Category Archive: Vocabulary

Feb 25

Learn British English Free (video): English Football (not “soccer”)

In this FREE British English lesson, Chris explains English football and the Premier League, as well as pronunciation practice: Football (not soccer, please): 11 players

Officials: referee; two linesmen; fourth official;

VAR (Video Assistant Referee) VAR: clear and obvious errors – penalties; goals; handballs; offsides??

Premier League Championship League One League Two FA Cup League Cup Champions League Europa League

Nicknames Manchester United = the Red Devils Arsenal = the Gunners

Stadium Names Chelsea’s stadium is Stamford Bridge Liverpool’s stadium is Anfield

Teams in the English Premier League – pronunciation practice

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Feb 17

Learn British English Free: Advanced Vocabulary List (with slang)

Please see below the 18 February 2020 upload of Chris’s vocabulary list, including new entries of formal and informal British words:

18 Feb 2020 English Vocab List

Feb 13

Learn British English Free: Imperial Units of Weight (visual)

Please see below the imperial units commonly used in the UK to talk about weight.

We often use ounces to describe amounts of ingredients in recipes. We use pounds and stone for describing our own weight. Tons measure very heavy things:

Imperial Units Weight JPEG

Feb 09

Imperial Units of Volume

Please see below for British imperial units of volume.

The pint measurement (pronounced /paɪnt/) is very important because we use it to measure drinks in pubs.

Gallons are used to talk about the fuel consumption of vehicles:

Imperial Units Volume JPEG

Feb 05

Learn British English Free (video): “Grand” and “Smashing” (Key Vocabulary)

This is a Learn British English Free lesson in which Chris explains the British use of words “grand” and “smashing” with examples.

Grand = £1,000

“My motorbike set me back four grand.” (no “s” in the plural)

“He’s on 28 grand a year.”


Grand = very good; fine

“How are you?” “I’m grand, thank you.”

“Would you like some milk and sugar in your tea?” “Aye – that would be grand, ta.”


Grand = smashing = very positive adjective / exclamation:


Smashing! (before a noun or standing alone)


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Jan 25

Coronavirus – learn English news and vocabulary (Saturday 25 January)

catch a cold

get the flu (influenza)

norovirus /ˈnɔː.rəʊˌvaɪə.rəs/

coronavirus /kəˈrəʊ.nəˌvaɪə.rəs/


Other vocabulary:

immune system / respiratory system

outbreak / the virus breaks out

virus spreads between people / try to contain it (stop spreading)

death toll


Wuhan and other cities on lockdown

Lunar New Year

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Jan 25

Learn British English Free: Imperial Units of Length (Visual)

In the UK, we often use imperial units rather than the metric system. This post is about common imperial units of length.

We use feet and inches to talk about a person’s height.

We use feet and squared feet to talk about the size of a building.

We use yards to talk about distances in football. The penalty area = the 18-yard box. He scored from thirty yards out!

A chain is not used as a measurement but is the length of the pitch in cricket.

Furlongs are used to measure courses for horse racing.

Miles are used to measure distances for travelling between places.

Imperial Units Length JPEG

Jan 23

New English Vocabulary List (advanced) – 23 January 2020

Chris presents a new English Vocabulary List for advanced learners, with new additions such as untrammelled, flagrant and bifurcate:

English Vocabulary List 230120

Jan 18

Learn British English Free: “Rubbish” with examples (video)

Chris explains how to use “rubbish” as an adjective and a noun in the UK:

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Jan 18

Learn British English Free: Other Ways to Say “You’re Welcome” (Synonyms)

British ways to say “you’re welcome”:

Not at all

Don’t mention it


Any time

My pleasure

You're welcome JPEG

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