One of reasons it can be hard to understand English speakers is we don’t say what we mean. Really! We often say one thing, when we mean another! In this video you’ll learn how to understand English speakers when they
Would you like to improve your English by watching movies? Then this English Show is for you. Story Paul joins us on The English Show and he has lots great tips to help you. He’s also given us a a
April Fool’s Day is April 1st, a day when we play jokes on our friends and family and try to get them to believe something that isn’t true. In this video, five English teachers get together to see if they
Put on your detective hat and join Vicki Hollett and Fluency MC on the English show where we have lots of question practice and mysteries to solve.
Working from home can have its problems. Have you seen this video of a father being interrupted by his kids while he is giving a news report? OK, so here are your questions: Did you notice how he said sorry?
This week Christina Rebuffet Broadus joined us on the English Show and it was a chance to learn some business English. Enjoy!
Join us on National Fairy Tale Day and learn the difference between the words ‘story’ and ‘history’ and rap along with Fluency MC to a story about a giant, witch and dragon.
Join Vicki Hollett and Fluency MC and learn how to listen successfully in English. This week the special guest star is Craig Wealand of the award winning podcast Aprender Ingles con Reza y Craig. Craig is a materials writer at
Join Vicki Hollett and Jason R Levine (Fluency MC) and their special guest star – Jennifer Lebedev – for a special edition of the English Show that’s all about love.
This English show features Fluency MC and Rachel of Rachel’s English. Watch it now to practice your English pronunciation and discover some differences between British and American English.
Join Vicki Hollett and Jason R Levine (Fluency MC) for The English Show. This week we’re looking at how to sell your ideas and persuade and convince people in English. Come and join us to learn how to make friends
Want to learn some cool new expressions for talking about the future in English? You’ve come to the right place.
Huh? What should you say in English when you don’t understand what someone or something means? Come and learn some useful English phrases and play Vicki’s favourite English game with @FluencyMC.
Join Vicki Hollett and Jason R Levine (Fluency MC) for The English Show and practice how we use collocations with the verbs ‘make’ and ‘do’ in English. The English Show is designed for #ESL English learners and it’s packed with
Learn the differences in meanings and use of the words lose, loose and loosen with some jokes along the way. So what’s the problem? Oh, Doctor, I’ve lost my memory! Really? When did this happen? When did what happen? These
Understanding English speakers can be hard. Here’s an English Show that looks at one of the key things that can make it difficult: reductions. Do you wanna (want to) improve your English pronunciation and listening? Reductions are a great place
Orders, requests and suggestions. What’s the difference and how and when do we make them in English? Let’s find out. Aaron, take that away. I need to work. Could you play somewhere else? Are you bored, Aaron? Why don’t you
Hello everyone. Welcome to the end of 2016 show. We’re going to look back at some of our favourite clips. And stay tuned for an important announcement about our new lesson schedule and about out live show schedule. But let’s
Learn how we can use the (very useful and very common) suffix -ion to turn many English verbs into nouns. I have a question. If a word ends in -ion, what kind of word is it? It’s probably a noun,
One of the happiest songs in the world from the Beach Boys. Sing along because it also provides excellent practice of the suffix -ion. For more information on the suffix -ion click here
We tried streaming live on YouTube for the first time today. 20 minutes before the start we’d run all the checks and our lights, camera and sound all worked perfectly. Apart from a few butterflies in my stomach, we were
Oh look, here we are again Jay. Yes, this lesson is a Q & A – question and answer. We haven’t done one of these for a while. Yes, it’s good to be back And we have an important announcement
Prepositions! They’re always tricky in English. Here we look at some prepositions that we use with the verb ‘pay’ and fix some common mistakes. Yes? I’d like to return this sweater. Do you have the receipt? No, I’m sorry. I
The verbs ‘listen’ and ‘hear’ can be confusing in English. In this video we learn how English speakers use them and fix some common mistakes. These verbs can be confusing. They have similar meanings but we use them in different
To eavesdrop means to listen secretly to what other people are saying. Jay is trying to hear Kathy’s conversation when Vicki comes by and takes over. This video is part of a larger project we are working on about the
Have you ever bought something and then had to take it back to the store? Did you need the receipt? Yes? I’d like to return this sweater. Do you have the receipt? No, I’m sorry. I lost it. Did you
What’s orange and sounds like parrot? Carrot. A carrot rhymes with parrot. Ha! Come on. Jay, we’re trying to work. What’s red and smells like blue paint? Red paint. Get it? Red paint. Ha! Jay, I’ve got one for you.
Kathy, my dog has no nose. Really? How does he smell? Terrible! The joke plays of two different meanings of smell. One meaning is to sense an odour and the other meaning is to give off an odour. My dog
Sometimes Jay can be so embarrassing! Here’s what you shouldn’t say when you greet someone who’s pregnant. Knock on door Rachel. Hi Rachel. Come in sit down. How are you? Fine thanks. Have you put on weight? Don’t be silly
Learn about the English prefix anti-. Explore words like anticlockwise, anti-war, antispetic and understand the three meanings that commonly come with this prefix: the opposite, being against something and prevention. I’ve got three meanings of anti- for you. First meaning:
Hello everybody! I’m making this quick extra video this week to tell you about a playlist. Tuesday is election day in the United States and then it will be over. Phew! We are sooooo overloaded with political ads and news.
In this lesson we learn how American and British native English speakers use the word please in natural conversation. We look at its different uses, the different positions it takes in a sentence and also what that means for politeness.
Come join me and find out what a US political rally is like. And the home of the brave. God bless you all. This weekend I went to my first American political rally and I thought you might like to
What kind of words are these? What part of speech? They’re all adjectives. When you see -able on the end of a word, it’s probably an adjective. It generally means you can do something. The label says washable, so I
What does the bi- in bicycle mean? Bi means two. A bicycle has two wheels. What do we call a plane that has two sets of wings? A biplane Next one. How do we describe someone that speaks two languages?
Can you think of any words that end -oholic? The most frequent one is alcoholic. This is whisky. It’s an alcoholic drink. And this is orange juice. It’s a soft drink. Alcoholic is an adjective. It describes something that contains
Do you want to grow your English vocabulary? Then I’m making a playlist for you. Come and get them. Come and get them. Ten English words for the price of one. Really? That’s amazing. What a good deal! This is
My jokes drive Jay crazy in this video on ‘Bath’ and ‘Bathe’. I’m going to take a bath. Really? Where are you going to take it? This is our bath. Jay and I pronounce the word ‘bath’ a little differently.
Hi! We’ve had a number requests for a lesson on these prepositions. They are tricky, especially for Spanish and Portuguese speakers. We can’t cover all the uses in this lesson. That would take too long. But we’re going to look
Jay, hold this for me. Do I have to? I’m just going to the loo. Where have you been? To the loo. The ladies room? Yeah. I’ve been waiting for ages.
Today is Deaf Aweness Day and we have made a special video, suggested by my friend Rikki Poynter who does awesome work as an advocate for captions for the deaf and hard of hearing. Go Rikki! If you are a YouTuber,
Hang out with us and learn how we use the verbs ‘Can’ and ‘Could’ in English in this ESL conversation video. We answer viewers questions and share a news update about our live English lessons. Hello everyone and welcome to
It’s election season in the United States and Ronald Grump is running for President. In this video he outlines his plans to make American great again. Ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome the next President of the United States, Ronald Grump.
This bag’s too big for carry on Well yes. Where’s the check in desk? I think we have to use the machines. The machines? I hate the machines. It’s not working Let’s go to the check in desk. We’re going
Negative questions can be very confusing in English. In this lesson we’re going to look different ways we use them and you’ll also learn the best ways to answer them. Let’s get very polite and start with the formal use.
Oh, your desk’s a mess. Aren’t you going to put that in the bin? Oh yeah. Why don’t you tidy these papers and wash those glasses up? Oh stop nagging. I’m not nagging. I just thought you’d want to clear
Oh Jay! It’s like he’s avoiding me. Today’s lesson is about two useful verbs with very similar meanings. In this video you’ll learn how they’re similar and how they’re different so you can use them correctly. Let’s start with ‘prevent’.
This lesson’s about adverbs of frequency, but really it’s about me, Carter. I’ll teach you how to look cool. People often ask me about my life as a fashion model. Well, I’m always busy. I generally have two or three
There are two videos here so make sure you scroll down for the song. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah What are you doing? I’m warming up for the song. What song? Today’s lesson is about a song. Remember? Oh, that’s been cancelled. Oh.
Learn how to improve your pronunciation, work on your accent and become more intelligible with great tips from impressionist Akeem Lawanson, the hilarious creator of the AtomicHole YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/AtomIcHole You’ll also learn how to talk like Kermit the Frog,
So what did you think of my presentation? Oh, I wonder if the coffee’s ready? Let’s get some? No. I want to know what you thought of my presentation. Maybe they’ll have doughnuts. Stop avoiding the question. If you didn’t
Oh Jay! It’s like he’s avoiding me. Did you manage to get a new car, Jay? Yes, it’s fantastic. It’s a Lamborghini Really? Yeah. It can go over 200 miles an hour. I’m surprised. I thought Vicki wanted a small
This video is about Heart ELT which supports projects in refugee camps and volunteer teachers. The teachers are often teaching in squats and derelict buildings in isolation, with or no support and no resources. The lyrics were written by Jason
How to make a toast saying ‘Cheers!’ in 10 languages and also 4 useful English phrases for asking about words and their meanings. When you don’t know how to say something in English, you need to ask. In this lesson
This is a collaboration video I made with four great YouTube teachers. Hello. This is Vicki. Sorry I missed your call. Please leave a message! Hey Vicki. It’s Jennifer. I have a great idea for a video. It involves group
English sense verbs have two or more meanings and in this video English lesson you’ll learn how we use them in conversation. You’ll also learn some important grammar, to do with stative and dynamic verbs. Kathy, my dog has no
The pronunciation of words changes when they’re in a sentence and we stress the words that carry the meaning and de-stress the rest. Learn the secret of English sentence stress timing in this video, along with some great ways to
Jazz chants are a great way to practise pronunciation and the rhythms of English. Jay, you need to put these socks in the wash. But they’re black. So? Black socks never get dirty, the longer you wear them the blacker
Here are two videos, so make sure you scroll down to see the second one too. The first video is a story about what happend to Jay one Friday 13th and the second video is a song by the wonderful
We’re going on a road trip and you’re coming with us. So we’ve just bought some gas and it cost…. How much, Jay? Thirty one dollars to fill the tank. Thirty one dollars. That seems ridiculously cheap to me. What
Oh hi Kathy, how are you? Hi Vicki. Fine thanks, and you? Great. Hey everyone. How are you? Well, I only slept about six hours last night and I woke up with a bit of a backache. And my tummy’s
Hello Kathy. I can’t believe it’s still raining. Yeah, it’s terrible. Really bad. When’s it going to stop? The forecast is not good. Is it going to affect your plans? Well, I was thinking of going ot the shore this
Prepositions. They’re often tricky in English. In this video we’re going to fix a common mistake with ‘by’ and ‘to’. And you’ll also learn some financial terms. Let’s start with the prepositions. Are you cold Rachel? Yes. Jay, check the
Look at this. We’ve won a YouTube competition Really? Yeah. I’m joining the NextUp Class of 2016. That’s amazing! Happiness is a wonderful thing, and in this lesson you’ll learn expressions you can use to say you’re happy. Watch us
Kathy! How are you? Fine. We wanted to speak to you about our business trip. You know we’re travelling to California next month? Yes. Can we travel business class? Absolutely not! But it’s a six hour flight. It’s such a
Here’s a video we made about differences in British and American abbreviations after the World Story-Telling Day Project. Hi everyone. This lesson’s a little different to normal because last Sunday was World Storytelling Day. We got together with five other YouTube teachers
Don’t you love a good story? That’s whay we were excited to take part in this project: And here is the story we all created:
You can’t put that there. Yes, I can. It doesn’t fit. It does now. We bought Carter a new coat. He’s a very fashionable dog. Does he look good in it? Oh yes, it suits him. The coat fits Carter,
Would you like tea, or coffee? I don’t mind. I don’t care. This video’s about a curious difference between American and British English. I’m American. Yes, Jay’s American and I’m British. And this video’s about a family argument. Yes. It’s
Do you mind if I have the last one? No, take it. Thank you. This video is about the verb ‘mind’. It’s a tricky verb but very useful for making requests. In this video you’ll learn how to use it
Two for you. Two for me. Two for you. Hi, this is Vicki. This is Barack Obama. Barack who? This is Barack Obama. How are you? Fine, how are you? Well, I’m doing great and er… I know I’m interrupting
What do you want to do this weekend? We could go to the gym and do some weight lifting. Urgh! That’s too energetic. Or we could play some golf. No, let’s go bowling. Bowling? Yeah. But you always win. That’s
Hi Rachel. Hi Rachel. You’re pregnant! Yes, I’m going to have a baby. Oh congratulations! That’s wonderful! Babies are a lot of work. When’s the baby due? Next month. We’re very excited. Get ready for some sleepless nights. Here’s a
Thank you for calling Pattersons. Your call is very important to us. Please hold. Sorry to keep you waiting. This is Rachel speaking. How can I help you? At last. I’ve been waiting for fifteen minutes. I have a question
I’ve got a new trick to show you. Oh good. Now you sit over here and I’ll sit over here. Uhuh. And then I’ll wave my magic wand. Nothing’s happened. Oh hang on. We’ve changed places. Yes. Well, I didn’t
Here’s ‘Space Oddity’ – a David Bowie classic that my students have enjoyed. Hope you will too. The copyright on the music has been cleared by YouTube, so teachers, feel free to share it with your students. RIP David Bowie
It’s my first day as a salesman. I wish Vicki were here. Don’t worry, I am here. Good. I’m a little nervous. You’re going to be great. I’ve got my magic wand so I can help you. You’ll be here
What are you making. Oh. A paper airplane. Oh cool! Do you want to make one too? Yes. Here. Oh thank you. Well, that’s true. But you know it took…. Who did that?
Notice that Vicki is surprised when Jay says ‘I am very interesting in this book’. That’s a very strange thing to say. It only makes sense if he is one of the characters in the book or the book is
I need to learn to trust you more Vicki. How can I do that? Oh, we could play the trust game. The what? The trust game. Turn around. OK. That’s right. And then you fall back. And you’ll catch me.
I can’t remember where I put my keys. Well, when did you last have them?
Hey, stop that man! Put up your hands and lay down your weapon.
Welcome to Education Today. And tonight’s question is should schools give tablets to students? Where do you stand on that, Mrs Fagan? Oh they must! And what’s your opinion, Mrs Hollett? Absolutely not! And there you have it. Two perspectives
This is our first new product. What do you think? No, sorry. Not interested. OK, we also have this. No, not interested. How about this? No, he’s definitely not interested. Do you have any balls? What? I’ll offer you two
OK, Jay. Pick a card. Remember it. Right, Jase. Shuffle the cards. OK. Jay, your card is the top card. What? No way! That’s amazing! Really? Yeah. How did you do that? I’m amazed.
What are you doing? Oh, I’m trying to learn to touch type. But what are all the stickie notes for? Oh, I’m trying not to look at the keys. Good luck with that.
Here are some strong sleeping tablets, but don’t take them until you go to bed. Why not? They’re very effective. Hmmm. They can’t be that effective.
Hi Kathy. How are you? Fine. You know we’re both flying to Frankfurt next month? Yes. Can we fly business class? Absolutely not. The tickets would cost five thousand dollars. It would be worth it for such a long flight.
OK, let’s open the office suggestion box. Yeah! Two suggestions! That’s great. Open the first one. OK. ‘Why don’t we create a Facebook page for our company?’ I like this idea. That’s a very good suggestion. Read the second one.
Let’s ask someone. Excuse me. Would you mind taking a photo for us? No, not at all. Thank you.
Do you want to play a game? Yeah. OK. You take a sweet and I’ll take a sweet. You mean candy. Uhuh. No, no, no, stop. We put them in our mouths at the same time. The winner is the
Oh hi doctor. What’s up? I’m afraid I have some bad news and some very bad news. Oh no! Give me the bad news first. The lab called with your test results. They said you have 24 hours to live.
So you’re meeting a new business contact. Hi! First impressions matter, so what can you do and say? OK. First thing – arrive on time. You don’t want your contact wondering where you are. Erm… Excuse me. Are you from
Hey Zeynep! Hello Vicki and Jay! Did you get my email? Yes. And we’re going to start work on the video today. That’s great. Can you finish by Friday? Oooo, I don’t know. We’re a bit busy. Can we send
Do you need to take part in English business meetings? Here is a series of 3 videos designed to help you communicate clearly. They are about: 1. Managing time 2. Making Decisions 3. Achieving Understanding Make sure you scroll down
Did you know the word ‘like’ can be all of these things? Now that can be confusing. In this video we’re going to look at two meanings of ‘like’ and fix a common mistake. Let’s start with ‘like’, the verb.
When bad things happen to other people, we want to be able to show we care about them. This video has lots of expressions you can use. Note that ‘What a bummer!’ is very informal – probably something you;d say
So what do you think? It’s very interesting. We bought it at a flea market. It cost a hundred dollars. Is it antique? It’s about a hundred years old. Wow! And how much is it worth? Maybe five, maybe ten…
Vicki, great job with the Boston report. You’re a star! Jay, try to keep up with Vicki. She’s going places. But I wrote the Boston report. You told her you wrote it? In lots of situations we can use ‘say’
We have four videos on baseball idioms here, so keep scrolling down to watch them all. They should help you hit it out of the park! Football! The most popular sport in the world. No, no, that’s soccer. In America,
We went to the cinema last night. It was a great movie. We missed the first ten minutes. I lost my car keys and it took a while to find them. So we don’t know how the movie started. But
What are you doing? Oh, I’m trying to learn to touch type. But what are all the stickie notes for? Oh, I’m trying not to look at the keys. Good luck with that. The verb ‘try’ can be followed by
Be careful with these words. If you use them wrongly, you might say the opposite of what you mean. The adjective ‘hard’ has several different meanings. One meaning is solid and firm. Rocks are hard. A chair can be hard.
If you’re taking an exam like IELTS, TOEIC or TOEFL, this is a verb you’ll want to get right. Where do you want to go for dinner tonight? Why don’t we try the Chinese place? Or how about Victor’s Bistro?
What are you watching? The Blue Detective. Oh I love this movie. It has a happy ending. Don’t tell me! In some languages being lucky and being happy is covered by the same word, but not in English. You’re very
That’s funny. I thought we had some cookies. Fun’ and ‘funny’. What’s the difference? Now this guy’s funny – Buster Keaton. That was a good joke. Good jokes are funny. They make us laugh. We say people and things are
Can you see anything? No. No. No. No. No. What are you doing? Don’t look. It’s a secret. Vicki said she’d meet me here, but I don’t know where she is. Hello. Where are you? I’m over here by the
Here are some strong sleeping tablets, but don’t take them until you go to be. Why not? They’re very effective. Hmmm. They can’t be that effective. The meanings of these words are different in English. Some languages have one word
Native English speakers sometimes muddle these verbs up. Do you know the difference? Watch and see. Um, so how old are you, Vicki? I’m, umm… thirty two. Really? Lie’ has two meanings. If we lie we don’t tell the truth.
Here’s a song for kids that was written and performed by Jason R Levine, Fluency MC. We shot and editted the videos which stars Jase’s adorable daughter Lola. Enjoy! Everybody say ‘Hey!’. Now say ‘Yay!’. Well OK. ‘A’ is for
This is a very interesting book. Uhuh. And I’m very interesting in this book. What? This is a book about me! There’s a mistake my students sometimes make that can be funny, or kind of embarrassing. So I’ve asked along
Don’t mix these verb forms up. The past tense of ‘fall’ is ‘fell’, not ‘felt’. We feel emotions like anger, surprise and excitement. I don’t feel well. Hmmm, you feel hot. You messed up my hair. Ha! We can learn
Now I want you to look carefully at this. July’s figures were up on….Excuse me. Could you please concentrate in these figures? Sorry. Sorry. They’re digging up our street. It’s hard to concentrate with all the noise. To concentrate –
We went to the cinema last night. It was great. Jay’s phone rang during the movie. It was only for a couple of seconds before I turned it off. It rang twice. We use both of these prepositions to talk
I made this video with my friend Jennifer ESL. Check out her awesome YouTube channel here. Hey Jennifer! Hi Vicki! I’ve got something for you. That’s terrific! Can you send me your address? You want my dress? Yeah, I’ll post
Where are the tomatoes? You mean the tomatoes. He’s still getting used to my accent. I’m Vicki and I’m British. And I’m Jay and I’m American. I used to live in Cambridge in England. And I used to live in
It was a dark night and a lonely road. I was all alone and I started to feel a little lonely. And then .. .. .. Welcome to Simple English Videos. I’ll see you next week. Yeah. Take care. Be
You shouldn’t put the knives in that way. It’ll be all right. Someone will cut themselves if you put them in like that. No they won’t. Ow! Luckily I put some plasters here in case there was an accident. Thank
It’s breakfast time! I don’t drink coffee. I drink tea. I read the newspaper. Then I plan my day. I check the weather. It’s going to be sunny today. Yay! That’s terrific! Next I have some milk and cereal. More
I’m taller than you. No, you’re not. Yes, I am. (Vicki waves the magic wand) How did you do that? When do we use high and when do we use tall? A bulb’s out. The ceiling’s too high. I can’t
This video stars my son Tom who is also an English teacher and he has a terrific YouTube channel where he teaches English phrasal verbs. Make sure you check it out and subscribe! Nice to meet you. So who do
We made this rap video with our friend Jason R Levine, Fluency MC. He wrote the song and lyrics and we shot and editted the video. Enjoy! You can see these verbs explained in another video. Click here to see
You can see these exact verbs used in rap which we recorded with Jason R Levine, Fluency MC. Click here to see it. Hi Jason. Hmmm? I’m your surgeon. My surgeon? And this is your appendix. My appendix? We had
Hmmm. Do you have trouble making decisions? Errr… yes and no. There are lots of common fixed expressions where we use the word ‘do’, and lots more where we use the word ‘make’. We’ve put some together here, so watch
Can you do this for me? No problem. Thank you! That was Jason. He does a lot of work for me. That was Jay. He makes a lot of work for me. Oh, we’d love to see you. OK. Half
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. When are you arriving? Shall we meet on Sunday? What about Monday? When would suit you? When are you arriving? Can you meet on Sunday? What about Monday? When would suit you? Monday,
Kathy, do you have a moment? Yes? I just received this message and I don’t understand it. What does IDK mean? The letters IDK? Yes. I don’t know. Hmm. I’ll ask Vicki. Vicki, what does IDK mean? I don’t know.
Brrr. It’s so cold today. Yes. It’s a bit chilly. It’s twenty five degrees. What would that be in England? Oooh, minus something. But how did you know I was English? Well, I could tell by your accent. Oh!
This week’s lesson is a Q&A – we’re going to answer some of the questions you’ve sent us. Hey, we’re back in our room with interesting things. Yes, they come from all over the world, like your questions. So what’s
Hey, they’re here. Oh good. You can open them later. Later? Yeah. Hey, we’ve got a new set design. Yes. We’ve got things from all over the world. Can you spot what they are and where they come from? In
So this week’s lesson is a little different to normal. We’re just going to chat and hang out. Now Vicki’s been in New York City all week and she’s gonna tell us about that. Yeah, I’m going to tell you
Do you know where I am? Yes I know where you are. Well, where am I? You are at 19th and Arch. No I’m not. No comment. I want to throw you in the river! OK. The nearest river is
Hey, what’s cooking? Spaghetti bolognese. Oh, it smells delicious. Who’s the cook in your household? The cook is the person who does the cooking. Don’t confuse them with the cooker. That’s the large piece of equipment or stove that you
There are two ways to clean your kitchen floor. One is to clean it yourself. And the other is to have it cleaned for you. We can clean our teeth ourselves, but we can also go to the dentists to
Carter, bring me the newspaper. Carter, get the newspaper. Why don’t you go and fetch it yourself? No, he has to learn. Carter, bring me the newspaper. I don’t think it’s working. This lesson’s about some very common verbs that
to take to last We use both these verbs to talk about the length of time things continue and they can be confusing. ‘Take’ is more frequent and we use it to talk about the time required to do something
So what do you think of my proposal? Um, I’d like to think about it for a while. Of course. Take as long as you like. So what do you think? ‘Take’ is an irregular verb and we use it
You can watch this until nine o’clock, but then we’re going to change channels. What’s happening at nine o’clock? Dancing with the Stars is on. She loves that program. Gorgeous day and it’s going to stay like this until the
I should be home by six. Have a safe journey. Bad things happen. Sometimes bad things happen by accident. And they can be safety issues. And sometimes, bad things happen because of bad guys. And they can be security issues.
We put Carter in this crate when we go out. It’s secure because he can’t get out. And he’s safe. He can’t get injured or get hurt in here. Safe and Secure – Safety and Security. These words have similar
Is something wrong, officer? Is this your car? Yes. When was the last time you checked the air in these tires? I can’t remember. Hey, where are the kids? Oh they’re fine. They’re playing upstairs. I’ll go and check on
I can’t remember where I left my glasses. They’re on your head. Remember – to have a picture in your mind of something that happened in the past. I can’t remember where I put my keys. Well, when did you
So you’re meeting a new business contact. Hi! First impressions matter, so what can you do and say? OK. First thing – arrive on time. You don’t want your contact wondering where you are. Erm… Excuse me. Are you from
Transcript It’s raining. Can I borrow and umbrella? Sure, here you are. Thanks. Can I borrow your car? Sure. Thanks. In many languages there’s just one verb for this action, but in English, there are two: lend and borrow. Oh.
It’s busy here tonight. I hope the waiter comes soon. I’m hungry! Ah, here we go. Now what shall I have? A steak, perhaps – medium rare. Or maybe the turkey. No, no, give me another minute. I haven’t decided
This video tells the story of an event we came across going on in the street near our home. It was an art project that carried an important message about gun violence and homicides in the US. Transcript I am
We had fun making this video one snowy Christmas with our friend Jason R. Levine, Fluency MC. Lyrics Merry Christmas. What’s on your wish list? Merry Christmas. What’s on your wish list? Peace and love and blessings from above. Merry
What’s the difference between being on time and being in time? We have two videos about this. The first one has lots of examples that cover the basics and the second one goes into more detail and answers a viewer’s
Students often mistake these two forms, which is a problem because they mean different things. But don’t worry. This video will help you get it right. Transcript Hello. Oh. Hey Vicki. I can’t stop to talk to you now. After
Sensible and sensitive are false friends in many languages. This video will help you get them right. Transcript Dum de dum dum de dum dum. Sensible and sensitive are both adjectives, so what’s the difference? So how long will it
Transcript Oh, what movie are you watching? Oh, it’s The Murder Island Mystery. Oh it’s got a surprise twist at the end. It wasn’t the butler that did it. Stop, don’t tell me! I didn’t know what to get Vicki
Transcript I am English. I’m American. I speak English. I speak ‘merican. I say ‘tomahto’. I say ‘tomayto’. And oregano, the herb. And oregano, the herb. In our leisure. In our leisure. We like ballet. We like ballet. A matinee.
a gas station (American English) = a petrol station (British English) Transcript Oh, I’m almost out of gas. Do you have enough to get to a petrol station? A petrol station? A gas station. We use ‘enough’ to say we
Do you find you’re always using ‘will ‘ and ‘going to’ to talk about the future? Here are two more expressions native speakers use. This video was inspired by my son. When he was six, he knew he shouldn’t play with matches,
Learn how we use these words differently in English. Transcript Children like to listen to stories before they go to bed. Cinderella and Aladdin are famous fairy stories. But there are all kinds of stories; ghost stories, detective stories, love
These connectors or conjunctions can be confusing. Watch this short video to find out how we use them differently. Transcript So the process is discover, design, implement, and lastly, review. Any questions? We use ‘lastly’ to introduce the final item
Here’s an interview we recorded between a couple of English teachers that many of you may know. Rachel has a fantastic channel on YouTube teaching English pronunciation and Jason also has a fantastic channel where he teaches using rhyme, rhythm
A short comic story by James Schofield that provides excellent English vocabulary practice. James is an English teacher and a very talented writer. This story was first published in print in http://www.business-spotlight.de/. Find out about James’ latest writing project at
In lots of languages ‘actually’ means currently or at the present time and it’s used to talk about what’s happening now. But English is different. It must be really cold outside. Actually it’s quite warm. Oh, I’m surprised. Actually’ means ‘Really’ or
I’m British but I live in the US and I’ve discovered there are all kinds of ways to confuse Americans like Jay with my British English. Here are five. I say zed. What would you say Jay? I’d say zee.
This video has original music and lyrics by The Audio Justice, an Auckland, New Zealand based indie rock band. The Audio Justice are Mark Whiteman and Grant Duncan and they also both happen to be English teachers! This track was
Raise and rise can be SO confusing. We’ve made several versions of this video and this one’s our latest. We had lots of fun with the magic tricks. And now ladies and gentlemen, Vicki will rise into the air. She’s rising.