Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

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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Dear LA: I love you. I hate you.

A few blocks from my house, the owner of a very large house recently painted a message to everyone who drives or walks past (see photo). It reads: “Dear LA, I love you. I hate you. I love you. I … Continue reading

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What to Say to Someone Traveling

It’s summertime, and that means it’s time for millions of people to take a vacation. When someone tells you they’re going on a vacation, what do you say to them in English? Find out in this very short (1 minute!) … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation is Here. Who Wants to Go Camping?

July and August are traditionally (usually) the most popular months for people to take a vacation. Some stay in hotels. Some stay with friends. Some rent an apartment or small house. But many Americans like to take vacation by going … Continue reading

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Test Your Creative Potential

  Why are some people more creative (able to think of new and original ideas) than others? Psychologists have sought (looked for) an answer to this question for many years, with some interesting hypotheses (guesses; theories). Dean Keith Simonton at … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way to Improve Your English

Last week I gave a couple of tips on how to improve your English. If you haven’t read that, please read that now. (I’ll wait for you . . .) In my post, I talked about “narrow reading,” where you … Continue reading

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Top 2 Tips on Reading English the Easy Way

Listen and reading are the two main (most important) ways to improve your English. Listening is important, but reading is also VERY powerful! Reading will actually improve your English listening and speaking, as well as reading and writing. To get … Continue reading

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Who Wants to Wash My Car?

My car is really dirty. I mean, it has a lot of dirt and dust on the outside. Why so dirty? Two reasons: 1. I live in Los Angeles, where it rains only rarely in the summer, so there is … Continue reading

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Speak English by Killing Birds and Beating Horses

I don’t like animals, especially cats. If you’ve listened to our old podcasts and current Daily English lessons, you probably know that already. But you can’t say you speak English fluently without knowing and using idioms that have animals in … Continue reading

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Congrats to the Grads!

June is the month for graduations, the completion of studies, both for high school and college/university students. So what does a typical American graduation look like? Most graduation ceremonies have two parts: (1) an awarding of degrees, where students come … Continue reading

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