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What about ‘flip you the bird’? Is it good?

haha is it funny?

Monday, December 22nd 2008

    Pretty, funny… DOGMAN!

    “Flipping the bird” means giving someone a rude gesture with your middle finger. It’s not good, and I think you knew that already. But just for other students to know, this is a rude and offensive gesture. If you do it to someone, be ready to get punched in the face!

    Monday, December 22nd 2008

      It is good to know it so not get punch in the face, haa?

      Monday, December 22nd 2008

      So hi James, your vids are very easy to understand even for a Chinese person like me.
      I wanted to ask how does “flipping the bird” come about? Does it have a meaning like “kill 2 birds with 1 stone”?

      Friday, October 8th 2010

        probably not dude, emory says that

        Friday, December 10th 2010

    It is no funny In India we will call you idiot for such talking

    Monday, December 22nd 2008

    these lessons are very amazing !!! thank you sr.Now, i am ready to kill two birds with one stone

    Tuesday, February 12th 2013

I learnt it well, James. I like your English idioms classes because they are funny and make me laug.

Monday, December 22nd 2008

    I agreed with u

    Friday, March 18th 2011

    heyy,i also have to emprove my english,so can we talk on skype

    Saturday, June 9th 2012

    only with women?

    Tuesday, January 15th 2013

Dear James,

Thank you for your lessons because it helped me really.
I’m from Kazakhstan and I want to watch your new lessens in future.

Thanks and best regards,

Tuesday, December 30th 2008

Cool, I already used this idiom in birthday situation.

Saturday, January 17th 2009

Awesome birds! :P Joking… thanks for the lessons. I’ve learned alot.

Thursday, January 22nd 2009

Dear Jame,

Your lessions are very funny, i like them. i would like have courses so much.

Hope always see you with new lessions

Wednesday, February 4th 2009

Great lessons, need some more lessons like that, thanks

Friday, February 6th 2009

what is maning

I just got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

and plase i need shrt listing

Man: I’m feeling kind of sick tonight. I don’t know if I have a virus,or if it’s something I ate for lunch. Maybe we should stay home tonight.
Woman: I think you’re right. I feel a little under the weather myself.
Narrator: What does the woman mean?
(A) She believes the weather is too bad to go out.
(B) She is not feeling well herself.
(C) She didn’t eat lunch.
(D) She disagrees with the man.


Sunday, April 5th 2009

    I think It means: B) She is not feeling well herself.

    Sunday, December 20th 2009

good job james. i must say ‘u r killing two birds with1 stone ” as your lessons give knowledge as well as interesting to watch. I am to prepare for my interview , can we have some lessons on that?

Tuesday, May 26th 2009

    who are you?parvin? are you in iran?

    Friday, July 10th 2009

thank you james so much

Friday, February 19th 2010

to kill 2 birds with 1 stone… ))) Russians have almost the same idiom – to kill 2 rabbits with 1 shot… ))) it’s sounds funny… and stupid =)

Saturday, March 13th 2010

    yeah, we have idiom “to kill 2 flies with one shot” :D …in Slovakia :)

    Wednesday, May 18th 2011

      Flies?! How do you kill flies with a shot? :D

      Wednesday, May 18th 2011

    we got same idiom in china, kill 2 birds with 1 arrow.

    Saturday, March 31st 2012

Hi James
I spend a lot of time watching your videos and learning too much from you as well. Your way of teching is very dinamic.
I’ve heard the idiom “the early bird gets the bird” with the word catches instead of gets. Does it make a difference?
God bless you

Monday, May 3rd 2010

that was a funny one, but helpful. thanx

Sunday, May 9th 2010

Dear James,
I came across EngVid some days ago and have already been watching lots of your videos. They are very very good and useful for me. Thanks a lot!
But there is one thing I’ve been trying hard to understand but never could: the name of your little friend, the worm :-)
You always write a rounded letter ‘E’ and it seems to be a name starting with an ‘E’ but that’s all I can understand. Maybe you can write its full name on the board in one of your next videos.
Best wishes
The GerMan :-)

Saturday, May 29th 2010

    Dear GerMan,

    ‘E’ stands for Ezequiel.


    Leandro from Brazil

    Thursday, September 6th 2012

you’re really very funny and i like how you teaching

Sunday, May 30th 2010

man, i was just rolling by and found this page by luck and i really luv it, it’s great!
thanks Jimmy for takin your time to help our ESL improvements. Choko from Mexico

Sunday, May 30th 2010

hi james..
that was a nice lesson..

Tuesday, June 1st 2010

Glad to see you again, James!
i think i’got enough lessons for today, and i feel myself satisfied. I hope someday i will speak in english more fluently, because i am little shy or maybe afraid to make mistakes (you know that teachers used to over correct student’s mistakes, and that things make me diffident)
thank you!

Thursday, June 10th 2010

I no

Sunday, July 4th 2010

Hi James!
I like your lesson so much, but why you didn’t make a quize a bout it. I think if you make a quize you’ll kill two birds in one stone.

Sunday, August 1st 2010

You are a good teacher and a good actor, too.
You kill two birds with one stone.

Sunday, August 8th 2010

thX for this

Monday, August 16th 2010

James i had difficulties understanding “the early bird gets the worm” could you please write down the explanation to me?

Monday, August 16th 2010

Are this idioms used in America in everyday life?
I think they are a bit merid
But your lessons are really awesome!!!!!

Thursday, August 26th 2010

Hey James, love your lessons. I am also a teacher and know how hard it is sometimes to explain simple things and how important is humour in teaching.

Regards from Ukraine

Wednesday, September 8th 2010

This idiom lecture was so interesting.Now I know what are the bird idioms.I always want them.I’ve learned alot.

Friday, September 10th 2010

so helpule, thanks

Monday, September 27th 2010

the videos are so helpfull, thank you very much, i love the way you guys are teaching us and i’m a fan.:)

Friday, October 8th 2010

James,thank you so much

Sunday, October 10th 2010

thank you so much for these idioms .
please what the meaning of :birds of feather flock together.

Thursday, October 21st 2010

greaaaaaaaat…… your videos very muuuuuuch;)

Wednesday, October 27th 2010

what does “she is a big bird” mean? thank you.

Wednesday, January 12th 2011

hi thanks , the manner is good but i have note why you are alway drawing and begin you lesson handy with newspaper or book

Sunday, February 20th 2011

Thank you so much.I really love the way you teaching it’s very helpful and easy to understand

Friday, March 11th 2011

to kill 2 bird with 1 stone and it’s mean vietnamese : two arrow hit a double target.

Saturday, April 2nd 2011

    one arrow hit a double target

    Saturday, April 2nd 2011

thank you very much I kill 2 birds with 1 stone this night thanks

Saturday, April 23rd 2011

Why did not you put quizzes in your class anymore???

Sunday, May 1st 2011

thanks a lot james.

Monday, May 2nd 2011

thank you so much for such good efforts , iam really proud of you such good group

Wednesday, May 4th 2011

Arabic also says(to kill 2 birds with 1 stone )and (one bird in your hand is better than TEN on the tree)

Thursday, May 5th 2011

james u teach very well i like ur teaching

Monday, May 30th 2011

thanks sir james,,,, I got 2 birds in 1 stone from ur lesson.

Wednesday, June 8th 2011

about “the early bird get the worm” in Italy we say “chi dorme non piglia pesci”, about a “a bird in the hand is better than 2 in the bush” we say “meglio l’ uovo oggi che la gallina domani” and “to kill 2 birds with 1 stone” means “prendere 2 piccioni con una fava” it’s funny how languages involve animals : birds, hens, pigeons, fishes…thank you james you’re very nice and…handsome as well

Saturday, June 25th 2011

…..yes james I am gay

Saturday, June 25th 2011

What do we call the worm you have drawn on the board?

Thursday, June 30th 2011

I have another question. Do we say: he is smaller than us?
or: he is smaller than we are?
or both are correct?

Thursday, June 30th 2011

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Poor Ezecchio! I don’t like the early bird!! LET’S SAVE MR E!!

Friday, July 1st 2011

James you are a teacher very easy to understand i like the WAY
you teach thank for helping us to learn English that so we need to LIVE in USA.THANK JAMES.

Sunday, July 3rd 2011

«A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush» has an analogy in the Russian language. In Russian it sounds like «Tit in the hands is better than crane in the sky» :)

Sunday, July 31st 2011

thank you very much James

Sunday, August 14th 2011

Thank you James, your style of teaching is both funny and educational!!! My name is Dulat and I’m from Kazakhstan. I’m also learning, at least trying to learn english language.

Friday, August 19th 2011

Hii james, can u pls tell me the usage of the word aint

Friday, August 19th 2011

thanks sir james you really brighten up my weekend. you’re a cool teacher.

Sunday, September 4th 2011

the birds were cool mr james)) and thanks for cool lessons!!!!

Thursday, November 3rd 2011

James you burning, means (in Ucraina) your cool…. nice job

Monday, November 21st 2011

    In English we say “You’re on fire!” to mean the same thing :)

    Monday, November 21st 2011

Good sense of humor,giving nice examples
I love your method man! you are awesome

Thursday, December 1st 2011

I am new to this site , i want to improve my vocabulary and speaking English

Wednesday, January 11th 2012

hi, is it going? i hope u r fine & doing great..plz, tell me u r so…r u even reading my comment??..if so, plz,make avideo of ” the …mmm.. how can i say it …you know the words which express some situations like: oops! oooh ! yuk! ouch! ..& etc

Tuesday, January 24th 2012

    They’re called “interjections” — request noted!

    Wednesday, January 25th 2012

i like that video learning English

Sunday, January 29th 2012

HI, James…how are you?I would like to thank you for your useful,funny and very interesting lessons.I like the way you are teaching and if only all the teachers could make their lessons both equally joyful and useful as you do.Thank you once more!!!!

Monday, January 30th 2012

good job !

Saturday, March 31st 2012

sir .. i like your lesson. thanks

Sunday, April 15th 2012

Nice and very interesting lesson…thank you james

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

Thank’s,its very useful :)

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

Very greate to know polite form and to know how to hide source of information and reply like: a little bird told me. Thank you for useful tips!!

Sunday, June 17th 2012

the Russian idiom, which is equal to ‘the early bird gets the worm’ sounds literally like ‘the one who wakes up early is helped by God’. Even this poor translation seems to be reasonable

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012

thank you james so much

Wednesday, July 11th 2012

hello..thanks for sharing every information with us..wanna ask Verbs Followed by Infinitives and Gerunds subject..such a challeng thing sometimes for me to choose the corect one..for example want to but avoid uses with -ing ..can you find a easy way for them..thanks in advance

Friday, July 13th 2012

thank you, i like it.

Tuesday, July 24th 2012

i love this lesson

Friday, July 27th 2012

very nice!

Thursday, August 23rd 2012

nice idioms

Monday, August 27th 2012

Great teaching.
“Kill two birds with one stone”. We have this idiom in Albanian too :-)

Tuesday, September 4th 2012

I like these idioms.. thank u so much..

Monday, September 10th 2012

nice idioms,thanks.

Sunday, September 16th 2012

hi James I really appreciate the way you are helping us with that in mind ,can u please help me the word verify ,certify, testify and justify they are very confusing words for me even though I have checked them in the dictionary.With many thanks.

Thursday, September 20th 2012

Good job James. Thanks a lot,dude…

Wednesday, October 17th 2012

A bird in the hand is better than 2 in the bush. is like mas vale pajaro en mano que 100 volando. en espanol

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

Very nice lesson james. very interesting. simple but learned a lot…!!!

Friday, January 11th 2013

I really enjoyed this class!!! I noticed that These English idioms are similar to Spanish ones.

Thursday, January 17th 2013

Hello James:)
The Beautiful in Turkish says “Bir taşla iki kuş vurmak ”

Take Care

Friday, January 25th 2013

I want to let you know that these lessons are extremely useful and funny at the same’re all doing an excellent job…I’m really thankful….thanks a lot

Sunday, January 27th 2013

The early bird gets he worm. Grate! But i would like to tell you some funny story (not real): A woman told to her husband that he was lazy, he slept too much and he earned not enough many… etc. So he decided to get up early and went out for some fortune . But unfortunately he was caught and robbed by burglars in the street and came back home. Wife: What happened? Husband: There was someone who got up earlier then me. :)

Sunday, February 17th 2013

sorry I mean great

Sunday, February 17th 2013

no is useful, but if so funny


Monday, April 1st 2013

tks! i’m glad when i see this video! you are fun. i like you. i hope i can see you next useful videos

Wednesday, April 3rd 2013

Thanks James!!! It was funny.

Tuesday, July 30th 2013

I liked the lesson, thanks James!

Thursday, August 29th 2013

Hello James,

In our country we use these idioms :D

Tuesday, November 26th 2013

Really helpful. Thx

Sunday, January 19th 2014

Thank you very much.

Tuesday, June 10th 2014

thank you, you´re my favorite Teacher…

Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Hi, James. I’m always looking forward to your lesson.
In this lesson, I’ve gotten idioms about birds, but actually I know the idiom that “to kill 2 birds with 1 stone”. Because, we have the idiom that has exactly same meaning in Japanese. The idiom is referred “一石二鳥(Isseki-nicho)”.
一(one)石(stone)二(two)鳥(bird). I think it maybe comes from Chinese.
It’s interesting, isn’t it?

Friday, August 22nd 2014

yes, I liked, in colombia we use the same idioms.

Tuesday, August 26th 2014

We usualy say “to kill two rabbits with one shot” instead “to kill two bird with one shot”

Saturday, October 25th 2014


Thursday, November 6th 2014

You are doing a great a job James, i now now what idioms are.

Friday, April 10th 2015

interesting lesson. Thank you.

Monday, September 21st 2015

That expression “A little bird told me” (and others) exits in spanish and it has its meaning equivalent to english. I think this kind of phrases are universal.It might be interesting for a lesson which involve some of the global meanings (different expressions, equal message).
Thank you James for being part of this.I´ve just realized what a great online page I´ve found.
See ya!

Saturday, January 2nd 2016

    You’re right Berny! A lesson about that would be terrific! 😀 xx

    Wednesday, April 5th 2017

I meant, …”spanish” instead of “english” (in the second line)

Saturday, January 2nd 2016

No test?

Friday, July 1st 2016

    Yeah, no quiz… -_-

    Monday, June 25th 2018

Thank you so much, It was funny too. Thank

Monday, July 11th 2016

Very interesting lesson of idioms with the word “bird”, good explanation and performance. Thanks a lot teacher James from EngVid.

Sunday, November 20th 2016

Thank you James

Friday, September 29th 2017

this info is really useful, actually are very similar in its spanish version

Monday, October 9th 2017

Thank you…JAMES

Monday, November 6th 2017

Great video! Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018


Friday, February 2nd 2018

I really enjoy the videos here and on YouTube but there is this one thing I can’t understand the meaning idioms can u please explain to me

Wednesday, April 11th 2018

My friend eats like a bird, HE IS EATING MR. E

Monday, June 25th 2018

Wait, NO QUIZ!?!

Monday, June 25th 2018

We do have exactly the same idioms in Arabic language and we use them very often,I just knew it in English :)

Friday, January 25th 2019

Thanks for the lesson, but there is no quiz!

Thursday, August 22nd 2019

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