Read along to practice your English and to learn the English phrases YOU'RE MORE THAN WELCOME and WELCOME ABOARD

In this English lesson, I wanted to help you learn the English phrase you're more than welcome. Now, this phrase might already be familiar to you because when someone says thank you in English, you often respond by saying you're welcome, or you're more than welcome. But we can also use this phrase to tell people what they can do. Here's a great example. If you were having a snack at my house, and I had a plate with a bunch of cookies on it and you ate one cookie, I could say to you, "Hey, you're more than welcome to have another one." So it's kind of this polite, nice way in English to introduce an idea. It's not quite a command, but it's a suggestion, maybe. So I could suggest to you, "Oh, if you had one cup of coffee, you're more than welcome to have another cup." Or if you had one cookie, "You're more than welcome to have one or two more."

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The second phrase I wanted to teach you today is the phrase welcome aboard. Now, this might sound like it's a phrase you would use when someone comes on a boat, and you probably would. But I don't have a boat, and that's not how I use this phrase. I use this phrase to welcome a new coworker at my work. And it's a very common phrase at English-speaking businesses. If someone is hired, they'll say welcome aboard. And it basically means welcome to the company, welcome to the school. In my case, you are welcome here. So when you say welcome aboard, you're not necessarily on a boat. You could just be at a place of work.

So to review, when you say you're more than welcome, you can use this to introduce a suggestion to people. You're more than welcome to watch a few more videos when you're done watching this one. They don't have to be on my channel, but you're more than welcome to stick around and watch a few more. And if I say welcome aboard, it could be that I'm welcoming a coworker. I would even say this when a student joins my class. I might say, "Hey, welcome aboard." The semester's kind of started already. Maybe a student joins a few days late. I might say when they walk in, "Hey, you're new to the class, welcome aboard. Here's the course outline for you."

But hey, let's look at a comment from a previous video. This comment is from Valéria. "Hi, Teacher Bob. Thanks for this lesson. Our Mother Earth is a sleeping giant. We play a dangerous game with it." And my response was, that's a great example of the phrase sleeping giant. "The earth seems to be getting a bit angry lately. I think it was a sleeping giant, but it's waking up."

So I was actually wondering about this myself. It's kind of an interesting time we live in. The weather seems to be getting more extreme. I watch the French news quite often at night, and on the French news, they were showing forest fires all over different parts of Europe this summer. In Canada, there were really bad forest fires out in Western Canada and also in Northern Ontario. The coronavirus, I know it's not something that everyone likes to talk about, the pandemic. It kind of makes it feel like the earth is angry with us. And I have to wonder if are we somehow as human beings contributing to all this? I mean, we certainly are having some kind of effect on the planet. So thanks for that comment, Valéria. It does seem like maybe the earth was a sleeping giant, and we're kind of poking it a lot, and it starting to wake up.

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