Do you like…? What’s it like?

The word ‘Like’: Simple English Videos Lesson

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. What are you watching? Detective Smith. Oh, I like this programme. When we enjoy things, we like them. Happy birthday, Jay. Oh, thank you. Oh, it’s a bow tie. Oh, thank you! I love it. Oh I’m so glad you like it. So, if we think something is nice we like it. And if we don’t think it’s nice we don’t like it. Easy, huh? OK. Now let’s look at another meaning of ‘like’. Come on, Vick. Let’s go for a run. Oh no. Do we have to? Your heart is like a muscle. You have to exercise it. Oh. If one thing is like something else, it’s similar. Like is a preposition here, and we use it to talk about things that are similar. It’s freezing out. I know, feel my hands. They’re like ice. Now, now darling. You mustn’t cry any more. Cheer up. Would you like to hear old uncle make a noise like a duck? (duck noises) Well sorry. Hmph. Now there’s a question that often confuses my students. Do you know what it means? Hi! Where are you? I’m in my hotel room. What’s it like? It’s fabulous. Is ‘like’ a verb or a preposition in this question? It’s a preposition. So this question doesn’t mean ‘Do you like it?’ It means what’s it similar to? Describe it for me. We went to a networking event last night. Oh, what was it like? Boring. It was very useful. There were about a dozen people there and everyone made a short presentation. I didn’t like it. Kathy’s not asking if you liked it, Jay. She wants us to tell her about it. Did you meet any interesting people? Yes. Well, I did. I didn’t talk to anybody. So these are useful questions and they mean tell me what you think. Use them when you want people to describe things. Now here’s an English food product that I like, but most Americans haven’t tried it. I’m going to give some to Jase. Let’s see if he likes it. Have you ever had Marmite before? No I haven’t. Wow! It’s almost like Nutella or something. Uhuh. So it’s like a dessert. Uhuh. Like a, like a chocolate or something. That’s different. It’s erm… almost like beef bouillon, or something. Wow! What do you think? It’s pretty powerful stuff. It is powerful stuff, isn’t it? But all British kids grow up on it. Wow! So what’s marmite like? Is it really like a chocolate dessert? No. The taste surprised Jase. Marmite is like beef bouillon. So Jase, do you ever want to have Marmite again. Erm… Possibly. Do you think Jase likes it or is he just being polite? Tell us in the comments below.

10 thoughts on “Do you like…? What’s it like?

  • June 19, 2015 at 2:56 pm
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    In my opinion I think that he was being polite because his face says it does not taste very well.

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    • June 21, 2015 at 9:47 pm
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      I think you’re right, Rosana. He didn’t look like he was enjoying it, did he.

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  • July 9, 2015 at 10:40 am
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    He’s being polite, hahahaha!

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  • July 11, 2015 at 7:17 am
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    Next time he comes round I’ll offer him some Silvia and see if he says ‘yes’. I think you’re right and I;ll get a polite ‘No thanks’.

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  • November 27, 2015 at 10:42 am
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    I think he was just being polite. Wasn’t Bovril the same? It sounds disgusting

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    • November 27, 2015 at 10:49 am
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      Yes, João. Bovril has a very similar taste to Marmite. And I agree, I think he was just being polite.

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  • March 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm
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    The dog would like to take a small bitten too. Animals are like us, it also eats.

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    • March 19, 2016 at 2:43 am
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      Oh well spotted Andre! Yes, Carter sneaked into that shot.

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  • May 2, 2016 at 11:15 am
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    how could i download this video?

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    • May 5, 2016 at 12:40 am
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      Hi Mustafa. We try to make our videos free and easily available so we post them both here and on YouTube. Are you having a problem playing them? We do not sell download versions, but if many people want them, perhaps we could.

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