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English Vocabulary, Idioms, & Pronunciation with Instagram Stories (Group 2)

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14 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Introduction & Preview

      0:56
    • 2. "an arm and a leg" - Instagram Story

      0:54
    • 3. "an arm and a leg" - Learn more!

      5:18
    • 4. emulate - Instagram Story

      0:52
    • 5. emulate - Learn more!

      5:15
    • 6. "curiosity killed the cat" - Instagram Story

      0:53
    • 7. "curiosity killed the cat" - Learn more!

      6:06
    • 8. scrutinize - Instagram Story

      0:51
    • 9. scrutinize - Learn more!

      5:43
    • 10. Pronunciation Intro

      1:14
    • 11. Pronunciation – All words & idioms

      2:02
    • 12. Story Time! - Review

      3:01
    • 13. Conversation Exercise & Review

      5:26
    • 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 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 @ablelingo 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 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. "an arm and a leg" - Instagram Story: So Tom said to George, How much did the movie ticket cost? George said. It costs $50. Tom said. Holy cow, that costed arm and a leg, an arm and a leg means something is very expensive. You don't actually give your arm and your leg, though. The computer was so expensive, I feel like it costs me an arm and a leg. What time is it? That's right. It's pronunciation time. Repeat after me. An arm and a leg, an arm and a leg, an arm and a leg. 3. "an arm and a leg" - Learn more!: We just watched the instagram stories for an arm and a leg. Parts 12 and three. We hope you enjoyed them, and we hope you like apples. Let's jump in and really understand this idiom. Here is the example from the story. So Tom said to George, How much did the movie ticket cost? George said It cost $50 Tom said. Holy cow that cost an arm and a leg. I'm not quite sure what George is doing some sort of kung fu exercise. Either way, he had to pay $50 for a movie ticket. That's a lot of money, George said. Holy cow. In other words, my goodness, goodness gracious, that's really expensive. Here are some similar phrases to an arm and a leg. Phrases with a similar meaning. I will say each phrase and then pause and wait for you to repeat out loud. Improve your pronunciation. Super expensive. Too much money, a rip off, an insane amount. All of these expressions thes braises, have a similar meaning to an arm and a leg. It's too much money. We're spending too much for whatever it is usually if something Carson arm and a leg. We're not thinking that the price is right. Its too much. It might be a rip off where we're spending so much money that we could have got it much, much cheaper elsewhere. Here are some expressions with an opposite meaning Repeat after me. Really cheap. A sweet deal, a steal dirt cheap in these expressions, we got a really good deal, a great bargain. We didn't have to pay as much. When we talk about an arm and a leg, we're talking about an amount of money or an amount of something. You have to give in payment and it's too much. We don't want to pay an arm and a leg. We would rather get a sweet deal and have whatever we're buying. Be dirt cheap because we can save money. Let's move on to some more examples. That club is really nice. They have everything. However, it costs an arm and a leg to get in. Maybe we can go another time. Sounds like this club is heart awesome and the best club around. However, it costs a lot of money. It might be a rip off. We don't know we haven't been inside. It might be worth checking out and asking some people who have already went or go to Google and check out the reviews of the club. We have to decide if it's worth paying an arm and a leg. Another example. Who? Here we go. There's a castle. It's beautiful. And here are the dancers from the club. Wow, Hello. I'd like to get some details about purchasing this castle, including the price. Well, you'll need to cough up an arm and a leg and donate a kidney. Ha ha ha. Just kidding. This place is super expensive, though if you have to cough up something, that means you're kind of forced to pay more than you want. So in this case, the joke is that the castle is so expensive that you have to give your body parts to be able to pay for it, not only your arm and your leg, but also a kidney. Either way, what the ladies trying to say is this place is really, really, really expensive. Let's review similar and opposite expressions off an arm and a leg. Similar expressions, super expensive. Too much money, a rip off, an insane amount opposite meanings really cheap. A sweet deal, a steal dirt cheap time to move on. 4. emulate - Instagram Story: Once upon a time, Tom walked up to George and said, That is a hairstyle I do not want to emulate. George just cried and cried. Emulate means to copy someone, to imitate someone, to follow someone to do the same thing that they're doing. I would like to emulate your way of making money because you're rich. What time is it? Pronunciation time. Emulate. Emulate M U Laid, yes. 5. emulate - Learn more!: We just watched the Instagram story for the vocabulary word emulate. Wonderful. Let's go even deeper and learn more. Here's the example from the story. Once upon a time, Tom walked up to George and said, That is a hairstyle I do not want to emulate. George just cried and cried. We don't know the history between these two people, but it probably isn't very good. We do know that George must love his hair style, and he's kind of sensitive about what other people think about it. So when Tom walked up and said, You know, your hair is just ugly, George couldn't take it. He's so sensitive, he just started crying. One thing we learned from this situation is that Tom does not like Georgia's haircut and does not want to copy it. However, Tom could have been a bit more kind, and maybe just not said anything at all. Keep the negative words in your head. Let's do some synonyms. An anti nimes for the word emulate. First the synonyms. I will say each word out loud and then wait for you to pronounce it, too, so you can improve your pronunciation. Here we go imitate, mimic copy mirror. All of these words have one thing in common. We see something, and we want to do it, too. We want to copy it, imitated. We want to mimic it. It's like looking in the mirror. We want to do the same thing that we see so we do it to we emulate it. How about some anti Nimes? Yes, please repeat allowed after me. Neglect, Reject. Ignore this regard. In this group of words, we do not want to do the same as were seen. We either want to ignore it, mark away from it or just not do anything that similar to it. Let's do another example of the word emulate. Henry is eager to emulate success of Georgia's sardine flavored ice cream distribution business. Henry sees what George is doing, and he wants to copy it. He wants to mimic it. He wants to do the same thing. We don't know if Henry love sardine flavored ice cream as much as George, but we do know that Henry wants to make money. George makes the ice cream and then he distributes it toe other restaurants or other stores where they can sell it for him. Henry thinks he can do the same thing. Another example. Who? It's a jukebox. It's a music machine from like the 19 fifties or 19 sixties there. Not so common anymore. Who? We have a guy with the ponytail and looks like we have a dancer. Let's see what they're gonna talk about. I wish to emulate your incredible dance moves, baby. Uh huh. Well, you've got an uphill battle to fight there, honey. So the guy with the ponytail, he's probably been watching this lady, and he's probably like, Wow, she dances like an angel. I want to copy that. I want to mirror that. I want to do the same thing I need to dance like an angel is well, so he tells her about it, and she's like, uh, the lady has probably seen this guy dance before, and she probably doesn't think he dances very well. That's why she said he has an uphill battle to fight. An uphill battle means it's very difficult. He's going to have a very difficult time improving his ability to dance because he probably just doesn't dance very well. Let's review some synonyms of the word emulate, imitate, mimic, copy mirror and the anti Nim's neglect. Reject, ignore, disregard. I'll see you in the next lecture 6. "curiosity killed the cat" - Instagram Story: George said. Tom George, you got a lot of blood on your hands and your holding a knife and there's a dead body on the floor. Tom said. Be careful. Curiosity killed the cat. Curiosity killed the cat means if we ask too many questions or if we get involved in other people's business, sometimes bad things happen. Who? That's a dark street down there. Maybe we shouldn't go down. Curiosity killed the cat. Let's do it. Pronunciation time. Curiosity killed the cat. Curiosity killed the cat. Curiosity killed the cat. 7. "curiosity killed the cat" - Learn more!: We hope you enjoy the instagram stories. Curiosity killed the cat. No, let's get to know this idiom a little bit better. Here's the example George said to Tom who? You've got a lot of blood on your hands and your holding a knife and there's a dead body on the floor. Tom said. Be careful. Curiosity killed the cat if you haven't figured out by now. Curiosity killed. The cat has nothing to do with the cat. Sometimes idioms can be a little bit confusing. George walked into a horrible situation. There's a dead body on the floor. There's blood everywhere, and it's quite certain that Tom is the killer. So Tom is telling George he's warning him. Be careful, Don't get involved. Don't look for more information or else. We don't know exactly what will happen if George sticks around, but it's probably something similar to what happened to the dead guy on the floor. Tom might just be crazy. If I was George, I would get the heck out of there and run like crazy. Let's do some similar and opposite expressions to curiosity killed the cat. Here are some similar expressions. I will say them out loud. I need you to repeat after me out loud and improve your pronunciation. Be careful. Let sleeping dogs lie. Don't get involved. Avoid the situation. All of these expressions mean you probably want to get out of there. Don't get involved. Don't mess with the situation. Something bad could happen. Let sleeping dogs lie is another idiom. Imagine you're walking and there are a few dogs that are sleeping there sleeping very well and you go up and you kick them. It's very common for a dog or anybody not to be too happy if they're suddenly forced to be awake. So maybe the dog would bite you. Who knows? Either way, let sleeping dogs lie. Don't bother the situation. Don't get involved. Here are some expressions with the opposite meaning. Repeat after me. Don't be chicken. You only live once. Don't be afraid. Seize the moment. All of these expressions in red mean you need to get involved. You need to move forward and get more information. Make things happen. These are the opposite of what curiosity killed the cat means. Let's do another example, shall we? I think so. Fred decided not to follow the hungry, angry bear into its cave because curiosity killed the cat. However, he did try to pet the lions. We should not emulate. Fred. Fred is probably not the smartest man on earth. He stayed away from the bear, but when he saw the lions, he's like, Oh, how cute. I got a pet them. However, the lions had a different idea or are attacked him. Fred went to the hospital and hopefully he learned something from the situation. Don't get involved. Don't move into the situation. Be smart. Stay away. Another example. We got the toilet paper guy and a very serious looking man whose almost bald I'm stuck in this roll of toilet paper. I guess I should have listened to you, You silly, silly little man. How many times have I told you that curiosity killed the cat? Thanks for making me laugh, though. It sounds like these guys had a conversation before and the guy in the right told the guy on the left Don't go in the toilet paper. But he didn't listen and he got stuck inside the giant roll of toilet paper. At least one of them was able to laugh, though, but hopefully they learned from the situation. Let's review the meaning of curiosity. Killed the cat. Similar expressions. Be careful. Let sleeping dogs lie. Don't get involved. Avoid the situation. Opposite expressions Don't be chicken. You only live once. Don't be afraid. Seizing the moment I'm so excited. The next lecture is coming up. 8. scrutinize - Instagram Story: Mary said. Tom, why did you sell our house? Tom said. I'm so sorry I didn't screw. Denies the details of the contract when we bought the house. Scrutinize means to inspect something very carefully. Look at something very carefully examined something very carefully. Please scrutinize this contract because there are many details. Yes, it's pronunciation time. Scrutinize, scrutinize, scrutinize. 9. scrutinize - Learn more!: Ho, ho, ho! We just watched Instagram story for scrutinize. Fabulous. Let's take a closer look and really understand what this word means. Here is the example from the story, Mary said. Tom, why did you sell our house? Tom said. I'm so sorry I didn't scrutinize the details of the contract when we bought the house. This is a sad situation. These two people are going to lose their house. It looks like the reason is the contract was not in their favor. Something in the contract forced them to sell. Now, now they have no choice. In other words, when they first bought the house, they should have been more careful, looked at the details and made sure that they understood exactly what was happening. Let's do some synonyms. An anti Nimes Oh yeah, here are some synonyms to the word scrutinize. I will say each word and then pause so you can repeat after me. Hey, let's improve your pronunciation. Analyze, check, Consider inspect. All of these words have the same basic meaning. We need to know what's going on. We need to get more details before we make any decisions. Now is a great time to pause. Take a breath and look at all the information and see what's going on. Here are some Anti Nim's repeat after me. Forget, ignore neglect. Misunderstand all of these words mean we don't know exactly what's going on. We either choose to or by mistake. We're not looking at the information. We don't know the details, or if we get the information, we don't understand it correctly. And later on, bad things can happen. Time for an example. When Fred promised to scrutinize the documents before tomorrow morning, he didn't realize that there were 394,583 pages written in small type. Whoa! So many documents, and he's supposed to do it by tomorrow. If something is written in small type, it means the words air really small. It's like a book for adults with no pictures. The words air really small if it's in large type and it's more like a book for kids where it's easy to see and they're more pictures. Let's just say Fred is gonna have a very busy night and he might not sleep it all. Fred is going to be very busy looking over the documents and checking the details and seeing what's going on. Most likely, unless he's like Superman, he probably won't finish by tomorrow. Another example? Yes. Ah, two kids in their plane. Chess. How nice. Let's see what they're talking about. You can scrutinize the board all day long, but I'm still going to beat you and you'll still be a dirty rotten jerk. My goodness, you really take this chest stuff seriously. I think you should scrutinize your attitude, little lady. So we have two kids, and just by the picture it looks like all everything is good and everything is peaceful. But this is a competition. The little girl will. She wants to win so bad, and she's gonna talk trash. If someone talks trash, they say things to make the other person not be able to focus. So she's kind of trying to upset him, hoping that he won't play as well. Um, he thinks she needs to check out the details of her attitude and probably improve it. She used the word scrutinized to talk about how he's looking at the board, trying to figure out what's the best move to make. I wonder who will win. Let's review synonyms to scrutinize, analyze, check, consider inspect and the opposite. Enter Nim's forget ignore neglect, misunderstand 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 11. Pronunciation – All words & idioms: an arm and a leg, an arm and a leg. Holy cow that costs an arm and a leg. M u late Emulate. That is a hairstyle I do not want to emulate. Curiosity killed the cat. Curiosity killed the cat. Tom said, Be careful. Curiosity killed the cat. Scrutinize! Scrutinize! I'm so sorry. I didn't scrutinize the details of the contract. 12. Story Time! - Review: It's time for another story that includes all of the words and idioms that we studied in this section. Curiosity killed the cat, emulate an arm and a leg and scrutinize. Of course, we need some characters in this one. We got some money. We have an investigator in a guy who doesn't look too happy. Let's get into the story and see what's happening. When someone told Tom that curiosity killed the cat, Tom was a bit confused and started looking for a person named Curiosity. After spending an arm and a leg on investigator fees, research and travel expenses, Tom decided that it would be better to scrutinize. The meaning of curiosity killed the cat. He was shocked to find out that there's no one named curiosity, and that curiosity killed the cat is simply an English idiom. Tom then decided to emulate a lawyer and bring a lawsuit against the investigator who charged him so much money. Knowing that Tom was just confused. Tom seems like an interesting fellow. He really didn't understand the idiom. Curiosity killed the cat and that it means to not get involved. Instead, he heard it, and he thought someone's name was curiosity. So he thought a person named Curiosity killed the cat. Maybe Tom loves cats, who knows? But he was running around looking for a person named Curiosity. It looks like he spent a lot of money and even hired an investigator. I bet the investigator heard his story and had to try not to laugh because it was so silly . The investigator probably thought that he could make a lot of money from Tom because Tom really would keep looking to try to find a person named Curiosity. Eventually, Tom spent too much money in too much time looking for a person in curiosity, and he finally figured out that it's just an idiom. I bet Tom was kind of pissed off and very upset. That's why he decided to become like a lawyer, copy a lawyer and bring the investigator to court. I'm sure Tom is looking for the investigator to pay back some of the money that Tom had to pay in the first place. Who knows what will happen in court? Hopefully, Tom learns and doesn't make such a silly mistake in the future 13. Conversation Exercise & Review: it's time for a conversation exercise. First, let's check out the conversation. Wow, $2000 for a hot dog. Everything at this restaurant cost an arm and a leg. Maybe we should emulate that guy over there and leave. I think we should scrutinize the menu a bit more careful. Curiosity killed the cat. What do you mean? You might go bankrupt eating at this restaurant. 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. Everything at this restaurant cost an arm and a leg. The correct answer is an insane amount. We need to show how incredibly expensive this restaurant is. The answers. Almost nothing. Market price and close to 50. Don't express this. The answer. A pickle is completely unrelated. The best answer is an insane amount because it has the closest meaning to an arm and a leg . Next question. Maybe we should emulate that guy over there and leave. The correct answer is copy. We're looking for another way to show how one person is thinking about imitating the customer who left the restaurant. The answer's neglect and ignore are the opposite of what we're looking for. The answer's sweeten, criticize and stare at Don't fit the situation. The best answer is copy because it has the most similar meaning to emulate. Next question. I think we should scrutinize the menu a bit more. The correct answer is inspect. They're thinking about analyzing the menu Mawr to see if everything is really so expensive . We need another way to show this. The answers, misunderstand and forget are the opposite of what we need. The answer's swallow, destroy and deep clean. Just don't make any sense in this situation. The best answer is inspect because it has the closest meaning to scrutinize. Next question. Careful curiosity killed the cat. The correct answer is, don't get involved. We're looking for an alternate way toe. Warn this person to not look further into this situation. The answers you only live once. Seize the moment and don't be chicken mean that the person should get involved. The answer. The skies dark is irrelevant to what we're trying to communicate. The best answer is don't get involved because it's the answer with the closest meaning to curiosity killed the cat. Now let's see the complete conversation again. But using the replacement. Wow. $2000 for a hot dog. Everything at this restaurant cost an insane amount. Maybe we should copy that guy over there and leave. I think we should inspect the menu a bit more. Careful. Don't get involved. What do you mean? You might go bankrupt eating at this restaurant. 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