Category Archive: Free Videos

Aug 25

Learn British English Slang Free (video): “hangry”

You put “hungry” and “angry” together: “hangry”

It means that you are annoyed or angry because you’re hungry.

I’m sorry for being moody. I’m just hangry.

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Jul 26

Learn British English Free (video lesson): nine useful British Expressions

In this free British English lesson on YouTube, Chris explains nine useful expressions (some idiomatic) to enhance your vocabulary in different situations:

You’re busy (or too busy): I’ve got a lot on my plate / I’ve got too much on my plate.

At the start of a meal: Tuck in.

You really don’t know: I haven’t (got) the foggiest.

You’re feeling unwell: I’m under the weather.

To ask if someone’s feeling / getting better: Are you on the mend?

You’re annoyed or angry: I’m cheesed off. “My mother-in-law is proper cheesing me off.”

Can I help you: Do you need a hand? Do you want a hand?

To say “you’re welcome” to someone: Don’t mention it.

To ask someone how they are: How have you been?

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Jul 18

Learn British English Free (video): “bloody” <<< “fucking”

In this VERY IMPOLITE Learn British English Free lesson, Chris explains how “fucking” is much stronger than “bloody”, although you can use them in similar ways.

 

EXAMPLES

For emphasis:

“It’s bloody late.” <<< “It’s fucking late.”

“It’s bloody freezing.” <<< “It’s fucking freezing.”

“That’s bloody brilliant.” <<< “That’s fucking brilliant.”

 

“spud” means potato or idiot:

“You’re a bit of a spud, wouldn’t you say?”

“Well, you’re a fucking spud, intcha?” (aren’t you)

To which you could reply: “Thank fuck I don’t have to be polite to you anymore, you MOTHERFUCKING THUNDERCUNT.”

 

“Bloody hell!” <<< “Fuckin’ell!” (positive and negative situations)

 

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Jul 12

Learn British English Free (video): “from scratch” idiom

In this lesson on Learn British English Free on YouTube, Chris explains the idiom “…from scratch” with examples. Please see below.

Francesco made the food from scratch = he made it himself

Chris had to start learning Chinese from scratch (from the beginning)

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Jul 05

Learn British English Free (video): “on point” idiom

In this free British English lesson, Chris explains how to use the “on point” idiom with examples.

Something is “on point” means it is perfect or as good as possible.

“Shakira and J-Lo were on point at the Superbowl this year.”

“Messi’s shooting was on point last night.” (football)

“Chris’s hair is always on point.”

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/on-point

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Jun 27

Learn British English Free (video): “th” sound pronunciation practice

In this free British English pronunciation lesson, Chris helps you practise the two “th” sounds /ð/ (voiced) and /θ/ (unvoiced).

The first thing that they think of is this.

Though the thought thrashed through the thing

Thinking things were dithering

Thrift to thrive the thatcher thought

The thorough Thames thwacked the throat

Thither the wither thaws the moth

The thistle, the brother both froth.

Thinly thought-out theories throw worth

thicker than thou through the mirth.

Thither the thistle thought the thaw,

thwarting things throughout therefore.

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Jun 20

Learn British English Free (video): Pronunciation Help for French Speakers

In this Learn British English Free lesson, Chris helps you with some common pronunciation problems for French speakers.

develop; developed; development; easement; pavement

colleague /ˈkɒl.iːɡ/

/i/ sound at the end of words: money; honey; funny

/θ/ – “three” /θriː/ this; moth

the hotel; jar of honey; honest /ˈɒn.ɪst/

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Jun 16

Learn British English Free (video): Pronunciation Help for Italians

In this free Learn British English lesson, Chris explains some common problems in English pronunciation for Italians.

Words beginning with “h”:

the hotel; jar of honey

Difficult words: biscuit; fruit; juice; suit; colleague /ˈkɒl.iːɡ/

/ɪ/ or /i:/ – “bitch” (female dog) or “beach”

/θ/ – “three” /θriː/ ; “throw” /θrəʊ/ ; “through” /θruː/

 

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Mar 18

Learn British English Free (video lesson): “dodge a bullet” idiom

Learn British English Free: British English lesson about dodge a bullet idiom.

To avoid a difficult situation or dangerous person.

EXAMPLE: I heard that girl I nearly went out with killed her new boyfriend with a toilet brush

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Mar 15

Learn British English Free (video): Academic Writing

Chris explains how to improve your academic writing. Request by Alley K on the Learn British English Page on Facebook.

General tips: general English and grammar; vocabulary; punctuation; paragraphing; paraphrasing; referencing; read other pieces of writing.

Academic Vocabulary in Use

BBC News style guide

Paragraphing

Paraphrasing

 

How to prepare for your specific essay / piece of writing:

  1. Understand the question, expected structure and word count.
  2. Ask your teacher / lecturer for advice.
  3. Get your institution’s referencing style correct.
  4. Avoid plagiarism.
  5. Use this BBC guide.

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