Category Archives: Language & Terms

Green is Not Just for the Irish

Last Sunday (March 17th) was Saint Patrick’s Day, which millions of Irish and those of Irish descent (came originally from Ireland) celebrated. The color most often associated with (linked to; connected to) Ireland is green. It is customary (common) for … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room

What does it mean when we talk about the “elephant in the room”? Find out in this English With Your Coffee episode: ~Jeff P.S. A small error in the captioning at the end of the video: It should say “my … Continue reading

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Saying “I Do”

George Carlin (1937-2008) was an American comedian, a person whose job is to tell jokes or funny stories. He was a stand-up comic, someone who told jokes in front of an audience, and he was very successful. Carlin was often … Continue reading

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Call Me JFF

A.E.I.O.U. You know these are the vowels in the English language, but you may not know that they are under assault (being attacked). OK, it’s not quite that dramatic (serious), but if you look at popular culture today, vowels are … Continue reading

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Why Are There Letters in English You Don’t Pronounce?

Okay, this one is for those language geeks (people who are too interested and excited about something) out there who, like me, like to know how language works and why it is the way it is. Silent letters. Those are … Continue reading

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Goat Yoga Is a Thing

There are a lot of crazy, hilariously bad (so terrible they are funny) ideas that have their origin (begin) in California. I’m not sure if goat yoga (see photo) actually began here (this article says it started in Michigan), but … Continue reading

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How to Use “I’m Good!” in English

When most Americans say, “I’m good,” they’re not praising (saying something positive about) themselves. They’re not saying they’re not bad. “I’m good” is actually a casual and common way to say, “No, thank you.” You can use this idiom in … Continue reading

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Sounding Like Shakespeare (Part 2)

Last week I mentioned a few common English phrases that we got from Shakespeare’s plays. Here are few others. Do you notice a theme (common subject)? 1. Green-eyed monster – From Othello, Act III, Scene III A monster is a … 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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60 Second English: Using “A Bit” and “As Well”

Two of the most common expressions in spoken English are “a bit” and “as well.” Learn how to use both in this 60 second video. ~Jeff Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our … Continue reading

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