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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Can you call a group of 10 girls with one guy, "guys"?

If you are on a sports team or in the military and you have a very close relationship with another man can you call him your brother?

If you are a woman, can you call your female friends your "girlfriends"?

Which sentence is correct, if you are a gay man in a long-term relationship?

Should you call black people "brother" if you are not black or a part of their family?

What is the correct word for someone you know but are not very close to?

Which definition is incorrect for the word "partner"?

Which sentence is the best one to put in the word "brother"?

Which sentence is the best one to put in the word "girlfriend"?

What is the correct way to describe a woman who is your friend, if you are a man?


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149 Comments on “Confusing Sex & Gender Words in English – girlfriend, guys, partner…”


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40 difficult but thanks your lessen

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

    Gender is rarely taught in language courses, particularly with this focus in mind (informal spoken language).

    James, your good sense of humor makes a real difference in your video-lessons.

    Your teaching style is unique!!!

    Thanks for this excellent video!

    Monday, October 27th 2014

“Free drinks for you~ Hahahahahaha…” Give me three minutes to laughing.
There is an Indian restaurant sitting near my living place. The Indian waiters call my Chinese friend “Bro” every time, and they blame my friend if they didn’t see my friend went to their restaurant for long time… So what my friend do is take another way to skip that restaurant.

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

Thank you for this excellent cultural language class.(could you understand my idea?)

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

^_^ o:O

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

☺️ I got 100% correct ,so proud.

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

This is a great lesson! It’s really hard to talk about gender in English, because we can’t distinguish nouns females from males, like it is in Portuguese. In Portuguese, for example: Friend->AmigA (female) AmigO (male).

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

Dear Bro, lol -.- just kidding… I learn a lot with your lessons… Thank you very much!!!

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

Hey guy! It´s good watch you tech us early in the year when the temperatures in Canada are freezing how you can leaving home in such temperatures?

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

I had a lot of fun watching this lesson, James! You made me laugh and learn at the same time, which is great! Greetings from Brazil!

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

    Yeah, laughing and learning go hand in hand in James’ video-lessons.

    Regards

    Friday, January 10th 2014

For Q3) I thought girlfriend in one word only means close relationship and girl friend means female friend.

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

thank you. this will help a lot, mainly the part of calling guys a groups where is there only one boy. just a doubt if i say “that guy” i’m refering forcely to a boy or both? because i could say that boy or that girl instead.

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

I know,it’s kinda late(1:43pm), but it’s never too late to learn something new! Thank you, James.
Oh, I see lots of Brazilians around here, let’s keep on learning guys!

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

)))

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

many thanks

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

difficut but good, got 60%, thanks for lesson

Thursday, January 9th 2014

    Don’t worry Abdul,we learn by making mistakes.
    My score was not high either, however I learn a lot.

    Regards

    Friday, January 10th 2014

      Thanks Regino, making my confidence up.

      Friday, January 10th 2014

I was confused but the score was not bad for me. Thank you, James and Mr. E :). I had fun :D

Thursday, January 9th 2014

It was funny!!! :) Can we say “HI DUDE”? :)

Thursday, January 9th 2014

    Hi Babylima, yeah we can say “Hi dude, what’s up?”
    “Dude” and “Man” are synonyms.

    Regards.

    Friday, January 10th 2014

(If you are a cat and the girl is your boss) LoL

Thursday, January 9th 2014

    HAhusahusahusahu….That was really funny

    Wednesday, June 15th 2016

I got 90%

Thursday, January 9th 2014

Hello James ! Thank you !
Can you tell us something about “mates”. I heard it much times in tv shows. Hook in Once upon a Times call the others “mates” in Neverland. And considering the reaction of Donna in Doctor Who when he ask her to be his mate, it seems to have many meanings according to the context, right ?

Thursday, January 9th 2014

funny

Thursday, January 9th 2014

HI James!! I do like your lesson and thank you so much for teaching.

Thursday, January 9th 2014

I like engvid.

Thursday, January 9th 2014

What is the correct word for someone you know but are not very close to?
– Friend
– Acquaintence


– Dickwad

You won James! :D

Thursday, January 9th 2014

hi Mr James
you said an Arabic word. your Arabic pronunciation was very clear. Why don’t you learn Arabic. I’ll be your teacher and I’ll be very proud of me that I teach the teacher who taught me.
thanks

Thursday, January 9th 2014

James you are always cracking jokes and I’m really enjoying it ;). Thanks for a fantastic lesson Bro :D;D:D

Thursday, January 9th 2014

100% thanks James

Thursday, January 9th 2014

Hi, in a business sleeping partner is different;enjoyed your lecture!

Thursday, January 9th 2014

You got 9 correct out of 10.
:)

It’s an amazing lesson ,, Thanx James :)

Habibi haha :D

Thursday, January 9th 2014

Great lesson as usual ^_^. Thanks James!

Thursday, January 9th 2014

annoying white in Turkish??? ı dont understand.
what does it mean?

Thursday, January 9th 2014

    He didn’t say ”annoying” he said his brother-in-law name,Noyen.

    Thursday, July 10th 2014

      ohh thank youu:)

      Thursday, July 10th 2014

Thanks Mr. James and your (brother) Mr. E
I got 80.
It keeps changing depends on time and culture.

But sometimes I dear word (mat) e.g. (Hi mat), (How are you mat) and (room partner) but not a lover, so what is your explain?

Thanks,

O.Khan

Thursday, January 9th 2014

    *I hear the word (….

    Thursday, January 9th 2014

Thanks for this lesson!!

Thursday, January 9th 2014

I don’t even know how to spell the word “acquaintance” .Now I know this word.

Thursday, January 9th 2014

Your lessons are always a revelation :)
Ciao!

Thursday, January 9th 2014

    Hi byte, I agree with you. I’m sure the lesson came as a revelation to most of us.

    Regards

    Friday, January 10th 2014

      Yes…He lights up the path to our perdition!

      Friday, January 10th 2014

Hahaha You scared me to death when you were talking in the way that I dont understand and then ” James from engvid speaking spannish” hahah :D and everything is clear xD My english didnt decrease XD

Thursday, January 9th 2014

Very lovely and interesting video. Thanks a lot!

Thursday, January 9th 2014

Hello, James.The lesson was really clear.I’ve completely understood what you taught.Thanks a lot.

Thursday, January 9th 2014

Just great!!!!! We love you James!

Thursday, January 9th 2014

Thanks for your clarification, it is clear for me now :)

Thursday, January 9th 2014

this is a little difficult but important , thank you

Thursday, January 9th 2014

Good lesson James,brother!:)I’v got 8 out of 10 !
See you next class !

Thursday, January 9th 2014

James, I also don’t understand about answer of 3d question. Why I can call my female friend as “girl friend” when I’m also girl? I thought “girl friend” is used just for describe when we speak about close relationship between girl and boy.

Thursday, January 9th 2014

thank you so much for this very useful lesson

Friday, January 10th 2014

thanks bro

Friday, January 10th 2014

i can’t understand because he said very quick

Friday, January 10th 2014

    HiHumrangcuagio, yeah James speaks fast, but this makes his lessons more challenging.
    Watch the video as many times as possible -with subtitles-it helps a lot.

    Regards

    Friday, January 10th 2014

      and it is possible read the text of his speech at the direct address of youtube.

      Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Gender is rarely taught in language courses particularly with this focus in mind, informal spoken language.
James, your good sense of humor makes a real difference in your video-lessons. Your teaching style is unique!!!

Thanks for this excellent video!

Friday, January 10th 2014

its great. 100% correct.

Friday, January 10th 2014

Good to know, sis! By the way! I suppose there is no problem calling you “brother” if we go to the same cult church or we are in the same mason organisation…

Friday, January 10th 2014

Thanks Mr for the fruitful lesson

Friday, January 10th 2014

Hmmm, why I shouldn’t say “brother” to black man, even he is not my friend or family? All people are brothers and sister aren’t they?

Friday, January 10th 2014

no subtitle in this video?

Friday, January 10th 2014

wow I did not know those things.. thaks, I like this video you are funny, y I understain :)

Friday, January 10th 2014

yo…bro……hahahaha….

Friday, January 10th 2014

10/10 thanks James

Friday, January 10th 2014

Dear James Please make a video explaining the differences

run up,run away,run off,run down
walked down vs walk
fill out,fill in,fill up
married off vs married
help vs help you out
check vs check you out
write up , write down,write out
Thanks in advance

Saturday, January 11th 2014

Can I just call you ‘Hi friend’ sine I know you but you don’t know me?

Saturday, January 11th 2014

Wow! This lesson helped me a lot. I had many doubts that could be solved by watching this video. Thanks James!

Saturday, January 11th 2014

Thank you.

Saturday, January 11th 2014

Thank you so much for online practice program.i have got 100 out of 100.i would like to ideal smart English user.thanks james!!

Sunday, January 12th 2014

Very useful lesson!
Thank you James.

Sunday, January 12th 2014

10 out of 10 :)

Sunday, January 12th 2014

Nice, useful and funny; so, no mistakes when you have to met your brother or sister “in law”!!! Thanks

Sunday, January 12th 2014

HI James!! I’m preparing my FCE exam and I was wondering If you could make a video of expressing purpose,result and contrast… and prepositions (I mean where to use the ones like towards, along…) and all that stuff.
Oh and one more thing nice video!!

Sunday, January 12th 2014

Excellent lesson, great quiz! I laughed a lot)))

Sunday, January 12th 2014

Hi James,

You lessons are always very good and useful. Many Thanks.

I know one word we can use to call a group of people is “folks”. Can you give some comments when it is OK to use it?

Thanks

Monday, January 13th 2014

i got 80 it’s good and very useful

Monday, January 13th 2014

Nice lesson…:)

Monday, January 13th 2014

Good lesson!

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

nada means nothing thanks for your lesson

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

100 I’m proud too

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

James, thanks a lot for very useful lesson! There are two more expressions I have heard many times: 1) Hi folks – used in the US a lot, would you mind to explain the correct meaning of that? I heard this expression to be used for the group of people, who would not be appropriate to call guys anymore – like a married couple in their 50´s or even the whole family. 2) Hi there – I do not feel comfortable to use such a addressing – but I am fine to use it in the e-mail – some time ago I heard that to say hi for example to a shop assistant or coffeehouse salesperson – is such an addressing correct? Thank you and greetings from Prague!:-)

Friday, January 17th 2014

I loved it. Thanks. It was absolutely helpful and for sure I will suggest this web site and your videos to my friends and clients.

Friday, January 17th 2014

thanks , you are very good teacher

Friday, January 17th 2014

9 correct out of 10 – Thomas from Poland – nice video thx my teacher

Sunday, January 19th 2014

You are great teacher :)Lessons with you really helpful for me. I will recommend this site and lessons with you my friends :)Thanks :)
Test I got 9 correct out of 10 :)

Thursday, January 23rd 2014

Thanks so much for your clearing lesson.Mi querido profesor james.

Friday, January 24th 2014

Well, but if she is not my friend, who is she?

Friday, January 24th 2014

Got 100%. I’m king!

Saturday, January 25th 2014

i like your lessons

Friday, January 31st 2014

3. If you are a woman, can you call your female friends your “girlfriends”?
yes
no

sorry but how i call my female friends that my girlfriens so i am a lesbian o_O

Friday, January 31st 2014

    you should call her :”my partner”.

    Sunday, April 27th 2014

10 out of 10!!! bigg thanks1!!

Saturday, February 1st 2014

thanks

Monday, February 3rd 2014

i got 60%

Tuesday, February 4th 2014

Thanks for your lessons!!! They really helps me!
I’m not sure where to write, but I’d like to see some lessons about making renovation in an appartment and building houses. There are many words and phrases I don’t know how to use correct because I’m not specialist in that.

Tuesday, February 4th 2014

awww really thank you! I confused ‘girlfriend’ and ‘friend’ when talking about girls who are just friends, now I don’t! :)

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

James, my English is getting better, because I can understand what you say. Your lesson is kind of a leveler to me, because I always had difficulties understanding you! Thank you for this class.

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

Skype ID ‘Huseynov.17′ ..—->If you want to improve your speaking level like me ,you can add me at skype for talking.

Monday, February 10th 2014

I learned a lot in this video.Thank you for your lesson,James.Hoping I can keep studying in this website.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

I love the way in which you speak! it’s funny, and so easier to understand!

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Hi James.
You’ve just helped me to make clear all these words. Thanks

Friday, March 14th 2014

Could you please give me some expressions I can use when addressing to my close friends?
e.g. Is it right to say, “I called you last night my dear”, “My sweat heart”, “My good Mary”, “My Jim”?
Thank you in advance

Friday, March 14th 2014

Thanks so much teacher!You know there are three groups of teachers:1.Born to be teacher 2.Created to be teacher 3.Be to be teacher
You are from the first group
Now,I have a question What are the differences between I am from a place AND I come from a place?

Sunday, March 16th 2014

Please answer me I’ve been waiting for a long time!

Sunday, March 16th 2014

wow, really funny .
I love engVid so much.

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

intersting @@ Thank u!

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

i got 80% great video!

Tuesday, March 25th 2014

I’ve made a mistake in question #6
– friend
– acquaintance

Can’t get it right, because I’ve never heard the word “acquaintance”.

So for example if you come to a bar regularly and have a drink, but you’re not really close to barista and barely talk to each over, he will name you a “friend”, right? But this would mean “acquaintance” or he will say directly like this: “Hi acquaintance, what would you like to drink?”

Saturday, March 29th 2014

I really had fun and understand now how to use them correctly! You are so right James, keep silent until u know more, my male colleague keeps saying his partner. When we were puzzled if he is a gay, turned out that’s his girlfriend ^_^¦¦¦

Tuesday, April 1st 2014

Hi James,
thanks a lot for your useful and funny lesson.

Tuesday, April 15th 2014

Yeah ! man ! that’s great ! lol
In France, it is not always clear too !

Sunday, April 20th 2014

im still gonna call you bro man , good bye , guy

Monday, April 21st 2014

Uraa I got 90% from 100%, thank you very very and very much for lesson James. Thanks for who meked test, waw it was difficult, but I done it with help Jame’s lesson. Nice

Friday, April 25th 2014

thanks James, you teach us a very funny useful lessons.

Friday, April 25th 2014

got 90

Saturday, May 10th 2014

Very, very thanks! this was important to me!!

Saturday, May 17th 2014

Cool!!! Thank’s a lot, James!!!

Wednesday, June 4th 2014

James~^0^
Thank YOU**

Thursday, June 12th 2014

The quiz really blows my mind!
And I like Phoebe too! “Smelly cat, smelly cat, it’s not your fault…”(:

Sunday, June 22nd 2014

90! Thanks! I tried to find this information long time. Thank you very much! But I have a question. What about pal? Is it slang? Can I use this word? Thanks.

Monday, June 23rd 2014

that was funny lol..

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

7/10 not bad. Thanks James for sharing some vocabulary, More power

Monday, June 30th 2014

hello bro wish you all the best. sorry I’m joking. good lesson you make and I do my quiz with flying colours.

Friday, July 25th 2014

funny lesson got 100 % thanks James

Thursday, July 31st 2014

funny lesson got 100 % thanks James .

Thursday, July 31st 2014

not bad … thnx James

Tuesday, August 5th 2014

I got 90

Sunday, August 10th 2014

Hey! I find your lesson a little bit confussing with so many coments…and could be a little bit annoying if someone is homosexual…as me.

Monday, August 25th 2014

i can see there are many ladies so you can call ” girlfriend ” for a woman . just in case you have a company at home you are just friends. you said a guy it is a game of words . his mother is of mature age at 40 years old . maybe i call her “guys” since she is not medium- aged who is between 55 and 69 years old .is it correct?

Friday, September 19th 2014

Hi so why this video is Unavailable i can’t watch it did you remove it or what wrong with it ?

Thursday, January 1st 2015

Haha…thanks James!You make me laugh and feel impressive with this lesson. Now I’ve got a Q..Can I call a guy “Cute”?;-)

Wednesday, January 28th 2015

thanks brother,

Thursday, February 5th 2015

Hi, James.You are really good at teaching!
keep up the excellent work!
Thanks so much.

Thursday, February 5th 2015

Hi James! Thank you for your lessons, they not just very helpfull and interesting but also very funny (in good sense)))). Thank you a lot!

Saturday, February 28th 2015

I got 90%, bro! Haha, just kidding. I’m looking forward for more videos.

Tuesday, March 24th 2015

Thank you James

Monday, May 18th 2015

thank for the clarification, I always get confused with these words.

Monday, June 15th 2015

I got 9 out of 10. I got confused on question #7. Thanks james for this lesson. You’re one of my favourite teachers at engvid. Have a nice day.

Monday, January 4th 2016

7/10 thank you 💜

Saturday, January 23rd 2016

I just really laugh with this lesson. Officer James is a wonderful actor. I even signed up for comments.

Tuesday, March 15th 2016

Excellent! Thanks!

Friday, April 1st 2016

Thanks

Sunday, May 29th 2016

I got 70 of 100 .. not bad cuz i learned somthing intersting .. i like that word habebe ..
Thanks james for this lesson .

Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thanks for the lesson but don’t you think the answers are too sarcastic like ” if you are a cat and your lover is your boss”…..are you serious,teacher

Monday, June 20th 2016
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