Improving English fluency takes time and effort. It requires you to learn new English vocabulary and use better English words in your everyday English conversations. In today’s English speaking practice lesson with Michelle, you will learn word replacements for ‘Very’. Very is a very common word added before adjectives to increase the intensity. But is ‘Very’ the only word, It’s time you move from Basic English to Advanced English and speak English fluently and confidently by using better words in your conversations.
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Very crowded, very beautiful, very lovely, very rainy, and very amazing… how many times do you use “very” in a day? Very many times, right? How does it sound to hear the word “very” from me so many times? You’d be like, “Oh! I think she doesn’t know enough words.” Well if you use the word “very” these many times, then the listener will also think that you don’t know good words. That’s what “very” does to you. It completely spoils your vocabulary and people think that you don’t know enough English and that’s why you keep on using the word “very”. Okay, so what are we going to do today? I am going to help you improve your English by helping you kick out “very” from your vocabulary and get in some very interesting words that you can use to replace “very”. So if you want to learn all these words, then keep watching this amazing lesson with me, my name is Michelle and you’re watching me on Let’s Talk. Okay so as you can see that we have all these “verys” on the board and we need to kick them out, so what do we do? Let’s start, let’s look at the first word that we have and this is “very rainy”. Okay do you like rain? I love rain and guess what last night it was raining heavily. But how does it sound when I say that? Okay let me try it again, ‘last night it was pouring’, yes, you’re smart. Pouring means it was raining heavily or it was very rainy, okay? So, very rainy as pouring. Do you know where this comes from? Okay have you ever asked anyone, ‘please pour me a glass of water’ yes, that’s where it comes from. It means to ask someone to put some water in your glass. That’s where this word comes from, pouring alright? Now when it’s very rainy and it’s pouring like it was last night what did I do? Well as simple as that I went into the rain and got soaked. Okay socked is another word that you can use in English to replace “very”. So this word is “very wet”. When something is very wet, it’s soaked, which means that there is so much water that it’s dropping out of your body. So if you’re dripping with water you’re basically soaked or drenched, okay? Soaked or drenched. Think about a cotton ball, if you put it in a glass of water it’ll become soaked. That’s how it will happen to you when you go out when it’s pouring, okay? So don’t get soaked because if you get soaked then you will become frail, uh-uh, “frail”, now we have another word. Well this word is another word that you can use to kick very in this pair. “Very weak” means frail in English, okay? Frail. So if you feel that you are sick and you’re not doing well, you could say that I’ve been sick for past two weeks and I feel frail… okay which means I feel very weak. Or you could say that, ‘what happened to you? You look kind of frail today’ which means you look weak. Okay so this is how you use these three words to kick “very” out of your vocabulary. Now we move to the next one which is “very slow” or “very fast”. Okay I need to tell the secret now, my phone these days is working real slow. So if I need to tell you guys that my phone is working very slow, I wouldn’t say it like that, okay? I would instead use a very nice word to say that, which is, ‘my phone is sluggish these days’, which means that it’s very slow. So very slow means sluggish. So if you are also facing the same problem and you want to take your phone to the service center, what will you go and say there? You go there and tell them that ‘my phone is sluggish these days what can I do about it’ which means it’s very slow and if you have someone in your family who is like kind of lazy you could say that ‘hey you’re so sluggish’ that’s how you use it. Okay now the opposite of very slow is very fast, okay? Of course we all know that but what do you think can we use in English to replace very fast, well okay have you heard the word “swift” yeah? That’s the name of a hatchback car Swift and it’s also sedan, so that’s where this word comes from. It comes from a car which is Swift. Swift in English means something which is very fast. So fast can be called as Swift. Okay so either sluggish or Swift these are the two opposites that you can use to talk about very slow or very fast. Now let’s move to the next one “very busy”. What happens during Christmas? How do the streets look and how do the malls look? Don’t they look very busy, right? They do, isn’t it? So you can say very busy to such a place. Or if you think you are very busy, then what will you say? ‘I am very busy, I can’t do these assignments’, okay? In such a situation you would say that, ‘I’m swamped and I can’t do these assignments’, which means that you have so much work to do, that you can’t do the assignments. So very busy can be replaced by swamped. Swamped is almost like you have all the work falling on top of you and you don’t know where to start, where to end. Now the next one is “very crowded”. So as I was talking that if the streets are packed on Christmas, you often say that they are very crowded, okay? But instead of that you could also say that ‘the streets are packed’, which means that there’s not even the space to move an inch, okay? Because you see people all around the place, people are out buying gifts. So very crowded could stand for packed. You could say that the malls are packed during Christmas so I don’t like to go shopping that time. Okay now let’s kick very further away which is “very happy”. So what do we use to replace “very” here? And there’s a very interesting word which is “thrilled”. So when you’re very excited or very happy like I am right now, that’s when you use thrilled. So if you give a good news to somebody they usually become very happy to find out about it, like last Sunday, you could say ‘last Sunday I got the news of my admission in Atlanta and my aunt was thrilled to hear about it’, which means she got excited and so happy about it. Okay now with that we move to the next one which is “very scary”. Do you like horror movies? Well I really don’t like them. Okay have you seen this movie, ‘The Ring’ well that’s a horror movie which is very, very scary, okay? Now when I want to talk about that movie I will say that ‘the movie is horrifying’, okay? Instead of saying very scary I would choose to say that it’s horrifying. Okay now let’s move to the other side of the board and look at some more phrases that we have, “very good”. Okay so the only thing that I can think about when I read this pair of my friend Josh okay, he’s got amazing math skills like you take any problem to him and he would solve it and I always tell him that, your math skills are outstanding’, okay? Which means that they are very good. So you can use “outstanding” or “mind-blowing”. So you could use outstanding or mind-blowing for something which is so good, okay? Now the next one is “very lucky”. Now as I was telling you about my friend Josh who’s got great math skills, I am very lucky to have him as a friend because whenever I have a problem I run to him, okay? So very lucky I could say that, ‘I’m fortunate to have a friend like Josh’, which means I’m very lucky. So “fortunate” okay now the next one is “very brave”. What kind of a person are you, brave or not brave? Okay if you are a brave person you could say that I don’t have any fear and who is such a person? So a person who does not have fear is called “fearless” and that’s the word you can use to replace very brave. Are you a fearless person? Let me know in the comments. Okay now “very respected”. Okay this is used for an institution or an organization which is respected by everyone around the world. Which university can you think of which is highly respected? Well to my mind the first one is Harvard University. If somebody gets admission in Harvard University, it’s just amazing, right? And you would possibly tell them in response, ‘hey you got admission in Harvard, that’s the most prestigious university in the world’. You got me right, so if you want to replace “very respected” you will say “prestigious” which means very respected or recognized. Prestigious. Okay so this is the word for you prestigious. The next one is “very sincere”. Okay now if you compliment your friend that wow you got admission in the most prestigious university he would want to thank you okay and he might say ‘my heartfelt thanks to you’, which means I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, okay? These are called sincere thanks or honest and truthful thanks. So very sincere can be translated into “heartfelt”, okay? Which means from the bottom of my heart. So if someone has helped you, you could say that my heartfelt thanks to you for helping me. Okay so if you think that all that I’m saying is just so correct and so spot-on, so accurate then you would tell me Michelle you’re saying the exact thing that’s the word you use to replace very with accurate. So if something is so correct so accurate you say that it’s “exact” okay? Exact. Now if you want to impress your girl by giving her a compliment and that too by using good vocabulary, instead of telling her tomorrow that you look beautiful or you look very beautiful you could tell her ‘you look gorgeous today’, okay? That’s another word that you can use in place of “very beautiful” and we will end this lesson on an important note and that note is how do we replace the word very with important? So anything which is extremely important in English is also known as “vital”, okay? V-i-t-a-l vital. But remember we don’t start the word with a ‘Y’ but we started with a ‘V’. So vital meets something very important. Can you think of something very important? Well I can think of paying attention during driving, isn’t it important? So you’ll say that ‘it’s vital to pay attention while driving’. Whoa! Here we are, you’ve already kicked “very” out of your vocabulary, congratulations! So in this lesson today you have finally learned how to replace the word “very” with some ‘very’… no, extremely useful words in English. So thank you so much for watching this lesson with me, I’ll see you guys soon in another lesson till then you keep smiling and enjoy your time, bye-bye.