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  • Hi. James from www.engvid.com. I'd normally be reading, but I'm putting my finishing touches.

  • Our expensive prop department -- "props" are things you use in movies to demonstrate things, or

  • a "prop" might be a marker or a pen or a car.

  • Our prop department is so poor I had to draw a hat on a box, but it will help demonstrate the 3 tricks to learn English.

  • Now, there are three little tricks that you can do

  • and even better, you can do with a friend -- to learn English. So you can actually have partner practice.

  • We haven't really discussed this much here, but why not? I mean probably,

  • you may not go to an English school, so you don't have anyone but your friend who is probably

  • watching with you right now. So here are three quick little tricks you can do, and the beauty

  • of these are - they're going to help you with, No.1, vocab -- vocabulary. Okay? No.2, we're

  • going to work on prepositions. And No. 3, we'll work on structure of English. How's that?

  • You paid nothing, and you're getting lots. And the best thing is they'll all be

  • fun -- fun. Cough, there. All right. First thing we're going to talk

  • about is a hat trick. In hockey, a "hat trick" is three things: You score three goals. One,

  • two, and three, just like in English football or European football. Three goals is a

  • hat trick. Don't know why they call it that, but that's what they call it. Our hat trick is

  • called a "hat pull", "hat pull". What's a "hat pull"? Well, you learn your vocabulary,

  • and there's lots and lots of vocabulary. Every day something new. Even when I said things

  • like "hat trick" in this very lesson, there are probably three vocabulary words that you

  • hadn't heard before, that you had to go, "What does he mean?", and I taught you. But

  • wouldn't it be cool if you had a fun trick to play? A lot of people play flash cards,

  • you know, they get a card. They put the meaning of the word. They turn it over and try and

  • remember. This is a variation that a friend taught me. It's quite fun. What you do is,

  • take your hat, okay? Learn five, ten, words -- 20 even. When you learn them or think you

  • know them, put them in the hat. And you and a friend can then put your hand in the hat

  • and take out the word, and then say something like "philosophy". And the other person has

  • to say, "It's this word. It means this." If they get it right, then they can put their

  • hand in, take out another vocabulary word, and go, "What's this word?" And you can keep

  • playing to help master vocabulary. Cool, right? You're having fun, you're challenging each

  • other. Collect cards. See who wins the game. Or if you're doing it by yourself, just pull

  • it out, turn it over, and try and think of what is the word that's in your hand. It helps

  • to "jog your memory", which is an idiom that means to help you remember or reminds you

  • of the meaning of words. You can play it with one friend, two friends, three friends. That's

  • kind of cool, right? You can even do it in a classroom. Suggest it for your teacher.

  • Go, "Hey, can we play the hat game?" "The hat game? Son, you're too young to play the

  • hat game." You go, "No, Pops, it's a good game." Just get a hat and some paper or tissue

  • paper. Hee hee hee. Sorry. Moving on. Next one: I got the hat pull, and you'll see

  • it goes to this one. This is really long: "random sentence generator". And it seems

  • like it's really, really hard. I mean, this one we worked on vocabulary, right? Building

  • our vocabulary, remembering our vocabulary. The second trick, the "random sentence generator"

  • -- I just had to say it twice because it sounds so nice. Well, random sentence. You can use

  • this game to go to this game to make it more complicated or -- and "complicated" means

  • "difficult" -- you can just simply play it by itself. Take a word -- random. Okay, there's

  • a word, "random". Now, "generate" means "to create or make". Make a sentence like that

  • -- random. "He randomly created a sentence from nothing." Right? Yeah, I just took this

  • word and I just made it. I could say, "develop": "In order to develop your mind you have to

  • read many books." I'm going really quickly because I want you to understand that when

  • you do it randomly, it has to be quick. You can't say "blah, blah, blah" very slowly.

  • The whole thing is: speed. This will help you with English structure because if you

  • say it incorrectly, you or your friend will actually notice it and try and correct it.

  • What's the structure? Why can't you put "random" here or there? Is it a verb? Is it an adjective?

  • What is its purpose in a sentence when you're making the sentence? So by quickly and randomly

  • -- remember, "random" means "without structure"; it just happens -- making the sentence up

  • from the words you have or the vocabulary word, you'll understand its position or its

  • job in structure in a sentence. You like that? And if you put it with this one here, the

  • "hat pull", it's fun for the whole family. All right. I've got one more for you. This

  • one says, "Look at me now!" Why is that? A lot of people have trouble with prepositions,

  • and English people use prepositions everywhere. We even put prepositions

  • in places we ought not to, okay? Oops. Did I just say "ought not to"? There we go. We

  • call them dangling modifiers or whatnot. What we want to do with this, with "look at me

  • now" is while you're in the middle of something, just stop yourself, and in the language -- or

  • English, in this case -- you're trying to learn, just stop, and in English try and tell

  • yourself what you're doing. "Right now, I am teaching." That's too easy. How about this:

  • "I am in a room -- there's my preposition -- teaching." I am standing on the second

  • floor." Other preposition, "on". "And we are at --" See, you keep going on and on. Just

  • use your prepositions, but just do it for what are you doing now. It's great. You can

  • be sitting in the toilet -- I'm sitting on the toilet in the bathroom. No, I'm not. If

  • the camera moves around, you'll notice it's a classroom. There's no toilet imagery, okay?

  • But I can use it to work on my prepositions. You can use it for other things, you know,

  • verbs and adjectives, working them into sentences, saying what are you doing now. "I am speaking

  • very slowly." When you use a modifier to show the speed of my speech, right? And I can do

  • that for other things. Cool? "You are learning very quickly." Got the modifier. You like

  • that? So this can be used for prepositions specifically, but you can turn around and

  • say, "What am I doing now?" Or, "look at me now" and then use, you know, describe it in

  • English as best you can -- pick a subject or an area you want to talk about, like my

  • verbs, my adjectives, my prepositions, or idioms, and then quickly try and use them

  • in the moment. It will help you master the language, and that's what I mean, actually

  • master the language. Well, I have given you three tricks -- a hat

  • trick, so to speak. Okay? Mr. E has helped out, of course, with the hat pull, remember?

  • Put words in a hat. Pull them out. It can be vocabulary. You can pick the type of vocabulary

  • -- specific vocabulary, whatever. You can use the random sentence generator, take these

  • same words, and have to make a sentence. When you really get advanced, and this is when

  • you really master the language, you can use two or three random words and put them in

  • one sentence. It's really cool, and it's really difficult. I've done as much as ten, but I'm

  • a native speaker. How many can you do? And then "look at me now". What are you doing now?

  • You're watching me. Where are you watching me? "I am in my living room watching you in

  • YouTube? On You -- on EngVid?" Which one is it? In or on? Figure it out, right? Speaking

  • of which, I'm sorry, it's time for me to go. But I've given you three cool tricks. You

  • can be the new teacher in your school. Teach your teacher. Teach your friends. But bring

  • them back. Bring them back to www.engvid.com as in "English video". Right? Where you'll

  • find me and my fantastic friend and several other teachers who want to teach you. And

  • before I forget: to make it easy so you don't have to be reminded, why don't you subscribe?

  • Hit "subscribe", and you'll know the latest video that I've completed. It will come right

  • to you direct. No effort on your part. Anyway, you have a great day, and I'll see you soon.

  • Mr. E, I'm out of here. Pull your own damn hat.

Hi. James from www.engvid.com. I'd normally be reading, but I'm putting my finishing touches.

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