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Hi, this is Harry, and welcome back to  Advanced English Lessons with Harry,  
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where I try to help you to get a better  understanding of the English language and  
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the lesson that we have today is about descriptive  English. So advanced English, descriptive English,
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something outside of the ordinary, something  outside the normal words that you might use.
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It's all very well using  words like interesting and 
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big and
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long. And that is that the normal  adjectives we use and usually when  
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we're describing something we use use  adjectives to describe those nouns.
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We use adverbs to describe verbs, but we use  adjectives to describe nouns. And people often  
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get stuck in a rut where they use the  same adjectives all the time. I said,  
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when students send me their written  work, yeah, it's good, the grammar  
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is good. The construction of the sentences  is good. The use of prepositions. Whatever
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they have is good. Where it falls down to where  it isn't so interesting is when the language  
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is very simple or very plain, and something  that they haven't had the ability to improve.
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So if you're preparing for exams, it's always nice  to be able to throw in or drop in some phrases,  
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some expressions or language that is a little  bit different than you normally use. So this is  
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what this lesson is all about. So I'm going  to go through some simple statements. So  
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neutral type of language if you like. And  then we're going to give you something a  
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little bit more progressive or a little bit more  descriptive or even a little bit more persuasive.
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Okay.
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So let me start give you one example. Yeah.  If you're going to travel to the city centre  
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or you're in the city centre. So it doesn't  describe anything in particular. It's the  
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centre of the city. Yeah. But you could use  an expression like in the heart of the city
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Or the real heart of the city, or the business  centre of the city, or where the old city used to  
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be. So you can use different ways in which you can  describe the centre of the city that you're going  
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to visit, or the centre of the city in which you  live, or the centre of the city in which you work.
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Okay. So you can describe it in a different  way. So instead of saying in the city centre,  
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you can say, in the heart of the city or.
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Deep in the city.
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The different ways to describe it.
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Let's give you another example. If we said I want  
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to have a different experience. So  if you're planning your holidays.
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And you've had all the sun holidays. And you want  something a little bit different. You might say  
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to your partner, I want a different experience.  So how could you express that in another way,  
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a different experience? Well, you could say, I  want a unique experience or an unusual experience
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Or something a little bit off the beaten  track. Okay. That will something to describe  
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something very different. Yeah. Very  strange. Was something that's not  
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your norm. Something that you don't  usually do. So a unique experience.
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If you always set high standards. Okay.  So maybe you have high standards for  
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yourself. High standards for the work you  do. High standards expected from your kids.
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How else might you express that high standards.  You could use the word exacting. Okay. Exacting  
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standard. He has very exacting standards,  meaning he has very high standards of  
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what he expects from other people, or  indeed what he expects from him. Self,
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is exacting, very exacting standards. Okay.
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If somebody is well trained, a well-trained team,  
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a well-trained individual, a well-trained dog, how  else might you express that? Well, you could say
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a highly trained dog, a highly trained  team, a team trained to very high standards,  
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or an expression like you have set  the bar very high in a bar, you know,  
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in the Olympic Games as the the bar that  they jump over when you're using the,
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pole vault.
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Okay. So when you set the bar very high,  
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it means your standards have been raised.  They have increased. So you can have
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Highly
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trained people. You can have
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very well trained people. And you can set the  bar very high for those people who you expect  
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to achieve a certain standard. Yeah. Okay. So  setting the bar high highly trained individuals,
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if we talk about cooking in the home, we always  talk about to make a dish or make up a dish.
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Yeah. So what other way can we describe  make a dish. Well we can simply use the  
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word create to create a dish. What are  you going to create this weekend? What,
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food are we going to have? How are you  going to cook it? How are you going to  
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present it? We have guests coming and  they always love to taste your cakes.
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They always love the way you present the  table. So you create wonderful meals. They  
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are an experience in themselves. So it's just not  about making dinner. It's not about making lunch  
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or getting the food ready for a party. It's  creating a dish. Yes, to be creative. Yeah,  
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inspirational. Something that would not only  taste good, it it, but it will also look good.
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Okay, so when you look at those  cookbooks and their recipes online,  
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then you can see that the photography is  exquisite and they really see the colors.  
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You can almost taste and smell the food  in the photographs because they are very  
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creative to create a dish, something  that everybody would want to taste.
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would ask you, if you do like this particular  lesson, then please like the video and if you  
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could subscribe to the channel, I'd appreciate  it a lot because it really, really helps.
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If we're talking about,
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holidays again and you, you know,  we often go to spend our time in,
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hotels and hotels always have  very attractive web pages.
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They have lots of mission statements  as to how they're going to look after  
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you. And often you say, we promise to  provide you with this. We promise you,
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a really relaxing time. We promise you,
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top class food, top quality  accommodation. So how else  
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can we explain that? So what words  can we use instead of. We promise.
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So we can use an expression like our commitment  to you is to provide the best of everything.  
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Our commitment to you is to give you an  experience that would be second to none.  
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Our commitment is to give you a service that  would be head and shoulders above anything  
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else available in the market. Okay, so really  deeper type of language, much more descriptive  
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rather than are we promised to give you  a clean bed and nice room and good food.
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That's okay. That's what you want. I mean  that's the minimum you will expect. But if  
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you can read something that says our commitment  is to provide you with a service second to none,  
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that really grabs your attention. It would  grab my attention. I am much more likely to,
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try and reserve a room and  that hotel than the hotel.
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It just simply tells me your room  would be clean and there'll be hot  
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food available for you at 9:00. Okay,  so our commitment to you is as follows.
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Companies always have mission statements,
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particularly American companies.  You go into their offices and on  
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the wall and the reception area  will be their mission statement,  
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whatever that is, to be the best, to  be the greatest, to be the quickest,
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fastest, the most profitable,  whatever it is. Okay, so
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often companies mission statement is around  some basic ideas or some basic concepts.
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Okay. But you know Americans are great for  using an expression core values game. So,  
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you know, our basic idea is to provide you with
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really good,
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accurate customer care and customer satisfaction.  That's fine. That's good. But the Americans would  
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talk about our core values, those values  that get right deep to the center of our  
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business. Our core values are to look  after our customers in a very special  
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way that anything that they want, you know,  within reason, we'd be able to provide it.
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Customers come first. Answer that. It's  the customer satisfaction that is the,
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utmost importance to us. You
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We put our core values on the line every  day. We're there to serve the public,  
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to serve the people, to serve our client base.  Okay, so they're very descriptive words that  
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we can use. And that's really important  because when you become a customer of  
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a company, whether it's a legal firm, an  accounting firm or whatever, it might be.
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Yeah. You like to think that you are  treated a little bit differently,  
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that they're glad to have your  business and that they will look  
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after you when problems arise. So  our core values are the following.
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Now some other expressions we, you know, often  say when we want to to rent or buy a home, we  
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want a safe place for ourselves and our family to  live. Okay. So a safe place can also be a secure  
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home. So there's a very strong word to describe  secure. It's not just that the windows close
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And the doors lock, which is a simple  definition of secure. But secure is  
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something that's peaceful, something  that's worn, something that's safe,  
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a safe environment, a secure environment  environment for our children to grow up  
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in. And so that's really a nice way to  describe our whole not just a safe place,  
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but a secure environment in which we can  bring up our children with love and affection.
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Okay. So safe place, a secure home
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we can talk about, a good place to meet, a good  place to have our office event, a good place to,
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Take our staff a good place to locate a business,  but and a better way, we could use the word ideal,  
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an ideal venue. Okay, so an ideal location.  An ideal venue. So if we're planning something  
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simple, just like the office party at Christmas  time, or we're thinking of moving our office on  
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a permanent basis to find something that's  more accessible to our clients or our staff,  
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then we would talk about locating and  finding and ideal venue and ideal location.
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If you're planning a wedding, you want something  special. You want something that surrounded  
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perhaps by trees, nice lawns and gardens where  you can walk, your guests can walk, and you can  
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have your wedding photographs and video taken.  Something to look back on in the years ahead. So  
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in that situation, you'll certainly be looking for  the ideal venue to host your wedding reception.
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Okay, so much better words and saying a  good place or an attractive place where  
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we can invite our guests to. Okay, so try  to think of something more descriptive,  
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something that's going to add value and paint  a really, really good picture that when people.
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read it and they'll have an  immediate picture in their mind.
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And then finally we can talk about that  when we talk about a lot of something,  
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we can talk about plenty.
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Okay. So a lot of is a great word to describe,  you know, a lot of money, a lot of people,  
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a lot of food, a lot of time, a lot of energy.  We can use it for lots and lots of things. We  
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can substitute it with plenty of time, plenty of  food, plenty of money, plenty of energy. Okay.
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But if we want something a little bit  more descriptive, then we can talk  
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about an extensive range. Okay. So you  want to buy new pots and pans for your  
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kitchen. So you go to your Ikea or you  go to another department store that has  
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a lot of choice. They've got pots and pans from  every country, every manufacturer up and down,
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And across Europe. Okay. But if you use an  expression like an extensive range. Well, this.
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top class shop
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Has an extensive range of kitchen  equipment. Okay, so it has everything  
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you could possibly need. Smaller pans, large  pans, round pans, square pans, oblong plans,
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pans for fish, pans for meats,
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pots and pans for soup and stews.  So they've got an extensive range of  
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kitchen utensil tools, kitchen equipment,  anything and everything that you could  
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possibly need so that you can decorate  your kitchen in the way that you wish.
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Okay, so instead of saying a lot of or  plenty of, try to use that extensive.
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Okay, so let me give you a quick rundown. Some  
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of those words again in the city  centre in the heart of the city,
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A different experience, a unique experience.  High standards. Exacting standards. Well-trained.  
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Highly trained. Highly trained team. Make a  dish. Create a dish. We promise to our commitment  
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is to give or provide. Our basic  idea. Our core values are as follows.
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a safe place, a secure home, a  good place, an ideal location,  
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and then finally, a lot of an extensive range,
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mouthwatering air.
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Okay, so it's all about using,
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adjectives, adverbs, but often is about  getting a little bit more descriptive.  
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And it's one of the great things I try to  teach students when they get the basics  
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right. And that's really important. You  need to get the basics right. You need  
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to have the grammar. You need to know  how to set out a letter or an email.
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You need to have structure. Okay, I want you've  done that. What's next? Well when you do that,  
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what's next is the language you use not  to be repetitive, be more descriptive,  
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be more interesting. It's a good challenge.  It's a good game to play to see which words  
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fit in. Look for synonyms all the time.  Okay, well, you know the drill by now.
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If you don't know, I don't understand. Or you want  some more examples, then just get in touch with  
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me at www.englishlessonviaskype.com and I'll  try to help you along. Writing good emails,  
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writing good letters, writing good essays.  Really, really great way for you to improve  
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your English. So this is Harry saying  goodbye and thanks for listening.
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Join me again soon.
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