Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

What Does “To Give Notice” At Your Job Mean?

Learn how and when we use the expression, “to give notice,” in this short video by ESLPod.com. Learn more job-related vocabulary in our Daily English lesson 44 – Hiring for a Job. Learn more about our Unlimited English membership, with … Continue reading

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We All Need a Little Laughter in These Difficult Times

All of us at ESLPod.com hope that you and your loved ones (the people you love) are healthy and safe during these difficult times of the coronavirus. We take the current threat (danger) very seriously. But if you’re like me, … Continue reading

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Talking About Bedrooms in a House

Learn how we talk about types of bedrooms and what a “hall” is in this short video from ESLPod.com. And check out (take a look at) a Daily English lesson about houses that I talk about in the video – … Continue reading

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Eating a Three-Course Meal

What do we mean when we say we’re having a “three-course meal”? Learn how to talk about different parts of a meal in this quick video from ESLPod.com. Also, take a look at the Daily English lesson we mention in … Continue reading

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What Does “Groundbreaking” Mean in English?

We often talk about a “groundbreaking study” or a “groundbreaking invention,” but what does that mean exactly? Learn how to use “groundbreaking” in English in this quick video from ESLPod.com: Also, check out the Daily English lesson #88 – Socializing … Continue reading

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Flattery and Backhanded Compliments

There is a famous saying (short piece of advice or wisdom): “Flattery will get you nowhere.” What is “flattery,” and what does this well-known saying mean? We call saying nice things about a person praise (“What a beautiful dress you … Continue reading

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The Seven “Steps” of English

English is infamous for (famous for, but in a bad way) lots of confusing phrasal verbs. So today I’ll try to explain one set (group) of common phrasal verbs using “to step.” Many of these phrasal verbs with “step” have … Continue reading

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Talking About Losing Weight in English

If you ate too much over the holidays, you may be looking to (trying to; hoping to) lose weight. Find out how to use a few common expressions in English such as “to slim down” and “to drop a few … Continue reading

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Age Before Beauty, Pearls Before Swine

Americans love surveys (questions asking people’s opinions). For example, I recently saw a magazine survey in which Los Angeles was voted the second rudest (insulting; not very nice) city in the United States. (“Only second?” I asked myself.) Now, being … Continue reading

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Has the CAPTCHA Gotcha?

“Gotcha” is an informal way in English of pronouncing the words “got” and “you” together. But what does it mean when we say “Got you!” or “Gotcha!”? And what does it have to do with CAPTCHA? GOTCHA We say “Gotcha!” … Continue reading

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