Last Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time and the city went crazy. People have been partying all week and yesterday there was a big parade. Here’s a video we made with happy excited Eagles fans on the streets of Philadelphia as they celebrated yesterday.
It provides listening practice with natural spoken English and includes some informal colloquial expressions and slang, such as, ‘It was lit’, ‘We had a blast’, and of course, ‘Go Birds!’
It was an interesting video for us to make. We’ve found gathering vox pop interviews in the street a bit hit or miss in the past. Some days we stand there begging people to be in a video and nobody is interested and then other days it’s great and we meet some really nice people. There was one glorious summer day last year where we actually had a queue of people forming! But other days we’ve come home with just one recording or nothing. Yesterday it was easy because everybody was in such a good mood and we could have found a hundred fans willing to help us.
It was also an interesting video for us to make because we turned it around very fast. \We shot the footage at lunch time yesterday and then I had to write and record a script and get it edited over night for Jay to audio edit this morning. With more time, I think I could have written a better script, but it was good to know we could make a video that fast. And while I was editing it I was wondering whether this sort of video could make for very helpful listening practice. I’d love to know what you think because we could try to make more like this when the weather gets nicer.
Connectors (or conjunctions) signal how our thoughts are connected, so of course they’re valuable for understanding spoken English and for speaking too. They’re also valuable if you’re taking a speaking exam for IELTS or Cambridge First Certificate. Using them correctly can boost your score.
In this video lesson we tell a funny story and show some of the most common connectors in spoken English in action. We also compare a couple that my students sometimes muddle up: so and because.
We started the year with a couple of videos about how to learn English.
I’ve been teaching English for forty years and I’ve always found second language acquisition research interesting so I reasoned it was time to share some secrets – things I’ve found work for my students that could work for yours too. At the heart of it, I think, is motivation but good goals and good plans can really help the learning process speed up.
Each year at Simple English Videos, we try to make a year end review video, looking back on what we’ve done throughout the year. Here’s our video for 2017. It’s a long one, so best grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up if you can.
There are lots of things I love about the holiday season and getting together with friends is definitely a highlight.
This year I was able to get together with friends on line as well to make a holiday season video. Jennifer of JenniferESL is based in New England in the US, I’m originally English of course, and Emma of MmmEnglish is based in Australia.
We thought if we get together we can tell everyone about the different customs we follow at this time of year. So here’s a holiday season vocabulary lesson and on the way you’ll learn about Christmas trees in America, English Christmas turkey dinners and Australian New Year’s celebrations.
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You can see the transcript for this posthere, and if you have holiday traditions to share, please do.
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Learn 10 phrasal verbs we use to talk about food and eating, such as ‘run out of’, ‘cut down on’ and ‘polish off’.
In this video you’ll see how we use them in action in natural English conversation and you’ll also learn about some English foods that I can’t buy in the US.
William Shakespeare is the greatest English poet and writer who’s ever lived. And here’s a remarkable thing. There are things English native speakers say all the time, without realizing they come from Shakespeare. Although he died 400 years ago, there are hundreds of words and phrases that Shakespeare coined or invented that we still use today.
So our latest video is about expressions and phrases from William Shakespeare. We explore the meanings of the phrases:
all of a sudden what’s done is done in one fell swoop as luck would have it fair play foul play
There are hundreds more phrases so we’re planning to make another video on this topic. Let us know if you think it’s a good idea.
English learners sometimes stumble over these words: Economy, Economize, Economic, Economical, Economist, Economics.
What’s tricky? Well, there are several things.
The words stress moves about so pronunciation can be a challenge. Economic and financial are false friends in some languages and there are two different aspects of meaning going on – money, and saving money.
So are they worth putting time into? Oh yes. English learners are going to hear them in the news and they’re really useful for business English students. Click here to see a video we’ve made to help.
Our latest video has a bit of American culture and lots of vocabulary.
We go shopping at a Halloween store and look at 21 words that students can use to talk about this American celebration. There are words about costumes, decorations, scary creatures and more.
We also include three English words we use to talk about our fears. Scary, which means frightening. Spooky, which means strange and frightening. (Spooky things can make us think of ghosts.) And creepy. If something is creepy it makes us a little nervous and frightened. It’s not a pleasant feeling.
A good way to learn their meanings is to see the words in use in the video. Enjoy!