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hello everyone and welcome back to english with lucy if you want to sound

intelligent and professional when you speak English then you need to watch

this video trust me I am going to show you the two

things that you need to avoid doing if you want to sound smart and clever in

English I'm going to discuss two phenomena that make people sound dumb

and unintelligent when they speak without them even realising it if you do

one of these things in a job interview it has actually been proven that it

decreases your chances of getting hired I'm going to fully explain these two

phenomena I'm gonna tell you where they're derived from where they came

from I'm going to tell you why you shouldn't use them or do them and I will

also mention these specific occasions where it is okay to use them quickly

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important lesson the first of two topics that I'm going to

discuss two things that you need to either stop doing or avoid doing is

upward inflection this is a feature of language which has many names it's also

called up speak up talk rising intonation high rising terminal or high

rising intonation this is where declarative sentence clauses end with a

rising pitch intonation in simple terms this means that you say statements or

affirmative phrases as you would a question for example when I asked would

you like some help I say would you like some help I raised the pitch at the end

of the sentence to show that it's a question would you like anything else

with that it goes up ever so slightly now with upward inflections there's

normally a series of these clauses with rising intonation but then in the final

Clause the end of the sentence there's usually a falling pitch so think about

that would you like some help question well if I said yes I would like

some help but did it with an upward inflection it would sound yes I'd like

some help it doesn't sound quite right but it's now really really common

especially in American English but we'll talk about that later when we talk about

where it came from so an example of this upward inflection

is me and William we went to the shops we bought some apples we bought some

pears we saw my friend Jessica and then we went home so did you notice that when

I was talking my voice raised at the end of each Clause and then at the end of

the sentence the pitch fell that felt ridiculous to do that now if you want to

sound professional and intelligent you need to avoid doing this many of my

students used to do this and they used to do it for two reasons the first

reason was that they'd heard it in the movies or in TV shows and they had been

subconsciously emulating it this is because this upward inflection is

thought for you're derived from the west coast of America where lots of films are

based nowadays you'll see it in a lot of movies when they're trying to portray

character as unintelligent or superficial in America I also think this

is called Valley speak although that covers a lot of things it kind of

describes a valley girl a girl from a certain area who speaks like this and is

a bit superficial and a bit fake so that's the first reason why my students

use this when I used to teach real-life in-person students the second reason was

much more understandable they used to raise their voice at the end of a

sentence because they weren't 100% sure if what they just said was grammatically

correct they were raising their voice like a question to imply that they

wanted correction or reassurance for example a student might say to me I went

back to my country to visit my mother like I'm not quite sure if this is

correct but I hope you'll correct me it's sort of like asking a question by

making a statement now if you're a non-native speaker you should really

avoid doing this if you're in a professional situation because it shows

your insecurities about your language skills it might make your client or

interviewer doubt that you are confident with your language skills now some of

the advice that I've given you in previous videos is to copy people that

you want to sound like so try and imitate them in order to improve your

pronunciation and your fluency bear in mind when you select someone that you'd

like to imitate if they use up put inflections or not if they are using

them then it might be best to find someone else unless you just really like

the sound of upward inflections and I'm not going to judge you for that when I

was a kid I used to think that upward inflections were cool because they were

what I saw in the movies so my friends and I I've mentioned this

before we used to play pretend at school and at home in American accents and we

used to use this upward inflection because we just saw the cool movie stars

doing it so we did it too so I can understand why you'd want to copy it but

I just want to warn you the risks of copying it now the second topic that I'm

going to talk about is the word like but I want you to fully understand all of

the uses of the word like and the situations in which

should not use like I'm going to talk about six uses for like two of which are

very very bad they are not professional they will make you sound am I going to

say it yeah they'll make you sound dumb you will sound dumb if you say this

potentially controversial but I'm protective of you I don't want you to

sound unintelligent now the overuse of the word like is the pet hate of many of

the older generations it's something new that's come in through popular culture I

imagine it came in around the 90s but I looked back and actually it's been

around for a lot longer than that there are many situations in which like

is the perfect word to use and the only correct one that you can use but if you

listen in to a typical young conversation you will probably hear the

word like an obscene amount of times next time you listen to a youtubers

storytime try and count how many times they say like in your head I know that I

say it too much as well I I use it to replace other words when I shouldn't so

firstly like can be used as a preposition in comparisons for example

she looks like Candace King and now Candace King is a noun I said that

example because so many of you comment below my videos saying I look like her

and I looked at her Instagram and I am very flattered very very flattered

secondly like can be used as a conjunction

for example they seem like they are happy together

thirdly it can be used as a noun what are your likes and dislikes and

finally it can be used as a verb I like this music do you like me now number

five and six are these controversial uses that you should consider avoiding

if you want to sound intelligent number five light can be used as a quote ative

and in particular a colloquial or slang quote ative it's used to express that

whatever follows isn't an exact quotation but gives a general feel for

what is said that might not seem clear but when I give you an example it will

be in this usage you put light together with a verb and

it's normally the verb to be this is a really important one for you to

understand because we do use it a lot in colloquial informal English I definitely

use it with my friends an example he was like I can't go to the party I'm saying

he plus 2b plus like he was like and this expresses that whatever I'm going

to say after this is not exactly what he said but it's similar he was like I

can't go to the party and I was like oh my god I can't believe it this form of

like can also be used to paraphrase an idea or an unspoken feeling for example

I was like what the hell I didn't say what the hell I'm showing how I felt or

what I thought and number six like can be used as a filler this is probably the

most common use of like light can be used in the same way as um or for

example she asked me to like give a speech but I hadn't like prepared

anything it's exactly the same as saying she asked me to give a speech but I

hadn't prepared anything now the reason why you shouldn't use like in this way

is it shows a sort of nonchalance or disinterest in what you're saying like

you can't be bothered to properly think about what you're speaking about be

really really careful if you do decide to use this because you can get into

such a strong habit in general I like to say avoid using but sometimes it's

impossible sometimes you just can't think of the word and you need to

include a filler I would highly suggest avoiding using like as a filler because

it ends up sounding really really juvenile now in certain parts of the UK

like is also being used as a filler on the end of phrases it's sort of being

used as an alternative to you know which is also a repetitive thing that we use

too much it's a colloquial interjection and it shows the desire for everyone to

remain calm and to reduce tension for example just be cool like or it doesn't

matter now I would never say this because in my

region we don't say this and I probably sound ridiculous saying it but in the

northern region of the UK and in Wales for example they do use this right those

are the two things that you need to consider avoiding if you want to sound

intelligent and professional and not dumb when speaking English if there's

anything else that you think we could avoid or include to sound better in

English please do comment it down below don't forget to check out I talk e the

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found a radiator that won't switch off I don't know what to do

I've called my landlord so firstly life can be used as a preparation preparation

sounds magical

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