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  • Eat Sleep Dreamers welcome back to another lesson with me Tom. Today I'm somewhere slightly

  • different, I'm in Hong Kong. I've been out here for about a month teaching English. It's

  • been an amazing time, I've loved it here and one of the great things about being out here

  • is that I get to meet the Eat Sleep Dreamers around the world. So I've met a few Eat Sleep

  • Dreamers in Hong Kong which has been amazing. But today I want to talk to you guys about

  • ten really useful expressions that you can use to talk about your every day lives. These

  • are ten phrases that talk about the frequency of doing things. So we know about sometimes

  • and never and always but these are ten expressions that you might not know that are used so often

  • by native English speakers and I really want to share them with you today. So if you are

  • ready, let's get going.

  • Ok, number one 'whenever I get the chance'. So if someone says to you

  • 'How often do you see your Mum and Dad?' you say 'whenever I get the chance'. It just

  • means there's no specific amount, it's not always or it's not every week but it's when

  • you have the opportunity, that's when you'll do it. So whenever I get the chance. This

  • is great for someone who has a really busy schedule, let's say you are a parent and someone

  • says to you 'How often do you go running?' or 'How often do you workout?' you could say

  • 'whenever I get the chance'. Like, you are super busy, work, life, baby. So if you have

  • the chance, when you have the chance, that's when you'll do it. So whenever I have the

  • chance. As we go through these phrases, think about how they link to your life. In what

  • situations might you use this phrase 'whenever I get the chance'. Alright, let's get to number

  • two. Somewhat similar to that one 'not as often as I'd like'. That's telling you that

  • you want to do this activity more often but you don't have the opportunity so not as often

  • as I'd like. So again someone says to you 'How often do you do yoga?' You want to do

  • it more than you do now so you would say 'Not as often as I'd like.' I want to do it more

  • but I don't have the opportunity. Not as often as I'd like. Two nice phrases here to mean

  • sometimes. We've got 'every now and then' and 'from time to time'. Both mean sometimes.

  • So 'how often do you go shopping?' 'Every now and then' or 'From time to time'. So sometimes.

  • These are nice alternatives to sometimes. Every now and then, from time to time. I love

  • this phrase 'not as often as I used to.' So here we are saying we don't do the activity

  • as much as in the past. In the past we did this activity a lot more frequently but now

  • not so much. Not as often as I used to. For example 'Do you still go to concerts?' 'Not

  • as often as I used to.' So in the past i used to go to concerts a lot and now not so much.

  • So it's a nice way to contrast your present activity and frequency of doing something

  • to the past. Not as often as I used to. Two nice phrases to talk about high-frequency

  • of doing something. All the time. So for example 'How often do you see Jack these days?' "I

  • see him all the time, he lives right next to me.' So high-frequency 'all the time'.

  • And if you want to show that something is a regular habit you could say, nearly every

  • and then the time so 'nearly every day' 'nearly every week' or 'nearly every month'. So you

  • are showing that it's pretty habitual, that you do it frequently and you do it consistently,

  • nearly every week. 'How often do you call your Grandma?' 'Nearly every week.' So consistently,

  • almost every week, not quite every week but nearly every week. Here's a great phrase for

  • if you want to show that your answer is a bit surprising, that maybe it's not the answer

  • that the other person expected you to say. So for example 'How often do you cook?' You

  • might say 'Not that often actually.' The actually there is showing surprise, it's showing that

  • the answer that you are saying is probably surprising to the person you are speaking

  • to. They may expect you to say quite often or all the time. So you are saying not that

  • often, so low-frequency and then the actually part is showing that you are understand that

  • it could be surprising information to the other person. So 'how often do you cook?'

  • 'Not that often actually.' Here's one I've wanted to address for a long time. Now in

  • Hong Kong, when I hear students speaking they'll often use the word 'seldom' which means not

  • very often, yeah? Between sometimes and never it's in between there. Now seldom for me is

  • quite a formal word and I see it most in written English. I don't generally hear it spoken

  • so much. In spoken English I would say 'hardly ever'. So 'how often do you eat chocolate?'

  • 'Hardly ever'. You are saying almost never, not quite but instead of saying seldom which,

  • as I say I think is quite a formal word mostly in written English, hardly ever is perfect

  • for spoken English. Sounding very natural, like a native English speaker. So hardly ever,

  • perfect phrase. And let's finish off with a fun one to say that you basically never

  • do this. You could say 'once in a blue moon'. Because blue moons are rare, they don't happen

  • very often so you might say 'once in a blue moon' to say that you basically never do it,

  • maybe once in a while. That's also another phrase 'once in a while'. So 'how often do

  • you go to a fancy restaurant?' Once in a blue moon.' So not very often at all. Alright guys,

  • ten super useful phrases to expand your vocabulary, bring some variety and ten ways to express

  • your ideas in slightly different ways. I hope you found that useful guys, if you did find

  • that useful guys give me a big thumbs up and let me know in the comments below. And if

  • you can make an example sentence with any of those phrases i'd love you to do that and

  • I'll pop down and I'll comment on your comment. Remember to check me out on Instagram guys,

  • I've got Instagram stories where I try and put regular English content and you get to

  • see behind the scenes of Eat Sleep Dream English. You will have followed my trip in Hong Kong

  • if you have been on Instagram stories and of course I'm on Facebook as well. I put videos

  • out every Tuesday and every Friday to help you to take your English to the next level

  • and achieve your life goals whatever they may be. Thank you so much for hanging out

  • with me guys, this is Tom, the Chief Dreamer, saying goodbye.

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