Category Archives: Language & Terms

What is the Secret to Remembering New Words?

How can you remember all the new words you read and listen to in English? I have the answer. And it will surprise you. Keep reading . . . My answer has two parts. #1: We’ll start with the wrong … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between “Sleep” and “Asleep”?

I’ve been feeling rather lazy this week. So it’s a good time to talk about a few confusing words in English related to sleeping. Sleep is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it means that time when … Continue reading

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What does “I can’t be bothered” mean?

“I can’t be bothered” means “I don’t want to make the effort (work) to do something.” For example: Elisa is too busy watching TV and can’t be bothered to answer the phone. “I can’t be bothered” (or, if in the … Continue reading

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Who’s the Head Honcho Here?

The term head honcho is sometimes used to describe the leader, president, or most powerful person in an organization or company. The word head here means “top” or “best.” In some schools in England, for example, there is a “head … Continue reading

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What Does “To Be Short For” Mean?

Here’s a 90-second video explaining the use of the common English expression to be short for. WAIT! Before You Go . . . Get a FREE English Lesson from ESLPod.com! Do you have difficulties remembering the “right” word when speaking … Continue reading

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60-Second English: What Does “To Rule Something Out” Mean? (Video)

Learn what the popular phrasal verb “to rule something out” means in this quick video lesson. Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our Facebook page – click here to comment on this post! … Continue reading

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“To Make the Grade” versus “To Make the Cut”

Watch this short video to learn the differences between “make the grade” and “make the cut.” Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our Facebook page – click here to comment on this post!

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What Do “To Throw Shade” and “To Dis” Mean?

My mother used to tell us, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Not many of our public officials or politicians follow (take; accept) this advice. Not a week goes by (there is no … Continue reading

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How to Win a Gold Medal in Speaking English

Have you been watching the Olympics? It’s fun to see such amazing performances by athletes. How do they get to be so good? The obvious answer is “practice.” They spend thousands of hours working hard, improving a little bit everyday. … Continue reading

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What Does “To Be Livid” Mean?

Today I talk about the meaning of the word livid in English. Watch this short video to learn what it means and how we use it: Get more information about Unlimited English here. ~Jeff Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eslpod Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/eslpod? Learn English … Continue reading

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