6 English Language HACKS that you DIDN’T LEARN at school


OK so you’re learning English and I imagine
you have probably got a good level already. But let me ask you a question. When was the
last time you learnt something and you thought to yourself “what I never knew that! I never knew that! I’ve been
saying it wrongly all these years”? Well today we’ve got six of those moments for you.
six ways of speaking that native speakers use that you probably didn’t learn at school.
If you did then congratulations you went to a good school. And why are you watching this
video? If not then I promise you that this video is really going to boost your level
in English in just a few minutes so stay tuned. Hello and welcome to LetThemTalk the channel
that goes deeper into everything about the English language. I’m an English teacher and
I’ve been an English teacher for more than 15 years and although I teach in Paris now
I’ve had students from all over the world. But whatever the level of my students I usually
know in advance that there are some very common ways of expression and grammar that native
English speakers use that the students don’t. For some reason I can only conclude that these
just aren’t in the English books they use at school. Anyway, I’ve got six tips for
you today plus a bonus tip at the end so stay tuned for that. You’re going to learn a lot
today so let’s get straight into it. So you enter a restaurant with your friend
and the waiter says “how many are you?” And you say “we are two”. Is that correct “we
are two”? No it isn’t. In English we usually talk impersonally when talking about people
even if it inculudes us. So we would say “there are two of us”. another example.
I’m not sure exactly but about 5 of us will be at the concert”.
So tip number one is use “there are” and not “we are” when talking about yourself and other
people. So next question is this sentence grammatically
correct? “these days it’s not easy to know the difference
between a French wine and a New Zealand wine”. When you’re drinking it I mean.
No it isn’t…. The correct sentence would be it’s not easy
to tell the difference between. That’s right the rule is if we are using our
senses. The sense of smell, touch, taste, feeling or hearing to recognise information
then we use the verb TO TELL not MAKE or KNOW. Remember here we are not using the verb TELL
to mean to saying something to somebody this is a different meaning of TELL.
So I often hear a student say something like “I can know the difference between a clementine
and a tangerine. ” This is not correct Firstly you don’t use CAN and KNOW together in the
affirmative. We are using our senses – the sense of taste, maybe. one is sweeter than
the other perhaps so you must use TELL “I can tell the difference”.
By the way what is the difference between a clementine and a tangerine I just realized
I don’t know myself. If you know the answer then put it in the comments.
We use KNOW to talk about situations when we have prior information.
For example “you say you didn’t steal the cookies but I know you’re lying because I saw the
video of you stealing the cookies.” I have prior information I saw the vide so I use
the verb KNOW “I can tell you are you lying because of your
body language and the way you answer the questions.” “Ah no I didn’t steal the cookies it was,
some other guy” so in that case we are using our senses to recognize information so we
use TELL “I can tell you are lying” So my next tip is use THOUGH at the end of
a sentence to show a contrast. We know that you can use ALTHOUGH at the beginning or
in the middle of a sentence but most English speakers, certainly when they are speaking
informally, will often put it at the end of the sentence
so for example. “It’s very cold outside, nice day though”
So all you need is A statement. Something that contradicts that
statement and then THOUGH at the end which you say with a rising tone.
“He’s a really nice guy, bit stupid though.” “I’m free most of the time. Not tomorrow though”
So there you are You make a statement – you contradict that
statement then you put THOUGH at the end. Simple. One more example. “The exam was really
difficult, I think I passed it though.” Another challenge for you is this sentence
correct? “We visited many countries on our European
trip like Portugal and Germany” is that correct? Not really a much better and much clearer
way of expressing that sentence would be to use SUCH AS rather than LIKE.
LIKE we use for comparison If you say “like Portugal and Germany “you
would mean somewhere which is similar to Portugal and Germany….and I don’t know where that
is. So like means “the same or something similar
to” for example. “we need someone like Messi or Ronaldo in
our team” SUCH AS is used for giving and example from
a longer list. So for example “I watch a lot of British TV
shows such as Sherlock and Black Mirror”. So there you are I’m giving an example from
a longer list. And my next tip is to use -ISH as a suffix
to mean about, approxiametely, around, to some extent. For example,
“We’ll arrive 8ish” Which means we’ll arrive about 8pm
“Are you busy?” “Busy-ish…but never too busy to see you.
” “Was the film good?”
“Good-ish but certainly no masterpiece. Native English speakers use -ISH a lot so
do learn it. And we’ve made a video on this very subject and I’ll put a link in the description. So my next challenge is is this sentence correct? Somebody asks you “Have you got the time?”
and you respond “Sorry, I don’t”
Is that correct? Not really a much better way to respond would be:
“I’m afraid I don’t” “I’m afraid I don’t have the time”
In English we use I’M SORRY when you’ve done something wrong and you need to apologize
“I’m sorry I’m late.” “I’m sorry I ate all your sausages. ”
“I’m sorry I drank all your whisky” but when you are giving people information
that they don’t want to hear use I’M AFRAID “I’m afraid, you haven’t got the job”
“I’m afraid we have run out of bananas.” “I’m afraid the show has been cancelled. ”
So we are giving people information but you are not responsible for the bad news so we
use I’M AFRAID and not SORRY And we do have a video just in this subject
with more information and once again I’ll put a link in the description.. Let me ask you a question is this sentence
correct? “Venezuela has a lot of economical problems” No it isn’t correct. The correct word is ECONOMIC not ECONOMICAL
and this is the bonus tip and I’m just giving you this tip because the difference between
ECONOMIC and ECOMICAL is a very common mistake that I hear
so I thought this was a good moment to give it to you. So just to clarify this
Economics – is the study of the science of the economy.
For example “We are trying to improve the economic situation.”
Whereas ECONOMICAL means. “saving money” or “not wasting money”…
so for example “I don’t have much money this month so I have be economical with my budget.
” “Electric cars are more economical to run
than petrol cars.” so they save money – they are cheaper.
So there you, are how many of those did you know? You can put your answer in the comments.
Once again thank you for watching stay mellow and I’ll see you next time.

100 thoughts on “6 English Language HACKS that you DIDN’T LEARN at school

  1. Thank you so much! Actually I knew just the first one. Very useful 🙂

  2. I’ve watched many videos on learning English and they were , let’s say, goodish. Not yours though! Your video is packed with clear examples such as “we’ll arrive 8ish” and “The exam was really difficult. I think I passed though”. I listened to you and I can tell that you are a sharp teacher! There are many of us that think so. I believe that no one in her right mind could comment “I’m afraid that I won’t click the subscribe button”. Not to mention that learning from you is very economical! Thank you very much for this video. I hope for more 🙂

  3. I'm also an English teacher and I 100% agree with what you said about "school" English vs "real world" English. Great lesson man! Good luck to everyone studying English. You can do it! 👍👍👍👍👍👍

  4. 3:11 Wrong: your example needs to say 'when tasting', rather than you add that factor afterwards. FAIL

  5. Electric cars vs electrical cars? Electrical engineer vs electric engineer?

  6. That is so deep learning, let us show our gratitude and spread this channel to billion and million learners over there.

  7. Native english speakers don't talk like this guy says we do. At least for points 1, 2, 4 and 6 the "wrong" example is the more natural way of saying that phrase. Certainly where I live, at least.

  8. Great tips and very useful ! Thank you for sharing !

  9. When speaking English, the adverb “wrongly” sounds better when it comes BEFORE the verb. It sounds better to use the adverb “wrong” AFTER the verb.

  10. I first one seems to deal more with the objective and subjective pronouns (same reason some English speakers have a hard time knowing when to use whom instead of who and vice versa). Use we/who when the pronoun is the subject of the sentence. Use us/whom when the pronoun is the object of the sentence.

    “We are going to the restaurant” subjective pronoun (who went to the restaurant?)

    “There are 5 of us seated at the restaurant” objective pronoun (whom did the restaurant seat?)

  11. I feel that "a lot" should have been replaced by the word "many" in the last example.

  12. @UCZHmFjS0jiocsfZBEANGhpw, Did you say "in our team", instead "on our team?" Now both are grammatically correct, but people don't speak that way in America, generally if we were to say; "on the group" this would sound a little odd, as it's always "in the group". Just pointing out the obvious… ~Inertia

  13. Fix your written blurb: "The way that . . . and the way that . . . is . . . ." should be ". . . are . . . ." Even better would be ". . . often differ a great deal." And in the latter I think "a great deal" could be left out, as unnecessary.

  14. https://youtu.be/12aAL6mdfDo?t=69

    Is it I am an English teacher or I am a teacher of English?

  15. you ve made a mistake. Electic cars are not more economical than conventional cars.

  16. …and please, not such a loud music between the speeches! Love and respect! and stay mellow! 😉

  17. Interesting thank you so much. I have a question please, is it economics student or economic student ? I am confused 😐

  18. here are not so many followers , the most interesting chanel i've ever seen though.

  19. You are a very gifted teacher, I am happy I discovered your lessons just at the right moment, thank you.

  20. Tips start at 1:54. The second minute of the intro seems to be a total waste of time. I find the tips to be helpful.

  21. As a native American English speaker, and I thoroughly enjoyed your teaching of English. Excellent video, even though I’m currently studying French and similar typical, frequent mistakes in that language.

  22. U are wrong …about many sentences.. who is famous .put the rules even if he is wrong

  23. I could not tell the difference between most of these tips and questions. I knew the difference between "such as" and "like" before you told me though.

    Oh, yeah, and you just chucked in a clip of you eating marmite on toast. OK, I guess we all have our preferences.

  24. I can tell the difference. clementines are the smallest of mandarins, but not all tangerines mandarins. clementine is sweet no seeds. tangerines have a sour taste plus seeds. OLE!

  25. Thanks for you tips Sir!!!, very useful to improve my English!!!.

  26. Ive been saying it…wrongly….hmm….that is interesting….I had been saying it…..wrong….

  27. the music is annoying….ergo…for better, or worse…..adieu…

  28. Obviously he speaks English well, but this video is still a bit academic. I have lived in the United States for more than 30 years and speak English like a native of the US now. Don't worry too much about what native speakers say and don't say. No one really knows unless he lives there . I would have no idea what native speakers say in the UK, because I don't live there. The goal is to understand and be understood, then you just pick up what people say on the street if you spend enough time in the country. If not, no need to worry. I can assure you that in the US, if some one asks you "have you got the time" and you reply "sorry I don't," that's a perfectly fine answer, because "I am afraid" is much longer than "sorry". We Americans don't like to be verbose when a more succinct alternative exists. Now I can't speak for an Englishman, so there you have it. There are many flavors of "native". Another thing is the -ish. Yes you can say eight-ish when referring to appointment time, but overusing it is not advisable, because you might sound a bit weird. I haven't heard anyone say good-ish for as long as I have lived in the United States.

  29. Tangerines have a very distinct flavour….quite unlike satsumas or clementines. They are actually increasingly hard to find.

  30. Hello,sir
    I muddle up these two words,historic and historical
    Could please break it down for me ?

  31. " I didn't like the food but I ate everything." = I didn't like the food . I ate everything, though." I use "though" at the end of the sentence thinking of " but". Is this a colossal mistake
    or is it acceptable? Hope you read the comments. You're a fantastic teacher. Thank you, again.

  32. The use of 'ish' is definitely a colloquialism, and a modern one at that. It most certainly isn't grammatically correct English in any sense.

  33. You don't give 6 tips, with a bonus tip. You simply give 7 tips. Alternatively you only give one tip, with 6 bonus tips.

  34. This video did help me learn something, I did go to a good school xD
    Good video, though !

  35. Woo-hoo! Bullseye on all of the tips, 'cept for the bonus one. I guess, I've attended a good school, after all!

  36. He doesn't know the difference between a Clementine and a tangerine. I thought he couldn't tell the difference 😲

  37. I assume you are the best teacher I have ever seen in my life. Thanks for details!💜

  38. Is it a correct sentence. Nobody could tell what it was if we talk about smell or a feeling? And could you tell me if I say nobody says it was right in case I talk about someone’s opinion ?

  39. Im int level i guess but i use the wrong version of all the expressions you explain
    Thanks a lot you're a good teacher ♡♥♡

  40. Watched this because I was intrigued, even though I am a native English speaker.. Two notes– for American English, this video was accurate-ish, but I'm afraid the last few were a bit less on point. We would use sorry as often (if not more) than "I'm afraid" in the context offered; we'd use "ish" less commonly (unless you used the examples a bit liberally for the sake of demonstration); we'd use "like" in place of "such as" more frequently than not — I think it depends on the way the sentence is emphasized, because I might say "I went to several countries in that area — like France, and Spain" but without the pause, it could sound like a comparison. Properly annunciated I'd pretty much use "like" every time, though. 😉 Hope this feedback helps. All in all, even as a native speaker I found this very interesting and you made points about the nuances of my own first language I never would have thought about otherwise. Good work!

  41. Great content! I would prefer if you go straight to the point, without long intro and this music edits are very annoying as well.

  42. Just thanks from the core of my heart for such a clear explanation.

  43. Well, the only difference between clementine and tangerine is just that the skin of tangerine is loose and can be easily removed in comparison to that of clementine.

  44. I have lived half of my life in the USA. And still trying to learn. And so I listen to BBC radio/ World news !!!

  45. Very interesting and well thought out. But you must have been in a hurry because there are numerous spelling errors in the text that detracts from the content. Thought you'd want to know if you didn't already.

  46. clementine is sweeter and almost seedless compare to tangerine which is full of seed and less sweeter. But the good thing is that the latter's peel (husks) is you can make a good liquor out of it, some kind of a ladies drink called "mandarincello"… it tastes really good, you have to try it:)

    Thanks God, I know all of these…:)

  47. There are billionaire teachers out there who teaches English, but you are the best one though

  48. Thank you soo much!I've never heard theese things before)

  49. I’m so happy, I’ve found your channel. Great tips! Brilliant explanation!

  50. After watching your video I felt motivated to look for the differences among tangerines, clementines and mandarins, the term most recurrent, by the way.
    This search confirmed what my first perception was; there is a lot of confusion among these three terms, so I've chosen to point out in this post their most objective characteristics:

    Mandarins are a class of oranges that are flatter on both ends, have a mild flavour and are very easy to peel.

    Tangerines and clementines are both mandarins.

    Clementines are the smallest member of the mandarin family and are seedless; its peel is smooth, glossy and deep orange.

    Tangerines are light orange in colour and are slightly acid or tart; do not keep very well so need refrigerating. At dealing with a cold this fruit is a good option because it contains synephrine which is a decongestant. Tangerine's name was first used for a variety of mandarin coming from Tangier, Morocco, there's the origin of its name.

    Cheers

  51. Is the question " have you got the time?" mean are you free ? or what's the time? or even Do you have a watch?

  52. I love your videos…they are very interesting…they are very educative… thanks

  53. Thanks mate. Very helpful and very interesting video. You are great teacher. Regards from Cyprus.

  54. You have got to be kidding. You haven't a clue what you're talking about

  55. Thank you for pointing out the difference between 'like' and 'such as'. None of my colleagues / students would actually mind interchanging them. Likewise, telling the difference between 'number' and 'amount' is fairly difficult for my students and I notice that among many YouTubers and when watching films 'amount' is often used where 'number' would have been gramatically correct.

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