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Easy English Lesson: turn on, turn off, turn up, turn down

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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.
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Text Comments (334)
Kirill Barashkov (9 days ago)
Damn! Cool, no words!)
Zafar G (11 days ago)
Many many thanks sir.....
karnika tiwari (17 days ago)
James u look fabulous today
Rena 666 (22 days ago)
but some people say "turn off" when something is off. I dont understand
nuevanack03 (28 days ago)
Best teacher ever, :)
ADHAVAN SELVAM (1 month ago)
"Touch On" is suitable for nowadays. "Turn on" is out of date!😀
Le Ba (1 month ago)
How would you explain the alarm going "off" ? Though I now understand the concept I had a hard time getting it.
Are you aware that your 'turning up/down volume' drawing has both arrows in the same direction. It's quite annoying...
Erika Ramirez (1 month ago)
Hi James I like you but I find it very offensive when you mix accents from a different country I really don't think that's necessary that is not cool , another thing that I don't like it's your voice I know you're trying to be funny and emphasize a word but you have a high pitch that really hurts my ears
dario paratore (1 month ago)
thanks bro!!!
Jorge Malaver (1 month ago)
super, finally i got it. Thanks a lot
Luis Sandoval (2 months ago)
l want to speak very good the english l'm from colombia and want to speak english my teacher well
And X (2 months ago)
very good teacher
Канал Успеха (2 months ago)
Good job, Indian’s kid.
Phrasal verbs one of the toughest topic in English Grammar. I'm living 11 years in Sydney but still having problems with those.
Simon Miguel (5 months ago)
to learn English faster, you need to see it as something fun and this is the best channel thanks ms. E 👍
Pitágoras Ramos (5 months ago)
very good Accent
Mr. Spadex (5 months ago)
In Australia turn up is used instead of show up.
YoubTico (5 months ago)
you re the best
girlciaociao (6 months ago)
Hi! I have a question! does "tourn on/off" have the same meaning of "switch on/off"? Thank you in advance.
Emin Aydogdu (6 months ago)
Thank you very much. İts very helpfull to learn and improve English.
Yaya McDonald (7 months ago)
I love your lessons!!
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Damian Sonder (7 months ago)
Thank you!)
Carlos Garcia (7 months ago)
Great teacher very clever...I like when I turn on my computer and take a video lesson. Thanks!👌👌
Nathália Oliveira (7 months ago)
Thank you!
James, thank you! As they say in Russia, you have a talent from God. Brilliantly!
ohyeahfuck (8 months ago)
Thanks, it was easy to understand, I like how you explain it clearly.
Margolnik (9 months ago)
Thank you
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Nephtalie C. Dessalines (9 months ago)
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Nephtalie C. Dessalines (9 months ago)
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Sam Galindo (9 months ago)
I remember 5 or 6 years ago when I started this journey of learning English I avoided watching your videos because I couldn't understand a single thing of what you were saying. I now can watch movies, youtube videos or interviews on tv and can understand almost everything I'd say at least 98% of what's been saying. I have a long way to go because I still have trouble putting words together while writing or speaking but I feel proud of myself for coming to this point many people are afraid or lazy to reach. Thanks Engvid!
Juliaq q (10 months ago)
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Leila Machado (10 months ago)
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GOD (10 months ago)
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Jessy D' Villegas (11 months ago)
Good teacher !!!
Vivianne Tavares (1 year ago)
Thank you. From Brazil
Katarzyna Grońska (1 year ago)
It's a pleasure watch your videos . :)) You're the best ! :)
sam sung (1 year ago)
You are a cool teacher!) thank you for the lesson !)
2phil4u (1 year ago)
I use babble and now i understand the idom speak up.speak louder.Babble use many idoms and so it is a good add to other work. But they totally missed to create lessons on b2,c1 levels beside business section. They should do it for english. All other lections are really on low level and you can maybe learn a few voc for hair cuts, but that is all. If they had another 3 learning sets like business level you would be able to learn enouph words and idoms but they seem to concentrate on the first steps in learning a languGe.
C Karthik (1 year ago)
does words "turn out& "turn in" exists?
Nick Ksywa (1 year ago)
awesome! It broke my brain :p
Five Star English (1 year ago)
Wonderful teacher!
Aurelio Corza (1 year ago)
amazing video!!
andre langraf (1 year ago)
Thanks James for all your lessons! Each time I watch your videos I get better and better at listening, keep on that man! Greeting from Brazil PS: Sorry for my English, beginner here :)
preet kaur (1 year ago)
evgeny koshkarov (1 year ago)
he explaines all is understandably
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what is Engvid???(English Video?)
Ida Gandini (1 year ago)
you're a very good teacher. i am not American or english but I understand very well ur lesson and I learned something new
Claudio Duarte (1 year ago)
Laura LP (1 year ago)
any GIRL want to practice English with me? here is my facebook link https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013373770726
MissLily1123 (1 year ago)
I love you english.
Surgat * (1 year ago)
Thank you soooooo much Sir. I don't know what could I say more except thank you. You gave us some of your time to teach us something, and this act, is always something beautiful when someone do such things. I'm really sorry for my English, I'm not. Thousands of thanks.
Michał (1 year ago)
Nice teacher! It was my first lesson with this man, but I'm satisfied and I will be back here often!
Debain Guetz (1 year ago)
very explicit thank you:)
wenbo Li (1 year ago)
i am interesting in practicing english by speaking, if you want, talk with me in skype, my skype: wenboliii i can speak chinese, german and english.
grace vanderwaal (1 year ago)
Awesome lesson❤You're great
Megren K (1 year ago)
I love your channel , thank god i guess
здесь кушать русские?
Vasek Pupkin (4 months ago)
Mister KoK (6 months ago)
Они всюду кушать =)
archi kogan (8 months ago)
of course
нечего что российский человек прокрался
Alex K (5 months ago)
Nothing, absolutely :)
Arisha Dashkoff (7 months ago)
нИчего! нормуль!
Nhi Mon (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for this lesson. It's very interesting.
Jack Esdeath (1 year ago)
I am russian student, you very good teacher. Your lessons very fan and interesting)
Ulises Lira (1 year ago)
eres muy bueno james tienes mucho talento para enseñar. You re the best teacher.
Ulises Lira (1 year ago)
I like how you wearing a suit it's so elegant.
Hochlandia Cats up 12 (1 year ago)
то эмоция когда сообразил лишь то что забил на ютубе английское порно
wijatacom (1 year ago)
What about shut-down and start-up ?
All Comander (1 year ago)
How about switch up switch down ? 😀
DANIEL (1 year ago)
The James's explanations are very organized on whatever subject he speaks, so it is almost impossible not to understand his lessons and improve our vocabulary.
Kary Lean (1 year ago)
hahah cool
Adriana G Martinez. (1 year ago)
Muchas gracias. Thanks a lot. I'm from Mexico.
Tony Hsieh (1 year ago)
in a song "all of the light", there is a sentence" turn up the light in here baby". So does it mean the light here can be turn brighter or darker and not just on and off. if so, what kinds of light bulb is that?
Anna Egorova (1 year ago)
it's a wonderful lesson! tnx a lot!
HÎMANGSHU bora (1 year ago)
hey can u explain when to use among ,between , with etc
Manuela Vasquez (1 year ago)
I like all your videos, thanks
Anna Cantacessi (1 year ago)
Hi James! I love your video lessons. I'd like to ask you a question. Following the rule of up and down (turn up and turn down) as you explained is it the same with the verb speak? That is, 'speak up' means to speak in a loud voice; does 'speak down' exist? and if it does, does it mean to speak more silently?
Misperfect Nicodemus (1 year ago)
Nice lesson thanks
Ihor Sabram (1 year ago)
Very nice lesson man! thank you a lot!)
Ruslan Zantaraia (1 year ago)
the best teacher !!!
Carlos Raygada (1 year ago)
You're a fun and good teacher. Thanks!!!
Filip Ziemecki (1 year ago)
I could care less
Pkrazy_ (1 year ago)
i live here in the US but i watch these because its fun lmao
çiçek ler (1 month ago)
Pkrazy_ 😂😂
Pkrazy_ same😂😂😂
Truth Course #1 (1 year ago)
Dude I'm doing the same thing. ROFL!
The Caveman Dolusioch (1 year ago)
ikr lol
Vinicios Junior (1 year ago)
Thank Teacher. .
Really funny and good lesson) would like to look more
Kamilla Aliyeva (1 year ago)
Thank you
Elizete Domingos (2 years ago)
Thank you very much, teacher. You are amazing teacher. Very funny your class!
do anybody have skype for improving conversation ?
Actually I'm from lviv, i have to review my account
JonHen V (1 year ago)
Well I'm Jonatan I had some troubles to add you just in case Do you live in Mukachev or Kyiv?
By the way, I'm Ukrainian
+JonHen V my name in Facebook Yura Kovalco . you are welcome, maybe i can help you in this occasion
JonHen V (1 year ago)
+Тетяна Ковалишин alright my mail is jonhenvelarde@Gmail. com you can send me your Facebook address there so that we can brush up our English
ilknur seven (2 years ago)
hi engvideo í like your videoos but i have one problem
jacke pichler (2 years ago)
the best teacher
Key Williams (2 years ago)
I actually already know English idk why I'm watching this
Ali (2 years ago)
GOOD JOB, I'll take this lesson for all my life. Thank you!
Javed ahmed (2 years ago)
if you want to be a good speaker of English than you have to need more practice English you can talk with me on Skype I'm also learn English here my I'd mohmmad1745
Jarosław Olejniczak (2 years ago)
My english is no good but i understand you guy!
Nicolás Arroyo (2 years ago)
en el subtitulo de inglés, al final del video, dice "chau", no dice "chow". XD
andrea dellai (2 years ago)
ok ok!!!the lesson is too easy, but you are a good teacher!
Chechen Fighter (2 years ago)
the best teacher!!!!!
And why does he still the president of Chechnya. ? Do you afraid him?
Yes i know. In Ukraine, we had the same hero ,he is the nightmare all russian. His name is BANDERA. about main street in our Lviv ,it is true. We indeed have street ДЖОХАРА ДУДАЕВА in the centre of city. How about your "great leader kadirov "?
Chechen Fighter (2 years ago)
+Тетяна Ковалишин he is national hero of all chechens who proved that Russia is nothing
we have a street in our city what is called your name
rejuso rona (2 years ago)
hi! i'm from philippines.i love the way u teach. thank you for these videos..
Overtrainer (2 years ago)
Hi from Ukraine)) Cool and clear videos, thx
Tommy Truth (1 year ago)
Try children's books.
Could you speak with native speakers in english ,i mean, in audible skill. Do you feel this capacity in yourself. Recently , i called to the hotel ,and "bla..bla bla "ordered room . it is very interesting check level of english our hotels . many of them don't have english speaking staff. For me ,it is easy understand them ,but i have a little bit confuse in the conversation
Анна Л (2 years ago)
Oh, I understand. I need to read the news too. My cousin learns English and her teacher said her to read English books. But as for me, it is hard because artistic language more hard than spoken language
My phone was born in2007. It can't use any current applications, i only read the news by mean of it.but it is not bad, NYT,Washington post, REUTERS etc.
Анна Л (2 years ago)
"Полиглот" and "Pazzle English" are good applications too. But I used the "Полиглот" only on my cellphone and Pazzle - on a browser. :)

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