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2019-04-23 18:49
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2019-04-23 15:00
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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 ...

176 - Three casual conversational expressions

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 bit might...

175 - Careless or carefree?

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 text: ...

174 - How to use the word "lack" correctly

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 small det...

173 - How to pronounce OUGH in English

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 – because the best way ...

Daily English Phrases - A last resort, See the last of something


Daily English Phrases - It's an acquired taste, It grew on me


Daily English Phrases - Deep down, A deep dark secret


Daily English Phrases - None of your business, Mind your own business


Daily English Phrases - Have (got) what it takes


Daily English Phrases - Steer clear of something


Daily English Phrases - Get it over with, Get over it


Daily English Phrases - Have your heart set on something


Daily English Phrases - I couldn't care less, Who cares?


Daily English Phrases - Keep an eye on, Keep an eye out for


Daily English Phrases - Off the beaten path, In the middle of nowhere


Daily English Phrases - A game plan, Ahead of the game