Нюансы использования слов See, Look, Watch, Hear, Listen

be/get used to …

i am used to doing

Как правильно задавать вопрос «Сколько из нас (… из вас, … из них)»?

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Let’s start today’s podcast by looking at the title – “How many of us are there?” The title is asking a question – “How many people are there in Britain?” But instead of talking about “people in Britain”, I have used a pronoun – “us”. And when we use a pronoun after “how many” or “how much”, we have to use the little word “of” as well. So “How many of us are there?” – not “how many us are there?”

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«Many», «much» или «a lot of»?

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We tend to use ‘many’ and ‘much’ in questions and negatives, and use ‘lots of’ or ‘a lot of’ in affirmative statements — certainly in spoken English at least.
For example:
«There are lots of people in the street» AND «That is a lot of milk» are affirmative statements.
«There aren’t many people in the street,» is negative and «How much milk do you want?» is a question.

Grammatically speaking, there is nothing wrong with:
«There are many people in the park,» but in spoken English, we’re far more likely use:
«There are lots of people in the park.»

But in more formal writing, it’s probably true that we prefer ‘many’ and ‘much’ to ‘a lot of’ and ‘lots of’, so if you’re speaking or writing to friends, it should be: «There are lots of cars in the street,» or «People have written a lot about it.»
But if you want to be more formal, perhaps «There were many cars in the street that day» or «Much has been written about it» might sound better.

«Have you finished?» или «Are you finished?»?

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Hello there. You’ve certainly posted a tricky question!
Let’s first say that both expressions are correct. It’s perfectly alright to say ‘Are you finished at the flat?’ instead of ‘Have you finished at the flat?’ ‘Are you finished?’ uses the past participle ‘finished’ as though it were an adjective. So in a similar vein, we can say:

Have you finished at work? or Are you finished at work?

Both questions are grammatically correct and acceptable in any situation. Some native speakers would tell you that they see no difference between the two question forms. But others might say that they perceive a slight nuance of difference between them. It really depends on the tone of voice the question is delivered in and the attitude of the listener.

Let’s discuss this in more detail then. Some people consider ‘Have you finished?’ to be more polite than ‘Are you finished?’ In the examples I’m about to give you, either question form could be used but perhaps if you replace the question with ‘Are you finished?’ in the following situations, a bit of impatience is implied. See what you think:

Mum to kid eating — Have you finished?
Teacher to student — Have you finished?

Some people would argue that using the present perfect tense and forming the question ‘Have you finished?’ seems to politely give the possibility of more time to finish, whereas ‘Are you finished?’ lets the person know they are nearly out of time and no more is available.
Well, personally, I think tone of voice is the all important aspect here. You can express impatience or politeness just from the manner in which you say either of these questions:

Have you finished? Are you finished? (that was my impatient voice)
Have you finished? Are you finished? (that was my polite voice)

Well I hope you could hear the differences there and that you are successful sounding polite or impatient depending on the situation that you’re in!

Must be/might be/can’t be/might have been/should have been…

Урок английского от преподавателя школы английского «Jump!» Johann, которая приехала к нам из Нью-Йорка.

Как выразить разную степень уверенности в том, о чём вы говорите?

Попробуйте сказать на английском следующие фразы: «это точно так, я знаю», «это скорее всего так», «возможно это так, но я сомневаюсь» и «этого не может быть».

А теперь посмотрите видео и сравните свой ответ с ответом носителя английского языка.

-ing или -ed

Преподаватель школы «Jump!» Гиза подготовила для вас урок о коварных окончаниях -ing и -ed.

Узнайте, как пара букв в конце слова может помешать провести прекрасный вечер в компании молодого человека или привлекательной девушки. (Смотрите не перепутайте такие похожие английские слова!)

Английские слова «afraid» и «scared»

Небольшой урок от нашего преподавателя Джастина. В этом уроке он расскажет о разнице между фразами «afraid to do» и «afraid of something». А также об использовании слова «scared».

Как правильно задавать вопросы на английском? — Forming questions

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Thank you for your question about questions in English!
As your teacher says, these are the main forms taken by questions in English. And I’ll talk first about ‘yes/no questions’ then move on to ‘wh-questions’, where the question word is the subject or the object of the question. I’m going to use ‘drinking coffee’ in all my examples because the coffee I drank in Vietnam was the best I’ve ever tasted!

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Personality traits — Особенности личности

Аудиоурок английского языка. Учимся разговорному английскому у жителей Лондона.
В этот раз тема обсуждения – особенности личности.

This is what some women in London told about their personality traits.
Some people are very open to new ideas.
Some are very conscientious and organised.
Some cry easily while others hardly ever get upset.

Использование фразового глагола «Loved Up»

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Finn: How are you today, Li?
Li:(Dreamy, romantic voice) Oh fantastic. Just great. Amazing…
Finn: Really? Great… ok. Are you ready to start the programme?
Li: (Dreamy, romantic voice) Any time… Isn’t life wonderful?
Finn: Are you sure you’re alright?

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Сравнительные прилагательные и наречия в английском — How to compare things

Наш преподаватель Justin рассказывает о типичных ошибках, которые возникают при использовании сравнительной формы прилагательного и наречия в английском языке (причём не только рассказывает, но и подыгрывает себе на банджо :) ).


Three Wishes

Как обычные жители Лондона говорят о своих трех заветных желаниях?

«I suppose it would be in the area of world peace, that sort of thing.»

«Well, world peace. World peace. World peace is the most important. Yes.»

«Erm… visit of many towns in the world, and er, that’s it.»

«Probably for a happy family life, not to work so hard and to have more of a family life with the children.»

«Health, happiness and love.»

To be likely to

Примеры использования английской фразы «to be likely to»

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Hello Daniela. Thank you for your question concerning the use of the phrase ‘to be likely to’.

As you say, we use this phrase to talk about the possibility of something happening, and we often use it to refer to possible future events. For example:

‘The American swimmer is likely to win the race tomorrow.’

‘They are likely to ask you about your knowledge of computers in the interview, so you should prepare for that.’

When we use this phrase, we are saying that we are confident that something will happen, but of course we are not one hundred percent certain. We think something is very possible, but we also know that we can’t be totally sure.

The opposite of likely is unlikely, and I think that this phrase, ‘to be unlikely to’, is used more often, perhaps because people are rather pessimistic about the future. For example:

‘I think it is unlikely that England will win the football World Cup.’
‘I am unlikely to pass my exams this year.’

In these examples, the speaker is nearly certain that something won’t happen.

Finally, I have talked about future events, but the phrase ‘to be likely’ or ‘unlikely to’ can be used to refer to past and present time.

You simply need to change the form of the verb ‘to be’. For example:
‘It was unlikely that Sarah knew that her boyfriend was a criminal when she first met him.’

I hope that has answered your question.

Good luck.

Have you ever had dance lessons?

Как обычные жители Лондона говорят об уроках танцев?

Here’s what people in London said:
«I did ballet and tap until I was about seven. I think I just did it cos all my friends did it»
«No, but I wish I had», «Yeah I’ve been dancing since the age of three. I used to do ballet, tap, modern, jazz, national, street. Yeah I’ve taken up salsa as well recently, which is quite fun»
When do you dance now?
«I do music videos; I do live shows with a couple
of bands. So once or twice a month maybe»
- In the shower.
- Is that quite difficult?
- Sometimes yes!
And how does dancing make you feel?
Alive. When I’m dancing I don’t really think about anything