Category Archive: Vocabulary

Jun 01

British Politics (video lesson): UK General Election 2017

Please watch the video and use the vocabulary notes underneath it:

Vocabulary

Party (noun): (e.g. Conservatives; Labour; Liberal Democrats)

Constituency (noun): an official area of land which chooses one MP.

Constituent (noun): person who lives in constituency.

Policy (noun): a party’s idea or plan about a subject.

Manifesto (noun): a document that includes the various policies of a political party.

Conservative party (Tory party / the Tories); leader Theresa May, Prime Minister.

Labour party; leader Jeremy Corbyn; opposition.

Liberal Democrats; leader Tim Farron.

Scottish National Party (SNP); leader Nicola Sturgeon; Scotland only.

 

Each party has a colour associated with them:

Conservatives: blue.

Labour: red.

Liberal Democrats: gold.

 

The UK general election: Thursday 8 June 2017.

 

Labour manifesto:

http://www.labour.org.uk/page/-/Images/manifesto-2017/Labour%20Manifesto%202017.pdf

Liberal Democrats manifesto:

http://www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto

Conservative manifesto:

https://www.conservatives.com/manifesto

May 20

The Magical “F-word” English Video Lesson in a British Accent (rude / offensive)

The Magical “F-Word”

This special lesson explores the many uses of the magical “f-word” in English, which is of course very rude and offensive. If you want to learn about this, please watch the video and access the document by clicking here. The text is also below the video.

Video of Osho: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2lNFikMFdY

American video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-30725cJe5Q

 

 

The Magical “F-Word”

One of the most interesting words in the English language today

is the word “fuck”.

Out of all the English words that begin with the letter “f”,

“fuck” is the only word that is referred to as the “f-word”.

 

It is a magical word.

 

Just by its sound it can describe pain, pleasure

hate and love.

 

In English, “fuck” falls into many grammatical categories.

 

It can be used as a verb,

 

both transitive:

“Mary fucked John.”

 

and intransitive:

“Mary fucks.”

 

 

However, it’s meaning isn’t always sexual.

It can be used as a noun:

“I really don’t give a fuck.”

 

It can be used as part of an adjective:

“John is a fucking spanner.”

 

It can be used as an adverb:

“Mary talks too fucking much.”

 

As an adverb enhancing an adjective:

“Mary is fucking beautiful.”

 

As part of another word:

“Abso-fucking-lutely.”

 

And as almost every word in a sentence:

Fuck the fucking fuckers.”

 

As you can see, there aren’t many words with the versatility of “fuck”.

 

For example, there are also the following uses;

 

Ignorance:

Fucked if I know.”

 

Dismay:

Fuck it.”

 

Trouble:

“I guess I’m fucked now.”

 

Fraud:

“I got fucked at the second-hand car dealership.”

 

Curiosity:

“Who the fuck are you?”

 

Bafflement:

“What the fuck?”

 

Aggression:

 

Fuck you.”

 

Displeasure:

“What the fuck is going on here?”

 

Difficulty:

“I can’t understand this fucking exam.”

 

Incompetence:

“He’s fucking useless.”

 

Instruction:

“Get fucked.”

 

Dismissal:

“You can fuck right off.”

 

Suspicion:

“What the fuck are you doing?”

 

Enjoyment:

“I had a fucking good time.”

 

Request:

“Get the fuck out of here!”

 

Hostility:

“I’m going to knock your fucking head off.”

 

Greeting:

“How the fuck are you?”

 

Apathy:

“Who gives a fuck?”

 

Clarification:

“What the fuck are you on about?”

 

Innovation:

“Get a bigger fucking hammer.”

 

And, finally, surprise:

Fuck! You scared the shit out of me.”

Mar 30

Learn British English Free: Brexit Timeline (video)

Please watch this explanation by Chris and see this visual for the information:

Mar 20

Learn British English: Brexit Timeline

The UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) or to Brexit (British exit) in the referendum on 23 June 2016. However, we haven’t left the EU yet.
 
First, Prime Minister Theresa May has to do something called trigger Article 50 which means she writes to the EU to tell them the UK is leaving. Then there is a two-year negotiating period before the UK actually leaves.
 
Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on March 29, 2017. This means that the UK will leave the EU two years later in March, 2019. This is when Brexit will take place.
Brexit Timeline JPEG

Feb 19

Learn British English Free: Vocabulary for Car Pedals (visual)

Visual vocabulary: pedals in British cars (by Chris)

Car Pedals JPEG

Feb 08

Learn British English Free: Traffic Lights Vocabulary (Visual)

A visual about traffic lights (the British English name) and please be careful about the colour amber (not yellow):

Traffic Lights Vocab JPEG

Feb 05

Learn British English Free: Useful Objects at Home (Visual Lesson with Captions)

Please watch carefully as Chris presents and pronounces the names of many useful everyday objects we use at home:

Jan 15

Chris’s British English Poem (Part A)

Hello to you and don’t be skittish;
I’m not scatty; I’m just British.
We have fab words – one is “bloody”,
so is “mate” – but don’t say “buddy”.
You’re leaving forever? I’ll “see you later”.
Use the lift – not the elevator.
Sports are best played in your kit.
It won’t be ace if you blag it.
Learn this poem 100%
and improve your British accent.

Jan 08

Learn British English Free (video lesson): “The Crown” (Episode 1)

Please click here for my PDF document where I’ve written the explanation for each piece of vocabulary.

 

Jan 08

English Idiom: to not lose sleep over something (visual)

A very common English idiom:

dont-lose-sleep-jpeg

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