CNN 10 with subtitles | February 1, 2017 | Relationship between Britain and the U.S. | ...

source: Daily Listening    2017年1月31日
CNN 10 | February 1, 2017 | Relationship between Britain and the U.S | Daily Listening hightlights: We're taking you to the United Kingdom today for a historical look at the special relationship between Britain and the U.S. We're also looking skyward for stories involving a plan to clean up space junk and a nonagenarian who celebrated his birthday by jumping out of a plane.
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Visual Vocabulary - To Miss the Boat

source: EnglishAnyone      2016年12月13日
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Today’s expression is “to miss the boat.” This is a very common idiom meaning to miss your chance to do something either you want to do, or are strongly suggested to do.
Imagine you’re in your home packing your suitcase for a 7 day cruise you’ve really been looking forward to. But when you look at your watch, you notice the ship is leaving in one hour.
You immediately race to the dock to get on board, but by the time you arrive, the ship has already left, and you’re left standing at the edge of the dock watching the ship disappear in the distance.
Like missing an actual ship, any opportunity you can no longer take advantage of is an example of “missing the boat.”

# “To miss the boat” is a phrase you can use in both professional and casual situations:
A: We need to move fast to close the deal.
B: Good thinking! We don’t want to miss the boat on this one!

A: I hope I didn’t miss the boat. Is there still time to buy a lottery ticket?
B: Sure. Here’s the last one.

A: I wanted to book a room at my favorite hotel, but it looks like I missed the boat.
B: That’s OK. You’ll find another room.

A: My son waited too long to purchase that stock before it exploded up and made a bunch of people a lot of money.
B: Sorry to hear he missed the boat. I’m sure another chance will be coming soon, though.

How to help a customer in English

source: Neil Collins    2017年1月25日
Hi, all. I know many of you work in retail and have to speak with a lot of tourists or international customers. Did you know that the usual way to deal with problems is different? I've noticed that the typical way of doing it in Berlin is not the typical way a shop assistant would do it in London, Dublin or New York.
So, this business English video tip tries shows you the difference. It shows you what you can say and what you can do if one of your customers has a problem with a product they've bought.

Main part:
A: “Excuse me?"
B: "Yes, can I help you?" Or "what's the problem?"
A: "I bought this last week and it’s broken.”
B: “Yes, there's a problem with this. This has a year's guarantee. Here is a voucher. Take it to the electronics department. They will give you a new one."

A: “How can I help you?” Or
      “What seems to be the problem, sir?”
      “What seems to be the problem, madam?”
      "What can I do for you today?"
B: “I bought this last week and it doesn't work.”
A: “Oh, I'm sorry about that.” Or "Sorry to hear that."
B: “Oh, I hate when that happens.”Or
     “Oh, that happened to me last week. That’s really annoying.”
      "It's really irritating when that happens."

A: "Yes, this has a one year guarantee."
B: “Here is a voucher."
A: "Take this to the electronics department. They will give you a new product.”
B: "You're welcome. Have a nice day."

Vocabulary for Shakespeare's Sonnets 18 & 116

source: Catlin Tucker    2017年1月17日
These vocabulary words are taken from Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 116, plus five poetic devices.

KEEP Phrasal Verbs

source: MrSkypelessons     2017年2月1日
Here is an English lesson on some of the most common phrasal verbs which contain the verb KEEP. Answer the following questions:
1) How do you keep abreast of what's going on in the world?
2) When you set about a difficult task do you tend to keep at it until it's done, or give up at the first hurdle?
3) Who or what keeps you from achieving your short term goals?
4) Do you manage to keep to the schedule at work, or do you often fall behind?
5) Do you tend to keep secrets to yourself, or do you prefer to let others in on them?
6) Who keeps on at you, or what do they keep on about?
7) Do your neighbours keep the noise down at night?
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Come to Find Out - Learn a Fun American English Idiom

source: Go Natural English    2015年7月23日
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English at University: 11 - Learn phrases to introduce a suggestion

source: BBC Learning English    2016年11月21日
Mary attends Professor Not's study skills workshop but it sounds like she knows more about studying than him! Listen out for the advice she gives the group.
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Hello. It's time for English at University - the series that teaches some English phrases to help you through your first year of study abroad.

There's a lot to learn when you start studying for a degree and especially when you're doing it in another country. Mary's coping very well and is making the most of every opportunity to get guidance or help her with her studies. Today she's attending Professor Not's study skills workshop but it sounds like she knows more about studying than he does!

Prof. Not
…so let's just stand around in a circle… hold hands and say mmmmm.

How exactly is this helping?

Prof. Not
Trust you to spoil the karma. It just helps us think…

Think of what to say, you mean.

Prof. Not
Now to study well, you need to be in the right zone.


Prof. Not
In the right place… in your head. Sharon…

Yes Robert - I mean, Professor.

Prof. Not
Could you hand out the blindfolds?

And how are they going to help?

A good question Mary. I admire Professor Not's enthusiasm but let me give you a bit of advice – his study skills are a bit 'alternative' - different. Have you got any advice to offer?

Well, I did read a book about good study skills on the plane. But what do I say?

Say 'could I offer some suggestions?' or 'from what I understand…' or maybe, 'something that works for me is…' and give them your tips – that way you won't sound too big-headed – like someone we know!

Maybe we could just hold the hand of the person next to us?

Go on Mary.

No Daniel… maybe I could offer some suggestions?

Oh yes Mary!

Well… from what I understand… you must study every day… and choose a regular place and time to do it.

Prof. Not
Yes of course, very good Mary. Anything else?

Well… what works for me is planning my time and deciding what I want to achieve… and not being afraid to ask for help.

Yeah, yeah. I was going to say that – and make sure you take lots of breaks – long ones.

Short ones – and develop a good learning style – choose a method that helps you learn best.

Prof. Not
Excellent Mary. That's exactly right.

Oh, I preferred the blindfold method.

Excellent indeed Mary. She's on fire! She spoke up and gave some sage advice without showing off. Here's a reminder of how she started the conversation…

Maybe I could offer some suggestions?

From what I understand…

What works for me is…

And she gave some good advice which the other students – especially Daniel - will no doubt find very useful, such as…

You must study every day

Choose a place and time to do it

Plan your time and decide what you want to achieve

Don't be afraid to ask for help

Choose a learning style that helps you learn best

With that advice you can't go wrong. And now it looks like Mary's study advice has made a real impression on someone…

Tech Student
Wow Mary. I loved what you said in there – really useful – I can see you're a committed student – how about getting together sometime and… comparing study notes?

Well, errr, ermm…

I think she's quite busy at the moment.

No, I'm not – that would be lovely. Let's meet up in the bar later.


9 tips - How not to be rude while speaking - Interpersonal skills

source: Skillopedia - Skills for the real world    2016年3月7日

Do not interrupt –
Do not speak over –
Always Elevate, don’t put down –
Do not go back on your words –
Do not forget to say thank you –
Do not find unnecessary faults –
Do not arrive late –
Master the words ‘I’m sorry’ –
Do not ignore –

Talking About Religion - English Conversation Lesson

source: Twominute English    2013年3月18日
Religion is an integral part of the lives of a huge number of people in the world. In fact the word 'religiously' itself is a word that means doing something very regularly and with devotion. That is the impact of religion on people.
In this lesson we will see some conversations connected with religion. Listen carefully and learn how the phrases are used. Repeat the phrases and improve your fluency.
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0:06 In this lesson, we will see some phrases that may be used when we talk about religion.
0:19 Hello, Penny. How are you?
0:22 I’m fine, Gary. What are you doing?
0:25 I have to write an essay on different religions in the world. Can you help me out?
0:32 I’m not very religious. But I can try.
0:35 Your family is from India. Which religions are followed there?
0:40 I believe Hinduism is the most common religion in India, Gary.
0:45 But other ones are also followed: Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism...
0:54 Yeah, I think there’s probably more religious diversity in India than anywhere else
1:00 I’d like to hear your opinion on some of these religions and their rituals. Would you mind?
1:07 Not at all. How about meeting at the cafeteria after school?
1:12 Alright. I’ll meet you at 4.
1:20 Hi, Gary. How have you been?
1:23 I’m good, Fred. Just a little tied up with this Essay Project.
1:28 Yeah. Penny told me that you've been researching a lot about religions.
1:34 That’s right. I wanted to come up with something different this time.
1:38 Do you really believe in God?
1:41 I never took it seriously. But after everything I read, I realized there’s a lot to grasp.
1:48 I think I believe in God but not in the concept of religions.
1:54 My dad says the same thing.
1:58 I guess there’s no harm in having some faith. If I believe in God, it shouldn't matter much which religion I follow.
2:06 The way I see it, all religions lead to God.
2:16 Hello there, Gary. What about that project of yours?
2:21 Yes, Fred. I wrote an essay explaining different religions in the world.
2:27 There is a lot of religions in the world. How many of them did you cover?
2:35 There was a lot to cover indeed. I included ten of the major religions.
2:41 So what did you learn from it?
2:44 Actually, I learned a lot. There are different mindsets and ideologies.
2:51 I see. But what do religions have in common?
2:56 Well...they all focus on the idea of peace and harmony. I guess this is their common ground.
3:04 I’m sure your essay will be enlightening
3:08 Thanks man!
3:11 I’m not very religious.
3:15 Which religions are followed there?
3:20 I’d like to hear your opinion.
3:24 Do you really believe in God?
3:27 I think I believe in God.
3:31 I guess there’s no harm in having some faith.
3:36 The way I see it, all religions lead to God.
3:43 There is a lot of religions in the world.
3:48 But what do they have in common?