Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

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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Does “Reading” Mean You Have to Say the Words Out Loud?

Several people have emailed me recently to ask about the advice I give in my special report on how to improve your English (and if you haven’t seen it, sign up to get it below). In the report, I recommend … Continue reading

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What Should I Listen To?

Here’s a question I am often asked: Dear Jeff, I always study English everyday, but I feel my listening ability is not good. Could you help me improve my listening ability? Tim Good question, Tim! The way to improve your … Continue reading

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What’s for Dinner, Jeff?

I love to cook on my barbecue (also be spelled “barbeque” or abbreviated “BBQ”) grill in the back of my house. Here’s a photo of me getting ready go cook some hamburgers (and don’t worry, I cook them before I … Continue reading

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