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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.
What words make up the legs of the 5-legged cat in the video?

What is the problem with using the 5-legged cat words without specific references?

What is another word for "exaggeration"?

What are the seven sisters?

You never tell me that you love me.

Everyone knows you are an excellent student!

I saw some in the kitchen.

All of us agree. Mr. E. is the best.


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103 Comments on “How to be an effective speaker: BE SPECIFIC!”


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It is a fact that in order to be a much more effective speaker, we’ve got to be more specific.

I haven’t thought about it before,but now after watching this video and reflecting for a while
. . . I have noticed that. . . this is the way most people talk (is this statement a generalization? Please tell me so), through generalizations.

To tell the truth, it is risky to generalize about everything, especially at the workplace; doing so has really given me a hard time.

It was a great lesson James!!! Thanks for these useful tips on how to become an effective speaker. I will put them into practice, sure is!!!

Regards

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

    how you doing Regino,this is the first time that i see the Mexican flag on this site.thats awesome dude.

    Thursday, April 24th 2014

      Hi Cupi127, how are you doing?

      …from now on you will see it more often, I give you my word.

      Take care buddy, see ya soon!

      Saturday, April 26th 2014

Although you’re a cool guy, you make the most academic lectures. Ok, I’m trying to be more specific. Your lectures are representatives of the most academic performances here.
Btw, I think something can be true or not (false) but nothing can be ‘truer’. Maybe, something can be closer to THE truth than other things. What’s your opinion? ;)

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

VERY GOODDD!!! THANKS A LOT!

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

Great lesson! Thank you.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

I was surprised because the cat had 5 legs. It made me giggle. Thank you for your great lesson, James and Mr.E :)

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

Hi James, please help me with the following:

Why the word “some” in “I saw some in the kitchen” is defined as indefinite adjective and not as indefinite pronoun?… (taken from the question 7 of the test)… Thanks.

Excellent lesson!

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

hey i would like to how can we use much and more together if it is used is that correct.

Thursday, April 24th 2014

not clear to me at all.

Thursday, April 24th 2014

Thanks James for an interesting video, now that I was thinking for a while it is sure, I always made the same mistake “generalization”.
I’m going to practise it inmediately.

Thursday, April 24th 2014

    Leahy, you just made another generalization when you said ‘I always made the same mistake…’.
    Have fun and a nice day!

    Thursday, April 24th 2014

    hey leahy.im learning itaian.i have nobody to practice with,do u mind helping me

    Thursday, April 24th 2014

Hi James,
thanks a lot for your useful lesson.
You’re right and I’m going to use your ideas
take care

Thursday, April 24th 2014

James, every time you surprise and help me. Many thanks your coaching class in addition!

Thursday, April 24th 2014

Hi James, thank you

Thursday, April 24th 2014

Thank you Mr James.

Thursday, April 24th 2014

This site is awesome! Thanks a lot!

Thursday, April 24th 2014

Thank you very much for your lesson

Thursday, April 24th 2014

Super, useful lesson James!!!
Thank you so much!

Thursday, April 24th 2014

Big lesson, thanks James 6/8

Thursday, April 24th 2014

That was nice! 7/8

Thursday, April 24th 2014

that was interesting.can you make a video about human bones

Thursday, April 24th 2014

I’m sorry!!!

Thursday, April 24th 2014

I’ve got a 100%, This is such a really good class, Now I can relate the Seven sisters, and The 5 legged cat whenever I refer to these. Excellent

Thursday, April 24th 2014

Hi James, thank you for the key points,they are so useful

Thursday, April 24th 2014

What a helpful lesson. I usually make this kind of mistakes when I speak. Thank you very much James, I literally like the way you teach.

Thursday, April 24th 2014

thank you!

Thursday, April 24th 2014

James, you are a good teacher with a good sense of humor. Thank you for your this useful lesson. I got 8 correct out of 8.

Friday, April 25th 2014

Thank u James, very good lesson,I’ve got 7/8. but, I have a question in 7th question. Is the word ” some” indefinite adjective? I saw, it has describe as a indefinite pronoun in another web site.So I’m bit confused.Can you plz explain me about this.Thank you.

1.There are several people in the safe room.
(This is an indefinite adjective. It modifies the noun people.) There are several in the safe room.
This is an indefinite pronoun. It stands alone. It does not modify a noun.)

2.I have seen some cartridges in the cupboard.
(This is an indefinite adjective. It modifies the noun cartridges.)
I have seen some in the cupboard.
(indefinite pronoun)

3.There are only a few deer left
(This is an indefinite adjective. It modifies the noun deer.)
There are only a few left.
(indefinite pronoun)

Read more at http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/indefinite_adjectives.htm#MghVseQ4HqcQWhdD.99

Friday, April 25th 2014

    The word “Some” it can be an indefinite adjective when describe a noun for example “Some girls say….” or a Indefine pronoun when you use it to replace a noun..
    That´s what i read in a website a don´t if i´m wrong.

    Wednesday, June 17th 2015

I saw SOME in the kitchen. Isn’t SOME (in this case) an indefinite pronoun?

Friday, April 25th 2014

    Now that someone else wrote the same question I feel better. It is hard to accept that we don’t recognise a pronoun.

    Thanks James. Your lesson is very good and I will listen to it again and again because there are a lot of interesting words.
    You are a great teacher. Ciao. :)

    Saturday, April 26th 2014

oufff, much better!!!

Friday, April 25th 2014

Thank u James, very good lesson,I’ve got 7/8. but, I have a question in 7th question. Is the word ” some” indefinite adjective? I saw, it has describe as a indefinite pronoun in another web site.So I’m bit confused.Can you plz explain me about this.Thank you.

1.There are several people in the safe room.
(This is an indefinite adjective. It modifies the noun people.) There are several in the safe room.
This is an indefinite pronoun. It stands alone. It does not modify a noun.)

2.I have seen some cartridges in the cupboard.
(This is an indefinite adjective. It modifies the noun cartridges.)
I have seen some in the cupboard.
(indefinite pronoun)

3.There are only a few deer left
(This is an indefinite adjective. It modifies the noun deer.)
There are only a few left.
(indefinite pronoun)

Friday, April 25th 2014

thanks james .you are awesome

Friday, April 25th 2014

5/8, 63%, when the lesson is about grammar I never get 100% or even close! I made mistakes on the 1st, 7th and 8th.

Friday, April 25th 2014

I got 10/10.
Thank you, James. Always fun!

Friday, April 25th 2014

I really like your personality and enjoy listening always!

Saturday, April 26th 2014

Most of us makes those mistakes. This is the lesson not for fixing errors in English only but in one’s native language too. Excellent :)

Saturday, April 26th 2014

We are great and you too!!!Bye James.

Monday, April 28th 2014

….we have read what Stefany and Byte wrote and we have redone the quiz. We think they are right; number 7 is not right.

Monday, April 28th 2014

Thanks got 63%.

Monday, April 28th 2014

“There’s five legs”? I know using singular instead of plural is common among native speakers, but I think it should be “there are five legs”, right? ;)

Monday, April 28th 2014

Your lessons are popular even in Belarus and Russia. Great job!

Monday, April 28th 2014

    Big in Belarus! Has a nice ring to it :)

    Monday, April 28th 2014

    Belarus and Russia hmm… isn’t it one country like Bosnia and Herzegovina??? )))

    Monday, June 23rd 2014

thanks

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

it is a very good listening. thank you james

Wednesday, April 30th 2014

Nice! :D

Friday, May 2nd 2014

Thank you Mr James, you are awesome.

Friday, May 2nd 2014

thnx james i like all ur lessons

Sunday, May 4th 2014

greattt !!!!

Sunday, May 4th 2014

I want to be teacher like you…..

Monday, May 5th 2014

Hi, James! U’re really good at teaching! Keep going! :)

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

i’ve got a 63%, never got a mark this high in grammar before, most of the ppl did a good job, but I believed in keep watching James’ video will help a lot.

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

Thanx 4 the clarification and interesting instruction!

Wednesday, May 7th 2014

Great lesson

Wednesday, May 7th 2014

it’s quite complicated.. but the thing I want to say is you should give more advanced lessons like this lesson. I know there are some beginners in this website, but I highly appreciate if you make more advanced lessons .
anyway, thank you so much, great lesson James

Tuesday, May 13th 2014

wow 8/8, thank james i’ve enjoyed the lesson

Wednesday, May 14th 2014

it’s the with me this lesson i’ll never ever forget it!!!!! thank you so must james you are all good teachers!!

Friday, May 16th 2014

Thanks for this lesson. I realized a lot of common mistakes in English

Saturday, May 17th 2014

awesome one !

Friday, May 23rd 2014

thank you for that lesson teacher james. i believed in you , that is true. because many filipinos working in a call center industry they are really specific that is why many filipinos are very good in english. but me.. its hard for me to speak and construct the sentence quickly. i need to stop and to think what im going to speak out haissss this is really bad. i want to learn more.. tell me what should i do mr. james. thank you and godbless

Sunday, June 8th 2014

james is the best thank you > >

Sunday, June 8th 2014

Its a little bit difficult but I got perfect. Thank you sir.

Saturday, June 14th 2014

Thank you brother. it was very good lesson.im going to study your lessons.

Monday, June 16th 2014

so good))))))

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

very informative, i guess some speakers use this generalization or exaggeration becaut the use they want to make their listener to believe. but the truth is the opposite really happen.. “Salamat James”

Thursday, June 26th 2014

Those seven sisters were used always in different environments.

Tuesday, July 1st 2014

Hi, James. I just wanted to thank you for your video lessons. I find them not only extremely helpful but also very funny. I enjoy watching you a lot!

Sunday, July 6th 2014

    hello . if you dont mind could you please be a friend with me on facebook so both ofus can improve her english speaking skills :)

    Saturday, November 28th 2015

This class was very helpfull, the cat with five legs was very funny.

Monday, July 14th 2014

This lesson makes me reconsider about my communication skills not only in English but also in other languages.I should be more specific to become an effective speaker.
Thanks!

Monday, July 14th 2014

All lesson in engvid.com are amazing, It isn’t an exaggeration. Thanks guys!

Thursday, July 31st 2014

OK, 88 %. Thanks James.

Saturday, August 2nd 2014

Wonderfull lesson, i hope each James video will be so informative as this.

Sunday, October 12th 2014

Thank James, great lesson

Monday, November 3rd 2014

Hi, everyone-indefinite pronoun ;)!It is my strong belief that those who have noticed the mistake as to the answer to question 7 in the quiz are DEFINITELY right! But we all make mistakes, don`t we? and James himself admitted that he`s not perfect, didn`t he?
So why don`t we just look on the bright side?
Thank you, James for your wonderful lessons!

Saturday, November 8th 2014

Thanks james .. good lesson

Wednesday, November 19th 2014

Very interesting! Thank you, James!

Friday, December 5th 2014

Thanks James! i really like your lessons!

Sunday, December 14th 2014

Hey teacher. I’m a newbie here, nice to know this website. I am a student of English Education and i have a lot of problem. I have a problem with word building, like compound words, stem, prefixes and suffixes. Can you teach me about that lesson??? Please… I count on you teacher ^^

Wednesday, December 17th 2014

I’ve learned a lot with your detailed explanation.

Thanks!

Thursday, January 1st 2015

Great. I learnt lot of things with this.

Tuesday, February 10th 2015

Thank you James!

Tuesday, March 10th 2015

7/8 Murakoze James, that means Thank you in English :)

Saturday, March 28th 2015

Hi James, can you explain me, when we use “every” and when we use “all”? what’s the difference between these two words?

Tuesday, April 14th 2015

Best teacher ever! I wish you were my teacher at my school :(

Wednesday, June 17th 2015

It was really a great lesson by you James and for this lesson every one people who are all having an account in eng-vid have to bring your hands together and make a noise to praise the James because Jame had done a nice lesson about how to say specific on generalization it is important isn’t Thanks to James for such a nice lesson with a great effort for this presentation.. .

Saturday, September 12th 2015

The lesson is easy to understand, because “cat” and “sisters” make it easier to remember. Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, September 15th 2015

Very good lesson…once more !

Saturday, October 3rd 2015

We need one or two more lessons please James.It’s very important to have strong speaking skills and it helps me everywhere.Thanks Master.

Saturday, October 31st 2015

Thanks james¡¡

Monday, November 9th 2015

I am a fun of your lessons !!

Thursday, November 12th 2015

Thank you very much!

Friday, December 11th 2015

It was a very good lesson. well done

Saturday, December 12th 2015

Pls help me each time i want to speak english i feel out of words

Sunday, January 10th 2016

Thank you James, you are the best teacher! :)

Tuesday, February 9th 2016

Great lesson James, greetings from Indonesia.

Thursday, March 10th 2016

what i understand from this lesson is that we have to be more specific when we talk to someone else and don’t generalize our speak, am I right or not?.
by the way, I’m a new learner and i liked your videos a lot ….. best regards from iraq

Thursday, June 23rd 2016

You have a great way to teach all users on this page, amazing job!!!

Friday, July 15th 2016
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