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Espresso English Podcast
7 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
15 VERY common spelling mistakes
English spelling can be a real challenge. Because of the way the English language has changed over time, there are LOTS of irregularities and exceptions in the spelling. Although it's difficult, it's important to learn to spell correctly because it gives a bad impression when there are spelling mistakes in your written English. Today you'll learn 15 common spelling mistakes that even native English speakers often make - so you can be aware of them, avoid them, and spell these words correctly! Please don’t feel bad if you’ve been making some of these spelling mistakes – like I said at the beginning, these are mistakes that even native English speakers make because English spelling is tricky. Mistakes are an opportunity to learn and improve, and you can do exactly that inside my 200 Common Errors in English Course. I’ll teach you the WRONG way to say things and the RIGHT way to say them, so that you can speak and write more confidently and more correctly in English.
9 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
40 interesting collocations for communication
Today let’s expand your vocabulary by learning 40 interesting collocations (combinations of words) with the key words comment, conversation, and speech. This is a free sample lesson from our newest course - Advanced Vocabulary and Collocations - so if you like the lesson, join the course to get more! Do you want to take your vocabulary from "average" to "amazing"? The Advanced Vocabulary and Collocations Course will help you express yourself more fluently, without using the same basic words over and over. You'll learn 1,000+ high-level English words AND how to put them together in ways that sound natural. This helps you sound more sophisticated when you speak and write in English :-)
5 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Do you ATTEND class or ATTEND TO class?
Today’s lesson is a quick tip about a small difference that could really mix you up – do you attend English class, or attend to English class? Watch the lesson to find out! (I'll also explain when to use call vs. call to) It’s in these tiny little details where English learners – even more advanced ones – often make mistakes. And that’s why it’s so important to get some feedback and correction on your writing from a native English speaker. You can get that inside our Advanced English Grammar Course. In addition to 45 lessons teaching you grammar in great detail, you also have the option to add teacher feedback – you can practice your writing and get it corrected by the Espresso English teaching team. This is really for the most dedicated English learners and it’s super valuable to get personalized feedback – so I hope we’ll see you inside that course!
5 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
11 word pairs with CONFUSING pronunciation
Let's practice pronunciation together! We'll work on pairs of words with confusing pronunciation - in which the same combinations of letters are pronounced differently. One very frustrating thing about the English language is that the pronunciation is irregular. There aren’t strict pronunciation rules that you could memorize and always know exactly how words are pronounced – it’s just not possible. There ARE some pronunciation patterns… but there are also exceptions to those patterns! Some letters and combinations of letters have multiple different pronunciations, and you can’t know which one to use just by reading the word; you need to hear the word. That’s why listening and repeating is so important. You can improve your pronunciation fast inside my American English Pronunciation Course – we’ll learn and practice all the sounds of the language, helping you to make the differences between similar sounds and avoid pronunciation mistakes. This course will help you speak English more clearly, confidently, and correctly!
4 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Business or Busyness?
Do you know the difference between business and busyness? They're pronounced differently... ...and they mean different things! Let's learn them in this quick lesson. If you need to use English in your job or career, I can help you speak more confidently when you join my Business English Course! It will teach you what to say in lots of professional situations like interviews, meetings, phone calls, and much more. The lessons are very practical - full of useful words and phrases that native English speakers often use at work.
5 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Phrases: "It speaks for itself" & "Speak for yourself"
Today I’m going to explain two phrases in English – one is saying “something speaks for itself” and the other is telling someone “speak for yourself.” These are very different, and I’ll teach them to you by using examples of situations where we’d use these expressions. To learn a lot more common English phrases for daily situations, you can join our Everyday English Speaking Courses – these will teach you so many of the expressions and phrases that native English speakers use all the time. The lessons in those courses will help you improve your speaking and your ability to have natural-sounding conversations in English :-)
4 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Don't say "today morning"!
This lesson is a quick tip to help you avoid mistakes that can make your English sound unnatural. I’ll explain them and tell you what you should say instead. Don't say "today morning"! I’ve noticed this error in a lot of student homework. Many of our courses at Espresso English include homework that you can send in and get feedback and correction on your answers – one of those is our Advanced Grammar Course.
8 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Learn English idioms from sports
Do you know what it means to "run interference," "jump the gun," and "show someone the ropes"? Today you'll learn these expressions and more idioms from sports! If you're looking for a fun and easy way to learn more than 300 idioms in English, check out our Idioms Course.
5 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Human vs. Humane
Today you’re going to learn the difference between the words human and humane. These are different by only one letter, but they’re pronounced differently and are used in different ways. By the way, if you want to learn a LOT more confusing word pairs like this, check out my e-book 600+ Confusing Words Explained! Inside that e-book, I’ll help you understand confusing English words easily and clearly.
9 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Top 8 tips to improve your writing in English
Today I'm sharing my top 8 tips for improving your writing in English :-) Even when you know a lot of English words, it can be really hard to form good sentences and write well. But when you put these strategies into practice, you’ll be able to improve so that you can write confidently in English. We have two courses where you can get your writing evaluated! Our Advanced Grammar Course and our Reading Course both have the option to include writing tasks with teacher feedback – so at the end of each lesson, there’s a question or topic and you’ll write your response. Then, send it to our teaching team, and we’ll reply with comments, corrections, and suggestions for making your writing even better. Students LOVE this feedback, because the it helps you fix any mistakes or bad habits and bring your writing up to a higher level. If you’re serious about improving your writing, join those courses and select the version with teacher feedback. I hope you’ll put all 8 tips from this lesson into practice!
10 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
How's your pronunciation? Here are 5 ways to improve it
Your pronunciation is one of the first things other people notice about your English. If you have nice, clear pronunciation, you'll make a good impression. But if your pronunciation is difficult for others to understand, then it will be very hard to communicate - and frustrating, too! The good news is that you CAN improve your pronunciation with practice - by using my top 5 tips for getting better pronunciation :-) To practice and improve your pronunciation FAST, you can join my American English Pronunciation Course! - https://www.espressoenglish.net/american-english-pronunciation-course/ It will help you reach your goal of speaking clear, correct, and confident English. You'll learn and practice all the sounds of American English, and also work on connecting words and phrases together for more natural speaking.
5 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
One EASY way to remember English vocabulary better
Does this ever happen to you? You study and study and learn lots of new vocabulary... ...but then when you want to use it, you can't think of the words! How can you make sure you don't forget the vocabulary you're learning? Here's one simple thing you can start doing today to remember vocabulary better! Improving your vocabulary can take a long time because there are SO MANY words to learn in the English language. You can accelerate the process by joining my Vocabulary Builder Courses! - https://www.espressoenglish.net/vocabulary-builder-course There are two levels, and you'll learn 1,000+ words inside each one. It's a fast, focused way to expand your vocabulary quickly.
12 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Top 10 tips to improve your English SPEAKING
I always ask new students what their biggest difficulty is in English... ...and the #1 difficulty is speaking. Many, many English learners have a really hard time with it! So today I'm sending you my top 10 strategies for improving your speaking. Check them out and make sure to put them into practice! Now you know HOW to improve your speaking... ...but how can you learn exactly WHAT to say? You can learn tons of useful phrases and expressions inside my Everyday English Speaking Courses! These courses are designed to improve your speaking fast by teaching you what native English speakers say in daily life. When you know what to say, then you can speak more confidently. I hope to see you inside Everyday English Speaking :-) ⭐ Everyday English Speaking Course: https://www.espressoenglish.net/everyday-english-speaking-course
5 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
CON-tent, con-TENT, or contents?
Today I wanted to clarify the difference between the words CON-tent, con-TENT, and contents, since it can be really hard to figure out. The English language is full of words like these, and I’ve collected a lot of them inside my e-book, 600+ Confusing English words Explained. Like the title says, the e-book will explain them to you so that you’ll understand when to use one word and when to use the other one. So you don’t have to be confused, instead you can use those words confidently! ⭐ 600+ Confusing Words Explained E-Book: https://www.espressoenglish.net/600-confusing-english-words-explained
6 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
30 common collocations with the word CHANCE
Chance can mean a possibility (which could be good or bad) or an opportunity (which has a more positive connotation) and we use it in combination with lots of other words. Let's learn 30 collocations with CHANCE. These are all words that go together naturally with the word chance. When you learn these common combinations of words, then it’s easier to put them together so that your speaking sounds natural (and not a little "strange.") Come get your copy of the 1000 collocations e-book to learn even more! This is one of our most popular e-books because the lessons are really quick, so it’s easy to make progress fast. ⭐ 1000 Collocations E-Book: https://www.espressoenglish.net/1000-english-collocations-in-10-minutes-a-day/
7 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
How to use EVEN and EVER in English
Today we’re going to focus on how to use two small but very common words in English – even and ever. I'll show you how to use them correctly, with lots of examples. It’s important to be able to use these words correctly so that your grammar sounds good and you can avoid mistakes. I know a lot of you are worried about mistakes or nervous about making them, and that’s why I created a course on 200 common errors in English. You can check to see if you’ve been making any of the mistakes in there... ...and more importantly, the course will help you fix them and say things the right way, so you can speak and write more confidently! ⭐ 200 Common Errors in English Course: https://www.espressoenglish.net/200-common-errors-in-english-course/
8 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
12 words in which we DO pronounce the final "E"
You probably know that an English word ends in -E, the -E is usually silent; we don’t pronounce it - like in the words date, cheese, fine, spoke, and rude. But there are a few exceptions! Many of these words came into English from other languages and so they don’t follow the typical trend of a silent E at the end. Repeat after me to learn 12 words in which we DO pronounce the final -E. I know that English pronunciation can be SO confusing with all these exceptions to the rules! If you want to improve your pronunciation fast, come join my American English Pronunciation Course. Inside it, we’ll do lots of practice so that you can master the sounds of the language and say them clearly. And when you can pronounce things clearly, you’ll be able to speak English more confidently. I hope you’ve enjoyed today's lesson and learned something new!
4 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
NEW Advanced Vocabulary & Collocations Course!
Do you want to learn more than 1000 advanced vocabulary words, so you can speak and write like a master of the English language? Keep listening, because this course is for you. ⭐ Advanced Vocabulary & Collocations Course: https://www.espressoenglish.net/advanced-vocabulary-and-collocations-course/ ✔️ Save $15 with discount code ROCKET If you’ve been studying English for a while, then you already have enough English to communicate. Your English is fine for most situations… but you might feel like your vocabulary is just a little too “simple.” You want to express yourself more fluently, without using the same basic words over and over. Maybe you’ve tried reading a lot to build your vocabulary, but progress is slow. You might read a whole article and only learn a couple new words. And most English-learning apps and online lessons are too easy for you because they teach words you already know. What if you could learn 1,000 advanced words in the next few weeks – by studying just a few minutes a day? You can do that inside our Advanced Vocabulary & Collocations course, which will teach you sophisticated vocabulary for speaking English at a high level. It’s Time To Take Your Vocabulary From “Average” To Amazing. This brand-new course starts on April 16, 2021, and if you register right now, you can save $15 by using discount code ROCKET. The Advanced Vocabulary & Collocations Course Will Help You: ✔️ Build your vocabulary with advanced words ✔️ Put words together naturally (the same way a native speaker would) ✔️ Practice your new vocabulary so you’ll actually remember it ✔️ Sound more intelligent and well-educated in English This course includes 45 lessons in video + audio + text formats You’ll receive a daily lesson for 45 days beginning April 16! Each lesson includes a quiz to help you practice and review your new vocabulary. And there’s also the option get feedback from a teacher on your writing – if you choose the version of the course that includes extra writing exercises, then you can send in your answers to get personalized feedback and correction from a teacher on the Espresso English team! Are you ready to advance your vocabulary to a higher level? Join the Advanced Vocabulary & Collocations Course and learn 1,000+ high-level words FAST! Remember, use discount code ROCKET to get $15 off the course when you register today. ⭐️ https://www.espressoenglish.net/advanced-vocabulary-and-collocations-course/
13 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Learn 20 powerful verbs to SUPERCHARGE your vocabulary!
I hope you’re ready to learn some awesome words! You don’t want to use the same basic English words over and over... instead, you want to use interesting and powerful words to express yourself better. Today I'll teach you 20 verbs that will supercharge your vocabulary. That’s actually a good example – I could say “improve your vocabulary” or “expand your vocabulary” but the word “supercharge” is so much more descriptive; it creates a mental picture of getting a huge boost in vocabulary power! If you like this lesson, then you’ll probably love Level 2 of my Vocabulary Builder Course, where you'll learn 1,000+ words that will really enrich your vocabulary. Every lesson inside the course includes ways for you to practice - quizzes and short-answer questions to help you use these new words yourself. Come join if you’d like to supercharge your vocabulary even more!
7 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
How to think directly in English (step by step)
One HUGE step towards fluency is learning how to think directly in English. This will help you speak with fewer pauses and express yourself better! But many students say... “It’s too hard! “I don’t know enough English words!” “I need to think in my native language and translate.” "I'm not advanced enough to do that." Today I'm going to show you 4 simple steps to help you develop the skill of thinking in English, without translating from your native language. If you practice these steps, you will succeed and you'll see a big improvement in your English :-) I hope you can see that you don’t need to be super advanced to learn to think in English – you can start today. Try one of the four steps this week. Thinking in English is a very important skill for fluency, but you’ll need a lot of other skills, too – like a strong vocabulary, clear pronunciation, listening comprehension, and the ability to understand common phrasal verbs and idioms in English. You can improve all your skills inside our courses at Espresso English, because we have courses that focus on each specific area of the language! Not sure which course is right for you? Here are two ways to find out: Take the quick "course finder" quiz Try free sample lessons from all our courses Wishing you the best in your English learning!
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