IELTS Writing: Numbers and Pie Charts

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Study English – Series 2, Episode 17: Naturopathic Medicine

{“en”:”Hello. I’m Margot Politis. Welcome to Study English, IELTS preparation. Today on Study English, you’ll have the chance to practice your reading comprehension skills. These are important skills, not just for the IELTS reading test, but for general academic studies as well. Today, we’ll focus on the skills you need to answer the range of question types in the IELTS reading test. Let’s begin by taking a look at the text. So there’s our comprehension piece. It seems quite long. But let’s start at the beginning. Read the title. We know that the passage is about naturopathic medicine. Do you know anything about the subject? You know the word medicine, but maybe not naturopathic.

It’s OK if you don’t. You don’t need to understand every word. We can probably figure out the meaning by paying attention to the context the word is used in, or by looking closely at the parts of the word. We know that naturopathic is an adjective, because it qualifies medicine. Now, let’s break naturopathic down. The first part naturo- sounds like nature.

The ending is the suffix -ic. Do you know other words that end in -ic? How about photographic or historic? The suffix -ic means relating to or of. So we could guess that naturopathic means something like relating to nature. Then we can guess that the meaning of naturopathic medicine is something like medicine that heals in a natural way. Can you think of any words you know that might belong to this subject? How about: herbs plants health healing or disease Let’s look at the text again. After you’ve looked at the heading, look for some other clues as to what it is about.

Are there any illustrations or diagrams? What’s the layout like? All these things will help your understanding of the subject. What kind of text do you think this is? It doesn’t look like a newspaper article or an instruction manual. It’s not an advertisement or a timetable. It’s probably an article from a journal. We can tell by the style, the subject and the way it looks. Did you notice the asterisk near the end of the text? When an asterisk is used like this, extra information or explanation is given at the bottom of the page. What we’ve just done is to use the skills of previewing and predicting. We put together all the information we could about the text we are reading.

We looked for a title, a diagram or any other information set apart – like the asterisk at the end of the text. We also made some educated guesses about what is in the article, by predicting some common words we might expect to see. Previewing and predicting before you start reading can help you process information quickly, because you know what to expect. It can also help you to follow the author’s ideas better, because you’ve prepared yourself for the text before reading it. Let’s get back to the text. How is it organised? It’s divided into paragraphs. Here, we have 2 paragraphs: paragraph A and paragraph B. Usually, a reading passage would have an introductory paragraph, several body paragraphs and a conclusion. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence. The topic sentence will give the main idea or subject of a paragraph. The skill of skimming involves reading over a paragraph very quickly to get a general sense of what it is about.

When you skim a text, you just want to get a general idea of the content. You’re not trying to read every word. If you just read the first and last sentences, you can often get a good idea of the main subject of the paragraph. Let’s try with paragraph A. Naturopathic Medicine Since the earliest beginnings, every known culture has been treating disease with natural therapies. So what is the main subject of paragraph A? Well we read about: the early beginnings of cultures types of natural therapies and cultures and natural therapies Can you choose which one of these things tells us what the text is about most accurately? Number one talks about beginnings of cultures. The text is probably not about that. It’s a bit too broad to be the topic sentence. So you might think it’s number 2 – types of natural therapies. This choice is too narrow. The text is about more than just natural therapies.

It’s number 3 that covers the idea of the whole paragraph. It is about cultures and natural therapies. This is what the topic sentence is expressing. You will be tested on your understanding of main ideas, so it’s a good idea to practice matching headings to paragraphs. When you need to look for specific information, like a name, date or place, you can scan a text. When you scan, your eyes move across the page very quickly looking for specific information. You can then skip over less important words. Let’s try to scan over the text to find answers to some short answer questions. Here’s our question: The early books of which countries mention natural healing methods? We’re going to scan the text, looking for the key words. The first known medical books of China, India and Greece all mention formulas used in healing. So we can answer by writing: China, India and Greece Let’s try another short answer question. Who was the father of Western Medicine? Here are the key words. Let’s scan the text. Hippocrates is the father of Western Medicine.

You can also use these skills when you need to answer multiple-choice questions, label a diagram or complete a table. Let’s take a quick look back over the skills we’ve used today: We looked at using previewing skills to predict what the text was going to be about. We talked about looking at the title, diagrams and style of the layout for clues to what the text might be about. We practised predicting the topic and guessing vocabulary that might be in the text. Next, we practiced skimming to find the topic sentence of the paragraph. Finally, we talked about scanning for keywords. And that’s all for today, but you can try out these skills and more on the Study English website. I’ll see you next time. Bye bye.. “}

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Neuro Linguistic Programming in Brighton

Learn English Tenses: 4 ways to talk about the FUTURE

{“en”:”Hello. My name is Emma, and in today’s lesson, I’m going to teach you the four futures. Okay? A lot of you know two futures, I think. A lot of you probably know “will” and “going to”. I’m going to teach you two more futures today, and teach you how they’re different from one another. Okay? So let’s get started with the present continuous future. So the present continuous is when you have “be” verb, so “I am”, “you are”, “he is”, “she is”, “they are”, I don’t know if I said “we are”, “we are” plus the verb and “ing”. Okay? So we have “am”, the verb, “ing”. This is known as the present continuous. It’s usually one of the first things you will learn when you’re learning English.

So a lot of you know the present continuous, and you think: “Oh, present continuous, it’s taking place now.” You’re right, but we can also use it to talk about the future. We use the present continuous to talk about future that is going to happen very, very soon. So, for example, if you ask me: “Emma, what are you doing this weekend?” Well: “I’m hanging out with my friend, Josh, this weekend.” Okay? Or I might say: “I’m shopping this weekend.”, “I’m studying this weekend.” If you ask me: “What are you doing tonight?” Well, you know, I want to be a good student, so: -“I’m studying tonight. I’m studying tonight.” -“What are you doing next week?” -“Well, next week… I’m working next week.” Okay? So present continuous is very, very common for when we’re talking about the future that’s going to happen soon. Not future that’s going to happen 2,000 years from now or 50 years from now – no, no, that’s far future.

We’re talking about the future that’s going to happen in the next couple of days. Okay? So very, very soon future. We can also use the simple present to talk about the future. So, the simple present is when you take a verb and, you know, it’s in the basic form, usually you add an “s”. If it’s third-person singular, for example: “I leave”, “you leave”, “he leaves”, “she leaves”, “they leave”, “we leave”. So this is all simple present. In your classes, you probably learned we use the simple present when we talk about routine. We can also use the simple present when we’re talking about routines in the future. Okay? So, for example… And by this I mean timetables. We use this when we’re talking about a schedule event; something that is scheduled to happen in the future. So, this usually has to do with when we’re talking about transportation; trains, airplanes, we can use this tense. We can use it when we’re talking about TV shows. We can use it when we’re talking about restaurants opening and closing, or stores, when they open and close.

So we use this when we’re thinking about a schedule or a timetable. So here are some examples: “The last train leaves at 6pm today.” So 6pm hasn’t happened yet. It’s in the future, but because this is a schedule event, it’s a timetable event, it’s a schedule, we can use the simple present. Here’s another example: “The restaurant opens at 5pm today.” So this hasn’t happened yet. Right now, it is 2pm. This is going to happen in the future.

But still, I use the simple present because this is a schedule. Okay? Every day the restaurant opens at 5pm. Here’s a third example, I like watching TV, imagine I like The Big Bang Theory: “My TV show, The Big Bang Theory, starts at 4pm.” So again, it’s a routine, it’s a schedule that takes place in the future, but it’s still a schedule so we can use the simple present here. All right, so these two, even though they’re present tenses, they can be used for the future. Now let’s look at the two verbs we commonly use for the future or we commonly think of as future verbs. “Be going to” + a verb and “will”. So, “be going to” + verb: “I’m going to study.”, “I’m going to sleep.”, “You are going to watch a video.” Okay? These are examples of the “be going to” + verb future. So we use this when we’re talking about the near future. Similar to this… So it’s not a future that’s very, very far away; it’s soon, but it’s a future where we think something is going to happen, and we have evidence that something is going to happen. So, for example: “I’m going to study English next month in Canada.” This means you probably have your ticket already bought, you’re pretty sure about this.

There’s not a lot of confusion. This is almost going to happen almost certainly. So you’re pretty sure about this. “I’m going to study English next month.” Another example, imagine I watch the weather station. Okay? And the meteorologist has predicted the weather, but it’s a very good prediction because we see these clouds in the sky, there’s a lot of evidence it’s going to rain. Because there’s evidence, we could use this tense and we could say: “It’s going to rain all week.” So this is based… It’s in the near future, but it’s based on some sort of evidence. This is likely to happen, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to happen.

We have some evidence that makes us think it’s going to happen. So this is a bit different from “will”, which is one of the maybe easier futures to think about. We use “will” + a verb. For example: “I will always love you.”, “I will study hard.”, “I will do my taxes on time.” Okay? So we use “will” + a verb when we’re talking, first of all, in the far future. So this is all soon. This is very soon; whereas this, is very far. So for example: “In 50 years, everyone will speak Chinese.” We use this also when we’re not so sure about something.

This is my prediction, but I don’t have much evidence of this. I’m not very, very sure, so I will use “will” because I’m not sure; whereas if I’m very sure, there’s a lot of evidence, I know it’s going to happen, I do “be going to”. So this one, there’s not a lot of evidence, and it’s a prediction we don’t have evidence for. Another example: “Aliens will invade Earth.” Okay? In 25 years, aliens are coming, they will invade the Earth. I don’t mean to scare you. Luckily, I’m using “will”, which means I’m not really sure. If I said to you: “This week, aliens are invading the Earth”, you’d be very scared. If I said: “Aliens are going to invade the Earth. I know this. I have secret government documents.” I’d be using this, and you’d be scared, too. But with “will”, it’s “will” so you don’t have to be scared.

It might not happen. We also use “will” when we’re making promises. Okay? So if somebody ever gets down on their knee, and says: -“Emma, will you marry me?” -“I will marry you.” It means I’m promising to marry you. Okay? Or maybe I don’t really like the person, I might say: “I won’t marry you.” “Won’t” is the negative form of “will”. So I promise not to marry you. I don’t know in your culture, but in Canadian culture and many Western cultures, for New Years, we always make these resolutions. We think: “Oh…” When it’s New Years, when it’s January 1st, we make some sort of promise to our self that we’re never going to do something again, or we’re going to start doing something. We normally use “will” for these. So, for example, maybe you have had too many beers, and you’re thinking: “I don’t want to ever drink again”, you might make a promise to yourself: “I won’t drink again. I will never drink again.” Okay? Or maybe you want to stop smoking: “I will never smoke again.

I will never do this again.” Okay? Maybe your parents are angry at you because, you know, you did really bad on a test: “I promise I will work harder, I will study harder.” So these are promises. We use “will” for promise. Finally, we also use “will” for volunteering. Okay? When we want to volunteer for something, we want to offer our help. We want to help someone, we can use “will”. So, for example: -“Emma, can you clean the dishes?” -“I’ll do it.” -“Emma, can you vacuum the floor?” -“Sure. I’ll vacuum.”, “I’ll get the telephone.”, “I’ll help you with your homework.”, “I’ll help you learn English.” I’m volunteering, and so I use “I will”.

Okay? So just to recap, just to quickly go over everything: there are four futures I’m teaching you today. Present continuous can be used as the future if it’s very soon. Simple present can be used for the future if it’s a routine or schedule, something that’s like… If you look at a schedule in the future, we can use the simple present. We can use “be going to” if we’re talking about the near future and some kind of plan that… Or prediction we have evidence for. We are pretty certain it’s going to happen. And then we can use “will” and a verb for the far future for a promise or when we want to volunteer for something. Okay? So, there you have it, four futures. I invite you to come visit our website at www.engvid.com. There, you can actually practice these on our quiz. I hope you will do it soon. I hope, actually… I hope you’re doing it today or tomorrow. Okay? So until next time, take care.

I wish you the best of luck. And good day, sir.. “}

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Neuro Linguistic Programming in Brighton

Study English – Series 3, Episode 2: Writing Task Response

{“en”:”Hello, and welcome to Study English, IELTS preparation. I’m Margot Politis. Today we’ll look at the Writing Task in the essay section of both the general and academic IELTS tests. IELTS essay topics are of general interest and relate to current issues in society. You can expect to be asked about: The media, education, environment, health, communication, technology and society. Being familiar with issues in these general areas is important. Listening to English language media will help you develop a bank of ideas on topics like this. An issue in health could be about children eating too much and not exercising enough. You could be asked to discuss a statement such as: Children’s eating habits and lifestyles today are more likely to be harmful than beneficial. You should know the essay instructions. These tell you how much time you have and how much you need to write. You are instructed to spend about 40 minutes writing the essay, which has to be at least 250 words.

With practice you’ll know without counting what your 250 words look like. You will also be asked to give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience. This is one of the instructions, so you need to follow it. Reasons are saying why you think something is true or not. You could write: An increasing number of children are becoming obese because they are eating too much junk food. Reasons are supported by examples, like this: For example, aggressive marketing of such foods towards children is one of the contributing factors. Relevant examples are examples like this that are clearly connected to the question. Now let’s look at an essay question, and how to analyse it before you write your answer. How well you do this will help with your task response, which is one of the criteria used to assess the essay. Let’s look at a question topic. Here’s a typical statement: The ageing populations of more developed countries are going to cause social and economic problems for society in the future, especially for the younger generation.

With this is something called the question task: To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? The essay question is always presented in this way as a statement followed by the question task. First, let’s look at the statement. Read it carefully. The ageing populations of more developed countries are going to cause social and economic problems for society in the future, especially for the younger generation. You should ask yourself ‘who or what must I write about?’ Here, you have to say something about ageing populations, developed countries, society in the future and the younger generation. Highlight these and any other key phrases, such as ’cause social and economic problems’. Think about what these phrases mean. Thinking of synonyms or words that mean something similar can help you do this. And you will need these synonyms later in your essay. Synonyms for ageing populations are: the elderly, retired people, the aged and pensioners.

They’re the people living longer or ageing. Developed countries – refers to modern industrial societies that have to financially support retired people. Synonyms are: western countries, first world countries and advanced economies. Social and economic problems are two kinds of problems. Social problems are problems that affect people, perhaps in areas such as health and education. Economic problems are problems to do with the economy of a country and its ability to pay for the services it provides. Society in the future means the country or nation or state in the future. And the younger generation are younger people or people who work. They’re the people who are not yet part of the ageing population. So you can rephrase or paraphrase the question like this: The younger generation will experience social and economic difficulties because people are living longer. The next thing to look at is the question task: To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? ‘To what extent’ means by how much. Here you’re being asked to give your opinion about the statement. You might agree with it or you might think it is wrong.

It’s a good idea to reword this type of question into a ‘yes/no’ question like this: Do you agree that the younger generation will experience social and economic difficulties because people are living longer? Yes or no? You could think, yes, I agree completely or perhaps yes, I agree with some of this, but disagree with other parts of it. But keep in mind that asking how much you agree or disagree tests your ability to look at 2 sides of an issue and present a balanced argument. Even if you say yes and agree completely, you still have to look at the other side of the argument and think about why someone would disagree. You would need to write two body paragraphs in an essay of this type, one saying what you agree with and one saying what you disagree with. In the conclusion of your essay you would state your position on the topic.

Let’s look at another question. Internet access should be under government control to avoid any potential harm to children. Who or what must you write about? The internet, government and children. Now highlight other key phrases – under government control, avoid any potential harm. Let’s think of synonyms. We know what the internet is, but what other words can we use? – the net, the web, online, cyberspace.

Under government control means controlled by the government. Other words for government are the state or the administration. Potential harm means bad things that might happen. Synonyms for potential are possible or likely. And other words for harm are: damage and hurt. So we could paraphrase this statement as: The state should control access to the web to avoid possible damage to children. The same question task we looked at earlier can be used: To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? You are being asked for your opinion. What you need to do here is say what you think.

The state should control access to the web to avoid possible damage to children. Yes or no? Now you should think about reasons for your point of view and why you don’t agree with the opposite view. So, to recap. The way you respond to the question and the instructions is part of what you are being marked on. The examiners call it task response. Make sure you follow the instructions and write the correct number of words.

That’s all for now. Don’t forget to visit our website at: australianetwork.com/studyenglish for more. I’ll see you next time on Study English.. “}

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Hypnotherapy in Brighton

June is here! – LIVE ENGLISH – From the birthplace of the English language – with Mr Duncan 1/6/18

{“en”:”So here we are oh it’s a new month has arrived I can’t believe it and Here I am now with you live as live can be here we go then it is what is it today it’s Friday it feels very unusual to be here on a Friday but look outside look at the day we are having it’s a glorious day and June is here it is June the 1st the first day of a new month and I thought hmm I thought it would be a good idea to go outside and do something live because the weather is quite nice although having said that there is a forecast for thunder and rain later on today so I’m not really sure whether or not I’m going to be staying out here for a very long time because it looks as if there might be some rain coming so we will see what happens but for now the Sun is in the sky everything is alright even though now and again there are some black clouds hanging overhead some storm clouds are floating by right now so here we go then but the big question is is where am i oh ok then if you insist hi everybody this is mr.

Duncan in England how are you today are you ok I hope so are you happy I hope so so I thought why not why not do a live stream on the first day of June and it does feel quite summery today even though as I just mentioned there is a little bit of rain in the air so I’m taking a bit of a risk here going outside on what can only be described as a very hot and humid day it’s ever so humid here it’s really really hot so a lot of people already on the live chat I can’t believe how many people already are here on the live chat so let’s say hello shall we so hello to Alamgir who is first on the live chat today so hello to you and welcome welcome to my special live English outside it’s a very warm day very muggy so Alamgir Husein congratulations you are first on the live chat Attila is also here today hello Attila hi mr.

Duncan how are you I’m okay thanks I can’t complain also JC jordi amir andrew is here how is your week going so far well today is the final day of the week because it’s Friday yes I’m sure you are very excited as well because the week is coming to an end the weekend is just around the corner what a lovely surprise you’re on with another livestream yes it’s true I hope you could hear me ok because I think the sound level might be a little bit low so for those who can’t hear me please let me know it’s a nice start to the month with a live stream yes I thought I would do it as a little surprise you know I like to have surprises and sometimes I like to give surprises as well so here we go yes it’s a little overcast there are some some black clouds floating overhead at the moment you tis here hello ute mr.

Duncan what a surprise oh thank you very much I hope it’s a nice surprise that’s all I can say hello everyone from I think you are watching in Russia or maybe somewhere nearby Albert is here hello Albert I don’t think I’ve seen you here before is it your first time on the live chat if it is your first time please let me know please tell me mr. Duncan my first time so let me know also Marie so is here watching in Brazil I have a strange feeling that I have a lot of people watching in Brazil at the moment I don’t know why I’ve noticed over the past couple of weeks that I sing to have lots and lots of people watching in Brazil say hello to Brazil yes I just have Gabrielle or Gabriel is here hello to you as well Fredrik Fredrik Roy says it’s my first time to chat on the live chat with your live stream oh ok then thank you welcome Fredrik now in the past I used to give fireworks when when someone new arrived on the live chat but sadly I don’t have any fireworks at the moment I’m I’m ever so sorry about that so I hope you will forgive me so it’s live English it’s live mr.

Duncan the reason why I’m doing this today is because it’s a brand new month and I’m thinking of doing some regular surprise live streams during the month of June so besides my normal live streams I’m also thinking of doing something slightly different during this month by giving you some lovely surprise live streams especially if the weather turns out to be nice because if the weather is nice then it might be a good opportunity to actually go outside all I’m thinking at the moment is I hope it doesn’t start raining but I have planned for that so if it does start raining I’m going to play a video and then I will move my things inside so just in case it decides to start raining I do have a back-up plan the other night something very exciting happened we had some Bulls arrive at the back of the house so some Bulls have arrived and there at the back although today they’ve disappeared can you believe it I was hoping to capture them live on camera but unfortunately they have decided to wander off that’s not very good is it the live chat is starting to get very busy Kunal is here apparently it’s Children’s Day today I did not know that here in the UK it is a special day because it’s national fish and chip day it is one of the most famous English meals a lot of people associate this country England with fish and chips so here in the UK it is national fish and chip day Thank You Albert it’s not my first time I’ve been watching you for quite a long time but I don’t comment regularly well Albert you are more than welcome to say hello any time – is here it is my first time mr.

Duncan to talk to you on the live chat well all I can say is welcome welcome Aurora hello Aurora mr. Duncan I’m at the gym unfortunately I can’t watch because it’s Friday morning well all I can say is I’m very pleased to hear that you have decided you have decided to keep fit I like that you are very active first thing in the morning I wish I was amrwardy I believe you need to manage the clock on this video it says the 30th of May yes it probably does let’s just get rid of that shall we that is my automatic date which comes up and sometimes sometimes it isn’t right yes it’s true you are you are correct there so all I have to do is watch this is if by magic I can actually change the date even though you can’t see it but I’m going to change the date see look how professional I’m trying to be there it is that’s Beth sir yes oh that’s much better let’s just make sure it’s right yeah the date is now right it is definitely the first of June there it is I’ve corrected it now thank you for noticing by the way KATU is here hello mr.

Duncan it’s my first time okay then welcome you are more than welcome to join in and don’t forget I am live every Wednesday from p.m. UK time and also every Sunday from p.m. UK time summer cookie says it’s my first time normally I’m a shy girl and I don’t believe that I’m here you are now live summer cookie you are now live and I like your name by the way because I like summer and I also like eating cookies hi Trin hi Albert hi Amory and hi everyone from TS hello TS thanks for joining me today I think you are watching in Indonesia so far away I’m going to guess that the weather in Indonesia is very similar to here it’s very hot and very humid here today so I thought just to get us all in the mood I thought we would have a little replay of something I did a while ago and because there is no mr.

Steve today unfortunately so because mr. Steve is away busy working I am on my own so I thought it would be fun to show one of my past videos with mr. Steve so here we are doing something in the kitchen but the big question is what are we doing oh hello there well welcome to the kitchen it’s mr. Duncan and a mr. Steve come over here it’s over there so here we are in the kitchen what are we going to do we are going to make some tea cakes but we’re not actually making them we’re going window we’re going to put them in the toaster we’re going to toast them toast of the tea cakes that we have previously purchased from a local bakery and here they are here are the tea cakes look at that are they gorgeous too fresh tea cakes now so people think that tea cakes and hot cross buns are the same thing but in fact in fact they are not they are not the same thing tea cakes are normally larger and also they don’t have the cross on the front also they are not as flavoursome they don’t have as much spice or lemon zest inside them so normally lemon zest lemon zest I love the lemon zest it’s just a sweet bread with some currants or raisins added so the name perhaps such a strong flavor is hot cross bun but they are still delicious they are delicious so mr.

Steve what do we need to do first we need to well these are frozen and we’ve defrosted we need to take them out of this pandemic we can’t put them in the toaster while they’re inside that plastic bag know that I know for certain I would be very silly you keep it so don’t forget don’t toast them in the back because the plastic will melt and they will tastes terrible so they freeze very well for once we brought them fresh bread retort too many and if we froze with some of them and they are absolutely delicious icy frosty red freezes very well as we all know and there they all look lovely look at those lovely tea cakes so now mr.

Steven iceberg mr. Steve is going to cut them right in half careful I’ve got an armed with a sharp knife I’m not sure if we should trust mr. Steve with a sharp knife so here we go I’m going to cut these in preparation for putting in the toaster there we go that one that will strengthen in the toaster and I’ll move I’ll cut the other one in half so that we resin because know me better them we want to make sure the right hard okay with the right ones and this one thing I’ve noticed with mr.

Steve when he’s doing something he likes to bang things around and clang which is great for real life but unfortunately on camera whether you are listening at home it sounds dreadful so try to do everything quietly if you can do it silently silently including them but the voice can be big fine well they’re going to take about two minutes to toast in there so meanwhile should I get rid of with in here the butter oh yes we’re going to put some lovely butter now you have to have butter on your tea cakes there is something I noticed because the word butter can actually be used in other ways as well is that true mr. Steve that’s very true yes butter is normally for spreading on bread and things like that but it can be used by the way so here we go butter the word butter can be used in more than one way for example it can be used as a verb in the phrase butter up if you want to win someone’s favor or if you want to get someone on your side you might try to charm them by doing something nice you butter them up you try to butter them up by being nice to them so the phrase butter up means flatter a person or suck up to them for example I need my friend to drive me into town tomorrow and I won’t have to butter him up by treating him to dinner to butter up a person means to flatter or charm someone so was it get on that good side you ingratiate them butter or butter up now I can butter up to mr.

Duncan couldn’t I yeah I could tell mr. Duncan oh I’ll go do that later I will show an example no I’ll do it now oh I’m gonna butter up to mr. Duncan now mr. Dave oh how do you what how do you look so slim having have you lost weight oh thank you I think mr. Steve is trying to butter me up I think mr. Steve wants something so better up means to flatter someone or to ingratiate yourself to to creep around someone normally for a favor okay any chance that I can you know here on your showers on Sunday no your office doesn’t show yeah and you’re on it now it’s slim you’re so good-looking this isn’t okay come on I’m hungry right that pinging sound meant that this out of the toaster and over there we go mr.

Duncan won’t like that one because it’s bird you know my bird burns daily mr. Tim I don’t like my buns burn I bet my buns too Brown try not to bang around please stop banging it sounds terrible on the camera mr. Duncan likes lots of better on his tea cakes I would say where else but he said there are some on the teeth on the tea cakes I like I like my buns buttery that’s great that’s good mr. Steve thank you there we go I don’t know what’s happened to that it doesn’t seem very much there we go there is the first tea cake it has been toasted and as you can see there is some butter it is now melting on the tea cake so mr. Steve is now going to toast his tea cake by the way just in case you have just joined us we are live well this isn’t live but in a moment I will be lying again on Sunday yes we are here live is live can be on Sunday afternoon I hope you are enjoying this live lesser my fingers are all greasy and so I was using a paper towel to wipe all the butter off so it’s gonna be a long time we got two minutes at least two minutes to wait before the next TK comes out to the toaster so well I know what I’m I don’t know what I’m going to I wanna go cold I’m going to have a bite of the tea cake to see how nice it is to see how well nice please how well mr.

Steve has toasted this tea cake let’s see okay mmm they go very nicely with a cup of tea hence the name tea cake well actually it could be called a tea cake you have them at tea time I think it’s because you have another cup of tea which we haven’t got ready but we can make afterwards the kept low now while we’re waiting no suit yourself it’s too noisy okay pretend pretend Oh what are we five year olds another 30 second repeat mr. Steve likes his buns very Brown mmm these are delicious very nice hmm hot you know testers get very hot right there is there is another type of there is another type of burn called a scone or stomp and they are much smaller and normally they are made with pure butter or fat another way for a burn is your buttocks yes but actually that it’s buns so your buttocks or your bum cheeks can be called bunions now that normally comes from American English so if you talk about someone’s nice buns you might be talking about their bread but also you might be talking about their lovely sexy bottom okay mr.

Steve so that could actually yes it like someone’s bottom that does that’s good can I just say now for the record mr. Steve can you stop banging things around and I put that but it back in the fridge otherwise it’ll melt I’m gonna do it quietly all right so I’m ready to be fine now that’s it we’re going to eat our tea cakes I’ve already eaten half of mine thank you very much for following us delicious we’re now going back to the studio back to the studio live to rejoin mr. Duncan that’s me Oh Oh mr. Duncan and I look forward to seeing you again very shortly where am I going to be stuck in the corner maybe I haven’t decided yet outside oh yeah it’ll be a big surprise off we go bye hmm so here we are then it is a Friday and we are live I hope you enjoyed that for those who are missing mr.

Steve I thought I would play one of our old moments of time recorded in the kitchen when we were eating our tea cakes and for those who are wondering the small black things inside are raisins raisins and sultanas they are types of dried fruit so I hope that answers your question I hope you enjoyed that fortunately the rain is holding off we just had some lovely sunshine the Sun came out just and it was absolutely glorious and soon as the video finished and I returned live the Sun went back in I don’t know what’s going on come on son why are you letting me down I’ve just been checking on my phone as well there are lots of very useful apps that you can get nowadays for your mobile phones so there is one that I can actually check any time of the day to find out what the weather is like in my area and they even have a special radar that scans for rain so I can actually see a live view and I can see where the rain is and where it is moving so at the moment it looks as if there is no rain here at the moment there is no rain anywhere around this area although I suppose I should be very careful what I’m saying to be honest because you know we might suddenly get lots of rain so I’ll have to be careful what I’m saying the live chat is up and running oh hello there so many people on the live chat amory is here or amia sorry I wish I could have your tea cakes yes they are beautiful oh hey Haitham gauzy says amazing recording we miss mr.

Steve a lot of people miss mr. Steve by the way last night last night it was the first night the opening night of the musical play that mr. Steve is actually appearing in so apparently everything went well now tonight I am going to see it so instead of tomorrow night originally I was going to go tomorrow but I’m very busy tomorrow preparing things for Sunday so I will actually be going tonight to see mr. Steve perform in his his musical play where he is playing a Spanish pirate would you like to see a little bit of mr. Steve pretending to be a Spanish pirates ok hello mr. Duncan and all your lovely viewers all around the world today I met earlier sir so unfortunately I cannot be here to teach English with you today hopefully on Wednesday or next Sunday I will be back and then we shall teacher the English to everyone around the world but today I am a color standard retired from the Caribbean island of sand arena goodbye thank you Steve thank you very much for that I’ve just also noticed because I’m reward he mentioned the the date was wrong earlier and I’ve also noticed that the time is also wrong so I don’t know how that’s happened I really don’t so I’m going to change that right now let’s see if I can actually change that it is supposed to be five minutes past two my computer seems to have a mind of its own today so there it is that’s better it is six minutes past o’clock on a Friday and I’m outside doing something very special because it is the first of June it really does feel as if spring is in the air the weather is so variable yes variable it is changeable it changes from one thing to another so yes it would be fair to say that the weather at the moment is very very changeable variable so if something varies it changes so yes I think you are right there the weather here especially today is very changeable it is variable Haytham says oh I think and I’m not sure what you’re laughing at I’m not sure I don’t know yeah I hope it’s something very funny that’s all I can say the Sun has come out yes the Sun is now out and I am now being bombarded with ultraviolet light from olive listen what is it 9 91 million miles away is it so and yet it still feels hot it really does so it’s live English and I am in my short today would you like to see my feet okay here are my feet a live shot of my feet as we stand here in the CERN you can see I’m wearing my shorts today I am wearing my shorts and also my lovely stripey socks as well so the Sun is now out and everything is nice around the garden everything is looking very summery as well people always like to see the garden so here we go for those who like taking a look around the garden here are some shots and also this is the back at the moment sadly the Bulls are not there I was hoping they would come across I was really hoping that the Bulls would come over to say hello but they only arrived two days ago so at the moment they’re feeling very shy I think that’s what’s going on they are they are actually very shy at the moment so it is live English in the sunshine and this is just a very special livestream just to say hello to June and of course hello to you as well on the live chat mr.

Steve could perform in the movies oh really do you think he’s that good yes I think mr. Steve is a very good performer he is a very good actor and he’s been in quite a few shows now very very big parts he was in a show called a Christmas Carol based on a story by Charles Dickens and he actually played the lead part he was actually playing the lead role of Scrooge he’s also appeared in the king and I as well bit bitterness hello vit Ernests hello from Lithuania hello to you I don’t think we’ve spoken before have we have we talked to each other before or is it your first time I am rewarded says I really like tea cakes with raisin I’m not a big fan of raisins to be honest so sometimes I will pick them out so sometimes I will pick them out especially if there are too many because I don’t like too many reasons in my teacakes hat wah says such a beautiful garden thank you very much for that you are very kind I’m very pleased to hear that you like the garden it is still trying to rain here there is now a big ominous cloud hanging over the house and it looks as if it’s about to rain but but the forecast says there is no rain I’m getting very confused with the weather today it’s all over the place all over the place if something is all over the place it means it is very chaotic it is hard to predict it is all over the place so the weather today is all over the place it is very hard to predict it is very chaotic it is changeable it sure is I envy you with your sunny weather and garden well I can tell you now it’s not always sunny here quite often we get rain we get storms so it’s not always sunny even during the summer we can get lots and lots of rain I saw some live news videos on YouTube that have live subtitles yes I think there are some channels may be very big channels that have subtitles on their live stream but at the moment YouTube is not allowing me to have them I don’t know why because they would be very useful to be honest they would be very useful indeed h-m is here hello there I am mubashir Hafiz from Pakistan and I am studying at the Medical University and I’m wishing you the best of luck thank you very much mubashir watching in Pakistan petrol is oh hello Pedro Belmont of course it wouldn’t be a live chat without Pedro Belmont so Pedro is here how long am i on for well I’m probably going to stay on for about an hour so I will be with you for around about another 15 maybe 20 minutes of course it all depends on whether or not it rains so if it suddenly starts raining I will have to go in the house and then everything will have to come to an end that’s not very nice is it so I’m hoping that the rain will stay off I’m hoping very much that the rain will stay away today is windy and cloudy in my city well it’s cloudy here but sometimes we get lots and lots of sunshine as well and it’s very very hot I’m actually wearing my shorts today that’s how hot it is yesterday the weather was nice and I decided yesterday to put some washing out so there you can see some washing on the clothes line and that is what I did yesterday so this type of weather is very good for drying your washing so whenever the weather is nice I always like to do some washing so I can hang it out and it always dries very very well what about you do you like to hang your washing outside because I know nowadays people have these very sophisticated washing machines and they will wash your clothes and they will dry them as well incredible so some people have very posh washing machines they will actually dry the clothes as well it’s a lovely morning well now it is afternoon here it is now just coming up to quarter past two quarter past two on a Friday afternoon and I don’t normally do live streams on Friday but today I thought I would do something different hello mr.

Duncan from Vietnam long time no see true true Tuan Minh hello to you Stran love is here we need one course for a special about the singer George Michael yes George Michael was a very popular singer during the early 1980s and also the 1990s as well so George Michael started out in the early 1980s I remember very well when George Michael first appeared on television because I was a teenager back then I know it’s hard to believe isn’t it that I was a teenager in the 1980s but it’s true it’s true I tell you what a great surprise you are here mr. Duncan it’s very unusual well I thought today I would do something different I thought I would do something different today because it’s the first of June and it’s a Newman so that’s the reason why I’m here today Noah says yes we are in shock we are very shocked you are live again mr.

Duncan yes I was alive I was alive and live on Wednesday with my usual live stream and I will be here on Sunday as well with my live stream from 2 p.m. UK time at the moment I’m being attacked by lots and lots of flies yes there are flies everywhere at the moment I’m being attacked attacked by flies Jobin says you look knackered when we say a person looks knackered it means they look tired tired well I’m going to tell you something that I have been suffering with hay fever during the past couple of days and one of the side effects of hay fever is that you get a very sore throat so at the moment I have a very sore throat and that’s the reason why my voice sounds a little bit croaky a little bit rough because of the hay fever yes did you hear the crow saying hello someone’s car alarm was going off did you hear that someone’s car alarm was going off is it Children’s Day in your hometown I don’t think it is I don’t think today is Children’s Day maybe it is in your country but I’m not sure about here but one thing I do know is that today here in England it is national fish-and-chip day because you may be aware that we like eating fish and chips here in the UK we are very very fond of eating fish and chips it’s making me feel hungry now andrew says is there any treatment or are there any inhalers to help you with hayfever there are some types of medicine to help you with your hay fever and I do take some of those type of Medicine but the problem is some of the medicine has a very bad side effect and the side effect is that it makes you very very sleepy so I don’t like to take too much especially if I’m working and especially if I’m doing a livestream because I have to stay very alert so yes sometimes I do take medication for my hay fever but the problem is it has side effects and one of the side effects is it makes me very drowsy very sleepy do you celebrate fish-and-chip day asks Albert I really wish I could I really wish I could but unfortunately there isn’t a fish and chip shop round here although having said that later on for for dinner I’m going to have some fish so I’m not completely celebrating fish and chip day but I am having some fish later but no chips sadly hello mr.

Black bird mr. black bird is just saying hello I think the birds are waiting to feed you see because just just behind me there’s a bird feeder just over there there is the bird feeder and I think the birds are waiting to eat I think so it is Children’s Day in Vietnam ah ok then so maybe in some countries they are celebrating Children’s Day so in Vietnam there are lots of interesting activities taking place for Children’s Day the birds are getting very excited behind me hi just saying hello to the birds hello mister venca and i’m happy to join you says Nadia hello Nadia is it your first time on the live chat please let me know if it is also hi therm says I like your perspective mr. Duncan for taking medicines I don’t always like to take medicine so I take it when I have to if I really need it but normally I don’t like to take medicine unless I have to so if my hay fever gets really bad if it gets very severe I will take some medicine but at the moment it’s not too bad my hay fever is not bad today even though I have a slight sore throat I have a very sore throat can you see behind me and being asked yes Anne asks what is your possession in the garden what are the things in your garden well I can show you the thing behind me can you see there that is a birdbath so that is where the birds will go to bathe and also to to drink as well so quite often the birds will gather and they will have a drink and sometimes they will also go into the water and have a little bath as well and over there can you see just over there you can see my my heron so that isn’t a real heron it’s actually a fake heron it’s not real so it’s not not real don’t worry my throat is very rough today can you can you hear my throat it sounds very bad and that’s because of the hay fever so yes so that the heroin behind me that heroin is not real its fake it’s made of plastic and there is the birdbath and if you look there you can see part of my dams and tree so that is where all of the dam zones are growing at the moment thank you am rewarding for your best wishes I don’t feel sick I feel perfectly healthy today I feel so so well unfortunately my throat at the moment is a little sore because of my hay fever so if you also suffer from hay fever you will know exactly what I’m going through it is very very unpleasant very unpleasant indeed you have got some great deal and passion for teaching keep doing the same thing thank you Jobin for that you are welcome I I do intend to continue doing this I’m not going anywhere some people think that I’m about to quit but I’m not I’m not going anywhere honestly some people seem to think that I’m going but I’m not in fact can I let you in on a secret during the month of June that’s this month I will be doing some special surprise live streams just like this so during the month of June I’m planning to do some special live streams just for you hopefully my hay fever will stay away and my voice will return so I’m planning on having a very busy month in the month of June I am planning to have a very busy month indeed do you drink enough yes I’ve been drinking lots of water today Thank You summer summer cookie thank you for your thank you for your care and consideration hello mr.

Duncan this is my first time here and I’m so happy ephra hello ephra thanks for joining me today even though my voice isn’t very good today I’m very sorry about that my voice sounds a little rough and that is because of the hay fever I apologize I really do so the weather here is okay and we also have Oh for those who missed it the other night a lot of people were asking about the the daihlia in the garden so for those who were watching or weren’t watching on Wednesday there is the Dahlia you can see now that the flowers are preparing to come out everything is coming into bloom isn’t that lovely I was hoping to show you the Bulls today but unfortunately they’ve they’ve vanished they’ve walked away it’s not very nice is it so it’s live English on a Friday afternoon here in the UK it is now coming up to half-past in the afternoon and I hope you are feeling happy today and I hope you are enjoying this special live stream even though my voice is starting to fade why don’t you build a massive fence around your property well because I like to see the view I like to see the trees and the cows and the grass thanks mr.

Duncan I’m waiting for your extra life lessons in June yes I am planning to pop-up pop-up if someone pops up it means they appear suddenly they will pop up it’s a great expression and we use it quite often in English to describe something that suddenly appears suddenly appears it pops up it popped up to pop up is to suddenly appear and I will be doing a lot of popping up during June your job is quite hard yes is that this is not easy for those who think that doing a live stream is easy it is not I think this is the hardest thing to do on YouTube it’s very easy to record videos and talk and then rerecord it so if you make a mistake when you are recording something you can just do it again but unfortunately because I’m live I can’t do this again so if I make a mistake then that’s it it’s happened I can’t change anything so one of the things that I really enjoy about doing lie is that it is spontaneous and that means that anything anything can happen anything even the hay fever affects you and your voice but you are speaking still clear and I have understood everything thanks a lot for your enthusiasm Thank You Fung du Chun thank you very much for that do you have any favorite flowers mr.

Duncan I like all sorts of flowers I like colorful flowers I like red flowers yellow flowers I love the daffodils in the spring so every time spring arrives I always look forward to the arrival of daffodils so yes I like all sorts of flowers I also like trees as well and that’s why I live here because I am literally surrounded surrounded they are all around me I am surrounded by trees it’s true so there are trees all around me I am surrounded by them mr.

Duncan I hope you will recover soon thank you very much a meme or Amina Amina I Adi thank you very much that’s very kind of you mr. J is here oh hello there mr. J I’ve not seen you here before is it your first time I think so I think so so live chat lots of things going on in the news at the moment yesterday all of the chaos that is going on in Italy was sort of resolved so now Italy has a new government having said that today it’s like political musical chairs it really is today in Spain the government there collapsed so now at the moment in Spain they have no government due to various things so the prime minister or the president has stepped down he has stepped down so now there will be another election by the looks of it in Spain I don’t know what it is about politics at the moment everything seems quite crazy what do you think it’s very crazy we have lots of things going on in the world at the moment we have North Korea about to give up its nuclear weapons maybe we have world peace approaching well okay maybe in North Korea and South Korea there will be some some peace we can only hope so why can’t I see my messages asks Sameera I don’t know I don’t know why well I can see your messages Sameera I can see your messages Mustapha says mr.

Duncan how can we speak fast not fastly fastly is not a word how can we speak fast well just like everything you have to learn how to do it and that means putting in lots and lots of practice first of all you have to start off slowly you have to learn like a child never be afraid to learn like a child whenever you learn something new you always start with the very basics the simple things and that includes speaking so when you first start to learn a new language you might find that you speak very slowly like a child so that’s what you do you practice you do it regularly you have to make it part of your life I think so hello mr.

Duncan I haven’t watched your videos for a very long time Thank You Nam for saying hello Nasir says mr. Duncan what a surprise to watch you today yes I’m here I’m here it’s Simona and I what watching you on my son’s YouTube account ah okay then hello Simona and welcome you are more than welcome today something very different I’m actually outside on the 1st of June I know for most people that will mean nothing but here in England the 1st of June is a very special day because it means that we can officially say that it is summertime I don’t know why it always feels as if summer has really arrived as soon as June begins I don’t know why but it may be it’s a psychological thing I think so but whenever whenever June arrives it always feels as if summer has arrived with it what is your favorite singer do you mean who who is your favorite singer because a singer is a person so when we refer to a person it is always who who is your favorite singer who Sergio we are all on the edge of a trade war yes this is something that has happened over the past 48 hours it would appear that certainly with the United States they are now charging countries that want to export to the United States at the moment I think it’s aluminium aluminium and I want to say steel so if a country outside the States wants to export their steel or aluminium to the to the United States they will have to pay what they call a levy levy so there is a charge that will be imposed if they want to export to the United States some people think it’s unfair some people think that it is perfectly fair so it depends on what your position is it depends where you are standing at the time Eliana says my favorite singer is Elton John yes Elton John at the moment he is doing a tour this year and apparently it’s his final tour he’s actually going to retire from touring and that’s this year yes he’s doing a tour I think it’s this year and it looks as if he’s going to retire from performing live which I suppose is is a little bit sad for those who are big fans of Elton John TS Amory I got an IELTS band 5 on writing well that’s not too bad I must admit band 5 is pretty good pretty good five point five would have been nice or maybe even six but five yes not not too bad not too bad at all on Wednesday in Canada there is chicken and what is that chicken wings delicious it is wigs with delicious sauce I’m not sure what wigs are shitty do you mean wings do you mean the wings I think you mean you mean wing chicken wings so you can fly away like a bird chicken wings chicken wings hi what are you talking about it is open today you can talk about anything I’ve just been talking about the trade war that is taking place at the moment between the United States and also Canada and Europe so yes there is a lot to talk about also there is some political tension at the moment in Spain where the president or prime minister has just stepped down and in Italy they have just announced that they have a new government so there is there are all sorts of things going on at the moment in the world 2018 is proving to be a very very busy year I think so Andrea it’s not good enough for university I must do more practice yes TAS you probably need to get a or even a 6 even a 6 I think I think you should really be aiming for 6 to be iced-tea GN says I really appreciate your work thanks a lot for your throat I advise you some honey with black pepper and lemon that sounds very nice actually mr.

Steve actually has some lemon tea so he has some lovely herb all tea that has lemon and also ginger and apparently that is also very good for your throat as well it’s very good if you have a fever very good it’s very interesting to listen to you mr. Duncan Thank You Samira I’m glad that you are enjoying it I am actually going to leave you in a moment I’m only here for around about one hour so I hope you’ve enjoyed this livestream just something a little different to celebrate the new month yes understood that you need or more yes you should always be aiming aiming for 5 point 5 or 6 at the very least it is a sunny day here the Sun has come out again yes the Sun is out and I am now enjoying the rays of sunlight but I don’t want to get too much Sun because it’s not good for your skin it isn’t good for your skin at all and today I’m wearing my socks let’s have a quick look at my socks again shall we there they are you can see and wearing my socks today and also my shorts can you see my legs yes I’m wearing my shorts because it’s so hot the only problem is that all the flies keep biting me they are flying around and they are biting my legs and it is very annoying very annoying indeed so there you can see my my socks and also my shorts I hope you enjoyed that I don’t know why some people are always interested to find out what type or which type of shorts I’m wearing so today I’m wearing my lovely blue shorts that I bought in Turkey do you have tea at like the Queen well I’m not sure if the Queen has tea at 5 o’clock I’m not quite sure about that I couldn’t answer that question to be honest I’ve never been to Buckingham Palace to have tea with the Queen but I will be having a cup of tea as soon as I finished this livestream in around about 2 or 3 minutes so I will be going very soon for two reasons one I have to prepare mr.

Steve’s dinner because mr. Steve will be appearing in his show and I am also going to see mr. Steve perform on the stage tonight so tonight is the second night of mr. Steve’s play pinnate says hello mr. Duncan I’m from Thailand and I watch your videos every day I love your lessons and every place in your videos they make me happy and also they allow me to improve my English thank you for your kindness you are welcome pin it pin it watching in Thailand and a big happy hello to everyone watching in Thailand at the moment it is the first day of June it always feels as if summer has definitely arrived whenever Jun arrives so does the summer it’s a lovely feeling to be honest a very nice feeling indeed so I’m back on Sunday I will be here on Sunday from 2 p.m. UK time that’s 2 o’clock UK time for those who are wondering when I am on and also I am with you on Wednesday from 10 p.m.

Very late late and live in fact I love this pop-up show it is a very beautiful place thank you so much you are welcome Rosa at this very moment I can feel I can feel the skin on my arms being burnt by the Sun I can actually feel the heat from the CERN on my arms my my arms are so hot Omar asks a question what is the meaning of off you go off you go we normally say off you go when we are telling someone to leave off you go are you leaving now off you go off you go it normally means please leave or are you going are you going off you go please go please leave off you go I hope that helps I hate the summer months because it’s hot in Vietnam about 32 degrees says Fung I think the hot weather can be very nice it can also be very unpleasant especially if it gets too hot to be honest I’m going to be honest with you now I prefer the hot weather if I had a choice between being very hot and being very cold I think I would always choose being hot so I don’t mind being hot I’ve been to very hot countries in the past I’ve been to Malaysia I’ve been to Turkey and those countries are very hot places they really are I should spend more time under the Sun because of my bones also my bones will not be damaged Eliana yes I believe you are talking about vitamin D vitamin D which is something that you need to keep your bones very strong and a good source of vitamin D is sunlight your garden shows are marvelous do you do the garden tasks asks Rosario I have a confession to make mr.

Steve is the one who does all the gardening I’m not a gardener this is what I like to do in the garden I will show you the work that I do in the garden watch this that’s it that’s all the work that I’m going to do this year in the garden that’s it you just saw it there that is the only thing that I’m going to do in the garden this year all the rest of the work is turned by mr.

Steve fortunately mr. Steve loves doing the gardening he really does I’m very happy that I have a chance to join you today Thank You Bella for that I have plus six it is six degrees and heavy rain and fitful or frightful do you mean frightful frightful wind strong wind severe wind violent storms maybe well today apparently today or should I say this afternoon and this evening here we are going to have lots of thunderstorms and lots of rain and that’s the reason why I said that I was taking a risk today so I really was taking a risk coming outside to do my live stream because I thought I really thought it was going to rain so fortunately it hasn’t rained off you go yes it’s off off so it is the second one off Oh F F off you go so off can mean to disconnect you have disconnected someone or something you are off you do not do something anymore or you don’t want to do something or you are leaving you are off off you go mr.

Steve has a good hand for the plants yes I think mr. Steve does enjoy doing the gardening he enjoys doing it more than I do I think it’s very safe to say I like touching the plants and hugging the trees with love I don’t know why I think this helps them to grow and it’s kind of being it’s it’s a it’s a way of being thankful for them being there maybe that’s silly on my part no Bella no it’s not silly a lot of people love nature they love to be near nature like me I love being in the countryside I love being near the trees and the flowers and the birds I love it very much okay I’m going now I know I said that I was going 15 minutes ago but now I’m definitely going because I have to prepare mr.

Steeves dinner because he has a very busy night he is performing on stage I the black bird is just saying hello to me mr. Duncan which books can you recommend for improving my English well there are many different types of exercise books there are many different reference books one of the best books that I can suggest for learning English is of course a good dictionary always have a good dictionary never be afraid to buy a good dictionary or to borrow a good dictionary from the library and just look through it learn some new words and the best place to do that is with a dictionary who is mr. Steve I am new here mr. Steve is the person who likes to help me sometimes on my live streams but at the moment he is very very busy and tonight he is going out to perform I’m hoping he will be back from work in around about an hour or an hour and a half so he will be back from work and then we will have our dinner and then mr.

Steve will go to the theatre to perform on stage and I am going along well to watch have a great day mr. Duncan do you have any pets I said I suppose mr. Steve mr. Steve might be my pet so I’m going I hope you’ve had a good time I hope you’ve enjoyed this I’ve been on for a roundabout 1 hour and 15 minutes an hour and 15 minutes so actually I’ve been on much longer than I intended so I’m going now thank you to a meaner thank you to Eliana Samira Lazzaro Kareem also Eleanor and Belen mr. Steve is awesome and funny you really must meet him maybe one day he will be here on Sunday by the way yes I’m not joking mr. Steve will be here on Sunday he will be joining me from 2 p.m. UK time on the livestream I’m going now it’s time to say goodbye goodbye farewell to you all from a very hot and humid England this is mr.

duncan in the birthplace of the english language saying thanks for watching me today and of course during June who knows where I will be popping up and when I will be appearing on YouTube of course you can catch me on Sunday from 2 p.m. UK time and of course you know what’s coming next yes you do that’s it the Blackbird knows what’s coming next what’s coming next he’s gone quiet so I will do it instead that’s right ta ta for now 8-). “}

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Study English – Series 2, Episode 6: Lasers

{“en”:”Hello. I’m Margot Politis. Welcome to Study English, IELTS preparation. Today we’re going to learn about lasers – what are they, and how they work. We’ll also practice structuring a description of how something works, and we’ll work on our vocabulary for describing colours. Let’s begin by listening to Imogen Jubb talk about the history and the science of lasers. Lasers are used in all sorts of settings like welding, cutting, surgery, communications, reading bar codes at the supermarket or reading the information stored on a CD or DVD. There are many types of lasers but they all have 3 main parts to them. They all have an energy source, such as a lamp, some sort of feedback mechanism, like this pair of mirrors, and also some medium, like the ruby crystal, which can amplify the light. Now the first laser was built in the 1960s. It was made from a ruby crystal, some lamps and 2 mirrors, one on either side of the crystal.

I’ve got a sort of model of it here. The lamp shines white light onto the crystal, which is represented by this tube. Pumping energy into the crystal actually gives off light at a particular frequency to produce a particular colour. Some of this light bounces backwards and forwards between the two mirrors, and passes through the crystal each time. Each time the light goes through the crystal, it gets amplified, stimulating the same energy release in other parts of the crystal. So after many times in between the two mirrors, and many reflections passing through the crystal, you end up with a very strong, narrow beam of light that is just one colour.

One of the mirrors is only partially reflective, so some light passes out as the laser beam. Before Imogen explains the laser to us, she starts with an ‘introduction’, or ‘orientation’. That way, we know what to focus on. If you’re describing a device or a tool, it’s a good idea to introduce it by naming it and describing what it’s used for. This is useful in spoken English, and it’s also a good way to begin if you are writing in formal English. Listen to how Imogen introduces the laser. Lasers are used in all sorts of settings like welding, cutting, surgery, communications, reading bar codes at the supermarket or reading the information stored on a CD or DVD. She talks about the function of the laser and lists a few of the things we use lasers for today. In formal writing, if you were to introduce a discussion of lasers, you could structure your opening paragraph in a few ways.

One idea would be to start like this: A laser is a device designed to intensify a beam of light. Or, you might choose to write: The diagram is of a laser designed to scan barcodes. But Imogen chooses to begin by telling us what lasers are used for. She begins: Lasers are used in all sorts of settings. In your introduction, you could give some background about the device. Once the device has been introduced, you can talk about it in more detail. Let’s listen to Imogen describe the parts of the laser. How many parts are there and what are they? There are many types of lasers but they all have 3 main parts to them.

They all have an energy source, such as a lamp, some sort of feedback mechanism, like this pair of mirrors, and also some medium, like the ruby crystal, which can amplify the light. She talks about three main parts. All lasers have: an energy source, a feedback mechanism, and a medium to amplify light. In formal writing, we could structure this information in a number of ways. We might say that: A laser consists of a number of parts. Or: All lasers are comprised of three parts. Both of these sentences are structured to include a subject, a verb, and an object. You would then follow with a list or another sentence detailing exactly what the three parts are, in order: These are the energy source, the feedback mechanism and, finally, a medium to amplify the light. Imogen then explains how each part of the device functions.

Let’s listen as she describes each part. The lamp shines white light onto the crystal, which is represented by this tube. Pumping energy into the crystal actually gives off light at a particular frequency to produce a particular colour. Some of this light bounces backwards and forwards between the two mirrors, and passes through the crystal each time. Each time the light goes through the crystal, it gets amplified, stimulating the same energy release in other parts of the crystal. So you can see how Imogen has built up a clear image of the device. In formal written English, you might finish off by explaining the ‘purpose’ of the device. You could say: The purpose of the laser is to generate an intense beam of light. Let’s hear how Imogen finishes her description. So after many times in between the two mirrors, and many reflections passing through the crystal, you end up with a very strong, narrow beam of light that is just one colour. She finishes by talking about what the purpose of the laser is, what it produces. She says: You end up with a very strong, narrow beam of light.

So let’s review how Imogen has structured her explanation. First, there was an ‘introduction’ to the object. Imogen told us that we were talking about the laser and then gave us some background. She then moved into the ‘body of the description’. She told us that it is made up of three parts, and listed those parts. In your writing, you might write three separate ‘body paragraphs’ – one for each of the parts. Then, you’d finish off with a ‘statement of purpose’ – what the object’s overall purpose is. Now let’s finish by listening to Imogen one more time, and then we’re going to talk about colours. The lamp shines white light onto the crystal, which is represented by this tube. Pumping energy into the crystal actually gives off light at a particular frequency to produce a particular colour. When energy passes through the crystal, it gives off a particular colour of light. Light contains all the colours of the ‘spectrum’, or the ‘rainbow’. These are: red orange yellow green blue indigo violet We talk about shades of colour in different ways – most commonly by using light and dark.

For example: light blue dark blue Or sometimes we refer to nature, for example: sky blue forest green fiery red We also use precious stones to describe colour. For example: sapphire blue emerald green ruby red And that brings us to the end of Study English today. But for more information on structuring descriptions go to our website. You will find notes, exercises and quizzes to help you. Just go to abcasiapacific.com/studyenglish. And I’ll se you next time for more IETLS preparation. Bye bye.. “}

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{“en”:”Levels Basic to Advanced Vocabulary Grammar Listening and reading Let’s view a typical study session Entering today, the platform informs me that I have 91 words or rules to review and that the review will take 26 minutes. Why review before seeing new material? This is due to principles of Spaced Learning Everyone has a forgetting curve, and Harvard studies have concluded that if you interfere with the forgetting curve at the proper times you are more likely to remember something for a lifetime Study is not the same thing as learning Learning is remembering for life. With spaced learning You learn more and study less Here the question is shown and the answer is requested This is the probability that I have of having learned the item. These are the seconds that I have to answer Using this option forces me to give responses only from my head and avoids the use of hand-written notes and copies This is the number of errors that I can make If I make many mistakes, the system realizes I have problems in learning it, and flags it for more frequent reviews.

I continue with my review of today I get to the last questions Letu2019s look at the history of the word that Iu2019ve just answered. The first time I saw it was on March 1 I answered quickly and correctly so the system scheduled it to be reviewed for two weeks later That day I also answered correctly and quickly so the review was set for April 14th After 30 days of not having seen the word I easily remembered it without help so now the system considered it learned and and removes it from the automatic review process In total, I saw the word “HAPPY” only 3 times Last question As you can see, this item is almost learned.

This is the history of this word on its way to be learned On November 5 I took the quiz and answered incorrectly so it was scheduled to be reviewed three days later I didnu2019t remembered that day either, so the next quiz was scheduled even closer As you see, the more I have trouble learning the more frequent are the rehearsals At later dates I answered correctly so the rehearsals were increasingly spaced out in days until the exam on April 14 This day is very important because if I answer the question correctly the system will consider it learned and will retire it from the automatic review process It would be considered learned because 62 days have passed since the last time I had seen it and if I answered correctly and unaided the likelihood of remembering it for life will be close to 100% The higher the probability of having learned something (i.e.

To remember for life) the more demanding the system is Let’s see why On November 5 I saw this word “teaspoon” which had a 37% chance of being learned and only had 35 seconds to answer and could not make more than 2 errors In contrast, when I reviewed it on January 11 I had 20 seconds to answer and I was allowed to make 0 errors Start a new lesson Now, we can study new material I choose how many items I want to study in this session Here I have what I must learn examples notes The notes try to make learning fun Voice Recorder Ability to record and compare pronunciation Most of the content is in English but the student can always get help in the native language to avoid getting stuck Two available dictionaries The course has two dictionaries obtainable by double-clicking any word If the student double-clicks a common word probably he or she is a student who is just starting to learn English and therefore the word is translated directly into Spanish If the word is not commonly used, the word is defined in plain English in order to have the student immersed in English for as long as possible Even when the dictionary of non-common words is shown the definition can be translated by clicking on it Sentence translator If getting the meaning word for word is not enough you can also select an entire sentence and get its translation clock This clock shows the total time of study today After three minutes of inactivity, the clock stops share remarks Students can also post comments on each word or rule studied for personal use or if they want to share them with friends or the community at large Personalized mp3 lessons After a few days of study the platform has already identified what material I have trouble remembering Then I may ask it to assemble an mp3 sound file so I can listen to it on my iPod, smart phone, DVD, etc This allows me to study while traveling to my school or university, before sleeping etc.

The mp3 file is personalized It contains only my mistakes I download it as many times as I want So I study wherever and whenever Besides studying using a Web browser you can also do it on iPhone, iPad, or Android based devices Finally, let’s consider the stats page This is the total number of lessons in the course which I have studied all I’ve learned 3,101 of them This is the progress of study, which is related to the two previous bars I may have studied the whole course, but have learned only a portion of it When the progress bar reaches 100% the course is already learned that is, the likelihood of remembering it for a lifetime is close to 100% Studying is not the same as learning The most advanced program to learn English”}

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Study English – Series 3, Episode 26: Giving Advice

{“en”:”Hello, and welcome to Study English, IELTS Preparation. I’m Margot Politis. What should you do to stay healthy? This is a possible question in IELTS. How might you reply to such a question – what language choices do you have? The language function required is “giving advice”. Today we’ll look at language choices in English for giving advice. First, let’s listen to someone giving advice about health: Having good health is something we all want. There are several things we should do to keep fit and healthy – eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest. If we have a good diet, lead an active life and get enough sleep, then we should stay healthy. If we get sick, then we need to manage our recovery. There is prevention, and there is cure – but prevention is better than cure.

“Prevention is better than cure”. This is a common saying that means it’s better to avoid getting sick than trying to cure the sickness later. So what does our advisor recommend we do to prevent getting ill? There are several things we should do to keep fit and healthy – eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest. If we have a good diet, lead an active life and get enough sleep, then we should stay healthy. What sort of language does she use for giving advice? First she uses the modal verb ‘should’. Listen again: There are several things we should do to keep fit and healthy – eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest. The word ‘should’ is used in a number of ways. Here it indicates advisability – there are several things we should do to keep fit. Listen to another use of should with this meaning: You should try to walk a couple of kilometres every day.

The negative form “shouldn’t” is often used to give advice about what not to do. There are three things that you shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t smoke, you shouldn’t eat too much junk food and you shouldn’t drink too much alcohol. There is another modal verb that is used in the same way as should, but is a more formal choice, ought. It’s used by this man in an interview about immigration to Australia and its impact on the environment: It’s an open question whether people are applying more strain on the environment if they’re living in a flood plain in Bangladesh than if they’re living in Australia. Secondly, I think that if you’re worried about the environmental sustainability of the pattern of economic growth in Australia – and there are good reasons why you might be – then you ought to be looking at policies to reduce, say, carbon dioxide emissions, water usage, regardless of how many foreigners you let in or don’t let in.

“You ought to be looking at policies”. You could also say you should be looking at policies. Advice is suggesting choices, so you don’t use the word must. There is no choice when you say must – it’s an obligation or something you have to do. Sometimes you need to suggest choices in a way that doesn’t upset the person you are advising. Instead of saying ‘You shouldn’t smoke’, you can express it as a question: Shouldn’t you give up smoking? A more formal way of saying this uses the word oughtn’t: Oughtn’t you give up smoking? In the next clip, listen to another way of using should: If we have a good diet, lead an active life and get enough sleep then we should stay healthy. Here, should expresses the idea that this is likely to happen if the condition – having a good diet – is met. This is called a conditional.

The negative form, shouldn’t, is used in a similar way here: In any case, lead a healthy lifestyle and you shouldn’t get sick. It is a common language feature to use conditionals when giving advice, like this: If we get sick, then we need to manage our recovery. If we get sick, then we need to manage our recovery. But you don’t always have to use ‘then’ after the ‘if’ clause: If you feel unusually sick, you need to consult a doctor. And the ‘if’ clause doesn’t need to be at the beginning of the sentence: You need to consult a doctor if you feel unusually sick. There is another structure in English using ‘should’: Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Here, should means ‘if’ – if you have any questions. It’s a polite invitation which you will often hear on planes. The cabin crew might say to passengers “Should you require any help” Now listen carefully to all the advice and concentrate on what tense is being used for the verbs: Having good health is something we all want. There are several things we should do to keep fit and healthy – eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest.

If we have a good diet, lead an active life and get enough sleep then we should stay healthy. If we get sick, then we need to manage our recovery. There is prevention, and there is cure – but prevention is better than cure. Make sure you have a balanced diet – don’t overeat and don’t eat the wrong foods. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables for fibre, and get a good mix of proteins from fish and some meat, and reduce your intake of fatty food, sugar and salt. Exercise every day. You should try to walk a couple of kilometres daily. Playing sport, or going to the gym is an easy way to exercise your body. Exercise helps to relieve stress. You also need to rest. Health experts say we need about 8 hours sleep a night, but some people need less than this. If you feel unusually sick you need to consult a doctor. Avoid close contact with others when you are feeling unwell. Stay at home for as long as the doctor advises you. In any case, lead a healthy lifestyle and you shouldn’t get sick. Did you notice that many of the verbs were the base form, such as avoid or stay.

Listen again: Avoid close contact with others when you are feeling unwell. Stay at home for as long as the doctor advises you. In any case, lead a healthy lifestyle and you shouldn’t get sick. This is called the imperative form and it’s used for giving advice, and also to give orders. For example a teacher may say to a noisy class: Stop talking! Or Be quiet! You also use the imperative when you need to warn someone of danger: Watch out! There’s one more use for the imperative and that’s in instructions.

In the essay section of the IELTS Test you will read: ‘Write at least 250 words.’ In recipes you often see the imperative, like this: Fry the prawns. Chop the leeks. Add the noodles. The negative form of the imperative has don’t in front of it, like this: Make sure you have a balanced diet – don’t overeat and don’t eat the wrong foods. You’ll hear this structure a lot in English. You might hear people, such as parents to their children, say: Don’t forget to telephone. Or Don’t get lost. Finally, you should know the difference between the words advice and advise. Listen to the way they are used by this woman talking about generation Y or gen Y: The baby boomers still like to have face-to-face meetings. They like to chat about certain things. A gen Y would be just as happy for you to send them a text message and advise them of a change of roster at work or they’re quite happy to get advice about a new event that’s occurring by text or SMS or even an email.

Advise – spelled with an ‘s’ – is the verb form. Send them a text and advise them of a change of roster. Advice – spelled with a ‘c’ and pronounced with a shorter ‘i’ sound – advice – is the noun. They’re happy to get advice. Listen again: and advise them of a change of roster at work or they’re quite happy to get advice about a new event that’s occurring by text or SMS or even an email.

That’s all for now. For advice on the IELTS Test, visit our Study English website. We strongly advise it. Good luck with your studies. Bye.. “}

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Study English – Series 3, Episode 23: Talking About Food

{“en”:”Hello, and welcome to Study English, IELTS Preparation. I’m Margot Politis. The topic of food and the customs around preparing food come up often in the IELTS Speaking Test. It is useful to look at this topic area and think about how to select language and organise a response if you’re asked to talk about food, cooking and diet. Let’s begin by listening to someone talk about the various meals she has during the day: I usually have breakfast every morning, and lunch in the early afternoon, a sandwich usually or some instant noodles, but the main meal of the day for me is normally dinner. Let’s go over the language of meals. She mentioned breakfast, the morning meal, lunch, the meal we have in the middle of the day and dinner, which is the evening meal. So what other words are there? In the United States and Britain another word for dinner is supper. In Australia the word supper isn’t used very often and usually refers to a light meal late at night.

In Australia the other word for dinner is tea. Tea can also refer to afternoon tea or high tea, a formal English meal of small sandwiches, scones and a cup of tea. A tea break or a coffee break is a short time during the working day when people have a break with a cup of tea or coffee. Food and drink consumed between meals during the day or night are called snacks. You might hear people talk about ‘brunch’, which is a mid morning meal that combines breakfast and lunch, a bit like the Chinese yum cha. Yumcha is quite familiar to westerners these days and it would be reasonable if asked what your favourite meal is to talk about it as the speaker does here: The family usually gets together on Sunday for a traditional Chinese banquet, or yum cha, either at home or in China town, but usually I eat on my own, or have lunch at work with a colleague. So what might you be asked about meals? You might be asked what you usually have to eat for breakfast or whether you eat breakfast at all. Another common question is ‘What is the main meal of the day?’ How does the speaker answer that? I usually have breakfast every morning, and lunch in the early afternoon, a sandwich usually or some instant noodles, but the main meal of the day for me is normally dinner.

Her answer is dinner, but, as would be expected, she expands her answer to talk about other meals too. It is important to distinguish between meal and staple. Staple means the basic food most commonly eaten. For most people in Asia this is rice as it is with our speaker: Rice is the main staple in my diet. Staples in other countries are potatoes, and wheat in its various forms such as bread, pasta or couscous. When preparing for the IELTS Test, it is important to brainstorm a variety of topics and issues – to begin to develop your own ideas, and build up possible responses.

You should: think of examples think of reasons think of useful vocabulary To start you could divide the topic of food into various aspects such as: meat, fish, vegetables and herbs and spices. Cooking styles: boiling, frying and steaming. Cuisines: Italian, Indian and Japanese. Cooking utensils: pots, pans and woks. Eating utensils: plate, bowl, knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks. There are many things to say and ask about these things.

With food types, you might want to say that you don’t eat meat and that you are a vegetarian. You may even avoid eggs, milk and fish as well, in which case you are a vegan. You could be asked why people choose to be a vegetarian or a vegan. A good reason to be vegetarian is that it is a healthy diet, something our speaker is aware of: I try and have a healthy, balanced diet – not much fried, fatty food, and a good mix of fruit and vegetables. You may be asked about what healthy food is or if junk food is bad for you and why. With utensils it’s possible that you may be asked to compare chopsticks with forks with a question like: Do you prefer to eat with chopsticks or a fork? Now let’s see if you can work out what question might have prompted our speaker’s reply. Listen to the clip, and think what question might have been asked.

Rice is the main staple in my diet. I try and have a healthy, balanced diet – not much fried, fatty food, and a good mix of fruit and vegetables. Perhaps she was asked: ‘Describe what you usually eat?’ That would require describing in the answer. Or ‘What do you usually eat?’, where you would have to identify what you eat. Which question is more likely? Listen again: Rice is the main staple in my diet. I try and have a healthy, balanced diet – not much fried, fatty food, and a good mix of fruit and vegetables. She’s identified or named the things she usually eats, so the most likely question would be: ‘What do you usually eat?’ Let’s try it again. What question? Think about the language function she uses: The family usually gets together on Sunday for a traditional Chinese banquet, or yumcha, either at home or in China town, but usually I eat on my own, or have lunch at work with a colleague.

What about: ‘Is it better to eat alone or with others?’ That needs you to give an opinion. She talks about eating alone, but doesn’t say that it’s better or worse than eating with others. So that’s not right. She explains who she eats with and when, so it’s more likely to be: ‘Who do you usually eat with?’ Does the answer fit? Let’s try it. The family usually gets together on Sunday for a traditional Chinese banquet, or yumcha, either at home or in China town, but usually I eat on my own, or have lunch at work with a colleague. Let’s try one more. What might the question be? I don’t cook much.

My mother is a good cook, and can create great meals just from a wok! We have many dishes including roast duck – my favourite. What about ‘Can you cook?’ She doesn’t really say if she can or can’t. She just says she doesn’t cook much. It’s probably: ‘Who does the cooking where you live?’ I don’t cook much. My mother is a good cook, and can create great meals just from a wok! We have many dishes including roast duck – my favourite.

These questions might be asked individually in Part 1 of the Speaking Test, or joined together in Part 2. Part 2 is the long turn, where you have to talk for one to two minutes in response to a prompt card like this: Talk about what you usually eat every day. You should say: what you eat who you eat with, and who does the cooking where you live Let’s listen to the response: I usually have breakfast every morning, and lunch in the early afternoon, a sandwich usually or some instant noodles, but the main meal of the day for me is normally dinner. That often consists of some meat, maybe grilled, some steamed vegetables and rice. Rice is the main staple in my diet. I try and have a healthy, balanced diet – not much fried, fatty food, and a good mix of fruit and vegetables.

The family usually gets together on Sunday for a traditional Chinese banquet, or yumcha, either at home or in China town, but usually I eat on my own, or have lunch at work with a colleague. I don’t cook much. My mother is a good cook, and can create great meals just from a wok! We have many dishes including roast duck – my favourite. That’s all for now. To find more information about the IELTS Speaking Test, visit our Study English website. Good luck with your studies.. “}

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Present Simple vs Present Continuous – Learn English Tenses (Lesson 1)

{“en”:”Hello everyone and welcome to the first instalment of our grammar lessons. As I said in the introduction, we’ll be starting with the tenses And you’ve guessed right. The first two to learn are Present Simple and Present Continuous. So, I’ve made a presentation for you, and I’m going to now take you through the examples on this presentation and explain the usage of these two tenses. So by the end of this session you know exactly when to say ‘I do’ and when to say ‘I am doing’. So, Let’s go over to the presentation now.. “}

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