Learn English 182 Podcast Time To Wonder And Wander At Some English Conversation

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bit of help goes a long way so today's phrase is no wonder let's talk about this common English phrase and have a look at what it means and some different uses of the word wander so this is something you'll hear English speakers say fairly frequently no wonder but its meaning is not obvious to someone learning English as a foreign language so let's do the vocabulary first of all I think that you know the word no N Oh already and you'll be familiar with how to use it with a noun so if you say no cheese on your burger it means I don't want any cheese or if you say no problem it means it's fine I'll do what you ask it's not a problem so logically no wonder means there isn't any wonder but what does the word wonder mean notice the spelling here wonder wo n BER so you might have heard this word in the title of say Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll that's a very famous book or in another context at the moment in December you might visit a winter wonderland so that might give you a clue now the verb to wander so this word can be used as a verb to wander and its simplest meaning is to ask yourself you are asking yourself a question and you don't know the answer so it's a thought it's happening inside your head so you might say I wonder what we're going to have for dinner but you wouldn't say if you knew I wonder means you're trying to guess you don't know so you use this verb to wonder about things in the future or things you don't know the answer to I wonder if it will rain today I wonder if my car will break down I wonder if we are going out for dinner tonight so you're asking yourself questions about things you don't know the answer to but a slightly different older meaning of tawanda it means that you're amazed you're in or its somebody performed a miracle you might wonder at it so don't confuse to wonder spelt wo ND ER with the verb to wander which sounds almost the same wonder and wander there's a bit of a difference but not much in how you say it but to wander is spelt differently there will you a n de are and this is the verb which means to go around perhaps rather aimlessly going around without a fixed direction in German there's the word than the we sometimes use this in English we say wanderlust and it means the urge to walk about to explore with no particular purpose or agenda wanderlust just means you don't want to stay still so I just thought I'd mention the verb to wander as it sounds almost the same but it does mean something different you might say I'm going to wander around the shops or sheep or wandering on the hillside so the wonder is to walk around not in a hurry with no particular direction in mind you can also say I'm going for a wander it means the same thing so to wonder is a different verb so back to wonder what does it mean when it's a noun so wo nve are still as a noun it means something surprising something that will amaze you which you will admire so if you feel wonder you feel amazement and it is a generally positive thing you probably know the word wonderful which means really good brilliant amazing so if something is wonderful then wonder is what you feel when you look at it if you imagine the face of a little child when you first switch on your Christmas tree lights that might be a face of wonder that's assuming your Christmas lights are working and they're impressive I guess else it might not be a face full of wonder it might be a different face you might hear someone say oh she's a wonder with the accounts or he is a wonder with technical problems this means that these people are really good at something really skilled at accounts or sorting out tech problems you can even say someone works wonders that means they do really amazing things so amazing in fact it's a bit mysterious how do they do it it's someone to be impressed by so to work wonders if you take a pill and medicine from your doctor and it causes you to get better you might say always worked wonders for me so if you go back to the title of the book Alice in Wonderland then Wonderland here is a magical place which is full of wonder full of lovely surprising things in fact not to spoil the book for you it's actually all a dream Alice dreams the whole thing but if you're in Wonderland it's full of things you can be amazed at so you might hear of people visiting a winter wonderland at the moment it's the same thing it's meant to amaze and surprise you fill you with Wonder I'm not sure that the winter wonderland in the UK really do this that much we don't generally have snow and they're full of artificial snow not quite the same or maybe I'm being a misery guts there but yes a wonderland whatever thought it is is an amazing place so back to our original phrase which was no wonder we use this in a particular way what it means is earth that's not a surprise then is it so examples of how we use this might be no wonder my cake was horrible I'd added salt instead of sugar no wonder my car wouldn't drive properly he had a flat tire the roof of my house is leaking no wonder a tree fell onto it no wonder the cats are asleep they ate a whole chicken for lunch no wonder the road is busy there's been a big accident the water wouldn't go down the sink no wonder there's a blockage in it so usually this phrase is used of a situation which you might have wondered about you might have been asking questions about this situation you didn't know the answer you tasted the cake and it was horrible then later you discovered the salt so you say ah no wonder you noticed your car was driving badly and you wondered why what was the problem then you saw the flat tire ah no wonder the car was driving badly so it's what you say when you realize the truth of a situation and it makes sense ah no wonder so in summary this is us having a look at the verb in English to wander and making sure you don't get it confused with the other verb to wander which means to move around and to explore and we look at the now we've looked at the noun wonder and wonderland and wonderful and what that means and finally at the common English phrase no wonder so it's one of those phrases which is much more likely to be used in conversation than written down it's quite expressive no wonder you can say with some feeling you're sound very English if you use this phrase anyway enough for now speak to you again soon goodbye that's the end of this podcast don't forget to visit our website for other podcasts interesting articles and transcripts that's the written version of this podcast in PDF format you can sign up for our free 7 day course and if you're really serious about learning English poor swan is ready for you to buy and download adept English helping you become fluent in English [Music]