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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