Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

3 Expressions You Won’t Find in Your Texbooks

Conversational English includes a lot of expressions you will usually not find in an English textbook. Today I explain 3 common idioms in English: To flake out/to be a flake To call shotgun To scoot over For more vocabulary related … Continue reading

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Giving Up versus Giving In

Learn how to use three popular phrasal verbs in English: To give up To give up (something) To give in For more on giving up and similar phrases, check out our Daily English 524 – Talking About Failure. ~Jeff P.S. … Continue reading

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Sizing Up Your English

There are lots of idioms related to the word “size” in English. Size means, of course, how big or small something is. In this video, I explain the different ways of using the following four popular idioms: To size (someone/something) … Continue reading

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How Else Can I Say It?: At the Airport

Today we look more deeply (closely) at a short dialogue about the airport. You’ll learn at least 3 other ways you can say the following expressions: To have everything To change money I wouldn’t recommend it Learn how and when … Continue reading

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What to Read and Listen to in English

What should you read and listen to in English? In this video, I give you advice on how to select (choose) things to read and listen to in English. For a more complete answer to this question, I strongly (very … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King and Peaceful Protest

Today’s video talks about the great American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., and phrases related to peaceful political protests. King’s birthday was celebrated on Monday, January 18, as a national holiday in the United States, as it is … Continue reading

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Making a Judgment Call

Learn about three popular expressions in English: -Against my better judgment -Judgment call -To pass judgment on someone/thing For more uses of “judgement,” check our our Daily English 1075 – Defying Orders. ~Jeff P.S. Like this English lesson? Get a … Continue reading

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Wintertime is English Time

For those living in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s a mostly cold time of year (even in Los Angeles!). But you can warm yourself up by learning a few popular idioms related to being cold in today’s video: -Chill and chill … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

A few more days and it’s the end of 2020. This past year has been tough (difficult) for most people. Maybe you’re like us and are happy to see the back of (say goodbye to) 2020, too! Thank you all … Continue reading

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McQuillan Family Christmas Traditions

Learn about some of my family’s Christmas traditions in this video. More importantly, Lucy, the ESLPod.com staff, and I all want to wish you a very Happy Holiday season! We hope you have a relaxing and peaceful holiday. And why … Continue reading

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