Let's Learn English Level 2 Lesson 15: Before and After

source: VOA Learning English     2018年1月4日
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Task Achievement explained step by step

source: IELTS Ryan      2018年1月17日
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The essay in this video was written by IELTS Examiner C.
This question was seen last year in Moscow:
Some people contend that all young people should attend university after high school, while others maintain that this is not always the best option.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include examples from your own experience where appropriate.

Here is the essay as it appears in the video:
Some feel that all young people should attend university, while others point out this may not be a suitable path for everyone. I am of the latter view. I believe that career training in other areas may serve the interests of many young people far better than undergraduate studies.
On the one hand, there is convincing support for university education for all. Firstly, a liberal education encourages the broadening of the mind. For example, students of history, art and literature tend to be tolerant and thoughtful and fulfil useful service careers in teaching, journalism, public relations and politics. Encouraging everyone to enrol in university would also push people towards lucrative professional roles, such as those held by doctors and lawyers, positions that also bring great social prestige.
However, despite these benefits, universal tertiary education would be problematic at both the societal and personal levels. It should be noted that the building of houses and offices, the transporting of goods, and the production of furniture and appliances are essential to society and require skilled manual workers and tradespeople. Further, many young men and women naturally excel when working with their hands. Forcing them to study disciplines of abstract thought would clearly be a waste of their time and potential. Thus, encouraging people to choose a path that allows them to invest in their natural strengths is better for both the individual and society as a whole.
Overall, it can be seen that although pursuing a university education has many merits, it may be more of a hindrance than a help to some people. In my own case, being very bad with my hands but quite handy with words, university was the right option for me. As this essay has shown, everyone is different and no one course in life fits all.

Used to vs Would / For Intermediate and above

source: Practice English with Paul       2015年6月22日
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01:08 I never used to...
01:36 the form of used to 
01:57 pronunciation of used to
02:40 past states or habits which are now finished 
03:56 would
04:18 'would' for talking about the past 
05:05 'used to' for past states 
05:36 Cambridge exams

English Idioms with Country Names – Add Style to your English

source: Learn English with Let's Talk      2018年1月7日
Hey subscribers, It’s time to add some style in English. You speak English pretty well, but bored of using the same set of phrases and vocabulary in your English conversations. Why not expand your English knowledge and learn some English Idioms used by native English speakers to expand your vocabulary and sound stylish and polished in spoken English. In this English lesson, Rachna would like to introduce you to some very common idioms we use connected to nationalities and countries. Practices these idiomatic phrases in your day-to-day English conversation and sound like a polished English speaker.
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1. It’s all Greek to me – we use this expression when we cannot understand something we read or hear
Example: I recently read this book on Metaphysics. Did you understand it, because it was all Greek to me?

2. Go Dutch – we go Dutch when we go to a restaurant and share the bill.
Example: Rachel does not like her male companion to offer her dinner. She always prefers to go Dutch.

3. Chinese Whispers– this expression is often used for mistakes and inaccurate information which comes from rumors or gossip.
Example: All this talk about the Prime Minister resigning is just Chinese Whispers. There’s no truth in the rumor.

4. Talk for England – when someone can talk for hours and hours
Example: I’m so sorry I’m late. I couldn’t get away from Linda. She can talk for England!

5. Dutch Courage – when you need a little alcohol to give you the courage or confidence to do something.
Example: I think I’ll have a quick drink for Dutch Courage before I ask that girl to dance with me.

6. Pardon My French – we use this expression before or after we have said something rude, for example, a swear word.
Example: If you’ll pardon my French, but I think you’re a %^&*!”

7. A Mexican Standoff – this expression is often used in a business situation when two sides cannot agree.
Example: There appears to be a Mexican Standoff as neither party can agree on the terms of the merger.

8. Slow Boat to China – we use this expression to describe something that is very slow and takes a long time. It comes from an American song.
Example: Waiting for the architects to produce their plans was like taking the slow boat to China.

9. Too Many Chiefs and Not Enough Indians – this is often used to describe a company where there are too many managers and not enough people doing the actual work
Example: The trouble with that company is that there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

CNN 10 | February 6, 2018

source: Daily Listening         2018年2月5日
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How to Pronounce 100 Most Important Words in English

source: Speak English With Vanessa      2018年1月5日
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Talk About New Year's Resolutions

source: Learn English with EnglishClass101.com       2018年1月4日
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How to set goals and learn English the easy way – an English teacher’s s...

source: Simple English Videos        2018年1月5日
Do you want to learn English fast? Then you need to set goals that will give you motivation and keep you focused. In this first video we have tips that can help you do that, so you can use your time wisely. These are tried and tested tips that can make learning English easy.
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New Year's Resolutions | Listening, Vocabulary, & MORE...

source: Interactive English     2018年1月2日
What are some of your New Year's Resolutions?
Every year people put together of list of goals that they hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. So here are some of our New Year's Resolutions.
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American Christmas Traditions for a very American Christmas

source: Speak English with Christina      2017年12月19日
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R-controlled Vowels: -ar and -or

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Say, Tell, Speak, Talk - How to Use Verbs of Speech in English

source: Oxford Online English      2016年10月31日
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In this lesson, you can learn 
- The difference between 'say' and 'tell'.
- Different ways to use 'tell'.
- The difference between 'talk' and 'speak'.
- How to use prepositions with verbs of speech.
- How to use verbs of speech in a sentence.

Used to and Would: The Grammar Gameshow Episode 3

source: BBC Learning English      2017年10月25日

Common Expressions in English: Top 8 topics for work (1h)

source: Helena Daily English      2017年9月25日
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