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
3 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!
4 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
4 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
6 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
7 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...
8 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
9 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 next: Basic English: "So" or "because"? https://youtu.be/6CwmOkz3nD0 Basic English vocabulary for restaurants https://youtu.be/_mw9-uk_QFk
Basic English Grammar: How to use ALSO, TOO, AS WELL Basic English Grammar: How to use ALSO, TOO, AS WELL
9 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!
10 months 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”
10 months 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/
11 months 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
12 months 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 En Ru
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.
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 verbs, nouns, and adjectives; or they have a grammar function. And we're going to look at the board, see their conversation, and try to figure it out, and I'll explain the names to you. And by the way, you'll get to meet my family here, because a lot of my family names are on the board. Let's go to the board. So, E says: "Let's be frank. You can't sue me." And Mini E says: "Yes I will. Don't dick me around!" Oo, that's a strong statement. And why I say it's in my family, because my family's names: I have an Auntie Susan, I have an Uncle Donald, my dad's name is Frank, my brother's name is Nicholas. Yeah, seems... Oh, and my grandfather's name was John. They're all here. Okay, anyway, let's go to the board. So, let's start off at the beginning. Let's look at names. "Sue"... "Susan"... Short form of "Susan" is "Sue". Okay? And what "sue" means is to take someone to court. So, when you sue someone, you can take them to court for money or to get something back. But "to sue" means to go to court, to take... And make a legal argument that something belongs to you or should come back to you, or you want money; compensation for, and it's a verb. Let's look at: "Pat"/"Patrick". "Patrick", the short form of "Patrick" is "Pat". And "to pat" somebody is like this, like you do with a dog. You know when you have a cat, and you're like: "Here, what a nice dog, what a nice cat"? And sometimes people do it to irritate you, they're like: "That was a really good job you did!" They pat you on the back, and you're like: "I'm not a dog. Don't pat me." Okay? But "a pat" is like that: "Good job. Good job. Good boy." The next one is "Richard". Now, I don't know why this is, but the short form for "Richard" is "Dick". Okay? And "dick", if you watch... Well, if you like Batman-some of you do-the first Robin's name was Dick Grayson. His real name was Richard Grayson, and the short name was Dick Grayson. And when we say: "to dick", it means to play around; not to be serious, to act like an amateur or in a childish way. So, if you're dicking around at work, it means you're not doing your job. And if you're dicking around, you're playing. I'd say: "Stop dicking around." It means: "Stop fooling around. Stop playing around." "Nick". "Nick" means to make a small cut. You go: "What is 'small cut'?" Well, you can do a small cut two ways. I'm going to give you my favourite example, which is the rose. When you have a rose, it has what's called a 'thorn'. When you put your finger here, you get cut. You get a small cut, which is a nick. But also when you shave, you know, when you've got your little shaver, and you get a little cut, you nick yourself. So, "a nick" is a small cut or a scratch. All right? "Bill, B-B-B-B-B-Bill". Well, "Bill" can be either "Bill" or "Will". Okay? And I should have said, in this case, it's a verb, so we're looking here. So, "William", you can make it either "Bill" or "Will". Once again, "Will" makes sense; I don't know why "Bill". Maybe because if you take the "B"... I have no idea. I'm just making this up; it's not real. But if you take the "B" here and you make it like that, maybe. I don't know; I didn't make it up. But "bill", in one case, is to give a paper asking for money. So, when somebody says: "Bill me", it means: "Send me the amount... A paper with the amount that I should give to you." Maybe I had dinner and I bought some things, so you're going to send the bill with a dinner, the book, the coffee, and it will say how much money I must give to you. So, people say: "Bill me for this." In fact, many of you get bills when you're billed by your cell phone company. They bill you, right? At the end of the month, they say: "You've done this, this, this, and this. Please pay this much money." That's a bill; you've been billed. "Will"... Well, you've studied grammar, I'm sure. It's a modal verb for intention or future, so: "I will go" or "I will do it"-my intent […]
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 social stage. Okay? So let's go to the board and take a look. And before I get started, this video is for Elle Williams (Chicklet). She'll know why when I get to "paralytic", and the rest of you will learn a brand new word you'll like a lot. Anyway, so E's saying: "Cheers, mate", so he wants to invite me to a drink. Before I get started on the lesson, I want to kind of do a public service announcement (PSA): "Drinking can be a social activity, but too much is irresponsible. Please drink responsibly." Now I've done my PSA. Okay? So, I'm not advocating drinking too much, but this video is about drinking too much. Let's just face it, what it is. I mean, we're not going to be drinking Perrier, here. Okay? So, you like to drink, you like to party. In some countries I know it's not legal, but if you're coming to a lot of Western countries, you can drink and some people take that to the extreme. And I'm going to go and go through the stages, actually, of drinking and where we start off with. Now, if you have a drink, it probably won't affect you. In fact, for the average person, male or female, one drink every two hours will not really affect your system; it will be in your system, but won't affect you - how you think, cognitively how you think or you physically, your reflexes, depending on weight and everything else before people say: "But James, if it's a small woman..." Just generally speaking, okay? Now, if you are going to go out drinking, I may suggest that you get a "designated driver". In North America, that is a person who is not supposed to drink, so if five people are going out, one of those people will not drink; they will have Coke or water all night and drive the other ones home. Okay? So get one of those. Because if you get stopped by the police or any law enforcement agent, if you have... I believe it's 0.06 or 0.08 - I can't recall what it is... It doesn't matter, but it's about a certain blood level, you will be considered under the influence and you could be in trouble, serious trouble for drinking and driving. Okay? This also goes for marijuana, but in this case, drinking and driving, being under the influence is illegal in most Western countries. Okay? So, now that we've got the business out of the way, let's partay, okay? So, the first stage of drinking, you can see my cup is up. I'm with E. We're having a drink. "Cheers, mate", smashing glasses - a great time. And I want to have a drink. I'm after work; I've had a very busy day, and I'm like: "Oh, man, I had a lot of reports to do. I just need a drink to take the edge off." That means I want a drink, maybe two, but I'm not trying to get drunk. I'm stressed out; I want to relax. The edge - it's when you're... Here's the edge: You're here, and you're about to fall off. You're just there, you go: "I need to take off the edge. I want to relax, so I can take some steps back and relax." Okay? So, hey, the first stage of drinking, you want to take the edge off - you need to relax from a stressful day. Now, "tipsy" is a little different. Once you get a little tipsy, we like to say you're slightly drunk, a little bit. Maybe you've had three drinks, and now you're kind of happy. You know? You just got that kind of walk on, like: "Hey, how ya doin'? I'm pretty good myself." You've got rid of the stress, and now you're happy-guy; like: "Yeah, I'm pretty good. How you doin'?" Next one is "buzzed". You know "bee"? "Buzzzz". When you're buzzed, man, you're just kind of: "Yeah, I'm feeling good now." You've gone past the one, two social to: "I'm just going to let my brain go off for a little while", but you're not falling down drunk. You're either... You're more... A little bit more than happy, you're kind of a little bit out of it, but not too much. Once again, at any of these stages you shouldn't be driving. Have a designated driver because you're now under the influence of alcohol, and that's what that means […]
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. Got it." and others go: "What?" That's today's lesson. The "ng" sound in English is often confused with "in", but let's go to the board and ask Mr. E. So, Mr. E, was it...? Is it... Or is it "ing" or... "in"? "ng" or "in"? He doesn't know either. But before I continue, Aris from Mexico was a good student of mine. She made a couple mistakes, and I said: I promise I will make a video to clear this up. So, Aris, I hope it's a good video; you and your cute dimples and glasses. All right, so is it "ing"...? So, not "ing", but "ng", because we can have "tongue", or "ing", but the sound, here, is... I'll show you how it's made in a second, too, but it's often confused with "in" for a lot of students. So, "ng", "ng", as in: "walking"... Okay? It's often confused with "walk in". "I walk in the rain because I like it, and I'm walking in the rain." Okay? It's very, very similar. One of the things we want to know to say the difference... Because, to be honest, I'm not going to teach you about "in". I'll do another video with "n", "m", and "ing" or "ing", and we'll... We can compare, there, but today what I want to do is teach you about the "ng" sound, because if I can teach you that, it will help you with the "in" sound. It's my belief that if you get very good at one thing and can really see it, you can see everything that is not it. Okay? So it's the simplified way; instead of teaching you five different things. Just like: This is it, and if it's not that, it's different. And you should be able to pick it right up. Okay? So, "ng" is one of the three nasal consonants in English. The three of them are-remember I said I'd do a video on it?-"n", "m", and "ng". There's "mm", "nn", and "ung". So, what that means is it vibrates through the nasal... Nose and nasal passage. And you're probably saying: "What? Nasal passage." Well, your nose. It comes from your nose over here. What happens is we move our tongue in a certain way, and the tongue in our head, and when we lift it up it kind of blocks the air so the air goes through your nose a bit. And when you do it, you'll feel like: "mmm", vibrate. "Mmm", vibrate. "Ng", you can touch your nose and you'll feel there's a vibration. That's because the air is going by where your nose is, and it makes that particular or interesting sound. Okay? So, what's important to know about the "ng" sound is you can find this sound in the middle of words. For example: "anger" and "English". We're learning English. Ah, you knew I had to put it somewhere. Okay? So: "anger" and "English". Or you can find it at the end of the words, like: "thing" and "wrong". There are a lot of words in English that people confuse, like: "think" and "thing". I'm going to teach you today and you won't make that mistake. In fact, I'm going to teach you another lesson how to do that as well. So, this is a really good lesson because it will help you with many things. Okay? So, as I was saying, people often confuse the "ng" with "in". Okay? An example is they confuse: "sleeping" with "sleep in", and "doing" with "do in". Well, what's the difference? It's not much? Well, they're very different. "Sleeping"-[snores]-the activity you do at night. "To sleep in" means to get up late. So, they're not even the same. They sound similar and they are related, but this is sleeping at night and sleep in. "Doing" is your activity now, and "do in five minutes", "do in time", so I'm talking about maybe a time period. "I can do it in five minutes." Now, what am I doing? Well, no, I can do this for you. I'll do it in five minutes; not now, but a little later. Similar; not the same. So, I talked about this "ng" and showed you the two of them, but... And I did promise you that we would... I would make it that you could learn the one sound to see the difference. So, why don't I show you how to do it? Ta-da: How to do it. First, drop the jaw. Drop, drop, drop. […]
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 most useful to help you remember. E writes... Is saying right now: "He's all ears", and I bet you want to know what that means. I'll explain that to you, and I have another seven other idioms. Let's go to the board. So, E's all ears. Before we even start, let's talk about: What is "all"? What does it mean? Well, generally, it means as much as possible, or it can mean complete or whole. The whole thing; all thing; complete. Excuse me. Or the parts of it. Now, we understand that, what does an "idiom" mean? An "idiom" is basically... It could be a phrase or a clause, but it's a bunch of words that are together that when you hear them, they don't actually make sense by themselves; but if you have the history behind it, you get it. One of my favourite ones to tell people is: "It's raining cats and dogs." Clearly, dogs and cats don't fall from the sky, so you have to say: "What does that mean?" Well, it means it's a lot of rain. Okay? So, there's a lot of rain coming down. Now, it has an ancient... Not ancient roots. From, like 1600/1700s that there would be so much water coming down that dogs and cats might, like, float away or, you know, be swimming down the streets, so that's: "It's raining cats and dogs." What does that have to do with what we're doing now? Well, today, we want to look at "all" and how "all" can be used in different idioms to have different meanings. You probably won't know what they mean right away; but by the time I'm done, it shouldn't be a problem. So, let's look at the number one, the first one: I want to talk about emotional states. So, it's a mental state or an emotional state; how you think or feel. So, number one is: "It's all in your head." That means imaginary; it's not real. If something's all in your head, you go: "Oh, I think I have, like", I don't know. I... I don't want to say it because I don't want to give myself a disease. People might say: "Oh, I think I'm growing four heads." It's like: "It's all in your head. It's your imagination. It's not real. It's not happening. It's not going to happen." Okay? Or: "I think... Oh, I think Beyonc� is going to leave her husband and meet me, because she was on a TV program and she winked twice. That was her code that she wants me." It's in my head; it's not going to happen. Okay? Your friends will say: "You're crazy. It's not happening." What's another one? We'll go down to number two. Oh, sorry. Before we go here, we'll go here: "All shook up". Oh, yeah, yeah, I'm all shook up. Those of you who like Elvis, that's an Elvis song: "All Shook Up". What does "all shook up" mean? Well, it's to shake... "Shake" means to... To disturb something. In this case, to make it extremely excited. You could be extremely excited if you win the lottery. If I won 20 million dollars, I'd be all shook up, I'd be like: "What am I going to do? I... I... I... How...? How do I get...?" I'm excited. I can also be very worried or disturbed when I'm all shook up. If you get very bad news... My baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, they lost again - I'm all shook up; I'm emotionally disturbed. Okay? And you can be worried as well. So that's emotional state with "all". "All in your head". Remember we said completely? It's completely in your head. "You're all shook up", it means as much as possible you've been disturbed. Let's look to the other ones. So, we talked about mental state, your emotional state; let's look at knowledge - how much you can know. All right? So, if "somebody's not all there", you're not all there, it means it's not working properly. Imagine if you had a car with four wheels, but only three tires. They're not all there; something's missing. You need one more tire to make four tires, four wheels. Makes sense. When somebody's not all there, something's wrong in the cabeza. In the head, there's something missing. Maybe half a brain. You know? You got to be careful. […]
S’ or ‘S: Where do I put the apostrophe? S’ or ‘S: Where do I put the apostrophe?
2 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 misusing the apostrophe ever again! TRANSCRIPT Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. Hey, E. I think these are Mr. E's socks or his sock. E, is this yours? Hi. James from engVid. Today I'm going to do a lesson on the apostrophe, specifically about possession. And actually, this sock is mine and I want to thank Giovana, Nathanial, J2 (Joal), and Izis from Brazil because I taught them, and they bought me these beautiful socks. So, give me a second; let me put them on. [Whistles] Speaking of belonging, I want to go to the board and I want to do... We'll explain a couple of ways we use the apostrophe to show possession in three different cases. Okay? So, the apostrophe is used for many things. Contractions - when we say: "don't" or "can't". Okay, you know that one. But this lesson is specifically about possession. If we look at single possession, that means one person owns something, we actually have the thing, the noun (in this case, John), and we add the apostrophe plus "s". This doesn't make it plural. It means, in this case: "John's hat is red." The hat belongs to John. So, by adding this apostrophe "s" it tells us: Not plural, but it does belong to John. Simple enough, right? Add an apostrophe "s", you know it's belonging. This is James' book, and this is actually a really good one because some people will say you can't say: "James'" or "Charles'". If you go to England, you can. Check it out; we have another lesson on that, so do so. But the apostrophe "s" means it belongs to a singular person. Okay? So, when I said: "Mr. E's sock". Next one, let's talk about plurals with "s". Well, okay, we understand what a single thing is with "s", right? But what happens if we have something like a plural, we have two boys and they have red hats, how do we discuss that? Well, simple. Because "boys" has an "s" already, we don't need to add another apostrophe "s". We simply put the apostrophe after the "s". That indicates to us that you can imagine... There's an imaginary "s", if I could. There's an imaginary "s" that goes here, but it's not necessary because we know it's already plural here and it's belongs to. So: "The boys' hats are blue." There are two boys and the hats belong to the boys, so: "The boys' hats are blue." Cool? All right. Let's move on to the next one, and what I want to talk about here is compound plurals. Now, you might be saying: "What's a compound plural?" Well, in this case, we're taking two objects and putting them together. And maybe these two objects share the same thing and maybe they don't, and we can show the difference by how we use our apostrophes. Now, in this case, we're going to look at, well, Bill and Hillary. Okay? Bill and Hillary have a house together. So, if you want to talk about both of them and you don't want to say: "Bill's house is nice. Hillary's house is nice", you can actually say... One and one is the same, if it's the same: "Bill and Hillary's", okay? So: "Bill and Hillary's house is nice." In this case, we're saying these are compounded, this is a conjunction, they're together, that's why it's compound. It's a compound noun; they go together. We put the apostrophe "s" to say it's one unit... Okay? Because it's a compound. And because of that, this one unit has a nice house. Cool? All right. I know, you're smart and you're going: "But James, what if what they have is different; they don't share the same thing?" I'm glad you asked this, grasshopper, because what we're going to look at is an opinion. Opinion, like shoes or socks, can be different. And I'm going to show you that example here, because in this case, we do have a compound. These two things are together, but they are different; they don't share the same thing. In this case, we can see that Barbara is saying: "No", while George is saying: "Yes". We can't say they have the same opinion; we have to say it differently. […]
Friendly & Social Phrasal Verbs in English Friendly & Social Phrasal Verbs in English
2 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 conversation. Hold on. "Yeah. Let's not ask James over tonight." What? E! Ahem. Excuse me for a second, guys. What do you mean: Don't ask James over? Why aren't you going to invite me? In English, we use a lot of phrasal verbs to talk about interactions; social interactions, when we get together and what we do. Today's lesson I'm going to take some phrasal verbs and I'm going to show you how we use the prepositions to affect the verb to talk about how our meetings are going; whether our plans fell through, whether I'm going to ask you out, or we hook up. So you'll know the difference and you'll be able to understand them in context. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. Traitor. So, E doesn't want to ask me over. Okay? So, we're going to get there and find out what he means by that, but let's first take a look. I put: "Cheers" because a lot of these idioms have to do with social interaction and how we meet or don't meet. So, let's start with the first one, and I'm going to start over here: "out". Well, when you ask somebody out, it's to invite them to go out and do something. Seems obvious, yes? But when we ask someone out, usually it's a member of the opposite sex. So, as a man, I will ask a woman out for a date. So you might go: "Hey. I was wondering, Laurie, could I ask you out for dinner tonight?" Now, you wouldn't say that to just a friend, because you'd say: "Hey. Do you want to go out?" In this case, I'm asking you out so you can say yes or no. So: "Asking you out" means to get out of the house or go out, go outside somewhere; and specifically, we usually use it for romance, so keep that in mind. Right? Because when we're talking about "out", we're leaving something; we're going outside of a boundary. Now, you see: "get out" and "go out", and you're probably going: "Duh. We know what that means - it's to leave." Actually, no. If I said to you: "I don't go out very often"... Remember I told you to go outside of a boundary? Well, "going out" in this case means I don't have any fun activities that I do. Yes, it does entail or it does involve-involve-leaving, but more... It's more going to do fun activities. So, if I said to you: "I need to go out more", I'm not saying just leave my house, but I want to do something; movies, dancing, singing, vacation. I need to get out. Right? Or I go: "You need to get out more." I don't mean just leave your house; it means: Go do something, get an ice cream, talk to friends, go to Starbucks - something. So, when we use "out" and either "ask out" or "get out", please remember that "ask out" is usually for a romantic involvement. So, if you're a man asking a woman or a woman asking a man in English, and you say: "I want to ask you out", they're going to think dating. Don't forget that. Okay? Now, "getting out" and "going out" means I need to get out and do some more fun activities. Good. Now, if you're going to go out, you're probably going to get back in. Right? So, when we're coming back in, we're going to talk about "in" being involved in. Now, you're going to notice I have three words, here: "drop", "pop", "stop". Drop, pop, stop. And no, it's not dancing. I'm going to start with these ones and then I'm going to go back to this one; the top one, which might seem odd, but you're going to find in. A "pop" is very quick. Right? You pop. Pop, it's gone. And when you stop, you stop. You kind of stop right now. When we say: "pop in" or "stop in", we talk about a short visit. So, I'm going to stop in for a second, and then I'm going to leave, or I'm going to pop in and then I'll leave. So don't expect me to stay for three or four hours. Maybe you invite me and you go: "Hey. Come over to my place. We'll have a drink." And I'll go: "Cool. I can only pop in for five minutes." It's going to be a short stay. Or: "I can only stop in for about 5-10 minutes; maybe an hour. I got to go to another dinner." So this is short. […]
English Grammar Exceptions: Superlative & Comparative English Grammar Exceptions: Superlative & Comparative
2 years ago En
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 quiz: https://www.engvid.com/comparative-superlative-adjectives-exceptions/ TRANSCRIPT Hmm. The One, it's probably the best book I've read in a while. Hi. James from engVid. Today I want to talk to you about, funny enough, The One. And why I say: "The One" is usually when we talk about superlatives and comparatives, the number one comes up quite often. And, now, I'm not going to do your standard lesson on what the comparative is and the superlative is; you probably are aware of this, but I would like to point out five exceptions to the general rules. So, I'm going to quickly go over the difference between comparative and superlative, and then go into the exceptions. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. So, E, you got my five for me. Cool. You're going to notice on the board I have the number "1" written out repetitively. There's a reason for it, and we'll get into it. But let's start looking at: What is a "superlative"? I like to look at superlative as in Superman. Superman is the best, the strongest, the fastest, la, la, la - number one. So, when you think of a superlative, think of the highest or the best amount. Or, because it's extreme, it could be the worst. Now, I've used a couple of them already, but we're going to go to the board and get a little deeper into them. So, it could be number one at the top or number one at the bottom. Okay? "Comparative" is when we look at two things and we want to say there's a difference between them. "He is bigger than she is" or "James is bigger than Mr. E" - comparing the two. So, with a comparative, you generally find that we add "er" to the end of the word to tell you that something is being compared to something else. Okay? Comparative, and you'll see "er": "bigger", "smaller", "smarter", "taller". Cool? We got that. And with a superlative, we add usually "est". Right? And the "est" is for the "biggest", "strongest", "longest", "fastest", and it will be the number one in its category. And remember what I said: It could be the number one as in the best, like the best one position, or in the lowest position number one. Are you ready? So let's go to the board and find out what our exceptions are. You might be surprised, but they're actually quite often used, and actually quite often misunderstood. So, the first one we're going to look at is the "best". If you're from Japan, it's "ichiban"; if you're from Mexico or not even Mexico, any Latino country, it's "numero uno" or we say "number one". That's what the best is. Kind of simple, right? And we know what "good" is, because what's the opposite of "good"? "Bad". "Good" is something we like. Now, why this is an exception is because usually, if you remember rightly, when I said "biggest", we start with "big" and we go to "biggest", and we go "bigger". So, we use the root word and we just add the "er" or the "est". But when we look over here, if you look at my chart, increasing-meaning it's getting better-there's an improvement going on - we start with the word "good". That has nothing to do with the word "best". Very different. And this is why it's an exception; it doesn't follow the rule of: Take the root word and add "er" or "est". It's a completely different word, but they are related in we say something starts off "good" - something you like, like 70%... 75% on a test is good. It's not great, but it's good, right? Or 80%. "Better", and this is where we talk about the improvement; "er" means a comparative... A comparison, and we're looking at two different things and comparing them; while "good" is 75%, "better" than that is 90%. There's a difference between the two numbers; it's an improvement or an increase. But the "best" would be 100%. Right? See, if you get 100%, you can't get much better than 100%, and we say that's the "best". Now, these numbers aren't real. I'm not saying each number corresponds to these things, but what I'm trying to give you an idea is how they're related. […]
12 Expressions of TIME in English 12 Expressions of TIME in English
2 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 failing, and Aputure kindly... and this is really cool. They actually asked if they could help us out. They actually gave us... Yeah, they gave us some free lights. They said: "Would you like lights?" Here's the funny thing, straight up: They didn't know we needed lights. Ours were starting to go. Maybe they were watching a video or something. They offered free lights to us, and we took them, and they've been working beautifully. So, in any of the videos you've seen and you liked with Ronnie, myself, or Jade, or anyone - these are the ones we're using. Anyway, done with that because I'm not doing an infomercial for anybody. I'm a free man! But you got to give it out. So, and yeah, if any other company, if you... If you're ever interested in helping out, feel free to do so. Okay? So I'm not a pitch man, so I'm going to move on, but thanks Aputure. E, thank you. Now, moving on because I want to talk about time. And I brought with the... Aputure with this particular video because in Canada we have what's called Daylight Savings Time, and the time shifts. And I want to give you some idioms on time, and you know, it's me, it's James, so I'm not going to give you just idioms; I have a plan. So, in this case, we're going to go around the clock; and as we go around the clock, I'm going to give you an idiom for each hour. And what I mean by that is: Each hour has a number. Right? There's 1 o'clock, 2 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 4 o'clock, 5 - and I'm going to give you an idiom that will go with, like, the number 1, for instance, like: "Once in a lifetime." Right? Number 1, and then you have: "Once in a lifetime", so you remember: "Ah, it happens once." And let's go to the board. Are you ready? All right. So, I'm going to start at... Where should I start? Where should I start? Number 1; first one: "Once in a blue moon". True fact: Blue moons happen every two to three years. A blue moon will happen every two to three years because it happens rarely; it's not very often. If you think about that, if it's every two to three years, that's every 40... 24 to 36 months - that is not very often that it happens. But in the year 2018, it's happening every two to three months; it's a rarity that almost never happens, so that's even bigger being rare. Yes, I researched it because I read. You should, too. All right? So we're... That's what's happening in 2018 in case you ever see this 20 years later, and go: "Liar! It's every two to three years." I told you it was rare; go check it out. So that means it rarely happens. Hour number 2: "Two shakes of a lamb's tail." Maa-maa. This is an oldie, but a goodie. Old people who speak English will know what it is; some younger punks - yeah, you punks, you don't know what it means. A lamb has a little tail and it moves quickly. So... Maybe that's a goat. I think I'm doing a goat. I don't know. But it means very quickly because a lamb's tail is very quick, so it flicks very quickly. All right? So: "Two shakes of a lamb's tail" meaning I will do it quickly or it will be done quickly. Ah, I forgot something here. I'm going to use my brown marker because that means I've done something bad. There's another word for "bad", it starts with "s", but I'm not going to go there. Okay: "3rd time's the charm". "3rd time's the charm" means you've tried something one time, it didn't work; the second time it didn't work; but we're saying lucky number three - if you try it the third time, then it works. "Charm" means luck. If you're charmed, you've got luck. Okay? So: "A 3rd time the char-... 3rd time's the charm" is: The third time it will work. Cool? So, we're at number 4. Yes, I know you can read; you're very smart individuals. Okay? You notice I put "40", okay? And they're going: "James, that's the number 4. There's no 40 on a clock. Not even in military time." I know. But when we speak in English, we don't say: "40", we usually say "4T". […]
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. The heart - it's the thing that keeps us alive; it's in our chest, and in English, we use it to use it for a lot of expressions. And E, here, is helping us, showing us, you know, how we can have fun with it. And I'm going to have some fun teaching you this lesson, and you're going to have some fun learning some things; especially on this special holiday, Valentine's, where we celebrate love and the heart. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. So, here, E is saying the balloon is light; not heavy. So that's not serious. Another word for "heavy" is "serious". And "heart", it means with emotion, so this is a light emotion or a fun thing to talk about; fun conversation. Are you ready to have some fun? You'll learn... So, our little hearts will tell us which phrase we're talking about, and they all have to do with sort of an emotional quality; how the emotions come together. And our big heart, we have a couple of them: "heart of gold", "half-hearted", "change of heart", "cross my heart", "follow your heart". I've expanded some of them out here, but let's go from here. "Heart of gold" is... Well, gold is precious, right? It's special. If you have a heart of gold, we usually say you're a very good person. "He has a heart of gold. They're nice". "Half-hearted" I'll come to in a letter... Later. "A change of heart", I'll do that as well. But this one I like, here. These two I want to tell you about. You'll see people go: "Cross my heart", and it means: "I promise", because my heart... Remember what I said about heart? If you don't have a heart, you will die, so when I say: "Cross my heart", I mean, like: "I promise so much that I put my life on it. I cross my heart this is true." And: "Follow your heart". "Follow your heart" means: Do what you love. Seeing clearly is not something I'm good at or love, but you get the point. So, if you like playing soccer, play soccer. If you like to read, read. If you want to start a business, start a business. Follow your heart because, you know, it's the thing you love. Right now I'm having a "heart to heart" with you. And what is "heart to heart"? A serious conversation. So, if you say to someone: "Okay"... You have a girlfriend: "Nancy, we have to have a heart to heart." She'll go: -"Baby, what about?" -"Your breath, it stinks." Okay? "Heart to heart", serious conversation. "By heart". Like my heart, it's always there for me. I don't need to think about it, I don't need to try to make it work; it's just there. When you know something by heart, it means you know something completely; you don't have to study it, you don't have to look at it. Like, if I'm reading this book: "She seduced him with some light-hearted banter", I'm reading. If I know it by heart, I will say: "She seduced him with some light-hearted banter. I do not need to look; I know it by heart." Okay? That means you don't need to study; you know it. No one should question you on it. "Have your heart set on something". You really want it. It's, like, you see a shirt, and you think the shirt is amazing, and you really want to have this shirt. If you have your heart set on it, it will actually make you cry if you don't get it. Or a job, you really want a job and you go for that job, and you have your heart set on it - it means: I want this very, very strongly. Cool? All right. Here's one. I like this one: "take heart". Watch romance movies, you'll see this. You're not going to see... Or if you see Batman from the 1960s, you'll say: "Take heart, bat-watchers. Batman will get out of it. We promise." It means: "Be encouraged. Have faith. Know that things will be good." So if you're a little girl and your father goes: "Take heart. Our dog will come back." You really shouldn't; he's gone for good, but if he says: "Take heart" - be encouraged, have faith the dog will come back. You can believe. Okay? "Take heart we will make America great again." I don't believe I said that. Forgive me, everybody, please. […]
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, here, and it seems E has a question. Let's go take a look. So, what's that, E? "I won the race?", "I one the race?" - you don't know the difference? Do you know the difference? Today we're going to work on homophones. I'm going to explain what they are and give you some very common examples that you've probably made mistakes with, but I'm going to help you today to clear them up. You ready? Let's go to the board. Oh, I said "homophones", and I know there are some of you out there that are grammar nerds, and you're going to say: "Oh, homophones, homograms, dah, dah." I'm going to break it down and say: When we talk about "homo" it means the same; the same. And in this case, a "homograph" is something that is written graphic. It is written like a picture. And when we say "homophone", I'm sure you have a cellphone, like, you know, cellphone. We call it a "phone" because it's the sound. With a cellphone, we deal with sounds; and with homographs we deal with what is written. Today I really want to concentrate more on homophones, which are words that are going to sound the same... So, let's take a look: Homophones are words that sound the same, but they are different. I forgot a period, here. And an example would be "bare" and "bear". Okay? Or: "whether" and "weather". And I've had many students ask me: What's the difference. They go: "How do you pronounce it? I... I know it looks the same or almost the same." And I say: "It sounds the same." They go: "Why? They mean vastly or very different things." I go: "Yes, you're right, and I'm going to help you see the difference." Now, the problem with a homophone, of course, is when you say it, you don't know how it's spelt, and we use the spelling to tell us that it's a different meaning. The secret to that is context, and I'll go through a couple of examples a little later on and show what I mean by: If you listen to the context, you will have an idea of what they mean. As I said: homographs are words that are written the same, but have different meanings. But because I'm not going to go into homographs right now, I'm not going to give you the examples. I'm going to give you the examples for the homophones, here. And if you notice, I have something that looks like a calculator or, you know, some buttons you can press on a dial for a phone. And I did that because, in some of these, we can use the homophones to show or illustrate the difference. So, let's do the first one, here. "One" and "won". If you noticed, E had a problem with: "I won the race?", "I one the race?" To be honest, once again, it's a homophone; the sound is exactly the same, but the context will tell us what the difference is. "One" is clearly number one. I have one friend - a number. But when I won a race, because it's a competition, I can go: "Oh, it's 'won'." That's our first homophone. We did number one; let's look at number two. Because I'm smart like that, I did "two" and "to". In this case, "two", the number two - you know it? Right? One, two, three. We have another "to", this one, here, which can be used both in an infinitive form and a preposition. Examples. "I want to buy" is an infinitive form. "We're going to the store". Right? We can use that as a preposition "to"... "To" or "from", when we're using it like that. And this one I like as well: "too", "t-o-o". I say this is what we call there's too many o's or it's excessive in English. Meaning that it's more than you want. An example is: "It's too... My coffee is too hot; I cannot drink it." Cool? All right. That's the number "two". Notice the homophone? They all sound the same. So, if you're going: "Well, why is he teaching us?" It's just so you know, when you see these words, do not change how you say them; the pronunciation is the same, but know when you're writing them or in the sentence you're saying them... […]
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... When I say time words, I'm not talking about: "when" or "while", or "after" and "before", which indicate what is happening in time; if it's coming this way or that way. But we have time words and time phrases, which is to give us more information than "before" or "after" because they can be used more generally. Example: I can say: "Before I did this video, I had dinner." But if I say: "I recently had it", you know it's in memory; in the period of time in my memory that's very close. It's a little deeper, a little bit more knowledge or a little bit more information. So, when we're looking here, I'm going to give you some phrases and some words that do the same thing as "recently" does, which is more information than "before" or "after". Cool? Let's go to the board, and we'll find out why E is so lonely he could die. [Laughs] Anyway. Just as time flows, I'm going to start in the natural progression of time. Past happens before, then the present is now, and the future. And I'm going to try to give you a few words with each that you will find that native speakers use on a regular basis to give you an idea or an impression about what kind of time they're talking about. And some of these things-and E gave me a really good one with "this Wednesday" and "next Wednesday"-are so common that we use it that, you know, foreign speakers get confused, because they're like: "What do you mean there's only one way to say? Why be so specific?" It's like: No, we're actually giving you more information. So, let's go to the board and we'll start out with "old-fashioned". This one's kind of easy, because we're talking about the past, here, because you know "old" is before. But you're going to say: "Old-fashioned, why?" Well, when somebody says something is old-fashioned, they usually mean it's not in style anymore. All right? It's not modern. So you can say: "This is an old-fashioned donut." It doesn't mean it's bad. It just means it's... You know, it's from an older style or a generation prior to. But when somebody says: "You have old-fashioned manners or old-fashioned language", they're saying: "You know what? People don't kind of use this anymore. That's an old-fashioned idea." Right? It's kind of not being used, so we have that to the past. It's usually associated with things in the past or things that are gone or should be gone. "Out-dated". "That out-dated mode of thinking they use on a regular basis - PC talk (politically correct talk)." It means it's no longer used or no longer useful. So, you might have this idea or you might have, I don't know. My cellphone is like an S4 from Samsung. I'm mentioning it for two reasons. Samsung, I need a new cellphone; it's an S4. And you people out there, please give me a new cellphone. I'm joking. I want Samsung to give me a cellphone. Advertising for ya. But my phone's basically out-dated. It's so out-dated that they use it to... Oh, I don't even have a good joke - it's that out-dated. It's no longer used or useful. Most new systems are at an S8 or what have you, so somethings I can't use. I don't care. I like my phone, to be honest. Now, "out-dated" means it's just kind of, like, not being used; no longer used or useful. Operative word or the word that's important is not... "Not useful" means it's not as convenient as something that would be new. The word you don't want to hear someone say to you is "obsolete". All right? If this is obsolete, it is no longer used. Yes. Old credit cards. You know, you don't pay it? It becomes obsolete; you can't use it no more. Bad example. Obsolete - dinosaurs. Ever seen one? Mm-mm - you don't. Birds is as close as we got to them; they gone. They're obsolete. That technology or that biological technology is no longer used, people. We are the new ones. Being the... So, now time to move to the present. What present...? Present day forms do we use to explain what's going on in the present? […]
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. Hi. James from engVid. E and I are having a problem because he's looking at himself in the mirror, and his head is in the wrong place. His head should be here, but it's on the bottom. And I'm reading this book and I don't understand the words, because the words are in the wrong place; they're all upside down. You know what? That's probably one of the phrases that we use in English that confuses many people who are learning the language, because the words are all, well, kind of topsy-turvy. You know? Don't make sense. Today's lesson, I'm going to show you five common things that we say, and they are direction related, which they do give us an idea of what direction things are going in, except we often say it without thinking that you won't understand because we use them only in this manner, in a certain way. Let's go to the board and take a look. E's having problems because his picture or his mirror is upside down. My book was upside down. What does that mean, exactly? Let's start with the first thing. I've got one "inside-out". Here's my shirt. I was going to wear it, but you can see it. This is the right way to wear the shirt. When it's inside-out, you will notice... There we go. Now it's the wrong way because you can see the label. Have you ever worn your shirt inside-out by accident, and someone has to go: "Ahem. Your shirt's inside-out"? You're like: "Oh god! It is! It's terrible! I never thought about it!" it means the in part is on the outside. Funny enough, this is usually when people wear their clothes incorrectly, but we have another way of using it. When you say: "I know something inside-out", it means: I know everything about it because I know every small part, from the inner part - the smallest part to the bigger part. So, I say: "I know this book inside-out." I know everything about this book. So, listen for context, because if they: "Hey, son. Your underwear is inside-out", it doesn't mean: You know everything about underwear; it means you should take it off and put it on properly. Okay? But if you know a book inside-out... You see this? This is the outside of the book; this is the inside of the book. So, when saying: "I know this book inside-out", it means I know all of the information on the inside, right to the outside. Cool, huh? One thing and you've learned two things. Let's see what else we can learn. So, listen for that when English people speak. They go... If they say to you: "I know everything about this company inside-out; I know everything about this company, from the floor, who cleans it, how they make the money - I know everything." But if my shirt is inside-out, I need to go home and change. I like that one. Let's look at number two. Round and round you're calling me, doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. Dah-dah-dah-dah. Dah-dah-dah... Yeah, it's an old song. Yup. Anyway, that's a song. "Round and round", it means to go in a circle, moving in a circle. If you say: "We've had this conversation for, like, 20 minutes, and we're just going round and round the same things", it means the conversation isn't getting any... Nothing new is coming; we're just talking about the same things again, and again, and again. Like a CD. Hopefully you know what a CD is, because everyone streams now. Or a DVD, it goes around and around. So, a lot of times, in English, people go: "We've been through this before; we just go round and round the same conversation." It means: Nothing is new; we just move in a circle, like my poor dogs who are confused and going in different directions. And they're like: "Round and round. No, that's not round; it's the..." Yeah. You got it. Okay. Number two. So, things, when you hear a Canadian or a Canadian English person... English speaker go: "Why are we going around and around the same thing?" They should say "round in a circle". They won't say "circle", usually; they'll just say "round". […]
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 something. He's praying... He's playing detective, as you can see - Sherlock E. And I want to know: What's he up to? And he says: "How you doin'?" And I noticed that he's looking at this strange thing, it's called an "apostrophe". Why don't we find out what he's doing, and what is the case of the missing letters? And before I even go there, I would like to say: Thank you to Francisco from Paraguay-yay!-for this brilliant shirt. Thank you. And Paraguay, thank you for watching. Okay? Anyway, let's go to the case for the missing letters. We're going to talk about apostrophes. Now, apostrophes are part of our... Well, we have... Sorry. Periods, question marks, exclamation marks - these are all markings we put in our language to tell us that something is interesting about that sentence or something is missing in the sentence. In this particular case, we're talking about the apostrophe. There are a couple of other things it's used for, but right now I wanted to talk about missing letters. You know? Like: "Has anybody seen my letter? My letter 'g' - it's missing since this morning at 9am." You go: "What are you talking about?" Well, let's start here. Missing letters. Sometimes at the end of a present continuous verb... And, you know, verbs are: "run", "do", "go", "stop". Okay? And the continuous form would be: "running", "doing", "going", "stopping". Okay? The letter "g" is dropped. Now, this isn't necessarily in writing; it's in spoken English, so I want to make sure you understand that. You may see it in, you know, like songs' lyrics or modern works of literature, you know, or in conversation when they're writing, you know, paragraphs, like: "What are you doin', Johnny?" But it's not supposed to be written in formal language. So, if you're doing an essay or a government document, please do not use these forms that I'm about to teach you. Okay? Understand them when you read them and when someone is speaking, and you can understand why they're saying: "What are you doin'?" instead of "doing". That it's the same word, same meaning, but just a different pronunciation. Okay? And this is what we said here, right? The "g" is dropped, causing a change in the pronunciation. The meaning of the verb, however, stays the same. I can say: "How are you doing?" and "How you doin'?" Same word, same meaning, different pronunciation. Just... We call it colloquial usage. Here are some examples. "Are you goin' to the party? Are you going to the party? Are you goin' to the party?" Okay? There you go. The dropping the "g" is shown by the apostrophe. And sometimes when you read a comic book, or a book, or a novel, you know, a romance novel, and they're saying: "He's goin' to help us." That's what this is. So you don't have to go: "What is this new word in English I've never seen before?" "What is she sayin'? What is she sayin'?" Instead of: "What is she saying? What is she saying?" where our tongue drops to the bottom of our mouth. "What is she saying? Saying", tongue down here. "Sayin'", tongue goes to the top of the mouth. "n" sound is at the top; "ing" sound is at the bottom. "He is doin' it for you." Sorry. "He is doin' it now for you. He is doin' it". I have a hard time saying these things. Okay? This is... So, it's not in my language. It's not in my vernacular. Not in my vocabulary, so for me to say it, I actually have to think about it. So I really do when you understand when you have a problem with it. Okay? So: "He is doin' it now for you." And to be honest, this is not even right. This is an incorrect sentence. Nobody who would say this would say "for you". He would say: "He is doin' now for ya. He's doin' it now for ya, and that's how it's going to go." So, if you don't like it, I'm like: I'm sorry, but this is how you would normally speak with that. This kind of contraction will lead to this kind of English, and "ya" means "you", and that's why I have a hard time saying it… […]
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, thanks: Today's lesson. Hi. James from engVid. Today's lesson is on "fill", a common verb that we use in English and has many different meanings when we put it with prepositions. In other words, this lesson that I'm going to fill you in on is on phrasal verbs with "fill". Okay? I'm going to use three prepositions to show you the different ways we use it, and give you, you know, the bonus and that a little bit later on. Let's go to the board. So: "Fill in the blank" is the first one. Some of you, if you've been to English-speaking countries, have heard this before; maybe not. But let's look: What does the word "fill" mean? First of all, it's a verb, and it means to put somebody or something in a space, a situation, or a container so it is completely or almost completely full. So, an example is: If you were to have a cup of coffee and you said: "Fill it up", they would take the coffee from here and put it in this space or container, and make it go up. Okay? Cool. Let's go to the board and see what else we can do. I'm going to start with "up". "Up" is a direction, and it means to increase. Right? So when someone, for instance, says: "Fill up"-in this case: "Fill up my car"-it means make it completely full. If you are going on a long journey or destination and you are taking your car with you, you might want to fill up the gas. In this case, make it full. Right? Now, "fill up" also could be for food. "I don't want to fill up on French fries before I get my salad", that means be completely full. Right? "I'm going to fill up my schedule for next week", make it completely full. Now, another one with "up" is to "fill up on". It means to have as much of something, as much of something as possible. The example I gave you with French fries: "I need to fill up on fruits today; I didn't have enough yesterday." That means to have one thing and be completely full of it. Cool? All right. So, we could say: "We need to fill up on groceries before we go on vacation", completely, right? Get as much as possible of this thing. The next one we'll do is "out": "fill out". "Fill out" can be complete the needed information. When you go to the government and you have to do a form, and they say: "Please fill this out", they will give you a piece of paper and there will be places where you might have to put your name, your address, and all sorts of information that they require in order to help you. So: "Fill that out, please." When you go to the doctors the first time, usually they say: "Please fill out this form", and you put down all of your information. So, "to fill out" means to completely put in... Complete needed information for a form or paper. Okay? Another one for "fill out" is this: To grow or get larger. When you're young, say you're a young boy, you're usually very small. And when you become a man, we say you fill out; you get your muscles, you get bigger, and you get stronger. Also, when you go to the gym, sometimes you need... You will fill out. You will go to the gym for one month, two months, three months - nothing happens. And then one day, people will say: "You filled out. Look at your big, wonderful muscles." They've gotten bigger. Cool? So, in this case: Complete the form; and this one: To grow larger - we grow. Cool? Third one. "Fill in". Now, you will notice that "fill in" and "fill out" are similar for the first ones; complete needed information and complete needed information. In this case, when someone says: "Please fill in the form" they usually are referring to the blanks, the empty spaces; while in "fill out", they mean the whole form. Think of "larger", they want the big thing completed; while in "fill in", they're saying: "Fill in each blank." All right? Next: "fill someone in". To fill someone in is to give them information. Let's say Mr. E went to a meeting. […]
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 learning English, you probably don't like to read, which is too bad, because reading is one of the fastest ways to improve... Well, let's go to the board and find out. As you can see, E is running very quickly, here. Right? And he's trying to read. So, we're going to learn to read faster today, and I'm going to teach you how to read faster with two different techniques, and I'm going to teach you... You'll start to enjoy your reading. So we'll go to the board and we'll talk about reading, why it's important, and what we can do about it. The first thing I want to talk about with reading: Reading helps to do a couple of things. Number one, it helps you to learn new things. When you read a book about philosophy, it teaches you about somebody's new idea or a new invention. It gives you new vocabulary. Many words... In fact, they say if you don't understand 90% of the material, you won't understand it; but even just reading something, if you have a dictionary, will help you go and learn new vocabulary to understand material, so it gives you new words; it gives you a better or a wider way to speak. It helps you to understand. Sometimes when someone says something it's a little too fast, but then when you read it, you have time to read it, go back, read it, go back, read it, and go: "I got it." Right? It gives you time to look at the picture; the mental picture or the written picture. It gives you new ideas. Remember you learn new things? Well, when you start adding idea from this book, idea from that book, you get new ideas of your own; you become more creative. Your world becomes a richer place to live. And, finally, because we're doing English, you learn how to speak a language. Like: "Stop. What do you mean? How do I learn to speak by reading?" Well, for you people who are learning to speak a language-okay?-reading shows you the structure that people use when they speak. Reading shows you new vocabulary, or it shows you what we call the colloquial; the common person's way of speaking. You get all that from reading; how to say it, where to put the verb and the noun or the adjective. Right? Cool? That's what it can do, and that's what's important to us. Our reading is going to teach us how to speak, but also it's good to be able to read in a country, because I often say: If you cannot read in a language, you're stupid. And if you wonder what I mean, think about the guy who when you give a simple sentence, like: "The cat went in the house", cannot read it and he reads it like: "The cat went in", you go: "The guy's stupid." Don't be stupid. Don't be stupid in your language; don't be stupid in my language. So today we're going to work on a process to help you with reading. Now, as much as I said all these great things about reading, there are a couple of things to be aware of, or... Actually, I don't have to tell you. You know, but I want you to know that I understand, so I'm putting it on the board so you know what I'm going to teach you will help you overcome or help you solve that problem. Problem: Reading takes a long time. Well, in your own language it takes some time, but if you're learning another language, it will always take you much longer to read because you have a problem of translating, or skipping back and translating. Translating, you know what I mean; you translate from the language you're looking at into your own language to understand it, and then translate it back to that language - that's a lot of work. And if you think about how long that takes, that's like two different trips, like: In, out; in, out; in, out for every word. That will take... Something that takes four minutes to read - make you read it for 20 minutes. And who wants to read one paragraph or five sentences, and it takes 10 minutes, and you still don't understand it? That's a problem. Another problem: You don't remember what you read. Do you remember when I said to you: "You're reading up and down"? […]
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 don't truly understand. My job today is to tell you the difference between the individual words: "kind", "sort", "style", and "type"; what it means when you put "of"; what the slang meaning "of"; and how you can use it. I have a complicated drawing on the board, but I'll help you understand it in a second. And by the time we're done, you'll be able to use these phrases like a native speaker. Okay, so let's go to the board. First thing, E: "What are these types of words?" The first thing E will tell you is, well, first of all, they're different types of words so we can't say they're adjectives, they're this, this, and this. Each word has its own meaning, and sometimes they have two. I'm going to go to the board now and start working on that with you. All right? So let's get on this side. So, let's look at the first one: "kind". "Kind" is a word you've probably heard before. "She is a kind woman.", "He has a kind face." And we mean nice and friendly. Now, you might not be aware that it also is a noun, as in category. If you look over here: What is "category"? It is people or things that have something in common; they share together. Okay? Like music. Music can be jazz, blues, classical, rock - they're in the category of music, not movies, because they're all types of, you know, instruments and people singing. So when you say: "What type of or kind of music do you like?" We're saying: "What category? Is it jazz? Is it rock?" because they all share music together, but there's something specific with each genre or grouping, so we say: "kind of", and that tells us what category. And the next one we're going to talk about is "style". Now, some of you like my style, right? When we say "style", we say way of doing something, that's his style. So, some people like Michael Jordan, when he used to throw a ball he'd have his tongue out - that was his style. Not many NBA athletes do that, but he would, so you knew when Michael went: "Ah", he was about to jump and throw it. Appearance, like my appearance. I love superheroes so I'm always wearing... Not always, but a lot of time wearing superhero clothing or costumes. And those of you who know me know I love Batman. So, when you talk about someone's style, you talk about their general appearance; what they wear regularly. Okay? Or their way of doing something, like I said, Michael Jordan. We also use it for elegance, which means sophisticated, not common, above average. Usually people say elegant people have money, but it's not the case. It just means they have a certain way about them that makes them special, and people like it and respect it; to be elegant. But "style" also means... It's also a verb, as in to design. So when you design or make something in a specific way, it's that style. So if it's in the classical style, it's made like the classics. If it's in the modern style, it's made like modern things, like all white furniture. Okay? Once we add "of", and you notice I added "of" to "kind of" to talk about category, once again, we get a noun. Right? So we go: "kind of", we become a noun... We can use it as a noun as well. Right? "Kind of" from grouping. Same thing, people or if things are together. So if you say: "What style of music do you like?" it's similar to saying: "What kind of music do you like?" Okay? The "of" brings these things together to give them something common or puts them in a given category, you might say. Why am I teaching you this? To go back again, because a lot of times we say this when we want to talk about what groupings go together and preferences. There's a little bit more to it, which I'll get back to afterwards, but as long as you understand that "kind" with "of" and "style" with "of" are similar that they talk about category. What's the next one I'm going to go to? Well, let's go to "type". Typing: "Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch", now, you do that on the computer. […]
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 going to do a little test with some collocations. You ready? Let's go to the board. Habit. Notice he said: "What a nasty habit." Well, what does that mean exactly? "Ha-bit", "habit", that's the proper way to say it when you see this word. It's a usual way of acting, so it's something you do on a very regular basis or you do it all the time. You will notice the word "habit" when we talk about the simple present because we use the word "habit" or simple present to talk about our habits. I like to eat hamburgers. It's like a habit. Not exactly, but you get the point. I do it regularly. I work at this school. It's like a habit because I do it regularly, or it's my usual way of acting or doing something. So now you can see why I'm teaching you this word because we use that word to talk about the simple present, which is grammar. You got a free grammar lesson there, son. I hope you're happy. Let's go back to the second meaning. Something a person has done repeatedly until they don't have to think... Think when they do it. So, sometimes you're like... And someone goes: -"You're biting your nails." -"Oh. I didn't notice. It's a habit." It's a bad habit. There are good habits, by the way, and I'm going to just quickly talk on them before I go over here. Good habits are things like going to bed early. Right? Or studying with engVid, studying your English every night to make sure you get better at English. These are good habits. Brushing your teeth. Right? You know, remember: The habits you have will help you become the person you want to be. Keep that in mind. Okay? Now, as I finish that, let's go to the board and talk about habits. See this one? This is Dracula. [Laughs] I want to bite your neck. He's a creature. You might say monster, but in this case, creature, monster, or animal. A "creature of habit" is somebody who likes routine. They like doing regular things. It brings them comfort or makes them happy. So some people like to go to work, after work come home, sit down, grab a beer, put the television on, and that's what they like to do. They don't want to party, they don't want to go see their friends or play video games. They want one or two beers, watch TV, go to bed. Creatures of habit. They like routine, they don't like it changed. Okay? Number two. Hi-ya. That's a hand. Okay? This is wood. So sometimes in karate you see people go: "Ah-ya! Poof", and they break things. When you "break a habit" or if you need to break a habit it means end, stop the habit. You're tired of doing something like biting your nails. You go: "I need to end this. No more, no more, no more. I need to break that habit. It's embarrassing. It makes me feel bad or look bad." So you need to break habits. Remember, there are good habits, but to be honest, when we usually talk about habit in English it's usually bad habits. If you talk too much about your good habits, we think you're bragging or saying how good you are. "I save all of my money. I'm so good at saving my money. I'm the best." This reminds me of somebody. "I'm the best saver in the world. I'm the best doer of homework in the world. I always do my homework." I'll probably say: "Shut up. I don't want to hear anymore." We like to talk about our bad habits, and we tend to or we have a habit-[laughs]-of keeping our good habits to ourselves so people don't get angry. Number three: "force of habit". Think of Superman. Dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh. Is very powerful, right? Can do many things. A force of habit means your habit, the repeated behaviour is so strong that you don't think about doing it. I mean, sorry, it just happens without you thinking about it. You know? I mean, sometimes you just have a... Oh, it's force of habit. I didn't even know I was doing that. It just went to my mouth. […]
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/watch?v=gQLwxxjSXWg&list=PL1MxVBsQo85pZXMyUuh-4tXB4Zv2oMDOS&index=9 TRANSCRIPT Batman slowly turned over, and he saw his arch-villain or arch-nemesis, the Joker. Hey. Sorry. James from engVid. Just reading about the Batman. And Batman is famous for having his utility belt and tools to solve crimes. I'm going to use this shoe to teach you some vocabulary and some idioms. You guys ready? Or and some phrases. You ready? Let's go. Use this shoe. "Wa-cha." All right, so Mr. E says: "I'm a shoo-in for this job." What the heck does he mean? He's actually wearing a nice pair of shoes, so it must be something serious. Let's go to the board and find out. Hmm. Here is a shoe, and you may notice in brown I have put one, two, three, four things about a shoe you may not know. I know you know what a shoe is-right?-basically, but did you know that these things here, we call them "laces"? Yeah, that's what you tie up. Someone will say: "Do up your laces." But there's also an idiom that comes from this. Now, what do you call the back of the shoe? We call that "the heel". Right? The heel of the shoe. Now, this part you can't really see, but it's the part that bends like this, we call that "the arch". That's where your foot kind of goes like this. And then finally, this is "the sole". Now, I'm not talking about the soul that goes to Heaven. Right? I'm not talking about the soul that goes to Heaven, I'm talking about the sole of your foot. So, it's heel, arch which is the middle part, and then the sole, and we've got our laces, and now we're ready to do our lesson. Let's go. So, let's start with the shoe itself, the whole shoe and nothing but the shoe. The first one I want to talk to you about is about a "goody two-shoes". Now, if you're a goody two-shoes, it means you're a good, good person. You know, the person who does all their homework, comes on time, is very nice to everybody. You might be religious even, I don't know, but you're a really, really, really good person. You don't smoke, you don't drink. I know, if you're an engVid watcher, that's not you. Okay? Because you're on the internet, so I don't know what you're up to. But a goody two-shoes only does good things, never does bad things; no bad words, no alcohol, no anything that's bad. Goody two-shoes are usually children. Okay? The next one I want to talk to you about with the shoe is "a shoo-in". And notice I said: "shoo-in". It looks like the word "shoe" here, but it's spelt differently, which might be a bit confusing. Well, that's because when we as English people say it, we don't really think of this particular verb, but we use the word, and when we use it we mean... If someone's a shoo-in, and usually for a job or a situation... He's a shoo-in for... To be her girl... Boyfriend. She is a shoo-in for the job. When we say it what we mean is they are the person candidate or the perfect person to get it. Okay? So, if you're going for a job, and let's say you're a lady and you're going for a job, and go: "She's a shoo-in for the job. She's got the right education, she has the right connections, she has the right experience." We mean you're the perfect one for the job. Now, remember I said it looks like this, but it's not like that? I've got to give you the real meaning behind it. See, this "shoo-in" comes from horseracing. You know horses? Well, way back what would happen is horses would be racing and then one horse was... That was winning would kind of go back and fall back, and the second horse would win, and it would become the winner, and it was called the shoo-in. "Well, why?" you're thinking: "That's like perfect candidate, right?" Not exactly. This is in what we call the fixed race. It means that the first person in the race... So let me get you some markers so you can see the difference. […]
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=MrXn54mbRf0&index=29&t=0s&list=PL1MxVBsQo85pZXMyUuh-4tXB4Zv2oMDOS How to STEAL a conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl3pdlys7zc&index=68&t=0s&list=PL1MxVBsQo85pZXMyUuh-4tXB4Zv2oMDOS TRANSCRIPT Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo-doo. Oh, hi. James from engVid. Today I wanted to talk to you about two tips on conversation. These tips I think can have you... Help you have an amazing conversation, make you really interesting... Actually, make people really interested in you so you can keep having conversation. After all, it's the practice that we need to get better, and if people don't want to talk to you, you can't improve. So quickly we'll go to the board and you'll see Mr. E has boxing gloves, and it says: "1, 2". In boxing, the "old one-two" is a jab and a straight punch. Why? It's very effective and it gets the job quickly done so you can take out your opponent. In this case, what I want to do is teach you two things that you can use in combination to make people you speak to enjoy the conversation with you, want to practice more, or talk to you more so you get more practice. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. So, how to knock them out with killer conversation tips, 1 and 2. For most people when they're practicing or when they want to improve conversation, they think: "I need to talk a lot because if I get to talk a lot I'll get better." That's 50% of the equation, because in any conversation there's the speaker and the listener, and both parts must be worked on, because if you have a healthy balance the person who is listening to you will want you to continue, but usually they want to speak as well. In a lot of conversations, something that will make a conversation go well is empathy, which "empathy" means: "I understand what you're saying. I also want to know how you feel." Another part of it is energy, people want to be excited. Nobody wants to talk to a person who talks like this on the whole subject, it wants... It makes them want to stop talking to you. That energy or lack of energy can be on your part or their part. In this lesson I want to address both things, empathy and energy, to teach you how to raise the energy in a conversation if it's low; and teach you empathy, how to feel or get them to feel in the conversation so they care, because if they care, they share. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. Let's talk about empathy. One of the biggest parts of a conversation is empathy. When a person cares about the conversation, they stay in it, they're excited about it, so it's one way to raise energy. A lot of times when we're talking we make the mistake of thinking: "Okay, well, I've got a lot to tell people", and we get excited, so we have a lot of energy, you're talking about: "I got a new car the other day. It's an amazing car. It's got, like, bucket seats. The seats warm up in the winter. Canada's cold. The steering wheel warms up. I got a really good price on it. I... I... I... I... I... I... I... I..." the magic "I". Now, it's good for me because I get to say: "I", see? Me and I, but for a listener it gets boring because they're like: "Ah, ah". They want to talk. So a way to change that around, you might say: "Well, I'll just use 'you'. I'll say: 'How about you? You, you, you'". That's okay, that's a good start, putting it on them. But if you want to show empathy to get them interested in the conversation, what you might want to say is one of two sentences I will show you now because when you say these sentences it makes the person know you care about them, not just about you. And in inviting them to speak about something gives them the opportunity to put their opinion in, so no matter how the conversation goes, they will remember that they were part of a conversation, not a lecture where you just spoke about you. And they will also probably remember the conversation in a more positive way, which means later on they'll want to talk to you. […]
Improve your Vocabulary: Stop saying VERY! Improve your Vocabulary: Stop saying VERY!
3 years ago En
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; if not, go watch Mirror Universe with Star Trek. I have two, look at them, I have two Mr. Es. In the first one Mr. E is hot, and the first one Mr. E is cold. Let's go to the board. E, what's up? "It's very hot. 35 degrees centigrade." You're right. I see you're wearing your Bermuda shorts. And the second E is saying he's very cold: "It's minus 30 degrees centigrade." Ow, this isn't good. I feel for you. But don't you think there are better ways to say it's very hot or it's very cold? I think so, and in today's lesson I'm going to teach some of you... Not some of you. I'm going to teach all of you how to get rid of the word "very" to describe everything, and use other words which give more information, which will make you sound more like a native speaker and make your writing phenomenal. Oh, "phenomenal"? That's a word for "very good". Are you ready? Let's go to the board. So, today's lesson is on "very". "Very" is a very good word, that's why we use it, but when you're writing, to hear somebody say: "Very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very" is what we call monotonous, it means "mono" as one, "tonous", one tone, one sound - very boring. So let's change that from you being... You know, using "very" because I teach and I notice a lot of students saying things, like: "Teacher, today it's very cold outside." I'm like: -"Yeah, it is." -"And I'm very tired and very hungry." I'm like: "Okay, okay." It's like being punched in the face again and again, and I just want to say: "Stop with the 'very'. Use a different word." But it's not fair because "very" is a very good word-there, I did it again-we just need to find other words to make your language sound richer to improve it so you sound more like a native English speaker, and to make it more interesting for you because it will express more of who you are and your ideas in a better way. It makes you unique. You ready? Let's go to the board. You'll notice I put "very" in red because this is something we don't want to do, we don't want to keep saying: "very". We want to change that up. And I'm going to give you a list of words that people or students usually say when they say "very" that I've heard many, many times. And maybe you've done this. And today I'm going to give you singular words to use instead. I'll explain them, just in case they're difficult. Let's start with the first one. People say: "Very rude", instead of saying that, you can say: "vulgar". "Vulgar" means very rude, and if somebody says to me: "Your language is vulgar", I'll probably stop talking because it means it's not right, it's inappropriate, it's very bad. Vulgar. "I don't like your vulgar tone", your rude tone. It's strong. "Very short", another word we say is "brief", which means small. We had a very brief... We had a very brief conversation, a very short conversation. Cool? "Boring". When you say: "Class was very boring today", you can say: "dull". "Dull" means very boring. It also means... See? Here's a bonus when you use these words, stupid. If you say someone is dull, you can say they're very boring, or dull meaning they're stupid. Don't use it like that too often; people don't like being called stupid. And if you say: "He's rather dull, isn't he?" I have to listen for context to mean stupid or boring. Next one, everybody's favourite: "Very good". "Teacher, the food is very good. The lesson is very good. I like this, it's very good." Why don't we change that to the word "superb"? Look carefully at the word "superb", you have the word "super" written inside it. "Super" means what? Above average, excellent, or superb, very good. "The food was superb." People don't usually use this word, so if you tell me when I cook for you that it's superb, I'm telling you right now I will take that as such an amazing compliment. Gentlemen, if you tell a woman she looks superb, she'll be like: "Thank you. Really?" Because no one says it. All right? […]
Practice English PHRASAL VERBS with this game Practice English PHRASAL VERBS with this game
3 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 play a game today. Hi. James from engVid. I was reading a book on concentration, and it dawned on me... And "to dawn on you" means I understood something that a lot of times when we play games, we concentrate, we really concentrate, we enjoy it and we learn a lot. And what I'm thinking today is that I would like to teach you a game that could help you concentrate and learn grammar easily and make it fun. I know that sounds like that doesn't make sense, it's like opposites, but bear with me. Stay with me and let's see where we go. Okay? So, Mr. E's playing a game. Some of you know this as tic-tac-toe, some of you know it as Xs and Os, and I'm going to use this game here to help you learn phrasal verbs. Very difficult subject for a lot of people, and today I hope to make it easy and fun. You will be able to do this by yourself and do it with a friend or family, or other students. You ready? Let's go to the board. Because as E says, he wins and you can, too. So, first I'm going to look at is preposition, and I'm going to pick one. Because when we play this game of Xs and Os, you can see the board is here, we're going to play and I'm going to teach you how to use this preposition with these verbs to create phrasal verbs. Now, one of the things we want to do is figure out what "up" means. You don't have to do this. You can just go in... You're on the internet, and you could look up these verbs, and see, you know, the phrasal verb "pull up", what does it mean? "Pick up", "close up", but today I'm going to help you with "up". We actually have a video with phrasal verbs on it, or many videos, where you can go and research and find out what these ones mean and other ones. And I believe I did one that gives you a method for "up", "down", and other phrasal verbs. Go check it out. www.engvid.com. Right? So: "up". "Up" can mean more. Okay? "Increase", "closer", "improve", "finish", or "end". So, when you know that "up" can mean these things, it means when we use these words here, we add "up", it will change the meaning of each word and give it a new meaning with the two words combined. For instance: "pull up". When we pull up it means to get closer, so when an English-speaking person says to you: "Please pull up a chair", it means get a chair and sit close with us. "Pull up" means closer, move closer. "Pick up". "Pick up" has several meanings but I'm not going to go into all of them. I'm going to give you one that you can use now. If you say: "I will pick you up at 4 o'clock or 5", it means I will come to a place you are at, meet you, and we will go together. A lot of times when someone says "pick you up" it means they will either have a taxi or a car, and they will take you, transport you with them. That's why they're picking you up, or they would say: "I would come to your house". "Close up", when you close up a store it means to shut, finish, and you end the work, so you close the door and go home. "We going to close up at about 6 o'clock." We will finish working about 6 o'clock. "Lift up", well, this pen, lift it up. We could say it more, and I should have added "move", right? Because when you lift something up, you take it from a lower position, you put it to a higher position. "Brighten up". "Brighten up" means to go bright, so we go from... Well, let's look here: Purple, this is brightened up. It's not clean, it's not perfect, but it's brighter. Right? So "brighten up" means to give more light. Or it could mean make happier. "He brightened up at the prospect of going out." He got happier. "Hold up" means to make wait. If you're saying: "What's holding up the train?" It means: "Why is the train staying here? Why is it waiting?" "Shot up", it means to go straight up. "The rock got shot up into the sky". "Clean up" means to clean. "Let's clean up the room." Let's clean it up, make it better. In this case, improve the condition of the room. "Take up" means review. […]
English Vocabulary for difficult situations: confess, regret, condolences... English Vocabulary for difficult situations: confess, regret, condolences...
3 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 talk about DRINKING! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_52p4x0ugI&index=9&list=PL1MxVBsQo85q6Yb2v9hLIurN6nm7vTBMi TRANSCRIPT I'm dreaming of a white Christmas. Hi. James from engVid. Dreaming, what am I dreaming about? Well, this lesson, to be honest. I'm trying to find a way that would be easier to have difficult conversations. It's a dream, but it's a dream I'm going to help you turn into a reality. Today what we're going to look at is nine words... ten words to give you to use in conversations that you might find difficult in English that no one else has given you. I will give you some situations that you could use these words in, and then we're going to play, have a little bit of fun. Okay? It's something you can do by yourself, you can do it with a friend, or a group, and it will help you become more creative and a lot better with English, more like a native speaker because you'll understand what these words are and how to use them appropriately. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. As E says, these are difficult conversations. There are many different types, from relationship and work, so we're going to have a bit of fun. And I'll start off with the words first. Let's look at the word "confess". When you confess something it means you must give the truth or tell the truth about something, something that someone hasn't known, you will have to tell them. Right? I have to confess that I like yellow and I'm wearing yellow underwear. You didn't know, it's hidden, but now you know. "Resolve", it means to find a way. If you resolve to do something, you want to resolve, you have decided to do something and you've got a strong... A strong desire to do it. A resolve to lose 15 pounds means I've made a promise to myself to work towards that to do that. "Regret". Regret, you say you're sorry, and it means I feel bad about it. When you regret you wish you didn't do it. I regret breaking off with a girlfriend five years ago because she would have made the perfect wife. I regret. "Condolences", use this one what we call sparingly, which means don't use it a lot. Condolences... Or the word "condolence" is usually reserved for death. Okay? So, when you say "condolence", if you say: "I give my condolences", you wouldn't say that if someone lost their job. "Oh, you lost your job? My condolences." They're not dying. They just don't have work. Okay? They have a future. But if you hear someone is really sick, they have cancer, serious cancer or their parent or someone that they know has died, then you would say: "I offer my condolences." You can even use it for a pet, if their dog that they've had for ten years has died, offer condolences. It means I'm extremely, extremely sorry that this has happened to you. Okay? "Empathize". "Empathy" is to feel like someone else. "Empathize" is to... We can understand and have... Share the emotion with you. We have that empathy. And I say, I see a poor person on the street, and someone says: "Look, they're lazy." I go: "Can't you empathize? Imagine what it would be like. Feel what they feel." "Mend". "Mend" means to fix, fix something. You want to mend it. You can mend a relationship. If you're fighting: We need to mend this relationship. All right? We need to make it better, fix it. If you break your arm and it's fixed, the arm is mended, you go your arm will mend; fix. I like "disillusion". "An illusion" is something you think is true, but it's not. It's an illusion. Magic tricks. Here you go, here it's gone. Whenever I go like this, there's the illusion that I've been standing here waiting for you to come back. Right? It's all cameras. To be disillusioned is to believe something was true and you find out it's not true anymore. You think your mother or father is the greatest person on the planet, and then you find out, just like you, they have flaws or weaknesses, and they make mistakes. […]
REMEMBER ANYTHING with the Memory Palace Method REMEMBER ANYTHING with the Memory Palace Method
3 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.youtube.com/watch?v=RyxtYRkzqcg&t=0s&list=PL1MxVBsQo85qbTHKgEgpCh7ytX9uyIsYY&index=1 TRANSCRIPT Silicon Valley, security of the internet, aerospace, holter, capital inflation, ambitious... Oh, how am I going to remember all this vocabulary? This is so much to... I have an idea. Hold on a second. Excuse me, guys, I have to get a book. Where did I put...? Ah, there it is. A long time ago-hey, E, we're going to get to you in a second-I had a trouble remembering vocabulary for something I was studying, and it was so difficult, and I thought: "I know, my favourite hero is, like, Sherlock Holmes, and he has what's called a memory palace, and I think that's why E did this. He said: "I'm a king. Where is my palace?" Today we're going to work on a memory palace. For you it might be more, like, a memory house or a memory room, but as your memory gets better and better, we can make it from a room to a house to a palace. A palace is a house where a king lives or a queen lives, and is huge with many, many rooms and you can do many, many things. And after I show you this method, you will figure out that you might want to start with just a room, but from there you can go from a room to a house to a workspace, like your business place or workplace, to a palace because as long as you can remember the room, you can remember vocabulary. And today we're going to have some fun because I'm going to do... Well, we're going to go step by step and do this together. I'm going to ask you to do a couple of things, you'll do them and you're going to find that your memory has increased incredibly. And we can do it for many, many things. So you guys ready? I'll take a look here. Let's get started. What do you need? Okay, you just need to right now sit down. I'm going to ask you to focus in a second or two, and then you just need to laugh. So if something's funny, laugh, have fun with it, and then we're going to see how much vocabulary you have. So the first thing I'm going to do is give you eight words. Number one: "bacon". Number two: "ball". Number three: "banana". Number four: "fish". Number five: "monkey". Number six: "Mr. E". All right, Mr. E. Number seven: "rat". And number eight: "dog". Got it? Cool. Now, what I want you to do is tell me all eight of those words. I'm waiting. I'm listening. Go. Go for it. In order. In order. Did you get all of the words? If so, good for you, you have a remarkable memory. You don't need me, turn off the video, go somewhere else. No, you better stay, because still can help you with more words than this. I'm just showing you eight because we have a limited time. Now, some people if they've done that exercise before, they'll go: "Oh, I recognize this", but don't worry about it. So, if you didn't do well, maybe you got four words or five words, but they weren't in order, you got them all over... Let me give you the words again, but this time I'm going to ask you to join me and do something, and I bet you can know all the words and you can even tell me the words out of order. Okay? So, let's do this again. But this time... And here's the trick: You have to really put the idea in your head when I give it to you. Okay? You can't just go: "Okay, okay." You have to actually see it. Okay? And when I say laugh, I mean if it's funny make it crazy as heck, make it crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy in your head. All right? So let's do the first one. I want you to imagine you're coming to a door. Okay? You come to a door, you open the door, and just before you open the door you see a piece of bacon, and the bacon's running from the bottom of the door, going: "Oh my god! Help me! Help me!" It's running out the door as fast as it can. It goes in fast motion, it runs out the door, and you're like: "Whoa! Look at that bacon run out the door. […]
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 things. Thank you to Baz and Tomo. Thanks, guys, you made this lesson possible with some of your suggestions. And if you guys have suggestions for me at all for lessons, please, don't hesitate. Go to engVid, www.engvid.com, and just say, you know: "Can you teach this, this, and this?" or "Could you help us with...?" and you might get your name on the board. Now, I'm going to move on to our lesson, but just to point out because you grammar heads out there will say: "He wrote 'gotta', and that's not a word in English." You're right, this is slang. But I'm saying: "You gotta hand it to me", because I'm using one of these body parts as a verb right there: "hand it", it means have got to. "I have got to hand it to you." But in English, we say: "gotta" because it's faster and simpler. Right? So: "I have got to hand it to you" is very formal, "I gotta hand it to you" is very natural. Keep that in mind. If you're writing, write: "I have got to", but if you're speaking, you could say to a Canadian: "I gotta get going now", and they'll understand you have to go. Cool? All right. Moving on. First things we want to talk about, and I tried to do this in order with your body so you will remember the order. "Head", I have a head. I cannot walk like this, it doesn't make sense. I turn my head in the direction I'm going. So, when somebody says: "Where are you heading?" they're saying: "I see your head is going in this direction. To where are you going?" So: "heading" means direction. "He was heading to his house", that means the direction he was going of his house. "She was heading to the store", she was going in the direction of the store. Number one: "heading". Number two: "eyeball". "To eyeball somebody" is to look at them. Usually used in a negative sense. If someone says to you: "Are you eyeballing me?" It means: "Are you staring at me or looking at me? Because I don't like how you look at me, okay? Stop doing it." Okay? So: "to eyeball someone". Maybe you, you know... Sometimes you've seen women look at other women, and they look them up and down, like: "Look at her." They're eyeballing, because you can see their eyes moving and checking them out. Or guys eyeball each other, like: "Yeah, he thinks he's tough", and they eyeball you. Okay? Number two: "to eyeball". Number three: "neck". I'm not a vampire, I don't... I don't want to bite you and get your blood, but "necking" isn't when two people put their necks together, but "necking" is kissing, but long-time kissing, so it's like you're with your partner: "[Kisses]". "Necking", okay? So that's why I have two lips, because they're kissing and that's why the two people are happy because messing... Messing. [Laughs] Kissing means... "Necking" means long-term kissing or long-time kissing and passionate kissing. Okay? Number four: "mouth off". You can see the mouth is jumping off of a box. Let me finish that box, it doesn't look like a full box, there. So it's jumping off a box. "Mouth off" is to say things, like: "Get out of here. I don't care." It's being rude. Being rude, maybe sometimes using slang towards someone. So, for example, if your dad were to say: "Hey, could you pick up the box?" And you go: "Yo, old man, why don't you pick up the box? You're bigger than me, you should pick up..." You're mouthing off. I would say: "Stop mouthing off. Stop being rude." Okay? Or: "...talking back to me like that". "Mouthing off". "Shoulder", "shoulder a burden", that's just one example, but when you shoulder something, like a responsibility, it means you carry it with you. You carry it with you. So if you're shouldering many responsibilities, maybe you are a student, maybe you're trying to learn English, maybe you have a job, maybe you have a fam-... That's a lot of things to put on your shoulders. Because shoulders are used to carry, so you're carrying a lot of these things on your shoulder. Okay? […]
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 right away: "I listen to English all the time. I listen to videos at home. Why? I don't need anyone to tell me about... Help me with listening." And usually the same people will say something like: "My pronunciation's not very good. I really don't understand when people speak to me", and so on and so forth. And you're trying to explain: Listening is a skill that is natural. Actually, there's a difference between hearing and listening, and we're going to go to the board right now and talk about that so that we can get to what I call "active listening". You ready? Let's go. So, E, as you can see, has a big ear because he is now listening because he wants to improve on his listening skills and his pronunciation, and he's come to the right place. All right, so the first thing I want to look at here is "hear". When we use the word "hear" in English it's for sound, it really is. It's just for sound. Like... [Drops marker] Did you hear that? Right? You don't say: "Did you listen to that?" You can't listen to that. You can hear that. All right? So that would be music, when people are speaking, because if you can't hear... And here I wrote this: "If you don't hear it, it doesn't exist", and that's true. Listening... Or hearing is physical. Okay? The ear actually has to work, or you have to make it work. There are two things you have to be careful on, that your ear is good, so get a hearing test if necessary, if you need one; but also we can make it better, if physically everything works, sometimes people don't pay attention so they miss the sounds. And when you miss a sound, it changes the word and sometimes the meaning. And that's when we look over here, to "listen". "Listening" makes us focus and gives us meaning. So, when you're listening to someone, you will look at them and you will pay attention, and that's how you get the meaning. You need to be able to physically hear the sound, which is true, but if you don't listen, you won't get the meaning of what they say. Okay? So we need a combination. And luckily for us, when the ear works, we can use our listening or our focus skills to improve how this works so we can get better at learning language and learn faster. If you remember what I said here: If you don't hear, it doesn't exist. That's the physical part. If you cannot hear it, it doesn't exist. Right? Which will lead to bad pronunciation, because if you cannot hear a T, you won't say the T. "Huh? Hmm?" Yeah. For many Spanish people, the "d" sound is a "th". They cannot actually hear us when we say "duh", so they say: "the", right? So they go: "I stanthe", "I stanthe" instead of: "I stand". When they can hear it, because when I make them say the sound "d", they can do it, and "duh", they can say it, then all of a sudden they're like: "I can stand. He wanted". Not: "I wantith". -"I wanted". -"Oh, it's a different sound." By focusing and listening we're able to make them realize there are different sounds being said and improve on their pronunciation. Okay? Now, if we use active listening, which is what I will teach you now, it will help us retrain the ear. "Retrain" means make the ear go back to the beginning and then start again, and retrain to make it better. Now, I have a little game we're going to play, which is a fun game because you can do it by yourself, -- I will give you an example in a second -- but you can also do it with a friend. "Huh?" So you can both help each other improve. So, I'm going to read something to you. Okay? And I want you to close your eyes and I want you to listen. Okay? Now, I want you to look for the words with the letter C. All right? So you're going to close your eyes, like I'm closing my eyes now. And I'm going to read this to you, and I want you to count how many C words are in this sentence. Are you ready? Are your eyes closed? Okay, do it now. "The cat quickly came to the couch and caught sight of the kite in the tree and kept quiet." […]
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 two quick pronunciation tricks. When I'm saying that it's a little bit different, when I say two different pronunciation tricks, I'm going to teach you what's called relaxed speech in English or when we make... We blur words together. Sometimes we blur words, we make words, two words into one, sometimes three words become one, so when you hear it you think you're hearing one word, when in reality what you're hearing is three words and sometimes we drop the sound. Today I'm going to give you two very common phrases, that if you learn to say it properly, you'll sound like a native speaker, which is really cool. Right? So let's go to the board and take a look. To start off with, Mr. E... Hey, say: "Hi", E. Okay? Mr. E is saying: "Whaddya mean?" Try it. If you look in your Google Translator or your phone, you'll notice this word doesn't exist, but it does for us English people, and in fact it's for two different things that are not related. I'll show you a trick so you know what it is you're saying; or when someone's speaking to you, what it is they mean. Let's go. First things first, this is real English, relaxed speech. I have two statements. The first statement is: "What are you doing?" Right? "What are you doing?" Pretty clear and understandable. And the second statement is: "What do you want?" They're not the same at all, you can see with your eyes. But when I say it, actually it's going to come out like this: "Wad-da-ya doing? Wad-da-ya doing?" or "Wad-da-ya want? Wad-da-ya want?" The sound... This is phonetic spelling, so I'm just trying to show you the: "Wad-da-ya", "Wad-da-ya", basically sounds like this: "Whaddya", okay? And it's when we've cut sounds, and there's reasons we do it and I'll explain here why. When we speak very fast, especially when there's a "t" or a "d" involved in English, we tend to either change the "t" to a "d"-okay?-or we actually just get rid of it. An example is "often". In English you'll sometimes hear people say: "Often", "I often do this", but more casual is to say: "I ofen", the "t" is just dropped. It's understood to be there. Okay? "Often", but it's just dropped. And a lot of times people have trouble saying the word: "Bottle", you saw my face, like: "I want a bottle of Coke", it's difficult to say, even for us, so we say: "I want a bodle", "bodle", and that double "t" actually becomes almost a "d" sound, so: "bodle". "I want a bottle of Coke or a bottle of beer." We tell you to say "t", but we don't even do it ourselves because we're lazy. And speaking about lazy, I want to talk about the second reason this funny thing occurs here where we have: "Whaddya" instead of the words that are supposed to be there. When we have lazy vowels... Lazy vowels we call the schwa, schwa. I'm exaggerating because I open my mouth too much. When you do the schwa, it's like an "uh", you barely move your mouth. In fact, later on I'm going to show you a test you can do to see the schwa for yourself. Okay? Here's two examples for you because we barely say them, like the word: "problem". It's not "probl-e-m", you don't say the "e" really, you just kind of, like, make it fall with the "m" so it becomes "um": "problum". Right? And when you say: "family", do you say: "fam-i-ly"? No. You say: "Famly". It's "fam-ly", it just blends right in there. Okay? So now we've taken a look at this and "whaddya", and I just want to explain something, how it happened. Remember we said the "t"? The "t" gets dropped here. Okay? We just take it out. And the "r" we don't even say. It goes from here-you see?-there goes the "t" becomes a "d" there. Right? "What are", "What are ya", and we just drop it right off. Here it's even more obvious you can see it because we take the "t", and make that an "a" over here. We do that a lot in English with "o", we change o's to "a". Okay, so here are we. We drop that, we put the "t" to a "d" here, once again that drops off, and we have: "whaddya".
Learn English color expressions to talk about situations & emotions Learn English color expressions to talk about situations & emotions
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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's on answers while you sleep, lucid dreaming. Why am I telling you all this? Well, today I want to tell you how in English... Or show you in English how we use colours to talk about your mood or your emotions. All right? I'm sure in your own culture you use colour when you talk about something to describe how someone is feeling. And we have... I've got six for you, and I'm going to give you basically what they mean, and I'm going to give you some idioms that go with it. Later on I'm going to also do for you something a little else, I'll show you how we use colours to talk about behaviour, so not just how you think or feel, but how you act. Okay? Give you a couple of those, and then, of course, we'll have our quiz. So, you ready? Let's go to the board. "How are you feeling today?" Well, E, how are you feeling? You're feeling a little flushed, a little blue in the face? No? A little red in the face? Let's go to the board and find out what these colours are. So, let's start with the colour that contains everything, white. When you are white it means you are afraid, scared. Someone might say: "You're as white as a sheet." The reason why they said that is because usually when we're afraid all of the blood goes from your body, from your hands and your feet to your heart so you can run faster if you need to escape. So your colour gets lighter. It doesn't matter what colour you are, funny enough, you get lighter. You can see it in some colour... People of different colours more, but generally put, it means your colour is not there because the blood is not there, you must be afraid. So you're as white as a sheet, like a ghost. Okay? Let's go to the next colour, so we're going a little darker here, yellow. Now, I've gots a big belly. When somebody calls you a yellow belly they're saying: "You're a coward." It means you're weak, you're afraid. Now, this one you're afraid because something scared you. When you're a yellow belly, you're always afraid like a little mouse, you don't want to get into a fight or trouble, you might get hurt. So it means I can never depend on you when the situation is bad because you're too afraid to help. So, while being white means you're afraid of something that just happened, something has scared you, this one means you have no strength. You're the opposite of strong, you're weak. You're a coward, you're afraid of being hurt. Let's go to red. Now, there are two types of red. Sometimes when people are turning red they are angry, like the Hulk. Except the Hulk turns green and we're not turning green. But when you see them getting... Their head starts getting redder and redder or darker in colour, usually what that means is the blood is rushing to their face. Now, in doing that, there are two meanings. The first one is angry. They're like: "[Breathes heavily]". And the face gets redder and redder. You go: "I think they're angry." And we will say: "He's red in the face." Angry, you can see it. You can see the blood and the heat. The second is turning red as in embarrassment. This is funny because in this case the blood comes to the face but it's from embarrassment. You're like: "Oh. My underwear is showing. Oh. I'm embarrassed", and your face gets red. Okay? So one is angry and you can almost feel the heat off of them, and the other one is: "Oh", embarrassment, shame. Okay? So, I'm telling you this because if you hear these two things, like turning red does not mean getting angry. Red in the face is angry, but this one, if someone says you're turning red, it means you've gone from being comfortable to being ashamed. Right? Or embarrassed of what has happened. Let's go to pink. I said to you before I was tickled pink. When you tickle somebody, they: "[Laughs]", they laugh. Okay? So, tickling someone pink means to make them happy.
TO, ON, ABOUT: Prepositions of behavior in English TO, ON, ABOUT: Prepositions of behavior in English
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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-prepositions-of-behavior/ TRANSCRIPT Doo-doo-doo-doo. I really need to be less hard on myself about sports. Hi. James from engVid. Today's lesson is going to be about prepositions and behaviour. I want to show you how we use prepositions to talk about people's behaviour. Now, behaviour is how someone acts, their actions. You know, are they good to you, nice to you? So what is their behaviour like? Why is this important? Because you know prepositions is being used as one thing. Today I want to show you a lesson how we take the idea from the preposition, we put it with an adjective, and then we can talk about people's behaviour. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. "I need to be less hard on myself." Well, you know "need", you know "hard", but "hard on myself", what does that mean? Well, Mr. E is using a preposition, which is an adjective to talk about something he is doing or some way he is acting. Okay? "Hard" means strong, so he needs to be less strong on himself. In this case he needs to be nicer to himself. I used another one, "nicer to". We're going to work on this now and you're going to figure out how you can start using prepositions with adjectives to describe behaviour. Okay, so, prepositions are most often used for direction, time, and the reason. The reason why. Sorry. The reason why we do something. Right? The reason why we do something. All right? "I'm going to the store", "I'll meet you at 12 o'clock", "I did it for this". Right? "For". But they can also be used to describe people's actions, or behaviour, or what they're doing. Okay? So I'm going to give you three popular prepositions: "to", "on", and "about". I will explain each one, and then give you some collocations which are words that go together, co-location. Right? Collocation, it means they're always generally found together, that will explain behaviour. Okay? Let's go to the first one. "To". Everybody loves "to". Right? "To" means movement: "Go to the store." Right? I'm not going to say two people, because that's not a preposition, that's a number, but "to". But when we add... Use these adjectives before "to", we can say: "cruel to". "He's cruel to you". "Cruel" means not very nice. Cruel is not nice, so he's cruel... But, look. See how we have direction? Remember I said "to" means direction? "He's cruel to you." So the direction of his not-niceness goes to you. On the next one we have "kind to". "Kind" means nice. They are nice or generous. Right? So, when someone's kind to you, they are nice to-you got it, direction again-you. Direction. "Rude". You know when someone's rude they act in a way that's not nice, they show disrespect to you. Right? They say bad words or something. When someone's "rude to", here we go again, "to" means direction and that direction is to whoever they say, rude to them, rude to him, rude to me. Okay? Who is the object? And "helpful to", that's right. Somebody or something was helpful to you, they gave you some help when you need it. Help, and then full of help, they were full of help to you. So we've just discussed "to" and we know it means movement, and in this case direction, and these adjectives help us... Tell us what the behaviour or actions are that they are doing to you. Okay? You like that one? I got another one. It's a three-for-one sale, I'm going to teach you three. Okay? "On". Usually when we say "on" we mean to put on, like on top, like on the surface of something, "on". As direction means... "To" means direction, "on" means on the surface or put it on. And as you can see, I put my hand on me which means something, I bet you're going to understand, is going to come on me. Okay? So we want to use these adjectives before "on". You can see my little picture, "on". "Tough on", you know, Colgate is tough on grease or tough on this. "Tough" means hard or strong.
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. See, I put spleech together? And it just makes sense. And I'm going to get to that in a second, and I'm going to give you a visual so you can understand where we're going. Notice E is relaxed, he's not really trying hard. When you're speaking your natural language you don't want to try hard all the time. Right? So I actually use another one: "wanna", which I'm not going to talk about today. But we're going to get there. Right? We're going to get to the board and take a look at what I want to teach you. It's how to sound like a native speaker, but also how to understand a native speaker. Okay? Because we do this blending or relaxed speech quite regularly. All right? So it's actually almost more normal... A more normal part of our language. So what is relaxed speech? Well, relaxed speech happens when a native speaker... Speakers-sorry-change sounds or drop letters or syllables when they are speaking fast for things they say a lot. I'll give you an example. Nobody wants to say: "Do you want to go to the movie tonight?" So we say: "Do you wanna go to the movie?" For you, you're like: "What happened?" Well, we dropped the "t"-okay?-and we combined "want" and "to". We even change the "o" to an "a" to make it easier, so: "You wanna go?" For you, you're thinking: "Youwannago", that's a new English word: "youwannago". And it's like: No, it's not. It's "wanna" as in "want to go". Another one is: "See ya". In "see ya" we change and we drop the ending here, we put: "See", and "you" becomes "ya": "See ya later". No one says: "See you later." It sounds weird when I even say it to myself. "See you later. Bye." But: "See ya later" rolls off the mouth. It's because both of these things we say at least 10, 20, 30 times a day, so we change it, we make it relaxed to make it comfortable like E. Okay? Problem for you is you go to school or you're reading a book and it says: "Do you want to", "Did you ever", no one speaks like that but you, so today we're going to change that. Okay? So I'm going to teach you, as I said, how to understand it when it's said to you, but also how to get it out. Warning: Please use the books first or, you know, listen to... We have other videos on pronunciation, use those first. You have to master the base sounds first. You have to be able to say: "Do you want to", because what you don't understand is when I say: "Do you want", when I change it to: "Do you wanna", I almost say that "t", so I have to have practice saying the proper sound before I can drop it. Got it? It's like you got to practice a lot before you can play well. Okay. So, once you've got that down and you start using this, people will go: "Hey, man, where are you from? Because I hear some accent but I really can't tell. Do you want to tell me?" And I say... I did it again. "Do you want to tell me?" You're like: "Woo, no. It's my secret, engVid." Okay, anyway, so today what I want to work on specifically is "do" and "did". Okay? Because there are a few things we say, and there are what I call sound patterns for the relaxed speech that you can learn to identify what people are saying to you. Okay? So I'm going to come over here and I want you to take a look. "Do" or "Did", and here's the relaxed version of it. When we're done this we're going to have a little practice session because with pronunciation it's important you actually practice it, not you take the lesson, you go: "Thanks, James, you taught me and now I know." You actually have to go through it. So the first one we want to do is this one: "Do you want to", easy enough. Right? "Do you want to go to dinner? Do you want to have a friend over? Do you want to have pizza?" When we actually say it, what happens is there are two cases here. In the first case: "do" or "d" changes to a "ja", "ja" sound. And it comes: "Jawanna", so this is gone, the "d" is gone, we changed it to a "j". And remember what we talked about with "wanna"? The t's gone so it becomes: "Jawanna".
English Grammar: Correlative Conjunctions (NEITHER & NOR, EITHER & OR, BOTH & AND...) English Grammar: Correlative Conjunctions (NEITHER & NOR, EITHER & OR, BOTH & AND...)
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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 to bring two statements together, two related ideas and brought them together. In this case: "you" and "your hairy-ass friend". I want to go to the board and I want to explain the correlative conjunctions to you, because I know conjunctions you've heard of, but this will be a little twist that can add to your English to make it more advanced. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. All right, so E talked about correlative conjunctions, and what I want to do is just go over conjunctions basically to you. Okay? So, conjunctions like: "for", "so", "because", "and", and "or" are easy. You know, they're everyday words. You say them regularly. "My friend and I", "You", or "Him", or "Her". Right? And we use these to join words, clauses, and phrases together. Right? "The people I saw and my best friends were happy." Okay? So, a correlative conjunction is the same kind of thing as, like, your joining statements, but they're of... Sorry. "Of", not "or". Of related information. And when they come together... When I say pairs, it's like imagine a boy and a girl together and they're a happy couple, they work together. Okay? So, "either", "or" is one of the first examples. You've seen "either". Right? Or you've seen "or", but what I want to talk about is "either", "or". In "either", "or" it gives you a choice. "Either you pay me the money now or I break your legs." You have a choice; whether you like that choice or not, it's a choice. The second one is also... Is: "not only", "but also". It's about surprise. In the first case we're saying: "Not only was she happy"-there was a surprise-"but she also got married", there's even more surprise. So, in this correlative pair we talk about the idea of surprise. You put this plus this, there's a surprise, plus more surprise. In our third case we talk about negation. That's what I was talking about, Mr. E here said: "Not you, nor your friend". A lot of students have a problem with "neither", "nor" or "neither", "nor". By the way, they're the same thing. You'll hear people say: "Neither this" or "nor". My idea on that or my take on that is this: A lot of educated people will say: "Neither", and it's more British. And Americans tend to say: "Neither" more. Is there really a grammatical difference? Not at all, but just keep that in mind that if you hear someone say: "Neither" they probably have gone to university, a little bit more educated, and "neither" is just more commonplace. It's not better, it's not worse, it's just a preference in style. Okay? But when you say "neither"... "Neither", "nor", it means not this and not that. It's not a choice. People confuse "either", "or" because you have a choice. This means: This is not true and that's not true, so both are not true anymore. Cool? Keep that in mind. It makes everything negative. And finally: "both", "and" is inclusive or including. You know: "Both my brother and my father love baseball." So I'm taking two, right? "Both", my brother, I am saying there are two parts, and the secondary part is included with the first part, so it's an including. Cool? Now, we've got the basic lesson down. We're going to go to the board, of course you know I'm going to give you a bit of a quiz. I hope you understand. I'll go over it quickly for you once again just in case. "Either", "or" is choice; "not only", "but also" is surprise and it's two surprises, the first case is a surprise, the second one is even more of a surprise; "neither", "nor" is negation, meaning no, x, nothing, no; and "both", "and" is included, so you're including this with that, both she and he were happy. Right? Cool? All right, so once again we're going to do our magic board. Got to do a little bit of a quiz, and I'll give you a little bit extra on conjunctions in just a second. [Snaps]