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2019-08-14 12:00
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Learn 24 collocations with SPOT

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, locat...

Pronunciation Practice: Where, Were, We're

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, actually rep...

Ten English idioms with "easy" and "hard"

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 it means w...

224 - Prepositions: OF vs. FROM

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 ways. Learning Engl...

223 - More answers to your questions about phrasal verbs

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 that students have asked...

222 - Peace of mind vs. Give someone a piece of your mind

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 someone a pi...

221 - Food, meal, dish, or cuisine?

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 explain when to use these wor...

220 - How to pronounce words starting with DR-

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 words to soun...

219 - Learn 10 idioms and informal expressions with GET

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 some other inf...

IETLS exam tips - with Ben Worthington

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 i...

217 - How to use the words invaluable, infamous, inflammable

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 might be confusing, and ...

216 - Finish vs. finish up and other verbs vs. phrasal verbs

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! In today's lesson you'll learn the sm...

215 – Practice with me to avoid these common pronunciation mistakes!

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 mistake! It’s really easy to do this in...

214 - What do these TV and movie phrases mean?

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 clarif...

213 - 33 collocations and expressions for decisions

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 English, s...

Free sample lesson from the new Current Events English Course

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:

New Course! Current Events English

Join the 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 events and rele...

209 – Can you use -ING after “to” in English?

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 are some specific word...

208 - How to use the word "fool" in English

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 about it i...

207 - Emergency English Vocabulary

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 about various medical eme...

206 - A tricky little grammar mistake with SEE and HEAR

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 grammar point...

205 - 30 phrases for business letters and e-mails

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! You'll lea...

204 - Difference between clean, wash, clean up, and wash up

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 be si...

203 - Daily phrases: hit it out of the park, making the rounds, out of line, and more

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 phra...

202 - Daily phrases: bear the brunt, move the goalposts, fall by the wayside, and more

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 phra...

201 - Daily phrases: rough around the edges, turn a blind eye, do the trick, and more

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 phra...

200 - Daily phrases: have a leg up, cut to the chase, up for grabs, and more

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 phra...

199 - Five motivational quotes and how they apply to learning English

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 show you how these ...

198 - Learn and practice these 5 tiny pronunciation differences

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 ti...

197 - Learn 50 collocations with PLAN and HOPE

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. Studying common collocations ...

196 - New English words added to the dictionary in 2018

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 English words ad...

195 - Learn 8 English idioms with END

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, they might not make sen...

194 - Answers to your questions about phrasal verbs

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 yet: ...

193 - Three different ways to pronounce CC in English

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 and try to ...

192 - Business English Vocabulary Quiz

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 practical Engli...

191 - Learn English from the News: The growing tradition of Friendsgiving

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 vo...

190 - Learn English from the News: Social Media and Depression

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 enjoy list...

189 - English in the News: A problem with the cute baby bear video

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 about a potential prob...

188 - Learn English from the News: Google Employees Protest Sexual Harassment Policies

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 based...

187 - 10 English words with alternative pronunciation

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 s...

186 - Wait or await? Sleep or asleep? Wake or awake?

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

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: It can be very...

184 - Sometimes, sometime, or some time?

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. Lesson text:...

183 - Four English expressions that don't seem to make sense

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 Don’t try...

182 - Three spelling/pronunciation changes that completely change the word

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 word completely....

181 - English vocabulary for a road trip

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 text:  To learn more ...

180 - Six grammar mistakes you might be making

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. Lesson text: https://...

179 - Eight English idioms from Shakespeare

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 English id...

178 - How to pronounce recipe, receipt, debt, and debit

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 pronouncing the...

177 - 30 English collocations with TEST

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 phrases and sentences ...