ED SHEERAN | What’s WRONG with his ENGLISH?


– How many times do you think Ed Sheeran says
the word like in 30 seconds? Honestly, how many times? Have a guess, because you’re gonna
be blown away by how many times he says it. Let’s check it out. – I sold out Cargo and made like two grand
and I remember like being like, like I’d never got more than 50 quid for a booking before
and like before then like nothing at all. I remember like having like two grand cash
in my hand and being like – [Interviewer] Sizing up. – Yeah but like all my mates were working
Saturday jobs at that point and I was like this is more than my mates would make in Saturday
jobs for the whole year. So that like, me leaving school where everyone was like you’re
an idiot – [Interviewer] Yeah. – And then I was holding that being like no
I – – What? 13 times in 30 seconds? That’s remarkable,
Ed, that’s – give this man a round of applause, this is a world record, I don’t think anyone’s
ever said like 13 times in 30 seconds. Now, what we wanna know is, why, why does he say
like 13 times in 30 seconds? Well, there’s two reasons. First of all, we use like as
a nothing word, it buys us time when we are thinking of what we are gonna say. When we
are constructing a sentence we’ll say the word like to fill the space whilst we are
thinking of of what we wanna say. It helps us to structure our sentences, hmm, now here
it sounds like Ed’s got into a bit of a habit of saying it. It’s almost like, well he’s
certainly not controlling how often he says it, otherwise he wouldn’t say it 13 times
in 30 seconds. It’s just kind of a natural thing, it’s almost like a verbal tick, it’s
automatic, it’s a habit that he’s got into. It’s like a little crutch he uses when he’s
trying to think of what he wants to say. So that’s the first reason. The second reason
that he’s using it is part of a pattern that we use in everyday spoken English to report
what we’ve said or how we’ve felt. So he’s looking at the money that he earned from one
night’s work. Now he didn’t literally say those exact words, this is more than my mates
earn, he didn’t say those exact words, but that’s what he was feeling, that’s how he,
what he was thinking. So we can use like to report how we felt or something that we said. And it’s used all the time, he uses it again later Well, he’s reporting, there, what people
said or thought or felt. So, when he left school people maybe said to him, oh, you’re
an idiot. Okay, so he’s reporting the words that they said or maybe they expressed those
feelings to him, not maybe in those exact words. So, maybe they said are you sure you
wanna leave? Do you think its a good idea? But the idea here is that that was the emotion
that they had, you’re an idiot, why are you doing this? So, the word like in this context
is really functional, it’s not just filling space it’s actually reporting an emotion or
a thought or what someone has actually said. So, for you guys, do I recommend that you
start using the word like? Not necessarily, you don’t need to start trying to add it in.
As your conversation becomes more natural you’ll probably start using it a bit more.
Probably not a good idea to use it 13 times in 30 seconds, that’s a bit too much, but,
it could be a part of your english at some point if you are trying to think of a word
or buy some time throw the word like in there. And definitely I think it’s great to be aware
of how other people use it, especially with that reporting of the emotion or what someone
has said or thought, really useful there. Alright guys, thank you so much, remember
to check out my Instagram account and have a great day, yeah, have a brilliant day. Alright
guys, this is Tom, the chief dreamer, saying goodbye.

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99 thoughts on “ED SHEERAN | What’s WRONG with his ENGLISH?

  1. Can we have some history of past trendy filler words or sounds. Like, you know, really literally. I only remember 2 from ny own language. But I only noticed them if pointed out, or when traveling to a place that used a new or old word, compared to my region.

  2. I find Californians do it lots too. But it is just a way of keeping conversation going. It's a bit better than saying "erm". I think it can be useful for students – but they should be careful not to use it all the time, because it can be VERY annoying. When I ,like, hear people, like, talking like this, I'm like AAAAAARGH!

  3. I'm American and I'm thoroughly embarrassed to admit that the habit of using "like" as an empty filler and verbal tic originated here. I avoid it in my speech like the plague. I don't use "be like" either. I "say" things. P.S. I've been here all my life and I'm a fluent English speaker, but I still enjoy your videos. 🙂

  4. one of the best lessons. you observe the tiny but very important aspect of language which is never mentioned before. cheers mate.

  5. American use the word SO for the same reason he uses LIKE. In Brazil happens the same phenomenon. In Rio the word is TIPO and in São Paulo is ENTÃO.

  6. Thanks for this interesting video. Some people often say ‘you know’. One of the British celebrities who do so is Boy George.
    https://youtu.be/Gun0cPCxQXQ

  7. So like your saying its like umm not like a good idea to say like umm like in like every sentence i mean like I get it but like I like just can't ummm like stop 😉

  8. Hi Tom! Something truly remarkable happened a few days ago! I was watching the interview with JLo and one of the hosts said "discombobulated"! And then a few days after I was watching "Parks and Recreation" and one of the characters said "nincompoops"! And both times this happened I was like Whaaaat!!!!! It was you who taught me this vocabulary! It was the best feeling to hear and recognize these words! Thank you so much for helping us improve our English 🙂 Have a brilliant day too!!! 🙂

  9. You're the best teacher in UK
    You trigger many people by teaching English on youtube channel N very interesting every single you upload this vid.Good job …. amazing.

  10. Chief Dreamer: Thanks and have a good day you too 🙂
    Ed Sheeran: Sorry….. the way you talk is an abuse of filling verbal interjections. You speak in the same way that preteens (and some "lazy" teens) like to do in their conversations 🙁

  11. That most youngsters here talk…. too many ‘like’ …. and One of my colleagues speaks like that too… …

  12. It is like he likes like so much that he likes to use so many likes like there is nothing like like to convey his ideas!

  13. The only people I ever knew about who spoke using the word "like" so much were the "Valley Girls" types in the 80s in California.  For those who don't know, it wasn't just a movie thing all the time. 🙂

  14. Loved this video Tom…however, knowing the reasoning behind it doesn't make it any less irritating. This is a BIG issue here in the States as well. Back in the '80's (I think) there was a similar problem with the phrase "you know". Unfortunately, I find myself unable to pay attention to a conversation because I am subconsciously counting the number of times somebody says "like"….sigh….

  15. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 like he’s like funny like thou😍😍😍😍😍 I’m like your like number like one like stun

  16. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 like he’s like funny like thou😍😍😍😍😍 I’m like your like number like one like stun

  17. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 like he’s like funny like thou😍😍😍😍😍 I’m like your like number like one like stun

  18. Supposedly, the usage of “like” as a filler is from “Valley speak” (valley referring to an area in Southern California) which started, I think back in the 80s. If you watch the 80s movie Valley Girls or even Clueless from the 90s, you’ll see exaggerated forms of this slang and others which somehow reached to other areas of the US (and apparently across the pond), I’m assuming by way of tv shows and films.

  19. Your videos are so amazing. I found your channel just hy chance and I'm happy that I did. Keep on Tom!

  20. I love this channel for author's natural pace of speech. It will be advanced level of my listening skill when i can recognize all 100% what he says 🙂 whithout subtitles. I'm looking forward that day!!! Like, you know, i can speak, like as i native, but, like,a little bit dumb….

  21. Its absolutely the same way like we say in Russian!!!!! So its very easy to remember this, and more I often saying like this but thinking I was wrong, and now I see that yes I can speaking like this in streets way:-)

  22. … Girl, you know like I want your love 
    Your love was like handmade for like somebody like me 
    Come on now, like follow my lead 
    I may be like crazy, don't mind me…like.

    I'm not a native though. Not sure if I used all those like correctly.

  23. Ever heard of harry styles????he say every thing except the main thing…..he's saying umm..like…I think…
    And that's basically his whole conversation
    😂😂

  24. Hahaha 😂😂😂
    I think I really LIKE this channel.. It is LIKE ed sheeran who always LIKES to use LIKE in the sentences that was LIKE this channel showed to us. 😂😂😂

  25. Like like like like like like hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    I like your video 😂😂😂😂💔 OMG impossible hhhhhhh

  26. it was hard to understand Ed Sheeran to me, you speak very clear Tom maybe because your videos are for English learners?

  27. Great video! 👌

    Even though the uses of "like" apply mainly to the colloquial oral speech in informal contexts, which stigmatizes speakers using it to a lesser extent, it is to be pointed out that "like" serves as a great simplifying strategy, for example and among many others, to reproduce indirect speech:

    – He said, he would come at 8 o'clock.
    VS
    – He was like I will come at 8 o'clock. (no need to reformulate the sentence, you just refer to someone's words directly)

    Many linguists categorize "like" as a discourse marker. In fact, the amount of papers shedding light on this topic doesn't seem to stop growing. A great example is: "The discourse marker LIKE: A corpus-based analysis of selected varieties of English".

    In Spanish we have also a similar structure: "en plan". It works like "like", but has more functions, in other words, it is a little bit more flexible. At the end of the day, it is all about speakers simplifying their own language and making the best use out of it.

  28. I love the new logo. I have been away for a while, but I’m returning to London at the end of summer so I’m getting caught up. You’re the best Tom and convinced me not to try an English accent.

  29. That is ed’s strategy to be LIKED by some of us Tom.. what a genius.. I am gonna follow what he does.. I hope One day I could be someone LIKE him.. cheers..

  30. The sound/word "um" or "ahh" are both used quite often. As a matter of fact, Tom, the word "ahh" comes up a number of times in this video! I think we all use placeholder words without even realizing it.

  31. Great! I'm practicing my listening with your videos and I'm loving it. Thank you very much and continue the good job.

  32. I'm Italian and I use "like" a lot when I speak English to sound more fluent when I'm looking for a word in my mind, like, you know what I mean?

  33. Like is a typical American verbal tic. Ed hangs out with a lot of Americans lol😂 Interesting note, the French youth say "fait" in the same manner, example; "He was like, I dunno" becomes, "Il fait, shé pas" (je ne sais pas). So, the French youth do it as well, but it's fait instead of like lol🤣🤣🤣

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