What does bending the peace sign mean? [ ForB English Lesson ] Letöltés

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  • 2014. márc. 28.

  • Welcome to ForB's English lesson video! This time Kevin is going to explain the meaning of bending the peace sign. For other videos, please check out ForB YouTube Channel. ⇒http://www.youtube.com/user/ForBenglish ★Transcript Hello, everyone. Welcome to ForB's English lesson video. I'm Kevin, and today we're going to work on a gesture you might have seen in different American or British movies and TV shows. Have you ever seen ..... that gesture? In English, we call it air quotes or finger quotes. It comes from quotation marks which in writing English we use to show what somebody just said. Air quotes or finger quotes have kind of similar meaning in English when we speak. However, air quotes in spoken English, usually are used when we're making fun of someone or showing we don't believe someone. So, for example, let's say I have a boss who is very lazy. He often takes naps in his office and doesn't work so hard. Maybe after talking with my boss, I'm speaking with a co-worker, and I say "Yeah, the boss said I'm really busy." Notice, by using the air quotes, and my tone of voice, I show I don't believe the boss. He really did say "I'm really busy." but I don't believe it. I think he's lying while he sleeps in the office. Similarly, let's say me and my parents don't have a good relationship. My parents often complain or yell at me about things. But I don't listen to my parents. So, again, I'm talking with a friend, I say "Yeah, my Mom said, You have to work harder." Again, my finger quotes, my tone of voice, show I don't care what my mother said. She really did say "You have to work harder." but, it's not important to me. I'm making fun of her. So, from these situations, you can see air quotes or finger quotes are very casual and not so nice sometimes. So, in a formal situation, business situation we definitely don't want to use air quotes, but sometimes in formal situations we do need to quote someone. In these cases we will say "quote.......unquote" to show what somebody just said. So, for example, let's say I'm at a university conference and I'm making a presentation. In my presentation, I'm talking about what a professor or doctor said in an earlier report or paper. As I'm speaking I'll say, "As Dr. Jones said in his report last year. Quote. blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Unquote." This works in formal presentations but in daily conversation "quote, unquote" sounds too professional. You won't use it at all. But again, the air quote or finger quote, very casual. A little joking or disrespectful, so you have to be careful about that as well. Well, I hope this video was useful for you. Remember, if you liked this video, want to see more English lesson videos, please check out our channel. We have lots of videos there. Thanks again. We'll see you next time. ★ Subscription to our Channel http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... ★ List of our YouTube Videos http://www.youtube.com/user/ForBengli... ★ ForB Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ForBenglish ★ ForB News Blog http://forbnews.blogspot.com ★ ForB English Website http://www.forbusinesspeople.com #englishvocabulary #learnenglish #englishlesson

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