Stop saying REALLY: Building a Better English Vocabulary.

Stop saying REALLY: Building a Better English Vocabulary.


Really really really really really
really REALLY is one of the most overused words in the English language
of course you can use it I use it myself but don’t use it all the time it’s
annoying it’s a rather lazy way of speaking and writing so what I want to
talk to you about today is alternative words and expressions to replace really
now these are small changes that you can make today that will raise your English
level. So if you want to improve your English if you want to impress your
listeners and readers with your command of the English language then use a
richer more interesting vocabulary today we will show you how so stay tuned it was a really strange evening I had last
night with Sonia. Sonia, if you don’t know her is my girlfriend and she’s really nice really intelligent and really sweet.
It was Sonia’s birthday and I decided to take her to this really trendy
restaurant in the West End called Artful Dodger’s
its speciality is London Street food which is really weird because it’s
really posh and it’s not on the street it’s on the 50th floor of this really tall
building the place and the decor is really original and really interesting
it’s really much better than any other place I know. I went to The Shed the
other day that restaurant that was really recommended on TripAdvisor
and I was really disappointed. Anyway we were expecting really complicated food
by in fact, it was really simple and really good the main course was avocado on
toast. Although I really liked it I thought it was really overpriced I mean
£50 for two servings of grilled bread some mashed avocado and a
sprinkling of pomegranate seeds scattered on top I could do at home and
it would be really much cheaper anyway I complained to the waiter that it was
really expensive and he got really angry with me but he was really, really nice
with Sonia and Sonia was really, really nice with him. I really wanted to to
fight him but he was really big and really muscular in the end he let me
keep my 50 pounds but he kept Sonia the whole thing was really annoying. So
your mission is (if you choose to accept it) is to rewrite the story replacing the
word REALLY either with another words or you could rewrite the REALLY and
the adjective with completely different word or expression and you can find the
PDF in the description okay anyway there is no one correct answer
but this is a good exercise in getting you to think about better ways of
expressing yourself in written and spoken English so for this exercise you
can use a dictionary you can use this a thesaurus (a thesaurus by the way, is a
dictionary of synonyms) and I recommend thesaurus.com but you can find other
sources. you can use whatever you want you can use an app you can ask a friend
you can phone your grandmother it doesn’t matter it’s all ok. the
objective here is just to make the story sound better. I have my version
which I’ll show you in a few minutes I’ll wait here while you complete
the task so come back when you have finished. So here’s my
version as I said it’s not the definitive version maybe you can do
better you probably can so let’s have a look. It was such a strange evening I had
last night with Sonia Sonia if you don’t know her is my girlfriend and is so nice
so I’m using SUCH before an adjective and a noun as an intensifier
“such a strange evening” and you would use SO before an adjective on its own and is
so nice and if you want ot know more about the difference between SO and SUCH we do
have video about that you can find a link to that in the description …and is
so nice remarkably intelligent and terribly sweet
it was Sonia’s birthday and I decided to take her to this seriously trendy
restaurant in the West End called artful Dodgers its speciality is London Street
food which is dead weird I’m using dead here as the intensifier which has a
similar meaning to VERY and you can put it before an adjective (a gradable
adjectives) I’ll give you another example “it’s dead hot today”.
“The film was dead good”, “I’m dead tired” in this case it was dead weird
because it’s awfully posh and it’s not on the street. It’s on the 50th floor of
this extremely tall building the place and the deco is strikingly original and
rather interesting. Now I’m using RATHER here to mean “to a high degree” RATHER is
one of those words which can have a different meaning, a nuance of meaning
depending on how you pronounce it but I’m using it to mean “to a high degree”. It
was rather interesting it’s miles better than in the other place I know. Now MILES
means to a great amount or a long way and it’s very common to do learn it I’ll give you another example “his new record
is miles better than his old one” so it’s miles better than any other place I
know. I went to the shed the other day that restaurant there was highly
recommended on TripAdvisor and I was hugely disappointed anyway we were
expecting fairly complicated food. FAIRLY like RATHER can
change its meaning a little bit depending on how you pronounce it but
here I mean “to a high degree” just like REALLY so it’s fairly complicated but in
fact it was really simple now there you are
I said that you shouldn’t use REALLY too much but it’s to use once or twice
so I’ve used it just once in the story and here it is. It was really simple and
quite exceptional. QUITE is another word where the meaning changes depending on
the adjective it precedes so here it proceeds exceptional which is a
non gradable adjective. a non-gradable adjective is is an adjective which
cannot be preceded by VERY and here QUITE has the meaning of COMPLETELY
so “quite exceptional” means “completely exceptional”.
the main course was avocado on toast which although I did like it.
here I’m using the emphatic DO. I’m putting DID before a verb
in the affirmative for stress, for emphasis and we do have a video about that too
the emphatic DO. I’ll put a link to it in the description. I thought it was way
overpriced. Now WAY you can use that to mean a considerable extent or
distance and you can use it before an adverb and
it’s often used before TOO so for example “you are driving way too fast”.
“you’re way too old to be a professional footballer”. So I thought it was WAY
overpriced I mean £50 for two servings of grilled bread some mashed
avocado and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds scattered on top that’s completely
ridiculous I can do it at home and it would be significantly cheaper anyway I
complained to the waiter that it was unbelievably expensive and he became
furious. I’ve changed the wording a bit here rather than “really angry” I’ve
changed the word to FURIOUS which means “really angry” he became furious of
me but he was exceedingly friendly with Sonia and Sonia was very friendly with
him. now VERY is a word like REALLY that is often overused but again if you use
it once or twice that’s okay so I’ll use it just once in the story. so Sonia was
very friendly with him. I was itching to fight him. here I’ve changed the wording
a bit I like the word ITCHING so I’ve used it. ITCHING means “to have a strong
desire to do something” so I was itching to fight him but he was pretty big.
PRETTY just like FAIRLY or RATHER can have a different meaning depending on
how you pronounce it but it has the meaning here “to a great extent” so. He’s
pretty big and incredibly muscular in the end he let me keep my £50 but
he kept Sonia. The whole thing was bloody annoying. I’m using BLOODY here which
is a form of mild swearing it’s not offensive but it’s very common
so do use it and once again we have a video about mild swearing you can find a
link to that in the description. So as I said this is just my version I’m sure
your version is just as good if not better
what I hope this exercise did was to get you thinking about the way you express
yourself in English. By the way the the PDF of the second version of the story
you can find also in the description so you can download that if you wish. So
REALLY is such a useful word sometimes easy to use all over the place but I think
you can see here that if you make an effort, which is difficult in the
beginning but becomes easier as you practise using different adjectives we
looked at and over time it will all become much easier.

100 thoughts on “Stop saying REALLY: Building a Better English Vocabulary.

  1. She is Sonia; your Girlfriend or Yukkk…. Sonia became your girlfriend accidentally.
    Look at your non verbal expressions while saying Sonia…. girlfriend.
    😁😁😁😁

  2. Your kind and valuable contribution to conserve polished english language is highly appreciated, magnificent , thank you Sir.

  3. No technology can replace the best teacher. He's a sweet, best and an inspirational teacher.
    Really, Really, Really and Really. HAHAHHH…. Amazing way of lambasting a thing, person or just a really.

  4. I used truely intelligent, heartily sweet, immensely tall buildings, extremely disappointed, indeed simple, surely much cheaper

  5. Please help me with your phrasing 'the meaning depends how you pronounce it'. In the lesson fairly, rather and so on. I cannot catch what you have in mind. Thanks in advance. Good lesson.

  6. A Really Good Story
     
    Last night  I had planned a fabulous evening with Sonia. Sonia, for those that are not aware, is my girlfriend. She is wonderful, attractive, intelligent and genuinely kind. It happend to be her birthday and I decided to take her to a trendy restaurant I had heard of in the West End called Artful Dodgers. Its specialty is London street food. Which is somewhat odd as it's fairly posh and not on, as it were, the street. It's on the 50th floor of a skyscraper. The place and the decor were original and quite interesting; much better than any other place I can think of off hand. I went to The Shed the other day; a restaurant promoted on TripAdvisor and I was extremely disappointed. For some reason at  Dodgers, we were expecting complicated food but in fact, it was instead quite simple and I would go as far as to say exceptional. The main course was avocado on toast.  I did like it a great deal, however, at £50 for two servings of grilled bread some mashed avocado and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds scattered on top, I thought it was beyond overprice. That's utterly ridiculous I thought; I could do this at home for less than a tenth the cost. At which point try as I may I could not restrain myself and, complained to the waiter. The food is fine but the price is extortion, to which he became obviously agitated with me while in stark contrast openly, I thought too much so, friendly with Sonia.  Sonia also perhaps due in part to my outburst was responding in kind; friendly to friendly bordering on flirtation. By this point, I was siething, I wanted to fight him but he was enormous and in no sense lacking in muscularity. In the end, he let me keep my £50 but he kept Sonia. The whole thing was a complete disaster.

  7. I wish I had an English teacher like you in high school .You have really; no no ..such an interesting way of teaching English.

  8. I’m really glad that you did this video. I really enjoyed it and it’s obviously really good. I have to say that I don’t really have this problem though as I really rarely use really in speech and not really very often in writing either. Hope to see your next video really soon. Ta ta, it’s been real.

  9. Your video is REALLY good but you see, the typical British accent is a bit REALLY repulsive for us. We love either the completely American accent or the 'Mid-Atlantic' accent! and I really men it wherever I have said REALLY. The idea is not to criticize but to convey the point. God bless you. Keep up the good work!

  10. I discovered your channel just a few weeks ago… YOU ARE INCREDIBLE, its so easy to understand.

    Can you do the same with the word “Very”, I think its boring too.

  11. Hi dear and everyone from NYC…. it's definitely amazing video thanks and long live dear i genuinely love teachers 😉

  12. This is the first video of LTT which came up in my feed and I watched it and surprisingly I fell in love with his teaching skills. Shared with my friend too.

  13. You are really really really ruining my motivation to learn English. Really. Now i really want to quit learning English. You have succeed make me quit of this English. Goodbye English.

  14. Thank you for the extremely useful material you are making to help people learn English. I have a question, Where to start from and what material (video, books etc) should I use to teach my child (10 yrs old now) English as a second language? Because in the school they are very much depending on text books and he is not really getting much from school.

  15. Mind blowing class,with an extremely wonderful teacher…..I’m itching to speak good English …this lesson is very much inspirational to all the students who desperately wants to speak an amazing English…
    Thank you sir😊

  16. I dont really know how to deal with this this is a lesson to "Stop saying REALLY" while an other topic is "101 RELLY useful phrasal verbs" I am really confused

  17. 05:05 Gideon cheating against himself using double-handed castling. Shame on you!

  18. I ll use what word I want and I need!don’t say this don’t say that😏…and I heard u said really word !😈

  19. I have got an sentence in newspaper that is (they would have had to help) would you illuminate this sentence through some possible meaning?

  20. I'm from India..I don't know I found the Australian English and dialects to be very attractive. I love sayin' ," Oh you reckon???"

  21. I'm, in fact, pleased to knowing your vídeos . This one is awfully significant to enlarging one's vocabulary and to keeping up to dated with English. I'm much thankful for posts like  that.

  22. I was thinking this will be about people saying "Really?" When you say something and then it feels like they havent been listening. For example: "I made great pancakes today"
    "Really?"
    "Well yes do you think im lying or what?"

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