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English Speaking Patterns Mastery: Is it just me or...?

teacher avatar Anthony Kelleher, BA TESOL - Founder of Sir English - English Tutor

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3 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Is it just me or...? (Learn)

      9:03
    • 2. Is it just me or...? Speaking (Practice 1)

      3:24
    • 3. Is it just me or...? Listening (Practice 2)

      7:02
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About This Class

English Speaking Patterns Mastery is an English course taught by me, Anthony, a native British English speaker. You will learn English patterns at a deep level, so that you can sound more native-like when you speak English.

English patterns are groups of words (phrases) that native English speakers use again and again. If you learn one pattern, you can make hundreds of sentences. Learning these patterns will also improve your overall grammar and sentence structure.

This course includes: 

  • lectures for the target English patterns
  • speaking practicefor every single pattern
  • listening practicefor every single pattern
  • future updates- this course will continue to grow and grow
  • PDF transcripts
  • and MP3 downloadsso that you can learn anywhere, any time.

Each section focuses on one target pattern 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. Is it just me or...? (Learn): the target pattern for this lecture is Is it just me or so this pattern is a question. Let's have a look at the meaning. First of all, is it just me or is it really cold in here? So what does? Is it just me or I mean, in this sentence, it means, Am I the only one who thinks or experiences this Does anyone else feel the same? And we often use this as a rhetorical question. So that's the meaning off this English pattern. It means, Do you feel the same as me? Are you experiencing the same thing as I am? For example, my friends and I walk into a room and I say, Wow, is it just me or is it cold in here? What I'm saying is, do you feel the same as me? Can you feel the coldness in this room or is it just me? Um I the only one who feels this perhaps I'm catching a cold. Perhaps I am the only one who feels this coldness, you see. So that's what you're really trying to say. What you ask. We can also use this as a rhetorical question, so sometimes we don't expect riel response. That's what a rhetorical question is. It's a question that doesn't need a riel response. A really answer. So imagine we walk into a room and it's very, very hot. And I say, Wow, is it just me or is it hot in here? I don't really need a response. Everyone knows it's hot. They might just agree and say Yes, it's hot in here So it's not a riel question. I'm not really trying to figure out. Is it hot or not? I'm basically just saying, It's hot in here. You see that? That's a rhetorical question. Now let's move on to the example Sentences to make everything much clearer. Here's the 1st 1 Is it just me, or is this room really cold? Let me turn on the heating. So you see, in this example, this person used the question rhetorically. She didn't expect someone to respond. She's just saying, It's cold in here. I'm going to turn on the heating. You see, she doesn't expect people to respond and say, No, no, no, it's not cold or I don't feel cold. She's just saying It's cold in here. Let me turn on the heating. Is it just me, or is it cold in here? Let me turn on the heating. So that's a rhetorical question. Now here's the next example, Laura says. Is it just me, or is this drama? Siri's getting worse and worse, and Frank replies, I completely agree it started well, but now it's terrible. So this time Laura is expecting a response. This is not rhetorical. She's asking, Frank, Is it just me? Is it just my opinion? Or is this Siri's getting Wasson Waas? Do you feel the same? Or is it just my opinion? And Frank responds, Yeah, I feel the same as you. I experienced this as well. Siri's is getting worse and worse. Can you see that this time? It's not really rhetorical. Laura is expecting Frank to respond with his opinion. Do you agree? Do you feel the same or do you disagree? Is it just me? Let's look at the last example. Now this car sounds like it's going to break down. Who is it? Just me, said this one. We've used a slightly different way off using this pattern. We've added it after the sentence. This time, the person can hear the car, which sounds a bit strange, she says. The cast sounds like it's going to break down. It's going to stop walking. So she thinks that she can hear a strange sound with the engine. And then she says, Or is it just me? So she's questioning herself. She's saying, Do you feel the same? Can you hear this sound? Or am I the only one who can hear the sound? Do you see? So sometimes we use it like this when we think we're not sure if we can hear something, we'll see something will feel something And we questioned ourselves. So we ask someone else. Is it just me or can you feel this to a my imagining it or am I really feeling this? So that's another way to use this English pattern. Now let's look at the structure. There are a couple of ways to use this pattern. This is the first way we can put at the beginning of a sentence like this. Is it just me or plus a do does is, uh or, um question. So basically, a question which begins with Do does is our or, um, for example, is it just me or is this drama Siri's getting worse and Waas so you can see that is question is added to the end. Here is another structure that we can use. We can use a do can or is question plus, or is it just me? So this time we can add, Is it just me at the end off the question, for example, is this drama Siri's getting worse and worse? Or is it just me? So it's quite flexible. We can have it at the beginning of a sentence or at the end of a sentence. And finally, we can use the pattern as its own sentence so we can make a statement fast. And after the statement, we can say or is it just me as its own sentence, For example, this car sounds like it's going to break down, or is it just me so we can add it as a standalone sentence after the statement? So I hope you understand it much, much better now, the structure and the meaning move on to the listening and speaking practice exercises. Thes will take your level of understanding to the next level because you're going to see the pattern in many, many different contexts. Lots of example. Sentences for you to listen to. To repeat often me so that you can really start toe, understand deeply both the structure on the meaning. So I'll see you in the next lecture. 2. Is it just me or...? Speaking (Practice 1): speaking practice. Four. Is it just me? Or listen to what I say. Then pause the video and repeat after me. Think about the pattern we studied. Train your brain to master this English pattern. Let's begin. This coffee tastes really strange. Or is it just me? Is it just me, or did Jane seem really sad and upset at the party? Oh my goodness, this curry is super spicy. Or is it just me? Is it just me or are these chocolate bars getting smaller and smaller as the years go by? I'm sure they used to be much bigger. I think Sonya and Lee are in a relationship. They seemed very close at the party. Or is it just me? Is it just me, or is this course getting harder and harder as the weeks go by? Well, for me, it's getting easier. I don't think it's hard at all. Is it just me, or does John look different? Something about him has changed. I'm not sure what it is. Is it just me, or was that one of the best movies ever? I totally agree. The C G I and the action scenes were incredible. Is it just me. Or does Tim have a really talent for art? I saw his drawings today, and they were so impressive. Can you smell something burning? Well, is it just me? Let me go and check. 3. Is it just me or...? Listening (Practice 2): listening practice. Four. Is it just me? Or listen to what I say. 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 this English pattern. Let's begin. Is it just me or is this new book really boring? Everyone says it's great, but I disagree. Is it just me or is this new book really boring? Everyone says it's great, but I disagree. That history exam was so difficult. It was definitely the most difficult exam off the week. Or is it just me? That history exam was so difficult. It was definitely the most difficult exam of the week. Or is it just me? Is it just me or is the pollution around here getting worse? I think you're right. A new factory opened nearby. That must be causing it. Is it just me or is the pollution around here getting worse? I think you're right. A new factory opened nearby. That must be causing it. You seem so much happier these days. You have more energy and look like you are enjoying life. Well, is it just me? You seem so much happier these days. You have more energy and look like you're enjoying life. Or is it just me? Cricket is so boring. I could never watch a whole match. Or is it just me? Cricket is so boring. I could never watch a whole match. Or is it just me? Is it just me or are you losing weight? You look much slimmer. Yes, I have cut out chocolate and cake. I've lost £5 over the last month. Is it just me or are you losing weight? You look much slimmer. Yes, I have cut out chocolate and cake. I've lost £5 over the last month. The new boss is so nice. He's always smiling and happy. Or is it just me? The new boss is so nice. He's always smiling and happy more. Or is it just me? Lee? Is it just me or are you starting to go gray? Yes, I've got a few gray hairs. It's because of stress. I think Lee, is it just me or are you starting to go gray? Yes, I've got a few gray hairs. It's because of stress, I think. Is it just me or did the room. Just shake. I think that was a small earthquake. Is it just me, or did the room just shake? I think that was a small earthquake. Is it just me, or is that Johnny Depp over there? No, I don't think it's the rial Johnny Depp, but it really looks like him. Is it just me, or is that Johnny Depp over there? No, I don't think it's the rial Johnny Depp, but it really looks like him.