It’s something that teachers have been talking about (complaining about) for years now. “Why do we teach things like ‘What are you doing?’ when most people I know usually say, “What are you up to?”

“The book says that we should always use a subject, but people constantly seem to be saying things like ‘Went to the shops yesterday,’ and ‘gonna do it later’ all the time.”

And sure, this is only an issue when you’re comparing what the syllabus tells you to teach with what native-like speakers say.

And sure, the course books are (finally) getting better at bridging this gap.

But the fact remains that there’s always such a huge difference between what we’re supposed to teach and what a lot of people actually say – that messy, ungrammatical but commonly used English.

That lazy, but efficient way of speaking that we lock into when talking to someone we know pretty well.

That familiar, informal way of speaking.

To be fair, it’s not something that’s very easy to teach, just easier to demonstrate.

So in this video, I demonstrate it by talking to… er… to myself.

This time on the simple topic of the weekend.


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