Learn English Conversation | How to Talk to Native Speakers

{“en”:”Hey guys, howu2019s it going today? My name is Brandon. And in this video, weu2019re going to help you improve your English speaking ability. When you first meet somebody, you might want to ask them a million questions. But, actually, you want to keep a balance of giving and asking questions. And in this video, weu2019re going to show you how. So keep watching. Whenever, Iu2019m traveling abroad, Iu2019m always wanting to meet new people, have good conversations, and just have a good time. But, generally, all the conversations are almost the same. They always ask the same questions. Where are you from? What do you do? Why are you here? Where do you live? How old are you? And so on and so on. Those arenu2019t bad questions. But it just feels like Iu2019m being interviewed. And I donu2019t want to be interviewed. I want to talk to you. I want to learn a little bit about you. So if you ask me whatu2019s my favorite sports team, After tell me yours, and tell me why.

The key is keeping a balance. Between asking and giving information. Balance is key. So the next time you see me walking down the street, or any other foreigner, go up and say, u201chiu201d. Start a conversation. Ask them some questions. But donu2019t ask them one million questions. You want to start a conversation. And a conversation is sharing information between two or more people. So make sure you give them some information about yourself, too. If you like this video, make sure you like and subscribe.. “}

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Improve your English the CRAZY way!!!

{“en”:”Hi, there. Are you having problems or difficulties, or do you find it difficult to practice speaking English? Maybe you live in a country where nobody around you speaks English, or you’re the only person you know that speaks English. I’ve got some advice for you. So, how to help you improve your speaking or your talking in English. Goin’ crazy. Usually in English, we never say: “going” or “trying”. We say: “goin'”. So, any time in English you see this, we’re actually missing the “g”. So, probably you should say: “Going crazy trying to speak or practice English”.

But, in slang when regular speech, we say: “Goin’ crazy tryin’ to speak or practice English”. So, I want you to think about one thing. Crazy people, there’s one right here. I’m crazy, little bit. But when I say “crazy people”, I mean people who are mentally disturbed or have something really wrong with their brain. And we like to categorize people as being crazy, but they really are not insane. They just make crazy noises. So if someone is considered crazy, what do they do? Crazy people usually talk to themselves, they hear voices, especially if they’re psychotic, and they will take to anyone or everyone that will listen to them. So, my advice to you, secret number 42 of how to speak English, is act like you’re crazy, or just go crazy learning English.

The first one: crazy people talk to themselves. You are going to talk to yourself. If you want to really put… Bring this off and do it well, you could go on the bus [giggles] or on any kind of trans… Public transportation, go on the street in your city and just talk to yourself on the street. I don’t really recommend that. If you want to do that, you can. But talk to yourself, but record it. So when you do this, you’re actually listening to your English so you can catch your mistakes and you can listen to your pronunciation. And, really, what do you sound like in English? So, rule number one: you’re going to talk to yourself, but you’re going to record it so you can check your mistakes and you can see just how well you do speak. Because I bet you, you speak better than you think. Next one: crazy people talk about hearing voices. Now, I know you inside have a voice. You, like I, have an inner being, a voice inside your head.

Crazy people are known to have more than one voice. If you have this, you might want to seek some help. But when you hear voices, I want you to talk to yourself inside your head in English. When I lived in Japan, I learned to speak Japanese. I didn’t take a course. I don’t like studying. But my inner voice spoke to me in Japanese. So I would come back to Canada or I would go travelling, and I would actually speak to people who spoke English, they would ask me a question, I would answer them in Japanese because my inner voice was still talking to me in Japanese.

So, one really, really important and great thing that you can do is make your inside voice speak to you in English. This sounds crazy, but I guarantee you that it’s one of the ways that you know if you are coming actually bilingual (means you can speak two languages) or trilingual. So, if your inside voice can talk to you in two different languages, this is really amazing, and it means that your English is improving. Everyone has a different timeline. Some people can do this within a year, some people within months, some people it takes three or four years to do this, but once you have achieved this, woohoo, you’re almost there. And the last one: you’ll notice that if you see crazy people on the subway or you see crazy people in your city, they’re going to talk to any or… This means “or”, by the way. Everyone. They don’t care who it is. They’re not going to be picky and go: “I don’t want to talk to that person. I want to talk to everyone.” So, the more people that you can speak to in English, the better.

You don’t have to be picky. That means you don’t have to choose. Is it a beautiful girl? A handsome boy? Young people, old people, babies, children. Anyone that you know that speaks English, try and talk to them. Even in your country, you think: “Ronnie, there’s no one in my country that speaks English”, you might be surprised. You can find people on websites, and you can find other English speakers to talk to. So, go crazy, speak as much as you can, and learn English with me. I’m Ronnie, and I’m crazy. Good bye.. “}

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Classroom English: Vocabulary & Expressions for Students

Hi. Welcome again to www.engvid.com. I’m Adam. Today’s lesson comes as a request, because I know that there are actually quite a few of you who are teachers of English, and you wanted to know some classroom English. So, today, we’re going to look at classroom English. This is more for beginners, especially people who have just joined an English class, an ESL class, EFL class, etc. and you’re starting to get used to the classroom environment, and you’re not exactly sure what the teacher is saying, what you should say, etc. We’re going to start with the teachers. What do teachers say that you need to understand? Okay? [Clears throat] Excuse me. First, the teacher will take attendance, or the teacher will take roll call. Sorry, these are two separate words, “roll call”. Basically, they want to know who is here and who is not here. Okay? So, if a student is in the class, he or she is present. So, if the teacher says: -“Bill?” -“Present.” -“Mary?” -“Present.” -“Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?” Bueller is absent. He or she is not in the class.

So, “absent”, not here. “Present”, here. If the teacher has finished with attendance and starts to teach the class, and a student comes in then, that student is late. And they get a little check. Too many lates, you get into trouble. Now, you could be absent, but you can have an excused absent, means that you have a note from your parents, from your doctor, from your boss, or the teacher just knows that you’re not coming today and it’s okay; it’s excused.

Now, the teacher will give you commands. He or she will tell you to do things. Okay? So, it’s very important that you understand what to do. If a teacher says: “Put up your hand”, or: “Raise your hand to ask a question, to make a comment, to ask to go to the bathroom”, put up your hand. Raise your hand. Don’t speak out. Because if everybody speaks out, it’s just noise. Put up your hand, ask your question, get your answer. Okay? Then, the teacher will ask you: “Take out your notebooks. Take out your pens.

Take out your earphones.” Basically, get them ready, we are going to use them. Okay. “Take your seats.” Basically means sit down, sit. Okay? So, he’s trying to get organized, or she is trying to get organized. Next, they’ll say: “Take out your book. Turn to page 37.” Means open your book, page 37, let’s start reading, working, etc. Now, if the teacher wants you to do things, but not alone… For example, if you’re doing math, yeah, you do it alone no problem. If you’re doing ESL, the teacher will want you to work in pairs. It means two people together, so you can speak. “Work in groups”, means get into a few people together; three, four, five. If he wants a specific number, he will say: “Get into groups of”, or: “Work in groups of three.” So, you find your two friends, three sit together, do the exercise. Now, if the teacher… As everybody’s talking, the teacher wants everybody be quiet and listen to one student, he will say or she will say: “Please pay attention to Jack. Jack is going to speak. Everybody, please pay attention to Jack.” Or if you’re doing exercise, if the teacher wants you to be careful about one word or one grammar structure: “Pay attention to the independent clause.” Means be very focused, be aware.

Okay? So, these are the basic things you need to know what… That your teacher will say. Now, you’re the student, you have questions or you don’t understand something, what are you going to say or what are you going to ask? Let’s see. Okay, so now, you’re the student and, you know, sometimes you don’t understand everything the teacher says. So, there are things you can say or ask from the teacher, of course, to help you.

If you didn’t hear something, what will you say? You could say: “I didn’t catch the last part.” Now, if you say: “I didn’t hear”, and I’m the teacher, I have been speaking for 10 minutes, and you say: “I didn’t hear.” I’ll say: “What? Everything? 10 minutes?” I can’t say again. So, “I didn’t hear”, or: “I didn’t catch the last part.” So, I will go back and say again the last part, or: “I didn’t hear the part about what to ask.” Or: “I didn’t hear the part about independent clauses”, or whatever the lesson is about. So, be specific. Tell the teacher which part you didn’t hear. He or she will say it again. Or you can just say: “Could you repeat that please?” Repeat, say again.

If you didn’t hear: “Could you repeat that please? Could you say that again?” But again, say which part. Be specific. Or: “I didn’t hear/catch what you said after here.” So, tell the teacher you heard everything until here, and from here, you didn’t hear, you didn’t catch. “Catch” means hear or understand. Okay? And if you’re having a lot of trouble, ask a teacher: “Can you please speak more slowly?” And the teacher will slow down, and it will be much easier for you to understand. Okay, now, if you are learning something… And again, we’re learning English and you’re not familiar with what the teacher says…

It’s something new or you don’t really know what it is, first of all, make sure you know how to spell the word. If it’s a new word, ask the teacher: “How do you spell that?” And the teacher will say: “S-p-e-l-l.” Spell. Okay? “How do you spell that?” Now, if you don’t know the meaning of the word and the teacher just continues speaking, put up your hand, say: “I’m sorry. What does this word mean?” And the teacher will explain to you. Now, if you’re learning in another country, you’re learning EFL, English as a foreign language, you can say: “How do you say this word?” in your language? If you’re learning in Japan: “How do you say ‘spell’ in Japanese?”, “How do you say ‘spell’ in Spanish?”, “How do you say ‘spell'” in any language? And: “What is this word in Japanese?”, “What is ‘spell’ in Japanese?” So, these two basically mean the same thing. By the way, these marks means same as what was above, just so you know. What is the word in your language? If you’re learning outside. If you’re learning in Canada, for example, and you say: “How do you say this word in Spanish?” I don’t know.

I don’t actually speak Spanish. I wish I spoke Spanish. I will learn one day, but for now, I don’t. So, you have to be careful. Okay. Finally, if you need a bit more information, you want the teacher to explain a little bit more, maybe you understand or you heard, but you’re not really sure. So, you can always ask for more specifics. “Can you use this word in a sentence?” So, for example, you heard the word, you understand the word, but you’re not sure how it would fit in a sentence, how to use it. Ask. “Can you use…?” Like, for the teacher: “Can you please use this word in a sentence so I can see how it works?” Or: “Can you give me”, or: “Can you give us”, the class, “an example of this?” Okay? So, for example, the teacher taught you about some new technology. You understand, but you want to see in real life what this means. So, you want examples of things that use this technology, so you ask.

Now, this is everything you need to know, teachers, students entering the classroom, but the most important thing you need to remember: if you don’t understand something, ask. There’s no such thing as a bad question or a stupid question, or you’re not sure about. If you’re not sure, ask. The teacher will be happy to tell you the answer. He or she will be happy to repeat a few times until you understand. I’m sure that other… Your classmates, other people in the class, they also have questions, but they are too shy to ask.

You ask. You get the answer, you move on. Okay? Go to www.engvid.com. If you have any questions for me, write them in the comments box. I will answer them. Do the quiz, make sure you understand everything. And come back again to www.engvid.com. Bye..

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Learn English vocabulary in the BATHROOM :)

“Teacher! Teacher! Ronnie! Ronnie! Can I go — can I go bathroom?” “What? ‘Can I go bathroom?’ Okay. ‘Can I go to the bathroom?’ Yes. ‘Can I go bathroom?’ No. Not in here, please. If you said, “Can I go bathroom”, that means that you are going to pee where you are. Please go to the bathroom or the washroom to pee. Today’s lesson is all about going to the toilet. This thing is called a “plunger”. Plunge, plunge, plunge! What do you do with this in the bathroom, you wonder? This is a plunger. What we use this for is in the toilet. So let’s imagine that your friend, your mother, your father, your brother, your sister, or you ate a lot of food last night. And then, you went to the toilet. You took a massive dump. What is a “massive dump”? A “massive dump” is slang. “Take a massive dump.” “Massive” means very big, and “dump” — let me draw it for you — means poo.

Unchi! Japanese style. So “take a massive dump” means “to have a bowel movement”, if you will. Okay? But it’s so large that maybe it clogs or plugged the toilet. So that means I cannot flush the toilet. Now, basic bathroom etiquette. Please, when you have finished whatever you’re doing in there, please always flush the toilet. There’s a little mechanism on the toilet. It’s usually a silver color. It’s very easy. You press it. All of the water and all of the extra things in the toilet floating here — maybe you have some poo — it goes away so that the next person does not have to see what you ate for dinner. I don’t want to see that. “Oh, Uncle John had corn last night.” Unnecessary for me to see. So please, I beg of you, if you are going to use the toilet, please flush it, okay? There was a rhyme that I knew — I still know it. It’s called, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” I would like to change the poem to say, “Flush the toilet.

I don’t care what color it is. I don’t want to see it.” Or you’re going to be getting one of these stuck in your face. So rule No. 1: Flush the toilet, okay? With a plunger, you are going to — as I said — unclog the plugged toilet. What happens in a toilet or in a sink is you have a drain, okay? A “drain” is a hole at the bottom where all the water goes into.

It goes to Magic Land. Okay? So the sink and the toilet both have a drain, as does your bathtub and your shower. What happens is hair or other debris gets stuck in the drain. So the drain gets clogged or plugged. It basically means that all of this stuff can’t go down the pipe, and it backs up. So the water doesn’t go down. Dangerous with a toilet. Not as bad with a sink. Acceptable with a bathtub and a shower. All you need to do is plunge it. Make sure it’s clean. Now, what do you do in a sink? Usually, when you go to the sink, you wash your hands. Rule No. 2: After you go to the toilet, you flush the toilet, okay? Then, it’s really, really cool. It’s the coolest thing ever that you wash your hands. Especially for men. Guys, what are you touching? What are you doing? I don’t want to touch a doorknob that you have touched after you’ve taken — sorry. After you’ve gone to the toilet.

You’ve touched your man part. You did not wash your hand, and then you touched the doorknob. I’m touching your knob, too, okay? Literally. I don’t want to touch your knob. Please wash your hands after you flush the toilet. Good. Another thing that you might find in a bathroom or a washroom is a bathtub, and/or you may have a shower. Now, the difference between a bathtub and a shower, it’s very easy. When you have or take a bath, you’re going to do it in the bathtub. In the bathtub, you get to lie down. You get to relax. Maybe you have some bubbles. Maybe you have a rubber ducky. That’s a duck, okay? I’m an artist. That’s a duck. A shower, it’s very small, and you don’t have enough room to lie down, so you are going to stand up in the shower, okay? It doesn’t matter if you say the verb “take” or “have”.

So you can say, “I’m going to have a bath. I’m going to take a bath. Or I’m going to have a shower. I’m going to take a shower.” The other thing that you can say is — “shower” is also a verb. So you can say, “I’m going to shower. I’m going to shower.” You can’t say, “I’m going to bath, or I’m going to bathtub.” Because “bathtub” and “bath” — these guys are only nouns, okay? A shower can be a verb and a noun.

English is so confusing sometimes. Even when you’re just trying to be clean. I’ll help you. Don’t worry. What other things can you do in the bath — what other things can you do in the bathroom or the washroom? You can look in the mirror. When you look in the mirror, you see your reflection. “It’s me! Oh, wow.” So when you look in the mirror, you see a mirror image of yourself. Sometimes it’s a little dirty. Another thing that people are, I think, kind of confused about sometimes is the difference between “washroom” and “bathroom”. Honestly, I don’t care. If someone said, “May I go to the washroom?” Okay. “May I go to the bathroom?” Okay. Really, the difference is this. This might blow your mind. Properly, a bathroom has a bath. A washroom would normally have a toilet and a sink. But if you’re in a public place, it doesn’t matter if you say “bathroom” or “washroom”.

One mistake that I have made in Canada is one time I was shopping, and I had to go to the washroom. So I went to the person who worked at the store, and I said, “Excuse me. Where’s your toilet?” The person looked at me like I had two heads. “Where’s my toilet?” “Yeah. Where’s your toilet?” “We don’t have toilets.” “You don’t have toilets? This is a department store. There are many people. It’s an American department store — [coughs] Target. I know you have a toilet. I know you do. “We don’t sell no toilets.” “Oh, I don’t want to buy a toilet. I want to use your public toilet.” “Oh, the bathroom!” “Yes, the bathroom, then.” “It’s over there, to the left.” “Thank you.” So I’ve made the mistake of saying, “Where’s the toilet.” In Canada and in North America, it’s more natural to say “washroom” or “bathroom”.

There’s another one that people use sometimes, too. And it’s called — maybe you’ll see it on the sign — a “restroom”. That’s fine. I’m just not too sure what you’re doing when you’re having a rest in the bathroom. For me, I’d rather take a rest, like, in my bedroom or maybe on the couch or the sofa. I don’t really feel that comfortable resting in a public toilet on the sink.

I don’t know. Did you have any bathroom stories? I’d love to hear them in the comments. Please comment. Say “hi”. Tell me about your bathroom experience. Until then, toodles..

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How to learn grammar – any grammar!!!

Hello. Do you have to learn grammar? I have to learn grammar sometimes. I’m a grammar teacher. And I know grammar is really, really difficult sometimes. And it just makes you want to scream, pull your hair out, freak out, and cry sometimes. “I hate grammar.” The reason why grammar is so difficult is because it’s confusing; you have to remember so many rules; and then, there are exceptions to these so many rules; and it’s just really confusing; and it’s very different from your native language or languages, depending on how many you speak.

So really, really easy, really effective method to learn any grammar ever in the world. So today’s lesson is how to learn, remember, and use any grammar that is on a test, whether you’re taking TOEFL or TOEIC or IELTS or Cambridge — anything that you have to remember grammar for, this is going to be a godsend for you. It’s going to help you so much. Great. So let’s get into it. First one, you have two points to remember. That’s it. Two. Done. The first one is the structure. You have to remember and know how the grammar is made. Okay? The second point is how or why do we use this? Why do I need to learn this stupid grammar? Am I ever going to use it in real life? Why would I say this? Why do I need present perfect? Why can’t I just use simple past? Why do I need continuous? Why do I need passive? These are the questions you have to ask two people, one, your teacher, and two, yourself.

If you are teaching English and you don’t know structure, and more importantly, how and why, you’ve got some homework to do. People — students have asked me, “Teacher, why?” “I don’t know.” Just say to them, “I don’t know.” Go look it up. Do some research. Find the answer. The best thing is to find your own answer if you have to do this. So let’s dive into this. First of all, when I say “structure”, I mean how do you make the grammar? How do you make the sentence? So if I give you the example of present continuous, this is the name of the grammar. If you just remember the name of the grammar, it’s useless.

So it comes to the test and it says, “Write a present continuous sentence.” He’s like, “Uh, I know present continuous. How do you make it?” So the way that I always remember grammar is I always like to use a subject. Now, if you want to replace the word “subject” with any other word like [random sounds] or “dog”, that’s cool. But I like to use “subject” as my beginning. Then, for present continuous, it’s going to be “to be verb”. But instead of just writing “to be verb”, it really, really helps you if you write out the different forms of the “to be” verb. So for example, “I am”, “he is”, “we are”. Okay? The second thing — sorry. The last thing in the present continuous that makes the verb continuous is you’re going to have the -ing. So the structure or the form that I like to use for the present continuous is subject + “am”, “is”, “are” + verb + ing. The present continuous also has another name, which is “present progressive”. They’re exactly the same grammar point. The usages are the same. But it’s just a different word for it.

Don’t worry. It’s cool. Don’t worry about it. So next step — we’ve got the structure. Next step, very important, how or why do I use this? Why do I need to use this grammar? Why do I need to learn this grammar? You need to learn it because it’s on your test. But as soon as the test is finished, why would I use this? How would I say this in my life? Answer — actions you are doing now. What are you doing right now? Are you watching a video? I think you are. So maybe you’re watching a video. Maybe you’re eating something. Maybe you’re brushing your teeth. I can’t see you. You can see me. What are you doing? Ah. Okay. Good. So present continuous, as an example, structure, how and why. Another really, really good thing to do is to write down as many examples as you can. It’s always good to practice the grammar written. Also, talk. Speak. Get a video recorder and talk into it — or tape recorder, digital recorder. Listen to yourself saying the new grammar sentences. It will help you remember if you play it back.

Let’s use this theory. Let’s learn some new grammar. Maybe it’s old grammar. It’s okay. Past simple, so first of all, structure. How do I make past simple? Do you know? Do you know? Okay. Past simple is going to be subject + a past tense of the verb, and usually, we’re going to have a noun or a complement to the verb. So you have subject + past tense + noun. For example, “I ate dinner.” Yay. Okay. Uh-oh. So what — hold on. So I’ve remembered the structure, but I need to know why would I use this? Why is this useful in my life? How or why? How do we use this? We use this to talk about past — I’m going to say “boring”. Some people like to say “routine”. But it’s basically for past events. And usually, we have a time marker in this. We don’t have to have a time marker as a rule, but usually, we throw in a time marker just to help us distinguish it from present perfect. So rule No.

1, structure. How do you make the grammar? No. 2, how and why do I use this? Why do I use this? This is how you’re going to connect this for your brain. Step 3, I didn’t write it down, but that’s okay. Think of, write down, talk about as many examples as you can. But very importantly, make the examples relevant to you, to your life. Don’t think about examples about someone else that you don’t know or things that you don’t care about. Try and make them for you. This will help you remember why the grammar is important. What are you doing right now? What did you do yesterday? So simple past. “I ate dinner. I went for a walk. It was really cold. It was so cold. But I did it.” Right now, I’m teaching you. I’m breathing. Are you breathing? I hope you’re breathing. I’m watching you.

You’re watching me. It’s fantastic. So the next time you’re in grammar class or you’re trying learn grammar by yourself — it doesn’t matter what language it is — always think of these two very easy steps. One, structure; two, how and why. I guarantee you that this will help you so much. I guarantee it so much that you will get your money back from somewhere if it doesn’t work. Call this 1-800 number. Give it a chance. Bye..

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