Today we are going to start with some really fun slang, it’s stuff I use a lot.
Today’s slang is a word I really like. It’s the word “up”.
When you use it with “for grabs”, it means something is available.
Where did the slang come from? Well, the word“grab”means catch.
“Up for grabs” means that it’s available to grab. You can take it.
“Up for grabs”的意思是你可以抓住
For example: The designer at our company is retiring, so his position is up for grabs. You are certainly qualified, and you should definitely come in for an interview.
Those are the slangs for today. So let’s talk about something that will help you learn English.
We heard you are interested in hearing our opinions on different ways on learning English. So here is one of our tips of what not to do.
I know that many of you out there are trying to improve your English listening skills. And the way that some of you do it as I know, is by listening to English songs.
I love listening to music myself, but I don’t believe this is the best way to learn how to listen to English and understand it.
You only learn and improve your listening skills when you register the sound of each word you hear and try to understand its meaning.
And since English is your second language songs are probably not the best choice because the music changes the way the words are used and makes them more difficult to understand.
Even worse, popular English songs might have confusing slangs in it and they certainly have incorrect grammar.
For example, if you are a fan of rap, Nicki Minaj’s song Super Bass.
Well, I have trouble understanding it.
Here’s an example, and try to imagine me using this language in every day conversation and think about if it would make any sense.
I can’t imagine using those words, and definitely not in that order.
So you can also imagine listening to songs in another language.
You might like the music, you may know the words, but how often can you understand it?
And how often can you say that you are learning the language?
One of the best ways to practice listening skills is by talking to someone who is a native speaker or someone whose first language is English.
If you can’t find someone around you to speak with then you can choose to watch a TV series or listen to a Podcast.
So that’s our English tip for today, and now onto sentence structure.
Here’s our example, and see if you can understand it.
The beaver chews down trees to get food and material with which to build its home.
A does B to get C with which to do D.
A is a noun, B is a verb, C is another noun, and D is another verb.
So to put our own words in the sentence we say Alex studies hard to get good grades with which to apply for university.
Try to put some words and create a sentence of your own.
Remember, A does B to get C with which to do D.
I hope you guys liked this class, and that you had fun. And I hope you learned something.
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