American English Lesson About Romance And Love Words

American English uses many unique phrases to talk about romance and being in love. This American English lesson will help you improve your English by giving many examples of words and phrases you might hear in a TV show or movie. Love and romance are also popular themes for American English songs. They always have been and they always will be.

American English Lesson Using “Bet” To Make Your American English Fluent And Fun

American English uses the word “bet” to show agreement in conversation. You can improve your American English conversation skills with these simple phrases so you sound like a real American English speaker.

American English Slang About Accomplishments And Dreams – Learn English Lesson

American English has many phrases of encouragement using the word “stick” – The word is used in phrases that urge someone to keep or “stick” to chasing a dream or pursuing a dream. American English is an optimistic type of English – part of the American character is a belief in opportunity and self-improvement. This American English lesson will help you learn the most common phrases you will near from native English speakers.

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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 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

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.

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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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American English Idioms: Step Up To The Plate

American English has dozens of idioms from the game of baseball. These idioms are common in English, and especially business English. I heard these idioms dozens of time while working and so I have written several blog posts about these very American English idioms. Business English uses many sports idioms because they express ideas about competition, winning and losing.

IDIOM

step up to the plate

To step up to the plate means to take responsibility for something or to have the courage to undertake something.

We have to step up to the plate and have the courage to launch our product in the face of the competition, or we won’t know if we have something the market wants to buy.

Origin

In baseball, the batter must step up to home plate and face the pitcher who throws the ball. Thus, stepping up to the plate means a person or a company is ready to start an effort in the face of competition or uncertainty. It means to be prepared to act or to be competitive by taking action.

American English Idioms: Play Hardball

American English has dozens of idioms from the game of baseball. These idioms are common in English, and especially business English. I heard these idioms dozens of time while working and so I have written several blog posts about these very American English idioms. Business English uses many sports idioms because they express ideas about competition, winning and losing.

IDIOM

play hardball or playing hardball

To act in an aggressive way towards someone or a company, especially when competing in a business.

The competition is playing hardball with steep price cuts in an effort to drive us out of business, but we can play hardball, too, with better product design and marketing.

Origin

Hardball refers to baseball, where the physical baseball is hard and solid and can hurt a player if they get hit. In contrast, a similar game is softball where the ball is larger but softer and so does not travel with as much speed. Thus, hardball means an activity or behavior that is difficult and dangerous. In business, it means to compete strongly or use aggressive tactics to get business.

American English Idioms: Play Ball

American English has dozens of idioms from the game of baseball. These idioms are common in English, and especially business English. I heard these idioms dozens of time while working and so I have written several blog posts about these very American English idioms. Business English uses many sports idioms because they express ideas about competition, winning and losing.

IDIOM

play ball

When it is time to “play ball” it is time to begin a work project. It also is said of someone who is willing to cooperate on a joint task.

We have spent long enough developing our strategy. Now it is time to play ball and start competing for business.

Acme Company wants to be our main supplier for components, so they will play ball on giving us price reductions on their products.

American English has dozens of idioms that come from baseball
American English has dozens of idioms that come from baseball

Origin

From a baseball umpire’s command that the baseball game begin; the umpire says, “Play ball,” so the starting pitcher knows he or she can throw the first pitch at the hitter.

American English idioms: Keep One’s Eye On The Ball

American English has dozens of idioms from the game of baseball. These idioms are common in English, and especially business English. I heard these idioms dozens of time while working and so I have written several blog posts about these very American English idioms. Business English uses many sports idioms because they express ideas about competition, winning and losing.

IDIOM 

keep one’s eye on the ball; keep our eye on the ball

To pay attention to all the details of a project.

This project is very complicated, so we need to keep our eye on the ball so there are no mistakes.

American English uses many idioms from the game of baseball
American English uses many idioms from the game of baseball

Origin

In American baseball, the batter trying to hit the baseball must follow the ball as it move towards him or her so they can hit it with the bat; the ball can change its direction, depending on what spin the pitcher puts on the ball when it is thrown. So, keeping one’s eye on the ball means to pay close attention to something. In baseball and other sports, a player trying to catch the ball must look at the ball carefully so they can catch the ball and gets points for thier team.

American English: Drop The Ball

American English has dozens of idioms from the game of baseball. These idioms are common in English, and especially business English. I heard these idioms dozens of time while working and so I have written several blog posts about these very American English idioms. Business English uses many sports idioms because they express ideas about competition, winning and losing.

IDIOM

drop the ball

To make an error and then miss an opportunity to succeed.

Make sure you check the details of the contract so you know when the deadline is—we don’t want to drop the ball and not deliver on time.

American English uses dozens of baseball idioms
American English uses dozens of baseball idioms

Origin

This idiom has origins in American football, rugby or baseball. In these sports, the player has to catch or carry a ball to get points for the team. If they drop the ball, they will not be successful in scoring points or preventing the other team from scoring points (especially baseball).

So, to drop the ball means to fail because of a poor decision, poor skill or inattention to details.

American Idioms: Hit The Ball Out Of The Park

American English has dozens of idioms from the game of baseball. These idioms are common in English, and especially business English. I heard these idioms dozens of time while working and so I have written several blog posts about these very American English idioms. Business English uses many sports idioms because they express ideas about competition, winning and losing.

IDIOM

(hit the ball out of the) park

To accomplish something notable or great.

Our sales team landed a contract to sell our software system to both the U.S. company and all its international subsidiaries, so they really hit the ball out of the park with multiple sales to the same company with the potential for more sales in the future.

American English has dozens of idioms from baseball
American English has dozens of idioms from baseball

Origin

In American baseball, a hitter can hit the ball with such force that it travels outside of the baseball park. In this case, the hitter can run around the bases and score a run (points) for the team. If there are players from the same team already on the bases, they all can return to home plate to score runs (points) for the team. Thus, to hit the ball out of the park can be a big accomplishment for a team.