I’m So Clumsy | British English Listening Practice

British English Listening Practice: I’m So Clumsy!

In this listening practice, you will learn some new and useful British English vocabulary and expression! It’s also quite a funny story about an accident I had when I was a teenager. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Transcript

So I thought today we would do a bit of a listening practice. So we’re just going to listen to me talk a little bit. Feel free to sit back, relax, listen to my voice and analyse the way I speak and also enjoy the story.

 

But first of all, I want to talk about something called clumsiness. Or to be clumsy; because this is really related to the story I’m going to tell you.

 

So first of all, I am a very very very very clumsy person, I’m extremely clumsy…

 

To be clumsy essentially is to be the sort of person who has a lot of accidents. Lets say I’m sat, at a restaurant, as always in the restaurant, I’ve got a lovely glass of wine next to me, red wine, that’s my chosen alcoholic beverage. Maybe it’s just here on the table; I’m talking, and BANG! in the middle of the conversation, the red wine is all over the white tablecloth… everything is red now and I have ruined my date, or my… whatever it is that I’m doing… my meal. And probably have to pay some kind of fine to the restaurant for destroying their tablecloth… and this is what clumsiness is in its purest form. clumsiness is when we always have accidents, things always go wrong, maybe we’re not very good with our hands, they always end up knocking things over. To knock something over is to make something fall. We might smash things… imagine a glass, drop it on the floor, smashed!

 

Also, I’m not very good with my legs, I might fall over quite a lot, hit my knee on a door or walk into the bed, or hit my head on something. So this is what clumsiness is, and this is me.

 

I wanna tell you a little story about when I was about fourteen… I was in year eight in school and it was a very hot Summer day… it was lunch time / break time some people call it, where we have time out from lessons and we relax.

 

There was a place, where all of my friends used to sit and chill out, relax, talk, catch up with each other in a field, and there were lots of trees in this field. And me, being the person I was when I was a teenager, all I wanted to do was impress the girls, make them think I’m really cool, which im not.

 

I decided to climb a tree. So I climbed to the top of this tree, it took me a while. And when I got to the top of this tree, I shouted. I wanted everyone to see that I was at the top of this tree, so I shouted, I was right at the top of this tree – “look at me” and I fell.

 

And that was that! My wrists hit the ground and they were completely out of shape! Not the way they should be!

Quite obviously, they were broken, because I’d fallen from quite a high distance. Not only that, but I also landed flat on my nose and it was broken, there was blood everywhere; I was knocked out! To be knocked out means to be unconscious. so yes , I hit my head… my face so hard that I was knocked out, and the next think I knew, I was woken up in hospital with two broken wrists and a flat nose, and that’s probably why my nose is such a funny shape now

This really did affect me; it changed my year, I guess! I had six months off school because I could do nothing with my arms, I couldn’t write, I was stuck like a robot, for a long time. and my mum had to wash me in the bath because I couldn’t have a bath on my own… my mum had to wash me!

 

Even worse, my parents had to use the toilet paper on my bottom, yes that’s right, my parents had to wipe my ass for me! I never thought I would tell anyone this, and now im telling 20000 people, that my parents had to wipe my bottom for me when I was a teenager. which is really embarrassing. but this is what happened.

 

 I wanna teach you a bit of vocabulary in this: clumsiness runs in my family, it runs in the family. if something runs in the family, it means its something that maybe happens to my dad – he’s always knocking glasses over at the table, always smashing plates by accident, dropping things; so, the same as me! It also happens to my sister, it also happened to my Grandad before he passed away, so its something that runs in the family… a lot of people in my family, it happens to them also, they also have this clumsy gene every day! It’s an everyday problem, its like a disease!

 

 I actually think it’s quite an endearing thing. Endearing, its something that’s quite interesting about a person, its something different, its unique  and I embrace it, now, I laugh about any incidents that happen to me.

the reason im telling this listening practice is because I actually want you to tell me: are you a clumsy person, does this happen to you? do you have any really interesting stories that you want to tell me about your clumsy experiences? Or are you a perfect person who never makes mistakes? ’cause I know there are some of you out there who are just lucky and not clumsy at all.

 

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How To Talk To Native English Speakers | VIDEO

How To Talk To Native English Speakers

Learning English is one thing, but how can we have a conversation and really talk to native English speakers? We need to understand the do’s and don’t’s, the art of small talk and the right questions to ask.

Watch this video to find out how to talk to native English speakers; particularly my point of view, when talking to British English speakers.

 

How old are you?

Probably not a good idea to ask a lady this. I’d also avoid asking anyone this question if you have only just met them.

 

How much money do you make / earn?

In England, a little bit of a rude and intrusive question to ask someone. We don’t like being asked this.

We can “feel judged” – like someone is “sizing us up”

 


Good questions:

What do you do?  What is your job? Are you a student?

They may answer your question and finish, with a response, saying: “what about you?” – this means they want you to answer the same question you asked them… You can do this too if they ask you something.

Do you enjoy it?

Try to find out more about what they do. Avoid getting too personal on this one, especially with someone you just met

Small talk  topics

weather, sports, news.

Avoid any sensitive political / war topics though.

 

What do you do in your spare time?

When you are not at work…

What are you up to this weekend?

“up to” is like do / doing / did

So you’re asking them what they are going to do this weekend

 


Final tip:

Always look for indicators. What things do they mention? If you’re stuck for things to say, see if you can lead into another area of conversation when you hear them say something

eg.

maybe you heard a man say to you earlier on in the conversation that he has kids; save this for when the conversation gets “slow” so you can keep the conversation going. Ask him how old they are or what they do etc.


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IELTS Speaking Practice | Talking About Hometown

Talking About Your Hometown (IELTS SPEAKING)

In the IELTS speaking exam, it’s likely you might be asked questions about your hometown…

Luckily for you; as well as teaching general British English, I also assist in the speaking part of the IELTS exam in my Skype lessons

I have created this free video on my YouTube channel, to give you an idea of how to answer the questions  correctly.

In the lesson, you will hear some sample answers in the video about my hometown. Pay attention to the way I talk, the vocabulary I use and how I really focus on making my points as clear and descriptive as possible!

Enjoy the video…

 

 

The video shows it’s really easy to get a good score in the IELTS speaking exam.  If you know the techniques and hide a few surprises up your sleeves, you should be fine! Don’t worry, you can trust me, I know all of the tricks.

I hope the video brought you a step closer to passing your upcoming exam!

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Common British English Expressions

Video Lesson: Common British English Expressions

This is my most popular English lesson on Youtube! It’s all about the most common British English expressions I hear in modern life as a British person. I hope you find the video useful! Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already.

The expressions are written below this video, so go and look at them and feel free to take a screenshot if you find it useful.
 

 

Phrases in the Video

  1. Alright? – a British greeting; it’s like saying “Hello, how are you” – there are different ways to respond to this, find out how here
  2. Cheers – As well as using it when we toast our drinks together in celebration; it’s also a way of saying “thank you” e.g. “Cheers mate!”
  3. Mate – Used in Britain, Australia and a few other places to say “friend” – more often, this is used by men to other men.
  4. What are you on about? – What are you talking about? I don’t understand you. It’s a bit more informal, so don’t say something like this to an employer, boss or teacher! You’re welcome to say it to me though, if you like. 
  5. Budge up – “Can you budge up please?” can you move a little bit, so I can have some space to sit on the seat. Once again, I recommend to only use this in an informal situation.
  6. Knackered – To be extremely tired “I’m absolutely knackered today!”
  7. Gutted – “I’m so gutted we lost the game today!” – To be really annoyed / upset about something that has happened.
  8. Rubbish – In England, we call the “Trash” (American) “Rubbish”. For example, you put the food in the “rubbish bin”. We can also say something was “rubbish”, meaning it was terrible / boring “That new song is rubbish!” – it’s an alternative to the American “that sucks!”