Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

What Does “Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen” Mean?

We see in this cartoon a group of people sitting around a conference table, most of them with chef’s hats on, the tall hats sometimes worn by the main cook or “chef” in a restaurant. The man leading (running) the meeting announces that they … Continue reading

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60-Second English: What Does “To Rule Something Out” Mean? (Video)

Learn what the popular phrasal verb “to rule something out” means in this quick video lesson. Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our Facebook page – click here to comment on this post! … Continue reading

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“To Make the Grade” versus “To Make the Cut”

Watch this short video to learn the differences between “make the grade” and “make the cut.” Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our Facebook page – click here to comment on this post!

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3 Rules for Email (and Why You Should Follow Them)

The Wall Street Journal recently ran (published) an article on how you can use your email better. They cite (talk about; mention) a lot of recent scientific studies on using email. Let’s talk about three of them, and learn some … Continue reading

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What Do “To Throw Shade” and “To Dis” Mean?

My mother used to tell us, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Not many of our public officials or politicians follow (take; accept) this advice. Not a week goes by (there is no … Continue reading

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Honking in Los Angeles

Every city has particular characteristics that shape (change) the people who live there. It may be the size of the city, the culture of the city, the geography (where things are) of the city, the history of the city – all … Continue reading

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100% Organic English Lessons Now Available!

We at ESLPod.com are always looking to improve our lessons. So we thought we try to make them even better by making all lessons 100% organic, gluten-free, fair trade, non-GMO, with 0 trans fat – all natural with no preservatives! … Continue reading

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How to Win a Gold Medal in Speaking English

Have you been watching the Olympics? It’s fun to see such amazing performances by athletes. How do they get to be so good? The obvious answer is “practice.” They spend thousands of hours working hard, improving a little bit everyday. … Continue reading

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My Life in English: Communicating with My Father

  There’s a special connection – we would call it a special bond – between a young boy and his father, just as there often is between a young girl and her mother. In my family, the bond that my … Continue reading

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What Does “To Be Livid” Mean?

Today I talk about the meaning of the word livid in English. Watch this short video to learn what it means and how we use it: Get more information about Unlimited English here. ~Jeff Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eslpod Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/eslpod? Learn English … Continue reading

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