Espresso English Podcast

Espresso English Podcast


Improve your English in just a few minutes a day! Learn English grammar, vocabulary, phrases, idioms, and more.


143 - 10 English expressions with "business"  

The English language has some interesting expressions with the word "business" - and not all of them have to do with companies or work. Let's learn 10 of these phrases and how to use them.

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If you're learning English for work, my Business English Course will teach you the phrases and vocabulary you need.

142 - How to pronounce English words starting with CON-  

A student recently asked me how to pronounce English words starting with CON- such as content, contest, and conduct.

My answer was - "It depends!"

These three words are interesting because they each have two forms, with different pronunciation.

Take today's lesson to learn how to pronounce these and 38 other English words with CON-.

141: How many of these vocabulary words do you know?  

Do you think you have a good understanding of English vocabulary? Today I'm sending you a challenging quiz to test your knowledge!

Click here to take the vocabulary quiz.

Choose the best word to complete each sentence, then click on "Get Results" at the end to see your score and the correct answers.

If you can improve your vocabulary, you'll have a lot more ways to express yourself in English.

You'll be able to say exactly what you want, instead of trying desperately to think of the right word.

Sometimes students ask me for lists of the "most common words" in English... but I don't think memorizing lists is the best way to study.

Instead, you should learn words in context, in "families" (topics), and with visual aids (pictures).

What's even more important is to practice the new words so that you don't forget them!

In my Vocabulary Builder Courses, you'll learn hundreds of useful English words. Each lesson also includes a quiz and short-answer exercises to help these words stay in your memory.

I hope to see you in one of the courses!

140: What to say in embarrassing situations  

If you're embarrassed, it can be almost impossible to think of the right thing to say... especially in English!

In today's lesson, you'll learn useful phrases for responding to embarrassing situations.

Learn these, and you'll never have to worry about saying the wrong thing during an awkward moment.

You might also enjoy my Everyday English Speaking Courses, which teach you phrases and expressions for lots of situations in daily life.

These conversation-based lessons are a simple, fun, and effective way to learn new expressions and improve your ability to speak in English.

139: Do you have a "question" or a "doubt"?  

Students often say "I have a doubt" and then ask me something about the English language.

However, native English speakers don’t usually say it this way. If you want to know the answer about something, you should say "I have a question."

So when can we use the word "doubt"?

Click here to find out in today's lesson!

English has a lot of words that seem to be the same... but native speakers actually use them in different situations. This is where a lot of English learners make mistakes.

I've collected 600 of the most common words that students tend to confuse, and I'll teach you how to use them correctly in my e-book 600+ Confusing English Words Explained!

It has simple, clear lessons explaining each of these words with examples - so that you can use them more confidently.

138: 8 grammar mistakes that even advanced students make  

I see this problem in a lot of more experienced English learners:

Their written English might be 90% fine, but there are still some small errors. These mistakes don't affect communication... but of course we still want to correct them!

In today's lesson, I'll teach you 8 common English grammar mistakes with examples from real students of mine.

Are you an upper-intermediate or advanced student, and do you want to make sure your written English is completely correct?

If so, then you would definitely benefit from my Advanced English Grammar Course.

It has 45 lessons that cover many aspects of English grammar in depth, with plenty of examples.

But what really makes it special is the writing task in each lesson, where you have the opportunity to send me your writing for correction and feedback.

You can click here to learn more about the course, see the lesson list, and take some free samples.

136: Learn 10 vocabulary words starting with "J"  

We're in the middle of the month of June, and next month is July... so today let's learn 10 vocabulary words that begin with the letter "J."

Don't just read the lesson... also, make sure to listen to the words and repeat them out loud to practice your pronunciation.

One of the most effective things you can do to improve your English is to improve your pronunciation.

If you have BAD pronunciation, then nobody will understand you (even if your grammar is perfect and you have a great vocabulary).

But if you have clear and correct pronunciation, then you'll be able to speak English with everyone!

I have two courses to help you get better at pronunciation: the American English Pronunciation Course and Shadowing with Shayna.

In both of these courses, you'll do a lot of listen-and-repeat exercises, and at the end of each one there's an opportunity to get an evaluation of your pronunciation.

I hope to see you inside!

135 - 10 interesting expressions for progress and speed  

Today’s lesson is inspired by a student question – he asked what the expression “we're spinning our wheels” means. Take the lesson to find out!

You'll learn 10 interesting expressions for progress, including:

run into a brick wall shift into high gear at breakneck pace
...and more. You can learn a lot more of these casual and colorful expressions in spoken English in my courses.

I especially recommend:  Everyday English Speaking Course Level 2 (helps you learn expressions from conversations) or my English Idioms Course (in which you will figure out idioms through quizzes). Click on each link to learn more and try some free sample lessons from each course.
134 - Eight more formal business English phrases  

When writing a business letter or when e-mailing a business contact who we don’t know well, we use slightly more formal words and expressions.

Today you’ll learn how to transform casual, conversational English into more appropriate business English phrases.

If you’re learning English for your career, make sure to check out my Business English Course, with 40 practical lessons for work.

In this course, you can improve your ability to handle interviews, phone calls, meetings, and negotiations in English.

You'll also learn useful vocabulary for networking, managing people, talking about projects, marketing, helping customers, and much more!

133: Learn 30 collocations with "country"  

Let's learn some collocations - words that often go together! In today's lesson, you'll learn 30 different collocations with the word "country."

At the end of the lesson, I also clarify the difference between "country" and "countryside."

If you want to learn more collocations, you'll love my e-book 1000 English Collocations in 10 Minutes a Day.

It has short lessons and quizzes to help you learn new expressions every day.

Here are some comments from English learners who have enjoyed the 1000 collocations e-book:

"I think that your 1000 Collocations e-book is absolutely essential to speak English confidently, avoiding misspeaking or inappropiate sentences."

"I feel this e-book is complete, useful and practical for everyday situations, plus being able to work with the quiz I consider this a unique option to put in practice what I learn in every unit. It's clear and concise."

I hope you enjoy today's lesson!

132: How to use "at all" in English  

What does it mean when someone asks, "Do you drive at all?"

In today's lesson, you'll learn how to use the expression "at all" in negative statements and questions.

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131: Do we use "the" with "police"?  

One student said she sometimes sees "police" and sometimes "the police" - which is correct? What's the difference?

Today you'll learn the answer to this question, as well as find out why saying "a police" is wrong.

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130: Difference between embarrassed and ashamed  

What situations would make you feel embarrassed? 

What situations would make you feel ashamed?

Learn the difference between these confusing English words in today's lesson!

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129: Meet, meet with, or meet up with?  

What's the difference between meet, meet with, and meet up with?

You'll learn (with examples) in today's podcast!

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Free Sample - Business English Idioms  

Today's episode is another free sample from the Business English Course.

You'll learn 12 common business idioms by figuring them out from the context.

One question you might be asking is, "Can we use idioms in business English?"

The answer is "sometimes."

In more official situations (such as writing a business report or formal letter), we avoid idioms. However, it is OK to use idioms in e-mails among co-workers as well as in conversations at work.

Take today's lesson to learn expressions such as:

in the loop call the shots way off the mark bring someone up to speed
...and more!

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Free Sample - Business English - Phrases for Meetings  

Have you ever been shy about participating in a meeting in English?

It can be really hard to think of the right phrases in a professional situation, when everyone is watching you. Some English learners prefer to stay quiet.

But I want to help you speak up confidently - so in today's lesson, you'll learn 82 practical English phrases to use in meetings.

This is a free sample lesson from the Business English Course, which will teach you useful vocabulary and phrases for working in an English-speaking company.

I've just finished updating and expanding the course - I improved the audio quality and added 10 NEW lessons on management, sales, networking, work safety, and more! 

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128 - When NOT to use the word "to"  

It can be hard for English learners to know when to use the word “to.”

In today's lesson, you'll see 6 common mistakes with "to" - and learn the correct way to say these sentences.

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127: Common English Pronunciation Mistakes  

Sometimes students ask me about the "rules" of English pronunciation - but it's impossible to teach "rules," because there are so many exceptions. A lot of English words are pronounced differently from the way they appear to be written.

In today's lesson, you'll learn about common pronunciation mistakes - and the right way to pronounce these words.

I encourage you to LISTEN AND REPEAT, because the best way to remember the right pronunciation is to practice!

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126: 10 Common Mistakes with Prepositions  

Prepositions can be very challenging, even for advanced English learners!

Today I’ll teach you 10 of the most common mistakes students make with prepositions.

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125: Common English Mistakes with Direct and Indirect Objects  

Can you find the mistakes in these sentences? They are all incorrect. They don’t sound natural.

“I bought yesterday a new t-shirt.” “Please finish quickly the report.” “I’ll put on the table the dishes.”

What’s wrong with these sentences? Listen to today's lesson to find out!

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