New English Lessons Coming Up… Your Lesson Topic Suggestions

I’m preparing a new season of English lessons for my EngVid channel.

Do you have any lesson topic suggestions for me? – Leave a comment below…

BUT NOTE: I won’t be teaching advanced grammar or topics that have already been covered hundreds of times before by other teachers on YouTube. So please only put forward original lesson ideas!

And also before I get started on filming the new lessons, I have to decide whether to return to […]

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A Poem About Me

I was doing some navel gazing and ended up with this poem about me…

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Moshi’s Botty

Moshi’s botty is quite grotty

I’m sorry to say
Let’s put it this way
He’s no friend of the litter tray.

What a dear little kitty you are!
I’d love to give you a kiss-y
Were it not for the fact
Your bum’s a bit shitty.

You’re a fluffy ball of cotton wool
For sure you’re adorable
You’ve charmed your way into our hearts
Although, to be honest, you smell of farts.

Forgive me if this seems rude
The subject is rather crude
But I really don’t know […]

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The Kitten Feeling

A poem about a mood called The Kitten Feeling.

The Kitten Feeling

Heavy lidded eyes
Sad stickiness
The soreness of meowing

Nothing to do
Cocooned in a blanket
Being so comfortable aches

Electric pink sunset
Wet purring in your ear
Time has nowhere to go

From the clouds to your ears
Mewling music descends:
A choir of somnambulistic cats

Get out of feeling
The kitten feeling

Can’t —

Stuck inside fur.

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Changes to My Channel

I’m making some changes to the way I make videos – just wanted to let you know…

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Pronunciation Practice /ɔɪ/ and /aʊ/ Phonemes

The pronunciation exercise ‘Doyle The Owl’ is to train two main English phonemes (sounds). The sounds are foil /ɔɪ/ and foul /aʊ/. Both of these sounds are diphthongs and therefore can be tricky to pronounce for many non native speakers of English.

To train your accent with me join my Clear Up Your Accent course. CLICK HERE.

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The Introvert’s Shield

Some musings on introversion, agoraphobia, asperger’s and sensitivity.

It might be that I’m not really an introvert.
It’s because the world and its attractions doesn’t hold much appeal.

It might be that I’m not really a house hermit.
It’s just my aversion to factory farming conditions.

I think that I don’t have asperger’s.
It’s because I confused myself with constantly changing cultures and languages.

I suspect that I wasn’t born rootless and to float from here to there,
I suspect that all […]

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My Boring Real Voice

The difference between talking in my real voice and my ‘acting’ voice. 

To hear more about my real voice watch this related video: CLICK HERE. 

I can say now that I have come full circle with my voice – from learning how to change it and make it expressive – to coming back to my true voice.

What I didn’t say in the video was that it is more physically comfortable for me to […]

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Descent into the underworld

I’ve had the experience of living in many different places in my life, different countries, and each time the experience offered me a gift, in that it unlocked a part of my personality that I didn’t know before. Among the things I’ve learnt are to be able to feel a deep connection with nature (Nepal), social confidence (Dubai), and adventurousness of spirit (Amsterdam). But living in Turkey has been a different experience. What I’ve mainly […]

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A Toadstool Comes Up In a Night – Rossetti

Christina Rossetti Poem – English Romanticism Poetry

A toadstool comes up in a night, –
Learn the lesson, little folk: –
An oak grows on a hundred years,
But then it is an oak.

Christina Rossetti was one of the English Romantic era poets who wrote in a devotional style or made observations about the natural world in her writings.

In my understanding this poem suggests to us the spiritual importance of deferred gratification: the oak tree becomes a tall […]

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‘Clod and The Pebble’ By William Blake

William Blake’s poem ‘Clod and the Pebble’ from Songs of Innocence and Experience.

William Blake was a visionary poet whose poems could be interpreted in a number of ways according to symbolism and religious connotations. What this poem represents to me personally is the split that exists among humanity between those who seek to give and those who seek to take. Like many of Blake’s poems, there is opposition and binding […]

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London Under Bombardment (Poem)

London Under Bombardment by Greta Briggs. Featuring a selection of photographs of London from the late Victorian Era to the Blitz Period.

The poem personifies the spirit of London who stands indomitable despite the fall of bombs during the Blitz (bombing of London during the Second World War).

I, WHO am known as London, have faced stern times before,
Having fought and ruled and traded for a thousand years and more;
I knew the Roman legions and the […]

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My Shadow Selves

When I make videos, it’s not that unusual to get comments on the video like, “Jade, you’re such a nice person; you’ve got such a good heart; Wow, I wish I had a friend like you.” I get these kinds of comments, and therefore I want to address my shadow personalities in this post. And the purpose of doing this is to show by my own example that the personalities that we see on […]

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How I really Talk

How I speak in real life…

My real voice and speaking style is monotone and my face is lacking in expression as I speak. The reason that I do not naturally have an expressive voice or speaking style is due to my having Asperger’s Syndrome. I taught myself how to become more expressive via the process of making videos for this YouTube channel. If you look back at older videos you will see a […]

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I’ve been writing a series of posts in which I categorise different kinds of people into being empty people, half people, full people, or hermit people. And recently I realised that this is not something that most people can identify with, because it’s not how they experience socialising. I experience the social world in a very different way to most people. And part of my realisation has to do with my Asperger’s […]

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