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  • (upbeat music)

  • - Hello everyone, and welcome back to English With Lucy.

  • Today, I've got an important lesson for you

  • about the three words you should never, ever say

  • or use in English.

  • This lesson is going to help you improve all apects

  • of your English, but in particular,

  • your vocabulary and your writing.

  • But it will also help

  • with speaking, listening, and storytelling as well.

  • It's also going to be especially useful

  • if you want to sound more professional.

  • But more about that later.

  • Before we get started, I'd like

  • to mention one other thing that

  • can drastically improve your English language skills.

  • It's the Lingoda Language Marathon.

  • I'm going to talk about this fully

  • at the end of the video,

  • but you can go to the time shown on the screen now

  • if you want to know about it right this second.

  • Basically, you an do 90 days of English lessons

  • with qualified native teachers

  • and get your full course fee refunded.

  • That's up to 807 euros.

  • But first, let's get on with the lesson.

  • The first word that you should never,

  • ever say or write in English is,

  • dare I even say it?

  • It's very.

  • Now, I've spoken about this horrible little word before.

  • But I think it's essential that you

  • understand why you should never use it.

  • Especially when writing, and God forbid,

  • in essays and exams.

  • Very is a very weak word.

  • See what I did there.

  • It doesn't communicate enough information,

  • and in my opinion it's one

  • of the most useless words in the English language.

  • All it does is magnify another word.

  • So how can you avoid using it,

  • and what should you say instead, if anything.

  • I'm going to give you some options,

  • and I'm going to give you loads

  • of vocabulary that you can use

  • that will make you sound like a total pro,

  • short for professional.

  • First I'm going to ask you a question.

  • Which of these sounds better?

  • The audience were very scared by the very loud noise.

  • Or the audience were very scared by the deafening noise.

  • I mean,

  • I think the second one sounds better.

  • What have I done?

  • I have replaced very and the adjective, very loud,

  • with one powerful adjective that serves very's purpose.

  • What about the audience, where they very scared?

  • Can we think of something better?

  • How about, petrified?

  • The audience were petrified by the deafening noise.

  • So much better, and we've used less words,

  • which is much better for essay writing

  • because you have word limits.

  • Here are some examples of words that you can use

  • instead of very plus adjective.

  • Very bad, atrocious.

  • Very poor, destitute.

  • Very risky, perilous.

  • Very tired, exhausted.

  • Very hungry, ravenous.

  • That is one of my favourite words I think.

  • What a fantastic word, ravenous.

  • And very clean, spotless.

  • I actually think finding these more powerful adjectives

  • is loads of fun, and it makes your writing

  • and your speech so much more descriptive.

  • Plus, you automatically sound

  • like you know so much more English

  • because you've got all these words

  • that sometimes even natives don't know.

  • I think this calls for some homework.

  • Yes, even in free YouTube videos you do get homework.

  • I want you to comment below

  • with at least three alternatives for very plus an adjective.

  • Let's see how many we can get under the video

  • and make sure to check out everyone else's responses,

  • so we have this huge resource for everyone to use.

  • Go, go, go.

  • Comment three.

  • Right.

  • The next one.

  • Oh, what a terrible word.

  • Said.

  • Said.

  • It's such a boring word, it doesn't tell me anything.

  • Now, the word replacements I'm

  • going to tell you are more geared towards writing,

  • but it will help you with your speaking,

  • and definitely your storytelling

  • when you're recounting a lot of dialogue.

  • So why shouldn't you say said?

  • Because it's bloody boring, that's why.

  • Read this.

  • I'm leaving you forever, she said.

  • No, he said.

  • How dull is that?

  • Let's try again, but changing up the dialogue words.

  • I'm leaving you forever, she announced.

  • No, he cried.

  • See, so much better, right?

  • We could take it one step further with adverbs as well,

  • but be careful with these,

  • 'cause sometimes it can make the writing a little bit busy.

  • Scatter them in every now and again.

  • I'm leaving you forever, she announced powerfully.

  • No, he cried pathetically.

  • See, so jazzy now, isn't it?

  • Now I am a very generous teacher,

  • and I have curated a list of amazing dialogue words

  • that you can use in your writing

  • and in your speech, but a quick Google search

  • will leave you with hundreds of alternatives,

  • so make sure you do your revision.

  • I've organised mine into sections.

  • Anger, bellowed, snapped, cautioned.

  • Affection, consoled, comforted, soothed.

  • Excitement, babbled, gushed, exclaimed.

  • Fear, stammered, gasped, screamed.

  • Determination, declared, insisted, commanded.

  • Can you tell I'm really enjoying this lesson?

  • Happiness, sighed, gushed, laughed.

  • Sadness, sobbed, moaned, lamented.

  • Show conflict, sneered, scolded, glowered.

  • To show amusement, teased, chortled, guffawed.

  • And for storytelling, recounted, recalled, resumed.

  • I hope those are really useful for you.

  • As I said before, a quick Google search,

  • and you'll have pages and pages of alternatives to said.

  • Are you ready for the last word

  • that you should never, ever use?

  • It is,

  • thing.

  • Yeah, I know.

  • Awful isn't it?

  • Isn't it just the most awful word?

  • The most frustrating and annoying word in the world.

  • My boyfriend always shouts to me,

  • Luce, where did you put the thing?

  • And I reply, what thing?

  • And then he says, you know, the thing.

  • It's infuriating.

  • Words like thing, and stuff, are convenient placeholders.

  • When we can't remember the name of something

  • or we get distracted, we use them instead.

  • It's actually really hard

  • to kick this habit in conversation,

  • so I'm not so strict with that.

  • But it is so important that we don't use them in writing.

  • That's just lazy.

  • There is always a better word.

  • For example, I looked at all of the things.

  • I felt sad.

  • You don't know anything about what's making me feel sad.

  • How 'bout if I say it like this?

  • I looked at all of my mother's

  • childhood teddies and possessions.

  • I felt sad.

  • There, I tell you loads of information about the situation,

  • and you understand why I feel so sad.

  • Seems obvious, but it's amazing how many people

  • use thing in their writing.

  • In conclusion, stop saying these three things.

  • I've said it before, but it's very important.

  • (laughs) Ah, I did a funny.

  • I made a joke.

  • Okay, it is now time to talk about the ins and outs,

  • an idiom meaning all the details,

  • of the Lingoda Language Marathon

  • which you can do for French, Spanish, German, English,

  • and business English.

  • (fanfare blasts)

  • It's new, oo!

  • And actually, business English has got me really excited,

  • because I know so many of you are learning English

  • to improve your career prospects and to find a job.

  • The best way to learn a language

  • and retain what you have learned

  • is to study a little bit every day

  • and to practise with native speakers.

  • I know that a lot of you don't have the time

  • or the funds, the money, to attend in-person classes,

  • so Lingoda is offering a really affordable

  • and convenient solution.

  • If you haven't heard of Lingoda before,

  • it's an online language school,

  • where you can study with native qualified teachers

  • anywhere, anytime, as long as you have a laptop

  • and a stable internet connection.

  • You study in a virtual classroom

  • with very small group sizes.

  • There's no need to travel.

  • Study at home, weekends, evenings,

  • five o' clock in the morning,

  • whenever you want.

  • I've tried the classes out myself,

  • and I think it's a fantastic service

  • for busy people like me.

  • So, what is the Lingoda Language Marathon?

  • Lingoda want to offer you an extra source of motivation,

  • because let's face it, marathons are not a walk in the park.

  • Successfully take one group class

  • every day for three months,

  • and Lingoda will refund your course fee in full.

  • I think that's achievable.

  • And many students manage it every year.

  • But if that's too much for you,

  • but you still want to challenge yourself,

  • you can do the half marathon

  • which is 15 classes every month,

  • and when you complete them successfully,

  • Lingoda will refund half of your course fee.

  • If you're interested in taking the marathon in English,

  • you have two options.

  • The standard English marathon is for all levels,

  • beginner to advanced,

  • and it will help you improve your general fluency.

  • The new business English marathon

  • is perfect for getting that new job

  • or advancing in the workplace.

  • Learn everything from interview skills,

  • to writing emails, to giving presentations,

  • to hosting business meetings.

  • Please note, this is for English levels B2 or above only.

  • The marathon runs from the 1st of October 2018,

  • to the 1st of January 2019.

  • And don't worry, Lingoda have made special arrangements

  • so you don't have to take a class

  • on the 24th, 25th, or 26th of December if you don't want to.

  • You have to sign up before the 21st of September 2018,

  • and pay the five euro entry fee,

  • but if you use my voucher code, learn1,

  • you only have to pay 50 cents.

  • So use the code learn1 on the link below.

  • After paying the entry fee

  • that secures your spot on the marathon,

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  • Every month you'll be charged a fixed amount.

  • That's three times in total,

  • depending on which marathon you choose to take.

  • If you subscribe straight away,

  • you won't be charged until the 24th of September,

  • but you can still cancel your participation.