3 Expressions You Won’t Find in Your Texbooks

Conversational English includes a lot of expressions you will usually not find in an English textbook.

Today I explain 3 common idioms in English:

  • To flake out/to be a flake
  • To call shotgun
  • To scoot over

For more vocabulary related to being a flake, see our Daily English 752 – Working with Unreliable People.

-Jeff

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  • What “take a rain check” means and how to use it in a conversation . . .
  • The difference between a “recluse” and a “busybody” . . .
  • Why “to fend OFF” means something from “to fend FOR” . . .
  • What it means to “take a rain check,” “keep to yourself,” and “to appoint (someone)” . . .
  • What a social secretary is . . .
  • The best way to use “to sort out” and “to turn down” . . .
  • How to use phrasal verbs like “to settle in” and “to settle down” (they’re not the same!) . . .
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Giving Up versus Giving In

Learn how to use three popular phrasal verbs in English:

  • To give up
  • To give up (something)
  • To give in

For more on giving up and similar phrases, check out our Daily English 524 – Talking About Failure.

~Jeff

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Here is just a small part of what you’re going to learn in this free lesson:

  • What “take a rain check” means and how to use it in a conversation . . .
  • The difference between a “recluse” and a “busybody” . . .
  • Why “to fend OFF” means something from “to fend FOR” . . .
  • What it means to “take a rain check,” “keep to yourself,” and “to appoint (someone)” . . .
  • What a social secretary is . . .
  • The best way to use “to sort out” and “to turn down” . . .
  • How to use phrasal verbs like “to settle in” and “to settle down” (they’re not the same!) . . .
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Sizing Up Your English

There are lots of idioms related to the word “size” in English. Size means, of course, how big or small something is.

In this video, I explain the different ways of using the following four popular idioms:

  • To size (someone/something) up
  • To try (something) on for size
  • To pick on someone your own size
  • To come in all shapes and sizes

Learn more about how you can “size someone up” in our Daily English lesson 898 – People of Different Ages.

For more vocabulary related to shapes and sizes, see our Daily English 766 – Describing Shapes and Sizes.

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~Jeff

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  • What “take a rain check” means and how to use it in a conversation . . .
  • The difference between a “recluse” and a “busybody” . . .
  • Why “to fend OFF” means something from “to fend FOR” . . .
  • What it means to “take a rain check,” “keep to yourself,” and “to appoint (someone)” . . .
  • What a social secretary is . . .
  • The best way to use “to sort out” and “to turn down” . . .
  • How to use phrasal verbs like “to settle in” and “to settle down” (they’re not the same!) . . .
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How Else Can I Say It?: At the Airport

Today we look more deeply (closely) at a short dialogue about the airport.

You’ll learn at least 3 other ways you can say the following expressions:

  • To have everything
  • To change money
  • I wouldn’t recommend it

Learn how and when to use these different ways of expressing yourself.

For the complete dialogue, see our Daily English 191 – Changing Money.

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~Jeff

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  • What “take a rain check” means and how to use it in a conversation . . .
  • The difference between a “recluse” and a “busybody” . . .
  • Why “to fend OFF” means something from “to fend FOR” . . .
  • What it means to “take a rain check,” “keep to yourself,” and “to appoint (someone)” . . .
  • What a social secretary is . . .
  • The best way to use “to sort out” and “to turn down” . . .
  • How to use phrasal verbs like “to settle in” and “to settle down” (they’re not the same!) . . .
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What to Read and Listen to in English

What should you read and listen to in English?

In this video, I give you advice on how to select (choose) things to read and listen to in English.

For a more complete answer to this question, I strongly (very much) suggest that you look at my special report, 5 Things You MUST Know to Improve Your English – it’s FREE!

~Jeff

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  • What “take a rain check” means and how to use it in a conversation . . .
  • The difference between a “recluse” and a “busybody” . . .
  • Why “to fend OFF” means something from “to fend FOR” . . .
  • What it means to “take a rain check,” “keep to yourself,” and “to appoint (someone)” . . .
  • What a social secretary is . . .
  • The best way to use “to sort out” and “to turn down” . . .
  • How to use phrasal verbs like “to settle in” and “to settle down” (they’re not the same!) . . .
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Martin Luther King and Peaceful Protest

Today’s video talks about the great American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., and phrases related to peaceful political protests.

King’s birthday was celebrated on Monday, January 18, as a national holiday in the United States, as it is every year on the third Monday of January.

Learn more about these expressions:

  • To strike
  • To picket
  • To boycott

For more information on “MLK, Jr.” as King is known as, see our Cultural English 5.

For more vocabulary related to protests, check out (take a look at) Daily English 427 – Planning a Protest and Daily English 895 – Government Reactions to Protests.

~Jeff

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  • What “take a rain check” means and how to use it in a conversation . . .
  • The difference between a “recluse” and a “busybody” . . .
  • Why “to fend OFF” means something from “to fend FOR” . . .
  • What it means to “take a rain check,” “keep to yourself,” and “to appoint (someone)” . . .
  • What a social secretary is . . .
  • The best way to use “to sort out” and “to turn down” . . .
  • How to use phrasal verbs like “to settle in” and “to settle down” (they’re not the same!) . . .
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Making a Judgment Call

Learn about three popular expressions in English:

-Against my better judgment

-Judgment call

-To pass judgment on someone/thing

For more uses of “judgement,” check our our Daily English 1075 – Defying Orders.

~Jeff

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  • What “take a rain check” means and how to use it in a conversation . . .
  • The difference between a “recluse” and a “busybody” . . .
  • Why “to fend OFF” means something from “to fend FOR” . . .
  • What it means to “take a rain check,” “keep to yourself,” and “to appoint (someone)” . . .
  • What a social secretary is . . .
  • The best way to use “to sort out” and “to turn down” . . .
  • How to use phrasal verbs like “to settle in” and “to settle down” (they’re not the same!) . . .
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Wintertime is English Time

For those living in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s a mostly cold time of year (even in Los Angeles!).

But you can warm yourself up by learning a few popular idioms related to being cold in today’s video:

-Chill and chill out

-Leave someone out in the cold

-To put something on ice

-To be snowed under

For more expressions related to winter and cold, see our Daily English 11158 – Cold Weather Complaints, Daily English 1232 – Intimidating a Coworker, and Daily English 820 – Performing Poorly at Work.

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~Jeff

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  • What “take a rain check” means and how to use it in a conversation . . .
  • The difference between a “recluse” and a “busybody” . . .
  • Why “to fend OFF” means something from “to fend FOR” . . .
  • What it means to “take a rain check,” “keep to yourself,” and “to appoint (someone)” . . .
  • What a social secretary is . . .
  • The best way to use “to sort out” and “to turn down” . . .
  • How to use phrasal verbs like “to settle in” and “to settle down” (they’re not the same!) . . .
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Happy New Year!

A few more days and it’s the end of 2020.

This past year has been tough (difficult) for most people. Maybe you’re like us and are happy to see the back of (say goodbye to) 2020, too!

Thank you all for learning with us. ESLPod.com would not be here without you.

For 2021, we wish you and your family peace, health, and happiness!

Happy New Year from all of us

– Jeff, Lucy, and the entire ESLPod.com team!

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  • What “take a rain check” means and how to use it in a conversation . . .
  • The difference between a “recluse” and a “busybody” . . .
  • Why “to fend OFF” means something from “to fend FOR” . . .
  • What it means to “take a rain check,” “keep to yourself,” and “to appoint (someone)” . . .
  • What a social secretary is . . .
  • The best way to use “to sort out” and “to turn down” . . .
  • How to use phrasal verbs like “to settle in” and “to settle down” (they’re not the same!) . . .
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McQuillan Family Christmas Traditions

Learn about some of my family’s Christmas traditions in this video.

More importantly, Lucy, the ESLPod.com staff, and I all want to wish you a very Happy Holiday season! We hope you have a relaxing and peaceful holiday.

And why not give yourself or someone else the “gift of English” this year? Check out our Unlimited English Membership!

Start 2021 out right (begin it in a good way) by improving your English.

If you don’t want a membership, we have lots of special courses, both video and audio, for you as well.

Happy holidays!

~Jeff

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What Will I Learn in My Free Lesson?

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  • What “take a rain check” means and how to use it in a conversation . . .
  • The difference between a “recluse” and a “busybody” . . .
  • Why “to fend OFF” means something from “to fend FOR” . . .
  • What it means to “take a rain check,” “keep to yourself,” and “to appoint (someone)” . . .
  • What a social secretary is . . .
  • The best way to use “to sort out” and “to turn down” . . .
  • How to use phrasal verbs like “to settle in” and “to settle down” (they’re not the same!) . . .
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