Advanced English Listening And Vocabulary Practice – Conversational American English – Travel

Advanced English Listening And Vocabulary Practice – Conversational American English – Travel

Well, hello and welcome to this month’s Phrase
Builder lesson. It is a pleasure to welcome you back if you’ve
been with us for a while, and hello if you’re new. This month we’re going to be talking about
travel and tourism. And because this is such a broad topic, I
will be covering quite a few general terms about a few different things. So, if you are traveling or even if you’re
just around your own home and welcoming other people into your country, wherever you happen
to be. You’ll have a lot of general terms, and you’ll
be able to sound more like a native speaker when you communicate. So, it’s going to be a fun lesson. Uh, there’ll be a lot of interesting words
and phrases as usual. In this lesson, we will be covering things
that are not necessarily related to travel and tourism, but there will be just lots of
great words and phrases that will help you sound more native. In the Fluency Corner lesson coming up next,
we will be discussing more things about travel and tourism specifically. Let’s begin. First is obsessed. To be obsessed with something. Now, you’ll hear a couple of times in the
conversation, this is just a general thing you should be listening for, uh, but don’t
just listen to the words and phrases that people use. Try to understand their personality and the
way they speak. So, for me, you can try to understand my sense
of humor, the way I make jokes or the way I comment about things. And for many people, even people that I meet
in my daily life, they have sometimes a hard time understanding whether I’m being serious
or if I’m joking about something. So, you’ll see me sometimes, I might say something
and maybe the other person, uh, I’m speaking with doesn’t quite get what I’m saying. But each person, the point I’m making here
is that each person really has their own personality, and so that shines through. This is a great phrasal verb that just means
it comes through. Just like the sun shining through a window. So, the personality shines through in the
way that the person speaks. So, in the case of Carley, who you’ll see
me speaking with in the conversation this month, she is very optimistic. She is a very bright and bubbly person. She loves to make jokes and she loves to,
uh, just have a really, a fun time. So, in the conversation, she’s using lots
of words, uh, that kind of make what she’s trying to say a bit more excessive or to exaggerate
something. So, I’ll go over a couple of, uh, examples
of that you’ll see in this lesson. But when you see that in the conversation,
where she says, “Wow, that’s the most amazing thing I ever saw!” Or, “I hated that thing.” When people speak like this, you’ll see a
good example from Carley. But when people speak like this in general,
especially native English speakers typically from America, uh, these are people just exaggerating
things, in general. So, they might not really mean they actually
hate something or that something was the most amazing thing ever. But they’re just using that as an exaggeration,
just usually, when telling a story. So, when, uh, the first example here is talking
about being obsessed with something, it just means you’re really passionate about it. You really like it, and even if you’re not
actually obsessed with something where you can’t stop thinking about it, again, this
is an exaggeration where native speakers are talking about something that they really like,
but just in a more conversational way. To be obsessed with something. Next, a more advanced word, upheaval. Upheaval. Upheaval. Now, you can hear this as up-evil or upheaval
or up-he-val. But usually, when people are speaking quickly,
just upheaval. Upheaval. Now, upheaval usually means a sudden, uh,
dramatic or drastic change in something, typically a violent one. Uh, and so, you’ll see Carley talking about
this in the conversation because we’re talking about her trip to Myanmar, uh, also known
as Burma. And so, she’s talking about how there was
political upheaval. So, the same thing. You could have a physical upheaval like, uh,
an earthquake or a volcano or something like that. But the political upheaval means there’s a
sudden dramatic change in government, typically a violent one, in some way. Next, related to this we have genocide. Genocide. Now, this again, when we’re kind of learning
new words, really a great way to do this, one of our, uh, just really great ways of
remembering things is understanding of the prefixes and suffixes of words. A great example is bicycle where you have
bi meaning two, and cycle meaning wheels or circles. So, a bicycle is a two-circled thing. And so, when we take that idea, we can have
a bicycle for two wheels or a tricycle for three wheels. So, when you’re studying the pieces of words
like this, it really helps you if you can understand one. Then you can use that same thing in other
words as well. So, if we have, uh, this idea of cide, C-I-D-E,
this means to kill something. So, if you want to talk about, like, killing
your brother would be fratricide. So, to kill your brother, uh, or, like, I
think even killing your mother is matricide or something like that. Like marrying, or not marrying, but killing
your mother, something like that. Uh, suicide means killing yourself. Uh, obviously, these aren’t fun things to
talk about. But, when you have just an idea like this
where you can understand the, the point here, of cide. Okay, even killing something like, uh, like
weeds or something like that in your garden. You would use a pesticide for doing that. So, all these things, uh, again, the point
here is just to remember something where you can remember the words easily just by understanding
the pieces of it. So, genocide refers to killing a whole group
of people, typically, uh, like a race or an ethnicity. Uh, like, all green people want to kill all
the purple people or something like that. So, there’s a genocide where they try to kill
all of them. Genocide. Next, contamination. This is a word I’ve actually covered before
in the program, I believe, but it’s just such a great word. And you’ll see how, again, a lot of words
appear over and over again. So, they are, again, things that you should
be trying to remember more. But to contaminate something just means to
have an influence or a physical thing that’s coming into somewhere where it should not
be. So, if I have my hands closed like this and
nothing can get in, but slowly some gas gets into my hands, it could be contaminating the
air that’s in here. And people often talk about contaminated food
where you could get food poisoning. And Carley mentions both of these things in
the conversation. So, food poisoning just means maybe there’s
some bacteria or some chemical thing or something when you ate some food that was maybe old,
or it was contaminated. So, other chemicals, or something like that,
got into that food that you’re eating and hurt you in some way. Next, chancy. Chancy. Now, this is a conversational, native expression,
or I guess not an expression, it’s just a word. But when you’re talking about something being
chancy, it means maybe you don’t know if it’s a good idea or not. So, the conversational example that you’ll
see in the Master Class video is Carley talking about some food being kind of chancy. Where she’s looking at something, ah, I don’t
know if I should eat that or not. So, chancy, as in I should maybe take a chance
by trying to eat that, or maybe I should not take a chance by eating that. So, you can say, I don’t want to chance something
where maybe you’re, you’re thinking that the result could be bad if you decide to do that
thing. Maybe you get hurt or something bad happens. Chancy. Chancy. Next, another great word, dismantle. Dismantle. To dismantle means to take something apart. As an example, when you go to a construction
company, usually they will put up, they will assemble, some kind of, uh, uh, structure
around that building maybe to protect it or where some people can walk on things. This is called scaffolding. That’s the name of this physical thing, uh,
around buildings. Uh, but they take this up, and then they can
dismantle it when they are finished. So, it just means to take something apart. Again, you’re not breaking something, uh,
you’re trying to do it delicately. We also talk about dismantling a bomb because
you don’t want to just destroy the bomb because that would hurt you. You want to dismantle something. So, to delicately take something apart. Dismantle. Next, precarious. Precarious. Precarious means dangerously unbalanced. So, when I talk about something being precariously
balanced, you’ll see this in the conversation. We’re talking about this rock that’s covered
in, uh, gold leaf foil or gold foil. I forget what they call it. But it’s balanced on the side of a rock, or
at least it looks like it could fall off. So, it looks like it’s balanced precariously. So, if you’re in a precarious situation, it
means it’s unstable in some way where even the slightest movement or you could do something
just a little bit wrong, and that would cause a lot of problems. Precarious. Precarious. Next, phenomenal. Phenomenal. You’ll hear this a few times. Carley mentions this. Again, this is that idea of exaggerating something
because when we’re telling a story, we want to bring more people into the story, to invite
people in and to get their attention. And if we just say, “Yeah, the food was
really good at the restaurant.” Then people say, “Oh, okay.” But if you say, “Wow, the food was phenomenal.” I mean, phenomenal is a pretty amazing thing. If you really say something is phenomenal,
that’s the most, best, excellent kind of thing you could think of. So phenomenal just means amazing, really fantastic. But again, when native speakers are using
these expressions, try not to rank them perfectly. Like, well, there’s great and then phenomenal. Some food actually might be just pretty good,
but people call it phenomenal because they are exaggerating. Exaggerating. Next equivalent. Equivalent. You’ll hear this as equivalent or equivalent. Equivalent. Equivalent. This is the ‘schwa’ sound equivalent. So, this is the same sound, like, about or
panda a, a, equivalent. Uh, we don’t want to talk about, uh, pronunciation
too much because, again, you’ll hear both of these equivalent or equivalent because
people are thinking of it as equal, and this is what it means. So, you could say in a regular casual conversational
way, that two things are equal. Or, if you want to sound a bit more educational,
or a bit more educated I should say, you would say the things sound equivalent or they are
equivalent. So, uh, my job here and the one I had in some
other country, even though they’re in different places, uh, the position is equivalent. Equivalent. Next, a great conversational term, this is
sweet. To call someone sweet. They, usually, this means they are a very
kind person in the same way that maybe some fruit is sweet. Uh, so we’re not using it in that literal
sense. We’re saying, “Wow, that was so sweet of
you. Thank you for giving me some chocolate,”
or something. Typically, this is something used by women
rather than men. Men can use it, uh, but women typically are
talking about maybe a child doing something. Like, “Oh, that little boy gave me a flower,”
or something like that. How sweet. So, that was very sweet. How sweet of you. How sweet of you. Next, legitimate. Legitimate. Legitimate just means something that’s actual
or real or the correct thing. Uh, you could have a legitimate ruler as a
ruler of a company, or a ruler of, uh, a kingdom, something like that. Uh, like, if a father dies and his son becomes
the legitimate ruler, uh, the next person to become king. Or, usually, a story might have, like, someone
that’s not the legitimate king, uh, becomes king. Like, the story of the Lion King is a perfect
example that. So, the illegitimate king is Scar. He’s the, the uncle of young Simba, the lion. And he becomes the, the king of that. I don’t know if you’ve seen that movie or
not. But anyway, the idea is still there. So, it just means something that’s, uh, real
or correct for legitimate. Legitimate. Next proximity. Proximity. Proximity just means the relationship of how
close something is to something else. And it could be physical proximity. Like, right now, the proximity of me and this
board behind me, we are quite close. So, it’s very close proximity. But, you could also talk about the proximity
of something like an idea where I have an idea and someone else has an idea, uh, and
they’re, it’s, they are quite proximate. The, the ideas are quite related to each other
or quite similar. Or, you could say they’re very different. So, in close proximity or maybe a faraway
distance from that other thing. Proximity. Proximity. Next, isolating. Isolating. An isolating thing, or an isolating feeling. To be isolated means you’re separate from
other people. So, you could have a very isolating feeling,
or you feel isolated. Maybe you move to a new town, and though there
are many other people living there, you don’t really know anybody yet, so you feel very
isolated. Isolated. Next, assertive. Assertive. When you are assertive or you are asserting
yourself, it means you are, uh, showing yourself. You’re being proud. You are not being nervous. You’re not being shy. You’re being assertive. So, I want to walk up if I see some beautiful
woman, and I say, oh wow, I want to go ask her for her phone number or something. If I’m shy, if I’m timid, to be timid, this
means shy or you’re a little bit nervous about something, uh, then I don’t walk up to her. But if I’m assertive, I want to assert myself. I want to walk up and be proud and have confidence
and communicate, uh, in a strong way. So, you should be thinking in the same way
when you’re practicing and speaking English. Be assertive. It’s okay even if you make a mistake. You see, even right now, I’m a native speaker
and when I make mistakes in these videos, it happens sometimes. It’s okay. But I’m still assertive, and the reason I’m
assertive is because I believe that this is important information, and if you can learn
how to speak, it will improve your life. So, it’s okay if I make a mistake. I have a good reason to be assertive. So, think about that for yourself as you’re
learning. Just a quick tip about, uh, controlling the
confidence, especially if you feel nervous about speaking. It’s okay to be assertive because you could
potentially help people, even if you’re just getting into conversations to listen. Be assertive. Assertive. And the final one is ASAP. You can also hear this spoken as A-Sap, and
this just means as soon as possible. So, this is something that you will hear sometimes
in a more professional setting or an academic setting, uh, when you’re asking someone please
respond. Or, let me know about the answer to this thing
ASAP or A-Sap. Uh, but again, it’s a very conversational
expression as well. So, you will hear this in just everyday speaking
with other people. So, let me know A-Sap or ASAP. You can hear both of these things. And again, it just means as soon as possible. ASAP. Now, let’s get into the longer phrases and
expressions for this month. First, I want to just explain something very
quickly. Again, I mentioned earlier in this lesson
about watching not only the words or listening to the words that people use, but the way
people speak to try to understand their personality and how that changes the words that they might
choose to speak with. So, me, again, I can be a little bit sarcastic
as are many people from the United States. Carly is a little bit sarcastic as well. Uh, and if you’ve been a member with us for
a while, you can go back and watch some of the previous conversations that she’s joined
us on. I really enjoyed the paranormal activity lesson. Uh, that was a great one. We were talking about ghosts and things like
that. Uh, but in the conversation, you’ll hear me
describing something, and I say, “As fun as that would be.” So, I’m using it in a sarcastic way meaning
that I don’t think something would be fun. As an example, I might say, “Yeah, as fun
as it would be to have a picnic in the rain, I, I don’t think, uh, I’ll have time to do
that today.” So, maybe a friend of mine says, “Hey, Drew. We should go out to a picnic.” Uh, and I say, “Well it’s, it looks like
it’s going to rain today.” Well, I guess as fun as it would be to have
a picnic in the rain, as great as it would be, as entertaining as it would be to have
a picnic in the rain, I won’t be able to go with you today. Or, I don’t think, ah, maybe, I’ll be able
to do something. But it’s a great phrase that you can put a
different word in there. As fun as it will be, as great as it will
be, as awesome as it will be. But, again, you’re using it in a sarcastic
way. Now, you can use this in an actual serious
way where you say, “Wow, as great as it would be to join you at the party, I’m,
I’m un, uh, unable to join you.” So, I’m, uh, too busy, or I have some other
thing that I can’t, uh, I can’t join you for. So again, the way that you’re speaking it,
and your personality, these are all things that help to shape the way that you speak. So, as great as it would be to do something,
as great as it would be to, uh, to go travel and travel the world and meet you right now. I’ve got work tomorrow, so I can’t do it. So, as great as it would be, as fun as it
would be. And then again, the meaning of it is just
in the conversation, whatever your personality is. So, you can be sarcastic, or you can be serious. Next, another way of changing something slightly
as a native speaker, when you say, “I’ve never done something myself.” Just adding the myself at the end of that,
it makes it sound a little bit more conversational, and just a bit more friendly. So, I’ve never done that. So, a friend of mine says, “Oh, have you
ever been to France?” I can say, “No, I’ve never been to France.” Or, I could say, “I’ve never been to France
myself.” So, I’m saying exactly the same thing. The meaning doesn’t change at all, but it
just becomes a little bit more casual, a little bit more friendly, little bit more native
sounding, uh, adding the myself at the end of that. So again, it doesn’t change the meaning at
all. But you’re just saying, well, yeah, like,
myself. Like, me, I haven’t been there. Or, I haven’t been there myself. Next, another expression that happens, uh,
or does this same thing of just sounding a little bit more casual and conversational
is perfectly okay. Now, this sounds kind of a weird expression,
when okay just means, yeah, it’s not too good, not too bad, just, it’s just okay. So, perfectly okay is like, “Wow, it’s,
like, really perfectly okay.” But you’ll hear this, again, just used as
a, uh, a more conversational way of saying that something is okay. It’s almost like the word okay is just too
short, and people want to give a little bit longer explanation or definition just to sound
a bit more conversational, uh, and a bit more friendly about, you know, the way that they’re
speaking. So, I could say it’s perfectly fine to do
this, or it’s perfectly okay to do this. But, maybe you want to do this other thing
as well. It doesn’t change the meaning at all. You can say it’s okay to do something, but
you’ll sound a bit more casual and conversational. Try this expression with your friends instead
of just saying it’s okay to do something, say it’s perfectly okay. They will say, “Wow, like, where did you
learn that?” Because it’s really something that non-native
speakers don’t use. Perfectly okay. Next, this is a common thing, and I want you
to just listen carefully because here is a common mistake that native speakers will make,
and it’s something that you can make in your conversations as well that you shouldn’t worry
about. It is something that you should pay attention
to for your writing. And this is whether you use me or I in a conversation. Now, you’ll hear conversate, uh, you’ll
hear in our conversation, Carley says, “My friend and me.” Or, me and my friend do something. So, the, the way to know whether one of these
is correct or not is to remove the other person from the sentence. And this is just to learn to use it correctly. So, if you say, “Me and my friend went to
Canada.” Me and my friend or my friend and me went
to Canada. Now, if you remove ‘my friend,’ you would
just have me went to Canada. And you wouldn’t say me went to Canada. You’d say I went to Canada. So, the correct answer becomes my friend and
I went to Canada. Or, I and my friend. But typically, when we’re speaking logically,
it doesn’t matter if you say my friend and I or I and my friend. But typically, we want to kind of show respect
to the other person. So, we say that other person first. So, my friend and I, my wife and I or my other,
you know, my family and I did something. So, you don’t usually say I and my family
did something. You’re saving yourself as the, the last person. Uh, like, John, Frank, Tommy and I went to
something. So again, you’re, you’re showing respect to
those other people by saying yourself last. But this is a thing in conversations where,
don’t worry too much if you say me or I because native speakers make this mistake. I’m sure I’ve made it, uh, many times. Even if you go back and watch the lessons,
I might accidentally say, uh, me instead of I. But nobody cares in the conversation, number
one, because they understand my meaning. And number two, nobody’s going to stop. I mean everybody makes mistakes like this
in conversations. And these kinds of mistakes are not that important. But making a mistake where you say, like,
two cat are on the table instead of two cats are on the table. That’s a common mistake, uh, that a non-native
speaker would make, but a native speaker would not say that. Next, when we’re talking about show-and-tell,
and this is where you’re introducing something while physically showing something. Often younger children at school, they have
show-and-tell, maybe, days at their school where they have to bring some object. Or, they bring a favorite toy or a pet that
they have for show-and-tell. So, they’re going to explain something. I want to show you something. So, we did a bit of show-and-tell, or we will
do that. You will see that in the conversation where
we’re talking about showing something and talking about it at the same time. Show-and-tell. Now, when you’re showing something, a great
phrase you can use, this could be while you’re giving a presentation. Right, right behind me, if I have, uh, a graph
or some kind of chart, I could say, “As you can see.” As you can see, and then I’m doing something. So, I’m illustrating something. I want to show you a picture and then say,
as you can see, something, something, something. As you can see, this is a really great way
to learn. As you can see, something. Now, keep in mind, this is where the idea
comes from. I’m physically showing something to you. As you can see. But, you can also use as you can see when
you’re just explaining something, maybe trying to paint a picture in the mind of the person
listening to you. So, you can describe something, and I was,
I was standing there, and I had to, uh, talk to the police. And there was a big problem. There was a traffic accident or something
like that. As you can see, I was in a lot of trouble. So, you can’t physically see me. I’m not there. You’re not there with me, but we can talk
about that thing, and I can use that expression in that way. As you can see. As you can see. Now, a funny expression Carley uses in the
conversation is, in American. So, she’s talking about in English. Uh, but sometimes people will use this as
a joke. Like, “Oh, I was speaking American,” even
though that’s not an actual name of a language. Uh, but just listen for that in the conversation
when she’s talking about translating things, uh, and speaking. Oh, I, I have to say something in American. In American. She really means English, or specifically
American English. Next, yet another exaggeration, I would have
died. I would’ve died. Now, if you are really embarrassed about something,
wow, I, I went to the party and I almost wore the same dress or the same shirt or the same
something, uh, as another friend of mine. And, if I had done that, oh, I would have
died. Now, you don’t actually mean that you would
have died. But this is a very common conversational expression,
especially with younger women like Carley, that are very excited about something and
they’re exaggerating what they would have happened, or what would have happened, uh,
if they did something. So, I would have died. Now, she can be a bit more serious. Like, if I actually, uh, swam with some sharks,
I would have died. So, there was a, a real problem. You can use it in that way. Again, the language is the same. I would have died, but the meaning changes
depending on the context. So, depending on the conversation or the situation. And it also depends on the speaker. So, if you’re being sarcastic, if you’re exaggerating
or if you’re being serious, I would’ve died. I would’ve died. Next, all around. All around. You’ll hear Carley describing the prices. And again, we’ll talk more about the specific
tourism and traveling things in the Fluency Corner lesson. But in the, or just for this lesson where
we’re talking about all around. So, Carley was saying, “All around, the
prices are pretty cheap.” Or, you could say the prices are pretty cheap
all around. So, all around, just meaning the different
parts like maybe the food and the transportation and housing and other things like that. So, in general, or even the different parts
of something altogether, are quite cheap. All around. You could talk about someone being, maybe,
all around a great student. So, they’re good at, uh, history and math
and science and many different subjects as well. Again, we’re just talking about the different
parts, and each of these is good together. So together, all together, all around. They’re all very good. Next, very quickly, nowadays. Nowadays. I’ve talked about this, again. But you’ll see, again and again, lots, uh,
lots of phrases appear again and again in conversations. So, it’s always great to review them. Nowadays just means as opposed to time in
the past. So, contrasted with this, or the opposite
of this, you could say back in the day or in the olden days. In the olden days. So, nowadays, or you could just say now. So, uh, nowadays kind of refers to generally
they maybe this time in history rather than maybe 20 years ago or a hundred years ago
or something like that. So, nowadays you can go out. Like, nowadays, women will ask men out on
a date. Maybe 200 years ago, women didn’t really do
that very much. Or, I guess depending on where they were. Uh, but in some cultures, now that’s changed. So, now women can more, like, ask a man out
for a date. Where maybe before, uh, men really were the
ones asking women out on a date. Nowadays. Next, to think it through. Listen carefully to how this blends. To think it through. Thin ki thru, think it through. Now, I’m saying think it, but the ‘t’
disappears from it. Think i, think i. So, you notice how I’m leaving that space
there for the sound, but I don’t actually say it. So, listen carefully, think it through. Think it through. Think it through. Think it through. You hear that? Think it through. To think it through just means to think about
something, usually where you’re thinking about the steps. Where maybe you do this and then you have
to do that thing and something like that. So, if you’re making a plan to do something,
maybe your business is, okay, we want to try to start selling things in a different country. How do we do that? We have to think it through. So, what do we do? First, we have to get this legal permission. Then we have to do something else and talk
to some people over there about selling it. So, there are things we have to do. We have to think it through. So, when you’re talking to children about
doing something, “Hey, don’t, don’t act too quickly. Think it through.” Try to take time and plan what will happen
if you do this, and then what that means, and the next seps, uh, or the next steps you
have to take. Think it through. Next, another casual conversational expression
is how cool, or how cool is that? How cool is that? How amazing is that? So, if I’m talking with my daughter, or I’m
talking with someone else, again, I’m excited. Maybe I’m even exaggerating about something. And, again, I could be sarcastic about it,
or I could be serious. It just depends on my mood, and what I’m trying
to say. So, listen not just to the words but to the
expression as well. So, how cool is that? How cool is that? So, I’m looking with my daughter. Wow, there, there’s a dinosaur over there. How cool is that? So, even if it’s just a robotic dinosaur,
I think it’s amazing. Wow, how cool is that? Next, the economy is shifting, shifting. The economy is shifting. So, to shift just means to move slightly,
and it could mean a big shift or even just a slight shift. But when the economy is shifting, it means
there’s some change. It could be a big change that’s happening
in the way businesses operate, or maybe people are maybe doing one job more than something
else. So, in America, if manufacturing jobs, so
a manufacturing means, like, you’re using your hands to build something or using machines
where you’re actually building something. So, manufacturing jobs are moving to other
countries, and a lot of them have already left. So, now Americans are doing other things where
we’re, like, doing financial things, or we have some kind of, uh, working with a computer
typing information or something like that. So, as the economy shifts from one thing to
another, then people’s jobs change. Next, two things that are related to each
other. The first is to get sidetracked, and the second
one is to be on a tangent or to go on a tangent. So, to be sidetracked. If you think about a train track that’s going
straight, like, they’re, uh, like this. A sidetrack maybe would take you off in another
direction. And this is the same idea as a tangent. So, you can have a line like this, a regular
straight line from a math class. And a tangent is just a line that goes off
on the side. And I’ve covered this on the program before,
but, again, remember that things like this, they do appear again and again in conversations. So, this is a great review for you. Uh, but to go off on a tangent means you’re
talking about something else. It could be related to what you’re talking
about or even not related at all. But maybe, sometimes you could be talking
about, I’m talking about my pet dog. And then maybe I go off on a tangent and talk
about how my wife got me that dog for Christmas. And then my wife was doing this, and I start
going off on a tangent. So, I have to bring the conversation back
to the original topic. To go off on a tangent. To go off on a tangent. Next, to read someone’s mind. To read someone’s mind. When you read someone’s mind, you anticipate
what that other person wants or what they’re thinking so that you can give them something,
and they’re being very excited or happy about that when it happens. So, you can talk about reading someone’s mind. Maybe they look really thirsty. So, I say, “Hey, would you like a glass
of water?” And I give them a glass of water. You could respond by saying, “Wow, you read
my mind.” You read my mind. So, it’s okay to just say thanks for the water. But if you want to really sound more native,
“Wow, you read my mind.” So, if, like, you’re sitting there, you look
kind of tired and your husband or wife or friend, or somebody, just gives you a little
back rub or massage. You can say, “Oh, you read my mind.” So, I was thinking, “Wow, I really wish
I could have a massage.” I wish, something like that. I’m, I’m hoping something. Uh, but you don’t actually say it. So, in that case, uh, if I say, “Hey, could
you bring me a glass of water?” And they bring me a glass of water. They’re not reading my mind because they heard
me say that. But if I don’t say anything, and they just
bring me one, uh, then you have to read their mind in that case. And so, you’re very excited when that happens. To read someone’s mind. Next, to knock something out. To knock something out. If you think about the idea of boxing, to
hit something, to knock it out usually means it’s in some location, and you remove it very
quickly someplace else. So, to knock something out. So, you knock a boxer out, like, you knock
the consciousness out of him. And he falls back on the, on the mat, and,
you know, the person counts one, two, three, four, all the way up to ten. And then you have knocked out someone. So, this is known as a KO, a knockout in boxing. But this idea, really, just means to do something
very quickly. So, if I have some homework, and I want to
go to a party after that. I can tell my friends, “Hey, I have to knock
out some homework before I go, and then I will come see you after that.” So, let me knock this homework out. You can use this. This is a separable phrasal verb, meaning
you can say, knock out or knock something out. Both of these are fine. Uh, but when you knock something out, again,
you just want to do it quickly, usually, so you can do something else after that. Next, another great phrasal verb, to squeeze
something in. To squeeze something in. When you squeeze something in from one place
or another, you have maybe a small amount of space. You don’t have much space for something, but
you can kind of push it in there a little bit. This is a great term you can use when you’re
setting up appointments where a doctor or a therapist or somebody, maybe they only have
15 minutes. And I say, “Oh, could you squeeze me in
for just 15 minutes? Could you squeeze me in at 4:00?” Something like that. So, they might not have a full hour, but I
just have some questions for you. Could you squeeze me in? Again, again, like squeezing something, to
push something and get it into a space that maybe it wouldn’t really fit. Uh, but it’s okay if you just want to do something
for a little bit. So, could you squeeze me in? So hopefully, I’ll have time to squeeze in
something. I don’t know if we’ll have time or not, but
we’ll try to squeeze it in. Squeeze it in. Next, you’ll hear me in the conversation talking
about Hawaii being up there on my list of places we’d like to live. So, imagine if you have a physical list. Like, you’ve got ten different countries or
cities, places you’d like to live or things you’d like to do. When we’re talking about this in a physical
sense, you can talk about something being up there. Like, it’s at the top of the list or near
the top of the list. So, if you ask someone, “Hey, what places
would you like to travel to?” Or, “What’s your number one travel destination?” something like that. You could say, “Oh, like, I’d like to
go to Greece and Italy, and China is up there.” So, you’re saying it’s up there near the top
of the list, or in this, maybe, kind of list you’re just thinking about, uh, it’s at the
top of the list. So, it’s up there. Up there. And finally, I’ll have to see if I can do
something. I’ll have to see if I can do something. Now, I’m covering this because it’s a, it’s
a pretty common thing. But also because the blending is important
here. And if you blend it correctly, it will help
you sound more native. So, I half da think, I half da think. So, I half da think about doing something. So, half, half, half da, half da. So, it becomes really more of a ‘d’ sound. The ‘t’ from to. So, we have T-O, but this becomes more of
a D-A, half da. I’ll have to think about something. I’ll have to think about it. So, when someone says, “Can you come to
the party next week?” Or, can you do this, or are we able to do
this? Oh, I’ll, I have to think about that. I have to think about that. Or, you can say, “I’ll try to think about
that.” I’ll try to think about that. Or, I’ll try to do that. I’ll try to do that. Again, we have to, usually, again, I’m using
that here. I have to, or we have to. And I’m saying it a bit faster here, just
so you can hear the blending. But usually, it’s half da, half da. So, I half da, I half da do something. I half da go home, uh, after school today
very quickly because I have to pick up my daughter from ballet class or something. So, I have to half da, half da, half da. Well, that’s it for this lesson. I hope you have enjoyed it. Do go back, as always, and review everything. Listen carefully to the blending, and then
review all of these things again and again, so that when you get to the conversation,
they will all be easy and automatic to listen to. And you will hear them very quickly. Ah, I remember that. It’s actually really interesting. You can experiment sometime. Uh, if you’re watching this, if you watch
the conversation first, and then go back and watch all of the actual lessons that prepare
you for that. Again, these are the fluency bridge learning
system lessons. So, the reason we make all these is because
it helps prepare you for the actual conversation. So, if you try it one time just to see your
different level of understanding, it’s really great to see how powerful the program is. So, the next time, maybe for a future lesson
set, begin by watching the conversation first. See how much of it you understand, and then
go back and watch all the lessons. And watch the conversation again, and you
will be amazed by how much more you understand. So, prepare yourself, and I will see you in
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    all around – relating to or involving many different things; considered in a general way
    as fun as it would be – a sarcastic way of saying that something isn’t fun
    as you can see – clearly; as demonstrated; as you can understand
    ASAP – abbreviation of the words ‘as soon as possible’
    assertive – having or showing a confident and forceful personality
    back in the day – a modern phrase used by younger people to talk about a time in the past
    bacteria – microscopic living organisms that can be found everywhere
    bi – prefix meaning two
    broad – covering a large number and wide scope of subjects or areas
    bubbly – a person who’s full of cheerful high spirits
    chancy – subject to unpredictable changes and circumstances
    chemical – any basic substance which is used in or produced by a reaction involving changes to atoms or molecules
    -cide – suffix denoting a person or substance that kills
    construction company – a business concerned with the construction of buildings
    context – the situation within which something exists or happens, and that can help explain it
    delicately – in a very careful or finely judged manner
    dramatic – sudden and surprising or easy to notice
    drastic – severe and sudden; extreme
    economy – the process or system by which goods and services are produced, sold, and bought in a country or region
    embarrassed – feeling ashamed or shy
    equivalent – equal in value, amount, function, meaning, etc.
    ethnicity – the fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition
    excessive – to be more than is necessary, normal, or desirable
    financial – relating to money or how money is managed
    food poisoning – illness caused by bacteria or other toxins in food, typically with vomiting and diarrhea
    fratricide – the killing of one's brother or sister
    genocide – the intentional killing of all of the people of a nation, religion, or racial group
    graph – diagram showing the relation between variable quantities, typically of two variables, each measured along one of a pair of axes
    How cool is that? – a casual way of saying that something is amazing
    I would have died – a phrase used when embarrassed
    I’ll have to see if I can do X. – used to saying that you can’t decide now
    I’ll have to think about it. – used to say that you can’t decide now
    I’ve never done something myself – an example of a phrase where you use the word ‘myself’ at the end to sound more conversational
    illegitimate – not authorized by the law; not in accordance with accepted standards or rules
    in American – a funny expression used to refer to American English or the American units of measurement
    in the olden days – used to refer to a time in the past
    KO – act of knocking someone out or making someone unconscious, usually in boxing
    legal – allowed by the law
    legitimate – acceptable according to the law
    Lion King – a 1994 American animated epic musical film produced by Walt Disney
    manufacturing – the business of producing goods in large numbers
    massage – the rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, especially to relieve tension or pain
    matricide – the killing of one's mother
    nowadays – at the present time
    optimistic – hopeful and confident about the future
    paranormal – beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation
    passionate – showing or caused by strong feelings or a strong belief
    perfectly okay/fine – a more conversational way of saying that something is okay
    permission – if someone is given permission to do something, they are allowed to do it
    personality – the type of person you are, shown by the way you behave, feel, and think
    pesticide – a substance used for destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or to animals
    phenomenal – very remarkable and extraordinary
    phrasal verb – a phrase that consists of a verb with a preposition or adverb or both, the meaning of which is different from the meaning of its separate parts
    point – the most important thing that is being discussed in a topic
    political upheaval – a sudden dramatic change in government
    precarious – not securely held or in position
    prefix – letter or group of letters added to the beginning of a word to make a new word
    proximity/proximate – nearness in space, time, or relationship
    race – a group of individuals who share a common culture or history
    sarcastic – use of remarks that clearly mean the opposite of what they say
    scaffolding – a temporary structure on the outside of a building, made usually of wooden planks and metal poles, used by workers while building, repairing, or cleaning the building
    schwa – a vowel that has the sound of the first and last vowels of the English word America
    sense of humor – the ability to perceive humor or appreciate a joke
    separable phrasal verb – if a phrasal verb is separable, it means you can separate the two words and put the direct object in the middle
    show-and-tell – to show something while explaining it
    shy – nervous and uncomfortable with other people
    suffix – letter or group of letters, for example added to the end of a word in order to form a different word
    suicide – to kill oneself
    sweet – used for a person or action that is pleasant and kind or thoughtful
    therapist – a person trained in methods of treating illnesses especially without the use of drugs or surgery
    timid – showing a lack of courage or confidence
    to anticipate – to expect or predict
    to ask out – phrasal verb meaning to invite someone to come with you to a place such as the cinema or a restaurant, especially as a way of starting a romantic relationship
    to be obsessed with X – unable to stop thinking about something
    to be/go on a tangent – to suddenly start talking or thinking about a completely new subject
    to come through – phrasal verb meaning to be expressed or communicated
    to come up – phrasal verb meaning to be about to happen soon
    to contaminate/contamination – to make something less pure or make it poisonous
    to contrast – compare in such a way as to emphasize differences
    to dismantle – to carefully take something apart
    to exaggerate – to make something seem larger, more important, better, or worse than it really is
    to experiment – to try new ideas, methods, or activities in order to find out what results they will have
    to fall back – phrasal verb meaning to move back
    to fall off – phrasal verb meaning to drop or descend under the force of gravity, as to a lower place through loss or lack of support
    to get sidetracked – to be distracted from an immediate or important issue
    to go back – phrasal verb meaning to return to a person, place, subject, or activity
    to go off – phrasal verb meaning to leave a place
    to go out – phrasal verb meaning to leave your house and go somewhere, especially to do something enjoyable
    to illustrate – explain or make something clear by using examples, charts, pictures, etc.
    to isolate – to separate something from other things, or to keep something separate
    to keep in mind – to remember something, especially something that will be important in the future
    to knock something out – phrasal verb meaning to do something very quickly
    to rank – to determine the relative position of something
    to read someone’s mind – to know what someone is thinking without being told
    to set up – phrasal verb meaning to organize or plan something
    to shift – to change
    to shine through – phrasal verb meaning to be seen, expressed, or shown clearly
    to squeeze X in – phrasal verb meaning to be able to do something, even though you do not have much time
    to take apart – phrasal verb meaning to separate something into its different parts
    to take off – phrasal verb meaning to depart hastily
    to take up – phrasal verb meaning to raise something, especially so that it is ready to use
    to think X through – phrasal verb meaning consider all the possible effects or implications of something
    to walk up – phrasal verb meaning to approach
    top of the list – highest priority, most important, most urgent, or the next in one's line of attention
    tourism – the business of providing services such as transport, places to stay, or entertainment for people who are on holiday
    transportation – the movement of people or goods from one place to another
    up there on my list – used when something is among the most important or most favorite things
    upheaval – a violent or sudden change or disruption to something
    violent – using or involving force to hurt or attack
    weed – a wild plant growing where it is not wanted

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  2. Dear Mr. XX, thank you for the lesson you'd given to us. A question. All those expression can be used in a figurative way when you are speaking with someone else? I mean if I am talking with a friend of mine and I said She is contaminated with the just idea to do tha hard job, It's convenient to use them?

  3. Hello everyone I’m from Argentina I wanna practice some English If you’d like to practice with me please leave a comment! Thanks

  4. After I was looking the English channel which might suits to my level, at last I've found the proper channel.Some channels were provide too easy story telling,  on the other hand others were too hard to folow up.Your videos offer  useful vocabularies with helpful listening practice and it's easy to memorize with detailed explanations.Thumps up and subscribed  ! 🙂

  5. I spent my 6 years learning English .. i worked hard as much as possible .. but i could not improve .. i am very frastrated now.. how can i stop learning when i spent my valuable time to learning .. i am crying now

  6. I really would like to know if the speed in the way you speak is normally the way you speak with your friends because I've heard many native speakers that speak so fast using contractions and they speak faster than the teachers we have here in the youtube plataform, so I want to know it, please answer to my question as soon as possible you can thank u for your time

  7. is there anyone who is good in English and like to have some kinda conversation to practice and improve ourselves ?

  8. I know how to read and write English.I can speak English but since I don't practice it I don't speak more fluidly as I used to speak before. Thank You.Blessings.

  9. Hi all I do thank who did this video and I want to contact with anyone can speak a good English language I am good and speaking I am very very good and speaking I can speak fluently but I need to talk with someone who can pushing me forward in English language and I have that us accent and I am from Jordan and I need anyone to connect me and if anyone Replay on this I would give him my number and we start to conversation each other and I need a voice conversation not a chatting thank you all

  10. Upheaval dramatic sigh
    To be obsessed with
    Genocide – (cide- to kill something) -(геноцид) kill group of people
    Contaminate get harmful else
    Chancy unsure if smth is a good idea or not
    Dismantle take apart
    Precarious dangerously balance
    Legitimate actual легально ?
    Proximity держаться рядом
    Айсолитинг изоляция
    Assertive асертив будь уверен

  11. Thank you for all your help, I hope to learn english with the new way to teach spaek english, cause i don't know spaek english.

  12. love your video! I was watching it for the second time while I was on my sofa and I fell asleep (don’t get me wrong, that’s because I was so tired) and then I woke up with your voice who kept talking lol.

  13. you are just a silly. there is no armenian genocide. You know nothing about the problem between us. none of your business this kind of things. You can not give an example like that.

  14. To clear up the confusion. No he does not think it would be a great idea to have a picnic in the rain, with his friend. He rather not combat the weather condition to partake in the picnic.

  15. Hi, all your vids are very useful and always full of interesting information. So we can learn a lot if we really put our mind on them. I want to thank you in deep you take all this time for making these first class english lessons Cheers, John from Chile, South America.

  16. i think im on a weird level of english, i understood everything u said n i can practically idk like watching english movies without subtittles but i feel like i couldnt talk just like u, like a native english speaker, im lackin in fluency n even tho im always speakin english to myself i think the only way to get really native, u have to be livin at a certain country where english its the official language

  17. At the 5:35 you have mentioned as "armanian genocide" to give example with this word but I felt really bad because of the global ignorance. Everyone can see that there is no genocide to armanians if they will have make a well research.

  18. Well sir, what my problem is that when I speak I see mostly I fumble on the words and I end up pronouncing words differently and sometimes I speak my class wrong in front of others(very rarely). I would be very grateful to you if you made a video on this 🙂

  19. How interesting ! Thanks a lot for your videos, but I have a constructive or positive critical for you: As a english student, if you talk in the title of your video about some contents like travel vocabulare I had higher expectatives of actual intense class of not a few words of vocabulary but a lot of them. I want watch more videos from you, and I hope with more specific vocabulary of specific topics according to the offciial exams. Please let me know when u have more specific videos ASAP, 😉 thanks a lot, have a nice one !

  20. Teacher, I'm very disappointed because what you said for giving example. Ermanian genocide. It is a big lie for us. We reject it because it is just a lie. It is something that some countries use for posing sanctions against Turkey. Even Ermanians in Turkey reject it. Please, you are a teacher. Do not use examples which can break some of your students.

  21. I liked your video.) I learnt new words and phrases . I hope we can watch such good videos later. Thanks for everything!

  22. I glad you made with video I been crying because I keep hearing words that I don't understand. it made me feel frustrated . I hope one thinks this comment is weird I watch a lot a YouTube I think that's why I keep seeing words that I don't understand and I can't believe that for seeing words that I don't know made me cry.

  23. you are bitch thats why you talking lie about armenian genocide…armenian people always have a grudge to do Muslim country because they dont have land and they become minority …they did genocide to Azerbaijan and Turk..DONT SAY LIE….OK BITCH..IF I have eneough english I would like to say full INFORMATION THIS ABOUT…DIDN'T YOU KNOW KARABAGH GENOCIDE..SEARCH THIS ABOUT

  24. It's a lot of vocabulary to take in and digest, but how it is introduced makes it simple for us to take notes and learn each word/expression little by little. Btw, you're hot!

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