English In 60 Seconds Stative Verbs

Hi, I’m Teacher Mahya from California KL. Today’s lesson is on Stative Verbs.

Stative verbs describe states rather than actions and we don’t generally use them in the present continuous form.

We may use them to talk about states, mental actions, feelings and senses.

For instance:

We’d say “I think she’s smart.” NOT “I’m thinking she’s smart.”

Depending on the situation, sometimes stative verbs can be used in the present continuous form.
For instance:

“I have a daughter.” [describes a state of possession] BUT “I am having lunch.” [describes an action]

Some other stative verbs are see, understand, love and hate.
Can you think of more?

English In 60 Seconds (“vital” And “crucial”)

Hi, this is teacher Mateen from California KL, and welcome to English in 60 Seconds.

Often times when presenting an argument in an essay, we use the phrase “very important”.

  • For example “It is very important for us to conserve the environment” Instead of using “very important”,

we could use better words such as “vital” or “crucial.”

  • For example, “It is crucial for us to conserve the environment”.

A couple of other words often used in writing are “advantages and disadvantages”, or “pros and cons”

  • For example, “There are many advantages and disadvantages to using digital currency” Instead,

you can say “There are many benefits and drawbacks to using digital currency”

  • Benefits meaning, advantages; and drawbacks, meaning disadvantages.

That’s all for today’s quick lesson,

I hope you start using these words in your essay writing.

ENGLISH in 60 Seconds *GRAMMAR LESSON* – Participle Adjectives

Hi, I’m Teacher Mahya from California KL. Today, let’s look at Participle Adjectives.

1. Past participle adjectives end in ‘ed’ and are used to describe how a person feels.

  • Bored
  • Amazed
  • Interested

2. Present participle adjectives end in ‘ing’ and are used to describe how something is (not how someone feels).

  • Boring
  • Amazing
  • Interesting

“I was so bored and I didn’t know what to do.”

(You’re describing how you felt)

“Everyone thinks Kevin is boring except me.”

(You’re describing Kevin and his personality, not how he or you feel)

Good luck!

“Order of Adjectives”

When you want to describe something, you need to follow a specific sequence. 8 types of adjectives are placed as:

1- Opinion

2- Size

3- Age

4- Shape

5- Color

6- Origin

7- Material

8- Purpose

You might not need to use all these adjectives in one sentence very frequently but let’s imagine that you want to describe your cat to your friend very precisely.

Here the order of the adjectives will go I have a cute little 2-year fluffy brown Persian cat.

Or

if you want to describe a bag, you would say I need a nice big round brown Italian leather bag.

Now that you know the order, color up your sentences with more adjectives.

English in 60 Seconds –  homophones verbs in English

Hello everyone, this is a California KL school lesson – English in 60 Seconds – and it’s going to be very interesting. Listen and watch carefully!

We will look at the two verbs in English which are homophones, which means that they sound the same, but obviously have a different meaning.

The first one is the verb

1. to lie, a regular verb so we have lie, lied, lied, which means to say something untrue.

Example:
He always lies.
You’re lying and that’s not good.
He lied about his age.

The second verb is

2. to lie, but it is an irregular verb so we have lie, lay, lain, which means to be in a horizontal or resting position.

Example:
He lay on the sofa all day yesterday.
I’m just going to lie down for a few minutes.
Her great success has lain in her willingness.
My cat loves lying on the bed.

Try to use these verbs as often as an opportunity presents itself, because practice makes perfect.

English in 60 Seconds Lesson no. 4

Hello, my name is Enida from California KL school and today we would look at some expressions with the verb ‘to go’.

Go + noun / gerund

  • Go home 🏠
    Go swimming 🏊‍♂
    Go shopping 🛍

For example: I go swimming every day.

Go to + noun

  • Go to school 🎒
    Go to work 🏢
    Go to bed 🛌

Example: I go to bed at 9pm every evening.

Go to the + noun

  • Go to the toilet 🚽
    Go to the cinema 🎥
    Go to the hospital 🏨

Example: I often go to the cinema with my friends.

English in 60 Seconds Lesson no. 3

Hello my name is Enida from California KL school and today we will look at a rule in English when we want to say that something is more than what we expected it to be without comparing it to something else.
We can do that by using the intensifier ‘too’.

Here is an example with this simple sentence to make it all clear:

This is an expensive desk.

You’ll see that the indefinite article is before the adjective and the noun.

Now, you want to say that it is more expensive than you expected it to be, but you don’t want to compare it to something else.
In that situation you’ll say:

This is too expensive a desk.

Note the position of the indefinite article: it is not before the adjective anymore, but is now after the adjective and right before the noun, and this is because we have the intensifier ‘too’.

Other examples:

This is too complicated an issue to discuss without our manager.
This is not too difficult a lesson for me to understand.

Enjoy and play with the English language.

60 SECONDS ENGLISH GRAMMAR LESSON – Play, Do and Go for Sports

Hi, I’m Teacher Mahya from California KL.
Today, let’s learn about using the verbs ‘play’, ‘do’ and ‘go’ for sports.

1. We use the verb ‘play’ for competitive sports played against an opponent or team.
For example: Let’s play tennis.
We love playing football.

2. The verb ‘do’ is used for recreational activities that have no teams and are played without a ball.
For example: They did gymnastics when they were young.
He’s doing yoga later.

3. The verb ‘go’ is used for activities ending in -ing.
For example: He goes swimming every day.
I want to go bowling.

Good luck!

English in 60 Seconds grammar lesson “Present Continuous for Future Arrangements”

Hi, I’m Enida from CaliforniaKL and today we’ll look at another present tense which can be used to express future.

We can use Present Continuous to talk about future arrangements.

  • Future arrangements are plans that you have agreed with another person.

For example: I am meeting my friend this evening.

I am playing football with my colleagues from work this weekend.

  • Future arrangements are plans that you organized with a company.

For example: I am flying to New York next month. (Arranged with an airline company)

I am working during the summer holidays. (Arranged with employer)

  • Sometimes we do not have to say who we have plans with.

For example: What are you doing over summer holidays?

  • I am learning English this summer.

English in 60 seconds – grammar lesson “Would Rather”

Hi I am teacher Adam from California KL

Welcome to 60 seconds English grammar lesson.Today I’d like to talk about when and how to use ‘would rather’. We use would rather to state preferences followed by the base form of a verb.

For example,

she would rather see a comedy film. We would rather play basketball. We can also use the contracted form of would with subject pronouns such as I’d rather go to an Italian restaurant or he’d rather stay home tonight. We can also use would rather to a ask question about what someone may like to do. Would you rather watch an action movie or a drama?

We use had better and the base form of the verb to warn of a possible negative result. it is a stronger form of advice than should.

For example,

they had better make a reservation right away,  why, because the hotel is almost full.

Another example,

you had better not check-out late, why, because there is a late checkout fee. Now I will speak about should. We use should plus the base form of a verb to give suggestions or advice.

For example,

you should make reservations right away. Or, she shouldn’t forget her passport. While forming a question, the negative form shouldn’t is more common in questions than had better.

For example,

‘Shouldn’t we call the airline first? ‘ We’d better. There could be delays. Or, We’d better not, there’s no time.

Thank you

English in 60 Seconds – Simple present for future events

Most students understand the simple present form is used to discuss facts, habits, and routines.

-I brush my teeth every day.

-He listens to classical music in the morning.

-The Earth is round.

However, the simple present can be used to speak about future events that are definitely scheduled.

  • The flight leaves at 2 pm tomorrow.

  • Your class begins at 9 the next week.

Since we are talking about a fixed schedule, we can use the simple present to discuss future events.

Can you think about other examples of using simple present for future events?

English in 60 Seconds – The 3 words Idle, idol and ideal are a little confusing.

Idle means something not in use, empty or doing nothing.

  • Are you an idle student?

Idle is an adjective and basically means Lazy or doing nothing.

Idol is a noun and it is used to say that someone is excessively admired.

  • American Idol

Ideal is also an adjective and It means something is perfect or the most suitable.

  • The swimming pool is ideal for a quick dip.