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So guys, as you know we’re still talking about those words ending in OUS, of course, today we’ll have different words and we’ll be following the sequence. I’m so glad to know you’re enjoying not only the pronunciation tips but also the great list of vocabulary to help you speak English with more confidence. Ok, straight to the point and let’s get it started:
21) SUSPICIOUS – Elvis Presley has a song named Suspicious Mind – do you know this song? (PLAY). You should say something is suspicious when you believe that someone is involved in something illegal or dishonest. Or when you’re doubtful, unsure… For example: “We were instructed to report any suspicious activity in the neighborhood.”
22) NERVOUS – Tricky word, be careful with that one. If you are nervous, you’re not angry ok? You’re anxious actually. You’re agitated, tense… maybe because you have a job interview or you gotta talk something important to someone… or because you’re gonna see someone you haven’t seen for a very long time. Like: I always get nervous when he starts talking about moving to another country.
23) CURIOUS: that’s me! I’m a really curious person and so are the Americans, at least here in the countryside. Kkkk If you are curious, it means you are interested in learning or knowing something that is different or strange for you because maybe, you haven’t seen or heard that before. People here in North Liberty usually get curious when I start filming supermarkets, drugstores or department stores… It’s weird for them to have someone filming something so ordinary for them (while for us, everything actually is extraordinary hahaha)
24) LUXURIOUS: I love this word, it’s so fancy, isn’t it? Luxurious! So, if something is luxurious, it means it’s one of the finest and richest kind: maybe a car, a house, a dessert, a simple chocolate sauce… I can say, for instance, I’m gonna stay in one of the country’s most luxurious resorts – and of course, that’s just an example Hahaha
25) GENEROUS: If you’re generous, you’re not selfish. You don’t mind sharing things with others. Like, you’re always so generous with my family, thank you so much for lending your car to us.
Or if something has some ample or large proportions, we can say it’s generous, like a generous piece of pie, or a generous heart, generous portions of food and so on.
26) MIRACULOUS: When something has the power to work miracles, so it’s miraculous like a miraculous medicine, a miraculous event, miraculous memory….
You can also say something is miraculous when it’s amazingly wonderful like a miracle for instance: He had a miraculous recovery after the eight-hour brain surgery.
27) MONOTONOUS: It means boring, something that makes you fall asleep especially because it has a repeated pattern which never changes. Meetings are sometimes monotonous, classes why not, some tasks, books are also monotonous and even lectures.
28) PRECIOUS: Oh come on, everyone knows this word. If you watched LORD OF THE RINGS, you’ll remember Sméagol saying: MY PRECIOUS all the time. (PLAY)
When something is precious, it means it has a great value or high price like jewels, friends, memories and so on.
29) OBVIOUS: I hate this word cause nothing in this world is obvious. It might be obvious to you, but if someone is asking something, it’s not obvious to her, right? So that’s the reason why I condemn this word so badly. Anyway, if you tell someone something is obvious, it means it’s easy to see, recognize or even understand something like: Don’t you know the answer? That’s so obvious!
30) INFECTIOUS: if something is infectious, it’s gonna spread everywhere like a feeling, a disease… it’s capable of being transmitted. For example, her enthusiasm is infectious, I love it!
31) RIDICULOUS: I know it’s gonna sound RIDICULOUS but I’ve always felt like telling someone: DON’T BE RIDICULOUS but I’ve never had the chance or courage to do it, haha I don’t know, I think it’s so “native” to say that If something is ridiculous, it means it’s an absurd, silly and unreasonable like “It was a ridiculous suggestion” or “That’s a ridiculous price for just a sweater”
32) STUDIOUS: That’s easy. You’re a studious person if you study a lot. If you’re always in the pursuit of learning. I’ve always been a very studious person and that’s not just an example, that’s true. I never considered myself an intelligent person, but a very hardworking one.
33) SUBCONSCIOUS: It’s something in your mind but that’s not immediately available to consciousness like a subconscious desire, or bad feeling, or sixth sense…
“Those feelings had been hidden in her subconscious.”
34) AMBITIOUS: Ambitious is someone who has ambition. Alright, but why is ambition? It’s an ardent desire for power, fame, money, rank… for being at the top. And if you’re not ambitious, it means you want nothing of this. I guess it’s really good and important to be ambitious, as long as you don’t become an arrogant, selfish and shady person.
35) SPONTANEOUS: When something is spontaneous it means it’s natural, without any external influence, cause or treatment. We can say someone’s laughter is spontaneous for instance.
36) PREVIOUS: Previous is the same PRIOR / BEFORE – when something comes or happens before something else. He was the previous owner of the house or She has a kid from her previous marriage.
37) FURIOUS: That’s how my husband would be if I came home with a Louis Vuitton bag kkkk. No, I think he would kill me – for sure but ok! If you’re furious, it means, you’re very very very very very angry like: He was furious with me because I crashed his car.
38) MYSTERIOUS: Another word I love. If you’re mysterious, you’ll full of mystery. It also means something inexplicable like: “A mysterious disease has been spreading through the city.”
39) GREGARIOUS: I’d say, I’m pretty much gregarious. What the hell this word means, Erika? It means sociable! Someone who enjoys the company of other people and I’m exactly like that. Are you a gregarious person?
40) Our last word for today: HILARIOUS. If something is really funny, that is going to make you laugh out loud, so we can say it’s hilarious like a story, a joke, a movie, a book… an experience. That was the most hilarious joke I’ve ever heard in my whole life.
Yeah, we’re done for today again. Guys we still have on more list of 20 words but I’ll bring it in episode 22 cause next episode I’d like to share something different and special and also because I don’t want it to be boring. So, you can expect something different from today’s episode on Monday alright?
And you know, feel free to suggest any topic or any question or curiosity you might have about me, about English or even the USA. I’ll be more than pleased to bring what you wanna hear and learn.
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