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How to Use the Suffix "ish" | English Lesson

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Here is a way you can sound more like a native English-speaker! Simply start using the suffix "-ish". Click "CC" for English subtitles. Adding "ish" to the end of words is something that native English-speakers do all the time, but it's rarely talked about in English textbooks or classrooms. Knowing how to use it can also help you when you don't know the precise word to describe something. Examples: babyish, seventyish, smallish, whitish. You can also use it on its own to answer certain questions! Watch to find out how! For more English lessons, visit my channel, English with Max. All of the videos are free. These include free English vocabulary videos, English grammar videos, English pronunciation videos, English tips, and various other English lessons. This channel aims at helping people learn and improve their English - whether they have been learning English for a while or have recently started. I am a native speaker from Australia. I mainly speak British English. Stalk me! https://www.facebook.com/EnglishWithMax https://twitter.com/EnglishWithMax https://www.instagram.com/englishwithmax/
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English with Max (1 year ago)
Spread the love! If you'd like to contribute by translating the subtitles of this video into your own language, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_video?ref=player&v=tGgPedAkp_c
Oleg Jagga (1 year ago)
Happy to help, you're welcome :)
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks very much!! I just accepted them :).
Oleg Jagga (1 year ago)
Catch Russian subtitles. You can rely upon me, they are really good.
Isaac Wajntraub (1 month ago)
Hello Max! Regards from Brasil! I have watched some of your videos. They are the right lenght, humorous and carefully chosen. Congratulations on your sense of humour! By the way, I teach English here in São Paulo, a cosmopolitan and industrial city in the southeast of Brasil. Bye for now.
Isaac Wajntraub (1 month ago)
You're welcome. Well, from now on we can exchange information in Portuguese if you want. Success!
English with Max (1 month ago)
Thank you for your lovely comment! It's especially nice to hear from other teachers :). By the way, I recently started learning (Brazilian) Portuguese. :)
Marina Ivanda (3 months ago)
Thanks! Perfectly explained...
English with Max (3 months ago)
Thank you!
Andrea Giraldo MD, Ph.D. (7 months ago)
Dear Prof, Lovely expression, I have never heard it before. I was wondering if I might dare to ask you a question ? Could I write in that suffix in a mail or paper-work ? Thank you kindly
English with Max (7 months ago)
Hello! You could write it in an informal email, but not in a serious report or something academic.
Rohit Paul (8 months ago)
I like to watch your videos😊
Tian (9 months ago)
I came across this in the sitcom Friend, "that's so testosterone-y" haha
English with Max (9 months ago)
Haha, yes! The -y at the end of words is very similar!
Yann Pelletier (10 months ago)
I'd say that you are 27ishh.. Ish is right?!
English with Max (10 months ago)
I see! Yes, humour is always harder in a foreign language, especially when you're writing... I'm sure I would've got the joke if I'd heard it said :).
Yann Pelletier (10 months ago)
English with Max ohhhh I see lol and by the way I wanted to write "ish it right? " soo I tried to make a joke but it's not easy in an other language lol useful video again thx
English with Max (10 months ago)
Yes, the sentence is correct! But I'm a few years older than that 😉.
Ricado j. Valdez (10 months ago)
hi Max, so if i say my Engl-ish ... ish, maybe i sound a little bit native but my english is very bad. hahaha. sorry i am jocke.hahaha. thank you by your clases, are very interesting and very nice too
English with Max (10 months ago)
Hahaha, yes, I don't know why "-ish" is at the end of some languages :). Thank you very much! I'm happy you like them.
dmartinfpro (10 months ago)
Max, a video about the differences between Uses and Usage would be useful
English with Max (10 months ago)
I'll add it to the list ;)
Juan das Neves Soares (11 months ago)
Are these dialogues correct: Q: • Did your exam go well? A: • Hmm..., yeah, wellish. Q: • Is your new flatmate nice? A: • She/he is greatish.
Juan das Neves Soares (10 months ago)
English with Max Max you are the best teacher...
Juan das Neves Soares (10 months ago)
English with Max Thank you so much!
English with Max (11 months ago)
The first one is correct. We don't normally say "greatish" though. I'd say we don't use it with words that are *too* positive. We say goodish and nice-ish, but we don't normally say greatish, amazing-ish or fantastic-ish. I hope that makes sense!
Lina Benchadi (11 months ago)
i really need to see u smiling more. fan of u always
English with Max (11 months ago)
I'm glad you like my videos! I know some people think I should smile more, but it's just not my style. To be honest, I think smiling too much looks fake.
emilio campagnoli (11 months ago)
thank you very much for this interesting lesson XD
Long Nguyen (1 year ago)
Thanks Max I've learned a lot English from your channel
English with Max (1 year ago)
I'm glad to hear it :).
Thanks a lot!
English with Max (1 year ago)
You're welcome!
Bimal Rathnagoda (1 year ago)
Our teacher wants to be “twenties”, but in fact, she is more than double of it. (Kidding - Please don’t take seriously)
English with Max (1 year ago)
Haha, if my skin looks like this when I'm forty, I'll be delighted :).
Shoniz Haridy (1 year ago)
Thx
English with Max (1 year ago)
My pleasure!
Alisher Kodirov (1 year ago)
hi max. nice to see you
English with Max (1 year ago)
I'm happy to be back :).
Nicola Bruno (1 year ago)
usefulish! ;)
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks very much :).
Nicola Bruno (1 year ago)
Didn’t mean anything, I love your videos. Keep up the good work.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Haha :). I don't know if I should take that as a compliment or an insult!
Nicola Bruno (1 year ago)
Sorry, I couldn't help it...
Donnie D. (1 year ago)
Run Fast. Live Irish.
English with Max (1 year ago)
You're right ;). Btw, you probably know this, but "Irish" is simply the adjective relating to "Ireland". Just like Finnish or Swedish.
Donnie D. (1 year ago)
Neither do I. But we do not have to understand advertising slogans, do we?
English with Max (1 year ago)
Oh I see. I must admit, I still don't really understand it 🙈.
Donnie D. (1 year ago)
This is Nike's advertising slogan. I think it's a good example of _-ish_
English with Max (1 year ago)
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Hi Max. Great job! Here's my example: "I'm not a foolish student to miss Max's English video lessons, they 're very useful." (Please, correct.) I'll see you next time. Take it easy. Bye!
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks, Julio! *I'm not a foolish enough student to... Till next time!
Юрий Руденя (1 year ago)
You lessons are so Maxish...
English with Max (1 year ago)
Haha, very nice :).
Interesting lesson. Thank you! Max, you know we have different suffixes in Russian, Belarusian languages, too. For example: http://cdn.bolshoyvopros.ru/files/users/images/31/f9/31f9a498338103dc40428f599486ec21.jpg And I think it's not all. :) It can be used one, two or three in one word in one time. Different of course.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thank you! Cool :). Unfortunately I can't read Russian :(, but I believe you!
knik3 (1 year ago)
Oh, no. Just attempted it and using -ish, like in a sentence is kinda difficult.
English with Max (1 year ago)
I've never heard that one before! Was the person saying something was like a USB stick/port?
knik3 (1 year ago)
It is but I love the idea, like using "like" "kinda" and "ish" in one sentence, that would be perfectish. I'm starting to pay more attention to these words and just learned a new one: "USBish"
English with Max (1 year ago)
Yes, it's tricky-ish ;).
porrymanX (1 year ago)
Thanks for so interesting lesson.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Glad you liked it :).
Long Nguyen (1 year ago)
Good evening Max! I like your explaining and love Max.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks, Long :).
nesta (1 year ago)
Hello max , i hope you are will I want to ask you a small question about the difference between yellowy and yellowish ?
nesta (1 year ago)
thanks a lot.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Good question. In my opinion they mean the same thing, but "yellowish" is more common: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/yellowish?q=yellowy
nesta (1 year ago)
really love it , thanks a lot .
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thank you!
ahmed al baghdadi (1 year ago)
thank you dear
English with Max (1 year ago)
You're welcome!
Lhosain Bilakan (1 year ago)
Thank you
English with Max (1 year ago)
My pleasure!
Luca Cocco (1 year ago)
Hello Max, you're very good and funny. I like youre video and your speech :) Anyhow I'm Luca from Italy and i've been learning english for 5 months. I'm eager to see your next video. Bye
English with Max (1 year ago)
Well, even so! I know that languages are often taught badly in schools... It's great that you're doing all that to improve your English :).
Luca Cocco (1 year ago)
To be honest, i've been studied English at school, without success. Since 5 months i decided to start listening and reading every day in order to improve my skills :) By the way i've been watching tv series,, youtube video and listening english songs and radio.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Hi Luca! Thanks very much :). You English looks very good considering it's only been 5 months! Keep up the good work :).
You're lovely teacher
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks!
S1QuanA (1 year ago)
You changed a little, you're funnier! I love it
S1QuanA (1 year ago)
English with Max no, I haven't 😂😅
English with Max (1 year ago)
Glad you liked it! But have you watched ALL my videos ;)?
Tikus241 (1 year ago)
Are you twentyish?
English with Max (1 year ago)
I was ten years ago 😜.
esm325 (1 year ago)
Thank you. Very interesting. It is not formal as I'm understanding so you will not have read it in textbooks. Such using "-ish" is typical for Australia only or USA and UK too?
English with Max (1 year ago)
I'm glad you liked it. It's used in all English-speaking countries :).
Max Lengkong (1 year ago)
Oops! We are the same name.. btw, It's very useful. Thank you so much.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Haha, indeed! And thanks!
Przemek X (1 year ago)
superb combination of colours ...blue  , red ..and your hair ...you are very beautiful girl
English with Max (1 year ago)
Oh, thanks very much :).
yo yo (1 year ago)
Hi max. I AM from México. Very useful lessons. I love your gestures. Please correct
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks very much! Corrections: *I am from Mexico. *I love your facial expressions. (I think that's what you want to say with "gestures" .("gestos", no?) In English it can be translated in a couple of ways ;). )
Oleg Jagga (1 year ago)
This one was very useful. Thank you, ma'am!
English with Max (1 year ago)
Glad to hear it :). And my pleasure!
Salah Ahmad (1 year ago)
very nice lesson
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks!
Thank you Max. I hope to see you more happiness at the next video.
English with Max whatever. I hope to see you more comfortable at the next lesson. You are amazing in any case don't worry.😊😊😊
English with Max (1 year ago)
You're welcome :). What do you mean? Do I look sad? I was a little tired that day, but not sad ;).
Oleg Jagga (1 year ago)
I bet she was not dull, it was just a role she was playing. Btw, "more happy" or "happier" will be perfectly well instead of that "more happiness".
paulo terror (1 year ago)
I'm watching from Brazil, great video, you're very well.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Oh, thank you :). I live in a smallish ;) town called Coffs Harbour. It's nice, but I would recommend going to a big city (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, etc) if you plan to study English in Australia ;). Some Australian accents are very strong and difficult for foreigners to understand, but not everybody speaks like that. Australian actors such as Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush are also easy to understand.
paulo terror (1 year ago)
English with Max What city do you live in? You made me decide the country where I'm going to study English, I never thought I could understand an Australian. You seem to be a very nice person. 😅
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thank you :).
Bassel Hasan (1 year ago)
Thanks Max. I like your earnings they are funny. There is a keyboard 🎹 behind you, how long have you been playing it? One more thing, has Frank a girlfriend?
Bassel Hasan (1 year ago)
English with Max I play an oriental instrument called "Saz" and I'm learning the Violine. Glad to hear that Frank is recovering.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks, Bassel :). I played for about 8 years as a kid/teenager. Then I completely stopped for over 10 years... I've never been very good (I don't practise enough!), but it's enjoyable. Do you play? And no, he doesn't. His heart was broken by a platypus last year, and he's still recovering ;).

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