We’ve had several requests for a video on how to use these verbs. I’m no surprised. They are tricky. There’s a lot to cover so we’ve broken it in two parts. Here’s part one:
This video takes you through how we use these verbs to ask for permission and how to respond, with lots of examples and a few gags along the way.
Are you ready for some grammar? I hope so! One of the reasons students have difficulty with ‘grow’ and ‘grow up’ is to do with whether they’re transitive or intransitive.
If you’re like me, you’ll want to keep grammar explanations simple, and I’ll often try to avoid the metalanguage of subjects and objects by talking about whether we (verb) or we (verb) something. I found doing that with these two verbs was too much of a challenge sometimes, but hopefully it’s still clear.
This week’s video is about how we pronounce ‘can’ and ‘can’t’ in British and American English and it explains one of the (many) reasons why I find it hard to understand Jay.
Here’s a video that’s packed with ideas for learning English – 26 to be precise – and they cost nothing so if your students have no money, they can still try them out! To download links to the free materials click here.
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Sometimes teachers or students ask us a question and I think, ‘Oh we can answer that quickly’. But then when I start, I realise there’s a lot to explain. The phrase ‘of course’ is one of those!
This time the question came from Saraswathi in India and they said:
Hi Vicki and Jay. You have produced good videos. So far, I have not understood when we use “of course”. Could you produce a video about ‘of course’.
Thank you so much for asking us this Saraswathi. It was a great question!
The thing is, ‘of course’ is not always polite. I expect other teachers have experienced this too. We’ve asked a question and our student has answered ‘Yes, of course’, but it wasn’t quite right. In fact sometimes it was down right rude! Here is our video about why that can happen.
These verbs have very similar meanings so you might not REALIZE their meanings are different! Or perhaps you’ve NOTICED? Watch our latest video to FIND OUT more!
Some students often make mistakes with the verbs wear, put on, get dressed and carry. In some languages there’s just one word for ‘put on’ and ‘wear’ and in some ‘wear’ and ‘carry’ are the same thing. But not in English so here’s a video to explain how we use these verbs.
Should learners try to think in English?
Of course they should. It will help them speak more fluently and structure your thoughts like a native speaker.
Can students think in English when they’re not fluent?
Yes they can. In fact the sooner they start the better because it’s about developing regular practice habits.
Here’s a video with five steps they can take to get going.
Our latest video is a Q & A – question and answer.