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243 - Later vs. Latter
Dec 4 • 4 min
Today I’m going to explain the difference between LATER and LATTER. These words are only different by one letter, but they have different meanings and they’re pronounced differently, too. That’s all for now! If you want more, you can…
242 - Learn 7 MORE everyday English phrases!
Nov 27 • 7 min
After last week’s lesson on common informal phrases, a lot of students e-mailed me saying, “please make more lessons like this!” So today I’ll teach you more: You’ll learn informal spoken expressions like “No hard feelings,” “Join the…
241 - Learn 8 everyday English phrases and expressions
Nov 20 • 7 min
There are lots of little phrases that native English speakers use in daily life. But if you don’t live in an English-speaking country, then you don’t have the chance to hear these expressions - except maybe in movies or TV shows. So today I’ll…
240 - How to use going to, gonna, gonna go
Nov 13 • 4 min
Today’s lesson is all about the expression “gonna” and when you CAN and CAN’T use it. I’ll also tell you about “gonna go” - is this correct? Listen to the lesson to find out. I hope this lesson has been helpful! If you want to learn more…
239 - English Pronunciation Tip: Say, Says, Said
Nov 6 • 4 min
Today’s quick pronunciation tip involves a very common verb: the word “say.” You might be surprised that there’s slightly different pronunciation in the different forms of this word. In this lesson I’m going to ask you to repeat after me,…
238 - 15 English idioms and phrasal verbs you CAN use at work
Oct 30 • 6 min
Students often ask me if we can use idioms and slang in professional situations - and the answer is “it depends.” Some expressions are not appropriate for the workplace, but there are many that you can use in conversations among co-workers and…
237 - Confusing English Words: Experiment and Experience
Oct 23 • 5 min
The words experience and experiment might be the same in some languages… but in English they are different, and I often see students confuse them. Both of these words can be both nouns and verbs. Let’s see how exactly they are used….
236 - How can I use grammar correctly when speaking English?
Oct 16 • 8 min
Today I want to answer a question that is important for everyone who is studying English. Many of my students say, “I study grammar a lot and I understand it in theory. But when I speak, I can’t think of the grammar in the moment, or it takes too…
235 - English phrases explained: Good grief & For goodness’ sake
Oct 9 • 5 min
When you’re studying English, I recommend focusing on learning phrases and not just individual words. When you only study individual words, it’s hard to put them together into a phrase - but when you study phrases, then it’s much easier for you to use…
234 - Important: 4 major English-learning problems
Oct 2 • 11 min
Today I’ll teach you about some common English-learning mistakes that I’ve observed among the hundreds of students whom I’ve worked with. This lesson is going to be a little different because it’s not about fixing specific words or…
233 - Watch out for these spelling mistakes!
Sep 25 • 9 min
Today’s lesson is all about spelling mistakes involving adding an extra letter to a word, or accidentally removing a letter from a word. There are so many words in English where these errors can happen, but again I’m going to focus on…
232 - These errors were made by real students like you
Sep 18 • 10 min
Remember that mistakes are an opportunity to learn - and today you’ll learn from the mistakes of other students like you. Today’s lesson focuses on errors that I and my teaching team have found frequently when correcting students’…
231 - Avoid these 7 pronunciation problems
Sep 11 • 12 min
In this lesson we’re going to look at 7 common pronunciation mistakes in words with confusing combinations of letters.. A lot of students ask me about rules, like how do we know when the letter e sounds like ee vs. eh, or when the letter…
230 - Common Errors with Adjectives and Adverbs
Sep 4 • 10 min
This month I’m going to teach you about some common errors in English. These are mistakes that I’ve observed and corrected frequently during my years of helping English learners improve their skills. Today’s lesson focuses on common errors with…
229: English Vocabulary for Summer
Aug 28 • 4 min
Here in the U.S., we’re in the middle of summer - the hottest part of the year! Today you’ll learn some English vocabulary related to summer and hot weather, with pictures to help you remember the words. Expanding your vocabulary is so important…
228: English Grammar - Gerunds
Aug 21 • 5 min
A gerund is a word that looks like a verb, but functions as a noun in the sentence. Gerunds are formed by using the -ING form of the verb - reading, swimming, studying, etc. - but when it comes to grammar, they act as nouns. Here are some common ways…
227 - Learn 24 collocations with SPOT
Aug 14 • 5 min
The word spot has a few different meanings in English.The word spot has a few different meanings in English. Here are the three most common: as a noun, a spot is a mark that is a different color.A leopard has spots. as a noun, a spot is a place,…
226: Pronunciation Practice: Where, Were, We’re
Aug 7 • 4 min
Are you ready to practice your pronunciation? Today we’re going to work on three very common words in English: where, were, and we’re - individually and in sentences. To get the most benefit out of this lesson, don’t just watch… instead,…
225 - Ten English idioms with “easy” and “hard”
Jul 31 • 7 min
Today I’ll teach you 10 English expressions with the words “easy” and “hard.” These individual words have simple definitions, but when they are used in idioms, the expression might have a different meaning than you expect. You’ll learn what…
224 - Prepositions: OF vs. FROM
Jul 24 • 6 min
Do you know when to use ”of” vs. “from” in English? Using the wrong preposition is a very common mistake. Many other languages have just one word for both “of” and “from,” but in English we use these two words in several different…
223 - More answers to your questions about phrasal verbs
Jul 17 • 5 min
Phrasal verbs are combinations of a verb + preposition, like get up and find out. Phrasal verbs often have specific meanings that may not be obvious from the words themselves. In today’s lesson, I’ll explain four phrasal verbs…
222 - Peace of mind vs. Give someone a piece of your mind
Jul 10 • 4 min
Spoken English has a lot of little expressions that are used frequently by native speakers - and some of these expressions are so similar that you might accidentally mix them up. Two such expressions are ”give you peace of mind” and “give…
221 - Food, meal, dish, or cuisine?
Jul 3 • 5 min
A lot of English learners get confused about the words food, dish, meal, and cuisine. These all refer to the general topic of eating, but there are some important differences in how we use each one. In today’s lesson, I’ll…
220 - How to pronounce words starting with DR-
Jun 26 • 5 min
Are you ready for some pronunciation practice? In today’s lesson we’re going to work on pronouncing English words starting with DR-. There are two small but important details that you need to know in order for your pronunciation of these…
219 - Learn 10 idioms and informal expressions with GET
Jun 19 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from a student who was watching a movie. In this movie, one character said to another, ”Get lost,” so the student is asking what this expression means in context. Today, I’ll explain this phrase and also teach you…
218 - IETLS exam tips - with Ben Worthington
Jun 12 • 32 min
Today I have a special guest - his name is Ben, and he’s an expert in IELTS test preparation. He’ll share some top strategies for each section of the IELTS exam, so if you’re preparing for the IELTS test - or if you’ve taken it before but you want to…
217 - How to use the words invaluable, infamous, inflammable
Jun 5 • 5 min
Today I’m going to teach you three pairs of confusing words that have the prefix IN-. In many words, IN- means the opposite or “not”: independent = NOT dependent incorrect = NOT correct However, there are some exceptions that…
216 - Finish vs. finish up and other verbs vs. phrasal verbs
May 29 • 7 min
Someone asked me if there’s a difference between finish and finish up. The answer is no - there’s no difference in meaning. Finish up is just more informal. But is this the case for every verb / phrasal verb? No! …
215 – Practice with me to avoid these common pronunciation mistakes!
May 22 • 10 min
I’ve heard a lot of students’ speaking samples in my courses, and today I’d like to address a few of the pronunciation mistakes that I’ve been correcting. First of all, don’t feel bad if you make a pronunciation…
214 - What do these TV and movie phrases mean?
May 15 • 9 min
If you watch TV and movies in English, you’ll probably see a lot of new words and expressions that might not come up in your regular English study. Sometimes it’s hard to understand what certain phrases mean, so students write to me and ask for…
213 - 33 collocations and expressions for decisions
May 8 • 7 min
Today’s lesson will teach you 33 collocations and expressions about decisions. Collocations are combinations of words that native English speakers use naturally. Learning these word combinations makes it easier to put together your ideas in…
211 - Free sample lesson from the new Current Events English Course
Apr 25 • 6 min
Here’s a free sample lesson from my NEW Current Events English Course! Today I’ll teach you 20 words and expressions from a recent news article about social entrepreneurs who are changing the world. Original article: …
210 - New Course! Current Events English: 2019 Edition
Apr 23 • 3 min
Join the course: https://www.espressoenglish.net/current-events-english-course One common suggestion given to English learners is to read or watch the news in English. This is a good idea, because you can learn how to talk about current…
209 – Can you use -ING after “to” in English?
Apr 10 • 7 min
I received a great question from a student: Is it possible to use ‘to’ followed by the ‘ing’ form? For example, “I’m looking forward to seeing you.” Normally we use to + the base form (ex. “I want to order pizza.”) However, there…
208 - How to use the word “fool” in English
Apr 1 • 4 min
April 1 is an informal holiday known as April Fools’ Day! People celebrate by playing jokes and trying to trick people in funny and harmless ways. You might be wondering about this word ”fool” - how is it used in English? I’ll teach you all…
207 - Emergency English Vocabulary
Mar 27 • 7 min
Do you know what to say in English in case of an emergency? In the moment, you might panic and not be able to think of the words – so it’s good to learn and practice them beforehand. In today’s lesson you’ll learn how to talk…
206 - A tricky little grammar mistake with SEE and HEAR
Mar 20 • 4 min
Today I want to teach you about a tricky little grammar mistake that I see a lot of students making when using the verbs see, watch, and hear. You’ll also learn how the sentence changes when we add the word “that.” This was just one small…
205 - 30 phrases for business letters and e-mails
Mar 13 • 4 min
Do you have a hard time finding the right phrase to use in your business letters and e-mails? Today you’ll learn 30 phrases for business correspondence. If you want to speak English more confidently at work, join my Business English Course! …
204 - Difference between clean, wash, clean up, and wash up
Mar 6 • 5 min
Are you wondering about the differences between clean, wash, clean up, and wash up? I’ll teach you how to use them in today’s lesson… along with a few slang meanings you might not know yet. The English language has a ton of words that appear to…
203 - Daily phrases: hit it out of the park, making the rounds, out of line, and more
Feb 27 • 12 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…
202 - Daily phrases: bear the brunt, move the goalposts, fall by the wayside, and more
Feb 20 • 12 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…
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…