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  • Commonly confused words! You will maybe mix up words.

  • These words are very close in meaning, but they're actually different. My name's Ronnie.

  • I'm going to help you figure out some... six words that are confusing in English,

  • and you think maybe they're even the same word. They are not the same word.

  • They are different. They have different meanings.

  • Don't ever get them wrong again.

  • Okay, so: commonly confused words. The first one is "fun", and you confuse this with "funny",

  • and I say, what's the difference between "fun" and "funny"?

  • And you say, "Oh, I know... 'fun' is an adjective." It's the police again.

  • They've come to get me. We're having too much fun.

  • And I say, "Well, if 'fun' is an adjective what kind of word is 'funny' then, hmm?"

  • And you go, "Oh, it's an adjective, too." So what's the difference?

  • The difference is "fun" means you are -- woohoo -- having a great, great time doing something.

  • You are having fun. It's great.

  • Maybe you are drinking. Maybe you are watching English videos.

  • Maybe you are studying. I really wouldn't think that studying would be fun, but

  • learning on the internet is fun. Then we have "funny."

  • "Funny" means it makes you laugh. If something is funny, you will laugh.

  • A lot of people say "I went to Disneyland and it was funny."

  • Why, what happened? "We went on a roller coaster." Uhhh, okay, but a roller coaster's not "funny".

  • If I went to an amusement park, I wouldn't look at a roller

  • coaster and go... "Hahaha... look at it, it's a roller coaster. It's funny." No, you

  • would go on the roller coaster and go "Woo hoo!" -- it is fun.

  • So: difference, "fun" means, basically, a good time -- "I'm having a good

  • time." -- versus "funny" -- it makes you laugh. This word looks like "la ha uhghhjg"

  • but the pronunciation is actually "laugh". "Fun" means it's a good time,

  • like at a party. "Funny" means it makes you laugh. You can have both together.

  • You can go to a party. The party can be super-fun, and someone at

  • the party could be funny, maybe there's a clown, clowns can be funny.

  • The next one is "surprise" versus "shock." I hear a lot of people say,

  • for example, "I went home last night, and I saw my mom and my dad naked. I was surprised.

  • " Were you having a party? Are you getting out a camera?

  • "Hi Mom, hi Dad, what's up?" No, no, no, no, you were not "surprised".

  • You were scarred for life. You were in "shock" or, in the past tense, you were

  • "shocked".

  • You weren't happy about something. You were "shocked". So, "surprise" we

  • always use for a positive event. For example, if you bought a lottery

  • ticket and you won, "Surprise! You have a million dollars!" Cool!

  • Compared to "shocking" news.

  • Let's say that you just got a phone call that your friend is in the hospital,

  • because they got hit by a donkey. "Surprise! (驚喜)Your friend got hit by a donkey".

  • No... "I'm shocked! My friend got hit by a donkey."

  • "Surprise" is always positive.

  • "Shocked" is always a bad thing, or a negative situation. On to the last one.

  • "Famous" versus "popular". These are very similar in meaning,

  • but again, different. "Famous" means many people know you or know someone. So

  • if you look at an example, you can take any president of United State of America

  • I would wager a bet, any president, or prime minister in the world

  • most people would know their name. So if I took the President of Canada...

  • we don't have a President of Canada. If I took the Prime Minister of Canada...

  • Nah, I don't want to take him.

  • If we took the President of America, if we took George W. Bush, the past president of America,

  • most people have heard of the word "bush" before, mmm-hmm...

  • George W. Bush. But, many people know this name; many people know the name "Bush".

  • Popular: do you like George Bush, George W. Bush? I'm sorry.

  • George W. Bush was very, very famous, but he was not popular. "Popular"

  • means many people actually like someone.

  • So people who are popular... they don't have to have a lot of people that

  • know who they are, but they have to have a couple people who actually like them.

  • Another example of someone who is "famous", but not "popular" -- again,

  • it's all about the government, isn't it -- would be the famous, but much hated,

  • Hitler. Everyone knows who Hitler is. I hope people don't like Hitler.

  • Come on, really? This guy's terrible! So Hitler is famous but not popular.

  • Maybe when you were in high school, there was the "popular" boy... who talked

  • like this, and was so popular, okay? Or there was the "popular" girl.

  • People liked the popular boy or the popular girl.

  • But if you went to a different school and you said, "Hey, do you know Benny,

  • the guy that talks like this?" They'd go, "No, I don't know Benny."

  • Benny is well-liked or popular at your school, but many people don't know who he is.

  • Famous -- popular. Surprise -- shock. Fun -- funny.

  • That's all for now! www.engvid.com -- do a quiz. Bye.

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Commonly confused words! You will maybe mix up words.

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6 Confusing Words: fun & funny, famous & popular, surprise & shock

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    Zenn posted on 2013/03/04
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