Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

Why Can’t I Speak English Better?

Do you wonder why you can’t learn English faster and speak better? This video gives you some reasons why AND what you can do about them. For even more information on *how* to improve your English, read my special report, … Continue reading

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Are You a Jack of All Trades, Master of None?

“Jack” has many different meanings and uses in English. Find out how to use them correctly in this video. I’ll explain how to use “jack” in different expressions, including: a man named John something for your car a playing card … Continue reading

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What’s a Pair of Pairs?

A “pair” refers to two things. But can you have a pair of pairs? And what words do you have to use “pair” with? Learn all about using “pair” in this video. For more information on pair and pairs, see … Continue reading

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Put Some “ish” in Your English

What’s the difference between someone saying “I’m hungry” and “I’m hungryish”? You’ll hear a lot of words ending in “-ish” in conversational English, but what does this suffix (word ending) really mean? Find out about the differences in how we … Continue reading

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Don’t Ever Say “Thank”

There are some nouns in English that are only used in the plural (with an -s at the end). Learn why you should never use these nouns in the singular: thanks/congratulations contents earnings amends For more on plural nouns, see … Continue reading

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Guess Where These Words Come From

I recently talked about “loanwords” in a short video about “glitch” and “ketchup.” Today, I talk about three more common loanwords in English: cul-de-sac kudos angst To expand your vocabulary even faster, check our our Unlimited English Membership here. ~Jeff … Continue reading

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“Literally” is Literally English’s Most Confusing Word

“Literal” and “figurative” are two types of meaning in English, but they are often confused (even by native English speakers!). Learn the difference between them in this video, and why Americans who say “I was literally starving” will not die … Continue reading

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How Not to be a Sucker in English

The famous showman P.T. Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” (Learn more about P.T. Barnum in our Cultural English 257 here.) Learn in this video what a “sucker” is, why you do *not* want to be one, and … Continue reading

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Words English Stole from Other Languages

A loanword is a term one language takes from another language to use with little or no change to the word itself. English has “stolen” lots of words from other languages! Learn about the meaning and uses of two of … Continue reading

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Take This Quiz to Improve Your English

Which of these people is more likely to become a great English speaker? A. A person who works hard to learn every new word they see or hear in English. B. A person who doesn’t study English, but listens to … Continue reading

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