Phrasal verbs with BACK

source: MrSkypelessons     2016年11月16日
Here is an English lesson on some of the most common phrasal verbs which contain the preposition BACK. Answer the following questions:

1) What kinds of things bring back memories of your childhood?
2) When was the last time you had to double back? Why?
3) How much did your last purchase set you back?
4) Have you ever backed your car into something?
5) If I were in a fight with several attackers, would you back me up?
6) Are you the kind of person to take back your words and own up to your mistakes?
7) How long does it take you to bounce back after a bout of flu?

CNN Student News with subtitles - November 16, 2016 | Obama expects questions on Trump ...

source: NEWS with Subtitles     2016年11月15日
On last foreign tour to Peru, Germany and Greece, Obama expects questions on Trump. Obama Reassures Europe on Final Overseas Trip. Obama will spend his final presidential trip abroad trying to reassure the world about Trump. President Obama begins his last overseas trip while in office. Movie theaters hope 4-D fills seats.
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Talking About Thanksgiving ...

source: To Fluency     2016年11月15日
☆ We're hoping she's going to be quiet - notice that I use 'hope' in the continuous? Learn more about 'hope' here:
☆ Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Learn more about this here:
☆ That's what it boils down to - this is a great phrase to mean "the main reason for something."
☆ Put on a parade - to organize a parade (phrasal verb)
☆ It's a pretty big milestone - a significant event
☆ I did not grow up eating that - learn about grow up here:
☆ Potluck - a party where everyone brings a dish. For Thanksgiving, people are assigned a certain dish
☆ To go back for seconds - to get another plate of food after eating your first
☆ It has a special place in everyone's heart - This means that's it's emotionally important. Learn more here:
☆ Black Friday has become a huge thing now - this means that Black Friday is important and widespread
☆ I'm a person who leaves it to the last minute - I wait until near the deadline to do something. I use this phrase here:
☆ I didn't take those days off - I worked those days
☆ It's going to be very difficult to travel with two children - I'm sure you know what this means!

Remember or Remind? Learn the difference!

source: Espresso English    2016年10月6日
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BBC 6 Minute English | THE OUTERNET | English CC | Daily Listening

source: Daily Listening   2016年10月11日

0:06 Now, how was your holiday?
0:08 My holiday was lovely, Neil.
0:10 I was staying on a beautiful island.
0:12 It was very remote and there was actually no internet access.
0:16 So, I did feel quite cut off actually.
0:19 And cut off means isolated.
0:22 How did you survive, Catherine?
0:24 Well, it wasn’t easy.
0:26 But I had my e-reader - that's an electronic device which lets you store and read lots
0:31 of books from the internet.
0:33 And I read a lot of Harry Potter...
0:35 Harry Potter?
0:36 I know you like wizards, Catherine, but shouldn't you have downloaded some classic literature?
0:41 How about Shakespeare’s The Tempest?
0:43 That's got a wizard in it too.
0:45 Well, yes indeed.
0:46 But Shakespeare on the beach isn't quite right for me, Neil.
0:49 Right.
0:50 Well, today we're talking about how the poorer and more remote - or distant - parts of the
0:55 world can get access to learning.
0:58 That's right.
0:59 But before we start, Neil, I believe you have a quiz question for us.
1:02 Yes, I do.
1:03 I would like to know what the proportion of the world's population that still has no internet
1:08 access is.
1:10 Is it... a) a quarter?
1:12 b) half? or c) two thirds?
1:15 I'm going to go for c) two thirds.
1:18 Well, we'll find out if you're right or wrong later on in the programme.
1:21 So Catherine, how can these people get connected to the internet and start surfing?
1:27 By using the Outernet.
1:29 The Outer what?
1:30 The Outernet.
1:31 That's the idea of entrepreneur Syed Karim and its goal is to give people in unconnected
1:37 communities access to information without having to use expensive mobile phones or two-way
1:43 satellite networks.
1:45 I see.
1:46 And an entrepreneur, by the way, is a person who makes money by starting their own business
1:51 that typically involves some financial risk.
1:54 Yes, I've always fancied myself as a bit of an entrepreneur.
1:57 Well, you'll need money and ideas, Catherine.
1:59 Have you got either of those?
2:02 I've got ideas.
2:03 Right.
2:04 OK.
2:05 I get it.
2:06 So, can you tell us how the Outernet works, Neil?
2:08 Yes, I can.
2:09 The Outernet uses existing communications satellites to store and broadcast data - broadcast
2:16 means to send out signals or programmes.
2:18 Special equipment on the ground picks up - or receives - the data, and this can be copied
2:24 to phones and computers.
2:26 But the Outernet broadcasts data offline - which means it's not connected to the Internet.
2:32 There's no communication with the internet for user - so, no emails, no chat forums.
2:37 And that can be a big drawback - or disadvantage.
2:40 Yes.
2:41 The Outernet doesn't provide two-way communication.
2:45 But let's hear Syed Karim discussing why one-way access has some advantages.
2:51 And see if you can spot another word meaning 'two-way'.
2:54 Anything that is related to bi-directional communications, the internet, to be able to
2:58 provide that to the entire world, those are billion dollar projects, multi-billion dollar
3:02 projects with huge time horizons and enormous complexity.
3:07 And, you know, our solution that we are offering is instantaneous, I mean, it exists right
3:11 now.
3:12 Did you get it?
3:13 Another way of saying two-way is bi-directional.
3:17 So what are the advantages of one-way communication, Catherine?
3:21 It's significantly cheaper.
3:23 Bi-directional communications are multi-billion dollar projects.
3:27 But the Outernet allows poorer communities to benefit from access to information.
3:31 Yes, it does.
3:32 And the other big problem is the time it would take to establish two-way access.
3:37 Syed says these projects have huge time horizons - and this means the length of time it takes
3:43 to complete a project - they're huge, so very big.
3:47 But the Outernet is already providing access to some of the world's most valuable knowledge.
3:51 That's right.
3:52 The project aims to create a library of information taken from websites including Wikipedia and
3:58 Project Gutenberg, which is a collection of copyright-free e-books.Copyright-free means
4:04 the right to use material without paying any fees.
4:07 That sounds good.
4:09 But let's go back to the internet and hear from a BBC reporter talking about another
4:15 project which aims to get people connected.
4:18 Google for example is working on Project Loon, a network of high-altitude helium balloons,
4:24 which will boost Internet connections across much wider areas beyond coverage from conventional
4:29 masts.
4:30 It's called Project Loon - meaning crazy - because Google thought it was such a crazy idea, and
4:35 loon sounds like balloon!
4:37 Yeah.
4:38 The idea is that users will connect to the balloon network - or group of interconnected
4:42 balloons - using an antenna attached to their building.
4:47 The signal travels through the balloon network from balloon to balloon, and then to a station
4:52 on the ground that's connected to the Internet.
4:54 The balloons will boost - or increase - the number of people who will be able to access
4:59 the Internet.
5:00 Yes, it will.
5:01 And that's because there will be lots of them - compared to the number ofmasts - or tall
5:05 metal towers that send and receive signals - that are currently used.
5:10 OK, let's have the answer to the quiz question I asked: What proportion of the world's population
5:15 still has no internet access?
5:18 Is it ... a) a quarter?
5:20 b) half? or c) two thirds?
5:22 And I said c) two thirds.
5:25 And you were right!
5:26 The answer is two thirds.
5:28 Well done, Catherine.
5:29 Thank you.
5:30 Now just time to listen to today's words once again.
5:33 Catherine.
5:34 OK.
5:35 We heard: e-reader
5:36 remote entrepreneur
5:38 broadcast picks up
5:41 drawback bi-directional
5:44 one-way time horizons
5:47 copyright-free balloon network
5:50 boost masts

Making Decisions in Business Meetings

source: Simple English Videos   2015年6月23日
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DO & MAKE - How to talk about housework in English

source: EnglishLessons4U - Learn English with Ronnie!    2011年12月7日 "I do the laundry." "I make my bed." Do or make? How and when do we use these verbs in English? In this class, you'll also learn vocabulary to talk about doing work around the house. We also have a printable list of common Do & Make expressions:
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Leaving a message on the phone

source: Twominute English     2013年9月14日
Have you ever called someone and been redirected to an answering machine or a voicemail box? Thanks to technology, now you can leave an audio message on someone's phone when the person doesn't pick up your call. Here in this video, you will learn how to leave a message on the phone. Learn the the vocabulary and gain the confidence to send your voice over the line!
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0:06 In this lesson you will learn how to leave a voice message on the phone.
0:16 The person you are calling is unavailable at this moment. You may leave a voice message after the beep.
0:23 Please leave the voice message now.
0:27 Hi there, Lynn! This is Ester. I’ve been calling you for over an hour.
0:31 We have left already. Just take a taxi to Havana Road and call me when you reach Jim’s Tavern, Okay? We are waiting for you, babe! Bye!
0:46 The subscriber is unavailable at this moment. Please leave a message.
0:52 Hey Justin. James here. What’s the matter? You haven’t showed up at the office over the last three days.
0:59 There’s some good news for you! You’ve been selected for the internship at Geneva! Call me back as soon as possible!
1:14 The subscriber you are calling is unavailable to receive your call. You may leave a message after the beep.
1:21 Honey, you know I really hate when you don’t pick up my call. Are you still sleeping? I have an important meeting today at the office.
1:28 Please bring Kate home from the music class today. You can pick her up at 4:00pm. Don’t forget, and please don’t be late. Bye!
1:43 Please leave a voicemail for the subscriber after dialing *9.
1:50 Hello Mr. Harper. This is James Collins, calling from Richmond Corp. Your application has been selected for further evaluation.
1:59 Please be in our office on Park Street at 9A.M. on Monday, 23rd.
2:04 Please call me back at 789 564 7687 for confirmation of the interview as soon as you get this message. Thank you. Have a good day.
2:21 To inquire about voicemail, press 3.
2:27 If you are a T-mobile customer press *122 for sending voice mail.
2:31 Charges on national calls are 8 cents per minute and 14 cents per minute on international calls.
2:38 If you are using another provider please press *123 for sending voice mail.
2:43 Charges per minute on national calls are 12 cents and 20 cents per minute on international calls.
2:51 Thank you! Please send your voicemail now.
2:55 Hello, dad. Are you still busy at the meeting? We are all waiting for you to cut my birthday cake.
3:00 Uncle Jim has already arrived. Call back as soon as possible. Love you!
3:11 Please leave a message.
3:15 Martha, I know you are probably listening to me. Listen dear. I am so sorry for what happened yesterday.
3:25 I promise I will never drink again for the rest of my life. I couldn’t even go to the office today. Will you please forgive me this time?
3:35 If you want to stay some days at your mother’s, it’s Okay. Just let me know when you want to come back and I’ll pick you up.
3:47 Hi there, Lynn! This is Ester.
3:52 We are waiting for you, babe! Bye!
3:58 Hey Justin. James here.
4:03 Call me back as soon as possible!
4:08 Honey, you know I really hate when you don’t pick up my call.
4:17 Hello Mr. Harper. This is James Collins, calling from Richmond Corp.

English Grammar - Passed or Past?

source: Learn English with Emma [engVid]    2011年12月28日 "Past" or "passed"? Learn the very different meanings of these words and easy tricks to remember them. Watch this free lesson and these common mistakes will be a thing of the past. Take the quiz, too:

"All" & "Every" - What's the difference?

source: JamesESL English Lessons (engVid)   2010年9月11日 Do you want to know how to use 'all' and 'every' correctly all of the time? Every time? Find out the exact meaning and usage of these words in this advanced English grammar lesson, then take the quiz at to test your understanding.

How to make a first good impression in a job interview?

source: Learn English with Let's Talk    2013年5月30日
In this lesson Ceema explains how to make a good impression to impress your potential employer.

English Prepositions After the Verb THINK

source: Espresso English    2012年11月4日
Learn 8 common English prepositions used after the verb THINK: Difference between think about, think of, think over, think through, think ahead, think back, think up, and think to.

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