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  • Hi, I'm Stephanie.

  • Welcome to Oxford Online English!

  • In this lesson, you can learn how to talk about things you like or dislike in English.

  • What do you like doing most of all?

  • What's your favourite thing to do?

  • What things do you have to do regularly, but you aren't so keen on?

  • What about the things you can't stand doing?

  • Can you think of something you really hate?

  • During this lesson, you'll learn how to talk about things that you like and dislike using

  • clear, natural English.

  • Let's go back to a question you heard before: what's your favourite thing to do?

  • So, what kind of music are you into?

  • I'm a big fan of blues, classic soul, things like that.

  • I really love Billie Holliday and a lot of stuff from that era.

  • What about you?

  • I listen to a lot of different stuff, but what I really like is hip-hop.

  • Do you listen to music a lot at home?

  • Oh sure, all the time.

  • My favourite thing to do at the end of a long day is put on a record and just chill out

  • on the sofa with some good tunes.

  • Record?

  • You mean vinyl?

  • Of course!

  • There's no other way to listen.

  • I wouldn't go that far!

  • Music makes me happy wherever I am.

  • I can listen on my phone, at home, on vinyl, on CD

  • I don't care.

  • I just like it!

  • Here, you heard several useful phrases to talk about things you really like.

  • Can you remember any of them?

  • If you really like something, you can say:

  • I really love

  • I'm a big fan of

  • What I really like is

  • My favourite thing to do is… … makes me happy

  • In the gap, you can put a noun, or an -ing verb.

  • For example:

  • I really love seafood.

  • Or: I really love swimming in the sea.

  • This is true for all these phrases.

  • Look at two more:

  • I'm a big fan of 80s glam rock.

  • I'm a big fan of listening to music when I go jogging.

  • You can also vary some of these phrases, to make them stronger or weaker, or just to add

  • variety.

  • For example:

  • What I really enjoy is getting up late on a Sunday and going for coffee with friends.

  • My absolute favourite food is spicy chicken wings.

  • Doing yoga in the morning makes me feel good.

  • Okay, what about you?

  • Can you make some sentences using these phrases?

  • You can talk about music, or any other topic you like.

  • Pause the video and write down two or three sentences, using the language from this section.

  • Ready?

  • Let's move on to part two.

  • Where shall we go?

  • How about pizza?

  • Errgh

  • I'm not keen on the pizza places around here.

  • There's a Chinese place nearby which is supposed to be alright.

  • Want to check it out?

  • Honestly, I don't like Chinese food so much.

  • I quite like Japanese food, though.

  • Are there any Japanese places around here?

  • No, don't think so.

  • That doesn't help then.

  • Indian?

  • Spicy food isn't my thing.

  • KFC?

  • Yeah

  • KFC's alright.

  • Let's go to KFC.

  • So, we live in a town with all these great restaurants, and we're going to KFC?

  • Seriously?

  • What's wrong with KFC?

  • It's not bad.

  • Fine, let's go.

  • In this dialogue, you heard phrases to talk about low-level likes and dislikes.

  • If you like something, but not that much, how can you say that?

  • Here are the three ways you heard:

  • I quite like

  • It's alright.

  • It's not bad.

  • The word alright doesn't mean that something is good by itself.

  • However, with a positive intonation, it can mean that you like something.

  • Again, you can use these phrases with a noun or an -ing verb, like this:

  • I quite like going for a short walk after lunch.

  • The film was alright.

  • This garlic sauce is not bad!

  • What if you don't like something?

  • What could you say?

  • Here are the phrases you heard in the dialogue:

  • I'm not keen on

  • I don't likeso muchisn't my thing

  • Let's see how you could use them:

  • I'm not keen on horror films.

  • I don't like going to the gym so much.

  • Getting up early isn't my thing.

  • Again, you can use many of these phrases in different ways, by changing or adding words.

  • For example:

  • I quite enjoy cycling.

  • I'm not massively keen on that plan.

  • Spending hours sitting on the beach isn't exactly my thing.

  • What about you?

  • In our dialogue, we talked about food.

  • Can you use the language you've seen to make two or three sentences about yourself?

  • You can write about food, or any other topic.

  • For extra practice, say your sentences out loud.

  • Say them several times, until the pronunciation is comfortable.

  • Try to remember them, so that you can say them without reading.

  • This way, you'll remember the language better.

  • Pause the video and write your sentences now; start again when you're ready.

  • Okay, you've seen how to talk about things you like a lot, or things you like a little.

  • But what if you really don't have an opinion about something?

  • What a great movie!

  • What did you think?

  • It was okay.

  • You didn't like it?

  • I didn't mind it.

  • I've seen better; I've seen worse.

  • You're difficult to please, aren't you?

  • I thought it was amazing!

  • Don't you think he's a great director?

  • I really like everything he's made.

  • I don't have strong opinions about him.

  • So, what do you like?

  • Honestly, I haven't seen many movies that have impressed me recently.

  • I saw that new 'Blade Runner' film.

  • And, you didn't like it?

  • Meh

  • I could take it or leave it.

  • You're annoying.

  • Anyway, what shall we do now?

  • Get a drink, or something to eat?

  • I'm not bothered either way, to be honest.

  • In that dialogue, I did not have a lot of strong feelings about, well, anything really.

  • Can you remember the words and phrases I used to express this?

  • Often, you can express this kind of idea just with a word or a gesture.

  • Imagine you're watching something on TV, and someone asks you if it's a good show

  • or not.

  • You can express that it's neither good nor bad by making a 'meh' noise and shrugging.

  • However, there are also some useful phrases you can use, such as:

  • It's okay.

  • I don't mind

  • I don't have strong opinions about

  • I can take it or leave it.

  • I'm not bothered either way about

  • Like the phrases you've seen in other sections, you can use these with a noun or an -ing verb,

  • except for I can take it or leave it, which is a fixed phrase, meaning that you can use it

  • as a response to someone else's question or suggestion.

  • Let's see how you could use these phrases to talk about different things:

  • The modern art museum was okay.

  • I don't mind doing housework.

  • I don't have strong opinions about which curtains we buy.

  • I'm not bothered either way about where we go.

  • When you use okay, like the word alright, a lot depends on your intonation.

  • The word okay literally means 'not good and not bad'.

  • However, with positive intonation, it can have a positive meaning, like quite good.

  • With negative intonation, it can mean something like not very good.

  • Listen to the difference: It's okay!

  • It's okay.

  • It's okay.

  • In this way, okay can mean different things.

  • Also, the phrase I'm not bothered either way is more informal, and could sound rude

  • or dismissive if you use it in the wrong situation, so think about where you are and who you're

  • talking to before you say it.

  • So, it's your turn to practice again!

  • Can you think of a movie or TV show that was just okaynot that good, and not that bad?

  • Your job is to write three sentences about yourself using the language from this

  • section.

  • If you can't think of a movie or TV show to talk about, you can choose a different

  • topic.

  • Pause the video and write your sentences now.

  • Okay?

  • Finally, let's see how you can talk about things you hate.

  • That's IT!

  • I'm finished with that place.

  • I'm definitely quitting this time!

  • I can't work there another day.

  • What happened now?

  • He is the worst manager ever!

  • I can't stand working with him.

  • I used to like going to work, but now I absolutely hate it!

  • I have to find another job.

  • You know you've been saying that for

  • Ooh

  • Since I met you?

  • Yeah, but this time I mean it.

  • Even the little things are starting to drive me crazy, like the way he fidgets with his

  • coffee cup when he talks.

  • So, have you started looking for a new job?

  • Not yet, but I will.

  • I need a change.

  • What about your colleagues?

  • I thought you got on well with them.

  • Some of them are alright, but I have no time for that woman in the accounts department.

  • I really dislike the HR guy, too, whatever his name is.

  • You know, maybe you should be less negative.

  • If you go to work with that kind of attitude, I'm not surprised you clash with people.

  • What do you mean, negative?

  • I can't stand people telling me what to do!

  • What are you even talking about?

  • I have no time for people like you and your stupid advice

  • Okay, here you heard a lot of phrases to talk about somethingor someoneyou strongly

  • dislike.

  • Can you remember any of them?

  • If you really dislike something, you can say:

  • I can't stand

  • I absolutely hate… … drives me crazy.

  • I have no time for

  • I really dislike

  • As before, you use these phrases with a noun or an -ing verb.

  • For example:

  • I can't stand people who cut in line.

  • I absolutely hate every song he's ever made.

  • Walking behind someone who walks really slowly drives me crazy!

  • Some of these phrases are more general.

  • You can use I can't stand…, I absolutely hate…, or I really disliketo talk about

  • anything: people, things, or activities.

  • However, with the other two phrases, you would use them to talk about people and

  • their habits.

  • For example:

  • She's always late, which drives me crazy.

  • I have no time for people who say nice things to your face, then gossip behind your back.

  • Okay, what about you?

  • It's your last practice: pause the video, and write three sentences about things you

  • strongly dislike.

  • Use the language from this section, and start again when you're ready.

  • How was that?

  • Could you use the language easily?

  • Did you check to make sure you didn't make any mistakes?

  • Finally, we have a question for you: what do you like or dislike most about studying

  • English?

  • Please tell us in the comments!

  • Remember that you can find more of our free English lessons on our website: Oxford Online

  • English.com.

  • Thanks for watching!

  • See you next time!

Hi, I'm Stephanie.

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