Talking about BAD people - Advanced English speaking Lesson

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2016年9月12日
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A crook: is a criminal or a dishonest person.
A villain: is a criminal or an unpleasant person. We often have people playing a negative character in a film. We called them a villain. A female villain is called a vileness
A scumbag: is a person who is morally wrong but is of a low status.
An evil witch: is used for women, an evil woman.
A psycho/psychopath: is a person who engages into anti social or evil behaviour without thinking about the victims
A nasty piece of work: is someone who is cruel and mean. They do mean things.
A creep: is an odd personality. They behave in an odd way. Maybe someone hides behind a tree and keeps staring at you. It scares you because you do not know his intentions.
A two faced cow: is someone who talks sweetly on your face and talks bad about you behind your back. Mainly used to describe a woman’s behavior.
A ruthless person: is shrewd and who makes decisions without thinking about anybody.

Adjective to describe ‘drinks & beverages’

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2016年9月22日

1. Alcoholic - An alcoholic beverage is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol.
Example - I intend to be sober today so I will skip this alcoholic beverage.

2.Watered down - a watered-down drink has been made weaker with water and has lost its taste.

3. Corked - Unpleasant tasting wine is called as corked .When the cork in the bottle has been damaged and has allowed the bacteria into the water it starts tasting awful. Therefore the drink can be described as corked.
Example - This wine is corked.

4. Fizzy - A nonalcoholic, flavored, carbonated beverage, usually commercially prepared and sold in bottles or cans. Fizzy drinks are also called as soda or pop or a cold drink.
Example - I enjoy fizzy drinks.

5. Flat - A flat drink is the one that has lost its bubbles of gas therefore it tastes bad.
Example - If you don't put the top back on that bottle of beer, it will go flat.

6. Full bodied - The drink that has a rich strong flavor and tastes great.
Example - I love this full bodied white wine.

7. Stiff - A stiff drink contains a lot of alcohol and generally stronger in taste.
Example - This cocktail is so stiff.

8. Intoxicating - A drink that has too much of alcohol and is capable of making you drunk.
Example - This long island ice tea is so intoxicating.

9. Refreshing - The drink that refreshes you because of the fruity or tropical flavors. A refreshing drink is usually sweet, tart and cold.
Example - This summer I want to learn to make some refreshing summer coolers.

10. Caffeinated - A caffeinated drink or caffeinated beverage is a drink which contains caffeine, a stimulant, which is legal and popular in most developed countries. The most common naturally caffeinated beverages are coffee and tea.
Example - The energy drinks available in the market these days are caffeinated.

Improve your English by working in a charity shop

source: Learn English with Gill (engVid)    2016年9月21日
Do you want to practice your English and get some work experience? In this video, I'll explain how to volunteer at a charity shop, also called a thrift store. I'll teach you sentences you can use to ask for a volunteer position at a charity shop. You'll also learn important vocabulary about the things you will find in a British charity shop. Spending time in this environment is an excellent way for you to improve your English. In London and across the UK there are many charity volunteering opportunities. I'll also tell you about the biggest charity shop chains and a teach you a little bit about them. After you watch the video, head to to take a practice test to see if you're ready to work in a charity shop, or browse over 1000 other free English lesson videos and resources.

CNN Student News September 22 2016 subtitle /cc - Controversial Shooting...

source: Tieng Anh Chuan 100    2016年9月21日
September 21 2016
Following protests in Charlotte, North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma, we begin by explaining two controversial shootings that involved police officers and civilians. Our second story visits the battleground state of Pennsylvania for a look at how U.S. presidential campaigns are working for votes. And a Character Study profiles a chef whose work cooks up benefits for everyone involved.

WHAT MAKES A SUPERHERO? | Daily Listening | English Subtitle

source: Daily Listening    2016年9月6日
Many of us have heard of superheroes like Superman, and Wonder Woman.
These fictional characters exist in comics and in films but can they exist in real life? Finn and Rob describe some modern-day superheroes - people who have dedicated their lives to doing good things. They discuss what it takes to be a superhero.
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0:04 I'm Rob... and... is it a bird?
0:06 Is it a plane?
0:08 No, it's Super-Finn!
0:12 Hello Rob - it's just Finn here actually - I'm no superhero!
0:18 That's a shame.
0:19 So you don't have any special superpowers - amazing skills and abilities that can be
0:24 used for saving people and fighting against evil?
0:27 Well, lots of powers, but no superpowers.
0:29 I'm afraid not.
0:31 Superheroes, of course, tend to be fictional characters – they're made-up characters,
0:37 who appear in comics and books and movies.
0:40 You mean characters like Batman, Spiderman and Wonder Woman.
0:44 Do you have a favourite?
0:45I do actually.
0:47 Spiderman was my favourite when I was growing up.
0:50 And he can climb up walls and I really wanted to do the same - I tried to climb up the walls
0:55 in my house and sadly I failed because superheroes are fictional - they aren't real!
1:02 Well some real-life superheroes do exist and that's what we'll be talking about today and
1:07 we'll be explaining some words related to superheroes.
1:10 But first a question...
1:12 Can I use my superpowers to answer this one?
1:14 You can try.
1:16 What year did Superman first appear published in a comic book?
1:21 a) 1930 b) 1934
1:26 c) 1938 My spidey sense tells me it's 1934.
1:35 I'll tell you if you're right or wrong at the end of the programme.
1:40 Now let's find out more about some real-life superheroes.
1:44 These are people who don't really have superpowers but they are doing something extraordinary.
1:49 So they are doing something special - but most importantly, they are doing something
1:55 good.
1:56 People often describe someone who has done something brave, such as saving someone's
2:01 life, as a hero.
2:02 Firefighters are sometimes described as heroes because they often risk their lives to save
2:07 others.
2:08 But heroes don't have to be life-savers.
2:11 We sometimes describe a person with great intelligence or amazing abilities as 'our
2:18 hero' - a musician maybe or an athlete.
2:22 It's someone we admire and look up to.
2:24 Well there's a man in Japan who's recently been described as a 'superhero'.
2:29 To be honest, I don't think his powers are superhuman - that means a power that ordinary
2:33 humans don't have - but what he does is rather unusual and he gives up his free time doing
2:40 it.
2:41 Tell me more Rob.
2:42 This is Chibatman - named after the city of Chiba where he comes from.
2:46 His mission - his purpose - is to make the people of the city happy.
2:51 That's a worthwhile mission.
2:53 It is.
2:55 Chibatman has been spotted 'flying' through the streets of Chiba dressed a bit like Batman
3:00 and riding his custom-built three-wheeled Chibatpod.
3:06 But why?
3:07 Is he just a bit crazy or does he have honourable intentions?
3:13 You mean does he genuinely want to do good things and make things better?
3:18 Well, listen to what he says, speaking through a translator, and see if you can hear what
3:23 his reasons are … I started doing this around three years ago.
3:31 As for my reasons: during the great earthquake people forgot how to smile.
3:36 I wanted to help bring the smile back and that's why I started.
3:41 OK, so because of the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, he felt
3:49 people had forgotten how to smile.
3:52 So his mission was to get people smiling again.
3:55 That's something we could describe as being 'honourable'.
3:59 What is interesting about him and other superheroes is they keep their identity closely-guarded
4:05 - nobody knows who the real man in the costume is.
4:09 That's also true for another Japanese man who's been called a superhero.
4:14 Mr Full Moon wears a costume to hide his identity when he goes around cleaning the streets of
4:21 Tokyo.
4:22 Yes, he actually talks to people through a voice on his smartphone.
4:26 He hasn't been employed by anyone to do this ¬- he just claims he wants to keep the city's
4:30 streets cleaner.
4:32 We could call him a grime fighter armed with a dustpan and brush!
4:36 Very good - a 'grime fighter' - someone fighting dirt and dust!
4:40 Anyway, time now to see if your superpowers helped you answer today's question correctly.
4:45 Yes Rob, you asked me what year Superman first appeared in a comic book.
4:51 And you said 1934 and you were wrong.
4:57 Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in June 1938.
5:01 The character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and originally he wasn't a
5:07 hero but a villain - the bad guy - but he was changed into a hero before he was published
5:13 in the comic.
5:16 Now before you change into your costume, could you save the day by reminding us of some of
5:22 the words we have heard today?
5:24 Yes, today we heard: superhero
5:29 superpowers fictional
5:33 extraordinary life-savers
5:37 admire mission
5:40 honourable closely-guarded
5:44 Well, that brings us to the end of today's 6 Minute English.

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International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) | English Pronunciation

source: Crown Academy of English 2014年8月25日
This lesson explains the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and how it can help with English pronunciation.
I start the lesson by defining the International Phonetic Alphabet and showing why it is so useful. The letters of a word don't help us in knowing how to pronounce it because the same letter can have lots of different sounds in different words. For example, the letter "c" has a very different sound in the word "car" compared to the letter "c" in the word "dice". Also the same phonetic sound can be produced by lots of different combinations of letters.
The IPA is a system for representing each phonetic sound with a symbol and we use use these symbols to transcribe the correct pronunciation of a word. In the English language, there are 44 phonetic symbols and sounds made up of vowels (short and long), dipthongs and consonant sounds. In this video, I pronounce all of the 44 sounds (actually called phonemes) and show you the corresponding symbol. On top of these standard 44 sounds, American English has a few other specific sounds which I also pronounce and briefly explain.
Among the consonant sounds, there is a set of 8 pairs of consonants - In each pair, there is a voiceless consonant (example "p") and its equivalent voiced consonant (example "b"). Each pair's sound (example both the "p" and "b" sound) is produced by exactly the same mouth and tongue position. The only difference is that the voiceless consonant sound (example "p") is produced only by the mouth whereas the voiced consonant sound (example "b") is produced by the vibrations of the vocal cords in the throat.
I also present some IPA special characters which are used to represent the start and end of a phonetic transcription, the stressed syllable and the start of a new syllable.
The accent in the video is a British English accent but I do try to pronounce the 3-4 American English sounds with an American accent :)
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English Vocabulary & Idioms - NOISE

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At, On and In - Common Mistakes with Prepositions - ...

source: Twominute English      2013年10月31日
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0:01 Welcome to Teaching you English through two-minute lessons.
0:06 In this lesson, we will learn how to use the prepositions ‘at’, ‘on’, and ‘in’.
0:16 Hello, everybody. Today we’re going to talk about prepositions. They typically come before a noun and establish the relationship of that noun to a verb, an adjective, or another noun.
0:28 Hi, Felix. Hello, everyone. Prepositions can be confusing even for native speakers
0:35 Yes, that’s true, Susan. So, let’s take it easy. We’ll start with ‘at’. We use ‘at’ to refer to a specific place or a point in time.
0:46 Yes, like ‘at one o’clock’, or ‘at Christmas’.
0:50 Exactly. We use the preposition ‘in’ to explain something is inside a space, which doesn’t have to be closed.
0:59 Right, as ‘in the stadium’, and ‘in my house’. Don’t forget that we use ‘in’ to refer to cities, states, countries, years, months, and seasons.
1:14 Thanks, Susan. That’s right. And, finally, we use ‘on’ to describe that someone or something is in contact with a surface. Generally a flat surface.
1:25 Correct, like ‘on the table’, ‘on the wall’. And also when talking about days of the week and dates: ‘on Monday’, or ‘on May 9’.
1:39 Very good! I think we’re ready for some dialogues.
1:49 Hey, Megan. What time is the test tomorrow?
1:52 Hi, Kyle. It begins at eight o’clock. Are you prepared?
1:56 Yes! But I still want to review some topics tonight. We’re meeting at Susan’s house. Want to come?
2:01 Sure! Thanks. Can you pick me up? I’ll be at my mom’s house at three.
2:06 Ok. I’ll be there.
2:14 Good morning, Professor.
2:16 Good morning, Kyle. You seem to be in a good mood.
2:19 Yes. In the summer, I always feel good. In the mornings, especially.
2:23 Really? Why?
2:25 Here in Miami we have perfect beach weather. And I love to surf.
2:30 I see. In 2003, I participated in a surfing championship in Australia.
2:36 Wow! Did you win?
2:39 No. But I had a great time there. I arrived in August and left in October. It was fantastic.
2:52 Hi, Megan. Do you have plans for tonight?
2:55 Yes. I’ll do what I always do on Fridays. I’m going dancing. On April 6 there will be a competition. The winner gets a trip to France.
3:03 Well, good luck! By the way, Eric called and left a phone number. I put a note on the wall, next to the phone.
3:10 Ok, thanks, mom. Do you know where my yellow socks are? I saw them on the floor in the living room yesterday, but they’re not there now.
3:17 I put them on your bed.
3:19 Thanks, mom. I’m going to the mall on Sunday and I’ll buy you a beautiful gift.
3:24 I would prefer if you didn’t leave your things on the floor, dear.
3:31 It begins at eight o’clock.
3:34 We’re meeting at Susan’s house.
3:38 I’ll be at my mom’s house at three.
3:42 In the summer, I always feel good. Especially in the mornings.
3:50 Here in Miami we have perfect beach weather.
3:55 I arrived in August and left in October.
4:01 I’ll do what I always do on Fridays.
4:06 I put a note on the wall, next to the phone.
4:12 On April 6 there will be a competition.

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