BBC News Review: Brazil wins a gold medal in athletics

source: BBC Learning English     2016年8月16日
Brazil has won a gold medal in athletics in a shocking pole vault final. Join Sian and Neil in News Review as they bring you this exciting story and the language you need to understand it.
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The story

In Rio, the Brazilian pole vaulter, Thiago Braz da Silva has won the host country its first athletics gold medal of the games. In a thrilling final, he broke the Olympic record to defeat the world record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France.

Steve Backley - BBC commentator

The whole of Brazil will be egging this man Da Silva to go clear. A national record beckons 6.03 second attempt. He's got it! No way in your life have you ever seen drama such as this.

Note: Steve misses out the preposition on after egg here.

Key words and phrases

an upset
when someone beats the team or player that was expected to win

pull something off
to succeed in doing something that is difficult

egg somebody on
encourage someone or urge someone to do something (especially something they shouldn't do)

a situation in which there is a lot of noise or craziness because people are excited, angry, or frightened

CNN Student News (CNN 10) - March 7, 2017 - English subtitle

source: English subtitle    2017年3月8日
A revised immigration order from the U.S. president leads off our reporting this Tuesday. It's followed by a look at how North Korea's weapons program is accelerating. From there, we're examining the history of the world's most famous sled dog race, and we're telling you how you can nominate a future CNN Hero.

Giving feedback – 14 – English at Work shows you how

source: BBC Learning English    2016年10月4日
Anna gets feedback from Paul today. Following her successful Imperial Lemon presentation, Anna thinks she's going to get some good feedback from the boss.
But rather than being congratulated, she's in trouble because of her poor telephone manner.
However, help is at hand, and from an unexpected person...
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Narrator: Hello. We're back at Tip Top Trading. Anna is very busy dealing with Mr Lime's big order for Imperial Lemons.
(phone rings)
Anna: Yes?... Who?... I can't hear you. Mr what? What? Mr Who? I don't know, you tell me. Oh, you are Mr Hu... H-U: Hu. Er... No, Tom's busy. Call back later. Bye. (hangs up) Tom, Mr Hu called you.
Tom: Mr Hu-
Anna: Mr Hu: H-U
Tom: Anna, Mr Hu is a very important-
(phone rings)
Oh! What now?! (answers) Yes?
Tom: (to himself) I'm going to have to talk to the boss about this.
Anna: No. I'm busy, give me your number, I'll call you later. Yep, yep, 6... 8... thanks. Bye! (hangs up) Right, now where was I?
Paul: Anna, could I have a word?
Anna: Yes. (to herself) Ohhh, he must want to tell me how pleased he is with the Citrus Ventures deal.
(door closing)
Paul: Now, Anna... biscuit?
Anna: Thank you.
Paul: I'm a little bit concerned about something.
Anna: (to herself/whispering) "I'm a little bit concerned..." Doesn't that mean something bad?
Narrator: Yes, Anna, Paul is using a polite turn of phrase to say he is unhappy about something. Let's see what he's got to say....
Paul: I think you need to work on your telephone manner.
Anna: Work on my telephone manner?
Narrator: It means the way you talk on the phone is not good enough and you have to improve it – to work on it to make it better.
Paul: Perhaps you should think about …
Narrator: Perhaps you should think about – that's a polite way of telling you to do something!
Paul: Anna, are you listening to me?
Anna: Yes, sorry, I was just sort of, err, talking to myself. Could you repeat what you said please?
Paul: Right, I'll start again. I said: I'm a little bit concerned about your telephone manner. You need to work on the way you speak to clients. Perhaps you should think about being a bit more polite to clients; it's important for the image of the company.
Anna: Oh (close to tears) okay.
Paul: You can go now – take another biscuit with you – that's my last chocolate wafer, you lucky thing!
(door opens and closes)
Denise: Anna? Is everything all right?
Anna: (crying) Yes.
Denise: What's the matter?
Anna: (between sobs) Paul says I need to w-w-w-work on my telephone manner.
Denise: Well I was a bit concerned about it myself. And I think Tom actually mentioned it to Paul.
(Anna breaks down in renewed sobs).
But, look, I'll help you if you like. I'm a bit of an expert on the phone. I'll give you some lessons.
Anna: Oh thank you.
Denise: Come in early tomorrow morning, before the others get here and we'll practise.
Anna: Thank you Denise, that's very kind.
Narrator: Wow! Denise is actually being nice to Anna. Amazing! Although from what I've heard of Denise on the phone, she's only ever gossiping with friends. Paul was very gentle and polite in the way he explained to Anna there was a problem and that she needed to improve some things. He used these phrases:
I'm a little bit concerned about...
You need to work on...
Perhaps you should think about...
Let's see if Denise manages to teach Anna anything useful next time. Until then!

Slang Words Starting With E

source: EnglishAnyone    2012年1月11日
Just remember that slang is CASUAL English! Use slang with your friends and people you know well! Don't use slang with your boss, with the police if you get arrested or when meeting your girlfriend or boyfriend's parents for the first time!

Egghead is slang for smart person. Anyone who knows a lot and studies a lot can be considered to be an egghead.
I was a real egghead in college. I always stayed in the library and never went on any dates.

Eye Candy
Eye candy refers to something that is visually attractive and grabs lots of attention. Flashy lights and women in sexy dresses are called eye candy because, like real candy, you enjoy looking at them for the moment but probably shouldn't enjoy them for very long. Eye candy is often sexually arousing and is designed to have addictive appeal.
The 80-year-old billionaire had a nice piece of 24-year-old eye candy on his arm at the party.

To get an earful or an eyeful of something means to hear a lot or see a lot of it for a long time. If your mom yells at you for crashing her car, you get an earful of her screaming. If your grandmother's swimsuit falls off on the beach while you're talking with her, you get an eyeful.
I got an earful from my boss at work when I lost a big client.

Elbow Grease
Elbow grease is manual labor, or work you must physically do. When English speakers say that something just needs a bit of elbow grease, this means that some hard work is required to make it run smoothly.
This old car looks bad, but with a little elbow grease, it'll be running like new!

Expat is short for expatriate, and refers to someone who is living in a foreign country. If you're studying English in America and you're from Brazil, then you're an expat!
I'm an American expat living in Nepal!

Ex means previous or old. The woman I used to date is my ex-girlfriend, and someone who used to play baseball can be called an ex-baseball player. The term ex by itself usually refers to an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend.
I had to go over to my ex's house yesterday to pick up my old clothes.

Easy Street
Easy street means being in luck or having things come really easy for you. If you live in paradise and never have to work, you're living on easy street.
I was living on easy street after winning the lottery!

When English speakers say that something is eating them, this means that something is bothering or angering them. If someone looks angry or grumpy, we often ask, "What's eating you?"
What's eating me?! I bought these cheap balloons that pop when I blow them up!

Empty Nester
When all of the children in a family finally leave a family home to start their own lives, we say that children have left the nest. Parents who remain in the home after their children have all moved out of the home are considered empty nesters. Remember that if you see the suffix --er on the end of a word, that usually means it's a person or a machine. A teacher is someone who teaches.
After my younger sister went away to college, my parents became empty nesters.

Exec is short for executive. This informal title is often used by workers in a company when talking about people higher up in an organization, but anyone can use it to describe executives in any organization.
I'm going golfing with a few execs from our partner company.

To eyeball something means to stare at it or examine it very closely. Usually, we eyeball people that make us mad or upset. You don't eyeball someone you love unless they eat the last piece of chocolate cake.
Don't eyeball people unless you're looking for a fight!

How to improve your English with MUSIC and MOVIES!

source: JamesESL English Lessons (engVid)    2017年2月17日
You learn the most English if you're having fun doing it. So today, I'm going to teach you how to improve your English by watching movies and by listening to music! Many of you already listen to English music and watch shows and movies that are in English. I'm going to teach you some activities that will make you active with the language you hear. You'll also learn fun games you can play by yourself or with a friend that will help you learn vocabulary, expressions, and pronunciation. By learning English from movies and music, you'll also sound more like a native speaker.

Phrasal Verbs: PERK UP

source: Espresso English    2017年2月6日
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Funny English Slang Words for Mistakes - with Niharika

source: Learn English with Let's Talk   2017年1月25日

Blooper - A clumsy and embarrassing mistake,especially one made in public.
Example - Dropping the phone in the sink in front of so many people in a public washroom was a big blooper.

Boo-Boo - A silly or stupid mistake
Example - I will fire you if you make another boo boo

Slip up - Careless error
Example - My friend slipped up by calling his girlfriend by his ex's name.

Boner - Foolish blunder
Example - My date was going well,but I spilled hot soup on her. I really bonered that date.

Screw up - To mess up something or to mess up a situation
Example - The chef screwed up the pizza.

Flub - To perform poorly or a thing badly done
Example - I totally flubbed my presentation at the conference yesterday.

Bungle- To work clumsily or a badly carried action
Example - The accounts department bungled the company's accounts.

Goof up - Careless mistake because of irresponsible behavior
Example - She goofed up the job.

Give no words but mum - Shakespeare Speaks

source: BBC Learning English    2016年4月22日
It's William Shakespeare's birthday and we're bringing you phrases to talk about keeping secrets!
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Narrator: It was the 23rd of April. William Shakespeare's daughter and his actor friends Robert Harley and Thomas Swann are at the Duck and Whistle. They're getting ready for a celebration. Bess the barmaid is in charge.

Bess: Now have we got everything? Beer, ale… Where's that Mary Bassett? She's supposed to be bringing the pies…

Mary: Here I am, pies and all! I've brought some lovely meat pies and I've got Mr Will's favourite here: a nice cherry pie.

All: Ooohhh lovely, he'll like that, lovely…

Daughter: Oh, I'm so excited Mary! I love parties! Isn't it wonderful having a party for Father's birthday!

Mary:Now don't you go telling Mr Will before he gets here, Miss Shakespeare, remember: it's a surprise. Like John Hume says in your father's play Henry VI part II: Seal up your lips, and give no words but mum…

Thomas Swann as John Hume: Seal up your lips, and give no words but mum:
The business asketh silent secrecy.

Daughter: Give no words but mum… I promise, I won't say a word to anyone. Really, I won't!

Narrator: We'll leave them there for now. The exact date of William Shakespeare's birth is not recorded, but it's generally believed that the most likely date was Sunday the 23rd of April, which, interestingly, was also the date of his death, in 1616, at the age of 52. The phrase Give no words but mum, simply means: don't tell anyone - it's a secret. These days, it's usually simplified to just keep mum. Take Australian news website 9News, writing about Mark Hamill, the Star Wars actor, who spoke of how he had to keep the Star Wars storyline secret. The headline was:

Clip 1: Mark Hamill to keep mum amid Star Wars Skywalker speculation

Narrator: Another version of the phrase is Mum's the word.

Clip 2: Don't tell anyone you saw me here. Mum's the word!

Mary: Ssshhh everybody, here he comes now!

All: Quick, hide, behind the bar, get down, he'll see you…

Will: Good afternoon Bess, a pint of your finest… Bess? Hello? Where is everyone?!

All: Surprise!!!! Happy birthday!!!

Daughter: Happy birthday father!

Will: Daughter?! Is all this for me?!

Daughter: Yes, father, it is!

Thomas Swann: Happy birthday Will!

Will: Thank you, Thomas.

Mary: Happy birthday, Mr Will. Have some cherry pie.

Bess: Here Mr Will, pint of ale for you.

Will: Well now! To party, or… no. Let's party!

All: Hooray!

How To Remember Vocabulary

source: Oxford Online English     2013年9月26日
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Learning vocabulary is one of the biggest tasks for language learners - how easy do you find it? Do you learn new words and forget them a short time later? Learning effective study techniques can make it much easier to learn and remember new vocabulary. In this lesson, we'll look at some simple things anyone can do to make vocabulary learning easier and more effective.
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English Pronunciation: They are / There are

source: Shaw English Online    2014年1月27日
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Many esl students misuse 'they are' and 'there are' including the wrong pronunciation. Robin will fix you. He teaches how to properly say these English expressions and improve your English pronunciation.

English Pronunciation: His / He's

source: Shaw English Online    2014年1月27日
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Many esl students have problems know when to use 'he's' and 'his'. Robin will fix your pronunciation. Watch his video and learn from his examples. He will improve your pronunciation.

Silent Letters | English Pronunciation & Vocabulary | PART 1

source: mmmEnglish     2016年11月30日
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Travelling (Learn English 40)

source: EF podEnglish      2008年10月3日
Learn how to use the conditional tense in English to talk about cause and effect. In this intermediate English lesson you will see two people rushing to get to the airport in time for their flight. They are very stressed out and seem to be having some bad luck. You will learn to use the first conditional tense to talk about the consequences of potential actions.

How to Remember Prepositions IN and ON when you Speak English

source: Go Natural English   2015年2月6日
One common mistake is to use the wrong preposition when you're talking about a year, month or day. Remember that when you say only the month, use "in March."
If you say a month and a day, use "on March 20th."
I saw that I had a plastic container full of tomatoes in my kitchen. So, I decided to explain how to remember this grammar point thinking about the tomatoes. See, the tomatoes are like days and the plastic box is like the month. The tomatoes are in the box. So, we say "in March" as if the month were a box full of days -- or tomatoes.

How to say you dislike something in English

source: Twominute English    2013年1月3日
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0:07 In this lesson, we are going to learn how to say what you dislike.
0:14 I do not want to go to class today.
0:16 Why not?
0:18 I do not like how the professor teaches.
0:21 What is wrong with it?
0:23 He only lectures and never has a discussion, and he gives too much homework.
0:29 I do not mind him. I like his class.
0:33 I do not like biology. I am a English major so I am not that interested in science.
0:41 Where do you want to live when you build your house?
0:43 I would live in the suburbs of New York. I hate the city.
0:48 Why do you hate it?
0:50 The city is very crowded and noisy and there's no greenery. Just buildings.
0:56 I know what you mean. I love the greens too. I wish New York was less urbanized.
1:01 I think I will move to the countryside. I am very fond of trees.
1:09 I've had enough. I am quitting my job.
1:12 Why are you quitting?
1:14 I can't stand my boss any longer.
1:18 Why can't you stand him?
1:20 He puts too much pressure on me and I hate that.
1:24 He's a bad boss then.
1:27 He is. Everybody loathes him.
1:30 Well quit your job. You'll find a better one.
1:36 How is your sister doing?
1:39 She is doing well. She has a new boyfriend.
1:42 Oh wow. How do you like him?
1:46 I don't like him at all.
1:49 What is wrong with him?
1:51 He seems like a nice guy. I just do not like anyone dating my sister.
1:57 Ha! Makes sense.
2:02 I am quitting my job.
2:06 I do not like how the professor teaches.
2:11 She is doing well. She has a new boyfriend.
2:18 Where would you live when you build your house?
2:24 The city is very crowded and noisy and there's no greenery.