20 Ways to Wish ‘Good Luck’ & 'Congratulations' - 29 Alternative English Phrases! + Free PDF & Quiz

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Learn 20 different ways to say 'congratulations' and 'good luck' in English to avoid repetition. This lesson includes idioms and both formal and informal phrases. Download the FREE lesson PDF (with quiz) here: http://bit.ly/GoodLuckPDF DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE EMAILS FROM LUCY? Sign up here: https://bit.ly/EmailsFromLucy Don't forget to turn on subtitles if you need them! This is how I generate my subtitles (you can get a $10 subtitle coupon too): https://www.rev.com/blog/coupon/?ref=lucy (affiliate) Visit my website for free PDFs and an interactive pronunciation tool! https://englishwithlucy.co.uk​ MY SOCIAL MEDIA: Personal Channel: http://bit.ly/LucyBella​​​ (I post subtitled vlogs of my life in the English countryside! Perfect for listening practice!) Instagram: @Lucy http://bit.ly/lucyinsta​​​​​​​​​​ My British English Pronunciation Course is now LIVE: https://englishwithlucy.co.uk/pronunciationcourse (use code YOUTUBE10 for a 10% discount!) Do you want to improve your pronunciation? I have launched my British English (Modern RP) pronunciation course! I’ll train you to read phonetic transcriptions, and produce each sound that comprises modern received pronunciation. I’ll also teach you how to implement the correct use of intonation, stress, rhythm, connected speech, and much more. We’ll compare similar sounds, and look at tricky topics like the glottal stop and the dark L. Technically, I need to mark this as an AD even though it is my own company so - AD :) Want to get a copy of my English Vocabulary Planners? Click here: https://shop.englishwithlucy.co.uk - The best offer is the 4-book bundle where you get 4 planners for the price of 3. This product is very limited - don't miss out. The English Plan will be shipped from early August, from me here in England to you across the world! We ship internationally! Watch my explainer video here: https://bit.ly/TheEnglishPlanVideo Practice speaking: Earn $10 free italki credit: https://go.italki.com/englishwithlucy... (ad affiliate) Improve listening! Free Audible audiobook: https://goo.gl/LshaPp If you like my lessons, and would like to support me, you can buy me a coffee here: https://ko-fi.com/englishwithlucy FREE £26 Airbnb credit: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/c/lcondesa (ad - affiliate) Email for business enquiries ONLY: [email protected] Edited by La Ferpection: https://www.laferpection.com/

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[Music] hello everyone and welcome back to
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English with Lucy today we are going to look at the phrases
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good luck and congratulations and i'm going to show you lots of better
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more interesting alternatives to further help you with your studies
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and understanding i have created a free pdf worksheet that
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goes with this lesson if you would like to download that just
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click on the link in the description box enter your first name and your email
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address you sign up to my mailing list and i
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will send the pdf directly to your inbox very exciting
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it also includes a quiz i know you will love quizzes first let's take a
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look at good luck this is a very good phrase
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but it's boring if we repeat it over and
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over again
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the first alternative is all the best or i wish you all the best and this is
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not a direct translation of good luck we usually use
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this phrase when we are saying goodbye to somebody
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or we are parting ways especially at the end of a letter or email all the
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best or i wish you all the best means i hope
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you succeed good luck
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number two is break a leg break a leg i wonder if you've heard of
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this one before it's very popular because it sounds
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so strange and almost a little rude where does that come from
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it is supposed that it was said to actors
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before they went on stage because it was considered
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unlucky to wish them luck so if you wish somebody bad luck like
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breaking a leg supposedly the opposite will occur
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they'll have good luck and their legs will remain
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intact [Music]
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number three is a phrase that i use a lot
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in a different context i'll explain it to you it is
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blow them away blow them away now if somebody is blown away it means
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they are shocked normally in a positive way
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i was blown away by all of your lovely messages for example
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so if your friend is going to an interview or an audition
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and you want to wish them luck you can say blow them away and that means
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shock and surprise them in a positive way
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like most things it all depends on tone of voice so if i say i was
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blown away by the amount of litter in the park
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obviously i'm shocked in a negative way i'm not impressed
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number four we have knock him dead and you have to do the fist movement it is
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obligatory knock him dead um in this case
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is them knock them dead knock him dead the meaning is very
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similar to that of blow them away to knock
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somebody dead is to really impress them again it depends on the context if you
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hit someone with a car and you knock them dead well
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that's not very good at all
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number five is a very common phrase that i think also exists in many other
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languages it is fingers crossed fingers crossed
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i've crossed my fingers for you i'm hoping for the best
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so when we cross our fingers it means we are wishing luck for either
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ourselves or other people is that the same in your language or is it something
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different please let me know in the comments i love
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knowing about the little quirks of all your languages
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number six just a very slight variation on good luck we have
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best of luck best of luck and this is a shortened version of i wish you the best
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of luck but in casual speech we just go straight
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in for best of luck
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another very similar one is number seven which is
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wishing you the best or i wish you the best
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number eight another similar one all the best to you
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all the best to you i wish you the best
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number nine is possibly my favorite go get em tiger the uh the rare
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hands are optional but recommended this is very informal very slang and it
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just means go and do it i know you can go and
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impress them
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and the last one number 10 you got this now it should be
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you've got this but sometimes we remove the
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at the end of you and just say you got this
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you got this obviously if you're writing it
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down put you've got this so there we have it 10 very nice
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alternatives for good luck let's move on to alternatives
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better alternatives for congratulations there are a few more of this one there
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are many alternatives i have 19 for you and i'm going to check your
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understanding in the quiz in the pdf so make sure you
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pay attention
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number one is my respects and if you offer somebody your respects
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in a positive way it means that they have impressed you
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now if you say my respects to you in a solemn
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or serious voice it could mean that something bad has happened to that
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person and you are offering them your condolences but in a positive tone
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of voice my respect is wow you've impressed me
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number two is hats off hats off to you this comes from taking your hat off to
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somebody and if you take your hat off to somebody
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it means that you are impressed with them and you respect them
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so if somebody has achieved something amazing you can say hats off to you
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that's fantastic
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number three is a word just one word but i absolutely love it it is
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sensational amazing sensational we have a very very
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posh friend and he got completely addicted to the
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word sensational you know when you have a
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word a new word in your head and you find yourself using it
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at every opportunity or his word was sensational sensational sensational
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today was sensational but used in the right context
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sensational can mean congratulations
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number four is one that my mother uses quite a lot
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it is get in there often shortened down to get in
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you have to do the fist okay yes you can use it to congratulate other people or
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also yourself if you hear that you've won a prize you
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can say get in there get in yes
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very very informal
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number five is more of an american phrase we don't use it
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as much in british english and i will show you why
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it is you rock and that means you are awesome and in american english
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it sounds so cool i grew up watching american tv shows all
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the time they always used to say you rock but in
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british english in my accent it doesn't sound cool at all you rock
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there are so many phrases that i i just think they sound ridiculous when i say
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them go get em tiger
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the next one however is very british very british and it's it's rising again
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people are starting to use it more and with good reason i love it
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it is good show or jolly good show it's quite posh jolly
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the word jolly means kind of very or extremely jolly on
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its own means happy or cheerful but we can use it instead of
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very or really jolly good show means really well done well done you
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congratulations
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number seven feels slightly more american to me it's nice going
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nice going it translates to you've done well
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very well
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number eight is good for you or good on you be careful with your tone of
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voice here because if you say oh good for you
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that can sound extremely sarcastic so if somebody has something
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that you want and you say oh good for you it's kind of saying
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you get everything i want that but if you say it with real
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meaning and heart good for you well done it means i'm really really happy for you
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number nine is very similar it is well done you
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well done you you've probably heard well done
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on its own but for extra emphasis well done you that's really really great
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number 10 beautifully casual nice one nice one well done nice one that
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translates to good job yeah nice one
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number 11 is so simple but i love it it is you did it
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you did it congratulations i think that's what my mother said to me when
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she found out that i had got a high score for my university degree
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she said you did it it's a really nice way of saying
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congratulations
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number 12 is lovely if somebody does something
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really clever really intelligent you can say
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you're a genius you are a genius
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number 13 is way to go way to go now this is another one that sounds
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slightly more american to me i'm not sure about australia and canada
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and places like that if you're watching please let me know we
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don't say as much in the uk but it's still a really nice
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one way to go very well done
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number 14 is great for self-congratulation
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as well as congratulating others it is pat on the back it's quite popular
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nowadays if you yourself do something well
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then you can say oh well done me pat on the back if you pat someone on
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the back it means well done
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15 is a really nice one quite casual oh you made that look easy
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if somebody's done a performance or has been in an interview and has performed
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really well you can say well you made that look easy
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that was amazing congratulations
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number 16 is one that i use all the time especially with my students if i see
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that they've been performing really really well
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then i say keep up the good work it means you've done
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so well until now continue to do well because you're on track for success
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number 17 is nothing can stop you now you are on a roll to be on a roll means
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to have a continued period of success or good luck
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number 18 is a relatively new one it is you're
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on fire you are on fire if i speak to a fellow youtuber
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and i say your channel is on fire at the moment it means it's doing so well
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congratulations or you're on fire you're doing so well
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again context and tone of voice is everything
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if i tell someone you're on fire it means that they should
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seek water asap as soon as possible
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i've saved the best one till last it is number 19
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and it is congratu expletive latiance so we insert a swear word
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or an expletive between congratu and lations for example congratulations
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that's amazing god that's so fun to say congratulations
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now i don't teach swear words on my channel so you're going to have to
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search those up for yourself google is your friend
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right that is it for today's lesson i hope you enjoyed it and i hope you
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learned something do not forget to complete the quiz i've
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got the pdf worksheet with everything we've discussed today and
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this quiz all you've got to do if you want to
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download it is click on the link in the description box
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i built for you i will see you soon for another lesson
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my respect to you i find that really hard to say one second
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my respects my respects to you
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