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English Grammar: The Prepositions ON, AT, IN, BY
English for Beginners: Prepositions are short words that help us express location, time, and other relationships between people and things. Some examples of prepositions are: on, at, in, and by. Do you know how to use them? For example, do we say, "I am on a taxi" or "in a taxi"? Do you like to travel "in a plane" or "by plane"? After watching this simple but useful lesson, you will know exactly which preposition to use in any situation. Test yourself with our quiz: http://www.engvid.com/english-grammar-the-prepositions-on-at-in-by/ TRANSCRIPT I'm having a hard time reading on the train right now. Unh. Hold on. I'll start the lesson. Hi. James from engVid. Sorry, I was on the train. I want to teach you a lesson about four basic prepositions that we use in English that sometimes get confused, and I understand why, so I'll keep it basic. But because it's basic, it's going to be 80% correct. That's a good thing, that means you can go to the website and learn more from other lessons we have. But just know that sometimes there'll be exceptions, and I may not cover it here today. I'll even give you two exceptions to help you, but why waste time? Let's go to the board. Here's Mr. E. You'll notice he has a calendar, he has a clock, and: "You are here"? Oh, here. "Here" is a location. We're here right now, doing a lesson. That's the location: engVid. Let's go to the board and do the rest of the lesson, shall we? Here's: "at", "on", "in", and "by". "At". I love it because it's very specific, so you always know where you are, exactly. Problem: For transportation, "at" doesn't have anything. Hmm. So let's go to the next one. Let's go to "on". On. "On" is used for, let's say, large vehicles or large ways of travelling, such as buses... Sorry. Trains, buses, planes, and boats. I'll come back to boat in a second; it's an exception. On the train, on the bus, and on the plane, unless you're Bill Gates, Donald Trump, or me-I'm not in that list-you don't have your own train, plane, or bus, so you usually share it with a bunch of people or a few people. It's large. So we say: "You're on the bus", because it covers a big area, so there are many people sitting in that area. When I get to location, you'll see what I mean. Boat is a small exception. For many people in the world, they have their own boats because maybe they do fishing, or rowing, which is a type of boat that you go by yourself. In that situation, you can use "in". So, if the boat is small enough, say: "in": "I'm in a boat right now." But if it's a big boat, you have to say: "I'm on a boat." Another exception for the "on" rule is bicycle. You're always "on" a bicycle. I know, I said big vehicles, but remember: a bicycle is small, and it doesn't really have a motor or an engine, so we kind of give it its own thing, because you have to sit on the bicycle, and you can never really be in a bicycle. Is that good? Now, let's go to "in". "In" is funny because there are only two things for "in". "In" we use for car and taxi. The easy way to think about it is usually you own your own car; it doesn't belong to a group of people. People just don't get on your car every time you stop it, they go in and say: "Take me somewhere." And a taxi, well, when you're in a taxi, it is kind of your car. You pay the driver and you keep the car. So, this is one of those few cases where, because it belongs to me, I am in my car or I am in the taxi, because the taxi belongs to me as long as I pay the money. It's one of these funny exceptions. I don't know why, because you can put more people in a car, but I guess because you can actually own this transportation, it's yours. Think of it like the small boat. The small boat, one person is in it, you can be inside of it. All right? Cool. The last one we're going to do is "by". This is how you get there. So, "by" is different. When we talk about "in" and "on", you are... We are talking about how you are in the vehicle. Are you sitting on the bicycle? I can see you on it? You know, a boat is on water. But "by" just means: How did you get here? So, when someone responds to you with: "By car", "by plane", they're telling you how they got here. Not if they're in the plane, or on the plane. They are just... That's how they got there. So, how did I get here to do this video? Wouldn't you like to know. I'm kidding. I came here by car. So, yes, I was in my car and drove here, but I would tell somebody: "I got here by car, not by bus", and that would tell them the difference in the transportation I took. "How did you get here?" You like that? Good, so that's "by", this is how you did it; and the way you travelled is here, "in" and "on". Remember there is a small exception for small vehicles, so a small boat you can be in. Remember small. And a bicycle, you're always on the bicycle, because people see you sitting on it. We good? Excellent. Now, that is the lesson for transportation.
Improve your Vocabulary: Stop saying VERY!
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? […]
Learn English Vocabulary: 12 ways to use body parts as verbs
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? […]
Learn English: How to understand native speakers
Do you find it hard to understand casual English conversations? It's not your fault! Native speakers don't speak clearly, but you still need to understand them. In daily conversation, we take shortcuts in our speech. This is usually done by "dropping" consonant sounds. In today's video I'll explain why this happens, and how you can improve your understanding of native speaker pronunciation. You'll get to hear some of the most common words and expressions that English speakers drop consonants from so you'll be prepared when you hear them. I'll also teach you strategies to improve your English listening skills and recommend some listening exercises you can do while listening to music and watching movies. http://www.engvid.com/learn-english-how-to-understand-native-speakers/ TRANSCRIPT Hi. Welcome back to www.engvid.com. I'm Adam. Today's lesson is a little bit tricky because I want to help you understand native speakers. I want you to understand how they speak. So, for example, if you hear somebody say: "What did you do that for?" You should be able to understand what the person said. Now, whether you understood what I just said or not, not important yet; we're going to get to that. So "Native Speaker Pronunciation". Now, before I get into this lesson, I want you to understand: I don't want to teach you how to speak like this. Okay? I don't want you to speak like this. I want you to speak good, clear, strong English, just like I'm speaking to you now. But I also want you to understand that when I am with my Canadian friends, for example, I speak a little bit more like this. It's just natural, it's habit. It's not a good habit, but it's habit. Okay? Now, I had a few comments on www.engvid.com, quite a few people asking me: Why do I understand you? Like why do you understand me, Adam, but when I watch a TV show or when I watch a movie, I don't know what they're saying? Why? Why such a big difference? Well, first of all, let me say that I am speaking to you, knowing what you can and cannot understand, for the most part. So I don't speak to you like I... Like I would with my Canadian friends who are native English speakers. I don't speak to you like Hollywood actors speak on the movie. Okay? I'm speaking to an audience. I know that they need to listen to me, that you need to understand everything I say, so I enunciate, I speak very clearly. I stress each syllable so that you can catch every word I say. But I'm going to talk about when and where to speak like this in a minute. So, I did actually do a lesson about how to speak like a native speaker before. You can learn how to make elisions, how to connect sounds, how to... When you have two sounds that are the same, to drop one of them. This is a little bit different. We're going to look at dropped sounds inside words. Now, these words, for example: "listen", no "t"; "plumber", no "b"; "dumb", no "b". These words are not dropped sounds words. These are just the way these words are constructed; we are supposed to make the "t" silent, we are supposed to make the "b" silent. That's just how the word is built. But native speakers, native English speakers... And I'm sure this is the same in your native language if you pay attention carefully to how you speak and how your friends speak, we like to take shortcuts. Okay? We don't like too many syllables. We like to have fewer and fewer syllables to make the speech go faster. We don't want to think too much about what we're saying. So, for example, here are a few words. Now, I'm looking at consonant clusters. Does everybody remember what a consonant is? B, c, d, f, g, etc. Vowels: a, e, i, o, u. All the other letters, consonants. So when we have consonant clusters, these are groups when you have consonants bunched together; you have a few of them together. When we have words with this situation, we tend to drop one, maybe two of those consonants. So, for example, the word "probably". Pro-bab-ly, pro-bab-ly-. I have three syllables in this word, but when I'm speaking in natural speed, I say: "Probly". -"Are you coming to the party tomorrow night?" -"Yeah, probly." Now you're watching me on a TV or you're watching me in a movie, and you're thinking: -"What?" -"Probly." -"What?" -"Probly." Okay? All I'm saying is "probably", but what I'm doing, because I have "b, b, l", I have a little cluster of consonant sounds, I'll just drop this one; I don't need it. You'll understand me without it, right? I think with another native speaker. "Probly". "Good bye", even two consonants, ah, too much. "Gobye. Gobye". I barely even say the o's, I just say like: "Gobye". Okay? "Old friend". Now, in the other video, I told you if the letters... The very last letter and the first letter are the same, you can drop one, but we do it anyway, even if they're not the same. "I have an ol' friend. Ol' friend who I met for dinner last night. Oh, I met an ol' friend from high school."
Teaching Vocabulary to Young Learners Through Brain-Based Teaching Strategies by Setenay Çelik
Having started with the point that children learn easily and forget quickly, I have been working a lot on how to teach vocabulary to young learners by improving their memory skills. If it comes to memory, it is well worth searching about the brain. Throughout my search, I have found out that as long as the teachers meet the needs of the young brains, it is easier for the learners to remember new vocabulary items. In this presentation I’m planning to share my findings and ten practical brain- based activities that I use in my classes and find really effective. Setenay is from Turkey and she has been teaching English for 8 years including 4 years of teaching when she was a university student. She holds a Masters Degree in English Language Teaching from Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey. Her particular areas of interest are teaching English to young learners and creating new, useful classroom materials and activities.
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Learn English: 3 easy ways to get better at speaking English
There are easy ways to learn English, and here are 3 methods NOT taught in language schools or textbooks. These methods are fun, fast, and easy to learn! You will learn how to make studying English easier, and learn how to spend less time studying. Take this lesson and learn the secrets to getting better in English right now. "The Prosperity Plan." It's empty. Why? Well, hi. James, from EngVid. I have a book, and it says "Prosperity Plan". I know you're here to learn English. This is a book full of secrets on how to make millions of dollars. Empty. That's because when people tell you there's a secret, there's not really a secret; there's a method behind something, and you may not know it, so to you it's a secret, but you know, just like that book, there are no secrets. The only one is hard work. Let's look at the three methods I have for you today in order to learn English, okay? Call them the "Secrets you need to know" because most people don't know them because the funny thing is, although they're not secret -- I said it again -- they're not methods that are usually taught in ESL books. The Kaizen Method, the Process Method, and the Writing Method are actually books I read on something completely different. But what I found was they were very, very handy for learning English. Personally, I'm trying to learn Spanish, and when I apply these different methods, I found my learning going faster and faster, and I actually enjoyed it. So I called them "secret" for you because I'm quite sure that your teachers haven't sat down and gone, "Today, we're going to learn the Kaizen Method of English. Then, we'll do the Process Method, and then we'll do the Writing Method." No. Because they're actually three different books, all right? So I'm just going to give you a part of each book, and if I come across to the end, I'll give you another lesson on it, all right? But these are three things I liked out of these books. All right. Let's start from the first one, the Process Method. I know -- and it's in red, and I start here why? Most of the times people are learning a language, they want to -- and this is what the Process Method is about. People start with "product", "product". What is a "product"? A "product" is something you can touch or hold. This marker is a product. But this isn't how the marker started. I'm sorry. Okay, the marker started a little differently. I mean, that's an alcohol base that I'm sniffing. When I go [inhales], there's liquid in here. This is plastic -- came from oil. So why I'm telling you all these things -- you're going, "Why are you telling me?" Well, things start in a certain way, but they end up like this. In fact, you can think of the Process Method versus product as being a tree and being a seed. And a seed, you know, little thing, you put it in the ground, and it grows into a tree. Well, when you have a seed, the seed has no idea that it's going to be a tree and a big tree -- how long it will take. But humans are funny. They want to start a language, and they think right away, "I'm going to learn English." And then, they sit down; they open the book; they open the book; "I'm going to learn English. I'm learning English. I'm learning English." And then they get upset one hour later. "I don't know any English. I don't speak English." Well, it's like being a human. You start as a baby, you grow to an adult. When we talk about the Process Method, what you want to do is don't think about you want to speak English. Yes, I know. That's why you're watching this video and why you're studying. Think more about what you're doing while you're studying English. And this is called the "process". Go into the step. Concentrate on what you're doing. You'll find a couple of things happen: Sometimes you'll say English is hard or it's boring. If you do this method, you'll actually stop finding it hard or boring, and you'll enjoy it because you'll be working on something specific, mastering that, and then you're going to start noticing that the final product -- English -- is coming to you. And it will come faster than you think. Why? Well, if you're thinking, "I don't understand this English", you're focusing, really, on you don't understand English or you don't know English. You're not focusing on what you're doing. If you take a breath [inhales] and go [exhales], "Okay. I'm just watching this video of this crazy guy who speaks very quickly in English, and just now, he told me to take a breath. Oh, okay. I understand." And you're ahead. That's the Process Method. Take time to actually go back -- when you're thinking about it's hard; it's difficult or boring -- and say to yourself, "What am I doing now?" And then look at that. Each time you do that, you get further in the process and you will end up with a product before you know it. Okay? Sounds simple, but try it. You can even do this on a date. That's another story.
Vocabulary for EATING and DRINKING
Eating and drinking are things we do every single day, but the vocabulary available to talk about them is much richer than the obvious words we use on a regular basis. In this English vocabulary lesson, you will learn different ways to express eating and drinking in creative ways. How would you tell someone you wanted more than a snack but less than a meal? Do you know the difference between "wolfing down", "devouring", and "scarfing down" food? Watch the video to find out, and make sure to do the quiz afterwards to practice what you learned! http://www.engvid.com/vocabulary-for-eating-and-drinking/ TRANSCRIPT Mm, mm, eating. New Orleans is a gourmand's dream. Oh, and I'm so hungr-... Hi. James from engVid. I'm hungry, and I'm thinking about eating, and I'm sure you do, too. After all, eating is a natural thing. But in your experience of what you've been taught, I'm sure you've been told words like: "delicious", "eating", and that's about it. Hey, the world's a big place and a rich place, so why don't we give you a rich vocabulary and give you, you know, some native-speaker speak on eating. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. So, I'm looking at a book. I'll say... Oh, what's this? "Time to pig out, Mr. E? It's not time to scarf down pizza and beer. We've got work to do." I'm sure you're going: "Scarf? Why 'scarf'?" We'll find out. On the board, we have: "How to talk about eating". Simple enough. Chew, swallow. No, not so simple. Like, in every country, there's a way to speak about things, and I want to give you a good... Good introduction to our eating lexicon, which is dictionary. We're going to go from a little to a lot. And I'll give you the words that we might use, and explain each one, and you'll notice there are some pictures here, so I will give you the number with each picture. Some won't have pictures, but hey, that's life. Suck it up, baby. So the first one: "nibble". I want you to imagine a mouse. [Nibbles] Do mice eat a lot? No. They eat a little bit, just a little food. Okay? Now, "nibble" can be a noun as in the amount of food you eat, or verb, and it means to eat just a little bit. Okay? And that's our first one. "Nibble". Think of a mouse. A mouse nibbles its food; has a little bit of food. "Graze" is number two. "Grazing" is funny. You kind of eat a lot, but you don't. Huh? Well, when you graze, think of cows. You see the cow: "Moo", it's moving through, [eating noises]; moves over here, [eating noises] moves over here. It eats a little bit of everything, or as I like to say, when I go to people's houses and I don't know if the food is good, I just graze. I try a little, [eating noises], and I move on. Try a little, I move on. I might stay in a place where I like that. Okay? Cows graze. Funny enough, men don't really graze. Women graze more than men. They do it because they eat, they go: "I'm having fun, I'm enjoying myself. I'm going to try this, this, this, this, this." Men just want to, boom, gulp it down. So, to graze is to move and eat a little bit of food at a time. We usually do this at buffets or with foods we're not sure of, like, I'm just going to graze a bit. Okay? You see the cow? That's Bessie, graze. So, when you see people eating a little bit of food, and moving around, and keep coming back to the same food - they're grazing. Not really eating. Numero uno. Uno? Did I say "uno"? See, I don't speak Spanish. That's why I shouldn't. Number three: "bite". You know a bite as, here? Yeah. Easy. Right. Oh, sorry, I should say "graze" is a verb before I forget, there. "Graze", a verb. "Bite", a bite. Now, notice a bite is singular in this case. "A bite" is interesting because it's a medium amount of food, and it's a noun. When you go for a bite, you want some food. When we talk about "nibble", I said cheese, I should have actually said: "Think nibbling as on peanuts, chips maybe, a cookie or two". I just want to nibble; not a lot of food. Remember the noun? When you go for a bite to eat, you want something like a hot dog. You go: "Okay, I get it." No, no, you don't get it. I want just a hot dog, or I want a slice of pizza, or I want a hamburger, but I don't want a salad, I don't want dessert, I just want something more than a nibble, more than chips, but not a full meal. I'm not... I don't have the time or I'm not that hungry. So when you go for a bite, some people might go... They won't even go for a doughnut, like a doughnut would be something to nibble on or just eat, but a bite would be a hamburger, hot dog, something like that. Big, but not too big, because it's a medium amount of food. All right? So, I'm going to go for a bite. And look here, there's a mouth. There you go. "Bite". Don't forget to get a bite. Okay? I might even say as an idiom: "I'm going out for a bite. Do you want something?" If you go: "Yeah, give me a salad, plus this", I go: "Dude, I'm going for a bite. You want a meal, go by yourself. That's way too much food."
3 Quick and Easy Tips to Improve your English
Do you want to make studying English easy and fun? Are you looking for a way to use English in your real life? Watch this video to discover three tips guaranteed to have you learning fast and mastering your English while being productive in your life at the same time. These tips have been tried and tested by many language students, and I'm sharing them with you now! This is the closest it gets to complete English immersion, but best of all, you can do it from home, and it's totally free! So what are you waiting for? http://www.engvid.com/3-quick-and-easy-tips-to-improve-your-english/ TRANSCRIPT Hi. James from engVid. I would like to introduce to you three quick tips on learning English. It's difficult to learn anything, let's say, especially when you're learning a new language. So if I can give you something that will make it... Learning faster and easier, I think that will make you happy. So let's go to the board and take a look at what I have for you here. So "3 Quick Tips", this is Mr. E, my buddy, we're together at all times. And the first tip I want to go to is reducing your stress. Well, when we reduce something, it means to make less. Right? And if you're wondering what stress is, stress is a funny word. It means you are afraid of something. People use "stress" because they don't usually know how to say what they're afraid of, so they say: "I feel stressed." If they don't have a job, for instance, they'll go: "I'm stressed. I have no job and no money." What they're really saying is: "I don't have a job. I'm afraid I cannot buy my food, my house, or my clothing, so I feel stressed." So we use "stress" for fear, because it makes you feel uncomfortable, and it's hard for you to express it, so you say: "stress". So, we want to reduce your stress. I'm going to give you two hints, here, and one is going to be the opposite of the first one. It will seem crazy... [Aircraft noises]. See, now I'm stressed out, because that's a jet fighter. I'm definitely stressed. Okay? I'm stressed, so I'm going to do this real quick, because I don't have time for this now. Okay, reduce stress, reduce stress. So, relax. First one: listen to music, watch TVs, and... Sorry, watch TVs. Watch videos, TV, and play games. Huh? Some of the best students I have ever had when I speak to them and go: "You learn pronunciation quickly, you've got this vocabulary, where did you get it from?" They're usually like: "I don't know, teacher. I, you... I play these games, they talk to me. I sometimes watch these videos, I sing with the videos. You know, I have to sound like the video. I love Michael Jackson. I, I just love it. It's so... So much fun for me." I go: -"How long do you do it?" -"I do it all the time, teacher. All the time, I do all day, all night." So they practice, but because they're having so much fun, they don't think they're working. And that's the key, you have to practice a lot. But nobody wants to practice something that's difficult and makes them afraid. Right? So, they do things they love doing, and then they come to learn English, and they say: "I know... Know English, but..." [Aircraft noises]. Okay, I'm getting stressed again. I'm going faster. But they learn quickly, and because they have a really good base or foundation knowledge, they can learn the rest of the English quickly and easily as well. And without stress, because they remember some of these words from the movies, the videogames, and the TV programs that they love. That's a good way to learn. Okay, good. Ready? The next one... [Aircraft noises]. Okay, they're doing it to me. They're increasing my stress. Okay, so they were increasing my stress. Notice when I stressed out, I spoke really, really, really, really quickly, like now? And you're probably: "[Gasps]!" Well, here's the funny thing: If you do that long enough, you get calm. I'm going to calm down now. I know the planes are coming, they're coming again and again. We have an airshow going on right now. So I'm just going to relax. There's nothing I can do. Now, in getting rid of that stress, you might notice I'm speaking a lot slower, a lot more relaxed, and it's easier. So, how do I increase my stress? One way to do it is take a sentence, read a book, and read that as fast as you can. I know you'll be stressed out, because you'll trip over the words... You'll trip over the words, that means you'll fall over the words because you're not used to them, but then when you go at a slower speed, they will come out beautifully; nice, flowing, eloquent. You know? Beautiful. So, what we want to do is go faster, so when we go slower it seems nice.
Confusing English: LIE or LAY? RAISE, RISE, or ARISE?
Today, you'll learn two sets of confusing vocabulary! Do you RAISE your hand, or RISE it? Do you LAY down, or LIE down? "Who is LAYING in my bed?" Or is that "Who is LYING in my bed?" This lesson will teach you the meaning of each of these words, and how each of them is used differently. Many native English speakers make mistakes with 'lay' and 'lie', but by the end of this lesson you will understand the grammatical reason why we use each of them in different situations. This is a part of the language that can be challenging for English learners because it has irregular verbs. But don't be scared! Mr. E and I will explain it and make it clear. So have a seat and let's learn some English! Afterwards, test your vocabulary knowledge with the quiz: http://www.engvid.com/confusing-english-lie-lay-raise-rise-arise/ TRANSCRIPT Good morning. Hmm. Sorry. James from engVid. That probably raises a few questions for you. "Why did he say: 'Good morning', when it could be any time in the world?" Yeah. Well, I'm going to help you today, because that is a common word that we use in English, but there are some other words that are similar that many people make a mistake with. And I'm going to help you learn them today. That's "raise", "rise", "arise", "lay", and "lie". Now, quick story: When I first heard this 10 years ago, I was teaching and a teacher asked me: "James, why do we raise or why do we rise?" And I didn't know. I honestly didn't know. Of course I know what... When to use them, but my problem was we just know because we've been taught, but no one actually sits you down and said: "The exact difference is this." So I had to study it. And today I'm going to help you not make the mistake I made, by knowing what it is and how to use it, or use them, because we have five words. Let's go to the board. Do I raise my hand or rise my hand? Tough question if you don't know the differences between them. And I'm hoping this lesson will help you. In fact, by the time we're done, you should master this and be more fluent in your English use. First one: "arise". If you ever watched any sci-... Scientific movie, sci-fi movie, there is some dead creature and some crazy magician or scientist goes: "Arise!" Well, we don't quite use it like that in English; we use it a little differently. When we talk about "arise", we mean something has occurred or something has happened. "A few things arose when you were away on vacation." That means things happened or occurred. Another way of saying it is: "come up". If you look at Mr. E at the bottom of the stairs, Mr. E 2 says: "Hey, come here." And he goes up the stairs, so something has come up. Hey, listen, there's a couple of things that I said arose or have arisen, things have come up or occurred that have happened and I want to talk about them. Okay? Cool. That's "arise". Now, one other thing about "arise"... Let's just talk about it for a second. "Arise" is an irregular verb. Irregular verb? Well, most verbs follow a simple pattern; you add "ed" or add "d" to the end is past tense, there's a base form, and then there's the past participle form. And, you know, looks like "ed", "ed", and regular form. Easy. Irregular verbs means they don't follow that rule, so you have to change it. And unfortunately, there's no way for me to teach you and say: "With every irregular verb, you must do this." They're irregular because different ones look different ways. Sorry. But I'm going to help you by putting it here, and you can also go and study the charts for irregular verbs. Okay? I believe we have some on our engVid tools you can use or resources. So, "arise", as I said, "come up", is an irregular verb; it doesn't follow the regular rules. So you're going to have to pay attention when I show you how it's spelt. The second thing I have here is intransitive. I spelt it over here for you, but intransitive. "Intransitive", well, "trans" in English... Or, sorry. Latin means across. It means it goes from one place to another. An intransitive verb means it doesn't take a direct object. Huh? Well, here's the example of transitive verb: "I love". If you're sitting there, you're probably thinking to yourself: "You love what? Ice cream? Football? Your mother? Your shoes?" Well, with a transitive verb, it takes an object or a direct object, meaning it has an effect on something else. "I love you." Yeah, I do, engVid watcher, I love you. You are my object, my love goes to you. That's what a transitive verb means, so the verb has to carry across to an object. While, an interested verb... Intransitive verb doesn't need that. All right? Well, I'll give you an example in a second because we have a few on the board. But in this case, "arise" is an intransitive verb. All right? You don't need to have an object with it. Okay? Here, I'm going to give you the forms. "Arise" is present tense, "arose" is past tense, and when you use the past perfect or present perfect, use "arisen".
10 MOST COMMON Grammar Mistakes English Learners Make 😭😭😭
Take the *mmmEnglish Grammar Challenge* and you could WIN!! 🎁 DETAILS BELOW 👇👇👇 OR CLICK HERE 👉 https://www.mmmenglish.com/grammar-challenge/ OK... This is serious! I want you to stop what you are doing... Stop watching random YouTube videos about cats 🐈 and listen up! These are the 10 MOST COMMON GRAMMAR MISTAKES that English learners make! When I taught English at universities in Australia, even advanced level English learners made these mistakes! We HAVE TO fix them! That means you AND me! 🤓📚🙋🏻 You are definitely making these mistakes (or at least SOME of them!) and I want to help you fix them! I'm CHALLENGING YOU to join the mmmEnglish Challenge - take the time to study with me. Learn which areas of English grammar you need to work on! SIGN UP HERE 👉 https://www.mmmenglish.com/grammar-challenge/ PLUS... 🎁 Complete the lessons and the quizzes by the end of May, 2018 and you could win one of our awesome prizes, including: ⚡️Conversation with Emma ⚡️mmmEnglish Courses ⚡️Limited edition mmmEnglish T-Shirts! SIGN UP HERE: bit.ly/mmmEnglishGrammarChallenge Here are some English Tools I recommend! ⭐️Try Grammarly Grammar Checker - it's FREE! https://www.grammarly.com/mmmenglish ⭐️English Listening practice - Try Audible for FREE! http://www.audibletrial.com/mmmEnglish ⭐️Improve your English pronunciation and expression by imitating a native English speaker: https://www.mmmenglish.com/imitation Find me here: mmmEnglish Website: http://bit.ly/mmmEnglish On Facebook: http://bit.ly/mmmEnglishFB On Instagram: http://bit.ly/mmmEnglishInsta Ladies Facebook Group http://bit.ly/LadiesLoveEnglish TweetMe on Twitter: http://bit.ly/TweetMmmEnglish Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrRi... TRANSLATE THIS VIDEO! Do your friends a favour and help to translate this lesson into your native language! Contribute subtitles translations here: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_video?ref=share&v=lA3s7FmVMH8 Your name will be featured underneath the video 😝
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How to Increase Vocabulary - Studying English Vocabulary
Learn tips and tricks to increase your vocabulary. First learn how to pick up new words, then learn tips for memorization. Always study the pronunciation and practice words out loud! Get Rachel's Book: http://RachelsEnglish.com/book SUBSCRIBE!: http://bit.ly/RE_sub, Fan! http://bit.ly/RE_FB See the transcript for this video: http://www.rachelsenglish.com/ Improve your American Accent / spoken English at Rachel's English with video-based lessons and exercises. Cải thiện nói tiếng Anh Mỹ / 改善美式英語的發音 / 미국 영어 발음 향상 / アメリカ英語の話し言葉のアクセントを向上させる / Улучшение произношения американского английского языка / Meningkatkan berbicara bahasa Inggris Amerika / Melhore sua pronúncia do inglês americano / Mejora tu pronunciación en Inglés Americano / बात अमेरिकी अंग्रेजी में सुधार / تحسين لهجتك الأمريكية الإنجليزية / שפר את המבטא האמריקאי שלך ...with Rachel's English! subscribe: http://www.YouTube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RachelsEnglish website: http://www.RachelsEnglish.com Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/PX2c/
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How to understand native English speakers...  and speak like them!
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".
How to Learn English with Movies (New Technique)
In this video, I talk about how you can learn English through movies using my special technique. This technique will let you improve your English listening and vocabulary while having fun at the same time. This is probably the most fun way to learn English.
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How to start a conversation: 5 things to say after "hello"
Don't know what to say? Don't worry! In this video, you'll learn easy ways to start a good, useful conversation. You'll learn how to choose topics for conversation, and I'll teach you the questions you should ask to start enjoyable and meaningful conversations! You're going to have fun, improve your English, and make friends! What could be better? Test your understanding of the lesson with the quiz! http://www.engvid.com/how-to-start-a-conversation-5-things-to-say-after-hello/ TRANSCRIPT God, I love your lips, Angelina. Hi. James from engVid. I was just thinking to myself: Well, I know it's very difficult to practice English because you don't get a lot of practice with English speakers, but if there were a way I could teach you how to get past "Hello" to make the conversation grow and perhaps have the other person come back and talk to you, that would be of great value. So this lesson is about how to get past "Hello" and make a beautiful conversation flow. All right? I'm going to use Angelina to help me later on when I do an example, but for now I will tell you more. See? He's like: "Tell me more. Hmm. I'm interested." And so am I. All right, so let's go to the board, shall we? I'm going to give you five conversation openers. You've said: "Hello", where do you go? Personally I hate this because I teach and I hear people say: "Hello. My name is James. I am from Japan, Tokyo." The conversation is essentially dead. Dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh. Don't know if that's the wedding theme or the theme from Star Wars. Doesn't matter. You understand. It's killed. Nobody cares. You've said everything that they need to know and then they're done. So why don't we do something that actually gets them to open up and want to tell you information? Okay? So the first one we're going to do is this one. I like this one. It's so easy, it's so true. Look for something that someone is wearing or has that you actually like. You're not going to steal it, so don't think about that. But what I mean is you like. You like the t-shirt, you like the jeans, the ear rings or something, you're like: "Cool", because that will be sincere. "Sincere" means that you really mean it and the person can feel that from you, so they'll want to share with you because you're being honest with them. All right? So we look here, number one, walk up and say... So it's like: "Hello. Love your __________ (jacket, t-shirt). That is so cool." Yeah? "Where did you get them?" or "Where did you get it?" Notice I didn't say: "Where did you buy it?" because some of the coolest things someone's going to be wearing won't be from this country. It might be: "Hey. I was in India and I picked up these beads. Yeah, it was really cool. I was outside this ashram and..." And now you've got a conversation you didn't even know. Or it might be: "Oh, I was downtown in the hippie section, you know, and it was really cool, there was all this art." You've started a conversation. If you say: -"...buy them?" -"At the gap." Finished. So: "Hey. Where did you get them?" Let them say "buy". Don't bring that up. Okay? Follow that up with right away... As soon as you say: "Where did you buy them...?" It's true... It might not be true right now, but it could be true, you say: "Because I really have to get a cool present", or: "...an interesting gift for my nephew/my brother/my sister/my friend." Right? Or girlfriend, whatever, or your wife. By saying that you're saying, well, one thing, you have other friends. But number two, you're giving them: "Cool". You're saying whatever they're wearing is interesting, cool, different enough that it stopped you to talk to them. By example or by extension, that means added on you're saying: "You're kind of cool, too, because you're wearing it and I think it's cool, so it's got to be cool and only a cool person would buy it." Right? This is why it works, you've given them two compliments. Who doesn't want to be complimented? First you're saying I'm wearing something cool, then you're saying: "I need to get something cool, and clearly what you have is cool." I'm probably going to talk to you and go: "Well, you know, thanks for saying that. I liked it because..." And conversation started, and now you have an opportunity to maybe later on talk more, and that's how you get your practice. Number two, how about this one? "Wow, you are __________ (tall)" or: "You have __________ (really bright eyes)", or something that has to do with the physical body. The first one was about things. Physical. Now we want to talk about physical. And you followed that up with: "What do you do?" Huh? Example, you see someone, you go: "Wow, you have amazing skin. What do you do to make it so clear?" Okay? Hmm. Or: "Wow, you're tall. What do you do? Do you play sports or anything like that?" Okay? You follow it up. This is the follow up, as I said: "What do you do?" But why does this work? Now, notice this is green and I have green up here.
Understand more and improve your English pronunciation with the BREAK& GRAB METHOD
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." […]
Mind Maps - How to learn vocabulary quickly, easily, and permanently
Do you want to remember your new English vocabulary? Would you like to remember not only what words mean but how to use them and NEVER forget them? Well, here is the method used by some of the greatest minds in history, like Einstein and Galileo. Watch the class and become an English vocabulary champion! http://www.engvid.com/mind-maps-how-to-learn-vocabulary/ TRANSCRIPT Okay, so take the bus here, then, the train. Get a ticket -- hi. James, from EngVid. Ever tried finding a place or going to a new country, looking at the subway or transportation maps to get from one place to another? If you look at those things, they're called maps, right? It will tell you what the city looks like, where you can get a bus at what time. But basically, it tells you what something looks like, and it gives you a picture of it. And it may not be an exact picture, but it's generally a picture you can work with. One you can go, "Okay, I'm here, and I want to get here, and that's how I'll do it." Maps are very effective and very efficient, right? Now, "effective" means they get the job done, and "efficient", they do it in a quick way. Why am I talking about maps? In many of the videos I do, you'll see what I call mind maps. I may not have called them mind maps, but that's what they are. A "mind map" is a device or a tool that we use to help us understand something and memorize it. I primarily -- and "primarily" means "mostly" -- use it for vocabulary, but you could use it for grammar; you could use it for learning an entire topic in a foreign language, and in this case, it's English. What I want to do today is explain what it is. For those students who have a problem thinking it's different or confusing, I want to break it down or break it into smaller parts so you can see it, understand it, and then use it yourself in studying English. You like that? Let's go to the board. I'm looking for Mr. E. And here he is. You are here. He's here on a map, but I don't know where, and I want to get to there. So I'm going to use this to help me figure out where he is. And we're going to use mind maps now to learn how to work with our English. The first thing you have to understand about a mind map is -- think about getting engaged. [Sings] I know. That's the theme from Star Wars, the Death Star. That's how I look at marriage. Sorry, ladies. I'm just joking. But "engage" means to bring things together. When we use mind maps, we use them to take all these thoughts we have in our heads which can be very confusing, and we want to organize them and make it a nice way to follow like a highway, right? A road you drive through. We're going to organize so you know exactly where to drive and it's nice and smooth. So the mind map helps you because it takes you -- it takes what's in your head, and it shows you, "This is what I know. This is what I understand. And I'm going to put it on a paper so I can put it out there and know what's inside my head." And once it's outside of my head, I can start moving it. Because sometimes, when information is in your head, it's confusing. It just moves all around. And we want to make it nice and straight and easy to look at. A mind map helps with that, with organization. In a second I'm going to explain -- because this is a simple mind map -- but I'm actually using a mind map to explain my maps. Woo! Woo! Okay. So we want to -- it helps us think through, but it also helps us engage. Because it's my information, I'm putting it down, I'm engaged, which means I'm part of the process, like "engagement", "part of". And I'm working through it, okay? So you take it out of your head, put it down, and you're engaged. This also helps with memory. And you're going to see me keep mentioning memory again and again. Because part of what I promised is you will learn the language -- the new vocabulary when you use this -- you can learn language and remember it permanently. Well, this is the first part of helping with that memory -- getting it out of your head, on paper, helps you with repetition. Looking at what you know because if you know it, it's in your memory already.
11 PHRASAL VERBS for talking about MONEY in English
Today I'm going to show you the money! You're going to learn useful phrasal verbs we use in English to talk about money. Most of us love having money and hate spending it. Regardless of how you feel, money plays an important role in all our lives. I chose to teach you some of the most common phrasal verbs we use to talk about saving money, spending money, paying off debt, and using your savings. You'll learn how to speak naturally about money by using these expressions. Know it all? Test yourself with the quiz at: http://www.engvid.com/11-phrasal-verbs-for-talking-about-money-in-english/ TRANSCRIPT Money, money, money is so funny in a rich man's world. Vanity Fair. I'm not a rich man, so I can't afford half of the things in here. Speaking of which, we're talking about money, and in this lesson what I want to do is teach you a bunch of phrasal verbs that we use to talk about spending money, saving money, and paying back debts that we use quite commonly. And I'm going to teach you how to use them, and what they are, and have some fun with you. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. Okay? E, it's not funny, I got no money. E is all, see? Got dollar signs for eyes. You might see that. If you're having a problem, take your screen and enlarge it to full screen, there's a little button. And we actually have a video on that, go check that out if you don't know how to use your YouTube. Okay? Anyway, E's got his eyes... He's got dollar signs for eyes, because he's got money in his hand. And if you're lucky, you have money, too; but when you don't have money, well, it's time to learn some phrases to help you with that. Okay? So, here's our dollar sign, here, and let's start with having money or saving it. Okay? If you're lucky... Well, let's start with just having enough. A lot of people just have enough money. And how do we talk about that in English? Well, what you can say is this: "I'm getting by". "Getting by" means I don't have a lot of money, and I'm surviving. So I can't go on big trips or do anything, but I'm not poor and I don't have zero money, but I have enough to get my food, and pay my rent or my homestay, and pay some other things for me, maybe my cellphone and my internet, but nothing special; no car, no fancy trips, no bling, bling, bling or great jewellery. You know what I mean? So, that's "getting by". It's kind of positive because it means I'm not bad, but it's not fantastic, like: "I'm rich!" Okay? Let's talk about "scrape by", because this is have just enough. When you're scraping by, imagine you have this thing here-okay?-and this thing. And there's gum on here, and you want to get the gum off, you're going to... That's called scraping. And when you scrape, sometimes you'll take a little bit of the paper off with it, just a little bit, when you scrape. In Canada, we have winter, and when we have ice on our windows, we scrape the ice to get rid of it. It's a lot of work, it's not lots of fun. You probably understand the phrasal verb now, right? When you're scraping by, you just have enough money. But unlike "getting by", because notice how we have "get", we have you're getting something, you're given something, which is good, you're getting money, that's why you get by; 'scraping" by means just a little bit. Just enough. And you feel negative. You don't feel good when you're scraping by. Every day is heavy and hard, because you almost don't have enough money to pay for everything. Sorry. You need a job or a better one. Okay. So, what happens? How do we change this, "scraping by"? Why don't we do something like this, why don't we save some money? In English, we have two phrasal verbs you can use for saving money. Notice the up sign: "to save up". When you save up money... Think of it this way: Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo. You increase your money. You usually save your money up for something big, like a car, a vacation, retirement. And retirement is when you stop working forever. You're older, 65-70, you finish work and you don't want to work again, you want to play golf, or go baseball, go sailing. You retire. So, you save up. These are for big purchases. So, it won't be $100. It'll be $1,000, $10,000, a million dollars. A million dollars. [Laughs] Okay. We have another one for saving, though, and we call it: "put aside". You might have difficulty because probably you've never heard of "aside". This is my side, this is on the other side. Okay? So when we say "aside", it's like here, on the side. On the side is "aside". Okay? Sometimes we speak and say: "I want to make an aside", which means I'm going to give you a direct conversation, but I want to say something a little off to the side.
Learn English With Movies Using This Movie Technique
http://EffortlessEnglishClub.com/show Speak English like a native by learning with movies. Movies can teach you to speak real English naturally. However, to learn with movies you must use the correct technique. Many teachers and students try to learn by simply watching movies and TV shows. Just watching movies is ineffective because you won't understand most of what you hear and you will not learn deeply. The Effortless English movie technique, as described in AJ's book, is a powerful method for completely mastering the vocabulary, phrases, grammar, and pronunciation you hear in movies. Using this method, you study and practice each scene of a movie-- learning it deeply before moving on to the next scene. The goal of the movie technique is to learn deeply, so you never forget what you have learned. In this show, AJ explains the movie technique step by step. Use this technique with all of your favorite movies and TV shows.
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Learn English - 4 ways to understand what you hear
Learn how to understand almost everything you hear right now in 4 easy steps! If you are an advanced English student, and you already know grammar and can understand what you read, but have trouble understanding when people speak in movies and in real life, watch this lesson to find out HOW to listen and UNDERSTAND! http://www.engvid.com/4-listening-comprehension-tips/
IELTS & TOEFL - The easy way to improve your vocabulary for English exams
http://www.engvid.com/ Is your English limited to "good" and "bad"? Learn how to improve your vocabulary FAST by using more advanced, descriptive adjectives. Having marked thousands of student essays, I know this one simple change can help you get a higher score on any English exam, especially the TOEFL, IELTS, and TOEIC. You can move from lazy English to powerful English in minutes! Take the quiz on this lesson here: http://www.engvid.com/ielts-toefl-improve-your-vocabulary/ TRANSCRIPT Hi, my name is Rebecca, and in today's lesson, I'm going to show you how to stop using lazy English and start using energetic English. How do you do this? Very easy. For the next few minutes, I'd like you to participate in a little experiment with me. I'd like you to pretend that you are a professor, and join me in checking these sentences on the board. So, six students wrote these sentences in an English exam, and what I'd like you to do is to help me to decide which students, which two students should get the highest marks. Let's start looking at the sentences. Number one wrote: "It was a good lecture." Two: "It was an interesting lecture." Three: "It was an informative lecture." Out of these three students, which student do you think should get the highest marks? Think about it. Well, according to me, it would be the third student. Let's look at another set of sentences. Number four wrote: "I had a bad week." Student number five wrote: "I had a tiring week." And student number six wrote: "I had an exhausting week." Again, put on your professor's cap and tell me: which student do you think should get the best marks? Which one? Well, according to me, it would be student number six. Now, why did we - I think you probably chose the same ones as me -, why did we choose student number three and student number six? Why did we choose these responses and why didn't we choose one and four? Because one and four use the words: "good" and "bad". And what I'd like you to learn in this lesson is to use any words when you're speaking or writing other than: "good" or "bad". Why? Because "good" and "bad" are overly used, they're rather boring words, and they're not very descriptive words; they don't tell us anything specific, they're very vague, they're very general. What I'd like you to do instead is to do what these other students went on to do which is to be more detailed, more specific, more descriptive, more energetic, more dynamic in your speaking and in your writing. This one change will make a tremendous difference in the way that you speak and definitely in the way that you write. This is a really important lesson if you're planning to appear for the TOEFL, or the IELTS, or the TOEIC exam, or any English proficiency exam, or even if you're just in school and you're submitting assignments and essays. This one technique of getting rid of the words: "good" and "bad" and replacing them with more interesting words is going to give you a much higher score. Next, I'll show you exactly how you can do this. So, now I'll show you how to avoid using the lazy words: "good", "nice", or "bad", and start using more powerful words instead. All right? You're going to go from the basic, to the intermediate, to the advanced level word or you could say the more vague word, general word to a clear word, to a more specific word. Okay? That's what you want to keep in mind when you're coming up with your words. I've just given you some examples, but you can certainly come up with lots of other examples. Let's look at some of these. A "good" meal. A "tasty" meal. A "delicious" meal. We had a "nice" evening. Okay. We had a "fun" evening. We had an "enjoyable" evening. It was a really "good" meeting. It was a "useful" meeting. It was a "productive" meeting. You see how I'm adding so much more information with the more powerful vocabulary. Right? More detailed vocabulary. We had a "nice" holiday. Well, what is "nice"? "Nice" is a very general word. If you want to stay general, you can still use a better word. So here I've given you an example: we had a "pleasant" holiday. We had a "relaxing" holiday. Okay? So... Oh, I'm sorry. We had a "pleasant" holiday. Or: we had a "delightful" holiday. That's if you want to stay more general. If, by "nice holiday", you meant that it was really a quiet holiday, then say: "quiet". A better word than "quiet" is: we had a "relaxing" holiday. Okay? So you see how you're being more specific because when I say: "I had a nice holiday", it doesn't tell you very much; just gives you a very general impression. Let's continue with using the word: "bad". Also, another very overused word. It was a really "bad" journey. It was a "difficult" journey. It was a "problematic" journey. "Problematic" means there were many problems that you had or that you encountered on the way, during your journey.
Instantly improve your English with 3 easy words!
Improve how you sound in English by mastering when these three words are used! I've met thousands of English learners at all levels. Most of them, even the advanced students, make mistakes with the words "a", "the", and "to". These are some of the most common words we use, so in this lesson I'm going to teach you how we use these words. I don't want to look just at grammar; I want you to understand these words and why we use them. If you're an advanced English student, this will be a great review for you. If you're a beginner, try to understand this and save yourself years of English mistakes. TAKE THE QUIZ: https://www.engvid.com/instantly-improve-your-english-with-3-easy-words/ TRANSCRIPT Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. The things I do for love. There's not a thing... Hi. James from engVid. Today's lesson is about instantly improving. Now, I know... "Instant", what does that mean? People say it all the time. I want to show you a little trick that will make your English sound better instantly, and I will give you a technique that you can use after to help practice this. What I have found are students have a mistake or make a mistake when they drop these three words, and because of that I know you're not a native speaker. But today I'm going to address that, show you the three words... Okay? Explain why, and then I will give you a technique that you can use at home soon as you go back over this video or any video to practice it, and you will get instantly better. 10-20%. Okay? Want to know what I'm talking about? Let's go to the board and look at something you've learned, but today you're going to understand. You ready? So, Mr. E said: "Which three words can help you sound like a native speaker?" I'm going to help you a little bit by doing this, and then we're going to go to the board. The words I'm talking about, and you might not consider them words but they are words are: "a" or "an"... Okay, and I consider that one word because it's modified. Right? "The" and "to". Of course you're going to say: "Yeah, James, we know all these. We learned this at beginner, so how does that instantly help me improve my English?" The problem is this: When a person knows something they will talk, when they understand they will change their behaviour or they will use the information. Many students know about articles and the preposition "to", but they actually don't use them in sentences. Many times I've heard students go... Say: "I need to go work tonight." Soon as you say that I know you're not a native speaker. Or if they say: "I bought car yesterday" or "I bought food..." Not "some food". "I bought apple yesterday at the store." I'm like: "A-... You mean an apple, right?" They don't think to say it, because they know: "Teacher, you know what I'm saying." And I go: "Yeah, I know what you're saying, but the way you said it I know English is not your first language." So what I want to do is get you to come back to understanding, not just knowing why these words are important, the fact that, especially with the articles we're going to talk about, they are in most of the sentences. You can almost not get by a sentence without using them. So let's go to the board and take a look. First, what is an article? Well, you'll see an article is the letter "a" or "an". Quickly on that one, "an" is used when we have a vowel sound, sound... Not a... Not just a vowel. So when you say: "A apple", we know "a" and "a" make it difficult for us to actually get it out and for you to understand, so we add: "an" to put a consonant to make it easier for the listener. "I want an apple." Oh, okay, cool. How about "hour"? Teacher, that has an "h" in front of it. I'm like: "Enh?" But we say: "hour", we don't say: "h-our", because with "a" we have to say: "an hour", and that once again tells me one hour. You keep noticing I keep saying "one". I'll explain in a second. Now, this is what we call and indefinite article. I.e. it's not special. When I say to you: "I want a marker", a marker. All right? I'm talking about this. See this? They're all basically the same. I don't care what type of marker. "A" just means generally speaking marker. That's why it's indefinite; it's not special. When we look at the word "the", "the" is special. In this case, when I say to you: "I want the marker", which one do you think I'm talking about? Can you see the difference? Clearly. Even if you don't know, you would look and see four, and see this and go: "He's probably talking about this one." So with a definite article what's happening is someone is being very specific. Well, there are two things. They could say something is special or something is specific. Okay? And here we have definite article is "the". "Tell the man I like him." Okay? "Tell the man", in this case both of us have to know what you're talking about, because if there are 10 men you'll go: "Which man?"
English Vocabulary & Expressions with HOUSE and HOME
What's the difference between "housework" and "homework"? What does it mean if a person is "homeless"? Do "house" and "home" mean the same thing? In this lesson, I will answer all these questions and more. I will also teach you common expressions that use the words "house" and "home". You will learn the meaning of "hometown", "homesick", "home sweet home", "on the house", "make yourself at home", and many more. After watching, you can do your homework by taking the quiz at http://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-expressions-house-home/ TRANSCRIPT Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's video, I am going to teach you many, many new expressions. Okay? These words and expressions all have to do with "house" and "home", so they're all expressions that have the word "house" or "home" in them. Okay? So, to get started, I wanted to explain the difference between "house" and "home" before we even look at the other expressions. So, let's get started with that. So, there is a little bit of a difference. A "home" means a house, an apartment, it can mean a condo, it can be any place a person lives. Okay? So, if you ever watched the TV show Sesame Street, there was a character, Oscar the Grouch, his home was in a garbage can. Okay? It's not a house, but it's his home because he lives there. Where a mouse, for example, his home might be in a wall. Okay? Or some people, again, maybe their home is in a tent. So, a home is a place where you live. This is different from a "house". A house is one type of building. Okay? So, a house is not an apartment, it's not a condo. This is a house. This is a house. Okay? So, a house is a very specific type of building. So that's the difference. "Home" is... Refers to anywhere a person lives, but a "house" is a type of building. There might be nobody who lives in the house. Okay? I might have four houses, but I... The one I live in is my home. So that's what the difference is. Okay, so let's look at some of these very common expressions. The first one is the word "hometown". I'm going to give you an example of this sentence: "My hometown is Toronto." Okay? What do you think "hometown" means? I'll give you a hint. I'm from Toronto and I was born in Toronto. So, "hometown" is the place you're from. Okay? So, I have a friend who was born in Paris. My friend's hometown is Paris. Some people come from big hometowns, other people come from small hometowns. Okay? So the hometown is where you were born or where you spent your childhood. Where you were living when you were a child, that's your hometown. The next word: "homesick". And I want you to notice my pronunciation of these words. You'll notice that for "hometown" and "homesick", "home" is the loud part. Okay? I say "home" louder than "town", and "home" louder than "sick", so: "homesick". Here's my example sentence of this word: "I'm homesick. I miss my family." Okay? "I'm homesick. I miss my family." Do you think "homesick" means you're happy or you're sad? If you're homesick, it means you're sad. Why are you sad? Because you're not at home; you're not in your country or your city. You're travelling, you're far from where you live. So, many students from all over the world come to Canada to study English. A lot of students miss their families, they miss their friends, they're a little bit sad because they miss everybody, so we say they are homesick. They miss their country, they are homesick. Okay, again, we have two more words with home: "homeless" and "homelessness". Okay? These words have the same meaning, it's just this is an adjective, and this is a noun. So, I'll give some examples of this. For "homeless": "I sleep on the streets. I'm homeless." Okay? This means I don't have a home. I don't have a place to live. I live on the streets. Okay? So, you know, sometimes when you go to different cities, there are a lot of people on the street, they're asking for money, and they don't have a place to live, we say those people are homeless. When we talk about this problem, we say: "The problem is homelessness." Okay? So that's the noun form. So, there is a lot of homelessness in Toronto. There is a lot of homelessness in many parts of the world. There are many homeless people in Toronto. Okay? So both of these mean you don't have a home, or someone who doesn't have a home.
How to change a fight into a discussion
Stop fighting and start talking! We all get into arguments; usually, it's with the people we care about the most. In this lesson, you will learn how to relax someone who's angry, and how to express your feelings in a productive way. That's right. You can end most fights by following the simple advice that I will share with you here. This is an English lesson, but you're also going to improve your relationship and social skills. I'll teach you vocabulary and expressions in English that you can use to start having meaningful conversations. Furthermore, you'll learn a little psychology, to make you a better communicator. Watch these videos next: 1. How to criticize and compliment - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZzLl18gATo 2. How to say NO! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q12zg939ojI 3. How to STEAL a conversation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl3pdlys7zc Take the quiz on this lesson here: http://www.engvid.com/how-to-change-a-fight-into-a-discussion/ TRANSCRIPT Why are you so angry all the time, E? You're like smash, relax. You're not the Incredible... Hi. James from engVid. E's turning green, and I know The Avengers are all over the planet, so I'm sure you know Hulk Smash. And the Incredible Hulk is powerful because he's angry, he's always angry. And the funny thing is I find most people are angry about this, angry about that. So I want to help you today do a little better, because when people are fighting, well, they're fighting because they care. If you didn't care, you wouldn't fight with anyone. And I have a two-part lesson... What I mean by two parts is I'm going to start off by giving you some expressions so you can kind of get rid of the fighting, and then I'm going to give you some vocabulary you can use instead of saying: "I'm angry. I'm angry. I'm so angry." There are other words that really let people know what you mean, and you can use some of these words and the phrases I'm going to teach you, and you'll notice that your interactions or the way you talk to each other will change and you'll probably be a lot happier, and not like E. E Smash, so angry, so angry. All right? So let's go to the board. So what did I tell you here? Okay? I want us to stop the fighting. And how are we going to do that? Well, the first thing we have to do is accept that... Or accept that arguments and fighting are a part of life, and as I said, it's because you care. You fight because something is important to you, or someone is fighting with you because something is important to them. And when you don't take the time to understand it's important to them, that's what makes the fight worse. Half of the times things can be resolved or solved or fixed easily if you just go: "Hey, that bothers you? Got it." Once most people hear that, they're willing to talk to you. But if they don't think they're being heard, they smash, they hit hard. So let's go to the board. Okay, so I'm going to give you two types of phrases. Okay? These will help you... One will help you let the other person know that you care and you're listening, the other one is so that you can express yourself. Okay? Because it's important that you have a voice and you should be heard. And then in the second part when we come back we'll do words that aren't always about being angry, but show different states and emotions, and I'll explain them and you can use them when you're ready. So, let's go. Okay, these phrases, as it says, will help show that you care about the other person. And how do we show we care about the other person? Sometimes it's to say or to show that they're intelligent. Right? So the first statement I use as this: "You have a good point" or "That's a good point". In saying: "That's a good point"... I got to put a comma here, I just forgot my comma. "That's a good point", in saying that you're admitting that what they're saying, there's valid. Valid means has some truth. You're not automatically agreeing with everything they say, and that's important. When people are arguing, you don't have to agree with everything, but you have to listen and see what they say because sometimes what they say is good and can help both of you in your relationship. So simply just saying, you know: "You have a good point. I should think about this." Or: "That's a good point." Even if I don't agree with everything, I can still listen to you and hear that these are good points or these make sense. All right? By using these phrases here, I just want to point out that it will help you because what you're saying really is: No matter what we fight about, at the end you're still my good friend, you're still my girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, lover, student, or teacher. Okay? Not all together, by the way. But, you know, each one as a partnership, we're... We can still be good or have a good relationship even though we don't agree right now. Okay? So that's the first one.
How to speak naturally in English: Reduction Mistakes
Have you heard how native speakers shorten their words when they speak with each other? This is called "reduction", and you may have already started using this in your own English. If so, watch out for some common mistakes when reducing words. The expressions "I havta", "I wanna", and "I'm gonna" are examples of reductions. If you have never learned about reduction, now is your chance to understand native speakers better, and to become more fluent in English yourself! Test yourself with the quiz: http://www.engvid.com/how-to-speak-naturally-in-english-reduction-mistakes/ TRANSCRIPT Hello. Do you have problems understanding when native English people talk to you? Yes? If your answer is yes, this lesson is for you. Second question. Do you know how to reduce words in English so that you sound more fluent? Maybe? Maybe you're not sure. Okay. Perfect. We're going to do three things in this lesson. The very, very first thing that we're going to do is I'm going to teach you why you don't understand when native people speak to you. Two, I'm going to teach you how to reduce words in English to make you sound more fluent or to help you sound more natural. And three, I'm going to help you with some mistakes that you maybe will make when you are reducing these words. Some of you have already learned how to do the reductions in English. Hold on. You still have to watch this lesson because unfortunately, you're making mistakes when you do this. So three things; one lesson. Let's hit it. Reduction mistakes. Good. The first thing we have to know is regularly how we say these words. So for example, if we have "it", "she", "he", in English, we have "wants to". If we have "I ", "you", "we", and "they", we have "want to". What's the difference? One difference makes a world of difference because "he", "she", and "it" have the S, the way that we say this in the reduction is going to be different than if there was no S. So check this out. "I wanna; you wanna; we wanna; they wanna." Perfect. Your turn. "I wanna; you wanna; we wanna; they wanna." This is how we reduce "want to". So the reason why you don't understand native speakers is they will say to you, "Do you wanna beer?" "Giovanna? Who's -- I'm not Giovanna. This is my friend Giovanna. How do you know her name?" We don't say, "Do you want a beer"; we say, "Do you wanna beer?" It's really, really, really fast, and we never divide "want to"; we say "wanna". If we have "it", "she", and "he", we say "wantsta". So "it wantsta; she wantsta; he wantsta". Your turn. "It wantsta." Good. "She wantsta; he wantsta." Good work. Do it again. Okay. You got it. Good. So when you have "he/she/it", you have to say "wantsta". When you have "I/you/we/they", you have to say "wanna". Good. This is a mistake. You cannot say "it", "she", and "he" with "wanna". I hear every day people saying, "She wanna go home." "She wanna go home? No. "She wantsta go home." So you have to be really, really careful with the S. We call this subject and verb agreement. If you have "he", "she", or "it", you have to put the S on the verb. Even when we speak quickly and we reduce things, it's really important that you have to put the S on the verb again. This rule never fails. So "it, she, or he wanna"? Mm-hmm. This is a mistake. Please be careful can your S sound. Are you ready for another one? Are you excited? Again, we're playing with the basic subjects of "I", "you", "we", "they". Okay? The next set of verbs we have is "have to", so "I have to go." So maybe you're at a party, and maybe one of your friends who speaks English says, "I havta go." "I havta? What is 'havta'?" You think about it, and you go, "Ah. 'Have to'. You have to go." "Yeah. I havta go." We don't say "have to"; we say "havta". If we're talking about another person, he, she, or it as a thing, again, because of our subject and verb agreement, we have to change this to "has to". So in the reduced form, we're going to say "hasta" like "pasta". So "I havta", "you havta", "we havta", "they havta". Your turn. Go. Good. "He hasta", "she hasta", "it hasta". Go. He -- she -- it -- you got it. Good. Uh-ho. Mistake. It's the same mistake as here. You can't say "he", "she" or "I havta" because "havta" is only for "I", "you", "we", and "they". This is a really common mistake in written grammar and also in spoken. Even when it's reduced and spoken informally -- or slang if you'd like to -- we have to be very careful, when you're reducing words, that your grammar is still okay. Oh, grammar is always there to haunt you. Okay. The last one. Very, very common, we say "I am going to". We say "I'm gonna". "I'm gonna go home." "Gonna? Who's 'gonna'? Where's 'gonna'?" We don't say, "I'm going to go home." We say, "I'm gonna. I'm gonna go." Your turn. "I'm gonna go." Good.
5 tips to improve your writing
http://www.engvid.com/ Want to become a better writer? In this video, I will share five easy and quick tips that will improve writing in formal and academic settings. If you're in college or university or plan to study overseas, this video is for you! Watch the lesson, then take the quiz: http://www.engvid.com/5-tips-to-improve-your-writing/ Next, watch my Top 5 Writing Tips video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu2gm-Y4RXs
Top 10 Ways to Improve Your English Pronunciation
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8 Cultural Differences between Native Speakers and English Learners
Culture has a big role to play in the way we speak. It dictates not only which language we use, but also the way we express ourselves with different people. For example, how direct and honest people are generally varies by region. Because of these differences, it is just as important to master culture as it is language. This lesson will help you understand how native speakers think. You will learn how to improve your communication skills depending on whom you are speaking with no matter where you go in the world! Take the quiz on this lesson at http://www.engvid.com/8-cultural-differences-between-native-speakers-and-english-learners/ TRANSCRIPT Hmm. Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. Hi. James from engVid. I've often said that learning language, a foreign language is great. In this case, you're learning English, so congratulations. But a lot of students, they learn the language, and they kind of forget about the culture, like it doesn't really matter. Being an English speaker, I was born in England, and the culture from England is very different from the culture from Canada, even though they are closely related. So if you can imagine the cultural difference between someone from, say, China and Canada, that would be fantastically different. Well, as they say, as much as we're different, we're the same. But in this case, I want to do a lesson on eight differences in culture that if you're learning the language, which would be important. Now, what I've done is shown the difference between the East and the West, because frankly, you may be from the Middle East or Asia, and you want to do business with Canadians or Americans or British people, and you should see what we think are important. And as well, this helps out English-speaking people about how we should communicate with you when we're trying to teach you English. You like that? Let's go to the board. We have Mr. E, here. He wants to eat his... Let's see. What should he eat? I'm going to suggest that he has a pizza, because that's easy to draw, and anybody who knows me knows I'm a terrible drawer. There you go. Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. He's having a piz-... Pepperoni pizza. What would you suggest he eat with? A knife or a fork, or chopsticks? Well, it seems obvious: Use your hands. See, when you understand, you can manipulate or use things to your advantage. Let's go to the board. We'll start out with the West, which is where we are. All right? In the West, we say "respect is earned". That means I cannot give you respect or look up to you until you have done something to show me that you deserve my respect or I should give it to you. Just because you say: "Hello, my name is" doesn't mean anything. You have to say: "Hello, my name is, and I have done these things." Because of that and if you do something that helps me, I will give you my respect. Okay? In the East, it's a little different. In the East, what we say is: "respect is due to hierarchy". Hierarchy? Well, just like the word says, think "high", okay? The higher you are-okay?-the higher position you have. So if I come in and say: "I am Generalissimo Kareer." You go: "Oh, I must give you great respect", in the East, just because I am the General. I don't have to be a good General; I just have to be a General. You must give me respect. Well, in the West, you'd have to be a good General that's done a lot of good things. Okay, number two: open debate is encouraged. If you're going: "What is open debate?" Open debate is conversation, but it's more conversation where two ideas are conflicting or they don't go together. You think A, they think B. So you don't both agree necessarily. Maybe you think: "I don't agree with this person, or I don't like everything they say", so you have a debate, which is a conversation to try and change each other's mind. Okay? Open debate in the West is encouraged. If you don't like my idea, I'll say: "Why? What's wrong with it? Why don't you come up with something? Tell me what you think, or tell me what's wrong with my ideas." The challenge, we think, brings a greater result. In other words, if you talk to me and we have a really good open debate, things should be better at the end of the debate. Let's look at the East. In the East, open debate and confrontation is avoided. Partly, this is because in the East... Remember we talked about hierarchy? There's a level or layers? Well, if you question someone and they are on a higher level, you are not showing them the respect they deserve, so it is almost better to do your debate... Or, not even debate, but questions in a less public area. So it is not open debate; more of a private thing with you and that person, and even then, you shouldn't really question them, but ask questions of them. Okay? That's number two. Number three, let's look at individual success and material success. In the West, they matter, it's important. Yes, who I am is important, but it's who I am, just myself. Have I done well in school? Have I made a lot of money?
Learn Real English: Getting sick and buying medicine
We never plan to get sick, but sometimes it happens. In this lesson, you'll learn vocabulary and expressions you need to visit a doctor, get a prescription, and buy the medicine you need. If you're traveling to an English-speaking country, this lesson is essential. I'll also give you my advice and warnings for buying and taking medication in an English-speaking country. Most importantly, remember that pharmacists are your friends. They will be happy to help you find the medication you need, and to give you exact instructions on how to take it. I hope your next visit to the drug store is a pleasant one. Don't worry, this lesson is non-drowsy! Test your understanding of the lesson with my quiz: http://www.engvid.com/travel-english-getting-sick-and-buying-medicine/ TRANSCRIPT E, you're going to need some medicine. Take your medicine. Dunh-dunh-dunh. Hi. James from engVid. Today's lesson is going to be on getting medicine, going to the pharmacy, and who you should see to get these things. Okay, look, you're learning English, and if you're really lucky, you're going to get to travel to different places, English-speaking places, and when you go there, it's not always going to be perfect. I'm hoping most of the time you have a great time, meet interesting people, but you might get sick or feel bad, and when you do, you're going to need someone to help you. And what I'd like to do is help you with today's lesson, and where we're going to talk about how we ack-... Not acknowledge, but we tell someone what's wrong with us, and how they help us get better. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. So, first: "symptoms". It's a nice, long word. What are your symptoms? "Symptoms" are the things that you feel when you don't feel well. If you say: "My back hurts", or "My head hurts", or "My stomach doesn't feel good", what we are saying is these are your symptoms. When you have a cold, you have a runny nose, your nose is runny-right?-sometimes-[coughs]-you cough, sometimes you have this - well, that would be a fever. If that's the symptoms, I'd say you have a flu; not a cold. All right? Okay. So when you see a doctor, and that's who you go to, you go to a doctor, they'll ask you: "What are your symptoms?" And you say: "Doctor, my arm hurts and my back hurts." He'll go: "Okay. You know what? I think you have blah, blah, blah, and you need some medicine." So once you tell them the symptoms, if the doctor feels this is something you won't get better in, you know, two or three days, like: "You're tired, get some sleep, or eat some food", the doctor will tell you to get some medicine. Now, in North America, which is Canada, United States, and Mexico - they have great... Well, we won't say Mexico, because English speaking, Canada, United States, Great Britain, Australia, you cannot get medicine just because you want it. You actually have to go to a special place, and you have to get what's called a prescription. A prescription actually... The word is "prescription", but we say "perscription". The prescription is the doctor saying what medicine you need. Remember we said medicine? And he signs or she will sign it, and say: "Please give this person that medicine." In this case, I said "he" because Mr. E, if you didn't know it, he's a doctor. He is a doctor, bona fide. Anyway, Mr. E will sign a piece of paper and give it to you. You will then go to a place called "the pharmacy". The pharmacy is where we actually get medicine. Sometimes they actually make some of the medicines, or put them together there for you. Another word for "pharmacy" is "drug store". A lot of times, Canadians and Americans will go: "I'm going to the drug store to get something", because they don't just sell medicine and drugs-and "drugs" is another word for "medicine"-they sell other things you might need, you know, tooth paste, floss for your teeth, and we have a video on that if you really want to go check-okay?-on how to take care of yourself. But you go to the drug store or the pharmacy to get your medicine. When you go there and you hand it, you're going to hand the piece of paper to the person called "the pharmacist". The pharmacist is the doctor that deals with giving out medicines. They will ask you for your prescription. When you hand them the prescription, they will-here we have number 5-fill your prescription. "Fill it", think of a bath tub, or yeah, a glass of water - it's empty, but as you put the water in, it fills up. Filling the prescription means putting the medicine inside of the bottle for you to take. The pharmacist will fill your prescription.
In this video I share hacks that help memorize thousands of English words per day and grow your vocabulary. 📝 Get your English text corrected instantly - https://fluent.express/ Related videos: 50 most common English phrases - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj5btO2nvt8 - Best TV shows to learn English - http://bit.ly/2zI5DN2 - How to speak English like an American - http://bit.ly/2muNpcQ  📗🇺🇸 My book about how I got full financial aid to study in the USA (my story + tips) - https://goo.gl/fKwah2 How to learn hundreds of English words a day 1. There are words in English that work both as a noun and verb - so by learning one work your learning two -    work, drive, try, kiss, drink, dream, milk (доить), hope, love 2. Words that end with -tion would be almost the same in your own language, super easy to learn - ambition (ambicion, Ambition, ambitzione), motivation (motivacion, Motivation, motivazione). Dissertation, profession, portion, intonation, convention, sanction, concentration, delegation, illustration 3. Look for images for particular words - you will be surprised you’ve already used them a lot in your life. Sometimes words just remind you of something - a song, a band. Spear which is a weapon - I think of Britney Spears. Beetle = a bug, Volkswagen New Beetle car, which looks like a bug, gosling - is a baby goose - and you know who I am thinking about - Ryan Gosling. 4. Some words have several meanings - try to learn at least a couple of meanings to diversify your vocabulary - fire = flame, to let someone go (employee), date = going out with a loved one, date as a fruit, date as a day in a calendarmiss = to skip something, to long to see someone, miss like a girl 5. There are a lot of words that are almost identical in a lot of languages - aquarium, antidepressant, avocado, argument, sensor, caramel, control, cocktail, scandal, organism 6. When you speak it’s very important to remember the words, which I call a safety net - these should be learnt by heart right now. Words include - I, you, she, he, eye, female, etc. - they are all mentioned in my video - 100 Most Common English Words 7. Learn expressions - are you nuts? 🥜 save face, I am all ears, to feel blue- every day words form combinations that have a completely different meaning 8. Talk to yourself when you learn a new word or expression using it. For example, if you liked the video you can comment below “Marina, I was all ears!” Which means that you listened to the video really carefully and wrote things down. 9. Be aware of false friends. Some words in English might sound like a word a your language, but mean a completely different thing. One of the common words is Actual - in English in means current, related to present time. In Spanish Actual is real.Eventuell = perhaps, eventually = in the end ⭐ INSTAGRAM - linguamarina ⭐ LEARN LANGUAGES ABROAD - https://linguatrip.com 📷 FILMING EQUIPMENT VLOGS (outdoors): - Canon G7X - http://amzn.to/2l2aSfE VIDEOS indoors: - Sony A7R II (also perfect for instagram) - http://amzn.to/2DrCNTU - Sony 50 mm lens - http://amzn.to/2G2r4c4 SOUND: - Zoom H4n Pro (better than any built-in camera sound) - http://amzn.to/2DVJzyr - Rode video mic (when I have to use my camera to record the sound) - http://amzn.to/2BhkCKW 🎈PROMOS $20 TO SPEND ON AIRBNB - http://bit.ly/2g0F87Q $20 TO SPEND ON UBER - http://ubr.to/2k1B89L
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Easy English Lesson: turn on, turn off, turn up, turn down
In this English lesson for beginners, I will teach you the correct expressions to use to talk about your gadgets. We often use 'turn' phrasal verbs to talk about using gadgets or electronics. By the end of the lesson, you will know how to use the prepositions 'ON', 'OFF', 'UP', and 'DOWN' with the verb 'TURN'. This is an easy lesson, but many students make mistakes using these words. Don't be one of them! Watch my video, then take the quiz at: http://www.engvid.com/easy-english-lesson-turn-on-turn-off-turn-up-turn-down/ TRANSCRIPT Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. Hello. Hi. James from engVid. You might have noticed that my voice changed. I went from soft to loud. Now, many students I find have a problem when it comes to electronics. They don't know whether they should use, or if they should use "up", "down", "on", or "off". Today is a basic lesson on those things. So, let's go to the board and take a look. Now, when we talk about electronics, which could be something as simple as your cellphone-okay?-what happens is people want to use them, which is fine if you're doing it for yourself, but when you're talking to other people and you want them to do something for you. You notice that this cellphone is, would you say "down" or "off"? All right? That's the lesson we're going to do today. What do you say when you want to change the condition of this cellphone? We'll start right now. E, so are we going to turn up the volume or turn on the volume? Well, I notice "dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh" the music is already on. This is low volume and this is high volume, but how do we change them? Let's start with some basic definitions. First, "turn", that was a turn. It's to move around a centre. Here's a centre, I turn around a centre, or to reverse a position. Interesting. Both of these definitions we need to understand if we say: "turn up" or "turn on". The first one, to turn around a centre, we have to go back in time a little bit. You're from the Modern Age, so when you press your toys, you just press. But when I was a little boy a long time ago, when the Indians rode on the plains... I'm not that old, but I feel that way. What happened was we used to have televisions and radios, and we would turn, we would turn them if we wanted more volume. So if you look over here, where I said turn means to reverse a position, you have 360. So, I feel like we're doing an old science lesson. And boys and girls, we will now demonstrate the turning mechanism. Here we go. We will turn up the power, and turn down the power. Which means reverse. So we're going to look here, and you notice I have to turn. Okay? This is a very old machine. Some of you won't recognize this. It's a film projector. Yeah, we don't use these now. Anyway. But the point was: The technology, you had to actually do something with it, and that's where we get the ideas for "up", "down", "on", and "off". We're switching. We're either reversing the position or moving around a centre. Now, when you have a lot of movement or 360, which is basically a circle... All right? When you have a circle, this is why we talk about turning up and down, because as you turn it, you can increase the power or decrease the power, or make the sound higher or make the sound lower. In fact, in the old days, they used to do this for television, radios, and lights. You would turn up and you would increase it so it would get more. So here's the 360, or you would go more, more, more, more, more. Or you would turn it down and decrease it and you would get less, less, less, less. So the room could be darker if you're talking about light. If sounds all of a sudden the voice would get lower, lower and disappear. Okay. So that's why when we talk about volume on televisions or radios, we say: "Hey, could you turn up the volume?" And if you think about this machine, okay? Turn up the volume, turn down the volume.
Learn English: MAKE or DO?
"Stop making mistakes" or "stop doing mistakes? "Do" and "make" are some of the most used verbs in English, but they are regularly confused by English learners. I'm going to teach you the logic of when to use "make" and when to use "do". Watch this lesson and you'll understand how to use these verbs correctly. You'll also learn collocations: words that often go with "make" and "do", like "do the dishes", "do your homework", "make dinner", "make a call", and many more. Learning to use these two simple words correctly will make you sound much more fluent to native English speakers, so don't miss out! https://www.engvid.com/make-or-do/ TRANSCRIPT "To be or not to be?" that is the qu-... No, it's not the question. You are here to learn a lesson. Hi. I'm James from engVid, and today's lesson is going to be on "do" or "make". Well, why am I doing this lesson? Many students make a mistake with these two verbs. Okay? And the problem is native speakers almost never make this mistake, and as soon as you make this mistake we will know that you are just learning English or low-level English. So this lesson will help you fully understand how to use it so that you can start speaking like a native speaker right away. Now, in order to do that we have to clearly know what the difference is between "do" and "make", and then give examples of how we use them. I'll also give you collocations. Collocations are words that go with "do" and "make" regularly so you know even if you're having a difficult time, when you say something like: "cake", you're going to say "do" or "make". Let's find out in five seconds, shall we? Let's go to the board where I'll break down what "do" is and give you examples; what "make" is, give you examples; then I'll give you those collocations and a short quiz. All right. E, what is it, "do" or "make"? When I makes me a cake, do I do me a cake or make me a cake? Well, let's find out. If an action is repetitive, something you do on a regular basis, we're going to use the verb "do". Now, I should note very quickly here I am not going to talk on the auxiliary, like: "Do you like that?" I'm not going to ask these questions. We have other videos, so please go to engVid, go check them out, and they'll clearly do... Do, [laughs]. Show you the uses of "do" as the auxiliary. Okay? This is specifically how you understand it. If something is done repetitively, we use "do", which is true for most simple present verbs. When we talk in the simple present it's about repeated actions. So, "do" is no different from that. Okay? Obligation. An obligation might be something like I do homework every night. It's a thing I must do. Okay? So we use it for obligation. Multiple actions. Now, listen to me carefully. "I do the dishes." I'll give you a visual representation or a visual picture of it in a second, but I want you to understand the concept. A lot of times in English we use what's called "shorthand". Instead of saying every verb that I'm going to do, what I do is I use... Or I even said it here, replacing verbs. We put the verb "do" in and it talks about several actions in one go. Here's an example for you: When I do the dishes, I wash them, I dry them, I put them away. Notice there are three verbs. I don't want to say when someone says, like E goes: "Did you do the dishes?" Go: "Yes, I wash the dishes, I dry the dishes, I put the dishes away." They'll go: -"You new to Canada, correct?" -"Yes, very correct." Okay, so I said: "I'll do the dishes" or "I do the dishes". So, even under obligation I said: "I do the dishes every night", that's my obligation. And it's these actions I'm talking about. Repetitive because I do it every night, I repeat it. Okay? Multiple actions, so I've just went through, and replacement of verbs. This is similar to multiple actions, but you can use the verb "to do" to replace one verb, like: "Hey, man. I got to do my hair tonight." That means "fix", that might be cut my hair, it might be wash my hair, but when I got to do my hair, I got to do my hair, and do my nails. That means cut and clean. It's not saying multiple verbs. It's just replacing one verb, but we can put "do" in there and it replaces that verb, and we understand what it means. Is there something you have to do? Okay, I've killed that. Right? So why don't we go to "make"? "Make". "Make" is create, when you create something. Creation comes from it didn't exist and now it does. You create. That's making. And when I say "create", there's a big difference between the two. Okay? Notice when we talked about "do" we talked about repetitive, obligation, multiple actions, dah-dah-dah-dah. It's a verb of action and so is "make", but the difference is this: When I talk about "do", you can't see it. Sorry, you can see it, but you can't touch it. You can see me washing, but you can't touch me washing the dishes. It doesn't make sense.
10 Tips To Build Your Vocabulary | Ways To Learn More English Words
Mentioned in this video: ➡️ mmmEnglish Imitation lessons: https://www.mmmenglish.com/imitation-2/ ➡️ AUDIBLE (Get your first audiobook for FREE!) http://www.audibletrial.com/mmmEnglish ➡️ RYPE: Speak with native teachers... As much as you want! https://www.rypeapp.com/ref/mmmEnglish/ What's the best way to learn English vocabulary? How can I learn more words? The truth is, that to successfully learn new vocabulary, you need to create good study habits, keep it interesting and make sure that you are having fun! Building your English vocabulary is something that you should be doing, every day... So, you need to find fun and interesting ways to do it! In this video, I’m going to talk about a number of different tools and techniques that you can use to improve your vocabulary - you might not like all of them, but you will definitely enjoy some of them! And hopefully, you can make them part of your daily or weekly routine. AND if you’ve got your own suggestions about ways to learn vocabulary, make sure you add them in the comments!! Share the love! 10 TIPS FOR LEARNING NEW VOCABULARY! 1. Get better at studying new words! 2. When you do learn new words, don’t learn words on their own! 3. Learn new vocabulary through stories. Stories are FULL of new words, phrases and interesting expressions that show you how words come together in an interesting, fun and engaging way! You’re not only learning what words to use but how to use them! For pre-intermediate/intermediate learners, I recommend: - Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney - Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown - Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White For upper-intermediate/advanced learners: - James and The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - The Lison, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Animal Farm by George Orwell 4. Listen while you read. You can find the AUDIO books for almost any book you can imagine. Which is great, because HEARING how English words are pronounced is so important I use Audible to download my audio books and listen to them while I’m jogging, travelling or even drifting off to sleep! Choose your first audiobook and TRY IT FOR FREE here: http://www.audibletrial.com/mmmEnglish 5. Learn new vocabulary through songs. You can easily find the lyrics to heaps of other English songs at metrolyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/ (If you know some good songs to practice with, post your suggestions in the comments below and share your love of English music!) Lyrics Training is great - lots of fun! https://lyricstraining.com/ Here’s a couple on the mmmEnglish website: The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars https://www.mmmenglish.com/2015/12/16/sing-english-the-lazy-song/ (Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Reading https://www.mmmenglish.com/2016/01/09/sing-english-sitting-on-the-dock-of-the-bay/ 6. Get Better At Using Online dictionaries! Macmillan Dictionary - http://www.macmillandictionary.com/ Oxford Dictionary - https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/ Cambridge Dictionary - http://dictionary.cambridge.org/ 7. Use labels & flashcards Anki App - https://www.ankiapp.com/ 8. Describe the world around you. 9. Imitate a native speaker. Imitating a native English speaker will help you: - learn new vocabulary and expressions, in context - improve your English pronunciation - sound more natural, like a native English speaker - feel more confident in conversations with native speakers Try the mmmEnglish imitation Lessons! Series 1 (Storytelling) https://www.mmmenglish.com/imitation/ Free sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZGf8JY5_ck Series 2 (Describing People) https://www.mmmenglish.com/imitation-2/ Free sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmU_pN0bEn8 10. If you are at an Intermediate English level, speak and practise being in conversations. Cambly: https://www.cambly.com Lingoda: https://www.lingoda.com If you are a busy person trying to learn English, you need to try Rype! Practice at any time, as often as you like… With native teachers! And I can help you to try Rype for TWO WEEKS, FOR FREE! , right here: https://www.rypeapp.com/ref/mmmEnglish/ Read the full transcript to this video on my blog: https://www.mmmenglish.com/2017/07/24/10-tips-to-build-your-vocabulary/ *I recommend* Get Grammarly Grammar Checker FREE! grammarly.com/mmmenglish English Listening practice - Try Audible for FREE! http://www.audibletrial.com/mmmEnglish Speak with native teachers... As much as you want! https://www.rypeapp.com/ref/mmmEnglish/ CONTACT mmmEnglish: mmmEnglish Website: http://bit.ly/mmmEnglish Find me on Facebook: http://bit.ly/mmmEnglishFB Find me on Instagram: http://bit.ly/mmmEnglishInsta Ladies Facebook Group http://bit.ly/LadiesLoveEnglish TweetMe on Twitter: http://bit.ly/TweetMmmEnglish Music Credit: Crimson Fly - Huma-Huma: https://youtu.be/qpxhgby-ONI
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Fix Your Bad English
http://www.engvid.com/ Read this: After watching this video you will make less mistakes, learn farther and be the best between all your friends in English. The lesson will have a great affect on you. If you think these statements are correct, PRESS PLAY NOW and learn to fix six common mistakes in English. http://www.engvid.com/6-ways-to-fix-your-bad-english/ TRANSCRIPT Hi. James, from EngVid. Today's video is on, well, "The Book of Bad English". There are mistakes that native speakers make that ESL people pick up -- and "ESL" is "English as a Second Language". People learning English, they pick up because native speakers don't even know they're making this mistake. So I want to teach you six common ones that come regularly or happen regularly in conversation. And I want you to learn them and make your English perfect. Let's go to the board. Now, let's start with No. 1, one of my favorite ones: "amount" and "number". "Amount" is, sort of, like, "how much". A "number" is, you know, "thing". When we look at "amount", you can think of you can't count it, all right? A lot of times, when we say "amount" -- like, "I have a large amount of water in my house" -- you can't count water. But you can count a number, so: "The number of people who come to the city is in the thousands", so you can count them. Here's an example. Tell me if this is right or wrong. "The amount of students who are late is growing every day" or "the number of students who are late is growing every day." You should say "number" because you can count students. You can't count amount. That rhymes. Maybe that'll help, right? You can't count amount. You can't count amount. So when we want to talk about a number of something or a body of something, "amount" is for things you cannot count, and "number" is for things you can count. English people make this mistake a lot. Next: "among" and "between". When I used to teach "among" and "between", I would say, "'Among' is 'with'. So there're five chairs, and you're 'with' another. And 'between' is you're in the middle." That's it. Because I was so smart. And then I found out it's just this: two. More than two. That's it. Nothing special. When you talk about "between", except -- and this is a major exception -- when you're talking about differences. Differences you have to use "between". But generally speaking, "among" is more than two. "I was sitting among my friends at the bar." You can know there're probably four or five, not two. But "let's keep this between you and me"? A lot of times, Canadians say, "Let's keep this among us." And it's like, "Among who?" "The rest of those guys, you know. The Americans. They don't need to know this." Okay. So "between us" -- usually two, right? It could be two groups. "There was a fight between this country and that country." Right? Because it's two groups. But "among" is for more than two, cool? All right. So "among" -- more than two; "between" -- two. What about "bring" and "take"? This is something that a lot of students make a mistake on. So you say, "Bring this to me" or "take this to him." It's very easy. "Bring" is "to the speaker", okay? And "take" is "away from the speaker". Now, if you're born in England, that's easy because they always talk about "I want takeaway." Takeaway. Because they take the food away from the restaurant, right? So one of my favorite sayings that we say in England -- not England -- that we say here is, like -- watch every space movie: "Take me to your leader." You'll never see a space movie, unless it's made by me -- and it would say, "Bring me to your leader." We don't do that. You say, "Take them to the leader" because you're taking them away from this spot where the speaker is to a new location or spot. So "take" and "bring" are easy because it's "bring -- come towards". Here's a mistake -- not Canadians -- English speakers make that you should be aware of. They'll say something like, "Don't forget to bring your bag with you" instead of, "Don't forget to take your bag." Do you know what the difference is? Well, you're leaving, right? So you need to take it away. Remember I said "away from"? Take the bag away from you. When you say, "Bring the bag with you", the speaker's speaking, you're still moving away from the speaker, right? So you've got to use this. But Canadians and Americans and Brits say it a lot. They'll say, "Bring it with you." No. "Take" it with you. You know the difference now because you're smart. And you're studying from The Book of Bad English. Good for you. There's a worm in that book. Watch it. Okay. "Fewer" or "less". I'm going to make a statement, and think which one is correct. "'Fewer' than a million people have watched the videos on EngVid. 'Less' than a million people have watched the videos on EngVid." Which one would be correct? Yeah. If you said "less than", no. "Less" is similar to "amount". You say "fewer" for things you can count.
The Secret to Remembering Vocabulary
http://www.engvid.com/ OMG, there are too many English words to learn! Well, I can help. Watch this video to learn my own trick for remembering new words. In order to show you how this trick works, I will also teach you the following five words: hammered, creamed, bald, beard, and condo. After watching this video, remembering new words will be a piece of cake. Take the quiz here: http://www.engvid.com/the-secret-to-remembering-vocabulary/ Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's video, I will teach you a trick on how to remember vocabulary. So English has the largest vocabulary out of any language. I think it's close to 600,000 words in English. So how are you going to remember so much vocabulary? Well, when I was in China, I created a little trick -- and other people use this trick, too -- that really helped me to remember all the new words I was learning. So in this video, I will teach you this trick. So what you do -- I have a bunch of interesting pictures on the board -- is any time you come up across a new word and you're learning a new word, you need to make a picture in your head of this word. A good idea is to try to think of other words that sound like this word and imagine funny situations in your mind. So what do I mean by that? Well, let me show you. The first word I'm going to teach you today is "bald", "bald", b-a-l-d. What does it mean to be "bald"? It means to have no hair, okay? So if you have no hair, you are "bald". How do you remember this word? Well, if you use my trick, you can imagine a word that sounds like "bald" -- maybe "ball", basketball, soccer ball. So in your mind, I want you to imagine a ball. It can be a basketball, a soccer ball -- any type of ball. Now, imagine the ball with a face. Imagine the ball with no hair on top, maybe a little hair on the side, a little hair here, but no hair on the top. Because "ball" and "bald" sound alike, if you imagine this picture for maybe ten seconds, it will help you to remember it in the future, okay? Think "ball with no hair". Okay. Let's try our second word: "beard". What's a beard? It's the hair that comes off a man's chin -- usually, women don't have beards. So it's the hair that comes down like this. How are we going to remember this word? Well, imagine a man with a beard, and inside the beard is a bird, a little bird, tweet tweet! And what's it doing in the beard? Why, it's drinking beer. Okay? So this little picture is -- don't know if you can see that, but that is beer. So imagine a bird drinking beer. Those two words together -- beer. This isn't beer; this one is. Imagine "bird" and "beer". Together, if you put the words together, they make "beard". A bird drinking beer in a beard. Can you say that fast? "Bird drinking beer in a beard." So maybe, if you picture this for ten seconds, you will remember this word. Okay. Next word I want to teach you today: "creamed". So what does it mean to be "creamed"? "We creamed you guys." "You guys got creamed." It means someone lost a game very badly. If our team creamed your basketball team, your basketball team lost; our team won. So you don't want to be "creamed". If you get "creamed", it's bad. It means you lost, you lose. So how can you remember this? Well, imagine someone -- maybe somebody you don't like, somebody you play basketball against or some sport. Imagine throwing a bunch of ice cream and it hits their face -- because the keyword "cream", "ice cream". So if you can imagine ice cream on someone's face, it will help you to remember the word "creamed". So imagine that for ten seconds. So think "ice cream on face", "creamed".
Classroom English: Vocabulary & Expressions for Students
http://www.engvid.com Are you the new student in your English class? Do you understand what your teacher is saying? In this lesson, we will go over some of the vocabulary, expressions, and questions that you might hear in class. What do you say if they are speaking too fast or if you didn't hear? It can be stressful to ask questions, but after this lesson, you will be more confident participating and interacting with your teacher and classmates. Take the quiz: http://www.engvid.com/classroom-english/ TRANSCRIPT: Hi. Welcome again to www.engvid.com. I'm Adam. Today's lesson comes as a request, because I know that there are actually quite a few of you who are teachers of English, and you wanted to know some classroom English. So, today, we're going to look at classroom English. This is more for beginners, especially people who have just joined an English class, an ESL class, EFL class, etc. and you're starting to get used to the classroom environment, and you're not exactly sure what the teacher is saying, what you should say, etc. We're going to start with the teachers. What do teachers say that you need to understand? Okay? [Clears throat] Excuse me. First, the teacher will take attendance, or the teacher will take roll call. Sorry, these are two separate words, "roll call". Basically, they want to know who is here and who is not here. Okay? So, if a student is in the class, he or she is present. So, if the teacher says: -"Bill?" -"Present." -"Mary?" -"Present." -"Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?" Bueller is absent. He or she is not in the class. So, "absent", not here. "Present", here. If the teacher has finished with attendance and starts to teach the class, and a student comes in then, that student is late. And they get a little check. Too many lates, you get into trouble. Now, you could be absent, but you can have an excused absent, means that you have a note from your parents, from your doctor, from your boss, or the teacher just knows that you're not coming today and it's okay; it's excused. Now, the teacher will give you commands. He or she will tell you to do things. Okay? So, it's very important that you understand what to do. If a teacher says: "Put up your hand", or: "Raise your hand to ask a question, to make a comment, to ask to go to the bathroom", put up your hand. Raise your hand. Don't speak out. Because if everybody speaks out, it's just noise. Put up your hand, ask your question, get your answer. Okay? Then, the teacher will ask you: "Take out your notebooks. Take out your pens. Take out your earphones." Basically, get them ready, we are going to use them. Okay. "Take your seats." Basically means sit down, sit. Okay? So, he's trying to get organized, or she is trying to get organized. Next, they'll say: "Take out your book. Turn to page 37." Means open your book, page 37, let's start reading, working, etc. Now, if the teacher wants you to do things, but not alone... For example, if you're doing math, yeah, you do it alone no problem. If you're doing ESL, the teacher will want you to work in pairs. It means two people together, so you can speak. "Work in groups", means get into a few people together; three, four, five. If he wants a specific number, he will say: "Get into groups of", or: "Work in groups of three." So, you find your two friends, three sit together, do the exercise. Now, if the teacher... As everybody's talking, the teacher wants everybody be quiet and listen to one student, he will say or she will say: "Please pay attention to Jack. Jack is going to speak. Everybody, please pay attention to Jack." Or if you're doing exercise, if the teacher wants you to be careful about one word or one grammar structure: "Pay attention to the independent clause." Means be very focused, be aware. Okay? So, these are the basic things you need to know what... That your teacher will say. Now, you're the student, you have questions or you don't understand something, what are you going to say or what are you going to ask?
Learn 10 times more vocabulary by using Word Webs!
By using this system, you will learn 10–15 times more vocabulary every time you look up the meaning of a word! You'll also remember more of what you study, because you'll be making mental connections and learning in an interesting way. The secret is using 'word webs'. This powerful learning tool will change the way you learn vocabulary and idioms. In this video, I'll explain what a word web is, how to use it to learn English, and finally I'll do an example word web with you. TAKE THE QUIZ: http://www.engvid.com/learn-10-times-more-vocabulary-by-using-word-webs/ TRANSCRIPT Hi. James from engVid. I would like to help you with your vocabulary. I'm sure that you've looked at engVid and seen many lessons on vocabulary, from drinking, vacationing, weddings, all sorts of things. But when you finish the video, how much do you remember? And how much do you really understand? I'm going to teach you today something I call the... A word web to help you not just remember the words, but truly understand them, and expand or go bigger than that. I did a lesson earlier on, on mind maps where I kind of introduced the idea of mind map, but I didn't really... I don't think I got into it as much that would actually show you how to use it so that you can get better with it. So, I'm going to fix that today. All right? So what we're looking at is called a word web. And if you notice, poor Mr. E is caught up in the web. Nooooo! And I'm going to do the same with you. I'm going to get you... Because this is a spider, and the spider lives in a web, it catches things and those things can never escape. I want to do that with your memory and your vocabulary, teach you in a way that you're going to catch the words and you won't forget. Okay? So I'm going to explain the method here. So we're going to be clear on the method, then we're going to take a word and use it, and show you how it works. Ready? Let's go to the board. All right, so, word web. This is a specific form of mind map which means it's one type. There are many types. Okay? And what they... What they do is they're based on the idea that your brain works a certain way with pictures and colours. So, why don't we use these to help you? And I'm going to do that now. What you will need, you will need a ax... You will need an English to English dictionary. If you really need to get, you know, your language to English, that's fine if you really need it, but English to English dictionary will be preferable because we want to get the definition of the word from an English source, not a translated source. Okay? So maybe we should start with your translating dictionary, and then after take the English word and get an English to English. The translating dictionary will help you understand the ideas, and then the English to English. And sometimes you might notice they don't exactly say the same thing. That'll be interesting for you. Next, you're going to need access to the internet or an idioms dictionary. The idioms dictionary will be for later on, and they have them and you can even go online and look for idioms. But the joke of it is I said access to the internet. Well, my friend, if you're not on the internet, you're not watching this video, so I'm assuming you've got access to the internet. Okay. The next four steps will be this: We're going to take a word... So, we're going to take one word, whatever the word is, we're going to write out the definition from the dictionary. What the dictionary says, not what you think, not an interpretation or somebody giving you sort of their idea of it. From that, we're going to follow... Okay? We're going to write out the words you think of when you see this word. This is called association. I think: "Cat", I say: "Dog". You say: "Milk", I say: "Cow". I associate. This is the words that come to me. I want you to do that because that is part of a natural human process. You think of something, you think of something else. You think of: "Mother", you think: "Love". You think: "Money", "McDonald's"? Probably not. But you get the idea. Okay? So we're going to start with the dictionary definition, then we're going to work with how your brain works. I want to have your mind incorporated or use your way of thinking in this. So you're going to put down your words. So if it was: "Cow", you might put: "Milk, cheese, and steak". Mmm, steak. Then we're going to go out... Back to our dictionary, we're going to look for synonyms. If you open any dictionary usually it will say: "This is the word", and then it will have after it: "Here's a synonym for this word. Here's another one." Synonyms, you know, words that are similar. For instance, height and tall. How tall is the building? What is the building's height? They're not exactly the same, but they can be used in a similar or same fashion sometimes. Okay?
English Grammar - How to learn tenses - ALL tenses!!
http://www.engvid.com The most effective way to learn English grammar! In this lesson for all levels, I teach you a way to learn all tenses in English without getting complicated. A simple, clear way to learn each tense. You can use this method for other topics, too!
http://www.engvid.com/ 'Remember', 'recall', and 'remind' are three words in English that are very similar, so a lot of students mix them up. But each one of these words has a specific meaning. Watch and study this vocabulary lesson so that you won't forget where each one of these words should be used. Take a quiz on this lesson here: http://www.engvid.com/vocabulary-remember-recall-remind/
Learn English - Travel Vocabulary
http://www.engvid.com/ Learn important, basic words you will need when you travel. Knowing a little English vocabulary can help a lot when you are travelling. Whever you are going in the world, you can almost always find someone who speaks some English. I'll teach you how a "tourist attraction" is different from a "tourist trap". What about "sight seeing"? Do you know what an "itinerary" is? Do you have your travel documents? Get ready for your English to take flight! http://www.engvid.com/travel-vocabulary/ Hi. James, from EngVid. I was just about to plan my vacation. I'm going to take a long flight to Europe. I'm trying to remember luggage and baggage things, you know? It's kind of hard to do. But this is a lesson for you if you've been working a lot, you need some time off. Now, there's a video I would like you to go check out. That's on time off. It goes with this one. You might want to go away somewhere and not just stay home, right? So this video is for you. This is basic vocabulary on vacation. When you leave and maybe you go to an English speaking country and you want to practice your English, this stuff will be good for you to enjoy your time there, also to make it easy for you when you arrive. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. Mr. E, Mr. E! It's a mystery where he is. It's no mystery. And you thought I forgot. Mr. E has been on vacation with me, and he's enjoying this particular attraction. So let's go to the board. Now, if you're going to go on vacation, one of the first things you will have to do if you're leaving your country is you're going to need some travel documents. What are those? Documents. A "document" is a paper or something with information that tells you something is okay or outlines it for you. For example, your passport is a document given by the government with your picture on it that says you are a citizen of this country, and you are legal. You are a good person. Okay? Now, when you're leaving for a flight, or you want to go to another country, you're going to need travel documents first. Trust me; show up at the airport and go, "I leave now. I go to Canada." They will go, "And the car is that way. Go home, crazy man. Okay?" So we need travel documents. So what are "travel documents"? Well, "travel documents" would be your passport, government identification, usually needed at most places the travel. Inside of a country, not necessary for most places. But leaving the country, you have to have it. Okay? So if you're in the European Union, no problem. If you're in Canada and the United States, you don't need one. But as soon as you leave these countries, you need a passport. What's another thing you need? Well, you need what's called a "boarding pass". If you play soccer, you kick the ball; the other guy, he catches it; you "pass" right? The ball goes from one player to another. A "boarding pass" is what allows you to go from one country to another country. You show the person on the airplane this piece of paper with your passport, and they say, "You know what? You can come on the plane and fly, like the pass." Kick, catch, other country. Cool? All right. So these are your travel documents. You need those. Now, I should have started with you need to make a plan because you want to go visit some place. You want to go on vacation, right? And if you want to go on vacation, well, going to have to -- I said "vacation". A "vacation" is a holiday, another word for saying "time off from work". All right? So you want to go on vacation. Sometimes, we say, "We're going to vacation in Italy." Or "on my vacation, I want to visit Italy." Or "I'm taking a holiday in Italy." Okay? So all these words, when people say, "Well, what are you doing on your time off?" You might go, "I'm going on vacation." Then they know you're leaving. If you just say, "I'm taking time off from work", you could be home cleaning. But no. You're saying, "I'm going on vacation." They're going to go, "Where are you going to visit? Italy, perhaps? Sicily? Is it going to be a good holiday?" And you go, "Yes. I earned my time." "Earned" means to work for something. "I earned my time off. I'm going on vacation."
How to use your dictionary to build your vocabulary
http://www.engvid.com/ Improve your vocabulary and really understand what you learn by simply using a paper dictionary. You will learn how to pronounce words, what their function is, how to modify them, and much more. You don't need me to spell it out for you... start improving your English vocabulary now! Watch the lesson, then take the quiz here: http://www.engvid.com/dictionary-vocabulary/ TRANSCRIPT: The Canadian-English Dictionary. Over 500 sold. Not many Canadians, I think, eh? Just joking. It's 500,000, and my name is James from EngVid. Welcome. I'm going to help you today learn to use this thing and not this thing. And there's a reason why, and I'm going to tell you why today because I think it's an important lesson that I don't see people really talk about a lot. They -- in classes, and I teach classes, we mention it. And students always come -- not always. Bad. You're so forward. They usually use an electronic dictionary, but I prefer the paper because today I'm going to teach you how to build your vocabulary using this, something that's a few hundred years old. So let's start off: "Know your dictionary." Do you know what your dictionary -- do you know who your dictionary is or what your dictionary is? I ask you because I'm going to ask you do you know "prescriptive" versus "descriptive"? Most students don't know the difference, and it's a very important difference for you to know. If you're a native English speaker, this is your dictionary. It's good. It's great. It says things like, "'Choral' -- or of a choir. 'Chorale': slow stately hymn tune", and you're thinking, well, if you're learning English, "What did James just say to me?" There are many of these things. "'Retrench': reduce expenditure, cut." You know, like, "What?" Well, this is because it's prescriptive. "Prescriptive". Think of a doctor, you know, the guy who checks your chest, like, your heart. He prescribed something to you, right? Gives you something. But he doesn't give you any kind of extra information. He's the doctor. He's the expert. They tell you and you know. Well, if you have a command of the English language or you speak English, of course you know all the other words they use. "'Critic': Professional judge." I know all these words. I don't have to learn these words, so it's great. But if you're learning English -- and learning English -- and I want to tell you this because a lot of people don't know. You know my name, right? My name is James ESL, right? James. I can't even spell my own name. It's a lie. My name is James ESL. And some of you said, for sure, "What is "ESL? That's a funny name." Because it's not my name. "ESL" stands for "English as a Second Language". That's what it stands for. Many of your teachers use it, and they never tell you what it means. So it means James is teaching English as a second language. And that's for you guys. You have French, Hindi, Arabic as first languages, and you want to get another language. What you need is a descriptive dictionary. What does that mean? Well, let me explain something to you. There is a thing that is long, has a big head, a smile. It has little lines on its body. Its first name starts with M. His last name starts with E. Do you know whom I'm describing? It's Mr. E. Right? I described it to you. An ESL dictionary is descriptive, right? So the first thing you should know is, is your dictionary prescriptive or descriptive? "Prescriptive", like a prescription from a doctor -- it just tells you this is what the word means. It does not give explanation -- it gives an explanation, but no diagrams and no definition, okay? Or explanation. For example, a descriptive one not only tells you what the world is, it gives you an example of its use in speech. It helps you. Maybe even a picture to show you. That's for the ESL. So when you're looking for a paper dictionary, go to your bookstore and ask for a descriptive dictionary because you're studying ESL, and they'll give you the perfect dictionary for you, okay? So what are we going to do next? That's the first thing: Know what dictionary you have because this one will help. Now, I will tell you this, though: Once you start going from the beginning and intermediate, you need the prescriptive because that's what a fluent native speaker would use, and that's what you use. So there's a reason for both. Don't forget that. If you're advanced, get prescriptive. If you're new, get descriptive. Know your dictionary.
How to improve your English with MUSIC and MOVIES!
You learn the most English if you're having fun doing it. So today, I'm going to teach you how to improve your English by watching movies and by listening to music! Many of you already listen to English music and watch shows and movies that are in English. I'm going to teach you some activities that will make you active with the language you hear. You'll also learn fun games you can play by yourself or with a friend that will help you learn vocabulary, expressions, and pronunciation. By learning English from movies and music, you'll also sound more like a native speaker. http://www.engvid.com/how-to-improve-your-english-with-music-and-movies/ TRANSCRIPT To be, or not to be - that is the... Hi. James from engVid. Just practicing my Shakespeare. Well, not really. I just wanted to show you acting. Acting, being an actor can be a good way to learn English. And today I want to show you two fun ways to practice English doing things you already love to do. Okay? So, let's go to the board. Mr. E is saying: "I sound like Madonna!" That's not here yet, but that'll be the second one, but today or right now this part of the lesson is about movies, acting. What we want you to do or what I want you to do is go find a movie you love in English. I'm sure there's... If you're watching me, I'm sure you've watched some English television program or movie. I mean, I'm speaking a lot of English so I know you're used to it. What I... What I want you to do is pretend you are an actor in a movie, and we're going to take a few steps to get there. So the first thing is: Pick a movie that you love watching, because some of you watch it again and again. Star Wars, yeah, yeah? Or Harry Potter, if that's still out there, or Bond, James Bond. Right? Any of those movies. Okay, so you pick your movie. The second thing I want you to do is go through the movie and watch the scenes you love the best when the actor says something like: "Punk, do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do ya?" And then pick a couple of those scenes. All right? The third thing I want you to do is go to this part, and it's i-m... It's www.imsdb.com. It's where you get scripts. Now, right now you're probably going: "What's a script?" Well, in music the words in the music are called lyrics. Okay? So when you're looking at the words in a song they're called the lyrics. But when you're looking at the words in a movie, it's from a script. And one actor has his part in a script, another actor has her part in a script. And these are the lines they say. This particular website has amazing amount... An amazing amount of movies with scripts, so you can go and find any of the latest ones, like of Jason Bourne, or I'm trying to think of something that came out. I don't know when you're going to see this, so just say Harry Potter, maybe Ironman. Okay? Go check it out, you'll see the scripts, you can go and look at it. The reason why I asked you up here is to pick out scenes is you can go to the scene on the script where it may say: "Car chase scene", "Gun scene", "Kissing scene", and you can look at it, and all of the words the actors say are there. Because I know sometimes you don't know what the actor is actually saying. Sometimes we have what's called relaxed speech. In relaxed speech, they might say: "What do you want?" and it comes out: "Whatda ya want?" And you're like: "What?" It's English. Now, we have a video on relaxed speech, you can go and check it out, and it will explain: "Whatda ya want?" and other ones. Okay? So, the lines that will be there, you might notice a big difference between what the actor says and what is actually written for what you should explain or you should understand. Okay? This is good, it's going to help you with your ears as well. There's a thing you can pick up from listening. Okay? So we want to look at the scripts and then listen. Now, watch the movie at your favourite part. So now you've got the script in your hand, you're going to watch that part. Read. Here's the funny thing, a lot of times people read when they're watching a movie, like they read the subtitles-you know the little words?-and they think: "My listening is good because I understand." No, you're reading, but it does help because it helps you put a picture, a word picture to the words you're hearing. And we're much better with pictures. Think of it this way: Have you ever walked up to someone and said: "I remember your name, but I don't remember your face." No, you don't do that. We always remember faces and we forget names. Those kind of words and sounds are hard to remember, but the picture we always keep.
How to learn English with YouTube!
Do you watch a lot of YouTube videos? Use these easy tips to turn every minute of video into a chance to learn English! Do you think native English speakers talk too quickly? Learn to slow them down! Not sure what someone is saying? See the written word, look it up, and learn how it is spelled. Struggling to read my handwriting? Make it BIGGER! I'll show you some of the features on YouTube that can help you make ANYTHING you're watching into a learning experience. I'll also show you how to make the most of engVid lessons specifically, so that all your time with us is used as effectively as possible! Learn English the smart way! http://www.engvid.com/how-to-learn-english-with-youtube/ TRANSCRIPT Action. Hi. James from engVid. You're used to me talking about English. Grammar, conversation lessons, and whatnot. Today, we're going to do something a little different. I want you to maximize your learning from not just engVid, but from YouTube. And there are some features on there that I don't think you're aware of, that by the time I'm done, you'll understand how to use them, and then I'm going to teach you how to actually watch our videos to get your maximum learning capacity, or your ability to learn. Are you ready? It's a small adventure, so let's get started, shall we? As you can see, E is over here, and he's is saying: "Wow, look at me." And there are these strange buttons. Now, some of you are completely aware of what they are, and some of you don't know. And unfortunately, if you don't know, you're missing out on some of the best tools to help you learn how to learn English, or anything on YouTube. Right? But especially for engVid, this is helpful. Now, there are three buttons that I want to discuss with you, and then after, I'm going to give you a kind of detailed approach on how to use our videos, so you can learn as much as you can. Let's take a look at the buttons. First thing is CC. You'll notice where that's located, here. Now, do keep in mind that depending on what machine you're using, and over time, YouTube changes where these things are, but they should essentially be here. And at this time when I'm taking the video or I'm making the video, it's in this position, here. So remember: If you've got an app or a different type of system, it might be a little differently placed, but it essentially will be the same. "CC" means closed captioning. For some of you, that means subtitles. Those are the words that are appearing underneath when I'm speaking. Okay? Now, why do you need to know that? Well, it depends on what kind of student you are. I personally don't like when students use subtitles, if they're a higher level, because it handicaps them or makes it difficult, because they tend to read, or they have the habit of reading instead of actually listening. But if you're new to the language and you don't know any of the words, and there's a lot of words that you don't know, it's a good thing to have subtitles so you can read along with the speaker, and that helps you to understand. So you can use the CC button to turn on the captions. Now, if you're a senior or seasoned engVid watcher, perhaps you want to turn them off a little bit to challenge yourself. See how good you are. So you can listen to the speaker, write down notes, see if you got it correctly, and then turn back on the closed captioning to see if you've done a good job. Cool. All right? So that's closed captioning. It is the text at the bottom, sometimes called subtitles. The next one is this funny-looking thing. It's called a gear. If you know anything about watches or cars, these are the things with teeth that join and they move. Why do they move? Because they have several operations. The one operation we want to talk about is actually the speed setting. This is especially good for people who want to increase their comprehension or improve on their listening skills. If it's not a comprehension, just catching the language. You'll press the gear button, and once you go in there, there are several options. The only one I'm going to speak about right now is speed. This one's for you. Go to the settings, or the gear, and press speed. You'll notice you can go faster or slower.
Real English: How to talk to the POLICE
When you go to another country, it is just as important to learn about the culture and the laws as it is the language. In North America, we try to be polite to everyone, including to the police. In this lesson, you will learn the proper way to behave when being stopped by a police officer. Some vocabulary and expressions you will need to understand include "driver's license", "fine", "bail money", "courts", "under arrest", "breaking the law", and more. It is very important to know what your rights are in the event you do get in trouble, so watch this lesson and stay safe. http://www.engvid.com/real-english-how-to-talk-to-the-police/ TRANSCRIPT After they ask you to stop, they're going to ask for I.D. For some of you, you'll say: "What is I.D.?" Well, it's identification, sort of like your passport or your country... Some people have identification cards in their country. Funny, in Canada, we don't have this thing. We have drivers' licenses, and we have passports, but we don't have citizenship cards, or-sorry-citizen cards. We use our driver's license. So it might be your citizen card that they would request. If you come to our country, they would ask you for I.D., so you could present your passport or your citizen card. That's probably all you have. So, number two in the process will be asking for your I.D. Now, you notice this is orange and we have this strange word: "rights", and I'm not talking your right hand. In Canada, the United States, Great Britain, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, they have rights. Or, sorry, you have rights, which mean before you do anything the police say, you are allowed to ask certain questions. So you can say: "I know my rights." By the way, I would never say that to a policeman who stopped you. You're just asking for trouble. But, at the time they ask you to stop or they ask you to give I.D., you can then start using your rights. One of the first things you can say is: "Hi, Officer, what's your name or badge number?" In Canada, they must give it to you. Okay? But be smart, ask nicely, like: "Okay, no problem, Officer. I just want to know: Who am I talking to? I just want to know I'm talking to the law." The officer will then either point to their shoulder where there is a number located, or they'll say their name, which is usually located on the front of their shirt. So: "Officer Johnson, 531 Division." You go: "Thank you, Officer." You can then say this... Remember, each time you're doing this, police don't usually like being questioned, so always be polite. Don't flunk the attitude test. I'll explain that to you after. So then you can say: "Officer, why am I being stopped?" The officer at that time, especially if they ask for your I.D. must tell you why you're being stopped. Okay? This will lead to... Well, we go up to here, being charged, but let's go here first. You can then say, before they do anything else: "Am I under arrest?" If the officer says: "You're not under arrest", you may walk away. You can leave. You can still be polite, and I recommend that, but you don't have to answer any of their questions, because once the officer has told you why he stopped you or she has stopped you, if you are not under arrest, you do not need to speak anymore. If they ask further questions, you can say: "If I'm not under arrest and you want more from me, I need to talk to a lawyer first, because I don't know why I'm standing here." These are your basic rights in Canada, United States, and Great Britain. As I said, each country varies, so be careful. Okay? And always, always, always be polite. Now, let's just say you a bad boy or a bad girl. Well, we've gone past the rights stage, and the stop, and the I.D., they have to tell you what you're charged with. That means you've done something wrong, and that means you cannot walk away from the police at that point. This is called... You say: "Am I being charged with anything?" They must tell you what you have done. "We think you killed somebody.", "We think you stole a car.", "We think you hit someone." At this point, something is going to happen, either one or two things. Oh, this is not the good part. If it's a small thing, and we call it "not criminal", meaning you didn't do anything that they need to put you in jail for, you will get a fine. What kind of things? If you're driving your castal-... Your car a little too fast, or if you drop... Actually, this is true, drop garbage in certain places where you're not supposed to drop your garbage. You don't put it away, you drop it on the floor, the police can walk up to you and say: "I'm going to give you a fine." They will give you a ticket. You'll notice this. And if you can't read this, you shouldn't.
Speaking English – How to talk about borrowing, lending, and property
In English there are many ways to talk about the things we have. We use words like borrow, lend, supply, rent, lease, and many more. In today's lesson, I'll show you when to use these words and teach you many others words you can use in daily conversation. As always, I'm going to show you the vocabulary in use, so that you hear how native speakers talk. You'll also learn several expressions that have to do with ownership. Take a quiz on this lesson here: http://www.engvid.com/speaking-english-borrowing-lending-property/ TRANSCRIPT Hi. James from engVid. I've noticed a lot of people have a problem using "borrow" or "lend". In fact, sometimes I found it difficult to teach it to people. But today's lesson, I'm going to try to simplify it and make it easy. Now, there's probably one or two lessons on borrow and lend on engVid already, so please feel free to check them out. I just try to simplify it, and give you a couple of phrases or expressions, general expressions you can use. So let's go to the board. As you can see, I've got some money, and E is trying to... Oh, is he trying to borrow or lend? Let's go find out. Okay? So, Mr. E says: "Can I borrow $5?" And the other worm, I don't know who this is, says: "I don't have that on my person." When someone says that, it means: "I don't have it with me." Look underneath here, it says: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be". Well, what does that mean? Okay? We want to do a lesson on borrow and lend, correct? And look here, "borrow", "lend". Today I'm going to give you something that'll help you remember it easily, what the difference between the two are so you can use them properly. And then we're going to learn some other words that are similar. Yeah, synonyms, because I think as... If you understand one thing properly, we can teach you many other things, so the lesson can just grow and grow. And you're smart, so let's get started. All right? E talk to me. Well, what's the difference? We have "having", "giving", "receiving", and "miscellaneous". These are the four legs of our table. All right? Every table has four legs, and when people exchange things, or give, or receive, it's going to be one of these four legs we're talking about. Let's talk about the first leg: "having". You can't give if you don't have. Right? So, we'll start with "having". People, we'll start with a noun. So what are nouns for "people"? "Owners". When you own something, it belongs to you or it is yours. Okay? I own my body, I own this pen, and this jacket. They are mine. Okay? I'm an owner. Now, when you have a house and you have paid for the house, you become a "landlord" or a "landlady". Lady, me lady. Right? And the lord, you are the lord of the manner. You own your own home. Mwahahahahahaha. Yes. A "landlord" is when you go someplace, you need a place to stay but you cannot buy a house, you will pay these people on a monthly basis, and they will give you a place to stay. And they're called "land owners". You will generally say, if it's a man: "My landlord wants the rent today." Or, if it's a woman, you'll say: "The landlady wants the rent", because they own the land that you live on. Okay? And this goes back a long time ago to kings and queens when they owned everything, and they were called the lords and the ladies of the land. Now, "proprietor". Can you say that again? "Proprietor", "proprietor". This is the formal word for an owner. This is usually used for a business. Okay? So you might own a bicycle or a motorcycle or something, but you're not the proprietor. When you talk about proprietors, think about restaurants and stores. Okay? It's the formal word for "owner", and it's used for those people. So if you come to McDonald's, you go: "Who's the proprietor?" Ronald McDonald will come out and go: "Hi. Hi. Here's my friends." He's not the proprietor; he's just a cartoon guy. But the person who owns the business is the proprietor of it. Think restaurant, bar, store. "Owner" can be for a home or of a marker. I own a marker. I am not the proprietor. Okay? Landlord, landlady, they own the land which you are a "tenant" or a "renter". Let's go on to "having" for things. Now, for these are the people owned, what do we call things that we own? Well, "property". Property is something that belongs to you. We also use "property" for land: "This is my property." It means my house has this much land, and I own all of it; it's all mine. My property. But something small, such as a pen, a watch, my shoes-you can't see them, I just lifted my leg up-my shoes, they're my property. Okay? They belong to me. "Possessions" is the same thing. "To possess" means to take on. If you're possessed by a demon, it controls you. So when you have something in your possession, you have control over it or it belongs to you. It can be either one.
How to improve your English speaking skills (by yourself)
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Learn English - Basic rules to improve your spelling
http://www.engvid.com/ Do you make spelling mistakes? Spelling in English CAN be easy. You just have to know the rules. In today's lesson, I will show you two basic rules about doubling consonants when changing words. You'll also learn how to say these words correctly. Practice these rules with me on our whiteboard, and then take our quiz to make sure you understand. http://www.engvid.com/basic-rules-to-improve-your-spelling/ TRANSCRIPT To be or not to be? [Laughs] Spelling bee. In North America, we have this competition called "spelling bee". It's where children take words -- adults give children words, long words, and the children have to spell them correctly. Now, if you're from Saudi Arabia or Japan or Korea or other countries, right now, you're going, "Oh, my God, no!" Because you have to do this in English, and your alphabet is not ours. Latin speakers tend to go, "Oh, we'll do very well", and you're bad as well. And you want a secret? I'm bad at spelling. So just share it between you and the other hundred thousand people watching this, okay? So I'm bad at spelling. You're bad at spelling. But I have to teach the rules at school, and I do. I actually do. And if you ask me something, I'll tell you the rule. But you might catch me spelling it incorrectly. So this lesson is for you and for me. And I call it Spelling 101. English is not a phonetic language. It makes it very difficult to learn how to spell. So I'm going to give you English or Spelling 101, which are two little rules that will help you spell when dealing with English vowels. "The long and the short of it", I like the call this lesson. It's a joke in there. The long and the short. Whatever. Okay. Let's go to the board. Are you hoping -- and "hope" is when you pray. You know? You say, "Please let me win the lottery. Really. I want to win the lottery. Please let me win the lottery. Please let that beautiful girl think I'm nice. Please let me pass the test. I hope. I hope. I hope. I wish. I pray." Or are you "hopping"? Are you hopping, like boink, boink, boink? Like a little bunny rabbit. Are you hopping? You notice one has a P, and one has two Ps. Some of you would have written this because you'd say, "Well it's more than 'hope'. It's long, right?" Because "hop" looks like this, h-o-p. "Hope" looks like this. And anybody from a natural language would probably say, "Well, E -- this must be the correct one." I would think so. It's the longer word. But not in English, no. We don't work like that. The shorter word gets it, and the longer word gets this. When I was I kid, I was always told: Short words, you double it. That's what it was. Okay. It made sense. But there's something a little more to it, and today, I'm going to make it easy for you. Now, there's a lesson that has been done called "The Magic E". Go check that out. That will help you -- you know, it's a longer lesson that gives you more examples. But just to give you an idea of long versus short, okay? The magic E states this: If you have -- let's look over here. "Wipe", for instance. This is an I, a long vowel sound. There's a consonant and then, an E. If the E is on the end of a word, you have a consonant and then, a long vowel sound. Okay? The E actually causes it to be "wipe", not "wip". Right? So here's how we change it. Because we know this E helps to modify this, we have to drop the E. Okay? Because it's actually silent. You think "wipe", so it looks like this. That's what it looks like. "Wipe", not "why-ppe". Sorry, people from Brazil. No "why-ppe". No "why-ppe" here. Okay? That's part of the problem. Nobody tells you this stuff. But I do. Okay. So it's not "why-ppe" or "ray-tte" or "ho-ppe", just "hope", "rate", and "wipe". Now, the magic E helps us because we see this, and we know it's a long vowel sound. Yay! But when we're adding is it like, "wipes" or "wiping", "rate" or "rated", hoped or hoping, we have to drop that E. We're told, "Drop the E." It's silent. It's not doing anything, anyway. It's like your unemployed brother in your basement. He's not doing anything. Get rid of him. So "wipe" becomes "wiped" or "wiping". Drop the extra E. Not "wipeed". All right? "Rate" becomes "rated". Oops. Sorry. It becomes "rated". Just add the ED. Or "hoping", in the case up there, it becomes "hoping". We get rid of the extra E. We know it's the long vowel because there's only one consonant. Right? One consonant. One consonant. So we know this must be "wiped", "rated", "hoping". It could even be "hoped". "I hoped you would come." Okay? Don't double the consonant. Don't add two E's. It's just single, single. Easy? Easy. The magic E. Now, we know how it creates a sound. And now, we know how to change it. That's the long of it. The long vowel. You like that?
Writing Skills: When to use commas with FOR, AND, BUT, OR, YET, SO, NOR
Do you know how to use commas? In this lesson, you'll learn simple rules for using commas with coordinating conjunctions. Coordinating conjunctions connect two ideas or clauses in a sentence. We'll look at the most common conjunctions: 'for', 'and', 'nor', 'but', 'or', 'yet', and 'so'. Knowing how to place commas in your sentences will help you to write better, and will make your writing easier to read. This grammar lesson is essential for anyone who wants to improve their English writing. It is especially important for university writing, or if you're taking IELTS or TOEFL. So join me in this fun lesson, and learn to love the comma! And take the quiz on this lesson at http://www.engvid.com/writing-skills-commas-conjunctions/ TRANSCRIPT Fanboy and Comma girl, a love story. By Mr. E. Hi. I'm James from engVid. And you're probably wondering: What the hell am I talking about? Fanboy and Comma... Comma Girl, okay? She's a superhero, and our boy loves her. In case you don't know what a fanboy is because you may not follow comics or movies as religiously as these guys do, I've got a definition for you. So let's just read: What is a "fanboy"? A person who is loyal to a game, person, or company, regardless if it sucks or not. That's not quite true, but what they are talking about is that fanboys love their products. If they love Apple, it is the best the universe has ever produced. And if Apple does something wrong, help them, somebody help them because they will be angry. But generally put, they just love their products so much, they let everybody know about them. Anybody with ears that will listen or who cannot escape from them. All right? So how does this have anything to do with English and grammar? Well, this is a grammar lesson, and I find sometimes grammar can be incredibly boring, so let's make it a little bit fun. So we created a love story by Mr. E. Now, let's start off with comma. Because what is this lesson about? It's how, well, conjunctions, which I'm going to get to, work with commas and sentences. Some of you might have problems with them, I mean, some of you might even go: "Conjunctions, what are they?" So I'm going to talk about the most common conjunctions, and I'm going to talk about comma usage. Okay? We're going to do a quick lesson, here, and I'll make it fun. You ready? So the first thing we should talk about is a comma. What is a comma? It's a punctuation mark. When you have sentences, there's a time to take a breath or to complete it. Okay? Now, periods, you may know, end sentences or ends thoughts. A comma sometimes gives us a breath or it gives us a pause between parts of a sentence, or gives you time to catch your breath, or get part of an idea. Okay? We also use it for lists. There's Frank, okay? Frank, Billy, John, Susie, you know, lists. Lists of things. Knives, forks, scissors, dah, dah, dah, and you'll have comma, comma, comma, separating them, keeping them individual. And finally, we can also... Well, there's more uses, but these are general. We can use them for numbers, large numbers. You know this, we can say 1,000, there'll be a comma to indicate 1,000, and two commas to indicate 1,000,000. So largers... Numbers larger than 1,000, you'll have commas somewhere. All right? That's basically what the comma is used for. Three different uses. So, what are fanboys? Well, I told you they're excited about everything, right? Well, there's a little bit more than that. They're conjunctions. If we look here, I wrote "conjunction", and I put exactly what a conjunction is. It means to join something together. In this case, when we have usually conjunctions, we join two ideas together. If we use a conjunction with a comma, normally you're going to have clauses, and the clauses will be balanced or equal. Okay? Later on we'll go into all of that, but that's what's going to happen when we have usually a comma and a conjunction. You know, there are clauses being used and they're balanced. But: "What are the conjunctions?" you might ask. Well, let's start off with... These are the basic ones. There are more, but these are the most common ones, and we use this acronym which is a word made up from the first letter of each word so you have something that's easy to remember, and I chose FANBOYS. And in a second, I'll reveal why. "For", it gives you a reason. Why did they do this? Okay? "And" ideas that go together.
Help! I'm not improving my English!
Do you sometimes feel like you're not improving your English? The good news is that you are improving, but you just aren't noticing it. In this video, I recommend some helpful tips you can use to evaluate your progress. We will talk about keeping a journal, goal setting, and other techniques you can use to evaluate your learning process. After watching this useful lesson, you will have new tools to measure your success. http://www.engvid.com/help-im-not-improving-my-english/ TRANSCRIPT Hi, there. My name is Emma, and in today's video, I am going to discuss something that is a problem for a lot of advanced students. That problem is: "Help: I'm not improving my English anymore." Okay? A lot of advanced students believe that they are no longer improving. They've learned the present perfect, they've learned the past tense, they know a lot of vocabulary, and they just feel like they're no longer getting better in English; they feel like they are at the same level. So, in this video, I am going to tell you three ways to stop you from feeling this way, because it's not true. Okay? You probably are improving; you just don't realize it. So, the first thing I want to do is explain why these feelings are normal. I have here a graph. This means beginner, this is advanced, and intermediate would be here. For a lot of students, they remember when they were a beginner. They learned a lot. You learn past tense, you learn all sorts of new vocabulary, you learn: "Hello", "Good-bye", "How are you?" There's a lot you learn as a beginner, and you actually learn quite quickly. Okay? The first day you learn English, maybe you learn five words; the next day maybe you learn 10. You're learning very, very quickly. As you get more and more advanced, the learning actually starts to kind of trickle off; it starts to almost plateau. You're still learning, but you're not learning as much as you did when you were a beginner. You don't feel the same way as you did when you were... When you were a beginner. So, this is a very normal feeling. How do you deal with this? Okay? How do you deal with this frustration? Well, first of all, a lot of students, they don't realize how much they're actually learning, because they don't think about what they're learning. They go to school and then they come home, or they go to work and come home, and they just, you know, they don't think about it. Well, so this is why I recommend making a self-reflection journal. Okay? If every day you write what you have learned that day about your English vocabulary, maybe grammar, this will help you recognize that yes, you are learning. Okay? Yesterday, maybe, you know, you learned five new words. When you write these words down, then you have proof, you have evidence of how much you actually are learning. And you can think about, and this will help you with that frustration. So, what I would recommend doing is buy maybe a diary or a journal, and in that journal just write: "What did I learn today?" Did you learn some new idioms? Did you learn a new expression? A new word? A new grammar point? Okay? So write down everything you've learned, and then it's good to think about: what do you want to learn tomorrow? If you think about what you want to learn, you're more likely to actually learn it, and this will really help you get over this plateau. Okay? A second thing you can do, which will help you with this frustration, is in terms of goals. Okay? A lot of students, when they make a goal, their goal is too big; their goal is: "I want to learn English. This is my goal. This is what I want to do." The problem is this doesn't tell you how you're going to do it, and it's just too big; you can't measure it. It's very difficult to measure this goal, so I've put an "x" here. Instead, you should pick a smaller goal. Okay? So, for example: "Today I will learn five verbs." You could be even more specific. "Today I will learn five verbs about swimming." Maybe you want to practice pronunciation. "Today I will use 'I'll' instead of 'I will' three times.", "Today I will use the present perfect two times." So when you actually make a goal and you have very specific numbers, and times, and detail, this will really help you to get over this hump because you know that you are actually improving, you have evidence, you have this journal, you have these goals, and it's a lot easier to meet these goals. Finally, a third thing you can do if you're feeling frustrated because of this is you can tape record yourself speaking. You can either buy a tape recorder, or use your phone or computer. Talk about something for one minute, and then listen to your mistakes. Okay? Keep doing this every day. Measure it. Listen for specific mistakes, and see: are you improving?