Mar 02

Learning English: “of course” or “of course not” (free video)

 

In this lesson, I discuss the importance of distinguishing between “of course” (positive) and “of course not” (negative). Please see below for more:

 

Of course (positive)

 

Yes

Certainly

Absolutely

No problem

 

“Can you do that?” “Of course (I can).” (positive)

“Have you done that?” “Of course (I have).” (positive)

“Are you English?” “Absolutely.”

“Am I ok if I take this?” “Certainly.” (both mean of course – positive)

 

Of course not = definitely no / definitely not (negative)

 

No chance

 

“Have you ever been to prison?” “Of course not.” (No)

“Have you ever been arrested?” “No chance.” (Of course not)

 

If you wish to respond in the negative, you must always say “of course not”.

 

“Of course” is a positive statement.

Feb 21

Top 10 Favourite British Words – 1 – 5

 

Please see below for text and free videos discussing Merriam Webster’s top 5 favourite British words.

 

  1. Plonk – cheap or inferior wine

“They’re throwing a house party this weekend; there’ll be plenty of plonk there.”

 

  1. Jiggery-pokery – dishonest or suspicious activity; nonsense

“If your partner is giving it some jiggery-pokery, you want to re-evaluate your relationship.”

 

 

  1. Knackered – tired, exhausted

“Went for a four-miler and then when I got back from work we took the children swimming. Nice and knackered now.”

 

 

  1. Whinge – to complain fretfully: whine

“Nothing better than a good whinge down the pub.”

 

 

  1. Prat – a stupid or foolish person

“Everyone’s feeling a bit summery this morning, with a few rays breaking out over Britain and some of you lot daring to break the ‘anyone who wears sunglasses in April is a prat’ rule that we just made up.”

 

Feb 21

Learn British English: “Starving”

 

Common synonym (informal) for “very hungry”:

 

“Shall we grab something to eat? I’m absolutely starving.”

 

 

Starving Slang JPEG

Feb 20

Top 10 Favourite British Words: 6 – 10

 

Please see videos below discussing numbers 6 – 10 in Merriam Webster’s list of their favourite British words:

 

  1. Pukka – genuine, authentic; first-class

“He has always shown himself a pukka gent”

 

 

  1. Boffin – a scientific expert and especially one involved in technological research

“Brain boffins at University College London have made a major breakthrough in the ongoing effort to bridge the gap between man and machine.”

 

 

  1. Gormless – lacking intelligence: stupid

“Gormless, unhelpful and poorly trained shop staff create merry hell for customers who are simply exercising their legal rights to a repair, refund or replacement.”

 

 

  1. Twee – affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint

“Her new dress is a bit too twee for my tastes.”

 

 

  1. Chunter – to talk in a low inarticulate way: mutter

“Listen to me chuntering away here.”

 

Feb 18

British English Vs American English – Free Musical Slideshow (Video)

 

A collection of free British English vs American English material.

Official website: http://www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/

 

Feb 15

British English vs American English Word Stress Visual

 

Please see below for a new visual I’ve made showing differences in the stress of words by British and U.S. speakers (stressed syllables are red):

 

British English vs American English Stress JPEG

Feb 14

“Beautiful Things” by Andain (trance song) acoustic cover with lyrics

 

This is an acoustic cover by Chris of the song “Beautiful Things” by Andain. Please enable English captions on the Youtube player for the lyrics or read them below the video:

 

“Beautiful Things” by Andain Lyrics

Got up early, found something’s missing
My only name
No one else sees, but I got stuck
And soon forever came
Stopped pushing on for just a second
Then nothing’s changed
Who am I this time, where’s my name?
Guess it crept away

No one’s calling for me at the door
And unpredictable won’t bother anymore
And silently gets harder to ignore

Look straight ahead, there’s nothing left to see
What’s done is done, this love has got its hold on me
Just let it go, what now can never be

I forgot that I might see
So many beautiful things
I forgot that I might need
To find out what life could be

Beautiful things

Take this happy ending away
It’s all the same
God won’t waste this simplicity
On possibility
Get me up, wake me up, dreams are filling
This trace of blame
Frozen still I thought I could stop
Now who’s gonna wait?

No one’s calling for me at the door
And unpredictable won’t bother anymore
And silently gets harder to ignore

Look straight ahead, there’s nothing left to see
What’s done is done, this love has got its hold on me
Just let it go, what now can never be

So many beautiful things
So many beautiful things

Now what do I do?
Can I change my mind?
Did I think things through?
It was once my life
It was my life at one time

Feb 11

Easy British Pronunciation Video: Cardinal Numbers 0 – 10

 

Basic British Pronunciation: Cardinal Numbers 0 – 10

 

0 – zero, nought or “o” in telephone numbers

1 – one

2 – two

3 – three

4 – four

5 – five

6 – six

7 – seven

8 – eight

9 – nine

10 – ten

 

Feb 10

Free English video: U.S. vs British Stress of Words

 

In this lesson, I practise the differences in stress between British and U.S. speakers of the words in this visual by “Teacher Alice”:

 

Feb 09

Learn British English Free: Chris Presents “Fun with Flags” (with special guests)

 

In this special lesson, we discuss the flag of Wiltshire, our county in England.

It features the Great Bustard (bird) on a white and green background.

Places in Wiltshire: Salisbury, Swindon, Devizes and…STONEHENGE

 

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