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Do you love English? Me too. That is why we are here—because English is a key to the world. Join me and others from around the world as we practice our English skills and get to know each other. I have taught, coached, and edited for hundreds of non-native English users for 14 years, in four countries.

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English vocabulary & slang that YouTube doesn't want you to know!

Learn about the history, usage, vocabulary, slang, and cultural significance of a plant that has been used by humans for thousands of years! Then take the quiz at


PREPOSITIONS in English: under, below, beneath, underneath

There are many prepositions in English that seem to have the same meaning. But there are sometimes very important differences. For instance, have you noticed that the preposition "underneath" contains the prefix "under"? So do the two words mean the same thing? No! There are differences in the way we use these prepositions. In today's class, we'll look at the differences and uses of the prepositions "under", "below", "beneath", and "underneath". By the end of the video, you will know when and how to use them when referring to the location of things.


1. Prepositions in English: ABOVE, OVER, ON, ON TOP:

2. Phrasal Verbs - FALL: fall for, fall in, fall behind, fall through:


Hi, everybody. Welcome back to I'm Adam. Today's video is about the prepositions: "under", "be


Real English Vocabulary: Taking care of your car

You don't need to be a mechanic to know a little about your car. If you travel and rent a car, make sure you know what to do in case there are problems with it. You also need to know the correct words for the different parts of the car! In this vocabulary lesson, we'll go over some of the basics of car maintenance, including fluids, basic engine words, and other things that are inside most road vehicles. You will learn the meaning of words like "wiper", "jack", "muffler", "hood", "shocks", and more. Take your new vocabulary for a test drive by doing the quiz at

1. Vocabulary for a ROAD TRIP:

2. HIGHWAY DRIVING Vocabulary:

#engvid #LearnEnglish #vocabulary


Hi. Welcome to engVid. I'm Adam. In today's video,


10 common English Idioms & Expressions from Education

We have a lot of ground to cover in this lesson about idioms and expressions from the world of education. I will give you ten of them and explain each one in detail, because these sayings do not mean literally what they say. For example, when we say something is "old school", it doesn't mean that it is literally from a school that is old. I will teach you the meaning of sayings like "getting an A for effort", "learn the ropes", "You can't teach an old dog new tricks", and more. After watching, complete the quiz at to see if you make the grade!

NEXT, watch these videos:

1. 23 Phrasal Verbs with COME:

2. 10 Idioms from Technology:


Hi. Welcome to engVid. I'm Adam. In today's lesson I want to teach you eight idioms that come from


English Grammar: Compound Subjects & Verb Agreement

What is a compound subject? It is when you combine several subjects together into one. This helps to avoid repetition in a sentence. But how do you make the verb agree with several subjects? For example, do we say "Bill and Kate is kind" or "are kind"? Do we say "Neither John nor his friends need help" or "needs help"? It all depends on subject-verb agreement, which is an important element of writing and speaking in English. In this lesson, we will look at compound subjects and how verbs react to these. I will teach you how to make the verb agree with the subjects in different kinds of sentences. After the video, be sure to do the quiz at to test yourself on the material.


Hi. Welcome to engVid. I'm Adam. In today's video we're going to look at the "Compound Subject". So this is a grammar lesson, and it doesn't matter if you're a beginner or advanced, it's very important to understand this because it's


8 Phrasal Verbs with BREAK: break in, break up, break through...

Native English speakers use phrasal verbs all the time! A phrasal verb is a phrase with a common verb that often means something you might not expect. Take a break for a few minutes, and watch this lesson on phrasal verbs with "break". Whether you need to "break up" with someone, "break into" a new career, or "break up" a fight, these expressions will help you "break away" from the pack. Start using these common expressions today after testing yourself in the quiz at

Watch more PHRASAL VERB lessons here:


Hi. Welcome to engVid. I'm Adam. In today's video we're going to look at phrasal verbs. Well, one phrasal verb in particular using the verb "break". So, again, just to refresh our memories: A phrasal verb is a verb and a preposition that when put together sometimes have completely different meanings than the two words, and sometimes they have m


My 6 TOP tips for taking tests and exams

Success on any test depends on more than just knowledge of the test material. You need to prepare yourself both mentally and physically. In this lesson, we will go over some important tips to make sure you are as ready as possible for your test. Some topics we will cover include: the logistics of testing, how to prepare the night prior, what to do if panic sets in, and even how to get proper rest and nutrition. Don't leave any of these parameters to chance, and you'll set yourself up for success. If you follow my advice and take it step by step, you WILL succeed on your exam.


Hi. Welcome to I'm Adam. In today's video I want to talk to you about how to prepare for taking a test. I'm not talking about studying the material or studying... Practicing the English, if you're taking an English test, like IELTS or TOEFL. I want you to think about the actual test day, what you need to do just before, what you nee


WRITING – Advanced English Transitions: thereby, thereof, hereby, therein, wherein, whereby...

Good writing makes use of transition words, thereby creating better flow and adding some style to the text. In this lesson we'll look at some linking words and transitions used to connect ideas, such as: "thereby", "thereof", "hereby", "therein", "wherein", "whereby", and more. This will make your writing clear and organized. Watch the video to improve your writing style.

Now it's time for a lesson on some different transitions:



Hi again, everybody. Welcome to I'm Adam. In today's video we're going to look at transitions. Now, you may have seen some other videos on engVid about transitions, especially for writing. What we're going to look at today are a few more specific transitions, but this time we're not looking at transitions between paragraphs or even transitions b


Real English: Talking about BEER

Have you ever been offered a "cold one"? This means you were invited to go drink some beer. In many countries (and most English-speaking countries), beer is a big a part of the local culture, so it's a good idea to know some of the language involved with this celebrated drink. In this lesson, we will look at beer types, customs, and even the process of making beer. I'll talk about vocabulary, slang, expressions, and more. So sit back and relax with a brewski, and enjoy the lesson!

Next, watch my video on vocabulary for taking a road trip:

Take the quiz:


Hi. Welcome to engVid. I'm Adam. Today's lesson is a very special one, especially here in Canada because we're going to talk about beer, one of our favourite drinks, one of our favourite pastimes. In fact, it looks something like this. This is a beer. Not a Canadian beer


23 Phrasal Verbs with COME: come across, come around, come up with...

Have you ever come across some phrasal verbs that use the verb "come"? They are often used by native English speakers to express many different things, from disbelief to creating something or finding something. In this lesson, I will teach you 23 phrasal verbs that use "come", like "come across", "come out", "come in", and more. So come on. Let's start!

Take the quiz:


Hi. Welcome to I'm Adam. In today's lesson we're going to look at another phrasal verb using the verb "come". Now, again, what are phrasals? Phrasals are a verb and a preposition that together can have many different meanings apart from the words themselves. Now, I know that there are many phrasal verbs with the verb "come", but I've only chosen these to... These are the most common ones we're going to look at today. If there are other ones that are not on the list, by all means, please put them in the forum on in the forum section


Professional English Vocabulary: Meetings

There's a lot of specialized vocabulary that's used in the office. If you work in an office and want to present yourself professionally, it's especially important that you are able to understand and use these terms. In this Business English video, I'll teach you words that you'll hear in business meetings. We'll go over a show of hands, adjourn, consensus, and other important vocabulary. There's a lot on the agenda for this lesson, so don't forget to take minutes, and to take the quiz here:


Hi. Welcome to I'm Adam. In today's video I want to talk to you about some business English, but more specifically, we're going to talk about meetings, business meetings and what goes on there, and some of the vocabulary you will need to know if you have to go to some of these meetings. Okay, we have a bunch of words here. I'm going to go through each one, make sure you understand what it is.

So, every me


Learn Vocabulary: Sports of the Winter Olympics

What's your favourite winter sport? Is it figure skating or luge? Do you know what luge is? In preparation for this year's Olympic Games in South Korea, watch this English vocabulary lesson on Olympic winter sports. In this lesson, you will learn about hockey, skiing, snowboarding, curling, and more. Do you know all the different types of sledding? The Olympic Games take place every four years. Watch the video to ensure that this year, you are ready to talk sports.


Hi. Welcome to I'm Adam. In today's lesson we're going to talk about the Winter Olympics. They're just around the corner, and I figured it's a good idea that you know what's going on if you're interested in winter sports. I'm going to tell you about the different events that you can watch, and what the different words are that they're talking about on TV. Okay? Because this year the Olympics are in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which is the no


IELTS Writing: The 3 Essay Types

Be prepared for any essay on the IELTS exam by knowing what to expect. Whether it's an opinion essay, a comparative, or a descriptive essay, your approach will need to match the task. In this lesson we look at what kinds of questions may come up and how to approach these. I'll break it down in detail, clearly, so you know exactly what you should do with each type of essay question. Follow my suggestions and you will succeed.

This is the detailed essay video I mentioned in the lesson:

Go to my writing YouTube channel, Write to Top, and subscribe for more writing videos:

More IELTS videos:
1. IELTS: 3 Reading Strategies:

2. IELTS: The 5-Step Study Plan:

3. IELTS Writing: 5 Most Common Mistakes:


Hi. Welcome to engVid. I'm Adam. Today's lesson is an IELTS l


How to call someone STUPID, SMART, or CRAZY in English

You don't have to be nice all the time! Improve your vocabulary and learn how to insult someone creatively in this video. I'll teach you expressions to talk about how smart someone is too, so it isn't all negative. English is very creative when it comes to insults and praise. In this lesson we'll look at some interesting ways to say someone is dumb as well as ways to say someone is smart or just plain crazy. Hopefully, you're not out to lunch on this lesson, but are rather on the ball.




Hi. Welcome to I'm Adam. Today's lesson is a little bit special and a little bit... You have to be careful with it, so I want to give you a little bit of a warning before we even start because I'm going to show you some ways to say: "crazy" and "stupid". I'm going to show you expressions that we use to talk a


Learn 8 KICK Phrasal Verbs in English: "kick back", "kick out", "kick up"...

Let's kick off this lesson with an explanation of phrasal verbs, then move on to different phrasals using the verb KICK. In this lesson you will discover the meanings of kick in, kick off, kick around, kick back, kick out, kick about, kick up, and kick over. Phrasal verbs are an important part of English vocabulary, so watch and learn these eight 'kick' phrasal verbs.


1. Phrasal Verbs with 'step':

2. Phrasal Verbs with 'take':

3. Phrasal Verbs with 'carry':


Hi. Welcome to I'm Adam. In today's video we're going to look at another set of phrasal verbs. Now, just as a reminder: What is a phrasal verb? A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and a preposition: "in", "on", "at", "off", etc. and the combination usually makes other meanings than the two words


10 English words that are hard to say correctly

Did you know that 'ths' can sound like a 'z'? Or that 'tt' can sound like 'd'? In this lesson, we look at ways to pronounce some common vocabulary that English learners often find difficult or confusing. Beyond the ten words we cover in the video, I'll share my pronunciation methods, so you can apply the techniques seen here to learn other difficult words.



Hi. Welcome to engVid. I'm Adam. Today's lesson is a pronunciation lesson. I'm going to talk to you about 10 words that many people find very difficult to pronounce, especially non-native English speakers, but even sometimes native speakers have some trouble with some of these. We're going to look at the first five and I'm going to show you two things, two ways to look at this word. One... Or these words. One is the phonetic, basically just: How does it sound? And two is looking at the actual phonetic alphabet to see how it's spelled


10 English Idioms from Technology

Does your language have idioms that come from technology? We use technology in so many parts of our daily life, so it's natural that many English expressions have come from this field. Learn these idioms to make your English sound more fluent and natural. This lesson has all the bells and whistles. If you don't know what that means yet, there's no need to hit the panic button -- I'll show you what makes this English tick.



Hi. Welcome to I'm Adam. In today's video we're going to look at idioms, but idioms from the world of technology, so very specific idioms. I'm going to give you ten of them. I got five here and we'll have five more coming in a moment. Now, before I begin, what is an idiom? An idiom is an expression or a collection of words that the words themselves don't necessarily mean what the expression combined means. Right? So you have the words and you know all the words, but when


MATH & GEOMETRY Vocabulary and Terminology in English

Do you need to speak about or understand mathematics or geometry in English? This lesson teaches you all the terminology you need to translate your mathematics knowledge into English. This video will be especially important for students who are studying in an English-speaking country, and for professionals who need to work with English speakers. I'll also explain the correct sentence structures we use to talk about common mathematical operations in English. For example: "One plus one equals two", "one and one is two", "if you add one and one, you get two", and many more. This lesson covers terminology about: operations (+ - * /), fractions, decimals, exponents, roots, shapes, measurements, angles, triangles, and much more. Don't let English stand in the way of your mathematics!



Hi. Welcome to I'm Adam. In today's video I'm going to look at some math. Now, I know this is an English site


Real English for staying at a HOTEL

Want to stay at a hotel in an English-speaking country? Even if it's another country, you may have to speak English at a hotel, because it's the international language of travel. In this video, I'll teach you everything you need to know. You'll learn about the services that hotels here offer, and how to make the most of your stay. I'll teach you sentences you can use to ask for anything you want at a hotel. I'll also teach you the titles of the people that you'll be speaking with. Find out what free services your hotel offers, so you can get value for your money, and also know which services you have to pay for, so you don't spend more than you want to. Learn all the vocabulary and expressions you need here, so you don't need to worry about your English next time you're on vacation or a business trip. All in all, I designed this video to make sure your next stay in a hotel will be an enjoyable one.





Bored or Boring? Learn about -ED and -ING adjectives in English

Does grammar make you feel "bored" or "boring"? In this video we'll study the difference between "-ed" and "-ing" adjectives and how to use them correctly. I hope I can get you excited about grammar, because it can be interesting when you understand it! This is a great lesson for beginners to learn. But advanced English learners should also make sure they don't make this common mistake!



Hi. Welcome to engVid. I'm Adam. In today's video I want to talk to you about a particular type of adjective that many people often confuse, especially beginners, but this is also good for intermediate, even advanced students. We're talking about the "ed" and the "ing" adjectives. Okay? So, for example: "bored" and "boring", "interested" and "interesting". Now, the reason it's important to know the difference between these is because what you say about yourself sometimes, how you describe things can be very confusing to a