IT or THERE? (distinction between the use of 'IT' and 'THERE')

source: MrSkypelessons    2016年11月23日
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1) It is a pronoun
2) It + adjective + to + infinitive (or that)
3) It + be + time / distance / weather
4) It + help/hurt/pay + to + infinitive
5) It + feeling + object + to + infinitive (or that)
6) It + take + object + TIME (how long)
7) hate/love/like/can't stand/bear + IT + that/if/when
8) dislike/enjoy/understand/prefer + IT + /if/when
9) believe/consider/feel/find/think + IT + adjective + that

1) DEICTIC (There's my pen! There it is. He's over there)
2) EXISTENTIAL (There was a bank in the town centre)

There's no point in
There's no choice/alternative but to...
There's no denying that
There's no hope for
There's no need to
There's no question of
There's no chance of
There's no reason to

It's no longer...
It's no coincidence/surprise/secret/accident that
It's no good/use + _____ING

Business Idioms related to sports

source: Learn English with Let's Talk    2016年11月23日
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One of the biggest areas is sports. If you want to use these Business English phrases, it would be useful to have an understanding of what they are and what they mean. This Business English lesson will cover idioms related to sports.

Kick off – to start
Example: Good Morning everyone. Shall we kick off the meeting then? (Football)
On target – making good progress and likely to achieve what has been planned
Example: It looks like we are pretty much on target with this project. (Archery)
Up to scratch – to be of a good standard
Example: I know we have a great team whose work is really up to scratch. (Track and Field)
Know the ropes – to be able to do something well
Example: Our new Sales Director has a lot of experience and really knows all the ropes. (Sailing)
Ballpark figure – a rough estimate
Example: Can you give me a ballpark figure on the total sales costs? (Baseball)
Jump the gun – to do something too soon, especially without thinking about it carefully
Example: We still have some costs to factor in and I don’t want to jump the gun. (Track and Field)
In pole position – to be in the best possible position
Example: We are in pole position to win the contract. (Motor Racing)
Neck and neck – to have the same chance of winning as someone else
Example: We are neck and neck with our competitors, so we really need to work hard to maintain our market share. (Horse Racing)
The ball in our court – to be in a position to make the next step
Example: We have done what we can, the ball is in your court now. (Tennis)
Take our eye off the ball – to make a mistake, especially by doing something carelessly
Example: We really cannot take our eye off the ball with this deal as it will be a real winner for us. (Football)

CNN Student News with subtitles - November 23, 2016 | Korean reunions for which some pe...

source: NEWS with Subtitles     2016年11月22日
Ukraine as a Divided Country; Family Reunions for South and North Koreans; Loneliness Affecting People`s Health; John Glenn, Pioneer of U.S. Manned Space Program; Isaac Lufkin, Armless High School Football Player Getting Recognition from U.S. Presidents.
We also bring you a look at Korean reunions for which some people have waited a lifetime. Other topics covered this Friday include ways to address loneliness and an anniversary concerning John Glenn.
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Student News Anchor: Carl Azuz.

Have a Cold and Old Wives' Tales!

source: To Fluency     2016年11月22日
In this English lesson, you're going to learn what 'old wives' tales' means and learn vocabulary related to having a cold. You're also going to learn how to use the imperative to give advice.

I have a bit of a cold
blocked up nose
sore throat
old wives’ tale
feed a cold, starve a fever
boost your immune system
eat chicken soup
inflammation - see here:
pick up
you lose most of your body heat through your head
you should take a hat with you
it’s not going to completely cure you

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Listen and Hear

source: Simple English Videos    2016年11月22日
Learn about the verbs 'listen' and 'hear' and fix some common mistakes. Check the grammar and uses of these verbs and learn how hearing is an unconscious act while listening is intentional.
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English Listening Practice Level 4 (Lesson 1 - 70)

source: Daily English Conversation    2016年10月11日
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*Lesson 1 - 70*
1. Come to the Fair – 00:06
2. Hiroshima – 04:17
3. Niagara Falls – 07:42
4. Cowboys – 10:59
5. George W. Bush Jr. – 15:59
6. Handel's "Messiah" – 19:42
7. Ireland – 23:17
8. Louisa May Alcott – 26:35
9. Niagara-On-The-Lake – 30:25
10. Newspapers – 37:08
11. Paul Kane, Frontier Artist – 38:06
12. Plains Indians – 42:41
13. Pocahontas and John Smith – 45:58
14. Remember The Alamo! – 49:30
15. Gribbio – 53:24
16. Summertime – 56:14
17. Telephone Systems – 59:22
18. Texas – 1:02:09
19. The Ford Pinto Case – 1:05:25
20. The Golden Man ? El Dorado – 1:08:46
21. The Grand Canyon – 1:13:09
22. The Niagara Park's Commission – 1:16:28
23. The Welland Canal – 1:19:53
24. Wal-Mart Stores – 1:23:21
25. Yellowstone National Park – 1:26:30
26. Student Newspapers – 1:30:16
27. Canadian Colleges and Universities – 1:33:20
28. Coffee and Donuts – 1:36:45
29. David Livingstone ? Medical Missionary – 1:39:54
30. Favourite Cookies – 1:44:49
31. Florence Nightingale – 1:47:59
32. Harriet Tubman – 1:52:15
33. Hernias Repaired Here – 1:56:05
34. Julie Andrews – 1:59:18
35. Potato Chips and Corn Chips – 2:02:20
36. The Stratford Festival – 2:06:11
37. The Two Cultures – 2:09:40
38. The War That Both Sides Won – 2:12:52
39. North American Death and Burial – 2:16:44
40. Anastasia and the Russian Revoluion – 2:21:03
41. Australian Origins – 2:25:07
42. Casa Loma – 2:29:08
43. Charlie Brown – 2:32:50
44. Conquering Lake Ontario – 2:36:26
45. Currier and Ives – 2:39:51
46. Death Valley – California – 2:43:15
47. Dr. Norman Bethune – 2:45:42
48. Ebenezer Scrooge – 2:49:28
49. Etiquette – 2:53:59
50. Gambling – 2:57:05
51. Gilbert and Sullivan – 3:00:06
52. Hawaii – 3:03:38
53. Henry Ford – 3:06:55
54. It Could Be a Whole Lot Better – 3:10:25
55. John Chapman : American Pioneer – 3:14:14
56. Las Vegas, Nevada – 3:18:29
57. Laura Secord – 3:21:40
58. Little House on the Prairie – 3:26:14
59. Mutiny!! – 3:31:32
60. North America's Rainforest – 3:35:31
61. Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia – 3:38:58
62. Prince Edward Island – 3:42:43
63. Public Transit – 3:47:05
64. Red-haired Ann – 3:51:29
65. Romance Novels – 3:55:31
66. Shopping at the Mall – 3:58:25
67. Stephen Foster ? American Songwriter – 4:00:43
68. Sunday Morning at Church – 4:04:38
69. Thanksgiving Day – 4:07:43
70. The Calgary Stampede – 4:11:24

How to sell features and benefits

source: Simple English Videos 2015年10月27日
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How to use PLAY, GO, DO for sports

source: EnglishLessons4U - Learn English with Ronnie! 2009年3月29日 Learn which verbs we use with your favourite sports. PLAY, GO, and DO are used for different sports. In this lesson, you will find out how to know which one to use with each sport.

Inviting to a Wedding Anniversary Party

source: Twominute English    2013年5月7日
The wedding day is perhaps the most important day of our life next to the day we are born. It's one of the day we like to remember all throughout our life. Thus a wedding anniversary. Here in this video you will learn how to invite your friends, relatives and colleagues to a wedding anniversary.
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0:07 In this lesson, we will learn how to invite friends and relatives to a wedding anniversary.
0:18 Hi Susanne! How are you?
0:20 I am fine. What about you?
0:23 I am great! Peter and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary next week.
0:28 Oh great! Congratulations in advance!
0:33 Thank you very much, Susanne. So, can you come over for a small party? It's next week on Tuesday
0:41 Sure I can! Thank you for inviting me Merry.
0:49 Hello Aunt Merci. How is it going?
0:52 Oh Peter! It's all going fine. How are you?
0:57 I am fine too, Auntie. Merry and I have our wedding anniversary next week.
1:04 Oh yes! I almost forgot about that!
1:08 So, would you please come to our place next Tuesday?
1:12 Yes, I’ll be there Peter! Did you call up your uncle about it? He is at the office now.
1:19 I haven’t called him yet.
1:22 Don’t worry, I’ll tell him about it.
1:26 Thank you. See you both on Tuesday!
1:35 Hello Mr. Smith.
1:37 Hi Peter! How’s work?
1:39 It’s fine. Look, I just wanted to invite you to my wedding anniversary. It's on Tuesday.
1:46 Oh! That’s great! For how many years have you been married?
1:50 It’s been 10 years now. We’ll throw a small party. Can you join us?
1:56 I would love to Peter, but I might be flying to Colorado on Sunday.
2:01 Well, we’ll miss you if you can’t make it, but I understand.
2:06 I can make it if the trip gets delayed, Peter.
2:09 I hope you can!
2:16 Hey Brad, it’s party time!
2:19 Man, I have been partying all week! What is this one about?
2:25 Dude, it’s my anniversary next week.
2:28 Wow! That’s gonna be great! When’s the party?
2:33 It’s on Tuesday evening. I’ve been married for a decade.
2:37 I’ve invited all my good friends and relatives.
2:41 I’ll be there mate, and I will bring Samantha too
2:44 Of course! We want you both there with us!
2:49 Alright! See you then.
2:54 Peter and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary next week.
3:02 So, can you come over for a small party? It's next week on Tuesday
3:15 So, would you please come to our place next Tuesday?
3:23 I haven’t called him yet.
3:28 Thank you. See you both on Tuesday!
3:35 I just wanted to invite you to my wedding anniversary.
3:43 We’ll throw a small party. Can you join us?
3:50 Dude, it’s my anniversary next week.
3:57 I’ve invited all my good friends and relatives.

Slang in English: 'What the hell' and other HELL expressions

source: Learn English with Emma [engVid]    2012年1月10日 The word 'hell' is used in many English expressions. Learn the multiple meanings of 'what the hell' and other common expressions like 'for the hell of it', 'like hell', 'to hell with it', 'when hell freezes over', and 'go to hell'. Take the quiz at

6 phrases in English using IT'S

source: JamesESL English Lessons (engVid)    2011年10月28日 In this free English class, you'll learn six new idioms and phrases. Don't be shy! Watch it now. It's on the house!
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6 tips to ace a Job Interview

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2013年4月29日
A good Resume and a cover letter may have possibly given you that chance to give an interview. But once you're in there, you have less than probably half an hour to make your mark and set yourself apart from other qualified candidates for the job. So, preparing for the pre-interview, interview and post --interview stage is imperative. Here are a few basics you need to keep in mind,

1. Good appearance: Remember, first impression is the last impression. You definitely want to leave a lasting impression on your potential employer. You can begin by appearing good. Whatever your gender, you might want to stick to formal clothing. Yes, while you're at it, make sure they are comfortable, clean and well pressed. Guys can opt for a tie. Go with neutral or monochrome colors. Ditch the bright oranges, neon blues and the bright purples for another event!!! You might also want to do away with any body piercings you have. Girls, please tone down on the makeup! Always remember-Less is more!!!

2. Be punctual: Punctuality is one of the main pre-requisites for many hiring managers. Arriving punctually also reduces a great deal of stress. Don't be late, but then don't be too early either. Make sure you reach your interview at least 10-15 mins in advance. To do this, you need to make sure you have the correct address a day in advance of the interview. If you're driving, figure out the parking lot and the time it takes you to walk it to the nearest elevator. It could save you a good 10 minutes. If you are using the public transportation, make sure you keep record of the bus routes and train timings a day or two in advance.

3. Sell yourself: Believe it or not-"SELLING YOURSELF" is the part which will set you apart from all those other candidates. This means you carry your credentials with you-a copy of your resume to begin with. It's also a good idea to carry your work from the previous employment which includes appreciation emails from clients, thank you notes from customers, awards you've bagged, etc. It shows that you've taken the extra effort to make that mark. Show them how your skills will make your job easier for you.

4. Body Gestures: Now that you've finally arrived, you want to appear professional. I don't mean by what you wear, but how you conduct yourself. Your body gestures play a big part here. No matter what your attire is-when you enter, you must always wear a nice, BIG smile. Your handshake must be firm-not extra strong or weak and clammy. Always make eye contact-which shows that you are an honest person and you're one that accepts feedback. Make sure you don't turn your eye contact into an ugly glare which borders on threat. But then, don't completely look away from your interviewer which actually shows low self-esteem. Your sitting posture is very important-sit with your back erect-No body wants to hire a slouch. While speaking, make sure you have open hand movements or gestures which show that you're a person who is easily approachable. Don't folds your arms which give you a closed and reserved look.

5. Ask questions: Asking the right questions is very important. These questions mainly help you clear your doubts or apprehensions about starting a new job. It could be questions related to the company (its policies, corporate ethics, pay structure, etc) or the job itself so that you're aware of the specific skills involved. This shows your interest in being a part of the organization. Questions relating to the job also show that you want to make sure you're an asset to the company by bringing in your skills-technical or communicative to do a good job while you're on board!

6. Follow up-No matter how the interview goes-always follow up! You can do this a week after the interview. Always thank your interviewer for the opportunity they gave you-no matter what the outcome is. The feed back they give you will always help you discern your strengths and weaknesses.

Common English Verbs: HAVE and HAVE GOT

source: Espresso English    2012年10月27日
There are two ways to make the negative form of the verb HAVE or HAS: Don't have / Doesn't have Haven't / Hasn't
When "have" is the main verb (meaning possession), then the negative form is "don't have / doesn't have."
When "have" is the auxiliary verb (like in the present perfect) then use "haven't / hasn't":
Either "have" or "have got" can be used when "have" is the main verb (in the case of possession):