Y [j] Consonant - How to make the Y [j] Consonant

source: Rachel's English     2017年4月20日
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How to Express Decimals in English

source: Shaw English Online    2014年1月25日
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Decimals are easy to learn and say. Robin teaches how to express English decimals in a quick and easy way.
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9 uses of 'time' - Treasure Island part one

source: BBC Learning English    2016年7月7日
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Hello, my name's Mariam and I've got an exciting story about pirates, treasure and murder, set on a tropical island far out at sea.

The story begins a long time ago, in London, where a skinny-looking young boy called Jim Hawkins lives. He finds a dusty old sea chest hidden in the cellar of his house. Using all his strength, he manages to lift open the heavy lid. He peers inside and finds a rolled-up piece of tattered old paper. In no time he's unrolling the piece of paper, revealing a map showing an island with a cross on it. "Surely this must mean there's treasure buried there?" he says to himself.

Knowing that it will only be a matter of time before someone else finds the treasure, he rushes off to find a ship that will take him across the sea to this distant island. The journey is long and at times the sea is rough and stormy. As time goes by, Jim realises the crew are not the honest and helpful bunch of men he believed them to be – they're pirates! As they can't be trusted, he doesn't tell them about the treasure map – but the crew are suspicious.

At one time or another, an old pirate captain had hidden a horde of treasure on a secret island, and the pirates know this is where Jim is heading. One night he overhears them hatching a plan...

"This must be the island where Captain Flint left all that gold and silver" says one of them.

"We'll let Jim lead us to the treasure and then kill him" says another.

We'll leave the story there for now. Join me again soon to find out what happens when Jim reaches the island. Bye for now.

Band 9 writing under an X-ray!

source: IELTS Ryan    2017年6月16日
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This video contains imagery and video clips from 'Young Frankenstein'.

Here is the essay as it appears in the video:
Many people think that public celebrations (like national holidays, festivals, etc.) are a waste of money and that the government should spend these funds in a better way.

Do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and examples from personal experience where appropriate.

National holidays cost countries and their governments a lot of money. Wages need to be paid to employees despite their absence from work, and a national loss in productivity is experienced. For these reasons, some people suggest governments do away with holidays and instead spend the money on worthy projects. While this might seem at first to be a practical suggestion, I disagree strongly for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it is axiomatic that a country’s production of goods declines when workers are not working; however, this is a tiny part of a much larger economic picture. Productivity is a function not only of hours worked but also of energy, drive, and morale. Thus, national holidays, which give workers a chance to relax and to celebrate aspects of their country and their lives, make for a happier and more productive workforce. In Australia, for example, the long weekend is a tradition that helps to unify society by making all feel rewarded and valued in a common enterprise and identity. It is for these reasons that labelling public celebrations ‘a waste of money’ cannot be supported.

Further, having the financial means to start new national projects is a good thing, but the question of apportioning funds in a manner that an entire society agrees is ‘a better way’ is simply unrealistic. A further consideration is the ramifications of pressure put on workers to work 52 straight weeks a year, a policy that could lead to stress-related illnesses and serious social problems. As this shows, the cancelling of public holidays and redirection of funds is an implausible suggestion.

In conclusion, I must affirm that while it is tempting to realise the short-term increase in productivity and savings that would result from abolishing public holidays, the overall cost greatly outweighs the gains.

'Get the Short End of the Stick'

source: Maple Leaf ESL     2017年6月13日
In this lesson, we look at how to use the casual expression, 'get the short end of the stick'. For example, 'when it comes to paying taxes, the middle class get the short end of the stick'.
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How to use 'of course'. It's not always polite.

source: Simple English Videos    2017年6月2日
‘Of course’ is such useful English phrase, but be careful. If you use it wrongly people might think you’re angry when you’re not, or they might think that you think they’re stupid. In this video you'll learn how to use it correctly.
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Transforming conversational English into business English

source: Espresso English     2017年6月4日
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When writing a business letter or when e-mailing a business contact who we don’t know well, we use slightly more formal words and expressions.
Today you’ll learn how to transform casual, conversational English into more appropriate business English phrases.
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In this course, you can improve your ability to handle interviews, phone calls, meetings, and negotiations in English.
You'll also learn useful vocabulary for networking, managing people, talking about projects, marketing, helping customers, and much more!

Funny Idioms & Expressions with Hair

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2017年6月2日
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What’s on your bucket list? https://youtu.be/Z1uBp90sMX4
Phrases with DEAD that don’t mean DEATH https://youtu.be/Z1uBp90sMX4
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How to react to good news

source: BBC Learning English     2015年11月5日
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William’s getting married! But how could you congratulate him? What could you say? Well, you’ll find out in this episode of 'How To'. You can find a summary of the language and some exercises on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/lea...

Business English 132 (labor market, full employment, natural unemployment)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish    2010年2月5日
labour (labor) market, full employment, natural unemployment

Business English 131 (minimum wage, unemployment, economies of scale and marginal cost)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish    2010年2月5日
minimum wage, unemployment, economies of scale and marginal cost.