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This fast TV commercial is filled with everyday English expressions.

The script is below. Click on the blue links for teaching. Have fun!

Congratulations!

You wrote a killer resume, nailed the interview and scored your perfect job.

You used new Mitchum advanced control.

You and your armpits stayed calm, cool and rocked it,

‘though you did lie about being fluent in Dutch.

Now the owner of Going Dutch Inc. has hired you to be his personal translator, starting right now.

You might cry, but your pits won’t.

That’s because Mitchum gives you 48 hours’ protection;

perfect for a word raadsel.

Oh! That’s Dutch for conundrum.

 

THE TROUBLE WITH TRANSLATING…

Learning a new language can be difficult!

You may have an expression in your first language that translates easily into English.

The problem is that sometimes the meaning is not exactly the same.

For example, did you know that Good evening means Hello, but Good night means Goodbye?

What is the meaning of Good morning?

Good morning = HELLO

What is the meaning of Good afternoon?

Good afternoon = HELLO

What is the meaning of Good evening?

Good evening = HELLO

What is the meaning of Good night?

Good night = GOODBYE

Note: When you say, “Have a good morning.” (or afternoon, or evening) it means Goodbye.

At what time of day do Canadians use Good morning instead of Good afternoon?

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Is that TREE or THREE?

A lot of English language learners have difficulty pronouncing /th/.  Here’s a pronunciation joke for you about some confusion between /th/ and /t/. 

Teaching Tip:  When you are learning to produce the /th/ sound, lightly bite the end of your tongue.

Listen to the audio. After listening one or two times, read along with the transcript below.

 

A newcomer to Canada wanted a job, but the foreman didn’t want to hire him, so the foreman said he wouldn’t hire the newcomer unless he could pass a little math test.

“Here is your first question,” the foreman said. “Without using numbers, represent the number 9.”

“Without numbers?” the newcomer said. “Dat’s easy,” and he proceeded to draw three trees.

What’s this?’ the foreman asked.

“Vot*? You got no brain? Tree and tree and tree make nine,” said the newcomer.

“Fair enough,” said the foreman.

“Here’s your second question. Use the same rules, but this time represent the number 99.”

The newcomer stared into space for a while, then he picked up the picture that he had just drawn and made a smudge on each tree. “Dar you go!’”

The foreman scratched his head and said, ‘How on earth do you get that to represent 99?’

“Each of da trees is dirty now. So, it’s dirty tree, and dirty tree, and dirty tree. And dat is 99! So, ven** do I start work?”

 

 

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IMAGINE YOUR WORLD WITH ENGLISH

ENGLISH IS NOW A REQUIREMENT IN MANY JOBS

English is probably the most commonly spoken language in the world. English has become a requirement in professions such as medicine, and computing. Research in many fields is now published in English. Many university textbooks are only available in English.

Imagine your World with EnglishIF YOU DON’T BECOME FLUENT, YOU WILL GET LEFT BEHIND

English is becoming the language for international communication. Unfortunately, this means that the best jobs and the best opportunities will go to those who speak English fluently.

WE WANT TO HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH

Imagine your World with EnglishLearning the English language is a skill. English can be broken down into small pieces and each area mastered. There is nothing mysterious about it.

It is, though, very difficult to master a language without the help of skilled teachers.

We can help you improve.

MANY CHOICES TO HELP YOU LEARN

We offer excellent free options: FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterest, Blogs, and Free teaching (stories with learning links, plus more).

 – Imagine your World with English –

TO EAT LIKE A… what? YOU DECIDE

Learning English Online-eat like a horseLove those idioms!

Isn’t it fascinating that many languages have similar, or even identical, idioms?

For example, in English, if I want to communicate that people should not judge others by their appearance, I say:

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

A French speaker who wanted to communicate the same thing might say:

L’habit ne fait pas le moine.  

i.e., The habit (robes/clothing) don’t make the monk.

Some idioms are very common in everyday English. But there are other idioms that we would never hear if it weren’t for our grandparents using them!

What is an Idiom?

An idiom is an expression used by a group of people (often by people who live in the same part of the world). An idiom typically creates a picture in one’s mind, instead of being an exact translation of the words.

Do you need to learn English idioms?

There are two answers to that question: yes, and no.  (That helps a lot, doesn’t it?!)

Yes, because native speakers use them. So if you do not learn them, you may feel lost when others are speaking, especially in a group conversation when it often is not convenient to ask for help.

You need to learn popular idioms for UNDERSTANDING.

No, because you can typically find another way to say the same thing.

Using idioms for SPEAKING is personal choice.

To Eat Like a… what? You Decide.

Here are 3 questions to test your knowledge of idioms.

Do you eat like a horse?

Do you eat like a pig?

Or, do you eat like a bird?

 

 

 

 

COFFEE AND A WHAT?!?

iphone6-plus-box-space-gray-2014Spoken English has an unusual rhythm. Because of this, most voice recognition programs have a lot of problems.

For example, the other day, I used my iPhone to send a text message to my sister. Instead of typing out the message, I dictated, using Siri.

Me: Siri, please send a text to Maureen.

Siri: What would you like your message to say?

Me: I am on my way. Would you like me to pick you up* coffee and a muffin?

What Siri typed: I am on my way. Would you like me to pick you up coffee and enema?

You can put enema into this translator. I don’t think there is a nice way to describe it!    – Laura

 

 

*this means purchase and bring to you

WHO DO YOU COUNT ON?

It’s #FunFriday.

We all need someone in our lives that we can COUNT ON to make us laugh.

What does it mean to COUNT ON someone?

5 PHRASAL VERBS FOR AN EXCELLENT CAMPING TRIP

HAVE YOU EVER GONE CAMPING?

Maybe this is the summer for you to try it!

 

TRANSCRIPT:

Here are 5 Phrasal Verbs for Camping

Summer is a great time to TRY OUT new things such as camping.
As soon as the weather starts to get warm, people make plans to TAKE OFF for the weekend.
Many people like to go somewhere where they can enjoy nature.
If you plan to go camping for the first time, you will need to FIGURE OUT what to take.
When you arrive, if it is windy, you should wait for the weather to CALM DOWN before you try to SET UP your tent.

5 PHRASAL VERBS FOR CAMPING!
1. TRY OUT something new this summer!
2. Maybe you should TAKE OFF for the weekend.
3. Before you go, FIGURE OUT what to pack.
4. When you arrive, wait for the weather to CALM DOWN before you…
5. SET UP your tent.