English Neologisms (wanna, gonna, gotta, etc.)

vocabulary Nov 21, 2020

When English speakers speak quickly it can be difficult to understand what they are saying. And sometimes English speakers use shortened words and phrases in writing too.

Here are some popular English neologisms (short slang words):

  • Lotta = a lot of / lots of
  • Wanna = want to / want a
  • Gonna = going to
  • I'ma = to be about to
  • Gotta = got a / have got to
  • Outta = out of
  • Hafta = have to / have got to
  • Betcha = would bet you
  • Sup? = What's up?
  • Dunno = don't know
  • Sorta = sort of
  • Kinda = kind of
  • Lemme = let me
  • Gimme = give me
  • Shoulda = should have
  • Coulda = could have
  • Woulda = would have
  • Oughta = ought to / ought to have


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How to pronounce the letter R

pronunciation Nov 13, 2020

The letter R can be pronounced in a few different ways. It can be confusing and difficult to understand how to pronounce the letter R because different English speakers from different places who speak with different accents might pronounce it differently.

There are three main ways to pronounce R in English:

  • rhotic R = this is the R sound that most people associate with English.
  • rolled R = this is the R sound that most people associate with having a foreign accent in English, but it is used in some parts of northern English and Scotland.
  • silent R = this is the R sound that you don't hear.

Here are some general rules to help you understand how to say R:

  • At the beginning of a word R is almost always pronounced.
  • In the middle of a word R is almost always pronounced.
  • At the end of a word R is only pronounced in some accents.

In this video we review the pronunciation of the words:














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How to Say What You Think in English | How to State Your Opinion | How to Express Your Opinion

Sometimes it's difficult to say what you are thinking in a foreign language. I've studied other languages and I understand how hard it is to clearly communicate your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and opinions.


Here are a few phrases that will make it easier for you to really tell people what you think, so that they understand you and you don't sound rude.


1. If you ask me ...


2. As far as I can tell ...


3. As far as I'm concerned ...


4. I feel like / that ...


5. Honestly, ...


6. Personally, ...


7. It's my belief that ...


8. To me ...


9. I reckon ...


10. I can't lie ...


11. In all honesty, ...


12. From my point of view ...


13. In my opinion ...


14. The way I see it ...


15. It seems to me that ...


16. I honestly believe that ...


17. I would say that ...


18. I consider it to be ...


Now let's practice using these phrases in real situations!

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More is Less | Learning More Words Makes It Difficult to Speak With People Around the World

advanced topics Oct 28, 2020

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Kris Amerikos: Hey everybody my name is Kris Amerikos and welcome to another video. This video is about another advanced topic and the topic today is more is less

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Kris Amerikos: Probably you've heard people say the phrase less is more. And this can be very confusing because most people think that it's not true.

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Kris Amerikos: Right, it doesn't really make sense when we say less is more. If you have less than, how can you also have more right there opposites. But in today's video I'm going to explain how more

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Kris Amerikos: Is really less and how that affects us when we're learning English teaching English, and most importantly, speaking and communicating in English. So first of all, let's look at what people usually believe

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Kris Amerikos: We can call this conventional wisdom and conventional wisdom tells us that this phrase less is more is not really true. It's

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Kris Amerikos: Just a catchy phrase it...

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Negative Infinitives and Negative Gerunds

A lot of people who study English make mistakes when using infinitives and gerunds.

And it's understandable why they do - it's difficult!



The rule about negative infinitives and gerunds

The rule is that we should say "not" before the infinitive or gerund to make it negative.

An easy way to follow this rule is by remembering the famous phrase by Shakespeare:

"to be or not to be".


Learn more about this topic

Here is a lesson about using infinitives and gerunds:

Here is a lesson presented to a live audience about infinitives and gerunds:

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Native Speakers Can't Teach Languages | The Truth About "Native Speaker" Marketing Trends

advanced topics Oct 21, 2020

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Kris Amerikos: Hey everybody, I'm Kris Amerikos and welcome to another video before we jump into this video I have to give you a warning.

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Kris Amerikos: In this video I'm going to be using the term native speaker a lot, and I'm going to explain why I use this term and why other people use this term.

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Kris Amerikos: And I just want you to know that you'll need to watch all the way to the end of the video to really understand what this video is about. So let's jump right in.

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Kris Amerikos: First of all, why do people use this term native speaker for the last hundred plus years, people have been using the term native speaker to try to sell things

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Kris Amerikos: And it's not only about English. Although today, most people think that this is related to English language learning

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Kris Amerikos: It's an issue that has been attached to other languages in the past as well. And it's...

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ONE language, FIVE accents - UK vs. USA English - Australian Canadian South African English

pronunciation Sep 02, 2020

This video is about different accents in English.

In this video you will hear native speakers from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. First, the teachers introduce themselves. Then, they each pronounce the same words as the other teachers so you can hear the differences in their pronunciation.

Study with us every day here: https://www.krisamerikos.com/ee

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Still vs. Yet | What's the Difference?

This video is about still and yet.

Speak with me every day here: https://www.krisamerikos.com/ee

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