Negative Questions in English: Learn English with Simple English Videos

source: Simple English Videos    2016年9月6日
Negative questions are tricky in English for several reasons. First the answers can be confusing and second, you can sound like you're nagging if you use them inappropriately. This lesson explains the best ways to answer them and explains the contexts in which they're used.
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CNN Student News September 21 2016 subtitle /cc

source: Tieng Anh Chuan 100      2016年9月20日
A geographical explanation of why it's so difficult to get aid to some war-torn areas of Syria leads off our coverage this Wednesday. That's followed by a recently issued report card for many U.S. fast food restaurant chains. And ahead of next week's U.S. presidential debate, we're visiting Florida for a detailed examination of why it's characterized as a battleground state.

TIME CAPSULES | Daily Listening | English Subtitle

source: Daily Listening    2016年9月6日
A centuries old time capsule has been discovered in Massachusetts, US. It's thought to have been buried by American revolutionaries in 1795. Rob and Neil talk about what to include in a time capsule - a device used to keep the memory of a place in time alive.
Listen to the conversation and learn some new vocabulary.
Link of TIME CAPSULES | Daily Listening | English Subtitle:

0:02 I'm joined today, at the start of a brand new year, by Neil.
0:06 Hello, Rob!
0:07 I'm really looking forward to 2015, but I have to say that last year was great.
0:13 So great I'm thinking about creating my own time capsule.
0:17 Really?
0:18 A time capsule?
0:19 You mean a kind of box or container where you can store objects and information so that
0:23 people in the future - yourself included - will know how we lived at this particular time?
0:28 That's it!
0:30 And I'm already collecting items.
0:32 My old mobile phone which I don't use anymore.
0:35 And a woolly jumper with a snowman on it my granny gave me that I never wear...
0:39 You never wear?
0:41 It's a pretty silly jumper, Rob.
0:43 She said it's to remind me of how much she loves me.
0:46 Remind, which means, makes me remember - but all it makes me think of is that she still
0:51 treats me like a child!
0:54 I'll include the Christmas card which came with it!
0:57 Well, you've got to choose the items you wish to keep as a memory of our time very carefully.
1:02 It's a historical record - that usually means a piece of writing or a narrative of events
1:08 at a particular time.
1:09 Well, let's discuss time capsules and vocabulary related to memory.
1:13 But first, a question to test your knowledge of time capsules.
1:17 The International Time Capsule Society is based at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta,
1:22 in the US, and it studies these artefacts.
1:25 According to this organisation, how many time capsules are estimated to exist in the world
1:31 today?
1:32 Is it: a) up to 15,000
1:34 b) up to 150,000 or c) up to 1,500,000
1:40 I'm gonna go for (a) 15,000.
1:42 OK, up to 15,000.
1:46 That's the one.
1:47 OK.
1:48 Well, as usual, you'll have the answer to that question at the end of the programme.
1:50 Right, now, let's talk more about time capsules.
1:54 One of them was in the news in the last couple of weeks.
1:56 A capsule was found in a public building in Boston.
1:59 Ah, I've heard about this.
2:02 Historians believe it was put there by Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, and other American
2:07 revolutionaries in the 18th century!
2:09 OK.
2:10 Let's listen to BBC reporter Rajini Vaidyanathan.
2:12 Can you tell me exactly where this time capsule was hidden?
2:16 It was during repair work at the Massachusetts State House in Boston that the time capsule
2:21 was discovered hidden in the cornerstone.
2:23 It’s thought the time capsule was first placed there in the 1795, when the building
2:29 was constructed.
2:30 Officials believe it contains old coins and newspapers which could have deteriorated over
2:36 time.
2:37 Ah, the time capsule was hidden in the cornerstone, which is a stone representing the starting
2:42 place in the construction of a monumental building.
2:45 Usually it has the date carved on it.
2:47 Yes the time capsule's items date from over 200 years ago, so the historians are concerned
2:54 about opening it.
2:56 The newspapers particularly might have deteriorated, decayed or decomposed over time.
3:01 Paper doesn't last long.
3:02 But my old mobile phone - the one I'm going to put in my own time capsule - will be eternal,
3:08 it means it will exist forever!
3:09 And the historians of the future will be grateful!
3:12 Well, if you want to make the historians happy, put things which are current in your life
3:17 and things you actually use in your time capsule.
3:20 There are famous capsules to be opened: the American company Westinghouse created two
3:25 of them.
3:26 One for the 1939 New York World's Fair and the other for the same event in 1964.
3:32 And when are they going to open it?
3:34 In the 25th century!
3:36 Wow!
3:37 Well, that's it, Rob.
3:38 I'm going home and I'm going to start working on my own time capsule!
3:41 Good.
3:42 I'm glad to see you're so enthusiastic, Neil.
3:44 But be careful not to make the mistake these guys in the Writtle Junior School here in
3:49 England made.
3:50 They put their items in a box 25 years ago and they buried the capsule in the garden.
3:55 And what happened to it?
3:57 It isn't centuries later but it must be interesting for these people who are now adults to see
4:01 what's inside.
4:02 Well, it would have been interesting.
4:05 But it didn't happen.
4:07 Listen to Headteacher Nick Taylor and tell me why they didn't open their time capsule.
4:11 There were letters in it, coins, various things so we called in Writtle Heritage and they
4:18 had a good explore around the garden with their metal detectors, and they couldn't find
4:22 any evidence of it.
4:23 I think we’ve dug about three holes around our school garden but we had to stop because
4:26 we were slowly destroying it.
4:29 They forgot where they buried it!
4:31 Yes.
4:32 And they used metal detectors - electronic devices which can find metallic objects underground
4:36 - and even so they couldn't find their time capsule!
4:39 And before I forget, let's go back to the question I asked at the beginning of the programme.
4:44 You asked how many time capsules are estimated to exist in the world today.
4:49 Yes, and the options were up to 15,000, up to 150,000 or up to 1,500,000.
4:57 And you said...
4:58 Yes, I said up to 15,000.
5:00 And this is the right answer!
5:02 Hurrah!
5:03 Well done!
5:04 Yes, the International Time Capsule Society has set up a registry of time capsules, and
5:09 it estimates there are 10,000 to 15,000 time capsules worldwide.
5:14 And the organisation believes that more than 80% of all time capsules are lost and will
5:20 not be opened on their intended date.
5:22 Well, I will remember where I kept mine.
5:25 That's for sure.
5:26 Good for you.
5:27 Well, that's it from us for the moment.
5:28 We've been talking about time and... we've run out of it.
5:32 But let's just remember some of the words used today.
5:35 Neil... time capsule
5:37 remind historical record
5:40 cornerstone deteriorated
5:44 eternal metal detectors
5:47 That's it for today.
5:48 Do log on to to find more 6 Minute English programmes.
5:54 And we wish you all a Happy New Year!

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source: Simple English Videos    2014年10月21日
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Common Mistakes: SOON, EARLY, QUICK, FAST

source: English Teacher Jon    2012年10月11日 In this lesson I discuss the words soon, early, quickly, and fast. Are you going to finish university soon, fast, or early? I'll teach you when each of these words is used in English and how they are used. I also show examples for greater clarification, so by the end of this video there should be no confusion. Take the quiz soon at

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source: EnglishLessons4U - Learn English with Ronnie! 2014年11月14日 No matter where you are, you need to know what to do in an emergency! If English isn't your first language, it's important to know what words to use when there is an emergency like a fire, or if you need to go to the hospital or report a crime to the police. In this vocabulary lesson, I'll teach you lots of words related to emergencies. Don't panic!!!
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source: JamesESL English Lessons (engVid)    2015年2月4日 Do you know what the difference is between "so" and "because"? In this lesson, you will learn what they mean and how to use them perfectly. The words "so" and "because" can be hard to learn, but after this class you won't be confused anymore. Watch the video, and do the quiz BECAUSE it will make learning English SO much easier for you!

Difference between 'Still better', 'Better still' & 'Better yet'

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2013年12月16日
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In this lesson, Ceema explains the difference between 'still better', 'better still' and 'better yet'. These three expressions may sound similar but can't be used interchangeably.

1. Still better: is used when something was better before and continues to be better even now. The word 'still' is used to express continuity of something or someone being better over a period of time.
Example: John is not as good as he used to be in playing chess, but still better than William.
It is also used to say that something is better even though it has certain bad points.
Example: The pasta is dry, but it's still better than the one we had at the party last night.

2. Better still: is used when someone makes a good suggestion, but you have an even better one
Example: You can send them your resume or better still, try contacting the manager directly.

3. Better yet: is used to offer a better suggestion to replace a bad idea
Example: If I am late I will call you and inform, better yet why don't you take responsibility and leave earlier next time.

Talking on the Phone in English - Telephone Vocabulary and Phrases

source: Twominute English    2013年11月8日
Phone calls in English are much more difficult to handle than talking to people face to face. Maybe it's because you can't read the person's expressions or get cues about their meaning from their gestures. It could also be because you're already nervous before the call starts.
In this lesson we will learn how to talk on the phone in English through some common conversations.

10 English Phrases for Being Rich and Poor

source: Espresso English    2013年3月9日
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English Grammar - BEING & BEEN

source: English Lessons with Alex   2010年10月20日 Being & Been -- Are you having trouble understanding the difference between these two common English words? Watch this lesson and don't make any more mistakes! Test your understanding by taking the free quiz on the lesson at