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I do not completely agree, Asian girls like hugs :D
Hi James,
I am very glad to see your new lessons.

Monday, March 9th 2009

    I think Asian girls wanna hug you. They never hug Asian boys.

    Thursday, March 27th 2014


      Thursday, August 1st 2019

Hi James.

Great lesson. Here in Brazil hugs is so common and also in writen we use hugs. Usually in final of emails, letters we say : huges.

I’m looking forward to see your next lesson. you’re really funny.

Take care (In brazil “Hugs”)


Tuesday, March 10th 2009

hey james
great lesson, it was very funny and educative, specially asian”s hugs.

Thursday, March 12th 2009

Hi James,
I really like your lessons :D

Friday, March 13th 2009

Dear Valen,

Let me wish you a flowerish future in the teaching field.


Y.K.Al Rifai

Wednesday, March 25th 2009

Dear James,

Thank you very much for your good and helpful lessons.


Thursday, April 2nd 2009

Yeah in Brazil is commom and nice and you meet someone, you give hugs and somentimes 2 or 3 kisses on the cheek.

Sunday, April 19th 2009


Thanks for your effort. I’m teaching English to adults in Slovakia. Is there a way to download the lessons so I can show them in a classroom that does not have an internet connection?



Friday, May 22nd 2009

Hi James it’s so funny video you look like a actor which in act japan. You’re good teacher thanks for all of your video lessons. Of course good luck all we can learn english well with engvid. Hope so.

Friday, May 29th 2009

You are absolutely right. We only teach the norms of how to greet in English, but never how to greet people from other cultures because we mostly interact with non-native speakers than with native speakers.
This video would have been perfect if you added what a small talk in the U.S. and Latin America would be. I think you only demonstrated one in an Asian context. Overall, well-thought lesson. I am going to use this video for one of my lessons that I am designing for a project.

Wednesday, June 3rd 2009

Hi, I’m new to this site. (And I love it!) I’m from Hong Kong.
I think more and more Asian people are beginning to adopt the Western way of greeting. They hug too, but as for kisses, they are still rather conservative. (At least I myself seldom do it.)
The Chinese shake hands when they meet. And how long they hold each other’s hand depends on how much they like each other or how well they know each other. This is true for the Westerners too, right?
Sometimes instead of a handshake, what they give each other is a pat (lightly) on the shoulder; they may give a firm grip on both shoulders if they are really passionate or emotional.
But I think we are really passive in showing our emotions. Even for family who have not met for a long time, they don’t usually show much excitement or give big hugs to each other when they meet. They just hold hands or, like I said, pat on the shoulder(s). But they tend to look at each other with big smiles for a long time, to take a better look at the changes on the face perhaps.
Well, that’s what I know about (Chinese) people in Hong Kong.
Finally, I agree that we need to know about different cultures if we want to make friends from foreign places.

Wednesday, June 10th 2009

Tank you

Tuesday, July 14th 2009

Respected sir,
I am taking up TOEFL exam next week. I would like to know where can I find the recent TOEFL questions online so that i can practice more on it. I would like to know, in general, the topics that will be chosen as questions in the writing part.

Friday, August 14th 2009

That was really funny…thanks

Saturday, October 24th 2009

hi, James
Great, but I would like you to go further with the differences between cultures. Please focus on things like :if you have a new neighbour, or if you invite by someone, people eating habits.
Since im an esl teacher give examples of natives.

Monday, November 2nd 2009

Thank you very much

Monday, December 14th 2009

Hello Mister:)
thank you very much your videos are helpful
but i want to ask about the Gerands & infiniteves could you pleas give us some information about it like for example
How can we memorize the verbs because they are more and its realy hard to me to memorize them!!!

Wednesday, April 21st 2010

Hi James, I am very new with your lessons. I really really enjoy your lesson. So nice.
Thank you

Saturday, May 29th 2010

Can you tell me different cases to use between “each” and “every”!!!

Sorry, and all cases we use “the”

Thank you very much!!!

Saturday, September 4th 2010

nice and funny video, next time include middle eastern and African culture ;)

Saturday, September 11th 2010

thanks so much, this better way to learn free english as second language, I’d love to.

Sunday, October 10th 2010

thanks so much, this better way to learn free english as second language, I’d love to.I’m a sudanese man.

Sunday, October 10th 2010


Saturday, December 18th 2010

hi! i love your videos! they’re all a good help!
Hey, I just have some questions.
What’s the difference between would and could after the word wish.

I wish _____ I could play the piano.
a. would
b. could

One of my students asked me that. >.<

Tuesday, January 11th 2011

You’re so funny, teacher James! Keep it up!

Monday, March 28th 2011

Good lesson James i will adapt it to my classroom.i teach ESL in Asia and i am about to teach “culture” next week to my junior high students.

Saturday, May 21st 2011

very useful lesson

Tuesday, July 19th 2011

I’m italian! A big hug and lots of kisses to everybody!
Ciao a tutti!

Sunday, August 14th 2011

Great lesson! Here in brazil we are very close to each other. When we greet we shake hands, hug or kiss in the cheek.

Thursday, August 18th 2011

hi James..
I like your lessons thats why I’m here i learnt many things from you and I want to say thank you very much..I try to speak english but I have problems with writing .. but I’m so glad to be member in this website.
keep up good working

Friday, September 2nd 2011

actually it is not a comment but rather a request , I am an Algerian student and I am undertaking a project about cultural differences in an EFL / ESL chassroom , so would you e mail me articles and bboks that demonstrate this differences in terms of an intercultural approach

Wednesday, October 26th 2011

Really funy
Thank you

Saturday, October 29th 2011

u r great!!!!

Tuesday, November 29th 2011


wonder full i like it you are

a pat teacher in the word

Tuesday, January 17th 2012

It’s really interesting,when you meet new people from different countries,and share them your knowledge about your cultures,that’s amazing,because you have a good chance to understand some differences,or similarities,about two countries,and your action would become acceptable for foreigners. thanks a lot. excellent work.

Thursday, April 26th 2012

It is really the right place to learn something new.

Friday, May 18th 2012

In the mall they say. How are you doing ,guys? You should
Bring your I d card . May I help you?she said .

Sunday, July 8th 2012

really interesting and funny too you re agreat teacher

Friday, October 12th 2012

I think this is a good general overview, but even in Asian contexts there are a lot of differences. Like the “Wai” in Thailand or parts of India And differences between Japanese and Koreans in how they greet each other. The bow has different uses depending on where you are. It’s always good to let students know that while these are general concepts, reality is always more complicated.

Tuesday, November 27th 2012

Very good lesson….very informative,…thank you very much

Friday, February 1st 2013

Hi James. Thank you very much.
Assalomu aleykum

Wednesday, February 6th 2013

I like it. Thank you very muchb for your lesson.

Tuesday, July 23rd 2013

i love the first scene of his videos : )

Friday, August 23rd 2013

I know you’re right James, but let me tell you what happened on my first trip to the U.S.. When I arrived at the school to which I was appointed I started looking for my American sponsor, which until then I did not know who would. I viagei to the U.S. knowing about American behavior ams what I did not know is that my sponsor also studied Latin on behavior. And as soon as he saw me he gave me a big hug, like the one you gave in your Japanese friend and started talking to me in Spanish … Only after that I told him that we Brazilians speak Portuguese …

Saturday, March 1st 2014

What a informative lesson!

Thursday, March 27th 2014

Hi James,
thanks a lot for your lesson. It’s short but interesting.
take care

Sunday, April 6th 2014


Thursday, May 1st 2014

Hi James :)) Can’t stop laughing for your gesture of Japanese :)

Monday, May 26th 2014

Hi James, in Italy, we say: a lot big hugs!
Thank you for your simple language in each lesson.

Sunday, June 15th 2014

Excellent James, I like your English Lessons. I learn a lot with them

Sunday, August 17th 2014

Hi James, can you explain to me what is the meaning of the phase you used. (for lack of a better word)

Friday, August 29th 2014


Tuesday, December 30th 2014

I am a Japanese descendant born in Brazil. You can’t imagine how sad it is for me… =)

Tuesday, March 10th 2015

:D That’s relatively. Because we depend on circumstances.If we was close friend, a hug was good. But we just have met already, we should hold the hand.

Thursday, March 26th 2015

Hi Everyone, I’m so happy to learn more about English here. Thanks for all. James, I can say just one thing YOUR CLASSES ARE TOTALLY PERFECTS.

See you Soon =D

Thursday, May 28th 2015

handshake between the opposite gender is not common in Iran , because it’s Islamic .

Thursday, July 16th 2015

    Thanks to your comment, I just spent a while reading about how people politely refuse a handshake in the West, and the main ways are:

    – the excuse: telling people you have a cold (this only works a few times)
    – the explanation: politely saying “sorry, it’s against my religion/beliefs” (most people won’t ask further)
    – the substitution: nodding, bowing, or handing them a business card instead

    And some religious authorities say that a quick handshake is okay in a business setting, for various reasons.

    Friday, July 17th 2015

James, you are the best. Thank you so much. and some people from Latinamerica say “my love” even though we are not fall in love.

Wednesday, June 29th 2016

i like all of you don’t touch me

Sunday, August 21st 2016

Different manners of giving greetings but with different cultures to give them. Interesting lesson again with a good performance and explanation. Thanks teacher James from EngVid.

Tuesday, November 29th 2016

in turkey , we use so much to hug or embrace. and most people like to do that

Wednesday, July 19th 2017

Thank you

Thursday, July 20th 2017


Tuesday, January 16th 2018

Great work!

Friday, January 26th 2018

Thank you Mr. James.

Sunday, March 17th 2019

Thank you so much!

Tuesday, April 9th 2019

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