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Are you tired of this video?

Not yet.

Having fun with this.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Well, hello there guys.

It is Drew Badger here, founder of

I've got my friends, KenHey.



And we've got Sai over here as well.

Hey, Sai.


I want to thank them for joining me.

Hopefully, this is going to be an interesting video.

I wanted to do something different to hopefully prove a point about the language, that fluency

is actually a lot easier than most people think.

You really just have to change the way you're learning, and I want to show an example of

that in this video.

So, what I'm going to do is we're going to show different examples of language patterns,

so certain groups of words called collocations.

Are you guys familiar with collocations?



It's okay if you're not.

No, I'm- Most native speakers don't know what a collocation


I was going to make a joke about it.

Well, it's yeah.

Not a colon- I was going to say, colon location.

I know, exactly.

But actually that's part of understanding the word.


You have a col and then a location.

So, together, and they're located together.


What we're going to do, we're going to start by seeing if we can make some simple patterns.

We're going to work together about this.

I'll give you some words, partial phrases, and I'm going to see what things come to your

mind when you think about it.



All right, so we're going to being with the word with.




So, as an example, I'm blank with.

So, a collocation would be like I'm acquainted with something.

Oh, yeah.

So, I'm acquainted with these two gentlemen over here.

So, can you think of ... What other words come to your mind?

If you think I'm something with something else.

How about I'm finished with this conversation?

Very good, so that's another great collocation.

I'm finished with this conversation, and that's the end of it.

I'm not really.


Very good, so finished with the conversation, so if you can think of anything else.

I've got a ton of them over here.

I'll throw out a few just to get the memory working.

Get us acquainted with them.

That's right.

Very good.

So again, to be acquainted with, like you're knowing something to be acquainted with.

You could be blessed with.

That's true, or cursed with.

Or you could be cursed with.

Cursed with good looks.

I know, you could be cursed with some beautiful hair up there.

I know I'm losing mine.

No, you've gotOh, me too.

[crosstalk 00:02:26] You've got some cool hair.

You've got some really cool hair.

I wish.

I need to do that.

I started growing it from the back.

Actually, you know, having short hair is very respectable in this country, in this country

of Japan, that is.

You could be happy with.

Or angry with.

Angry with.

That's true.

How about when we become more comfortable with?

That's true.

When you become more comfortable with.

That's another one as well.

How about when you become friends with?

That's right.

You can become friends with someone else.

Again, these are things that when you say them, you kind of naturally think about okay,

well these are situations, like I became friends with, we became acquainted with, I was blessed

with, I'm troubled withAngry with.

I could be angry.

I'm angry with you right now.


I bet you five dollars.

I want my five dollars.

My five yen out here.

Oh yeah, five yen.

That's better.

[crosstalk 00:03:15] Hold on a second.

Very nice.

All right, we're going to move on to a next word here, of.


Now, this is a little bit tricky.

I'll give you some examples.

Capable of.

King of.

King of something.

Frightened of.

One of.

One of.

That's right.

One of.

It could be guilty of, as guilty of taking that money.

That five yen.

The five yen.

The five yen that he took from me.

It could be in charge of something.

Yeah, in charge of.

I'm tired of something.

Are you tired of this video?

Not yet.

Having fun with it.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

If you're having fun with, again, that's another simple collocation.

You don't realize it often when we're saying these things.

They just kind of come out.

Come out of nowhere.

That's right, they come out of nowhere.

Very good.

I'm impressed.

I'm impressed actually.

All right, well again, we've got some more, but I want to move on to another word here.


Are you free for dinner?

I'm free for dinner.

I'm free for dinner.

Free for dinner, yup.

Look at that.

That five yen.

That five yen.

I know we're going to pass that five yen around.

You could be thankful for.


That's true.

What are you guys thankful for?

I'm thankful for this video.

I really enjoy making this video with you, Drew.

I know, isn't it fun?

You never know what's going to happen to these videos.

We just get a group of people out here.

It could be hot for teacher.

Hot for teacher, that's right.

To be hot for, like you really like someoneOr something.

Yeah, that's true, that's true.

Are you hot for anybody right now?

I might get in trouble with that one.

Yeah, that's true.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

You're hot for your wife.

Oh, of course.

That's what you're supposed to say.

Hot for her, yeah.

We'll put that in the outtakes.

This is an outtake.

Or you could be known for.

Known for.


That's right.

That's also known as.

That's as known as, that's true.

But known for, what are you known for?

Being an artist, I guess?


What are you known for?

Being a musician.

A musician.

What are you known for?

I don't know.

I guess I'm known for trouble, that's true.

Known for helping people learn over here.

Known for being an excellent teacher.

An excellent teacher.

Well, I'm trying, and this is ... You're the quick wit.

You're good for a lesson here.

Good for nothing.

Yeah, good for nothing over here.

He's known for owing five yen.

That's right.

Owing five yen.

Owing five yen to me.

I'll pay it back eventually.

You could be responsible for.

I could be.

Responsible for, yeah.

Responsible for all the troubles.

That's right.

He's responsible for causing me a lot of headaches.

Lots and lots of headaches.

All right, let's see.

You could be famous for.

I could be famous for.

Another nice way of putting famous for getting into trouble.

That's true.

So, you're reallyOr getting out of trouble.

That's true.


Of getting out of.

Getting out of troubleWith my friends.

That's true.

We'll just combine them all.

All right.

What about about?



As an example, you could be concerned about.

Concerned about.

That's true.

What about furious about?


You're really angry about something.

What were you angry about lately?


Troubled about something?

I'm troubled about the politics inIn the United States?

In the United States.

I think a lot of people are troubled about that, concerned about that.

Stable geniuses [crosstalk 00:06:54].

Sure, sure.

Worried about that.

Worried about that.

Are you happy about anything?


What are you happy about?

I'm happy about meeting you guys.

Ah, I'm happy about meeting you guys too.

It's our pleasure.

So, what about answer?

You can answer what?

A question.

You can answer a question.

You can answer...

You could answerA phone?

You can answer the phone.

You can answer a letter.

You can answer to the higher power?

Answer to a higher authority.

Or authority.

Authority, that's right.

That's true, yeah.

You can answer someone's prayers.

You could.

That's true.

All right, what about lose?

You could lose a what?

Your mind.

You could lose your mind, so you likeFive yen.

Five yen.

I was just going to say lose five yen.

[crosstalk 00:07:38] You could lose a fortune.

You could lose a fortune.

You can, yeah.

The five yen isn't really a fortune.

Well, it could be.

Maybe to some people.

Make it 150 years ago, it was a fortune.

I think even a 150 years ago, it probably wasn't worth that much, but


Oh my goodness.

You could lose money.

You could.

You could lose weight.

You could lose weight.

Are you looking at me?

Well, that'sNo, I need to lose weight too.

We call could stand to lose a little bit of weight though.

All right, I'm going to try to doWhat about losing hope?

You could lose hope.

You could lose hope of losing weight.

You could lose hope about losing weight too.

Well, lose hope about losing weight with your current bicycle training or something like


Sorry [crosstalk 00:08:26].

That makes sense.

All right, if I was going to describe someone, like he is a big what?


That's a common word.

That's a good collocation right there.

A big loser.

What does that mean though if you call someone a loser?

Well, there's a television show whereA what show?

The Biggest Loser.

Ah, the TV show.

The Biggest Loser.

But that was about weight loss.

Weight loss, exactly.

Again, coming back to weight loss.

[crosstalk 00:08:54] That's right.

So, they could be who is losing the ... I don't know if that show ... it seems like

that might kind of stigmatize people at the same time that you're building them up and

tearing them down.

And tearing them down at the same time.

You're a loser, man.

I'm going to give you some sentences now.


And see if you can tell me what the missing word is.

So, something you don't want to think about is a painful?


Painful subject.

Painful subject, yeah.

Painful subject?

Yeah, maybe.

Something you don't want to think about is a painful memory.



A painful memory.

Good work.

Next one.

That girl has an active?


Yeah, imagination.

Very good.

I was going to say something else, but— [crosstalk 00:09:46] but never mind.

An active lifestyle.

Active lifestyle.

If it's a girl, I might not be going where you think it's going, but ... You've got a

dirty mind.


Okay, here we go.

The government is experimenting with alternative blank sources.


Power sources.

I was thinking energy.

Oh, okay.

With alternative energy.

You can also have alternative what?

What else would you have?


Alternative music.



More lifestyles are alternative ... That's a good one, that's a good one.

You could have alternative medicine.

Alternative medicine, that's right.

Or an alternative hairstyles.

Ooh, what's with the man bun thing?

You call it, it's like a mun.

It is a mun.

Yeah, well you speak munon.

No, that's Mung.

And this is a mun.

Okay, all right, all right.

All right, next one.

We've got I'm looking for a steady?


A steady job, that's right.

I'm looking for a steadyGirlfriend.

That's right.

You could have a steady girlfriend, a steady relationship.

That's true.

He has an ulterior?


That's right.

Ulterior motive.

Keep your room neat and?


Neat and clean or?


Tidy, that's right.

Neat and tidy.

There was an accident, but we are safe and?


Safe and sound, that's right.

I'm sorry, I keepNo, that's fine.

The whole point of this is just to show that without really thinking about it, like you

notice there's thousands of words in the English language that you could use, but people are

thinking of these specific ones.

And that's the whole point of this lesson, is to show them that it's not about learning

a whole bunch of words.

So, if you want to get fluent, you don't have to continue learning lots of words.

It's more about understanding the patterns that people use and then practice, so you

develop the habit of using these automatically.

All right, let's continue.

I'm actively blank at my son's school.


Actively missing.

I'm actively, I'm activelyWhat is actively?

Alex, what is actively involved?

There you go.

Very good.

So, actively involved in, so whenever people talk about ... People often, they don't say

I'm involved in.

They say I'm actively involved, like they really want to say you're really participating,

joining a lot.

All right, next.

Let me give you a piece of?


My mind?


Yeah, a piece of advice.

A piece of my mind.

A piece of pie?

A piece of pie.

A piece of cake.

A piece of cake.

Well, you don't really say that though.

Let me give you a piece of cake.

Let me give you a piece of cake, you know.

Let me give you a piece of my mind.

Let me give you five yen.

All right, next is this is the best possible?


Yeah, just let it flow out.


Solution for the daily double.

That's right.

For the daily double.

All right, next one.

A home ownership gives you a sense of?


Well, I guess it could.

I mean, it could.

A sense of security?

A sense of security.

A sense ofWait, can you say that again?

Home ownership gives you a sense of?


There you go.


So, a sense of pride.

But those are all good examples.

But again, it's still showing that there are all these different words that could be used

there, but really, we're thinking of certain things.

And again, this is actually a pretty tricky thing to ask even native speakers to do this,

to see if they can come up with these.

But again, it's just showing that these are the patterns that they've learned.

It just shows that Sai and I are so clever.

That's right.

You guys are pretty knowledgeable.

Here we go.

We've got you've got to make a security?

A security ... Deposit.

Yeah, so make a security deposit, like put a little bit of money down for a house or

when you rent something.

All right, well hopefully you found that entertaining.

If you'd like to learn more, you can click on the link in the description or in the upper

right of this video, where it can teach you how to start using more of these things, collocations.

Again, just helping you understand the way natives speak normally.

Everyday conversationally.

Yeah, so if you'd like to learn how to more do like that, then click on the link in the


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I'm done for.

The night?

Done for the night.

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I'm finished.

He's finished.

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