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English Speaking Patterns Mastery: We might/may as well...

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

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3 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. We might/may as well... (Learn)

      7:21
    • 2. We might/may as well... Speaking (Practice 1)

      3:14
    • 3. We might/may as well... Listening (Practice 2)

      6:58
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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 practice for every single pattern
  • listening practice for every single pattern
  • future updates - this course will continue to grow and grow
  • PDF transcripts
  • and MP3 downloads so 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. We might/may as well... (Learn): the target pattern for this lecture is we may or might as well. With this pattern, you have a choice off May or might, so you can say we may as well, or we might as well both mean exactly the same thing. Let's have a look at the meaning fast. Look at this example. We may as well walk to the cinema. It's only five minutes away. So what does this pattern mean? It means there's no reason you shouldn't do this thing. This is probably the best thing to do. We often use it to suggest something. So this pattern is used to say, Why not? Why not do something? Maybe it's a good idea. So we're trying to suggest as well. We're trying to say, I think this is a good idea. Why shouldn't we do it? So in the example, I just gave it, said we may as well walk to the cinema. It's only five minutes away, so because the cinema is so close, so nearby, why shouldn't we walk? It's a good idea to walk. It won't take long. We can get some exercise and fresh air. Maybe it's a good idea. Okay, so the person is basically saying, Why not walk? They're suggesting it's a good idea to walk. Let's look at some examples so that it's much clearer for you. Here's the 1st 1 If you want to go to the beach, you may as well go today, when the weather is nice. So this person is suggesting that the other person go to the beach today because the weather is good. So he is saying, Why not go today? You said you wanted to go to the beach. It's a good idea to go today because the weather is good. Perhaps tomorrow it might rain. So go today, while the weather is fine, So this is used as a suggestion. In this example, the person is saying, Why not go today? It's a good idea. Here is the next example, the employee says. The others are late. Shall I just stopped my presentation now, and the boss says you might as well. They are probably stuck in traffic, So in this example, the employee is giving a presentation on some of the other people are late. So she suggests, Shall I stop now? And the boss says you might as well that this means why not? Maybe it's a good idea because the other people are probably stuck in traffic. They might be another 30 minutes late, so maybe it's a good idea to start now. Let's look at one more example. We've worked hard today. There's nothing more to do. We might as well go home, said. This person is at work on Dhere is saying today we've worked very hard, Andi, there's nothing more to do. We finished all the work, so why not go home? We might as well go home. Even if it's early. Maybe it's 3 p.m. They finish it five normally, but because they've done everything and they worked very hard, he suggests we might as well go home. I think it's a good idea now to go home. There's no more work to do on. We worked very hard today, so this is used to suggest something and to say I think it's a good idea. Why not? Now let's look at the structure off this pattern. Here is the basic structure we say you, he, she etcetera might or may as well, plus a verb plus an object, for example, we might as well go home. So that's the basic structure. There is another way to use this particular pattern. Let's have a look at the other way. We can use it. So when we listen to another person's suggestion, we can use the structure. You, he, she etcetera, might or may as well without a verb and an object. After so look at the example below person A says, shall I stopped my presentation Now on Person B says you might as well. So in this case, Person B doesn't need to use the verb on the object because it's clear what he means. What he means is, you might as well start your presentation now, but he doesn't need to say the full sentence. He can just use the pattern. You might as well, because the meaning is clear from the context. So those are the ways to use this English pattern. Move on to the exercises and don't forget to download the MP three files. Listen to them as much as you can so you can train your brain to master this English pattern. See you in the next lecture 2. We might/may as well... Speaking (Practice 1): speaking practice for we might well may as well 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. We buy so much wine, we may as well buy a whole case to save some money. We've got a long drive to get to the airport. We might as well listen to some music on the journey. My phone is almost broken. I am May as well buy the new iPhone that's coming out next week. We're passing my parents house on the way home. We may as well drop in to see them for a while. There's only 50 pages left off this novel. It's quite boring, but I may as well finish it now. How about going for a drink after work? We may as well. I haven't got any plans for this evening. Look, that restaurant is offering 40% off all food today. We may as well have dinner there and save some money. Shall I prepare these vegetables now or do it later? You might as well do it now so that it's done. Can you might as well take the job offer. I know you don't like it, but it's better than having no job at all. This chocolate bar is bigger than this one, but it's the same price. I might as well buy the bigger one. 3. We might/may as well... Listening (Practice 2): listening practice full, we might or may as well 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. Someone offered me $20 for my old bike. It's almost nothing, but I may as well take it. Instead of just throwing the bike away, someone offered me $20 for my old bike. It's almost nothing, but I may as well take it instead of just throwing the bike away. There's always traffic on the roads at 8 a.m. I may as well leave at 7 a.m. every day to avoid it. There's always traffic on the roads at 8 a.m. I may as well leave at 7 a.m. every day to avoid it. This essay doesn't have to be handed in until next month, but shall we start it now? We may as well. We can get it done early, then relax. This essay doesn't have to be handed in until next month, but shall we start it now? We may as well we can get it done early, then relax. People may as well spend all the money they earn in their life. We can't take our money to the grave. People may as well spend all the money they earn in their life. We can't take our money to the grave. Paul wants to borrow my car later. I might as well let him borrow it because I don't need it today. Paul wants to borrow my car later. I might as well let him borrow it because I don't need it today. The weather is beautiful and we have lots of time. Before the movie starts. We might as well walk to the cinema. Let's go. The weather is beautiful and we have lots of time. Before the movie starts. We might as well walk to the cinema. Let's go. These laptops are expensive, but we may as well pay a bit more to get the best one. The's laptops are expensive, but we may as well pay a bit more to get the best one. We're going all the way to Australia for a holiday, so we might as well go to New Zealand for a few days while we're nearby. We're going all the way to Australia for a holiday. So we might as well go to New Zealand for a few days while we're nearby. Shall we grab a burger from this place? We might as well. It looks good and I'm starving. Shall we grab a burger from this place? We might as well. It looks good and I'm starving. I may as well sell my motorbike because I never use it anymore. I haven't ridden it for more than a year. I may as well sell my motorbike because I never use it anymore. I haven't ridden it for more than a year.