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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.
My mom is ____________. She believes the number 4 is bad luck.

Superstitions are scientific.

Many Westerners believe if you find a penny and pick it up:

You will have seven years of bad luck:

You will have bad luck if you _________ an umbrella inside your house.

Your wish _______________true if you blow out all of your birthday candles on the cake.

If you say "break a leg" to someone, they _________ well in a performance.

Which of the following is not a superstition?

The following two sentences are both grammatically correct and mean the same thing:
If you wear garlic, vampires will stay away from you. Vampires will stay away from you if you wear garlic.

_____  bring my lucky pen to the test, I will do really well.


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152 Comments on “Learn English with Superstitions: vocabulary, culture, and the first conditional”


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very good lesson

Friday, December 29th 2017

    -_- I don’t like the word “very” cuz If you say “very” too much, it will make your sentence feel so boring! Maybe you should use the word “superb” for the word “very good”, and more word! You can find out after watching “Stop saying very” of James! :D

    Friday, June 29th 2018

10/10
However, conditional sentences always make me dizzy and complicated. I must watch the video repeatedly! And yes, the number 4 is avoided because of its sound, which is the same with ‘death’ in Korean, Japanese and Chinese.

Friday, December 29th 2017

    Conditional sentences are little bit difficult for me too. In my native language (Slovenian) we use future times for both cause and effect sentences. In Slovenian language we would say:
    If you WILL pick a penny, you will have a luck.
    In English it is without WILL word in cause sentence. Pretty confusing, requires me to take care.

    Friday, December 29th 2017

      We have the same in Russian)))

      Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

    I saw in documentary movies at rocked launching countdown the number 5 is skipped, like:
    10, 9, 8, 7, 6, (pause), 4, 3, 2, 1, fire.

    and I thought this is some bizarre superstition to skip number 5, but it actually isn’t. Number 5 is skipped, because word five starts with the same sound like fire. You know it could happen: “7, 6, fire” and person responsible for pressing “fire” button just pressing it little bit to early.

    Friday, December 29th 2017

      I didn’t know about what you said. Over here, in Japan, we no longer care about number 4 or other figures. Here, 8 is thought to be a lucky number because of its shape in Chinese characters. Thanks for your comment.

      Friday, December 29th 2017

        Number 8 is also a lucky number for Chinese, because it sounds like “fa” in Chinese character, which represents “rich”.

        Wednesday, June 13th 2018

    ty for your explanations.

    Sunday, December 31st 2017

I thought “will” and “if” weren’t used in one sentence . Please , explain to me , this rule doesn’t work anymore or it’s just an exception .

Friday, December 29th 2017

    the video is very clear just watch it again

    Friday, December 29th 2017

    First conditional has 2 sentences inside one frase, so “if” and “will” belong to different parts.

    Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

Tnk u teacher Emma. i’ve been watched this lesson for 2 times.

Friday, December 29th 2017

10/10
talking about the superstition that says if you break a mirror you’ll have 7 years of bad luck some people beleive it in our country

Friday, December 29th 2017

Thanks Emma amazing lesson! In my country (Brasil) If a black cat across in your way, you Will have a bad day.

Friday, December 29th 2017

    We have the same in Slovenia (Europe) for black cats. The only way to get rid of unluck if black cat get in your way is to spit. If you are in car, then you need to open car’s window and spit out of it. Many people think this is stupid and they don’t do it o course.

    Friday, December 29th 2017

      We don’t have the spitting thing in North America! All this time, people have been just accepting their bad luck and not knowing there was a way to undo it. :P

      Sunday, December 31st 2017

        You are superstition amateurs. :)

        We have solution for every problem. Black cats on the road, spit on flour. It’s fixed. Someone says: “I have been driving car for ten years without an accident.” Knock on the wood and there is not going to be bad luck in the future. It’s fixed. Black bird flies to the near three branch that brings the bad luck. Open the window and shout to scare it to fly away. It’s fixed. Stop being a cry baby, get up and fix problems. :)

        Monday, January 1st 2018

    When writing in English don’t forget: Brazil is with Z and not with S. Regards!

    Friday, December 29th 2017

I got 8 correct out of 10 :)
Thanks a lot

Friday, December 29th 2017

Emma, you said in video that cause sentence has a present tense. Which one? Present Simple I suppose, isn’t it?
So for she/he/it verb gets “s” at the end because of present simple:

If she finds a penny, she will have good luck.

What about negative?
If she doesn’t learn, she won’t pass the exam?
because:
a) doesn’t learn (no “s” at the end, because there is already does)
b) “will not” = won’t.

Is this correct?

Friday, December 29th 2017

    of course you’re right , eg: if you work hard, you will get a promotion . f she studies hard in math she will succeed .
    if she does not study hard in math, she will not succeed

    Friday, December 29th 2017

      Emma has written the rule:
      If + subject + verb + (object),
      subject + will + verb + (object).

      It is really nice to break into such a simple structure. But from the rule itself it is not clear which tense verb should be in, unless lesson is listen very carefully.

      It is actually simpler to me if we break rule into tenses:
      If + Present Simple Tense,
      Future Simple Tense.

      Rule above is complex rule and requires understanding the sub-components like individual tense.

      Thanks yasser for your help.

      Monday, January 1st 2018

Thanks for the lesson….!!

Friday, December 29th 2017

Terrific!

Friday, December 29th 2017

if you leave a comment, you will get a lot of viewers.

Friday, December 29th 2017

thanks Emma , you’re perfect as usual >
superstitions exist in our Arabian country specially in Egypt , we don’t like no.13 , the crow is a symbol of the pessimistic ,we touch wood to prevent envy , no.5 is also to prevent envy > to be honest i don’t believe in it .it’s a bullshit. by the way i got 100.

Friday, December 29th 2017

which on is more correct :
1-if you find a penny , you’ll have good luck .
2-if you find a penny , you’ll have(a) good luck.

Friday, December 29th 2017

    I think the correct one is 1.

    General rules are:
    – a/an is before singular countable nouns,
    – without a/an before singular uncountable nouns,
    – without a/an before any plural forum of noun.

    Historically a or an became from word “one”. For example in old English they said:
    “I have one cup of tea.”
    but today in modern English we say:
    “I have a cup o tea.”
    You see “one” was changed into “a”. We can say one cup of tea, because I could drink two cups of tea etc. Cups of tea can be counted, “cup” is countable noun and before it we place a/an predicate.

    In the example you provided for “luck”, you can’t say: “I have one good luck”, “I have two good luck(s)” etc.
    Noun “luck” is uncountable noun so there should be no a or an predicate.

    If you would like to read more, I suggest to read about countable and uncountable nouns: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/grammar/countable-nouns

    engvid.com web site:
    https://www.engvid.com/english-resource/countable-and-uncountable-nouns/

    engvid.com video tutorial:
    https://www.engvid.com/countable-uncountable-nouns-english-grammar/

    Saturday, December 30th 2017

If you proceed like this, we will be better English speaker.

Friday, December 29th 2017

Hi Emma. Thanks for your job. I like your lessons. Happy New Year.

Friday, December 29th 2017

Nice lesson Emma. Here in my country we have almost the same superstitions as in North America. I wish you and all the others from engVid a Very Happy New Year!

Friday, December 29th 2017

Thank you Emma

Friday, December 29th 2017

If you do not eat twelve grapes on new year’s eve, you will have a bad year. I find those superstitions quite foolish, but they are funny anyway.

Friday, December 29th 2017

I WAS GOOD IN THE QUIZ.

Friday, December 29th 2017

Got 10 ☺ Thank you Emma .

Friday, December 29th 2017

Emma ,thank you for your job. Your lessons are very clear. Happy New Year!

Friday, December 29th 2017

Excellent lesson. As today is December 30th,I wish you
a wonderful New Year.
You are a great teacher and I thank you for all the
lessons that you prepare so thoughtfully.
Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 30th 2017

The lesson was very nice :) Thank you

Saturday, December 30th 2017

This help me 😊 thanks

Saturday, December 30th 2017

Thank you very much, Enma, for this and all your lessons, always very helpful and interesting. Here some superstitions:
As a child, I used to heard an expression that said: What’s wrong with you? Did a one-eyed man look at you? It is assumed that if someone looks at you badly, as one-eyed man could do, that will get you bad luck.
If you stand up with your left foot, you will have bad luck that day.
It was also bad luck to spill the salt on the table
My wife’s aunt used to say that if you go under a ladder, you will not get marry.So I guess she didn´t :)

Saturday, December 30th 2017

    I haven’t heard the one about standing up with your left foot—but in English there is the expression “to get off on the wrong foot”, that is, “to start off with a bad impression”. If you got in an argument with someone right after meeting them and want to apologize, you might start with, “We seem to have gotten off on the wrong foot.” It seems to be a reference to running a race, where if you “start off on the wrong foot” you have made a mistake.

    Sunday, December 31st 2017

      In my country Slovenia, specially in the morning if someone is in bad move, little grumpy we say: “Why are you so grumpy, did you wake up with your left foot.” But probably Canadian version “wrong foot” is in my humble opinion very similar to “left foot”. Most of the people are right handed, so much better they do with right hand/foot like writing, eating with spoon, kicking a football ball etc. The right foot is “better” foot, and left one is let say the “wrong” foot. Kicking ball with left foot is kicking it with wrong one. Wrong foot = left foot.

      Monday, January 1st 2018

      Thank you very for your reply. Well, I think I was wrong, I mean get out of the bed with the left foot, as Rokaly say below. Have a wonderful 2018!

      Wednesday, January 3rd 2018

Thanks a lot, all the best to you
I say you”break a leg”.

Saturday, December 30th 2017

If you are superstitious, you will have bad luck XD
Thanks Emma!!!And Happy New Year!!!

Saturday, December 30th 2017

Thanks Emma and
Happy new year

Saturday, December 30th 2017

i got 10/10 yeayyyyyyy

Saturday, December 30th 2017

Hey Emma, very interesting lesson, Thank you!
just wanted to add that in the jewish tradition “13” is considered a very lucky number. when a kid turns 13 we celebrate his “Bar Mizva” in differnent ways.
moreover I studied chinese in University, there I learned that the reason chinese people consider the number 4 a bad luck number is because 4 is “si” in chinese which resembles exactly the word “si” that stands for the word death in the chinese language, that’s why this number is considered unlucky.
hope that was clear. Btw I have been following you for a very long time and you’ve helped me a lot with my English.
Thanks

Saturday, December 30th 2017

    Thanks a lot for your explanations.

    Sunday, December 31st 2017

      my plessure arash1 from Iran :)

      Sunday, December 31st 2017

        thank you very much

        Tuesday, August 28th 2018

    I am also Jewish, and I don’t think a bar mitzvah is at 13 because it’s a lucky number! (After all, in some traditions, a bat mitzvah is at 12 and in others at 13.) As far as I know, it is because it’s traditionally considered when you can be considered responsible for your own actions. (Source.)

    18 is a lucky number, though, because according to gematria (Jewish numerology) the letters in חי (chai, life) add up to 18. When I was 13, I got a lot of gifts that were cheques for a multiple of 18 :)

    Sunday, December 31st 2017

      thanks for the information!

      Monday, January 1st 2018

Hey I am good at English but my grammar is a little bad so if you guys help me with it i can make it!

Saturday, December 30th 2017

I got 10. Thank you Emma and Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 30th 2017

Thank you for the lessons. Can you use a darker marker?

Saturday, December 30th 2017

    That’s a good idea. Our lessons are filmed ahead of time, so this will not take effect for a while, but I’ll suggest using a wider/darker marker.

    Sunday, December 31st 2017

      In video words are written in one single black color and underlined in different colors. It would much better be seen if using multiple colors for words itself and underlining would be redundant.

      Monday, January 1st 2018

        It would still be a good idea to underline words, just in case people are colour-blind!

        Monday, January 1st 2018

          Do I understand you argument correctly? Color blinded people would see color of line, but not the color of text? Color blinded people do not distinguish colors between each other. Like if having two green colors they may see only single green color. It depends how color blinded a person is, it may even not distinguish between red, yellow and green. That is the reason lights on traffic lights are always at the exact the same position, top-bottom: red, yellow, green.

          In my humble opinion for color blinded people there is not requirement to use different colors, but different objects, like single line for one purpose, double line for another, dashed lines, dotted lines or circled text, squared text etc. There is plenty of different methods like underline text and number the objects that belongs together, or underline and type text like “verb”, “noun” etc.

          Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

          I think we are agreeing with each other!

          For most users, key words written in a different colour will stand out better. For example

          the cat sat on the mat

          But some people might not be able to see the difference in colour. So we should also use markings like outlines and underlines.

          the cat sat on the mat

          Wednesday, January 3rd 2018

Thank you Emma. I got 10 correct out of 10. Nice Lesson!. I am superstitious sometimes. In regard to what you said about “breaking mirrors”, well, I don’t believe in that superstition, because I have broken a lot of mirrors in my entire life, and otherwise I have had good luck.

Saturday, December 30th 2017

    You should not dismiss this theory so easily. It may still work. You probably broke many small mirrors and you got little bad luck for each of broken mirror. If you break big mirror, you will have huge bad luck. (First Conditional, thanks Emma). You also probably broke single thin glass mirrors and not double glass mirrors. Single glass little bad luck, double glass double bad luck. So you should use small thin glass mirrors to avoid bad luck.

    Just kidding. Superstitions are funny things, additional “shit” can be added to the table to make it looks like it’s working. It is interesting that people doing this think they are smart and by adding additional superstitions they solved the problem. But actually argument is weak in the first place and every attempt to fix it by adding additional superstition makes it much worse. Lets say this in mathematics. If there is 10% probability first argument is true and 10% for second argument then we are obligated to multiply them: 10/100 * 10/100 = 0.1 * 0.1 = 0.01 that is only 1%. Two combine superstitions each one of having probability of 10% in combine have only 1% chance to be true. Adding additional weak argument is multiplying with additional 10% which is 0.1 * 0.1 * 0.1 = 0.001 which is 0.1%. More “shit” is brought to the table, more “shit” you get, not less.

    Monday, January 1st 2018

Thank you Emma this is nice lesson

Saturday, December 30th 2017

Thank you, Mrs. Emma.
Happy new year!

Sunday, December 31st 2017

Thank Emma I have 9/10. I’m little bit confusing about the sentence 1st. I think it’s better if you choose a superstition, because superstition is noun, so it need the article A before, please explain more detail

Sunday, December 31st 2017

Great Emma, thanks!)

Sunday, December 31st 2017

Hi, I am Samim Ahmad Sherzad I am so pleased with Afghanistan that I am friends with you. I hope to guide and help with the training. Thank you all of your friends.

Monday, January 1st 2018

This lesson is a useful one

Monday, January 1st 2018

if i do the test i will have 100 score

Monday, January 1st 2018

in my culture superstition
if you sleep under the tree at night you may get sick that day

Monday, January 1st 2018

    In Brazil if you sleep under a tree, you will be robbed that very night!Just kidding!

    Tuesday, April 17th 2018

Thanks Emma for your lesson Happy New Year

Monday, January 1st 2018

Happy New Year. How do we reach the instructor directly?

Monday, January 1st 2018

Hi, my name is Ali.

Monday, January 1st 2018

Thank you for all, I´m improving more my English with your video class

Monday, January 1st 2018

What a good luck to learn English with Emma! It is not a superstitious lesson but it is talking about superstitious topics, then we will have a superstitious experience if we study this video class for sure because we now know some of the superstitious facts that maybe happen to us. Thanks a lot, teacher Emma, it has been a grateful explanation in American English, very useful as always.

Monday, January 1st 2018

Thank you, Emma.

Monday, January 1st 2018

Thank you, Emma. If I watch Engvid.com everyday, I will be good at English.

Monday, January 1st 2018

Perfect very good lesson thanks a bunch

Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

break a leg, Emma.
You are a nice teacher. Your videos are really interesting.

Thank you!

Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

Thank you Emma

Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

Thank you Emma it,s a very good lesson

Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

yes we have the same superstitions in France :))
thanks for this lesson I enjoyed it a lot D
and Happy New Year !
XXXX

Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

Thanks teacher, I really enjoy your lessons

Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

I want to practice english with everybody via skype: tuannhacsy

Wednesday, January 3rd 2018

Emma you always cute and the best, thank you for ever.

Thursday, January 4th 2018

Thanks Emma for the culture video

Thursday, January 4th 2018

I thought that these depends just for my country but I am so relax due to know all about :)

Friday, January 5th 2018

If I follow you, I will improve my English.

Friday, January 5th 2018

You got 8 correct out of 10Thanks teacher

Saturday, January 6th 2018

All of the explained Superstitions avalible to hear in Turkey. :)

Sunday, January 7th 2018

I was 100% ;) Thanks so much Emma…

Monday, January 8th 2018

Thanks

Monday, January 8th 2018

thanks a lot.

Wednesday, January 10th 2018

I’ve got nothing to say…

Friday, January 12th 2018

Nice lesson! Thanks!

Friday, January 12th 2018

I am new in this site but i see it it very simple and useful spacial with your explanatian ( Emma )

Friday, January 12th 2018

Thanks teacher!

Friday, January 12th 2018

I get 10 from 10 i like your explanation Emma

Saturday, January 13th 2018

thanks emma, you are the best

Saturday, January 13th 2018

why the article “a” after the object garlic in this sentence “didn’t typed exist If you wear “a” garlic, vampires will stay away from you”

Saturday, January 13th 2018

great lesson. Thank you Emma

Saturday, January 13th 2018

Very useful lesson. Thanks a lot Emma

Sunday, January 14th 2018

At least, I could understand first conditional 👌🏼

Sunday, January 14th 2018

Hi Emma Nice lesson! and Thanks!
and i love your lessons you are cool and
nice love it yeah.

Sunday, January 14th 2018

Thank you very much, Emma. Happy New Year!

Monday, January 15th 2018

Thanks a lot Emma.

Wednesday, January 17th 2018

Thanks emma ! Again a very good lesson from you

Wednesday, January 17th 2018

Thanks Emma!!!!!!

Thursday, January 18th 2018

I watched this video to avoid getting a virus. Thank you Emma for protection.

Friday, January 19th 2018

thank you, very nice…

Friday, January 19th 2018

People will go to a temple and pray for something that they wish to happen In my country if they really want something come true, especially young students or people who are suffering from disease and have a really bad health condition. Their family members will do it for them.

Wednesday, January 24th 2018

I got correct 10 out of 10.

Thanks a Lot.

Very nice

Thursday, January 25th 2018

I got 100 . Thanks Emma for your help

Friday, January 26th 2018

Also, will be nice if you talk about second and third conditional, they are a little complicated to understand them.

Tuesday, January 30th 2018

Thanks, Emma! I have learned some westerners’ superstitions.

Wednesday, January 31st 2018

this is very relevant vid thanks a lot

Friday, February 2nd 2018

thanks a lot emma

Friday, February 2nd 2018

if i find a penny, i will be good luck all day.
if i find dollars, i will be good luck as well. because i will have money. lol

Sunday, February 4th 2018

nice…sorry for my bad english..you are my prefer teacher..you have a very clear voice..and easy comprehension.. are you going to do a video for UFO’s and aliens?a very interestin argoument for me.. thank you!bye!

Thursday, February 8th 2018

Thankyu very much..

Saturday, February 10th 2018

Hi Emma, is this correct? If you watch engvid lesson,
You will improve the english grammar.😊

Saturday, February 17th 2018

Excellent class and practice…!!! Thanks a lot…!!!

Sunday, February 18th 2018

Thank you Emma! Great class! Is there any class about psychic readings, witchcraft spells, love spells, curses, vodu etc, so, about magic at all?

Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Thank you Emma !

Wednesday, March 7th 2018

Thanks Emma I learned about superstitious this lesson is very good.

Wednesday, March 14th 2018

Great lesson, thanks Emma!!

Monday, April 2nd 2018

Thank you Emma!

Friday, April 6th 2018

Thank you very much.

Tuesday, April 10th 2018

thanks teacher
very good lesson

Sunday, April 15th 2018

Excluding the penny thing, they have the same superstitions in Brazil. I got 100%. Thank you Emma.

Tuesday, April 17th 2018

Thank you so much. Your lessons is so usefull. I always watch your videos.

Friday, April 20th 2018

Thanks Emma.

Saturday, April 21st 2018

wwwooooow i got 100

Wednesday, April 25th 2018

Really I liked this Lesson because I learned a lot from you great Vocabulary, Grammar and about American culture

and yeah I hope all of my life will be good luck lol

thank you teacher Emma

Tuesday, May 1st 2018

Beyond the imagination, If I miss this lesson,I will have bad luck. Scored 10/10.

Monday, May 7th 2018

If I have the time, I will watch your videos with great pleasure.They are great. Thank you very much.

Sunday, May 27th 2018

Tx Emma, superstitious less.on

Sunday, May 27th 2018

There is a place needed to be corrected. In China, we are using number 4 as a floor number, otherwise, it will cause confusion to visitors.

Wednesday, June 13th 2018

The superb lesson, Emma! :D

Friday, June 29th 2018

I got 10/10

Friday, June 29th 2018

I saw a superstition “Things always happen in threes” and that reminds me a funny story that we called “anecdote”.
Sorry for my English )))
Just married couple are going on a carriage harnessed by horse. Suddenly, the horse has stumbled.
Husband says:”One”.
They keep going and the horse has stumbled second time.
Husband says:”Two”.
They keep going and the horse has stumbled third time.
Husband says:”Three”, then he pulls out his gun and shoots the horse.
Wife is begining to scream at husband:” Why, why did you shoot the horse? ”
Husband quietly turns to wife and says:”One”

Tuesday, July 3rd 2018

Superstition In Turkey ”If you fall from the mulberry tree, you will be a donkey”

Wednesday, July 11th 2018

i got 100 thanks and in Indian culture superstitious people say if you break a mirror, you will have bad luck just for one day. Next day can feel form yourself from that bad luck.

Friday, July 20th 2018

I got 90 of 100.
If I practice English in a daily way, half of my work problems will be solved.

Saturday, July 21st 2018

I got 100 of 100.Thank you very match Emma

Saturday, August 4th 2018

In my culture, if i meet a black cat, i will be badlucky.

Monday, August 6th 2018

I like this professor Emma, she gives very good lessons to us. I learn a lot.

Tuesday, August 28th 2018

Excellen. Thanks Emma

Tuesday, September 4th 2018
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