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201 - Daily phrases: rough around the edges, turn a blind eye, do the trick, and more
Feb 13 • 11 min
In the month of February I’m going to do a special series of “phrase of the day” videos - so I’ll take a phrase I’ve heard recently on TV or in daily life and teach it to you here. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss any…
200 - Daily phrases: have a leg up, cut to the chase, up for grabs, and more
Feb 6 • 8 min
In the month of February I’m going to do a special series of “phrase of the day” videos - so I’ll take a phrase I’ve heard recently on TV or in daily life and teach it to you here. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss any…
199 - Five motivational quotes and how they apply to learning English
Jan 30 • 6 min
Sometimes you might get discouraged when studying English. Becoming fluent takes a really long time and lots of effort and practice, so it’s easy to lose your motivation. Today I want to share some motivational quotes with you and…
198 - Learn and practice these 5 tiny pronunciation differences
Jan 23 • 5 min
We have a saying in English that “the devil is in the details” - this means that you need to be careful, because the small parts of a situation/task can cause major problems or difficulties. Sometimes this is the case for learning pronunciation - a…
197 - Learn 50 collocations with PLAN and HOPE
Jan 16 • 5 min
Many of us have hopes and plans for what we would like to accomplish in the new year! Today I’ll teach you 50 common collocations with these words. Collocations are combinations of words that are frequently used together….
196 - New English words added to the dictionary in 2018
Jan 9 • 6 min
This is one of my FAVORITE lessons of the year :-) Did you know that the dictionary is updated all the time? The publishers add words that have come to be used frequently in the media and in everyday life. Let’s learn some of the new…
195 - Learn 8 English idioms with END
Dec 31, 2018 • 5 min
It’s December 31st - we’re at the tail end of the year! (= the very last part) In today’s lesson, you’ll learn 8 English idioms with the word end.Remember, don’t try to translate these idioms literally word by word - if you do,…
194 - Answers to your questions about phrasal verbs
Dec 19, 2018 • 4 min
Phrasal verbs are very common in everyday spoken English - and many students ask me about the definitions of phrasal verbs they’ve heard in conversations, TV shows, or movies. Today I’m going to explain five phrasal verbs that you might not know…
193 - Three different ways to pronounce CC in English
Dec 12, 2018 • 4 min
I’ve noticed a pronunciation mistake that many students make when they say words like “succeed” and “successful.” There are actually 3 different ways to pronounce CC in English! Today we’re going to practice saying 26 words with CC. Listen…
192 - Business English Vocabulary Quiz
Dec 5, 2018 • 6 min
Today you can test your knowledge of 10 common business English terms. This quiz only taught you 10 words and expressions… but you can learn hundreds more words and phrases inside my Business English Course! The course will teach you…
191 - Learn English from the News: The growing tradition of Friendsgiving
Nov 28, 2018 • 6 min
We recently had the holiday of Thanksgiving in the United States. Most people celebrate it with their families, but there’s a growing tradition of also celebrating “Friendsgiving” - and that’s the topic of this week’s lesson. Click here to learn 15…
190 - Learn English from the News: Social Media and Depression
Nov 21, 2018 • 5 min
Today’s article is about social media and mental health. This one is written in a more casual style, so it has some informal expressions we can learn. I’m going to teach you 15 words and expressions from this news article. I know many of you…
189 - English in the News: A problem with the cute baby bear video
Nov 14, 2018 • 6 min
You might have seen a video on social media about a bear cub (that’s a baby bear) trying very hard to scale (climb) a snow-covered mountain and eventually succeeding. A lot of people liked that video… but today’s article talks…
188 - Learn English from the News: Google Employees Protest Sexual Harassment Policies
Nov 8, 2018 • 6 min
This month, I’m bringing you a very special series of videos in which you can learn English from the news. Every week, I’ll choose a current news topic and teach you key vocabulary and phrases in the context of the article. This week’s lesson is…
187 - 10 English words with alternative pronunciation
Oct 17, 2018 • 5 min
The English language has a lot of regional variations and different accents - and there are some words with two different (but correct) ways to pronounce them!The English language has a lot of regional variations and different accents - and there are…
186 - Wait or await? Sleep or asleep? Wake or awake?
Oct 10, 2018 • 7 min
Do you know the difference between wait and await, sleep and asleep, and wake and awake? These words seem simple, but there are some small grammatical differences in the way we use them in sentences. Take today’s lesson to find out how to use them all…
185 - 5 phrasal verbs with BREAK
Oct 3, 2018 • 6 min
Today you’re going to learn the difference between break in, break out, break down, break up, and break through. Some of these phrasal verbs have multiple meanings. Lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/5-phrasal-verbs-with-break/ It can…
184 - Sometimes, sometime, or some time?
Sep 26, 2018 • 4 min
Today I want to clear up some confusion around the words sometime, sometimes, and some time. Are they all the same? No! These words have different meanings and uses. Take today’s lesson to find out how to use each one of them correctly….
183 - Four English expressions that don’t seem to make sense
Sep 19, 2018 • 6 min
Some informal and idiomatic expressions in English just don’t seem to make sense. In today’s lesson, I’ll explain four phrases that my students have asked me about: nothing to sneeze at there’ll be hell to pay to each his own a far cry from …
182 - Three spelling/pronunciation changes that completely change the word
Sep 12, 2018 • 5 min
There are many English words that have similar spellings and pronunciations, and it’s common for English learners to use the wrong one. Today I’m going to teach you three examples of how small differences can change the meaning of the…
181 - English vocabulary for a road trip
Sep 5, 2018 • 5 min
I’ve just gotten back from a road trip with my family, and I’m going to use this opportunity to teach you some vocabulary for driving and traveling by car. Lesson…
180 - Six grammar mistakes you might be making
Aug 29, 2018 • 6 min
In today’s lesson I’m going to show you six mistakes that real students of mine have made – and you might be making, too! The purpose of this lesson is not to make you feel bad about those mistakes, but instead to learn from them….
179 - Eight English idioms from Shakespeare
Aug 22, 2018 • 5 min
William Shakespeare was a poet and playwright who lived in the 16th century. He is regarded as one of the greatest writers in the history of the English language. You might know him as the author of the famous “Romeo and Juliet.” Many of the…
178 - How to pronounce recipe, receipt, debt, and debit
Aug 15, 2018 • 4 min
Today I want to teach you the correct way to say four words that I often hear students mispronouncing or confusing: recipe, receipt, debt, and debit. Listen and repeat to practice your pronunciation, so that you can be confident you’re…
177 - 30 English collocations with TEST
Aug 8, 2018 • 5 min
Today we’re going to take a closer look at the word TEST – specifically the collocations (common combinations of words) that are often used with “test.” Learning collocations like these can make it easier for you to put together…
176 - Three casual conversational expressions
Aug 1, 2018 • 4 min
Have you noticed that when you listen to informal English conversations, you hear some expressions that you can’t understand? Today I’m going to teach you three casual conversational expressions, what they mean, and how to use them: quite a…
175 - Careless or carefree?
Jul 25, 2018 • 3 min
In today’s lesson I want to clarify the difference between the confusing words careless and carefree. It’s easy to mix them up, but they have quite different meanings and connotations. Lesson…
174 - How to use the word “lack” correctly
Jul 18, 2018 • 3 min
Today I want to teach you how to use the word “lack” correctly. I’ve noticed some of my students making a little mistake with this word, so this lesson will help you learn which one to use – “lack” or “lack of.” It’s a very…
173 - How to pronounce OUGH in English
Jul 11, 2018 • 6 min
OUGH is pronounced at least 5 different ways in English! In today’s lesson, I’m going to teach you how to pronounce OUGH in some common words and example sentences. Remember to practice your pronunciation by repeating after me –…
Daily English Phrases - A last resort, See the last of something
Jun 30, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - It’s an acquired taste, It grew on me
Jun 29, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - Deep down, A deep dark secret
Jun 28, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - None of your business, Mind your own business
Jun 27, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - Have (got) what it takes
Jun 26, 2018 • 4 min
Daily English Phrases - Steer clear of something
Jun 25, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - Get it over with, Get over it
Jun 24, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - Have your heart set on something
Jun 23, 2018 • 2 min
Daily English Phrases - I couldn’t care less, Who cares?
Jun 22, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - Keep an eye on, Keep an eye out for
Jun 21, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - Off the beaten path, In the middle of nowhere
Jun 20, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - A game plan, Ahead of the game
Jun 19, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - In over my head, Bite off more than you can chew
Jun 18, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - Put your foot down, The last straw
Jun 17, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - Play it by ear, Play it safe
Jun 16, 2018 • 4 min
Daily English Phrases - Out of the blue, Out of nowhere
Jun 15, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - Look on the bright side, A blessing in disguise
Jun 14, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - Get a head start, Get the ball rolling
Jun 13, 2018 • 4 min
Daily English Phrases - Set the record straight, Have a great track record
Jun 12, 2018 • 4 min
Daily English Phrases - It’s a long story, To make a long story short
Jun 11, 2018 • 4 min
Daily English Phrases - I have no clue, Totally clueless
Jun 10, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - On the right track, Get back on track
Jun 9, 2018 • 4 min
Daily English Phrases - Have the time of your life, Have a blast
Jun 8, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - Out of shape, In good/bad shape
Jun 7, 2018 • 4 min
Daily English Phrases - I give you my word, I’ll take your word for it
Jun 6, 2018 • 3 min
Daily English Phrases - Having second thoughts, On second thought
Jun 5, 2018 • 4 min
Daily English Phrases - Make yourself at home, Suit yourself, Help yourself
Jun 4, 2018 • 4 min
Daily English Phrases - Could I have a word with you?
Jun 3, 2018 • 4 min
172 - Don’t mix up these English homophones!
May 28, 2018 • 5 min
The English language has many homophones – words that have the same pronunciation, but different spellings and meanings. A lot of English learners confuse these, but today you’ll learn how to use 10 English homophones correctly! Lesson…
171 - Here are 10 “cold” English idioms
May 21, 2018 • 5 min
You know the basic meaning of the word “cold,” but do you know these 10 idioms with “cold”? Today I’ll teach you the expressions “out cold,” “pour cold water on something,” “cold comfort,” and more. Lesson…
170 - Make sure, ensure, and make it a point
May 14, 2018 • 3 min
Are you wondering if there’s a difference between make sure and ensure? We also have the expression make it a point. I’ll teach you how to use each one in this lesson! Lesson…
169 - Depend or depending?
May 7, 2018 • 4 min
We use depend and depending when one thing is strongly affected by another thing. However, a lot of students are confused about when to use depend vs. depending. You’ll learn exactly when to use each one in…
168 - Learn 10 idioms with the word JUMP
Apr 30, 2018 • 5 min
Do you know what it means to jump ship, jump the gun, or jump down someone’s throat? You will learn these idioms and more in today’s lesson about 10 expressions with “jump.” Lesson…
167 - English words with surprising pronunciation
Apr 23, 2018 • 6 min
English spelling and pronunciation can be complicated – and these 10 words are especially confusing! Even native English speakers sometimes make mistakes with them. In today’s lesson, you can practice repeating 10 words with surprising…
166 - Business English expressions quiz
Apr 16, 2018 • 5 min
Do you know these 10 expressions related to business and companies? Take the quiz to find out! Lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/business-expressions-quiz/ Business English…
165 - English collocations with the word THINK
Apr 9, 2018 • 5 min
Today I’d like to teach you some common expressions with the word “think.” You’ll learn: inclined to think shudder to think can’t think straight think nothing of (doing something) and many more! Lesson…
164 - English words with disappearing syllables
Apr 2, 2018 • 3 min
Some English words have what we can call “disappearing or dropped syllables” – reductions or eliminations of sounds in the middle of the word. One example is the word favorite: We don’t say FAV-o-rit with three syllables…
163 - Learn 10 expressions with the word KNOW
Mar 26, 2018 • 4 min
“Know” is one of the most common verbs in English, and I know that you know what it means! But what you might not know is that we use this word in many idiomatic expressions, such as: for all I know know the drill not know what hit you you don’t know…
162 - 10 interesting verbs to expand your vocabulary
Mar 19, 2018 • 5 min
The English language has a lot of colorful words, which are great for improving your vocabulary. You’ll learn 10 interesting verbs in today’s lesson. Lesson…
161 - “Have had” and “had had”
Mar 12, 2018 • 5 min
Are you confused about how to use HAVE HAD and HAD HAD in English? Today’s lesson will help you! First, we need to understand the present perfect tense and past perfect tense. Both of these tenses are formed by using an auxiliary…
160 - How to speak faster in English
Mar 5, 2018 • 6 min
In today’s lesson I’m going to give you four important tips for speaking English faster. A lot of English learners notice that native English speakers tend to speak fast, so they think that speaking faster will help their English sound more…
159 - What to say if you’re not 100% certain
Feb 26, 2018 • 6 min
In today’s lesson, I want to teach you some phrases that you can use in a specific situation – that is when you want to say something but you’re not completely certain that it’s correct. There are a few different phrases that we can actually…
158 - Can you say “according to me” in English?
Feb 22, 2018 • 3 min
Today I want to talk to you about a phrase that’s I’ve seen some students use – and that phrase is “According to me” – to express their opinion. Can we use this in English? Hmm. Lesson…
157 - Common error: I LIKE vs. I’D LIKE
Feb 19, 2018 • 6 min
I want to teach you about a mistake that I often hear students making when speaking. It has to do with the difference between “I like …” and “I’d like …” It’s a very small difference, but it actually changes the meaning…
156 - English phrases for mistakes
Feb 15, 2018 • 5 min
In today’s lesson, I want to teach you some phrases that native English speakers use when talking about making mistakes. Because you don’t just want to say, “I made a mistake. I made a mistake. I made a mistake” over and over, it gets boring…
155 - How to use “it can’t hurt” and other phrases
Feb 12, 2018 • 5 min
I want to teach you about a phrase that one of my students asked me about. That phrase is, “It can’t hurt.” This is an interesting expression. Lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/learn-english-phrases-it-cant-hurt…
154 - I’m afraid vs. I’m scared
Feb 8, 2018 • 7 min
Today I want to answer a student question about the phrases I’m afraid and I’m scared. Is there any difference between them? How do we use these in spoken English? Lesson…
153 - English phrases with KIDDING
Feb 5, 2018 • 7 min
This month, I want to focus our lessons on phrases, some kind of informal phrases that you might hear in every day spoken English. You might not be sure how to use them or what they mean. Today’s lesson is going to focus on a few different phrases…
152 - How to pronounce ALLOW, LOW, and other words ending in -OW
Jan 31, 2018 • 4 min
Today we’re going to practice pronunciation of words ending in -ow. Make sure to check out my Pronunciation and Shadowing Courses for a lot more pronunciation training, including an evaluation of your English pronunciation. I noticed a…
151 - Difference between criticize, criticism, critique, critic, and critical
Jan 24, 2018 • 5 min
Today I want to teach you about the confusing words criticize, criticism, critique, critic, and critical. These are all similar and they come from the same roots, but they have different functions and some slightly different meanings. Lesson text:…
150 - Vocabulary words for joking and humor
Oct 4, 2017 • 7 min
A “joke” is a funny comment or short story that is supposed to make people laugh. Do you know any good jokes? Today’s lesson will teach you some useful English vocabulary for talking about jokes and humor! You’ll learn: how to describe a…
148 - Don’t make this pronunciation mistake with U
Sep 20, 2017 • 5 min
English pronunciation and spelling are very tricky - the same letter can be pronounced in different ways, and the same sound can be spelled with different letters. Today you’re going to learn about a common pronunciation mistake that…
147 - It’s my birthday! Here are 30 collocations with PARTY
Sep 13, 2017 • 8 min
Today is my birthday! I’m now 33 years old :-) That’s why today’s new English lesson will teach you 30 expressions with “party.” This word actually has a few different meanings in English - take the lesson to find out what they are! Do…
146: Learn 21 words and expressions for the bar
Sep 6, 2017 • 8 min
In American culture, people go to bars to socialize, flirt, and even to get to know business colleagues. In today’s lesson, you’ll learn 21 expressions about bars and drinking alcohol. Many of them are slang or informal expressions. This is…
145 - Regular verbs vs phrasal verbs
Aug 30, 2017 • 9 min
A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb + preposition that has a specific meaning. Sometimes the meaning of the phrasal verb is quite different from the meaning of the regular verb by itself! I often see students make mistakes by mixing…
144 - Students asked me about these confusing English words
Aug 23, 2017 • 7 min
There are a lot of words in English that seem to be the same – and in fact they are very similar – but we use them in different ways. In today’s lesson, you’ll learn the differences between 5 pairs of confusing words: deem / regard elder /…
143 - 10 English expressions with “business”
Aug 16, 2017 • 6 min
The English language has some interesting expressions with the word “business” - and not all of them have to do with companies or work. Let’s learn 10 of these phrases and how to use them. Lesson…
142 - How to pronounce English words starting with CON-
Aug 9, 2017 • 8 min
A student recently asked me how to pronounce English words starting with CON- such as content, contest, and conduct. My answer was - “It depends!” These three words are interesting because they each have two forms, with different…
141: How many of these vocabulary words do you know?
Aug 2, 2017 • 8 min
Do you think you have a good understanding of English vocabulary? Today I’m sending you a challenging quiz to test your knowledge! Click here to take the vocabulary quiz. Choose the best word to complete each sentence, then click on “Get Results” at…
140: What to say in embarrassing situations
Jul 26, 2017 • 5 min
If you’re embarrassed, it can be almost impossible to think of the right thing to say… especially in English! In today’s lesson, you’ll learn useful phrases for responding to embarrassing situations. Learn these, and you’ll never have to worry…
139: Do you have a “question” or a “doubt”?
Jul 19, 2017 • 6 min
Students often say “I have a doubt” and then ask me something about the English language. However, native English speakers don’t usually say it this way. If you want to know the answer about something, you should say “I have a question.” So when…
138: 8 grammar mistakes that even advanced students make
Jul 12, 2017 • 10 min
I see this problem in a lot of more experienced English learners: Their written English might be 90% fine, but there are still some small errors. These mistakes don’t affect communication… but of course we still want to correct them! In today’s…
136: Learn 10 vocabulary words starting with “J”
Jun 21, 2017 • 6 min
We’re in the middle of the month of June, and next month is July… so today let’s learn 10 vocabulary words that begin with the letter “J.” Don’t just read the lesson… also, make sure to listen to the words and repeat them out loud to practice…
135 - 10 interesting expressions for progress and speed
Jun 14, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s lesson is inspired by a student question – he asked what the expression “we’re spinning our wheels” means. Take the lesson to find out! You’ll learn 10 interesting expressions for progress, including: run into a brick wall shift into…
134 - Eight more formal business English phrases
Jun 7, 2017 • 6 min
Trasnforming conversational English into business English
133: Learn 30 collocations with “country”
May 31, 2017 • 6 min
Let’s learn some collocations - words that often go together! In today’s lesson, you’ll learn 30 different collocations with the word “country.” At the end of the lesson, I also clarify the difference between “country” and “countryside.” If you want…
132: How to use “at all” in English
May 17, 2017 • 4 min
What does it mean when someone asks, “Do you drive at all?” In today’s lesson, you’ll learn how to use the expression “at all” in negative statements and questions. Lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/how-to-use-at-all-in-english
131: Do we use “the” with “police”?
May 10, 2017 • 4 min
One student said she sometimes sees “police” and sometimes “the police” - which is correct? What’s the difference? Today you’ll learn the answer to this question, as well as find out why saying “a police” is wrong. Lesson text:…
130: Difference between embarrassed and ashamed
May 3, 2017 • 4 min
These English words are similar, but they are used in different situations
129: Meet, meet with, or meet up with?
Apr 26, 2017 • 4 min
Learn when to use each of these expressions in English
Free Sample - Business English Idioms
Apr 19, 2017 • 12 min
Today’s episode is another free sample from the Business English Course. You’ll learn 12 common business idioms by figuring them out from the context. One question you might be asking is, “Can we use idioms in business English?” The answer is…