Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

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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English With Your Coffee: Technology Edition

Learn some vocabulary about technology in this short video. Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our Facebook page – click here to comment on this post! WAIT! Before You Go . . . … Continue reading

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What is the Secret to Remembering New Words?

How can you remember all the new words you read and listen to in English? I have the answer. And it will surprise you. Keep reading . . . My answer has two parts. #1: We’ll start with the wrong … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between “Sleep” and “Asleep”?

I’ve been feeling rather lazy this week. So it’s a good time to talk about a few confusing words in English related to sleeping. Sleep is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it means that time when … Continue reading

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What does “I can’t be bothered” mean?

“I can’t be bothered” means “I don’t want to make the effort (work) to do something.” For example: Elisa is too busy watching TV and can’t be bothered to answer the phone. “I can’t be bothered” (or, if in the … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between “Accountability” and “Responsibility”?

Learn how we use accountability and responsibility in English by watching this short video. Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our Facebook page – click here to comment on this post! WAIT! Before … Continue reading

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Who’s the Head Honcho Here?

The term head honcho is sometimes used to describe the leader, president, or most powerful person in an organization or company. The word head here means “top” or “best.” In some schools in England, for example, there is a “head … Continue reading

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What Does “To Be Short For” Mean?

Here’s a 90-second video explaining the use of the common English expression to be short for. WAIT! Before You Go . . . Get a FREE English Lesson from ESLPod.com! Do you have difficulties remembering the “right” word when speaking … Continue reading

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