Jul 16

26 Weird Words (free video lesson)

Chris reads this article for you:

AGASTOPIA

 

noun – admiration of a particular part of someone’s body

 

BIBBLE

 

verb – to drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily

 

CABOTAGE

 

noun – coastal navigation; the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders

 

DOODLE SACK

 

noun – old English word for bagpipe

 

ERINACEOUS

 

adjective – of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog

 

Although she won’t know what it means, never, ever tell your date Erin that she is “looking quite erinaceous this evening.”

 

FIRMAN

 

noun – in Turkey and some other countries, a decree or mandate issued by the sovereign

 

GABELLE

 

noun – a tax on salt

 

HALFPACE

 

noun – a platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight

 

IMPIGNORATE

 

verb – to pawn or mortgage something

 

JENTACULAR

 

adjective – pertaining to breakfast

 

KAKORRHAPHIOPHOBIA

 

noun – fear of failure

 

This is the last word that someone with kakorrhaphiophobia would want to encounter in a spelling bee.

 

Or when reading an article for an English lesson.

 

LAMPROPHONY

 

noun – loudness and clarity of enunciation

 

MACROSMATIC

 

adjective – having a good sense of smell

 

NUDIUSTERTIAN

 

noun – the day before yesterday

 

OXTER

 

noun – outdated word meaning “armpit”

 

PAUCILOQUENT

 

adjective – uttering few words; brief in speech

 

If you had to figure out how to use this word in context, you probably wouldn’t say much either.

 

QUIRE

 

noun – two dozen sheets of paper

 

RATOON

 

noun – small shoot growing from the root of a plant

 

SALOPETTES

 

noun – high-waisted skiing pants with shoulder straps

 

TITTYNOPE

 

noun – a small quantity of something left over

 

Undoubtedly the biggest eyebrow-raiser on this list!

 

ULOTRICHOUS

 

adjective – having wooly or crispy hair

 

VALETUDINARIAN

 

noun – a sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health

 

WINKLEPICKER

 

noun – style of shoe or boot in the 1950s with a sharp and long pointed toe

 

XERTZ

 

verb – to gulp down quickly and greedily

 

YARBOROUGH

 

noun – hand of cards containing no card above a nine

 

ZOANTHROPY

 

noun – delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal

Jul 12

Theresa May, UK Prime Minister (video)

David Cameron steps down (resigns) on Wednesday

Theresa May is remain-supporting Conservative

Was Home Secretary, dealing with immigration amongst other matters

First female Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher, second overall

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn under pressure

Jul 08

Oxford English Dictionary Update (video lesson)

 

Jul 07

British Political News (video): Theresa May vs Andrea Leadsom (Brexit)

Theresa May (Remainer) vs Andrea Leadsom (Brexiter)
Brexit (noun): British Exit – the UK’s exit from the EU
Remainer (noun): someone who wanted to remain in the EU
Brexiter (noun): someone who wanted to leave the EU

 

Jul 03

Learn English (Euro 2016): Quarters and Semis

Quarter-finals = quarters

Semi-finals = semis

“France and Ireland are playing tonight in the last of the quarters. The winning team will progress to join Portugal, Wales and Germany in the semis.”

Jul 02

British English vs American English: Amidst, Amongst, Whilst (visual)

Whilst both forms are used in British and American English, it’s far more likely you’ll hear / read the ones with “st” at the end when amongst Britons:

British English vs American English key words JPEG

Jun 30

Learn English FREE: “Move the Goalposts” idiom (video lesson)

To change the rules while someone is trying to do something in order to make it more difficult for them.

EXAMPLES
“We’d almost signed the contract when the other guys moved the goalposts and said they wanted more money.”
“I’m never going to get this done whilst you keep moving the goalposts!!”

Jun 26

English Lessons on Skype with a Native British Speaker (free video)

Lesson Subjects

1) British Accents and Pronunciation

2) British English Vs American English and Others

3) British Slang

4) Communication

5) IELTS Speaking Test or conversation practice

6) Further lessons if agreed

 

Lessons are 60 minutes (one hour) long

 

Lesson Costs

£25.00 per lesson

Or, if you pay everything in advance:

£90.00 for lessons 1 – 4

£120.00 for lessons 1 – 5

£25.00 each for additional lessons as agreed

£15.00 for informal conversation lessons

 

Proof Reading

I also offer proof reading to help you improve your written English.

The charge is £0.70 per 100 words.

For example:

1,000 words costs £7.00,

2,000 words costs £14.00.

 

I can accept payment via bank transfer or Paypal.

To book, please email me: cjworkman17@yahoo.com

 

Jun 26

UK Referendum & Brexit News (video)

UK votes to leave the EU; to Brexit

UK will leave the EU in about two years’ time

Prime Minister David Cameron resigns

Many of the Labour party’s shadow cabinet have resigned today

Plenty of arguments about whether it was the right decision; immigration; economy; NHS

Scotland could try another independence referendum to stay in the EU

 

Jun 25

Names for Stages of Sporting Tournaments in English (free video lesson)

In this free lesson I explain names in English of the stages of the Euro 2016 tournament (see also the visual I posted earlier, below):

Group stage

Round of 16

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

 

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