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English Vocabulary, Idioms, & Pronunciation with Instagram Stories (Group 1)

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction & Preview

      0:56
    • 2. "at the drop of a hat" - Instagram Story

      0:43
    • 3. "at the drop of a hat" - Learn more!

      4:21
    • 4. behavior - Instagram Story

      0:51
    • 5. behavior - Learn more!

      5:04
    • 6. "actions speak louder than words" - Instagram Story

      0:53
    • 7. "actions speak louder than words" - Learn more!

      5:42
    • 8. abstain - Instagram Story

      0:49
    • 9. abstain - Learn more!

      4:35
    • 10. Pronunciation Intro

      1:18
    • 11. Pronunciation – All words & idioms

      2:05
    • 12. Story Time! - Review

      2:33
    • 13. Conversation Exercise & Review

      5:45
    • 14. Conclusion & Thank You

      2:30
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Our goal is to guarantee improvement of YOUR English fluency. Who says we can’t have a little fun along the way?

This is unique course will make you smile while you learn, practice, and pronounce important English vocabulary and idioms. We will test your knowledge with a conversation which uses all of the idioms and vocabulary in this course.

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In this course we will:

  • Learn, practice, and pronounce useful English vocabulary words and English idioms that you can start using immediately
  • Use @ableenglish Instagram Stories as a fun and unique way to help you learn and remember
  • First learn each vocabulary word or idiom in three parts: 1) Example, 2) Definition, 3) Practice
  • Further develop the target vocabulary and idioms with extra examplesextra explanationsextra pronunciation practice, conversations, and lively stories
  • Use synonyms and antonyms to guarantee understanding of the target vocabulary
  • Use similar and opposite expressions to guarantee understanding of the target idioms

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  • Students who like to smile and have fun improving their English fluency
  • Students taking IELTS, TOEIC, FCE, CAE, CPE, TOEFL, OPI, OPIC exams
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  • Students who want to improve their pronunciation, vocabulary, and understanding of the English language

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1. Introduction & Preview: in this course we're going to study. Do you smell something burning? Hey there. Welcome to Able English vocabulary and idioms with Instagram. Stories in each section will use past instagram stories from Able English to improve your English vocabulary and boost your confidence with English idioms. We'll go further and will develop the target vocabulary and idioms with extra practice, extra explanations, pronunciation practice and review. So have fun. Smile. Enjoy this course and boost your English fluency. 2. "at the drop of a hat" - Instagram Story: Theo at the drop of a hat. George was off running. He had just found out that the local ice cream shop is now selling sardine flavored ice cream at the drop of a hat means immediately no hesitation without delay. Okay, it's pronunciation time three times at the drop of a hat at the drop of a hat at the drop of a hat. 3. "at the drop of a hat" - Learn more!: all right. We just watched the Instagram story for at the drop of a hat. Parts 12 and three. We hope you enjoyed it. You know what? I think we should dive in a little bit deeper and make sure that we really understand this idiom. Let's go. This is the example from the story at the drop of a hat, George was off running. He had just found out that the local ice cream shop is now selling sardine flavored ice cream. George found out about this information, and immediately, suddenly, without waiting, he ran to the store because he had to get some sardine flavored ice cream. We don't know why, but we do know that George loves sardine flavored ice cream at the drop of a hat. Let's do some synonyms. And Anti Nim's synonyms are words that are similar. Thes words have almost the same meaning as at the drop of a hat. I will say each word and then pause so you can repeat after me and improve your pronunciation. Here we go immediately, suddenly, quickly, promptly. These are all synonyms of the idiom at the drop of a hat. They all deal with a short period of time. There's no waiting. There's no hesitating. It happens right away. Let's do the anti new moms. Once again, I will say the word you repeat after me and boost your pronunciation gradually, slowly, eventually. Later. All of these words deal with longer periods of time. They're slower. It doesn't happen so quickly. I think we could use another example. Here we go boo and it has to deal with the bus. I can't wait to see what happens. It all happened at the drop of a hat. Henry stepped out of the car and was hit by a bus. Poor Henry Henry didn't know the bus was coming. Henry stepped out of the car and he immediately he was hit. There was no delay. It happened right away. It would have made more sense if Henry got out on the other side of the car. Let's do another example. Great. Ah, here we have some playing cards and some poker chips. Let's see what's happening here. Oh, we have to people. They don't look very happy. Actually, they looked the opposite of happy. They're upset and they're crying. How quickly did you lose all our money at the casino at the drop of a hat. It all happened so fast I was confused. Oh, so they went to the casino with money. But they left the casino with no money. And when they lost the money, it happened immediately. Suddenly no delay. Let's review at the drop of a hat. Some synonyms immediately. Suddenly, quickly, Promptly. It happens right now, right away. And here are the Antin IMs. Gradually, slowly, eventually. Later. These words mean everything happens slower. Time to move on. 4. behavior - Instagram Story: little Tommy is five years old today. He robbed a bank, stole a car and ate too many cookies. Tommy's Grampa said. Your behavior is horrible. It's common to use the word behavior. When we talk about Children or pets, it's just how they act. Did they act in a good way to the act in a bad way? Did they make problems or were there solutions? It's pronunciation, time, behavior, behavior, behavior. 5. behavior - Learn more!: We just watched the Instagram story for behavior. Parts 12 and three. We hope you enjoyed it. You know what? Let's go even deeper and make sure we really understand this word. This is the example. Little Tommy is five years old today. He robbed a bank, stole a car and ate too many cookies. Tommy's grandpa said, Your behavior is horrible. Tommy may look like an innocent little boy sometimes, but it's pretty obvious that he has an evil side. He robs bigs, He steals cars, and the worst of all, he eats too many cookies. Tommy's actions are not good. His behavior is not good. If he's doing this at five years old, imagine what he'll be doing when he's 15 or 30. His actions are not acceptable. Let's do some synonyms and anti Nimes of behavior. First, the synonyms. I will say each word and then pause. Repeat after me and improve your pronunciation action. Conduct performance habits. All of these words have to do with our actions. What we do when people watch us and we're moving around, we're doing things. That's our behavior. Now let's do that. Anti new moms repeat after me idleness in activity limbo. All of these words mean there's nothing happening. There's no motion. If you're stuck in limbo, you're not moving forward. You're not moving backwards. You're just stuck. Nothing's happening. These words are the opposite of behavior because behavior means there's motion. There's action. Things are happening. I think we need another example. Mm, our dogs. Strange behavior gave us a clue that there was something outside the tent. Who? It's a monster. Inside the tent, we noticed that our dog is moving strangely, maybe jumping up and down or barking or scratching or trying to get outside or doing something that is not normal. We want our dog and we see his strange behavior. We start to think, Oh, maybe something strange is happening outside the tent, so we probably peak out, and then we probably scream because we see this monster. Another example. You say. All right, let's do it. We have two people here. We have a lady. She looks pretty normal. She has a hat, which belongs to a witch and some glasses, which are part of a mask. The guy, he doesn't look so normal looks like he's pulling out his hair. Let's see what they have to say. Please be on your best behavior for this Halloween party. What? Oh, you're just worried because I ate five guests last time. This is another strange situation. The lady. She seems pretty normal. The guy, not so much. We don't know what their connection is, but for some reason they're going to the Halloween party together. She is thinking and remembering what happened last time and how he behaved his conduct, his actions at the last party, he eight people That can't be good. So we don't know why she's going with him to the party this time. But we don't have all the information. Either way, she's asking him, Don't do what you did last time. Be careful of your conduct. Maybe it's a good thing that we're not going to this party with them because it could get a little crazy. Let's review behavior. The synonyms are action conduct performance habits, the antonym czar idleness in activity, limbo onward and upwards 6. "actions speak louder than words" - Instagram Story: Tom told George. I promise. I promise. In 15 minutes I will pick you up. 20 hours later, Tom still hadn't come, and all George could think was actions speak louder than words. Actions speak louder than words means we're not doing what we're saying. It's usually a bad thing because we can't believe what someone says. Their actions don't match up with their words. Yes, it's pronunciation time. Actions speak louder than words. Actions speak louder than words. Actions speak louder than words. 7. "actions speak louder than words" - Learn more!: We just watched the Instagram story. Four actions speak louder than words. Parts 12 and three. We hope you enjoyed it. Now we're going to dive in even deeper and make sure we really understand this idiom. Let's go. Here is the example from the story. Tom told George. I promise. I promise. In 15 minutes I will pick you up. 20 hours later, Tom still hadn't come, and all George could think was actions speak louder than words. Tom seems like a nice guy. He's got a suit on. He's smiling. He's got a phone. However, George's learning that when Tom speaks, Tom's actions don't always follow his words. Unfortunately, in this example, George had to wait a long time. Hopefully, George learns and doesn't trust Tom's words in the future. Let's do some similar phrases to actions speak louder than words. I'm going to say each phrase I need you to repeat after me out loud so you can improve your pronunciation act. Don't speak. Fortune favors The bold Well done is better than well said in all of these examples were focusing on actions what the people do. These could be situations where we're not sure if we can believe what the people are saying , so we need to watch their actions to see if they're saying the truth or not. Here are some opposite phrases that have the opposite meaning. Make sure to repeat after me. Do as I say, not as I do. The pen is mightier than the sword. If someone tells you to do is they say not as they do, it can get a little bit weird and strange. Especially, for example, if someone is smoking right in front of you and they say, Aw, don't smoke, it's terrible. It's bad for your health And then they keep smoking right in front of you. And then they say, Oh, by the way, do as I say, not as I do to me. This is a person that you can't really believe what they're saying because literally right in front of you, they're doing the opposite in the quote. The pen is mightier than the sword. You're focusing more on the meaning of words. You're not focusing on going around, beating people up or killing people with swords. The meaning of that quote is that it's better to use our words than to use actions to solve problems. So remember, if actions speak louder than words, we're focusing on what people do. Not so much on what they say. I think it's time for another example. Be careful. Don't believe anything that Tom tells you Time and time again, he has shown us that actions speak much louder than words. Thomas, still smiling. He's happy he's going to say wonderful things. However, his actions are not going to follow his words. His actions will be much different than what he's telling you. He's going to dio another example. You say, All right. Oh, we got a dragon with a fiery red. I Let's see what's gonna happen here. Well, we got three guys. They have soared. The one on the left. Looks like he kind of knows what he's doing. The two on the right, he not so much. Let's see what they're talking about. First you look at the dragon fiercely. Then you say magic words Next you Ah, don't tell us how to beat the dragon Show US. Actions speak louder than words, while the guy on the left is explaining how to beat the dragon. The two guys on the right are probably being burnt up by the dragon's fire. The guys on the right don't want directions. They don't want words. They want actions. We need to take care of this right now. The dragon is going to kill us. This is a great example of how actions speak much louder than words. If we wait too long to listen to the words, then something really bad is going to happen. So let's review actions speak louder than words. Similar phrases are act, don't speak. Fortune favors The bold Well done is better than well, said phrases with the opposite meaning. Do as I say, not as I do. The pen is mightier than the sword. I'll see you in the next lecture. 8. abstain - Instagram Story: George is trying to abstain from eating too much sugar. He's not doing very well because he just bought 500 candy bars. Hmm. To abstain means basically to control yourself, to stop yourself from doing something. Restrain yourself from doing something. I was so angry. I wanted to punch the guy, but I abstained. Yes, it's pronunciation time. Abstain, abstain, abstain. 9. abstain - Learn more!: We hope you enjoy the instagram stories talking about the word abstain. But you know what? I think we can learn even more about this vocabulary word. Goodness gracious. Here's the example from The Instagram story. George is trying to abstain from eating too much sugar. He's not doing very well because he just bought 500 candy bars. If George really wanted to stop eating too much sugar, would he have bought so many candy bars? We can see that George is not very serious about not eating sugar anymore. He really likes it. Or he would not have bought 500 candy bars. Let's do some synonyms and anti names of the word abstain. Let's start with the synonyms words that are similar or almost the same as abstained. I will say each word and then wait for you to repeat after me improve your pronunciation and say it out loud. Ces for Go stop quit. All of these words mean the same thing. Don't do it anymore. If George really wants to cease eating candy and eating unhealthy food, he needs to forego eating candy bars. He's gotta quit doing it. Will George quit? Probably not. He doesn't seem very serious. Here are some anti Nimes words with the opposite meaning of the word abstain. Repeat after me. Continue. Do allow. Embrace all of these words mean the opposite of abstained. They mean to keep doing it. Keep going. Continue. Do it some more. I think George would love these Anthony ems because that means he can eat more candy bars. Time for another example. Mamma mia. Because the ferocious lions were hungry and chasing us, we abstained from stopping to ask for directions. We decided not to stop and ask where we were going because there were some lions chasing us . Two huge lions that want to eat us if we would have stopped and asked for directions. Mm hmm. We wouldn't be asking directions for very long because the lions would be eating us. In other words, we did not do what we thought we were going to do because there were two lions chasing us. We did not ask for directions because we didn't want to die. Another example. Who? Candy bars. George has to be here somewhere. Ah, there he is. Of course, I really need to start working out eating healthy and improving myself. Awesome. You might want to abstain from eating giant candy bars. It get out of the roll of toilet paper. It seems pretty obvious that George does not have a healthy lifestyle. For some reason, he's in a toilet paper roll. It doesn't look like he's getting out any time soon. So his friends or the person he's talking to is saying, You want to stop doing that. You need to quit that unhealthy behavior if you want to be healthy. Silly, silly George. Let's review words with a similar meaning. Cease for goal. Stop. Quit anti Nimes. Continue. Do allow. Embrace full speed ahead. 10. Pronunciation Intro: Hey, you know what? It's pronunciation time. It's time to practice our pronunciation of the words and idioms that we've been studying so hard in this section. First I will say each word or idiom slowly. Then I will repeat it, but at regular speed. After that, I'll use the word or idiom in a sentence and will practice our pronunciation of that sentence. You may have heard these sentences before. At any time. You can rewind the video and have me repeat and say the word or idiom again. You can even change the audio speed in this course. I'm digital. I'm like a robot. You can control me. I can say the word or idiom all day long. If you want to remember, the best way to improve your pronunciation is with lots of practice. Each time I ask you to repeat out loud, let's do it together. Let's improve your pronunciation. Let's get started 11. Pronunciation – All words & idioms: at the drop of a hat at the drop of a hat at the drop of a hat. George was off running behavior, behavior, Tommy's Grampa said. Your behavior is horrible. Actions speak louder than words. Actions speak louder than words. All George could think was actions speak louder than words. Abstain, abstain. George is trying to abstain from eating too much sugar. Let's move on to the next lecture. 12. Story Time! - Review: Now it's time to jump into a story which includes all of the vocabulary words and idioms, I call it. Once upon a time in this story, we will see all of the words and idioms at the drop of a hat. Abstain. Actions speak louder than words and behavior, and we're gonna add a little bit extra. Who? George. We knew you were going to come back. Who? A chili pepper students sitting at their desks and an empty desk. Who? A green book. Let's see what's gonna happen in this story. During final exams, George suddenly stood up and yelled, Spicy jumble, I a hot sauce at the drop of a hat. The instructor fainted and fell on the floor. Many other students shouted at George to abstain from disrupting their focus. Georgia's behavior got even worse when he started screaming. It's a really bad idea to interrupt people while they're taking a test. Everyone was quite confused and muttered to themselves. Actions speak louder than words, Buddy. Luckily, the instructor woke up, threw a book at George and knocked him out. George is rotten. Behavior was not a problem anymore. So George is being George. George does not have good behavior. Wherever he goes, it seems like he causes problems. The other students were very focused on their test. It was a final exam, probably the most important test of the year. George's behaviour distracted them. They could no longer focus on what they were doing, and they were wasting time because most final exams have a time limit, right? George's behaviour surprises the teachers so much that the teacher passed out. She fainted. Later, the teacher woke up through a book and knocked George out. Now George was the one passed out on the floor. Either way, now the students can finish their exam. George, we just don't know what we're going to do with you. 13. Conversation Exercise & Review: it's time for a conversation exercise. First, let's check out the conversation. Whoa! Did you see that? Yeah. At the drop of a hat, Tom jumped up and punched the boss. His behavior has been kind of strange since yesterday. I talked to Tom this morning and he said he was fine. I guess actions speak louder than words because he's acting crazy. Tom needs to abstain from punching the bars or he'll get fired. I think it is too late. Look how upset the bosses. Now we'll see parts of the conversation. Choose from the list and answer the question. You'll have 20 seconds and some nice music. Pause the video if you need more time. Yeah, At the drop of a hat, Tom jumped up and punched the boss. The correct answer is suddenly we need another way to show how quickly Tom jumped up and punched the boss. The answers gradually later tomorrow, last week and never focused on times outside of the present. We need to focus on what's happening right now. The best answer is suddenly because it has the closest meaning to at the drop of a hat. Next question. His behavior has been kind of strange since yesterday. No, the correct answer is conduct. We need a different way to talk about Tom's actions and his decision to punch the boss. The answer's in Activity and idleness are the opposite of what we're looking for. The answer's emotions. Fruitcake and headache just don't fit the situation. The best answer is conduct because it has the most similar meaning to behavior. Next question, I guess actions speak louder than words because he's acting crazy. The correct answer is well done, is better than well said. We need another way to say that actions are more important than words. Do as I say, not as I do. And the pen is mightier than the sword are the opposite of what we need because they focus on the importance of words over actions. Happy is the man who eats pizza is completely unrelated. The best answer is well done is better than well said, because it's an alternative way to say actions speak louder than words. Next question, Tom needs to abstain from punching the boss or he'll get fired. The correct answer is cease. We're looking for a different way to communicate that Tom should stop punching the boss. The answers continue. Embrace and allow are the opposite of what we need. The answer's dance and freeze don't fit the situation. The best answer is cease because it has the closest meaning to abstain. Now let's see the complete conversation again. But using the replacement. Whoa! Did you see that? Yeah. Suddenly Tom jumped up and punched the boss. His conduct has been kind of strange since yesterday. I talked to Tom this morning and he said he was fine. I guess well done is better than well said, because he's acting crazy. Tom needs to cease punching the bars or he'll get fired. I think it's too late. Look how upset the bosses. 14. Conclusion & Thank You: Hey, great way to go. Congratulations for completing this course. Awesome. Thank you very much for taking the time to learn and study with Able English. Hopefully you enjoyed this course almost as much as we enjoyed creating it. We had a lot of fun and we hope you did too. We hope our behavior was acceptable during this course. We also hope you emulated some of our crazy behavior. Everyone can be a little bit crazy now and then together we can collaborate and really boost your English fluency. Yes, I know many times in this course I was ostentatious. Hopefully being ostentatious helps you remember the material and be able to use it in the future. In case you didn't notice, there's a method to my madness. I really want you to improve your English ability and have fun along the way. Who says we can't have a great time? As we improve our English fluency at Able English? We want you to be inspired, improve your English and become more valuable and credits how interesting. Just like in the movies