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"I have to go to the john."
'John' here means:

We could not identify this person, so we'll just call him ______ _______.

He was arrested for sleeping with a prostitute. He's a ________.

Another word for a signature is '_______ _____________'.

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290 Comments on “Slang in English – Many meanings of JOHN”

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thank you jon

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

thanks jon , i have enjoyed with the lesson.

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

Nice lesson Sir.Joh.. XD….your lecture was so clearly..

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

Congratulations on joining Engvid, John. I am looking forward to seeing more of your lessons.

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010


    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

      Thank you Jon.

      Could you please explain for us the difference between (Welcome on board) & (Welcome aboard) and where to use each?

      Sunday, November 3rd 2013

    Hi there, how are you and how about your teaching what subject you teach. i like to add you in skype my id is aman7en.

    Sunday, August 12th 2012

      and this is mine saricy2 :)

      Saturday, November 17th 2012

A quite excellent video.I’ve learned something from this video.I hope he can make more great videos to teach us.

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    I’m glad you enjoyed it. What would you like to learn?

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

      we would like to learn amarican slang language and tenses grammer

      Friday, December 24th 2010

      Could you, please, make a lesson about difference between “which” and “that”? It always confuses me. Thanks in advance.

      Sunday, December 26th 2010

        Hi jon thanks for your lesson, i agree with milica it would be great learn about the usage of which and that.. thanks

        Sunday, December 26th 2010

      i am interested in learning stress, accent, pronunciation of American English.I look forward to seeing lessons of them.

      Monday, December 27th 2010

      First of all welcome sir to engvid.glad to meet you too.my dear sir try to teach us vocabulary and conversation sentences.
      waheedullah Rahmani

      Monday, January 3rd 2011

      Hey John, your videos are great and are now a part of my daily learning activity. Can you please do a video on the ‘th’ sounds and the like?


      Thursday, May 19th 2011

Welcome to the EngVid, Jon. Can’t wait for more your lessons :)

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    It was a pleasure.

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

      Hey Jon,

      If you can also have a video on syllable and word stress, it will be great. I intend to be an English trainer myself. Is their anything that you can suggest for me?



      Thursday, May 19th 2011

thanks jon u r cute btw! jejeje hope to see more often ….

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

It was very useful and interesting. Thank you very much! I am looking forward to seeing more of your lessons.

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

yhanks jon . i am glad to see one another intelligent teacher on engvid . hope you will make good lessons in the future

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

Jon,it was great really informative…i expect more lesson from u…

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    Thanks. If there is something in particular you would like to learn, just let me know.

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

      Can you please teach us more slang ,

      Wednesday, December 29th 2010

new teacher~~~^^

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

first of all welcome on engvid. the lesson was very informative and clear, glad to know about the uses of many Johans. Sir can you explain the difference between specially and especially and use of “let”. hope you will upload more lessons.

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    check this out :


    are both explained in a nice way with examples.
    ciao brother

    Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    According to Michael Swan, ‘especially’ and ‘specially’ can often both be used with the same meaning. For example, It was not (e)specially hot. Perhaps the most common use of especially is to express ‘above all’; for emphasis. For example, I like all kinds of fruit, especially pears. ‘especially’ often comes before prepositions and conjunctions. For example, We go swimming, especially in summer. ‘Specially’ with past participles – For example, These pants were specially made.

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

Thank you Jon, it´s really intersting to know about americans slangs.

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    You’re welcome. If you would like to learn something in particular, just let me know.

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

      i would like sir.i always trying to learn english but i can’t learn better what should i do.can you help me to prove my english……

      Monday, January 3rd 2011

The lesson was great, but the writing is too small. Could you please write larger letters next time?
By the way, congratulations on joining EngVid!
I hope to see more lessons from you.

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    Thanks for comments. I will definitely write larger letters.

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

thanks our new engvid teacher mr.jon and i am asking u to work on slang a little bit like the many meanings of john but you must consider the following : enlarge ur font , speak with a simple confident voice >> , but overall ur awesome >>> good luck mister ….

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    Thank you for the feedback. I have heard that my writing is a bit small from others as well, so I will write bigger next time.

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

Intresting lesson. Thank you Jon!

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

jejejeje @ “a John” — I never heard it

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    Hi I am Sayed from Egypt and I want to talk with you if Iam lucky And I hope to be frienda its my mail please call me

    Sunday, February 27th 2011

Interesting lesson. Thank you!

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    You’re welcome!

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

funny and easy…:)))

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    I’m glad you found it amusing.

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

very interesting and funny lesson :) Tks Jon

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    I’m happy you liked it.

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

Jon, this is a nice lesson; I really enjoyed with it; your method of teaching is very high; keep on and bring more slangs please; I have problem with these slangs.

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

    Thank you for the comment.
    What type of slang would you like to learn?

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

      hi. john…
      i enjoyed ur teaching… i like u. u r so handsome.. muah

      Tuesday, January 11th 2011

Great simplicity sir.
Thank you very much for this lesson.

Thursday, December 23rd 2010

    I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

your explaining is verry nice :))

Thursday, December 23rd 2010


    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

seen that “there is nothing wrong with not knowing” I’d like to know what does “ESL” mean in the last transcript of the lesson (about John Hancock)and if these are American or English slangs. Thanks sooooooo much.

Thursday, December 23rd 2010

    Hi Francesca,
    ‘ESL’ stands for English as a Second Language.
    The lesson on the many Johns is mainly American slang, although I’m sure many people from the UK, Australia, and New Zealand will also know ‘A John’; ‘The John’; and ‘John Doe.’

    Thursday, December 23rd 2010

its a funny lesson
thank you

Thursday, December 23rd 2010

Hello! I love your videos about slangs in Brazil we have many slangs about soccer do you have in english?

Thursday, December 23rd 2010

mr.jon u r too great .
im having doubt in “ever”
i mean , can v use “ever” in negative sentence .
if yes then do with some examples ….pls

Friday, December 24th 2010

    No. We say I have NEVER eaten eggs. Or, I NEVER eat eggs. N+EVER = negative ever = Never. We use EVER “often” in present perfect questions. For example, Have you EVER eaten eggs?

    Tuesday, January 4th 2011

thank a lot mr jon. i hope t had a lot of lesson from you, my teacher!

Friday, December 24th 2010

Hey Jon…
This is the first time I see u at this site. Are u new teacher…???
I’m gonna download your first video, might be it’s look verry nice.
by the way, do u hve FB…???

Friday, December 24th 2010

Thank you very muck mr.Jon
I have interested so so so much with your explaining and I am student in english department so please ,please and please give us more lessons to help us , I like your way of explain the lesson it was very clear and very simple and how I could be contact with you?

Friday, December 24th 2010

hello teacher

Friday, December 24th 2010


Friday, December 24th 2010

Hi dear Jon ! I just watched your lesson , it was nice … thank you for enjoying engvid . But I have one question for you : on your lesson you said : speak with and not speak to . Could you explain to me the diffrence between speak with and speak to ? once again thank you very much .

Friday, December 24th 2010

Well done! I like it.

Friday, December 24th 2010

Jon – that lesson was just great! You presented it so well and I learned a couple of things that I didn’t know before! I’m looking forward to seeing you give more lessons on this website!

Saturday, December 25th 2010

I really enjoyed in this lesson
thanQ Jon!

Saturday, December 25th 2010

Hi John,
your videos are very useful for people learning English I appreciate for your efforts. please answer my questions?
1. I jumped up because he had advised me to do so (is this right usage of past perfect simple)I jumped up because he advised me to do o( is it any different from above statement)
2. My business was bad because I had no good knowledge ( is it right usage of simple past can I also say “my business was bad because I didn’t have good knowledge)
3. Before coming to India I had been in Australia for 2 years ( is this right usage of past perfect continuous)
4. I had been In Australia for 2 years before I came to India.
I had been in Australia for 2 years when I came to India( do these two statement convey same meaning.
Thank you very much for helping people through teaching English.

Saturday, December 25th 2010

Dear Jon. how are you….nice lecture…. bt you must b thanks to GOD…u r jon nt the John heheheheeh lolzzzzz dnt mind m jst kidding

Saturday, December 25th 2010

Please clear my doubts
1.She had been working before the summer begins (is it compulsory to use simple past after past perfect continuous or past perfect (summer began is simple past is it?or can I continue with summer begins)

2.I had been working before my trip or I had been working before I went to trip ( which of these two is correct). thank you very much.

Sunday, December 26th 2010

    1. Past perfect continuous can be thought of as the earliest time period in English. We often use it if we want to express that an action happened before another action. Yes, began is simple past.
    2. Use the first one.

    Tuesday, January 4th 2011

That’s a very sweet name, “John”.
But I like Jon too. It make the person different from the others.
Ha, sweet kidding alinkan123!

Sunday, December 26th 2010

Woah! I had no idea, that you r a new teacher Jon! Did you join in this December? I joined today that’s- 26th Dec!
I like your teaching. Hope to see new videos from u.

Sunday, December 26th 2010

nice explaination

Sunday, December 26th 2010

Very funny lesson..thanks and welcome to EngVid!!!

Sunday, December 26th 2010

nice lecture jon, moreover, good thing ur not john ur jon

Monday, December 27th 2010

Thank you, Jon!
Very cool useful and funny lesson!
If you don’t mind I have a question for you. I have a very good book “Speak English like an American” by Amy Gillett (2004). The book is rather useful, but I am afraid that there are many idioms you don’t use anymore and they sound very weird or old-fashioned. I mean expressiona like give smb. an axe, dead-end job, go belly-up, get canned, keep one’s chin up, live from hand to mouth, to be on thin ice etc.
So my question is how can I be sure that these expression are used in modern English, since I live neither in USA nor Canada.

Thank you!

Tuesday, December 28th 2010

    ‘I got axed’ is the same as I got fired from a job. ‘Dead-end job’ is a very boring job where there is no opportunity to grow. ‘Keep one’s chin up’ means to stay positive. ‘Live from hand to mouth’ means to live with very little. ‘To be on thin ice’ is being in a precarious situation (trouble). These are all quite common expressions, so feel free to use them as you wish.

    Tuesday, January 4th 2011

so good keep up

Tuesday, December 28th 2010

Hey Jon,

Cool vid – hope you’ll make some more?

I have a request, and I would like to know if you (or other teachers on the engVid-crew) could make a video about adverbs/adjectives. When to use adverbs and when to use adjectives and why?? I think many students are having difficulties with this subject, so I would really appreciate such videos. Thx ;)

I have a few examples if you don’t quite know what I’m talking about:

John eats his food extreme(ly) quick(ly).

Tuesday, December 28th 2010

Hi Jon I’m so glad you’ve joined to ENGVID team:)
Your lesson was great.
I’m looking forward to seeing more ones.

Tuesday, December 28th 2010

Hi, Jon your lesson is great. I saw a film and have phrase “Bite me” could you explain what does it mean for me? Thank you very much and hope for more lessons from you.

Wednesday, December 29th 2010

    ‘Bite me’ is very rude and should be used in very informal situations. I might say this jokingly to my friends when they are bothering me or very aggressively to someone who is really bothering me. ‘Bite me’ can be interchanged with ‘eat me’. The actual translation would be asking one to eat your private parts.

    Tuesday, January 4th 2011

Thank you very much jon :). you are the best jon
I like it

Wednesday, December 29th 2010

it was a really a new iformation !!!
thanks jon

Thursday, December 30th 2010

thanks dear Jon it’s really helpful

Friday, December 31st 2010

thank you for help my english and you are really good at teach the english!! well done Jon!!

Friday, December 31st 2010

one of the best videos of engvid.. thanks.

Saturday, January 1st 2011

very nice lessons thanks for that

Saturday, January 1st 2011

Thank you for your lesson, Jon. It is helpful.
Now, tell me pleas – “stroll on” – means go away from here? For example -“stroll on and improve your English” Looking forward to hear your comments. Thank you from Russia.

Sunday, January 2nd 2011

    “Stroll on” means to “move on.” To stroll or go for a stroll means to walk at a relaxed pace. For me, stroll is usually used in this way – “Let’s go for a stroll.”

    Tuesday, January 4th 2011

      Many thanks for your comments,Jon. You and your team are doing a very good thing, helping people all over the world with the English language.
      All the best,

      Saturday, January 22nd 2011

thanks, jon

Monday, January 3rd 2011

thanks… grazie john….ciao

Monday, January 3rd 2011

hi there…i got 100%….thanks Jon it’s really helpful…i would like learn more slang’s could teach me more….

Tuesday, January 4th 2011

    Hi there, how are you? i would like to add you in my skype and my id is aman7en. And if you like to give me your any IM id.

    Sunday, August 12th 2012

this is very helpful cos I can caht with my pals well when we are hangout… cool!!!!

Thursday, January 6th 2011

thanks Mr. Jon for this nice lesson ,, i really enjoyed it .
by the way i want to know mor about the use of LET & MAKE in sentences i find them a little bit confusing .
thanks again :)

Thursday, January 6th 2011

Excellent lesson.Thank you Mr John.

Friday, January 7th 2011

sir i want to learn basic english.tense etc.you are a good teacher….

Saturday, January 8th 2011

Hi it was very good. but if you write a little bigger it is better. our writing is very small so it is difficult for seeing.
thank you for your class.

Saturday, January 8th 2011

I did’nt listen to Engvid for several days and I’m happy to discover a new teacher. Very interesting items. Thanks a lot.
I’m looking forward to the following lessons.
Best regards.

Sunday, January 9th 2011

Are you really Jon?
It’s a joke:)
But is not a joke that I have just learned a lot of meaning of “John” which is quite common name in my country that I didn’t know before.
Thank you Jon!

Friday, January 14th 2011

thank you for your leeson it is very interiseting .

Friday, January 14th 2011

Thank you very much for the great lesson.I liked a lot.
by the way I loved your voice, it’s loud I mean clear, I hope you will add more and more lessons.

Saturday, January 15th 2011


Sunday, January 16th 2011

hello sir this lesson is good rlz teach us about preposition becouse i am all the tim e confuse them . thanks

Thursday, January 20th 2011

i just have an english exam, there was a question confused me pretty much ..it would be appreciated if you can explain this to me

…… should follow a well-balanced and low-fat diet.
(a) diabetics (b) diabetic (c) diabetes (d) diabete (e) type 2 diabetes

how could i distinguish between singular and plural form in such a situation like that?
or this is not necessary at all?
Thank you in advance John for all the effort you’ve made (it’s MAKE isn’t it) lol,

Saturday, January 22nd 2011

thank you Jon, you are so funny and i like your lectuers so much

Monday, January 24th 2011

hiii…..the john …dont worry iam just joking…i appriciate engvid.com cos of fetching a nice teachers such as jon….

Thursday, February 10th 2011

thank you! it is very interesting.

Monday, February 14th 2011

Thanks mr. Jon.Your lesson was very helpful to me.

Monday, February 14th 2011

Thanks a lot

Tuesday, February 15th 2011


Tuesday, February 15th 2011

namaste(hello) jon,

nice lesson jon

can u teach mathematics?

Sunday, February 20th 2011

It was interesting lesson.Could u pls teach about the use of “would” “could” “might” or “might be” difference b/w “may be” and “might be”.I’ll be thankful.

Monday, February 21st 2011

Jon, you are a very good teacher=) I love this lesson, it’s pretty cool!

Saturday, February 26th 2011

In our native language.. we can say “chhotu, raju, pappu” :)

Friday, March 4th 2011

This is a funny lesson, something you won’t find in books. Thanks.

Monday, March 14th 2011

Hey there, Brilliant. I have been teaching now for 13 years in Germany and come from Toronto. My wife and I cannot get over our similarities. Gesture,appearance and expression. Keep u the good work!!

Monday, March 14th 2011

hey jon, youn are great.Thank you so much man.

Thursday, March 17th 2011

Hi Jon. Thank you for really informative lesson. I have trouble with building sentence in Past Perfect Continuous and Present Perfect Continuous. Could you do video-lesson about it please. With respect to you. Natalie

Thursday, March 24th 2011

Here is the sentence. “I had been living in Moscow before i lived in Petersburg.” Is it correct way to say? Thanks an advance for answering, Jon.

Thursday, March 24th 2011

    you have to say. I had lived in Moscow before I lived in (moved to)St. Petersburg. continuous forms refer to the process!..when you say that one action took place prior to other one and it’s just a fact USE PAST PERFECT!

    Monday, May 9th 2011

Thank you very much! It is really very interesting!
I’ll send this video my boyfriend. His name is John :)

Friday, March 25th 2011

The very interesting lesson.
Thank You

Saturday, April 2nd 2011

thanks mr.jon
just jon^_*

Wednesday, April 6th 2011

thanks Jon ^^

Wednesday, April 6th 2011

Hi Jon,

thanks for your simple way to learn us
you have gift you good

Friday, April 8th 2011

Wow! I’ve known about only one of these Jones so far! Thanks a lot!

Saturday, April 9th 2011

Thanks , I have enjoyed the lesson.
All the lesson. Thank you again :)

Sunday, April 10th 2011

what is the difference between Jon and John…I’ve never heard of such a name, JON.

Friday, April 15th 2011

thanks alot

Monday, April 25th 2011

Thank you my friend Jon. I’ve heard the lesson and you explain very clearly and I can understand very well

Tuesday, April 26th 2011

sir jon, thanks a lot for the clear as a bell topic. Looking forward for more slang lessons.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

Excuse me Mr. Jon
It’s really an interesting topic I was afraid of learning slag but now I determine to learn it . Anyway I would like to ask you about something which relayed to pronunciation which is what is the different between long a sound such as bay and long i sound such as spy because I think they are same in pronunciation

Thank you so much

Sunday, May 15th 2011

Could you please give us some lessons about proverb because I found most of them are difficult to understand it

Sunday, May 15th 2011

hey please put your john hancock here.whaaaaaaaaaatt?…your name sir…oh ok…just a min i have to go to the john…by the way whats your name?its john.0.o

Sunday, May 15th 2011

thank you kindly

you’r amazing man.we need more

take care

Wednesday, May 18th 2011

Very good, I´ve never seen this expressios be

Wednesday, May 18th 2011

wonderful and so funny.

Friday, May 20th 2011

Lol jon u make me laugh.

Monday, May 23rd 2011

Please, I have a question on this subject a bit
Happened to me a misunderstanding with my teacher and I want to know is all the teachers know the slang words? such as you explained on this lessons .what I wrote on my table glass is ,( I hate john doe that is unknow)
and i think she is read it plus she think i mean her ,but i’m not sure. so does any teacher know slang in English??

Tuesday, May 24th 2011

    I am sure many teachers know quite a bit, although a teacher cannot know everything. Thanks for your interest.

    Sunday, May 29th 2011

hello mr Jon
how are you?
thanks for your lessons
but please put more lessons in english
please ….

Sunday, May 29th 2011

    I am fine. More lessons are coming soon. I think they should be up by Monday.

    Thursday, July 21st 2011

Thank you Mr. Jon I really understand your lesson.

Sunday, May 29th 2011

lool Jon is very active teacher but i wanna joyed lesson of Jon

Tuesday, May 31st 2011

Hello mr Jon
many thanks for your lessons because i learned more things of yourclasses in this videos.
best regards

Tuesday, May 31st 2011

Tanks teacher Jon. Lily from Brazil

Tuesday, May 31st 2011

hlo,,,, mr jon,,,,u can add another john in your slang now….Jon means a good teacher,,,,,(lol)anyway, can u give us more English slang words….Vinz from Philippines

Wednesday, June 1st 2011

    I will, thanks!

    Thursday, July 21st 2011

really , really so nice , it’s first time enter this website [engvid] but really exteremly gorgeous thank u john so much u r talanted man god bless u , finally sorry cause my english isn’t good but iam here to learn

Wednesday, June 1st 2011

Thank you, Jon! It was very interesting!

Thursday, June 2nd 2011

a another slang for john is “jon means king of English slang” lol,,, ur nice sir.

Friday, June 3rd 2011

well I dont actually like the use of ” the John” to refer to something bad
since the actual noun refers to a prophet sent by god,
this noun should refer to graves, goodies, high minded and educated objects instead of connecting it to place that is highly forbidden

Tuesday, June 7th 2011


    thanks any way

    Tuesday, June 7th 2011

nice slams, thanks you. it was very helpfull to me.

Wednesday, June 22nd 2011

Congratulations Jon, your lessons are very interesting, it’s very good to helping my English. Thanks

Saturday, June 25th 2011

Thank you, Jon!

u’r great!

Monday, June 27th 2011

Hello Jon. Thanks for the interesting and practical lessons.
Could you make lessons about ” have him/her call”, “make up” the meanings and when should use?

Thursday, June 30th 2011

    “Have him/her call me” is used often in an office, basically just requesting that that person calls me, perhaps to set up an appointment. To make up, means to resolve an arguement often in a relationship.

    Thursday, July 21st 2011

sir give the lesson of let …how is it use in different way……..??????

Saturday, July 2nd 2011

Ho Jon , Interesting to know about some Johns. Really funny and informative as well. Thanks

Sunday, July 3rd 2011

you are the best jon..:) thanx for this funny and informative lesson..really i enjoyed it

Monday, July 4th 2011

thank you jon Jon

Wednesday, July 6th 2011

10X I like ur lessons especially the slangs 1s

Friday, July 8th 2011

Thanks “Jon” very good lesson, I would like other lesson like that… you know despite I speak Spanish and have no long time learning… I can understand you and this is wonderful to me! THanks..:)

Saturday, July 9th 2011

hi again.. You know what?it would be pretty good if you do a conversation : you and other person of your teacher´s team….

Saturday, July 9th 2011

    We have actually been thinking about that. I would like to do this, but we just need to organize our schedules.

    Thursday, July 21st 2011

Hi jon, This a great lesson about slang. i,m looking forward to seeing more lesson from you,about american slang..Thank u jon.

Tuesday, July 26th 2011

hi jon, i am suja from india, pls clear my doubt, i want to improve my english pronunciation and fluency, can u help me? pls tell me the simple ways…..

Saturday, August 6th 2011

thanks for that exciting lesson sir jon. here in the philippines instead of John Doe we use Juan dela Cruz..

Sunday, August 7th 2011

    That’s cool. That sounds spanish, is it?

    Friday, August 12th 2011

I had learned many usefull slang words.
So, thank you for you providing that informations.

Friday, August 12th 2011

you’re right sir. Spain invaded the Philippines for along time ;)

Sunday, August 14th 2011

hello jon. thank you for your lessons. can you please make more vids about slang.proverbs would be nice too. keep up the good works:-)

Sunday, August 14th 2011

Thanks,it is very useful information

Thursday, August 18th 2011

you were amazing with all your lessons , how can i get on all your lessons not just the free one

Sunday, September 4th 2011

That was a quite lesson on Jonh words.
I haven´t know these meaning….. But now it´s cear, God bless you. You should give a lesson on words used in the airport.

Friday, September 9th 2011


Jon, jst tell me dat how does it comes into ur mind about this topis, coz of ur name or smthng else???

Friday, September 9th 2011

9nce i have enjoyed

Thursday, September 15th 2011

i can’t thank you enough

Thursday, September 15th 2011

hey jon how are you doing i’m really appreciate what are you doing to help us any way thank you verey much but i have a question for you what does it mean ESL acutely i saw it many times and o tried to figured out , and i stil don’t know what it means by

Friday, September 16th 2011

Thanks The John! :p

Wednesday, September 21st 2011

I like you lessons so much! Now my vocabylary is much better!Specials Thank for you ideoms!)) ta-ta for now)))

Thursday, September 22nd 2011


Friday, September 23rd 2011

Dear Jon,
what follows has nothing to do with your last lesson. I wonder if you could help me anyway.
When talking about school rules is it better to use MUST or HAVE TO?
For example:
Students must do their homework. / Students have to do their homework.
Students must be on time. / Students have to be on time.
Students must turn off their mobiles. / Students have to turn off their mobile.
Could you help me, please?
And what about speaking in the first person?
Should I use MUST or HAVE TO?
I must wear a uniform or I have to wear a uniform?
Thanks a lot.

Monday, September 26th 2011

    I know this rule.
    Right answers are:
    Students have to do their homework.
    Students have to be on time.
    Students have to turn off their mobile.
    I have to wear a uniform?

    When you use “must”, for example, “I must stop smoking” you mean it`s YOUR desire. And when you say:”I have to stop smoking” you mean that somebody, for example, a doctor, makes you, orders you to do it.

    Saturday, February 11th 2012

thank you jon and to all other teachers.

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

great lesson i love it soo much

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

Thank you very much .. all info you say them are completely new to me.

Monday, October 24th 2011

that was the very first time I heard slangs.it was realy interesting.I love way of you teach! I just remember the slangs you toch.thanks sir.

Sunday, November 6th 2011

I realy enjoyed the lesson.that was interesting.thanks sir!

Sunday, November 6th 2011

thank teacher,it is a great lesson, after ur lesson i can use it flexibly
thanks alot

Tuesday, November 15th 2011

thankx a lot Jon….it was really helpful….

Wednesday, November 23rd 2011

Congratulations.The lessons are excellent and the choice of topics couldn’t be any better.

Sunday, December 4th 2011

I did like very much of this lesson. I would like to make a sugestion for all teacher: use more times pictures like at this video. It help the understanding of the students.

I heve too a question: in the USA and even Canada its a crim to have sex with a prostitute?

Monday, December 5th 2011

    You’ll have to ask your congressman about that. Most of them should have a good idea.

    Monday, December 5th 2011

      I didnt undestand the answer. In the Brazil, where I live, not is a crime have sexy with a prostitute but is a crime explore or to have a local to offer this services. What I would like to know is if is a crime in the USA and Canada offer sexy for money.

      Tuesday, December 6th 2011


Monday, December 12th 2011

thanx a lot jon to help us learn more

Saturday, December 24th 2011

thanx for helping us with the best regards

Saturday, December 24th 2011

Hi Jon,

And what about a situation like this: John Doe works in an office, his assistant calls him and says: “A John is waiting for you in the hall”. What she means is that she doesn’t know the guy, or the guy did not tell much about himself, or something like “tell John Doe that John is here, he should know”.

In this funny situation “A John” is just the person we don’t know much about (no idioms, just grammar). Would the situation be embarrasing? :)

Sunday, January 8th 2012

this site is pretty worth to me.. thanks to all teachers..

Friday, January 20th 2012

thanks for u lesson it,s really helpful :)

Friday, January 20th 2012

dear, mr john i like the way you speak english very clear and loud. thank you

Friday, February 10th 2012

Hello, Mr Jon. Please, could you answer my question. What do these slang words mean: “chin wag”, “ba-donka-donk”, “shawty”, “the Olive garden”, “boo-yah”???

Saturday, February 11th 2012

    “Chin wag” – shaking your chin, like shaking your head.
    “Badonkadonk” – a big, curvy butt.
    “Shawty” – a young woman, especially when talking about a friend or girlfriend.
    “The Olive Garden” – a chain of Italian restaurants in North America.
    “Boo-yah” – an exclamation you use when you’re really happy about something, especially if you’ve won something.

    Try using the Urban Dictionary, it’s a great resource for slang!

    Monday, February 13th 2012

      Thank you for useful information and the link)

      Tuesday, February 14th 2012

thank u for lesson I want ask u question how can I write a pargraph

Saturday, February 11th 2012

Nice lesson jon

Saturday, February 11th 2012

I’m so glad. Tks. teacher Jon. Lily from Brazil

Thursday, February 16th 2012



Tuesday, February 21st 2012

thanks …… i have one question :

in the slang the people make many mistakes grammatically,,,,, please tell is that happening always and why they do that

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

hi! Jon. great lesson. Can I be one of your student?That will make me so happy!

Sunday, March 25th 2012

useful one :):):)

Monday, March 26th 2012

wow u are great

Friday, April 6th 2012

very useful,thanks

Wednesday, April 11th 2012

Hi.Thanks JON The Lesson very great.I am very interesting these lesson.
Best Regard.

Friday, April 13th 2012

Hello.I am a new student. I liked this lesson very much.thanks a lot.I think without your lesson,I wouldn’t have understand anything,about”John”.great job. I am looking forward another lessons.p

Sunday, April 15th 2012

My first name is John.My buddies are always making fun of it.It’not to cool to have the same name as a toilet.Jon, does it bother you to have the same name, as a toilet?I guess I never asked a Jon/John before. Just curious.

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

Nice lesson. Thanks Jon so much!

Monday, April 23rd 2012

So good,keep up 2 good work!!!

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

hahaha that’s funny hahah! I’m from Brazil, São Paulo. I met a friend from England here in Brazil and I said: Aaa john!( in Brazil we like to say “aaa Bruno, aaa David…” same to say: oow no Jon, but I didn’t know that it was so different form. haha. I hope he did not understand my speech otherwise. Thanks John! hahaha I’ll be more careful next time.

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

it was a good one and I realy enjoy to learn with you

thank you so much jon ^__^

Saturday, May 26th 2012

I really like this lesson, you see I would like to learn a little more about this kind of slangs, since I am an English teacher in Mexico, and well I have some problems with them. Anyway, great lessons, congrats!

Monday, June 4th 2012

interesting lesson I didn’t know that expressions in english. Thank you.

Thursday, June 14th 2012

sir its good enough.

Sunday, July 8th 2012

Thank you for your lessons. They are always funny and full of interesting and useful information about slang, grammar and culture. I enjoy watching these videos. It’s a real pleasure:)

Friday, July 27th 2012

thank you so much teacher Jon i’am grateful all your lessons are really interesting and amazing thank you iam just waiting for more lessons

Tuesday, July 31st 2012

Jon, thank very much the class it’s very helpful and thank a lotttttttttt.

Thursday, August 9th 2012

What about John holm.

Tuesday, August 14th 2012

thank u!

Friday, August 24th 2012

Nice! thank u!

Friday, August 24th 2012

I was surprised at “the John” as another name of a toilet. This video is very useful and fun to know. Thank you.

Monday, August 27th 2012

thank you so much

Wednesday, August 29th 2012

You know mister Jon, you are so cool, and i want to lern why same person can begin technical english language

Wednesday, September 19th 2012

It’s actually a cool and useful piece of info. I’m satisfied that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

Monday, September 24th 2012

really nice can i have your time for me as i need

some help in writing a special letter.

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

superb!u increased my G.K. ABOUT jOHNS

Friday, October 5th 2012

thnx Jon, it’s very interesting lesson, i want more slang lessons from you, i like your lessons.

Sunday, February 17th 2013

thanks jon this informations can be very useful especially when we go to abroad

Tuesday, February 26th 2013

I like this video.Jon,Thank you so much!

Wednesday, February 27th 2013

i like it really u amazing

Thursday, May 23rd 2013

Thanx that was useful!keep it up! :)

Sunday, June 9th 2013

thanks a lot. this lesson is so exciting.

Friday, June 28th 2013

hi john . i don,t like a john as natural in my self. every day people must go to the john at least one time. john hankok is vary in people . thanks john for this excitng lesson.

Monday, July 8th 2013

A very interesting lesson, thanks Jon!

Wednesday, August 7th 2013

Hi Jon. It was a great lesson. Thanks. :)

Tuesday, September 3rd 2013

it was great lesson jon!

Saturday, September 7th 2013

Interesting !! Thanks a lot Mr Jon!

Friday, September 13th 2013

thank jon i got 100..

Sunday, September 22nd 2013

Thank you very much

Tuesday, September 24th 2013

It’s a great lesson, thank you so much, Jon :) You raise my motivation to improve my English. I will be very appreciate if you please can let me know how to contact with you….

Wednesday, September 25th 2013


Wednesday, October 30th 2013

Jon,U were perfect in this class.U Put your Jonh Hancock!

Sunday, January 26th 2014

Thank you sir.

Monday, January 27th 2014

Thank you

Monday, March 17th 2014

Jane Doe is used when the non-known person is a woman. Thanks for your lesson Jon.

Thursday, April 24th 2014

    And Baby Doe for a baby! Believe me; it is in Wikipedia. xD

    Thursday, April 24th 2014

Can anyone say, what does ESL mean? )

Friday, May 16th 2014

So, we can say: “I need your John Hancock in this document.” ??? Thank you Jon!

Friday, July 4th 2014

    Yes, that’s correct!

    Friday, July 4th 2014

Now i know, thank you jon.

Thursday, August 14th 2014


Tuesday, August 26th 2014

    Sleeping is okay. Other stuff depends on the country you’re in.

    Wednesday, August 27th 2014

100% legal mark

Tuesday, August 26th 2014

thank you jon… love this lesson… i can know new meaning in one word…

Wednesday, October 15th 2014

I just loved your lesson. Just one question:

when you refer to the John as the toilet, do we
use a capital letter or a small letter?

(I wrote with a capital letter because of your

Thanks in advance.

Saturday, February 14th 2015

What does”your comment is waiting to be approved
by Engvid” mean?????????????

I’ve been studying and learnig A LOT with the
Engvid site.

The teachers are great.I truly love the lessons!

Sunday, February 15th 2015

    Hi! If you haven’t commented before, or if our system flags your comment as spam, it won’t get published automatically; I need to make sure it’s okay first.

    You should be fine now. Some things that get comments automatically sent to moderation are posting a lot of comments in a short time span, or posting the same comment over and over.

    Monday, February 16th 2015

Thank you!

Now about my question, do you think I’ll have
my doubt cleared out sometime this month?

Monday, February 16th 2015

Lessons about the slang are always interesting. This lesson isn’t an exception. Thanks!

Wednesday, February 18th 2015

amazing lesson about the slang!

Sunday, March 1st 2015

easy but usefull.

Friday, July 3rd 2015


    Saturday, January 7th 2017

This was a very curious lesson! Thanks John!

Friday, September 4th 2015

It was intersting. Thanks!

Sunday, November 15th 2015

Interesting lesson. Thank you.

Thursday, February 25th 2016

I’ve learned something from lesson.It was beatıful and ınterestıng lesson

Thursday, February 25th 2016

Good job Jon

Friday, May 20th 2016

good lesson though ^^ Jon, not a john, and not the john. You are just a good teacher Jon.
I’m Micky, not a mickey ^^
we have something in common though~
good to know you, Jon! See ya~

Tuesday, May 24th 2016

I may have missed this in comments, but as a John myself, there is one bummer of a usage – Dear John, which referred to letters guys received from their wife/girlfriend letting them know that it was all over. Maybe outdated-I haven’t heard of Dear John emails or texts.

Friday, July 8th 2016

Nice video :)

Thursday, October 27th 2016

thanks, interesting..

Tuesday, January 17th 2017

4/4 Thank you, Jon

Sunday, November 12th 2017

Thanks Jon,
a nice and simple lesson

Sunday, September 8th 2019

Thank you Jon, very good lesson

Tuesday, September 10th 2019

Hi Jon, I´m John Doe, nice to meet you! LOL! Thank you for the lesson!

Thursday, April 9th 2020

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