Learn English with Mr. Duncan - Lesson 11 (Irony and Coincidence)

Hi everybody. This is Misterduncan in England. How are you today? Are you OK?…I hope so! Are you happy?…I hope so! In this lesson we are going to look at Irony and Coincidence.

The word Irony means a situation where two events relate to each other. Often there is a deep and profound meaning to this. Sometimes producing an emotional responsesuch as regret or sadness. Irony can be either positive or negativedepending on the situation.

The occurrences can also be described as Ironic. You may find yourself saying

"Isn't it ironic?"

"That is so ironic!"

Here are some examples of irony.

"I went to town this morning to buy a new Wallet and on the way, I lost my money!"

"I rushed to catch a Bus, but just missed it. Then fifteen minutes later three buses arrived at the same time!"

"My first child was born on the anniversary of my Fathers' death."

"I travelled all the way to Greece for my holiday and it rained every-day. When I returned to England I found that the weather here had been hot and sunny!"

So as you can seeirony can be a very ironic thing indeed!

"Coincidence".

The word coincidence means two events that happen at or around the same time which seem in some way to have been planned. A coincidence can be either a positive or negative eventdepending on the situation.

"Examples of coincidence".

"Yesterday I was talking about my best friend in Chinaand this morning I received a letter from him!…What a coincidence!"

"The car and motorbike were coming around the sharp bend at the same timeand could not avoid each otherit is a sad coincidence."

"I travelled all the way to Australia and during the second day thereI bumped into one of my former work colleagues! Such a coincidence!"

Maybe you discovered my English lessons while you were searching for something elseon the Internet! What a lucky coincidence!

This is Misterduncan in England sayingthanks for watching and bye-bye for now.

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