Espresso English Podcast
Espresso English Podcast
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On the Espresso English podcast, you'll learn English grammar, vocabulary, phrases, idioms, and more. Espresso English lessons are clear and practical, making it easy to learn the language quickly and effectively. Visit http://www.espressoenglish.net to get English courses and e-books that will help you learn faster!
The word “no” was probably one of the first ones you ever learned in English. Now let’s learn how it’s used in 15 different informal expressions like “no dice, no kidding, no sweat,” and more. I’ll explain what each expression means and give you an example. Informal expressions are easiest to learn when they’re inside the context of a conversation – and that’s the method I use to teach them inside the Everyday English Speaking Course Level 2. I hope you enjoyed today’s lesson and learned some new expressions! But don’t stop here... make sure to join Everyday English Speaking Level 2 to learn hundreds more of the informal phrases that native English speakers use in daily life.
Today I’m going to teach you 3 different meanings for the word "vet." Do you know them all? Let’s find out. Lots of English words do have multiple meanings, and this is why it’s good to learn words in context, not in isolation or by studying lists. My Vocabulary Builder Courses make it easy to learn new vocabulary because they teach you “families” of words – each lesson focuses on one topic. In each level of the course, you'll learn and practice over 1000 useful English words!
I want you to STOP saying “I don’t like it.” Why? Well, there’s nothing wrong with that sentence, but English has so many alternatives! So let’s get beyond that basic phrase and learn some other ways to express dislike. If you’re looking to improve your English speaking and especially expand the number of phrases you know, come join my Everyday English Speaking Course. The lessons teach you exactly what to say in dozens of daily life situations. It’s our most popular course at Espresso English!
Did you know that in more formal English, we tend to avoid using two-word verbs like ask for, throw away, and give out? These are very common in everyday spoken English, but we typically use slightly more formal words when writing professionally. Today you'll learn how to transform10 informal sentences into more formal ones that are appropriate in business English. If you're learning English for your career, then you'll find my Business English course very helpful! You can join for 50% off until Friday. OK, let's look at how to make these 10 sentences more formal: 1. We asked for an update two weeks ago. We requested an update two weeks ago. 2. My manager is thinking about your proposal. My manager is considering your proposal. 3. The stores are giving out free samples. The stores are distributing free samples. 4. I need some time to look over the information. I need some time to review the information. 5. The defective products were thrown away. The defective products were discarded. 6. I have found out the reason for the error. I have discovered/determined/identified the reason for the error. 7. Our visitors are going back to their country tomorrow. Our visitors are returning to their country tomorrow. 8. You need authorization to go ahead with the purchase. You need authorization to proceed with the purchase. 9. I will deal with the customer complaints. I will handle the customer complaints. 10. We talked about marketing strategy at the meeting. We discussed marketing strategy at the meeting. Remember, it's NOT that the first sentences are wrong - they are perfectly fine and correct! But we can make our writing a little more formal by using the second versions. Again, make sure to check out my Business English Course to learn a ton of practical phrases and vocabulary. This is the best time to join because you get a 50% discount!
Today we’ll learn some common mistakes with the words a, an, and the. These are some of the most frequently used words, so you want to be sure you’re using them correctly. I’ll teach you about 5 mistakes English learners often make. If you want to fix your English mistakes fast, come join my course about 200 Common Errors in English. When you learn how to avoid mistakes, then you can speak and write more confidently!
We’re coming up to Valentine’s day on February 14th in the U.S. This holiday celebrates love and romance, so today’s lesson will teach you 20 essential words and phrases for talking about love and relationships. I’ve divided today’s vocabulary into three groups – starting a romantic relationship, being in a relationship, and ending a relationship. When you want to expand your vocabulary, it’s very effective to learn groups of words like we’re doing today. This keeps the vocabulary more organized in your mind, and then it’s much easier to talk about the topic. You can continue learning this way inside my Vocabulary Builder Courses, which will teach you hundreds of common and extremely useful English words!
Today I’m answering a question from student who asked about the difference between device (spelled with a C) and devise (spelled with an S). Let's learn together! English has lots of words like this – different by just one letter, or just one small sound. I’d love to help you learn even more confusing words, so that you can use them correctly without mixing them up and saying the wrong thing. 600+ Confusing English Words Explained will teach you these words clearly, so that you can speak and write English more confidently.
Today I’ll teach you 10 different ways to say “I’m busy.” Many of us have busy lives these days, and that’s why I make my lessons “short and sweet,” so you can learn lots of English in little time.Today I’ll teach you 10 different ways to say “I’m busy.” Many of us have busy lives these days, and that’s why I make my lessons “short and sweet,” so you can learn lots of English in little time. I designed my Complete Program the same way – it includes more than 600 lessons, and each one takes just a few minutes a day. So you can still make GREAT progress towards English fluency, even with little time to study. There's only ONE WEEK LEFT to get the lowest possible monthly price! Even if your days are packed and your life is hectic, I know you can find 10 minutes a day to learn from Espresso English lessons :-) Remember, you can travel far by taking small steps day by day – and you CAN reach your English goals by studying daily for a few minutes at a time. I look forward to helping you inside the Complete Program!
Today I’d like you to consider this question: Is your English unbalanced? If something is unbalanced, it means it is not equal, it is not even. There is more in one part, and less in another part. What does it mean for your English to be unbalanced? Learning a language has many different aspects: Reading Writing Listening Speaking Grammar Vocabulary If you are strong in some areas, but weak in others, your English is unbalanced. Some students read a lot - even advanced texts - but they can't understand much when they listen. Some students have a large vocabulary... but they can't put the words they know into phrases. Some students are great at grammar, and can write very well... but have very bad pronunciation, and it's difficult to understand their accent. This is what it means for your English to be unbalanced. And in a moment, I'll give you some tips for solving this problem. But first, look at those six aspects of the English language and think about which area you are strongest in, and which area you are weakest in. In order to be fluent in English, you need to be good at ALL the aspects of the language, because they are all connected, and all of them are important for fluency. How can you balance these areas and improve them all? Here's one suggestion: You can dedicate one day of the week to working on each area. For example… Monday - Reading Tuesday - Writing Wednesday - Listening Thursday - Speaking Friday - Grammar Saturday - Vocabulary Sunday - (Relax!) This way, you can make progress in all the areas together, and your English level will improve as a whole. Now, in order to study all the aspects, you might have to visit many different websites... reading an article on a news site listening to a podcast on a different website taking a vocabulary quiz from a textbook, etc. But inside the Complete Program at Espresso English, you'll get everything you need in one place! The program includes courses and e-books focusing on all the different areas of English, helping you improve ALL your skills. This way, you can make progress towards English fluency in a healthy, balanced way. January is the best time to join the Complete Program because you can get the lowest possible monthly payment! Let me explain: The total value of all the courses in the Complete Program is over $600, and I offer a 50% discount to $297. But I know that for many students it’s still hard to spend that much all at one time – I understand. That’s why you can divide the payment over 12 months, and it ends up being just under $25/month, which is much better, don’t you think? This special 12-month payment plan is only available in January, so after the month is over, it won’t be offered again until next year. Please don’t wait another year to get serious about improving your English – start today, and by the end of the year you’ll be able to say “WOW, I made such great progress!” I hope the new year is going well for you so far, and I’d love to help you learn even more English inside my Complete Program. Bye for now!
Let’s talk about goals! The English word "goal" has both a sports meaning and a non-sports meaning – and today we’ll learn 20 common collocations (combinations of words) with "goal." I want to help you reach your goal of becoming fluent in English! That’s why I created a Complete Program of courses and e-books that will help you improve all your skills - from speaking and listening to grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and much more. January is the best time to join because you get the best price available all year. Sometimes other English teachers tell me... "Shayna, you're CRAZY for offering 50% off your Complete Program!" Why do I give such a big discount? Because I want to reward dedicated students who are serious about reaching their English fluency goals! And it's even easier to get the Complete Program with a payment plan to divide the total amount into smaller payments over time. Usually we only offer 3-month and 6-month payment plans, but if you join in January you can spread the payments out over 12 months, for the lowest possible monthly price!
In today’s lesson you’ll learn the sentence structures we use for talking about plans and goals, hopes and dreams – with lots of examples. But first let me ask you: Do you have a plan for improving your English this year? If you DON'T have a plan... ❌ you won't know what to study ❌ you won't feel like you're making progress ❌ you'll lose motivation But if you DO have a plan for your English learning... ✔️ it's easier to study consistently ✔️ you'll know exactly what to learn next ✔️ you'll be confident that your English is improving day by day When you join my Complete Program, you'll get a suggested study plan that takes you from the easier lessons up through the more advanced ones. Now is the perfect time to sign up at the special January price!
Many people make special plans and goals at this time of year, and we call these "new year’s resolutions." In today’s lesson we’ll learn lots of different phrases for them. Now is the time to set your English-learning goals! If you’re looking for a step-by-step program that will help you make real progress towards fluency all year long, come join the Complete Espresso English Program. In the month of January, you can get ALL the courses and e-books in the program for the best possible monthly price. All right, are you ready to learn some phrases for the top new year’s resolutions? Here we go! How does the Espresso English Complete Program compare to other English learning options? 1 year in a local English school = $1,000+ 1 year of daily private lessons = $5,000+ 1 year of intensive classes in an English-speaking country = $10,000+ (plus travel and living expenses) But you can get 600+ of our best Espresso English lessons in the Complete Program - not for $600 (that's the normal total price)... but for just $297! AND you can spread out the payments over time to make it even easier :-)
When learning another language, it's easy to make the mistake of being a little bit rude, since you might not be aware of the phrases that are considered "polite" or "impolite" by native speakers. I’m sure you already know to say “Please”, “Thank you,” and “Excuse me” – but today I’ll teach you 15 more ways to make your English sound more polite. Polite English is especially important if you're learning English for your job or career. You want to have good relationships with coworkers, make a positive impression on clients, and sound pleasant during interviews. If you'd like to learn English phrases that are perfect for professional situations, check out my Business English Course! You'll find out specifically what to say in interviews, meetings, negotiations, and conversations with customers and co-workers.
Do you ever notice that we use the word “said” a lot? He said this, she said that, then I said something else. Now there’s nothing wrong with the word “said,” it’s perfectly fine – but the English language has TONS of other options. Today we’re going to learn 40 words you can use instead of “said” – and as you will see, each one adds some extra meaning. If you want to expand your vocabulary even further beyond basic words, then you’ll love my Advanced Vocabulary and Collocations Course! The lessons inside teach you more than 1,000 high-level words to help take your English vocabulary from “simple” to “sophisticated.” One student described it as “like a gold mine for my vocabulary.” Check it out and join so you can sound more well-educated and fluent in English!
Today I’m going to explain why we never say “more better.” English learners sometimes say things like, “My English is getting more better” – but it’s ALWAYS incorrect. Take the lesson to learn the right way to express comparatives! I hope this helps make things clear! If you already understand this well and you’re ready for a more advanced study of grammar, come join my Advanced English Grammar Course, where we go into much more detail on grammar topics that will help you master the English language. We cover all the verb tenses, prepositions and connecting words, and more complex sentence structures – and what’s great about it is that there’s lots of practice, so that you’re not just “memorizing rules” but instead you’re actually using the grammar yourself, which helps you remember it much better.
Once I asked my students, “What are the most difficult English words for you to pronounce?” and I got a lot of great answers! Today we’re going to practice 15 words that English learners often find hard to say. I’ll say each one once slowly, once at normal speed, and then I’ll say an example sentence – so listen and repeat after me each time. Did you know that you can improve your pronunciation a LOT in the next 30 days when you join my American English Pronunciation Course? By doing a lesson a day, you’ll practice all the sounds of American English, so that your spoken English becomes clearer and clearer.
The verb “be” is one of the most common words in the English language – but it has different forms, like be, being, and been. Do you know when to use each one correctly? I’ll explain it today, with plenty of examples! If you’re looking for simple, clear, step-by-step grammar lessons, check out my Basic & Intermediate Grammar E-Books. They’ll teach you essential English grammar so that you can use it confidently without mistakes. Each lesson in the e-books also has a quiz for practice, and they also come with audio for listening practice.
Today I’m answering a question from a student who asked how to use the phrases “I couldn’t agree more” and “I couldn’t care less” – so today I’ll explain them by using a couple of mini-dialogues. When you’re learning English phrases, it’s so helpful to learn them in context – that way you can see how people use them, and understand the phrases better. That’s why the lessons in my Everyday English Speaking Courses are based on conversations! First you read/listen to a conversation, and then you learn the phrases that were used. It's fun, fast, and really works well for improving your spoken English :-)
Today I want to help you avoid a very common mistake that lots of people make – and that is writing the word “grammar” like this: G-R-A-M-M-E-R. There’s actually NO “e” in the word grammar; the correct spelling is G-R-A-M-M-A-R. But when we speak, we pronounce it like “er” – grammer, not gram-MAR – so that’s why people often misspell it with -er. It’s an understandable error. There are actually lots of words in English that end with -ar or -or in an unstressed syllable, and we pronounce them more like -ER. Let’s practice more of these words. If you want to avoid more mistakes that many English learners make, check out my 200 Common Errors in English Course. I’ll teach you the most common grammar mistakes, vocabulary mistakes, spelling mistakes, pronunciation mistakes, and more – showing you the right way to say things so that you can speak and write more confidently in English!
Today I’m going to teach you 10 English idioms for talking about problems and difficulties. Speaking of problems, idioms like these can be a problem when you’re learning English! When you’re watching TV or listening to a native speaker talk, you’ll often hear idioms and they’re hard to understand because you can’t translate them word-for-word; you have to know the meaning of the whole expression. My course called 300+ idioms in 30 days will teach you tons of common idioms in a way that’s especially effective because it actually helps you figure out idioms from context, and also put them into practice yourself.
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