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Learn British English Free: important phrasal verb – let
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.
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…’
English vocabulary list 6. Please click above for a quick update including enthusiasm and new additions to ‘dishonest’ and ‘picturesque’.
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
Chris reads the October 2018 new words blog:
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.
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
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
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
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)
Refreshing vocabulary lesson: ‘petrichor’ /ˈpɛtrɪkɔːr/
petrichor = the smell of rain on dry ground
example: ‘I love the smell of petrichor in the morning’