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Learn English - TO & FOR
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ I made this lesson about the difference between 'FOR' and 'TO' for you. Why did I use the word 'for' in that sentence, and not 'to'? Watch this lesson and learn when to use 'to' and when to use 'for'. Take the quiz at http://www.engvid.com/english-grammar-to-for/ to make sure you've got it.
English Grammar - Stative Verbs
 
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http://www.engvid.com What is a stative verb? Watch this free ESL lesson and learn all about stative or non-active verbs! You will also learn the special grammar rules concerning stative verbs and 'to be'. Test your understanding with the quiz at http://www.engvid.com/english-grammar-stative-verbs/
TALK, SPEAK, TELL - What's the difference?
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ Learn when to use 'talk,'speak', and 'tell'. Many, many people learning English don't know when to use each of these words. By using the correct word in each situation, you'll sound a lot more like a native English speaker. It's an easy but very important lesson for English students. You can test your understanding by taking the quiz here: http://www.engvid.com/talk-speak-tell/
English Vocabulary - Listen & Hear - What's the difference?
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ Are you listening? Can you hear me? What's the difference between LISTEN and HEAR in English? Watch this free lesson to find out, then take the quiz at http://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-listen-hear/ to see if you got it.
Improve your English the CRAZY way!!!
 
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RONNIE IS CRAZY!!! Going crazy and learning English are sometimes very similar! In this lesson, I will teach you how to use crazy techniques to improve your English. You will talk to yourself and hear voices! But don't worry! You can still be sane and learn English as long as you pretend you are crazy! These tips will help you improve very quickly. http://www.engvid.com/improve-your-english-the-crazy-way/ TRANSCRIPT Hi, there. Are you having problems or difficulties, or do you find it difficult to practice speaking English? Maybe you live in a country where nobody around you speaks English, or you're the only person you know that speaks English. I've got some advice for you. So, how to help you improve your speaking or your talking in English. Goin' crazy. Usually in English, we never say: "going" or "trying". We say: "goin'". So, any time in English you see this, we're actually missing the "g". So, probably you should say: "Going crazy trying to speak or practice English". But, in slang when regular speech, we say: "Goin' crazy tryin' to speak or practice English". So, I want you to think about one thing. Crazy people, there's one right here. I'm crazy, little bit. But when I say "crazy people", I mean people who are mentally disturbed or have something really wrong with their brain. And we like to categorize people as being crazy, but they really are not insane. They just make crazy noises. So if someone is considered crazy, what do they do? Crazy people usually talk to themselves, they hear voices, especially if they're psychotic, and they will take to anyone or everyone that will listen to them. So, my advice to you, secret number 42 of how to speak English, is act like you're crazy, or just go crazy learning English. The first one: crazy people talk to themselves. You are going to talk to yourself. If you want to really put... Bring this off and do it well, you could go on the bus [giggles] or on any kind of trans... Public transportation, go on the street in your city and just talk to yourself on the street. I don't really recommend that. If you want to do that, you can. But talk to yourself, but record it. So when you do this, you're actually listening to your English so you can catch your mistakes and you can listen to your pronunciation. And, really, what do you sound like in English? So, rule number one: you're going to talk to yourself, but you're going to record it so you can check your mistakes and you can see just how well you do speak. Because I bet you, you speak better than you think. Next one: crazy people talk about hearing voices. Now, I know you inside have a voice. You, like I, have an inner being, a voice inside your head. Crazy people are known to have more than one voice. If you have this, you might want to seek some help. But when you hear voices, I want you to talk to yourself inside your head in English. When I lived in Japan, I learned to speak Japanese. I didn't take a course. I don't like studying. But my inner voice spoke to me in Japanese. So I would come back to Canada or I would go travelling, and I would actually speak to people who spoke English, they would ask me a question, I would answer them in Japanese because my inner voice was still talking to me in Japanese. So, one really, really important and great thing that you can do is make your inside voice speak to you in English. This sounds crazy, but I guarantee you that it's one of the ways that you know if you are coming actually bilingual (means you can speak two languages) or trilingual. So, if your inside voice can talk to you in two different languages, this is really amazing, and it means that your English is improving. Everyone has a different timeline. Some people can do this within a year, some people within months, some people it takes three or four years to do this, but once you have achieved this, woohoo, you're almost there. And the last one: you'll notice that if you see crazy people on the subway or you see crazy people in your city, they're going to talk to any or... This means "or", by the way. Everyone. They don't care who it is. They're not going to be picky and go: "I don't want to talk to that person. I want to talk to everyone." So, the more people that you can speak to in English, the better. You don't have to be picky. That means you don't have to choose. Is it a beautiful girl? A handsome boy? Young people, old people, babies, children. Anyone that you know that speaks English, try and talk to them. Even in your country, you think: "Ronnie, there's no one in my country that speaks English", you might be surprised. You can find people on websites, and you can find other English speakers to talk to. So, go crazy, speak as much as you can, and learn English with me. I'm Ronnie, and I'm crazy. Good bye.
When NOT to use 'to' in English - Grammar
 
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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.com/when-not-to-use-to/ TRANSCRIPT "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.
What’s the difference between GET & TAKE?
 
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Do we say “get mail” or “take mail”? How about “get a pill” or “take a pill”? The verbs “to get” and “to take” can be easily misused because they seem so similar. But one of them is passive, and the other is an active verb. In this English grammar lesson, I will explain the difference between “get” and “take”, and I’ll give you examples of how to use them. After watching, you will know exactly which of the two verbs to use in any situation. Bonus: If you watch until the end, I’ll teach you a slang expression that is an exception to the rule. After the lesson, take the quiz at: https://www.engvid.com/get-or-take/ TRANSCRIPT Hi, there. My name's Ronnie. Are you confused? I'm confused a lot. But, I mean, about English, because this is what you're here for. I'm going to teach you today about two confusing verbs that maybe, after this lesson, will not be confusing. Yes! The two verbs that are very confusing in English are "get" and "take"; or "got" in the past tense and "took". So, you might be translating from your language, and you would say: "I took a beer", and maybe your friend goes: "Oh my god, that's terrible." And you say: "Well, no, it was delicious. I quite liked the beer." So, we have to be careful when we use these two verbs. And it's a little bit difficult to explain, but hopefully I can do it. Yes. Come on. Go. Confusing verbs: "get", "take"; "got", "took". The easiest way for you to think about this is: "got" is going to be a passive situation for you. So, think about it, that you are not doing anything; you're just sitting there, looking dull-eyed at something, and someone is going to-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-give you something. So, if you can understand that "get" and "got" is passive; that someone gives it or gave it to you - this is the foundation of understanding "get" and "got". In this situation, you're going to have two people: You and the person who actually gives you something. Stay with me, here. "Take" and "took" is going to be only one person; it's going to be you, and you are doing the action. So, we can think that this verb is going to be active; there's only you and you are doing the action. So, you do or you did something to get, or to achieve, or to obtain the item. In this one, someone gi-... La. Give. Someone gave it to you or someone gives it to you. We need the "s" here, because this is singular. So, someone gives it to you or someone gave it to you. Think about in a restaurant. You're sitting in a restaurant or a bar, and you would like a drink. You're thirsty. You want a big glass of milk. So, you wait there and the server comes over, and they give you the milk. Yes, you're so happy. So, you take the milk and you drink it. So, what about a beer? Are you going to say: "I got a beer" or "I took a beer"? What's the difference? If you say: "I got a beer", it means that someone gave you the beer; someone delivered you the beer. But if you say: "I took a beer", you have to be careful, because this means that you are stealing. Uh-oh. So, if you take something, you have to be careful. If you take it without permission, it's stealing. But if someone says: "Here, here, here. Take this", then it's okay. So, if you say: "I took a beer", this can have two meanings. One, it can mean that you went to the fridge; you took the beer yourself. There's nobody else to serve you or to give you a beer. The second meaning with this is that you're actually stealing the beer, so you go, and you take the beer. So, "take" has the extra element of having permission or without permission. So, "permission" means someone said it's okay; and without permission, you are stealing it. So, without permission is illegal, and I do not recommend it; unless you want to steal some money from a bank and then give it to me. That's a good thing. I will take your money. Okay? Give me your money. I'm going to get your money. Give it to me. Let's go through some examples. Let's see if this makes sense to you. So, I want you to think. If we have the noun: "a cold"-achoo-do you get a cold or do you take a cold? So, colds or viruses are transmitted through people, so logically, this is two people; someone actually gives you a cold. So, the correct answer here would be... Uh-oh. I got a cold because somebody gave it to me. Ya-. No, that's a bad thing. This word: "a flyer". Do you know what the noun, "a flyer" means? Not someone who flies. "A flyer" is like a brochure or a paper advertisement. So, you can go to the mall or you can go somewhere, and people will have flyers. Now, usually there's a flyer sitting on a counter. What do you do? Do you get the flyer or do you take it? You take the flyer, because it's only you. Nobody is saying: "Here. Here; have a flyer." You are going to take a flyer. Next one. In supermarkets, sometimes people are very nice and they give you free food. Yay. This is called "a sample". So, "a sample" means a small portion of something you get for free. […]
Talk like a native speaker - GONNA, HAVETA, WANNA
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ Native English speakers talk very fast -- so fast that they change words! Improve your listening comprehension and learn the correct pronunciation of "gonna", "haveta", and "wanna". You'll also learn when to use these slang pronunciations. After you watch, take the quiz to test yourself at http://www.engvid.com/gonna-haveta-wanna/
English Vocabulary - Look / See / Watch
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ In English, we have three words to talk about sight, where most languages just use one! Learn which word to use when in this free lesson. Take the free quiz at http://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-look-see-watch/ to test your understanding of the lesson.
Basic English Grammar - Do, Does, Did, Don't, Doesn't, Didn't
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ DO is a very simple verb in English, that is used *all the time*. In this simple grammar lesson, I explain how to use it easily and without confusion.
WISH & HOPE: What's the difference?
 
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In your language, the verbs "hope" and "wish" might be very similar or the same. However, in English, they are used in different ways. To clear up the confusion between the two verbs, watch this lesson on "hope" and "wish". I will teach you their definitions and how to use them with proper grammar. I'll show you how to combine these two verbs with the simple past and past present to talk about your goals and dreams. So don't just wish you understood; watch the video to make it happen, then take the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-wish-hope/ to test yourself! TRANSCRIPT I have a dream. I had a dream. I have a wish. I have a hope. I'm going to teach you the difference between two words in English that are confusing, probably be... Because in your language, the words are very similar; if not, used the same. Portuguese, for example. These words are: "wish" versus "hope". Dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh. The challenge is to figure out how they're different. So, "wish" and "hope" are both verbs, and they're actually both regular verbs, so: "I wished" and "I hoped". And they both mean that you want or you desire something. So, you think: "Wow, okay. Well, in my language, oh, we use them the same. Oh, maybe they're a little bit different. I don't know. How are they different?" Let me tell you. In English, if you can remember this: "wish" is for stars. So we have a common expression that: "When you wish upon a star". A star, I don't mean a Hollywood actor or actress; I mean the beautiful twinkly things in the sky are called stars. So, we usually wish upon a star. We think: "Wow. I wish I had a million, trillion thousand dollars." Yeah. And the star goes: "I don't care. I'm a star. I can't get you anything." But the reason why this is a wish is because it's unreal. You want 10 billion dollars. Well, guess what? It's near impossible that you're going to get that, unless you work hard or rob a bank. If you'd like to rob a bank, please give me some money; just as a little, like, donation - that would be fine. "Hope" is for dreamers. So, do you have a dream? Maybe you would like to learn English. You're on the right track. Maybe your dream is to travel; that's my dream. Maybe your dream is to achieve your goal. So, if you can remember this: A "wish" is for a star, which means it's unreal; it's not going to happen. And "hope" is for dreamers - this is real; with some effort, you can achieve your goal. So, "wish" is for stars; "hope" is for dreamers. And we have another very important function of "wish". It's grammar, but that's okay; you're good. We can use "wish" for unreal things that you want, but depending on the verb, it'll tell us what time period you are talking about. So, if you wish you had something or you want something right now... Maybe you are... Were... Maybe you're playing basketball and you're watching this lesson. Let's say you're playing basketball, and you're like: "Wow. I wish I were taller." Unfortunately, you cannot be taller just like this. I think there are pretty invasive surgeries you could have to elongate your legs, but it's just not going to happen; I'm sorry. Or maybe you go: "Wow! I wish I could speak English fluently." Yeah, me too. But the only way you could do that is you practice, so that's not unachievable, but it's near impossible; even for me. "I wish I had"... So this is famous, like: "I wish I had 10 million dollars." Yeah, you don't; sorry. "I wish I knew". I wish I knew famous people, then I could go to their house, we could hang out, have some food, go in their swimming pool. It'd be fun. But guess what? I'm sorry, you don't. So these things are something that you want now. We're going to use simple past as a verb, so the structure: Subject "wish", subject, simple past verb and a noun or an adjective, like "taller". Okay? It's something that you want to have now, but you probably won't get it. Ha-ha. Dreams are shattered. If it's something that you thought about in the past, in English we would call it a mistake or a regret. So: "mistake" or "regret" means something that you did or didn't do in the past, and now you think: "Uh-oh. I..." or "she"; you can use different subjects. "She wishes... She wishes she hadn't eaten all of the chocolate", because now her tummy hurts. So she wishes that in the past she hadn't have done something. Okay? With this grammar, you're going to use the past perfect. Past perfect is either: "had" or "hadn't" plus pp. "Pp" in English grammar means the past participle. And the past participle is difficult to learn, but you can do it. So, I can say: "Oh. He wishes he had bought a different car." But he didn't. He bought this car, but he's like: "Oh, damn! I should have bought the other car." Sorry, you've made a mistake or you've made a regret. So, when we use the past perfect with "wish", which is "had" or "hadn't" plus the past participle, it's a mistake in the past. […]
IELTS Reading: Read faster & remember more
 
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On the IELTS Reading section, you have 60 minutes to read 3 different text passages (2200–3000 words) and answer 40 questions! That's CRAZY!!! To do well on the IELTS Reading, whether General or Academic, you NEED to be able to read quickly, and you NEED to be able to quickly identify important information. In this video, I'll share with you some of my tips on speed reading and also some tricks on how to quickly find the most important details in a paragraph. Your road to BAND 9 starts here! TAKE THE QUIZ: https://www.engvid.com/ielts-reading-read-faster-remember-more WATCH MORE IELTS READING VIDEOS: 1. IELTS READING OVERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As4e8dtqBrk 2. IELTS READING: HOW TO SUCCEED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbDliT5EN-w 3. IELTS READING: 3 STRATEGIES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0ePX99GM70 4. IELTS READING: TRUE, FALSE, NOT GIVEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNyLs7YWFL8 5. IELTS READING: TOP 10 TIPS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PDgVEhfKso TRANSCRIPT Oh, what a great book. Thank you, Jessica Whitehead. Are you doing an IELTS exam or will you be doing an IELTS exam in the future? Special shoutout to Pedro, thank you for helping me on this, and rock your exam. You're going to do it, boy. If you're studying IELTS, there's one section in the test that is difficult. They're all difficult, but it's the reading section. So, when you're doing your test, you have to read the passage quickly, you have to get all of the wonderful information, and then you have to answer the questions. So, what I want to help you do is something really cool called speed reading. When I was in grade 2, my teacher taught me something that was amazing. Usually when you read something, you take your little finger and you read along like this. So my teacher taught me at the young age of eight to get a bookmark, and instead of reading each word, you're going to read one whole sentence with an eyescape. So, instead of reading word by word with your little finger, you're going to put a bookmark on the sentence and you're going to focus on the sentence. This allows you to read something much faster. So, put your little finger away and grab a bookmark or a piece of paper. So, number six is: Use a bookmark. It helps you absorb the information faster. Another thing that you can do or not do is when you're reading: "The pizza was a wide pizza with ham and pineapple. It was the most exiting flavours, it was..." Don't read out loud. Two reasons: One, there're other people around you that you're probably disturbing, and there's probably been a scientific study that if you move your lips, you're doing extra work and you're kind of wasting time. Try and close your mouth. Don't: "Ra-ra-ra-ra" under your breath, don't move your lips. Just absorb it and read it. This helps you go through it faster and ultimately get that high score that you've all been looking for. Another tip is to pay attention to important key words. So, these are going to be things like dates and times, numbers, and proper nouns. So, please tell me you know what a proper noun is. A proper noun is a place or a person. It starts with a capital letter. So, one really, really good thing you can do is you can take your little highlighter and circle the important words. When you come back to the reading section or when you've read it, it sticks in your brain more. This is good for practicing, too. Some articles and some things have special punctuation. So, dashes. Dashes are a little line here and a little line at the end. There's a very, very good reason why they've used dashes, and that is they're telling you that this information is really important. It's giving you something extra or something that changes the idea about the sentence. So, the information between dashes or even between commas is put there for a reason, and it's probably got some wealth of information, maybe the answer to question number seven. Some readings that you have not necessarily on IELTS, but a newspaper if you're reading something for fun... Do people read for...? Yeah, they do read for fun, Ronnie. Okay. Is a special font. So, if the words are bold which means they're bigger; or if they're written in italics which means, like, handwriting; or if the words are underlined - this is going to give you some really strong information that it's important because they made it like this. When you first begin your IELTS test in the reading section, always read the questions first, then you'll know what information you're looking for. If you just read it willy-nilly without thinking about the questions, you've wasted a lot of time. So read the questions first, then go back and get the information that you need. And about paragraphs, this is a tricky thing that they do. I want you to read the first sentence, it's called the topic sentence. The topic sentence has... We'll say "the meat" or the importance of the paragraph. […]
DO & MAKE - How to talk about housework in English
 
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http://www.engvid.com "I do the laundry." "I make my bed." Do or make? How and when do we use these verbs in English? In this class, you'll also learn vocabulary to talk about doing work around the house. We also have a printable list of common Do & Make expressions: http://www.engvid.com/english-resource/do-make-expressions/ Take a quiz on this lesson at http://www.engvid.com/do-make-housework-in-english/
Tenses in English - Future or Present Continuous?
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ "I am going to go home." or "I am going home."? What is the difference between the future "to be going to" and the present continuous? You MUST use a base verb in one of the tenses! Does this sound confusing? It's pretty simple, so watch this important grammar lesson to learn the answer. Then take the quiz here: http://www.engvid.com/tenses-in-english-future-or-present-continuous/
Basic English Grammar: Pronouns - SHE, HER, HE, HIS
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ It is wrong to say "Her is cute". You must say "SHE is cute". Her, she, he and him are confusing in English. Ronnie's going to help you understand. Watch HER video and learn the differences. Never make mistakes with these pronouns again after you watch his grammar lesson! Take the quiz here: http://www.engvid.com/personal-pronouns/ TRANSCRIPT Hello. How are you? I'm very, very well. Thank you. My name is Ronnie. I'm going to teach you something very easy but a little bit confusing and difficult even if you have studied English or grammar for a while. I hear people make this mistake every day. Again, so this is what we're doing: when you should use "she" or "he" or "his" -- sorry -- "her" or "his". These are two words that a lot of people get confused. First of all, the thing -- or a mistake that a lot of people make is "she" and "he" -- which one's the girl? Which one's the boy? Most of you know that "she" is the girl, but when you speak, you mix it up, and you say, "My mom went to the store. He bought -- " what? He what? Your mom is a "he" now? What happened on the way to the store? Did something happen to your mom that changed it into a "he"? So be careful. "She" is a girl; "he" is a boy. Now, this is the trick. You will remember this forever if you get this. "She" or "he" going to be followed by a verb, okay? So subject + verb. "She" or "he". So "she likes", "he hates", and then, if you want to, you're going to write a noun, or you're going to say a noun. For example, "She likes chickens." "He hates apricots. He doesn't like them at all." So when you use "she" or "he", it's always going to be followed by a verb. When we use "her" or "his", it's going to be followed by a noun because it is a possessive pronoun. So I can say, "her dog" because "dog" is a noun. Or I can say "his chicken". Then, usually, I would use a verb. For example, "Her dog is cute", or "his chicken -- let's say we put an S -- his chickens are -- these are your verbs. Uh-oh -- sexy!" Sexy chicken time! So if you need to remember, "Oh, my God. Do I say -- do I say 'her' or 'his' or 'she' or 'he'?" Just remember: "she" or "he" plus the verb -- any verb you want, and "her" or "his" plus a noun. If you can remember these two very simple things for English grammar, you're going to be, "Hallelujah, Ronnie. You saved my life." You're welcome. Stay tuned. Go to www.engvid.com for a quiz on "she", "he", "his", and "hers". 'Til then.
How to talk about prices in English - Basic Vocabulary
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ Let's go shopping and talk about money! You don't need to say something costs "five dollars and ninety-eight cents"! We shorten everything. This basic English vocabulary lesson will teach you how to understand prices, and say them like a native speaker! Test your skills with the quiz here: http://www.engvid.com/prices-vocabulary/ TRANSCRIPT: Do you like shopping? I don't. But one thing I do like is saving money and getting a bargain or a deal when I have to go shopping and buy something. What I'm going to teach you is how to talk about prices or how much something costs or how much something was in English. It is difficult, I think, to say numbers or listen to when people tell you how much something costs in English because we don't say, "Ten dollars and seventy-five cents, please." What we do is we take the number, and we divide it. So if I was going shopping, and I wanted to ask someone, I would say, "Hey, how much is this?" If I held the thing in my hand and said, "Excuse me. How much is this?" People would say -- or the person that was trying to sell it to you would say, "It is ten seventy-five." You do not need to go through "ten dollars and seventy-five cents." We just say the first number, then the second number. So this number is "ten seventy-five". Wherever the dot is -- or the decimal point -- that's where we divide the number. This one is "two fifty". This one would be "eighteen twenty-five". Something quite expensive would be "a hundred and eighty-seven forty-two". Now, we do not -- at least I don't -- buy things that are in the thousands. But maybe you're going shopping, and what you're buying is very expensive. If the number is over a hundred -- it's "one thousand eight hundred and seven eighty-seven". It's the same rule. We say the first number, and the cents we just say as a number together. Maybe in your country you use a very, very high or big currency. Most of our purchases are not more than a thousand dollars, depending, of course, on what you're buying. But a typical grocery store or clothing store probably -- maybe, depends how much you eat or what you buy -- it's not going to be over a thousand. So you're not going to have to use "one thousand seven hundred and forty-two" a lot. The other really, really easy thing is that if you don't really understand when people speak very quickly, like, "It's ten seventy-five." "What? Excuse me. How much is this?" "Three eighty-five" "What?" "Three eighty-five." "What?" "Three eighty-five." What you can do is when they type it into the cash register, you can look at the price. Or you can ask them "Please write it down." That way, you can actually see the numbers. Now, I've told you that the person will say, "It is" -- the price. Once you have bought it, you can say to your friends, "Do you like my new shirt?" Your friend's like, "Oh, I love it! Oh, my God! How much was it?" And then you punch your friend for having friends that talk like that. You're going to say, "It was". So after you have bought something, "it was ten seventy-five." "It was two fifty." This is the only grammar, the only two tiny words that you need to use. Yes. No. Don't say this. Don't say this, "The price is" or "the price was"; "the cost is"; "I paid the money". "Did you really pay money?" Of course, you paid money. Do not use these expressions. They're very unnatural. This one is just strange and unnecessary. So the next time you go shopping, try and listen; try and ask people questions; and listen to the price of things. Watch out for the evilness called "tax". People will always say, "Oh, that's eighty-seven thirty-five plus tax." And in Canada, it's not included in the price, so good luck shopping out there. Until next time, goodbye.
Confused Words - LIVE & LIVE
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ You can now learn how to say "live" properly, and in the correct situation! "Live" as a verb and as an adjective sound different and are used differently.
Basic English Grammar - TOO MUCH, TOO MANY, A LOT OF
 
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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.com/basic-english-grammar-too-much-too-many-a-lot-of/ TRANSCRIPT: 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.
Conversation Skills - Speak with confidence
 
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http://www.engvid.com Don't be shy! Use your English ability to talk to anyone! If you make a mistake, don't worry... just keep talking and you'll improve your conversation skills! Watch this video now to learn how confidence will make you a better and more interesting speaker.
Speaking English - Bad Habits
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ Do you bite your nails? That's a bad habit! Watch this lesson to learn vocabulary and expressions to talk about bad habits in English. Then take the quiz: http://www.engvid.com/bad-habits/
How to improve your listening in English
 
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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.com/improve-your-listening-in-english/
What to say when you make a mistake!
 
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Did you make a mistake again? What did you say? In today's lesson I'm going to teach you about the many expressions you can use when you make mistakes! I'll teach you modern, old-fashioned, formal, and slang expressions. These are great everyday expressions that you can start using in conversations right away. So watch this lesson and do the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/what-to-say-when-you-make-a-mistake/ , but be careful not to [email protected]*k it up! TRANSCRIPT Oops. Oh. Oops. Oh. Oops. I made a mistake three times. My name's Ronnie. I forgot that I was going to make lessons today, and instead of wearing, you know, like normal clothes, I decided to be a lion. I guess I really messed up. I'm sorry. [Laughs] I'm not sorry at all. I'm going to teach you by request from Germany-hi, guys-what to say when stuff goes wrong. So you make a mistake; everyone makes mistakes, it's normal, don't worry. We have certain slang phrases that you can say, makes you sound cool. Rainier , if you want to sound cool, you can do this. Most popular ones, we would say: "I screwed up." or "I messed up." or "I f*@ked up." We can also say: "I mucked it up." All of these expressions just mean: "Oops, I made a mistake." So you can say, for example: "I messed up my job interview." Or: "Oh my god, I really f*@ked up my car." It means that maybe you had an accident and now your car is destroyed. So all of these just means there was an accident, or a mistake, or something bad happened. So, be careful. These are phrasal verbs, so we have: "screw up", "messed up", "f*@ked up", and "mucked up". Then we have nouns. So these are describing usually a person. You can say: "somebody is a screw up", "someone is a f*@k up". It means that they always make mistakes. Maybe they're a little bit stupid. They're just not doing things as they should. You will see this a lot in movies. There's always, like, the teenage boy, and his dad's like: "You're such a f*@k up! You can't do anything right!" And the kid: "Wah", and drama happens. So we use these a lot in movies as well. Something that I remember my grandmother and my mother saying was: "Oh dash", "Oh darn". Now, these are... We'll call them mother and grandmother expressions. They're not offensive, they're not slang. It's kind of a nice way to say: "Oops." I remember when I was a child there was a TV show called The Mad Dash, and I was like: "Gran, you should be on that show, because you say: 'Oh dash.'" "Dash" means to run quickly, so I couldn't understand why she was wanting to run quickly. It must be a grandmother thing. You might hear people also say: "Oh my gosh" or "Oh my goodness". These are just ways for people who don't want to say: "Oh my god". Some people get offended if you say: "Oh my god", so instead of saying: "god", they say: "goodness" or "gosh". "Oh my gosh". Okay? But it basically means: "Oh my god", or "darn", or "dash", or "oops". Okay? Mm-kay. We have another expression. You might know: "That sucks." It's a kind of an older expression. We also have an expression that something blows. You can say, past tense: "I blew it. I really blew it." It means: "I really messed up or I really made a mistake. I'm sorry." So you can use it like: "I blew the job interview." or: "I screwed up the job interview.", "I messed up the job interview." Another way we use this is to talk about money. You can say: "I blew all my money on beer." Which is not a good thing. It means that you spent all of your money only on beer. Don't do that. You need to, you know, save money for beer, save for everything. But if you blow your money on something it means you spent it all. So you'll hear this, again, a lot in movies, we use it all the time. One thing that is another common word that we use a lot in computers, maybe you see if your computer's in English is for technology, something crashes. You'll see it in a lot of sci-fi movies, too. If something crashed it means it's broken temporarily. Not for a long time. So: "My p.c. or my computer crashed." This is only for software or electronics. So if your computer crashes, it means you're working on it or you're doing something, and then all of a sudden - gone. What's happened to your computer? Probably when you're doing important things it just decides not to work anymore. So your computer crashed. You can say: "My computer bit it." or "My computer choked." It just means it's broken, it doesn't work anymore. You can say: "I bit it!" I used to say this a lot when I was skiing. If I fell, it was: "Oh, I bit it again." It just means you made a mistake or you failed. "I choked on my test." It's not this. Again: "I bit it" and "I choked" means you failed the test. So: "I choked the job interview.", "I choked on something." It just means you didn't do well.
Learn the FUTURE PROGRESSIVE TENSE in English
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ What will you be doing later tonight? Do you know how to answer that question? In this lesson, you will learn to talk about future plans using the future progressive/continuous tense. This is useful in situations where you want to ask questions about the future. For example, "What will you be doing Saturday night" is a subtle way to ask that special someone out on a date! Watch this important lesson, and do my quiz to see if you understood the material. You will be glad you did. http://www.engvid.com/future-progressive-tense/ TRANSCRIPT Hi there. My name's Ronnie. In the near future I will be teaching you many lessons. If you have a request or if you'd like to leave a comment, please do. Today I'm going to talk to you or teach you about future progressive or future continuous. They're the same. So, maybe you've learned future or you're trying to learn future progressive, and you look on the internet or you look in a textbook and it says: "Future continuous". No fear, ladies and gentlemen, future progressive and future continuous - exactly the same grammar. They just like to confuse you, and give me a chance to teach you this. So, hallelujah. And basically, future progressive or future continuous, we're going to use in the future for a planned action or an action that we think is going to happen or that will happen in the future. There's one very important thing that you must consider about the future progressive or future continuous is it must have a time marker in the sentence. So if you do not put a time marker in the sentence, it's wrong. Okay? It's shameful. I don't know if I can talk to you anymore about it. So do me a favour: please just use a time marker. Let's go through the basic structure. Future simple, future progressive 101. We're going to have a subject, we're going to have "will" or "won't" and then we're going to have "be" and a verb with an "ing". Positive, negative. The question form or the interrogation form, we're going to have "will" plus the subject plus "be" plus verbing. Now, remember: when you ask someone a question, please ask them in the positive form, because for example, if I said: "Won't you be learning English?" Won't I be learning English? Yes. No. Oh. Please, please, please keep it simple: always ask people a positive question. I don't care what your grammar is, positive questions are always the easiest answer. Let's jump to the form. So, example: "I will be eating lunch at 12." I always eat lunch at 12, kind of like a habit that I have. In this sentence, can you tell me where the time marker is? What's the answer? Sorry? At 12. Good answer. Tommy, good one. So, in this sentence, "at 12" is our time marker. Subject, "will be", verbing, then I have my noun, "at 12". I will be eating lunch when? At 12. This is what I plan to happen. This is what I hope will happen; I'm hungry. And in this sentence: "At this time tomorrow, we will be sitting on the beach." Oh, wouldn't that be great? If you would like to go to the beach with me, just throw me some money for an airplane ticket, I'll be on the next airplane, I'll be sitting on the beach drinking some margaritas with you. So: "At this time tomorrow, we will be sitting on the beach." In this sentence, do you know where my time marker is? So we have this big fat one: "At this time tomorrow", so this tells me exactly when in the future I think the action will happen. "They will be going to Italy this year." Oh, they're lucky. Hi, everyone in Italy. Thanks for watching. Besos or bravo, or something Italian there. Good wine, guys. "They will be going to Italy this year." In this sentence we have "this year". The grammar is quite easy. Again, subject, "will be" plus verbing. Oh, but maybe something happened and now, unfortunately... Uh oh. Guess what? Reality: "Ronnie won't be going to Italy this year." But if you'd like to send me an airplane ticket to go to Italy, I'll be there. I'll be on the next airplane. I promise. Mm-hmm. Airplane tickets. Donate money. www.engvid.com. Also, I have a YouTube channel. Do you want to join that? Subscribe to my YouTube channel. Send me some airplane ticket money. I'll hang out with you. "We will be sleeping by the time you get home." Sorry: "He", not "me". I'm going to be awake. "He will be sleeping by the time you get home. In this sentence: "by the time you get home" tells us when in the future the action's going to happen. So what is he going to be doing? "He will be sleeping by the time you get home." Then the party starts, right? And let's look at the question form, some examples. We are going to use this to check plans. Now, maybe you're going to have a party. And you're like: "Okay, well, what time?" Well: "Will they be coming at 6 tomorrow?" In this sentence we have two time markers; we have a time and the place. So: "Will they be coming at 6 tomorrow?" We need to know what the plan is.
Basic English Grammar - "Was" and "Were"
 
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http://www.engvid.com When to use WAS and when to use WERE. Learn about the past tense of TO BE -- the most important verb in English! I talk about normal sentences, negatives, and questions. I cover the grammar, but also the correct pronunciation. After you've watched the lesson, test yourself at http://www.engvid.com/was-were/#quiz!
Past Simple and Past Perfect - Tenses in English
 
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http://www.engvid.com Learn how to use the past perfect and past simple tenses together in English. I'll teach how you can show what order events happened in when talking about your day by using these tenses correctly. And go to http://www.engvid.com/past-simple-past-perfect/ to take the quiz!
How to Remember Vocabulary
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ Remembering vocabulary is difficult! In this lesson, I'll show you five simple ways to remember new words that you learn. If you follow these suggestions, you WILL improve. Take the quiz on this lesson here: http://www.engvid.com/how-to-remember-vocabulary/
Conditionals - zero & first conditionals (English Grammar)
 
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http://www.engvid.com "If I eat two hamburgers, I will be full." Conditionals in English grammar are very confusing! Learn what 'First Conditionals' and 'Zero Conditionals' are, when we use them, and how we use them correctly! I'll also teach you the differences between them, so you'll never confuse them again. You can take a free quiz on this lesson at: http://www.engvid.com/zero-and-first-conditionals/
Basic English Grammar - Have, Has, Had
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ By special request -- this lesson teaches you about the easily and often mixed-up English verb "have"!
Transportation Vocabulary & Phrasal Verbs - GET ON, GET OUT OF, RIDE, GO
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ I GET OFF a train, bus, or subway. But: I GET OUT OF a car or taxi. I RIDE a bike and a motorcycle. How do you get to work or school? Learn how to use phrasal verbs to talk about transportation, then test yourself on the quiz at http://www.engvid.com/transportation-vocabulary-phrasal-verbs/ Hello. How are you? Today, we're going to learn about getting around. This means taking public transportation or talking about how you got somewhere or how you're going to go somewhere. All of the examples I've written in the past tense because somebody might ask you, "How did you get here?" "What? I flew because I have a magic carpet. That's how. Why?" We have different ways of getting places. Verbs: You can say, "I took a 'bus', a 'train', a 'cab', or a 'taxi'." "Cab" and "taxi" are the same. Or you can take a "plane". So with all of these nouns -- "plane", "cab", "taxi", "train", "bus" -- you're going to use the verb "took". There are no exceptions. You cannot say, "I rode a bus. I rode a train." It's wrong. "Rode" means that you were on top of the bus or on the train doing some bus surfing -- didn't happen. I hear people say this a lot, "How did you get here?" "I ride car." "Wow. What were you doing on top of the car?" If you "ride" something, you're always on top of it. What can you -- what can you ride? I can ride a bicycle. So "ride" literally means you're on top of something. Tell me what you can ride. You can ride a bicycle, a motorcycle, a scooter, a moped. If you're on top of it, you're riding it -- a horse. "I go by car." No, no, no. These, unfortunately, are wrong. We don't say, "I go by car" or "I ride car." We say, very easily, past tense of the verb "drive": "drove". "How did you get here?" "I drove." You do not need to say, "I drove by car" because you're not driving a bus; you're not driving an airplane; you're not driving a train. Very simply, you can say, "I drove." Another thing that I hear people say is, "I go by foot." "One foot? You have one foot? Did you hop here the whole time? You must be tired. You go by foot? Wow." Maybe you only have one foot. That's cool. You should drive or take a bus. Another thing: "I walk on foot." This means that you take your hands, and you literally put them underneath your feet and you walk -- if this is your foot -- you walk on your hands. This is painful. I do not recommend this. I would not literally want to walk on my hands. Please don't walk on your feet. Do not walk on your hands. "I walk on your foot" would be, "I'm sorry" -- walk on hands, walk on feet. You'd be stepping on your feet, and you would never get anywhere. You just want to say, "I walked." "How did you get here today, Ronnie?" "I walked." Another thing that's really confusing in English -- and I understand why -- is when to use the phrasal verb "got on" or "got off", and when to say "got in" or "got out". So as an example, we would say, "I got off the train." Let's write that down. Or you can say, "I got on the train." Also, we use this with a bus. So you can say, "I got on the bus" and "I got off the bus." You don't need to use extra words. Like, you don't want to say, "I got off on the bus." You don't want to say, "I got the train off." Unnecessary. Please do not use extra words when you say this. You're just going to say, "I got on" -- the verb -- the noun. Or "I got off", the noun. "Train", "bus", and the "plane", or an "airplane". So think about this: What does -- or what do trains, buses, and airplanes have in common? No? Nothing? No? Okay. A train, a bus, or an airplane has many people. You can think of it as something that is public or very large. So a train, a bus, or an airplane, you have to pay. It's really big, and you can fit many people on it. So you're going to get on or get off something that is very big. You're going to get off something that's very big. Or if it's public transportation, you can fit many people.
How to understand native speakers' questions in English
 
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http://www.engvid.com 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?!"
Grammar: Learn to use REPORTED SPEECH in English
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ Reported speech and indirect speech mean the same thing: They allow you to express what someone has said. This sentence, "He said he was studying English", is an example of reported speech. But how do you conjugate the verbs? Is it "he said he was studying" or "he said he studied"? Both are correct depending on the situation. Learn how to say it correctly every time with Ronnie's quick and easy chart. Your friends said they watched this lesson. So what are you waiting for? http://www.engvid.com/reported-speech-he-said-she-said/ TRANSCRIPT Hi. My name's Ronnie. I'm going to teach you some very, very simple reported speech things. If you don't know what reported speech is, welcome to the confusing word... World of confusing reported speech and words. Reported speech, maybe when you study it in your class, the teacher or whoever, will call it indirect speech. It's the same. So, indirect speech or reported speech is exactly the same. Yay. Why or how do we use reported speech? Good question. We use this to report or to write down what somebody has said. If somebody has told you something, this is going to be a quote. A "quote" means you copy the person's words exactly. You have to be really careful not to change their words. Reported speech or indirect speech is usually only used for writing. So, we don't really have to worry about all of these crazy rules when we speak. Whew, thank god. So, we're just going to go through the past, the present, and the future. We're going to change quoted speech into reported speech. This little chart will help you. If you want to copy down this chart, take a picture of the chart, I guarantee it will make your reported speech grammar class or grammar learning amazing. Check it out. So, in the present tense, we have two tenses, we have present simple or simple present and we have present continuous. As an example: "She eats lunch." is present simple. This is something she does every day. So if I wanted to report or write down this, write this down, I would use reported speech. So: "She eats lunch." My present simple, what I'm going to do is I'm going to take my verb "eats", and change it to past simple. So, present simple verb we're going to change to past simple. I would say: "She said she ate lunch." In this sentence, "eat" is present simple; in the reported speech, "ate" is my past simple. So, present simple changes to past simple in reported speech. If I have a present continuous example, this means something the person is doing now... For example: "He is painting." So he's an artist, he's got a paint brush and some paint, and he's painting. We have to change this to past continuous. So, if we have "is painting", all we have to do to make this past continuous is change it to "was painting". Present continuous to past continuous, the only thing that changes is our "to be" verb changes from present to past. "He said he was painting." Moving right along. Or moving back, back to the future. We have present perfect. An example of a present perfect sentence: "He", sorry. "They had a shower." It's about time; they smell a lot. So, if we wanted to report this or write this down, we would say... Oh, he said... He... Sorry: "They have had". This is strange, "have had". Check this out. Present perfect is going to change to past perfect. So: "They have had", if we change it to past perfect, we have to change it to "had had". Ronnie, "had had"? Is that true? Yes. This is right. So, present perfect, "have had", changes to "had" plus PP: "had had". So: "They said they had had a shower." And it's about time, because they're pretty smelly. The next one: past simple. For example: "He took my photo." In this sentence, your verb is "took". This is a past. So, past simple, present perfect, both of these we have to change to, again, past perfect. So we're going to change this to: "They said he had taken my photo." And the last one, past perfect, don't change it. It's cool. It's already done. Past perfect you have to change to past perfect, so you don't have to change the grammar in this sentence. -"They had had a dog." -"They said they had had"-that's crazy again, but it's true-"a dog." So, if you have a past sentence, present perfect, simple past, or past perfect, all of these are going to be changed to past perfect. That's easier. "Had" plus the past participle. You okay? Moving on to the future. We have two future tenses in English. Future simple or simple future, which is going to be "will", and we have future "going to". Simple future: "She will go." Future "going to": "They are going to play football with their new shoes." Do you play football? Future simple: "She will go", all we're going to do is change the verb or the modal "will" to "would". So it's going to change to: "She would go". That's cool. "Will" changes to "would". That's easy.
English Vocabulary - The difference between "want" & "need"
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ WANT & NEED - What's the difference between these two common words in English? Find out in this lesson. You need to watch it.
6 Confusing Words: fun & funny, famous & popular, surprise & shock
 
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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.com/6-confusing-words/
English Grammar - Easy Introduction to Passive
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ The passive voice sounds scary and difficult. I make it easy, and explain how we use it in real life!
Basic English Grammar - Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ What is a noun? What is a verb? What is an adjective? AHHHHH!!! Learn how to recognize nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in this important basic grammar lesson. Then test yourself with the quiz: http://www.engvid.com/basics-noun-verb-adjective-adverb/
10 Phrasal Verbs with CHECK: check in, check out, check for...
 
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When you add a preposition to a verb, you get a phrasal verb, which allows you to express much more than with just the verb itself. In this lesson, I will teach you ten phrasal verbs that use the verb “check”. Examples include “check in”, “check out”, “check for”, “check with”, and more. Some of these have several meanings, too. If you’ve ever wondered why we “check in” at a hotel but “check into” a hospital, this lesson is for you. Check this lesson off your list, and then practice all these phrasal verbs by doing the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/10-check-phrasal-verbs/ . TRANSCRIPT And I'm back with the torture of phrasal verbs. I know everyone hates phrasal verbs; I hate them, too, because there're so many of them. They're confusing, but cool; I'm going to teach them to you. My name's Ronnie, and I am going to make you check out this lesson. So, today's lesson is phrasal verbs of "check". So, we have, first of all, the construction of a phrasal verb. A phrasal verb is a verb with a preposition, or two prepositions just to make it fancy. A preposition you think of as placement; up, out, in, for, off, into, blah, blah, blah. So, these are what make English very confusing, and people look at the sky, like: "Check up. Why am I up? No. Down. No." So, if you... For example, if you "check up on someone", this means that you want to make sure that they are okay or that they're not doing something bad. So, you will hear this a lot in movies where the teenager will say: "Mom, are you checking up on me"? "Mom, are you checking up on me?" this means someone is concerned about what you are doing. Like I said, maybe you're doing something bad or maybe you're sick, so someone will come check up on you to make sure you are okay. So, we have two meanings; one's good, one's bad. If you "check out"... You maybe have heard this in a hotel; you might see: "Check-out time". But, as a phrasal verb, "check out" means you physically leave the hotel. Also, if you go shopping and you're ready to pay for something, you can check out, which means you pay at a store. In a supermarket, there's a check-out... Check-out, girl. There's a sort of check-out area; that's a noun. So: "I'm going to check out" we can also use. The opposite for "check out" is "check in". So, when you enter the hotel, you're going to confirm a reservation. Also, if you're going on an airplane-I want to go on an airplane-you go to the counter and you check in, so you confirm your reservation on an airplane, or you confirm or you get a hotel room. If you "check for something", you're going to search or you're going to examine something for... To make sure it's there or not there. A common problem we have with children around the world... I remember when I was in elementary school, we all had to get checked for lice. Lice are little bugs that live in people's hair. So, we had to get checked, so: "We checked for lice." So, the nurse came in and looked at everyone's head, made sure you had no bugs roaming around. I didn't have lice. Yes. Cool. Have you ever had lice? It's cool; you just get some shampoo; everything's good. Don't tell anyone. It's kind of... Maybe you won't have any friends if you have lice. So, we checked for lice. "Check off" is, like, a checkmark. So, a checkmark is this, and you check something off a list. So, you can make... For example: "I checked off another point on my list." Maybe you have a bucket list. A bucket list are... Is a list of things you would like to do, like: "I want to skydive." So, you skydive, you come back, and you... You check off skydiving on your list. Have you gone skydiving before? I haven't. I'd like to. We can also "check into"-which is different from "check in"-a hospital. Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking: "Ronnie, why do we check in on an airplane, but we check into a hospital?" I don't know. Okay? I didn't make these stupid phrasal verbs; I'm just teaching them to you, so I don't know. Maybe get in your time machine, go back in time and change it, or ask someone in your magical time machine, because I don't know. But you check into a hotel. As an example, if you use the future: "We will check him into the hospital." Not hotel. It's certainly not a hotel. If you check your luggage through, this sometimes can be a little bit troublesome because this is how luggage gets lost most of the time. So, imagine you are flying from destination A, then you have a stopover in destination B, and your final destination is C. So, the airline company says: "Guess what? We will check your luggage through to your final destination of C." Yay. So, you go on your merry way, you go to your transfer point in B, and by the time you get to your final destination at point C, you're waiting for your luggage. Oh, no, you're the last person. There's no luggage. […]
Learn this English slang for 2018: go-to, hit it, rock up
 
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SLANG, SLANG, SLANG. I LOVE SLANG. I'm going to teach you some slang today that I hear a lot and use a lot NOW. You won't learn this from a book, because these are ways of speaking that are popular right now. You can use it in casual conversations to sound like a native English speaker. If you are not comfortable using it, at least you will understand when you hear other people saying these phrases in real life or in movies. I will teach you three slang phrases that are commonly used in English-speaking countries: "go-to", "hit it", and "rock up". After watching, make sure to rock up to the EngVid website at https://www.engvid.com/english-slang-2018-go-to-hit-it-rock-up and hit that quiz button so you can test your new knowledge. TRANSCRIPT Hi. How are you? Good. Cool. I'm Ronnie, and I'm going to teach you some slang. Probably the coolest thing in the world is to learn how to speak like a normal person, instead of reading a textbook and sounding like my grandmother. So, slang is really important and you have to use it, but there's a problem: It's really hard. Yeah. You... If you study grammar, you don't understand how you could use two verbs together and it has a completely different meaning - welcome to the world of slang. And I invite you to make up your own slang, it's fun. You can do whatever you want. But I'm going to teach you three slang terms that we use a lot, and I think they're kind of confusing for you, but once you learn this it'll be easier. So, why is slang so hard to learn? The answer is because grammatically it doesn't make sense, so I want you to take grammar and throw it out the window, and think about how you communicate with people, how people communicate with each other on an everyday basis, because guess what, ladies and gentlemen? Grammar, just don't need to study it. Just study this. So, this is a really popular phrase that I hear a lot, it's called: "go-to" plus a noun, and basically this means this would be something that you choose regularly or this is your regular choice. Now, I am very indecisive. "Indecisive" means I have a very difficult time making a decision or choosing something. So, for example, if I have to buy a bottle of wine, there's so many bottles of wine, I have my go-to wine. This is my go-to wine. This means this is the wine that I always choose because I know it's delicious and it's my best choice. It's my... It's my choice. I love it. But let's say that I go to the supermarket and I have to buy yogurt. I don't know about your countries and the yogurt selection, but it is overwhelming at my supermarket. There are probably 42 different types of yogurt, and never mind the flavours, they're just different kinds of yogurt, and I'm pretty... I have no idea what to choose, maybe I'm an hour picking a strawberry yogurt. If you're decisive, you rock in, you go there, and you pick the yogurt and you go. Not Ronnie. Ronnie takes hours just to pick a yogurt. Never go shopping with me. So, when we use this, we use it with a noun, so I can say: "This is my go-to dish." This means this is what I usually cook because I know how to do it and it's easy. "This is my go-to dance move." Do you have one of those? Ones that you just bust out or you use all the time? Because with any song you know it's going to be perfect. Do you have a go-to dance move? I do. "This is my go-to guy" or "man for advice". So maybe you need advice for something, you have one friend who you always can depend on, or who you always choose to go to. It has nothing to do with movement, you're not actually going to a wine. How can I go to a wine? It means that this is the one that you choose, and you know that it's going to be great. We talk about "go-to bag": "Oh, this bag matches everything". Or: "My go-to shoes", it means that these are the shoes that you wear every day because you know they're easy and they match everything. I have shoes. You can't see them, though. I actually don't have feet. Did you know that? I have shoes, but I have no feet. Yeah, so these are my go-to shoes, but I don't have any feet, so that's fine. The next one, one of my favourites, I like this one: "I rocked up." So we have to be careful with the pronunciation of this word, we have to say "rocked", it looks like "rocketed". We don't say: "rocketed", we pronounce it like "t", we say: "rokt up", so this means that you went to a place. Example: "I rocked up to her..." No, sorry. "I rocked up to the bar and got a beer." So this means I went to the bar: "Hello", and I received a delicious beverage. You can rock up to a person, this means you just talk to them. So: "I rocked up to her and asked her for a dollar." This is the past tense, you're telling a story. […]
Phrasal Verbs & Expressions with OVER: "take over", "overplayed", "over it"...
 
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Do you know the difference between being "overbooked" and being "over it"? What about "starting over" and "take over"? In this lesson, we are focusing on expressions and phrasal verbs that use the word "over". These include "overplayed", "over your head", "overworked", and more. So don't miss this basic lesson on the usage of "over", and don't forget to do the quiz at the end to make sure that you understand everything: http://www.engvid.com/phrasal-verbs-expressions-with-over/ TRANSCRIPT Hi. My name's Ronnie. I'm going to teach you some words. The inspiration came as a sign, literally. I walked into the magical place of unicorns and magicians, where we record these videos, and I saw a wizard holding a sign that said: "OVER", and I said: "Oo, cool sign. It says 'OVER'." Lesson, lesson, lesson, done. So, I'm going to teach you some expressions that we use with "over". Now, the cool thing about "over" is if you look at this side of the board, all of these words are going to have one thing in common, and it is, of course, the word "over". So, in English when you're learning new vocabulary and you see the word "over" plus another word, it has a very, very important meaning. And this one means "too much" or "too many". So, if you're learning new vocabulary, if you're reading something and you are not sure what the word means, you're going to know "over", "over" means too much or too many of something. So, let's check out what these words mean. First of all: "overreact". This means you take something too far. Let's say that, for example, I drop my marker. Instead of picking it up and going: "I dropped my marker", I would freak out and go: "Oh my god! I dropped my marker! What am I going to do? Oh!" This is overreacting or being overemotional. You tell the person: "Hey, calm down. Do not overreact. You're reacting or being too emotional." So, "overreact" means too many or too much action; too many emotions are coming out. Chill down and relax. "Overused". "Overused" means you use something too much. So maybe you overuse your cellphone, maybe you always use your cellphone, and one day your cellphone dies and goes "ppft", nope. You've overused something because you've used it too much. This is my daily life. Every day I wake up, have a shower, smell good, and I listen to the radio. Now, I like music a lot, but I have a big problem with the radio and the problem is that they "overplay" or they have "overplayed" songs. This means they play one song every day. Guess what? There are millions upon millions of songs out there. I do not want to have to listen to the same song every day at the same time. Without fail, they will overplay a song. Usually what happens is you hear the song, you're like: "Enh, I don't mind it." You hear it again a couple times, you're like: "Oh, I quite like this song." And then the magic happens, they overplay it - "ppft", it's gone. You can't stand the song because it's overplayed. They play it all the time. You go shopping: "Oh, there's that song again." Every place you go, you hear that song. The song is overplayed. This is what happens at work. Do you work too much? If you work too much, you say: "I am overworked." It means I work too much. Uh-oh, sometimes maybe once in a while if you are lucky, you would get to go on vacation-woo-hoo-so you have your airplane ticket, you're on your flight, you get to the hotel and they say: -"Uh, we don't have a room for you." -"This is my reservation number, this is my name. Why don't you have a room?" They will say: -"We're overbooked." -"Uh, you have too many books?" No. "Overbooked" means they have too many reservations and not enough rooms, or they don't have enough space. Overbooked can happen in a restaurant, it can happen with reservations, in a movie theatre, no, or... Not a movie theatre. If you book a play or something, they have not enough seats, too many people. Also an airplane, if you book a ticket, it's overbooked, there's too many people. Not enough seats, too many humans. Mm-hmm. If you don't understand something, it's "over your head". Maybe you go to school or maybe you're talking to someone, and what they're saying to you does not make sense, you can say: "It's over my head." You don't understand. No comprende. Don't understand. Next: "overdrawn". Uh-oh. This is really, really, really bad because it has to do with money. If your bank account is overdrawn, it means you've taken out too much money that you don't have. If this happens to you, the bank will also charge you fees. They're called "overdrawn fees" maybe. This is a bad situation. Something else you can be is "overloaded". You can be overloaded with work, or you can be overloaded with projects. Never overloaded with money. That's a problem.
How to pronounce irregular verbs in English - CAUGHT, BOUGHT, THOUGHT...
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ Irregular verbs are such a pain! Now learn how to prnounce them with confidence! Test your understanding with the free quiz at http://www.engvid.com/
Speaking English - How to count syllables
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ How many syllables are in beautiful? Busy? Learn what syllables are, and how we use vowel sounds to count them! Then take a quiz on this lesson here: http://www.engvid.com/how-to-count-syllables/
English Pronunciation - P & B
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ Learn this simple technique that will help you pronounce the difficult letters in English! This one is especially for all my Middle Eastern and Korean students! Visit http://www.engVid.com for all of my free English pronunciation series!
Vowel Pronunciation - A & O
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ Learn the difference in pronunciation between A and O vowel sounds in English. Hear the difference between words like cat, sack, and caps, and words like cot, sock, and cops. If you know the International Phonetic Alphabet, the sounds I'll be teaching in this lesson are æ and ɑ. If you don't know the IPA, don't worry! http://www.engvid.com/pronunciation-a-o/
Present Perfect or Past Perfect?
 
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http://www.engvid.com "I have eaten." "I had eaten." What's the difference, and when do use each form? In this important grammar lesson, learn how to distinguish between past perfect and present perfect. You'll learn the correct form of each tense, and when each should be used. Then take the quiz at http://www.engvid.com/present-perfect-or-past-perfect/ .
Common Mistakes in English - Choose & Choice
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ I always hear my students mixing up the noun and the verb when speaking about choice! Now, you can learn the difference.
Speaking English - How to order in a restaurant
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ Discover how to read an English menu and never worry about count or uncountable nouns again when ordering at a restaurant again! http://www.engvid.com/speaking-english-how-to-order-in-a-restaurant/
Vocabulary - Borrow, Lend, Rent, Use
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ This lesson teaches you how to these words properly in English: borrow, lend, rent, and use. Students often confuse these words. I explain which word to use where!
Conversation Skills - Learn new words and keep a conversation going!
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ 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.com/conversation-skills-learn-new-words/
English Vocabulary - Bad Eyesight: glasses, contacts, optometrist, eye doctor...
 
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http://www.engvid.com/ Now you can go to the eye doctor and understand! Learn how to talk about different problems you may have with your eyesight. Nearsighted means you cannot see things that are far away. Farsighted is the opposite! Do you wear contacts? Optometrist! That's a long word! If you pay me $2000, I will give you laser surgery. Test your vision vocabulary here: http://www.engvid.com/english-vocabulary-bad-eyesight/
Speaking English - Going to the dentist
 
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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.com/speaking-english-dentist/ TRANSCRIPT What'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.
How to learn grammar – any grammar!!!
 
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English Grammar is frustrating to remember because there are so many rules -- and so many exceptions to the rules! When you learn a new grammar point, it is very important to remember two things: the how we use it and why we use it. I will teach you what you need to remember and give you lots of examples so that you can use your time effectively and learn ANY grammar point! Take the quiz here: http://www.engvid.com/how-to-learn-any-grammar/ TRANSCRIPT Hello. Do you have to learn grammar? I have to learn grammar sometimes. I'm a grammar teacher. And I know grammar is really, really difficult sometimes. And it just makes you want to scream, pull your hair out, freak out, and cry sometimes. "I hate grammar." The reason why grammar is so difficult is because it's confusing; you have to remember so many rules; and then, there are exceptions to these so many rules; and it's just really confusing; and it's very different from your native language or languages, depending on how many you speak. So really, really easy, really effective method to learn any grammar ever in the world. So today's lesson is how to learn, remember, and use any grammar that is on a test, whether you're taking TOEFL or TOEIC or IELTS or Cambridge -- anything that you have to remember grammar for, this is going to be a godsend for you. It's going to help you so much. Great. So let's get into it. First one, you have two points to remember. That's it. Two. Done. The first one is the structure. You have to remember and know how the grammar is made. Okay? The second point is how or why do we use this? Why do I need to learn this stupid grammar? Am I ever going to use it in real life? Why would I say this? Why do I need present perfect? Why can't I just use simple past? Why do I need continuous? Why do I need passive? These are the questions you have to ask two people, one, your teacher, and two, yourself. If you are teaching English and you don't know structure, and more importantly, how and why, you've got some homework to do. People -- students have asked me, "Teacher, why?" "I don't know." Just say to them, "I don't know." Go look it up. Do some research. Find the answer. The best thing is to find your own answer if you have to do this. So let's dive into this. First of all, when I say "structure", I mean how do you make the grammar? How do you make the sentence? So if I give you the example of present continuous, this is the name of the grammar. If you just remember the name of the grammar, it's useless. So it comes to the test and it says, "Write a present continuous sentence." He's like, "Uh, I know present continuous. How do you make it?" So the way that I always remember grammar is I always like to use a subject. Now, if you want to replace the word "subject" with any other word like [random sounds] or "dog", that's cool. But I like to use "subject" as my beginning. Then, for present continuous, it's going to be "to be verb". But instead of just writing "to be verb", it really, really helps you if you write out the different forms of the "to be" verb. So for example, "I am", "he is", "we are". Okay? The second thing -- sorry. The last thing in the present continuous that makes the verb continuous is you're going to have the -ing. So the structure or the form that I like to use for the present continuous is subject + "am", "is", "are" + verb + ing. The present continuous also has another name, which is "present progressive". They're exactly the same grammar point. The usages are the same. But it's just a different word for it. Don't worry. It's cool. Don't worry about it. So next step -- we've got the structure. Next step, very important, how or why do I use this? Why do I need to use this grammar? Why do I need to learn this grammar? You need to learn it because it's on your test. But as soon as the test is finished, why would I use this? How would I say this in my life? Answer -- actions you are doing now. What are you doing right now? Are you watching a video? I think you are. So maybe you're watching a video. Maybe you're eating something. Maybe you're brushing your teeth. I can't see you. You can see me. What are you doing? Ah. Okay. Good. So present continuous, as an example, structure, how and why. Another really, really good thing to do is to write down as many examples as you can. It's always good to practice the grammar written. Also, talk. Speak. Get a video recorder and talk into it -- or tape recorder, digital recorder. Listen to yourself saying the new grammar sentences. It will help you remember if you play it back.