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The ‘Brexit Dictionary‘
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English prepositions (with Chris)
Please watch for pronunciation practice of (strong forms of) English prepositions and some examples of use:
about
above
across
after
against
along
amongst
around
as
at
before
behind
below
beneath
beside
between
beyond
by
despite
down
during
except
for
from
in
including
inside
into
like
near
next
of
off
on
onto
opposite
out
outside
over
past
through
to
towards
under
until
up
upon
with
without
Prepositional pronouns
Me
You
Him
Her
It
Us
Them
Using prepositions
For times, use "at":
"They'll meet us at seven o'clock."
"I start work every day at 8:30."
To describe activities on days of the week and during periods of days, use "on":
"On Saturdays, I go shopping."
"She was at the gym on Thursday afternoon."
You go "to" a country or place; you are "in" a country or place:
This is a common mistake, so please get it right.
"We're going to Austria for our holiday."
"We were in Austria for our holiday."
"I'm going to Madrid next week."
"I'm in Madrid this week."
You sit "on" a chair:
"When I made this video I was sitting on my chair."
To be "with someone" can mean you are in a relationship in some contexts:
"He's been with her for two years." (They've been in a relationship for two years.)
If you are "into someone", you find them attractive:
"You should ask her out, I'm pretty sure she's into you."
To describe who created a book, film, song etc., use "by":
"That video / lesson / song / film / book is by..."
You turn a machine "on" and "off":
"It's getting dark, can you please turn the light on?"
"Make sure you switch your computer off before you go home."
Use "about" to specify a topic you are discussing:
"What do you know about our new neighbour?"
"Were you listening? That isn't what I was talking about."

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This winter, England are playing Australia in the famous cricket series called the Ashes. In case you are interested, this is useful vocabulary about the wicket (or stumps):
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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh (her husband) are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary today. This means they have been married for 70 years!!

Happy anniversary!

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In the UK this weekend, we are remembering those who died in World War I:
Saturday 11 November: Armistice Day
Sunday 12 November: Remembrance Sunday
The poppy (below) is an important symbol of this day:
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English pronunciation: ‘i’ /ɪ/ or ‘ee’ /i:/ sound (example: ‘bitch’ or ‘beach’)

Chris demonstrates the pronunciation of the short vowel /ɪ/ and long vowel /i:/.
/ɪ/ (short) /i:/ long.
ship /ɪ/ sheep /i:/
this /ɪ/ these /i:/
bin /ɪ/ been /i:/
bitch /ɪ/ beach /i:/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLKz0VPQ-BQ
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Learn British English Free: recommended books

I’m reading ‘La Belle Sauvage’ by Philip Pullman.

The Dark Materials trilogy:
1. Northern Lights
2. The Subtle Knife
3. The Amber Spyglass

The Book of Dust (trilogy):
1. La Belle Sauvage

https://youtu.be/yBj9R_7Qx1U
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Today (31 October) is Halloween in the UK. Happy Halloween!

Please study these useful (but scary) idioms:
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‘It’s six of one; half a dozen of the other.’
/ˈsɪksəwən/ /hɑ:fə'dʌzənəð(i:)'jʌðə/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A10nHYJmydw
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