Free English Class! Topic: Describing Things You Like! πŸ“ΊπŸ“šβš½ (Lesson Only)

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Welcome to this free English class about describing things you like. It is very handy to be able to describe things you like in English, so in this English lesson I'll help you learn how to do just that. Have you learned how to describe a trip in English? Do you know how to describe a book in English? Do you know how to describe a movie, TV show, or cartoon? Have you learned how to describe a sports game? In this free English class I'll help you learn words and phrases like: a catchy tune, to read it in one sitting, a real page turner, a tear-jerker, action-packed, a good beat, I couldn't put it down, a nail-biter, and more! I hope you enjoy this English lesson on how to describe things you like! βŒ› Remember: Always watch the video three times. Twice today with English subtitles on, and once tomorrow with the English subtitles off. This will reinforce the English you have learned! -- βœ… Support Me and Get These Members Only Perks: πŸ˜€πŸ’² If you would like to become a member of my channel here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join Becoming a member at every level has these benefits and perks: 1) For 10 minutes during each live stream you will be able to participate in the "Members Only" chat. 2) A cool crown beside your name during live streams and when making comments on videos. 3) Your name in green during live stream lesson chat. 4) You will have access to a members only video each Wednesday called, "Wednesdays with Bob". These are behind the scenes bonus videos with full English transcripts for your listening practice. 5) A full transcript for every Tuesday video. βœ… Join now to receive these perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join I really appreciate those you that have chosen to thank me in this way! Please only support me if you can afford it! If you prefer to support me via Patreon, here is a link to that page: https://www.patreon.com/bobthecanadian Thank you for your generosity! -- βœ…SEND ME A POSTCARD: Bob the Canadian P.O. Box 419 Smithville, Ontario Canada L0R2A0 -- TAKE YOUR ENGLISH CONVERSATIONS TO THE NEXT LEVEL: βœ…Talk to a real English tutor / teacher at preply: http://tracking.preply.com/SH2X (This is an affiliate, signing up for this service helps support my channel). -- FOLLOW ME: βœ… I have a second Youtube channel right here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmW5tmKIBrryNf5n-_A6Fmw βœ… P.S. If you are interested I have created a podcast of my shorter English lessons. It is right here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1310116 -- #englishlesson #learnenglish #bobthecanadian **Note: All images used under: CC0 License βœ“ Free for personal and commercial use βœ“ No attribution required From pexels.com or pixabay.com

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Well hello and welcome to this English lesson about describing
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things you like. As you go through life there are things
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that you like. There are things you like doing. And in English
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there's unique ways to describe different experiences. There's
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unique ways to describe different things you do. In
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today's English lesson I'm going to talk about how to
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describe a book that you liked reading. A movie, a TV show
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that you like. Maybe a trip and we'll also look of course at
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music. So in this I'll give you some unique phrases. This
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English lesson is a little different than what I've done
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in the past. Instead of teaching just vocabulary words.
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I'll be teaching unique, cool, common, interesting phrases to
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describe different things that you like. I had to stop myself
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from describing things you don't like because I'll save
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that for another lesson. So in this lesson we'll just look at
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things you like and how to them. For those of you that are
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going to be taking an English test in the future. This will
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be a great lesson because often you need to describe something
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that you liked doing or something that you enjoyed. So
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let's get started with this lesson on describing things you
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like. We're going to start with songs. So in this lesson I'm
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going to give you phrases that you can use to describe things
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you like. And I'm going to put them into a couple of different
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categories. A different categories actually. The first
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category will be songs, songs and music. And the first phrase
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would be I like the beat. So sometimes you like a song
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because the drummer and the bass guitarist if it's a rock
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song. Um there they just create a really good beat. The song
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you can hear the drums. It makes you want to maybe tap
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your foot or maybe just kind of clap a little bit. Maybe you
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like to clap along. These are the things old people do. Maybe
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it makes you want to dance a little bit but you would just
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say I like the beat or this song has a good beat. Oh I like
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this song. I like the beat. This song has a good beat. So I
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tried to get a picture of a drummer and a bass guitarist
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obviously I'm talking about rock music but other types of
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music as well you would be able to say I like the beat. You
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might like the lyrics. You might enjoy a song because the
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lyrics are just really really meaningful. When I say lyrics I
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mean words and you can say that as well. You could say oh this
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is a great song. I like the lyrics. Or this is a great
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song. I like the words. And of course in English you can
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always replace like with love. If you want to emphasize it a
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little bit more. You could say oh I love the lyrics. This song
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has great lyrics. I love the lyrics. Or you could say I love
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the words. This song is really meaningful to me. I love the
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words. You could also just express how the song makes you
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feel. So a common way to describe a song would be to say
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it makes me feel good. Oh I like this song. It makes me
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feel good. When this song comes on the radio. You could tell
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I'm old. I still listen to the radio. When this song comes on
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the radio it makes me feel good. You could also just say
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this song gives me a good feeling. I enjoy this song. It
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makes me feel good or I enjoy this song. It gives me a good
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feeling. There a lot of songs that I like because they just I
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don't know they make me smile. They it's like they lighten my
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mood a little bit. Uh especially when I'm driving a
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long distance. It's good to have songs come on the radio
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that make me feel good. Sometimes there's a song that
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you like and you would describe it by saying it's easy to sing
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along. When you have a song where you can clearly hear the
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lyrics. And where the melody of the song is easy to remember.
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You might describe it as saying ah this is a great song. It's
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so easy to sing along. Remember in English sometimes we add the
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word so to emphasize. This song is great. It's so easy to sing
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along or it's easy to sing along. Often when you are a
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child or when you're a kid you will learn songs that are easy
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to sing along. Um maybe your parents or a teacher will say
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okay I'm going to teach you this song while I sing and play
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my guitar please sing along. So often for me I enjoy songs that
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are easy to sing along to but only if I'm by myself. So if
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I'm driving by myself and a song comes on that's easy to
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sing along to. Uh I will sing. But as I've mentioned Before I
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have trouble singing on key. Uh if you said sing a C sharp I I
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can't do that. I don't know how to sing on key. You might also
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say it's a great dance song. We talked about this a little bit
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when I talked about a song having a good beat. But you
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might just say ah this is a great dance song. Or let's get
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out on the dance floor. This is a great dance song. So a good
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dance song or great dance song will have a good beat. It will
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make you want to move. This is as much dancing as I'm doing in
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the video. Uh but it will make you want to get up and move. So
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when you hear a song that just has a good beat and a fast beat
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usually it's a song where you would say it's a great dance
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song. And then you might have songs that you would describe
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by saying it brings back memories. So there are a lot of
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songs that when I hear them I really enjoy them because they
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bring back memories. When a song brings back memories. It
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means that when you hear it you think of a time when you were a
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teenager. Or you think of a time when you were younger. Uh
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or maybe you even think of a time a few years ago or just a
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month ago. But a song that brings back memories is usually
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quite enjoyable to listen to. Um there's quite a songs from
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the nineties and the early two thousands. That when I hear
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them they bring back memories of my time at university or the
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time when Jen and I were first married before we had kids. Um
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that was a time where we listened to a lot of music
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because I think we were just always doing things and having
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lots of fun. Children are fun. I'm not saying the fun stopped
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after we had kids. But there are certainly songs that bring
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back memories. It's relaxing. So you might have certain songs
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that you listen to because they just make you feel at peace.
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They just calm you down. You might say oh I like that song.
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It's so relaxing. Maybe you listen to classical music at
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night. Maybe that's the kind of music that you find very
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relaxing. Uh and so you put on some classical music and you
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sit down and maybe you just think about your day and the
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music relaxes you. So you might describe the song by saying
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it's laxing. Then we also have a funny little phrase in
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English where we say it it has a catchy tune or you might say
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it is a catchy tune. You could use both. So you could say ah I
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love this song. It's it has a catchy tune. That means that
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when you hear it once or twice. Um it's easy to remember maybe
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the chorus. Or it's easy really quickly to sing along. It's
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just a song that's really well written really fun and
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enjoyable. And you can remember and maybe whistle maybe You can
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whistle the tune later because it's catchy. It's very easy to
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remember. Books sometimes you read a book and you really
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really like it. And you might be asked about the book.
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Someone might say did you like the book? And you want to be
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able to describe it. So we're going to look at positive ways
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to describe a book. We're going to look at a few ways to
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describe books that you liked reading. So interestingly here
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I'm going to either the present tense or the past tense. So
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when we talk about books you can you can use the present
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tense. Even if you read it last month you can still say things
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like oh it's a real page turner. Did you read the client
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by John Grisham? Yes it's a real page turner. You could
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also flip to the past tense and say yeah it was a real page
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turner. So again you probably have figured it out already.
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When you say a book is a real page turner. It means that it's
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so exciting and good to read that you you flip the pages
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really quickly. Like you read fast and if you think about it
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like a cartoon and the person's just flipping pages really
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really quickly. But certainly a way to describe a good book in
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English would be to say oh it's a real page turner. Um or again
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in the past tense it was a real page turner. I did read the
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client. It was a real page turner. You could also say I
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couldn't put it down. Okay. So there are books that I read I
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read one or two chapters and it's just not that interesting.
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But there are books like The Alchemist which many of you
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recommended that I read. Uh a while ago I did a survey on
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books people were reading. By the way this is by a Brazilian
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author named Paolo Coelo. I think I'm pronouncing that
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right. It is a great book. So I couldn't put it down. It meant
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that if I had an hour to read I would usually read for more
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than an hour because it was so Interesting and so fun to read.
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So if you read a book that you just want to read all day long
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and do nothing else you would describe it by saying I
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couldn't put it down. So that's kind of in the past. In the
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present you could just say oh I can't put it down. Um I'm
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reading a book right now by Paolo Coelo and I can't put it
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down. So that would be a way to describe a book that's really
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good. We also will say I read it cover to cover which is an
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interesting way to describe a book because for me when I read
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a book I always read the whole book. There are no books where
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I've read half the book and stopped reading it. I almost
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okay that's a lie. Bob the Canadian just lied to you.
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There are very few books that I haven't finished reading. But
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you could say this. You could say oh I read The Martian by
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Andy Weir. I read it cover to cover. It was a really really
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good book. By the way I do like this book if you are learning
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English. I think it's a great book to read. It does have some
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swear words in it. You need to be aware of that. But I
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definitely I read it cover to cover. When someone says that
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about a book it's a very positive thing. It means that
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it is a very good book. And then we have this phrase. I
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know this sounds kind of funny. It's a good book or it was a
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good book. You can use the present or past. Um it's kind of
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a funny thing isn't it? It's a good book. It's such a basic
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phrase. But it's very very common. Okay. If I was to say
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oh did you read the humans by Matt Hay? Yeah it's a good
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book. Um oh I read it last week. It was a great book. It
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was a good book. So we do just in a basic way talk about
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books. That's why there's a website called Good Reads dot I
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don't know if you know about that but it's a website where
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people say whether a book was good or not. So a basic
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description but still very very common. And then we have I read
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it in one sitting. So it there might be a book that's just so
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fun and so amazing and so exciting to read that you sat
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down and you read the whole book in one sitting. This is
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rare. I did not do this with the Hobbit. The book is way too
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thick. It's too long for that. But definitely a thinner book.
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Like if you read The Pearl by John Steinbeck. Um that's a
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fairly thin book. And it's really and you could sit and
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read it in one sitting. Obviously if you say a book it
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was so good I read it in one sitting it means it's a good
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book because it was so exciting you could not stop reading it.
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Hey let's talk a little bit about movies and TV and how to
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describe them in a positive way. We often watch movies in
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our house and we watch a lot of television as well. And so
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there are certain ways to describe movies and TV. And we
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usually talk about what happens in the show or in the movie. So
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let's start with it's action packed. So again with movies
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you can talk about it in the present or the past. So the
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Fast and the Furious movies. They are action packed. You
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would say this movie it was packed or it's action packed. I
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watch The Fast and the Furious. It's action packed. Action in a
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movie involves car chases or gunfights or anything that's
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fast and exciting. Maybe someone's getting chased around
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a city. So I would say the Fast and the Furious if I was to
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describe it I would say it's action packed. When some when
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we describe something in English as being packed. It
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means it's it's full of that thing. So this would basically
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mean the movie is full of action and I don't know if
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you've watched these movies, they're definitely action
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packed, for sure. Now at the other end of the spectrum we
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have movies that are real tearjerkers. So any kind of
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movie that we would describe as a tearjerker is a movie that
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would make you cry. Maybe it's a love story. Maybe it's a
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story of someone who's loses their pet and they find them
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back a year later. But anytime anytime a story causes you to
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almost cry we would say it's a tearjerker. The notebook is a
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bit of a tearjerker. I don't know if you've watched it. By
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the way I think tear jerkers supposed to have a dash in it.
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You might want to check that before you use that. There
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might be a small mistake there. I was on the edge of my seat.
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So whenever you watch a movie that's incredibly exciting. You
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would say I was on the edge of my seat. When I saw the movie
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Twister it's a movie about tornadoes and people chasing
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tornadoes and it's just crazy and it has really good special
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effects. I was on the edge of my seat. It doesn't mean you
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actually sat on the edge of your seat. But it means you
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were the movie was so exciting that it's like you were instead
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of relaxing like instead of watching the movie you are more
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like totally engaged and totally interested. I was on
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the edge of my seat. So we use the word worthy sometimes. And
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with Netflix in particular because you can watch one show
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after another you can binge watch shows. So when you binge
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watch it means you sit down and watch like eight in a row or
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ten in a row. We sometimes a show is binge worthy if we
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really like it. So I watched the Marvel series Loki last
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spring and I would say it's binge worthy. It was really fun
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to watch. I like those types of movies. It was very exciting.
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It was a little bit action packed as well. But a different
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kind of action. Um but we would say it's binge worthy. So it's
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worthy of sitting down and watching more than one episode
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after another. Definitely Loki I thought was binge worthy for
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sure. It was a very fun series to watch. And sometimes we have
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what's called a feel good movie. I don't know if you've
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watched the movie Babe. It's an older movie. It's the story of
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a little pig who grows up on a farm and the farmer's really
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fun and the farmer sings a song at one point and it almost
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makes me cry but it's a movie where you are happy when you
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are watching it. It's a movie where you just it's a feel good
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movie. It literally means exactly what it says. It makes
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you feel good. And in English we take that and we turn it
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into a descriptor or adjective for the movie and we say Babe
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is a feel good movie. Or you could say it was a feel good
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movie. Yeah I watched it all was a feel good movie. So it
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made you feel good. Just looking where I am here. You
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might just say that a TV show is hilarious. So if you've ever
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watched the office now mind you it's a it's a unique kind of
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humour. Um it might not be to your taste. But I thought the
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office was hilarious. Or I can say it's hilarious. The show is
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just really really funny. So when you watch a TV show or
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movie that's really funny you might say it's hilarious. I I
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still laugh when I watch this. I'm I I think sometimes though
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some of the humour is getting a bit old. So I'm not sure
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younger people would find it hilarious. We use the word
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worthy as well when a movie is just so well made. We think it
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might win an award. So the award show for movies is called
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the Oscars. You can win a little statue of a man for
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directing or acting or the music. But before the Oscars
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happen there are movies where people would describe them by
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saying oh it's Oscar worthy. Oh he it was an Oscar worthy
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performance or that movie is Oscarworthy. This means that we
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think that movie is so good that it should win an award.
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And then we have must see. When you say a movie is a must see.
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This is a little bit like the term feel good you can figure
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out what it means when you say it's a must see. It means that
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you should go see it. When I saw Iron Man I said to my
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brother oh it's a great movie. It's a must see. That means
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that You should go and see it. Don't miss it. Um go to the
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theatre and watch it or maybe rent it when it comes out on a
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DVD. Certainly don't wait till it comes out on Netflix
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someday. It's a must see. So go to the theater. Buy a ticket
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and go and see that movie. Sports. So when you describe
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sports I'm mostly going to be describing actually watching a
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game. Not necessarily in person. It could also be on
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television. But when you see a really really good game it's
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fun to be able to describe it. So the first description would
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be this. It was a nail biter. So people sometimes bite their
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nails when they're nervous. We describe a game where the score
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is really really close. Especially at the end of the
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game as a nail biter. It doesn't mean you're actually
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biting your nails because you're nervous. But when your
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team is winning by one point. And then the other team ties it
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up. And then the other team is winning by one point and then
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your team ties it up. And when that continue we say it's a
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real nail biter or it was a real nail biter. It was a game
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where it was exciting to watch but you were also worried that
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your team was going to lose the whole time because the score
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was so close. Uh you could also say it was a roller coaster. So
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maybe your team is winning at the beginning and then they're
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losing at half time and then they're winning towards the end
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and then at the very end they lose. So you were happy and
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then sad and happy and then sad. We say it's like a roller
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coaster. A roller coaster is a ride at an amusement park.
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Where you sit in a little car on a track and it goes up and
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down. So you can see your emotions during the game go up
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and down and we describe the game by saying it was a roller
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coaster. You might just say it was thrilling. Thrilling is a
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pretty common word when talking about a sports game. You would
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say the that game was thrilling. That was an amazing
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game. It was thrilling. I wanted to put this in as well
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because I know it's a little bit difficult for English
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learners to say. So let me say it one more time. It was
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thrilling. It was thrilling. Let's talk a little bit about
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trips and experiences. The next few phrases are phrases you
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don't use very often in life but they are very common after
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doing something amazing or going on an amazing trip. And I
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talked about one of them earlier. It was a was a once in
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a lifetime experience. So there is probably a trip that you've
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either done or that you are going to do and you'll probably
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only do it once in your life. I went to South Africa many years
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ago on a school trip and I would say it was a once in a
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lifetime experience. That means I'm probably not going again.
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It means that it was a very enjoyable trip. I just really
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really liked it. It was beautiful to see the country of
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South Africa. And if someone asked me hey did you have a
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good trip? I would say oh it was once in a lifetime
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experience. So again not a phrase you use that often.
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Maybe just once in a lifetime. But a phrase used to describe
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usually a trip but other things as well. Like if maybe you went
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to a Beyonce concert. You might say oh it was a once in a
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lifetime experience. We bought we were in the tenth row. We
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spent a lot of money on the tickets. It was an amazing
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show. It was a once in a lifetime experience. You could
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also say it was the thrill of a lifetime. Maybe you've jumped
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out of a plane with a parachute and it was very exciting and
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you had a lot of fun doing it. Uh maybe it was like your
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adrenaline. You had an adrenaline rush. That means you
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your body physically reacts and you get excited. You could say
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it was the thrill of a lifetime. You could also say it
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was a thrill of a lifetime. You could switch the article there.
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But I would say it was the thrill of a lifetime. So
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something that was super super exciting. It was a dream come
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true. So if I was able to go to the city of Paris and if I was
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able to visit for a month I would probably describe it by
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saying it was a dream come true. I went to Paris last
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year. I stayed for a whole month. It was a dream come
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true. So all of us have dreams. Um when you sleep you have
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dreams but you can also have dreams about what you want to
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do in life. Maybe you want to visit Canada. And if you
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visited Canada when you went back home you could say ah it
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was a dream come true. I saw an Falls. I saw the Rocky
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Mountains. It was a dream come true. And again this isn't just
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for trips. You could use it to describe an experience as well.
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Maybe you had front row tickets to a Toronto Raptors game. And
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you saw a basketball game live. Um you could say oh it was a
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dream come true. It's something I always wanted to do. It was a
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dream come true. You could also say I had the time of my life.
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I have this picture here because I always thought it
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would be fun to go to Times Square in New York a New Year's
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Eve. I've never done it. But if I was able to do that I think
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when I got home I would say to people you know what? It was
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great. I had the time of my life. There was music. There
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was dancing. There was there were fireworks. Um I had the
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time of my life. So basically you're saying it was one of the
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most enjoyable things that you've done in your life. And
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we have the phrase it was a night to remember. So oddly I
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don't think we have the phrase it was a day to remember. We
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would probably just say the day was memorable. But we do have
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the phrase it was a night to remember. A lot of times this
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is used for like a wedding. A wedding celebration. So often
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in North America people get married in the afternoon. And
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they have a party later in the evening called a reception. And
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it's usually a enjoyable time for the bride and groom. And
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they might describe it later as saying ah it was a night to
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remember. It was just so beautiful. It was a night to
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remember. Now again you can use this for other experiences as
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well. Maybe you went to a really beautiful concert. And
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after the concert you can say ah you know it was a night to
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remember. It was just really really beautiful. I really
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really enjoyed myself.
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