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Conversation Skills Giving your opinion
Conversation Skills Giving your opinion
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(Source: If someone asks you your opinion, don't say "so-so", or maybe. Tell the person how you feel. In this lesson, learn how to give your opinion! Don't be shy! http:www.engvid.comconversation-skills-giving-your-opinionTRANSCRIPTHello. Welcome to the lesson of giving your opinion. My name is Ronnie. Do me a favor. Go to YouTube. Go to my page, EnglishLessons4U, and subscribe to my channel. Watch out for imitators. I'm the real deal. Be careful. I'm going to teach you guys how to give your opinion. Now, you might think, "Ronnie, I already know how to give my opinion." If someone says, "Hey, do you like pizza?" And I say, "It's so-so." Your opinion is "so-so"? Guess what, that's a really bad answer. So I want to teach you some techniques to continue a conversation when you have to give your opinion. This happens all the time. Maybe you went to a new restaurant or you saw a movie or you went to a new pub or bar or restaurant and you want to tell people, "Oh, my god, it was great! I went to the new restaurant that opened up." And your friend says, "How was it?" And you say, "Okay." What kind of answer is "okay"? Was it good? Was it bad? Did you get diarrhea? Did you like it? What did you eat? So when someone asks you your opinion, instead of giving short, one-word answers -- "Yes." "I liked it." "It was great." -- you need to expand, and you need to give more information. Here is a list of things that you should not say when someone asks your opinion. -"So? How was the movie?" -"So-so." What the hell does "so-so" mean? "So" means "yes" and "no" at the same time? If someone said to me, "It's so-so", I think it's bad. Don't say that. Maybe your friend and you saw the same movie, and someone asks your friend, "Hey, how was the movie?" Your friend said, "Well, it was a little boring, and there wasn't a lot of action. I didn't really like it that much." The conversation naturally would go to you, and you'd go, "Same." Same what? Please don't do this. It's so frustrating when you're trying to have a conversation with someone. Don't say "same". You are an individual. Please give the person your opinion. You can say something like, "Well, I agree. It was boring, but..." -- add your own spice of life; add your own opinion. So instead of saying "same", you can say, "I agree", and then add your information. The next one. Now, if you're a little shy, and someone offers you something, for example, "Would you like to have free English lessons?" "Sure" is a good answer. But if you're giving your opinion, for example, "Did you like the new restaurant that you went to last night?" "Sure." "Sure" is a really, really bad answer. What, again, you want to do is expand in your answer. This is the worst thing you can say if someone asks you your opinion or if they ask you a question about something. As an example, someone might say, -"Ronnie, are you from Canada?" -"Of course." "Well, excuse me for asking." You only are going to use "of course" if someone has asked you a very, very stupid question or a question that they already know the answer to. As an example, you could say, "Ronnie, you're from Canada. Do you have red hair?" And I'd say, "Of course I do. You can see it." So when you answer "of course", it does not mean the same as "yes". "Of course" is a very, very rude way to answer someone's question if they ask you something. So please be very careful of this. "Are you enjoying your English lessons?" "Of course!" Good answer. "Maybe." "Do you like Ronnie, teacher?" "Maybe." Maybe? What does "maybe" mean? So "maybe", "sure ", "same", "so-so" -- garbage. Don't use them. "Maybe" -- are you not going to tell me the answer? Is it a secret? Don't say "maybe". Another one that a lot of you guys say is unnecessary unless you want to exaggerate something. So let's say, again, that you went to a new pizza shop, and you ordered some really spicy pasta -- at a pizza store. That's okay. So you get the pizza or the pasta; it's really spicy, and you eat it, and your friend goes, "Hey how's your spicy pasta?" You're going to say, "It's spicy." You do not need to say, "It's spicy for me" because you are the one talking. So you can just say, "It's spicy." Now, the way that we would use this correctly is to exaggerate something. Example: If you're having pasta that's really, really spicy, and your friend is having the same pasta dish, maybe your friend is eating it and goes, "This is not spicy for me." You're exaggerating that one is spicy and one isn't. So you're eating it; you're dying; you're crying; your face is turning red; you say, "God, this is spicy." Your friend's, like, "This isn't spicy for me." So you're exaggerating your point. Be careful about this one.So these ones: Don't use them. This one: Only if you're exaggerating a point. These -- are the good ones. These are the good guys. These ones don't exist anymore.

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4,549 views | Aug 09, 2013
game | 3 tips for sounding like a native speaker

3 tips for sounding like a native speaker "That'll be 66 cents please." "Sikysi... what?" Having a hard time understanding native speed English? This lesson will give you some tips on how to sound like a native speaker as well as how to understand what you hear by breaking down expressions into their individual word and sounds. http:www.engvid.com3-tips-for-sounding-like-a-native-speakerTRANSCRIPTHi again, welcome back to I'm Adam. Today, I'm going to help you sound a little bit more like a native speaker, hopefully. Students ask me all the time: "How can I sound like a native speaker?" Well, before I say anything, let me just tell you that it will take time and a lot, a lot, a lot of practice. The best way is to live in an English-speaking country, of course, but of course you can do it anywhere, but it takes time; be patient, practice, practice, practice. So we're looking at pronunciation. Let me start with this word: "pronunciation". Not: "pronounciation". It is not a pronoun. A pronoun is: "I", "me", "my", "mine". Pronunciation is how we speak English. So I'm going to give you three tips that will help you sound a little bit more like a native speaker. We're going to start with connecting words. Now, think about your own language, whether you're speaking Spanish or Polish or Chinese, you do this in your language as well. When you're speaking fast, you're taking words and you're squeezing them together; you're connecting them, so one word flows into the next word. That's what we're going to do here. You can connect consonants to consonants. What this means: when a word ends in a consonant... A consonant is "b", "c", "d", "f", "g", etc. A vowel is "a", "e", "i", "o", "u". When a word ends in a consonant and the next word begins with the same consonant, drop the first one. So for example: we do not say: "black coffee", we don't say: "ke, ke". There's only one "k": "bla coffee", "bla coffee." Okay? Practice that. Now, "t" and "d", these are two different consonants, but according to the tongue and the mouth, they almost sound the same so we do the same thing. "Wha do you do?", "Wha do you do?" But again, another thing you have to keep in mind is when we say it fast, we also don't really say "e", we say like a... Sort of like a small... We don't say "o" - sorry -, we say sort of a small "e". "Wha do ye do?" Practice that. "Wha do ye do?" Strange, huh? No "t", "wha", "de ye do?", "Wha de ye do?" That's how a native speaker would say it naturally. Now, another thing is when a word ends in a consonant and the next word begins in a vowel, make sure you roll it in. Right? Roll the consonant into the vowel and separate the syllable before. A syllable is the vowel sounds in a word. Okay? So nobody, like native speakers don't say: "Not at all. Oh no, not at all." We don't say it like that. We say: "Oh, not-at-all.", "Not-at-all.", "Not-at-all." Right? The "t", so this becomes: "No-ta-tall", "No-ta-tall", "Not at all". Okay? Say it quickly, blend the letters one into the next. But again, practice it.Now, for those of you who are going to be taking a test, an English test that involves listening; IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, if you're in Canada you're maybe doing a CELPIP test. Okay? This is going to help you on the listening section as well. This is one of the things they're testing. Somebody on the recording will say: "Not-at-all", and you need to cut: "Not at all", you need to understand the separate words, that's part of the test. So practice speaking it, practice listening to it. Another thing we do is we squeeze some words. Okay? Certain words, we don't say all the syllables, we don't even say all the letters. I've heard many students say: "Com-fort-able", "com-fort-able", but native speakers, we don't say this part, we don't say the "or". We say: "Comf-ta-bil", and notice the last sound is like a small tiny, tiny little "i" in there. "Comftabil", "comf-ta-bil", "comftabil". Okay? We don't pronounce the "or": "Comfortable". Nope, don't do that.Another word like that: "Interesting". "In-chre-sting". Find out what the syllables are so: "In-ter" - sorry, my mistake -, "In-ter-rest-ing". If you want to emphasize something, we have a word called: "enunciate". When someone wants to emphasize a word, then they enunciate each syllable; they say each syllable separately. "Oh, that is very in-ter-est-ing." Right? Because I want you to understand that the word is interesting, but in every day speech: "Intresting", "in-tre-sting". "In-ter-est-ing", I have four syllables, when I actually say it naturally, it becomes three syllables and the "t" and the "r" become like a "ch", but that's... We'll talk about that next. Another word: "every". "E-vry". I don't say: "Ev-er-y", I don't say this letter "e", "ev-er-y". "E-vry", "evryone", "evrything", "evry".
2,436 views | Oct 21, 2013

game | SEX with Ronnie!

SEX with Ronnie!

Learn all about SEX words in this vocabulary and grammar lesson for adults! Learn how REAL native English speakers talk about sex and what words we use to describe what we do with our mouths, butts, #####s and ******s. You'll also learn what Australians use a straw for... Take a quiz on this lesson here! http:www.engvid.comsex-with-ronnie
2,383 views | Feb 14, 2014
game | Everyday Idioms made easy

Everyday Idioms made easy

Idioms! Big ideas in a nutshell... Of course not in the literal sense! Idioms are the most refined expressions in any language. It requires a good deal of practice and exposure to incorporate them into your everyday conversations... Here are some examples under the title Everyday Idioms Made Easy, from Appu Series. All of these phrases are worked into some fun contexts! Watch, learn and grow!Raining cats and dogs - 00:03 Got the extra mile - 00:55 It's a small world - 01:53 Apple of my eye - 02:44 Back to Square one - 03:44 Mum's the word - 04:35 Under the weather - 05:27 Catch red-handed - 06:21 Cost an arm and a leg - 07:17 Fingers crossed - 08:12 A blessing in disguise - 09:00 A Leopard can't change his spots - 09:53 A taste of your own medicine - 10:51 All in the same boat - 12:06 Beating around the bush - 13:03Get our iOS Apps: our Android Apps: our eBooks: YouTube Channels:English Channel: Hindi Channel: Kannada Channel: Tamil Channel: Telugu Channel: Gujarati Channel: Marathi Channel: Sindhi Channel: Bengali Channel: Academy Channel: Similar now and be the first one to watch our new videos: have over hundreds of songs available on DVDs, visit us at
3,158 views | Jun 08, 2013
game | Good Manners What to Say and Do Polite English

Good Manners What to Say and Do Polite English Learning English? Then you must learn about English culture and etiquette too. I'll tell you the one secret you MUST know to be accepted in North American and British cultures. You'll also learn 12 other good habits if you're studying, working, living, or traveling overseas. This is a cross-cultural English lesson you cannot afford to miss. Take a quiz on this lesson here: http:www.engvid.comgood-manners-polite-englishTRANSCRIPTHi, my name is Rebecca from In today's lesson, we will be talking about good manners or what can also be referred to sometimes as cross-cultural skills. What does that mean? It's the skills that you need to function effectively in a different culture than your own. So for example: if I were to come to your country and learn your language, do you think that would be enough? Not really, because along with the language, I also need to learn what's acceptable, what's not okay in that particular culture. So today, we'll be talking about 12 things that you need to say and do when you're living or working in an English speaking environment. Okay? Let's get started.So first we'll talk about what you should say. The first one is using the word: "please". Now, everybody knows that you should say "please", but not everybody remembers to actually say it. So for example: if you go into a coffee shop, don't just say: "Coffee." Say: "Coffee, please." Or if you're asking someone else to do something, also remember: "Could you please turn off your cellphone?", for example. All right?Next: remember to say "thank you" whenever somebody does something. "Thank you", "You're welcome": these are phrases that we do use very often in English. And it could be for anything simple like somebody holding the door for you or it could be for something more elaborate like somebody giving you a birthday present. Okay? The way you say it, say it from your heart. Okay? "Thank you.", "Thank you very much." And so on. The next one is to say "sorry", or even better to say "I'm sorry", because "I'm sorry" is more personal. But otherwise, at least say "sorry". And again, you can say "sorry" for little things like perhaps stepping on someone's foot or if you bang into someone by mistake, you bump into someone by mistake somewhere in a crowded place, still apologize, say: "I'm sorry.", "I'm sorry.", "I'm sorry." Okay? We do use that quite often. Next one: "Excuse me." Now, "excuse me" you can say when you sneeze. Right? [Achoo!]. "Excuse me." Or if you need to ask somebody for some information, you can say: "Excuse me, would you know where the nearest subway is?" Right? So this is a very useful expression and it's also a polite expression. The next one is to remember to greet people and also to wish people. By greeting people, even at work if you're working in an English speaking environment, remember we do say "good morning", "good night", "happy birthday", "happy New Year", "congratulations". So greet people, and also wish them on the appropriate days. The next one might seem obvious also, but again, it's the way that you do it. Even if you work in an office, in the morning, we can say: "Hey, good morning. How are you?" And when you ask: "How are you?" even though you're not expected to give a full answer, but whatever answer someone gives you, remember to listen. Don't start talking right away. Wait to hear if the other person is saying: "Oh, pretty good. I'm fine. How are you?" Hear all of that before you start speaking about your own disposition, your own state of mind. Okay? Listen to the answer. All right? So these are six things that you must remember to do; they are taken for granted and they are expected of you. Next: let's look at what you should do. This seventh one here says: "Smile." Smiling creates a more friendly environment and it's certainly expected. So try to do that, again, it doesn't mean you have to keep smiling, but when you meet someone, give them a smile. If you don't smile, they might think that you're nervous, they might think you're angry or unhappy about something. Okay? Or they might take it a little bit aggressively. So try to smile, it makes the... It also gives people the message that everything is okay, not just that you're happy to meet them, but that everything is fine with you. So it says two things: something about you and something about the other person. Next: shake hands. Now, that's usually in a more business-like situation; in an office or somewhere, and certainly when you meet somebody for the first time. In an English speaking environment, you are expected to shake hands and shake hands rather firmly. Don't shake hands very weakly or just hold a part of the hand. Hold the entire hand and shake it firmly. All right? That's, again, part of the office expectation and the business norm.
2,699 views | Oct 09, 2013

game | Pronunciation V W

Pronunciation V W "Do you know how to say the 'w' sound in English correctly? A lot of students mix up the 'v' and 'w' sounds in English. It's a problem, because it will sound like you are saying completely different words, and people won't understand you! For instance, 'west' is a direction, but a 'vest' is something you wear. Learn how to say V and W correctly in this pronunciation lesson. http:www.engvid.compronunciation-v-wTRANSCRIPTHello. Welcome to -- not "EngWid". Today, I'm going to teach you the difference in pronunciation between a "V" and a "W". That's "U" times two. In some parts of America -- I don't know which parts, which states -- I know people say "double yah". We don't actually say "double yah" in Canada; it's "double U" versus the "V". Now, this goes out to all of my friends who speak Chinese, Farsi, Arabic, German, Polish, Slovak, Czech, Slovenian, Russian, Ukrainian: As far as I understand, all of these languages have problems with the "V" and the "W". "Double yah"! The "double U". Let me help you out.The easiest way to get this down straight is when you say the "V" sounds, you've got to stick out your two front teeth and go "vuh", "vuh", "vuh". No. 1 rule: When you want to say the "V" sound, you have to stick your big front teeth out of your mouth over your bottom lip -- "vuh". Your bottom lip is going to make the air come out, and it's going to make the sound of "vuh". If you look at this word, it's "visor", "visor". You always need to put your teeth out like a beaver. The other letter is "W". When we actually make the "W" sound, you're going to make like you're going to kiss someone. "Wuah", "wuah", "wuah". As you can see -- "V", "wuah" -- your mouth does a completely different thing with the two sounds. "V", "wuah", "wuah". So let's try -- let's practice, first of all, making the "V" sounds with some words. The first one is "visor", "visor". "Visor" is the top part of a baseball cap that keeps the sun out of your eyes. The next one we have is "veil". A "veil" can be worn at a wedding. It covers the bride's face, and in many countries around the world, women wear veils to hide their beautiful eyes. So "veil" is a face covering -- "veil". The next word is a "vest", "vest". "Vest" is usually an article of clothing worn by a man. Women can wear vests as well, and it's part of a three-piece suit: You have a tie, a shirt, a vest, and an over -- a suit jacket. I'm going to draw a vest. It's going to be funny-looking. If you guys have ever seen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, I think the Oompa-Loompas wear a vest. And then you would have your shirt here. So the vest is, basically, like a jacket with no arms -- "vest". The next one is a kind of car -- a very fast car -- and also a snake. This is a "viper", "viper". And the last "V" sound for you today is "verse", "verse". "Verse" we use in writing songs or poetry, and it's a stanza of music or words that's broken down into different parts of the song. "Verse", "viper", "vest", "veil", "visor". Now -- hold on -- we're going to go into the "W" -- "double yah" -- the "W" sound. As I told you, once you -- when you say the "W" sound, you're going to make like you're going to kiss someone. So Ronnie's going to pretend she knows how to draw. These are lips and they're going "wuah!" They're blowing you kisses or besos. The first "W" word is "wiser", "wiser". The next one is "whale", "whale". "Ronnie, what's a whale?" A "whale" is an animal -- a really, really big animal -- is it a fish? Is it an animal? I don't know -- that lives in the ocean. And they like to eat peanuts. What? Yeah. "Wiser" means someone is smarter than you. Maybe you are smarter than me because you know that whales don't eat peanuts at all. The next one is "west", "west". "West" is a direction. We have north, south -- oh, I hope I get this right --east, and west. This guy right here is "west". If you are the fan of a band called "The Clash" -- my favorite band ever -- they have a song that's called "Gates of the West". You don't want to make a mistake and say, "Gates of the Vest" because people think, "What? Okay, so you have a vest and then a gate. Gates with the vest. Oh, I don't get it." So the song is "Gates of the West". The next word is "wiper", "wiper". A "wiper", you have -- if you have a car, I hope you need them. They are on your windshield, and they go, "wicky, wicky, wicky, wicky, wiper." They help to clear the rain or the other dead animals that fall onto your car off of your windshield so you can see when you're driving. And the last "wuah" word is "worse". "Worse" means "bad", so "worse".Now is the fun part, the exciting part, the challenging part: We have to contrast the "V" and the "W" with these words together. Ready? "Visor", "wiser". Now be careful: "Vooh", "Wooh". Give it a try. "Visor", "wiser". "Visor", "wiser". Okay. The next one: "Veil", "veil", "whale", "whale". "Veil", "whale". "Vest", "vest", "west", "west".
3,366 views | Sep 06, 2013
game | How to understand native speakers questions in English

How to understand native speakers questions in English Native English speakers ask questions SO fast that you can't understand them! Watch this lesson to improve your listening comprehension in English. You'll be able to answer questions like "watayadoin?!"
1,332 views | Feb 24, 2012
game | Get Fluent With 1 Trick Become A Confident English Speaker With This Simple Practice Trick

Get Fluent With 1 Trick Become A Confident English Speaker With This S...

Start speaking fluent English confidently - http:www.englishanyone.comspeak-fluent-english-confidently-in-6-months-ea9Did you know that there’s just 1 simple trick to becoming a fluent English speaker?Just 1 thing you must change about the way you learn to…Have your words came out naturally and automatically – without hesitation – as if English were your first language, every time you speak…Express your exact thoughts spontaneously, continuously and in detail, without being forced to change what you want to say – or only speak in simple sentences – because you can’t find the right words…Understand everything you hear in English movies, TV shows, music and conversations, and finally speak confidently – without ever feeling nervous or worried about mistakes – with the smooth pronunciation of a native speaker…And best of all, this 1 easy change in the way you learn will help you experience immediate improvement in your spoken English so you’ll finally be certain that you’re learning the right way.But before I reveal this trick, I’d like you to know why so many English learners have problems with their English and struggle to become fluent Speakers…Why do so many English learners often use words that sound unnatural in conversations?What’s the reason they often have to think about what grammar rules to use before speaking?What stops them from speaking smoothly and clearly?The answer to all of these questions is, in 3 words…How They LearnYou see, traditional language learning methods only give English learners part of the fluency puzzle…Lessons teach them grammar rules, but not how to use grammar without thinking when they speak.Students learn English through their own language, so they’re trained to hesitate and translate in their heads during conversations.They learn to read and write the formal English of textbooks, but get very little training listening to – and speaking – casual, conversational, spoken English.So, what is the 1 simple trick to becoming a successful English speaker?It’s to learn English like native speakers.Fluency is nothing more than a collection of habits, like using grammar without thinking, or pronouncing words correctly. So, all you need to do to develop the same habits native speakers have is to learn the same way native speakers learn…When you learn English like native speakers, you master grammar automatically – without grammar tables and boring drills – through visual examples and stories.Building fluency like a native speaker means you also learn slang, idioms, phrasal verbs and other conversational, spoken English expressions, in addition to what’s appropriate for writing.Learning English the native way means you learn to speak fluent English naturally, actually practicing with native English speakers and building speaking confidence in the real world.When you learn this way, it’s easy, fun, fast and doesn’t feel like studying at all, just like how you learned your own native language…Now that you know that you must change the way you learn if you want to get fluent – because the traditional methods you’ve been using until now have not helped you become a confident speaker – how can you start developing the habits of a native English speaker so you can start speaking fluent English confidently?With's English Fluency Training Video Course: Master English Conversation 2.0.Master English Conversation 2.0 was designed by learners for learners with everything you need to finally…Master even complicated grammar points without confusing grammar tables or boring drills so you can use grammar without hesitation when you speak…Understand everything native speakers say and build a vocabulary of real, conversational words and expressions to start speaking naturally and correctly…Improve your pronunciation and sound like a native speaker…Develop the habit of speaking and responding spontaneously in real situations…Overcome shyness, meet native English speakers online and in the real world to practice speaking with, and build speaking confidence…Click on the link below to begin getting fluent the simple, easy way, just like native speakers, with a 100% guaranteed English conversation and fluency course – including 5 valuable, exclusive bonuses to help you get fluent even faster – available now for over 60% off.You can begin learning immediately… today… with this fully-downloadable program, and start experiencing immediate improvement in your understanding, speaking and fluency.Click on the link below now to get started.I look forward to seeing you in Master English Conversation 2.0! Start speaking fluent English confidently - http:www.englishanyone.comspeak-fluent-english-confidently-in-6-months-ea9
1,436 views | Oct 16, 2014

game | Conversation Skills Learn new words and keep a conversation going!

Conversation Skills Learn new words and keep a conversation going! Do people sometimes use words in English that you don't understand? Watch this lesson to learn how you can improve your conversation skills and your vocabulary at the same time! Then test yourself with the quiz: http:www.engvid.comconversation-skills-learn-new-words
1,696 views | Nov 26, 2012
game | How to improve your listening in English

How to improve your listening in English Do you have trouble understanding what native speakers say? What to improve your English listening and comprehension skills? I'll give you some great tips that will help you to listen and understand! http:www.engvid.comimprove-your-listening-in-english
1,719 views | May 29, 2012
game | 5 conversation phrasal verbs you need to know

5 conversation phrasal verbs you need to know These 5 phrasal verbs are used every day by native speakers to help them "catch up" with friends and "work out" problems at home and work. Study this video and you won't ever feel cut off in a conversation. Take a quiz on this lesson here: http:www.engvid.com5-conversation-phrasal-verbsTRANSCRIPTOkay, James. Product placement right about now. Apple Computers, take one. Hi. James from EngVid. Yeah. We're getting sponsored by Apple. "Sponsored" means someone is paying you to do something. No, it's not the case. And just so you know, this is the cheap version that's old. One of you guys made a guess last time I held it up. You're like, "It's the Apple 5 with retinal scan!" I don't even know what that is, so don't ask me. Okay? So -- but Mr. E and I, we get to work on my computer, and we're going to tell a story. Mr. E, ready? Okay. So "Mr. E helped to blank blank my new computer. It's not new. It something something well, and we finished early. However, it something something Mr. E had forgotten to pay his electric bill, so the power was something something -- wow, a lot of 'something somethings'. We sat in the -- excuse me. We sat in the dark" -- stop. The end. This is a stupid story. I'm going to try and do a better story. Mr. E, help me, okay? Now, Mr. E -- first of all, I should tell you what this is about. I'm giving you five phrasal verbs that are commonly used in conversation that will help you have, you know, a more interesting conversation, but not just that. Because these are used commonly in conversation, you can understand what people are saying because I'm going to try and teach you not just one --no sirree Bob! We're having a sale today. James's sale -- you're going to get two for the price of one meaning, so you can understand this story, but when you're done, you can go back and actually build your own stories or usages, okay? So let's go to the beginning."Mr. E helped me to something at my new computer." Well laptops are different. You just put it in a room. In the old days and even now, some people buy big computers, and they have speakers and they have the box and, you know, the big screen. And you have to put it somewhere. Well, when you put it somewhere, you know, you want to arrange or build a system. We call that a "set up". You set it up. It means to put it or arrange it in a way you can use it. You "set up" a business, right? It's a system, you know. You know you buy; you sell -- it's a system. So setting something up is to arrange it or organize it or build a thing that you can use. That's one definition, "set up". What's the second one?" To place somebody in an awkward situation". Interesting. Sometimes you're watching the movies -- I'm sure you watch many of them -- someone will say, "He set me up that so-and-so." Well, what it means is they knew something about the person; they pretended they didn't know; then, they got other people to come around to expose or get the truth out. That's called a "setup". The police "set up" criminals all the time, right? They pretend to buy drugs. They pretend, but they don't actually want to buy them. The criminal sells them, and then they catch them. And they say, "It was a setup from the beginning", and the police go, "Yeah, and you fell for it." When you "fall" for something, you believe it's true even though it's not, okay? So "set up" here means two things: to arrange a system; that's one thing, and that's what we did with my computer system. It's not an awkward situation. We've arranged and built a system, right? So let's set up. Let's go back. Mr. E helped me to set up my new computer. That means we put it on a table, got the speakers, plugged it in, made it work. Cool, right? Next, "It w___ o___ well and we finished early." "W___ o___ well" -- what could that be? W-o, w-o. Well, look. See this other arrow comes down here. What does that mean? Well, it means fix a problem -- or couples fix a relationship -- and come to a successful end. Well, what we're talking about is work because when you have a problem you must work, right? To come to a successful end means you must do some work first to come to the end. Running a race; making dinner; fixing a problem. Fixing a problem requires work. Couples have to work on a relationship. And we also have this "this worked out". And if you're like Arnold Schwarzenegger, you have big muscles because you work out. That's my best Arnold impersonation. Okay, so Arnold works out, but that's different. So we also say -- and I should've put it here -- "go to gym", right? Because a lot of times I hear foreign students say, "Teacher, we go exercising now." And I always go, "[laugh] You go exercise. Right." North Americans, English speakers, they "work out". That's what we do when we go to the gym. It is exercising, but that's our word. Be here we say, "It worked out well".
2,777 views | Oct 12, 2013

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