2 fun new ways to learn English vocabulary

Yeah, that was fun. I’m looking forward
to hearing that from you later. Hi. James from engVid. In this video what I would
like to do is help you work on vocabulary. I want to make it fun, because when things are fun,
you work harder and you learn more. And today’s lesson, I’m going to teach you two ways to
not only just remember vocabulary, but learn how to use vocabulary in a way that we use it,
and you will really understand it, and… Heck, it’s fun. You’re just going to have
fun doing it. I’m sure you will. All right? It’s a little bit creative. So, let’s go
to the board. Simple lesson. Here we go. Two ways to have fun with language. Not just
language, but vocabulary. Ways that you may not be studying in class, we’re going to do
here today. The first one I want to talk to you about is fill in the gap. Huh? “A gap” means
a space, there’s a space between something. So, here’s my hands, in between my hands is a
gap. Okay? You have a gap between your eyes. One eye, one eye, space. In this case, you
see I’ve got this: “tree __________ chair”. Now, fill in the gap doesn’t mean just one
word. It’s a couple of ways you can do this. In this particular game, we’re going to take
two vocabulary words, “tree”, and take another one, “chair”, and they’re kind of a little
obvious to make it easy for you, but what I want you to do is
one of two things. The first thing we can do is use x words.
What I mean by that is you could say: “I want to use five words, and I want
to go from ‘tree’ to ‘chair’.” Or: “I want to use three words from ‘tree’
to ‘chair'” or two. Huh? Well, okay. How do I get from “tree”?
Okay. “Tree”, “cut”. You cut the tree down, right? “Lumber”.
Lumber you make into wood you can use. Let’s see. “Carpenter”. Find a carpenter. “Craft”.
“Craft” means make. You’re like: “What?” These… All these words… And then I can say: “Furniture”.
Okay? Okay, furniture. “Chair”, so if I have a tree, I cut it down and make it into lumber,
I take it to a carpenter, he crafts it into a chair. Five words from A to B. So, one game
is tell yourself: “I want to go from five… One word to another word, and I
want five words to get there.” And you can challenge yourself; maybe go from
three words. Right? Or make 10 words. You can use it to describe something. How many
words you can use to describe a certain thing. Right? “I have this word, and I want to go
to this word. How many words does it take me to get there?” What this does is it teaches
you relationship between words, and that also can teach you nouns and verbs, and how they
function together. Or, we say “syntax”, right? So, start at A, say: “I want to use five words
to get there.” This is a great word to do with a friend. You can say: “Okay, we’re going
to do ‘tree’ and ‘chair’, you need to do five words that make sense to go from ‘tree’ to
‘chair'”, and put a clock on for five minutes. You go, and she goes, you write together and
see what words you get. Compare, check them out. “Why did you choose this, and why does
this word…? What does this word mean?” Right? So, now, you’re not just writing words in a
book and saying: “This word means this.” You’re: “What does it mean? How do I use it?
How would other people use it? How would other people think?” Right? Yeah. See? That’s
fun by yourself or with a friend. Okay, listen, the second way to play this
game is: How many words to the answer? What? Well, we can pick up two random words, two,
like… I have “chair”… “Tree” and “chair”, we could have put “chair” and “moon”. Now the
game gets a little bit more interesting. Right? “Chair” and “moon”. How many words
does it get me to go from “chair” to “moon”? Now, you might say: “That’s impossible. They
have nothing to do with each other.” I could say, “Listen, the chair in my living room”-“living
room” is a noun-“sits”-which is a verb -“close to the big bay window where
I can see the moon at night.” How many words did it take me
to get from “chair” to “moon”? So, it’s playing with words,
being creative. “Chair” and “moon” have nothing to do with each other,
but I used nouns and verbs to go from this place to this place, and actually created a
sentence as well. Now, you can, as I said, make it more of a challenge. Do the same thing
with a friend. How many words, just random words, how many words does it take? And you
can time each other to see who gets there first. And the sentence must make sense. Cool?
All right? Once again, you’re going to learn syntax and meaning; you have to put the words
in the right order, you can’t just throw words in there. And when I say “meaning”, it has
to have sense that it goes from here to here that someone would understand it and, you
know, agree with it. That’s one game. The second game I like a lot, and I’m going
to embarrass myself in about four minutes, two minutes, whatever. I hope you like this
one, too. I like this one because what you do is if you’re studying particular vocabulary…
We have in engVid, vocabulary about travel, the kitchen, the law, all sorts of ones you can
go to. Go there, and there’s usually about 10 words. Take those 10 words. Okay?
And then you’re going to write a poem. Poem. Well, poems are literary devices. They are
types of… They’re forms of writing that don’t have to follow the normal ways of writing.
In Japan, they have what’s called a Haiku. We have rhyming poetry, like… I can’t thinking
anything off the right… Top of my head. Simple Simon metapimon. No, that’s not a rhyme.
But rhyme, words that go together like “time”, “rhyme”, “bime”, you’d have to have all these
words kind of go together. Okay? So, poetry could be to express a… Or express a thought
or an idea, but it doesn’t have to be written as a specific paragraph. Right? It could be, as I said, a Haiku is in Japanese
poetry, rhyming poetry, sometimes abstract poetry. This is a fun one because in this
one you’re going to write a poem, and you might not have done that in your current reading-…
Writing assignments. You’re writing paragraphs for essays and things, but we want to show
you the connection with words. So, what I want you to do is write a poem using five
or maybe even 10 words. Try not to do more, because you’re learning how to write right now.
Okay? Use on vocabulary… “One” vocabulary word, because “on” is a preposition. One vocabulary
word on each line, but have the poem’s lines be connected by the ideas in the words, which
means you can’t just randomly write words and funny sentences; they’ve got to be connected.
This shows your mastery of the language. And that’s why I said this is a good one. It’s
fun and you’re showing your mastery. In this case, I’ve got: “rain”, “down”, “heaven”,
“hard”, “thirst”. Random words. Right? Let me clear my throat. You didn’t know it, but
it’s James’ Beatnik Poetry Café. I’m about to give you some lines. Rain comes down hard from heaven,
crashing into the ground, making the heart go soft, quenching
the thirst of the earth, removing the dirt, revealing
the hidden beauty. Thank you. Thank you,
thank you, thank you. Okay, so I took these words, and if you noticed,
there’s a very specific thing. This poem I did the first line one word, on the second
line I put two words, on the third line I put three words, on the fourth and fifth…
You can see these numbers. These were the words I used. Each of them makes sense in
the poem. When you hear it, you’re like: “Oh, yeah, that makes sense.” “Heaven” is above,
“rain” comes down. Right? “Heaven”, above, yeah. “Hard”, well, when water hits the ground,
the ground goes soft. And if you’re “thirsty”, it means you need a drink, if the dry is ground
it’s thirsty, so it wants water to drink. Right? I’m showing you I understand the language
enough to put these words together. Because I put one word, two words, three words, I
also have to use other words I learned. So, you can take this from a particular lesson-right?-because
“rain” would be “water” and “thirst”. Probably a lesson on water. Right? Yeah. You could do that for travelling. You know? Sky
drawing me up… No, drawing me up into… See? I’m just making it up, but you get the
point. You take them, you put them together. And even that last sentence, I’m like: “That
wasn’t cool. I have to… Don’t want to look like a fool, so I’ll have to retool.” Right?
So, if you’re smiling, having fun, saying: “Wow. I’m, like, playing with the language.”
You’ll show that you understand it, you’ll have a beautiful product that you can show
another person, saying: “Look at my English.” And they may be impressed when you explain the
rules you were following, like: one words, two words, three words, and how you learned to
express yourself and have a deep understanding. Right? So, look, I hope you’ve enjoyed these two
lessons. You can see I did, because I did a little poem for you, using this exact
lesson. E’s smiling, because he’s like: “Wow, this is fun.” I’m sure this was fun for you.
Give it a try. Get out your vocabulary words, or go watch another engVid lesson. Right? And
then take out some vocabulary words, because they do go together, and use them. Make a
couple poems, have some fun with it. All right? Anyway, where are you going
to find these words? Well, I want you to go to www.eng as in English,
vid as in video.com (www.engvid.com), where you can play, have
fun, and experiment. All right? That’s what it’s about, and that’s
how you learn best. Anyway, once again, I just wanted to say thank you guys for watching
the channel, look forward to all your comments, and the fact that you go do those quizzes. And
before I go, I really want you to subscribe, so somewhere around here, or even down here,
there’s a subscribe button. Okay? Subscribe, and you’ll get the newest stuff
from myself and engVid. Right? Have a good one. See ya later. Remember: Rain comes down hard.

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  1. 5 words from "native language" to "English":
    Native language -> say what? -> no way! -> pain -> more pain -> still not there -> English 😉

  2. Amazing but we need more fun ways to learn English and how we can teach English for our children in fun ways ?

  3. Your lessons are awesome. Congratulations! You are a great teacher. I am learning English and you are helping me so much. I would like to say: Thank you so much.

  4. Nice video. Who's want to chat with me just to exchange vocabulary and knowledge about English 🙂 so text me i'm waiting guys

  5. thank you ms james you really help as improving and powering our english but don't tell me that I am going to write a peam because i hate peams hhhh but
    I am going to do my best thank you

  6. Thank you this video was right on time because I just told the kids at our reading event they had to write a poem this is awesome!

  7. Hello folks Let´s make an english what's app group in order to practice and improve our english skills? It's would be amazing have the opportunity to talk with you guys. I wanna get fluence in english and I think that it would be easier among smart people. Let your full phone number on the reply and sure I will add you.

  8. You are literally my first and favourite engVid teacher! It's been 3 years since I found out your videos. My english was pretty crap back then and now I feel like talking nice and fluent. You was a part of my educational process and I really appreciate this. Thanks a lot!

  9. Buenas noches, mi nombre es César soy de Villaflores, Chiapas, México. Tengo una pregunta o comentario para usted, me gustaría saber cual es la pronunciación de las letras "ch" pues en algunas veces suenan como "CHE" (Church) y en otras ocasiones suena como "QUE" o "KE" (Chemestry). De antemano agradezco su atención y pronta respuesta. Espero se comprenda la duda.

  10. My English teacher in Germany is crap so I started watching your videos, and I think I'm getting better (I'm Greek). And here is an advice: Ad background music in your videos it's more fun.

  11. Mr.james can you do a lesson on kinship and brother in law and siblings…just like the other one you did on gender confusing words,I hope you reply

  12. i do have to say the second way of learning vocabulary is way too hard unless you really have the potentials of being a poet

  13. Very good! I have just known you and your lessons and videos and I've been enjoing that so much. Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Ps: I'm from Brazil. Excuses for my english.

  14. I think the second way might be changed to "make a rap song" because being a rapper is easier than being a poet :))

  15. Sir thanku so much , u taught so effortlessly , ur humour made me laugh out loud , keep the good work continue , from INDIA

  16. rose
     grace I gave my love a beautiful gold rose, she adored me .
     we hugged in a sensual embrace and ignited a flame of lovers grace.

  17. Hi, James! I am brazilian. You teach english very well. I have liked your lessons. I am very happy to know that there are funny ways to learn english. By the way, you are very funny. Thank you.

  18. The rain fall down from the heaven
    and this seems hard to me.
    But I know that my thirst will be satiate
    and there is none place to be

  19. OMG thank you very much, you are the only teacher I understand in a 80% without subtitles. I really like the way you teach us. A big hug from Venezuela

  20. My little daughter, (brazilian like me, 4 years old) always say: I love you daddy, large like the sky!
    Well, in her words, you is the teacher large like the sky.!
    Thanks so much, your help is great, very big great, or something like this!

  21. im new here ! n i love with how you teach us more easy n smart idea comes done subscribe your channel 👍 malaysia 😁

  22. it's pretty interesting that I actually came here to learn ways to teach vocabs, but I have truthfully learnt doing poetries… awesome

  23. Am I the only one feeling a little creepy when he talked to the worm? Anyone here know the story? I guess he's just trying to be fun..?

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  25. I came to look for ideas for mere beginners but I got captivated by this guy, you are awesome man, I am a part time teacher but if I could have half of your abilities i'd make an impact in my students' english learning lives!

  26. Well…the first is hard ..the second …how we can word connection to each others? I think is is also hard to remember this buz we need to remember all the example in the sentence to know what this word mean 😅😂🙃

  27. I am student at Marmara university facullty of Medicine and my department is %100 English I improved my English by watching video and now I can understand lessons in English so thank you 🙏 engvid I will be able to become a doctor 🥼

  28. thank you James u are so great.. actually u are a legend in teaching, i've got a question for u and i hope u can do a video about it in the near future
    i'm wondering how many vocabularies we should know to understand daily conversations and to express ourselves as non native english speakers?

  29. Hi, James thanks for making these fantastic videos which is extremely helpful to English Learners. Your teaching style & leactures is also fantastic. Keep it up. I am hoping to learn English with James from engvid.
    Love from " Pakistan "

  30. thanks this will help alot when i get bord of reading the dictonary an i didnt complet my 30 mins i can use this to fin the rest in a more fun way

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