Staff discipline - 39 - English at Work helps get the punishment right

source: BBC Learning English     2017年3月29日
New recruit Rachel has been making life difficult for Anna and she's been making some bad business decisions.
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Basic Vocabulary | Set 4 | English Speaking...

source: Mark Kulek      2017年3月11日

Common English Mistakes: WANT THAT

source: Espresso English    2017年3月9日 - Take one of my online English courses!

Interesting FACTS about the English language

source: Crown Academy of English    2017年3月13日
Speaking practice with a native English teacher:
IELTS advice from a band 8 student. Free download:
Learn 10 interesting facts about the English language in this video lesson.
Here is a sample of the questions that I answer in this lesson:

What is the longest word in English?
What is the shortest possible sentence?
What is the most commonly used letter of the alphabet?
What is the most commonly used consonant in English?
What is the most common letter as the first letter of a word?
What is the longest word without a real vowel?
and other questions.

We sometimes call these facts "trivia".
There are subtitles on the screen to help you understand. The accent is British English.

The UH as in BUTTER and Schwa Sounds ([ʌ] & [ə])

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source: Rachel's English    2016年2月4日
The UH as in BUTTER and Schwa Sounds

American English - UH [ʌ] Vowel - How to make the UH Vowel 4:50
How to Pronounce AH vs UH 2:31
Comparing the 3 Uh Sounds 3:22
UH [ə] Vowel - How to make the SCHWA Vowel 4:41
Placement and American English Pronunciation 4:26

Business English 14 (standard, stock, commonplace, run of the mill)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish    2010年1月29日
This free ESL Business English lesson guides you to speak fluent business English with words such as standard, stock, run of the mill, and commonplace.

Business English 13 (research, feasibility, feasibility study, business simulation)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish     2010年1月29日
This lesson discusses four words including research, feasibility, feasibility study, and business simulation.

Bird Idioms

source: BBC Learning English     2008年7月3日

BBC News Review: World's largest telescope

source: BBC Learning English    2016年9月20日
The world's largest radio telescope has been built in China. It is the size of 30 football fields and may even be able to detect alien life! Find out more with Neil and Sian as they look at how the world's media is reacting and the words you need to talk about the story.
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The story
China has completed the installation of the world's largest radio telescope. The last panel was fitted into the centre of the giant dish located on a remote mountain in the South Western province of Guizhou.
Celia Hatton - BBC News
It's difficult to overstate the size of China's new radio telescope. With a diameter of 500 meters, it equals 30 football fields. Or, as one of its creators explains, if the dish-like telescope was filled with wine, every individual on earth - about seven billion people - could drink about five bottles from it. The radio telescope will function like a giant ear, detecting sounds from far-off galaxies. Scientists say the new instrument will explore distant places like never before, finding new stars and even searching for alien life.

Key words and phrases:
giant / massive / gigantic: very big
extraterrestrial: from outside planet Earth
eavesdrop: secretly listen to a conversation

Pronunciation - The 'Schwa' (/ə/)

source: Oxford Online English    2013年11月11日
Full lesson (with text and exercises):
Do you know what a 'schwa' is? It's the 'uh' (/ə/) sound like the 'a' in 'about' or the 'er' in 'butter.'

How to use 'To Get' - English Vocabulary Lesson

source: Anglo-Link    2012年3月7日
This English vocabulary lesson will teach you the many different ways 'To Get' can be used in the English Language.

High Maintenance

source: Shaw English Online    2014年1月28日
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A high maintenance man or woman is a person that requires a lot of time and money to keep beautiful. Esther teaches this common English idiom with some practical example sentences.

Vocabulary: Pregnancy Euphemisms

source: Shaw English Online    2014年1月27日
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She has a bun in the oven! Sarah teaches many English idioms and vocabulary about being pregnant. If you don't want to say someone is pregnant directly, then you should use an English euphemism.

See, Look, Watch

source: Twominute English    2013年5月23日
Some words have meanings that are almost the same, but they differ just a little bit in their meanings and that difference is very important when you want to express yourself precisely or correctly. In this video we are going to discuss the words 'see', 'look' and 'watch', and understand the precise meanings.
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0:07 In this lesson we will learn the difference between similar words: ‘see’, ‘look’ and ‘watch’.
0:21 See is used to say that ‘I noticed’. When something is visible to us. For example: I see a bird. Did you see how it was flying?
0:31 Yes. We do not have to pay attention when we see things. We can see things when we open our eyes.
0:39 That is right Max. In English we sometimes use the word ‘see’ to mean understand. For example: ‘Now I see how the machine works’.
0:51 Oh I see that! Here is another example: I can see that his memory is really bad.
0:59 Good Max, would you like to see some more examples?
1:04 I think this will be good for now. Let’s have a conversation.
1:16 Did you see the posters while coming to office today?
1:20 Yeah! I saw some people putting them up.
1:23 Mr. Smith is running for councillor.
1:26 Oh I see. He is a good man. Let’s see if he wins.
1:39 To look at something means we are seeing it with our intention. It means our sight is directed towards something.
1:47 Yes Carla, look at the difference carefully. We need give an effort to look, but not to see.
1:54 For example: When I look at the flowers I remember spring. Here I am looking at the flower on purpose.
2:03 I see that! Look also means to search for. For example: If you don’t see the papers on the table, look in the drawer.
2:13 Right! Look may also mean a certain condition. For example: The child looks happy today.
2:20 I understand from his look that he is happy. He looks different from the picture.
2:28 Looking normally refers to something which is not changing.
2:32 For example: Look at the mirror. Look at the tree. Look at everything around you.
2:38 Correct Carla. Let’s have a conversation now.
2:47 Look at Tim, Paul. He looks so cute!
2:51 I like his looks when he eats something.
2:53 I think he is looking for something to eat again.
2:56 If he keeps eating all the time, he will look like a Sumo wrestler.
3:11 To ‘watch’ something we need concentration. Watching something means we are looking at it for some time intentionally.
3:19 For example: Watch the dog, it might bite.
3:23 That is right Paul. Watching normally suggests looking at something which is changing.For example:Watching a movie.
3:31 To watch means also to guard something. For example: The watchman watches the building.
3:37 My mother told me to watch my younger brother for some time.
3:41 Paul, can you give me a sentence that has all these words together?
3:45 Yes, sure! Look at how the child is watching the cartoon show so carefully, as if he won’t get to see it again!
3:54 Thank you Paul. I think now the difference between see, look and watch is clear to me.
4:05 Max, would you watch my dog for some time?
4:09 Why don’t you take it with you?
4:12 I’m off to watch a movie.
4:15 I can’t it watch it the whole day. I have plans.
4:19 I’ll be back before 12. Will you please keep it with you till then?
4:24 Alright then, but don’t be late.
4:32 I can see that his memory is really bad.
4:42 Did you see the posters while coming to office today?
4:51 Oh I see. He is a good man. Let’s see if he wins.
5:00 When I look at the flowers I remember spring.
5:08 If you don’t see the papers on the table, look in the drawer.
5:20 The child looks happy today
5:20 The child looks happy today
5:26 My mother told me to watch my younger brother for some time.
5:35 Look at how the child is watching the cartoon show so carefully, as if he won’t get to see it again!
5:52 I’m off to watch a movie.