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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.
When you ask a question and it is not quite right, should you?

To learn English faster, should you practise with people from your own language group, that understand you, or another language group?

If you are an advanced student, which is better for you: an electronic dictionary, or a paper dictionary?

When McDonald’s restaurants say, I’m loving it on television commercials is this the correct way to use English?

If you are offered the opportunity to go to a play in an English-speaking country, about problems in that country, should you go?


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thank you for this lesson! :)

Monday, March 28th 2011

    I like these videos

    Sunday, February 10th 2013

Thanks Sir James,I’ve learned a lot :-)Please more lesson to come.

Monday, March 28th 2011

    The same here. Thank you so much James.

    Monday, March 28th 2011

hahahahahaha i laughed a lot when i saw your video thank you

Monday, March 28th 2011

Thank you very much for This lesson (^^)
Indeed, it was fun and useful lesson
And I Thank you sir and rest of the teachers for all the effort you making for us
I really have asked you something

In the next July I will travel in my honeymoon
So I need lessons let me know what to say at the airports and the hotels
plz helps my

Monday, March 28th 2011

ha ha))) very funny lesson)))) I appreciate you!)

Monday, March 28th 2011

its really amazing lesson it was so funny I wish it was longer than this…..any way I have a question I see this sentence in my book”at glance sentences for Lee brandon” (she had not eaten since the clock struck twelve ) is it right sentence ? because I think the first action is “the clock struck twelve” hence it must be”she did not eaten since the clock had stuck twelve” because as I think its past perfect sentence so why do they consider it like this?

Monday, March 28th 2011

Thank you very much

Monday, March 28th 2011

I enjoy watching your videos. Thank you! I wish to learn more! More success to http://www.engvid.com

Monday, March 28th 2011

thank u teacher :) i hope the best for u
may God protect u

Monday, March 28th 2011

i’m yemen’s girl i created an acount today in this site bec it’s the most wonderful site . thanks or all teacher work in this site . :)
i hope the best life for all :)

Monday, March 28th 2011

bec = because
thanks for all*

Monday, March 28th 2011

thanks a million for every lesson you’ve made !
Fun & Useful at the same time :D ..I really enjoyed watchin’ yours <3

Monday, March 28th 2011

Thanks for a great lesson I am learning from those videos :D

Monday, March 28th 2011

You are so funny!!!hahahahhh…anyway, i Love it!!! :D thank you teacher…

Monday, March 28th 2011

Thank you James.I think No.5 is toughest thing in studying English.

Monday, March 28th 2011

James, you are such a great teacher. thank you and please keep teaching us.

Monday, March 28th 2011

I understand you have to mark the pitfalls students fall into while learning English, BUT:

1) What’s wrong with repeating phrases heard on TV, movies, music etc. if one wants to talk English as naturally as a TV reporter, an actor, a singer etc.?
2) There’s no such thing as translating one language to another but only adapting and for that you need a (bi-cultural) human being.
3) Isn’t this the way elementary English is taught all over the World? I feel that’s true only for learners that want to improve.
4) Travelling around the World I’ve always found people (particularly in shops) talking with fancy accents trying to serve customers, so I guess this point has to be related with situations.
5) Again that depends on what you want to use the English language for. Can’t an Italian tourist try to eat Pasta in a Canadian restaurant? ;-)

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

    Mauro, calm down and relax, there is nothing you have to worry about :)

    Friday, December 23rd 2011

Hi James, I tested quiz, and it do not match with lesson, your lesson provide clear instructions about how to lern wrong english, and I have a fault by each answer of quiz. So as result I expected to have perfect score, but result is “0 out of 5″, I will try forn correct perpective of correct English.

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

ok, 5/5 using correct Englis as you teach, many thanks!

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

T_T English ‘s difficult. But I’ll try and try.

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

Hello teacher James I like the way you tech English, I´d like you to make a lesson about body language remember you promised sometime ago !

regards

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

hi James!God,I love the way you teach and talk!You’re literally my hero))) everything you’re saying is totally true,that’s what I also say to my students. And, “obsequious” is one of my favorite words)))so thanks and keep on doing this!

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

Thank you very much, Mr. Jame

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

I like your lessons, they are very helpful.

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

Dear James! If you have the text of your lesson, could you send it on my e-mail – vadimchan[ a t ] mail [ d o t ] ru, if you want and please.

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

I wanted to know if you could clarify the correct usage of still and yet.

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

thank you sir

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

why you are so lovely teacher James…

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

teacher James I appreciate your help,thanks alot

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

thank alot

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

Thanks Mr. James

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

its bad :(

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

    where are the bad things??

    ummmm …. Realy it’s great!!!!

    Tuesday, June 28th 2011

    whats wrong if you dont like these lessons dont whatch it ok

    Saturday, August 13th 2011

Please more lesson to come

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

thxxxxxx so muchh

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

thanks all for this information

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

Thanks so much!!!

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

he has to had a window seat. is his correct?when we can use have had or has had in the same sentence?

Thursday, March 31st 2011

Thank so much!!

Thursday, March 31st 2011

Thank you a lot james for your teaching us how to learn english more.

Esrom

Thursday, March 31st 2011

Great tips, I love it. Thanks james.

Thursday, March 31st 2011

Please come to France !

I’m studying english and spanish at university in Paris , and I really appreciate these lessons beacause I feel relax when I take my grammar exam !

I’rather prefer to have an english teacher then french one , because you make the things more understandable and easier for us !

Des bisous de France !! ( kisses from France)

Friday, April 1st 2011

… and always whith a good mood !

Friday, April 1st 2011

5/5 :D

Friday, April 1st 2011

Thank you James very very much. You realy helped me. I learned all your lessons.

Saturday, April 2nd 2011

your to fast i cant understand you
sorry….

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

thank u Mr. James for the lesson.

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

Thanks Mr. Jame for your lesson. I can get your some ideas but I don’t still understand clearly. You speak so fast…

Tuesday, April 5th 2011

hhhhhhh i love you Ms.James and you Ms.Evil

Tuesday, April 5th 2011

Very funny teacher….

Tuesday, April 5th 2011

nice lessons..thank you Mr James..

Tuesday, April 5th 2011

thankyou

Wednesday, April 6th 2011

Hi James!

you are a good teacher..so funny!

Wednesday, April 6th 2011

thank ypu very much mr james i like your way of teaching your funny and understable

Wednesday, April 6th 2011

You are awesome!

Wednesday, April 6th 2011

thanks uve a funny way 2 learn english

Thursday, April 7th 2011

thank’s a lot 4 the lesson

i’ll keep going on !!!

Thursday, April 7th 2011

very enjoyable lesson. thanks for the advice.

Thursday, April 7th 2011

Hi, James! What are differences between

1) yours – your , my – mine and etc.

2) “etc.” and “so on”

Friday, April 8th 2011

Its a chance for us to learn English.Here are so many chapters and videos in every chapter which makes us easy to learn .Every chapter and video is useful for me, but i am confused which one should i learn at first?
Please let me to know if there is any better way to use this site.For example serial of study. Which one should learn at first and, then after…then after…

It would be a pleasure for me if i get some instruction at my email …
Thank you!

Saturday, April 9th 2011

i’m so lucky ,,i really get benefit from this lesson ,thank u so much , i wish if i am one of ur student ,u really have a special way in teaching which i like it so much . thx a gain ^_^

Saturday, April 9th 2011

Hi James, you are so funny !! but I like how you teach us.
In my job, I often give presentation to show some graph of work performance, could you teach also how to explain graph (such as bar chart, line chart, pie chart etc ) ? thanks in advance

Sunday, April 10th 2011

I love it this video :)

Monday, April 11th 2011

I guess we can mix all this types of learning and speaking English on the same way. No matter e-translator or just a book, here plays your intellect!

Monday, April 11th 2011

Hi. I would like to tell you I love this website and your lessons as well. I like Rebeca’s clear and understandable speech, Ronnie’s crazy way of teaching but my favourite is James. I wish I had teachers like you folks:). Keep it going. Greetings from Poland.

Monday, April 11th 2011

Sorry It was worst lesson I have seen

Monday, April 11th 2011

Great!!!

Wednesday, April 13th 2011

I love teacher James!
When I watch his classes, my mom asks me why I´m LOL!

Wednesday, April 13th 2011

Thanx all of your team EngVid

Wednesday, April 13th 2011

Someone can learn a lot from your lessons James. You are absolutely my favorite teacher! :)

Wednesday, April 13th 2011

Thank you.. You guyz are really nice at teaching things well..

Thursday, April 14th 2011

hahaha. I am learning while having fun! This is so cool just like the Vocabulary Pyramid. You are so great Teacher James! It’s 2:00 am in our time but I’m still awake because I want to finish all of your videos. Thank you so much for a wonderful lesson! I enjoyed watching your videos! :)

Saturday, April 16th 2011

You are an excellent teacher. I really like your all lessons and your lessons so enjoyable.
God bless you… Keep up.

Saturday, April 16th 2011

I can’t understand every words, but I will try to listen again and again untill I understand.

Thank you. 555

Sunday, April 17th 2011

Hi,James!
Thank you for teaching English. I live in Japan.
I’ve never been to Canada.I’d like to go to Canada.

Monday, April 18th 2011

thank u

Wednesday, April 20th 2011

Great lesson sir.

Wednesday, April 20th 2011

James, hundred times thank you!!! It’s so real. I spent the last 7 months in B’Ham learning english. And I can recognise your 5 “rules not to use”. It’s up to ourself to decide between the easy way or the real way to learn. I chose the real way. thank you for your advices.

Thursday, April 21st 2011

thanks for the test

Friday, April 22nd 2011

Hi,
How cold book that you hold! Cambodia!!!
Have you been to Cambodia my friend?

Sunday, April 24th 2011

    Mr. engVid has been to Cambodia :D

    And he loves it.

    Sunday, April 24th 2011

      Hi,
      I’m najo again. I just made a mistake for my comment above. i just want to correct the word cold to cool. thank

      Monday, May 2nd 2011

      just want to make a correction: How cool the book that you have!

      Monday, May 2nd 2011

hehehe….. you’re funny…. hehehe….

Monday, April 25th 2011

it’s not as good as ronnie

Monday, April 25th 2011

    you are stupid man

    Saturday, August 13th 2011

Everything you said in this lesson is true.

Tuesday, April 26th 2011

James, you’re so fun when copying german or indinan accent :). Thank you for the lesson!

Sunday, May 1st 2011

Shokran for advice

Monday, May 2nd 2011

i’m waiting for more lessons to come….i really enjoy learning from u

Monday, May 2nd 2011

hi sir i luv watching ur videos bt i hav a questn tht wt do u mean by the sentence ”gotta go” wht is the meaning of word ”gotta” plz reply .

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

    It’s an informal contraction of “got to”

    Friday, May 13th 2011

Hi James! :)
I really enjoy watching your video, I love your sense of humour so so much :D I’m laughing a lot when I listen to you! :D well done! and never change! :D Regards from Poland!

Sunday, May 8th 2011

James, you are the best teacher.

Monday, May 9th 2011

James,

In yours class when I take quiz I do not score more than 50%????

Wednesday, May 11th 2011

how to use he dos not he do not

Friday, May 13th 2011

i like your style in teaching English. Thanks for your helps!

Tuesday, May 17th 2011

Thank you so much james. i from malaysia…thank you…thank you for this lesson..you are the best teacher…

Tuesday, May 17th 2011

bundle of thanks my teachers and engvid team. i like this. it will really improve my English thanks once again.

Saturday, May 21st 2011

Sir your lesson is really interesting .But i think you are over smart.And over smartness isn’t good for you.

Tuesday, May 24th 2011

thank you
god bless u

my teacher

Tuesday, May 24th 2011

sir it is really intrsting lssn but u should not be too over smart.

Wednesday, May 25th 2011

James is great!!

Wednesday, May 25th 2011

i like your way of teaching.

Thursday, May 26th 2011

Wow! I made a lot of mistakes by using that electronic dictionary ALL THE TIME.

Wednesday, June 1st 2011

funny u are .made me laugh till cry ^_^
wish i was in your class :)
and i wish people talk English ,but they don’t care about it in our society :(

Saturday, June 4th 2011

Ha! Ha! Its encourage me most to learn best English….

Thursday, June 9th 2011

Dear Sir I ‘am new Student in this lessones Hope you provide me to I learn English More than this time ,for this Just I watched this video ,it was very useful for me
Thank you so much
sharafuddin Ghiacy

Monday, June 13th 2011

This man is crazy! Keep your good work!

Wednesday, June 15th 2011

Hello James (or Cptn Kirk?) hahahah so funny. You are a great teacher but, could you speak a bit slowly please? or you may put subtitles, no? Thank you very much. I like your lessons. XO

Saturday, June 18th 2011

This one is hilarious, so good so true. Thanks James!

Friday, June 24th 2011

Thank you so much for this video, it’s amazingly funny and useful. You’ve made me think about spending more time with good paper dictionaries… on the other hand, using electronic dicts in trips could be still very good practice.

Sunday, June 26th 2011

Thankssssssssssss James

Tuesday, June 28th 2011

Thank you very much

Saturday, July 2nd 2011

you are awesome..

Saturday, July 2nd 2011

I love your video, it is useful and funny. Thanks!

Saturday, July 2nd 2011

Thank you, very usefull lesson!
Many greetings from germany!

Sunday, July 3rd 2011

Hi James. I like your video, it´s rally useful for me, because English is very difficult. But, Can you Speak more slowly next time? Please. Thank you.

Sunday, July 3rd 2011

i listen everyday your lessons but i ask a favour try to speak more slowly,,congratulations

Monday, July 4th 2011

good lesson I know now how not to learn english. So how to learn english then? For points 4 and 5 which one is really your favorite one mister James? By the way thank a lot.

Monday, July 4th 2011

Thanks very much, but it is difficult to understand all the information with details, only the main idea.

Tuesday, July 5th 2011

I’d like to ask you why can’t I begin the quizes. Pushing the button “Next” doesn’t change anything.

Tuesday, July 5th 2011

thank you MR james the lesson is funny and, yet useful thank u again

Wednesday, July 6th 2011

thank u all teachers

Saturday, July 9th 2011

very interesting way of teaching. Excelent!

Friday, July 15th 2011

thank you James!!! Your lessons are very funny but thanks to this are really helpfull:))

Monday, July 18th 2011

your lessons are always helpful^^
thank you~

Wednesday, July 20th 2011

thank you alot teacher james . I love your lessons and I hope you could make more lessons in advanced levels.

Wednesday, July 20th 2011

hi james funny lesson you are a great teacher I love your lessons more lessons please

Wednesday, July 20th 2011

thank you, the lesson was very funy and interesting.

Saturday, July 23rd 2011

so funny ^^. thank you so much.

Tuesday, August 2nd 2011

thank you super james and thx for both mr.evil E and mr.good E :)

Sunday, August 14th 2011

That’s very helpful for me , sir James. And I hope you’ll always have good English lessons for us as English learners from many countries. So thanks a lot for now !!:D

Friday, August 19th 2011

Thanks for this lesson!!! (I go to part 2!)

Monday, August 22nd 2011

Thanks for all the lesson,you people are very at teaching english,james is too funny

Friday, August 26th 2011

JAmes: Thanks for the lesson, and I think, probably I’m getting a little bit behind from all you just sayd, I got to listen very carefull, and by the way I practically don’t have any contact with native english speakers. Thanks for this opportunity.
MArio

Wednesday, September 14th 2011

اشكرك جدا

Thursday, September 29th 2011

thanks to you sair

Thursday, September 29th 2011

Hi teacher,
I’ve heard “I was on my plane leaving, because I was in hers breathe of being late” and “have a half the dog that bit you last night”
What do you mean by that, please?

Monday, October 3rd 2011

Thanks

Wednesday, October 12th 2011

its toooo funnny
James you are the Best

Saturday, October 15th 2011

thank you james for all your lessons.they are all helpful.thanks again

Tuesday, October 18th 2011

Very useful lesson thanks man .

Friday, October 21st 2011

You are awsome !
I wonder if you have a script before …becouse it seems to be so fluent without eeeee….. yyyyyyyyyy…. an so on .

Greetings from POLAND .

Monday, October 24th 2011

i will replace money .

Sunday, December 11th 2011

Waaaw! I like it.
This is what i need!
Thank you so mutch!

Sunday, January 8th 2012

Thank you.
Now,I know why I am not good at English.
HA HA HA^^

Friday, January 13th 2012

Fantastiiiiic!

Tuesday, January 24th 2012

Hello there! I’m really interested in almost all of your lessons! I watched most of them and I can’t help but to register to this website because you mentioned my country “Cambodia”. Guess what? I’m the first Cambodian that gives you this comment not only for this lesson but also for this whole website! Feel free to contact me if you really visit Cambodia! Lolz

Wednesday, January 25th 2012

great teacher!

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

I’m really thankful with you, your lessons are fantastic and your explanations the clearest possible. I hope you can continue making videos for us, we really appreciate the great effort you make. Thank you, Mr. James.

Tuesday, February 14th 2012

Wonderful class, Carry on this way James,congratulations.

Tuesday, April 17th 2012

good information to learn english.

Wednesday, April 25th 2012

Thank yo so much!!! That’s like an outbreak throgh the mess in my head

Monday, May 7th 2012

thanx for this informative lesson i think u are the best in engvid

Monday, June 4th 2012

hi sir james, i like the way you teach it’s so inspiring and funny but im not fluent in english well, but i will try to watch more videos from you to learn a lot pls. send me an email for some tips here’s my email japmil_14@yahoo.com thank you sir james (from philippines)

Saturday, June 9th 2012

This time the quiz was easy maybe next time can you do it harder.

Wednesday, July 25th 2012

You are a good example of being a great teacher.
Thank you so much for this lesson Teacher James.

Saturday, July 28th 2012

I love your lesson…^^…

Tuesday, July 31st 2012

thank you sir james for give me these tip and ideas. i really improve my hear thank you very much. i like it your videos

Sunday, August 5th 2012

Great in one word

Saturday, August 25th 2012

Thanks for this amazing lesson, James, in the second question there is a mistake, i read: practise and it’s practice

Saturday, August 25th 2012

    there are…

    Saturday, August 25th 2012

James, you’re a great teacher.

I love your lessons very much!

Sunday, September 2nd 2012

You’re spending more important things than money… James, you’re right! But I get result!(When I watch EngVid.)

Sunday, September 2nd 2012

Dear James,

First of all, thank you for so interesting and useful lessons.
One question has appeared by my side after watching the video. It is about “I am loving it”. So, I have heard, that in advanced grammar this case can exist, for example, “While she is skating here, she is loving it”, something like that. I am sorry about the example was stupid, but I hope the idea was clear. Please, could you explain this case?
Thank you in advance!

P.S. Another common mistake with “I saying” is “I’m say” :)

Friday, September 21st 2012

thank u james u r the best

Wednesday, October 10th 2012

Hahah! James, you have a great sense of humour! Thanks for your fabulous lessons. They are easy and very useful.

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012

useful for me and i just wanna ask how can i find the”best ways” to study Eng. ??

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

thanks a lot james sir.

Monday, December 31st 2012

thanks you,

i went to talk some people .. who know good english .. but did’t know how to find a man who can talk with me. if have any good people please add me on Skype : rashel_khan

Monday, December 31st 2012

Good way to attract an attention of students and made them concentrating on your lesson.Thanks

Wednesday, January 16th 2013

i am pleased to learn from you.

Wednesday, January 16th 2013

thank you for funny lessons

Monday, January 28th 2013

thank you so mush for these lessons it really helps me a lot…

Saturday, February 23rd 2013

ho thanks …
excellent lesson, don’t forget uploading more videos

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

Great!!! Thanks a lot from Russia

Thursday, March 21st 2013

Great information. Thank you for teaching us.

Friday, March 29th 2013

Thanks for the lesson,i love it,i like it,and i will always remember it
*a brofist from indonesia*(if you dont know brofist,dont read everything between the stars).

Sunday, March 31st 2013

Ummm,james i want to ask you a question,what does county mean*thanks*

Sunday, March 31st 2013

    You know how countries are divided into states, provinces or districts? Well, in some places states/provinces/districts are divided into counties. A county usually has several towns or cities in it.

    Monday, April 1st 2013

From Athens….Hi teacher!! you are awesome.

Tuesday, May 28th 2013

Hi James
I invite you to visit me in Saudi Arabia to see the beauty of the state and its their customs , I wait you

Monday, June 17th 2013

You said a lot of things that are the same i thought about. We, that we aren’t native speaking english, did a lot of mistakes. You point out the problem.

Sunday, July 28th 2013

This lesson may be useful the presentation way bored me a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Saturday, September 14th 2013

It is very easay and funy,thank you!

Wednesday, September 18th 2013

Well done! Really a good lesson! Thank you!

Friday, September 20th 2013

Thank you very much. I like your speed and you look happy while teaching.

Thank you

Sunday, November 17th 2013

this lesson will help me so much. thank you

Friday, January 24th 2014

Thank you very much you are the best.
My skype : happy..skype

Saturday, March 1st 2014

Hi James,
thanks a lot. You are fabulous teacher :)
take care

Monday, March 24th 2014

best teaching vid i’ve seen for ages. very entertaining

Saturday, April 26th 2014

I can’t thank you enough.

Tuesday, July 8th 2014

you make me watch videos 2 hs , thank you a lot!!!!

Friday, July 25th 2014

do you have student from Syria :) Like me :)

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

Thank you for the lesson)

Saturday, October 11th 2014

Excellent lesson, thank you

Monday, December 1st 2014

There are so much fun in your lesson!It was verry useful and funny,thank you so much!

Friday, December 12th 2014
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