Bad English: Gay Lesbian Slang

source: Shaw English Online    2014年1月28日
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Robin teaches useful slang and idioms about gay and lesbian people. These words are used in every day spoken English. Be careful using them.
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Pronunciation: Schwa

source: BBC Learning English    2016年8月12日
English pronunciation is easy, right? Well, maybe it isn't always a piece of cake, but Tim's back in the pronunciation workshop and ready to give a helping hand. This time he's looking at an aspect of spoken English called ‘schwa’. The symbol for the schwa sound looks like this /ə/.
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Hi, I'm Tim and this is my pronunciation workshop. Here, I'm gonna show you how English is really spoken. It'll help you to become a better listener and a more fluent speaker. You ready? Come on, follow me.
Now, there's an idiom in the English language that means that something is really easy. Any idea what it is? Well, here's a clue.
Do you know now? Let's ask the people of London:
Voxpops: It's a piece of cake
A piece of cake – an expression that means that something is really easy to do, as well as meaning – a piece of cake.
But listen again to the words 'a' and 'of'. They are actually pronounced the same. What is the sound and are those words stressed?
Voxpops: It's a piece of cake
The words 'a' and 'of' are both pronounced as /ə/ and they're not stressed.
This sound /ə/ is the most common sound in the whole English language. It's so common that it even has its own name – schwa.
Now, it can be difficult to hear the schwa because it is never stressed. However, it's a vowel sound that's used in many grammar words like articles and prepositions.
Here are some more examples.
I like a cup of tea in the morning.
Could you get a packet of biscuits?
Can you give it to me?
I had an apple for lunch today.
So, you've heard the examples, and now it's your turn. Are you ready to start? Listen and repeat.
I like a cup of tea in the morning.
Could you get me a packet of biscuits?
Can you give it to me?
I had an apple for lunch today.
Great work. Now remember, if you want to learn more about pronunciation then please visit our website:
That's about it from the pronunciation workshop for now. I'll see you soon. Bye bye.
Now, I've got a cup of tea and I've got a biscuit, I'm looking forward to a piece of cake.
That was a mistake, but a tasty one.

Five uses of 'keep' - The Vampyre part 1

source: BBC Learning English      2016年11月24日
Love, death and a blood-sucking vampire
The English word keep has many meanings and uses. In this session, we bring you BBC Learning English's own version of the tale The Vampyre - and we've found many different ways to use the word keep in it.

Hello I'm Darren. Today's story involves love, death and a blood-sucking vampire. It was written a long time ago but is just as good to hear today.
We start with a young English man called Aubrey who's travelling with an older man called Lord Ruthven to the beautiful city of Rome. However, somebody has told Aubrey to watch out for Ruthven as he's not a very nice person and can't be trusted. What can they mean? In Rome, they meet a woman who Ruthven takes an interest in but Aubrey warns her to keep away from him because he's not to be trusted.
Aubrey isn't happy about Ruthven's behaviour and decides to keep travelling but on his own. He ends up in Greece and it's here he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Ianthe. She keeps him company and tells him tales of local legends about a vampire. Then after a while, Ruthven turns up and shortly after Ianthe is killed by a vampire – hmm, a strange coincidence don't you think? But Ruthven just tells Aubrey to keep his eyes open for anyone acting suspiciously.
The two men continue their travels, but the men are attacked by robbers and Ruthven is killed, but before he dies he makes Aubrey promise to keep his death a secret 'for a year and a day'. His body is left on a rock but it disappears overnight – somebody has stolen it.
What a gruesome story, but it's not over yet. Join me again in part two when I'll tell you what happens next. Bye for now.

English Modal Verbs - How to Use 'Would' in English

source: Oxford Online English    2017年5月28日
Would you like to learn more about 'would' and what it means? If I asked you to tell me all the meanings and uses of 'would' right now, 'would' you be able to? Like all modal verbs, 'would' can have many different meanings.
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In this lesson you can learn:
- How to use 'would' to talk about an imaginary or unreal situation.
- How make polite requests using 'would'.
- Different ways to use would in reported speech.
- How to use 'would' to mean 'refused to do something'.
- Ways to talk about habits in the past using 'would'.

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'Cheap Out'

source: Maple Leaf ESL  2016年1月7日
In this 'quick words' lesson, we study how to use the common expression, 'cheap out', as in ' he really cheaped out on his vacation'.
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3 popular slang words in British English: sorted, innit, and dab

source: English Jade - Learn English (engVid)    2017年5月13日
Learn the most popular slang used in England! I'll teach you the definitions of these words and how you can use them to sound posh, middle class, or childish! We'll be looking at: "sorted", a trendy word that is often used in advertising; "innit", a very common word that you can use in informal conversations; and "dab", which is most often used by children and usually includes a bit of a dance. You won't learn this slang vocabulary in grammar books, so watch this video, then do the quiz at

Present Perfect Tense in daily English Conversation - Using HAVE & HAS Correctly

source: Learn English with Let's Talk     2017年6月28日
It is important to learn how we form Present Perfect sentences – Subject + have/ has + Verb (Third form). Let us now learn some useful English phrases in Present Perfect tense.

1. I’ve known her for ages: To know someone for a very long time.
Example: She is my best friend since school; I’ve known her for ages.

2. I’m having a tough day: Since the day started, until now, I am having a difficult day.
Example: The boss has been nagging me since the morning; I’m having a tough day at work today.

3. This is the first time I have been here: This phrase is used for something that is done for the first time.
Example: This is the first time I’m hearing this song, glad you made me hear it.

4. I haven’t done it yet: This phrase is used for an incomplete activity.
Example: Please don’t ask me about the homework, I haven’t done it yet.

5. I’ve had a great evening/ time: This phrase is used to tell someone about the great time you had with them.
Example: We should catch up more often; I had a great time with you.

6. I’ve had enough: This phrase is used for a situation where you can’t accept a certain behavior anymore.
Example: I can’t bear your conversations with Jack, I’ve had enough.

7. Have you heard? : This phrase is used to break a news which means to share a news.
Example: Have you heard about John and Rachel’s wedding? I’m so excited.

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Business English 170 (letters of credit, beneficiary, advising bank, issuing bank)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish    2010年2月6日
letters of credit, beneficiary, advising bank, issuing bank.

Business English 169 (turnaround, sales target, bonus, conversion rate)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish    2010年2月6日
turnaround, sales target, bonus, conversion rate.