BBC News Review: Supercharged antibiotic developed

source: BBC Learning English      2017年5月30日
Scientists have upgraded the effectiveness of a medicine. Dan and Catherine teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.
The story:
Scientists say they’ve created a ground-breaking new version of a life-saving antibiotic. They say the discovery will boost their battle against infections that are resistant to antibiotics, one of the biggest threats to global health.
The researchers in the United States modified an existing medicine, vancomycin, making it about a thousand times more powerful.

Key words and phrases:
hail = publicly praise
supercharge = make more powerful
packs a punch = has great effect or power
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Crazy English: FOODS that have BODY PARTS?

source: EnglishLessons4U - Learn English with Ronnie! 2017年5月1日
"Crazy crazy English vocabulary and slang! You've learned your basic foods in English, but now it's time to get CRAZY! In English, we've named a lot of our food after parts of our body. No, we aren't cannibals! As you'll learn in the lesson, we've given these names to our foods because they look like certain body parts -- in some cases we've even named our body parts because they look like food... I know! Crazy!
This fun lesson will teach you 10+ strange names we use for foods, including: "heads of lettuce", "artichoke hearts", "finger foods", "ears of corn", "hamburger buns", and many more!
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Phrasal Verbs with 'KNOCK'

source: Maple Leaf ESL        2015年12月2日
In this lesson, we look at the following phrasal verbs that use the word 'knock': knock back, knock down, knock out, knock over, knock off, knock it off, and knock up.
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Vocabulary Hack: Sound smarter and avoid mistakes with compound adjectives

source: Learn English with Rebecca     2017年5月27日
Start speaking and writing at a more advanced level with this easy trick! You'll improve your job prospects, get higher grades, and sound smarter altogether. In this video, I'll show you how to use compound adjectives. These are adjectives built of more than one word. You'll see common examples that you can use, and learn how to write them correctly. I'll also teach you how to avoid a common error that many English learners make, so that you can write correctly and confidently. Impress your friends, co-workers, and teachers by using compound adjectives. Want to practice what you've learned? Do the exercises at

Do we use "the" before "police"?

source: Espresso English    2017年5月7日
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'Before long', 'Long before' & Big, Huge, Massive

source: Simple English Videos    2017年5月5日
In this Q & A, Vicki and Jay answer viewers' questions about the English phrases "before long" and "long before" and also explain how we use the words 'big', 'huge' and 'massive'.
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source: MrSkypelessons    2017年5月12日
In this lesson we focus on the use of the HYPHEN in English.


This is a well-known story
This story is well known

He looks like he is from the nineteenth century
He's a nineteenth-century figure

That's an up-to-date gadget
That gadget is up to date

Twenty odd people came to the party (20 strange people)
Twenty-odd people came to the party (roughly 20)

250 year old trees (250 1 year old trees)
250-year-old trees (trees which were 250 years old)

He's a smooth talking puppet (smooth and talking)
He's a smooth-talking puppet (charming)

He's a quick thinking man (a fast man and a thinking man)
He's a quick-thinking man (a fast brain)

His shoes were worn out.
He was wearing worn-out shoes



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phrasal verb WALK

source: Rachel's English     2017年1月21日
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Forming words with the suffixes -ness and -ity

source: BBC Learning English     2015年10月19日
How do you make an adjective into a noun? The answer is by using suffixes. Here are Neil and Catherine to tell you how. Find more activities to practise this vocabulary on our website:

CNN 10 June 1, 2017 with subtitles

source: Chau Pham     2017年5月31日

First Meeting With A Stranger in English

source: Shaw English Online   2014年1月25日
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The prefect esl video to help you talk to a stranger in English. Robin teaches how to greet a stranger in English in 5 easy steps.
1) Hello
2) Name?
3) Nice to meet you.
4) Questions
5) Bye

In a Few Days | Going to | The Future Tense

source: Mark Kulek     2017年4月26日

Business English 88 (Perfect competition, oligopoly, monopoly, duopoly, monopolistic competition)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish     2010年2月2日
Perfect competition, oligopoly, monopoly, duopoly, monopolistic competition.

Business English 87 (Gross income, pretax income, disposable income, net income, discretionary income)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish    2010年2月2日
Gross income, pretax income, disposable income, net income, discretionary income.

Idiom 'A Bundle of Nerves'

source: Twominute English     2013年7月15日
The meaning of the idiom 'a bundle of nerves' is to be very nervous or worried. This idiom is also used when somebody is extremely tensed or frightened. 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 how to use the idiom 'bundle of nerves'.
0:16 Let's talk about the idiom 'a bundle of nerves' today!
0:21 Yes! When you are very worried or nervous you are a bundle of nerves!
0:26 That's it. It also means to become extremely tense or anxious.
0:32 I am always a bundle of nerves during the exams!
0:36 You shouldn't be, Matt! You may also use this idiom as 'a bag of nerves'. It has the same meaning.
0:44 This idiom can also mean to be extremely frightened, right Karen?
0:50 That's right. Martha was a bundle of nerves after watching the horror movie!
0:56 That's not funny. Don't take her to watch horror movies!
0:59 Alright. I'll keep that in mind.
1:02 Okay, let's listen to some conversations now.
1:11 Congratulations Lynn! You won the dance competition!
1:15 Thank you, Hector. I don't know how I did it!
1:19 It was superb, Lynn!
1:22 You should've seen me before my presentation! I was a bundle of nerves!
1:33 Our new professor is a bundle of nerves.
1:36 Maybe it's her first day, that's why.
1:40 You know, she looked like she wouldn't even remember her name!
1:45 Shut up! She's just a couple of years older than all of you.
1:55 Let me tell mom about the accident.
1:57 Are you nuts? Don't call mom now!
2:01 Why? It's just a minor one. Nothing happened!
2:06 Don't you know she's a bundle of nerves? She'll have a heart attack for nothing!
2:11 Don't you know she's a bundle of nerves? She'll have a heart attack for nothing!
2:19 When you are very worried or nervous you are a bundle of nerves!
2:29 I am always a bundle of nerves during the exams!
2:37 Martha was a bundle of nerves after watching the horror movie!
2:48 I was a bundle of nerves!
2:55 Our new professor is a bundle of nerves.