Oct 22

Learn British English Free: vocabulary list 7

Please see below for the new English vocabulary list (22 October 2018):

click here

Oct 21

Learn British English Free: important phrasal verb – let someone know (video)

Chris explains how to use important phrasal verb let me / you know in British English.

It’s like ‘tell’ but softer / more polite. Please listen to Chris to know how to use it.

For commands:

Let me know.

Please let me know when you get the update.

For the future:

I’ll let you know tomorrow.

She’ll let you know next week.

With the past perfect:

They’ve let me know.

I’ve let him know.

Past simple: use ‘tell’

‘I told him yesterday.’

‘I told you so.’

Fixed expression: ‘Let me tell you something…’

Via YouTube.

Oct 16

Learn British English Free: vocabulary list 6

English vocabulary list 6. Please click below for a quick update including enthusiasm and new additions to ‘dishonest’ and ‘picturesque':

English vocabulary list 6 (click)

Oct 14

She Walks in Beauty – Lord Byron (British accent reading)

Chris reads ‘She Walks in Beauty’ by Lord Byron.

Via YouTube.

Oct 14

Learn British English Free: vocabulary list 5

Chris presents version five of the list, complete with IPA phonetic transcriptions and hyperlinks to the relevant Cambridge Dictionary pages where you can listen to audio of the pronunciation. New vocabulary focusses on attractiveness and words for describing food – both positive and negative.

Please click here for the list.

Oct 14

Learn British English Free (video lesson): OED new words update Oct 2018

Chris reads the October 2018 new words blog:

Via YouTube.

Sep 25

Learn British English Free: Polite British Grammar for Questions / Instructions

Polite: Please write the report for me by tomorrow.

Even more polite: Please could you write the report for me by tomorrow.

Polite form: please + verb (bare infinitive) is ok, but for British people even this can seem too direct, especially at work.

Even more polite form: please + could + subject + verb (bare infinitive) – using ‘could’ makes everything more polite. In a British work setting, this feels more comfortable.

Polite: Please open the window.

Even more polite: Please could you open the window.

Sep 23

Learn British English Free: vocabulary list 4

This is the latest version of Chris’s list, updated on 23 September 2018:

English vocabulary list (23 September 2018)

Sep 16

Learn British English Free: vocabulary list 3

Chris presents the new version of the English vocabulary list for advanced students, including definitions, pronunciation and links to the relevant Cambridge Dictionary page:

Click here

Aug 27

Learn British English Grammar Free (video): can; could; to be able to (subtitles / captions)

Chris presents some ideas about different ways to use can, could and to be able to. Via YouTube

CAN = modal verb

I can do it or I can’t (cannot) do it

can’t use it in the past

can for permission: Can I go out? You can’t smoke here (instruction)

can for ability: I can speak three languages or I can’t speak three languages

can in the future: I can see you tomorrow

 

COULD = can in the past  (modal verb)

I could come or I couldn’t (could not) come (past)

could for questions (more polite):

Could you do that outside, please?

could = can in the past: I could do that when I was younger

couldn’t for something you don’t want to do:

I couldn’t make fun of him (it is possible but I don’t want to)

 

TO BE ABLE TO is possible with the past and future – not a modal verb

able – ability (noun)

I’m able to see him now or I’m not able to see him now

use with future + will:

I will be able to come tomorrow

I won’t be able to come tomorrow

use to be able to in the past:

I was able to do that when I was younger

I used to be able to do that

‘can’ is more common than ‘be able to’ because it’s shorter and more useful

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