Idiom 'Be on the Back Foot'

source: Twominute English    2013年7月11日
The meaning of 'be on the back foot' is to experience a drawback. It means to be on a position of disadvantage. It also means a personal difficulty or challenge.
In this video the meaning of the idiom 'be on the back foot' is described along with it's different uses. Here in this video you will learn the meaning of the idiom and how to use it while speaking in English. Let's learn from this video how you can use this idiom in your conversations.
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0:06 In this lesson you will learn the meaning of the idiom “to be on the back foot' and how we can use it in our daily conversations.
0:18 To be on the back foot means to be in a defensive position.
0:22 Ricky Ponting was batting on the back foot yesterday.
0:25 This is not only used in cricket.
0:29 It is used as an idiom which means forced to be in disadvantage by an opponent.
0:33 Who won the match, Samuel?
0:36 So, you mean, being on back foot also means to be outclassed? The Aussies put the Kiwis on their back foot despite their weak batting.
0:45 You're correct. It also means to be troubled by something or even a physical disability to continue with something.
0:55 Can you give an example, Samuel?
0:58 Sure, the snow storm put us on the back foot on our last mountaineering trip.
1:03 Alright! Mountaineering is fun. Next time do take me along with you.
1:09 That'll be fun for sure! But you'll be on the back foot with those extra pounds of yours.
1:15 C'mon Sammy! Don't you know I go to the gym every day now?
1:26 The new trade policy is putting our company on the back foot.
1:31 I have no worries about it. The deal with Kamone and GL Logistics will compensate for that, for sure.
1:37 I hope you are right , Anton. The competition is really tough these days.
1:42 Veronica, we may be on the backfoot now. But we will grow rapidly soon.
1:52 Hey Samuel! Why didn't you come to school last week?
1:56 I got mugged last week man, and that brought me an injured leg. I was in the hospital.
2:01 Oh, no! But you know Karate don't you?
2:04 Karate is on the back foot when the other guy has a gun.
2:08 You are right. Well, you missed a lot of classes.
2:11 And now I'm going to be on the back foot in studies.
2:21 Hey Anton. How's your team doing?
2:24 You evil girl! You're making fun of me.
2:27 Ha ha! I know your team hasn't won a game all season.
2:32 We are just on the backfoot now. You wait and see! We will win the next game.
2:37 Your team is always on the backfoot, John. They won't win a single game.
2:45 The new trade policy is putting our company on the back foot.
2:55 Karate is on the back foot when the other guy has a gun.
3:05 And now I'm going to be on the back foot in studies.
3:14 We are just on the backfoot now.

Grammar: The Adjective Clause (Relative Clause)

source: English Lessons with Adam   2016年11月14日
The lesson that you are about to watch is about adjective clauses, of which there are two in this sentence. Can you see them? In some grammar books, you may see the adjective clause called the "relative clause". Don't get confused -- they are the same thing. In this lesson, you will learn the difference between the two types of adjective clauses -- the defining adjective clause, and the modifying adjective clause. I'll also answer a common question people have about clauses: "Should I use a comma or not?". After this lesson, you will be able to spot adjective clauses of all forms and use them to take your English writing and speaking to the next level.
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Basic Business Conversational Etiquette - Advanced English lesson

source: Learn English with Let's Talk    2013年3月16日
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In this video podcast Ceema explains the basic etiquette one should follow while speaking in various difficult situations in a business environment.
You will learn a lot of useful expressions those you would use when you are caught up and will help you to be polite, but, put you point across efficiently.

Raise - Rise

source: Simple English Videos    2016年7月26日
Learn how we use the verbs raise and rise in English, and also a British and American difference - how we say 'pay rise' in British English and 'pay raise' in American English.
This is a new version of an older video and it contains a fuller grammar explanation and new scenes. Teachers - the old version is still available if you're looking for a shorter video.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! What to say and do: expressions, customs, vocabulary ��

source: Learn English with Rebecca      2016年12月29日
Start the new year the right way by learning what people say and do around this time of year. I will teach you everything you need to know about New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! We will go over some vocabulary and expressions used during this special season, as well as explore some customs and traditions of English-speaking countries. After watching, you will be able to express your New Year's wishes to your friends and family in speaking and writing, and you'll even be able to send them a greeting card! If your New Year's resolution is to improve your English, you can start right here and now!

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source: VOA Learning English     2016年12月29日
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source: Learn English with Ronnie!    2010年5月20日 Learn how to talk about your family in English, and not sound like a child! I cover vocabulary and pronunciation. Take a test to see if you've understood the lesson at

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source: Learn English Lab     2016年8月12日
Do you know the difference between WILL and SHALL? Watch this video and learn how to use these two basic verbs correctly.

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Expressions with TAKE

source: Crown Academy of English    2016年7月11日
In this English vocabulary lesson, you will learn 5 English expressions and phrasal verbs with the verb TAKE.
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English Pronunciation - S & SH

source: Learn English with Ronnie!    2011年3月1日 In this pronunciation lesson for beginners, I teach you the difference between two very common sounds in English: S & SH. Practice with me and you'll get it in no time.