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I don't think he's working hello and

welcome today we're going to talk about

three different online resources that

will help you improve your English so

today's lesson like I said was about

three different online resources that

will help you become a better speaker

and these resources that I'm talking to

you about today are number one free they

are available for everyone to use and

there are literally your fingertips

because they're online so as long as you

have an internet connection then you

have access to them and they're very

useful for English learners because they

help you build your vocabulary so today

we'll talk about why you need to improve

your vocabulary and then how to do it

with the resources that I'll tell you

about so what is vocabulary it's just

the words that make up a language so any

words and all of the words that make up

a language are part of our vocabulary

and in order to speak a language as you

know you need to know new words and what

do you do how do you either find new

words to use or how do you find the

definition of the words you or you're

encountering in your studies we're going

to talk about that today but it's very

important that you build new words so

I'm going to show you how to do that

right now okay so to build your

vocabulary I have compiled for you three

resources that like I said you may have

already used some of them I haven't used

until very recently and obviously I've

been online and teaching for a long time

so it's kind of cool that they're right

there but sometimes we don't notice them

so I'm going to share them with

because they're really really useful

okay so the first first one I'm going to

actually share my screen with you so you

can see what I do and you can use these

on your computer and you can use these

on the phone so let's go to the first

one okay

so this one right here is the

merriam-webster dictionary website and

if you have been using or have been

using dictionaries for a while you know

that merriam-webster used to have these

paperback dictionaries that we all had

in our classrooms and at home and

they're very very good so they have a

they're very credible they have an

important name behind them so you can

safely kind of retrieve definition from

these websites it's a very trustworthy

source basically so what we do here is

of course we can type a word in the box

so for example I will choose the word

joyful okay and then hit enter and then

just like any dictionary it tells us a

few things I'm going to use my little

blue marker to point some things out

because you cannot see my cursor so

first you can see is in any word you can

see the word here you can click the

little speaker to hear the the

pronunciation although you do have it

spelled out phonetically and then of

course you see the definition here now

I'm actually going to to transition back

because I want to kind of pose a

question for you especially in your

earlier stages of learning English have

you ever encountered a time when you

looked out a word and that was maybe a

little difficult and then you found the

definition that was even more difficult

to understand because I have and it's

frustrating right you're trying to

improve your language you're trying to

you know

further your knowledge and then there

you are even more confused than you were

and it can be confusing trying to look

up these definitions but there's a

really really cool option that they're

doing for you on this website that I'm

going to show you so let's go back here

and for example we're going to look up

the word exultant okay and the word

exultant okay so back to my little

cursor now okay so okay so it says here

that exultant you know expressing great

triumph and jubilant and then at this

point you may be like what I don't

understand this it's a little difficult

right it's a little advanced so if

you're trying to find the definition you

can scroll down on this section right

here that's a really cool section and

it's a definition for English language

learners okay so it has its own separate

section for English language learners

and it offers the definition very happy

and excited it's something that you can

comprehend right very happy excited okay

that's much easier than jubilant for

example so this really simplifies the

definition so that any level of English

language learners can understand and it

comes in very very very handy very

useful so you just scroll down to it

like I did another thing you can do is

if I scroll back up do you see this link

right here where it says oops see

exultant for English language learners

okay I'm going to click on it and it

takes me to the merriam-webster it's

it's it's like a sister site it's a site

of Merriam Webster but it's a different

site and it's called the learners

dictionary and this is wonderful it's

its own resource but it has so many

different resources that are very useful

for language learners for example so as

you see it

gave us the definition for the word we

were looking for

again it gave us the word it gave us the

pronunciation it tells us what's part of

speech it is it's an adjective and then

it tells you the definition and it gives

you more kind of related words but I

want to talk to you if I scroll up here

you can see the different section so you

can see there's a nasty editor section a

word of the day you have little quizzes

you can test your vocabulary then you

have a quarter vocabulary section which

we'll talk about in a second then you

have very popular words and then you

have vocabulary quizzes and all kinds of

different resources and you can really

spend some time here to help you improve

your vocabulary and build it and make it

stronger and use it right so very very

very useful website okay now to show you

a little bit we're gonna go through the

core vocabulary so if I click on it here

you will see what it's taking us by the

way core vocabulary just means words

that are very important that words that

you need to know okay so there at the

core of language so you should know them

okay so we're going to randomly click on

air travel so these are words that you

should know useful words for as they say

traveling on airplanes and through

airports and we whole do that right okay

so I'm going to click on aisle here the

first one kind of to show you what's

going on so as you can see I owe a you

must notice that aisle has an S in there

but you don't hear it right so this is

where it's really important to click on

that little speaker because it will

pronounce it for you and you'll notice

that the S is silent for example okay

but of course we write it down and then

it tells you not just the definition but

look how much more it gives you sentence

examples it gives it to you in different

parts of the of the sentence then it

gives you even

idioms that go with this so it's it's a

very very thorough resource for you to

use very useful

okay so we are going to move on to our

second resource and this is something

that you literally use today probably

twice three times depending on when you

woke up you use it many times a day

you've used it already I've used it we

all have and it's pretty amazing what it

can do for you I know you're going to

give me some looks like are you crazy

this is too easy it is not it's

incredible and I'll show you why so the

next resource is where did it go

da Google like I said we use Google many

times a day but I will show you how to

use it in a way that will help you a lot

with your vocabulary okay so for example

we have the same word as before how do

we find out a word okay so we type in

joyful and then we type in definition

and then boom it gives it to you so even

if you just stop right here you think

this is great you know it's very quick

it shows it in the same browser window

you don't have to go to a different

website it's wonderful right yes that's

true

it gives you right it gives you the

definition it gives you the phonetic

pronunciation the little speaker you can

click on it part of speech it even gives

you synonyms and of course the

definition but what I want you to look

right now is this little thing right

here this arrow down arrow okay and we

can see that it says translation word

origin and more definition and once I

click on it we can see that there is so

much more that we can look at and for

example I'm going to start with the

translation part okay which is right

here okay so for example because I'm

Romanian I'm going to choose Romanian

and you see that immediately it gives

you four different words

it doesn't always give you four words in

this case it gives me four words four

different translations to kind of really

make sure that you understand what the

word is now you should know that this

should be your last resource because I

do not encourage translation as your

main way of understanding a word but if

if it's the only way and you really

don't understand the word and you really

need to use it then you have it and it's

right here for example I'll show you in

Spanish it will give you two so it just

gives you more nuances to the word so

you kind of really understand it but I'm

going to turn it off now because like I

said this is your last resource and you

shouldn't use it until you cannot you if

you really don't understand it okay

okay and then we're going to focus on

this last section they use over time and

pay over word now this is super cool and

I'll show you why you have this timeline

here right so it shows you that the

words maybe started getting used in the

1800s and then it kind of its evolution

over time and then this is where we are

today right here okay so as you can see

the word was really used in the 1800s

and the 1850s and then it kind of

decreased a little bit towards the 1950s

and it's picking a little bit back up

today but it's not used as much as it

used to be used okay so why does this

matter you asked okay I'm going to show

you why this matters in a second let's

say you go online and you know you

actually let me switch to explain in one

second okay so this matters because I

don't know about you but I'm sure you

have a similar experience we learn

English from different sources right we

don't just go to class and then come

back and that's all the English we watch

movies we read books we read articles we

have different kinds of sources that we

learn English from and this is how we

find words

and sometimes it's good to know not

sometimes it's good to know where these

words come from

so going online

I wondered upon this little oops this

little quotation okay okay

so it's an Isabella birth quote and she

was an English explorer okay and this is

the website the quote the Rocky

Mountains realized may exceed the dream

of my childhood it is magnificent and

the air is life-giving okay so it's a

beautiful quote and maybe you want to

understand it completely but there may

be a little part that you didn't

understand like for example the word

neigh okay so the word neigh you're

trying to figure out what it means okay

one thing to mention is that isabella

bird was an explorer who lived between

the years of 1831 oops

in 1904 like you can see over here okay

so 1831 1904 not very recently okay okay

so let's say you want to find out what

the word name means okay so I go to

Google okay and then type in neigh

definition okay wonderful

so it shows me a few things what does it

mean right I'm not sure okay it means no

great

I find it and the problem is I should

not stop right here and this is where

what I just showed you comes in very

very handy

oh yes sometimes is if you can see it

also gives you the words origin which is

very useful as well but if I look at the

timeline here that I was showing you

boom

I can see a few things when Isabella

bird was alive between you know the

1830s and the 1900s the word was used a

lot okay but now I told you were right

here it is not it's almost now you

at all so the problem is with using a

word like that is that if we use words

I'm gonna transition so you see my

concern my face if we use words that are

not used today there are a few problems

with that a somebody may not be able to

understand you so you talk to them and

you use words that are dated and archaic

they might not understand you and this

can be a problem if you give a

presentation or if you write an essay or

if you have a business meeting or B they

might think that your English is not as

advanced because they think that this

person doesn't understand what words are

being used and what words are not being

used so that's why it's very important

that you used words that are current and

words that are currently being used in

the language so this is when the

resource I just showed you comes in very

very handy you have to check your words

and once you do it takes two seconds

you've seen it it was very quick you

just click the down arrow and then

you're done so please make sure to use

this resource because you it's Google

very quickly very easy and you're done

you can use the water just don't use it

forget about it right okay

my third resource that I'm going to talk

about is kind of one that you know it's

it's a supplementary resource in the

sense that by this time you will have

looked up the definition of a word you

have gone through the origin can I use

it should I use it you've seen the word

in context you know it's part of speech

and all of that but maybe maybe you

still don't know how to use it in a

sentence maybe you still have trouble

with that so that's where I'm going to

show you right now so we're going to go

to this website called your sentence

that you're dictionary.com okay and this

website just gives you sentences that

are community contributions so

it's just people are writing these

sentences so there may be some mistakes

but not a lot there because the correct

ones keep going on top so it's just kind

of examples that everyone has and

everyone is using and that will give you

even better understanding of how people

are using this word in the context it's

super useful so for example going back

with the word joyful okay hit enter and

then we see quite a few different

examples of the word joyful in context

it's pretty incredible how many we have

right so if we don't fully understand

how to use joyful then this is a great

way to test it out and to look and see

how do people use it okay so they use it

you know it's an adjective so they use

it as a joyful light something new and

joyful joyful news joyful significance

okay so you can see that there's

different ways and not just one way so

this will really really really help you

see that okay not all of the words have

these many examples but a lot of them do

at least all of them have more than one

so this resource really really helps

kind of cement and further understand

why you've already learned about the

word it's not a first resource I would

say that you go to but it should

definitely be used as a supplementary

resource so I'm going to transition back

and okay so these were the three

resources that I would recommend to

anyone who's trying to improve their

English but we are not done here okay as

a teacher I have to emphasize that it's

you okay so just kind of explain what's

been going on a little bit so so far you

know you are trying to understand the

new word you don't know what you look it

up you may have you may find the

definition you may find the origin is

that you find out if it's current you

see it in context you see all of this

but all that you've done

is basically taken in this information

okay so you're kind of absorbing it but

now you have to produce it you have to

let it out okay

so how do you do that well simple either

take you know go old school and take a

pencil and a piece of paper and write

down your own sentences okay so that's

one way or do it on your computer you

know we all have like a notes folder or

a word document that you can open it but

please use that word produce it in a

sentence okay

you have to in order to understand it

fully you have to produce it okay so

don't just say okay I understand it and

move on because I know you do it I've

been that student and I just okay I know

it then move on

no no you'll forget it okay so use it

write a sentence right - right 3y 5

however many it takes to understand okay

promise okay

okay so once you do that you're also

still not done because then you have to

try to use the word every chance you

have so you know you have a new

opportunity maybe just try to make sure

to use the word every new opportunity

you have and maybe every week or every

other week try to bring it back and

study it and learn it and use it I mean

and then you'll make sure that you and

that's how you make sure you understand

it and you remember it that's what I

meant to say okay these are my tips

they're trust me they're very useful

I've been using vocabulary learning tips

even to learn languages but also to

teach them to my students so yeah well

thank you very much for joining us and

we will see you next time

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