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4 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Even (Learn)

      8:48
    • 2. Even (Things to Note)

      2:24
    • 3. Even speaking practice (Master)

      4:44
    • 4. Even listening practice (Master)

      7:13
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English Grammar Launch is an intermediate English grammar course taught by me, Anthony, a native British English speaker. You will learn the target grammar structures at a deep level, so that you can sound more native-like when you speak English.

This course includes: 

  • lectures for the target structures
  • listening and speaking practice for every single grammar structure
  • future updates - this course will continue to grow and grow
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  • and MP3 downloads so that you can learn anywhere, any time.

Each section focuses on one, two or three target structures so that you can master each one and produce it accurately in your spoken English.

If you want to speak English more clearly, if you want to sound more native-like, or if you simply want to take your English to the next level, this course can help you achieve your goal of improving your English.

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Anthony Kelleher

BA TESOL - Founder of Sir English - English Tutor

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Hello there.

My name is Anthony, and I'm from London, England. I have thousands of students enrolled on my online courses, which focus on learning English as a foreign language.

I have a bachelor's degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Linguistics, and I have taught thousands of students all over the world for the past 10 years. My teaching has brought me from London to China to South Korea. I have now returned to London where I run a successful language school.

More recently, I have developed my online presence under the Sir English brand and on various online course platforms. I also create materials in the ESL field.

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1. Even (Learn): the target structure for this lecture is even even is a word that has different meanings. We're going to focus on one particular meaning in this lecture. It's a very, very useful meaning. It's one that can improve your English very, very quickly. Let's have a look at the example sentence on the meaning. Amy has traveled a lot. She has even visited the Antarctic and North Korea. The word in bold even is to show surprise or something unusual or not normal. Someone visiting the Antarctic and North Korea is both surprising and unusual. That's the key. With this structure. It's to show your feeling to show that you're surprised something is unusual or that something is strange, not normal. Okay, so it can be very positive. Or it could be slightly negative, depending on the situation on the sentence. Let me give you an example. My friend has met many, many famous people. He has even met Bill Gates. So this information is quite surprising because to meet Bill Gates is quite unusual. Onda Quite rare. So it's very surprising and interesting information, so I can say my friend has even met Bill Gates, so when we want to show some surprising information we can use. Even so, it's surprising, unusual or strange notices. Well, the emphasis I give behind the word even we don't say. He has even met Bill Gates in a flat tone. We emphasize the word even because we're showing emotion. We're showing that the information is surprising or unusual. So listen again. My friend has met so many people, so many famous people. He has even met Bill Gates. Can you hear the emphasis he has even met Bill Gates for? Use your your voice to show emphasis and emotion behind the world. Now let's look at the structures for even first of all, even should be used before the words that you want to show our surprising. It could be used in a variety off places in the sentence. Here are a couple of examples. Mary loves singing. She even sings when she's sleeping so you can see the surprising information is that she sings when she's sleeping. So put even just before the surprising information you see, the first sentence Mary loves singing is not surprising. The second sentence is surprising. She sings when she's sleeping. So then we use even before the verb sing. She even sings when she's sleeping. The second sentence says Patrick, works every day, even on Sundays. So here we're trying to say that someone who works on Sundays is a very hard worker. It's quite unusual. Sunday is usually a day off rest. People usually take at least one or two days off per week. But Patrick walks every day, even on Sundays, so the speaker is trying to emphasize this is surprising. Here is one more example off Even, Michael says, What's the capital off the U. S. A. And Paul replies, It's Washington, D. C. Even I know that, and I'm terrible at geography. So why did Paul use even in this position? He's saying, even because if he knows the answer to this question, it's surprising because he's very bad at geography. He's very bad at locating places on the map. So if he knows the answer, that is very, very surprising. He's trying to emphasize that his friend is a bit silly because even Paul knows the answer . And finally, the negative structure for even even is usually placed after the negative word to Here are two examples. Nobody knows who stole Alka. We don't even know if it's still in this country. So here you can see, even comes after the negative. Do not don't. So why is this information surprising? Well, someone stole their car and they have no idea where the car is or who stole it. They don't even know if the car is still in the country. Perhaps the person who stole the car drove to another country and has escaped with the car . So that's quite surprising information. We don't even know if it's still in the country. The second example reads. I am the worst cook in the world. I can't even make toast. So this person is saying that they are a very bad cook, that terrible at cooking food. And what's surprising about the second sentence? I can't even make toast because toast is extremely easy to make. You just put a piece of bread in the toaster. Andi, you wait for it to toast. But that just joking that trying to say I'm so bad at cooking, I can't even make toast. So it's surprising if someone can't make toast that's really bad. Just remember, even is always used to show surprise or something unusual, something strange. So you're giving some emotion to the following words that you say Now the next lecture is very important. The things to note. Make sure you watch it because there are really important things about even that You need to make sure you understand. See you in the next lecture. 2. Even (Things to Note): There's one really important thing we need to make sure we understand when we use even. Let's have a look at this note. We usually say a sentence or statement before using a sentence with even. It would be strange to simply say I even visited North Korea. We need to give some context and information before using. Even this is much better. I have visited some interesting places. Last year I even visited North Korea. It's important you understand this thing to note when you use, even don't just say a sentence with even and nothing else. So it would be really strange if I just said my friend has even met Bill Gates. If that's the only thing I said, it will be strange. We need to have some context before hand. We need to give some information about what I'm going to say before, So if I want to use that sentence, I would have to say something like my friend has met so many famous people. He has even met Bill Gates, do you see? So I gave some context or information before I use the sentence with even This is really, really important. Otherwise you will sound strange. Just saying a sentence with even. Okay, that's important to note. Important to remember when you move on to the speaking and listening exercises, you will start to pick this up on start to train your brain to master thes rules. So I'll see you in the next lectures. 3. Even speaking practice (Master): speaking practice for even listen to the sentence. Then pause the video and repeat after me. Think about the structure we studied. Train your brain to master, even. Let's begin. After the accident, the man's memory was erased. He couldn't even remember his wife. I usually hate art, but even I enjoyed the gallery. It was quite interesting. We saw so many wonderful animals on our trip to Africa. We even saw a rare rhino that is almost extinct. Gemma loves pink. She has a pink room, pink, close and pink shoes. She even has a pink car. Lisa's child is so clever, she's so smart that she could even read when she was two years old. The man next door always wears a coat. He even wears it. During the summer, The hotel we went to was incredible. We even had a sauna and hot tub in our suite. My new smartphone is really advanced. It can even tell me how many calories I have burned today. The staff at the restaurant were really bad. They didn't even ask us if we wanted a drink. I want to join the gym because I am extremely unfit. I can't even run for one minute. The woman disappeared without telling anyone. Not even her husband. Some has met so many famous people. He has even met Bill Gates. The dog chewed all the stuff in my room and ruined everything. It even bit my smartphone and broke it. Sir, Richard Branson is so rich that he even has his own private island. The guests are arriving soon and you haven't done anything. You haven't even prepared the food. The Internet is rapidly changing the way we study and learn. We can even take university courses online. Five years ago we had no money. We didn't even have enough money to buy new clothes. Jack, thes answers are all wrong. Even a baby could answer these questions correctly. 4. Even listening practice (Master): listening practice. Four even. Listen to me say the sentence. Then pause the video and write down what you hear. Press play to see the text on the screen and check your answer. Train your brain to master even. Let's get started. The view from our new apartment in New York is spectacular. We can even see the Statue of Liberty from our window. The view from our new apartment in New York is spectacular. We can even see the Statue of Liberty from our window. The weather really ruined our trip. We couldn't even go outside because of the heavy rain and storms. The weather really ruined our trip. We couldn't even go outside because of the heavy rain and storms. Tim, you are always eating food even when you aren't hungry. Tim, you are always eating food even when you aren't hungry. Anthony has tried so many interesting and unusual foods. He has even eaten insects. Antony has tried so many interesting and unusual foods. He has even eaten insects. You're very brave and daring doing a skydive. Is that anything you won't do? No. I'll try anything once I have even swam with sharks before you're very brave and daring doing a skydive. Is there anything you won't do? No. I'll try anything once. I have even swam with sharks before the curry you cooked was amazing. Even Daniel liked it. And he usually hates curry. The curry you cooked was amazing. Even Daniel liked it. And he usually hates curry. Neal loses everything. He even lost his wedding ring. Once Neal loses everything, he even lost his wedding ring once. My son is so ambitious, he wants to become a scientist. A firefighter. Andi, an astronaut. He even wants to become the president of the USA. My son is so ambitious. He wants to become a scientist. A firefighter Andan astronaut. He even wants to become the president off the U. S. A. My wife forgets so many things that I sometimes can't believe it. She even forgot my birthday last week. My wife forgets so many things that I sometimes can't believe it. She even forgot my birthday last week. Paul's cooking is so bad that even the dog didn't want to eat it. Paul's cooking is so bad that even the dog didn't want to eat it. This room is really strange. Even in the summer or even with the heating on, it's cold. This room is really strange, even in the summer, or even with the heating on. It's cold. We had a fantastic meal today at the Chinese restaurant. We even got some free food and drinks because I know one of the staff. We had a fantastic meal today at the Chinese restaurant. We even got some free food and drinks because I know one of the staff.