FOR and SINCE | English grammar class

source: Crown Academy of English         2017年1月16日
In this English grammar class, I give you the explanation about how to use FOR and SINCE.
We use FOR to describe a period of time (duration) from the past present or future. We can use it with any verb tense.
We use SINCE with a point in time from the past. We use it mainly with the perfect tenses, in particular with the present perfect and present perfect continuous.

"Since" gives the starting point. It defines when things began or started.
Examples of points in time are: yesterday, last week, 5 days ago, 2010 and many more.
We often use these 2 words when answering a question like "How long have you been doing something?"
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English Culture: Manners & How to be polite

source: English Jade - Learn English (engVid)    2017年6月9日
In this video, you'll learn about English manners. I'll tell you what we in England consider polite and impolite, and then go into detail about how we eat at the table, make and cancel plans, visit friends, and so much more. Some of these cultural aspects of living in England are different even from other English-speaking countries like the USA! Knowing these rules can help you make friends, get jobs, and even get into a romantic relationship. This video is especially important if you're living or travelling in England -- you could offend someone without even knowing it! Watch the video and leave your shoes ON!

Useful Idioms and phrases with ‘WATER’ you may not know

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2017年6月7日

A fish out of water - Feel uncomfortable, restless, struggling to survive
Since I’ve been struggling with finances I feel like a fish out of water.

Come hell or high water – you mean you will definitely do something irrespective of the difficulties involved
I’m going to learn to ride a bike this year, come hell or high water.
Note: the word hell can sound offensive so, in a professional situation, you can use no matter what, in place of hell.

In deep water – in a difficult situation or in trouble
Our customers have to leave a lot of negative feedback on our website; I think we are in deep trouble.

In hot water – when you know that somebody will be angry with you
Tim borrowed his elder brother’s watch and lost it, he is going to be in hot water.

Dead in the water – something that has stopped without any chance of progress or success
Unfortunately, our plan to open the second outlet is dead in the water.

Keep your head above water –trying very hard to survive financially or barely able to handle the workload
After the manager resigned, I have been struggling to keep my head above water.

A watering hole – slang word for a bar
Actually, means a small pond or lake where wild animals go to drink water
There is a new watering hole in town, let’s check it out on this Saturday.

Test the waters – to find out more about a situation before you get involved in it
Before I decided to become a full-time photographer, I tested the waters by taking up a few freelancing projects.

Days of the Week in English

source: Shaw English Online     2014年1月25日
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Learn how to say the days of the week in this English video. Robin gives a lot of useful and practical advice on how to write and express the days of the week in English.

Differences Between British and American English Pronunciation

source: Oxford Online English    2017年6月7日
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In this lesson, you can learn about the differences between British and American English pronunciation.
Remember, there’s no one ‘correct’ way to pronounce English. There are many ways to speak English—not just British or American.
Also, remember that both the UK and the USA are big countries, and not everybody talks the same way. What you’ll see in this lesson are general differences between British and American pronunciation.

In this lesson, you can learn about:
- The way the mouth is shaped when speaking British or American English.
- Differences in vowel pronunciation between British and American English.
- How British and American English speakers pronounce consonants differently.
- The different types of word stress used in UK and US English.
- What vowel reductions are and how to use them in both British and American English.
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5 ways to use the word 'cut' - Red Riding Hood part 1

source: BBC Learning English    2016年7月28日
You've seen 5 ways to use the word 'cut'. For 4 more, visit our website:
A tale of bravery, adventure - and a big bad wolf...
The English word 'cut' has many meanings and uses. In this session, we bring you BBC Learning English's own version of the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood - and we've found many different ways to use the word cut in it.

Hi there. I'm Mariam. And today I've got a story that might sound a bit familiar to you: it's a tale about bravery, adventure and a big bad wolf.

We begin in a faraway land, in a big, deep forest where the birds are singing and the sun occasionally peeks through the leaves, lighting up the forest floor below. This is where Little Red Riding Hood is walking, wearing a big red cloak. She's carefully carrying a basket of fruit to her Grandma's. She wanted to take a cake but Grandma's been told to cut out sweet things as she's getting a bit fat!

Anyway, to cut a long story short, Little Red Riding Hood is stopped in her tracks by a mean-looking wolf. "Where are you going, little girl?" asks the wolf. "Well, my Grandma's not very well so I'm going to visit her, because she doesn't have anyone else there, and my mum says…" Little Red can talk! The wolf cuts her short and says "Sorry, I've got to go, send her my best wishes, bye!" and he disappears into the forest.

The wolf might be bad but he's not stupid. He takes a shortcut through the trees to Grandma's house, breaks in and locks Grandma in a cupboard. Then, he puts on Grandma's clothes and jumps into her bed, waiting for Little Red Riding Hood. You can imagine how stupid he looks - but that's how the story goes!

A short while later, Little Red Riding Hood arrives at the cottage and walks into the bedroom. She's not the smartest of girls and doesn't realise that that's the cheeky wolf. She is surprised, however, by her big eyes and says "Grandma, what big eyes you have!" The quick-thinking wolf replies, "All the better to see you with, my dear." "Hold on... Grandma, what big ears you have!" By now, the wolf is losing his patience a bit and thinks 'cut to the chase' but he still mutters: "All the better to hear you with, my dear." By now, Little Red is a little suspicious but still continues with one final comment: "Grandma, what big teeth you have - are they false teeth?" "No…" cries the wolf, "These are for eating you with." And with that, he pounces on Little Red Riding Hood. As you can imagine, Little Red Riding Hood screams her head off.

What's the wolf going to do next? I'll tell you another time. Bye for now.

'Burn (One's) Bridges'

source: Maple Leaf ESL     2016年11月29日
In this lesson, we look at how to use the expression, 'burn one's bridges'. For example, 'after losing his job, he burned his bridges by yelling and screaming at his boss'.
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How to disagree politely

source: BBC Learning English    2016年9月7日
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In this edition, Finn explains the different expressions you can use to disagree with someone. And Rob and Neil have a disagreement about a band. Who do you think is right?

Business English 140 (Hyperinflation, loose credit policy, printing money, lack of productive capacity or manufacturing capacity, debt default)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish    2010年2月5日
Hyperinflation (inflation greater than 50%), loose credit policy, printing money, lack of productive capacity or manufacturing capacity, debt default.

Business English 139 (Quantitative easing, printing money, expand the money supply, liquify the system, inflation)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish    2010年2月5日
Quantitative easing, printing money, expand the money supply, liquify the system, inflation.