High and Tall

High & Tall, Version 2: Simple English Videos Lesson

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 reach. We use high to talk about how far off the gound things are. So we talk about high ceilings. We talk about high heels. And we say planes fly high in the sky. Now this unicycle is a long way off the gound, so is it high or is it tall? Well, the man riding it is high up, but we’d also say the unicycle is tall, because there’s another rule we follow. When things are higher than they are wide, we say tall. People are higher than they’re wide, so we talk about tall people. How tall are you? Three metres. Here are some more things that are tall. (tall trees, a tall glass, tall chimneys, tall grass, tall statues, a tall ladder) When things are shorther than they’re wide, we say ‘high’. Let’s look at some things that are high. (high walls, a high fence, a high wave, a high hedge, high mountains) OK Vicki, your first question for fifty dollars. What’s the highest mountain in the world? It’s Mount Everest. Right for fifty dollars! And now your second question for two hundred dollars. What’s the tallest building in the world? Oh! It’s in Dubai, I think. The clock is ticking. I can’t remember. Oh, sorry Vicki. It’s the Burj Khalifa. Oh! This is our deck and that’s the Comcast Tower. It’s the tallest building between New York and Chicago. The Comcast Tower is higher than it’s wide so we say it’s tall. A window can be both high and tall but the meaning is different. If it’s a high window, it’s a long way from the gorund. But if it’s a tall window, it’s higher than it’s wide. Hey, give me that! (Jay grabs the wand) Now I’m taller than you! Hmph!

4 thoughts on “High and Tall

  • September 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

    high heels
    high ceilings

    high in the sky
    tall people

    tall trees

    a tall glass

    tall chimneys
    tall grass

    tall statues

    a tall ladder

    the highest mountain

    the tallest building

    Class: Name:
    Answer the following questions:
    What is the tallest building in the world?1
    A. It’s the Burj Khalifa
    B this unicycle
    c It’s in Dubai
    2. What is the highest mountain in the world? _______________________
    3. What is higher, the bulb or the ceiling? __________________________
    4. What is taller the grass or chimneys? _____________________
    5. How tall are you? __________________
    6. Who is taller than you in the class?
    7. Who is the tallest? ______________________________________________
    8. What is higher the windows or the projector?
    5. Give two more examples of tall things and two more examples of high things.

    Complete the sentences with high or tall. Translate them to your language.
    Heels are ____________.1
    Ceiling is ____________.2
    3 Buildings are __________.
    Bridges are__________. 4
    Towers are _________.5
    Heels are _____________. 6

    • October 1, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing this Esty – so useful for other teachers! If anyone else has teaching ideas for this video – or any others – we’ll be delighted if you share them too.

  • November 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I never thought about this, I think I did it right naturally. But I didn’t know the difference between them. Could I use large instead of tall? A large monocycle, a large building, a large window… Any exceptions? Thanks so much for your videos!

    • November 25, 2014 at 4:49 am

      Hi Silvia. Yes, large could work – but it’s more 360 degrees than tall, of course. Tall is about height – the distance from top to bottom. Large is about the size left to right as well.


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