Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

Californians Speaking Russian Instead of English?

Today, Alaska is the U.S.’s largest state by area (in square miles). But did you know that before 1867, Alaska belonged to Russia? In 1867, the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia and it became our 49th state in 1959. But before 1800, Russia … Continue reading

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10 Things On My Music Player

In no particular (special) order, here are 10 songs on the Music app of my phone: On a Sunday Afternoon by Lighter Shade of Brown – A student of mine introduced this rap song to me way back (all the … Continue reading

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My Thanksgiving Dinner, 2017

1. Here’s the turkey I cooked for Thanksgiving – ready to go into the oven! 2. Now you see the turkey 2.5 hours later – ready to go into my mouth! 3. After the turkey, there is of course pumpkin … Continue reading

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The World Series is Here – Play Ball!

Today is the first game of this year’s Major League Baseball World Series. The best two baseball teams of 2017 play to determine the champion (winner) this year. My favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, is in the series for … Continue reading

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Learn English TV – Video English Courses!

ESLPod.com Announces: Learn English TV – Video English Courses! Now ESLPod.com’s best courses are available on video! We’ve started Learn English TV, a new site for improving your English by watching streaming videos. Check it out now: http://tv.eslpod.com Watch and … Continue reading

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No Room for a Park? Build a Parklet.

Here I am on Saturday afternoon enjoying my coffee. I’m not sitting outside of a cafe. I’m sitting at a parklet in Santa Monica. You know what a park is: it’s a green space with trees where people can go … Continue reading

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Cocaine for Babies

I feel bad for parents dealing with teething babies (babies with growing teeth). It seems nothing can soothe (calm and quiet) them when they have a toothache (pain in the tooth). But if you were a parent in the U.S. … Continue reading

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How to Cross the Street (in English)

Yes, you already know how to cross the street. You don’t need an English lesson for that. But what about understanding the language on a crosswalk sign? Watch the short video explanation below. It could save your life someday! Jeff … Continue reading

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Free English Lesson: Daily English 190 – Taking a Phone Message

Are you thinking about joining our Select English Membership but aren’t quite sure what you’ll get? Watch this FREE episode of Cultural English which shows you exactly what is included in our PDF Learning Guide! Get started on your first … Continue reading

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Free English Lesson: Cultural English 490 – Muhammad Ali & the Golden Gate Bridge

Are you thinking about joining our Select English Membership but aren’t quite sure what you’ll get? Watch this FREE episode of Cultural English which shows you exactly what is included in our PDF Learning Guide! Get started on your first … Continue reading

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