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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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http:www.engvid.com 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 www.engvid.com. 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.
219,386 views | Oct 09, 2013
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How to improve your listening in English

http:www.engvid.com 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
820,216 views | May 29, 2012
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Learn English Basic Kitchen Vocabulary

http:www.engvid.com Let's go in the kitchen and cook! You will learn basic kitchen vocabulary to help you in the kitchen! You can use an oven to bake a cake, a kettle to make tea, and a fry pan to cook eggs! After watching this lesson, check out Adam's lesson on more advanced cooking vocabulary at http:www.engvid.comcooking-vocabulary and take the quiz on this lesson at http:www.engvid.combasic-kitchen-vocabularyTRANSCRIPTHello. Are you hungry? You better get to the kitchen. "The chicken? The kitchen." Chicken -- kitchen. Today, I'm going to teach you about vocabulary that you will find very useful if you've ever been in a kitchen. Now, the thing that's confusing sometimes is that when you want to say "kitchen", you say "chicken". Oh, no! It's okay. It's funny. I do it all the time. Do I do it all the time? It's a very natural mistake. So if you're ever having a conversation in English, and you say "chicken" instead of "kitchen", don't worry. But we're going to go through some kitchen vocabulary. My name is Ronnie. Let me take you through the magic of the kitchen. The very, very first word that I'm going to teach you is "nuke". "Nuke?" "Nuke" is a verb, and it's a new word from the 1980s. That's so new. It's 30 years old. "Nuke" is the verb that we use for a microwave. A microwave maybe came out in 1981; I don't know. I remember in my house getting one in 1983, and I could make popcorn, and it was amazing. So about the 1980s, we had this amazing thing called a "microwave". You probably know what a "microwave" is. But if you don't, it's like a little oven that cooks your food really, really quickly. We actually developed a new word for this. We call it "nuke". So I can say, "I nuke my food." That means, "I put my food in the microwave." Ding, ding, ding! And it's ready to eat. The next thing that we have is an "oven" or a "stove". Now, "oven" and "stove" -- same word. It does not matter if you say "oven" or "stove". Who cares? I don't. An "oven" or a "stove" -- properly, the "stove" is actually a "stove top" where you would put things on top of the stovetop. And the "oven" is actually this part inside where you open the door. Inside the oven part, at the bottom here, you can bake a cake for me. I like cheesecake. If you'd like to bake me a cake, please do send it to me at www.engvid.com. I will be happy to eat it. You can "grill" or "broil". Now, "grill" and "broil" are the same. It just depends on what your oven says. When you "bake" something, the heat comes from the top and the bottom of the oven, and it's distributed throughout. If you "grill" or "broil" something, the heat comes from the top, and it cooks it on the top of the meat or whatever you're cooking. So the "broil" and the "grill" -- the heat comes from the top. And "bake"; the heat comes from the top and the bottom. So depending on what you're cooking would be the setting on what you're going to use on your oven or your stove. When we bake something, we usually have a certain temperature -- 250 degrees, or you can have 400 degrees. One is Fahrenheit, and one is Celsius. Most of them have both, but if you don't know on your recipe, you could always look on the Internet. It's magic. The next thing -- speaking about magic -- is a toaster. This is the most magical machine ever to be invented in your kitchen. Let me explain the magic of the toaster. You take a simple piece of bread. You put it in the toaster; press the button down; you wait. "Bing!" Out comes lovely, warm, crusty toast. This machine, very simply, is called a "toaster". So you put bread into the toaster -- like magic, it becomes "toast". The next appliance we have is a "kettle". Now, if you like to drink tea or coffee, you're going to love to have a kettle. A "kettle" is a machine that boils water. You can have one on your stovetop, or you can also have one that plugs into the wall. I'm not a very good artist -- or am I? But if you can kind of use your imagination, these both are called "kettles"; they're used for boiling water. Do you like coffee? I love coffee. We also have what's called a "coffeemaker". I know. Sometimes, English makes sense. Guess what this makes. Coffee. So you press some buttons -- some magic; water turns into coffee. It's like water into wine but not as nice. Better in the morning, though. The next thing that we have, another big appliance -- these, by the way, are called "appliances" -- is a "refrigerator". We never bother saying "refrigerator". We say "fridge". And on top of the fridge, we have a "freezer". Now, all of it is called a "fridge", but the top part is called a "freezer". A "freezer" is where there's going to be ice, and things in it are going to be frozen. Frozen. So let's say that you have a delicious frozen dinner, and you want to nuke it. You're going to put it in the microwave.
242,054 views | Jan 29, 2014
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5 conversation phrasal verbs you need to know

http:www.engvid.com 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".
265,968 views | Oct 11, 2013
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Slang in English Bodily Noises FART, BURP, YAWN, HICCUP, QUEEF

http:www.engvid.com Free slang ESL vocabulary lesson about body noises! Fart, burp, yawn, hiccup and know what to say to be polite! Learn some funny words, then take the quiz at http:www.engvid.comslang-bodily-noises
481,557 views | Jun 03, 2011
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Learn Real English SHOPPING

http:www.engvid.com When you are in an English-speaking country, you will have to go to a store. You will have to shop. Maybe you LIKE to shop! But people at shops and stores are very busy. They speak very quickly. They speak so quickly that it can be really hard to understand what they are saying. In this practical English lesson, I will teach you some of the common expressions and phrases you will hear when you are shopping. Most importantly, you will learn how these phrases are actually said by native speakers, so that you will understand when you hear them. Watch, then go to the supermarket or mall and finally understand what the cashiers are saying to you! Take the quiz on this lesson here: http:www.engvid.comlearn-real-english-shoppingTRANSCRIPTHello. Do you need help with your listening skills in English? I think you may do. Today, I'm going to teach you how to improve your listening skills. But it's going to be fun because you're going to do it when you go shopping. Who likes shopping? Good. Okay. Shopping. Wow, I'm so excited.So you're going to go shopping. You're going to improve your listening skills, and -- three in one today. It's on sale -- you're going to learn how to understand all those native speakers. So crazy. Don't understand.So if you go shopping or you actually buy something, you have to go to a cashier. Or if you're going shopping for food, you're going to go to the checkout. Now, in my city of Toronto, our lovely government has put a five-cent tax on a simple plastic bag. So if I want a bag, I now have to pay five cents. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, "Ronnie. Five cents?" And I say, "Yes. Five cents. One nickel. There's a beaver on it. I'm not going to give the government five cents. It's my five cents. I will put things in my pocket and carry it in my shirt before I give someone five cents." Yes. Yes. I am that cheap.So when you go shopping, especially at a grocery store in Toronto, they're going to ask you this question. They're going to say, "Doya wanna bag?" "What? Yes. Yes. Sure. I don't know. Okay." "Jim bag?" "Jim bag? I'm not Jim. What? Hang on. What?" You have no idea what this person said to you, and they're standing there like -- what's happening? So I know, probably, automatically, you would say, "Yes." Five cents right out of your pocket -- gone. Maybe you need five bags. That, ladies and gentlemen, is 25 cents. You get more of those, that's one dollar. That's a lot of money for Ronnie. So what they really are saying to you -- but they speak so quickly, and they are native speakers -- is "Do you want a bag"? Or, "Do you need a bag?" But, of course, they don't say, "Do you need a bag? Do you want a bag?" They're going to say this, "Doya wanna bag?" "Doya wanna bag?" Your turn. "Doya wanna bag?" You say, "No. I brought my own bag, thank you." Or they might use the verb "need". It's the same idea, except instead of saying "wanna", they're going to say "needa". So they're going to say, "Doya needa bag?" "Doya needa bag?" "Do you need a bag?" No. They say, "Doya needa bag?" You try. "Doya needa bag?"So first step is done. Now, at this point, if I were you, I would just want to get out of the store with my beautiful cupcakes and eat them. But no. They're going to ask you more questions that you don't know the answer to and hope that you can just buy things on the Internet. They're going to ask you -- because they're very nosy -- "Do you have airmiles?" "Do you have an Optimum card?" "Do you have a points cards?" "Do you have a Sobeys card?" "Do you have a Target card?" "Do you have a Sears card?" "What? What? What?"So, "do you" -- that you can either say "doya", or really, really fast, "juya". So it's going to sound like this, "juya". So they might say to you, "Juya have airmiles?" "Juya hav. Juya hav." So we actually take out the H. You say, "jav"."Jav airmiles?" Airmiles is a points card -- it has an airplane on it -- that if you buy enough products at one store or various stores, you can, by some stroke of imagination and luck -- fly on an airplane for free. I don't have enough points to do this because I always forget my stupid card. And they say, "Jav airmiles"? And I say, "Yes." So they're waiting for me to -- I'm like, "I don't have it here. I do have one, though." So pretty frustrating for me.An "Optimum card" -- there's a really big, huge, supermarket that's actually a drugstore in Ontario called "Shoppers Drug Mart". It has everything. I understand in most countries a drugstore only has drugs. Our Shoppers Drug Mart has everything: cosmetics, food, snacks, cleaning supplies, toilet paper -- everything you want right there, except for drugs.
39,882 views | Oct 27, 2014
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How to pronounce H in English not A or R !

http:www.engvid.com Do you have problems saying H in English? Do you mix up the R, A, and H sounds? Learn how to say H words and distinguish between words that begin with A, R and H! This lesson will be especially useful for people from Brazil and France. http:www.engvid.compronunciation-h
213,736 views | Feb 14, 2013
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