Jun 17

English Homophones Part 3 (free video lesson)

This free lesson is about English homophones. Homophones are words that are pronounced the same way. Please see the list below and use English captions to read the vocabulary.

List of Homophones

Cell / sell

Complement / compliment

Fair / fare

Fir / fur

Flower / flour

Hour / our

Know / no

Pair / pear

Principal / principle

Profit / prophet

Right / write

Root / route

Sail / sale

Sew / so

Scent / cent

Serial / cereal

Stationary / stationery

Suite / sweet

Wait / weight

Wear / where

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 23

Learn English Grammar: Remember or Remind

Remember or remind?

Tom remembers something (by himself)

Jane reminds Tom to do something and Tom then remembers

Remember Remind JPEG

May 21

Emmanuel Macron Speech in a British Accent (video lesson)

Emmanuel Macron is the new President of France. He speaks English very well, but he makes some pronunciation errors.

Chris has recorded the speech in a British accent and pronunciation. Please watch Macron’s video using the link below and use the PDF document as well to see where the main errors are:

Macron’s speech (video)

Macron’s speech written PDF

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.”

May 17

Learn British English Free: “See you later” (pronunciation video)

Strong pronunciation: /si: ju: ‘leɪtə/

Weak pronunciation: /s(ɪ)j(ə)’leɪtə/

Example: “I’ll be at the party tomorrow; see you later.”

May 09

Maps of UK Dialects

British Dialects: “Scone” /skɒn/ or /skəʊn/

(via University of Cambridge)

Please have a look at the below map that shows how likely it is for people in parts of the UK to pronounce “scone” (type of cake) as if it rhymes with “gone” /skɒn/:

Read this article for more details.

scone_rhyme_with_gone_cam_ac_uk

May 07

Learn British English Free: Special Pronunciation Lesson (video)

Money /ˈmʌn.i/

“I don’t have any money.”

“Show me the money.”

 

Busy /ˈbɪz.i/

“Sorry I can’t talk; I’m very busy at the moment.”

“The busy bee has no time for sorrow.”

 

Colleague /ˈkɒl.iːɡ/

“Mike is my colleague.”

“I don’t socialise too often with my colleagues.”

 

Mistake /mɪˈsteɪk/

“He made a big mistake.”

“Everyone makes mistakes.”

 

Idea /aɪˈdɪə/

“That’s a good idea.”

“I’m all out of ideas.”

 

At all /ˌət ˈɔːl/

“I don’t have any money at all.”

“I don’t socialise with my colleagues much at all.”

 

Develop /dɪˈvel.əp/

“You need money and good ideas to develop a business.”

“Nepal is a developing country and I recommend visiting it.”

May 01

Learn British English Free: Chris’s Diphthong Poem (video)

This is the free lesson. For the full lesson for members, please click.

Click here for the poem text.

Apr 02

Learn British English Free (video): how to describe tea

Strength of tea:

black

white

strong

weak

sugar?

“as it comes”

 

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