Speaking English is a bit tricky, even though you know all the grammar rules and vocabulary still you tend to make some common mistakes in spoken English. I have seen not only basic English learners but even the advanced English students making these common errors in spoken English.
In this English lesson with me, Hridhaan, you will learn about 10 Wrongly used English expressions and words and what would be the best alternative to these phrases. I request you to watch this complete English lesson, as it would help you to improve your English and speak English fluently and confidently. If you like this spoken English lesson, give it a thumbs up and drop a comment, mentioning what would you like to learn next, English Grammar, Pronunciation, IELTS or some vocabulary.
Complete Lesson Transcript : –
Hi everybody, wondering who is this new face? Hi everyone again, my name Hridhaan and I am your new spoken English trainer on Let’s Talk. Well I am really excited for this journey because I have, I have created some wonderful, meaningful content for each one of you and let’s get started for the first one that we have for the day and that is “wrongly used words in English”. Well most of us are not native speakers and people make a lot of mistakes because of that when they speak in English, today’s lesson is exactly about that what are those most common mistakes, wrongly used expressions that people, that people use in English and thereby do not communicate exactly, what they are trying to when they as they speak in English, let’s get started. English is not your native language, when you speak in English you make certain errors, here are the topmost errors that people make as they speak in English, these are the wrongly used expressions and phrases that people make as they speak in English. Today’s lesson is entirely about looking at these errors and finding a better and the right alternative that is correctly used in English as we speak. Let’s get started… the first one in the list is, “it is I”. Actually you would be surprised to know that “it is I” is correct but “it is I” is wrongly used and is grammatically incorrect when people use it in their spoken English. It is however, as said by a lot of websites quite correct and also, and also native, by native English in itself is quite correct when it comes to writing. It is used in formal writing but when it comes to speaking in English, it is actually not the preferred way of speaking and communicating the message, the right way is, “it is me”. For example, “it’s me who’s made the mistake”, not it is I who’s made the mistake. People as I said before can as well use it in written English but not actually in spoken English, so make sure that you use your example correctly. Let’s quickly move to the next one, “according to”. Well this is one of the classiest ones that people have problems with, “according to me” is the expression that people use “according to me”, really? We use “according to” for the second person or for the “third person” but not in first person we do not say according to, “according to me” when you have to express your opinion. Instead you say, “in my opinion”, as in how you express, what you feel about something. So make sure that you use “according to” when it comes to second person or third person. For example, according to you or according to let’s say The Times of India that is how we use according to, in second person and third person and in my opinion when it’s always about your opinion but never use, “according to me”, that’s right. Let’s move to the next one “among”. Among has a lot of problems and confusions with the word “between” well what is the difference between the two? Let’s say, if I say the, the important documents are among the books and if I say, the important documents are hidden somewhere between the books, which one is right? Well let me explain this to you using an example, let’s, let’s use this pen, if I say, the pen is between, somewhere between the books, that means there are only two books, there the book here and there is another book here and the pen is somewhere in between, so we said between the books. But when we use among, it could be a lot of books actually, alright? So make sure that you use it correctly. Among is for many, and between is when it is actually stuck between only two things. So make sure you use the right word. Next one is “by”, what is “by”? Let’s say if I say, people speak like this, I am going to New York by London, what do you mean by, I am going to New York by London? The right word to use in this situation is “via” V-I-A, I am going to London but I’m going to New York via London, but not I am going to New York by London. By is actually used for a vehicle, vehicle again a very important error that people make it’s not vehicle, its vehicle. Let’s come back to the point, ‘by’ I am going to New York by let’s say Emirates flight 201, but we do not say I’m going to New York via flight, even that expression is wrong. ‘By’ is used for vehicles and ‘via’ is used for the route basically. The route that you are passing from. This takes us to the next one, “literally” is one word that has become quite prominent quite, quite, quite, quite famous amongst a lot of English speakers. People think that literally means, it is used as an emphasis literally this, literally that, literally etc. etc. but literally has a very, very important meaning. “Literally” primarily means something that is true, but people use it in the wrong context, they say literally is actually something that is used for, exactly… emphasis, which is wrong. Literally means anything that is true. So use it wisely. Let’s move to the next one, “towards”, “afterwards”, “anyways”, have you seen people, have you heard people using these words “towards”, “afterwards”, “anyways”, I think I have seen a lot of people using these words, but what is the problem with, in using these words basically, the problem is that we do not use the “S” with any of these words in English language. So if you’re making a sentence and you’re using any of these words, make sure that you remove the “S” from it, because words with “S”, especially in this context do not exist. So the right ones are, toward, afterward and finally anyway, not towards, afterwards, anyways. Let’s move to the next one, “novel”. People think that any book that they read is a novel, but actually it is not right, a book that is fictitious, a book that is based on a story which is not real, unreal that is called and referred to as a novel. So a fiction story is a novel, any book that you read is not a novel, for example yesterday I was reading a book that’s that says, that says, how to teach, “how to learn English”, now that book is not a novel, that is actually a real book, talking about real knowledge, so that is not a novel. A novel is a fictional story that you read. Let’s move to the second last one in the list for today, we have “suppose to”. A lot of people when they speak in English, when they speak, when they try speaking fluently, which is very good one must do that people say, “supposed to” but can you see what is the error here? The error actually is not using the “ed” with “suppose to”. Now this phrase makes sense supposed to is used like this I was supposed to reach the office by 1 o’clock but people remove the da the ‘D’ in it and people say I was ‘suppose to’ reach the office by 1 o’clock, which is wrong English supposed to means that you were meant to do that, that you were actually expected to do that. So it is always with ‘D’, supposed to. One very important trick here, when you speak in English the ‘D’ gets silent so make sure whenever you are writing automatically the ‘D’ should be there but in speaking even if it gets silent it’s totally alright when you’re speaking the sentence in fluency and fast as well. Let’s move to the next one, who do you think it is a female fiancé or a male fiancé? When, I have the answer for you, when you add only one ‘e’ it is the “male fiancé” and this problem basically arises when people write this word in English and the people refer to a female, no-no! That is not right. Whenever you write fiancé with a single ‘e’ for female, that is wrong English, it is with a single ‘e’ for male, but the moment you add ‘ee’ to it, that’s when it becomes right for a female. That is all we have for all the wrongly used words that we use, that people use most of the times in English. I hope this lesson helped you in understanding language better and please do make sure that you use all of these phrases correctly as you, as you speak in English. Now you have to do something important, if you liked the video, I’d like each one of you to please put in a comment and do let me know whatever you’d like to study next and also do subscribe to my channel take care, god bless and shine bright.