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  • - Hi, Bob the Canadian here.

  • In this English lesson,

  • I'm going to help you learn how to talk about yourself

  • in English and I'm going to do that by talking about myself.

  • I know this seems a little bit funny

  • but what I'm going to do

  • is I'm going to share over 10 things about me,

  • 10 things about my life

  • that I've never told any of you before

  • in a previous English lesson

  • and as I do that, I will put the sentences on the screen

  • so that you can see model sentences that you can use

  • when you want to talk about yourself in English.

  • (calm music)

  • Well, hey, welcome to this English lesson

  • where you're going to learn how to talk about yourself

  • in English by listening to me talk about myself.

  • Before we get started though,

  • if this is your first time here,

  • please click that red Subscribe button

  • and give me a thumbs up if this video helps you learn

  • just a little bit more English.

  • There are a few things that you might already know about me.

  • If you've watched any of my other English lessons,

  • you'll know that my favorite color is orange.

  • My favorite food is pizza.

  • You might even know that I eat a banana almost every day.

  • My favorite season is winter

  • and you might know that I speak two languages.

  • I speak English and I also speak French

  • but what you might not know about me

  • is that I'm afraid of heights.

  • When you talk about yourself in English,

  • sometimes you'll want to mention

  • the things that you are afraid of

  • and the way you do it is by saying I'm afraid

  • and then you mention the thing.

  • I'm afraid of heights.

  • I could also say I'm scared of heights.

  • I do not like climbing up to the top of tall things

  • like this silo.

  • So I'm afraid of heights.

  • You might be afraid of other things

  • then you would say things like I'm afraid of spiders

  • or I'm afraid of snakes or I'm afraid of mice.

  • I'm actually a little bit afraid of snakes.

  • The second thing you might not know about me

  • is that I'm a middle child.

  • I have an older brother and I have an older sister.

  • I have a younger brother and I have a younger sister.

  • I am the middle child.

  • When you describe yourself in English,

  • when you talk about yourself in English,

  • you'll want to be able to talk about your family.

  • Maybe you'll say things like I'm the oldest in my family

  • or I'm the youngest in my family

  • or I have two brothers and two sisters.

  • Either way, when you talk about yourself,

  • you'll want to be able to describe your family,

  • you'll want to be able to describe your siblings

  • and where you fall in the birth order.

  • A third thing you might not know about me

  • is that I don't really like American television shows.

  • I know, I'm sorry to all of the Americans who are watching.

  • I prefer television shows from Britain or from France.

  • I don't really like American television shows.

  • When you are talking about yourself in English,

  • you'll want to use the same structure that I just used.

  • When you mention something that you don't like,

  • you'll want to mention something that you do like.

  • It just makes your conversation more interesting.

  • So you might say things like this.

  • I don't like hotdogs, I prefer hamburgers

  • or I don't like pizza, I prefer lasagna.

  • I don't know who that would be though.

  • I think most people prefer pizza.

  • Anyways, when you are talking about yourself in English,

  • you'll often want to talk about things you don't like

  • but then immediately mention something that you do.

  • The fourth thing you might not know about me is this.

  • I was born in Canada

  • but my family is originally from Holland.

  • I am the son of immigrant parents.

  • My parents came from Holland many, many years ago.

  • When you talk about yourself in English,

  • you'll want to be able to talk a little bit

  • about your family history.

  • You'll want to be able to talk about where you were born

  • and you might say things like this.

  • I was born in Paris, France

  • and my family has lived there for hundreds of years

  • or you might have a story

  • that's a little more similar to mine.

  • You might say I was born

  • in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • and my family is originally from Italy.

  • So when you talk about yourself in English,

  • you'll wanna be able to talk a little bit

  • about your family history and where you originally came from

  • or if where you live now

  • is where your family has lived forever.

  • The fifth thing I wanted to share with you

  • is that I grew up out in the country.

  • When you are having a conversation in English

  • and you are talking about yourself,

  • sometimes people will ask, where did you grow up

  • and common answers to that question would be,

  • I grew up in the country, I grew up in the city.

  • You might even name the city that you grew up in.

  • So if someone says, where did you grow up,

  • you might say, oh, I grew up in Toronto

  • or I grew up out in the country or I grew up on a farm.

  • The sixth thing I wanted to share with you

  • is that I love technology.

  • I have always loved technology.

  • I remember when I was a kid when I was 10 or 11,

  • my parents bought a computer and I loved it

  • and ever since then, I have loved technology.

  • It is one of my favorite things in the whole world.

  • It's one of the reasons why I have a YouTube channel.

  • When you are talking about yourself in English,

  • you'll wanna talk about something that you love to do

  • or something that you love.

  • In fact, I'm kind of curious, what do you love to do?

  • What do you love in this world?

  • Let me know in the comments below.

  • I'm really curious.

  • I don't know if I'll have time to respond to them all

  • but I'll definitely read them all.

  • So I love technology.

  • What do you love?

  • Another thing you might not know about me

  • is that I drink coffee and I drink decaf coffee.

  • I usually have one mug of decaf coffee every morning

  • and I drink it from this mug

  • that my friend Miroslav sent to me.

  • I drink decaf coffee because years ago I had heart surgery

  • or a few years ago I had heart surgery

  • and they told me I'm not allowed to have caffeine anymore

  • and I used to love having caffeinated coffee.

  • It would really give me a surge of energy every morning

  • but right now I just drink decaf coffee every morning.

  • So again, I'm curious, what do you drink for breakfast?

  • Maybe you have a cup of tea.

  • Maybe you have a cup of orange juice.

  • Maybe you have a really yummy cup of coffee

  • that has caffeine in it

  • or maybe you're like me and you just have a cup of decaf.

  • Let me know in the comments below.

  • I'm curious.

  • The eighth thing that I wanted to share with you

  • is that I have never purchased a brand new vehicle.

  • I always buy used vehicles

  • that have very low kilometers on them.

  • I do this because A, new vehicles are very expensive

  • and I can't afford one

  • and B, I just think it's a better idea.

  • A vehicle like this is kind of ugly to look at

  • but because it was cheap

  • and it has very low kilometers on it,

  • it will be a very reliable vehicle for me for years to come.

  • So I've never bought a brand new vehicle.

  • There's no real English lesson for this segment.

  • Sorry about that but one other thing about me,

  • I've never bought a brand new vehicle.

  • When I was younger, I used to be a construction worker.

  • During the summers, I would work for my uncle.

  • I would go to university during the school year

  • and when I came home, I helped my uncle build houses.

  • I used to be a construction worker.

  • When you are talking about yourself in English,

  • it's cool to be able to talk about things

  • that you used to do.

  • I talked about a job that I used to have

  • and that is the sentence that you would use.

  • You would say I used to be a construction worker.

  • I used to go skiing.

  • I used to stay up late and get up really early

  • and it didn't have any effect on me

  • unlike today where I stayed up late.

  • Now I'm feeling really tired but yes,

  • when I was younger, I used to, oops.

  • I used to be a construction worker.

  • If someone was to ask me this question,

  • Bob, what is your favorite thing to do,

  • my answer would probably be this, I love reading.

  • My favorite thing to do

  • is to read a good science fiction novel.

  • When you talk about yourself in English,

  • you'll want to be able to talk about your hobbies.

  • So you'll say things like I like cooking

  • or if you really like cooking,

  • you might say, I love cooking.

  • You might say, I like gardening

  • or if you're like me, you might say, I love reading

  • but certainly when you are talking about yourself

  • in English,

  • you'll want to be able to talk about your hobbies

  • and which one you like the best.

  • I know all of you live in beautiful countries

  • but the country I really want to visit,

  • the country I really want to go and visit someday is France.

  • I really want to go to France.

  • I have spent so much time during my life

  • learning the French language.

  • I would love to visit the country of France.

  • Again, I apologize to all of you.

  • I know everyone has a beautiful country

  • and everyone would love it if I would come and visit

  • but if I had a chance, I would visit France.

  • By the way, let me know in the comments below,

  • if you could go on a trip this year,

  • what country would you go visit?

  • Well, hey, thank you so much

  • for watching this little English lesson

  • where I shared 10 or so things about myself

  • and I hope along the way

  • you were able to learn just a little bit more English.

  • Again, if this is your first time here,

  • please click the Subscribe button over there

  • and give me a thumbs up

  • if this video helped you learn a little bit more English

  • and if you have the time,

  • why don't you stick around and watch another video?

- Hi, Bob the Canadian here.

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