Q&A 5 Language change, word frequencies, effectual, autumn, fall and our live show

Q&A 5 Language change, word frequencies, effectual, autumn, fall and our live show

A question and answer session where Vicki and Jay answer viewers’ questions about the English language. They look at the words efficient, effective and effectual, language change, hyphens and also fall and autumn.

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Oh look, here we are again Jay.
Yes, this lesson is a Q & A – question and answer.
We haven’t done one of these for a while.
Yes, it’s good to be back
And we have an important announcement for you all.
It’s about the Live show, so stick around so we can tell you about it.
Stick around. That means stay with us. Don’t go away.
So let’s get to it.
Well our first question is from Trin Nguyen. Trin had a question about our video on the words effective and efficient. Trin says ‘Thank you so much for the clear explanation, but could you make another video talking about effectual. Is it the synonym of effective?’
So does effectual mean the same as effective? Should we show everyone what effective means first?
Yeah, let’s roll the clip.

Our windows are dirty so I’ve bought a new tool to clean them. Let’s try it out. Great results. It’s very effective.

So effective means getting the result you want, producing a successful result.
But what about effectual? Trin wants to know if it means the same thing.
Yes it does, Trin, they’re synonyms. But effective is a much more common word than effectual.
It’s a more useful word to know.
Exactly. I looked it up at Google Fight and you can see which word is more frequent. Effective is used a lot more than effectual.
What is Google Fight?
It’s a great website for comparing word frequencies quickly. You type in two words or phrases and it calculates a Google visibility score. It looks at the number of times people have searched for the words on Google and the number of results Google came up with.
Is it an official Google website?
No, it was set up by some guys in France I think, but it uses Google data.
There is a similar Google site called Ngrams, isn’t there?.
Yes, Ngrams is great for historical data and I went there too. It’s an official Google site. So at Ngrams I typed in effective and effectual and you can see – we get similar results.
Effective is the red line and effectual is the blue line.
That’s right. This shows you how often the words were used in books over two centuries.
Just books.
So effectual used to be more frequent than effective, but now it’s not. You can see how words rise and fall over time, because of course languages change. So Trin, don’t use effectual. It’s an old fashioned word.
That was a great question from Trin.
Yeah, let’s have another one.
OK, several people have been commenting about the pizza in our latest video. Paw El says How much is a regular pizza in the UK. I’m just curious, he says, because the price in the video seems horrendous for a pizza.
Horrendous – that’s a really great word. It means extremely shocking.
That’s right. Let’s see how much you paid for that pizza

I paid twenty five dollars.
I ordered extra toppings.
You know, I paid the pizza guy last week too.
Do you want us to contribute?
Oh there’s no need. He’s already paid for it.

I think you’re right Paw. $25 was a horrendous price. By the way, we paid for it in the US, not the UK.
How much do we normally pay for a pizza?
In Philadelphia it’s generally about $12 or $13 plus a tip. So maybe about $16. Unless you get extra toppings.
Then I must have ordered a lot of extra toppings. I was very hungry, Paw!
Shall we tell everyone about the live show now?
No, let’s have another question first.
OK. This one’s from Julian Perez. Julian had a question about the video we made on the prefix anti-.
He said ‘Hello there. Thanks for sharing this video. I noticed that some of the words had the prefix anti- with a hyphen and others don’t. Is there any rule to use this prefix with or without a hyphen.
That’s a really great question. Well spotted Julian.
So what are the rules for hyphens? And are there any rules?
There are some rules, but they’re not straightforward. Sometimes it depends on meaning. Like we’re working on another video where a prefix has two meanings.
Oh yeah. With one meaning it has a hyphen but with the other it doesn’t.
And the other big factor is language change. Again, language change. Over time people just start changing how they write words.
So how do dictionaries decide how to spell them?
Well these days dictionaries have big databanks of language and they look at them to see what people are saying and writing.
So they can see if people generally hyphenate a word or not.
That’s right.
Do we use hyphens more or less these days?
I don’t know about prefixes, but with compound nouns it’s less.
So we’ve been using fewer hyphens?
Yes, you’ll find lots of words that had hyphens in old editions of dictionaries that don’t have hyphens any more.
Can we give everyone more help with the rules?
Yes. I’ll put a link in the details below to an Oxford University Press dictionaries page.
Great. Let’s tell everyone about the live show now.
Yeah. Last summer we told you we planned to start live shows in the autumn. But we didn’t.
Too many things happened and we needed to rehearse a lot.
But now we’re ready.
We actually had a question from Anatoliy Borys about that. Anatoliy wrote for the first time in my life I’ve seen the expression starting in the fall. They he wrote what means starting in the autumn?
Ah, autumn and fall. So he means what do autumn and fall mean?
And then he asks can you make explaining video about this.
So can we explain this? Aha, yes we can Anatoliy.
So can we make a video explaining this. Anatoliy, fall is the American word for autumn. And I’m British so I usually say autumn.
And I’m American and I say fall.
But it’s December now so our live show is a bit late because it’s not the fall or the autumn.
Well, you know technically, it’s still fall. Winter doesn’t start until around December 20th.
But here’s the important thing. The show’s going to be great. Get your diary out everyone.
She means calendar.
And mark the date. Next Sunday – that’s the eleventh of December.
December eleventh.
At 4 pm London time…
11 am New York time
… we’re holding our first live show. We’ll both be there and we’re featuring our old friend Fluency MC.

Once again it’s Fluency MC. Fluency MC. Once again it’s Fluency MC. Grammar through lyrics. Kick it!

Jason will be live in Paris and Vicki will be live right here in Philadelphia.
Jay is our Technical Director and he’s going to transport me to Paris.
Well, I’m going to try. But we’ve got lots of things planned – language practice, conversation, games, puzzles.
And a rap.
And there’ll be live chat so you’ll be able to ask questions and communicate with us.
You don’t want to miss this. It’s a historic event.
Yeah, you want to be able to tell your children ‘I was there at the very first Simple English Videos Live Show.’
So get this date in your diary.
Your calendar.
And if you want a reminder, sign up for our newsletter and we can send you an email 10 minutes before it starts. We’ll put a link in the details below. Tell all your friends about it. Jay’s going to transport me to Paris.
Well, I’ll try. We’d better stop now and go and rehearse that bit.
It’s going to be great. See you there everyone.


Can and Could Questions and Answers with Ronald Grump

We had a question about can and could from a viewer. Come hang out with us and learn how we use the verbs these verbs in English. We answer questions and share a news update about our live English lessons. Oh and we also meet Ronald Grump – a puppet President

Check these links for our video lessons on can and could.
How to say Can and Can’t in British and American English
How to use Can, Could and May to ask for permission
Get what you want in English

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s lesson. I’m Vicki.
And I’m Jay. And here’s a big shout out to all our new subscribers. It’s great to have you with us.
We’re going to have a Q&A this week – questions and answers.
Thank you to everyone who has been sending us questions.
What’s the first one?
OK this comes from Mai Nguyen and she asks about the difference between ‘can’ and ‘could’. Can you call me back later? Could you call me back later? How to use can or could?
So how do we use can and could? Well in Mai’s example they mean the same thing. Can you call me back? Could you call me back? Same meaning but ‘could’ is just a little bit more formal and polite.
These structures are very, very common. We often use them when we’re making requests.
Yes, in lots of other languages you might say ‘Do it’ where in English we’ll say ‘Can you do it?’ or ‘Could you do it?’ It’s like we want to pretend the other person has a choice, even if they don’t.
Let’s look at another example.
Yeah, this is what happened when I took Jay to the dentist.

Can I help you?
Yes, can I make an appointment with the dentist?
I’m afraid he’s out at the moment.
Oh good! Can you tell me when he’ll be out again?

We heard three examples there. Kathy asked ‘Can I help you?’
And I asked ‘Can I make an appointment?’ And then ‘Can you tell me when he’ll be out again.’
He hates going to the dentist!
But I could also say ‘Could I make an appointment?’ and ‘Could you tell me…?’ and that would mean the same thing.
Yes, because they were both requests. ‘Could you’ would be a little more polite but there’s hardly any difference. There is a situation where ‘can’ and ‘could’ are different though.
What’s that?
When we’re talking about abilities – skills we have or had. For example, when I lived in Japan, I could speak a little Japanese. Not a lot, but enough to get by.
But you can’t speak Japanese any more.
No, that’s right. I could speak it in the past, but I can’t now. I was a long time ago and I’ve forgotten it.
So ‘could’ is the past form of ‘can’ there.
That’s right. What about you? Can you think of something you could do in the past that you can’t do now? Write and tell us in the comments below.
I can think of something.
What’s that?
Well, in the past I could do 30 push-ups. Now I can only do 10.
Great example. And I’ve got another one. Why don’t you tell them about your hand?
Oh yes. I had a problem with one of my fingers. I couldn’t move it, so I went to the doctor and they said they’d operate on it.
Let’s show everyone what you said.

Any questions?
Yes, doctor. Will I be able to play the piano after the operation?
Why, of course.
That’s great because I never could before.

OK, let’s have another question.
Well a lot of people are asking about our live lessons on YouTube. They want to know when they’re going to start.
And the answer is… We don’t know!
We’re still practicing and we’re getting closer.
Yes, we had a rehearsal today. Here are a few clips.
Hey Vicki. What I forgot to do was mute your, your speaker. Your monitor which is in front of you. There is a controller on the little table in front of you if you want to pick that up, that’ll be helpful. The little black table right in front of you.
Yes well actually this is a test for the live class. I’m… This is only a test! Hey, come on everybody. It’s going to start. So if you’re here could you tell us in the chat where you’re from. Well, that’s true. But you know it took… Who did that?
What did you learn from today’s rehearsal Jay?
We still have some technical things to work out. What about you?
I learnt an exciting thing about live classes is the chat. People watching the class can all chat to one another while the class is going on. That’s very cool.
We hope to start the classes next month.
Yes, subscribe to our newsletter if you haven’t already and we’ll email you the schedule. I’ll put a link in the details below. Another question?
Ah yeah. This one is a comment from John. He says, ‘The book ‘Fix It’ is good and useful for me. Thank you.’
Oh that’s great to hear. I wrote Fix it and it’s a checklist that helps you correct common English mistakes. It’s available free on our website at Simple English Videos dot com.
If you want a copy, sign up for our newsletter and we’ll send you a link to download it for free.
I’ll put a link to that below as well.
Now here’s another request.
It’s from John in Thailand. Now I don’t know if this is the same John or not but he says can you do more video that has Ronald Grump and Carter the dog.
So can we do more videos with Carter and Ronald Grump.
We should explain that Carter is our dog and we sometimes make videos about him.
I can put a link to some here.
Yeah, and Ronald Grump is a puppet. He’s running for president.
Most people know my name. My name is Ronald Grump and err… I’m here because I’m going to be the first puppet American to be President of the United States.
Well, it’s election season in America so I think we should have another Ronald Grump video.
It’s a great idea. John, thank you for that. Let’s say goodbye Jay and Ronald Grump can play us out.
Bye everyone.

Ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome the next President of the United States, Ronald Grump.
If I’m elected President of the United States, I, Ronald Grump, will make you a preposition.
I’ve loved English. All the words. You’ve got the nouns, you’ve got the adverbs, you’ve got the adjectives, you’ve got clauses. Let me tell you something. My English will be the best English.
Some people, let’s be honest, they’re losers. Their adjectives are losers. When they send us their adjectives, they’re not sending us their best. If I am elected, we will have no more bad adjectives. If you pick Ronald Grump to represent your grammar, we will make America’s adjectives great again.
Listen, listen. I’m from here. I’m a New Yorker through and through. But let me just tell you something. Here’s the thing. The situation with these foreign languages now, it’s unbelievable. It’s out of control. I was here when foreign languages came in and they celebrated when we lost infinitives. They split our infinitives, our infinitives right here, in our own country, and they were completely split. And what did the foreign grammars do? They were dancing in the streets. I saw it with my own eyes. It was awful. Unbelievable. There will be no more foreign grammars until we figure out what the heck is going on.
Conjunctions, let me tell you. You have a dependent clause over here. You have a subordinate clause over there. It’s crazy. It’s out of control. There’s no unity. America’s not great any more. We’re gonna make America great. This is how we’re gonna do it. Are you ready? I am gonna build a conjunction. A conjunction between the clauses. It’s gonna be the biggest, the best. It’s gonna be a beautiful conjunction. It’s gonna be one of the most beautiful conjunctions you’ve ever seen. And what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna make the clauses pay for it.
Simple English Videos. I love them. I’ve always loved them. They’re great people. You’re gonna love them. They’re unbelievable. Simple English Videos dot com. You should subscribe. Subscribe. Everybody should subscribe. Has anybody here not subscribed yet? That’s right. Get ‘em out! Get ‘em out! Get ‘em out! Everybody out! Simple English Videos.

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You might also want to watch:
How to say Can and Can’t in British and American English
How to use Can, Could and May to ask for permission
Get what you want in English

happy words

Happy words! Ways to Say You’re Happy in English

Looking for happy words? Here are some different ways to say you’re happy in English. Why are we happy in this video? Well, we were winners in the YouTube NextUP 2016 competition. Watch the video and we’ll tell you about it.

To see two of the videos we made while we were at the YouTube studios in New York, Click these links:
English Rhythm and beatboxing
How to learn an accent – tips from an impressionist

Happy words video transcript

Look at this. We’ve won a YouTube competition
Yeah. I’m joining the NextUp Class of 2016.
That’s amazing!

Happiness is a wonderful thing, and in this lesson you’ll learn expressions you can use to say you’re happy. Watch us react to some good news and see how many you can spot.

We really won?
Yeah, I’m so chuffed.
Yeah, I’m tickled pink.
Well me too. I’m thrilled. So what’s our prize?
I’m going to spend a week at the YouTube studios in New York at Creator Camp.
So we can make Simple English videos there?
Yeah, and I get to collaborate with the other winners.
How cool is that!
I’m over the moon.
Me too. I’ll go and pack my bags.
No stop. It’s just for me.
I can’t come to New York?
No. You can stay here and look after the office.
Oh, I never win anything.
Well, we’ve also won some vouchers to spend on production equipment.
Two thousand five hundred dollars.
You’re kidding! Microphones, lights, a new camera.
How are you feeling now?
I couldn’t be happier.

So how many expressions did you spot?

I’m so chuffed.
Yeah, I’m tickled pink.
Well me too. I’m thrilled.

Chuffed is a British English expression and it means very pleased and delighted. Here are some phrases you’ll hear in British and American English. Notice ‘I’m tickled pink’. The idea here is you’re so happy you glow with pleasure. We might also also say we’re over the moon. Now another expression.

How are you feeling now?
I couldn’t be happier.

This one means you are so happy that it it’s impossible to be any more happy.
And now we both have some news. This is real news. We really have won the competition.
Every year YouTube holds a NextUp competition for promising channels.
There are 36 winners in the US this year, and Simple English Videos is one of them!
All kinds of channels entered, so Vicki will be collaborating with some really interesting YouTubers.
I can’t wait to meet them. We’re so chuffed!
So why did we win? Was it my acting?
Ha! Maybe. What do you think? But one reason was channel growth – the number of people who watch our videos.
Oh. Then we need to say thank you to all our viewers.
Exactly! When you watched a video or clicked the like button, or shared it, or subscribed, you helped us win.
Then thank you everyone!
We’re over the moon!

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Hangout and Q&A 3 (The word ‘afraid’)

Hangout and Q&A 3 (The word ‘afraid’)

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This week’s lesson is a Q&A – we’re going to answer some of the questions you’ve sent us.
Hey, we’re back in our room with interesting things.
Yes, they come from all over the world, like your questions. So what’s this lesson about?
We’re going to look at a way to say ‘go away’ – and also how we use the word ‘afraid’. And we want to tell you about our live classes.
But first I want to say a huge thank you to our viewers for the captions they’ve been writing.
Oh yes. That’s been amazing.
A few weeks ago we asked for help. We asked our viewers to write captions for our videos in other languages.
The response was amazing.
Yeah, since then we’ve had more than 70 caption files submitted.
It’s incredible.
I feel really touched that so many people have been helping us with this.
Touched is when you feel emotional about something.
And that’s exactly how I feel. People have been so kind and I feel so happy and grateful to them.
These captions are helping us grow our channel and they’re helping learners who need a little more support in English.
And they help people who are deaf or hard or hearing too. I’ll put some of the languages we’ve received captions in here.
There are so many.
I want to say thank you to Anatoliy, David, Dreamy2206, Danny, Marina, Nives, Wilson, Donnie D, Heiricar, Mearv, Mayela, and a big merci beaucoup to you Cecille, you’re a star. You’re all stars!
And we also have a caption file in Vietnamese but I don’t know who gave it to us.
You don’t?
Yeah, sometimes the system doesn’t tell us so I hope I didn’t miss anyone. If I did, please forgive me.
We’re really very grateful. And if anyone else wants to help, please do. I’ll put a link to the video here so you can find out more.
OK, now what about a question…
Nimky had a question about a video we showed where someone says ‘Beat it’.
Beat it.
Yes, let’s run the video. (run video)
Nimky says ‘What beat it means?’
So he means, what does ‘Beat it’ mean?
Nimky it means ‘get out of here’, ‘leave me alone. ‘ ‘Go away’. It’s very direct – an order. But I think it’s quite an old fashioned expression. What do you think, Jay?
Yeah. I think these day’s I’d say, ‘Get out of here.’
That works in British English too. And in British English we could also say, ‘clear off’. That’s very direct too. I would say it to someone I was close to but probably not my boss. Would you say ‘clear off’ in American English, Jay? Absolutely not. I would just say ‘Get out of here’.
OK, that was a great question Nimky. Thank you.
OK, next question….
Amit Chakroborty writes I saw most of the people use the sentence ‘I’m afraid that…’ Ah, I think he means I saw many people use the sentence, yeah. I’m afraid that. But I don’t know, what does it exactly mean. So what does it mean exactly? Could you tell me how I can use this sentence, I’m afraid that…
Another great question! The word afraid has a couple of different meanings in English. The first one is to feel fear – to be frightened because you think you might be hurt or something bad could happen. What kinds of things are people afraid of Jay?
Heights, for example. When you’re high up and look down and feel dizzy.
Yep, afraid of heights.
And I’m afraid of spiders. Argh!
And going to the dentists. I’m afraid of that.
Try not to feel that way. You’ve got to speak to get better.
I know something else that you’re afraid of.
What’s that?
Help, help!
I saw a mouse.
It ran into your office. I’m afraid to go in there.
So we use afraid to say we’re frightened of or nervous about something.
But there’s another meaning of afraid, and I think that’s what Amit is asking about.
Yeah, it’s a different use of afraid and it’s very common. If we want to say we’re sorry about something we can say ‘I’m afraid…’. We use it when we’re being polite.
So, let’s look at sales. I’m afraid we don’t have this month’s figures yet.
Never mind. We can use last month’s. Oh good. Last month’s were better.
So ‘afraid’ is like an apology there. Yes, an advance apology because we think we’re going to disappoint someone or upset them or annoy them.
It ran into your office. I’m afraid to go in there.
What happened?
It’s gone. Well where did it go?
I’m afraid it went to your office.
Well, I’m afraid we don’t have time for any more questions. Ah. But come back again and we’ll answer some more. Now we need to tell everyone about our live classes.
Oh yes, that’s very exciting.
Starting in the fall we’re going to hold regular live classes on YouTube every Sunday.
We’ll be broadcasting live from Philadelphia and we’ll have people joining us from all over the world.
Our friend Fluency MC says he’ll come.
Yeah, and lots of other people have said they’ll come. It’s gonna be great.
And because the lessons are live you’ll be able to communicate with us in the chat window.
If you want to come to a live class, sign up for our newsletter so we can tell you the schedule. We’ll put a link in the description below.
Yes, and thank you everyone who has been leaving comments and questions and suggestions for new videos.
We love getting feedback. Bye now.
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Hangout and Q&A 2 (Job and Work vocabulary)

Hangout and Q&A 2 (Job and Work vocabulary)

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Hey, they’re here. Oh good. You can open them later. Later? Yeah. Hey, we’ve got a new set design. Yes. We’ve got things from all over the world. Can you spot what they are and where they come from?

In today’s lesson we’re going to hangout and answer some of your questions again – particularly questions about jobs and job vocabulary. And we have some big news. And we’ve got some boxes to open. Yeah. that’s the… that’s the exciting thing for Jay. I’ve been buying new toys. Toys usually are for children, but in this case it’s the right word. Well, they’re things I want to play with.

But let’s start with some questions. OK, we had a lot of comments on our video about stress timing. I’m so glad that you’ve been writing in and commenting, everyone. I really appreciate it. It’s great to get feedback. OK, we had a comment on Facebook from Maria Ferreira. Mmm. Right. And Maria said “You’re awesome. And… and what about American stress? Is it the same in the USA?”

Ah, so is American stress timed like British English. Yes. And so is Canadian English, and so is Australian English. Um, the only English I can think of that might not be so stress timed is Indian English.

Now, we have Alex’s comment about our Black Socks video. OK. We released that twice, because we released on its own and then it was in the Stress Time video as well. So, Alex wrote “Oh god, I was trying to forget the socks music. I was annoying everybody. Right now, I remembered it and I can’t stop with that. It’s so cool.” Black socks never get dirty. The longer you wear them, the blacker they get. Poor Alex. He said “And, Oh god, it doesn’t go out of my mind.”

I mean, I think that’s something about those jazz chants and it’s actually what makes them so effective for learning. Because they do stick in your mind. And there’s a lot of memorizing that goes on when you’re learning a language. So something like that makes it easy.

But we’ve consulted a doctor, haven’t we… Oh we did… about how to solve this problem. Yeah Alex, we’ve tried to solve your problem. What did the doctors say? The doctors say that you can get some relief Alex, by watching our videos e very day. We prescribe a video a day. So make sure you subscribe to our channel.

Now we have a comment from Lorenc Barjami. And Lorenc says “Hello. Thank you so much for your videos. I want to suggest you to do a video…” Oh, hang on. I want to suggest you do a video, or I want to suggest that you do a video but no I want to suggest you to do. It doesn’t work. This is quite a tricky point with ‘suggest’. But, we’ve made a video about it. So I’ll put a link up here and you can check it out. “I want to suggest you do a video when a person is not anymore working…” He means not working any more. Not working anymore right. “…when a person is not working anymore because his boss has removed him.”

Ha, ha, ha… that’s a good suggestion. Thank you for that Lorenc. Um, now his boss has removed him. That could mean transferred, if your boss moves you from one department to another or to a different place, then you get transferred. But I don’t think that’s what he means. No, I think he meant fired. Fired, fired. Well I hope you meant fired ’cause I’ve got a little video ready for you to watch in which we see someone being fired.

You wanted to see me? Come in, come in. Sit down Ben. How long have you been working for me? Oh, almost 7 years. Do you like your job? Yes, sir.
That’s too bad. You’re through with that job Ben. You’re through driving a truck. You’re fired!

Did you hear the expression “You’re through.” We often use ‘through’ like this to mean finished. And, and you can use it, you know, if you’ve been working hard, Jay, I could say “Did you get everything done?” And you say “Yes, I got through it.” I’m finished. Yeah, that’s right. Now, let’s talk about being fired. Yeah, fired. But that’s what we say in the US. What do you say in the UK? We can say fired too. And we can also say sacked. Do you say sacked in the US. No, we really don’t. Now what about when someone is laid off? This is quite interesting historically, because being laid off used to be a temporary thing. So, for example, you might have people who worked in a car manufacturing plant, and their work was a bit seasonal. And sometimes, if the demand was low, they would be laid off for a few months but then they would be hired again, so taken back again. Was it the same in the US? Well, it’s more… that term in the US is furloughed. We can be laid off when a company downsizes. Yeah. We can get furloughed when our work is temprorarily cut off and then brought back, but what doesn’t happen to us in the US is we don’t get made redundant. Ha, ha. That’s a very British English term. If somebody is made redundant then they’re laid off, they’re let go. They have to go. Now, it’s not because they’ve done anything wrong. That would be being fired or being sacked, usually. But if there just isn’t enough work for them, they might be made redundant or we could say laid off. And these days, it’s not just temporary – being laid off is – that’s it. No more work for you.

So, that was really sad – about that man being fired in that movie. Ahh, but you haven’t watched the end of it yet. Let’s watch the end of it.

You’re through with that job, Ben. You’re through driving a truck. You’re fired. But just a minute Mr. Westlake… Here’s the daily sales report. Don’t give it to me. Don’t give… But Jim, the daily sales report. Give it to our new Sales Manager. New Sales Manager? Mmm Hmmm. What are you talking about? Ben’s through driving a truck. From now on he’s going to head up the sales side of this business. Well, what are you gonna do, Jim? Retire? Oh, no, no Larry. It’s just that I’ve been leaning pretty heavily towards production these past few years. Now, I’ve got a man to supplement me on sales. But if Ben isn’t going to be driving a truck anymore then we’ll have to… hire a new man to take his place. But that means extra salary. Don’t you worry about the extra salary. I’ll take care of that in extra sales. Oh dear, oh dear. I can see right now you’re going to be worse than Jim Westlake. He means you’re going to be better than Jim Westlake. Thank you, Jim. But I’ll have to go a long way to do that. Go on now, beat it.

So he wasn’t fired, he was promoted. Yeah. Promoted means given a higher level – a new job at a higher level. He became Sales Manager. So first he was fired. But then he was hired as the sales manager. Exactly. So there was another word there – retired. What’s that, Jay?

Well that means to stop working too, but because perhaps you’re old – you’re past the age of working. Uh huh. Um, are you going to retire? You’ll never let me retire. That’s true. I’ve got too much for him to do.

I just want to say thank you Lorenc because that was a great suggestion for a – for a topic for us to talk about. And please, everyone, keep giving us more topics. Keep them coming. Give us ideas for future videos.

Can we open the boxes now? Oh, I think it’s about time. Go on, get the boxes. Ok box time. It’s a bit like Christmas morning. Um, so should we tell what’s in these boxes. Well, in this box, I believe, is a new device called a switcher. And the switcher is going to let us do live television broadcasts on YouTube.
And that’s our big news. We are planning to go live. We’re planning to have English lessons once a week which are live where we can communicate more easily with you. We can talk in the chat. Excuse me. Ok, so let’s have a look. Here it is. Here it is. This is it. This is it. This will allow me to take the images from our cameras, from this camera, from that camera, and from your camera and from cameras of people all around the world. So we can have people joining us. That’s right. But is also means we’ll be able to switch around and have different producton sets. So we hope that you’ll come and join us for some live productions very soon.

And I think that’s about it. That’s terrific. Thank you very, very much for joining us today. Thank you, everyone. Bye now. And Jay, what’s that? Cables.

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Hangout and Q&A 1

Hangout and Q&A 1

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So this week’s lesson is a little different to normal. We’re just going to chat and hang out.
Now Vicki’s been in New York City all week and she’s gonna tell us about that.
Yeah, I’m going to tell you about that, and then we’re going to have some viewer’s questions.
And then we have a special guest star visiting.
What is it? Ronald…
Ronald Grump.
Ronal Grump. Here’s Ronald. OK, so hang on for that.
You left me for a whole week! Why did you go to New York?
I went to New York for the NextUp contest. Do you remember?
Well, of course you do. Erm. I went to New York because we won a YouTube competition, and so I was able to have classes at the New York studios for YouTube in production lighting, sound, erm, set design, erm.
Camera techniques too, right?
Camera techniques. Green screen. Green screen lighting. Our videos are going to get a whole load better.
Did you meet anybody while you were there? I met tons of people and I made a lot of new friends.
Well, let’s go to some viewer questions now. OK. We have from Lindomar Lima… Mmm. …a really interesting question. Are you Rachel’s mother?
No, I’m not. For those that don’t know, Rachel is someone who often appears in our videos if we can get her. And Rachel has a wonderful channel on pronunciation. I’ll put a link up in the top corner for those of you who don’t know.
We would be privileged to be her mother. And father. And father. But no, she’s just a friend and she lives in Philadelphia too.
So here’s another question. Greetings from Slovakia. We’ve watched your videos and figured out that we’re teaching from your book, ‘Tech Talk’. That is so cool. OK. Yes, that’s me, it’s me! Erm, before I started making videos I used to write textbooks, language teaching textbooks, and I wrote a lot of books in Business English, and other ones as well. Erm, ‘Tech Talk’, ‘Business Objectives’, ‘Business Opportunities’, ‘In at the Deep End’, ‘Lifestyle’, yes. About thirty of them, I think.
OK, here’s another question from Claudio Santos from Brazil. Yeah. Claudio says I love your videos. I have a question. Can I say ‘Would you mind stop doing this’? Ah! We didn’t cover that in our ‘Would you mind’ video. Sorry about that. Erm, actually you can’t. ‘Would you mind stop doing this?’ is wrong. What we’d have to do is we’d have to make a negative sentence with ‘not’. But we’d have to say ‘Would you mind not doing this?’. So ‘Would you mind not doing this?’. ‘Would you mind not doing this?” Go away Ronald Grump! OK.
All right, so we have… we have another question from Claudio. Actually it’s a comment and a question. He said if I had teachers like you, I would learn English faster, for sure. Oooo, that’s nice. He says I’m 49 years old, I’ve been learning English by myself by watching videos on YouTube and DVDs.
Well watching videos on YouTube and DVDs is a really good way to be going actually. And congratulations to you Claudio for… for learning so much because his English is very good. Well he says sometimes I think I’m doing fine. Sometimes I think that I will never be good enough to make a trip abroad without being afraid.
Claudio, it’s not going to be like that. I’m quite sure that if you keep on, you are going to feel very confident. Actually you should feel pretty confident already.
Jay and I really want to help you learn English. We want to help all of you learn English. Perhaps what we should do here Jay is take onboard these comments and try to make some videos about how you can build your confidence in English, and tips for learning, so that it makes it easier for you if you’re an independent learner.
Now here’s another question from Maruma Anwar.And she says what about the verb ‘match’? That’s to do with the video on… ‘Fit’ and ‘suit’. That’s right. OK. We did a video about ‘fit’ and ‘suit’ where your clothes fit you, and then they’re the right size and shape, or your clothes suit you and then you look attractive in them. And, erm… But she’s quite right, there’s another verb that’s got a very similar meaning, which is ‘match’. ‘Match’ means when two or more things have the same colour or design, then they match. They’re similar. They go together. They go together. Like Jay’s socks never match. I’ll tell you what. I’ll show you Jay’s socks.
We have a question from Omer Adam. And Omer says ‘Hi, today is the first time I’ve watched your videos. It’s very useful.’ Oh good. ‘I really enjoy them. I have a question. I’ve got a speaking problem. Could you tell me please how I can speak fast?’ Fast. I don’t think he means fast I think he means fluently. So without pauses and hesitations, and that’s really hard when you’re learning. Obviously you’re going to have to think about what you’re saying as you speak. But you know, that’s something else that we should talk about in future videos. Because there are things that we know about language learning, from reserach and from all the students I’ve taught as well, that can help you. So hold on, and we’ll try and do our best to make a video to help.
Now I think it’s time for us to say goodbye. Uhuh. And the person who’s going to take us out of this little video is our new cast member, Ronald Grump. So Ronald, take it away! Bye!
Ronald Grump has always loved the videos that are simple and English, and there’s this Simple English… It’s a YouTube channel. This is the thing. You’ve got all these people. They’re paid by other people. Let me tell you what. Those people, they’re puppets. They’re puppets for the establishment. That’s what they are. They’re puppets. But YouTube video, YouTube video, that’s from us. That’s from the people. No more nonsense. No more. I don’t make any decisions for other people. Nobody has me bought. I’m controlled by nobody. Nobody. Nobody. I’m controlled by nobody and we make our own videos in this world. And let me tell you something. The people, the people at Simple English Videos… Here’s the thing you don’t know… they’re fantastic. They’re unbelievable. Here’s the thing. There are three things. They’re simple. They’re the simplest videos. They’re so simple. You’re gonna love it. You’re gonna love it. They’re the simplest. I’ve loved them my whole life. They’re the best. And they’re English. The thing about Simple English Videos is what they speak about is English. You have all the other things. People talking about this, people talking about that. You’ve got nothing, nothing but English, English, that’s simple and it’s English. And then there’s videos. This is a real video. It’s a real video. It’s the best. It’s the best video. It’s the kind of video you wanna watch when you want simple, you want English and you want videos. It’s a YouTube channel. You should subscribe. Subscribe. Everybody should subscribe. Has anybody here not subscribed yet? That’s right. Get ’em out! Get ’em out! Get ’em out! Everybody out. Simple English Videos. YouTube channel. Subscribe! It’s the best. The best.
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