Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

Why No One Talks to Anyone Anymore

I was back in my home state of Minnesota recently visiting my family there. One day I went into a diner located in a small town just outside Minneapolis. A diner is a restaurant that usually has breakfast food served … Continue reading

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Does “Reading” Mean You Have to Say the Words Out Loud?

Several people have emailed me recently to ask about the advice I give in my special report on how to improve your English (and if you haven’t seen it, sign up to get it below). In the report, I recommend … Continue reading

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What Should I Listen To?

Here’s a question I am often asked: Dear Jeff, I always study English everyday, but I feel my listening ability is not good. Could you help me improve my listening ability? Tim Good question, Tim! The way to improve your … Continue reading

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What’s for Dinner, Jeff?

I love to cook on my barbecue (also be spelled “barbeque” or abbreviated “BBQ”) grill in the back of my house. Here’s a photo of me getting ready go cook some hamburgers (and don’t worry, I cook them before I … Continue reading

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How Americans Use Their Middle Names (Or Not!)

How do Americans use their middle names? It seems like an easy question, but it can get a little confusing. I explained some of the rules in our Unlimited English lesson, Cultural English #457. (All of our Cultural English lessons … Continue reading

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60 Second English: Using “A Bit” and “As Well”

Two of the most common expressions in spoken English are “a bit” and “as well.” Learn how to use both in this 60 second video. ~Jeff Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our … Continue reading

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Re-Reading Books When You’re Older

The following comes from a recent essay in the British magazine Literary Review. It says that as we get older, books that meant one thing to us when we were young may mean something very different when we get older. … Continue reading

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What Do I Say When Someone Has Died?

None of us will live forever. Death (end of life) is the eventual (someday) destination (where you are going) of all of us. If you have a friend, co-worker, or someone you know who has lost (had someone die) a … Continue reading

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How Do You Use the Verb “Stand By”?

There are a couple of different ways to use the phrasal verb to stand by, and it can get very confusing. Here’s a quick guide to this common English verb. One meaning of stand by is “wait.” For example, if … Continue reading

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60-Second Video: How to Ask Someone to Repeat Something in English

If you’re confused about how exactly to ask someone to repeat what they said to you in English, watch this quick 60-second video: Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our Facebook page – … Continue reading

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