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Hello Adam. Do you, as a native English speaker, learn new words very frequently? I’m Brazilian and I’m a self-taught English speaker since I was 10 years old, and man… it’s astounding and mind-boggling how massive the English language is vocabulary-wise, and even after 15 years, I haven’t even scratched the surface of it all yet. One example that really sticks out is when I’m reading an article by a journalist. Journalists are wordsmiths by nature because that’s the medium through which they do their job, and I learn new words from them so often. The English has such an extensive collection of idioms, verb+preposition combinations (phrasal verbs), vivid verbs that are incredibly specific, synonyms in general, etc. I’m a gamer, so I read game reviews a lot, and the journalists that write them just straight up crank out idioms and phrasal verbs that I never heard before like gangbusters! They have this academic, Thesaurus-fueled army of “jargonized” big words that tend to go over my head when I read those writings.

Does any of this happen to you as a native English speaker and teacher?

LukeBasilio

    Nicely written post Luke :)

    Yes, I sometimes still come across new expressions. Keep in mind that a language is always evolving, so new expressions come up to deal with changes in the real world. Just think of COVID: essential worker is a new expression that came from that, as is contact tracing, social distancing, and others.
    As long as you keep reading, your vocab will keep building. That’s not a bad thing ;)

    Adam

Hello Adam, I am satisfied with your lesson, your style, your accent and, as you said, the main thing is to be fluent with everyone in any part of the world. Thank you and don’t listen to the grumps.

beernaard

Hi Adam, I have inferior complex with my accent from my native tongue. Yet, you’ve given me a hope to carry on learning English. My Asian accent might be one of my characteristic. Thank you for your encouragement.

FELES

    Absolutely, FELES. You are who you are. Accept it and live your life. Don’t worry about to others, just make yourself understood to those who want to listen. I lived in Japan and know how it felt when I tried to speak Japanese. Just keep talking :)

    Adam

I completely agree with you, but I just believe that it is not correct to say in North America, because Mexico is in North America and the official language is Spanish. The correct is to say United States of América.
Thanks for the lesson.

taffarel

    You’re right, we apologize for the oversight!

    engVid Moderator

      Hi, EngVid Moderator.
      First, we really want to THANK YOU, all of you guys, for your great and outstanding efforts to teach English in more modern and realistic ways all these years.. we truly appreciate and admire you.
      Second, If I may suggest or request a lesson on “Car Rental” in English that includes vocabulary, culture & tips. I believe that would be so USEFUL!! THANK YOU!

      Yazeed Alsahafi

        That’s a great idea! Thank you for the suggestion; I’ll add it to the list of requests.

        engVid Moderator

    Fair enough, Taffarel :)

    Adam

thank you, Adam for sharing that. I beleive there’s totally NOTHING WRONG with saying or learning English as a native speakers. In fact, It’s crucially needed to understand and communicate in English even better. You can’t master a language without understanding and learning the culture… So plz keep on teaching native or natural spoken English.. THANK YOU, Adam.

Yazeed Alsahafi

I am very happy about that video

MuhammedElsayed

It was an eye-opening speech. As a contrubution, I think that a native speaker is a someone whose mother tongue is English. However, their accent can be different by where they live. Even the place is the same, this time it can depend on subculture and backround.
Thanks, Adam!

hd

wowo Great lesson and thanks for your advice.

Seif Eldawla

Hi teacher, I liked your video , Iam Brazilian and I love study English .I have never thought about it, now I understood about NATIVE SPEAKER, depends the country you live.

M3480

Thank youuuuuuuu

leonidatimus

Hello Adam sir,in ” drinking water” what kind of parts of speech “drinking” is?

pratima tomar

    Hi Pratima,

    The full term is water that is suitable for drinking. We just reduce the adjective clause to a simpler adjective (participle).

    Hope this helps.

    Adam

Hi Adam.
Thank you very mucho for this lesson: absolutely interesting and clarifying!!!
I live in Spain and my mother tongue is Spanish, and I think it happens something similar with Spanish than that you explian about English: there are almost 600 million native Spanish speakers and there are many, many, many accents and cultural territories of the language.
And all of them are, of course, Spanish.

Romanj

Thank you everyone :)

Adam

Great explanation. Thank you.

Gori

English seems a language changing all the time or a kind of infinite learning!! But I still love english!!!

Marioo
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