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Conversation Skills Giving your opinion
Conversation Skills Giving your opinion
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www.engvid.com/ 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! www.engvid.com/conversation-skills-giving-your-opinion/TRANSCRIPTHello. 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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game | Speaking English Going to the dentist | Speaking English Going to the dentist

Speaking English Going to the dentist

http:www.engvid.com Do you hate going to the dentist? I LOVE going to the dentist! The dentist is a doctor for your teeth. In this English vocabulary lesson, you'll learn lots of words that you will hear at the dentist's office. I'll teach you the words for different parts of your mouth, problems you can have with them, and some of the tools the dentist will use to fix them! Don't forget to brush your quiz and to take the teeth. Oops, I mean brush your teeth and take the quiz. http:www.engvid.comspeaking-english-dentistTRANSCRIPTWhat's wrong? Yeah, I know. I have a toothache. It hurts. I have to go to the dentist. What's a "dentist"? A "dentist" is a tooth doctor. Do you hate going to the dentist? I love going to the dentist. I don't know why. Ever since I was a child, I have absolutely loved going to the dentist. Maybe because my dentist gave me stickers to play with or something to take home, I don't know. I've just never been afraid of the dentist. I always thought that it was really cool to see all the tools that the dentists use and put them in my mouth. I was a strange child. Not much has changed except I've gotten bigger. My name is Ronnie. Today, I'm going to teach you about going to the dentist. Oh, the torture. Oh, the pain. Oh, the fear. Oh, the fun. I'm going to teach you some basic vocabulary that you need to know if you go to the beautiful dentist.First of all, we have English singular and plural. So, singular is one "tooth". So you can say, "My tooth hurts", or "I have a toothache" -- singular, "tooth". So "tooth" means one. If you want to talk about more than one tooth, you would say "teeth". Now, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, please be very careful with your pronunciation of the word "teeth" and "tooth", especially "teeth". If you do not stick your tongue out and say "teeth", it sounds like you say "tits", "tits". It sounds like you say "tits". Don't say that. So: "tooth" and "teeth". You must stick out your tongue to get the pronunciation of this word correct. The next word you might know already, but thing this is strange, and think, "Gum? Chewing gum? What? What? What is -- dentist? Chewing? No, I don't know. I don't get it." "Gums" are basically the pink -- can you get in there? -- the pink part above your teeth. So if this is a picture of my black teeth, I have a pink tissue above my mouth -- or in my mouth -- that surrounds my teeth like this, and these are called "gums". It is always plural. We don't say "gum". We don't say "my gum", we say "gums". So in your mouth, hopefully you have teeth. Some of you might not have all of your beautiful teeth, but that's okay. Don't worry. You have your teeth, and you have gums. So "gums" is the pink part here.Sometimes your tooth is sore. So you might say, "Oh, my tooth is sore. I have a toothache." Say this with me: "Toothache. Toothache. I have a toothache." That means there's something wrong with your tooth. It's causing you pain. Uh-oh! Most of the time, the reason why you have a toothache is because you have a cavity -- "cavity". Now, "cavity" is simply a hole in your tooth. So this is a beautiful, red, healthy tooth, and what happens is a cavity makes a hole in your tooth, and it begins to rot right down to the root or the vein in your tooth, and that causes you pain. So a "cavity" basically just means a hole in your tooth. And because this is rotting away, it causes pain in the nerve in your mouth, causing you to get a toothache: not a good feeling, not a good situation. Unfortunately, the dentist is very expensive in Canada, so I recommend that you brush your teeth at least two times a day -- to help with the bad breath as well. You may have done a lesson on bad habits, bad breath. We don't like that. One of the reasons you may have bad breath -- or someone, not you -- is because you have a cavity. So what you're going to do is you're going to call the dentist. You are going to make an appointment. Now, you might have noticed that I have written n-n-v-v-v-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n; "n" means "noun". So this means it is a noun, and "v" means "verb". So what's going to happen is you're going to call the dentist's office, and you are going to "make an appointment". "Make" is a verb, so you're going to call and make an appointment. The dentist's receptionist is going to say, "tomorrow at seven." -"No." They will arrange a time for you. I know sometimes talking on the telephone is difficult, so if you can communicate with a dentist through email, or if you can actually go to a dentist office, it will be easier for you. But it doesn't matter if you call, email, or go there. You're going to make an appointment. What's going to happen is the doctor is going to give you a check-up -- or the dentist, sorry. The tooth doctor is going to give you a "check-up". This just means he or she will check your teeth -- check if they're healthy; make sure you don't have any cavities; make sure your gums are okay.
226,867 views | Aug 01, 2013
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game | When NOT to use to in English Grammar | When NOT to use to in English Grammar

When NOT to use to in English Grammar

http:www.engvid.com "I'm going to home" or I'm going to home"? "I'm going to school" or "I'm going to school?" Why do we use 'to' with some words and not with others? In this English grammar class, I'll teach you many words that don't go with 'to'. This is a mistake that sounds bad to native speakers, so try to learn these words and stop making this mistake! Go here to take a quiz on this lesson: http:www.engvid.comwhen-not-to-use-toTRANSCRIPT"Are you going to home?" "Are you going home?" "Where are you going?" "What are you doing?" You're watching a video. My name's Ronnie. I'm going to teach you one trick. Finally, you will understand why in English, we say "I'm going to school" or "I'm going to work." But when we talk about our beautiful, warm, and cozy home we don't say "to". Why, why, why, I don't know. It's just English, isn't it? I can give you some clues. I'll give you some words. You will get this right away. It will be easy for you to do. So if you look at this sentence, "Are you going home?" A very, very big mistake that everyone says will be, "Are you going to home?" And I go, "No, no 'to'. Don't say 'to'. Don't say 'to', no!" Okay, okay, okay, "Are you going home?" Yes, don't say "to", but why? You learned that when you are going someplace, you say "to". For example, "Are you going to bed?" We don't say "to the bed", by the way. We just say bed. "Are you going to bed?" "Are you going to work?" Or you can use the past tense, "Did you go to work?" "Did you go to school?" "Did you go to engvid.com today, and check out a new lesson?" But when you say "home", you do not use "to". So you know the rule, maybe that this is a noun. This is a noun, so when you use going to a place which is a noun, you have to say "to", and then you come along, and you find this beautiful home, and Ronnie freaks out, because you say "to" and then you don't understand why. I don't know but I will give you a list of words that are places. But all of these words on this board, you cannot use with "to". So "are you going abroad?" You cannot ask someone, "Are you going to abroad?" If you look in the dictionary; the dictionary, one of those books. If you look at an online dictionary it'll tell you that these are adverbs of location, whereas the other ones you've learned are nouns. But hold on, "home" is a noun. Home is just this big exception going, "No, I am a noun. I don't want to have "to". All of these ones are not proper nouns, they're adverbs of location. Let's go through underground, underneath the surface of the land. If you have ever been to London, there's a big system called the Tube. It's also called the "underground". Most places in the world call it the "underground". In Canada, we call it the subway -- "sub" means "under". So you can say, "I'm going underground. I'm going underground." If you know The Jam -- "Wow, what an amazing band, Ronnie," I know. You will know this song called "I'm Going Underground." Maybe by the magic of video, we'll put on that video for you. "I'm going underground." "I'm going downtown," or you can say "uptown". I would just sing songs for everything, "Uptown Girls" -- little bit of Billy Joel for you. Uptown, downtown -- you don't need the "to". There, here, anywhere, nowhere, somewhere -- you don't need "to". In, inside, out, outside, upstairs, downstairs don't use "to". They're not nouns. They're places. One other thing to be very careful about, please, when you say this you want to say "upstairs" and "downstairs." Too many times I hear people say, "I went down-stair." Only one, just one stair, I made it. "I went up-stair." And then what did you do? You just stood there? Wow, don't say "down-stair, up-stair". Please use all of the stairs. Go up, okay? That'll be fun, more exciting. You can fall down the stairs too, that's fun. But again, we don't say "to". "I'm going downstairs." "I'm coming upstairs." If you are confused, or if you have ever been confused about when to use "to", the only advice I can give you is please remember this list of words. Once you have remembered this list, you'll go, "Oh that was easy." [That was easy.]" Yes, it was. Thank you, goodbye.
576,045 views | Jul 19, 2013
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game | Improve your conversation skills with WH questions | Improve your conversation skills with WH questions

Improve your conversation skills with WH questions

http:www.engvid.com Where did you go? Who did you go with? Learn how to keep a conversation going by using who, what, when, where, why, and how! Now why don't you take the quiz? http:www.engvid.comconversation-skills-wh-questions
499,427 views | Jul 04, 2013
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game | Money slang in English | Money slang in English

Money slang in English

http:www.engvid.com Money, money, money! I'm going to teach you some vocabulary and slang to talk about MONEY in English! Cash, bills, coins, bucks, dimes, and more. You'll learn some money expressions, too. http:www.engvid.commoney-slang
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game | Basic English Grammar TOO MUCH, TOO MANY, A LOT OF | Basic English Grammar TOO MUCH, TOO MANY, A LOT OF

Basic English Grammar TOO MUCH, TOO MANY, A LOT OF

http:www.engvid.com I have too much homework. You can never have too much money! I have a lot of lessons! In this grammar lesson, I will teach you when to use "too much", "too many", and "a lot of". You will learn about countable and uncountable nouns, and also about the difference in talking about "good" nouns and "bad" nouns. Watch the lesson, then take the quiz: http:www.engvid.combasic-english-grammar-too-much-too-many-a-lot-ofTRANSCRIPT: Peekaboo. How are you? My name is Ronnie. I'm going to teach you some English. Imagine that I would teach you English on EngVid, www.engvid.com. Today's lesson is good versus bad with nouns.I hear this mistake a lot, almost every day. So I want to help you. I want you to sound as natural as possible when you speak English.So maybe you have already learned that we have uncountable and countable nouns. Now, what this means -- if you haven't learned this before -- is that if a noun is uncountable, we do not put an S at the end of the noun. So things that are really teeny tiny small like rice or sugar or salt are uncountable. Things that are liquid -- for example beer or water -- are uncountable. So all liquids and tiny things are uncountable. Also, gases are uncountable. That wasn't me.So I could go on with a massive list of uncountable nouns, but you can do that yourself. Then, we have countable. Countable, obviously, you can stick an S on the end of the noun. So most things are countable. For example, dogs, hamburgers, cats, markers, eyes, hair -- hair is uncountable because there are so many tiny little hairs on one heads.So this is the rule that you have learned. If your noun is uncountable, you have to say "too much". So maybe you have come up with a sentence that says, "I have too much sugar." Good. Okay. So you know that sugar is uncountable, and you have used a very good English sentence. You used, "I have too much sugar." Good.And then, your teacher says, "Okay. Make a countable noun sentence." Okay. "I have too many pens." I have a lot of pens. "I have too many pens." Very, very good grammatical sentences. But there's a problem. Bad nouns. Bad, bad, bad nouns. Bad nouns, what I mean is when we use "too much" or "too many", your noun has to be something that you do not like okay? For example, maybe you go to school and your teacher gives you homework. Do you think homework is a bad noun or a good noun? What's your opinion of homework? I hate homework. I hate it. It's boring. I hate it. I hate it. So in my opinion, homework is a bad noun. So I'm going to say, "I have too much homework." Because homework is a negative or a bad thing, I can say, "Oh, God. I have too much homework tonight." Okay? "Too much" and "too many" are always going to be for negative or bad things that you don't like.So "too many" -- maybe you go to the movie, and it's really, really crowded. You can say, "There are too many people." Now, maybe you like people. Maybe you don't like people. But in this situation, having a lot of people is bad. So once again, it is your opinion. "Too much" and "too many" are always for things that you do not like personally or you think are bad at the moment. For example, "There are too many calories in seven cookies." I like cookies. Who doesn't like cookies? I love cookies. But calories, they're bad. So I can say, "There are too many calories." Okay? "There is too much rain in the rainy season or in spring. There's too much rain. I don't want any more rain." Okay?Now, in the reverse, we have the beautiful, lovely, happy good things. The beautiful, lovely, good things are my good nouns. Good nouns, as you might have guessed, are things that you like. For example, beer. You will never, ever, ever, open your fridge and go, "Oh, no. I've got too many beers. I've got too much beer." This will never happen. You will never go to the bank machine and go, "Look at that. I've got too much money." Never happens. So when it's a positive thing, what you're going to say is "a lot of". For example, "I have a lot of friends." Friends are usually good things. Or if you're lucky, you might say, "I have a lot of money." If you have a lot of money, Ronnie would like some money. Donate money. Money, money, money. Okay? "I have a lot of money." "I have a lot of beer." Yes. "I have a lot of friends."The cool thing about "a lot of" is that it can be used for both countable and uncountable. It's very, very natural in English that we say "a lot of" as opposed to "too much" or "many". All the time.So what I want you to do is I want you to get a lot of happiness in your life. I don't want you to have too much homework. I don't want you to have too many bad people in your life. And I want you to enjoy learning English. Until then, goodbye.
386,833 views | May 22, 2013
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game | Slang in English CHILL chill out , let s chill ... | Slang in English CHILL chill out , let s chill ...

Slang in English CHILL chill out , let s chill ...

http:www.engvid.com I'm just chillin'. Let's chill tonight. He is chill. I am chilly. What the hell does all of this mean??? Learn how to use CHILL in conversation in English! http:www.engvid.comenglish-slang-chill
282,928 views | May 07, 2013
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game | How to change a verb into a noun! | How to change a verb into a noun!

How to change a verb into a noun!

http:www.engvid.com With the simple addition of '-ment' or '-ion' to a verb, it becomes a noun! Learn how to change a verb into a noun in this grammar lesson. It's pretty simple, once you understand how it works. Test your skills with the quiz: http:www.engvid.comchange-verbs-into-nounsTRANSCRIPT: Hello, my name is Ronnie. I am going to teach you some English. It's going to be great. It's going to be easy, I think. Something that a lot of you have difficulty with in English is nouns, verbs, adjectives, and all those other crazy, crazy things we have in English.I'm going to teach you two tricks that will help you, when you are trying to figure out if a word is a verb or a noun, or when to use a verb. Is it a noun? Do what? So today's lesson is the birth of a noun. You are going to take a verb, it's going to do some magical things, and by the end of the lesson it is going to become a noun, so birth of a noun.How to change a verb to a noun, the first thing we are going to do is have a look at the verbs. We have the verb "employ, develop, move, judge, advertise, and establish." Do you think you see a spelling mistake here?Are you wondering why this is an "s" and not a "z-ed," well, let me tell you something. In the UK also known as England, they would spell it with a zed, whereas in North America we spell it with an "s." So there is a spelling difference.And so, you might see it spelled with a "zed" or an "s." Both of them are correct, if you have spellcheck when you are typing something, it might go wrong. But you might have American spellcheck, so just be careful. So, either "zed" or "s" is correct."Employ" do you know what that verb means? Have you heard that word, "employ?" It means use or work. The next one we have is "develop;" if you "develop" something it basically means you help to grow.The next one is move. I am moving my right hand, but not my left hand. That would cause much problem. The next one is judge. There's a noun of "judge" and a verb of "judge." To "judge" something means to give your opinion.The next one is "advertise." The "s" and the "zed" the pronunciation is the same. Don't worry. "Advertise" means to tell something, usually you do it for money. You "advertise" something on a website, or you advertise on TV to get a product, to make you money.The next one is "establish, establish means to make something. What we're going to do, two tricks. The first trick is we're going to take these verbs, and we are going to add four letters to make it a noun. The letters are "m-e-n-t."So we have the verb "employ." The noun changes to "employment." Did you just say mint and not m-e-n-t? I did, English pronunciation is difficult. In English we don't say employment, we actually say it like this word, "m-i-n-t." Like a breath mint. So all of these words you must spell with "m-e-n-t," but your pronunciation is going to be "m-i-n-t," like "mint, employment."The next one we have is a "development." "Employment" means job. "Development," we use it to mean an area that has been "developed." You could use it to say it's a building; this is a "development" of this country, or a building of a company."Move," we have the noun of movement. "Move, move," not "move, move," do you know why I got distracted? Because, I was thinking of a Bob Marley song that's called "A Movement of the People, "movement" of the people. If anyone is a Bob Marley fan out there."Movement" of people is a good way to remember what this word means. "Movement" basically means a group of people who try and change something in society, so a "movement" is a group of people.The next one is "judge, judgment." It means the same, the noun, and the verb. You give your opinion of something. "Advertisement," an "advertisement" you will see on the subway. You will see everywhere you go, everywhere you look. In the world, people are trying to sell you something in an "advertisement." We usually shorten the word, and just call it an "ad."Next one is "establish," changes to "establishment." For some reason I don't like the word "establishment." "Establishment" means something that has been "established." We usually use it in the form of government or politics; it can also mean a place like a restaurant. I like restaurants. The next trick, trick number one is you take the verb you change it to a noun using "m-e-n-t" or "m-i-n-t" "employment." The next one is this word, "act."
348,437 views | Apr 09, 2013
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game | Phrasal Verbs in Daily English Conversations | Phrasal Verbs in Daily English Conversations

Phrasal Verbs in Daily English Conversations

In this English lesson, you will learn how to use certain phrasal verbs in common daily conversations. The two dialogues contain several verbs with the prepositions 'up' and 'down'.To learn more about phrasal verbs, visit our website: http:anglo-link.comFacebook: http:facebook.comAngloLink Twitter: http:twitter.comAngloLinkEnjoy and good luck with your English studies!
1,184,965 views | Sep 24, 2013
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game | Basic MATH vocabulary in English | Basic MATH vocabulary in English

Basic MATH vocabulary in English

http:www.engvid.com Math Vocabulary! If I add 7 and 3, I get 10, but in English, we have different words for each mathematical operation -- and you need to learn them! 7 plus 3 equals 10! Don't worrry if you aren't good at math! It's still an English lesson! Take a quiz on this lesson here: http:www.engvid.combasic-math-vocabulary
259,483 views | Mar 12, 2013
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game | 6 Confusing Words fun funny, famous popular, surprise shock | 6 Confusing Words fun funny, famous popular, surprise shock

6 Confusing Words fun funny, famous popular, surprise shock

http:www.engvid.com If I go to an amusement park, it is fun or funny? Is George W. Bush famous or popular? Was the dead animal I saw a surprise or a shock? New English speakers often confuse these 3 pairs of words. Learn how they are different! http:www.engvid.com6-confusing-words
383,283 views | Mar 01, 2013
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