News Review: A return to the Moon

source: BBC Learning English     2017年2月28日
People are going back to the Moon – but this time as tourists. Neil and Catherine look at the language the world's media is using to discuss this story - and show you how you can use it in your everyday English.
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Placing an order – 17 – English at Work makes placing your order easy

source: BBC Learning English     2016年10月25日
Anna continues to sort out the order of Imperial Lemons for Mr Lime. He gives her a call, this time to discuss business. He wants some luxury boxes to put the lemons in and Anna needs to find them if she wants to keep her client happy. When she does she has to email Mr Lime but what should she say?
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Narrator: Welcome to the offices of Tip Top Trading...
(ongoing sound of annoying mobile phone ringtone)
Tom: Anna, are you going to answer that?
Anna: Er, well, no. It's stopped now anyway.
Narrator: ...where Anna is behaving strangely.
(ringing starts again)
Denise: I gave you a long lesson on how to answer the phone and you're still too scared!
Anna: It's not that.
(desk phone starts ringing)
Tom: For goodness sake!
Denise: Then what?
Anna: I recognise the number - it's Mr Lime!
Tom: Ha! Old Slimy Limy, he must be absolutely desperate to get you to have lunch with him – even after your cruel rejection. Here, I'll answer for you.
Anna: No!
Denise: I'll answer. Hello, Tip Top Trading, Anna's phone... no, this is Denise speaking, Anna's busy at the moment. Can I take a message?... Yes... right.... I'll pass that on to her then… thank you for calling. Goodbye.
Anna: Well.
Denise: Nothing about lunch. He wants each Imperial Lemon you deliver to come in a luxury green box – like the one you had at the presentation.
Anna: My goodness, we don't have many in stock, I'll have to order some. Erm...(dials a number) Hello, this is Anna speaking from Tip Top Trading, I want some imperial lemon-sized luxury boxes.
Narrator: Woah, woah, woah.
Anna: What?
Narrator: Let's make this order a bit more politely okay?
Anna: Why are the English so obsessed with being polite!?
Narrator: Calm down Anna and listen to me. To put in an order for something, you need phrases like:
I'd like to place an order for...
We're going to need...
Could you send...
Could we also have...
When can we expect to receive them?
Anna: Right... Hello, sorry about that... I'd like to place an order for some imperial lemon-sized luxury boxes, please... we're going to need quite a few... could you send 300 please... yes... the green ones... could we also have the name of our company on the sides... when can we expect to receive them...okay, thank you, goodbye.
There! How was that?
Narrator: Good, well done!
Denise: You'd better phone back Mr Lime to confirm he can have his boxes!
Anna: Oh no!
Denise: He's your client!
Tom: Yes Anna, he's your client!
Anna: I'm scared he'll try and ask about lunch again.
Denise: Then send him an email.
Anna: Good idea!
Denise: Copy in me, Tom and Paul, so it’s clear you only mean business only.
Anna: Yes. Thanks Denise! An email is much safer.
Narrator: Is it, Anna, is it? Hmmm...
Anyway, here are the phrases Anna used to place her order:
I'd like to place an order for...
We're going to need...
Could you send...
Could we also have...
When can we expect to receive them?
Let's see if Anna's email is really such a good idea. I have a bad feeling about it. Until next time!

Slang Words Starting With H

source: EnglishAnyone     2012年4月14日
Just remember that slang is CASUAL English! Use slang with your friends and people you know well! Don't use slang with your boss, with the police if you get arrested or when meeting your girlfriend or boyfriend's parents for the first time!

The usual meaning of hack is to cut or chop at something without care. You can also hack something when you can deal with it. Someone who can't hack it in the Army usually drops out. With the dawn of computers, the term is most widely used now to talk about circumventing, modifying or breaking something like a computer or other machine for your own purposes. I hacked my toaster and turned it into a time machine!
Some computer hackers have the ability to break into networks and steal personal information.

A hottie is usually an attractive young woman or man. You can describe someone as hot if you find them physically attractive.
I hope I can get the phone number from that hottie over there.

A hater is someone who is usually jealous of the success of others. To say spiteful or mean things to someone, or about someone, who is successful is to hate, or hate on, someone. Don't be a hater!
Some people started hating on my friend when she got a record deal.

Happy Camper
A happy camper is someone who's in a good mood. Someone relaxing around a warm fire at a campground is usually a happy camper.
My son was NOT a happy camper when I missed his birthday party.

Hardcore means extremely difficult. Something requiring extreme physical effort is usually hardcore, but anything very difficult, like a school entrance exam, can be considered hardcore. Someone who is hardcore is considered to be very tough and strong.
My uncle is hardcore. He eats whole lionfish raw!

High Roller
A high roller is someone who is very wealthy and can spend money without care. We often say that high rollers have money to burn.
When a high roller walks into a casino, everyone comes over to watch him play.

Hard Case
A hard case is a bitter or tough person. A hard case has usually had a difficult life and may have even spent time in prison.
That guy's a real hard case. He's been picked on his whole life and now he wants revenge.

The head is another word for the toilet or bathroom. You will often hear hard cases and people from outside big cities in movies asking for the head when they need a toilet.
Where's the paper? I'm going to the head.

Home Run
A home run is a baseball term that means to hit the baseball beyond the playing field. It is the best hit you can have in baseball. Used in any context, a home run becomes another way of describing a great achievement. If you hit a home run, you succeed!
I hit a home run for my company when I signed a contract with a new client!

Hell of a... Helluva
"Hell of a" means great, very or extreme, and can be used in both good and bad situations. "We had a hell of a time climbing that mountain" means that we had a very difficult time climbing the mountain.
Tell your friends! They're having a hell of a sale at our favorite store!

Heat refers to security or police and is usually used by criminals or people doing something bad in movies and TV shows. Heat can also mean firearm. To "pack heat" means to carry a gun.
Hide the heat! The police are right over there!

English in a Minute: Turn the Tables

source: VOA Learning English    2016年8月27日
# to reverse a situation to gain an advantage
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Phrasal Verbs - STICK AROUND

source: Espresso English    2017年2月11日
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'Do' vs 'Make' - Learn the difference with Ceema

source: Learn English with Let's Talk    2017年2月19日
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# DO is used as follows: DO is used when talking about work, jobs or tasks, taking care of your body and general actions.
• Do the Dishes
• So the laundry
• Do a report
• Do a course
• Do your hair
• Do your makeup
• Do well
• Do everything or Do nothing

We sometimes use DO to replace a verb when the meaning is clear or obvious. This is more common in informal spoken English:
• Do I need to do my hair? (do = brush or comb)
• Have you done the dishes yet? (done = washed)
• I'll do the kitchen if you do the lawns (do = clean, do = mow)

# When do you use MAKE? Make is for food, money, relationships and communication
• Make breakfast
• Make a reservation
• Make a fortune
• Make 100 dollars an hour
• Make friends
• Makeup ( to patch up with someone)
• Make a pass
• Make a point
• Make a confession
• Make an excuse

We also use Make for producing an action or reaction:
• Onions make your eyes water.
• You make me happy.
• It’s not my fault. My brother made me do it!

Belong To & Belong With

source: Twominute English    2013年4月26日
'Belong to' indicates possession. It shows that someone owns something. It can also mean that you're a part of a group, or club. We use 'Belong with' when we think something or someone is a part of a group. In this lesson, we'll study how to use the phrases 'belong to' and 'belong with.'
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0:06 In this lesson, we’ll study how to use the phrases ‘belong to’ and ‘belong with.’
0:19 Hello, guys. Today we’re going to discuss ‘belong to’ and ‘belong with’. Do you know the difference.
0:27 I know that ‘belong to’ indicates possession. It shows someone owns something.
0:32 It can also mean that you’re a part of a group, or club, or something.
0:37 Absolutely right. Here is the first example: Samuel belongs to a secret society. I don’t know who else is in it.
0:46 That one was quite self-explanatory, Sunny. Here is another one: This book doesn’t belong to me. Does it belong to you?
0:55 Well, actually, it does. I’ll take it. But, now, can you explain ‘belong with’?
1:02 Why don’t you do it, Sunny? You have a way with words.
1:06 Sure,We use belong with when we think something or someone is a part of a group, there is a match.
1:12 For example, it would be very romantic to think that two people belong with each other.
1:19 Kind of like destiny? That is romantic, Sunny. I said you had a way with words.
1:25 Well, on the other hand, it would be weird if someone said “You belong to me”. A little creepy.
1:33 Not romantic at all...Why don’t we listen to some conversations with more examples?
1:39 Good idea!
1:45 Where did you get this book? I searched all the bookstores in town, but none of them had it in stock.
1:51 Well, it belongs to my Art teacher. He said it’s rare.
1:56 Yeah. He’s right. You know Sam? The bookstore belongs to him, and he said there were very few copies published.
2:02 Anyone who’s got a copy is lucky.
2:05 Then, I suppose my Art teacher was one of the lucky ones to get it.
2:09 Can I borrow this after you are done?
2:12 I’ll have to ask my teacher if he is willing to lend it to you.
2:16 Sure. Just ask him and let me know what he said.
2:25 Hey, Prish. This book doesn’t belong with an Art teacher. I study literature. I know this book belongs with someone like you or me.
2:32 Well, but it’s not ours, Nick. Maybe he’ll sell it to us. But this book really belongs with others of its kind: in a good library.
2:45 Oh, man!! Why did you put this painting here?! You know the Picasso doesn’t belong with the Rembrandt.
2:52 Quit complaining! They go beautifully together.
2:58 Samuel belongs to a secret society.
3:04 This book doesn’t belong to me. Does it belong to you?
3:11 It would be very romantic to think that two people belong with each other.
3:20 Well, it belongs to my Art teacher.
3:25 The bookstore belongs to him, and he said there were very few copies published.
3:34 This book doesn’t belong with an art teacher. I study literature. I know this book belongs with someone like you or me.
3:47 But this book really belongs with others of its kind: in a good library.
3:55 You know the Picasso doesn’t belong with the Rembrandt.

Wear my heart upon my sleeve

source: BBC Learning English     2016年5月27日
Shakespeare's daughter is in love... again. Learn a new English phrase to use when someone can't hide their feelings.
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Narrator: It was a sunny day. William Shakespeare's daughter and Bess the barmaid are at the fair.

Daughter: Lalalalala…

Bess: You're very happy today aren't you my duck?

Daughter: Oh Bess, I'm in love.

Bess: You're not still after that Robert Harley are you?

Daughter: Nooooo! It's Henry Bull. He's wonderful: handsome and brave… and he loves me too… but Bess, father mustn't find out. Henry hasn't got any money. Father wouldn't approve.

Bess: Well my duck, you need to hide your feelings better then! You're wearing your heart upon your sleeve; the whole world can see how you feel! Oh! Hello Mr Will…

Daughter: Father!

Will: Good afternoon Bess; Daughter… and what are you two gossiping about? Who's wearing their heart upon their sleeve?

Bess: We were …err… discussing that evil Iago, in your play Othello. He wears his heart upon his sleeve, doesn't he Mr Will?

Will: Ah, yes, Othello, my tragedy. A very good topic for discussion. Iago says: I will wear my heart upon my sleeve…

Robert Harley as Iago:
I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at. I am not what I am.

Will: But, even though Iago talks about wearing his heart on his sleeve he doesn't actually intend to do it. Iago never reveals his true feelings, except perhaps to the audience, and even they cannot fully trust him!

Bess: Well, showing your true feelings certainly can lead to trouble.

Daughter: What feelings does Iago hide, father? Is he in love?

Will: No: quite the opposite. Iago pretends to be loyal to Othello so that he can destroy him! That's why he says: I am not what I am.

Narrator: We'll leave them there for now. Many of Shakespeare's characters conceal their true feelings. Some hide their love, while Iago, Shakespeare's most hateful villain, hides his plans to destroy everyone around him. Nowadays, the phrase to wear your heart upon - or on - your sleeve still means: to make your feelings and emotions obvious, even if it makes you vulnerable. In a 2015 interview, US actress Kristen Stewart, star of the Twilight movies, said:

Clip 1: I wear my heart on my sleeve. If I'm in a mood, my mood shows.

Narrator: It's often used to talk about love and romance.

Clip 2: When I told him I loved him, he broke up with me. I'll never wear my heart on my sleeve again.

Will: Now, dear daughter, who is this young man who's made you so cheerful?

Daughter: Oh… errr… nobody…

Will: Nobody…?

Bess: Didn't I tell you not to wear your heart on your sleeve?!

Daughter: Oh dear. To wear, or not to wear: that is the question…

BBC News Review: Trump dismisses US attorney general over immigration ban

source: BBC Learning English    2017年1月31日
The head of the US justice department has lost her job because she went against an order from President Trump. Neil and Catherine look at the language the world's media is using to discuss the US immigration ban - and show you how you can use it in your everyday English.
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Animal Idioms and Expressions in English

source: Oxford Online English    2016年2月22日
In this lesson, you can learn about different animal expressions and idioms in English.
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Do you know what it means if someone describes something as 'fishy'? If someone tells you to 'hold your horses', what should you do? In this lesson, you can learn about a few of these animal idioms. By the end you will understand what they mean and be able to use them.

# English animal idioms included in this video:
Copycat = a person who copies another person
Let the cat out of the bag = reveal a secret by accident
Catnap = a short sleep
Like a fish out of water = someone uncomfortable in their surroundings
Fishy = suspicious
Plenty of fish in the sea = lots of other people to choose from
Pig out = eat a lot
When pigs fly = situation is impossible or unlikely
Hog something = to try to keep something all for yourself, so that no one else can use or have it
I could eat a horse = I could eat a lot
Straight from the horse’s mouth = straight from the source
Hold your horses = hold on, be patient

Pronunciation: Quit, Quiet, Quite

source: Shaw English Online     2014年1月27日
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These 3 English words cause a lot of confusion in English pronunciation and usage. Robin will teach the difference between these words. A good video to watch to improve your 'qu' pronunciation.

Pronunciation: Ache

source: Shaw English Online     2014年1月27日
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Robin teaches how to pronounce English words like 'ache' or 'stomachache'. Robin will fix your pronunciation in this video.

Life Story (Learn English 50)

source: EF podEnglish    2007年11月28日
Learn to talk about your plans for later in life in English. In this intermediate English lesson you will see two friends talking about their goals and projects in life. They discuss travel plans and retirement.