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Mrs. Dursley thinks her sister's husband is a __________________ human being.

None of them noticed a large tawny owl _______________ past the window.

Mr. Dursley _______________ a song as he picked out his most boring tie for work.

Dudley was having a _______________.

Mr. Dursley stood _______________ to the spot. He didn't move.

Mrs. Dursley sipped her tea through _______________ lips.

"People are being downright careless, out on the streets in _______________ daylight."

"Well – give him here, Hagrid – we'd better get this _______________ with."

"Good luck, Harry," he _______________.

"To Harry Potter – the boy who _______________!"


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122 Comments on “English Books: How to learn English with Harry Potter!”


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10 of 10. Thank you for this lesson. It was the first book that I red. At first was heavy to read for me because I did’t understand many of words. But when you moving deeper to the text, at once moment you had understood that many of words you already know. It’s simply, just try it.

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

    Exactly! The more you read, the more you will start seeing the same words again and again until the text is no longer a mystery.

    Tuesday, November 8th 2016

Hello I am new here how can I improve my speaking skill ,am very shy and if I talk to someone I got confused ,so what should I do

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

    Welcome to EngVid, Emmakid! Speaking is definitely the most difficult part of learning a new language, and it takes a long time to develop confidence. I’m learning French, and it helps if I have others to practice with, but if I don’t have other people around, I also just watch movies, read articles and books, and have Google translate very close to me to help. :)

    Friday, November 11th 2016

Thanks a ton. It is absolutely helpful

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

    You’re very welcome. Thanks for studying with us!

    Thursday, November 10th 2016

Hello, Thank you for your teaching. I left a comment to all of the Engvid’s teachers for making a video for the confusing words which are listed at the below but unfortunately they did not do that.
1) so as to
2) in case
3) in that
4) as though = as if
5) so far as
6) in order that
7) thereby
8) therein
9) thereof
10) therefore
11) thereafter
12) wherein
13) henceforth=henceforward
14) barnone
15) bar=except
16) as for
17) as per
18) as to
19) much as
20) many as / as much
21) …
What are these words and what do we call these words in English?
Is there a complete categorization for these words?

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

    Thank you Alex it was useful. I really like reading books like this one but unfortunately I can’t do it anymore. Because I’m so busy with my lessons but as a matter of fact watching engvid is more effective for me.
    Thank you again.

    Tuesday, November 8th 2016

      I understand. It’s difficult to read or do enjoyable hobbies if you’re busy with other things in life.

      Tuesday, November 8th 2016

    You have a mix of prepositional phrases and adverb sentence connectors here. These would be good for a writing lesson. I’ll keep them in mind!

    Tuesday, November 8th 2016

hello my teacher alex. althought, it was a long lesson; i have taught many expressions and vocabulary, and sorry for your hard work . maybe you got tired because of the long writting. you are really excellent teacher and i am alayws looking farward your lessons. thank you a lot.

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

    My pleasure! Thanks for watching, SKIKDA. It’s definitely a longer lesson. I drank a cup of coffee before I started recording it! It took a lot of time and energy to plan and to record it. :)

    Tuesday, November 8th 2016

Thanks for all of your kind and useful feedback, everyone. I really appreciate it. It seems like Harry Potter has a lot of fans on EngVid! Just a reminder that if you’d like to sign up for a free 30-day trial at Audible.com AND receive a free audio book, check out this link: http://www.engvid.com/out/audiblealex By signing up, you’re also helping me and EngVid directly. As always, thanks for clicking, and thanks for studying with us. :)

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

Great job! Keep it up!

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

Pigs delight in the mire more than in clean water.
People read every rubbish such as the harrypotter.

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

    I think it’s a really fun fantasy series, especially for teenagers. Everyone has their own opinions about the series, though.

    Tuesday, November 8th 2016

      Yes, of course, lessons on the value of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, and stick-with-it-ness can be found among the horcruxes and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. But for me Harry Potter is pure escapism – a way to disappear into a fantasy where your troubles can be addressed with the flick of a wand. Woe is me!

      Wednesday, November 9th 2016

        Oh, it’s definitely escapist fiction. Sometimes, that’s what people want and need. :)

        Wednesday, November 9th 2016

it is a time to start!

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

    For sure! Good luck!

    Thursday, November 10th 2016

It’s awesome! Are you going to continue? I’d like to see lessons about next chapters. Thanks:)))

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

    I’d love to! We’ll see how many people watch and enjoy the lesson first.

    Thursday, November 10th 2016

Thanks so much teacher!!! I undertand perfectly…

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

    Fantastic!

    Thursday, November 10th 2016

I think, this.. what you do here, is very important for me… I mean for us, I’m going to read it Thank you Professor

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

    You’re very welcome, Vlozky. Thanks for studying with us.

    Wednesday, November 9th 2016

Hi, Alex) I had to sign up here just to be able to express my gratitude to you for this lesson) Actually, all your lessons are great and captivating, but this one is… well… magical)Looks like a great deal of work was done but it’s totally worth it!
Are you going to continue such lessons based on the books? Maybe other parts of Harry Potter or just any other masterpiece) It can be interesting, I guess)

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    Thanks a lot, ColdPenguin. I’d love to continue with this series of videos. It was definitely more work than usual, but I think it was worth it in the end. Share it with your friends. :)

    Thursday, November 10th 2016

Oh, and by the way, great T-shirt! I’m a bit envy)

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    Thanks a lot! :)

    Friday, November 11th 2016

Super leçon que j’ai vraiment apprécié. Mes petits enfants sont fans d’Harry Potter et grâce à vous, je comprends mieux leur plaisir.
Bravo.

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    Merci! Je comprend presque tout que tu ecrit. (ecris? ecrits?)

    Wednesday, November 9th 2016

      J’écris, tu écris, il écrit, nous écrivons, vous écrivez, ils écrivent.

      Wednesday, November 9th 2016

thanks Alex your lesson is great.

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    You’re welcome, Rebaz! Thank you very much for studying with me.

    Friday, November 11th 2016

just like always a great lesson
Alex i have a big problem with speaking English, actually i am good in understanding English because when i listen to English videos i can understand just like those movies, i have watched all 7 harry potter movies and i can understand what they say but when i want to talk with myself i can’t, there is nothing in my mind.
What should i do?

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    Hi nadia, this is a common issue for anyone who is learning a second language. Sometimes this is because we feel shy to speak and make mistakes, and sometimes it’s because we just can’t think of the words we need quickly enough. The answer to this problem is to put yourself in as many positions as possible to speak the language you’re learning, and to try to be PROACTIVE in the conversation…START the conversation instead of waiting for someone else to start it. If you’re speaking with someone’s who understands that you’re learning, they’ll be kind when you can’t think of the words in the moment.

    Wednesday, November 9th 2016

      Thanks Alex for your nice advice as I see you’re
      absolutely right,ُafter this I will try to start a conversation in every place or position even with myself, it’s no matter if I make a mistake
      Also, I have download all your last videos on youtube and always watch them it help me to repeat English words and learn how to pronounce them.
      again I want to say Thank you so much for teaching us so nice and helpful

      Thursday, November 10th 2016

        I’m not sure if I’ll have the time, but I’ll definitely read about the results afterwards.

        Thursday, November 10th 2016

Mr.Alex this lesson has been very awsome, i have realy liked your way to expline the meaning of words. when you wer explaning them with real actions, i’v not felt of any boring or anxiety, indeed i was relaxing and enthusiast , it was more easier to understande and memorize the vocbularies than to use dictionaries. thanks very muche , it was very useful , is it a serie of explanation of harry potter storis or it was just one ?

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    Just one for now. If enough people enjoy these types of lessons, I’ll be happy to make more. I had a good time preparing this one.

    Thursday, November 10th 2016

Hi teacher Alex, I have been watching WWE wrestling for so long and I confuse with this word ‘animal’. The reporters say ‘the animal Batista or Brock Lasnar is the animal’.Do they scold them or it is an offensive word or it has another meaning here? Thank you.

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    “He’s an animal” or “He’s a beast” means that they are ferocious beings. They’re wild, powerful, and unpredictable…like animals. :) It’s not really offensive, but it meant to make them seem more dangerous.

    Do you think Lesnar and Goldberg will have a good match?

    Wednesday, November 9th 2016

      This match gonna be the greatest match in WWE history which the world champion who can breaks down The Undertaker’s record and the unbeated wrestler Goldberg.I am looking for this match. On this matchm, will you go and watch the match?

      Thursday, November 10th 2016

        I don’t intend to watch it because I probably won’t have the time, but I’ll definitely read about it afterwards.

        Friday, November 11th 2016

Fantastic lesson Alex…!!!
I like a lot your lessons like this. They are so interesting and fun, and so useful and effective for learning.
This lesson has reminded me your lesson about Star wars.
Thank you so much! Keep on teaching this way, please…!

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    Nice! I’m glad you remembered the Star Wars lesson while watching this. It has a similar idea behind it.

    Wednesday, November 9th 2016

thanks Alex
I imagine the hard work you did to prepare this long lesson.
thanks again

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    You’re welcome, papens. It was definitely more work than usual, but I think it was worth it.

    Friday, November 11th 2016

Thank you Alex.

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    You’re very welcome!

    Friday, November 11th 2016

a really good lesson..and well understood

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    Thanks for checking it out and for improving your English with our lessons.

    Friday, November 11th 2016

Hi Alex,

Thank very much for this lesson. It’s sometimes a little bit difficult to understand the context, you know, you were saying unknown words. But you did very well, when you act explaining us the vocabulary it´s easier to learn.

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    That was my goal. I’m glad you were able to understand the lesson well and that my gestures helped.

    Friday, November 11th 2016

Wow! The realization of this video was a real effort, no doubt.
My sincere thanks and congratulations.
By the way, my old Grandma always told me that a good book is the best fellowship you can get: always faithful, sincere, interesting, stimulating, and so on and so forth…

Thursday, November 10th 2016

    I agree with your grandma. If you have a book, you’re never alone.

    Friday, November 11th 2016

9/10. Thank you so much Alex for helping us with our vocabulary.

Thursday, November 10th 2016

    It’s my pleasure! I’m a fan of Harry Potter, so this was very fun for me to make.

    Friday, November 11th 2016

Honestly, I must say that I don´t like fiction stories at all. I prefer real stories instead. But I must also say that after watching this lesson, I´ve changed my mind a little bit. You explained all the chapters with such an amazing energy that I feel like continuing reading the whole book. However, I think that I wouldn´t be able to understand all of these expressions and vocabulary without your explanations.
So, thank you so much Alex for all your effort and enthusiasm in preparing this lesson ;)

Thursday, November 10th 2016

    No problem! I’m glad I was able to sway your opinion just a little bit. I understand that fiction isn’t for everyone, and that some people prefer to read non-fiction.

    Friday, November 11th 2016

Although I´m not this novel fan, it was a great story and I learnt new vocabulary.

Thursday, November 10th 2016

    That’s the most important part! I’m glad you were able to learn some new words with this video.

    Friday, November 11th 2016

Hi Alex! Very nice lesson with new vocabulary. I watched all Harry Potter movies, but I haven´t read any book jet.

Thanks for this video!!

Thursday, November 10th 2016

    You’re very welcome! I really prefer the books to the movies, but the movies are pretty fun too.

    Friday, November 11th 2016

it is great to reply the comments . that means you are modest and you care about your students. and ifeel happy when you reply me thank you MR ALEX.

Thursday, November 10th 2016

    You’re welcome, SKIKDA. The best way to learn is to interact with others who speak the language, so I hope my comments add a little extra to the learning experience for students.

    Friday, November 11th 2016

Thanks for your lesson.Alex,I have problem with reading. I try to read book in english.i can not understand meaning of them. lots of time i failed to read books. What can I do?

Thursday, November 10th 2016

    You might be reading books that are too advanced. I’d recommend starting with kids’ stories, developing your vocabulary, and improving your grammar before trying to read full novels.

    Friday, November 11th 2016

10/10. Thanks for your lesson.I’m waiting for next one.

Thursday, November 10th 2016

    You’re welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed it! A new one should be out in two weeks or so.

    Friday, November 11th 2016

really great! i’m waiting for the next chapters!

Friday, November 11th 2016

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’ll see if chapter 2 is possible. :)

    Monday, November 14th 2016

Hello Alex, excellent lesson. I´m librarian and storyteller I would like to know titles about weird stories but short in english language for to tell its. I´m trying out with someone writers but Edgar Allan Poe or W.W. Jacobs it´s not a good idea. Could you suggest me some title or autor? We have few titles in english language but it´s long stories (Neil Gaiman). Thank you.

Friday, November 11th 2016

    Good question…I know Neil Gaiman has a short story collection out called Trigger Warning. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22522808-trigger-warning?ac=1&from_search=true) He also has two other short story collections entitled “Fragile Things” and “Smoke and Mirrors.” I can’t think of too many other contemporary weird/horror/alternative fiction authors who have short story collections available. For some Canadian content, I suppose you could try “Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa” by Andre Alexis. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1329207.Despair_and_Other_Stories_of_Ottawa?ac=1&from_search=true)

    Monday, November 14th 2016

      Thanks for links Alex, Definitely Neil Gaiman has been a favourite in my library, and no knew this title or Andre Alexis too. Mmmhh. .. I´ll write a letter to Mr. Noel. Thank you again.

      Tuesday, November 15th 2016

        No problem. If you find something good, let me know. I mostly read science fiction and fantasy, but don’t actually know too many good short story collections/authors.

        Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Hello, Alex, really great lesson. I have started book after your lesson and now reading chapter 11. Thank you! I can understand almost 80% of it. But I have a problem with one sentence from chapter 1.
After Mr. Dersley meets people in cloaks it says “The nerve of him!” I would greatly appreciate it if you kindly give me an answer. Or anyone else who can understand it. Waiting for the next chapter. Thank you!

Saturday, November 12th 2016

    “Nerve” refers to a person’s courage, boldness, or strength of mental state.

    “You have a lot of nerve!” is a common sentence you’ll hear in movies or see in books. In this context, people use it negatively when they’re surprised at a person’s words or actions. “The nerve of him!” is kind of like saying “I can’t believe he did/said that!”

    Thursday, November 17th 2016

      Thank you very much. Waiting for the next chapter 😊

      Wednesday, November 23rd 2016

I stayed with you through the whole lesson teacher Alex. What a good way to increase vocabulary through Harry Potter´s magical world. And your friend Steve showed up. Thanks ;)

Saturday, November 12th 2016

    Haha. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for studying with me, Emanoel.

    Monday, November 14th 2016

Excellent, funny, helpfull lesson! I will continue :)

Saturday, November 12th 2016

    Fantastic! Thanks, Giraffe. I’m curious how you chose your name!

    Thursday, November 17th 2016

Thanks Alex for your lesson. I could understood several new words. Now I will by a Harry Potter book. I am waiting for the chapter 2.

Sunday, November 13th 2016

    Thanks, Joubert. Stay tuned. I’ll see if chapter 2 is possible. :) These videos take more time to plan and prepare.

    Monday, November 14th 2016

9/10 Thanks, Alex! Buy I am reading Godfather.

Monday, November 14th 2016

    Nice! I’ve never read it, but it’s on my list of books I’d like to experience one day.

    Thursday, November 17th 2016

How good to be successful in your career and to be frank you’re really Successful teacher sir. I’m lucky to be your student and a student of Engvid teachers as a whole . I’m really GRATEFUL for all of you.

Thanks!

Monday, November 14th 2016

    You’re very welcome. Thank you for watching!

    Thursday, November 17th 2016

Thanks a lot

Monday, November 14th 2016

    You’re very welcome!

    Thursday, November 17th 2016

OMG, this is great. I hope there’s other chapter explanation.

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

    Thank you very much! Stay tuned. These videos take a lot more preparation and work, but I enjoyed making this one!

    Thursday, November 17th 2016

Alex
i’m egyptian i am speaking arbic and i can’t translet languge english but i can speak english 20% soon
are you can lrean me speak english please ^^

Wednesday, November 16th 2016

    mr alex

    Wednesday, November 16th 2016

    Hi Ahmed, as a beginner student, you should focus more on our “Beginner” videos. I do not do private online classes.

    Thursday, November 17th 2016

Alex, you are a teacher of God. I never cease to be amazed with your energy and ideas. I very like read Harry, very slowly but very like =) There are the rich vocabulary, interesting plot and deep morality that filled not only my lexicon but also its fill the heart with hope

Wednesday, November 16th 2016

    Thanks for your very kind feedback, Aleksandra. The book is morally complex if you start thinking about the decisions the characters have to make. I agree!

    Thursday, November 17th 2016

Thanks.its very useful.9of10.how about chapter 2?

Saturday, November 19th 2016

    You’re welcome. I’m glad you liked it. We’ll see about chapter 2.

    Monday, November 21st 2016

Thank you AleX. :)

Monday, November 21st 2016

It is lucky to find this site^^

Monday, November 21st 2016

    You’re welcome, Vicky. Welcome to EngVid! We’re happy to have you here.

    Monday, November 21st 2016

it is lucky find this site

Monday, November 21st 2016

    just like always a great lesson

    Monday, November 21st 2016

    Welcome to EngVid, Hasan! I’m glad you found the site and that you’re enjoying it.

    Thursday, November 24th 2016

I had watched this video and went to buy the book. Now I look forward to your next video. Thank you!

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

    You’re welcome! My next video will be available in the next 48 hours or so.

    Thursday, November 24th 2016

Fantastic Job Sir

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

    Thanks a lot.

    Thursday, November 24th 2016

Hey Alex. Can u do a lesson on vidieo games please. Like minecraft, Call of duty, blah blah. Also I got 10 out of 10. U r the best teacher here. love

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

    I have a surprise for everyone in the middle of December. Stay tuned. :) It’s about a video game from 1997.

    Thursday, November 24th 2016

so cool , i hope improve my english skill , thanks :)

Wednesday, November 23rd 2016

    “I hope to improve my English skills.”

    You’re very welcome.

    Thursday, November 24th 2016

hi,mr alex,again,i see that you reply at all your comments untill the next your lesson and maybe it will be tommorow, i really apreciate that thank you for your great efforts,great thank alex.

Thursday, November 24th 2016

    Not a problem! Thanks a lot for studying with me, SKIKDA. I hope you’re enjoying our site and that you’re improving your English.

    Thursday, November 24th 2016

Thanks you great work
I hope you continue with potter and other books

Friday, November 25th 2016

    Hi aya, I hope so too! We will see. :) I’ll definitely do more book videos in the future. They’re fun!

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

thanks good job. i’m new in here but, i surely will talking english more better in here..

Monday, November 28th 2016

    Welcome to EngVid, aiie! You’ll definitely improve your English with our site. I’m happy to see you. Thanks for commenting. :)

    Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Dear Alex, thanks a lot for this lesson! Very interesting and useful. Tell me please is it possible to make a similar lesson for the book “The Lord of The Rings”? This is favourite book! :)

Friday, December 2nd 2016
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