Fillers in English are common, each one of use some or the other filler in spoken English. Fillers are words used to fill in gaps in a conversation to avoid awkward silence. We generally use fillers when we are not able to remember the correct word at that moment in a conversation. In this English speaking lesson with Meera, you will learn how to stop using the word ‘like’ and learn better word replacements.
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Hey guys, welcome back to Let’s Talk, this is me Meera. Today like, I’m gonna talk like, about like a lot of things, because ‘like’… I think you must have guessed by now. So basically we used, we use ‘like’ so often and not as a verb form, like not ‘to like’, we use that as a filler and that is why I’ve mentioned avoid seeing ‘like’ especially as a filler. Now I have few sentences for you, wherein and I have mentioned how we use ‘like’ as a filler and then I’m going to give you options for the same, as to how you can completely remove ‘like’ and what you can replace it with, okay? So let’s quickly begin guys, I’m very excited for this because these days everybody says ‘like’ so many times and I actually count on my fingers, especially if you are my student and if you’re saying ‘like’, believe me it’s going to cost you a dollar or a penny for every ‘like’ that you say, do you want that to happen? Well if you don’t, continue watching this video and let’s begin with the first sentence, “I was like… I want to buy this” basically you’re using ‘like’ in a conversation or to mention a conversation that happened previously or just a while ago. Now let’s take a look at here, what is exactly that you want to say? You want to say that you’re just saying or someone just said that someone wants to buy this. Maybe you wanted to probably express certain emotions or certain sensitivity behind it, so let’s take a look at words which we can completely replace. So instead of saying, “I was like… I want to buy this”, “I was so excited” instead, let’s just say, “I said, I want to buy this”, I mean how basic can the grammar get, as basic as your first standard or your fifth standard whatever. But ‘said’ is something that you can go along with without making a mistake. Well probably someone yelled, so you can say, “I yelled at her” or if you’re taking this sentence, “I yelled, I want to buy this, I want to buy this”, you know or “I screamed”, or you can simply say that, “I wish, I wanted to buy that”, I just wished, right? So these are the simple words that you can replace especially when it comes to conversation. What I would do is, I’ll give you another sentence for the same conversation, I was “he was like, let’s go there”, alright? Let’s go there, he was like. Alright, now how can you replace all of this? Basically you need to add a lot of emotions to an expression to this, “he said”, alright? “He expressed, let’s go there” or “he wanted to go there”, see how I’ve changed the sentence, “he expressed” or “he wanted to go there” or “he mentioned, let’s go there”, right? Mentioned. See how we have used different words and avoided the word ‘like’ as a filler completely. Similarly there’s something else that I have, “I think we need ‘like’ $500 for the trip”. Basically you’re talking about an approximation here. You’re talking about a certain, it could be time, “it was like 12:00 a.m. in the night” or “it was like 12:00 a.m. at midnight” is something that you want to say, but ‘like’ is a filler guys, please remember you do not need to use ‘like’. Well what do we need then? We need certain adverbs. Now what kind of adverbs? So we can say, “we need ‘about’ $500”, so about $500. “We need slightly around $500”, see how I used two adverbs, so ‘slightly’, ‘around’, of course ‘approximately’ is one of them, “we need ‘roughly’ $500”, so ‘roughly’, ‘somewhat’, (somewhat-somewhat). Similarly like I said before, here ‘like’ is correct because I use it as a verb. Now these are the adverbs that we can replace it with ‘$500’. Similarly when you want to talk about time, right and you do not know the exact time so you can always say, “‘around’ 12 a.m.”, ‘roughly’, ‘near’, right? “Near 500”, $500 or something… So these are the words that you can fill in without using ‘like’, we are replacing ‘like’ and I want all of you to start using different adverbs and adjectives in place of ‘like’, alright? Well, let’s move ahead, next up we have a phrase, now we use phrases quite a lot in our daily life sentences as well, so here I’m speaking, “Nina was like, mind your own business”. Did Nina just say it, ‘mind your own business’ without any expression? I doubt that because this is a pretty heavy phrase and whenever someone is saying this phrase that person definitely has certain expressions, right? So what are these expressions like, so Nina could have snarled as in pointed out and with of irritation and anger must have snarled at some one saying, ‘mind your own business’ so I would say, “Nina snarled, mind your own business” right? Or I can simply say, “Nina cried, and said mind your own business”, here I’m using ‘cried’ as a verb as well as ‘said’, right? Both verbs. So, “Nina cried, mind own business”. We can always use, “Nina screamed”. Well let’s take another phrase “Nina was on cloud number 9”, right? “Nina was on cloud number 9”. “Nina was like, on cloud number 9” is something people might say, here I can actually use other objectives and expressions to express how happy she was, how excited she was. So I can always say, “Nina was excited”, “Nina was happy, she was on cloud number 9”. You do not need to say ‘like’ for everything. Well, “Nina was like, mind your own business”, “Nina snarled, mind your own business”, “Nina screamed, mind your own business” as simple as that without using the word ‘like’. Alright guys, you’re doing very well, if you’re penning it down, if you’re writing it down or if you’re trying to remember this that, “hey I’m not going to use the word ‘like’” and just try to test yourself, try to put in one dollar or one penny with each ‘like’ in your piggy bank or just use your own test methods to not say this word, stop saying ‘like’ and with that I would like to take you guys to the last sentence that I have over here, “I was like so hungry”, doesn’t this happen to you guys? I have heard so many people use ‘like’ to just express what they feel or what they are feeling right now. “I was like, so hungry”, instead you just need to say, “I was famished” or some people might say, “I was like…” so happy, just say, remove ‘like’ and ‘so’ and use, “I was excited”, right? See how we’re replacing so many things, we used ‘famished’, we used ‘excited’, right? We used, “I was like, so tired”, right? Another, “I was like so tired”, “I was exhausted”. And this is how we have replaced all these words. We have used ‘famish’, ‘excited’, ‘exhausted’… there are so many lessons on this very channel about how to replace all these things, go ahead and take a look at that but make sure that even when you’re talking about a conversation ‘like’ so, if you’re talking about approximation like so, when you’re talking about $500 or time or when you’re talking about phrases such as this very one, this one right here then, a normal sentence where you are talking to your friend and you are so hungry or you’re like so sad or you’re like so angry, right? We are not going to say ‘like’ or ‘so like’ instead we have replaced it with different adjectives to express yourself much better to make your English flawless and smooth. Well this is it for today guys, I hope you have enjoyed this, I will make sure that I come up with another lesson when we talk about, “how to completely avoid saying like”, right? I know it’s a problem with so many out there, I will try and help you for the same, but until then make sure that you’re practicing to avoid saying all of this and I will be back with another lesson, until then keep practicing, keep smiling, I will see you very soon, this is me Meera signing off for the day guys, ciao.