ENGLISH ADDICT – LESSON 6 – Success / Failure – AUTUMN – SUNDAY 17th November 2019


why do I always have to cut it so fine
what does that mean I will explain in a moment hello there welcome it is
another English addict live hmm
if you cut it fine it means you do something with very little time
remaining today I was really cutting it very fine because I was doing many
things this morning some of the things I might talk about later on and some of
them I’m definitely not going to mention so today I was really cutting it fine
mr. Duncan why do you have to cut it fine it means you do something in a
hurry because time is running out you might remember in the movie Back to the
Future that was actually used that phrase Oh doc why do you have to cut it
so fine without any time to spare so I hope that helps you here is a tip for
everyone who one day wants to be a presenter on their own live stream can I
just give you some advice here one piece of advice that is very useful you might
want to have a tic tac before you go on so I always find if you have a tic tac
before you start your live stream it makes your throat very relaxed so I
always pop a tic tac into my mouth before I start doing my live broadcast
except today because unfortunately I was in a bit of a rush so I hope I wasn’t
too late so is there anyone out there well I hope you are relaxed I hope you
are having a lovely comfortable time do you know why because it’s Sunday mmm-hmm it is it’s Sunday everyone I
hope you are having a super-duper day it is the weekend it has arrived and it is
still with us I hope you have had a good weekend yesterday I went out walking
with mr. Steve we went into town and on the way we saw lots of beautiful things
would you like to have a look at what I filmed yesterday so this is what I
filmed yesterday as we walked around oh look at that at the moment the weather
is very autumnal very misty not too cold however it is rather damp so there you
can see one of the views from yesterday as I was walking around you can see in
the distance there is a man walking his dog I hope it doesn’t do a poo on the
path because people don’t like that I don’t like it I certainly don’t like
treading in dog poo to be honest with you and also we have
another view there looking the other way oh yes you can see the leaves have
definitely started falling now everything looks very or terminal I
don’t know about you but I love autumn I think autumn is one of my most favorite
seasons of the year we will be talking a little bit about autumn today because
well it really just feel as if autumn is in the air and as if you needed any more
demonstration as to how or terminal everything is at the moment look at that
there I am walking through the leaves yesterday with my big long legs can I
tell you a story the other week when I was climbing over one of the fences near
my house I actually fell off the fence so yes that wasn’t very nice and one
more shot from our lovely autum walk yesterday there it is there
is mr. Steve in the distance oh hello Steve and you can see lots of leaves on the
ground it really does look like autumn has definitely arrived we had a little
bit of snow last week but we haven’t had any more snow at all at the moment so
we’ve had no more snow fortunately even though autumn is definitely in the air I
think it’s very safe to say mm-hmm definitely so here we are English addict
for you English addicts out there and for those who’ve never watched before
hello my name is mr. Duncan and I hope you are having a good day I teach
English on YouTube and I’ve been doing that for a long time in fact I would
imagine that some of my viewers were actual babies or very young children
when I started making my youtube lessons just to make me feel really really old
hello to the live chat oh hello live chat I’m sorry I haven’t forgotten about
you don’t worry hello – grace grace chin congratulations to you you are first on
today’s live chat which as usual deserves a super-duper round of applause it always makes me so happy when I see
all of my regular viewers and of course some of my new viewers on the live chat
if it is your first time today let me know you can tell me mr. Duncan it’s my
first time on the live chat hello also not one thing you were second
today on the live chat not first like last week also we have Jimmy hello Jimmy
watching in Hong Kong lots of dramatic things taking place at
the moment in Hong Kong hello Jimmy hello Duncan from Jimmy in Hong Kong
hello also – ciao hi Joe and Olga business new win is here as well in
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Hiroko and also can I say a big thank you to all my lovely donators who have
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also your company as well don’t forget I do all of this for free if you want to
get in touch you are more than welcome to do so you can even send a donation by
yourself if you want hmm I never know what’s happening on
Sundays anymore sometimes I have a large audience and sometimes I don’t have a
very large audience I really don’t know why last week we had a huge audience so
I’m hoping that we will repeat it again today hello Eric hello Martha hello
Maria hello Maria and waving to you now
Chris is here also Grande hello Grande nice to see you greetings
from Brazil and hello to you thanks for joining me on Sunday we are now live
across the internet across the world wide wobble hello also to Marella Cory
Caesar and also Umi Armour hello to you as well one of the questions I’m asking
today if you could be a character from one of your favorite TV shows movies or
maybe literature what character or which character would you be so if you could
be any character maybe a favorite character from one of your TV shows that
you enjoy watching or maybe a movie or maybe a book that you’ve read in the
past if there is a favorite character that you would love to be somebody you
would love to be like if you remember last Sunday I mentioned that when I was
at school I used to pretend to be c-3po from Star Wars so that’s what I did in
my childhood which explains a lot when you think about it so if you could be
any character from fiction or nonfiction so maybe something from a fantasy novel
or a fantasy film or maybe something romantic perhaps so please let me know
also we have the mystery idiom coming today
well in fact I think we will do it now can I just say first of all to Joey can
I say to Joey that this is not a repeated not Joey
Jimmy hello Jimmy in Hong Kong so today’s mystery idiom is not a repeat
from last year this is a brand new mystery idiom and here it comes right
now so just say what you see today’s mystery
idiom is on your screen right now but what is it what is the mystery idiom
what is it if you think you know the answer let me know you can say mr.
Duncan I know what it is because I’m a clever clogs so if you think you know
what the mystery idiom is you can leave your message on the Live Chat I hope you’re having a good day hello
also to lots of people joining right now hello Kevin Cheung watching in China the
mainland of China so not Hong Kong but actually on the mainland where we talk
about mainland China we mean the big chunk that is China itself so quite
often we will talk about mainland China where we mean the big chunk of China the
thing that looks a little bit like a cockerel some people say that China the
shape of China looks a little bit like a giant chicken or cockerel so that’s why
hello also to emmen hello also to Irene Eman gives a little clue to what the
mystery idiom might be hello also to Cesar again great minds think alike oh
that’s an interesting one I wonder why you’ve said that I’m not
sure why bit trees is here oh if I could be someone from a book film or TV show I
would be Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice
I love Jane Austen stories I would say I know I’m taking a risk here because we
are living in the 21st century when everyone is very sensitive but I think
Jane Austen is really for women I think women enjoy reading Jane Austen books I
don’t know any men who read romantic novels I don’t know anyone who reads
romantic novels men I know lots of ladies and lots of women who like
reading romantic stories Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice mr. Darcy no mr.
Darcy my heart doth later when you walk by mr. Darcy so what
about you do you have a favorite character so we’ve had Pride and
Prejudice by Jane Austen and I think romantic stories romantic movies are
mainly watched by ladies if there are any men watching the movie quite often
they have been dragged there by their girlfriend or wife I think so
christina is here Louie Mendez Allah Luis Mendez watching in France zhabin
also Belarus ER nice to see you back as well all of our lovely regular viewers
if it is your first time let me know hello – Winston Winston 1975 I’ve never
seen you here before is it your first time on the live stream
if it is please say it’s my first time Oscar hello Oscar
people are talking about you at the moment well not you personally but they
are talking about the Oscars because at the start of next year they will be
giving out those lovely statues to the actor actress or director writer camera
operator tea boy or tea girl of course must remember that so the Oscars are in
the news people talking about which movie might get an Oscar next year hello
Cory I would like to be the little prince by saint-exupery Thank You Cory
yes the little prince now I saw an animation a few months ago on Netflix
called the little prince and I have a feeling it was the same story I think it
was Irene come on Irene join in my show and say hello
thank you very much to you I mean yes Pride and Prejudice I also enjoy
romantic music says Eman yes I suppose so now I think men and women can enjoy
romantic songs I think you’re right there
Thank You Kristina now this is something I was watching the other night on the
news very worrying scenes hello mr. Duncan Venice is flooded one
of the most beautiful cities in the world not only the whole of Italy is hit
by the pouring rain but also heavy snowfall in northern Italy so Venice at
the moment is suffering a lot I saw some terrible pictures the other night where
the water level has risen so high it’s now starting to go into some of the old
buildings and they are now worried that some of the old buildings might actually
collapse because the water is washing underneath the buildings and as you know
Venice sits on a very precarious piece of land so even though Venice appears to
be very stable despite the fact there’s water flowing all around it normally at
the moment the water level has gone very high so many of the buildings are being
damaged and in some cases there is a fear that they might collapse so yes
very sad sights very sad scenes coming from Venice at the moment hello also – I
see hello also – Mohamed thank you nice to see you here saying hello from Sudan
thank you very much yes we do have people from all over the world watching
at the moment thank you also to grande again yes it is very sad what is
happening in Venice some of the buildings hundreds of years old
Venice is one of those countries that I’ve always sorry not countries one of
those places I’ve always wanted a visit I’ve never had a chance
to go there Italy I’ve always wanted to visit Italy especially southern Italy I
don’t know why I’ve always been strangely attracted to Italy hello to
satury no ciao mr. Duncan in the background I can hear birds yes there
are some birds in the background because I have my window open
now mr. Steve this morning decided to put the heating on in the house and now
in my studio because I have heating and also lots of lights which generate tons
of heat I am boiling at the moment so yes it’s very hot here in the studio
very hot indeed Frederico armed’ hello to Dubai
nice to see you here as well so many people here today oh my goodness not as
many as last week I don’t know what happened last week I think maybe the
YouTube’s algorithms had gone to sleep and people were actually being informed
about my livestream however it looks as if the YouTube algorithms have taken
their revenge today on me I’ve had a busy week I am trying to design a
website I didn’t realize it was such a hard thing to do and my eyes have been
hurting so much this week they really have mr. Duncan let me send my beloved
greetings to hastings 1066 where i spent a whole week last summer
hastings yes the place where a very famous battle took place in 1066 Irene
Luis Mendez what is the weather like in your country asks Irene we’ve had loads
of rain yesterday I was walking with Steve and there was a lot of water
around and apparently there is going to be more rain on the way as well Oh so I
thought we would have a look at something or terminal I don’t know why I
thought it would be nice today to have an excerpt from one of my favorite
lessons and this lesson is describing and talking all about the particular
season that we are going through at the moment here in the UK autumn autumn is
approaching time to roll down your sleeves the first evening chill arrives
with the falling of the leaves red and gold become to worse the colour of
change and decay for as the seasons are concerned this has always been the way
these changes have and always will decide how things must be autumns fall
and a winter’s chill will choose the fates of you and me trees that lose their leaves in autumn
are called deciduous this word relates to the loss
of the leaves which normally turn gold or red before falling to the ground and
surprisingly trees that never lose their leaves are referred to as evergreen
tropical trees are almost always evergreen as they usually exist in
countries where the temperature and moisture level is high all year round so what makes autumn so special well
just like spring autumn is a period of transition you could say that it is the
opposite of spring in the sense of it being the time when plants and trees and
even many wild animals prepare for the onset or arrival of winter it is the
season when almost everything in nature wind down the leaves on the trees turn
gold and fall to the ground flowers will wither away after shedding their seeds
animals will begin to store food in their nests and burrows the days will
become shorter and the nighttime temperature will begin to drop everyone has their own favorite season
for me I have to pick summer as my favorite closely followed by spring
autumn and winter I would love to live in a place that has long hot summers a
sunny climate really does cheer the soul but then I would find myself missing the
unique sensation of walking out on a snowy winters day so living in England
gives me the chance to experience both with spring and autumn added is a
pleasant bonus do you have many seasons in your country which one is your
favorite autumn serves as a reminder to us all that everything has a pattern a
beginning and an end the seasons come and go even in places where those
changes are very subtle but exist they do even in our lives there are seasons a
time to grow a time to blossom a time to live
and a time to die these changes have and always will decide how things must be
autumns fall and winters chill will choose the fates of you and me oh I hope you enjoyed that an excerpt
from my autumn lesson one of my all-time favorite lessons by the way it is live
it is here it is happening right no spontaneous English chat it is English
addict live on a Sunday afternoon hello to everyone watching at the moment hello
to Guadalupe hello also to Palmyra and also to ham Oh
hallo hallo hallo a very interesting name there
hello also de Belarusian now it would appear that Belarusian in her life has
had things go wrong but also one of the things that Belarusian says and I love
the comment by the way is I never give up
I always persevere today we are talking about success and failure here’s a word
by the way that a lot of people spell incorrectly so many people get this
wrong when they spell it so failure and success words connected to those things
sometimes I also like to bring up words to do with business English and here’s
an interesting one middle man have you ever heard of this phrase the middle man
especially in business is a person who you do business with when you are buying
and selling so quite often the middle man will be the person who is involved
with buying or selling so they are in the middle of the process of you earning
money or making a profit in your business so the middle man can also be
described as the go-between a go-between is the middle man for example if you are
in a shop you need the supplier you need the person who will give you
goods so they are the middleman they are in between you and the customer so the
middleman is the person who supplies your goods so you can sell them to your
customer so we often refer to the person involved in the middle as the middleman
and once again here we are in the 21st century and some people might say mr.
Duncan that is very sexist that is very prejudiced well this is a phrase that’s
been around for a long time and I don’t think it’s going away to be honest I
suppose these days you could say middle person middle human perhaps so middleman
a person who is involved in the process of supplying or passing on something to
another person who would then sell it to their customers so the middleman the
go-between the person who is in the middle is literally the middleman
however sometimes in business you want to cut out the middleman so sometimes
you like to find your own supplies by yourself or maybe you create your own
products so if you create your own products the things you create are yours
and you have made them we can say that you cut out the middleman so there is no
one involved in the middle of your business because you cut out the
middleman quite often if you are working in retail if you are working for
yourself sometimes you need to make sure that all of those expenses stay low so
now and again if you cut out the middleman it can save you a lot of money
and of course you can make more profit hello also to Palmero who is here yes
lots of people are talking about the floods that are happening at the moment
a spare in Venice it would appear that Venice is
normally under water but now it’s really under water
hello mr. Duncan I like your autumn lesson with my oh I did I did your
autumn lesson with my English teacher last year it is a great lesson Thank You
Beatrice it is also one of my favorite lessons as well it was fun to make and
also it was nice to edit so as you know I love looking out the window I love
looking at nature in fact right now I am looking out the window at the moment and
there is the view right now so there is a live view looking outside you can see
it’s very misty it really does look as if autumn has arrived and looking the
other way look at that you can really see that
everywhere is very misty there is lots of cloud overhead it isn’t bright it
isn’t sunny it isn’t too cold however normally in autumn things become very
damp so outside the weather is damp so it isn’t good weather for drying your
washing so during the autumn you will never see people hanging there washing
on the line because it won’t dry hello Emin I think
besides perseverance humans should also have discipline well I think so
especially when it comes to having success and that’s something we are
talking about today so if you want to have success I think sometimes you need
two things and I mean just mentioned them perseverance and also a little bit
of discipline as well so I always find when I read stories about people who
have had success in their life quite often they’ve had periods of failure so quite often a person who is
successful or becomes successful quite often has periods of failure as
well you might find people who become successful actors or singers may have
spent years in years doing that same thing with no success whatsoever so you
might find that a famous actor maybe they struggled for many years before
someone noticed them they took notice of that person and then suddenly their
career takes off they become a success so there are many lovely words connected
to the word success of course you you can have success when things go your way
when you have a good period of time maybe in business you have success you
are successful you have success so to have success is to succeed you succeed
in the thing you are doing you have lots of success
I suppose another word you could use victory so you might have a victory you
win a battle maybe you are trying your best to create your own business or
maybe your own website oh dear I can’t even say the word if I tried to say
website I hate it because I’ve been trying to make my own website and it’s
not going very well so victory is when you succeed when you have success maybe
there is something you are trying to do something you are trying to do well and
eventually you get it right you have your success you have victory quite
often I think that word is underused I like the word victory you are victorious
for tuned here’s another one normally if you have success we quite often say that
you have good fortune so we often think of fortune as belonging to having money
or connected to being wealthy so you might have a lot of money you might be
so successful that you earn lots of money you have good fortune so fortune
can also mean just to have things go your way so you have success you have
fortune things go well for you here’s a nice expression if you have success if
something goes right you can say it all came together so maybe you have a
business plan maybe for many weeks you design your website you put together
your business plan and then everything works perfectly you have success
you can say it all came together I had success everything worked out the
way I planned so if it all came together it means it worked and you have had
success here’s a good one this describes a person who is good at
their job maybe they are good at a certain profession or maybe they are
good at performing maybe they are a good singer or actor we can say that they are
top of the game so when we talk about game here we are just talking about the
area or the business or the type of thing you are doing so to be top of the
game means that you are successful you are having a lot of success in the thing
that you are doing you are top of the game or they can be top of their game so
maybe a footballer who is very successful and scores lots of goals
during the season we can say that they are top of their game although in that
case it is literally a game that they are playing so you can be top of the
game it means you are doing very well in your chosen profession the thing you
have decided to do you are now successful you are top of the game quite
like that one here’s another one I like this one as well to go from strength to
strength if you go from strength to strength it means things are still going
well you are still having success so if your business is going from strength to
strength it means it is going very well my business is going from strength to
strength things are going really well at the moment so if you go
from strength to strength it means you are having continued success your
success is carrying on so sometimes you might lose your success you might slowly
fail however the opposite is to go from strength to strength things are going
well for me at the moment you might say that things are going from strength to
strength I like it I like it a lot Rakesh what is the best
way to write in English and keep clearly I make more mistakes
well writing is a very complicated skill now one of the best ways to improve your
writing and this is something I’ve mentioned in the past is to copy
something from a book so if you want to learn grammar rules as you go along in a
practical way so when we say practical we mean you are actually doing the thing
in question you are doing it so maybe you can find one of your favorite books
or maybe a book about a subject you are interested in and then just sit down get
a piece of paper not a computer don’t do it on the computer do it by hand it is a
very good way of getting words and also grammar rules into your brain because
you are using your brain in a different way
right and as you write your brain is registering those words and all of those
grammar rules in a different way so that’s one of my my big ideas one of my
tips so I hope that helps you chris says yesterday I became a successful blood
donor when I attended a Red Cross and radio charity event after I donated
blood I was interviewed by a well-known local radio stay
oh very nice so Chris Morales was giving blood I must be honest with you I’m not
a big fan of having needles stuck in my arm or anywhere else for that matter so
I don’t really like needles I’ve never donated blood there isn’t any
reason for it before anyone starts thinking in their head or I wonder why
why oh why doesn’t he donate blood there is no reason why I can’t donate blood I
can donate blood and I am protesting too much there so but I’m not a fan I don’t
want to see my blood coming out of my body to be honest I like my blood inside
my body I always think the best place for my blood is inside my body even if I
get a paper cut III I hate it I hate looking at the blood coming out of my
body it’s horrible so yes I’m not a big fan of blood seeing it especially in
real life maybe maybe in a horror movie it’s not too bad because it’s not real
but in real life I’m not very good at looking at blood hello neo hello also to
Lois again hello Anna nice to see you back with us chatting away by the way
tomorrow can you guess what I’m doing tomorrow
I’m doing something tomorrow I won’t say what I’m doing I will ask you to guess
what I’m doing tomorrow but I’m doing something tomorrow and also Tuesday and
it has nothing to do with my new website nothing to do with that by the way you
can catch me Sunday Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. UK time for those who are
wondering when can we see you those are the days and also the time as well the
time is always the same hello – Rakesh can you please tell me some advice I
want to speak English in a few days rakesh that isn’t going to happen I’m
afraid you can’t learn English in a few days
unfortunately I always like to be honest and sometimes maybe my answer will be a
little blunt but you can’t learn English you can’t learn to speak English in a
few days Cristina I love the poetry of your
videos thank you Christina yes I do sometimes sit down and I I feel inspired
by something I think this is something that happens to all people who are
creative I would consider myself as being a creative person and sometimes I
have inspiration something just pops in my head and I can’t resist writing
something down so quite often I will write little pieces of poetry or maybe a
little passage that has some deep meaning so I do do that sometimes not
always but if I get the muse if I get the feeling I always act on it quite a
loop mr. Duncan have you ever studied something about art like photography or
something like that your videos are beautiful I have never studied
photography I have never studied video editing never so I didn’t go to media
school I didn’t go to film school everything I’ve done I’ve taught myself
I’ve had to learn by myself so once again proving that you can do these
things so so all of my videos all of the lessons that you see have been filmed
created edited that the music has been edited by me as well so everything you
see and hear in some way has been created or edited by me but I have no
background in the film industry or television industry I
nothing to do with that I’ve taught myself everything to do with design even
studio layout so designing your own studio using the lighting using the
backgrounds using everything I’ve taught myself so no I’ve never done that I’ve
never taken a proper course in media studies or anything like that
hello Irene satury no what is your country where is satury no asks Irene Belarusian says my favorite television
character was dr. Quinn oh yes dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
that was her name I can’t remember the name of the actress who played her I
can’t remember her name but yes I remember dr. Quinn Medicine Woman I
think it was around in I want to say the early 1990s it was a long time ago
but yes I suppose you could describe dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as a heroine a
person who is heroic a female who is heroic is a heroine mr. Duncan you are a
very sensitive and creative man we really appreciate it Thank You Guadalupe
I go through phases like all people who create things I go through phases
periods of time where I have a lot of creative energy and then suddenly it all
disappears so I have to wait until it comes back so anyone who writes or
paints or creates anything quite often will have periods of creativity and then
periods of no creativity so I think it’s it’s something that affects everyone
who is in the creative field thank you too Frederika I think you are
very creative I like your lessons because they are always original I try
to be original even this even my live stream I always try to make it different
from everyone else so everyone else has their way of doing their English lessons
some people like what they do and some people like what I do sometimes Julie
thank you very much Julie for saying hello so we have talked about success I
suppose now we should talk about failure oh dear failure it is not a positive
subject however sometimes failure can be a good thing some people believe that
failure is the mother of success so sometimes when you fail it might push
you to try harder do better next time so sometimes failure can be the mother
of success so when you fail if you have failure or you have a failure it means
something doesn’t work out the way you expect it something does not happen the
way you wanted it to you have failure or you have a failure maybe if you are
designing a new type of engine maybe it doesn’t work properly it is a failure so
you go back you try again you make some changes but maybe next time it will work
maybe next time you will have success so the word failure is something we will
hear quite often if something doesn’t happen so maybe you are waiting for
something to occur but it doesn’t happen we might say that it is a failure it
failed here’s a word that we’re hearing quite a
lot at the moment collapse here at the moment even the here in the UK
many businesses are on the verge or near to collapse there are one or two
businesses some of the businesses that have been around for many years are on
the verge they are about to collapse so this is something that’s happening in
the UK and I’m sure in many places around the world as well so collapse is
another way of describing a thing that’s failed maybe a business so a business
might collapse if it’s not successful maybe it builds too many debts so it has
a lot of debts that it has to pay pay back we often call those overheads so
overheads are the things that you have to pay for the things that cost you
money in your business and sometimes the overheads are more than your profits and
quite often the business will collapse collapse it will fail here’s another one
something that is a failure might be described as a letdown something is a
letdown so this in its sense here is a noun you are describing something as a
letdown or maybe an adjective even so if something is a letdown or you feel let
down by your failure so this can be used in more than one way so you can feel let
down or something can be a letdown I’m sorry I was going along the other night
to the opening of that new store but when I got inside I wasn’t very
impressed it was a letdown it was disappointing I think it will be
a failure oh dear drop the ball or dropped the
ball if you want to use the past tense so dropped the ball if you have dropped
the ball you have been careless maybe your
failure was caused by not paying attention to your business maybe you are
being lazy with your business plan maybe you weren’t putting enough work or
energy into the thing you were doing you dropped the ball and because of that you
had failure oh do you mean hello Rakesh hello or so Mohammed again
we always need phrasal verbs I think so yes I think phrasal verbs are very
useful in English but you have to choose the right time to use them talking of
phrases and idioms here is today’s mystery idiom there it is
today’s mystery idiom all you have to do is tell me what it is it is a well-known
phrase in English I think I think maybe there have been maybe two correct
answers to that I see very nice so I think maybe there are two correct
answers to that at the moment I will give you the answer a little bit
later on sir do you have any failure moments that broke your heart me we
don’t have enough time to talk about the things that I fail that I have had so
many failures in my life in fact quite often when I look back at the things
that I failed at I realize that I I did gain something from it so even though
something fails even though sometimes I wasn’t successful sometimes you might
find that there is some experience from that failure that you can take with you
so I don’t think failure is always a bad thing although if you have it too often
it can be a little bit disappointing to say the least but yes you can have a lot
of failure in your life especially in your young years when you are young you
are still starting out on the road of life so you can have a lot of failure a
lot of things can not go the way you planned or maybe they turn out to be a
disappointment I think so I think Guadeloupe has been a little bit
distracted by my live stream I have to do some work in my house and I have been
dropping the ball why what have you been doing I think you’ve been distracted by
my live streams I think so Helen a success is a dangerous situation you can
fall very quickly when you don’t have the ability to continue to work at it
day after day this is the thing that I’ve experienced in the past doing this
because it looks easy I’m going to be honest with you it does look easy all
I’m doing is standing here in front of a camera talking into a microphone
however it’s probably one of the hardest things you could ever do and you have to
keep doing it and you have to keep putting your energy
into it and sometimes it is very hard to do so to be successful sometimes you
have to give a lot of your own your own energy or your own time you have to
devote a lot of your life to doing one thing so I think so yes success is the
road to failure or from failure so from failure you can have success so
doing this for 13 years has not been easy and over the past few years I’ve
had a lot of difficulties with YouTube personally which I’m not going to go
into but yes being on YouTube for 13 years sounds like a good thing it sounds
like I’ve had a lot of success but not always sometimes it can be very
difficult some days some mornings when I wake up I think what am I going to do
how am I going to do this so it isn’t always easy
it isn’t sometimes this can be the most difficult thing in the world to do it
really can for those who want to get in touch one or two people are interested
in writing to me here are my details and also if you want to send a donation feel
free oh I’ve just realized I’m sorry about
that there was no sound I’m back don’t worry if you have failure you can say
that it fell apart I just had failure then because I forgot to activate my
microphone failure unfortunately my livestream fell apart because mr. Duncan
forgot to turn his microphone up so I’m back now don’t worry sorry about that
sometimes my finger slips on the controls so if something fell apart we
can say that it was a failure it did not work and also we can say if something
fails we can say that it did not take off so quite often especially in this
day and age where new businesses new products new inventions come along all
the time sometimes it doesn’t take off sometimes people don’t want it sometimes
people are not interested in buying that particular thing don’t worry I’m back
now I’m back don’t worry a lot of people saying mr. Duncan we can’t hear you
I think you can hear me now it did not take off it was unsuccessful it did not
take off it did not succeed so maybe you launched a new product or maybe a new
magazine or maybe a new toy because Christmas is on the way but maybe no one
is interested in it no one buys it no one is interested in the thing that you
are trying to sell we can say that it did not take off yes I tried to invent a
pair of socks that you can also wear on your hands but unfortunately it didn’t
take off no one wanted them so that’s it early I
hope you’ve enjoyed today’s livestream by the way not as many people this week
is last week I don’t know why the sound is back yes I know it’s my fault
you can blame this finger it is this finger that caused the problem sometimes
fingers can get you into all sorts of difficulties quang yes the sound is
better thank you very much so we have the mystery idiom here is the
answer to today’s mystery idiom there it is there is the question now normally
when I have my mystery idiom I always ask say what you see can you please say
what you see so if you have a look there you can see it is a man we are looking
at the top of his head and we can see there are some hairs coming out from his
head the answer to today’s mystery idiom is OD bitte bitte bitte by splitting
hairs splitting hairs we can also say hair splitting so this is actually an
idiom and the meaning is to find tiny faults or to make trivial points during
an argument to focus on tiny details can be described as splitting hairs you make
arguments that are so pointless you are splitting hairs you are going into fine
detail about something and you don’t have to because there is no need you are
splitting hairs so there it is a well-known expression in the English
language and there it is today’s mystery idiom I hope you enjoyed that an
the one coming I think will have another one on Wednesday because I will be with
you on Wednesday don’t forget that is when I’m back with you congratulations
to those who got it right in your life it can happen often that who you think
is your soulmate will throw you away yes you can have failure in your
relationship so maybe a relationship can also fail it can fall apart it cannot
succeed so sometimes when you meet someone for the first time everything is
so excited you can’t wait to get naked together everything is really exciting
but maybe after a long period of time you might find out that that person
isn’t very nice maybe they are cheating so we can say that your relationship was
not successful for whatever reason it may be whatever reason it is yes the
phrase splitting hairs is negative it is often used when we are criticizing
someone for being too picky if you are making a trivial point during an
argument or if you focus on tiny details and you are using those two to make your
point or to succeed in an argument you are just splitting hairs you are going
into too much detail you are being too fussy you are splitting hairs Vladislav hello to you do you make your
website on WordPress mr. Duncan I’m not using WordPress I am using a third-party
website creator but the problem is I’ve never done this before so it’s something
I’m learning I always like to push myself so this week and also last week
I’ve been learning about website design how to get your domain name so I’ve
bought my domain name and now I’m creating the website that the domain
name is going to be connected to if you split something it means you cut it in
half you split something so maybe you split a piece of wood or maybe you split
a bar of chocolate so you can have half each I I have 1/2 and you have ha I
split maybe if you are in a restaurant with your friend you might split the
bill so you will pay half each towards the cost of the meal my website’s name
not at the moment not at the moment there is no website
name at the moment because there is no website
it hasn’t been finished so I won’t be giving the website because it doesn’t
exist at the moment it isn’t even live it hasn’t even been published yet so we
are a long way from that but it is rather exciting I am excited about it
and also it is giving me a chance to learn something new so I’m learning all
about building a website connecting everything up so then people on the
internet can look at it hopefully hello also to Guadalupe in the literal way
when people have lice we we have to split the hair I’m not sure what you
mean by that when you say lice do you mean things crawling around on your head
I remember as a child when I was at primary school I would always come home
I would always come home with bugs in my hair because kids would go to school and
because you’re you’re with lots of other people there little bugs the little vice
we jump from one head to another so yes I
think my mother got really sick and tired of having to keep cleaning my hair
because we would go to school and then a few weeks later I would be scratching my
head and my mum would ask why are you scratching your head
you haven’t got lice again so that’s what would happen hello Eric mr. Duncan
you have to buy the domain before someone takes it yes I have bought the
domain in fact I’ve bought more than one doughnut domain because at the moment
they’re very cheap I don’t know why many years ago it used to be very very
expensive to buy a domain name in the early days of the internet when
everything was dot-com domain names some of them were worth thousands and
thousands of crowns some of them but nowadays you can buy
lots of them for ten pounds thank you very much for your company today Rakesh
hear about political political has been promises and after the election the
politics I think you mean politicians so people who carry out their political
duties is a politician a politician so quite often before an election people
will make lots of promises it’s actually happening here in the UK right now
because we have a general election coming next month on the 12th of
December so next month we have a general election coming here in the UK so at the
moment many of the leaders and the politicians are making amazing promises
one of them is free broadband for everyone so everyone in the country will
get free Internet I don’t think that’s ever going to happen I don’t think so it
means you will have to dig lots of roads and lots of
paths and lots of gardens so people can have the high-speed broadband so I don’t
think that’s going to happen because not only is it very expensive but it’s also
very difficult to do to be honest hello also – hi Lee Kwang
do you watch extras in your country extras is that the show with Ricky
Gervais I think so it must be very funny of course Ricky Gervais is a British
comedian so he’s actually British so yes I know him very well not personally we
don’t go to the pub together nothing like that split can also mean divorce or
maybe your relationship breaks down yes maybe your parents will split so they
will stop being together like my parents so my parents split up many years ago
and they got divorced so yes if you split it means your relationship comes
to an end and then you live separately you split your relationship comes to an
end thank you very much for your company I am going in a few moments so if you
want to say something say it now it’s actually dark outside have a look
outside now it’s actually gone dark look at that just to show that winter is just
around the corner look at that how dark it’s gone
the night is coming already and it’s only quarter past three in the afternoon
so that’s what happens sometimes you see sometimes the day’s become very short especially
here in the UK thank you for your lesson thank you very
much as well and hopefully on Wednesday when I’m back I won’t cut it fine I
won’t cut it fine I hope on Wednesday I will have plenty of time to spare before
my livestream begins what am i doing tomorrow and Tuesday shall I tell you
now okay I’m going to tell you now over the next two days I will be going up
into my loft into the attic and I will be looking for my Christmas lights yes
it’s that time of year again Christmas is around the corner and it’s time for
me to get my Christmas lights and put them up on the front of the house so
that’s what I’m going to be doing over the next couple of days I will see you
on Wednesday Wednesday so two days from now you have to wait until Wednesday of
course and with you on Sunday Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 p.m. UK time Thank
You Harley Kwang Thank You Irene thank you also to Eric we hope your website
will take off me too I hope it actually happens because I’m still working on it
it’s so difficult I didn’t realize I thought nowadays it would be very easy
to do but no you still have to put a lot of work into it
hello Christina Wow Christmas lights I love it
yes every year I always put my Christmas lights on the front of their house I
have lots of Christmas lights in the Attic upstairs so that’s what I’m doing
over the next couple of days Thank You Gabriel hello mr. Duncan how
are you are you before you have one book for students how can I receive that one
mm I think you mean do you mean have I got a book I have never published a book
myself so no although sometimes I have mentioned other books as well there is a
good one called English for everyone which is a very good book which you can
buy through Amazon or on the Internet hello Belarusian whether loop thank you
very much thanks for your company lots of people saying goodbye thanks a lot
for your company this is mr. Duncan saying thanks for
joining me today I’m back on Wednesday from 2 p.m. UK time and of course until
the next time we meet you know what’s coming next… stay happy stay good and stay alive ta ta for now 😎

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  1. Speak English With Mr Duncan

    TIME CODES – click on the blue time codes to skip forward to…
    HI EVERYBODY – 2:30 CUT IT FINE – 3:03 AUTUMN WALK – 5:24 MYSTERY IDIOM – 13:55
    AUTUMN LESSON (excerpt video) – 23:57 SUCCESS WORDS – 29:33 FAILURE WORDS – 50:52

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