Language and Goals

Watch your Language to Reach your goals

I believe our language is powerful, therefore we should use our words wisely. Our language influences us in whether we achieve our goals, and whether the things we want to happen, happen. Let me give you some examples of how you can change your language to change your life.

 

Let’s take the situation of when someone tries to quit smoking. It’s not easy to do. Many people are able […]

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How to Beat your English Language Blocks

There will be moments in your life where you find that you have the power and energy to make huge changes in your life. When this happens you have the strength to beat your emotional blocks that hold you back from success and fulfilment in life.

When you try to make big changes to your personality and speaking skills you will find that you first fail many times. You try to make a change but […]

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Do I Need to Learn Phrasal Verbs?

In English we often have a formal version of a verb such as ‘protect’ and and a phrasal verb version of the verb that has the same meaning such as ‘look after.’ Both versions of the verb have the same meaning. The difference is to do with register: one verb has a formal meaning, and the other is used in everyday speech.

Native speakers use phrasal verbs in their everyday speech. This is because these […]

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Should I Study at a British University?

Are Expensive British Degrees Really Worth it?

This video is an honest British opinion on whether or not people from outside of the UK should chose to study over here in the UK. British universities have a good reputation internationally for being academic institutions of very high quality. Modern day, western style universities are modeled on the British tradition of education and learning from what is known as the ‘enlightenment’ period where England ruled the […]

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What Not to Do in London

The Worst Things Tourists Do in London

This video is about what not to do in London as a tourist and how to make sure you do not waste your money.

The centre of London is an expensive place and there are a lot of ‘tourist traps’ designed to take advantage of tourists. People are not used to exchange rates and do not know how much things costs in England, so often they will pay too […]

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How to Behave in an English Pub

British Culture Etiquette and Customs in the Pub

This video is about customs and traditions involved in drinking at the pub, a great British institution. Most importantly, this video is about when it is right to pay for the drinks and when it is ok not to.This video is about customs and traditions involved in drinking at the pub, a great British institution. Most importantly, this video is about when it is right to pay […]

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How to Make a Good First Impression

What to Say and Do When you Meet Someone

This video is an English culture lesson about how to make a good first impression. Making a good first impression is important. There are a few rules to follow to make a good impression in England.
The custom for when you meet someone for the first time in England is to shake their hand. In the past, every meeting between friends was started with a handshake. When […]

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How to Learn English Vocabulary Self-Study

Don’t Bore Yourself Learning Hundreds of New Words

This is an instructional video with bits of advice on how to build your vocabulary. It is said that you can only learn eight words a day. This not seem like very many words but this may be true for some people and not true for others. Please mention in the comments whether building vocabulary is easier or harder for you.

Latinized languages have words that are similar […]

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How To Be Polite in Britain

Useful Phrases for Being Polite in Britain

This video is about how to be polite in England and a few useful phrases you can use in these circumstances. Politeness is very important to English people, even when they are rude themselves! The important thing is to observe a few basic rules of etiquette that are seen by English people as considerate and polite.

First of all, English people do not just […]

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Fun Conversation Skills Game – ‘Would You Ever?’

Icebreaker Idea for ESL

This video is about a useful game or conversational skill for use in the ESL classroom called ‘Would you ever?’ When we play this game in the classroom, we usually do it so we can get to know each other at the beginning of a new class, when the people don’t yet know each others’ names. It is sometimes a creative game of imagination, but usually just a way of […]

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Phrases For Asking For Help

Could you Give me a Hand?

This is a video about some useful English phrases that will help you while to talking to English speakers. We will focus on how to ask for help and how to make requests politely. Politeness is something that the English find very important, even if they are rude themselves! If you need to ask for help, these phrases will be useful and polite in almost every context.

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What are British Men Really Like?

Unfortunately the Average British Man is not as Charming as Hugh Grant

This video talks about the stereotypes of British men. A stereotype is a generalisation about a group of people. They are usually old fashioned and over-simplistic. However, it is often said that there is some truth in them; that they are stereotypes for a reason.

People from outside of England see British men as posh and intellectual. Being ‘posh’ typically implies that you are […]

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Difference Between Café and Cafe in England

A Cultural English Breakfast

This video is about the Great British Cafe. A cafe ( /kæf/) is a different place to a café ( /kæˈfeɪ/). While in a café you can expect to buy nice coffee, cakes and paninis, in a cafe you can buy a very greasy breakfast cheaply. Most famous of all the meals you can buy in a cafe is the full English breakfast, which consists of fried eggs, baked beans, […]

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Making Small Talk – The Weather

It Looks Like it Might Start to Rain

This is an instructional video about how to make small talk in England. The most important and easiest topic of small talk that the English make is the weather. You may have heard that the English love to talk about it: I can confirm that this is true – practically every conversation that takes place in England will include the weather at some point.

We probably […]

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The Double Negative

It’s Wrong but also Somehow Right

This video is about double negatives. Double negatives are very natural for native speakers in England. They are said on a daily basis. However, double negatives are not standard English and therefore are to be considered a common mistake in English. As an English learner, you want to learn the best form of English and to speak English correctly. When you are in England you will hear […]

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