Telephone English: How to take or give a message

source: Learn English with Emma [engVid]   2014年5月11日
--"Would you like to leave a message?"
--"Yes. Can you tell Emma that I called?" / "Yes, can you tell Emma to call me tonight?" / "Can you tell Emma to call me later?" / "Can you tell Peter that Henry called?"
--"He/She can reach me at 555-5555."
--"Hold on. Let me grab a pen and paper." (Meaning, "Give me a moment. I want to write this down.")
--"Okay. What's your number again?"
--"Great! I'll let her/I'll let him/I'll let Emma/I'll let Peter know you called."

Asking & Giving directions

source: Learn English with Let's Talk    2014年5月9日
# Common verbs:
1. Go (left, right, straight, down, up, through)
Examples : go left, go straight, go down the hill/slope, go up the hill/slope, go through the tunnel.
2. Take road name : you can also take the road name/number
Examples : Take road 1, take the Avenue road.
3. Turn (right/left) : You can say 'turn right/left' if the person is driving as he would need to turn his steering wheel in a particular direction.
4. Stay on + the road name + distance/time
Example : You turn left and stay on Avenue road for 5 kms/ ten minutes.

# Useful transition words:
--After that, you take road 1.
--Then, turn right.
--Next, you will see a bakery shop.
--When you get to the bakery, you go down the hill.
--And finally, you will reach the new mall.

# Pointing out landmarks:
Examples :
You will see the City Hospital on your left. (the hospital is well known in that area)
Across the Cookies and Morebakery . (the bakery is popular in that area)

# Including some important information:
Examples :
--It's a on way lane.
I--t's a very busy road.
--There might be road repairs.

# When you don't know how to give people directions:
--I'm sorry. I'm not from here so I don't know my way around.
--I'm afraid I can't help you.

Talking about movies

source: Learn English with Let's Talk   2014年4月20日
# Types of movies :
1. Romance Comedy
2. Science fiction (scifi)
3. Horror
4. Documentary
5. Animated
6. Action
7. Thriller

# Describing a Movie - "How was the movie?"
- It was heart warming and a total laugh riot.
- The special effects were breath taking
- It made my blood run cold.
- It gave me food for thought
- The plot was intriguing

#Some useful vocabulary :
--Casting -The selection of actors or performers for the parts of a film.
--Veteran - A veteran is a person who has had long service or experience in the film industry.
--Dubbed - To translate the movie into regional languages.
--Sun-titles - captions displayed at the bottom of a cinema or television screen that translate or transcribe the dialogue or narrative.
--Cinematography -the art of photography and camerawork in film-making.
--Trailer - a series of extracts from a film or broadcast, used for advance publicity.
--Sequel -A film or movie that continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one.
--Cameo -A cameo role or cameo appearance is a brief appearance or voice part of a known person in a work of the performing arts, typically unnamed or appearing as themselves.
--Block buster- A particular a film that is a great commercial success.
--Bombed- A particular a film that is not successful.

How to avoid a conversation! (impolitely)

source: EnglishLessons4U - Learn English with Ronnie!   2014年3月31日
1, Don't ever make eye contact with anyone you do not want to talk to.
2. Don't ask the speaker any questions.
3. Look at something or someone else.
4. Talk really fast or "mumble" so that the person cannot understand you.
5. Make strange facial expressions / body language.
6. Use slang/words that the others don't know.
7. Use an angry tone of voice.

How to END a conversation politely

source: Learn English with Rebecca [engVid RebeccaESL]  2014年3月19日
--"Oh, look at the time. I'm afraid I have another appointment. Let's get together soon, okay? Bye for now. Take care."
--"Well, I won't keep you any longer. You're probably busy." Or, "I'll let you go." Something like that. You could then add something from here. "Let's do lunch sometime"; or "I'll give you a call next week"; and "All right. See you. Bye for now."

(A little more formal situation):
--"It's been a pleasure talking to you." We're in a business situation, right? "It's been a pleasure talking to you." "It's been a pleasure meeting you." "I'll call you next week.", or "May I call you next week?" if you want to, all right?
--"I'll look forward to hearing from you" if that's relevant. Or you could just say, "It's been a pleasure talking to you. Thank you very much." Because in a formal situation, that might be enough.

Giving and receiving compliments - Interdemiate English lesson

source:Learn English with Let's Talk     2014年1月23日
# The key points while giving a compliment are:
1. Be sincere
2. Be specific
3. Don't compare achievements
4. Timely
# The key points while receiving a compliment are:
1. Don't shrug off or disagree
2. Don't upscale (increase the value) a compliment
3. Avoid complimenting back immediately

What is St. Patrick's Day?

source: EnglishLessons4U - Learn English with Ronnie!  2014年3月14日
It happens every March 17th, the day St. Patrick died. What is really important about St. Patrick and St. Patrick's Day? St. Patrick marks the beginning of Christianity in Ireland...