Don’t Make This Mistake When Speaking English

It’s important to know the meaning of idioms and slang expressions in English. But should you actually use them when you speak and write?

In this video, I give you three reasons why sometimes *not* using idioms will actually make you sound more like a native speaker. These reasons include:
-Getting the wording wrong
-Getting the meaning wrong
-Getting the context wrong

~Jeff

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What Will I Learn in My Free Lesson?

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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More Common Abbreviations from the HQ of ESLPod

There are dozens of abbreviations used in English. Learn about some additional common ones here, including:

  • TBA
  • HQ
  • IPO

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~Jeff

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What Will I Learn in My Free Lesson?

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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From Zero to Hero in English

Zero” is obviously a number in English, but do you know how else it can be used?

Learn some popular expressions with “zero,” including:

  • To zero in (on)
  • Zero tolerance
  • To go from zero to hero

Check out more examples of using “zero” in Cultural English 28.

~Jeff

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What Will I Learn in My Free Lesson?

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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The Short Way to English

“Short” has lots of uses in English. Learn about some of the most popular ones in this video, including:

  • To be short on
  • Nothing short of
  • To make a long story short (Long story, short)
  • The long and the short of it

And for even more uses of short, check out our Cultural English 549  and Daily English 961 – Learning to Dance.

~Jeff

 

 

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Common Abbreviations: Is Your English TBD for YTD?

English uses a lot of abbreviations, especially in business English. Learn some common ones and when to use them in this video:

  • YTD
  • TBD
  • ETA
  • EOD
  • COB

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And get even more abbreviation help, listen to our Cultural English 20.

~Jeff

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What Will I Learn in My Free Lesson?

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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Why Can’t I Speak English Better?

Do you wonder why you can’t learn English faster and speak better?

This video gives you some reasons why AND what you can do about them.

For even more information on *how* to improve your English, read my special report, “5 Things You MUST Know to Improve Your English.”

~Jeff

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What Will I Learn in My Free Lesson?

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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Are You a Jack of All Trades, Master of None?

Jack” has many different meanings and uses in English. Find out how to use them correctly in this video.

I’ll explain how to use “jack” in different expressions, including:

  • a man named John
  • something for your car
  • a playing card
  • “jack of all trades, master of none”
  • “you don’t know jack”

For more on “jack,” see our Daily English 416 – Finding a Niche in Business.

~Jeff

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What Will I Learn in My Free Lesson?

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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What’s a Pair of Pairs?

A “pair” refers to two things. But can you have a pair of pairs?

And what words do you have to use “pair” with?

Learn all about using “pair” in this video.

For more information on pair and pairs, see our Daily English 5 – Getting Dressed and Ready for Work.

~Jeff

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What Will I Learn in My Free Lesson?

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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Put Some “ish” in Your English

What’s the difference between someone saying “I’m hungry” and “I’m hungryish”?

You’ll hear a lot of words ending in “-ish” in conversational English, but what does this suffix (word ending) really mean?

Find out about the differences in how we turn nouns to adjectives with –ish and how to use them in a sentence.

For more on “ish,” see our Cultural English 324 lesson here.

~Jeff

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What Will I Learn in My Free Lesson?

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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Don’t Ever Say “Thank”

There are some nouns in English that are only used in the plural (with an -s at the end).

Learn why you should never use these nouns in the singular:

  • thanks/congratulations
  • contents
  • earnings
  • amends

For more on plural nouns, see our Cultural English 97 lesson.

~Jeff

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What Will I Learn in My Free Lesson?

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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