Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

You, Too, Can Sound Like Shakespeare (Part 1)

If you speak English, you know Shakespeare. That’s because many of the most well-known sayings in English come from Shakespeare’s plays. Here are a few very common phrases Americans use: 1. Good riddance – From Troilus and Cressida, Act II, … Continue reading

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Columbus Day Controversies

Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our Facebook page – click here to comment on this post! The United States celebrates (recognizes and honors) Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, … Continue reading

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“Housekeeping!”

If you stay at a hotel in the United States, you may be sitting in your room and hear someone knock on your door. The person will say, in a loud voice, “Housekeeping!” If you don’t answer the “housekeeping” announcement … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Jeff

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Bird-Brained Ideas

Los Angeles is a big, sprawling (covering a wide area) city. That’s why people have a hard time (difficulty) getting around without cars. Our public transportation system—buses, subways, trains, etc.—just doesn’t reach enough parts of the city. About a year … Continue reading

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Flu Shot Season is Here Again

A few years ago, I thought I was dying. My body ached (hurt). I couldn’t breathe. I had a high fever (body temperature). I had “the flu.” The flu, short for influenza, is a highly contagious (easy to pass from … Continue reading

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New Words in American English, 2018 Edition

One of the leading (most popular) American English dictionaries, Merriam-Webster, has just published a list of 840 “new” words in English. Here are some you may want to know: TL;DR – “Too long; didn’t read” – This is sometimes used … Continue reading

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Honesty is the Best Policy

This cartoon takes place in a courtroom (where legal processes and trials happen). We see the judge behind what looks like a big desk, which in a courtroom we call a bench. He has a gavel in front of him, a thing that looks … Continue reading

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“What Should I Read in English?”

If you’ve read my special report on how to improve your English, you know that I recommend you do a lot of listening and reading. (And if you haven’t read my report, hurry up and get it today by signing … Continue reading

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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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