May 19

Free English video lesson: soap / soup; read / red

 

This free English video lesson covers British pronunciation of soap / soup and read / red:

 

May 19

Free English video lesson: use (verb) vs use (noun)

 

“You can’t use the computer right now, it’s currently in use.”

 

May 10

Learn British English Free: “less” vs “fewer”

 

Uncountable nouns / no plural – “less” (air, water, money)
Countable nouns / plural – “fewer” (people, glasses of water)
INCORRECT
“I wish there was less people ‘ere.”
“I need to learn fewer English slang.”
CORRECT
“Could we have less water, please?” (uncountable)
“Could we have fewer glasses of water, please?” (countable)

 

Apr 25

Learn British English Free (video): Politics & 2015 General Election

 

This free English lesson is about UK politics and the general election in 2015. Please see below for notes.

General Election on 7 May, 2015
People have choice to vote

Main parties
Conservatives (Tories) – Prime Minister David Cameron
Labour – Ed Miliband
Liberal Democrats – Nick Clegg
UKIP – Nigel Farage

People vote to choose member of parliament (MP) for local area (constituency)

Party must get majority
Current government is coalition (Conservatives and Liberal Democrats)
Likely outcome is another coalition as parties aren’t popular to get majority

 

Apr 12

Learn British English Free (video): when to use “too”, “also” and “as well”

 

This is a simple English lesson about some common usages of “too”, “also” and “as well”. Please see below for notes:

 

 

As well (as)

Usually used after the subject / pronoun:

“She likes clubbing as well.”

“Do you like poetry as well?

“As well as…” structure for beginning or middle of sentences:

“As well as that, there are other things to consider.”

Use prepositional pronoun: “He’ll be there as well as me.”

 

Also

“Also” can be used in a variety of ways:

“They, also, want to watch that film.”

Synonymous with “additionally” to begin a related sentence:

“Also, you should remember to wear sun cream.”

I don’t think it sounds right to use it like “I also.”

 

Too

In the context synonymous with “also”, it’s usually found at the end of sentences.

“She went to that university, too.”

“Have a good weekend.” “You too.”

“I, too, love fish and chips.”

Apr 11

British Vs U.S. Pronunciation: “Route” (free video)

 

British: /ru:t/

U.S.: /raʊt/

 

“This is the route from here to there.”

“Someone is en route to somewhere.”

 

Apr 08

Business English: to send apologies (phrasal verb)

 

In business situations, we send apologies when we can’t attend a meeting at work.

 

“Please accept my apologies.”

“Chris sends his apologies as he’s away on that date.”

 

Apr 07

Learn British English Free: how to express your opinion

 

“That” is optional.

“I think (that)…”

“I believe (that)…”
“I reckon (that)…”
“I feel (that)…”
“I suggest (that)…” or “I’d suggest (that)…”
“I imagine (that)…”
“I’d say (that)…”
To make it negative: “I don’t…”

 

Apr 05

Learn British English Free: Happy Easter

 

Happy Easter

 

Today (Sunday) is Easter Day! We normally celebrate by giving and eating chocolates (please see the one I’ve got).

 

Apr 03

Need to Feel Loved – Reflekt (acoustic cover music video with lyrics)

 

Acoustic performance of “Need to Feel Loved” by Reflekt. Please see lyrics below the music video.

 

Come catch me babe, I’m falling.
Come save me baby, I’m calling.
Come and be with me babe, come as you are.
Come and catch a fire babe, don’t let me fade away

don’t let me fade away

Come catch a feeling, it’s electryfying me.
Eyes wide open, I’m dreaming.
Free falling baby, awake before I’m down.
Free falling baby, awake before I’m down.
Awake before I’m down…
Awake before I’m down…

Awake before I’m down…

Awake before I’m down

Come touch me baby,

I need to be loved.
Come hold me babe,

I need to feel loved

I need to feel loved
Come catch a fire,

don’t let me fade away.
And come catch a fire babe,

don’t let me fade away.
Come catch a feeling,

it’s electrifying me.
Eyes wide open, I’m dreaming.
Free falling baby, awake before I’m down
Free falling baby, awake before I’m down
Come and touch me baby,

I need to be loved
Come hold me babe

I need to feel loved

Come and touch me baby,

I need to feel loved,
And come and hold and be babe,

I need to feel loved,
I need to feel loved, I need to feel loved,
I need to feel loved, I need to feel loved.

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