English for the hairdresser's and barbershop
Intermediate
Vicki

English for the hairdresser’s and barbershop

Jay hasn’t been able to get his haircut because of the corona virus so Vicki takes on a hairdressing challenge. What could go wrong? Learn lots of English words and phrases that you’ll need at the hairdresser’s and barbershop. You’ll learn how to: – explain the haircut you want – give instructions to your hairdresser or barber – engage in small talk Here’s just some of the hairdressing vocabulary we look at: The tools: scissors,

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COVID-19 wordplay quiz
Intermediate
Vicki

COVID-19 Word Play Quiz

People have been using English words in funny new ways during the COVID-19 lockdown. Play along with Jay and see if you can work out what they mean. We’ll look at these clever examples of word play – covidiot – coronacoaster – coronials – the COVID-10. – fattening the curve – the locktail hour – quarantinis – furlough merlot. – bored-eaux. – cabernet tedium – elephant in the zoom Do you want to play with

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New English words & COVID-19
Intermediate
Vicki

New English Words and Language Change with COVID-19

Languages change when new problems come up because we need to words to describe them. In this video we look at some of the new words that have entered the Oxford English Dictionary since the outbreak of COVID-19, and we’ll show you how we use them in action. You’ll learn: – the difference between COVID-19 and the coronavirus – new acronyms: WFH and PPE – how the meanings of phrases like social distancing, self isolation

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Covid-19 Stocks supplies and shortages
Intermediate
Vicki

COVID-19: Stocks, supplies and shortages

Learn the English vocabulary you need to talk about COVID-19 and how it’s affecting your lives. In this video we focus on important words and phrases for talking about stocks, supplies and shortages. First we look at serious shortages of medical supplies: – PPE: personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, goggles and gloves – respirators and ventilators – COVID-19 tests Then Vicki and Jay show you how they’re coping. You’ll hear about contact-less delivery

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Intermediate
Vicki

What do you like doing? The SEVY Awards 2020

What do you like doing? That was the question we asked members of the Simple English Videos family this year. We’ve always suspected that we have the world’s most interesting English learners and now we know for sure! This year’s SEVY awards winners are amazing! So if you want to meet a photographer, a botanist, a singer, a dancer, athletes, artists, linguists, and so many more creative and talented people, you’re in the right place.

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American Slang
Intermediate
Vicki

More American slang expressions that Brits don’t use

How good is your American English? Play along and find out. In this American English slang lesson you’ll learn 6 American English colloquial expressions that Brits don’t use, and one (or maybe two) that both Brits and Americans use. They include: — riding shotgun — pork — bet the farm/ranch — bought the farm — the buck stops here — rain check — lemon To see our other American slang video, click here: https://youtu.be/8RJXV7A2mMI To

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Practice Speaking English
Elementary
Vicki

Speaking English Challenge – Be in a YouTube Video

This is your invitation to practice speaking English with us and appear in one of our videos! Make a short video where you’re speaking in English, and we’ll share it with the world. Here’s how it works: 1. You make a short video of yourself speaking – just a few sentences. Tell us who you are and what you love doing. 2. You upload the video and send us a link where we can download

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The passive voice in English
Intermediate
Vicki

8 Things We Love about Spain – Passive Voice

Learn 8 things we love about Spain while we quiz you about the passive voice in English. We’ll show you how we use the passive voice in spoken English and answer questions like: – How do we form passive structures? – When do we use passives? – Are passives more common in written English? – What verbs are often used in the passive form? – How can passives sound more elegant? – Is ‘be’ the

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top comedy sketches
Intermediate
Vicki

2019 Rewind – top comedy sketches

Come and join us on a trip down memory lane. Join us on a trip down memory lane and review some of our top comedy sketches from 2019. You can laugh and learn English at the same time. We’ll also plan the videos we want to make in 2020 and you can let us know your thoughts too. What would you like to see? This video is longer than normal because we’ll look back at

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words that are hard to say
Intermediate
Vicki

Words that are hard to say in American and British English

We’re looking at 9 words that are hard to say in British and American English. • epitome • vitamin • pharaoh • logically • twelfth • literally • Connecticut • phlegm • guarantee We talk about: • silent letters • the tricky English th sound • syllable and word stress • British and American differences • /g/ and /w/ sounds and lots, lots more. To see our other videos on how to pronounce difficult words,

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