March 10th, 2017: regarding CNN 10

To avoid controversy, I decided to stop embedding CNN 10 for the time being as CNN apparently does not allow people to download and upload their videos. Since they do not seem particularly interested in uploading CNN 10 regularly by themselves, maybe you (viewers) could consider watching Newsy's daily short videos instead. If you insist on watching CNN 10 on youtube, maybe you should consider writing to CNN and ask them to upload CNN 10 themselves. If a lot of people around the world ask them to do this favor, maybe they will change their mind!:)
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Politely refusing something – 16 – English at Work helps you make polite...

source: BBC Learning English    2016年10月18日
How do you say no politely? Anna needs help following the call from Mr Lime asking her out to lunch. She wants to say no, but doesn’t want to sound rude. Her dilemma is how to refuse his offer politely. She finally plucks up the courage to call him, but how does he respond?
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Narrator: Hello! You're joining us again after Anna's call from Mr Lime – he asked her to lunch, remember. Now Anna and Denise are flapping.
Denise: ...and before you know it, he'll be asking you to marry him! Trust me Anna, this has happened to me dozens of times!
Anna: But I thought he was only interested in the lemons! Please promise me you won’t mention this to anyone.
Denise: OK, I promise.
Anna: Oh, shhhh!
Tom: Good morning. What's going on?
Denise: Mr Lime has asked Anna to lunch!
Anna: Please…
Tom: And?
Denise: And it's not to talk business! I saw him looking at her with big eyes, from the moment he first saw her!
Anna: Denise!
Tom: Old Slimy Limey eh? Lucky Anna!
Anna: He's not slimy, it's just…
Tom: Don't tell me you said yes?!
Anna: Well I didn't know what to say.
Tom: You didn't?
Anna: No, no, I said I was busy and would call back. I wanted to just say no, but with everyone complaining that I'm not polite on the phone... I just... I didn't know how to say it politely.
Tom: Ha ha, I'll tell you what to say.
Anna: Hang on, let me write it down... why do all the pens keep disappearing?
Denise: Here's one.
Anna: Thanks. Okay, I'm listening Tom.
Tom: Say: go...
Anna: (writing) go...
Tom: ...away... Slimy Limey.
Anna: Go away Slimy Limey. Are you sure?
Tom: Of course!
Denise: Don't listen to him Anna. This is what you say:
Thank you for your offer. But I'm really sorry, I won't be able to.
Then explain why, say I'm afraid… blah blah blah
Anna: Blah blah blah?
Denise: Say it's against company policy to have non-business lunches with clients.
Anna: Meaning?
Denise: You're not allowed to if it's not for business. Then say:
It wouldn't be appropriate. So, with regret, I'm going to have to say no.
Anna: Okay, I think I've got that all down. Thanks. He'll be waiting for my call.
(dials phone)
Mr Lime: Hello, Seb Lime speaking.
Anna: Hello Mr Lime.
Mr Lime: Anna! Please, call me Seb. So, when can I invite you to lunch?
Denise: (whispering loudly) Thank you for your offer...
Anna: Well, thank you for your offer. But I'm really sorry, I won't be able to.
Mr Lime: Oh?
Denise: (whispering loudly) I'm afraid...
Anna: I'm afraid it's against company policy to have non-business lunches with people.
Mr Lime: Really? Oh how tedious!
Denise: (whispering loudly) It wouldn't be-
Anna: Shhh!
Mr Lime: Pardon?
Anna: No, not shhh you Mr Slimy I meant shhhh Denise!
Mr Lime: Mr Slimy?
Anna: Oh no! I mean Mr Limey – Lime – er Seb! You see, it wouldn't be appropriate. So, with regret, I'm going to have to say no.
Mr Lime: I think I've understood. Goodbye Anna.
Anna: Goodbye.
Narrator: Oh dear, he didn't take that too well. But, apart from a little mistake, Anna did well there. Here are the phrases she used to politely refuse the offer of lunch:
Thank you for your offer. But I'm really sorry, I won't be able to.
I'm afraid it is against company policy…
It wouldn't be appropriate.
With regret, I'm going to have to say no.
Good job Anna, bad luck Mr Slimy!

News Review: North Korean murder mystery

source: BBC Learning English     2017年3月8日
North Korea and Malaysia have got into an argument over the murder of Kim Jong-un's half-brother. Neil and Catherine look at the language the world's media is using to discuss this story - and show you how you can use it in your everyday English.
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Slang Words Starting With G

source: EnglishAnyone    2012年3月15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!

Gobbledygook is spoken or written words or sounds with no meaning. When computer code becomes Gobbledygook, it's impossible to read and understand. Babies often speak gobbledygook as they learn to speak a language.
When I restarted my computer, my whole essay turned into gobbledygook!

Someone is considered green when they lack experience or begin doing something for the first time. New students, employees and teammates are all green.
Because you're green, you won't have much responsibility at this company.

To gab means to talk or chatter about unimportant or ordinary things. Casual conversation is usually a form of gabbing. When you have important information to share, you talk, but you gab about a TV show when you're waiting for the bus.
My sisters love to gab on the phone all day.

I'm American, but Alec would say the word more like this: geezer. Geezer is British slang for man. Any man can be a geezer, but this slang is used particularly for old men.
Someone should buy that geezer a new hat!

Goof off
A goof is a small mistake. Jumble your words when you speak and you make a goof. To goof off means to be silly or not do what you should be doing. If you have work to do but you decide to play some games instead, you're goofing off or goofing around.
I should be packing for my trip, but it's more fun to goof off at the fair!

Just like the word "absotively," which is a combination of the words absolutely and positively, "ginormous" is a combination of the words gigantic and enormous, and means really, really big! An elephant is big, but a brachiosaur, one of the largest dinosaurs, is ginormous!
Earth is big, but The Sun is ginormous!

Gnarly has many different uses, much like the word "cool." Gnarly, in the positive sense, means great, awesome or fantastic. To a surfer, a powerful, ginormous wave is gnarly. Negatively, gnarly can be used to mean weird or suspicious. "This green and brown soup looks a bit gnarly to me."
I did a gnarly, 360 degree jump on my skateboard!

Good Call
A good call is a good idea or decision. "Good call" is also used frequently when judging sporting events. If a referee, judge or umpire makes a good decision regarding a play, he's considered to have made a good call. A "bad call" is the opposite of a good call and a "close call," or a "tough call," is a call that's difficult to make. "I don't know if I like this pasta. It's a tough call."
Good call on this restaurant! This place is cheap AND delicious!

Gravy is anything that's really easy. A job where you sit around watching YouTube videos of cats all day is gravy.
My life is gravy because I can sleep all day and eat the tourists!

Greasy Spoon
A greasy spoon is a cheap and/or low quality restaurant like a diner or a cafe. This term is older American English, but it's still used in smaller towns and for local diners in cities.
Food from a greasy spoon usually isn't good for you, but it sure can be tasty!

Grub is a very casual way of saying food. You can pick up some grub or eat some grub. Just remember that grub is an UNcountable noun! If you eat some grub, you're eating some casual food, but if you eat A grub you're eating a baby insect!
Let's grab some grub at that local greasy spoon you like!

Today | Everyday Actions

source: Mark Kulek       2017年1月28日

Phrasal Verbs: MAKE UP FOR

source: Espresso English     2017年2月10日
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As dead as a doornail - Shakespeare Speaks

source: BBC Learning English     2016年1月22日
Learn a new English phrase while actor Thomas Swann fixes a broken door… and gives William Shakespeare a great idea.
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Narrator: It was a cold morning. William Shakespeare is in the theatre, working on Henry VI part II, whilst his actor friend Thomas Swann is mending a broken door.

Will: Thomas! Can you stop that banging? I'm trying to write here!

Thomas: Will, this door needs fixing properly. I have to hit this doornail hard… there. That will never come out.

Will: What's that about a doornail? Hmmm… you've just given me an idea… dead as a doornail… dead as a doornail!

Thomas: Who's dead?! Will?

Will: Thomas, I have the perfect line for your character… Jack Cade, the rebel leader, strong and proud. But in this scene, he's on the run, hiding from his enemies. He hasn't eaten anything for five days, except herbs… even grass… he's weak… alone… and suddenly, six of his enemies find him.

Thomas: So he's in danger…

Will: Yes, but he doesn't show any fear: in fact, he threatens to kill all of them dead as a doornail. Come Thomas, let's read your lines. Look on me well: I have eat no meat…

Thomas as Jack Cade: Look on me well: I have eat no meat these five days; yet come thou and thy five men, and if I do not leave you all as dead as a doornail, I pray God I may never eat grass more.

Will: You have it! Well done Thomas: there's another classic Shakespeare line.

Thomas: I don't know how you do it, Will.

Narrator: We'll leave them there for now. The phrase as dead as a doornail was in common use in Shakespeare's day. It means the same today as it did back then: Dead. Very dead. Totally dead. It's a very well-known English expression - for example, novelist Charles Dickens used it to describe the character Marley in A Christmas Carol:

Clip 1: Old Marley was as dead as a doornail.

Narrator: These days we can use it for electrical gadgets that aren't working.

Clip 2: Oh no - I forgot to charge my phone. It's as dead as a doornail.

Will: Right! All that writing has made me thirsty. Let us go to the Duck and Whistle. Come on Thomas, close the door behind you… Hmmm… perhaps you should put another couple of nails in that door before we go, Thomas?

Thomas: Ahh… To nail, or not to nail: that is the question.

Food Idioms

source: Oxford Online English     2015年2月24日
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Idioms and phrases connected with food are very common in English. In this lesson, you can learn five useful idiomatic expressions connected with food. We'll give you examples and explanations to help you understand the meaning of these English idioms. You can also see how to use the food idioms in a sentence.

The five food idioms you can learn about in this lesson are:
1) To butter someone up—this means to say nice things to someone, because you want something from them.
2) To take something with a pinch of salt—this means to doubt something. We use it to talk about things which probably aren't true.
3) A piece of cake—used to talk about something which is extremely easy to do.
4) To go pear-shaped—this means a situation goes very badly wrong. We often use it to talk about plans which do not work out.
5) Not my cup of tea—a useful phrase which you can use to talk about things you are not interested in, or which you dislike.

All of these English food idioms are commonly used in spoken English, and by using idiomatic phrases like these you can make your conversational English sound more natural.

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Pronunciation: 'OO' / Double O

source: Shaw English Online       2014年1月27日
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Robin does an important English video about the double 'o' in English. The double 'o' can have many different types of pronunciations. A good video to help you improve your English speaking ability.

Pronunciation: Can vs Can't

source: Shaw English Online    2014年1月27日
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Can vs Can't! So many students cannot properly pronounce these words. Esther will fix that problem. She will teach you the easy way to pronounce these two words. Watch and learn from her. Repeat everything she says and you will improve your English pronunciation in this video.

English Pronunciation: Numbers 12-19

source: Shaw English Online    2014年1月27日
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If you have problems pronouncing the English numbers 12-19, then this is the video to watch! Molly will fix your problem. Watch the video and repeat after Sarah. She will improve your English pronunciation.

Body Idioms | How to SAY & USE them!

source: mmmEnglish    2016年12月19日
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Relationships (Learn English 46)

source: EF podEnglish     2007年11月28日
Learn how to talk to your boyfriend or girlfriend about your relationship in English. In this intermediate English lesson you will see a couple taking about their lives together. The man would like to move in together, but the woman wants to slow down. .

How to Describe Good Tasting Food in English

source: Go Natural English    2014年1月6日
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False Friends

source: Twominute English       2013年4月30日
False friends are pairs of words or phrases in two languages or dialects (or letters in two alphabets) that look or sound similar, but differ significantly in meaning. There are certain words in English which have different meaning in other languages like Spanish, Portuguese.
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0:16 A ‘false friend’ is a word that sounds or looks similar to a word of different meaning in another language.
0:23 Can you give us an example, Angela?
0:25 Sure, Evelyn. The French word ‘actuellement’ and the English word ‘actually’ are examples of false friends.
0:33 What is ‘actually’?
0:36 It means ‘in fact’. For example: My daughter loves “Pink Floyd”. Actually, she has all their CDs.
0:44 Do you know some other examples of false friends?
0:47 Sure. The English word ‘embarrassed’ and the Spanish word ‘embarazado’.
0:53 I know the English word. It means that you feel ashamed or shy.
0:58 That’s right, Evelyn. Another word that some Portuguese speakers mix up is ‘pretender’.
1:03 It sounds like the English word ‘pretend’, but the meanings are different.
1:09 In English, the verb ‘pretend’ means ‘make believe’, as in your imagination.
1:15 If you are bored at work, you can close your eyes and pretend you’re at the beach…
1:21 That’s right, Evelyn, but you have to be really creative for that one!
1:26 I know! But, actually, I like my job. By the way, that reminds me of another false friend, Angie.
1:33 Which one, Eve?
1:35 The English adjective ‘sympathetic’ and the Portuguese adjective ‘simpático’.
1:42 Oh, of course. ‘Sympathetic’ means showing that you understand and care about someone’s problems.
1:48 But why does that remind you of your job?
1:51 I had to miss work the other day because of a personal problem and my boss was very sympathetic.
1:57 That’s good, Eve. It’s very important to have a job you like. Now let’s see some conversations.
2:08 What happened? Your clothes are all dirty!
2:11 I am so embarrassed! I was running to catch a bus, but I tripped and fell…stop laughing!!
2:19 Sorry!! I didn’t intend to laugh!! It’s just that you look so…
2:23 Don’t say it!!
2:25 Oh, come on, Sophia!!
2:32 Hi. Are you feeling better?
2:34 Yes. But I just wish you would be more sympathetic.
2:38 You’re right. I’m just happy you didn’t get hurt. Actually, you should remember that your health comes first
2:45 Next time you should wait for another bus.
2:51 What is ‘actually?' It means ‘in fact.’My daughter loves “Pink Floyd”. Actually, she has all their CDs.
3:08 If you are bored at work, you can close your eyes and pretend you’re at the beach…
3:20 ‘Sympathetic’ means showing that you understand and care about someone’s problems.
3:31 I had to miss work the other day because of a personal problem and my boss was very sympathetic.
3:46 I am so embarrassed!
3:51 But I just wish you would be more sympathetic.