Category Archives: Language & Terms

Helicopter Dads and Snowplow Moms

Raising children (helping them grow up) isn’t easy. It’s even harder if you’re a helicopter or snowplow parent. Let me explain. Lately (recently), Americans have been talking about different ways of parenting (bringing up or raising children) that’s very different … Continue reading

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The Oxford Comma

This is a comma: “,”. It’s a very useful punctuation mark (things like periods (.), quotation marks (“), and explanation points (!)) in English and in many other languages, but it can also be a source of confusion. The Oxford … Continue reading

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You’re a Nut!

If someone calls you a “nut,” is that an insult (a disrespectful thing to say)? Probably. A nut is a type of food that has a hard outer shell or covering that you remove to eat what is inside. Peanuts … Continue reading

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You Got Under My Skin

Here’s another strange idiom in English: You (or someone/something) got under my skin. There are two ways we use this idiom. The first way is to indicate that someone or thing is irritating you, bothering you, doing something that you … Continue reading

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Are You Woke?

Over the past year, one of the most popular buzzwords, or fashionable words, used in the media (news, TV shows, etc.) is “woke.” You probably know the word woke as the past tense of the verb “to wake” (to stop … Continue reading

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What Does “Carry Out” Mean?*

Learn the different meanings of “carry out” in this quick video. *NOTE: As a noun, we usually spell “carryout” as a single word, or hyphenate it (carry-out). The video caption has it as two words, but that’s usually just for … Continue reading

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“Drive Hammered, Get Nailed”

I was driving down the 10 freeway here in Los Angeles the other day (recently) and saw an interesting sign. Freeways in Southern California usually have large electronic signs every few miles that announce important but usually boring (uninteresting) information … Continue reading

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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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