Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Build Academic Vocabulary and Practice: SIGNIFICANT

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Hello and welcome to our global classroom. Today we're going to teach you a very very very significant word.

The word significant means something that's important. For example, a significant event.

a wedding, having a baby, graduation, a promotion at work.

These are all significant events.

Significant also means fairly large, especially large enough to be noticed.

Do you have any more examples?

mmmm... yes.

Are you going to be bringing your significant other person thing?

Are you kidding? That's very significant!

But of all these anomalies, the most significant is this

I have significant doubts about your...

significant shrinkage!

We just don't recognize the most significant moments of our lives.

But what is significant is I felt the touch of God

This could be the most significant conflict.

a goatee... I'm guessing that's significant.

Let's see how it's used in a sentence:

Significant is an adjective describing the word "event".

Here's another example:

Now that you know the meaning of the word and how it's used, let's check your pronunciation.

The word "significant" has four syllables, and the stress is on the second syllable.

I want you to repeat after me. I'll say it, and then you say it.

Guys, I can't hear you. You're gonna have to yell!

Whoa, calm down. Alright, that's good. You sound just like a native speaker.

Let's expand our vocabulary and look at two other words in the word family.

If you want to say the opposite of the word "siginificant", you just add the prefix "in" in front of it, and then you have "insignificant".

Ioana, do you have an example for us?

Sports are an insignificant part of life.

Whoa, how can you say that? Sports are very significant!

Ummm, no. Insignificant.

Here're some more examples:

a tiny insignificant detail

insignificant to you, maybe

I'm just a toy... a stupid, little, insignificant toy

The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant.

Another word related to significant is the noun "significance". It means something has importance.

And often you might hear people use it in the form of a question when they want to know why something is important, and they'll ask: What's the significance?

I don't understand the significance

What's the significance of this John Chimpo?

What's the significance? I don't know!

Let's practice what we've learned. We're going to give you three questions,

and for the first two questions, we want you to point to the word that correctly completes the sentence.

We'll give you a few seconds, and then we'll tell you what the answer is.

Here's your first question:

The answer is significant.

The birthday is called the quinceanera, and it is a very important day that young girls celebrate.

The answer is insignificant because there wasn't much of a change in temperature between yesterday and today.

Now, we have one more question for you, but we want you to do two things for us first.

Number 1: Please like the video if you think you've learned something today.

Number 2: We want you to practice using the word, so in the comments below, we want you to write a sentence telling us what is significant to you.

If you need some time, just pause the video.

Did you write your comment? Ok, I trust you. If you did, let's go to the last question.

For this last one, we want you to click on the answer that you think is correct.

If you get it right, we'll let you know.

If it's incorrect, it'll take you back to the beginning of this video and we recommend that you watch this video again.

Think about it as extra practice because building your vocabulary is a significant part of learning English.

Ok, here's the final question:

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