Category Archives: Language & Terms

Talking About Bedrooms in a House

Learn how we talk about types of bedrooms and what a “hall” is in this short video from ESLPod.com. And check out (take a look at) a Daily English lesson about houses that I talk about in the video – … Continue reading

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Eating a Three-Course Meal

What do we mean when we say we’re having a “three-course meal”? Learn how to talk about different parts of a meal in this quick video from ESLPod.com. Also, take a look at the Daily English lesson we mention in … Continue reading

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What Does “Groundbreaking” Mean in English?

We often talk about a “groundbreaking study” or a “groundbreaking invention,” but what does that mean exactly? Learn how to use “groundbreaking” in English in this quick video from ESLPod.com: Also, check out the Daily English lesson #88 – Socializing … Continue reading

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Flattery and Backhanded Compliments

There is a famous saying (short piece of advice or wisdom): “Flattery will get you nowhere.” What is “flattery,” and what does this well-known saying mean? We call saying nice things about a person praise (“What a beautiful dress you … Continue reading

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The Seven “Steps” of English

English is infamous for (famous for, but in a bad way) lots of confusing phrasal verbs. So today I’ll try to explain one set (group) of common phrasal verbs using “to step.” Many of these phrasal verbs with “step” have … Continue reading

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Talking About Losing Weight in English

If you ate too much over the holidays, you may be looking to (trying to; hoping to) lose weight. Find out how to use a few common expressions in English such as “to slim down” and “to drop a few … Continue reading

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Has the CAPTCHA Gotcha?

“Gotcha” is an informal way in English of pronouncing the words “got” and “you” together. But what does it mean when we say “Got you!” or “Gotcha!”? And what does it have to do with CAPTCHA? GOTCHA We say “Gotcha!” … Continue reading

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December is the Time for Running

For many Americans, December is the month for running, so here’s a quick look at some of the ways we can use the verb “run” in English. It’s a busy month of running errands (making short trips to complete tasks) … Continue reading

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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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