Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

What Not To Do When Watching Your Holiday Movies

Most Americans get a vacation over the holidays (Christmas and Hanukah), anywhere from a few days to two weeks. So with extra time on their hands (extra time with nothing to do), many of us go to the movie theaters … Continue reading

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Overspending for the Holidays

When Americans say “the holidays,” they are usually referring to mid- to late-December, when the religious holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah are celebrated. It’s a happy time of year for most people. But the holidays are also a dangerous time … Continue reading

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Why Are There Letters in English You Don’t Pronounce?

Okay, this one is for those language geeks (people who are too interested and excited about something) out there who, like me, like to know how language works and why it is the way it is. Silent letters. Those are … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Your Two Months of Free English

This week, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a day of giving thanks for all that has been given to us, and for all the good things in our lives. On the day after Thanksgiving, many Americans take part in Black Friday, the … Continue reading

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My Father, Gertrude Stein, and a Mysterious Meeting in World War II

Sunday was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, in which so many men and women lost their lives. In the United States, we honor (remember with respect) this day as “Veteran’s Day.” A veteran is a … Continue reading

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Goat Yoga Is a Thing

There are a lot of crazy, hilariously bad (so terrible they are funny) ideas that have their origin (begin) in California. I’m not sure if goat yoga (see photo) actually began here (this article says it started in Michigan), but … Continue reading

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How to Use “I’m Good!” in English

When most Americans say, “I’m good,” they’re not praising (saying something positive about) themselves. They’re not saying they’re not bad. “I’m good” is actually a casual and common way to say, “No, thank you.” You can use this idiom in … Continue reading

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Sounding Like Shakespeare (Part 2)

Last week I mentioned a few common English phrases that we got from Shakespeare’s plays. Here are few others. Do you notice a theme (common subject)? 1. Green-eyed monster – From Othello, Act III, Scene III A monster is a … Continue reading

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You, Too, Can Sound Like Shakespeare (Part 1)

If you speak English, you know Shakespeare. That’s because many of the most well-known sayings in English come from Shakespeare’s plays. Here are a few very common phrases Americans use: 1. Good riddance – From Troilus and Cressida, Act II, … Continue reading

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Columbus Day Controversies

Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our Facebook page – click here to comment on this post! The United States celebrates (recognizes and honors) Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, … Continue reading

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