Category: british english

Chris presents a special quiz about British …

Chris presents a special quiz about British or American words. Please use subtitles / captions.
For private lessons, please email cjworkman17@yahoo.com
autumn / fall
lift / elevator
soccer / football
trousers / pants
zip code / post code

http://www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/learn-british-english-free-special-vocabulary-quiz-video/

Learn British English Free: important phrasal …

Learn British English Free: important phrasal verb – let
someone know

 Chris explains how to use important phrasal verb let me /
you know in British English.

It’s like ‘tell’ but softer / more polite. Please listen
to Chris to know how to use it.

For commands:

Let me know.

Please let me know when you get the update.

For the future:

I’ll let you know tomorrow.

She’ll let you know next week.

With the past perfect:

They’ve let me know.

I’ve let him know.

Past simple: use ‘tell’

‘I told him yesterday.’

‘I told you so.’

Fixed expression: ‘Let me tell you something…’

https://youtu.be/fRmXUG8_w5Y

English Vocabulary list

English Vocabulary list:

English vocabulary list 6. Please click above for a quick update including enthusiasm and new additions to ‘dishonest’ and ‘picturesque’.

Via: 

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

Lord Byron – She Walks in Beauty (poem with …

Lord Byron – She Walks in Beauty (poem with subtitles / captions)

SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY by Lord Byron (for Silvia on Facebook) 

New word: ‘gaudy’ (adjective) 

She walks in Beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies. 

 One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place. 

 And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent! 

Poem by Lord Byron. Read by Chris.

FREE LESSON: new words

FREE LESSON: new words

Chris reads the October 2018 new words blog:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45763136

Polite British Grammar for Questions / Instruc…

Polite: Please write the report for me by tomorrow.

Even more polite: Please could you write the report for me by tomorrow.

Polite form: please + verb (bare infinitive) is ok, but for British people even this can seem too direct, especially at work.

Even more polite form: please + could + subject + verb (bare infinitive) – using ‘could’ makes everything more polite. In a British work setting, this feels more comfortable.

Polite: Please open the window.

Even more polite: Please could you open the window.

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

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!