Afraid, Scared, or Frightened? - Learn Confusing English Words

source: Espresso English      2016年10月27日
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What the Britlish Talk About When They Have Nothing to Say

source: Learn English with Britlish   2016年10月26日
This compilation video English lesson brings together four of my popular videos about the weather to make it easier than ever to learn the vocabulary of the weather.
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Questions to Ask Someone on Their Birthday

source: To Fluency    2016年10月27日
Hey! Welcome to this English lesson where I share questions you can ask someone when it's their birthday. Get my book for free here:

What did you do for your birthday?
What did you get?
Did you take the day off?
To wish someone a Happy Birthday
I hope you have a great birthday
I hope you have a fantastic day

English in a Minute: Music to My Ears

source: VOA Learning English    2016年10月29日
This expression is not exactly about music. Find out why you might call something "music to your ears" in this week's English in a Minute!
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CNN Student News October 31 2016 subtitle /cc - Pokemon GO, the dangers of distracted driving

source: Tieng Anh Chuan 100 2016年10月30日
October 31, 2016
Thank you for joining us for this special edition of CNN Student News! We're launching a two-part series focused on the dangers of distracted driving. Today's report brings you the personal accounts of people who've been directly affected by accidents involving a distracted driver.

BBC 6 Minute English | POVERTY IN A RICH WORLD | English CC | Daily List...

source: Daily Listening    2016年10月5日

0:07 Well, in this programme we're talking about wealth.
0:09 The world is getting richer, Harry.
0:11 Really?
0:12 How come?
0:13 Well, according to recent data, the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved
0:18 in recent decades.
0:19 More people own a car and a mobile phone.
0:22 So, that's all very good news.
0:24 More people can have a good standard of living – standard of living is what we call the
0:28 amount of money and quality of life people have in a particular society.
0:34 People in general may have a better life but there's still a lot of inequality in different
0:39 countries.
0:40 Inequality - in other words some people have a lot of money and opportunities and others
0:44 just don't.
0:45 So, individual governments have to find a way of reducing this inequality, to allow
0:50 more people to have the opportunity to improve their lives.
0:53 Yes.
0:54 In this programme we're talking about the gap between rich and poor and you'll learn
0:58 some words which will help you discuss this topic or read about it in the news.
1:03 And now our quiz, Harry.
1:05 Ah, the legendary quiz!
1:07 I'm ready!
1:08 Good.
1:09 Right.
1:10 A recent report by Oxfam and Credit Suisse revealed how divided we all are when it comes
1:13 to wealth.
1:14 A lot of the wealth in the world is in the hands of very few people.
1:18 That's what I'm going to ask you about, Harry.
1:20 How much of the global wealth is owned by the richest 1%?
1:24 Is it: a) 38%
1:26 b) 48% or c) 58%
1:30 Well, it's only 1% of the population, so I would have to guess the lower one, 38%.
1:35 Surely they can't own more than that!
1:37 Well, we'll see if you got the right answer at the end of the programme.
1:41 Now, let's talk about rich and poor.
1:44 As we said, experts have concluded that more people are living better when you look at
1:48t he world as a whole, but in individual countries you can find people with hardly anything to
1:54 eat… …and others with lots of houses, cars, land
1:58 and so on…
1:59 So, Rob, how can this situation be reversed?
2:02 Well, David Bryer from Oxfam mentions a country which has achieved some success in trying
2:07 to make the poor less poor.
2:09 He is talking about Brazil.
2:11 Listen to what Bryer says and tell me: what are the two words he uses meaning 'the least
2:17 money people are paid for the work they do'?
2:20 There are examples we can look to where countries are managing to reduce the gap between the
2:26 super-rich and the rest.
2:28 Brazil has historically very high levels of economic inequality.
2:32 And they've been taking just some really sensible measures – measures around having more progressive
2:36 tax, around investing in a higher minimum wage, investing in central public services,
2:40 you know, these things that all governments can do that start to reverse this tide.
2:46 So David Bryer talks about a 'minimum wage'.
2:49 That's the least a worker receives in payment for work they've done.
2:53 He meant that if people are paid a higher minimum wage, they can eat better, seek a
2:57 better education, and their children can have a better job in the future.
3:02 They can be lifted out of poverty.
3:04 And the economy can grow.
3:06 More people with more money buy more things and factories produce more.
3:11 A factory which produces more will need more workers.
3:14 So, more jobs for all.
3:16 Right.
3:17 Another measure by the Brazilian government which is mentioned by the representative from
3:21 Oxfam has to do with tax.
3:24 Tax is the amount of money you pay to the government depending on your salary and the
3:28 cost of things you buy…
3:30 But we have to admit this, Rob: taxes are not popular.
3:33 That's true.
3:34 Many people don't like paying tax because they don't receive an immediate benefit from
3:39 it.
3:40 Some very rich people try to pay as little as possible.
3:43 But one billionaire who thinks it's important to pay and create conditions for governments
3:48 to fight poverty is Bill Gates.
3:51 The founder of Microsoft earned a lot of money, retired and, with his wife Melinda, created
3:56 a foundation to help the poor.
3:59 The BBC asked him what the very rich have to do to help reduce poverty.
4:04 Let's listen to his answer.
4:05 What does he say rich people have to be?
4:08 The word is an adjective.
4:10 Well, their obligation of course is to pay their taxes, but our advice to them is that
4:19 they all look at taking their wealth and being philanthropic - both in their own country
4:24 and to help the global poorest.
4:27 That's a full-time work Melinda and I do, we find it very fulfilling, we love seeing
4:32 the progress.
4:34 So rich people have to be 'philanthropic'!
4:38 It means they have to help poor people by giving their money.
4:41 And he says he and his wife find this giving to the poor 'fulfilling', in other words,
4:47 it makes them happy and satisfied.
4:49 Well, that's his message to the very, very, very, very rich in the world!
4:53 To the… 1%!
4:54 The 1%...Well, you want the answer to my quiz question now, don't you?
4:58 Yes.
4:59 You asked me how much of the global wealth is owned by the richest 1% of the world's
5:03 population.
5:04 And the options I gave you were: 38%, 48% or 58%
5:08 And I guessed 38% based on the fact that I couldn't imagine them earning more than that.
5:13 I like your thinking, Harry, but I'm afraid the correct answer is actually (b) 48%.
5:19 The wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world's population – that's
5:23 according to a study by anti-poverty charity Oxfam.
5:26 I think it's truly shocking that such a small number of people can own so much.
5:31 You're right.
5:32 It's an amazing statistic.
5:33 OK, well, we're almost out of time but let's remind ourselves of some of the words that
5:37 we've said today, Harry.
5:39 standard of living inequality
5:42 minimum wage tax
5:46 philanthropic fulfilling
5:49 Well, that's it for today.

Niagara Falls (Learn English via Listening Beginner Level | Lesson 103)

source: Daily English Conversation    2016年9月9日
I live in Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls is a famous place.
A lot of tourists visit here every year.
Most of the tourists come to see the waterfalls.
The waterfalls are very beautiful and powerful.
At night they shine lights on the falls that make them even more dramatic.
Tourists line up against the railings to watch the water as it tumbles into the Niagara
There are other things in Niagara Falls that the tourists like to visit.
There are a lot of gift shops and museums.
There are many hotels that the tourists can stay at.
Tourism is very important to Niagara Falls.
Many people work in the tourism industry.
There are many jobs in the tourism industry.
You can take a special bus and tour Niagara Falls.
You can ride in a horse-drawn carriage in Niagara-on-the-Lake, or you can take a balloon
ride over the falls from the American side.
You can even ride in a helicopter over the falls.
Niagara Falls is very busy in the summertime.
Summer is the time when most tourists visit here.
Sometimes the tourists think it raining near the falls, but it is only the mist that rises from
the mighty waterfalls.
There are many legends and stories connected to Niagara Falls.
There is a special legend called "The Maid of the Mist."
There are stories about the daredevils who thought that they were more powerful than
the falls.
Some of them went over the falls in barrels, and others walked on tightropes over the
Both of those things are very dangerous.
I stay behind the railings when I look at the falls.
I know just how powerful the falls are.
It is interesting to discover all the stories that there are about Niagara Falls.
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Full Moon - a short story for business English students

source: Simple English Videos    2013年2月4日
A short comic story by James Schofield that provides excellent English vocabulary practice for intermediate level business English students.
You can watch this story with a clickable transcript at
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Slang in English - Bodily Noises - FART, BURP, YAWN, HICCUP, QUEEF

source: EnglishLessons4U - Learn English with Ronnie! 2011年6月3日 Free slang ESL vocabulary lesson about body noises! Fart, burp, yawn, hiccup and know what to say to be polite! Learn some funny words, then take the quiz at

Work Vocabulary in English - What job do you do? Part 3

source: Twominute English    2013年8月21日
There are so many different professions in the world. Do you know the name of each profession in English? Can you say what you do in English language? In this lesson learn about even more professions. The name of the jobs, and what they do. Improve your English work vocabulary with the third installment of the professions vocabulary video from Two Minute English.
Part 1- Professions English Vocabulary
Part 2 - Job Vocabulary

Sound like a Native English Speaker: Tapping

source: Learn English with Emma [engVid]  2015年9月17日
Want to sound more like a native speaker? Learn this pronunciation secret! In this lesson, you will discover something very common in North American pronunciation: tapping. Tapping is when we change a /t/ sound to a /d/ sound. For example, in North American English we pronounce the word "water" like "wader". Watch this video to find out when we use tapping and what it sounds like. Finally, we will practice the pronunciation of example words together using tapping.

Phrasal Verbs in English - PULL

source: JamesESL English Lessons (engVid)    2009年1月18日
There are a lot of funny phrasal verbs in English that use the word 'pull'. In this lesson, I go over some of them.

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Tongue Twisters: Advanced English Pronunciation Practice

source: Espresso English    2012年12月12日
Practice your English pronunciation with these tongue twisters! Visit for English tips and intensive English courses.