Category: british english

Learn British English Free: can; could; to be …

Learn British English Free: can; could; to be able to
(subtitles / captions)

Chris presents some ideas about different ways to use
can, could and to be able to.

CAN = modal verb

I can do it or I can’t (cannot) do it

can’t use it in the past

can for permission: Can I go out? You can’t smoke here
(instruction)

can for ability: I can speak three languages or I can’t
speak three languages

can in the future: I can see you tomorrow

COULD = can in the past  (modal verb)

I could come or I couldn’t (could not) come (past)

could for questions (more polite):

Could you do that outside, please?

could = can in the past: I could do that when I was
younger

couldn’t for something you don’t want to do:

I couldn’t make
fun of him (it is possible but I don’t want to)

TO BE ABLE TO is possible with the past and future – not
a modal verb

able – ability (noun)

I’m able to see him now or I’m not able to see him now

use with future + will:

I will be able to come tomorrow

I won’t be able to come tomorrow

use to be able to in the past:

I was able to do that when I was younger

I used to be able to do that

‘can’ is more common than ‘be able to’ because it’s
shorter and more useful

https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-modals-can-could-able.htm

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/can-or-could

https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2013/07/01/can-or-could/

Learn British English Free: ‘bitch&rsq…

Learn British English Free: ‘bitch’ – rude (subtitles / captions)

Chris explains some meanings of the word ‘bitch’.
pronunciation: ‘bitch’ or ‘beach’
a bitch (noun)
– female dog
– a complaint
– slang for an unkind or unpleasant woman (rude)
to bitch (about someone)
bitchy (adjective)

British conversations.

British conversations.

Via http://www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/

Chris explains the first verse of ’God S…

Chris explains the first verse of ’God Save the Queen’.

God Save the Queen’ (standard version)
Performed at Harry and Meghan’s wedding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNZR2RFA2zM

God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen!

Chris reads Phonemic Poem 6 on the /ʤ/ sound…

Chris reads Phonemic Poem 6 on the /ʤ/ sound.

The jury budged the jokey judge. 

Jolly Julie made us fudge. 

Jest and joke; jump to your ledge. 

Juicy dew drenches the hedge. 

Gentle legends due to age; 

dubious duties induce rage. 

Jumping genies jive unhinged. 

Duly produce this poem you’ve binged.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftP66THfIuA

Phonemic Poem 5:  /ɜ:/

Phonemic Poem 5: 

/ɜ:/

Have you heard about this word?
Murderous workers cursed and stirred.
‘Air’ or ‘are’? Er…it’s reverted
to it’s worst, yet not perverted.
Girl, bird, world; hurt is her.
British food is burnt and ugh!

https://youtu.be/j8bXdOxVpQ0

In the UK this month so far we’ve had …

In the UK this month so far we’ve had some cold days and (now) some hot days:

http://www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/

This weekend the temperature is 25 degrees i…

This weekend the temperature is 25 degrees in Cambridge. We’re boiling!

Viahttp://www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/

Phonemic Poem 1: /ɑ:/Hat, hot, heart; the hurt…

Phonemic Poem 1:
/
ɑ:/

Hat,
hot, heart; the hurt has started.

Yawn,
yearn, yarn; the fear has parted.

Car can’t start. Glass on grass!

Tat,
tort, tart; fast can pass.

For
or far; the past can’t last;

charm friends with this classy blast.

https://youtu.be/tFppybJBX4M

English egg idioms by Chris

English egg idioms by Chris

Happy Easter!

Via: http://www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/