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  • Rachel: I recently celebrated reaching one million subscribers.

  • You helped me get there.

  • So in this video I'm gonna share scenes from the party where we celebrated in New York

  • City.

  • As many of you know, back in September I reached one million subscribers, and then in December

  • YouTube threw me a party where I got to meet some of you.

  • It was an amazing night I loved every minute of it.

  • And as a part of that party I gave a presentation.

  • A thank you presentation to my fans, my friends, and my family.

  • And you have been an integral part of my channel growing, so I want to thank you too, and I

  • want to show you the presentation that I gave at my party.

  • Now of course, any time an American is speaking, it's possible that an idiom or a phrasal verb

  • will come up.

  • And as I watched my presentation, I realized that I used some of these.

  • So while you're watching the presentation, when I use an idiom or a phrasal verb, I'm

  • going to stop the presentation and we're going to talk about that, we're going to teach that,

  • so you'll learn idioms and phrasal verbs that come up naturally in American English conversation

  • as you watch this presentation.

  • Thank you so much for coming.

  • So what I wanted tonight to be about was thank you.

  • I’ve put together a little thank you presentation and I'm going to be thanking three groups

  • of people: YouTube, my fans, my friends and family.

  • So to start, YouTube.

  • That's an obvious one.

  • YouTube is awesome and they have I feel like really taken the time to invest in me ... YouTube

  • Youtube is awesome and they have I feel like really taken the time to invest in me, which has

  • been special.

  • I've been in two different YouTube programs.

  • They gifted me some technology, some cameras, but the biggest gift they gave me was friendships

  • of other YouTubers, which is what grew out of the program that I was in, was getting

  • to know other people and more than anything that is why I'm still doing this really are

  • those friendships.

  • And also, I don't know if Matt is here.

  • I wanted to thank Matt and NanaAmma for helping me plan this event.

  • And Matt has managely ran the first YouTube program that I did like six years ago and

  • works in this space, worked in the old space and has just always been a friendly face.

  • So thank you Matt so much for just helping me feel like a part of the family and helping

  • me feel like very welcomed at YouTube.

  • Matt: Of course.

  • Rachel: Thank you.

  • Matt: Thank you. Rachel: Okay. Thank you YouTube.

  • Oh yeah.

  • So I almost forgot this part.

  • It's a good thing I put together slides.

  • So now I'm going to tell you my YouTube story in two minutes.

  • Or a little bit longer, depending on how longwinded I get.

  • Or a little bit longer, depending on how longwinded I get.

  • Okay so it all started with this guy who I actually haven't been in touch with since

  • before I even started my channel.

  • I think it's probably time for me to reach out to him.

  • His name is Giray and he's Turkish and we were living in Germany together studying German.

  • And so he was interested in language, and Hollywood is this amazing exporter of the

  • American accent and he was interested in sounding more American.

  • So you know, me being one of the few Americans there, he asked me to help him, and I was

  • giving him some tips.

  • And he said, "Oh, you're really good at that," and I thought, "Really?

  • Okay."

  • I'm not even really sure what inspired me, but I got home and I started making videos.

  • So this is in my dorm room.

  • You can do the next slide David.

  • This is in my dorm in Germany.

  • It's the first video I ever posted.

  • And you can see it was 2008, like over nine years ago, and I shot it on my laptop and

  • like the fan is spinning and it's like right by the mic and it is horrible.

  • This video is no longer on YouTube, like no one can see it.

  • But just for fun we'll watch just five seconds of it.

  • Video: And V is voiced.

  • Make it sound with your vocal cords.

  • Rachel: So thank god I learned how to smile on camera and thank god for increased production

  • value.

  • So, when I left Germany after my time to study was up, it was 2008 and like many people in

  • the world at that time I lost my job as the economy was sort of going south.

  • And so what do you do when you're not sure where to live and you've lost your job?

  • You live with your parents, which is what I did.

  • So for the next 10 months I worked full time on Rachel's English and I chose this beautiful

  • set of closet doors to be my backdrop.

  • And so this is where I really kind of dug in for 10 months doing it full time.

  • And it was during this time that something amazing happened, which is people started

  • watching my videos.

  • So that was about here.

  • This is the year I was living with my parents and it was like hundreds of people a day where

  • watching these videos.

  • I couldn't believe it.

  • And of those people some of them were actually contacting me and saying, “Could you help

  • me with my accent?”

  • And so I started teaching some people on Skype and from there it just sort of built.

  • I made some videos, I taught, and it was in the teaching that I really learned what I

  • was doing.

  • It was not in front of the camera.

  • It was with the students.

  • And so then they gave me more ideas about a better way to teach something or what might

  • be hard for somebody, so I made more videos, more people came, and it just sort of went

  • like that.

  • And another thing that started happening is I started paying really close attention to

  • what Americans do, which people never really do that with their own native language unless

  • they're a language teacher maybe, and I just started realizing why Americans are so hard

  • to understand.

  • And like when David and I started dating and I would point these things out, he would just

  • be like, “Oh my god.

  • How can anybody learn English?

  • It's insane what we do to language when we're speaking.”

  • You can go the next slide.

  • And so I started having more fun with language, noticing what was happening and a couple years

  • later at Kmart, which is a major retailer here in the US, came out with an ad where

  • they were using like as the main point of their ad campaign a pronunciation joke.

  • And I was like, “This is incredible.”

  • Of course, I thought it was the funniest thing ever, and so I made a video explaining why

  • the pronunciation joke was funny.

  • And let's just watch a little clip.

  • Video: In the commercial, Kmart takes advantage of our use of stop consonants in American

  • English.

  • They use the word ship to sound like the word shit in the idiom to shit your pants.

  • Rachel: So I started having more fun with it and I think the videos just become morefun, I became more relaxed and I got to know more and more what I was doing.

  • So that is my YouTube story in two minutes.

  • Was that longer than two minutes?

  • It probably was.

  • You can go, hit to the next slide.

  • Okay, Yes.

  • So this is the story of my channel, slow and steady.

  • I never had a viral video.

  • It's just always been learning from the people who were learning from me to understand how

  • to better teach and relate to students and that kind of thing.

  • So, now slow and steady after nine years got me to a million people, which is incredible.

  • So now I just really want to take a minute to thank the people in this room who ... raise

  • your hand if you are not friends and family.

  • You only know me from my YouTube channel.

  • That is amazing.

  • I don’t even know what to say.

  • I mean just incredible thanks to you.

  • I recognize that time is the most precious resource we have and that you guys have chosen

  • to spend your time with me, your educational time with me, just to say, “This person

  • knows what she's doing enough, I’m going to subscribe, I'm going to come back and watch

  • another video,” is just, it’s incredible.

  • And I can't thank you guys enough for doing that.

  • So I just want to get to know you guys a little bit more here in the moment.

  • How many of you maybe found my channel somewhat recently, and maybe you've been watching for

  • like a year or less?

  • Wow.

  • Anyone one to two years?

  • Two to three?

  • Three to four?

  • Anyone in here watching for over four years?

  • Wow.

  • That’s awesome.

  • I also just want to acknowledge that I know that some people had to travel a little bit

  • to be here.

  • So well, first of all, raise your hand if you live in one of the five boroughs because

  • you guys know I'm jealous because you know it’s my favorite place on earth.

  • What ifDid anyone have to travel a little further like two, around two hours or three?

  • Anyone travel three to four hours?

  • Anyone travel four hours?

  • Five?

  • Where did you come from?

  • Speaker 4: Egypt.

  • Rachel: You came here?

  • You came to this?

  • Wow.

  • Are you doing anything else in New York?

  • I hope so.

  • Okay.

  • Egypt and did anyone else travel like from another country?

  • Wow.

  • Okay, where did you travel from?

  • Speaker 5: From Montreal.

  • Rachel: Montreal.

  • Are you the one that I was emailing?

  • Speaker 5: Yes.

  • Rachel: Okay, awesome.

  • Okay, who else was from another country?

  • Speaker 6: From Saudi Arabia.

  • Rachel: Saudi Arabia.

  • Did you come here for this event?

  • Speaker 6: I came here for an exam and I was lucky to have this event.

  • Rachel: Okay.

  • I’m glad it worked out.

  • I’m glad it worked out.

  • Who else is from another country?

  • Speaker 7: From China.

  • Rachel: From China?

  • Speaker 7: Yeah.

  • Just for the party and just feel like Rachel: Just for the party.

  • How long are you staying?

  • How long are you staying?

  • Speaker 7: Three days in New York.

  • Rachel: Three days.

  • Okay, and then you're going to travel around?

  • Speaker 7: Yeah, a little bit.

  • Rachel: A little bit.

  • Awesome.

  • Welcome.

  • Thank you.

  • Where were the other country hands?

  • Who else came from another country today to be here?

  • Where are you from?

  • Speaker 8: From Canada, Toronto.

  • Rachel: From Toronto.

  • Awesome.

  • Welcome.

  • Where there a couple of other hands?

  • I don’t want to miss anybody.

  • Speaker 9: Australia.

  • Rachel: Austria or Australia?

  • Speaker 9: Australia.

  • Rachel: Australia.

  • Oh my god.

  • That is an incredibly long flight.

  • Did you come just for this?

  • Or you were in town and it worked out?

  • Speaker 9: I will be here for about four weeks.

  • Rachel: Okay, awesome.

  • Welcome.

  • Did I miss anybody?

  • It's like it's kind of hard to see you.

  • I might need some like serious waving going on.

  • The lights are right in my eyes.

  • No?

  • Okay, well.

  • Wow.

  • I do not know what to say.

  • Well, first, I will say in case anyone's wondering there is going to be a moment for meeting

  • me everybody after this, so know that that is coming.

  • So guys, thank you.

  • I'm not sure what else to say other than thank you.

  • You spend this precious resource with me and you uplift me with your comments and so thank

  • you.

  • This is really a celebration of you, one million of you, so

  • Speaker 10: I’d like to say thank you.

  • Rachel: Youre welcome.

  • Okay, so let's get real.

  • I think that one of the things that makes my channel special is that I use real English

  • conversation in it.

  • And so I need to thank my friends and family for that because I'm not very good at having

  • an interesting conversation by myself.

  • I need to have other people there as a part of it.

  • And so to my friends and family who are here, raise your hand if youre friends and family.

  • Beautiful people.

  • So to you guys I just want to say look to everyone who is here and just know that these

  • are the people who you have made a positive impact on their lives by doing this.

  • And behind me now is a reel of videos.

  • So one thing that I do every so often for the past several years is I'll do a video

  • challenge where I will ask people to make me a video on a certain topic and send it

  • to me and it’s the ideas you practice your English.

  • I put them all together and then it's a way for us to get to know other people in the

  • Rachel's English community.

  • And so not only are the people who are physically present here, people you've impacted, but

  • these are also the faces of people in whose lives you've made a change.

  • So when I made a video announcing I was having this party, inviting people, I got an email