Action Verbs with Hand Movements

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2016年6月23日
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Wave –
When you move your hand or hands to either say hi, bye or just to attract someone's attention you tend to wave.
Example - I waved at him in the traffic today.

Stroke / Pet –
Using long hand movements in a loving way is stroking or petting. ( you pet animal fur)
Example - She stroked the puppy.

Tickle –
When you lightly touch someone to make someone laugh or prod someone that cause discomfort is tickling.
Example - I tickled him under the chin.

Pat –
Touch someone lightly with an open hand.
Example - I gently pat the baby while he was sleepy.

Slap –
When you use your open hand to hit someone.
Example - I slapped the mosquito.

Punch –
When you use your close hand (fist) to hit someone or something. You also punch to show victory.
Example - John punched James face this morning.

Scratch –
When you are itchy you use your finger nails or finger tips to scratch.
Example - She scratched the insect bite.

Grab –
Using your hand to pick something quickly.
Example - I grabbed a sandwich on my way back home.

Snap / Click –
Making a sound with your finger by rubbing your index finger against your thumb.
Example - I don't like the sound of snapping.

Fiddle –
To constantly touch something unconsciously without any particular reason.
Example - She fiddled with her hair throughout the meeting this morning.

How to correct someone politely? Polite English Phrases

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2016年6月29日
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A. Fairly polite - Phrases 1 and 2 are fairly polite. If you really want to be polite you could use these phrases:
1. I'm afraid that's not quite right.
Example: If your friend is speaking in wrong English you can tell him/her “I’m afraid that’s not quite right.”
2. Actually, I think you'll find that...
Situation: Actually, I think if you’ll look up in a grammar book, you’ll find that “is” is used for a singular.

B. Less polite and stronger- Phrases 3 and 4 are a little stronger and a little less polite.
3. I'm afraid you're mistaken. – This phrase can be used when somebody is sharing wrong information.
Example: A overhears B telling C that Steve Jobs is the founder of Microsoft then A can correct B saying “I’m afraid you’re mistaken but Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft.
4. I don't think you're right about –
Example: If your sister says that a McDonald's burger costs 2 $ you can reply to her saying “I don’t think you’re right about it, instead it costs 4 $ ”.

C. Blunt and very strong: You may upset the person you are talking to so you should be really sure about your own facts before you say one of these. (You should be 100% sure about what you’re saying)
5. No, you've got it wrong.
Example: If your daughter gets you a math problem that she has solved wrongly, you can reply to her saying “No, you’ve got it wrong”.
6. If you check your facts, you'll find...
Example: If you check your facts you’ll find that China is the most populated country in the world. (Over a general knowledge question)

D. Kindly refrain from using these
7. Rubbish! / You're talking rubbish. – Extremely RUDE

The Science Report: Amazon River Hides Life-Filled Reef

source: VOA Learning English     2016年5月23日
Scientists studying the area where the Amazon River meets the Atlantic Ocean have announced a surprising find. Under the muddy, dark Amazon is a large number of reefs with colorful sea fans, coral, plants, fish and very big sponges. The find is of the biggest surprises in modern ocean science.
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Animal idioms and expressions in English

source: JamesESL English Lessons     2014年4月9日 Watch this lesson to learn some easy English idioms that are related to animals. These common phrases can help you sound like a native speaker, and to understand English shows and movies. If you're done pigging out, and are tired of all the monkey business, join me and Mr. E! You will learn idiomatic expressions, and I promise, no one will rat on you!

Accent Training - Pronunciation of Vowel Sounds Part 01

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2013年1月7日
In this Lesson you will learn how to accurately pronounce all of the main English
vowel sounds. The English alphabet has five vowels, a, e, i, o and u, but it has about 15 main vowel sounds. For some learners this is one of the most difficult aspects of English to master. Speakers of languages with fewer vowel sounds are likely to speak English using only the same number of sounds that exist in their native language.
Sometimes they do not even hear the distinction between certain sounds in English. Consequently, non-native speakers might pronounce "hill" and "heal" the same way. Because there is not always a direct relationship between how a word is spelled and how it is pronounced, you should become familiar with the phonetic symbols that represent the sounds that you are learning. This way, you will be able to use your dictionary when you come across a word that contains a vowel sound that you don't know how to pronounce.

Talking about Email in English - Communicating Through Email

source: Twominute English     2013年11月26日
You must have sent 100s of emails and received them too. If you have just started out in English, you should learn the terms and the words that you can use when you send an email in English. In this lesson we will see conversations which are about communicating through e-mails.
Listen to this lesson carefully, learn the phrases and practice them at the end by speaking them aloud. You'll learn English really fast this way.
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10 Interesting English Idioms with FLY

source: Espresso English     2014年11月12日
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How to give a presentation in English

source: Learn English with Rebecca     2013年7月24日
Deliver a successful English presentation with 12 important tips from an experienced presentations coach. An essential lesson when English is not your native language. You will learn what to focus on when you are preparing your presentation, as well as how to come across professionally to your audience. Did you understand the video? Take the quiz here:

English in a Minute: Fifth Wheel

source: VOA Learning English     2015年8月4日
Have you ever felt like a "fifth wheel?" Found out what this expression means in this episode of English in a Minute!
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