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hi students at Shana from espresso

English dotnet and I'm actually going to

film this lesson again because in the

past video the top of my head was a

little bit cut off so today I want to

explain some phrases that my students

have been asking about the phrases thank

God and thanks to someone these are

different phrases in English and I'm

going to take the opportunity to teach

you a few more phrases that you can use

as well so thank God is used when we are

really thankful and happy for something

especially when we are relieved because

something very bad could have happened

but it didn't happen so for example

imagine you have a friend and your

friend got into a car accident but

fortunately nobody was injured you could

say thank God no one was hurt in the

accident because you were expressing

your great relief that everyone is okay

and no bad injuries happened in the car

accident you can also use the phrase

thank goodness in these situations okay

you could say thank goodness nobody was


or if you get lost in a city but you

have a cell phone so you can call for

help or find some directions then you

can say I got lost but thank goodness I

had a cell phone so I was able to get to

the right place

so both thank God and thank goodness are

used in similar situations when

something bad could have happened but

didn't happen and so you are happy you

are thankful you're relieved imagine

that your friend is driving their car

and it's a very rainy day so the roads

are slippery and dangerous but your

friend arrives safely at your house you

can say thank God you arrived safely or

thank goodness you arrived safely to

express that great

a relief okay now I see some students

especially my Spanish and Portuguese

speaking students sometimes make the

mistake of writing thanks God

that's actually incorrect I know we have

a similar expression expressing

thankfulness to God in Spanish and

Portuguese but in English we actually

write thank God and not thanks God okay

we also have the expression thanks to

someone and this expression is used in a

slightly different situation thanks to

someone is used when we want to give the

person credit for something good that

they did so if you have a big project at

work and your coworker helps you a lot

and because of your co-worker the

project is finished on time then you can

tell this co-worker thanks to you the

project was finished on time because you

are giving that person credit for the

good thing that they did or you can use

it to give credit to someone else

not necessarily the person that you're

talking to so a good example is that my

dad taught me how to change a car tire

if I have a problem like I have a flat

tire when I'm driving then my dad he

taught me how to change the tire so if I

get a flat tire and then because of my

dad's teaching I can change the tire

myself then I could say thanks to my dad

I was able to change the tire I'm giving

my dad credit for the good thing he did

in teaching me okay so let's review

thank God and thank goodness are used

when you are very happy and relieved

that something bad didn't happen and

then thanks to a person is used for when

you want to give that person credit for

a good thing he or she did you can also

use the phrases I'm thankful and I'm

grateful to accept

thankfulness and gratitude in general

use these phrases to express how happy

you are for the good things in your life

and we usually use

I'm thankful and I'm grateful with the

preposition for and then a noun for

example I'm thankful for my friends or

I'm thankful for my family you could

let's imagine that you got an

opportunity to study in another country

and you're really happy you could say

I'm grateful for this opportunity okay

so these two phrases are used to express

thankfulness and gratitude in general

one final mistake to avoid look at how

we spell these words thankful and

grateful don't write too else it's only

one L at the end of thankful and

grateful and don't get the word grateful

confused with the word great we have the

word great it's spelled grea T but the

word grateful it's pronounced very

similarly but it's spelled gra8ful okay

so that's it for today I hope that these

phrases have helped you understand when

to use each one if you want to learn

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one thing that you are thankful or

grateful for to put these phrases into

practice bye for now

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