Hello. Good afternoon, good evening, good morning. I hope you're having a great day,
wherever in the world you are. Today, we are doing a lesson on adjectives to describe people;
maybe yourself, maybe people you know. And the way we are doing this today is by looking
at the horoscope. Okay? That kind of old thing of saying: "You were born in this month, so
you are like this." I don't really care if you agree or disagree with the horoscope.
Irrelevant. Throw it out the window. We are here to learn some great English. Yeah? So,
we're going to go through them.
And first we start with a positive trait. So, a "trait" is a characteristic, something
that you do. Okay? So positive traits of people who are Aries, and then negative traits. Okay?
So positive and then negative. Okay? Makes sense? Brilliant. If you are Aries, you were
born... So, just before we get started, today is also going to be useful for looking about
how we talk about dates as well. It's a little bit of revision on dates as well.
So, Aries people are... Were born... Past tense. Were born between the 21st of March
and the 20th of April. So if that's you, positive trait: you are adventurous. You like doing
things. You like exploring and seeing new lands. Okay? You're quite courageous. But
the negative trait is that you may be impulsive. Your friend says to you: "Hey, should we go
and cross the road?" And you're like: "Yeah, yeah, I'll cross the road," and a bus comes
and "ughl". Okay? So that's being impulsive.
Taurus, that's me, the bull. Okay? Taurus... Taurines were born between the 21st of April
and the 20th of May. We are persistent. I will carry on until my lesson finishes. Okay?
I carry on. I carry on. But I may be a little inflexible. I'm carrying on with my lesson,
and someone comes and says, you know: -"The building is on fire." -"No, no, no, no, no.
I'm sorry. I am inflexible". "Flexible" means, you know, I am bendy. I cannot bend because
I am doing my lesson; this is what I am doing. Okay? So if you do lots of yoga, you would
be a flexible person. I am inflexible. [Laughs]
Gemini. If you're Gemini, you were born between the 21st of May and 20th of June. Now, Gemini
people, they are eloquent and they speak very good English, so probably Gemini people, they're
not here, because you know, they're already good. So they're eloquent speakers. Maybe
they're... Okay, so we can talk about eloquent speech, and we can talk about maybe eloquent
clothes. So you can say: "He was dressed very eloquently." Formal use of language. So they're
eloquent, but they're superficial. Okay? Maybe all they care about is their clothes, and
they don't want to think about meditation and prayer, and world peace. Okay? So they're
just thinking about: "My Gucci top."
Cancer, those guys were born between the 20th of June and the 22nd of July. They are cautious.
"Is it safe to come in the room now? Is it safe? Do I have time to go into the room?
I'm not sure if I have time." Okay? I'm cautious. Sometime... Maybe you've seen this word: "caution".
You might see it on a road sign. "Caution: ferrets crossing the road." I have to pay
attention. These people are always paying attention. And on... So that... That's meant
to be a positive trait, they're cautious. Maybe it's negative. I don't know. A negative
trait is that they are hypersensitive. This means... "Hyper" means more than sensitive.
So "sensitive" is I am really aware of your feelings. All right? "Oh, no. No. Are you
upset? Are you angry? Oh no. No, no, no. He's angry. Oh, no. I've made him angry." Okay?
I am more than sensitive. Okay? Good.
Leo, the lion. Roar. 23rd of July to the 22nd of August. Expansive. Now, if you've studied
your Latin, you'll know that "ex" means out of. "Expand", yeah? We talk about science.
Expand, it means to grow bigger. If my stomach is expanding, it's getting bigger. If I'm
an expansive person, my horizons are getting bigger. Okay? Maybe I think about going to
America, to India, to the Philippines. I have so many ideas. I'm expansive. But maybe I'm
intolerant. Okay? This is quite a good little word: "tolerant". If I am tolerant of my boss,
it's okay if he walks in five minutes late. I'm being tolerant. "It's okay. Don't worry.
You know, I'm here. Don't worry about it." But if I'm intolerant: "So you're late! Aw.
It started five minutes ago. Where are you?" Yeah? That is not being tolerant, not being kind.
Virgo, 23rd of August to the 21st of September. Virgis, I don't know how you call them. They
are meticulous. "Meticulous", this is a great, juicy English adjective. If I'm meticulous,
maybe I'm in the army and I'm very good at planning. So my board will look like too-too-too-too-too.
Meticulous. Every "t" is perfectly formed with a little cross. If I'm meticulous, my
shoes are perfect. My hair is perfect. I'm very neat. Okay? You have the top button done
up. Meticulous. Meticulous. But maybe a bit too fussy. "It's a red pen. But I wanted a
blue pen. I don't like red pens. Sorry, I only like blue pens." Okay? If I'm fussy,
I am too choosy, too picky. Okay? Picky. That's kind of slang; this is a proper word. Still
with me? Still understanding? Still remembering? Yeah? Got some great words up here.
Libra, September 23rd to October the 22nd. Sociable. We had that word in another video
I did earlier. Flat mates wanting you to be sociable, to be able to talk to people. But
indecisive. What word can you see there? Can you see...? Can you see...? What other word
do you think might be a bit similar, there? That's it, "decision". Okay? So if I'm indecisive,
I can't make a decision. "Umm, umm should I go by car or by bicycle? By car or by...?
I don't know." I can't make a choice. Okay? Obviously, the answer's bicycle. Indecisive,
can't make decision. So, again we're looking at positive traits here; negative traits here.
Scorpio, the man with a killer bite. Or woman. October the 23rd to November the 21st. Forceful.
Okay? I'm at a party. I go: "Here's my business card." I am forceful. Okay? But maybe they
can be a bit too forceful. Okay? If I'm an actor and I meet a film producer, I say: "Put
me in your film." And the guy's like: -"No. I'm sorry. I'm looking for a two-foot mole,
and you are a six-foot funny looking person." -"But no. I need to be in your film." Obstinate.
I am being obstinate. I am forcing too much.
Sagittarius, November 22nd to December the 21st. Jovial. If I'm jovial, I have fun, I
speak nicely. I share. I am fun. My conversations are enjoyable. Okay? I'm smiling. Yeah? But
maybe I have no tact. Now, "tact", this is I know what to say. So I don't tell my boss:
"I slept with your mom last night", because that would be no tact; that would be tactless.
"Tact", if I'm tactful-okay?-I choose what words I say.
Capricorn, December the 22nd to January the 19th. Disciplined. At 6:00am I get up. For
my breakfast, I eat porridge with a glass of blueberry juice. And then I go and do swimming
in the gym. But whilst they have a good routine... Okay? Discipline goes with routine. They may
be too miserly. Okay? -"No. You can't have any money. No." -"Can I have 10P?" -"No. No,
you certainly well can't. Go away." Okay? I don't want to give any money away. Keep
it in my pocket. I could do with being a bit more miserly.
Aquarius, January the 22nd to February the 18th. Humanitarian. You have to think Mother
Theresa, think sort of Gandhi, Martin Luther King. They care about the world, about people,
the environment. Okay? People who are working for charities have a humanitarian aspect to
their personality. "Aspect" means part. Okay? "Aspect", I'll write it down. A part of you,
an aspect of you. A humanitarian part. But maybe they are unpredictable. So my wife thinks
I am going home to have some dinner, but I decide to go to Heathrow and get on a plane
to Finland. That would be being not predictable. Okay? So you can predict Benjamin will go
home and eat his dinner. If I am not being predictable, then I do something completely
Okay. Pisces, the fish. Pisces, February the 19th to March the 28th... 20th. That's my
dad. So, compassionate. "Compassion". Let's just look at this part of the word. So "com"
means with. "Passion", the heart. Yeah? I care for people. My... My heart is with the
people. But maybe I can be a bit vague. It's like: -"Benjamin, would you like a salad or
a burger?" -"A salad, a burger, hmm, I don't know. A salad, burger." Yeah? I don't... I
don't really give an answer. Okay? That's vague.
So, there we have it. Hope you've got some words in here. Adventurous, to go out. Impulsive,
woo, I'm doing this now. Yeah? Impulsive. So, there are some quite similar words, here.
So impulsive is kind of similar to unpredictable. Yeah? Adventurous kind of goes with expansive.
Meticulous kind of goes with cautious. So there are... There are kind of similar ones,
here. Compassionate is quite similar to humanitarian. Yeah? Forceful is... Well, what is forceful
like? You know what forceful means. I charge ahead.
Folks, we've reached the end of today's lesson. I want you to go to www.engvid.com and get
10 out of 10 on your quiz. But more than that, I want you to use these words in your speech.
So, you know, write them down, remember them, and then tell me: "Benjamin, you are the most
eloquent English teacher I've ever had." And I will say: "Thank you very much."
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Well done. Use these words. Be good. Good bye.