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American English Lesson On How To Ask Questions with “What?”

The intonation used on the word “What” in American English is used to clarify or comment on a situation or action. This video teaches how to understand and use these common conversation phrases so you can speak fluent American English.

 

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“What do YOU Want?” can mean you care about the other person.

“What do you WANT?” can mean you are challenging them or are frustrated because you don’t understand what the other person wants.

“NOW what?” is used when someone has repeatedly bothered you about something.

“Say WHAT?” is used when you are challenging someone.

“WHAT do you mean?” is used you want to clarify a statement a person has made that is odd or incomprehensible.

“WHAT were you THINKING?” is used when someone makes a bad decision and you are questioning their poor judgement.

American English Vocabulary Lesson On How To Go From “Very” To More Precise Words

This lesson will teach you how to improve your English vocabulary from using simple expressions that rely on “very” to more descriptive and powerful words. This lesson has a short love story in English where John thinks about his love for Jane. The first version uses “very” in each sentence and the second version uses a higher level vocabulary word to more precisely describe John’s feelings for Jane.

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Here are some phrases where “very” plus the word can be replaced with a more descriptive word.

very shy = timid
very pretty = beautiful
very pale = ashen
very perfect = flawless
very scared = petrified
very painful = excruciating
very noisy = deafening
very often = frequently
very powerful = compelling
very scary = chilling
very sharp = keen, especially referring to intelligence
very rich = wealthy

You can go basic or intermediate English to fluent English by studying with a native English speaker. These videos will help you learn how to understand native English speakers, learn American English and learn to speak English fluently. These videos teach you English you need to know that is not always taught in English classes in high school or at university.

American English Lesson About Drinking Alcohol – Fluent English Speaker Series

This American English video gives specific vocabulary words to use for when you are celebrating with friends. These American English words about drinking and alcohol are useful for understanding American English conversation, TV shows and movies.

 

I remember my first “Happy Hour” when I was invited to go for a drink with my employer. “Happy Hour” turned into “Happy Hours” and we were asked to leave the bar because we were singing …

All these American slang phrases are about drinking alcohol including the many American slang phrases for beer, hard alcohol and feeling drunk.

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Hi Guys! This video gives specific American slang words for going out for a drink with your friends. Now, I was invited today to a “Happy Hour”. “Happy Hour” is a time in the afternoon or evening when there are lower prices on drinks. Or it can mean the time people are finished work and go to the bar, the pub, the saloon or another place to have an alcoholic drink. So we call that “Happy Hour” because you are happy to be there.

This can lead to “bar hopping” which means you hop or move bar to bar to drink. You start at one place and maybe go to some others. Sometimes it is called a “pub crawl” where you go from one pub to another.

Now, what do we drink when we are at the bar? Well, we might be drinking beer, or also know as “brews” because beer is brewed or “brewskies” also known as “suds”. Those are all words for beer. You can say you are going to have “a cold one”. Beer in America is usually served quite cold.

If you are drinking alcohol like vodka, whiskey, tequila you can call that “the hard stuff” because it is hard alcohol. It is higher in alcohol content or higher in degree (of alcohol). That’s also known as “booze”. In general, drinking booze is higher alcohol. You might be having “cocktails”. Cocktails are made of hard alcohol or booze like a “martini” had gin or vodka and some vermouth. Another word for martinis because they are so strong is “loud mouth soup”. Loud mouth soup means you drink a few martinis and you start talking too much and since it’s clear like soup, it is a very funny phrase. You might take a “shot” – that’s one small unit of alcohol and drink it down.

If you have a few drinks, you might get “tipsy” like you are going to tip over or feel a little “woozy” or a little “happy”. But then, if you get drunk, these are terms for that. If you “hit the bottle”, “hit the bottle” means to drink heavily, drink hard alcohol heavily. If you do that, you might get drunk. You might “get a load on”. It means a lot of alcohol. Or “get a buzz on” – this feeling of intoxication. Or this slang word – “get your swerve on” – to swerve means when your car moves like this in the road so when people get drunk, sometimes they can’t walk in a straight line. Or you might say, “I tie one on” or “I tied one on.” That’s another phrase for when you got quite drunk. If you are drinking with both hands, that’s “double-fisted drinking.” “Double-fisted drinking.”

But be careful, friends because if you are “under the influence” that’s the legal term in America. “Under the influence” means you are legally drunk. If you get stopped by the police and you are driving a car, they can test you to see if there is alcohol in your system. If you are “under the influence” sometimes they arrest you and put you in jail. There is a place they put drunk people, especially people who are chronically drunk or alcoholic. They called it “the drunk tank” because that is where they put the drunks, people who are drunk on alcohol.

I’ve never been there, I’ve never been caught “under the influence” probably because I rarely drive. I take a taxi home. So those are all words about going out for a drink with your friends, to “have a cold one”, “Happy Hour” and every thing that can happen after that. Please subscribe to these videos on American slang. They’ll help you understand words that you hear in movies, TV shows or you read in some type of article. Thanks always for watching.

You can go basic or intermediate English to fluent English by studying with a native English speaker. These videos will help you learn how to understand native English speakers, learn American English and learn to speak English fluently. These videos teach you English you need to know that is not always taught in English classes in high school or at university.

How To Learn English With Famous Quotes – Walt Disney And Mickey Mouse

This video uses quotation from Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse and other cartoon characters, to describe the importance of combining dreams with action.

I collected 131 quotations from famous people who said something notable about hard work, how to be successful, how to remain optimistic and the importance of taking action to reach goals. You can see that book and other books on my Amazon Author Page at https://goo.gl/DwDd8I

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You can go basic or intermediate English to fluent English by studying with a native English speaker. These videos will help you learn how to understand native English speakers, learn American English and learn to speak English fluently. These videos teach you English you need to know that is not always taught in English classes in high school or at university.

You can see a transcript of this video by clicking on the CC/Subtitles button on the video and see the written transcript in this description.

TRANSCRIPT

Hi Guys! I’m Professor Tummy. This is a series of videos I’m doing on famous quotations from people who have struggled and then achieved something. I love to read these quotations because they give me inspiration for what I’m trying to create and I hope they’ll give you inspiration for what you are trying to do in life.

The subject today is a person called Walt Disney. Walt Disney was an American cartoonist and he had this dream of taking his Mickey Mouse character (which is on this little mug from which I drink my coffee) and he wanted to make those into films. So he was the first one to do that. His first film was in 1928 and in the many decades after that he produced many animated films. He won 22 different Academy Awards for his films and then he created Disneyland where people could go to this park and enjoy things. Here are some of the quotes that Walt Disney said. “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” So he started as a cartoonist and he lost money and he failed at several jobs, but eventually he had this idea of taking this Mickey Mouse character and making it into something quite big. He became very, very successful. Another thing he said was, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing it.” And I like that quote – it talks about taking action.

In his personal life, Walt Disney was quite shy and insecure and he always used self-deprecating humor, he kind of put himself down, but in public he tried very hard to excite people about his ideas. He was know for being a very exacting and precise with the people who helped him create the cartoons. He had extremely high standards for himself and for other people. So, he is an example of a person who was shy but had a dream and made his dream come true. So I find his quotations and story of his life quite fascinating.

For you, as an English as a Second Language learner, these kind of quotations can help you learn English as well as know about some these important characters and people who did things that are notable. I wrote a number of these down in a book. It’s called 131 Inspirational Quotes For English As A Second Language Learners and you can look at the link below and read more about this book. People enjoy the book because they they can learn English and also learn about someone who used motivation and goals and dreams to accomplish something just like you are trying to do in English. So I’m going to do more of these videos with different quotes from famous people in history. I think you’ll enjoy them.

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7 English Conversation Questions To Really Get To Know Someone – How To Speak Fluent English

Advanced English conversation techniques include the following:

What is something you don’t get to talk about enough?
What is your story?
What motivates you?
What interests you?
What is you life makes you feel most fulfilled?
What are you passionate about?
How did you get to where you are in life?

These are all questions you can ask someone to really get to know them. You can share your own answer to the question and discover the real interests and real values of your conversation partner. It can help you discover if you have something in common with the other person.
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5 Polite English Phrases To Tell What You Like Or Enjoy – Fluent English Lesson Series

This video teaches you five ways to describe what you like. Part of fluent English is being able to have a polite English conversation and use a variety of English expressions to make your answers polite, pleasant and fun.

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You can go basic or intermediate English to fluent English by studying with a native English speaker. These videos will help you learn how to understand native English speakers, learn American English and learn to speak English fluently. These videos teach you English you need to know that is not always taught in English classes in high school or at university.

Hi Guys! This is a mini-English conversation video with examples of how to show what you like. Let’s say someone asks you a polite question and gives you the opportunity to share with them what you really enjoy. There are many different ways to say it. Let’s say, for example, someone asks you about ice cream. You could say “The one I like best is chocolate ice cream with walnuts”. Or for example, “I like chocolate ice cream with delicious walnuts!” Or you could say, for instance, “I like chocolate ice cream!” or you could say “In particular, I like chocolate ice cream – don’t forget the walnuts!” Or “I favor chocolate ice cream with walnuts!” “I favor” means it is your favorite or you tend to like something. It’s an old-fashioned phrase but it is still used. You could also say “I also really like vanilla ice cream with walnuts!” so you can list two things, chocolate ice cream with walnuts and vanilla ice cream with walnuts! Or “I’m a big fan of, I’m a big fan of chocolate ice cream with walnuts!” You will hear all these different types of phrases in English conversation so I wanted to show you many that can help you be more fluent in English. These are things that you will also hear in TV shows or movies or in podcasts or other types of broadcasts, the many ways people describe what they like. Please subscribe to these videos and you can learn more in this whole series I’m doing about polite English conversation, the way it’s really spoken these days and the many ways to say positive or fun things about what you really like. Please subscribe and thank you for watching!

9 Best English Phrases To Say “Good Job” in English – Native English Speaking Series

Do you want to sound like a native English speaker? These American English phrases that compliment someone are necessary for speaking English fluently. American pronunciation and American intonation are highly important for these phrases and must be mastered. Here are some of the examples from the video.

These phrases include:
Sounds good!
Good call! (meaning a good decision)
Looks good! (showing you approve of someone’s decision or performance)
Good Shot! (complimenting someone on their sports performance)
Good Game! (showing approval about a sports victory)
Good Choice! (showing complimentary approval for a choice)
Good for you! (showing approval for another person’s success or offering them congratulations)

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My FREE English Fluency Course has hundreds of tips on how to learn the English you will really use and you can get the free course by visiting my website: https://goo.gl/2Gw2JO

You can go basic or intermediate English to fluent English by studying with a native English speaker. These videos will help you learn how to understand native English speakers, learn American English and learn to speak English fluently. These videos teach you English you need to know that is not always taught in English classes in high school or at university.

7 Ways To Answer Questions In English Conversation – Speak Fluent English Lesson

English conversation is like a game where you trade information with another person. Here are 7 different ways to reply to a question. Varying the ways you reply will make your English conversation more fluent and natural.


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You can go basic or intermediate English to fluent English by studying with a native English speaker. These videos will help you learn how to understand native English speakers, learn American English and learn to speak English fluently. These videos teach you English you need to know that is not always taught in English classes in high school or at university.

How To Talk About Your Family In Fluent English – Learn English Conversation

Do you not know what to say in English? This video teaches all the ways to talk about your family. You will learn to talk about your ethnic / family ancestry, your parents and siblings (brothers and sisters) and more. These conversation lessons are great for talking with English speaking friends and colleagues as well as for interviews or tests like the TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson.

How to talk about family? There are particular words in English that you can use to describe your family history. These are words worth knowing because they give you the chance to talk about your unique family.

How big it is and where they are from and then you can learn more about other people. It’s part of the back and forth of conversation in English. So I’m going to use my family as an example.

My ancestors, meaning my great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents from

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Study well and tell a great story!

You can go basic or intermediate English to fluent English by studying with a native English speaker. These videos will help you learn how to understand native English speakers, learn American English and learn to speak English fluently. These videos teach you English you need to know that is not always taught in English classes in high school or at university.

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ABRIDGED VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

How to talk about family? There are particular words in English that you can use to describe your family history. These are words worth knowing because they give you the chance to talk about your unique family.

How big it is and where they are from and then you can learn more about other people. It’s part of the back and forth of conversation in English. So I’m going to use my family as an example.

My ancestors, meaning my great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents from a long time ago were from France and from Scotland so I can say “My ancestors were from France and Scotland” or I can say “My ancestry is French and Scottish” That describes why I look like I do.

“I am descended from French and Scottish ancestry.”

Descend means to go down like when you descend stairs or ascend stairs. Descend means to go down and ascend means to go up, so a descendant means that I come from or from something that’s above me. In terms of family, those would be my ancestors, they came before me.

When talking about your family, you can say, “My family is made up of” or “In my family I have five (5) siblings. Siblings are brothers and sisters. They could be older than you or younger than you. In my case, I have four (4) older sisters and an older brother so I’m the youngest in my family or you can say I’m the baby in the family.

You can also say “I’m from a family of” and give the number. “I’m from a family of eight (8) people” because I have a mother and a father and four older sisters and a brother so there are six kids and two parents so there’s eight of us. “I’m from a family of eight people”

Then you can ask your conversation partner or business colleague or your friend “What is your ancestry?”

“I grew up in”. I grew up in Maine (a state in America) in a very small town.

All of these things offer information about you using very specific words that a native English speaker can respond to and then you get a conversation going so try this.

Try outlining where are your ancestors from. Are they from a particular country? Are they from a particular region in a country? And where did you grow up? How many siblings do you have?and then you can talk more about what your family does together. Different types of ancestries may have different types of religions, they have different types of food, they may celebrate different kinds of festivals or holidays.

All of this is great for you to think about and maybe draw your family tree from your ancestors all the way down to you and then whether you have kids or cousins. When I think of a tree there lots of branches on it. You can talk all about this different history that combines to make us who we are.

Another thing to say is how your parents met.

So that’s all part of my history that I can tell someone that’s interesting about me and where my ancestors are from and where my family is from and how many people are in my family and how my parents met.

You can use the same kinds of techniques and words to describe yourself and make up (create) a story or write down what makes you unique and use that as a way of talking about people.

Give it a try – people will be very interested in your story and you can ask them about their story.

American English Conversation Skills – Talking About The Weather

Part of speaking American English like a fluent English speaker means speaking about common subjects. This video teaches about how to speak about the weather. It will give you American English vocabulary to help you speak like a native English speaker.