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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storytelling past continuous dog rescue stories
Intermediate
Vicki

Storytelling, the past continuous and dog rescue stories

Watch 4 true dog rescue stories about puppies found on the streets of Manila and learn how their lives turned around. You’ll see sick little puppies transform into happy healthy dogs and learn how to tell a great story in English at the same time. To tell a good story you’re going to need the past simple and the past continuous. The past simple is great for describing the main events in a story but

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British and American word differences
Elementary
Vicki

25 more British and American English word differences

Here’s the last in our series with Super Agent Awesome on British and American English word differences. In this video we look at differences like takeout-takeaway and cookies-biscuits and say what we’d call them in British and American English. Some of the other words we explore in this video include marquee and suspenders, movie theater and cinema, and garbage bins, rubbish bins, candy apples and toffee apples, math and maths, catapult and slingshot. When you

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