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Let's see if you know these native phrases. English learners and native English speakers
use different vocabulary because they learn different vocabulary. In classroom, English
learners are usually learning more formal, textbook English, but native speakers are
learning the casual conversational speech that you really find in movies and TV shows.
So let's take a look at some things that learners say and compare these to what natives actually
say in conversations. The first one is, "I agree." Now, this is
perfectly fine to use in a conversation, but if you want to sound much more natural and
expressive, you can say, "You can say that again." You can say that again. So we're agreeing
with someone, but we're saying we agree so much that we want that person to actually
repeat themselves. So as an example, I might be in a room with a friend of mine and he
says, "Wow, it's really hot in here." I could say, "Yes, I agree." Or he says, "Wow, it's
really hot in here." I say, "You could say that again." You could say that again. Here's
some other native examples. This place was in the time of Jesus. Brother,
you can say that again, Dennis! The RNA World Hypothesis is extremely unlikely.
Yeah, you can say that again! She’s a witch. A real with, isn’t she?
Yeah, you can say that again. Next, an English learner might say something
like, "I have one more to do," and this is something you would use in a situation where
you're building something, making something, have a project where you're doing a few things.
As an example, maybe you are making doors in your house, so you have to make five doors,
and you have already made four, and you have one more left to make. But a very simple way
that natives use, and we can use this in slightly different ways depending on the numbers, is,
"One down, one to go." As an example with the doors, maybe I have four down, one to
go. So when you finish something, you have some kind of project or you're building many
of the same thing. If I'm making shirts in my office, I might say, "Four shirts down,
one to go." So down, meaning you finished that thing. So one down, one to go. One down,
one finished, and one left to do. Here's some more native examples.
OK. One down, one to go. One dream down, one to go.
Two down, one to go. One down, a couple thousand to go.
Next, a non-native might say that's rare, unusual, weird or surprising, but a more interesting
native way of saying this is, "That's something you don't see every day." That's something
you don't see every day. Now, you'll hear this as "That's something you don't see every
day" or, "There's something you don't see every day." So if I see a horse walking down
the street on just two legs and he goes into a coffee store, I'm very surprised by that.
I say, "Wow, that's something you don't see every day." That's something you don't see
every day. Now, you will hear this used sarcastically
by natives as well. So, as an example, if my child usually doesn't clean up their room
and one day they do clean it up, I might say, "Oh, well, that's something you don't see
every day." So I'm being a little bit sarcastic. I'm actually happy that my child cleaned up
their room. But again, it's something we say when it's rare or surprising. Here are some
more native examples. It goes without saying that this is something
you don’t see every day. It’s real interesting to see. It’s something
you don’t see every day. Even footage from his PhD viva, which is something
you don’t see every day. Now there’s something you don’t see every
day. This next one is really interesting, and this
is when you were talking about something that you are known for or that you are proud of,
usually something that you make. In the English way of describing this is, "This is my famous
such-and-such," so whatever that is. So you'll hear this often used with food. If I'm going
to a party and I meet other people there, and each person is bringing some special food
that they make, where they're known for, I can say, "This is my famous potato salad,"
or, "This is my mom's famous bread something." So whatever that thing happens to be, you'll
see a lot of examples. I'll share some with you now, but the point is instead of saying
something like this is a dish that my mother made when I was growing up. So something that's
a little bit longer and more difficult to say, you can more easily express yourself
if you just say, "This is my famous something," or "This is my mother's famous, or my friend's
famous something." Let's look at a few examples. We're right on schedule for my famous party
trick. And, of course, my famous 1982 book Negotiating
the Curriculum. This is my famous Egyptian-inspired table
here. Next, you could say help, like if you are
going to help someone, but a more native and conversational way to say this, especially
if you're talking about a group of people is, "to pitch in." Now this is a phrasal verb
that just means to help, but we're just saying it in a more expressive and natural way. So
if I'm working with a group of people, maybe we are all cleaning up the neighborhood, some
people come over and I say, "Hey, can you pitch in for a little bit?"
Pitch in can also be used for talking about money. So if you have a group of people who
want to buy a birthday gift for someone, "We all pitched in to buy this for you." So each
one of us put in a little bit of money to purchase something, to pitch in. Here are
some examples. We pitch in and we help out.
America only succeeds when we all pitch in and pull together.
People were very willing to pitch in and help each other out. They were very proud of what
they were about to establish. Next, here is a very common situation. A non-native
might say something like, "Now I will try something difficult." And an example might
be, you are learning a magic trick or some other difficult thing like how to play basketball.
Someone is teaching you how to do this and then it's your turn to try it. Now, people
usually say something like, "Okay, I'm going to try this now," or "Wish me luck," or something
like that, because we usually know we're not going to do it well. So, as a way of protecting
yourself and just making it seem that you're not so embarrassed to make a mistake as you're
doing something, you might say instead, this is what an English speaker would say, "Here
goes nothing!" Here goes nothing. Here goes nothing. So this means, I'm going to try something
right now and I will probably fail. But it's kind of my way of protecting myself and again
saving myself from a little embarrassment. I know I'm not going to do that thing very
well, but I'm going to try it anywhere. Here goes nothing. Here goes nothing. Let's look
at some more examples. All right! Here goes nothing!
So, here goes nothing! All right! Here goes nothing! Oh! Jesus Christ!
All right! Here goes nothing! 3, 2, 1… And the last one, this is a very simple thing,
and you will hear the word "hi" from native speakers, but often, in much more casual situations
and even some professional situations, people will greet each other with, "Hey." So a non-native
speaker is usually using more something like hi or hello, a little bit more formal English,
but very casually, even in professional situations you'll hear native saying, "Hey." Hey, Hey.
Here are a few great examples. Hey, Stephen. Hey. How's it going? Good.
Hey! It's good to see you! Hey, Marie. I'm at the stage in my life and
career where networking is super important. Hey, Larry!
Well, I hope you enjoyed this lesson. I just wanted to share a few of these, and if you
like, I can make some more. So do let me know. Post a comment down below this video and let
me know which one of these you didn't know and which of these you enjoyed the most.
If you didn't know some of these, it's because most English lessons don't teach spoken English.
They don't teach the way natives really speak. And this is why many learners often struggle
to understand the casual vocabulary and the fast speech and accents of natives in movies,
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English Learner vs Native Speaker: Real Phrases for Everyday Conversations

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Courtney Shih 發佈於 2020 年 3 月 26 日
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