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It is a cold and cloudy day here in North Liberty today. Thank God we have a central heating system here otherwise I would be freezing right now. But I’m not complaining, most of you already know that I love the winter, I love this cold weather and I simply and absurdly love when it snows, and can you guys believe I haven’t seen snow this winter so far? Yep, it has just snowed while I was in Brazil for the holidays, but before and after… Nothing! Hopefully next week!
But I am not here today to talk about it kkkk. I just wanted to chat a little bit with you guys and you know, we always start a conversation talking about the weather, right? Anyway, today we’re gonna continue what we started on episode 18 – words ending in -OUS. The last episode we practiced together with the right pronunciation and hopefully you did the exercise before listening to this English Bite. Don’t forget to do it and stop being ashamed or even lazy about it. This is really going to help you not only improve your pronunciation but also memorize new words and get more vocabulary for the day you have to use them.
Well, as you could see (or hear – or both KKK) the list is ginormous: 60 words ending with -OUS and just to remind you that those ones are the most common ones because the real list, the complete list, I would say it’s 4 or 6 times bigger than that. But again, I don’t wanna bring words you’re not gonna use very often so I guess we’re fine with these 60 to start. Well, since we’re gonna learn the meaning and have some examples to make them more clear, I’ll break this, let’s call it a lesson, in three parts ok? Today we’re gonna work with the first 20 words and on episodes 20 and 21 we’re gonna work with two more lists of 20 words in each one, alright?
I like breaking lists into smaller pieces so we can learn with more quality. We don’t need to rush and I’m pretty sure you guys are here expecting quality over quantity. So just 20 words today (which actually is a lot in my opinion, but ok). Some of them have more than one meaning, and I want you to learn them. Yep, besides practicing your listening, I want you to improve your English, learning more words each day.
Alright so, let’s stop blabbing and let’s get it started.
First one: ENORMOUS. When something is enormous, it means it’s really really big like, the Eiffel Tower in Paris is enormous. Or a simpler one: The elephant is an enormous animal. And I used ginormous in the beginning of our audio today, did you notice it? Ginormous is used when you’re not expecting something to be “that big” – like, OMG look at that spider. It’s ginormous.
- SPACIOUS: You say something is spacious when there’s a lot of space in a room, in a house, in a car… I can say: You house is so spacious and there are some many windows. I loved it.
- SERIOUS: Here we may have two meanings. The first one is when someone appears or acts very thoughtful like: Why are you serious? What happened? Or when you’re not joking, you can also use SERIOUS: That’s a serious question or That situation is serious, don’t laugh. Serious may also mean something that is not easily solved and might have some dangerous consequences like a disease, a huge debt, I don’t know… Like Crime is a serious problem in this city.
- ANXIOUS: My word kkkk That’s an adjective. When you are waiting for something to happen and you’re not sure if it’s gonna be the way you expect, so you start feeling worried and nervous, fearful… For example I was so anxious about my exams. She got anxious after getting promoted.
- DANGEROUS: When you say something is dangerous, it means it’s not safe. It’s when something is able to cause harm like “The lion is a dangerous animal.” – “It’s dangerous to walk alone at night in this neighborhood”
- GORGEOUS: I love this word. It is the same as very very very beautiful. When something or someone is gorgeous, it means it’s very attractive. It is the same as spectacular or splendid. “I liked your bedroom. Gorgeous colors!”. “OMG this necklace is gorgeous.” You look so gorgeous tonight, mom!”
- OBNOXIOUS: When something or someone is obnoxious, it means it’s extremely unpleasant. It’s highly offensive. For example: “Why are you saying all these obnoxious things about your best friend?”
- FAMOUS: Easy word right? It means something or someone has a lot of fame or in other words, it’s widely known like Angelina Jolie is famous, Kim Kardashian, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty… What else? Restaurants, cities, places…
- CARNIVOROUS: It’s an adjective which means an animal that eats meat. We human beings, in general, are carnivorous. Animals like lions, tigers… Are carnivorous.
- RELIGIOUS: If you are a religious person, it means you believe in a religion. So if I ask you: Are you a religious person?” I wanna know if there’s any religion you believe and follow.
- FABULOUS: Another adjective to describe something you find amazingly good and wonderful. Like, “we’re gonna have a fabulous three-week vacation in Tahiti and we’re so excited with that!
- POISONOUS: When something is poisonous, is means it’s capable of causing illness or even death if taken into the body. A plant might be poisonous, a chemical product might be poisonous… We can also use for situations of our daily routine. If you have a colleague who is always very unpleasant and malicious, you may say he/she is a poisonous person or is always poisoning the atmosphere…
- DISASTROUS: That’s very used for catastrophic or tragic situations. It means when something causes great damage, it is disastrous like, “Half the city was destroyed by a disastrous fire”
- GLAMOROUS: Do you guys remember Fergie? Black Eyed Peas, the group? She has a song named Glamorous. Something glamorous is something full of glamour, something excitingly attractive like a car, an actress… You can have a glamorous life for instance…
- MISCHIEVOUS: It’s the same as naughty. When a person or an animal misbehaves, causing trouble in a playful way, we can say they are mischievous. For example, my mischievous puppies had decorated my living room with a lot of shredded paper, can you believe that?”
- GLORIOUS: That’s very common when you’re having some sort of admiration when you’re sublime when you feel something is spectacular: “That’s the most glorious victory of all time!
- OUTRAGEOUS: You are outrageous if you are exceeding the limits of what’s usual. It’s the same as shocking, monstrous… We can use for prices, clothes, weather… You can say someone is having an outrageous behavior regarding something…
- UNCONSCIOUS: We can use this word for two situations: If you’ve lost consciousness like (in the state of not being awake) for example “I was unconscious for three days in the hospital” or you can say you were not aware of the situation (you were awake but you didn’t notice) for example: “I had an unconscious desire to impress him”
- DELICIOUS: Another very easy word, right? When something tastes really good, it’s yummy, so it’s delicious. My mom always cooks delicious meals for lunch. What is the most delicious dessert in your opinion?
- And the last one: JEALOUS. Interesting word. When you’re jealous it’s because you’re upset or angry because someone you love might be interested in another person. Or because someone has something that you want. “Is your wife jealous?” / “Are you jealous of my car?”
We’re done for today guys. By the way, are you enjoying this type of English Bite? Is this being helpful? Please let me know so I can bring some more or never bring it again haha. It’s really important for me to have some feedback from the content you’ve been receiving and I like to vary our content so things don’t get boring right? Well, next English Bite we will learn 20 more words ending in -OUS – the meaning and examples alright?
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