Rob and Stephen look at some words used to describe people’s character and nouns that have become verbs. How on earth did that happen?


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amazing one, about task 3 it's just to put a sentence randomly?

Hello Asomy,

No, there is one answer for each. If you try the exercise, after completing it you can see the answers by clicking or pressing on Finish and then See Answers.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello dear teachers
I just was wondering why some of these tracks don't have any transcription part .
and may I ask you that for which language level these videos (word on the street section) are useful and appropriate because I barely understand them . I am at the Intermediate level and I am beginning to feel frustrated about my English knowledge .
thanks in advance for your help .

Hello alih7,

The Language Focus videos don't currently have a transcript, though we plan to make transcripts for these videos in the future. In the meantime, if you want to ask us about a short, specific phrase or sentence, you are welcome to - we just ask that you tell us the time code (e.g. 1:20-1:26).

These videos are made for intermediate-level learners, but that doesn't mean they are easy. Especially if you are just starting to watch them, be patient, as it can take some time to get used to their accents. Perhaps you should just watch the videos that have transcripts until you get used to their voices - then I bet these Language Focus videos will be more useful for you.

Keep trying! I'm sure you can improve your understanding if you are patient with yourself and use the transcripts to help you understand. As you watch the videos, they should gradually become easier. Then you will really accomplish something!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

wow . I really appreciate you dear Kirk . that was really helpful and thanks again for your patience in replying .

hello dear.

he said "what on earth are you wearing?"

wearing = making you tired or annoyed

but i can't understand the hole of the sentence.

Could you help me please?

Hello fahri,

'wearing' is this sentence is the verb 'wear' (follow the link to see the definition) in the present continuous tense. 'on earth' indicates that Stephen thinks something is strange - Stephen is surprised at what she's wearing.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Nice to say bello again! Refering task one I wonder if "fair" is al adjective to carácter por appearance? Help me please with this confusión I have. Thank you indeed.

Hello Nusly Martinez,

'Fair' can actually be both. I think 'appearance' is the more common use (fair hair, fair skin, a fair complexion) but in the sense of 'not being unfair' it can also describe character.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter thank you very much. Next time I going to think in differents meaning that a word has. I have to eliminate Spanish of my phone in order it no changes that I'm writing. Sorry by the Spanish words; above.