News Review: 450,000 need help in Texan floods

source: BBC Learning English            2017年8月29日
450,000 Texans are estimated to nee help after severe flooding. Dan and Catherine teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

The story
Officials in Texas estimate that around 450,000 people will need help because of flooding caused by tropical storm Harvey.
President Donald Trump has promised swift action to provide federal government assistance for the states affected by the storm.
The governor of Texas, Greg Abbot, said all 12,000 members of the state national guard would be deployed.
A record amount of rain has fallen on the city of Houston.
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Key words and phrases
death toll: the number of dead people due to an incident
obliterate: completely destroy
havoc: chaos

CNN 10 September 1, 2017 with English subtitles

source: Chau Pham     2017年8月31日

Idioms Lesson #10: There's a light at the end of the tunnel.

source: TeacherPhilEnglish     2010年5月10日

Idioms Lesson #9: a bad apple

source: TeacherPhilEnglish     2010年5月10日


source: Official IELTS Practice    2017年7月5日
IELTS ACADEMIC band 9 material.


source: Official IELTS Practice    2017年7月10日
IELTS ACADEMIC band 9 material.
Speaking is in three parts. The examiner wants to know what is your level of English. The questions are already set. Your response is recorded. Your score depends upon how clearly the examiner can understand you.

Verb "to BE" in English | Use and meaning

source: Crown Academy of English       2017年7月4日
The verb "to be" expresses the existence of a person or thing. It also gives us more information about that person or thing.
The verb "to be" can act as a main verb. In that situation, it is a linking verb. A linking verb does not describe an action. It tells us more about the subject of the sentence. It doesn't have a direct object. Instead, it has a complement.
This complement is either a noun (subject complement) - Example: I am a teacher.
or an adjective (adjective complement) - Example: I am tired.
or prepositional phrase. - Example - I am in the car.
The verb "to be" can also be an auxiliary verb (helping verb). This means that it helps another main verb to do its job.
Example: I am working (present continuous)
In the above example, "I am" is the auxiliary verb and "working" (present participle) is the main verb. Together they form the present continuous tense.
The verb "to be" is used in all the continuous tenses as an auxiliary. I give other examples in the video.
The verb to be as an auxiliary verb + the past participle gives us the passive voice.
Examples: The car was made in Japan.
The cat is called Tom.
There are plenty of other examples in the video lesson.
The accent in the video is a British English accent.

Part 1 of this video series (form) can be found here:
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Sentence Patterns - What you need to know!

source: JenniferESL 2   017年6月29日
Part 2 of a two-part lesson on sentence structure. What common patterns do sentences follow? Learn the basic patterns of a simple sentence. Review the parts of a clause.
NOTE: I apologize for making a slip of the tongue twice towards the end. I said "sentence" instead of "subject." The pattern is subject + verb.
0:01 Why learn sentence patterns?
1:02 Lesson title
1:10 Pattern 1: SV
1:44 Pattern 2: SVO
2:31 transitive vs. intransitive verbs
3:55 What are adverbials? What do you need to know?
6:46 Pattern 3: SVC
7:22 Linking verbs
8:54 Note on terminology (adverbials / adverbial complements)
11:13 Pattern 4: SVOO (indirect objects vs. direct objects)
13:43 Pattern 5: SVOC
15:13 Practice task
17:52 Recall all 5 basic patterns
18:25 Lesson ending

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Confusing English: HARD vs. HARDLY

source: Watch, Listen & Speak English! - E.M.N    2017年7月16日
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Top 10 English Responses to "How are you?" - English Vocabulary

source: Learn English with      2016年10月25日
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Vocabulary in Books 2

source: MrSkypelessons     2017年7月12日

Pronunciation: Assimilation of /d/ and /b/

source: BBC Learning English     2016年12月23日
Tim's  finding out what happens when one word ends in /d/ and the next begins in /b/ - and talking speed boats with some Londoners...
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Voxpops: It’s a speed boat. Speed boat.

Tim: In everyday speech, when we’re speaking fluently, if one word ends in a vowel sound followed by a /d/ and the next begins in a /b/, then the /d/ changes to a /b/ and then merges with the /b/ from the following word. So ‘speed boat’, becomes ‘speebboat’. Watch again, this time in slow motion. Look at the mouth shape. Can you see /d/ or is it just /b/?
This is another case of assimilation. Here are some more examples.

My son is a really good boy.
I’m sorry if I was rude before.
My car had to be towed back to the garage.
You should buy him a present.