Learn English with a bad newspaper!

Learn English with a bad newspaper!


Hi, everybody. Today I’m going to be having a
look at The Sun, one of the fine contributions to U.K. publishing. We’re going to be looking
at terms, words that are used in a tabloid. A “tabloid” is a small newspaper that opens like
this. We’re looking at use for journalistic terms used in the U.K. press. Lovely. Lovely.
I hope you enjoy my words that I’m going to be giving to you today. Make sure that as
we’re going along, you practice saying them, too. I don’t want you sitting there, like
this. That’s no good. You’re going to say the words back to me. Okay? So, on page number seven, I read about an
“Obsessive Mum and Dad”. Look at them, they’re talking about their little child. They’re
really thinking about what they should do with the child. They are “helicopter parents”.
Okay? They have a lot of money. Right? And they can afford to give anything to their
child, but they think a bit too much about that child. We call them
“helicopter parents”. Yeah? Great. Now, I turn to page 11, and it’s this person,
Ulrika Jonsson, and she is showing me some arguments. Now, she makes a good point about
Miley Cyrus, and she goes: “Boom!” Okay? If you’re having a bit… A bit of a conversation
with a friend and you win the argument, you go: “Boom!” Okay? It’s an exclamation mark
to show that you won the argument. This is an exclamation mark. You’re shouting out. “Ex”,
out, “clamo”, the Latin word “to shout”. Yeah, I’m a bit of a
boffin; clever person. Now, I turn to page, I think it was 12, and
I’m reading all about the economy, and the “EU is in trouble”. The European Union, right?
So, what do we call it? “Eurageddon”. Okay? All this language, it’s exaggerated. Yeah? It’s
silly language. We make it like a disaster movie, because bad news sells. “Eurageddon”,
obviously we get that from Armageddon, end of the world, the EU in trouble. Now, some poor girl’s got bitten by a dog.
Where was she? But look at the use of verb. We say that she’s been “mauled”. Yeah? A “savage”
is like a wild person. The dog has savaged her so much she’s got blood bursting out.
[Roars] Yeah? Savage, mauled. It’s… You know, she’s actually just been bitten by a
dog, but you know, we exaggerate. These are strong verbs. Strong,
yeah, strong. Oh, dear, there’s a man wearing tights. Good
thing he’s called David Beckham. What do we call these “man tights”? We call them “mantyhose”.
Yeah, that is the correct word for “man tights”. Not quite sure where… Why Becks is wearing
them here, but there we are. Becks, mantyhose. So, some people have been criticising David
Beckham’s choice of man tights, here. In fact, they’ve been “slamming” them. Yeah? Because
The Sun likes to exaggerate. Yeah? So it’s slamming it. Yeah? It’s not just saying: “Becks,
not a very appropriate choice of underwear.” They’ve slammed it. Slam, yeah? You slam the
door, that’s how badly they’ve criticised it. They’ve said he’s a little bit different,
but they haven’t just said: “He’s a little bit different”, they’ve called him a “loony”.
Yeah? That’s really rude to call someone a loony. He’s completely mad. And the new launch, okay? It didn’t go very
well, so they don’t just say that it “went badly”, something can go badly or it can go
well; they say that it “flopped”. Yeah? It flopped. So we could talk about this the opening
weekend of a film, the premiere of a film, and it flopped. Okay? No one
went to go and see the film. And if I look on page 15, if I remember correctly,
we have a “1st time that the story has been told”, yeah? “Revenge Slayer”, okay? So this
is a “world exclusive”. “World exclusive” means the first time it has been told. Okay?
It’s just a… Sort of, again, exaggerate. It sounds really important:
A world exclusive. “Showing off his legs” in a photo, we call
that a “legbombing”. See this lucky lady, here, she’s showing off her legs, she’s sticking
in her legs, she’s legbombing. We’re not talking about… We’re not talking about a bomb, okay?
We’re talking about the surprise caused by showing a bit of leg. Uh-oh. Now, if I turn to page three, I see a bit of
a “stunner”. Okay? So, “stunner” is a word for “good looking”. Now, what I want you to do is become a bit
of a “boffin”, a “clever person”, and go to the quiz, and get 10 out of 10. And never buy
this newspaper. Thank you. You’ll become much more of a boffin if you read a slightly
more intellectual newspaper. Thank you very much for watching today. We’ve had an obsessive
Mum or Dad; a helicopter parent. “Boom!” You’re going to win your arguments. EU in trouble,
we hope not, but if it is, it’s Eurageddon. I hope you subscribe to my YouTube channel,
thanks for watching today, and really go out there, read some English papers. You can get
them online as well, if you’re not in the U.K. So, keep reading, keep learning.
Until next time, see you later.

32 thoughts on “Learn English with a bad newspaper!

  1. I love your classes Benjamin. I'd love to have you in my home teaching me English. Sorry if it sounded a bit gay XD but no, I don't play for the other team just in case. Greetings from Peru.

  2. You made a film named: "Speak as clear as an actor" and, watching others films that you made, I think that you are an actor. Your classes are very naci. Your pronounce is spectacular, simply perfect. Congratulations!

  3. Such an awesome class! How can I possibly not learn with so many gestures? It gets easy to learn English with you! Your gestures go straight to the point! Congrats! Keep up doing your great job!

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