Category Archive: Free Videos

Jan 13

FREE English Grammar Lesson: hear vs listen to; see vs look at vs watch

Chris explains the difference between English verbs ‘hear’ and ‘listen to'; ‘see’, ‘look at’ and ‘watch':
Via YouTube:

Dec 30

Learn British English Free: new year’s resolutions (happy new year 2019)

Happy new year! Chris explains ideas and structures for talking about your goals for the new year.

Via YouTube.

Nov 29

Learn British English Free (video): how to say long words

Please listen to Chris give advice about how to say some long words in English:

comfortable /ˈkʌm.ftə.bəl/

memory /ˈmem.ri/

marvellous /ˈmɑː.vləs/

chocolate /ˈtʃɒ.klət/

temperature /ˈtem.prə.tʃər/

magically /ˈmæ.dʒɪ.kli/

actually /ˈæk.tʃə.li/

collapsed/kəˈlæpst/

attached /əˈtætʃt/

Nov 19

Learn British English Free (video): ‘annoyed’ and ‘nervous’ vocabulary; pronunciation; subtitles

This free lesson with Chris is about expressions for being annoyed and nervous, with pronunciation and English subtitles (captions).

English vocabulary list.

Annoyed

brassed ‘off /ˌbrɑːs ˈtɒf/

cheesed ‘off /ˌtʃiːz ˈdɒf/

fed ‘up /ˌfe ˈdʌp/

hacked ‘off /ˌhæk ˈtɒf/

‘hangry /ˈhæŋ.ɡri/

het ‘up /ˌhe ˈtʌp/

Nervous

over’wrought /ˌəʊ.vəˈrɔːt/

‘rattled /ˈræt.əld/

stressed ‘out /ˌstres ˈtaʊt/

strung ‘up /ˌstrʌ ˈŋʌp/

‘twitchy /ˈtwɪtʃ.i/

Via YouTube.

Nov 11

Learn British English Free: special vocabulary quiz (video)

Chris presents a special quiz about British or American words. Please use subtitles / captions.
For private lessons, please email cjworkman17@yahoo.com
autumn / fall
lift / elevator
soccer / football
trousers / pants
zip code / post code

Via YouTube.

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 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 (video lesson): OED new words update Oct 2018

Chris reads the October 2018 new words blog:

Via YouTube.

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

Aug 23

Video lesson: Learn British English Free: ‘bitch’ – rude (subtitles / captions)

Chris explains some meanings of the word ‘bitch’.
pronunciation: ‘bitch’ or ‘beach’
a bitch (noun)
– female dog
– a complaint
– slang for an unkind or unpleasant woman (rude)
to bitch (about someone)
bitchy (adjective)

Via YouTube.

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