Mar 182014

Many languages have one verb that performs many of the functions of both ‘make’ and ‘do’ in English, so they can be tricky  for students to master.

But they’re also tricky to make a video about in some ways. There are some general patterns and rules English speakers follow when they use them, but  in lots of cases, it’s a matter of usage. We use one verb and not the other because … well, that’s what we do. So as well as learning the general rules, learning common collocations with ‘make’ and ‘do’ seemed  important too.

And that’s why we’ve made two videos about them. The first one covers the basic rules English speakers follow when they use the verbs and here it is:

The second has examples of some common collocations with ‘make’ and ‘do’ and here it is.

Hope they do the trick and make learning these verbs fun. As always they are available with clickable transcripts at our Simple English Videos website.

 Posted by at 4:31 pm

  17 Responses to “Make and Do”

  1. Hi Vicki,

    Just to let you know that we’ve shortlisted this blog post for this month’s TeachingEnglish blog award and I’ll be making a post about it on today’s TeachingEnglish Facebook page, if you’d like to check there for likes and comments.


  2. Wow Ann, thank you so much! That’s terrific!

  3. Hi ! I’m French, and I’m an English teacher for pupils aged 11-15. I love this article and your videos.
    Thanks a lot for them, I’m sharing them on my blog, together with Jason’s (or Fluency MC’s ) video.
    If you are interested, here’s the link to my blog post


    Have a nice day and thanks again.

  4. That’s terrific. So glad you like them and thank you for sharing!

  5. This is a fantastic exercise for the pupil and a blessing for the teacher!

    Many valuable preparation hours saved!

  6. Thanks Vicky for the help you provide teachers with through such useful videos! The way the language items are presented is very simple but highly professional. What is special about these videos is that they are short with a limited number of characters and I think they are shot just in the house.

  7. These videos are such a big help for me to explain those two verbs easily to my students as they often find difficulties in using those verbs. I really wish I could make videos like those.

  8. So glad you like them Grace. Hope you can come to the iTDi MOOC, where we’ll be talking about how.

  9. Thanks Vicky Both of them are very productive Its a material for us to use at class In the second video you gave examples from the old movies I think in your country you all know these movies Thats why for clear explanation you chose them

  10. Amazing videos and lot of efforts put into creating them, feeling inspired.

  11. Vicky, thank you so much for the useful and amusing videos. I enjoyed it myself a lot. I’m trying to guess how the videos were made. What’s coming up into my mind is Youtube where there is an option ‘create’, so we can shot some pictures and clips , we could drag them into the field below and make a video and publish it . I think this is very suitable for students to make their own video as they love YouTube a lot. Another option is to use MovieMaker but it has limits and you can’t do everything you want. There are also some nice online tools like goAnimate and Animoto. My favorite is Adobe Premiere Pro which has unlimited abilities but it is complicated to use. I guess you used one of those tools but who knows? I’m looking forward to taking part in the iTDi MOOc session this evening and I’ll have the answer. Once again thank you so much.

  12. Great resource. Thanks so much for sharing. I will try to use these ideas this fall.

  13. So glad you all liked them – and Mariana – you’re correct. I used Adobe Premiere Pro! You’ve listed some great tools for video making. I hope you’ll find time to enter iTDi’s video making competition.

  14. I think this was a very nice video. I was specially surprised to see Jason acting, and Vicki I’m amazed to see how good actor you are. Thank you for showing me this way to help students learn English. I used to learn English using courses which included videos like the ones you create and I really enjoyed them.
    I believe this video was created at home, as you showed in the presentation today, and use some lighting, green screen and I’m not sure how you got Jason to collaborate on it, but maybe you see his special style to sing and considered him as a good option to be part of such interesting and meaningful experience.

  15. Hi from Greece! I teach English in state secondary schools and I find your videos perfect for classroom use! They focus on certain points, both the British and American articulation are clear and they are short and interesting! I guess what was needed (apart from the script) was a steady camera, good lighting, video editing and professional shooting in the scenes where you face the camera and speak. Congrats!

  16. I love these videos, Vicky! They are so interesting and funny. I think students love them. The situations presented in videos are from our every day life, so the phrases will be memorized better. I like that you made a revision by the end of the video to summarize the rules one more time. Thanks again. I’ll go on watching your videos:)

  17. So glad you like them, Anastasia! Thank you for writing – we just love feedback, specially when it’s good. 🙂

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