Learn English Words Faster – AGILE – Meaning, Vocabulary With Pictures and Examples ✅

{“en”:”Agile able to move fast and easily Because he practiced parkour, he was an extremely agile athlete. He was difficult to chase through the crowd due to his agile movements. The agile runner was able to avoid stumbling over the rock on the running path. Since the thief was so agile, it made it difficult to track his movements. The director was looking for agile stage hands who could move quickly on and off the stage for scene changes. Agile able to move fast and easily Agile able to move fast and easily Agile able to move fast and easily”}

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Learn English Conversation – Oxford English Daily Conversation Part 1

{“en”:”Good morning. It`s seven thirty. I`m Gary Fenton. Here is the news. The Prime Minister is in the United States today… …for talks with the American president at the White House. The talks are very important for British and American… Look at the time! Julia! It`s half past seven. – Your train`s at quarter to eight. – Coming. Is this OK Lovely, dear. Well, good luck. Thanks, Mum. Bye, Dad. Bye, love. Colin. It`s her first day today. What Oh yes. Thanks, Dad. Bye. That`s u00a34.50, please. – Here you are. – Thank you very much, thank you. OK, bye. Bye.

– Excuse me. – Sorry. – Morning, Ted. – Good morning, Tim. – How are you – I`m fine, thanks. And you Good morning. Can I help you Yes, Martha McKay, please. She`s the producer. That`s 5894. What`s your name, please Julia Drake. Hello. Miss Drake is at Reception. Yes, all right. Mrs McKay is in Room 1 2. That`s on the second floor. – The lift is over there. – Thank you. And what`s your address 94 Tindall Street. How do you spell Tindall T-I-N-D-A double L. Thank you. And your postcode Can you repeat that, please KT9 8NB. And your telephone number 01 372 89531 . Thank you, Ms Fossett. Goodbye. – Hello. I`m… – Julia! Welcome to Apex TV. Come in. No, don`t come in. This is my personal assistant, Rebecca Bond. – How do you do, Rebecca. – Pleased to meet you. Come and meet some of the people in the newsroom. Is Frederick in He`s the Managing Director. No. He`s in London. Oh, I see. Right. Well. Come on then, Julia. That`s Tim Barnes over there. He`s a reporter. Tim, this is Julia. She`s our new trainee. – Hi.

– Hi. This is a very interesting story, Martha. Look at this. – Tell me about it this afternoon. OK – Sure. See you around, Julie. Julia. Sorry My name isn`t Julie. It`s Julia. Oh, right. And address has got two D`s. What Address is A, double D. Right. Thank you. Don`t mention it. Who`s that young woman with Martha and Sean Her name`s Julia. She`s a new trainee. Mmm. She`s very pretty. Well, that`s everyone, I think. Tea or coffee – Coffee, please. – Black or white Oh, white with no sugar, please. Hello. You`re Julia, aren`t you Yes, and…

Pleased to meet you. I`m Gary. Nice to meet you, Gary. What do you do I`m a newsreader. Oh yes! You`re Gary Fenton. You`re my Mum`s favourite news reader. Here you are. Hello, Gary. This is Julia. Er, yes, I know. Anyway, I must be off. See you! He`s very nice. Yes. Hi. I`m home. Hello, dear. How`s your new job Tell me all about it. It`s great. Everyone`s very friendly. Well, almost everyone.

No, I can`t make it today, Ellie… I haven`t got time. I have to finish this programme and… Ellie Ellie! Hi, Tim. Good morning, Julia. How nice to see you. Martha, can we take a look at the diary for this week Now Oh, yes, all right. Well, this morning you`re on the food programme. Then this afternoon you`ve got a meeting with Floyd and Hank. That`s at quarter to two. Then tomorrow you`ve got an appointment at the dentist`s… …in the morning at quarter past ten. Marvellous! Then in the afternoon you`ve got a meeting with Frederick. Oh no, sorry. He can`t make it. He has to go to Paris. So is Tuesday afternoon free now No, you have to finish the Videocom report. Oh, hi, Julia. Then on Wednesday morning you`re at the Birmingham conference. – Martha. Can I have a word – Yes, Tim.

What is it I haven`t got an assistant for this afternoon… …for the story about Carl Stalker. You know, the windows guy. Oh yes. Well who have we got Ah, Chloe`s away. Gita`s on holiday… …and everybody else is busy. But I have to have an assistant. Can I do it Can I be your assistant, Tim That`s an idea. She hasn`t got the experience, Martha. She has to learn. And there`s nobody else. OK. See you later. So what`s this job about “Wonderful Windows. Can you believe it “New windows for just u00a3500.” And who`s this guy Walker Stalker. Carl Stalker. He`s the Managing Director of Wonderful Windows. And he`s got his customers` money… …but they haven`t got their windows. These are all letters from his customers. We have to leave at one thirty sharp.

Jason`s in trouble at school again. Who`s Jason He`s my son. Oh, how many children have you got Two – a son and a daughter. What`s your daughter`s name Kylie. She`s 1 3. Jason`s 1 6. My wife Sharon… OK Julia. Now you wait at the corner with one of these. Stalker`s got a blue Jaguar. What does he look like He`s quite tall. He`s got short, dark hair. When you see him, call me. Tim. Tim. Here he is. A blue Jaguar and… Oh no. It isn`t him. It`s a woman. And it isn`t a Jaguar. Sorry. Wait. Yes. He`s here. A blue Jag, registration number S307 ABW. Great. OK. Get ready, Sean. Mr Stalker. I`m from Apex TV. Can I ask you some questions What the…

No, you can`t. Where is your customers` money, Mr Stalker I`ve got nothing to say. Mr Stalker. You and your wife have got a big house… …and an expensive car, but your customers have got nothing. Where is their money, Mr Stalker Look. Go away and switch that thing off. Where`s the money, Mr Stalker Clear off! Are you all right, Sean Great. We`ve got him now. How about a drink Oh, just a minute. What`s the time It`s half past seven. Excuse me. If that`s Tim, I`m not here. Hello Hi, Rebecca. It`s Tim. Hi Tim. Er, Ellie`s not here. Oh, well, can you video the football match for me – I can`t get back in time. – Yes, OK. – Thanks, Rebecca. See you later. – Yes. Bye, Tim. Ellie! – Is Rebecca still at work – No, she`s at home. Oh, are you and Rebecca… – See you at the usual place – Yeah, see you there. Sorry. Are Rebecca and I… Oh, nothing. Let`s go. Rebecca Bond speaking. Good morning. This is Angus Moon from The Modern Woman magazine. We`d like to do an article on the job of a personal assistant.

Uh huh. Martha McKay`s an old friend of mine… …and she says that you are a wonderful PA. Are you busy now Can I ask you a few questions Well, yes, of course. Great. First a few questions about you. What time do you get up in the morning I always get up at seven o`clock. I have a shower and wash my hair. I have breakfast at half past seven. Then I get dressed.

And what do you normally have for breakfast Breakfast Oh, I usually have a glass of orange juice… …a grapefruit, two slices of toast one with butter and jam… …and one with butter and marmalade. And two cups of coffee. You`re very organized. Well, you have to be for this job. And what do you do in your free time I go to the gym three times a week… …on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. On Thursday evening, I go to my dance class… Oh, do you like dancing Yes, I do. I like cooking, too. And I love going to parties. OK, Rebecca.

Thank you very much. But don`t you want to talk about my job Well, I have got one last question. Um, do you know Gary Fenton Gary Yes, of course. He`s one of our newsreaders… And he`s a very good newsreader, isn`t he Gary! You… Hey. It`s only a joke, Rebecca. Well, I don`t think it`s funny. Now, I always come on at the end of the programme… …and try the food and drinks. That`s the next bit. Is everything ready I think so. Frederick`s on the phone, Martha. He`s in New York. OK. Five minutes then, Julia. Five minutes, Neil. Some salt in the lemonade. And some chilli powder in the soup. Hello, Gary. Do you want to try it Oh no. Martha always tries the food and drinks. But, um, can I watch If you want to.

Ready, Martha OK. So, this is our lunch for a warm summer`s day… …a green salad, cheese with French bread… …cold tomato and onion soup, and home-made lemonade. It`s time to try it. No. Why don`t we make a change today Here in the studio today is everybody`s favourite newsreader, Gary Fenton. Would you like to try this delicious meal, Gary I bet you can`t wait to taste it. Here. Try the home-made lemonade first. Isn`t that wonderful, Gary Very nice. Now, what about this soup A nice cold soup, eh Gary Come on, a big spoonful. Well, that`s it for this week. I hope you enjoy your summer lunch as much as Gary. Bye. OK. What would you like I`ll have a glass of white wine, please.

Me, too. Home-made lemonade for me, please, Gary. Very funny. Just a joke, Gary. Just a joke. I`ll have a mineral water. I have to drive. – Ice and lemon – Yes please. Oh, I must give Ellie a ring. Two glasses of white wine… …a mineral water with ice and lemon, and a pint of lager. – Who`s Ellie – Tim`s girlfriend. Oh! Aren`t you Tim`s girlfriend Me No. Ellie`s my flatmate. Tim lives upstairs. Oh, I see. What does she do She works in a hotel, so she works funny hours.

Here we are. Nice, cold drinks. No reply. – Morning, Tim. – Morning, Ted. Oh dear. You look tired. What time were you up this morning About four o`clock. There was an accident at the station. There weren`t any trains for five hours. – Terrible. – Oh hi, Rebecca. Hi. Thanks Ted. What`s the date today, Tim What Today`s date. What is it Er, it`s the fourth of October. And what do you know about the fourth of October It`s the day after the third of October Try again, Tim. Think of your girlfriend. Oh no! It`s Ellie`s birthday. But I haven`t got her a card or a present or anything. Excuse me! Oh, sorry! Good afternoon, Julia. I know. I`m sorry. The trains were all late. There was an accident at the station. Is Martha annoyed Well, she isn`t pleased – this is the second time this week. Yes, but it wasn`t my fault today. And you were late last Thursday, too. Well, that`s it. I must find a flat in town.

Are there any places in there No, there aren`t. What about this Second floor flat – bedroom, living room, small kitchen and bathroom/WC. Yes, but it`s u00a3600 a month. I can`t afford that. No, I suppose not. You could try an agency. I haven`t got time. Ask Martha for some time off this afternoon. Oh come on, Rebecca. I was late this morning, remember Well, try it. Martha`s got a teleconference with Frederick all afternoon. A teleconference Yes. Frederick`s in Tokyo. Oh, so Martha doesn`t need me. So let me see – there`s the room and the kitchen… …and the bathroom and the toilet are in the hall. Yes, that`s right. You share them with the people upstairs. They`re very nice people. And how much is it, Mr Jackson It`s only u00a365 a week.

So are you interested Yes, definitely. – The people upstairs – Uh, yes. Reception. Any luck No. There isn`t anything. Everything`s too far away, too expensive, too noisy, or just grotty. Never mind. Look. Come to my place for a drink. It`s a sort of surprise for Ellie`s birthday. OK. Back in a minute. – This is a nice place, Rebecca. – Yes, I like it. This is Ellie`s room. We`ve got this living room, a kitchen and the bathroom`s down the hall… …next to my bedroom. Where do you live, Gary I`ve got a flat just round the corner. Gary`s got a lovely place. It`s on the top floor and it`s got a great view. Tea, everyone There`s a message on your answerphone. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday, dear Ellie. Happy birthday to you. See you later. Love you. Bye. Love you.

Bye. You old romantic. Well, I think it`s very sweet, Tim. Hi, Rebecca. It`s me… Sshh, everybody. It`s Ellie. Hi, Rebecca. It`s me, Ellie. This is just to say goodbye. I`m really sorry about this, but I`ve got a job in a hotel in San Francisco… …and so… well… er… The rent for this month is on the dressing table in my room. There`s a letter for Tim there, too. Can you give it to him, please So, er… that`s it. Bye. Take care. – Oh dear. Poor Tim. – Well, it was very strange. I mean she wasn`t here last night… …and then she wasn`t here this morning and… Look on the bright side. You need a new flatmate now. Julia needs a room, so… Gary! It`s all right, Julia. Gary`s right. The room is yours, if you want it. – What Really – Yes, really. Oh, thank you! That`s great. Wonderful! Oh, Tim. I`m sorry. I`m sorry I`m late, Tim. I had to go to the police station about Kylie and Jason. They…

Not now, Sean. We need to go in five minutes. What`s the matter with him today – It`s Ellie. – Ellie – She`s gone. – Gone – To the States. – To the States She left yesterday. You see, yesterday was Ellie`s birthday. Tim, Gary, Julia and I went back to my place for a birthday drink for Ellie. Ellie wasn`t there, but there was a message from her on the answerphone. She said that she had a new job in San Francisco and well… goodbye. What did Tim do He just walked out of the flat.

He didn`t say a word. It was all very sad and, well, embarrassing. We didn`t know what to do. No wonder he`s in a bad mood. But it`s not all bad news, because Julia`s my new flatmate now. – Come on, Sean. We haven`t got all day. – Have a nice day. There, that`s the lot. Cup of tea, Mr Drake Um, no, thank you, Rebecca. I`d better be off now. – Thanks, Dad. – Don`t mention it, love. – Bye. – Bye. – Bye. – Bye Rebecca. – Welcome to Wellington Gardens. – I still can`t believe it. Why don`t we have a party – a sort of `Welcome to Julia` thing Oh, yes. Great idea. When Next Friday We can invite some of the neighbours and everyone from work. Everyone Even Frederick Don`t worry.

He`s in South Africa for the rest of the week. So who can we invite Oh, what`s this It`s an invitation to our party. A party, eh When is it It`s next Friday. The eighteenth. Tim, here. Great! I like parties. – We can`t come. – But… We`ve got that programme to finish. Can`t we do it another time It`s Julia`s… No! Oh, well… Hi, Tim. It`s party time. No, it isn`t. OK, I think we can take a look at that now. Last year Richard Bennett gave up his job in a London bank… …and decided to walk to the South Pole. Why did you give up your job, Richard Well, I didn`t like my job and I had a lot of problems at home. I just wanted to get away from it all. I wanted to find myself, if you like. So you left England in August.

What did you do first I flew to Buenos Aires in Argentina. From there I travelled to the Antarctic by boat. When did you actually start your journey to the Pole Well, I had to wait for a few weeks, because the weather was very bad… …so I didn`t set off until the end of September. Did anyone go with you No, I was on my own. And did you reach the South Pole No, I didn`t. After about three hundred kilometres I fell into a huge crevasse… …you know – a big hole – about ten metres deep.

Were you hurt Yes, I broke my arm. I couldn`t climb out. What did you do Well, fortunately, my sledge fell into the hole with me… …so I had food, and I had my radio, too. And I called for help. How long were you there before they found you Five days. There was a bad storm, you see. I thought it was the end, but then suddenly I heard voices and dogs.

I shouted and shouted and faces appeared above me. What did you think about, while you were in the crevasse I thought about my life back in England. And the funny thing was that all my problems at home and at work… …weren`t important any more. I just wanted to be with my family and friends again. Life`s very short, you know. You have to enjoy it while you can. Thank you very much. Can I just look at that last part again I thought about my life back in England. And the funny thing was that all my problems at home and at work… …weren`t important any more. I just wanted to be with my family and friends again. Life`s very short, you know. You have to enjoy it while you can. Thank you very much. Yes, that`s fine. Do you want a cup of coffee Tim Sorry. What did you say Would you like a coffee No thanks, Sean. We`ve got a party to go to. What do you think, Rebecca The skirt or the trousers I can`t afford both.

Hmm. I don`t know. How much are they The skirt`s u00a328.50. The trousers are a bit more expensive, but not much. Look. There`s Gary. Where There. He`s going into the Men`s department. Oh, I suppose he`s buying some new clothes… …for his interview with that magazine. Oh yes. What did he say The readers of Stars and Style magazine voted me…

…the best dressed newsreader on TV. Let`s see what he`s buying. Hi, Gary. What are you doing I`m looking for a shirt and a tie to go with my new suit. Are they for your interview Oh, do you know about that Oh, come on, Gary. Everybody knows. You mention it at least ten times a day. Excuse me. Can I try these on, please Sure.

The changing rooms are over there. Thank you. How many shirts are you taking Only the best is good enough for the best-dressed newsreader. Hi, Tim. OK, Gary. What`s in the bags Oh, these It`s my new suit and things for my interview… …about the best dressed newsreader. Yes, we know. Armani, eh Bet that cost a bit. Well, if it`s good, the price doesn`t matter. Did you hear that Yes, he`s even worse than usual. Somebody should do something about him. When is this interview anyway Straight after the six o`clock news.

Psst! Sean! Sean! Gary Fenton to the studio, please. Five minutes. Oh, there you are, Gary. Why are you so late Good evening. This is Gary Fenton with the six o`clock news. Gary, your visitors. Charlotte Mortimer from Stars and Style magazine. Pleased to meet you, Mr Fenton, or may I call you Gary Of course. Now, can we take some photographs first Oh no. We always see you at your desk, Gary. Well, I feel more comfortable here. But I`m sure all our readers want to know if you`ve got any legs. I`d really prefer to be at my desk. Come on now, Gary. Don`t be shy! All right! What are you wearing Er, well, perhaps at the desk is better. What`s happening The reporter`s interviewing Gary. And Gary always enjoys interviews. Well, he isn`t enjoying this one. I think we should give his trousers back now. Why Oh, all right. So when did you start doing that A couple of years ago. Sorry to interrupt. We found these, Gary. Excuse me. Photograph Come on, Gary. Cheer up.

The magazine got photos of you in your new suit in the end. But you looked so funny in those baggy old trousers. Where did you get them, anyway They were Sean`s. Oh no, Sean! So what are we going to do at this school Tim`s going to interview one of the teachers. She`s won the lottery twice. I`ve never won the lottery. In fact, I`ve never won anything! Is everything OK Sure.

Let`s go. Oh! Tim! Are you all right Yes, I`m fine. I`ve just got stomach-ache, that`s all. You can`t work like this. You should be at home in bed. Look. I`ve never missed a day`s work in my life… …and I`m not going to start now. Anyway, who`s going to do the interview if I`m not there Me. Have you ever done an interview before No, I haven`t, but I`ve watched you several times and Sean`s here. He`s filmed hundreds of interviews. No, it`s OK, I can… Ow, ah! Give me your car keys.

I`m going to take you straight to the doctor. Hi, how are you Hi, Julia. Did you get the interview all right Yes, everything was fine. But what about you I feel a bit sore. They took my appendix out yesterday afternoon. I know. I came to see you, but you were asleep. I was with Rebecca. Uh-huh. I`ve never been in hospital before. How long are you going to be in here I can go home tomorrow and the doctor says… …I can go back to work next week, if I want to. Tim. Don`t you ever stop Hi, Gary. Tim… Oh, hello, Julia. Appendicitis, eh Ah no, I suppose you can`t eat anything at the moment. – Julia – No thanks. I`ve had appendicitis, you know.

Have you, Julia Very painful. Now when did I have it Oh yes. I was at school. It must be oh, twenty years ago. Hello Tim. What did the doctor say All clear. And the best thing is I can eat normally again. Good. Er, Julia… … I, em, wanted to say thank you for all your help when… …you know… and well, erm… …would you like to go out for a meal sometime… …just to, you know, say thank you Yes, I`d love to. Shall we try that new Italian place near the museum Mmm. That would be nice. When Is this evening any good for you Yes, it`s fine. Great.

Shall I call for you about eight I`m going to be in town anyway. So can we meet at the restaurant at say half past seven OK. Tim Barnes. Hi Pete… – This is good. I love Italian food. – Have you ever been to Italy – I lived there for a couple of years. – Really It was after I left university. I worked in a travel company. You know, looking after groups of British tourists. Did you enjoy it Yes, it was great fun. I like travelling. What about you I`ve travelled around a bit, mostly in Asia and South America… …but I`ve never actually lived in another country. Erm… You`ve got some sauce on your cheek. Have I Where – Hi, you two. – Oh, hello, Gary. Can I join you I`m having dinner here, too… …but my friends aren`t here yet… You`ve got a bit of sauce on your cheek, Julia.

Thank you, Gary. I can do it. That was a really good meal. I enjoyed it. Yes, me too. Until Gary arrived. Yes. Um, well, I`ve got an early start tomorrow. Yes. So… Yes. Goodnight. Goodnight. See you tomorrow. – Tim! – Yes I can`t find my keys, I think I`ve left them at work. Oh, isn`t Rebecca in I don`t know. Probably not. Oh dear. Oh hi, hi Tim. I heard voices. I`m just on the phone to my sister, so I`ll see you in a minute. Still locked out Yes.. “}

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How to Stop Translating in Your Head and Start Thinking in English Like a Native

{“en”:”Hey, Naturals. What’s up? It’s your favorite American English teacher Gabby here with a Go Natural English lesson to help you to stop Translating everything from English into your native language in your head in your mind and your brain in your noggin and to start thinking only in English it is Possible believe me no matter what level you’re at right now It’s possible to think in English And I’m gonna show you how I’m gonna give you 9 Tips that will help you on your journey to thinking just like a native English speaker So if this is interesting to you, then keep watching So first of all, what’s the problem with translating everything Into your native language before you come up with a response in English. Well if you’re in a Conversation or some situation where you need to really process information quickly and be able to respond rapidly in an appropriate timely manner Then you really don’t have time to translate Even if you’re super smart which I know you are and you’re really good at English.

Which I know you are it still takes time to process all the information you’re getting in English into your native language and then Think in your native language, okay, what am I gonna say how am I gonna respond and then translate that Back into English it’s a lot of work for your brain to do and no matter how Awesomely intelligent you are it’s gonna take too long in a native speed kind of fast back and forth conversation so if you are in a social situation if you’re in a meeting at work if you are at a Presentation and you want to ask questions You really need to be able to think in English So the problem started with the way that we learn Foreign languages this happened to me when I was learning Spanish in the classroom How did we learn we learn through translating with Spanish I learned that one is Uno and two is dos and Let’s see coffee is Cafe and So on so of course it’s easy, and it makes sense to begin this way because we know vocabulary in our native language but it actually is hurting us once we get into Conversational English or in my case conversational Spanish, so when I left the classroom When I left my English sorry my Spanish classroom And I tried to have a conversation with native Spanish speakers I was like in total shock my jaw hit the ground because I Couldn’t understand anything and I definitely couldn’t respond because I was trying to just Identify a few words that I could recognize that I could hear that I could listen to that I could comprehend and then Translate those into English and then think in English to translate back into Spanish And I was a wreck so I don’t want that to happen to you Maybe you know how that feels already let me give you some suggestions to get you started thinking in English first let’s start small Understanding everything in English and being able to respond in English is like a big meal.

That’s a lot of vocabulary or a lot of food to digest right so let’s start by taking small bites and digest thoroughly so start by doing small daily activities in English so for example Every day, I take my dog for a walk or sometimes we go for a run so sometimes I talk to him usually in English, but sometimes just to really confuse him I talked to him in Spanish and instead of saying come let’s go I’ll say ven, vamonos right so you could do this in English Maybe if you have a pet or if you don’t have a pet there’s other ways, too I bet you have a phone if you have a smart phone you could set that in English so that every time you open up your phone there’s English vocabulary For you to work with this is an example of an everyday Activity probably multiple times a day you’re looking at your phone that you could do in English And maybe there’s other things that you can think of too So what are some other suggestions of small daily activities that you could do in English? Comment let me know what you think Okay, next listen to more English this doesn’t even have to take up more of your time You can give yourself an immersive experience in English no matter where you are Open up your laptop or your smartphone and download Some podcasts in English or listen to internet radio or put on a video on YouTube or on Netflix in English and play it in the background while you’re doing other work that doesn’t require intense focus I love doing this when I’m just doing housework or like organizing stuff around my room or my office or whatever I will listen to music and other languages because I love learning the lyrics to songs in Spanish or in Portuguese or in other languages that I want to learn so most recently I was Listening in Spanish to the song called Lloraras Which is a famous salsa song I highly recommend it if you’d like to get into Salsa But anyway, let me continue with tips for thinking in English 3 try Guessing or Planning what native English speakers are going to say in that next Conversation or in that presentation or whatever situation that you’re going to be in in English so when you predict based on your life experience what you think people are going to say You will be more prepared and more confident You’re preparing your brain to receive that information And you’d be surprised probably like eight out of ten times You’re going to be correct now.

Don’t get too attached To your prediction because of course other people don’t know that script that’s going on in your head So be prepared for something different to come out of people’s mouths but just by exploring the different options or your Prediction or guess of what you think will happen you’re gonna feel way more Confident, and you’re gonna be able to process that information Faster and to think in English yourself because you’re already thinking when you predict what’s going to happen in a conversation four stop learning exclusively through translation Especially once you’re out of your beginner English class we have to learn through association through Experience through observing watching listening through touching through your life experience you have to Associate the word with the meaning and not the English word with your native language word Okay, words are just where they’re just letters, okay? The real true meaning is what you understand and then you can attach that to the word okay? So book is not necessarily livro in in Spanish or Portuguese It’s a thing with pieces of paper and writing that I can read and learn from so I hope this is making sense But you have to stop learning exclusively through Translation and next very closely related number five is to stop using a bilingual dictionary the best use of your bilingual dictionary where there’s English and then your native language is actually as like a Coaster where you put your coffee cup on On top of your table, so it doesn’t leave a circle on your table That’s the best use for it because if you continue to use this bilingual dictionary to learn vocabulary In English you’re always going to be practicing translation so just use that thing as a coaster or whatever and use a monolingual dictionary instead monolingual means one language so English to English and you’re going to exponentially expand your English language vocabulary when you do this next number six label objects in your environment in English you can just do this in your head It’s super simple super fast and easy doesn’t cost anything or you could actually write the words on paper and tape Those labels right to the objects or use sticky notes or something and for example if I see a book and I’m learning Spanish Then I would write on my sticky note libro And I think I said Livro before, but that’s actually portuguese I get confused between Spanish and portuguese I will tell you honestly it is not always easy to learn both at the same time so anyway Libro is booked if I’m learning Spanish Maybe livro if I’m learning Portuguese hey if I’m learning Arabic It’s kitab you can help me with my pronunciation in the comments, but put a label on everyday objects This is really especially helpful for beginners intermediate Level English learners, but it can be fun to do just to remind yourself to think in English at any level Number 7.

Talk to yourself in English when you talk to yourself out loud It does so many good things for you Not only are you going to practice your pronunciation your speaking your vocabulary your fluency But you are developing that thinking and English skill so what kind of things should you say when you’re talking to yourself out loud in English and When should you do this well first of all I would suggest doing this perhaps in the privacy of your own home Maybe not around your co-workers or people that might think you’ve gone crazy So what do you tell yourself? Well, you could ask yourself questions for example right now I’m thinking what am I going to eat for lunch today? So if I am trying to improve my Portuguese I might think to myself and say out loud “O que vou comer hoje no almorco?” Yeah, think that’s right.

If it’s not you can tell me in the comments but it’s okay if you make a mistake talking out loud to yourself if your grammars not perfect if your pronunciation is not perfect it’s okay because the point is not to be perfect the point is for you to develop that habit of Thinking and speaking the language so it’s totally okay Just make a mental note of what you’re not sure about if you are not sure if you’re supposed to use like the article the or whatever it is you’re not sure about and then you could ask someone just like I asked you in the Comments, you could ask your native speaker friend your teacher or do some research online Another way, I really love to talk to myself out loud in languages I’m learning is to sing a song so I mentioned earlier that I was Listening to a song called Lloraras, which means you will cry it’s kind of a sad song actually, but I love to actually sing that song when I’m Just you know doing house chores or walking my dog I’ll just be like yeah se que tu no quieres que yo a ti te quiera So I’m not a great singer so I’m gonna stop but just to give you an example That is what I love doing and I might even mix in some Salsa dance moves.

Well, I’m singing eight just start thinking in English with a Mantra or a motto or some phrase that just gets you started like on autopilot Automatically so my phrase might be I am improving my English every day And I would say that in English out loud to myself or just think it okay if I’m learning Portuguese I might say to myself Bom dia, a cada dia estou melhorando meu portugues. Yes, okay like with Emotion is really important really really important even if I look crazy It doesn’t matter it does help you and it lifts your spirits, and it gives you energy to improve your language skills finally number nine Our last tip to help you think in English is to just do a little bit each day So don’t force yourself to think in English all day every day from the get-go or from the beginning just start with 30 seconds, I’m sure that you can think in English for 30 seconds.

You could set an alarm Maybe every day at 9 a.m.. You’re going to think in English for 30 seconds So you know on your phone put an alarm for 9 a.m. And you can title it think in English And then set your timer for 30 seconds and just think in English no matter How simple or how silly it is You can just say hello to yourself over and over and over for 30 seconds. If that’s the best you can do I know you can do better. I know But it’s just an example that it doesn’t matter how complicated your English is when you train to think in English What does matter is that you Start and that you are consistent. So do a little bit every day And you’re going to be thinking in English all day long in no time if you loved these suggestions Let me know in the comments share this video with Your friends who are learning English or maybe your friends who are learning other languages because these tips totally apply to any language you are learning Thank you so much for watching be sure to subscribe to Go Natural English here on YouTube visit the website at GoNaturalEnglish.com and Thank you mwah.

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{“en”:”Hello and welcome everyone. This Minoo at Anglo-Link. In the next two lessons, we’re going to focus on listening and pronunciation. We’re going to work on distinguishing the different vowels and diphthongs in the standard British accent. As I’ve mentioned to you in an earlier video, there are many vowels and diphthongs in the English language. And in order to improve your listening comprehension of native speakers, it’s important that you can distinguish between these different sounds clearly. Of course, as you know, certain sounds are pronounced differently in different accents, like in the American accent, Australian accent, even in different parts of Britain. However, I feel that the standard British accent is a good place to start. And from there, you can begin to learn the variations in the different accents as you come into contact with them. I have divided this lesson into two parts. In the first part, we’re going to contrast short vowels with their long version.

And we’ll do this in minimal pairs. As you know, minimal pairs are words that have the same consonant sounds and by changing the vowel sound we change the meaning. In the second part of this lesson, we’ll look at differences between certain vowels and diphthongs that sound very similar to each other. By the end of this two -part lesson, you will have tuned your ears into the vowels and diphthongs in the standard British accent. This will have improved your listening comprehension of this particular accent and will have also improved your own pronunciation. So, when you’re ready, we can begin with part one.. “}

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Learn English Through Story Subtitles: Goodbye, Mr Hollywood (Level 1)

CHAPTER ONE; Mystery girl It all began on a beautiful spring morning in a village called Whistler, in Canada – a pretty little village in the mountains of British Columbia. There was a cafe in the village, with tables outside, and at one of these tables sat a young man. He finished his breakfast, drank his coffee, looked up into the blue sky, and felt the warm sun on his face. Nick Lortz was a happy man. The waiter came up to his table. ‘More coffee?’ he asked. ‘Yeah. Great,’ said Nick. He gave the waiter his coffee cup. The waiter looked at the camera on the table. ‘On vacation?’ he said. ‘Where are you from?’ ‘San Francisco,’ Nick said. He laughed. ‘But I’m not on vacation – I’m working. I’m a travel writer, and I’m doing a book on mountains in North America. I’ve got some great pictures of your mountain.’ The two men looked up at Whistler Mountain behind the village. It looked very beautiful in the morning sun.

‘Do you travel a lot, then?’ asked the waiter. ‘All the time,’ Nick said. ‘I write books, and I write for travel magazines. I write about everything – different countries, towns, villages, rivers, mountains, people . . .’ The waiter looked over Nick’s head. ‘There’s a girl across the street,’ he said. ‘Do you know her?’ Nick turned his head and looked. ‘No, I don’t.’ ‘Well, she knows you, I think,’ the waiter said. ‘She’s watching you very carefully.’ He gave Nick a smile. ‘Have a nice day!’ He went away, back into the cafe.

Nick looked at the girl across the street. She was about twenty-five, and she was very pretty. ‘She is watching me,’ Nick thought. Then the girl turned and looked in one of the shop windows. After a second or two, she looked back at Nick again. Nick watched her. ‘She looks worried,’ he thought. ‘What’s she doing? Is she waiting for somebody?’ Suddenly, the girl smiled. Then she walked across the street, came up to Nick’s table, and sat down. She put her bag down on the table. The bag was half-open. ‘Hi! I’m Jan,’ she said. ‘Do you remember me? We met at a party in Toronto.’ ‘Hi, Jan,’ said Nick. He smiled. ‘I’m Nick. But we didn’t meet at a party in Toronto. I don’t go to parties very often, and never in Toronto.’ ‘Oh,’ the girl said. But she didn’t get up or move away. ‘Have some coffee,’ said Nick. The story about the party in Toronto wasn’t true, but it was a beautiful morning, and she was a pretty girl.

‘Maybe it was a party in Montreal. Or New York.’ The girl laughed. ‘OK. Maybe it was. And yes, I’d love some coffee.’ When she had her coffee, Nick asked, ‘What are you doing in Whistler? Or do you live here?’ ‘Oh no,’ she said. ‘I’m just, er, just travelling through. And what are you doing here?’ ‘I’m a travel writer,’ Nick said, ‘and I’m writing a book about famous mountains.’ ‘That’s interesting,’ she said. But her face was worried, not interested, and she looked across the road again. A man with very short, white hair walked across the road. He was about sixty years old, and he was tall and thin. The girl watched him. ‘Are you waiting for someone?’ asked Nick. ‘No,’ she said quickly. Then she asked, ‘Where are you going next, Nick?’ ‘To Vancouver, for three or four days,’ he said. ‘When are you going?’ she asked. ‘Later this morning,’ he said. There was a letter in the top of the girl’s half-open bag. Nick could see some of the writing, and he read it because he saw the word ‘Vancouver’ – .

. . and we can meet at the Empress Hotel, Victoria, Vancouver Island, on Friday afternoon . . . ‘So she’s going to Vancouver too,’ he thought. Suddenly the girl said, ‘Do you like movies?’ ‘Movies? Yes, I love movies,’ he said. ‘Why?’ ‘I know a man, and he – he loves movies, and going to the cinema,’ she said slowly. ‘People call him “Mr Hollywood”.’ She smiled at Nick. ‘Can I call you “Mr Hollywood” too?’ Nick laughed. ‘OK,’ he said. ‘And what can I call you?’ She smiled again. ‘Call me Mystery Girl,’ she said. ‘That’s a good name for you,’ said Nick.

Just then, the man with white hair came into the cafe. He did not look at Nick or the girl, but he sat at a table near them. He asked the waiter for some breakfast, then he began to read a magazine. The girl looked at the man, then quickly looked away again. ‘Do you know him?’ Nick asked her. ‘No,’ she said. She finished her coffee quickly and got up. ‘I must go now,’ she said. Nick stood up, too. ‘Nice to-‘ he began. But the girl suddenly took his face between her hands, and kissed him on the mouth. ‘Drive carefully, Mr Hollywood. Goodbye,’ she said, with a big, beautiful smile. Then she turned and walked quickly away. Nick sat down again and watched her. She walked down the road and into a big hotel. ‘Now what,’ thought Nick, ‘was that all about?’ The man with white hair watched Nick and waited. After four or five minutes, Nick finished his coffee, took his books and his camera, and left the cafe.

His car was just outside the girl’s hotel, and he walked slowly along the street to it. The man with white hair waited a second, then quickly followed Nick. From a window high up in the hotel, the girl looked down into the road. She saw Nick, and the man with white hair about fifty yards behind him. Nick got into his car, and the man with white hair walked quickly to a red car across the street. Five seconds later Nick drove away in his blue car, and the red car began to follow him. When the girl saw this, she smiled, then went to put some things in her travel bag. CHAPTER TWO; A hand in the back That evening, in his hotel room in Vancouver, Nick could not stop thinking about the girl in the Whistler cafe.

Why did she come and sit with him? She didn’t know him, and that story about a party in Toronto wasn’t true. And she was worried about something. But what? And that kiss! It was nice, of course, but why did she do it? ‘Maybe she liked my face,’ Nick thought. ‘Or my brown eyes. But I’m not going to see her again, so it doesn’t matter. Forget it.’ He put some money in his pocket and went downstairs to the hotel restaurant. But there were no free tables, so he walked down to Gastown and found a restaurant there. After dinner, he went for a walk. Vancouver was a friendly city, and Nick liked walking through Gastown and Chinatown, looking in the shops and watching the people. It was nearly dark now, and it was a busy time of the evening. There were a lot of cars, and a lot of people.

After a time, Nick began to walk back to his hotel. He came to a busy street, and waited, with a small crowd of people, to go across. A tall woman in a blue dress stood next to him. She turned and smiled at him. ‘It’s the first warm evening of spring,’ she said. ‘It’s nice to be out, after the long cold winter.’ ‘Yeah,’ said Nick. ‘It’s great. It’s-‘ Suddenly, there was a hand in his back – and the hand pushed Nick into the road. Nick fell on his face, in front of a big green car. People screamed. But the green car stopped, only inches from Nick’s head. The woman in the blue dress ran into the road and pulled Nick to his feet. ‘Are you OK? What happened?’ she said. The driver of the green car shouted angrily at Nick, but Nick did not hear him.

‘Somebody pushed me,’ he said to the woman. ‘I didn’t fall – somebody pushed me!’ ‘Pushed you?’ said the woman. ‘Who? I didn’t see anybody.’ Nick looked at the faces of the people near him, but he didn’t know them. Then he saw a man’s back. The man was tall and thin, and had very short white hair. He walked quickly away down the street, and did not look back. ‘Hey, you!’ Nick shouted. ‘Wait!’ But the man did not stop, and he was soon lost in the crowds.

‘Did he push you?’ asked the woman in the blue dress. ‘I … I don’t know,’ Nick said. ‘Do you know him?’ she asked. ‘I don’t know his name,’ Nick said. ‘But I know that short white hair. Now where did I see it before?’ The woman began to move away. ‘I must get home,’ she said. ‘Are you OK now?’ ‘Yeah, I’m OK,’ Nick said. ‘And thanks. Thanks for your help.’ ‘That’s OK.’ The woman smiled. ‘Be careful now!’ Back in his hotel, Nick sat on his bed and thought. ‘It was an accident. Nobody pushed me, it was an accident. Nobody wants to kill me. And there are hundreds of men in Vancouver with white hair.’ It was one o’clock in the morning, but Nick couldn’t sleep. He listened to the cars in the road, and he looked at the night sky through his hotel room window.

Then he sat at the table and tried to write some more of his book about mountains, but he couldn’t think about his work. He got back into bed. There were four or five magazines in the hotel room. They were not very interesting, but Nick sat in bed and opened one . . . and saw a photo of Mystery Girl’! He looked at the picture very carefully. But, yes, it was her! Jan, the girl from the Whistler cafe. She was next to a man of about fifty or fifty-five, and they were in the garden of a big, expensive house.

They smiled at the camera, and they looked very happy. Canadian millionaire, Howard Hutson, and his daughter, Meg, it said under the picture, at their home in Toronto. Meg Hutson! Not Jan. Not Mystery Girl. Meg Hutson, the daughter of a millionaire! Nick read it again. ‘Why did she come and sit with me in the cafe at Whistler?’ he thought. ‘Millionaires’ daughters don’t sit with strangers in cafes, and then give them a big kiss when they leave! Why did she do it? What did she want?’ He thought back to the cafe in Whistler, and the girl next to him at the table. Then he remembered something.

He remembered a man at a table near them in the cafe. A tall thin man, about sixty years old. A man with very short white hair. Nick didn’t sleep much that night. CHAPTER THREE; A walk in the park The next day was Thursday. Nick stayed in his hotel room and wrote about mountains all morning. Then he drove to Stanley Park in the afternoon. He sat and read a book for an hour, then he went for a walk under the tall trees.

There was nobody here. It was quiet, and he could walk and think. He thought about Meg Hutson, and about the man with white hair. Did he know Meg Hutson? Did she know him? He remembered Meg Hutson’s last words. Drive carefully, Mr Hollywood. Why did she say that? Why did she call him Mr Hollywood? He didn’t understand any of it. Suddenly, he heard a noise. He stopped. ‘That was a gun!’ he thought. ‘There’s somebody in the trees with a gun! There it is again!’ Then something hit the tree over his head.

‘Somebody’s shooting at me!’ Nick thought. He turned and ran. And somebody began to run after him. Nick ran through the trees. There was no sun in here, and it was half-dark. And there were no people. Nobody to help him. ‘I must get to my car,’ Nick thought. ‘Find some people. . . the police. . .’ He ran on. He could still hear the gunman behind him, so he ran faster.

After three or four minutes, he stopped and listened. Nothing. It was all quiet. Nick was afraid. ‘What’s happening?’ he thought. ‘Why is somebody shooting at me? First a hand pushes me in front of a car, and now somebody’s shooting at me!’ He waited another second or two, then walked quickly back to his car. He was very careful. He looked and listened all the time. But nobody came out of the trees, and nobody shot at him. Then he saw people – women with young children, some boys with a football, two men with a dog. He began to feel better. ‘Nobody can shoot me now,’ he thought. ‘Not with all these people here.’ Ten minutes later, he was back at his car.

There was a letter on the window. Nick read it. It said; I’m going to kill you, Mr Hollywood. Nick drove to the nearest police station. He waited for half an hour, then a tired young policeman took him into a small room. Nick told his story, and the policeman wrote it all down. ‘So what are you going to do?’ asked Nick. ‘Nothing,’ said the policeman. ‘Nothing!’ said Nick. ‘But somebody shot at me, and-‘ ‘Mr Lortz,’ the policeman said tiredly.

‘How many people are there in this town with guns?’ ‘I don’t know,’ said Nick. ‘But . . .’ ‘You didn’t see the gunman. Was it a man, a boy, a woman? Colour of eyes? Long hair, short hair? You don’t know, because you didn’t see anybody. Maybe it was an old girlfriend. Maybe somebody doesn’t like your travel books, Mr Lortz.’ ‘But what about the man with white hair in Whistler?’ said Nick. ‘The girl, Meg Hutson, called me Mr Hollywood in the cafe, and this man heard her. And now I get a letter to Mr Hollywood on my car.

Who is this Mr Hollywood?’ ‘We all want answers to our questions, Mr Lortz,’ the policeman said, ‘but we don’t always get them.’ Questions. But no answers. Nick walked out of the police station and drove to his hotel. He was angry, and afraid. ‘How did the man with white hair find me in Vancouver?’ he thought. ‘Did he follow me from Whistler? Is he following me now? Maybe he’s staying at my hotel, too.

In the next room. With his gun.’ CHAPTER FOUR; The man with white hair Nick stopped his car in front of the hotel. He looked carefully before he got out, but there was nobody with white hair near the hotel. He half-ran through the hotel doors and went to the desk inside. ‘I’m looking for a man with very short white hair,’ he said to the woman behind the desk. ‘He’s staying here, I think. He’s about sixty years old, and he’s tall and thin.’ The woman did not look very interested. ‘There are a lot of visitors in the hotel,’ she said. ‘Do you know his name?’ ‘No, I don’t,’ Nick said. ‘He’s, er, a friend of a friend, you see. He arrived in Vancouver yesterday, and I must find him. It’s very important. Please help me!’ The woman looked at him.

‘There are three hundred and fifty rooms in this hotel,’ she said, ‘and maybe thirty or forty men with white hair. How can I remember all their names?’ She turned away to answer a telephone call. Nick walked away from the desk. ‘A drink,’ he thought. ‘I need a drink.’ He went into the hotel bar, got a drink and sat down at a table. ‘So what do I do now?’ he thought. And then he remembered something. A letter in the girl’s half-open bag in the Whistler cafe. . . . and we can meet at the Empress Hotel, Victoria, Vancouver Island, on Friday afternoon . . . And tomorrow was Friday. ‘I’m going to Victoria, on Vancouver Island!’ he thought. ‘To the Empress Hotel!’ And tomorrow was Friday. ‘I’m going to Victoria, on Vancouver Island!’ he thought. ‘To the Empress Hotel!’ Nick had dinner in the hotel that evening. He finished eating and got up from his table . . . and saw the man with white hair. Nick moved quickly. The man was at the hotel desk. Nick could see the white head above the other heads near the desk.

‘Excuse me!’ said Nick. He pushed past the people in the hotel restaurant. A small boy ran in front of him and Nick ran into him. The boy and Nick fell down on the floor. The boy began to cry. ‘Hey!’ said a woman behind Nick. ‘I’m very sorry!’ said Nick. He got up and helped the boy to his feet.

‘Are you OK?’ he asked the boy. ‘Be more careful next time,’ said the woman. Nick moved away quickly, but when he looked back at the hotel desk, he couldn’t see the man with white hair. He pushed through the crowd of people. ‘That man!’ he shouted at the woman behind the desk. ‘That man with short white hair. Where did he go?’ The woman looked at Nick. ‘Mr Vickers?’ she said. ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Vickers? Is that his name?’ said Nick. ‘What’s his room number?’ ‘I’m sorry, I can’t tell you that,’ the woman said. ‘But I need to-‘ began Nick. The woman turned away to answer the telephone. After a second or two, Nick went upstairs to his room. ‘Vickers,’ he thought. ‘Does Meg Hutson know Mr Vickers? I need some answers, and I need them quickly!’ CHAPTER FIVE; Vancouver Island Tsawwassen was about twenty-three miles south of Vancouver. Nick drove there in his car the next morning for the one o’clock ferry to Vancouver Island.

Every five minutes, he looked behind him. The road was busy – black cars, white cars, red cars, green cars. Maybe Vickers was in one of them. At Tsawwassen Nick drove his car on to the ferry. There were a lot of cars and crowds of people. Nick got out of his car and walked up and down the ship. He looked for a man with white hair but he didn’t see one.

Soon the ferry began to move and Nick felt better. He found the ferry restaurant and got something to eat. More people came in. Nick looked at the faces of all the older men. Some had hats on, so he looked for somebody tall and thin, but there was nobody. ‘Maybe he’s not on the ferry,’ Nick thought. ‘Maybe he’s back in Vancouver.’ Later, Nick walked around the ship again.

Once, he thought he saw the man with white hair in the crowds, but he could not be sure. Ninety minutes after leaving Tsawwassen, the ferry arrived at Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, and Nick went back down to his car. Swartz Bay was twenty miles north of Victoria. Nick drove quickly, and again, looked behind him every four or five minutes. Once, he saw a red car about two hundred yards behind him. ‘Did I see that car on the road from Vancouver to Tsawwassen?’ he thought. He drove more slowly, but the red car still stayed two hundred yards behind him, and Nick couldn’t see the driver’s face or hair. Soon he was in the busy streets of Victoria, and Nick didn’t see the red car behind him again. Victoria was a city of gardens and beautiful old buildings.

Nick liked Victoria very much, but today he wasn’t interested in gardens or buildings. He found the Empress Hotel, went inside and walked across to the desk. ‘Can I help you?’ a young man asked Nick. ‘I’m meeting a friend here this afternoon,’ said Nick. ‘Miss Hutson.’ ‘Hutson?’ said the young man. ‘Wait a minute.’ He went away and came back. ‘Sorry, but there’s no Miss Hutson staying here.’ Nick took something from his pocket. It was the photograph of Meg and her father, from the magazine. ‘This is her,’ he said. The young man looked at the picture. ‘Oh, right. You mean Howard Hutson’s daughter,’ he said. ‘She’s not staying here, but I saw her ten or fifteen minutes ago. She was with somebody – a man. He asked me about the tea room.’ ‘The tea room?’ said Nick. ‘Where’s that?’ The man with short white hair was tired.

He couldn’t sleep and he couldn’t eat. He thought about only one thing, all the time. He drove and he watched, and he waited and he followed. When he drove into Victoria, the streets were busy, and suddenly he lost the blue car in front of him. Angrily, he drove around the city, past all the big hotels. ‘I must find him,’ he said. ‘I must do it. Today.’ Then he saw the Empress Hotel, and in the street outside it, a blue car. He drove past the hotel, left his car, and ran back down the street. He went across the road and walked past the downstairs windows. There was a big room with tables and chairs, and a lot of people. He looked carefully at all the faces. ‘There she is!’ he said suddenly. There were two men with the girl. He couldn’t see their faces, only the backs of their heads, but one of the men was in a green shirt. ‘Mr Hollywood,’ the man said, and smiled. ‘Goodbye, Mr Hollywood.’ People in the street turned to look at him, but the man did not see them.

He walked up to the doors of the hotel and put a hand into his pocket. Inside, the gun was cold and hard. CHAPTER SIX; A tea party Nick looked through the doors of the tea room in the Empress Hotel. Meg Hutson sat at a table with a man. The man was about thirty, or maybe a year or two younger. He was tall, and brown from the sun. He wore a white shirt, white trousers, and white shoes. He said something to Meg, and she laughed. She looked very happy. A waiter came up to Nick. ‘Can I get you some tea?’ he asked. ‘No, thanks,’ said Nick. ‘I’m with the two people over there.’ And he walked across to Meg’s table. ‘Hello, Mystery Girl,’ said Nick.

‘Remember me? We met at Whistler. Your name was Jan then. But maybe today it’s Meg Hutson.’ Meg Hutson looked up at him. ‘Oh,’ she said, and her face went red. ‘Who is this, Meg?’ asked the man. ‘This is Nick,’ said Meg. ‘He’s a writer. Nick, this is Craig Winters.’ ‘Sometimes called Mr Hollywood?’ said Nick. ‘Maybe. But how did you know that?’ asked Craig Winters. ‘I guessed,’ said Nick. ‘And I think I’m beginning to understand. Can I ask you a question, Mr Winters? Does somebody want to kill you?’ Craig Winters’ face went white. ‘Kill me?’ ‘What are you talking about?’ asked Meg. ‘Before I tell you, answer this question, please,’ said Nick.

‘You called me Mr Hollywood in Whistler. And you wanted the man at the next table, the man with white hair, to hear you. Is that right?’ Meg Hutson did not answer at first. Then she said quietly, ‘Yes.’ ‘Why?’ asked Nick. ‘I wanted him to follow you, and not me.’ ‘Why?’ Nick asked again. ‘I think he’s a detective,’ said Meg. ‘And I think he’s working for my father. I saw him soon after I left Toronto. He followed me.’ Meg put her hand on Craig Winters’ arm. ‘My father doesn’t like Craig. A month ago, he told me not to see Craig again. I’m not happy, and he knows that. I think he guessed that I’m meeting Craig. And now he wants to find Craig and stop him seeing me.’ ‘Stop him?’ said Nick. ‘Or kill him?’ ‘No!’ Meg Hutson said.

‘Daddy doesn’t-‘ ‘The man with white hair pushed me in front of a car in Vancouver,’ Nick told her. ‘And he shot at me in Stanley Park.’ ‘What!’ said Meg. ‘Tell – tell me about this man with white hair,’ Winters said suddenly. Nick looked at him. ‘He’s about sixty, and he’s tall and thin,’ he said. ‘Do you know his name?’ asked Winters. ‘Vickers,’ said Nick. Craig Winters suddenly looked ill. ‘Did he – did he follow you to Victoria? Did he follow you here?’ ‘I don’t know,’ said Nick. He watched Winters. ‘You’re afraid of him. Why? Why does this man Vickers want to kill you, Winters?’ Before Craig Winters could answer, Meg’s face went white. ‘Oh, no!’ she said. ‘Look! Look over there, by the door!’ Nick and Craig Winters turned to look. At the door of the tea room stood the man with white hair. He looked up and down the room, and then he saw them, and began to walk across to their table.

His hand was in his pocket. For a second or two the three people at the table did not move. Then Craig Winters jumped to his feet. ‘That’s Mr Hollywood!’ he screamed. ‘That man there!’ And he pointed at Nick. The man’s hand came out of his pocket – with a gun. ‘This is for Anna!’ he shouted. Nick moved very fast. The tea table went over, and Nick was down on the floor in a second. The shot went over his head, and Meg screamed. At the same time Craig Winters shouted out and put a hand on his arm.

There was blood on his white shirt. Then more people began to scream, and two waiters pulled the man with white hair down on to the floor. ‘Get the police!’ somebody shouted. CHAPTER SEVEN; At the police station It was p.m. Nick and Meg were in a room at the police station. The man called Vickers was in a different room, with three detectives. There was a doctor with him too. Craig Winters was at the hospital. The door opened and a detective came in with two cups of coffee. He put them down on the table, and turned to go out again. ‘Detective Edmonds,’ Meg said, ‘did the hospital call? Is Craig going to be all right?’ ‘Winters?’ Detective Edmonds said. ‘Yes, he’s going to be OK.’ ‘Can I call the hospital now?’ asked Meg.

‘I’d like you to wait,’ said Edmonds. ‘Detective Keat is going to be here in a minute. He’s just coming from the airport and-‘ He looked through the open door. ‘Ah, here he is now.’ A second detective came into the room, and behind him was a tall man with dark hair. Meg stood up quickly. ‘Daddy!’ she cried. ‘What are you doing here?’ ‘The police called me,’ said Howard Hutson, ‘and I flew here at once.

Detective Keat met me at the airport. Now, sit down, Meg. I want you to listen to me.’ He did not look at Nick. Meg sat down and her father took her hands. ‘Meg, last week Johnnie Vickers came to my house. He wanted to talk about his daughter. You remember Anna, Meg? Three months ago she jumped off a bridge in Boston and died. She was young, beautiful, rich – and she didn’t want to live.

Why? Because she loved a man, and the man took her money, ran away and left her. And the man was called-‘ ‘No!’ said Meg. ‘NO!’ ‘Yes, Meg, yes. He was called Mr Hollywood.’ ‘No!’ shouted Meg. She began to cry. ‘That’s right, Miss Hutson,’ said detective Keat quietly. ‘To you, he gave the name Craig Winters. When Anna Vickers knew him, he was Carl Windser. But he liked all his . . . er . . . girlfriends to call him Mr Hollywood.

He took nearly 50,000 dollars from Anna Vickers. And there was a girl before that. . .’ ‘No, it’s not true!’ Meg shouted. ‘It is true, Meg,’ said her father. ‘Winters – Windser – gets all his money from rich men’s daughters. Johnnie Vickers loved his daughter. He went to her house in Boston after she died. He read her letters, and learned about the money and the name Mr Hollywood. And when he came to my house, I told him about you, Meg. I said, “My daughter’s got a new boyfriend, and she calls him Mr Hollywood. I don’t like him, but I can’t stop her. She’s going away to meet him next week, I think. What can I do?” Johnnie put his hand on my arm, and he said, “Don’t be afraid for your daughter. I’m going to find that man – and stop him!'” Meg said nothing. Her face was very white. For a minute or two nobody spoke, then detective Edmonds said ‘Vickers told us all about it, Miss Hutson.

He followed you to Whistler, and saw you with-‘ Nick began to understand. ‘With me, in the cafe! And Meg called me Mr Hollywood!’ Howard Hutson looked at Nick. ‘You’re the travel writer guy, right?’ ‘Lortz. Nick Lortz,’ said Nick. ‘Vickers nearly killed me. He shot at me twice, and-‘ But Howard Hutson was not very interested in Nick. He looked at his daughter again. ‘How much money did you give him, Meg?’ he said. ‘I -I gave him 25,000 dollars,’ said Meg. ‘Only for two or three months, he said. Then he . . .’ She began to cry again. ‘Well, you can say goodbye to that money,’ said Hutson angrily. ‘What’s going to happen to Vickers?’ Nick asked detective Edmonds. ‘Hospital, I think,’ said Edmonds. ‘OK, he shot at you and about fifty people saw him. But he’s not a well man. The doctors are going to put him away in a hospital.’ Howard Hutson stood up. ‘OK, Meg, I’m going to take you home.

My plane is waiting at the airport.’ Meg followed her father to the door, then she remembered Nick and turned. ‘I’m sorry,’ she said. ‘I got you into all this. I called you Mr Hollywood. That was wrong. But I didn’t know-‘ ‘It’s OK,’ said Nick. ‘You know everything now. And it’s better to learn it now, and not later. 50,000 dollars later.’ CHAPTER EIGHT; A nice smile Nick took the evening ferry back to Vancouver. He was tired and hungry, so he went down to get some dinner in the ferry restaurant. The restaurant was busy and there was only one free table. Nick sat down quickly and began to eat.

‘I must get back to work tomorrow,’ he thought, ‘and forget about millionaires’ daughters and men with guns.’ ‘Excuse me,’ somebody said. ‘Can I sit with you?’ Nick looked up. There was a pretty girl next to his table. He got up. ‘It – it’s OK,’ he said. ‘You can have this table. I don’t want it.’ And he began to move away. ‘Please don’t go,’ the girl said. ‘Stay and finish your dinner.’ She smiled at him. It was a nice smile. But Nick knew all about nice smiles. ‘I’m not hungry,’ he said. And he walked quickly out of the restaurant..

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IELTS listening practice | English listening test

Hello everyone! This is Andrew from Crown Academy of English and today we are going to do a listening exercise. So this will help you improve your listening skills. So let’s get started. So let’s just have a look at the plan for the lesson. So first of all, we will start with some vocabulary. So I will explain about three words to you. There are three words which are important to know for this lesson… and then I will show you the questions. So you will be able to read the questions before the listening exercise starts okay… and then I will play you the …. the text. I will… you will listen to the news report okay. So it is a news report that you’re going to hear. So I will let you listen to it okay…

And if necessary you can listen to it a second time. You will have the opportunity to rewind… to rewind the news report.. to listen to it a second time if necessary. And then I will give you the answers to the questions and then I will show you the transcript or the text. So you will be able to read what you listen to okay. So do not worry. There will NOT be any subtitles during the listening exercise okay because that would be cheating! But do not worry, there will be captions… you will be able to see the text AFTER the exercise ok? So do not worry. There is..there are subtitles AFTER the listening exercise. Ok.. let’s carry on. So the vocabulary – The first word is “gig” Now this is a “gig” here.

So a gig is a concert – a pop … usually a pop concert or a rock concert okay. So gig… you could for example say “Last night I went to the Michael Jackson gig.” or “to the Madonna gig” okay. So it is used for pop music or rock music. You would not say “gig” for classical music. If it was classical music, you would just say it was a concert. “truck” – ok, so what is a truck? Well this is a truck. Okay so it is a vehicle for transporting heavy goods. So… this is a truck here … now “truck” is British English and also American English ok? But in British English, there is also another word for “truck”. So in British English, this is also called a “lorry” … ok? So British English this is a “truck” or a “lorry” but in American English it is only a “truck” … they only really say “truck” for this. Okay next word… “audience” – So what is an audience? Well an “audience” is ….

The word that we give to people who are watching a show or listening to a show. So for example, on this picture, the people in blue… the blue people… that is the “audience” Ok? So the show is the person in red – they are watching a show and they are the “audience” They make up the “audience” And so, for example, if they went to the theatre, the audience would sit in these seats here…. okay so the audience is the word given to the people who are watching a show. Very important to note that the word “audience” is only ever singular… ok. It is NEVER a plural word. So you never say “audiences” okay. So although there are several people in the audience, the word itself… the word “audience” is only singular. Ok, so that is the end of the vocabulary. I am now going to give you the questions. So these are the questions that you must answer during the listening test.

So the first question is: 1) How old is the singer ? So you have to give me the age of a singer. Question two: What did the singer say to the audience? Question three: Why was Harel disappointed? Harel is a person. Harel is a person … so… Question four: Complete the sentence. So you will hear a sentence and I want you to give me the last five words of the sentence. So, the beginning of the sentence you … you will hear “In an interview with the BBC, Paul said ‘It was very exciting.’ …and then you will hear five words and I want you to tell me what those five words are. Question 5: When did the singer surprise his fans in New York? And the last question. Question 6: Who had the idea for these surprises? Okay so that is the end of the questions. So you are now going to hear the the listening exercise okay? So get ready…. I’m going to start it…. NOW! (END) Okay, so that is the end of the listening erm.. okay… so if you would like to listen to that again, then you can click here on the screen and it will go back and you can listen to it again.

OR if you have finished, and you would like to continue, you can just wait 10 seconds for the answers and I’ll give you the answers in 10 seconds. So, click here to go back and listen again or just wait 10 seconds……. Ok, let’s go on and I will give you the answers to the questions. So here are the questions. Question 1 – How old is the singer? Well the singer he is 71. 71 years old. Question 2 – “What did the singer say to the audience?” Well he said “Thank you very much.

Okay now, back to work!” Question 3 – “Why was Harel disappointed?” Well he was disappointed because the singer… because Paul McCartney… he only sang four songs. And “Complete the words below. In an interview with the BBC, Paul said ‘It was very exciting. It felt like a dream.’ “It felt like a dream.” Question 5 – “When did the singer surprise his fans in New York?” Last week. So he was in New York… he gave a surprise performance last week. And the last question… “Who had the idea for these surprises?” The answer is: His daughter. His daughter who is called Stella. Okay, so that is the end of the exercises. There are the answers and I will now play you the listening exercise a last time and I will display the text on the screen for you so that you can see the text on the screen. So here we go! Okay, so that is the end of the listening. So as you can see here in the second paragraph, it tells us that before the concert, he announced it on Twitter.

So Twitter is a messaging service on the Internet. So I’m going to show you the message that he.. that Paul McCartney wrote on Twitter: So here we are. This is the actual …. original message. So this is a true story! This happened last week. It happened on the 18th of October. You can see the date here. He wrote this on the 18th of October… so just last week. And so you if you go to his Twitter account, @PaulMcCartney, you can see this message there. So he wrote “I’m getting ready to pop up in Covent Garden at 1 pm today. Oh baby!” So “oh baby!” just means he’s very excited! And this is an expression…

To “pop up” … so “to pop up”, it means to appear … to appear. So this is very informal English … okay … so to “pop up” means to appear. I am preparing to appear in Covent Garden.” And.. Covent Garden is a very famous square in the centre of London. Okay? So, there we go. That is the end of the lesson. I hope you enjoyed it. If you would like to subscribe to my channel, then you can click here on the screen… and here are 2 other videos which might interest you. So you can click on the screen here or here if you would like to see one of these other videos. So this one is comparing the difference between the word “all” and “every” and this one is comparing the words “borrow” and “lend” because these words often cause confusion to people. So this is a lesson to explain when you should use the word “borrow” and when you should use the word “lend” Alright? And I have a new Twitter account so if you would like to follow me on Twitter, then here is my Twitter account.

And I give little vocabulary lessons everyday. I give you some advice on learning English. So on Twitter, I write probably 1 or 2 messages every day. Okay so that is the end of the lesson. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you very much for watching. This is Andrew from Crown Academy of English. Bye bye and I will see you next time :-).

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