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Playing Cards | English Vocabulary


Hi guys, welcome back to English with Max.
Today I have something a little different for you. Something that’s
hopefully a bit of fun. Today we are going to learn vocabulary related to
these things: playing cards. So if you want to go to a casino, maybe to play
some blackjack. Or if you want to maybe play some poker online, or do other
similar things that normally aren’t very good for your bank account,
this video might help you. Yes, Max is here to help you gamble. No, in all seriousness, guys, now I’m being
serious, this is vocabulary that you probably won’t learn in a classroom,
but it’s vocabulary that you will hear in English-speaking countries, or in
movies and TV shows. And of course there are a lot more games you can play with
these than just poker and blackjack. So if you’re interested in reaching an
advanced level in English, this is quite important vocabulary. And stay till the end
because at the end there will be a quiz. Not a written one, but a spoken one. How
exciting! As usual, this is my social media. I’ve been doing quite a lot on
Instagram lately – I never thought that would happen – but anyway, go check it out,
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to never miss a video. Now some of you might have noticed at
the beginning of the video that I called these playing cards. I didn’t just say
“cards”. By the way, in American pronunciation you pronounce the R, so
it’s something like “cards”. But in the UK and Australia we don’t pronounce the R,
and it’s pronounced “cards”. “Cards.” Most of the time when we talk about these, we
just say “cards”. The problem is, the word “card” has lots of meanings. For example,
you might give somebody a birthday card. Or in soccer (or football) if you do
something a bit naughty, you might receive a red card. Normally it’s clear
from context which cards we are talking about, but if you want to be specific you
can call these “playing cards”. One playing card, two playing cards, etc. If you play a game with playing cards, we use the expression: “to play cards”.
And that could mean any game that you play with these cards.
It’s a generic term. For example, I could say to Frank, “Frank, do you want to play cards
later?” And he could answer: “Ah no, because I don’t have any fingers.” Fair enough. A set of playing cards is called a deck.
Deck. Or you could say: “a deck of cards”. Here are some example sentences
with “deck”. A standard deck has 52 cards. Normally you need one deck of cards to
play a card game. However, to play Canasta you need two decks. Now normally before
you play a card game, you need to mix them. (Piece of hair.) But yeah, when we’re
playing cards, we don’t usually say “mix”. We actually use the verb “to shuffle”. So I
am now shuffling the cards. I actually used to be pretty good at this.
I sort of had this trick that I would do. Let’s see if I can still do it. Bugger. Okay, maybe I need a table. Told you I could do it! After we’ve shuffled the cards,
normally we deal the cards. “To deal” means to distribute, but we don’t
normally say “distribute” when we play cards. We usually say “to deal”. “To deal the
cards.” When you play cards with other people, normally you take turns in
dealing. That means that if I’m playing cards with Frank and George, Frank might
deal the first time, then George will deal, then I will deal. That’s taking
turns. Now if I want to tell Frank that this time he is supposed to deal, I would
say to him: “Frank, it is your turn to deal.” I could also say to him:
“Frank, it is your deal.” Because “deal” can also be a noun. Now let’s look at the
types of cards in a deck. The first thing you need to know
is that there are four suits. We don’t say “colours”. I know that in
French the word for suit in this context is just “colour” (couleur), but in English we
can say that there are two colours (red and black), but there are four different
suits. And by the way, “suit” is spelled and pronounced the same way as this type of suit. The four suits are: hearts. Hearts. Diamonds. Diamonds. Clubs. Clubs. And spades. Spades. There are thirteen of each suit, and each card
within a suit has its own rank or value. Okay? So this is a king. K for King. This is a queen. Q for queen. And this is a jack. J for jack. These are called “face cards” (these three)
because they have a person on them. This is an ace. Ace. All the other cards are just called
the number that is on the card. So that is a seven, that is a nine,
that is a three and that is a ten. Very easy. Most decks of cards also
come with two jokers. This is a joker. Joker. Yes, just like
the villain in Batman: the Joker. To talk about specific cards
we need to use the word “of”. For example: this is the ace of hearts. This is the ten of spades. This is the jack of diamonds. This is the three of clubs. And this is the king of hearts. Just a small pronunciation point.
When we say “of” between two words, we don’t always pronounce it “of”.
We often say “ehv” or “ah”. And that’s particularly when we’re speaking
quickly. For example, we could say: This is the queen “ehv” spades.
The queen “ehv” spades. Or you could say: the queen “ah” spades.
The queen “ah” spades. This is the nine “ehv” diamonds.
The nine “ehv” diamonds. Or: the nine “ah” diamonds.
The nine “ah” diamonds. Okay, now we’re going to play a little game.
Very exciting! This is just a little quiz to
help you practise saying the names of different cards. So I will show
you a card, and then you will say the name of the card. Then I will give you
the correct answer. So if I show you this card, you will say: “The six of diamonds.”
Then I will say: “The six of diamonds.” Very good!
Okay, are you ready? Now don’t just say these in your head. If you want to practise your speaking and
pronunciation, you need to say these out loud. Okay? Let’s get started. The two of clubs.
The two of clubs. The jack of diamonds.
The jack of diamonds. The six of hearts.
The six of hearts. The joker.
The joker. Did you remember that one?
Yes, this is a joker. Five of spades.
The five of spades. The queen of hearts.
The queen of hearts. The eight of diamonds.
The eight of diamonds. The king of clubs.
The king of clubs. Last one. The ace of spades.
The ace of spades. I hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson. If you
have, please hit the thumbs up, and please let me know in the comments if you like
playing card games, or if card games are popular in your country. Thanks very much
for watching, guys. I’ll see you next time. Bye bye. Bye bye. Um… but like… I can’t get George on my hand. And George might deal first, then Geor- There’s hammering going on.
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