Category Archive: Vocabulary

Sep 01

Learn British English Vocabulary Free (video): “prorogue” and “prorogation”

Chris explains “prorogue” and “prorogation”, including pronunciation and examples.

prorogue (verb)

“Boris has only gone and done it – he’s prorogued parliament.”

prorogation (noun)

“The prorogation of the UK parliament has caused a lot of protests and arguments.”

Via YouTube.

Jun 30

Learn British English Free (video): sex or gender

Sex = male or female (biologically)

List of genders

Jun 09

Learn British English Free (video): ‘drunk’ or ‘high’

Chris explains the difference between being drunk and being high:

Apr 07

Learn British English Free (video lesson): marital status vocabulary

Chris talks about what different marital statuses mean in official UK documents:
single, never married or civil partnered
married, including separated (this category includes those in both opposite-sex and same-sex marriages) same sex marriages since March 2014
civil partnered, including separated (legal status)
divorced, including legally dissolved civil partners
widowed, including surviving civil partners

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/


attached /əˈtætʃt/

Nov 25

English Vocabulary List (25 November 2018)

Please see below for my new vocabulary list. These are advanced words that I am trying to learn and would like to share. There are new entries against ‘lazy’ (near the middle) as well as those at the end.

Remember you can click on blue, underlined words to go to the Cambridge Dictionary page for more information and audio for each term.

Vocabulary List

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.


brassed ‘off /ˌbrɑːs ˈtɒf/

cheesed ‘off /ˌtʃiːz ˈdɒf/

fed ‘up /ˌfe ˈdʌp/

hacked ‘off /ˌhæk ˈtɒf/

‘hangry /ˈhæŋ.ɡri/

het ‘up /ˌhe ˈtʌp/


over’wrought /ˌəʊ.vəˈrɔːt/

‘rattled /ˈræt.əld/

stressed ‘out /ˌstres ˈtaʊt/

strung ‘up /ˌstrʌ ˈŋʌp/

‘twitchy /ˈtwɪtʃ.i/

Via YouTube.

Nov 18

English Vocabulary List (18 November 2018)

Please click below for the new English vocabulary list by Chris. Near the bottom, it includes British informal synonyms for ‘annoyed’ and ‘nervous’ which will be the subject of the following video lesson:

English Vocabulary List (18 November 2018)

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
autumn / fall
lift / elevator
soccer / football
trousers / pants
zip code / post code

Via YouTube.

Oct 22

Learn British English Free: vocabulary list 7

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

click here

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