Category Archives: Language & Terms

Speak English by Killing Birds and Beating Horses

I don’t like animals, especially cats. If you’ve listened to our old podcasts and current Daily English lessons, you probably know that already. But you can’t say you speak English fluently without knowing and using idioms that have animals in … Continue reading

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How to Say “No”

There are several commonly-used ways to say “no” in conversation when responding to a suggestion, request, invitation, or something similar. Each is used a little differently depending on how firm or forceful you want to be. I’ve listed a few … Continue reading

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Your English Challenge

“She told him that she loved him.” This seems like an easy sentence in English. But is it? What if I told you that you can make this sentence mean seven different things by adding just ONE word? Weird, I … Continue reading

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Pushback

If you read American newspapers, you might see the word “pushback.” Here’s a recent headline (title of newspaper story) from the website Politico: Trump cranks up (increases) his pushback against Dems (Democrats) demanding his tax returns The noun pushback refers … Continue reading

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3 Business Buzzwords for 2019

A buzzword is a word or phrase that has become very popular in a certain field or area. There are buzzwords in science, politics, business, and just about every type of work. Some buzzwords replace more common (and often simpler) … Continue reading

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“It’s Not My First Rodeo”

One of the stranger idioms in modern American English is the expression, “It’s not my first rodeo.” What does it mean, and why do we say it? The expression means that you have experience doing something, that you know what … Continue reading

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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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