Hello everyone, my name is Anna. This is ‘English Like a Native’ and we are going back to basics. We’re going to cover greetings. Now before we start I want to tell you about a wonderful website called italki. Itaki is a website that connects students with amazing language teachers, because there’s no better way to become fluent in English, than to work with a teacher; a real teacher, one on one.
It’s the most efficient and effective way of learning language, so if you don’t have a teacher yet then why not check out italki, and as one of my viewers you get $10 credit when you sign up for your first lesson all you have to do is click on the link in the description box below so why not? It’s like buying one and getting one free. Right now let’s get started. To greet someone you could purely and simply say “Hello”. Hello can be used in any situation: informal or formal. Hello. But what are some other formal greetings we could use? If you’re greeting them in the morning you could say “good morning” If you’re greeting them after 12 o’clock midday you could say “good afternoon” but if it’s after p.m.
Then you would say “good evening”. Be aware that you would only say “goodnight” when you are ending the interaction and leaving. Goodnight. I’m not going yet. If you’re in a formal situation and meeting someone for the very first time you might say “It’s a pleasure to meet you”, “it’s very nice to meet you”, “I’m pleased to meet you”. If you’ve met this person before then you might say “it’s nice to see you again”, “it’s a pleasure to see you again”, “I’m pleased to see you again”. You may have heard the phrase “how do you do?” but this is very old-fashioned. How do you do? How do you do? If in a formal situation you want to make an inquiry into their well-being then you may say “How have you been?”, “How are you?”. Let’s now look at an informal situation. In an informal situation with friends you could just say “hey” or “hi”. If you want to find out how they are, then you may say “How’s it going?”, “How’s life?”, “How are you doing?”, “How are things?”, “What’s happening?”, “What’s new?” If you haven’t seen the person for a long time you may say “Long time no see”.
You may just hear “Alright?”, “You alright?” or “Sup?” which is kind of slang for what’s up. Sup! So there you go, many different ways to say “hello, how are you?” in English let me know which greeting you preferred in the comments box down below. If you’re not already a subscriber then please do press that big red subscribe button and I love a thumb so if you liked it then please press the like button. Until next time, take care, bye. Oh as I still have your attention I just want to do a massive shout out to all of my patrons, without your generous support this channel would not be possible. Now if you are watching and you’re not a subscriber then press this lovely little round button and why not check out some of these other awesome videos. In the description box below there are lots of links, go and have a look. Have a nice day, bye :).
Hello, I’m Oli. Welcome to Oxford Online English! In this pronunciation lesson, you can learn about sounds and spelling in English. If you just look at a word in English, do you know how to pronounce it? Not always. It can be difficult because, in English, the way we write a word and the way we say it are not always the same. In this lesson, you can learn more about the differences between how we write a word and how we say a word in English.
Part one: the same letter can have different sounds. Look at three words: phone, clock, for. All of these words contain the letter O. Is the letter O pronounced the same way in each word? No. In “phone,” the letter O has an /əʊ/ sound. In “clock,” O has an /ɒ/ sound. In “for,” O has an /ɔː/ sound. So here, we have three different words, all with the same letter, but with three different pronunciations. Part two: different letters can have the same sound. Let’s look at three more words: big, England, busy. OK, some questions: what sound does the I in “big” make? What sound does the E in “England” make? And what sound does the U in “busy” make? Listen again: big, England, busy. These three letters all have the same sound: /ɪ/. So here, we have three different letters, I, E, and U, but they all make one sound, /ɪ/. OK, at this point, it should be clear that letters and sounds are not the same thing in English. So let’s look at this in more detail. Part three: how to count letters and sounds. OK, look at three more words: fast, seven, ted. I want you to think about two questions: how many letters do these words have, and how many sounds do these words have? OK, well, the first question is easy.
“Fast” has four letters. “Seven” has five letters, and “red” has three letters. What about the second question? How many sounds do the words have? Well, actually, “fast” has four sounds. /f/-/ɑː/-/s/-/t/. “Seven” has five sounds: /s/-/e/-/v/- -/n/. “Red” has three sounds: /r/-/e/-/d/. So all of these words have the same number of letters and sounds. “Fast” has four letters and four sounds. “Seven” has five letters and five sounds. “Red” has three letters and three sounds. That makes these words easy to pronounce because you see the word, one letter equals one sound. It’s easy. But are all English words like this? No, most English words are not like this. This is what makes English pronunciation difficult. So let’s look at this again. Part four: letters and sounds are not always the same thing. OK, listen to three more words: coffee, teacher, shopping. Think about the same questions we asked before: how many letters does each word have, and how many sounds does each word have? So, “coffee” has six letters, but how many sounds? Just four.
The two Fs together make one /f/ sound, and the two Es together make one /i/ sound. So there are four sounds. /k/-/ɒ/-/f/-/i/. Teacher has seven letters. How many sounds? Four, again. So the two letters EA make one /iː/ sound. The two letters CH make one /tʃ/ sound, and the two letters, ER, make one /ə/ sound. So there are four sounds in the word: /t/-/iː/-/tʃ/-/ə/. “Shopping” has eight letters. How many sounds? Five. S and H together make one /ʃ/ sound. The two Ps together make one /p/ sound. The letters NG make one /ŋ/ sound. So that leaves five sounds: /ʃ/-/ɒ/-/p/-/ɪ/-/ŋ/. Often, a word has more letters than sounds because two or more letters together can make one sound.
Sometimes three or four letters together can make one sound. For example, look at the word “four,” F-O-U-R. In this word, the three letters, ‘OUR’, make one sound: /ɔː/. Let’s look at three more words: one, use, Europe. Same questions: How many letters? How many sounds? Well, let’s look at “one.” “One” has three letters and three sounds, so that’s easy, right? But what are the three sounds? /w/-/ʌ/-/n/. Where does that /w/ sound come from? What about the other words? Well, “use” has three sounds, again, /j/-/ʊː/-/z/.
Again, you can see a /j/ sound, which is pronounced, but which isn’t obviously in the written word. “Europe” has five sounds: /j/-/ʊə/-/r/-/ə/-/p/. Once again, you can see there’s a /j/ sound in the pronunciation, which isn’t written clearly in the word. So to review: very often, words have more letters than sounds because, very often, two or more letters together can produce one sound. Sometimes there are extra sounds which are not obviously written, but which are pronounced when you say the word. Okay. Let’s do some practice together. I’m going to give you five words: apple, because, student, cheap, Wednesday. Think about the same questions: how many letters do these words have, and how many sounds do these words have? If you want, pause the video and think about your answer. We can start again when you’re ready and look at the answers together. OK, ready? Let’s check. “Apple” has five letters and three sounds: /æ/-/p/-/l/.
“Because” has seven letters and five sounds: /b/-/ɪ/-/k/-/ɒ/-/z/. “Student” has seven letters and eight sounds. How’s this possible? Let’s look: /s/-/t/-/j/-/ʊː/-/d/-/e/-/n/-/t/. Eight. There’s an extra /j/ before the /ʊː/, which again is not obvious from the spelling, but it’s in the pronunciation. “Cheap” has five letters and three sounds. /tʃ/-/iː/-/p/. Wednesday, nine letters, six sounds: /w/-/e/-/n/-/z/-/d/-/eɪ/.
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Hey everyone! Let’s talk about jobs. I wonder what he does and what does she do? Here we go! He’s a carpenter. He’s a carpenter. She’s a hairdresser. She’s a hairdresser. He’s a construction worker. He’s a construction worker. She’s a nurse. She’s a nurse. He’s a doctor. He’s a doctor. She’s an office worker. She’s an office worker. He’s a firefighter. He’s a firefighter. She’s a shop assistant. She’s a shop assistant. He’s a police officer. He’s a police officer. She’s a teacher. She’s a teacher. That was great stuff everyone let’s do it one more time in a big voice.
Listen and repeat. He’s a carpenter. She’s a hairdresser. He’s a construction worker. She’s a nurse. He’s a doctor. She’s an office worker. He’s a firefighter. She’s a shop assistant. He’s a police officer. She’s a teacher. Well done everyone. You did it! Thanks for watching. See you next time! Hi guys. Thanks for watching click on our logo below to subscribe for more fun kids videos. Thanks again, and see you next time!.
Wanna speak real English from your first lesson? Sign up for your free lifetime account at EnglishClass101.com. Hi, everybody! And welcome back to EnglishClass101.com’s Youtube channel. My name is Alisha, and today I’m going to give a short explanation of the difference between “look,” “watch,” and “see.” So let’s get started! Okay, the first verb that I want to talk about is “look.” We use “look” when we simply want to explain that we are moving our eyes to something, just moving the eyes is to “look” at something. There’s no expectation that the item or the object we are looking at is going to change. There’s no expectation that some change is going to happen, we’re simply moving our eyes to something. Finally, when you use “look” and an object follows the verb, you need to follow “look” with “at.” So for example, “look at that.” “Look at me.” “Look at that.” “Look at her.” “Look at him.” All of these use “at” because an object follows the verb “look.” So “look at that thing.” When you use an expression like “look over there,” there’s no object there, so only when there’s an object after the word “look” you need to use “at” to connect the two.
Okay, so remember, “look” is used when you’re simply moving your eyes to something. Okay, let’s talk then about the verb “watch.” So we use “watch” when we want to focus our attention on something. So focusing your attention can be on something happening in front of you, like a performance, it can be movie, TV, but the nuance with “watch” is you are watching something that is changing or moving, something is going to happen, there’s an expectation of change or movement, evolution in some way, we use “watch” in those cases. Focused attention on something that is changing or something that is moving is when we use “watch.” And finally, “see,” the verb “see” is used when we just notice something, we have to notice something, maybe a person has come into the room and we “see” that person, we noticed something but we’re not necessarily focusing. So maybe we “see” it, our eyes catch it, but we don’t focus on that thing, that is when we use “see.” So to recap, we use “look” just to move our eyes to something.
We use “watch” for focused attention on something that is moving or something that is changing. And we use “see” when we just notice something but we don’t necessarily focus on it. Okay, so this is the basic use of these three verbs, but there are a couple of exceptions. So here, I have special cases, especially for performances, so for example, movies, TV shows, concerts, sporting events, and so on, these have slightly different rules.
We will only use “watch” or “see” for these cases, please do not use “look” in these cases, please use “watch” or “see.” If you’re having trouble deciding when to use “watch” or “see,” a good rule, or a good guideline, is if it’s something outside the house, something outside your home, your apartment, use the verb “see.” If you’re at home doing something at home, like watching a movie, for example, use the verb “watch.” So for example, over here, you would see a movie in a movie theater; see a baseball game; watch a DVD at home, or watch the awards show at home.
So these are at home actions, and these are outside the home action. So we use “see” and “watch” in these cases. Okay, but let’s try to choose the correct verb in these example sentences that I’ve prepared. So first one, Tonight I’m going to ______ Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones is a popular TV show, so we should use “watch” because we learned that “watch” is used for things outside, oh, I’m sorry, because we learned that “watch” is used for actions at home, things we do at home, it’s more natural to use “watch.” I’m going to watch Game of Thrones.
Okay, the next sentence, I want to ______ that new movie. New movie probably means going to a movie theater, so we should use the verb “see.” I want to see that new movie, is the correct verb here. ______ up ahead, traffic is terrible. So up ahead means in front of you, in front of the car, in this case, it’s car, it’s traffic related, so up ahead, in this case, the speaker is asking the listener to move his or her eyes in front of them to go up ahead with their eyes, so you can use the verb “look.” Look up ahead, traffic is terrible. So move your eyes up ahead, it’s a command. Okay, next one, Last night I stayed in and ______ a football game.
So stayed in means stayed home, I stayed at home, we use the expression “stayed in” so I stayed in and “watch,” this is an at home action. Past tense, I watched a football game last night. Ok, next one, I can’t wait to ______ my favorite band next week. So again, this is a performance outside the house, my favorite band, so we’ll use “see” I can’t wait to “see” my favorite band next week. Ok, next sentence. When I ______ into the forest, I ______ a deer. Okay, there are two verbs in this sentence, we’re going to use “looked,” so when I moved my eyes into the forest, I moved my direction, my eyes moved in the direction of the forest, and I ______ a deer. So we noticed something, I saw a deer. I saw a deer. A deer entered my eyes, is a weird way to say it but that’s the nuance here. I happened to notice, I wasn’t focusing but I saw this in my eye, I saw a deer. Okay, let’s look at a really difficult one. I ______ up from my book and ______ you.
You were ______ a video on your phone. Okay, so similar here, I ______ up, I “looked” up, I moved my eyes up from my book, so I was reading, I moved my eyes up from my book. And ______ you, so here I noticed, I saw, past tense, I saw you; then here you were ______ a video on your phone. A video on your phone, so maybe we need to use the verb “watch” because the person has focused their attention on their phone on the video. You were watching, past progressive tense, you were watching a video on your phone. So here in this situation we have all three verbs. Finally, let’s use it in a question. When did you last ______ your roommate? So when did you last notice your roommate? We would use the verb “see,” when did you last “see” your roommate, when was the last time you saw your roommate, you noticed your roommate.
So these are some great examples of sentences where it might be difficult to guess should I use “look,” should I use “see,” should I use “watch,” but keep these rules in mind; so remember when you move your eyes to something use “look,” don’t forget to use “at” when an object follows the verb, too. When you want to focus your attention or talk about something that’s changing and moving, use “watch,” like movies and TV shows. When you want to just talk about noticing something but not focusing your attention, use “see.” So this is a basic introduction to the differences between “look,” “see,” and “watch.” I hope it was useful for you, if you like, you can try to leave a comment with one of these verbs in your sentence, or if you have any questions please let us know as well. Thanks very much for watching this video! If you liked this video please be sure to hit the LIKE button and subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already, also check us out for more at EnglishClass101.com.
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Want to speak real English from your first lesson? Sign up for your free lifetime account at EnglishClass101.com. Hi, everybody, and welcome back to Top Words. My name is Alisha, and today we’re going to talk about 10 ways to motivate yourself when learning English. Let’s go! The first way to motivate yourself is to imagine that one day you will live in the United States. So to do this, imagine what is your day going to be like when you live in the US, where will you go, who will you meet, where will you shop, and so on.
Imagine your day in the United States. Ok, the second way to motivate yourself when you’re studying English is to study other aspects of the culture, too, which makes it more rewarding to study English. Ok, so this means, of course, studying English as a language but if there’s a specific country that you’d like to visit or a specific part of that country’s culture, try to learn about that too. If you like music, if you like the food, if you like the history; try to find something about a specific country or a specific part of that country’s culture that you enjoy in addition to studying the language. Ok! Way number 3 to motivate yourself is finding funny words in English. Ok, so finding a word that sounds funny or a word that you enjoy using, or a phrase that you enjoy using can really increase your motivation for using that word and for interacting with people.
So if you can find those phrases that you think are funny or are fun, they can be really really helpful for you as you learn your language. The next way to motivate yourself is to make friends with people who speak English. So of course, if you don’t have any friends who are English speakers, especially native English speakers, it’s a really good idea to make some friends. This way you can practice with them, you can learn from them, and you can just see maybe what their life is like and how their life is different from yours. So this is a great way to practice, a great way to learn, and a great way to think more internationally as well. The next way to motivate yourself is watching youtube videos of other people who have successfully learned English. So you can listen to people what worked for them, how did they study, where did they go, what materials did they use, what did they find not helpful.
So you can try to find a strategy that works well for you through using resources like YouTube, for example. It’s a great way to find people that maybe match with what you need. Ok, the next way to motivate yourself is by watching English movies and TV shows and enjoying the feeling when you can understand a word or a sentence. Yeah, I do this too. When you enjoy something, when you find entertainment value in something, like music, movies, TV, and you there’s that moment when you pick up, or when you understand what your favorite character said, or you understand that like a key point in the story, it’s a really really good feeling.
It makes you want to continue watching, I think. So that’s a really really nice feeling, I think, and you can do that by enjoying media so it’s a fun way to learn and it’s a fun feeling to experience. Ok, the next way to motivate yourself is by reading English news articles, blogs, and magazines to get a feel for formal and casual language. So the style that we use here, like EnglishClass101 and on the videos on this channel, is quite casual most of the time, or at least in these videos it’s very casual, but the way that I speak in the way a newspaper is written, the way a magazine is written, the way a newscaster presents the information, these are all different ways of communicating.
We’re using the same language, yes, but there are different styles, so it’s important to try to understand those differences and to become familiar with them. So try to find a few different things that you can enjoy. The next way to motivate yourself is after dinner you write about your day in a journal in English. Ok, this is an interesting idea. So just take a few minutes after dinner or before you go to bed to write something in English about what you did that day, or maybe so you have a chance to talk about future tense, or to use the future tense, you can use you can talk about your upcoming plans or the things you’re going to do the next day. So you can talk about past tense, what you did that day, maybe present tense, how you’re feeling as you’re writing your journal for the day, and future tense to talk about your upcoming plan.
So journaling can be a really effective exercise for motivating you. Okay, the next way to motivate yourself is by practicing with flashcards of useful words and phrases for 15 minutes every day on the train. I actually do do this, I use, but I use an application to study in Japanese to study Kanji, and 15 minutes every day adds up over the course of a week, you can learn a lot of information in a short period of time. And if you live in the country where your target language is spoken, then you might even find the word you studied on the train, you see it, like, after you leave the train you might see that word later on in your day.
So you can immediately feel like an extra sense of motivation by knowing that this thing you’re studying is applicable, it’s something you can use right away, it’s a really cool feeling. So this is a tip, I honestly, I use this. Last, I make sure to thank anyone and everyone who corrects my English. Yeah, I think this is really important because people are really nice, they don’t want to correct you when you make a mistake; but sometimes, people do, they’re really polite about it, and they tell you the more, tell you a more natural way, or they give you a suggestion for how to improve your English, make sure you say thank you. Like, repeat after them and then say thank you. So that’s, you know, it’s motivation for them to tell you again in the future, to help you again in the future.
So make sure to say thank you to anyone who helps you with your English. So that’s the end! So those are 10 ways that you can motivate yourself when you learn English. If you have a different strategy for how you like to motivate yourself to learn English, please let us know in the comments. Please be sure also to like this video and subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already. Thanks very much for watching I hope this video motivated you to keep studying, we’ll see you again soon with more fun stuff, bye!.
Hi, there. We get a lot of questions on the site about all the different exams you can do with English. So we’ve decided to come along to a very good English school this morning to ask Shirley, who’s in charge of exams and qualifications at the London School of English, about the different exams you can take, and Monica, who is a successful candidate of the IELTS exam.
So Shirley, there are so many different qualifications. Why is the IELTS, in particular, one that many people try and do? Because it’s the gateway to university. IELTS is the exam that you need to get into university and for further study. There are other exams that you can take, but IELTS is by far the most popular. And if you have a level of or 7, you can go on to do whatever it is you want to do in your life. So getting that exam can be very tricky. So I think probably one of the reasons you get so many questions is because people are constantly looking for ideas and help and tips on how to get the best out of their exam.
Sure. Monica, how did you find doing the IELTS? Did it take you a long time? Did you have to study very hard to do this exam? And how did you find it easier by coming here to the school? I study almost six months IELTS in Japan. But I couldn’t get my IELTS score in my country. So that’s why I decided to come here. And then — yes. I can say my English skill was improved a lot in this school. So — and then, this experience has contributed to getting into university. And did I get it right, Shirley, that there are two different kinds of IELTS? There’s academic and general. General, yes. By far, the most popular one is the academic one. But if you want to — if you need an exam for visa purposes or for immigration purposes, you can use a general IELTS, which is a slightly different exam.
Actually, the writing paper is different, and the reading paper is different. But the speaking and the listening are the same. On the general English exam, the writing is much more about the kind of writing that you would have to do if you were living in a country, so it’s letters. And the reading is more about understanding life around you. The type of IELTS that you probably get questions about is academic. And the writing is a sample of the kind of writing you can expect to produce in university and the same with the reading. It’s the kind of text that you will need to access. And they are very difficult. But they’re designed so that they can test every level from a beginner right through to advanced.
So you really need to understand how to tackle the text because there will always be a question — if you’re a level 6 or a level 7, there will always be a question that you can’t answer because only a level 9 can answer everything. And if you don’t know how to tackle these texts, it can really feel like an impossible task. But it’s not. You just need to know what you’re doing. It starts from — well, you’ve got — a level 1 would be a beginner. And a level 9 is native speaker competence, so somebody who’s completely comfortable with the language, and everywhere in between. So if you’re looking at what you want for university, it will generally start around a level 6.
And a level 6 will get you into a lot of universities. But you’ll find your course quite stressful because it’s pretty low. Actually, it will get you in the door, but if you want to really succeed, you need more than a 6. And I would say you aim for a or a 7 to feel really comfortable. And it’s not always IELTS that will get you there because often, you need more general English.
You need to understand more about English in general before you can understand the academic side. If you study purely IELTS, you’ll never get anywhere. You have to study IELTS and general English side by side. Yeah. So you’ve studied at this school for a while now. You’ve obviously become much better in your language skills. But are there other things that you’ve learned? Maybe you’ve learned thinking skills, analytical skills that have helped you? What I improved the most in this school and in London is the communication skills with people. So now, I have a much more confidence to communicate with native speakers because my English is not perfect. But I guess a lot of native speakers don’t expect to speak a perfect English. But I can communicate with people. And I enjoy my university a lot. Of course, it’s sometimes stressful, but it’s very, very good experience for me. I just passed the first year of master’s this June.
And we’re very proud. Thank you very much, Shirley and Monica. Thank you very much. I hope you found that useful about the IELTS examination. Now, I’m here with Rosie. And she is the university — what was the actual title? University relations manager. That’s right. Now, your role here is to help students — you have an actual course for people who are applying for universities in London and the UK, and you help them actually get into those courses if that’s suitable for them.
That’s right. Yeah. We’ve got a university preparation course called “English for University”, which is academic English. So we have a separate IELTS preparation course. That doesn’t cover the skills that you need for university, really, so extended essay writing skills, research skills, note taking in lectures, reading skills — extensive reading skills, things like that. It sounds like a really exciting course. The students actually go out into the university to see what they’re like because you do need to actually see a university before you know it’s the right place, don’t you? Yeah. Exactly. That’s part of every four-week course. We go to visit a university, a London one. And as part of that, they get a campus tour. They go to the student cafeteria. They’re often shown around by a student there. And they have a taste of a lecture. So they actually sit in a lecture. They listen to it. Whatever subject is on the course that month, they have a lecture associated with it. They take the notes and experience the real thing.
So I think it really helps to have a clear idea of what university is like. Do you think that it’s a good bridging process between someone living in, say, Japan, and then university life in England is going to be very different? Do you think this helps prepare them socially and in terms of what life living is going to be like in the UK as well? Yeah. It certainly helps. We actually developed the course with that in mind because we had students who were with us to do IELTS and then went straight to university.
And they came back and said, “This is so different from what we expected.” So — yeah. This is actually one of our main aims. I mean, it’s always going to be a shock to them when they actually start university in terms of the workload and the expectations of them because it’s often very different from their own country. But — yeah. Just constantly addressing all those issues. And like you said, social issues of being in university. How you address your tutor — you know, it’s not acceptable to be asking a million questions after every lecture. And the fact that they are, you know — they have to settle into accommodation, open bank accounts, and all the rest of it.
They have to be quite independent. And in terms of actually being accepted by a UK university, obviously the personal statement is very important on the UCAS application. How do you think this will help the students get the right message out there with that? Well, my role is — I go in, and I support the English university course very strongly. But my role is independent from that. So students come to see me at break times or at lunchtime with questions about their application. So it might be, “Where can I study this course?” Or it might be, “What qualifications do I need?” Or, “Are my qualifications sufficient?” It’s also very much, “Will you check my application.” And a big part of that is the personal statement. They often don’t realize just how important the personal statement is because if an admissions chief is looking at two very similar academic backgrounds, it will come down to the personal statement.
So it’s something that needs to be written and written again. Exactly. Yeah. It’s draft, re-draft. Draft, re-draft. So it is a backwards and forwards process, which I help them with as much as they need. And have you been getting some good feedback on your recent courses. Yes. We actually have an alumni group, which enables us to stay in touch with students who are studying in the UK, especially London. So we hear back from them regularly. And actually, we’ve started organizing reunions. So — yeah. We do hear back. We manage to keep in touch with the students. And the feedback we get is really positive. They do find it quite difficult to adapt to a university — or some do. But they’re always eternally grateful for the courses. They always say that without them, they wouldn’t have got into university or they wouldn’t have survived.
Great. And a little bird told me that there is a bit of a reunion party going on tonight. That’s right. Tonight’s the night. There’ll be good few of them coming back. Some of the teachers are coming along as well because it’s them that the students want to see. So — yeah. Cool. Should be good. See you at the party. [Crowd chatter] So I came down at the party, and I found a couple of guys. So we’ve got José here and Joe. José, where are you from? From Colombia. From Colombia. And we’ve also got Joe. And you’re from — I’m from Taiwan. Great. So I just met these guys. And these people were in the same class together.
Now, José, you’re now doing an M.A.; is that right? That’s right. And what’s the subject? The subject is record production. So it’s all the music part of the record production and how you create records and how you record. All the studio-related stuff. And your classmate Joe — it’s interesting because Joe is actually doing A levels now in quite scientific subjects. What subjects are you A levels again? I’m doing math – further math, physics, and chemistry. Cool. And is that someone near here in Central London? Yes. My college is near Fulham Broadway Tube station. Okay. And how are you finding being a student in the UK? Is it exciting? Scary? At first, I thought the subjects would be the same as Asian subjects. But actually, it’s not. Here, they demand you to think about more deeply, and you require lots of English. Sure. So you found it quite helpful studying here before you did — Yeah. Because I did academic English here, so I found this quite useful. Okay. And just because my students here are learning some English at the moment on the Internet, why would you encourage them to come to London or an English-speaking country and immerse themselves in the life and possibly a language skill? Why would you say it’s important? Well, I think London as a city — it’s a city that offers you everything you can find in the world.
So it’s like a melting pot of things and cultures. So as I said before, every neighborhood has its own characteristics and its own personality. So here, you’ll find everything. So you’ll find all the cultural differences you want to find. Lovely. I’m going to ask one last question to Joe. So just a little summary. What did you learn on your four-week course? You said it was academic English. It’s a really quite tough subject. So you need to write a lot of essays. Okay. So it’s essay writing as well. It’s like, for example, for chemistry and physics, they require you have, kind of, critical thinking. You need to write a little bit — very short essay — to express your thoughts. So you learned to have better written English. Yes. Great. Well, thank you so much for coming in and speaking. I don’t want to hold you any longer. So you know, enjoy the party. And thank you very much for watching this video.