English Vocabulary Launch: Adjectives Set 1 | Anthony Kelleher | Skillshare
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6 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Words and Definitions (Learning Stage)

      7:32
    • 2. Pronunciation Training (Learning Stage)

      2:36
    • 3. Brain Training Exercises (Learning Stage)

      4:14
    • 4. Speaking Practice (Mastery Stage)

      3:23
    • 5. Listening Practice (Mastery Stage)

      6:07
    • 6. Joke, Quote and Fact Corner (Mastery Stage)

      5:44
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English Vocabulary Launch is an English vocabulary course taught by me, Anthony, a native British English speaker. You will learn the target English vocabulary at a deep level, so that you can sound more native-like when you speak English.

Start to speak with more creativity and variety by upgrading your English vocabulary!

This course includes: 

  • lectures for the target vocabulary
  • pronunciation and meaning training for every single word
  • speaking practice for every single word
  • listening practice for every single word
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Each section focuses on five carefully selected target words so that you can master each one and produce them accurately in your spoken English.

This course is extremely detailed, so you can fully master the target 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 a higher level, this course can help you achieve your goal of taking your English to the next level.

This course is also perfect for anyone taking an IELTS test, TOEFL test or TOEIC test.

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Anthony Kelleher

BA TESOL - Founder of Sir English - English Tutor

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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. Words and Definitions (Learning Stage): the target vocabulary for this section are the adjectives ambiguous, hideous, aesthetic, myriad and concise. So to kick off the course, we're going to look at five adjectives. Let's look at word number one Worst Number one is ambiguous, which means having more than one meaning, for example, you have to try hard to understand the novel. Many parts of it are ambiguous, so it can be confusing. So ambiguous means having mawr than one meaning. In this example, I said, many parts off the novel are ambiguous. This means that some sentences could have more than one, meaning depending on your angle. Depending on how you look at it, let me give you another example. Imagine I say, Let's go to the bank. This sentence is ambiguous because it could have more than one, meaning the word bank has two meanings in English. One meaning is the place where we go to deposit on withdraw money. But another meaning of bank is the place beside a river. It's called a riverbank, so we go to the bank to deposit and withdraw money, or we go to the bank to relax beside the river. So the sentence let's go to the bank is ambiguous because it has more than one possible meaning. Now let's look at word number two. Word number two is hideous, which means very ugly or bad. For example, look at that hideous new building. What architect designed that? In this example? The person is looking at a very ugly building, and he's saying, Ah, what a hideous building who designed that ugly building so hideous is a very strong adjective. You're saying something is very ugly or very bad. Another example would be imagine. My friend is dressed in a suit, but the suit is orange, his tie is blue and his shoes are white. Now this is a very strange color combination blue, orange and white. So I can say to my friend, Oh, my goodness, that is the most hideous color combination I've ever seen. It's a hideous means, very bad or very ugly. It's quite a strong adjective. Let's look at Word three. Now. Word number three is aesthetic, which means relating to beauty and appearance. For example, people are attracted to the aesthetic appeal of the car rather than its performance. In this example, the person is saying, Look, people don't buy this car for its fantastic performance, maybe is not very fast or it's not very energy efficient. What they buy it for is its beauty, its appearance. So it's aesthetic appeal is why people like it. Another example of aesthetic would be imagine. A woman goes to buy a new handbag, but she doesn't really care about what it looks like. She just wants a handbag to carry things. She doesn't care if it's a designer handbag or if it looks beautiful. She's going to buy a bag for its practical purpose rather than its aesthetic appeal. So she doesn't care about the beauty of it. She only cares about the practicality off it that it can carry things. She doesn't care what it looks like, so she doesn't care about the aesthetics off the bag. Now let's look at word number four. World number four is myriad, which means very many. For example, you'll enjoy the myriad museums, monuments and attractions in the city. In this example, I'm emphasizing that the city has very many museums and many monuments and many, many attractions. So myriad means very many you're emphasizing the number Another example would be imagine on a clear night. You look up into the sky on you see hundreds of stars, so you can say, Wow, look at the myriad stars in the sky. Isn't it beautiful? The myriad you're emphasizing the large number off something. Now let's look at the last word. World number five is concise, which means giving a lot of information in few words. For example, even though John's presentations are a bit boring, they are concise here, I'm saying, Look, John's presentations are a bit boring, but the good thing is they are concise, so concise is usually a positive meaning. It means you're using a few words. It's very short, but you're giving lots of information in those few words. Another example of concise is a concise book, So imagine a book on world history. If you give a full account of world history, the book would be humongous. However, if I give a concise account of world history, the book will be relatively short, but it will give lots of information in those few words. So concise is usually a good meaning. It doesn't mean too short. It's a good meaning. Now you need to move on to the pronunciation training, where you will see a close up of my mouth and you'll be able to master each words pronunciation very, very accurately. I'll see you there. 2. Pronunciation Training (Learning Stage): pronunciation on meaning training. Repeat each word after me. Mimic the shape of my mouth for accurate pronunciation. As you repeat the word, keep the definition in mind to train your brain to master it. Ambiguous se ambiguous. Ambiguous means having more than one possible meaning. Ambiguous, ambiguous, hideous se hideous. Hideous means very ugly or bad. Hideous, hideous aesthetic se aesthetic. Aesthetic means relating to beauty and appearance. Aesthetic, aesthetic. Myriad se Myriad myriad means Very many myriad myriad concise se concise, concise means giving a lot of information in few words. Concise, concise. 3. Brain Training Exercises (Learning Stage): finding the right meaning. Choose only two off the four phrases. To make a good sentence, pause the video and write down each sentence before pressing. Play gain to check. For example. Here are four phrases A wealthy businessman is confident a hesitant person has lots of money. Answer. A wealthy businessman has lots of money. Let's get started. Pause the video and write down the good sentence. Answer. Myriad options means many to choose from. Pause the video and write down the good sentence. Answer. A concise book is short. Pause the video and write down the good sentence. Answer. Ambiguous means having more than one possible meaning. Pause the video and write down the good sentence. Answer. Anaesthetic Car is beautiful. Pause the video and write down the good sentence Answer and ugly painting is hideous. Would swamp swap the words in bold? To make good sentences, pause the video and write down each sentence before pressing. Play again to check, for example. Look at these four incorrect sentences. Simply swapped the words in bold to make correct sentences. Here are the correct ones. Let's get started, pause the video and write down the good sentences. Answers the wording of this sentence could be confusing because it's ambiguous. The building isn't very aesthetic, but it attracts many visitors. The myriad species in the world's oceans make it an exciting place to explore. The book is fantastic, but you could make it more concise. His hideous crimes were reported in the media all over the world. 4. Speaking Practice (Mastery Stage): speaking practice for ambiguous, hideous, aesthetic, myriad and concise. Listen to what I say. Then pause the video and repeat after me. Think about the meaning of the vocabulary we studied. Train your brain to master these words. Let's begin the wording off. The contract was ambiguous, so I didn't sign it. I'll have to consult my lawyers about it. John wore a pink suit with a blue shut and an orange tie. It was the most hideous color combination I've ever seen because the houses need to be built as soon as possible to cope with housing shortage. An aesthetic design was not a priority. The new boss has been brought in to sort out the myriad problems with the company. People are hopeful he will do a good job. The presidential candidate delivered a clear and concise speech over shadowing her rivals long, rather dull talk. The sentence he went to the bank is ambiguous. It could mean a riverbank or the place where we deposit money. The movie is about a hideous monster that chases people around the city at night. It was rather scary. What do you think of my painting, Miss Riley? It's aesthetic qualities are clear to see fantastic work. I enjoy music in all its myriad forms. One of my favorite things to do is learn a new instrument every few months or so. In his latest book, Michael Smith gives a concise account of world history without feeling like you've missed anything important. 5. Listening Practice (Mastery Stage): listening practice for ambiguous, hideous aesthetic, myriad and concise. Listen to what I say. Then pause the video and write down what you hear. Press play again to see the text on the screen and check your answer. Train your brain to Mosca. These words. Let's begin. If you use incorrect grammar and punctuation, it can lead to ambiguous sentences. If you use incorrect grammar and punctuation, it can lead to ambiguous sentences. The company has just released its first electric car. While it doesn't have the most aesthetic design in the world, it's technology is very impressive. The company has just released its first electric car. While it doesn't have the most aesthetic design in the world, it's technology is very impressive. How is the wedding speech coming alone? Are you aware prepared? I'm just practicing now. I've kept it as concise as possible because I don't want to bore all the guests. How is the wedding speech coming along? Are you well prepared? I am just practicing it now. I've kept it as concise as possible because I don't want to bore all the guests. Your essays are very informative, but you need to strip out unnecessary wording try to keep them as concise as possible. Your essays are very informative, but you need to strip out unnecessary wording. Try to keep them as concise as possible. New York is known for its blend of myriad cultures. The result is a melting pot off delicious cuisine. Interesting places on diverse population. New York is known for its blend of myriad cultures. The result is a melting pot off delicious cuisine, interesting places on diverse population. I love gazing up at the night sky, wondering about the myriad stars and the secrets they hold. I love gazing up at the night sky, wondering about them myriad stars and the secrets they hold. The beauty off his poetry is that it's quite ambiguous. Everyone comes to different conclusions about his intended message. The beauty off his poetry is that it's quite ambiguous. Everyone comes to different conclusions about his intended message. What do you think of the new apartment block across the street? It's much nicer than the hideous one it replaced. What do you think of the new apartment block across the street? It's much nicer than the hideous one it replaced. I don't choose things for their aesthetic value. I simply decide whether they are practical or not. I don't choose things for their aesthetic value. I simply decide whether they are practical or not. Poor Timmy got injured playing rugby yesterday. He's got a hideous black eye now. Poor Timmy got injured playing rugby yesterday. He's got a hideous black eye now. 6. Joke, Quote and Fact Corner (Mastery Stage): joke, quote and fact corner, using the target vocabulary, hideous aesthetic and ambiguous. Welcome to joke. Quote on fact corner in these lectures, As you may have guessed, we're going to look at a joke, a quote on the fact and we're going to focus on three off the five target words in these lectures. This is so that you can start to notice these new words in different contexts. So when you're reading when you're listening to people speak in English, you can start to pick up these new words. Let's start with the joke. The joke is going to appear in two parts, and you can read along with me if you like, remember to look out for one of the target words. Let's look at the joke now. A couple who had two beautiful daughters decided to try one last time for the sun they always wanted. Soon the wife became pregnant and was happy to deliver a baby boy. The father raced to the hospital to see his new son, but was horrified to find an incredibly ugly baby. He said to his wife, I cannot possibly be the father off that hideous child. Look at the two beautiful daughters I fathered, his wife blushed and the husband became suspicious. Have you bean with another man? He said his wife admitted. Not this time. The wife is in big trouble. So the man saw that his child was hideous looking. His newborn son wasnt very handsome, so he was shocked. He said, How can this be? My two daughters are absolutely beautiful. How can I have an ugly looking son? So he asked the wife. Have you bean with another man? And she said, Not this time, which means the two daughters that the father thought were his were in fact the daughters off another man. So the wife is in big trouble now. I think. Now let's move on to the fact the Incas believed gold represented their sun God and called the precious metal tears off the sun because gold was not yet used as money. The Incas love of gold was purely aesthetic and religious. This is quite an interesting fact. The Incas didn't use gold as money. They didn't think it was precious in that sense, they thought it was precious purely for its aesthetic value. They just thought it looks beautiful they thought it represented their Sun God, so they called it tears off the sun, so their love of gold was purely aesthetic and religious. Now let's look at the quote. I look for ambiguity when I'm writing because life is ambiguous. Keith Richard off the Rolling Stones Keith Richard is a member off the famous rock band The Rolling Stones, and when he's writing his lyrics, he likes to be ambiguous. So he likes his lyrics to have more than one possible meaning because he says that life is ambiguous, so he wants his lyrics to reflect this. He doesn't want his lyrics to be easy and simple to understand. He wants to make people think and come at it from different angles. So there are lots of different meanings in his writing. So that's the joke, quote and fact. Now it's time to move on to the next section. Before you do that, though, make sure you've downloaded all the extra resources the MP threes and the P. D. EFS. Listen to the MP threes as much as you can so that you can master these five words. See you in the next section