Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

A Visit to the Nixon Library

Presidential libraries are places where many of the documents and possessions of American presidents are kept after they leave office (stop being president). These libraries usually have museums that tell you the story of that president and what he did. … Continue reading

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You Got Under My Skin

Here’s another strange idiom in English: You (or someone/something) got under my skin. There are two ways we use this idiom. The first way is to indicate that someone or thing is irritating you, bothering you, doing something that you … Continue reading

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Are You Woke?

Over the past year, one of the most popular buzzwords, or fashionable words, used in the media (news, TV shows, etc.) is “woke.” You probably know the word woke as the past tense of the verb “to wake” (to stop … Continue reading

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Psst! It’s Someone’s Birthday Today . . .

When we try to get someone’s attention but we don’t want anyone else to know what we’re doing, we make a sound that is usually spelled in English “psst!” Well, I’m getting your attention to tell you that today is … Continue reading

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What Does “Carry Out” Mean?*

Learn the different meanings of “carry out” in this quick video. *NOTE: As a noun, we usually spell “carryout” as a single word, or hyphenate it (carry-out). The video caption has it as two words, but that’s usually just for … Continue reading

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More Listening and Reading Will Help You Speak English Better: A True Story

If you’ve been a fan of ESLPod.com, you know that we’re always telling you to read and listen to as much English as you can. Reading and listening is the key (most important thing) to improving speaking and writing. There’s … Continue reading

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“Drive Hammered, Get Nailed”

I was driving down the 10 freeway here in Los Angeles the other day (recently) and saw an interesting sign. Freeways in Southern California usually have large electronic signs every few miles that announce important but usually boring (uninteresting) information … Continue reading

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Is Teddy Roosevelt Still Right about America?

One of our most famous presidents was Theodore or “Teddy” (a short name for Theodore) Roosevelt, who was president of the U.S. between 1901 and 1909. Roosevelt was first famous for being a leader during the Spanish-American War in 1898, … Continue reading

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Passing Your English Exams (TOEFL & IELTS)

We often get emails asking if ESLPod.com has test preparation materials for English language exams. If you want to study at a U.S. university or college, you will likely take one of two English language exams. The most common “standardized” … Continue reading

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Hot for Teacher’s Grade*

School begins in a few weeks, to the great joy and happiness of parents everywhere. What does it take (what do you need) to be successful in American schools? Being successful in an American school requires, as in other schools … Continue reading

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