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Welcome everyone to "11 Confusing English Words"

In this class, we are going to learn 11 common confusing English words and know the differences between them. Many people use these words incorrectly, and so we want to know the differences and differentiate between them.

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1. Intro to 11 Confusing English Words: Okay, Hi everyone and welcome to learn English with me almost. Have you ever wondered why there are some confusing words in English? How some of them sound the same, look the same, but have different meanings. Well, don't worry, even the best native speakers still confused between these words. So this is going to be our class. We're going to be taken Confusing English words. So in this class we're going to be taking 11 different Confusion words. Why the sound similar, why they appear similar, but how they have different meanings. We're going to be discussing examples and showing pictures to show the difference between these confusing words. So I hope you enjoyed this class. Let's get started straightaway. 2. 11 Confusing Words: All right, So welcome everyone. Let's start this lesson. We're going to be taking 11 different confusing words in English. Let's start with the first one. The first confusing pair of words, which is site and site. They have the same sound, but it's a different spelling. Sigchi, P and S I, T, E. And the first one you can see what, what can you see in the first one? The first one you can see an I. And what does the AI responsible for? The iris is responsible for seeing something or for a vision, right? So that's why we call this site the ability to see something. This is called site. As I GH, T, have a dot on the right. Both pictures. This picture I think, of a very famous site. Sit. Okay, this is the Eiffel Tower, and it's in France. Okay, so we call this a site, means it's a place just like on the computer when you go on a web site. That means it's a place on the web. It's a place on the net. Okay, So this is the difference between these two confusing words, S, I, G, H, T, and SIT. Let's look at some examples. For example, for example, for SI GHD sight. You could say the sunset today is a lovely sight. That means looking at the sunset is amazing. Or you could say I saw strange sight the sky. I saw something again. So site is always related to something that you see. How about SIT site? Ancient Egypt was a site of civilization. Civilization means power and history and culture. So it's a place, ancient Egypt, old Egypt was a place of civilization. That means it's a site. Sit. Could also say the Eiffel Tower is a wonderful site in France. That means it's a lovely place to go and see. So don't confuse between these two words, site and sight. The next one we have is fair. And fair. Again, same sound and same sound, but different different spellings and different meanings. The first group, the first picture on the left, what can you see? It looks like I like like an amusement park or a place that people go to to have fun and laughing and enjoying themselves. So we call this a figure. That's like a fanfare. Okay? I have a dot on the right, F, E, R E. It looks like as if it's a taxi maybe. And there is a fair and neater, neater for the fear. That means it's the money. Okay? So it's the money that you should be paying for something. Again, totally different meaning, don't confuse between these two words. Failure and fair. Let's look at some examples. You could say, I went to the fanfare last Sunday. I went to the fund fair last Sunday, one to have fun. Now, this FAR, believe it or not, also has a different meaning with the same spelling, but a different mean. You could say the judge has to be fair in his rulings. That means he has to be equal to everybody or he has to be asked to do the right thing. If IR. So it also has this meaning. How about FA? Fa ARE fair? The taxi fare was 10 pounds. That means what you are going to pay in the taxi was only 10 pounds. That's the money. Workers receive their fair every month for working obviously. So they receive their money. F, a, r, e. Don't confuse between these two words. Very good. How about these? Number 3? Beer and beer Can same pronunciation, same sound, different meaning, different spelling. One on the left is very easy. Be AIR. This is a picture of an animal, which we all know, which is the Bayer. Okay. How about on the right B ARE this is a picture of a person or a kid who's not wearing shoes. Okay. So that means he is bare foot. Meaning what? Is not wearing? Something. Okay. To be Beer means to show something. Barefoot means to show my feet. Okay. Let's look at some examples. Say bears love honey. This is common knowledge or common fact. Bears love honey. Or you could say bears live in the woods. Again, this is for the animals. They live in the woods or dilemma in the forest. Have would be a ARE. You could say I was walking barefoot and I heard two my feet. So I was showing my food meanings, meaning I wasn't wearing shoes, I wasn't wearing socks, know, slippers, no sandals. I was walking barefoot and I hurt my feet. Or you could say the tree was now bare of any leaves. It had none. To be best for the tree. That means it has completely empty. It doesn't have any leaves on it. So it's beer. That means it's free of any leaves. Okay, so don't confuse between these two words. Very good. How about the next one? Number 4, waste and waste. Again. Same pronunciation, same sound, different meaning, different spelling. Pixel on the left is a man and he has a measuring tape around his waist. Wa, I, S, T, this area of the body, the waste. As for the pixel on the right, WE ISTE. This is a picture of garbage, or rubbish or something that you throw away. Okay? So this is a picture of waste. W a, S T, E. Very good. Let's look at some examples. For the first one on the left, you could say, I need to lose some waste width. That means I wish to lose some weight and my stomach region or in my stomach area. Okay. I'm a bit overweight and I want to lose some waste. Wait. Or you could say, I was working out. Working out means I was exercising. And now my waist muscles are hurting me. Okay. So the muscles and my stomach or in my waist area are starting to hurt me because I was exercising. Very good. How about examples for the other one WASD. You could say don't waste time. It doesn't mean that time is garbage. It just means that don't use up too much time. Okay, try to be quick. Don't waste time. Or you could say dispose of your waste in the garbage or in the garbage bin. Dispose, dispose means to throw off or get rid off your wastes in the garbage bin or the garbage basket. That good. So don't confuse between these two words. Number five, we have cereal and serial. Again, same sound, synchronization, different meaning, different letters. The first one on the left is called serial C, E, D, a, L. This is a very famous mean that most of us have, a lot of, a lot of people have for breakfast. We call it serial. Usually have it with milk. And it's very light, very healthy and everybody enjoys it. About the picture on the right serial, SBIR IEL. This looks like a code or a number, and it's not just one number, it has many different numbers together. So it's coming in a series on it and a pattern. So there's something Serial means many together, many codes or many numbers for example. Let's look at examples. You could say I will have cereal for breakfast today. That means I'm going to have it for breakfast cereal. Having cereal every day is very healthy. Of course, filled with vitamins and calcium and all of this stuff. Okay. This is serial. How about the other one? Serial as ER, I guess you could say, I am watching a serial program. What does that mean? That means that it's not just one episode or one part that comes in many different parts, let's say four parts, five parts for example. Or you could say there is a serial code on the back of the box. Some boxes usually have like a barcode or a serial code, serial number. Okay? So we call this the serial. Don't confuse between these two ones. Very good. Number 6, 3, and 3. A lot of people confuse between these two. Okay, pray and pray. Same sound, same pronunciation, different letters, different meaning. One on the left. Pr, why? It looks like a man. And he's sitting in a place to pray, means he's lifting his hand up in the air and is speaking to God. So that means he is praying, is, is becoming religious. Totally different meaning from the one on the right. This is a picture of a rabbit. And the rabbits are preyed on. That means other animals hunt rabbits. Okay? Like a lion for example, on a tide, got on a cheater. So a prey PR EY is an animal that has hunted by other animals. Okay? Not the animal, the tons, the animal that is hunted, like the lion, we call this the predator. But the rabbit could be the three. Very good. Let's look at examples. Say I'd like to pray and feel close to God. Pr, ANY, or praying makes you a camera person. Train, makes you more calm, more at peace, more connected. Okay, makes you a better person. Pr AY. How about PR EY could say The deer ran but was caught by the lion. The lion is trying to catch the deer prey. Or you could say cheetahs prey on gazelles. Because again, it's a type of animal, type of deal, type of tray. And cheetahs prey on gazelle, that means the humped. These gazelles that it good. Don't confuse between these two words. Number seven, we have ER and IR. Okay? The H is silent. Again. Same sound, same pronunciation, difference bedding, different meanings. The first one on the left. Very easy. This is the air. We live. We need this air to breathe. We needed in the atmosphere. This is the air, oxygen, carbon dioxide. All of this is air. And the one on the right, this is a picture of a crown that goes to the air. That means it is going to, someone in the future will be king. He's not king yet. Okay. Or he's not. It does not have something yet, but he's going to have it in the future. We call him the ear. Okay, the one who's going to receive something in the future, like prince is the heir to the Qing, that means it's going to become king in the future. Let's look at examples. You could say the air today is lovely. The air meaning the, the atmosphere, the air that you read. Or you could say humans breathe air. Of course we need air to breathe. Otherwise we will not live. As for each E IR here, the heir to the throne will be king. That means here's going to be king in the future. Or you could say the heir to the throne is still quite young. Now. He's still young. It could be a baby, but in the future is going to become King for example, or he's going to have this throne. So he is the air. Well done. Don't confuse between these two worlds. Number eight, we have here and here. Okay, Again, same sound, same pronunciation, different letters, different meaning, and that's why they are confusing. Okay, the one on the left, this is here. We all have here. Could be blond, red hair, black hair, brown hair. Okay. White hair if someone is old. And the picture on the right ARE, this is a picture of a wild rabbit. Now a wild rabbits, we call it also add here H E R E. Very good. Let's look, let's look at our examples. You could say I have long black hair. Strand of hair was left on the floor. This happens when people know they can lose some of their head. For example. As for HA ARE, could see the hair is a type of rabbit or the hair, It's grass. Of course, rabbits eat grass, but here it's grass work. So don't confuse between these two words. Number nine, we have affect and effect. Don't confuse between these two words because they are very confusing. Now, affect is a verb. That means it's an action to something that I do. And effect is the noun, the thing. Okay, this is something that happens. Let's look at the examples. You could say drinking milk affects your health positively. Okay, so what is affecting talking about drinking milk? And it affects my health in a good way. So it's a verb, affect smoking affects your health negatively. Okay, So again, I'm talking about a verb, an action smoking affects your health negatively. Hobbled the noun, which is effect. You can see the effect of milk on your health is positive. See the difference now between the lungs on the left and one on the right. The effect of milk, okay, So I see effect of milk on your health is positive. Or you could say the effect of smoking on your health is negative. Okay, so don't confuse between affect and effect. Affect is a verb, so it comes after subject, and effect is a noun. So it's a thing that a good habit. Number 10, we have lay and lie. Very confusing because they're both verbs, lay and lie. Okay, but they have different meanings. For example, Lake, you can see lay the blanket on the flop. So Les always has to be followed by something. Lee what? Lay the blanket. So I'm laying the blanked on the floor. The chicken lays eggs, lays what is x? Always has to have something after it leaves a blank. Lay eggs. Okay. How about the lie on the right? I went to lie down. See, there's no there's no there's nothing nothing that I'm there's nothing Exactly that's coming after it. There's no thing. So are you if say I went to lie down because I was very tired. Okay. I'm not making something a lie down. I M line down. Okay. Whereas Li I'm laying something. So I went to lie down because I was very tired. Lie down here means to sleep or to rest. Interestingly, line also could have another meaning. Like when you say line means not telling the truth. Okay? So if I'm lying, that means also that I could be saying something wrong or not saying the truth. So totally different meaning between lie and lay. Don't confuse between these two words. And finally, number 11, complain and complaint. They look similar. They sound similar. But again, they are not the total exact sound because this one has a T at the end. Complaints and different meaning. Okay, why? Because one of them is a verb, complained. And complaint is a noun. That's a thing. Okay, so how can we know the difference? Let's look at examples. You could say the young boy who was complaining that his stomach was heard to him, that means he was complaining. He is upset. He's doing an action. Okay. To complain means to be upset or to express your feelings that you are upset with something. So it's an action complaining. Or you could say I complained to the restaurant manager of how bad the footwall. So I complained. That means I expressed my my how upset I was. I complained it's a verb to the restaurant manager. How about if we use these same scenarios, but if they are nouns like complaint, you could say the young boy had a complaint that his stomach was hurting him. Notice the difference here and the first one I was saying the boy was complaining. But in this one I'm saying the envoys had a complaint. So again, it's something that you have. It's now he had a complaint or heroes a complaint or he gave a complaint. Stomach was hurting him. And you could say I gave a complaint again to the restaurant manager of how bad the food was. Okay, again, so these are very subtle differences, very small differences, but again, only true masters of the English language would know the difference. Okay guys, so that's it. We took 11 different confusing words. And I hope you learnt from these pictures, and I hope you learned from these examples. And I'll see you in the next lesson. Thank you very much. 3. Project + Thanks: Okay, thank you everyone. I hope you liked this class. Please don't forget to answer the project. You will find that worksheet in the project section on these Confusion words. You can answer this worksheet and upload it again. 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