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  • Hi.

  • I'm Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com.

  • Are you ready to test your vocabulary skills?

  • Let's do it.

  • Today, I want to test you on 15 advanced English vocabulary words that you'll definitely hear

  • in daily conversation, not words like convivial that you'll never hear Americans actually

  • say.

  • These are words that you're going to hear in conversation, in movies, in TV shows, and

  • you are welcome to integrate them and add them to your own personal vocabulary.

  • I challenge you to test yourself.

  • Try to get the correct answer to each sentence.

  • And if you don't get the answer correct, no worries.

  • That means that you're ready to add a new word to your vocabulary.

  • So, you can write it down, make your own sentence with it, read your sentence out loud, and

  • enjoy yourself because adding to your vocabulary can be fun, and also, it's super useful.

  • So, let's start with the first sentence.

  • I'm going to read you a sentence and there are going to be two options for you to fill

  • in the blank.

  • I'll give you three seconds, and you can try to guess what the correct answer is before

  • I explain it.

  • Let's get started.

  • Sentence number one is, I need to practice English because we have to ... with the American

  • branch next week.

  • Is the word collaborate or is the word decide?

  • We have to collaborate with the American branch.

  • We have to decide with the American branch.

  • Which word is the best fit for this sentence?

  • I'll give you three seconds.

  • Three, two, one.

  • The correct answer is collaborate.

  • If you got this correct, congratulations.

  • If not, I want to let you know that the word collaborate means work together.

  • So, you often use this in project situations.

  • I have to collaborate with my classmates.

  • We have to work together on a project.

  • Or, I have to collaborate with the marketing department or the American branch.

  • We're working on a project together.

  • We have to collaborate.

  • This is a beautiful advanced word.

  • Of course, you can simply say work together.

  • Great.

  • No problem.

  • But, this video is all about advanced English expressions that are commonly used.

  • So, you can say, "I have to collaborate with the American branch."

  • Let's go on to sentence number two.

  • The second sentence is, what do you think is the ... time to go to bed?

  • What do you think is the original time to go to bed?

  • What do you think is the optimum time to go to bed?

  • I'll give you three seconds.

  • Two, one.

  • What do you think is the optimum time to go to bed?

  • The word optimum is just an advanced, beautiful way to say best.

  • What do you think is the best time to go to bed.

  • Here in this picture you can see ... This is not sponsored by this company.

  • I just found this picture online.

  • But, this company has decided to use the word optimum to describe their product.

  • When you take their product, you will get the best sleep.

  • You will get the optimum sleep.

  • So, I hope that you can use this as an advanced way to say best.

  • Let's go to the next one.

  • Sentence number three.

  • When he told me about his experience growing up during the war, I realized how ... kids

  • are.

  • I realized how resistant kids are.

  • I realized how resilient kids are.

  • Both of these words sound similar, so make sure that you choose the correct one.

  • I'll give you three seconds.

  • Three, two, one.

  • I realized how resilient kids are.

  • This is a beautiful word.

  • There's a lovely Z sounds in there.

  • Resilient, resilient.

  • This means that you're able to survive even though you have difficult circumstances You're

  • able to keep going.

  • Kids are the perfect example of this.

  • Even though a lot of kids grow up in a difficult situation, they survive.

  • They are resilient.

  • They can adapt to those situations.

  • All right.

  • Let's go onto the next one.

  • Sentence number four.

  • It made me really annoyed when my dad ... at my idea to interview the president.

  • It made me really annoyed when my dad scoffed at my idea to interview the president or when

  • he scammed at my idea to interview the president?

  • Which one is the best word for this situation?

  • Three, two, one.

  • It made me really annoyed when my dad scoffed at my idea to interview the president.

  • The word scoff is another excellent word.

  • You can see by my facial expression that the word scoff means you're laughing.

  • You're making fun of.

  • It's often accompanied by this kind of puff of air.

  • If you are scoffing at someone else, you're kind of laughing or you think their idea is

  • a little stupid or silly.

  • You're going to make that same sound.

  • You think you can interview the president?

  • That is scoffing.

  • So when you hear someone scoffing, now you know they are indeed scoffing.

  • Let's go to the next one.

  • The fifth sentence is, in ... I should have bought stock in Google.

  • In ... I should have bought stock in Google.

  • Is it in retrospect I should have bought stock in Google or in honesty, I should have bought

  • stock in Google?

  • Which one feels the most right to you?

  • I'll give you three seconds.

  • Three, two, one.

  • In retrospect, I should have bought stock in Google.

  • This word retrospect is actually a word that we studied in the Fearless Fluency Club a

  • couple months ago.

  • The first part of this word is retro.

  • Retro means in the past and spect means looking.

  • So, we can imagine we're looking in the past, but there is a slight little nuance about

  • this word.

  • It means we're thinking about the past, but it means that we realized in the past we made

  • a bad decision.

  • But in the past, I didn't know it was a bad decision, but now I realize in retrospect

  • I should have bought stock in Google.

  • I would be really rich right now.

  • But you know, I didn't do it, and probably you didn't either.

  • So in retrospect, we can learn a lot.

  • Let's go to the next one.

  • Number six: I asked her to help me move next weekend, but her answer was kind of ... She

  • just said, "I don't know.

  • Maybe.

  • We'll see."

  • Was her answer inundated?

  • Was her answer ambiguous?

  • Which is the best word for this situation?

  • Three, two, one.

  • Her answer was ambiguous.

  • This means that it's not certain.

  • I don't actually know what her answer is.

  • It's not clear at all.

  • You can see in this cool image here that it is a little bit ambiguous.

  • Do you see a rabbit or do you see a duck?

  • It's ambiguous.

  • It's not certain.

  • It's a beautiful word.

  • Let's go to the next one.

  • Sentence number seven: Speaking only one language ... me from getting a promotion.

  • Speaking only one language hinders me from getting a promotion or speaking only one language

  • diverts me from getting a promotion?

  • What's the best word for this situation?

  • Three, two, one.

  • Speaking only one language hinders me from getting a promotion, and that's why I'm here

  • with Speak English with Vanessa to improve my English and get a promotion.

  • I hope it works for you.

  • Here, this word, hinders, means stops or prevents.

  • When you speak only one language, maybe that is preventing you from getting a better job

  • or it's preventing or hindering you from getting a promotion.

  • This word hinder is a beautiful way to color your vocabulary and sound like an advanced

  • English speaker.

  • Let's go to the next one.

  • Sentence number eight: My ancestors came to the US and tried to ... into the general American

  • culture.

  • They tried to asinine into the culture.

  • They tried to assimilate into the culture.

  • Which word is the best?

  • Three, two, one.

  • My ancestors came to the US and they tried to assimilate to the general American culture.

  • This means they tried to fit in.

  • They tried to be similar to the general American culture.

  • This is something that was quite common, especially in the early 1900s.

  • People who came to the US from Italy, like my ancestors, or Poland, or Ireland, or from

  • other countries as well, they try to fit in or lose their native culture and tried to

  • assimilate into the general American culture, which is why American culture nowadays is

  • quite diverse because no one can actually perfectly assimilate.

  • We all keep little bits of our own culture inside of us.

  • But, this is the best word to describe this.

  • They tried to assimilate into the general American culture.

  • Let's go to the next one.

  • Number nine: When the teenager hit my car in the parking lot, I couldn't believe how

  • ... he was.

  • I couldn't believe how nonchalant he was.

  • I couldn't believe how immune he was.

  • What is the best word for this sentence?

  • Three, two, one.

  • When the teenager hit my car, I couldn't believe how nonchalant he was.

  • This means not caring, cool.

  • It doesn't bother him.

  • "Oh, I hit your car.

  • It's not a big deal.

  • Oh, it's all right.

  • Don't worry about it."

  • Nonchalant.

  • I was quite surprised when the teenager hit my car and he didn't care.

  • He was just nonchalant.

  • It's all right.

  • Let's just go hang out on the beach.

  • Not exactly.

  • That's not exactly how you respond in that situation.

  • Let's go to the next one.

  • Sentence number 10: Last week, I was really busy and didn't get much sleep.

  • But last night, I slept for nine glorious hours, so this morning I feel ... This morning

  • I feel rejuvenated.

  • This morning I feel modified.

  • What's the best word in this situation?

  • I feel ... Three, two, one.

  • Rejuvenated.

  • Here we're talking about alive with energy.

  • I feel like before I was tired, and now, all of a sudden, I have more energy.

  • I feel rejuvenated.

  • So, what about for you?

  • What makes you feel rejuvenated?

  • Is it when you have a good chat with a friend, or you go for a walk in the woods, or you

  • get a good night's sleep?

  • What makes you feel rejuvenated?

  • Let's go to the next one.

  • Number 11: When he made a remark about her weight, he was ... to the fact that she felt

  • embarrassed.

  • He was obvious to the fact that she felt embarrassed or he was oblivious to the fact that she felt

  • embarrassed?

  • There is a slight difference between these two words in their spelling, so make sure

  • that you choose the word correctly, especially if you're writing it down.

  • Don't mess up.

  • I'll give you three, two, one seconds.

  • The correct answer is he was oblivious to the fact that she felt embarrassed.

  • This means that he had no clue.

  • He wasn't paying attention at all.

  • You can see in this image, this perfectly describes oblivious.

  • He's looking at his phone.

  • He's telling someone, "I'll see you later.

  • Take care," and then he's about to step in a giant hole.

  • He is oblivious.

  • He's not paying attention.

  • This is a beautiful word to talk about someone who just has no idea.

  • They're just oblivious.

  • They're not knowing what's going on.

  • Let's go to the next one.

  • Number 12: One of the worst types of bullying is to ... someone from the group.

  • Is to fund someone from the group?

  • Is to ostracize someone from the group?

  • Which one of these words is the best?

  • I'll give you three, two, one.

  • The correct answer is one of the worst types of bullying is to ostracize someone from the

  • group.

  • This means that you push them away.

  • You ignore them.

  • You don't let them be your friend, to be part of the group.

  • This is something that is really harsh, especially for teenagers because they really want to

  • have friends and fit in.

  • So, this is pretty tough.

  • If you were ostracized as a kid or as a teenager, I'm sorry.

  • It's really a difficult situation.

  • Number 13: I was gonna arrest inside today, but after I saw the sunny weather, I decided

  • to go for a hike ... of the moment.

  • What is that word there?