How to agree in English – 12 different ways

How to agree in English – 12 different ways

In this lesson we look at how to agree in English and we’ll spice up your vocabulary with 12 different words and phrases. We’ll show you common words and phrases in action and explain what they mean.

If someone gives an opinion or makes a suggestion that we like, we can say ‘I agree with you’. This phrase is clear, but be careful. If you use it too often, you might sound a little formal and unnatural. In everyday conversation, we signal agreement in lots of other ways that are easy to learn.

We’ll also look at some very common mistakes like ‘I am agree’ so you know what NOT to say as well. So start watching now to to learn how to agree in English.

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How to agree in English

How many ways can you think of to say ‘I agree’? In this lesson we’re going to spice up your English with different phrases and we’ll fix some common mistakes.
If someone gives an opinion or makes a suggestion that we like, we can say ‘I agree’. Let’s see the phrase in action.

You know, I think we should buy a big new camera.
Oh what a good idea!
We want one with high resolution.
I agree.
Very high resolution.
Yes, you’re right.
And we want one that films in slow motion.
Oh yes, I agree with you. You always have such wonderful ideas. Wake up. Wake up. Did you fall asleep again, Jay?
Err no, no.
Because we need to talk about the equipment.
Oh right. I think we should buy a big new camera.
What? That’s a terrible idea.

So in Jay’s dream, you heard me agreeing several times. Now, I have a question. Is this phrase correct too? NO!!! And what about this one? NO!!! Agree is a verb in English, not an adjective. To make questions and negatives use ‘do’. So ‘Do you agree?’ or ‘I don’t agree.’
In many languages the word for ‘agree’ can be a verb AND an adjective. Think about it. If you translate, can you say ‘I am agree’ in your language? In English you can’t because agree is always a verb, so we don’t use it with the verb ‘be’.
However, the word agree does have an adjective form in English. See if you can spot it.

So are we all agreed?
Uhuh.

Did you catch it?

So are we all agreed?
Uhuh.

So in this question agreed, with a d, is an adjective and we use the verb ‘be’. But this is an unusual thing to say. You’ll only hear it in very formal situations, maybe a business meeting but only if it’s very formal. I don’t think you need it, so let’s forget it.
Just remember, ‘agree’ is a verb. Make questions and negatives with do.
Now, while we’re talking about mistakes, there are some other things I’ve heard students say that don’t work in English.
They’re all translations from other languages. Don’t say them because they’re all wrong in English! Let’s throw them out too and talk about things you CAN say. ‘I agree’. This phrase is very clear, but be careful not to use it too much. Students often overuse it so they sound a little formal and unnatural. In normal conversation, English speakers will signal agreement in lots of other ways, often more informal ways, so let’s look at some in a conversation. While you watch, see how many agreement phrases you can spot.

OK. The 10 best old movies. Let’s write a list.
Yes.
Yeah!
How about ‘The Godfather’?
Definitely. It’s the best.
Absolutely. Write it down. And ‘Star Wars’.
Oh totally!
You bet.
May the force be with you.
Hey, ‘ET’. That was a fantastic movie.
You’re right.
You can say that again. Now what about an Alfred Hitchcock movie?
He made such scary movies.
Exactly!
You’re dead right there. Write down ‘Psycho’.
Uhuh.
And ‘The Terminator’.
‘The Terminator’?
Arnold Schwartznigger. I’ll be back…

In that conversation we signaled agreement in eleven different ways. Yes, eleven! How many did you spot?
Let’s go through them. The most common way to show you agree in English is to say yes, or something like it.

Yes.
Yeah.
Uhuh.

So that’s easy. And of course you can say people are correct or right.

You’re right.
You’re dead right there.

Notice the word dead here. In many situations dead means ‘not alive’. For example, a dead flower. But in other situations dead can mean completely or exactly. So dead silence, is complete silence. If something is dead centre it means it’s exactly in the middle. And if you say ‘you’re dead right’ it means you’re exactly or completely right.
There are other ways to say this:

Exactly!
Definitely!
Totally!
Absolutely!

You can use all these words to add emphasis and indicate you think statements are completely correct and accurate.
Now, what about this idiom?

You can say that again.

It means you’re so completely right, you can repeat it. I don’t know why repeating it helps, but it’s just something we say. And just one more expression.

You bet.

‘Bet’ is an interesting word. It can mean to gamble, so to risk money on a race or something. We might bet money on a horse we think is going to win, or bet money at a casino. But in this expression it just means ‘You’re right’. It’s informal and we say it when we want to emphasize that someone has made a good suggestion.
So these expressions are all very positive ways to signal we agree. They short and easy to learn and they’re going to make your English more natural and colloquial.
Now what about if we don’t agree? Well, that’s more complicated because people don’t like to disagree in English, or in any language. Disagreements can damage relationships, so we have to overcome that problem. We’re working on another video about that so make sure you subscribe to this channel so you don’t miss it.
If you’ve enjoyed this video please share it with a friend and why not write and tell us what your favourite old movie is.
It’s the terminator, right?
Goodbye everyone.
We’ll be back, next week.
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i before e except after c – a useful English spelling rule

i before e except after c – a useful English spelling rule

English spelling is tricky because sometimes words look nothing like they sound. But here’s a rule that can help: i before e except after c.
Join Vicki and Jay at a spelling bee, or spelling competition as we call them in the UK. You’ll learn when it’s useful to apply the rule and when it isn’t. You’ll also meet our friend Claire from English at Home and learn about some British and American English differences.

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i before e except after c – an English spelling bee

Let’s face it. English spelling is crazy. The way we write words is often nothing like they sound. But maybe there are some rules we follow.
We’ve collaborated on this video with our good friend Clare from English at Home.
Clare is British like me, and she has a YouTube channel too.
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Yeah. In this lesson we’re going to take you to a spelling competition.
Or a spelling bee as we call them in American English.
While you watch, try to work out what spelling rule we’re following.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Tiddly on Thames spelling competition. Let’s meet our two finalists: Jay and Vicki.
OK. The first word is for Vicki. Chief. For example, global warming is one of the chief problems we face today. Chief.
CHIEF.
Correct. Now Jay, your word is believe. For example: I don’t believe in ghosts.
Don’t you? I do.
Please spell the word, Jay.
BELIEVE.
Correct. Vicki, your next word is brief. For example, there was a brief pause in the conversation.
BRIEF.
Excellent. OK, Jay your next word is receive. For example: They posted the letter but we didn’t receive it.
So they mailed it but we didn’t get it?
Just spell the word ‘receive’, please Jay.
RECEIVE.
Correct.

Do you know the spelling rule? It’s i before e except after c. So if you’ve got an i and an e together, the i comes first.
Chief, believe and brief follow this pattern and so do lots more words:
achieve, niece, diesel, hygiene, piece, thief.
But if you have an i and an e after c, the e comes first. So receive follows this pattern and there are others.
Deceive, deceit, receipt, ceiling, conceive.
So this is the rule, but do we always follow it? Let’s go back to the competition and see.

OK, Jay, your next word is leisure. For example, when people work shorter hours, they have more leisure time.
Oh, you mean leisure.
I mean leisure. Please spell the word.
LEISURE.
Correct. Vicki, your next word is foreign: For example: Jay is American. He isn’t British. He’s foreign.
Oh yeah, foreign. FOREIGN.
Correct. The score is three points to Vicki and three points to Jay. This is the final round. Jay, your word is scientist. For example, the British scientist Charles Babbage invented the computer.
I thought it was invented by American scientists.
Just spell the word please.
SCIENTIST.
Correct. Vicki, please spell the word efficient. For example, the British National Health Service is very efficient.
Is it?
Yes, it’s excellent. EFFICIENT.
Correct.

OK, so there we saw some examples where the rule doesn’t work. The i didn’t come before the e. And there are more words where the rule doesn’t work.
Some are common words, like their, and the number eight. And there are some measurement words – weigh, weight and height. And then there’s weird.
Weird means strange or peculiar. Perhaps you can remember how to spell it because the spelling of weird is weird.
And we don’t always follow the other part rule – the except after c. So after c it should be e then i, but look at the words science and efficient. It’s i then e. We also have words like ancient, glacier and conscience.
So is it worth learning this rule if we break it? Before you answer we want to show you something.
Here are more some words that follow the rule. Notice their pronunciation. They all have an eee sound. Beleeeve, cheeeef, acheeeve, eee.
And here are some words with a c. They all follow the rule too! Again there’s an eee sound. Receeeive. Ceeeiling, deceeeive,
So if we change the rule a little, it works. We just have to add a bit that says, ‘if the word has an eee sound’.
Lets go back to the competition and see who wins.

Our competitors are tied, so we will now go to a sudden death round. You will both spell the same word. But if one person makes a mistake, the other person will win. Vicki, please put your headphones on so you can’t hear Jay’s answer.
Jay, the word is neighbour. For example, our neighbour complained about the noise from the party. Neighbour.
NEIGHBOR.
Thank you Jay. Vicki, please take off your head phones and spell the word neighbour.
NEIGHBOUR
That is the correct answer. Congratulations Vicki! Jay, I’m afraid you spelt it wrongly.
But… but my answer was right. That’s how we spell it in American English.
American spelling is weird.
Hard luck Jay and well done Vicki.

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Top tip for international communication

Top tip for international communication

Do you want to communicate with people from other cultures? Then this video is for you.
Back in the 1980s computer scientists were creating the world wide web and looking for ways to connect computers that spoke different languages. The Dutch scientist, Jon Postel, came up with a computer protocol that’s helpful and relevant for international and intercultural communication today.

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Top tip for communicating across cultures

I want to share my number one, top tip for English learners. It might surprise you, but I think it’s really useful for anyone who wants to communicate with people from other countries and cultures.
OK, Vicki, what’s your top tip for communicating in English?
Well, before I tell you, we need to travel back in time. Are you ready?
So where are we?
In the 1980s.
Hey, this was a great decade. Oh, I like your outfit.
Thank you. Big hair. Big earrings.
And big shoulders.
Oh yes, I’m wearing shoulder pads. And you look pretty cute as well.
Thank you. I think we called this the preppie look.
Very nice.
So what’s going on around here? Who is in power?
Well… in the United Kingdom, it’s Margaret Thatcher. She’s the Prime Minister and the leader of the Conservative Party.
So in America it’s Ronald Reagan. He’s the Republican President, and he’s a conservative too.
When we’re talking about politics, conservative describes politicians who don’t like sudden social change.
They like traditional ways of doing things.
And liberal politicians like new ideas and they support people having a lot of political or economic freedom. But I think you use this word a little differently in America.
Yes. Liberal can mean the same thing, but in American English liberal also means left wing. So in America liberals look to the government to solve social problems.
That’s different in British English. We’d say politicians like that are left wing, but they’re not necessarily liberal.
OK, that’s enough politics. Are you going to tell us your top tip now?
Ooo yes. My top tip for communicating in English comes from a nineteen eighties invention.
Which one? There were lots of new inventions in the 1980s.
Oh yes.
There were computer games like Donkey Kong. I loved that game!
And the game boy! That was a lot of fun.
Compact disks were invented in the nineteen eighties
And disposable contact lenses. Disposable means you can throw them away.
Disposable cameras were invented in the 1980s too.
There was the first Apple Macintosh computer. I had one like this.
And Microsoft Windows. That was a huge thing and of course we still use it today.
But what was the biggest invention?
Let me think.
It changed our lives. It changed everyone’s lives
I’ve got it!
DNA. Genetic fingerprinting.
Good guess. But no. I’m talking about the internet – or more specifically, the world wide web.
Duh! Of course!
Back in the 1980s computer scientists were building a worldwide network of computers. It wasn’t easy because the computers spoke different languages. Getting them to communicate was a problem – a big challenge they had to overcome.
Somehow they had to make the computers connect and talk to one another – and be understood clearly. So they came up with protocols– protocols are rules and behaviours that computers have to follow.
One of the fathers of the internet was a Dutch computer scientist called Jon Postel and he wrote a protocol that went: be conservative in what you do and be liberal in what you accept from others. It became famous.
So be conservative and be liberal. But Jon Postel wasn’t talking about politics.
No. He was using conservative and liberal with a different meaning. It’s a similar meaning but it’s different.
Remember these computers were speaking different languages. As I understand it, when Jon Postel said conservative he meant the computers should try to send clear messages – written in traditional ways that other computers expected –so nothing surprising. But when the computers received messages they had to be liberal – they had to be open to new or different ways of saying things.
It helped them to communicate and understand one other.
So is this your top tip for communicating?
Yes! Well, it’s not MY top tip because it’s Jon Postel’s, but I think it’s very valuable.
People and computers face challenges when they’re communicating internationally. There are language differences and there are also different ways of thinking – cultural stuff – so you have to be extra clear when you’re speaking or writing. But when you’re reading or listening, you want to be very flexible and open to new ideas so you can accept different ways of thinking and saying things.
So be conservative when you’re speaking and liberal when you’re listening. Actually that sounds like a good code for life in general.
I think you’re right. I think when Jon Postel wrote this, he was acknowledging that there would be communication mistakes with the computers.
It’s the same when we’re speaking or writing in another language. We’re going to make mistakes.
Exactly. But that shouldn’t stop us trying. We just have to be as clear as we can.
And keep trying.
Exactly.
I wonder what our viewers think about this. Do you think that this is a useful tip? Write and tell us in the comments.
And let us know what your top tip is for communicating in English.
We love hearing from you.
So keep watching and subscribe.
Oh, Vicki. One last question.
What’s that?
How are we going to get back to the twenty first century?
I think I’ve found something that might help there.
Hey, is that a DeLorean?
Yep.
With a flux capacitator?
Yep.
Then it’s back to the future, baby!
Yay!

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How to learn fluent English: Plan for success. An English teacher’s secrets

How to learn fluent English: Plan for success. An English teacher’s secrets

Do you want to learn fluent English? I’ve been teaching English for forty years and I’m sharing some secrets – things I’ve found work for my students that can work for you too. Good goals and plans will help you learn English faster.
In part one we looked at how to set goals and now we’ll look at how you can turn your goals into an action plan. Good goals and good plans can make learning English simple.

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How to learn English

Hi I’m Vicki and welcome back to part two of this lesson on goals and plans. I’m sharing what I do with my students, things that I’ve found work, so you can try them too. Good goals and good plans make learning English easy.
Last week we looked at goals. If you missed it, here’s a link. But you should now have a list of things you want to do in English.
In this video we’re going to turn them into an action plan.
Before we start, you have to understand the secret to learning English. It’s very simple.
Learning English is about doing lots of small jobs – easy jobs – but they have to be the right jobs. The right jobs are jobs that solve your problems.
Take listening for example.

I find it hard to understand native English speakers.
Why is that? Is it because you don’t know enough words?
Yes. I need to expand my vocabulary.
Or perhaps you know a lot of words but you don’t recognize them when you hear them?
Yes, I should work on pronunciation.
Or maybe people speak too fast and you can’t interrupt to check you’ve understood?
Yes. I should learn some phrases to ask people to slow down, repeat and explain.

So you get the idea, right? Different problems have different solutions. Your action plan is going to be list of jobs that solve the problems you’re facing.

So you want to be able to talk with your boss in English and not feel stressed.
That’s my goal. We speak on the phone normally.
What are the calls about?
I have to give her an update every week – a progress report.
And what happens?
We usually start with some small talk.
Is that easy?
She often asks about the weather and I always say the same thing. It’s raining. It’s not raining.
Do you want to learn some new phrases to talk about the weather?
Yes. And then she asks me about my work and I explain what I’ve done.
How does that go?
Sometimes I can’t find the words I need.
Do you need more vocabulary?
No, I know a lot of technical words for my job. But I’m afraid of making mistakes.
Grammar mistakes?
Yes.
If you’re talking about progress, you might need the present perfect tense.
I don’t understand the present perfect.
Do you want to work on that?
Yes.
OK. What else happens?
She asks about my projects. That can be hard.
Can you predict what questions she’ll ask.
No, not always. WEll, sometimes I can. Like, is it on time? Or is it in time? Which one is it?
We can work on that.
Good.

So start with your goals, and then ask yourself questions. You want to identify the things you should do to help you reach the goals.
And again, make a list, but this time it’s not a list of goals. It’s a list of jobs. You’re building a plan of action!
When you do this, some jobs will be small and some will be big. Make sure they’re all manageable. So if they’re big, you’ll need to break them down. You want small jobs that you can fit into your days and the times you have available.
Lists are great when you’re learning English. They stop you forgetting things and it’s so satisfying when you can tick things off. And you can keep adding more jobs later, and change things later.
OK, the next step. Suppose you want to learn 5 phrases to talk about the weather, or when to use the present perfect, or whatever it is. What can you do? Google it, of course. There are so many good websites to help you these days. And YouTube videos. We’ve got hundreds of videos to help, so subscribe to our channel.
OK, I’ve got few more tips to help you – things we know from language learning research. The first one is about pronunciation. If you work on your pronunciation, it will probably help your listening too. And vice versa. Work on listening helps with pronunciation. The two go together, so that’s great. You get a double benefit.
Another thing – vocabulary. Don’t try to learn lists of words that are very similar. For example, if you want to learn say, eight new words for vegetables, working with a list might sound like a good idea, but you’ll probably muddle them up. Research shows we’re likely to confuse similar words if we learn them together, so space them out over time. Stories are great for learning vocabulary, and that’s another thing. Reading. There’s lots of research that shows reading is a very effective way to learn English. So books, articles, news stories. And reading isn’t just great for vocabulary. It improves grammar as well.
And one final thing before we stop. Sometimes when I meet a new student I find they have self-doubts, feelings that they won’t be good enough.

I don’t know if I can pass this exam. I’ve never been good at learning languages. Is it possible to become fluent in English without living in America or the UK? It’s been a long time since I studied English. Am I too old?

If you feel like this, you’re not alone. But you know, as a teacher, I’m never worried. I know that if you identify your goals and make a plan of action that fits your lifestyle, the work is easy, and your English is going to take off. I’ve been teaching English for forty years, and I’ve seen it happen so often, I never doubt it any more.
So get your pen and paper and start making your lists of goals and plans. Doing the work will be easy after that.
Have fun and happy studies.
See you next Friday.

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How to set goals and learn English the easy way – an English teacher’s secrets

How to set goals and learn English the easy way – an English teacher’s secrets

Do you want to learn English fast? Then you need to set goals that will give you motivation and keep you focused. In this first video we look at tips that can help you do that, so you can use your time wisely. These are tried and tested tips that can make learning English easy.
In part two we’ll turn your goals into an action plan. Good goals and good plans can make learning English easy and fast.

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How to set goals to learn English fast

In my first English lesson with a new student I set goals and make a plan with them. And I mean with them, because it’s something we do together. I can’t make plans for you because everyone’s goals are different. But I thought, if I tell you what I do with my students, perhaps it’ll help you make your own. Good goals and good plans make learning English easy.
Hi, I’m Vicki, and this is a two part lesson. This week you’re going to set some goals and next week, you’re going to turn them into a plan. Are you ready?
Hang on! Before we start, two things about why goals matter. First one. There’s been a lot of research about what leads to success when you’re learning a language. Only one of these factors really matters. Which one?
It’s motivation of course. Good goals motivate us.
And another thing. There’s so much English you could learn. You need to focus on the right things. Good goals do that.
If I skip making goals with my students and jump straight to a plan, I usually regret it later. So let’s give your goals some thought.
What are they?
Do you need English for your job?
Is there an exam you want to pass? Do you want to improve your writing or listening, or expand your vocabulary?
Do you want to feel more confident when you speak?
There are probably lots of things you want to do. With my students, I like to start a list. But here’s the trick. This is really important. You need to break down your goals and get specific, so get more detailed and exact.

So what’s your goal?
I want to learn English so I can feel confident when I travel.
What are you going to do when you travel?
I’ll be getting on a plane, staying in a hotel, ordering food in restaurants, buying things in shops…

Thinking about particular situations where you’ll use English will help you get specific. Another example.

I want to be able to have friendly conversations with my colleagues at work.
Great! What do you want to talk about?
I want to tell them about my weekend, ask about their weekend, talk about last night’s game. The Eagles lost!

If you have a big English goal, it’s even more important to break it down it down.

I want to get an 8 in my IELTS exam next year.
OK, so you’ll have a speaking, listening, reading and writing test.
Yes. Speaking is the hardest for me.
Then let’s start there. What’s going to happen in your speaking test?
At the start I’ll have to answer questions on familiar topics.
What familiar topics?
My home, my family, my work, my interests…

So that’s the key to setting goals. Break things down and get specific. And of course, make sure they’re things you really want to do.

So what’s your goal?
I want to make a great English presentation about our new product.
Why?
So I can impress my boss.
Why?
So she’ll think I’m smart. She might give me a promotion.
And why is that important?
It’ll make me happy.
Yea! Now that’s a great reason.

All your goals should lead to your happiness. It sounds obvious, but we can also be motivated by fear. And fear can work.

What if my English is bad. What if everyone thinks I’m stupid? What if my boss fires me?

The problem with fear is it’s usually only good for the short term. The presentation or exam happens and you do well or badly, but then the fear stops. To learn a lot of English you need to be motivated over a period of time. Happiness is much more powerful than fear for that.
So set goals that will make you happy and then the next step is to turn them into a plan, and we’ll do that next week.
But first, I need to give you some homework.
If you’re like my students, you have a busy life. Making time for English isn’t always easy.
Can you identify times in your days when you can fit in English?
Perhaps you can sit down for ten minutes after dinner and study.
Or maybe listen to an English podcast when you’re driving?
Perhaps you can look through some vocabulary when you’re having a coffee.
Or listen to English songs in the shower?
Get creative and think of new ways to integrate learning English into your life? And if you’ve got no money to pay for a teacher, check out this video for ideas.
Now something to think about – your memory. We’re all human and we forget stuff if we don’t review it. You’ll need to plan time for learning and also time for reviewing. The good news is reviewing can be quick. You can review 10 new words in just a few minutes.
And there’s another thing. Research indicates that when you’re learning a language a little and often works best. So 15 minutes a day is probably better than two and a half hours on a Sunday afternoon. It’s less time but it can be more effective.
So that’s your homework. To think about the time YOU have and what’s practical for YOU.
So that’s it. In our next lesson you’re going to take your goals and turn them into a plan. An action plan that fits your life style and makes you happy. Make sure you’ve subscribed to our channel so you don’t miss it. It’s going to make learning English easy for you.
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How to remember English words more easily (by cheating!)

How to remember English words more easily (by cheating!)

Do you find it hard to remember English words? Does your memory let you down? Then this video is for you. Learn from the story of how Jay aced an exam by cheating and discover ways that you can learn English words quickly and effectively by working smart.

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How to remember English words video script

This video’s about your memory. How can you remember new English words you need to learn? What methods work and are there any easy ways to learn them or to cheat? We’ll find out.
Let’s start with a story. Once upon a time there was a little boy called Jay. Jay was a happy kid who loved his dog and computer games. He had loving parents who wanted him to do well at school.

Jay, I want you to study hard.
OK Mom.

One day Jay had an examination coming up. So after dinner his mom sent him to his room to study.

Jay, you need to go and revise.
Do I have to?
Yes, you’ve got an exam tomorrow.
Oh.

His Mum knew he needed to review his school work, or to revise as we say in British English. But Jay was into League of Legends so instead of opening up his school books, he started playing with his friends online.

I’ll just play for five minutes and then I’ll study.

It was a lot of fun and he had a great time.

Pww, pww. Ha ha ha!

But the clock was ticking. After a couple of hours Jay yawned and checked the time.

Oh no! It’s nine o’clock and I haven’t studied for my exam. If I don’t go to bed soon, I won’t be able to think straight.

And that’s when Jay stopped playing games and focused. He got out his books and started to study.

There’s so much to learn. This is terrible. What am I going to do?

But then Jay had an idea.

I know, I’ll cheat!

Cheating is like lying. It’s behaving in a bad way – dishonestly.

I’ll cheat. I’ll write down the things I need to know on some paper and I’ll take it into the exam with me.

So Jay took a piece of paper and he started making notes. He found the important information he needed and wrote it down. When he had his cheat sheet he felt good.
But there was a problem. How could he get his big piece of paper into the exam without anyone seeing it? So that’s when he had another idea. He tore off a tiny corner of the page. A tiny, tiny corner. Then he looked at his notes and wrote the most important information in tiny handwriting. It was so small he could screw it up into a tiny ball and hide it between two fingers on his hand.
Then Jay went to bed and slept. He slept well because he knew he had his cheat sheet ready for the exam tomorrow.

Good luck with your exam, Jay.
Thanks Mom. It’ll be OK.

So Jay sat in the exam room with the tiny cheat sheet between his fingers, and nobody saw it. He read the exam questions and he felt great. He was confident.

I can answer all these questions.

And he could. Jay did really well and he got a great grade in the exam. But here’s the strange thing. He never looked at the piece of paper. He had the cheat sheet with him. But he didn’t look at it. And he still did well in the exam. How was that possible?

It’s incredible! How did I do that?

Yeah, how did that happen? Have you got any ideas? Let’s look at what he did again.
Of course the answer is he did do the work. First, he focused. He didn’t spend a long time studying but he did concentrate. Second, he made notes. He wrote things down. Third, he didn’t try to learn everything. He identified the important information and ignored the rest. Fourth, and this one’s very important, he processed the information. He re-organized it. And then lastly, Jay got a good night’s sleep.
So what can we learn from this that can help you remember words?

Yeah, how can I learn stuff the easy way?

I’ve got six tips for you. Are you ready? First one. Set aside time for reviewing new words and give them your attention. You don’t have to spend a long time on it. Just when you have a free moment. You can review a lot in five or ten minutes.
Second tip. This one’s obvious, but write down the words you want to learn.

Do I have to? That sounds like hard work.

Actually, it’s going to save you work and make your life easier, because you’ll be more efficient. You can use a notebook or use your phone and an app.
Third tip. Don’t try to learn every new word you see or hear. You want to focus on the frequent words, the words you find English speakers are often using.

So if I keep seeing or hearing a word, I need to learn it.

Exactly. And you also want to learn words that are going to be interesting for you.

So words about League of Legends, or dogs?

Sure. Learn words about subjects you want to talk about and forget the rest. You can’t learn all the words in the English language so be selective. It’s OK to say ‘oh I’m not leaning that’.

Phew!

Fourth tip. This one’s really important. You need to process new words. You want to organize them somehow so you form connections in your mind.

Can’t I just look at them?

No, you need to process them so you create memories. So when you see a new word, stop and ask yourself ‘How can I remember this and create a memory?’. There are lots of different ways to do this so we’re making another video about how to get words to stick in your mind. If you subscribe to our channel you’ll be able to see it and when it’s published I’ll put a link here. And until then, think of Jay. He didn’t just look at the information. He processed it.
Fifth tip. This one’s easy. Sleep. It’s a wonderful thing.

Everyone performs better when they’re not tired.

Yes, and that’s not the only reason sleep helps. While we’re sleeping our brains are active, restructuring information and consolidating our memories. Deep sleep is when new words move from our short term memory into our long term memory.
OK! Let’s go back to the story for the last tip. I have a question. Jay did well in the exam, but how long do you think he remembered all the information he learnt. If we tested him again in a week’s time or two week’s time, would he remember it?

Yeah! Well maybe… or maybe not.

To stop yourself forgetting, you need to review. You’ll probably need to review a word several times before you remember it.

Ah!

Hey, but if you review you will remember and it doesn’t take long. Five minutes here. Ten minutes there. You just need to do it regularly. If you can get into a reviewing habit, you’re going to feel the benefit. Think how many words you can learn.

10 words a day for 100 days, that’s a thousand words. That gives me a lot of communication power.

A thousand words. That’s a good goal. If you follow these tips you can learn a thousand words in just a few months and your English is going to take off. In fact, why not start now? You could watch some more of our videos and find new words to learn.
Thanks for watching and see you next Friday! Bye!

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Learn English for free – 26 great tips and links

Learn English for free – 26 great tips and links

If you are looking for some cool, fun and effective ways to learn English then this video’s for you. We’ve got 26 ideas and all of them are free!

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Learn English Free Video Script

Do you want to practise your English but you’ve got no money to pay for a teacher? Or maybe you need to save money? Then this video is for you. We’ve got twenty six ways for you to learn English for free

1

Look around your home. Do you know the English words for everything you can see? Stick labels on them and leave them there till you can remember the words.

2

Download an app that delivers an inspiring English quotation every day. You’ll learn new words, get motivation, and become very wise.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

3

Read an English book. Research shows reading really helps. It’s one of the best ways to pick up grammar and vocabulary.

What are you doing?
I’m reading.
No, you’re not.
Oh.

If normal English books are too hard, read a reader. They’re books with simplified English designed for English learners. Most readers aren’t free, but they don’t cost a lot and I’ll put a link to a free one below.

4

Follow the news in English. You want to stay up to date and this way you can learn new words at the same time. You can read all the latest stories on the BBC website and they often have videos too.

5

Listen to English songs! It’s a great way to learn new words. And why not sing along so you can practise your pronunciation? The shower’s generally a good place. And if you can’t sing, what about rapping?
It’s a great way to practice the rhythms of English. Our friend, Fluency MC, has lots of great raps on his channel that are specially designed for English learners.

6

Meet some friends who are also learning English for coffee and English conversation.

I haven’t got any friends.
Well, why not put up a card up in your local store or library?
Argh! Shhh. This is a library.

7

You’re going to need to learn vocabulary so get a notebook and write down English words and phrases you want to remember. Then check them whenever you have a free moment. You’ll be surprised how much this helps.

8

You can also store the words you want to learn with a app. There are some great spaced learning apps where you can put in words and then receive reminders so you can quiz yourself on them later. Anki and Memrise and two popular ones.

9

Change the language of your GPS so it speaks to you in English. You’ll learn how we give directions in English.

Turn left in 200 feet.
No.
Turn left in 100 feet.
No.
Stop!
Sorry.

10

Practice your listening with an audio book. Don’t they cost money? Well, yes, most do but not all of them. I’ll put a link to a list with lots of free ones in the details below.

11

Speak to Siri, Cortana or Google and see if they can understand your English pronunciation.

OK Google. What’s the weather like today?
It’s raining Jay. Don’t forget your umbrella.
Thanks Google!

12

Type these letters into Google and they’ll take you to Oxford University Press’ great online dictionary where you can look up words and phrases. It’s specially designed for English learners. You can click on words and listen to how we pronounce them.

Pronunciation

In British and American English.

Pronunciation.

American’s best.

These letters will take you to a Longman dictionary which is terrific too.

13

Download Fix it. It’s a checklist I’ve written to help you fix common mistakes in English and it’s free. Just go to our website, join our mailing list and it’s our gift to you.

14

Facebook! There are lots of groups for English learners on Facebook where people share tips and exercises. Join some today. And make sure you check out the British Council’s Learn English Page. It’s fantastic.

15

Laugh in English. Yes, laugh! You’ll learn more when you’re relaxed and having fun. So, go to an English jokes website. Find a joke you like and then learn to tell it in English.

Why can’t we have tea out of doors.
I don’t know. Why can’t we have tea out of doors?
Well, we could but most people use cups.

16

Have a language exchange. Find an English speaker who wants to speak your language and swap languages. Have half an hour speaking your language and half an hour speaking English.

17

There are lots of great apps designed for English learners that you can download to your phone and some of them have videos. Be sure to download the English All Stars app. You’ll love it.

18

Think! Who do you know who’s an English speaker? Is there someone you can have an English conversation with? Perhaps you have a friend with an English speaking au pair that you can talk to. Or perhaps you have a friend with an English butler.

Yes, m’lady.
Tea please, James.
Certainly.

19

Watch an English movie. Put the subtitles on if it’s hard. Subtitles in your language or in English – they can both help.

Oh I can’t watch. It’s too scary.
Right.

20

Download a text to speech app. They can read text aloud. They use machine voices, so they’re not perfect, but many are free and they can do different things. For example, Google’s Text-to-Speech app can take your Google Play Books and read them aloud. With Google Translate you can put in text in your own language and hear a spoken translation in English.

Hello.

21

Watch YouTube videos. There are some great English teachers on YouTube, including us. We have hundreds of free videos for English learners on our channel, and most have captions so make sure you subscribe today.

22

You’ve got to eat so why not cook in English? Look for an English recipe, follow it and then eat it! It’s a great way to learn food and cooking vocabulary.

23

Join an online community of English learners. English Club is a great one that’s full of friendly people who are all practising their English together, just like you.

24

This next one might sound crazy, but it works. Talk to yourself. Create an imaginary friend and have English conversations with them.

So where did you go to school?
Brooklyn.
That’s funny! So did I!

Make up conversations and practice them out loud or silently in your head. Check out this video we’ve made about how to think in English.

25

Listen to English podcasts. They’re like internet radio. Go to Google, type a subject you’re interested in and the word ‘podcast’ and you’ll find lots to choose from.
If they’re too fast, try slowing the speed down to say 75%. There are also some great podcasts for English learners. Our friend Craig has a great one. I’ll put details below.

26

OK, last one. Share your English discoveries. If you find a good English app or website or video, send it to a friend who’s also learning English. Why? Well, they’ll probably return the favour and send some good links back to you. In fact why not share this video with someone now. Go on, go on. Share it!

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How to think (and dream) in English and stop translating in your head

How to think (and dream) in English and stop translating in your head

How can you think in English so you don’t need to keep translating in your head? Here are five practical steps you can take to develop the habits you need to make it happen.


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How to Think in English Video Script

Wouldn’t it be great if you could think in English – so you don’t have to translate and the English words you need are on the tip of your tongue when you’re speaking . Well, you can. In this video we’re going to show you how.
Let’s start with two reasons why you want to think in English.
First one.
Translating in your head takes time. You don’t want to keep people waiting.

D’accord. À bientôt. Salut!
Do you want some more coffee?
Yes … with…. three….sugars.

Second reason
You want your English to sound fluent and natural, like a native speaker. But that means you’ll sometimes need to structure your thoughts differently.

Excuse me. Can you help me?
Help you I can.
So yes, you can?
Yes, English I speak.

You want to follow English patterns of speech. Thinking in English will help you do that.
But what if your English isn’t very good yet? Can you think in English if you’re not fluent? Yes! I’m going to tell you five steps you can start taking today. Don’t wait till you’re advanced to begin. The sooner you start, the better.
Look around you – what can you see? Can you name everything in English?

Books, light.

You’ll know some words, but not others. So when there’s a gap in your vocabulary – look up the word.

Ah, surf board.

In this next step you’re going to make sentences. Very simple short sentences.

I have a lot of books. That’s a really tall surf board.

You don’t have to speak the words out loud so you can do this anywhere, whenever you have a free moment – on a train, on the bus, perhaps not when you’re driving though. That could be dangerous

That tree is tall. Argh!

OK, we’ve done words, sentences. The next step is thoughts. Think your normal thoughts, but in English.

I wonder, who won the match last night? Hey, I’m hungry. I think I’ll get some cookies. Oh no. I ate them all yesterday.

So put your thoughts into English. Remember, this is a great way to discover gaps in your knowledge. If you don’t know how to say something, look it up.
Now we’re going to move on to conversations. Imagine you’re with an English speaker – perhaps it’s your English teacher or perhaps it’s an English friend or an imaginary friend. Maybe they ask you a question like ‘What did you think of the game last night?’ or ‘Are you going on vacation this year?’ Imagine the conversation and rehearse it.

So are you going anywhere on vacation this summer?
Yes, we’re going to Cape May.
That’s funny. We went there last year.
Really? What was it like?
Fantastic!

Again, you can speak out loud or have silent conversations in your head. And don’t worry if this is hard at first. It gets easier with practice. And don’t worry about making mistakes. The important thing is to develop the habit, so thinking in English becomes automatic and takes less effort.
And that brings us to the last step.
Dream in English. Yeah! Really! Now you can’t force yourself to do this, but it is possible and it sometimes happens. When you surround yourself with English words, sentences, thoughts, conversations, they start to fill your brain. You’ll find your brain processes the English while you’re asleep. You don’t have to do anything and you’re practising English! Fantastic, eh?
I hope it’s a nice dream and not a nightmare.
Many of my students have dreamt in English so I’m sure some of you can too.
Follow these steps, and practice thinking in English as often as you can. When you’re in the shower, when you’re having a coffee – do it every day as often as you can.
Another great way to surround yourself with English is to watch our videos. They’ll help you learn new words, fix some common mistakes, and think in English too. So make sure you subscribe to our channel and happy dreams everyone.

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How to improve your listening and vocabulary by watching movies

How to improve your listening and vocabulary by watching movies

Would you like to improve your English by watching movies? Then this English Show is for you. Story Paul joins us on The English Show and he has lots of great tips to help you.

Find out how to select the right movies, what to do about captions and much much more.

He’s also given us a checklist with lots of resources so you can find out where to view movies and download transcripts. Download it here: StoryPaul-ImproveYourEnglishWithMovies


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Improve your English by watching movies video script

Come on everybody, it’s going to start.

Well that’s true. But you know it took… Who did that?
Hey! Hello everybody. Welcome to the English Show. I’m Vicki and I’m an English teacher and I’m based in Philadelphia, and with me is my good friend Fluency who’s over in Paris.
Yes, I’m in Paris, I’m a teacher, I’m a trainer, I’m a knowledge entertainer. I like to help you practice English with ryhme and rhythm. And we’ve got some great tips for you in this English Show about how to learn English with movies.
Yeah. And we’re going to be joined by Story Paul.
Whoo! Story Paul.
But there’s one other person who you should meet, who’s my husband Jay, who’s working away behind the scenes to make this happen.
Hi guys! It’s great to see everybody. I’m looking forward to this exciting show and seeing Story Paul in just a little while.
But the other thing I’m hoping can happen is I’m hoping that Jay can bring me to Paris. Oh I hope so too. Because I’d love to come and see you in Paris.
Would you? Come on over.

How am I going to get to Paris this week Jay?
Oh this week I’m going to turn you into a helicopter. A helicopter? Yes, put your hands out. This is hard work. I’m here!
Well that was exciting. Hey! I’m here. I’ve made it. Vicki! Fist bump. Or maybe I should ask you for a helicopter hand pump. That was really impressive.
I know. It was a lot of hard work, you know.
I can imagine.
Yes, sometimes you come and it’s really easy but this time you made a lot of effort. But you know something else that can be hard work is learning English, so on the English Show we like to make it fun work.
Yeah, it’s all about practice. And we’ve got a guy with us today who’s all into fun work of learning English with movies and he’s going to give us some good tips on how to do that.
So let’s go and meet him.
Yes. Paul, are you there? Story Paul in the house! Welcome!
Hey Vicki, Fluency and Jay! So nice to be here with you guys. Thank you for inviting me. It’s a pleasure to be here. Thank you.
How are you doing? And where are you?
Hey, I’m doing great and I am in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the other side of the world where it’s still kind of warm, we’re still coming out of summer, in a big bustling city and just having a great time joining you guys.
Paul, we can see that you’re a movie fan from all the posters up behind you. Our students want to know how can we learn English with movies. Have you got some good tips for us?
I do. You know that’s really what I love to do most. I love working with context based techniques and stories of course, and working with movies is one of my favourite things, so absolutely. You know movies provide learners with authentic language, and they also provide them with a memory tool because they’re stories. So the first thing learners want to do is they want to choose a movie, a genre – right genre is science fiction or roamnce or action or drama – that they like or choose a movie based on an actor or an actress that they happen to know. That’s the first step so something that will provide engagement for them.
OK, so the first thing to do is to amke sure you like it. Find something you like.
Great! Then what?
OK. Once you know that, choose a short clip. Right now in the resources I’ve provided some great places where you can do that. You don’t really need to watch a long movie to learn some language from it and a short two or three minute clip like a scene or a trailer is just fantastic.
OK, so the next tip is keep it short. And Paul has given us some resources and we’re going to be putting them on our Facebook group. Right. And putting them in there so make sure you check that out later. And I’ll put them in the details below as well. So we’ve got some tips for where to go and find movies.
And trailers, as you said.
Trailers are good, aren’t they, because they’re very short.
Yeah. Absolutely. Trailers are very short. They’re very nice just to get an idea of a basic story and getting a few quick lines, which is usually what they include. now…
Yes, go ahead.
OK, I have another question. Why are movies good for learning English? What…Why are they useful for practice?
Well you know that’s really… that’s the jackpot question. Movies provide three things. They provide learners with a really natural access to speaking patterns. Right. When we talking about speaking patterns, what we want to do is we want to differentiate that from the type of writing-style textbook English which we learn initially, which is necessary, but as we advance, it’s nice to get a feeling for how people really speak in the real world – with interruptions, and fillers and sometimes repeating themselves and changing directions. And movies provide this and provide learners with a great opportunity to listen to this again and again. But that’s not it. They also provide other things and I can go into that as well.
Great. Well, I think before you go into it, we should have something else like… conversation time.
Is it comnversation time? We’ve got a conversation for you now which is about me and Jay going to the movies. OK great. All right. And at the movies we had a problem. So… Did you?
Your task is to listen and watch and find out what problem we had. OK. So we’re gonna watch you and Jay at the movies, and during the clip, we need to try and notice a problem you had.
OK, it’s not actually at the movies, but we’re talking about it. We’re talking about a trip to the movies.
You’re talking about a trip to the movies. Got it. OK!
We went to the cinema last night. Jay’s phone rang during the movie.
It was only for a couple of seconds before I turned it off.
It rang twice.
You do not look happy. It was a very, very short conversation. Based on a true story I imagine. Based on true life. You bet! Authentic. Aunthentic. Yes. Now you’re looking at the script here for what we said, but some words are blanked out. Do you know the missing words? So let’s have a look at them. OK. We went to the cinema last night. Notice I said ‘cimema’. That’s because I’m British. But Fluency, I think you’d say something else there wouldn’t you? Definitely. We’d say go to the movies and we were in the movie theater. We don’t use the word cinema very often.
OK. It’s a British English word but we could also say movies in Brtitish English as well. OK. OK. And then it was great, Jay’s phone rang – do you know what this word is? There it is. It’s during the movie. And then look at the next one. Jay said ‘It was only for a couple of seconds before I turned it off. So notice those words ‘during’ and ‘for’. We use ‘during’ to say when something happens, but we use ‘for’ to say how long something happens. So two little prepositions there about time but with rather different meanings. And then the final word that’s missing here. It rang twice. Twice means two times. So one time is once. Two times is twice. What’s three times? It’s three times. There is an old fashioned word that we say- thrice – but we don’t use it much these days. We say three times. OK. So that was my little conversation about movies.
That was really fun.
Hey, Story Paul, what do you… do you like to watch movies at home or go out to movies usually or do you do both? Well, you know, that’s something that has changed a lot over the years. Modern life and you know, having a child, having a daughter, makes it a little bit more difficult to go out as often as I’d like to so I end up being a consumer of home movies, just like most people, you know with the streaming services today. But I do enjoy being in the movie theater. If I have a choice, that’s what I choose. For people learning English and practicing English, it’s just great now that it’s easier – less expensive and more convenient to access movies on the internet and the short clips, as you mentioned, to be able to repeat and watch the same clips numerous times which will be really beneficial. And a cool thing, of course, if you’re watching with Netflix or on a DVD is you can turn the captions on. Mmm, yes.
So what do you think of that Paul?
Well, with the captions I think it’s a good idea to use them on and off depending on what you’re trying to do. In some cases, depending on the level of the learner, you can, you know maybe first if you’re not so familiar with the topic and it’s a little bit above your level you can leave the captions on, and then once you’re familiar with that scene, or you’re familiar with that episode or that movie, you can watch it again with the captions off. And you’re going to feel really comfortable doing that. ‘Cause my students…
That’s great advice, yeah.
Well, my students often say that they find it hard to understand every word, and it worries them.
Yeah. Yes, this is a big problem. A lot of people mention that to me since I work with movies. And I, you know, what I usually tell them is to first all relax – that their goal is not to, you know, capture every word. They should be paying more attention to the situation, the way the characters are looking at each other and the overall scene. And if they do that, if they pay attention to that, the language will actually find itself, you know, going into their knowledge base anyway – not the complete sentences, but important chunks of language. They will actually aquire that over time. Especially if they repeat watch.
I’ve had that conversation many times with students about should we use subtitles or not, and in my language or in English, and more and more, what I’ve been saying is ‘What do you like? What makes you most relaxed and motivated to watch?’ Because in the end I feel the most important thing is how often you do it and how much you enjoy it. So if you’re trying to do it a certain way because someone told you to do it that way, that might not be the best.
But I think we’ve got a great tip there which is don’t worry about understanding every word and pay attention to the situation and the mood and the attitudes and the emotions of the actors as well and that’s going to draw you into the story and make it enjoyable, isn’t it?
Can I ask Paul one question? Because I think he’d be a great person to take this question. So Paul, one thing that I do in French, when I see a movie in French because that’s the language I’m learning, is I like to read about it in English before I go. And I like to know what’s going to happen and I find when I am more prepared, knowing the story and the characters, then I’m able to really grab more of the language. Do you agree?
I think that’s fantastic. I think that really works. There’s this idea sometimes in language learning that, you know, you should never do anything in L1, in language one, that you should go straight all into languague two, and really if you are prepared ahead of time and you know something about the story,then when you actually receive the story in your own language, French in your case and English for the English learners out there, you’re going to be more relaxed than if it’s the first time you’re exposed to this mystery movie and you have no idea who anyone is or what the story is. Then you have to tackle too many obstacles at once and again, it’s what you said before, whatever works for you. If you feel that subtitles in your own language help you, then by all means. If that’s going to keep you more relaxed then do that, and later on you can just take them out and not use them.
OK. So that’s another great tip, isn’t it: to prepare beforehand. And I have another question. What can you do afterwards because is it just a question of watching, or are there things you can do afterwards that can help? Well really that’s… that’s where you can really make the material more yours, right. You can start to own it if you do things afterwards. And that’s… you know it’s kind of like when you watch a movie you like and then, you know, you sit around with friends and you talk about it, you get really good at telling the story. You kind of, you know, start owning it. So what I think works out well is role playing. And in the resources you’ll find, you know, how to find the scripts and grab a friend or with your teacher or with a like minded learner, role play a scene. Not the entire two hour movie but a scene. A three minute scene. That is a great way of acquiring the language in a deeper way. So there’s another tip which is to… after the movie, to talk about it with your friends and also to engage with role play and discuss it with your freinds.
OK, so we’ve got some great tips there and we’ve got some great resources. I’ll put some in the details below. And make sure you join our Facebook group so you can find them there. And also share the information in the Facebook group so look for us and join. Please. Yeah, and erm, I think it’s time now to take a question. Oh we have a question!
OK guys. Now we had a question that came up related to our last English Show. Because in our last English Show we were looking at the verb ‘suspect’. You know when you think something is going on that’s not good, you suspect something is going on. It’s believing something is true but you’re not absolutely certain. You have no proof. You have a strong feeling. You have a strong feeling and no proof. And we had a question from Neven Anise and she said: I would like to ask you, what’s the difference between doubt and suspect. So that verb ‘suspect’. But also the verb ‘doubt’. Actually I said she. I think it’s a he. Sorry Neven. I think so, yeah. Sorry. And when do we use each one. In fact what’s going on here is they’re both used in situations where we’re not certain of something and so if we suspect something is true we think it’s true, but if we doubt it’s true then we think it’s NOT true. So it’s like a positive idea and a negative idea.
So I’ve got a question for you which is can you think of something that you doubt.
Hmmm. Is that for me or for Story Paul? Let’s go to Story Paul and find out. Can you think of something that you doubt, Story Paul? Well, let’s see. Something that I doubt. Well you know it’s a really nice sunny day so I doubt that anyone went out with their umbrella. OK. You’re based in Argentina so you’re in the southern hemisphere where it’s summer, isn’t it? Whereas… That’s right. Whereas it’s very cold over where you are Fluency, isn’t it, because it’s winter. Ahhh, no I suspect you have not been following the forecast in France because it is beautiful here. It’s around, well, nineteen degrees, eighteen degrees. And do you doubt anything about the weather? About the weather? Yeah, I doubt we will ever have a tornado in France because they just don’t happen, so I strongly doubt that. I think you can be sure, almost sure of that. Almost 100%. Though with global warming, some strange things are happening. So it is a doubt. I doubt we can be sure about the weather any more anywhere because of this. Well I doubt if I can go out without a warm coat today because it’s cold in Philly. Is it? It’s winter here. I suspect you’re growing a bit tired of winter, You’re quite right. well, great question. We’d love to have more of your questions. You can submit them in the comments for the English Show on YouTube. You can also email us, or even better, in our Facebook group, the English Show. Post them there as questions and we’d love to answer them on the show. I think it’s time for a game. Oh I love games. Let’s have a game! Let’s do it!
OK. Tell us about the game.
Today’s game is all about movies. And I’ve got some very old movies for you. I hope you like old movies. Oh, like vintage movies? Yeah, and… OK. And just like paul was saying, we want to have fun with it, we’ve got a little fun task for you. While you watch the movie you’re going to hear it with some music playing, and you have to guess what people are saying. So when you say ‘music’, you mean the sound of the dialogue will be off. You won’t hear what the people are saying the first time you watch it. You have to guess what they’re saying. Are you ready? Yeah. And there’s also an extra special bonus. I’ll give you a little ‘ting’ if you can guess the year of the movie. And you might… an extra ‘ting’ if you can guess the actual actor in the movie, but that’s very very hard. Because I’m worried. You know Story Paul, he’s a master. Well, these are quite old movies so you might win this game Fluency. We’ll see. I doubt that. I suspect Paul will win. OK, let’s watch the first one. Let’s watch the first clip.
So what did you think? Hmmm, am I starting or is Paul? Let’s ask Paul first. Paul. What did you think they were saying? Well it seemed like it was a husband and a wife and he was off to work and it was some kind of a special day for him, or maybe for them. So maybe he was telling… it was their anniversay and he was telling her that he was going to be home early so they can go out and celebrate. Interesting. Interesting. Of course you did have that goodbye. Yeah. And a special day. Interesting. Erm. You’re totally wrong. I’ll give you a little noise for that. OK, Fluency. What do you think? Well I’m going to try and probably be totally wrong also, but I was thinking husband and wife but you know it’s hard to tell at that time period. You know the age maybe of the husband and wife. I’m going to say, I’m going to say it was his daughter. Just to be different. And I’m going to say that at the beginbning he looked really worried about something so I think he had, you know, some job interview or some presentation and then she said something to make him more confident. I don’t know. Maybe ‘You’ll do well’ or “after we’re going to go out and have fun’. I don’t know. Something like this. OK. Was it his daughter? Argh! Actually, it was his girlfriend. And this guy has a wife. Oooo! So he’s talking to the girlfriend. Oh wow. Yeah. And erm… and let’s see what they said. Let’s watch it. Oh I’ve got to go. I’m supposed to be back. I’ll come here tomorrow noon Kitty. I’ll be waiting for you. I’m sorry you have to go. Bye-bye dear. Oh. Don’t forget the money. I’ll get it. Bye-bye Chris. Goodbye.
So you were right that it was a scene where they were saying goodbye. So here are the words everyone. He’s got to leave. I’m supposed to be back. He’s got to go. And then she says ‘Ahh, I’ll be waiting for you’. And then she says something very interesting. She says ‘Oh. Don’t forget the money’. So he’s obviously giving his girlfriend some money here. And notice those words. You can say bye-bye or you can say goodbye. OK, did you like that clip? It was great. Classic. Yeah, we need to try to guess when it was from and who was in it. That’s right. Did you recognize any of the actors or can you give me a date? I didn’t. I mean I can try to guess a date. How about you Paul? I can guess the actress she looks like er… Betty Davis, and he… I’m going to say Orson Wells. I don’t know. It wasn’t Betty Davis. It was Joan Bennet. Do you want to…
I know one of the actors. You know one of the actors! Who was the actor Jay? Edward G Robinson. Yeah! See Jay’s very old so he remembers them. That’s right. Edward G Robinson was the guy. And do you want to guess the date? Go ahead Paul. 1948. And what about you, Fluency? Errr, I’m going to guess a little earlier. I’m going to go with 1939. 1948, 1939. The winner here is Story Paul. It was 1945, so right at the end of the second world war. Right. OK. Are you ready for your next clip then? Yeah, this is fun. Let’s do it. Let’s do another one.
OK, you know Paul was saying earlier about looking at short clips and looking at the emotions and the mood and the feeling. What do you think the mood and the feeling was there? Yeah well apparently the gentleman broke an important ceramic vase or other type of home ornament that was important to the lady in the scene. Yes, you’re right. And she was not very happy about that. She was not happy. What do you think they were saying? Oh dear! That was my mother’s favorite something. Oh good guess. Good guess. OK, what about you Fluency? What do you think? Well I’m going to guess that the guy was, you know, saying sorry in some way and apologizing for what he did and feeling bad that he was so clumsy. OK. Clumsy is and intereesting word, isn’t it. If you’re clumsy then you do things like knock things over or break things. Yeah, and because at the end it looked like she was protecting the other one. So maybe she was worried that he was going to do it again. Absolutely. You’re both very close actually. And you’re right Fluency that he was saying sorry. And when you listen again.. Yeah. When you listen to it, pay attention to how he says sorry. OK, let’s watch it. OK. Argh! Oh, I’m powerful sorry. I hope it wasn’t new. Oh no, very old. Only two thousand years. That’s good. Maybe a little glue. Oh do come on. So there you are. I hope it wasn’t new. Oh no, very old. Only two thousand years. That’s lucky! Now notice he said ‘I’m powerful sorry’. I don’t think we’d say this these days, would we? I don’t think so. No. I think terribly sorry, or I’m really, so, very sorry. That’s it. We’ve got all these other intensifiers that we use. Words we put before sorry to say that we’re very sorry. So I’m very sorry, I’m really sorry, I’m terribly sorry. I’m so sorry. I think that’s all of them. What do you think? Any more? Those are the most common probably. Those are the most common. Yeah, they’re the most common. Notice there’s another word here that you might not know which is ‘glue’. Glue is that substance that you put on things when you want to stick them together. So he’s suggesting perhaps they can mend it with a little glue. Erm, not can you give me a date? Do you want to guess a date Story Paul? Hmm. I’m guessing this one is a bit older than the previous clip so I’m going to go… I’m going to go with 1940 for this one. Uhuh. OK. And what about you Fluency? Yeah, yeah, I would say the late thirties. Late thirties? I want an exact date then please. Argh! 1937. It was 1937! Wow! I can’t believe it!. And I don’t know. I doubt if you can, I doubt if you can name the actor ’cause… No I don’t think so. Let’s see if Jay can. Do you know Jay? I’m afraid that’s even before my time. Hi name was Guy Kibbee, but that’s by the by. All right. This next clip is very old as well. I think you’ll recognise the actors in this and let’s watch it. You’re right. I recorgnized them. Oh. Who was it? WEll those are, those are two of the three stooges. You’re quite right. Did you know that Paul? Yes. Absolutely. I am very familiar with the three stooges. I grew up watching them. Larry, Curly and Mo. You could name them! I can never remember which is which. But wasn’t that Shemp? I think you get a point for naming them. That’s very good. Larry, Shemp and Mo. That’s before Curly. That’s Shemp. That was Shemp in the car. That’s Shemp? Oh, Oh.Give me half a point. so what do you think they were saying? Paul? So I think one of the three stooges said something inappropriate and he got slapped by the lady. Something inappropriate, you think. Any guesses for what it could be? Any ideas? What do you think Fluency? Ah well it probably connects to Shemp in the car with some strange… I don’t know what was going on. It seemed like after he said, oh you know, I don’t know. My animal brother or friend is in the car or something. I don’t know. I really have no idea but I think it was because of that. It shocked her or got her angry. Yeah. OK. Errr… in fact he was saying something quite surprising. Let’s… oh, do you want to give me a date for this before we watch it? Mmm. What do you think Paul? I think these are also from the 1940s. Err… but I’m not sure which part of the 1940s. I’ll just go with 1945. Uhuh. What about you Fluency? What do you think? Errr. I’ll go a little earlier. 1941. OK. The winner here is Paul, because it was 1947. OK, so let’s watch it. Say miss. Would you like to get married? What? Get married. Well, I don’t know. But you are kind of cute at that. Oh, it’s not me. It’s him. Owwww!!! OK. I never thought Larry would seem cute to someone. I think they were thinking which one is the cutest of the three. I don’t know. Yeah probably. So notice something here. He said, ‘Would you like to get married?’ Right? And notice we say get married. He didn’t say ‘Would you like to marry?’ He said ‘Would you like to get married?’ This is much more common in English than to marry. And then she said you are kind of cute. We still use ‘cute’ a lot in modern English, don’t we? Yeah, absolutely. Yeah. Definitely. We can use it to describe a person or we can use it cute animal, so we watch a lot of YouTube videos with cute kittens and cute puppies. Mmmm. And even what somebody says can be cute an what they wear, especially women. Uhuh. Yeah. OK, I’ve got one more for you. Shall we watch that? Let’s watch it. Yeah. Wow! I see why you saved this one for last. This one is the most mysterious. It is mysterious, isn’t it? What do you suspect is happening? Oh boy. You know the guy. He’s playing with fire there. He’s shaking that champagne bottle and then pointing it at her. The cork could come out and hurt her, you know, and injure her so I think he’s trying to be kind of funny, kind of a wise guy but very dangerous. Very good. I agree, but I wonder what they’re saying. That’s tough. Well, what was her reaction, as well. Do you think she was cross with him or was she frightened? Yes, she seemed pretty er… pretty OK. She didn’t seem that worried about the danger there in the situation. I don’t know. Maybe she’s used to… Do you think she noticed? … this person being crazy. Any ideas for what they’re saying? Are you going to do that trick again, shaking the champagne bottle and pointing it at me? I don’t know. Yeah, whay do you always play around like that after you’ve already drunk three bottles of champagne? You are both actually very very close. Because, yeah, you said ‘Why do you always do that?’ which is exactly what she said so I’m going to give you a little ting for that. That’s incredible. OK, so let’s watch what happened. Why do you always do that? It spoils the chanpagne. It might explode. Never does. Will you guarantee that? +That isn’t funny Frederick. OK. She’s used to it. Yeah. Now notice the use of always here. It’s quite interesting. We often use it when we’re criticizing someone. ‘Why do you always do that’. It’s the sort of thing I sometimes find I have to say to Jay. You know. He’s probably says she’s always saying that I always do that. Yeah. And then, and then at the end she says to him, ‘That isn’t funny Frederick’. That’s another thing I have to say to Jay. Is that right Jay? Do you get these ideas from the movies or… I think it’s verty funny actually. OK, do you want top have a go at naming an actor or giving me a date? I can’t name anybody in these movies I’m just really not educated in this time period with movies. The actor looked more familiar but I just didn’t remember his face., I’m just going to throw a gues. Vincent Price? I’m not sure. Well done! Wow! All right! That must have been a young Vincent Price. I guess I only know the Vincent Price from, you know, the Michael Jackson video. OK, so Vimcent Price. He was a famous actor in his day. And the date? Any ideas for the date? Well they all seem to be in the 1940s. My gosh, errr… 1949 for this one. What about you Fluency? 1948. You’re both going to get [buzzer] That hurts. You’re way off. You’re way off. It was 1959. So it was actually quite recent, that one, comparatively. Yeah, absoluetly. Really off. OK guys. What do you think we should do next? Is it time for a rap? I want to do a rap but I have a really quick knock knock joke for movies that I just heard yesterday. Oh tell me. Ready? Yeah. Yeah. Then we can do the rap. OK. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Who’s there? Dishes. Dishes who? Dishes Sean Connery. I just had to throw that in today because, you know, what better day to do it on the English Show? Love it! OK, and the other thing I want you to do today is to give us a rap. Yeah! Let’s have a rap. Once again it’s Fluency MC. Flu… Flu… Fluency MC. Once again it’s Fluency MC. Grammar through lyrics. Kick it. All right! Tell us about the rap. Well we’re going to do some of that grammar through lyrics, vocabulary though lyrics. So just like short clips are great, movie clips, short songs and raps are great to to repeat and to get that grammar and vocabulary stuck in your heads with rhyme and rhythm, rhythm and rhyme. So I’ve written a short rap using some of the vocabulary we’ve talked about today and Vicki has made a video, so if you’re new to the English Show, the way we do this, the way we go, how we start to flow is we put the video on first for you to watch, listen, read the lyrics and then we’re going to practice slowly togather and Story Paul is going to help us if he’s willing. Yeah, and then we’re going to watch the video again. And of course you can always replay the English Show, and I hope you do, top practice again and again, so you can remember all the great vocabulary and grammar and pronunciation that we’re practicing with you here. Excellent. So we can watch the video.
We went to the cinema last night to see that new Star Wars movie.
Was it any good?
My boyfriend loved it, but it didn’t really move me.
He’s always talking about it, you know.
Star Wars this, Star Wars that.
That’s kind of cute!
Are you serious? And then when we were
buying our snacks, he spilled the popcorn
on the counter and dropped his soda on some kid’s head.
I’m sure he was terribly sorry.
Maybe you should go out with him instead!
I love it. yeah, well, I don’t know if you know this Vicki, but Story Paul, do you think I might have been inspired by you in any way when I wrote this? Absolutely. Story Paul is a Star Wars nut. So I was thinking got to write the rap about Star Wars so that’s how I started off, and then maybe you noticed some of the vocabulary Vicki talked about today like ‘He’s always talking about it’, right? And maybe you’ve noticed ‘It’s kind of cute’. Right, we mentioned that. And I think a few other things in there. There’s ‘terribly sorry’, right? Yeah, Yeah. So that’s what we do every week and I hope you enjoyed it. Paul. How does your wife feel about your Star Wars obsession? Well, I think she wriote the lyrics to this and sent them to you. Well, I was busy this week, I needed a ghost writer. That’s my theory. She thinks it’s cute. She is always complaining that I’m always talking about Star Wars and that. She doesn’t think it’s very cute. And I have to sometimes say I’m terribly sorry but I cannot help it. I suspect that it gets a little annoying for her but, you know, I doubt that it’s a big problem. So anyway, what I’d like to do, Strory Paul, what we do with our special guests and you out there in the audience, English Show viewers, is let’s do some repetition more slowly so you can really feel the rhythm and rhyme with these lyrics so Paul, are you good to go? Will you repeat after me? Let’s do it. Yeah, Ok everybody. Here we go.
We went to the cinema last night to see that new Star Wars movie.
We went to the cinema last night to see that new Star Wars movie. All right. Good.
Was it any good? My boyfriend loved it, but it didn’t really move me.
Was it any good? My boyfriend loved it, but it didn’t really move me. Good.
He’s always talking about it, you know. Star Wars this, Star Wars that.
He’s always talking about it, you know. Star Wars this, Star Wars that.
That’s kind of cute! Are you serious? And then when we were buying our snacks,
That’s kind of cute! Are you serious? And then when we were buying our snacks,
he spilled the popcorn on the counter and dropped his soda on some kid’s head.
he spilled the popcorn on the counter and dropped his soda on some kid’s head.
I’m sure he was terribly sorry. Maybe you should go out with him instead!
I’m sure he was terribly sorry. Maybe you should go out with him instead!
Great. And erm… that sounded great. And I just want to remind everybody, one of the benefits of doing this kind of practice togather is you can really see how a lot of words can fit into one sentence when we rediuce, when we shrink some of the words, the sounds, and we link them togather. Right? So ‘dropped his soda on some kids head’ right? Or ‘and then when we were buying our snacks’, so I make these raps, not to teach you to rap, but to help you get better feeling and practice with natural rhythm in conversation. So great job, Paul, great job. Everybody out there. Hey! Let’s check out the video one more time, and then remember, you can always go back to watch the English Show again to practice. Here we go.
We went to the cinema last night to see that new Star Wars movie.
Was it any good?
My boyfriend loved it, but it didn’t really move me.
He’s always talking about it, you know.
Star Wars this, Star Wars that.
That’s kind of cute!
Are you serious? And then when we were
buying our snacks, he spilled the popcorn
on the counter and dropped his soda on some kid’s head.
I’m sure he was terribly sorry.
Maybe you should go out with him instead!
Love it! Oh good. I’m glad you liked it. We’ll be back next week on the English Show with another rap, more conversation practice, another game and another guest. That’s right. We’ve got David Deubelbeis. Oooo. Yeah, he’s coming in and he’s going to be talking about how to help us be better independent learners. so lots more good tips. Yeah, and in the meantime, please please join us. Of course subscribe to our channels, and also if you want to keep up to date on what’s happening with the English Show and ask questions that we could put on the show, join the English Show on Facebook. That’s right. I’ll put some deatils below for howyou can follow us. OK. And also, Story Paul, how can people follow you? Oh yeah, tell us. OK guys, yeah. People can follow me on my Facebook page, and also on my YouTube channel, and on my Twitter feed. Excellent. OK. I’ll put the details below everyone. And I think the last thing we have to do is say thank you to Jay! Thanks Jay. Thank you Jay. It’s been my great pleasure and I hope everybody’s enjoyed this program. Absolutely. And bye-bye everyone. Cherrio. Have a good week and stay in touch and we’ll see you next time on the English Show.

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