http://www.engvid.com/ Do you know when you can call a group of girls "guys", or when your "girlfriend" is just a friend and not your lover? Do English speakers give you confused looks when you talk about your partner? Well, watch this English vocabulary lesson, and be confused no more. Understand what REAL English speakers mean when they say someone is their partner, brother, girlfriend, and more. Test your understanding of these words with the quiz at: http://www.engvid.com/confusing-gender-words-in-english/
No entiendo nada. Hey. James, from EngVid, speaking Spanish. Si? I'm looking at a French book, but you guys understand. It's good for a teacher to learn different languages because as they get better, they understand how to teach you, right? Right, guys? Come to think of it, there's a word I was thinking about. I've been asked by many a student, "When we say, 'guys', can we use it for everybody or is it just for men or" -- because they get confused because in North America, we use the word "guys". And when we do, we use it for groups of people that could be male and female. Now, in our language, you don't have, really, gender. There's no "el" as in -- excuse me for a second. You know, in Spanish, you've got the "el", or the "le" in French and the "la" -- we don't have any of that. No. Not at all. So most people assume there's no gender, but I have a secret. In English, we do have gender. Come on. We're going to go to the board. We're going to work it out, all right?
So what do I mean by "gender words"? Well, there will be no cue like this. And this is what makes it confused, and that's why this is "confused words in English". Because they're confused gender words -- words that can be used by only one sex, and only one sex uses them in this way. And if you say it a different way, you will confuse us. Okay? So why don't we start off with, well, No. 1. See? Confused. Two is over here; one is over here. The lesson has begun. Mr. E secretly is watching me teach this lesson. This is the female symbol and the male symbol because these are gender words. "Gender" means "sex", and we mean "boy", "girl", "men", "women". Your "gender" is your "sex". When you fill out forms in English, it will say "male", "female" -- that's gender. Okay? Are you male, man, female, woman? So now we're there, why don't we go and take a look.
"Guys", I started with "guys". You'll notice that "guys" has -- well, we got two guys and a girl. We can also have mini guys, Mini Mes. Okay? A group of men can be called "guys". A group with even one woman can still be called "guys". And a group with all women could be called "guys". But you cannot call a group of men "girls". If you go, "Hey girls! Hey girls!" They're all gay. I'm sorry if anyone says, you know, "Whoa!" But it's -- "girls" would be gay, you know. Or we use it as an insult to guys, "Look at the girls over there." Because we're saying, "They're not He-Men like us. So they're a bunch of girls!" Right? "Quit crying, you girls!" So when we use "girls" as a reference to guys, it's an insult either in, "You're not a man" or we're saying they may be of a different sexual orientation. You like those big words? I do, too. Okay. So that's one thing to think about.
So you're going to think, "Okay, so I can use 'guys' all the time." Well, you're right. But there is one difference. You don't use "guys" with older, mature women because it's almost insulting because they're going to say, "We're ladies. We're women, not guys. We're not little girls." Right? Even older businessmen like being referred to as "guys" because it's that sports, macho, manly thing. Right? "Look at the guys." "Let's go, guys." But if it's an older woman or a group of older women, please say, "ladies". All right? Or "women" -- do not call them "guys" unless they have moustaches, and they're really old. Anyway. That's different.
So "guys" you understand that one. That's one of the confusing words. So simply, to make it simple so you understand exactly what I want, "guys" can be used for any group with a female in or a completely -- a complete group of females, okay, and males. For males, it can be used for young males to older males, no problem. Our exception is with older females; you must actually call them "ladies" or "women".
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Hello James and everyone. I am from Mexico. A very common mistake in students (Spanish speakers) is that they confuse the word "pareja" with 'couple', specially when they refer to it using a posessive: "Ellos son pareja" = "they are a couple". Is it correct or they are just making a mistake?
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Lastly, in situations where appropriate such as friends or your brother or sister you are close with, you can also use the English phrase "friends with benefits". This is considered fairly inappropriate however so be sure to avoid this phrase in a business or formal situation, or around people you are not close with because it will make you seem like a prick. Example, "Shannon and I are going to a movie tonight. We enjoy eachothers company but neither of us are interested in a relationship, so we will remain 'friends with benefits' for the time being.
just remember- if it isn't necessary or crucial information, you don't have to tell anyone! It can be confusing and these terms can lead you into very awkward or inappropriate social situations when not used properly, and you may end up in serious trouble at work if you talk about another person sexually. Keep in mind that workplaces have strict sexual abuse policies.
Hey Felix, I understand where this confusion comes from because in English, we don't really have a specific noun like "girlfriend" or "boyfriend" to describe someone that you are sexually involved with but not in a formal relationship with. Consider the following: 1) If it is not appropriate to explain to someone that you are sexually involved with someone, consider just calling them your friend. Because in %90 of situations, the person you are speaking to will consider it inappropriate and probably rude if you go out of your way to tell them that your're having sex with someone but arent involved with them. Unless youre talking to your friends or close acquaintances. 2) If you ARE talking to someone and want to give them the information, consider using the words "seeing them". Such as, "No, we aren't boyfriend and girlfriend but I've been seeing her lately". Using those words can insinuate that there is another type of relationship going on, but you don't have to directly mention sex
I get where you're coming from and that it is difficult to get across why one would be able to call a mixed group of ppl guys, or even a group of girls for that matter, but your wording is still rather offensive. To girls in general - but hey, not your fault, just the way it is that being a girl is considered less than being a man - but if you had a gay student in your class he might be offended. I think it's time that we teachers stop thinking everybody in our classes is straight cis people.
I'm from Brazil and I finished the last lesson in Duolingo. After this I ask to myself: "What I will do now?" and somebody told me about these vídeos. So, when I saw this lesson, I loved! You are so nice explaning! Thank you very much for all these videos! It is helping me a lot!
Actually, the words sex and gender are not interchangeable, though I'm seeing this mistake more and more often these days. Sex is male and female, man and women. It's the biological stuff that is the same in every culture and throughout history. It refers to things related to reproduction: chromosomes, gonads, genitalia, hormones, and skeletal structure.
Gender, on the other hand, is what each society calls masculine and feminine. It is cultural and consists of the personality traits and stereotypical roles that society has divided in half and given the labels masculine and feminine. It varies from culture to culture and has not been consistent throughout history. Its traditional purpose was to emphasize and call attention to one's sex, not to define it in the first place. After all, a woman who wears combat boots, swears, and drives a truck for a living is every bit of a woman as one who wears high heels, loves makeup, and works as a hairdresser; the two women merely have different personalities.
Male or female is your sex, not your gender. When forms ask for your "gender" they are unwittingly asking if you are "a masculine" or "a feminine". One's driver's license specifies one's sex, not gender and we refer to same-sex marriage, not same-gender marriage, to cite two examples.
I think it is important to be careful to keep the usage of these two words distinct, because to use them as if they were interchangeable tends to obfuscate the meanings of both words, which adds to confusion rather than to clarify things.
))) But all people on the Earth equal and all are brothers, isn't it? I am not completely understood with using words "man" and "bro" between afro americans and others. Is this a manifestation of racism or what? It must have prehistory - why it is so?
Nice video. I'm brazilian and I always stayed a bit confused when i've heard, in the movies, a guy call another guy by 'my man'. The translation to portuguese seems very weird. Because in my country only a woman can call a man this way. Valeu mano!
i like your videos and enjoy it but regarding the brothers thing i disagree with you cause as a muslim we believe that we are brothers and sisters because we worship same god and also for the rest of the people each and everyone has the right to your brother and sister as a human being..and excuse me of my poor english