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Instantly improve your English with 3 easy words!

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Improve how you sound in English by mastering when these three words are used! I've met thousands of English learners at all levels. Most of them, even the advanced students, make mistakes with the words "a", "the", and "to". These are some of the most common words we use, so in this lesson I'm going to teach you how we use these words. I don't want to look just at grammar; I want you to understand these words and why we use them. If you're an advanced English student, this will be a great review for you. If you're a beginner, try to understand this and save yourself years of English mistakes. TAKE THE QUIZ: https://www.engvid.com/instantly-improve-your-english-with-3-easy-words/ TRANSCRIPT Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. The things I do for love. There's not a thing... Hi. James from engVid. Today's lesson is about instantly improving. Now, I know... "Instant", what does that mean? People say it all the time. I want to show you a little trick that will make your English sound better instantly, and I will give you a technique that you can use after to help practice this. What I have found are students have a mistake or make a mistake when they drop these three words, and because of that I know you're not a native speaker. But today I'm going to address that, show you the three words... Okay? Explain why, and then I will give you a technique that you can use at home soon as you go back over this video or any video to practice it, and you will get instantly better. 10-20%. Okay? Want to know what I'm talking about? Let's go to the board and look at something you've learned, but today you're going to understand. You ready? So, Mr. E said: "Which three words can help you sound like a native speaker?" I'm going to help you a little bit by doing this, and then we're going to go to the board. The words I'm talking about, and you might not consider them words but they are words are: "a" or "an"... Okay, and I consider that one word because it's modified. Right? "The" and "to". Of course you're going to say: "Yeah, James, we know all these. We learned this at beginner, so how does that instantly help me improve my English?" The problem is this: When a person knows something they will talk, when they understand they will change their behaviour or they will use the information. Many students know about articles and the preposition "to", but they actually don't use them in sentences. Many times I've heard students go... Say: "I need to go work tonight." Soon as you say that I know you're not a native speaker. Or if they say: "I bought car yesterday" or "I bought food..." Not "some food". "I bought apple yesterday at the store." I'm like: "A-... You mean an apple, right?" They don't think to say it, because they know: "Teacher, you know what I'm saying." And I go: "Yeah, I know what you're saying, but the way you said it I know English is not your first language." So what I want to do is get you to come back to understanding, not just knowing why these words are important, the fact that, especially with the articles we're going to talk about, they are in most of the sentences. You can almost not get by a sentence without using them. So let's go to the board and take a look. First, what is an article? Well, you'll see an article is the letter "a" or "an". Quickly on that one, "an" is used when we have a vowel sound, sound... Not a... Not just a vowel. So when you say: "A apple", we know "a" and "a" make it difficult for us to actually get it out and for you to understand, so we add: "an" to put a consonant to make it easier for the listener. "I want an apple." Oh, okay, cool. How about "hour"? Teacher, that has an "h" in front of it. I'm like: "Enh?" But we say: "hour", we don't say: "h-our", because with "a" we have to say: "an hour", and that once again tells me one hour. You keep noticing I keep saying "one". I'll explain in a second. Now, this is what we call and indefinite article. I.e. it's not special. When I say to you: "I want a marker", a marker. All right? I'm talking about this. See this? They're all basically the same. I don't care what type of marker. "A" just means generally speaking marker. That's why it's indefinite; it's not special. When we look at the word "the", "the" is special. In this case, when I say to you: "I want the marker", which one do you think I'm talking about? Can you see the difference? Clearly. Even if you don't know, you would look and see four, and see this and go: "He's probably talking about this one." So with a definite article what's happening is someone is being very specific. Well, there are two things. They could say something is special or something is specific. Okay? And here we have definite article is "the". "Tell the man I like him." Okay? "Tell the man", in this case both of us have to know what you're talking about, because if there are 10 men you'll go: "Which man?"
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Asad Hafeez Yousufi (8 hours ago)
Thanks for the video, but I like not to speak like a native person, because I am the Alien person that is proud on what he is and how he speaks, because that's what made me what I am.
HAYAT ULLAH (1 day ago)
Thank u a lot from Waziristan,love, from hayat wazir,
Naeem Ullah (1 day ago)
Thank you sir I have really a problem in these words .
Best teacher ever!
kamel hatem (1 day ago)
Thank you teacher!!!
O S (3 days ago)
i think of "a" as short for any, and "the" as short of this or that.
O S (3 days ago)
for the same reason, you can't say the Germany, or the Africa. Just like you wouldn't say this Germany or this Africa, which makes no sense.
TRR_ TAJ (3 days ago)
You are a very good explainer.
Little Oppa (4 days ago)
This is very helpful.
tamara geiz (4 days ago)
Thank you soooo much, you are delivering very clear and useful lessons, my english is improving and iam getting really better. Thanx alot again
World Lyrics Motion (4 days ago)
I already subscribed 😜 Please keep doing such like these videos love it
جهاد غنام (4 days ago)
I loved you
Homi Cool (6 days ago)
thank you so much i love the way you teach us sir.... can you please make a video on an interview ? pls
Urooj Khan (7 days ago)
Could you utter them more clearly and a little bit slowly so that I can listen and understand each word more quickly?
Urooj Khan (7 days ago)
Hey,your method of teaching is fascinating.Sometimes,U utter some words very slowly
Patience Ankrah (7 days ago)
You are awesome, make learning so fun. Thanks
sadia hussain (7 days ago)
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emy ali (8 days ago)
Thanks a lot .
Yusuf Al-kathiri (8 days ago)
Omg your Chanel is extremely good 👍🏻
come to live a little (9 days ago)
You are the good coach.
Vishwa vishu (10 days ago)
Hello James, you are doing a great job.. Thank you so much.
Aysel Uzdik (10 days ago)
Thanks a lot James
Orimpo Games (10 days ago)
You, sir, are definitely a good and a unique teacher and the reason I say this is because there are many who are only concerned about the main 4 sections that are to be in the exam...
Anderson Roberto (11 days ago)
Thank you James!
Ivan Porto (11 days ago)
Thank you Mr james!
I am a native filipino, and planning for a callcenter job. This really helped me a lot :) Thank you.
Li Hong (12 days ago)
Love the style of your teaching, fun, to the point and unforgettable, bravo!
Sachin Poddar (12 days ago)
Mr James you are one of (the) best English language teacher. You teach us very simple lesson but they are very effective.I love (the) way you present ideas.Thank you for sharing those informations.
Karin Guzy (12 days ago)
I love your videos, awesome teacher
Insane _ (12 days ago)
Your videos are amazing! Now I know how to use a/an/the 😁
Liban Warsame (13 days ago)
A Trump wall! You mean a flimsy barrier?
Carlos Abundes (14 days ago)
I love your classes. Learning with you is so much fun.
esteban munoz (16 days ago)
thanks!!! teacher, excellent class!
Hello Mr. james! its really interesting to learn English grammar from you!!! As i m preparing to banking exam. your videos really helping me a lot!!! I started improving, with this note thank you james!!
Doug Stillborn (16 days ago)
My English very Tarzanic
Zizo Nomdolo (17 days ago)
This guy is amazing, i dont know how to get my daughter to watch these videos.
shado smith (18 days ago)
Thank YOU
Ebrahim Seid (18 days ago)
your lesson is superb!
Gorodine (19 days ago)
When you say at 13:16 "You cannot say "to" with modals", can we say "You cannot say "to" with the modals" ?
Gwen Relod (20 days ago)
fun lesson
Michella Moreno (21 days ago)
Thanks sir james
Sphinx ._. (22 days ago)
I'm really into your channel and all the lesson You've posted here. I'm learning English through your channel and its work well! Massive respect 💖
AngelTime Sweet (23 days ago)
Thank's a lot)!💐👍
Moslem Shahrokh (24 days ago)
Thank man
Alex Correa (25 days ago)
I use the word the all the time and I'm not sure how to not use it
Anderson Enoghayin (25 days ago)
We "must to": that is serious 'pidgin' or vanacular
Anastasia Godson (26 days ago)
Your lesson is superb.thanks alot your helping me much
Fresh Breeze (26 days ago)
Thank you for your job, it's very useful!
Lia Sari (27 days ago)
I am watching your lesson on you tu be
Useful 👍👏☀️ thanks a lot !
Alexa Yurieva (29 days ago)
I am completely in love with your lessons, you re amazing))))))
Chelito Papu Rojas (1 month ago)
Ure the best utube teache ive ever seen! Thanks
Ahlem Dell (1 month ago)
You are the good one, I lik your explanation
Vesper Lynd (1 month ago)
You’re Nigerian originally, right? 😉
Oleg Nadymov (1 month ago)
Thank you very much for the helpful lesson!🙌
Michael Kleemoff (1 month ago)
Which rule does apply then, if I say: "I'd like to have one of the Blue Markers"?
Zeden Mardi (1 month ago)
I m not good at English but i can learn easily what you taught by the way thank you so much your elgegant teaching style
Super pk (1 month ago)
I like your lesson, you are to good bro
Galvao Schmitt (1 month ago)
hey my friend maybe do you know how to speak portugues a little bit
Roberto Bergamaschi (1 month ago)
Hi James, I choice: you are my new teacher of English! I love your teaching style.
Saludos el english son 3 idiomas en uno, y hay que enseñarlo estilo medicina, una persona especialista en cada área, no puedo yo como médico general dar todo, de el cuerpo humano me volvería loco, así es el ejemplo con el english. Les pido en el nombre de Dios hacer lo mismo, u mejor. Gracias.
k_ONE # (1 month ago)
Love your lessons !
Rahul singh (1 month ago)
Love it .. really you are the best'... I became your fan
NXTCHP FORME (1 month ago)
I am curious to know if this guy is married or has a children. He is a great communicator. Which is surely needed in families. Yes. Families...He makes the subject interesting and simple.
Lucinete moreira (1 month ago)
I really Love the way you teach. Thank you!
Mukti Agrawal (1 month ago)
Hey James I m not good in English but yet I m here to learn English from you thanks (I know my sentence has error but I will definitely speak English )))))
NXTCHP FORME (1 month ago)
I will definitely learn to speak English. See the "to"?
NXTCHP FORME (1 month ago)
You did a good job! Try it again and use the preposition....
Reme Reme (1 month ago)
I hate (a,an) I can't remmber to say it And I think it shold be removed Just we use (the) when we need to talk about special thing
Sepanta Fadaei (1 month ago)
Thanks a lot James , your lessons are really helping me here .
Erick Jaramillo (1 month ago)
love your videos, keep it up!
m a (1 month ago)
I love you James. Yoy are the superb teacher ever i've seen. If i made mistake in this sentence, i apologize. Becasu i have been learning for mounth ago.
Yahya SERTTAŞ (1 month ago)
Mr. James, you are simply an amazing teacher. Best regards.
ngọc lương hồng (1 month ago)
thank you <3
Loren Helen Martins (1 month ago)
You are the best professor! 💕
The Maverick (1 month ago)
The toughest case is the null article and it is hardly ever touched upon, especially when a word can have the null as well as a definite article in front of it. "Information is out there but the information doesn't provide much evidence." To figure this out this is the greatest challenge for ESL speakers; when mass nouns need to take the null or definite article. But sometimes even countable nouns also don't take articles i.e. "The students start school in the fall." These are the areas of concern, rest is easy.
Effat Farzana (1 month ago)
What can I use instead of very friendly except "extrovert"?
Effat Farzana (1 month ago)
Paweł Mikołajczyk (1 month ago)
Really nice Lesson!!! You helped me a lot with understanding how important that thing is.
Anatolii Lipatkin (1 month ago)
Thank you, Sir!
tonito zhimo (1 month ago)
Finally I have found the good teacher who can shape me out... Thank you so much dear( sir) May God bless you long life with good health...
Jacobzianalfaro Alfaro (1 month ago)
why he need to replace the black marker into the red marker.. ?bcoz it will means a lot if he say black is the special color..
Nyeka Gill (1 month ago)
Please can you give me some tips of reading and writing tips because I am doing ielts preparation
Chailina Chiu (1 month ago)
Nice.. I learn a lot
Beyza Demir (1 month ago)
I guess you’re doing something wrong with the lights. Because you look like a photoshop in there 🤔☹️
Alberto Torrielli (1 month ago)
Hi James , you are great! I would like, so much, hear the differenxe between seem and look like , maybe you always did ( i know this sentence is full of mistakes ahah)
Enmanuel Gonzalez (1 month ago)
Hey from Dominican-American lenguages school 🏫
Aldi Eksa Nugraha (1 month ago)
FooTop (1 month ago)
Best english teacher
Песель (2 months ago)
Thank you from Russia🇷🇺
MiAe Jung (2 months ago)
I love your lessons so much!!
Vitor Hugo Senna Campos (2 months ago)
Really nice lesson, I always learn with you professor. It's very easy to laugh with yours commentaries. Hugs from Brasil :)
سي يون (2 months ago)
Wow you're unbelievable great teacher
Rita Palma (2 months ago)
i loved this class
Filipp51 (2 months ago)
Dude, you’re just Awesome!😊👍 p.s. Sorry, for calling you “Dude”😂 Your lessons are very useful)
Hazzard0 (2 months ago)
I'm not joking when I say this, but is leaving out those words more often done by russians/eastern europeans for some reason?
You are THE best teacher:) Thank you from Russia🇷🇺
So helpful 😘
Eduardo Torres (2 months ago)
So me think, why waste time when few word do trick? - Kevin from the show OFFICE.
Marcio Vilara (2 months ago)
You are the best Teacher!!,
Manzura Allabergenowa (2 months ago)
As an English teacher myself, I know one thing for sure: even English teachers themselves do not know how to use those articles properly or may not notice that they do not use them in their own sentences. Especially if the first language of that teacher does not have articles at all, it becomes REALLY hard to master them. Both as a learner of this language for my almost whole life and as a teacher for almost a decade, I personally still find it hard to use them and it is really irritating, believe me. I will save this video to my favorites and use it with my students, thank you James!
Burhan Khawaja (2 months ago)
You are really funny and I like the way you teach english while keeping the viewers interest. BTW your english lessons are superb.

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