Shreesh Chaudhary: Better Spoken English (38 lectures)

Shreesh Chaudhary: Better Spoken English (IIT Madras) [38 lectures]

SAT Vocabulary 36

source: Catlin Tucker      2016年7月24日
Please take Cornell notes on these words and write down any examples that will help you to remember their meaning. Remember, your can pause this recording at any time if it is going too fast.

01-abeyance: a state of suspension temporary inaction
02-absolution: it's the act of washing or cleansing, especially of the body, but the word also has really strong ties to religion 
03-banal: it's an adjective to describe something that's really common; it can also mean something that lacks originality
04-caucus: it's a private meeting where members of a political party come together and select their candidates
05-delectation: delight
06-elucidate: to bring out more clearly the facts concerning something
07-extol: it means to praise in the highest terms
08-imbibe: it means to drink or to take in 
09-intermittent: a temporary discontinuance
10-jugular: it's anything pertaining to the throat
11-kiln: an oven or furnace for baking, burning, or drying things
12-levity:lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness
13-lingo: it is language and speech of a particular group 
14-maroon: to put ashore and abandon a person on a desolate coast or island 
15-obviate: to anticipate and prevent or eliminate; render unnecessary

English in a Minute: Cool as a Cucumber

source: VOA Learning English     2016年6月18日
A "cucumber" is a long green fruit. But, why would Jonathan and Anna be talking about its temperature? Learn what "cool as a cucumber" means in this week's English in a Minute!
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How to delay your answers? Seven English Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2016年7月28日
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1. Well, you see...
2. Hang on a moment …
3. How shall I put it?
4. What's the word for it...
5. It's on the tip of my tongue...
6. Now let me think…
7. (Now) that's an interesting question...

English listening test practice - "Phones in prison"

source: Crown Academy of English     2014年4月19日
Here is an English listening test practice video based around a news story: "Phones in prison."
I start the lesson with some new vocabulary which will be useful during the listening exercise.
Then I give you the questions before playing you the article.
After I give you the answers to the questions, you will have the opportunity to listen again with the transcript on the screen to help you understand.
The listening exercise and the whole video has a British English accent.
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"OFF" Phrasal Verbs - Business English

source: JamesESL English Lessons    2013年6月15日 Learn these common business English phrasal verbs with "OFF" that will help you understand business and financial discussions in English. These phrasal verbs might even save you some money! I'll teach you the meaning of phrasal verbs like: lay off, rip off, write off, take off, and more. Take a quiz on this lesson here:

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Relationships English - Breaking up a relationship

source: Twominute English    2014年2月13日
Relationships are beautiful if they are good. Some relationships last forever, and that's the kind of relationship that everyone would like to have, but sometimes two people are just not compatible, and then it's time to move on.
Breaking up is hard. It's tough to find those words and say them to the person you are with. We can help a bit. In this lesson we will show you some conversations about break ups.
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0:14 Hello! Great to see you here.
0:17 Breaking up a relationship is hard, but we’ve all been there.
0:21 Sharing with your friends may help a bit.
0:23 So let’s listen to some conversations about breaking up and build up our vocabulary by checking the vocabulary section at the end.
0:32 Don’t forget to practice the lines by pausing the lesson and repeating the lines anytime you want!
0:38 It will help you build up your English fluency.
0:41 So let’s get started!!
0:50 Shane. We need to talk.
0:52 Sure. What is this about?
0:54 It’s about us.
0:56 What about us Alice?
0:58 Well Shane, we’ve been together for 3 months, but I feel like it’s not working out.
1:04 Oh. I knew this was coming. What do you want to do?
1:08 I think that we should stop seeing each other Shane, I don’t think you reciprocate my feelings anyways.
1:15 Maybe you are right Alice. I’ve been feeling that we’re trying to force this relationship upon ourselves.
1:20 I guess it’s best for both of us to move on.
1:29 Monica, I want to ask you something.
1:31 Sure Rick! What’s up?
1:32 I saw you last night at the club dancing with Ricardo.
1:36 and you had told me you were staying home because your mother was ill.
1:40 Oh no! Were you at the club too?
1:44 Yeah. I went there to get a drink with my fellows.
1:46 Wait Rick! I.. I can explain this.
1:49 I don’t want any explanations.
1:51 We have to part ways now.
1:55 Just don’t call me anymore.
1:57 Rick don’t do this!
2:05 What happened? Why do you look so sad?
2:08 Rick broke up with me. And I’m devastated.
2:12 What? Why did he do something like that? He’s a nice guy!
2:17 Well, I went dance with Ricardo this Saturday he saw me.
2:20 I had told him my mom was ill and I was staying home.
2:24 Why did you do that you silly woman? I think you deserved it then!
2:28 Well, Ricardo asked me out, and you know I’ve fancied him ever since high school.
2:32 I just.. I couldn’t say no.
2:34 I’m afraid you definitely deserved what you got. That was a stupid thing to do.
2:40 I know. I am just so sorry.
2:44 Girl… It’s done now, but maybe you’ll be happier with Ricardo.
2:50 Yeah. Hope so.
2:59 What’s wrong with you? Why do you always look so messed up?
3:02 How am I supposed to behave after breaking up a 5-year-long relationship?
3:07 It was your decision and you need to cope up with it as soon as you can.
3:12 It should not disrupt your whole life.
3:15 I’m trying to. I just need some time.
3:18 You broke up with him 3 months ago Rita. It’s really time to get over it.
3:24 I think you’re right!
3:35 When something is not going according to plan or expectations, then it’s not working out.
3:46 To reciprocate is to return what you receive.
3:49 If someone loves you, and you love them back, that’s reciprocating their love.
3:59 When you try to do something unwillingly or make someone else do something
4:03 against their will you force things upon yourself or them.
4:12 Move on is to end an existing relationship and find a new one.
4:22 Fellows is sometimes used to mean friends. My fellows means my friends.
4:32 Devastated means shattered or destroyed.
4:35 When someone’s devastated, they are under great emotional pain.
4:44 To get over something is to not be upset about it any longer.
4:49 When you get over a relationship, you don’t let it affect your emotions any longer.
4:59 To part ways is to separate.
5:03 Thank you for watching this lesson.
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Confusing English Words - APPRAISE and APPRISE

source: Espresso English     2014年9月21日
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English Grammar - Are you bored or boring?

source: Learn English with Rebecca    2009年1月30日 I'm bored? I'm boring? Not sure of the difference? Better watch this lesson then, or you could be saying something rather rude about yourself!

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