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English Speaking Patterns Mastery: It's just as well that...

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

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    • 1. It's just as well that... (Learn)

      9:31
    • 2. It's just as well that... Speaking (Practice 1)

      3:35
    • 3. It's just as well that... Listening (Practice 2)

      7:01
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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. It's just as well that... (Learn): The target pattern for this lecture is it's just a zwelling that with this English pattern we can omit some of the words. So as you saw in the first slide, two of the words were in brackets. It's and that so these two words can be omitted from this particular pattern. Well, look more at this later. First of all, let's have a look at the meaning off this English pattern. Look at this example. It's just a zwelling that it's raining a lot today. My plants need to be watered. So what does the pattern? It's just a swell that mean It means it's a good thing that this happened, and this thing is often a bad thing or a lucky thing. Let me explain the meaning a bit more for you. So when we use this phrase, we mean that something bad is actually a good thing. So something that is usually negative in this situation is actually good. So in the example I read, I said, It's just a zwelling that it's raining a lot today. We usually think of rain as a bad thing. People don't love rain in particular, So if its raining a lot. We think it's a bad thing because we can't go out. We can't enjoy the weather. But in this situation, it's a good thing because I said my plants need to be watered so my plants need water to be able to grow, So this is actually a good thing. It's a blessing in disguise. As we say in English. It means something looks bad on the surface, but actually is a good thing happening behind it. So we use this phrase to say this bad thing is actually not so bad in this situation. I can say it's just a swell that it's raining a lot today because my plants need some water . You see, that's how we use this English pattern. Let's look at the example sentences so that we can understand this pattern much more deeply . Here's the 1st 1 Oh, look, it's starting to rain. It's just a swell that I brought our raincoats. So in this example, we're talking about a lucky thing, not something bad. Remember, there are two ways we can use this pattern. We can use it for something that seems bad or something that's lucky. So in this case, it's a lucky thing that the person brought their raincoats. So when they went out in the morning, it was nice and sunny. But the person thought, Let me bring our raincoats just in case and later it started to rain. So it was lucky that she brought the raincoats. This case, you can use the pattern. It's just a zwelling that I brought our raincoats. Okay, so this is a lucky thing. Let's have a look at example. Number two. So John says, Oh, no. I forgot my wallet at home, and his friend Frank replies, Just a swell. I brought my money. Don't worry, I'll lend you some. This particular example is talking about something lucky. So John forgot his money at home. He's supposed to pay for something in the shop, but he left his wallet at home, but his friend Frank Luckily, I had money with him so he can lend some money to John. So in this case, Frank used the phrase Justus. Well, I brought my money. It means it's lucky that I brought my money because I can lend you some and notice I used the shortened version off this pattern. Instead of saying the full version. It's just as well that I just used just a swell. So the three words are the shortened version. Now let's look at one more example. It's just a zwelling. Your car was stolen. It was so old that it was falling apart. So with this particular example, we're talking about a very bad thing. So remember, with this pattern, you can talk about bad things or lucky things that happened. This one is talking about a bad thing, but it's also a humorous example. So what happened? Waas. Someone's car was stolen. Let's say my friend had his car stolen, and I say That's a good thing. So usually if someone steals your car, it's a very bad thing. But in this situation, I'm trying to make it funny. So I said, It's a good thing that your car was stolen because it was so old. It was falling apart. It was broken and damaged and bits were falling off. So this is, ah, humorous example with saying this bad thing is actually not bad because your car was terrible anyway, So the fact that it was stolen is a good thing. Now let's look at the structure for this pattern. So the structure is like this. It's just a swell that plus a subject verb and an object so basically a full grammatical sentence, for example, it's just a swell that I brought our raincoats. So that is the basic structure. Simply use a full grammatical sentence after the English pattern. It's just a swell that now there's a couple of other things we have to note. Have a look at this. So when we use this pattern, it's just a swell that, plus subject verb object. We also need some context about the situation so we can use this context after the pattern . For example, it's just a swell. Your car was stolen. It was so old that it was falling apart. So the context gives more information about the situation, and you're giving your reason why you think this is a good thing or a lucky thing. Similarly, we can put the context before the pattern like this. So we put the context, and then it's just a swell that plus subject verb object. For example, your car was so old that it was falling apart. It's just a swell. It was stolen So this is the same example. We've just switched the context with the pattern. That's the pattern. Now, what you should do is move on to the listening and speaking practice exercises. Make sure as well that you download the MP threes so that you can listen to the example Sentences wherever you go. So when you're on the bus train when you're exercising, listen to the MP three many, many times so that you can train your brain to master this English pattern. See you in the next lecture. 2. It's just as well that... Speaking (Practice 1): speaking practice for It's just a zwelling that listen to what I say. Then pause the video on. Repeat after me. Think about the pattern we studied. Train your brain to master this English pattern. Let's begin, John. It's just a zwelling. You're here. I need someone strong to live this table. Can you help you always forget about your dad's birthday? It's just a zwelling. I bought a nice gift for him today. It's raining very heavily. It's just a zwelling because it hasn't rained here for the last three months. It's just a zwelling that you lost your smartphone because you use it too much. Perhaps now you will do something else. Jane and Paul split up just a swell because they were always fighting. Now they can be happier. Did I miss anything important in today's university lecture? No, it's just a zwelling. You didn't come. It was boring and we didn't learn anything new. Bob Water, Surprised to see you here? Actually, it's just a zwelling. I need to ask you something. Did you watch the new thriller movie at the cinema yesterday? Sorry I couldn't come. Yes, but it was really boring. It's just a Zwelling. You couldn't make it. I've gained about five kilograms in weight over the last month, but it's just a swell. The extra layers will keep me warm during winter. It's just a zwelling. We took the train and didn't drive. The traffic on the roads is really bad. 3. It's just as well that... Listening (Practice 2): listening practice for It's just a zwelling that 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 that's get started. This movie is so scary. It's just a zwelling that Jane didn't come to watch it. She hates these kinds of movies. This movie is so scary. It's just a zwelling that Jane didn't come to watch it. She hates these kinds of movies. I know you are upset that you failed your driving test, but it's just a zwelling because you need more practice. I know you are upset that you failed your driving test, but it's just a zwelling because you need more practice. Sorry, Pam. I won't be able to come to the party on Saturday. Just a Zwelling. You can't come because I have to cancel it. I'm feeling really ill. Sorry, Pam. I won't be able to come to the party on Saturday. Just a Zwelling. You can't come because I have to cancel it. I'm feeling really ill. It's just a zwelling that you lost your wallet last night at the bar because you would only spend the money on more beer. It's just a zwelling that you lost your wallet last night at the bar because you would only spend the money on more beer. It's just a zwelling. We didn't go to the baseball game on Saturday. It got cancelled at the last minute because of bad weather. It's just a zwelling. We didn't go to the baseball game on Saturday. It got cancelled at the last minute because of bad weather. I lost my credit card. Just a zwelling. You lost it. That means you can't spend any more money. I lost my credit card. Just a zwelling. You lost it. That means you can't spend any more money. It's just a zwelling. I didn't get the job. My current company have offered me more money to stay. It's just a zwelling. I didn't get the job. My current company have offered me more money to stay. I can't believe it. England have been knocked out of the World Cup, just a zwelling. They lost. That means I don't have to watch football anymore. I can't believe it. England have been knocked out of the World Cup. Just a zwelling they lost. That means I don't have to watch football anymore. My computer is broken. Perhaps it's just a zwelling isn't working. It's very old and slow, so I need to buy a new one anyway. My computer is broken. Perhaps it's just a zwelling isn't working. It's very old and slow, so I need to buy a new one anyway. I haven't eaten anything all day. I'm so hungry. It's just a zwelling that you're starving. I ordered an extra large pizza for dinner. I haven't eaten anything all day. I'm so hungry. It's just a zwelling that you're starving. I ordered an extra large pizza for dinner.