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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.
What's a good compliment you can use to start a conversation with a woman?
"I really like your __________."

What is a good compliment you can give a man to start a conversation?
"Your ________ very impressive."

"I really like your shirt. _________ did you get it?"

After complimenting a woman on her hair, what can you ask?

To start a conversation with a man, you could comment him on his _______________.

After complimenting someone on his/her strong arms, what could you ask?

It has been snowing all week. You meet someone in the elevator at work. You say:

There are two important parts to a good conversation. They are:

Listening to native speakers will help you to understand how the language is used.

Which of the following is okay to talk about?


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Well…. Mr. E!!!!! James, sorry, l DO need your beautiful tasty fat worm.
SKIKDA, nkh453, nataanna – 0/0/1!
I’m the first one more time.

Thursday, February 2nd 2017

    Congratulations Natanna. For two days I don’t feel very well. I have a bad stomachache. That’s why I couldn’t compete. Good luck guys

    Friday, February 3rd 2017

      But I’m still a member of your group. I try again

      Friday, February 3rd 2017

        Of course! I waited for your comment.
        I hope you get well and soon.
        It seems to me you are determined and hardworking, so your efforts will bear fruit!

        Friday, February 3rd 2017

      i hope you will heal quickly, take care.

      Friday, February 3rd 2017

        Thanks for your kindness guys

        Friday, February 3rd 2017

    You three seem to be stubborn to get the firsts places, let me think, I guess I should be a member of your team!

    Saturday, February 4th 2017

      Welcome struggle for eng.

      Saturday, February 4th 2017

      you’re welcome struggleForEng it will be more fun

      Saturday, February 4th 2017

        Thanks SKIKDA, you’re all making this website amusing :)

        Saturday, February 4th 2017

      Hi, struggleForEng!!! You are highly welcome!
      Your participating will make the competition even more exciting. The more the merrier!!

      Saturday, February 4th 2017

        Thanks, I hope I meet your expectations, does the competition really need to eat worms! In reality I am so gourmand and I dont remember that I cannot eat whatever in my country, but when it comes to worms, then I dont think so :P, what do you think about spaghetti or noodles, It is another sort of worm :P it is very fit for as I am so gourmand

        Saturday, February 4th 2017

          Hi StruggleForEng! You’ve made my day!
          But bargain is a bargain! There’s nothing to eat on EngVid except worms, that the early bird gets…. Please, read comments to the previous lesson by Rebecca (the verb “to have” in the past) And you’ll get the idea of eating.
          Take care!

          Sunday, February 5th 2017

        So do I

        Sunday, February 5th 2017

        well I’m new here but I want to compete you .. because I think it will help us to get better faster..
        what do you think ?

        Monday, February 6th 2017

          Welcome Mohammed Nadi

          Friday, February 10th 2017

          you are welcom, MohammedNadi! Sorry, I didn`t answered you earlier, I was abroad.. See you

          Sunday, February 19th 2017

      Thanks,nkh.453, I hope a near healing, I was also having a cold, but now I am in good health

      Saturday, February 4th 2017

    Congratulations! 🏆 <-- This is the best I can do on short notice, sorry

    Saturday, February 4th 2017

    Hello!

    Sunday, February 5th 2017

      Hi! I’ve read your profile. We are colleague, you know! Welcome to our team!

      Sunday, February 5th 2017

        l am new here tell me more abaut this group

        Friday, February 10th 2017

      Welcome Hungry for learning.
      Natanna, what a cool group you made. I think our group will make this webpage a better place for all it’s members to learn English and have a little fun. What do you think???

      Monday, February 6th 2017

        Hello nkh453! It seems to me that WE made this group! Thanks to EngVid!! And I hope we’ll be joined by many others.
        I will say after Rebecca and some wise men:
        Tell me and I forget,
        Teach me and I remember,
        Involve me and I learn!!! Aren’t they great?!
        We need more emotions while studying and the best one is laughter! So, let’s make more fun!!!

        Monday, February 6th 2017

Thank you, James! Your lesson is just for me! I’m not very good in small talks, mainly because of lack of good start and sometimes poor vocabulary. The vocabulary should be extended by your own efforts and you may be taught speaking skills, on the contrary.
You made me laugh on the questions. You’ve got some point on men’s bellies! You must have been tried hard on it at gym! Thank you one more time!
Guys!!!!! Are you still sleeping? Why are you keeping mum?

Friday, February 3rd 2017

the same scenario repeated i will try again.

Friday, February 3rd 2017

    Don`t upset, SKIKDA! I must confess, I`ve got an advantage these days – I`m on vacation now, so, I`ve got more free time. But I`m leaving for Greece in a week and I don`t know if there is free Wi-Fi. You might get revenge. I am glad to see you here today.
    You know, worms are slippery and can escape easily. Stay tuned!

    Friday, February 3rd 2017

      i consider this kind of you,i would to say that i’ve found that competition something useful to make fun in this site, and it will be a pity what you’ve said, and i would to say also i only’ want to get revenge of english and i want to overcome it’ if this is correct literaly. good luck in your life and have a good journey.

      Friday, February 3rd 2017

        Thank you! But I leave in a week, it means, that I go abroad on NEXT Friday. We have the whole week to compete! See you

        Friday, February 3rd 2017

          i’ll be ready so.

          Friday, February 3rd 2017

    i will correct my mistake ” the same scenario IS repeated i will try again” my the most common mistake , i always forget the verb of the sentense.

    Friday, February 3rd 2017

You got 9 correct out of 10.
It was very easy for me ….I only wrong is this :
6. After complimenting someone on his/her strong arms, what could you ask?
and I write :Do you take steroids?
and correct was :What exercises do you do?
thnks a lot for me …I buy a gift for myself :)

Friday, February 3rd 2017

    Congratulations amirrezaee. Believe it or not I’m really happy for you. Go on and don’t give up.

    Friday, February 3rd 2017

      thank you …I never give up…but like to learn English but I need to learn easy word at first …I have most movie to Watch if I have enough time …thanks for Nkh.453 .

      Friday, February 3rd 2017

I love your T-shirt, James :D Cool! Where did you buy?
Thank you for your lesson. I got 9 correct out of 10 :)

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Hello James. Thanks. It was cool. And I could understand your words completely in this time.

Friday, February 3rd 2017

is it bad/wrong to talk about someone’s eye color?
some people have different eye color and i found that fascinating.

another thing is ‘its been snowing all week, i might get bored of it! so if i say “i hate snow” wouldn’t it be more obvious?

Friday, February 3rd 2017

8.10 How can I start a conversation in the internet even I can’t see the the face of person who is talking to me, so what should I say when I wanna making a conversation with someone

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Hello james you are a good teacher and your teaching method is increadble.

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Thanks James for this lesson it was great, I got 10/10.. and was easy to understand..:)

Friday, February 3rd 2017

    hi marcos, let me say something if you don’t mind: i just was wondering and i’ve asked myself ‘why the most brazilians learn english’ because they are overwhelming here, could you tell me the reasons which they push them if anything prevent you .take care.

    Friday, February 3rd 2017

      We are surrounded by english stuff so we are used to seeing movies, goods and several things in english, i think it’s common because english became an influential language.
      Brazilian have a schedule at school some of them learn English or Spanish and we have more interest in other cultures too. I mean people that learn languages. :)

      Monday, September 4th 2017

Thanks for lesson! I’ve got one question – what’s the differents between “to be very best” and “to be big on something”?

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Hi James. Talking to people is not easy to me. I can’t talk well with people even in mother language, Japanese lol. So It goes without saying, talking in English is hard as well. I often have hard time to keep conversations in both Japanese and English. I have to get rid of my shyness.

Friday, February 3rd 2017

    me too It’s so frustrating. But I need to overcome it and force myself :)

    Monday, September 4th 2017

Hi James! Nice video, that was really interesting, thanks for teaching us how to start a conversation. I am sure those questions will help us to have a nice conversation.

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Hi James, beautiful lesson.
May I suggest you to write a little up on the whiteboard for your next lesson please, because I sometimes use subtitles and it doesn’t allow to follow you in the last part of the whiteboard. Share it with your collegues, too.
I love all of you.
Best regards
Alexins
(Ps: Excuse my English, I only started learning it recently)

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Hey guys! Don’t you think James is better than Will Smith in “Hitch…”?

Your lessons are very good to improve our listening. Thanks James:)

Friday, February 3rd 2017

It is my first comment here but I saw many lessons and all of them are great. Thank you for your job

Friday, February 3rd 2017

    Saw is wrong, watched is right

    Friday, February 3rd 2017

Great lesson! Didn’t think twice before sharing it. I learned a lot! Thanks so much, you’re a great teacher!Hope you keep helping learners with their skills. Byeee!

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Thanks James.

Friday, February 3rd 2017

I am glad to watch your new lesson, James! Good tips to speak with nativspeakers, there are many topics which can help to do that: a sport, a weather, a music, books, a history, etc. We only need to find interests of person before starting conversation. Many thanks!

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Good hints and good lesson James! But I don’t think that I will start a conversation with a man talking about his arms. What about sports? Anyway, thanks for the lesson!

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Cool ! Not considering some things , it was good ! Thanks

Friday, February 3rd 2017

    Hello teacher Soei, could you please explain about this sentence: not considering sth. What do you mean from this expression?🤔

    Saturday, February 4th 2017

      Hello . I mean without paying attention to some things that maybe I don’t like! Best wishes

      Saturday, February 4th 2017

Nice lesson James!!Waiting for your next one!!
Thanks ;)

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Great video, as always. I really enjoyed it. In the place I live it’s quite hard to get someone to practice with. Thera are not many people who speak english, but I try my best.

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Whoah, what amazing leson. Thanks for your share.

Friday, February 3rd 2017

hahaha i liked that moment when you said ” these things you have not to say them to women”
weel, thank you sir again, very useful
Antar from Algeria

Friday, February 3rd 2017

A large lesson to learn how to improve our conversation skills and how to speak and listen while we get and meet friends, but I have doubted in the question about the hair and strong arms, because I thought that if you change the topic of the question, maybe you will build a more interesting and great conversation than only speaking about the same thing always, anyway, it depends on the temper of your friend. Thanks a lot, teacher James Greer from EngVid, as always a good performance.

Friday, February 3rd 2017

    Hello angardiobel. I read your profile. It seemed interesting to me. And you write perfect. So I think if such texts you can write, undoubtedly you are good at speaking too. I just can tell you;good luck with your difficult and expensive test and your Great GOALS.

    Saturday, February 4th 2017

      Thanks nkh.453, I am learning step by step to write though I always have some doubts to translate from Spanish to English, but when I speak then I have to memorise and remember forms and expressions which are differents and difficult in every case. Good luck is necessary for us because nowadays everything tends to be more complicated than before, and you have to encourage or cheer up yourself to continue with our goals, it’s a good thing to make comments about our learning. Thanks again and keeping on to improve our English level.

      Saturday, February 4th 2017

Ty Kindly

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Do not trust flatterers.

Friday, February 3rd 2017

it was amazing lesson .

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Thanks!!! Jams you are amazing… keep on hacking

Friday, February 3rd 2017

thanks James it was a great Lesson…

Saturday, February 4th 2017

Hi James! your arms and breasts are very impressive! what exercise do you do?

Saturday, February 4th 2017

HI GOOD DAY NICE

Saturday, February 4th 2017

i really like this courses.

Saturday, February 4th 2017

I liked very much this lesson. I got 9/10. Thanks.
Teacher.

Saturday, February 4th 2017

thank you very much!!!

Saturday, February 4th 2017

You’re a good teacher James, thanks for the video, greetings from Morocco ..

Saturday, February 4th 2017

Great lesson. Maybe I’ll try and start making conversation with people on Engvid! :)

Saturday, February 4th 2017

Thank you so much James,it was Amazing lesson.

Sunday, February 5th 2017

Interesting all this ways to starts conversation with unknown👌

Sunday, February 5th 2017

Very good, James. Thank you!

Sunday, February 5th 2017

Great tips, thank you James! :)

Sunday, February 5th 2017

Nice arms! do you exercise? they look so strong! it makes even strong women imagine how safe it can be? being protected by those arms.

Sunday, February 5th 2017

    what a flattering words you’ve said, you really need a man like this.

    Sunday, February 5th 2017

      I like him a lot.

      Sunday, February 5th 2017

how can i get this living lesson,my teacher.

Monday, February 6th 2017

I got 10/10. Nice video, thank you James!

Monday, February 6th 2017

I was like the website. It is very well. Thanks for you.

Monday, February 6th 2017

What a beautiful hair!, What king of shampoo do you use?….What am I, an hairstylist?. I’m joking. Good lesson teacher.

Monday, February 6th 2017

Can I use your video to my book for free? I wont forget to give credit title from you. My book is intended to Indonesia students. So, the book is for educational and commercial purposes. Hope to see your reply soon.

Tuesday, February 7th 2017

I got 8 out of 10! (I’m sleepy, it’s almost 11 pm in São Paulo).

It’s really curious the fact that English course books just present THIS “standard” structure: Hi, my name’s Flávia. I’m 27 and I’m from São Paulo, Brazil. :D
Nobody does that, and, like always, James makes a fun role play talking like this…

I would describe this lesson as interesting and useful.
Thank u one more time, dear teacher James.

Hey,u look good wearing orange, haha. \o/

See ya! ;)

Tuesday, February 7th 2017

hi im andres from Bogota Colombia

Tuesday, February 7th 2017

Hello there James. It’s a great lesson. You gave me plenty of ideas how to make an interesting conversation. Honestly, I am not good at making small talk. Most of the time, I feel like I’m running out of words to say. Thank you so much! Learning English is fun because of you, Teacher James! Have a good day!

Tuesday, February 7th 2017

Hello James! Thank you! This is a great and very useful lesson, as all of your lessons!

Wednesday, February 8th 2017

Hi, hope you all doing good. I just Join your website. So I hope you guys help me with my English to learn. Because I have only one problem, that I can’t speak very well! I know the meaning of most words, but I can’t speak like fluent speak at that time! When I have done from the conversation, then I remember the word! That’s too late. So please, help to how speak like fluent English!
Thank you all,
Seyar

Wednesday, February 8th 2017

Great lesson!! I got 10/10 ^^

Wednesday, February 8th 2017

Thank you James.

Wednesday, February 8th 2017

Hi James! I am a big fan…your classes are awesome. When I first started watching them you sounded so fast but the more I listen you the more I understand what you are talking about. Thanks a lot.

Thursday, February 9th 2017

Hy James, Tanks for the lesson.
I’m learning a lot with your lessons. I know that you speak fast to help us to training understand native speakers and I used to listem how many times that I need to understand. See yo soon.

Thursday, February 9th 2017

Omg James im just five minute in this page and im absolutely in love, thank you for share your talent and charisma to us!!

Friday, February 10th 2017

💚💛💓💜💙

Saturday, February 11th 2017

it was really very nice but what to do if other person in keep on ignoring after using all of it……

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Great lesson!!…Many thanks James!

Sunday, February 12th 2017

I like this lessons. I think it’s wonderful site. But need English speaking chat. Do someone know any site?

Monday, February 13th 2017

I do like engVid. Many thanks to share English knowledge. I’m from Cambodia, Asian.

Wednesday, February 15th 2017

James, your lessons is the best of ever I watched before. Thank you! Are waiting a new one.

Wednesday, February 15th 2017

Thank You,James! The firs joke,the guy of Japan killed to me!xaaxaxaxa

Friday, February 17th 2017

Hi everyone, This is my first test and first comment here! i like the their way of teaching English :)

Friday, February 17th 2017

    Hi, wael! I`ve read your profile. It impresses me a lot. You like so much things to do…. But I didn`t find a single word about work, unfortunately.
    Can you comment this?
    See you.

    Sunday, February 19th 2017

    Sorry, if I offend you.

    Sunday, February 19th 2017

    Wow, what a long introduction you had. And how many things you like to do!!!!! 😞😮😮😮

    Sunday, February 19th 2017

Hi Natanna, Sorry for late respond and Thanks for your feelings, That’s right I didn’t say anything about my job, You’re very good with finding sensitive things, in fact, I had quite bad times in my life, but fortunately from a few week I got my first job from years ago!

Life is sometimes down and sometimes up!

I promise you to edit my profile soon and I’ll make it more positive!

Sorry for being not that active here, but I have a plan to keep up with you guys :)

Sunday, February 19th 2017

    We wait for you. Join us as soon as you can.

    Friday, February 24th 2017

      Hi nkh.453, Thank you , i’m just back and i’m very enthusiastic to learn more!

      Wednesday, March 1st 2017

Haha James.
You said “If you don’t do it to your mother or sister, don’t do it to another woman.” In Turkey we use it this way: “Would you be pleasant if it was done to your mother or sister.”
I just want to say this. Good bye.

Sunday, February 19th 2017

    Haha ,
    Here in India also we use it in a similar manner.

    Saturday, February 25th 2017

Good teacher thanks… i´m new and i´m learnbig a lot

Tuesday, February 21st 2017

    Hi Simon!

    Be welcome to the Engvid group! I know I am replying a little bit late, but “better late than never”. Ha-ha!

    Moreover, I have read in your profile that you speak Portuguese too. How interesting! I didn’t know that Portuguese speakers were common in Uganda.

    Good luck in your English learning and until next time!

    Monday, May 15th 2017

i want your phone numper to To communicate

Wednesday, February 22nd 2017

9/10.thanks

Sunday, February 26th 2017

This doesn’t work will all the cultures
Somewhere might sounds a bit gay

Tuesday, February 28th 2017

Hello everybody.

I’m new here. I love this teacher.

I’m Brazilian but now I’m living in USA, so I need to improve me english.

Tuesday, February 28th 2017

hi everyone. i am new here. i heart this vedio . i learnt a lot for starting a conversation. thanks sir.

Friday, March 3rd 2017

Thank you,you made me know more about conversation!

Friday, March 3rd 2017

TFW can’t even start a conversation in my own language.

Thursday, March 9th 2017

thank you very much

Thursday, March 23rd 2017

hEI jAMES

THANKS FOR YOUR LESSON

OK 8 TO 10

Thursday, March 30th 2017

Hi, I’m a bigginer. Can you help me to learn English, please.))))

Friday, March 31st 2017

Thank you James!

Thursday, April 6th 2017

I’m beginner can you help me to learn how to speak very good English and how to write a writing too please😀😀😀😢😢😢

Sunday, April 9th 2017

Yaaaaa~ I will share this topic with my friends because I answer all of these questions are correct.

Thursday, April 13th 2017

thanks James for this helpful video !!!

Tuesday, April 18th 2017

I really like this lesson. Thank you so much

Thursday, April 27th 2017

thanks a lot,Jame
This is a interesting lesson to open the conversation after hello.

Saturday, April 29th 2017

Thanks, Mr. James. That’s totally cool.

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

Hey James, Im from Brazil, lets have a coffee later?

Friday, May 12th 2017

Hi James!

I have been practising English on Skype since last June and the most difficult part in communicating with foreigners, besides problems with grammar and pronunciation, is to find topics to keep on talking to a person you had never seen before.

We usually chat for the first time, it’s nice, we introduce ourselves, and don’t talk anymore…

Therefore, we can use your tips to make our conversations longer. I agree with you. Compliments, friendly questions, and politeness are some good ways to create a pleasant dialogue.

Thanks a lot and see you soon!

Monday, May 15th 2017

I got 10 of 10. Very interesting lesson. James I like to learn English with you lesson, it’s not boring, fun enough.

Thursday, May 25th 2017

Hello people, how are you?
I like a lot this channel and it’s many useful. Anyway nice to meet you and I’m Sandro, I writing from Italy.
how I can do for to see the video consecuti
vely?

Friday, June 2nd 2017

wooow so good teacher

Saturday, June 3rd 2017

Hi James,
will you please to let me know, what could i listen and imitate.Im in a country where i have no body to talk to in English at least 5 times a week 2 hours daily.
Thank you.

Sunday, June 4th 2017

I would like to learn how to talk not much in writing. how could i do it?

Sunday, June 4th 2017

That was really useful!

Wednesday, June 28th 2017

Hi thank you for the lesson.

Tuesday, July 11th 2017

good job

Friday, July 14th 2017

Hi James,
pretty cool lesson. Thanks!
By the way, you have a nice T-shirt)). Where did you get it? ))

Wednesday, July 19th 2017

I met someone last week and I said: wow such a cool jacket!.The conversation went really well and after that I said: My name is james I’m from Japan, she said ok and we exchanged phone numbers. 2 minutes after I just realized I was not james. I had said my name wrong and I’m not from Japan either haha.

Monday, July 24th 2017

    :”)

    Sunday, September 3rd 2017

I will put in practice. Thanks.

Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

Hi James !
Good lessons thank you 💐

Friday, September 15th 2017

Love watching ur lessons..u so funny nd this way u make the course goes so well,,,,keep up 🍓🌺

Tuesday, September 19th 2017

Thank you james
It was a good lesson.
My english isn’t good to much i try to improve it so i will watch all the videos and practice with th people here but i have a problem i can make a good sentinse in my mind and i have confus when i start to talk so i’m shy to talk 😔

Wednesday, September 27th 2017

Hello, teacher James and everyone. I am a new student. Please help me I want to learn English. thank you

Sunday, October 1st 2017

Very good class and you are a very funny teacher.
I like your lessons very much.Thanks.

Sunday, October 8th 2017

This lesson is very important to me because i don’t know how to open with person and how to continue conversation ?but it’s very helpful !thank you Teacher !i am glad i got such lesson like this!

Wednesday, November 15th 2017
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