ Watch next: English Grammar: AT, ON, IN https://youtu.be/sN5H7YTo_IQ Basic English Grammar: Parts of Speech https://youtu.be/SceDmiBEESI
4 ways to improve your English speaking...ALONE! 4 ways to improve your English speaking...ALONE!
2 years ago En
If you don’t have enough English fluency to have a conversation, you won’t get enough speaking practice. But if you don’t get enough English speaking practice, you won’t develop fluency. So how do you solve this problem? I will teach you four ways to practice conversation when you don’t have a partner to practice with. Seem impossible? Think again! I will teach you the principles of input/output, pacing, mimicking, and creative practice. You will be able to use these techniques to have frequent conversations and get the practice you need to become a fluent English speaker, even without a partner. Did you understand the lesson? Take the quiz to find out: https://www.engvid.com/improve-english-speaking-alone/
10 English Idioms & Expressions with “EYE” 10 English Idioms & Expressions with “EYE”
2 years ago En
Learn ten English idioms with the word “eye”! An idiom is an expression that is not predictable from the usual meaning of its words. For example, “to keep an eye on something” means that you watch something very carefully. In this lesson, I will teach you the meaning of many expressions, including “caught one’s eye”, “to have an eye for something”, “eyesore”, “pull the wool over someone’s eyes”, “more than meets the eye”, “an eye for an eye”, “keep one’s eyes peeled”, “keep an eye out for”, and “in the public eye”. These commonly used expressions will be useful to you in everyday life. Keep an eye out for the quiz after watching! https://www.engvid.com/10-english-idioms-expressions-eye/
13 Common ACRONYMS & ABBREVIATIONS in English 13 Common ACRONYMS & ABBREVIATIONS in English
2 years ago En
Improve your English vocabulary! An abbreviation is a shortened or contracted word, like “Dr” instead of “Doctor” or “won’t” instead of “will not”. Now, an acronym is when you take the first letter of each word in a phrase and put them together. For example, “FYI” stands for “for your information”. We use acronyms and abbreviations frequently in English because we love shortening language. In this English vocabulary lesson, I will teach you 13 acronyms and abbreviations that will be very useful to you in everyday life. You will learn the meaning of “BTW”, “N/A”, “BRB”, “IMO”, “SOP”, “YTD”, “ROI”, “ETA”, and more. Most of these are used only in written form, but some can be used in spoken language, too. I’ll even show you a few slang acronyms that you will often see used on the Internet or in emails and text messages. Watch the lesson to learn a ton of useful vocabulary, and do the quiz to test yourself. https://www.engvid.com/13-common-acronyms-abbreviations-in-english/
SUPERLEARNING: Develop your learning style to its full potential SUPERLEARNING: Develop your learning style to its full potential
2 years ago En
Improve your brain’s capacity to learn with these tips. Everyone has a different learning style. For example, some people learn more easily by listening, and others prefer seeing or reading. This is why it is so important to find a teaching style that matches your learning style. If you understand your learning style, you will be able to increase your speed and ability to learn. This will avoid study boredom in the long term! In this lesson, I will talk about learning styles and teach you tips and tricks to increase your learning capacity and become a “superlearner”! I will also share with you some study tips to help you make the most of your time. No matter what your level of English is, you can always improve your brain’s capacity to learn. If you want to maximize your potential as a student, this lesson is for you! There will be a quiz to complete after watching to help you remember all my useful tips! https://www.engvid.com/superlearning-learning-styles/#quiz
W5 Questions in English: Wherever Whenever Whatever Whoever Whyever W5 Questions in English: Wherever Whenever Whatever Whoever Whyever
2 years ago En
The W5 are words in English that ask the questions where, when, what, who, and why. But when we add “ever” to the W5 word, it changes the meaning of the question. In this lesson, I will teach you the meaning of these questions. I will show you how adding “ever” at the end of the word expands its possibilities. For example, when we say, “Whoever did this is a genius”, we mean that we don’t know who it is, but it doesn’t matter because no matter who it is, that person is a genius. It is a broader statement than just answering the question “Who did this?” We can also use the W5 words as exclamations. “Whatever!” is a good example of an exclamation that expresses indifference or dismissal. Use these words in your everyday conversations, and you will be well on your way to sounding like a native English speaker! Whatever you do, don’t forget to do the quiz after watching to test your knowledge! https://www.engvid.com/wherever-whenever-whatever-whoever-whyever/
Learn English the MMA way! Learn English the MMA way!
2 years ago En
This lesson is all about English expressions that come from mixed martial arts and combat sports! But don’t assume all of the expressions I will teach you have to do with actual fighting. Rather, we use these expressions in everyday conversation when we talk about competition, challenges, and arguments. For example, when we say “throw your hat in the ring”, we are not talking about a boxing ring, but someone entering a competition or challenge. When we say “take it on the chin”, we are not talking about punches. It means to accept defeat without complaining. So as you can see, although some expressions come from the world of combat sports, they are commonly used in non-violent situations. Some other expressions we will look at include: “spoiling for a fight”, “the gloves are off”, “fight tooth and nail”, “uphill battle”, “throw in the towel”, “win hands down”, and more. So before you tap out, click the lesson, and do the quiz to test yourself.
Improve your Vocabulary: Stop saying I KNOW! Improve your Vocabulary: Stop saying I KNOW!
2 years ago Ru En
This lesson is about more than just improving your vocabulary. Improve your communication skills and your conversations with others by replacing the simple “I know.” with other terms and expressions in English. In this video, I’ll explain why “I know” often has a negative effect on your conversation, and will then give you many different terms you can use instead. Take the first step to improving your relationships with friends, family, and co-workers by watching this class and then actually doing what I say in the video. Practice in real life and then let me know how it went in the comments.
Vocabulary & Life Tips: BE RESPONSIBLE! DON’T BLAME ME! WHOSE FAULT IS IT? Vocabulary & Life Tips: BE RESPONSIBLE! DON’T BLAME ME! WHOSE FAULT IS IT?
2 years ago En
I hate to tell you this, but we each have the responsibility to take care of ourselves. That’s right, my friend. As a responsible adult, you have a duty to pay your bills, to be on time, and to be a good person. In this lesson, we are going to talk about the words “responsibility”, “blame”, and “fault”. I will teach you their meanings and how they differ from -- and relate to -- each other. Each of these words is a facet of a problem. When you encounter a problem in your life, are you able to identify who is “to blame”? Is it always “someone else’s fault”? Or are you humble enough to “take responsibility”? Learn the difference by watching the lesson. If you don’t do the quiz after watching, don’t blame me for your lack of practice! https://www.engvid.com/vocabulary-life-tips-responsibility-blame-fault/
Improve Your English Vocabulary: SHAPES Improve Your English Vocabulary: SHAPES
2 years ago En
We often use shapes to describe things in English. Common shapes include squares, circles, and triangles. In this lesson, we are going to look at a few other shapes that may be less commonly used and more accurate. Some shapes may be a combination of other shapes. A “cone”, for example, is more or less a combination of a circle and a triangle. Some shapes are named after a particular object, like “egg shape”, “cigar shape”, and “sphere”. I will also teach you how to describe things using the adjective of the shape name. For example, we use “circular” for something that is in the shape of a circle. Lastly, we will go over some 3D shapes, as well as textures. This vocabulary lesson will be very useful to you in everyday life when describing things. Leave a comment in which you describe an object using one of these shape words. Take the quiz to test your understanding: https://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-flat-3d-shapes/
CONTRACTIONS for HAVE, BE, WOULD, WILL: ’d, ’s, ’ve, ’re, ’m, ’ll CONTRACTIONS for HAVE, BE, WOULD, WILL: ’d, ’s, ’ve, ’re, ’m, ’ll
2 years ago En
Using contractions is an essential part of sounding like a native English speaker. Some contractions are easier to understand than others. For example, “I will” becomes “I’ll”, and “I am” becomes “I’m”. But when looking at the contractions ‘s and ‘d, the many possibilities can lead to confusion. For example, is ‘s a contraction for “he has” or “he is”? Is ‘d a contraction for “she had” or “she would”? In this lesson, I will teach you how to use contractions correctly every time. Whether you are using the verb “to have”, “to be”, or other modal verbs, I will show you rules you can use to transform your verbs into contractions effortlessly. Plus, I will give plenty of examples to solidify your learning. After the lesson, take the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/contractions-for-have-be-would-will/
Learn English: When to use EACH, EVERY, WHOLE, ENTIRE, ALL Learn English: When to use EACH, EVERY, WHOLE, ENTIRE, ALL
2 years ago En
Do we say "We ate all the cake", "the entire cake", or "the whole cake"? What about "everyone in the room" or "each one in the room"? There are subtle differences between "whole", "all", "entire", "every", and "each" that even native English speakers may not be able to explain. In this lesson, we will address these differences and talk about when to use which. I will teach you what countable and uncountable nouns are, and that will help you understand which of these words to use in what context. I will also give you many examples to practice all of these. Don't forget to do the quiz after watching! https://www.engvid.com/learn-english-each-every-whole-entire-all/
English Vocabulary: Using names as nouns, verbs, adjectives: Dick, John, Will... English Vocabulary: Using names as nouns, verbs, adjectives: Dick, John, Will...
2 years ago En
Some first names in English can also mean something else. Sometimes, we use first names as verbs, nouns, or adjectives. How is this possible? Watch on, because in this lesson, I will teach you the other meanings of nine very common first names: Sue, Pat, Dick, Nick, Bill, Will, Don, Frank, and John. You will discover which one of these means “honest” and which one means “toilet”. Can you guess who is who? It may seem strange to you that some first names are used in different ways, but it is quite common in the English language, and you can use these words, too. Some of the meanings are formal and some are slang usages. Comment with a name in your native language that also means something else! https://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-using-names-as-nouns-verbs-adjectives TRANSCRIPT Hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm. Ooo, look at the board. It seems E and Mini E are having a problem. Let's listen in. By the way, today's lesson is... It's about names that people have in English that are actually used as ve
LEARN REAL ENGLISH: Get DRUNK with James LEARN REAL ENGLISH: Get DRUNK with James
2 years ago En
In this lesson, we will talk about drinking and getting drunk. Do you drink “like a fish”? Maybe you are “hammered” or just “buzzed”. Treat your hangover with a dose of English slang and expressions that are sure to get your cheer on! I will teach you common expressions like “take the edge off”, “drunk as a skunk”, “wasted”, “pass out”, “tipsy”, and more. You have probably heard many of these in movies, shows, and in everyday life if you live in an English-speaking country. Watch the lesson to learn how to talk about everything alcohol-related, and don’t forget to do the quiz afterwards at https://www.engvid.com/learn-real-english-get-drunk-with-james/ . Remember to drink responsibly. Bottoms up! TRANSCRIPT Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. I need a drink to take the edge off. Hey, E, how you doing? Seems E is ready to start drinking and wants me to join him. Today's lesson is on drinking. Not... I mean, I did a video on drinking before. Take a sip. This is what happens when people drink too much, past the s
How to pronounce the “NG” sound in English How to pronounce the “NG” sound in English
2 years ago En
By learning about the important “ng” sound in English and practicing it, you will begin to sound more like a native speaker. The “ng” sound in English is one of three nasal consonant sounds. This means that it is pronounced by making sound through the nasal passage. In this video, I will teach you how to pronounce the “ng” sound, and I will explain how it differs from the “in” sound. You will learn the difference in sound between words that end in “-ing” and words that end in “-in”. For example, the words “doing” and “do in” mean completely different things. Watch the video to find out how to pronounce these words properly and sound more like a native English speaker. Next, take the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/how-to-pronounce-ng-in-english/ TRANSCRIPT I've been working in a coal mine. Every day I've been working in the coal mine; I'm working over time. Work... Hi. James from engVid. Now, did I say: "I was working in a coal mine" or "I work in a coal mine"? Some of you are going to go: "Yeah, yeah, yeah.
15 English Expressions & Idioms using 'ALL' 15 English Expressions & Idioms using 'ALL'
2 years ago En
An idiom is an expression whose meaning is not predictable just by looking at its words. In this lesson, I will teach you several idioms that have something in common: they all contain the word “all”. You will learn the meaning of expressions like, “I’m all ears”, “It’s all in your head”, “all shook up”, “All hell broke loose”, “know-it-all”, “pull an all-nighter”, “all in a day’s work”, “not all there”, “for all I know”, and many more. You might recognize some of these from movies or shows, as they are very common expressions used frequently by native English speakers. These will be especially useful in casual conversation with friends and family. Take the quiz on this lesson at https://www.engvid.com/15-english-expressions-idioms-all/ TRANSCRIPT So, E, I'm going to read this passage to you and... "I'm all ears"? Hi. James from engVid. Today I'm going to use "all" in phrases and idioms, and teach you how you can use them in common speech. And I'm going to try and put them into sections that you will find m
S’ or ‘S: Where do I put the apostrophe? S’ or ‘S: Where do I put the apostrophe?
3 years ago En
DON’T MAKE THIS MISTAKE! Using the apostrophe incorrectly is a mistake that even native English speakers make frequently, but you shouldn’t make it. Should you write “my parent’s house” or “my parents’ house”? Is it “Barb and Bill’s house” or “Barb’s and Bill’s house”? It is time to clear this up and learn the possessive form once and for all! In this lesson, I will teach you where to place the apostrophe with an S when using the possessive form. First, we will look at the single possessive form, as in “Sue’s book”. Then, we will move on to the plural form. Also, we will clarify the two compound plural forms depending on context: “John’s and Lisa’s” or “John and Lisa’s”. Lastly, I’ll list the possessive forms that don’t use any apostrophe at all. This is an essential lesson that everyone needs to watch, even if you are an advanced English speaker. Be sure to do the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/apostrophe-how-to-show-possession/ after watching so you can solidify what you’ve learned. Never get caught misusin
Friendly & Social Phrasal Verbs in English Friendly & Social Phrasal Verbs in English
3 years ago En
Phrasal verbs are often used in English to talk about social interactions. In today’s lesson, we are going to look at ways to talk about social situations when people get together with others for different reasons. You will learn to talk about how your meetings are going and express what kind of plans you have. I will teach you phrasal verbs such as “ask someone over”, “ask someone out”, “drop in”, “pop in”, “come over”, “drop off”, “hook up”, “bump into”, and more. I will particularly look at the prepositions that affect the verb and change its meaning. Also, you will find out how to tell when plans are casual or romantic. Lastly, I will teach you how to simplify your sentences by using these phrasal verbs. We will practice together, and then there will be a quiz for you to complete after watching at https://www.engvid.com/friendly-social-phrasal-verbs-in-english/ TRANSCRIPT To-to-to-to. Huh? Hi. Shh. James from engVid. I'm going to do a video on phrasal verbs and going out, but I'm just listening to E's c
English Grammar Exceptions: Superlative & Comparative English Grammar Exceptions: Superlative & Comparative
3 years ago En Ru
Exceptions, exceptions, exceptions... AAAAH!!! Don’t you hate them? We have so many exceptions in English. In this lesson, I’ll talk about exceptions with comparatives and superlatives in English. A comparative word compares two things by adding an ‘-er’ ending. For example, we change ‘short’ to ‘shorter’ to make a comparative word. A superlative word is one whose quality, whether good or bad, surpasses all others. For example, we change “cute” to “cutest” to show that it is number one of its kind. As you can see, all you have to do to get the superlative is add ‘-est’ to the root word. But, my friends, this is English, and there are exceptions. That’s where this lesson comes in. I will teach you superlative and comparative words that are exceptions to the rule, like “worst”, “best”, “most”, “least”, “farthest”, “more”, “less”, “worse”, and “better”. These are common words that most people use every day, so it’s important to understand them and to say them correctly. Find out how much you know by taking the q
12 Expressions of TIME in English 12 Expressions of TIME in English
3 years ago En
One o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock, rock! In this lesson, we will look at 12 expressions that have to do with time, one for each hour of the clock. I will teach you commonly used expressions like “at the 11th hour”, “seven-year itch”, “third time’s the charm”, “around the clock”, “do time”, and more. This kind of lesson comes once in a blue moon. So after an eight-hour day, why not take five and watch this useful video? And just like clockwork, there will be a quiz after the video to help you practice what you’ve learned: https://www.engvid.com/12-expressions-of-time-in-english/ TRANSCRIPT Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. Damn it! E, where's the lights? Oh, God. Oh: "Thank you Aputure. It was dark, you brought the light"? Oh, yeah. Before I get started, E's correct, we actually... We... Our lights weren't working and they went out, and I'm actually doing... I don't do this often. Okay? But I want to give a shout out to Aputure because they brought us lights. Let there be lights. Our lights were actually failin
Learn 13 HEART EXPRESSIONS in English ❤️ Learn 13 HEART EXPRESSIONS in English ❤️
3 years ago En
The word “heart” is used for many expressions in English that are emotional in some way. For example, the expressions “cross my heart”, “have a change of heart”, “follow your heart”, “heart to heart”, “heart of gold”, “light-hearted”, “half-hearted”, and many more, are all used to describe a person or situation that is emotional. I will teach you these and many more common expressions that you can start using today. Native English speakers use them frequently, and I think they will be very useful to you, too, especially around Valentine’s Day! You’ll have a chance to practice by doing a quiz with me during the video, but don’t forget to do the main quiz on EngVid after watching the lesson: https://www.engvid.com/13-heart-expressions-in-english/ If you have your heart set on learning new expressions in English, your heart will skip a beat for this lesson all about heart expressions. TRANSCRIPT "She seduced him with some light-hearted banter." [Laughs] Huh? Are you trying to tell me something? Hi, guys. James
Vocabulary: The 27 most common HOMOPHONES in English Vocabulary: The 27 most common HOMOPHONES in English
3 years ago En
One of the trickiest aspects of learning English is mastering homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently. A classic example is “there”, “their”, and “they’re”. These three words are pronounced exactly the same way but mean completely different things. Even native English speakers often misspell homophones like “your” and “you’re”, “weather” and “whether”, “then” and “than”, “to”, “too”, and “two”, and the list goes on. Once you know the difference between all of these, you will notice people’s mistakes everywhere. So don’t be that person. Learn homophones once and for all by watching this lesson, and practice by doing the quiz afterwards, at https://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-27-common-homophones/ Next, watch my lesson on the worst mistakes that native English speakers make: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ6SXCpasvI TRANSCRIPT [Whistles] Wow, what a good book. I should buy another one of these. What? Oh, hi. James from engVid. I was just looking at my book,
TIME Vocabulary & Phrases in English: recently, outdated, of late, nowadays... TIME Vocabulary & Phrases in English: recently, outdated, of late, nowadays...
3 years ago En
Improve your vocabulary! There is more to time vocabulary than “when”, “while”, “after”, and “before”. In fact, there are words you can use to express more detail than just a moment in time. For example, when you say “nowadays”, it gives the listener a sense of change from past to present. In this lesson, I will teach you many useful time words and phrases, like “old-fashioned”, “lately”, “of late”, “outdated”, “latest”, “a week from now”, and more. These words are commonly used by native English speakers in everyday conversations to express more detail about a time period in the past, present, and future. After watching, your next step will be to do the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/time-vocabulary-phrases-in-english/ TRANSCRIPT I've been lonely, so lonely I could die. Oh, sorry, that's Elvis. E's crying because he's been very lonely lately. He said very lonely lately. Very lonely... E, what do you mean: "You've been very lonely lately"? Hi. James from engVid. A lot of times we, in English, use time...
5 Common Direction Phrases in English: UPSIDE DOWN, INSIDE OUT... 5 Common Direction Phrases in English: UPSIDE DOWN, INSIDE OUT...
3 years ago En
I have put together a vocabulary lesson on five phrases of direction in English. I will teach you the meaning of “inside out”, “round and round”, “flip-flop”, “upside down”, and “tip top”. Phrases of direction are useful because they express the direction of moving objects, but can also express the way in which abstract ideas change. For example, a fish will “flip-flop” on the ground, and you may flip-flop on choosing a restaurant for dinner. This means it is difficult for you to decide. I am here to help you make sense of this topsy-turvy topic. Watch all the way to the end because there will be two bonus phrases for you to learn that will help you sound like a native English speaker. Don't forget to take the quiz on this lesson at https://www.engvid.com/common-direction-phrases-in-english/ After that, watch my lesson on common DOWN phrasal verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EneAhyJI96M TRANSCRIPT I'm having a hard time reading this book, E. It's all upside down. Oh, you're having the same problem. H
English for Beginners: APOSTROPHES for missing letters & contractions English for Beginners: APOSTROPHES for missing letters & contractions
3 years ago En
Apostrophes are used for many purposes in English writing. Today, I will talk about two ways we use apostrophes to show missing letters: for informal speech and for writing accepted contractions. English is confusing enough when we can read all the letters! When letters are removed and replaced with apostrophes, how do you know how to say these words? I’ll teach you how to pronounce common contractions so there’s no confusion, and then we’ll practice together with some example sentences. WATCH NEXT: 1. How to understand native English speakers: "Whaddya...?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU6x9028m_I&t=0s&index=14&list=PL1MxVBsQo85pZXMyUuh-4tXB4Zv2oMDOS 2. Correlative Conjunctions (NEITHER & NOR, EITHER & OR, BOTH & AND...) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYYUXskbX_c&t=0s&index=18&list=PL1MxVBsQo85pZXMyUuh-4tXB4Zv2oMDOS TRANSCRIPT Hmm. A license to print money. [Laughs] I wish. Hey, E. How ya doin'? Hi. James from engVid. I was reading an interesting book on making money, but I noticed E's up to somethin
ONLY & JUST: What’s the difference? ONLY & JUST: What’s the difference?
3 years ago En
Do “only” and “just” mean the same thing? Well, sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. Watch this video to find out when we use each word. I will teach you several ways to use these words in different contexts. I’ll also give you lots of examples, so that you understand when the words are used as adjectives and when they are adverbs. We will practice together first and then you’ll get a quiz to do on your own: https://www.engvid.com/only-just-whats-the-difference/ NEXT, watch these two important lessons I did: 1. MAKE or DO?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvKA9rH_WlU&list=PL1MxVBsQo85pZXMyUuh-4tXB4Zv2oMDOS&t=0s&index=24 2. Sort of, kind of, style of, type of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kuhQzbc2Tw&list=PL1MxVBsQo85pZXMyUuh-4tXB4Zv2oMDOS&index=4 TRANSCRIPT: Coming soon!
11 PHRASAL VERBS with FILL: fill in, fill out, fill up... 11 PHRASAL VERBS with FILL: fill in, fill out, fill up...
3 years ago En
Do we say "fill out" or "fill in" a form? Do you "fill up" or "fill in" your gas tank? In this lesson, I will teach you 11 ways to use "fill" in phrasal verbs. When you combine "fill" with three prepositions, you get the common expressions "fill up", "fill out", and "fill in". Each one of these has several different meanings and can be used in different contexts. Watch the lesson to fill up on new knowledge, and then fill out the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/11-fill-phrasal-verbs/ to test your understanding of the material. NEXT, watch these other lessons for more important English expressions: 1. English Expressions: Talking about good and bad habits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J622HQz79QY&index=7&list=PLs_glF4TIn5bEURiUZr-gfD5Za9S4BBpp 2. 10 "TIP" Expressions in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHP0T_CKlSg&index=15&list=PLs_glF4TIn5bEURiUZr-gfD5Za9S4BBpp TRANSCRIPT So, we got to hold on to what we got. It doesn't make a difference if we... E, what are you doing? Want to fill me in? Oh, th
How to READ FASTER: 2 tricks How to READ FASTER: 2 tricks
3 years ago En
Did you know that reading is one of the best ways to improve your speaking? On the other hand, many students don't enjoy reading because they believe they are too slow, and it discourages them. Some students even say they forget a sentence as soon as they've read it. If you want to improve your reading and your speaking, this video is for you. I will teach you two techniques you can use to read faster and more efficiently: grouping and pacing. If you follow the tips in this video, you can cut your reading time in half! TAKE THE QUIZ: https://www.engvid.com/how-to-read-faster-2-tricks/ WATCH NEXT: 1. How to remember anything: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfHNo9HlC8c 2. Use mind maps to understand and remember what you read: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1rwf370z5E #engvid #SpeedReading #LearnEnglish TRANSCRIPT Man, I really have to read this book and I just don't have the time. Hi. James from engVid. If you're like me, you have to read a lot of material. If you are studying English or you're learnin
Learn English Vocabulary: kind of, sort of, type of, style of... Learn English Vocabulary: kind of, sort of, type of, style of...
3 years ago En
Whether you are talking about the different styles of music you like or the kinds of foods you can and cannot eat, you frequently talk about categories, sometimes without realizing it. In this lesson, I will teach you phrases that you can use to describe categories of things that are important to you. This will help you discuss differences or things you have in common with others. For example, you could talk about a "type" of movie, a "style" of clothing, a "sort" of person, etc. Native English speakers often use shorter forms of these words, and I will teach you how to use this slang, as well. Take the quiz on this lesson at https://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-kind-of-sort-of/ . #engvid #LearnEnglish #vocabulary TRANSCRIPT Hi. James from engVid. This is my style of magazine; it gives me a lot of information, and the type of information I get from it is sort of cool. Now, I've used three terms or phrases: "sort of", "kind of", "style of" that you may not be familiar with; or if you are familiar, you
English Expressions: Talking about good and bad habits English Expressions: Talking about good and bad habits
3 years ago En
Do you have any good or bad habits? A habit is something you do often. A habit can be positive or negative. For example, most people would say that smoking is a bad habit and exercising is a good habit. In this lesson, I will teach you expressions to talk about habits like "creature of habit", "break a habit", "force of habit", "old habits die hard", and more. We can also talk about habits without actually using the word itself, such as in "have an urge" and "fall back into". Watch the video to find out what these expressions mean and how to use them. It's a good habit to always do the quiz after watching: https://www.engvid.com/english-expressions-good-bad-habits/ #engvid #LearnEnglish #expressions TRANSCRIPT Is somebody smoking in here? E, are you smoking again? What a nasty habit. "Habit". I want to teach you a new vocabulary word: "habit", and I'm going to teach you what it means, how to pronounce it, some idioms that go with it, a couple of other phrases we use to talk about habits, and then we're goi
Learn common English expressions... that come from shoes?! Learn common English expressions... that come from shoes?!
3 years ago En
Lace up, and get ready to learn some new English expressions and idioms that come from the vocabulary of shoes! As with most idioms, these shoe expressions have unexpected and unpredictable meanings. Don't worry -- they're not just about shoes. In fact, some of these expressions are used to talk about very common and everyday situations, so you will encounter them often in English conversation, shows, and books. I will teach you the meaning of sayings like "arch-villain", "sole purpose", "laced with something", "stepping out in style", and more. If you are on a "shoestring budget", don't forget to complete the free quiz at https://www.engvid.com/learn-english-expressions-shoes/ after watching this free video! Take your English learning further today and watch these two videos next: 1. 12 ways to use body parts as verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT-sMGYMB5g&index=6&list=PL1MxVBsQo85pZXMyUuh-4tXB4Zv2oMDOS 2. Learn English color expressions to talk about situations & emotions: https://www.youtube.com/w
The 2 essential skills you need for great conversations The 2 essential skills you need for great conversations
3 years ago En
Good conversation starts not with others but with YOU. You have the power to bring out the good in others with your energy and empathy. In this conversation skills video, we will talk about how to create interesting conversations using a combination of energy and empathy. I'll teach you some questions you can ask to make others get excited and interested in conversing with you. We will also talk about what to do when someone loses interest or talks down to you. Watch the lesson to improve your conversational skills and become the person everyone wants to talk with. Take the quiz to make sure you understood the lesson: https://www.engvid.com/2-essential-skills-for-great-conversations/ Watch these other videos I've done on conversation skills to take it to the next level: How to start a conversation: What to say after hello: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTJcpSWtVKI&index=21&list=PL1MxVBsQo85pZXMyUuh-4tXB4Zv2oMDOS&t=0s How to use W5 questions for better conversations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrXn5
Improve your Vocabulary: Stop saying VERY! Improve your Vocabulary: Stop saying VERY!
3 years ago En Ru
Using the same word again and again is boring, which is why native English speakers use a wide variety of vocabulary to express their thoughts and feelings. In this vocabulary lesson, I will teach you how to express yourself more effectively by replacing the word "very" with more precise and interesting adjectives. For example, you can replace "very cold" with "freezing". This illustrates your point more precisely. You will sound more natural and intelligent. Using these adjectives on the speaking section of IELTS and TOEFL exams will impress your examiner and improve your score. Watch the video to discover many more examples of this kind of vocabulary substitution. Variety is the spice of life! Next, watch my lesson on how to learn vocabulary FAST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_aA-Hc74Ag TRANSCRIPT "Getting from here to there, it's been a long while." Oh, hi. My time is finally here. James from engVid. I can't believe this, this is like the Mirror Universe. If you watch Star Trek, you'll understand; i
Practice English PHRASAL VERBS with this game Practice English PHRASAL VERBS with this game
4 years ago En
If you're learning English, you know how hard it is to learn phrasal verbs. It feels like there are thousands of them to remember! What if I told you I've found a way to incorporate learning phrasal verbs into a little game you can play with your friends? In this video, I will show you how to do it. Not only can my version of the game help you have a bit of fun while learning, but it will also challenge your memory and speed. It's easy to learn, and you can do it with a friend either in person or online. So watch the video, and challenge your friends to a game. You might even learn a few things from them! Take the quiz on this video: https://www.engvid.com/practice-english-phrasal-verbs-with-this-game Next, watch this video that will teach you my "WORD WEBS" method for learning 10x the amount of vocabulary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_aA-Hc74Ag&index=36&t=0s&list=PL1MxVBsQo85qbTHKgEgpCh7ytX9uyIsYY TRANSCRIPT Concentration. It is necessary to be really good at what you're doing. I wonder if we can pl
English Vocabulary for difficult situations: confess, regret, condolences... English Vocabulary for difficult situations: confess, regret, condolences...
4 years ago En
Imagine you said or did something that hurt your closest friend. You feel terrible, and you want to ask for forgiveness. How should you express yourself? What words should you use? It's not always easy to say the right thing in difficult situations. I am here to help. In this lesson, I will teach you vocabulary that will allow you to express yourself in conversations of an awkward or upsetting nature. We will look at words like "regret", "empathize", acknowledge", "mend", and more. I will also give you a few examples, and we will practice together to help you sound genuine during a difficult conversation. You might even be able to fix the situation if you use the right words. So watch the lesson, do the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-apologies-condolences/ and good luck. NEXT, watch these videos for more vocabulary: 1. How to talk about religion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMrfHk5Y7Iw&index=10&list=PL1MxVBsQo85q6Yb2v9hLIurN6nm7vTBMi& 2. Don't care about religion? Maybe you want to ta
REMEMBER ANYTHING with the Memory Palace Method REMEMBER ANYTHING with the Memory Palace Method
4 years ago En
There is a lot of memorization that goes into learning a new skill, and learning English is no exception. In this lesson, I will teach you a useful strategy that will help you memorize and remember almost anything. It's called the "memory palace", and you can start using it today. I will show you the three keys to making the memory palace work for you. You will learn how to make associations to help your brain remember not only words, but also their specific order. The memory palace will help you remember all sorts of material in any subject. Make the memory palace a regular part of your study routine, and see how much your memory improves. I will give you exercises to challenge your memory in the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/remember-anything-with-the-memory-palace-method/ WATCH NEXT: 1. How to use MIND MAPS to REMEMBER everything you read: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1rwf370z5E&list=PL1MxVBsQo85qbTHKgEgpCh7ytX9uyIsYY&index=39 2. How to use your dictionary to improve your VOCABULARY: https://www.you
Learn English Vocabulary: 12 ways to use body parts as verbs Learn English Vocabulary: 12 ways to use body parts as verbs
4 years ago En
In this lesson, I will teach you twelve ways that we use body parts as verbs in English. Does that sound strange? Well, maybe it is, but these are verbs you will hear pretty often, so you should learn them. We will look at expressions like "necking", "shoulder a burden", "mouth off", "to eyeball someone", "skinned alive", and more. These expressions are commonly used by native English speakers and are useful in everyday life. When you're finished watching, head over to the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/12-ways-to-use-body-parts-as-verbs/ to test yourself! TRANSCRIPT Hi. James from engVid. I was going to try to... A shoe and a book joke, but I didn't think it would go well. But Mr. E is saying to me: "I gotta hand it to you." Right? "You tried." Yeah, I did try. Unfortunately I failed. Today I want to teach you about body parts as verbs, and how certain parts of our body, from our hands to our mouths, to our heads can be used as verbs and have a meaning. Now, before I go any further, I want to say two thin
Understand more and improve your English pronunciation with the BREAK& GRAB METHOD Understand more and improve your English pronunciation with the BREAK& GRAB METHOD
4 years ago En
Do you know what Active Listening is? I will show you how you can use Active Listening and my "BREAK & GRAB" method to improve your ability to listen and to understand REAL English conversations. By using this method, you will also improve your pronunciation and vocabulary! And best of all, once you learn how to do it, you can practice in just a few minutes. Learn this powerful technique and start improving your English now. TAKE THE QUIZ: https://www.engvid.com/grab-and-break-method/ TRANSCRIPT I can, can't. Hi. James from engVid. This lesson, what I want to do is help you... Well, I want to help you improve two things at once, your pronunciation and your listening. Really, I will be focusing on the listening part, but if you do this right, your pronunciation will also get better. You ready? Let's go to the board. As you can see, Mr. E has a big ear. Listening is one of those things when people are learning a language they don't really pay attention to. It's quite funny because I hear many people say rig
How to understand native English speakers: "Whaddya...?" How to understand native English speakers: "Whaddya...?"
4 years ago En
Why is it so hard to understand native English speakers? Because we use relaxed speech. Most English speakers will combine words, leave out letters, and even change letters! But you can understand by learning how and why these changes happen. And when you understand, your pronunciation and comprehension will improve. In this lesson, I'll explain some of the most common pronunciation changes that English speakers make, so that you can understand what native speakers are saying. Once you learn these changes, practice listening for them with native speakers, or with your favorite English shows or movies. Find some usages of relaxed speech in a show or movie and tell me in the comments what you found. https://www.engvid.com/understand-native-english-speakers-relaxed-speech/ TRANSCRIPT Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. What am I going to make for dinner tonight? Hey. James from engVid. Whaddya want to learn today? Excuse me. "Whaddya mean?" Oh, sorry, he's saying: "What do you mean?" What do you want to learn? We're doing tw
Learn English color expressions to talk about situations & emotions Learn English color expressions to talk about situations & emotions
4 years ago En
Learn English expressions that use colors like red, blue, pink, green, and white to talk about the way people feel or about situations people are in. These expressions are common and they also make your speech or writing more exciting and varied. I'll teach you expressions such as "tickled pink", "white as a sheet", "green with envy", "brown noser", and more. Do you know what the difference between "red in the face" and "blue in the face" is? I'll teach you, as well as review all the new vocabulary and expressions with practice sentences and lots of examples. TAKE THE QUIZ: https://www.engvid.com/english-color-expressions-situations-emotions/ WATCH MORE OF MY LESSONS ON EXPRESSIONS: 1. BODY PART EXPRESSIONS: https://youtu.be/Emf1sstnzgM 2. ANIMAL EXPRESSIONS & IDIOMS: https://youtu.be/ql4x--ASiuI 3. "DEAL" EXPRESSIONS IN ENGLISH: https://youtu.be/O_7KA-AgZf4 TRANSCRIPT Hmm, hmm, this is really cool. Hi. James from engVid. Right now I'm kind of tickled pink about the information I just got from this. It
TO, ON, ABOUT: Prepositions of behavior in English TO, ON, ABOUT: Prepositions of behavior in English
4 years ago En
I know prepositions can be confusing and difficult for people learning English. Even people who have been learning English for many years and who have huge vocabularies and great grammar, still find it difficult to know when to use each preposition. One of the best ways to learn prepositions is to learn them in context. That means you learn the meaning of the preposition when it's used in a particular situation. Today, I am going to teach you about the prepositions "to", "on", and "about". We're going to focus on their usage with adjectives in sentences about behaviour -- that means the way someone acts. First we'll learn what these prepositions mean when talking about behaviour, then I'll teach you some common collocations that use these prepositions, and finally, we will test your understanding with some example sentences. Improve your grammar, comprehension, and English speaking confidence by watching this video. AFTER WATCHING, TAKE THE QUIZ TO TEST YOURSELF: https://www.engvid.com/to-on-about-prepositio
How to understand native English speakers... and speak like them! How to understand native English speakers... and speak like them!
4 years ago En
You've been studying English for a long time. You already know that no matter how much you learn, it can be difficult to understand native speakers. They speak quickly, drop entire syllables, and stick words together. They don't speak exactly like the textbooks teach us, and in fact they make a lot of mistakes! In this video, I will explain clearly the "relaxed pronunciation" that native speakers use, and teach you how to listen so that you understand what they are saying. Once you have practiced this and can understand more of what you hear, you can start to speak like this yourself and be more fluent and natural while speaking English. 1000+ MORE ENGLISH LESSONS https://www.engvid.com/understand-native-speakers-relaxed-pronunciation/ TRANSCRIPT Hi. James from engVid. Do you ever notice how you don't always understand what English people are saying? It's like the words are kind of together? Well, I'm going to tell you a secret: You're right. It's called relaxed sple... Spleech? Speech, or blended speech.
English Grammar: Correlative Conjunctions (NEITHER & NOR, EITHER & OR, BOTH & AND...) English Grammar: Correlative Conjunctions (NEITHER & NOR, EITHER & OR, BOTH & AND...)
4 years ago En
Neither & nor, either & or, both & and, not only & but. These are "correlative conjunctions". You've probably learned to memorize these pairs, but I'm going to teach you to UNDERSTAND when and how to use them. Instead of focusing heavily on grammar rules, join me and we'll talk about the situations where these correlative conjunctions are used in English. You'll learn how these pairs can be used to express choice, surprise, inclusion, or negation. It may sound difficult, but trust me, you'll understand it in no time. TAKE THE QUIZ: https://www.engvid.com/english-grammar-correlative-conjunctions/ USING COMMAS WITH CORRELATIVE CONJUNCTIONS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdGG2uJt5js TRANSCRIPT Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. Ex my... "Neither you nor your hairy-ass friend can come to my party!" E! That's so rude. Hi. James from engVid. Today's lesson is going to be on correlative conjunctions, or let's say conjunctive pairs to make it simple. Mr. E made a statement where he said two things using two words
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