Aug 25

Learn British English Slang Free (video): “hangry”

You put “hungry” and “angry” together: “hangry”

It means that you are annoyed or angry because you’re hungry.

I’m sorry for being moody. I’m just hangry.

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Jul 26

Learn British English Free (video lesson): nine useful British Expressions

In this free British English lesson on YouTube, Chris explains nine useful expressions (some idiomatic) to enhance your vocabulary in different situations:

You’re busy (or too busy): I’ve got a lot on my plate / I’ve got too much on my plate.

At the start of a meal: Tuck in.

You really don’t know: I haven’t (got) the foggiest.

You’re feeling unwell: I’m under the weather.

To ask if someone’s feeling / getting better: Are you on the mend?

You’re annoyed or angry: I’m cheesed off. “My mother-in-law is proper cheesing me off.”

Can I help you: Do you need a hand? Do you want a hand?

To say “you’re welcome” to someone: Don’t mention it.

To ask someone how they are: How have you been?

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Jul 18

Learn British English Free (video): “bloody” <<< “fucking”

In this VERY IMPOLITE Learn British English Free lesson, Chris explains how “fucking” is much stronger than “bloody”, although you can use them in similar ways.

 

EXAMPLES

For emphasis:

“It’s bloody late.” <<< “It’s fucking late.”

“It’s bloody freezing.” <<< “It’s fucking freezing.”

“That’s bloody brilliant.” <<< “That’s fucking brilliant.”

 

“spud” means potato or idiot:

“You’re a bit of a spud, wouldn’t you say?”

“Well, you’re a fucking spud, intcha?” (aren’t you)

To which you could reply: “Thank fuck I don’t have to be polite to you anymore, you MOTHERFUCKING THUNDERCUNT.”

 

“Bloody hell!” <<< “Fuckin’ell!” (positive and negative situations)

 

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Jul 12

Learn British English Free (video): “from scratch” idiom

In this lesson on Learn British English Free on YouTube, Chris explains the idiom “…from scratch” with examples. Please see below.

Francesco made the food from scratch = he made it himself

Chris had to start learning Chinese from scratch (from the beginning)

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Jul 05

Learn British English Free (video): “on point” idiom

In this free British English lesson, Chris explains how to use the “on point” idiom with examples.

Something is “on point” means it is perfect or as good as possible.

“Shakira and J-Lo were on point at the Superbowl this year.”

“Messi’s shooting was on point last night.” (football)

“Chris’s hair is always on point.”

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/on-point

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Jun 27

Learn British English Free (video): “th” sound pronunciation practice

In this free British English pronunciation lesson, Chris helps you practise the two “th” sounds /ð/ (voiced) and /θ/ (unvoiced).

The first thing that they think of is this.

Though the thought thrashed through the thing

Thinking things were dithering

Thrift to thrive the thatcher thought

The thorough Thames thwacked the throat

Thither the wither thaws the moth

The thistle, the brother both froth.

Thinly thought-out theories throw worth

thicker than thou through the mirth.

Thither the thistle thought the thaw,

thwarting things throughout therefore.

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Jun 20

Learn British English Free (video): Pronunciation Help for French Speakers

In this Learn British English Free lesson, Chris helps you with some common pronunciation problems for French speakers.

develop; developed; development; easement; pavement

colleague /ˈkɒl.iːɡ/

/i/ sound at the end of words: money; honey; funny

/θ/ – “three” /θriː/ this; moth

the hotel; jar of honey; honest /ˈɒn.ɪst/

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Jun 16

Learn British English Free (video): Pronunciation Help for Italians

In this free Learn British English lesson, Chris explains some common problems in English pronunciation for Italians.

Words beginning with “h”:

the hotel; jar of honey

Difficult words: biscuit; fruit; juice; suit; colleague /ˈkɒl.iːɡ/

/ɪ/ or /i:/ – “bitch” (female dog) or “beach”

/θ/ – “three” /θriː/ ; “throw” /θrəʊ/ ; “through” /θruː/

 

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Apr 02

English Vocabulary List (April 2020): “furlough” verb meaning; definition; pronunciation

Please click below for the new English vocabulary list featuring the verb “furlough” as the very latest entry at the bottom. This word is crucial at this time as it is the term being used to describe what is happening to millions of employees in the UK and other countries being forced to take a leave of absence from work due to the Coronavirus / COVID-19. Please click here for the Cambridge Online Dictionary page for “furlough”.

In the list itself, you can click on any words in the left-hand column which will take you to the Cambridge Online Dictionary pages for the meaning, definition, pronunciation and examples of each term.

English Vocabulary List – 3 April 2020

 

Mar 22

English Vocabulary List (Advanced) – 23 March 2020

Please click below for the new English vocabulary list by Chris, featuring some unusual but useful entries at the bottom (page 10):

19 English Vocab List Chris 230320 PDF

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