Learn English – English in Three Minutes – Asking About Names

{“en”:”Welcome to EnglishClass101.comu2019s English in Three Minutes. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn English. Hey everyone, Iu2019m Alisha! This series will teach you some easy ways to ask and answer common questions in English. Itu2019s really useful, and it only takes three minutes! In this lesson, youu2019re going to learn some new ways to ask someone, u201cWhatu2019s your name?u201d including one that you can use when youu2019ve forgotten someoneu2019s name. Now, u201cWhat is your name?u201d was probably one of the first questions you learned when you started studying English.

I have to tell you, though, that most native speakers of English would never say this! In English, just like in other languages, it is often more polite to be a little indirect. Of course, the easiest way to avoid asking the question directly is to not ask at all! Just introduce yourself, and most people will respond by doing the same. When introducing yourself, simple is nearly always best. Just say… u201cHi, Iu2019m Alisha!u201d To show that you want to know the other personu2019s name, just add, u201cAnd you?u201d at the end. u201cHi, Iu2019m Alisha! And you?u201d u201cHi, Iu2019m Alisha! And you?u201d Just like before, take out my name, Alisha, and put your name in its place. After you say this, the other person will tell you his or her name. Okay, now letu2019s talk about an embarrassing situation that happens to EVERYBODY: youu2019ve already met this person once before, but youu2019ve forgotten their name! The most polite thing to do in this situation is to apologize and ask again.

Thereu2019s a simple way to do this thatu2019s also polite. u201cIu2019m sorry. What was your name again?u201d u201cIu2019m sorry. What was your name again?u201d This sentence is very similar to u201cWhatu2019s your name?u201d but it has three important differences. First, we say, u201cIu2019m sorry.u201d A small apology can go a long way. After that we say u201cWhat was your name?u201d This is just like u201cWhat is your name?u201d but instead of u201cisu201d, we use the past tense u201cwasu201d.

This is really important, as it tells the other person that you remember meeting them. You havenu2019t forgotten HIM or HER, youu2019ve just forgotten the NAME. This little word makes all the difference! u201cIu2019m sorry. What was your name…? Finally, we add u201cagainu201d to the end. This is another hint that tells the other person that you remember learning his or her name before, but you just canu2019t recall it right now. u201cIu2019m sorry. What was your name again?u201d This phrase is appropriate for both formal and informal situations. Now itu2019s time for Alishau2019s Advice! In the United States, itu2019s normal to address people by name in conversation more than once. In both formal and informal situations, itu2019s a way to show respect or interest in the other person, and can help you make friends.

It is also a great way to practice someoneu2019s name so you donu2019t forget it! If you are talking to someone named Ann, for example, instead of just: u201cWhat do you do for fun?u201d, you could say: u201cAnn, what do you do for fun?u201d You can also put the name at the end of the sentence: u201cWhat do you do for fun, Ann?u201d You donu2019t want to say the personu2019s name too often, or it will sound a little strange, but if you practice someoneu2019s name like this, you wonu2019t forget it. And people love to hear their own name! In this lesson, we learned what to say when we forget someoneu2019s name. In the next lesson, youu2019ll learn what to say when you want to get in touch with someone, whether by telephone, email, or even newer ways to communicate. Whatu2019s your favorite? Let us know in the comments, and join us next time for the sixth English in 3 Minutes lesson! See you next time!. “}

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Learn English – Asking About Hobbies, What do you do for fun?

{“en”:”Welcome to EnglishClass101.comu2019s u201cEnglish in Three Minutesu201d. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn English. Hey everyone, Alisha here! In this series, weu2019re going to learn some easy ways to ask and answer common questions in English. Itu2019s really useful, and it only takes three minutes! In this lesson, youu2019re going to learn how to ask what someoneu2019s hobbies are – without using the word u201chobbiesu201d! Youu2019ve probably seen the question, u201cDo you have any hobbies?u201d, or u201cWhat are your hobbies?u201d in an English textbook before.

However, native English speakers almost never use the word u201chobbiesu201d when asking about them! A much more natural way to ask the same question is: u201cWhat do you do for fun?u201d Letu2019s practice this question. u201cWhat do you do for fun?u201d u201cWhat do you do for fun?u201d You can also ask: u201cWhat do you do in your free time?u201d u201cWhat do you do in your free time?u201d So how would you answer this question? Letu2019s look at how native speakers would do it! The easiest way is to say: u201cI like to…u201d or just u201cI like…u201d followed by what you like to do. For example, if you like watching movies, you could say: u201cI like to watch movies.u201d or u201cI like watching movies.u201d u201cI like to watch movies.u201d or u201cI like watching movies.u201d And if you like golf, you could say: u201cI like to play golfu201d or u201cI like playing golfu201d.

u201cI like to play golfu201d or u201cI like playing golf.u201d You can emphasize how much you like your hobby by adding a word like u201creallyu201d in front of u201clikeu201d. For example: u201cI really like watching movies.u201d On the other hand, if you want to play down how much you like something, you can say u201ckind ofu201d. For example: u201cI kind of like playing tennis.u201d Now itu2019s time for Alishau2019s Advice! If you donu2019t have any special hobbies, or donu2019t want to be specific, a good way to reply is: u201cI like hanging out with my friends, and stuff like that.u201d u201cI like hanging out with my friends, and stuff like that.u201d Just use u201cI like…u201d and add u201changing out with my friendsu201d, and then add: u201cand stuff like that.u201d How do you answer the question: Where you from? It doesnu2019t even have a verb! Weu2019ll cover this and more in the next English in 3 minutes lesson. See you next time!. “}

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Difference between LOOK, WATCH & SEE – Learn English Grammar

Wanna speak real English from your first lesson? Sign up for your free lifetime account at EnglishClass101.com. Hi, everybody! And welcome back to EnglishClass101.com’s Youtube channel. My name is Alisha, and today I’m going to give a short explanation of the difference between “look,” “watch,” and “see.” So let’s get started! Okay, the first verb that I want to talk about is “look.” We use “look” when we simply want to explain that we are moving our eyes to something, just moving the eyes is to “look” at something. There’s no expectation that the item or the object we are looking at is going to change. There’s no expectation that some change is going to happen, we’re simply moving our eyes to something. Finally, when you use “look” and an object follows the verb, you need to follow “look” with “at.” So for example, “look at that.” “Look at me.” “Look at that.” “Look at her.” “Look at him.” All of these use “at” because an object follows the verb “look.” So “look at that thing.” When you use an expression like “look over there,” there’s no object there, so only when there’s an object after the word “look” you need to use “at” to connect the two.

Okay, so remember, “look” is used when you’re simply moving your eyes to something. Okay, let’s talk then about the verb “watch.” So we use “watch” when we want to focus our attention on something. So focusing your attention can be on something happening in front of you, like a performance, it can be movie, TV, but the nuance with “watch” is you are watching something that is changing or moving, something is going to happen, there’s an expectation of change or movement, evolution in some way, we use “watch” in those cases. Focused attention on something that is changing or something that is moving is when we use “watch.” And finally, “see,” the verb “see” is used when we just notice something, we have to notice something, maybe a person has come into the room and we “see” that person, we noticed something but we’re not necessarily focusing. So maybe we “see” it, our eyes catch it, but we don’t focus on that thing, that is when we use “see.” So to recap, we use “look” just to move our eyes to something.

We use “watch” for focused attention on something that is moving or something that is changing. And we use “see” when we just notice something but we don’t necessarily focus on it. Okay, so this is the basic use of these three verbs, but there are a couple of exceptions. So here, I have special cases, especially for performances, so for example, movies, TV shows, concerts, sporting events, and so on, these have slightly different rules.

We will only use “watch” or “see” for these cases, please do not use “look” in these cases, please use “watch” or “see.” If you’re having trouble deciding when to use “watch” or “see,” a good rule, or a good guideline, is if it’s something outside the house, something outside your home, your apartment, use the verb “see.” If you’re at home doing something at home, like watching a movie, for example, use the verb “watch.” So for example, over here, you would see a movie in a movie theater; see a baseball game; watch a DVD at home, or watch the awards show at home.

So these are at home actions, and these are outside the home action. So we use “see” and “watch” in these cases. Okay, but let’s try to choose the correct verb in these example sentences that I’ve prepared. So first one, Tonight I’m going to ______ Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones is a popular TV show, so we should use “watch” because we learned that “watch” is used for things outside, oh, I’m sorry, because we learned that “watch” is used for actions at home, things we do at home, it’s more natural to use “watch.” I’m going to watch Game of Thrones.

Okay, the next sentence, I want to ______ that new movie. New movie probably means going to a movie theater, so we should use the verb “see.” I want to see that new movie, is the correct verb here. ______ up ahead, traffic is terrible. So up ahead means in front of you, in front of the car, in this case, it’s car, it’s traffic related, so up ahead, in this case, the speaker is asking the listener to move his or her eyes in front of them to go up ahead with their eyes, so you can use the verb “look.” Look up ahead, traffic is terrible. So move your eyes up ahead, it’s a command. Okay, next one, Last night I stayed in and ______ a football game.

So stayed in means stayed home, I stayed at home, we use the expression “stayed in” so I stayed in and “watch,” this is an at home action. Past tense, I watched a football game last night. Ok, next one, I can’t wait to ______ my favorite band next week. So again, this is a performance outside the house, my favorite band, so we’ll use “see” I can’t wait to “see” my favorite band next week. Ok, next sentence. When I ______ into the forest, I ______ a deer. Okay, there are two verbs in this sentence, we’re going to use “looked,” so when I moved my eyes into the forest, I moved my direction, my eyes moved in the direction of the forest, and I ______ a deer. So we noticed something, I saw a deer. I saw a deer. A deer entered my eyes, is a weird way to say it but that’s the nuance here. I happened to notice, I wasn’t focusing but I saw this in my eye, I saw a deer. Okay, let’s look at a really difficult one. I ______ up from my book and ______ you.

You were ______ a video on your phone. Okay, so similar here, I ______ up, I “looked” up, I moved my eyes up from my book, so I was reading, I moved my eyes up from my book. And ______ you, so here I noticed, I saw, past tense, I saw you; then here you were ______ a video on your phone. A video on your phone, so maybe we need to use the verb “watch” because the person has focused their attention on their phone on the video. You were watching, past progressive tense, you were watching a video on your phone. So here in this situation we have all three verbs. Finally, let’s use it in a question. When did you last ______ your roommate? So when did you last notice your roommate? We would use the verb “see,” when did you last “see” your roommate, when was the last time you saw your roommate, you noticed your roommate.

So these are some great examples of sentences where it might be difficult to guess should I use “look,” should I use “see,” should I use “watch,” but keep these rules in mind; so remember when you move your eyes to something use “look,” don’t forget to use “at” when an object follows the verb, too. When you want to focus your attention or talk about something that’s changing and moving, use “watch,” like movies and TV shows. When you want to just talk about noticing something but not focusing your attention, use “see.” So this is a basic introduction to the differences between “look,” “see,” and “watch.” I hope it was useful for you, if you like, you can try to leave a comment with one of these verbs in your sentence, or if you have any questions please let us know as well. Thanks very much for watching this video! If you liked this video please be sure to hit the LIKE button and subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already, also check us out for more at EnglishClass101.com.

Thanks very much for watching and I’ll see you again soon. Bye!.

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10 Ways to Motivate Yourself When Learning English

Want to speak real English from your first lesson? Sign up for your free lifetime account at EnglishClass101.com. Hi, everybody, and welcome back to Top Words. My name is Alisha, and today we’re going to talk about 10 ways to motivate yourself when learning English. Let’s go! The first way to motivate yourself is to imagine that one day you will live in the United States. So to do this, imagine what is your day going to be like when you live in the US, where will you go, who will you meet, where will you shop, and so on.

Imagine your day in the United States. Ok, the second way to motivate yourself when you’re studying English is to study other aspects of the culture, too, which makes it more rewarding to study English. Ok, so this means, of course, studying English as a language but if there’s a specific country that you’d like to visit or a specific part of that country’s culture, try to learn about that too. If you like music, if you like the food, if you like the history; try to find something about a specific country or a specific part of that country’s culture that you enjoy in addition to studying the language. Ok! Way number 3 to motivate yourself is finding funny words in English. Ok, so finding a word that sounds funny or a word that you enjoy using, or a phrase that you enjoy using can really increase your motivation for using that word and for interacting with people.

So if you can find those phrases that you think are funny or are fun, they can be really really helpful for you as you learn your language. The next way to motivate yourself is to make friends with people who speak English. So of course, if you don’t have any friends who are English speakers, especially native English speakers, it’s a really good idea to make some friends. This way you can practice with them, you can learn from them, and you can just see maybe what their life is like and how their life is different from yours. So this is a great way to practice, a great way to learn, and a great way to think more internationally as well. The next way to motivate yourself is watching youtube videos of other people who have successfully learned English. So you can listen to people what worked for them, how did they study, where did they go, what materials did they use, what did they find not helpful.

So you can try to find a strategy that works well for you through using resources like YouTube, for example. It’s a great way to find people that maybe match with what you need. Ok, the next way to motivate yourself is by watching English movies and TV shows and enjoying the feeling when you can understand a word or a sentence. Yeah, I do this too. When you enjoy something, when you find entertainment value in something, like music, movies, TV, and you there’s that moment when you pick up, or when you understand what your favorite character said, or you understand that like a key point in the story, it’s a really really good feeling.

It makes you want to continue watching, I think. So that’s a really really nice feeling, I think, and you can do that by enjoying media so it’s a fun way to learn and it’s a fun feeling to experience. Ok, the next way to motivate yourself is by reading English news articles, blogs, and magazines to get a feel for formal and casual language. So the style that we use here, like EnglishClass101 and on the videos on this channel, is quite casual most of the time, or at least in these videos it’s very casual, but the way that I speak in the way a newspaper is written, the way a magazine is written, the way a newscaster presents the information, these are all different ways of communicating.

We’re using the same language, yes, but there are different styles, so it’s important to try to understand those differences and to become familiar with them. So try to find a few different things that you can enjoy. The next way to motivate yourself is after dinner you write about your day in a journal in English. Ok, this is an interesting idea. So just take a few minutes after dinner or before you go to bed to write something in English about what you did that day, or maybe so you have a chance to talk about future tense, or to use the future tense, you can use you can talk about your upcoming plans or the things you’re going to do the next day. So you can talk about past tense, what you did that day, maybe present tense, how you’re feeling as you’re writing your journal for the day, and future tense to talk about your upcoming plan.

So journaling can be a really effective exercise for motivating you. Okay, the next way to motivate yourself is by practicing with flashcards of useful words and phrases for 15 minutes every day on the train. I actually do do this, I use, but I use an application to study in Japanese to study Kanji, and 15 minutes every day adds up over the course of a week, you can learn a lot of information in a short period of time. And if you live in the country where your target language is spoken, then you might even find the word you studied on the train, you see it, like, after you leave the train you might see that word later on in your day.

So you can immediately feel like an extra sense of motivation by knowing that this thing you’re studying is applicable, it’s something you can use right away, it’s a really cool feeling. So this is a tip, I honestly, I use this. Last, I make sure to thank anyone and everyone who corrects my English. Yeah, I think this is really important because people are really nice, they don’t want to correct you when you make a mistake; but sometimes, people do, they’re really polite about it, and they tell you the more, tell you a more natural way, or they give you a suggestion for how to improve your English, make sure you say thank you. Like, repeat after them and then say thank you. So that’s, you know, it’s motivation for them to tell you again in the future, to help you again in the future.

So make sure to say thank you to anyone who helps you with your English. So that’s the end! So those are 10 ways that you can motivate yourself when you learn English. If you have a different strategy for how you like to motivate yourself to learn English, please let us know in the comments. Please be sure also to like this video and subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already. Thanks very much for watching I hope this video motivated you to keep studying, we’ll see you again soon with more fun stuff, bye!.