Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

Has the CAPTCHA Gotcha?

“Gotcha” is an informal way in English of pronouncing the words “got” and “you” together. But what it does it mean when we say “Got you!” or “Gotcha!”? And what does it have to do with CAPTCHA? GOTCHA We say … Continue reading

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3 Bad Habits from Your English Classes You Need to Break

Is this you? You studied English in school for years, but feel you can’t speak English. You worked hard, you were motivated (eager to learn), and you did what the textbooks and your teachers told you to do. Still, you … Continue reading

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Turning Over a New Leaf

It’s New Year’s Eve and time to ring in the new year (welcome and celebrate the new year)! For many people, the start of a new year means starting with a clean slate. Slate is type of dark gray stone. … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

On behalf of (From) everyone here at ESLPod.com, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy holiday season! We are lucky that all of you have chosen to learn English with us. It’s both a pleasure … Continue reading

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The Best Gift of All for the Holidays

Tired of going to the mall (shopping center) to buy presents (gifts)? Tired of searching online for the “perfect” gift? Search no more! I have the best gift you can give yourself or your loved ones (people you love) this … Continue reading

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Edison, You Light Up My Life

Thomas Edison was very smart guy. We know him as the inventor of the first practical (able to be used in everyday ways) light bulb. But that’s not the only thing Edison did in his lifetime. He also created the … Continue reading

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Brrr . . . Give me a Hot Toddy!

It’s not snowing here in Los Angeles, but it’s pretty chilly (cold). It’s dipped down to (reached the low temperature of) 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius)! I need to keep warm, and since it’s winter, I’m putting aside my coffee … Continue reading

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December is the Time for Running

For many Americans, December is the month for running, so here’s a quick look at some of the ways we can use the verb “run” in English. It’s a busy month of running errands (making short trips to complete tasks) … Continue reading

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Where We Get Our Thanksgiving Turkeys

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, a group of mostly English citizens who were among the first to settle (move to and live) in what is now the northeastern U.S., held a three day celebration for a bountiful harvest. … Continue reading

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American Cities Named After Americans

Because America is a relatively new country compared to many nations, many of the names we have for our cities and towns come from famous Americans in the past 200 years. For example, Houston, Texas, is named after Sam Houston, … Continue reading

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