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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.
Which word means to "criticize very strongly"?

A "flatterer" is a person who ________________.

The expression "a snake in the grass" means:

If someone or something is "head and shoulders above the rest", he/she is _____________.

"The food you made is out of this world."
This is:

Mr. E is up to date on the latest technology. He really is _______________.

"To congratulate" and "to compliment" are two examples of how to give _____________.

A ___________ is a person who believes people only do things for their own self-interest.

Mr. E is always trying to tell me what to do when I drive. He is such a _____________.


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93 Comments on “Speaking English – How to give criticism and compliments”


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My compliments James for his amayzing lessons. One moment, please: the fifth question of the Quiz is wrong answer, course in the lesson right answer is compliment.

Saturday, August 29th 2015

    You’re right. The wrong answer was selected. We’ve fixed this mistake. Thanks for letting us know!

    Sunday, August 30th 2015

Could any of the teachers do a lesson on court room english? Sometimes if perusing the Internet you get the Impression that half the english language consists of it. It´s important.
Thanx.

Saturday, August 29th 2015

Hi James! I tend to say criticism. And maybe I’m cynic and sometimes pessimist although I’m trying not to be so. That’s no good.

Sunday, August 30th 2015

Thank you very much James!!
What an interesting lesson! And I´m not flattering ;)

Sunday, August 30th 2015

it’s so psyched lesson ,I enjoyed with big grin on my face , you are so funny (y)

Sunday, August 30th 2015

thank you james you are agreat teacher

Sunday, August 30th 2015

Hello all, please It’s possible to add a grammar pill about Perfect Infinitive? Thank you

Sunday, August 30th 2015

nice course

Sunday, August 30th 2015

Thank you very much, it was a great lesson :) I am a fan of you :)

Sunday, August 30th 2015

great lesson
thank you so much
very helpful lesson especially when you explain the synonyms for criticize

Sunday, August 30th 2015

I’m very happy because I got 100 (:
Thank you

Sunday, August 30th 2015

Great Lesson!

Sunday, August 30th 2015

só para brasileiros: “cynic” é um falso cognato (false friend), nao tem o sentido de “desavergonhado”.

Sunday, August 30th 2015

    You’re right! I used this word incorrectly before because in Portuguese it has a different meaning. Now I know the correct meaning of “cynic”.

    Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Hi, James and Mr E! This lesson is very interesting, thank you. I got 100!

Sunday, August 30th 2015

Damn! I got 7/9.

Thanks again, James! Long video, but nice.
Um, I guess you didn’t say what KUDOS written in the center means.

Sunday, August 30th 2015

    I think is a compliment or honour recieved for exceptional achievement. Comes from Greek.

    Saturday, September 5th 2015

      Mmm! Okay. Thanks! :)

      Saturday, September 5th 2015

        Yes, the word kudos is a compliment. We cyclers and runners use an app called Strava. In this app you can congratulate somebody by giving them Kudos!

        Thursday, September 10th 2015

Thanks James, you did a nice explanation, and notice I am not flattering you up! hahaha. my score was 100 ! wow!!!

Monday, August 31st 2015

Sometimes I am afraid of watching at videos that are advanced level.but I have to motivate myself and try to learn deeply.After 2 years,My English level was better than this ( now days’ ),when I left for Military service about 1 year,approximately I forgot my English.But day by day I will try to learn deeply this is my first goal to get my english at the high possibility.
Thank you for teaching all teachers of Engvid family.
I appreciate and applaud you!

Monday, August 31st 2015

Hi everybody. Do you guys know the way to improve english. i got 67 point. :(((

Monday, August 31st 2015

Can I ask something? We say “Sydney now is the land of mixed population OF people from all over the world” or “…WITH people from all over the world? Thanks.

Monday, August 31st 2015

i congratulate you cause the cours was good that’s why i get 100/100 i like it.

Monday, August 31st 2015

long lesson but so interristing one, and certainly useful for ever. thanks.

Monday, August 31st 2015

Hello James
Compliment for this lesson you did the show while 20 minutes .
Éven If it was a little bit too fast for me I did my best to understand and got just one wrong answer at the quiz. But go on this way it is good for us to improve our english . Just one question did you ever think about becoming a showman , unless you already are .
Thanks and carry on .

Monday, August 31st 2015

Hello! Thanks for your lessons. I’ve just found this site last week, and I saw many of the lessons. I wanted to leave a message to the site administrator, but I couldn’t find any e-mail address or contact page. My plan is to watch all the videos on the site. I would like to suggest to have a filter for those who are registered to the site to see which videos have already seen. I think after a while it will be hard to find always where I need to continue my progress. I think it would be very useful. Thanks again for your hard work.

Monday, August 31st 2015

    That’s a good idea! I’ll pass it along.

    Wednesday, September 2nd 2015

    Really useful. I tried to do the same, but I didn’t find any contact. Is will be good to got some progress status also. It is not a criticism, I know the site is free, and I am grateful (I am not flattering, lol) it is just a sugesttion…

    Saturday, September 5th 2015

Very interesting lesson, James. I enjoyed and learnt a lot. Thank you.

Monday, August 31st 2015

Dear James

This lesson keeps me laughing all the time. You are geat in what you do! I can see that I am flattering you, but in the good sense of this word. Also, I learnt a lot.

Monday, August 31st 2015

of course i learned a lot of new things and all those are gonna help me improving my daily english conversation and you people in engVid.com really are out of this world :)

Tuesday, September 1st 2015

you ‘re so nice, thanks you very much

Tuesday, September 1st 2015

this is really great!,.. i’ve learned a lot of contents out of it. thanks James…

Tuesday, September 1st 2015

Great lesson Thank you

Wednesday, September 2nd 2015

Thanks, James! Good job! You’re a top notch teacher.

Wednesday, September 2nd 2015

Indeed this was awesome , And hey am not buuterin’ you up xD

Thursday, September 3rd 2015

that was awesome

Friday, September 4th 2015

This lesson is out of this world

Friday, September 4th 2015

Yeaaaaah, ive got 9 correct out of 9!

Friday, September 4th 2015

u r on the ball…)

Saturday, September 5th 2015

thank you so much, the video is very helpful

Saturday, September 5th 2015

now i feel, i am haed and shoulder above the rest.

Saturday, September 5th 2015

This lesson,presentation, everything is okay but you are going fast so sometimes, I could not quite catch you and one more thing is it’s too long video cant see full length since I fell in asleep in between.. . so a Have length between 10 to 15 min may be this is what everybody expects and nice lesson . ..

Sunday, September 6th 2015

Thank you so much.I got 100!

Sunday, September 6th 2015

awesome lesson. you are the best. I mean out of the world.

Monday, September 7th 2015

Thanks man, the lesson is outstanding and it inspire me to study English with bigger desire, really thanks.
Looking forward to see more exciting lessons.

Monday, September 7th 2015

You are the best.

Monday, September 7th 2015

Thank you for the lesson.

Tuesday, September 8th 2015

Thanks James ))) I love how you present the lesson )))
out standing performance .

Tuesday, September 8th 2015

You’re superb James! And I’m not buttering you up! Thanks!

Thursday, September 10th 2015

Dear James, is it possible to prepare a lesson on telephone English ? Thanks in advance.

Friday, September 11th 2015

very useful lesson, as always

Saturday, September 12th 2015

I liked this lesson alot

Sunday, September 13th 2015

thank you Mr. James.
It is a very good lesson .

Sunday, September 13th 2015

perfect! Very fun. Thanks Mr James.

Monday, September 14th 2015

Nice. Thank you sir!

Tuesday, September 15th 2015

I want to praise engvid for this lesson (and i’m not a boot licker)

Tuesday, September 15th 2015

these lessons are amazing , thanks alot

Saturday, September 19th 2015

Thank you, James

Monday, September 21st 2015

Thank you, James. You are on the ball and top notch. You are head and shoulder above the rest.

Monday, September 21st 2015

Love the way you explain the class you make it so entretaining and easy to learn!!

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015

It was great!!!Thanks for the lesson.

Thursday, October 1st 2015

Wow! This class was out of this world, James.

Thank you, thank you,thank you.

I wonder if you could prepare another class with expressions that people use all the time.

Incidentally, the class on Punctuation was
wonderful, too.

Thanks again!

Monday, October 12th 2015

Hey James. Thank you very much for your character and funny class. You are out of the world.

Wednesday, October 28th 2015

The lesson is out of this world
and you are top notch

Monday, November 2nd 2015

Well done James! You are an intelligent man with remarkable sense of humour! I love lessons. I think you are head and shoulders above the rest.

Tuesday, November 3rd 2015

Thank James! You are head and shoulders above the rest!

Sunday, November 8th 2015

god bless teachers like u man . you are out of this world! thanX

Thursday, November 12th 2015

Great job James! I think more useful phrases in today life are “boot licker” and “brown noser” :)

Tuesday, November 17th 2015

Top notch!

Friday, November 20th 2015

This lesson is TOP NOTCH!

Friday, November 20th 2015

hey,james you are a handsome and talent teacher in this world .of course i am flatter you ,:)To be honest,the lesson is top notch.

Tuesday, December 1st 2015

many compliments, isn´t it?

Friday, December 11th 2015

Thanks

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

you are a top notch Mr James :D

Friday, December 18th 2015

James, thanks a lot!
I am just beginner, I am learning english two month but i get score 8 of 9 :) (I am sorry for my writing skills english). I hope i can pass IELTS exam soon :))

Monday, December 21st 2015

You are a top rate teacher! Thank you for this lesson. I’ve learnt a lot of new things :)

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

Thank you so much! I’ve never met such a wonderful teacher.

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

9/9 That’s perfect!

Tuesday, December 29th 2015

Your lesson made my mood better. You proved, that studying isn’t always boring)

Friday, January 29th 2016

Your creative teaching method is awesome.
It really works for me.
I can learn English with no difficulty in no time.
you’ve really made it easy for me to learn this language.

Thank you.

Monday, February 1st 2016

Thank you Mr.James (9/9)😊
l like your lesson
Could you please make lessons about commercial correspondences useful vocabulary

Monday, February 8th 2016

Hi James, I find your video on YouTube. Is it possible to receive complete transcript. YouTube only show up to minute 4.

Thursday, February 11th 2016

At first when i saw duration of the lesson, i was little bit afraid that i’ll be bored, but thank you James, you’re teaching so entertaining, that i didn’t noticed that the lesson is already over. Perfect!
But i can’t believe, that you’ve found negative word pessimist, and haven’t found positive optimist =). Also etymology of the word cinyc, this stuff with greeks and dog’s behavior is very interesting, i’m going to investigate it further.
Thank you!

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016

Thanks Mr james ,your videos are out of this world,I think my words are never enough to applaud you and other teachers for your outstanding effort and precious time , keep up the great work :D :D

Sunday, March 27th 2016

can i ask a simple question ? what is the difference between ILETS & TOFEL ? and wich one i really need to live and work in Canada for example ?
for an intermediate student ,what would you suggest to read( as books or novels ) why don’t we have an engvid library to discuss & suggest books of all types , what do you think of that ?

Sunday, March 27th 2016

also , some sites say that sth takes the cake it could means the most in both good and bad ways … is that true ?

Sunday, March 27th 2016

James, your lessons are out of this world, due to which I feel on the ball!

Thursday, May 12th 2016

You’ve made a very useful and informative lesson in a clear and funny way. I really enjoy watching your videos. I think you are a talented teacher. Thanks James.

Tuesday, June 7th 2016

I gained 100% in your test :-)

Tuesday, June 7th 2016

Thanks so much for this lesson

Friday, June 17th 2016
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