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Dear, James!

I want to ask you what is the difference betwen: do, cook and make? I mean, here in Mexico we have almost the same meaning for these words, obviously it depends in what context we are in. Also I’m confused when I use the past tense, is correct to use did + main verb in past tense or if i use did, i can’t use past tense in the main verb?

Your website is amazing, i believe that i will learn so much of you!!!

Thanks, and my best wishes for you.


Monday, December 8th 2008

    Hi George,

    Well in English they are similar, but they are not the same. They are all used for action but for different things:

    Is used just for action but does not have a final product.

    For example: if you do your homework at night, it is the action of working we are talking about.

    It is also the auxiliary verb for the simple present

    Is used to tell what will be produced by our actions.

    For example: you make a decision, and the final product is the decision.

    Is used mostly for food and making food.

    For example: you must cook a chicken before you can eat it.

    As for the past tense if you use the auxiliary then the rest of the verbs are in the base form.
    Ex: George didn’t have money to go to the movies

    If the main verb is in the past tense, then all the verbs are in the past tense.
    Ex: When George went to the movies he bought popcorn and some chocolate to eat.

    I hope this helps


    Wednesday, January 14th 2009

      very cute response! thanks.

      Friday, November 13th 2009

      Hi James .how are you .I want you to teach me what are the best ways to learning english language please .and thank you

      Wednesday, April 13th 2011

      Hiii james
      It’s sona from India.I would like to tell you that when I began watching videos and listening the teacher’s voices here ,I faced a lot of problems-I had to play the same video clip for more than one time to properly follow you because listening a foreign language and understanding it back at the same time was too hard to me- it was beyond my ability but as the days passed, I slowly had been able to catch..At present when you speak,I can properly get you..Your explanation ,teaching,way of delivering a concept are awesome and they relly helped me a lot to lift me to a further level-I am really grateful to you…

      Wednesday, November 9th 2011

        sorry for being forgotten to mention that when you read my message ,it is requested to you to rectify my sentences if any type of mistakes are found-keep it up James-Make me like you-I get jealous when I see you speak fluently-sometimes I ask myself that why wasn’t I born in Canada or any other English speaking country???

        Wednesday, November 9th 2011

        Nice practice..keep it are doing well

        Wednesday, March 21st 2012

      thank you for making this Vid. yes those words are sometimes confusing and now I know how to use them and when to use them…

      thumbs up for that!

      Saturday, February 18th 2012

      hi jemes this response made me clear thanks jemes

      Monday, June 11th 2012

      this is useful. thank you!

      Sunday, May 25th 2014

    oh..really. the same meaning.. so wrong man..!!

    Sunday, November 27th 2011


    Tuesday, March 25th 2014

    All roads Lead 2 Rome

    Thursday, March 23rd 2017


    Thursday, March 23rd 2017

you’re a good and a very interesting teacher!!!!!!!! Thanks for the help :)

Wednesday, December 10th 2008

dear james i want to ask you what is difference betown do cook
and make? maen here an kabul we

Tuesday, December 16th 2008

    Hi Baloch,

    Look at my response to George’s questions and that should help.


    Wednesday, January 14th 2009

thanks James
this is a very good lesson, and you are a very good teacher

Monday, February 2nd 2009

thanks james iim glad when i saw your lesson

Friday, March 6th 2009

hi thans gays

Friday, March 6th 2009

    actually its guys not gays sorry

    Monday, August 23rd 2010

dear, james !
i’m very hapy when i’m known you. i very like your lesson. thank you for your lesson.
i come from VIETNAM. There’s many poeple, they don’t like VIETNAMESE. and you ?
i will learn so much for you. thank you for your lesson, too.

Thursday, March 12th 2009

hi james

what is the difference between shall and should, and what time i use them…and “can” “could” and be able, i’ve watched some other people’s example but i’m still confused….i like the way you teach english, you used simple words, and thats what it suppose to be, and how you started with finding the meaning of words, makes it more easier for me to understand….i like your sense of humour very interesting to watch…thanks james much appreciated….and can you please post more videos…:)

Friday, April 3rd 2009

    “Shall” is like saying “will”. “I shall return in 4 hours” = “I will return in 4 hours”. In almost all cases, you will use “will” instead of “shall” as “shall” is an older English word that is rarely use these days.
    Should means that something is expected. “The class should be over by 4 o’clock” = “I am expecting the class to be over by 4 o’clock (but I’m not 100% sure).

    Can and could are from the same infinitive, which means “to be able”. “Can” is the present tense. “I can cook” means the same as “I am able to cook”. “Could” is past tense when it is followed with “have”. “I could have cooked” = “I was able to cook”. Otherwise, it can be used as future tense, and implies that there is a “possibility”. “I could be wrong” = “I might be wrong”…
    You have asked some very good questions, as those words are very versatile. There’s more to it than what I have, but I think it would take more than one post to explain…

    I hope this helps!

    Friday, August 12th 2011

      Thanks for responding to questions, Richard!

      Sunday, August 14th 2011

      Excelent explanation, thanks a lot.

      Sunday, February 12th 2012

thanks alot and GOOD LUCK

Saturday, April 11th 2009

Hello James,

When weare talking to someone, and we do not understand very well what she said, is it correct : Say it again! or Tell it again!

Thank you.

Wednesday, April 15th 2009

Hello James,
‘m from Kerala, India. my english language is very poor. after attending yr class up to an extend i culd improve my language. I hope that yr class ‘ll be very very useful for the bignners.
ok. my doubt is that how we can pronounce the word “asked”?. If you don’t mind please clear my doubt. In adn. ‘m awaiting for yr valuable reply

Tuesday, May 5th 2009

dear james , can u say what is auxilary verbs?

Wednesday, May 6th 2009

when to use tell, tells, told. I just wanna master the use of these words.

Sunday, May 10th 2009

    told is the past tense of tell, and told must be use in past sentences. you can only use the word “tells” if the subject is singular. exp. she tells me about her life… she is singular.

    Thursday, January 6th 2011

Hi, nice information . thanks.

Friday, June 5th 2009

HI AGAIN. I forgot to ask you about What are uses of tell ? for instance:

tell a story. is there any

Friday, June 5th 2009

james i like the explanation. thnks

Wednesday, July 8th 2009 are right.
    I like the explanation too.

    From Gimmi, an albanian man ( ^__^ )

    Monday, September 7th 2009

My first post. I’m new here and your class was the first I saw.
Thank you very much for helping us.

Wednesday, September 30th 2009

Hey James, I really enjoy your class and I learned so much from you.
I have a question here, could you tell me what the difference are between ” speak” and ” tell” ?

Thanks so much.

Friday, October 9th 2009

Five stars! Could not be better!

Txs =)

Wednesday, October 21st 2009

Thanks a lot

Sunday, November 8th 2009

James! Where is the quiz? :)
We need get the quizzes. After lesson 24-48 hour.

Friday, November 13th 2009

Hi James,

I love this website, it helps me a bunch.

I got the explanation about tell and say but could you also explain speak?

When do I use SPEAK??



Sunday, February 7th 2010

Thank you so much mr.jamess

Friday, February 19th 2010

Hello, James.
I’m Julia from Russia.
I want to learn English more and more
Thank you for lessons!

Tuesday, March 30th 2010

    Hi Julia!
    James is the best teacher ever!!!!!

    Monday, March 28th 2011

    HI how are im from Baku )) good luck

    Friday, November 18th 2011

    hi julia “brilliant” of Russia :)

    Wednesday, January 29th 2014

i want to learm about surbordination or transitions word
thank you for you lessons

Saturday, May 1st 2010

thank you very much. you’re a good teacher
I want to learn English more and more when i learn with

Friday, May 14th 2010

please i want word memorise.tell me

Friday, May 21st 2010

Hi James,I am very much happy with your lesson. Thanks a lot!
Can I get an access to download freely!
Thanks again, Nani

Monday, June 28th 2010


I would like to ask you,can you tell me how do we use sait and told? and examples

Advance Thank You Very Much

Monday, June 28th 2010

Dear james
very nice simple explanation.
Learner can easily catch your method.
thanks with regards.

Saturday, August 7th 2010

Hi james
you are a great teacher, i will not have a problem with say, tell, hear, or listen anymore.

You are the best

Thursday, October 7th 2010

hi James
very interesting lessons and i would like to see more intermediate lessons too. please add somemore spoken english lesson.
thank you and all other teachers as well

Wednesday, October 13th 2010

Hi James! I’m a student in university of foreign languages in Russia. Thank you for your lessons, they are very informative and useful for me. I learned a lot of new things)
And I have a question. In this lesson you made an example: ” Did your hear the bird singin?” But can I say to someone : ” Listening! Birds are singing! ” Beacose in this caseI mean a prossess. Am I right?

Wednesday, October 13th 2010

Thanks for your tip! It’s very useful for me!

Tuesday, October 19th 2010

    Hi!Nguyen Ha.Where are you in VN.I hope to be ur friend.We can help learning English with each other.Are you agree with idea.Hope to receive ur reply soon.

    Sunday, June 26th 2011

I heard that, even though I was listening to the teacher,

Thursday, October 21st 2010

I think the right way should be, Listening the birds singing is a beautiful thing, or Listen! the birds are singing! but let’s wait for James’s answer, He is a teacher I’m learning English.

Thursday, October 21st 2010


Friday, October 22nd 2010

One more good lesson. Thanks

Friday, October 22nd 2010

Hello James

I’m Rashad From Egypt and im really interested specifically in your classes and the rest of the teacher i general as well, But unfortunately to me i can find your all classes in a Sequence arrange,…. so is there any possible way to get your all classes the beganer

Monday, November 1st 2010

and the advanced lessons as well because i want to get the most benefit from this awesome website as mush as i can

thank you in advance


Monday, November 1st 2010

dear James…. I’m very glad that I found your sait, and….I hope it will help me for my english. I’m from Kazakhstan, and I wanna learn english very much. I try very much, In our town there isn’t anybody who is foreigner, so I can’t practise my english, that’s why please give me advice, what must I do for practice? thanks……..

Thursday, November 4th 2010

Hi, James! Thanks for the lessons! It’s very easy to learn English! I’m from Kazakhstan too, like Aliya!

Friday, November 12th 2010

Hi James, I want to ask you what is the difference between could, would and when should we use it?.
thank you for your lessons.

Wednesday, December 1st 2010

Thank you for your lesson,It was very helpful. I have question ,
What is the difference between say -said-tell-told .thank you

Wednesday, December 1st 2010

dear jamed
i want to improve my english language, what i do please give me a good advice

Tuesday, December 7th 2010

I’m from Mali in a french speaking country where english is rarely spoken,i have nobody with whom i talk and discuss about sth in english but i wanna speak fluently.What are the solutions i must do,caould i have some?

Monday, December 13th 2010

Thank u for the lesson!
Only one question!
What if i was sitting at the lecture and listening to the music. and did’n hear what the teacher was talking about because of my headphones. And then the teacher asked me: “Are u hear me?” or “Are u listening to me?”???

thank u so much
sorry for my english

Wednesday, December 15th 2010

    Hay eva hope you are fine and you are enjoying your study on engvid especialy with james .he is such an effective teacher .what about adding eachother on facebook and brush up our english together . I am towardly open for teaching you some writing and speaking skills this is my email wish i could have you online as soon as possible see you soon,,,, take care

    Thursday, September 17th 2015


Friday, December 31st 2010

thanks a lot for your lesson.. it help my English much…

Monday, February 14th 2011

Hi James, is this sentence is correct?
“He Told me that he wanted to have a discount”
Thank you very much

Saturday, April 2nd 2011

Good day James. Your lessons are funny because of your style of teaching. Thanks for the lesson. It was helpful. I hope You wasn’t frozen. By the way the right sleeve of your sweater is dirty unfortunately. Take care

Wednesday, April 20th 2011

hi i really like your videos ,,I understand the explanation More than a teachers on youtube

Tuesday, April 26th 2011

    same to me,

    Thursday, November 19th 2015

hi, my name is noemi, I want to know how i can enter in you wed site for learn english. I want to improve my english in writng and speaking, i from puerto rico.

Wednesday, April 27th 2011

Where are your quizzes???

Monday, May 2nd 2011

Hi james by which method we can improve our english?

Tuesday, May 10th 2011

Hello.. thanks for your lessons…

Could you please tell me the difference between “chocolate milk” and “milk chocolate”

Wednesday, May 11th 2011

Thank you for your lessons. They will help me a lot, i know because i was looking for some help to improve my english. I’ve found in the end. Thank you a lot

Sunday, May 22nd 2011

this is a good lesson for ever.we all are comfortable with teacher james.

Monday, May 23rd 2011

I’d like ask you one lesson about already when we can use this word middle or final of the phrases ?

Saturday, June 11th 2011

this lesson helped to me very much! thanks, James!

Sunday, June 19th 2011

the explanation is very good.

Monday, June 20th 2011

Thank you very much mr jemes for thes lesson

Saturday, June 25th 2011

you are so kind

Sunday, July 3rd 2011

Thank you Jame this website is more useful for me.

Monday, July 4th 2011

Dear Sir,
ThankIng you and Other teachers for helping us…
Best Wishes,
Praveen Mohan

Monday, July 11th 2011

Hi james,
this is kind of informations we want to know for sure!thanks.

Monday, July 11th 2011

Hello, James! nice explanations))) Thanks a lot for your contributions!
Now I see the difference between these words, but still there is a problem for me with making distinctions between “speak” and “talk”
Can you make it clear for me?

Thursday, July 14th 2011

Hi James, Thank you very much, this is really helpful for me

Sunday, July 24th 2011

hello james im samah ilove english but idont skeak english and i wish skeak her

Friday, August 5th 2011

thanks a lot all engvid teachers.

Tuesday, August 9th 2011

i wish james will be come to korea and then he could teach me face to face. lol he’s really good teacher! actually these days i don’t that much afraid of talking eng but i think my basic skills about eng like grammars and expressions is not good so badly. i hope getting better my eng and someday i could speak fluently.!

Tuesday, August 23rd 2011

thanks u sir james

Saturday, September 3rd 2011

    if you are interesting to raise your level and skills in speaking english you can react with my in skype join me at toufiktitou4 -( skype accountn)

    Wednesday, November 5th 2014

Thank you for the lesson. It’s very helpful.
By the way, you have a really nice handwriting, especially for a left-handed person.
When I started writing as a little girl, I was naturally, that is without nobody to tell me, left-handed too but I was writing from right to left side (in French) ; I have never understood why this happened. Naturally, except with a mirror, you could read nothing !!
Still today, even if I am now writing with my right hand, I can also do it with the left one. Though, I still feel more comfortable with right-left movement.
Thank you again, best regards.

Sunday, September 4th 2011

Hi sir

These videos are more usefull to learn more english

Tuesday, September 6th 2011

Dear James,

You sure have a funny way of teaching the differences between both… except they’re not fully accurate. You can most definitely use tell to repeat, and likewise, you can absolutely use say to provide information, give instructions, and issue orders. Your use of say and tell are accurate, but the reasons and grammar rules for doing so are not, and it’s probably because as a native speaker you use them all the time. I often enjoy your videos but I suggest you research the topic and re-make this video. Best regards!


Friday, September 9th 2011


Sunday, September 11th 2011

you are my favorite teacher :) ,but where is the quiz !!

Saturday, September 24th 2011

Thaaank yaaa ^.^

Monday, September 26th 2011

Thanks for helping me to understand well to distinguish them

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

Thank you very much sir.It’s cool.

Sunday, October 16th 2011

really i am very glad for teaching, please continue your great teaching dear, secondly i would like to ask you how could i learn english? as well as i leave in a country that uses french, regards

Saturday, October 22nd 2011

Hi, I am so happy to know this website. i loved it. And i have one question.
I want to know the difference among Say, Speak, and Talk.
Please help me out.

Friday, November 4th 2011

Hi James! How you doin? :)

i’m getting a slow internet connection! it takes ages before i could finish your lessons. do you have videos where i don’t have to buffer?


Saturday, November 5th 2011

Hi James.

I took the quiz. I want to know if i did it correctly:

Say: What did mother said a while ago?
Tell: Tell me exactly what she said.
Tell: Tell her to wait for me.
Tell: It’s ridiculous to tell but i’m going to say it anyway.

I think my example made confuse. :) please correct me.

Thanks a bunch.

Saturday, November 5th 2011

Hi James !
i’m really feel listen to english very hard

Wednesday, November 9th 2011

hello sir! Would You tell us the difference between ‘under and beneath’, ‘above and over’.
Thank you!

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

    “Over,” as was said, indicates superiority or transcendence, neither of which need be vertical (although they can be), and usually implies some sort of movement. I jumped “over the fence.” That just means that I transcended the fence (by moving of course). I skipped over a few questions when I was doing my homework. (nothing vertical involved; movement figurative, or you could think of the pen as having moved over those questions)

    “The clouds are above me” indicates simply that the clouds are located vertically above me.” “The clouds are over me” sounds awkward and would most likely be used with some sort of verb of motion, i.e., “The clouds hovered over me.

    Friday, March 23rd 2012

      Superb! I like your explanation.
      Wish you all the best!

      Wednesday, April 11th 2012

hi,i want to know what’s the better way for to be well in english, thank you very much

Sunday, December 4th 2011

dear james,
i want to aske you a question: i cannot do the difference betwen the present perfect, past perfect, present continous and past continous
i am waitng your answer with ilpatience….thank you very much

Sunday, December 4th 2011

i want to know a better way of saying “let me see you” to indicate you want to see someone for a talk.

Monday, December 5th 2011

James you make it enjoyable to learn..I listen
to everything you had to say,but there was a distracting in the background..haha. James

Friday, December 23rd 2011

dear james
I have abig proplem Ihave been lestening well for monthe untile now i didnt have abilty to speak i really frustrated from this situation .
my best wish

Sunday, December 25th 2011

HEY. when I say I do have a job, why can’t I just say I have a job? some time it is the other way round!

Wednesday, January 4th 2012

This is my first time to use this website and i want to ask these lessons for all people or for some specific grade?

Sunday, January 8th 2012

Nicely, thoughtfully prepared lessons.
Thank you.
Can you, please, transcribe the last 3 sentences/phrases you said (told us) after writing ?
You just swallowed them (it is not a comlaint :-)).

Wednesday, January 11th 2012

Thanks a lot

Friday, January 13th 2012

really I have problems with speaking, I can’t find the right words to express my ideas. how can I speak more fluently?? I have focused on tough vocabulary,yet I can’t use them while speaking I don’t know why?

Saturday, January 14th 2012

very useful lesson!
Thanks :D

Monday, January 30th 2012

hello sir,this was such a good lesson. it did help me. thnx. and i really really enjoy your class.bye. :)

Tuesday, January 31st 2012

Hi would you please make a lesson about prepositions? eg(s) at school , beside the you , I walk in ‘through’ the doors , in , on , towards , so on. It just confusing me. Thank you. :))

Friday, February 3rd 2012

Thank you James You help me so much !!!

Monday, February 20th 2012

go home is correct? or go to home is correct sentence?

Friday, March 2nd 2012

    i knew that
    go home! correct
    and go to home of page is correct too

    Friday, March 23rd 2012

hi ^_^ i love your speaking lessons it‘s great

thank you sir

Monday, March 12th 2012

Hey There!

I’d like to know what is the difference betwen: Talk and speak?
And if there is a link with SAY and TELL?

Thank you

PS: Your lessons are very funny!!!

Thursday, March 15th 2012

    no link i guess
    talk with someone and speak to someone

    Friday, March 23rd 2012

      it is more complex. search for Say/Tell/Speak/Talk

      Sunday, April 1st 2012

        Hi Alex,

        I don’t understood!
        Don’t have link, but it is more complex ??????

        See you

        Monday, April 2nd 2012

          Disregard, I watched the Ronnie’s video lesson.

          Thank You for attention!!!!!

          Monday, April 2nd 2012

          Hello James,

          Sorry, I confuse your name.
          Alex is the other teacher.

          Thank you.

          See you

          Thursday, April 5th 2012

James, congratulations,
I did not know your site and I have just seen 5 lessons yours.
I understand everything you explain, word for word,amaizing!!
but,for example, if I start to watch a movie in English I do not understand it 100%.

Monday, March 19th 2012

Who have Skype account ? Add me pls. I want to talk with international friend. I’am Thai

Friday, March 23rd 2012

Thank you for sharing your precious knowledge with us for nothing James,you have a nice heart…I am confused at some point,not really bothered but still i want to get it right.
I think that the word “hear” is also active if we describe being “active” as how the activity is done.For instance,if we say “The door was closed.”,here the verb “close” is passive.Because the door was closed by someone else.But if we say “She closed the door.” here the same verb is active as we here have a subject…Yes we have no power over our hearing mechanism unless we block our ears with hand but i think we are active in this happening and also if it was “passive” we would saying ‘i am heard’. :) Am i not there,way far from the subject,please enlighten me :D

Wednesday, April 4th 2012

And if I say “i have something to say” am I giving information? or just repeating what I thought???

Sunday, April 8th 2012

I comment before looking this vid but,the title makes me feel it is so interested,correct me if I’m mistaken please,thank u in advanced.Jeff Im from Haiti.

Thursday, April 19th 2012


Tuesday, May 8th 2012

Hi James Can you please explain about the verbs, Rise, Raise, Lie and Lay and give some “tips” about it? Thank you very much!

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

James is the best! Thank you for all.

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

Thank you very much for all this lesson !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 5th 2012

Hi James, Thank you for this lesson You and all the teachers in this website are helping me a lot. Thank so much guys.

Friday, June 22nd 2012

Hi James your website is really nice and enjoyable.Thank you a lot.

Tuesday, June 26th 2012

Hi,James, thanks for your interesting lesson, i like your teaching method, funning and useful, easy to understand.

Saturday, July 14th 2012

oh God, with me he tell so quickly.
But it’s helpful for me to practise listening english.
Thank you fo much, Sir James.

Monday, July 16th 2012

hi james i liked ur vidoes n i want u to cover auxillary verbs as well pls, thnks

Wednesday, July 18th 2012

I like your style of training))) thanks

Wednesday, July 18th 2012

Thank you. I like you a lot .

Monday, July 23rd 2012

thank you for your lesson
it is very helpful for me to learn english

Friday, August 17th 2012

James you are a great teacher, I learnt a lot from you. We should all appreciate you efforts to teach us and not to have offensive attitude as some of us have.

Thursday, August 23rd 2012

if you are a good teacher? good you please teach me how to speak and write in correct grammar.. please… my friends always bully me because they say that i am a slow learner. I hate myself coz i can’t speak and write.correct grmmar
. please help me…..

Monday, August 27th 2012

    Tell your friends to step off, not everyone learns at the same speed! English is a very hard language to learn. Maybe you can find some nicer people to practice with on Facebook?

    Wednesday, August 29th 2012

hi sir !
iam littel bit confused about do cook and make i need ur heip………

Friday, September 7th 2012

hello to all the teachers ,
i am learning english since last few days .and i found that i have little problem with tenses so if u can upload video which is able to teach me about tense then i will be very great full to all of u..

Friday, September 21st 2012


Tuesday, September 25th 2012

thank you very mush . I LOVE SO MUSH ALL OF YOU

Friday, September 28th 2012

Hi Guys..!!
Congratulations..!! this is a different kind to learn english, i like a lot.

Thursday, October 11th 2012

I´m writting from nicaragua and i am still learning, i am in 6th level and is really hard for me learn quikly. please can you give me some tips to talk as you. regards

Thursday, October 11th 2012

Excellent presentaton thank you very much

Saturday, October 13th 2012

Thanks,James…It helped a lot…

Tuesday, October 16th 2012

Hello dear teacher James
i hope you be fine thanks for the lesson on say or tell and active or passive now i understand completely about saying or telling you solve my mistake and i will use it correctly during conversation with my clients, thanks a lots i appreciate you you are a great teacher in engvid God help you.
R.Weda from Afghanistan( a librarian )

Monday, October 22nd 2012

It is good!

Sunday, November 4th 2012

Listen. I need to tell you that have you been doing a great work!!


Thursday, November 8th 2012

thanks for such a nice lesson

Saturday, November 24th 2012

I am sorry I don`t understand it

Monday, November 26th 2012

id like to learn writing but i dont know how?
h dont know i need to read grammer or vocab or…
please say me which point is first point for starting learning writing

Saturday, December 1st 2012

first of all,I can’t find words to thank u James really for my I haven’t had any a problem to get your point,and your method of teaching is very sophisticated not traditional way to be honest James I have learned a lot of thing from your lectures and all your lectures are fruitful and useful , also I feel I,m on a roll and my English is getting better ,and at the end I appreciate your help to us.

Sunday, December 9th 2012

Thank you!

Tuesday, January 15th 2013

It’s very clearly for passive and active good job man!!!

Wednesday, January 16th 2013

it is good way to improve english

Thursday, January 17th 2013

What called sush as simillar words?

Thursday, January 17th 2013

hi! happy to write to you. I’ve just one question, what the best form between the bible said us and the bible said to us?

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013

    To us, but you would normally say “the Bible tells us“. (Present tense because you’re talking about something in a book, but that’s a different lesson…)

    Wednesday, January 23rd 2013

thanks a lot James…and congratulation to ..excellent job…thanks again

Friday, January 25th 2013

Hello James,
Attention Attention Please!
I opened over the video subtitles, but it doesn’t exactly translate yours tells!?

Sunday, January 27th 2013

lol, thank you very much James. Now I understood what mean exactly such terms and how to use.

Thursday, March 7th 2013

hi james, how to use these words could, should, would, must and might
jothi kumar

Sunday, March 10th 2013

You are the one who actually makes me listen to your classes James….:-)

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

Well in English there are certain words or letters looks similar but they are different.Like using of its and it’s. We need to correct use them to make correct sentence.

Thursday, March 14th 2013

    Hi, I’m not a teacher but It’s = It is (subject + verb to be) and Its ( can be possessive adjective or possessive pronouns). It depends of the context.
    I hope this help.

    Wednesday, April 9th 2014

thanks, it is easy when you telling those rules

Thursday, March 28th 2013

Useful lesson, teacher! Thanks

Tuesday, April 9th 2013

good thanks

Sunday, April 28th 2013

Thanks, James. I loved this session class :)

Monday, April 29th 2013

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Tuesday, April 30th 2013

    Hi there! The video is working for me; could you explain your problem a bit more?

    – Is it any other Youtube videos or just this one?
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    thanks :)

    Wednesday, May 1st 2013

hello sirji,
i would like to know about some nursery rhymes.there is one rhyme named “Three bears”.in this rhyme they use is instead of are. “look there is three bears”.is this correct???please guide me.
thanking you

Sunday, May 5th 2013

Hello James,
I listen you what you said in the videos….
Thank you

Sunday, May 12th 2013

Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

Hi James, thank you for your lessons. James, give me a suggestions: how can i improve my comprehension? My understanding, i mean… ;-) cheers

Sunday, May 26th 2013

hi james, I have watched your videos. could you tell me what is the secret of being a good eng. teacher?

Wednesday, May 29th 2013

[…] Speaking English – Say, Tell, Hear, Listen – How to use them correctly · engVid. […]

Friday, June 7th 2013

Thanks 4 lesson James it was good.I think u didn’t get my msg my exam on 26 of June 2013 and I have problem in spellings I don’t know how to spell the words plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz James plz help me I don’t have time plz help me I’m waiting 4 ur answer

Tuesday, June 18th 2013

ok James can I say ” I listened to the music”?

Friday, June 28th 2013

thank you really i”m vere happy to learn E by like this type.

Wednesday, July 17th 2013

dear James , how do you do ?

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

Dear, James!
I like your teaching. it is very interesting.
i want to ask you what is the difference between LUGGAGE and BAGGAGE. thank you very much!

Wednesday, August 7th 2013

Hello James! Great explanation! Thanks :)

Thursday, August 8th 2013

Hey james
Shahzad javed Hear
i want to ask you some think that why we use (take) with tea but actually it’s a liquid and we always use (drink) with all liquids,
so why we don’t use (drink) with tea….
so Please tell me the different between drink and take
i hope you understand…

Monday, August 19th 2013

James, you are great!!! Thank you!

Wednesday, August 28th 2013

Good lesson. Thanks a lot James. It’s much clearer the difference betwen hear and listen.

Monday, September 2nd 2013

sorry ‘between’

Monday, September 2nd 2013

Hello Sir,I am zain and I need to know how can we use the word hear in continuous form, I hope you will make me comprehend.Thanks you.

Monday, September 23rd 2013

thank you very much for the lessons,
very simple and very interesting, very good teaching style you have…. good luck.

Tuesday, September 24th 2013

hello master i need to pdf text of all speaking lesson please

Saturday, October 12th 2013

Thanks for the Video Mr.E

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Thanks a lot James :)

Tuesday, December 3rd 2013

Thank you very much! I know now the difference between hear, tell etc. Not only these words but there are also many things about English I’ve got from you. thanks

Saturday, January 25th 2014

U are cool teacher!!!

Tuesday, February 25th 2014


Thursday, March 6th 2014

Thanks James.

Friday, March 14th 2014

really u r abitter mister james
Thank u very much for clearly to our

Thursday, March 20th 2014

oh. thnk god and thank u james. now i got it. we always use ‘say’ in indirect speech. and there is no such word like ‘hearing’ as present participle.right?

Thursday, March 20th 2014

Hi James! Hope you’re doing fine.
I was thinking that maybe you’re the perfect person who can help me on my concern as I find the approach of your teaching a way enjoyable.
I am currently abroad, in the Middle East, working in an atmosphere where all my colleagues have different nationalities, well I don’t think that I should say that most of them are not really aware of the grammar usage. And to get myself used to it, I always tend to use it whenever I have a conversation, knowing that it could be a good practice, but what my concern is that I always end up finding myself struggling to let them know what really I’m trying to say. In short, they don’t get me and it allows myself to just break the grammar rules to simply explain in a way how they speak English. And now I am afraid to get used to it and I don’t wanna lose the improvement I gained from all your lessons. I would be pleased if you can give me any further advice on this regard.
Thank you in advance!

Thursday, March 20th 2014

Where is the test for this lesson?

Sunday, April 6th 2014

Hi James
thanks a lot for your helpful lesson
You’re great teacher
take care

Monday, April 7th 2014

thank you!

Wednesday, April 9th 2014

I wanted to ask…is using”say me” a good English….?

Wednesday, April 16th 2014

thanks james but where’s the quiz?

Monday, May 12th 2014

Your explanation are Very clear, like the way you teach.

Tuesday, May 20th 2014

If let say, that’s a weird sound around you and you are not sure what is the sounds, and I wanna ask people which just beside me, so should I ask ” did you hear something??” Is that correct? ?

Tuesday, May 20th 2014

hi iam amira thank you for you

Wednesday, May 21st 2014

Hi James,
I like your lessons, but I think should a good idea if you cuold write short senteces as example for each grammar rules that you explain.
Thank you very much and sorry for my bad English!
Greeting from Italy by Lorenza79.

Tuesday, May 27th 2014


Thursday, May 29th 2014

Hello I am Zhan and I am a student and i have been learning english since last year and my level is intermediate and i want to improve my speaking and listening and i am looking for a native speaker and how can I improve my speaking and i can not find a native speaker could you help me ?I would be happy if you helped me please!

Saturday, May 31st 2014

Thank you James for clarifying some confusing words like that. I’m so genuinely interested in all your lesson that you’ve sharing. I’m not exactly good speaking in english but because of this site it helps me more about how and when do we use a right words in some sentence or in a conversation. Happy day to all teacher and members of engvid. More power.

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

Hello to every guys who made possible this website, we appreciate your effort

Wednesday, July 9th 2014

I know you are trying to do things easier for students but I prefer when It is logical.



Sunday, July 13th 2014

    more helpful and easier tips. Thx for sharing.

    Sunday, September 28th 2014

    James, it would be very nice if we can have a class explaining us the difference between speak and talk and when to use them.

    Sunday, September 28th 2014

    thanks a lot

    Thursday, December 1st 2016

hi, I have a question
what is the difference between saying:

To eat , For eating
To speak, For speking
to play, For playing

so on!!

??? thanks

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014


Sunday, September 7th 2014

thanks for the lesson, actually is good that you don’t be normal, James you make the lessons fun and easy to follow

Thursday, September 11th 2014

hola jorge no es lo mismo cocinar que hacer
si hablamos mal es diferente
hi george is not the same cook than make or prepare
if the people use the wrong way to describe something thats different

Saturday, September 13th 2014

Thanks to is very good and your way is very good

Sunday, September 28th 2014

what about the quiz of this topic?

Sunday, September 28th 2014

thank you teacher ^_^

Monday, September 29th 2014

u r always best…thanks a lot..

Tuesday, October 14th 2014

Hi James :)
but where is the exam for Say, Tell, Hear, Listen?

Saturday, November 22nd 2014

Very well explained. Thanks

Sunday, January 18th 2015

Aha!love your voice in the videos and CAN’T stop listening it for one day!:-D

Thursday, February 5th 2015

Hi James, what’s up? How about talking and speaking? Thanks!

Tuesday, February 10th 2015

Hello James, I listened you up and loved the way you finished your great class. Thank you !

Thursday, February 19th 2015

James, you are available to provide information to learn English. I say to you thank you very much. You’re a good teacher.

Thursday, February 26th 2015

It was a helpful class. I was checking this web site and fortunately improve so much the quality of videos. Congratulations :)

Friday, April 17th 2015

Thank you Mr James for the wonderful class love it

Sunday, April 19th 2015

hello i want any offline grammar easily identify the grammar games to the poor government school

Monday, May 4th 2015

nice thanks

Saturday, May 16th 2015

how are u

Thursday, May 21st 2015

Hello James, thanks for your three lessons what I saw today. Best, John

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015

awesome lessons!! James

Tuesday, July 21st 2015

james u r the best :) thank you

Saturday, August 15th 2015

Thanks Mr.James :) very hopeful

Tuesday, August 18th 2015

:( i dont now what are mean this lesson :(

Thursday, August 20th 2015

thanks, James, i love your lessons

Saturday, September 12th 2015

thank you, your classes are a help for me :)

Saturday, December 12th 2015

very good explation

Monday, December 14th 2015

    very good explanation

    Monday, December 14th 2015

I appreciate your teaching method and sharing your experience with your fellow students. I am from Africa and you are completely resembling to my uncle. Who knows, you might have blood relationship with him. I wish you and he would do bloody DNA test.Here we go ! If the blood test will be positive, really, it is privilege for me being having such amazing person like you. I look forward to seeing you James !
See you

Wednesday, December 16th 2015

Hi James
I have been studying English for more than one year to join higher education(university).I would like you to help me something, friend. I eagerly need pamphlet(upper advanced), which containing all English grammar rules but not tests.If you get for me, we shall negotiate the cost, friend.
Notice: I have used the word ‘friend’ because I am 51.As I am watching you always in the screen, it looks like you are younger than me. I hope the word ‘friend’ will not offend you. The other point is, would you directly use this email address for reply, please ?
kind regards
Y. Allen

Wednesday, December 16th 2015

Thank you

Saturday, December 19th 2015

Thank you.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Thanks for this lesson!

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Hello James! Thank you for sharing your informations with us :) Let me ask a question :)
İn this video Rebecca reports the sentences with ‘tell’. for example: He told me she beautiful. But according to your video, she needs to use ‘say-said’, doesn’t she ?

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

These words are very confusing, so this lesson would be great to identifying them.

Thursday, March 3rd 2016

Hello, James. Thank you for your lessons. I’m a student in B2 intermediate level and grammar is a little difficult but enjoyable. Your video is very helpful. Greetings from Mexico City.

Friday, March 25th 2016

I can’t find out place where are exeercises

Monday, March 28th 2016

Hi, would u plz help me in my teaching? you know this is my question that what materials can I teach to children in Family and Freinds 1 ? thanks

Saturday, April 16th 2016

that’s was excellent sir James.. it’s very comprehensive explanation.. thank you so much sir helps a lot..i hope you will continue to teach us in the future… :)

Thursday, April 21st 2016


Friday, June 3rd 2016

Thank you so much.

Friday, July 1st 2016

I`d to know the difference between for example and for instance.

Saturday, October 1st 2016


Thursday, October 6th 2016

Wow Very good Thanks . sir

Sunday, October 23rd 2016

Thanks teacher James from EngVid, I knew the meaning of these four verbs but I have learnt them again focused on another point of view, it was an excellent explanation. Thanks a lot.

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

I love this site.

Tuesday, January 3rd 2017

Hi, James. Can you tell me how to improve my English quickly? (Sorry, I just do exercise about “tell”)

Thursday, January 26th 2017

thanks a lot

Tuesday, February 14th 2017

You are great at explanations and handsome too! It’s a real pleasure to watch your vids.

Thursday, March 9th 2017

If you wanna know what mean “You know the drill”, what James said. You just should look this video to the very end.

Thursday, April 20th 2017

Thank you

Tuesday, July 18th 2017


Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Thank you

Saturday, August 12th 2017

Good explanation Mr. James,
thank you.

Wednesday, August 30th 2017

Amazing explanation Mr.James
Thank you , and my best wishes for you.

Thursday, October 5th 2017

What I like you to do is to make a lot of videos for students James.

Monday, October 23rd 2017

Thank you so much!!!

Saturday, November 25th 2017


Monday, January 22nd 2018

I get it so easy, thanks for your help!

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

Very clear and nice explanation James, congratulations and thanks for helping so many other students..

Friday, February 23rd 2018

In Chinese website,the videosseems not to work at all.

Saturday, September 22nd 2018

Thanks a lot

Tuesday, October 16th 2018

you speak too fast

Tuesday, October 30th 2018

    We have tried to slow James down…but he cannot be stopped!

    Wednesday, October 31st 2018

Thank you James

Thursday, December 6th 2018


As you mentioned at the top of the page, i also have confusion on that. Does it okay if i use always “did” with present tens instead of using past tens of the word ex- I did come instead I came home , She went and She did go likewise (Please correct me if my wordings are incorrect or not in the order )

Monday, December 10th 2018

Thank you, James! It is always great to listen to what you say!

Saturday, December 15th 2018

thanks very much

Monday, January 21st 2019

Thank you

Monday, June 10th 2019

Thank you

Tuesday, July 23rd 2019

hello dont you have pdf about the teory?

Friday, July 10th 2020

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