News Review: Money spent on time makes you happy

source: BBC Learning English    2017年7月25日
Using money to get chores done makes you happier. Dan and Catherine teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.
The story:
Money which is used to free up your time makes you happier than money which is spent on material things, such as shoes, Canadian scientists have reported.
Key words and phrases:
chores: boring but necessary tasks
underrated: not given the high level of approval it deserves
outsourcing: paying someone else to do your tasks for you
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How to Request an Email Reply - Learn to Write Well in English

source: JenniferESL    2017年6月8日
Learn to write appropriate and effective emails by learning common phrases and studying models. I'll share both personal and business email messages.
0:01 Introduction
0:20 Lesson title
0:28 Model 1 - personal email to friend
1:55 Tips on stating the urgency of a message
2:11 Useful phrases for requesting a response
2:49 Model 2 - sending a second email to follow-up
3:43 Tips on confirming receipt
4:06 Useful phrases for confirming receipt
4:51 Tips for writing business email messages
5:12 Model 3 - business email to confirm receipt
5:58 Tips for handling a late response
6:12 Model 4 - business email to apologize for a delayed response
6:47 Useful phrases to apologize for a late response
7:08 Lesson ending

Learn Funny English words for Everyday sounds

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2017年5月31日

Click: Have you ever ordered anything online at the click of a mouse? I ordered online proofreading services with the click of a mouse..

Zip!: What’s a zip? You’re never ready until you dress is fastened. ZIP and then you’re finally ready.

Tweet – It’s an amazing feeling when I wake up to the tweet of the birds outside my bedroom window…

Twitter – to utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird. The social media website is called after the sound of bird’s twitter.

Sizzle: Sound produced when the meat or the veggies are roasted over open hearth/ open fire.
The steaks sizzled on the barbecue.

Fizzle: I dropped the medicine into the glass and it fizzled until it dissolved.

Murmur: He murmured the words, “I’m sorry,” but I didn’t believe he really was.

Gargle: I gargled the mouthwash as the dentist had instructed.
Please do not gargle with your water like that; drink it properly.

Kerplunk: As she sat in the chair, kerplunk it collapsed.

Vroom: There was a loud vroom as he revived the engine.

Gobble: I gobbled down my food as quickly as I could so that I could go and join my class.

Moan: I took her shopping but she moaned throughout the day.

Knock: I heard a knock at the door

Tap: Someone tapped loudly on the windowpane

Hoot: The owl hooted.

Whir: The machine whirred to a standstill.

All these words are nouns (as name of the sound) as well as verbs (actions). Use these everyday sounds to make your conversations more fun.

English Bad Words: The Bird, The Finger

source: Shaw English Online    2014年1月28日
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Molly teaches what 'the bird' and 'the finger' mean in English. It is a bad gesture and you should never do it.
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Pronunciation: The words 'was' and 'were'

source: BBC Learning English    2016年9月30日
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Hi. I'm Tim and this is my Pronunciation Workshop. Here, I'm going to show you how English is really spoken. Come on, let's go inside. Oh dear, excuse me. I’m a bit tired: I was out late last night, with the lads. I know, yeah, we didn't get back until 9.30. In the evening. It was a wild night. I know, I know, I am a party animal. Anyway, while I get myself together a bit, let's ask some other people in London what they got up to last night.

At 9 o'clock last night I was watching a movie.
I was laying in bed.
I was invited to a dinner at my friend's house.
I was playing football
I was out drinking.

Well well, what interesting lives we all lead. Now they all used the past form of the verb 'to be' – was. Now the word was is made of the sounds /w/, /ɔ:/, / z/, isn’t it? Or is it? Listen again. What sound can you actually hear?

At 9 o'clock last night I was watching a movie.
I was laying in bed.
I was invited to a dinner at my friend's house.
I was playing football
I was out drinking.

When the word was is unstressed, as in the examples we’ve just heard, then the vowel sound changes to a schwa - /ə/. So was becomes /wəz/, and also were becomes /wə/. These are called weak forms. Here are some more examples.

I was there when it happened.
We were delighted with the results.
We were having a good time until it rained.
He was feeling much better last night.

Right, now you've heard the examples, and now it's your turn. Listen and repeat.

I was there when it happened.
We were delighted with the results.
We were having a good time until it rained.
He was feeling much better last night.

Great work. Remember, if you want to learn more about pronunciation, then please visit our website, bbclearningenglish dot com. And that is about it from the Pronunciation Workshop for now. I'll see you soon. Bye bye! Now… oh look! Hey, you know what this is? This is WAS backwards. Get it? WAS backwards… it's a SAW. Now, I know what you were thinking. You were thinking that I was going to have some terrible accident. Well don’t worry – it’s not even switched on – look! Wooahhhhh!!!

5 uses of 'see' - Moby Dick part 1

source: BBC Learning English    2016年11月17日
The English word 'see' has many meanings and uses. We bring you BBC Learning English's own version of the classic novel Moby Dick - and we've found many different ways to use the word 'see' in it.
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Hello I'm Mariam. Today's story is about the experiences of a man who goes on an epic adventure. He sails on a ship whose captain is determined to seek revenge on a whale called Moby Dick.

The man is called Ishmael. He's heading to Nantucket to see if he can find work on a whaling ship. On the way he meets Queequeg, a rough and dangerous-looking man who works as a harpooner. They become friends and together they find work on a whaling ship called The Pequod.

It sets sail, but it's not until a few days into the journey that they first see the ship's captain, Ahab. He is a bitter and twisted old man with a long white scar down his face. He also has a false leg made from a whale's jaw. You see, his real leg had been bitten off by a whale on a previous voyage. He tells the crew "this whale was the famous Moby Dick" and he makes them all promise to help him hunt the whale down and kill him.

It's a long and hard voyage – they sail across the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean – they encounter a huge typhoon and their navigational instruments break. Ishmael could not see how they would ever find Moby Dick in such a massive ocean. Then Queequeg the harpooner gets a bad fever and a coffin is made for him in anticipation of his death. But, he recovers and the ship sails on into the Pacific Ocean. Although they catch and kill other whales on the way, there is no sign of Moby. Where can he be?

You'll have to wait and see. Join me in part two to see if Captain Ahab finally gets his revenge on Moby Dick. Bye for now.

Using 'THE' before 'NEXT' & 'LAST'

source: English Lessons with Alex    2017年6月23日
English articles are tough. When was the last time you watched a lesson about them? In this video, I try to erase the confusion between "next", "the next", "last", and "the last". The rule on using the article "the" before "next" and "last" is much simpler than you think. If you're having a hard time with this topic, you should definitely watch this video, and next time you're wondering whether to add a "the" before one of these words, you'll be much more certain. Don't forget to check your understanding by doing the quiz at

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Business English 166 (OEM, MRO)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish    2010年2月6日
OEM (original equipment manufacturer), MRO (Maintenance, repair and operations).

Business English 165 (xpense account, mileage logging, reported expenses)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish    2010年2月6日
Today's words: expense account, mileage logging, reported expenses