Commonly confused words! You will maybe
mix up words. These words are very close in meaning, but they’re actually different.
My name’s Ronnie. I’m going to help you figure out some… six
words that are confusing in English, and you think maybe they’re even the same word.
They are not the same word. They are different. They have
different meanings. Don’t ever get them wrong again. Okay, so: commonly confused words. The
first one is “fun”, and you confuse this with “funny”. I say, what’s the
difference between “fun” and “funny”? And you say, “Oh, I know… ‘fun’ is an
adjective.” It’s the police again. They’ve come to get me.
We’re having too much fun. And I say, “Well, if ‘fun’ is an adjective
what kind of word is ‘funny’ then, hmm?” And you go, “Oh, it’s an adjective,
too.” So what’s the difference? The difference is “fun” means you are — woohoo —
having a great, great time doing something. You are having fun. It’s great. Maybe you are drinking. Maybe you are
watching English videos. Maybe you are studying. I really wouldn’t think
that studying would be fun, but learning on the internet is fun.
Then we have “funny.” “Funny” means it makes you laugh. If
something is funny, you will laugh. A lot of people say “I went to
Disneyland and it was funny.” Why, what happened? “We went on a roller coaster.”
Uhhh, okay, but a roller coaster’s not “funny”. If I went to an amusement
park, I wouldn’t look at a roller coaster and go… “Hahaha… look at it, it’s a roller coaster.
It’s funny.” No, you would go on the roller coaster
and go “Woo hoo!” — it is fun. So: difference, “fun” means, basically,
a good time — “I’m having a good time.” — versus “funny” — it makes you laugh.
This word looks like “la ha uhghhjg” but the pronunciation is actually
“laugh”. “Fun” means it’s a good time, like at a party. “Funny” means it
makes you laugh. You can have both together. You can go to a party. The
party can be super-fun, and someone at the party could be funny, maybe
there’s a clown, clowns can be funny. The next one is “surprise” versus
“shock.” I hear a lot of people say, for example, “I went home last night, and
I saw my mom and my dad naked. I was surprised.” Were you having a party?
Are you getting out a camera? “Hi Mom, hi Dad, what’s up?” No, no, no,
no, you were not “surprised”. You were scarred for life. You were in
“shock” or, in the past tense, you were “shocked”. You weren’t happy about something. You
were “shocked”. So, “surprise” we always use for a positive event. For
example, if you bought a lottery ticket and you won, “Surprise! You have
a million dollars!” Cool! Compared to “shocking” news. Let’s say that you just got a phone
call that your friend is in the hospital, because they got hit by a donkey.
“Surprise! Your friend got hit by a donkey”. No… “I’m shocked! My
friend got hit by a donkey.” “Surprise” is always positive. “Shocked” is always a bad thing, or a
negative situation. On to the last one. “Famous” versus “popular”. These
are very similar in meaning, but again, different. “Famous” means many
people know you or know someone. So if you look at an example, you can take
any president of the United States of America. I would wager a bet, any president,
or prime minister in the world most people would know their name. So if
I took the President of Canada… we don’t have a President of Canada. If
I took the Prime Minister of Canada… Nah, I don’t want to take him. If we took the President of America,
if we took George W. Bush, the past president of America, most people
have heard of the word “bush” before, mmm-hmm… George W. Bush. But, many people know
this name; many people know the name “Bush”. Popular: do you like George
Bush, George W. Bush? I’m sorry. George W. Bush was very, very famous,
but he was not popular. “Popular” means many people actually like someone. So people who are popular… they don’t
have to have a lot of people that know who they are, but they have to
have a couple people who actually like them. Another example of someone who
is “famous”, but not “popular” — again, it’s all about the government isn’t it —
would be the famous, but much hated, Hitler. Everyone knows who Hitler is.
I hope people don’t like Hitler. Come on, really? This guy’s terrible!
So Hitler is famous but not popular. Maybe when you were in high school,
there was the “popular” boy… who talked like this, and was so popular, okay? Or
there was the “popular” girl. People liked the popular boy
or the popular girl. But if you went to a different school
and you said, “Hey, do you know Benny, the guy that talks like this?” They’d
go, “No, I don’t know Benny.” Benny is well-liked or popular at your school,
but many people don’t know who he is. Famous — popular. Surprise — shock.
Fun — funny. That’s all for now!
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