Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

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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You Think You’re a Genius? Ditto.

You will sometimes hear Americans use the word “ditto” in a conversation. Ditto is used as a response to what someone else has said to mean “That is true for me, too” or “The same with me,” as in: Edmund: … Continue reading

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Free English Lesson: Daily English 867 – Talking About Attractive Men and Women

Are you thinking about joining our Select English Membership but aren’t quite sure what you’ll get? Watch this episode of Daily English which shows you exactly what is included in our PDF Learning Guide! Note: The lessons themselves are not … Continue reading

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Let’s Chat

Another video experiment for today’s blog’s post! Here I explain the meaning and usage (the way we use) the verb to chat. ~Jeff

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A Rock versus a Stone: A One-Minute Video Lesson

Here’s a one-minute video lesson on the difference between a rock and a stone in English. Enjoy! -Jeff  

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Color or Colour? Spelling as a Political Act

If you’re an English learner, you may be annoyed  at (bothered by) the differences in spelling in American English and British English. We Americans use “color” and the British use “colour.” We write “realize” and they write “realise.” You might think … Continue reading

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Thomas Edison’s Talking Doll

We can thank the inventor (person who creates new things) Thomas Edison for many inventions, including movie cameras, phonographs (early record players), light bulbs, and so many others. In his lifetime, he had near 1,100 patents (government licenses for an … Continue reading

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It’s Spring – Let’s Party!

Spring is here, and in the next few weeks U.S. students will be getting one week of vacation from elementary (kindergarten to 5th grade) and secondary schools (middle school/junior high school and high school), and from colleges and universities. For … Continue reading

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And The Award For Worst Movie of the Year Goes to . . .

The Academy Awards (also called simply “the Oscars“) are here again. This Sunday, February 26th, the Academy Awards will be given out (distributed) honoring (recognizing and celebrating) the best films of 2016. Most people have heard of the Academy Awards, considered … Continue reading

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It’s All About “I”

Have you ever wondered why some words in English are capitalized (in big letters; type of letters at the beginning of sentences) and some words are not? Lucy has written about this topic before (see a couple of interesting posts here … Continue reading

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