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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.
A: I'm really nervous about this meeting. It will be my first solo presentation.
B: Just try to relax. I've ______, so don't worry.

I planned a fantastic party, but it turned out to be a ______ when almost no one showed up.

A: What is the code number for this product?
B: It is A31, as in ________ 31.

A: I don't understand why government services are so poor. Where are all my tax dollars going?
B: To buy new toys for ________.

Management has warned its staff that the takeover of the company would result in some ________, namely job losses for at least 100 current employees.

Having already taken a significant lead in the game, the star outfielder delivered the ________ with a grand slam home run in the 8th inning.

As soon as the scandal hit the news, everyone was looking for the senator for a comment, but he was ______. Even his spokesperson didn't know where he was.

After a great regular season performance, the star player went ______ during the playoffs, scoring zero goals in five games.

A: I need the reports on my desk by noon tomorrow. Not a minute later. Do you understand?
B: __________.

Despite all the planning and preparations, the performance was totally ______ after the lead actor fell and broke his leg.

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135 Comments on “Common MILITARY expressions & vocabulary in everyday life”

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I am the first one ! I got 7 out of 10. Thanks Adam, for the nice lesson.

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Copy that! It was great, as usual.

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

We copy this lesson perfectly (:
I got 9 out of ten (: it wasn’t a snafu. Thanks Adam very helpful lesson

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

i am passionate about war movie, this lesson really helpful, hopefully you will make more lesson about vocabulary about particular topics, we listen to you explaining it’s easier to remember and comprehension the words and look up in dictionary or read textbook.
thank you so much teacher Adam.

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Nice lecture professor Adam, it seems difficult even i got 7 correct out of 10.

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Thank you teacher. Most of the time I get frustrated for not knowing English but you’ve been helping me a lot since I found you. Love the way you teach and how you make us understand. I wish you could be my teacher in real life.

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Thanks teacher…I loved this lesson

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

1st time i try this quiz. i only get 6 correct out of 10. hmmmmm

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Nice lesson teacher Adam! I got 10

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Nice! I got 10/10.

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

    Hi hlomi,
    can we both havd discussion for overcoming English skill…Let me know in your comment.

    Thursday, September 15th 2016

I didn’t like it becouse of too many frasalverbs and words wich I don’t know either. (

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Thanks Adam!!Nice and interesting lesson!!!

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

10/10 omg 10/10! :D

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

although is my fist time that I hear that I got 9 out of 10 ..thanks Adam..GOD bless you..

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Wow! Scored100%.

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

you are good.your teaching style is great…

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Hello Adam!

That is a great lesson again, thank you very much. I don’t know how you can find these so creative topics. No wonder you are one of the best teachers! But I have a question about another topic. It is related to the prepositions “in” and “on” when we speak about Internet. What is right? I search an article “in” Google or “on” Google? I talk “in” Skype or “on” Skype? I watch videos “in” Youtube or “on” Youtube? I always take into. That is a snafu in my mind…

Thanks in advance, and see you in the next lesson!

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

    I think is “on” . –search/look on the internet/google/youtube

    Saturday, September 3rd 2016

    Hi Eduardo,

    Generally, anything you do online is “on”. So, I spoke with a friend on Skype, I surf on the internet (or online, which includes the ‘on’). If you do a search, then you do it in the search engine, so I search in Google for…. That being said, because you are doing something, you can also use on. You can find information in a website, but the information will be on the particular webpage. (just like words are written on a page in a book). In conclusion, use on for most things :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

      Thank you so much Adam! This is very thoughtful of yours. You have helped me one more time, as usual. You are great!

      Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Hello, Adam!

I really appreciate what you do for us, English learners! I am very fond of your English lessons and I am looking forward to seeing more. Btw, I wanted to ask you if you could make a video about speaking tips or, you know, how to do well on exams such as TOEFL/IELTS on this section.(Speaking templates or something like that) I would be very grateful!

I am taking the IbT Toefl in a couple of weeks and I am a little bit nervous about the speaking section.Yet I know that I have to practice every day, and I do so, but I have somehow a sense of apprehension about the incoming test.

Thanks in advance! Have a nice day!

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

    I’ll get on that Adi :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

    Hi Adi!

    Thanks for trying to help me about my question related to the prepositions “in” and “on”. You are right, as Adam has answered soon afterwards. Sorry for taking so long to thank you, but I have received no e-mail from Engvid when you replied me. Fortunately, I received an e-mail when Adam replied me, and I could read yours.

    Well, don’t be so worried about the TOEFL. I am sure you will get a good grade in it. At least in the writing test you will get a excellent grade, since you can express yourself very well in English. Good luck!

    By the way, I have noticed that you are from Roumania, and I think your country rather interesting. Especially because I have found out you speak a Latin language. You know, Portuguese, my first language, came from Latin too, so I feel myself somehow linked to your nation.

    I would like to keep in touch with you if you want so. “Numele meu este Eduardo”. Be free to call me. Bye!

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

don’t know if we can use these word in writing or just in speaking?

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

    HI ThuyDoan,

    Mostly use these in speaking. Because they are military terms, we use them as slang in everyday speech. For formal writing, these wouldn’t be acceptable unless you are writing dialogue that reflects real life.

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

i’m don’t believe i got 100 , it is difficult lesson , thank you adam with everything easy!!

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

I love the lesson, and I got 100. :-)

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Cool! I was so excited and surprised! Today, I did not believe that I could learn many military words and expressions which I did not understand very well when I was watching war movies before.
And one more thing, there are three words as “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” that I didn’t understand their meaning. Adam, could you explain those words for me, please.
Many thanks for this interesting lesson, Adam. :)

Sunday, September 4th 2016

    Hi! Just try google “military alphabet”. That will do)

    Monday, September 5th 2016

      Hi, Kubanez.
      Yes, I will try it. Thank you for your kindness. :)

      Monday, September 5th 2016

    Hi Chloe,

    When you see these types of words, they reflect the alphabet: whiskey = w, tango = t, foxtrot =f,

    so whiskey tango foxtrot = wtf (what the f#*k)

    Hope this helps :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

      Oh oh! :)
      Copy that! Thanks a lot, Adam. :)

      Tuesday, September 20th 2016

i just want to know how to have the lesson

Sunday, September 4th 2016

    Hi Lipengju,

    The lesson is in the video. Are you having trouble opening the video? In China Youtube is blocked, so you might need to use a VPN.

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

It wasn`t so easy.I`ve got only 7 out of 10.

Sunday, September 4th 2016

My name is Rawan taking IELTS test for immigration purposes and need to get straight 7 in the four modules.

I have taken the test 3 times so far, and I’m able to hit band score 7 in listening, writing and reading modules, but I keep getting 6.5 in speaking!

Do you provide one-on-one online tutoring? If yes, can you please provide me with more details regarding that, such as cost, payment methods, duration of a class, your availability during this week as my test is on Friday the 9th of September 2016.

I think the problem is that I’m not able to tackle the areas that I need to improve my speaking in, hence work on for better speaking result!

Appreciate your prompt reply and your help!


Sunday, September 4th 2016

    Hi Rawan,

    Obviously this is a bit late, but you can find out about private coaching here:

    Hopefully, you passed the test and this is no longer relevant :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

the quiz was not easy I think but I got 10 yay

Sunday, September 4th 2016

    can we both have discussion for overcoming on English skill…Let me know in your comment.

    Thursday, September 15th 2016

It was a great lesson with many new words and expressions. I got 8 out of 10 in the quiz.Thanks a lot Adam.

Sunday, September 4th 2016

Wow. Great lesson. 10/10 was my result.

Sunday, September 4th 2016

Very interesting lesson. Thank you, Adam!

Sunday, September 4th 2016

great offer,thank you

Sunday, September 4th 2016

hi Adam this is a very helpfull lesson i could hear people say “copy it” but i didn’t even know how to write it and what it meant.thanks to this lesson i better understand know because i have got 10 out of 10.But can we use the expression “i have got you 12” and what it means?

Sunday, September 4th 2016

    Hi Bampoky,

    I have got your 12 means I am covering your front. 12 is the position on the clock, so straight ahead. 6 is behind, and 3 & 9 are to the sides.

    Hope this helps.

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Thank you Adam for this lesson. As I’m not so into movies, ans specially war movies, I can say that I saw some of these words in musicians names : M.I.A, a female rapper and AWOLNATION, an american band. And now I know where they come from.

See you soon.

Sunday, September 4th 2016

Hi Adam. Could you please make a video lesson about the word ‘EVER’? I am quite confused with this word.
Thank you so much for this lesson.
Love frome Viet Nam !

Sunday, September 4th 2016

    I’ll see what I can do Thanh :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

need someone to do practice over phone calls through whatsApp.

Monday, September 5th 2016

unbelivable I got 100 tks Adam

Monday, September 5th 2016

thanks Adam
you are the best

Monday, September 5th 2016

Thank you so much for this lesson it was great and very interesting as always im looking forward to watching your next lessons and im sure theyre gonna be awesome!

Monday, September 5th 2016

I know it is hard for me now.but i am trying to improve a lot more..

Monday, September 5th 2016

    Keep at it Reiven :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

cheers Adam, As always interesting.

keep it up.

Monday, September 5th 2016

thanks a lot . I got 10/10 .

Monday, September 5th 2016

Thanks Adam.the lesson was very interesting i got it all.

Tuesday, September 6th 2016

My first time here .. I got 6 .. Not bad 😅 .. Thank you mr adam

Tuesday, September 6th 2016

    Welcome Amons :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

how can i use the word issue ?

Tuesday, September 6th 2016

    Hi Hamza,

    Issue has a few meanings. It can be the topic being discussed, or a problem:

    Political fundraising has been a major issue (topic) this election.

    We are having issues (problems) with our suppliers.

    Does this help?

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

8 better than nothing

Tuesday, September 6th 2016

    Yes, Abadel, it’s 8 times better than nothing ;)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Thanks Adam, I am going to the military after 2 months and I promise I will not cause any collateral damage to any group or any human being :) .

Tuesday, September 6th 2016

    I’m glad to hear that Mohamed :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Love it
10 out of 10

Tuesday, September 6th 2016

Before watching your lesson teacher Adam, I just knew few Military expressions. I’ve already written down the new ones. Thanks

Tuesday, September 6th 2016

wow the lesson was awesome so are you teacher i got 100 out of 100 but there was one thing that lacked__ you should have weared a Millitry Genernal’s uniform while making this video it would really suit you anyhow its okay for now but do wear a fighter pilot’s uniform when you are going to make a video about the air force.Thanks

Wednesday, September 7th 2016

    LOL, I’ll see what I can do next time Eichi :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

      Thank you so much teacher i am looking forward to see you as a fighter pilot…

      Thursday, September 22nd 2016

Wow I got 90% bravo to me…

Thursday, September 8th 2016

    Bravo indeed, Emzkie :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

I got a 10 out of 10.Yay!

Friday, September 9th 2016

this is really interested lesson ,today i learn something new lesson. thanks ….Mr Adam

Friday, September 9th 2016

Hi Mr. Adam,
Request to provide a download link with all lessons and transcripts if possible.
One can watch as many times as he/she wants and can revise without internet.
Hope you would like this suggestion.

Friday, September 9th 2016

    I’ll pass this suggestion on, Sachinkaushik.

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

I beg to differ on the choice of words in question #8.
If the star player scored zero in five games, then we can assume that he was present on the field, just did not score. He might have lost his mojo but he was present, so definitely not AWOL/gone. In this case, however, there is no correct choice among the available words.

Perhaps the question should be rephrased a bit, eg. “..the star player went … during the playoffs, thus the team scored zero in the last five games”. AWOL would be a correct choice then.

Great lesson otherwise.

Friday, September 9th 2016

    Hi Constructionist,

    Fair comment. I think the idea is that he was great before (regular season), so when he contributed nothing in the playoffs, he might as well have been missing. It’s about him, though. We don’t know what the rest of the team did. Maybe others stepped up.

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Hi,Adam.I’m from China.I’ve been studying English for 2 months here.Can I have you lessons on to on and face to face?Thanks,I’m looking forward to you reply.

Saturday, September 10th 2016

hey there,
It was an amazing Quiz 10/10 it is!!

Sunday, September 11th 2016

Hi Adam! Thanks for this striking lesson!

I was not MIA, nor a dud, I finished the video and made the quiz with success :) Great new words and expressions!

Sunday, September 11th 2016

Thanks, Adam.
‘I am at work’ and ‘I am in work’ what are their meanings?
Which one shows that the meaning of ‘I get a job and I am not a student’?

Wednesday, September 14th 2016

    Sorry, get one more question.
    ‘compared to’ and ‘compared with’ what is the difference?
    Thanks in advance.

    Sunday, September 18th 2016

    Hi Sophie,

    I’m at work means I am there now (at the office or wherever you work). I’m in work actually doesn’t mean anything. To say that you are not a student but rather are employed, simply say I work.

    As for compared with or to: in most cases you can use either one, but generally, if you want to stress the similarities between two things, use ‘to. If you want to stress the differences between two things, use ‘with’.

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Hi Adam,

Can you please give a session based on the uses of “for” vs. “of”?

Thursday, September 15th 2016

    I’ll see what I can do, ParthUpa.

    For now, of is mostly used as a possessive or to show the whole (5 of the students).
    For is often used to show purpose (study for a test), or direction/target (this is for you).

    I’ll try to elaborate in a video though.

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Thz,Adam.Nice lessonXD

Sunday, September 18th 2016

Thanks mister Adam ,your lesson was very useful. It was a little dud for the first time I listened but I have copied all of it as listened for the second time.

Monday, September 19th 2016

Hello Adam!
It was a great video thank you very much!
My question.. What does it mean “TO DO A STRIKE” in “It’s collateral damage, innocent people get hurt, but that’s what happens when you do a strike.” And is US Military and US Government the same? And finally in a movis The Call starring Halle Berry the police dictated the licence plate number “7CFI06X” in a way you described “Number seven, Charlie, India, zero, six, X-ray”. So could you tell me some other cases when they would use the language like this? Thank you!

Monday, September 19th 2016

    Hi Polluxtroi,

    To do a strike is to attack (such as a plane strike on a target, with missiles, or a drone strike, etc.).
    The US military is part of the US government. i.e., the US President is also the Commander-in-Chief, that is, the head of the military.

    If you need to give your name over the phone, it is common to use this kind of alphabet to spell out your name, especially if your name is not a common one.

    Hope this helps :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Thank you for the great comments everybody :)

Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Excelent! Thanks Adam!

Wednesday, September 21st 2016

wow ! i got 10 out of10 .great
thanks adam

Thursday, September 22nd 2016

Dear Adam , I love your teaching style , i am lucky person , who has a good teacher, by the way i am from india,actually i need your help, could you make a video over in a couple of days/week/month or a couple hour please mention my name which is requested by me please dear , i love you take care this is my contact no. 8750897663

Friday, September 23rd 2016

    Sir Please reply me

    Saturday, September 24th 2016

    Hi Gaurav. Scheduling is not up to me, but I’ll see what I can do.

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

thank you a lot adam it’s very intresting and useful lesson . i like your way for teaching a lot and thank you again to help me .
good luck :)

Friday, September 23rd 2016

Thanks for your lesson ! it’s useful in daily conversation.

Thursday, September 29th 2016

Great lesson, Adam. I learned a lot with it. And I got in my first test 10/10. Thank you very much.

Wednesday, October 5th 2016

new vocabulary but as far as i´m concerned, I´m not going to use them at least I watch some movies. Thank teacher.

Thursday, October 6th 2016

thank for Adam! I get 8 of 10.

Monday, October 10th 2016

i got 9 out of 10 , Thanks adam.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

hi dear teacher Adam,you seem to be enjoyable with your teaching so much, but I’m not so much happy with my test. see you with next vdo.

Sunday, October 23rd 2016

Dear Adem,
Your lessons have been very helpful and thank you so much! Love you!

Friday, October 28th 2016

Really thank you for teaching these kinds of words.
Its first time to take this lesson.
I am looking forward to having class.

Thursday, November 24th 2016

I got 8 out of10… Adam,Could you explain little bit about alpha? I just chose it despite not understanding it.

Thursday, November 24th 2016


Monday, November 28th 2016

I got 8 out of 10,thank you.

Saturday, December 10th 2016

thank you Adam,a lot of new words,i went thru elections,customs,military-all come in handy.but month back we passed us customs with a charming lady,former Lithvanian,in Heathrow,she even changed our seats on the plane-was it customs officer?-two of us were given three seats in a row-i slept like a log all the way to Chicago

Monday, December 12th 2016

Wow I love all this videos. I got 8 of the 10 and one really learn a lot, from all those videos at the same time one can practice with those quiz Thanks Adan you re the best.

Thursday, January 5th 2017

Great lesson!!! Thank you Adam!!!

Wednesday, January 18th 2017

I got 9 of 10!!!:-) Thank you Adam for lesson and for the quiz!

Tuesday, January 24th 2017

I got 90. I think I’m getting better!

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Hi Teacher Adam, Congratulation . I like how to explain the gramma, I would like to learn more. thank so much

Wednesday, February 15th 2017

thanks Adam

Sunday, April 2nd 2017

Thank you Adam

Friday, April 28th 2017

I got 10. I will take Toefl next month. if you give me some pieces of advice, I can take advantage.

Monday, November 6th 2017

Hello everyone, my score was 8, I need to remember AWOL and FUBAR.

Sunday, November 26th 2017

Explaining difficult things using simple words that’s what defines a great teacher. It is a pleasure to be your student. Greetings from Poland.

Friday, December 1st 2017

Thank you Adam. Excellent explanations…

Sunday, December 24th 2017

Thanks teacher Adam I always watch your videos and I like your method of teaching you are really a good teacher.
I have one question ,although I know enough vocabulary but still I have poor listening skill specially when I watch movie I dont catch exactly can you suggest us a good way of improving lestinng skills ?
Thanks a lot

Friday, February 2nd 2018

Thanks Adam,
You are the best>

Thursday, February 22nd 2018

yes! I got 9/10

Tuesday, April 17th 2018

10 of 10!!!
Thank you Adam!

Friday, April 20th 2018

I got 10 of 10 . it was a great lesson Adam, thanks alot

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Hi Adam, your course is really helpful for me to learn English,your lessens is impressive and fantastic. I got 8 of 10, what level it should be? Is that the one be competent to communicate with native speaker?

Monday, December 3rd 2018

very helpful teacher i appreciated.

Sunday, January 27th 2019

Thank you Adam!You are my favorite teacher.

Thursday, February 14th 2019

Thank you Adam.This lessen is great!

Wednesday, February 27th 2019

Thank you Mr. Adam.

Sunday, September 8th 2019

Ich got a 1/1. Thanks for the nice lesson 100.

Friday, October 25th 2019

Dear teachers,
Please give us a detailed lesson about :
The more I complain, the more laugh.
The more we write, the happier our tutor becomes.

What is the rule of this lesson?
Where is the subject put in the clauses?
Where is the verb put in the clauses?
Where is the comparative adjective put in the clauses?
Is the article “the” necessarry in the two clauses?
We need more about this lesson and more and more examples.
In the first example above why the subject disappeared in the second clause?
Is the word “more” necessary in this rule?

In the second example above, we notice there is no “more” in the second clause.

We, students, need a detailed lesson about this topic.

Thursday, May 28th 2020

Dear Adam,
Thank you for this lesson. That was great.

Thursday, June 25th 2020

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