English word pairs
Intermediate
Vicki

31 word pairs for natural fluent English

Make your English sound more natural and fluent with useful English word pairs. These binomial expressions will make your English sound more colloquial and conversational. We start off with some easy ones like salt and pepper and knife and fork and then move on to some you might not know like: – an arm and a leg – touch and go – high and dry – to and fro – thick and thin – flesh

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Common english mistakes
Intermediate
Vicki

How good is your English? Quiz 5

Don’t let these common English mistakes bring you down. Take the English quiz and see if you can answer before the clock stops ticking. We’ll show you how take your English up a level.

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Intermediate
Vicki

July 4th: History and celebrations

July 4th, 1776 was the day 13 British colonies declared their independence from Great Britain and formed a new nation. Learn about the history of the US from an American and a Brit. (Do you think we’ll agree?) We’ll also show you how we celebrate July 4th today. You’ll hear why, in our opinions, we think: – Americans wanted a divorce from Great Britain – the founding fathers were treasonous/brave/far-sighted – taxation without representation was

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protests and racism vocabulary
Intermediate
Vicki

Protests and racism – English vocabulary

Learn the English you need to join the conversations on racism and social injustice. Join Vicki and Jay while they prepare signs for their own protest and learn the words you need to join the global conversation on social injustice. We’ll look at: – different kinds of protests: marches, rallies, demonstrations – violence in the streets: rioting, looting, curfews, pepper spray, tear gas – how to use the words racism, racist and systemic racism –

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Intermediate
Vicki

How good is your English? Quiz 4

This quiz is about common mistakes that English learners make. We look at: – affect vs. effect – by vs. until – how to say someone’s age – raise vs. rise – when we use the verb ‘suggest’ – structures we use (and don’t use) with suggest How good is your English? We’re going to have a quiz to find out. We’ll try to catch you out with some common mistakes. Let’s see how you

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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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