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I will call you later.

We maintain contact through email.

She contacted me after lunch.

I haven't seen my mother in a really long time.

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144 Comments on “5 Essential Communication Idioms in English”

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Thanks very much Alex for this lesson, please keep in touch with us through these good lessosn! See you.

Wednesday, November 16th 2011

Hey Alex! I haven’t seen you in ages, and you have long hair now :)

Thursday, November 17th 2011

    It changes all the time! Just depends on when I recorded the video and when it goes up on the site.

    Friday, November 18th 2011

      so funny

      Saturday, July 28th 2012

      thanks alot for all lessons Alex and your name my favourite player name his name is Alex de Souza :)

      Friday, October 19th 2012

Alex, again you have long hair. For that reason I’ll tell you one joke about hair. Don’t feel offended, just a joke :)
One day wife & husband were going to attend the celebration. Husband wanted to comb his hair, but what was the problem there is that he didn’t have the hair except three whiskers on his head. Having this problem, he asked his wife how to comb the hair, bearing in mind that he had only three whiskers. She said to comb one whisker on the left, one on the right, and the third to leave in the middle. While he was combing it on that way, one whisker fell off. He asked her again how to comb his hair now when one is fallen off. She said to comb one on the left, and one on the right side. Again, while combing, whisker fell off. Now he asked her third time, “Oh Gosh, now I have only one whisker on my head, how the hell am I supposed to comb it?” She exclaimed, “I don’t care any more, go with unkempt hair. . .” Well Alex, with all due respect, this wasn’t in vain, correct my mistakes in typing, I know I made a lot, and enjoy the joke :)

Thursday, November 17th 2011

Hi Alex,
thanks you very much for the lesson.
i will keep in touch with you.

Thursday, November 17th 2011

    thanks for every one

    Monday, April 23rd 2012

Thank you very much Alex,it is very usefull in daily conversation. Dear Alex let me the differences of contact and touch? thanks alot

Thursday, November 17th 2011

Thanrs a lot. Your lessons are very useful. Tanya

Thursday, November 17th 2011

Alex, here is something that I don’t understand, please clarify it for me. While I was doing some english test I made mistake, and dispite explanation, I still don’t understand it. The question was: Mr. Frank requests that someone “SEND””SENDS””SENT” the data by fax immediately. Immediately I eliminated third option SENT, but why is the answer SEND right? Why not SENDS?

Thursday, November 17th 2011

    This is called “the subjunctive.” If you make a request or a recommendation with this form, you must use the base form of the verb. For example:

    I recommend that he send a message.
    I suggest that she wake up on time.

    It’s strange at first, but you’ll get used to it.

    Friday, November 18th 2011

thanks very much alex,Your lesson make me more confident

Thursday, November 17th 2011

hi Alex,
this lesson is amazing and great and very useful and and and long hairs is not suit you, sorry to say,,,,,,,,,,
God bless you

Thursday, November 17th 2011

    I definitely had a bad hair day when I filmed this one. My hair is shorter now!

    Friday, November 18th 2011

      dear Alex ,I think that your pleasant expression is more important than your hair length.^_^

      Friday, January 6th 2012

      actually long or short hair suits you.

      Friday, May 10th 2013

Thank you for this lesson. It’s pretty easy and common.Thanks again. :) Best regards.

Thursday, November 17th 2011

Hi Alex,
Thanks for your great lessons!
It’s very useful for me.

Thursday, November 17th 2011

tnx a lot.

Thursday, November 17th 2011

great lesson Alex, keep growing your hair, as long as u want dude. take care too.

Thursday, November 17th 2011

    Thanks! When I recorded this video, it was very hot in the room. You can see the results of that with my hair.

    Friday, November 25th 2011

Hi. There are only four idioms.

Thursday, November 17th 2011

Thank you, teacher. I was looking forward to one more lesson of yours, Alex. It’s very useful.

Thursday, November 17th 2011

Very useful class. Thank you Alex.

Thursday, November 17th 2011

As usual great lesson Alex!

Thursday, November 17th 2011

You are great. Thank you.

Thursday, November 17th 2011

useful, thankyou

Thursday, November 17th 2011

grammar please

Thursday, November 17th 2011

could you explain if conditional second and third type in your wonderful way please /

Thursday, November 17th 2011

    This is a good idea for a future lesson.

    Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

many thanks. I like your all lessons. I am looking forward the next one.

Friday, November 18th 2011

why can’t I do the quiz?What do i have to do?It simply won’t open when I click on it.

Friday, November 18th 2011

Hii Alex
First of all, I want to let you know I have sent you a friend request on Facebook amd I would really be happy if I could appear in your friend list…This lesson is indeed a good and too useful one to me..Your lesson always deserve appreciation because they are made in the context of practical,real life implementation.I got acquainted to some very common ‘pharasal verbs’ when I had taken a lesson on this topic explained by you.The usefulness of that is everyday when I open the newspaper up and read an article having hollywood news,gossip,interviews with the celebraties, I find they frequently use those words and as I know their meaning I don’t have any problem to extract the meaning out of their words..I consider you to my friend-philosopher guide and someone from whom I can improve myself,learn some new rules,idioms and many more things…hope we will be having a long journey ahead with fun toooo..

Friday, November 18th 2011

    For sure! Thanks for your kind words, and keep coming back for more content. :)

    Monday, November 21st 2011

i want to improve my English speaking with a native one who can help me plz

Friday, November 18th 2011

thanks very much alex.

Friday, November 18th 2011

Hello. Alex!!

Saturday, November 19th 2011

Hello. Alex!!
Thanks for your lessons.
It’s very useful(AGES)
I am looking foreward the next one.

Saturday, November 19th 2011

Thanks a lot. I also liked the way youn managed to talk about ring, leaving aparte the one which fits on one`s finger

Sunday, November 20th 2011

Thanks Alex for very good lessons.

Monday, November 21st 2011

Thanks so much teacher Alex

Monday, November 21st 2011

it waz soooo helpfull…thankuee soomuch

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

hi. i am a student at university in english teacher department. i like so much english but i couldnt speak english fluently. for that what should i do?

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

    Like anything else in life, learning a new language requires practice and trying to search for as much new information as you can. If you can surround yourself with native speakers, that would also help. Good luck!

    Friday, November 25th 2011

tnx for a gud lesson

Wednesday, November 23rd 2011

tnx for this gud lesson?????

Wednesday, November 23rd 2011

Tnaks Alex for the lessons. they are really helpful .Looking forward watching your new lessons.

Wednesday, November 23rd 2011

I’d like more advanced level lessons. Keep up a good work and thanks for the great lessons.

Wednesday, November 23rd 2011

    There is a mix of beginner and advanced lessons on the website. :)

    Thursday, November 24th 2011

      I know Alex but to get a certificate of C1 or C2 level it’s not enough :) That’s why I’m asking for more advanced level lessons.

      Friday, November 25th 2011

Hello my dear and sweet teacher
I like your teaching rules and hand styles
teacher i have some problems and the active
how i can changes it
Example khalid kill the bird
teacher tell shortcuts in the lesson easy
I can use now Thanking you

Thursday, November 24th 2011

    Do you mean changing the active to the passive?

    Khalid killed the bird.

    The bird was killed by Khalid.

    Is this your question?

    Thursday, November 24th 2011

keep in touch idiom’s lessons

Thursday, November 24th 2011

TThank you Alex . This site is the cream of the crop .
Is there an overlap between phrases and idioms ?
Kalid from KSA .

Friday, November 25th 2011


Saturday, November 26th 2011

this is great .. i can improve my english…

Saturday, November 26th 2011

Hi Alex :) You were born in Poland? I am from Poland :) I wonder why some ppl say ” if i was.. ” while others ” If I were ..’ Methinks that these both forms are equally acceptable despite some ppl claim ” If I were..” is the only correct one . However , i did come across on both them really often used depending on where I was at .

Sunday, November 27th 2011

    Hi!, I,m not Alex, but I think I have the right answer to your question.

    “If I were” is called the subjunctive mood, and is used when you’re are talking about something that isn’t true or when you wish something was true. For example: “If I were invisible, I would walk into pop concerts for free”.Another example could be: “If I were you, I would studied harder.” This is a subjunctive sentence because I’m not you. It’s impossible for me to be you.

    “I was” is used for things that could have happened in the past or now,not unreal situation.
    For example:
    “If I was feeling sick,it’s good that I went home.”… It is possible or probable that I was feeling sick.
    I hope you find this explanation useful :)

    Tuesday, August 26th 2014

thanks sir for this lecture

Wednesday, November 30th 2011

That’s very helpful. Thanks!!!

Wednesday, November 30th 2011

my comment this lesson what is difference between call/ring?

Wednesday, November 30th 2011

Thanks. Very basic things about idiomatic language. I like the way have out it across.

Saturday, December 3rd 2011

thanks Alex, keep in touch with me always, cos i like ur teaching

Saturday, December 3rd 2011

Thanks mr. Alex. Really ur lessons r very important and make every one to understand easily and ThIs is becoz u r explaining slowly and u have good experience in explaining. Keep it up Regards.

Tuesday, December 6th 2011

thank u

Tuesday, December 6th 2011

thank you

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

goode lesson alex. thanx very match

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

I don’t know how to thank you Alex .

Saturday, December 10th 2011

Dear Alex
Iam very grateful to you for helping me widen my communication idom. I see your lessons are extremely useful. If you have a change to travel to VietNam Please give me a ring, Let me take you to around my country. all things are free for you . see ya later. please contact me at lehoangson_tn@yahoo.com.vn . oh I forgot to tell you about this. I live in HCMC

Saturday, December 10th 2011

Thanks a lot. You are doing a good job. May God bless you all.

Monday, December 12th 2011

    I have a question. Can I write: The children have had a test.

    Monday, December 12th 2011

lesson is good bt the font size is to small to read

Tuesday, December 13th 2011

    i have a question may i ask

    Wednesday, December 28th 2011

Thanks dear Alex, your lecture provided me a lot of information about communicative idioms

Thursday, December 29th 2011

Thanks a lot for a great lessons.:)

Monday, January 2nd 2012

i need more video please

Wednesday, January 4th 2012


Thursday, January 5th 2012

all right!

Thursday, January 5th 2012

i have a problem here that whenever i try to listen or watch this error occures

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Thursday, January 12th 2012

thanks a lot .it was awesome :)

Saturday, January 21st 2012

hi sir alex thank you for your useful videos they are really helping me to speak an almost fluent English , you really have a smart pedagogy of teaching , i wish i had a very competent teacher like you . thank you once again

Friday, January 27th 2012

Thank you sir. I really appreciate you for doing such an excelent job. But problem is that, I want to speak english. But there is no one present to whom I can speak in english. Can you help me in this matter. Is there any facility on your website, that students can speak english you and get much experience?

Saturday, February 4th 2012

Hi Alex. I realy like the way you teach us via these video. I am Vietnammese, and i want to learn english by myself. Your videos are helpfull for me. Thank you so much!

Friday, February 10th 2012

Hi Alex, I’am a Pilipino and this kind of video helps a lot for those people who want to improve there english. Thank’s and Godbless.

Saturday, February 18th 2012

Thanks Alex! It is very useful for my homework

Saturday, March 3rd 2012

Thank you so much.Your lesson is great.I’ll start to use these wonderful idioms everyday!

Thursday, March 8th 2012

I’ll be very thankful to you if you make the difference in between call me up and give me a call.i also have difficulty in call me down,kindly make me to understand it.
kindest Regards,

Thursday, March 8th 2012

    I think gimme a call & call me up both are same…:)

    Sunday, March 18th 2012

hi everyone, you can call me nathan. and I’m here doing the same of you guys. if someone wants to talk to me and practice english language, all of you can add me on skype or msn
here is my skypename: nathnery
and here my msn: nath_19_28107@hotmail.com
I’m from panama and i will be happy to be your friend. thank you so much. i’ll be waiting 4 u. see you soon guys…lol

Sunday, March 18th 2012

Great work…. keep on doing…:)

Sunday, March 18th 2012

This is an excelent class talking about idioms. Could you make more classes about them? Thank you for your help it´s very useful for all of us.

Monday, March 26th 2012

very good and useful lesson. Thank’s a lot

Thursday, April 19th 2012

excellent explanation

Friday, April 20th 2012

Hi Teacher Alex, I am very fond of your pronunciation. As native speakers, many teachers speak out (while teaching) in the style of the native, I don’t quite understand it. But you are great. You can make me understand what you speak (teaching.) I am Thai and I am very new for English. Rebecca’s and jon’s pronunciation sounds like yours. I know I have to understand whenever I listen to them. But at this time, I must listen to your teaching a lot. Thank you very much.

Enjoy your teaching,


Monday, April 23rd 2012

very good service

Monday, May 14th 2012

hanks for putting this video I really liked, and I thank Ronnie for the profession that explains very well.

Sunday, May 20th 2012

Hi Alex,

Do you know any website to watch english series with english subtitles?
Thanks very much for teaching

Thursday, May 31st 2012

Thank you very much, Alex.

Saturday, June 16th 2012

Hi, Alex! Thanks a lot for your lesson!

i haven’t seen this question in comments, so I’d risk to ask. Is it also possible to say ‘for ages’ like ‘I haven’t seen you for ages’.

An if yes, does it differ much from ‘in ages’? What’s more common?

Monday, June 18th 2012

this is VERY GOOD lesson teacher ALEX!!!!!

Saturday, July 28th 2012

Thank you Alex, good lesson!

Monday, August 13th 2012

Thanks Alex for this lesson

Friday, August 17th 2012

Thanks Professor Alex for this lesson ,it was wonderful.Thank you so much.

Wednesday, August 22nd 2012

teacher Alex your lessons are good.i am glade to find good lessons,all the teachers of engvid team are too good.

Saturday, September 1st 2012

thank for helping me to understand some essential idioms common.

Wednesday, September 5th 2012

Thanks Alex

Sunday, September 9th 2012

Thank Alex, i ‘ll ring you up later to discuss more on this. Thanks

Wednesday, September 12th 2012

great lesson,thanks.

Sunday, September 16th 2012

I love your class

Tuesday, September 18th 2012

it was very interesting to know about this expressions. i’m really happy with this site teachers.congratulation!

Wednesday, November 14th 2012

the experience of ur site is great for me .

Tuesday, December 18th 2012

I just gotta ask. I was wondering about one thing. i’ve been tought, we dont say ‘to not do somethin’ but ‘not to do something’ is that right? i dont imagine You can be wrong here so just tell me if we can use both forms. Regards! ;)

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

Hi Alex!
thanks so much for your useful lessons.
I hop that you will have more lessons in the future.

Friday, December 21st 2012

Thank you very much for your amazing help.

Wednesday, December 26th 2012

Thanks Alex for this lesson! Will there be another lesson like this?!

Thursday, December 27th 2012

thanks for paving way to learning.

Wednesday, April 24th 2013

very interesting idioms:) i liked them. thanks Alex.

Saturday, April 27th 2013

thanks I a lot that you are teaching very cool and best, one thing that I share with, when you teach some lessons, I learned better and I share with my classmen, all of my classmen happy when I share new things, I am student In Kabul university

Friday, May 3rd 2013

I love English and literature
But now I am very happy that keep in touch if you want and help Kabul Un students

Friday, May 3rd 2013

Dear Mr. Alex,
Thanks for the lesson.

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Alex, again with you I got 100 %. Thanks again.

Monday, August 12th 2013

Thanks a lot Alex ! I would like to keep in touch with Engvid teachers…

Thursday, September 12th 2013

Thanks Alex. I like this page and I will give u a call :)

Monday, October 7th 2013

thanx Alex i got 4 out of 4 :D

Thursday, November 21st 2013

Hey, thank you soooo much!! You are a big teacher for us!!!

Monday, December 30th 2013

Thank you Alex.

Tuesday, January 21st 2014

Thanks Mr. Alex, got 75%.

Tuesday, April 8th 2014

thanks so much Alex; i’m really wondering if you”re going to keep in touch with us ; we are so proud of having a perfect teacher like you ;

Tuesday, July 15th 2014

Thank you Alex. I got 100%.
I will keep in touch with you via EngVid.

Monday, August 25th 2014


What is the difference between call and call up? From my point of view they are exactly the same.
I called Alex vs I called up Alex
There are other phrasal verbs where I couldn’t tell the nuance added by the preposition, for example help and help out. Alex, could you guide me through it?

Tuesday, August 26th 2014

What a useful lesson ! .. many thanks alex
Keep us in touch with more important lessons :)

Thursday, September 18th 2014

Hi Alex,thank you teacher.

Sunday, February 8th 2015

Alex , first of all , thank you for the lession , i got a question , first question ~i will call you later , the answer why i cant use ~i will give you a phone , i remember some people also use phone instead of call ,

Tuesday, June 30th 2015

i keep in touch with this lessons)) really apreciate it!

Monday, July 6th 2015

Super useful lesson. Thank you.

Thursday, October 29th 2015

    thank you very much for teach us international language and would like to make some group in whatsapp to texting each other and learn to gather i think that is going to be usefull >> who agrees with me

    Tuesday, July 18th 2017

thanks very much for this lessons and keep in touch with us

Sunday, May 8th 2016

thank you so much

Thursday, October 26th 2017

Great lesson! Thanks!

Monday, February 5th 2018


Tuesday, May 22nd 2018

I keep in touch with my parents through WhatsApp.

Sunday, May 19th 2019

Thanks Mr. Alex.

Tuesday, December 17th 2019

Thank you for the video! We are in 2020. Facebook hasn’t been outdated yet:D

Friday, January 31st 2020

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