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NICE CLASS. I have a question about WILL and GOING TO (gonna). I learned when i was young that WILL we used for something that we’re not sure to do in the future and GOING TO is for something that we going to do for sure in the future. Is that right?

Wednesday, June 8th 2011

    Rey, there is a Rebecca’s lesson here about WILL and GOING TO (named as “Using the Future Tense in Conversation”). I liked it.

    James, thank you for useful lesson.

    Wednesday, June 8th 2011

    Hi Rey,

    As I know, Will and Going To both are used to say about future. “Will” – unplanned, you make the decision in the time when conversation happens. “Going to” – planned. I am not sure your statement is right. Hope it help!

    Muop Map

    Thursday, June 9th 2011

    That’s right.

    Thursday, June 9th 2011

      Thanks guys (muopmap & xewax)

      Thursday, June 9th 2011

great lesson MR.james >> carry on ^^

Thursday, June 9th 2011

Where got quizz???!!
BDW thanks James are great as always :D

Thursday, June 9th 2011

I have learned modals before, thanks anyway James. I agree with uuuuuuu.

Thursday, June 9th 2011

iam learned more things from this lessons thanks mr.james

Thursday, June 9th 2011

Aahahahaha!!!!!!!! I love u my future husband!
U got 100 points

Thursday, June 9th 2011

I like the way how you teach, you are so funny jams thank you so much,but do me favor don’t come close to the camera lol.

Thursday, June 9th 2011

Hi sir James,,, i like your presentation… its easy to understand. I think, I can use it in my English lesson.

Thursday, June 9th 2011

Hi teacher i like this lesson . this lesson helps me create my english fluently and clearly

Thursday, June 9th 2011

how are you doing my brothers and sisters?

Friday, June 10th 2011

hi sir
it’ relay awesome job.
i like it
i can easily understand.

it’s nice job.

best regards

akshay khatri

Friday, June 10th 2011

Thank you so much for you lessons James, you keep on bringing up the good stuff, I wanted to ask you about a couple of things:
what does “My head is all over the wall”, when A for instance is talking to B and B says it , does it mean he is not following? does it have a specific reason?,
also, “To see right through someone” I think it’s a bad thing as if he doesn’t exist I think. would you explain it to me, and last thing is most important
I rather (go – to go – going)
I’d rather (go – to go – going)
I prefer (go – to go – going)
I’d prefer (go – to go – going)
I like (go – to go – going)
I’d like (go – to go – going)
I suggest (go – to go – going)
I’d suggest (go – to go – going)
such verbs ^^

Friday, June 10th 2011

    I agree with anwwf ! I’ve myself never understood the differences between “I’d prefer” and “I’d rather” and the differences of meaning between “I prefer to eat” or “I prefer eating”.
    Thanks for your answers!

    Sunday, June 12th 2011

      Thanks Milly for you support , I’ve been waiting for this answer since weeks now I’ve asked it everywhere !!!

      Sunday, June 12th 2011


Friday, June 10th 2011

also , what does it mean to ” dismiss someone out of hand “

Friday, June 10th 2011

best wishes

Saturday, June 11th 2011

Thanks James for the great classes. I’m learning a lot.

Saturday, June 11th 2011

i want to speak with you to ask you about things please tell me how

Sunday, June 12th 2011

This lesson is crazy good!

Sunday, June 12th 2011

Dear James i agree with anwwf comment i hope you are going to give has a good lesson on that point.thank you!

Sunday, June 12th 2011

hello mr.james i want from you tell me how i start to learn english

Monday, June 13th 2011

Wow! can you tell me after in spanish the transation about it please?

Monday, June 13th 2011

hi James,could you please explain us about how to use Wonder. i was really wondering when i dint find anything on this anywhere on this website.
this is first question on your site and i realy appreciate the way u teach.
thank you and god bless you.
Rakesh (New delhi-India)

Monday, June 13th 2011

so hart =))

Tuesday, June 14th 2011

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
You are a genious…

Tuesday, June 14th 2011

James, I’m waiting for you answer !!!, you seem to be very busy, aren’t you ??

Tuesday, June 14th 2011

Thanks, James, for the lesson above!
Can you make a video of when to use these words: Evaluation, Assessment, Testing, Examination, diagnostic.

Friday, June 17th 2011

hi mr.james thank you for this lessons .can you make a video to know when i ues have.had.has please

Saturday, June 18th 2011

hi james your so smart, can you teach me

Sunday, June 19th 2011

Hi james, really your lessons are very helpful and easy to understand.
Thank you for your valuable time.

Sunday, June 19th 2011

sir.. can you help me cause i;m so confuse when using ‘ed’ in sentence and do you have copy in this site like the present,past,futuretense? thanks a lot for teaching us so helpful like me to improve my skills…

Monday, June 20th 2011

helloo! sir i realy appreciate u and it was very fruitful lesson and learnt many from it.thank u once agian god bless u

Sunday, June 26th 2011

sir how we can use “have had to’ and what it is actully?

Sunday, June 26th 2011

Hello Mr.James Thanks a lot.

Saturday, July 2nd 2011


Thursday, July 7th 2011

i m from india. this is really help full session for me.

thx thx and thx

Monday, July 11th 2011

Great lesson James!!!, Is easy to understand all that you can try to teach us but isn’t easy to apply all this in a real life situations,but you can be sure that we can with your help

Saturday, July 16th 2011

Not clear

Friday, July 22nd 2011

A little bit tricky but I got it well. thk you

Friday, July 22nd 2011

Hi James

In the case of permission, Which is the difference between can and could?

For example: Can you lend me some money? and Could you lend me some money?

Greetings from Mexico

Wednesday, August 3rd 2011

james!!!u r my fuck’n best teacher ever!!u r so damn funny!!!really nice 2 follow ur lessons here!!so damn cool nd nice nd usefull!!

Sunday, August 21st 2011


Thursday, September 29th 2011

Who thought he was going to scream at you or put on a scary face when he approached to the camera? hahaha I hate frights, I confess I paused and forwarded it.

Monday, October 24th 2011

thanx teacher James l would like do more to improve my English,how would do that stay bless

Friday, November 4th 2011

that was very good one more of it in the future thank you

Friday, November 4th 2011

I have a question about the sentense ” I could have helped.” Is it a future sentense? Is the below sentense is correct?

A : “I will wash my car tomorrow.”
B : “Okay,I could have helped.” (= I can help you to wash the car tomorrow.)

Waitting your answer! Thanks James. :)

Tuesday, November 15th 2011

it’s really a very interesting class ; by the way you shine an other time James in this lesson thank you , however i still have some difficult to express modals in the future perfect form but i try to do my best

Sunday, January 8th 2012

Great Lesson James , it’s very helpfull thanks a lot take care

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

your method of teaching is fine.

Tuesday, August 14th 2012

Great lesson! I learned a lot!..thanks

Tuesday, August 14th 2012

think you for lesson.

Wednesday, January 16th 2013

you are so funny James…good lesson…:)

Tuesday, February 19th 2013

Hi, I did find the quiz, ich would like to practice…I didn´t really get the modal could.

Thank you.

Monday, February 25th 2013

Thank You James :)
love your lessons :)

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

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Thursday, October 10th 2013

I’m sure I’ll write some of this advices on my paper.
Thanks for great video.

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

James, your video was great!
(P.S. I cannot find the quiz.)

Sunday, June 1st 2014

Why don’t you answer any comments Mr.James?
Anyway,it was a good lesson,so thanks!

Tuesday, June 17th 2014

Thank you for your generosity with your time and talent!

Tuesday, July 8th 2014

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Saturday, August 23rd 2014

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Monday, August 25th 2014

Thank you so much, Mr.James!

Wednesday, September 17th 2014

Hi Mr. James.
That’s was awesome lesson. Unfortunately there is not the quiz.

Friday, January 30th 2015

Where can find this lesson’s quiz

Monday, March 16th 2015

Thanks again.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015

It’s a great lesson, thanks Mr. James

Thursday, November 19th 2015

hi this nice

Wednesday, January 11th 2017

It’s clear that modal verbs modify the meaning of the sentence, and they add more precision about our expressions like “CAN” with permission, ability and possibility, besides these aspects are offered in different situations and everybody can understand what they are listening. Everyone have to remember the modal verbs and their meanings, it’s not easy if you don’t practise all time. Thanks a lot, teacher James from Engvid, a good performance.

Sunday, January 29th 2017


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